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December /January 2013 issue 20


a north coast way of life





december 2012



january 2013


As KZN gets behind East Coast Radio’s Toy Story campaign we take a look at what it’s really all about


Our regular Christmas give away’s has bundles of prizes worthy of entering. All you need to do is send an SMS.



3 of Ballito’s community stars share a little about themselves and what they are doing in the community.

33 BRIDGING THE GAP | THE JOURNEY TO A JOB 36 BUILDING SCHOOLS FROM THE GROUND UP A look at what’s going on when it comes to building at three of the

North Coast’s schools.

40 BUMPER FESTIVE FEATURE 56 BALLITO’S ENTREPRENEURS 60 KIDS IN SAFE HANDS A look at the professional services available at Netcare Alberlito 65 edition 2 | the ballito meander






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Welcome I’m hoping to keep my editor’s letter short and simple. I reckon you’re either lazing around the house somewhere with your feet up and our magazine in hand, whilst enjoying the break or you’ve gotten back into the swing of things and have found a moment, brief as it may be, to read the latest copy of the magazine. So what does a short and simple editors letter look like, especially at this time of year? Well it merely has one theme or point, and that is to express sincere gratitude to everyone around me. This ‘thank you’ letter could become long and laborious but I feel the sincerity of it is hopefully gauged by its simplicity and authenticity. I am profoundly grateful to the team I get to work with every day. They share their days with me and I learn so much from them about the world, staying young and being ambitious – it is these traits that feed me when I am tired or feel less enthused on a given day. Thank you FabMags, it is has once again been a privilege and honour this year. To our readers, thank you for sharing your time with us, through our stories and the

pages of our magazine. Without you this magazine is pointless and I am grateful to have your loyal support. We love magazines and we love the fact that you love reading them and we’ll keep doing it as long as you keep picking them up. To our customers, who are more partners to us than clients, thank you for the unprecedented support. It means even more to us knowing times have been tough and yet you have continued to choose our magazines to invest in. Thank you. Lastly, to my own clan, know that I am more than thankful – I am truly blessed. I am loving the journey but only because taking it with all of you makes the bumps feel bumpier and the bends feel bendier, the laughs are always louder and the hugs always warmer and the house is always full - which is exactly how a home should be. To the woman of my dreams who made all my dreams come true – mwah! To all of you, a really sincere thank you and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Be safe and God Bless Justin


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CHRISTMAS STARS Our choice of three individuals who have made their special mark on the Ballito community this year

KIDS IN SAFE HANDS A look at the paediatric unit at Netcare Alberlito hospital and all they have to offer us and our children





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The Prestigio tablets have to be on the top of your shopping list if you are considering spoiling yourself or someone with a tablet this Christmas. The Ultra is more or less the same size as the Apple iPad, with a super clear 9.7” Capasitive multi touch screen. Under the hood this tablet is powered by Google Andriod 4.0 and a Cortex A8 1.0Ghz processor and has 16Gb internal storage plus the ability to add another 32Gb externally through an SD card (iPad’s still dont have this feature). The built in Wifi makes sure you can jump onto any wireless network and post photos from the tablets front or rear 2MP camera’s, use the webcam to do video calls or just surf the web.

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Having played with the tablet I’ve got to say I’m impressed. It’s light, easy to use and the Android operating system is quick and easy to grasp. Getting app’s installed is simple and setting up your email, Facebook, Twitter and other stuff is quick and intuitive. I was also impressed with the fact that the tablet came with its own leather pouch which isn’t standard with many other tablets. All round it’s a great, affordable tablet worth the buy. The 2 year warranty adds to the appeal and makes you feel even more at ease than the team at PC Zone, Lifestyle Centre Ballito, who will help you with your purchase.

I’ve never played with a smaller tablet before so I was keen to see if the 8” would appeal. It did, really. Obviously it’s smaller and less like the traditional tablets we know but with a similar spec to the 9.7” you quickly forget that it’s a smaller tablet device. It’s portable, easy to handle and really adaptable. It works extremely well for browsing the web, working on your email and handling all the social media stuff we like. The slightly smaller screen isn’t suited for the likes of QuickOffice but that’s what the big brother (9.7”) is for.


TABLET PC Zone is giving away a 9.7’ Prestigio Tablet to one lucky reader. All you need to do is SMS PCZONE and your email address to 33903. Email a copy of a receipt from any PC Zone store to to be entered multiple times. Every receipt counts as an extra entry. T&C’s apply. SMS costs at R1.50

Priced at only R1 999.00 from local retailer PC Zone it’s a close second in the tablet race behind its bigger brother.

best local mobi site to try out these holidays telephone number and a copy of the advert placed in the latest edition of the business directory. The team behind Ballito’s oldest business directory has launched a comprehensive mobi (think website on your phone) business directory. The site, allows you to find businesses by categories or by a name search. Results quickly present the businesses

The site is clean, fresh and easy to use on your phone. So if you’re searching for an online “Dolphin Coast” business directory visit or use the QR code provided, simply use your phones QR scanner and click away! Book online to be in April 2013 edition when the next 15 000 Hi Quality A5 directories are distributed.


Ballito MY TOWN

my town

andre barnard With a deep passion for life, love and family Andre has settled on the North Coast and made it home for his family. Leading an active and healthy lifestyle he has played provincial rugby for both the Lions and the Sharks as well as putting in time playing rugby in Wales and England. Ballito is now Andre’s playground and this is his town.

To pop in and get odds and end on a Sunday New favorite has to be Tiffany’s Spar after a pumping church service at Linc church

Workout Mitchell Strength - Terence Mitchell is a guru when it comes to Strength training and this gives me an awesome base to pursue my other interests. Tash B Pilates where my wife reminds me who wears the trousers and exactly where my hamstrings and core is!

Take a walk I love taking walks along the Ballito promenade with Tash, Asia and Carter. Enjoying what we have on our doorstep and reminding ourselves just how blessed we are.

Eat brunch SAGE - best chicken salad around and when tightening up on the eating plan a good healthy portion of scrambled eggs, fresh tomato and toast.

Grab a drink with mates The best double shot cappuccino at Yellow Cafe, Litchi Orchard. Fellowship there with mates is life changing, give me a call if you keen to experience life! BOOM!!!! Treat your wife to a romantic date Al Pescatore - man I love this place! Trevor treats people like royalty and his menu is careful of the complimentary cocktails they come with a kick!

Watch the rugga I love watching rugby with my family and mates, in the “calmness” of a home environment - The Wilson’s Bar and Grill has got to be the best in town! Manager Sene, barman Greg. CJ, CONNOR and CHAD are the hosts....ROCK STAR!




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giving Ballito

Will you be a part of Toy Story? Words Kirsten Heilgendorff

Christmas is a time for giving and to count our blessings. Unfortunately, when looking around KZN, it is clear to see that there are countless homes where this is not the reality; Christmas is no more than wondering where the next meal will come from and wishing for a soft teddy to snuggle up to at night. This is where East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game steps in. Toy Story is a charity initiative where new toys and food parcels are collected and distributed to the less fortunate every Christmas season. What started out as a very humble venture twelve years ago with a donation of only 300 toys, has grown in leaps and bounds with an astonishing 50 000 new toys and food parcels worth R1.6 million being given to the less fortunate children around KZN last year. This fantastic initiative not only gives children the chance to feel the Christmas cheer, but is also an opportunity for the people of KZN to do their small part in the bigger picture of spreading the Christmas spirit to those who desperately need it. The food parcels are delivered during the school holidays when children can’t rely on the meals that they would ordinarily receive at school. They are also nutritionally balanced to sustain HIV/ AIDS infected and affected families. The toys are delivered to children in paediatric wards at government hospitals in KZN, orphanages, crèches as well as child headed homes. Toy Story allows for everyone to contribute in their own way. Schools and businesses challenge each other to collect the most toys and money through the School’s Challenge and Corporate Day. East Coast Radio, being the major advocate of Toy Story also gets involved through events such as the live outside broadcast in Newcastle. The small community of Newcastle donated generously and

a phenomenal amount of R100 000 was raised in 3 hours. Anusha Timul, East Coast Radio’s Brand Executive feels that the station really contributes to the success of Toy Story by saying, “As a radio station, we provide a platform that is easily accessible for people to make a difference where they can”. Toy Story is a big part of the station’s calendar and has been for the past twelve years. The Toy Story initiative would not be possible without its other partners as well: Rotary’s team of volunteers help to sort and distribute the toys that are collected while Red Cross Air Mercy Services play an integral role in transporting toys to outer lying hospitals of the province. Berco Express facilitates the collections from Game stores and companies that get involved, while UTi assists with school collections. Thanks to these partners and volunteers, all money that is collected goes straight into the community as all logistical and delivery costs are covered by East Coast Radio. A smile on a child’s face is the best gift of all this Christmas and a small donation can make a big difference in somebody’s life. Families, children, individuals and businesses in the Ballito area have up until the 19 December to lend a hand and warm a heart. Contributions can be made by either donating online towards a food parcel or visiting your local game store and donating a toy. What better way to celebrate Christmas than by giving a child the unforgettable gift of love.

For information on how you can be a part of Toy Story, visit



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the party

The glamorous cocktail evening that celebrated the Launch of Headhunters at The Ballito Junction with informative speeches about the company’s beautiful history and exciting journey

The people 3




1. Wendy,Rio Hooper and Judy Hooper 2. Promise Mgobhozi, Ravitha Sing, Zjax WhiteleyBrown and Nikki Botha, 3. Ruan Swanepoel and Angela Pozzan 4. Minki Matthew and Anna Heyns 5. Zjax WhiteleyBrown & Sharneil de Klerk 6. Mandy Wallace and Daryll Dunnington 7. Roger McKee, Colleen Hartenstein and Bernice Purdon 8. Theresa Wetherill and Anna Heyns 9. Hennie Coetzer and Chris Marais

the highlight


Sparkling Champagne, delightful food and beautifully dressed people. Lots of glitz and glam with an exciting prize giveaway and hair product gift bags.








RVV Tile Gallery Ballito the party

RVV Tile Gallery has officially launched their branch in KZN Adam Park Ballito, their elegant tasteful showroom is of highest international standards with that unique Italian influence that gave us a chance to experience the quality of their products up close.



The people

10 Lelani and Craig van der Merwe 11 Paulo Estrela and Audrey Burrows 12 Charmaine Addison, Alberto Cerchiari and Michele Bacchion 13 Kate Wylie and Liezel Barnard 14 Andrea Morgan and Kerryn Geyer 15 Stacey Prinsloo, Kim Firestone and Lelani van der Merwe



the highlight

The elegant evening was started with 5 star Italian finger foods that complimented the champagne. Meeting international suppliers was very exciting. Amazing prices were given away and the gift bags were fully loaded with interesting goodies.



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stedone the party

Design Lab, an initiative by Stedone Projects launched at The Ballito Office Park.

The people



16 Hayley Edwards and Mellisa Govender 17 James Arnott, Paul Mulder and Graeme Davis 18 Gerhard Breedt and Roelof Jansen van Vauren 19 Thishan Naicker and Nikita Lopes Rajco 20 Paul Symes and Britta McMeeking 21 Jason Barnes, Scott McNair and Rick Molton 22 Robyn Jackson, Graeme Davis and Fiona Crago 23 Mike and Rita Hawkins

the highlight

A great, relaxed environment where different people got to mingle and connect. It was also interesting to see the Design Lab concept launch.









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the party

The Launch of Canelands Beach Club & Spa was a wonderful all day event. A grand tour was given of all the wonderful rooms and new Spa.

The people


24 Mandy Preston, Karen Owen and Jaclyn van Heerden 25 Nelly Thabethe and Rejoice Gumede 26 Lisa Mckane, Alison Kirk and Megan Norton 27 Sam Perumel, Trisha Penniroy and Arthi Moore 28 Caro Walker and Kesin Raman 29 Marge B and Claire Roodt 30 Rung button and Denise Bolland 31 Megan Norton and Mandy Mare 32 Nishara Naidoo & Margot Barnes


the highlight





The chef prepared a delicious meal and great prizes were given away. The wonderful friendly staff and beautifully decorated sea view rooms with the added luxury of the relaxing spa treatments.







BOULEVARD 44 bridal fair



the party

Boulevard 44 Boutique Hotel held a successful Bridal Fair which included an array of bridal stalls and a sensational fashion show by Glamorous Models showcasing Durban’s finest in wedding gowns, eveningwear and Menswear.

