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Food + drink

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Meet the local fashion guru taking SA by storm.

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Local comedian, Jem Atkins, proves that laughter really is the best medicine.


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Former Masterchef, Joani Mitchell, dishes on all things food, fun and festive.

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Discover Umhlanga’s coastal coffee culture at this phenomenal local servery. From post-gym cortados to incentivised beach clean-ups, Rox Coffee does it all!

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Cure your travel nostalgia at the UK Emporium! Discover a variety of English classics - in our very own Umhlanga Village.

IN EvEry IssUE 06 Ed’s Note | 10 #Fabstuff | 12 #Fabwines | 14 #Fabbubbles | 17 Social Scenes 26 Inspiration | 92 Restaurant Review - The Fig Tree


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Immerse yourself in the beauty of simplicity this Christmas. We’ve compiled our top tips to help you trade the festive frenzy for festive fun!

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Read all about the health and wellness trend that’s changing lives one cup at a time!

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Make the most of our stunning province by embracing everything it has to offer! From beautiful hiking trails to the buzz of Florida Road, we’re truly spoiled for choice!

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The early bird catches the holiday hotspot! Discover gorgeous getaways to enjoy this April!

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Discover the best places to explore when the sun goes down in Umhlanga!

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Pamper yourself through December with these local self-care hot spots. From revitalising spa treatments to a brand new ‘do, you deserve it all this holiday season.

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Frozen and fabulously decadent for any occasion, it’s Château Gâteaux for the win!

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PS: We are giving away 3x 2 tier cakes. Please watch The Umhlanga Facebook page to enter! #sharethemoment

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PUblIshEr Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za



always get excited by this time of year, when the sun rises way before we do, the birds return to the trees, we get the warm Summer rains and most importantly, we get to take some time off from our busy days to enjoy our Summer holidays and put our feet up!

If you haven’t already figured it out, Umhlanga really does come alive over December and January! There is no denying that Umhlanga is a suburb full of thriving, dynamic businesses and bustling communities. Yet at the heart of it all, this coastal town remains a renowned holiday destination for people all over the country, even the world, to visit, and that’s a really great thing. The injection of life, laughter, fun in the sun and all round good times is what we all need! That post-holiday positive energy lingers for a long time, even when Umhlanga quietens down again, sometimes tiding us over to Easter, or even July when we welcome our visitors back again. The holidays are especially great for our local businesses, many of whom thrive over these two months. That positive boost carries over to other local businesses in the new year, proving that the Summer holidays bring good times, relaxation, and a notable boost in our local economy! We are incredibly grateful for our revitalising holiday period! It’s become a tradition for me to wrap up my last Editor’s letter for the year by thanking all of those involved in our magazines and business. The team at FabMags produces 14 different community magazines and 11 digital estate magazines distributed to readers all over the country, and we also added a new magazine to the stable this year: The Midlands Magazine, which now complements The Umhlanga, The Ballito and The Estates magazines as our flagship brands. This is no easy feat, and as a lean business, it means our team needs to work very hard, which Lorinda and I are most grateful for. Thank you FabMags team! Thank you to our loyal, trusting customers who continue to support our magazines. We appreciate the support, encouragement and ongoing validation of our quality magazines that bring stories about people and adventures to the readers. Our customers are what keep us going and ensures that you, our valued reader, get to read a high quality, glossy magazine for free.

Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GrAPhIc DEsIGN Savannah Greyvenstein | savannah@fabmags.co.za sAlEs EXEcUtIvE Amy Meyer | amy@fabmags.co.za 082 777 5541 sAlEs DIrEctor Lucille Wendler | lucille@fabmags.co.za 083 747 3694 IN hoUsE JoUrNAlIsts Priyanka Govender | pri@fabmags.co.za Candice Buckle | candice@fabmags.co.za coPy EDItor Anne van Gelder coNtrIbUtors Jane Linley-Thomas, Rakhi Beekrum & Grant Gavin ADMIN & AccoUNts accounts@fabmags.co.za ProDUctIoN MANAGEr Sharlene Odayar offIcE NUMbEr 032 946 3187 | 032 946 0357 fAX NUMbEr 086 605 0098 socIAl/EvENts lorinda@fabmags.co.za 082 562 7202

To you our reader, a very warm and genuine thank you from all of us at FabMags. As local readers, you have remained great supporters of The Umhlanga magazine brand, dedicatedly seeking it out when it hits shelves, and even calling us for further copies. The stories are about you, your town and your adventures, and we are thankful that you allow us to share your experiences through the pages of our magazines. To our visiting readers, we love having you here, and if you are returning, welcome back! If you fall in love with Umhlanga like us locals have, follow us on Facebook or read the magazine online when you get back home it’ll allow you to keep a piece of your holiday experience with you for a little while longer. Lastly, to Lorinda and the clan, amazing adventures have passed and great adventures await! I am most grateful to have you as my ‘clan’ as it is where the love of sharing stories all started. Let’s make the holidays our best staycation ever. God Bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Justin Scott

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inSTagraM oF The MonTh @bouncebyTeal_ This local girl boss is an inspiration to young entrepreneurs everywhere! At 21 years old, Teal is a qualified personal trainer, a professional surfer, and the proud owner of Hustle Fitness Studio in umhlanga! Her Instagram feed is a hub of positivity, and her motivational posts encourage followers to strive for both physical and mental health. Follow her page for gorgeous coastal content!

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We are both thrilled and proud to bring you the October edition of The Umhlanga! A lot of hard work, collaboration, and inspiration went into conceptualising our annual development edition – but it’s ultimately the local residents, developers and valued clients who make it all possible. To ensure we always stay relevant and tethered to the community, we invite our readers to connect with us on all our social platforms and websites. Follow us for updates and sneak peeks, and so we can also see what you're up to!





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1. lINDor NEW GolD chrIstMAs crAcKEr 87G A delightful selection of our finest milk chocolate in each cracker-shaped pack. Perfect for Christmas stocking treats, table setting decorations, or to give as novelty gifts Retail price from R59.95 each www.lindt.co.za

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A curated collection for women who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Their exotic and feminine styles are perfect for those who go fearlessly in pursuit of whatever they want. Every item promises quality, versatility and comfort alongside gorgeous prints and luxurious fabrics. Available locally from Willow & Ruby at Sage Centre or Cosy Chic boutique in Durban North. www.cosychic.co.za


Anna-Louise Sleepwear collection is the epitome of style, perfect for early morning school drop offs, a stylish Sunday breakfast with house guests, a comfy and classic look for new mums in hospital and a cute gift to bridesmaids or brides to be for the morning of the wedding day. Available online. www.anna-louise.co.za

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Se.rene crossbody cell phone cover and pouch Se.rene crossbody cell phone cover and pouch is the ultimate Fashion Accessory. Your Iphone model fits securely in the cover which is attached to a pyramid studded strap. It has an open face to allow easy access to your screen and a rear compartment for your credit cards, drivers licence and cash. The stylish pouch is so handy as its perfect for all your extras like your lipstick, keys, passport, tickets, sunglasses and so much more. Perfect as an add-on and can be attached as and when you need a little more throughout your day. It’s made from genuine pebble leather which is so luxurious, durable and just gets better with age. Retail Price R950 and is available online at www.se-rene.co.za

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‘Tis the season to be jolly planning your team’s summit to Mount Kilimanjaro. Yes, that’s right. Blueprint Realty is on a mission, once again, and this time it’s to peg their proudly Blue flag at the top of Mount Kilamanjaro, together! Blueprint Realty is a fresh, new innovative Property Brand, with exciting plans to forge a unique identity that is disruptive, agile and entrepreneurial, and driven in line with the pace of technology and level of service required by buyers and sellers. And evidently these exciting plans do not stop at buying and selling homes. Blueprint Realty has truly discovered what its unique blueprint is all about and their entire

team shares this same vision. Their culture is driven by a single minded passion for independence, celebrating diversity, having fun and always putting innovation first. Underpinning this bold move to take their team to new heights, is the company’s passion to always push themselves in every aspect of their lives. “The old ‘people are your most important asset adage turned out to be wrong. In my experience, PEOPLE are not our most important asset, THE RIGHT PEOPLE are’ and we certainly have the right people on our team at Blueprint Realty” said Mandy Testa, Chief Marketing Officer. Leading the team on their exciting journey to the top is renowned mountaineer, Sean Wisedale, who is the first person from

Africa to achieve ‘Seven Summits’- a mountaineering prize consisting of reaching the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. “We’re all about being different, and our team building exercises are no different: we’ve danced together, laughed together, sold homes together and now it’s time to take it to the next level, quite literally, by climbing Mount Kilamanjaro together”- said Manny Testa, Chief Executive Officer. Follow Blueprint Realty on their exciting journey to the top on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

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1. WElGEGUND GrENAchE NoIr 2017 Bright, exuberant with light violet hues. The nose shows ample fruit, with freshly picked blackberries, cassis, raspberries, and a touch of floral notes. The palate is soft, lean and refined, showing dark fruit, chocolate black forest cake with subtle hints of cloves. Powdery well integrated tannins, with a balanced seductive round finish. Retail price R350 per bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.welgegund.co.za

2. robErtsoN WINEry shIrAz 2018 The Shiraz is planted in deep Karoo and Shale soils that are rich in lime. 80% of the wine was aged in French Oak and 20% in American Oak for 6-8 months. This fullbodied wine shows freshly crushed black pepper aromas with hints of cinnamon and cloves on the nose with lots of brambly red berry fruit, rich mulberry and well-integrated vanilla tones. Enjoy with roast beef, stews, lamb, venison, pasta and steak. Retail price from R69 per bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.robertsonwinery.co.za

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This wine offers beautiful aromas, notably: ripe stone fruit, tropical melon and delicate hints of vanilla. The wine boasts incredible fruit intensity mid-palate, and is enhanced by the subtle vanilla cream, burnt butter and oak notes. Well developed, striking flavour profiles and well balanced. Retail price from R89 per bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.fatbastardwine.co.za

4. robErtsoN WINEry sAUvIGNoN blANc Full bodied with powerful varietal flavours of bell-pepper, green apple and freshly cut grass. Good structure with lovely balancing acidity. Enjoy now with seafood, smoked salmon, roast chicken and pork. Retail price from R59 per bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.robertsonwinery.co.za

Flagstone Poetry Chenin Blanc 2019 Aromatic bouquet with a combination of ripe melon and stewed pear. The wine offers refreshing green apple acidity combined with a touch of viscosity and explosion of pineapples. Creamy back palate supports the acidity. This Chenin Blanc is perfect with mild to spicy rice dishes, chicken salads, sushi and white meats. Retail price from R55 per bottle. www.flagstonewines.com

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1. bollINGEr sPEcIAl cUvÉE IN GIft boX The special cuvee is the most accomplished expression of the Bollinger - style. Special Cuvée is perfect shared among friends, for a simple and meaningful moment. It is the champagne we give to the people we love and who love nice things. Retail price from R869 for a 750ml bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.champagne-bollinger.com

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Celebrating great Sicilian winemaking, this exquisite sparkling rosé is a blend of Merlot and Raboso from small growers in the Veneto region in Northern Italy with a fruity bouquet and vibrant notes of raspberry and strawberry. Retail price from R81 per bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.ngf.co.za

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To give our consumers even more reason to celebrate this festive season, we will be launching J.C. Le Roux Nectar in 2 variants - Nectar Demi-Sec and Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé. Featured is the J.C. Le Roux Nectar Rosé which is an off-dry vibrant expression of fruity flavours with hints of berries, plum and tropical fruits. This bottle retails at R75 per bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.libertasvineyards.co.za

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The Robertson Winery Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine has a lively burst on the palate and carries the aromas of wild strawberries. It is a sophisticated sensation, filled with fruity and wonderful floral notes. Enjoy it with flavoursome canapés and serve this pink and dry Sparkling Wine. Retail price from R65 a bottle and is available at most retailers nationwide. www.robertsonwinery.co.za

Bollinger Rosé in gift box Recently-introduced, pink champagne, Bollinger Rosé is a particularly fine, fruity & full-flavoured pinky. It is also perfect for a picnic on a summer afternoon, as a pre-dinner drink or served with a fruity and tart dessert. A fabulous fizz. Retail price from R1099 for a 750ml bottle. www.champagne-bollinger.com

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Skabenga's 16th Birthday Party Umhlanga We were invited to attend The Oyster Box's favourite tabby cat's annual birthday party! The theme this year was "Pirates" and the Pearl Room was decorated to the nines, with hanging toy parrots, a themed-inspired snack buffet and an impressive pirate cake! Guests enjoyed the photobooth, facepainting, air-brush tattoos and a plethora of kids' activities.

