Want to go to the 2014 FoodWineDesign Fair? I’m your girl :)

This pic was one of my highlights on my own Instagram feed last year:


Not because of it’s photographic prowess. Haha! Not because of the atrocious lighting or the fact that it’s blurry. Not even because of the EPIC photo bomber ;)

Because of the faces of my dear friends. Just being their beaming, silly selves.

Inspired by all they saw, touched, felt and perhaps also by a glass of wine, enjoyed under the stars, on a balmy summer’s evening.

Who wouldn’t be happy after ooh-ing, mmm-ing and eating the crumbs off each other’s plates in order to taste the entire smorgasbord of dinner delights at the FoodWineDesign Fair? Yep, this was taken at one of the coolest outings we went on in 2013, on the roof of Hyde Park Shopping Centre, nogal.

So, that’s why I’m SUPER excited about the fact that the fair is back and the 2014 edition brings with it an emphasis on HANDMADE CONTEMPORARY.


And if you’ve never been, imagine leather workers, jewellers, ice cream makers and hand pulled noodle experts… Basically all kinds of brilliant, creative South African artisans – showcasing their craft in a beautiful Victorian-themed urban garden. You can see the artisans at work and chat to them, to better understand studio life and the level of skill required to create something truly special. And most of all, you’ll be able to buy proudly South African artisinal products, from the people who made them, who imagined them, who brought them to magical life.

One of my favorites from last year, Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx, will be  back in 2014 and if you haven’t picked up on this design maestro’s buzz yet, go feast your eyes on the rad videos on the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary FoodWineDesign Fair‘s YouTube channel, which gives you a lekker peek behind the creative curtain:



To get your hands on one of TWO great hampers – which includes a set of double tickets as well product valued at R500…

Tweet @Elmakapelma using the hashtag #HandmadeContemporary and tell me why you deserve to win. 

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Tag a pic & you can drive my car for a month! #ElmaInAction

Usually car sponsorship deals basically consist of bragging about lekker new wheels. Which is great for the person who gets sponsored.But then you see the pic and feel totally left out.

And envious.


Car Envy

I get you. But Action Motors Krugersdorp and I want you to get in on the action (I know, cheesy!).

If you move around the North-western ‘burbs of Joburg, keep an eye out for my new steed. When you see it, snap a pic, load it on your Facebook or Twitter profile and include the hashtag #ElmaInAction.

We’ll keep an eye on you & the coolest pic gets you the use of my car (or one JUST like it) for a month!

Which car am I driving this month…?


ecoSportThe Ford EcoSport, which is a really cool urban (read: slightly smaller) SUV with a solid 20cm ground clearance AND it gives you nearly 20km/liter in terms of fuel economy. Basically it offers great value, it’s very versatile and it’s SUPER fuel-economical. Eco AND Sport. You see?

Oh – and I had to park it at a mall today in one of those ridiculously tight spots (I’m used to something considerably smaller!) and it’s actually surprisingly compact. It’s  easy to manuever into tight spots – perfect for town – but also great for ramping stuff & looking buff!

These are just the obvious bits, but I’ll share more of my favorite features as I discover them. The great thing about this campaign is that you don’t have to take my word for it – you can drive this car for a month and make up your own mind!

I’ll also be trying out a different car from the Action Motors Krugersdorp range every month and together we’ll be better informed about what each of them has to offer!


That, right there, holding the flowers and the keys - could be you!

That, right there, holding the flowers and the keys – could be you!




Join me, Polly, Sias, Bok, Flip, Bismarck, Francois & Kingsley Heath to save the Rhino!

I really need your help here! Kingsley Heath has thrown their weight behind Rhino conservation and along with Shaun Pollock, Bismarck du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe, Francois Steyn, Sias du Plessis & Bok van Blerk I’ve taken this opportunity to try and raise awareness and funds for the Wildlands Conservation Trust.


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Well, we’ve all heard about the threat to the survival of our rhino, but did you know the world’s rhino population has fallen by more than 90% in the past 30 years? That’s massive!

30 species of rhino once roamed the planet, yet at this stage only 5 species remain and all of them are threatened.

This year alone, so far, 631 rhinos have been poached*.

Thats nearly 3 every single day.

Help us and Kingsley Heath to raise funds towards the purchase of tracking units for the Wildlands Conservation Trust initiative.

