The Ballito Magazine- Edition 49

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A NORTH COAST WAY OF LIFE

EVER-GROWING

TAHARI COASTAL ESTATE INSIDE THE EXCLUSIVE NEW ESTATE

10 LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS

POWER COUPLE PETER AND JODY CAMERON

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CONTENTS

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Home feature

Power Couple

The Steinhobels let us peek into their stunning Wild Fig Simbithi Golf Estate home.

Charity-focussed and passionate about property. Our power couple this month talk us through love, marriage, friendship and the power of giving back.

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Cover story Known as the place of the rising sun, we look at the new development on our North Coast, Tahari Coastal Estate.

I did this In our series ‘I did this’ we achieve bucket list worthy goals! Cue the Jaws theme song…

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Travel

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Development A year has gone by and so much as happened! We take a good look into ten developments happening in and around Ballito.

We talk about New York City and all the great things in the city that doesn’t sleep!

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REVIEWS

28 beauty review

Laura Channing

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68 Restaurant Review

Food trends

Mozambik

This time we look at some of the most delicious reinvented desserts in town!

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Café Barber

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18 SOCIAL SCENE

16 INSPIRATION

82 HEALTH

We’ve got loads of stuff you’re going to love

Claire Olivier tells us to live intentionally

Spotted out and about in Ballito

53 car review Mazda

86 property

The latest with Andreas Wassenaar

Clayton Halloway shares his advice on function and framework

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like to think that I’m a positive guy. I follow what even I consider to be an unusual number of motivational and inspirational accounts on social platforms and I get a kick out of seeing others doing well in business, life or just general stuff. There are those days when I’m a little less chipper than others, but my philosophy is that my positive days, or at the very least moments, need to outweigh the negative ones. If I can stick to that, then I think that life is good and I’m sure that I’m keeping karma at arm’s length. So one day this past week, I woke up a lot earlier than I needed to to head off to Hillcrest for a Marketing Blitz seminar — that kind of too early that gets you there while they’re still setting up! The point, though, is that I was really impressed with how many other positive people there are out there. The seminar was full of business people (not just marketing gurus) and they all spouted forth about how they were rolling up their sleeves and working hard to

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keep their businesses going. They shared ideas on how to better promote their businesses and they motivated each other. It was rewarding to sit on the periphery and just absorb the positivity. Good on them!

even scratched the surface. I reflect on my story about the Scott clan’s trip to the US and realise again how privileged we were to travel and see a different part of the world. Then the tone changes and I’m reading about our team diving with sharks.

And then I get a copy of The Ballito magazine to review and compose my editor’s note and I’m inspired all over again. The magazine is a reflection of the positive in our community and it feels good to read about Peter and Jody Cameron, our power couple. They are locals who are making an impact and they have such a heart from our town. Several of our feature stories cover development on the coast and some of the fantastic homes that have been built. If there’s development, then there is growth and opportunity and Ballito is still ticking along nicely when it comes to building our piece of paradise. I flip on a few pages and there are local teens travelling the world, grabbing the bull by the horns and making us “ballies” proud. Wow — all of this good stuff and it’s in our magazine… and we still haven’t

We say it all the time, but we truly are blessed to live where we do and do the things that we get to do. I am so appreciative of our town and its people and, while a trip to Hillcrest makes me realise that there are good people all around us, I know our edge —it’s the people of Ballito, this amazing place that we call home, and how the community continues to do amazing stuff despite the odds. Please enjoy the read — as always, we’ve loved putting it together. Make sure to breathe a little during the silly season and I’ll get to connect with you again in December. God Bless Justin Scott, Editor EMAIL ME | justin@fabmags.co.za


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PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GRAPHIC DESIGN Evashini Naidoo | evashini@fabmags.co.za

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SALES Lauren Dickerson | lauren@fabmags.co.za 072 425 2780 Lucille Wendler | lucille@fabmags.co.za 083 747 3694 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Carla Gailey | carla@fabmags.co.za

Oops! Something went wrong with the QR Code in the last edition! So here it is! We spent the day zip-lining to celebrate Fiona Crago Real Estates 10th Anniversary! Take a look at our fun-filled day! Simply

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The gorgeous Jade Upton was our cover lady on our August/September Women's edition. This post got a whole lot of love with a reach of 4,859 and 287 post clicks!

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Our crazy FabTeam member Lauren, spent the day having a ball at Sugar Rush Park. The video of her jumping around and falling at the Jump Park is all kinds of funny! This video got a reach of 7,045 and 362 post clicks!

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WEAVE IT UP WITH SAMSONITE! Introducing the new Samsonite lady handbag collection in woven fabric. As a woman’s most trusted accessory, we all want our handbag to be sophisticated yet different from any other handbag. The Weave collection is stylish and distinctive and available in taupe and black so these bags will match just about anything in your wardrobe. Take you pick from the shopping bag, backpack and bucket bag. R 1 799.00 – R1 899.00 | www.HouseOfSamsonite.co.za

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LAUREN GINN ACCESSORIES Update your Spring look with a dash of colour from Lauren Ginn Accessories with this turquoise beaded necklace. Find this item together with many other hand-picked internationally sourced costume jewellery (at great prices!) from various boutiques in Ballito. R150.00 | info@laurenginn.co.za

NEIL ELLIS JONKERSHOEK CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 This is the signature Cabernet Sauvignon of Neil Ellis. It is a distinctive style with all the hallmarks of the Jonkershoek Valley and known for its distinctive balance of elegance and fruit power. Medium intense ruby red colour. Restraint aroma but deep, complex perfumes of blue and black small berry fruit. Cedary aromas, so typical of a Jonkershoek wine. The palate is smooth and plush followed by fine, but dense tannins. A ripe, soft tannin vintage, with savoury expression. R350.00 | www.neilellis.com

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NEIL ELLIS WHITEHALL CHARDONNAY 2016 Straw like colour with greenish hues. Attractive characters of stones fruit white nectarine, hints of lemon barley and white flower notes. Ripe and complex supported by seamless French oak barrel maturation. True to style the pallet is harmonious and textural and finishes with beautifully balanced acidity, long and flavoursome mid pallet texture reflect condition of the vintage. R225.00 | www.neilellis.com

UMI SALTROCK Born from the love of creating and the euphoria from finding beautiful things, umi's aim is to create, collaborate and share a unique collection of locally handcrafted items with you, only a few unique items in each range. Here we have the Koa Clutch in the Nubuck Leather R1 500.00 | kathryn@telkomsa.net


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INSPIRATION

LEAVE A LEGACY BEHIND

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ave you ever wondered why some people manage to live a life that extends far beyond themselves and touches lives way beyond their years on earth; yet others struggle to make it from one day to the next without feeling overwhelmed and unable to lift their eyes further than their current circumstance. There are people who are dealt such a hard blow that it would seem inevitable that they're doomed to a life of mere survival, even failure - yet somehow, they astound us by rising above and overcoming the most unimaginable obstacles. A perfect example, which would resonate with all South Africans is our beloved Nelson Mandela - a hero revered across the globe. What makes such people different? Do they possess superhuman qualities that the rest of us lack? Were they blessed with a resilience that leaves them laughing in the face of giants? Or could it be that they have discovered something that we all have the capability of reproducing in our own lives? I believe we can learn from legacy builders that have gone before us and those in our midst. With an open mind and a hungry heart, I believe there is gold to be mined by gleaning from the wisdom of people who have overcome the odds. When we identify some of the keys to their success and begin

to implement these into our own lives, we too can follow the path of those who've pioneered and be people who build lives to leave a legacy, to impact our world and generations to come. The first thing I've discovered is that legacy builders live intentionally. Theirs is not a 'hope for the best' attitude to life. Think about embarking on a building project. The first, most vital step is drawing up the plans. Time and thought is spent as the plans are meticulously created and then approved. Next, we calculate the cost ever so carefully, to ensure that we have the resources necessary to complete the project. Take a moment to consider your life. When last did you lay out detailed plans for the upcoming season? Have you got plans at all or are you throwing caution to the wind and going with the roll of the proverbial dice? If you do have plans, are they clear? Have they been meticulously thought through? Have they been approved by the significant people in your life - your spouse, children, family, business partner etc.?Have you paused to carefully count the cost? The Bible tells us that a wise man considers the cost to see if he can complete what he sets out to achieve. If he does not, he may not finish and so be considered a fool.

My Senior Pastor, Andre Olivier, has a television program called Life by Design. As a legacy builder himself, he encourages people to live life by design and not by default. In other words, to begin to take control of life and to step up with a plan and a purpose, embracing an attitude that finds a way to win in life, rather than laying down as a victim, to have life rail road you with whatever may come your way. As we begin the construction of a life lived on purpose for purpose, we begin to laydown a firm foundation.This is the second attribute I've seen in legacy builders. A solid foundation is essential to longevity and resilience. If we hope to stand in the face of trials and remain unshakeable when the storms hit, the foundation of our lives must be rock solid. Sadly, many of us put more thought, effort and work into building a house than our lives. With a clear vision, detailed plans and our foundation solidified, we are ready to build a life that can leave a legacy. Leaving an inheritance is a wonderful thing, but when we leave a legacy of a life lived on purpose and for purpose it's an eternal thing.

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Social Events WE’LL COVER IT

Having a launch, event or something social you want us to cover? Email us at lorinda@fabmags.co.za

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THE SCENE We were excited to be invited to the new Body 20 Studio launch in our new shopping mall, Ballito Junction, where the evening was full of laughter as ladies and gents got to try out the new EMS training machines of this new gym studio. Guests were spoilt with lovely giveaways and we were encouraged to come back and experience a trial on the machines.

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Captain Tipsy’s opened their doors to guests to celebrate the opening of their beach grill restaurant in lower Ballito. Guests were wowed with a sneak peak taster of the food that will be offered, along with enjoying the gorgeous views from their deck.

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Gerald Wells Salon Ballito Lifestyle Centre THE SCENE Gerald Wells Salon opened their doors at Lifestyle centre Ballito, where we were invited to join them for the launch. It was a fun morning filled with champagne and chocolates with the smell of hair driers and hair spray in the air. The new Gerald Wells Salon is a full body treat for all ladies. With hair, nails and beauty all in one place.

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THE SCENE We had the privilege of sharing a wonderful Sunday, celebrating with all the residents and staff of Palm Lakes Estate as they have reached a big milestone of their 1000th transfer on the estate. Wim and Olivia Sak hosted a beautiful event, where everyone from small children to adults enjoyed themselves and the festivities of the day; it was definitely a celebration for all that were there.

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THE PEOPLE 1. Wim & Olivia Sak 2. Bill Smith, Piet & Helene Botes 3. Dwayne, Aidan & Sarah Dutoit 4. Gavin & Debbie Steinhobel & John De Wet 5. Lucky Dladla & Nathi Gumede 6. Sharnee & Willie Labuschagne 7. Suresh & Kashie Sewruttan & Blessing Cele 8. Alberto Mattioda & Quinten Dickerson

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La Piazza Ballito THE SCENE The scene: A wonderful night set in the 1980's, rubix cubes and all. Great Food, 80's dress and music meant that fun was had by everyone. La Piazza donated some of the evenings proceeds to vision 153.

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BEAUTY REVIEW

WORDS CARLA GAILEY & LORINDA SCOTT

FLOATING WITH LAURA CHANNING

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alking into Laura Channing Spa & Skin is like walking into something heavenly. Clean, bright, relaxing and beautifully decorated with soft greys and whites, one immediately feels relaxed in their serene spa. Laura Channing, the owner of the establishment, with her soft-spoken, English accent and her lovely therapist Natasha, gently greet us as we walk in. I was especially excited for mine and Lorinda’s mini spa day, as it was my first time at Laura Channing and I know how Lorinda especially loves visiting their spa. She says that it’s a real chance to just "get away" from it all. They show us to our individual treatment rooms where we are told to relax and enjoy our treatments. Lorinda and I were both treated to divine 30-minute full back, neck and shoulder massages, with delicious smelling essential oils. I was in heaven. Sitting over a computer day-in and day-out, I had built up so much tension in my back and shoulders, Natasha focussed on releasing all of the knots. In the treatment room next door, “Laura started with the back massage, years of

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experience is obvious as she beautifully, methodically and with an amazing technique, massaged every knot and tense muscle. Gosh, I felt lighter, almost immediately. I love that Laura uses her fore arms in the massage too, it's really my favourite kind of massage”, says Lorinda.

