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a north coast way of life

cappeny farm The Sweetest Thing

best of the best

a celebration of service excellence


again palm lakes and others part of the next wave

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032 946 3430 | ballito@pamgolding.co.za Shop 5A Lifestyle Centre, Ballito


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ABSOLUTE FAIRWAY GEM - OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED...!!! Seldom does such a pristine, sophisticated and welcoming home become available. In a scenic setting on the Golfing fairway with panoramic views of the 17th Green this immaculate home has been beautifully crafted and tastefully appointed to offer a luxurious and comforting sense of tranquillity. A beautiful fully fitted granite top kitchen forms part of the home’s spacious semi open plan reception areas whilst an formal and informal lounge flank the large covered patio and wooden pool deck, in essence the focal point of this home, both a family haven and entertainer’s paradise alike.

TUSCAN BEACHFRONT SPLENDOUR This superb house is situated in the stunning Sheffield Beach. Tuscan styled Villa with opulent finishes and styling has loads to offer, cinema, built in pizza oven, Jacuzzi. SPA room, bar, games rooms. Entertaining area enjoying 180 degree breaker views. Direct beach access to Christmas Bay with rock pools for paddling and exploring the local marine wildlife. The property also features triple garage, and a separate 3 bedroom flat.

Sascha Bausch 076 451 0879 | Marcelle Conradie 071 302 3010

Mike Rutherfoord 071 326 1559


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NEWLY RELEASED PLOT AND PLAN OPPORTUNITY IN TOP CLASS COASTAL SECURITY ESTATE This site is well positioned and the location is an excellent destination for young or retired families. Close to a popular beachfront, 12 mins to airport, Crawford school, Ballito, shops and amenities. The seller is offering to build your dream home and project manage it (all inclusive in price). This Lifestyle offers secure estate living with sea views. 24 Hour manned guard house, clubhouse and swimming pool facilities. On show daily by resident estate agent.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME Neat as a pin, beautifully furnished and positioned on the beach front. You can’t ask for more. Sliding doors open to lawned area for the kids to frolic and just a few steps further and you’re on the beach. Shakas Beach is perfect for the younger families with rock pools and protected bays. Sold with all furniture and linens this is a great buy.

Tammy Messiter-Tooze 072 541 8822

Tracey Middleton 082 566 3364

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DUPLEX WITH LARGE FLAT GARDEN This cat friendly, modern 3 bedroom duplex with open plan living areas, undercover verandah leads out to a large flat garden. Double garage. Situated in Simbithi Eco Estate on the North Coast of KZN. This unit, access controlled and in a secure estate, has beautiful inland views and with a short drive you have access to Thompson’s Bay Beach in Chaka’s Rock.

SIMPLY TOO IMMACULATE FOR WORDS Take a home, masterfully designed and carefully built by a re-known Zimbali Developer with an eye for precision and workmanship, then add a property owner with a perfectionist’s vision for tasteful and practical interior design and the result is much than just another home … it’s a little piece of paradise. With convenient proximity to the main Zimbali Gate in the northern part of the Resort and set within one of Zimbali’s most sought after developments you will find this treasure… nestled between golf fairways and yet highly elevated to offer magnificent views over the Resort and down towards the sea.

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MAGNIFICENT SETTING ON PRIVATE BEACH Situated on a private road boasting unsurpassed sea views and direct entry to a private beach off the garden. Built to owners specification on a floating foundation assuring a solid construction. This victorian styled home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms guest loo an upstairs study. A gourmet open plan kitchen, dining room, family room, formal lounge with intimate bar room covered patio leading to pool area with barbeque and pizza oven.

TOP CLASS COASTAL SECURITY ESTATE This brand new home offers young families or retirees an ideal lifestyle, nestled in a top class coastal security estate on the dolphin coast. Offering a practical, stepless flow with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Entertainer’s open plan kitchen with open plan living areas. Covered patio and landscaped garden with magnificent inland vistas of lush tropical scenery. Double lock up garages access the property directly. Peaceful private position from a panhandle driveway. Communal Clubhouse and pool facilities. Walking distance to the popular Westbrook beach. On show daily by resident estate agent.

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A DREAM TEAM Xolani and Yoliswa Gumede, the two delightful halves behind Ballito’s first strawberry farm, Cappeny Estates, share their story of love, life and passion with us.


GET TRENDY Make sure your home is on point with this season’s latest décor and design trends. We get tips from local experts to make it easy for you.





There are big plans for this innovative kids’ park. We chat to the new owners about their vision for this slice of heaven.

Meet effervescent local teen Alex Paterimos, an aspiring actor, director and media mogul. Alex shares highlights from his recent trip to Vietnam.





FINISHING STRONG Hitting the final stretch of 2015 with strength, grace and dignity: Justin shares some insight on how to keep calm and finish strong.


Finally! Meet the winners of our Best of the Best competition, get a peek at the glamorous awards evening and find out how the campaign went.



DEVELOPING BALLITO Local developers run us through the latest wave of developments cropping up in Ballito; we delve into the next phase of growth for our town.


Meet Ballito’s Tim Johnson

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Marc gets you appsavvy for iPhone and Android


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Dyl encourages you to ‘Be That Person’

16 Stuff You Should


The low down on super cars


Spotted out and about in Ballito

49 business on the


We profile LivePRINT and The One Percent

72 #Roxy’s Corner

Roxy chats shoes and bodyboarding

82 property Andreas talks about six development stages

78 pay it forward Santa’s Shoebox Project

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I was recently asked to share my perspective on Ballito for a well-known, well-read Sunday newspaper. It was an honour and I was humbled that they used what I wrote in an article called Spotlight on Ballito. When I was asked, I thought that it would be difficult, but it isn’t hard to write about a place that you love and that is your home. The words that I wrote were heartfelt and embody how we feel about this town. They explain why we launched the Best of the Best campaign and why we feel that there is a new wave of growth happening, all of it covered right here in this edition. Here are my reasons for loving our town — what would you write if you were asked? Life in Ballito is different. I know that many people say this, but our town seems to have the right mix of “things” to make it a place that you fall in love with but that are hard to give reasons for. There is heritage and legacy here with the old farming families who, having been here on the coast for so long, provide a feeling of longstanding tradition along with a sense of established presence and community,. Business is growing year on year — not corporate business but more entrepreneurial, which means that business-owners cut through the “politics” and work hard to make ends meet. Locals

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support each other and there is still a climate of old-school values in what is a modern and progressive town that seems to be coming out of that awkward “teenage” phase and thriving. Lifestyle-wise, it offers everything that you could want for a family — quality time instead of time stuck in traffic, familiar faces to greet you at the shops, and kindred spirits that support each other. All of this, plus the obvious beauty of the place, makes it extremely attractive. Community living in most places is safe and secure; we walk in the streets and do all those things that people in city suburbs can now only dream of. Ballito is somehow able to keep us connected to the real world, but it shelters us from some of its ugliness and frenetic pace. That’s what attracts me to raising my family here — time is limited and I want as much time with them as I can get. Ballito gives me that. Ten years ago the town was small and as a community we had to support each other to survive. That ethos has remained and we’ve gone from being parents of kids that always came last in sporting events to being boldly proud that our Ballito kids can compete with the best out there and win. We celebrate our wins in Ballito (and, yes, we gripe about the bad stuff) but overall our mind-set is one of collective positivity and that we as a community can

overcome pretty much most challenges thrown at us. Look at what we’ve accomplished in such a short time and you know that it could only happen within a strong community. Ballito remains extremely loyal. We honour and respect those that have worked hard and invested in the area to try to make a living or grow a business and this is testament to the fact that Ballito people work hard. There is a misconception that, because we’re coastal, we’re laid-back and not driven or motivated. That’s not true — we’re as hard-working as anyone out there. There are still lots of opportunities for growth on the North Coast. We’re seeing the start of a second wave in the area that has used the foundation of previous growth as a platform and, as many of us here say, the best is yet to come. Enjoy this edition and, until we meet again, God Bless

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

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PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za

Last edition’s My Town piece on Jessica Turner turned some heads on Facebook! Our post on Jess had a reach of 6 300, a fantastic 780 clicks and 45 likes, comments and shares. The lovely lady herself posted this gorgeous image on Instagram, thanking the FabMags crew. Our pleasure, Jess #JessicaRocksFB

GRAPHIC DESIGN 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

Read the mag online!

CONTRIBUTORS Sean Temple, Dylan Jahnig, Marc Forrest, Andreas Wassenaar

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We reached likes this month. Growing well!


EMAIL lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITORIAL ADDRESS 104 San Hall Office Park Kirsty Close | Ballito, KZN PRINTING DNA Print (Pty) Ltd. Front Cover Palm Lakes Family Estate - Chris Allan www.palmlakesfamilyestate.co.za CONNECT SOCIALLY www.facebook.com/theballito Instagram @theballito Twitter @theballito

This beautiful picture of the sun setting across Ballito warmed quite a few hearts. Our post of ‘paradise’ earned us a reach of 328 and 58 post clicks.

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Seeff Ballito opened their new lounge at the Simbithi Office park, recently. Posting up a few launch images got us a reach of 596 with 91 post clicks.

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We love Thabo from Pick ‘n Pay – the friendliest guy around celebrated his birthday and we got a huge smile for Instagram… and 10 double taps.

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You can snap the QR codes of each app to download them from the respective app stores


There seems to be a new wave of apps hitting the world at the moment, all seemingly making our lives a lot easier in the digital world around us. In this edition, we take a look at three awesome apps making waves in South Africa

CliffCentral.com After leaving his morning radio show at the country’s biggest radio station over a year ago, Gareth Cliff went out and started his own station called Cliff Central. The concept of listening to online radio in South Africa was still in its infancy. Now 18 months later the team has launched their first iOS & Android apps, called CliffCentral. The app is pretty simple in terms of functionality, but it allows you to listen to live streaming of the shows, as well as catchup on the podcasts of each show that has been aired. This makes it simple to listen to, on the go at your convenience.

Zomato Ever been on the hunt for the perfect restaurant in an area you aren’t familiar with? Or looking for a specific cuisine and don’t know where to find it? Enter Zomato…Zomato is your one stop app for all things food, allowing you search for restaurants in specific areas. You also have the ability to rate and review the restaurant as well as read previous reviews to see how other people have rated it. You can also bookmark places you have found to re-visit later.


Recently crowned as the South African App of the year 2015, Wumdrop is your Uber for deliveries. The service allows you to select pick up and drop off points and within a few minutes, a driver will arrive to collect your package and deliver it. You then are automatically charged according to the distance of the delivery. The app is solely developed in South Africa, and is only currently available in Jo’burg and Cape Town, but Durban (and surrounds) is on the cards very soon!

By Marc Forrest | www.marcforrest.com

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Where Friends and Family Meet DECEMBER HOLIDAY

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My town

Tim Johnson I’m a local lad born and bred and am passionate about the area’s heritage, people and potential. I’m a director at Seeff Properties and love my job. I’ve spent time away from home, but the only place I could think of to raise a family is right here. I live for my two special boys and gorgeous wife, and I believe that to be truly successful in business and life you have to put others first.

