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Reviews

14 My Town Meet Ballito’s Tammy Lambson

40 Summer Wedding Trends Heads up from Pearls and Lace

20 Car Review The Volvo V40

16 Inspiration What’s It Gonna Be?

70 Restaurant Review 42 Dream Dress Say Cheese Deli Expert advice from Ballito’s Julia Ferrandi

22 High Society Social Scene Spotted out and about in Ballito

47 DIY Weddings Throw your dream wedding on a budget

68 Kid’s Corner Back to school tips

52 Hen’s Parties Wild and free or classy and understated?

72 Pay It Forward Our new feature honouring dogooders

54 Love Through The Lens Ballito’s best photographers show us love

74 Health Starting the New Year off right!

71 Spa Review Laura Channing

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a north coast way of life PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za

editor’s note theballito

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e’re so excited about

photographer or searching for tips on how

the New Year and all the

to manage the wedding budget – it’s in this

promise it holds. 2014

edition. What’s just as great is that all the

was definitely a good year

people we spoke to or who have contributed

for us at FabMags (we weathered the few

are locals on the North Coast, showcasing

challenges that came our way as well). If

the amazing talent we have when it comes

we only build on our gains and learn from

to matters of love and the heart!

last year’s lessons, this year, we’re sure

Lastly, please remember to connect with us

to have another awesome year for us and

on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’re

our magazines. Ballito and the North Coast

on all of the social media platforms, just

hold so much potential and our role is to

search @theballito and you’ll find us. We

make sure we continue doing a decent

are keen to hear from you, find out about

job of singing the praises of our piece of

stories you think are worth writing about or

paradise. We are committed, boots and all,

issues you want to chat about. Liking our

to doing just that and promoting all that is

page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/

good about life on the North Coast and we

theballito) means we get to stay a little

are just as excited to have you join us on the

more connected and that’s great because

journey this year.

we love staying in touch!

This first edition of the year has been a blast

‘Til our next edition, enjoy the read, share

putting together. Our theme is all about

the magazine with your family and friends

love: we share a few tips on how to reign

and let’s make Ballito rock this year!

in the nerves and move from stranger to sweetheart plus we share 14 different ways

God Bless

to say “I love you” to that special person in

Justin & the FabMags Team

EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GRAPHIC DESIGN Daniel Rambaly | daniel@fabmags.co.za SALES Lucille Wendler | lucille@fabmags.co.za 083 747 3694 Kubashni Nagapah | kubashni@fabmags.co.za 078 534 5624 Sharlene Odayar | sharlene@fabmags.co.za 083 761 3137 Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za 082 562 7202 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Jodi van Wyk | jodi@fabmags.co.za CONTRIBUTORS Richard Webb, Sean Temple, Dylan Jahnig, Christian Bense, Andreas Wassenaar ADMIN & ACCOUNTS Sharlene Odayar | accounts@fabmags.co.za OFFICE NUMBER 032 946 3187 032 946 0357 FAX NUMBER 086 605 0098 EMAIL lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITORIAL ADDRESS 104 San Hall Office Park Kirsty Close | Ballito, KZN PRINTING DNA Print (Pty) Ltd. Front Cover Lad and Lass Photography www.ladandlass.co.za

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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents FabMags Publications cannot be held responsible for any omission or errors, or for any misfortune, injury or damages that may arise therefrom. TheBay is published by FabMags Publications, 104 San Hall Office Park, Kirsty Close, Ballito, South Africa 4418. Copyright TheBay and FabMags Publications. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or any part is prohibited without prior permission of the publisher. All products and services featured in this publication are subject to availability and are not stocked by FabMags Publications.


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s s ver n e o i i ch inat A op am r TB Ex u O e IE Th

Ashton International College Class of 2014

JUDITH BOUWER 7 Distinctions Aggregate 88,14% Afrikaans, English, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences 90%, Mathematics 92% and Visual Arts

CHRISTOPHER BIRCH 7 Distinctions Aggregate 85,29% Afrikaans, English, Accounting 92%, Life Orientation, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Life Sciences

KATE PERKINS 7 Distinctions Aggregate 85% Accounting 93%, Afrikaans, Business Studies, English, Life Orientation, Mathematics and Music

MATTHEW KENSETT 6 Distinctions Aggregate 86,28% Accounting, Afrikaans, Business Studies, English, Life Orientation, Mathematics 95% and Physical Sciences

CONRAD PLEKKER 5 Distinctions Aggregate 81,57% Mathematics 95%, Accounting, Information Technology, Life Orientation and Physical Sciences

ANDRÉ LABUSCHAGNE 4 Distinctions Aggregate 80,4% Afrikaans, Business Studies, Life Orientation and Mathematical Literacy

In top 1% for Life Orientation

THREE DISTINCTIONS Glen Labuschagne Cassandra Pachai Michelle Weedon

ASHLEIGH WERNER 4 Distinctions Aggregate 80,1% Geography 92%, Business Studies, Life Orientation and Mathematics In top 1% for Geography

REGAN KOOPMANS 4 Distinctions Business Studies, English, Information Technology and Mathematics

TIFFANY ADLEM 5 Distinctions English, Afrikaans, Geography, Life Sciences and Life Orientation

4 STUDENTS IN TOP 1% IN CHALLENGING IEB EXAMINATION Judith Bouwer (Life Orientation) Ashleigh Werner (Geography) Christopher Golding (Mathematical Literacy) Michelle Weedon (Mathematical Literacy)

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MICHELLE WEEDON 3 Distinctions

In Top 1% Nationally for Mathematical Literacy 94%

In Top 1% Nationally for Mathematical Literacy 94%

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Gadgets Ballito

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BY MARC FORREST www.marcforrest.com

Smaak™ Cuboid Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker Let’s face it, we are all shower rock stars. Every morning round the world, new Idols are born singing all the classics and chart toppers. Enter the Smaak™ Cuboid, priced at a very reasonable R399, which is a IPX5 rated water resistant speaker. It can belt out your favourites, WHILE you are IN the shower! Genius ! The speaker allows you to connect via Bluetooth, so you can hook up your smartphone and get the tunes playing in no time. Added to that the researchable battery gives you a fantastic four hour playing time. It also has a built in microphone, for those, um, urgent phone calls in the shower. This is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, or even that someone who knows they missed their true calling, singing in the shower or to yourself!

Olloclip for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

If you have followed this column over the years, you will know we are huge fans of the Olloclip. And with the recent launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the team from Olloclip has once again showed their remarkable innovation skills in the new Olloclip The new Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offers Four new lens types in one handy gadget. The Olloclip has been redesigned to allow you to carry it around with you on a neck strap in one of the three funky colour clips. Using the new Macro lenses (10x and 15x lenses) allows you to get super close to your subject and display some incredible photography taken with your smartphone. The wide angle and fisheye lenses have also been given an upgrade to ensure crystal clear images. All in all the Olloclip 4 in One lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a must have accessory if you take photos on your fancy new iPhone.

All Gadgets supplied for review by Above & Beyond | www.above-beyond.co.za All Gadgets available for online purchase at www.geekshop.co.za

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Ballito My town

Tammy Lambson Tammy Lambson is a bundle of energy – her bouncy blonde hair and infectious smile have been around the world as part of her popular ‘Travel with Lamb’ blog, which reaches 120 countries

(www.travelwithlamb.com). But the copywriter and marketing specialist is a Ballito girl at heart. The newest member of The Mags Brand team describes herself as a travel addict and

‘gypsy’. She has what she calls a slight “obsession” with rhino conservation. Here is what 25-year-old Tammy Lambson likes to do in Ballito!

My Town is a celebration of local people who live and breathe Ballito everyday. They share with us their favourites places to go, things to do and ways to spend their time - it’s all about them. In each edition Ballito is their town and they love it!

What is your favourite restaurant to eat brunch at, in Ballito?

Favourite place to relax when the weather is good?

Eat Local, my other half and I are kind of obsessed with Hugo’s incredible food... and the wine-list. The menu is so diverse and EVERYTHING is good, such a fan.

What do you see as Ballito’s hidden gem?

Across from Salt Café there is a small stretch of beach with a stunning rock pool, perfect spot to find some peace.

The Litchi Orchard is unmatched in opening doors for small business owners. They have really brought a fresh wave of creativity into Ballito and those wine festivals are AMAZING

Favourite weekend activity? That promenade! In all my travels, I have yet to find a beach promenade like ours; we are lucky buggers! If I find the time, sunrise and sunset walks on the weekends.

Best place to grab a relaxing cup of coffee? The vibe and decor at Cinnamon & Silk reminds me of the vintage coffee spots in Paris. The cuppa is just a bonus!

Favourite place for a day out with the girls? Favourite place to shop? Most of my mates are guys... so it’s karaoke and burgers at The Granstand Sports Bar & Grill. I do love supporting the SPCA shop - you find incredible vintage buys and it's all for a good cause!