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After our relaxing and rejuvenating massages, Lorinda opted for the Babor facial. Laura started her magic and Lorinda said she could immediately feel her skin feeling revitalized, rehydrated

and moisturized. “I naturally have dry skin, add a bout of flu and weekly all-day Sunday rugby days, and I was more dehydrated than usual.” Besides the amazing product, Laura’s facials are not just facials. It’s a dance, a yoga session on your face alone, through her hand movements, you can feel how passionate she is about what she does, every product, every step, is done beautifully. “There is technique shown like no other I have experienced before”, Lorinda tells me. A facial with Laura is truly an experience in itself! Babor not only smells great, but it delivers totally rehydrated, soft and happy glowing skin. While Lorinda enjoyed her facial, I happily went for a pedicure. After a soothing foot scrub and massage and endless chatter with the friendly Natasha and after much deliberation and changing my mind, I finally decided on a baby pink nail colour for my toes, a perfectly pastel colour for Spring! My feet have never felt softer and I have never had so many compliments on my toes, a pedicure is the perfect spoil. At Laura Channing Spa & Skin they have a motto, “Walk in, float out” and true as anything, Lorinda and I truly floated out of their spa. CALL | 073 090 9954 VISIT | 97 Sameja Drive, Dunkirk Estate WEB | www.laurachanning.co.za


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JOURNEY TO

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This editions Power Couple is the dynamic duo, Peter and Jody Cameron, husband and wife, mom and dad and most of all, best friends. I chatted to Peter and Jody about life, love and what it’s like being in a powerful marriage and staying the best of friends.

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lthough it wasn’t love at first sight for Peter and Jody Cameron, this didn’t stop them from embarking on an incredible journey together filled with fun, laughter, two gorgeous kids and sweet romance! Peter and Jody met through work almost 10 years ago. “I remember Pete had to get my details out of the visitors register book at a development he was working on, he plucked up the courage and invited me to a rugby match at the stadium, I had never watched a whole game in my life! It ended up being the biggest party we’ve ever had and I guess our relationship materialized from there”, Jody nostalgically explains. “Looking back now, it was all very romantic”, she says sweetly. Peter is originally from Pietermaritzburg and attended Maritzburg College before he moved to our beautiful town of Ballito 12 years ago, when he started working for Simbithi. Jody grew up in Zululand and later moved to the highway area. “I moved to Ballito to be with the love of my life”, she says confidently. Young and in love and having the time of their lives together, Peter and Jody fell

into their whirlwind relationship and soon realised they were the perfect fit for each other. They moved into their very first home together. “It was very exciting, our first home had barely any furniture to start, so we were really excited to get to build a home together from scratch”, they explain. The two were married almost 8 years ago at the picturesque Palm Dune Beach Lodge in Blythedale, in a low-key, relaxed and intimate beach setting over-looking the Indian Ocean with their close friends and family. “We wanted our wedding to be focused on being with each other and with those we love the most. We didn’t prepare much, we allowed the wedding to flow its natural course and we couldn’t have asked for more”, Jody explains. “Jody works for a local orphanage called Summerhill House, it’s her dream job. She loves that she’s able to make a different in the children’s’ lives”, Peter explains. Peter is the director of sales at Brettenwood Coastal Estate, he loves everything to do with real estate, from conceptualizing, marketing, selling and developing and feels like he’s doing the job of his dreams too.

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They have two beautiful daughters, Coco who is seven years old and Scarlett who is 20 months. “Our girls have added more love to our lives and have brought us even closer together”, they add. While Peter and Jody aren’t busy with their dream jobs, they love spending quiet quality time together, with and without their kids. Jody further explains, “One of our favourite things to do together is to drive around Ballito looking at all of the properties we either want to live in or dream of renovating, we get to chat and catch up a lot in the car while admiring the beautiful environment we live in.” The two of them have a few secret dinner spots they love to wine and dine at. “It’s our alone time away”,

WE ARE BOTH REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING OFF EACH OTHER’S IDEAS AND ENERGY.

the Camerons agree. Spending time with family and friends is important for them. “On the weekends, we like to go away for mini adventures with the kids, Pete calls it ‘going on tour’, we end up in remote, fantastic places and we meet crazy, wonderful people, spending time connecting and having a laugh with them”, she laughs. Besides adventuring together, they find nothing better than nesting at home in their little bubble, on a rainy weekend with their girls eating bacon sandwiches and juice for breakfast, attending church at Freedom House, disconnecting from technology and spending the day as a family. Peter and Jody firmly agree that a Sunday night movie is always a must for them. “Over the past few years, we have been really blessed to have had some phenomenal people come into our lives. Our focus has shifted significantly from being as successful as we can for ourselves, to helping and uplifting as many people as we can on our journey to success”, they agree. “We are both really passionate about what we do and spend a lot of time working off each other’s ideas and energy”, says Peter. The pair are involved in several charities, Summerhill House is Jody’s baby and Peter is involved with Partners for Possibility amongst many other fund-raising initiatives. This couple truly embody the term Power, two extraordinary people, successful in their respective fields while still finding the time to help others, raise a family and remain in-love so effortlessly. Talk about relationship goals!

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PETER AND JODY'S TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND BALLITO: 1. Canelands Beach Club is one of our favourite spots to go to on a beautiful evening, it has lots of sentimental value to us. 2. Long beach walks from Salt Rock main beach up towards Thompsons bay. We love to explore the little tidal pools along the way. 3. A good dinner with friends at Eat Local. Hugo is an awesome host! We

love having our birthdays there and will find any excuse to go there. 4. Sundowners at Salt Rock Hotel, Pete has been going there for 25 years, he loves to go there for a good curry! 5. For a good party: we head to the Shed, we love theoutdoorsy and fun atmosphere.


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A one-of-a-kind hidden gem estate, positioned on our spectacular North Coast. Tahari Coastal Estate offers first of its kind, rare panoramic sea views of our Indian Ocean.

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ahari Coastal Estate, is powered by Regency Developments, a family-owned and managed business that was founded in 2002. With years of experience, Regency has a successful property portfolio including our ever-loved Umhlali Golf Estate, The Amphitheatre and Mstintsi in the heart of Simbithi Eco Estate and the Regency House. They have recently launched Tahari Coastal Estate,

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a true asset to the KZN North Coast. As residential development is a core part of their DNA, they pride themselves in building homes with integrity, that will fulfill their customers with love and pride of their home. Regency believe that tackling every day with enthusiasm paves the way for vigorous innovation. The developers of Tahari take to their work personally, in the good kind of way, therefore every client of theirs has a direct

line of contact to them. Jason Cotterell, Finance Director of Regency Developments further explains, “Our style is direct and attentive. We take care in planning the details of every build and continue that focus to the end of each project”. “Getting our hands dirty is what we do best, from planning to inception and our presence on site we thrive on the turnkey delivery of the final product”, states the team behind Tahari.


COVER STORY The units at the estate have been uniquely and cleverly positioned, to maximize their extraordinary panoramic sea-views. Each unit has been carefully designed by the exceptional services of well-renowned Metropole Architects,to ensure that they maintain their own individual unique identity and provide adequate privacy. The natural ground level has been considerately thought of to minimize disruption and avoid excessive cut and fill earthworks. Each unit has optimized natural lighting and ventilation. Flat roof forms have been introduced to maintain the sleek profile the developers strive to achieve, this ensures each unit’s outstanding views of our North Coast. Tahari Coastal Estate is positioned on a north / east facing slope, inspired by the desire to relish the ocean view, the playground of whales and dolphins. 25 345m 2 of absolute beauty! The concept behind Tahari came from the deep passion of the developers to create an upmarket, secure estate that offers you a comfortable outdoor, natural and active state of living. The developers like to call Tahari, “place of the rising sun.” Along with 38 sectional title units, sizes ranging from 230m 2 apartments to 550m 2 free standing homes, Tahari Coastal Estate also features a Gate House, a communal Club house and swimming pool. Tahari is conveniently located on the Shakas Rock Main Road, adjacent to Simbithi Eco Estate, it is in a position close to our local amenities; breath taking beaches, golf courses, gyms, restaurants, wellness centres, schooling, shopping centres, recreational parks, a short 15-minute drive to King Shaka International Airport and many more. With the use of natural materials, the architects have designed the units using timber and natural stone cladding to help ‘bed’ the architecture into the site. The units are particularly designed to encourage their residents to experience an outdoor living lifestyle with deep covered veranda’s providing the units with protection for ultimate outdoor relaxation and entertainment in any weather condition. Now what’s the story behind the logo? The Tahari logo is uniquely designed with purpose and relevance to showcase the key strengths of the estate. Represents the building at Tahari

Represents the spectacular sunrise

Represents the vast, lush landscape Tahari has to offer

The upper levels have great degree of privacy, the style of the balustrades and slatted sliding timber screens simplify the desire for privacy, weather screening and solar control. Tahari offers all the benefits of community living, from communal services, child play areas and security. The residents will truly feel a sense of safe, comfortable living, along with the best view of our exquisite North Coast. CALL | 032 946 2377 VISIT | 8 Regency House, 3 Douglas Crowe Dr WEB | www.regencydevelopments.co.za

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BOOMING BALLITO

If you haven’t noticed yet, 2017 has been the year for major development in our not-so-little town of Ballito. With new developments coming up on every corner, it’s hard not to notice all the construction going on. While some may be hidden amongst the trees or the sugar canes, Ballito is booming and we have TEN fantastic developments happening and they’re worth talking about.

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efore turning right onto the R102 towards Umhlali, going past the big, stunning estate finished with the little birds on the gatehouse, one cannot help but notice the major development happening there. It is here that HBR Projects are developing their remaining 159 sectional title units in the Manor Estates development. The exceptionally finished units with acoustic glass, soft closing cupboard doors, Kohler sanware, LED lighting, battery backup systems, fibre optic connectivity and so much more offer excellent value for families in Ballito. Manor Estates is an ideally situated, established estate with stunning sunset views over the sugarcane, only a few minutes drive to Ballito attractions, schools and medical centres. The first phase of 24 units is impressively complete and sold out and the second phase, having been launched in July, is already well over 50% complete. HBR Projects was founded 4 years ago by three partners who make up the HBR in HBR, Horst Keil, Bernard Lagesse and Rohan Eager and they certainly mean business. “Built on time or it’s free”, serves as HBR Projects’ slogan, and with building progress ahead of schedule it seems they are able to walk the talk.

Simbithi Hotel and Suites is here! Simbithi Eco Estate’s ideal location, natural beauty and lifestyle appeal to people from all walks of life have made it a perfect home for its own eagerly anticipated hotel. After much excitement, and having launched in July, Simbithi Hotel and Suites is set to be an iconic landmark on our doorstep! Expecting early commencement, the development team is well poised to start the projected 18-month program before the year is over.

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With its full quota of hotel rooms already sold out, and only 10 suites available, (from R2,45m) – the time to invest in the north coast’s most lucrative opportunity is now. Suites are available in one, two and three-bedroom options, with phenomenal sea, landscape and golf course views, with full access to all amenities of the main hotel. The beauty of being a suite owner, is that you could permanently reside at the hotel, with full access to all facilities! The

hotel will be managed by internationally renowned hotelier, Mantis Group, who specialise in Boutique Hotels, Game Reserves, Yachts and more globally. This alone will place your suite investment on the map, instantly. Simbithi Hotel will boast 47 rooms ranging from your standard day suites to the luxury suites and 3 penthouses with panoramic views of the Simbithi Golf Course. The developers are expecting a 4-5 star rating. Behind its modern and contemporary architecture is Charles Taylor, a talented local architect. Buyers from across the circle of life have been signing up – investors, holidaymakers, adventurers, young entrepreneurs and retirees are all on board. For a more detailed overview of the finished product, swing by Simbithi Country Club, where you can view a full-scale 3D model of the project. Their dynamic and knowledgeable sales team expect to wrap up deals by Christmas, whilst the local community eagerly awaits yet another exciting development that will bring even more value to the social and economic growth of Ballito and surrounds. From the look of things, and judging by the various suite options available, there’s surely “a place for you” at Simbithi Hotel and Suites.


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Further down into Salt Rock, you will find Mount Richmore Estate and this Estate is making waves on our North Coast, a multifaceted development between Salt Rock and Ballito, it boasts 188 hectares of rolling hills and spectacular sea views, close in proximity to world class beaches and situated in the heart of Salt Rock. The Estate is currently undergoing major construction with plenty planned for the next couple of

years. The estate is designed with the new Salt Rock road linking Salt Rock to Chakas Rock, which is becoming significant for the area. This will take the public past the 9000m2 shopping centre that is currently under construction which will be opening in March 2018 with Woolworths and Checkers PLOTS RANGE IN as the anchor tenants. A 300-unit Lifestyle Family Estate and the 300-unit Retirement Village are currently under construction too,

while a new office park and Medical Centre are planned to start construction later this year and into the next year. A BP SIZE FROM 900 TO 1200 SQUARE METERS Garage and Convenience centre with a large Boulevard Site are also in the planning stages and are set to open in 2020.