What is your favourite restaurant to eat brunch at, in Ballito? Sage or La Piazza. I can’t resist an Eggs Benedict!

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!

Photo credit PeppermintPix-Family Photography

Favourite weekend activity? Heading to one of our many nearby game reserves.

Favourite place to relax when the weather is good? At home digging for worms and fishing with the kids.

Favourite place for a day out? The beach or Sugar Rush Park for the boys to ride their bikes and get dirty.

Best place to grab a relaxing cup of coffee? Science of Coffee in Palm Lakes. It’s quiet and the single origin beans from Africa are superb.

What do you see as Ballito’s hidden gem? Where do you like to work out? Mostly in my dreams but otherwise under the watchful eye of Dwain at IMF.

Its rich heritage. We have over 150 years of stories and people who have shaped the area.

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Be That Person You attract who you are - not who you want. John Maxwell


uch … let that sink in for just a moment. It’s one of the basic principles of leadership, and it’s one that I continue going back to because it sets up the rest. You’ve heard the saying, “birds of a feather stick together,” right. Well this is true in leadership, too. You attract who you are - not who you want. So take a look around you. Are you inspired by who you see, and do their characters line up with where you are wanting to go…or does it cause you to ask questions about where you’re headed? You see, often we’ll make statements like: “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future,” but the truth is we attract these friends. The lives we live attract the people who surround us.

Said plainly - the future is in your hands. This is a pretty sobering thought because, if it’s true, which I believe it is, then more time and effort should be spent working on ourselves and less time on others. If it’s true that you attract who you are, then these are the kinda questions you should be asking; Are you becoming the kind of person you ultimately desire to do life with? Do you embrace personally the character traits of the kinds of people you wish to one day surround your life with? Are you generous? Because this will attract generous friends. Are you consistent? Because before you know it this will be the type of individual who chooses to do life with you. Are you kind and encouraging with your words? Because this will become the type of friends you attract. The list goes on…

So ask yourself today; Who would I like to attract? What do they look like? How do they speak and act toward me? Then become that person. Here’s what I know about you. There’s more in you than you think there is. There’s more courage than there is complacency. There’s more hope than there is despair… not because of your own efforts, but because of a loving God who has packed you with His potential, and set you up for success by sending His son to set you free from everything you aren’t, and by His Spirit living in you. So trust Jesus today, let His words shape your life, and as this happens you’ll be amazed at who you attract and the kind of leader you’ll become. You were born for something great. Colossians 1:27 (MSG) This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, the hope of glory. Be inspired.

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stuff you should know

Super facts on super cars I would love to drive a McLaren. Or a Ferrari. Or a

Porsche. I’m really not fussy. Oh well, even if most wouldn’t be able to make those super car dreams come true, it’s still interesting to find out fun facts about our favourite speeding machines! Words Jodi van Wyk

Strong as an ox

The Ford GT’s roof is nicknamed ‘Hulk’ roof for good reason, it seems. The car is so strong that during the regulation ‘roof crush’ test, it broke the crushing machine. Goodness!

For sale, for sale!

The Lamborghini Veneno (Italian for ‘venom’) is the world’s most expensive production supercar, available for sale at a cool $4,5m. Anyone? Going once? Twice?

VW, baby

Some might be pleasantly surprised to hear that Volkswagen are veritable supercar kings – they own Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche. How’s that for a rap sheet?

A bit of history

Ferruccio Lamborghini (no prizes for guessing who he is) started a tractor and farm implement business after WW11. A gifted mechanical engineer, he took his Ferrari apart to investigate why his clutch kept failing. He improved the design and created an enemy out of Enzo Ferrari – the rest is history.

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Look, but don’t drive

The TVR speed 12 was built for performance, but ended up having such a powerful engine that its owner deemed it ‘undrive-able’. Well, alright then.

Sweet dreams

The Ferrari GTO 250 1963 is the most expensive supercar in the world, valued at $53m. But forget about taking this one for a ride to the shops – there are none available.

Fuel guzzler

While we moan about the fluctuating petrol prices, spare a thought for those (if there are any) who own a limited edition Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – its fuel injectors could drain an Olympic sized swimming pool in 361 days.

A dodgy car?

The first Dodge Vipers for production had no windows, no exterior door handles or anti-lock brakes. Okay. Moving on.

Keeping it in the family

The Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8 are actually cousins. They cars share the same chassis and interior layout, only displaying cosmetic differences.

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Social Events WE’LL COVER IT

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

Auction for a Cause Imbizo Gallery The Scene In support of the Rose Zwane Orphanage (Safe Haven for Children and Elders), Netcare Alberlito Hospital in partnership with Imbizo Gallery hosted an Auction for a Cause. Local artists Stephen van der Schyff, Josee Pelser and Jennifer Newman-Fox donated their paintings. The proceeds will be used to fund and create awareness around the orphanage. Guests snacked on wine and cheese while looking at the gorgeous paintings.



The People 1. Jennifer Newman-Fox & Isabel Roos 2. Rose Zwane & Brenda Hill 3. Jacques & Liana Roos 4. Steve van der Schyff, Richard Speares, Rose Zwane & Jose Nadesan 5. Denise & Barry Bowditch 6. Jo Sparks & Peter Brierley





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Social Scene

Curro Robot Day Curro Mt Richmore The Scene 1


Curro Mt Richmore played host to a special gathering – little robots roamed the floor of the school hall, with learners behind the controls. Robotics is part of Curro’s curriculum; learners are encouraged to learn how to construct and control a robot in a fun way.

The People


1. Dewet Wentzel, Dalene Gelderblom & Tony Williams 2. Tayla Daws & Xanthe Beneke 3. Meeke Killian, Arnold Mitchell & Cameron Woods 4. Aryan Ramkhelewan & Justin Govender 5. Yuno Bokassa & Jadin Naicker 6. Nicholas Scrase & Jessica Joubert




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Jacana Development Launch Simbithi Country Club The Scene The John Platter Wine Cellar was the hottest place to be recently when Sean, Justin and Dean launched their new development: Jacana in Simbithi. More than 200 people arrived to find out more and enjoy some socialising.



The People 1. Noelene Van Der Wal & Corne De Jager 2. Tina Halstead, Steve Van Greunen & Lazelle Paola 3. Lucy Sehlako, Archie Sehlako & Lusanda Mtiya 4. Sherwin Ganasen & Denise Govender 5. Heidi Gibson, Fiona Crago & Robyn Jackson 6. Sean Newton, Justin Rosewarne & Dean Hunter




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Paintsmiths Relaunch Ballito The Scene 1


We were recently invited to celebrate the name change and rebranding of Midas Earthcote Ballito to Paintsmiths Ballito. The business was established in 1989, they believe in the ethos of ‘service and knowledge’. New and exciting things are in store.

The People


1. Hans Coetzee & Wendy O- Groedy 2. Brendon Murugan , Nalini Gounden & Sanjay Dayanarain 3. Jody Walters & Brenda Els 4. Joe Gounden, Heidi Gibson & Brian Ntuli 5. Cliff & Mariella Kayat, Donavan Harvey & Thinus Van Den Berg 6. Kasia Kayat & Matt Findlay




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Best of the Best Awards Fairmount Zimbali Resort The Scene The stunning Fairmont Hotel at Zimbali played host to the awards evening for our first ever Best of the Best Campaign. Guests nibbled on delicious canapes while awards were handed out to deserving recipients.



The People 1. Liza du Bruto, Lucille Wendler, Jodi van Wyk, Justin & Lorinda Scott, Sharlene Odayar & Simi Ebrahim. 2. Barry & Denise Bowditch 3. Marisa & Steve van Greenen & Margaret Westerhof 4. Patricia Lewis, Karen Landman & Aimee Toweel 5. Elzani, Cornelia & Chantelle Dickinson 6. Shirley & Gareth Berko 7. Caitlyn Van Niekerk, Wendy & Gary da Silva & Jen Meyer 8. Neha, Dhiraj, Ashika & Rahil Singh




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Social Scene

Style Network Launch SMD Ballito The Scene 1


The Style Network treated ladies to a morning of champagne and delicious treats. Ladies (and even some wonderful guys) got to browse racks of stunning, designer clothing in the boutique store.

The People


1. Renalda Hoffman & Nerisa Naidoo 2. Almarie Nordier & Sita Hiralal 3. Antony Narayadu & Devashnee Govender 4. Narisa Moodley, Nerisa Naidoo, Sita Hiralal and Renalda Hoffman 5. Jits & Sita Hiralal, Shaun & Nakita Duminy 6. Milan & Nirasha Dhaniram 7. Este Gray & Nakita Duminy




Been spotted? Email us and we’ll send you a complimentary copy of your photo or check out our Facebook page theballito

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cappeny Words Jodi van Wyk

The Sweetest Thing A group of children was once asked what they thought love was; how they would know when they have found a special person. Ten-year-old Weston Twardowski said: “when they stand out like a strawberry in a bowl of peas.� For Xolani and Yoliswa Gumede, the powerful couple behind Ballito-based strawberry farm Cappeny Estates, this is a delightfully apt sentiment. We chatted to the Gumedes about life, love and strawberries.

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LEFT Xolani in the chill room with a crate of packaged strawberries, ready to be shipped out

advised against planting the succulent fruit in Ballito. But their research showed no reason why strawberries would not grow on the North Coast. “There are around 800 variations of strawberries and we have selected the best ones for our region. We are continously researching different variety during each planting season. Why wouldn’t the strawberries grow here, unless they have something personal against Ballito?” Xolani says, which makes Yoliswa chuckle. She says the first year was one of learning, making mistakes and developing strategies. “We faltered many times, but everything was a lesson. The mistakes we made were common to first generation farmers like ourselves.”


ome couples are just meant for each other; they just fit – it’s evident in the way they relate to each other, finish each other’s sentences and laugh at the same things. As we begin the interview, that’s the first thing I notice about Xolani and Yoliswa…that, and the undeniable warmth they exude. “I met Xolani in Hillbrow, in 1992,” Yoliswa, whose parents are South African, was born in Lesotho. “We were studying in Johannesburg at the time,” she adds. “He followed me to a phone booth and introduced himself.” Xolani smiles at Yoliswa and admits that it was love at first sight. The couple was married on December 25, 1998 and had their first child, a son they called Melusi, in 2000. For Xolani, who has a background in project management and consultancy and Yoliswa,

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in marketing and public relations, the goal was always to go into business together. They bought a service station in Waterfall, the second biggest in KwaZulu-Natal. “It was natural for me, as my parents had had a service station in Benoni. I had experience,” said Xolani. The opportunity to develop a piece of land in Ballito, near the Collisheen Estate, came up in 2010. Up for the challenge, the Gumedes started researching options for development: agricultural, residential and commercial. Agriculture emerged as the most viable choice, Xolani tells us. “The research deepened; we needed to ascertain what crop would be best suited for intensive agriculture.”

