The Ballito Issue 34 Apr 2015

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a north coast way of life

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A NEW village


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032 946 3430 | Shop 5A Lifestyle Centre, Ballito ZIMBALI

R 11 800 000 Beds 4 Baths 4 Garages 2

Web 1BO1208687

Recently completed, this magnificent villa has been tastefully designed to present a sophisticated environment of architectural ingenuity and exquisitely appointed interior design. Well elevated the home, with its numerous patios, wooden decks and pool take full advantage of an array inland vistas as well as magnificent resort and sea views, whilst the interiors offer a transparent flow and yet retains individuality to suit a family’s need for private spaces. Sascha Bausch 076 451 0879 | Marcelle Conradie 071 302 3010



R1 995 000


JOINT MANDATE Beds 2 Baths 2 Garages 1

Web 1BO1210696

R1 850 000

SOLE MANDATE Beds 3 Baths 2

Web 1BO1206551

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF SANTORINI. This delightful 1st floor penthouse is in tip-top condition, fully furnished & is air-conditioned. Perfectly sheltered from the South-Easter, the patio demands Al-Fresco style dining whilst watching dolphins & whales at play in the warm waters of the KZN North Coast.

READY, STEADY, MOVE IN. This new freehold home is perfect for a first time home owner, young family or retired couple. Nicely finished and offering secure living in single storey 3 bedroom home. All bedrooms offer bics. There are 2 bathrooms (with main en-suite).

Anton van der Merwe 072 606 0781

Tracey Middleton 082 566 3364


R3 750 000


SOLE MANDATE Beds 4 Baths 3 Garages 2

Web 1BO1201667

R12 500 000

JOINT MANDATE Beds 4 Baths 4 Garages 2

Web 1BO1209046

CONTEMPORARY LIVING. This home is due to be built in 2015 in Dunkirk Estate, within a Sectional title Development. This boutique estate is situated on the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal, in close proximity to the King Shaka Airport, and 20 minutes from Gateway.

“LITTLE MONACO FOUND”. Paradise has been found elevated on this supreme site measuring 2 250 ms in prime position of sought after addresses. This master built villa offers 4 spacious bedrooms, all en-suite, with self-catering kitchenettes and private patios with sea views.

Marie Paule Smith 082 889 5504

Tammy Messiter-Tooze 072 541 8822

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R 3 495 000 Beds 5 Baths 5 Garages 2

Web 1BO1195184

LARGE FAMILY HOME WITH TWO BEDROOM FLATLET. Nestled amongst the trees and shrubs this beautiful home from a bygone era is worth a visit. Situated in an established area of Salt Rock this family home boasts over 400m2 with outdoor entertaining areas, patio pool and built in braai. Large living areas, bar, gourmet kitchen with granite tops and two bedroom, two bathroom flatlet. Upstairs three spacious bedrooms all en-suites. Double garage and loads of off street parking. Shelley West 082 451 6823



R2 350 000  









 

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  

  

  


Beds 3 Baths 2

R4 350 000


Web 1BO1203171  

Web 1BO1210687 Beds 4 Baths 3 Garages 2    

 

 

 

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME!! Security and peace of mind in Beverley POSITIONED IN ONE OF BALLITO’S BEST COMPLEXES. This spacious unit       Hills offering clubhouse, courts, gym and pool. and modern on the ground floor offers quick walking access to Thompson’s Bay beach.  Large   tennis   Spacious        home boasting a big open plan kitchen with granite tops, large open plan living open plan living area with stacking doors allows you to bring the outside, inside. and dining areas, spilling out to area on one side and a private Horizon views. Three well sized bedrooms (all with with     braai   bics), and mainbedroom   a secluded large pool on the other side. Double lock up garage with direct access into the en-suite bathroom. Dedicated parking and single garage. house. Tracey Middleton 082 566 3364


Bea van der Merwe 072 756 7753

R2 495 000



 

R 850 000 


 

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      


           

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34 Regulars



12 My Town Meet Ballito’s Kalai Moodley

42 Building a legacy The Bruce and Paul Rencken story

66 Car Review Six of the best

14 Inspiration The Search

46 TOTES DELISH Who are the Lund sisters?

70 Restaurant Review Bottles Mexican

20 High Society Social Scene Spotted out and about in Ballito

52 EDEN VILLAGE A tour of Ballito’s newest chill spot

71 Spa Review Zen’ Ju

68 Kid’s Corner Make your own Easter eggs

56 MUM’S TREASURES What mums hold dear

72 Pay It Forward Feline Feral Fund

38 CHEF JOHN MCARDLE A chat with La Piazza’s head chef

74 Health What has changed?

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a north coast way of life PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott |

editor’s note theballito




ost people tend to think of

the pursuit of money more than managing

money when you speak about

my diminishing asset of time. I’m smart

investment, dividends or

- I understand financial structures, deal

returns. It’s just how we’re

making, returns and PE multiples but I’m a

wired. We use wealth, an abundance of

lot less wise when it comes to checking my

valuable possessions or money, to gauge

returns on my time invested. How I fix that

or social status and we’ve even hooked our

is perhaps a story for the future…or perhaps

personal well-being and health into it – we

not, but it is something that needs fixing.

get sick when we don’t have enough!

Why do I talk about it in my editor’s letter?

But what if I told you there is something

Well, I woke up early to write it and it was

more precious than money that also yields

dark outside. A few weeks ago it was light.

dividends or returns? Something that is

I realised time is moving quickly this year

easily attainable but even more difficult to

and if I had to make a list of where I was

manage than money. It’s given to all of us

investing my time I know there would be

but some get more than others and just like

some items that won’t yield returns….how

money, most of us squander it. We definitely

would your list look? What returns are you

don’t manage our returns on it and seldom,

getting from your time?

if ever, question what dividends we’ve earned from it. Figured out what it is yet?

In this edition of the Ballito mag there are

It’s TIME.

some great stories of people investing time with great reward. This month’s cover girls

Yes, we’ve all read the books on time

are Kate and Rebecca Lund, better known

management and we’ve all seen the video

as the Delish Sisters – a great example

clips that work out how much real time you

of how time invested wisely can lead to

have after sleeping, brushing your teeth and

amazing returns. We continue with the

all the other mundane tasks of life but have

love of food with our new series on North

you ever really given thought to what type

Coast food. Check out our interview with

of returns you’re getting on your time? You

Bruce Rencken as he recounts his and his

have so little of it; it’s more precious than

brother’s journey from shop keepers to

money and what you do with it will be more

landlords. We also look at the Ballito Pro

valuable when you’re gone than the money

and confirm it’s staying in town plus take

and assets you leave behind.

a tour of the North Coast’s brand new chill

EDITOR Justin Scott | GRAPHIC DESIGN Liza du Bruto | SALES Lucille Wendler | 083 747 3694 Kubashni Nagapah | 078 534 5624 Sharlene Odayar | 083 761 3137 Lorinda Scott | 082 562 7202 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Jodi van Wyk | CONTRIBUTORS Richard Webb, Sean Temple, Dylan Jahnig, Marc Forrest, Tim Johnson ADMIN & ACCOUNTS Sharlene Odayar | OFFICE NUMBER 032 946 3187 032 946 0357 FAX NUMBER 086 605 0098 EMAIL EDITORIAL ADDRESS 104 San Hall Office Park Kirsty Close | Ballito, KZN PRINTING DNA Print (Pty) Ltd. Front Cover Delish Sisters - Justin Scott

spot, Eden Village. It’s a great edition and it Recently I listened to Dylan Jahnig, pastor

is well worth the read!

at Linc Church, preach about breathing

Until our next edition

room (a great message available on podcast from their site) and during the message

God Bless

I realised that I too have set my sights on

Justin & the FabMags Team

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Gadgets Ballito




Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine The Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine is your ultimate go-anywhere espresso machine. Small and convenient, the Handpresso travels with you on vacation/business trips, hiking, boating - anywhere that you would like to enjoy a premium quality espresso, cappuccino, Americano, or latte! The Handpresso is a simple and compact Nomadic Espresso maker. All you need is some boiling water and any E.S.E Pod, or ground coffee, no matter where you are. This also eliminates the mess associated with espresso making while on the go. Just pump up the Handpresso

until the needle is in the green area on the Pressure gauge; this says you’re at 16 bars of pressure, now you can add hot water from a kettle or a thermoinsulated bottle. Place the E.S.E. pod or ground coffee in the filter, close the top and press the button to dispense the espresso! It’s never been easier or required less clean up to make your espresso or cappuccinos until now! Cleaning is a breeze, simply just wash out under a tap. It really can’t be any more hassle free than that!

Braven 705 / Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This fantastic speaker is available exclusively at iStore for a recommended selling price of R1699.

You can order your Handpresso Pump from the very awesome Randomly website ( for R1,589.

The Braven team never fail to surprise us with the latest additions to their product ranges. So when we saw the new Braven 705 Wireless Bluetooth speaker, we had to get our hands on it. The lightweight portability meets big sound and offers a custom highfidelity audio drivers delivering room-filling sound to your music, media, conference calls and more. Using the built-in noise-cancelling microphone, you can make and take calls wirelessly. For a powerful, immersive left and right stereo experience, pair any two Braven 7-Series speakers together using Braven’s highly-acclaimed TrueWirelessTM Technology. The Braven 705 speaker is also IPX5 certified water resistant so it can be taken virtually anywhere life takes you. With 12 hours of wireless playtime and a built-in 1400 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, this speaker creates an incredible blend of fun and function. Precision engineered with a shock-absorbent thermoplastic exterior and sleek finish, the Braven 705 Speaker is offered in a wide variety of colours to match your personal style.

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Ballito My town

Kalai Moodley If you look up ‘fabulous’, ‘classy’ and ‘chic’ in the dictionary chances are you will find a picture of Ballito’s Kalai Moodley. The beautiful businesswoman is the owner

of Perfect 10 Ballito and engages her clients with her warm smile and friendly disposition. This is what Kalai likes to do in Ballito!

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

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

Where do you like to work out?

Definitely Zara’s Cafe. I love the fact that Maro brings a very personal touch to her business, serves a great mix of healthy, delicious food and decadent bakes to appeal to all palates.

