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A N E A ST C OA ST WAY O F L I F E

LAND ROVER ABOVE AND BEYOND

Celebrating

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contents

in this issue 22

ISSUE 21

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CELEBRATING WOMEN

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LAND ROVER’S LEGACY Dealer principal Darren Gray in the driving seat; we talk legacy, staying power and exciting future plans.

Shauna Neill, Natalie Caradas Latham and Samantha Dos Santos share their stories of inspiration as women and entrepreneurs in a man’s world.

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BEAUTY WITH PURPOSE

A morning at Old Town Italy with enigmatic pastry chef Venessa Smith. We hear her story…and taste a legendary cronut!

Umhlanga’s Nombuso Mnikathi is not just a pretty face. The Miss Earth SA regional finalist is serious about preserving the environment.

OH, HELLO VENESSA

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FASHION, BRETT’S WAY

THE HART OF IT Popular DJ Darren Hart shares his journey to spinning the decks at some of the area’s most popular night spots. What a terrific teen!

Brett Robson lets us into her glamorous world, showing off the impeccable style and business acumen that propels her success.

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FOOD HEROES Shouting out our local produce, at the stunning Oyster Box Hotel. Learn about the entrepreneurs and faces behind the dishes.

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Restaurant review Eora

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#FabStuff We check out One Drop, Fabulash and the SmaakTM U-Hold Universal Car Air Vent and Desk Mount

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My Town Meet Umhlanga’s Nazrana Premlall

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Stuff you should know

feedback 62

Check out this month’s teen bit

What do women want?

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High Society social scene Spotted out and about in Umhlanga

Roxy’s Corner

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Rookie mom How to be a good enough woman

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Health What is health

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Property Gareth Bailey discusses the property market review

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editor’s note

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

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

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It’s about the women right here in Umhlanga and on the North Coast who make a difference in our lives. The most powerful women are the women around us that mould our lives. So, all that said, we have some stunning features dedicated to our local women: stories of inspiration from Shauna Neill, Samantha Dos Santos and Natalie Caradas Latham – all of whom are successful businesswomen. We tell the story of Venessa Smith, the quirky pastry chef from Old Town Italy and give you a glimpse into the glamourous life of blogger extraordinaire Brett Robson. Miss Earth SA regional finalist Nombuso Mnikathi also shares her powerful journey. Enjoy this jam-packed edition! Justin Scott, Editor email me | justin@fabmags.co.za follow us | instagram @fabmagazines @theumhlangamag


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We had our first visit to Old Town Italy for this edition. Our cronut and lemonata got mouths watering – a mammoth 2066 reach and 32 likes.

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my town

Nazrana Premlall Nazrana Premlall is the beautiful retail leasing consultant for KZN, for Growthpoint Properties. She is married to her best friend Praneel and is a mother to gorgeous teenage daughter, Payal. She lives, works and plays in Umhlanga and is a firm believer that ‘nothing rocks like Umhlanga Rocks!’ She lives by the motto: ‘if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life.’

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

Where do you like to work out? If it’s outdoors, then long walks on the beach promenade with my very frisky Maltese Lumpy and overweight Bulldog – Biscuit. And if it’s indoors, then La Lucia Mall Virgin Active: I love the comfort and intimacy compared to other options. My soon to be new favourite spot for my summer bod is Umhlanga’s Movement X, Durban’s ‘hottest’ new fitness movement to hit the 031!

What is your favourite restaurant to eat brunch at, in Umhlanga? Vovo Telo in the Umhlanga Village - the Durban ‘beach’ vibe on this stretch with the best morning dose of sunshine, not to mention the poached eggs with the coriander aioli makes this a firm favourite lunch and brunch spot for me! If it’s after dark, then Lupa Durban North is my obvious choice.

Favourite place to relax when the weather is good? Beverly Hills Sundeck or Elements downstairs – a view to die for, a glass of bubbly, a bowl of olives and feta, makes this venue every lady’s momentary dream escape! Favourite place to shop? La Lucia Mall in Durban – after 40 years of existence, this sophisticated ‘grand lady of shopping’ is still my mall of choice and offers the most exclusive, convenient and niche shopping experience.

What do you see as Umhlanga’s hidden gem? The Square Boutique Hotel has an amazing rooftop pool deck which has the most breathtaking view of Durban…and a gorgeous day spa. I’m not sure if most people in Umhlanga have discovered its beauty even though it has been around for a while, but I love it! Whether it’s a lazy lunch, day spa or cocktails – the friendly staff and atmosphere make it my secret hideout.

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Best place to grab a relaxing cup of coffee? I love ‘I Want My Coffee’ in Umhlanga Ridge. It’s located next to my office and they have the best vibe, chai latte and awesome service by the manager, Sam and his team.


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What Do Want? Words Jodi van Wyk

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lright, so it’s Women’s Month (yes, girls – we get a whole MONTH to ourselves). Since we’ve dedicated this edition to the fairer sex, we thought we would invite the gents to have a say…for once. We created a survey titled ‘What Do Women Want’ and sent it out to a few hunks; the results were pretty revealing! Let’s see how well (they think) they know us, ladies.

We asked five questions:

65,63%

1.What do women look for in a man? 2.How do you think women feel loved?

for a sense of humour

3.What makes a women angry? 4.Should you be willing to change nappies?

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those!)

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34,38% think we’re after their money!

of women value intelligence (take note, gents!)

of women agree (tut tut)

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consider looks as our main criteria (well…)

It appears our guys aren’t totally off base think we feel most loved when they spend time with us. Well done, boys! Here’s the proof: women feel loved when you spend time with them. Told

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of the male species believe intelligence is key (yes, we like

of women agree

5.What is most important to a woman?

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51,56%

of men think women look

76%

62,50%

voted for this one. (Tis true. Very true)

of women agree. Moral of the story? Listen

Up!

15,63%

said ‘everything’ makes us angry. Really? Are we that bad? of women get riled up when guys

69%

do not do what they said they would. Amen!


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When SMG Rocks opened for business in Lighthouse Road in Umhlanga in 2013 it made a statement from get-go. The dealership team hoisted a MINI to the side of the signature building and set the pace for an incredible ride. The distinctive pocket-rocket jetted up the wall in full view of motorists. So began a journey of spectacular success: a year later SMG Rocks was named 2014 Dealer of the Year by MINI SA, a significant award given the exacting criteria. To win the coveted trophy the team had to ensure excellence in the workshop, parts division and sales. It achieved ratings of 94% and more. “We surpassed all expectations,” said SMG Rocks dealer principal Kesin Munian. “We’ve made our dealership an interesting social hot spot.”

It boasts a Vida e Café with free Wi-Fi and is conveniently situated off the main road. “We are a proud member of SMG Group and we’re making the dealership the HOME of MINI.” “We concentrate on spectacular service and host cool activities to reinforce our brand.” One such event was a MINIacs (read MINI maniacs) event held in July which saw hundreds of MINI owners from around the country converge on Durban. SMG Rocks hosted the start of the rally and a colourful charity drive through the city to benefit old age homes. “Our motto is fun and our brand is exciting, but we’re never frivolous. We take our business and our customers very seriously and they’ve returned the compliment, which is why we won the Dealer of the Year award,” said Munian.

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Social Scene

KZN Sharks Board Umhlanga The Scene Members of the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence recently visited a few of their Base Stations along the North Coast. The visits were part of the KZN Sharks Board newly appointed Board induction programme.

