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Mark Forrest

10 Iron angel, a reason to smile

a north coast way of life

13 high society social scene

Spotted out and about in Ballito 22 Lifestyle

A Baker & 2 Chefs

28 Great Ballito Pastors

Ballito Churches doing it differently

34 Ballito Babies

Netcare Alberlito Maternity

38 Business Profile Dan Tall & William

Fitzgerald

44 Photographers Profile

Gerda Cross

48 Top Gear

Get your engines ready for the second Top Gear Festival

52 Ballito’s Classic Cars 62 Suitcase Psychology

What does your suitcase say about you?

64 Stuff you should know 66 Destinations on your doorstep 78 For Interest sakes

Good old family fun in KZN

76 Local Kids

Gold all around for team Donner

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78 Kids Corner

plus all our regular features on health, property, lifestyle and much much more...

Having a social scene? Give us a call to cover it and get the photo’s in the magazine

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Two Worlds In One

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PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GRAPHIC DESIGN Kate Ahrens | kate@fabmags.co.za SALES Lucille Nagel | lucille@fabmags.co.za +27 83 747 3694 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Storm Catterick | storm@fabmags.co.za ADMIN & ACCOUNTS Sharlene Reddy | sharlene@fabmags.co.za +72 32 946 3187 OFFICE NUMBER +27 32 946 0357 FAX NUMBER 086 605 0098 EMAIL info@fabmags.co.za EDITORIAL ADDRESS Suite 1B Silverstone Way Douglas Crowe Ave | Ballito, KZN front page Justin Scott justin@fabmags.co.za PRINTING DNA Print (Pty) Ltd

Welcome The team is bigger, and better for it, and we’ve learnt SO much since that first edition. I’m proud of the fact that we’re still humble about publishing the magazine, never believing we’ve got it 100 percent right and always questioning whether we’ve done justice to Ballito, the community and this amazing paradise that we live in. We’ve interviewed some of the most amazing people (and there are many more out there), profiled real gems around town and printed over 1,3 million magazine pages. How awesome is that!

Can you believe that we published our very first edition of The Ballito magazine four years ago? I can remember how nervous we were as we worked frantically stringing all our stories together, debating the look and feel and praying like crazy that you, the community, would like what we were doing. Lorinda and I did “in-depth research” as to what colour our logo should be — in-depth being standing in front of the huge magazine stand at Exclusive Books in Gateway and commenting about what “jumped” out at us as opposed to what just got lost on the shelves. Our philosophy was that we would be a magazine that would celebrate all that is good about living in Ballito and we wanted to profile local people, local businesses and local destinations.

What lies ahead? Well, we’re somewhat of a traditional business and, while we’re innovative (you can find us on Facebook and Twitter) and we continue to find creative ways to do things, we don’t want to mess with the formula too much. More people are reading our magazine than ever before and demand for The Ballito is extremely strong. We will remain faithful to our readers and those businesses that have supported us and keep doing what we do best, telling your stories and showcasing one of the best places to live.

As we got closer to our print deadline, we placed yellow chairs all over Ballito, hoping to build anticipation and get the community asking about the significance of the yellow chairs. We laughed when some of our chairs were “borrowed”… Obviously those taking them loved the colour and design and clearly needed them more than we did, so we blessed them with our chairs and it was all part of starting out on the journey.

Wow, I still can’t believe it’s been four years. Thanks for taking us home with you every edition... Wow!. God Bless Justin, Lorinda, Daniel, Lucille, Storm, Sharlene and Kate

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IN THIS EDITION DON’T MISS Ballito photographer profile

photographer profile Ballito

local photographer to look out for

Gerda

Words Storm CatteriCk

social scenes | health | property focus | gadgets and gizmo’s ballito rocks | coaching for a fitter future

Cross In the fourth installment of Photographers to look out for, in which we profile the best of Ballito’s photographers — professionals who we think you should make use of when capturing that next special moment — we are featuring Gerda Cross of GX Photography, an exceptional photographer with an ability to take unique, never-tobe-repeated images that will forever preserve blissful memories for her clients. She is known for her quasi-photojournalistic style and spontaneous, creative and passionate imagery. Specializing in baby, family and wedding photography, Gerda Cross is this month’s local photographer to look out for!

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Photographers to look out for: Local photographers showcasing there work.

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Ballito Classic Cars: Local Classic Car owners showcase their pride and joy.

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By Marc Forrest | www.marcforrest.com

Sony Ericsson Xperia S With the annual Consumer Electronics Show having wrapped up in Las Vegas during the first two weeks of January, loads of new devices, gadgets and models have been launched.

Wahoo Fitness Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor Wahoo Fitness, the leader in smartphone fitness technology, recently announced the awesome new Wahoo Fitness Blue HR, the world’s first Bluetooth smart heart rate monitor. Using the latest in Bluetooth technology, the Blue HR (Heart Rate) will communicate directly with the iPhone 4S and other Bluetooth smart-ready devices, providing users with real-time heart rate readings on their smartphones. With Wahoo’s Blue HR and the fitness app of your choice, you now have your heart rate data, music playlists, phone, GPS maps and more all in one place. The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR is available for purchase online at www.wahoofitness. com. We have ordered ours and will be giving a full review in an upcoming edition.

First up, the Sony Ericsson team announced a number of new mobile devices, one of which, the Sony Ericsson Xperia S, will soon be hitting South African shores.

PowerMonkey Discovery Housed in a stylish full aluminum case, with six high-bright pinpoint LED lights, the PowerMonkey Discovery will recharge an iPhone twice, standard mobile phones three to four times, or give iPods / MP3 players up to an additional 120 hours of playtime. It is also compatible with e-readers, Sat Navs, handheld games consoles, portable GPS systems and more! Featuring a state-of-the-art 3500mAh lithium polymer battery, the sleek PowerMonkey Discovery offers users real power on the move. The Discovery has been optimized for weight, size and performance, measuring just 114 x 13 x 46mm and weighing 107g — approximately two thirds the size of the iPhone 4. The PowerMonkey Discovery was made available in South Africa in early February. For more information visit www.wintecsolutions.co.za

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The Xperia S is the next generation model from the ever popular Xperia series launched in 2010. The new Xperia S is an Android smartphone that delivers a stunning viewing experience with a high resolution screen, Sony HD experiences and a 12MP camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby. The Xperia S also comes with a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor for faster performance. The Xperia S will be available to consumers globally from the first quarter of this year. Launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), Xperia S will be upgraded to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2013.


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Ballito Bloggers profile

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Marc Forrest, Lower ranges of 30’s,

IT and gadget guru, Tech blogger, writer, Father and Husband

MarcForrest.com These days people who have something to share, blog it! In the next couple editions we will be featuring some of Ballito’s best bloggers who have something interesting to say and are well worth the read! Want to get your blog featured email storm@fabmags.co.za. Tell us about your blog, what is it called, what do you write about? The Blog is called MarcForrest. com. Originally it was called Durbzblog, but it soon became apparent that I needed to build my personal brand, so I took the lead and transitioned. How many times do you blog on average? When I first started, it was once a day, but as life goes on, blogging becomes more irregular, and now I try blog at least once a week. Why a blog? When I started I wanted a platform where I could share all the cool info I found on the internet. There is so much out there, and I love sharing my knowledge with everyone, so why not a blog. Future of your blog? After 7 years of blogging the blog has reached a fantastic following. I would ideally like to carry on building the following.

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Blogs you love? Any Tech blogs. Mashable.com is a great international blog, and locally the guys at Bandwidthblog.com have an awesome platform. Books on your bed side table? Currently reading “When Helping Hurts” to learn more about helping people less fortunate than us. And of course the latest stuff magazine has a place there. Fave shops? Bloggers don’t go to real shops. We shop online, Takealot.com wins handsdown. Latest Obsession? Must.Have.Coffee.Everyday from Yellow Café. Best Coffee on the KZN North Coast. Fave Destination? The Drakensberg. The place is filled with serenity and peace. The ultimate breakaway less than 3 hours from home.


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HIGH SociETY

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 EDITOR@FABMAGS.CO.ZA

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This was the solo exhibition By Ann Gadd an artist from Cape Town.

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Her quirky artwork that had everyone amazed and laughing.

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Launch of Olive Brook Wine at Olive and Oil’s food and wine club. Should anyone wish to be included on the invitation list for the Club, contact Tessa at tessa@ballitolifestylecentre. co.za

The people

9. Paul & Nikki Patterson & Lorelei Dawson 10. Doreen & Rob Fidler 11. Rose Karsten, Peter Hilditch & Kenny Karsten 12. Radha, Krish & Ashelin Moodley 13. Peter King & Astra Russell 14. Judith Suter, Beverley Zietsman & Bruce Gaynham 15. Tinus Van Niekerk, Mark Robinson & Gordon Dawson 16. Paul & Leanne Rencken

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The wonderful wine that was on offer and the great attendance made for a pleasant evening with a buzzing atmosphere.

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They launched the Retirement Village in collaboration with Nellie Van Staden properties. She and her agency has a long experience in retirement villages.

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17. Cathy Grant & Bill Smith 18. Helene Bothes & Hester Zietsman 19. Kasia & Tomas Yoko with baby William Sak 20. Eric & Carinne Van Laer 21. Amelie & Olivia Sak 22. Cheryl Gore, Chris Matthews & Wim Sak 23. Karen Golby & John Cotterell 24 . Vanita Sherrif & Chantelle Sharples

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There was a very good turnout, people came from far and wide to enjoy the day with Palm Lakes.

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This was a fabulous night out with great atmosphere, food and wine.

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Crawdaddy’s the party

The under 15 Ashton International boys rugby and girls hockey teams held fund raising evenings at Crawdaddy’s (also their kit sponsors for the current away tours) where they invited friends and family to come and support them, the kids shadowed waiters to earn some money back off the bill towards their tours, a really fun evening had by all with the usual fantastic meals to go with it.

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33. Moira Mirtle & Shelee Payne 34. Anton Bresler, Denise Smit & Wiam Herbst 35. Back row: Natasha Mangan, Clare Evert, Tayla Swartz, Shannon van der Vlugt, Gwen Isaacs, Megan Bates, Danelle van der Linde Front row: Rachel Sarafidis, Chade Moore, Amy Walker, Nqoblie Shange, Liezel Engelbrecht. 36. Sam & Dave de Vries 37. Chelsi Payne & Storm Mirtle 38. Corne de Jager & Jason Page 39. U15 Rugby Boys 40. Datin Scott & Shane Botha

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The Crawdaddy’s menu and the fantastic spirit the kids had, to make sure the evening was very successful. The sounds of “Kaptein... “ echoing through the restaurant as the boys earned some extra “tips” and then of course the Sharks players vs. the Ashton rugby team in a rope pulling contest, what great spirit!!