Seeing their strawberries, packed and labelled, on the shelves at Food Lovers Market in Ballito for the first time, made Yoliswa emotional. “It was a mix of emotions: happiness, pride, relief. And I get that feeling every time I walk into a store and see our product.” As they head into phase two, Yoliswa says they are especially grateful for the support they have received thus far. With partners like Tourism and Investment KZN, local business, surrounding farmers and the people of Ballito, the journey has been made easier. “If your dream doesn’t scare you, then it’s not big enough,” says Xolani. “You have to have a strong will, or you won’t get past the first month. We didn’t have any frames of reference so we faced many unknowns, but it’s been such a journey.” The Gumedes are dreamers, and their plans for Cappeny are only just getting off the ground. Yoliswa shared some of their ideas with us, beginning with their first strawberry picking festival on September 26. Further down the line, they plan to establish retail at the farm. “We want it to be an experience to visit us at Cappeny,” Yoliswa smiles. “The picking element is just a part of what we want to offer. Cappeny is going to become a destination.”

After poring through several crops, including roses, they settled on strawberries. It is now a widely known fact that they were

Working together might be a challenge for some couples but Yoliswa and Xolani make it work. They spend most of their time at the

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head with a chuckle and interrupts: “or we’re sleeping!” They are passionate about their family life; Melusi, Xolani shares, was actually the brains behind the name ‘Cappeny’. “He must have been about seven or eight years old when he randomly told us, if he ever started a business, it would be a surf shop and he would call it John Cappeny. Of course, we asked where on earth he had heard that name; he told us he just liked it.” Xolani did some digging and found out the Cappenys were actually farming magnates in the 1600s. “He knew what he was talking about, then,” Yoliswa laughs. A couple like Yoliswa and Xolani reminds the world that love still exists and…that life can be rather sweet. Here’s to the strawberry farm, and making dreams come true!

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@ Home

Décor can become a headache if you allow it to. What it really comes down to, though, is finding key pieces to accentuate your space. Ornaments, trinkets and statement décor pieces can lift up a previously boring space, giving it that pop! Cranberries at Lifestyle has a range of fresh, contemporary pieces that instantly remind one of the beach. Whitewashed pieces like headboards, side tables and serving tables – all of which will make your home feel light, breezy and airy. Their lighthouse pieces are particularly popular; the most gorgeous structure with intricate details, perfect for that house by the sea.

Pam Golding Properties is recognised locally and internationally as Southern Africa’s leading independent real estate group and the country’s most awarded real estate company. Their highly-developed marketing support system and 36 years of experience, allow them to provide you with professional property services in the residential sales and letting market across all prices ranges, and specializing in the following areas: Westbrook, Zimbali, Ballito, Chakas Rock, Simbithi Eco Estate, Salt Rock, Dunkirk Estate, Sheffield Beach, Brettenwood Estate, Palm Lakes Estate, Tinley Manor, Blythedale and Zinkwazi. Pam Golding would be glad to assist with all your property requirements.

Spring is here! That means we can pack away the hot chocolate, cocoa, huge coffee mugs and whipped cream. And, in with the fruit juices, ice blocks and spritzers! For those of us watching our figures, however, a glass of water seems about the safest option. But why should it have to be just plain water? Chopping up pieces of fresh fruit is both healthy, nutritious and delicious. The amazing range at @ Home includes these amazing fruit infuser jugs. You can fill the jug with chilled, or room temperature water and then fill the filter up with pieces of fruit.

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Home Etc

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Warm, earthy tones are making a comeback in décor circles. Away with the cold, cool colours of winter and in with the warm, buttery tones of Spring. Home Etc has a wide range of bedding, rugs, accessories, kitchen appliances and décor items to suit any taste and palette. Their items are unique and of excellent quality, meaning you can have it in your home through seasons without worrying about wear. The store recommends their gorgeous range of Buddha statuettes; these are popular for accessorising any area in the home. The stone Buddha is available in a range of sizes and variations.

When it comes to furnishing your home, or even just having a slight (or major) change in the décor without breaking the bank, Mr Price Home always comes out tops. Their Lifestyle store is bursting with amazing items for inside and outside your home – bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living room. From cushions to artificial plants to cute keepsakes, you will definitely find something for your tastes within the walkways of Mr Price Home. Their layout makes it easy for you to pick a theme and stick with it, with all matching items grouped together.

Whichever way you choose to decorate your home, whatever colours you pick and whatever décor style suits you best – there is one element that will never fade out of style. Flowers. Orchids, proteas, lilies, posies; each with their own unique look and fragrance. Get a bunch and leave the stems on, displayed in a tall vase on our kitchen table. Or, get some roses and snip the stems off, leaving the flowers floating in a shallow vase of water. Mokka Blooms at Lifestyle has an array of fresh blooms for your perusal – best to order early to avoid disappointment.

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beauty spot Words lorinda scott


On trend beauty

hantel Oosthuizen is the gorgeous and talented young owner of The Beauty Spot, which opened a short while ago at Gregory Park. Chantel has transformed the once-bland office space into a truly stunning and relaxing salon. She has been in Ballito for 10 years now and has worked with some of the most talented hair technicians, something which has given her the great work ethic and business sense that she needed to run her own business with passion and high standards. When she decided to open her salon, Chantel knew that the time was right for her to spread her wings and follow her own dreams. Focused on using only the best products in her salon, delivering good service to her customers and having happy staff has already made her business a remarkable — and growing — success within a very short time. Hairstylists Chantel and Melissa will transform your tresses with anything from a cut, colour or blow wave using a full range of treatments. Chantel specialises in colour and she is especially skilful with blonde. Another great attribute is that she is quick, but thorough! You don’t have to spend hours in this salon. The girls ensure that they stay up to date and on trend and Chantel is excited about some new colour trends that will be coming soon from Wella. They have just introduced Olaplex, a new product that is being hailed as “insurance for your hair”. Olaplex allows you to go blonder and bolder, without damage or breakage, and your colour lasts longer. Chantel wanted to ensure that her clients can get everything that they need under one roof, so apart from hair, she also has Kirsty and Nothando working on nails. They pamper both your hands and feet perfectly and in a lovely tranquil room upstairs, away from the hustle and bustle of the hair salon. Beauty by

Nirvana offers several treatments with facials specifically tailored for your skin type, plus deep tissue full-body Swedish and aromatherapy massages and back, neck, shoulder and Indian head massages — all perfect for those days when your body is crying out for some love.

“I love my job. It’s a real passion ... it’s not work for me,” says Chantel.

Nicky looks after the slimming side, where she offers innovative, cutting-edge treatments like Fat Freeze, laser tattoo removal and faradic slimming treatments. Theresa and Charmaine, the support staff who shampoo hair and give great head massages, make all the clients feel special with a tray set with tea or coffee — and don’t forget their delicious homemade biscuits for the extra-special touch that The Beauty Spot is so well known and loved for.    

good products good service well-priced The Beauty Spot has it all under one roof ...

Yip, all the boxes ticked! Pay them a visit — you won’t be sorry!

You can call them on 032 586 0044 or 083 283 9434. Visit them at Unit 7, Gregory Park, Ballito

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inspiring service excellence

Words Jodi van Wyk

If you look up the definition of the word ‘best’, you should find something along the lines of: ‘of the most desirable type or quality’ or maybe ‘that which is the most excellent, outstanding or desirable’. It is quite a tall order to be recognised as the best; but to earn the title of ‘Best of the Best’ is no easy feat. Through our inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards, we sought to unearth the cream of Ballito service.


erhaps FabMags CEO and editor of The Ballito Magazine, Justin Scott, put it best: “we need a reason to celebrate… to be positive, to focus on what can make us better as a community and we need to be open and receptive to stitching that type of positive mindset into our everyday lives.” This notion was the premise for the Best of the Best Awards – a campaign designed to highlight the absolute best in service and business on the North Coast. The campaign, which kicked off earlier this year, represented a vision FabMags has for a community that chooses to focus on the positive, rather than the negative. “For the past nine years we have published stories that celebrate life, people and events around us. We have been invited into homes, offices, business, restaurants and all sorts of places in between and every

single one of those invites have been because people have wanted us to share their stories. Our challenge hasn’t been to find good news stories….it’s been fitting them in edition after edition.” The competition process was rather simple: businesses were nominated in any one of 10 pre-determined categories: active lifestyle, arts and culture, body and soul, dining, hotels and destinations, kids and family, nightlife and entertainment, property, services and shopping. Once nominated, it was up to businesses to rally support; votes were channelled through the Ballito Magazine website, with one unique vote allowed per person, per day. An impressive 164 businesses were nominated this year, from as far north as Zinkwazi, Stanger and 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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best of the best 2015

interesting stats number of votes 13 160

average votes per business 80

online visits 17 419

no. of sms entries 1 034

most votes for a business

LEFT Awards handed to top 10 winners OPP TOP Enterprise iLembe CEO and FabMags CEO at the launch of the competition OPP MIDDLE Stores in Mandeni got involved!


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Shakashead all the way back to Ballito. When the competition ended on August 31, we had amassed more than 12 500 votes – some coming from the United Kingdom and United States of America. “The main criteria was simple, businesses were voted for and voting audits more stringent than what the IEC use were implemented. A final judging round was held where votes, competition ethics and business standing were considered along with the votes. When all was said and done, voting by readers was what counted,” said Justin. The support for the competition blew us away; here at FabMags headquarters, we watched how businesses compete with each other on social media, getting the community behind them. Bright yellow posters dotted walls over Ballito and, for a while, it seemed the Best of the Best Competition dominated conversation at most coffee shops. “There is a desire for excellence,” Justin says. “Excellence is a consistent, premium service at every touch point set by a service oriented tone that drives your company at every level.” * overseas votes were from recent ex locals who voted for a selection of businesses

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The competition culminated in a glitzy awards evening at the swanky Fairmont Hotel in Zimbali. And what an evening it was: winners, sponsors and businesspeople got to mingle with each other and the FabMags team, just reflecting on the first competition and how it brought the community together. On the night, several recognition awards were also given out to individuals, organisations and businesses we felt made a significant impact on the community…some even in the simplest of ways. Dladla, the security guard outside Alberlito Hospital who waves unfailingly at every motorist who passes him in the mornings, rain or shine. Rajesh, who always has time for a smile and a chat when you fill your tank at Engen Garage. The Specialised Rescue Unit, led by commander Quentin Power, who are first on the scene for everything from a trapped whale, to a gruesome accident…to a person locked out of their apartment. Curro Mt Richmore, which scooped the Kids and Family award, was surprised and honoured at their win. “Just being


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nominated was a big honour for us. We feel that this is about so much more than awards being handed out. These awards highlighted all the good and positive things that is happening in our community. We have so much in this country and town to be positive about and this event is proof of that.” Similar sentiments were shared by Moira Manson of Café Barber, who won the Body and Soul category: “I am honoured and overwhelmed…it's amazing to think how much our clients and the families of Ballito support us. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for Cafe Barber; without them this would never have been possible. And thank you to FabMags – it was amazing how you put it together. We loved every minute of it.” Singh’s Mutton Market had one of the best marketing strategies throughout the competition: Facebook posts and asking every single customer to vote went a long way to securing their win in the shopping category. “I wish there were more competitions like this. We have been receiving compliments from out of towners, some even from overseas, telling us how proud they are of us. The competition gave

us an amazing platform to showcase our business and we are so grateful!” Now that the dust is settled, we look to the future. As FabMags, we are proud to have launched this initiative and to have worked with partners who shared our vision. As we plan for the 2016 edition, we are reminded of why we celebrate the Best of the Best: “It is a reason to celebrate, to be positive and to focus on what can make us better as a community, this year, next year and for the years to come.”

