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Things women wish men just knew

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GADGETS AND GIZMOS For the non techno junkies and junkies alike! What is new gadget wise

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High society social scene Spotted out and about in Umhlanga

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Stuff you should know 9 Things women wish men just knew?

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Visiting La Montagne

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fashion forward

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Health Strength of a women

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Business Profile Hygizone

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Umhlanga power shot

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Restaurant Review Butcher Block

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Business Interview Business with a kick and double-o gadgets

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Beauty Review Dream Nails

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Hair Review Carlton Hair International

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Warrick Shannon Photographers to look out for

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Car Review

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Kids Corner

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editors note I like to read, not because I’m a publisher — although reading does help — but because a really good friend and wise mentor of mine once told me that the future me is no different to the current me, except for the people I would meet and be influenced by… and the books I read. That piece of sage advice set me off on a course of reading over many years and, if I had to take a guess, I’d say that I’ve read well over 50,000 pages on pretty much the same topics — business, success, strategy, execution and human behaviour. Am I now a guru on these topics? Not a chance… and I know why! Looking back on all the information I’ve consumed, I can honestly say that I’ve applied far less of it than I’ve consumed. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to but, by churning through so much information and knowledge, I’ve only ever held onto a few of the nuggets of wisdom from all those books. The rest is in my head somewhere and I know that because sometimes it splutters out my mouth and sounds impressive, but as for the rest, I just haven’t called on it yet. My point? It’s not to tell you that I’ve read many books. My point is that knowledge without the opportunity to apply it, to create experiences, remains purely what it is — knowledge. My greatest growth and learning have come from doing stuff, reflecting on it and considering how best I can improve on it and, from what I can gather, it is the application of knowledge to experience that creates wisdom. I probably should be a lot wiser, almost guru-like, but I sense that I’ve read one too many books without seeking out the opportunity to apply its contents to what it was I was doing in that season in my life. Right there is a lesson in wisdom! Why this profound realization now, you might ask? Well, I’ve decided not to buy any new books, but to grab my old ones off the shelf and re-read them, but this time to be slow and methodical about it, making sure that I can take the learning from the pages and apply it to my life. I can’t guarantee the application will all be positive, but I sense that the second time round will be better than the first. Plus, I’m finding it really insightful to read the notes I’ve written in the margins on the pages of these books, some of which are from years ago and definitely get me chuckling about my view of the world. The words on the pages have a different meaning now and even more relevance, as I have more worldly experience to apply for context. All of this also makes me realise that these paper books have value. My thoughts, ideas and feelings have been written on the pages at different times of my life and, hopefully, one day my kids will read a few of these books which will give them a little more insight into who I was and how I thought about the world. Sjoe, deep stuff! But that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? I hope you enjoy the pages of this magazine, filled as they are with stories of people, photos of places and the highlights of what’s going on in your community at the moment. Keep a copy or two for your kids because flipping through the pages years from now will bring smiles to your faces and spark memories of things you’ve done and places you visited… and that is the gift that is books and magazines. Till we meet again God Bless

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EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GRAPHIC DESIGN Daniel Rambaly | daniel@fabmags.co.za Kate Ahrens | kate@fabmags.co.za SALES Lucille Nagel | lucille@fabmags.co.za +27 083 747 3694 Pat Franken | pat@fabmags.co.za +27 82 552 3027 IN HOUSE JOURNALIST Storm Catterick | storm@fabmags.co.za CONTRIBUTORS Marc Forrest, Richard Webb, Pippa Rowney, Jess Basson, Lil Bianchi ADMIN & ACCOUNTS Sharlene Odayar | sharlene@fabmags.co.za +72 32 946 3187 OFFICE NUMBER +27 32 946 3187 +27 32 946 0357 FAX NUMBER 086 605 0098 EMAIL info@fabmags.co.za EDITORIAL ADDRESS Suite 1B Silverstone Way Douglas Crowe Ave | Ballito, KZN PRINTING DNA Print (Pty) Ltd. Front Cover Photo Warrick Shannon While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents FabMags Publications cannot be held responsible for any omission or errors, or for any misfortune, injury or damages that may arise therefrom. TheUmhlanga is published by FabMags Publications, Suite 1b, Silverstone Way, Douglas Crowe Road, Ballito, South Africa 4418. Copyright TheUmhlanga and FabMags Publications. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or any part is prohibited without prior permission of the publisher. All products and services featured in this publication are subject to availability and are not stocked by FabMags Publications.

