Yes, it’s unbearable, but you have to UNPACK! 

BY Sipho “Alphi” Mkhwanazi We all love traveling and dotting from one destination to the other while we capture beautiful memories for stories we’ll tell later. Sadly, no one ever gives us advice when it is time for you to…

Kitchen Queen Lucia Mthiyane takes her followers on a unique culinary journey

BY Gugulethu Tshabalala Chef Lucia Mthiyane is a multi-talented creative who found success as an actress, singer, and chef. She is living proof of the adage to ‘be all you can ever be in whatever you choose to be and…

A Lovelee Life with Dr Lerato

What drives you? When it comes to driving, I’d rather not. I’ve had dreams for as long as I can remember, to be a passenger princess. But that dream was quashed the day I was born as a first-born daughter.…

Ask Mabs: Rent to buy option

Dear Mabs I am in the market for a used car and I have been turned down for finance numerous times. I was listed on ITC a few years ago, but have since paid the debt. A friend introduced me…

A Lovelee Life with Dr Lerato

Marching on through the heat. I have seen a lot of people complaining about being inexplicably very tired and yet we are still in the first quarter of the year. The year has only just begun yet people are so…

Xploring the magnificent Mpumalanga this Easter 

BY Sipho “Alphi” Mkhwanazi Last week we kicked off a two-part series on leisure travel in mzansi. The idea is to demonstrate that with careful planning, leisure travel is accessible to most South Africans from a shoestring budget to 5-star…

Meet the South African Car of the Year (COTY) Juror, Thami Masemola. 

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Thami Masemola is considered the original GOAT in motoring journalism. The founder of In4Ride has welcomed and mentored many journalists over the decades. He continues to be a voice of reason and an advocate for the transformation…

Chef Nozipho ditched law school for culinary adventure and never looked back 

BY Gugulethu Tshabalala Chef Nozipho ‘Dadecooks’ Khanyile had to contend with some diversions such as studying towards an LLB for two years before finding her way back to her passion, making great food. The International Hotel School (IHS) graduate is…

Bushriver Lodge boasts a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and serenity. 

BY Mabuyane Mabuza Many of you may be aware that I wear a few hats, including that of a farmer. The South African grain season starts in September, for land preparation and putting seeds in the ground can go on…

Ask Mabs : Demo Vs Used Cars

Dear Mabs I am in the market for a car to use for myself and my family’s needs. I am looking for a reliable demo or a good second car. My choices are between Toyota Urban Cruiser, Suzuki Vitara Breeza,…

Easter is around the corner and Mzansi is calling you to experience it…

BY Sipho “Alphi” Mkhwanazi With South Africans continuously feeling the financial crunch, most rule out leisure travel and consider it a luxury. However, it is more accessible than many believe. I will demonstrate that It takes careful planning and be…

Meet the South African Car of the Year (COTY) Juror, Brenwin Naidu.

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Brenwin Naidu, Sunday Times Motoring and Sowetan Motoring supplements Editor is a decorated motoring journalist and editor and a World Car Awards juror – one of three South African journalists currently serving on that global panel. His…

Chef Ncube’s delectable food is a showcase of personal experiences and influences. 

BY Gugulethu Tshabalala Private chef and self-proclaimed party animal, Raymond N Ncube, does not do things in half measures – he goes all out. A versatile foodie, he turns simple, everyday ingredients into culinary masterpieces and sprinkles them with his…

A Lovelee Life with Dr Lerato

Doctors are human too Every time I narrate that I qualified as a medical doctor in 2002, I am reminded just how long I’ve been doing this work. In the same breath, I am amazed at how quickly time goes.…

Ask Mabs: Filming while driving

Dear Mabs I am writing to express my concern as a driver and citizen about a disturbing trend that has been growing over the past few months. I have noticed an increase in people shooting videos while driving. While I…

Meet the South African Car of the Year (COTY) Juror, Ziphorah Masethe.