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DEVELOPMENT FEATURE Mount Richmore Curro Private School, which has been open for 4 years, has filled up with astounding 700 pupils, is growing at a rapid rate. Phase 2 has 5 hectares of commercially zoned land for a planned Boutique Hotel and Conference centre, this site boasts separate access from the main road. In Phase 3 and 4, will see a 5-hectare Hospital site which is currently awaiting approval of a Hospital License. With an extraordinary amount of construction and exciting development to come, Mount Richmore Estate is growing by leaps and bounds and is becoming its own little world with wide-ranging opportunities!

Imagine driving home through a canopy of trees, before taking a moment to enjoy the deep blue sea views from your own front door. Wagtail, nestled deep within the heart of Brettenwood Coastal Estate, offers just this. It is beautiful, tranquil, prime location living. Wagtail is the last premium sectional title development on Brettenwood’s incredible Estate, offering 25 of the freshest freestanding houses at the right price, and eight, two-bedroom apartments, with premium finishes and fantastic positioning. Properties will be priced from R2.5million. Union3, property solutions company, are developing and constructing, and working closely with Brettenwood’s onsite sales and marketing team, Home & Country Property to launch this exciting new project. They have been responsible for developing a number of upmarket homes along the Dolphin Coast for close on seven years now, including some in Brettenwood. The houses in Wagtail will range from 200-250m2 , while the apartments are going to be around 125m 2. Simplexes will also be available. The houses will have panoramic sea views and will include swimming pools and customized finishes, catered around investors individual tastes. A lush greenbelt will wrap around the entire site to give one that feeling of space and freedom. Launched in October, and set to break ground in January 2018, they plan for a 16-month construction period, handing over the first house in June 2019. Brettenwood Coastal Estate boasts top security, phenomenal views, forest walking trails, fantastic facilities such as the clubhouse, children’s play areas, an over 55 retirement village, easy access to local amenities, close proximity to our world class beaches and a quick 15-minute drive to King Shaka International Airport. Moving a little down the road towards Sheffield Beach, you will find Birdhaven Estate, a quaint, secure, dog-friendly and incredibly unique estate. Each plot boasts exclusive characteristics from vast sea views and established ponds, to quieter and more secluded forest sites. With plots like these, homeowners will have the freedom to build the home that suits their individual style. The Graham Family are the developers of Birdhaven Estate, with each member being intimately involved in the creation of this idyllic sanctuary. Mike Graham has been avidly involved in the residential housing market since the early 90’s. In 1997 the Graham’s bought a bare 5ha cane field, which they have transformed into the beautiful forested haven you see today. Their vision is to develop a small, boutique estate for families who want to co-exist with the natural life Birdhaven has to offer. Their aim is to establish an estate that will have minimal environmental impact, with an architectural code ensuring that the properties blend into the vast landscape using neutral colours and materials. Amongst

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very few limitations, roof and wall heights will be respectfully restricted so that houses will never dominate their neighbours, nor their surrounding environment. Birdhaven Estate will be built to accommodate a friendly community, providing a warm welcome to families with dogs and with only a short 200m walk to the breath-taking Sheffield beaches, what is there not to love about this exclusive estate? Since the gatehouse development is approaching its final stages, they hope to be able to

give transfer from this month onward. The first few homeowners at the estate have submitted their initial building plans to the municipality, and they expect to begin the earthworks of the first houses early in 2018. With the up and coming development of Birdhaven Estate, it has brought a great contribution to our local economy in Ballito as 35 people have been employed to install roads, storm water and electricity services. Going forward, another 300 workers will be employed to build the houses on the Estate.

Further up the North Coast, towards Tinley Manor, Palm Lakes Family Estate has had such exciting development recently, they achieved 1000 successful transfers last month. Royal Palm Property Holding LTD, the developers of the estate, started 12 years ago. Wim Sak, the CEO of RPPH, is an engineer and in Belgium he was known as a legend in the sweet industry. Why you ask? He was the CEO of one of the biggest sweet manufactures that exported sweets over the world, including South Africa. Wim always dreamed of ‘retiring’ in South Africa and when the opportunity to buy land in KwaZulu-Natal arose, Wim and his wife Olivia, jumped at the opportunity and Palm Lakes Family Estate was born. Palm Lakes boasts 700 ha of rezoned land and there is a constant flow and room for

developing in the estate. At this point in time, 300 ha are almost developed with the Retirement Village still being finalised. The remainder 400 ha compromises of more residential development, an office park, corporate park and other exciting developments that are still to in the planning phase. With an estate of this size, thousands of jobs are generated and RPPH pride themselves in creating job opportunities for people along the North Coast for the building, maintenance and cleaning at Palm Lakes Family Estate. RPPH is involved with launching another phase in a new development called Le Cheval, an equestrian estate at the offramp of Tinley Manor. The site will compromise small holding stands where residents can keep their horses. An exciting new movement North Coast residents have to look forward to.

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DEVELOPMENT FEATURE A little further along our beautiful coast, is the beloved Blythedale Coastal Estate where construction and development have truly picked up the pace with new infrastructure and bulk services being put in place. The newly-constructed Event Bowl and parking was the perfect venue for the first staging of the Toyota Warrior Race powered by Reebok at their estate. This is the start of a four-year commitment by the organisers and looks set to be a winter highlight for all on the North Coast. The first mini phase is already 96% sold. The next phase will see the transfer of 122 freehold sites, due to take place six months from now. At this moment, 40 ha of sugar cane has been removed and 50 ha of gum trees are in the process of being cleared in preparation for the commencement of Phase 1. Building is due to start on the estate’s first home. Designs have been vetted by the design review committee which looks set to be busy in the next few months as more owners move into the construction phase.The resort gatehouse design is being prepared with building due to start before the end of the year. There is already security on site for the adventure activities, to monitor the Event Bowl and to protect the beautiful fauna and flora, with controlled access due to farming and development operations. As part of a large-scale beach resort and hotel destination, Blythedale Coastal Estate will prove to become a sought after residential estate with a flair for fun, entertainment and adventure.

In the centre of Ballito, you will discover Ballito Hills, powered by Balwin Properties, a brand new secure estate which is conveniently located for the best modern coastal living. Balwin Properties is a listed JSE company and since 1996, they have been designing, building, marketing and selling secure, affordable and high-quality sectional title residential apartments. Their developments epitomise ‘Lifestyle Experience’ with most of their developments

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including a selection of leisure facilities. The estate is close to our beautiful Ballito beaches and is close to local amenities our picturesque town has to offer. Each apartment in the estate will be Wi-Fi ready and will be finished with free eco-friendly appliances and prepaid utility meters. An on-site Lifestyle Centre, exclusive to Ballito Hills will offer residents access to fantastic facilities within their very own beautifully landscaped surroundings. These

include: swimming pools, a wellness spa, Amici Restaurant, a gym, squash court, a laundromat, lounge with complimentary WiFi, a kids play area and much more. The first phases offering sectional title apartments ranging from 52 to 119m2 which are set to be finished in 2018. Balwin Properties are responsible for everything behind Ballito Hills, from the architecture to building.


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FREE A brand new mixed-use development is happening right on the doorstep of Zimbali estate, between Port Zimbali and the M4. With three different phases of Zimbali Wedge, the residential project is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 2018 after making great progress and already being sold out. The retail project following in third quarter of 2018 and the final third phase of commercial estimated at third quarter of 2019 subject to final sale figures. Zimbali Wedge will boast 68 contemporary styled units with exceptional glass, quartz and timber finishes, open-plan living and spectacular views. The units will range between two and five bedrooms. Following closely behind, the retail phase is on its way. A particularly exciting phase in

this development, is the retail component, which has been designed to deliver spectacular shopping, leisure and dining experiences. Shoppers and visitors can expect an upmarket and modern courtyard style centre where they are able to take in the magic of the North Coast’s weather and sunsets. A large outdoor shopping centre allows parents to relax while their children play in a safe environment. Already 70% of the retail area has been reserved with many great retail stores. Daily’s – OK FOODS – a premium food brand, Col’Cacchio Pizzeria, Seattle Coffee, Skin PHD, and OLD TOWN are just a few of the tenants that will be coming to Zimbali Wedge. The centre will boast a selection of fine dining, a classy Gin Bar, shopping and free parking.

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With over R300 million in sales achieved in two weeks, Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate knows how to make a statement. The Estate launched to the public in the beginning of December 2016 and the response since then has been unprecedented. Within 72 hours, 136 of the 170 stands, as well as 240 of 300 multi-units in phase 1 were reserved. Today there are only as few as 12 opportunities left within phase 1. “From the moment I visited the site I knew that we had found something special, and the success of sales thus far proves just how unique Zululami is,” shares Murray Collins, Director of Collins Residential, a subsidiary of H.Collins & Sons Group. Zululami is set in a prime location that offers phenomenal

views, two direct beach access points, a mere 100 metres away from Christmas Bay beach. Huge strides have been made in their construction including the grading of the site and road works. Zululami hopes for the completion of the roads, gatehouse, services and lighting to be reached by April 2018. The estate is home to enchanting coastal forests and picturesque wetlands. “The first phase has been made reasonably priced to ensure a range of investors, from families starting out, to developers who can benefit from the initial value”, explains Collins. The estate has been estimated as a R2.5 billion project and it is truly establishing itself as the most significant residential development on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast to date.

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Ever wondered about those fantastic dessert trends we see every day on our social media pages? And have you ever wondered how you can get your hands on them? I know I have. Well, I have answers. Sweet, exciting answers! And they’re right on our very doorsteps. We take a look at some of the hottest dessert trends in our beloved town of Ballito.

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LA PIAZZA’S - CRAZY AWESOME CRONUTS! While the craze of the cronut has been around for a while now, it has finally hit the Ballito shores! Cronut you say? What in the world is that? A cronut, is a croissant-doughnut pastry, invented by a pastry chef in New York City. La Piazza has created their own cronuts with fantastic toppings, and let me tell you, they are amazing. Here are three of the many cronuts La Piazza have to offer all made at their on-site bakery. Introducing the lucky lemon meringue cronut, a soft pastry filled with a tart lemon curd, filled with meringue. Next up we have the strawberry-crunch, a strawberry crème filled cronut drizzled with sweet strawberry coulis over flavoured meringues and topped with pieces of crunchy wafer biscuits. Last, but definitely not least, we have what I like to call, and my personal favourite, the choco-crème-cronut, a chewy, sweet pastry injected with a delicious milk chocolate crème, topped with more crème, chocolate disk and piece of chocolate brownies, talk about a chocolate everything! If you haven’t tried these delicious pastries, it is time to get down to La Piazza, your friendly family restaurant and spoil yourself with a cuppa and a cronut. @LaPiazzaContinentalCafe |

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Originally known as the ‘Egg Waffle’, the spherical egg-based waffle is a popular treat in Hong Kong and Macau. These sweet treats have taken the world by storm with their modern twists. These popular, Instagram-worthy desserts truly make for a fantastic photograph and a delicious dessert! Served in a cone-shaped waffle, bubble-waffles are traditionally topped with an ice-cream flavour of your choice and all the toppings you desire. We headed down to Holy Cow Coffee and tried out their first-in-Ballito delightful bubble-waffle. A crisp and chewy, fresh waffle, wrapped around creamy vanilla ice-cream and topped with jelly beans, smarties, colourful sprinkles, strawberry sauce and a chocolate flake. A delightful dessert perfect for any occasion! @holycowcoffee |

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ROCOMAMA'S FREAKSHAKE SHOW And it’s called the Surprise Me FreakShake for a reason. Why? Because it’s a surprise! FreakShakes, the rise of the mashup of drink and dessert. And we have the Australians to thank for this fabulous invention! FreakShakes came onto the scene in 2015, an outlandish, outrageous version of our traditional favourite milkshakes. Pinterest styled FreakShakes are all the craze and you can find them at our very own RocoMama’s. Each RocoMama’s branch across the country have their own individual Surprise Me FreakShake, exclusive to that branch and the ingredients remain a mystery. We went to RocoMama’s to experience their own FreakShakes and opted for the Surprise Me shake. We tasted strawberry, cream, chocolate pieces, top deck blocks, baby marshmallows, Belgian chocolate, chocolate covered shortcake balls, chocolate sauce, decadent and delicious! These milkshakes are not for the faint hearted, be sure to save some space after dinner, for this fantastic feast. Or better yet, skip your mains and go straight to dessert! @RocoBallito |

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he Steinhobels are a family of four, Gavin is a director of Kloppers Incorporated, a firm of attorneys with branches in Ballito, Durban, Richards Bay and Empangeni, Debbie is a partner in Olala Interiors in Ballito. Together they have two children, a son Liam who is 11 years old and daughter Kate who is 10 years old and along with their loyal and wonderful domestic, Melta who lives with them too, their two Pekinese Buttons and Chewy complete casa de Steinhobel. Interior Design is not a new concept to Debbie, being in the industry for over a decade. The Steinhobels envisaged a relaxed home where they could happily entertain their friends and family. Debbie wanted the interiors of the house to be

