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Beds 3 Baths 3 Garages 2.5
R6 450 000
Beds 4 Baths 2 Garages 2
R2 795 000
Situated on one of the finest Coastal Estates. Well appointed site with sea views offers clubhouse and pool facilities. This estate is fast developing to full capacity with homes of class and distinction. Only a few prize sites left. On Show Daily by Appointment.
Only a stone throw from Valley of the Pools & beach. This 399 sqm penthouse with all en-suite accommodation is set in a small, very private complex & towering above Milkwood Trees with breath taking sea views and barely a roof top in sight.
Well built and ideally located family home in an established area. Modern kitchen with granite tops, open plan living, entertainers patio. Beautiful garden and distant sea views. Double storey with four spacious bedrooms and plenty of extras.
Tammy Messiter-Tooze 072 541 8822
Sascha Bausch 076 451 0879 Marcelle Conradie 071 302 3010
Shelley West 082 451 6823
UMHLALI GOLF ESTATE
Beds 3 Baths 3 Garages 2
R2 950 000
Beds 2 Baths 2 Garages 1
R1 700 000
Beds 5 Baths 4 Garages 2
R5 350 000
Fabulous duplex overlooking golf course. Modern kitchen, dining & living room with high ceilings, opening to covered patio & own garden. Study & guest cloakroom. In a secure estate with access to the country club & stunning views of the green. Pet friendly.
Private & Secure. Sunny North-East facing penthouse boasting modern finishes, ducted air-con, breaker sea views & inland vistas. Perfect â€˜lock-up & goâ€™ situated in beachfront security estates with direct access to Thompsons Bay. Sold fully furnished & well equipped.
Incredible views. Situated in sought after address, this beautiful modern home has loads to offer. Spacious entertainment areas, swimming pool plus Lapa overlooking the ocean. Sea views from all 5 bedrooms. Opportunity not to be missed.
Tracey Middleton 082 566 3364
Anton van der Merwe 072 606 0781
Mike Rutherfoord 071 326 1559
Beds 3 Baths 2 Garages 1
R1 750 000
R3 750 000
R1 850 000
Affordable golf estate living at its best. This is a perfect starter home, featuring a manageable size pet friendly garden. Access to the Umhlali Country Club. Main bedroom boasts a decked balcony. Definitely a must to view.
Value for money. Situated in a Coastal Security Estate, this home is the perfect entertainers dream. Both levels offer wrap around balconies allowing for a perfect indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Spacious kitchen & living areas. Facilities in the estate include clubhouse & swimming pool.
New Development. Comprises of 2 bedrooms all en-suite, (or 3 bedroom apartment from R2.395 million) fully equipped open plan kitchen, study area with ADSL access, modern contemporary bathrooms. Bought off plan and building to be completed end of 2014.
Tracey Middeton 082 566 3364
Tammy Messiter-Tooze 072 541 8822
Michelle Sykes 083 775 8537
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SIMBITHI ECO ESTATE
R4 400 000
Stylish & beautiful. Perfectly positioned within Simbithi Eco Estate. This spacious apartment offering expansive living in & outdoors. Impressive glass entrance, private pool & double garaging.
R9 995 000
R2 295 000
Sascha Bausch 076 451 0879 Marcelle Conradie 071 302 3010
Shelley West 082 451 6823
R4 999 000
Beds 4 Baths 2 Garages 2
Good Views. Open plan living areas leading to a private patio & sparkling pool. Generously sized bedrooms & modern bathrooms, all en-suites. Gourmet kitchen, gym room, utility room, laundry & maids bathroom. Self contained flatlet for overnight guests or extended family.
R5 775 000
Beds 4, Baths 4, Garage 2
Recently completed & beautifully appointed. Ideal fusion of Balinese inspired style and modern contemporary architecture. With beautiful and seemingly endless, cascading decks, this home enjoys a paradiselike green belt frontage and sea views to the east.
Beds 3 Baths 2 Garages 1
Bea van der Merwe 072 756 7753 Belinda Souchon 082 849 3480
Beds 5 Baths 5 Garages 2 Web 1BO1165972
Beds 4 Baths 2 Garages 2
R6 695 000
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Magnificent views from every angle. Undoubtedly Spacious Penthouse. Beautiful sea- & inland views, A must to view for investors. Smallholding situated one of the most luxurious & best positioned apartments, huge master bedroom-en-suite with walk-in wardrobe, 5km from Ballito Lifestyle Centre & 1km from Umhlali offering top end finishes throughout & uncompromising ducted air-con, high ceilings, big open plan living Golf Club on 1.6ha. Main House with swimming pool & Perfectly 24hr (+cctv) security. elevated with superb sea area, sunny patio, pool & tennis court. Sold FF. Safe & a further 12 selfcontained flats, large shedding & fully views from every room. Huge patio with a generous U/C secure 14HA beach-front security estate. electrified. Earn minimum R55 000 pm rental income. for section. Suitable holiday/permanent residence.
van der Merwe 072 606 0781 Rutherfoord 071 326 1559 Anton Mike
Anton van der Merwe 072 606 0781
R2 300 000
R2 950 000
R3 750 000
Beds 3 Baths 2 Garages 1 Beds 4 Baths 2 Garages 2 Web 1BO1156021 Web 1BO1155401
Beds 3 Baths 3 Garages 2 Web 1BA1124879
Superbly kept spacious unit on Thompson’s Bay. Overlooking Thompsons bay beach. Spacious Luxurious, stand alone, private … and affordable!! Offering large patio with stacking doors, open them up secure apartment situated in a sought after position Brand new development (completion end 2014) & expand the flow from indoor to outdoor in summer with pool in complex and easy access to Thompsons Perfect for permanent living or weekend getaway! all Bay Beach and tidal pool. Sold fully furnished. A must accommodation, modern open plan living, months or close them up in winter for an extended en-suite to view patios, own pool and private gardens. living area. Quick walk to beach. expansive
Tracey Middleton 082 566 3364
Sascha Bausch 076 451 0879 Ian Hort 083 254 2478 Marcelle Conradie 071 302 3010
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L I F E S T Y L E
way from the hustle and bustle of city life, in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal’s northern coastline, lies Simbithi, a 430 hectare Eco-Estate. Simbithi Eco-Estate is a natural, coastal paradise with dense, indigenous riverine vegetation, lush valley wetlands, undulating hills and distant, breathtaking vistas. Simbithi is situated 30 minutes north of South Africa’s third largest city, Durban, on the Kwazulu-Natal coast. It’s a tranquil hideaway nestled between the coastal towns of Ballito and Salt Rock. The new King Shaka International Airport is only 10 minutes away. This has made the North Coast much more accessible for commuters, foreign tourists and investors.
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The Amphitheatre is comprised of 15 free-standing homes with 4 different ﬂoor plans in an exclusive development within the highly sought after Simbithi Eco Estate. It is beautifully positioned on an elevated site and borders on a green belt.
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vociferously then taking a step towards action and
the world. So often we think our lives are of
getting involved. The latter is never easy and is
little significance in the bigger scheme of things
generally ‘messy’, more than likely peppered with
and that our actions are unable to influence our
obstacles and challenges that will test you, but in
communities, our friends or our family in a positive
order to have what few have, we must be willing
way. All of this is not true, you have an unbelievable
to do what only a few do – take action. It’s almost
ability to make a mark, to directly or indirectly
guaranteed that if you take any action you’ll get a
influence and to make a contribution to the world
result, even Newton’s third law supports this (a
you live in and to leave a legacy.
bit of a stretch but its true) so you have to check yourself to see, what actions are you taking to get the desired result?
It is our apprehension to act, to put up our hands
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mark. I recently listened to a wise young man as
Be bold, be brave, be willing to get stuck in, be
he made a point by getting only one person in an
passionate and most of all be compelled to make a
audience to clap, which was barely audible, and
mark and have an impact on the world – you’ll feel
then got the whole audience to clap, the result was
more alive, I promise.
loud and powerful. It highlighted how a small action when combined with many other similar, seemingly
Until our next edition which will see the sun come
insignificant actions causes an extraordinary result.
up a little later and the days are a little cooler,
As South African’s we’re faced with the dichotomy
of action and non action every day which seems to
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Cappuccino Ballito’s Best
In the tenth and, probably, last instalment of Photographers to look out for, in which we have been profiling the best of Ballito’s photographers — professionals who we think you should make use of when capturing that next special moment — we are featuring Danelle Terblanche from Graphic Guru’s, a design and photographic company. Best known for having fun and creating a relaxing environment for her clients, to her it is all about catching the natural moments and not just the posed ones. With a love for all things creative and a background in graphic design, she has cemented her position as a great photographer, with big things still to come. With husband in tow, Danelle specialises in weddings, family and corporate photography.
In the next couple editions we will be carrying out surveys on our Facebook page in search of Ballito’s best. Each edition will feature something different, so vote and you could find your fave pizza, burger, coffee place, etc featured in our mag! In this edition we look at the four cappuccinos voted as the best in Ballito – these are the cafés YOU VOTED FOR!
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Photographers Profile: Danelle Terblanche featuring our very own Lucille Wendler!
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Kaiser Baas Smart Media Player www.kaiserbaas.com — R1,799
With DStv’s latest price increases pushing the monthly subscription over the R700 mark, the pay channel seems to be that it is becoming more of a luxury than a necessity. I have been on the hunt for a decent media player to replace my video entertainment and recently came across the new Kaiser Baas Smart Media Player, which will be launched in South Africa in the next couple of weeks. With built in WiFi, the media player sports a custom Android build, which means that you can download all of your favourite apps from the Google Play Store and use them on your TV — ever thought of Facebooking your mates on your big screen LCD? The Kaiser Baas Smart Media Player is a fantastic device which has 1GB internal memory and allows you to connect two USB devices and an SD card with all your favourite movies or TV series. You can connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable or the RCA cables supplied with it. The Smart Media Player supports all of the world’s most popular file formats for enjoying music, video and pictures stored on a portable memory source like a hard drive or USB stick. Simply plug your memory source into the Smart Media Player and then into your TV and play! The Smart Media Player will be available in South Africa in the first week of April and will be available for purchase online (www.geekshop.co.za) and at most digital retailers.
Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens Set – www.olloclip.com — Price TBC We have done a few reviews on the amazing Olloclip accessories for the iPhone 5 over the past few years. The simple reason for this is that this is one of our favourite gadgets and the makers keep innovating with new lenses and ideas. The Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens set offers three quick-change lenses of superior quality, designed for taking sharper close-up shots with the iPhone. The Macro 3-in-1 is engineered to deliver more edge-toedge clarity, greater depth of field, nicely diffused light on the image and less pincushion distortion. The lenses offer a 7x, a 14x and a 21x zoom lens which allow super-close-up images of almost anything. Olloclip uses precision-ground, coated glass multi-element optics for the lenses. The barrels are made from aircraft grade aluminium, using a CNC machine, and then anodized. The iPhone attachment is made from a soft plastic material to ensure a secure fit every time. The 3-in-1 Macro Lens will be available online (www.geekshop.co.za), at the iStore and a number of camera equipment shops in the next couple of weeks. All Gadgets supplied for review by Above & Beyond (www.above-beyond.co.za) | All Gadgets available for online purchase at www.geekshop.co.za
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P U R E N O R T H C OA S T SHEFFIELD BEACH
Loxley Estate oﬀers you an exclusive address on the North Coast’s idyllic Sheﬀield beach. This unique development is ideally located close to the coastal towns of Ballito and Salt Rock and only a 15 minute drive from King Shaka International Airport. A jewel on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, this boutique lifestyle estate
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• 24 stunning freehold sites
• A fully integrated gym with sauna and natural eco-pool oﬀers a tranquil, • Unique 6-unit sectional title scheme serene space to enjoy the bird life and • Bespoke housing packages available wetland conservation areas
provides spectacular views of the Dolphin Coast and is only a 5 minute walk from
• 24-Hour security and access control • 10% deposit secures ownership
the area’s pristine beaches.
• Indigenous landscaped gardens
• No transfer duties
Life’s too short to settle for ordinary. Call James on 082 921 0044, Kevin on 082 303 5439 or Robin on 072 279 7535
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Ballito My town
Johno Hutchison Born and bred in Ballito, Johno has surfed our sunny shores and watched this small coastal town expand and go from strength to strength. Most of you will know him as a larger-than-life surfboard-maker who has been defining his craft for the last 30 years. His love of surfing has seen him travel the world in search of that endless summer and the perfect wave and has afforded him the opportunity to officiate on numerous surfing associations as a muchadmired name around the globe! When he’s not travelling or hand-crafting surfboards, he spends his time surfing with his wife and spending quality outdoor time on the beach with his daughters. This is Johno’s town and this is what he likes doing in it!
Relax when the weather is good Either around the pool at home or by spending the whole day on the beach.
Fave activity on the weekend Fave activity on the weekend Probably won’t come as much of a Probably won’t come as much of a surprise to most, but it would definitely surprise to most, but it would definitely have to be surfing and fishing — just have to be surfing and fishing — just being outdoors! being outdoors!
Grab drinks with the guys Where else but the deck at Al Pescatore — with great views, cold draught and excellent service there’s nothing more that you could ask for! Fave Shop Not into shopping, but when surfing needs arise, it would have to be my wife’s shop, Groundswell Surf Shop, and for gifts it’s The Beach Shack.
Favourite place to Eat brunch Mozambik for quick service and super-tasty food.
Best cup of coffee Dark roasted Italian brew in bed with my wife.
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Work out Shaping boards, surfing and long walks on the beach with my dogs after work. We are super blessed to be able to do so much outside.
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Lifestyle’s 1st Foodies Market the party
The centre was abuzz and full of eager shoppers on the 1st March as lifestyle held their first ever foodies market with awesome local producers presenting their homemade goodies making the event a huge success.
The people 1. Lize & Martin van der Merwe 2. Jenna Hambley & Winona Holm 3. Warren hyland, Graeme Paper & Eugine Botha 4. Shireen Reddy & Yumnah Jangda 5. Josch & Michelle Schmeltzer 6. Aryn Geekie, Gary Jackson & Jeff Upneck 7. Jack & Nathan Raw 8. Storm Catterick & Tessa Woodley
the highlight Beira Alta watrons walked around with deliciously grilled seafood to snack on. The stalls were cleared of stock in just a few short hours and the ambiance of the day was just spectacular
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La Piazza Launch Party the party The launch of the newly revamped restaurant area and renaming of La piazza @ The Well Centre
The people 9. Stella Schroder, Danielle & Benno Terblanche 10. Cutting of the ribbon 11. Marco Bortolussi & FiancĂŠ Catia Marinelli, Daniele Marinelli 12. Harry & Michelle Vlavianos 13. Dr Frances Prinsloo & Karen du Bruyn 14. Andrew Ogilvie & Dr Neil Isaacs 15. Mags Westerhof, Mikayla Shone & Ashleigh Robyn 16. Karen & Dr Peter Iyavoo
the highlight The gorgeous snacks and drinks that came around, giving us a taste of what to expect from this awesome restaurant.
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the party We were treated to a site inspection of the awesome new SMD dealership all the way from basement level where they service the cars to the roof where they house their pre owned cars and have installed solar panels that generate 50 % of the power that is needed to run the entire building.
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17. Shaun Duminy, Kevin Flynn, Felix Welch 18. Trenley Tilbrook & Renalda Hoffmann 19. Celia Tabb, Cobus Oelofse & Keith Palmer 20. Bolinka Goldridge, Lucille Nagel 21. Storm Catterick & Sharlene Odayar 22. Andy Horton, Dayalan Chetty & Jane Wiltshire 23. Keryn Delaney, Fenella Rivalland & Brenda Kayton 24. Ivan Hartley, Gerard de Billot
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We were also lucky enough to indulge in an ever glorious breakfast at Zaras Lite, my breakfast of choice is their flawless french toast â€“ simply delish. It was also interesting to see how much the group has taken the Green element into consideration from Led lights down to recycled water for plants, itâ€™s always nice to see big companies putting their environmental foot forward.
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Inches By Dylan Jahnig | www.lincchurch.com
I read something recently that really got me thinking. It went like this, ‘It’s often the things that nobody sees that produce the results that everybody wants.’ Isn’t that so true! How many times do you hear people criticising the success of others when the truth is that they understand nothing of the heart and sacrifice that it took to get there? How often do we stare at our heroes and wish that we could have their life (and I’m not talking about a teenage crush here — I’m talking about a true hero, someone that we can look up to and aspire to be like)? I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one out there that dreams of leaving some kind of legacy in this world. That dream of making an impact on people’s lives that is long-lasting and profound and yet, so often, as I watch the people that have influenced my life in an amazing way, I miss the story of what they had to do to get where they are — the behind-the-scenes things, the sacrifices behind the reward.
So where does this leave you? Maybe you started out this year with big dreams and a whole chunk of courage, only to find yourself just going through the motions whilst those around you seem to be enjoying great success. Maybe now that you’re three months into the year, things aren’t looking great and you’re losing momentum. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be someone that others would look up to, but instead find yourself giving in to the wrong things, things which are ruining your popularity. Let me say this — life is a game of inches. Remember the movie Any Given Sunday? Surely every competitive nut out there, or anyone who loves a comeback story, remembers the half-time speech: ‘Inches, it’s all about inches.’ Of course everyone wants to score a touchdown, but you ain’t gonna score a touchdown unless you make an inch. Inch by inch the touchdowns will come. And then the famous closing line, ‘What are you gonna do?’
For me, this is the story of life. We all have our dreams of the places where we want to end up. We all have a picture of the life we want to live and the person we want to be. But somehow we also think that the ‘touchdowns’ should come easily. We somehow think that we can have what others have without paying the price that they have paid. Let me encourage you today. You can have that story. You can enjoy those results. But it’s gonna take inches — faithful steps in the right direction, the things that nobody sees, to produce the results that everyone wants. So don’t lose hope. Certainly don’t give up! Be faithful with what you have (Luke 16), and watch the grander story unfold.
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Ballito Business Profile
Words Storm Catterick
Master Jeweller Ballito-based jewellery designer, Tommy-D, has been making jewellery for over a decade, creating some of the finest custom pieces in the industry — but how did this entrepreneur and creator of unique pieces of art get to where he is today? When Tommy-D, as he has come to be known in the industry, was just a young surfer boy in Durban, his favourite activity — when he wasn’t ‘hanging ten’ — was to place coins on railways tracks and wait for a train to go over them, flattening them into unique shapes. He would then stamp surfing logos, like Quicksilver, etc onto the coins. Once his ‘masterpieces’ had been created, he would make necklaces for all his mates and thus were born his first one-of-a kind handmade creations. Tommy soon realized that this was a passion that he could definitely take further so, after school, he took his raw obsession and refined it with a jewellery design and manufacturing course at DUT. Four years later, with creativity and science in tow, he began his career as a jeweller, working at a company in Durban for four years and then moving to London for two years, where he honed his skills, often dealing with massive diamonds. Coming back to South Africa with a wealth of knowledge and experience, Tommy ventured into the world of entrepreneurship and opened his own store in Durban. Five years down the line, the Tommy D brand is a force to be reckoned with and one that holds its own with bigger and more established jewellery companies around KZN. With a great client base, he opened his second store in Ballito’s Tiffany’s Centre in the knowledge that our market craves something different, unique and not mass-
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produced — the same philosophy that he lives by when creating his jewellery. However, Tommy’s success isn’t all about his eye-catching designs, it’s also about his passion for not only making beautiful pieces, but also the satisfaction that he feels in knowing that a raw material can be turned into something so amazing that it makes another person want to wear it for the rest of their lives. ‘To create something that is so beautiful that you almost don’t want to part with it excites me immensely, especially ’coz no ring is ever the same,’ says Tommy. A tribute to his loyal client base is his hands-on personal service during and post design and manufacturing. ‘I make it a point to go through the journey with my customer from beginning to end and to form personal relationships, as well as to make sure that my after-sales service is even better,’ says Tommy. Unlike most jewellery designers, everything to do with the making of an item of jewellery is done in-house. ‘We melt in-house, sell
diamonds, design and manufacture and, as everything becomes more computerized, I take a lot of pride in my hand-drawn designs,’ he tells us. Despite the glamour of the creative world, running a business is hard and Tommy won’t take on a job under the Tommy-D name and not have Tommy-D make it. “My greatest passion is redesigning old jewellery, creating something new out of something used which is often of immense sentimental value to the client.” Says Tommy When asked what he deems as the most important thing for men looking to buy an engagement ring to know, Tommy says that education is key. It’s his job to make the man feel comfortable with his choice and to find out as much as he can from family and friends about the prospective fiancée’s likes and dislikes before starting the design process. As well, it’s very important to know the girlfriend’s finger size — which, guys, is not as easy as guessing her bra size!
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Ballito photographers profile
local photographer to look out for
Danelle Terblanche In the tenth and, probably, last instalment of Photographers to look out for, in which we have been profiling the best of Ballito’s photographers — professionals who we think you should make use of when capturing that next special moment — we are featuring Danelle Terblanche from Graphic Guru’s, a design and photographic company. Best known for having fun and creating a relaxing environment for her clients, to her it is all about catching the natural moments and not just the posed ones. With a love for all things creative and a background in graphic design, she has cemented her position as a great photographer, with big things still to come. With husband in tow, Danelle specialises in weddings, family and corporate photography.
