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Contents Regulars 6 GADGETS AND GIZMOS For the non techno junkies and junkies alike! What’s new gadget wise. 8 My Town Meet Umhlanga’s Shaun Duminy 10 Stuff you should know 12 High society social scene Spotted out and about in Umhlanga 16 Ginny Ruff Local Talent

Features

Reviews

26 Umhlanga’s real heros

36 Car Review

32 Simple Easter menu

56 Restaurant Review Cosmopolitan

40 Seafood hyper The ultimate in seafood retail 44 Sorbet The gateway to beauty 48 The Press Club 60 At Umhlanga it’s a kids life

58 Restaurant Review Gianni’s 52 Beauty review Aqua Spa 54 hair Review Carlton Hair

68 Kids on mom

22 Umhlanga’s top four 70 Kids Bits 78 Health

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umhlanga editor

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

editors note Never underestimate the impact you have on the world. So often we think our lives are of little significance in the bigger scheme of things and that our actions are unable to influence our communities, our friends or our family in a positive way. All of this is not true, you have an unbelievable ability to make a mark, to directly or indirectly influence and to make a contribution to the world you live in and to leave a legacy. It is our apprehension to act, to put up our hands when asked to be involved or be part of something, which fuels our doubt about our ability to leave a mark. I recently listened to a wise young man as he made a point by getting only one person in an audience to clap, which was barely audible, and then got the whole audience to clap, the result was loud and powerful. It highlighted how a small action when combined with many other similar, seemingly insignificant actions causes an extraordinary result. As South African’s we’re faced with the dichotomy of action and non action every day which seems to have developed into a habit of voicing opinions more vociferously then taking a step towards action and getting involved. The latter is never easy and is generally “messy”, more than likely peppered with obstacles and challenges that will test you, but in order to have what few have, we must be willing to do what only a few do - take action. It’s almost guaranteed that if you take any action you’ll get a result, even Newton’s third law supports this (a bit of a stretch but its true) so you have to check yourself to see, what actions are you taking to get the desired result? Be bold, be brave, be willing to get stuck in, be passionate and most of all be compelled to make a mark and have an impact on the world - you’ll feel more alive, I promise. Until our next edition which will see the sun come up a little later and the days are a little cooler. God Bless Justin Scott and the FabMags team

PS: We’d love to stay in touch and hear from you in between editions of the magazine. “Like” our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theumhlanga) or follow us on Twitter @theumhlanga and send us your pics, stories or comments.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN Daniel Rambaly | daniel@fabmags.co.za Kate Ahrens | kate@fabmags.co.za SALES Kubashni Nagapah | kubashni@fabmags.co.za 078 534 5624 Lucille Wendler | lucille@fabmags.co.za 083 747 3694 Sharlene Odayar | sharlene@fabmags.co.za 083 761 3137 Pat Franken | pat@fabmags.co.za 082 552 3027 Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za 082 562 7202 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Storm Catterick | storm@fabmags.co.za CONTRIBUTORS Marc Forrest, Richard Webb, Sean Temple, Jess Basson ADMIN & ACCOUNTS Sharlene Odayar | accounts@fabmags.co.za OFFICE NUMBER 032 946 3187 032 946 0357 FAX NUMBER 086 605 0098 EMAIL lorinda@fabmags.co.za EDITORIAL ADDRESS 104 San Hall Office Park Kirsty Close | Ballito, KZN PRINTING DNA Print (Pty) Ltd. Photo Credit Front cover photo - Seafood Hyper Barry Bowditch | bowditch@mweb.co.za While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents FabMags Publications cannot be held responsible for any omission or errors, or for any misfortune, injury or damages that may arise therefrom. TheUmhlanga is published by FabMags Publications, 104 San Hall Office Park, Kirsty Close, Ballito, South Africa 4418. Copyright TheUmhlanga and FabMags Publications. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or any part is prohibited without prior permission of the publisher. All products and services featured in this publication are subject to availability and are not stocked by FabMags Publications.


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umhlanga gadgets

GADGETS

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By Marc Forrest | www.marcforrest.com

Kaiser Baas Smart Media Player www.kaiserbaas.com R1,799 With DStv’s latest price increases pushing the monthly subscription over the R700 mark, the pay channel seems to be becoming more of a luxury than a necessity. I have been on the hunt for a decent media player to replace my video entertainment and recently came across the new Kaiser Baas Smart Media Player, which will be launched in South Africa in the next couple of weeks. With built in WiFi, the media player sports a custom Android build, which means that you can download all of your favourite apps from the Google Play Store and use them on your TV — ever thought of Facebooking your mates on your big screen LCD ? The Kaiser Baas Smart Media Player is a fantastic device which has 1GB internal memory and allows you to connect two USB

devices and an SD card with all your favourite movies or TV series. You can connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable or the RCA cables supplied with it. The Smart Media Player supports all of the world’s most popular file formats for enjoying music, video and pictures stored on a portable memory source like a hard drive or USB stick. Simply plug your memory source into the Smart Media Player and then into your TV and play! The Smart Media Player will be available in South Africa in the first week of April and will be available for purchase online (www.geekshop.co.za) and at most digital retailers.

gadgets and the makers keep innovating with new lenses and ideas. The Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens set offers three quick-change lenses of superior quality, designed for taking sharper closeup shots with the iPhone. The Macro 3-in-1 is engineered to deliver more edge-to-edge clarity, greater depth of field, nicely diffused light on the image and less pincushion distortion. The lenses offer a 7x, a 14x and a 21x zoom lens which allow super-close-up images of almost anything.

Olloclip 3-in-1 Macro Lens Set www.olloclip.com — Price TBC

Olloclip uses precision-ground, coated glass multi-element optics for the lenses. The barrels are made from aircraft grade aluminium, using a CNC machine, and then anodized. The iPhone attachment is made from a soft plastic material to ensure a secure fit every time.

We have done a few reviews of the amazing Olloclip accessories for the iPhone 5 over the past few years. The simple reason for this is that this is one of our favourite

The 3-in-1 Macro Lens will be available online (www.geekshop. co.za), at the iStore and a number of camera equipment shops in the next couple of weeks.

All gadgets supplied and distributed by Above & Beyond Distributors - http://above-beyond.co.za/ All products available for purchase on http://www.geekshop.co.za or info@geekshop.co.za

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SHAUN DUMINY When petrol head Shaun Duminy isn’t working at his car dealership in Ballito (SMD) he is racing cars and spending much needed relaxiation time with his family.This well known business mogul is a exotic car enthusiast of note and likes to enjoy the finer things in life in the place he likes to call home Umhlanga!

Work out: Virgin Active - Gateway

Grab drinks with the guys: We normally go to Marco Polo or Remo’s. Both of them have a great atmosphere and are close to home.

Eat brunch: I love the Oyster Box and Beverly Hills Hotel. We are spoilt living in this part of the world, but you never tire of the view from their verandah.

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Favourite activity to do on the weekend: I like off-road riding or racing in the surrounding areas. It keeps me fit and I can spend time with my son.

Favourite Shop: I love watches, so whenever I find myself at Gateway I always try to pop in to Cherry Jewellers and look at their new selection.


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umhlanga Stuff you should know

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Tanglewood Estate is nestled in the rolling hills of Sheffield Beach on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast in South Africa. This exclusive estate is conveniently located only 1KM from Tiffany’s shopping centre and the N2, 15 min from King Shaka International Airport, and 3 kilometres from the vibrant town of Ballito which is a popular tourist destination. Ideally suited for either retiring couples or large families, this exclusive estate is one of the few that are pet friendly. A bonus would be that Tanglewood is in close proximity to newly developed school Curro which is 5minutes away. Tanglewood Estate has been given exquisite and stylish attention to detail with architectural design embracing beautiful open plan kitchens, spaced out living areas and modern facilities and amenities that cater for the new generation. Residents will enjoy the privacy of this exclusive 22 home estate secured by 24 hr security, armed response and perimeter electric fences.

All homes are 205sqm with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with double garages. Prices range from 1.95m to 2.25mil (incl VAT) with no transfer duty.

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HIGH SociETY

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EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS ALONG THE UMHLANGA COAST

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Launch of Uber Durban at the Oyster Box the party We were invited to the exclusive party to celebrate the launch of the awesome brand Uber in Durban. The snazzy event was held at the Oyster Box in the ever famous Pearl Room and umhlanga’s elite socialites were out in their finest attire! Guests were given a free ride to and from the event by Uber’s private drivers which made the event that much more classy!

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The highlight The night was such a hit there was no one highlight! They had a rocking Dj who kept the vibe alive and the free drinks flowing, the snacks provided by oyster box were plentiful and delicious and we were lucky enough to see a live performance by Ard Matthews which was the cherry on the top of a great party!

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BEDROOM EMPORIUM LAUNCH the party We were excited to be invited to the recently opened Bedroom Emporium, which held its official launch on the evening of 6 March.