The people

33 Lucille Nagel, Eunice Steenkamp and Melissa Nagel. 34 Storm Catterick and Kimberley Lomas 35 Nicki Moritz and Zia Van Der Merwe 36 Mabongi Khawula, Michelle Mann and Juliet Downes. 37 Rowan Howes, Loyiso Mantanga, Shamir Madanjeeth and Jarred Nicholson 38 Craig Nel and Johan 39 Chloe Stone and Aurielle Naicer. 40 Renalda Hoffmann, Chanel Stone and Kelly Summers.



the highlight

During the Fashions show Jarod Nicholsan from Glamorous Models entertained the guests with a surprise break out of the Gangnam Style dance moves which had the crowd in fleets of laughter and cheer.
























ASHTON debutante and squires



the party

All the Ashton 2012 debutante, squires, teachers and parents getting together for another fabulous night to celebrate their work towards various charities. The Collesheen Estate hosted the event again and it was a fabulous evening out.

The people

41 Matthew Kensett and Caylin Weedon 42 Damien la Marque and Daniel Charles 43 Joe Erasmus, Bronwyn Gahagan and Andre Buys 44 Rivania Govender and Harishta Mathura 45 Christopher Hill, Megan Schulze, Cara Conway and Byron Gold 46 Rynhardt Botha, Angelique de Agrela and Gabby Kayer 47 2012 debutantes and squires 48 Nicci Dreyer and Cristan Sardinha with Marce Murray and Taryn Holden.

the highlight

Always the amount handed over to charity, the kids did so well! The beautiful dresses, and then the decor was fantastic, a few Ashton mom’s did amazing work, those fingers worked to the bones was so worth it, such a Beautiful Butterfly theme. The food was amazing, the entertainment (of Ashton kids) even more so! We danced till late ... again ..





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Gary PLAYER invitational



the party

The SAP Party Night at the Gary Player Invitational Tournament presented by Coca Cola and hosted at the Zimbali Coastal Resort.

The people 49 Gary Player and his grand daughter, Rebecca Throssell 50 Samantha Katz, Patricia Lewis and Jen Su 51 Evan Mervis, Dion Karagiannis, Roger Chapman and Brian McFadden 52 Angie Everhart and Carl Ferro 53 Donal Greig, Carly Booth and Ryan o’ Connor 54 Sir Ian Wright with Lali Stander 55 DJ Denvor Appolus, Jeremy Harris and Megan Sickle 56 Anthony Garstang and Tara Mulcahy



the highlight

The SAP Party Night was great but the highlight of the event has to be golfers, celebrities and business executives taking part in this years charity auction where a record of over R4 million was raised.







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Ballito stuff you should know

how to choose a Words Storm Catterick & Bernard Haberl


any people buy diamonds simply by the way they look. But what do we really know about these sparkly gems that we love to adorn ourselves with? Getting a good understanding of diamonds is very necessary before you even think of shopping for a special stone for that special someone. With this in mind, we chatted to master jeweller, Bernard Haberl, from Bernard’s Jewellery Design and Manufacturing, to learn more about the important stuff you should know when buying a diamond!

What are the basics that you should know when purchasing a diamond? To learn about diamonds you must first get to know about the "four Cs" of diamonds — the most important grades and categories:

Cut — the brilliance of a diamond depends greatly on its cut. If it’s cut right, the brilliance will be enhanced and therefore the price will be higher. Ovals, marquise and pears all cost less per carat than round cuts do. Clarity — defines the number of flaws in a diamond. The visibility, number and size of these inclusions/flaws determine the clarity of a diamond. The greater the clarity, the more expensive it will be.

Colour — colourless/white diamonds are the most desirable since they allow for the most “sparkle”. The pricing spectrum for fancy colour diamonds is completely different due to/because of the rarity factor. Diamonds come in a variety of colours, some of them highly prized (pinks, blues, even yellow). However in a white diamond, the presence of a yellow tint will lower the price of a diamond. Carat (weight) — the price of a diamond depends on its weight — large diamonds are rarer, so they are more expensive.

What is the most common cut? The most common is the round cut and, ironically, it is also one of the most expensive cuts. The reason that it is more common than other “fancy” cuts is because of the degree of reflection or sparkle it allows.

What is a certified diamond and why is this important? A certified diamond has been graded by a gemmological laboratory according to the "4 Cs”. A complete evaluation of your diamond is done and you are provided with a certificate which points out all the individual characteristics of the stone very precisely. Certificates also serve as proof

The Golden Jubilee, at 545.67 carats, is currently the largest faceted diamond in the world. Since 1908, Cullinan I, also known as the Great Star of Africa, had held the title. But this changed following the 1985 discovery of a large brown diamond of 755.5 carats in the prolific blue ground of the Premier mine in South Africa; it would later be cut into the Golden Jubilee.


of the diamond's identity and value. You should be able to trust your dealer. Non-certified diamonds have only been approved by a diamond dealer or jeweller, but not by a laboratory. There are three different certifications: 1. GIA — which is the best certification. One should get a GIA if the stone is two carats and above. 2. EGL 3. DIA Other certificates are available but these are the most common. Each diamond is allocated a number (much like an ID number) which can be tracked. The number is more important than the certificate itself as it makes it easier to replace the certificate if it gets lost.

How do you know if you’re dealing with a reputable jeweller? Always make sure that the jeweller is accredited with the Jewellery Council of South Africa. This will ensure that you will be getting what you pay for and not an imitation.

Colour Chart Colour plays an important part in choosing a diamond because colour impacts price. We’ve found the following colour chart that helps you understand the different colour grades you can find when shopping for a diamond.

Tel: 032 586 0889 | Address: Shop 62, Ballito Bay Mall Bernard Haberl: 082 924 8478 | Email Address:


Ballito christmas stars

philanthropic star Dr Thinus van Niekerk the man behind the wellknown Cosmetic and Dental Emporium. He moved to Ballito a year ago after a trip to Paternoster, a trip that would change his life forever. During his three-day trip to the small town, he had what he calls a very spiritual experience that ended in him making the decision to move to Ballito and open his own practice — he knew there was something bigger that he needed to do to make his life more meaningful and able to help others, especially the less fortunate. Thinus and his partner, Dr Zak Schabort, who runs the Cape Town branch of the practice, share the same vision for their “brand” — to be a modern dental practice that provides a tranquil, comfortable environment and offers a unique, holistic approach to treatment. This concept sets them miles apart from their competitors. Thinus has always felt passionate about helping others and realised that there was no form of dental


care for kids in the rural areas surrounding Ballito. He is currently involved with LIV Village, taking care of the basic dental needs of the children there. LIV is a foundation that provides holistic residential care for vulnerable children and gives them a chance to grow up and be the best they can be. His goal and mission is to eventually have a mobile practice that will enable him to get to other rural areas to take care of patients that otherwise couldn’t be treated and so fill the need for primary dental care. In the short time that he’s been in Ballito, he’s fallen in love with both the people and the town and adopted it as his home both professionally and personally. “Ballito is the best and the people here are nothing less than awesome — they really have welcomed me with open arms,” says Thinus! There’s no denying that he’s made a positive impact on the community since opening his practice — something to be admired and applauded.

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culinary star Since Maro opened her truly outstanding restaurant in Ballito almost a year ago and thanks to her effervescent personality, Maro and Zara’s have become two very familiar names to Ballito and Umhlanga residents. But what do we know about this culinary star outside of her restaurant? Maro, now a local, used to live in Johannesburg, with her husband and daughter. Her husband, she explains, was the most amazing person — her best friend and the be-all and end-all of her life next to her daughter. The couple moved to Durban in 1992 around which time Maro joined the ’31 Club’, a charity that helps raise funds for the less fortunate, which helped her meet new people and give back to the community. “I feel that people who are prepared to work for a charity for no pay are very special people who are worth getting to know!” she says. Sadly, a few years after they moved to Durban, her husband passed away. ”When you lose someone as dear as your husband, you start to wonder what life is really about,” says Maro. It was through this that she learnt that her passion for cooking and satisfying people’s bellies made her happy and would allow for her to give her daughter the kind of life her husband would have given her — nothing less than “The World”! From her first six-seater coffee shop in Springfield, Maro has grown and bettered herself with every business! With the influx of people to Ballito she felt that it was time to sell and move the up-and-coming brand to Ballito. She firmly believes that there is no easy way to make money. You have to work hard and never let your focus be solely on the money. “The only time I am happy taking someone’s money is if they are completely satisfied in what I have given them,” she says. Maro is a very special lady with a big heart; she gets no greater pleasure than seeing happy, full patrons leave her restaurant and knowing that they will be coming back for more — her passion is her reward!



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design star Olivia D, otherwise known as this year’s Interior Design Star, is definitely a name worth remembering. Before making Ballito her home, Olivia was a born and bred “plaas” girl living outside Johannesburg. In search for a better lifestyle for her daughter, however, she made the move to KZN, relocating to La Lucia where she worked in finance for a number of years.

a name for herself as an interior design mogul who doesn’t just decorate your home, but offers a you a certain “lifestyle”. For her it’s not about the money, it’s about loving what you do. She believes that your passion can be killed if it revolves around money — do what you do because you love it and not for how much it’s going to make for you!

She had never felt particularly passionate about the world of finance, but she knew that in order to fulfil her dream of owning her own interior design company she would have to be financially secure first and now, with the help of her business partners, Helen and David McCallum, her dream has become a reality.

Her philosophy on life is that if you have too many boundaries, you cannot open yourself up to new possibilities and that you then inevitably thwart life from doing what it has to do. She is an extremely hard worker and her portfolio speaks clearly of her passion for what she does, her experience and love for her craft. When designing for a home, her rule is that good style is not something that should make you feel uncomfortable in your own home. Your furniture and decor are there to serve you and not the other way around.

Olivia has lived in Ballito — in a lush penthouse at Westbrook, which also doubles as a perfect showcase for her work — for over four years now. She spends her down-time with her 16-year old daughter and fiancé — when he is home — who serves in the UK military. She has worked for affluent families in S.A and in Europe and has created

Her talent and personality are a true testament to why she has made it in such a busy industry.



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W Landing that perfect job takes more than ‘mad’ skill or smooze. It takes getting in the door first and having a shot at that highly illusive job. Our recruitment and personal image guru’s give you a few pointers that help you start off on the right foot..... the rest is up to you!

elcome back from the stress of exams and I hope that by the time you are reading this you are having a great holiday. In the last edition of The Ballito magazine, we discussed how difficult it is going to be to find a job / career in 2013, so here are some tips on how to improve your chances. Get yourself out there; use Portals After compiling your CV and introduction letter, the next step is the search for a job. Google is a useful tool for finding

job portals in your area. You will need to register with them and place your CV on their site. It will take time, but at the end of the day the more job portals you are registered with, the better your chances of finding the right position for you. Look locally, never give up Also search for recruitment companies in your area or city. Look at their websites for any positions that you may be suitable for and apply that way. Again, you need your CV out there in order for you to get noticed, so keep at it and never give up.


Ballito feature learn about the business and has relevant questions pertaining to the position available. Always be able to be contacted Even though you are in holiday mode, keep your phone with you and answer it professionally. Recruiters will try once or maybe even twice to get hold of you, but after that it’s on to the next candidate Have your answers ready, be prepared Questions in interviews vary from company to company. Keep in mind, though, that they want to know who you really are and how you will add value to their organization. Answer the questions fully — don’t answer with one word answers and don’t deviate from the question being asked. Engage with the interviewer, be interested and listen. You have one chance of making an impression in the interview so make sure that you use it. I hope that you have found this article helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via e-mail at warren@ Good luck for 2013 — be persistent, be daring and go for it. If you don’t, I can assure you that no one else will.

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Get the details right In terms of submitting your CV, remember to follow instructions precisely. Include any reference numbers and or names; state the reason you are replying to the advertisement and why you believe that you are suitable for the position.


Do some research on the company Once you have secured an interview, get onto the Internet and research the company. Learn all about it and its core business — for a company owner there is nothing better than interviewing a candidate who has taken the time to

Look like the right person for the job In an interview first impressions are vital. One aspect of first impressions is appearance. There are three factors that determine appearance — dress, grooming and hygiene. Many employers will make a split-second judgment based on the job seeker’s appearance. How you, as the job seeker

feature Ballito look, is important as to how you will be perceived by the employer. Plan your appearance (look) for the interview just as you plan what you’re going to say. Dress like the right person for the job Some guidelines to dressing for an interview: Dress one step above what might actually be worn on the job. For example, if jeans and T-shirts are the dress code for the job, you should wear appropriate smart casual clothes for the interview (for a woman a skirt and blouse and for a man slacks and shirt). Make sure to take a matching jacket along and put it on for the interview. A “dress rehearsal” a day or two before the interview could be beneficial. Dress exactly as you would for the interview and ask a trusted friend or relative if you look like the right person for the job. Your goal should be to wear clothes that give you credibility — that are appropriate for your environment and convey a message of professionalism, polish and authenticity. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Dressing professionally shows that you’re serious about your career and that you’re striving for great achievements. The basics for women’s interview clothing ƒƒ The business suit remains a good choice because it gives a conservative, corporate feel and you will always look professional and polished. ƒƒ Black, grey, and navy are all acceptable. However, black is seen as the powerhouse of the three. ƒƒ Hosiery in light to tan should always be worn. (No matter what the weather.) ƒƒ Heels ranging from 4 – 6cm should be worn.