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PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za

We believe that getting feedback from our readers is extremely valuable. Whether it’s about something we’ve written about or something you think we should cover, we’d like to hear about it. While we’ve been doing this a while we don’t think we know it all and always believe their is room to learn. Send an email to editor@fabmags.co.za or chat to us on twitter @theumhlanga. We’d love to hear from you!


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GADGETS

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By Marc Forrest | www.marcforrest.com

Braven BRV-1 Bluetooth Speaker – R1499 Bluetooth speakers seem to be all the rage at the moment with loads of new and different models appearing weekly.

Lenmar PowerPort Wave 11000 mAh – R799 The Lenmar range recently launched in South Africa and after testing the Meridian case last month we got our hands on the Lenmar PowerPort. This awesome little gadget allows simultaneous charging of up to 3 devices at any given time, and with 11000mAh of battery power, you can charge your Smartphone up to around 3-4 times before using the power in 1 charge. To fully recharge the battery pack to full power takes around 8 hours and can be charge with the included Micro USB cable or with any iPad/ iPhone charger. If you often find yourself looking for power outlets to recharge the batteries on your smart devices, then the Lenmar PowerPort Wave is a must have. You can order the Lenmar PowerPort Wave and all other Lenmar Accessories from http://www.geekshop.co.za

The Braven BRV-1 Bluetooth speaker will guard against water, impact and extreme temperatures and has a molded rubber finish, tightly sealed seams and control buttons and a large screw cap at the rear which covers its ports. At the front is an aluminum grill (coming in blue or orange finishes) to protect the drivers and the whole package not only feels solid as a rock, but measures only 115 x 60 x 85mm and weighs just 338g. It is the perfect accessory for camping weekends away with the family, and simple enough to connect to from most devices using Bluetooth from the phone or iPad or even using the supplied Aux cable. With a rechargeable 1200mAh battery built in you should get around 12 hours of continuous playback and also allow you to charge your phone using the built in USB port. Don’t be put off by the slightly higher price tag, If you often find yourself looking in the need of music on the go, then the Braven BR-1 Bluetooth speaker is a must. Order online from http://www.geekshop.co.za

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AUTO UMHLANGA COMES OUT TOPS Dave Warren has been part of the sales team at Auto Umhlanga since 1997 and has been selling successfully in the Durban region during this time. Dave also continues to market and sell to customers throughout the country as he has managed to maintain a sound customer database through his total dedication and commitment to his profession. Auto Umhlanga are proud to acknowledge Dave Warren who has been awarded the third position in the National Sales Executive ranking being recognised as a BMW South Africa top achiever. This is an achievement is which Dave has continually managed to uphold over his 14 year selling career at Auto Umhlanga. Further to this achievement Dave has also been awarded the prize for achieving the highest volume of 6 and 7 Series sales by a Sales Executive country wide. Dave is the top BMW sales executive in KZN; ranking first in a sales and customer service index scoring. We at Auto Umhlanga are proud of Dave who through his commitment and dedication to the brand and to our customers is an asset to our team.

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umhlanga Bloggers profile These days people who have something to share, blog it! In the next couple editions we will be featuring some of Umhlanga’s best bloggers who have something interesting to say and are well worth the read! Want to get your blog featured email storm@fabmags.co.za.

Get to know your bloggers!

Filipa de Oliveira and Kim Walsh (known on their blog as Fil and Kim), both 25 years old, Graphic Designers/ Entrepreneurs, Durban Lifestyle and Wedding Bloggers.

Tell us about your blog? Our blog, is called Ruby and the Swallow, it was started in 2012 as a space to release all our creativity as graphic designers. It is a Durban-based lifestyle blog focusing on our lives in and around Durban — what we do, what we love and where we go. We’re all about covering major trends (be they fashion, beauty, decor, or photography), sharing interesting things that we love and exploring our favourite topic, weddings! We love everything wedding-related and we post wedding tips, wedding trends and even wedding venues in and around Durban. Why a blog? In our opinion, blogs are one of the most useful marketing tools of our day and age. We were so overwhelmed by the massive response that we received after starting our blog as a personal and creative outlet that it gave us the push we needed to start our own business. As well as being a blog, Ruby + Swallow is also a platform to market our wedding stationery business as it gives potential clients a chance to see our portfolio of work and get to know us. Working as a designer and being a designer are two very different things and we found that the creative fulfilment from Ruby + Swallow far outweighed anything we had ever found in a job.

