Exciting News from Winelands Dentistry!

Exciting News from Winelands Dentistry!

I am writing to share some exciting news about an upcoming change at Winelands Dentistry. As many of you know, I have been pursuing advanced training in orthodontics. I am pleased to announce that I completed a fellowship in orthodontics at the end of 2023 under the guidance of world-renowned specialist orthodontist, Dr. Zieg Weber.

This incredible experience has solidified my passion for orthodontics, and I have made the decision to focus my personal practice exclusively on this specialized area of dentistry. I am excited about the opportunity to help patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through orthodontic treatment.

To make orthodontic care more convenient for our patients in the Stellenbosch area, I will be offering orthodontic sessions at our Stellenbosch practice in addition to our flagship practice in Somerset West. This will save you the time and expense of traveling between locations.

We understand that this news may come as a surprise to some of our patients, and we apologize if we haven’t communicated it clearly enough. We have mentioned the transition to orthodontics in three previous newsletters, and we are doing our best to make this change as smooth as possible.

Rest assured that your dental care at Winelands Dentistry is in good hands! We are now operating as a general dental and orthodontic practice with expanded capacity, offering you an even wider range of services. Over the past year, I have been working closely with my associate dentists to ensure they are equipped to provide the same high-quality dental care that you have come to expect from us. They are skilled, experienced professionals who are dedicated to your oral health and well-being.

I will remain available to provide second opinions should the associate doctors request it, and I am confident that my team will continue to provide you with exceptional service.
We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we embark on this exciting new chapter! Thank you for entrusting your dental care to Winelands Dentistry. We look forward to serving you in our expanded capacity as a general dental and orthodontic practice.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Dr Johan Borman

P.S. While I am not a specialist orthodontist, I am more than willing to help where I can. If friends or family have referred you to me or you would like a second opinion, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to see if we can help improve your smile!

Our First “Second” Wedding

Our First “Second” Wedding

My wife and I had the privilege of attending our first “second” wedding over the weekend. I know this sounds confusing, but this is what happens when you’re quickly approaching the age of 40. We were there for the groom’s first wedding, and we attended his second. The wedding was much smaller, with more family members than friends, and only two long tables – one for the grown-ups and one for all the children. Speeches were shorter, and the dress code was smart casual (thank goodness, as I think the last time I wore a suit was at my own wedding).

As one approaches the halfway mark of one’s own short lifespan, there are other “firsts” you might experience. Like going to bed without an injury and waking up with one. This can be due to two reasons: number one, your wife hitting you in the ribs because you’re lying on your back and snoring away, or the most plausible one, you’re almost 40 years old, and it needs to be accepted that injuries are part of sleeping.

Another first is that my older daughter is having doubts that I used to be a pirate, that the hair on my legs and arms is due to me being bitten by a werewolf, and that I can read anyone’s mind (especially hers when she wants to do something we don’t want her to do).

But, like I observed during our first “second” wedding, the focus on what is important at this stage of our life’s journey is becoming more clear. Making memories with friends and family, creating as many job opportunities as possible without cutting corners on the delivery of care, contributing to our community, and last but not least, trying to live long enough to possibly attend our first “third” wedding.

Inside Info

We will be doing orthodontic sessions at our Stellenbosch office, making it more convenient for patients and parents to not have to drive through to Somerset West for consultations and adjustments. Please click on the following link for more info: https://www.drjohanborman.co.za/orthodontics

The struggle continues

The Struggle Continues

I read somewhere that the ability to run your own business in South Africa is a skill you may put on your CV. Most probably the reason why Saffas are in demand worldwide. We have the cunning ability to survive in a very challenging environment. This is not applicable to only small business owners but also to employees trying to gain that promotion, pensioners trying to make ends meet with the little they have, or the realization that they cannot retire yet. It is also applicable to the moms out there trying to get by with the stagnant household budget while keeping her composure. This is most definitely applicable to single parents.

I recently spoke to a friend of mine that stays in London and works for one of the big tax, advisory & consulting firms. They just retrenched 1,000 out of 20,000 people in their workforce and informed my friend that there will be no opportunities for growth or promotion for the next two years. My neighbor is a CEO for a technology company and while on the lookout to recruit a mid-level manager for his firm, he is shocked by the number of applicants. After some research, he could not believe how many people were laid off by other big tech companies in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

If it is not load-shedding (keep your fingers crossed that the current lack of load-shedding will last even after the elections…), it is repairs to be done caused by the black south easter of last weekend. If it is not the ever-increasing cost of food, it is the 12.5% increase in the electricity tariff at the end of June. If it is not Manie Libbok missing the conversion for the Stormers against La Rochelle in the Champions knockout match, it is the never-ending struggle with Telkom for the past 14 months to switch a business account (a whole blog on its own but will need some wine to calm me down for this one).