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Photographers profile Ballito
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Photographers profile Ballito
Tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m an amazingly attractive, young, upcoming candidate set to take over the world of design and photography — joking! But I am passionate. I believe in simplicity and try to apply it in every area of my life. Simplicity is the key to excellence. I feed on inspiration, colours and people and my husband and I are constantly searching for new ideas and ways to meet new people. Photography might be a business, but it is also a way of reaching people and changing lives, which is another thing that I strive for in everything that I do. How long have you been a photographer? Going on for the fourth year now. What or who got you started in photography and did you study? Four years ago I was approached by a couple who wanted a family shoot. Without a camera or any experience in photography, I offered to do the shoot for them. I used a friend’s camera and played around with it a bit before meeting them. They were very happy with the photos and had about 10 canvasses made for their house, so I figured that I could do this thing. After that I took a few short photography courses and said ‘yes’ to every opportunity! What gives you ideas or inspires you to create your imagery? Whoow — inspiration is all over! Life is beautiful! I can’t give credit to one thing or person for our inspiration and ideas. The Internet, magazines, interesting people and experiences, sunsets, daydreaming and drawing in the sand… everything is inspiring and everything is right on our doorstep!
How would you describe your style? We have a ‘free’ style. Our photos are mostly natural, as you have said, and you can see that in the photos. A couple could look straight at the camera and pose for a photo but then laught out loud about how awkward it feels and those are the moments that we like to capture. Or, doing a family shoot and getting the group shot, but then also getting the little boy eating sand in the corner, completely unaware of the camera.
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What type of cameras do you shoot with? We both shoot with Nikons, not because we are apposed to Cannon, but after my first family shoot I was blessed with a Nikon D300 and started building on our equipment from there. How important is Photoshop in your final images? Not too important. When we meet our couple or family, we go through their expectations for the shoot and I, being the one who edits the photos, will tell them beforehand that we don’t edit photos to look like magazine covers. I will edit small things here and there and, if someone feels uncomfortable about a scar, I can remove it, but we do nothing that’s not natural. Most of the editing is done in Lightroom, just to play with colour options and contrasts. Destination you’ve always wanted to shoot at? Definitely India and we are planning to go there in December. We are taking the bare minimum so that we can take ALL our photography equipment. 082 797 2438 | www.danophotography.co.za
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I write songs to uplift
people and help them realise that there is hope, even when things are at their darkest
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Business Feature Ballito
In this edition we introduce a new feature on local talent where we will be featuring people from our community that have what Simon Cowell likes to call the â€˜X factorâ€™! We start on a high note with a singer who has made waves in Ballito over the last couple months and who has more raw talent and soul in his pinkie finger than Britney Spears has in her whole body! He is Majozi, the writer and singer of the awe-inspiring hit song The River, the first single from his EP that hit no 9 on the SA iTunes charts and his first-ever music video, which we will be seeing on our TV screens very soon. His Indie-Folk rhythms and effortless vocals have shown the world that this man has what it takes and then some. This is the exclusive interview with Nhlanhla Majozi
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Ballito Local Feature Busniess Talent Feature
Photographic contribution Simon Wilkes & Justin Scott
ow does a local (KZN) person go about breaking into the professional music market? You have to grab the opportunities that come your way and not be afraid of failure. Think big and push yourself. To be honest, I don’t think that I’m qualified to answer this question, but from what I’m learning at the moment, you should always ask questions and ask for help from those who have done it before. There are a lot of guys out there who are willing to give some valuable advice.
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Your awesome song is now on 5FM — congrats and how did you make that happen? Thanks. I’m pretty new to all of this, so I asked a mate what to do and he told me to send it to Cath from 5FM, so I did. She liked the song and sent it to the 5FM playlist committee. A couple of weeks later it was playlisted — I was over the moon.
Ducktales? Scrooge McDuck had a room filled with money and coins and he just swam in it for fun. That’s pretty much me right now. No — I’m kidding! It hasn’t affected my life yet. Hopefully, as I grow and play more shows and more people hear my music, I will earn more, but right now I’m really grateful to be where I am and to have the amazing support that I do.
I think there’s a lot of misconception in the public mind. If they hear you on radio, they think that you must be coining it. What’s the reality? Do you remember that cartoon series
Does social media affect you much in a positive way when you’re trying to gain traction? Yes. Social media plays a big part in getting my name out there. I try to spend as much time on social media in promoting
yourself to myself and my events as I can. It really helps, because it’s cost-effective and really simple to do if you have the time and, on top of that, it’s fun. The amazing Marc Forrest has just set up a website for me, majozi.co.za. Having a presence on social media and the web helps a lot in getting your music out there. What is your vision for your music career? I really want people to feel uplifted when they hear my songs. I want to go as far as possible with my music and generate a more positive influence on the whole music industry. Is it harder for a solo artist to break through than being in a band? If I had to guess, I’d say it’s harder for a band, purely because financially it costs more for a full band — travel, accommodation, shows and recording. That being said, being a solo act is challenging in terms of getting a full sound across when playing live without a band. How do you promote yourself to land big events such as the Mother’s Day Botanical Garden performance? To be honest, I don’t know how that happened — not any of my doing. The guys that organise the Music at the Lake series got hold of me and asked if I was interested. I think that having a social media presence and a music video helped. They are really awesome guys and are passionate about music and promoting local artists. I was really honoured when they asked if I’d like to be the supporting act for Mango Groove. It’s a big deal for me and I’m really stoked to have this opportunity to play at the beautiful Botanical Gardens. What is your inspiration when writing? My faith is the biggest inspiration for my writing. I am a Christian and come from an awesome church called Linc Church, which has supported and uplifted me massively in the last few years, for which I’m so grateful. I write normal, everyday songs, but I try and approach things from a different angle. I write about life and how I see it. I write songs to uplift people and help them realise that there is hope, even when things are at their darkest, and I try to get them thinking. I want people to enjoy my songs because they think that they are good, regardless of where they are in life. If I can get heads bobbing and feet tapping, then I am happy. Biggest influence on your musical career? I’d have to say Brad Klynsmith from Gangs
of Ballet. He’s helped me so much in terms of advice and helping me take the right steps in trying to make it. What do you think about when you’re performing? It varies through a range of thoughts, like ‘How did I get here?’, ‘What’s the next line’, ‘Don’t mess up, Majozi’. Ha-ha, I’m joking. I guess I just think about the song that I’m singing at that moment. Locally, who has promoted you most? Ard Matthews has been really awesome, letting me play at his coffee shop, I Want My Coffee, and getting me some gigs. Bob Perfect from Durban is Yours has done a lot for me too and so have writers like Sarona Reddy (East Coast Radio) and Jenna Kelly (Girl with a bum blog) but, honestly, without my friends, I wouldn’t be anywhere right now. They come to all my gigs and have supported me with encouragement and kind words. They’ve made a racket about me on social media and shared my music with everyone that they know. They’ve really been awesome in promoting me and I love them very much.
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Would you ever do the Idols thing? Ha-ha! Ya, I tried when I was younger. Didn’t make it through, but it was fun. Your song has quite a special video — tell us the story behind the song and the people involved with the video? Thank you. The idea for the song came about when I was watching a scene from the movie, O Brother, where art thou”. In that scene, the main characters gets sidetracked by beautiful singing and follows a bunch of people down to a river where they are being baptised. So the guys join in and get baptised and saved. The song that they sang had a ‘Deep South’ kinda feel to it — pretty haunting and beautiful. Eventually, months later, I had a tune and the idea of telling two stories — one of a drunken old man who had lost everything and the other of a young prostitute who is forced to work by her father, but even in their dire and seemingly hopeless situations the story ends well. They find their hope down by the river. Tim Hay, owner of Hellmot Productions, did a really awesome job of directing the video and Simon Wilkes and Yash ( Lucid Media) helped out with the camera-work and were really awesome.
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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge & Resort’s Culinary King These days food is no longer just a necessity to stay alive - we no longer eat to live, but rather live to eat! This change in mind-set has meant that places like Fairmont Zimbali Resort and Fairmont Zimbali Lodge now offer gastronomic experiences created by some of South Africa’s leading chefs. We speak to Executive Chef, Dean Uren — a talented and business-minded chef with over 20 years of experience in the industry and a wealth of knowledge and understanding of his craft — about getting what managing the culinary side of a worldrenowned resort is like and what it takes to make it to the top in an industry that demands blood, sweat and tears! Tell us how and why you got into this industry. At the age of 18, I started off by doing a three-year course in hotel management at the Wits Hotel School. In my third year I did my practical in the kitchen and after three weeks I just knew that this was my calling. The ability to be creative, use your hands and work with people that share the same passion was a lot of fun. What’s the best thing about going into this industry? From an opportunities point of view, it is not difficult for an experienced, qualified chef to find employment. You have the opportunity for
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growth and for extensive travel. There are no limitations on growth and you can always learn amazing new cuisines or styles of cooking — your skills never hit a plateau, which is extremely exciting. For those of us that aren’t in the industry, what is the role of an Executive Chef? It covers a spectrum of multiple responsibilities. Each restaurant has to be run as a business and make a profit and you have to make sure that everything you do and make has value to it. You have to ensure guest satisfaction with regard to anything that has to do with food and beverage. If your guests are happy, they want to come back. Back-of-house operations entail managing staff, maintaining equipment, health and safety, and negotiating with suppliers. I manage at least 10 different restaurants and food and beverage areas at both Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Fairmont Zimbali Resort. The reality of an Executive Chef is that you do tend to cook less because you are managing everything and everyone else, but my taste and flavour comes through when we change menus and come up with new ideas, where I have the final say. Tell us about the journey to landing this position at one of S.A’s most famous resorts? After living in the UK and working for Gordon
Ramsay, I moved back to Johannesburg and started doing consultancy work for eight different restaurants in the areas of menu engineering, coming up with new ideas and themes, etc. At this time I got a call from the Group Executive Chef of Sun International, who had a vacancy at Aqua in Sibaya. I worked there for 18 months before being transferred to Zimbali Lodge as executive chef. I was at the lodge for three years before moving over to the Fairmont Zimbali Resort as Executive Chef. Obviously the deciding factor and attraction to moving down here was the coastal lifestyle! So you worked with Gordon Ramsay — that sounds terrifying! Ja, look, it was pretty hard work in a very tough environment, but the beauty of it is that when you leave an environment like that, you realise that all the people that you worked countless hours with in the kitchen are all there for the same reason — to learn, work hard, get paid nothing and get a ‘bollocking’ every day, so that in the end you have that experience on your CV. It’s madness but, we loved it! What’s something unique that you offer at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge & Resort? We have just started buying in Wagyu Beef from a Free State farmer (a South Africanproduced Kobe Beef.) It is exceptional meat of
the highest quality and we’re extremely excited to have it on our menus. Highlight of your career? Definitely being invited to the royal wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene as the South African chef to represent the South African food. Who or what inspires you in the kitchen? Seeing my staff empowered, honing their skills and helping them grow into more senior responsibilities. Another aspect is seeing some amazing and innovative food being produced in our kitchens; it’s a pride that’s hard to explain! What three ingredients are you loving at the moment? Olive oil is a must in my kitchen, a very key ingredient — my favourite is from Southern Right down in the Cape. Other than that, freshly ground black pepper — can’t go wrong! What’s your number one cooking tip? Don’t overcomplicate dishes; let the food and natural flavours of the ingredients speak for themselves. At Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Fairmont Zimbali Resort do you change themes and menus?