The People 1. Naseera & Nurah Limalia 2. Caley, Sophie & Ellie Rosenberg 3. Candice, Georgia & Madison Wallis 4. Saskia, Sloane & Wayne Evans 5. Shan, Jackson & Jordan Fourie

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buTcher block Sibaya launch sibaya Another fantastic restaurant launched by the Butcher Block team, this time at the iconic Sibaya casino, with 3 floors of dining space, a few quirky spaces and seafood and sushi added to their menu, this is sure to be a winner for all your dinning needs. The launch was attended by friends, family, media and celebrities, with a sampling of the food and drinks to whet everyone’s appetites.

The PeoPle 1. Kerissa Singh, Wesley Singh & Rashmika Dhanlal 2. Clive & Lynette Ganesan 3. Sophie Ramsaroop & Savera Maharaj 4. Jenny & Vejan Pillay 5. John Aritho, Lorinda & Justin Scott 6. Vanessa Ankiah, Lisa Sukdev & Bharthie Gangaram 7. Jeevie & Logie Naidoo 8. Fay Naicker & Logan Moodley

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La Lucia Mall Ribbon Cutting Durban North It was an exciting celebration as the mall staff and shoppers celebrated the official ribbon cutting of the newly renovated and completed mall. Celebrating 45 years of trading, various long-standing tenants were presented with gifts as a token of appreciation and recognition of loyalty. It was a fantastic evening, and we thoroughly enjoyed the video showcasing the mall's renovation process.

The People 1. Margaret Donkin & Elaine van School 2. Michael Taylor & Aman Rambarath 3. Antony Ellis, Pascale Lott & Tanya Moodley 4. Tayla & Jackie Davis 5. Cindene Sheasby, Vanessa Blevins & Kerry Miller 6. Nokuphila Shangase & Sarah Mylroie 7. Shastra Imrith, Megan McChlery, Evan Sim, Daryl McKeown, Carol Xaba & Johannes Nortjie

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR A COFFEE? My favourite is by far Seattle Coffee Co. Specifically the One at the Medstone Building in Umhlanga. The ambiance and friendliness of the staff have the ability to make any day 1000 times better. I can honestly say that their coffee touches my soul with each Sip.



From breathtaking beaches and state of the art hotels, to friendly people and the multicultural respect we have for one another, Umhlanga has it all! I would say it’s the perfect touch of a modern and urban lifestyle in one beautiful place.

We chatted to Nikeel Sewrajh, a professional photographer and strategic brand manager, about what he loves most about Umhlanga living. @_nik95

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL FRIDAY NIGHT IN UMHLANGA... If I’m not relaxing with my friends and family at home, I love spending time in the vibey Umhlanga village. There are loads of great restaurants and pubs - the atmosphere is electric!

TELL US ABOUT A "HIDDEN GEM" IN UMHLANGA... Bamboo Sushi Lounge for sure! The owner makes you feel welcome by greeting each customer upon arrival. The staff are friendly and are always updating you on the specials. Their sushi is affordable and of the highest quality too. I love their sushi buffet on Sundays.

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GYM OR OUTDOOR TRAINING? A bit of both is the ideal balance for me. I’m at the gym from Monday to Friday, and then on the weekends I prefer to do outdoor workouts. I love starting my day with some physical exercise, such as a walk or jog along the Umhlanga Promenade at sunrise, as it helps me to clear my mind and kick start my day.

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kindneSS can WorDs jANe LINLey-THOmAS


year ago I received an email from Paul Bushell, asking me to write the foreword for his book #raisingkids. That connection started long conversations around our shared passion for taking kindness into different spaces. We both quickly realised that in all the stories we had heard and shared in our respective careers, if kindness had not been in play, our circumstances would have been different. As simple as kindness might sound, it has the power to change people and the world around us. The butterfly effect is the perfect metaphor for kindness, because it just takes one small action to generate massive change across the world. We realised that it is our social responsibility to be good to one another, to help our fellow brothers and sisters, and to live a life that we can genuinely be proud of. Kindness has the power to change people and the world around us. Therefore, when we launched the kindness movement, we had specific goals in mind, namely: to inspire and equip people on how to be kinder to themselves, the people around them and the world at large. Over the course of the past year, we have taken our red chairs and kind hearts and sat with people in schools, corporate board rooms, recording studios and sports fields talking about ways in which we can be kinder. The movement most recently became a podcast series, charting in the Top 10 Apple Podcasts in South Africa. Although kindness is free and simple, it’s not always easy.

I always say that it’s very easy to be kind on the beach! But when you’ve lost your parking ticket, your child is sick and your husband isn’t answering his phone that’s when kindness becomes tough, and especially necessary! The true power of kindness is that it allows you to be good to others even when circumstances and/or people have not always been good to you. We all have the capacity to simply be kind, but it is in our choosing to be kind that counts the most.


JAnE is a radio and entertainment personality. She is a happily married mother of three, and hosts a daily hello@lovejlt.com podcast called “Mom’s Heart”.

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cover story Tell us briefly when and where chÂTeau GÂTeauX sTarTed Château Gâteaux was born in 1997 in a basement warehouse on Sydney Road, Durban. Founding partner and current Director, Ilan Lipschitz, is our Master Chef Pâtissier and an internationally trained Pastry Chef. Now 22 years on, our hand-crafted delicacies are produced out of a certified world-class pastry kitchen in Durban’s Riverhorse Valley. We are proud of our Foodservice division servicing the needs of the South and Southern African hospitality markets, our customised offerings for some of South Africa’s best loved restaurants, our Export division proudly taking cake to new markets and of course our direct-to-consumer offering with our well-loved Château Gâteaux pâtisserie brand. how Many PÂTisseries do chÂTeau GÂTeauX own now? Our growth has been phenomenal over the last few years. Our oldest pâtisserie is our Morningside pâtisserie, which opened only 8 years ago and we now have 15 stores located here in KZN, Johannesburg, Pretoria and in the Western Cape. Enjoy your cake from the Gateway or the Durban North pâtisserie! Tell us abouT your froZen "Take hoMe" ranGe When you purchase a decadent frozen whole cake, from our Take Home freezer (we have both 8 slice and 12 slice masterpieces) you can expect to indulge in a product bursting with flavour. There really is nothing comparable to the exceptional taste and convenience of a Château Gâteaux cake.

At every Château Gâteaux pâtisserie, in the last hour of the day, you can get 50% off each pastry and/or savoury product bought.

The guaranteed quality and sealed-in freshness never ceases to amaze those who haven’t experienced a cake expertly frozen on the day it was freshly baked! This adds to the surprise and delight element of our cakes, which really is the part of my job that gives continued pleasure! It was as a young chef in Europe honing his confectionary skills, that Ilan perfected the fresh to frozen process. The process enables us to make our delicious creations free from added preservatives. Our cakes can stay in the freezer for up to 12 months but to be honest they are generally consumed well before that time! Entertaining with Château Gâteaux really is effortless!

whaT’s your favouriTe cake? Being part of the New Product Development Team means that the cakes I have been involved in developing and naming are really special to me! Andrea’s Baked Cheesecake is without a doubt the best baked cheesecake I have ever eaten, it is named after Ilan’s Mom which is really special, and it is a dream to ‘make your own’ with fresh fruit or flowers! Similarly, the new Vanilla Dream is utterly delicious and again looks amazing with just a few simple touches. The front cover shot Ilan created for you using the Vanilla Dream is so simple, anyone can give it a go this festive season!

You may purchase Château Gâteaux coffee beans in 1kg bags, 250g bags, our filter ground in 250g bags, and decaf filter ground in 250g bags.

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The magical experiences our province has to offer. Words Candice Buckle OPENING IMAGE Dan Grinwis

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Paul’s Ice Cream


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eople in KZN are so quick to hop on a plane and take a vacation somewhere else… Okay, maybe there are a few other parts of the world whose residents also tend to holiday abroad or in their respective capital cities, but we forget how truly diverse and abundant our own breath-taking province is. So, before you fly off to Cape Town to hike up a mountain and go wine tasting, you might want to remind yourself of the many activities and adventures we have right here on our doorstep!

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We already know the fabulous lifestyle Umhlanga has to offer, from the weather and the beaches to the restaurants and the nightlife, so let’s take a step outside our comfy suburb for now. If you head into Durban properly, there are a plethora of places just waiting to be explored. For starters, Florida Road is one of the trendiest streets in KZN and it just keeps on getting better and better. Earlier this year saw the opening of Florida Fields, an open square offering a variety

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of different dining experiences, from sushi and bunny chows to Paul’s Ice Cream and The Barn Owl Coffee. As you walk down the rest of Florida Road, you will find cafés and restaurants galore, including Starbucks, Afro’s, Dropkick Murphy’s, Roti & Chai, and Lupa. And if you’re looking for a “Capetonian vibe”, try kicking off the night at The Charlatan, which often hosts local bands and rap artists amidst fairy lights and hanging plants and where the drinks keep flowing.

And let’s not forget the shopping experiences either — highfashion chains like Supreme have opened up in the vicinity, and we can certainly expect more. At the very bottom of the road is a popular bookstore, Ike’s Bookshop. This is a must-visit for all book-lovers and art historians, as it’s one of Durban’s oldest bookshops. And right next door to it you’ll find Khaya Records, an old-school record store that also hosts live performances from time to time.

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Durban Beachfront

The Durban Beachfront seemed to have lost its shine after the buzz of the Soccer World Cup faded, but ever since the announcement that its promenade was to be extended, the hype around this underrated gem of our coast is back. That, coupled with Suncoast’s huge facelift, means that more and more of us are flocking to this side of town.

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hosting three major wineries on its turf — Highgate, Abingdon and Cathedral Peak. A visit to any of these wine farms will certainly help quench your thirst for good wine and great company. And for the beer-drinking inclined, Notties Brewery is certainly a stop well worth making.

Aside from the many activities and cute, “trinket” stores along the Midlands Tiger’s Milk has also just opened there and Meander, there is also a variety of hosts weekly quiz nights, too. Also, don’t accommodation from which to choose. forget the retro Skatepark, the iconic Bike Stay in a treehouse at Sycamore Avenue, and Bean coffee shop, Moyo’s on the pier, treat yourself to a Spa retreat at Brahman and uShaka’s waterpark and aquarium, Hills or Indigo Fields, or cosy up by the not to mention the pure bliss of cycling or fireplace in a cottage at Granny Mouse… walking the entirety of the promenade on a the options truly are endless and are warm, sunny day. The Durban Beachfront all part of the appeal of the Midlands truly is a place for all things fun in the sun! experience. Just remember to pack your beanies and scarves, especially if you’re If you’ve had it up to here with beach going up in the heart of winter. But it’s activities and crave something more deep worth all the shivers to see the most and meaningful, or even just someplace spectacular Milky Way at night. where there’s an actual chill in the air, then there’s always the Midlands. A little bit In KZN, people tend to forget there are north-west of us lies the true essence of numerous places to experience game farm-life and a quaint country lifestyle. It’s drives, the Big Five and more. Tala Game here that you can experience the trendy Reserve, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, farm-to-table approach, with freshly-picked Nambithi and Karkloof Reserve are just greens on your plates and daily-fresh milk some of the places where you can enjoy swirling around in your home-brewed the blissful bush in true comfort and style. coffee. Try the enormous Eisbein at There’s nothing quite like climbing aboard Bierfassl, or visit the picturesque microthe safari vehicle as the sun sets and you dairy, Swissland Cheese. The Midlands sip your Amarula while you admire the is also the place for wine-tasting in KZN, wildlife in all their glory from afar.


