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From R7 950 000 (incl VAT) Freestanding single storey and double story homes with panoramic and uninterrupted views of the 3rd and 7th greens. Sized from 425 sqm to 440 sqm these units offer 4 all-ensuite bedrooms, double garaging and private pools. Web Ref: 1BO1209077

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CLASSIC, TIMELESS, MAGNIFICENT... ARE BUT A FEW WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS HOME This exquisite residence offers comfortable living for the discerning home owner. Nestled amongst aged coastal forest trees and with quick access to Ballito’s main beaches. Apart from the architectural design and plethora of space provided, this home excels in offering a well balanced atmosphere for the growing family to thrive in. Appreciation for good quality finishes are .evident here with the use of Blackwood, African Mahogany, Walnut and Iroco woods. The main bedroom will sweep you away to an imaginary European villa of your choice, simply spectacular and unique. Tracey Middleton 082 566 3364

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Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates, Janet Yellen, Oprah Winfrey and Anna Wintour are some of the world’s most influential and powerful women. Amongst them are leaders of countries, heads of federal reserves and billionaires. These determined, passionate and driven women, along with many, many more, have fought hard to make their mark in the world and they are included in the growing number of women in powerful positions who are influencing our world in a positive way. And we are in desperate need of positive influences! But we don’t need to look very far to be inspired by women who are charging ahead and transforming the world that we live in. The North Coast has some truly inspiring women who are as influential as those listed above. I believe that strong women change the world from the inside out and we don’t need to go far to find them. Bernice Matthee, Margaret Meyer, Lorinda Scott

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— these are the names of the powerful women in my life. They have had a greater influence on me and all that is important to me than Angela, Hillary or Janet. Bernice, my mom, didn’t do things conventionally, but she showed me how to fight for those that you love and what true personal sacrifice means. You’d struggle to find a truer example of a family woman than Margaret, my mother in law. She had such depth and exuded family values — her love for family was tangible. Lorinda is my soulmate. There is so much that we have done together, so much that she has taught me and so much that she has done to make my world better. It’s her steadfastness that has built FabMags and her generous heart that has taught me about the gift of giving. She is my powerful woman! My point is that, as we celebrate Women’s Month, we understand that it isn’t about the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women. It’s about the

women right here on the North Coast who make a difference in our lives. The most powerful women are the women around us that mould our lives. So, all that said, we have some stunning features dedicated to our local women: beautiful local models, Rio Hooper and Julie Christie, an interview with the new owners of Sage and an exclusive with the incomparable Patricia Lewis on her Celebrity MasterChef experience. We also give you a sneak peek into our FabMags team getaway up north and introduce a great new regular section featuring local business. Enjoy this jampacked edition! God Bless.

Justin Scott, Editor email me | justin@fabmags.co.za follow us | instagram @fabmagazines @theballito


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This image of our CEO Justin Scott and content guru Jodi van Wyk with this month’s gorgeous cover girl, Patricia Lewis, in her stunning Zimbali home got a reach of 1809 and 27 likes on Facebook. Read her inspirational story on page 20. #PatriciaRocksFB

PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GRAPHIC DESIGN Liza du Bruto | liza@fabmags.co.za Simi Ebrahim | simi@fabmags.co.za Daniel Rambaly | daniel@fabmags.co.za SALES Lucille Wendler | lucille@fabmags.co.za 083 747 3694 Kubashni Nagapah | kubashni@fabmags.co.za 078 534 5624 Sharlene Odayar | sharlene@fabmags.co.za 083 761 3137 Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za 082 562 7202 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Jodi van Wyk | jodi@fabmags.co.za CONTRIBUTORS Sean Temple, Ros Ivey, Dylan Jahnig, Marc Forrest, Tim Johnson, Tessa Jahnig ADMIN & ACCOUNTS Sharlene Odayar | accounts@fabmags.co.za

You don’t have to wait until you find a copy of The Ballito; it, and all our other publications are uploaded onto www.issuu.com for your reading pleasure. Read it, share it and tell your friends about it. If you want to connect with us between editions – we’d LOVE to hear from you – follow us on Twitter @theballito, like our Facebook page TheBallito or follow us on Instagram @theballito or @fabmagazines. Whatever you do, just make sure you’re one of the many people reading and connecting with The Ballito Magazine.

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We launched our ‘Best of the Best’ competition (YEAH, baby!) Our initial post did amazingly well: a reach of 1714, 12 likes and a whopping 16 shares. Have you voted yet? Head to www.theballitomagazine.co.za

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We headed down to the Ballito Pro last month – awesome morning watching the waves in the warm Ballito sun. Posting up our media bands got us a reach of 277 and 10 likes.

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With our beloved Ballito in serious drought, a downpour was much appreciated. We got 23 double taps for this image of the rain in Seaward Estate.

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


Jessica Turner is Ballito’s new ‘It Girl’. The gorgeous lass lives on the North Coast with her Aussie hubby Steve, and runs a digital marketing and design company called Confab. Here is what she likes to do in Ballito!

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

What is your favourite restaurant to eat brunch at, in Ballito? We love having brunch at Canelands Beach Club. Who doesn’t love eating breakfast with a panoramic ocean view with frequent whale and dolphin sightings thrown in? Favourite weekend activity? We’ve been spending quite a lot of time at Thompson’s Bay lately; taking coffees down and watching the sunrise is the best start to the day. We’ve also discovered that rock jumping off the tidal pool into the ocean is such fun. Favourite place to relax when the weather is good? The waves of Ballito. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting out at backline on a stunning day, and trust me… the view of Ballito is even better from the ocean.

Favourite place for a day out with the girls? Place to shop?

Best place to grab a relaxing cup of coffee?

I love going for a mani/pedi at Sage with the girls followed by a browse in their stunning little shops.

Wonderland Coffee (inside Linc Church) is by far my favourite coffee on the North Coast. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried their ‘Naked Double’.

What do you see as Ballito’s hidden gem? Where do you like to work out? I spread my work out between Flux (early morning sessions at Ashton), Virgin Active and running along the Ballito promenade.

“The Place” is a newly opened pop-up restaurant and events venue inside a greenhouse at Claremont Nursery (opposite the Brettenwood main entrance). One of the most gorgeous little places on the North Coast!

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Take advantage of a 25% discount when you order your One Drop online at www.onedrop.co.za using the Coupon code FabMags. (Redeemable until 30 September 2015)

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inspiration

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I am a girl. I have a love for fashion, cosmetics, pampering, romantic comedies, flowers, date nights, and of course scented candles. My husband smiles and confirms: “You are definitely a girl.” Being a girl comes with its challenges…you know what I’m talking about, ladies! One moment we’re happy - the next sad - and somewhere in between…and sometimes we don’t know what to do with all the emotion swirling around inside of us. And there have been moments where I’ve questioned my significance and tried to be someone I’m not. Those moments have been exhausting, to say the least. I am so thankful though, that just two years ago I attended my first Colour Conference, excited but skeptical at what it would produce. To say that these women blew my mind is an understatement. As I listened to stories from secure and passionate women, full of dreams, personality and hope my disillusioned self and poor self-image embarked on a restoration journey that I am forever grateful for. In three days my world view shifted (yes it is possible) and I began to see the beauty and power of being a women. I appreciated the incredible significance of being a wife and mother. I was overwhelmed by the realisation

that God, in His creative genius, had not made woman as an afterthought but as a strategic insertion to His plan for the world. In Genesis 2, God said: “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.” From the beginning of creation God looks at all He has made and says that it is good but when He sees man alone He says IT IS NOT GOOD. And His response to this is to fashion and form a woman. A woman was then, and is still now, God’s glorious solution to the problems of the world, and man’s incredible need for intimacy.

have deep empathy for. We may not look, behave, live or believe the same things but my hope is that you would know that you are beautifully and wonderfully made. You are a woman, Brave + Beautiful. And we are Sisterhood. I believe with everything inside of me that we will see our daughters (and then in turn our sons), living in a bright and brilliant future as they grow up seeing themselves and life through this lens. We can transform a generation of women to become secure, whole and confident because we know who we are and we have embraced our place.

In a moment during the Conference, I saw things as they should be. A preferred future. Something my heart had been crying out for. Significance. A place. I felt incredibly free. That God had indeed, not made some big mistake in making me a girl and giving me three of my own (Yes, three). It was not by accident that I had been placed beside Dyl to lead a church and develop a culture of healthy women. And I decided in that moment that I would give up my life, my own agenda and preference to creating and building a movement of women who would understand and know their value and significance.

What if today you would choose to be that girl? What if today you would embrace your beauty? What if today you would shine your light?

If you are a women, I see you as a sister. Someone who is of much value, who I

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you lightbearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 MSG) Be blessed.

Words TessA Jahnig | WEB WWW.LINCCHURCH.COM Tessa Jahnig is wife to Dylan, pastor of Linc Church and a mother to three beautiful girls on the beautiful adventure called life. Just an ordinary girl chasing extraordinary dreams.

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If you have cruised over the M4 and skimmed your eyes over to the beautiful La Mercy Lagoon, then chances are you have seen them: the kitesurfers, edging through the crystal water powered only by a kite and the wind. And you have probably thought – man! I wish I could do that! Well, you can. Enrol in the Surfers Kiteboarding School to unleash the extreme sportsman (or woman) inside you. Head IKO Level 2 Instructor, Reese, has been kitesurfing for 15 years and teaching for nine, alongside his assistant instructors, Justin and Chris. He says the only requirement to kitesurf is that you are comfortable in the water and a competent swimmer. “There is no age bracket and you don’t need to be physically

strong. If you are motivated, you’ll do it.” Reese believes becoming a successful kiteboarder is 80 percent kite and 20 percent board control. “Lessons begin on land, teaching you kite control. We never leave our students alone while they are learning, consistently talking them through technique and theory. We teach you kite set up, including a thorough demonstration on the safety system on your equipment.” Once students are comfortable handling the kite on land, they move to the water. “On the water, you learn to launch and re-launch your kite. You have to have some co-ordination to get up and riding.” Although the sport is fun and adrenaline-filled, it can be dangerous if you are not properly taught by a qualified instructor. “But it’s the best

escape imaginable, and a fantastic stress reliever. Once you’re on the water with your kite, nothing else matters. The only thing you need on your side is some good wind!” All equipment for lessons is supplied by the school, but if you decide to take kiting up seriously then gear is available through one of Surfers’ stores: the main branch is at Lifestyle Centre and the second, recently acquired store: Surfers Junction (Urban Surf) at The Ballito Junction Centre. Their third store is set to open in Umhlanga at the Pearls towards the end of 2016. For more info please contact: Surfers Ballito Bay T: 032 946 0018 A: Shop 23 at Lifestyle Centre, Ballito w w w. T h e B a l l i t o m a g a z i n e . c o . z a

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The Ilembe Chamber hosted a fabulous networking lunch at the Canelands Beach Club. Guests were provided with feedback on two major events recently hosted in Ballito: the Deloitte Challenge and the Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong – and the opportunity to interact with organisers.