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Opening of the new Daniel le Cru Gallery at The Quarter.

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The great Art on display by Harry Erasmus and Louise De Klerk. The amazing live music that played throughout the night and the cherry on the top was the awesome dance show by the Sugar Dance dancers.

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Abundance celebrated their first birthday at The Quarter and the revival of The Quarter.

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Ballito Ballito Feature

&2 Chefs

a Baker

Lifestyle centre is abuzz with fab restaurants and cafes that cater to our every whim. Great food that tantalise the taste buds like no other! But what do we actually know about the people who slave away behind the kitchen all day preparing these meals we devour without thought? We introduce 2 chefs and a baker from various eateries in Lifestyle that we thought really deserved a pat on the back for the amazing food that they produce, so next time you sit down for a meal you can appreciate their work that much more.

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Chef Paulo Dos Santos, 34

Why did you choose to become a Chef? Both my mom and dad are chefs, so it runs in the family. I decided to follow in my family’s footsteps and become a chef as well. What is your favourite food to eat? I love everything, but my favourite has to be quad fish. What is your favourite cuisine to cook? I am Portuguese and work in a Portuguese restaurant, so naturally Portuguese cuisine is my favourite. What is the most essential item in your kitchen? My knife, but I rely a lot on my staff. Without them, I will not be able to do my work. Biggest mistake you have made when you were starting out? I forgot to place an order.... oops! You’re stranded on a deserted island. What five foods would you want with you? Fruit, fish, chicken, prawns and vegetables.

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Restaurant review Ballito


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Cinnamon & Silk

Baker Fortunate Banda, 29

Why did you choose to become a Baker? I worked with an excellent chef who trained me and helped me to believe in myself. What is your favourite food to eat? I love seafood. What is your favourite thing to bake? Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls. What is the most essential item in your kitchen? My Mixer and Spatula! Biggest mistake you’ve made when you were starting out? I baked a choc cake in the oven – all night long! Provide an autumn baking recipe – within season ingredients? We love this recipe which is healthy too! Originally found in “Sustained Energy for Kids” recipe book.

Apple & Spice Cupcakes (Makes 24) Ingredients

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• 75ml canola oil • 1 cup sugar • 3 eggs • 1 cup cake flour • pinch salt • 1.5 t ground cinnamon • 1.5 t ground nutmeg • pinch cloves • 2 t baking powder • 1t bicarb • 1 cup oat bran • 1 cup grated carrot • 2 med apples peeled and grated • 1/2 cup sultanas (optional)

• Preheat Oven to 160 Deg • Line 2 x 12-hollow muffin pans with paper cases

• Use an electric beater to cream the oil, sugar and eggs together till fluffy

• Sift the flour, salt, spices, baking powder and bicarb in a separate bowl

• Add the oat bran to the flour mixture and stir this into the egg mixture by hand

• Fold in the raw carrots, apple and sultanas • Spoon heaped tablespoon into cups • ake for 20-30 min until skewer comes out clean

• Cool in pan for 5 min then remove and place on wire rack

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Food Review Ballito

WORDS Storm Catterick

Fego Cafe I

don’t know about you, but sometimes a lunch break out of the office is just what you need to get those creative juices flowing and take your mind off your stresses and troubles. But where is there a restaurant where you can actually eat a proper meal and still make it back before your lunch break ends? Not many places offer quality food with a fast turnaround time, plus efficient service, and still manage to make you feel relaxed at the same time! However, I can now safely say I have found such a place... Fego’s Caffe at the Tiffany’s Shopping Centre is my new great escape from the confines of the office and the bland Ryvitas that usually pass for lunch during my working week! I love the restaurant’s chilled but trendy look and feel, which immediately make you feel that you can let your hair down a tad. Even though Fego’s is essentially a cafe, the menu is café a far cry from your average café menu! Innovative, fresh and positively self-indulgent are words that come to mind and, with such a plethora of options, your only worry should be that you won’t be able to decide on what you want to eat before your lunch break ends! Fego’s introduces casual eating in a sophisticated, spotless atmosphere — a place where you can really enjoy a reprieve from your busy day. On arrival, we ordered three of their musthave Ice Crushes, Passion Fruit, Mango

and Strawberry, and even though I loved my choice of crush, the strawberry was the winner of the day! For an appetiser we ordered the Chicken Basket — a combo of fried chicken strips and mini sweet chilli sesame seed-encrusted chicken kebabs served with jalapeno chillies, fries and mayo dip. Don’t be fooled about sharing! This is a fun basket to have all to yourself and, trust me, when you start eating it, you will want it all to yourself! Never before have I had a basket where the fried chicken strips were battered and cooked to such perfection and so full of flavour and where the kebabs were so succulent, with the chicken literally falling off the stick — the mix of sesame and sweet chilli was life-changing! Add to that the fresh jalapeno and mayo dip with some finely sliced chips and you’ve got a meal that is worth remembering and repeating. Whilst indulging in our starters, we were already eager to see what else they could offer us. For mains I had the Chicken and Cheese wrap. I pride myself on being a wrap-aholic and am quite discerning when it comes to where I order them, but I can give Fego a big thumbs-up for a jam-packed, saucy and tasty wrap with an impressive side salad. The wrap was filled with avo, chickpeas, sesame seedencrusted chicken and a strip of haloumi cheese which added great flavour! The rest of the table had the Fego Pizza which, for the price, was a spectacularly-sized pizza chock-full of toppings. The last order was a Cajun Chicken Open Sandwich and please don’t let the word “sandwich”

deter you as this is a meal that not even a woman with a healthy appetite could finish. Judging by the groans of pleasure at the table it was well worth it, topped as it was with lettuce, tomato, grilled Spanish chorizo, brown mushrooms, onion rings, roasted peppadews and battered onions and served with a side order of caramelised onion dip. This meal is not for the faint-hearted, but it is a whirlwind of flavour for the taste buds! What I loved is the fact that from ordering to eating you aren’t kept waiting till you feel you have to eat the serviettes. And the menu offers something for everyone — from the healthy to the not-so-healthy, for the young to the old, they have it all. Proprietor Tom De Carvalho is a very hands-on owner which, I believe, adds to the success of the franchise. His goal is to make Fego Ballito a place that people immediately think of when they decide to meet for a great cup of coffee and a wholesome meal. We had a wonderful time at Fego’s, even though we almost rolled out of there, and we had to loosen at least two buttons after a few cheeky bites of what tasted like God’s gift to women, otherwise known as a Bar-One chocolate cake. This is a must-visit place to go to, to catch up with friends or just to clear your head after a busy day. As Tom says, “Consider Fego’s your third place after home and work!”.

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Ballito Feature

WORDS Storm Catterick

Great Ballito

Pastores doing it differently

Today’s churches have come a long way from where they were 10 years ago and Ballito and the surrounding areas can boast a total of about 68 churches that are all unique and appealing in their own right. We decided to break with the norm in this edition in talking about “religion” and contact four Ballito churches that are doing things differently and making this work exceptionally well. Our town is filled with talented, exciting young pastors who are taking the lead towards a new era in the ministry — one that gets people eager and ready to go to church on a daily basis, a church system that is welcoming to one and all! We speak to four brilliant pastors from four well-known churches in Ballito and ask them about their vision and purpose for the residents of Ballito!

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DJ Ewan – Grace Church From IT and Retail to Pastor Quote to live by: Ghandi — “Be the change you want to see” www.grace.za.org Tell us a bit about yourself? My beautiful wife and I have been married for five years and we have two smallish kids, both boys. I previously worked at the Umhlanga Grace campus and moved to Ballito about a year ago to open and head up another Grace campus here. I am very people-focused and aware of real-life issues. I try to live my life in a way that honours my family and I try to touch other people’s lives, so it’s not always about me improving myself but rather how I can help others and help them realise their potential. When did you realise that you wanted to become a pastor? I have always been involved in the church. Then, in 2001 things came to a head for me when I started to get more involved in Grace and realised how much of a difference ordinary people can make in the community — this just fuelled my decision to be more engaged in the church. Did you ever think you’d be leading your own congregation? I never chased this career or life choice down; it kind of just happened organically and found me.

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What inspires you in life? I really enjoy helping people to develop or just making a difference, whether it’s in the community or a particular person. When someone is in fulfilling their purpose doing something they love and doing it well, it really inspires and motivates me to live my life to the fullest. Who is your mentor? Andy Sanely, a pastor in America. I’ve never met him, but I’ve been to his church and been witness to his seminars. I don’t need the personal interaction with him — it is his thinking that I can relate to and emulate in my life and pass on to those that I preach to. What is your vision for Grace in Ballito? Ballito is such a fast-growing place at the moment, with people moving here from all over the country, so it’s really great to be one of the churches that can grow with community. For me, the biggest accolade would be to be a church where, if we had to close the doors for a week, people would notice. What makes Grace different? One of our strengths is our children’s

ministry. We appeal to families that want to expose their kids to faith outside the home and have fun whilst doing it. We want to be a church where people who had left the church and people who have been around for a long time can integrate and feel comfortable in — it’s hard to combine the two, but I think we have a great balance here. Where to next? It would be great to have a building in Ballito that is as alive as the one in Umhlanga. A lot of people have the mindset that a church is a waste of a building because it’s only used once a week, which is a great pity, so to have a church that is always busy and resonates with life would be wonderful. Why choose Grace? You are going to find a message that is incredibly relevant and real and you are going to bump into people that are exactly like yourself!


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Dylan – LINC Church From Accountant and Logistics to Pastor Quote to live by: John 10 verse 10 — “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.” www.lincchurch.com Who is Dylan? I am husband to the love of my life, Tessa, and the father of two amazing girls and one more surprise on the way. I’m seriously passionate about life; I love fun and adventure and I like people to be alive. I am the type of person that would rather win with someone or not win at all! I’m a competitive guy, but I much prefer to cross the winning post with a friend. What made you realise that this was the path you wanted to lead? After school I followed the trend and went to Stellenbosch to do a B Com Accounts to become a C.A. In my third year, I attended a church there that is a snapshot of what we are becoming. It was there that the message of Christianity became clear to me and I felt that I needed to share that with others. It made me dream of a church that would look, feel and do things differently. What drives your sermons? I’m not obsessed with what church is about, more about what Jesus is about and helping others understand him as I

have come to do. Every time I prepare a message, I try to take what Jesus said and translate it into modern-day language so that people understand it and truly grasp the power of his words. Name one of your mentors? Rory Dyer — he used to lead the Glenridge Church and he has become a very close friend. He has helped tremendously with his leadership and advice, helping us get to where we are today. What’s the hardest thing about being in the ministry? Definitely the fact that we can see more in people than they can see in themselves. It’s hard to see people not living life because they can’t see their potential. What is your vision for the church? We are a church for the “un-churched”, for people who haven’t found a church that fits them and for people who have never been to church. We have a statement which encompasses our vision simply, “To see people far from God raised to life in Christ”. A church that will challenge you

to where God wants you to be, but is also happy with where you are at the moment. Who’s your demographic? We attract a multitude of people from young to old. We are energetic and loud, play rock ’n roll and induce life in people again — we have people from all walks of life coming to join us in prayer. What do you see for the future? We are building a new church just up the road from the Litchi Orchid; it’s going to have a really cool, contemporary and trendy look and feel with a rad coffee shop (we are known for our great coffee culture). It‘s going to be bigger and better, with a capacity of 750 people. I have always dreamt of a church that the city couldn’t ignore, not because I want to be famous, but because I think the church should always be at the epicentre of the city! Why visit LINC? We are an audacious and passionately irresistible Church!

