02. Who are we?



Dental technician, Gary Hockly, our founder and CEO, started Ivodent in 1998, supplying specialist products to the dental industry. Recognising a need for a broader range of quality oral health products inspired him to start supplying pharmacies and retailers. From our head office in Observatory, Cape Town we now supply dental professionals, dental laboratories, pharmacies and retailers throughout Southern Africa.

Our dedicated team includes oral hygiene expert Dirna Grobbelaar, clinical specialist Dr Stephne Fenwick and other dental technicians, dental assistants and qualified nurses.
We supply dentists and dental laboratories with the following specialist ranges: Ivoclar Vivadent Technical and Clinical, Yeti Dental Consumables, Planmeca, EMS, LM, Smile Line, RTD, Endodontics, Sunstar GUM, Philips Sonicare, Dentyl Dual Action, Olgani Naturals, Panasonic Dentacare, Aloclair, Salli Saddle Chairs, Protefix & Letibalm.



Welcome to the sk.in revolution with Dr Alek
the ultimate skin perfection programme from the doctor you trust

Well known Cape Town based medical aesthetic practitioner Dr Alek Nikolic has formulated a highly effective skincare range using clinically proven, prescription-grade active ingredients. His new skin perfection programme — sk.in, short for skin ingredients — has just launched, with five power-packed serums that can be seamlessly integrated into any existing skincare routine. Each serum provides a powerful potency shot that will target specific skin concerns, strengthen and repair the skin barrier, visibly improve texture and tone and, ultimately, give you the confidence that comes from a healthy skin.

Prior to the arrival of sk.in, the availability of powerful cosmeceutical skincare has been mainly limited to cosmetic doctors and dermatologists, because of the risk of undesirable side-effects.  Developing a range with active ingredients that is accessible to a wider market has been a dream Dr Nikolic has been pursuing for more than three years. “My goal is for everyone to have youthful, glowing skin, while limiting the risk of unwanted reactions,” says Dr Nikolic.

Based on extensive clinical research and his own medical expertise, Dr Nikolic has selected active ingredients that are known to be less sensitising and more stable. These include the most bioavailable and least irritating form of vitamin A (hydroxypinacolone retinoate), lipid-soluble vitamin C (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate), vitamin E, ferulic acid ester, hyaluronic acid and ceramides – premium ingredients that are clinically proven to help reverse signs of ageing, boost hydration and strengthen the skin.

“It’s the powerful, active ingredients that give sk.in its superpowers,” says Dr Nikolic, “potently targeting the errors of the past, while helping the skin work at its best again.”

Dr Nikolic says that most people, even those who take ‘good’ care of their skin, usually have a degree of impairment of the outer skin barrier. “If the skin barrier is not working optimally, even the best quality ingredients cannot not reach their full potential and effect.” As a result, every sk.in serum is formulated to help protect and repair the vital outer layer as well as target specific concerns: acne, ageing, texture, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Dr Nikolic firmly believes that healthy looking skin has a positive effect on a person’s emotions, confidence and sense of well-being. “Having been involved with cosmetic medicine for over 20 years, I’ve seen how most people feel good on the inside when they look their best on the outside. This is why we formulated every sk.in product to help make a visible difference.”

The five power serums in sk.in’s launch range are:

  1. in pure |medi shot: sk.in pure clears and prevents acne breakouts, reduces blackheads and helps to fade pigmentation marks. Formulated with maximum strength salicylic acid combined with pineapple and papaya extracts, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and zinc, sk.in pure spray acts as a potent shot to thoroughly cleanse the skin of dirt, oil and acne-causing bacteria. It also performs as an oxygen boosting, at-home chemical peel for beautiful, fresh skin. With anti-ageing benefits, sk.in pure gently exfoliates and hydrates the skin at the same time, leaving skin feeling soft, plump and hydrated. Regular use will result in an improvement in hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture.
  1. in marvel |hydro shot: sk.in marvel delivers a hefty hydro shot to counteract dehydrated skin, improve skin barrier health, protect against environmental damage and reduce signs of ageing. The powerful, hydrating formulation contains ceramides, high strength hyaluronic acid for maximum penetration as well as lipid-soluble vitamin C and vitamin E, two powerful antioxidants that protect against environmental damage, help stimulate collagen production and reduce hyperpigmentation.
  1. in gloss | radiant shot: sk.in gloss serum delivers a powerful antioxidant shot to counteract signs of UV and environmental damage, including hyperpigmentation and intrinsic skin ageing. Formulated with high levels of lipid-soluble vitamin C for deep penetration, as well as ferulic acid ester and vitamin E for a synergistic antioxidant effect, sk.in gloss is effective in reducing pigmentation, stimulating collagen production, and improving fine lines and wrinkles. Ingredients D-panthenol and hyaluronic acid work together to increase hydration. Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) improves elasticity, dramatically enhancing barrier function.
  1. in flash (1, 2 and 3) | repair shot: sk.in flash delivers a potent repair shot to counteract the signs of UV damage and ageing, improve skin texture, minimise pore size, increase collagen production, diminish pigmentation and improve fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with highly active hydroxypinacolone retinoate (the most bioavailable and least irritating vitamin A) powerful antioxidants vitamin C and E, ceramides and hyaluronic acid, sk.in flash actively reduces signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles, repairs the skin barrier, improves hydration and protects the skin against free radicals and environmental damage.
  1. in bounce | combo shot: sk.in bounceis a potent all-in-one shot that combines the most powerful active ingredients in the sk.in range for maximum benefit from a single product. Designed for people who want a simple skin perfection regime and prefer a single serum, sk.in bounce is formulated with high strength hydroxypinacolone retinoate and lipid-soluble vitamin C. It also contains vitamin E, ceramides and hyaluronic acid to counteract the signs of UV sun damage and ageing. sk.in bounce radically improves texture and hydration, reduces pore size, stimulates collagen production and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