For more information on the initiative and to get involved visit  Kingsley Heath.

If you’re too lazy for that – please just text ELMA to 49794 at a cost of R30 to vote for my really cool custom-designed Rhino. Look – it’s even painted in my high school’s colours :)

Paarl Gym, in case you’re wondering!

Yes, that's Handre Pollard. Paarl Gym's latest Springbok back in 2012 when he was still playing for the first team!

Yes, that’s Handre Pollard. Paarl Gym’s latest Springbok, back in 2012 when he was still playing for the first team!


BOTTOM LINE: Vote for your favourite Rhino & Donate R30.

Want the Rhino? Be the highest donator for one of the Rhinos, and it is yours. Ta-da! 


Weet jy vir wie en waarvoor jy vandag gaan stem?

Hier’s ‘n verskeidenheid onderhoude wat ek in die aanloop na die verkiesing met partyleiers gevoer het, regstreeks op Dagbreek.
Kyk, luister & hopelik help dit jou om ‘n ingeligte besluit te neem.









Hear Me Now: To be heard, listen.

I read Julius Malema’s letter in Beeld (here’s an English version) today and spotted him doing the same thing I’ve been battling to balance recently…

Staying within earshot, but speaking up loud enough to be heard.

For what it’s worth, I’ll put money on Malema not having actually written this letter at all (perhaps he edited it?) – just YouTube any of his speeches before you disagree with me – but I digress.

The thing most people battle with, when we’re really trying to get a message across – wether it’s about convincing your best friend to wear those green jeans because she really has the ass for it, or disagreeing with your folks about gay marriage, or telling people on twitter that black-on-white-racism does exist – is really being heard, but that’s not the key.

I’ve spotted a golden thread, a central principle, let’s call it a “lesson” which has stood out in my own life and in the news stories I’ve read over the last few weeks: To be heard, you need to listen….

1. Reassure first. Especially if they already think they don’t agree with you. Understand them. And don’t think you can fake it – they’ll see right through you and then any chance for building that bridge of understanding will really be game over.

Most people are willing to simply agree to disagree, but only once they feel that you’ve shown a respectful amount of effort to try and understand. Stay within earshot, hear them, twist your ear if need be – but make the effort.

2. Acknowledge. Even simply repeating a message in your own words really gets that across. Stick around for it. Digest it. Invest your time, your consideration. Demonstrate it.

3. Then highlight the crucial difference between their opinion / position / behavior and yours. State it. Don’t apologize for it. Trust that you’ve positioned yourself within earshot – you’re receptive, but not submissive.

Going in like a bull in a china shop, stomping your feet and shooting invisible plumes of steam from your ears might secure the kind of instant release YOU seek, but it’s a sure way of destroying any of the common ground there might be up for grabs.

We need a lot of constructive communication: in this country, in our personal lives and especially on social media.

Too often we enter a conversation guns ablaze, only to miss out on a chance to really connect.

Ironically, this is usually done out of fear of NOT being heard.

Remain within earshot.

Life is about going somewhere, not about arriving.

Blogging is a lot like going to gym (something I took up in January for the first time).

It’s really fun and quite an adventure at first… and then life gets in the way.

So, I’m that person today who finally makes their return to the treadmill after they’ve spent most of April and May doing the “life” equivalent of pigging out on the couch!

I travelled.

The centre of the consumerism universe - Times Square!

The centre of the consumerism universe – Times Square!

I worked.

Green screens bring out my eyes ;)

Green screens bring out my eyes ;)

And I even did a bit of work while traveling, as well.

Like Miami, but with Rugby. Debben!

Like Miami, but with Rugby. Debben!

But as much as I love learning about other places and cultures, the most valuable lessons I’ve learnt from traveling has always been about myself. I recommend you leave your home as soon as possible, even if only for a night and even if you simply go to the closest place to where you stay! Because half the satisfaction I get from traveling, lies in what I realise about myself when I return home.

Traveling really isn’t about where you go,

or how long you stay there.

Traveling is about perspective.

Whether your destination is Bloemfontein or Barcelona, Durban or Dubai, you’re guaranteed to return home with a few new things from every trip . Trust me, I’ve been to all of these in the past year and my bags came back much heavier!