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striking yet playful and so she opted for strong bold, rich and royal colours carefully placed across the house. The house itself is approximately 580m 2 and consists of four tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms, two lounges, a study, dining area, large veranda’s, kitchen, scullery and three garages all designed by Debbie and the team from Olala Interiors. The Steinhobels were aware that the best views across the 18th hole are from the upper floor. They imagined a deep veranda with an open-plan lounge, dining-room and kitchen, perfect for entertainment and relaxation. The openplan lounge features a large, lush, velvety, teal sofa with geometric patterned throw cushions and a uniquely shaped chandelier. Jane Digby was commissioned to do the abstract painting in the lounge. In the guest bathroom, a solid brass basin shaped as

a Ginkgo Bilbao leaf and vibrant Candice Olson wallpapers are the main attractions. The kitchen was designed and manufactured entirely by Debbie’s company. It has a clean line of cupboards with an integrated fridge-freezer, which overlooks a counter island with PITT gas HOB, induction stove, an oven, drawers and a prepping-bowl. The kitchen being openplan is user friendly and has easy access to the dining-room table. The island serves as both a basic preparation area and serving area and is complimented with five pendant lights. The scullery is adjacent to the kitchen which is very convenient when entertaining. Moving outside to the veranda which is a predominant feature of the house; it boasts two oversized outdoor sofas designed by


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Olala Interiors with large throw cushions scattered across the sofa, big enough for the Steinhobels entire extended family! Along with their favourite sofas, the outside area has a built-in gas braai, informal dining table and movable wooden screens which create a relaxing aesthetic by letting the dappled sunlight shine through on bright sunny afternoons in Ballito. “We love sitting on the sofas on our veranda in the late afternoon watching the sun go down over the rolling green hills either with a large crowd of friends or just us on a quiet Sunday afternoon”, says Debbie. Downstairs is where one will find the family bedrooms, the study and a pyjama lounge, which is perfect for privacy and for their children to enjoy when their parents entertain. It has its own long veranda overlooking the golf course out front with a secluded private area behind. On the exterior, the Steinhobels chose to have the pool at a split level between the upper and lower floors, accessible from all rooms and the upper veranda by half a flight of stairs. The pool area isn’t only surrounded by decking but cladding on the walls as well, inspired by the feel of a Scandinavian sauna.

Debbie’s parents who live in New Zealand, holiday to South Africa regularly and stay with Debbie and her family for a few weeks at a time. While conceptualizing the house, Debbie thought it would be ideal to have a self-contained flatlet as a part of the house to give her parents some privacy and to allow them to come and go as they please. The architect responsible for the design of the house was Razin Tewary of Alan Barnard and Associates and he partnered with Gary Wise of M&M Trust and they built their dream home. The build took 12 months and thanks to Gary Wise, it was a stress free, smooth build and within the budget. The house has incorporated going green aspects by placing two large JoJotanks to harvest rainwater as well as LED lighting for energy saving solutions. “We bought the stand some years back and have always dreamt of building a home where we can raise our children”, says Debbie. One of Gavin’s favourite pastimes is to play golf on the estate. “This was one of the reasons why we chose to live on the Golf Estate Side and because of the stunning view”, says Debbie. She continues, “It has been a blessing to be able to give my children this wonderful environment to grow up in.”


CAR REVIEW

New, as usual, is better —

WORDS JUSTIN SCOTT

Mazda CX5

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wrote a review on the Mazda CX5 a little while back and said that I really loved the car. I said back then that

the brand wasn’t one that I had really embraced but that after driving the CX5 I had become an instant fan. To say that I was smitten might be taking it a bit too far, but it was close and the CX5 made it onto my shopping list when I went shopping for a new car…but more about that another time. So, given the opportunity to look at Mazda’s latest release, specifically the Mazda CX-5 2.5L Individual Auto FWD, I enthusiastically raised the proverbial hand and flailed it around like a giddy kid looking for attention from his favourite teacher. So, the verdict? Let me start by saying that the first CX5 that I drove was an automatic diesel and that this test model was an automatic petrol. Performancewise they were both exceptional, but the diesel delivers a little more torque at the bottom end, which I did miss. That said, the redesigned and improved CX5 pushes out an impressive 143 kW and 257 nm of torque, so you’re not going to be left standing at the robots or struggling to overtake trucks on the M4! The new model is meaty in its class and delivers as much purr and roar as its predecessor. Performance doesn’t come at a cost, which is great, and the CX5 is really light on fuel, even around town with lots of stop/start driving. Moving on from the “engine” stuff, you’ll find the real improvements in a list of feature updates that make driving and

day-to-day use a breeze. These include LED head and front fog lamps — which have become the standard for most cars

software-based system controls body roll for better handling, while suspension and powertrain improvements facilitate

in this price range — auto headlamp levelling, rear ventilation, USB for rear centre armrest and auto door lock. Newly designed 19” alloy wheels, leather seats, aneight-way power adjustable lumbar support driver’s seat and auto-fold mirrors are added from the Dynamic model and from the Individual derivative come the 10-speaker BOSE system, head-up display and powerlift tailgate, as well as the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) advanced safety features. The DAA and LKA take a little getting used to but, in my opinion, are huge value-adds that add to the overall sophistication that the car delivers. The DAA tells you when you’re drifting and, if your hands leave the steering wheel, it alerts you and tells you that it might be time to take a break! The interior’s cabin insulation, windshield projected head-up display, improved seats and advanced ergonomics throughout are subtle improvements and all contribute to a more intuitive “heads-up” cabin that is focused on the driver. All of this really does integrate seamlessly into the driving experience so that you don’t feel that you’re driving the Star Trek Enterprise. It’s classy and the Mazda team have done well in bringing it all together.

superior ride quality. To be honest, I was aware of it, but it was tough to “feel” a difference between the old model and the new one, even with all the traffic circles in Ballito, and I had felt that the handling and stability were already impressive the first time around. Overall, the new Mazda CX5 impressed me once again. It’s still rated as one of my top SUVs and I believe that more buyers should consider Mazda as a strong contender when car shopping. If this is the standard that Mazda has set in terms of improvements,I’ll keep acting like that little kid waving his hand around because this car is well worth it.

The new CX5 has also adoptedthe first of the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS vehicle motion control technologies — G-Vectoring Control. This innovative

Mazda CX-5 2.5L

Individual Auto FWD — R491,900 (Incl VAT)

Maximum power: 143kW

Maximum torque: 257 nm

Power sliding and tilt sunroof

BOSE with 10 speakers

Parking Sensors front and rear

Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)

Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH)

Driver Attention Alert (DAA)

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B a l l i t o L i f e s t y l e C e n t r e 2.0 WORDS CARLA GAILEY

We've watched the scaffolding go up, we’ve heard the sound of construction and we’ve seen the teasers of the brand new shops and restaurants and an exciting new food market. Ballito Lifestyle Centre is being reinvented into an all new lifestyle experience.

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e sat down with Bruce Rencken, co-owner of the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, which for years has been known as the heartbeat of Ballito. Bruce, with a firm handshake, welcomed me into their effortlessly designed offices.With it’s light and bright atmosphere, wood finishesand glass walls and doors, one can only imagine what Bruce has in store for Lifestyle Centre. He ran me through the concept presentation, a 3D visual video guiding me through the entire new concept of the new centre; from the exciting new dining area, to The Market showcasing local suppliers,to the landscaping ideas. "The excitement and talk aboutthe new Lifestyle Centre has been mindblowing", expressed Bruce. You can tell how passionate he is about Ballito and the people of our town just by the way he talks about them. Bruce envisioned a place for people to connect, a place to feel at home, eat, drink, shop, enjoy and be merry. He wanted a place for people to be able to come together and enjoy their everyday shopping in an open, free, light and friendly space.

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As we took a walk through the site where all the renovations are taking place, Bruce guided me to the where Mr Price, Totalsports and a few other shops used to be. Walls have been removed and the area is being prepped for an exciting new hang-out spot for Ballito, The Market, which is going to be a foodie’s paradise. With local suppliers coming in as permanent vendors, there will something for everyone. It will feature HomeGrown, an organic fruit and vegetable shop, alongside some familiar names such as Taylor's Meats, Yoli's bakery, Scoop and Science of Coffee, to mention just a few of the many fabulous local vendors we know and love. An incredibly massive 1600m2, open-plan area focused on food only, with plenty seating for friends and family to gather around. The Market will give shoppers an authentic, artisanal and unique experience. Moving down towards where the waterwayused to be, Bruce explained how he envisions an area, that he calls "Eat Street", to offer a street scene, fun, family, fine-dining experience that makes you feel like you could be anywhere in the world. No matter the day or night, Eat Street will be the place

to be for fantastic ambiance, spaciousness and endless choices ofestablishments to dine at. Bruce further explained, "Each building willreflect the individual restaurants’ personalities in the design and layout of the architecture." It will feel as if you're stepping out of Italy into Mexico, and from Mexico into Greece with every restaurant being absolutely different from the one before. A few of the new exciting names coming to our favourite family centre are Lupa, an Italian restaurant, Salsa, which is bringing Mexican flair to our Ballito shores, and Mythos, a new Greek restaurant. And let’s not forget our favourites, Zaras Cafe and Beira Alta that have stayed open throughout the construction, and the re-launch of Loaf coming soon. Along with the new and exciting things to come to Lifestyle Centre, their core strengths remain strong: free and safe parking both outside and underground, easy accessibility and simplistic, peace of mind shopping. They have a full team of incredible in-house contractors, builders and architects, who have set up an office in the Lifestyle Centre for their team to work from. "We're driven


LIFESTYLE CENTRE REVAMP by the team behind us", said Bruce. While designing the new mall, Bruce and his team have focussed on bringing more hardscaping and landscaping to the area, adding to the aesthetic appeal of the new scene. A message from Bruce to Ballito: “The change to the retail landscape on the Dolphin Coast during this past year resulted in massive change for Ballito Lifestyle Centre. We have embraced the change and are working furiously to bring a new and improved shopping experience to Ballito. Our challenge was to understand our role in the new retail landscape of Ballito, what we could do that is unique and different, and what would excite our customers who embrace life ‘the Ballito way’. We reflected on our beginnings, when Ballito was small and Lifestyle Centre was your “local”. Through customer

interaction and research, we confirmed what is important to our customers, being convenience, ease of shopping, customer experience, “outdoor” environment, ambience, great food and beautiful spaces, and we are delivering this to Ballito in the coming months. The inevitable doubt has crept in along the way… “Am I making the right decision?”, “Are we investing in the right places?” but the support from the community has been incredible. We have introduced several great new brands to Ballito and our fantastic new stores have had very successful openings over the last couple of months which has been tremendously encouraging, but we still have a lot of work to do to deliver on our promises. Eat Street and The Market have the potential to be game-changers. It has been overwhelming to confirm through many conversations with tenants and customers, andsocial media, that Ballito

is excited about our new direction and that we are on the right track. Hopefully Ballito Lifestyle Centre will emerge stronger for it!” With the Market opening this month and the launch and re-launch of the new and existing restaurants, we are extraordinarily excited for the new venture Bruce and his team are about to embark on and wish them all the best of luck.

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MEET THE DESIGNERS

Ballito's INCREDIBLE INTERIOR Guru's In this feature, we get to know four talented Interior Designers in Ballito. With their individual styles, personalities and zest for all-things-design, you’re in for a real stylish treat!

Schané Anderson co-owner at Olala Interiors.

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Describe a day in your life as an Interior Designer?

Contrary to popular belief, we work extremely hard and a 10 – 12-hour day is the norm. My baby son (who is now in matric) always used to be the 1st child at school in the mornings since crèche, only because I get most done in the early hours before the phones start ringing. This is still the case, and my son is now very relieved to be driving himself to school at a more civilised hour! I also still work most weekends – and of course our retail business is open 7 days a week! We effectively run 3 businesses, a retail showroom, a design and décor business and a factory. All of them have their individual challenges and required set of skills, and being women in business is as challenging as it is rewarding. Paradoxes underscore our business. We need to be creative, rational, with a good clear head, empathic towards clients and staff, extremely detail orientated big picture thinkers and opinionated subservient service providers who are ballsy enough to try new things!

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Do you have a signature style and what makes that style unique?