At a place like this you have an ever-changing clientele from all over the world that stay for three or four days, so you want to be able to offer them a completely different dining experience every day and, when they come back a year or so later, you want to be able to give them a whole new experience. So we are constantly working on new concepts and menus. Finally, what is the best piece of advice that you could give an aspiring chef? There’s only so much that you can learn from a book — the rest is putting it into practice. As a young, inexperienced chef, you’ve got to spend 10 hard years putting your head down, learning from other competent chefs, working in restaurants, gaining as much experience as you can from the team that you work with and, when you feel that you can’t learn any more, you move on to a different chef who can teach you something new as you slowly build up your own repertoire and strengths. I also believe that every growing chef should work with pastry as this teaches you discipline in a kitchen. You should also work in all the spectrums of a kitchen.
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ave you ever taken the time to get a little perspective on life in Ballito? For many locals, life in the idyllic town of Ballito is marred by a bucketful of complaints about the same things that people have to put up with in towns and cities across the country. Life in Ballito really isn’t as tough as we make it out to be, though, and sometimes we just need to consider the myriad ways in which Ballito is so much better than a city like Johannesburg. How, you may ask. Well, take a read through what follows, which is based on first-hand experience, and then let me know if things here really are so bad.
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E-tolls. Bang — right off the bat I’ve got your attention and instantly you have to agree that without them life in Ballito is better than it is for our cousins in Jo’burg. There are no gantries or cameras snapping our licence plates and we don’t have to put up with invoices every month charging us for just driving to work. In fact, Ballito will soon have wider, smoother roads without e-tolls to burden us.
Along with e-tolls comes traffic and in our case the real lack of it. Now don’t go confusing the 15 minutes you spend getting out of the heart of Ballito and onto the N2 with traffic. That might be ‘Ballito-style
traffic’, but it isn’t like spending hours in your car every day. If anyone has lived in Jo’burg, or commutes, you’ll know the suffering endured in the mornings at the Grayston off-ramp in Sandton, where you can lose 30 minutes in a blink, or trying to get in or out of Fourways in the mornings. The trip from Dainfern to Rosebank would drive us Ballito locals crazy!
Everything here on the North Coast is really just 10 minutes away, but we still don’t like to drive. Sage is a quick drive from Simbithi, or you can be at Salties Beach in the same time that it takes to fill your tank. Now consider Jo’burg — coffee isn’t just
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— Ballito beats Jozi hands down 10 minutes away and it’s six hours to the beach. The airport is on your doorstep — if you live in Kempton Park — but to get the same quality lifestyle that we have here, you’d need to live on an estate so far from the airport that you need to sleep over the night before just to make your morning flight on time. It’s not like that for us here in Ballito! Lastly, nothing beats the time we get to spend with family. Yes, we can debate quality over quantity, but I’d like to think that that’s just the excuse that the Jo’burg guys have to use to justify the hours that they work and the time that they spend
travelling, all of which keep them away from the most important people in their lives — their families. Down here, we’ve got them both — quality time in large quantities — you just can’t buy that kind of stuff. Still think I’m wrong? Perhaps I am, but more and more Jo’burg families are moving to our piece of paradise to get away from e-tolls, miss the traffic, find a lifestyle that works for them and reconnect with their families. That right there is why we need to stop seeing life in Ballito as so problematic and to appreciate the fact that there is a ton of stuff that we Ballito people don’t need to deal with that folks in Jozi do!
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Ballito Stuff you should Know It was only when German immigrants to the USA brought with them the idea of the Easter Bunny — who was depicted as a white hare that laid eggs — that the world slowly started to recognize these as symbols of Easter.
Every year we celebrate Easter and very often this is not for what it truly stands for, but as an excuse to stuff our faces with chocolate! I don’t know what you think, but I’ve often wondered what hot-cross buns, chocolate, the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs have to do with Jesus rising from the dead —and where on earth do jelly beans come into the story?
After Halloween, Easter is the biggest candyconsuming holiday. In some cultures, the exchange of eggs at Easter dates back to a springtime tradition older than Easter itself in which eggs were given as a symbol of rebirth, a custom that was adopted by Christians as symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus.
While bunnies and chocolates may not have any ties to Christianity, hot-cross buns do. They were originally known as Good Friday buns and the cross on top of them was put there to remind Christians of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Originally hot-cross buns were supposed to be eaten only for breakfast on Good Friday but, as with so many significant holidays, commercialism has taken over and the religious significance has been largely lost, with hot-cross buns being sold throughout the year now. During the 1730s these delicacies became known as hot-cross buns and when they were sold on the streets, the sellers would shout, “One-apenny, two-a-penny, hot-cross buns!” (Remember the words of the old nursery rhyme?)
The first chocolate eggs were made in Germany in the 19th century and they remain probably the most popular Easter candies.
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600 million Easter eggs are sold in the USA during the months of March and April. (And they don’t know why they have an obesity problem?) Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans at Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over. How this relates to Easter is not really known and jellybeans did not become an Easter tradition until the 1930s. They were first made in America by Boston candy-maker, William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
Did you know that the pretzel we know today actually began as an Easter tradition? The twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossing in prayer to the Lord.
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Food by Jacqui Rey
have been cooking professionally for 28 years and I am still as passionate today as I was when I first started out.
Every day is a meal, menu and taste sensation waiting to be discovered. I trained at the Royal Hotel in Durban and then spent 4 years travelling overseas. During this time a worked in restaurants in London & went to college furthering my skills & knowledge in Baking, Bread & flour confectionary and Advanced Patisserie. I came back to South Africa and spent 3 years teaching at Christina Martin School of
Food & Wine. I started my own business in 1994 with 1 convection microwave oven.
confectionary goods for restaurants, coffee shops & hotels
My husband Jean-Francois joined me as the operations manager 17 years ago and today we are both involved full time and have a full time staff of 12 and a backup staff of 20 casual kitchen staff
I love the challenges and excitement involved in planning for both small & big events and I love being part of people’s celebrations and memorable occasions.
We owned & ran a coffee shop, café and deli in Ballito called Food matters for 6 years & a restaurant called Mange Tout in Salt Rock for 2 years
This is Jacqui’s idea of a simple and tasty Easter lunch to be shared with friends and family in your back garden or on your patio! Enjoy the menu ... we definitely will
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Seared Fillet Steak with Thai Styled Dressing
500g Fillet Steak – trimmed, use the centre of the fillet A little olive oil, Milled black pepper * Alternatively can also use salmon or prawns Dressing Juice & zest of 2 limes 15ml light brown sugar 30ml sunflower oil 10ml soy sauce 10ml fish sauce 5 drops sesame oil 5cm piece of lemon grass peeled and sliced Thumb grated fresh ginger 2 clove garlic peeled and chopped 2 red chilli deseeded and sliced To garnish 2 Red peppers roasted & shin removed Fresh dhania 50g pickled sushi ginger
1. Rub the fillet with a little olive oil & season with black pepper 2. Sear in a frying pan and place in the oven for 10 minutes at 180’C 3. Remove from oven season with salt and allow to rest & cool down 4. Make the dressing by blending all the ingredients together 5. Slice the beef thinly & toss in the dressing with the sliced roasted peppers 6. Put on a platter & garnish with sushi ginger & fresh dhania
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Lamb Shank with mashed potatoes, roasted butternut salad and a good loaf!
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1 large butternut, peeled, deseeded and cubed Salt and freshly ground black pepper, olive oil for roasting 1 avocado sliced 1 small papaya sliced 10 Pepper dews cut in ½ 1 packet salad leaves 1 packet rocket 100g streaky bacon chopped & cooked crispy ½ cup gorgonzola 1 cup toasted nuts to serve
Onion Marmalade 2 onions, thinly sliced 1T butter 1T oil 2T balsamic vinegar 1T sugar
Dressing 2T balsamic vinegar 3T freshly squeezed lemon juice 1T honey 1 clove garlic finely chopped Thumb fresh ginger, grated 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper Place all the ingredients in a blender to combine
For the butternut Preheat the oven to 200OC Season the butternut cubes and place in a large roasting tray and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat evenly and roast at 200OC for 25-30 minutes or until the butternut is cooked through and has crispy edges. Toss in the dressing while still hot
Gently sauté the onion in the butter and oil over a low heat When translucent add the vinegar and sugar, turn the heat right down low and cook gently for 25-30 minutes or until the onions are golden and sticky
To serve Layer the lettuce, rocket, butternut, papaya, avocado, bacon, Gorgonzola, pepper dews and onion marmalade. Dress and top with toasted nuts best served warm but equally good at room temperature
1 Lamb shank per person about 300/350g Season with salt & pepper & toss in flour Put in a hot oven at 220’C for 20 minutes to brown Pour over ½ cup red wine
Make a casserole mix with the following per 2 people: 1 carrot sliced, 1 onion slices , 1 celery stalk sliced ,1 leek sliced & 1 clove garlic. Mix together & cook in a little olive oil for about 15 minutes Add: 1 bay leaf, 1 sprig thyme, 1 sprig rosemary, 1 knorr vegetable or chicken stock pot, 1 can chopped tomatoes ,500ml water & Salt & pepper Pour over lamb shanks, cover and put in the oven for 4 hours at 160’C Remove the meat from the sauce. Liquidise the sauce check seasoning and spoon over the shanks, serve with creamy mashed potatoes.
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Cappuccino Ballito’s Best
In the next couple editions we will be carrying out surveys on our Facebook page in search of Ballito’s best. Each edition will feature something different, so vote and you could find your fave pizza, burger, coffee place, etc featured in our mag! In this edition we look at the four cappuccinos voted as the best in Ballito – these are the cafés you voted for!
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Yellow Café Just around the corner from Sage, you will find the Litchi Orchard’s tranquil and rustic Yellow Café, which is known for its impressive coffee culture and amazing coffee. Paying meticulous attention to detail, they source their beans from a local roastery called Beanstruk and use a blend of South American and South African beans. This is tweaked especially for them, creating a mouthful of bold and strong flavours. Their cappuccino is to die for and offers a rich creamy flavour — a really feel-good coffee!
Situated in Salt Rock, opposite Tiffany’s, this vintage-look coffee shop is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the crammed coffee shops in town. Sage uses a blend of African Arabica beans from Malawi, Ethiopia and Zambia, which culminates in a rich, smooth and nutty blend that is simply delicious and full of flavour, but not too bold!
Tel 032 525 5991
Berni’s Coffee Shop & Cakery Berni’s Coffee Shop and Cakery, situated in the Ballito Bay Mall, is a quaint little coffee shop run by a woman who is extremely passionate about all things cake- and coffee-related! Unlike most other coffee shops, Berni uses Lavazza espresso pods, which produce a really tasty, full-bodied cappuccino with a sweet and fragrant aroma and balanced aftertaste.
Tel 032 525 8059
The 100 percent Arabica is sweet blend with a thick, golden aroma, composed of top-quality Brazilian and Indian coffees by Lavazza. The special roasting, combined with the right grind, yields a particularly sweet and velvety coffee with a persistent after-taste and a thick golden crema.