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The People 1. Harry Mbambo, Mike Anderson – Reade, Shakila Maharaj, Priscilla McKay, Langa Dlamini & Xolani Khumalo 2. Mpho Lekoba & Thembalethu Ntimbane 3. Chairman of the Board: Mr. Sipho Mkhize speaks to some of the Sharks Board Staff at the Richards Bay Base Station 4. Greg Thompson & Mxolisi Msomi 5. Thandazani Madonsela & Thembalethu Ntimbane 6. Thembalethu Ntimbane, Ramphathie Naidoo, Priscilla McKay & Mpho Lekoba 7. At the Mandela Day Celebrations at Liv-Village were: Amile Ngalo, Mawande Mbambo & Wandile Mbambo

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Social Scene

Julio’s Opening Umhlanga Rocks The Scene Media and invited guests were spoiled for choice at the opening of Julio’s in the Umhlanga Village. The new spot prepared an array of amazing food, including pastas, prawns and grills – showing off their fabulous menu. A great evening getting to know the owners and staff of this gorgeous establishment.

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Land Rover Anti-Hijacking and Safety Evening Umhlanga The Scene Jaguar Land Rover hosted an anti-hijacking course recently, teaching step-by-step drilled instruction on hijack prevention and survival. Guests were treated to snacks while they were trained on how to keep safe in today’s environment. An excellent, informative evening!

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Old Town Italy Launch Umhlanga The Scene 1

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Celebrating Women

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Celebrating Women

JAMES BROWN SAID IT BEST: “THIS IS A MAN’S WORLD…BUT IT WOULDN’T MEAN NOTHIN’…WITHOUT A WOMAN OR A GIRL…” IN THIS ‘WOMEN IN BUSINESS’ FEATURE WE SPEAK TO A YOUNG BUSINESSWOMAN WITH A STRONG HEAD ON HER SHOULDERS, AND AN INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN WITH A FUN FAMILY.

Celebrating Women Words Roxanne Daniels

In the words of her brother, Natalie Caradas Latham has two jobs; part time overseer at Ebb & Flo Café and mother of three. Both jobs are full of excitement and change and Natalie does them with humble pride, forming an important part of her family. We loved chatting to this beautiful lady and her brother.

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e sat at the crisp white table across from one another sharing a delicious fresh bacon and cheese burger. Unconventionally, there were little slices of crunchy radish that added colour to the freshly made organic beef patty. Natalie explained that she, and her entire family, loves food. “My grandmother was Greek and there was always enough food when we visited; her hands were always oily because she worked with olive oil all the time,” Natalie fondly reminisces. “My grandmother taught my dad to cook and I learned from him and he’s been working with food for 50 years, so it’s genetic,” Natalie explains. Natalie’s love of food explains her involvement at the modern, sleek and new Ebb & Flo Café at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Her brother Jason Caradas, along with excellent chef, Brendan

Newport, conceptualised the unique dishes on the menu. Ebb & Flo is quintessential elegance; the sleek monochromatic décor and sublime vibe have made it one of Gateway’s trendiest spots. Natalie elaborated on the café’s New York influence, agreeing that it is unique and ahead of the South African food trends. Caesar salads that come wrapped in lush cucumber slices, burger patties made fresh to order and buns baked in-house. Vegetables are organic and the beef is freerange, adding to the idea of a zesty newness. “Our idea was artisan, with food on the menu that you would not get anywhere else. It’s fresh, new and exciting.” After the burger is the tasty Farmhouse Wrap, a light morning meal, and then the Basic Ebb & Flo breakfast two perfectly poached eggs with benedict sauce with tomato, ciabatta and honey glazed bacon. Natalie is proud to tell me that eggs at the café are only poached or scrambled, “My brother has been good with

sticking to the healthy, artisan theme, catering to a lot of people who are also going the no carb route, we also source all our produce from local subsistence farmers,” she says. “My dad and I share this breakfast every time I work, we order an extra slice of toast for it and start the morning off like that,” she tells me. (I think I’ll take my dad on a date to Ebb & Flo for the best eggs benedict he’ll ever taste.) There was certainly more than enough food for the two of us, and Natalie prefers it that way, admitting that a pet peeve is when there’s not enough food for everyone she’s catering for. Natalie, who like any other cook, cannot decide on her favourite food tells us she loves to cook for her family every night. “I love cooking for the whole family on Sundays. It’s our time to come together and catch up over a hearty meal. I love how food can bring people together.”

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Pure passion to prosper “I might have been only sixteen years old, but I knew I had found my passion.” These are the first words Samantha Dos Santos says, as she loosens her loose bun. She is petite but her eyes possess a fire that, judging by her feisty demeanour, is not easily extinguished. The fiery streak is genetic, she says with a wink. “I have Portuguese and Italian heritage. And,” she adds, “I was born in Benoni. You know what that means!”

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amantha was a tomboy growing up, until she found her mother’s bright red lipstick and smeared it all over her face. “My mother took part in pageants when I was younger and I loved watching her do her make-up. She always looked so beautiful and I wanted that, too.” Skin problems prevented Samantha from feeling as confident as she would have liked. “I was on every medication I could find, but nothing worked. I wanted clear, perfect skin so I found ways to clear it up. I was determined to cure my own skin and once I did, I felt strongly about helping others in the same position.” A determined Samantha approached her parents after school about opening her own business – a beauty salon she wanted to name Pure. “Of course, they asked if I was sure,” Samantha recalls. “But they supported me, on condition that I was prepared to put in the work. Being an only child meant I grew up around adults and I was accustomed to doing my own thing. I enjoy leading.” During her second year of studying somatology Samantha found her perfect spa space at the Core Sport and Wellness Medical Centre in Durban North. Although she remembers the premises looking “horrific”, Samantha remembers the bright, natural sunlight spilling into the room. “It just drew me. It was like a golden bucket of blessings! I had been working at home for about a year already, so I was excited to get my own space.” She had one night to design her perfect salon, so she sat with a ruler and pencil and sketched out her dream. When Pure opened in October 2013, Samantha

– at the tender age of 21 - was filled with a mixture of pride and nerves. “Suddenly, it was my job to make sure there were clean towels and enough stock. I had staff I was responsible for.” The first year of business was tough and Samantha dealt with periods of self-doubt. “I learnt that there would be months where I would go without my salary, so we could break even. Sometimes I thought ‘this sucks, I’m poor’,” she remembers. Samantha and her staff of three pushed through and Pure began to grow, hosting treatment days at SA Home Loans and Derivco. “We are a strong team that works well together. Pure wouldn’t work without each of us.” She might only be 23 years old, but Samantha has business insight far beyond her years. Having recently launched her own mascara, called Fabulash, (Check it out on our #Fabstuff page) Samantha is looking ahead to the next phase of broadening her business. She credits her parents for her keen business sense. “My mum and dad encouraged me to learn on my feet. Because of their belief in me I got to take a calculated risk, which I’m grateful paid off. I knew that if it didn’t work out I could count on my parents’ support. Opening my own business was challenging, but I learnt so much that school couldn’t have prepared me for.” She admits that being a women in business is tough, but it doesn’t faze her. “Yes, it’s difficult, especially if you’re as petite as I am. But if anyone messes with me I just pull out my Italian,” she laughs. “I’m proud of where I am right now but I feel there is much more for me to explore and achieve. I’m so excited about the future!”

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Handmade Success When Shauna Neill arrived for our lunchtime interview on a slightly overcast morning, I was down to the last crumbs of my panini. Shauna sat down, announced she was also starving and ordered a lamb pie with a dreamy smile. Within those first five minutes I decided Shauna Neill is a gogetter, a woman who knows what she wants and has no qualms striving for it.