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Where do you like to work out? I am a yoga fanatic and I don’t think you can get any better than Tracy du Plessis from True Passion Yoga and Pilates studio in Salt Rock.


KEARSNEY COLLEGE

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Information Evening Grade 7 boys and their parents are invited to join us for the Durban North, Umhlanga and Dolphin Coast Information Evening. Date: Monday 16 February Time: 18h00 for 18h30. Registration essential. Please contact marketing@kearsney.com or 031 765 9600. Alternative dates: 12 February - for families from the Highway Area and Midlands 23 February - for families from the Greater Durban area.

Founded in 1921

Seize the Day! Umhlanga and Ballito bus services Just 45km from Umhlanga, Kearsney College now offers a daily return bus service for dayboys from Umhlanga and Monday morning buses from Ballito and Umhlanga for returning boarders.

Kearsney: the benchmark for academic excellence Outstanding 2014 IEB examination results: 100% pass rate and 98.4% Bachelor Degree (university exemption) pass rate; A third of boys achieved three or more distinctions (total distinctions 234 at an average of 1.9 per boy). Mathematics: 45% of boys achieved distinctions (IEB schools’ ave: 26.2%). Two boys placed in top 1% in SA; Kearsney average mark: 75%; Physical Sciences: 36% of boys achieved distinctions (IEB schools’ ave: 12.9%). Seven boys in top 48 in SA. 60% of Kearsney boys wrote Physical Sciences and the average mark was 71%; Engineering Graphics and Design: 52% achieved distinctions. Top eight candidates in SA; 86% of Music and 47% of Drama candidates achieved distinctions. Our Open Weekend for 2016 Grade 8 applicants only will be held on 21 and 22 March 2015. Registration essential. Application forms can be accessed from our website www.kearsney.com, via Admission Enquiries. w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a | 15 Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill, 5 km off the N3, midway between Pietermaritzburgw wand Durban


Ballito Inspiration

What’s it going to be? By Dylan Jahnig | www.lincchurch.com Happy New Year! Welcome to yet another year, another opportunity to become all that God has created you to be, and walk into more of what He has for you in this life. I’m trusting you had a fun filled break, and have been dreaming up a storm for the year that lies ahead. I always love the refreshed energy and passion at the start of a new year. I mean literally at the ‘tick-of-a-clock’ our whole attitude can shift from one of exhaustion and memories of a year gone by, into one of excitement and hopeful expectation for the days that lie ahead. Maybe it’s just me, but I love that in these early days of a new year we get to dream again. I love that we get to open our imagination to more, to grander opportunities that await us. And so I was thinking through what 2015 may hold, and considering the possibilities that God has set before us. I always think of ‘cheesy’ one-liners that will in some way capture the theme of the year, and for the sake of fun and some random inspiration here are just a few: • 2015 Permission to dream • 2015 Me and my queen

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2015 The year of lean & mean (that’s going to work for someone) • 2015 The year of opportunit’ee • 2015 Going to places we’ve never been (Amen!) The list goes on. I’m sure you’ve heard a few ‘classic tags’ being thrown around in convos and written all over Facebook, and I’m sure there’ll be more to come. I’d like to take a moment though to maybe suggest one that isn’t at the forefront of your dream year, but I believe it sits in the depths of every human heart. 2015… It’s going to be bigger than me. Sounds good doesn’t it? I mean we all want a bigger story than ourselves don’t we? If you’re anything like me you get claustrophobic when in your own company for too long. This is not to say that we neglect our personal lives, but rather that we leverage our lives to see others flourish and ‘fly’. There’s this story in the scriptures found in Mark 10:43,44 where Jesus shines a light on what it means to be great. He says it like

this: “If you want to be the greatest of all (and we all want to be great in some way), then you need to become a servant of all.” To ‘serve’ – is to leverage what you have for the sake of another. Powerful isn’t it? So in a nutshell, we can make this year a great year. But greatness is not defined by what we achieve in and of ourselves, but rather by our ability to leverage what we have to see others come alive. To serve others. So let me ask you this. What has God placed in your hands? How are you going to leverage your life this year to see others come alive? May 2015 be the year you dream it to be. May you discover all that is in your heart… And may you see the beauty of living out a story bigger than just you! Let’s make this a great year. Be inspired

Dyl

Linc Church is found in Salt Rock, just north of Ballito and was planted to see people far from God raised to life in Christ.


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tips to go from

stranger to sweetheart It is the month of love. We are surrounded by hearts, bows, cupids and arrows, flowers, chocolates and heart-shaped balloons. It’s a smooth ride if you’re already one half of a couple, but not so easy if you’re in single-land. Never fear, we’ve got your back! If you have your eye on someone, we’ve put together a few quick tips for you to make them go from stranger to sweetheart in no time!

be engaging Do NOT blab about yourself, your car, your pets, your favourite jersey…you get the drift. Try to keep attention off yourself so you can learn more about him/her. Keep conversation flowing by asking light questions (don’t ask about exes or marriage plans – cringe). If the awkward silence pops up…sigh…offer a drink, suggest a dance, do anything but stare at the floor!

friendship first…

laugh, laugh, laugh Laughter is a great icebreaker and the easiest way to feel comfortable with someone. Tell a joke (for goodness’ sake, make sure it’s good) or poke fun at yourself, which should earn a few chuckles. It’s better if you only tell the joke to him/her, then you have a private moment of giggles!

As much as you’d love to go straight to the pet names, matching jewellery and Facebook relationship status, it doesn’t work like that. Introduce yourself to the guy/ girl and be relaxed – don’t gush or giggle (this isn’t high school). If you see each other regularly, make an effort to say hi and start a conversation.

flirt with caution There’s nothing wrong with being a little saucy, as long as you don’t overdo it. If you’re texting, a winking emoji goes a long way (just ONE – anymore is slightly creepy). If you’re face-to-face, a light touch on the upper arm, a hand on the leg, a hug when you say goodbye…you find your style and go with it.

get interested If you like him/her, you’ll have to learn to like some of what they like. Now, this is not a license to stalk – don’t suddenly develop his/her interests – totally dodge. Find something you have in common, a general interest like movies, music or even food… and use it to your advantage. Ask him/her to accompany you for a movie, concert or lunch date.

a present for you

be you Most important – don’t change to make someone fall for you. You’ll have to keep up appearances for as long as your relationship lasts – not cool. Be yourself and if it’s meant to be, it will be.

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This can be tricky, so you have to make sure you know the object of your affection well enough for this to work. Get them something cute or quirky that reminds you of them, and be calm and easy when you hand it over. Present it with a thoughtful, hand-written note for extra points.


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Ballito Car Review

Volvo V40 Cross Country

Words richard webb

If you are attracted by bling and shiny trinkets, you’ll find the Volvo as minimalist as a Swedish sauna, says Richard Webb.

It’s not a car for nightclub owners, this. But don’t think this is a car bereft of features, because it’s packed with useful tech that makes it one of the safest cars to drive. Safe is not boring either, because rarely have I experienced high-speed dirt road driving so confidence inspiring, as it is with this torquey diesel engined V40. Refinement is really impressive, too. This rugged design sits 40mm higher than its siblings, broadening its appeal significantly. If you are in the market for a premium-feel, high quality, well-equipped and efficient family car, this is the perfect foil for the default German cars on offer.

Of course, Volvo is no stranger to blurring the lines between a traditional car and an SUV. In 1997, they launched the XC70 by raising the ride height of its family estate. They fitted four-wheel drive as standard and they manned up the styling somewhat. This formula was so successful; it attracted pretenders from several other brands. This new Cross Country has all the hallmarks of a properly rugged Volvo, with its silver roof rails, metal side sills, ‘Tonka Toy’ black plastic front bumper with built in LED lights, and a re-modeled rear bumper with the Cross Country logo above the skid plate to help differentiate tougher image.

Its efficient diesels, all of which come with standard stop-start, are brilliant. Superb fuel economy and low CO2 emissions is a wholesome feature on offer. I tried the 110 kW, 2.0-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel D3 with the six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. You can certainly hear the diesel working, but the quirky burble makes it an aural pleasure, not a nuisance. Most of the models in this range put their power through the front wheels, but there are two permanent all-wheel drive variants at the top of the range. The T5, with its familiar 2.5-litre fivecylinder turbopetrol, churns out 187kW and 400Nm, including a 40Nm overboost function. 100km/h arrives in a mere 6.5 seconds in this version. Inside, the car is every bit as good as offerings from its competitors, like the BMW X1, Audi Q3 or Mercedes-Benz GLA. Having been to many Swedish saunas, and not so many nightclubs, I would definitely opt for this Swedish hottie. There’s not a bad V40 in the portfolio of increasingly good to great Volvo cars on offer.

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BEEN SPOTTED? email us and we’ll send you a complimentary copy of your photo

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS ALONG THE NORTH COAST

HAVING A LAUNCH, EVENT OR SOMETHING SOCIAL YOU WANT US TO COVER? EMAIL US AT Lorinda@FABMAGS.CO.ZA

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An amazing Christmas themed coffee morning of networking with likeminded women in business.