“We’ve formulated sk.in so that the serums can be slotted into any basic skincare regime,” says Dr Nikolic. “We removed the unnecessary ingredients. We’ve simplified and made it more powerful.”

All sk.in products are vegan friendly, have never been tested on animals and are free of parabens, sulphates, gluten, soy and nuts.

sk.in is available from skincare professionals at salons and aesthetic practices around South Africa. It is also available on www.skiningredients.com, following an online assessment.

All sk.in products contain high concentration cosmeceutical active ingredients, and some are contraindicated if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking oral vitamin A such as Roaccutane, suffer from certain skin conditions such as eczema, or if you have extremely sensitive skin. The online assessment process allows Dr Nikolic to advise users about which sk.in products are most suitable.

When used correctly once a day, a 30ml bottle of sk.in should last 2 to 3 months.

For more details visit www.skiningredients.com or email info@skiningredients.com or call 021 797 0960. Follow @supersk.in on Instagram and Facebook.

Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp

Bayala Private safari Lodge & Camp is a hit with local safari-lovers

Finding a safari escape that won’t break the bank is about as rare as spotting a leopard in the boughs of a marula tree. But at the new Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp in northern KwaZulu-Natal you’ll find a five-star game experience at three-star rates.

Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp is situated within the Munyawana Game Reserve, a massive conservancy bordering onto the UNESCO-listed iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Once a hunting farm, today Bayala is a haven for wildlife, and in 2018 fences were dropped with neighbouring conservancies to offer visitors the opportunity of traversing 10 000 hectares of pristine KwaZulu-Natal bushveld.

“We were first inspired by the conservation potential of the region,” explains Simone Godfrey, co-owner of Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp. “But with the existing structures on the land it made sense to explore the hospitality opportunities that would open up the region to visitors, and provide much-needed employment opportunities for surrounding communities.”

They also saw the opportunity to create a destination that offered an affordable safari destination for South African travellers who are too often priced out of the country’s leading luxury lodges.

“When we became custodians of Bayala we really saw a need to make the safari lodge experience more affordable for South African travellers,” adds Godfrey. “A safari holiday has simply become unattainable for the majority of locals, especially family travellers, and we wanted to change that.”

Today Bayala offers two similar, yet separate, accommodation options.

Bayala Safari Lodge offers 24 rooms set around spacious lawns and a large swimming pool. Spacious communal areas gaze out over the bushveld while, come evening, dinner tables are scattered beneath a spread of acacia trees. With an abundance of serenity, Bayala Safari Lodge is an ideal choice for couples seeking some R&R in the great outdoors.

Bayala Camp, on the other hand, is ideal for families and multi-generational travellers. Charming thatched rooms encircle the main lodge, ensuring younger travellers are safe to explore the grounds on their own. Some of the 24 rooms offer sleeper couches for little children, while the 14 Superior Rooms are inter-leading and boast small private terraces with uninterrupted views over the bush.

Along with a family-friendly pool area at the central lodge building, Bayala Camp also has the benefit of a large outdoor boma, where fireside dinners are enjoyed under the stars. All rooms in both the Bayala Camp and Bayala Safari Lodge have recently been refurbished, offering air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and a stylish yet subtle safari aesthetic.

Between game drives, which are offered in the morning and afternoon, young travellers will find plenty of entertainment with the unique Mini-Ranger activities, where Bayala’s qualified guides take youngsters on bush walks to learn everything from animal tracking to bird identification. Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp is also proving popular with school groups, who spend up to four days on immersive ecology courses, discovering the biodiversity of the region.

That conservation-first ethos extends to working with the local community. The Godfrey’s registered charity – The Cycle of Life – uses cycling tours as a fund-raising tool to support a host of conservation and upliftment initiatives amongst local communities.