Apparently so! I am blessed with discerning colour, tone and scale differentiating talents. An apt style description would probably read somewhere between an interesting yet clean contemporary twist sprinkled with baroque and confused monotones infused with sculptural drama spiced with some exuberance underscored by classic symmetry mingled with goth touches finished with textured tones and opulent fibres. Or we can

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just say lu-ve-ly! Hmm, what makes my style unique… Besides my hair? Horst Schultze said “you are passionately defined by what you do” so what makes us unique is combination of four things: one…The fact that we have one of the biggest fabric, wallpaper and materials sourcing libraries in the country and two… our own factory. This means we control the specification, manufacturing and installation process, which puts us in a very envious position. We can design anything and make it! Which means we don’t need to do copy and paste – every interior will have its unique signature. Three…our dedicated team of design professionals and craftsmen. Our furniture, designs and cabinetry are world-class and our craftsmen and supply chain are fabulous! And four… our can-do attitude coupled with approachability and realibility..

What do you love most about being an Interior Designer? Everything – there is nothing else I’d rather do. Jim Collins said, “True creatives stay in their game.” This job elates and maddens me and at the same time it allows my creativity to soar with instant gratification at the end of every installation. It is one of the few careers where one can dream wildly and see concepts become a reality daily. It is also one of the few careers where age and experience counts in your favour – creatives are known to be at their best after 50… so I’m in the right time warp now.

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What has been the biggest highlight of your designing career thus far?

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In what ways do you keep current with new trends? I travel extensively –and I don’t mean digital safaris. Since last year I’ve probably done over 70 flights and visited interior design as well as kitchen & bathroom design fairs in Chicago, Las Vegas, Cologne, Paris, India, China and I’ve just got back from Milan where I met with designers, manufacturers and exporters. Our clients travel first class and are used to the very best. We need to at least match, if not exceed their expectations and offer them world-class product and style.

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Do you prefer working in teams or on your own?

Always have been a team player – I love people and love having people around me. Clever people intrigue me and fresh ideas thrill me. We are constantly crazy with anxiety and stress when designing new product, specifying and quoting and checking and doing the technical working drawings and checking, and placing the orders, and following up and checking for the umpteenth time and figuring out the logistics etc and if there is no-one to bounce ideas off or someone having your back it becomes a very daunting process. Collaboration is key to success. We have purposely created capacity in our business so that we can serve and deliver, and that’s what we do best.

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Tell us your life's motto or tell us something inspirational!

“Come to work to be excellent.” Of course I can also make mistakes, but I try not to repeat them. I am fiercely proud of our product. I am totally committed. I really try to do better every time even when faced with budgetary constraints. “Emotion dictates behaviour” Dr Brene Brown – I have an unquenchable love for this business.

Oh, that’s a dangerous question – well definitely the fact that the business survived 25 years to date and it still going strong thanks to our fabulous clients! In our industry that is no small feat! This year so far, I’ve had 2 Habitat front pages and a lot of my interiors have been published since 1994. My daily highlight is old clients calling. What I love most is old clients returning for more. This means we did something right and are being trusted to do even bigger and greater things… or sometimes just something small to assist or finish off. But I’ve had a few pivotal projects, all with old clients giving me free creative reign within their taste spectrums. I love selecting art and sculpture, starting libraries and watching collections grow. I’d like to think that I’ve introduced my clients to something new and wonderful. All of our projects are client-centred. They must love their homes, I don’t live there, I just facilitate that “I’m so happy to be home” feeling.

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Sculptural functional lighting

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Overscaled Art

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Authenticity

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Generosity

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Melanie Visagie - an interior designer at M+M Designs.

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Describe a day in your life as an Interior Designer?

My morning starts with an arrival at the office, onto my decaf cappuccino, my day couldn’t start without it. I’ll sit down with a cappuccino in hand and go through the emails of the day. Once payments are out the way, planning of projects start. Today we need to look at a walk-in customer who has recently moved from Johannesburg to the coast and is looking to rejuvenate her space to suit her new coastal life. This is the fun part of our job where we get to plan where her existing pieces will go and then adding new furniture, colours and finishes. After that is done I will move on to the planning and design detailing of a large project which has just started where the blueprints are set and now the real designing starts.

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I love getting to know people and their wild ideas and then with all of that

We have no signature style per say – we detail each home to suit the people who live in it. It means that no client goes home unhappy as we attend to each and every requirement with the utmost detail and make sure they get nothing less than their ultimate perfection.

coming together with our ideas to create one amazing masterpiece. Being able to create homes that are individual, unique, and reflect the personality of our clients. Our inspiration doesn’t only comes from us it is also drawn from our clients as we feel that their personalities need to reflect in their home, that’s a really rewarding feeling.

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How do you keep current with new trends? At M+M Designs, we do a lot of research to make sure we keep up with the latest trends and fashions in the industry to give the client the right design to their dream. We’ve attended exhibitions, design, décor and lifestyle expos from Durban to Cape Town and Pretoria. However, we also pride ourselves in supporting local designers and their crafts and trades bringing a sense of authenticity to each home.

When you love what you do it makes doing it a lot easier and a lot more fun. I am currently working on 1700m2 contemporary home that has 3 levels and each level a new requirement. In this industry one project is never the same which is exciting and with this specific home a lot more design leway (it being as spacious as it is) gives you more to work with and complete designer’s freedom –led by the clients’ mind, finished by your intuition and creativity.

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Artisanal Craft

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Definitely in a team! M+M Designs pride themselves on the way our team as a whole, works solely as one.

To create something exceptional your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail - Giorgio Armani.

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Dale Dennis co-founder of Ground Floor Interiors.

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Describe a day in your life as an Interior Designer? Normally, I’ll wake up and charge myself with, at the very least, 2 cups of coffee. In a normal day anything could happen (you know dealing with suppliers and subcontractors always has its challenges). Daily tasks will include spending hours on developing creative concepts, meeting with clients, drawing up plans on CAD (because designers are concerned with both the aesthetic as well as the practical needs of your client), measuring and meeting with contractors on sites, accepting deliveries and most importantly placing furniture and accessories and styling the interiors to complete the over-all design.

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Do you have a signature style and what makes that style unique? As a designer, one always has a preferred design style, I generally design in a contemporary design style however it’s extremely important to give your client what they want (and then just gently guide the client in the correct direction should they be making a huge mistake, lol!). It’s very important to consider the surroundings as well as the architecture. Designing in a contemporary style is probably not unique – but each client is different, and thus every design (even though in a similar style) turns out to be one-of-a-kind. I also do try my best to not use the same products repeatedly, as this is generally why clients hire a designer to create a design that will suit both their preferred look and feel as well as their practical needs.

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In what ways do you keep current with new trends? I always try my best to stay current, and go to as many industry talks as possible. There are also conferences that we can attend as members of the IID (The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions), the IID is the body professional interior designers should belong to).

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What do you love most about being an Interior Designer? The most rewarding part of this industry is seeing your creative design concepts come to life! That moment when you can take an incredible photograph of the finished product, with a happy and proud client at your side.

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What has been the biggest highlight of your designing career thus far?

There is something inside each one of us

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Do you prefer working in teams or on your own? That depends on what time of the day/week/month you ask that question! Team work is always better, collaboration is a wonderful thing – and always almost ends in a better product for the client.

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Tell us your life's motto or tell us something inspirational! WORK HARD and SMART – hard work always pays off!I believe that nothing just falls into your lap. One thing I always try and do is give everyone else the benefit of the doubt. I believe that patience and perseverance has kept my business open for the past 7 years, slow and steady, but just keep swimming. As an example, ‘being an interior designer’ – educate yourself before you fly into it, it takes years of study and years of practical knowledge – pay your dues.

Every successful project is a highlight for me – seeing someone that went from not liking a space before to loving it, is a highlight in itself, even if it is just a few scatters and wall paint. There are too many highlights, but to mention a few; Coco de Mer new hotel rooms, getting to the final rounds of pitching design concepts for KFC South Africa stores and completing Mr. Price head office sustainability offices and in turn receiving many other referrals from other departments at their head office. I also enjoy all the residential projects I work on – corporates are fun, but dealing with home owners is far more personal and rewarding.

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Craft/artisan movement

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Geometric shapes

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Nostalgia

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Marble accents

CALL| 082 940 3793 WEB | www.groundfloorinteriors.co.za

Angela LeClezio Senior Interior Designer at Union3

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Describe a day in your life as an Interior Designer?

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Every day is different, it all depends on what projects are live and my work varies due to the various stages each project is at. But a normal day is usually chock-a-block with design time in the office - doing technical drawings etc., site meetings with the construction team and subcontractors, conceptual meetings with clients and lots of time on the web sourcing the ‘perfect’ pieces!


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What do you love most about being an Interior Designer?

I try to keep a blank canvas with every client, everyone’s lifestyle is different and they all have their own look they want to achieve. My main objective is to help them achieve that feel without compromising the finished result. Basically, helping them create a space that tells ‘their story’. Once in a blue moon a client will give you Carte blanche – I always try and use this platform to try new things! But if I had to pinpoint “my style” into words… I tend to go for a more masculine look, which is usually executed through straight lines and dark warm tones. I also love creating texture with raw contrasting materials. I have a serious soft spot for mid-century furniture pieces and anything velvet!I often like to throw in something unexpected - even if it’s just a scatter cushion or feature

A lot of my job consists of educating my clients about the design process and convincing them of the value in it, when they get to a point of understanding and appreciation – it is very rewarding. We walk a long road with our clients and at the end of the project it is very exciting to see them so proud of their new space.

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What has been the biggest highlight of your designing career thus far?

wallpaper, something to liven up a space.

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In what ways do you keep current with new trends?

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Tell us your life's motto or tell us something inspirational! “It’s the little things”

I go to all the local exhibitions, when I have the time... but I am shamefully admitting that I haven’t traveled as much as I would have like to. I follow a lot of interior blogs - the Australian’s and Scandinavian’s are always one step ahead! I am also always searching for new local suppliers that can offer me something new and exciting.

I did a house on the North Coast where I was involved before they broke ground, which was amazing to help mold the project before it even started. My clients were amazing and were not afraid to think outside the box. The house is very different, but for me I think it was more the experience that made it so enjoyable and exciting.The house also featured on The Contemporist, which was awesome!

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Do you prefer working in teams or on your own? A bit of both, I love brainstorming and sharing ideas with others. It always helps to verbalize what you envision. But when it gets down to crunch time, I am more productive with my head down and earphones in.

ANGELA’S 5 FAVOURIT E DESIGN TRENDS: 1

Anything with wicker mesh, straw or cane

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Matt black steel furniture

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Tinted or distressed mirror cladding

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Geode / Agate / Crystal Décor

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Velvet upholstery

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Swimming with WORDS CARLA GAILEY | PHOTO JOHN MILLER

Sharks

You’d think that being in a cage, in the middle of the ocean and being surrounded by sharks would be the scene from a horror movie for most, but for Lucille and I it was a total bucket-list moment!

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t’s Saturday morning, 4am our alarms go off and if you’re like me, who is totally not a morning person, waking up at that unearthly hour is what nightmares are made of. Without snoozing my alarm I jumped out of bed, threw on my bikini, made myself and my partner, Dean a cup of coffee and we hit the road.

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OMGEE, the excitement was real! We arrived in Rocky Bay park, jumped out of our cars and straight into our wetsuits Shark Cage Diving KZN supplied us with. We were introduced to the team: John Miller, who runs the show! John is a scuba diving expert with 25 years of scuba diving experience, both diving with sharks and diving coral reefs. John


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Fun fact What’s older than sharks? Almost nothing! Sharks have been swimming in the ocean for more than 400 million years! They have survived 5 massive planet extinction events!

is also the captain of the boat and an underwater photographer and divers, James, Brian and Bheki who have 40 years of experience combined in the diving industry and working with sharks. The FabTeam-mates: myself and Lucille, her husband Justin and Dean, all super excited and ready to go, walked down to the beach to admire the sunrise. Wehelped John and his fantastic team launch the 8.5-meter-long Dive Duck. It really takes an entire team to launch a boat of that size into the ocean with the large steel SAMSA approved cage with floaties attached to it. The cage is a concertina which opens up to 2.3m wide, 2.4m high and 1m in breadth. These cages have been specifically designed by engineers for both diver and animal safety. We were briefed on safety on the boat and jumped aboard. Strapped in, life

vests on and we were on our way. After a 15-minute boat ride into the middle of the ocean, far beyond where any swimmer can reach, approximately 5km in, we arrived at something John likes to call “Shark Park”. John drove the boat in circles, revving the engine to alarm the sharks we were there, the divers threw the bait drum into the water to entice the sharks, the water was choppy and oh dear, I knew what was going to happen next. As a kid, growing up with motion sickness has been a pain, from cars to planes, boats and trains, motion sickness would get the better of me every time. You’d think by now I would have out grown it but I guess the combination of the choppiness, the smell of the bait and seeing those shark fins come out of the water for the very first time in my life made me ever so slightly ill. The team were comforting reminding me that “what happens on the ocean, stays on the ocean”. I guess I didn’t feel so bad anymore.