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The event was held at Kingsley House in Ballito. The third winner of the monthly iLembe Margaret Hirsch Business Woman of the year Award was presented to Karen Landman.

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Laura Channing opened the doors of her new day spa at The Ballito House.

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the highlight There were so many! The best was, of course, seeing Laura’s new spa and the amazing canapes and drinks from The Delish Sisters.

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Wednesday, January 21 signalled the start of chaos in households across the country. Little eyes filled with tears at the thought of going back to school. Ballito was once again alive with laughter as our schools opened their doors for 2015 – and what a party it was!

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Definitely seeing the littlest of littlies, all shiny as buttons in their brand new uniforms‌ clutching anxiously to Mom and Dad as they headed into school for the first time. Aaaaw!

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eing in love is an expensive business, peeps. In today’s world, nearly everything costs something so the words of the Jennifer Lopez hit don’t ring so true… “my love don’t cost a thing…” But, it is important to not let money – or a slight shortage of it (we all have those) – become the focal point of your relationship. How you celebrate the big V-Day is entirely up to you, but we’ve covered both bases (just in case you can’t make your mind up). We look at how you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a splurge, and how can do it on a budget.

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The Sweetheart’s Picnic

Unless you or your sweetheart has a grass allergy, a picnic is almost always the best option. Think about it – awesome weather (which we always have in Ballito), great food and a blanket and you’re set for an unforgettable day. Here are the top essentials for the best V-Day picnic you’ll ever have: The checkered blanket. Alright, it doesn’t have to be the classic red and white (but if you can, you should SO use one!) but

any good blanket will do. Try to find one with rubber on one side so you don’t have to deal with grass poking where it shouldn’t poke. The basket. Make sure you pack everything you need into ONE basket, especially food. You do not want to make 15 trips to the car, or worse…trip and drop all the food. An umbrella. If you’re going to be in the sun or on the beach during the day time, this is essential. If it’s too cumbersome to lug an umbrella around, carry along a bottle of sunscreen so you don’t go home looking like crayfish. Lemonade….yes! This is an absolute. Store-bought is fine, but try out a homemade pitcher, if you have the time. Otherwise, fill a flask with some ice water and drop in a few slices of fruit: think lemons, orange slices, nectarines or peaches. (P.S If your lemonade has fizz, don’t leave it in a flask too long – you’ll have a flat drink and bloated flask in no time). Starters. Stay with bite-sized so you don’t get too full. Chicken nuggets with a simple tartar sauce, or mini pizzas (just a base, with cheese and tomato on top) are two options that could work. Mains. Nothing goes with a picnic like wraps or pitas. It’s foolproof – bring along a few different fillings and floured tortillas or pita pockets and go wild. Some great filling ideas are prawn cocktail: deveined prawns with mayonnaise and a dash of lemon, grilled chicken: slice it up and pop in some mushrooms and onion or a Greek filling: meatballs, rocket and tzatziki. And…dessert, HELLO! Load up some cupcakes, a few slices of cake or a fruit salad if you’re a health nut, to round off your meal. The best picnic dessert, however, is chocolate dipped strawberries…swoon! Grab a punnet of fresh strawberries and dip them in milk chocolate. Pop them in the fridge for the chocolate to harden and make sure you keep them cool with an ice-pack until you’re ready for them.


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The Romantic Dinner You should have at least one of these in your lifetime. I’m talking the full tutti – high heels, suit jacket and tie and breath mints. It’s a special spoil that should be reserved for the most significant occasions…perhaps popping the question on Valentine’s Day? Does it GET any more romantic? A few tips to keep in mind when planning a romantic dinner:

Choose wisely

Pick a restaurant you’ll both like, with food you both enjoy. It’s cool to try something different but make sure you look at the menu beforehand. Nothing can ruin a date like food gone wrong. Yuck.

Timing is everything

If you want to go out on February 14, bear in mind you won’t be the only couple with that brilliant idea. Make reservations well in advance, or choose another night (Cupid won’t be too upset).

Dress up!

Ladies, dust off ‘THE dress’ (EVERY woman has one) and break out the heels. Do your hair and wear some make-up. Gents, shine your shoes and knot up your tie.

Mind your manners

If you’re going to a really classy restaurant, there’ll be a certain level of poise to uphold.

Follow the dress code and house rules. Use the cutlery (impress your beloved with your wicked knife and fork skills, score!) P.S – guys, pulling out chairs and opening doors is a must. (You should be doing that anyway).

Be prepared

This one is for the boys – don’t pitch up empty handed. This kind of date simply must be started with a bunch of red roses, no buts or maybes. Dude, you could even bring along a single-stemmed red rose and she’ll get stars in her eyes.

Finish strong

For the love of lobster, please don’t finish dinner and go straight home. Take a walk along the beach – with the heels and formal shoes off, of course – hold hands and just enjoy each other.

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Valentine’s Day usually causes beads of sweat to break on the foreheads of men around the world: What do I get her? What if she hates what I get her? And ladies, our hysteria hits fever pitch as we plan the perfect gift, cook the perfect dinner and wait for our guys to put in the perfect amount of effort. But there are three words that govern the month of love, which might be a bit difficult to say (we see you, chokers). Here are 14 ways to let your special someone know just how much they mean to you…without breaking a nail or working up too much of a sweat.

Movie Marathon It might sound clichéd, but it is GUARANTEED to work! (I speak from experience, don’t argue). Get a copy of a movie you’ll both enjoy – compromise might be necessary – and set a time. Make some popcorn, slush puppy and sweet treats, grab a blanket and snuggle up.

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Kill Technology Yes, kill it. You can do it; there’ll still be oxygen. Switch off your smartphones, tablets and laptops for a day and just enjoy each other’s company without the interruption of whistles, bells or ringtones.

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Alright, honestly – you don’t need to be in Hollywood to be a movie maker. Practically any and all smartphones have an app to make a mini-movie. Collect all the pictures of you and your love and make a slide show. Set it to your favourite song and watch them melt.

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Sing it out Loud Even if you can barely hold a tune, throw away your pride and go for it. Your beloved will either get tears in their eyes or fall over laughing. Either way you’ll have something to remember. Pick their favourite song and give your best performance.

There is nothing as delicious as getting a surprise from your other half. Show up at their office with lunch or a cup of coffee, get their car cleaned or leave a note on their pillow. Anything to show your affection.

Sometimes it’s good to wind the clock back just a bit. If you’re married, haul out your wedding DVD (or video…if you go back that far) and dust off your wedding album. If you’ve been dating for a while, recreate your first date to bring back some magic.

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We’re so used to texting and IM’ing these days…when last have you picked up the good, old-fashioned pen and paper? Write a letter explaining why you fell in love, why you’re still in love and why you’ll be in love forever. Your boo will so appreciate your thoughts.

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Think about this one carefully. When you have contact with your beloved, do you think about it? Hold their hand, but give a small squeeze. When you kiss them goodbye in the mornings, hold eye contact for a while. Cover your hand with his while he’s driving. Give long, generous hugs.

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Two simple words: ‘thank you’. Say them and watch your partner blossom. Instead of nagging about what they don’t do (put the toilet seat down, put the cap back on the toothpaste tube) just for one day – focus on the good and thank them for it.

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Just Say it! Take them by the hands, look into their eyes and say: “I love you because…” Sometimes, that’s all it takes.

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It’s common knowledge: if you need a gift for any event – bridal or baby shower, wedding, Valentine’s Day – you go straight to Cardies. The store sells everything you could possibly need for an uber special present, from teddy bears to jewellery to a greeting card for every occasion. For Valentine’s Day, the store recommends its enormous ‘From the Heart’ teddy bear…quite possible the cutest thing you’ll ever lay eyes on. With its big fluffy tummy and adorable red heart, this bear is bound to make any girl squeal with delight. Also popular at Cardies Lifestyle is the tattered teddy bear, a range of special Valentine’s Day mugs and the Boofle teddy bears.

Books, stationery, electronics, crafts, music…you’ll find it all at CNA. The Lifestyle branch stocks a wide range of well-known brands to make your Valentine’s Day shopping a breeze. Why not try a delightful scatter cushion with a sweet message on it, for your beloved? This one has a phrase embroidered: ‘I see a summer night with a magic moon, every time that you walk in the room’ (swoon – how’s THAT for a cuddle buddy!) We also love their glitterencrusted ‘I Love U’ photo frame: great to frame that perfectly-rehearsed selfie. Throw in a handcrafted wooden heart and you’re good to go. CNA also puts together custom hampers for V-Day, if you’d like to make your gift personal. They also stock a wide range of gift bags and wrapping paper.