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hauna’s earrings – a unique design of bright telephone wire, can you believe it – are one of the reasons I wanted to meet her. She owns Blossom Handmade, an accessory range she started as a home industry that has blossomed, excuse the pun, into an international business. The Mount Edgecombe mother of three has a background in marketing and brand management and was in the corporate world when she began to yearn for a creative outlet. “I had just had my second son and I felt the urge to let this side of me breathe. I have always loved fashion and grew up in a family that loved design and creativity.” She attended a jewellery workshop, a random decision on her part. “I made a few things for myself and every time I wore them, I would be asked where I got them from.” Around the time her third son was born, Shauna had an epiphany. “I looked at telephone wire and I saw something that was raw, natural and proudly South African. It has such a contemporary, wearable African feel. I started playing around with it, realising the possibilities were endless. I could do anything – there are 140 colours to design with!” Earrings, bracelets and necklaces made up the new range, which Shauna called ‘Ring Ring Bling’. “I love that name,” she says. “Ring ring of the telephone and bling for the jewellery.” She called her new business ‘Blossom Handmade’, after a nickname her mother had for her. “She called me Blossie!”

Blossom Handmade started slowly, with a pop up shop at a KZN Fashion Council event, where Shauna was introduced to the department of trade and industry. She was selected to go a trade fair in Berlin soon after. Blossom Handmade was soon being distributed to Namibia, Abu Dabhi, Australia, Berlin and Réunion Island. She is off to Africa Fashion Week in London in August. Shauna now employs three previously unemployed ladies, who make the jewellery at her Mount Edgecombe studio. Her unique cotton t-shirt necklaces are made at LIV Village in Cottonlands. “I think I was quite fortunate to have a background in business and a flair for design. This made me fearless when I started Blossom Handmade. I believed, and still do, that nothing is insurmountable. I had an idea and I ran with it, and I’ve been blessed to see it grow steadily,” Shauna smiles again. “Honestly, though, it’s surreal. I’m loving the colours, the styles and the fun I can have with jewellery. And seeing someone wearing my jewellery is an unbeatable feeling.” Shauna says discovering her passion later on in life is a thing of beauty, not a disadvantage. “My goal was always to work from home, so I could be with my children. I created my dream and I think to be living it at this age is such a lovely thing. There is a peace you experience when you know you are where you are meant to be.”

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HRH, The Pastry Princess

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Red hair, sparkling eyes and a laugh that echoes like wind chimes. Venessa Smith is like a bespoke cupcake – soft, sweet and sugary. Ironic, then, that she is a pastry chef with what she calls ‘a slight obsession with cake’. I spent the morning with Old Town Italy’s quirky pastry chef to pick up a host of tasty titbits, among them the legendary cronut.

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ld Town Italy has only been open for a few months but, already, it’s a phenomenon. And when I marched in with my trusty intern, Anima, I completely understood why. It’s like another world, one “where troubles melt like lemon drops, way above the chimney tops”…really. A bustling restaurant, juice and sandwich bar, butchery, a gelato station that triggered my inner child and a delightful grocer. Then, the bakery. Oh, the bakery. Rows of confectionaries that temporarily struck the word ‘diet’ off my vocabulary and, at the heart of it all, a perky pastry chef named Venessa. With her ballerina bun, denim dungarees and leather tool belt, she whizzes me on a tour through Old Town before we sit down with chilled bottles of Italian lemonata. “My family moved around a lot, to countless little towns. I went to, like, 15 schools,” Venessa tells me. “But I’m a Natal girl at heart.” One of Venessa’s earliest memories in the kitchen was on the family farm in Biggarsberg (near Pietermaritzburg) where she got away from the madness of the city. “I come from a family of chefs. We are all foodies in some way.”

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“My grandmother had a cake baking business and I remember, every time we would visit her, the smell of cake, or rusks or biscuits, in the oven. Who doesn’t love that smell?” Venessa smiles as she remembers her nanny, Sisi. “She was a big, bubbly mama who made the most extraordinary food, so I followed her around the kitchen a lot. She taught me to slice an onion when I was very little. The kitchen was a happy place for me; I remember sitting by the coal stove to get warm in winter.”

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While visiting her mother in Clarens during her late teens, Venessa had a wild idea. “There were so many little restaurants and coffee shops. I liked to visit them and started imagining having my own spot.” She opened Smokey Joe’s and soon developed a cult following, largely due to her unique coffees. “We had flavours like chilli-chocolate, marzipan malt, cinnamon supreme and Bar One. I got all the tannies in the area to bake cakes and other goodies, but I wanted flair.” So, Venessa got stuck into

the kitchen and taught herself to bake the most intricate, unique treats. “I’m a pastry freak, I think. Cake makes me so happy and it’s something I wanted to share.” She admits it was challenging initially. “I’m a sponge; I read every cookbook and food blog I could find and soaked up the knowledge. I got chefs to show me things I couldn’t understand.” Venessa believes her lack of formal training does not discount her in the least. “I taught myself to swim. There can be a recipe, but everyone has


their own interpretation and learning on my own gave me creative freedom and room to play. There is no room for error in baking, so it took a lot of practise. But I’ve put in the work and I consider myself a chef.” At this point in the interview Venessa asks if I feel like eating something sweet. My mind (the good part that remembered I’m supposed to be on diet) said no but I heard my voice saying ‘of course!’ She claps her hands excitedly and has a waiter bring out her proudest creation: two freshly made cronuts. Legend has it that Venessa was the first pastry chef in South Africa to try her hand at the delicacy made famous by New York chef Dominique Ansel, in June 2013. The cronut consists of layers of croissant pastry deep fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar, injected with creamy vanilla custard and slathered with chocolate. (Yes, I’m sure you can also hear the angels singing.)

“These are our most popular items at the bakery,” Venessa says proudly. “People reserve them, otherwise they’re sold out by 11am every day. I’ve seen fights break out over these treats.” She rolls her eyes jokingly. “It’s like all I’m good for is a cronut!” Venessa, who describes herself as a hedonistic foodie, says she is a creative at heart. “I sing, I paint…I was a fire dancer at one point. Food is a form of art, but I’m a perfectionist. It comes through in my work.” She is methodical about her future. “Right now, life couldn’t be sweeter. This is my family and I love the freedom I have in my bakery. I’m just having fun and every day, I make someone’s day. My goal is to become Durban’s pastry princess. Just watch this space!”

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Fashion Blogger

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Seeing through the

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Blogger (n) – ‘an individual who chronicles a personal log of thoughts published on a stylised web page’. That’s the dictionary definition. But when you meet Miss Brett Robson, you’ll discover that she is all that and a pinch of pizzazz, liberal lashings of style and a dash of sass. We sit down with the woman who appears to be single-handedly changing the face of blogging

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rett Robson’s name is everywhere – I mean, everywhere – and the most common thing I hear about her is ‘she’s got a guy’s name!’ “I guess my parents just liked the name,” she smiles and shrugs her slim shoulders. We’re sitting at a sidewalk café in Umhlanga Rocks and she’s got a pair of mirrored aviators on, complimenting her trendy pixie cut perfectly. It’s warm and she’s wearing a heavy, lined jacket. “I’m not taking it off,” she laughs again. “It’s going to totally mess up my outfit!” In a world where ‘bloggers’ are sometimes frowned upon or dismissed, Brett’s blog, Fashion by Brett Robson, has a distinct air of credibility. When she speaks, people listen. If she attends a fashionrelated event, it’s the event. What she wears has become law for her 7752 Instagram admirers, 3183 Twitter

followers and the mammoth 10 905 people who like her Facebook page. Yet, Brett’s enviable style has a simple mantra behind it: “if it vibes me, I wear it. I’ll be the girl wearing a skirt and open-toed sandals in the middle of winter. But it’s the same for every woman. There’s a reason you pick particular items to wear. That’s why I blog.” Brett says her investment in fashion started in her toddling years; she designed and dressed her Barbie dolls in elaborate ball gowns. Three months before she was due to start a B Comm at the University of Cape Town, Brett switched paths, choosing to study fashion design in Durban instead. “I just knew this was what I was meant to do. I always knew how to sew, but the illustration part of it took work. I put in everything I had; success was the only option.” At her first job, as an assistant