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the people 9. Warwick Schuurman, Deidre Frick & Sean Vermaak 10. Graham Poezyn & Bev Norton 11. Adelle & Lukas Swarts 12. Arjen Frick & Monty Botha 13. Ina Flores & Chris Hurn 14. Kubashni Nagapah & Deidre Frick

the highlight An intimate gathering of partners, suppliers and friends celebrating the opening of Bedroom Emporium, toasting to a successful and productive year ahead. They also look forward to innovative designs, trends and assisting clients to bring their Bedroom space to life!

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Was held at the Beverly Hills’ Hotel, and was a room full of digitally minded people who all thrive in that space. It was a well attended evening and the speakers were brilliant and some thought proviking information was spoken about.

the people 15. Sam Simmons, Roxy Message & Bianca Warren 16. Jared Wilkinson & Carmen Snyman 17. Tyronne & Bridget Nel 18. Janine Forster, Jackie Moore & Alma Maxwell 19. David Boyer, Eben Verster & Barry Tuck 20. Mbali Mahlanga & Ayanda Mahlanga 21. Jonathan Darker & Lisette Abell 22. Howard Blake, Andre Bezuidenhout & Paul Grobler

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Style Network the party It was a marvelled shopping experience to see how everyone indulge in the new Versace wardrobe. The Style Network owners Sita and Jitesh were present to introduce their latest collection and assist guests with the choice of purchase.

the people 23. Sita Hiralal & Thembi Mdabe 24. Pavashni Naidoo & Kajal Bhagwandin 25. Dinah & Suresh Maharaj & Heshni Maharaj 26. Theshni Pillay & Kantha Gareeb 27. Jitesh Hiralal, Ashendrie & Preggie Reddy & Sita Hiralal 28. Michael Gibson & Renalda Hoffmann

the highlight The Style Network launches their New Versace Collection with style at the Oyster Box Hotel.

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n this edition we introduce a new feature spotlighting local talent in which we will be featuring people from our community that have what we think are ‘mad skills’ that should definitely be recognized. We start on a high note with Ginny Ruff, a band that is fast becoming a ‘must hear’ in Durban and surrounds. Having heard them live at Durban Day, there is no doubt in my mind that great things are coming their way. With raw talent, a love of music and some faultless vocals by lead singer, Gary Nixon, this group oozes the promise of good times, great vibes and even better music! Previously an acoustic duo known as The Kickstands, the recent addition of more members is taking their sound to new heights. Ginny Ruff is a band that is sure to get your toes tapping, fists pumping, hips jiving and heads banging! Since its inception they have performed at numerous festivals and they have really succeeded in getting their name out there— watch this space as Giny Ruff takes the centre stage all the way to stardom! This is the exclusive interview with Ginny Ruff.

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How did the band come to be formed? It started as two friends just guitar jamming together simply for the love of music. We eventually started doing gigs and became an acoustic duo called The Kickstands. Then, at the beginning of 2013, two other guys joined the group — Gareth Purchase on bass and Chris Mcnabb on drums —and we are now launching a new, re-energised band… Ginny Ruff! For readers who may never have heard your music, describe your sound in five words? Your mom will like it How does someone from KZN go about breaking into the professional music market? Persistence, belief, confidence, ambition and humility. That's what I think it would take. I’ll let you know if we ever get there. Haha…Oh, and practice — lots of it! Is it harder for a band to break through than a solo artist? I don't think it matters whether you're a

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solo artist or a band. If what you are doing is accessible, original and tight, you will gain a following. There are many factors involved behind the scenes as well and marketing and management also play a large part in the process. How do you market yourselves in order to land big events such as performing at the Mother’s Day Concert at the Botanical Gardens? We've been around for a while now. It's true when people say that’s it's all about who you know in the music industry and these days we do know some of those people. We have also performed at Splashy Fenn and the White Mountain Folk Festival What is the band’s vision for the future? Do you hope to become the next big S.A band? Our main goal is to get to the point where we can play at shows around the country. Being 'the next big S.A band' would be nice, but that's not really the objective. We want to make music that we're proud of and that people will like.

Does social media affect you in a positive way when trying to gain traction? Is this a platform that you are quite diligent with? Yes, definitely — it's really important these days. Everyone is on social media of some sort and a band's image and public perception is crafted through the image created online. Follow us online and let us know if we nail it. Are any of your songs played on radio? Nope, not yet! Strangely, we've sort of gone about things backwards and we haven't released anything yet, so the progress we've made is from performances alone. This is soon about to change, though, as we are about a month away from releasing an EP/album. When exactly do you know that you’ve made it in this industry? Hmmmm… Making it? What does that even mean? For us, making it would be when everyone knows and loves our music. With that, the rest follows. After all, it is all about the music, isn’t it?


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What is your Inspiration when writing? We write songs collaboratively and the inspiration comes from ideas brought forward by each band member. If we think that it sounds good, we're inspired. One of the guys usually comes up with an idea for a song — either the lyrics or a melody. We then share ideas and polish the song together. How do you balance your music with other obligations? It's quite tough. We all have day jobs and Gareth has just had a kid, so communication and being organised is important. You find time because it's a passion and something that we all love doing. Sometimes things become quite demanding, but knowing that you’ve had a great gig and gaining fans who appreciate what you are doing makes it all worthwhile. Biggest influence to your musical career so far? Seeing other S.A bands doing really well and remembering that Ben Howard, an

English-speaking singer/songwriter self-released his debut EP, Games in the Dark, which was followed by two more EPs.

What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player? Enya. I may have a One Direction song too… Wait! Is this being published?

Locally, who has promoted you most? East Coast Radio so far… and Ard Matthews. We like him!

What are your fondest musical memories? Opening for Just Jinjer at the Barnyard. We got a little taste of what it feels like to be a 'big band'.

What do you think about when you’re performing? So far, it's mostly been, ‘Don't mess up!’ And beer — I often think of beer. Seriously though, you don't really think about anything specific. For me, the more I get into the performance, the better… almost get lost in what I'm doing. It's all still a learning curve. Best advice you’ve ever been given? I recently saw this quote, ‘Don't stop. And keep going.’ — Frank Zappa. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Being yourself is what’s really cool. (Owen Wilson in Starsky and Hutch dressed up as someone he is not.)

Five years from now, you will be…. Surviving the real Walking Dead. If not, hopefully smashing the South African music scene. Where can budding fans hear your music — pubs, clubs, YouTube, etc? ‘Like’ our page on Facebook. It’s a great start to keeping in touch with us and all our releases and gigs! Remember — Ginny Ruff!

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umhlanga Top Four Profile

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In this edition we look at the four burgers voted as the best in Umhlanga – these are the restaurants you voted for!

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umhlanga Top Four

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Located at Shop 15, Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, you will find a gem of a pub — The George! Popular with both young and old, this sports and beer-orientated pub is a great place to catch up with mates when you’re looking for a good time and great food. Here they believe that what makes their burgers top of the log is having the same person preparing them daily and it’s this consistent standard that is its lucky charm. Using only the freshest products and meticulous methods of preparation, they have created some extremely innovative burgers that simply scream, ‘Eat me!’ Serving over 15 burgers daily they are said to be the most popular on the menu! The patties are homemade, with meat sourced from Premier Meat, and what makes them unique is that the patties are stuffed with all sorts of unusual fillings. The most popular is the smoked mozzarella and jalapeno burger served with homemade relish, chips and salad. This lifechanging fare is a no-brainer for our top four!

Situated at Glenashley Corner, 40 Newport Avenue, Comics is one of those places that you just have to visit when you’re in the area! This quaint little restaurant has been around since 1995 and offers a range of different dishes, but what it has become best-known for is its simple — but amazing — burgers! The atmosphere here is super-relaxed and it’s a great place to grab an impromptu lunch or a much-needed kick-start after a good night. Made with fresh rolls and homemade 90-10 topside mince, flamed-grilled and basted with their very own secret-recipe BBQ sauce, the burgers are served with crisp lettuce, grilled onions and tomato. The bacon, avo and cheese burger is said to be the most popular and, after trying it, I can see why — with fresh ingredients and a juicy patty, what more does one need? Their slogan ‘You just keep coming back’ is a true reflection of the Comics brand and most customers return for more!

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Franks Speakeasy

Situated at 15 Chartwell Drive in the heart of the village, lies a steakhouse to be reckoned with! With a relaxed, modern feel, the Steak and Ale offers a complete dining experience, as well as ice-cold after-work drinks at the sports bar. With only the best top-quality free range minced steak from Dirk’s Meat Market, hand-moulded using only natural products to add to the flavour, this is one helluva burger! With over 30 burgers sold daily, it’s no wonder that these burgers were voted into the top four in Umhlanga. If you’re looking for the crème de la crème of burgers, try the bacon and cheese burger in a fresh bun, served with lettuce, tomato and gherkins and their special homemade burger sauce. Dished up with a portion chips and two healthy-sized onion rings, this burger is the answer to a ravenous hunger!