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After a few minutes of in the water safety briefing, we donned our goggles and were ready. Lucille and Justin decided that were going to do it properly. They opted for goggles, a snorkel and flippers and decided to get IN the water, without a cage and swim with the sharks. Brave much? I slid into the cage, calmly, I surprised myself. The water was a comforting warm temperature of 25 degrees. It was so airy being so far out in the middle of the ocean, in these shark infested waters. Holding onto the cage with all fingers and toes, under the water I went. Beautiful blacktip sharks, remora fish (otherwise known as suckerfish) and a few dusky sharks too, surrounding me, wild, free and in their natural habitat. At least 10 sharks varying in sizes, gracefully glided around the cage walls. I giggled to myself whilst researching remora fish when writing this article. They’re fascinating creatures, they

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“Diving amongst the sharks, no cage, no safety is nerve-wrecking! Our adrenalin was pumping at high volumes. We held onto each other with our guide on the other side of us which gave us a sense of security. This was the most phenomenal experience diving amongst ocean predators. Looking a shark in the eyes is a once in a lifetime experience. Definitely a bucket list moment!" – Justin & Lucille Wendler

suck onto sharks and are known as a sharks’ ‘sidekick’, they eat the scraps after the shark has hunted their prey. These little guys have hung around sharks for thousands of years, it serves as their protection and a free meal - BONUS! I looked over to Dean who was in his absolute element, I don’t think I’ve ever seen (or heard) him speechless before. From the cage, I could see Lucille and Justin getting into the water so confidently and swimming around with their incredible diver who guided them through the water, something the two of them have wanted to do for years. John with years of experience, jumped into the water like it was his swimming pool at home,to take the underwater photographs and GoPro videos of us, our evidence that

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we were brave enough to get into these wild waters! After a 30-minute shark cage dive and swimming with the sharks, we boarded back onto the boat filled with utter adrenalin and headed back to the shore. We celebrated with a cup of coffee and shared our unbelievable experiences. John and his team were fantastic, from start to finish, we felt safe, comfortable and that they knew what they were doing. Shark Cage Diving KZN welcomes anyone from the age of 8 years and up, no diving experience is required and non-swimmers are welcome too! Not only did I get to dive with sharks, I learnt about all types of marine life and the importance of shark conservation, it was an incredibly enlightening and educating experience. They offers you an incredible one-on-one experience with some of the

most fantastic creatures in the ocean, with rare encountered spotting’s of the great white shark and humpback whales, you never know what you’re going to see! Overall, it was something I would do again in a heartbeat, with the help of some nausea tablets. LOL. Being able to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most dangerous creatures in their natural, wild habitat and totally appreciating the beauty of a shark is indescribable. This was something that will easily go down as one of the coolest things I have done in my life to date.

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BUSINESS FEATURE

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"I am passionate about helping clients to obtain the required finished product by using good contractors, who charge fair pricing and deliver quality finishes."

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Project management is not always easy, but if you are passionate about it as Nicola Fox is, then it's not work, it is pure elation from breaking out that first window, to handing over a key of a newly completed project interiors and all. What does a project manager do? They are the person, in overall charge, of the planning and execution of a particular project. When do you need a project manager? When you have a Project that needs to be carried out by a specialist, completed on time and within a budget. What is the favourite part of your job? I love helping others (be that owners or contractors) reach a common goal, the end result is always the highlight though. At which stage do you as project manager get involved? It really depends on the scope

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of work but the earlier the better, it just means the end result is based off getting it all right from the beginning. And when do you step away? Once ALL the snags pertaining to your scope of work have been completed but even then you need to ensure all guarantees are carried out should something fail, so actually, once a client, always a client. Tell us about your typical day … I wake up, have a coffee in bed and start WhatsApp messaging my various groups (I have owner & contractor groups, at any given time I have about 60 chats open) and then follow up on installations, deadlines, queries / issues on

site and snags, as communication is King (or Queen in my instance) then I shower and continue my work day. This varies from; • Going to my various sites to ensure all work is on track, takeand send photo updates to the owners and photos of site issues or snags to the various groups. • Meeting a supplier / contractor to get a quote on work we require on site. • Visit a supplier to check on quality and progress of goods being made up for site. • Maybe catch a coffee with a supplier to ensure our quotes, invoices and progress is all on track.


Attend various biweekly site meetings, I also contract to Tracy Levinson of Leveco and help manage her various sites in the various Estates and in Ballito. I may also meet up with Ilsa Van Niekerk of Interior Edge whom I also contract to and we run through various designs, costings and implementation on site. Lots of phone calls, WhatsApp’s and SMS messages dealt with throughout the day.Lots of phone calls, WhatsApp’s and SMS messages dealt with throughout the day. Admin – follow up on outstanding quotes, collate job costs, forward invoices to clients for payments, track progress payments and make sure budgets and time lines are being met. The end of my day is about doing something else I love, Boxing @

Why do you love what you do? I LOVE what I do as I do not see it as a job, I am passionate about helping clients to obtain the required finished product by using good contractors, who charge fair pricing and deliver quality finishes. I get excited when I see both an absolute mess of a site that is being stripped and the exact opposite of a complete finished product, interiors and all.

Ringside Gym. Then my daughter Paige and I go home and cook together then maybe watch some TV with our dogs.

Does every build need a project manager? Obviously in my opinion yes, I'm a firm believer in everyone sticking to their forte. Goed-koop is duur-koop.

How did you get into project management? I started working with Stedone Homes years ago doing Interior Specification, and then progressed to include helping the Site foreman with implementing finishes on site then went onto Client Liaison. I then ventured on my own doing various maintenance projects and additions for the clients that I was involved with through Stedone.

PROJECT MANAGERS SCOPE Planning, budgeting, scheduling, expediting, co-ordinating and supervising necessary for the timely execution of the Project by all suppliers of material, contractors, subcontractors and others) supplying materials or services to the Project.

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hat makes a great restaurant? For me, it is great food, well-trained and friendly staff and a consistent standard of food— that, quite simply, is really it. It is also the reason that so many locals love and keep coming back to Mo-zam-bik Ballito.

prepared in the perfect peri-peri sauce (you can choose garlic, lemon and herb, peri-peri mild or hot for all the dishes here), the tasty fishcakes and tender calamari tubes grilled and finished off with your choice of sauce, with crispy “Maputo” rolls to mop up the sauce and round off the meal perfectly. Then, satisfied that our taste buds were sufficiently alive, we were ready for our

But, I warn you, the dessert menu is just as good, so leave space, make space. I was thoroughly impressed with the 365, an upside-down crème caramel that is made in-house, which was smooth and creamy, with a delicious caramel sauce. Add a cappuccino and this is the perfect way to end a perfect meal. Also enjoyed by my fellow eaters was the “new look”

This time around Brad was our warm and friendly host and, as per usual, Mo-zam-bik delivered —this restaurant never disappoints! We enjoyed a smorgasbord of food and we tried almost everything — their varied menu allows for every taste and craving to be met, which is a huge plus-point.

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Pemba Pavlova, a meringue basket filled with banana, strawberry yoghurt mousse and ice cream. The Double-decker is an alltime favourite — layers of white and dark chocolate mousse on a moist base, topped with a chocolate glaze and served with ice cream. And don’t forget the simple, but always much-loved, vanilla Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce.

We started with their famous starter platter, which serves between two and four people and let me tell you that because of Mo-zam-bik, I now eat olives! The cashew nut-stuffed green olives are amazing! The prawn and chicken rissoles take you right back to holidays in Mozam — restaurants on the beach, feet in sand and happy sighs — as do the flawlessly done chicken livers

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The Grilled Peri-peri Half-chicken and Chips is our standard go-to meal when we miss being in holiday mode, so just add a “get in the full mood” B & R and a 2M beer and the afternoon —aided by the look and feel of the restaurant with the boat in the middle of it — just sets you up for a perfectly chilled vibe. We also ordered Calamari for mains (a shared starter portion is just never Never been? Or downright salivating enough!), the eight Grilled Queen Prawns now? Go on — head down to Mo-zam-bik (which were perfectly prepared) and the restaurant. You won’t be sorry! Steak Trinchado, consisting of tender strips of steak done in Mo-zam-bik’s delectable CALL | 032 946 0979 creamy garlic and white wine sauce. VISIT | 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Road Happy, satisfied? Yes! WEB | www.mozambik.co.za/ballito/


After matric .. after Ballito Finishing matric in 2016, we chatted to a few of the local kids that have braved the big wide world and we have caught up with them to see what they are currently doing, and where they are in the world.

My name is Sheri-Lee Jacobs, I’m 19 years old, and my current occupation is as a Deckhand / Stewardess on a 35 meter superyacht currently docked in Grand Harbour Marina Malta, it’s absolutely beautiful here.

What have you learnt since leaving home? Since I have left home, I have learnt that the world owes me nothing, as cliché as that might sound, it’s the honest, truth. I have learned how to stand on my own two feet and fend for myself. No parents or anyone to call if I’m stuck. Moving to another continent has certainly taught me a lot about myself. My initial goal was to grow, spiritually, emotionally and find myself – I don’t feel like I have “found’ my true self completely yet, but certainly getting there. I have nonetheless come across some really stressful situations and in those situations learnt that I can in fact be composed, and not completely freak out and be all stressed like I usually would have.

The dream vs reality Sure, I thought I was going to have an awesome experience and have the best time. I was most excited to see the world and meet new people, which I certainly have done. I am, so to speak, ‘living the dream’, as my mom would say, “A little hard work never killed anyone.”The reality of this job, on a super yacht, is that its everything I expected and more. I had been preparing myself for six months before coming here, preparing

mentally for all the hard work and even for the little sleep I would be getting, and honestly no amount of preparation could have prepared me for this work. It is tough, no doubt about it! I cannot just go home at 5pm after a day’s work and “leave my work at the office” or wherever, I live in my work place, so the work never stops, I generally start my day between 07h30 – 08h00am and work tillthose on board go to sleep, which can be anywhere between 23h00 – 02h00 am, it gets hectic I won’t lie.That is the beauty of it though, I work hard, I work LONG hours, but I get to experience so much, while having the time of my life and yes, living the dream.

What would you do the same / what would you do different.

I would take more time appreciating things, like appreciating my surroundings and where I am. Appreciating the opportunity that I have been given, as I am one of few people from home (Ballito, South Africa) who are able to have an opportunity like this.

Words of Wisdom Well, I wouldn’t say that I am very wise, but can certainly say that I have learnt a lot. This may sound cheesy but honestly, arrogance gets you nowhere, appreciate everything, especially the little things, allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them. Do not try and control every situation that life throws at you, just go with it. Regret nothing. Stressing solves nothing.

I would not trade this job for anything in the world. This has honestly been the best opportunity and I have no one other to thank than my parents. I would do this all over again. What I would do differently though, is starting my job with the right attitude, realising my place and that I am no longer in a small town and that my fellow yachties do not take any nonsense, especially if you are new to the industry.

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My name is Jessica Hill, I’m 20 years old and I am currently an au pair in the U.K. In a town called Guilford. I live on a huge farm with the Gibson family, we have acres of forests in which we do loads of walks - even when it rains.

At the beginning of the year I was studying a Bachelor of Arts and then decided that it was not what I wanted to do with my life right then, so I put that on hold, made a few big decisions, put plans in place and now I am an au pair in the U.K.

What have I learnt since leaving home? That you never stop learning, learning about yourself, learning to love yourself more than you thought you could, learning who you are, what you stand for as person and being so grateful that I was brought up as a South African kid, with morals, manners and loads of respect. I've learnt that that home isn't just a place it's more of a place within yourself. I've learnt that money definitely doesn't grow on trees, you actually have to work really hard for it. I've learnt to stand on my own two feet and step out of my comfort zone, not because I have to do things I don't want too but because I'm living my life the way I want too with no holding back. From the time I was a little girl, as all my friends know, I've always wanted to become a teacher and teach kids and when studying, I realized that hey, there's just so much more to my life at this moment, so I put everything on hold, went onto the internet and found a lovely family, that seemed to be a “good fit”–I looked at important things

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like what the kids like doing, their hobbies etc, then I put my brave on as it is not just one or two children. It's four, FOUR kids that I look after, I didn't want to be bored or feel home sick, I wanted to be busy all the time and that's exactly what I've been doing.

I'm so grateful to my mum Kathy for bringing me up the way she did, I have so much more respect for her and the opportunities she gave me when I was a kid, it really has helped me be the woman I am today.

What would I change? I've already traveled quiet a bit in the first month of my stay, we went to Italy, (they took me there for my birthday),we went to lovely Sicily for a whole week! I have also been to Isle of Wight and Brighton. I have learnt patience to the maximum, in the U.K. you are not allowed to "smack " your child or raise your voice at them, instead we simply tell them to sit on the step... and kindness is a big thing here. Erin my boss has called me nanny Mc PheeJess - because I have taught her children so much in such a short period of time and they just keep growing and so do I. When coming to au pair I had thought that things would be "easy" but it's been everything but easy, it’s definitely making an impact on my life. I’d say it's a challenge, some days are really good and some are hard, but at the end of the day we get through them and we grow as a human. Being a counselor at Sugar Bay has helped me to come up with great games and activities that I do with the children.