Situated in Salt Rock, on the corner of Old Main Road and Ocean Drive, lies the relaxed, intimate little coffee shop called Salt Café. Their specialist coffees are made with the freshest and finest beans supplied by the Bean Green Coffee Roastery in Glenwood. Their blend of choice, known as the ‘Bluff Bru’ is a blend of three, made with premium Ethiopian beans, which are very aromatic, fruity and full-bodied. This popular blend featured in the Café Society Awards in 2009 and 2010 and is a cappuccino that is very different to the usual blends.
Tel 073 244 8246
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LUXURY FOREST APARTMENTS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Set within the lush forests of the award-winning Dunkirk Estate, homeowners can enjoy all the estate facilities which include: • Dunkirk’s clubhouse with award-winning restaurant • On-site accommodation for friends and family • Tennis court and gymnasium with 25m heated pool • Dunkirk’s exclusive beach clubhouse
2 & 3 bedroom luxury sectional title apartments available direct from the developer. Prices from:
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DUNKIRK FOREST APARTMENTS: 97 Sameja Drive, Dunkirk Estate, No. 1 Salt Rock Road, Salt Rock, Ballito Sales: James 082 921 0044 | Robin 072 279 7535 | www.dunkirkestate.co.za
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Business Feature Ballito
There are four key requirements for achieving success in the automobile industry — passionate people, great products, outstanding service and community involvement. It’s this mix that turns a good dealership into a great one, one that the public not only want to buy from, but that the staff also feel proud to work for. There is no doubt that the new SMD dealership has this and still some! Still in its early phase, having only opened its doors in December, the company is already far surpassing older dealerships when it comes to these four key requirements and, let’s be honest, you cannot
deny that there’s something very different about it! Shaun Duminy, franchise director and co-mastermind behind the new development, ran the previous Ford and Mazda dealership, which he started some five years ago. Shortly thereafter, Shaun and Gerard de Billot saw that there was also room for a Jaguar/ Land Rover franchise in Ballito. With an existing property available, they approached Jag and Land Rover and made them an offer they couldn’t refuse, after which the two business moguls launched their R68 million rand project with great gusto.
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Now, mere months into trading, the team can scarcely believe the amazing growth that they have had. On the Ford side, they have gone from selling 45 units a month at the old dealership to 132 Fords in the new dealership — and, they say, with very little extra effort from the sales side. This exponential growth is a direct result of the fact — so believes Ivan Hartley, dealer principle —that the new building is like a huge billboard beside the N2 highway to Durban, virtually drawing people into the dealership. ‘The sheer size of the building, together with its situation, has been the catalyst for the instant success of the dealership,’ says Ivan. What impresses me, like most who have dealt with them, is that they have taken innovation way past the building and driven it into every facet of the business, including added benefits that far exceed those from any other dealership in KZN. They are continually looking at how they can do things better for the customer both pre- and post-sale, proving that signing on the dotted line is not the be-all and end-all, but rather the start of a long-lasting relationship. As Ivan likes to describe it, ‘It’s creating that WOW experience for the customer, from the quality of the service, the brands, to the type of vehicle that you buy.’ Touching on some of the added value offerings that are the cherry on the top of the WOW — one of the big drivers for buying a car at SMD is the fact that you can get your car serviced right on your doorstep. They also want to get to the point where, if you have to go to Johannesburg for business, instead of leaving your car at the airport and having to pay ridiculous parking fees, they will collect your car, take it for a service and then pick you up when you arrive back. Also, if you need a service and cannot be without a car, they will loan you a courtesy car. Striving not to be just another motor dealership but rather a ‘destination dealership’, they have collaborated with Maro and opened the 80-seater Zaras Lite, which is run by her nephew, Silvio. The new Zaras is just as good as the original at the Lifestyle Centre and you can enjoy a great meal in an air-conditioned room, surrounded by amazing cars. Sticking with
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quality brands, they will also be introducing a luxury watch shop, and introducing a Formula 1 simulator, which is sure to make it the number one destination for Formula 1 Sundays. Apart from all the awesome amenities on offer, the group has really gone all-out to make the dealership state-of-the-art, even introducing a significant green-friendly element to the daily running of the building. When you see the lights shining bright
and beautiful at night, don’t be alarmed, as 62 percent of all the electricity used is generated from solar panelling on the roof of the building. Energy-efficient LED lighting, with specialist glass panels that keep the air inside the building cool, was incorporated into the design. Rainwater is harvested from the rooftop into freshwater tanks with a capacity of 500 000 litres, which is then filtered into tanks and used for washing vehicles and irrigating the surrounding gardens. They have also
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contracted Eco Wash, a system which uses no more than one litre of water per vehicle, to wash all the vehicles.
from other major car dealerships — we will no doubt see this site becoming the motor zone hub in Ballito in the near future.
This five-storey building and the businesses in it have created over 38 jobs (and counting) for the community and has become a destination on its own, whether or not you are buying a car, adding immense value for Ballito in terms of bringing in outside visitors. The size and its fast-growing reputation is also creating great interest
Do yourself a favour next time you are thinking of going for coffee, or if want to do something with the children, or you just have free time, and take my advice — go and visit the SMD dealership for a WOW experience!
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ARE YOU MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS OR IS IT MANAGING YOU?
ystems is the most misunderstood area of business. Yet it’s one area that’s paramount to implement. Systems at every level of the business will make you and your team more empowered and will dramatically increase your business’s productivity and profits. Most importantly, systems allow your business to work without you. Our definition of a business is: A commercial, profitable enterprise that works without its owner. This may be 360 degrees from what you’ve been taught in the past, but think about it – why build a job for yourself when you can build an income stream that keeps on growing whether you are involved or not. Simply put, systems allow you to extricate yourself from the business so you can strategise, further growth, pursue other ventures or play golf. So let’s look at some of the scenarios that are standing in most business owners’ way. Almost every business owner I have met works overtime. That’s because their business doesn’t work - they do. They don’t assign new tasks to their employees because they retain everything about the business and ’how to do it’ in their heads. They believe they can do the job quicker and more efficiently.
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Business growth will be limited if the business owner personally has to train every new employee. Without systems, most owners can’t even remember the things they taught the last employee when they started nor the things they taught them all along the way? Often, uninspired employees are retained in the business rather than having to devote the time to hiring and training yet again. If you recognise yourself in these scenarios, then you will forever work ‘IN’ your business instead of ‘ON’ your business. So what is the answer to freeing yourself from your business? Systems and learning to DIVIDE to grow your business. We call it DIVIDE to MULTIPLY. The essence of dividing to multiply is systemising your business. Take a moment to imagine a business that you didn’t have to work in. Would the business still function efficiently? Would all the systems and people integrate to achieve the result you and your customers or clients want? Of course it would with the proper systems in place. The four major areas to systemize your business are: People and Education Systems, Operations and Distribution
Systems, Improvement Testing and Measuring Systems and IT Systems and Technology. Over the years we have assisted many hundreds of small businesses to introduce systems and the results have been nothing short of stunning. So start by identifying which areas to systemise and you will ultimately transform your business from just a job to a growing enterprise that makes you a leader in your field. All you need are the right systems to run your business and the right people to run your systems. Chris Smith is a Franchisee of the global business coaching company – ActionCOACH. He is an accredited Business Coach who assists business owners on the North Coast to significantly grow their profits and develop their entrepreneurial skills. If Chris isn’t helping you, he’s helping your competitor. To find out more about Business Coaching or to receive a complimentary consult and a business health check, call 082 7770330 or visit www.actioncoachsa.co.za/chrissmith
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Farmers’ Markets! From savouring produce and products at the peak of freshness, to meeting the people who grow and produce your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers’ markets. It’s a great way to get out of the house on weekends and to see what your local community and surrounding farmers have to offer. Now, Ballito may not be teeming with farmers’ markets or markets in general, but there has definitely been an increase, so we decided to visit each market and see the great fresh products that are on offer — often things that you can’t get at your local supermarket.
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Litchi Orchard Market
Established in 2009, the Litchi Market is a melting-pot of food, culture, community and creativity, offering an authentic market experience in a country environment right in the middle of a litchi orchard. The market is also a great meeting place and social occasion, bringing family and friends together to spend the day sampling tasty food from local food artisans. At the market, there are always a variety of quality local ingredients to pick up and use in the month ahead, including cheeses, wines, cured meats, pestos and sauces, nuts and jams and freshly roasted coffee. Itâ€™s a great place to educate children about food and who produces it â€” so often the foods that they are exposed to are so heavily processed, packaged and splashed with logos that they in no way resemble the product in its original state.
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The Ballito Lifestyle Centre aims to create an upmarket Foodies’ Market to support local suppliers of organic and freshly produced foods and this is the perfect platform on which to present the inspiring offerings of local sellers to the community of Ballito. The Lifestyle Foodies’ Market is unique, a cut above other markets in terms of atmosphere, ambience, layout and execution. With products from hand-picked traders, they aim to bring the finest combinations of artisanal delights to their shoppers, from organic vegetables, free-range eggs and meat to cheeses, sauces, fresh-baked goods, ice-cream and much more. The Foodies’ Market will be held on the first Saturday of every month from 8am – 12pm, with the next one taking place on 5 April.
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*Coming Soon Burnedale Market The Burnedale Farmers Market aims to offer a distinctive market experience, concentrating on fresh produce and speciality homemade products. Here, surrounded by lush sugar cane and macadamia nut orchards, you can browse freely and take in what the market has to offer. There is also a child-friendly facility at Burnedale House where you can leave your children to play happily with professional child carers, or you can take them for a walk around the animal farm and let them enjoy the atmosphere as much as you will. Burnedale Farmers Market is not just a market, but also hosts special events for the public and the awesome venue can be hired for private functions. For more information, please call either Jayden Blesovsky 0825928238 or Guy Milstead 0837836160. The market will be from 8am to 1pm and markets will be held on two to three Saturdays per month, with dates still to be confirmed. w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a
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Ballito Restaurant Review
Visiting La Piazza is like coming home — it is loud, fun, friendly and the only place I want to be ... and then you get the bonus of fabulous service from owner Marco and his fiancé Catia, the waiters, and managers Sean, Danelle and Nilton and then of course the fabulous food. We love everything about this newly-revamped restaurant — it is like having little Italy (including the Italians) right on our doorstep! Marco is a hands-on owner and knows everything there is to know about his food and restaurant, which is why the restaurant is such a huge success. They open early for breakfast, with a vast menu from which to choose, they have a fantastic lunch menu and dinner offers what is hands-down one of the best menus in town, complete with live music on certain nights, a fabulous vibe and awesome atmosphere — we just want to keep coming back! We started our evening with everything that our fab waiter, Kevin, suggested (the staff know their stuff, too, which is refreshing!). We chose the Fritto Misto (battered prawns, calamari and zucchini sticks) and the Seafood Wontons (kingklip and prawns) for starters and they were amazing, with generous portions, but still leaving us ready to taste the rest. For mains, I had the Carre Di Agnello (four lamb cutlets roasted in the wood fired oven), which was just perfect — tender, juicy and lickyour-fingers good. Ceagan tried the Spaghetti al Cartoccio (mussels, prawns, clams and calamari in a creamy Napolitana sauce baked in the wood fired oven). These wood fire oven dishes are just fabulous. We also had the Risotto Zucca, (roasted butternut and chicken, topped with parmesan shavings) which was fantastic, tasting like MORE! MORE! MORE! For dessert we had the Baked Alaska which is rich, creamy, hot and cold, just as it should be. We also tried the Chocolate Hot-pot, which is melt-in-the-mouth fantastic, and the Custard Slices, which are arguably the best in town. I love the fact that La Piazza also caters for families and has a big kiddies’ play area (inside and out). They have a fab kiddies’ menu and also serve some of the best pizzas around. There are also often new specials which keeps the menu exciting. Marco has special evenings planned — the current ones are Chefs Table
(Tues), Ladies night (Wed), Italian night (Thurs), and Salsa under the stars (Sat) with live music. All that we can say is, don’t miss out on the new best restaurant in town! Bring the kids, or
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come for a romantic date with your better half — La Piazza easily caters for both.
