Your Family magazine hit the shelves and the hearts of South Africans in 1973, and has produced home-grown information, recipes, crafts and more ever since. Meet the team who makes this all possible…
A lover of all things creative and new, I spend most of my free time looking for and sharing inspiring ideas: recipes, emerging trends, tips and advice, gorgeous crafts to try. I’m really lucky that there is so much overlap between this and Your Family’s content: every day is a chance to create something amazing. You can find me on Instagram and Pinterest.
Elsa de Beer
I’ve been with Caxton for 11 years and thoroughly enjoy my role within the Your Family team. Each day is different; there’s always a reader needing assistance with a pattern or a recipe and sometimes it means digging in the archives back to the 70s when we started. I love being able to help – I’m a natural nurturer.
If you are what you eat then I am the sweetest person in the world! I love condensed milk, chocolate, butter and cream. Recently becoming a mom has made me more aware of eating healthy too. So zucchini spaghetti, cauli-rice, juicy tomatoes and avocadoes have become a regular on my weekly shopping list. Follow me on Pinterest or Instagram to see if I’m being naughty or nice.
I enjoy each and every recipe we make in our lovely kitchen – they are always delicious and it’s exciting for me to constantly be trying new things as a chef. Another reason I love working with food is because, often, I end up creating recipes I never planned – by mixing and playing with different ingredients, the result can be something entirely unexpected… and tasty!
My hobbies are painting with watercolour, reading, knitting and sewing, actually I’m always game to try my hand at any craft! To let off steam I go to Zumba classes and to stay sane I make sure I attend my weekly yoga class! The only social media platform I spend much time on, besides Facebook, is Pinterest and you can find me adding madly to all my craft boards.
Parenting and Shopping editor
I’ve been part of the team for over nine years. I’m fascinated by human behaviour so enjoy sinking my teeth into the Parenting, Well-being and Relationship stories; and my friends can’t believe that shopping is part of my job! My children, Murray (11) and Roxanne (9) are my everything and I’ve been happily married to Christo for 13 years.
I’m a total digital and social media junkie, and a craft addict! If I can make it, no matter the effort or time, I will. Knitting is my favourite thing and I’m learning how to sew too. I’ve got a craft blog packed with tons of tutorials, my own patterns, recipes and DIYs too. Follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to.
Sithembiso Promise Xaba
I’ve been working for the magazine for the past six months and I’ve already learnt tons! My passion with literature and the true expression of writing led me to start my blog, Words that start with P. Since joining the team; I’ve also became addicted to crocheting – because as all things wonderful, it’s relaxing and I get a thrill from making things I can keep or give to a loved one. See what I’m up to on Instagram.