No excuses there I’m afraid! I train daily at the IMF-run gym in Zimbali which is literally a stone’s throw away from home. That’s where you’ll find me working off Maro’s decadent chocolate brownies and cheesecake at 5am! Favourite place for a day out with the girls? Place to shop? Believe it or not, my girlfriends enjoy the low-key vibe of the Ballito Junction. A wine and cheese afternoon whilst having their pedicures or a massage at my salon and a spot of shopping thereafter at White Summer and Lula’s.... and they’re in heaven! There’s a steady, consistent flow of people all day long here and no mad rush-hour as such, so it’s always a preference.

Best place to grab a relaxing cup of coffee? The best coffee is definitely served at my! It’s rich, foamy and strong and I always add marshmallows, cinnamon or even a dash of chai, depending on my mood.


Favourite weekend activity? Our weekends are pretty routine, as many mums out there would know, homework, assignments and school projects chomp into much of our downtime! However, making time for church on Sundays is a must as our spiritual lives take precedence over everything else. We volunteer at a phenomenal church called Rivers in Durban North.

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Favourite place to relax when the weather is good? Oh, without a doubt on the beach with my husband Denny and my children Mikhail and Kimaya. We’re so blessed with a beautiful coastline and sunny weather most of the year, so we choose to be nowhere else.


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Ballito Inspiration

The Search By Dylan Jahnig |

I recently had the privilege of going away for a few days with the staff team I get to work with at Linc Church, and being the adventurous team we are, we had planned some exciting Drakensberg fun. We would begin with a nice and slow introduction to hiking, and head out to a local hotspot known as three pools. It was known to be an easy, fun, and family friendly hike and so it would be perfect to get the blood flowing. To cut a long story short… two hours later, a few healthy ‘discussions’, and way too much sun, and we were nowhere near three pools. A walk that should have taken 30 minutes was now going on two hours. Can you say problem? We were fortunate enough to walk by some avid hikers who pointed us in the right direction and gave us some much needed confidence to keep moving, and so we did. When we did eventually arrive at three pools we realized that we had virtually walked straight past it some hour and a half earlier,

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and had literally been going round in circles ever since. Needless to say, the team had a lot to say about my navigation skills. This made for some great laughs together, but it also gave me food for thought as I lay in bed that night. I mean isn’t this exactly what life can often look like. We set our hearts in search of something great, only to wake up and find ourselves walking in circles with nothing to show for it. We go in search of identity, purpose, significance, meaning, love… the list goes on. But it’s as if were looking for the answers in all the wrong places, when in actual fact the answer is closer than we think. It’s as if we spend our lives walking according to our preference and good pleasure, where the best results may just lie in seeking direction from the experts. In 1 John 2:17 it says it like this, “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

What if the answer to this search we’re on daily, lies not in what we know but who we know. And what if what you’ve been looking for all this time is closer than you think. Imagine if today we would pause for just a moment, look beyond our agenda, and start searching for answers in right place. I believe God wants your best, and I believe He is committed to showing you your next step, if only you would trust in Him and His ways. May today be that day. Be Inspired.

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






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Ballito stuff you should know



I’ve been through it too many times to mention; I’m sure you have, too. You sit down at that imposing table and the rows of knives and forks mock you. You put your elbows on the table and get a horrified glare. Sound familiar? Table manners are just as important as remembering your ‘pleases’ and ‘thank yous’. In keeping with our foodie edition, we run down the basics of table etiquette. Take notes!

Outside in

Follow the leader

This has a 99 percent accuracy rate. If you see rows of utensils lining up on either side of your plate like they’re going into battle, do not panic. Use the first set for the first course, the second for the second course and so on.

Always your starting point. Watch your host – if he or she is casual, follow suit. If you notice the event is more formal, act accordingly. If you have an invitation, it should state what type of event you’re attending so you know what to expect.

Keep it tidy

Napkin no-no

Possibly the first rule we are ever taught at a table – do not talk with your mouth full. The rest of the table does not want to see your food rolling around in your mouth. If someone asks you a question place your hand in front of your mouth and wait to swallow before responding.

If there is a napkin at your place setting it should always go on your lap, spread neatly to cover a section of your midriff. Avoid the urge to stuff it into your collar like a cartoon character (cringe!) if you do spill onto the napkin, neatly roll it up and put it next to your plate.

Stop stretching Hygiene first

It takes two

You’re excused

Formal or informal dining – this is a big no no. Do not stretch your arm (especially if your blouse/shirt is sleeveless!) over the food or someone else’s plate. Yuck. If you absolutely have to stretch, make it as quick as possible and apologise first.

If it is formal dining, try your best to use two utensils at all times. This will decrease the likelihood of you ending up wearing your food…not a good look. Don’t spear your food; pick it up gently – ONE piece at a time.

If you need to leave the table, say ‘please excuse me’ and stand up quietly. Don’t scrape your chair back when you leave or return.

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Do not pick your teeth – not even with a toothpick. Do not slurp – your drink can be sipped and swallowed without the rest of the table knowing. Do not eat with your hands unless it’s acceptable with the type of food e.g. curry. And, no elbows on the table. Just because.


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Ballito advertorial



“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the question that could end up defining your entire life. Now, when you’re just shy of eighteen years old your ‘entire life’ seems to span decades in front of you, looming ominously ahead while everyone waits for you to make your mind up. Some have their professions cut and dried when they start high school, while others take a little longer to find their life’s calling. This is where The Graduate Academy comes in – the ease of tertiary education right here in Ballito. The Graduate Academy, situated in The Business Park, is a branch of the Academy in Benoni, JHB and employs the same trusted education methods. “It’s a fantastic alternative for those who either cannot get to the tertiary facilities in Durban, or those

who prefer smaller classes than larger universities. It is also a far more affordable option,” said principal Diane Cochran. Tuition is undertaken in two semesters and currently nine lecturers give personal attention to students. Fun student outings are organised every semester. The Graduate Academy has been running for the past 15 years with the Ballito campus being established in 2013, now in its third year. The Graduate Academy is experienced in providing tuition for several IMM Graduate School programmes and UNISA certificates, degrees and diplomas, including LLB (Law), B.Com Accounting Science and the Bachelor of Education. “The Graduate Academy is ideal for student’s studying towards their tertiary qualifications and who wish to experience

campus life whilst attending lectures in a smaller relaxed environment. We are a full time tuition campus but also offer parttime, evening and weekend lectures. We are flexible in our offering to cater for a variety of different student needs.”Booster classes are another unique feature of The Graduate Academy. “Before examinations, we arrange a longer session that covers all the course material. It helps with that final push before you write.” Other services offered by The Graduate Academy include online student assistance, corporate training and one-onone tutor sessions.“We want people to be aware of the fact that there is an option for tertiary education right here, in Ballito and our growth is a testament to this.” For more info please contact: Diane Cochran Tel: 032 586 3804 or Email:

Student Testimonial -TGA has been absolutely phenomenal in helping me transition from secondary education to tertiary education, which is a big jump. They have incredible staff who are always willing to assist me and make me feel like I’m a part of a family. With TGA, I’m not just another student number but a valued student. Their smaller classes have helped me develop tremendously as an individual and turned my weaknesses into strengths. It is easier to ask questions and get the attention I need! Deveshni Kullen (IMM GSM BBA Marketing Student)

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On Tap Ballito relaunch the party

On Tap Ballito recently relaunched their showroom to introduce everyone to their new paint division.



The people 1. Graeme Davis, Andre Thome and Goerge Smith 2. Craig De Villiers, Patricia Howes and Robbie Howes 3. Kent Goodwin and Brandon Govender 4. Willem Kriel and Rudi Kleingeld 5. Cayley and Wyatt Raw 6. Sean Dietz and Corne De Jager


the highlight


The launch of their new paint division, for sure. They have a very professional set up and now you can get all your plumbing, sand ware and paint from On Tap Ballito.





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the party


The Ballito House played host to a ‘pop-up’ shop, showcasing racks of gorgeous clothing from well-known designers for a morning of shopping and girl talk.

The people



7. Robyn Duncan and Angela McCall 8. Melisa Garvey and Renata Styan 9. Raelene Stefano, Kylie Keeton and Nikki Simons 10. Alex Van Den Velde and Sue Marsden 11. Alice Colle and Kerry Osborne 12. Natasha Wormington and Laura Channing

the highlight Browsing through racks of stunning clothes, sipping on champagne – all with a view of the ocean in the background. Sublime!




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delish Sisters opening the party

As if they weren’t enough of a treat at the markets, with their Chuck Taylors and red lipstick – and delectable food – Rebecca and Kate Lund aka the Delish Sisters took it one yummy step further. They opened the Delish Sisters Café at The Litchi Orchard.

The people 13. Doug and Andy Lund 14. Kim, Sarah and Sue Lund and Michelle Sykes 15. Michelle and Craig Hendrikz 16. Kate and Rebecca Lund 17. Catherine Graham and Kerry and Bronwyn Eb 18. Catherine de Robillard and Lauren Oosthuizen 19. Jacqui Wilkes and Lori de Charmoy 20. Josie Noyce, Kate Lund and Majozi



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the highlight

Need you ask? The Lund girls definitely live up to their tag line: tasty food made with love. Brownies (of course) and trays of other delicious snacks made the evening a culinary blast. An added bonus was a tasting of Newstead, the Lund family wine.




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SMD 1st Birthday party the party


The now famous SMD Ballito Showroom was full of more than just exotic cars for a day – cake, balloons, a good few specials and the ECR Breakfast Team made for a very happy first birthday.


The people




21. Zane Derbyshire, Mkhululi Ngubane, Claire Clark and Jacqui Brown 22. Rob and Kerry Pollock 23. Nicholas and Janice Macmillan 24. Miss Ballito Kirsten Martins and Heidie Smith 25. Edward Mgubuzi, Gareth Britz and Mark Brown 26. Darren Maule and Natarah Nadesan 27. Gary Formato and Sasha Martinengo 28. Ivan Hurley and Shaun Duminy

the highlight

A floor full of gleaming exotic cars and treats from the Zara’s Lite crew – always a winning combination. An added bonus was the SMD birthday cake in the shape of a car surrounded by an avalanche of cupcakes. YUM!