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Salon Review Ballito
I recently had the privilege of spending an afternoon at the Cocoon Day Spa, which is conveniently nestled in the same centre as Iron Angel. The spa has been around since 2008 and changed ownership in 2012. The new owner, Leanne Norton, is determined to drive customer service and to develop, as well as to maintain close relationships with all her clients. She offers an outstanding service as well as many loyalty programmes. Cocoon Day Spa focuses on using the RegimA and Nimue ranges, which are South African brands that are purely resultsdriven. Cocoon Day Spa also supports our local market with its very own range of body butters and oils that are locally made specifically for it.
The spa offers many packages, from facials, where one of the three therapists on staff can assess your skin and advise you on what kind of facial you need and what sort of products you should be using, to cellulite massages and various packages for pregnant women, as well as one of the best tanning salons in Ballito. They even cater for special occasions such as birthdays, hens’ parties and ‘first facials’ for young girls, as well as mani’s/pedi’s”. After chatting to Leanne, I was told that I would be enjoying a full body massage. Using one of the spa’s special oils, I surrendered myself to Ningi’s magic hands. She used the perfect pressure and I found the stresses of the day being worked away. I was impressed by the spa’s ability to deliver
a top-notch service even though there was no electricity, with Ningi using candles and soothing music played through her iPod. After I had almost dozed off a number of times, the massage, sadly, came to an end. I was handed a bottle of water and told to drink the whole thing in order to replenish what the massage had taken out of me. I was also lucky enough to receive a gift pack from the spa containing various creams, oils and body butters which I have been using every day and, I have to say, I can see the results! After a long and stressful day, I will definitely be visiting the Cocoon Day Spa again.
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Primi Piatti Ballito Words Storm Catterick
Where Comfort food and fine dining meet! Primi’s is definitely one of my all-time favourites for a meal out somewhere that I know will never disappoint! So, when we were offered the chance to do a review at Primi Piatti Ballito— which has recently gone under new ownership — I was really eager to get my eat on! My boyfriend and I usually go for our firm favourites, Reco Con Pollo and a pizza (all of them are brilliant), but this time we thought that we’d be adventurous and see what else they have to offer. Our waitress for the night, Khanya Cele, who is also the restaurant manager, was a breath of fresh air and that made for a really entertaining evening. Her energy, enthusiasm and charismatic flair shine through and her knowledge of what the brand stands for is truly impressive. She talked us through some of the must-haves on the menu starting with — of course — cocktails. After all, what is a night at Primi’s without one of their delicious signature cocktails! I couldn’t resist a Jam Jar, opting for a simple strawberry, but next time I’ll definitely try a Litchi or a Red Bull Jam Jar. While we were sipping our drinks, Tracey Lee (the new general Manager and face of primi) suggested that we try their new starter - Pane Di Pizza (bread of the pizza), which is simply divine — full of flavour and
herbs, light and crispy, and just perfect to share to take the edge off! I love the whole ambiance at Primi, from the music to the decor, to the energy of everyone that works there. Being a franchise, you know that you can always expect the same great food but, at the end of the day, service is what makes a restaurant successful and there is no shortage of service at Primi Plantation — it’s almost as if they create Primi staff in a factory, because you simply don’t find this type of service and passion in many other restaurants. When it came to our mains, Craig (the boyfriend) ordered a Saltimbocca Nouva, a nice, flavoursome dish, but not very saucy, something to keep in mind if you like your food dripping in sauce. The dish consists of scallops of chicken pan-fried in butter with sage and white wine, cooked to perfection and served on a bed of sautéed potatoes with a pecorino cheese and Napolitana sauce. The meal also comes with sautéed spinach, not creamed, but delicious and a great addition to the menu. On our arrival I had seen a poster at the door and knew that I wanted whatever that was, just because it looked so good! It was the Alla Mediterranea, a simple yet flavorsome pasta made with cherry tomatoes, olives, extra virgin olive oil, garlic
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and dried chili tossed with mascarpone cheese and rocket. I asked (very nicely) if it was possible to add feta and bacon, and they were happy to adjust it for me, but I would happily have had it as is — it’s just such a nice pasta dish and without a doubt my new fave! By this time we both had to undo our top buttons, but who doesn’t have just that little bit of room for dessert! They suggested that we try the Hazelnut Crème Brûlée — life-changing and the best I have tasted in Ballito — and the Chocolate Nemesis. This is an interesting dessert that I have never seen anywhere else and it is also a nobrainer for any chocolate-lover, a classic flourless chocolate cake served with a hazelnut ice cream shot. It’s quite a moist, dense cake that literally just melts in your mouth — there’s no word to describe it but amazing! All in all, it was a brilliant evening that left us with happy bellies and extremely satisfied taste-buds! If you ever ask yourself where you can get good, consistent quality food and great drinks in a place with a fantastic vibe, with service that exceeds all expectations look, no further — Primi is your destination!
Car Review Ballito
It’s not broken. So don’t fix it. Richard Webb travels to Mozambique to try out the brand new, all new, 3rd generation BMW X5. They’ve played it safe, but it’s a gem. It’s been fifteen years since BMW weighed in with their first Sports Activity Vehicle the X5 – now the world’s best selling car in its class – having chalked up sales of 1.3 million units.
efficiency. Combine lightweight construction with the brands’ Efficient Dynamics technology, and the 280 kW xDrive35 chirps from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, whilst the V8 engined, 330 kW xDrive50i hits 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. The 190 kW, six-cylinder xDrive35d is no slouch either, with 6.9 seconds elapsing from 0 to 100km/h.
So evolutionary is this third generation, a first glance reveals little has changed. At the media launch in Mozambique (see side panel), BMW brought the last of the 2nd generation models along to help decipher the visual differences between the two. Close inspection of the front reveals how the headlights now meet with the ever-growing twin kidney grilles, much like the current 3 Series. Overall, it’s definitely smoother and more loveable looking than the predecessor, with its swashbuckling swage line over the wheel arches as well as some neat design cues for the Air Curtains and Air Breathers (aerodynamic aids that reduce turbulence and improve fuel economy).
The standard Driving Dynamics package tweaks ride and handling characteristics – with Comfort, Sport, and Sport + modes. Go for the Dynamic Performance Control Package and self-leveling rear air suspension can be magically adjusted to match road conditions. Looking closer at the cabin and you see that it can be bathed in relaxing blue, white or orange LED ambient lighting arranged in a wrap-around contour line, changed via the iDrive system. Poplar Grain fine wood or Aluminium Hexagon interior trim elements contrast a high-gloss black surface, whilst the instrument layout includes driver assistance systems. An optional third row of two additional seats adds versatility.
All X5’s come standard with an eightspeed automatic transmission to improve
The BMW X5 is incredibly agile for a large SAV. Room in the back is better than most
rivals, too. So whilst it may not look like much has changed, there is very little left for the X5 to prove. bmw.co.za Follow Richard Webb on Instagram.com/richardmarkwebb
The location for the X5 launch was inspired. The Ponta D’Ouro border post linking KwaZulu-Natal to Mozambique includes a deep sand jeep track, 18km long, to Ponta Mamoli. The X5 made short work of it, as we snaked towards to the spectacular White Pearl resort. With 22 cabins, beautifully perched on stilts against a Casuarina treelined incline, upon a magnificent stretch of coastline, each with a large terrace, private plunge pool and dedicated butler. Wooden walkways connect to the beach bar, where dolphins seem to syncronise with the ambient Café del Mar tunes discretely drifting over the wooden decks. I missed the leatherback turtles laying their eggs on the beach by night, but the dolphins and scuttling red-orange crabs on the flawless beach gave me a connection with Mozambique that still beats within my heart. whitepearlresorts.com w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a
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Ballito Profile Feature
Ballitoâ€™s business sector is really thriving so, for the next couple editions, we will be profiling those businesses that have been around and running successfully for over 10 years, as well as some that have just started out. Meet our April Seeds to Trees...
The Nanny Course Owner Chantel Robert
When did you start? We started the business in October 2013. What do you do? We train nannies (domestic workers) and au pairs to gain the skills to look after your children, training them in CPR and basic first aid. We also cover Early Childhood Stimulation from 0-4 years and we have an Infant Care and Personal Hygiene class which covers how to look after an infant and young baby, as well as hygiene in the workplace and how to care for children with AIDS and TB. There is a cooking class dealing with meals, table setting, grocery lists, kitchen safety and hygiene. We have just started a Domestic Cleaning Class in which we teach domestic workers how to clean correctly and iron properly.
Biggest lesson learnt? As I teach the Early Child Stimulation classes I have learnt that we all need to get to know our nannies. They are not just nannies, but part of our families. What do you think the cornerstone of your business is? Good, quality lecturers who have the same passion and vision for our nannies that I do. What is your number one rule in business? To maintain a high standard and quality in our lectures and lessons. What do you consider to be success? That every nanny that comes through our course should go away feeling that she
is more than just a nanny â€” that she is respected, wanted, needed and empowered. What are your views on integrity in business? Without integrity, our business will not grow. Honesty is the best policy and that never changes. What words come to mind when you hear the word Ballito? Home, growth, family, opportunity. What does the future hold for you and your business? We are hoping to have our Nanny Course Training Centre up and running by the end of the year.
Why did you start this business? When I was pregnant, there was no course in Ballito that we could send our nanny on. I saw that there was a need for a course in Ballito but, as I was planning on going back to teaching, it just stayed a thought in the back of my mind. When I decided to be a stay-at-home mom, the idea resurfaced and starting this business has given me the opportunity to spend time with my little girl and to still teach and empower others. What do you think your clients want? As a mom myself, I know how important it is to feel comfortable with leaving a child with a nanny. Moms want peace-of-mind and to know that their nannies have the skills and knowledge not only to help children to learn, grow and handle emergency situation.
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Profile Feature Ballito
Owner Matthew Toweel - Interior design division When did you start? Qualified 2005 BA Degree Interior Architecture What do you do? Interior Architecture and Design for Extra Dimensions Property Group Private collection homes. Why did you start this business? I have a Passion for design and I enjoy the challenge of making the best use of the available space. Design is universal and can be expressed in so many ways. As Coco Chanel once said ‘an Interior is the natural projection of the soul’.