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sani pass And how could we forget our own mountains? The Drakensberg, Underberg, and even Sani Pass — the gateway to Lesotho — are all just a couple of hours away. The mountains of KZN are stunning and offer some of the most breath-taking views in the land. There are also many cafés and shops in these parts that are just brimming with character and heart, plus numerous interesting places to spend the night, too. Adventuring in KZN would not be complete without including the

South Coast, where somehow it seems warmer than where we live and offers a new perspective on coastal living. Its more rugged coastline takes you back to oldtime Durban, where flip-flops and baggies were the order of the day, making you feel relaxed and at peace with the world. The Waffle House, which is famous for its decadent savoury and sweet waffles, is definitely a stop you have to make before crossing over the bridge to head to the beach.

mantis and moon Mantis and Moon is one of the most incredible backpackers lodges in the area, equipped with treehouse villas, a Jacuzzi, a snooker table and bar, a fireplace and a yoga room, plus a nifty slide into the pool and the bohemian-inspired deck. And who could forget the impressive Waterpark at the Wild Coast Sun? The South Coast truly is the place to let down your guard and take it easy in the sun.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to explore KZN this holiday and give it the love and support it so truly deserves. And, not having to pay for a flight ticket, means being able to splurge on accommodation, dining and additional activities, too! Go on - invite your friends to visit you this year!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — not just for us, but for countries all over the world. Christmas may have emanated from Christianity, but now it is widely adopted as a holiday and celebrated by almost everyone. Read about how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas. Words candice buckle

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In the middle of the night on December 6 (Nikolaus Tag), St Nikolaus kicks off the festive season by leaving little treats like coins, chocolates, oranges and toys in the shoes of good children all over Germany. St Nikolaus also visits children in schools or at home and, in exchange for sweets or a small present, each child must recite a poem, sing a song or draw a picture. Christmas markets are also a big thing during December, with stalls selling traditional German delicacies such as Christmas stollen, hot and sticky sweet roasted almonds, “Lebkuchen” hearts (gingerbread hearts), as well as typical Christmas decorations, can be found in many towns. And who could forget the smell of Glüwhein wafting through the streets!

Perhaps one of the most unorthodox Christmas Eve traditions around, Norway’s tradition dates back centuries to when people believed that witches and evil spirits came out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on. To this day, many people still hide their brooms in the safest place in the house to stop them from being stolen. Christmas Eve is the time when presents are exchanged, and presents are also brought by the small gnomes called “'Nisse”.

The Giant Lantern Festival is held each year on the Saturday before Christmas Eve in the city of San Fernando and the festival attracts spectators from all over the country and even from across the globe. Originally, the lanterns were simple creations of about half a metre in diameter made from “papel de hapon” (Japanese origami paper) and lit by a candle. Today, the lanterns are made from a variety of materials and have grown to be around six metres in size. They are illuminated by electric bulbs that sparkle in a kaleidoscope of patterns across the sky and really are something to behold.

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Compared to its other religious festivals, Christmas is quite a small festival in India, as only about 2.3 percent of the population are Christians. Having said this, however, the population of India is over one billion, so there are still over 25 million Christians in India. Instead of traditional Christmas trees, a banana or mango tree is decorated (or whatever tree people can find to decorate). Sometimes people use mango leaves to decorate their homes. In Southern India, Christians often put small oil-burning clay lamps on the flat roofs of their homes to show their neighbours that Jesus is the Light of the World.

In Hungary, Christmas Eve is the day they decorate the Christmas tree. The main Christmas meal, which is also eaten on Christmas Eve, consists of fish (often fish soup called “Halászlé”, which is made with carp or other freshwater fish), stuffed cabbage (the leaves are stuffed with rice, mince pork, onion, garlic and other herbs) and a special kind of poppy bread/cake called ”Beigli” is a popular dessert.

Love Christmas, but think it could be improved by a spot of roller-blading? If the answer is yes, visit Caracas in Venezuela this year. Every Christmas Eve day, the residents of Caracas head to church in the early morning on roller skates. This unique tradition is so popular that roads across the city are closed to cars so that people can skate to church in safety, before heading home for the less-thantraditional Christmas dinner of “tamales” (a wrap made out of cornmeal dough and stuffed with meat and then steamed).

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IcElAND Icelandic Christmas folklore depicts mountain-dwelling characters and monsters who come to town during Christmas. So In Iceland, The Yule (christmas) Lads visit the children across the country over the 13 nights leading up to Christmas. For each night of Yuletide, children place their best shoes by the window and a different Yule Lad visits, leaving gifts for nice girls and boys and rotting potatoes for the naughty ones!

JAPAN Christmas has never been a big deal in Japan. Aside from a few small, secular traditions such as gift-giving and light displays, Christmas remains largely a novelty in the country. However, a new, quirky “tradition” has emerged in recent years — a Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner! Much like Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve is thought of as a romantic day, in which couples spend time together, exchange presents and go on dates.

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soUth AfrIcA And how could we forget our own Christmas, which is unusual in that it takes place during the summer holidays? Schools and many offices shut down for anything from two weeks to a full month and there's an abundance of sun and beautiful flowers in full bloom. Christmas Day is spent with family by the pool and feasting outside and many people go to a Christmas morning church service. Plastic Christmas trees are popular and children leave a stocking out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

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Words Priyanka Govender

From seaside sipping to post-gym cortados, Rox Coffee has got it all!


estled in the heart of the bustling Umhlanga Promenade, Rox Coffee Company is making waves across our stunning suburb! By combining caffeine bliss with the allure of coastal living, owners Bonnie and Tregue Minnaar have steadily climbed the local ladder of entrepreneurial success. When the dynamic husband and wife duo returned from their lengthy stint in the UK, they were determined to transform the South African coastline - one cup at a time. I had the privilege of sitting down with creative marketing genius, Bonnie, at the couple’s second Umhlanga-based cafe. Conveniently located next to the Movement X gym in Beacon Rock, Rox Coffee’s client base quickly expanded to accommodate a rotating cast of gym gurus and office park employees. As Bonnie and I chatted about the history behind Rox Coffee Company, Bongani a.k.a baristaextraordinaire, placed two perfectly blended cappuccinos before us. Each sip unlocked a different flavour profile, and as Bonnie described the unique qualities of their premium African blend, the phrase “happiness is found at the bottom of a coffee cup” became abundantly clear. Bonnie and Tregue’s international escapades allowed them to gain a unique perspective into the varying aspects of global coffee culture. As the couple honed their skills, they began to envision a quintessentially South African coffee haven. “My husband spent the majority of his childhood surfing on Umhlanga Rocks beach”, Bonnie tells me.

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“Of course, they just called it Rocks. Hence the name of our business, Rox Coffee Company!” she continues with a smile. As I amuse myself with the wordplay that is “Umhlanga Rox”, I can’t help but marvel at the innovations of childhood. Who would have thought that an off-the-cuff nickname would conjure up such profound nostalgia, the effects of which, would launch a coffee shop in the heart of Tregue’s childhood surf spot? Bonnie goes on to explain that her husband is closely affiliated with the Umhlanga Rocks Life Saving Club. “He’s been coaching the junior lifesavers for the past 6 years. He has his Springboks colours in lifesaving and he is heavily invested in the club, so we couldn’t think of a better spot to launch Rox Coffee Company.” The couple’s seaside servery has been in business since March of 2018. Their location proved to be a prime spot of coffee real estate, allowing the business to flourish exponentially in a relatively short amount of time. From fit families to posh pooches alike, there’s no denying that the Umhlanga Promenade enjoys a healthy amount of foot traffic. As a result of the community’s unwavering support, Rox Coffee Company was afforded the opportunity to launch a second branch at the aforementioned Movement X gym. With its extensive selection of trendy cafes, Umhlanga is a haven for avid caffeine-enthusiasts. Therefore, launching not just one, but two branches in the same coffee-saturated suburb is quite a risky move.


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So, how does Rox Coffee Company distinguish itself from other popular coffee spots? “We are proud advocates of consistent branding. All our locations are equipped with our signature playlist because we believe that ambiance is everything. My husband and I love engaging with our customers and their furry friends - we even have special dog biscuits and water bowls! We also have the most incredible locally-employed staff who are passionate about their jobs”, Bonnie explains. As I marvel at the simple branding and minimalist aesthetic of their coffee cups, Bonnie explains the meaning behind their logo. “We chose the Aloe plant as our logo. It’s a fitting tribute to the abundance of Aloes that grow on the Umhlanga Promenade”, Bonnie says. Rox Coffee Company is a prime example of the impact that environmentally-conscious business practices have on the community. The cafe launched an Umhlanga beach clean-up initiative whereby customers receive a free coffee in return for every bucket of litter collected from our shoreline. Bonnie and Tregue were inspired by similar eco-conscious campaigns in Australia and decided to bring it home for the betterment of our community. “If every coastal cafe in the world did it, we’d have a cleaner and safer ocean”, Bonnie says.

From coastal clean-ups to gym-adjacent cortados, this couple’s passion for coffee and community knows no bounds! When asked about the future of Rox Coffee Company, Bonnie was delighted to share the news of a third branch, which will be located in the picturesque Natal Midlands. The couple also have exciting international projects in the works, including the likes of a Colombian coffee plantation! Whether you’re sampling Rox Coffee by the seaside, at their gym spot, or in the KZN countryside, be sure to indulge in their authentic French croissants while you’re there! These bestselling Parisian pastries are made with lashings of real butter for an extra dose of decadence. I hope to see you on the Umhlanga promenade very soon, trading in a bucket of trash for a cup of treasure!


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s 2019 draws to a close (surreal, I know!) it’s important to take a few moments for yourself, as you reflect on all the significant events that have transpired throughout the year. From triumphant victories to teachable moments, one thing remains certain: you’ve definitely earned your December holiday! We have compiled a list of our favourite Umhlanga-based activities for you to indulge in this holiday. So without further ado, let the Summer of self-care commence!

There’s no cure like a Manicure

From building your empire to managing your home, your hands have been at the forefront of it all! So, why not give yourself a break and allow someone else to handle things for a change? Umhlanga boasts a variety of talented nail technicians and professional beauty salons. Hello Hunny, located in the luxurious Pearls Mall, offer an array of beauty treatments that are sure to leave you polished from head to toe! From deluxe manicures and pedicures to glamorous gel and acrylic treatments, Hello Hunny has got you covered!

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Nobody understands the art of High Tea quite like our Umhlanga-based hoteliers! From the traditional elegance of the Beverly Hills Hotel, to the abstract opulence of the Oyster Box Hotel, we truly are spoiled for choice when it comes to tea time treats! Each hotel’s signature high tea has become somewhat of an institution, offering pastry-enthusiasts a moreish selection of decadent eats. With glamorous interiors, unparalleled sea views and a variety of cakes and confectionaries, high tea in Umhlanga is the perfect way to unwind while satisfying your sweet tooth!

Let your hair down!