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In our first year, the editor of The Ballito magazine awarded 10 awards to people in recognition of their extra ordinary contribution to the community through acts of kindness, service or their exemplary attitude. Awards went to;

Dladla Khumalo

totally surprised Barry Bowditch was totally surprised when we called out his name. He was the only recipient unaware of his award

Dladla works at Netcare and personifies friendliness and service. He greets every car that passes Alberlito hospital, even if it is just passing by.

Thabo Dube

Works at Pick n Pay in the fruit and veg department. Thabo is known to go more than the extra mile for every customer.

Rajesh Ramperthad

You’ll find Rajesh at Engen Ballito. He manages a great team and is hands on when it comes to servicing their clients.

Barry Bowditch making the most of it Thabo Dube made the most of the evening, networking and making new friends with invited guests.

A legend in the community who has captured the heart and soul of Ballito over the years. Barry is a great example of passion and commitment.

The Ballito Pro

This long-standing event has really helped put Ballito on the map and when it lost its long time sponsor was still able to pull off a great 2015 event.

LINC Church

A church on a hill that’s made Church accessible to everyone. Their impact on the North Coast is immeasurable and they continue to positively impact the community.

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ready to serve Rajesh graciously received his award and says that to him, he is just doing what he always does. Keep doing it Rajesh!

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Daily Vision153 head out into the community to feed widows and orphans, impacting lives out there, in our community.


This iconic shop has been around for years and Cindy and her team have a real “We can do” attitude for their customers.


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giving due recognition Quentin Powers accepts the award on behalf of his team. His thank you post on FB got 292 Likes and 81 congratulatory messages!

Specialised Rescue Unit

We salute this team who are always ready to go into all types of situations to save the lives of the people of the North Coast; they do it as volunteers with little reward.

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best of the best top 10 reader’s choice awards

Active Lifestyle

Kids and Family

A friendly, welcome environment where community is key. You are guaranteed a great time and awesome workout at this spot; they promise to make your experience unique and fun. A combination of old school boxing and new school training. Contact 082 673 2144

Ballito’s newest private school, located on the lush Mount Richmore Estate in Salt Rock. Curro is a dual medium school, teaching in both English and Afrikaans. Here, emphasis is placed on the holistic development on every learner. Contact 087 285 1671

Arts and Culture

Nightlife and Entertainment

Ringside Boxing Ballito

Bon Bon Maison Creative Décor A veritable haven for creatives of any kind, is Bon Bon Maison. Located at the gorgeous Burnedale in Umhlali, Bon Bon Maison is a fusion of French style décor with South African pizzazz. Contact 032 947 2093

Body and Soul Café Barber

Traditional barber shop catering exclusively to men and boys with a slight difference... it is run by women! An upmarket barber shop decked out with old-fashioned barber chairs, which combines a touch of class with rugged manliness making men feel right at home. Contact 082 795 2901


La Piazza

Curro Mount Richmore

Crush Nightclub

Crush is Ballito’s premium nightlife venue. Right on the beach, with sexy décor and an awesome vibe, Crush caters for all your VIP needs…particularly in its exclusive Sky Bar. Crush is the place to be! Contact 032 946 3764


Harcourts Harcourts prides itself on an excellent work ethic, offering a full range of services including residential sales and rentals, property management and financial services. Let the friendly team at any one of their Ballito branches assist you with your property needs. Contact 032 946 2134


Simply Models

The ultimate in a complete dining experience right here on our doorstep. Located at The Well, La Piazza boasts outstanding cuisine, faultless service and an unrivalled ambience. A quality continental café and restaurant. Contact 032 586 3565

A unique modelling and finishing school that takes a 360 degree approach to inner and outer beauty education and training. The school strives to make quality modelling classes and self-improvement tuition available to all girls, with an emphasis on community work. Contact 073 783 1731

Hotels and Destinations


Coco de Mer

Situated in the heart of Ballito’s bustling hot spots, within walking distance of the beach, malls and restaurants. Coco de Mer is distinctively Afro-Bali styled, a tranquil oasis in the middle of a natural eco forest. Contact 032 946 1034

Singh’s Mutton Market Singh’s Mutton Market is the very definition of a family business. Run by the dedicated Singh family, the butchery stocks the best in meat, catering for all tastes and preferences. Visit them at Kyalami Park for a meaty experience you won’t forget! Contact 032 946 0753

best of the best 2015

top 3 places active lifestye Ringside Boxing Ballito Tash B Pilates Holla Trails

arts & culture Bon Bon Maison Creative Decor Pyjama Monzterz Ground Breakers Youth Club

body & soul Cafe Barber My Nail Lady Uniquely U

dining La Piazza Mozambik Fiamma Grill

hotels & destinations Coco de Mer Collisheen Estate Rain Farm Game and Lodge

kids & family Curro Mount Richmore School Burndale Prestige Baby Academy

nightlife & entertainment Crush Nightclub Shakers Litchi Orchard

property Harcourts Seeff Property Ballito Century 21 Dolphin Coast

services Simply Models Hatches, Matches & Dispatches Chapman Building

shopping Singh’s Mutton Market Brandhabit Ballito Lifestyle Centre

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the quarter centre

perfect shopping balance

Shopping has lost some of the charm it once had...the ability to pop into your local store without having to fight for a parking, walk long distances to get to the shop you need or stand in long lines. What if we told you that a quiet, friendly centre where you can get all this – and more – exists right here in Ballito? Believe it.

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idden within the hills of Ballito, just visible from the N2, is the treasure trove that is The Quarter. This quaint shopping centre is a destination that speaks to the quieter side of Ballito, the side devoid of rushing and noise. With its sleek, contemporary architecture and simple layout, The Quarter is both easy to navigate and a joy to browse. It is one of few centres on the North Coast to exclusively house unique, owner-run stores – predominantly locals. On each of the two levels you will find an exciting selection of services, coupled with efficient service from each friendly business owner. Its architecture is of specific importance – it was built using the unique Tilt-Up construction method, which sees walls being poured directly on site into large slabs of concrete called tilt-up panels. The panels are then raised into position around the building’s perimeter, forming the exterior walls. In and around The Quarter, you will spot a unique sculpture and art pieces breathing life into the centre. The sculpture is the work of Brendon Edwards, who uses materials like steel, plants, trees, concrete, canvas, copper, stone, water, wood, brick, light, darkness…or a combination.

the quarter centre

The Quarter could be described as the perfect balance of destination retail and business centre: as a consumer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you visit The Quarter. The Quarter is open six days a week: Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. If patrons would like to send us their suggestions, feedback or constructive criticisms as to what services, stores and functions we should provide you can send an email to sheena@earth.co.za.

YOU’LL FIND THESE STORES AND BUSINESSES AT THE QUARTER CENTRE Eye 2 Eye Optometrists, Dune Designs, Brandhabit, Café Barber, DVD Delite Gerhard Architect, Hairmarx, Ilembe Chamber of Commerce, Just Letting, Mega Force, Ocean Queen Seafoods, Silverline Framing, Sugar Dance, Body Fuel Express, Julia Ferrandi, Ballito Car Wash, Ballito Sweets and Party Zone, Prestige Baby Academy, Pulse, Ballito Arts & Crafts, Fraiche, Mersat Electronic Systems, Rewop Home Maintenance, Branded, Power Locksmiths, Fit 4 All and Halstead Poala

Visit them at Cnr Stewart and Nandi Mthembu Drive, Ballito

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home decor

Your home, and everything in it, speaks volumes about who you are. Without you saying a word, anyone who visits your home should be able to pick up nuances of your personality just skipping their eyes around your space. And, so it should be. Expressing yourself through your home is pure, artistic and personal. In this feature, a few local companies gave us the low down on key elements to beautify your living space.

WOW Cutting

Textures are all the rage this season. Of particular popularity, though, is wood. Pallet furniture, wooden coffee tables, wooden chairs – wooden everything you can think of – the material is fresh, clean and streamlined. Go a step further and have your wooden trinkets modelled specifically for you with a monogram, or special design. Where to Go • WOW Cutting 083 325 2618 • www.wowcutting.co.za

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Flooring Many tend to underestimate just how important it is to make the correct decision with regards to flooring in a particular room. The flooring option you choose sets the tone for a room: tiles would bring a cooler feel while carpets and rugs would give you that rich, luxurious sensation. It doesn’t have to be just tiles or carpets, though; laminate and vinyl flooring options are wide ranging and can transform your entire room. Where to Go • Stefano & Co 032 946 3666 • www.stefano-co.co.za

Accessories If you want your personality to pop, and you prefer following a trend but adding your own flair to it, here is where you can go crazy. The accessories you pick are all about you and how you want to feel when you walk into your space. If it’s an office, then go with something that shows your personality in a quirky way that is still kosher for your work environment. At home, pick anything from a wall hanging with a saying you like, to a fun ornament, to a bright cushion. Where to Go • trend diy tiffany’s centre • www.trendiy.co.za

sandstone story

Walls Gone are the days where all you could do with a wall was give it a fresh coat of paint. Well, you could still do that…but the options are now endless! Stone is a fantastic choice – it’s a durable, versatile material that

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one wall as a feature in your home; what a statement! Where to Go • The Sandstone Story 032 946 3249 • www.sandstonesupplies.co.za

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decor tips


A fresh look for Spring brings with it an aura of freshness. A zesty, bright shot of newness, signalling the end of Winter’s doom and gloom. Most women (hey, maybe even some men, as well) see Spring as the perfect time to clean up the home. A Spring clean, we call it. This is a great opportunity to rejig your décor: be it in your home or office. We chatted to Angela Zachariou of Bellagio Interiors to find out what the hottest décor trends are for Spring 2015.

5 decor tips for spring

“less is more. texture is essential as well as scale.” Trip Haenisch


Liven up your space

“Spring is the best time to update, refresh and modernise your home,” says Angela. “And it doesn’t have to be a total overhaul that will cost you a lot of money. Start simply.” Add fresh blooms to your décor – a bunch of flowers will add fragrance, colour and always elicit a smile.