But pressure is a privilege. We need to see these adversities as opportunities. Diamonds are made under extreme pressure. If you have survived 2023, and you can reach the end of 2024 without being admitted to Groendakkies, nothing will stop you. Not even the queues at Home Affairs.

Inside Info

We extend a warm welcome to Tarryn Damons as she joins our group. She will be taking on the role of receptionist at our Somerset West office. Tarryn brings with her valuable experience from her time at Wijnlands Fertility Clinic in Stellenbosch.

Meanwhile, Marjeanne, a familiar and reliable presence, will remain with us in Somerset West. However, she has been promoted to the position of Head of Accounts and Reception at Winelands Dentistry.

The Cost of Maintenance

The Cost of Maintenance

We all want to do better, grow, and expand. We want to make new friends, visit new places, and create new relationships. We want a house full of love, and we want to be seen as superhumans for achieving all the things we post on Instagram that other people envy. But what we do not take into account is the cost of maintenance. It’s easy to buy a beautiful, run-down house (not that they are easily available in the Winelands or that the interest rates make it easy for us to do so). The difficult part comes with maintaining the property. Ask me, I know. Our beautiful heritage house where our Somerset West office is located is constantly under maintenance. It’s a never-ending story. Just as I thought that I had sealed and painted all the cracks, another appears on a different wall. Just as I thought that all the hinges on the old doors are sorted, another one gives in. We have big, beautiful old windows, but poor Luxon, our gardener, needs to clean them every single day.

It’s the same with relationships. We can create new friends, be good colleagues, or become parents. But the real strength is to maintain the new responsibility that you must carry (that is if you deem it important or not). To maintain relationships, we need to be trustworthy, do what we say we will do, and be reliable. Our coworkers need to feel safe in our presence, and your employees need to feel secure. Our kids need to feel that they matter, and our elderly parents need to feel that they are still part of our lives. But all of this needs constant maintenance. This is where I think about our NG KERK Dominee, telling my wife and myself on our wedding day, that love is a verb. Which is exactly what maintaining the things you want to, is all about.

Because the cost of maintaining the things you love is way less than replacing them.

Inside Info

We would like to wish Dr. Tilana Swartz good luck with the start of her diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. This is being pursued at the prestigious Implant & Aesthetic Academy in Cape Town, run by world-renowned Dr. Howard Gluckman and Dr. Mark Bowes. The diploma will enable Dr. Swartz to treat more advanced cases requiring severely broken or worn-down teeth and provide cosmetic solutions for patients who want to improve their smile.


To make an end is to make a beginning.

You might not like poems, but the following snippets from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding” are how we would like to think of the year ahead.

“What we call the beginning is often the end

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

The end is where we start from.

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

May you, just like me, never stop exploring. And may you, just like us, look forward to all the exciting ventures during 2024.

Kind regards,

Johan Borman


Welcome Dr Natalia Shaw



We are pleased to introduce Dr. Natalia Shaw, our latest associate dentist at Winelands Dentistry. Dr. Shaw gained extensive experience during her community service at Tygerberg Dental Hospital. With a dedication to providing comprehensive and quality dental care, she is committed to the well-being of our patients. Dr. Shaw will be treating our patients in the Somerset West and Stellenbosch branches. Welcome to the Winelands Dentistry family!


Why choose us?


  • If you need to trust a dentist to do quality dentistry, give us a visit. We have a reputation for providing quality dental care.
  • If you are tired of call centers or superficial relationships, give us a visit. You can trust us for genuine human interaction.
  • If you have a medical aid that provides dental benefits, use it. For general dentistry, we can claim the medical aid portion of the tariff on your behalf, making it easier on the wallet.
  • If you need advanced treatment, give us a visit. Apart from general dentistry, we also provide treatments like dental implants, orthodontics, and wisdom teeth removal.
  • Need a friendly dentist in a relaxed environment for your children? Give us a visit. The children that do visit us can’t wait to come back.



Embrace the Struggle

Embrace the Struggle

As South Africans, we’d have made Charles Darwin blush with how swiftly we adapt to the daily struggles. It’s evolution on steroids for survival in this country. Because if we don’t, well, I don’t need to tell you what happens to the losing side in the battle of the fittest. But if you can allow me to express what I think might happen to the losers, it’s a slow death. Not a quick and pain-free one, but an agonizingly slow and miserable end (slightly gloomy for a first paragraph in the festive season’s newsletter, but bear with me). We usually don’t let the girls watch television before school; otherwise, we’ll be running later than the current lateness we are running to get them ready. But we’ve started to watch some mornings of the wildlife shows on Netflix while eating breakfast (and who can’t have a good start to their day with the voice of Morgan Freeman while two bull elephants are fighting?). This morning wildlife and Blue Planet fix is mostly for me, as I find immense peace in nature, but also to expose the girls to the not-so-beautiful parts of the natural world. I want them to see that nature can be brutal and merciless.