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Jewellery should be minimal and bling should be avoided. Shoes should be shined and belts, handbags and other accessories should complement your outfit.

You should avoid... ƒƒ Low-cut necklines ƒƒ Mini-skirts ƒƒ Loud prints and patterns ƒƒ Open-toed shoes and spike heels ƒƒ Dramatic makeup ƒƒ Fragrance of any kind ƒƒ Baseball or any other kind of cap/hat ƒƒ Sleeveless tops and sheer fabrics ƒƒ Gum, mints or other objects When the interviewer meets you for the first time, their assessment of you is based on three key components: ƒƒ 7% on what you say; ƒƒ 38% on your tone of voice; ƒƒ 55% on how you look. Be well-groomed, like the right person for the job Grooming and hygiene are also related to appearance. Even the nicest of outfit won’t land you that job if you’re not wellgroomed. The following are the basic rules of grooming and hygiene to be maintained for a good interview: ƒƒ Hair should be clean, combed and neatly styled ƒƒ Men, be sure to shave before that interview even if it is “Movember” ƒƒ Fingernails should be neatly trimmed and clean Some last minute interview reminders Arrive for your interview at least 15 minutes early. This gives you time to relax,

to review your resumé and look over the company’s literature. You’ll look your best when you’re not rushed. Avoid smoking, chewing gum or eating while you’re waiting to be interviewed. Know the interviewer’s last name and how to pronounce it and address him/her as Mr or Ms. Offer a firm handshake. Using the interviewer’s name and having a good handshake are part of “first impressions”, which are very important in a job interview. TIP: Visiting the company before the interview and noting the dress code of employees in positions similar to the one you’ve applied for can help you determine the kind of clothing worn on the job.

A principle and shareholder in Colourworks International, Manualla is an internationally qualified professional image consultant working in SA. Manuella Botha Principal Colourworks International Warren has years of experience in recruitment, placing candidates with some of SA’s leading companies. Warren Darbyshire The Candidate Consultant


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Building schools from the ground up! The North Coast is growing at a rapid rate as South Africans leave the inland cities in droves to move to smaller places where they can leave the rat race behind them, where they can live, work, play and live their dream of a more relaxed, quality family lifestyle. The North Coast is surrounded by superlative lifestyle estates and, as more of these are created, more families — and kids — take up residence here.


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About five years ago, local schools ago reached capacity and so we have started to see not only the establishment of new schools, but also new buildings springing up at existing schools and extensions added to existing buildings in an effort to cope with a seemingly ever-growing need — not only is the North Coast expanding, but so are schooling facilities, literally from the ground up. We chatted to some of our local schools to see just how much they have grown!

TRINITYHOUSE PALM LAKES The listed education and resourcing group, ADvTECH Ltd, is expanding its footprint in several parts of the country, with the latest venture being at the Palm Lakes Family Estate. Trinityhouse, already known as a leading school in the south of Gauteng, will be opening a new school at Palm Lakes, Tinley Manor, in January 2013 for grades 000 to 1. The building is progressing exceptionally well and the project has been running ahead of schedule virtually from the start. The campus currently consists of the pre-primary building, which has eight classrooms. A further four classrooms have been planned for phase two as the school intake grows. The school has charming vistas of the undulating hills and sugar cane in the surrounding area. As the school becomes established and grows, further grades will be catered for and buildings for the preparatory and high schools developed. “Trinityhouse has an excellent reputation and we are pleased that we will be able to offer more students the opportunity to benefit from a Trinityhouse education,” says Alex Isaakidis, MD of ADvTECH Schools Division. “We are especially

excited by the new location as it gives us an opportunity to provide for the community, creating a facility that is exceptionally well-positioned and modern.” Trinityhouse is a traditional private school focused on the holistic development of the child. Christian values are applied in a nurturing environment. Teaching staff are hand-picked for their specific competency in tutoring younger children. The facility itself is designed in a child-friendly way, with the best possible equipment chosen to enhance and teach the children. Trinityhouse is a well-known name in Gauteng where the group’s schools are among the most-sought after for their all-

round academic and sports grounding. It has been announced that Mrs Carolyn Slabbert will be heading up Trinityhouse Palm Lakes. She has been in teaching and school management for a number of years and currently teaches at Trinityhouse Randpark Ridge. Prospective parents can contact Lara or Doreen on 087 350 3925 or visit the website at for more information.


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Ashton International College ballito Ashton International College has experienced tremendous growth over the past three years and the Ashton footprint is ahead of schedule at this stage. This year a dedicated art studio, “Studio A”, was inaugurated and the new Senior College classroom block was opened in July. This block is comprised of seven new classrooms, as well as a free-standing building — “The Lab” — which is the second Biology Laboratory to be opened. The buildings were specifically built to replace the existing pre-fabricated and wooden classrooms that were used initially, and this has meant that the entire Senior College could be housed in one dedicated area. This saves at least five minutes per lesson for the change-over of classes, and also provides better teaching facilities. New concrete grandstands have been constructed thanks to a combined gift from the 2011 and 2012 Ashton matrics. With the increase of sports events taking place at the school, permanent seating will be a huge advantage and this also helps build team spirit during inter-house events. Most exciting of all is the start on the construction of the new Grace Hall. This project has been placed ahead of the construction of new Junior College classrooms in order to accommodate functions, as whole-school functions like the Carol Service, cultural activities, prize-givings and honours evenings have always had to be split. This new facility will also be used for writing examinations and meets the stringent requirements for the Cambridge and IEB exams. Forty parking bays in the basement will help with congestion in the car park and the building will include storerooms, catering facilities, lecture rooms and music rooms. The Ashlings have been blessed with a new 150-square metre thatched gazebo, which will give them the freedom to play outdoors on an Astroturf surface on rainy days, as well as afford them a platform for activities and functions.


Ashton focuses on developing the whole child and unlocking the potential that lies within every child, producing wellbalanced children with open, inquiring minds and a proper sense of tradition and values — young people who will make a contribution to society. “We are excited by the phenomenal growth over the past three years and arriving at over 850 students for 2013 is testimony to the fact that we are meeting our five-year objective,” said Mr Andre Buys, Managing Director. For more information call 032 9462096 or visit the website at

We are fine art consultants providing a one-stop service to private and corporate clients. We have a wide selection of abstract, contemporary ,landscape, seascape, nude, tribal, wildlife and photographic art to suit every taste and requirement. We also stock bronzes, designer and ethnic jewellery and provide a complete art experience from sourcing, commissioning, framing and hanging of art.

Crawford North Coast Much capital investment has taken place on the Crawford North Coast campus of late, with many improvements to its fixed-assets infrastructure. These have all added value for the students of Crawford North Coast. Additional classrooms have been added to both the Preparatory and College buildings, while the hall has been upgraded with a new ceiling, improved lighting and air conditioning. The administration building and media centre is currently being renovated to allow for a more efficient use of space and equipment. The media centre will now house two computer centres and an audio-visual facility, all with access to wireless Internet coverage. The increasing number of students participating in sport has led to a noticeable improvement in the performance of sports teams. The sports pavilion has been extended and equipped. Underground irrigation has been expanded, providing a first-class playing surface for a variety of sports. Improvements to the cricket pitch have resulted in a first-class cricketing facility. The new cricket nets and hockey and soccer goals are welcome additions to the sporting facilities at the school. The heated pool makes it possible for the swimming academy to train all year round.

Imbizo is the official stockist of Derric van Rensburg, Jan Vermeiren, Hannetjie de Clercq and Richard Scott in KZN, and also have the work of many other leading and upcoming South African artists on display in our consumer-friendly gallery in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

Crawford North Coast’s spacious country environment allows students to grow and develop in a wholesome and holistic manner. The School’s focus on the individual promotes self-discipline in students and equips them with the tools to succeed and be happy in life. The school is ideally placed to be able to cope with the growth demands in the area. There is space to grow and expand and to accommodate additional students. For more information call 0860 SCHOOLS/7246657or visit the website at

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Great Gifts At the end of every year we often find that we have so many people we care about but we can’t always afford to buy them all extravagant gifts! We at the Ballito realise this is always an issue so we thought we’d make your life easier whether it be for Christmas, Birthdays, Valentines etc when it comes to buying great gifts that don’t break the bank! We selected a couple of businesses here in Ballito that sell really great ‘bits and bobs’, that when paired up with other items can make for an extremely special and meaningful gift.

Ballito Bay Mall | Big On Bargains

Skateboards Doesn’t matter what age your little boy (or girl) is B.O.B has sizes to fit all! A great gift that gets the kids outside and out of your hair.

Cartoon Kids Board Games And when they can’t go outside grab these fab kids’ games to keep their minds stimulated whilst having fun as well!

Silk Orchid in Planter, antique book bundle, Sea shell Sculpture, antique boxes, soap/trinket Dish. A natural look and feel with maturity – a gift best suited for the likes of your mother or aunt.

Ivory sun hat, clutch evening bag, Indian silver pendant, Black Agate Pendant, plus silver chain. This gift is great for anyone who has a bit of panache and style! .

Adult Books Add to your best friend’s bookshelf with “Reflected in You”,“Fifty Shades Boxset” or “Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals”.

Kids Books A selection of kids books that will have your kids excited about getting behind a good book or get excited by facts and figures in the “Guinness World Records 2013”!

The Quarter | Abundance

Luna C scented candles, sea urchin porcelain scented candle, glass decanter, frame, Silk orchid. This duo makes for a great gift that can be separated and paired with just 1 or 2 items. I would definitely say this would make a superb gift for your sister.

Ballito Junction | Bargain Books

Gobii eReader Get a Gobii 7” Colour LCD eReader + FREE R120 eBook voucher for that special friend or family member. A winning gift that stores up to 6000 books & 1000 music tracks and allows you to watch video in full colour and with stereo sound.


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Nomination Trying to impress your wife/ girlfriend? A must get is a nomination bracelet. She can build it over the years to her own liking and it makes your life easier thinking what gifts to get her for those special occasions.

Donna Mia Donna Mia comes with a fantastic range of charms from cute treasure boxes that open up to reveal sparkly treasures or an important event like your first baby, you can capture those memories in one bracelet.

Nomination These Nomination Bracelets are a great way to reflect your personality with each colour meaning something different. They are fun and funky and would make a great present for any young adult.

Home & Decor Centre | Top Mad Hatters

Boys Pirate Set Get a Pirate hat, Mask, 2 rings, treasure map & sword for that special little boy you know to make his imagination run wild

Girl Fairy Set Make your daughter, niece or grandaughter feel like a beautiful fairy with this set. The Set includes fairy wing & halo, 3 sets of stickers & 3 asstd colour hair spray.

Male Gift Set Make someone happy by giving this combination to them to use as they will over Christmas, New Year or their next party, set includes Hat, Sunglasses & two interesting drinking games.

Home & Decor Centre | Marnica’s

Brownie Mix Perfect for any age and easy to use.

Edible Cake Decor for Christmas Spend time with your grandchildren/ children Decorating your own fruit cake, cup cakes & desserts.

Biscuit/Fondant cutters This set will make a great gift for any avid baker who needs a good set of baking utensils.


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lifestyle centre gifts One of our favourite shopping destinations is Lifestyle Shopping Centre. They have so much to offer when it comes to getting shopping done and offer a great mix of national and local retailers. Whether you’re looking for that great shopping buy, grabbing a scrumptious lunch or catching a coffee with friends visit Lifestyle Centre!

Lifestyle | Trappers

KAO baby swing solar flashlight, Picquic Teeny Turner screw driver This is a great gift for a man or a woman (just coz’ it’s so damn cute) you know that likes there DIY projects and Under its always handy to keep screw drivers and flash lights around! R100

Tekut folding knives Make your man or dad feel like MacGyver with the Tekut folding knife. A really handy tool to have when you braving the outdoors! (or you just need to cut something)

Lifestyle | Pet Wise

Christmas Jersey Know any animal lovers? Or just feel like treating your own pup to some Christmas cheer! Grab this Santa’s helper jersey or see from the many adorable jerseys on offer and make it very colourful and cute Christmas!

Doggy & Kitty assorted toys You can never have enough toys for your animals! These dog and cat gifts would make great stocking stuffers for your dog or for a Under dog lover! R100

Assorted dog bones Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your dog? What better then a bunch of yummy bones that they can chew Under on whilst you enjoy your R100 Christmas feasts!