Evaluate the way you live

Look at your space carefully. Look at all the things you have in your space. Consider why they are there and if you really need them in the next season.


Go brighter

“I love different tones of yellows,” Angela smiles. Go for warm, buttery shades and incorporate them in splashes around your room.


Scale Down

Less is more this season. Out with the old and in with the new: edit your space and pare down drastically. Reduce clutter and create wide, open spaces for harmony. “Removing just one piece of furniture that is either not used, or has seen better days, automatically breathes new life into a room.”


Embrace the weather

With our gorgeous weather and enviable climate, it is important to make your outdoor living space as comfortable as inside. Angela recommends bringing indoors outside: create a comfy lounging area on your veranda. “Plop around a few bean bags and dig a fire pit to create a gorgeous ambiance in the evening.”

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a home away from home So many Ballito families travel upcountry for business, to reconnect with family and friends or to just take a quick weekend break. Finding the right place to stay can make the journey something special and we’ve found the perfect place in Centurion, Pretoria. Welcome to the Forever Hotel. Words lorinda scott

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The hotel, with its beautiful French-Italianstyled look, has always appealed to us and its beautiful, inviting and spacious garden is an added bonus - so we decided that we just had to stay there. We booked into the Forever Hotel late on a Friday evening after a fun but long family road trip from Ballito. The staff were really friendly and welcoming and we were booked into our rooms in no time at all, ready to have a good night’s sleep before our busy weekend. We were impressed that the hotel can accommodate up to three or four to a room (four in the family suite, consisting of two bedrooms) which makes business or family travel easy if you stay at the hotel. The rooms are beautifully decorated and, with luxurious bedding, a TV and a tea/coffee station, certainly cover all your needs. Breakfast the next morning was fabulous, with friendly and accommodating waitresses on hand our special orders were well handled and we left the hotel well -rested, fed and ready for the day ahead. We had a lovely day out, taking a drive down memory lane (we lived in Centurion for 10 years) and then we stopped off at the Irene Mall for a spot of shopping before going over to the Irene Dairy, where we had the most beautiful lunch and photo session. We head back to the hotel to change, with a quick stop at Centurion Mall, where we grabbed the necessary goodies for our evening’s catch-up with old friends. Some how we never felt far from the hotel and there really are so many ways to get there - it’s perfectly positioned. Service excellence is their motto and the staff don’tjust pay lip service to it - they deliver the real thing. We were thoroughly impressed with the staff, from security and the front gate to restaurant waiters and those on duty at the 24 hour front desk, all of whom,

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regardless of the time of day that we left or arrived, were friendly, professional and helpful — all big ticks in my book. We loved the fact that the hotel is central to everything, with all the main highways, plus opportunities for shopping and relaxing, all on your doorstep. The hotel itself provides for all your basic needs and more and we were truly happy with everything about the hotel. We will definitely stay there again on our next trip back to Pretoria. call us | +27 (0)12-644 6000 visit | C/o. Rabie Street and Basden Avenue, Lyttleton, Centurion email | centurionres@foreversa.co.za

out and about in centurion


he Ballito Magazine recently took a weekend off to go back and visit our old stomping grounds in Centurion. Whenever we look for a hotel there, the Forever Hotel always comes to mind as the Centurion area is such a lovely part of Pretoria and is perfectly positioned whether you want to travel to Pretoria North or into Johannesburg.

unique look and feel We loved the hotel’s look and feel. You can drive right up to the front door and there is loads of parking available for guests

conferencing The hotel has four conference and function rooms, ranging from a 10 seater boardroom to 100 seater banquet area.

a pool for the brave We didn’t brave the pool in winter, but the pool and gardens are casual and laid back, perfect to unwind and unplug.

irene farm & dairy An amazing place to grab breakfast or lunch with family and friends.

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BUSINESS ON THE BLOCK The face of Ballito, as we know it, is rapidly changing. Increasing development means that new businesses 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 chat to Live Print and The One Percent.

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Dynamic, friendly and helpful: that’s how Ryan Smith describes the staff at LivePRINT – a print shop at Tiffany’s Shopping Centre specialising in high quality printing. Anything from custom canvas, business cards, flyers, magazines, stickers, posters and finishing services like binding and laminating – they do it all. “We have been going for just over four months now,” says Ryan. “We wanted to offer a fresh and unique printing experience to customers in the area along with high quality print products. We have a table and chairs where our customers can work while waiting for their prints and there is also free WiFi on offer!” Ryan says LivePRINT’s uniqueness lies in their mandate: “we strive to always go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction. Our rule for success is consistency and excellence.” For Ryan, every day starts with a cup of coffee, after which he plans “how to take over the world”. When business is done for the day, he chats to his staff, thanking him for their hard work and discussing areas where they could improve. Doing business in Ballito is ‘fantastic,’ he says: “It really is a community of people as opposed to a big city where you just feel like another random person. We are always looking at delivering high quality print products and will always strive to ensure our machines and staff are at the highest levels possible. So, our goal is to be the best digital print house on the North Coast.” And, one quirky fact about his business? “We have a yellow giraffe that sits on top of our digital press watching the passers-by.”

The world would call them marketing strategy experts. Their clients, humble strategic marketing consultants…and they call themselves “a freethinking marketing unicorn – rainbows, glitter and all!” Taryn Levine of The One Percent, a newly established marketing company, calls it “magic marketing”. “We don’t offer everything under the sun because that’s when things end up being just ‘good enough’ and we won’t settle for anything less than exceptional. “Everything we do revolves around one simple question: ‘will this solve the marketing problem or not?’ No politics, hidden agenda or financial bias.” Taryn’s number rule for success comes from the same place as the business’ name: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” – Thomas Edison. I believe that a great idea is nothing without hard work and perseverance.” Ballito has been incredibly supportive, something Taryn thanks her lucky stars for daily. “Ballito people want to see you succeed, and they’re willing to help you get there. I love that! It really is a beautiful city full of untapped potential with many small businesses and their commodities on the verge of becoming profitable brands. I would love to see The One Percent making an even bigger imprint on the marketing world; helping more and more small businesses (and even larger ones) make the most out of their operations with as little spend as possible.” And, at the end of every day she says it’s all about the happy place: “happy clients make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside!”

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property development is on the up

The face of the North Coast is changing. At least once a month, we hear of a new development cropping up – each one singing the benefits of living and playing in and around Ballito. The new property wave is frothing on the North Coast. In this edition, we chatted to a few developers riding the wave; getting the inside scoop on some of the projects about to hit our shores. Words jodi van wyk photo credit chris allan

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ABOVE & BELOW Artistic impressions of the new Cascades Hotel Simbithi (Wood Owl Investments)


ith our postcard-perfect beaches, absurdly amazing weather and chic, urban lifestyle sprinkled with country charm the North Coast is – arguably – one of the better places to live. And it isn’t just us who know that. Judging by the rapid growth of our area, the idea of life on the North Coast is undoubtedly appealing. “Even if people cannot live here permanently, they still want a piece of that sun-kissed lifestyle,” says developer Joa Morais, of Wood Owl Investments. This formed the foundation for discussions on Cascades Hotel, a stunning development earmarked for the prestigious Simbithi Eco Estate. Cascades was conceptualised in 2013 and, after a delay in land transfer, is finally underway. But it isn’t just a hotel, says Joa – it’s an investment opportunity. The sea-facing location, overlooking the renowned Simbithi Golf Course and adjacent to the Country Club and new Simbithi Office Park, is enviable. “It’s going to be a hotel completely different to anything we have seen on the North Coast,” Joa promises. Artist impressions depict vast, open spaces, glass walls, water features, lush plants and natural stone. The hotel will boast a restaurant, spa and cocktail lounge. “The golf facilities at Simbithi are of an excellent standard,

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as is the experience at the Fig Tree restaurant. We are working closely with Simbithi,” says Joa. The hotel will house single rooms, two and three-bedroom apartments for groups or families and two exclusive penthouse suites. There will also be opportunities for buyers to invest in sectional titles within the hotel. Developers are currently in talks with a reputable operator, with extensive management experience. “It’s going to be world class.” The Simbithi Eco Estate is a prime location on the North Coast, something Jacana at Simbithi – a 74-unit development – aims to capitalise on. The first phase of the development, by the JR Property Group, is scheduled for completion by late 2016. Sales and marketing manager, Sean Newton told us more about what they are calling “arguably the best unit development” on Simbithi, which also happens to be the estate’s final development. “Jacana offers a rare and exceptional opportunity for discerning investors to stake a claim on this upmarket and sought after address within the Golf Course phases of Simbithi Eco Estate.” Launched in July, the first phase comprises 38 units including 24 simplex apartments, eight duplex apartments and six free-standing villas. “Jacana offers

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ABOVE Artistic impression of Jacana at Simbithi (JR Property Group)

two, three, four and five bedroom units, thus satisfying demand within a broad spectrum of the residential market here on the Dolphin Coast,” says Sean. “The architectural style and design ensures maximum privacy with intention to blend into the natural surroundings and general look and feel of the estate as a whole. Living life to the full in a serene and secure community environment is what Jacana At Simbithi is all about.” This next wave of development seems to favour a younger generation of buyers, first time homeowners who are either corporate singletons or new families looking to settle down. Loxley Estate, nestled in the quiet pocket of Sheffield Beach, is one of the forerunners in this class of development: exclusive, boutique living that aids a sophisticated lifestyle. Developer James Hesse, whose company’s experience spans three decades and whose portfolio boasts Dunkirk Estate in Salt Rock, tells us Loxley is smaller than most estates: only 27 freehold sites, of which 22 are already sold. “We sensed a gap in the market for high end homes, within an intimate, quiet environment. There’s a crop of buyers in their late thirties, early forties, who are migrating north.” Full-scale construction on Loxley will begin in October. Loxley’s location, close to the unspoiled Sheffield Beach, adds an element of seaside life. “It’s quaint, small and exclusive…not everyone wants to live in a big estate.” James feels strongly about this, and

future waves, of development on the North Coast. “Previously, the focus when choosing somewhere to live was business first, then family. It is now the other way around, and that’s why this area is booming. Ballito, and the North Coast, offers an attractive lifestyle, especially for up and coming families looking to establish themselves. I think the trend will continue for the foreseeable future.” The Loop, a three-phase project by Painted Black, is another such development. Situated west of the N2 on Lee Barns Boulevard, the precinct seeks to offer an exceptional combination of residential, retail and retirement options. Developer, John Slater, tells us how the agricultural farm, originally owned by the Hullet family, was purchased in 2007 and underwent relevant rezoning processes. “The first phase was sub-divided and developed into an industrial park, which was sold out and properties transferred by 2010. The remainder of the land was zoned for residential and commercial use, and in 2013 was conceptualised to form a contemporary lifestyle precinct called ‘The Loop’, with ground being broken shortly thereafter to start the services and infrastructure. We look forward to launching the various developments within The Loop from the end of November.” Developments within the lifestyle precinct include Brooklyn, an exclusive and modern residential village comprising 41 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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three and four-bedroom freestanding homes, a communal clubhouse area and swimming pool; a mixed-use development comprising 180 one and two-bedroom apartments, a boutique retail offering of 6000m² of leasable space, as well as 250 storage units; and finally Hemingways - a retirement village - which is set to house an assortment of 120 residential offerings that include freestanding units, assisted living apartments and a frail care facility. John says the concept of ‘The Loop’ was to be able to offer something for everybody. Testament to the demand of the product is the fact that five units of developers’ stock has already been pre-sold in Brooklyn. He says that their project is unique in that they are creating a lifestyle village, by offering property solutions for whichever stage of life you are in. “Not only can you work and shop on your doorstep, but living in ‘The Loop’ will also give one a real sense of community. With the consistent movement of properties in the greater Ballito area, we are extremely confident about the success of The Loop. While still keeping its charm of being a relaxed seaside town, it will be nice to see more of a balance between residential and commercial offerings and services in the near future.” The market also favours the buyer looking for that extra bit of luxury and indulgence.