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We were invited to the launch of Local and Abroad, a new independent travel agency in Ballito specialising in business and leisure travel. Operators were on hand to answer any travel questions and a fun night was had by all at the fantastic Mozambik restaurant. The platters were amazing and everyone enjoyed the launch. A few prizes were given away to lucky clients throughout the evening.

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er trademark blonde mane, bright eyes and broad smile have lit up television screens for decades. After a period out of the spotlight she crept back into the hearts of South Africans with appearances on two popular reality shows. In an exclusive interview with The Ballito at her gorgeous Zimbali home, Patricia Lewis opens up about her journey on Celebrity MasterChef and her exciting new chapter... PHOTO credit MARK WHITFIELD

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Patricia opens the door and flashes her famous grin, greeting with huge hugs and that bubbly laugh. It’s a typical family home: Patricia’s husband, Mark Whitfield, is playing handyman in the kitchen while her father and eleven-year-old son Max have a chat in the entrance hall. We are immediately offered tea (in the most divine monogrammed tea cups) and apple strudels; Patricia chats excitedly all the while. She says she didn’t make the strudels and then laughs: “this is why I was so shocked when I was asked to be on Celebrity MasterChef!” When she was first contacted by the show’s producers, Patricia thought she was being pranked. “I’d never really needed to cook.

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When Mark met me, all I had in my fridge was a package of Woolies cupcakes,” she turns to look at Mark and he chuckles. “When I was touring I was hardly in my own kitchen and food was always prepared for me.” But she agreed and was soon one of 30 celebrities auditioning for the show. “I had not worked for almost five years so I thought it would be nice to just say hello to everyone and go home, because I didn’t think I’d make it.” The audition called for an omelette; Patricia’s version had a tomato smiley face. When she heard she was in the top 10 she “fell off her chair”. “I thought ‘now what do I do?’ This was so out of my comfort zone.” Patricia joined her fellow contestants on a crash course, where they were taught basic breads, doughs, cakes

and how to handle the “ridiculous” kitchen knives. “Throughout my career I’ve believed in preparation, so this was no different. I googled recipes. I watched the Food Channel until it came out of my ears. We stocked up on Rennies and Enos so Mark and Max could taste all my attempts!” She mastered a chicken curry, steak dish and went into the first challenge with one goal: “I just didn’t want to go home first.” As Patricia progressed through the competition, she racked up several wins in the weekly challenges; her tally for her charity, Food and Trees for Africa, grew steadily. “Every time I won a challenge, my reaction was genuine shock. I know people said I cried a lot during the show, but it was


real. I spent the nights before each challenge on Google, making sure I was prepared. I was up by 4am every morning because this,” she gestures at her impeccable make-up and perfect spirals of hair, “takes a while!” The goal soon shifted, with Patricia setting her sights on the final. Though comedian Chris Forrest claimed the top spot Patricia’s second place was nothing to sniff at. “In the end, it was not about us or our egos. Chris and I got to help out two deserving charities.” For Patricia, the journey was tremendously emotional. She missed her family the most during the month of filming; she had never been apart from Mark for more than a few nights, in 13 years of marriage. Her husband even joked that she should burn a dish so she could come home early, Patricia laughs. “One of the most difficult periods was when I thought I’d miss Max’s tenth birthday. But my boys flew to Cape Town to surprise me.

What a beautiful moment!” She reflects on how the show forced her into unfamiliar territory - relinquishing control. “All my life, I’ve called the shots. I always produced my own shows and there was always a script to follow. Here, I had to be authentic and let my guard down; if I was asked a question, I had to answer it. Everything was on camera and I had no say in how it would be portrayed.” Patricia continues, saying she has always worn her heart on her sleeve but allowing South Africa to see her that vulnerable was humbling. “It was huge for me, giving up everything, but it became a form of therapy for me.” Soon after Celebrity MasterChef Patricia was contacted by the same team, asking her to feature on Mnet’s new series, My Story. “Ordinarily, that would have been something I would have wanted to produce. But I trusted the producers to tell my story, because MasterChef taught me that even though I was scared, it was okay to let go.” Patricia says MasterChef allowed her to graduate from only being Mark’s sous chef: “I’m allowed near the fillet now,” she gives Mark a cheeky wink. “Cooking is a family occasion in our house. I love that we all get involved in preparing a meal. My family is my everything – my north, south, east and west.” She pauses for a moment, in silent reflection. “Food is something the entire world has in common. It brings us together.” So, what’s next for the proudly Ballito lady? (She triumphantly told us that she is a North Coast girl to the bone). Patricia’s face lights up, and we see that smile South Africa loves. “There are a few exciting things lined up, which I can’t be too specific about. But I’m so excited! For the past five years that I haven’t worked, I’ve been Max’s mother and Mark’s wife. I wanted to be there to take Max to school and pick him up. But now,” she looks out at her gorgeous sea view. “I think it’s time for a new season.”

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A great hairstyle is a woman’s crowning glory, literally speaking. When your hair is done well, you feel like a million bucks. Hair 4 U at Lifestyle Centre is a unisex salon specialising in hair cutting, dressing, colours, tints, perms, hair extensions and product. One of these products is the Kérastase Densifique Youth Activator, part of the exclusive Densifique range. The Youth Activator is aimed at solving two common problems among older women: hair thinning and hair greying by combining powerful ingredients to visibly target degradation over time. The activator instantly lifts up roots and magnifies volume, intensifies shine and radiance and restores youthful softness.

A relaxed, quiet lunch with the girlfriends always goes down well. Why not take a break from your regular hang out spot and, this Women’s Month, make a turn at Lifestyle’s newest addition: Loaf Café. The simple, clean décor beckons you instantly. With a slogan like ‘from farm to fork’, Loaf is all about returning to the basics of good, wholesome cooking using locally sourced ingredients. Order from their mouthwatering menu or, if you’re up for a fresh change fill your tummy at their seasonal table – think lasagne, pies and fresh salads. And, their coffee is absolutely amazing!

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Ladies love pretty things! An abundance of such can be found at Origins, a gorgeous store celebrating simplicity, beauty, originality. Unique items are available at the store; hand painted cushions, vases, light fixtures, jewellery, rugs and wall art are all exquisitely beautiful. Most of the items at Origins are from South Africa, or elsewhere in Africa, and are inspirational through their creativity – hand-crafted, commissioned or even recycled items. Each item carries a specific origin story (hence the name) and possess identity and character. Origins distributes nationally, and internationally. Spoil the lady in your life with something special!

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Now, which lady does not love a good spoil? Poetry seems to appeal to every one of a woman’s senses – breathtaking clothes to wear, stunning shoes to try on, accessories to complement an outfit, divine bath and body products…the list is endless. Down to homeware and confectionary, cook books and kitchen utensils, Poetry is an upmarket concept store that appeals to the sophisticated, trendsetting women. The well-travelled, well-read woman who enjoys the finer things in life; their products are truly unique and sought-after, giving you that feeling of standing out among the crowd, freeing your own unique spirit.

Beauty therapy: where women have sought solace from the beginning of time. With its dreamy, decadent feel Scarla May Nail and Body Bar commands ultimate body relaxation and pampering. They offer a full range of services including waxing, threading, manicures, facials and massages. For Women’s Month Scarla recommends the Tan Lab range, a proudly South African brand that is affordable and practical. Unlike most self-tanners that tend to have an unpleasant odour, this one has a delicious coconut scent. It also does not leave unsightly streaks behind; it is a gradual tanning solution and will not make you ‘orange’.

Pandora believes all the women of the world are unique and precious. They live different lives in different cultures. Yet they are all fabulous in their own, individual way. All women have their own stories. Stories we love to hear and that are worth being proud of. Personalities to be celebrated. Moments that make a difference. At Pandora, tribute is paid to the special moments that have shaped these women into what they are today. No matter how big or small the moments are, they play an important part in a woman’s life. That’s what makes these moments unforgettable. An unforgettable moment is something different to every woman, but it is always special. That is why an unforgettable moment is a story worth sharing.

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James Brown said it best: “this is a man’s world…but it wouldn’t mean nothin’…without a woman or a girl…” In this ‘Women in Business’ feature we speak to the strong team of women behind a powerful CEO and hear fresh ideas from a newly established business team.

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he saying is old as the hills, but still holds true: ‘Behind every man is a strong woman’. Now, many men may shy away from this idiom, calling it irrelevant and outdated; Thami Mkhwanazi is not one of those men. The suave CEO of local economic development agency, Enterprise iLembe, has not just one but three strong women behind him - LED manager Thuthu Ngcobo, chief accountant Phumelele Sibiya and tourism, marketing and communications manager Cheryl Peters. Thami, who has a financial background, joined Enterprise iLembe in 2014 as the chief financial officer; he was officially appointed CEO in November last year. “I have a strong team,” is the first thing he says. “They are always willing to assist, even with things that might not fall in their job descriptions. I just run the business,” he quips. Enterprise iLembe’s mandate is to drive economic development and to promote growth, investment and development within the region – although they are part of the iLembe District Municipality, Thami maintains his team is a progressive entity. “That is only achieved through hard work and dedication of this team.”