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Wedding Business Feature Ballito

Excellence at Words Jodi van Wyk

Pam Golding Ballito Pam Golding is a name synonymous with excellence in the property industry. The Ballito franchise is no different, with franchisee Neil de Beer leading a skilled, experienced team of agents. We gained special insight from Neil de Beer, into Pam Golding Properties Ballito to find out the secret behind its success.


am Golding Properties is recognised locally, and internationally, as South Africa’s leading independent real estate group. The business has received numerous national and international awards, since 2005. It boasts a network of more than 300 offices in Africa and international offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Mauritius, Seychelles and France. It also forms part of an alliance with Savills PLC, gaining access to its prestigious network of more than 500 offices worldwide. Pam Golding started the company in 1976 when she saw a need in the South African real estate market. It remains a family business at the core but has developed into a world-class agency, that continues to occupy an iconic role in the real estate agency through its philosophy: ‘a sense of comfort’.

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Tell us about your transition from corporate to real estate. Why did you make the change? I have always had a passion for property. When the opportunity came about it was just the right time and place. When moving to Ballito I really wanted to get my hands on a local business and Pam Golding Properties just seemed right. Why Pam Golding agency? I am a person who wants to be part of the best and in my humble opinion there is no better brand in the real estate industry than Pam Golding Properties. What have you learnt in the year that you have run the Ballito agency? I have learnt that being a real estate agent is far from just taking a potential buyer to a property, showing them around and signing an agreement. It must be one of the most challenging careers and of course the most rewarding. What do you think the role is, of Pam Golding in Ballito? I believe the role of Pam Golding Ballito is to bring people from around South Africa and Internationally to Ballito and to get them to call it home. What makes Pam Golding Ballito stand out from among the rest in Ballito? Professionalism and service. At Pam Golding Properties Ballito we pride ourselves on the service that we render.

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My role has evolved into an ambassadorial one as a global networker and facilitator - both in terms of promoting South Africa to the world at large and marketing South African properties internationally. As a member of a number of local and global government and business initiatives, I am extremely fortunate to be ideally placed to forge links with high-profile leaders in business and government worldwide. What have been your most notable achievements in the past year? I would say picking up the marketing award at our Pam Golding Properties awards evening. Even more recently recording the highest sales achieved ever by a Pam Golding franchise in Ballito. How do you find it works as a family business? People say never mix family and business but I firmly believe that the two have great synergies as family always look out for each other and that is what business owners want, their partners looking out for each other. Tell us about the Ballito property market. Why is it growing at such a rapid rate? Ballito is the place to be. The market is continuing its growth patterns and I firmly believe that this trend will continue for the next couple of years. With the number of beautiful estates on

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our doorstep and the beaches that we have stock is short and demand is just increasing, makes for a successful formula. Why do you believe people are choosing to live in Ballito? Lifestyle, lifestyle and lifestyle. There is such a variety in Ballito, any kind of lifestyle one could possibly want you would find in Ballito and surrounds. Tell us about your Pam Golding Ballito team. I have a fantastic team at Pam Golding. When I took over the business in September 2013 I retained all members of the team. I have the most loyal people and couldn’t ask for more. I am not one who believes in staff turnover, I believe in building relationships with my team and generating engaged people because I believe that engaged employees are likely to outperform non engaged employees by a long way. I value the team I have.

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Zara’s Café

Primi Plantation

Who doesn’t love an Easter egg? Whether it’s a marshmallow treat covered in chocolate – these are usually the favourites and always taste like ‘just one more’ – or a hollow egg with an outer candy shell, an egg is an important part of Easter. The more elaborate hollow bunnies and larger eggs are great as gifts at this time of year, for children or even adults with a sweet tooth. Woolies stocks an impressive range of eggs, some arranged in the most delightful packaging (think baskets and eggs in nests). The milk chocolate is divine, perfect to share…if you feel like sharing!

Easter usually comes with a bit of a holiday and this means a few deliciously lazy, late mornings…or mid-morning brunches after church. Bacon and eggs is the stock standard breakfast fare, but Zara’s Café took the old classic and gave it a fresh, new spin. A delightfully crispy, lightly salted potato basket is the base, filled with creamy scrambled egg seasoned with chives, crispy bacon, succulent pork banger and herbed mushrooms. Sundried tomatoes and a tangy relish tie this amazing dish together. A real treat if you’re looking for something different for Easter, a party in your mouth, for sure.

Nobody does pasta and pizza like Primi. The Lifestyle franchise has become synonymous with a relaxed, chill vibe. Most Easter lunches are heavy, traditional affairs but if you feel like breaking away from the norm, Primi has a devastatingly tasty peri peri chicken pizza for your taste bud’s pleasure. The pizza has a thin, crispy base which keeps it light. An interesting feature is that Primi does not use a tomato-base, so heartburn isn’t an issue. White sauce, pulled chicken marinated in a peri-peri sauce and coriander – a winning combination with an iced virgin strawberry daiquiri.

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If you are looking for some delicious options over the Easter period KAUAI might have what you are looking for. The outlet has a range of delicious breakfasts and smoothies to fill your tummy. Try out their new full island breakfast, consisting of scrambled eggs, free range beef sausage, rosa tomato, button mushrooms and low GI toast – perfect for a sit down brekkie with the family. KAUAI also has a range of freshly squeezed shots. So if you are feeling more daring try their NEW digestion shot for a boost of nutrients or the new flu shot to help fight colds and flu.

Lifestyle Superspar is always a hive of activity; busy families bustling through the aisles picking up their groceries. The coffee shop at the entrance is a stylish oasis in the midst of that business, serving scrumptious meals. Their prego roll is a must-try, soft and juicy patty in a floured bun served with a cool, crisp Greek salad. Another dish worth tasting is their chicken salad: a large portion of greens with marinated chicken strips and pineapple pieces – yum! Finish it off with an ice cold drink topped with cream and cinnamon for a bit of indulgence.

The quintessential Easter snack is a hot cross bun. They are served anywhere ‘Easter’ is mentioned and are easily recognised by their trademark cross. That warm, toasty cinnamon taste calls for a hot mug of cocoa and a seat by the fireplace. Lifestyle Superspar’s hot cross buns are exactly what should accompany every Easter cup of tea (or coffee, if you prefer!). Soft, crumbly buns with a thin layer of butter and you’ve got a winner. Superspar is open early and closes late (7am to 8pm daily) so there’s no excuse not to grab a packet of hot cross buns!

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Ballito Feature

Prawn Curry – Impulse by the Sea Tinley Manor

Shamen Reddi

Linda and Russell Govender – Spice

Linda’s cauliflower curry

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Words jodi van wyk

Clinton Friedman and Erica Platter – Paw Paw Publishing

There is an unspoken rule which states that one may not visit the sparkling shores of Durban, South Africa without sampling at least ONE curry. Mutton, chicken or beans (the usual standards) can either be rolled up into a roti, ladled onto a mound of basmati rice or – the holy grail of local cuisine – a bunny chow. Ballito journalist-turnedfoodie Erica Platter and photographer Clinton Friedman rounded up the best of the Durban Curry recipes and produced Durban Curry – So Much of Flavour, a cookbook that has already garnered national awards. We speak to Erica and a few North Coast personalities to find out…what is a good curry?

So much of flavour! photos Clinton Friedman

What, indeed? Let’s start with the basics. One, you need a good pot (everyone has the curry pot). The pot, metaphorically speaking, would be the curry-rich heritage of the North Coast. And then the ingredients: oil, spices, herbs, meat, melters (those potatoes that literally dissolve in your mouth at first bite – a must for curry) and a healthy appetite. What shall we use? How about an awardwinning journalist who has co-published three successful cookbooks, a photographer with the keenest eye for details and then toss in a handful (or two) of some of the North Coast’s most well-known food personalities, ending with a liberal lashings of quirky stories and anecdotes. Simmer this for a while and we get: Durban Curry – So Much of Flavour, the latest in Erica Platter and Clinton Friedman’s cookbooks. “There is not only one Durban curry. We have developed a brand of our own that is so unique and distinctive. This was the story we wanted to tell with this book.” Platter, a well-known journalist, got her taste at this line of work editing

and marketing her husband’s The Platter Wine Guide. “You know,” She sits back at her beautiful Simbithi home. “It was quite a journey. Everyone loves a good curry, but what is fascinating is how no two people make the same curry. We saw that it comes down to the hands making the dish, not the recipe.” Platter rounded up a delicious list of renowned chefs and curry boffins, including the likes of Tony Govender of Sea Belle, Linda Govender Burger of Spice in Westbrook and famed Durban caterer Solly Manjra. The book has a plethora of recipes – think the legendary prawn curry from Impulse by the Sea in Tinely Manor and Brittania Hotel’s mutton bunny (a lifechanging experience, I assure you). “Of course we came to the North Coast. We have a strong curry culture up here and it is so colourful. There are so many faces, so many stories to tell. We all share in it and the curry story belongs to everyone,” said Platter.

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Ballito Feature Curry is an experience all on its own, but like anything else in life…a little extra is never turned away! Choosing a side for your curry is like choosing the perfect shoes to match an outfit; it has to be just right. Sides in Durban Curry range from traditional cucumber salad and mango achar to a more adventurous fruit sambal and Asian-infused pap. Simbithi Country Club head chef Gerard van Staden’s dried apricot chutney features. “I love dried apricots and think South African dried fruit is the best – sweet, sour and bitter. Durban curry is part of our culture. We all know Cape Town and its culinary legacy; why haven’t we let the rest of the world know about our curry?” The chef who insists curry must be eaten the traditional way – with your hands – says anyone who does not like curry is welcome to a plate of fish and chips! “I absolutely love a fish head curry that blows the back of my head off with lots of buttered naan. A perfect curry constitutes passion and understanding.”