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Ziphorah Masethe, Ignition TV presenter and producer. Many know her from the adrenaline pumping show, Kasi Car Culture, which combines motoring and the edgy car culture of the townships. Ziphorah has been a COTY juror for two…

COVID-19 pandemic ignited the dream that led to Chef Khwezi’s successful culinary career

BY Gugulethu Tshabalala The Covid-19 lockdown sparked the creative side of self-taught Chef Khwezilomso Ntanga that soon morphed into an official business that serves tasty treats in Rusternburg, North West. Khwezi’s Mobile Kitchen is a high-end go to kitchen when the…

A Lovelee life with Dr Lerato 

Making health make sense One of the most interesting notions about being a doctor is that people always expect me to be in my doctor persona. It is often so absurd that they would probably expect me to wear my…

BMW 5 Series shows up and steals hearts

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe The 5 Series has always been the sweet spot for BMW. Unlike the larger 7 Series saloon, the slightly smaller size has allowed the brand to play around with design without skimping on the technology and also…

Meet the South African Car of the Year (COTY) Juror, Melinda Ferguson

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe On Monday and Tuesday this week, motoring journalists of the prestigious South African Guild for Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ, popularly known as the Guild) will gather to test-drive and evaluate the 18 finalists across 8 categories. These are…

Chef T Thabo Rasimeni elevates South African cuisine to extreme heights in New Zealand 

BY Gugulethu Tshabalala Chef T has made a name for himself as one of the sought-after chefs in Hawksbay region for his extensive range of cuisine that thrives on elevating simple ingredients and turning them into five-star dishes.  I’m a…

Upclose and personal with Dr. Lerato Masemola, Xploreza’s new columnist

Xploreza is growing. Today we introduce you to our new columnist, Dr Lerato Lovelee Masemola. She brings a wealth of experience in health, wellness, fitness, and all things beautiful. She is about finding a true balance in life and will…

Ask Mabs : Car bought online breaks down in six weeks with no recourse.

Dear Mabs My best friend bought a car from South Africa’s biggest online second-hand retailer. She carefully read their reviews and did her homework on the car she wanted. She opted to buy directly from their massive floor in Johannesburg…

A Winter’s odyssey made in Ireland

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Jacaranda FM’s vivacious DJ, Danny Painter, braved the cold in Ireland in January and had the time of her life reconnecting with friends and a picture-perfect country that kept on offering her more gifts than she had…

The Nissan Navara Pro 2X is a Beast with Elegance

BY Motlatsi Kekana In the fiercely competitive world of bakkies, the Nissan Navara Pro 2X emerges as a formidable contender, combining comfort, power, and a striking road presence. Having spent a few days with this impressive bakkie, it’s clear that…

Chef Tshepo ignites Culinary magic infusing irresistible flavours into authentic African dishes

BY Motlatsi Kekana Chef Tshepo Wesho, known for his flamboyant style, fondly describes his upbringing as a warm and humble one. He credits his love for cooking to his mother’s delicious and hearty meals that the family enjoyed together. This…

Ask Mabs: Requirements for driving into Mozambique

Dear Mabs My husband and I deferred our holiday to the beginning of February. We wanted to enjoy our vacation once people were back at work and accommodation was affordable. I booked our accommodation and activities directly since we were…

Carol Ofori combines two spectacular destinations to celebrate family in Jozini and the Drakensberg

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe East Coast Radio presenter, motivational speaker, and author, Carol Ofori, celebrates World Radio Day by sharing with us what she and her family got up to on a festive season holiday across two diverse regions of KZN.  …

VWSA’s rebranding as Volkswagen Africa signifies a momentous shift towards a more continent-wide focus 

BY Mabuyane Mabuza The Volkswagen brand is as synonymous with the South African culture as Pap and Boerewors. Back in the day when we had few brands on our roads, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Nissan were the brands of choice for…

Southern Sun’s Chef Emanuel aspires to sharpen his culinary skills at the world’s best restaurant in Italy.

BY Gugulethu Tshabalala Growing up in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, to a single mom who enjoyed treating her family to delicious seven-colour meals convinced Chef Emanuel Mnisi to become a chef. Aged 16, he had his sights set firmly on becoming…

A Fun Day Out at Lion & Safari Park in Gauteng

BY Motlatsi Kekana Are you tired of following the same weekend routine and seek an exciting and family-friendly day outing near Gauteng? Look no further than the Lion & Safari Park, a hidden gem that guarantees a wild adventure right…

Experience an unforgettable Valentine’s Day

BY Motlatsi Kekana As February unfolds, the month of love casts its enchanting spell, and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in the embrace of romantic getaways that weave together tranquility and passion? Couples seeking a break from…

Ask Mabs : Tracking Device

Dear Mabs This past weekend I read the story of the doctor whose insurance claim was rejected because she failed to have a specific tracking device in her car. In her case, the ombudsman sided with the insurer and agreed…

Toyota unveils hybrid Hilux and Fortuner at SOMI, revolutionizing the auto industry.