What was the corner stone of your business? As a team we have always believed if you have the one without the other- vision without passion or passion without vision, you will never have extreme success.
would speak badly of you nobody would believe it...
What’s your number one rule in business? To do what is right and not what is easy,I’d rather be honest than impressive!
What does the future hold? I would like to keep designing and one day design for exclusive five star hotels and Resorts around the world. Design is a journey of discovery....
What are your views of integrity in business? To live and work in such a way that if anyone
What words comes to mind when you hear the word Ballito? Developing, family and community.
What do you know your customer wants? Defining a clients brief is always tricky as they have an image and expectation in their mind that you need to extract and bring it to life together with your expertise. I believe that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, so I try and keep it simple. Biggest lesson learnt? Ideas are just Ideas until they are brought to life. When did you know you were successful? I believe that success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference that you make in peoples lives. Therefore I felt successful after completing my very first project for a very satisfied client. The Key to a great design is captivating the spirit of the client and the essence of the space. 072 693 5120 | firstname.lastname@example.org wwwww. w.fa fabbmmaaggss. c. coo. z. zaa || 63
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Mombies By Jess Basson | jessicaabasson.wordpress.com
ou may be wondering what a Mombie is, but you’ve seen her at the Mall. Dark rings under her bloodshot eyes. No makeup. Cereal smeared down her shirt. Her toddler is crying because he can’t hold his truck and his juice bottle in the same hand and the baby is licking the handle of the trolley. In the trolley you’ve seen the standard Mombie shopping list — wine, rice cakes and cartoon-themed yoghurt — we all know that yoghurt with Spidey on it gives you super-powers. Obviously! • Mombies survive on coffee that’s been microwaved four times because there’s no such thing as a coffee break in this office. • Mombies can pretend to be a shark driving a truck into a hippo’s mouth — in other words, get a two-year-old to eat chicken à la king while feeding a teething baby homemade puréed pears. • Mombies know all the words of the Dora the Explorer song and that someone has compiled all the Baby Einstein puppet clips into one long video on YouTube. (Personally, I think that person should get the Nobel Peace Prize). • But Mombies also wonder if they’re the only ones out there who have to do this stuff. • They wonder if they’re the only ones that feel like the walking dead. Every Mombie wonders if she’s the only one who feels so alone and who finds it so hard. Is it really meant to be this hard? Lately, I’ve been feeling a little indignant about this whole motherhood thing. It’s hard. Like, really hard. But there are SO many women out there doing this all the time! And frankly, the sheer number of mothers makes you think, ‘It can’t be that bad. It can’t be so hard. Why
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would so many people be doing this if it were so hard? It must just be me.’ What I’m learning is that we think that we’re alone, that we’re the only ones losing our freaking minds, because of two things. First, we hide and then we compare. We post statuses about our fantastic weekend and Instagram our perfect children. We chat about birthday parties and the sale at Woolies and whether or not Oscar is guilty. When the other mom in the playground asks us how we are, we smile and say that we’re fine. Even when WE ARE NOT FINE! Even when we are so sleep-deprived that we think that we might be clinically depressed and when our marriage is a mess. Even when, deep down, we are terribly afraid that we will never be good enough. No wonder if feels as if we’re not really living, as if we’re waiting to feel alive again. We long to be present instead of distant, we long to be real instead of fake. But, like mothering, that, too, is very hard and a little scary. Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, says that the only way to be engaged and alive in our lives is to be vulnerable. And to be vulnerable, you have to be brave. Brave enough to show up and be seen. Brave enough to tell the truth and ask for help. Last week, I had the kind of night that turns moms into zombies. My husband and two boys all had flu. I was up four or five times, had a total of about three hours of sleep and two incredibly cranky kids in the morning. I posted a “joking-but-not-really” Facebook status about having a Mommy Meltdown and soon after I received an SMS from a good friend. ‘Are you ok? Can I come over with ice-cream
and Rocky Road?’ (Side note: every Mombie needs a friend whose love language is food.) My first reaction was, ‘No, don’t worry, I’ll be fine, we’ll be fine’. I was in my pyjamas and the house was a wreck. My two-year-old was screaming on the Naughty Chair and who wants visitors at 8a.m. when you just want to cry? Besides, it just seemed so weak. So useless. But I remembered Brene Brown’s words and before I could over think it, I replied, ‘Yes. Please come, I need some help.’ So she came and she helped me to give the boys breakfast and we played outside for a while. It was a little awkward for me let someone into the mess, into the frustration, but it was so worth it. Because I am sick of faking it, sick of pretending that I’m OK when I’m not and sick of feeling alone. I don’t have to be — why choose to be? Also, her ice-cream was homemade Nutella ice cream. I mean, honestly… Yes, being a mom is hard. That’s the truth. And maybe it’s even harder to tell the truth, to be vulnerable and to ask for help. But do you know what else is true? Together we can do hard things. The most beautiful things in life, like friendship and children — actually, all relationships — are also the most difficult things. But together, we can do hard things. If you’re a Mombie, stop pretending that you’re not and ask for help. Tell someone what’s really going on behind the scenes and be brave enough to let them in. And if you know a Mombie, help her to be brave and give her a safe place to take the mask off. Together, we can do hard things.
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Seeing as though Mother’s Day is right around the corner we decided to visit a couple local schools and find out what some of the little munchkins had to say about this special day and why we celebrate it! be prepared to laugh and cry as these grade 4 to 6 year olds tell us about their mothers....
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Ryan van der Merwe Gr 1 What is mother’s day? It’s Valentine’s day What are you going to do for mommy on mothersday? Make tea for her in bed and give her a sand How do you know mommy loves you? She buys us toys and sends me for keyboard lessons
Grace Alywood Gr 1 What is mother’s day? When our mother’s get presents and it’s their special day What are you going to do for mommy on mothersday? I’m going to get her a new dress and earings with my dad, cause he lets us buy her stuff on mothers day
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Daniel Lebenon Gr 1 What is mommy really good at? Fixing things and toys like an engineer
Why do you love your mom my? Because she’s nice to me
Jed Emond Gr 1 What is mother’s day? It’s when all the moms come and do stuff with you and gives loves and kisses when they go What are you going to do for mommy on mothersday? I’m going to build something for her with lego and draw a picture of her and me together What makes mommy happy? When I love her a lot and do well at school
Why do you love your mommy? She always looks after me and is the best mom in the world
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Maddison Mill-Wood Gr 1 What is mother’s day? Time to love mommy and give her presents What are you going to do for mom my on mothersday? Run a bath – she loves baths What is mommy really good at? Drama
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Jamie Fisher Gr 3 What are you doing for your mommy on Mother’s day? Give her roses and a card and a present for her new car What is mommy really goo d at? Making tea and coffee Why do you love mommy? She cooks for me every day , runs with me and gives me kiss es everyday
Name Aarya Patel Gr R What are you doing for your mommy on Mother’s day? Help her with all her heavy stuff What makes mommy happy? When I hug her What is mommy really good at? Putting the aircon on
Jason Denekamp Gr R What is mother’s day? When you love your mommy What makes mommy happy? When I’m being good? What is mommy really good at? Cooking butternut pie
Keegan Walker Gr 3 What is mommy really good at? Cleaning Why do you love mommy? She gives me hugs all day - when I leave for school and when I get back from school
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Ryan Denekamp Gr 3 What are you doing for your mom my on Mother’s day? We going to have a special dinner, my favourite - chicken pie and a tripl e layer crème Brule
Bailey Duncan Gr 3 What is mother’s day? Celebrate how great your mom is and what she does for you What are you doing for your mommy on Mother’s day? I’m going to make her a card and give her chocolates and look afte r my sister What makes mommy happy? Seeing us happy and not fighting
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They are encouraged to ask questions and gather the information they need in order to gain greater insight into their intended career. They can then use the experience to analyse both the satisfying and demanding aspects of the career. In cases where students have a number of options for their future careers, work experience assists them to narrow this down. Students who have more than one career option are encouraged to split their work experience up, so that they can experience different fields.
Students gain a great deal from work experience — now a school subject — and find temporarily occupying a role in their chosen career very fulfilling. It gives them the opportunity to explore career options, develop inter-personal skills and to discover the demands of the workplace.
career and what all the requirements needed to do so are. This way you still have time to change your subjects to meet those requirements.
Aphiwe Khoza Law What does work experience mean to you? For me, work experience means walking a mile in my future shoes. It gives me the opportunity to fully explore the field that I want to get into and to get as much information as I can before diving into a career where I’m unaware of the risks and sacrifices I would need to make. Do you think that it’s important for kids to acquire work experience at school? I think that it is very important because we get to know how hard we really need to work in order to get into that particular
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What company/ies did you choose? My school was kind enough to arrange for the students interested in law to meet with a judge from the Durban High Court and we were fortunate enough to witness two cases, one civil and one criminal. I am mostly interested in Maritime Law. Why did you choose this? Visiting the High Court was an opportunity for which I am very grateful because I became conscious of all the hard work and hours that go into preparing a single case. Was it easy to find a place to do your work experience? Yes. As mentioned above, the school helped us by arranging for us to meet with a judge and sit in on some trials. Most valuable lesson learnt in the field that you are thinking about working in? I learnt that in Maritime Law you have to be
Students can add their work experience to their Curriculum Vitae, which can be advantageous when applying to universities as some universities require students to stipulate their work experience on their application forms. We speak to a few Ballito kids from Crawford North Coast College to find out what work experience means to them and how they feel about it!
willing to go the extra mile because average is just not going to do! You have to be hard-working, committed and very patient, because the field of Maritime Law in South Africa is a small but developing discipline which is also very hard to get into. After completing your work experience, are you still eager to go into that line of work or has it made you reconsider your options? If anything, I am more motivated to dive into Maritime Law because, 20 years from now, it will be a booming business and I want to have had something to do with those successes. What would you say to years below you when it comes to choosing places for their work experience? They should do as much research as possible on the field of work that they want to get into and the place where they would like to work. The students should at least have an idea of what they are potentially getting themselves into.
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What does work experience mean to you? To me, work experience (at school) is being given an opportunity to ‘test drive’ the careers that you would consider before you actually put time and effort into a career choice.
What does work experience mean to you? It’s a taste of the real working world; you get to learn a lot of things and you receive valuable advice.
After completing your work experience, are you still eager to go into that line of work or has it made you reconsider your options? I’ve discovered some negatives, such as the intense workload, but this hasn’t changed my mind about becoming a Radiologist. I still find looking at X-Rays and MRI scans of patients fascinating and I wish to continue with this. What company/ies did you choose? I chose to work in the Radiology Department at Alberlito Hospital. Do you think that it’s important for kids to acquire work experience at school? It definitely helps when choosing a career because you can get an idea of what the job is like beforehand. Why did you choose this specific one? I want to work in the field of medicine (specifically Radiology) and to do so I needed to work at a hospital and Alberlito was the closest hospital to me. Most valuable lesson learnt in the field that you are thinking about working in? The most valuable lesson that I’ve learned from working with a Radiologist is that it is an extremely stressful and busy career and that you have to be very dedicated. What would you say to years below you when it comes to choosing places for their work experience? I would say that when choosing a career, you have to be 100 percent passionate about it. People end up changing their minds because they realise that they don’t enjoy what the job requires.