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community we are going into. We make mistakes but then learn quickly. Respect and understanding are very important tools. I think, as women, we give such things more thought.” Thuthu added that: “just because I’m the manager, it doesn’t mean I have to be in charge. I remember that I’m just one of a team.” Phumelele echoes that sentiment. “Sometimes, there are situations where women will not be in charge. And that’s okay. We don’t always have to take the lead; there are other things we can do to facilitate a project.” Although Thami acknowledges the need for gender equality in the workplace, he believes complete balance should not be the end goal. “Yes, the roles are changing. But most of it is in the mind. It’s about playing to strengths and the strategy continuously changes – in the team, we know who is adept at what. We are different, but each one has a role to play, and they play it well. We complement each other.” Enterprise iLembe has had numerous success stories since their inception; possibly the largest feather in their cap is being hailed as a trendsetter in KwaZuluNatal, used as a model for municipal development agencies.

Thuthu interjects: “women bring a different perspective to a team. Even the plants on site respond differently to our hands!” This sets a few chuckles loose around the boardroom table, and it is clear this team is comfortable and wellknit. “A large part of our work depends on forming relationships with our communities, which comes with its own set of challenges. But as a woman, one is able to bring heart to a situation. We know when to step back, sit and talk, develop a friendship and then gain trust.”

The iLembe Winery has yielded two harvests and promotes self-sustaining business through allowing small-scale farmers to own their co-operatives. The school’s nutrition programme feeds 157 000 children through vegetables grown by small-scale farmers and bought by Enterprise iLembe. They are presently working on rolling out broadband across the iLembe District, allowing rural areas to access the internet. Achieving a clean audit in the most recent financial year was also quite an achievement.

Cheryl agrees, reflecting on the cultural dynamics that play a role in many Enterprise iLembe projects, particularly in rural areas. “A project goes off successfully because of a team, not just one person. Before we head into a project we spend time researching, finding out about the

“I am proud of the team I work with. We’re an interesting team, each one with a unique personality. But we make it work,” Thami glances at his female counterparts. “And much is down to the ladies. They need to be celebrated.”

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One of Sage’s gems is the Café. Sampling anything from a fantastic cup of coffee to a legendary chicken salad, families and couples (even some singletons) can be found under the property’s lush trees. The new face behind the café, Janine Hill, is a teacher by qualification but has always liked to cook. Her family sold their farm in Gingindlovu a month ago and Sage has become their new project. “It was just meant to be. The location of this place is amazing; there is something for everyone to do and enjoy, not just eat.” While she is not changing too much at the café, there have a few tweaks here and there. ‘”We’ve got a winning recipe,” she chuckles. Speaking of her role as a women in business, Janine feels the fairer sex is largely underestimated. “People form pre-conceived opinions…but then, we have a chance to prove them wrong. So many people rely on us, and we just simply make it work. I love that I have time to dedicate to my business, that my family gives me that opportunity. They make me strong.” Jaclyn and Shae, who own Shine Skincare and Plush hair salon respectively, are fiercely independent women. Jaclyn, who purchased Shine recently, relishes the idea of having her own business. “The beauty industry is one where women are allowed to relax, form relationships and actually have time to themselves; that’s rare in today’s world!” The bubbly therapist cherishes the time she spends with her clients, listening to them. “I get to bring women, who work so hard doing a hundred different things, to a

place where they focus only on them. How special is that?” Shae, with her flame red hair and Converse sneakers, exudes a funky confidence as she tells me how owning her own business has given her freedom. “Women, by nature, are perfectionists. We know what we want and how we want it done. We know our strengths. Having the blessing of my own space is an absolute thrill; I get to put my own little touches on everything.” Both Jaclyn and Shae draw their strength from God. Shae encourages women to celebrate their confidence: “if you have a talent, use it. For us to express who we are, in our work, is something every women should be able to do.” Kate, whose milky pink toy shop instantly made me smile, has been in business for five years. “It’s challenging to balance running a business with family life,” she admits. But finding a balance is key; Kate spends her mornings at work and reserves afternoons for her family. “Women must allow themselves to feel valued. Never think, in any space, that you don’t have a contribution to make.” Ashleigh Tiddy, who owns Pure – a unique, cosy gift boutique – credits its success to her special team of ladies; Pat has been a part of Pure since its inception in 2009, Loxy joined in 2012 and Zuma makes the store’s exclusive jewellery. “Working as a woman in business can be hard, but if you remain focused and driven, you can set out to achieve your goals no matter what the hurdles are. I run a few other businesses and although I may be the driving force of Pure, they are a dedicated team.” Exciting times are ahead for the new Sage Centre, now being run by a dynamic team of woman, who bring a completely different energy to the centre. Paying attention to the “detail”, which is the essence of business I believe.”


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The face of Ballito, as we know it, is rapidly changing. Increasing development means that new business are cropping up all the time; while the more established businesses are flourishing. In this new regular feature, we will profile some of those newer businesses to find out how they are loving Ballito and chat to the older business about staying power; we’ll also hear some quirks from the owners! In this edition, we kick it off with WOW Cutting and Loaf Café.

Lifestyle Centre’s newest addition is a trendy spot – a modern, country café that is all about fresh, local produce and keeping food simple. Their specials board offers delicious breakfast and lunch options, each one made with love and care, while their daily seasonal table sends incredible smells wafting through the centre. Their range of decadent cakes is complemented by beautiful, freshly roasted Colombo coffee. Loaf is run by a mother-daughter team; Theresa Rattray heads up the kitchen while her daughter, Gina, runs the front of house. “The rest of our team is part of our foodie family; eager to give our customers the Loaf experience – home-style, delicious food made from the heart,” said Gina. Though Loaf has only been open for a month, it is already a wildly popular spot. “We never planned it - we saw the open space and thought why not?! Five weeks later we opened! We hope to share our love for food with everyone who visits us. Our recipe for success – keep it simple!” The duo believe their point of difference lies in their unique dishes, “We hardly ever follow the recipe!”. The pair, who cannot start the day without their cappuccinos, are encouraged by the support from Ballito. “We are so lucky to have a beautiful beach on our doorstep which brings people from all over the world to visit us. We would love to be known as the place where the food feeds the soul.”

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If you need anything cut into anything, WOW Specialised Cutting Techniques should be your first stop. From a keyring to an engraved bamboo board, to a mosaic swirl at the bottom of your pool to some stainless steel art, to a solid wood sign or even from Tannie Marie’s marmalade jar charm to the most modern bespoke item – they do it all! “Our team is our fabulous family,” says Wendy Da Silva. “WOW is not normal – WOW is exceptional and WOW is fun. WOW is creative and definitely a little crazy!” Established in 1987 in Johannesburg, WOW relocated to Ballito around five years ago. “To keep Gary out of mischief, we bought a water jet machine to start a cutting company, and we just grew from strength to strength. We are the only company that has the different machines: the water jet machine, the two routers and two laser machines which give different services and can make just about anything. Put them together and that’s when the magic happens. We are constantly striving to improve and to give our customers the very best of service.” WOW’s rules for success are what has held them together for this long – honest hard work, learning from your mistakes and never stop trying. “When you need a plastic container, you think Tupperware. When you need something made, I want you to think of WOW! The funniest thing we have cut to date: a bullet-proof bicycle. No, that sounds weird. It was a bicycle cut out of bullet proof glass!”


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he search is on for the North Coast’s Best of the Best is on and readers from all over have been nominating and voting for their favourite businesses. The competition, launched by FabMags and run under The Ballito magazine brand, sets out to celebrate service excellence in business across 10 different categories. WHY LAUNCH A COMPETITION LIKE THIS? There aren’t any local awards that recognise businesses and their pursuit of service excellence here. By setting a stake in the ground with the Best of the Best, we hope that local businesses will be given something to strive for, as well as give them the well-deserved recognition that they work so hard for. While not every business can win in their respective categories, we believe

that knowing customers have nominated them and are voting for them is positive and encouraging. WHAT IMPACT WILL IT HAVE? We’ve already passed the goals set for nominated businesses and there are loads more businesses which could get on board. As businesses are nominated, we put their details online for everyone to see so that all through the competition there is an endorsement of local businesses showing clearly that they have been nominated by their customers. The Nominees page has been visited by local, national and international visitors which means both the business and the district are getting exposure, which is great. The winners will receive a trophy and, of course, bragging rights and there will naturally be coverage of the winners in the magazine.

More importantly, though, is the fact that by participating the people of the North Coast have shown that they want to reward businesses which strive to offer excellent service. There is always work to be done in this regard, but again this is only the first year. There is so much potential for the Best of the Best Awards and its ability to place the focus on improved service in the area. HOW DOES IT WORK? A business needs to be nominated, which is done via the competition website. Once nominated, businesses will receive votes in the category they compete in. All that readers need to do, is go to the page and vote for their favourites in the different categories. Readers can vote multiple times during the course of the competition, with a limit of one vote per business per day. When the competition closes on 31 August, the votes will be counted and a judging panel will review the results and adjudicate the top three in each category in terms of the service excellence criteria. The winners will attend the awards ceremony in September and collect their prizes. Readers, make sure you visit www.theballitomagazine.co.za/best and get nominating and voting. The competition closes on 31 August 2015 and the nominated businesses need YOUR vote. Click on the QR code to be taken to the website — you can even use Zapper to scan the code.