Lifestyle | Cranberries

Veggie boys & girls The Veggie boy and girl range of Kitchen ornaments are an absolute must have this Christmas. My two favourites are the pumpkin veggie boy and girl a great pressie for any woman Under that likes to collect ornaments! R100


Lighthouses These lighthouses are great for bathrooms or marine themed rooms. They stock assorted shapes and sizes and each lighthouse includes different beach themed characters.

Demdaco –Willow Tree designs When you seek a meaningful gift that captures an everyday moment or expresses a feeling, a Willow Tree sculpture offers that truly personal touch. These are awesome gifts for family members as each design has a different spiritual meaning.



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Cranberry Joy Range Grab a Cranberry Joy hand wash and lotion duo pack a must have for anyone with a fetish with delightfully smelling hand washes.

Ginger Sparkle range Add a bit of sparkle to your friend’s life with the Ginger Sparkle range. Includes- body butter, shower gel, body polish and soap.

Maca Root For Men range Make your dad or brother feel special with this Maca Root For Men range. Includes -Maca Root face wash, razor relief and shave cream.

Lifestyle | The Body Shop

Cinnamon & Silk range, Antique Decor keys and a retro Illy post card Cinnamon & Silk Vanilla Bath Scrub, Room Spray, Body Butter and Bath Salts paired with Antique Decor keys and a Post card. A great gift for your mother in Law, mom or grandmother.

Tea Set Teapot with Cosy paired with homemade tea. The perfect gift for your mother or grandmother to add a bit of flair to tea time.

A bit of everything Mixture of Candles, coffee and homemade soap and a retro old school hand bag is just the ticket for your closest friends.

The Quarter | Bliss Divine

Victorian Garden range Meadowsweet organic range

Choose a Meadowsweet organic range of Bath and body treats (made with organic essential oils) for her to soak all her troubles away this xmas: Rejuvenation bath milk, body lotion and purifying body scrub.


Pamper the littlies with gentle, pure skin care products such as the Victorian Garden range of organic face & body treats: Coneflower & Aloe Baby Face cream, Calendula Flower nappy cream, Lavender & aloe face cream & shea butter baby soap

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Spoil the man in your life with this amazing male grooming kit. Bee Natural Aftershave Balm and body butter, Pure Beginnings Shaving Gel and African Bliss Men’s Soap.



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Christmas time in Ballito is an amazing time of year. Apart from the welcomed visitors who make our town their home for the holidays, many of us find that extra spark to light up our homes, offices and destinations by putting up trees and bringing a little feastive cheer to Ballito. Here’s to celebrating the effort that brings Ballito to life over the holidays....


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are her personally-decorated wreaths. “They are so special — I just choose what I want to use and play around with that and my creative juices flow from there,” says Gillian. The one thing that she is absolutely uncompromising about is never to make two wreaths the same. A wreath from Gillian is unique for each customer and she is meticulous when it comes to the tone and colour of her decorations as “each element in a wreath must complement everything else”. We sat down with Gillian and watched Sensations and Gift shop, who makes the most If you in donning as she created oneare of interested these marvels, Christmas wreaths are one of the most beloved creative and fabulous wreaths around! an award winning wreath on your this one made using Bearington Bears. Christmas decorations adorning front doors of door next Christmas pop into Gillian is the exclusive supplier of these homes and mantles today! But where did the Gillian has a wealth of knowledge when it Gillians bears for lessons on how to loveable collector’s in South Africa. idea for the Christmas wreath originate? What comes to all things design and Christmas make your own wreath or simply “A bear wreath just spoke to me this is the history of the Christmas wreath and why being in the industry for 24 years. One morning, of hertotododoit,” one of her fabulous soget I had says Gillian. do we find them to be such an integral part of her favourite Christmas decorations is her one’s for you! The detail and precision she puts into our Christmas decorating on an annual basis? personally decorated wreaths. “They are is her and even making her This wreaths is passion nothing short of so special, I just choose what I want to use though she studied years to doa amazing, turning even a plain wreath into There is no one story that depicts the exact and play with, and my creative juices flow what she does great she has marvellous, quality décor item! origins of wreaths and why they are used from there” says Gillian. One thing Gillian is always had a natural flaire for but the most relevant one for our purposes stringent about is that she never makes 2 it! “I'm always inspired. If you are interested in adorning yourI love front originates from Christianity, where Christmas wreaths are one of theChristmas most brought to mankind by Jesus and the of the same wreaths, a wreath from Gillian Christmas and everything about door with an award-winning wreath for wreaths areofused to preparedecorations, for the Advent beloved all Christmas circular shape represents God, who has is unique to all her customers and she is it !! Christmas, pop into Gillian’s for lessons on season or in the preparation of the "coming adorning front doors of homes andof no beginning and no end. meticulous when it comes to the tone and how to make your own wreath, or simply Christ." the mantelpieces inside them. But where colour of her decorations” everything must get her to create one of her fabulous did the idea for the Christmas wreath Wreaths are not only of spiritual complement each other and be the same” wreaths especially for you! Many Christmas wreaths today are made out significance, but these days also make originate? What is the history of the of holly or made to imitate holly with its bright striking decorations. We spoke to Gillian Christmas wreath? We sat down with Gillian and watched as green, spiky leaves and flamboyantly red K from Gillian’s Seasonal Sensations and This is her passion and, even though she she created one of these marvels made with for years and so gained insight into studied berries. There is no one story that explains the Gift Shop, who makes the most creative Bearington Bears. Gillian is the exclusive the theory of design, she has always had a Theexact evergreens wreaths and are meant to origins on of wreaths why they and fabulous wreaths around, to get her supplier of these loveable collector bears in natural flair for it. As she says, “I’m always represent everlasting life are used at this time ofbrought year, butthrough the take on Christmas wreaths! South Africa. “A bear wreath just spoke to me inspired. I love Christmas and everything Jesus the circularfor shape represents God, oneand most relevant this season stems this morning so I had to do it.” says Gillian. The about it!” with no beginning and no end. from Christianity, where Christmas Gillian has a wealth of knowledge detail and perfection she puts into making her wreaths are used during the season of when it comes to all things designwreaths is nothing short of amazing, turning We’d like to thank Gillian forsharing her time NotAdvent only are wreaths spiritually historical in preparation of the “coming ofbut and Christmas-related, having been a plain wreath into a marvellous, quality piece with us and for the amazing images. Gillian these days The theyevergreens make for striking Christ.” used indecorations, these in the industry for 24 years. 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Preparation For the crème brûlée — mix the egg yolks with 220 grams of sugar. Put into boiled milk, cream, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Pour it slowly into the egg yolk mixture. Strain it and keep aside. Pour the liquid into eight ramekins and place in an oven heated to 200˚C for an hour. Put aside in fridge. Just before serving, mix the remaining sugar and vanilla powder together and cover the crème brûlée with this mixture.

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TAHITIAN VANILLA CRÈME BRÛLÉE WITH CANDIED FRUITS | Serves 8 Ingredients 0.2 litre milk 1 litre cream 320 grams sugar 12 egg yolks 1 cinnamon stick 1 vanilla bean vanilla powder for caramelizing the brûlée 8 mint leaves for garnish

Candied Fruit 50 grams dried apricots 50 grams dried prunes 100 grams pineapples 50 grams raisins 200 grams honey 0.2 litre pineapple juice

For the candied fruits — put the honey into a saucepan and cook it until it is light caramel in colour. Add the diced fruit and pineapple juice and cook gently for 10 minutes whilst stirring. For the ice cream — put the vanilla bean in the milk. Mix the egg yolks with the sugar and pour slowly into the milk. Cook gently for three minutes. Cool the mixture down and place it into the ice-cream churn. For the presentation — place a quenelle of candied fruits and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the crème brûlée and decorate with mint leaf.



Karoo Lamb with Fondant Potatoes Fricasee of Wild Mushrooms and Natural Jus Principal ingredients 2 racks of lamb with eight cutlets each. Cut the racks in half and remove the outside bones. Clean the two middle bones and trim the loin so that no fat remains. Use the half-rack for cooking process and serving portion. Reserve the lamb bones and trimmings for cooking the jus (gravy). Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons sunflower oil ½ head garlic, not peeled 1 large shallot, cut in half 1 large carrot, roughly cut 1 large onion, roughly cut 2 tablespoons clarified butter 12 sprigs fresh thyme Sautéed Mushrooms: 500 grams mix of wild mushrooms cepes, dried morels soaked in water, white mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms


2 tablespoons virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted 2 large baby onions 4 cloves garlic 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped ½ tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped ½ tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper Fondant Potatoes 4 large potatoes Salt 4 tablespoons clarified butter, unsalted 2 cups chicken stock 2 tablespoons clarified butter Lamb Jus (gravy): 2 cups dry white wine 3 cups brown veal stock 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, roughly chopped

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Lamb Jus (gravy) Heat the pan with the roughly-cut vegetables, lamb bones and trimmings over high heat. Remove the fat from the pan once or twice until there is no more fat in the bottom of the pan

Preparation Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized pan. Season the racks of lamb with salt and pepper. When the oil is hot, sear the racks of lamb equally on all sides. Remove from the pan. Put the roughlycut carrots, onion, ½ head of garlic, pieces of onion and the lamb bones and trimmings into the hot pan. Cook until light brown in colour. Place the racks of lamb back in the pan on the top of the cooked trimmings. Put the pan into an oven pre-heated to 180 degrees Celsius. Cook the racks of lamb for about six to 10 minutes, depending of the size of the lamb racks. When the lamb is cooked, take the pan out of the oven. Remove the lamb and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Sautéed Mushrooms: Clean the wild mushrooms. In a skillet or non-stick pan, heat the virgin olive oil and butter together over mediumhigh heat. When the oil is very hot, put the mushrooms in the skillet or nonstick pan and sauté until light brown in colour (about five minutes). Add the garlic to the mushrooms and sauté the mixture of mushrooms

and garlic for about 30 seconds. Add shallots and sauté again for about 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fondant Potatoes Cut the potatoes in an oval shape (6cm x 4cm) and then wash and dry them. Heat the clarified butter in a small pan over medium-high heat. When the clarified butter is hot, cook the potatoes side by side in the clarified butter until medium-brown in colour. This will take about three to five minutes. It is important to ensure that a crust forms on every surface of the potatoes. Season the potatoes with salt. When they are all the same colour, pour the clarified butter out of the pan. Add the chicken stock to cover the potatoes. Cover with buttered parchment paper and put the pan in an oven pre-heated to 180 degrees Celsius. Reduce the temperature to 150 degrees Celsius.

Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Reduce the white wine by half. Add the brown veal stock to the pan and reduce by half. Season the lamb gravy with butter. Strain through a sieve. Add the roughly-chopped fresh rosemary and thyme. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Presentation Place three tablespoons of mushrooms in the middle of the plate. Place the rack of lamb on top of the mushrooms, bones up. Place the oval potatoes in the back of the rack of lamb. Glaze the potatoes with the hot chicken glaze once again. Pour the lamb gravy around the mushrooms and rack of lamb. Decorate with three sprigs of fresh thyme on each plate.

Cook the potatoes slowly in the oven until the chicken stock is reduced to the consistency of a “glacé” [meat glaze]. Take the pan out of of the oven. Place the potatoes on a rack. Brush the top of the potatoes with the chicken glaze and reserve.

RECIPES BY Gerard van Staden Executive Chef | Fig Tree Restaurant Simbithi Country Club


Ballito photographer profile


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local barry bowditch

Words Storm Catterick

photographers to look out for

In the second instalment of Photographers to look out for, in which we profile the best of Ballito’s photographers — professionals who we think you should make use of when you want to capture a special moment — we are featuring Barry Bowditch, a photographer who is known for his very evident passion for photography. He has lived in Ballito for four years and loves using our little town as his canvas, creating unmatchable memories for many. Specializing in wedding photography, and with a love for landscape and wildlife, Barry Bowditch is this month’s local photographer to look out for! How long have you been a photographer? I have been a keen photographer for most of my life and a professional since May of 2009.

What or who got you started in photography and did you study? My late father was a first-class amateur photographer who worked out of his own dark room and, for as long as I can remember, I was his assistant, so it was he who first piqued my interest in photography. I studied and did a year’s photography course, receiving my diploma a few years back. What gives you ideas or inspires you to create such amazing imagery? What makes a great singer, pianist or artist? I think all, or most people are born with some kind of talent. We just need to uncover or discover what it is and photography and


Ballito a keen eye happen to be mine. Just before I decided to go into the business full time, I was shooting a surfing competition and a fellow photographer a short distance away was doing the same thing, but (at that time) with much better and more expensive equipment and I thought to myself, “How will I ever compete?”. And this worried me until I started post-editing my photos and, looking at the results, I realized that “the talent is in the viewfinder end of the camera”. That saying has become my company’s logo and has remained in my thought pattern ever since. How would you describe your style? With wedding photography, mostly photojournalistic, honing my art with the portrait shots. Otherwise I border on moody for my landscape scenes. What type of cameras do you shoot with? I have shot with Canon cameras for over 30 years and have never had a problem with them. My all-time favourite after the Canon FTB film camera is the Canon 5D mark11. What is your favourite photography accessory? A Manfrotto monopod and my Lowepro backpack.