BY Mabuyane Mabuza Toyota Hilux and Fortuner Hybrid models will soon be on South African roads. The Hilux Hybrid made an appearance at the annual Toyota State of the Motor Industry held at Kyalami racetrack last week. Toyota SA CEO,…

So you went vegan in January – now what?

BY Sophie Medlin Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate, and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary). This invigorating feeling is largely due to…

Seven sustainability lessons we can all learn from backpackers

BY Ben Iaquinto Backpackers are often associated with behaviour such as public drunkenness. However, post Covid-19, the face of backpackers began changing as people sought to be one with nature, and taking care of the environment became a priority. This…

Ask Mabs: Petrol vs Diesel

Dear Mabs I am a mine technician in my late thirties and I was retrenched almost a year ago. I transformed my bakkie into a transport business that moves cargo between Johannesburg and Musina. I rely on word of mouth…

The new and improved Mahindra XUV300

BY Motlatsi Kekana The Mahindra XUV300 has a very soft spot in my heart. It was the very first car launch I attended at the beginning of my automotive journey back in 2019 in Cape Town. At that time, compact…

Travel tips to consider this year!

BY Sipho “Alphi” Mkhwanazi Local travel has become a form of therapy and has ensured that the travel and tourism industry allows South Africans to experience the country’s beauty in a safe and affordable way. As the year begins, a…

ASK Mabs: Buying a new car

Dear Mabs I started a new job in October, and I have a car allowance. At the time we only went to the office twice a week and I was using my mother’s car. However, since January we are expected…

A Tranquil Oasis at Waterberg’s AfriCamps

BY Motlatsi Kekana Nestled within the heart of the Limpopo province, the Waterberg  AfriCamps proved to be an idyllic retreat, offering a perfect blend of rugged charm, creature comforts, and breathtaking natural beauty. My recent trip to this hidden gem was…

Five years on the road in Africa: how Lerato Mogoatlhe became a travel writer

BY Janet Remmington South African journalist Lerato Mogoatlhe set off for three months in west Africa. She ended up drifting across the continent for five years. In 2019 she wrote a book about her travels, called Vagabond: Wandering Through Africa on…

Does sunny South Africa really have an ideal climate for tourism?

BY Jennifer Fitchett and Ginsberg Hoogendoom South Africa’s climate is perfect for tempting tourists. Sunny skies are common. The average temperature is just right for long days on the beach and early morning game drives.  Even scientific indices that measure…

ASK Mabs: Insurance defaulting

Dear Mabs I am a 35-year-old mother of two and my husband is 39. Our first-born will be going to university this year and she does not qualify for NFSAS as we are both employed. We are drowning in a…

Travelling while black: 7 South African travelogues you should read

BY Janet Remmington The holiday season offers a great time to catch up on some reading, especially with the kind of weather we have been dealt with in some parts of the country. We Xplore great travel books authored by…

V-Class, the luxury bus that defines happy holidays this season

BY Mabuyane Mabuza South Africans are blessed with long sunny days and a beautiful summer, a long network of good roads that connect us to incredible destinations, and a break from load shedding to soak it all in. For those…

Local celebrities and personalities share their ideal Christmas celebrations

XploreZA reporter It’s that time of the year when we take time off to spend with loved ones doing something special in celebration of Christmas. Turns out, local celebrities also enjoy a few days of downtime from their busy schedule…

ASK Mabs: The Motor Industry Ombudsman

Dear Mabs I am beyond frustrated and really disappointed as I write to you. Three years ago, I went against sound advice and bought a new SUV from one of the Chinese manufacturers. The size was perfect for my growing…