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Jacques – CHAZOWN From Professional Cricketer and Businessman to Pastor Quote to live by: Bill Hybel — “Everything rises and falls with leadership” www.chazown.com How would you describe yourself in brief? I always say that when someone says that they are humble, they are not humble anymore! But I would like to think of myself as somewhat humble and hope that others see me in that light as well. I’m very passionate about church and, when creating my church, I tried to incorporate this trait. I just felt that the older churches made us look at God as if he were up there and we were over here while, in actual fact, we are all on the same level, looking at each other. What was your vision for the church? I wanted a church that people, no matter who, were comfortable coming to and being themselves, where they could have a great starting point to grow into what God has intended for them. I am extremely driven by vision and firmly believe that people follow people who have a vision. You are 25 years old - what made you start a church at such a young age? I never wanted to be a pastor or part of the ministry at all. Don’t get me wrong — I love the church but I didn’t want to start one of my own. I studied for a B Com in

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financial management and was either going to go into business with my parents or pursue my professional cricketing career, which at the time was flourishing. I ran away from the church, but the faster I ran, the louder his call grew, so I knew that I had to share this gift that he had given me to spread the word and lead people. Isn’t it nerve-wracking having to have the right answers? It’s not about having the right answer; it’s more about leading people in the right direction and grasping what the Bible tells us. What makes Chazown unique? The fact that we are a modern Afrikaans church makes us stand out. There are two kinds of Afrikaans churches — the very traditional and the very charismatic. Both are very focused on philosophy and if you don’t believe their philosophy, you don’t believe in the theology. We break that mould totally by offering a place that is creative and fun. Why Ballito? What pulled me to Ballito or the North Coast is the fact that people here want

change! We don’t want to just be a church here — we want to grow and start a movement. How did the journey start? It started with my parents, who started the church with me. We lived in Johannesburg where they belonged to a church that was very traditional and they felt that they needed to introduce something new. The church they created is now 13 years old and has about 6500 members. I went to them with my vision of creating a youth-driven church and that idea grew tremendously up there. I then realised that I had a calling and decided to bring it down to KZN. We came to Umhlanga, where we prayed for 10 days and, during that time, I met André from Ashton. What is your philosophy? Everything effective in a church starts with leadership. If you can’t live the values of the Bible in a team, how can you possibly teach thousands of other people? Why come to Chazown? So that people that only know about Christ can know Christ in a personal relationship.


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Glenn – CRC From a Management position in the insurance industry to Pastor Quote to live by: Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation” www.crcdurban.com What type of person are you? I would say I’m a strong leader and a focused, goal-driven, people – oriented person. I’m passionate about family and focused on developing individual gifts and talents, but keeping perspective on God’s plan for each member. When and what made you realise you wanted to become a pastor? The day I was saved, God spoke to me and I immediately knew that I would enter into the ministry. What inspires you to fulfil gods work? My passion for God and passion for people, realizing the greatness of each individual in God’s plan. Are you in the ministry full time? Most definitely - 2 visions cause division and I know that I need to focus fully on Gods calling.

What would you say is the hardest part about being in the ministry? The urgency in knowing that Heaven and Hell exists and that people often don’t take it seriously. What message are you trying to relay to your congregation and community? At CRC we aim to win the lost at any cost - our focus is on building dynamic vibrant cell-based churches to win 10 percent of our city for Jesus. We are intentional in our vision in loving God, people and our church. With something like 68+ churches in our small area – what kind of people do you draw? Do you want to draw? We love all people and all are welcome at CRC. We would love to meet you. What makes your church different? CRC is part of an international movement of churches with one vision, to build one church

in many locations. Our aim is to have 5 locations within the Greater Durban area - all hearing the same message simultaneously through live streaming. Each location has live praise and worship and zone pastors to care for the people. CRC kids caters for 2-13 year olds in a fun, secure environment and youth cells are designed to meet the spiritual and social needs of teenagers. We have an extensive outreach programme into our communities where we feed spirit, soul and body and our C3 Children’s Programme ministers to thousands of children in the townships every Saturday. Positive Beginnings, which has been featured in your magazine, is our Stanger Hospital baby outreach program run by dedicated volunteers. Why come visit us? We would love to meet you and walk with you through life on an intentional journey to Eternity.

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Babies We are blessed indeed that we have the Alberlito Hospital right here in Ballito. Built six years ago, Netcare Alberlito Hospital, under the inspiring leadership of the GM, Sara Nayagar, cares for the health of our community superbly.

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e were invited to take a look through the Maternity Ward and get a feel for where all our new Ballito Babes first get to meet their parents and families ... This is probably the one part of the hospital were most people plan to end up

at the end of a decision to start or to extend their family, therefore it has a positive energy about it. What a special area and group of Nurses who get to spend time with all these special newborns and their Moms. The hospital has state of the art facilities and is equipped with cuttingedge medical technology and endeavours to provide quality care for this community and its surrounding areas.

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Alberlito Maternity Unit The Maternity Unit at the Alberlito Hospital is a happy and friendly environment where the nursing staff are committed to meeting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of our patients and their husbands or partners. Our goal is to give back to society by ensuring that quality healthcare is delivered in a compassionate, innovative and efficient manner and the unit’s welltrained and highly experienced midwives are all willing to go the extra mile..

What can we offer?

There is a 15-bed unit with three private rooms and six semi-private rooms. All rooms have their own bathrooms, with either showers or tubs. We have a wellequipped nursery with a large viewing window. We also offer boarding facilities (at a special rate) for mothers who need to stay close to their babies should they be admitted to the Neonatal ICU. There are two spacious and well-equipped delivery rooms, each with a bathroom and shower.

Meals

We offer scrumptious meals from our menu and have a coupon system in place for boarder moms meals.

Emergency care

If an emergency occurs in the unit, the maternity staff, as well as the Neonatal ICU staff is able to assist until the paediatrician arrives. The neonatal ICU is conveniently close, situated in the same area as the Maternity Unit. Emergency care for mothers is also available as there is always a doctor in Trauma Department who can assist until the patient’s doctor arrives.

Special treats

Every mother and father gets a special “romantic dinner or lunch” in a beautiful setting within the unit.

Why come to Alberlito?

Our Maternity Unit subscribes to the principals of “Kangaroo Mother Care” and promotes breastfeeding. We strive to provide the highest quality care for our patients, their spouses and the newborns. We also provide a safe, clean and friendly environment and form part of the multidisciplinary team which contributes to the holistic care of our patients. We would like to invite all expectant mothers to visit the unit and meet the staff. René Grobler, Unit Manager.

“At Netcare, our core value and product is “CARE”. We know that we see most of our patients at their most vulnerable,when they are most anxious, in pain or at one of the lowest points in their lives. Thus, at Netcare Alberlito we strive to deliver safe, quality healthcare of the highest standard so that we are able to restore our patients’ dignity and health, thus allowing them to resume their rightful places back in the community and their families. With this as our driving force we assure you that we strive not only to meet your clinical expectations, but also to ensure that you remain comfortable and reassured during the entire journey through our facility. At Netcare Alberlito, you can trust that you and your loved one will be in “safe hands”. - GM, Sara Nayagar

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Alberlito Stork’s Nest If you are an expectant mother, you are vitally alive, and most probably eagerly awaiting that precious moment when you look into the eyes of your baby for the very first time, as Winnie the Pooh said: ”A grand adventure is about to begin!” And at the Storks Nest Mother and Baby Wellness Clinic at Alberlito Hospital Ballito, we provide expecting and new parents with the opportunity to interact personally with health care

professionals and gain insight into the wonderful journey that lies ahead of them. Alberlito Stork’s Nest Mother and Baby Wellness Clinic franchise owner, manager and Private Nurse Practitioner, Trish Hall and associate Private Nurse Practitioner Janet Strauss offer new parents and parents-to-be a full range of services: • Ante – natal classes • 4D photographic scans of baby

• Well-baby consultations; • Immunisations • Post-natal support • Breastfeeding support Alberlito Storks Nest complements the services of the outstanding maternity unit, and ensures the highest possible level of care for both parents and baby.

Meet some of our caring Doctors

Dr Nombuso Mthethwa What is your speciality?

I specialise rather more in obstetrics than gynaecology at the moment and I believe in establishing the best route for delivery for each individual patient. Sometimes that means natural vaginal delivery and sometimes caesarean section. Each patient is a unique individual and I believe that each delivery should take place without unwarranted interference. The motto of one of my teachers was that: “no meddlesome obstetrics is warranted”. At the end of the day there should be a healthy, happy baby and mother.

Why Gynaecology?

I am a woman and I am passionate about women’s health and so my answer is, “Why not?”

What do you love most about your work?

Being a part of a woman’s journey through such a life-changing experience

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and seeing the joy at the end of it. Also, at times being able to help the journey happen and finally celebrate it with the parents.

Tell us about your most interesting case? There are too many to mention! Hopefully one day you will be able to read my book inspired about my journey with women from all walks of life.

Dr Shafique Sayed What is your speciality?

While it is always a blessing to share in the joy of pregnancy and childbirth, my special interest lies in pelvic surgery. This involves helping women who have a prolapse, leaking of urine, flatus or stools, painful sexual intercourse or other pelvic pain.

Why Gynaecology?

Gynaecology is a dynamic field on the cutting-edge of innovative surgical techniques. The most impressive of these are Laparoscopic or “Keyhole” procedures for treating the common causes of pelvic pain, like endometriosis.

Other revolutionary procedures include Endometrial Ablation (which is an alternative to a hysterectomy for treating heavy menstrual periods), or the Essure procedure (female sterilization without any surgical incisions on the body).

What do you love most about your work?

It is a privilege to have patients confide their very personal and, to some, embarrassing problems in me and for me to be able to assist them.

Tell us about your most interesting case?