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merchandiser, Brett quickly learnt that design school does not prepare adequately for the world of fashion and design. “After I left that job, I decided to take a break. But I wasn’t very constructive…I styled, I freelanced and did other random stuff to kill time. Now, I look back and think I wasted a lot of time.” It was around 2010 when Brett started toying with the idea of blogging. “I don’t think I was very stylish back then, but people always commented on what I wore. I started putting up general fashion tips and trends, which people responded to. It started off hesitantly and on a small scale.” In 2012, she tried her hand at window

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drool-worthy, really) is spiced with snaps in Hong Kong, New York and Paris. And she has just launched her own clothing line, a ready-to-wear collection of affordable, unique items. “Indirectly, the fashion line was always a goal. Everything in the collection is something I would wear, from the joggers to the crop tops,” she said. I asked Brett how she finds time to manage her day job, blog, a clothing line and still keep up her hectic social schedule. “One word,” Brett says. “Scheduling.” She says her blog is her business and she’s all about building the Brett Robson brand. “Everyone wants to blog, but it can’t be a fulltime thing for me. I have to manage my time carefully; if I’m up at 2am it’s because I’m working on something for the blog. There’s a responsibility with attaching my name to something and I’ve got to be astute with my goals.”

dressing at Woolworths, Pavillion, working her style on the mannequins. “It was fun, but even there I knew I wouldn’t stay long.” Brett changed the face of her blog then, reflecting more of her personal style. That blog now boasts 40 000 monthly visits, with fashionistas around the country sitting up and taking notice. “The growth has even amazed me,” Brett leans back with a smile. “But I’m never happy. There’s still so much I want people to see, so much I want to give.” Life is peachy in Brett’s world: she has her dream job; as a merchandiser and designer for a company that supplies Jet, Legit, Hub and Ideals, she travels the world. Her Instafeed (it’s

There are possibly hundreds of women who envy Brett’s keen eye for fashion or crave her style. The blogger, who counts Rihanna as her personal fashion icon, says the key is confidence. “I take thirty minutes to do my make-up and between 10 and 15 minutes to get dressed in the mornings. Okay,” she admits, with a giggle, “I have a lot of clothing out on racks because I don’t have any more space in my cupboards! My shoes can’t fit, either. I have ‘little cleanses’ but I just can’t let go.” Her achievements are down to a brilliant work ethic, which she believes comes from her mother. “My motto is to try everything once and always remain positive. I keep my focus in any situation, seeing through the glitter and moving on quickly. Listen, even I wanted to wear a sack, I’d wear it with my head held high.” One thing is for certain: Brett Robson’s name is one that will ring through the halls of style for decades to come. As she makes her mark, she will do it with the utmost style and grace…wearing the most fabulous pair of shades she can find!

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Food Heroes inspiring communities Caviar from France, pasta from Italy, chow mein from China…you know how it goes. Eating ‘around the world’ is a treat; our eyebrows always shoot up when we hear that something on our plates has been imported from an exotic location. But locals are starting to stand up and dance their way onto our palettes – venison, strawberries, ham and cheese all produced and crafted right here in KwaZulu-Natal; who’d have thought? The KZN Food Heroes dinner, hosted annually at The Oyster

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n the words of The Oyster Box’s executive chef, Kevin Joseph, KwaZuluNatal is a treasure chest of amazing produce. “Sourcing fresh produce locally in an ethical way, for use in our kitchens, is ‘first prize’ for the chefs at The Oyster Box. The closer to home the food is produced, the fresher it is, the less packaging is involved, the more sustainable it is for the producer…and the better it is for our guests. A win-win all-round,” said Kevin. It was this idea that inspired Food Heroes, a grand dinner during which artisanal food was saluted. The dinner was unique in that those who attended not only got to taste the amazing local fare, but meet the farmers and producers, hear their stories and walk the Food Heroes journey. Kevin said the idea piqued him during his travels abroad: “One thing that stuck out for me was that, at every place I ate, the food ingredients were traceable. At the Oyster Box, we wanted to afford our suppliers the platform to showcase their products to a wider audience and in so doing create sustainability for them.” Kevin tells us they found there was an amazing variety of produce being grown and produced locally, of superior quality.

“We liked the idea that our ingredients were grown locally. As a tourist you travel to experience the local cuisine; that's what we are trying to achieve. At the same time we are going green and supporting our local industries.” In choosing the list of suppliers for the night, Kevin and Oyster Box general manager Wayne Coetzer drove around, stopping at places they found to be diverse and interesting. Not only that, says Kevin, but also looking for ingredients they could use. “This resulted in us finding the suppliers that we needed; it was also based on the requirements for a five course menu.” Kevin said acknowledging local cuisine is one of the best things an established business can do. “When we promote local suppliers we are helping promote growth, creating jobs and sustaining the environment. That’s the message we hope to bring across through KZN Food Heroes. There are people out there who are using their ability to create sustainability within the food industry. We need to support and praise them. With every business we change, a community is inspired.”

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Meet the Suppliers Charcuterie from Midlands Speciality Products This family-owned business is based in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, the Midlands. They specialise in a proudly handcrafted range of delicious Italian and German dry-cured hams, and sausages using authentic family recipes. Their products include pancetta, bokwurst, coppa ham, beef and pork bressoala and genoa salami. None of their products are chemically smoked, giving you a fresh, uncomplicated taste sensation. Venison from Zulu Waters Game Reserve This 7000 acre private African retreat is set in the Drakensberg Mountain Range and offers a unique experience of Africa,

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and the beauty of its wildlife. Herds of wildebeest, buffalo and the elusive antelope are familiar at the reserve. The Bushman’s River completes the serene beauty of the paradise. Hot air ballooning, horse riding and a tour of the caves are just the tip of the iceberg. Fresh Strawberries from Cappeny Estate Strawberry Farm Nestled in the sugarcane fields just outside Ballito is Cappeny Estates, where strawberries of the highest quality are grown using hydroponic production methods. Succulent fruit is harvested throughout the year and the public can buy from the farm, at wholesale prices. A pick-your-own strawberry facility should be open later this year!

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Cheeses from The Gourmet Greek Another family business, founded in 2012 and based in the Midlands on a small estate. They handcraft a unique range of gourmet cheeses and doublethick, traditionally strained Greek yoghurt. Jersey cow’s milk, sourced from a neighbouring farm, gives the cheese and yoghurt a creamy, authentic taste. The cheeses are pasteurised and handmade to the highest standards. Flowers from LIV Childrens’ Village LIV Village is based in Verulam and provides a sense of family and community to those who need it. Six hundred children are housed in 96 homes in the village. LIV Flowers has


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been going for 17 years on a three hectare plot, growing to one of the largest cut flower producers in the country. LIV Flowers specialises in hydroponically grown anthurium, gerbera and ruscus. Beer from the Nottingham Road Brewing Company Affectionately known as ‘Notts Brewery’, this unique establishment is found on the stately grounds of Rawdons Hotel in the Midlands. The independent brewery’s naturally brewed ales and lagers are legendary among locals and tourists. The purest spring water, drawn from an artisan well on the grounds, is blended with the finest quality hops and malted barley to create outstanding beers with undeniable character.

Fresh Herbs from Peter’s Herbs Also in the Midlands, Peter’s Gate Herb Farm has been around since 1997, named for the beautiful view over the Caversham Valley – a ‘glimpse over heaven’. It is a family-owned business with a love for natural, organic goodness; this love goes into every one of their wide range of herb plants, which each guest got to take home.