A professional hair treatment is as therapeutic as it is revitalising! Gerald Wells Hair Salon, located in Gateway Mall, is our go-to glamorous salon! We encourage you to let your hair down this Summer and experiment with new styles and shades. From conditioning hair masks to an array of exciting colour options, the possibilities are truly endless. There’s a wealth of wisdom behind Coco Chanel’s popular quote “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”. A new “do” is akin to a paradigm shift within the soul, and despite the female focus of the quote, it is of value to men and women alike! Change your perspective (and your hair) at Gerald Wells Hair Salon!

Above Par Spa

Mangwanani Spas are renowned nationwide for the healing powers of their authentic African massage treatments. With beautiful branches in The Beverly Hills Hotel and Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, you’re guaranteed a day of rest, relaxation and sublime ocean scenery. Put your feet up at one of their tranquil day spas and allow yourself to be immersed in a decadent combination of traditional African oils and body butters. Watch the stress and tension melt away as the talented Mangwanani masseuses work their magic with exfoliating scrubs and soothing audio therapy!

Let the fun beGIN

Umhlanga is home to some of the quirkiest and most dynamic gin bars in South Africa! From colourful tonics to citrus-infused tanqueray, let the fun beGIN at any one of the vibey pubs in the Umhlanga Village. Europa’s Gin Bar allows customers to experience the art of al-fresco gin-dulgence while Salsa Mexican Grill offers celebratory cocktails and post-tequila tapas! We at The Umhlanga Magazine are all about celebrating life to the fullest. That being said, we encourage our readers to select a designated sober driver before a night out, or in lieu of that, to make use of secure and reliable transportation services. Remember, the best kind of fun is the fun that sees everyone home safe and sound!

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150g goats cheese 50g creamed cheese 1 Tbsp finely chopped chives 50g salmon ribbon + decor Salt and black pepper Breadcrumbs seasoned with garlic and herbs


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Mix the breadcrumbs with a tsp melted butter and place at the bottom of a greased cup mould Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and place into the cup mould Refrigerate for a few hours Demould the cheese stack and roll the sides in the breadcrumb mix (optional) Dress this with caramalised red onion, salmon roses, tuille and micro herbs Serve with seeded cracker


3 red onions sliced into rings 1 cup of brown sugar Dash of water Place the above in a pot and over low heat. Reduce until gooey and thick

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10g flour 20ml oil 90ml water Red food colouring Mix with a whisk, our a Tbsp into a hot frying pan and allow it cook out forming holes, season with salt


1 ½ cups mixed seeds 1 1/2 tsp salt and mixed dry herbs 250ml water ½ heaped Tbsp psyllium husks Mix all together and allow to stand for 15 min. Roll out between 2 greaseproof sheets. Bake for 20 min on 160°C and then switch off oven and return crackers to oven for a further 30 min

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Lamb rack (3 per serving) 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp rosemary finely chopped 1 tsp pepperdew spice 2 baked potatoes ½ cup mozzarella – grated Panko crumbs 2 cups of boiled peas 1 tsp mint jelly Cream and butter for puree Beetroot cubes



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Remove the inside of the potato and mash. Mix the cheese into the potato and season When cooled form cylindrical shape and cut into 2 cm – refrigerate Dip them in egg/milk and coat the shapes with crumbs Deep fry and serve immediately


Peel beet. Place them in foil and sprinkle brown sugar over them. Drizzle with olive oil. Close the foil and bake until soft but firm



Add the peas to the boiling water and cook until slightly soft but still green (keep some peas aside for decor) Place in a blender with the mint, 1 Tbsp butter and a dash of cream. Blend until smooth....might have to add more cream if needed

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French trim the lamb cutlets Marinate the lamb by mixing the rosemary, pepperdew spice and a dash of olive oil to create a paste. Rub into the meat Brown the cutlets in a little oil to render some off the fat Grill the cutlets in the oven for approx 20 min....must still be slightly pink Serve with pomme puree and mozzarella croquettes, pea puree and cubed beetroot

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Good wine Use fresh seasonal produce wherever possible Make sure each course has different textures such as a puree, a crispy element, and a firm element. Remember that we eat with our eyes first so make your plate pretty by dressing it with herbs/flowers and play with different colours Cook with love

Joani Mitchell is a happily married wife and a loving mother to two sons. She is a former fashion designer, and an ex-MasterChef SA contestant. Joani is a fabulous homemaker, professional chef and talented menu designer. She works with major companies across South Africa, by creating customised tasting menus and decadent dishes.

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6 peeled and cored pears Enough water to cover pears 1 cup sugar 8 cloves 2 aniseed 2 Tbsp cinnamon 2 Tbsp nutmeg 1 tsp all spice Few drops of beetroot juice

* Place the pears in the water with all the ingredients and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for an hour and then leave the pears submerged overnight in the fridge. Heat before plating.


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Preheat oven to 190°C Mix sugar, flour and butter in processor until crumbly. Add eggs until pastry is formed Wrap in plastic and allow to settle in fridge for a minimum of 20 min Roll out pastry to 3mm thickness and place in a springform pan. Prick base and chill for 15 min Place baking paper over pastry and weight it down with coffee beans and bake for 20 min and then remove paper and weight and bake for a further 10 min or until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool


In the mean time place sugar, butter and cream in a saucepan and cool until the butter is melted and the mixture starts to boil 7. Reduce heat and allow to cook for 10 min until sauce thickens 8. Pour into base and sprinkle coarse salt over caramel 9. Remove the pears from the warm liquid, dipping the base into coarsely chopped pistachio nut, and place into the pastry/ caramel mould 10. Add a tsp matcha powder to the ice-cream and dress it with some spun sugar

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s you grow up, Christmas loses a bit of its lustre — perhaps you start to dread having to entertain certain family members, or host your in-laws for days on end. Buying the right gifts or having enough money to spoil your loved ones is another stress and let’s not forget the immense pressure of hosting Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch at your place! To help you retain the mindful living that was intended to go hand-in-hand with this religious and family-centered holiday, we’ve put together a bit of helpful advice: 1. Firstly, remind yourself of the reasons you celebrate Christmas. Depending on your religion, the reasons can vary, but the essence of being mindful, thankful and giving is at the core of each. Practice giving thanks yourself and get the kids to write some things they are thankful for before they start composing their letters to Santa. This will help the whole family re-centre themselves before the gift giving and other rituals follow.

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2. This one is mainly for the moms. Instead of taking on the whole burden of cooking, cleaning, decorating the tree and going shopping on behalf of everyone in the family (and even on behalf of dad), allow the rest of the family to help. Give the kids the responsibility of buying their own gifts for mom and dad and let them help decorate and clean up. Let dad do some of the shopping and the cooking and ask extended family to bring their own side dishes to lighten the catering load. 3. Another “outsourcing” tip: host a Christmas braai outside, where the cooking and cleaning-up process is a little less time consuming and less exhausting. This also means everyone can get involved while still enjoying the summer sunshine. Or try something as simple as ordering bulk prepared meals or even hiring a private chef. Any of these would mean spending more quality time with family. 4. If hosting Christmas at your house seems too overwhelming, why not make plans for you and other members of the

family to dine out on Christmas Day? There are plenty of restaurants that serve Christmas Lunch buffets for this very reason. It may be a bit pricey, but your own mental health is priceless, right!? 5. When it comes to gifts, don’t play the guessing game if you don’t have to. It takes up far too much time and creates far more anxiety than you need. Ask everyone to make a list, and to be realistic about it too, especially if the kids are a little older and wiser. Keep receipts in case someone changes their mind and don’t sweat it if you’ve got the wrong thing. These are just a few ideas to keep Christmas stress-free and exciting and, if you’re the sort of person who can’t deal with the pressure and the burden of it all, don’t be afraid to suggest something new. You could even be the family who goes away every Christmas and no one will hold it against you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, either. Put your peace and relaxation first this holiday and make sure you can enjoy it all as well.


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uMhlanga enjoys up to 1,2 million visitors per year and most of them will be here during the summer season. Unfortunately the festive season brings an overbearing load on the local medical services and emergency departments, and there is a drastic increase in the cases of drownings and other environmental emergencies during December and the first week of January.




Drowning is the number one cause of unnatural deaths in children between the ages of 1 - 5 Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged between 1 - 14 years Incidents can happen in a matter of seconds often there is little splashing or sound involved

70% children under the age of 15 drown in South Africa yearly

of drownings in children aged 0 - 4 years occur in or around the home

Knowing CPR is very helpful when a drowning incident occurs as it can help save a life Swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by

Always provide supervision for young children around all bodies of water


TIPS FOR WATER SAFETY: • Never leave children unattended • Remember, babies can drown in an inch of water • Keep children at arm’s length of an adult and don’t only rely on lifeguards • Install fences around pools • Keep toilet lids closed or locked • Keep laundry/bathroom doors closed • Empty bathtubs, containers, kids pools after use • Teach children how to swim • In an emergency always call 082911 or 10111

Dangerous currents

Rocks and vegetation

Sudden drop-offs

Cold temperatures

Limited visibility

Difficult to judge distances

Depth of the water

You are at the highest risk of being stung after or during a strong wind that blows from the sea to the shore. What should you do if you are stung? • Carefully remove all tentacles with the tips of your fingers. Do not scratch or rub the area • Rinse the remaining tentacles off your skin with seawater Freshwater could irritate the area • Place the affected area in water as hot as can be tolerated. If not relieved, or no hot water is available, consider a cold pack When to visit the Netcare uMhlanga Emergency Department: • If the symptoms persist, if the pain is unbearable, or if stings cover a large area or the face and neck • If you have had a previous allergic reaction to a blue bottle sting • If your chest is tight, your airway swells or you become lethargic or faint

SEA URCHIN STINGS: Sea urchins are small, spike-covered sea creatures that live in the ocean. They can be found in shallow water like rock pools, coral reefs, or rocks exposed by the waves. Symptoms of a sting: • Immediately painful • Multiple small puncture wounds • Blue-blackish puncture sites • Swelling or redness • Weakness, muscle aches, shock, fatigue and paralysis Home treatments: • Remove the spines using tweezers • Wash the affected area with soap and water • Over the counter pain killers When to visit the Netcare uMhlanga Emergency Department: • Deep puncture wounds where you cannot remove the spine • If you experience weakness, muscle aches or paralysis • The sting site shows signs of infection, such as swelling, warmth, redness and pus

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We are all about babies! By focusing all of our attention on moms and babies, we are able to bring you some of the best value in the industry. You will find all you need under one roof and our well trained staff are here to assist you.

Sevens is situated in the heart of Umhlanga at the Crescent shopping centre. Established in 1978 we have an extensive selection of home, office and outdoor furniture. Our friendly staff are well trained and can advise you on any questions you may have regarding interior decorating. We source product from all over the world giving your home a unique personal touch.

If its Christmas presents, birthday presents, reward presents or the latest trendiest toys you looking for, visit ToyZone for the widest most comprehensive range of toys all under one roof with some of the most unbelievable deals that you will find. ToyZone, a Mega store with an attitude.

Petland Crescent is your one stop pet shop in Umhlanga. We stock an expensive range of food, accessories, live birds, small animals, fish and reptiles. We stock many of Durban's most loved brands so you will never be disappointed. We pride ourselves on offering our customers great service and products at an affordable price. Don’t forget to visit this December for our CRAZY SPECIALS. Petland pets make life better!

At Dial a Bed, we are obsessed with comfort. We offer you a 100 Night Comfort Guarantee to give you peace of mind. Our stores have unique comfort test areas where we can identify your comfort level and provide you with your specific needs. We are the largest branded bedding retailer in South Africa so if you “Need a Bed, Dial a Bed.”

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H2O International is SA's no.1 water purification company. Over the past 25 years, we have ensured clean, healthy, great-tasting water in homes and businesses around the country. Our wide range of water purifiers remove all the harmful chemicals and contaminants found in the tap water, while our water coolers keep employees happy, hydrated, and performing at their best.