If your other half is a music lover, or a techie with a passion for fashionable IT accessories, you’re going to strike it lucky at Musica. Get him or her an album by their favourite artist, a box set of their favourite series or even a cool pair of headphones. The hip boys at Musica Lifestyle recommend the ‘Essential Love Songs’ box set – five CDs filled with the best in love songs – think Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Elton John and Boyz II Men (ah, candlelight and chocolate-dipped strawberries, hello!). The store is also running a DVD special: two for R100. Top picks include The Vow with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams (you’ll need a box or two of tissues), Valentine’s Day with Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel and Bradley Cooper or…if you’re single and moody, the quirky He’s Just Not That Into You!

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Gents, if you’re drawing a blank on what to get your Missus, here’s a tip: women love perfume. If you’re still in the beginning stages of your relationship and you really want to impress her, perfume works just as well. The girls at Red Square Lifestyle are on hand if you can’t pick a fragrance for your princess; their top five selling brands include J’Adore by Dior, Flora by Gucci, Modern Muse by Estee Lauder, Narciso Rodriguez’s For Her and a vintage special, Angel by Thierry Muglar – this one has been selling for 22 years and STILL smells awesome! Red Square stocks a range of deep cleansers from top brands including Clinique, Clarins and Prevage, which could also be a winner. Fragrance sets are available for a bit of variety and…free gift-wrapping in store!

You don’t get any better than a fresh bunch of flowers on any day, period. But on Valentine’s Day flowers are just the cherry on top…especially if they’re roses. This flower whispers romance to anyone lucky enough to get a bunch, and if they’re red, cements your position as Husband or Boyfriend (or even Crush) Supreme. Mokka Blooms at Lifestyle is synonymous with jaw-dropping floral arrangements, if you’re intent on knocking it out of the park this V-Day. Susan whipped up a bunch of fresh red roses with a huge red bow, which is perfect if you’re heading down the traditional route. If you aren’t keen on a vase, there’s an option to wrap them up in brown paper with a rustic bow. There’s a range of other flowers if you want to be unconventional. Best to order early!

You’ll be pleasantly surprised how convenient Superspar is for grabbing those essentials for a Valentine’s Day hamper. You’ll save majorly, too! Lifestyle Superspar went straight for romance with a box of chilled strawberries and a bottle of whipped cream (catch the drift?). Superspar is open until late, so you can pick these up on your way home from work (perfect if you forgot the big V-Day and need a quick solution). Also, you can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates – everyone loves them! Best sellers are Lindt and Ferrero Rochers – go with both if you’re really trying to impress your beloved. There’s always a range of fresh flowers if you want to do something extra special.

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Forever & Always “When you realise you want to spend the It’s the Big Day that snowballs into rest of your life with somebody, you want a lifelong sleepover with your best our community over the holidays and in If there was one universal language friend. Since February is the month of the rest of your life to start as soon as that way let people be a part of an incredfor women spoken around the world, it love, we decided to pick up some fairy possible.” – When Harry Met Sally. ibly special moment in any couple’s life. would be WEDDING! Every woman, from dust and explore the magical world And, who knows — you may even pick up the time she can walk in her mom’s high You know how it goes. When you finally of weddings – focusing on gorgeous some tips for your special day to add to heels, has the inherent ability to picture Ballito brides. We got the most meet ‘The ONE’, you start dreaming that dream wedding bank! Join us as we her big day — the big wedding, the white intimate wedding details from the almost instantly: the billowing white get an inside view into the weddings of dress and the handsome Prince Charmbrides themselves, with a selection dress, bunches of roses, the strains Leunis and Johane van Rooyen and Mike ing with, of course, his white steed on of their favourite images from the of a violinist, bespoke cake, vintage and Stacy Barnard. which to ride off into the sunset! These day. Join us for a front row seat to cars and…the diamond. Weddings are days some couples may take that to the the weddings of Calvin and Natasha spectacular events; a day when two The real act of marriage takes place in extreme and actually ride off on a horse Harris and Gavin and Storm Wills…. people confess their love to each other the heart, not in the ballroom or church (I have seen it!), but most people just tissues ready! and make a commitment for a lifetime.

replace the horse with a fancy car. The act of marriage is truly a gift that man has been given and to be allowed as a guest to share that gift with two people is a unbelievable honour. In this edition, we thought that we should explore some of the weddings that have taken place in

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As clichéd as it sounds the whole day was so magical and filled with so many people we love…it is hard to point out one single moment. Although I was very calm and relaxed while getting ready on the day, the moment I stood at the end of the aisle with my dad, the magnitude of marrying my best friend hit me and I was very overwhelmed. Seeing Calv’s face as I then walked down the aisle was one of the most special moments of my life.

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the venue

We both love the bush so getting married at a game reserve was a must. Tala Game Reserve is a renowned wedding venue that was also not too far for our guests to travel to. It definitely ticked all the boxes, plus the honeymoon suite is amazing!

the wedding party

Our wedding party was made up of our closest friends, my sister and my brother. Since he was the reason we met, it was special that he was a part of it too. My bridesmaids wore long dresses, both flattering and practical since it was so so cold, made by the very talented Bianca Warren. The groomsmen wore navy suits to complement Calv’s suit. He also managed to get them each personalised bow ties and cuff links.

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It was important to us that the decor matched the rustic feel of Tala but still looked pretty and chic. We used mostly whites with a touch of duck egg blue.

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My dress was bought from Dream Dresses in Hillcrest. Linda King was so helpful and went above and beyond to make me feel beautiful. Because I am petite I wanted something fitted and she managed to find the perfect dress for me. It is a very special moment finding THE dress and I am so grateful to Linda for being a part of it.

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The flowers were pretty but simple so as not to detract from the beauty of the venue and the surroundings.

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The most memorable moment was after the ceremony, when I finally got a chance to take a breather and look around, and appreciate the amazing work that had gone into our wedding. The generosity of our loved ones who got together to make it happen, was phenomenal. Being our friend, Kathryn pulled out all the stops to give us our perfect day. Gavin Higgins, our photographer and another good friend, captured every candid moment and made our pics seem so natural. I love that we have those forever.

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the venue

We were very blessed that we were able to use the family holiday home in Zinkwazi and it exceeded my expectations. What more can you ask for, being right on the beach? It really felt like a destination wedding.

the dress

It took MAJOR convincing by family and friends to even wear a dress – I’m SUCH a tomboy. Fortunately, my mom had the patience to take me around to a few beautiful shops where I eventually found a “non-poofy”, stunning dress which I fell in love with. The last thing I wanted was to feel like a meringue, and Forever New in Gateway was where I found my perfect dress.

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The only stipulation was to please use Gavin’s favorite color, which is green.

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The creativity behind the flowers was phenomenal! Kathryn Hulett from Function Décor had creative carte blanche. She went to town using a variety of flowers, including the most beautiful orchids, which are my favorite!


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We opted for no wedding party as we have so many special people in our lives and it was impossible to choose. The dress code was “beach chic� and everybody looked amazing.

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#4 SummerWeddingTrends As if getting married isn’t exciting enough on its own – there’s the beauty of getting married in summer! A warm, sunny wedding under the flawless Ballito sky is almost unmatched. If you’re planning your nuptials for this summer, then you’re in luck: we spoke to Ballito wedding planner Michayla Shone from Pearls and Lace Weddings for a sneak peek into the hottest wedding trends this summer.

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Say Yes to the Dress Words Jodi van Wyk

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girl never feels more beautiful than on her wedding day. A large part of that is her wedding gown… it’s that one piece of magic every girl dreams of. Vera Wang, Ellie Saab and Monique Lhullier all have one thing in common – they create wedding dresses that make jaws drop. Here in Ballito, our very own daughter and mum duo Julia Ferrandi and Lyle Cronje, make bridal dreams come true. We sat down with Julia and Lyle to find out more about their relationship and pick up a few tips for choosing the most important dress you’ll ever wear.

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Julia Ferrandi and Lyle Cronje are the most delightful combination. Julia, fresh from finishing her degree in fashion design, exudes a whimsical energy that is gently tempered by Lyle. “The first dress we made together was my wedding dress. We have a mutual respect that allows us to bounce ideas off each other. During consults I like to bring the bride’s ideas to life and my mum will hear the mother of the bride, then we try to come up with a garment that makes the bride happy. Older brides also gravitate towards my mum, which is wonderful,” Julia said. Their motto is ‘made with our hands, from our hearts’ and they pour love into every dress they make. They opened their homely

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studio at The Quarter eight months ago, after finding they could fill a niche in the market perfectly. “Ballito is wedding central – everyone is getting married here. We specialise in bespoke designer women’s wear and we love it – we’re proudly Ballito girls!” Julia and Lyle pride themselves on creating garments that are individual and intimate, tailor made for a woman’s most magical dreams. “My mum and I look to each other for inspiration, and we work so well together. We know we have different skills, so we use them in tandem.”