KZN delivers in abundance for festive tourists

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe As holiday makers head to KwaZulu Natal, one of the capitals of the festive season owing to its great weather, the warm Indian Ocean, and lots to offer holiday makers from luxury to budget stays. With Durban…

Chef Mutsa delivers his passion for global culinary at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Chef Mutsa Mahwehwe has always had a passion for exploring global culinary landscapes. That passion is transferred through his fusion of dishes from around the world, without forgetting to pay respect to local and traditional Mozambican dishes.…

Vlaka Wines, an ode to Mamelodi and the spirit of friendship

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Born and bred in the colourful township of Mamelodi, veteran marketer and wine brand owner, Bridget Nkuna, found her way back to the township that gave her life and meaning. Her return to the source inspired the…

Lebo shapes aspiring chefs into professionals to take on the culinary industry.

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Lebo Lekotoko is a passionate cook who takes her calling to train chefs very seriously. A former hospitality lecturer at the Vaal University of Technology, she started NDS Chefs Academy in 2014 and has since produced over…

ASK Mabs: Buying new versus used vehicles

Dear Mabs I came across this column two weeks ago and got excited that we have a safe space to ask a lady expert about cars. I am confident that I will get the right answer here. I am actively…

Discovering Gauteng’s hidden tourist gems

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe The province of Gauteng might be small in size and not have an ocean, yet there is no shortage of tourist activities and destinations. Boasting the richest square mile in Africa, a rich history, art and lots…

Thrilling rides for the midlife phase

BY Mabuyane Mabuza We have made it into the silly season and it is time to let down your hair and enjoy what has been a difficult and rewarding year. Some of us are edging so slightly towards midlife and…

Malumfoodie’s culinary creations are infused with passion and commitment to excellence

BY Motlatsi Kekana Obakeng Mahlangu popularly known as Malumfoodie is a self-taught chef and lifestyle influencer who is passionate about cooking. From the carefully selected Ingredients to the artful presentation, each dish is a masterpiece that tantalizes the taste buds…

Aligning body and soul through skin rejuvenation

BY Mabuyane Mabuza As digital innovation simplifies life and brings us solutions we never dreamt of, so has modern medical science. It has completely changed the game. One can now buy their dream body, at a price of course. Personally,…

Chery’s Omoda C5, a sneak preview into the future of motoring

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe If you ever wondered what cars of the future would look like, drive like, and the feeling they would bring to you, Chery has attempted to give us an experience of the future in real-time with the…

North West province offerings for all travellers

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe The North West province, best known as Bokone Bophirima, is a gem that keeps on giving to tourists. Not only is it within a close proximity to Gauteng, but it also has everything for young and old, the adventurous…

ASK Mabs: Shopping for advanced driving courses

Dear Mabs My husband’s birthday is coming up and he has been hinting at getting an advanced driving course gift card. He is an impatient driver, always yells at other motorists, and loves to drive fast. He gets frustrated that…

Chef Rob leads a gastronomic revolution at the Royal Livingstone Minor Hotel

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe With holidays around the corner, it is easy to see why the grand Royal Livingstone Minor Hotel in Zambia has become a firm favourite among South African holidaymakers. It is the combination of luxury and convenience, with…

Leeuwenhof Country Lodge & Garden Spa is an ideal destination to recharge and rejuvenate

BY Motlatsi Kekana As the end of the year approaches, our minds and bodies have slowed down and we are desperate for an energy boost to see us through the end. Luckily, we discovered a charming little retreat nestled in…

ASK Mabs : Guide to buying cars from auctions

Hi Mabs  I am a 35-year-old single mom, I recently started a job as a sales agent in a highly stressful environment. When the job was advertised, they were looking for someone who owned a car. However, they were desperate…

Chef Thapelo masterfully combines South African and Mozambique’s traditional flavours at Avani Pemba Beach Hotel

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Chef Thapelo Mafatshe’s culinary journey may have been ignited in the humble agricultural town of Jan Kempdorp in Northern Cape, where he used to mix dough and bake alongside his mother. He is now living his best…

Kriya Gangiah, the petrolhead with a magic touch in the kitchen

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Diwali is a special holiday for TV and radio personality, Kriya Gangiah. The self-confessed petrolhead who lives for Formula 1, says Diwali marks a coming together of family and loved ones, something she deeply cherishes. Each year…

ASK Mabs!