But the most valuable things you get to take home with you, won’t cost a cent:

  • A fresh new take on where you’re from – comparatively speaking, distance wise and the perspective people at your destination hold of your point of origin. These are invaluable because you figure out just how much your heritage matters, not because it affords you anything – perhaps it affords you nothing at all (as is the case with the Rand exchange rate!). It’s significant simply because you realize that you belong. You came from somewhere. It’s not a disadvantage nor is it an advantage, unless you decide to label it one way or the other. It is, quite simply, context.
  • Where you fit in – there’s always someone better and worse off than you, no matter where you go on earth. The scope of that simple truth has never ceased to astound me. It’s the outlines of your existence.How you colour the picture in, whether you even stay within the lines or go outside them – all of that is within your power. Wether being better or worse off than someone depends on a bank balance, your number of twitter followers or how many hours you have to spend on the beach – it’s all relative. How you see this depends as much on where you’re from (what you’re used to, if you may) as it depends on your perspective. It’s quite a relief to remove yourself from your self-imposed standards, your context and your outlines. The anonymity travel affords you creates a kind of vacuum, within which you can float freely, observing, enjoying and learning.
  •  Where you’re going – your dreams, goals, priorities and plans nearly always end up shifting, changing, evolving and growing in their scope. It’s about fueling your imagination, feeding your flights of fancy and entertaining a greater variety of variables in your own calculation of what  you’re capable of.

I love what I get to do for a living. I’m incredibly grateful, but it’s as a direct result of my recent travels that I’ve realised how big my comfort zone has become. I don’t think I’m alone in my experience of this as a kind of “quarter life crisis”. I think you reach a point when you start looking at your goals of a few years ago and you come to the shocking realization that you’ll have to start adding to the list.

Nothing you really want will happen unless you make it happen. You’ll only ever get what you’re willing to settle for.

It doesn’t matter how many times the world slams a door in your face,

how many times your extra effort has gone unappreciated,

how many extra miles you’ve gone to achieve your goals – even if it was to no avail.

What matters is that you set goals that utilizes where you’re from, that puts to good use the insight you have gained into who you are and where you fit in and most importantly: set goals that make the process of getting there worth your while.

Because even if you spend the next …forever getting there, once you start doing things for yourself, doing what you really want to do simply because you enjoy doing it, you free yourself up from dreading the journey, you stop living for the destination.

You learn that thanks to those ever-shifting goalposts, the endless list of destinations on our to-do lists, you might as well find the value in coming home from every adventure a little wiser, a little more aware of where you’re from and a little more enlightened about where you want to go.

But mostly, you learn that the real reward lies in gaining value from the process of getting there.

The 1 modern “convenience” I dread using.

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I’d rather drink lukewarm tea than wait for the water to boil properly (I know, it’s bad!).

While sitting in traffic is highly annoying and a 14hour flight feels like a life sentence, strangely enough, these are not the things that get to me most.

I blame my S-E-R-I-A-S impatient pet dislike hate on… call centres.

Dante 2.0 would’ve added this as the 10th circle of hell, had he lived among us modern humans. In fact, they should make a reality TV show where, in stead of having to eat disgusting things or stand on a 6 foot pole in the blazing sun, contestants have to survive call centers – both working in them and trying to get anything done through them.

It’s this dislike for an automated answering service, the punching in of numbers, holding on forever and eventually – ultimately – collapsing into a frustrating, but futile, fit that informs my distaste.

This thing I dislike so intensely is actually service you used to pay extra for. Something you actually used to buy a machine for!

Something which, on your birthday, is your saving grace – otherwise you’d spend 25 out of the 24hours of the day with a phone to your ear.

You guessed it: I absolutely, positively dread VOICEMAIL.

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Am I irrational?

Does it not irritate you when you spend 3 minutes trying to decode some terribly broken up, muffled, whispered or shouted voice message? Or, better yet – my pet favourite, when it’s interrupted by some other noise!

What exactly are you supposed to glean from 15 seconds of distorted audio that sounds like your first car’s Chinese-made radio trying to rap a Jack Parow song?

Surely, if it’s someone you know, you’ll see the missed call from them or better yet – they can what’s app you, bbm you, text you, mail you or tweet you if it’s urgent.

Or even – how’s this for novel – phone again later if you haven’t phoned them yet, since the lack of a message must mean it’s just for a good social chat? The Catholic Church still specialize in smoke signals and hey, be my guest if you’re all for retro, but would it be rude to just disable my voicemail altogether?