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Women are inspirational by nature; they deserve celebration. To commemorate Women’s Month, we sat down with three remarkable women and heard their stories – stories of faith, hope, selflessness and tenacity. Karenne Bloomgarden, Julie Christie and Jenny Worner, YOU inspire US! Words Jodi van Wyk

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alking towards Zara’s at Lifestyle Centre, I spot Karenne Bloomgarden immediately. Dressed in a cheery, bright shirt and wearing the most gorgeous lace socks (I saw because she jauntily sits cross-legged, LOVE it!) she gives me her patented smile and says, with her endearing American lilt: “I’m Karenne!” It is this effervescent personality, and that broad grin, which have changed the lives of countless children across the iLembe District, through Karenne’s innovative literacy programme. I sat with this inspirational woman to talk about her journey from the bright lights of New York City, to the rolling hills of Ballito. “I’m just a phys-ed teacher from New York. Nothing special about me,” Karenne begins. (When I call her on her ‘Yankee’ accent, she insists it’s not as strong as it used to be.) “I came to South Africa often on vacation. I was here in the summer of 9/11 to build houses in Amanzimtoti. After that, I came back on my own during school holidays to help grow schools in the Hluhluwe area, Advent crèche and Khulani Special School. On one particular trip, I was struck by the South African people – what a rare, loving breed. I saw people, particularly children, who were so content. No matter what they did not have, they were happy.” When she returned to the United States Karenne wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey about the work she was a part of in South Africa. “I had also started making short videos of the children in South Africa to show it to my students in New York, and vice versa. My American kids, too, did not understand how the South African children could be so happy with what seemed like so little.” Karenne’s trips to South Africa became more frequent and each time, the children she worked with crept a little deeper into her heart. “I would bring toys, books and clothes down

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BRETTENWOOD COASTAL ESTATE from the States – often, I’d have to fetch them myself from the Post Office when I arrived, because the teachers simply could not get there. Every time I left, I’d cry.” Karenne decided to make South Africa her home in 2007, beginning her volunteer work at a school in Etete – a small township on the North Coast. She soon established Karenne Bloomgarden Empowering Teachers to Empower Youth (KBETEY), an English Literacy programme where she would workshop teachers over three days, sharing innovative teaching. “Just standing in front of a class reading a book is not teaching. I teach them to decorate their classrooms. Play with their children. To earn respect. To get the desks out of those rows, remove the structure and let the kids have fun in the classroom.” Karenne pauses, smiling as she remembers. “I want children to want to come to school. Not every child fits in that square box. Simultaneously, I want teachers to want to teach; it is so easy to burn out and nobody pats them on the back. Nobody supports them.” Karenne, who has overcome drug abuse, relates to ‘her children’ with warmth and genuine love. “I have Attention Deficit Disorder – school was not easy for me. So, I know how it feels to struggle in a classroom. I want to show teachers how to teach the individual child. Make them feel special. I want more Nelson Mandelas.” The question most would ask Karenne is, quite simply, why? Why would an American woman make her home in South Africa, volunteering in schools our communities have largely turned a blind eye to? Karenne’s answer squeezes my heart: “Their smiles. My children know I love them. So many of them have been let down, hurt and disappointed – but they know I’m not leaving. I will keep coming back. I just want to bring joy. I live for the smiles and the hugs.”

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“What defines a woman is not whether she bears children, has long hair, the perfect curves, society’s ideals, how feminine she is, or if she likes to cook. What makes a woman is her essence, her strength, her resiliency, her loving way. It’s what’s in her mind, heart and soul. She defines it.”

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ulie Christie is a power house. Long legs, blonde hair, bright eyes and a smile with enough wattage to light up a small village during load shedding. She is…different, and the first words out of her mouth are a perfect example: “I’m turning 35.” (She pulls her face, but even this does not make her unattractive). “But I’m a 21-year-old trapped in this 35-year-old body.” Julie launches into her life’s story as easily as a hot knife through butter, and I’m instantly enthralled. Growing up in a family of strong women – she is the eldest of three girls, one sister having cerebral palsey – prepared Julie for the blows life has dealt her; yet divorce, death and disappointment have only made her stronger. “My mum, Victoria, has suffered with a disease my whole life. In and out of hospital as far

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back as I can remember. She has had a really tough time, but always manages to smile even when I know she is in pain. She taught me the importance of inner strength. Through everything, I have learnt that my strength was everything.” Losing her father, her “soldier”, and going through divorce have been the most challenging events in her life. She realised that she needed to make every second count. Where losing people you love may have left an empty hole, what it did do, was bring this family of strong women together. “Through loss, we realised how strong we really were and how much we loved each other”. “Over a year ago I moved to Westbrook beach. Away from the mayham of busy Umhlanga to somewhere calm, soulful and on the beach, and decided I wanted to do something more with my life, to keep growing as a person, as a woman. I decided to make a bucket list.” And she has since proceeded to tick things off. “I took up SUP (stand up paddle boarding). I learnt how to scuba dive. I wanted to do something good for people, and being good friends with Joost van der Westhuizen, I have spent many weekends at his side, visiting

patients in KZN with the disease for the J9 Foundation. And I’ve travelled a lot! I spent 10 days in New York last year which was a highlight. Next, I’m going to learn another language, take drum lessons and ride a dirtbike. Oh, yes.” Even in applying for her job as a medical rep, eight years ago, Julie refused to fail. “I am a big nagger. I had sent my CV repeatedly to the medical recruitment company for three years, until I pitched up at the offices and insisted they interview me regardless of the lack of medical experience I had. I was hired by Cipla two weeks later. The worst you can ever hear is no.” Julie is also on the books of prestigious modelling agency, ICE, and has been lucky enough to be sent to the Seychelles recently for a shoot. Though Julie is best described as a whirlwind, she calls herself a kind, gentle soul. “I believe there is always something to be happy about. Life can literally tear everything out of you, but I choose to smile. People might see a tall blonde and think I’ve had it easy, but I have grown into who I am through tought times and challenges…and I love who I am today.”


Walking towards Zara’s at Lifestyle Centre, I spot Karenne Bloomgarden immediately. Dressed in a cheery, bright shirt and wearing the most gorgeous lace socks (I saw because she jauntily sits cross-legged, LOVE it!) she gives me her patented smile and says, with her endearing American lilt: “I’m Karenne!” It is this effervescent personality, that broad grin, which have changed the lives of countless children across the iLembe District, through Karenne’s innovative literacy programme. I sat with this inspirational woman to talk about her journey from the bright lights of New York City, to the rolling hills of Ballito. “I’m just a phys-ed teacher from New York. Nothing special about me,” Karenne begins. (When I call her on her ‘Yankee’ accent, she insists it’s not as strong as it used to be.) “I came to South Africa often on vacation. I was here in the summer of 9/11 to build houses in Amanzimtoti. After that, I came back on my own during school holidays to help grow schools in the Hluhluwe area, Advent crèche and Khulani Special School. On one particular trip, I was struck by the South African people – what a rare, loving breed. I saw people, particularly children, who were so content. No matter what they did not have, they were happy.” When she returned to the United States Karenne wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey about the work she was a part of in South Africa. “I had also started making short videos of the children in South Africa to show it to my kids in New York, and vice versa. My American kids, too, did not understand how the South African children could be so happy with what seemed like so little.” Karenne’s trips to South Africa became more frequent and each time, the children she worked with crept a little deeper into her heart. “I would bring

toys, books and clothes down from the States – often, I’d have to fetch them myself from the Post Office when I arrived, because the teachers simply could not get there. Every time I left, I’d cry.” Karenne decided to make South Africa her home in 2007, beginning her volunteer work at a school in Etete – a small township on the North Coast. She soon established Karenne Bloomgarden Empowering Teachers to Empower Youth (KBETEY), an English Literacy programme where she would workshop teachers over three days, sharing innovative teaching. “Just standing in front of a class reading a book is not teaching. I teach them to decorate their classrooms. Play with their children. To earn respect. To get the desks out of those rows. Have fun in the classroom.” Karenne pauses, smiling as she remembers. “I want children to want to come to school. Not every child fits in that square box. Simultaneously, I want teachers to want to teach; it is so easy to burn out and nobody pats them on the back. Nobody supports them.” Karenne, who has overcome drug abuse, relates to ‘her children’ with warmth and genuine love. “I have Attention Deficit Disorder – school was not easy for me. So, I know how it feels to struggle in a classroom. I want to show teachers how to teach the individual child. Make them feel special. I want more Nelson Mandelas.” The question most would ask Karenne is, quite simply, why? Why would an American woman make her home in South Africa, volunteering in schools our communities have largely turned a blind eye to? Karenne’s answer squeezes my heart: “Their smiles. My children know I love them. So many of them have been let down, hurt and disappointed – but they know I’m not leaving. I will keep coming back. I just want to bring joy. I live by the smiles and the hugs.”

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t’s a worldwide trend that people are living much longer these days. Lifelong learning is becoming increasingly important as Baby Boomers reinvent themselves in order to give their lives structure, purpose and a sense of community. Ballito’s Jenny Wörner is an enthusiastic proponent of continuing education. She recently completed her MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and was bestowed the highest honour at USB when she was selected from more than 400 of the 2014/2015 graduates to receive the 2015 Director’s Award for her extraordinary academic and leadership performance. Having completed the development of Karkloof Spa, Jenny had a ‘what now?’ moment when her daughter Gabriella (she fondly calls her ‘Gabs’) enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch. “I’d always wanted to do an MBA, but there had not been the time whilst I was involved in the family business with young children. I chose to do my degree through the USB on a modular basis, so I would go to Cape Town four times a year and get to see Gabs, which was lovely. We were both doing finance degrees so it was great to be able to discuss assignments and ideas with her.” Jenny admits that is was tough in the beginning. “I was older than most in my class and found myself wondering if I was crazy; what could I bring to the table? I soon realised that everyone, including me, had something of great value to offer.” Graduating cum laude, on the same day

as her daughter, would have been enough for Jenny but her journey had a special end: “I was asked to attend a special luncheon after my ceremony; I thought it was just for cum laude students. To my surprise I received a gold medal from Old Mutual plus the Director’s Award. It was a fabulous moment! Watching Gabs get her degree that afternoon and celebrating with bubbles in our caps and gowns, was the perfect ending to an incredible day.” Jenny embraces the idea of adults going back to study after retirement. “I feel there is so much more for us to do, to accomplish. Learning is a lifelong experience and nobody should be afraid to have more than one career in a lifetime.” She believes there is a role for ‘retirees’ to play, particularly in the areas of upskilling, mentoring and coaching the younger generation. “Many women may feel anxious about trying something new. I’d suggest you view that anxiety as normal - it’s your body revealing that a choice lies ahead – one that will lead to development and growth. Embrace the anxiety and use its energy to propel you to a new level.” Looking ahead, Jenny is considering a PhD, expounding on her MBA thesis on luxury travel and is embracing her journey with enthusiasm. “When we get older, we should spend more time on reflection. What are my values? What is my purpose, my strengths and skills? How can I give back? Many women have willingly laid aside their careers for the love of their children. In this new season of their lives, they have a wealth of knowledge to impart, and the opportunity to step into something new. They’re exciting times!”