A 75-year-old patient needed a hysterectomy and I advised the removal of her uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries through keyhole surgery. I was very pleased with her quick recovery and she was discharged 48 hours after the operation. It is thought-provoking that, without these newer surgical techniques, the patient that would have had the same procedure performed through open surgery (laparotomy) and would have required post-op admission to the ICU and a prolonged hospital stay of up to a week.


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Beautification The Maternity Unit at the Alberlito Hospital in Ballito is a very special place, where the moms are truly made to feel special with a special pamper package which includes a Mini Pedi/Manicure. Beautician Primona Venkatsamy is the person tasked with this very special part of the hospital’s Maternity Package. She told us that she loves her line of work because she has the patience for it and a great passion for what she does. “I also get to meet new people every day and every treatment that I offer my clients is unique and special,” she says. It is, therefore, no wonder that Primona’s pampering leaves the moms feeling relaxed, pampered and beautiful. Her treatments are available to the mums in the Maternity Unit, as well as to the staff at Alberlito Hospital.

A mothers joy begins when new life is stirring inside, when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone Dr Candise Roberts What is your speciality?

I am a obstetrician & gynaecologist. One of my special interests lies in normal delivery & encouraging the natural physiological birth process to unfold. My practice is a 50:50 balance of both mothers’ –to-be and women’s health. On a gynaecological front, young women who consult me may be requiring contraceptive advice or have general gynaecological concerns. I also see many older women who have completed their families and those that are entering the perimenopausal period. I believe there is a close link between emotional well-being and health and very often see problems that are manifested by this. From a surgical point of view I enjoy pelvic floor reconstruction in cases of prolapse, hysterectomies and endometrial ablation amongst many other cases. In addition, I have a growing keen interest in urogynaecology and laparoscopy.

Why Gynaecology?

I was drawn to this speciality due to the wonderful balance of patient-doctor interaction as well as hands on surgery. The women are generally healthy and it is an overall very positive field to be in.

What do you love most about your work?

The honour to be present at the miracle of each and every birth. Also the friendships I have developed with my patients of the years. I am truly blessed to be so energized by my work!

Tell us about your most interesting case?

No particular case stands out. Every case provides a unique set of circumstances, be it physical or emotional. There is never a dull moment in any given day.

Dr Timothy Berios What is your speciality?

I have two specific areas of interest, firstly Laparoscopic

surgery (key-hole surgery) and urogynaecology (repair of the female pelvic structures).

Why Gynaecology?

As a gynaecologist not only am I involved in obstetrics, which is the delivery of new born babies, but also in uro-gynaecology, which is a relatively new area of medicine.

What do you love most about your work? As an obstetrician I am blessed to have the privilege of bringing new life into the world, together with guiding and informing expectant parents. The gynaecological side of my work allows me to treat a female patient in a holistic manner throughout her feminine journey.

Tell us about your most interesting case? It is difficult to answer that, as I have had so many interesting cases but most outstanding experience was when I was a young medical student, working in the busy labour ward at Baragwanath Hospital and being involved in the delivery of my first baby. It was a life changing moment that I have not forgotten to this day. w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a

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n this edition’s business interview we sit down with Dan Tall and William Fitzgerald, two very exuberant and entertaining entrepreneurs who choose to live in Ballito whilst running their business in Umhlanga. Being with these two is more than a laugh a minute as they tell their story and explain how they got to be the biggest mall-based gold buying and recycling company in S.A, DW Bullion. With a never-give-up, almost naïve, attitude towards what and how much they can do, they have managed to make a success of their business, opening more than 18 stores across South Africa in less than three years and setting new standards in our country’s gold buying industry. Equipped with two very different but complementary sets of skills, they provide a clean, up-market gold buying experience for all their clients. How did you get into the gold buying industry? I’m (Dan) originally from New Zealand and growing up I wasn’t very good at school, so at 15 I decided that school just wasn’t for me. My dad said that the only way I could leave school was if I had an apprenticeship. I got an apprenticeship with a baker and worked for him for about 10 years. After that, I raced motorbikes

in Australia before moving back to New Zealand where I went into the property industry. William was also not too keen on school and left at a young age, after which he dabbled in a few different things, including being a chef at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe. After his arrival in New Zealand, we became partners and decided to start a different style of property business, something which was going to take a few years to make money. I decided to look for something to do in the short term to generate an income while the property business was growing. A business mentor and friend (John Bradbury) mentioned that a neighbour of his had started buying gold and was making a killing. So William and I went to Timaru, a small town in Christchurch, to make our debut as gold buyers. It was a tough beginning as neither of us knew anything about buying gold, but once we started, we learned more and more about it along the way. What made you decide to come to South Africa? After a time William suggested that we look at South Africa, which is one of the major gold hubs in the world — plus his wife is from Durban and he had lived here for three years previously.

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How did setting up your South African business go? The model we decided on — setting up small kiosks in malls and buying gold — had been tried and tested in other countries with great success. We obtained a lease in one of the malls we approached, The Galleria, and came back to SA six weeks later — two days after landing we were in business. After six months we managed to obtain a lease at the Gateway shopping centre and opened a second kiosk. By the end of 2011 we had 12 kiosks running and a not-so-organised business. We opened another six or so kiosks in 2012, but spent most of the year putting much needed-systems and control measures in place in order to run the business properly. What were some of the biggest headaches? As we grew bigger and moved to different parts of S.A, we found that the places we couldn’t get to as often weren’t

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doing as well as the others. In the end it came down to the fact that the people we had working at the kiosks expected people to come to them. We know from experience that when you see the system start working and bringing in money, it self-motivates you to do more. So we had to rein in the less productive kiosks and implement training sessions, monitor improvements and get the team motivated and passionate about what they do. Coming from another country, wasn’t it hard to start up a business with no real contacts? Will’s father-in-law is Peter Hatchwell, one of KZN’s first professional rugby players, so we were fortunate enough to be able to get in touch with a few influential people through him. We are firm believers in mentors and learning through others and we’ve been blessed to have a mentor like Wayne Duncan. He’s been amazingly generous to us with

his time and wisdom. His door is always open to us and he has helped us through an enormous number of problems, never asking or expecting anything in return. What about legislation and controls within in the industry? We had to get a gold trading licence, which is a bit of a nightmare because, unlike New Zealand where you get one licence and can trade anywhere, here your licences are area-specific, so you need a licence for each town in which your kiosks are placed. Given the nature of your business, how do you shake the stigma of being compared to a pawn broker? In this country the gold recycling industry has a very bad reputation and is very corrupt. So, going in we knew we had to go 100 percent the other way. Everything, from our kiosks to the people who work in them, had to look professional and legitimate. We wanted to create a safe,


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happy environment that runs on honesty at all times. At a pawn shop they give you a price based on what you look like and how they are feeling that day. We have introduced a business structure that takes your unwanted gold and in return gives you the right value for your gold according to the gold index at that point in time and this pricing system works countrywide. Our goal was to take a dodgy industry and clean it up, which I think we have done successfully and people can see it. What about crime? Stolen jewellery being sold? We said from the beginning that we didn’t want to create a business that thrived on crime, so we decided that the best way was to make our standards and procedures far higher than any pawnbroker or jewellery store out there. We take a photo of your ID and the gold item which we then store digitally online with our invoices, so if the police happen

to come to us and enquire about any stolen items we can match the description to anything that may have come in and who handed it in. Isn’t it dangerous dealing in large amounts of cash every day? We offer our customers convenient and simple payment methods such as the FNB Paywallet system, a cash-less system that ensures both the safety of our staff and our customers. The customer can access the money paid by withdrawing it from the FNB Paywallet at an ATM. What’s the vision for the future? Firstly, we want to be recognized as THE premium gold buying company in S.A and a business that people trust. So far we have targeted most of the first tier malls in the country, so from there we’ll go to second tier malls and so on. We hope to have 60 kiosks buying gold in the next three years.

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he Green Food Studio, a modern, fresh and open-style restaurant, can be found at the established Boulevard 44 Hotel, just outside Ballito. It accommodates 80 comfortably in an open-plan setting that offers great versatility, complimented by a classic, yet urban style. The restaurant’s à la carte menu offers signature fresh seafood dishes, classic steaks done exactly like good steaks should be, unique poultry dishes and a great selection of healthy eating options — more than enough to make the whole package a great dining experience, whether for either an intimate dinner for two, or a family affair, as we did. The pleasant, open style offers a sneaky view of the kitchen, allowing you to watch the creative, talented team — under the leadership of Executive Chef Sylvester Joseph Nair — go about preparing the night’s meals, but still separating the warm, relaxed ambiance of the restaurant from the kitchen area. This blend works

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well and has become a trend amongst modern, top-rated, contemporary restaurants like the Green Food Studio. We found the evening’s service more than good during our visit. Our waiter for the evening was knowledgeable, willing to offer recommendations and opinions in a way that complimented the entire menu while still highlighting the kitchen’s best offerings.

selection of sirloin, fillet or T-bone —or the restaurant’s signature seafood dishes or one of the delicious chicken meals, you won’t be disappointed. Chef Nair brings his own special flair for flavour, taste and innovation to the menu and balances fine à la carte cooking with hearty food that is comforting and recognizable and you experience his passion for great food in every mouthful you take.

Visits to our table were well-timed, allowing us time to savour our meals and enjoy conversation with the whole family, but still ensuring that each course flowed well and that drinks were kept topped-up.

We finished off a thoroughly delightful eating experience with cappuccinos and a shared dessert whilst we sat on the deck. There is no question that the Green Food Studio is worth a visit and the à la carte menu works for any occasion, whether a quick meal, a romantic dinner or a family feast. Service was good and all-round the setting made it a restaurant we’ll go back to.

The à la carte menu had something for everyone around the table, young and old. Starters was an easy course, with the kids choosing the delicious smoked salmon salad, while we were more than happy with our choice of the amazing mussel pot served with an olive crostini (small toasted bread). Whether you decide on one of the perfectly grilled steaks — a

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Ballito photographer profile

local photographer to look out for

Gerda

Words Storm Catterick

Cross In the fourth installment of Photographers to look out for, in which we profile the best of Ballito’s photographers — professionals who we think you should make use of when capturing that next special moment — we are featuring Gerda Cross of GX Photography, an exceptional photographer with an ability to take unique, never-tobe-repeated images that will forever preserve blissful memories for her clients. She is known for her quasi-photojournalistic style and spontaneous, creative and passionate imagery. Specializing in baby, family and wedding photography, Gerda Cross is this month’s local photographer to look out for!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself? I ‘m a wife to a wonderful, supportive husband, a mother to two amazing children and blessed to do what I love and to LOVE WHAT I DO! I’m easy to get on with but I must say that I’m a bit of a control freak and can be rather a perfectionist — only the best is good enough. My passion for photography brings excitement to every shoot I do and I treasure all of them as moments that can never be repeated. For me, it’s all about capturing beautiful images that reflect the spirit and energy of my subjects. How long have you been a photographer? I’ve always been passionate about photography — always taking pics — and always been very involved in scrapbooking, but I’ve been doing it professionally now for about four years. What or who got you started in photography and did you study? When my husband bought me my first Canon 400D a few years back, he encouraged me to do a Professional Photography course. I’ve also done various condensed wedding and studio courses. What gives you ideas or inspires you to create such amazing imagery? Well, as you see from my work, I’m not one for formal, posed photographs; I’m a very

casual, “capture the moment” photographer. The person on the other side of the camera inspires me to bring out the best in them and together we create memories that last a lifetime! How would you describe your style? I have loads of fun in my studio, but also love the relaxed atmosphere of the various beaches, but I still want to find the perfect “forest” spot in Ballito. What type of cameras do you shoot with? My main camera is a Canon 5D MKII and I have a Canon 7D that I use as a second camera. I also use a wide-angle lens, a Canon 24-70mm, a Canon 70-200mm and a Canon 50mm lens. How important is Photoshop in your final images? Photoshop is very important to me as the camera cannot enhance photos on its own, so you still need that final tweaking in the Lightroom or Photoshop to give them the “pop” factor. Describe the ideal conditions that help get a great photo Having a state-of-the-art studio and having a great team working with me.