Chef Gerard’s apricot chutney

Cindy’s chicken and egg curry

North Coast curry doyenne Cindy Valayadam needs no introduction; the fragrant aromas wafting out of her Umhlali shop are enough to coax you to pull over and order a mutton curry roti to go. Her chicken and egg curry, baby brinjal pickle and fish and baby brinjal curries are absolute winners. “Curry is part of our heritage. Our grandmothers taught our mothers, who taught us. We all started to learn with a simple potato curry; you can’t burn that one! Whatever you eat a curry with – bread, rice, roti or in a bunny chow, the taste is unbeatable. You’ve got to have a good, thick gravy and you have to give it a go with your hands…let it run down your arms.” Cindy’s secret weapon is a mysterious curry powder mix, the recipe for which is kept strictly within the family (it isn’t even written down!).

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Cindy Valayadam

Ballito Popular Ballito chef Jacqui Rey, of Food Matters, said her favourite thing about curry is the subtle spicing of the food. “A pinch of this or that spice completely changes a dish. I love the complexity of the flavours and textures.” Chef Rey consulted several times at the Indian Premier League tournament and maintains this reinforced her love of curry. Her lamb knuckle curry, one of her favourites, is featured in the book. “Lamb is my favourite meat to cook. The secret to a perfect curry is to cook the spices well before adding any other ingredients, go easy on the oil and cook it slowly. If you are lucky enough to have any leftover enjoy it the next day - it’s always better then!”

Chef Gerard van Staden

Chef Jacqui Rey

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Ballito Feature

One of our flagship North Coast events was temporarily thrown up in the air late last year, when the Pro lost its title sponsor. And the question on everyone’s lips was: WILL we have a Pro this year or not? The answer is…wait for it …undoubtedly, absolutely YES!

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f there is one thing we know about Ballito, it is that nothing gets this community down. If something is part of us, it remains part of us no matter what. We all pitch in to make Ballito the extraordinary place that it is – and this sense of community is the undertone of the upcoming Pro – our first without former headline sponsors Mr Price Pro. Mr Price took the decision to pull out of their headline sponsorship deal with KwaDukuza Municipality earlier this year, a move which largely shocked the community. The Pro has become a flagship event for the area since it moved to the shores of Ballito five years ago – it was previously held in Durban. With the main action happening at Willard Beach, complete with a bustling market at the entrance, the Coastal Living Bru Festival that highlighted food of the North Coast and the hugely popular free music concerts at Salt Rock Beach, the Mr Price Pro became a lot more than just surfing. The Pro remains a prime event on the World Surf League (previously Association of Surfing Professionals) calendar and is unofficially the biggest, best supported beach festival in the country. It brought more than 20 000 people to our shores last year – possibly down to the three nights of free music concerts with some of South Africa’s biggest names headlining, including Mafikizolo and Gangs of Ballet.

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In the weeks and months after the big announcement organisers have kept relatively quiet about the way forward. Well, The Ballito can confirm that there is going to be a Pro, come hell or high water (excuse the pun). In terms of its obligations to the event the KwaDukuza Municipality is mandated to carry on with the show, meaning it is up to them to either foot the bill themselves or find a headlining sponsor to take over from Mr Price. As it stands the event is temporarily branded ‘The Ballito Pro’ as no headline sponsor has been confirmed as yet. Discussions have been taking place around sponsorship for the past few months, and there are options available to the municipality. A committee has been set up to ensure the smooth transition and most of the staff who have worked on the Pro until now, have agreed to work on the 2015 Pro. The infrastructure to pull the event off is still very much in place, as add-ons like Coastal Living Bru and the music concerts were conceptualised by the municipality. Should there be no title sponsor signed up within the next few weeks the municipality will host a smaller version of the Pro, but a Pro will be held.


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Organisers are also concentrating on the developmental arm of the Pro this year, a feature that had not been sustained through previous Pros. Underprivileged children of all ages will be brought to the beach and taught to surf, and those with prior experience might even gain entry into the competition.

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Well, the Pro has become an intrinsic part of the Ballito culture and it is one of few events that brings the community together. There is something for everyone, and you can have a blast even if you don’t enjoy watching surfing. The event should still bring everyone together, this year. Each one of us plays an important role in ensuring its success…so gear up Ballito.

Let’s rock this thing!

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From teaching himself to make an omelette in primary school simply because he ‘didn’t want to have a peanut butter sandwich’, to being locked in the cold room in Gordon Ramsey’s kitchen - La Piazza head chef John McArdle has quite the flavourful story. We sit down with the passionate chef to find out what makes him tick…and explode!

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“I actually wanted to become a professional footballer,” Chef John McArdle leans back in his chair and laces his hands behind his head. He grew up in Johannesburg and would, as most growing boys do, come home starving after school. “My sister would make a PB and J. I didn’t want that, so I made an omelette, and added something new every time I made it.” A stint as a waiter at the Victoria Lake Club taught John the workings of a restaurant, but he was thrust into the kitchen when the head chef took ill one weekend. “They asked the waiters who wanted to jump into the kitchen; of course I volunteered. I think I just chopped parsley all day, but I loved it – the fire, the smells, the atmosphere. That was the day I told my dad that I wanted to be a chef, and his response was: ‘have you gone off your head?’” Nonetheless, John headed for chef’s school and got his first job at Coopers and Lybrand. “I was just the run-around boy, really, but I got my first taste of the industry, being exposed to upmarket, different food. After that, I decided I wanted to work in the United Kingdom for a while.” On his first day at the City Rhodes – a one Michelen Star restaurant in London owned by accomplished Chef Gary Rhodes – John realised food was ‘way beyond’ what he had thought. “Suddenly I was working with live crayfish, duck, quail and truffles – things I’d never heard of before. Being in that kitchen also taught me discipline; I strode in wearing my chef’s jacket and was told to wash dishes. I learnt that I had to start at the bottom to earn my dues.” John stayed at City Rhodes longer than the two-year course duration and was, through Chef Rhodes, introduced to notoriously hot-headed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. When I asked if Ramsey is as vitriolic as we see on telly, John takes a deep breath and buries his head in his hands, before looking up with a knowing smile. “He’s a perfectionist. Always shouting in your ear until you literally want to ask him to leave you alone. But he pushes you to see how far you will go and I appreciated that.” John laughingly recalls Ramsey throwing him into the freezer after splitting a sauce repeatedly; he stayed in the cold room for three hours. “I was near hypothermic when I got out of there but I wasn’t quitting. If anything, it strengthened my resolve to prove to him that I could be a good chef. Ramsey,

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Rhodes and the other chefs I worked with abroad hammered in values I still hold dear – discipline, hard work, love, passion, desire.” Upon his return to South Africa John stepped into his first executive chef job. But the now-experienced chef acknowledges that, at 26 years old, he was not ready. “I’d been trained with shouting and screaming. But when my kitchen staff downed tools on me one day I realised it didn’t work. That was a low point…I felt like a failure.” Anger management classes helped John see that he had to treat his staff as individuals first before he could form a team, an approach he brought to La Piazza when he started there in April last year. “I’d been to Ballito on holiday as a child, so I knew the area. When I met owner Marco Bortolussi we hit it off instantly; both of us are our jobs and we have a tremendous passion for La Piazza.” Marco agrees, adding that on their ‘off-days’ both he and John pop into La Piazza. I asked Marco to describe his chef and he wryly smirks: “aside from completely crazy, he is a brilliant chef. There is never a task too big for him and he pushes the kitchen to put love into every dish. When he’s on the pass, he goes for excellence.” A typical day in the La Piazza kitchen for John starts around 6am – on Whatsapp with Marco. “He looks for issues and sends me pictures,” John shows me his cellphone. “Keeps me on my toes.” John arrives at 11am and has to start with a Red Bull, and then has a daily ‘pow wow’ with Marco before heading into the kitchen. And yes, he actually does cook. So, what does food mean to Chef John McArdle? This question brings a huge grin to his face. “Food is celebration; it brings people together. It’s comforting. Whether it’s a wedding, funeral, birthday or birth you’ve always got food when people are together. I want to know that my dishes were part of your life.” And, what’s his secret to running a tip top kitchen? “When I spend time on the floor I very rarely remember the compliments. I remember the customer who may have said: ‘chef, I didn’t like this or that’. And, the next time I see him or her, I go over and ask how the dish was this time around? It’s my job to remember, and to get better. I am always drawing inspiration because I believe I will never know everything. I’ll never think I’m at the top.”

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The Rencken name has become aligned with growth, development and success. Bruce and Paul seem to have the Midas touch when it comes to investing and building. But where did their story begin? How did two brothers from northern KwaZulu-Natal become successful developers? In the first of a two-part series we bring you an in depth insight into the Rencken’s story.

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“We were shopkeepers. That’s what we knew.” This is how Bruce and Paul Rencken proudly describe their family, and the solid legacy of their father. Bruce and Paul Rencken’s story begins humbly, with two young men growing up in the footsteps of a father who was as passionate about his work, as his sons are now. The brothers grew up spending most of their time at the back of their father’s store in Mandeni, where they did everything from pushing trollies to selling loose cigarettes. “There was a kraal behind the store, where we would wait to herd the cattle in with our father. We played hide and seek in the store. That’s how we grew up, so where Paul and I are today was simply a natural progression as traders.” Observing their father, who was one of the founding members of Spar South Africa, and their uncle running the stores ignited Bruce and Paul’s entrepreneurial spirit. “You see your father and you want to be like him. But, my father never once forced Paul or me into the business. If we showed an interest then he was there to guide us.”