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Future of your blog? After a successful first year, we decided to re-launch and consolidate our brand vision. Our new look is fresh, current and, most of all, a reflection of our personal design aesthetic. This is the first media platform where we have launched our new brand, so we are very excited about it! We plan to continue the blog for a long time, with a larger focus on our company. We also have a few other exciting plans for our brand, which we’ll reveal soon. Blogs you love? Internationally, our favourites include Joy the Baker, A Beautiful Mess, and East Side Bride. Locally, we’ve been impressed by the blog network Together, which brings five popular Cape Town bloggers together on one platform. Why should people read your blog? Ruby + Swallow is unique in that it is run by two young women who love both design and blogging and this makes our blog very distinct! We love covering events in and around where we live, so our blog is a great way of finding out about things to see and do in Durban. As a wedding blog, we’re great for any bride starting her wedding planning journey as we regularly feature bridal fairs, Durban suppliers and venues.

Books on your bedside table? Filipa is currently reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, while I am reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. There are also always editions of Women’s Health and Good Housekeeping on Fil’s bedside table! Fave shops? There are so many! We love Cotton On as their clothes are on trend and affordable. Zara has a great range of wardrobe basics and Lovisa has amazing jewellery. As designers, we adore Typo, which is an absolute must for anything stationery related. Latest obsession? Lately we’re in love with info-graphic design and we’re even in the process of designing wedding stationery in this style for two clients. We are also absolutely obsessed with beautiful food photography and Instagram (find us on Instagram with the handles @Kim_RubySwallow and @ Fil_RubySwallow). rubyandtheswallow.blogspot.com


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Reason for surfing: There is nothing better to do than surf. It's a unique and very individual sport and that is why I love it. Everyone has their own style and own way of surfing and doing what you love with all your friends makes it even better. Three favourite KZN Beaches Umhlanga Main Beach, Durban New Pier and a secret spot on the north coast somewhere! Bikini, full bathing suit, wetsuit? Bikini always (if I could surf Cape Town in a bikini, I would).

Favorite type of wave to surf? Running beach break. Best surf spot in Umhlanga? Main Beach. Favourite surfing icon? Malia Manuel. Your most used surf lingo? That was "sick"!


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1. Monty & Cindene Smith, Justin van Wyk & Roberta Edgar 2. Denis Dalais, Melissa & Craig Davidson & Tony Kempson 3. Peter Hilditch, Vanessa Appleton & Righard Theron 4. Jackie Henderson, Samantha Herselman, Rachel and Regan McCann 5. Russell Hand, Anna Annandale, Duncan Savage & Jo Kitto 6. Peter Feuilherade, Carl Schultz & Fiona Mckenzie 7. Jeann Michelle Delvaux, Gavin Kirbey, Francois du Toit, Vanessa Blevins, Cindene Smith, Rob Grinham, Sfiso Dlamini

the highlight A total of R 57, 450.00 was raised throughout the evening, including the auction of an original painting donated by renowned wildlife artist, Ian van Zyl, which was sold for R11,000 to businessman, Braam Fouche`.

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RockRidge Development the party The launch of the new residential development by VSM Investments. RockRidge is a supreme celebration of all things Umhlanga, with 79 luxury apartments plus a retail component, this is an amazing new property for the Ridge area.

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the people 8. Robyn & Mike Lambert & Janet McElligott 9. Wilfred van Stuyvesant Meijen & Rik Kennedy 10. Graham & Candy Balfour 11. Charlie & Angela Good 12. Steve Walter & Warren Louden 13. Jonathan van Stuyvesant Meijen & Christine Haskins 14. Chris & Dawn McNab 15. Nick Proome & Andre Joubert

the highlight The launch was held at the Oyster Box Hotel, so you just know that everything was amazing, from the food to the presentation everything just ran perfectly. The amount of SOLD stickers placed on the board at the launch was also quiet astonishing.

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Miele have many cooking demo’s quite often. This is extremely appealing for people that have bought their appliances and now get to be part of a cooking Demo with the same appliances. With a professional chef teaching you, you can now make the most out of your fantastic oven for example. A fantastic idea! And at a really affordable rate.