Dear Mabs  I just turned 22 and I’m about to graduate from university. My mother promised me my first car as my gift. I am excited and grateful for the gesture. I have been shopping around and the cars that…

Enter and Win XploreZA SPA Competition

It is that time of the year when the energy is low and each activity requires much more effort. Yes, we are tired. It has been a long year and it feels like it is grinding ever so slowly. Don’t…

Could Volvo’s XC60 T8 AWD be the answer to SA’s immediate future mobility?

BY Mabuyane Mabuza It’s that time of the year when things begin to slow down – a time for reflection. I have witnessed the rapid changes in the motoring industry this year, particularly the introduction of Electric Vehicles (EVs). And,…

Glamping Adventures, a movement of travellers who discover South Africa one adventure at a time

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe An astounding study that revealed that under 6% of South Africans get to see their country as tourists prompted Gugu Sithole, CEO of Glamping Adventures, to come up with a perfect product for previously disenfranchised South Africans…

Ask Mabs!

It’s a brand-new month and we bring you a new feature, Ask Mabs, that will run every Wednesday.  Our founding publisher, Mabuyane Mabuza– a veteran motoring journalist and Chairperson of the South African Car of The Year (COTY) – will…

Ask Mabs : Meet Xploreza’s agony aunt!

Mabuyane Mabuza, affectionately known as Mabs, has painstakingly carved out a career for herself in a predominantly male-dominated industry – the automotive space. It was no accident that Mabs ended up in the motoring sector. It was her destiny. Her…

Lanzerac Wine Estate, a picturesque winery that captures the heart and soul of the Cape

BY Mabuyane Mabuza South Africa, even with all its problems, is a land of endless beauty. How wonderful it is to call this melting pot of cultures home!  Not only are we passionate about our rugby champions, the beautiful Springboks,…

Is VW Polo a good choice for your next car?

BY Motlatsi Kekana There was a time when entry-level cars offered few features and were affordable. The consumer’s expectation from this segment was not much – four wheels, a steering wheel, and a car that took them from A to…

Chef Benny Masekwameng, a master of South African flavours

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Chef Benny Masekwameng is one of SA’s success stories, a national treasure, and generally a nice guy. He has come a long way from his humble roots in Alexander township to becoming Southern Sun’s Executive Chef, to cooking for international…

Ndumu River Lodge, a gem in the KZN wilderness

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Once in a while, one stumbles across a discovery so precious that they immediately fantasise of a bright future of fun-filled holidays – the stuff where love, laughter, and precious memories are made. Ndumu River Lodge had…

Chinese OEMs, new disruptors on our roads

BY Mabuyane Mabuza The English dictionary describes a disruptor as a person, event or activity that causes a disturbance or a problem. Chinese OEMs are causing such beautiful problems in the auto space and consumers are the beneficiaries. They continue…

Ford Ranger, a champion vehicle that oozes style and charisma

BY Mabuyane Mabuza Multi-tasking is something that I have come to relish some might say I suffer from a split personality. I enjoy dressing up, smelling good, and speaking about growth strategies and innovations in the media and other key…

Chef Sipho jazzes up simple, traditional ingredients

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Chef Siphokazi Sipho Mdlankomo captivated us as the star of Masterchef South Africa Season 3, where she came second. Her enchanting life story, bubbly personality, and simple meals kept us glued to our TV screens. The diminutive…

Mint Hotel 84 on Kathrine, Sandton’s best open secret

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe As far as hidden gems go, the Mint hotel in Sandton is an open secret. Locatedjust a few blocks away from Sandton City and the Gautrain station, you can smellthe buzz without having to pay through your…

Guide to keeping your car tyres in great standing

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe It’s seldom that we gush over car tyres. We don’t look at them that way, not as sexy. While tyres are extremely important to a car, they remain a grudge buy. Tyre care is an essential part…

Makuya Nature Reserve – place of joint-twisting journeys and renewed hope

BY Lucas Ledwaba The reserve, which lies hidden in one of the remotest parts of Limpopo, is an adventurer’s dream and carries the hopes of a community that has become involved in its conservation.  We were meant to explore one…