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Bruce studied a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and qualified as a chartered accountant, though he confidently says: “I knew I’d never be a CA.” After travelling through Europe with his then girlfriend, now wife, a 25-year-old Bruce returned and told his father he wanted to work for him. “My father’s response was: ‘I’ll be in my office for six months if you need me’. And that’s how we started.” Their father’s gentle guidance and stellar example set the Rencken brothers up to buy their first stores, from their father and uncle. They immediately set themselves up for a challenge as the stores were not performing at their best. “But we believed we could turn them around,” says Bruce with the steely determination he and his brother have been known to exhibit. Though, Bruce admits that turning the stores around was a tough move emotionally. “We came from the biggest independently owned Spar in South Africa, to owning two struggling stores. That was a smash to our egos. We had to build up who we were again. But we kept it simple; took

the keys, opened early and closed late. That was what we knew, and that was what we did.” The stores soon turned with the Renckens at the helm, but their journey was just beginning. An opportunity for further development presented itself in the form of the old Spar in downtown Ballito, which was facing financial difficulty. By then, Bruce and Paul were living in Zinkwazi. “We were focusing on what we had and growing organically around those businesses, so buying the Spar in Ballito was our next logical step.” Following the same methodical example set by their father Bruce and Paul grabbed hold of the Ballito Spar and swung it around. A short while later, their horizons expanded…yet again. A developer approached the Renckens about being an anchor tenant at a proposed shopping mall near the Ballito Business Park. That deal fell through, and consultants who had worked on the proposed mall formed a syndicate, which they wanted the Renckens to be a part of. “We then looked at going into a fifty-fifty joint venture and eventually, we thought we’d buy the land and build the mall ourselves.” Unbeknown to the Renckens, they were about to change the face of Ballito irrevocably: the seed that gave way to the Lifestyle Shopping Centre had been planted. But the road ahead was not easy. Anything but. “Paul and I backpacked through Johannesburg, knocking on countless doors to get tenants into Lifestyle. We refused to hear the word ‘no’. At the time we really had no clue of deal structure or tenanting… I think our naivety at the time served us well, in that we kept everything simple. There is a lesson in that – don’t overcomplicate things.” Getting financing for the mall was a challenge; Lifestyle’s inception almost 12 years ago came on the back of regional shopping centre, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, which had a relatively slow start. “And here we were, building a shopping centre in the middle of sugar cane. But we knew what we wanted: a neighbourhood shopping centre that was convenient and simple.”

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Bruce and Paul racked up around 13 000 photographs of shopping centres they studied before they planned the threephase Lifestyle Shopping Centre. Amazingly, he does not recall a time when either he or Paul doubted that they would pull it off. “We had what we believed Ballito needed. We grew up in a small town, which was where Ballito was at that stage, so we were familiar with the territory. There were obstacles and hurdles along the way, but we learnt from them. We failed hundreds of times, but here we are. We kept going and we are still going – the success of Lifestyle is its tenants and the community we serve. It’s just brilliant that the vision of Lifestyle aligned itself to closely to the mind set of Ballito’s people. Lifestyle lives as Ballito lives.” Lifestyle has undoubtedly proved pivotal in the subsequent development of Ballito, and some may argue that it was the catalyst for Ballito’s rapid growth. Still, Bruce Rencken

is reluctant to take credit. “If we didn’t do it, someone else would have. But we did it,” he chuckles. The Renckens have an impressive property portfolio, encompassing Lifestyle, McCarthy Toyota, a 50 percent stake in Virgin Active, the upcoming McDonald’s Ballito franchise and their forthcoming development adjacent to the new Ballito interchange, also a joint venture. Bruce says they are not actively seeking to develop outside Ballito…unless the opportunity pops up. “I’ve always believed that if you develop something, you must be close enough to enjoy it. So, Ballito is where we are.” The Rencken story is – at the risk of sounding clichéd – nothing short of remarkable. From the sons of a shopkeeper, to shopkeepers themselves, to landlords, to property developers – with Lifestyle alone creating around 2500 permanent jobs. Bruce speaks fondly of a church group that comes to collect food from Spar every week in a bakkie, through which they

estimate they fed their millionth person last year. But do they ever stop and look at what they have achieved? Absolutely. “It’s good to celebrate success. It’s amazing to walk around Lifestyle and think – I own that brick. That little paving stone…that’s mine.” When asked if they had a path that they wanted to follow, the answer was: “It’s very difficult to determine your path or define precisely where you are going. It’s about actively looking for opportunities and running with them.” The key is the strength of their brotherly relationship. “The secret is that each of us thinks the other is more important to the business. Each would be shattered if the other wasn’t around.” And…when do they stop? “We work hard, very hard. I have always loved building things…it must be a throwback to my Lego days,” He quips. “It’s fun! We haven’t thought about stopping, or about having enough. For now, it’s about the journey – we’re still on it.”


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Totes Delish! It’s a story made for the movies, really: two sisters with effervescent personalities, printed dresses, matching white Supergas and blood red lipstick…cooking up impossibly delicious food and taking the foodie scene by storm – tropical storm. We sat down with Rebecca (26) and Kate (23) Lund, also known as the now famous Delish Sisters, to reflect on their unbelievable food journey. photos justin scott

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t all started with play dough and a fake cooking show. The girls grew up on a sugarcane field north of Ballito, where they watched their mother Kim spend hours in the kitchen baking and cooking. “We would take our play dough and co-host a show. We had no audience, just vivid imaginations. The first thing we made was probably crumpets and our gran’s scones,” Rebecca laughs as she remembers. The girls did not cook much during their teenage years at boarding school, but would head straight for the kitchen when they came home. “We lived in such a small, quiet town…there wasn’t really much to do to keep busy, so we found cooking was a great way to occupy ourselves. And growing up, the kitchen was where our family did their socialising – we’d all contribute, whether it was chopping onions or washing up. So for us, the kitchen was simply a happy place,” says Kate. The girls would take packages of rusks, biscotti, fudge and carrot cake back to boarding school with them, much to the delight of their peers. “I think then, we knew were onto something,” muses Rebecca. Neither Kate nor Rebecca had any professional cooking aspirations after school; Kate headed into the health and beauty industry while Rebecca studied film and media, interning at Elle Magazine and working at an advertising and copyrighting agency. But the cooking did not stop. They were regularly behind the pots for their housemates. They moved back home in June 2013 and, quite randomly they say, decided to set up a stall at the

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Wondermarket in Umhlanga. “We came up with such stupid ideas,” Rebecca gasps. “Looking back, I can’t believe we actually thought some of it would work. But we wanted to try, anyway. We thought it would be the best way to dip our fingers into the foodie industry and see if we liked it.” But first, they needed a name, which came by quite naturally. “We always shortened our words. Like…totes. Perf. And when we tasted anything we liked, it was delish,” Kate explains. “There really was no other choice. We were Delish.” And, what would they sell? Enter the girls’ signature dishes: slow-roasted lamb naan wraps and the double chocolate brownies that turn the world on its axis. The lamb was apparently a non-negotiable; Kate and Rebecca would request it on their weekends at home because “you don’t really get nice meat at boarding school”. “Mum would make

a slow-roasted lamb salad with spinach and sundried tomato. First, we wanted to put the lamb in a roll and found that too common. We spent a week tasting naans and even tried to make them ourselves. I went through a phase where I paired onion marmalade with everything, so of course it went into the wrap. It was only weeks after we sold our first wraps that we tasted the finished product, mind you,” Rebecca is sent into another fit of giggles. The brownies were an adaptation from a present little sister Julia baked for a friend who had had her wisdom teeth out, so were originally known as ‘Julia’s Wisdom Brownies’. The girls had tried lemon meringues first but transporting them was a mission, so a brownie sandwiched with caramel (yes, you heard right) was on the menu.



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But their first market was an absolute disaster. “It poured with rain and it took us 15 minutes to make a single wrap, so we didn’t sell much. But we weren’t sad. The other vendors were encouraging, so we tried again. And again. And again, until we hit our first I Heart Market and it went crazy! We actually had a queue and since then, every market we have to turn people away who’ve been standing and waiting for the wraps. We were like…oh, wow,” Kate’s face is now bright red with excitement. An opportunity to set up kitchen at The Ballito House popped up in June last year and the girls took the leap of faith, resigning from their day jobs. “By then, we were deep into markets and using our lunch breaks to cook. I don’t think either of us regrets leaving our day jobs, but in the beginning there were moments we wondered if we were doing the right thing,”

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Rebecca looks at Kate with a fond smile. “There was a romanticism about the whole thing, and luckily it’s all worked out.” Fast forward six months and the Delish sisters have a new home at The Litchi Orchard, where they have their dream kitchen space and herb garden. “We stop every now and then to reflect; everything happened quite fast,” acknowledges Kate. The girls have found f(l)avour with local bloggers, earning great reviews on The Saltbox, Marketed and even Beauty Box. “I for one will be popping back for more of the same [food], I personally couldn’t think of a nicer way to pass a couple of hours,” writes Beauty Box. “We were immediately drawn to them because of their amazing food, but they also have the most captivating personalities! If you have met these sisters, you know that

they are always smiling, laughing and chatting to everyone. They are beautiful both inside AND out,” enthused Marketed. So, what next? What more could these delightful sisters possibly want? “Well, 2015 is going to be the year of the Delish Cookbook. At least, we hope so. We also want to have pop up lunches or dinners with other smaller business…bands, artists, whatevs. Opening our own space was always the end goal, so now we’re just enjoying the ride.” And (I had to ask) what about that TV show, girls? Cue shrieks and excited hand claps. “Yes, yes, yes, we’d love it!”

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Quickstix with Delish 1. You live together. Do you fight?

4. Favourite food?

KL: No. Well yes. We fought this morning over scrambled eggs… it’s always food fights. RL: As sisters, you’re somewhat obliged to love each other (giggle).

KL: That changes regularly. Right now, I actually have no idea. RL: I am LOVING artichokes…dip them in butter. Oh, yes please.

2. Why red lipstick and Supergas? You’re so stylish! KL: We’ve always loved red lips, they’re totes hot. It also makes us look less haggard, like we haven’t been slaving in a kitchen all day. RL: I was in the styling industry…clothes are my thing. We love getting dressed up.

5. Do you eat your own food? KL: I’m quite tired of the lamb, honestly. We used to wake up and change the lamb at 2am in the morning…so not the wraps. Uh uh. RL: We taste while we cook…so yes, kinda.

6. What’s your favourite Delish dish? KL: Our fennel, soy and tahini pork belly, and mushroom and thyme phyllo cigars. RL: Our newest dessert: Turkish delight and pistachio cheesecake.

3. Who’s the Kitchen Boss? KL: Oh dear. Who? (looks at Rebecca) RL: It changes. Our dad says the only fights we had as littlies were ‘you’re not the boss of me’ fights.