Mount Edgecombe’s hidden gem is definitely Franks Speakeasy, a restaurant and bar that aims to offer only the best food and drink in a venue that reminds you of times gone by. They only offer one type of burger, but that is more than enough as it is so good that it would hard to top it! Perfectly named the Franks Burger, it is a meal for a hungry man if there ever was one. The patty is definitely the hero in this burger. Almost the size of a woman’s fist, it is 25 grams of utter awesomeness made with 100 percent aged Angus A-grade forequarter beef from Mooi River. It is served pink in the middle on a char-grilled bun with homemade BBQ mayo, white cheddar and a mammoth side of spicy onion rings and chips — simple, but big and fantastic. Pair that with their craft beer and you have a pub lunch to write home about — it’s no wonder that they have such a loyal following of both men and women.

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Umhlanga’s

Real Words Storm Catterick

Heroes I have always appreciated and admired those who put their lives on the line to protect our communities — it takes a selfless and extremely level-headed person to do what these people do. They know what a genuinely bad day really looks like and yet they wake up every day and go back to work to do what they do best — save lives! These brave people are a gift to our town, a gift that so often goes unopened or unappreciated! With this in mind, we thought it only right to extend our appreciation to the EMS providers in our town for their hard work and dedication to their community as we find out what life is like for a hero!

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Fire

Raj Sewsunker ,Regional Commander

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Department industry and the community and give fire training to commerce and industry. On average, how many emergency situations do you attend to per day? The Umhlanga Fire Station averages about nine emergency calls within a 24-hour period. What is the relationship between paramedics and fire-fighters? Firefighters share a very close relationship with paramedics as they often have to work together as a team during an emergency situation. For example, at a motor vehicle accident where the occupant is trapped, firefighters will use the jaws-of-life and other heavy equipment to free the occupant while the paramedics will ensure that the occupant is stable and receiving the appropriate medical attention. When you’re not out on the streets, what are you doing? Apart from dealing with emergencies, a

firefighter has to check all the equipment on the fire engine to ensure that the equipment is serviced and ready for deployment. We also clean the fire engine and the fire station and a minimum of one hour per day is dedicated to drills, a minimum of one hour to attending lectures on any subject that involves a firefighter’s job (chemistry, maths, building construction, electricity, pumps, breathing apparatus, ladders, ships, aircraft, trains, etc).We spend a minimum of one hour a day on physical fitness training. A firefighter’s job is extremely physically and mentally challenging and one has to be physically and mentally fit and prepared to deal with the challenges.

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What do you love about your community? In most instances, I think that it’s the understanding of the risks and challenges that we face and the appreciation for our efforts.

Do you think that your community shows enough appreciation for what you guys do? I think that the community appreciates the fact that they have a fully professional fire service that they can rely upon 24/7.

What do you love most about your job? The satisfaction that you get from knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life, by saving their property, a loved one, a pet or simply by assisting in in their time of trouble. How do you handle the emotional side? Try to chat about your experiences with your colleagues and share your experiences, as well as to provide peer support. Also, remain spiritual and find time to relax, play sport and be physically fit and healthy.

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Anthony Malgoa, Umhlanga’s senior lifeguard. What drives someone to become a lifeguard and when did you know that this is what you wanted to do? As all professions should be, it is a passion. I don’t see my career as a job — I regard it as the lifestyle that I have chosen. I grew up on the Durban beachfront and after school I spent my afternoons surfing. I always looked up to the lifeguards, like the late Marvee Sheahen, and this is what influenced me to make being a lifeguard my career. What sort of person is suited to becoming a lifeguard? You should love and respect the ocean. You must be able to work long hours away from your family over festive periods and know that it is your civic duty to serve the public. You should also be able to think clearly under pressure. What are the most common emergency situations that face you on beaches in Umhlanga? We have to rescue people from drowning, attend to ski boats that have overturned, administer first aid, deal with massive crowds, enforce by-laws, assist in crime prevention and reunite lost children with their parents. Number one tip for beach users? Always swim near a lifeguard and obey the instructions given by

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lifeguards. If you find yourself in difficulties, don’t panic — raise your arm and a lifeguard will come to your assistance. How do you prepare yourself mentally for a rescue With 22 years of experience, I have confidence in my ability, training, equipment and colleagues. What is your training schedule? We are assessed every three months for fitness and have to redo our qualifications on an annual basis. In addition I run, swim, paddle, surf and free dive. Are the lifeguards in Umhlanga valued as much as they should be? Lifeguards are never recognized for the thousands of hours that they spend serving the community, thereby preventing drownings and loss of life. If, however, an individual makes an error, all lifeguards receive bad press. What are some of the challenges that you face when it comes to beach users and the problems they can cause? The greatest challenge is probably the consumption of alcohol and swimming in prohibited areas, as well as the public failing to comply with reasonable instructions from lifeguards. Our biggest other problem is trying to get the bathing public out of the water


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when we go off duty. This often results in conflict — we have even had staff assaulted by the public. What’s an average day like for you? Sign on for duty, check all our equipment and set up a safe bathing area. We then draw up duty rosters for the day to ensure that there is always a lifeguard watching bathers — this is rotated on an hourly basis. Being a senior lifeguard, I am on operational standby to attend to any aquatic incident between Virginia Airport and the Tongaat River mouth. I have a jet-ski and a 4 x 4 to assist with this task. I am also involved in liaising with local community forums, I sit on festival management committees and deal with industrial relations within our department.

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Netcare 911

Theo Lentoor, Operations Manager at Netcare 911 Umhlanga Hospital On average, how many calls do you answer in a week? Netcare 911’s Umhlanga base responds to an average of 100 calls a week, dealing with both traumatic injuries and medical emergencies. What do you love most about your job? As operations manager at Netcare 911’s Umhlanga base, just knowing that we make a difference in people’s lives when it matters makes me love my job. It also gives me great satisfaction to know that all of our personnel who are dispatched to assist people in the event of an accident or medical emergency are well-trained and extremely competent emergency medical professionals. We are all about helping to save lives. What are the different levels of emergency — when flashing lights, sirens and high speeds are used, what kind of emergency is it? The public often think that there are

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different levels of emergencies, depending on whether we do or don’t use sirens and flashing lights but, with us, every call is treated as a priority and with the same urgency. It is important to understand that patients may initially show mild symptoms but that there is always the possibility that they could deteriorate into a critical condition. How do you prepare yourselves each time for what you are about to see? Understanding the nature of the job helps you to prepare mentally for the various cases that we are exposed to. In addition, Netcare 911 offers counselling for all staff members who may need it. Personally, I also start each day with a prayer. Do you ever become immune to seeing really bad accidents? Never, we are all human. We try to adapt to the situation, but one is never unaffected by a bad accident. You know that it is someone’s relative who is lying on the side

of the road, so it is only natural for us to have considerable empathy for the victims and their families. What is the essence of emergency medicine? Emergency medicine is a complex and constantly developing field, dealing with a range of patients who require specialised interventions by a multi-disciplinary team of emergency medical professionals, all of whom are compassionate and caring. Also, in emergency medicine, providing assistance timeously is of the essence, so you have to make quick and decisive decisions. Fundamental equipment, etc that you have to have on every call? Netcare 911 personnel have state-of-theart emergency medical equipment. Apart from carrying emergency equipment, like the comprehensive medical kits, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), pulse oximeters, oxygen, suction


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and extrication equipment that are all standard on our ambulances, we also have specialised equipment like 12lead electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors/ defibrillators with pacing, cardioversion and end-tidal oxygen, intraosseous drivers, transport ventilators that can be used for intensive care, incubators and syringe drivers. What is the fundamental difference between you guys and, say, a doctor or nurse? We are all specialists in our own fields. Although we work in different disciplines and are guided by different protocols on how to best treat patients, the combined efforts of all of these medical professionals play a role in helping to save the lives of patients.

variety of circumstances. Above all, you should have a deep passion for the profession that you have chosen. Do you think that your community is as supportive as they should be and do you feel valued by them? Absolutely! We are here to serve our community and the support that we get from the general public and businesses alike is overwhelming. As long as we maintain high standards, provide quality care and accept accountability for our actions, we will always be supported by our local community. Best thing about your community? We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, with amazing people. It is a privilege to work in Umhlanga and serve its people every day.

What sort of person do you have to be work in this field? In general, you need to be decisive, caring, respectful and willing to adapt to a wide

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Simple Easter

Food by Chef Kyle Norris

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itchens can be hell, but no way in hell the devil made Chefs. Deep down Chefs are about love, feeding bodies, nourishing souls, perfect artist. Those who wear white are an elite fraternity. We are cut from a different cloth. With camaraderie as intense as a tarragon reduction for bÊarnaise, our single existence is to make people happy. At times I may exhibit a may not care attitude but I was born to be a Chef. I thank God for the gift and use it for the betterment of humanity. Damn straight ... I do everything in my power to share the gospel of food and fellowship............... that is Chef Kyle Norris, Executive Sous Chef at Beverly Hills Hotel, Umhlanga. This is Kyle’s idea of a simple and tasty Easter lunch to be shared with friends and family in your back garden or on your patio! Enjoy the menu ... we definitely will.