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o, ‘tis the season for work experience. Last month, FabMags opened our doors to five eager young minds – two from Rhodes University and three bright sparks from Ashton International College. The interns shadowed our content guru, Jodi for a week while the Ashton learners – Charlie Severs, Courtney Sardinha and Natasha Oosthuizen – shadowed our sales director Lucille, creative director Daniel and CEO Justin for three days. While it was a learning experience for our shadows, it was also eye-opening for us; each of them gave us fresh insight into our jobs and re-ignited our passion. Here are accounts from our three interns…

I had already decided that I was going to be impressively early each morning at the FabMags offices, not only to display a winning sense of professionalism but to score a few brownie points as well. So I made a 7.25am entrance into the fab stable only to find that most of the team was already there. (Thought to self: bugger – my devious early-bird, point-scoring strategy is not going to work around here because the team is just as eager and enthusiastic as I am.)

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Day one spared no expenses in the getup-and-go department because our first two interviews had already been lined up. Under the very cooky, crazy but cool wings of excellent content guru Jodi Van Wyk, the week kicked off with much excitement. I got to sit in while Jodi interviewed junior pro surfer Teal Hogg and the gorgeous Brett Robson, a proud Umhlanga girl and increasingly popular fashion blogger. I also got to work on my first article for Ballito News online.

desk. I got to see, touch, taste, smell and hear all that is fun, fantastic and fabulous. The last of my FabMags days was bitter sweet, as expected. While I am going to miss the atmosphere around the office and the energy that can be absorbed from an exceptional team of creatives and professionals, I look forward to returning to Rhodes University’s School of Journalism with the most positive of feedback. My time here was everything I could have expected, and more. Not all journalism has to be hard-hitting and high intensity. The magazine world is every bit of the fun-filled, adrenaline-inducing, energy-driven and challenging ride that us aspiring media practitioners are looking forward to after graduation. A fabulous world and a truly fabulous time indeed!

Day three was by far the most fun. Some of our time was spent on Willard Beach at the Ballito Pro, after which we met two of our FabMags colleagues for a delicious food review at Upper Deck Bar and Grill. I had no idea that journalism could be this thrilling or as tasty (I assure you, food reviews are the best treat; gifts from the heavens above). What was so enriching and great for me to experience – first-hand – was that working at a publication body like FabMags means that you are always on the move. There is no time to sit idly by, daydreaming at your Anima


I walked into a bright and open office, with two desks immediately visible and just round the corner were several other work stations. A couple certainly looked much more personal than just a place to do work and get stuff done. It was a spot where fun and spontaneity was definitely visible. One desk had all pink accessories, including bright balloons and some minions from Despicable Me, another had a colourful Happy Birthday sign above it and still another had nothing but neatness and immaculate organisation. This small introduction to FabMags already told me that this working environment was a good one, and my initial conclusion was not wrong. I was very soon tasked with going through the recent magazines that FabMags had published, understanding the style and themes for each issue of the Umhlanga, City or Ballito and what I saw was inspiration, laughter, professionalism and encouragement. Jodi, who was my mentor for the week then gave me the low down on just about everything about the company, complete with an introduction to CEO Justin Scott who commanded me to have fun during the week, despite the hard work to come. (Wow, I thought, he’s opened up his company to me, is expecting me to actually do stuff instead of sit in a corner and make up my own work experience, and he’s telling me to have fun while I’m at it. I definitely came to the right place.) And what fun I did have. I learned more, practically, about this facet of journalism than I ever have before.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. It was terrifying knowing that I had to actually work for the company. I was nervous to attend meetings but with the help of Justin Scott I really enjoyed it. FabMags is such an incredible team. It’s like a family; everyone gets along with each other. It was wonderful to see that the team always has each other’s back. I loved walking through the office doors and feeling welcome. I learnt that no question is silly - in school they always tell us if you have a question to raise it, but as students we never do as we don’t want be looked down upon or have peers laughing. But that’s just it - in business questions always need to be asked, it could reveal answers that co-workers never even thought

And I learned much more about myself too. Like many people, I thrive when I am expected to produce good work, FabMags expected me to work hard and give my very best and so, the experience was rich and full (and full sometimes in reference to food…lots and lots of food, from restaurant reviews or pizza for the interns bought by publisher Lorinda Scott). I tagged along with Jodi most of the time, sitting in on interviews with all sorts of people. I have always known that I have to work with people in whatever career I end up in and what incredible people I had to opportunity to meet during my week at FabMags! An inspiring and wonderfully antic-filled children’s worker and educator, two beautiful and interesting models, a close-knit food loving family heading up a delicious cafe and of course the people of FabMags itself. Most importantly though, I was able to stay true to my relationship with Christ without any expectation to report on anything that would compromise my values. So when I did my presentation at the end of the week, I had only good things to say. I noticed little things (like dealing with and discussing an issue as soon as it arose) that all culminated into the company running as well as it does. I definitely want to work here (or at least at a place much like it, if that’s possible) one day. What a blessing that would be! all cul

about. My highlight was meeting Dylan Jahnig from Linc Church and discussing their upcoming magazine; it was inspiring to hear vision. FabMags showed me that, in order to have a constructive team, everyone needs to do their part to the best of their ability. There are going to be times where they could mess up but all businesses do; it’s about what you have taken from that experience and making sure that it never happens again. I really enjoyed my time being a part of the FabMags team…trust me, making tea and coffee for everyone is not easy! w w w. T h e B a l l i t o m a g a z i n e . c o . z a

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world of pamper and tranquillity. Owner Shae Vorster welcomes you with her bubbly personality and personal treatment. Using Goldwell products exclusively, Shae and her staff – with a respectable amount of experience in hair styling – will give you the look you want while making you feel extremely spoiled! Jaclyn Wilmans brings relaxation and calm to the Sage gardens, with her business – Shine Skincare. Shine is a place where you can relax and have ‘me time’; whether it’s an Environ or RegimA natural peel facial treatment or even a quick eyebrow shape and tint, or a hot stone

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ind in my hair. The purr of my ‘bony’s’ engine. Sunny Skies + Open roads. These are just a few words to describe the bike trip that myself and a few good mates embarked on earlier this month. It all started when I decided to get my hands on a new Royal Enfield (it’s kinda like a war time motorbike), and figured that Cape Town would be a great place to purchase it. Why? So I could ride it home of course (Smiles) And so I was telling a friend my plans when someone overheard me and promptly interrupted, “I’m coming with!” I love the spontaneous and adventurous nature of the peeps I get to do life with. Before long we had a team of 5 flying down to Cape Town, climbing on motorbikes, and heading back to Durbs through some of the most inspiring and beautiful terrain known to man. The goal was to spend as little time as possible on our national roads, and as much time as possible on the ‘back roads’ .. The road less travelled if you like. Seven days, 2600km, 16 mountain passes (not little hills), and a whole lotta laughs later, and our goal was achieved. I can honestly say that the trip exceeded my expectations on every level, and

completely blew me away with the sheer beauty and expanse of the country we get to call home. I love that we got to make new friends along the way, and experience the diversity of so many crazy colourful cultures in South Africa. I know I probably don’t need to say this, but we honestly live in the most incredible country, with the most amazing people. She is so packed with potential and so ripe with opportunity - if only we would open our eyes and celebrate her beauty. The truth is these trips don’t come by every day, but it’s also true that adventure awaits all of us - if only we would seize her potential and embrace her call. This trip goes down as a highlight of my life (at least a top fiver), and no doubt sets a new president for the type of adventure that will mark my life’s story. So how about it? What if today you would step out of the ordinary, and into the world of the unknown and spectacular. What if today you would step out of the comforts of your home, and the secrecy of your life, and go and explore the beauty of the country we live in and the people that make her so unique and powerful.

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Life is busy. Understatement of the millennium, I know. The business of publishing and magazines is one of constant bustle, deadlines and (nearly always) a tinge of panic. We thrive on the adrenaline rush of pushing a magazine through to print…and all of us have experienced that whoosh when we hold the glossy copy in our hands. But we – that’s everyone from the bosses to sales ladies to designers – need a break. And as with everything else we do, we took a breather as FABulously as we could: we hauled the entire FabMags bunch and partners off for a weekend at The Hatchery.

