Expresso Chat with Liezel

by Liezel van der Westhuizen

Expresso presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen blog

10 May 2011 - My MyCiti Bus Adventure

Liezel's adventure on the MyCity Bus

My MyCiti Bus Adventure

I moved to Cape Town in October last year, and heard all about a new bus system that was about to be launched in Cape Town. Finally yesterday after six months of waiting, I heard the news that the new MyCiti bus system was running, from Tableview to Town.

I jumped at the opportunity to try the bus on the 1st day, I called 2 friends and we drove to Bayside mall at Blouberg where the bus was departing from.

We were pleasantly surprised to find the bus waiting already waiting, it departed on time and within 25 minutes we were in town.

The staff at the terminals and on the bus were incredibly friend.

I would recommend the MyCiti Bus service to everyone.

Well done!!

For more information on MyCiti, check out

4 May 2011

Creative Mothers Day Flowers

South Africa is one of 80 countries who will be celebrating mothers day on Sunday 9 May. So this morning the team from Fabulous Flowers(in Cavendish) showed us how to be creative this mothers day.

Here are some creative mothers day ideas:

Expresso Mothers Day Flower Ideas

28 February 2011 -   Weekly Transformation

Expresso weekly transformation

 Our Weekly Transformation

It’s not every day that one gets asked to present the Expresso Make-over slot with a man who is well known in the world of fashion and beauty, and last week I had the honour of working with the man himself Hannon Bothma. Yes, it’s the same man who is well-known for his work as stylist and consultant on various TV shows and in all the major fashion magazines in South-Africa.

I had never met Hannon before and I was blown away by his wealth of knowledge when it came to hair; make-up and fashion. Another thing that blew me away by him is that whilst in high school he played craven week rugby and took ballet lessons on the side, okay, that has nothing to do with make-over’s but it’s a pretty cool fact about a very interesting man.

Back to the make-over of last week.
We got to transform Martha vd Westhuizen (no relation to me, incase you may think a family member was selected for the make-over, no that wasn’t the case, Martha’s mom had in-fact entered her for the makeover)

Martha joined us early last Wednesday morning, and when I say early, we were on set at 3:30am to start the transformation before the 5:30 start of Expresso. Yes, it’s an early morning but we are so busy on set before the show. Martha couldn’t stop smiling during the whole process and it was lovely chatting to her and Hannon during our power-failure in the middle of the show.

I must admit that I love the big reveal after the entire process has been aired on Expresso, and Martha looked sensational. She had on a beautiful dress from Mari&Me and a pair of Errol Arendz shoes (which are the shoes that every lady should invest in, beautiful and comfortable, not two words that you’d often hear when women talk about heels).

Now if you missed last week’s make-over, I have included Martha’s before and after photos.
If you would like to be a part of our weekly transformation, just send an email to

Catch our weekly make-over’s on Wednesdays on SABC 3 at 5:30am on Expresso

Much Love

9 February 2011 -  Valentines Day Makeover

Valentine's Day Makeover with Expresso

Valentine's Day Makeover

This morning on Expresso, we did a make-over with a difference. A couples make-over:
Andro and Marelete du Beer.

The fantastic make-over team comprised of:
Andre Lammers -Stylist
Marius Steenkamp - Make up artist at Bobbi Brown (at Tygervalley)
Andia Boshoff - Hairstylist at Palladium Hair (at Cape Quarter)

The lovely couple received a fantastic gift from Jacob Wiese from Lourensford Wine estate, including a dinner at their River Cafe including a selection of wines and Champagne from Lourensford

I have included the before and after photos from the make-over this morning.

If you would like to be a part of our weekly make-overs, just send your name; age and location to




17 January 2011 - Yoga with Liezel

Expresso presenter Liezel shows us Yoga moves

This morning I got a chance to experience Yoga first hand with Yogini Kate Ball. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy to a high level of attainment is called a yogi or yogini.

Here are some of the benefits of Yoga that Kate shared with me:

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

│Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium
│Blood Pressure decreases
│Breath-holding time increases
│Joint range of motion increase
│Grip strength increases
│Eye-hand coordination improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

│Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
│Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
│Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
│Social adjustment increases
│Anxiety and Depression decrease

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

│Glucose decreases
│Sodium decreases
│Total cholesterol decreases
│Triglycerides decrease
│Cholinesterase increases

Kate Ball is a yoga teacher and the studio manager at Yoga Zone, Cape Town.