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Prawn and blood orangenggrapefruit and passion fruit dressi 4 ruby red grapefruits, peeled, white pith removed 1kg cooked prawns, peeled leaving tails intact, deveined 1 bunch Rocket, sprigs picked, washed, dried 1 small ripe avocado, halved, stone removed, peeled, thinly sliced 80ml (1/3 cup) ruby red grapefruit juice 2 tablespoon passion fruit pulp 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil Salt & freshly ground black pepper

1. Use a small sharp knife to remove the grapefruit segments, cutting close to either side of the white membrane. 2. Place the grapefruit segments, prawns, Rocket and avocado in a large serving dish and gently toss to combine. 3. Whisk together the grapefruit juice, vinegar, mustard and oil in a small bowl until well combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

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Ingredients: sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 free-range chicken (about 1.5 kg) 500 g small whole brown or portebellini mushrooms (or a mix of both) olive oil, to moisten sprigs of fresh thyme 500 g French shallots or baby onions, peeled 3–4 cloves garlic, unpeeled mix of salad leaves, for serving crusty bread, for serving Cooking instructions: Preheat the oven to 190°C.Season the chicken inside and out. Season the cleaned mushrooms and moisten with oil. Place as many mushrooms as you can, together with some of the thyme, inside the chicken cavity. Season the shallots and moisten with oil. Place the chicken in the centre of a large sheet of oiled greaseproof paper. Tuck the remaining mushrooms, the shallots, garlic and some thyme underneath the chicken. Moisten the skin of the chicken with olive oil. Wrap up in the paper and roast for 1¼ to 1½ hours, or until browned and very tender. Serve with the roast mushrooms and shallots and veg, topped with pan juices and a fresh crisp salad (like the pear nut and raisin salad) Don’t forget bread to mop up the juices.

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Pear Nut & Raisin Salad You Will Need: 2 kg fresh crispy pears 2 cups lemon juice 2.5 cups raisins 1 cup almonds toasted ½ cup orange juice 1/3 cup olive oil Salt for seasoning 3 tbs mayonnaise Method: Slice pears and place in a bowl, pour over the lemon juice and toss allowing the juice to coat the slices evenly mix together the orange juice, olive oil and mayonnaise season to taste Drain pear slices for the lemon juice, in a separate bowl place pear, nuts and raisins pour dressing over salad making sure the slices are coasted evenly chill and serve

Roasted Veggies..... • 1 (about 330g) orange sweet potato (kumara), peeled, coarsely chopped • 1 bunch baby (Dutch) carrots, trimmed, peeled • 2 small leeks, trimmed, washed, halved lengthways • 12 (250g) Vine tomatoes • 4 (about 400g) small parsnips, peeled, halved lengthways • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil • 2 teaspoons sea salt • 2 medium baby marrow, halved lengthways • 10 asparagus Preheat oven to 150°C. Line a roasting pan with baking paper. Combine kumara, carrots, leeks, parsnip, oil and salt in the lined pan. Cook in preheated oven for 1 hour or until vegetables caramelise. Add the zucchini , baby tomatoes and asparagus to the vegetables in the pan and roast for 30 minutes. Increase heat to 200°C. Cook for a further 15 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown. Top off when finished with a big blob of butter for colour and flavour

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Easter rocky road

400g dark chocolate, chopped 400g white chocolate chopped 1 1/4 x 250g packets assorted chocolate mini Easter eggs 100g packet mini marshmallows 2/3 cup (100g) pistachio kernels, toasted 1 1/4 cups (150g) dried cranberries 10 sponge finger biscuits, chopped NOTE – add your own sweets or your favourite nuts to create your own long rocky road........

Grease a 6cm-deep, 20cm (base) square cake pan. Line base and sides of pan with baking paper, allowing 2cm overhang on all sides. Place chocolates in separate a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100%) for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds with a metal spoon, or until smooth. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes. Place marshmallows, pistachios, cranberries, biscuits and half the eggs in a bowl. Add chocolate. Stir gently to combine. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan. Press with the back of a spoon to level. Lightly press remaining eggs into top. Cover. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, if time permits, or until set. Remove rocky road from pan. Cut and Serve Or for a bit of a different version.. De-construct it like we did here.

Garnish with 250ml whipped cream 125ml Lemon curd Lemon slices & fresh mint

NB – get the “vanilla pod” ice cream and top the rocky road with ice cream......

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The Audi A3 Compact words Richard Webb

Most car journalists are given a week to evaluate a new car. Richard Webb just spent 45 hours driving the Audi A3 Tdi Sedan over a mere five days, racking up more than 3,500km. The sedan models are gaining in popularity in important overseas markets and that’s why we are seeing cars like the A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz’ CLA. At first glance, the A3 may not look like every single exterior body panel has changed from its Sportback sister, but they have. Unfortunately it is still a product of the Audi school of ‘same sausage, different length’ design, making it very easy to mistake the Audi A3 sedan for an A4. A normal week of testing equates to about 700 or so kilometers of running about on a daily, domestic grind of school runs, meetings and the general ‘busy-ness’ of modern life. Rarely do journalists re-fill the tank several times and give the car an extended test. How would it feel to intensify the normal weekly test, I pondered? 45 hours in a car in five days has a way of focusing the mind on the cabin, as you can imagine. I must say that it’s impeccably finished with only the very finest quality plastic surfaces. There’s not a single surface that lets you down, and the minimalist layout offers almost perfect

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ergonomics, particularly when it’s dark and you are getting tired from a long days’ driving. All A3 sedans get alloy wheels, a folding screen that rises from the dashboard, dual zone climate control, iPod connectivity Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel. As you’d expect there are plenty of optional extras too, like all-LED headlights. Upgrading to S Line gets you sportier bodywork and a sportier cabin complete with different seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The 2.0-litre TDI SE manual, which costs R355 500, gives eager acceleration, and whilst the 110kW/350Nm engine is a little growly at low speeds, it swiftly settles into a melodic thrum on national road cruising. The six-speed manual I tried is precise and well spaced, returning a real world 5.3L/100km over the 3,569km journey at an average speed of 79km/h. I came away with the strong sense that the new A3 sedan will lap-up any punishing, high milage commutes, whilst dispensing an elegantly safe travel all with relatively

frugal running costs. Just don’t expect to stand out of the crowd. Like the A3 tdi? Consider something different… The 2.1-litre turbodiesel CLA220 CDI. Mercedes-Benz has been extending its range aggressively and the CLA represents another shift. Being a front-wheel-drive saloon based on the A-Class would suggest it being a natural rival to the Audi A3 Sedan, but may end up being bought more by a potential Audi A4 buyer. The idea with this car is that it’s a relatively affordable (R397 600.00 in Sport 7-speed Automatic guise) but has the associated style and innovation of its distinctively curvy and different bigger brother, the CLS. In a market where uniformity is the rule, Mercedes should be praised for producing something pretty and different. Follow Richard Webb on Instagram.com/ richardmarkwebb


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Seafood Hyper Words Storm Catterick

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recently visited the Seafood Hyper in Springfield. Now, this seafood oasis may be off the beaten track, but it is certainly a diamond in the rough if there ever was one! What more could one ask for than a modern shopping area offering everything to do with seafood under one roof. When you walk in, it’s like finding yourself at the bottom of the ocean, with all the sea creatures that you could imagine. The Seafood Hyper is a concept developed through many years of experience in the seafood trade, from seafood imports, distribution, restaurants and many seafood retail operations. It originated in the days when seafood was virtually unknown to most South Africans and unavailable to domestic consumers. This upmarket shop is the flagship store of a project aiming to go national, starting with three hyper stores in Gauteng, and covering Pretoria, Fourways and the south of Johannesburg. The Seafood Hyper is the biggest seafood retail store in the country, with standards that have taken seafood outlets to a whole new level. The store opened in December 2012 and has already been through a revamp to increase the customer area at the fishmonger and an even bigger revamp will happen in the next few months, when a café/restaurant area will be added to the front of the store and the shopping area increased by another 150 sqm. The hyper’s slogan is ‘Expect a shopping experience of international standards’, and that is exactly what it is! We chat to Pedro Costa, the brand developer, about his journey to the Seafood Hyper, what customers can expect and where it will go next.