Wolf Meyer is a registered optometrist and contact lens practitioner (hard contact lenses included). We offer: Full comprehensive eye examinations and driver’s and skipper’s screenings. Are contracted in to most medical aids. We are Preferred Providers for PPN, Discovery and GEMS. We repair and adjust spectacles.

CONVENIENCE is what we offer at Wimpy The Crescent. Hassle FREE parking, FREE Wi-Fi, a children's play area and restroom facilities on site. We serve the best ALL DAY breakfast and cappuccinos made by the KZN Champion BARISTA, Goodchild. Try our new signature Jalepeno Stack Chicken Burger or our new Meaty Grilled Platters. Download our new Wimpy App to enjoy amazing rewards.

The Bed store is conveniently situated the crescent mall. We are a specialist bedding retail with customer service in the forefront of our company ethos. We at The Bed Store have chosen a extensive range of beds from leading bed Manufactures ( Sealy Restonic, Cloud Nine, Dreamknights, Henwood and Genessi). The Bed Store being a national retailer is able to offer you the best deals on your bedding requirements any day of the week.

Mugg & Bean On The Move is conveniently situated in The Crescent Mall and offers perfectly brewed coffee and a selection of freshly baked muffins and cakes. Quick and convenient, this classic eatery is the perfect spot for meetings, mid-shopping munchies, and grab-n-go meals. Or, order online and get your freshly baked and brewed goodies delivered right to your doorstep.

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ince then, we have been quietly watching as his creativity and social media presence gained the recognition it so rightly deserves. When we bumped into him recently, we decided that it was time to shine a spotlight on his years of hard work, dedication and perseverance in such a tough industry. His diverse local fashion and beautiful suits are testament to his artistic vision, and we are delighted to share his story with you!

Tell us abouT Thabiso?

I am a township boy with big city dreams. I am a servant of Christ, I have such a fear for the Lord. I’m a passionate creative, and a multi-faceted individual, an entrepreneur, trend analyst, fashion contributor, a stylist, designer and the proud founder of Princebespokes.

why Prince ThabZ? Tell us abouT your life as a fashion Guru? Prince is my second name, thanks to my mom! I know a lot of people assume that’s just my stage name. I have been working in the fashion industry in many roles for almost a decade now, and I eat, live and breathe fashion.

where did your Journey wiTh fashion beGin and where are you now?

I’ve always had a great interest and a burning passion for fashion but I tried dodging fashion because of the misconceptions it always came with, until eventually we crossed paths again. I realised my calling when I worked as a manager at a suit shop. It brought me so much joy, and my expertise was always well received by customers and brand managers. Now I’m running my own brand @princebespokes. We offer Bespoke tailoring and custom made suits. We are in the business of converting regular men into individuals of class.

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We don’t just sell garments, we are introducing a lifestyle and educating people on mannerisms and etiquette. We officially opened last year and we’ve went as far as scooping Best Menswear Designer at the SA Fashion Council 2019. We also showcased on many platforms and I’m constantly collaborating with many brands eg: Hennesy, Glenlivet, Sunstoppers and Tread&Miller just to name a few, because of the synergy and the natural flow between our individual brands.

whaT are your Plans and dreaMs for The fuTure?

I want to educate our youngsters in fashion and teach them that our greatest currency lies not only in minerals, but in our culture. I believe that we are abundantly blessed as Africans. With that being said, we’ve also been greatly exploited and brainwashed. I believe we now have the opportunity and the ability to reclaim and re-own our culture as well as our narrative. We will be able to bring about change in the fashion industry as will embrace our culture by introducing culturally inspired trends. I also want to run a sustainable fashion brand that will one day expand into a very established entity in order to create more employment.

your sTyle is all abouT The suiT. why? There’s just something about a guy in a three or a two-piece suit, and I love being that guy!

how lonG does iT Take To Make The PerfecT suiT? It takes two full days to make a suit.

why a handMade suiT vs off The shelf?

I believe that handmade is very personal. The craftsmanship is phenomenal as you are involved in everything from the design and fit, to the fabric selection and styling.

whaT is your favouriTe fashion Trend aT The MoMenT? Office wear with sneakers, or a power suit, paired with a leather sling bag.



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Words candice buckle

December is by far Umhlanga’s busiest time as tourists from all over the world flock to our beaches and resorts and loads of expats and those who have moved away return for the holidays to catch up with old friends and spend Christmas with their families. It’s no wonder, that by day and by night, a truly pulsating vibe pervades the village. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, here are some places that you might want to try out this festive season. w w w. t h e u m h l a n g a m a g a z i n e . c o . z a

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The George is well-known in Umhlanga for its great vibe and fast-flowing drinks. With a menu to complement your beverage, it’s a fantastic place to start a festive afternoon/evening, watch sport in a vibrant atmosphere, or simply share a few drinks with friends and family. As it’s at its busiest during the early evening and weekends, it is probably one of your safest bets if you’re looking for a sociable environment. Specials include “Match your Mate” on Mondays and Tuesdays, where you buy a meal and your mate gets theirs free, “2 for 1” Tequila and Jägermeister, and “R20 SAB Beers” on a Thursday.

As its name suggests, this is the place for you if you are looking to sink your teeth into something “meaty”, drink something cold and soak up a friendly and lively environment. It is characterised by outdoor seating and service and is a great place to watch sport, and offers hands-down the best ribs in Umhlanga. With corkage of R35 per bottle, you can bring your own booze or indulge in some of their large variety of boozy concoctions. As the evening goes on, the music tends to get louder, the vibe a bit more festive and you might just find yourself staying longer than you originally intended.

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The newest of the lot, having just arrived on the nightlife scene in Umhlanga, The Fat Goat has brought with it a high-end feel, with a well-rounded menu and a delightful brand of its own craft beer. Located in the heart of the Umhlanga village, it is surrounded by an array of ambiences. It has competitive prices, efficient staff and a relaxed vibe. This is accompanied with a fantastic range of wines, whiskies and beers. Come in on a Monday for their “Burger-and-Beer” special.

Having been in the “pub and grub” industry for a number of years now, Hooters continues to provide great specials and entertainment for all. “Funday Fridays” are for the ladies when cocktails are half-price for them from 4pm. “Half-Price Burgers” are on a Monday and “R19.99 Draughts” on a Thursday. Would you like to test your general knowledge? Why not rally the troops and join Hooters for their Tuesday “Quiz Night”? Oh, and be sure to try out their delicious curly fries.

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This dual-purpose establishment doubles as a Greek restaurant by day and then transforms into a bustling, overflowing nightclub by night, staying open until as late as 2 am on weekends. Gazi is a great place to visit after one or two drinks at The George and before you make your way to Raffles Nightclub, of course. Wear comfortable shoes so you can dance the night away to all your favourite golden oldies.

If it’s sophisticated, civilised drinks you’re after, then look no further. This bar is decorated with chic furnishings, golden chandeliers and Parisian-style seating. Sit outside to enjoy its European sidewalk café feel while you sip your Champagne or chardonnay. There are also a variety of craft beers on tap for beer lovers.

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The best place to meat in Durban Enjoy a meal at Durban’s finest grillroom. Awarded The Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.com

Voted top restaurant in Umhlanga by TripAdvisor and Top 3 steakhouses in SA by Wolftrap.

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Located just a few blocks up from Park Square, is this Hawaiian/ tikiinspired bar. From interesting concoctions and delicious cocktails, Lucky Shaker prides themselves on serving seasonal drinks in fun and innovative ways to bring the excitement back into the drinking experience. A little quieter than Umhlanga Village, this is a place to enjoy a meaningful conversation in a cosy setting. We recommend ordering one of the drinks that either come in the giant pineapple shaker, or the cute, Tiki mugs!

Set between Umhlanga and Umdloti, Beach Bums really does take the cake when it comes to the ultimate beach setting for a restaurant, with tables and chairs right on the sandy beach and the ocean waves breaking a few metres in front of you. While enjoying the blissful setting, one has a choice of either munching on a pizza or sipping a sundowner, or both. Beach Bums has also been known to host some big public parties that are definitely worth attending. So keep your eyes peeled for live music events and food and drink specials throughout the December period.

A true Irish pub in the heart of Durban North, Connor's is a cosy and hearty space in which to enjoy a Guinness while watching the rugby on Sunday. Wednesday is usually student and/or Karaoke night and is a huge hit amongst university students and young professionals alike, and you’ll usually find the crowds spilling out onto the streets. Connor’s Public House plays live music, televises all the sporting action and offers daily specials on their food and drinks menu. Most notable special is their “half-price” special on Mondays where selected pizzas, pub-grub and burgers are half the price!

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This is a fairly new watering hole in our midst, but to say we are impressed is an understatement! Offering the most tantalising burgers, this establishment also has many craft beers and specialities on tap, including G&Ts and daiquiris! Their specials span over the course of the week, making themselves a daily enticement. Happy Hour is from Monday – Thursday at 5-6pm, where you can get R25 draughts and R30 G&Ts! And on Saturdays, they do a “Sundowner special” where all cocktails are 20% off. We can’t not include the “Sunday Spitbraai” special either, where you pay just R100 a head.

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Words jem atkins


e all love to laugh. It’s true! No matter who you are, where you’re from or what you do…chances are that you just love a good chuckle! We actively seek out humour in our lives - in the people we gravitate towards, the movies and TV shows we love, the things we do for fun…and the entertainment we enjoy. I mean, have you ever in your life heard someone say, “Nah, I don’t really enjoy laughing hey – it’s just not my thing”? Never happened! Laughter has power I learned from an early age that laughter is a special kind of magic! And being able to harness the ‘funny’ is like having a super power - one that, if used responsibly, can grant the wielder access to many of life’s wonderful gifts – admiration, friendship, affirmation, health and well-being….and if you’re Trevor Noah – global domination and financial freedom!

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Most importantly to me at that time, being funny would often help me to avoid a welldeserved hiding! If I was being a little cheeky or obstreperous, or if I was misbehaving, I knew I could avoid the dreaded slop if my antics were also funny. You see, if my parents were laughing at me despite themselves…I wouldn’t have my bum warmed! Usually. I do, however, remember on one occasion my dear mother was actually laughing WHILE giving me a hiding… I guess you can’t win ‘em all. Years later I still marvel at the effect that laughter has on people. There’s something incredible about walking into a room full of bored, slightly uptight corporate lackeys, and within a few minutes having them all laughing, smiling and clapping at the nonsense coming out of my mouth. Laughter is energy And it moves through a comedy room like magic, releasing tension, connecting us and uplifting the spirit. And it’s contagious too! Ever marveled at how, simply by watching

someone else laughing, we start cracking up as well? And is there anything better in this whole world than the sound of a baby laughing? OK, maybe that sound the slot machine makes when you hit 6 bars and win a million bucks at Sun Coast…but I’ve never heard that one. Laughter has amazing physical properties too That’s right! It is literally good for your body! It strengthens your immune system and releases those wonderful ‘feel good’ chemicals – endorphins! It even diminishes pain! (I once read somewhere that in the 13th century - before the invention of anesthetics - surgeons used humour to distract patients during surgery. Talk about a high-pressure gig! I mean, my jokes are funny but I don’t know if they're funny enough to distract you from the pain of having a tooth pulled or a boil lanced!


If this is the case, perhaps don’t come to my show; try uMhlanga Medical Centre – I’ve heard it’s nice there.

This is great news if you’re not very good looking, can’t play guitar, or drive a beat-up 1970’s Datsun!

Laughter also protects you from the damaging effects of stress. And at this time of year, with manic work commitments, crowds of holiday-makers, increased traffic, family pressures, over-eating and the obscene cost of everything…we need all the help we can get!

If you’re pleasant to be around and can make her laugh…then fear not, my slightly unfortunate friend - you’re golden!