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Fantastic position. Iconic, desirable brands. A strong, skilled workforce. These three entities are powerful enough in isolation, but combined they become potent. CMH Jaguar Land Rover in Umhlanga Rocks has a winning recipe – we chat to Dealer Principal Darren Gray about success, vision and how they stay ahead of the game.

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MH Jaguar Land Rover is conveniently situated in Umhlanga Ridge New Town, overlooking the steady stream of traffic zipping by on the M41. Gleaming, luxury vehicles wink at you the minute you step into either side of the dealership – whether it be Jaguar or Land Rover. This, says Darren, is the CMH difference. September 1st will mark Darren’s tenth year in the dealership’s driving seat and he says he is only just getting started. He believes the dealership’s customer relations are paramount to its success. “It is a familiar philosophy, but it rings very true – our customers are absolutely vital. Also, the continual improvement of our product range and model line-up makes the vehicles appealing. This appeal for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles is directed at both new and used vehicles.” Another key driver to the dealership’s success, according to Darren, is its formidable team on all sales fronts. In the new vehicles sales division, Brand Manager Trevor Clack’s hands on approach and intimate product knowledge sets his teams high standards. The Used vehicles sales arenas are cared for by Stephen De Bruyn for Land Rover and Babu

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Budhram for Jaguar. In the service departments for Land Rover are Brian Rees (service manager) and Viven Naicker (foreman), while Vincent Govender heads up the team in the Jaguar workshop. The Jaguar service team was recently awarded Service Dealer of the Year for 2014 by Jaguar Land Rover South Africa, for the third consecutive year. Darren tells us this is an unprecedented accomplishment. “This award is recognition based on customer sentiment and survey response scoring. To win this prestigious award once is an achievement. To win it consecutively three years in a row is what sets Jaguar Umhlanga apart from the rest.

This achievement is attributed to a finely-tuned and focused aftersales team. Each technician is continuously trained to meet current manufacturer standards utilising the latest tools and diagnostic equipment, with the frontline staff committed to delivering excellent customer service.” Both Jaguar and Land Rover have outstanding reputations in the industry, something Darren and his team pride themselves on. Darren tells of several celebrities who service their vehicles exclusively at the Umhlanga branch, including explorer, humanitarian and author Kingsley Holgate. Several portraits


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BRAISES hang proudly in Darren’s office bearing Kingsley’s autograph and thanks. Darren smiles proudly as I ask about an autographed Top Gear poster behind his desk. “I think our reputation as the dealer of choice, precedes us. Kingsley Holgate is endorsed by Land Rover, but will only have Land Rover Umhlanga service his vehicle.” Darren mentions several benefits of buying your vehicle at CMH Jaguar Land Rover Umhlanga, one of which is the personal attention from the sales staff. “We believe in not just selling you a vehicle, but creating a lasting relationship. Our sales staff will contact their customers a minimum of four times a year, to ensure their happiness with their vehicle and find out how they are doing, and to ask if we can be of any further assistance. In addition to the sales experience we offer the services of an in-house financial team who can tailor financial packages to suit our customer’s financial requirements.” Darren and his management team boast a combined century of service to these iconic brands. This experience ensures they all stay ahead of the curve in a dynamic industry. Darren places emphasis on Jaguar and Land Rover’s iconic brand heritage and their relevance through decades of existence, from as early as the late

1930’s. “It’s about making an effort to stay ahead. Each of these brands have a fantastic legacy and iconic heritage, boasting performance, luxury and off road ability. A Land Rover can take you from the bush to the ballet and has positioned itself as the original pioneer and current authority in luxury SUV’s whilst a Jaguar sets the standard in style and performance as racing is in their DNA.” Looking ahead, the dealership is excited about future product launches and the fact that it is soon to undergo a facility revamp in line with Jaguar Land Rover Global standards. The new, more modern look will be complete within the next two years. “We are very excited about the next chapters in the business,” said Darren, “and we are constantly investing so we can deliver even better service and customer retention, ensuring we always go above and beyond to please our customers.” Call Us | 031 571 2610

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Earth beauty feature

Beauty with a purpose

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Rachel Carson once said: ‘those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts’. Though she may be astonishingly beautiful, Umhlanga’s Nombuso Mnikathi is far more concerned about preserving the beauty of the earth; through her ethnic magnificence, she is making an exquisite difference. We had an audience with the Miss Earth SA regional finalist.

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ombuso’s first taste of beauty pageants was in 2012. Though she had modelled before, she was devastated when she did not make it far in the national contest. “I felt rejected. I’d been told I should model before, but I thought it wouldn’t take me far. And I knew it would have to end someday and then what?” She found her niche working in property management in Umhlanga Ridge. “I found that I was passionate about property investment and interior design. Though I’m still carving out my career path, I love what I’m doing now.” She took a bad fall later that year during an epileptic seizure, leaving her with a spinal injury. “I couldn’t walk for a while, but on my way to work one morning I saw a poster for Miss Earth on a street pole. I found the details online but entered anyway, hoping I’d be able to walk by the time the competition began.” She impressed the judges and progressed to the top 12, but Nombuso’s journey

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with the pageant ended there. “I was so disappointed, because I knew my capabilities. If I had more time or resources I would have done a better job.” Nombuso entered Miss Earth for the second time, this year, and has made it to the top 30 regional finals. During her interview, she was asked why she had re-entered. “I feel I didn’t show what I can do, the first time. This is my chance to go all the way.” Part of the Miss Earth campaign is to work with underprivileged communities, establishing environmental projects. Nombuso has worked with Ethembeni School of the Visually Impaired and Physically Disabled where she planted 10 trees sponsored by Leitch Landscapes; as well as Rietvallei Combined School in Inchanga, teaching learners about waste and recycling. Her next project is to implement a Generation Earth club at Grosvenor Girls High School, her alma mater; While the words ‘beauty pageant’ may conjure up images of scantily clad women, glitz and sparkle, Nombuso insists Miss Earth does not fit into this bracket. “At our gala event, we don’t even wear bikinis. It is a beauty pageant but ultimately, it’s not even about the girls. It’s about the change we make through this pageant.” She recalls her previous top 12 experience being grueling, but rewarding. “You get to a point where you feel sapped, but you know you’ve changed a life. I’d liken it to giving birth; it’s a painful process but once you’ve finished, you are so proud. The changes we make might seem little and insignificant but generations after us will benefit.” Nombuso believes it is imperative for young adults to be constructive.

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“As born frees, we don’t realise how privileged we are. Everything is done for us, brought to us. But soon we’ll have to lead, and we need to start now. The youth of yesteryear fought for freedom; we have our own struggles but we aren’t fighting them. If we don’t deal with the small challenges we face now, we won’t be able to handle the bigger ones that are coming.”

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Writing Dreams Fancy yourself a writer? Have you ever penned something and then thought to yourself ‘I should get that published’ but you have no idea how or where to start?

Words Lorinda Scott

Mount Edgecombe’s Yvette Farinha did just that – and she tells us how. How long ago did you start writing Sunset Dreams? I started writing Sunset Dreams last year July (2014) – finished it in January, submitted it to the publishers and it went live at the end of February 2015. Did you think you would ever get it published? I’ve been writing since I was 17 and I still have all my handwritten copies together with my typed attempts in a box at home. Never in a million years (so clichéd, I know) did I ever think I’d see my passion come to life. I have a beautiful library at home that my hubby specially made for me and when I slotted my very own book into it, I cried. It was the most surreal experience I’ve had. When you started investigating the viability of publishing, how easy was it? It was really difficult. I think (and I stand corrected) for those in the know, that unless you are in the loop with the publishing world, it’s really tough to find someone in SA to help you. There are several really wonderful sites that were able to assist, but nothing viable. It’s really expensive too.