With a tag line like ‘Live. Work. Shop’, the Zimbali Wedge oozes the very essence of life on the North Coast. Developed by award winning company Extra Dimensions, the Wedge is best described as an oasis of residential luxury infused with glamour and professionalism. The development encompasses retail, commercial and residential property; the latter was sold out within two days of the launch – 78 units valued at R160 million. Its situation on the border of the Zimbali Coastal Resort only adds to its decadence. That, and promises of a private porte-cochere service for residents, contemporary architecture with acute attention to detail and spectacular

views, popular restaurants, boutiques and speciality food shops, fitness & yoga facilities and service office suites just an elevator ride away. The Toweel brothers believe the Wedge triggered a niche in the property market, creating a village destination satisfying both local and international demands. “This gives us great excitement and security moving forward, knowing the interest behind the Zimbali Wedge has become a reality.” The development trend continues even farther up North, dipping into the historic area of Tinley Manor: a gem tucked away in the pockets of the N2. Often, with the rapid pace at which developments crop up in an area, families begin to 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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yearn for a quieter, carefree lifestyle. Gated estates tend to offer such: a tranquil environment where amenities are close by and children can have the same open-spaced, carefree children their parents may have had. This is where Palm Lakes fits snugly. “We are not selling homes, we are selling a lifestyle,” says Olivia Roels-Sak, of developers Royal Palm Property Holdings. Since breaking ground in 2005 the estate has flourished and now includes private school Trinityhouse, Prestige Baby Academy, two clubhouses, two swimming pools, the popular Science of Coffee Shop and a retirement village, which is selling fast. “We have a nurse from Aldhem Healthcare on site at all times, assisting residents daily. There are 15 finished homes in the retirement village, 15 finished sectional titles and 20 under construction.” On the whole, there are 190 completed homes in Palm Lakes, 244 completed apartments, 30 townhouses, 120 homes under construction and 70 plans under review. The estate is set to launch a new development, called Impala Ridge. Olivia mentioned that RPPH still owns land on the other side of the R102, adjacent to the N2, and on the other side of the N2. “This land will also be developed during the coming years.” The development trend is perhaps best summarised by Morais, who has long predicted the boom. “We saw this coming with the relocation of King Shaka Airport; now is the time to grab hold of the development wave. Dramatic changes have been made in our infrastructure, an example of which is our new interchange. It is up to as a community to welcome new development, and as developers, to hold hands along the North Coast to form a cohesive chain of growth. He believes that, within the next two or three decades, the North Coast will be on par with Cape Town. “Or, at least the next best thing!”

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Restaurant Review

Crispy goodness at

Loaf Café

Words Anima McBrown

Words Jodi van Wyk

Great food, great location and truly passionate owners make for a great recipe when it comes to a food destination well worth visiting.


he first word that popped into my head when I walked into Loaf Café was ‘fresh’. And it’s not difficult to see why, with its clean, contemporary décor – white, with a few delicious pops of colour. Gina Rattray is all smiles when we arrive, seating us and getting our drinks orders to the kitchen promptly. Her lovely mum, Theresa, pops out of the kitchen a few minutes later bearing a tray of freshly baked cinnamon rolls; their aroma swirled dizzily around us, reminding me of pinching treats while my grandmother was baking! The atmosphere at Loaf is sublime. You can pick a table outside and bask in the glorious Ballito sunlight, or sit inside and catch smiles from shoppers who walk by. Either way, the experience is a winner. With all the tempting scents wafting over from the kitchen, we got hungry quickly. We had a choice between several dishes on the specials board, but there is also a simple menu if you’re looking for a smaller meal. We had a table of four, so everyone tried something different: I went for the mushroom pasta, which was absolutely gorgeous. The tagliatelle pasta was perfect, and the creamy sauce was well-complemented by a side of pesto. Lucille tried the lamb burger, served with wedges, tomato relish and homemade mayo. The patty was unlike any other we’ve tasted and the wedges were pillows of crispy goodness…amazing! Simi chose the chili prawn hot pot – this was just gorgeous. The prawns were whirling in

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a spicy tomato, coconut sauce; tangy and creamy with just enough heat to wake the taste buds up, but not so much that you’re gasping for water. (It’s served with fresh ciabatta so you can mop the sauce up afterwards – score!) Justin had the coronation chicken salad; the chicken was on a bed of lush greens with gherkins and toasted seeds, a most satisfying, filling dish with stunning flavours. We were already groaning but there was no way we were going to leave without trying at least one of the tantalising cakes on the dessert table. I overruled everyone and ordered a slice of chocolate cake, and we weren’t sorry! Theresa says the secret is the real chocolate used in the recipe…I’ll be going back for more of that! Loaf is a real treat on all fronts: vibe, food and value. They serve a range of mouth-watering breakfasts as well, perfect for a sumptuous meal any time of the day.

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Shine skincare salon can be found at Sage centre in Salt rock, where you can enjoy a relaxing and hydrating facial or pamper yourself with a hot stone massage. Shine skincare uses both natural products Environ and RegimA which are proudly south african products.Vouchers are also available for a beautiful birthday gift or someone to spoil.

Sage Café is open every Friday night until 8pm. We are proud to launch our new Deli line-Sage Kitchen. Sage café also has a new outside catering division email us on crookedfork@sagecafe.co.za and we will help you with tailor made menus!! Cell number : 083 717 0463

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Words jodi van wyk

A forest of adventure, pathways of mystical fun. An endless expanse of grass to spread a picnic blanket on, or where children can run themselves into a frenzy. A quaint café where meals are served on rustic wooden boards. This, Gillian von Buddenbrock tells us, is Sugar Rush Park.


here is magic in the air when one steps out of the car at Sugar Rush Park. It is almost improbable to suggest that, just a few minutes out of Ballito, there is this sanctuary of stillness and tranquillity. It is almost as if life just stops – or, at least slows down, for a few hours. It’s difficult to imagine this oasis did not exist once upon a time. Sugar Rush was initially conceptualised by Gill in 2009, as an events-based listing company for the North Coast. But Gill, an avid cyclist, who at the time also ran a Cycling Academy for kids, saw a window to develop that vision while on a trail ride a few years ago.

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Concurrently, businessmen Mark Johnson, Rose Juby, Kim Haggerman and Martin Allborough had a similar vision for Sugar Rush which was anchored by the floriculture centre they wanted to build. They approached Wayne Hulett, who made the land available for this development. Wayne had been approached by Gill who was looking to develop this kids’ adventure centre and a home for her cycling academy and he introduced Mark and Rose to Gill which was the birth of the Sugar Rush concept at the venue. As the project was still a baby, Gill needed to focus on her role in the corporate space, and for a period was not able to be involved in Sugar Rush.


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Mark and Rose approached Nick Leitch to develop the kids play areas at Sugar Rush and he too fell in love with their vision and joined them as partners in the venture. As the business started to grow and what began as a project of love started to require more and more time, as events like The Warrior race and various MTB races brought over 6000 people through the park over just a few days, the parties agreed that key drivers were needed for the business. With that a new and exciting chapter is beginning where the reins are being handed over to allow Sugar Rush to take the next steps under the management of Peter Rowntree who, together with his daughter Lisa created the much celebrated Lola’s Coffee Shop in Umhlanga. Adding huge energy to the team is the return of Gill after realising she just couldn’t avoid her dream any longer. In a constantly evolving environment, Peter and Gill are aiming to create a space where a family could visit, stay for the entire the day and not once complain of being

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bored. Renovations are currently taking place at the park, beginning with the kids’ adventure zone with the new Pump Track opening by the end of September. It will not only be suitable for mountain bikes but skate boards, scooters, roller blades and especially BMX bikes. Sugar Rush is already a popular party venue, with its bright, jolly party tents. “I love watching children arrive with their parents, then shooting off to ride the trails, or run around until they are breathless. That’s what this is about; themed parties, children riding trails with their mates in a safe, free and spacious environment,” says Gill. The Sugar Rats Cycling Academy is also due for a relaunch in October. Sugar Rush has also partnered with local charity organisation, Vision153: “we have 12 new kids bikes now available for hire at the park. The majority of the proceeds will go to Vision153.” The café’s menu has also undergone a few changes and, with the iLembe Winery just

next door, looks set to become a favourite with locals. The public can also buy wholesale flowers from the Floriculture Centre; the aroma of the fresh blooms swirls around you while you eat your meal in peace and quiet – only the occasional chirping of a passing bird breaks the silence. With free WiFi (that should get a few cheers!) and a deli menu on the cards, it is a winning recipe. “Think about it: bring your family and order a picnic basket from the deli, which you can enjoy together. It’s magical!” The park has also played host to several events and festivals, including the annual Warrior Race and the Sugar Rush Classic, which is a firm favourite on the ROAG Calendar. They recently linked up with Cappeny Estates in their first strawberry picking festival, hosting a Hirsch & Weber Cook Off on Public Holiday “National Braai Day” as the start to the Bumper Ballito Weekend! LEFT TOP It’s kid friendly with open spaces and lots to do LEFT BOTTOM The Warrior Race attracts people from all over the country, and it is loads of fun RIGHT TOP Gillian and Peter make a great team! RIGHT BOTTOM The bike trail and BMX track are a great hit

Sugar Rush also hosts the popular 5km Park Run every Saturday at 8am. Ultimately, Peter and Gill are out to create a tourist destination, encouraging a country lifestyle just minutes from the city. “It’s literally a farm two minutes from Ballito,” Gill smiles. “The location is ideal and I always say it’s my happy place. We want to become the place where the community knows they can relax, but still be close to their homes. There are so many exciting plans in the pipeline and we with the continual developments in and around Ballito, a place like Sugar Rush is desperately needed.”