BMW 740, a sight to behold even to a jaded Motoring Journo

BY Mabuyane Mabuza Being a petrolhead is tough. And it’s even tougher for someone who is not just a petrolhead but is in the thick of things. I have driven many cars over the past 19 years of my motoring…

Chef Ryan’s exquisite meals another reason to visit Avianto Hotel

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Nestled in the heart of Muldersdrift, an hour from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, Avianto Hotel and Conference Centre is a luxurious enclave complemented by high service levels. The boutique hotel, best known for hosting spectacular…

South Africa’s Transport Month off to a promising start

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe The movement of people and goods is critical to our country’s economy. Each year in October, the country observes Transport Month. This is an opportunity for all stakeholders to take a step back and reflect on the…

Tips to lessen travel anxiety when you are prone to mental health related illnesses

XploreZA Correspondent We associate travel with excitement, new experiences, and lots of pleasure. When longing for a break, we conjure up images of sandy beaches, picturesque sunsets, fresh breeze, and exotic cocktails. Yet, traveling ranks up as one of the…

Chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya serves love in abundance at Sanctuary Mandela

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe For over 20 years Chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya was Madiba’s personal and family chef serving sumptuous meals at the Mandela households and hosting international dignitaries and celebrities. Chef Xoli, as she is fondly known, continues to serve Madiba magic on plates…

Mpumalanga offers top attractions for every Tourist

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Mpumalanga, known as the place of the rising sun, is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and unbelievably beautiful places in South Africa. It is a haven for tourists, offering a multitude of activities…

The Lazy Makoti soaks in the ocean, culture and cuisine in Turkey

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Chef Mogau Seshoene, popularly known as The Lazy Makoti, is one of the most hard-working chefs with noteworthy collaborations with Woolworths. A former finance officer, Mogau has built her brand from the ground up to the success…

Table Bay’s Chef Lindsay an advocate for sustainable kitchens

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Sun International’s Table Bay hotel is known for its sweeping views of Cape Town over the V&A Waterfront and fun-filled, luxury holidays. This is also where Executive Chef, Lindsay Venn, is championing sustainability while serving sumptuous meals…

Knysna Hollow Country Estate is a ‘home away from home’

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe When an invitation to join the fun-loving MD of VWSA, Martina Biene, and her team of female leaders for a weekend away in the Cape landed in my inbox, I didn’t hesitate. Even the 06h00 am flight…

Martina intentional about transformation and taking VW into the rest of Africa

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Martina Biene’s first foray into South Africa was in 1997 as theological intern who fell in love with the country. Her serendipitous career journey brought her back over two decades later as the MD of Volkswagen, the…

Take a Sho’t Left to Xplore Mzansi during tourism month and beyond

Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   The month of September is about tourism – discovering new places and recording new memories. If you missed the travel specials last week, fortunately we have a beautiful country with lots of activities and something for everyone.…

“Travel is the only expense that pays you back with interest” – declares Ncumisa Ndelu.

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Former journalist and queen of stockpilers, Ncumisa Ndelu, is renowned for advocating for women’s power as consumers. She uses social media as a safe space for women to share tips on bargains from anything from household goods…

Skirtgirlhiker ventures to Reunion Island and survives a hike up an active volcano

 BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Lerato Monyatsi is a mother to a 14-year old, a Skills Development Manager in a bank and a nature lover who survived stage 3 colorectal cancer during Covid-19. An avid hiker, she earned the monicker, Skirtgirlhiker for…

Opel Grandland continues the heritage

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe The Opel brand was once a force to be reckoned with in the racing circles and revered for producing fast cars. Perhaps the generation before the millenials will remember having to make the tough choice between a…

Chef Masego serves Foodgasm, tickling all senses with her artful skills

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe The multi-talented Chef Masego Mbonyana is living her best life combining all her passions relating to food. In Meals with Masego, she gets to play and create the most magnificent recipes and mouth-watering meals that are instagram…

Ludus Magnus, a futuristic gem in Franschhoek

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   Franschhoek region is steeped in tradition with wine farms that date to hundreds of years, exquisite art, and a literary festival to boot. Amid the imposing mountains and endless vines lies a modern boutique hotel that promises…