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Get your engines ready as the 2nd Top Gear Festival is about to hit Durban! Love the thrill of adrenaline-packed car stunts? Then Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium is where you should be from June 15-16, 2013 for the SA powered by Shell V-Power. Top Gear Presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May along with their infamous tame racing driver The Stig, will once again burn rubber on the tar tracks of Moses Mabhida Stadium, during Durban’s second Top Gear Festival. Having just wrapped up Top Gear Live in Moscow, and with events in Sydney,

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Amsterdam and Antwerp still to come before they hit the streets of Durban in June, the team is raring to put on yet another world-class Top Gear Festival of explosive motoring entertainment for South African fans. This year, Jeremy, James and The Stig will also be joined by two-time Formula 1 Champion Mika Häkkinen, along with a host of other celebrity guest drivers that will be joining the street circuit festivities in ‘the warmest place to be’. As always, South Africa ranks high on the list of Top Gear’s best territories to visit and Durban’s balmy weather last June has Clarkson and May excited about their

impending return – check out what they have to say about this year’s Festival at www.topgearfestival.co.za. This year’s Festival will deliver another epic event featuring four sensational live stadium performances. Audiences can rest assured that the renowned Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team and The Stig are preparing to take it to the next level of dare-devil driving exhilaration as they thrill and showcase their unique tricks, toys and acts of motoring precision. Also returning is the unique and actionpacked Durban Street Circuit, where Mika Häkkinen will be demonstrating his


skills, not to forget the hugely anticipated stunts, motoring challenges and daring manoeuvres from MSA professionals right down to local celebs giving it their all in Star in a Car. Visitors to the show will also be treated to their favourite brands and merchandise at the extensive motoring expo in the People’s Park. Whether it’s by car; train or aeroplane, make your way to Durban this June and enjoy the ultimate mid-year break in S.A’s destination of choice and enjoy the thrills and spills of one of the biggest events to hit Durban.

For tickets and more information visit www.topgearfestival.co.za or www.iTickets.co.za or call: 086 1000 291

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Classic Cars

Words Justin Scott

Classic cars captivate us with their beauty, rarity and engineering, with the memories they evoke and the history they encapsulate. Surprisingly, there are many more classics on our roads and in our garages in Ballito than we realise. We love classics, so we went out hunting for a few.

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I’ve always had a love for classic cars, but I’d never really got into the nuts and bolts of it — my love was always from a distance or reserved for ogling the television whenever a classic rolled by. The first time I got to stand next to a real classic was in the cluttered garage at my father-in-law’s house. He was working on a 1968 Chevrolet Impala and I got to

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stand and stare at it while he tinkered under the hood or turned the engine over so that we could all listen to the V8 engine as it roared to life, begging him to unleash all the horses it had to give. It wasn’t just the sound of the V8 that appealed to me; I was drawn to the curves of the car and all that just seemed so old-school.


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More recently, I saw a beautifully-restored Mustang pull into a parking bay outside Mamma G’s. My heart raced a little and when the driver revved the engine, I knew I had to find out more about the classic cars in and around Ballito. Every classic car enthusiast dreams about finding a long-lost car in a forgotten garage or shed somewhere. A treasure just waiting for someone — specifically themselves — to rediscover and begin restoring. Sometimes that dream comes true, but that marks only the start of a very long, personal relationship between new-found owners and a classic treasure that demands its unfair share of time and sucks up cash as quickly as our water reserves in holiday season. Depending on what blows your hair back, it’s not as difficult as you might think to find a classic that you want and the journey of restoration is one determined purely by yourself. There are still a lot of

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exciting classics out there and there are many different ways to find them if you’re willing to do the legwork. In Ballito the best bet is through the Dolphin Coast Classic and Sports Car Club. The club’s members boast a variety of amazing classics that get heads turning and blood pumping whenever they are brought out and driven around the streets of Ballito. Speaking to club chairman, Bert Steele, who also runs a successful restoration business in the heart of Ballito, it’s clear that a love for classic cars is alive and well on the North Coast. The club has more than 50 registered members, some of whom have more than one classic in their garage. Each member’s story is different and they are shared, along with tips on sourcing parts or war stories, when the club’s members get together once a month at “club headquarters”. What drives someone to want to own a classic car? Obviously the answers differ

depending on the person, but Bert tells us that there are some common traits amongst the classic car owners in Ballito (and we’re sure all around the world). Firstly, they love sharing stories — they are always open to hearing an interesting story when it comes to sourcing parts, rebuilds or good old-fashioned bragging about finding a gem. Classic car owners also have a special appreciation for oldstyle design, simple and classy finishes and the exhilaration experienced when they turn the key of a classic and take it for a spin. One Saturday morning recently the members got together to show us some of their cars and share the different stories about their classics and each story is told with passion and a real sense of pride — it’s infectious and makes you want to be part of it. While some of the classics in Ballito are highly valuable and sought-after, others aren’t as rare or even collectors’ pieces, but rather good, old-fashioned cars that


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fit the mould of a classic which, by the way, is a car that is roughly between 20-40 years old, with cars older than that being referred to as antiques — like a pristine 1972 VW Beetle that was bought off a golfing buddy with only 41,000km on the clock. Who doesn’t love a Beetle? Any car can be a collector’s car, if you collect it. You don’t have to buy a spotless, multiple-award-winning example to have some fun with this hobby. Just buy something that drives (or doesn’t) — buy a wreck and join Bert and the rest of the guys at our local club. It’ll give you a reason to meet with a bunch of guys, share a beer or two and talk about sexy, racy old cars. Worst case, you’ll get to stare at their cars and dream about what you’ll be able to own one day. If you like classic cars, the chances are also good that you’re going to be talking

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to old guys. This isn’t a dig at the older chaps around town — it’s a fact. Many of these guys know how to work on a car’s engine without having to have a BSc in engineering, plus their kids have left the house and they have the ammo to get stuck into the classics (remember it does take some cash to get started). I recommend that you seek them out and, if you’re struggling, give Bert a shout. He got the guys together for us and they were more than willing to share stories and bring out their cars for us to look at. It’s these guys that can help you when it comes to trying to figure out where to find a deal or start out. So, what type of cars do we have adorning our streets? On that fun morning we got to see the likes of a classic Morgan Roadster, a 1963 Datsun Bluebird, that awesome ’72 Beetle, a 1967 Citroen DS19, a ’67 Morris Minor pickup, a stunning 1958 Mercedes

190SL convertible, a 1958 MGA Roadster and a spick-and-span 1934 two-seater Morris Minor, to name only a few of the beauties that came out. So, if you want to be taken on a journey of love, restoration and classic cars, you have to take the initiative. There are plenty of classics waiting for you to take that first step. You just have to find them.


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Ballito Car Review

Words Richard Webb

Less is more A perfect entry into the world of motoring starts with a small car. Superminis are no longer sold on price competitiveness alone because they are so capable in key areas and buyers are increasingly downsizing to them from bigger models. Larger cars are more practical, but these latest small cars make better use of their size. They are safe, too, having performed well in Euro NCAP crash tests. City cars and superminis really come into their own around town and many have impressive refinement at speed, with enough power to keep up with the traffic flow. CEO of Honda, Takanobu Ito reckons his Honda Brio helps expand the joy of owning vehicles to more customers by being affordable. “To accomplish this we have focused on creating an attractive package at an affordable price,” he says. Brio means ‘verve’ in Italian, and true to its name, this little Honda is extremely nimble in congested city traffic.
 A sprightly 1,2-litre i-VTEC engine offers 65 kW of power and 109 Nm of torque - good for 0- 100 km/h in just over 12 seconds. The 5-speed manual returns a combined consumption of 5,6 litres/100 km.

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Inside, it’s overwhelmingly beige, but the high quality materials and trim is impressively well put together. The dashboard is simple, yet complete. Four adults in the car is a feasible proposition.

Slightly bigger than the Brio is the Peugeot 208, the replacement for the unloved 207. It has fresh face and engine line-up, but it has the same platform that underpinned the 207, albeit much lighter and better handling than its predecessor. One of the most pleasing aspects of the new 208 is that it has a cheeky character, reminiscent of the Citroen 2cv and Renault 5. The all-new three-cylinder engine is spirited, if a little intrusive, when worked hard. There is plentiful room in the Peugeot 208 for four adults. Indeed, it is comfortably commodious by class standards. The new, ‘floating’ communications, audio and navigation screen on the centre console looks slick but takes some getting used to. The manual gear-change encourages a gentle driving style, which is rewarded by a claimed combined fuel consumption of 4.7 l/100km. Peugeot’s other ‘08’ models have real promise and to some extent

The 208 continues the theme. It rides and steers very well and subdues cabin noise well. Back to Japan again, Suzuki is one of those brands that punch under its weight. A mass producer of SUVs, motorbikes and cars, it does not pierce our consciousness like its other Japanese rivals, notably Toyota, Honda, Nissan and even Subaru and Mitsubishi. The first Swift dates back to 1983 but this, the evolutionary Suzuki Swift Sport is surely the best ever- quicker, more efficient and cleaner too- with a wellsorted all-new, platform. The rev-happy motor produces an entertaining drive. The cabin offers decent passenger space, but the boot is small. The Swift Sport has real appeal and is more competitive than before. It’s a real hoot to drive, has a well-built interior and is competitively priced. It looks a little too similar to the standard Swift for some, but if you want MINI Cooper type handling and verve, this car deserves a serious look. Its blend of low mass, a powerful engine, sharp and direct handling makes it thoroughly entertaining. This car will put a smile on your face every time you drive it.