To contact Kate, email or for more information on Yoga Zone, the teachers, schedules and fees please visit

7 January 2011 - THE QUEEN'S PLATE

The Queen's Plate

Tomorrow is the big day in Cape Town, its been a week of running around like crazy trying to find that perfect Blue and White dress for the annual Queens Plate. On Expresso yesterday I got to chat to Cape Towns Top Fashionista Sam Walker (from to find out what to expect on this Big day.

Sam suggest that the ladies you look at the movie "My Fair Lady" for inspiration on what to wear and gents, take note of the movie- "The talented Mr Ripley"

Another word of advise that I received from this wonderful fashionista, is that ladies, try to wear flats shoes as its a long day at the races and in the evening you will be dancing the night away.

For more fashion tips, check out

Enjoy The Queens Plate. See you there!

22 December 2010 - 

Expresso presenter Liezel tell us about makeovers

The Expresso Makeover

Every Wednesday on Expresso we get to play the role of a fairy god mother and transform a person from top to toe with our Expresso Makeover. This morning was no different, we transformed Reina. She always liked Christian Louboutin Schuhe in her life.

Reina is a wedding dress designer and feels her style doesn't suit the fashion life style she creates for others. She wants to kick start the year the year with a classy but sophisticated look. She wants to embrace her age and still feel sexy. She also feels that if she gets up positively in the morning it will motivate her husband, and she doesn't want to wear the same jeans and shirt style or louboutin schuhe when she receives her clients.

The team behind Reina's fantastic transformation is:


** If you would like to be part of Expresso's weekly make overs, send an email


Expresso presenter Liezel tell us about her favourite bluecollarwhitecollar shorts

Liezel’s Fashion Express

The past few weeks I have been enjoying living in Cape Town and enjoying the Cape Town weather. I have also discovered the art of wearing shorts, which wasn’t something I never did in Jozi(Don’t ask me as I don’t know why I never wore shorts?!).

So I thought I’d send post some photos of my favourite BLUECOLLARWHITECOLLAR shorts as worn on Expresso.
You can find their shorts or shirts as worn by myself and Michael Mol at

Two Cape Town guys, one Paul van der Spuy, “blue-collar”. Passionate about retro motorbikes and cars, jeans and tees and getting his finger-nails greasy. The other Adrian Heneke, “white-collar”. Loves playing golf, wearing formal gear and business meetings. They are different but the same, they are and live bluecollarwhitecollar, shirts and clothing.

7 December 2010 -  The Vital Run

Expresso presenter Liezel goes on the Vital Run with Louboutin Schuhe

The Vital Run

On Saturday the 4th of December, I enjoyed my first ever 10km race in the Western Cape, at The Vita Run, which was a race arranged by Vital Health Foods, in association with Run/Walk for Life, and many raised from entries were in aid of the PATCH Helderberg Child Abuse Centre.. The race took place at the scenic Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

It was an unforgettable morning at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain for not only the runners, but families and friends who were serious about looking after their health. I entered for the 10km run, not thinking I’d be brave enough for the 21km, as I heard that the 21 km will pose a challenge to gutsy top runners on the first 3 km, but the apparent scenic route would be a reward, as runners could see panoramic views of the Helderberg basin and Hottentots Holland Mountain ranges.

So off I went to join the start of the 10 km route, which I heard was scenic and not too hilly. Being the social runner, I started in the front but soon ended up near the back as I was chatting away to everyone who ran past. It’s always nice to hear the stories of why people run or how they got into running.

What I enjoyed about this run, there was no cut off time, so even for the slowest runner or walker; you could take your time and enjoy your day out in nature.

I compiled a list of races across SA for December, and who knows maybe I will bump into you at the next race!