Julia says finding the perfect dress is ‘the wedding before the wedding. “The first thing a bride must answer is how she wants to feel on her wedding day. Do you want to be classic and timeless, or sexy and grab attention? Very often, we see a bride coming in with a picture of a dress but it isn’t really what she wants. Every bride has a vision a designer brings to life. It’s an overwhelming process so we take it slowly, which is why it’s so important to get to know the bride and what she likes,” said Lyle. Typically, Julia says a dress takes around three months to construct from design to completion. Her first tip is to meet with a designer as early as possible, so as not to rush the process. “You also want to know your body shape and work with it. Another important tip is to pick one of your features and highlight it, so you don’t have too much going on with the dress. Keep in mind that you aren’t going to prom…it’s your wedding and you’re a bride. You have to be feminine and pretty,” Lyle added.


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And, the big question: how involved should Mama be in the wedding dress process? Tricky, chuckles Lyle. “It’s an experience that can test any relationship. We hear the mum but ultimately, we want to make the bride happy.” Another facet of their unique approach is to keep the dress totally hidden – except from the bride – until the wedding day. Each bride gets a file with her ideas, swatches and design. “Nobody but the bride sees it, so she has that wow factor on the big day. Everyone knows that it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding, but we do talk about her groom and their relationship, to include that part of the bride.” photo lads and lass photography

You start to twirl and dance and suddenly, nothing else but this dress on you matters. That’s when you know you’ve found the one Wedding dresses are typically white or ivory, but according to Julia, tints are varying to incorporate shades of blush, oyster and champagne. Pastels are in for bridesmaids’ dresses and Julia predicts that deep, rich jewel tones are set for a comeback. Something to avoid is a blinding, optical white dress – Julia warns it could give brides an unflattering ‘glow’. She recommends going for a milky or winter white and…staying away from too much bling. “Rather affix a brooch to your dress, or wear accessories with sparkle, if you want some bling. Too much is never a good idea.” And, good news – the days of identical bridesmaid dresses are well and truly gone. The latest trend is to pick one shade and have the bridesmaids wear different styles that suit their body shapes. Julia advocates Pinterest as a tool to planning your dream dress but cautions that brides should only use the site for inspiration, while staying realistic.

Since Ballito’s climate is typically warm, Julia and Lyle recommend staying away from overly hooped wedding gowns. It is key to ensure your dress compliments the environment you’ll be getting married in. “Try to avoid a dress that’s heavily corseted for a Ballito wedding. You’re going to feel hot and uncomfortable in the heat. Be practical – if you’re having a beach wedding, you can’t do the Cinderella gown.”

“Here’s the crux: you must have a bride moment. What’s that? It’s when you put a dress on and suddenly, the seams and darts and stitches don’t matter. You finally see yourself as a bride. You start to twirl and dance and suddenly, nothing else but this dress on you matters. That’s when you know you’ve found the one.”

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eddings are a phantasmagorical affair. From the time he puts that whopper onto your finger, to the giddy moments picking out your dress, to the second you hear your new surname for the first time…every step is dusted in diamonds. Back in the day, weddings took place simply and without much fuss – family and friends, a church ceremony and meal to end the day off. Fast forward a few years and weddings are large-scale productions…that cost quite a pretty packet. Couples often spend so much on the wedding day that little is left to actually start their married lives off. Enter the Do-It-Yourself era, where brides roll up their sleeves and get intimately involved in their nuptials: crafting invitations, hand making decorations and calling on families and friends to bake wedding cakes. Here is our guide to the perfect DIY wedding: enjoy your dream day on a budget! w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a

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DIY #1 – Food Sweetie Table – buy packets of popular sweets in bulk, from a wholesaler. Look for inexpensive jars and bottles (you’ll probably find these at mum’s house) and display your sweets. Give each guest a paper bag to fill while you take your photographs. Mmmarvellous ‘mallows – fill a bowl with marshmallows and chocolate pieces, then leave a jar of Nutella for dipping. Winning! Waffle Bar – it might get messy but if you’ve got mostly adults at the wedding, it’s a real treat! Leave out jars of berries, syrup and ice cream next to a waffle maker. Guests will love it!

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Go non-traditional with your wedding favours. Rally your closest girlfriends and bake cupcakes to match your wedding cake. Each guest can take one home – this works best at small weddings. Centrepieces need not be elaborate flower arrangements. Visit a laser cutter and have quirky sayings cut out for each table. Display them with handfuls of pebbles, shells, or a piece of chiffon. Rope in your man to make up some personalised wooden signs to hammer into the ground. They can be directions for your guests, or markers for the ceremony. Make your own ceremony/reception backdrop: use a sheet of hessian, canvas or fabric and stencil on your names, a scripture or an inspirational saying and mount it. You can keep it after the wedding! Instead of spending money on a guest book, which might end up on a coffee table. or stuck in a cupboard, try a thumbprint or signature canvas. Get an image of you and your beloved printed on canvas and ask guests to leave their thumbprint, or sign a short message to you.

DIY #3 – Stationery Incorporate your wedding colours on your invitations. Use industrial craft paper (you’ll find it at any craft store) and design your invitations and save-the-dates. Have them printed, or save money by emailing them to guests.

Print table numbers or place names on craft paper and add decals to personalise them. You can also find gorgeous embellishments at most craft stores. Your seating plan can become a fun DIY task – use an old photo frame, or make one using wood offcuts. Tack pieces of string from end to end and use pegs to hang up each table’s list of guests.

DIY # 4 – Hair, Make-Up and Beauty If you are comfortable enough with a brush and wand, do your make-up yourself. It could save you quite a few bucks! If you’re feeling brave enough to try something different, head for your favourite cosmetic store and ask them to try out a look on you. Make notes and copy it on your wedding day There is an abundance of tutorials on exquisite hairdos, online. Start trying a few out well in advance and find one that works for you. Have your bridesmaids pitch in to help you out; the simpler the hairdo, the better. Encourage your bridesmaids to keep their costs down by wearing shoes, accessories or hairclips that they already have. You’d be surprised how much you could save by having a good look through a few wardrobes! Visit a craft store and take a look at their jewellery kits. You could all make up your bracelets, which would be an awesome bonding experience.

The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY While the idea of throwing your dream wedding on a budget is extremely appealing – especially in the expensive times we live in – the key is to find a balance. You don’t want to be completely tight-fisted and skimp on class and panache on the biggest day of your life. Through DIY, you can inject a healthy amount of yourself, and what’s important to you and your Mister, into your wedding. That said, here are a few dos and don’ts to guide you:


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Start planning early. Have lists, lists and more lists. If you and your man hold down full-time jobs, you’ll need to coordinate who is doing what, and when. Be realistic. You are a bride first. You have to enjoy your wedding and planning it. If there is something you cannot do, ask for help – you don’t want to become so frustrated with doing everything alone that you don’t experience the magic of your day Involve your fiancé. Don’t hog every detail for yourself…you’ll definitely need his help with the manual labour, like hammering, painting and heavy lifting Shop around. It takes time, but if you start planning early enough you’ll find real gems. Visit craft stores and vintage shops to see what you can pick up. Be resourceful. If you have any close friends or family members who recently got married, don’t be shy to ask them what they have left over that they wouldn’t mind you using.

Skimp. You have to be classy, but no cheap. It’s alright to have a few things in the wedding that are slightly higher priced, while saving in other areas. Forget about photography. This is one area where you have to spend – your photos will be the only memory you’ll have of your day. As tempting as it might be to let a cousin snap pictures on a point and shoot, resist. Hire a pro. Miss the trials. Try, try and try again, especially if you’re doing something yourself. Make sure you’re a hundred percent comfortable before the wedding day.

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he bride is the focus of everyone’s attention when she drifts down the aisle in a cloud of taffeta and lace. She’s about to give her life to the man waiting for her at the end of the aisle, after all. But for one night – oh, just that one precious night – she gets to enjoy her last few moments as a ‘Miss’ and let her hair down with the girlfriends. Now, the type of bride you are (and the type of friends you have, da da dum) determines what kind of soiree you have. What’s it going to be, ladies? The wild hen’s night or a more subdued kitchen tea? So, let’s get it straight: if you’re a bridesmaid, it’s your job to make sure the bride has a night she will never forget. Whatever type of party you’re throwing her, you have to make it count. Let’s cover our bases, shall we?

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Nothing stops you from having two parties – or three or four…or five, really (just means more presents) – so there’s always the idea of inviting a different crowd of girls to each party. You can host a classy kitchen tea for the more reserved ladies in the bride’s life (think mum, gran and a few aunts) and invite the younger crowd to the crazier festivities. Whatever you plan, it’s always fun if there’s a few surprises planned for the bride.

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A relaxed, calm atmosphere is key. Ensure all the guests arrive well before the bride, and you have everything set up. Pick a theme that represents the bride and decorate your space accordingly; incorporate your snacks and favours into the theme. Plop the bride on a special chair and try out a few of these games: •

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same questions and see how many she gets right. Draw up a list of arb handbag items and divide the girls into groups. Whoever ticks the most items on the list, wins. Get rolls of toilet paper and select one girl from each group. Instruct each group to craft a wedding dress from the toilet paper and have a fashion show. Email all the girls attending a template and ask them to decorate it with photographs of themselves and the bride. Put it together and give it to the bride at the party.