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Let’s talk about the location of the store, which many people might deem to be too out of the way? The location offers a lot of space. The operation is run in a 1,600 sqm-building designated as the head office, which has almost 700 sqm of shopping area for the Springfield Park flagship store and more than 1,000 sqm of operational space behind and above, including an area upstairs in which a seafood restaurant will be opened in the near future. There is plenty of parking space in front of and around the store, which is to be found less than two minutes away from the N2, off Inanda Road, in Peter Road, Springfield Park. Since you opened your doors, how has the community taken to you? It’s been unbelievable! We spent the first 12 months beating sales record after

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sales record, with more than 200,000 people through our doors and an amazing R23-million in turnover in our first year of trade. During last December alone, we had close to 20,000 customers, which we believe to be the highest sales record ever achieved in one month by any seafood retail store in South Africa — over R4.5 million in one month! What is the secret of the success achieved by the Seafood Hyper in such a short time? There is no secret, only knowledge. You could say that it’s all about understanding customers’ needs and having the knowhow to merchandise seafood to the highest standards. Seafood Hyper is a new brand, but not a new project. This concept has been developed over the last 15 years, with some very hard work in the last 17 months. Up-skilling our

employees is the biggest challenge and we place huge emphasis on and invest a great deal of time in training our staff, most of whom have zero to almost no experience in the industry, so that we can deliver the highest standards in seafood retail in SA. So an important part of trading is knowledgeable staff? This applies to any type of operation wanting to lead in any market. The people behind the operation must understand the business and ensure that their staff is trained to deliver what is promised to the customer. How do you manage to offer a better seafood retail experience than the national food chains? Behind Seafood Hyper is the most experienced team in running seafood


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operations in South Africa. This is a specialised business and new in the South African market. National chains have access to almost the same suppliers that we do, have more buying power and have customers walking through their doors every day — the only thing that I believe they are missing is staff with the knowledge of how to retail seafood! So what exactly does Seafood Hyper offer? The store offers the largest variety of seafood under one roof, with the highest quality seafood displayed to international standards. There are many departments, including a Seafood Take-away offering

a menu with a variety of fish and chips combos, seafood curries, grilled prawns, calamari, etc, displayed ready to eat and available hot and cold. There’s enough variety to cover every taste. In the store you will find over 200 different kinds of frozen seafood items on display — any type of frozen seafood that you can think of, such as every kind and size of prawns, langoustines, crayfish, crab, mussels, scallops, monkfish, trout, hake etc. At the end of the store you’ll find the biggest fishmonger in the country, with fresh fish displayed like you’ve never seen it before. Next to that is the sushi/oyster bar where fresh sushi is prepared while you wait and live oysters are opened for you to

enjoy in-store or to take away. The store also offers a large range of condiments and spices and has a bulk department offering every type of seafood in bulk for the catering industry or the housewife. What’s your dream for the Seafood Hyper? To become a worldwide seafood retail brand. For now, we are concentrating on putting together a strong organization while looking to take the project to Gauteng first and then to other parts of the country.

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Sorbet

Words Storm Catterick

The Gateway to Beauty

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orbet Gateway, the flagship store of the popular national chain of beauty salons, is definitely a testimony to what the franchise stands for — quality service with quality products. Mount Edgecombe resident, Lara Campese, and her husband, David, took over the Gateway franchise a mere 10 months ago and since then they have put their own stamp on it, putting their knowledge of business and retail to good use whilst maintaining the essence of Sorbet with a fresh, vibey and chic salon that caters for everyone’s beauty tastes.

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The chain was founded in 2005 by Ian Fuhr, a businessman who, much like the Campeses, had no real knowledge of beauty salons. Fuhr quickly identified what people want most from a salon — convenience, efficiency, cleanliness, knowledge and quality service with a smile. Since its inception, it has been one of the most successful chain of beauty salons in SA and has gone from strength to strength by continuously adding value to an already awesome product. How has this been possible? My thought, after meeting with Lara, is that it all boils down to the careful selection of the people chosen to own the franchises — after all,

a great business plan counts for nothing if the people who run it are not passionate about what they offer and do. Lara, a past Durbanite, moved back to our sunny shores in 2012 with her husband, a former Wallaby rugby player who, after his retirement from the game, opened the rugby clothing brand, Canterbury in five areas of Sydney. Once back in S.A, they wanted to stay in retail but also venture into uncharted waters that offered more. Lara, being a frequent visitor to beauty salons, loved what the Sorbet franchise stands for and decided that this package was too good to pass up.


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Gateway was the perfect site and so they eagerly embarked on their new journey into the Sorbet way of life. In the last seven years, the franchise has sold close to 20 stores and in the last two years nearly 80 - this speaks for itself and the quality of the brand. Not only is Sorbet the largest client of Dermalogica, an international brand that has remained at the top of the market since its inception and one that is well-known to anyone interested in healthy skin, but Dermalogica has actually invested in the Sorbet brand and created their own Sorbet manual, exclusively for Sorbet therapist education and use. Since Lara has taken over the Gateway franchise, they have almost doubled their services and become the highest retailing Sorbet store in the country! This is a direct result of Lara’s hands-on approach and attention to detail. ‘If you manage

something at arm’s length, it’s never going to be a success. It’s about building a clientele and knowing your customers,’ she explains. Proof of this is the fact that her salon has been voted into fifth place in the country within the Sorbet group. Her pride in her staff also speaks volumes and explains why they are so enthusiastic. Being a Platinum Store means that all the staff have to be above a certain threshold and calibre and one of Lara’s longestserving employees has been awarded the Dermalogica Award for best therapist in service and retail. The salon offers a range of different treatments, from facials, massages and waxing to nail treatments for both women and men. The top quality product range is vast, including the largest Dermalogica range in KZN, Guinot and Environ for skincare, and Essie, OPI and Morgan Taylor for nail-care, so you’re bound to find something that suits you.

The salon now also offers Clean Start, a part of the Dermalogica range. The company invested millions in the CLEAR start range, rebranding and reformulating the products due to the research that proves that having clear skin is within the top 3 priorities for teens including sleep and money! It is very affordable - nothing over R250 and is a results driven and targeted range developed specifically for problem teen skins. The future is looking bright for both Sorbet and Lara. Give them a try and become a loyalty card member, Join and receive a voucher to the value if R350 to be spent on any treatment you choose when you accumulate the loyalty threshold as well as a spoil of R200 to spend on yourself in the month of your birthday - just another way that Sorbet is giving back to those who choose the Sorbet way!

Lara Campese: 078 666 1502 | Email: larac@sorbet.co.za | Gateway Branch: 031 566 3208 Twitter: sorbetgateway | Instagram: sorbetgateway

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The Press Words Storm Catterick

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here was a time in Durban, way back, when restaurants didn’t engulf the market like an oil slick from a sinking ship and the city centre was the hub of style and polish, with many highly regarded businesses located there and, during this time, the few restaurants that were around were legendary! One packed with a rich history is the famous Press Club. This coffee shop/ bistro was founded in 1982 by Selwyn Sklarchik in Salisbury Arcade in the Durban CBD, between the offices of the Daily News and Mercury newspapers. It laid claim to a substantial amount of passing trade and was a place where journalists, lawyers and betting enthusiasts converged to fill their hungry bellies and indulge in intellectual conversation. Naturally, due to the nature of the majority of the clientele, it was named The Press Club, a name that even today brings back fond memories for anybody who ever visited this famous eatery. Fast forward 32 years, and the restaurant is still alive and now doing better than ever with a father-andson team at the helm of a restaurant where tastebuds can live life to the fullest and where rustic, old-world chic meets Type-A perfection. Yes, the next chapter in Umhlanga’s food story has arrived — a place where modern cuisine meets mom’s wholesome cooking with a twist, creating a food culture to be reckoned with.

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Now located in the Umhlanga Centre and expertly managed by Selwyn and his son, Brett Sklarchik, the move from the Durban city centre to Umhlanga has been seamless, simply adding to the success of the brand. In the short seven months that they have been open, they have gained an extensive and loyal customer base and have retained their old regulars, who visit them from as far afield as Hillcrest just to enjoy a meal at the place that they regard as a home from home.

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As one of the longest-running restaurants in the Durban area — and outlasting many different eras and food fads — they say that the secret to their success is simple. They not only look after the people

who visit their establishment, but try to sustain that relationship into the future through great service and continuously looking for winning new ideas, while at the same time staying true to the things that made the Press Club great in the first place. In addition, Brett is as hands-on with the daily running of the business as a mother with a new baby! ‘I believe that if you want your business to work, you need to be there working the business. Firstly, your staff appreciate the fact that you are there doing it with them and, secondly, people want to see the owners actively involved,’ says Brett. Selwyn and Brett’s hospitality is a by word in the industry; they recognise


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the legions of customers who return regularly and call them by name, are able to recall their favourite dishes and they make sure that every diner is kept happy by the efficient staff and quality foods served is in a homely and hearty atmosphere. ‘The best restaurateurs are not always the people who have a passion for food. It’s more a passion for dealing with and looking after people…’ says Brett. They make sure that every choice on the wide-ranging menu will deliver satisfaction to the tastebuds of the most discerning customer while leaving the pocket book unstrained. Just some of the tasty ‘must-have’ dishes are the

Oxtail Curry, homemade pies, the Prawn and Calamari Salad with sun dried tomato pesto and parmesan shavings, and their Pulled Pork Club Sandwich. I also love the fact that their menu is so extensive and that their great traditional dishes are also given a unique twist, like the Beef, Date and Honey Almond Tagine, and the Chicken and Mixed Olive Casserole. At the Press Club they have somehow taken innovative cuisine to a whole new level.

us,’ says Brett. At this restaurant there’s much more to love than simply the main attraction — the food and the delicious melting pot of history. It’s the passion and family togetherness and spirit that make this restaurant work. There’s much still to say about this place which is so perfect for diners who still prefer to sit back and relax in an unhurried atmosphere, but I’ll leave that for you to discover when you decide to visit The Press Club!

