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Patrick Siebel

‘Off the Cuff’ with Luxury Africa’s Patrick Siebel

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Fancy an extravagant and indulgent African adventure? Luxury Africa takes a sumptuous slant on ‘going bush’ with its bespoke, high-end service and insider knowledge of the top safari spots in Africa. Owner, Patrick Siebel chatted to JN. My secret pleasure is … Driving a really fast & responsive car on a twisty but scenic mountain pass. My first job was … Church Administrator at Glenridge Church International. My most annoying habits are … Being pedantic about how things should look or are how they should be executed. A clear childhood memory is … Skiing down a run on my own, straight up to a restaurant where I ordered something to eat. Davos, Switzerland – aged 4. What makes me really nervous is … My kids being in a situation where they are not able to stand up for themselves. The best advice my parents gave me was … You need to be able to sit on the side of the road with a beggar, yet just as effortlessly be able to have …

“Off the Cuff” with designer, Laurence Humier

MILAN, ITALY―Multi-talented Belgian architectural engineer, Laurence Humier works as a designer, providing services and products in the field of industrial design, communication services and education. She recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for The Alchemist Matter Kit, an educational tool that enables children from 5 to 12 years old to create DIY matter. She chats with JournoNews. My secret pleasure is … to soak in my bathtub. My first job was … a flower seller. My most annoying habit is … being stubborn. A clear childhood memory is … the night movie ‘Friday’ at my grandparents’ house. What makes me really nervous is … the authority. The best advice my grandparents gave me was … do what you like in life. If I wasn’t an industrial designer, I’d be … an actress. I’m most thankful for … having very great friends. My favorite meal is … tomato spaghetti. I know it’s good for me, but I hate … jogging. A book I love is … 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea A song that resonates is … Dancing in the Dark. My ‘happy place’ is … in the arms of my love. My most …

“Off the Cuff” with Consumer Writer, Wendy Knowler

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA―Award-winning consumer writer, Wendy Knowler, is a columnist for Times Media and presents Consumerwatch on East Coast Radio. Journonews caught up with her. My secret pleasure is … Kissing my teens when they’re asleep My first job was … as a waitress in a steakhouse joint where the bombastic owner constantly chastised me for not wearing enough make-up and ‘talking back’. My most annoying habits are … My kids would say striking up conversations with strangers “sooo embarrassing…”; and singing along to songs on the radio with only a casual observance of lyrics. I’d say often being a few minutes late instead of on time or early (working on it); talking too much, procrastination. A clear childhood memory is … At school, aged 10, being taken outside to witness an eclipse of the sun. We were sternly warned not to look at the sun until we had our protective glasses on, but for some reason I snuck a peek and I have an eclipse burn on my retina as a permanent memory of …

“Off the Cuff” with Michael Cassidy, founder of African Enterprise

PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—MICHAEL CASSIDY, world renowned author, speaker and founder of African Enterprise gives JournoNews an insight into the man behind the evangelist. My secret pleasure is … Let me put a question to you … Can you keep a secret? You can? Well, so can I! My first job was … a school master teaching little boys French, Latin, cricket, soccer and boxing! My most annoying habits are … Ask my friends. I don’t think any of my habits are annoying!! A clear childhood memory is … early morning horseback rides with my dad. What makes me really nervous is … being caught by surprise and asked to propose a toast to someone. The best advice my parents gave me was … wait for the right girl to marry. If I wasn’t an evangelist, I’d be … a panel beater, because I love seeing a born again car after a crash! I’m most thankful for … my parental upbringing, for Robbie Footner who led me to Christ, for my wife, Carol, and for my children. My favourite meal is … breakfast. Nothing …

“Off the Cuff” with Stewart Steven

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—Stewart Steven epitomises what it means to ‘live life to the full’. While he and his wife, Ali, have a knack for buying, renovating and selling houses, he still finds time to lead Real Life Church in Johannesburg. He chats to JN. My secret pleasures … Great friends, good coffee and food—may sound cliché, but I do place great value on friends and family. Good food and great coffee enhance this experience. Sometimes the more the wine, the better the friends become. (Think there is some truth in that …) My first job was … A short stint as Client Liaison for a publishing company before a change took me to Bible School—taught me more of what I don’t want in life (i.e. religion), but did find what I wanted. Faith should be fun … My most annoying habits are … Won’t put hot and cold food on the same plate. Happy to ask for two or three plates when coming over to your place for dinner. Must be the first to read the newspaper. A …

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“Off the Cuff” with SuzelleDIY!