Date Province Race Venue Contact Telephone
8 DEC 2010 South Western Districts Ernst Louw 10 km Memorial & 5 km Eden Country Inn Des Harris 083-3098732
11 DEC 2010 Eastern Province Volkswagen AAC 10 km & 5 km Despatch Rugby Field Christine Snyman 084-8700808
  Griqualand West Battle for Magersfontein Magersfontein Battlefield David Janse van Vuuren 083-4438198
  Western Province Avbob 15 km Pick 'n Pay Shopping Centre Leon Thelander 083-9996450

12 DEC 2010 KwaZulu-Natal Illovo 15 km Christmas Challenge Westville Athletic Club Sharon Schubach 082-4141783
  Western Province New Balance Surfers Challenge Kommetjie Beach Top Events 021-5117130
15 DEC 2010 Boland Paarl Athletic Club 10 km Faure Street Sybrandt du Plessis 083-4446940
  South Western Districts Knysna 10 km Nite Knysna Marathon Club - Loerie Park Moses Gericke  
16 DEC 2010 Central Gauteng Malcolm X 10 km Vosloorus Stadium James Moloi 082-9300344
  Central Gauteng Wobblers & Wigglers Hat Race Pirates Club Shelagh Smith 082-4858168
  South Western Districts Candlelight Run 10 km & 5 km Run TBA Danie Raubenheimer 083-3767414
  Western Province Guguletu Reconciliation Day 10 km Guguletu Sports Complex Marshall Moiloa 084-6508785
17 DEC 2010 Boland Supa Quick Beach Mile, 5 km & 2.5 km Fun Runs Kleinmond Beach Race Secretary 079-4136610
18 DEC 2010 Boland Whalers 10 km & 5 km Fun Run Onrus River - Beach Carina van der Merwe 082-8238632
  Eastern Province Beach Marathon St Francis Bay Bruce Butler 082-8541740
  Gauteng North Great Run 15.5 km & 5 km Fun Run Weskoppies Hospital Mohau Molelekoa 071-9067144
  KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu Weavers Summer Holiday 23 km Run/Walk Bergville Primary Belinda Smith 082-3968050
  South Western Districts Somerson Half Marathon Diaz Beach Jacob Karelse 073-3838409
  Western Province Mitchells Plain Titans Half Marathon Rocklands Sport Complex Charmaine Meyer 084-2200271
19 DEC 2010 Central Gauteng Daveyton Stop Abuse 10 km Marivate Park Isaac Ndhlovu 078-3411718
  KwaZulu-Natal Calder Cup/Sulin Trophy NMR Avenue Kitty Konar 082-7680738

1 December 2010 -  The Cycle Tour Trust

Expresso presenter Liezel goes on a cycling adventure

The Sporty Adventures
of Liezel

So what do you do when you get a call from The Cycle Tour Trust asking if you would be keen to cycle in the Double Century in Swellendam? Any sane person would’ve said no immediately, but not me, I just heard cycle and I said Yes, without even asking the distance. Only after I had confirmed that I would take part, did I hear that it is a 202km cycle race, all to be done on one day.

It was at this point that I started to backtrack and try every excuse in the book to get out of this crazy race, but unfortunately for me, David Bellairs from The Cycle Tour Trust wouldn’t take no for an answer.

So last Friday I packed in my bike and headed off to Swellendam which was to be the start of this crazy day. I was to head out in the first team of the day which is also the slowest team with the stronger riders heading out later in the day. Of course all these super fast cyclists eventually caught up with us along the way as we slowly climbed every hill at about 11km an hour. That also explains why I never made the cut off time for the race. But one thing I can say I learnt from this long day in the saddle and the fantastic team I rode with is that anything is possible. Next year I will be back and with the same team and finish on time

At the end of this long day in the saddle, I remember the quote by Arthur Ashe: “Success is a journey, not a destination, the doing is often more important than the outcome”


25 November 2010 - Festive Spirit

Expresso presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen chats about christmas in her blog

Getting Into The Festive Spirit on Expresso


The custom of erecting a Christmas Tree can be historically traced to 15th century, and this morning on Expresso we decorated our tree with the help of Sarah Ord, an Interior decorator from Sarah Ord designs.

Sarah showed us how you can get creative and make your own decorations and use a variety of household items. Sarah made use of espresso cups; t-spoons and home-made hearts.

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to decorating your tree, as long as you have fun and enjoy what you do.

I thought I'd also share some interesting facts about Christmas Trees.


Christmas Tree Facts:

  • Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.

  • Recycled trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish shelter.

  • Christmas trees take an average of 7-10 years to mature.

  • Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.

  • 73 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year.

  • You should not burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace; it can contribute to creosote build up.

  • An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.

  • 2-3 seedlings are planted for every harvested Christmas tree. In 2004 sixty million Christmas tree seedlings were planted by Christmas tree farmers.

  • 30-35 million Real Christmas Trees are sold in the U.S. every year

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