But despite its many wonderful properties, sometimes laughter isn’t always good. As a child, I had this infuriating habit of laughing uncontrollably when I was nervous or stressed, and especially when my father was scolding me for something. At these particular times, laughter was most definitely not the best medicine – it actually made things worse! Cut to: Jem having his bum warmed. Again! lAUGhtEr coNNEcts Us Early 20th century British-American poet, W. H. Auden said it best: “Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.” Humour is the perfect social lubricant – far better than alcohol (cheaper and no hangover!). It’s also the fastest way I know of to make friends, connect with others…and of course to impress the ladies! In fact, various studies (and I know this because I googled it!) have shown that women consistently rated ‘a good sense of humour’ as something they search for in a partner.

And almost nothing (besides a Rugby World Cup, of course!) unites us Saffas quite like making fun of those ‘mamparas’ in parliament. We share funny stories and laugh at memes about them online, and tell jokes about them around the braai. They just make it so easy, don’t they? So easy in fact that many of us comedians were very worried when Jacob Zuma was ousted – we feared that the comedy well had run dry. But (thankfully?) this has not been the case – we’re still laughing daily at the circus that is South African politics. And I suppose this is good because if we didn’t laugh we might actually cry. Ha! I bet those smug expats living abroad don’t laugh half as much as we do! Laughter is one of life’s simple, beautiful pleasures. And having the ability to make others laugh is a gift for which I'm truly grateful. I sell happy. I spread joy. But sometimes it’s a little more than that. The power of laughter also gives us comedians the ability to talk about uncomfortable or painful things - topics you perhaps wouldn’t dare bring up while standing around the office water cooler. However, on stage, microphone in hand, it’s go time! This is because humour diffuses tension, opens people’s minds, relaxes their defences, and helps them to see other

perspectives…all while laughing and feeling good. It really is a kind of magic! Want to talk about racism, inequality, poverty, entitlement, privilege, abuse…or even politics? Go for it! But just remember the golden rule – be funny! Because if you’re not funny…you may just get your bum warmed! So…choose laughter – it just feels good! And maybe come to a comedy show sometime…?

After a decade in the comedy and corporate entertainment industry, this Durban local has garnered a reputation as a highly talented Professional MC and indeed one of the funniest Comedians in South Africa. His performances are loaded with high-energy, intelligent observations, and dotted with hilarious antics and impressions. His sharp-witted humour makes for unforgettable audience interactions as he artfully skirts the line between funny and edgy. In August, 2019, his latest solo offering – ‘not famous’- enjoyed a sold-out, 3-night run in Durban!

catch Jem in "Christmas Comedy Special" At Gateway Hotel december 20th 2019 tickets via Computicket


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Cure your travel nostalgia at the uk emporium WorDs PRIyANkA GOveNDeR

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s one of our most powerful senses, taste has a massive impact on the way we store and retrieve specific memories. For example, I don’t remember the exact architectural jargon I learned while exploring St Paul’s Cathedral in London, but here I am two years later, vividly recalling the flavour profiles within the Terry’s Chocolate Orange that I polished off in the cathedral gardens. Like me, I’m sure a lot of you attribute holiday memories with specific tastes and distinct flavour profiles. Therefore, when bouts of travel nostalgia hit, you can’t help but develop an insatiable craving for the specific snack you overindulged in while overseas. Cue the solution to all your England-nostalgia woes: The UK Emporium! This franchise-based company opened in Umhlanga Rocks in December 2010. The store initially operated from the underground parking bay in Granada Square shopping centre. However, as more and more locals stumbled across this hidden gem, the need for expansion arose. Today, the store can be found in Chartwell Drive’s aboveground parking bay. After identifying a growing need for diversified snack options within South Africa, the UK Emporium established itself as a reputable specialist grocer by importing an array of quintessentially British sweets, savoury goods etc. By offering an authentic ‘taste of home’ to British expats, the store quickly became their go-to grocer of choice in Umhlanga. However, the store’s appealing products were not enjoyed exclusively by British expats. In fact, a significant portion of the store’s customer base is made up of South Africans seeking snacks from across the pond.

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Dennis Mitchell, the owner of the Umhlangabased UK Emporium, explains that the business is based on imports from the UK at wholesale prices. The emporium is essentially a retail outlet which specialises in confectionary, groceries, beverages and household products. As I walked through the store, I couldn’t help but feel excited as I spotted a number of my favourite British treats! From boxes of PG Tips a.k.a my favourite English tea, to the Hobnob biscuits that accompany each cuppa, I was definitely spoiled for choice. As an emporium governed by specific regulations, they endeavour to satisfy customers by changing their imports to suit their customers’ varied needs.

For example, South Africa’s fascination with English football inspired the UK Emporium to launch a range of Premier League football merchandise for local customers to purchase. With a wide selection of traditional sports memorabilia, locals will be wellequipped to celebrate each match in style. The Emporium also imports a variety of British souvenirs, allowing travel-enthusiasts to immortalise happy holiday memories in a nifty fridge magnet or Big Ben-themed figurine. The UK Emporium takes into consideration the various cravings customers experience year-round. From classic Cadbury creme eggs at Easter, to traditionally English Christmas candy, the store ensures importation for all major holidays so that customers do not have to endure an incurable hankering for international items. I suggest stocking up on your favourite

candied goods in advance as the store sees a heavy rotation of customers during the festive season. Trust me, you do not want to procrastinate when it comes to ensuring a sufficient supply of Terry’s Chocolate Oranges! So if you’re after a refreshing glass of Ribena or a generous bowl of Shreddies come Christmas morning, head over to the UK Emporium in Umhlanga Rocks’ Chartwell Drive, and indulge in pure British bliss!


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Words Priyanka Govender


s Durbanites, we can all agree that at one point or another, we began to take our proximity to the ocean for granted. But the thing is, beautiful things do not lose their shine simply because we become accustomed to their existence. Beautiful things will continue to shine for as long as we place a spotlight on them. So readers, today is all about highlighting the sheer majesty of our very own Indian Ocean. There’s a reason why prolific artists the world over have written songs, adorned canvases and even penned novels, about the allure of coastal living. Truthfully, life by the seaside is an absolute breeze, and those of us who are lucky enough to have the surf on our turf, will attest to the many benefits we enjoy as a result. For decades, health-aficionados have cited Vitamin Sea as the catalyst behind psychological and physiological well being. A study conducted by scientists at the University of Exeter found that coastal dwellers were

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likely to enjoy a healthier lifestyle compared to their inland counterparts. A variety of contributing factors shaped this hypothesis, namely: the carefree seaside environment, the abundance of sunshine, and the meditative effect of crashing waves. If we are to analyse the physiological benefits of coastal living, we need only look to the myriad of evidence-based studies likening sunshine to some sort of golden ecstasy. It is a well-known fact that Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to various terminal illnesses. Compared to the artificial lighting found in most offices, coastal dwellers enjoy a significantly higher exposure to natural sunlight, which therefore results in a greater absorption of Vitamin D. Coastal dwellers also reported an increased desire to engage in physical activity, such as seaside strolls, runs on the promenade and spontaneous dips in the ocean, due to the close proximity of the beach. But it’s not all about brawn, coastal living has an effect on your brain too!

Did you know that listening to the sound of ocean waves actually alters brain patterns, leaving you relaxed, revitalised and rejuvenated? Now that’s what I call current music! Coastal living offers many psychological benefits, which in turn help to improve your mental wellbeing. Unlike the hustle and bustle of crowded cities, life on the coast offers working professionals a brief respite from the daily grind. The recurring imagery of crashing waves creates an intensely meditative experience, and has been linked to decreased levels of stress and anxiety. The lyrics to Shekinah's hit song, “Back To The Beach” say it all. Much like the ocean, it’s a lot deeper than you’d think.

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I know, I know – we haven’t even got through the December vacation yet! But this is a great time to start thinking about where to holiday in April. Because you always need a holiday to recover from your holiday, right!? Plus, it’s always nice having something to look forward to, to get you through always-dragging January and the back-to-school blues. Words Candice Buckle

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the cavern


t’s April. There’s a bunch of long weekends and public holidays; and it’s mid-Autumn, which means the weather is just perfect and the leaves are turning. Maybe not in Umhlanga where it’s summer yearround, but there are plenty of places where you can sit back, relax, and experience the change of season and the diverse landscapes of KZN.

The Cavern

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, and in the Amphitheatre World Heritage Site area. A place of captivating beauty, it is surrounded by lush indigenous forests and clear 'berg streams, and is certainly the stuff of dreams. Just 3 hours from Durban, it’s a comfortable and cosy “home-away-from-home” for many coastal residents who take annual trips up to the mountains for a change of scenery. Activities include guided walks and hikes, fly fishing, canoeing, pony-rides and horse trails... or for the home-bodies, they can enjoy a quiet read by the pool or in one of the lounges, an elegant tea on the lawn, or a drink in the interesting Cave Bar. The Cavern is home to Bushman paintings, age-old rock carvings, which will school visitors on its interesting cannibal history too! Pack warmly since you’ll definitely feel the chill of the air in the early mornings and evenings!

Hartford House Nestled in the heart of the Midlands is the picturesque Hartford House, where 145 years of old world charm, modern accommodation and decadent cuisine is found in abundance. Guests can look forward to beautiful gardens, amazing service, and unique room decor. Returning guests stay in a different room every time they visit, thus ensuring an entirely unique experience. Food wise, Executive Chef Mathew Armbruster ensures that whether you choose the 4 or 6 course menu at dinner, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience. Breakfast is quaint and covers all your needs, from cheese and biscuits with fresh juices, to perfect omelettes and dessert-style French toast! The accommodation is simply sublime, for example, room number 15 boasts a gorgeous lake side view and a double bath that just screams relaxation! Mrs Goss personally oversaw the new additions and everyone loves the modern rooms, each one offering their own twist. The gardens are beautiful, and we really enjoyed taking long walks through the sprawling lawns and visiting the stables on a stud tour. Hartford House is truly incredible, and the staff are extremely friendly and 100% guest-focused. www.hartford.co.za

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rhino Sands

champagne Sports resort

Situated in the Big five Manyoni Private Game Reserve, Rhino Sands Safari Camp is a five-star tented luxury safari destination designed to bring an authentic safari experience to KZN. While the daily routine revolves around game drives and meal times, each day is set to be a little bit different than the one before. With a maximum of only eight guests in camp at any time, your stay is guaranteed to be a personal and exclusive experience. Each of the tented suites are situated in a private patch of riverine forest, with a stunning view of the river below where animals come to drink at permanent water holes throughout the year. With their own private swimming pools, lounges and outdoor showers, the guest accommodation is the ultimate in safari-style luxury. Little touches like sundowners and private dining under the stars make the experience that much more special and unique. While you’re gamespotting from the safari vehicles, be sure to notice the change in terrain and the Autumn bite in the air. This is surely a favourite destination for many, so book far in advance to book your spot!

Centered around athletic activities, if you’re into sports in any shape or form, this is the destination for you! The resort’s 18-hole golf course has been rated as SA’s most beautiful golf course in recent years, and with its clubhouse rated in the top five 19th holes in SA, the breathtaking greens set against the central Drakensberg mountains are truly a sight to behold.