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the highlight How Miele appliances in under 2 hours, easily turned out a starter, main meal and dessert (from scratch!) perfectly!

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umhlanga Stuff You Should Know

Nine things women wish men just knew!

Words Storm catterick

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ollowing on the heels of the all-too-familiar saying, “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” is the gap between the sexes of what is known and understood and what is simply expected to be known by each of the sexes! Now, I don’t think I’m superior and I know that we women could also get to know a little bit more about the supposedly stronger sex. But this, unfortunately (for men), is Women’s Month and, until you have a whole month dedicated to you, I suggest you just sit back and think of it as an educational experience – you can never be too knowledgeable! Here are just a few things that we would appreciate if you could just get to know and deal with about the fairer sex!

PMS “se gat”

Don’t use our PMS as an excuse when you thoroughly piss us off and then, when we blow up, blame it on the current time of the month as if you had played noooooo role in it at all! Honestly, it just makes us madder — pretty much like Vesuvius on the brink of an eruption! Just say you’re sorry and the dust will settle.

BFFs

Our friends are like a second family to us and we are going to tell them everything. EVERYTHING! It’s something you just have to deal with and move forward from. We are emotional beings and can’t always confide in you and, if you’re not fulfilling the emotional quota, we need to get our daily dose somewhere else!

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It’s just a joke!

Don’t make fun of us around friends — a little joke here and there is fun in small doses, but constant jabs at the person she is, is annoying! You can go on about how we are terrible drivers and don’t know what a catalytic converter is, or the fact that we’ve put on weight. But watch out, coz’ there are a lot more ego-crushing things that we could say when pushed that we know would hurt much, much more! The kind of things that will make you feel really, really small! We do not grow and change through criticism; like a plant we need to be nourished, nurtured and loved.


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Oblivious

Hey, here’s a weird thought! You know the times that you are subjected to the silent-treatment, sighs and shoulder-shrugs, baleful stares and tears — they all add up to the fact that YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG! Who knew? So, instead of ignoring it, being oblivious or acting as if everything is like sunflowers and rainbows — which will turn into nuclear warfare — say, “I’m sorry!”, throw in a “Babe” or “Hon” and you’re out of Vesuvius’s path of destruction!

TV interruptions

If it is at all possible, could you please refrain from talking during our programmes and keep all snarky comments about how lame it is for during the commercials. And, if it’s on DStv catch-up, be a man and go play with something metal and greasy. You have sports, fishing and car shows during which, if you remember, we are not allowed to make a peep, unless it’s got to do with food or beer, so silence or ‘I Kill You!’

Actions speak louder than words

We do immensely appreciate your saying all the right things (and the sweet nothings), but it’s really nice when your actions match your words as this reassures us that what you say is true. Yes, yes we are demanding creatures, but this has never been a secret, so evolve or get off the bus!

Embrace learning

When we take the initiative in sharing your interests and try to learn the ins and outs, at least have the decency to teach us and not get annoyed when we ask questions that you think are obvious or stupid — let’s talk nail polish, waxing and makeup and we’ll see who’s dim-witted!

Affection is important

Let’s get one thing straight here; there is no such thing as too much spooning. A proper hug goes a long way and a random kiss on the cheek or forehead is a melt- worthy act of affection. Lastly, a tad bit of PDA (the PG kind) makes a girl feel like you are proud to be with her.

Equality

Lastly — but only because I have run out of space — equality is important in a relationship and applies to both parties! If you can go out jolling with all your maatjies, you can be damn sure that when I say I’m going out with my ladies, you’d better smile and wave me out of the door with a, “Have fun, darling”! Don’t try to control us while at the same time you do whatever you like — this ain’t the 50s.

To end with, let me reassure you that you are not alone in this battle between the sexes and we think that you men are just as complicated as you think we are!