How important is Photoshop in your final images? I hardly ever use Photoshop. I try to get it right in-camera. However, as we professionals always shoot in raw, I could not live without Adobe’s Lightroom. What is the best/favourite photo you’ve taken? My favourite is a photo of three elephants shot in profile in one of the remotest places on earth — Jongomero in Tanzania — and I think what makes it special is the fact that we may well have been the first humans to encounter this bachelor herd. Describe the ideal conditions that help to create a great photo (natural light, mornings vs afternoons, time of year etc) Light is the catalyst for all great photos. Without it you don’t have a picture. The golden hours before sunrise and after sunset are the nicest and the winter months are by far the best.




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Inspiring Stories


Entrepreneurs Where have you come from and where are you today? Toni: I previously ran a diving centre in Johannesburg, until my husband and I made the spontaneous decision to move to Ballito. Both of us didn’t have jobs and found it a very hard task to find any because there were no jobs that were in our original fields. We eventually took over the ‘Sarmie Shop’ from Chantel who had been running it for two years and a year and a half later we’re still up and running. Cindy: I originally lived in St Lucia and was a radiographer by profession but had to stop when


I started to have kids. We moved to Ballito when my kids were about to start high school and during that time I unfortunately went through a divorce which left me with absolutely nothing, so I had to find something so I could support my kids. So out of pure necessity I thought what can I do that people hate doing and I came up Maternity UIF claims which went so well I decided to branch out into Domestic UIF claims. Lungi: My mother was a domestic worker and the family she worked for always baked, I was always very interested so I would stand and watch them with

my head just peeping over the counter. One day they asked me if I would like to make my own, I was so excited and ever since then I have always had a passion and love for baking. When I was older I started baking for my family for special events because we couldn’t afford to buy them, and as I used to bake my sisters would give some to her friends and they really liked them so they told me I should sell them and that’s how it started. What made you enter? Toni: There were just so many things that i wanted to incorporate and add to my business but lack of finances limit you and stop you from growing. And here’s a competition that can help me realise my dreams what’s there to lose? I wasn’t aware we would receive such valuable training which makes you win irrespective and you realise what dreams are

realistic and which ones you need to toss. Cindy: To be honest I saw the box at Spar I saw R320 000 and I thought hell that would be nice I am an entrepreneur; I have started a new business that would really help! But as Toni said the training was invaluable! Lungi: For me it was the hope that if I could just get some of that money it would really help me grow my business I could get a bigger oven and bake more cupcakes at a time because currently I can only bake 6 so I have to wake up at 2 to make all my cupcakes and still get to work on time. And the training would teach me how to make my business a success. Compared to the other entrepreneurs I honestly didn’t think i would win anything until they told me I was good enough. So what’s the plan for the future? Toni: The great thing is that you

Toni not only made if to the finals of the competition but attended classes while in the final weeks of pregnancy and arrived with the new addition to the family on the night of the final at Pumpkin Theatre. No wonder she earned the nickname “Iron Lady”!


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are not given all your winnings at once, they control your money and you invoice them on things you buy for your business that essentially makes it better. It separates your personal life and your business life. I am planning on setting up a little kitchen in town where I can make the sandwiches that day on order. I have found a place so all I need now is a few bits and bobs and equipment for the kitchen and we’ll be sorted and ready to open early next year. Cindy: I will be holding two Baby expo’s and I will give out both the domestic forms and Maternity forms thereby killing two birds with one stone as mom’s always need nannies, I also will be putting an advert per month in one of the big baby magazines for 12 months and then Pamphlets. Because I won more money than I had initially asked for I will be spending the rest on a professional website with PayPal that allows people to pay online which will help my business

become more user friendly thus attracting more people. Lungi: Well I will be providing my baking services for parties etc which will run though Buddy Bear which will give me great word of mouth exposure. Through the competition I was given a proper stove above the money I won so I can now make enough cup cakes to run a proper business, I was also given a voucher from Spar for R500 a month for 6 months to buy baking ingredients, which will help cut out costs exponentially which will also help get my cupcake business off the ground.


These are just some of Ballito’s inspiring entrepreneurs who have found their dream and made it a reality. In its second year now The Entrepreneur Competition hosted by the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce is growing exponentially with more and more candidates realising there path to success is a simple sign up away!

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25 years of living the dream, working with passion and delighting customers

I’m sure that anyone who has ever visited that gem of a restaurant that is Al Pescatore knows its vibrant and energetic owner, Trevor Wolf. But what many of you may not know is that Trevor and his third love (first and second being his wife and daughter, of course!) have been in Ballito since before the town became the bustling metropolis it is now — a simpler time where all Ballito was known for were its pristine beaches and unspoiled landscapes. We sat down with Trevor to find out a bit more about him and how he’s maintained a successful, must-visit restaurant for so long. During a holiday in Ballito Trevor became acquainted with the owner of Mariners and tried his hand at the restaurant business during his time here. It soon became evident that he had a knack for the business and for people in particular — the rest, as the saying goes, is history! He gave up his job of almost 10 years in the hi-fi industry, as well as his life and friends in Cape Town and moved his family to Ballito to open what we know today as the fabulous Al Pescatore.

So how does a man with no culinary background run a successful restaurant with such an innovative and exciting menu? Apart from the little bit of training he got from Mariners, all he did was read recipe books as if they were newspapers, he says. In time, he learnt all the things that a culinary school doesn’t teach you — experimentation, innovation and creativity. Trevor says that to this day he is still learning and designing new meals for his restaurant. Trevor’s wish is for his customers to walk out and say, “Wow, I have never eaten anything like that before — I’ve got to come back for more!” He told us that he is proud to say that he has three generations of some families who still visit his restaurant and thinks that it’s only fair to them to keep his menu updated and exciting so each visit is a new experience. During all the years that it has been open, Al Pescatore has helped to create some of the happiest memories for the people that live in the town. Trevor talks about couples who have got engaged here, about weddings, birthdays and reunions — memories that have made his customers part of a very special family… the Al Pescatore family. When Trevor takes a break from running the restaurant, creating new dishes and enthusing guests with his passion, you can find him in the ocean, catching a wave. “I have three passions in my life — I love surfing, I do Pilates religiously so that I can carry on surfing even at my age and I love playing a great game of golf,” he says. So what does the future hold for Trevor and his beloved Al Pescatore? “Loads!” says Trevor. He is a firm believer in changing for the better, keeping up to date but still maintaining the core factors that make the business work. When people come back after a year, they can see that there’s always growth in the place. Trevor’s philosophy for a successful restaurant is that when things get tough, you need to spend, advertise and revamp — whatever it takes to keep you in the game.

But why would he leave a vibrant city like Cape Town to open a restaurant in a town that had practically nothing going for it? As Trevor explained, Ballito at that time had only one restaurant, Mariners, which could serve about 200 people a day, which meant having to turn away 200 more. The decision to partner with Keith, the coowner of Mariners, and open another restaurant that could take the excess customers was therefore It’s not often these days that you find a restaurant that has literally stood the test of time and come clearly a win-win scenario. out on top. It’s evident talking to Trevor and Barry Bowditch, his long-time friend and marketing But, as he explains, it wasn’t always a walk in the manager, that the reason that this is so is Trevor’s park and, thinking back, Trevor recalls how tough unwavering passion for what he does and for his things were —and still can be — out of season, patrons. And if you have ever been to Al Pescatore, a time when Sunday lunches sometimes only you’ll thoroughly agree that eating there is an brought in one person through the course of the experience and that experience has to be Trevor day. This, he believes, gave him the tenacity to Wolf, the life, the heart and soul behind Al carry on, grow stronger and learn how to buy and Pescatore! cost properly.



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in safe hands When your child is sick, your first concern is to get help and, depending on the issue, how quickly is our next worry, we are blessed indeed that we have the Alberlito Hospital right here in Ballito. Built five years ago,Netcare Alberlito Hospital,under the inspiring leadership of the GM, Sara Nayagar, cares for the health of our community superbly.

We went there to find out more about their Neonatal ICU, Paediatric Ward and their dedicated doctors. While we certainly don’t wish a hospital visit on any of our local residents, it’s reassuring to know that if you or your child ever do need the hospital’s services, you are in good hands. The hospital is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with cutting-edge medical technology and provides quality patient-care for the community and surrounding areas.


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“At Netcare, our core value and product is “CARE”. We know that we see most of our patients at their most vulnerable,when they are most anxious, in pain or at one of the lowest points in their lives. Thus, at Netcare Alberlito we strive to deliver safe, quality healthcare of the highest standard so that we are able to restore our patients’ dignity and health, thus allowing them to resume their rightful places back in the community and their families. With this as our driving force, we understand fully that bringing your child into a hospital is extremely stressful and we assure you that we strive not only to meet your clinical expectations, but also to ensure that you remain comfortable and reassured during the entire journey through our facility. At Netcare Alberlito, you can trust that you and your loved one will be in “safe hands”. GM, Sara Nayagar


Ballito feature NEONATAL ICU Focusing on care for those on the Dolphin Coast, this Neonatal Intensive Care Unit aspires to deliver knowledgeable, evidencebased scientific care for all ill neonates at an internationally competitive level. Since its opening in February 2007, the Alberlito NICU is successfully meeting the goals of this vision. The seven-bed Neonatal ICU is fully-equipped with the latest technology: ventilators, SIPAP machines, continuous monitoring systems and all the medical and surgical equipment necessary to facilitate immediate delivery of the required level of care to your baby in an emergency. It’s most reassuring to know that the heartbeat of the unit is a brilliant, knowledgeable team of paediatricians and neonatal nurses who are available 24-hours a day to provide specialized care for your precious — compromised — little miracle.

The unexpected birth of a sick baby is psychologically and emotionally traumatic. It is an event that no parent is really prepared for and the equipment, machinery and medical terms can be extremely scary and intimidating. We believe in caring for our tiniest, most precious miracles with love and compassion, involving parents in all aspects of care in order to alleviate stress and anxiety. Our focus is, therefore, never solely on survival but also on developmental potential and quality of life beyond the NICU. This has resulted in our team establishing never-ending, unbreakable bonds with many, many parents who regularly arrive to proudly show off “our” babies.

of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm babies. Breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and kangaroo mother care are the unequivocal focus of the NICU. This is in keeping with the Mother Baby Friendly Iniative launched by UNICEF/WHO.

invited to visit the unit, meet the team and discuss all their concerns. There is always someone to answer your questions patiently and kindly. After all, the total wellbeing of you and your baby is our priority.

We are indeed privileged to have the opportunity of providing our neonatal services to the local and extended communities. Parents are

Alberlito NeoNatal ICU team

The Alberlito NICU is also a collection and storage point for the South African Breast Milk Bank. We encourage the donation of breast milk, which is invaluable in the prevention

Meet some of our caring Doctors

Dr. Roshini Naicker What is your speciality?

General Paediatrics, with an interest in Neurodevelopment and Nephrology.

Why paediatrics?

I enjoy the challenges involved in communicating with kids and the rewards reaped by seeing the recovery of a really sick child.

What do you love about your “job”? Relying on my clinical acumen to diagnose rather than a history and my general flair and rapport with kids.

Tell us about your most interesting case? A four-year-old girl with a problem of "tripping over". A diagnosis of Krabbes Globoid cell Leucodystophy was clinched


on stereotactic brain biopsy within seven months. This case posed a tremendous challenge, not only scientifically/medically, but emotionally, because of the devastating prognosis. She survived for six years with severe progressive mental and physical deterioration. Sadly, she passed away following a stormy course in the Paediatric ICU at Duke University in the United States despite having chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

Dr Adele Bekker What is your speciality?

I am a General Paediatrician, with a particular interest in nutrition and preventive health.

Why paediatrics?

I have always enjoyed interaction with children. Paediatrics allows me to combine

my love for science with my love for children. It is particularly satisfying to be part of the decisions that steer a child’s life in the direction of optimum potential and vitality.

What do you love about your “job”?

Many aspects of Paediatrics fill my days with joy. One small joy is the “art” of luring a nervous, apprehensive little one out of her shell and watching her personality shine through as the consultation is transformed into a “play-play” experience. I also appreciate the warmth with which many families welcome me into their private circle as together we explore family dynamics and the health options that will benefit their child and often the whole family.