But on top of golf, there is also Swimming, Putt-Putt, Tennis Courts, Bowling Trail Running, Mountain biking, Gym, Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Badminton, Squash and more! It’s also extremely kid-friendly, with its Little Explorers Kids Club which offers a selection of stimulating activities for the kids along with a jungle gym and scooter track to keep them active! With exceptional buffet dining, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice at meal time, and with its own salon and spa, you can really re-energise and treat yourself after a lengthy and rewarding sports game. Choose to stay in the Double & Twin Rooms, Family Suites, Inter-leading Rooms, Disable Rooms, Yellowwood Rooms, or Presidential Suites or Chalets, depending on your group size. www.champagnesportsresort.com

umngazi Want to discover the “real” wild coast in all its rugged glory? Head on down to Port St Johns for its indigenous forests, crystal clear waters, rugged coastlines, pristine beaches and breathtaking scenery. The bungalows are located on the hillside, amongst kaleidoscopic fauna and flora, with panoramic views of the Umngazi River mouth. You can choose from 6 categories of bungalows, all of which are individually furnished & tastefully decorated. There are many beautiful beach walks, mountain hikes, and waterfalls in the area, and you can also go canoeing and fishing in the river. There is also a spa onsite, where you can enjoy a range of treatments and after, bathe in the private spa bath, which enjoys the same spectacular views of the beach and ocean. www.umngazi.co.za


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Words Priyanka Govender

Spilling the tea on this health trend!


f you’re new to the world of Matcha magic, buckle up, because this trendy beverage is anything but a storm in a teacup. Rapid technological advancements and a plethora of social media platforms have ensured that this fine powdered variety of green tea remains a hot topic of discussion. The recent spotlight on matcha tea has led to a global fascination with its endless health benefits and extreme marketability. Held in high regard by lifestyle bloggers and medical practitioners alike, matcha seems more than likely to survive the fad diet culture that so many other products have fallen victim to.

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The origins of Matcha are firmly rooted in traditional Japanese culture. In fact, the name itself is derived from the Japanese words, “ma” which means “rubbed or ground” and “cha” which means “tea”. During the 11th century, matcha became a popular drink of choice in Japan, not just for the distinct flavour profiles within the tea, but for the meditative brewing process that accompanied each cup. The concept of matcha is all-encompassing and intends to engage the entire spectrum of senses.

food + drink From the growth of green tea leaves in specialised weather conditions, to the precise hand-picked harvest, matcha is anything but generic. The preparation of matcha is designed according to the tenets of mindfulness, and encourages people to immerse themselves in the authentic Japanese ritual of matcha-making. Traditional tools, such as the chawan (tea bowl) and the chasaku (tea spoon) are essential to this ceremonial process. After the green tea powder is scooped into the bowl, the star of the show, otherwise known as the chasen (bamboo whisk) is used to create the beautiful frothy texture that matcha has become known for. So, why go through all this effort for a cup of green tea, you ask? Well, apart from the immersive cultural experience, matcha is renowned for its array of health benefits. The composition of matcha is such that it allows for both psychological and physiological benefits.The regular consumption of matcha has been linked to a reduction in blood pressure, an increase in metabolism, various anti-aging and immunity-boosting properties, as well as improved brain functioning. This antioxidant-rich beverage contains three times the amount of caffeine in regular steeped green tea, and has been shown to increase energy levels while decreasing anxiety and stress. So, how exactly did the matcha movement arise? It seems as though a new health trend pops up each day, rearing its mysterious head until we get sucked into product consumption for the sake of fulfilling our curiosity. Think about it, just five years ago, you would be hard-pressed to find a golden latte or an acai bowl in one of our local cafes. But today, these superfoods are commonplace on restaurant menus. Why is that? Society’s fascination with multicultural cuisine and authentic travel experiences teed up perfectly with new age social media platforms. Matcha has offered high quality health benefits since the 11th century, but it wasn’t until platforms such

as Instagram, with its universal reach and labyrinth of interpersonal connections, that new generations were exposed to different cultural norms. The high marketability and aesthetic appeal of matcha joined forces with the human need for self-preservation, thereby popularising this healthy herbal beverage all across the world. The phenomenon has taken Umhlanga by storm, with matcha lattes and iced matcha teas occupying prime real estate on local restaurant menus. From The Woolworths Cafe to Mugg & Bean in Gateway, Umhlanga’s buzzing foodie scene allows customers to enjoy easy access to their favourite matcha beverages. In fact, the health benefits of matcha have become so popular that the tea is no longer confined to gustatory realms. Hey Gorgeous in La Lucia Mall has embraced the movement by offering Matcha and Manuka facials and body scrubs! Talk about a full bodied cuppa! I first encountered matcha in 2014, while travelling across South America. During a tour of Argentina’s countryside, my family and I were invited for tea with a group of locals. As proud South Africans, the concept of tea is synonymous with signature brands like Five Roses and Rooibos, so we were excited to explore the Argentinian art of tea making. To our surprise, we were treated to a live demonstration, wherein our tour guide showed us exactly how to brew the dominant Argentine tea, known as “Mate”. As it turns out, Mate and Matcha are inexplicably linked by the fusion of flavour and culture. From the authentic tea-making tools to the traditional method of preparation, Japanese and Argentinian culture had collided in the middle of a tea room in Buenos Aires. I was blown away as I processed the power of a single cup of tea. Centuries of heritage and travel were intertwined in these precious tea leaves. Two completely different hemispheres, climates and cultures had somehow crossed paths in history to share meaning over a cup of tea. If that’s not a Matcha Movement, I don’t know what is.

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Words Priyanka Govender

When it comes to the festive season, striking a balance between food, fun and fitness can often feel like a daunting task. Luckily, we’ve recruited Umhlanga’s best health and fitness experts to shed some light on all things ‘naughty and nice!’

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Sumaiya Essa is one of Umhlanga's most dynamic nutritional experts. She is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics. Sumaiya is extremely passionate about health, wellness and balanced nutrition. You can find Sumaiya at the Umhlanga Hospital Medical Centre, where she conducts consultations with clients.

How can we avoid the trap of overindulgence this festive season? Over the holidays, try to take the emphasis off food and focus more on enjoying some rest, spending time with family and making new memories. Remember: no one ever becomes unhealthy from eating one treat, so don’t panic if you overindulge at some point. It is important to not feel guilty about it and just get back on track at the very next meal. What are 5 healthy eating tips that our readers can implement right now? Eat more whole foods - By including more plant-based foods in your diet, and avoiding refined processed foods, you can help to prevent lifestyle diseases.

Plus, it’s better for the planet. Enjoy more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils and legumes. Fiber is your friend - Fiber helps to bulk up your meal to keep you fuller for longer, as well as prevent unnecessary “grazing”. It also reduces the risk of certain diseases. Fill up half of your plate with vegetables, include at least two fruits a day, and make sure the carbohydrates you choose are wholegrain.

What are the 3 things that you do every day in order to stay in shape? 1. I keep my portions controlled so that I can enjoy all foods in balanced amounts 2. I try to stay active and make a solid effort to move for about an hour every day. 3. I always consume my portion of fruit and veg for the day, even if it means blending it into a smoothie.

Be mindful about snack time - Aim to eat when you are feeling physically hungry, rather than eating because of high stress levels, emotional reasons or boredom. Stay hydrated - A lack of hydration can cause you to feel tired and sluggish, and may influence you to eat more for “energy” which could lead to weight gain. You can also attempt to “eat” your water by including more vegetables such as cucumber, spinach, baby marrows etc. Plan and prepare healthy meals for the week We are all busy. Cook your meals in advance and store them in the fridge so that they are ready to “heat and eat”.By doing this, you take the stress out of healthy eating by making better food choices when you’re running late.


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Xoliswa Nkosi is an energetic Group exercise Instructor, and a Personal trainer at Gateway Virgin Active. She has a strong background in boxing, aerobics and functional training. Xoliswa is highly motivated to help people achieve their health and fitness goals.

how can we avoid The fesTive food TraP wiThouT ToTally sacrificinG The ThinGs we love? Eat at least three healthy, balanced meals a day. The best way to avoid overindulgence is to prepare your own meals. Control your portion sizes and be mindful when dishing your meals. Keep yourself busy! You tend to eat a lot more when you’re bored, so be sure to engage in outdoor activities such as camping, water sports, running etc. Don’t deprive yourself! Be sure to include a few treats that you enjoy. Balance is key you can still eat and enjoy all your favourite foods in moderation. Stay hydrated! Drinking enough water each day is essential, especially during South African Summers!

how can readers MainTain Their suMMer body ThrouGhouT The year? To keep your summer body, eat healthy, balanced meals and exercise at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. Include a variety of exercises such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), cardio and strength training. Remember: some exercise is always better than no exercise at all. Please share five easy sTreTches/ eXercises ThaT PeoPle can do To helP TheM sTay fiT over The holidays? Do compound exercises like: 1. Squats 2. Push-ups 3. Lunges 4. Renegade Rows 5. Plank Always stretch after each workout to keep your muscles toned and supple. whaT are 3 ThinGs ThaT you do daily To sTay in shaPe? 1. I stay active/exercise every single day 2. I eat healthy, nutritious meals 3. Most importantly, I get an optimal amount of sleep.

how do you sTay MoTivaTed? I know where I was and I don’t want to be there again. I’ve become addicted to this journey of fitness and healthy living. The changes that it has brought about in my life emotionally, physically and mentally have been phenomenal! whaT is one dieT-relaTed MyTh ThaT you would like To debunk? Myth: Starvation is the solution to weight loss. Debunked: Starvation actually results in the opposite, which is weight gain - more specifically: fat gain. It’s all about eating right and listening to your body.


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"Hey Umhlanga, can we go Thrift Shopping?” Words CANDICE BUCKLE

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Castaway love


hen Macklemore said he was “gonna pop some tags” back in 2013, the trend for purchasing previously loved clothes was still new, especially in South Africa. Yes, Hospice shops and antique stores had been around for ages, but when did thrift shopping take the world by storm? When exactly was the image of mothballs and stained sweaters replaced by those of hardy leather boots and one-of-akind bomber jacket nostalgia? Thrift shopping is said to have originated in the US as a result of mass production when, in an effort to get rid of excess goods, charity fairs and garage sales came into being. In 1902, Goodwill Industries was founded and after the Great Depression, 100 stores around the US were opened to help alleviate the nationwide poverty crisis caused by it. So back in the day, thrift shopping was more of a need than trendy. If we go back to the world’s early internet sites like eBay and MySpace, we can trace where thrift shopping as a trend kicked off. With the world being more connected, the trade in goods was no longer confined to physical stores. eBay was one of the first sites to provide users with a platform to buy barely-used goods — Sophia Amoruso was one and GirlBoss, her autobiography, was adapted into a Netflix series about Amoruso’s multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.

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thE thrIft collEctIoN Basically, all that Amoruso did was purchase second hand items from thrift shops and flip them on eBay, selling them for what she knew they were really worth. She was perhaps one of the first to turn shopping for vintage into something cool. If you’re interested in online thrift stores and you haven’t watched the series or read the book yet, we suggest you get started. So, as thrift shopping became more and more “cool” in the USA, the trend began picking up all over the world and the move towards sustainability and long-lasting products went hand-in-hand with it. Today there are several epic thrift shopping experiences right here, both in the form of “real” stores and online and we can expect more. Sites like Second-Hand Umhlanga on Facebook provide users with the opportunity to sell and purchase goods right in their suburb. Just like on eBay, sellers name their price and buyers offer higher and higher bids in order to secure the item they want (just like an auction). Many Facebook and Instagram users also use their platforms

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to sell their clothes, disclosing the original price and the reason for selling. All in all, buying clothes from somebody else, or wearing so-called “hand-me-downs”, is no longer a taboo or a disgrace. Rather, the act of recycling is commended and buyers and sellers feel guilt-free. Did you know? The noun “thrift” originated from the verb “thrive”. “Thrifty” means to use money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. “Thrive” means to grow or to flourish with a clear sense of prosperity. The Thrift Collection is a well-known Durbanbased thrift store, which trades online (mostly on Instagram) and also trades at the I Heart Market every month. One of our first thrift stores, it’s been around since about 2012. Still White, an online shop from which you can get goods delivered to you in Umhlanga, sells thousands of discounted and preowned wedding dresses where you can buy your dress from the bride herself. Since a

wedding dress is usually only worn once by the bride, this is a smart investment and a clever way to cut total wedding costs. In the heart of Durban you’ll find a handpicked collection of previously loved items inside one of the rooms of The Antique Café where Vintage Quirkiness takes you down memory lane with its beautiful vintage items and accessories. If you take a little trip up north into Ballito, Castaway Love at the Lifestyle Centre is the perfect place for you to get your fix of vintage clothing. Offering an edgy mix of graphic T's, denim skirts and retro jackets, they offer everything from boots and belts to badges. They also have a fairly active Instagram page, where they post new arrivals and sell online too. There are also a ton of second hand furniture and book shops around, including City Buy & Sell (Umhlanga), The Charity Shop (Durban) and Books at Kensington. So what are you waiting for? Join the trend, save money, and support local!