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a fresh new look for signzone If you drive around Ballito, you will see branding and signage that was – in most cases – the work of SignZone. Established in 2005, the company has remained at the forefront of customised graphic design and signage products. After almost a decade, SignZone recently underwent a branding overhaul itself; we chatted to owners Dawie Kruger and Martin Bernardß about the fresh, new look.

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advertorial MAIN PIC Owners Dawie Kruger and Martin Bernardü with their full team and new branded vehicles MIDDLE The admin team love their revamped workspace BOTTOM The production crew who have delivered branding solutions for 10 years, looking sharp.


hen Dawie and Martin started SignZone 10 years ago, one of their first projects was branding and signage at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, which also got off the ground around the same time. To this day, the company is still involved at the centre; this bears testament to their infallible staying power and reputation for excellence. But, as Martin mentioned, the methods used back then and what may have been on trend a decade ago, have changed. This, in part, led to the re-brand, he says. “Times have changed and we have to change with them,” he smiles. The company’s new look includes a redesign of their colourful logo and signage; the new logo features a slick, streamlined insignia and just two bold colours: a bright red and pristine white. “Many companies, most recently Google, have gone the route of a simpler, cleaner brand. We feel our new branding aptly represents our fresh, new outlook.” The SignZone vehicles have changed from white to red, while the business premises in Platinum Park have also been updated: outdoor fabricated signs, wall graphics, a lick of paint and new uniforms. In their years of business, SignZone has assisted many local companies build up a full branding package, from logos to lining them up with the niche they want to occupy within their respective market. This includes shop front signage, vehicle wrapping, vinyl sandblasting, in-store branding and custom wall graphics. SignZone services prominent brands from Ballito; they also manufacture and install ALL estate road and house signs, and numbers, on the North Coast. Through their unique business relationship where each one brings in his specific strengths – and with a dedicated team – Dawie and Martin have established a well-oiled machine that is sure to be around for several more decades to come. SignZone may now boast a superb new look, but there is one thing that will not change, says Dawie: the faultless, tireless work ethic locals have come to associate with the business. For as long as it’s been around, the SignZone team has had the same guarantee: the job is only finished when the client is totally satisfied. “We will stay true to our reputation of providing quality, excellent service. That is what the community has come to expect, and what we will continue to put out.”

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Words justin scott

As we head into the last few months of the year we’ve got to make sure we stay focused, keep our energy levels up and be concious of how silly season could derail us.


have a theory about this time of year which has evolved from many years of working with people in business. I’d love to tell you that there is a scientific and deeply theoretical base to it, but that wouldn’t be true. In fact, until I was writing this article, it was really just a view that I held on something, but now it seems that my theory does have some actual science behind it — who knew! Around September or October each year we see the start of the “silly season”. What exactly is the silly season, you ask? Well, it’s that time of year when everybody wants everything done right now — right away, with no delays and bucket-loads of gusto. And they want it all from you. You feel as if you have become the centre of some great slavery conspiracy and your workload doubles, or even triples, as you try to get it all done. Add to that all the deadlines, targets and goals that you need to worry about and you instantly understand why it’s called the silly season — there is just no way it’s going to happen, plus you don’t have any energy left. Here’s what’s happening: You’re getting roped into projects. The first thing we need to realise is that the majority of people have either not started projects that were part of their “to do” list at the start of the year, or they’ve just realised they are 75 percent through the year and stand very little chance of finishing it, even if they did start it. So, as with all great projects, they’ll rope in any resources that they can to try and sprint to the finish and make it happen. If you are a person who people can rely on, they’ll be looking to you for help — learn to say no. Some goals or targets get missed. Like projects, people also tend to set goals or targets for themselves and entering the silly season they wake up to the fact that those may not be reached. The last three months of the year (and December isn’t really a work month) are when the biggest push is asked for to either hit the goals or get close. It’s always great to be a team player and put in a big effort, but don’t get over-burdened with other people’s unrealistic goals or targets.

You’re tired and here’s why — and this is a key part of my theory. We all have an internal clock, referred to as the circadian system, which regulates numerous functions, including when we sleep and wake, and it works in 24-hour cycles. Since our bodies like rhythm and structure, it works out that, for most of us, eight hours is the amount of time that we’re wired to work for. That’s just over 2000 hours a year for a normal work-week. Okay, now work out how much extra time you’ve been working or staying up late when your body needs sleep. If you work for an extra hour a day, that’s over a full month per year in time that you’ve put in. Add to that the late nights and your body is craving a break — and it knows that December is that time. Problem is that you’ve “used up” all your work energy by October, so you’re running on fumes… and you’re taking on an extra load from those around you pushing to finish projects and reach goals. If you’ve stayed the course and are reading this article, here’s how to handle these challenges and finish strong. It’s simple — all it takes is a little effort and some courage. • Get to bed earlier. I’m not talking crazy early, but just think

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about how you fall asleep when you go camping. No TV, no lights, everything dark. Your body tells you that it’s time to sleep and you listen. Do the same at home. • Say no. This is hard, but don’t get pulled into projects at the last minute. You won’t get the credit for making it happen and you could carry the blame if it doesn’t. • Communicate. If you’ve been given unrealistic goals or targets for the last three months, tell someone — 10 percent or 20 percent is a decent stretch above target, but trying to do half the year’s sales in two months won’t help you to finish strong. It’ll demoralise you and make you doubt your own ability. • Remember that it’s the silly season. Most people aren’t aware of why they’re acting the way they are. Now you do, however, so explain it to them and smile. All clocks, goals and projects get reset in January, so you’ve got a new year to try and make things happen. If you’d like to share your thoughts on my ideas, I’d be happy to hear from you about them. As I said, it really is my theory that’s evolved over years. It’s helped me to manage the latter part of the year and be a better leader by not burdening my team. There is a fine balance between pushing to finish a year strong and being silly — I’m sure that you’ll be on the right side!

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with Callie-Anne

With her jaunty dungarees and cascading ombre hair, Callie-Anne Gavazzi radiates confidence. We met on a chilly morning in Ballito, but being in her company instantly warmed me up. I chatted to the local girl about blogging, Masterchef SA and…oh, yes – her TV show being picked up by an international company!

Words jodi van wyk

“I’ve always loved food,” Callie-Anne sips her cappuccino. “Always munching. Jeez,” she laughs. “I don’t know if that makes it a passion or a problem!” Zimbabwean-born Callie-Anne moved to South Africa in 2002, boarding for two years before her parents built a home in Ballito. “I love it here,” CallieAnne’s eyes sparkle. “I think what’s best is how Ballito balances that big city life with the small town feel.” Callie-Anne studied film and acting at the New York Film Academy when she finished school; this is clear from her flawless diction and animated expressions when she speaks. Once she had graduated from the NYFA, Callie-Anne lived in London for a while, where she spun into the world of food. “London has an amazing food culture. I was eating in the craziest restaurants and pubs, tasting all kinds of different food… visiting food festivals and chatting to stall owners. Then, watching copious amounts of Come Dine with Me, Masterchef UK and Jamie Oliver’s shows turned it into a slight obsession.” But London was not to be Callie-Anne’s stepping stone – she hopped back to Africa, to run the kitchens at her family’s lodge in Mozambique while her then-fiancé Greg, now her husband, ran the crocodile farm. “I was in my element! I could change the

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menu every day, if I wanted. I love cooking on the spur of the moment.” It was this type of cooking that encouraged Callie-Anne to enter season one of Masterchef SA. Though she only made it to the top 25, she garnered quite a following. This kick started a new phase in her career: her blog, Callie-Anne Cooks. “I think the public enjoyed watching me because I’m real. I look like a glam diva, but I’m quite a tomboy. I spoke my mind on camera and my personality caught attention.” The television bug had bitten rather hard, so Callie-Anne began looking for an avenue to conceptualise her own show. “I’d been planning the show for a while. I knew it was the goal – to travel the world, cooking different foods in an array of areas.” She sent a demo to Graeme Swanepoel and Damian Brown of New Vision Pictures, in Johannesburg, who fell in love with her feisty, quirky character. “Within two months, I had a film crew at the lodge in Mozambique. There was no time to catch my breath, no time to write a script, to plan!” But Callie-Anne thrived during the intense, six-week production schedule. “I wore every outfit in my wardrobe, and did my own hair and make-up. My recipes weren’t even perfected before we started filming; they came alive on camera, so it was really organic.”

Callie-Anne Cooks Into the Wild sees Callie-Anne venturing into the villages around the lodge, cooking with the locals. The show features her unique recipes and anecdotes from her time in Mozambique. Not surprising, then, that United Kingdombased commercial TV network ITV picked up the show, buying the rights to distribute it worldwide. “I freaked when I heard. This is everything,” Callie-Anne shakes her head in amazement. “All I wanted was to get on television, to prove to myself I can do it. And now that it’s happening, it’s so surreal!” Season one of the show has already started showing in Asia, and will show in South Africa for the first time on October 8, on DSTV’s ITV-Choice Channel, at 8.05pm. Callie-Anne is currently shooting season two and, while she couldn’t blurt any production secrets, she whispered that it’s being filmed locally. “I’m so excited for people to see what I can do. I want to inspire people to fall in love with the kitchen again. To have fun and be confident when they cook!” Follow Callie-Anne on Instagram and Twitter @callieannecooks, or like her Facebook page at Callie Anne Cooks. Also, check out her sizzle reels and videos on her website www.callie-annecooks.com.


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“I’m so excited for people to see what I can do. I want to inspire people to fall in love with the kitchen again.”

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lights camera alex

Words jodi van wyk

Alex Paterimos reminds me of a young Mario Lopez – soulful eyes, great hair and a smile that takes up his entire face. He arrives with his mum, Leigh-Ann, and tells me his name is Alex. Not Alexander, Alex. (A stage name already, my my!) At 17 years old, the Crawford Preparatory learner has already got several productions and a starring role in an international movie under his belt. I sat down with Alex over a cappuccino… “I was born in Athens,” Alex tells me. “We moved to South Africa when I was four years old. I think I’ve always had a thing for drama.” Leigh-Ann nods, and launches into a demonstration of Alex as a toddler. “He would stand in front of the TV with his nappy on, arms akimbo, warbling along to Pavarotti. Alex has always been dramatic.” Alex’s first role was as a frog, at the age of two years old. Performances as an ant and zebra followed; Alex jokes that he’s a good animal. He continued with drama through primary school and, in grade seven, his hard work paid off:

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he landed a role in French film ‘Mister Bob’ with veteran French actor Christian Clavier. “I played Mister Bob’s son and, after meeting the man I was playing in real life, I was struck by how similar we are. Down to our mannerisms,” Alex tells me. He says being on a movie set was an unbelievable experience. “Most of the movie was shot abroad. I had a trailer and assistant,” Alex wiggles his eyebrows. “That was the life!” More recently, Alex starred in Crawford Preparatory’s ‘No Clue’, bringing the wacky character of ‘Peter Stitch’ to life. This, reveals Alex, was challenging in that he is unlike the Afrikaans, gum-snapping

Stitch. “It was amusing that I could play someone so unlike me. Peter Stitch was such a loser! If I met him, I probably would have slapped him,” Alex rolls his eyes. “People have this opinion that drama is a girly thing, that boys shouldn’t do it. I don’t believe that.” Alex derives deep satisfaction from drama; he finds himself fascinated by the transformative process. “I start with nothing and create a person from scratch. I have to create a world and a life prior to where they are when I play them. A script is just words on a page; I have to colour it in. And then, sharing it onstage

with people who understand my passion is amazing.” Alex has just returned from a trip to Vietnam, where he and a few other teenagers participated in a World Challenge. Phases of the trip included hiking through beautiful forests and taking on a project that saw them build a toilet for an elderly woman, and buy her a few things for her modest home. “This made me realise I have a passion

for helping people. She got down on her knees and thanked us. All of us cried, it was so emotional.” In his role as media executive for Crawford, Alex manages the school’s social media, including its Instagram account. He loves the challenge – he is a keen photographer and budding graphic designer. Looking to the bright lights of the future, Alex has his sights set on Hollywood, hoping to forage into acting and a spot of directing. Otherwise, he wants to get paid to travel. His mother, however, is trying to bribe him to backpack around the world. “I’ll choose soon,” Alex grins. This young man is on his way to some serious stardom – I’m just glad I got to interview him before he hit the big time!