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Words Jodi van Wyk

In the fast-paced world we live in, with traffic and queues and the perennial rush, we crave oases of quiet - the refreshing rustle of leaves, the gentle brush of fresh air. Such spaces are in demand and Ballito has a few to choose from, each with something to offer. We speak to Haden Keeton, one half of a partnership behind our newest chill spot, Eden Village.

Eden Village was initially conceptualised as a wedding venue. Haden Keeton and his partner Peter Moss, a seasoned builder, were keen to tap into the market. They met with Robyn Jackson of Fiona Crago Real Estate and she showed them a plot in Foxhill, near Linc Church. “The beauty of this place took my breath away the first time we came here. But when we heard the traffic zooming past, a wedding venue seemed improbable. The last thing you want to hear when you are kissing your brand new spouse, is a truck rumbling by,” laughs Haden. Haden only recently ventured into development, this after 11 years as a managing director for award-winning

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advertising agency Barrows. He set up branches in England, Turkey and Brazil before heading up the African division. A staunch career guy, he decided to veer in a different direction and go for a change in lifestyle and family values. “I was drawn to development and construction while building my own home in Simbithi, a difficult process. I thought if I could bring the principles of client service and project management to construction, Peter and I could create a winning formula. We wanted to do something different and have fun doing it.” Not long after the idea of a wedding venue dissipated Haden was struck by an epiphany one morning. “The first thing I thought was: school. We are living in a rapidly growing area and

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cannot have enough schools.” Enter the ladies of Simbithi EcoKidz Pre-School, who established and now run Village Kidz, a picturesque day care and early learning centre at Eden. It is targeted at children from 12 months to six years old, from Umhlali, Sheffield, Salt Rock, Brettenwood, Dunkirk and Simbithi. The next addition was Bloom Special Needs School, which also set up premises on site. “The Bloom learners can now learn and play in a safe, calming environment and the school is finally growing as a result.” Regardless of what they did with the property, the name was to be Eden Village because, according to Haden: “the place with its jungle of diverse trees and plethora of birds and butterflies literally felt like the Garden of Eden!” The idea swiftly took shape, and Peter and Haden were blown away to see the community hop on board as readily as they did. “We saw miracle after miracle with Eden Village. There’s no way we could have

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done it on our own. This entire process has showed me what a heart Ballito has for children. There was such a willingness to help.” With Village Kidz as anchor tenant, Eden began to steadily grow: Swim Baby, a facility that provides swimming lessons and therapy to babies, young children and people with special needs, rotational rooms for various physicians and therapists, extramurals like painting, pottery and crafts classes and a party venue for children at Clay Occupational Therapy. Plans are underway for a restaurant and boutique retail area, as well as a dance studio. “Imagine it: a restaurant nestled in the trees where you can meet up with your mates for an early lunch, have a mommy break while your child enjoys him or himself, or bring your lady for a romantic dinner. Then, when you’re done eating, do some shopping or get your hair and nails done. Magic!”

The village’s latest draw card is the Mamba Skate Park, a 450m outdoor skate track that winds its way through a myriad of exotic and indigenous trees. The course was constructed by Peter in consultation with legendary South African skate champion Eben Combrinck. “Eben will run a skate academy teaching youngsters how to skate. Otherwise, you can just spend the day enjoying the course at your own pace, all age groups. We want children from all walks of life to be able to come here and skate through nature…where else in the world can you do that? It’s just that something extra.” The King of the Mamba contest hosted by Redbull and presented by PEG will shake up Eden Village on March 21, with a coaching clinic in the morning and highspeed downhill racing by the pros in the afternoon. Whoever gets down the course the fastest will be crowned King of the Mamba. Haden acknowledges the presence of similar venues like Burnedale, the Litchi Orchard and Sage, but says there is absolutely no competition because each offers something


unique. “Ballito is a hothouse of ideas and innovation, and I think if we all work together, this area will become something truly special. Together, we will all achieve significantly more and enjoy better results than we would if we were isolated. The whole Foxhill area is undergoing development and we’re just happy to be part of it.” Peter and Haden believe that building the entire development ‘fit-for-purpose’ is key,

if they are to achieve their goal of being fully operational by the end of the year. “It’s been an interesting few months and we are learning as we go. We want to create a village where children can play, grow and develop. A place for families to enjoy each other in a safe and trusted environment.”

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This is what I Words Jodi van Wyk


‘Where your treasure lies, there your heart will be also’. Everyone has something that holds sentimental value for them. Whatever it is, big or small, it is protected fiercely because it is your treasure. As a mum, you learn to treasure the simple things in life, like your child running towards you after school, or that simple hug that means ‘I love you’. In this feature, we asked three Ballito mothers what treasures they hold dear, and what they want to pass onto their children.

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When did you become a mum? In 2011 - best year of my life.

What is your item of treasure? My treasure is my son, really. I could not think of anything that I would treasure more than watching him grow. Being a mom to this little person is a treasure.

Why is this particular item so special to you? What does it represent? He’s a symbol of pure love. The most important thing in my life.

What values would you like to instil in your children and have them carry on? Wisdom, integrity, honesty, love and always just to remember to laugh!

What does being a mother mean to you? It’s a new life, unconditional love and it’s given me purpose. There is not a day that goes by that I’m not learning and I’m blessed beyond speech that I am a mom to such a beautiful human that I get to call my own.

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When did you become a mum? The first time was at the age of 34, after a hard battle with infertility. We were blessed with a daughter and four years later, a son.

What is your item of treasure? My mom’s dress ring. She passed away when I was 14 and it was the only piece of jewellery she owned: a very fine gold ring with an open heart and a little diamond in the centre. I will certainly pass this on to my daughter. A symbol of my mothers’ love...and my love for my special girl.

Why is this particular item so special to you? What does it represent? This ring represents the commitment and love my mom had for my brother and I. She was a single mom whose faith in God was unwavering, who worked exceptionally hard to ensure we had food on the table, an education, a strong value system and a relationship with our Creator.

What values would you like to instil in your children and have them carry on? To be godly individuals who are kind, respectful and caring, not only in their own homes but to the “outside” world too. To appreciate every day and make the most of it.

What does being a mother mean to you? It means I get to wake up every day with a responsibility - to love, to nurture, to care, to guide, to encourage and support, to teach, to be the best I can be for them. To know that I won’t get it 100% right but I won’t give up trying to be the best mom to my two precious miracles.

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When did you become a mum? In 2006, at the age of 32.

What is your item of treasure? I had a gold bracelet passed down from my gran to my mum and then to me.

Why is this particular item so special to you? What does it represent? My gran had it passed down to her from her mum, so it has been around through four generations. I have however, melted it down and turned into two little baby bracelets for both my daughters. One day, hopefully they too will hand it down to their offspring and have a special story to share with their children. It will open up conversation about their lineage rather than their forbearers being a mere distant and forgotten memory.

What values would you like to instil in your children and have them carry on? Respect for others and respect for self. If you can have respect for others, then only are you deserving of respect yourself. Integrity is how you act when no one is watching. Hard work. Education – the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence. And God: I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

What does being a mother mean to you? I read this little anecdote which encapsulates it so well. ‘One day a child asked her father: “What is a man?” Her father replied: “a man is one who loves unconditionally, cares about you and protects you at all costs. Child: When I grow up, I’ll be a man just like mom.”

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Be kind to each other! K15 Words Jodi van Wyk


“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop. From around the time I could first speak, my parents have taught me to be kind. I’m sure it was the same in your neck of the woods; mum would always remind me that ‘others have it worse than you do, Jodi. Smile at people you pass, Jodi. Say good morning, Jodi.’

It uses the power of the internet and social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and of course, You Tube, to push the idea of being kind. So far, millions of RAKs have found their way onto the World Wide Web.

And this, among other reasons, is why the Random Act of Kindness (or RAK, for those of us who speak the lingo) resonates with me and should resonate with the rest of the world.

It all started when Jozi boy Brett Lindeque put a different spin on the somewhat reckless #NekNomination trend; this involved downing a beer in a creative, sometimes dangerous, position and passing it onto a daring mate. Brett decided to use his nomination to perform a RAK and recorded himself giving a homeless man a sandwich, drink and chocolate. He posted it on social media and it went viral, with over 780 000 views to date. The campaign sprung to life within a few weeks and has gone as far as the United States of America and Australia, with individuals and huge companies eager to pick the train up and pay it forward.

The #RAK15 Campaign, to put it simply, reinforces the idea that one act of kindness can snowball into an avalanche – which can genuinely make this world a better place.

In February this year Brett launched #RAK15, a campaign especially aimed at random acts of kindness in South Africa. More than a million RAKs were filmed

As I got older the reminders got a bit more pointed. My parents would tell me, in great detail, how they grew up with far less than I did. My eyeballs would inevitably hit the back of my skull and I would just hear ‘blah blah’ in my head.

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and uploaded in 2014 and #RAK15 aims to break that record. Here at FabMags HQ we were nominated by Comprop Ballito and had a brainstorming session in the office – what do we do? We had a few ideas… pick up someone’s toll fees, leave some change taped to a vending machine, pay for someone’s groceries in line…but in the end we came up with something very random, but very effective. We rallied our troops and handed out hot cups of coffee at the intersection between The Well and Ashton International College. Motorists stuck in the notorious morning traffic loved it; some looked at us in utter bewilderment, some asked how much the coffee was being sold for and we had quite a few people gush that we ‘saved their lives.’ As a team we came away feeling like we had spun the day on its head and it was easy to see why the #RAK15 has spread so quickly across the world. It’s all about making someone smile and leaving them with the thought that a little kindness goes a long way. Don’t wait to be nominated – go be kind to someone and keep the chain going!






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Food, Glorious Food! “Food, glorious food…hot sausage and mustard…while we’re in the mood…cold jelly and custard…” Food truly excites me. And this is why I absolutely LOVE working on the North Coast – there are so many places to choose from to fill my tummy. With the induction of our local markets and quaint artisan stores, the North Coast is experiencing a food uprising. In the next few editions, we will be exploring the foodie scene on the North Coast, from markets to cafés and delis, to special foodie projects and community challenges. In our first instalment, we meet our food detective: Ros Ivy of Olive Twist. Ready, set, eat!