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restaurant review

The Starters

The Mains

The Fig Tree Nestled in the heart of Simbithi Eco-Estate, The Fig Tree restaurant is a haven of culinary excellence.

The appropriately dubbed “Coastal Platter” was the perfect way to kickstart our foodie feast! Fresh, flavourful and bursting with lemony goodness, this serving of seafood was abundant in both seasoning and size, making it ideal for sharing! A generous portion of chilli prawns, cajun spiced calamari, beer battered fish goujons and crispy shoestring fries offered a marvelous fusion of flavour profiles and complementary textures. The prawns, calamari and fish goujons were uniquely appetising, thereby transforming the dish from a simple platter to a veritable Smörgåsbord of tantalising tapas.The subtle heat from the chilli prawns and cajun spiced calamari was perfectly balanced by the succulent fish goujons and creamy mayo dip.

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s we enter the lively restaurant, we are immediately embraced by Executive Chef Gary Opperman, a world class culinary genius with immeasurable talent at his disposal. The sleek modern interior of the Fig Tree is decked in sunlight, courtesy of the exquisite floor to ceiling glass windows, offering patrons unparalleled views of the golf course. From authentic wood finishes and cosy lighting, to the fusion of local South African art, the restaurant is a treat for both the mind and body. The air is abuzz with the chatter of satisfied customers, and as we peruse the menu’s impressive selection, we interact with several staff members, all of whom are friendly, attentive and incredibly hospitable.

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The Mains Simbithi’s cashew crusted chicken is considered to be somewhat of an institution, earning high praise and rave reviews from foodies all across KZN! This hearty meal is comprised of two succulent chicken breasts coated in a crispy, cashew nut crust, before being plated upon a bed of egg noodles and julienned vegetables, all of which is immersed in an authentic Indonesian peanut sauce. The fusion of exotic flavours and Indo-Asian spices resulted in a truly remarkable dish! The rich textural variance in the dish is a direct result of the crispy cashew crust, crunchy julienned vegetables and creamy peanut satay. Next on our “must try” list was the beef burger topped with bacon, avocado and feta. The beef patty was juicy and tender, working perfectly with the decadent crumblings of feta, and the side servings of shoestring fries and gigantic battered onion rings completely sealed the deal for us!

Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, this creamy, dreamy caramel cheesecake will leave you well and truly smitten! Fluffy and delicate, this baked cheesecake sits upon a moreish base of fudge and biscuit crumble. Smothered in a velvety caramel sauce, and topped with slivers of toasted almonds, this indulgent treat ensured that our experience ended on a truly sweet note!

032 946 5403 www.simbithi.com Sagila Ln, Simbithi Eco Estate

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beauty review

All I want for Christmas is a Femilift


From Aesthetic Options

o one talks about the things that make us

I loved Aesthetic Options friendly professional staff,

females feel uncomfortable, like stress

everyone is very discreet, and all rooms are very private.

incontinence, either after having children, age

The directions to the rooms are also well sign boarded

or even in young woman especially during

within the Pearls, follow the boards, to the 4th floor, with

sports, we don’t talk about the vaginal laxity, dryness or

easy parking right outside. I know longer have the need to

involuntary urine leakage and we definitely don’t talk about

“squeeze” which is great!

our sexual health. The recommended 3 procedures, done once a month If you have any of the above symptoms, then the FemiLift

for three consecutive months, are far less costly than its

is the perfect solution for you. Dr Ehlers not only makes

surgical counterpart, a lot less invasive and the results

every lady that walks into his office to chat about the

are noticeable after the first procedure. Aesthetic Options

FemiLift immediately at ease, he leads the questions

use the Alma Laser which is the best laser company in

and therefore makes it a very comfortable and easy

the world, and it is FDA approved. Dr Ehlers tells with such

conversation to have. Dr Ehlers is a gentleman, with a real

pride the story of elderly patients that no longer need to

passion for what he does, and really believes in helping

wear adult diapers after the procedure, this you can see,

women to live the best life they can, and for women to not

means the world to him, genuinely being able to help

have to live with embarrassment, and to get help with a

woman feel completely and utterly safe to go out in public

simple non-surgical procedure.

or even better to sneeze without being embarrassed. And

The benefits of Alma FemiLift • • • • •

• •

on the flip side helping young sports ladies to focus on We asked one of Aesthetic Options recent clients to give

their best times and competing, instead of worrying about

us some insight into the procedure and the results to

mishaps along the way due to leakage. Dr Ehlers explains

date: The procedure itself as described in the brochure is

that the vaginal tightening procedure is what helps

“ immediate results, without experiencing pain or taking

support the bladder, besides the added sexual benefits,

time off “ and admittedly is exactly as stated. It is painless

this is not always the focus for the ladies he sees, though

and is over and done with in less than 20 minutes, there

80% of women see a marked improvement in sexual

are a few moments when the laser “heat” is felt but the


rest of the time and with Sister literally holding your hand throughout the procedure, it is completely and utterly

The FemiLift procedure surpasses current available

painless. The Laser has different Frequency settings and

market solutions, while presenting an excellent outcome.

that is set to the level that you can handle; they check on

It works! Symptoms are reduced or completely eliminated,

you often during the procedure that you are comfortable.

allowing women to return to their normal activities

There is an immediate need after the procedure for

immediately. FemiLift is a versatile solution to treat

a pantyliner as your body reacts to the “trauma” and

various feminine indications quickly and effectively.

immediately starts the process of healing itself. There

As the procedures are conducted in an out-patient setting,

was absolutely no other or further discomfort for the

and does not require anesthesia or down time, ensuring

days thereafter, except for a dull period pain type feeling.

that women can resume their routine – and regain

Completely bearable.

their confidence as the procedure shows immediate improvement and lasting results.

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Fast, safe, easy and effective Immediate results Hygienic, single use probe Minimally invasive outpatient treatment Co2 technology – Clinical proven, optimal for collagen remodeling No down time, no pain. Routine procedure integrated easily into feminine healthcare.

FemiLift provides effective care for a highly diverse range of needs; including • • • • •

Vaginal tightening Stress Urinary incontinence (SUI) Vaginal dryness & recurrent infections Post-menopause – GSM Post-delivery rehabilitation.

087 806 8700 www.aestheticoptions.co.za

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Living Intentionally Words Rakhi Beekrum


t seems like just the other day that we were excited about the dawn of the new millennium. Then we were excitedly anticipating the 2010 World Cup. Yet here we are, a few weeks away from 2020!

I’ve overheard a few conversations recently between people who were eager for this year to be over because it was “such a bad year”. The truth is that years are not good or bad. Both good and bad things happen each year. The questions we need to ask ourselves are: Are we living by default? Just allowing life to happen and going with the flow? Or are we intentionally creating the life we want?’ Whatever has happened this year, it’s not over yet. You still have time to end strong. It is up to you to spend the remaining weeks purposefully and meaningfully. Every single person on this earth has the same 24 hours in every day. It’s how we spend them that matters. Granted, some have more resources than others. But if you really think about it, a great deal of our time gets consumed by activities not related to what’s truly important to us. As a simple exercise — take a few minutes to think about your most important priorities. Now take a look at your calendar/diary and compare how much of your time is allocated to those priorities. For most, the two do not correlate. Time is one of our greatest assets — more valuable than money. We can always make more money, but not more time. So it’s essential that we are mindful of how we spend our time and what we allocate it towards. Ensure that you are allocating time to what is important in your life. 1 January 2020 does not just mark the start of a new year, but also a new decade. Be intentional not just about what you want to achieve, but also about the type of person you would like to become.

Have a vision in your mind of what that looks like, because the ability to visualise the bigger picture will guide your daily living. It’s our daily choices that determine our destiny. Once we have a vision of who we want to be, we are more able to make intentional choices about our daily lives — about what to give up, what to do more of and what to learn. Life is unpredictable. Do not wait for something amazing to happen — take charge and create the type of life you want to live. Be intentional about ending this year on a high and set the tone for a positive start to the new decade!

Every single person on this earth has the same 24 hours in every day. It’s how we spend them that matters.

RAKHI is a counselling psychologist in Durban North. She has a strong social media presence and uses her platform to advocate for mental health. @rakhibeekrum

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Pamper Yourself


Umhlanga, 6 Aurora Drive, Ridgeton Towers Cell: 063 497 1076 | Email: pamperyourselfumhlanga@gmail.com

BERNINA machines are synonymous with Swiss precision.. Inventiveness, entrepreneurial spirit and the unconditional desire to offer customers the best quality, are still the most important values for BERNINA – values with long-term benefits. This is the reason why BERNINA is one of the leading manufacturers of sewing and embroidery machines. We have a long tradition of focusing on quality and innovation Customers who visit Bernina Durban North find passion, enthusiasm and a desire to offer their customers all they would expect from a superb range of products. Customers will find a store which not only stocks sewing equipment but also haberdashery, sewing thread, on-site technical repairs and even sewing tuition.

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Third World Country, First World People Words Grant Gavin


e are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful country. It’s sometimes difficult to put into words, but there is something truly remarkable about South Africa and especially the KZN North Coast. I am reminded of this every single time I travel. I always leave the country looking forward to getting away from the doom and gloom of the politics and social and economic negativity, but after even the shortest time abroad, I always look forward to coming back home. We are a third world country, but with first world people who can make a difference. Our first world people have created pockets of excellence around the country with “first-world-plus” suburbs and facilities. Despite the high number of sellers citing emigration as their reason for selling, property buyers are looking at the North Durban suburbs as their destination of choice when it comes to searching for property. Durban North has been a growth node for some time now. According to Private Property statistics, the median asking price in KZN has grown by 2.3 percent since the last quarter, and seven percent year-on-year as at September 2019. When it comes to a provincial breakdown, Durban North catapulted itself to the top of the list of the top five most searched suburbs nationally on remax.co.za during the third quarter of 2019. This rise in popularity should continue as the Umhlanga, Sibaya and Cornubia zones keep growing, with new stock, new developments and new office parks attracting new companies into the area. What’s more, with school catchment areas being an important factor for families, the North Durban suburbs are a prime location for buyers with children, thanks to the abundance of excellent schools in the vicinity. I’ve been asked more than a few times in recent months about the impact of emigration on both the property market and the demand for homes in our suburbs.

My answer is always concise. Sellers will always sell, and for a variety of reasons. Right now, “emigration sales” are as high as they have ever been at any time in the last 15 years. A greater factor for sellers, however, is downscaling for either financial reasons or their stage of life. As long as there is a demand for homes in the suburbs, the market remains in balance. 2019 has been an incredibly buoyant year for our company. We are on track to sell over R1.2 billion worth of second-hand residential property, which will be a record year for sales in the 21-year history of RE/MAX Panache. In an emerging economy, one has to be able to take the good with the bad. We just need to keep reminding ourselves of all the good that exists in this beautiful country that we sometimes all too easily take for granted.

It’s sometimes difficult to put into words, but there is something truly remarkable about South Africa and especially the KZN North Coast.

grant is the Broker Owner of Remax Panache, an international speaker and an award-winning entrepreneur. www.grantgavin.com

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