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How does the “marketing” of these books work in SA? Overseas they have book readings, signings and radio interviews. A friend of my sisterin-law published a kiddie’s book and when she discovered that I was hoping to publish, she contacted me with the details of Partridge Africa. I contacted them and it was a back and forth line of communication for weeks on end they are based in the States. They were fantastic and incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Marketing relies solely on you. The usual media portals such as Facebook, Linked-In etc., help, but it’s really gruelling doing it yourself. I contacted several leading book stores in the hopes of setting myself up with them, but unfortunately, they have their own distributors and it wouldn’t be lucrative for them. Partridge offers everything – at a price though. I signed a media press release and this will go through to over 100 media outlets throughout South Africa, Australia, UK and USA. It’s quite cool because they sent me a list of all the channels it was being submitted to; SABC, several radio stations, numerous newspapers

throughout the country including leading newspapers, so I’m really excited about that. Have no idea when it’s supposed to happen, but I do enjoy a good old surprise. Did you use a publishing agency or did you go it alone? I self-published through Partridge Africa. When you self-publish, you do everything yourself; from choosing the cover, to writing up the sleeve, picking the paper and the way you want your gutters inside the book, the headers, the footers, the font...oh my word! Plus, on top of that, you need to edit it yourself, too. That, to me, was the most difficult thing about the entire process. You see your own writing over and over again so to edit it is seriously tough – you don’t see the mistakes after a while. Tell us about your experience as a whole. From start to finish, it’s been something that I’m happy to say I can tick off my bucket list. I am published and, as expensive as it was and knowing that I still have so far to go, I am so chuffed that my name is slowly but surely getting out there. That’s what I wanted from the start; I told myself it was never going to be about the money, but rather about people enjoying what I write, that they see my name and say “damn! This chick can write!” And then I want them to say: “when’s your next one coming out?” To anyone out there who is too scared of the risk involved to publish your work (poetry, music, stories) please don’t be; it is one of the most rewarding, exhilarating experiences you’ll ever have... To get a copy of Sunset Dreams, drop Yvette an e-mail: authoryvief@gmail.com or visit her blog at https://yviefauthor. wordpress.com.


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Travel Feature

Winter Forest Retreat Nestled below the Ingeli Mountain range near Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal and surrounded by breath-taking indigenous forests, the Ingeli Forest Resort is the perfect place to chill and unwind at your own pace!

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e recently took a leisurely drive there with the family, leaving one Friday afternoon after school and hoping for a relaxing, bonding weekend away. Well, that is exactly what we got. From the moment we booked in, assisted by the very friendly and helpful staff, we felt right at home. We had been booked into the deluxe rooms, which have both garden and forest views, but the Scott family took one look at the raised log cabins and asked to spend the weekend there instead. We were WELL warned that the log cabins can be noisy and less “private”, as you can hear every squeak, step and door, but we loved it! A group booking in the cabins is the best option. We loved our cabins and really did not mind hearing the morning giggles coming from our kids next door. Ingeli offers the perfect mix of complete relaxation, with nothing to do BUT relax in the comfortable lounge areas where you can read a good book or play a board or

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card game with the family, or, once you have had enough of that, the options of taking to the best mountain biking and trail running routes, or enjoying some great hiking/walking, birding and exploring opportunities, all of which are relished by the more adventuresome and active families. Our family loved the tennis court and we spent alot of time laughing and running there. When we had had enough of that, we would head up to the restaurant and order drinks and snacks and have another round of a card game or two before heading back to the tennis court. There is also a fantastic swimming pool, which I’m sure is perfect for the summer months. What we especially liked is that the resort really does cater for families of all ages — there are kiddies’ jungle gyms and a kids’ play area with child minders available for the younger crowd. The new putt-putt course also got us playing a round of adventure golf with just the most perfect view.


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We also have to make mention of the restaurant here. Breakfast is a buffet meal which caters for everyone’s needs and we thoroughly enjoyed it. In the evenings you can choose between an à la carte menu — with orders being served promptly and perfectly as the kitchen is not under major stress thanks to the buffet option — and a full buffet dinner, which is extremely popular. The food is good and the staff very friendly! The fireplaces are lit and inviting in all the chill zones, but our evenings were spent playing pool and darts in the bar area, which was loads of fun with the competition very keen! After that we would end off the evening with a leisurely walk back to our cabin during which we all took a moment to enjoy the star-filled sky such as only the middle of nowhere can offer! The brave grabbed a blanket and lay under the stars for a while (this is the middle of winter in KOKSTAD, after all) but cold winter nights

are the best! The rest of us boiled the kettle in our room and made coffee, grabbed a furry blanket and had the last round of cards and laughter outside on the deck area before going in to bed for a blissful night’s sleep. The Ingeli area also presents some awesome photo opportunities which we, as a photo-loving family, took full advantage of. You are spoilt for choice, with forest, natural bush and mountains right on your doorstep calling to you to explore, even though the couches and relaxation areas tempt you to put your feet up and do anything but be active. The Ingeli Forest Resort is a mustvisit and we found that winter was a perfect, cosy time to enjoy all that it has to offer.

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rom playing the saxophone in primary school to being a full-time DJ; it took a year for Darren Hart to acquire his serious skills behind the decks. He is now one of the most sought-after DJs in the U18 club scene. Check out our Q & A with this talented young star.

When did you start DJ’ing? I started around three years ago. At first, I practised in my room off a controller. After a year, I moved onto my goal of playing live at events. Where did your love for music start? I have had a passion for music for many years. I think it started when I first played the saxophone in primary school, at Clifton Preparatory. Can you remember the first time you tried to DJ? My first time trying to DJ was actually very confusing and frustrating. Back then, I taught myself everything. But I’ve always loved to try new things so I gave it 100 percent effort. What was the first gig you played; tell us about that experience? My first event was overwhelming. I had won a competition to DJ at Grom Event’s grand opening, called ‘Revolution’. It was hosted by Ayanda Ngidi, Andile Ngidi and Kyle Graham. My time slot was the opening set, at about 7pm, so I was pretty sure I wouldn’t have a massive crowd. But in the end, the crowd reached about 500 people! I’d never been so stoked with the results and feedback. What does DJ’ing mean to you? Sharing my passion with others is where I’m at my happiest, to be honest. It just brings so much energy and passion into my life. I always say that behind the decks is my happy place! When did you believe you had become a successful DJ? It was when I started receiving bookings for gigs almost every weekend… although, it wasn’t just that. I won the Party in the Park competition, which was very tough: the first two DJs to reach 1000 likes on his profile on the Party in the Park page won the competition and got their first booking for the event! After that win I knew I was going somewhere with my career. Then, in April this year, I was booked to play at the first Wonderland U19 event hosted in Durban so it definitely has been a great two years of DJ’ing for many big festivals and events. What kind of music influences you? I love the genres of ‘Minimal’ and ‘Rolling Electro’. So, where you do DJ regularly? Where can we find you? I normally play for Grom Events U18; most of their U18 events are all outdoor festivals! (More information at www.gromevents.co.za or www. facebook.com/GromEvents)

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Teal Hogg’s eyes are the same shade as her name, cool and clear as the ocean. They regard you intently as you talk to her, but they positively glow when she talks about her passion: surfing. The 17-year-old lives to surf.