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quick 20 minutes from Umhlanga lies the fab family resort, La Montagne Resort Hotel and Spa — right on the beach in Ballito. We recently spent a weekend experiencing the hotel/timeshare resort where we found that the rooms were crisp, clean and cosy — you don’t plan to spend your days in your room and ours were more than satisfactory for a seaside holiday! The patio area was my favourite place to have my morning tea or an afternoon glass of wine. These self-catering units are ideal for a weekend getaway — far enough for new experiences, but close enough to not hear the kids moan, “Are we there yet?”. With four restaurants to choose from, ranging from à la carte at the Crayfish Inn to the Palm Terrace, which has three different areas — the cosy inside area, the Italian area, where you can choose from a variety of pizzas, to the pool area where you can sit at a table or order from

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your waiter while you lounge by the pool. On top of all of this, they also offer room service! In addition, you also have the option of doing it all yourself, braaiing either at the pool braai area or on the private braai on your patio. On the days that you are either too sunburnt or the weather is less than appealing, you can use the kitchen in your unit. All these options are fantastic and Mom gets to choose a weekend off, or a combo of both. With the smell of braai fires wafting through the air as I lay by the pool, yeah, this felt like a holiday! All units are sea-facing and the hotel is perfectly designed so that every room has a sea view. Love it! There’s nothing like a day spent lounging by the pool or on one of the decks facing the sea, watching the dolphins go past and — best of all — having a waiter ready and waiting to meet all your cocktail or food needs!


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Words Storm catterick

Fashion Forward Local designers keeping women on the North Coast right on trend Fashion is in the air! It is no surprise then that people are becoming a lot more fashion-conscious and that our oncelaid-back, slow-paced way of coastal living is giving way to an era of fashion fundis who look hot-to-trot and can give any Jozi resident a run for their money. But where does their flair for fashion come from? Certainly not from the massproduced clothing found in chain-stores that churn out last season’s trends! No, rather from the amazing local designers who have established themselves in the area! They may not wield a paintbrush or palette, but they are in every sense of the word artists and are creating an upheaval in the glamour department with their outrageously fabulous attire. We chat to some of Umhlanga’s most sought-after fashion designers to find out what life is like on their side of the catwalk.

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Suzanne Hatcher Store name: Suzy Q Location: Granada Centre

Photo Credit: SeancandyFoto

Tell us about yourself as a businesswoman? As a businesswoman, I try to find a balance between work and family time. My job as a boutique owner, fashion buyer and fashion designer requires me to be hands-on 24/7 and is very demanding and sometimes tiring. I am focused and very passionate about what I do — my mind is working all the time, either sourcing or creating new ideas. What made you decide to become a fashion designer? I decided to become a fashion designer/ fashion buyer because clothing runs in the family. My mom made all my clothes when I was small and she supplied boutiques — to this day she still owns two clothing boutiques — so, growing up, all I knew was clothing! I like to look good and dress up and there's nothing more satisfying than seeing a woman in a garment from my boutique that I have either made or sourced. I also like people to feel good about themselves. What is your target market? My target market is the mom who still wants to look young and trendy but not necessarily feel like a “mom". Although, saying that, we have things for all ages. It's all about how good you feel in the outfit you are wearing not necessarily about your age! You're only as old as you feel! A lot of the designs we make ourselves are easy-to-wear, everyday garments that can be dressed up or down and transformed from day to night with a higher heel and a bit of bling! We have also introduced a kiddies’ range called MINI Q for young fashionistas — boys and girls from one to seven. Our

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imported range is more cutting-edge and trendy, with a sophisticated style. Do you think economic and technical factors have affected fashion over the years? Yes, definitely! Economic: I, as a buyer, am influenced and restricted by the exchange rate at any given time, which affects the quantity I buy, the shipping and, at the end of the day, the price of the landed garment. Technical: with the use of online shopping and the Internet, people have access to a wider variety of brands and stores, not just those in SA, so there’s more competition. How would you define your city's fashion? Which trend do you wish had

never happened? I would say that Durban has quite an eclectic fashion mix, with lots of street-wear and unique style all thrown together to create super cool styles and attitude. One thing I definitely wish had never happened are Crocs! Sure, we like comfort, but we also like looking good, don’t we? I must also admit that I’m not a big fan of the mullet! Where do you see your brand in 10 years? I do hope to have an online presence that will allow everyone to be able to purchase the SUZY Q brand and not just locals. Watch this space — we'll hopefully be launching our online store soon!