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We are blessed to be here and I really just want to shout about the food we have. It’s an absolute treasure trove and I want everyone to know that. Ros Ivy Ros was inspired to start shouting, in her own words, about the foodie culture on the North Coast after she picked up a copy of The Ballito last month (cue streamers and balloons, yay us!) Ros and her family moved to Salt Rock from Durban around a year ago and call it a little slice of paradise. “We are blessed to be here and I really just want to shout about the food we have. It’s an absolute treasure trove and I want everyone to know that. I believe there is so much on offer and the food movement is sprouting in our area.” Ros has a tasty food background, having worked her way through kitchens across Europe – she has tasted and cooked Mexican, French and Caribbean cuisine right with natives. “Wherever I was, I found myself in food.” The marketing executiveturned-chef came back to South Africa in early 2007 and started Olive Twist, a catering business named after her passion for olives. Through Olive Twist Ros and her team have cooked in stunning locations

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across KZN, from the rustic Umtamvuna River on the Transkei border to the heart of an Umlazi Township (making a mean shisa ‘nyama) to the unspoiled beauty of a colonial farm in Notties. But little excites her more than what she sees while trawling on the North Coast, especially Ballito. The Ballito foodie scene is still in those delicious beginning stages. We definitely have more to choose from than we did a few years ago, which leads us to be pickier (no shame in that!). A quick visit to one of our three major shopping centres presents an impressive list of cuisine to choose from. Most of us have our favourites, of course, but if we just open our eyes – and our taste buds – we will see that there is much more than the usual burger and chips or plate of pasta. And it is starting to happen. Instead of picking up the phone and calling Mr Delivery, we are seeing families having starters at one eatery, moving onto another for mains and then picking up dessert on the other side of

town. (The Scott clan calls this ‘restaurant hopping’.) Food has started to become an adventure, one to be undertaken with an empty stomach and open mind. Ros believes there is one key ingredient that makes the Ballito foodie scene stand out a little taller than the rest: passion. “Here, we have locals putting everything into their small businesses. I absolutely adore visiting any one of our local markets and tasting a little bit from each of the food stalls. How much do we know about these people and why they started making the food they make? The time has come for Ballito’s locals to get excited about their food. Our options are endless!” After being in the area for almost a year Ros is still only just scratching the surface of our glorious food revolution. “I’m thinking of places like the Litchi Orchard, where we have the Delish Sisters, Beanstruk and Kerry Eb’s Lemon Canary…or Burnedale with its amazing café, or even the beautiful vibe at Sage. Or a spot like Say Cheese –

solely dedicated to the wonders of cheese. The Bavarian Butcher in Salt Rock, where the meat is the best I’ve ever tasted, and the Exceptional Deli, where natural is turned into…well, exceptional! We are blessed enough to have a strawberry farm just outside Ballito, as well.” It is time for Ballito to move past the obvious. “Did you know you can get a fresh punnet of strawberries from up the road? Did you know you can get eggs from Karibu farm that will make you a serious omelette? Let’s get into it! I want Ballito to join me on this food journey, as we become detectives and hunt down the foodie jewels of the North Coast.” Look out for the next instalment in our next edition!

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Ballito Car Review

Six of the best? An irreverent synthesis of six new cars Words richard webb

Opel’s Adam seeks an Eve. Or another Adam. Opel is the third-largest brand in Europe, but it’s still relevant here. What’s good? Packed with standard crash protection equipment and infotainment in a package that you can personalise to really make it yours. I want to hug it and take it home. What’s not? The names. There’s Adam, Adam Jam and the top of the range Adam Glam. Hmmm… Verdict: Go for the Jam or Glam because it’s got Opel’s brilliant 1000cc three-cylinder turbocharged Ecoflex engine. 85kW/170Nm means combined fuel consumption of 5.1-litres/100km and 119g/km CO2 emissions. 100km/h happens in 9.9sec. From R189 900 |

Mitsubishi has a long history of SUVs, but what the ASX is this? What’s good? Lots of goodies – seven airbags, multimedia touchscreen, reversing camera, panoramic roof, auto aircon, heated leather seats, and rocking Rockford audio systems in some models. What’s not? Anything with a CVT gearbox Verdict: Anything with a ‘Dakar developed Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety cell’ must be good, right? 7.5-litres/100km isn’t bad either. Buy the fivespeed manual. It’s crisper than a packet of Lays. From R284 900 |

Renault Sandero Stepway. When 3 is much more than four. Opel is the third-largest brand in Europe, but it’s still relevant here. What’s good? Affordable, with a 898cc 3 cylinder 66kW turbo engine is bonkers enables you to brag around the braai about the F1 technology under the hood. What’s not? It’s a bit leisurely to 100km/h, but not much else, really. Verdict: It’s practical and at home on poor surfaces. 5.4-litres/100km. From R169 900 |

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Honda Ballade Elegance. The Ballade of conformity. What’s good? It won’t let you down, and it’s got a really big 536-litre boot. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol-only unit buzzily musters 88kW and 145Nm and is enough for most needs. 3-year/100 000km warranty, 4-year/60 000km service plan What’s not? The CVT automatic version and slightly frantic engine sound. ‘Blue rinse’ image. Verdict: 5.9-litres/100km with light and easy to pilot controls make this Ballade a reliable car that fleet managers will love. From R220 900 |

Pardon? Excuse me? The new generation Hyundai i20 has the quietest cabin in its class. What’s good? Good value, chunky looks, and shows the brand is serious. It’s a hoot to drive and well built too, and that great Hyundai warranty gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling. What’s not? Poverty spec on base models, but still a great buy. Verdict: Low running costs, long warranty, easy to drive. I’d buy the 1.2 Motion Manual for a mere R 184 900.

New Jeep Cherokee? Shock-horror, I really like it! What’s good? 4x4 capabilties to get you thoroughly dirty and it’s got a brilliant on-road ride too. Two engines - a 3.2 Pentastar V6 and a 2.4 Tigershark Multiair four-cylinder are bolted to new nine-speed auto/manual sequential gearboxes. What’s not? I have to review my opinion of Jeeps from now on. Verdict: Prices start at R479 990. An altogether better proposition and signs a brighter future for the Jeep.

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Ballito Kid’s Corner

Make Your Own Easter Easter means one thing – chocolate eggs, and lots of them. Here is a recipe to make your own basket full. Loads of fun for the whole family! This recipe makes one large egg, which could maybe be used as a gift. You could let everyone make their own egg, each, if you want more.


1. Break the chocolate into pieces and pop into a heat - proof bowl. Put the bowl above a pot of boiling water. Watch the chocolate carefully, so it doesn’t burn or crumble up.

4. When you take the moulds out of the fridge hold it carefully in your hands to warm them up slightly. Carefully pull the eggs out of the mould.

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2. As you see it start to melt, slowly stir in a teaspoon of olive oil. Switch off the heat or take the bowl off just before it melts completely.

5. Melt a little more chocolate and use a pastry brush to join two halves together Join and let cool – be careful!


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200g plain chocolate – two 100g chocolate bars will do. Two tablespoons olive oil Two half chocolate egg moulds

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3. Scoop half the chocolate into the mould. Use your spoon or a butter knife to spread into the mould. Pour the second half into the second mould. Let the moulds set in the fridge for about an hour.

6. Tie up with a ribbon or put in a basket. Enjoy!

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Ballito restaurant review

Words Lucille Wendler

Heating things N A C I X E M S ’ E L T T up at BO Bottles Mexican is one of the newest kids on the Ballito restaurant block. Husband and wife team Andy and Jaime Lacy have taken over what used to be Azura in Salt Rock and turned it into a hot, spicy Mexican fiesta. We visited the revamped spot to try out some of their new menu. Where do I even start? Let’s try the beginning. Bottles Mexican started when Jaime’s mother opened a restaurant in Nigeria many years ago, which she named Bottles. Jaime chose the name Bottles Mexican in memory of her mother and wants this restaurant to become as popular as its namesake did, a place where customers become friends. Andy was born in Rhodesia, but is South African and Jaime is from Texas, but both spent most of their lives in deep Africa. Bottles in Nigeria was where he and Jaime met and fell in love. And now, the food – wow! We started off with a round of frozen margaritas. These

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were made fresh and we could definitely taste it. Everything is made fresh at Bottles, from the nachos to the sauce to the tortillas. Our appetiser was nacho chips with salsa, which set the tone for the explosions about to hit our taste buds. We tried out most of the menu and ordered a selection of starters, mains and desserts to share, which is how I love to eat. For starters we tried buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce, chicken nachos with all the trimmings and the cheese delight balls – the name says it all. They were seriously a delight with a crunchy exterior, soft cream cheese centre infused with peppers and paprika. The balls are served with a homemade spicy tomato jam. For mains, we had beef fajitas (they have a build-your-own fajita option) Mexican chicken quesadillas and our absolute favourite: mouth-watering prawn crème

enchiladas (rolled and filled flour tortillas). This one was filled with a creamy prawn and pepper sauce, doused in white sauce and melted cheese…sublime. For dessert we had a Mexican Churro which is a very unusual dessert, it is a type of Mexican doughnut mix, deep fried and covered in sugar and cinnamon served with chocolate sauce and mixed berry compote. We also had a creamy mixed berry cheese cake and a classic favourite chocolate brownie.... Absolutely scrumptious delights.... All we can say is YUM! We had a great time at Bottles Mexican and will definitely return. Their slogan is ‘dare to be different’ and they embody it to the letter. A truly relaxed and unique dining experience.