Having grown up in the industry, Brett says that he’s learnt almost everything that he knows by simply watching his family. ‘You can learn a lot from observation, but we‘ve also always had good people working with

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umhlanga Spa Review

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he second Aqua Spa situated at the beautiful Urban Park Hotel (which is opposite the Porsche Showroom) is serene and, with Jenny at the helm, going in the right direction. The two definitions of ‘aqua’ — blue and water — are the key themes carried through in each section of the salon, as well as in the treatments. The vibe is professional; we changed into our robes and slippers and straight away felt relaxed and prepared for something special. Reshma and Phindile were our therapists for the morning and Kubashni and I were invited to experience — and enjoy — the Aqua Spa’s signature massage. This was done very professionally and thoroughly relaxed us. The massage beds are a good size which means that you have a very comfortable treatment. The spa uses almond oil or other fragranced oils for the massages. We then each had a Thalgo facial, which was amazing and left our skins feeling

rejuvenated and hydrated. Thalgo specialises in marine skincare products and their motto is: ‘For every skin type the answer is Thalgo. Anti-aging is our forte’. The salon’s facial offerings are extensive and they use products from either the Dermalogica, Thalgo or Lamelle ranges. All the therapists are trained through Intec, which is internationally recognised. As part of the facial, a new experience for me was a paraffin foot wax that left my feet soft and beautiful in minutes! These are also their clients’ favourite treatments and I can see why. The spa also offers pedicures, manicures, a sauna and Jacuzzi and has five treatment rooms that can accommodate one or 2 person’s. With One amazing room being the executive couples room which even has a Jacuzzi in the room, which must be an awesome treat after a massage. A focus at Aqua Spa is couples and a lot of moms and daughters come in together, too. Each treatment room can accommodate two

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people per session, which is quite unusual, and this is one of the few salons that I know of in this area with this focus. Price-wise, this salon is also highly competitive, with packages and monthly specials, so there’s no excuse for not treating yourself or your loved ones. Aqua Spa offers all kinds of treatments, focusing both on facials and the entire body, with massages and weight-loss, body wraps and detox, eyelash extensions and permanent make up, as well as the usual mani’s and pedi’s. What is also nice is that there are packages for teens, couples, brides and even mums-to-be and they also offer a men’s range of treatments from facials manicures and pedicures and not just the usual massages. They also offer corporate packages which can be tailor made according to time and budgets All in all, a great experience with the awesome parking being a huge advantage as you can literally park outside the front door of the spa.


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umhlanga Hair Review

Doing it the right way

the Carlton way! earning a salary — sounds like a win-win to me!

Words Storm Catterick

During my time there, I was astonished at just how busy the salon was throughout the day, even though it was a weekday. According to Alex, a successful salon is the result of a combination of teamwork, a strong management team, true passion and belief in the products and the people in your company and you can totally see this in the energy and enthusiasm of the stylists in the salon.

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visit to a Carlton International salon is always an awesome experience and I recently had the best ‘hair day, as I like to call them, because I literally get spend the whole day getting my hair done. I have been to two other Carlton salons, so I knew that the standard of service and quality of hairdressing was going to be fantastic. What I didn’t know, though, was that each store has its own unique character and identity. The Carlton brand, a family-run business, started in 1968 and, from its inception, the mission has been to provide uncompromising, quality education — which is why Carlton has its own academy which offers the best training in South Africa, imparted by leaders and innovators in the hairdressing industry. What’s more, their courses are internationally-accredited and facilitated by world-class stylists who attend courses

overseas every year, keeping them on top of their game and up to date on the hottest trends in hairdressing. Students are not limited in where they want to work and, as there are student hubs around S.A, including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, they are spoilt for choice. At Carlton, education is key. ‘In this industry styles are always evolving, so you have to stay on top of fashion and trends for the growth of not only the business, but the staff as well,’ says Alex, the manager of the KZN Carlton branches. I chatted to Alex about the three-year course for which an aspirant hairstylist can sign up as a part-time student/parttime apprentice. The students attend college once a week and do salon training twice a week and, what really impresses me, is that Carlton pays the majority of the college fees and, in return for this investment, the novice hairdressers get to work for them for two years whilst still

Alex and Mishka (a junior stylist) attended to my hair on the day, I think that it’s awesome that Alex, the owner of the salons at both Gateway and La Lucia, remains so hands-on and involved in everything from styling, giving guidance to his staff, chatting with clients and offering advice. After my consultation — I wanted a complete change — we decided to chop off my (very long) hair to shoulder-length in a triangle line cut, with some graduated layers. Very trendy! They decided that an intense chocolatebrown base colour, with a few highlights underneath to give it movement, would complete the perfect hairdo. After my colour, I was given a Davine’s re-plumping treatment, which is the newest treatment from this all-natural product range. It hydrates and moisturizes the hair, leaving it soft, shiny and easy to manage even in the harsh KZN climate. The new look is fabulous and my hair has never looked healthier. The cut really suits my face and makes me look more mature and sophisticated, which my usually wild and wavy mane certainly did not. It always surprises me just how much a good haircut and style can change your whole look and Carlton definitely makes you the best version of the you that you want to be!

Shop 223, 90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia, 405 | 031 572 6113 | www.carltonhair.com

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he Cosmopolitan Restaurant at Urban Park Hotel is a clean, modern restaurant with an interesting and varied menu with quite a significant focus on spicy food, which was a flavour-filled treat! Head chef, Daryn Bowers, oversaw every detail of our meal and we were very impressed. We started with the Prawn Street Bhel (classic Mumbai street food), consisting of savouries with prawns, fresh onions and coriander, which was very different and tasty. We also tried the Ginger Bomb (prawns or chicken tossed in a spicy sauce packed with fresh ginger and served with naan bread), which was extremely tasty and the perfect size for a starter. This wowed us and we could not wait for the mains! Kubashni chose the Rogan Josh (lamb braised in a richly-spiced sauce of browned onions, yoghurt, garlic and ginger) and I had the Porterhouse Steak (250g of aged beef grilled to perfection and served with Mediterranean vegetables and potato wedges. Topped with crisp onion rings and natural jus), it was superb, tasty and with just enough edge to show that the chef loves what he does.

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For dessert I had the Chocolate Marguise (layers of chocolate sponge with rich chocolate mousse and served with honeycomb ice cream), which was beautiful and delicate, with spun sugar that it was almost too pretty to eat ... almost. It was light and tasty without being too rich to finish! Kubashni had the Custard and Berries (set vanilla custard topped with fresh berries and mixed berry ice cream), which she found to be the perfect end to her rich and spicy meal. Cosmopolitan also offers lunchtime specials, which we thought was a clever idea, and the food that came out of the kitchen looked amazing!

Tel : 031 566 1610 | 60 meridian drive, Umhlanga

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Gianni’s Words Lorinda Scott

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ur visit to Gianni's Ristorante in Ballito — which has the most amazing beach and sea views and on a clear day views all the way to Durban and the harbour entrance — was a truly excellent experience. We got the chance to chat to the owner, John Coburn, who is totally passionate about his restaurant. He knows the menu like the back of his hand and gets excited about the long list of must-try's. I was also very impressed with how fresh everything was — only the best of the best! For starters we had the Cozze Pot (mussels served with a white wine,olive oil, parsely and garlic sauce), which was prepared to perfection, and a decent portion size, and then we also had the best oysters that I have ever tasted, they were fresh, huge! For mains John insisted that we try the Seafood Platter and the Oven-baked Chicken and I am very glad that he did, as we were extremely impressed with both dishes. My platter was generous (a take-away was required).The crayfish was the perfect size for saying, ‘Yes! I have found the perfect spot for the best crayfish on the North Coast, plus the most amazing view!’ The entire platter was grilled to perfection and the prawns, fish and calamari were all very tasty —with 3 tasting sauces that just finished the platter perfectly, a definite must-do-again. Justin had the Half-Chicken Peri-Peri, perfectly basted and it was baked in the pizza oven and served with baked potato and vegetables. The 45-minutewait was well worth it, allowing us a leisurely chat as we watched the waves and reminisced about

the perfect place we live in — Ballito, of course — before the perfectly-cooked chicken arrived. Justin was enormously impressed — it was tasty and moist, with a fabulous flavour with just the right kick (but not so hot that you couldn’t enjoy it to the last bite). At the end of our meal, I tried the Mousse Al Cioccolata (chocolate mousse) with a very good cappuccino — the perfect way to end a fabulous meal. We also love the fact that John is actively pursuing the breakfast market. The one thing that we have always done wherever we go, is to breakfast on the beach and Ballito has been hugely lacking in that area — but not any longer! The breakfast options are small enough not be confusing, but varied enough to have options. The French toast served with

bacon and banana, topped with rocket and golden syrup, is a must-try, as is the Mama’s Breakfast (R25). The restaurant offers breakfast from 7.30a.m, a nice variety of lunch specials, pizza and a kids’ menu, plus an à la carte dinner menu. Families are most welcome, but there is no special kids’ area. It was interesting to note that nothing here is made in the same way as everywhere else. John has added his personal touch to everything and his vast travel and eating experience has been carried into his menu — and it shows. We had a superb experience at Gianni’s, where the food was great and the view even better. At weekends you need to book or you won’t get a seat (especially not one with a view)!