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t wasn’t a don’t like to relax. No, tha Whenever I typo – you read correctly. few minutes a find time to breathe for off until I’ve I find my mind wandering something I’ve convinced myself there’s ays fused to forgotten. My phone is alw ng with opi my hand, beeping and blo t thing I firs emails and the like. So, the Hatchery The at noticed when we arrived the was on on a balmy Friday afterno ne. pho my complete lack of signal on the for e ton And…silence. That set the rd hea I se’ ‘noi entire weekend; the only the from er wat was the gentle lapping of ant dist the and picturesque river mouth over. cry of a fish eagle as it flew ch as we The Hatchery – or, the Hat 45 minute a were calling it – is about dirt road The drive north, from Ballito. fun. the to access it is only part of to mind; es Rustic is the word that com o soft ont s we stepped out of our car ggling wri d pillows of sand and we love mies tum our our toes around. Before e. littl a d lore started rumbling we exp er eth tog d Little buildings are clustere all a, are hen around a communal kitc separates you facing a river mouth that You are ch. from the Dokodweni Bea arcane sug by completely surrounded off cut l fee and water, so it’s easy to dicine me t righ from civilisation…just the ted star m tea if you want to relax. The ing eat and hen off at the communal kitc ng ndi spe area, where we ended up the weekend. most of our time through who live es The team of amazing ladi r us from afte on the premises looked who has ny, Pen the second we arrived. her and rs, been at the Hatch for yea and k coo y the crew are phenomenal; you or it, t ues clean for you if you req nu if you can order from the full me together ai prefer. We enjoyed a bra even load not – by fire and candlelight rse, when cou Of shedding bothered us. the lights and all the cellphones are off really get you n have also gone poof, the

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into some good conversation. It was so refreshing to sit around a fire with our feet in sand, laughing and sharing stories with each other. The rooms at The Hatchery are homely and comfortable. Beds (on wheels, how absolutely cool is that?) are made from wooden pallets and covered in soft, downy bedding. The floors are cement and give you a delicious fright when you jump out of bed in the morning. Even the shower, with its bucolic-type flooring and one-way windows, makes you feel as though

you’re showering in the bush – takes a bit of getting used to, but oh what a feeling! Rooms sleep between two and six adults, most with a double bed and single beds, with an annexure bathroom. Let me just pause here to talk about waking up to see the sun rise: I’ve watched it half-heartedly through my windscreen on the way to work, sure. But waking up around 7am, seeing the sky burning orange and a shimmer of gold glittering across glassy water was incomparable.


If you’re into fishing, then The Hatchery is right up your alley: the river mouth practically screams “please fish here!” Most of the guys trotted down and spent a few hours with their rods, yielding some pleasing results. Now, while the boys were fishing the girls had to find something to do: we took photographs (yes, we did!). The couples all took advantage of the gorgeous surroundings to snap a few selfies with some of us going all the way and doing full-on photo shoots. It’s perfect for a rustic wedding as well! There’s an abundance of ‘hangout’ spots so, if you want to be alone for a while,

you’ve got that option: there’s the gin pool, the ‘chill zone’, the little ponds and a deck that juts out over the river mouth…bliss, I tell you. Play table tennis, or hop on a canoe if that’s your flavour. Sunday morning came by way too quickly. We reluctantly packed up our bags, all the while admiring that stunning view and breathing in the air around us…clean, fresh, unpolluted…wow. Just wow. The Hatchery was so many wonderful things all rolled into one: it allowed us to connect with each other in the most organic way possible.

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travel Without most of the ‘luxuries’ we think we need every day, we found different ways to pass the time without TV, iPads and our cellphones. The close proximity to nature and creation made us stop, pause and reflect on how blessed we are to live the lives we live. How we all work together as a fluid team. How we desperately need that ‘pause’ in our lives, just to stop and take it all in. At The Hatchery you are surrounded by such overwhelming, unspoiled earthy purity, that you can’t help but leave feeling absolutely refreshed and rejuvenated. A few of us remarked that it was tremendous how close this little jewel was to us, a piece of heaven less than an hour away. I would absolutely – and this goes for our entire FabMags brood – recommend The Hatchery for a weekend (or even longer) away. We also recommend going in group, book out the whole place with family or friends, it just completes the entire package. You will come away feeling like a new person, inside and out. call us | 082 337 4572 email | matthew@amatikulu.co.za Web | www.thehatchery.co.za

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Have you ever gone to a restaurant to eat and afterwards thought: hey, that went by way too quickly? Or, stared at a menu for what felt like forever, trying to figure out what to eat…then when the dish comes you feel it’s too much or too little or not really what you wanted? The Prawn Shak is the perfect solution to all those niggles. Instead of one big meal, they serve up a variety – seven courses in a five hour leisurely lunch. Vegetarian options are available. Alright, there’s a bumpy road to get there but it’s like an oasis of beauty… stunning beach views from the deck and an amazing vibe; the staff greet with huge smiles. You are given a number for your drink tab: drinks are served in enamel mugs to go with the rustic theme. The fun starts at midday, with a light Caprese salad, served with fresh bread. That’s quickly followed by a spicy cup of prawn soup.

A prawn bunny – which is really prawn curry in a vetkoek with sambals and spicy relish – will knock your socks off! Other highlights on the menu include Zulu sushi: seared beef fillet with a tang and camembert and fruit for dessert. The highlight is the prawn platter; piles upon piles of lightly flavoured, grilled prawns just waiting to be devoured. The real winner, though, is the vibe - a festive feel and the R&Rs are a hit! Grab a table with family or friends and just sit there for the afternoon chatting while you eat. You can eat at your own pace, skip a course or go back for seconds – whatever makes you happy! call us | 084 737 6493 email | bookings@shak.co.za Web | www.shak.co.za

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rom cooking mud cakes in her toy wooden oven to a place in the prestigious Jackie Cameron School of Food and Wine in the Midlands, Cara Conway is a tenacious young woman. We chatted to the aspiring chef about her dreams, inspiration and how a local girl got an amazing opportunity to learn from the best!

What is your earliest memory of the kitchen? Do you remember the first time you cooked and what you made? As a little girl I spent most of my time in the kitchen with my mom helping and watching her bake and cook. One of my earliest memories is baking endless trays of her special homemade rusks-prepared for our Transkei beach holidays- until late hours of the evening. I can still remember the warm biscuit smell that travelled though the house as they’d dry out in the warmer draw overnight. Before I was finally allowed to work with the real thing, I used to have a little toy wooden oven in our garden where I’d spend hours on end, making mud cakes and having tea parties! When I was about three or four years old my mom always used to make cupcakes and pancakes on Sunday afternoons with myself and brother...I loved that family time and how food brought us together.

What sparked your interest in food? Growing up, we were extremely spoilt by my mother’s home cooking. Especially my brother and myself - when it came to our birthday parties, the tables were always laden with home-baked goodies and, without a doubt, the most

incredible birthday cakes! I loved spending time with my mom in the kitchen getting involved in anything my hands could find – most often it was a half empty batter bowl, which of course left more batter on me than in the cake itself! Before I started studying my biggest passion revolved around cakes and pastries, however it’s now grown to so much more! What I love about food is that it’s ‘infinite’. There’s always more to learn, always more to see and most importantly always more to taste!

Is this something you planned to do after school? Most definitely! My mind’s only ever been set on one thing and that is to attend a culinary school, travel, and eventually open my own coffee shop/restaurant.

What is your favourite type of food to work with? I enjoy working with all types. What I love about food it the diversity of it and how different flavours come together complementing one another to create the most impeccable tastes! I love the ‘new age’ style of food, as long as it maintains some of its classical, traditional flavours. I believe the development of food needs to keep moving with the trends of the culinary world today while staying true to its roots.

What does food mean to you? I’ve grown up in a very food-oriented family. Food to me is a means of bringing friends and family together, enjoying one another’s company with great food! Food is often taken for granted. Many people underestimate it, forgetting the importance of it and the influence and impact it can have on people’s lives.

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n this, the final instalment of the Foodie Detective series, I thought it would be fun to create a menu out of the little coastal meander we spoke about last edition. This also coincides with our UK family being out for the holiday, so how nice to be able to take them on a meander, buy the goods and make a lovely dinner at home. I hope this inspires you to go local with your next family or friends lunch, client dinner or visit to our sparkling coastline (if not, call Olive Twist and we will locally source your ingredients

and cook your menu for you). What makes me so chuffed is that after shopping for this entire menu I wouldn’t have stopped at one commercial shop or mall!

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So you know that when you have a household full of people, it would be nice to make a full dinner from scratch but realistically, you also want to relax and let the coastal meander speak for itself. With that said, I have just placed my order with Yolanda from the Bavarian Butcher for Pork Neck roast, to collect tomorrow (you know she also does Eisbein, as well as pork shoulder roasts.) After you have called the Butcher to place orders (the day before), start with Cindy’s in Umhlali for your first course- crispy samoosas and chilli bites with a selection of her homemade sauces, relishes and chutneys for dipping; they can be used for weeks after. If you want them super crispy, call ahead. I also picked up a few packs of firewood to burn for ambience and warmth in our weber and some of her fresh flowers. Her coriander is always fresh and abundant- use for garnishing. Anna Purna (in the Karibu nursery - opposite Burnedale) is your next stop for bread. This was the Exceptional Bakery and has just changed hands. The bread, with the same amazing taste, is still on the shelves and we look forward to sampling their new menu. When you reach the Litchi Orchard, you will probably need breakfast or coffee so that you have enough energy to continue the wonderful

journey of supporting our local foodies! I bought baby cucumbers (Israeli), spinach, butternut (I already have potatoes), more dips and cheese biscuits from Dawn’s Homegrown shop and you may get as carried away as I did and stock up with fresh farm butter, eggs, milk and yoghurt. We didn’t make it to the car before drinking our chocolate milk. My boys thought the yoghurt was pudding and her milk is so creamy it changes the flavour of our morning coffee at home; it’s that good. Flavoured mini yoghurts and milks are now stocked too. Having bumped into a dairy farmer he gave me the run down on how much nutrient is removed to make milk low-fat. We are officially fullcreaming it. The latest update from The Litchi Orchard is that their renovation for working shops is almost complete. They will be trading as Lemon Canary cake bakery, Juli’s artisanal breads, Lovelaugh Flowers and Scoop Ice Cream (yay, she has made it on our meander!). Kerry from Lemon Canary is providing me with brownie fingers to serve with four different variations of Scoop Ice Cream. It all goes on one large platter with tasting spoons and forks for family to dig in. Scoop also makes handmade ice cream cones. By now, the pork neck will be ready for me to collect from the Bavarian

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Butchery (In the Saverite next to the Salt Rock Hotel) and I don’t really need my meander map, just my nose to smell our main course. Yolanda has advised a little pot of mustard and some of her jus to compliment my pork neck. Next time we will test out her Eisbein. I remember to feed my boys and select her viennas which have a knack like a true weiner should. They also get a tub of homemade potato salad. Quick and easy whilst I’m doing some evening preparation. Across the road to Say Cheese Deli to get a few wedges of their finest and a couple pots of BizziB’s relishes to add to my starter snacks. I don’t always serve cheese but this is a great option for those who have less of a sweet tooth. You could always just add a little organic chocolate and some strawberries to the cheese board if this is the case. Candles are lit, food assembled and other than pouring a glass of wine, our

meander menu is ready. We have two new additions to add to the meander which ties in so well with your next day, or the rest of your weekend, when you really won’t feel like more prep at home. Your breakfast (brunch) option is in Chaka’s Rock on Ocean Drive- Salt Café for their famous breakfast panini. It’s toasted and delicious with Cindy’s chilli and a cappuccino. Further along the road (keep the sea on your left) is the Beach Hut in downtown Ballito (next door to Eat Local.) Mike and Joanne, a passionate couple doing amazing things with food will make you one of their favourite lunch time dishes- I can’t decide- spiced pork belly burger, chicken liver paté and red onion jam, fresh mussels or the chargrilled chicken sourdough sarmie. Please try all this abundant local goodness – all within a 20km radius. You will meet truly talented people who are making food with their hearts for you.