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er bottle blonde hair streams behind her like a ribbon as she looks down Chartwell Drive, to where just a glimpse of the ocean can be seen. “It’s so gorgeous down there today,” she says. “I should be down there on the waves,” her grin widens and she bounces up and down a few times, as though she could run down to the beach at a moment’s notice. Teal is in her final year at Crawford College North Coast and calls herself a ‘Rocks Girl’, being born and bred in Umhlanga. Teal started learning to surf when she was five years old. That might seem young to some, but she believes if she could walk, then she could surf. “My father was a rugby player, but he couldn’t really teach me to play because it’s too rough for a girl. So, he taught me to surf.” Teal enrolled in the Roxy Learn 2 Surf Programme and signed up for her first competition at nine years old – it was the ChemSpec Junior Surfing Champs and she won the U12 division. But Teal was not a natural on the waves; quite the contrary, in fact. She says she was ‘goofy’ – a term used by surfers to describe newbies who surf with their left foot on the back of the board. “It might sound funny, but when I was little I really wasn’t a fan of the beach. I couldn’t handle the sand in my toes. I would rather have watched cartoons. But something changed when I got on the board and saw the world from the water.”

Teal won her first South African title in 2013 and is the current under-17 South African champion, a title she has held for two consecutive years. She recently participated in the Ballito Women’s Pro, where she placed third. Her victories are not just down to undeniable inbred talent, but to hard work and unceasing training. When she is not on the water, Teal boxes or trains with mixed martial arts to improve her fitness, co-ordination and reaction time. She also enjoys running, water polo, hockey, soccer and swimming. She tells me that her ultimate goal is to surf professionally which, boasting sponsorships from big brands like Rip Curl and Hurricane, she is well on her way to achieving. Teal will represent South Africa at the World Junior Surfing Championships in California, in October. Her role model is Australian pro-surfer and current world number one Sally Fitzgibbons. “Women like Sally are showing the world that girls can also surf. I think we do it better than guys, for sure…we just need to up our game a bit,” Teal nods emphatically. I ask her what surfing means to her and her response is: “sho!” She pauses for a bit, then says: “Surfing has taught me about life. Every wave is like a choice, you have to think quickly…are you going to let it close out on you or run it all the way to the beach? When I’m in the water, nothing else matters. It’s just me and my board.”

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Name: Dylan Hibbert Birth date: 28/06/1991 How old were you when you realised you had a passion for photography? I only really got into it during my college years in Australia. A friend of mine (Jay Argaèt) was really into it and he inspired me to do the same. So, around 20. What inspired you to take photos? I always found myself being in super rad moments and wondered if other people were seeing what I was. Taking photos of what I was seeing was just a means of prolonging those moments and creating a way for others to see it too, I guess. What is your favourite scenery or object to take a photo of and why? Definitely the sea. Not one single shot will ever be the same.

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Name: Heath Thistle Birth date: 13/07/2000 How old were you when you realised you had a passion for photography? It was about a year ago when I realised that taking photos isn’t just snapping photos; it’s a lifestyle that I want to pursue. So, I was around 14. What inspired you to take photos? When I picked up my very first film camera, a Canon AE1. It just taught me to look at photography in a different perspective. After that, I bought my first digital camera. What is your favourite scenery or object to take a photo of and why? I tend to take photos of most things such as sport and nature. I just find it very relaxing to look at the photos that I take from those categories.

Full Name: Hlanganani Vena Age: 17 YouTube Name : HlangaSaid What made you decide to be a YouTuber? I fell in love with YouTube after watching videos on it for a couple of years. Seeing my favourite international, as well as local, YouTubers’ channels grow - enabling them to make a living and travel the world made me want to take on that lifestyle. I combined my ability to make people smile with my love for technology and decided to give being a YouTuber a go. I started Youtubing purely because I have a passion for it and not for fame, although I’ve been inspired by YouTubers such as KSI, Joe Weller and Joe Sugg; as well as SA born Caspar Lee and Calvyn Justus who matriculated from my school. Who around you supports you the most? My closest friends and my little sister support me the most and believe in me. What are my goals in terms of my YouTube future? My goal is to one day make a living from YouTube and make as many people as I can laugh and smile, as well as travelling the world and filming all the moments on the way.

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Restaurant Review

Eora ticks

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he Ridge Road strip in Umhlanga Rocks, anchored between the Umhlanga Centre and the Protea Hotel, is emerging as a new “go to” area for foodies in the know. The Spar is earning a reputation as the best grocery option in the village, and the restaurants include such favourites as Press Club, Harveys, Fish & Bamboo Sushi. So when I heard I was reviewing Eora, a trendy new spot in this foodie paradise, my taste buds did the jitterbug. My fiancé and I breezed in on a balmy, quiet Saturday afternoon (the world and its brother seemed to be at the Durban July, so I was only too happy to have Umhlanga to myself) and were greeted by the beautiful Bonnie. What a treasure. Bonnie is a great host and made us feel like old friends. My mouth was watering in anticipation as I read through the grills, seafood,

winter braises and banting selections; but first we had to try some of Eora’s tapas – crispy calamari with harissa mayo, crumbed halloumi with babaganoush and BBQ chicken satay with a spicy peanut sauce. Now, usually I’d wrinkle my nose at halloumi but Eora got it just right, especially with the babaganoush. The calamari, in LJ’s words, was ‘the winner for round one’: lightly salted and devastatingly tender, with the mayo adding a sexy heat. Amazing!

my knife and fork, but eventually gave up after Bonnie assured me there was only one way to enjoy ribs – with my hands!

For mains, LJ went with the 300g rump, served with a dollop of mushrooms, red wine jus and spinach. The steak was tender and beautifully flavoured – I snagged a piece and found it to be deliciously moist. I couldn’t make my mind up for mains (nothing unusual) so Bonnie recommended the Chinese style pork ribs. Oh. My. Word. The sweet and sour sauce almost had me in tears, and the meat simply melted from the bone. I tried to be a lady and handle the ribs with

Eora ticked all the boxes for me. They’ll be a hit with any crowd, young or old – perfect for any occasion. Give them a try; you won’t be sorry! We’ll be returning soon to try their famous breakfasts…..

Not that we had much space, but we shared a piece of carrot cake and a chocolate volcano for dessert. The carrot cake was seriously out of this world, and the chocolate volcano was something out of a dream: a warm cake with an explosion of liquid chocolate…need I say more?

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How To Be A Good Enough Woman

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o you ever feel like, no matter how hard you try, it’s just Not Good Enough? Although August is about celebrating women, all these stories of incredible overachievers defying the odds can be quite depressing. Oh, you started a non-profit that educates underprivileged girls, teach yoga to the elderly and wrote a best-selling recipe book? That’s nice. Today I made snacks, tidied up, and got the cat down from the tree. I did have a shower, though. That three minute shower was my act of hygienic heroism for the day. You’re welcome, world. There seems to be this impossible standard of womanhood that constantly leaves us feeling Not Good Enough. From career to kids, from your relationship status to your bra size, we are being bombarded with advice from all directions on how to improve ourselves. No wonder one feels Not Good Enough. No wonder one gets sucked into a comparison game with other women that leaves you resentful, or depressed, or momentarily smug as you watch another

mom negotiating with a screaming toddler until five minutes later when it’s your child having a colossal tantrum in the shopping aisle. Is there any other way to do this potentially powerful but often intimidating identity called womanhood? I think there is. It’s called Grace. I don’t mean grace like someone who is elegant and sophisticated. I mean Grace like love that hasn’t been earned. Grace that is acceptance - just as you are. Grace that is an endless supply of forgiveness no matter how many mistakes are made. Grace isn’t denying that there is a standard. Grace is what makes up the difference for our shortcomings. It’s love that fills the gap when we feel Not Good Enough. But here’s the secret… Discovering true contentment in your role as a woman doesn’t start with giving grace. It starts with receiving grace. It’s hard to accept love when we feel like we don’t deserve it. It’s hard to accept forgiveness when we know we’ve let someone down. We even struggle to receive a compliment without saying something negative about

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ourselves! What do you do when someone pays you a compliment? “Oh, this shirt? I’m so overweight it’s the only thing that fits me.” “Ah you’re sweet, but my hair is so frizzy. I wish I had straight hair like you.” Many of the women I know have high expectations and can be hard on themselves when they don’t measure up. So receiving grace feels very counterintuitive. But grace is being loved, appreciated and worthy because of who we are, not because of what we do. That’s how grace saves us from the tyranny of Not Good Enough. There aren’t a lot of relationships, religions or ways of life that offer grace, but as women we need it so desperately. I know I do. This Women’s Month, perhaps it’s time to push aside all the fanfare on what’s so amazing about women, and go on a intentional journey to find out what’s so amazing about grace.