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Ballito Hair Review

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Words storm Catterick

The “doctors” of the hair industry! day at Salon Sharona always makes me feel like a queen and on a recent visit to have my hair done, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the business has grown.

cut I chose worked with the colours. “Cuts and colour work together — you can have a beautiful cut but if your colour doesn’t suit it, it won’t look as good and vice versa,” she says.

The one thing that Vicky and Shaun, the owners of the Salon Sharona brand, feel really strongly about is the fact that, no matter how much you know, you can never know enough. During our visit to the salon, the team were involved in an intense workshop facilitated by a technical adviser from L’Oreal that focused on the importance of thorough consultations.

Sunitha, who’s been with Vicky for over 18 years, was my main stylist for the day. I say “main” because at Salon Sharona there is a great emphasis on team work and you often find two or three people dealing with you at any one time whilst another makes sure that your thirst is always quenched — all this honestly makes you feel as if you are a celebrity. Vicky remarked that hairdressing these days needs to meet the expectations of today’s clients and that this is not a quick cut or colour — it’s an experience.

Sitting in our chairs, Lucille and I went through rigorous consultations while the team at Salon Sharona listened attentively. It’s great to see a team that is so hungry for knowledge and eager to learn more about their field. Vicky delights in saying that any work done in his salons is carried out from the heart and is passion-driven. Ensuring that every client that walks out of the door is 100 percent happy is non-negotiable for Vicky, who instils this perfectionism in all his staff members. The consultation itself was amazing and I really felt that I knew exactly what the final creation would look like. Michelle, the L’Oreal technician, asked me numerous questions, noting what colours would make my skin colour look healthier and what cut would complement my facial structure. She also made sure that the

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Whilst our colour was being applied, we were treated to snacks and coffee — don’t ever turn a cup of their coffee down as it’s life-changing! For my colour we decided on a dark, rich brown with cool tones to enhance my olive skin, plus some underlying sun-kissed blonde streaks. We chose not to do the latter on the top of my head to prevent visible re-growth — this is low-maintenance but at the same time still gives your hair body and a natural lustre. The colour is mixed in front of you, so you know that you are getting the proper products and what you are paying for. An ammonia-free permanent colour called Inoa is used, which has an oil-delivery system that pushes the colour into the

hair, giving you an intense colour and shine. The product is also great for people with sensitive scalps. Lucille had diagonal-sliced brown and blonde streaks put in her hair — a technique that offers defined streaks that allow you to see the different colour variations.

Whilst my colour set, I had a divine pedicure and then a wash and a Kérastase colour protein treatment with a defrizzing booster which included a mind-blowing head massage. I decided to go bold with the cut and take a lot off the length and introduce some more layers, giving the back a more rounded look. I opted for a feathered fringe which helps shape my face, enhancing my eyes and toning down the squareness of my jawline. After my hair was blow dried and finished off, I could hardly believe how much my features appeared to have changed and were enhanced — I looked like the best me I could possibly be! To say I am overwhelmingly happy is an understatement. Vicky believes that he and his team are “doctors” for your hair and I am confident in saying that he is 100 percent correct! It’s new day, a new dawn, a new hairstyle and I feel great – thanks Salon Sharona! Ballito Bay Mall, shop LG39, lower level Tel: 032 586 3396


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Words Lorinda Scott

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On my arrival, the very friendly staff made me feel right at home in no time and, before I knew it, my body was in “heaven”. We started with the full-body scrub where she used a mixture of salt and lavender (relaxing) and essential oils to scrub all the old dead skin cells off. By this stage your body already feels revived and my skin was glowing. Then you get hugged in a dressing-gown and off you go to the steam session — a fantastic double shower where you sit and enjoy the steam, which further revives and softens your skin. Feeling fresh and awake, it is time to relax and enjoy... Then began the full-body massage using Clarins body products. I love how the products feel, but the massage is the winner! The technique at the Impilo Spa is pure indulgence, where every area gets a thorough rub-and-relax session. Who knew that forearms could be the best-ever way to get a massage that feels great! I was thoroughly impressed at the attention to detail and everything from my head to my toes were relaxed! And then there was more... I requested that we do the balancing facial and the OPI Pedicure at the same time; well, this will be my new favourite request, except that I must add here that the Impilo ladies are truly thorough with their treatments, which means that you are in sensation-overload, which is

fantastic! The Clarins facial is exceptional. Again their technique is very different from the usual and this was not just a facial — it was another whole massage and relax session for your face and your scalp gets a treatment, too! Yeah, I’m gonna put it out there… Best facial I have had to date! Highly recommended! And at the same time my feet were getting an overhaul, pamper and massage, too, and with new colour and soft as a baby’s bum, I am one very happy girl! The Spa is set up to accommodate all your wants and needs. There are four treatment rooms with my favourite, a couples’ room, available too (very popular for friends, moms and daughters, or bridal parties). There is also a Jacuzzi, which is highly recommended for couples who want a further bit of pampering added to the treatments. What I love is that nothing is too much to ask for — canapés and Champagne on the patio after your treatment… No problem. This is also a favourite place for pamper party ladies to hang out between sessions. Hotel Izulu is not only the perfect place to treat someone special to a spa treatment, but it could also become the most romantic and perfect little escape/ getaway for couples ... I can think of nothing better than a couples’ treatment, followed by a dinner at Gigi’s and then a sleepover at the hotel (even better if it’s in the honeymoon suite). Now this is what I call a perfect day!

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ften we dismiss packing for holidays as just a chore before we get to the good part — kind of like the cork in a bottle of wine. But a recent study from Virgin Atlantic shows that your luggage actually reveals more about the type of person you are than the actual contents! Some of you may be thinking: “Hold the phone; that makes no sense! How can a bag that just carries my Diesel or Gucci say more than my over-priced shoes and sunglasses?” Like duhhh! Apart from the fact that the article has been researched and is based on facts gleaned, do yourself a favour next time you’re at the airport and take a minute to sit down and watch people coming or going. I did and, with this list in hand, was shocked and amused at how accurate it is! The study was broken up into six categories. I found myself lingering in the multiple bags category, with my utterly dysfunctional packing methods! I gotta be overly prepared in the off chance that I may just land a free unplanned trip to space! Or go on a date with Channing Tatum – It’s not entirely impossible... So what exactly does your luggage say about you? Designer trunks This luggage is beloved by those who enjoy showing off a bit; their upper class style is reflected by everything

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from the limousine to the lounge and anywhere where flashbulbs may be found. These fashionistas, with their blackout sunglasses and designer gear, scream out: “Leave me alone” but in actual fact are begging to be looked at. “Aren’t I just the bee’s knees?” Multiple bags This “real housewife” refuses to leave home without every pair of shoes she owns (hey, you never know where you’ll end up when you travel!). With little regard for excess baggage fees and maximum need for personal creature comforts, this sort of packer might one day end up on an episode of Hoarders, but at least she’ll look good on air! The Crazy-coloured set Leopard print, zebra stripes and fluorescent-colour cases follow behind these zany, dramatic travellers. They are the first ones to run through the arrival doors, screaming their hello’s before they’ve even seen their families. They are known for their attention-seeking personalities but there’s no denying that they are fun and spontaneous. You never know what to expect when you share a vacation with characters like this or the crazy items they’ve packed. The Holdall Packing light is something that not many people can do, so what type of passenger can fit their holiday essentials into a holdall? They are known as the Mary Poppins’ of travellers, the ones who manage to pack everything they need into

one piece of luggage, finding space for things the rest of us forget, like adaptor plugs and baby wipes, and yet still have room for a different bikini for every day of the holiday. Frighteningly practical and terrifyingly confident, this optimist will tend to be the most seasoned traveller of the lot. The Corporate case This traveller has been there, packed that and is as used to breezing in and out of hotel lobbies as a concierge. They opt for something practical, low-key and convenient for all those airport runs. Stylish and understated, the corporate case is definitely the most popular choice for the upper class passenger. They tend to be rather focused and determined, too, meaning a time-managed flight that includes working on the laptop or catching up on some well-earned power-napping rather than putting on the headphones and chilling in front of a movie. These types of passengers know that they are rich and therefore believe that there’s no reason to flash it. The Rucksack Meet the eternally young-at-heart traveller, someone who enjoys a freewheeling, commitment-free lifestyle. (Hmmm, sounds like a typical KZN surfer boy.)They hate being pinned down and treasure the ability to go anywhere the wind takes them. This frequent-flier is a true explorer, a stout-hearted adventurer who will make the best of any situation.


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Words Debbie Williams

Do You Need Travel Insurance? In the excitement of organising your holiday it’s easy to overlook an essential accessory — travel insurance. People tend to put a lot of effort into planning the perfect trip, but sometimes overlook their safety net. Because anything can happen, it’s best to be prepared .The cost of medical care abroad is exorbitant when paid in South African rand, and you may face severe financial difficulties if you are not adequately covered, in addition to which many foreign countries will not issue you a visa without proof of adequate medical insurance.

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Different types of travel insurance?

When to buy travel insurance?

• Leisure and business • Individual, family, senior, business, student and youth

• Any travel insurance policy must be bought

What cover is the best to take out? Medical, trip cancellation, delayed or lost baggage insurance, flight delay/cancellation insurance, etc? • Brokersure recommends any comprehensive travel insurance policy, most of which cover all of the above. Should you take out more than one travel insurance? • As an insured, you can only claim from one policy. • If you have automatic travel insurance through your credit card, you can top this up with an official bank-endorsed policy or through your broker.

prior to travel. How do I buy it?

• Speak with your short term insurance broker

• Travel agencies How do I make a claim and who do I claim back from? • All reputable insurers have 24-hour call centres to deal with claims. • You can also pay relevant expenses yourself and claim back on your return, subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy.

Are you still covered if you come back home and have your It is vital to note that the above is merely information; it is not advice. treatment done here? As with all financial products, you must seek proper advice from your • Follow-up treatment is available on certain products but this broker and always ensure that you read and understand the terms cover, however, is limited as per the terms and conditions in and conditions of your policy document, what you are covered for, the policy wording. what you are not covered for, and what excesses may apply. Brokersure is an authorised financial services provider, FSP number 13126 7 Warne House, Ballito Business Park, Garlicke Drive, Ballito 032-946 2196

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Destinations

On Our Doorstep The great thing about living in KZN besides the all year round spectacular weather is the close proximity to some of the most amazing holiday destinations. These days not everyone can afford extravagant trips overseas but, in all honesty, you don’t need to go to such expense when we have such spectacular get-a-ways right here on our doorstep! In the coming editions we will provide you with some of these great holiday destinations that are less than an hour’s drive from Ballito, where you can wine, dine, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour easily.