Do you think that it’s important for kids to acquire work experience at school? Yes, especially if you’re not sure what you want to do in the future. You see the reality of the work, which is perfect, because kids at school don’t know what it’s really like. What company did you choose? Sphere Design, an architecture and design company. Why did you choose this specific one? I was advised by our architect to go there for work experience and I was impressed by their portfolio. Was it easy to find a place for your work experience? Yes, I was lucky because our architect helped me a lot! (Thank you!) Most valuable lesson learnt in the field that you are thinking about working in? That buildings aren’t just important for their appearance and structure — they can really make an impact on the area around them. For example, the Moses Mabhida Stadium has become not just a stadium but an icon for Durban. After completing your work experience, are you still eager to go into that line of work or has it made you reconsider your options? It’s actually made me even more eager to become an architect. What would you say to years below you when it comes to choosing their places for work experience? Take it seriously — it’s for your future — and remember that you can always go to more than one work experience if you decide that the first one isn’t for you. w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a
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It’s a big number - seven with nine zeros. It’s also how many people live on planet earth, give or take a few million. But you already knew that, right? So why am I writing about it?
Well, it’s because I was thinking about those really cool little Coke bottles that you see in the fridges at the garage and the supermarket. It sure would be nice if we all had a little bottle of cold drink once in a while. Oh wait, we do. So once we have had our yummy drink, what happens to the bottle? Well it usually gets tossed out. But if we all toss our bottles away, that’s seven billion bottles in the trash every time we have a drink. Wowwie - no wonder the worlds in a mess. So now that makes me think about all the other things we throw out, like plastic bags, plastic water bottles, tin cans and all the packaging from the other things that we buy. Lots of what we throw away ends up in rivers and these rivers carry the rubbish all the way to the sea. But you might think that’s okay because once it sinks, you can’t see it anymore.
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Also, when plastic has been in the sea for a long time, the waves grind it up into tiny pieces. Well that’s okay, right? No, it’s also bad. You see, small sea creatures eat the plastic. And then bigger fish eat the little guys that are full of pieces of plastic. And then we catch the fish and eat them! So guess what, you might be eating a piece of somebody’s garbage bag the next time you eat some fish. So you say you not going to eat fish. Well that’s not going to help because some animal food is also made from fish so it will still end up in your McDonalds or Nandos. So what can we do about it? I think that big number is going to help us. Seven Billion. That’s how many people there are to help clean up the mess that we have made. Start by asking your mom and dad not to throw away any glass bottles. Just put your empties in a cardboard box and find out where to take them for recycling once a month. You can also recycle your plastic bags and tins. Its so easy! Plus it will make you feel really, really good. Now I just wish that I had seven billion people to help me clean up my room!
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tasty Veggie Most of us are aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet, exercise and rest. However, often the benefits and nutritional value of what we put into our bodies is either overlooked, or we only understand these principles in theory and never apply them to our lives.
only alkalizing, but also have other health benefits:
The information below is to encourage all of us to consider what we eat and understand that the food choices that we make do have an impact on our health and wellbeing. There are also some interesting health benefits that can be derived from everyday vegetables.
A key element for our health is to maintain a healthy pH balance (around 7.45) in our bodies. In this day and age, most of what is eaten —and what most people enjoy — is acid-forming in our bodies, like sugar, carbonated drinks, refined flour-based products and the many food additives in processed foods. These all contribute to encouraging an environment conducive for disease to set in and thrive. It is important to balance our pH as much as possible and the best way to do this is to increase our intake of fruit and vegetables and decrease consuming acid-forming foods, all of which is in our control. The following five vegetables have a key role to play in our diet as they are not
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Contains the phyto-chemical, Sulphoraphane, and its precursor, which has been found to have cancer protective factors. It is a good source of Vitamin K for the prevention of osteoporosis and excessive menstrual bleeding because of its clotting factors. It is a source of Vitamin C, important for the manufacture of collagen and thus vital for healthy gums, wound healing and the prevention of easy bruising. Vitamin C is also critical for our immune function. Broccoli is best lightly steamed to render the goitrogens inactive, as they contribute to slowing thyroid activity.
Best cooked to release the flavonoid, Quercetin, a powerful anti-carcinogen and responsible for significant antiinflammatory activity. Quercetin also has the ability to enhance insulin secretion, prevent cataracts, inhibit viral infections and help reduce cholesterol. Quercetin is also active in detoxifying lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals, which are known to cause a number of serious health issues.
Mushrooms are the only vegetables which contain Vitamin D (the Portobello mushroom being a good source) which is key for the absorption of calcium and therefore important in the prevention of osteoporosis. They contain natural antioxidant compounds, which neutralise free radicals, repair damage and therefore help to protect us against cancer.
Lycopene, in cooked tomatoes, is an excellent antioxidant source and has anti-cancer factors, particularly in digestive tract cancers.
A much higher percentage of beta carotene is found in cooked carrots than raw, which is important for eyesight, immune function, heart health and protection against cancer.
Enjoy these vegetables each day and remember the significant health benefits that they contain!
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orget high protein diets, cutting carbs, low fat, no fat, or running hundreds of kilometres on the treadmill. Fashionable celebrity diets, too, are on their way out as more and more people feel let down by these unachievable eating plans. Equally, when it comes to fitness, training smart is where it’s at and you’ll certainly get more bang for your buck. Luckily, with powerful new science and research combined, we’re able to believe and implement these formulas confident that ‘real results’ will be delivered. And it seems that there is one common denominator in all this science and research — TIMING! Two highly credible weight-loss programmes that have made their mark over the past few years, not only with the general public but in the health and fitness world too, are high intensity interval training and intermittent fasting — and both these formulas are all about timing.
High intensity interval training When it comes to absolute precision with
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timing, nothing can compete with HIIT, now rated the top fitness trend for 2014, as predicted by the American College of Sports Medicine. Forget endless hours of exercise and running: for ultimate fat loss try this wonderfully sneaky little workout — short, intense bursts of sprints/body workouts interspersed with rest periods. My favourite is the Ready, Set, GO programme designed by Phil Campbell, with 30 seconds of sprinting, followed by 60/90 seconds of rest, repeated eight times. The workout takes 11 minutes without the warm-up and cooldown. There are several variations on this type of workout on the market. The primary reason for the success of this type of training is the huge amount of free Human Growth Hormone released into the body. HGH is a powerful ‘get lean’ and youth hormone and many Hollywood stars have injections of this in an attempt to stay young and lean. However, maximising your levels of HGH after high intensity interval training is all in the wait. Not eating any form of carbohydrate (or drinking caffeine beverages) for two hours post training will maximise the benefits of the HGH, allowing
the hormone to go after fat reserves like a heat-seeking missile.
Intermittent fasting Another extremely credible weight loss programme is Intermittent Fasting. Unlike other fasts, intermittent fasting has been endorsed by the real deals of the health and fitness fraternity (which is comforting to know). There are a few variations on this type of diet, but they all have one thing in common — timing. It’s about eating healthy for four or five days a week and then tricking the body during the other two days by abstaining from eating for up to 18 hours. A popular version of IF is to have scrambled eggs and coffee for breakfast, followed by a fast of water and green tea until 6p.m, and then fish/chicken and salad for dinner. This should be done twice a week on consecutive or non-consecutive days. Finally, maximising your leptin levels is another way to keep your weight in check. And how do you achieve this? Sleep, sleep and more sleep! We could argue that this, too, is all about timing and how much sleep you get. You snooze…you lose!
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these coastal towns were established, what purpose did the area serve and who lived here? The answer can be found if we look a little closer at the largely bypassed town of Umhlali. Established by English and Scottish settlers in 1850, Umhlali was the site of a fort which led to it originally being called Fort William. Umhlali is the Zulu name for the Monkey Orange tree which grew abundantly along the banks of the Umhlali River. The name also means ‘place of waiting’, because settlers and locals would have to wait on the river bank before crossing the water. Between 16 May 1849 and 6 February 1852 nearly 5000 immigrants arrived in Natal through various colonisation schemes, largely in part due to the severe depression gripping the industrial economies of Britain and Europe as well as bad weather and poor harvests. The most important of these enterprises was Joseph Byrne’s Emigration and Colonisation Company. The area was found to be suitable for the cultivation of sugar-cane, tea, coffee and arrowroot after cultivars had been imported from similar bioclimatic regions, especially the British Colony of Mauritius. Sugar farming was soon to become Natal’s premier agricultural industry. One of my ancestor’s, E.F Rathbone who came from Mauritius, grew experimental patches of cane on the North Coast from as early as 1848. As a result, the Umhlali Village served as an important transport and trade junction.
Umhlali- What’s in a Name? I wonder whether many residents of the greater North Coast area have ever thought about where the establishment of the region all began. Before Ballito, Shaka’s Rock and
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Up until much of the recent development in Ballito, Umhlali was initially one of the only places locally to buy groceries, collect post, go to the bank, fill up with petrol and go to school. Our family and many other locals grew up going to ‘The Village’ as it was widely known, and I have very vivid memories of my times in the various shops. Every local will remember shopping at the Spar, Thompson’s Tasty Meats and Cindy’s, picking up a prescription at Tony Birmingham’s Pharmacy, having their shoes fixed by the cobbler operating from his legendary ‘hole in the wall’, or visiting
the legendary ‘Lali’ Hotel - all of this in a single, quaint and convenient street. Some of the businesses are still around, but sadly many have either shut up shop or moved to more ‘desirable’ and modern centres. Possibly my most lasting, yet embarrassing memory, was being coerced into modelling for a children’s clothing shop next to the pharmacy. With a makeshift runway and hoards of excitable parents with nothing better to do, I recall presenting the latest in 80’s fashion. That was the first and last modelling gig for me but a sobering reminder of how little entertainment or retail options the area must have offered back in the days for this to be considered appealing. One of the lasting legacies of the Village is Umhlali Preparatory School which opened its doors on 11 February 1918. Steeped in history and many fine traditions, the school has emerged from the humble beginnings of 11 pupils enjoying lessons in a ‘wood and iron’ classroom. My grandfather Mannie Ladlau, was one of the first pupils of the small school and began his tuition in 1926. With rudimentary classrooms and non-existent facilities, he was dropped off barefoot by the cane lorry which used to deliver to the old train siding nearby the current BP service station. Years later it was the turn of his daughters Erica, Linda and Jane to be educated at the school and I am proud to have called Umhlali Primary home for a number of years. With three generations having already been through the gates, a fourth is waiting in the wings with my two sons set to enrol in a few years’ time. This wonderful institution has educated many local families over the years and continues to do so. It is impossible to cover over 150 years of history in one short article. However, I hope this snapshot of one of our unique little villages, and some of the landmark’s that share its name, has proven once more that we live in a place full of interest and heritage that was shaped by some incredible people.
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