And this made me think. To survive in nature, it’s all about struggling. You need to struggle to grow stronger, find a mate, produce offspring, and then teach your offspring to overcome the struggle to ensure your species will survive. And this can be applied to many aspects of our modern life. We need to embrace the struggles we face every day, as this makes us stronger, more fit, and more capable of overcoming future difficulties. We should also include our children in the struggles we face so that they too can learn and grow. Angela Duckworth, psychologist, and author of the book “Grit,” said her studies have shown the one single characteristic to ensure success is resilience. The strength to persevere.

Creating Winelands Dentistry was and is still not without its issues. Like Morgan Housel said, “Running your own business is like eating glass while being punched in the face,” especially trying to do it in a country with an incompetent government. But for that, I am grateful. Our current circumstances make us tough and innovative to overcome the daily challenges we face. Basically, we are becoming more resilient. South Africans can grind, and we have developed a very high level of grit. There is a good reason why South Africans are in global demand for our work ethic and overcoming seemingly impossible difficulties.

Thus, embrace the struggle, grow stronger, and don’t be late for school.

Word of mouth

We would like to congratulate Galeema, dental nurse & practice manager, with her engagement to Junaid.

A big component of our services is implant dentistry. Please click on the following link for more info and prices


Both our offices will be closed from 24th of December to 1st of January. Although only with limited staff, we will be available during the first week of January 2024.

For an emergency, please phone the specific office’s landline number to obtain the emergency dentist’s contact details.

Kind regards

Johan Borman

Creating Trust

Creating Trust

One thing that has truly made me ponder is how our own children are capable of placing absolute trust in us. No second thoughts, no indecision. Just pure trust.

When our children were babies and cried, they simply trusted either their mom or me (but mostly their mom…) to change their diapers or feed them. When I playfully swung my girls around as toddlers, they just trusted me not to let them get hurt and to have fun. When they felt sick, they did and still do trust us when we say that everything will be all right as we give them some medication and lots of hugs. When one of them fell out of a tree, they trusted us to reassure them that it happens to all of us, and they should try climbing the tree again. By allowing our children to trust us, we trust them to grow up independently and survive in our sometimes hostile society.

But how is trust created, and more importantly, how is it maintained? Well, common sense tells me that you only have one chance to create a solid foundation for a trusting relationship, almost like a first impression. If you fail in that initial interaction, it’s not a good way to start. If you fail again, trust is broken.

However, if you do succeed in creating trust, the hard part is maintaining it, much like a reputation. One can have 10 years of doing all the right things, but one misstep, and your reputation goes out the window. As in any relationship, I believe trust should be seen as a verb. We need to constantly work to maintain trust.

Mediclinic has a good slogan: “Expertise you can trust.” And this resonates with me. Long-term relationships, word of mouth, and quality dentistry are how we create and maintain trust at our practice.

Inside Info

We would like to congratulate Mieshka, our trusted dental hygienist, on her engagement. We would also like to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to our newest staff member, Anastacia, who has joined our team as a dental nurse and received her diploma just last week.

Life Chapters

Life Chapters

The first six months of 2023 have been chaotic for the Borman family. Our eldest daughter started Grade One. However, do not let this fool you. Be warned. One cannot fathom what a different tempo of life this has caused. Life went from second gear to fifth gear, and we are barely holding on.

One moment, the official sport was wrestling with dad, and now it’s playing netball, doing gymnastics, and even wanting to learn to play the electric guitar (yes, not a quitar, but an electric guitar…). One moment, it was just chilling after daycare, but now my wife is nagging and bribing to finish homework before load shedding starts. One moment, my daughter firmly believed I was a pirate, and now there’s a moment of questioning everything that has been told to her.

But like chapters in a book, we have specific times in our lives for certain things. Not accepting that will punish yourself and prevent you from enjoying the present moments. Dwelling on nostalgia will only make you sad. Instead, we should foster the memories that have been made and look forward to the new ones lying ahead.

In practice, there is also a new chapter coming up soon. Business is much like a family — making memories, going through struggles, learning from your mistakes, laughing and crying together, and hopefully becoming mature enough to look after itself. And like a family, new blood needs to enter to make it sustainable. More information on this will be provided soon.