Restaurant review

Belly. What I absolutely loved about each of the main courses was the way they were served — nothing comes as it usually does and it was refreshing, exciting and very definitely my new

Asian Twist at Greedy Buddha

favourite way for fillet, or whole baby chicken (which can so often be very “tired”) to be dished up. The other truly outstanding feature of this restaurant —something I just have to mention — is the speed with which everything comes out of the kitchen, with presentation very much on point. The desserts were another blow-away taste experience and truly exceptional. We had the Chocolate Brownie with Amarula Foam, White Chocolate Mousse and Fresh Mango, which was so refreshing and each bite a treat, and the Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Citrus Cream and Candied Popcorn was a taste sensation of major proportions. (Seriously, don’t you just feel like getting in your car and going to eat there right now?) We loved the fact that the chefs

Words Lorinda Scott

(although they executed the dishes

P

absolutely brilliantly) asked for our

alm Boulevard has become

the starter menu. It was a total taste

feedback — it shows the passion that

home to the latest hidden

explosion! The ThreeTempura 7-spice

goes into what they serve up. Jess, the

gem of a restaurant, The

Prawn Tails with Coconut Pea Puree and

owner, has the perfect recipe at The

Greedy Buddha — an

Salsa emerged as the firm favourite! The

Greedy Buddha; it shows in every facet

eatery where the vibrant and

Ducking Fantastic Wrap also was highly

of the dining experience.

friendly atmosphere beckons you from

rated, as were the Szechwan Chicken

the moment you walk in. The staff are

Chilli Bites.

We will most certainly be back and we look forward to the new extensions and

fun, friendly and extremely competent. Shortly after our arrival, with drinks in

For mains we had the Bang-Bang

trying the lunchtime cocktail-type menu

hand, we looked at the menu and were

Noodles (wok-fried egg noodles, with

that is in the pipeline for the new deck

blown away by all the fantastic choices.

chilli and peanut dressing with crispy

area. Definitely worth a visit!

Everything has a twist and the Asian

chicken bites); the Flame-Grilled Lemon

inspiration is obvious from the name,

Chilli Baby Chicken with Wilted Greens

but everyone will find something to their

and Smoked Potato Mousse; the Beef

taste. We decided to be greedy Buddhas

Fillet with Fat Fries and Brown Butter

and taste as much as we could from

Hollandaise; and, finally, the Crispy Pork

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Health

The mind of a child needs to have the following firmly bestowed on them when educating. a. Happiness b. Love c. Peace d. Science and Maths – to be able to see the stars and universe! e. Time in Nature f. Contribution and service g. Diet and Nutrition h. Relationships i. Relaxation and Stress Management j. Religious and Spiritual k. Exercise l. Travel

What is Health?

I

am fortunate enough to have worked and been involved in fitness all my life. I was brought up with a health conscious family and always got involved in sports and activities. I eventually got to compete at a professional level. Did I regard this as a great and healthy lifestyle? For sure! Is it? I am now finding out that this is not the case. All health has to be maintained in an order of sorts, and in equal measure in the following categories: Mind | Body | Spirit Up until the end of last year I was in the best shape of my life. I own a group of gyms and manage programs and elite training for all manner of people. I was the lucky person who got to test all these programs out. What I didn’t realise was

although my body was in the greatest shape, I had sorely neglected my mind and soul. What do I mean by this? The mind is a realm where knowledge and education are endless. What that education is, is dependent on what you allow to be absorbed. A lot of this is due to a school and education system designed to get you and the population through a means to get a professional career and allow you to move through life with a means to a financial end. As you can see today’s education system values professionals like Lawyers and Accountants (I am not knocking this career path in anyway), but this is not for everyone. The question shouldn’t be “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, It should be “What makes you happy?”

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This way the ability to remain a child and also be wordly will make for a better rounded member of the real world. Who knows what an autodidact is? Look it up! They are the smartest people I know and Stephen Spielberg, Karl Marx, David Bowie and Leonardo Da Vinci to name a few are in this esteemed group.

“The cosmos is within us, we’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself” Carl Sagan. The Soul or Spirit is an area that I sorely neglected. I was so focused on the wellbeing of others in the physical realm, including my own, that I forgot the essence of Me. This has huge consequences and I have subsequently had to get back on track with reading and learning. The mind has felt the rejuvenation, much like training the body, the mind needs it. Allowing time to grow with rest, time alone, reading and learning from the writers and beliefs that suit you, has made the replenish of mind and spirit so worthwhile. Mind, Body and Spirit – Train them all and equally as much. Love!


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Property gareth@tysonprop.co.za | facebook.com/tysonumhlanga With Gareth Bailey, Principal of Tyson Properties Umhlanga & Gateway

Is equilibrium a good thing? Mortgage lending rates are greater than average house price increases, therefore, our market is not particularly attractive to speculators at the moment including many unseasoned buy-to-let investors who focus on capital growth rather than income yield.

Property

Market Review

A

t the beginning of the year we reviewed the property market outlook for 2015. At that stage, a sharp decline in oil price, a drop in global food prices and a stable Rand conspired to reduce inflation to an anticipated rate of 3.5% for 2015. As this rate was well within the Reserve Bank threshold of 6% we expected interest rates to remain constant for the rest of the year. The positive economic news combined with the low inflation/interest rate outlook was expected to generate increased disposable income, which would result in strengthening demand for residential property. This was expected to drive house price growth up to 8 or 9% for the year. Mid-year update According to the FNB Property Barometer Report, our market is entering equilibrium. Whilst pockets

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of undersupply and oversupply exist, the national supply and demand ratio appears to be well balanced. The FNB Valuers National Market Strength Index supports this finding with an index of 50% - reflecting equal aggregate demand and supply. When supply equals demand, theoretically, there should be no house price increases in real terms, i.e. after inflation is taken into account. In reality, our average house price increase for June year-on-year was 5.2% whilst inflation moved back up to 4.5% as the impact of the oil price dip passed through the system. Hence, after inflation, our average national house price growth does seem to be starting to support the theory! The average time of properties on the market has settled at around 3 months versus 2 months in the 2004/2005 boom and 5 months in the 2008/2009 recession.

According to the report, given mediocre house price growth, there is also no 1st time buyer panic to fuel demand. First time buyer panic is the fear of not affording to enter the market in the future if you do not buy now. Given that our market is free of speculative behavior, 1st time buyer panic and general overzealous activity, we appear to be operating in a rational, stable market free of volatility, which, in the current economy, is perhaps a good thing! Where to from here? We are still expecting a slow but slightly better economy in 2015 and mildly improved disposable income. However, our Reserve Bank governor has indicated that we are in a rising interest rate environment and we can expect a slow increase in interest rates starting in the second half of this year. The rental market and its yields are expected to strengthen mildly as demand is driven up by 1st time buyers holding out and by those who can’t afford to purchase homes in the current economic climate. All things considered, these factors are likely to maintain equilibrium in our market as we move through the second half of 2015.


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