Absolutely nothing - Through everything I've gone through and everything that has challenged me, it's made me who I am. My advice to anyone seeking an adventure or those unsure of what to do with their lives, Au pairing overseas is something I'd encourage, as it opens you to "realworld life", it helps you figure out how things work in life and learning about yourself more than you thought you could! The traveling is an added bonus! This adventure has opened my eyes and I'm sure people who have done it, would agree!


My name is Gareth Newton, I'm 19 years old and I am currently a bartender in a gin bar that specialises in gin, hence the name being “beGin”. The bar is actually part of the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel so that means really cool staff perks. Aside from working in a bar, I play rugby for the Glasgow Hawks, who are a BT Premiership Div 1 club (One level below Pro14 ) I am living in Glasgow at the moment which is the cultural and social hub of Scotland. For those who aren’t so great with their Geography, Scotland is in the UK. I have learnt a lot since leaving the sunny coast of Durban but i will narrow it down to 3 things. No matter how much you think you know about the world, there is always something that catches you by surprise, whether it be the shock of not having parents be there when you really need them or the fact that you're bound to realise that everyone is in the same boat as you and you're the only person who can jump overboard and fight the tide to achieve what you've set out to achieve. People are really friendly if you approach them in the right manner, especially if you greet them by ‘Sir’, ‘Miss’, or ‘Ma’am’. whether you need directions or are wanting to know if a place is still open for a bite to eat, the way you communicate is key. Money is something that is hard to earn and easy to spend. Trust me when I tell you this, saving a bit of money at the end of each week or month can mean the difference between eating and not eating at month end. No matter how much my parents told me that I needed to save up my pocket money as a kid, I would have never expected it to be as important as it has been when moving away from home and away from financial security.

that allows me so much freedom to do what I love and enjoy as well as travel to places like Belgium to attend the TomorrowLand 2017 Music Festival and London to watch Liverpool play West Ham, Its all been a dream come true. To be very honest I wouldn't do much differently because since moving over to Glasgow I have made amazing friends and met such interesting people. This place is a gold mine when it comes to opportunities in any area of life. I was able to play against Scotland internationals on the rugby field and play along side international 7’s players. Life couldn’t be any better than what it is right now. Although i do wish i was more prepared for the winters in Scotland because it does get to a point where I contemplate moving back home just for a bit of sunshine and the chance to wear flipflops again. My words of wisdom to anyone reading this are quite plain and simple. You only get one chance at life. You have one family and it is the most important thing to let them know that you love them and that you are grateful for their support in everything you do. If you have a dream or a goal, work your ass off and make it a reality because at the end of the day, what is a life without having a dream to make it the best life possible.

Moving half way across the world with a big expectation of what life would be like in Scotland, I can definitely say that my expectations have been exceeded tremendously. I have been able to live a life

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ROXY’S CORNER LET’S TALK HEALTH HEALTHY

adj 1.In a good physical or mental condition; in good health.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say the word health? I bet it is the complete opposite to what I am about to say so I do encourage you to read this piece but also keep in mind that I am not a health expert and if you completely disagree with me, that’s alright. I’ve put the definition of healthy at the top of this piece to show you how nowhere in the definition does it say anything about losing weight or becoming/ being skinny because that is not what health is about. Health is not about being on diets or trying to achieve a weight goal; being healthy is all about being fit, active, able and mentally strong. Health is what you fuel your body with. You need to be sure you are eating what makes you feel good, whatever that may be but take into consideration that the sole purpose as to why we eat is to give our body’s energy to function through the day. The food we put in our bodies should not make us feel bloated and sick but instead it should make us feel ready and energized for what the day might throw at you. Health is taking care of your body. Find something active that you love to do and go out of your day to do whatever that may be for at least 30 minutes and you would be surprised how refreshed and energized you will feel after. Whether you enjoy taking a stroll along the beach or whether you enjoy weight training, everyone is different and what works for one person may not interest the other at all, and that’s okay but I encourage everyone to figure out what activity excites them. And last but not least, health is being honest about where you are mentally. Health is being able to admit if you’re down and being able to be open and honest about needing a shoulder to cry on. It’s being honest about how you don’t take life for granted or how you’ve fallen in love. Your mental health is one of the most important things that you need to think about every day, evaluate every day how you feel and what you can do to make your day better than it was yesterday. Health is not only what I have mentioned above, it is about taking an interest in yourself and learning to love all of your imperfections in order to be as physically and mentally strong as you can be.

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Plan your exam days

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Take regular breaks

Use flow charts & diagrams

Drink lots of water

Practice old exams

Snack on brain food

Organize study groups

Establish a study routine

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HAIR REVIEW

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afé Barber, a barbershop that's been in Ballito for more than six years, is bringing something fresh and new to the old-school idea of what a gents’ hairdressing establishment might be like. To be found at The Quarter in the Ballito Business Park, Café Barber has found the ideal balance between fresh, new, and even trendy and a good, old-fashioned gentleman's barber. The wooden parquet floors and four classic barber’s stations —that include that iconic old-school chair (it’s what makes it a barbershop, isn’t it!) —along with free WiFi, USB charging points, TVs at each station and the streaming of Safari Live, plus a wheelchair-friendly station for those that might need it,make for a perfect barbershop experience in this new store. Having recently moved to a bigger space in The Quarter, owner Moira Manson is excited about having more room and has introduced a new style coffee station and a new look and feel retail section for men's grooming products,which include lines such as American Crew, LSB and Paul Mitchell for hair care, as well as popular beard grooming products like Gunwax, Captains beard and Hairy Viking.

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When it comes to cutting and grooming, the team offers everything that you'd expect from a traditional barbershop, with hot towel shaves, including heads shaves for guys with“less” hair than others, and full ear waxing, as well as a beard trimming and grooming service —currently very trendy and popular — which includes shaping your beard. And, of course,you can still get a good old gents’ haircut, which can be done as a quick cut-and-run, or you can opt for a wash and cut with a coffee. On the day that I visited, I opted for a wash and cut. I must be honest up-front and say that,after trying loads of different ones over time,Café Barber, is one of only two barbers that I use, so there was a level of established comfort. But, whether you're a returning customer or a new one, the experience and level of care and attention to your haircut is always the same. Depending on when you go there, there might be a short wait, but it's never too long as there are always three or four barbers on duty. Do, however, try to remember when it’s the end of the school holidays as Café Barber is popular for school cuts and the staff know what each school likes when it comes to inspection! I was quickly led to the chair, with a friendly greeting and a courteous query

as to how I'd like my hair cut. While the cut was happening, Moira kept a pleasant conversation going and the buzz of light banter between the other clients was fun. The experience is as much about connecting with other guys and being part of whatever discussion is happening at the time as it is about the haircut, which is always great. After the cut, which included cleaning with a razor and some basic grooming, I headed off to get a wash and rinse —which really works for me because leaving with that itchy feeling isn't really how I like to end a haircut. Back in the chair, Moira added some wax and made sure that I looked slick and polished before I headed off. All round, it was a great experience. Haircuts for guys aren't complicated, but a few things done right will keep you coming back to the same barber for years. Café Barber offers exactly that — a good, clean shop with friendly and experienced barbers that offer all the grooming options that young lads or even slightly older men might need in a classic, modern barbershop.

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iving an off-grid lifestyle is not far from impossible, even when neighbourhoods are vastly evolving,and fast becoming bustling busy towns filled with new shopping malls, office parks and constantly in constructed mayhem. While the energy of change is electrifying, architects are not losing sight of what really matters; how to maintain the beautiful lush green nature that KwaZulu-Natal boasts. What is sustainable architecture? Architects are moving towards greener, sustainable designs to ensure the integrity of nature is maintained and preserved. Sustainable architecture is described to minimise the negative impact building has on the environment by using sustainable energy use for heating, ventilation and cooling systems. In addition, it looks at utilising renewable energy sources, and sustainable building materials. Ultimately, this is a conscious approach to development ensuring the energy and ecological conservation is incorporated carefully into the design of what is to be built.

Imagine living in a place where nature comes first. Close your eyes and picture yourself surrounded by tall old trees that stand proud, the sound of birds filling the air and leaf-carpeted nature paths enticing you to explore the outdoors.

Green North Coast The North Coast has the advantage of providing nature in all forms, from indigenous forest and rolling hills of sugar cane to the glistening Indian Ocean. Nestled along this region of KwaZulu-Natal, you can find an exquisite example of sustainable, off-grid living. Characterised by it’s protected fig

Incorporating greener alternatives. Leading in green design, Elaleni’s development team aim to introduce in sustainable architecture. Incorporating solar energy will be harnessed easily through the North facing orientation of homes, that maximise sunlight and power passive energy sources. Natural materials and reusable waste will ensure a sustainable lifestyle for residents of this unique estate. Taking a bold stance, traditional energy sources will be discarded and will be replaced with solar power, battery packs, grey water treatment, harvested rainwater systems, and waste recycling. Although the entire estate will have access to municipal services, Elaleni will promote natural water and energy solutions. Every element within Elaleni, tells a story of the area. From the flora to the fauna, it shares history of what the natural beauty used to be and what it is becoming.

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New York City There are some trips that you wait a lifetime for and, for us, taking the family to the US was one of those.

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or as long as we can remember, we've always said that when the kids were big enough we'd do a trip to America and, when the kids hit teenage years, we knew that it was time. So we committed to a full three weeks on holiday, traveling to seven cities, taking eight different flights and throwing in a car trip down the west coast as well, but it was all worth it. We survived— and there may be war stories — but it may just be one of the best family holidays we've ever done! It's probably not how I'd start most travel reviews, but I have to tell you that a trip to the States involves lots of planning... like loads of it if you want to have a good time and get to everything that you want to see. There is such a lot to see and take in, so make sure that you put time aside upfront to ensure that you know where you want to go and what's on your travel bucket list. It may seem as if I'm stating the obvious, but you'll quickly realize that it seems as if you'll never have enough time to do everything during your trip to the USA. We spent hours and hours beforehand doing the research and figuring stuff out, like how to get to and from airports to hotels, which hotels to stay in, where to find quality, affordable meals on an SA budget and more, so we hope to share our story — and a few tips along the way —to entice you to visit the US and make it easier for you. In this first part of the series, I'll cover New York, the city that never sleeps. It was our first stop when we arrived and it was a city that we were all keen to experience — but all for different reasons. Let's jump straight in… Departure day snuck up on us. We'd put in all the hard work to plan and prep and we got used to finding ourselves talking about the upcoming trip at breakfast or dinner or just sitting around, but all of W W W. T H E B A L L I T O M A G A Z I N E . C O . Z A

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a sudden it was time to fly. A quick stop in Dubai and onto the second leg of the flight and suddenly we were New York-bound. The excitement and inflight movies helped pass the time and before we knew it, we saw the iconic New York skyline...we were “there”. If it's your first trip to the US, and more specifically New York, you'll be a little overwhelmed by the number of people arriving and moving through passport control, but don't stress because — as you'll quickly figure out about America — it all just works and it works quickly. We got through all the controls and customs and grabbed our luggage in no time and were soon juggling the excitement of arriving America with the stress of getting the logistics sorted and feeling a little fatigued from the changes in time zones. There is the option of grabbing a train ride right into New York, but if you're not sure of where to go or what to do, you might opt for taking an Uber, which is what we did. Here's my first tip! Remember to make sure

Time Square that your phone is charged and remember that if you don't have international roaming, booking an Uber can be a challenge. There are a few free WiFi spots right at Arrivals, but if your Uber driver tries to phone you to find out where you are, you've got a problem. Tip two! All Uber drivers and taxis pick up passengers at a demarcated spot at JFK, so remember your driver’s details and you should be able to flag him down.

TIP 1 - FOOD AND DRINK Cappuccinos cost between $3.50 and $5.00. At Grand Central, you can score 2 hotdogs and a coke for $6! A Boston creme doughnut at Dunkin' Donuts is only $1!