The New BMW XM, Where Agility Meets Touring Comfort

BY Mabuyane Mabuza South African car scene is undoubtedly one of the most exciting in the world. Customers are spoilt for choice, from the entry-level right up to high-end luxury, there is just so much variety. This brings me to…

Creating picture perfect memories with wine and food pairing

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Creation Wines is a state-of-the-art winery situated on the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Western Cape. It is a picturesque wine farm that begs you to come in and witness its…

Vuyokazi, the driving force behind Nissan South Africa’s communications

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Vuyokazi Quphe is passionate about brand Nissan and brings her vast experience in journalism and communications to champion the OEM as one of the leaders in the sector. As a communication’s lead at Nissan SA, she is…

Lindi puts Minor Hotel group’s properties on minds and hearts of global tourists.

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Lindi Mthethwa, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Minor Hotels, is a tourism veteran with over two decades of selling key properties in the Southern and East Southern Africa regions. Her instincts as a natural-born leader…

Knowing details of your car’s warranty could save you in the long run

BY Mabuyane Mabuza As we celebrated Women’s Day, I was struck by how critical women’s decision making is when it comes to buying cars. In fact, women are said to influence 85% of vehicle purchasing decisions and buy up to…

Praisy lets HER Wines tell the unique story of women

 BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Praisy Dlamini, General Manager and Winemaker of HER Wines is making waves in the wine industry with her teams’ exceptional skills and dedication to their craft. An accomplished winemaker known for her expertise in producing exquisite wines, she’s…

Grace mounted on the hill

BY Mabuyane Mabuza Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Magaliesburg region, surrounded by rolling hills and lush countryside, stands the magnificent Mount Grace Hotel. A haven of tranquillity and elegance, this historic establishment offers a truly unique experience, combining…

Crafting unforgettable moments in the Eastern Cape

  BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   The Eastern Cape province is vast and offers a wide array of attractions ranging from big seven game viewing, 800 km of pristine coastline and the humble origins of Nelson Mandela, among many others. The…

COMPETITION

Festival of Motoring Competition XploreZA is giving one motoring enthusiast a chance of winning two VIP tickets,  worth R8 800, to the Festival of Motoring on Friday, 25 August 2023, at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre, in…

Jessica’s recent holiday in Dubai broke the internet.

  XploreZA My Perfect Holiday with Jessica Mbangeni   BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   Singer and praise poet, Jessica Mbangeni, trended for days on social media, being fat-shamed for sharing pictures of her wearing a bikini while on vacation in Dubai.…

Shadi takes her toys for adult playtime

My Wheels: Shadi Montjane (52), a Property Developer from the South of Johannesburg. Following many years of being stuck in corporate as a CSI manager, Shadi yearned for the great outdoors and some fun. She bought a Jeep Sahara (2015…

Jeep’s adventurous nature shines off road

 BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   The Jeep brand has a solid legacy as the adventurous and can go anywhere,  anytime SUV. Although the Grand Cherokee is the more refined and luxurious ‘executive type’ of ride in the model lineup, it carries…

Siphokazi pampers exhausted bodies in her urban spas

  BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   Siphokazi Mmari, founder and General Manager of Herspace Wellness Spas has found her niche and a slower pace in the tourism and wellness space. Formerly a busy marketing executive in the pharmaceutical industry, she has…

Weekend home-meals

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani stands tall as an icon on the sun-kissed Durban beachfront. Executive Chef, Shaun Munro, and his staff invite you to tuck in the most delicious meals as you enjoy the glorious view…

Guide to preparing for a road trip

BY Mabuyane Mabuza   Taking a road trip can be one of the most thrilling and exciting experiences. However, preparation is key to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. Let’s dive into some of the things you can take care…

Lumka sells Joburg to the rest of the world.