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Words lorinda scott

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e were invited to come and experience the Simbiosis Spa and what an awesome day spa it is, nestled in just the best setting, with the rolling green hills of Simbithi in front of you and a sea view to the side. A pedi with views like this takes relaxing to a whole other level. We were encouraged to try the Simbiosis Signature Retreat and I believe that I have now found my perfect spa combination. I had a Specialised Therapy facial, a full pedi and ended with a back, neck and shoulder massage. Yea, I know, right — perfection! The facial was really good. Here they use Juliette Armand products from

Greece and it was the first time that I had tried this range. I found the products to be really good — they smell amazing and left my skin feeling hydrated and soft. Shai, who pampered me, has the softest touch and under her hands the facial felt more like a spiritual experience — I absolutely loved it. I love pedicures, but I judge each one on its comfort and foot/ leg massage. Well, it’s 10/10 for Simbiosis and Xolie — it’s sheer pedicure heaven and the massage was perfect and a decently long one at that! The products they use smell amazing and have left my feet so, so soft.

Last, but not least, we went for the perfect-length back, neck and shoulder massage while our feet were treated to a foot masque which left them feeling even more pampered. The massage was done at the perfect pressure, which was fabulous. I really don’t enjoy walking away from a massage feeling bruised and tender, but here I could feel that those knots in the back and neck were definitely being worked on although I definitely didn’t feel that I was being pounded. Then, to complete our treatment, we had our toenails painted while we were stretched out on the massage bed. I truly feel that they have things just right at Simbiosis Spa. Little things, like not painting your nails before all your treatments are done, placing the plush pedi chairs in the area with the best view, keeping the salon quiet, but with a very good selection of music playing softly in the background — the little details that really count. We were thoroughly impressed with the newest spa on the block and Michelle, the owner, is extremely passionate about what she does. She makes sure that her staff are well trained and happy, something that is felt by the customers. We will definitely be back!

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wow studios Words lucille wendler

Where passion and skill come together


o, most of us might already be aware of WOW Cutting, a creative and funky laser cutting company. But I’m sure you’d all be surprised to hear about WOW Studio, a little gem hidden in the same building where all your hair and make-up dreams can come true. I recently got to spend a morning with the ladies at WOW; I immediately got the warm sense of the family-run business. The studio is run by Jen, who recently moved down with her husband and son. Her husband, Henry works for WOW Cutting and her son is thoroughly enjoying life on the North Coast. She also made the move to be closer to her immediate family. Jen has been a stylist for more than 10 years and says hair is her passion; chatting to her, she mentioned that she believes in healthy hair, a one-on-one salon experience where you can just relax – or vent, if need be.

It was this warm atmosphere that helped me relax as I got my hair coloured, lightening it for Spring…and Summer, which is just around the corner. I also got a little snip to keep the length for now, and an amazing blow wave. Jen is fond of natural products, so she uses the Davines range. The products are paribins and sulphate free, with very low ammonia content, which makes them healthier for your hair. After my gorgeous hairdo, I was left in the hands of Jen’s sister, Caitlyn, an internationally qualified make-up artist. She has been in the industry for more than eight years, working on films, photoshoots, magazines, fashion shows and a few amazing years at MAC Cosmetics. As Caitlyn was painting my face, I was very curious and she was happy to answer my questions! For instance, I asked why she uses 100% natural hair brushes to apply foundation.

Her response was that brushes don’t give off heat (like your fingers would) and heat opens your pores – not the best, as it encourages oil production on the skin. While we were busy, Jen and Caitlyn’s mum Wendy was clicking away, taking some lovely photographs. I really learnt much about my hair and make-up during my visit to WOW. I kept wondering what makes these ladies different…I figured it must be their passion and energy, and the love they have for each other, and their crafts, that absolutely made my morning. If you haven’t visited them yet, do yourself a favour!

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PAY It forward

Santa Shoebox Project What does your organisation/initiative involve? Santa Shoebox Project is an inspiring community initiative of the NPO and Public Benefit Kidz2Kidz Trust. Santa Shoebox Project collects and distributes gifts to children from vulnerable social backgrounds throughout South Africa and Namibia.

How did you start up the organisation/initiative? When did you start it up? The Santa Shoebox Project which started in 2006, is run by volunteers and supported by donations. On a national level it has grown from 180 shoebox gifts in 2006 to a 109 930 boxes in 2014. There are currently 52 satellites/dropoffs – of which Ballito is one The Ballito satellite is now in its third year and this year we aim to get boxes to 700 children. In 2013 we collected 293 boxes and in 2014 we collected 750 boxes.

What do you take away from helping others? Helping others helps us to connect to our community and plays a part in making it a better place. The children selected are rural, vulnerable (predominantly orphaned) children who aren’t in a position to usually receive a gift such as this.

How important do you think it is to make a difference in your community? So important and it is wonderful to see how the Ballito community embraces the spirit of giving

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We have an amazing team, who give up their time

through this project. We have local schools, golf groups, book clubs and businesses who have pledged to this project. What is unique about this project is that donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of personally selecting the name of a child and putting together his or her individualised, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift. This worthy initiative thereby encourages the whole family to adopt SSB as a family project providing an opportunity for children to learn from an early age, the gift of giving.

What is your fondest memory of your outreach? Two fondest memories. Public dropoff days last year - where the public who had pledged boxes dropped them off so that these could be packed for the respective facilities. This gave us the opportunity to engage with each and every donor who had pledged a box. It was very heartwarming. And of course the celebrations, where we travelled to the facilities and handed out the boxes. For us it was particularly rewarding to see how the teenagers appreciated their gifts – everyday items like soap that we often take for granted. We have an amazing team of volunteers who all give up of their valuable time to come together and contribute to this project and their community. For more details please visit www.santashoebox.co.za or contact Kirsten Abery on 083 326 3968 or Natalie Smith on 082 372 0500.


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The Dolphin Coast has experienced exponential growth over the past ten years as people from all over the country migrate to the greater Ballito area, and in so doing have transformed the once outlying coastal seaside town into one of South Africa’s development hotspots. Having witnessed the development and growth of Zimbali first hand since 1997 it occurred to me that there appears to be a clearly defined lifecycle in the development of a large-scale residential estate. Since the North Coast has several high quality residential estates that have been established and developed, it is then instructive to analyse the growth lifecycle of Zimbali to see what possible lessons can be learnt from this experience and how this could help us understand the growth lifecycle of newer estates along our coastline. Consider the six stages of the development lifecycle of a typical residential estate: Stage 1: Greenfields development This is the new launch of land phase with limited infrastructure. Pricing has to be particularly competitive to convince investors that the overall development will be worth the extended period of time it typically takes for an estate to get to a point where it becomes an environment in which families want to live. The financial strength and profile of the development company is key to its success. For Zimbali this happened in 1996 with its launch and first land sales. Stage 2: Infrastructure and early adopters The first vacant land phases are sold and very first homes built. Initial infrastructure goes in and the cash drain on the development company is enormous. Management expertise and staffing is required to manage and run the project. Sub-Developers become key clients to the Master Developer and are the catalyst to

get the development going at this stage. For Zimbali this was between 1996 and 1998. Stage 3: Early development – adolescence With consistent marketing and PR initiatives the development starts to gain traction and attract attention. General market acceptance and confidence grows. The first re-sales and re-investment happens by existing homeowners. Phasing of land releases is critical during this development stage. The Master Developer has to balance the release of land with the building of the infrastructure. For Zimbali this happened from 1999 to 2003. Stage 4: Tipping point - broader market adoption Early successes gain momentum and this growing confidence in and appeal of the estate start to draw in a broader market of end-users. Pricing starts to escalate and move up the steeper part of the curve. The resale market starts to develop and is supported by the sale of new land. A critical pitfall to avoid at this stage is neglect of the resale market by the Master Developer. Without a vibrant and active resale market the first sales market will stagnate. During this stage the bulk of the vacant land is sold. For Zimbali this happened between 2004 and 2007. Stage 5: Maturing of resale market and active trade in vacant land The momentum created in the prior stage translates into an active resale market, which now exceeds the market of first land sales. At this stage the number of new homes under construction grows exponentially and the Master Developer has to control many things - access by contractors, security within the estate, architectural development and guidelines, the recreational amenities and even the behavior of home owners in a professional

and efficient way. World-class management and administration skills are required to ensure momentum is maintained. Control is handed over from the Master Developer to the Homeowners Association and a professional management team that is directly accountable to the homeowners is put in place. The constitution of the development may have to be amended to ensure it reflects the requirements of the homeowners who have now grown in importance. The remaining vacant land is actively traded and price escalation is expected. For Zimbali this happened between 2008 and 2012. Stage 6: Scarcity phase - true value of all property becomes evident At this stage the estate is typically fully developed with all of its amenities in place and up and running. Its management structure is bedded down and daily operations are handled efficiently. The Master Developer is largely out of the picture and the homeowner representatives run the estate as a board of directors providing guidance to their appointed professional managers. Scarcity of homes and vacant land starts to emerge. The scarcity begins with vacant land and pricing escalates exponentially - far in excess of average property price increases. This in turn supports the pricing of existing homes. Zimbali has been at this stage since 2012. The last site owned by the master developer is typically sold either in Stage 5 or 6. At Zimbali this happened in February 2015 when I sold the very last site owned by the Master Developer. This represented the end of a two-decade development lifecycle for the Master Developer and provides some insight into the realistic time it takes to fully complete a large-scale residential development.

Words Andreas Wassenaar | email andreasw@seeff.com | blog andreaswassenaar.blogspot.com Andreas Wassenaar is the principal at Seeff Dolphin Coast and is passionate about Ballito

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