Tell us about your most interesting case?

I spent several years of my career in a local provincial hospital where the variety and severity of diseases are staggering.

PAEDIATRIC CARE UNIT With our little people in mind, the unit has been designed as a ship and has a Nemo theme. All our cubicles have glass partitions which enable the staff to keep an eye on the patients but, at the same time provide the necessary privacy. We are a 15-bed unit with two private rooms and three isolation cubicles. We have a playroom as well as a procedure room and we also offer boarding facilities for parents who need to rest beside their babies. Alternatively, we offer comfortable “lazy boy” recliners for parents. The nursing staff of the Paediatric Unit is committed to meeting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of our patients and their parents. This is a way to give back to society by delivering compassionate, quality healthcare in an innovative and efficient manner. We strive to provide the highest quality care for our little patients and their parents. We also provide a safe, clean and friendly environment. Moreover, we form part of the multidisciplinary team which contributes to the holistic care of our

One particular patient manifested with an unusual combination of infection sites caused by an organism called Cryptococcus Neoformans. This had never before been described in the medical literature and a colleague and I were privileged to be able to publish a report on this patient’s condition in an international medical journal.

Dr. Kamendran Pather What is your speciality?

I am a Specialist Paediatrician that offers a

Are you based full time at Alberlito? full time paediatric service encompassing I am part of a dynamic practice of three dedicated paediatricians which allows me to work part-time without compromising the care my patients receive as there is always one of my colleagues available to stand in, in case of an emergency. It is a privilege to spend time with my own three children and still be able to continue with the career I am passionate about.

Neonatal care, General Paediatrics and Adolescent medicine exclusively at Netcare Alberlito Hospital.

Why Paediatrics?

Paediatrics is one of those fields that demands a lot of time and energy, but by virtue of your dedication and commitment towards advocating for childrens health, it inevitably becomes one of the most fulfilling vocations in life. It’s no secret that taking care of the health of our children will ensure a healthy future for them as adults. Children in their tender years are unable to appropriately communicate their

patients. We have well-trained staff and the registered nurses are also trained in Paediatric Advanced Life Support. While little ones are “visiting”, we offer scrumptious kiddie meals from a special menu, as well as a snack box with a sandwich, fruit and a juice for our short-term or day cases. Our moms or the parent staying over are offered free beverages. We have a coupon system in place for the parent’s meals at a very reasonable price. We really do try to make your unplanned stay as comfortable as possible. If an emergency occurs in the unit, the trauma doctor is able to assist until the patient’s paediatrician arrives or, alternately, the Paed on call for the hospital will oversee the child. Therefore, we invite all our future little patients to join us on our lovely ship and sail all the way to the land called Health.

René Grobler Unit Manager.

symptoms, thus some of their problems, can pose quite a diagnostic dilemma, and I must admit, I do enjoy rising up to the challenge.

What do you love about your job?

Seeing the joy and happiness in a child once he / she has recovered from a nasty illness, is priceless. And having to witness the birth of a newborn always makes me euphoric, and I actually feel as though I have been blessed by God to be able to help one of His children arrive safely into the world (with the help of our esteemed Obstetricians of course).

Tell us about your most interesting case?

All my children are interesting, from the child who comes in for a well baby check, to the child who has the most unusual and bizarre condition. What interests me, is the fact that whenever I attend to a child, I am so pensively reminded that this little one, is an embodiment of the love of two beautiful people.


Ballito car review



Words Richard Webb

Sales of 4x4s have been booming recently, but do you actually need a 4x4? Richard Webb goes all double deuce with the latest soft roaders. If you live on a farm or need to tow a caravan or horse-box, all wheel drive is the way to go. But if all you want to do is take the kids to school and go shopping, there are other choices out there. The case for 4x4’s are diminishing thanks to the growing sophistication and grip of front-wheel-drive systems. But if you must have a 4x4 on your drive, here are a few that may just tempt you. Or not.

1 Peugeot 4008

There’s little excentrique here, but this 4x4 comes with a host of features like cruise control, Bluetooth, glovebox chiller, automatic lights and wipers and attractive 18-inch alloys. There is no diesel on offer and you get the 110kW two-litre petrol engine, which is smooth without being particularly gutsy or frugal. To look at, it’s an attractive blend of Range Rover Evoque and, well, a Peugeot. The compromise is that it’s a little noisy over pockmarked roads, the ride is soft and the steering a little vague. For me, the overall experience is marred by the smooth but lazy CVT gearbox, which caused throttle responses to seem disconnected to my pressure on the accelerator. However, value for money, ride comfort and Peugeot’s superb five-year/100 000 km maintenance plan makes it worth a look.


2 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

This heavy 6.4-litre V8 rockets from 0-100km/h in just 5.0 seconds. For sheer drama, there’s little to beat it. Straight-line performance is impressive but don’t be misled. It’s a top-heavy 4x4 in tight bends and a lot less composed than the BMW X5 or Range Rover Sport. There are raft of driver systems to reconcile raw power with the physics. Active Adaptive air suspension makes progress comfortable, dispensing the service delivery protest scarred roads with ease. The drive select system has five settings – Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow. Before you cancel your Greenpeace membership, remember that this V8 Hemi will shut down four cylinders when you’re cruising along at a sensible speed. Accelerate and it reverts to all eightcylinders imperceptibly. Althgough it undercuts all of its rivals on price, in some ways it isn’t quite what you would expect from a car that costs R800,000.00.


Audi Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro We’ve become accustomed to class leading interior quality from Audi and with that in mind the Q3 is no let down. Its businessclass all the way. You want refinement? Here it is. There’s barely any wind noise and it’s a hushed environment to be in. The S-tronic transmission is superb too. On road, it can be driven with absolute precision, even if, when

pushed hard, it does understeer in squealing protest. Off road, the Quattro provides enough traction for slippery tracks and grass bank climbs. Throttle response is almost instantaneous. Kick-down with the DSG ‘box and the diesel makes an appealing muted growl, spinning freely to its 5500rpm redline. None of the Q3’s (admittedly few) shortcomings will deter the trend conscious buyers, however, I believe, that they will also take a long look at its rival, the Range Rover Evoque.

4 Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Grand Vitara looks good value against the opposition and performs respectably on-road and off, and is adequately equipped, especially given the price tag. But engine refinement lags a little behind its rivals and equipment levels that , whilst adequate, are not generous. This Grand Vitara is head and shoulders better than its predecessor, but the market is well served by many other competent rivals like the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage. That said, it is a clean, handsome design that updates the Suzuki design language well. The textures used by Suzuki are a little harsh, but mostly in keeping with the price-point. Build quality is extremely high and you have the sense that this car will last the course whilst still retaining its 4x4 off-roading credentials.

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We know that sometimes there is nothing better than jumping in the car and finding a new quaint spot that becomes the highlight of your holiday and gets you coming back for more so we have come up with our very own Ballito Meander which truly shows you some of the best that Ballito has to offer, by the people who are truly in the know - The locals! In this, our second edition of the Ballito Meander, you will find we wanted to bring you a collection of places that offer you, our readers and visitors, hospitality in truly beautiful surroundings, outstanding accommodation, remarkable restaurants, rejuvenating outdoor activities and thrilling adventure sports and best of all a shop-a-holics paradise. We hope you enjoying exploring the North Coast, especially around Ballito, and more importantly we hope you’ll keep coming back for more. Happy Meandering from The Ballito Team!

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Dirty Harry fishing charters



Dirty Harry is the most sought after and popular Fishing Charter Boat in Ballito and Durban. An outing on Dirty Harry will definitely be memorable and exciting experience! They Hire boats (inc Skipper) for comps or you can hire a boat that is packed and loaded for you for a hassle free fishing holiday.

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The Litchi Orchard Market

Surfers kite and surf shop

Your one stop desitination store for Surf branded merchandise and KITESURFING SCHOOL

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Crush Night Club

The Litchi Orchard is a unique venue just off the N2 heading into Salt Rock - a melting pot of food, culture, community and creativity; with an emphasis on the outdoors and food which is fresh, local and sustainably produced! The Litchi Orchard Market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month between 8am and 1pm.

Crush is an upmarket nightclub, which operates throughout the year to accommodate locals and visitors in Ballito. During holidays they are open 7 days a week and provide great entertainment, the best Dj’s and amazing specials. If you like dancing and are looking for a great night Crush is the place to be.


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Pumpkin Theatre

The Pumpkin Theatre Club is a world class, state of the art supper theatre staging lively shows with infectious music. The dinner menu is buffet style and provides a selection of seafood delicacies, tasty curries and traditional carvery amongst other delights. Booking is essential!


Email: Tel: 032 946 2121

Simbithi Country Club Golf Tel: 082 927 4794

Umhlali Country Club Golf

Umhlali Golf Course is rated the 28th most popular course in South Africa, 3rd in KZN. It is nestled in a natural, and tranquil environment, with many birds and small animals as well as a vast array of trees to enhance the country living experience. The beautiful 18 hole parkland course offers golfers a challenging but rewarding game.

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Tranquility Bird Hide

Ideally situated close to the North Coast town of Ballito nestles a unique gem of a golf course that will challenge each and every level of golfer. Simbithi Golf course is fast becoming the most talked about golfing destination in KwaZulu Natal and is the first executive golf course to be built in South Africa. The course caters for every level of golfer, from a forward junior tee to the championship tees.

The hide overlooks a large settling pond which is mostly covered by reeds and rafts of water hyacinth. A variety of wader and waterfowl species are attracted in fairly large numbers, and the hide provides opportunity to view a number of difficult species. Bookings essential



Email: Tel: 032 946 5406

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Mt Moreland bird watching This bird viewing site is home to some 5 million barn swallows during the November month and is said to be the best bird viewing site in South Africa. The viewing site is well kept and offers the public great picnic sites to ensure a fun filled bird watching experience.


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Salt Rock Hotel

Enjoy a summers day, sipping on a cocktail whilst taking in the scenery at Salt Rock Hotels Beach bar. If you work up a hunger, located at the hotel is Al Fresco’s Restaurant and Coco’s Buffet.



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Secrets Day Spa From smooth full body hot rock massages, aromatherapy massages, facials, manicures & pedicures to magic day spa packages all done by internationally qualified therapists, Secrets is truly a pampering experience that you don’t want to miss out on! ** Now at The Boathouse

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A generation of healthier, sportier and more active children. Shaun andCONTACT: Kim Attlee have072 taken219 Ballito/Umhlali 0387 | Unit by storm and the kids of the North Coast are loving it !! Wimble Close (opp Hirsch) | www.b ** Moving to Umhlali 17 Tel: 032 525 5025

ballito arts and crafts Home to some 9,000 crocodiles, as well as snakes, monkeys, alligators and leguaans. You will be able to enjoy a guided “hands-on” tour with experienced guides on this working farm, where you will get the opportunity to touch small crocs and snakes.


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Uniquely U is a sanctuary to escape and be thoroughly pampered in a quiet and intimate location. They offer a range of uniquely tailored facial treatments, waxing, body massage, manicures, pedicures, nail extensions, reflexology as well as body exfoliation, wraps and spray tanning. Tel: 032 946 3314

Gill is known for transforming homes, hotels and offices around the world from drab spaces, into beautiful places filled with exquisite handpicked furniture and accessories. Gillian is also renowned for her Christmas Decor, and is fondly referred to as “Mrs Christmas” herself. Visit her Christmas wonderland shop at Crowthorne Corner and feast your eyes on the stunning selection of quality imported Christmas decorations available. This shop is open seasonally only.

Flag farm offer free-range animals for all young enthusiasts. Kids are able to enjoy pony rides, feed chickens, ducks, rabbits, cows, goats, to name a few. Kids can go wild on the play ground whilst mom can enjoy a light snack at the tea garden or take advantage of their picnic site.

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Experience magnificent aerial views of the stunning coastline and vast swathes of “green gold” a microlight flight along the Dolphin Coast. Flights leave from the school and are generally either 15- or 30-minutes long. If you are lucky, you might even spot dolphins, turtles or whales as you fly over the Indian Ocean and back again.

Flag Animal Farm Holla Trails consists of nearly 300 kms of marked and signed trails. Both novice and experienced mountain bikers are catered for - the tacks are varied and the scenery spectacular. The venue also has facilities for you to shower or freshen up after your ride before enjoying a well earned lunch or drink on the terrace.


Ballito Bay microlighting Tel: 072 219 0387

Clubventure Situated in the heart of the Esenembi Valley, Clubventure offers a day jam packed with exhilarating fun! Including River Quad Trails , obstacle course with true survival test challenge facilities, Zipline foofie slide , paintball and much much more.

Stocks of various art supplies. Art and Craft classes and gifts. Creative juices needing at outlet - this is the place to go grab your goodies from or be inspired by. kid art.