“Our focus is on youngsters because the future of conservation lies in their hands,” says Godfrey. “They need support to understand their roles in conservation.”

The funds raised through The Cycle of Life also aid in the ongoing fight against rhinoceros poaching in the region.

Conservation and tourism work seamlessly together at Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp, while also creating a memorable, affordable safari experience for South African travellers.

“We are certainly a value-for money destination,” says Judy Veldman, Safari Lodge & Camp manager at Bayala. “But we’re also not cutting corners. We have highly qualified guides that are amongst the best in the business, a great support team, and offer wonderful hospitality at an affordable rate. Our guests are receiving a five-star game experience, at a three-star price.”

With flexible seasonal rates, prices range from R2 475 per person per night sharing to R2 775pppns for a superior room. Single occupancy rates are R3 710, up to R4 010 for a superior room with a patio. Kids under 12yrs are charged R1 230pn. Kids under 2years are free of charge. This includes dinner, bed, breakfast and one game drive per night (and VAT at the current rate of 15%). There is an additional Conservation Levy of R99 per person per day for anti-poaching, maintenance of roads and security. Additional game drives are R909 and a bush walk is R1 360.

Rooms can accommodate one child under 12 sharing with two adults. Families with children under the age of 12years must book a private vehicle, at an extra cost. Bush walks are available for anyone from 16 to 60years of age. All rooms are either twin or double bed en-suite boasting 100% cotton linen. Complimentary tea and coffee is provided.

For more details visit http://bayala.co.za/ and follow them on Instagram on @bayalaprivatesafarilodge/ and Facebook BayalaPrivateSafariLodge/. To book #Bayala online click here, or email reservations@bayalagamelodge.co.za or call +27 (0) 35 562 0498, 035 562 0420.

Kellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days


Nearly one-fifth of South African children are not eating breakfast before going to school1. To help address this need, Kellogg is launching a large-scale Breakfast for Better Days™ Initiative, which will provide five million servings of breakfast to children throughout 2014, with 25 000 school children receiving breakfast every school day.

With one in eight people around the world facing food insecurity each day2, Kellogg Company and its foundation, the Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship fund, have pledged to provide a billion servings of breakfast and snacks to children and families who need it most, through this global initiative. In South Africa, a breakfast of Kellogg’s cereal and milk will be provided to children in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. Partnering with Kellogg are FoodBank South Africa, the country’s largest food banking network and Kellogg’s international partner in the global initiative, who will distribute the food; and Parmalat, who will be donating the required milk.



IVOhealth, holding company of IVOdent, delivers quality oral care and healthcare products throughout Southern Africa. The head office is in Cape Town, South Africa, with a team of dedicated staff throughout the country.

IVOhealth’s mission is to source and supply quality brands and products that improve health and well-being. Originally started as IVOdent in 1998 by entrepreneur and dental technician Gary Hockly, the company initially supplied highly specialized oral care products to dentists and dental laboratories. Recognising a lack of oral care products available to consumers led Gary to supply pharmacies and retailers with leading brands such as GUM and alcohol-free mouthwash Dentyl pH. Always on the look out for exciting and innovative products Gary has since expanded the company and we now supply a range of leading brands such as Aloclair, Letibalm, Philips Sonicare and a homeopathic range that includes Trip Ease, Drink Ease and No Jet Lag.  IVOhealth’s head office is in Observatory, Cape Town and the company supplies dentists, dental laboratories, pharmacies and retailers throughout Southern Africa.  Dedicated staff of 23 includes a marketing and management team, a pharmacist, an oral hygienist, dental technicians, dental assistants and qualified nursing sisters. IVOhealth brands include Philips Sonicare, GUM Dentyl pH, Panasonic DentaCare, Salli Saddle Chairs, Protefix denture range and Letibalm. Through the IVOdent division they supply dentists and dental laboratories with the following specialist ranges: Ivoclar Vivadent Technical, AmannGirrbach Dental Equipment, Yeti Dental Consumables.

Sunstar GUM


GUM is an international brand of innovative oral care products that have been designed to help prevent gum disease and achieve excellent oral health. GUM provides high-quality products worldwide to consumers and dental professionals.

GUM has a developed a three step system for healthier teeth and gums:

Step 1: Brush: GUM has a wide range of toothbrushes for optimum cleaning, find the one that suits your needs best. But remember brushing alone is not enough because it only removes 50% of plaque.

Step 2: Interdental – cleaning with floss and interdental cleaners helps keep gums healthy by removing food particles and plaque from between the teeth and below the gumline. Combined with brushing, flossing will remove up to 70% of plaque. GUM has a range of interdental tools to make flossing easy and convenient.

Step 3: Custom Care – GUM has a range of specialist oral care products to suit your personal needs, from tongue cleaners to disclosing tablets.