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A game of good-old 30 Seconds is a great way to break the ice. Keep the items on the cards wedding or kitchenrelated.

The Hen’s Night The point here is to be wild. If you have any inhibitions or you aren’t comfortable going loco, rather choose a safer option, like the kitchen tea. If you’re picking this option make sure the bride knows what she’s in store for (you don’t want her freaking out and killing the vibe completely). You could try out: • Bachelorette bar crawling – draw up a list of clubs and visit each one before the end of the night. Or morning, however late (or early) you’re planning to go. Do NOT do this the night before the wedding – you want your bride to look like she stepped off the pages of Vogue, not crawled out of a bar. • Before you get crazy, take mug shots of each girl. Take a selfie (if you have the capacity to remember) when the night is over. Trust me, you’ll love looking at them after. • Cajole the bride into a game of truth or dare. You decide how risqué you want to get (if her mama is around, keep it clean). • Get her to answer a list of questions about her man and make her have a shot (of whatever you please) every time she gets one wrong. Loads of fun will be had. • Lastly (this one is a winner) get the bride dolled up – I’m talking fluffy tiara, sash, fishnet stockings and whatever else you please – and blindfold her. Take her to an intersection of your choice and drop her off with the maid of honour. Give her a sign that says ‘Begging For My Honeymoon’ and see how much moola she comes back with!

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ove is a beautiful thing… watching two people look at each other with stars shooting from their eyes HAS to give you butterflies. Watching a mother gaze at her newborn, or seeing a woman give her first shriek at her sparkling

lad and lass engagement ring, is enough to physically move your heart. But we can’t always be present when these moments are happening, which is where photography comes in. Photographers are our ‘flies on the wall’, capturing and freezing

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ollowing on from our Phuket, Thailand experience was a week on the idyllic, perfectly unspoilt Outrigger Resort and Spa on Phi Phi Island. Our travel agent, Marilyn from iTravelSmart, had no doubt that that was the place for us to stay after we mentioned that we wanted to stay on Phi Phi, not just have a day trip. Well, she was spot on with her advice…we had the most sublime six days on Phi Phi Island. This trip starts with a two-hour ferry ride, which in our case was horrendous as very bad weather made the sea extremely rough. Nevertheless, we put that behind us swiftly (we’ll keep it on the ‘trip to remember’ list). Next, we boarded a long tail boat to Outrigger and about 20 minutes later we beached and were welcomed with piña coladas, friendly faces, smiles and the now all-too-familiar “sawadee ka” greeting. After a jam-packed Phuket trip we had planned nothing for six days except pure, total relaxation! We were shown to our gorgeous and comfortable chalet type rooms, and decided to take a stroll to the pool immediately. Wasting no time we ordered our first bucket of piña colada and floated in the pool for the next couple of hours. We noticed the waves receding as low tide approached and were completely intrigued how far they went back. This was when all the holiday makers took long walks right up to where boats were now anchored on the sand. It is an amazing feeling and became part of our daily routine. w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a

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encourages the use of their free Wi-Fi and ‘please check in’ on social media. (South Africa is so far behind with this small but effective marketing tool). Buffalo Head Bar and Phi Phi island Pad-Thai Restaurant became our fast favourite places to have a cocktails and a good meal.

Outrigger Resort and Spa caters for your every need from food to an internet cafe and spa. The next morning at breakfast (where, to our amazement, the waves had again disappeared) we spotted hammocks hanging between two swaying palm trees and knew it was going to be a good day. Outrigger has a private 800 metre stretch of pristine beach…think sparkling turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea lapping crystallike white sand – absolutely idyllic!

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While spending some time in the pool chatting to other guests, we found out that there is a whole village behind Outrigger, which was just a five minute walk away. We felt very adventurous! Our walk revealed at least seven bars and restaurants, three Thai massage parlours, clothing shops, hair salon and even a little a café – we were astounded! From then on we spent our evenings with the locals, eating Thai food at great prices. Of course, every restaurant

It is possible to walk across the whole island but we were on a strictly no-adventure, relax-only mission. The next few days were spent devouring breakfasts with the most stunning view then lounging around the pool; the pool is an adventure…360 degrees, bar IN the pool, a rock feature, Jacuzzitype sitting area…it covers all the needs from young to old. It is perfect for those wanting to drink the whole day or those on honeymoon wanting a quiet spot to stare into each other’s eyes. We hired canoes and ventured around the cove, played soccer on the beach during low tide and sipped on cocktails at the pool, while our nights were spent taking slow evening walks to the village and back. We were armed with mosquito spray but I must admit the mozzies were not as bad as we’d heard during September and October. We had an amazing moonlit dinner at Outrigger at the Coconut Grill & Bar. Slabs


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of meat led to feasts of fresh seafood and steak…we danced under the moonlight to amazing live music. It was one of those magical nights we’ll remember forever. Something else that fascinated us were cooking classes with the Outrigger chef. We felt rather accomplished, making our own Tom Kha Thalay (seafood coconut soup with galangai and lime leaves), Geang Khiew Wan Gai (green curry with chicken and vegetables) and Kluay Buad Chee (stewed banana in sweet coconut milk). Most people doing day trips from Phuket go to Maya Bay, which means by 10am it is overcrowded and scorching, with little to no shaded areas. So, we decided to do a half-day trip to the quieter Mosquito Island, where you snorkel and swim with what seemed like a million colourful, beautiful fish. The fish are so used to people that they happily feed out of your hand. That was one of the highlights of my trip. We then took the long tail boat to Bamboo Island where we enjoyed a light lunch, in a little bit of shade under the trees. We had another swim there and were surprised to find little to no fish. Those that were there had no interest in being fed at all. Phi Phi Island – especially the fantastic Outrigger Resort and Spa – was one of the reasons we left Thailand after 14 fantastic days with very heavy hearts…knowing for sure, that we would be back. Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa www.outriggerthailand.com All travel bookings and most tours can be arranged through iTravelSmart 032 525 6660 www.itravelsmart.co.za

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Food is Love You can’t be in love and not eat. It’s a scientific fact, trust me – since I fell in love, all I DO is eat…or is that just me? Valentine’s Day is around the corner…and that generally means a romantic dinner or lunch, whether it’s the first date (eek!) or you’ve been together for years (yes, gents. You still have to make an effort after 10 or 20 years). Two lovely ladies have been adding a special flavour to the local food scene with their signature chocolate brownies and lamb naan wraps. The Delish Sisters, Kate and Rebecca Lund, shared their two favourite Valentine’s Day recipes with us. Girls, spoil your guys or guys…try them out to impress your ladies! Words jodi van wyk

Butterscotch Sponge Cake Cake 10 eggs 2 cups caster sugar 1 ½ cups self-raising flour 1 cup cornflour ½ cup butterscotch sauce (recipe below) Buttercream Icing ¾ cup butter (room temperature) 2 ¼ cup icing sugar 2 x 3 tablespoons milk Butterscotch Sauce ½ cup golden syrup 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoon butter 100 ml cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Method 1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease two 30cm springform cake tins and line the bases with grease proof baking paper. 2. Beat the eggs with an electric beater whilst gradually adding the sugar. Beat until the mixture is pale and thick (this should take approximately 15 minutes). 3. Continue to beat whilst adding the butterscotch sauce. 4. Sift in the self raising flour and the corn flour. Fold in with a big metal spoon. 5. Pour into the two greased cake tins and bake for 25 – 30 min until they are risen and cooked through. 6. Once out of the oven run a knife around the edge of the tin and release the clips on

the sides of the tin. Allow the cakes to cool completely. 7. For the butterscotch sauce add the syrup, sugar and butter to a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling allow to boil for five minutes and then add the cream and vanilla and allow to cool. 8. For the butter cream icing beat the butter until soft and creamy, gradually add the icing sugar. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time (you may not need all the milk). 9. Sandwich the cakes together with half of the buttercream icing and use the other half on top of the cake. 10. Pour the cooled butter scotch sauce over the top of the cake and serve.


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White Chocolate, Berry and Pistachio Tart Pastry 2 cups cake flour 3/4 cup butter, cut into small blocks 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1 egg, beaten 2 x 4 tablespoons ice cold water Filling 400g white chocolate, broken into blocks 1 ½ cup mascarpone cheese ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups fresh berries ½ cup roasted and salted pistachios, roughly chopped Method 1. Line a loose-bottomed tart dish with greaseproof paper. 2. For the pastry put the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor and pulse until the flour, sugar and butter just start coming together and look like breadcrumbs. If you do not have a food processor just rub the butter into the flour and sugar using your fingertips. 3. Add the beaten egg and two tablespoons of water and mix until a dough ball begins

to form. If the dough is too dry add the remaining tablespoons of water. 4. Roll the dough into a ball and flatten it slightly into a disk. Wrap with cling wrap and place in the fridge for half an hour to rest. 5. After half an hour roll the dough out on a floured surface to the size of the tart dish. Line the dish with the pastry and chill in the fridge again for another half an hour. 6. Heat the oven to 180° C whilst the pastry is chilling in the fridge. 7. After half an hour remove tart from fridge

and line with greaseproof paper on top of the pastry and fill with dry beans. Cook for 20 minutes, then remove the greaseproof paper and beans and cook uncovered for 10 – 15 min until golden. 8. Remove from oven and cool in the tin. 9. For the filling melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Once melted mix with the mascarpone cheese and vanilla, fill the cooled tart shell and chill in the fridge for half an hour. 10. Top the tart with the fresh berries and pistachio nuts.

