GOOD HOUSEKEEPING FEATURES RACHEL KOLISI ON COVER, IN COLLABORATION WITH NEWBORNS GROOTE SCHUUR TRUST
24 FEB 2020
Good Housekeeping South Africa features Rachel Kolisi on the cover of its March/April issue. In an in-depth interview, the wife of Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi talks frankly about her childhood, the couple’s unique family and the details of her son’s premature birth.
R1 from each issue of Good Housekeeping magazine sold at Pick n Pay will be donated to the Newborns Groote Schuur Trust (newborns.org.za), a charity that helps support preemie babies and their families. Rachel and Siya’s son Nicholas was born at 32 weeks. The couple knows the strain – both emotional and financial – that a premature baby brings, which is why they have aligned themselves with the Trust.
‘Having been through the experience [of having a premature baby], supporting preemies and their moms is close to my heart. Siya and I often go to the Neo Natal Ward at Groote Schuur supported by the Newborns Trust – and to their fundraisers. We’ve experienced this and know how important good support is. We know the costs and what a strain they can be – especially if you don’t have medical aid.’
In her most open interview yet, Rachel talks about some of her past struggles and how they have shaped her into the woman she is today. She says she hopes that by sharing the details of some of ‘the hardest seasons’ she has been through, she will be able to help those who might find themselves in similar situations.
Rachel also revealed that the couple will soon be making a documentary about their lives with Roc Nation, the global entertainment company founded by Jay-Z.
‘We have told Roc Nation that our number-one priority with the documentary is to empower as many South Africans as possible – producers, directors, film crew … we want them all to be local so that they can have as much exposure as possible. We don’t take a step in any direction without thinking about South Africa and how we can build it.’
GH’s editor Sally Emery says:
‘It is an honour to have Rachel Kolisi on our cover, and I am grateful that she gave such an open and frank interview, giving our audience the opportunity to really get to know her and her family. To be doing this in collaboration with the Newborns Groote Schuur Trust means we can help spread the word about the Trust and the amazing work that it does, supporting vulnerable premature babies and their families. Good Housekeeping is the go-to brand for millennial moms in South Africa, and I know both Rachel’s story and the positive impact the Trust has on young families will resonate with them.’
Good Housekeeping’s #GHxRachelKolisi issue is in stores now.
- Watch GH’s video of Rachel Kolisi and three other mothers of premature babies sharing their stories: HERE
- Watch backstage at Rachel’s GH cover HERE
Newborns Trust group image caption:
The Newborn Groote Schuur Trust’s Amy McIver; Nikita Birks and daughter Harper; Rachel Kolisi; Claire Brower and son Ezrah; and Gwen Matarise with twin daughters Gabrielle and Gabriella.
Photography: Katinka Bester
Styling: Cleopatra Marcopoulos
Videographer: Valentina Nicol
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