The one indulgence you would never forgo? I always try to make time to visit Brookdale in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands at least once a year, because it makes you realise how much we generally neglect ourselves — from a dietaryperspective to holistically taking care of our bodies — while we deal with everyday stresses of the big city.
The grooming staples you are never without? It used to be my electric shaver, but it seems to have been the cause of my terrible breakouts and ingrown hairs and bumps, so I’ve just recently started using a good old razor, which has been the best decision I’ve made in 2017.
Your all-time favourite gadget? They come no better, greater, simpler than my iPod and headphone set. Given the amount of travelling I do, I’m afforded an opportunity to simply escape and get closer to the music that I love. I’m also not a big fan of small talk on aeroplanes, so it helps to politely inform the person next to me as to my state of mind.
The single object you would never part with? I did some “affirmative shopping” on my partner’s old-fashioned alarm clock! I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve been known to work till late and miss my flights; however, this thing is so loud that you have no excuse. So I pack it and take it with me wherever I go — it’s mine now!
Your favourite drink? I have acquired a taste for bubbly, more specifically Veuve Clicquot. There’s something about the Brut taste: sweet champagne I unfortunately cannot get along with.
The restaurant you frequent most often? I’m a homebody and really yearn for the traditional dishes. I was introduced to Mash Braaihouse in Douglasdale and I really enjoy the mogodu, dombolo, lamb stew/curry, and even skopo. It’s all in the preparation and flavours, and both these dishes score very highly.
Your personal style signifier? I’m a baseball-cap person: I’ve always worn caps since my younger days and have surprisingly kept up with that tradition till now. Bar having a meeting or having to do my television work, I never leave the house without popping on one of my caps. During my travels, I also try to bring back a unique cap from each country I visit.
The last item you bought and loved? It has to be my juicer. I’ve always bought things that I ended up not using, so I’m kinda proud of this purchase for a change.
Your favourite timepiece and why? Strangely enough, I don’t wear watches. I’ve tried and it doesn’t seem as if that’s ever gonna happen.
An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to in the past year? I had heard a lot about Nigeria and, of course, all the stereotypes that go with the country, until I travelled to Abuja, where I met the most awesome people who were ultra-friendly and willing to share information about their country, introduce you to the cuisine, and take you around the city. I’m looking forward to another visit to my favourite Naija.
The book on your bedside table? Gifted, Hunted & Haunted by Hosea Ramphekwa. It’s an easy read that I’ve had for a year, but one that I’m glad I’m finally reading. The author is a young, talented, local writer who’s going places.
The last meal that truly impressed you? It was a combination of my mother’s cooking, as well as my elder sister Nomvula’s. Knuckles, neck, dumpling, and veggies. I think they should open up a restaurant.
The last music you downloaded? I’ve gone absolutely crazy downloading all of Al Jarreau’s songs, including all his collaborations and previously unreleased material. What a genius — may his soul rest in peace.
The one thing you will always find in your fridge? Fruit. Fruit. Fruit. And more fruit! And being a farm boy, the love for meat is always there. Oops, those are two things... Sorry, who’s counting?
The best gift you’ve given recently? I managed to finally clear my garage of lots of stuff that’s been kept in boxes for many years. People had suggested that I have a garage sale, but I decided against that and donated the bulk of the goods to a charity. Seeing the joy it brought to the kids and adult recipients was enough for me to value the power of giving.
And the best one you’ve received? Love.
The place that inspires you? Home. I always feel grounded and the energy and love that flows is indescribable. I spent the majority of my life away at boarding schools and varsity, and then work. So I never really spent enough time with my parents and sisters. It’s always heaven when I’m back at the family home.
A recent special discovery? The benefits that come with joining up with a boxing club. You swear never to return, initially, but you begin see the benefits, although it requires you to dig deep and commit.
The last item you added to your wardrobe? A tie that my late dad loved to wear. He had great taste.
Favourite city and why? Durban. There’s something authentic about the city as a whole. I generally enjoy driving into the city from Johannesburg.