Tel: 032 946 3998

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Rain Farm Game Lodge

Siggi’s offers you a truly unique dining experience with a selection of speciality German delicacies, foods, beers and drinks. Great dining for the whole family, enjoy inside seating in the intricately decorated German style restaurant, or outside on the veranda with a lovely view, and garden catered for kids who like to play. They also have a comfortable pub and big screen to watch the sport of the day!


Rain Farm offers a variety of activities from exhilarating game drives to scenic horse trails, bass fishing and archery. Enjoy a gourmet meal at the restaurant, open seven days a week. The lodge offers accommodation in picturesque surroundings overlooking the rapids of the Umhlali River and game roaming in the grasslands.

22 Tel: 032 525 7460

The Waterberry Coffee Shop

Email: Tel: 032 815 1050 / Cell: 083 352 6830

The Duck at Karibu The Duck Pub & Grill at Karibu is a great local pub. Championing gourmet grill pub classics, perfectly designed for breakfast, lunch, familystyle dinner or snacks. The bar is famous for drinks, parties and intimate catch-ups. The venue is host to large plasma screens so you won’t have the problem of missing the big game. Great atmosphere, very reasonable prices and awesome entertainment- the perfect mix for a tremendous night out.

The Waterberry Tea Garden is a delightful Italian bakery and coffee shop. Serving delicious homemade food, decadent lemon meringue pie and sublime cheesecakes! There is ample indoor and shaded outdoor seating perfect for those hot North Coast summer days. Children are kept entertained with the garden play area and short forest walk.

23 Tel: 032 946-2797


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Beach Bums

Karibu James

If you love the sun and sand then Beach Bums is your perfect venue. Ladies enjoying cocktails to men loving the ice cold draughts and the kids having a ball building sand castles, you are assured to have a great time. With a meal for everyone’s tastes, the family is sure to be satisfied.

Nestled in amongst Umhlali’s Lush vegetation, sits a gem yet to be discovered. Catering to those looking for a relaxed indulgent lunch, breakfast with the girls or a romantic champagne sundowner. Try their renowned deli selection of designer cakes, imported sweets, freshly baked home-made pastries, breads and cheese.

25 Tel: 032 943 1132

Sage Cafe Tel: 071 214 0389

yellow cafe Sage Cafe offers an excellent, wholesome and healthy food, drinks and even better coffee menu as well as an exceptionally warm, relaxing atmosphere. They have exciting activities and food for the kiddies including a fantastic ‘Educational Jungle Gym’ & a sand-art play area in full view of the restaurant and surroundings so that you and your children can experience a fun day out.


26 Tel: 032 525 8059

Yellow Cafe , Don’t let this place fool you. Excellent coffee and a great spot for a morning cup. A must try are the delicious home made burger! and you got try their imported range of beers, really good!


Tel: 076 153 3875

Cindy’s Umhlali take away

Sushi Cocktails Portuguese chicken & prawns Live music Friday Nights

Nestled in the heart of a farming village, this shop has an old trading store feel. Freshly plucked produce is mostly from her farm and includes east coast specialities. Browse the shelves for homemade banana or guava chutney, mazavaroo, garlic pickle, veggie atchar, coriander sauce, curds and jams. Let’s not forget her amazing curries and locally caught fresh fish.


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Gigi’s Basserie The restaurant has a classic yet fun look, boasting an elaborate chandelier, splashes of bright pink and romantic lighting. Executive Chef Guy Gorrie promises gastronomic pub fare, boasting mostly organic ingredients, homegrown veggies and herbs and very reasonable prices. An intimate and warm spot perfect for a quiet dinner.


Serving a fantastic pub lunch or a romantic evening dinner. Serving everything including Sushi, prawns, portugese chicken, perfectly grilled steak. Cocktails and dessert. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.


Tel: 032 947 1495

Crawdaddy’s Grill

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Palm Terrace- La Montagne

032 525 8505 60 Basil Hulett Dr | Salt Rock

Crawdaddy’s, established 1995 has become a landmark for its Seafood and Meat Dishes, and has created a huge loyal family of patrons that keep the restaurant buzzing the year in and out. Crawdaddy’s marries the best of both worlds, offering an extensive variety of seafood and meat dishes of exceptional quality and is now available in Ballito

31 Tel: 032 946 1858

Et Voila Restaurant @ Umhlali Country Club

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If you are looking for the best sushi in KZN and for the best value look no further then fish hooked, shop no 1 at 16 compensation beach road. They also offer takeaways and a delivery service.


Tel: 032 586 3477

Mamma G’s

Et Voila does both Catering and meals for the Club House and Halfway House. The restaurant offers a varied and versatile menu in a relaxed, family-orientated environment. The friendly service and garden-like setting can be enjoyed by both members and the community. There is a full bar facility available at the Club House as well as a large selection of wines from around South Africa. Email: 34 Website: Tel: 032 947 2919

OSA Restaurant |

Palm Terrace is the perfect casual restaurant, with warm and bright decor overlooking La Montagne’s sweeping pool area and Sun Terrace - serving scrumptious breakfasts, charming munches and delicious dinners. From a host of crisp green salads, to arguably the best Eastern curries and pasta favourites.

35 Tel: 032 946 2121

The Fig Tree Restaurant

Mamma G’s is a buzzing café/restaurant serving real Italian food using only the freshest ingredients. Their pizzas are cooked in true Italian style in traditional wood-fired ovens. Their Pastas are hearty and wholesome and are offered in a broad variety of delicious flavours. The menu is diverse and interesting and also includes light meals, lunches, salads and grills.

OSA is an innovative South African steakhouse that serves prime South African grain-fed cuts, wet aged to perfection. The contemporary fashionable dishes are paired with wine from some of the most sought after vineyards in South Africa. The unrivalled and eclectic mix of leather, velvet and black granite floors sets the stage for a dining experience second to none.


37 Tel: 032 946 2214

Primi Piatti- Plantation

Email: Tel: 031 538 5000

Zoete Zonde

Shop H5 | Ballito Junction Shopping Centre | Corner Ballito Drive & M4

Tel. No: 032 946 2214

The Fig Tree restaurant is surrounded by the undulating sugarcane fields which is characteristic of the KwaZuluNatal countryside. The restaurant offers stunning views of the golf course and is the ideal eatery for guests to relax and enjoy good, fresh food and locally sourced wine.

38 Tel: 032 946 5403

This bustling restaurant and its staff are masters in creating a total dining experience around their robust authentic menu items, created from traditional Italian recipes. The espresso style cooking method creates food of distinction from scratch on order. Specialising in pasta, pizza, focaccia, anti-pasta and a variety of meat, fish and chicken speciality dishes.

Cos everyone needs a bit of sweet sin in their life ! the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, with a perfect deck setting. With a wide variety of food you cant go wrong, and then regardless of the time of day, dessert is always an option.


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Located on a pristine stretch of coastline, the Fairmont Zimbali will feature an ultra-luxurious resort hotel, a championship Gary Player designed golf course with clubhouse and golf academy, full-service Willow Stream Spa, Signature Beachfront Villas, Golf Chalets, Apartments and Villas, as well as a Fairmont Heritage Place Private Residence Club.

41 Tel: 032 538 5000


Canelands is a luxurious and elegant 10 bedroom (all ensuite) beach club situated in Salt Rock. Set literally a step away from the beach with safe bathing offered by the many rock pools and coves that Salt Rock is renowned for, Canelands Beach Club is the ideal holiday and weekend getaway beach hotel.

43 Tel: 032 525 2300

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Zimbali Lodge is one of Southern Africa’s most exclusive hideaways, set within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve on the north coast. The rooms classical architecture is accentuated by warm wood and russet autumn tones. The bathrooms are luxurious and feature Victorian baths.

42 Tel: 032 538 5000

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Boasting a total of 8 exclusively designed and decorated units, two of which are elegant executive suites these luxurious guesthouse rooms all comprise of en-suite bathrooms with standard amenities. Each room has its own balcony facing either the beautifully landscaped gardens or the enticing swimming pool.

44 Tel: 032 946 1585

Hotel Izulu

A boutique Hotel hotel nestled in the rolling hills of Umhlali. A truly South African “country” experience awaits discerning guests, and with its´ sense of tranquillity and natural beauty, the hotel is also ideal for romantic weddings, private functions or conferences.

The 5-star Hotel Izulu, situated in Ballito is renowned for luxury boutique Ballito accommodation, outstanding cuisine at Gigi’s restaurant and its award winning Impilo Spa as well as its extraordinary wedding and banqueting facilities. Hotel Izulu’s warm friendly atmosphere and attentive staff contribute to an unforgettable experience of relaxation, peace and tranquility.


46 032 947 1660

Coco de Mer Coco-De-Mer Boutique Hotel is situated on the main beach road in Ballito, within walking distance to the beach while being within close proximity to all the modern convenient stores, shopping malls, restaurants, points of interest. The hotel itself is distinctively Afro- Bali styled, situated in the midst of a natural eco forest and backdropped by the warm tropical Indian Ocean, boasting a fusion of creative interior design marrying its natural element surrounds along the friendly Dolphin Coast.


Email: Tel: 032 946 1034 Tel: 032 946 3444

Ocean Reef

The hide overlooks a large settling pond which is mostly covered by reeds and rafts of water hyacinth. A variety of wader and waterfowl species are attracted in fairly large numbers, and the hide provides opportunity to view a number of difficult species.

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HAIRMARX going the extra mile highlights — a look that is great for summer as it adds vibrancy to your hair and best of all looks natural. Whilst Adelle and Monique Hodgson (Coowner of Hairmarx) have created one of the most relaxed, friendly and tranquil salons in Ballito, they still maintain their professionalism. What I love is that they truly believe in going the extra mile for every client, so that he/she can have the healthiest, best-looking hair possible, even if it costs the salon. “A stylist and client relationship has to be personal; you need to be able to talk to the client and express what you think she needs. In turn a client must feel comfortable telling the stylist how she prefers her hair,” says Adelle.


or me, a visit to the hairdresser is like opening a gift — in your mind you think you know what you want but the end result can be pleasing or a little disappointing. Sometimes, however, you get a present that exceeds all your expectations and this was the feeling I got after my visit to Hairmarx in The Quarters Centre! From the minute you walk in, the salon has an amazing capacity to make you feel relaxed and at home with the natural light filling the area and the earthy tones with splashes of red that add a bit of vibrancy. Laughter and chatter fills the air as clients and stylists enjoy each other’s conversations, creating a very happy-golucky, welcoming feeling.

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Adelle van Staden, who is the creator and part-owner of Hairmarx, was my stylist for the day. She’s great and very easygoing. During my consultation she let me explain what I usually like and with her expertise we figured out what would look great. The end result was a deep brown base colour, with a few scattered lighter

Whilst my colour was being applied a treatment was also applied for colour to last longer. The treatments used are from the Joico range and they are fantastic! During my “basin time” I was given the four-step Joico treatment which results in stronger, healthier hair — it is the ultimate in hair reconstruction products. Each treatment takes about five minutes and during that time the shampooist massages what feels like your worries away! I felt that I had gone to a day spa because my whole body completely relaxed— the most incredible wash I have ever had! After that I was stress-free and ready for my cut and blow dry! What I saw was a complete new me! The colour was rich and shiny, the cut perfect with a bit of body that complemented my wavy hair — all in all a gift that I would happily open again and again!

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the green room 315 minutes in heaven I recently had the marvellous opportunity of experiencing a day at The Green Room in their new premises at The Quarters. The salon is simple and unpretentious, but the treatments very effective! The minute you walk in, you feel comfortable and relaxed. The focus, as Charmaine Kruger, owner of the salon says, is on the treatments. “We are not about cramming in as many people as we can in a day; we take our time and pay meticulous attention to detail so our clients can have the best possible experience!” she explained. What I loved about this salon is just this, because it’s true! The staff really does pay you the utmost attention, which is great, because you get what you pay for and more. Talking to Charmaine during my Shellac pedicure I really get the sense that she does this not because she has to, but because she loves what she does and has for long as she can remember. Charmaine was bitten by the beauty bug at a young age and worked for a couple of years till she could earn enough money

to pay for a course in beauty therapy at Camelot International, something that demonstrates both her passion for what she does and her determination to do it! During my session at The Green Room, I was pampered from head to toe, receiving not only an awesome Pedi which left my feet feeling like a baby’s bottom (and I have to say that Charmaine is brilliant at what she does — my toes were painted perfectly and looked absolutely stunning!). I was also treated to a Dermalogica face treatment, which made me feel like a goddess and took relaxation to another level! It is amazing and Charmaine did a brilliant job! After that, Sam Raath (another beautician at the salon) gave me my first hot stone massage — this is definitely my new fave as far as massages go. I felt that the heat of the stones made the massage much more effective. The heat makes it deeply relaxing and really allows the therapist to work those tight muscles. Sam did a great job and, for a small woman, can really get into those knots. I walked out of there revitalised and with what felt like a new body! The salon also offers a range of different treatments from various types of massages and facials to skin peels, manicures, Bella Baci cellulite treatments and waxing. Because I have sinus

problems they customized everything in my treatments, from eucalyptus scented water and towels to sinus drainage massages, this kind of personal treatment sets them apart from any other salon. The next day I went back for my permanent makeup with Wilna Joubert. Wilna has been doing permanent makeup since 2007 and has gained invaluable experience in that time. This was slightly nerve-racking as I had heard many a story about the pain involved, but this, thank goodness, proved not to be true. She uses a new technique that uses a gel anaesthetic and doesn’t use the conventional permanent makeup tattooing machine. What she does is not at all painful and, in my book, no pain is definitely gain! I chose to just do my top eyelids and the results are totally worth it — brighter, more beautiful eyes that say a fresh hello all day, every day! My experience at The Green Room was brilliant! The staff are extremely helpful and friendly, the ambiance peaceful and calm and the treatments fantastic — a must-try for anyone who is looking for no frills or spills, just good quality work by people who are truly passionate about what they do!