SOUTH AFRICA — Somerset West’s rapidly rising domestic goddess, Suzelle DIY, star of the endearingly funny Bitesize Do-It-Yourself Webseries on YouTube, chats to JournoNews. My secret pleasure is … Watching soapies while drinking tea with a lot of condensed milk in it. My first job was … for a company that made road signs. My job was to put a lot of letters into a lot of envelopes. I invented a way to do it very quickly, maybe I should make a DIY video about it. My most annoying habits are … Finishing other people’s sentences and talking too much … well that’s what Marianne says. A clear childhood memory is … Winning a raffle competition when I was in Grade 2 – I won a double adapter plug and an extension cable. What makes me really nervous is … Those small dogs that make that snoring sound when they breathe. The best advice my parents gave me was … My mom always told me to dress in my best no matter what – even if …

“Off the Cuff” with funny man, Barry Hilton

A PROFESSIONAL INTERNATIONAL stand up comedian for 32 years, Barry Hilton lives in South Africa but works globally. He has starred in two movies and produced award-winning DVD’s, is sought after for corporate events and his public performances are sold out world-wide. My secret pleasure is … cooking … with my thermomix. My first job was … a school boy. My most annoying habits are … my wife says it is leaving the bathroom floor flooded after my shower and my love of fart jokes, not being able to concentrate on any one thing for very long, my phobia about not having my passport on me and checking for it every two minutes while travelling, asking where things are before I’ve even looked for them … before this list overtakes the whole interview, let’s stop it here. A clear childhood memory is … when I was ten years old, it was summer time in the UK where we lived and the sky was absolutely clear. I was playing outside at night and I looked up and saw a massive …

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“Off the Cuff” with Artist, Louise Grove Wiechers

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN, SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND—South African born artist, Louise Grove Wiechers owns and runs Redbarnstudio, a working studio and gallery in The Scenic Rim area of Australia’s Gold Coast Hinterland. Louise has had many solo and group exhibitions and has won several art awards. Her work forms part of many private and corporate collections worldwide. She chats to JN. My secret pleasure is … Lying in a hammock … reading … condensed milk … My first job was … When I was a student, I worked in the Barley Lab of the Wheat Board, evaluating the germination rates of barley grains … strange, but true … My most annoying habits are … Trying to achieve perfection … impatience … being so enthusiastic, that I run out of speed … A clear childhood memory is … Smelling orange blossoms on the farm near White River, South Africa … my mom and dad were looking after a citrus farm when I was small. I also recall the rhythmic late afternoon African drumming of the workers on the …

“Off the Cuff” with evangelist and author, Angus Buchan

SOUTH AFRICA―Writer and evangelist Angus Buchan’s first book, “Faith Like Potatoes” was based on his own powerful journey of faith as a young migrant farmer in South Africa battling to tame an unforgiving environment. Since then, he has gone on to write several other books and inspire thousands of men around the world through his Mighty Men Conferences. JournoNews captures the lighter side of Angus in “Off the Cuff“. My secret pleasure is … watching good quality Western movies. My first job was … working in a tyre factory. My most annoying habits are … talking too much, which tends to make me late, ask my wife, but I really love people. A clear childhood memory is … giving my life to Jesus at a movie house when only about six years old. What makes me really nervous is … when I have a meeting to speak at overseas, and the airport announcement says the domestic flight might be delayed, which would mean I would miss my international connection, and the Conference. The best advice my …