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Pumula Beach Resort

It’s just a quick drive down the South Coast, with a few turns along the way before you get to the Pumula Beach Resort. Once you arrive all the stresses and worries of the week just go away... throw the bags into your room and head for tea — what a treat (and we had only just arrived)! While we were sipping our afternoon coffee and nibbling cake, we saw a whale whipping its tail out at sea. It was playing and having so much fun! RING the whale bell for all to hear!

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hat a great way to start the weekend! Whale watching, cake and coffee! (Little did I know that this was the start of a weekend of food, food and more food!) And then, to top it all off... our kids left us (we did not see them AT ALL for three hours) to head for beach, pool and playroom. How awesome for the kids! Freedom! Thank goodness for 7p.m supper when we had 45 minutes with them before they ran off again. By this stage I was thinking, “Oh, wow, this could be a GREAT weekend!” Dinner was superb, with three courses (or more, depending on the day and your appetite) served within minutes of placing the order. I am not even sure how that is possible! But it is and we were Super Impressed! The morning greets you with the most spectacular blue seas, views and peace. This place is perfectly suited to families or even single-parent vacations and, with so much


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for the kids to do, you need have no doubt that there’s a lazy, relaxing time ahead of you! Every mom’s dream, with no worries about what to eat or when. That alone is worth more than money can buy for most parents. Pumula has a fully-equipped kids’ games room, a DVD watching area, a kids’ dining room, a big pool, putt-putt, trampolines and, of course, the beach. There are also all-day activities planned for the kids, who can join in at any time. There is also a separate dinner sitting for younger kids who want to eat early (or for teenagers who want to eat more than once!).

For adults, there is a gym, a private bar, service at the pool and a spa, so there’s plenty to do. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, with more than enough choices to keep you thoroughly confused and eating. And GM, Phillip’s, eversmiling (rake-thin body) encouragement to “go ahead, have some more!” is not at all helpful either. Dinner is a set menu with just the right number of variations to satisfy every appetite.

feel awkward (even with screaming babies). We even had a North Coast 10-year-old,Saxon, become our GM for the afternoon. She followed in Phillip’s footsteps and, of course, ushered us towards the food! We left late on Sunday afternoon, sunkissed, relaxed, happy and about 3kg heavier — this is not the place to go if you plan to be “good”.

The kids had a ball and the familyfriendliness is felt throughout the hotel. Not for one second does anyone

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Boulevard 44 Boutique Hotel is nestled in the rolling hills of Umhlali on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal. A truly South African “country” experience awaits the discerning executive traveller or leisure guest, and with its sense of tranquillity and natural beauty, this venue is ideal for weekend getaways, romantic weddings, private functions or conferences. Boulevard 44 has been given exquisite and stylish attention to detail with architectural design embracing stone and iron that salutes a bygone era, whilst its totally modern facilities and amenities cater for the new generation. The 36 luxurious standard bedrooms are all impeccably appointed in beautiful landscaped gardens, providing a calm tranquil atmosphere with spectacular views over the hills of sugar cane fields.

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The Green Food Studio is an open plan kitchen that creates a vibe, which allows you to check out the action on the kitchen floor. The Green Food Studio is renown for its fresh fish, seafood, exotic Indian cuisine and, of course, a fair share of healthy attitude. Boulevard 44’s signature dishes are a B44 seafood platter, which is a selection of fresh seafood and shellfish, consisting of fresh mussels cooked in a creamy white wine and garlic sauce. Grilled lemon grass line fish, pan fried tiger prawns cooked to perfection, pan fried langoustines, grilled crayfish and deep fried calamari, all served with spicy Thai rice and choux string fries. Book your table and savour Boulevard’s tasty cuisine!

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Book now for your 5* luxury break at KZN’S Premier BIG 5 Reserve (20 000 acres) in the luxurious exclusive Nambiti Plains Private 5* 10 bed exclusive eco lodge. 3.5 hr drive from JHB. 2.5 hrs from DBN (Ladysmith area). Midweek special - R1695.00 per person per night sharing – min 2 nights. Weekend special - R1850 per person per night (Rates FROM 1st June, includes 2 game drives, all meals, teas and coffees, welcome drink) Other activities include interaction with cheetah, bass fishing, Elandslagte battle field tour (extra charges)

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ell, our headline says it all ... The Hatchery is an experience!

Around 37 minutes away lies a paradise of pure, unspoilt beaches — you have to cross a river to get there though! Untouched, unspoilt and on our doorstep, it is a rustic little Mozambique-style bit of heaven. When you get there (unless you’ve been forewarned) the exterior can be a little disconcerting. It is raw and rustic and generated memories of sand-strewn Ponta. On our arrival we, met Penny who, when we asked, “Where is reception?”, smiled broadly and said, “Welcome — I am reception!”. And with this the tone was set; unpretentious and simple, with a friendly smile. We booked into the Kelp Room, which sleeps six, and I was immediately in my happy place... a comfy bed, linen that is crisp and clean — altogether what I term “ Gucci camping”, with all the comforts of home in a rustic setting. There’s a bar fridge for your goodies and a communal kitchen (DIY) that is pretty well kitted out and is also quite a cool place to hang out in.

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Their website describes it best: “The Hatchery is an ex- prawn hatchery (strange but true) — right on the lagoon, overlooking a deserted beach, but be warned — it is a different kind of place and comes with a twist. If you really want us to bore you with

the details, the pump house, artemia and maturation rooms have been changed into eight rooms, each one can be experienced and enjoyed because they’re individual and different …” Our two nights away were just perfect and very family-orientated. The kids loved the weird pools, mom loved the fish pedi and. all-in-all, it is an utterly restful place. We braaied, we lunched as we lounged around the pools, the kids played table tennis, played with clay in the river and even tried their hands at canoeing. We did a lot of walking and the highlight was a fantastic prawn braai evening managed by Penny and her team. With good company and a perfect star-filled sky, it was perfection! Breakfast the next morning was placed squarely in Penny’s hands as we packed up (sadly)... The venue is perfect for a group of friends to get together. Bring the lot and enjoy the tranquillity, the peace, and the thoroughly different experience. It is ideal for a rustic wedding (the website shows some amazing photos!) or a simple family weekend getaway. It is perfect for bonding time and the dependable staff love to help — nothing is too much effort for them! I dare you... give in to your wild side and give The Hatchery a go!


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There are many things to do at the hatchery ... Its up to you to make them happen ! Here are a couple of ideas for you.. • relax on the lagoon beaches or chill out in the gin tank overlooking the reserve • have a session at the chill out spot • for the slightly active try a walk along the lagoons beaches or wade across the lagoon to casuarina island or….. • work off a lunch at the prawn shack on the 20 min lagoon walk • for the energy bunnies the game reserve is a short paddle away but keep an eye out for crocs!!!! if you’re old style hop in your 4by and drive it rather • or you could just buzz across the lagoon and back on your kite board

• the roads have been designed with mountain bikers in mind or

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going around princes grant or eshowe hills golf courses - in a golf cart of course or • to get back to one with mother nature try a gentle stroll through dhlinza or ongoye forests but don’t try the same thing at umfolozi game reserve!!! • beach butlers are available to doing anything you don’t want to (even taking the little monsters – oops we mean darlings – off your hands) or if you just get too chilled out to do anything at all it doesn’t matter ...enjoy!!

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GOOD OLD-FASHIONED WORDS pippa rowney

FAMILY FUN IN KZN Kwa-Zulu Natal is, in my opinion, South Africa’s most beautiful treasure. Maybe I am just biased towards the Midlands and the Drakensberg but, apart from its beauty, there are just so many hidden gems in every part of this province. Travelling within KZN is a splendid treat and it is in finding new Midlands Meander stores or a cosy lodge in the Berg that one comes to know more about the delights that this place provides. The North Coast boasts amazing beaches and lush nature reserves, while the South Coast is home to untouched farmlands and wild terrain. From the beaches of Durban to the land of dairy farming and bushman paintings, what more could you ask for.

Boomerang, Super Bowl and Aqua Loop will keep you and your kids entertained all day and there is even an Interactive AquaPlay area for younger tots — there’s nothing like letting the kid inside you loose while you’re on holiday. The Wild Coast Sun is approximately 2.5 hours south of Durban and, if your kids won’t sit still in a car that long, you can stop at The Waffle House in Ramsgate for a top-up before you continue on your journey.

The thing that I have found so attractive about travelling around KZN, is that most places you visit are worth making a family affair! Here are just a few of the great activities that KZN has on offer for you, for the next family discussion around your forthcoming holiday destination.

If you’re thinking more along the lines of a relaxing holiday, then my suggestion is the Midlands. (The Midlands Meander) is a great way to spend a holiday, be it a long weekend or a week away. I strongly recommend that all travellers make a point of going to the Belgian chocolate Shop near Howick. Hot chocolate served with a solid chocolate spoon… need I say more! The gardens are lovely to sit and have lunch in, the play area is perfect for kids and the chocolate shop will tantalise every taste bud you were born with.

(The Wild Waves Water Park) at the Wild Coast Sun is the latest addition to this Sun International holiday resort. Rides like the

Travelling in KZN can provide some crazy fun in the sun, like stumbling across a chocolate haven while meandering

through the Midlands, or it can be a real down-to-earth experience that involves tents, fishing rods and gas lanterns.

(Camping in Mapelane) was my family’s favourite holiday. My mom and her siblings reminisce about these holidays at every get-together and the laughter goes on all night. The North Coast of Natal has many campsites available for families and the fishing in these areas is known to be fantastic. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park and Mapelane Nature Reserve are just two spots worth a mention and are situated close to the must-see St Lucia Wetlands, a birding hot-spot and home to South Africa’s highest vegetated sand dune. That’s a fact your kids will love to tell their teachers back at school! Honestly, KZN’s beauty and delights are for the whole family. A holiday at any of the destinations KZN has to offer will surely be a break much enjoyed.

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allito is filled with talented kids in all different genres, so we thought why not profile some of the kids who really work hard to be the best in their fields. In the next couple of editions we will be profiling some of Ballito’s kick ass sportsmen, academics, artists and many more.... From humble beginnings back in 2006 to being one of the most competitive swimming clubs in the country today, Dominique Donner has led her young and, at that time, inexperienced Team Donner Coaching Academy to victory with a smashing 45 individual medals. As one of South Africa’s top female triathletes — an African Triathlon champion in 2001 and the Zurich Woman’s Triathlon Champion in 2002—– Dominique knows exactly what it takes to pave the way to success for these future sport stars. After running a very successful swimming club in Cape Town, Dominique came to the North Coast and saw the potential in the local kids. “I know that each child has the ability to swim and it is really just the time frames that differ from person to person,” she explains. “A few years ago, Ballito was only a small town with a laid-back community. I had to educate the parents on how important it was for these

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young swimmers to motivate themselves to come to training each week.”

individual performance. That takes a lot of commitment at such a young age.”