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I started this year, 2012, saying I would make more time to write articles about stuff, that I felt, connected with people and helped them in their everyday lives.

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Suffice to say I clearly don’t have a handle on actually getting to all those goals I set at the start of each new year - and I’m sure the same applies to you. So, how are you going to handle 2013 differently to every other year you’ve set yourself up for failure? I’ve decided on a different approach that will hopefully break the mould, so to speak, and get things turning for me. I love the concept of the flywheel – slow, regular action develops large, monumental movement – so that’s what I’m going for. Here are four things I’ll be doing and maybe they’ll help you. Plan Ahead – The Japanese have 50 or 100 year plans, spending effort on adjusting rather than replanning.

Creating a new plan, or new goals, each year seems like a waste of valuable time. Set goals for three or five years and then keep them in check on a regular basis. Not doing this is more akin to Pinky and the Brain thinking. Remember that? What are you going to do in 2013? Same thing you I do every year, try and reach my unachievable goals. Think long, plan over time and act daily. That’s my plan. Manage Energy, not Time - Ironically, this tip is in a sense more about letting go of control. I don’t want to live my life by my to-do list, tick tick ticking off actions, although I need them. To-do list mentality can kill creativity and new ideas. If I’m focused on the list alone, I’m not thinking about what else could really move the needle forward for me in different spheres of my life. To be more


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efficient and creative, I’m going to try to listen to my inner self and what motivates me. By harnessing excitement and energy about a particular project when I feel it, it makes the work easier, more fun and more inspiring. Managing energy, not time, will help me, and hopefully you, get through to do lists more effortlessly and with better results. Pick One Word Themes – The idea here is to rather pick a word that encompass an area you’d like to develop and use that to guide your thoughts and actions around it. Rather than set a bucket full of goals like be on time, hit deadlines and make more time for whatever, choose a theme like “order”. The more order you bring to your life the more likely you are to actually improve on those areas you want to. Find your themes.

Six by Six – this is a concept I listened to during the year, and loved. The idea is to tackle six ‘things’ (here things are vague) that will change your business or personal life significantly...and give yourself only six weeks to do all six. Don’t write down things that need more than six weeks to do, that’s just silly and setting yourself up to fail. The point is that if you can do six things that will bring change, in six weeks, then you’ll be in a better place. Whatever you do, do something differently. Our time is so precious and we’d do more for our personal integrity to come up with a plan that is realistic and can work that committing to failing because we can’t break the habit of planning to fail.

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Emma Roberts is definitely the whole package besides the fact that she’s totally stunning she is also an actress, a model, a singer and if that wasn’t enough her aunt is famous actress Julia Roberts!!! roles she has played namely-Nancy Dream, Hotel for Dogs, When Emma was a child she spent a lot of her time on the sets The Winning Season and she appeared in the star studded of Julia’s Films, from these experiences the desire to be in the film Valentine’s Day, which also stared Julia Roberts. Emma is film industry sparked! You may know Emma from her numerous rumored to be dating hunky Glee star, Chord Overstreet. Her favourite books include “Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin and the “A-List” novels.

Ok so isn’t Austin just the hottest thing since sliced bread and I’m not just talking about his looks either! This American actor slash singer slash epic guitar player slash model is definitely a star worth watching. But unfortunately ladies he is taken, yes! Not only did Vanessa Hudgens get her hands on dreamy Zack Efron but now she has Austin by her side. He has acted in numerous films including the High School Musical spin-off film Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure and for his role in Zoey 101 as James Garrett. He currently stars on Switched at Birth, playing the role of James “Wilke” Wilkerson, (Firday’s on series channel, watch it!) Butler began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and playing piano at the age of 16. He enjoys collecting guitars, and his other hobbies include outdoor activities that keep him in shape such as basketball, hiking, and cycling, as well as exercising in his home gym.


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Getting back to the Grind I’ll be honest with you, January and I have never quite seen eye to eye. The start of a new year automatically seems to put everyone under pressure.


t seems like only five minutes ago that you were lazing on the beach by day and consuming turkey and champagne by night and then the fireworks die down and the sun rises on that dreaded first day of the month when you need to start being awesome while all you want to do is bury your head in a cushion on the couch. January expects you to start fresh, set new goals and establish new habits while your mind is still in the chill zone. My advice for this annual situation is to approach with caution and ensure that you are mentally prepared for the transition well before it encroaches on your holiday swagger.

When the new year’s work week starts, diving head-first into your reality of corporate meetings, rush hour traffic and pin stripe suits is going to leave you more exhausted than you were when you packed your holiday suitcase. Getting back to the grind after the holidays is never an easy task. I just cannot bring myself to utter the usual cliché and advise you to get home a few days before the alarm clock strikes 5 a.m. on Monday morning, or to sit here and tell you to ease back into the working week by tackling the small tasks first. Just writing that made me cower in shame as it’s so commonplace and banal. What I can suggest is to not

rip the a** out of your holiday. Taking a three-week break over the festive season is not a hall pass to drunken binges, overindulgence and physical abuse. You have worked too hard all year (or at least the last three months) to get your body beach-ready to throw it all away because it’s “the season to be jolly”. Anyway, the physical side-effects of debauchery plus the new year’s guilt is enough to send you spiralling back into old habits. In no way am I suggesting that you spend your vacation eating rabbit food and sipping lukewarm water. You deserve a little luxury and a little personal spoil; after all, you’ve worked your butt off all year to look good in that bikini. I am merely suggesting you do things in

moderation, not only for the sake of your physical wellbeing, but to aid you make a smooth transition from holiday to office and boardroom. Using your holiday as a break from your realities ensures that when it’s time to get back to the grindstone, you are rested, energized and even amped to grab the bull by the horns come the first day back in the office. Nine times out of 10 we set ourselves resolutions that entail goals in health and success in one way or another. Why not kick off your year of new beginnings in a healthy state of mind, rejuvenated, restored and determined as opposed to hung-over, jaded and exhausted.


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By andreas wassenaar | principal - seeff dolphin coast

“CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY – South Africa’s sad decline” were the words emblazoned on the front over of the highly influential Economist magazine (week 20-26th Oct 2012) over an image of desperate stick wielding striking miners. The editorial emphatically declared that South Africa is sliding downhill while much of the rest of the continent is clawing its way up. Why this is important is that the 1,5m hard copies of the weekly circulation of the Economist magazine is read and quoted by the world’s most influential business and political leaders and decision makers. In addition the website attracts over 14m unique visitors per month. As a country and as a public relations exercise, you simply do not want to make the front cover of this highly regarded publication for all the wrong reasons. The Economist is known for its well researched and brilliantly written editorials and special reports. The world’s two most influential ratings agencies, Moody’s and Standard & Poor both downgraded South Africa’s sovereign debt during September and October respectively. Moody’s also downgraded a spectrum of South African corporate investment instruments, including several South African residential mortgagebacked securities. As the risk profile of these securities increases so does the cost or interest payable on them. Isaac Newton published “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” in 1867, which was to become one of the most important books in the history of science, providing what we refer to as Newton’s Laws of Motion. His third law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is so profound and infinitely applicable to so many aspects of life. Something happened in South Africa in August 2012 that has had this type of equal and opposite reaction across the economic and political playing field. The Lonmin owned Marikana mine strike started on 10th August 2012 and the resultant clashes with police left 34 workers dead followed by extensive CNN coverage. The contagion to other platinum and gold mines resulted and even 20,000 truck drivers went on strike, resulting in fuel shortages in some parts of the country. This labour unrest directly affected Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s downgrading of South African sovereign debt. How striking miners at a platinum mine can impact the market for residential property along the Dolphin Coast may be quicker and more direct than


you can imagine. Professor Philip Frankel of Wits, published an outstanding article entitled “Marikana: 20 years in the making” in the Business Report on Oct. 21st 2012. As a leading political scientist and consultant to the Office of the President and Department of Mineral Resources, he points to structural aspects of how migrant labour is sourced by labour brokers and employed by the mines, the conditions these miners live in and the social and economic consequences surrounding their existence. The high incidence of HIV infection and the questionable safety records and working conditions at specific mine shafts he mentions. The Economist article declared that foreign investment to South Africa is drying up, it highlighted the government’s failure to provide services, the disgraceful state of our education system (according to the World Economic Forum, South Africa ranks 132nd out of 144 countries for its primary education and 143rd in science and maths), our extraordinarily high unemployment rate – officially 25% but probably nearer 40%, and our tragic inequality of wealth. We all know that since the end of apartheid a tiny black elite has accrued great fortunes, which according to the Economist has only widened the wealth gap. South Africa’s “Gini coefficient”, the best measure of inequality, in which 0 is the most equal and 1 the least, was 0.63 in 2009, but 0.59 in 1993. It pulls no punches in blaming the ruling political party’s incompetence and outright corruption as the main causes of what it terms South Africa’s sad decline. The essence of the article was that South Africa is experiencing a failure of Leadership, where the independence of the courts, the police, the prosecuting authorities and the press are being undermined. The article does provide some advise on how to spur change and integrity. It calls for more accountability of political representatives through a constituencybased system and more political competition, including the disposal of the president (although most pollsters suggest this is highly unlikely). The office of the President, through spokesperson Mac Maharaj was quick to respond, calling the article grossly incorrect and highlighting South Africa’s inclusion in Citigroup’s World Government Bond Index, the successes achieved in fighting HIV and AIDS, growing inbound tourist arrival figures and the government’s New Growth Path framework and its 20 year infrastructural development programme.

In October, Gill Marcus, the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, said that the past two months had hurt South Africa’s reputation as a place to invest, pointing to billions of Rands in net equity-market outflows as evidence of this loss of confidence. Clem Sunter and Chantell Illbury are extensively published authorities on South African future scenario planning. In a widely circulated commentary written on 10th October 2012, Mr. Sunter stated that they were holding the odds at 50:50 on South Africa progressing to the “Premier League” on the one hand or declining to the “Second Division and Failed State” on the other. He maintains that we are at a tipping point where it could tip either way, and with extreme consequences. Mr. Sunter suggests that we need a new economic accord, which gets rid of waste, inefficiency and corruption. To tighten anti-monopoly legislation to create the space for millions of new small enterprises, to return to a stable industrial relations climate and greater wage parity, better living conditions for workers and a greater sense of common purpose. Faced with such negative sentiment from so many influential sources an excellent letter addressed by Paul Harris, co-founder and non-executive director of FirstRand to a friend in Australia enquiring after his wellbeing provides the silver lining to the cloud. He makes the point that doomsayers have been predicting South Africa’s imminent demise since the sixties, that we have survived far worse, and as a banker points to our healthy local banking system compared to the crisis Europe is facing. As South African’s he notes that we tend to fluctuate between off the scale euphoria and inspiration on the one hand and the deepest depression on the other. He states that the South Africans he knows get off their butts and do things to build our country rather than whinge from a position of comfort. To this I say “Amen”. Yes we have our challenges but as a nation we are incredibly positive, resourceful, tenacious and have a welldeveloped sense of the importance of uplifting underprivileged communities. Together we can make a difference. Visit a faith based community project such as the LIV Village in Cottonlands to see this at work and your heart will sour on the wings of eagles. You will be inspired and positive about the future of those HIV Orphans being cared for and for South Africa as a nation. Property investment is by nature a long-term activity. When I am faced with a wave of negative sentiment I get excited and immediately start looking for the buying opportunities, knowing that the money is made when you buy rather than when you sell. REJOICE THE BELOVED COUNTRY – we are not in decline, we are great by choice!



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