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   Lumka Dlomo, Joburg Tourism Company’s (JTC) Destination Marketing Manager, is tasked with reviving tourism and branding Africa’s wealthiest city as a top destination. Known as Miss Joburg, she never misses an opportunity to convince people to visit the…

Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate delights and exhilarates all senses

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe  Waterberg region, Limpopo   The province of Limpopo is South Africa’s hidden treasure. Known as Africa’s Eden, a symbolism of the very beginning of life, it is where life continues at its own pace and nature shows…

Discovering Africa’s beauty and her quirks with Madam Africa

BY Tshegofatso Seemela Filled with pulsating energy, unique experiences and mysteries, Africa showed its enchanting side to professional traveller and journalist, Lerato Mogoatlhe, who set out to discover her vast lands. She simply defines her journey across over 20 African…

Mazda CX-60, a cat amongst pigeons

BY Mabuyane Mabuza   In an era when compact SUV’s reign supreme, Mazda has unleashed the all-new Mazda CX-60 on South Africa’s roads. And, I must admit, they might be onto something. Positioned as Mazda’s answer to Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X3,…

Steenberg serves happy winter warmers for the soul

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe The Steenberg Hotel and Spa is a spectacular 5-star retreat with picturesque Cape Dutch style architecture complemented by spectacular views of mountains, golf course and vineyards that go as far as the eye can see. A short 30-minute…

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BY Kati Dijane Many of us have a bucket list of places to visit. If you are lucky enough to book the book the holiday destination of your dreams for some much-needed relaxation, you will need a full-proof plan ahead.…

Buying Cars at an Auction

BY Mabuyane Mabuza Times are tough and the cost of living is escalating not only in South Africa but the world over. Some are barely surviving; some introduce different financial methods to survive. Most consumers are losing their possessions such…

Mercedes Benz’s GLC, an overall rewarding drive

  BY Boipelo Kekana As the sun kissed the vibrant streets of Cape Town, I had the privilege of experiencing the unveiling of Mercedes Benz’s latest marvels: the GLC. The event delivered on the promised experience as per the invitation…

Blazing the trail, ChefMogau ‘The Lazy Makoti’ Seshoene

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe Chef Mogau Seshoene has built an impressive career from her passion for South African food, inspired by her mother’s cooking. She has authored best-selling cookbooks and has been decorated with many accolades for her contribution to local…

Bringing sexy back, Volvo C40 Recharge

BY Aurelia Mbokazi-Kashe   The Volvo C40 Recharge landed on our roads promising to bring sexy back. Granted, it is a spectacular car and caters to all the senses. It being an Electric Vehicle (EV) added the je ne sais…

Grand city escape with rich history

BY Mabuyane Mabuza Nestled in the heart of Cape Town city centre, the Gorgeous George hotel stands tall and regal on St. George’s Mall. It’s a grand old building, with a long history stretching back to the early 1900s. Once…

Sunday feast fit for royalty

BY Mabuyane Mabuza What is a girl to do when you have the new Range Rover in your garage and no plans? You dress up in your Sunday finest and let the beast find you a perfect spot for much-needed…

Festival of Motoring proudly presented by WesBank

The Festival of Motoring which is proudly presented by WesBank, makes it annual return for the fourth year, to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 22 to 25 August 2019.   The festival which usually runs over three days, has…

The Lazy Chef, leads a journey filled with flavour, melody and visual storytelling

BY Motlatsi Kekana Makhiba Modupe, affectionately known as The Lazy Chef, is a vibrant soul from Botshabelo, Free State, who exudes a passion for food, music, and photography. At 29 years old, her  journey has been one of culinary exploration and…

A Lovelee Life with Dr Lerato

‘Tis the Season I grew up in the village of Ga-Mphahlele in the early 1980’s. Back then, going to a doctor was a luxury that had to be earned by a severe illness. Getting sick with “flu” in those days…

Ask Mabs : Car safety for children

Hey Mabs! I am so frustrated with parents driving around with kids peeking their heads in the middle of the two front seats of the car. Can you please make them aware of the proper safety measures for children (especially…

The Nissan X-Trail has a perfect little formula

BY Motlatsi Kekana It is impossible to take away someone’s niche, and for Nissan, that niche is their interior design. While opinions may vary on their cars, one thing they consistently excel at is creating comfortable, premium-feeling interiors with high-quality…

Risai Wanders survived a three month Euro-trip in winter 

BY Gugulethu Tshabalala Tapiwa Risai Kahari is a digital content creator and travel blogger on her platform, Risai Wanders. She is also a photographer and a vlogger. A former lawyer, she recently pivoted and is much happier with her new…

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