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Words Anima McBrown

A drive to that beautiful seaside strip that is the ‘old’ Ballito is always a treat and a stop at The Upper Deck, with its relaxed setting and the most gorgeous of views, just makes the trip extra-special. The Upper Deck offers a specialised menu featuring quintessentially South African favourites — how many times do you come across ouma’s classic koeksisters on a restaurant menu? The ladies from FabMags celebrated the first day of July with a trip to ‘the deck’ and were blown away by the exciting selection of delicious dishes on offer on their menu. A full range of steaks, burgers, ribs and seafood provides a hearty combination from which to choose. The Upper Deck has certainly mastered the art of successfully delivering colour, texture and the most tantalising of culinary aromas to their

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dishes. Overwhelmed by the sheer variety, we eventually decided on a large and varied spread to fill our growling tummies. For starters, we tried the garlic roll covered with a marvellous cheese and bacon melt. We then ordered a veritable smorgasbord for mains. Of course, we had to try the seafood and the seafood platter – calamari, squid heads, fish, prawns and mussels – was divine. The chicken surprise was also a hit…layers of crumbed chicken breast with cheddar cheese, bacon and a white wine mushroom sauce. We loved how tender the chicken was! On the recommendation of our waitress, we tried the fillet medallion tower: a deliciously moist hunk of steak with halloumi, roasted peppers, mushroom sauce and capers. This was an absolute winner — the steak was tender and the veggies had a tinge of smokiness that kept us going back for ‘just one more bite’.

To say that the meal was good would be to do it an injustice — it was absolutely spectacular, ending with the delectable richness of the peppermint crisp dessert and malva pudding. The Upper Deck truly provided us with a totally guilt-inducing and stupendously satisfactory experience. The level of pleasure was pure gastronomic bliss and we can definitely recommend The Upper Deck for a phenomenal meal in a relaxed setting. Some other plus points include weekly and weekend menu specials, the Rib special on Wednesday nights and Happy Hour every day from 5-6pm (and, as we approach Women’s Month, remember that Ladies’ Nights night mean that your first glass of wine is free, girls). call us | 032 946 1858 visit | 16 Compensation road, Ballito


skin | waxing | nails One of the best things about being a man in 2015 is that any remaining stigmas about grooming or spas have long since been rubbed away like a niggly shoulder knot. We have embraced all that used to be considered daunting and made it a part of our daily rituals, so a grooming studio like Polished, which offers a range of services, apart from specialising in precision and sports waxing for both men and woman, is a definite must for a visit when you are looking to escape busy schedules or to be totally pampered or groomed. The men’s kick-start facial, which is the treatment that I had, was a first for me and is definitely something that I will go back for. Owner Juanene Boshoff made me feel comfortable from the minute that I walked through the door and I was looking forward to the treatment. I was perhaps a little more talkative than most gents would be, but Juanene is a true professional and put me at ease very quickly. I had a cleanse, exfoliation and

extractions, with a little waxing (no, it’s not that sore) and a neck and shoulder massage while the mask did its work. When the mask was removed, there was a quick application of moisturiser and sunscreen. The products used after the removal of the mask depend on your skin-type and what it wants and needs. When I was all done, and feeling like a million bucks, I got to chat to Juanene about the other services that Polished offers. It’s clear that they have definitely found a niche with all the grooming services on offer. Through a well-timed partnership with Naked Cherry, a successful Jo’burg chain of wax boutiques, Polished have added to their repertoire and ensure that their waxing offers a superior, lasting result. Juanene also shared with me that they adhere to a strict hygiene protocol for all treatments, using disposable gloves for every appointment and assured me that double-dipping of spatulas for waxing isn’t allowed. Treatments

are performed by highly-trained and experienced Somatologists who are deeply passionate and proud about their chosen profession. Polished also has a wide range of offerings, which include Dermafix Skincare, Luscious Lashes and SunFx Spray tanning. In order to ensure that every client’s desire is met, a unique treatment menu is available to address some of the more intimate needs. For her: a cheeky bikini line, a vajaycial, a vajazzle design or a Hollywood. For him: a manifico, a brief bikini wax or Brazilian. No matter what it is that you are looking for, the Polished grooming studio has it, so visit them at the Home & Décor Centre — you’re sure to leave impressed.

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“…and she dances on the sand…just like that river twisting through a dusty land…and when she shines she really shows you all she can… oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande…” The seventh hit single from English pop-rock band Duran Duran was the inspiration behind Rio Hooper’s unusual name and, amazingly, it’s a song that makes me think of her. “I haven’t heard of anyone named Rio, either,” she tells me when I comment on her name. “My father loved the Duran Duran song so much he named me after it. But I think it’s a perfect fit.” At eighteen years old, Rio already has a Christian Dior campaign behind her name and has her sights set on conquering the global catwalk. Though surprisingly, the willowy model says she was quite the tomboy growing up. “Tree climbing, mud rolling…that was me!” Modelling looks to have been a part of Rio’s inevitable destiny; her mother, Judy has participated in several beauty pageants while her father, Peter, is a photographer. He put her in front of the camera when she was just a tot. “I was in a nappy campaign,” she lets out a laugh that sounds like wind chimes. “But I think I started to take a keen interest in modelling around thirteen years old, when I was scouted on a cruise ship. I got my dad to take photographs of me and went to an agency, but they said I was too young to model professionally.”

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Rio says she has always been creative, dabbling in singing at The Barnyard Theatre “for fun”. She does not consider herself a ‘typical’ beauty: “I was always really tall and weird looking. I’m not your Heidi Klum bombshell-type, either. I’ve got skinny legs and crazy cheekbones, but I think my flaws are what makes me stand out. I’m not perfect and I don’t always feel pretty,” she says, without a tinge of self-deprecation. Her favourite thing about her stunning face, funnily enough, is her eyebrows. “I grow my brows out and thread them – they’re so unique that I get called ‘the eyebrows’. I get booked because of these babies,” she wiggles them around comically.


PHOTO credit Christian Dior Campaign shot in Dubai

PHOTO credit Luise Hannah photography

Her first major booking was a catalogue for ladies’ surf wear brand Lizzy. “I was so nervous; I didn’t know what to do in front of the camera, how to move or pout. I was so awkward! I watched one of the older models and copied her,” she laughs again. “I learnt very quickly that photographers are demanding and I’d have to know my stuff.” Shoots for Jockey, The Hub, NWJ, Your Family, Foschini and of course, Dior in Dubai, followed. Rio has taken a gap year to concentrate on modelling; she is off to India soon for a shoot. Presently signed to Ice Models, she is determined to create her own brand, following in the high-heeled footsteps of current ‘It Girls’ Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. “Modelling has such

a short life span, so I want to throw myself into it while I’m young. The travelling bug has bitten me and modelling is a vehicle to see the world. For those who tell me – and I hear it a lot – that modelling is not really a career, I say I’m following my dreams.” And she has big dreams, alright: she wants her Victoria’s Secret angel wings and – every model’s covet – a Sports Illustrated cover. But, her pretty head is screwed onto her slim shoulders properly. “I will never let the modelling world make me catty, or vain. After all, I’m the girl who likes to take her make-up off and chill.” Follow Rio on Instagram @riohooper

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Although the waves this year were not the best, every day of the week-long Ballito Pro was still the place to be for the teens! The Pro kicked off on Sunday, June 28 and ended on Sunday, July 4. The teens flooded Willard Beach to watch incredible surfers from all over the world‌though, some of us came to just chill with friends and catch a tan. With Billabong presenting the event it was destined to be great; it lived up to expectations! Thursday, Friday and Saturday night

saw the free Tropika beach concerts take place at Salt Rock main beach. The line up had everything from DJs to bands, to local performers. My highlight was Pascale and Pearce on Friday. Overall, it was a busy week filled with excitement. It was definitely one for the books! Hot Ballito winters, surfing, beach concerts...what more could local teens ask for? Ballito is the place to be in July!

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looring is a vital component of decorating a room in your home, or business; it sets the final tone for the feel of your space. Stefano & Co. is a Ballito-based business specialising in imported rugs, and the supply and fitting of laminate, vinyl and wall-to-wall carpeting. The business is run by husband and wife team, Curt and Raelene Stefano, who travel abroad regularly to observe the latest trends and developments on offer. Their stunning rugs are imported from Belgium, India, Turkey and China. Since its establishment in February, Stefano & Co. has made inroads into the wholesale industry, as well as the general public and interior decorators. Curt, who has worked in the flooring industry for more than two decades, possesses a wealth of knowledge. He started out at just 21 years old, spending 10 years in Johannesburg gaining invaluable experience before returning to Ballito nine years ago. “We wholesale rugs and carpets to some of the bigger chain stores through South Africa and Africa, and independent retailers, designers, decorators and boutique stores,” says Curt. Though they supply wholesale nationally, Stefano & Co. focuses primarily on the Ballito area for laminate and vinyl flooring, to offer clients a personal, attentive service. When clients pop into their showroom to view their extensive ranges, they are guided through making the correct decision. “Flooring is a huge part of your new home and one that you don’t want to make an incorrect decision with. So, we encourage our clients to take samples to site and ‘live’ with it for a while before confirming their

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orders,” says Curt. “Our hope is to be able to accommodate all our clients – with stock on the floor and with any other stock that they might have seen in a magazine – which we could source for them. We hope that at the end of the day they get efficient, friendly and professional service from us.” For more info contact: Curt Stefano C: 083 459 8557 T: 032 946 3666 A: Units 4 & 5 Meadow Brook Park. Cnr Garlicke Drive & Douglas Crowe Ave. Ballito W: www.stefano-co.co.za


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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 us 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 fourth ‘Do-Gooders’: The Christmas Fair Fund. We speak to outgoing chairlady Michelle Blake to find out more.