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Carol Clark Store Name: Carol Clark and Friends Location: Durban North - Woolworths Centre, Gateway Theatre of Shopping www.carolclarkdesigns.com Photo Credit: Brett Florens

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business? I lived in London for a few years and on my return opened my first store at Antique Café in Churchill Road, after which I launched Carol Clark and Friends in Durban North. This led to the opening of another store in the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. I want women to have an amazing experience when they pop into any of my stores. What made you decide to become a fashion designer? Ever since I can remember this was something that I wanted to do. I grew up playing under my Granny’s sewing machine, so I guess it is in my blood. What is your target market? I would say it’s a broad age group as my designs are all about how you wear the outfit. Would you say that you keep up with trends or start them? People like to be unique, so I would say that I keep up with the trends but always think about “my” type of customer when designing.

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How would you describe your creativity and style? My style and personality comes through in my designs — feminine and free-spirited. Who are your favourite top designers? Anyone committed to their vision. Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney. Do you think social, economic and technical factors have affected fashion over the years and how? Most definitely! The fashion industry uses social media as a marketing platform to reach their customers online and to reignite customer loyalty and brand awareness. Describe the general process that you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing? Sketch a design; have a pattern made

for a sample garment; have a sample constructed to analyze design and fit. Once that is complete, the pattern is graded, after which production can go ahead. How would you define your city's fashion? Which trend(s) from the past do you wish had never happened? Our city’s fashion is relaxed and creative. Trends that hopefully I won’t have to wear again are: crop tops, leg warmers and balloon skirts from the 80s… but at the end of the day, fashion is all about having fun and not being scared to express yourself. Is there international fame on the horizon? One never knows… I always like to keep my options open!


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Bianca Warren Store name: Bianca Warren Location: The Square, The Village www.biancawarren.com

Tell us about yourself as a businesswoman? I am a local (Durban), proudly South African girl who focuses mainly on commercial-wear as well as oneoff custom-made garments. Both my production and range is manufactured in my main store. This is a new approach which allows my customers personalized shopping as well as to have alterations done. My mother is the rock and strength of my business as well as my role model. She has the financial brains and experience and I have the creativity. What made you decide to become a fashion designer? As a tiny tot I would put on fashion shows for my family, with me draping fabric over myself and with my sister acting as MC at my shows, so it's always been in my blood. What is your target market? My target market is mainly commercial, but now and again I bring in an edgy suit jacket or work skirt. My style is for women of all ages — it's timeless, unique and comfortable. Would you say that you keep up with trends, or start them? Personally, I try very hard not to follow the niche market trends as my Durban clientele are more commercial and when it comes to my fashion label, we definitely keep up with what's out there both locally and internationally.

from you? I only make what I like. Sometimes I push the boundaries, but my range is my style to a T.

What inspires your designs? Travel. My mom and I travel a lot and get lots of inspiration from food cultures and scenery. Our last trip to India had a big influence on my previous summer range.

Who are your favourite top designers? My favourite top designers are Donna Karen (dkny) and Stella McCartney. I love their natural confidence and sexy femininity.

What do you think makes your designs original? The entire concept of once-off, not massproduced garments. My SA Fashion Week collection is always fresh and new with the option to have your off-the-rail garment altered to your body shape free of charge.

Do you think social factors have affected fashion over the years? Social factors definitely. We have a huge following on social media and, thanks to online shopping, my major sales come from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

How would you describe your creativity and style and how is it different (or not)

Local fabrics or imported? For fabrics we try to support local as

much as possible. The local textile industry is not doing well because people don't support it. So, unless it’s an unusual fabric that I fall in love with overseas, we purchase our fabrics in SA. Where do you see your brand in 10 years? Is there international fame on the horizon? Our signature store has been open for almost a year now and each month we get more and more boutiques on board and I'd like to end up supplying proudly SA boutiques around the country. We are in the process of opening our second store in Umhlanga Village. The team at Bianca Warren Signature Store are very excited about our new venture, which is due to open in August.

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umhlanga Health

The strength of a

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sense and instils an amazing sense of achievement in a person was what set me on my path to absolute strength.

Words lil Bianchi

My journey to strength

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avel Tsatsouline once said that strength is a skill that must be practiced.