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Jimmy Jungles Jimmy Jungles is a premier indoor kiddies’ play and party venue that offers supervised, secure facilities for babies and toddlers from the age of six months. There are different play areas in a safe and clean environment where children can learn and have fun at the same time, as well as a comfortable restaurant area for parents to relax in whilst their kids have the time of their lives. It has gained fame as a fantastic

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place to celebrate your little munchkin’s big day, with rooms that can be hired for private parties. There are great —and affordable — party packages, as well as party planning and co-ordination services available. In addition, there is also a day care service for children of three years and older that you can make use of even if you just need to pop off to the hairdresser for a quick cut and blow, so allow yourself to

treat yourself with complete peace of mind, knowing that your kids will be well looked after! The cost is R45 per child per hour and there are separate areas for toddlers and older children. Contact on (031) 566 2000 or email jimmyjungles@mweb.co.za


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The Coffee Corner at @ Tap The Coffee Corner, with its kiddies’ playground and party venue, has proved to be a huge attraction for young families in Durban North and the surrounding areas. This stunning venue is extremely popular as it is situated in a lovely garden with plenty of shady trees to provide protection from the scorching summer heat, as well as a fun playground for children. The beautiful grassed area stretches the whole length of the garden and is perfect for tiny tots. The play area includes a track for the small pushbikes which are provided, as well as swings, jungle gyms and a small Wendy House in which kids can play with their new friends.

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Moms, dads, family and friends have a chance to chill out and enjoy some delicious home-baked treats with their tea or coffee, or a wide range of tasty lunches, whilst their kids play in the secure area right next to where they are sitting. Prior booking for the popular party area is essential. Parents can bring their own party goodies for their children, but adults’ eats and drinks must be ordered from the coffee shop. Party planners are available, if required. Along with kiddies’ parties, The Coffee Corner also caters fors small functions, like corporate breakfasts/ lunches, stork teas and adults’ birthday teas or lunches.

The Coffee Corner is situated at 20 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, behind the @Tap Community Centre, in the grounds of the Durban North Baptist Church. It is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm from Tuesday to Friday and on Saturday from 8.00am to 1.00pm. Free, secure parking is available. Contact on 031 – 563 0882, or phone Joy at 079 5382 160 or Lyn at 084 424 9290 to make a function booking or email dnbcoffeecorner@gmail.com


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The Wave House On a hot summer’s day, the Wave House at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is where your kids want to be! With loads of activities for kids and teens, the Wave House has become one of South Africa’s hottest entertainment venues. The epic fusion of surfing, snowboarding, skating and wakeboarding means that you are bound to find something that your child loves to do. And don’t forget about

the new attraction at the Wave House entertainment centre — the Tube rides — which features four water slides for the whole family to enjoy in a safe and secure environment. After a day of fun activities, bellies are bound to be rumbling and the Wave House is home to a plethora of great restaurants that are sure to satisfy the whole family’s cravings. There are even a few bars where parents can relax and sip

a cocktail whilst watching their children having the time of their lives. After that, why not end the day off with a quick movie and a milkshake — you’ll still be able to have your children in bed by 6pm. Contact on 031 584 9400 or email info@ wavehouse.co.za

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A day out with the kids at FuntuBbles

We were invited to come and experience Funtubbles at Gateway with a group of young kids, with ages varying from three to eight, and all that I can confirm is that, two hours later, we left with exhausted parents! The kids had a rip-roaring time — they ran between the rides and the games, excitedly hitting crocodiles on the head to win tickets. It was huge fun and moms were even able to accompany the little ones on most of the rides where they were needed. In days gone by, there were funfairs that visited your area each year and those are the most fun memories that I have — rollercoasters and candy floss! These days,

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our kids can enjoy that same experience any day of the week in a safe environment, inside a shopping centre. WOW! No wonder parents are forever having to say, ‘Not this time, darlings’ Funtubbles is full of enthusiastic and happy staff that really love the busy and happy kids, who, I’m sure, make their day go by nice and fast. Weekday parties are welcome and kids love having a bit more time and a lot less buzz to thoroughly enjoy their party. With two to three party areas available, your little prince or princess can have a fabulous day — by far the fun-est and best day ever for a birthday boy or girl.

Or do as we did, and gather a group of moms and kids midweek for snacks and coffee … just because… and enjoy a fun time with your kids. We can all do with a good relax and fun time with the kids now and then and, let me tell you, those drums and crocs were not safe from some of the moms too, they are competitive even with kiddies’ games, I tell you. But it was SOO much fun! Shop E047, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Court Boulevard, Umhlanga 031 584 6645 www.mrfuntubbles.co.za


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Nicole Maurel What did you think of the Funtubbles experience? We were blown away by the excellent treatment we received from the Funtubbles staff. They were friendly and helpful and we felt well looked after. And the kids? My children had an absolute ball! It was quite difficult to get them to leave. What did the kids like best? They loved going on all the rides and, of course, the yummy treats. Their favourite part of the day? Going on the ship ride. Julie Smith-Belton What did you think of the Funtubbles experience? A great place to take the kids for a treat. And the kids? Lots of fun! The kids had a ball and I enjoyed watching them having fun. My eldest loved the bumper cars and the youngest loved the motorbikes. There was lots for different aged children to enjoy. What did the kids like best? The bumper cars, the boat ride and winning tickets to get a prize. Their favourite part of the day? Going on the boat ride.

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Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, says that the only to be engaged and alive in our lives is to be vulnerable. And to be vulnerable, you have to be brave. Brave enough to show up and be seen. Brave enough to tell the truth and ask for help. Last week, I had the kind of night that turns moms into zombies. My husband and two boys all had flu. I was up 4 or 5 times, had about 3 collective hours of sleep, and two incredibly cranky kids in the morning. I posted a “jokingbut-not-really” Facebook status about having a Mommy Meltdown, and soon after I received an sms from a good friend.

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ou may be wondering what a Mombie is, but you’ve seen her at the Mall. Dark rings under her bloodshot eyes. No make up. Cereal smeared down her shirt. Her toddler is crying because he can’t hold his truck and his juice bottle in the same hand, and the baby is licking the handle of the trolley. Inside the trolley you’ve seen the standard Mombie shopping list – wine, rice cakes, and cartoon-themed yoghurt. Because we all know that yoghurt with Spidey on it gives you super powers. Obviously. Mombies survive on coffee that’s been microwaved four times because there’s no such thing as a coffee break in this office.

who feels this alone, who finds it so hard. Is it really meant to be this hard? Lately, I’ve been feeling a little indignant about this whole motherhood thing. It’s hard. Like really hard. But there are SO many women out there doing this all the time! And frankly, the sheer volume of mothers makes you think, “It can’t be that bad. It can’t be so hard. Why would so many people be doing this if it were so hard? It must just be me.” What I’m learning is we think we’re alone, that we’re the only ones losing our freaking minds, because of two things. First, we hide, and then, we compare.

Mombies can pretend be a shark driving a truck into a hippo’s mouth - in other words, get a two year old to eat chicken a la king - while feeding a teething baby homemade pureed pears.

We post statuses about our fantastic weekend, and Instagram our perfect children. We chat about birthday parties and the sale at Woolies and whether or not Oscar is guilty. When the other mom in the playground asks us how we are, we smile and say fine.

Mombies know all the words to Dora the Explorer, and that someone compiled all the Baby Einstein puppet clips into one long video on YouTube (Personally, I think that person should get the Nobel Peace Prize).

Even when WE ARE NOT FINE. Even when we are so sleep deprived we think we might be depressed, and when our marriage is a mess. Even when deep down we are so afraid that we will never be good enough.

But Mombies also wonder if they’re the only ones out there who have to do this stuff.

No wonder if feels like we’re not really living, like we’re waiting to feel alive again. We long to be present instead of distant, we long to be real instead of fake. But, like mothering, that too is so hard and a little scary. Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to

They wonder if they’re the only ones that feel like the walking dead. Every Mombie wonders if she’s the only one

“Are you ok? Can I come over with ice-cream and rocky road?” (Sidenote: every Mombie needs a friend whose love languge is food). My first reaction was no, don’t worry, I’ll be fine, we’ll be fine. I was in my pajamas and the house was a wreck. My two year old was screaming on the Naughty Chair, and who wants visitors at 8am when you just want to cry? Besides, it just seemed so weak. So useless. But I remembered, Brene Brown’s words and before I could overthink it I replied, “Yes. Please come, I need some help.” So she came, and she helped me feed the boys breakfast, and we played outside for awhile. It was a little awkward for me to let someone into the mess, into the frustration, but it was so worth it. Because I am sick of faking it, sick of pretending that I’m ok when I’m not, and sick of feeling alone. I don’t have to be – why choose it? Also, her ice cream was home made Nutella ice cream. I mean, honestly. Yes, being a mom is hard. That’s the truth. And maybe its even harder to tell the truth, to be vulnerable and ask for help. But you know what else is true? Together we can do hard things. The most beautiful things in life like friendship and children, actually all relationships, are also the most difficult things. But together, we can do hard things. If you’re a mombie, stop faking that you’re not and ask for help. Tell someone what’s really going on behind the scenes, and be brave enough to let them in. And if you know a mombie, help her to be brave and giver her a safe place to take the mask off. Together, we can do hard things.