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The drive to our hotel, the Hilton Midtown, took about an hour, which is about the standard time from the airport to the city. Again, if it’s your first trip you’ll be surprised by the travel time, so factor it in — it can take longer in rush hour. I must say that our drive was a little surreal as our minds tried to process it all — cars on the “wrong” side, the American-style cars, driving through the suburb of Jamaica and crossing over the Brooklyn Bridge into New York. We all had a giddy feeling and the high-rise buildings and skylines that we’d all seen in the movies flashing by all added to that surreal feeling created by eventually being in New York. We'd done loads of work to find the right place to stay. We’d scoured AirBnB and loads of other sites and apps, but we also wanted our first experience to be a good one, with high standards and a place that was centrally positioned. We found a gem in the Hilton Midtown. The hotel is part of the Hilton group, which guaranteed a quality experience during our time there

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and the team at the hotel are obviously familiar with international visitors and know how to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. We pulled up outside the hotel on 6th Avenue, which is a short walk to Central Park, Times Square, Broadway and the main transit line and bus routes. Porter services were quick to offer help and checking in was a breeze. Remember that you’ll need to tip the porters between $5 and $10 if they help you, or otherwise you can handle your own luggage. The hotel feels quintessentially New York, with its large lobby, vibey coffee shop, variety of restaurants and loads more. Upstairs we had adjoining rooms which offered all the services you could want and more, plus the views of the city and streets just cemented the feeling of being in New York. The Hilton also has something that we found really useful — USB charging ports in the rooms so that you don’t have to have universal adapters for your phone.

TIP 2 - GETTING AROUND Use the Metro. The Hop-on, Hop-Off tours are great, but the Metro and a good walk are really manageable and offer more variety. Getting around NYC is easy! The city is made up of streets and avenues all in a grid-like shape!

Not wanting to waste any time, we decided to head out, grab some food and take a stroll in Central Park. There is no shortage of places to eatand, depending on your budget, you'll be able to find anything that you want. Our choice was to experience New York's street food, which you'll find on most of the main streets, and we tasted our first street meal literally across the road from the hotel! A quick, delicious street meal later, all for under $8 each, and we headed off to Central Park. Tip three: Google Maps is your friend. The detail of the city is fantastic and Google will help you to navigate the city. Although the park was only a quick three blocks away, Google Maps helped give a sense of direction, so don't be afraid to use it. We watched the sun set in the park, grabbed a coffee at Starbucks and headed back to the hotel. Don't worry about jet lag. Set your watches and clocks to local time and work to that. It takes a little adjustment, but it's nothing to get too stressed about. We found that if we forced ourselves to push through and only sleep at night time, it helped us to adjust to changes in time zones a bit more quickly.

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Our first real day in the city was jam-packed. We split up for breakfast as three of us did some work and headed to T Mobile to buy a local SIM card. $40 for 30 days and unlimited calls, texts and data! Well worth it. The other two did some scouting and found the perfect little breakfast spot, Fresh & Co, where you can grab a breakfast for $3.50. They're all over the city, so keep an eye out for them. We figured out the Metro, bought Metro Cards and loaded credits on them to help us get around the city. The Metro is the fastest and most affordable way and it allows you to use the underground or jump on a bus. Use the subway for speed to get to places that you want to go to and grab a bus to sit back and take in the city and people doing real life. Tip four: Watch out for the odd vagrant trying to sell you trips on used Metro Cards. It may appear cheaper, but it isn’t and you’ll need to pay for each trip that you take. Sadly, there aren’t any day passes for the trains. Our first stop was down on the bottom end of the island at the 9/11 memorial site, which is only a very short walk from the Westfield World Trade Center, where the train stops. I really recommend a visit to the memorial. Not only is the site iconic, but it gives you a real sense of just how patriotic Americans are. We then headed down towards the Staten Island Ferry through the financial district and past the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues...this is a definite photo stop! Just before we found the ferry, we stopped and tried a traditional New York hotdog. We'd heard mixed reviews, but I personally loved them, so I'd really recommend it! You will find different prices from different street vendors, so shop around a little. Tip five: The Staten Island Ferry is totally free and will give you amazing views of the city andthe Brooklyn Bridge, plus it takes you right past the Statue of Liberty so there is no need to pay to visit the island unless you really want to —we found that the ferry pass-by worked perfectly. This was another great experience for us and we enjoyed the views from seats on the sides of the ferry. Once we got to Staten Island, we figured out that we needed to move quickly to grab the ferry heading back or we would have had to spend half an hour looking around before heading back. We hadn’t planned to spend time on Staten Island, but it may be something that you’d like to consider and then you wouldn’t have to rush as much.

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Staten Island Ferry Places like Century 21 department store, H&M and Eataly stores are to be found in the southern district, so you can make a day of it and mix sightseeing and shopping. We also found a Target store (something like a cross between Checkers and Woolworths) and, while it wasn’t high street shopping, we were grateful to find a store where we could stock up on water and snacks at reasonable prices. It's a smart idea and it'll help fill the gaps during the day. We took the afternoon to head back to the hotel on the bus from the financial district to the West Village. This is where you find those famous three- and four-storey townhouses with their typical brownstone steps and steel fire escapes.We walked around West Village, which is quaint and

Always carry a water bottle with you and wear comfortable shoes. There is a Starbucks on every corner in the city, and they all have free Wi-Fi! Bonus!

has a mixed student and young suburb feel, with open spaces, parks and street side coffee shops, before hopping on the train for a quick trip back to the hotel, popping up two short blocks away from the Hilton Midtown. Our first full day had been a bumper-day in the city, with so much to take in, so we took some time to get off our feet, scroll through Facebook on the hotel’s free hotel WiFi, and just absorb it all before we took a short evening stroll for a couple of blocks, during which we got to see the bright lights of Broadway and feel the energy of Times Square. Our last day was dedicated to Central Park and Times Square before we had to grab our bags and head to the airport for the next stage of our holiday. The stop in


Deluxe room at Hilton Hotel more amazing than when you see them in the movies and the street shows, like the naked cowboy (he’s not really naked) just add to the theatre of it all.

Central Park on our first day had been just a tease. This park is truly amazing. We took the 59th Street entrance and worked our way through the park, passing the New York Zoo (we didn’t go in, but we did look out for Alex and Marty!). We were surprised at how much walking we ended up doing, but it was breathtaking. Walking down the Mall to see the broad pathway lined with trees was special and another photo opportunity. We then we headed off to the John Lennon Memorial in Strawberry Fields on the west side of the park. Tip six: Whatever time you allocate to see the park, give yourself at least

an hour more and take water with you. You’ll definitely get your 10,000 steps in for the day as well! After that, we trekked several blocks down to 7th Avenue, where there’s a great pizza place called Ray’s Pizza. It was the perfect pit stop and we simply devoured their 21-inch pizzas — this was a recommendation from one of the team at the Hilton and was spot-on! As we exited Ray’s and turned right, we found ourselves right there— in Times Square. It’s another great icon and we took some time to take it all in. The digital billboards are even

As we headed back to the hotel to grab our bags — they allowed us a late check-out, which was really helpful and just another confirmation that we’d made the right call on where to stay — we decided to take a chance and catch the Metro all the way to JFK. A great call! We only had to walk a block or two with our bags, which was really easy, and from there we jumped on the right line and headed all the way from midtown to the airport. It cost us $5.00 each on the day and we arrived right at the departure terminal. The Uber trip can cost between $70 and $90 for our family, so the train was a definite saving. New York is a special city and the family agrees that it was one of the highlights of our trip to the US. There is loads more that I could share about our short time in New York, but I think that you have to experience itfor yourself! The tips that we’ve shared should help you if you visit, but you’ll find the people friendly and the city welcoming... embrace it and have fun. We did!

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very generation is defined by a set of buzz words which are pulled from references of the time. From post war “Baby Boomers” to the tech savvy members of the “Millennials”. Each one owning and defining cultural fads that set the ground work for the generation to follow. We are also in an everchanging world enjoying various stylings for a moment then coming up with creative ways to improve on design and function. What was once fashion in the 60s is now retro, 70s rock music is now classic rock, and, in the architectural world, Modernism paved the way towards Post-modernism.

are still looking for a method of training that fits their identity.

The pursuit of perfection is well represented in the fitness world. During the 70s all young men looked upon Arnold Schwarzenegger as the pinnacle of the male form. The definition of symmetry, proportion and size. He was one of the many game changers of the day responsible for the booming fitness industry we have today. Giant mega gyms can be found in nearly every city in the country offering everything from Weight training to Zumba. For the vast majority this is what they have been searching for, but for many others, they

“Good aesthetics is a by-product of Functional Performance”

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In the last 10 years we have notice yet another change in the fitness culture. This time we aren’t looking for high tech equipment, ergonomically designed treadmills and heated pools… In fact the opposite is true. By trading in the gym membership and heading out into nature we are forced to think creatively on how to move, strengthen and condition the body in the way it was intended. Functionality takes a front seat as we learn to move naturally around our environment and the structures we have built.

OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) By blending man-made structures and running you have, in OCR, a highly competitive and extremely challenging discipline. With races ranging anywhere from 5 to 21km, athletes have to navigate trails while climbing, hanging, and jumping from obstacles. Don’t worry if you have a fear of height, the mud will break your fall.

CITY PARKS (concrete jungle ‘gym’) Many have taken advantage of urban park developments to create unique and stunningly impressive routines. With a focus on gymnastics many have transformed these displays from simple hanging and pull up exercises to high flying choreographed moves with superhuman levels of strength. PARKOUR (Free Running) The Parkour Athlete not only trains IN the gym but also ON the gym. This subculture utilizes entire city blocks as a training ground. Defined as “The Path” Parkour athletes attempt to sprint through cities navigating from point A to Point B in the shortest distance with no wall, building or height standing in their way. When trying to reinvent the wheel we still have to take into account two key components to insure a successful outcome. From buildings and bridges to human performance and development, FUNCTION and AESTHETICS are the subconscious needs that our hearts and minds are searching for in everything and everyone we interact with. The creative paths you take to achieve this will inspire generations to come.


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he information age that we live in provides us with access to amazing data previously unimaginable. The analysis of property sales data across the greater Ballito area reveals that Zimbali Coastal Resort is the engine room and catalyst for growth within the North Coast Property Market. Over the past 21 years, Zimbali has matured into a world class residential and resort environment, consistently rated by independent agencies as being one of the finest in the world. The success of Zimbali inspired many North Coast farmers and property developers to transform agricultural land into gated communities of different shapes and sizes. With Zimbali so key to the development of the surrounding areas, it is therefore of great value to consider the real estate market within Zimbali. The 2015 calendar year was exceptional in terms of transacted properties within Zimbali with a total gross sales value of R861,955,002 being concluded, represented by 148 sales. No other estate comes remotely close to that level of market activity. In the 2015 year R292,722,000 in freehold homes traded represented by 29 transactions. The highest price achieved in that year was R34m for a magnificent beachfront home, which I was fortunate

enough to facilitate and which is still the highest transaction for a single-family home in Zimbali. The most valuable property on the estate, in my considered estimation, is a beachfront property located on a large private site. This property would trade at R100m. There are at least a dozen other homes in the R50m bracket in terms of capital invested in the ground. It is only a matter of time when one of these homes finds a buyer and a new benchmark will emerge. The R35m price tag you may see on several of our current listings is therefore lower than the cost of some of the new homes being built. The 2016 calendar year provided R646,520,350 in property sales and the 2017 half year to 30 June has yielded R265,614,100. Although the overall trend in volume has been down since the 2015 peak, we expect a sideways movement in overall trade until our macroeconomic environment improves. In terms of vacant land sold, 2015 saw 44 single residential sites transact at a value of R151,507,600. The highest was priced at R11,4m and the lowest at R900,000. It is interesting to notice that of the 78,266 square metres of single residential vacant land traded, the average rate per square metre was R1,936. The shortage of vacant land soon became apparent with the 2016 year only delivering R61,044,000 or

14 single residential sites at an average rate of R2,655 per square metre. Given the scarcity only two sites have traded in Zimbali this year, one beachfront site at R12m and one site for R1m representing the two opposite sides of the price spectrum. The analysis of the sectional title market in Zimbali indicates two distinct and different categories of sectional title opportunities – non-hotel or “normal” sectional title units and the hotel opportunities, which are located within the Fairmont hotel precinct. The two are so dramatically different that they cannot be considered together. The non-hotel sectional market delivered R304,642,202 in sales in 2015 across 61 transactions, R288,860,500 in 2016 across 55 transactions and for the half year in 2017, sales of R128,995,000 represented by 19 transactions. Over these three periods the average price per square metre has increased from R14,832 to its current R16,980. The Hotel sectional title suites have surprised on the upside with R34,279,400 or 10 sales recorded in 2015, R106,582,850 or 32 sales recorded in 2016 and only 4 sales or R7,415,000 for the half year in 2017. The average rate per square metre is R42,000 – surprisingly high and a rate that starts to compete with Cape Town pricing.

WORDS ANDREAS WASSENAAR | EMAIL ANDREASW@SEEFF.COM ANDREAS WASSENAAR IS THE PRINCIPAL AT SEEFF DOLPHIN COAST AND IS PASSIONATE ABOUT BALLITO

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Home is our story, and we look forward to being a part of your next chapter in the area we LOVE.

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