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Mind body spirit Words Lorinda Scott

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Some days are just better than others, and for me any day spent at a spa is a great day. Today was one of those days: a tranquil setting in the heart of Ballito surrounded by nature. Starting with a lemongrass and ginger tea and taking a moment to admire the view, I was right back in Thailand –relaxed, happy and ready to be thoroughly pampered. Yes, Zen’Ju did all that before the treatment even started. I love the total package; the treatment rooms just scream it’s time to relax and the staff are friendly. They all know exactly what they are doing and they do it extremely well (and unbelievably that is not always true for every spa we visit.) We walked in and loved the serene environment. Amy met us and we sat down to our welcome drink. Relaxed and ready, we started a full body massage. They use Zen’ju’s unique blend of massage oils, the signature one being serenity and tranquillity. The massage was a fabulous experience from beginning to end. Xoli understood the exact pressure to use and the massage was thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing, as every massage should be! Then, personally the treatment that I always enjoy most is the pedicure…just getting those tired and sore feet massaged and pampered is by far the best. Aline did a fabulous job; my feet feel fantastic. I then went on to enjoy the Regima Dynamix hydrating facial - I do love the RegimA product range as your skin is always left feeling absolutely fabulous, soft and beautiful. This time I was spoilt by Shai. The whole team is professional and fabulous! We then had a leisurely cup of tea in the lounge while looking out at the sea, chatting to Judy and Amy. Overall just the perfect spa experience and one I highly recommend. (Maybe .. next time we should just add in lunch, dinner or an overnight stay too!) 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito | 073 724 3037

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Words Jodi van Wyk

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t’s been said that we have two hands: one to help ourselves, and one to help others. The concept of ‘paying it forward’ is truly heart-warming; it encourages to keep a chain of kindness and warmth going. We started a chain in Ballito and through the next few editions, we will keep it going – profiling locals who are out to make a difference. Meet our second ‘Do-Gooders’: The Ladies of the Feline Feral Fund. The fund is: finance lady and ‘foster mommy specialist’ Laurie Youngleson, PR and social media guru Riki Yoko and trapper, head of the feeding scheme Sharon Cossey as well as a team of volunteers.

How did you start up the organisation/ initiative? It originated back in 1995 when I (Sharon Cossey) found 15 hungry, unsterilized cats at the Old Dolphin Coast. (We still have 4 of the original cats left at the old derelict building). I then partnered with Laurie Youngleson and Riki Yoko and started up a NPO which was registered in September 2012.w What does your organisation/initiative involve? We practise the TNR programme, Trap- Neuter- Release. Feral cats that are TNR are spayed or neutered so that they can no longer reproduce, vaccinated against rabies, and surgically ear-tipped on the left ear. Hence TNR is a non-lethal strategy to reduce the numbers of feral cats and improve their quality of life.

What do you take away from helping others? For me there are many, but I am always in a state of euphoria every time I hear that trap door shut on yet another cat to be sterilised. Knowing that I am preventing thousands of unwanted kittens being born does it for me. Who would you like to nominate to pay it forward ? I would like to nominate from the human world vision153, they are a local company focused on serving the community especially widows and orphans in the area. They are amazing and are making a huge in the community.

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In this edition, I deal with the broad based subject of HEALTH. Before I start, I looked up the World Health Organization’s definition of Health. It reads as follows; “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition was first penned in the WHO constitution in 1946. This definition has not been touched since 1948. That’s 67 years ago. Who would have thought where we would have gone to from there. Health as an industry has boomed like never before, yet we have more obesity and heart disease than ever before. We have more poverty and starvation than ever before. We have more injuries and corrective surgery than ever before.

WHAT HAS CHANGED? Before I go through my list, not exhaustive by the way, I want to add a single sentence to be the precursor to the reasons I list below. Lastly but never least – Pray more! Why, you ask? Pray with intent and belief and you will find out.


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convenient foods and choices found on our menus today. A startling fact is approximately 52 percent of adults consume between one and six sugary beverages per week, which are a primary source of high-fructose corn syrup in the average diet, according to Further, close to one-third of adults admit to having at least one sugary drink each day. In addition to sugary beverages, many adults also consume a variety of foods that contain far more high-fructose corn syrup than they might think. In fact, there was a 1,000 percent increase in the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup between 1970 and | 078 166 2698

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1990, according to In 2009, the average American consumed about 35.7 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup, reports the Illinois Farm Bureau, and that has contributed to a number of health problems.

WHAT IS HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (HFCS)? HFCS comprises any of a group of corn syrups that have undergone enzymatic processing to convert some of its glucose into fructose to produce a desired sweetness. Because of its low price compared to sucrose (table sugar), HFCS is commonly used in processed foods. HFCS consists of 24% water and the rest sugars. The most widely used varieties of HFCS are: HFCS 55 (mostly used in soft drinks), approximately 55% fructose and 42% glucose; and HFCS 42 (used in beverages, processed foods, cereals, and baked goods), approximately 42% fructose and 53% glucose.[6][7] HFCS90, approximately 90% fructose and 10% glucose, is used in small quantities for specialty applications[8] but primarily is used to blend with HFCS 42 to make HFCS 55 (see below). The bottom line is it is highly addictive, it is found in most foods and convenience food outlets.


Is to blame for the state of inactivity amongst the 1st world countries like the USA, UK, Australia and even certain parts of our own population. Exercise has been seen as a dirty word in schools and corporates, yet this has a direct correlation to the massive increase in physical ailments like back ache and joint issues. The lack of exercise, with bad eating, has been the reason for the scary statistics floating around with regards to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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Is to blame for the genetically modified foods that have helped ramp up many ailments now so prevalent in the world today. What is a GM food? Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are created when a gene from one species is transferred to another, creating something that would not be found in nature. This alone should scare anyone. There are a number of highly worrying reasons for why we should be steering clear of GM foods, but the main reason should categorically be the amount of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides used to keep these plants alive. They do not have a diverse gene pool and thus struggle to survive outside the contained labs and tanks used to grow these plants. The poison from these commercial – cides are being consumed in vast quantities as compared to 1948!


Is to blame for the greed and need for massive profit. All of the above is all down to profit and the need for it to be as high as possible at the expense of our well being. It has allowed companies like Monsanto to take a huge influence stake in the way the world distributes and consumes food. Make a choice and allow common sense to prevail over ego and profit, especially for your well being from a consumable as relevant as food for your well being.

Make a choice to get up off your chair and exercise, be kind, pray and don’t forget to remember that 67 years from now, because of your choices, what world will we be living in?

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Looking Back

With Tim Johnson Tim Johnson is a passionate local and a Director of Seeff Dolphin Coast |

Growing Pains and Dolphin Trips

The recent announcement of the 65 000 sq/m, R1.4 Billion regional shopping centre appears to have opened up fresh debate about the impact that new developments are having on our ‘sleepy’ town. Many people are very excited at the prospect of this new centre and what it means for local investment, job creation and convenience. Others are a little less enthusiastic, saying it is ruining our way of life and will cause unwanted traffic, noise and light pollution. Although both camps have their points, it is important not to lose sight of a few truths about the North Coast. This region is considered one of the most significant urban growth areas in South Africa and for the last decade has both expanded and welcomed thousands of new faces that now call it home. Before 2000, the only large-scale housing estate was Zimbali, which launched in 1996, and our biggest shopping centre was the Dolphin Coast shopping centre - now a ruin next to the troubled Ballito Bay Mall. At that time, shopping was a stop start affair with various shops spread far and wide around town. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have such a fancy mall open in Ballito with so many convenient shops under one roof. As I was racking my brain thinking about the tenants, I decided to call Peggy Blackmore who used to cut my hair (from the time it started to grow), as she used to work in Headhunters which was

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located in the Dolphin Coast centre. As we chatted and reminisced, the memories of the centre came flooding back. For the first time, we welcomed a Pick ‘n Pay to Ballito, which has changed hands since, but is the same one that essentially moved across to the Ballito Junction in 2005. Some of the other former tenants included an Italian restaurant, coffee shop, a surf, shoe, hardware and bottle store, a bed shop, optometrist, stationery and gift store, pharmacy, home industries and a bank. Of course there was also the much loved Toff Dog which was one of our first mainstream pubs. I only got to frequent it as a legal patron for a short while (and an illegal one for a little). Many of the same business owners have continued to operate and grow their operations over the years, which has been fantastic to see. The Dolphin Coast centre also has very fond memories for me as it was the location of my first job and my introduction to marketing and sales. In my school and varsity holidays, I used to set up shop at the entrance, and using my trusty pin board complete with magazine cut outs of playful dolphins and happy people on board rubber ducks, I used to sell dolphin viewing trips for some friends. ‘Dolphin Dives’, as it was known, was one of the first successful tourism related operators in the area. I was once asked by a gentleman from Pretoria if his family was guaranteed to see dolphins.

I confidently referred him to the name of the shopping centre and the region, and insisted that there was no way their names would be used if we didn’t have an ocean teeming with this playful mammal. It worked, and I added yet more credit to my surf store account, which was a major beneficiary of my newfound income. Although we admittedly never had a 100% dolphin strike rate, the popularity of this activity (and my dismal student bank account) grew. At one point, I decided that I was more of a business owner than a worker, so I sub-contracted sales to my sister and her friend, and gave myself a longer title which was something along the lines of ‘Sales and Marketing Director’. The irony of my entire holiday career was that I never actually went on a single dolphin trip! There is no doubt that our town has come a long way in a very short period of time. Growth is part of our DNA now and something that is not necessarily going to slow down. What’s important is to always remember where we have come from and acknowledge those locals and business owners who have stuck it out from the beginning, through all the growing pains. It is also worthwhile saying that no number of new shopping centres or developments can take away what makes this place so special, which is the natural beauty of our coastline and the wonderful sense of community and family.



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Outstanding apartment in one of the best positions with waterfall, lake, conservation area and sea views.

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AN OCEAN VIEW AWAITS WEB 290620 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Parking 3

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Outstanding position along the front row of this popular Zimbali This apartment is well positioned in C block within Sabuti and sectional scheme. Perfect holiday home or investment property. has beautiful views of the ocean and the forest to the right. Hear the waves crash against the shore from your own jacuzzi. Sally Edlmann 079 773 6431 George Baxter 084 890 1822


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This wonderfully presented home offers spacious bedrooms, a beautifully appointed open plan living area, two undercover patios and a fenced garden. Ryan Hunt 082 786 4170

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With a little love and imagination this property could become your dream family home or a great project. Includes staff accommodation. Erika Naude 083 457 5930

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