Looking back on my very first rep all those years ago, I recognise that it was that first step towards strength that has changed my life in so many ways. I turned to the iron when all else had failed, not realizing at the time that in all its simplicity and purity it would construct fortitude, backbone, courage and heart whilst humbling me. Having battled against addiction, my body did not immediately form a great bond with exercise. My heart, liver, bones and muscle had taken a serious beating, which meant that I needed to learn to crawl before I could walk. Having to fight against dependence whilst putting all my blood and sweat into building my body again came with its own set of drawbacks and dealing with psychological demands whilst training is bad enough without having to throw in a

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body that refuses to respond because it has been abused for so long. With each day came new challenges and with each challenge came setbacks and with each setback came more failure. I can honestly say, looking back, that overcoming failure was my greatest achievement. If someone were to ask me what my greatest achievement was, it would be that I rose again. Despite my personal struggles, I went from strength to strength. After I had started out at a local gym, I soon found that the exercise high was incomparable. My body had yet to change, even after months of training, but my mental fortitude had increased by leaps and bounds. My new-found lease on life had ignited a passion in me and seeing notable differences in my physique and feeling the fire of my entire body working in synergy without a battle is indescribable. Experiencing the rush of blood to every muscle in your body that awakens every

Knowing that I was in the process of overcoming a great downfall drove me more and more each day. The increase in strength grew my dedication to the body and, in turn, my passion for the world of health and the science of human movement. I knew that my future lay in development in one way or another. Five years down the line I have physically attained things that I once couldn’t comprehend. I am achieving feats of strength that were once unimaginable to me and overcoming emotional hurdles daily. Every day I learn more about the human anatomy and what its capabilities are, as well as how one small step can cause a life changing chain-reaction. Your strength is not measurable against a pound, your strength comes from within and is revealed through every choice you make. Your strength is not comparable to anyone else; it is your personal fight and your personal gold. Your journey is driven by your weaknesses and your struggles — the decision to turn that fragility into energy is a revolution.


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umhlanga Business Profile

Hygizone WORDS Storm Catterick

Coz’ no one’s business smells like roses!

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ou know how you get those people who think their business don’t stink? Well, the sad fact of the matter is that it does and, taboo as the topic may be, it is something we kinda have to do! Hygizone, a Ballitobased business which specialises in manufacturing odourless toilet systems, recognises this and, instead of trying to live in denial, has actually created something that can fix the problem! The team is young, funky and full of energy, which is great because when dealing with a crappy topic, you really have to have a sense of humour! I sat down with owner, Dylan Ross-Kent, marketing manager, Jarryd Smith, and sales manager, Nikki Tyack, to find out a little bit more about this brilliant and innovative concept! Hygizone is a toilet extraction system that removes the odour that occurs when one is, for lack of a better phrase, “catching up on one’s reading”. With ordinary air ventilation systems what happens is that the gases that are inevitably produced come up and out of

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the toilet bowl, past the user — and other users — before eventually being extracted through the ceiling. Hygizone, however, removes smells at the source before they can infiltrate the room, thus ending the super-awkward moments that occur when you enter a toilet that someone else has just used! The concept is really quite simple — when you link a pipe from the flush pipe in the toilet or urinal to the extraction fan, you create a direct channel to the bowl from whence you can extract air, including bacteria, from the source of the odour (that source being you!) before it has a chance to envelop the entire restroom! Dylan, the ingenious entrepreneur who invented the system, has always liked to deconstruct things and find out how they work and how they could be better. “We all have to use the bathroom and none of our “business” smells like roses — there had to be a way to fix the problem and that is where my journey to Hygizone began,” says Dylan.

Besides the obvious odour factor, there are other advantages when using a Hygizone. One is cost-efficiency. Traditional air ducts need to suck massive amounts of air in order to extract the dirty air. By using a Hygizone and removing it straight from the source cuts costs tremendously because you are reducing the amount of electricity needed to run huge ducts and fans. Commercial bathrooms also have aircons which dump massive amounts of cold air into the bathrooms only for the extractor fan to suck it out. The Hygizone completely resolves this problem and has a huge effect on the “green” credentials of a building, plus you no longer need air fresheners to mask bad smells. “Masking the smell is like trying to polish a turd! In the end it’s still a turd and in this case it still smells,” laughs Dylan. For a “germaphobe” like me, the most important thing is the hygiene factor. Research shows that diarrhoea is seven times more contagious than coughing and sneezing, so introducing Hygizone into bathrooms not only eradicates smells, but