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I tend to put off listening to voicemails and eventually forget about them. Or I’d be on a flight or in a movie and when I switch my phone on again I’d be so bombarded by the collected texts, whats apps, tweets and mails that are delivered at once, that phoning a number to spend 3 minutes trying to make my way through my voicemail menu to sort, save, delete and reply to messages just honestly seems like a pain.

Am I turning into a recluse?

Anti-social and unable to communicate vocally? I doubt that, since I communicate for a living.

I think it’s just natural to want to have more control over the sheer volume of it in your daily life.

It’s Cruy Cruy – Riaan Cruywagen is back on TV (with me!) from Monday!

Guess who's back...back again...

Guess who’s back…back again…

Ek kan van Maandag af vir Riaan Cruywagen my kollega noem.

Dis myns insiens die ultimate claim to fame – iets waaroor ek mateloos opgewonde is. Skakel Maandagoggend in, ek hoor hy gaan ook nie noodwendig ‘n pak dra nie ;)




…En dis hoekom ek so graag soggens 3:30 opstaan!

Sedert ek die eerste keer in ‘n live TV ateljee ingestap het op die 1ste Augustus 2008, wou ek nog altyd net een ding doen: om daagliks terug te gaan! Daar’s min dinge só ontsaglik senutergend en uitdagend soos live TV, maar om op 26 al die geleentheid te kry om aan ‘n daaglikse TV program van hierdie omvang en verskeidenheid te werk (saam met ‘n uiters talentvolle span) is geweldig bevredigend en ‘n enorme voorreg.

So, ingeval jy uitgemis het op enige van (of selfs al) die lekker mense wat ek al oor die afgelope 3 maande op Dagbreek ontmoet het en al die interessante dinge wat ons al bespreek het, het ek nou vir jou ‘n paar klein clips uit ‘n verskeidenheid onderhoude bymekaar gemaak – ter illustrasie van presies hoekom vroeg-opstaan deesdae vir my só lekker is!

Jodi Picoult
Gister oggend, voor meeste mense nog aan ontbyt gedink het, het ek die kans gekry om die wêreld-bekende Amerikaanse skrywer Jodi Picoult te ontmoet en uit te vra oor haar nuwe boek. (!!)

Die onderhoud was (in my nederige opinie) heeltemal te kort – maar dis mos maar die aard van die uitsaaiwese, tyd is kosbaar. Soos wat jy sal sien was ek baie haastig om soveel as moontlik vrae in te prop in ons kort gesprek, maar gelukkig het sy lekker bondig saamgesels.
Hier’s ‘n klein stukkie van ons gesprek:

Gwen Ramakgopa
Op 10 Janaurie het ek die kans gekry om met die Adjunk Minister van Gesondheid, Dr Gwen Ramakgopa te gesels oor voorgestelde wetgewing wat die vertoon van sigarette in winkels sal stopsit:

Tony Ehrenreich
Die voortslepende geweld op plase in die Wes-Kaap was laasjaar al groot nuus en ekt op 22 November 2012 die geleentheid gehad om die Wes-Kaapse Sekretaris van COSATU hieroor uit te vra:

En ter viewing van Dagbreek se eerste dag op die lug, op 5 November 2012, het Zapiro (oftewel Jonathan Shapiro) by ons in die ateljee ‘n draai kom maak om die aap uit die mou te laat oor sy mees onlangse spotprent-boek “…But Will It Stand Up In Court?” en hoekom Pres Jacob Zuma sy hoogs omstrede siviele saak oor die ‘Rape of Lady Justice’ prent teen Zapiro laat vaar het:

Dagbreek is elke weeksoggend van 5:30-7:30 op kykNET (DSTV kanaal 144) te sien. Jy kan natuurlik ook deel wees van die program: sluit aan by die gesprek op ons Facebook blad of op Twitter!

2013 won’t suck. I promise.

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with all the looming pressure of 2013?  While everyone else seems excited and prepared, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to carpe diem the shit life out of the great new expanse of fresh starts waiting for all of us in 2013… Are you the grinch of New Years’ Eve?

Well, even if you’re not quite as out-there on the 1 to grinch scale of New Years’ Eve naffness, but you’re feeling a little… mild… about all the hoohaa. Here’s something to get amped about.