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Starters Allora, come now, what other way is there to begin? The ingredients of our magic will flavour your passion. Let your imagination titillate your senses with our hot and cold Mediterranean anti pasta. It is the way we have always started; men need to eat well in order to listen to a woman’s conversation. So let’s sit down and feast together, it’s been a while since we last shared. Middle We celebrate in the classic, in Italy we call it ‘prima’ piatti, delectable pastas reminding us of our historical past. It is the seed of anticipation for the offerings about to come.

The legacy of Madame Zingara dates back to 2001, when she first opened her doors and won over the hearts of the Mother City as a whimsical restaurant in Loop Street. This enchanting bohemian eatery became an immediate success with its warm and welcoming dining experience, decadently fused with the wild spirit of the gypsy.

Mains For mains there is always magic to intrigue. We offer our guests a selection of choices from the finest of meats, offerings from the sea, to our vegetarian selections. With love, the Chocolate Chili Fillet remains centre stage, as it is of course the very love that brought us together to begin with. Dessert Trio di dolceletti, a trilogy of flavour to round off your night, complimented with tea, coffee and friandese.

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anuary 2015, for many, marks the start of new projects, adventures and opportunities as we head off into a new year. However, for quite a few eager new home owners, January means picking up the pieces of what never got around to being completed in the December rush, and re-igniting the former passion of their build as they count down to their fast approaching move in date. The build and design process of a home can be frustrating at the best of times. For those new home owners who either missed the December deadline or have a looming completion date within the next month or two, will be testament to how these tensions grow.

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As designers, working on these jobs where, over the holidays, a month has gone by and the painter’s ladder is in the same spot it was when the builder closed the doors, we know how important it is to stay the course and not let these frustrations get the better of a promising project. For these soon to be home owners, this period of a project is probably the most crucial in terms of ensuring that completion of the home is done to perfection. It is easy to veto long deliberated decision-making of the previous year to “just get things finished” but, ”just a finished house” never did anyone any favours. Completing a home, and finishing well, despite the fact that December came

with delay after delay, comes down to simple relativity. Over a year-long project, with architects, council, builders and decorators, maintaining focus for the last stretch makes it all worthwhile. Having already had the “welcome back” site meeting on a few of these types of jobs, one of the most practical ways in which to avoid the inevitable slump in momentum is to refocus the roles, objectives and timelines for all decision making. In the year end panic, keeping up with admin or maintaining a record of what happens when, is often the first to fall through the cracks, and getting this discipline back up and running is key. The completion of a home is not only about getting the plumber off site or making sure all lights work, but getting to a point where you are ready to start calling a space home. Focus on where you are able to still make an impact. Use this time to assess possible lapses in judgment on certain decisions, and get to a point where you can leave decisions made in the past, in the past, and focus your energies onto the decisions that need your attention now. Rather finish what you can before you move in, and use the expertise that you have on site to get done all that you can, rather than trying to get them back after the fact. Snags are a reality of a build. Be proactive and forthcoming, and know that the effort you’re putting in now, regardless of a delay, is what ultimately counts. Building a home unfortunately cannot be boiled down to a foolproof formula of do’s and don’ts, but what each successfully job does have, is a team and a client that together, have the ultimate goal in mind, and that is to use the clean slate of the new year to build for success.


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Words jodi van wyk

Ballito restaurant review

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must admit, I was nervous about this review because I’m not the world’s biggest cheese lover. I was worried that there’d be nothing on the menu that

I’d like…but WOW! Was I in for a delicious surprise?! When Lucille and I arrived at Say Cheese Artisan Cheese and Deli Café, we were warmly received by owners Allister and Caroline Clark. They seated us outside on the terrace and started chatting immediately, which we loved.

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say cheese!

Tilset – another smokey cheese – boiled

The deli is so quaint and quirky, which

egg, pickle, peppadews, roast beef and

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crackers. Caroline described it as being

“I wanted the place to be like a special

modelled on a typical ‘farmer’s platter’.

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though we’re a hidden treasure!” So, the menu – surprisingly, everything

started eating Caroline and Alistair warned

is NOT all cheese! The menu is filled with

that we HAD to taste a pain au chocolat – a

delightful breakfasts, light lunches and a

croissant filled with dark chocolate and

range of delectable pastries for pudding.

dusted with powdered sugar. YES! I could

Lucille and I were spoilt for choice so we decided to start with a round of drinks – chocolate milkshake for me and a choccachino for Lucille. After much deliberation and some advice from Caroline we ordered a truckload of food – a bacon and cheese butter croissant, mini bacon and feta quiche and we HAD to try a Say Cheese platter. We chose the British one, which served up quite a smorgasbord of yumminess. The croissant was amazing: warm and flaky, with the most divine bacon we’ve had in a while. Caroline says they grill the bacon en masse to get it flat and sticky, and the

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cheese melts gloriously into it. A definite winner, served with a cashew nut and pepper relish that Lucille was crazy about! We arrived just as the quiches were coming out of the oven (score) and devoured the little creation. It looks deceivingly small, but is surprisingly filling with a fresh salad. This one was served with a cranberry chutney. What makes the quiches even better is the lack of pastry and flour, which makes them banting friendly.

have eaten four of those, easily, and taken about three more home. All in all, the meal was a refreshing change from the usual lunch fare and I am super excited that we have something so unique in our area. Say Cheese stocks a variety of items from local entrepreneurs, including sweet treats from Caz’s Corner (we got a bite of a delicious brownie), BizziBi Jams and bread from The Artisan Baker. Do yourself a favour and visit Say

Our cheese board was last on our list;

Cheese – you won’t be disappointed!

we tried out slices of smoked cheddar and

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Hair spa Review review Ballito

Walk in

Float out Words Lorinda Scott

at Laura Channing Spa

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oxann and I were recently invited to visit and enjoy some treatments at the newly opened Laura Channing Spa and Skin at The Ballito House. Their tag line is ‘Walk in, float out’ and I can see they mean it! The Spa is appealing from the moment you step inside: clean, relaxing, friendly and very welcoming. Laura showed me to where I would be pampered with an Elemis Biotec Triple Tec Anti-wrinkle facial, which is a mouthful to remember but a real treat to experience. According to Laura this is the ultimate wrinkle smoothing facial and it rejuvenates aging skin. The facial included micro current, LED light therapy and oxygen therapy. The facial itself is very relaxing and filled with so many different smells, touch, techniques and equipment that I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling. Laura is very passionate about what she does and can’t wait to share her product with the South African market as she truly believes Elemis to be a leading international brand, which is still unknown to the KZN market. My skin felt really soft and hydrated after the facial. Roxy went for a pedicure with Tash and had the Shellac overlay applied to her toes. Tash is friendly and the conversation was easy; the pedicure area is relaxing and comfortable. The best part of a visit to the beauty salon is almost always the pedicure - Roxy enjoyed the accompanying leg massage! We then hustled Roxy off to the shower area where she had her luxury spray tan. The Vita Liberata spray tan is non-toxic, organic and odourless. After the December holidays everyone is already nicely bronzed, so we loved that the spray tan only goes a shade or two darker than your natural colour. There are no tan marks after application as you do it pretty much buck naked; it was a quick, cold and painless experience. Laura is a true professional with very high standards. She is passionate about her spa and the beauty industry. We love how friendly, professional and perfectly matched Tash and Laura are. Your experience starts the moment you walk through the door right down to when you leave…after enjoying a cup of tea and a biscuit. 14 Eland Rd, Ballito House| 073 090 9954

The spa has two treatment rooms where facials and massages are done. There is also a manicure and pedicure station; they also do waxing! Packages for men and mothers-to-be are also available. What a perfectly serene and enjoyable morning! Go visit Laura Channing Spa…you won’t be disappointed.

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happiness with them, their gratitude is our reward.

Words Jodi van Wyk

How important do you think it is to make a difference in your community? I feel reaching out gives a sense of care for others, which in turn builds trust within the community. If we learn to share on a wider scale, there would be less poverty and famine. I also feel that if we involve our children in outreach from a young age, it will be instilled in them for their future.

PAY IT

FORWARD I t’s been said that we have two hands: one to help ourselves, and one to help others. The concept of ‘paying it forward’ is truly heart-warming; it encourages keeping a chain of kindness and warmth going. In this edition, we are starting a chain in Ballito and through the next few editions, we will keep it going – profiling locals who are out to make a difference.