She soon opened the Team Donner Coaching Academy, which is registered with the Seals Swimming Club based in Pietermaritzburg, and her swimmers train at Ashton International College’s top-notch swimming facilties. The children represent the Seals at galas and it is this very team that won the Regional Championship in Kimberley.

The Level Three Nationals were held in Durban, while Level Two Regional Nationals were held in Kimberley. The Level One Nationals are coming up in April.

Today, an abundance of talented young swimmers make up the Seals swimming team. “We have come a long way since the club started and now these kids are ready to take on the country,” Dom says proudly. The club had six swimmers representing it at Level Three, the highest level for school swimmers, 12 swimmers at Level Two and nine young swimmers competing at Level One. The Seals blew the competition out of the water by bagging 45 individual medals at the recent Nationals and there seems to be no end to the talents of the youth of the North Coast. “The young Zoë Frank smashed five South African age-group records,” Dominique proudly says. “She is just in a whole different league compared to other 10-year-olds. She competes as if she’s in a training session, pushing herself harder with each stroke, and she fully focuses on her

The very impressive achievements of the team from Ballito is no small feat. “Swimming at a high level requires talent but, with hard work and perseverance, anyone can become a great swimmer,” she explains. She evaluates the abilities of each swimmer and then works out a suitable training program for them and, although they train together as a team, the maturity of the swimmers varies. Dominique is justly proud of her team of super swimmers and their awe-inspiring results are just more proof that those early morning training sessions have paid off. “Swimmers like Zoë, Cameron Pennell, Demi Jefferies, Amber Smith, Tyler Mirtle and Ruan Lotz are certainly putting us firmly on the map,” she says. With the South African Senior Nationals happening in Port Elizabeth from 15 to 22 April, this is only the beginning of a bright future. “Their parents have supported them and I thank them for their commitment. I am proud of my team,” Dom says.


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Age: 10 , Favourite Stroke: Backstroke How long have you been swimming seriously for? I have been swimming for three years now. What do you enjoy the most about swimming practice with coach Domininque? I was not really into swimming when I was younger, but then the CEO of Ashton International College saw me swimming at the Locker Room gym, and told me to join the swimming team. I placed first in my very first event. Right now I enjoy swimming practice because of the social side and I also feel like I achieve a lot when I train.

What are some of your biggest achievements so far? I broke five SA age group records: the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, and also the 100m and 200m freestyle. Did you find it difficult at first to get into your swimming routine? Yes, but people really helped to push me to reach my goals. What is your biggest goal for the future? I would love to compete in the Olympics one day. I am going to participate in the KwaZulu-Natal Junior Championships in August, which I am also excited about. DISCRETE HOME THEATRE INSTALLATIONS

Tyler Mirtle Age: 16, Favourite Stroke Freestyle (Crawl)

How long have you been swimming seriously for? I started swimming seriously four years ago. What do you enjoy the most about swimming practice with coach Domininque? I needed that extra push and I would not have done so well without Dominique. It is the best feeling in the world when I hear her say, “you did well and worked so hard” after a training session. Also, it is a great time to socialise with my friends because we truly act like a team. What are some of your biggest achievements so far? I qualified for the Youth Nationals, which take place on 14 April in Port Elizabeth. I am really

excited about that, and the R10 000 I raised when I swam eight miles for charity. I have also reached the final for every event that I have competed in.

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Did you find it difficult at first to get into your swimming routine? Yes, especially those mornings when you wake up and you really don’t feel like swimming in the cold. But, I have to push myself and luckily I also get a lot of support from my parents and Dominique. What is your biggest goal for the future? I would love to break the one minute time for the 100m freestyle. I currently do 1:00:64.

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Age: 13, Favourite Stroke: Backstroke How long have you been swimming seriously for ? I’ve been swimming for four years now, but more seriously for three years. What do you enjoy the most about swimming practice with coach Domininque? At first I disliked swimming, but as I progressed and started seeing the results, I developed a passion for it. I have learned to enjoy it because swimming gives me such relief and joy, and I always feel good after a swimming session. What are some of your biggest achievements so far? I won three silver medals, for 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, and one bronze medal for 100m freestyle at Level 3 (the highest level in youth

swimming). I also placed third overall at the 13 under and 13 over category at the Midmar Mile. Did you find it difficult at first to get into your swimming routine? Yes, my dad would come into my room early in the mornings to take me to my swimming sessions. But he also encourages me a lot, so I got used to it by now. What is your biggest goal for the future? I would love to be selected for the SA Junior Team, that is my goal for now.

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Colourful flowers What happens to your flowers when you add food colouring into your vase instead of just water? What you’ll need: What you’ll need Vase with water in. Any white flower Food colouring

Instructions: 1. Place flowers in vase with water, use a couple of vases and a couple of flower, 2. Cut the stems at a slant 3. Add in different colours of food colouring into each vase, 4. Wait a couple of minutes and see what happens to the flower.

What’s happening? When you put a white flower in food colouring the flower drinks the food die and the petals change to the colour you put the flower in. It’s a great science experiment for science fairs and you can get a great amount of facts.

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A working Formula

Words Jenni Rivett

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he key to success is to change what you do on a daily basis – John Maxwell

As we settle well and truly into 2013, how are you faring in your well-intended health and fitness regime? Unfortunately, for many of us the momentum has waned. And exactly why this happens, I believe, is down to one thing — no change, no results! With lack of results comes boredom and de-motivation and the excuses come pouring in. Boom… you’re back where you started with bag-loads of fat taking up residence again. Justin (the Ed) posed a rather cynical question to me just the other day. “Is there seriously a formula for getting into shape, Jenni? Everyone seems to have their own ideas about the best way to get lean and healthy and, quite frankly, it’s frustrating and confusing.” Agreed, Justin! You are your own laboratory experiment and if something’s not working, why isn’t it? Change the formula! If you’ve been pelting it out on the treadmill or following a diet and nothing’s budged, well um… it probably never will.

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According to top life and fitness coach, Douglas Brooks, we are only six steps away from a life-changing experience! Therefore, if we could discover the vices holding us back from achieving our personal best and endeavour to conquer them, we would be successful in our dreams of becoming lean and healthy. These vices differ for all of us. Excess coffee, sugar, and alcohol spring to mind high on the list, followed closely by lack of water, acidity and the wrong exercise prescription. For example, you may be someone who survives on copious amounts of coffee every day. This seemingly innocent little habit can actually wreak havoc in the body, causing everything from unstable blood sugar levels and dehydration to anxiety and depression, or elevated insulin and cortisol levels.

Gym as much as you like, but with the above symptoms present you’re unlikely to ever crack the health and fitness ideal! But an informed and conscious decision to eliminate the coffee, or even moderate it to two cups a day, will have your body responding positively until it becomes a habit. Work on discovering the personal triggers holding you back and aspire to move

your body into a permanent new space called “maintenance” by eliminating or moderating these little horrors one at a time, until they no longer have the power to keep you from your goal of becoming lean, energetic and vibrant. Your body will quite simply wake up and start to work for you! Here’s a great little formula to work by: • It takes the body 21 days to recognise change • It takes the body 21 days to internalise this change • It takes the body 21 days for final transformation • BOOM — 63 days Given this formula, we can easily understand why the quick-fix options continue to fail us. Ultimately we have to agree that the safest bet and an almost guaranteed formula is to opt for a change to a healthy lifestyle (which includes finding your personal triggers) along with regular exercise and sticking with this plan for 63 days. Once you feel re-energized, revitalized and alive again, the bags of fat will start offloading — hopefully for good! When you’re in this space, watch this space!


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

If you are a property owner and would like to have a clear understanding of when best to buy or sell, there are certain key macro-economic trends to keep a careful watch over. The micro-elements we as sellers have control over relate to the presentation and quality of the property and the marketing over the seasonally best time of the year. Timing a sale is more important in areas with large seasonal climate variations, such as Gauteng and Cape Town, and less important in areas with low seasonal climate variations, such as KZN. Many would claim that selling a property in May in KZN, especially along the coastal regions, is in fact better than mid-summer. These aspects can have a significant impact on the salability of any particular home, but the general market trend and cycle have an arguably more profound impact. Buyers are best equipped to commit to a property when they have access to readily available mortgage funds, when the cost of this is relatively low, when they have the capacity to take on and service debt and when they are feeling up-beat and confident about their future prospects. Economists measure these drivers of buyer behavior and report them as GDP growth as a measure of general economic activity, residential mortgage

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credit growth, the prime interest rate, the household debt and disposable income ratios and the household sector debt service risk index. Considering the measurements of these key statistics provides us with excellent insight into the state of the property market and what can reasonably be expected within the medium term. Hot of the press is the FNB published analysis of the household sector debtservice risk index. This index measures, on a scale of 1 to 10, the vulnerability of the country’s household sector when it comes to being able to service its debt in the future. This brilliant predictor of the financial resilience of households is compiled from the household debt-todisposable income ratio, the trend in the debt-to-disposable income ratio, and the level of interest rates relative to the long term average consumer price inflation. As you can imagine the higher an individual’s (or the country’s household sector as a whole) debt-to-disposable income ratio, the more vulnerable the individual or household sector is to unwanted “shocks” such as an interest rate hike or downward pressure on disposable income due to unemployment or declining economic activity. The 4th quarter measurement of this index is 6.55 which remains high

relative to the long term average of 5.2. It remains high largely because the indebtedness risk of households remains high. This remains high because our overall household debt-to-disposable income remains high at 75.8%. Interest rates remain at historical low levels with the prime interest rate at 8.5%, down from its more recent peak of 15.5% in 2008. When interest rates are low however, the risk is that they will increase making households more vulnerable. FNB predict that interest rates have room to move upwards, but caution that any increase above 12% would be met with severe financial pain given the current household debt levels. As a property professional, what has fascinated me is the change in household credit growth. Residential mortgage credit growth and nonmortgage household credit growth moved predictably in tandem from 2002. However, from January 2010 the growth in non-mortgage credit growth has been exponential and is currently at 23.29%, while mortgage credit growth has declined to the lowest levels over the same period and are currently 1.25%. This alarming growth in unsecured lending, with banks such as African Bank and Capitec leading the charge, has been severely criticized by economists and government alike. In a Financial Mail lead story published on 14 Feb 2013, the question was raised on the sustainability of African Bank’s business model and reported that the National Credit Regulator had made an allegation of reckless lending against African Bank and requested that the Consumer Tribunal fine the company R300m. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is equally concerned about the low rate of mortgage growth, which is viewed as lower risk positive lending as it finances assets that tend to grow in value over time, while at the same time witnessing the more risky unsecured lending growth. Gordhan has reportedly engaged with the banking sector to discuss these issues. This is important as mortgage growth underpins the residential property market.


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