In fact, I’ve got 10 reasons, at least one of them should get your heart aflutter. If not, check for a pulse.

ASAP, as in January 15th – that’s when A$AP Rocky will drop his debut album featuring acts like Lana del Rey, Santigold, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Florence Welch etc.

‘Nuff said.

His rumoured girlfriend, the lady with the filthiest mouth on the charts, Azealia Banks will also drop her HIGHLY anticipated debut offering on 212 – also known as New York’s telephone code, the 12th of February, her debut single or all of the above. You choose.

And then from two bright young things, to a lady of some pop music pedigree. Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong, a.k.a. Dido, is back. 10 years after White Flag, she’s put together a new offering sampling the talents of her brother Rollo (one half of Faithless) as well as breakout Britpop hit makers Rizzle Kicks. Let’s hold thumbs they spice up her ethereal awesomeness just a bit, since I still think her work is best appreciated when juxtaposed with Eminem’s…

‘Paramore’ (April 9th)

Their self-titled fourth studio album, the first in three years, will also be their first without founding members Josh and Zac Farro. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson (M83, Neon Trees) and featuring former Nine Inch Nails and Lostprophets and current Angels & Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin. Nice!

Have I mentioned that I might have a teeny tiny girl-crush on Hayley?

50 Cent
 – ‘Street King Immortal

After umpteen delays and soap opera-style long-running tension with his record label, Fiddy’s overdue, extensively reworked fifth full-length is due in February – reportedly to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his 2003 debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Let’s hope he doesn’t actually die trying’ – it’s taking long enough!

Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

There’s no official release date yet, but Lady Gaga has dropped plenty of hints about the project, aside from its name (“When POP sucks the tits of ART,” she declared on Twitter), she’s revealed that she’s written more than 50 songs for the album. A multi-media release, it will be available as a mobile and computer app, complete with a film for every song and Gaga-inspired games. Photographer Terry Richardson will chronicle every minute of its creation for a documentary, as well. Go big or go…. Monster, ne?


What's poppin'?

What’s poppin’?


It’s only been 18 months since her last album 4 – and less than a year since she gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy — but with a Super Bowl gig and a Pepsi campaign on the books, Queen B will undoubtedly give the BeyHive new songs to buzz about. The big question is wether she’ll drop the debut single of her new album on Ivy’s B-day (Jan 7th) or on Superbowl night (Feb 3rd)…

Lady in red?

Lady in red.

Katy Perry

It’s hard to believe that all of her massive success (EIGHT hit singles!) came from just one album. 2010′s “Teenage Dream” debuted at no1 on the Billboard album chart – so, how do you top that?

Well, you reunite with the old team Greg Wells (“Waking Up in Vegas,” “Ur So Gay”) and Bonnie McKee (“Teenage Dream”, “Last Friday Night” and “California Gurls”). Recent songwriting and production credits by Greg Wells include working with Adele Colbie Caillat Kid Cudi

Following the break-up of her marriage to comedian Russell Brand, she admitted: ‘I would love the next album to be the black box of who I am.’ However she denied that the entire album would have such a focus, saying: ‘I’d never devote a whole record to heartbreak. ‘I’m happy, I’m in a good place, I’m looking forward to my future.’ She’s currently dating John Mayer – who wouldn’t be?

Cute, julle!

Cute, julle!


They definitely haven’t been Taking it Easy!

103 live shows

4 international tours

6 number 1 hit tracks.

GoodLuck have been in constant demand this year. Their recent mixtape ‘The Lucky Packet’ launched a month ago and has already positioned them as the number 1 selling electronic act on the iTunes South Africa charts. They’ll see in 2013 by taking some time out of their performance schedule to start work on album number 2.

Can. Not. WAIT!


Kanye’s producer No I.D. and longtime pals Dr. Dre & 50 Cent are firmed to be on Slim Shady’s next effort, which is confirmed to arrive in 2013 as the follow-up to 2010’s “Recovery”. He’s also headlining the Leeds and Reading Festivals in England in August, so expect at least something from him by then. In the meantime, you can buy his baseball cap. It’s for a good cause.

How to look Slim Shady 101

Look-Like-Slim 101


Happy 2013 – here’s to much more awesomeness in your ears, for the 12 months ahead!