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umhlanga Kids Name: Kwandi Ngcobo Age: 5 Grade: R Seeing as though Mother’s Day is right around the corner we decided to visit a couple local schools and find out what some of the little munchkins had to say about this special day and why we celebrate it! be prepared to laugh and cry as these grade 4 to 6 year olds tell us about their mothers....

Name: Levi Naidoo Age: 4 Grade: 00 What is mother’s day? Giving her a kiss coz I love her What are you going to do for mommy on mother’s day? Draw her a heart and put the pillows back What makes mommy happy? If I put the blanket back Why do you love your mommy? She picks me up from school and plays with me Why does your mommy love you? I love her sooo much coz she loves me

Name: Sarah Stern Age: 5 Grade: R What is mother’s day? Giving to your mom What are you going to do for mommy on mother’s day? Wash the clothes and then help her hang up What makes mommy happy? When im kind to her and give her her favourite chocolate What is mommy really good at? Sowing holes Why do you love your mommy? She gives me ice cream and treats

Name: Slade Kippsamy Age: 4 Grade: 00

What is mother’s day? Giving her a hug because she loves me

What is mother’s day? Giving your mom a hug and a card

What are you going to do for mommy on mothersday? Shop for her with my dad and buy her purple flowers

What are you going to do for mommy on mother’s day? I’m going to make her a heart card

What is mommy really good at? Making soup and then I dip it with bread.

What makes mommy happy? Drawing pictures like ships What is mommy really good at? Baking muffins

Name: Jarryd van Niekerk Age: 5 Grade: R What is mother’s day? love to my mom It’s about my dad giving thersday? do for mommy on mo What are you going to ate col one cho Give her treats like a bar good at? What is mommy really Washing up y love you? Why does your momm ps sho She takes me to the

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What is mommy really good at? Making food, wash ing dishes, playin g games but only on her phone

Name: Abigail Fuller Age: 4 Grade: 00 What is mother’s day? You give the mother chocolates and give them soap What are you going to do for mommy on mothersday? Buy soap with daddy What makes mommy happy? She’s good at drawing girls and stapling things

Name: Ae on Naidoo Age: 4 Grade: 00

Name: Olivia Guye Age: 4 Grade: 00

What makes mommy happy? Tidy my room

What is mother’s day? Love for your mom

What is m other’s da y? To be lovin g What are you going to do for mommy o n mothers day? When she ’s sleepin g i’ll give he present ra What mak es momm y happy? When I pic k flowers for her What is m ommy rea lly good a Baking str t? awberry ca kes

Umhlanga College Name: Josh Mills Age: 4 Grade: 00 What is mommy really good at? She’s good at push up’s and running and training people to make them strong Why do you love your mommy? Why does your mommy love you? She makes me egg for dinner


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Name: Ethan Kotze Age: 5

Name: Emma Wium Age: 5

What is mothe r’s day? To make your mother happy What are you doing for your mommy on M Help her cook other’s day? her breakfast and my breakf ast What makes mommy happ y? If i’m good

What is mother’s day? When we treat our mom nicely What are you doing for your mommy on Mother’s day? I’m going to make her a pretty picture of me and her What makes mommy happy? If she gets her favourite perfume What is mommy really good at? Backstroke she not really good at the rest though Why do you love mommy? She treats me nicely – one time she got a special candle for her birthday and she gave it to me

What is mom my really good at? Driving my re mote control boat How do you kn ow mommy lo ves you? Sometimes I kick the ball in the tree and sh dad’s ladder an e gets my d fetches it fo r me Why do you lo ve mommy? Sometimes m y baby sister hurts me and her in her bedr my mom puts oom if she do esn’t to her

Name: Symran Moodley Age: 5

Name: Shiav Ramguthee Age: 5

What is mother’s day? It’s about mothers What are you doing for your mommy on Mother’s day? I’m going to wish her happy mothers day What is mommy really good at? She can draw a very big heart but daddy can only draw a medium heart

What is mother’s day? Means you love your mom What are you doing for your mommy on Mother’s day? Make a card with a heart saying I love her so much What is mommy really good at? Doing handstands in the water but she can’t do them on the ground

How do you know mommy loves you? She lets me swim in the pool sometimes Why do you love mommy? Because she is beautiful

Why do you love mommy? When I say please and she gives me a piece of paper

Name: Lucie Davis Age: 5 day? What is mother’s mother’s day te ra When we celeb my ing for your mom What are you do on Mother’s day? y th my dad and bu Go to the shops wi r he s it’ ink ke – I th her a chocolate ca favorite

really good at? What is mommy eals d cupcakes and m Baking cakes an u? mommy loves yo How do you know e She plays with m mommy? Why do you love to r I play with he

Name: Xavier Naidoo Age: 5

Name: Julia Kockett Age: 5 What is mother’s day? It’s about giving your mommy loves What are you doing for your mommy on Mother’s day? Dad and I will buy her pink roses What is mommy really good at? Being a mom

What is mother’s day? Having fun with your mom What makes mommy happy? When I listen to her and bring her tea What is mommy really good at? Work – like phoning people How do you know mommy loves you? Because it comes from the heart Why do you love mommy? She does stuff for me and I do stuff for her and then everything happens

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Seven Billion

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By Max Whitfield, age 9

It’s a big number - seven with nine zeros. It’s also how many people live on planet earth, give or take a few million. But you already knew that, right? So why am I writing about it? Well, it’s because I was thinking about those really cool little Coke bottles that you see in the fridges at the garage and the supermarket. It sure would be nice if we all had a little bottle of cold drink once in a while. Oh wait, we do. So once we have had our yummy drink, what happens to the bottle? Well it usually gets tossed out. But if we all toss our bottles away, that’s seven billion bottles in the trash every time we have a drink. Wowwie - no wonder the worlds in a mess. So now that makes me think about all the other things we throw out, like plastic

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bags, plastic water bottles, tin cans and all the packaging from the other things that we buy. Lots of what we throw away ends up in rivers and these rivers carry the rubbish all the way to the sea. But you might think that’s okay because once it sinks, you can’t see it anymore. Well, it’s not okay because it ends up killing lots of cool creatures that live in the sea, like dolphins, whales, seals and cute penguins. Also, when plastic has been in the sea for a long time, the waves grind it up into tiny pieces. Well that’s okay, right? No, it’s also bad. You see, small sea creatures eat the plastic. And then bigger fish eat the little guys that are full of pieces of plastic. And then we catch the fish and eat them! So guess what, you might be eating a piece of

somebody’s garbage bag the next time you eat some fish. So you say you not going to eat fish. Well that’s not going to help because some animal food is also made from fish so it will still end up in your McDonalds or Nandos. So what can we do about it? I think that big number is going to help us. Seven Billion. That’s how many people there are to help clean up the mess that we have made. Start by asking your mom and dad not to throw away any glass bottles. Just put your empties in a cardboard box and find out where to take them for recycling once a month. You can also recycle your plastic bags and tins. Its so easy! Plus it will make you feel really, really good. Now I just wish that I had seven billion people to help me clean up my room!

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eats! Mum’s, Tums and Chth em all! How you can love and live with

As we enter into the last stages of spring and enter winter, we need to keep that momentum going for winter. To be honest, what winter do we have in KZN?

still good enough for walks on the beach, promenades and park. What is a better way to spend time with the family!? I don’t know one.

We also go into a period where we have holidays around Easter which means EGGS and Chocolate! Bunnies and powder footprints. Whether you follow Easter or not, the time is definitely worth it with the public holidays that happen at this wonderful time of the year. The weather is

On that note. We enjoy Mother’s Day in May. You have her to thank for almost everything in your life. She instilled your values and morals (Dad was just the trusty assistant :-). She is responsible for the maturation of your imagination and the joys around occasions. As we get older, we define our

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Some tips 1. Exercise helps us with many daily activities. One of the most important, is to be able to pick up your young children. Why not then do some exercise with your little ones. Make a fun game out of exercise. Try walk up some stairs with a piggyback. Chase your kids round for hide and seek. Search for prizes on the beach, using clues and then racing round to find the clues. Even use cheat meals as a prize. As Dr Craig Roberts says, if you don't exercise, you will die. 2. Food and nutrition. Try and always keep food intake in moderation. Did you know, you can have a wonderful cheat meal eating cocoa nibs and mulberries? They sell these at most health stores and organic markets. They are surprisingly good and make a great option for snacks. Mixed nuts and berries are another wonderful snack. Change your smoothies around, instead of yogurt or milk, mix your smoothies with AVO.

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