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Liz Hurley: From Fembot to Organic Farmer

You might not have taken Elizabeth Hurley’s zany character in Austin Powers seriously, but this ex-model is proving she has a head for business – and a knack for organic farming.

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The actress and model isn’t just a health nut, she’s launched a line of organic snacks for consumers made from food produced on her farm in Gloucestershire, England.

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Talk about a change of scenery! After modelling and acting in several films, Hurley packed up and moved to a 400-acre organic farm. Then she teamed up with upscale United Kingdom department store Harrod’s to launch the organic snack range.

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Harrod’s also sells Hurley’s line of beach products called Elizabeth Hurley Beach. The line includes swimwear for adults and kids.

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In 2009, Hurley repeated the success of her snack line with Harrod’s by joining forces with Prince Charles and his organic farming/food company Duchy Originals. She now provides meat and vegetables from her own farm.

So, how can your business learn from Hurley’s success? First, always do what you are passionate about. The Liz Hurley name might be a brand in itself, but if she didn’t produce quality products, the novelty would soon have worn off. Customers love trying new things, but keeping them loyal means you have to deliver.

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Second, choose great partnerships. We might not all have the luxury of being able to secure deals with Harrod’s or partner with the Prince of Wales, but often who you choose to partner with can help your business as much as your own offering. Different markets and synergies can give you access to great new customers, provided your values are aligned.

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Alison Job holds a BA English, Communications and has extensive experience in writing that spans news broadcasting, public relations and corporate and consumer publishing. Find her at Google+.

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(Slideshow) Nataniël: SA’s Singer/Songwriter & Kaalkop Entertainer

South Africa’s very own controversial celeb, Nataniël, has everyone eating at his table.

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Since his solo career launch in 1987, the prolific Nataniël le Roux has released over 15 albums, published 14 books and staged over 60 original theatre shows.

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Nataniël’s honesty in his Kaalkop columns in Sarie magazine over the past 10 years have caused the readers to see him in a new light. His new book Kaalkop 3 combines 54 of his articles from Sarie with new recipes to try out.

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Kaalkop Studio, Nataniël’s lifestyle retail company, has recently expanded its beauty range to paper products made from recycled paper and sustainable sources. In addition to its luxurious beauty range, the outlet also sells necklaces, items for the kitchen and Kaalkop coffee.

Nataniël is also the manager of his own recording label, Nataniël House Of Music.

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Nataniël is not only one of SA’s leading performers, he is also a firm advocate of children’s rights. He has been working with Child Welfare South Africa as one of its high profile ambassadors, working tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for CWSA.

He has also started his own charity called The Nataniel Progress Project.

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His show on kykNET!, Die Nataniël Tafel, keeps viewers riveted with witticisms and food fit for a king, stories full of flavour and food for special occasions. Nataniël’s passion for good food comes from a very young age.

Originally inspired by a grandmother with a true love for the kitchen, and later nurtured by his friendhips with several South African food personalities and favourite chefs, his cooking and entertainment skills are legendary.

And last but not least, who can forget Nataniël’s extremely funny advertisements for a retail chain with chef Gordon Ramsay?

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(Slideshow) Gordon Ramsay: Controversial but Successful

Love him or hate him, Gordon Ramsay is a world-class chef and his no-nonsense advice gets the message across every time.

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Work with the best, to be the best

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If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did.

What is your next cow?

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I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.

Look at your passion

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I still love football and I think cooking is like football. It’s not a job, it’s a passion. When you become good at it, it’s a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever.

Game Over – Thanks for playing

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The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.

Push yourself to the extreme

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As a soccer player, I wanted an FA Cup winner’s medal. As an actor you want an Oscar. As a chef it’s three-Michelin’s stars, there’s no greater than that. So pushing yourself to the extreme creates a lot of pressure and a lot of excitement, and more importantly, it shows on the plate.

Stay on track

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Stay fit!

The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate. You need to be strong. Physically fit. So my chefs get weighed every time they come into the kitchen.

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(Slideshow) SA’s Power Couples

These are some impressive SA celebrity partnerships.

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Jerry and Claudine Mofokeng

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The renowned Jerry Mofokeng is a counsellor, actor and director. The South African legend has appeared in movies such as Cry, The Beloved Country, Mandela and De Klerk and Tsotsi. Jerry and his wife, Claudine, have been married for 33 years.

The Mofokengs are relationship counsellors who do presentations around the family institution to churches, business and social groups. Their seminars are also recorded on DVDs.

Heinz and Alette Winckler

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Heinz Winckler is an English and Afrikaans pop singer who won the first season of Idols. He has spent time travelling and performing abroad, including acting and singing in on-stage musicals. Winckler was also a coach on the third season of Patricia Lewis’s hit show Supersterre.

His wife, Alette is an image consultant. As a public figure and speaker she also shares her knowledge with women’s groups, corporates, churches, finishing schools, and brides. She writes a blog on Sarie magazine’s website and is working on a style manual.

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Lloyd and Janice Cele

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Idols runner up Lloyd Cele travels the country performing at live events. He is married to Janice and they have two sons. In addition to being nominated for top accolades, Cele is kept busy, recording songs with top producers, shooting videos and collaborating with leading SA artists.

He is currently lending his name and face to charitable organisations such as Reach For A Dream and the Domestos Toilet campaign, which builds new toilets in schools across SA.

He is also working on his autobiography.

Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter

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Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter are South Africa’s leading Eco-Warriors and one of SA’s most celebrated media power couples. Having made her start on television, Michelle has moved into producing and presenting programmes geared towards nature and wildlife – something she is incredibly passionate about.

Riaan is known to most South Africans as DIY guru, Die Nutsman. His love for the environment has led him to explore the idea of eco-friendly DIY projects.

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Danny K and Lisa Gundelfinger

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Danny K is a local RnB artist and humanitarian. He is married to former swimsuit model turned advocate, Lisa Gundelfinger. Danny joined forces with  Kabelo Mabalane to form SHOUT, a non-profit, anti-crime initiative which partnered with Crime Line to encourage South Africans to take a stand against crime.

In addition to touring and performing with international acts that include Craig David, U2, Beyonce and P Diddy, Danny K has also written and produced songs for the likes of Jamali, TK and Mandoza. He is also been writing a book which is coming out very soon.

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