100 percent voluntary and we are proud to have 48 members, some for more than 25 years. We generally host three fundraisers every year: a bridge day at Braeside Function and Wedding Venue, a Spring fashion show and the Christmas Country Fair hosted by Collisheen Estate. Our secretary Sue Rowland, treasurer Liz Osborne, outgoing vice chair Mariella Kayat, incoming chair Gaby Lyle and Sandy Keil and Lee-Anne Grassi on marketing have kept me going with the hours they commit to the fund.

How did you start up the organisation?

What do you take away from helping others?

The Fund was started 63 years ago, by Shirley Jex and a group of ladies from the farming community on the North Coast. The aim was to assist those in need in our area – falling between Umdloti and Tugela.

What does your organisation involve? Our motto is: alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Membership is

All the ladies involved have a heart for the community, for improving the lives of those in need. We cannot help everyone but we do our best to spread the funds where they are most effective! We strive to support and empower self-sustaining initiatives and individuals.

How important do you think it is to make a difference in your community? There is a huge need, not just in the “rural” areas but right on our “doorstep”.

Basic needs are not being met. We all have the ability to make a difference and be the “change” this country so desperately needs. It is a simple decision to allocate time.

What is your fondest memory of your outreach? Each project brings immense joy. Last year we were extremely blessed to end the year having raised just over R320 000. We also received donations of R40 000 from a local family trust and Zimbali Charity. This confirms the trust and faith our community have in Christmas Fair Funds initiatives. This is an amazing testimony to “the heart” of the Ballito and surrounding community! We are looking forward to launching new projects, including a self-sustaining small bakery business, Project Dignity to hand out sanitary packs, education and bursary support, St Vincent De Paul feeding scheme, safe house and clinic and a Back to Basics Pre School creative teacher training program. In our next Pay It Forward, we hear about The Santa Shoe Box Project.

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Words sean temple | web www.fluxmotion.net | CELL 078 166 2698 SEAN IS THE OWNER of THE INTERNATIONAL FITNESS FRANCHISE FLUX MOTION AND LOVES LIVING IN BALLITO

They are everywhere. Their influence is felt, not necessarily seen, and many certainly not recognised for their efforts, achievements and effects they have had on shaping the human race. Who are these remarkable beings? You work this out yourself.

The exact time, and this is always a debate, is when the Church and Man decided to make a call on how the world is run. This can be seen in many writings and works of ancient statesmen, leaders, adventurers and explorers. The great race to own all of the earth was on.

Centuries ago, they were the purveyors and influencers of truth, love and being. They offered no violence and used common sense to allow everyday life to go on. There were nations in South America, Asia, Europe and Africa that had these ruling classes making life as it should have been. Peaceful, loving, fair and non-warlike. I could write a volume on these cultures, but needless to say, the point is set. A great example of this type of culture can be seen in the Mosuo people near Tibet.

Yes, you may have worked out now that I am speaking about Women. I am an unashamed Man born into a family of strong women. Grans, aunts, wives, partners, lovers, friends and mums have made that impact real in my life and many of my beliefs and understandings have a strong female influence. I am proud to say that listening to these true sages has made me everything I am.

Fast forward a number of centuries and life has changed. Wars have prevailed, egos have dominated and division of race, culture and ethnicity have forged ahead in a world full of greed, big business and global one-upmanship. This world is fast-paced, devoid of key life principles and values. What happened?

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This influence has also allowed me to awaken to the side we often know very little about: the spiritual and metaphysical world. I am now totally absorbed in science, the cosmos and the effects of the universe and the infinite power it has displayed. With that in mind, I have been researching some of the most incredible women inventors, scientists and researchers in the field of astronomy and cosmology. Who knows

Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Annie Cannon and Cecilia Payne to name a few? Without them we would have no idea of the structure of the Milky Way, the way to classify stars and planets and the brightness classifications of stars and their proximity to our world. The stuff we are made of. Now this is just a few women. There are hundreds who deserve accolades and awards, but have been overseen by their male counterparts. I am not here to create a debate on Men vs Women; all I am trying to demonstrate is the influence women have on the world. Let’s take it back to simple stuff. Women are the key influence on all our formative years. They teach care, love and nurture. Without this, we have nothing. I have deeply loved ones who have raised children on their own and their children have flourished. I end off with this quote by Mark Twain: “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered-either by themselves or by others.” I salute all you women geniuses who invent, live, love, raise and inspire the world. We love you.


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You know that your town is on the proverbial map when the distinctive golden arches of one of the globe’s most recognisable brands arrive. Although the McDonald’s fast food chain, which launched in South Africa in November 1995, has taken two decades and over 200 stores to make Ballito ‘home’, the occasion certainly does further underline how our area is growing and is perceived in the national mind-set. With that said, the irony of its location next to the gym must either be the result of an urban planning practical joke, or an elaborate social experiment. I’m still wondering which of these two brands is likely to benefit most, or if visiting one simply justifies a trip to the other. I for one have a less than ironclad willpower, so a sneaky McFlurry on the way back from gym is the most likely outcome. The only other compelling reason that the gym may win the battle for my support in the coming weeks and months, is the approximately 375 000 litres of temperature controlled water they have conveniently provided. With the implementation of widespread water interruptions and an uncertain dry period ahead, a few laps in the pool might just kill two birds with one stone, keeping me fit and clean. That is of course if they can keep the lights on and power the heater during load-shedding. These challenges

are not necessarily unique to us, but in a town growing at such an incredible rate, it does seem to be a case of taking two steps forward and one step back. One thing is certain, we need to reduce our reliance on the National electricity grid and on local water authorities, something that very few people have historically prioritised. The situation brings back memories of an interesting home we were asked to sell in one of our popular estates a few years back. It was dubbed rather cynically by many as ‘the Eco-house’, and was largely misunderstood. For a number of years it struggled to find a buyer until it was finally sold in 2013. The owner, who is a widely respected environmental consultant and conservationist, had built the home as an example of how he believed we could be living a more sustainable and less reliant way of life. His passion and pioneering spirit really resonated with me, and we spent many a morning over a coffee and home-made rusk chatting about his adventures. The home wasn’t necessarily an architectural marvel, but the way in which he had incorporated photovoltaic solar and battery solutions, water attenuation systems, built-in JoJo tanks, full gas oven and a few other sustainable ideas such as an indigenous and maintenance free garden, was incredibly forward thinking.

Every time we have a blackout or water interruption, I think very fondly of Paul, and how happy the new owners must be with their unique and self-sufficient home. When services are under pressure, it is easy to blame development and rapid growth as there is no doubt that it puts incredible pressure on the provision of adequate services and infrastructure, but we as residents also need to be responsible citizens and make sacrifices and be proactive. When it comes to the water situation however, there is something else to take into consideration. In speaking to my Gran about the water problems, she reminded me that in 2014 this area experienced the lowest rainfall since 1941. My late grandfather, Mannie Ladlau, kept rainfall records on our farm Beverley Estate in Shaka’s Rock, going back to 1929 and my Gran has kept the records up to date. What gives us some hope is that in 2012 we received the highest recorded rainfall since 1939. We may be battling right now, but spare a thought for our local farmers who have been riding the rainfall rollercoaster for decades and let’s hope that the storm clouds and rainbow arches keep rolling in to the sunny coastal town we call home.

Words Tim Johnson | email tim.johnson@seeff.com Tim Johnson is a passionate local and a Director of Seeff Dolphin Coast

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ZIMBALI

R 13 950 000

        

UMHLALI

R 11 300 000

    

THOMPSON'S BAY

R 7 850 000

          

 

Exceptionally well located looking over the majestic second fairway and lake, this master built home is the definition of a prime position.

20ha farm with excellent income generating potential. Well developed with 3 homesteads, banana plantation, dam, campsite and kids activities.

A rare opportunity for the discerning investor to own a spacious penthouse on the iconic Thompson's Bay beach, which offers both modern finishes and luxurious living.

     

     

     

SIMBITHI

R 7 500 000

        

BALLITO

R 5 700 000

       

landscaped gardens and magnificent views over the valley and extending ocean beyond.

     

     

R 3 150 000

         

R 5 500 000

               

Boasting the latest in home automation, this home has a fully integrated control system that links to your iPhone or iPad with Wifi and off site management capabilities.

BALLITO

ZIMBALI

Designer home with stunning finishes, complete with

SIMBITHI

Top class finishes throughout and a stylish entertainment area

     

R 2 950 000

  

   

 

A rare opportunity to secure a freehold property located on a flat north facing site within a quiet and tranquil setting.

BALLITO

R 1 800 000

 

       

 

outside make this a stunning residence for the discerning buyer.

Prime fairway and dam views with a slight gradient and Simbithi Loft apartment a few metres from Thompson’s Bay. Perfect as a approved plans for a luxury four bedroomed home. holiday let investment or permanent residence. Either way this low maintenance face-brick apartment will pay its way.

     

     

SHAKA'S ROCK

R 1 595 000

        

SHEFFIELD BEACH

     

R 995 000

   

       

PALM LAKES

  

       

Situated in a secure complex overlooking the ocean, this

Situated in a secure pet friendly estate, this well positioned

apartment is perfect as a lock up and go investment opportunity.

ground floor apartment offers open plan living with modern finishes.

     

     

R 849 000

 

This exceptional property overlooking a dam and lush greenbelt on a beautiful and ever popular estate, is definitely a must see.

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