Winter is almost finished (we all certainly hope so), and it looks like spring wants to say hello. If we can accept the seasons, I believe we are more than capable of accepting the life chapters we have been blessed with.

Some inside info

Dr Tilana Swartz, my associate dentist, has kept herself busy the past couple of weeks with several training courses. One on digital dentistry and the other on dental implantology. As you know, quality dentistry is how we create trust and therefore we are always on the forefront of technology and how we can improve ourselves.

Warm regards,


Time will tell

Time will tell

What an interesting but confusing concept. A man-made invention claimed by many, but it has been with us for many, many eons. Time is as old, well… as old as time itself! 😊

How we view time differs from person to person. How we use our little time on Earth is important to some and not so important to others. Time will always win, something we as human beings still need to comprehend. But we can think about time more and maybe, just maybe, we can use time to our advantage. We are so busy being busy that we have lost the art of thinking, especially about abstract concepts like time. We do not allow ourselves to be alone with our own thoughts. We would rather be distracted by other human beings or by our digital devices. When standing in a queue, do you watch the other people doing their things and think about why they do what they do, or are you looking at your phone? When you have free time to relax, do you go outside and look at the trees or the sky, or do you take out your phone and scroll on social media? And the question now is, how is this beneficial to our precious little time while we are alive?

Like Einstein said, the eighth wonder of the world is compound interest. In other words, doing the correct thing over a long period of time will compound on itself, grow exponentially, and bring you riches, happiness, fulfillment, good health, or whatever you are seeking. And that does not only apply to our financial well-being but to all other fields that matter to us. Investing in your marriage by actively working on it will compound into a wonderfully shared life with your partner. Investing time to spend with your children will bring the joy of long-lasting love that other parents envy. By exchanging short-term gratitude for long-term fulfillment, we are using time more wisely.

I think we need more time to just think. In Dr. Anton Rupert’s biography, he mentioned back then, before the invention of mobile phones and tablets, that we humans do not take the necessary time to just think. We need to think about the correct usage of our time, aligned with our values. Our core values are the big rocks in a glass jar, our semi-core values are the smaller rocks between the larger ones in the same jar, and the rest is the sand filling the space left in the jar.

In medicine and dentistry, there is a movement to diagnose and treat slower but correctly. Look at this link https://slowdentistryglobalnetwork.org/the-cornerstones-of-slow-dentistry/ <https://t.e2ma.net/click/8d8tcf/4emygt1/shk9ph>. This is a good use of your time and the doctor’s as it will prevent the doctor from redoing things or misdiagnosing certain conditions. In our modern society, we have become accustomed to doing things fast and doing a lot. But in our field, this can cause a lot of trouble. That is why our practice is a strong advocate of doing dentistry differently. How? By keeping it simple, safe, and SLOW.

Warm regards,


Sometimes what did not happen, is what matters most

Sometimes what did not happen, is what matters most

We often find ourselves feeling upset when things don’t work out as we had hoped. We believe that certain events or circumstances are right for us at a particular time, and when they fail to materialize, it can be disheartening. It’s only natural to react with frustration, disappointment, and even depression. However, we must pick ourselves up, brush off the disappointment, and begin searching for the next opportunity.

As we reach certain points in our lives and reflect on the past, we come to realize that what didn’t happen was actually for the best. Those missed opportunities paved the way for us to be where we are now. If we are currently happy and content (or at least on the path to happiness or success), it is because of the things we deeply desired in the past but did not receive.

When I completed my studies, I approached a dentist in my hometown whom I greatly admired, hoping to work for him and eventually become a partner. They were initially excited about my joining their practice, and it seemed like a perfect fit. However, the 2008-2009 recession hit hard, and they informed me that they were no longer able to take me on. It was a major setback. Subsequently, I started managing a practice for a dentist who had emigrated to Australia, with the possibility of acquiring the practice since he showed no signs of returning. Unfortunately, he rejected my proposal, and another plan went up in smoke. I then took a position at a busy corporate dental practice in the Northern Suburbs, hoping to eventually buy into the business. However, after working long hours, feeling like a factory worker solely focused on drilling, filling, and billing, I decided to quit. Once again, my plan had failed.

But then I took a leap of faith and started my own private practice on my own terms. I surrounded myself with like-minded individuals and focused on serving patients who shared our values. Now, 12 years later, I am incredibly grateful that those other opportunities I had desired at the time did not work out!

The same principle applies to the type of dentistry we practice. Quality dentistry prevents certain things from happening, such as frequent return visits for fallen out fillings, excessive bleeding after dental surgery, or not achieving the desired straight teeth. It may go unnoticed, as it is what our patients expect. However, at times, it’s about the things that did not happen that truly matter.

Warm regards,