Meet our first ‘DoGooders’: Lindy Elmes and Lisa Opperman of Positive Beginnings

How did you start up the organisation/initiative? I (Lindy) started off by knitting a few jerseys myself and donating them to Stanger Hospital. I was shocked to see how great the need is. Some ladies have very little or no clothing or blankets to take their babies home in. This inspired me to do more. From there,

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I approached a few moms with young babies and asked for them to donate clothing from 0 to 6 months, which they don’t need. This didn't seem complete, so accessories were added and gradually we started acquiring corporate sponsorship for bag, mattresses, cash, etc. We are also supported and backed by CRC Church in Ballito. When did you start it up? I started off in 2010. The first two years I worked alone, involving my two daughters to encourage them to learn compassion for others. I have since been joined by Lisa Opperman, who has been amazing to work with. What does your organisation/initiative involve? Positive Beginnings is a charity organisation in which we encourage the community to donate new or used baby

clothes, which can then be distributed to the underprivileged. Packs are made up, put into bags and then personally handed out by Lisa and myself, to the new moms in the post natal ward at Stanger Hospital. Enough clothing is packed into each bag for at least a week before laundry is necessary. On each visit we hand out between 60 and 80 packs. What do you take away from helping others? The visits are always humbling and fulfilling. Personally handing out the packs gives us an opportunity to interact with the patients, which also gives them a chance to share their stories about themselves. Their gratitude is enormous and most of them start unpacking their bags and dressing their babies straight away. They often ask us: ‘why are you doing this?’ We just want to share some

What is your fondest memory of your outreach? Each visit has a highlight and we more than often are moved emotionally by the experiences. I love seeing all the newborns, particularly the premature babies in the "kangaroo" ward. These moms spend a longer time at the hospital and are extremely happy when we visit. We also get an opportunity to council and pray with the ladies who have had still births or loss through labour. This is where we can offer hope and encouragement. These ladies are also presented with an appropriate pack. Who would you like to nominate to pay it forward? I would like to nominate the "Feral Feline Fund" to pay it forward, as this too lies close to my heart. These ladies do amazing work and if it wasn't for them the cat population in Ballito would be out of control.

Contact Lindy Elmes lindy.e@live.co.za


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directory Ballito Health LIFESTYLE HEALTHY

what’s in a resolution

Words sean temple | SEAN IS THE OWNER of THE INTERNATIONAL FITNESS FRANCHISE FLUX MOTION AND LOVES LIVING IN BALLITO

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hat is it that makes for a New Year’s Resolution? Well, firstly, it’s New and that’s what needs to be realized. The fact that you get an opportunity to assess or reassess your plans and goals for the year are refreshing and allow you to plan accordingly, with a keen mind and heart open to change. In my case my new plan is to do what I am passionate about, our youth. I am undertaking to coach one of the local school rugby teams. I have the knowledge on how to train people, plan for delivery, create a vision, I just need to put it all together to create a successful unit. It’s a new year, new school and young keen minds and bodies. I cannot wait. The second part of the term is the word year. This is the crux of the statement. A year! You have 12 whole months to prepare, plan and execute the plan for this goal you call a New Year’s resolution. This means for my rugby team, they get a full year of my time and commitment. They get a group of people, teachers and parents, they get expertise and passion from the people that are crazy about the wellbeing of their children or charges. The fact that it’s a year means we can bond and create lessons in life, we can laugh and cry to a season filled with achievement and accolades and we can make a year like a riveting chapter in a book of all books, the book of life. Enjoy the ride. The third word in the statement NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION, is the resolving part. You resolve, no, you fight tooth and nail, to get the goals you want. What a sinking sickening disappointing feeling when you set a goal and you fail to achieve it before the first week is out of the New Year. The school team and I will work toward creating a lasting legacy, building traditions and lessons in life, being fit and healthy, working toward being accountable and responsible to themselves, each other and to their loved ones. This resolution should be to better the world and that always stems from within. Help the world become a better place with each plan and step you take toward that resolution. I now challenge you, with the statement NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION, to write out a goal that works for you. Then I want you to write the steps to that goal in the 12 months you have. Then I would like you to promise that you will endeavour to only use positive intent and wording. Every time you feel the need to run someone or something down, remember that every goal or resolution should have a positive outcome. Smile then carry on with that great opportunity to change the world we all live in.

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market focus By andreas wassenaar | principal - seeff dolphin coast Email: andreasw@seeff.com | Blog: andreaswassenaar.blogspot.com

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he performance of our local property market over the past year can be described, in a word, as extraordinary. For realtors and businesses that service the property market it has been the best of times since the boom period of 2006/7. The migration of families and businesses into the area from the regional suburbs to the south of Ballito and from the national hubs of Pretoria and Gauteng has accelerated. The local schools are busting at the seams and are a good barometer of the level of migration into the area. Even the traffic congestion that seemed to plague us during the beginning of December has disappeared. The word is out that life on the North Coast is something special and people are rushing in to stake their claim on this strip of paradise. The two largest gated estates within our greater Ballito area – Zimbali Coastal Resort and Simbithi Eco-Estate, provide an interesting comparison in terms of their respective property transaction performance. If we restrict our data to that provided by the deeds office and focus on actual registrations recorded we start to see how these two powerhouses of property trade within our area actually match up. In terms of geographic size Zimbali and Simbithi are very comparable – Zimbali at 430ha is marginally bigger than Simbithi’s 410ha. Simbithi is slightly denser with a current market stock of 920 freehold properties (includes vacant land) and 628 sectional title units, a total of 1,548 residential properties. This would exclude

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new developments or any property not yet picked up as registered through the deeds office. Zimbali’s comparable market stock is 1,236 properties split between 778 freehold homes/vacant land and 458 sectional title units. Zimbali is closer to capacity given that it is several years older than Simbithi. At capacity we expect Zimbali to be just over 1,300 homes excluding the three existing hotels and Simbithi to be closer to 2,000 residential homes. In terms of sales performance, and using only the actual published deeds office data to date, which admittedly does sometimes have a lag in terms of reported transactions, the 2014 comparative registrations are as follows: For Zimbali there have been 89 registered sales with a gross value of R378,455,000, split between 33 sectional title transactions at R131,439,000 and 56 freehold transactions at R247,016,000. Simbithi has delivered 273 registered sales with a gross value of R464,010,000, with these transactions being split between 71 sectional title sales at R171,110,000 and 202 freehold transactions at R292,900,000. Together these two dominant estates make up close to a billion Rand in annual property transactions within the region. Zimbali is a more mature market in that the average price of a freehold property is higher indicating fewer vacant land transactions included in the figures, whereas Simbithi still has a very large component of vacant land sales included in the freehold property figures. Nevertheless the demand for vacant land in Simbithi has

pushed pricing up significantly over the past 12 months. Within both estates we can expect general pricing to take a giant leap forward over the next 12 months. When we consider the period of ownership between Zimbali and Simbithi we note that of the recent sellers in Simbithi, 62% have owned the property for less than 5 years while in Zimbali 49,5% of recent sellers have owned the property for less than 5 years. (“Recent” is described as all sellers over a rolling 12-month period). As an estate matures the term of ownership increases and becomes more stable, with less speculative buying and selling apparent. The age profile of homeowners, within the two estates, is something that is often misunderstood. If we analyse the ages of stable owners, recent buyers and recent sellers within both Zimbali and Simbithi we see that Zimbali does have an older age profile – but it is marginal and not as distinct as many people think. Simbithi has 12,26% of stable owners aged from 18-35 whereas Zimbali only has 5,46%. This can be expected given the lower priced entry level home in Simbithi. Simbithi has 48,91% of stable owners aged between 36-49. Zimbali has 44,89% of owners within this age group. Simbithi has 31,67% of stable owners aged between 50-64 and Zimbali has 32,54%. Simbithi has 7,16% of stable owners over the age of 65 while Zimbali has17,60%. The slightly larger older group within Zimbali can be expected as the estate is now in its 18th year with many of the owners who initially bought now having matured along with the estate. When comparing recent buyer and seller age profiles across Simbithi and Zimbali, we see that recent buyers aged below 49 in Simbithi makeup 73,39% while in Zimbali 59,58% of buyers are aged below 49. In Simbithi 23,65% of recent buyers were aged between 50-64 and in Zimbali the figure for this age category was 34.04%. This does indicate that Simbithi does continue to attract younger buyers. The difference can be mostly explained by the differences in the entrylevel cost of homes within the respective estates. Zimbali entry level is closer to R4m whereas it is still possible to buy an Ethafeni apartment in Simbithi at around R1m. To complete the picture on age profile, recent sellers within Simbithi aged below 49 make up 61,95%, and in Zimbali this recent seller category makes up 45,72%. This means that recent sellers over 50 make up 38,05% in Simbithi and 54,28% of sellers in Zimbali. This indicates that both estates are still trending towards a younger general profile from their historical profile.

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