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exponentially reduces your chances of catching bacterial infections that filter into the air. “This risk is so prevalent that we have managed to get a spec in the KZN Department of Health so that any hospital or clinic that gets built or revamped in KZN from now on has to include the Hygizone system in the toilets for infection control,” Dylan explains. Following the great response from the commercial market, they have now developed Hygihome, which operates on the same principle but for home use. So now with a Hygihome, after your husband has tackled his third plate of curry, you no longer have to fear the stifling stench that no window, no matter how big, can eliminate. The Hygihome uses a small fan to create the necessary extraction and a small exhaust vent is fitted to the exterior of your home through which smells and germs are released. It also includes a sensor that switches on and off when someone approaches it, ensuring that that your Hygihome system runs cost-effectively. Ladies — once you go Hygihome, you won’t wanna go back! At Hygizone they like to do things differently and have fun whilst doing it. With two very funny You Tube videos — and no doubt more on the way — the team have big aspirations for Hygizone and are fast on their way to becoming internationally recognised and sought-after! “S.A was a great place to start, but we definitely want to grow our footprint in overseas countries and get the product out there on an international basis — after all, this is a first world product and we have no doubt that it will be very successful. We want to be the world-leader in this industry and, with a brilliant product and a brilliant team, I believe that this is a very good possibility,” says Dylan.

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There is really no denying the convenience and, quite frankly, for lack of a better word, “awesomeness” of this product! Don’t believe me? Visit their website where the team demonstrates what actually happens in toilets and what happens when you are fitted with a Hygizone — it will change the way you look at toilets forever! www.hygizone.com Office: +27 (32) 946 1594

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We’ll be profiling a photo that we believe captures the essence of Umhlanga, in every edition of the magazine. If you’d like to send us pics to use please forward them to storm@fabmags.co.za and who knows, you might have one of them published!

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What an amazing view of the Durban beach front showcasing the famous Moses Mabhida Stadium. An iconic image if there ever was one. Photo Credit: Durban Tourism


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umhlanga Restaurant Review

Butcher Block Words justin Scott

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t’s not often that you find a restaurant where the ambience and setting offers a bit of something for everyone but still hits the mark when it comes to delivering on a mouth-watering menu. Butcher Block in Umhlanga Rocks is this type of restaurant, however, and it definitely delivered an A-class experience when we visited it recently. The restaurant can be found at the Holiday Inn Express on the Ridge, but has its own entrance and a spectacular view of the city and sea. The plush interior, with its funky, modern décor and design, works well and the owner of the Butcher Block group of restaurants, Manuel Savik, has fused elegance and sophistication with the traditional steak house setting to create a space that compliments the exceptional food it serves. To top it off, the restaurant dishes up a panoramic view of the Durban coastline, with deep blue seas to compliment a lunchtime meal and moonlit waves and glistening ships at night. When it comes to service, you’ll enjoy the professional yet casual style of the waiters and managers. Engaging conversation and knowledge of the menu come together well and make the dining experience flow easily from one course to the next without feeling hurried.

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The obvious highlight at Butcher Block is the food. The menu is not overly complicated and is well-structured to offer a variety of exceptional courses, from salads, meat dishes, smart combinations, and poultry all the way through to pastas. Starters are an absolute must and we found the half-shelled mussels simmered with Chardonnay, garlic, mascarpone cheese and cream; baked garlic and herb escargots; and delicious plump prawns served in a tangy Marie-Rose sauce all delicious and a perfect beginning to a great evening of dining. At Butcher Block they pride themselves on the quality of their steak cuts and the choice of rump, fillet, sirloin, T-bone, ribs or chops is all very enticing and will have you struggling to decide on just one. If it’s not meat that you want, either served traditionally or in one of the smart combo’s, then you can choose from a selection of seafood or pasta dishes which are freshly prepared and are rated just as highly as the steaks. My choice of the Bonne Femme, a choice of rump or sirloin, topped with a homemade mushroom sauce and butterflied tiger prawns, was an absolute winner and is highly recommended. While there are eight mouth-watering desserts to choose from, the Chocolate Mousse and Amarula and Chocolate Crème

Brûlée deserve a special mention. The dark chocolate mousse was a favourite amongst the kids at the table and, as a fan of crème brûlée in general, the baked chocolate and Amarula custard topped with caramelized sugar sealed it for Butcher Block, making it one of my new favourite restaurants in KZN. The restaurant caters for families, business travellers and even birthday bashes (and other fun celebrations) — we know because all of this was happening on the night we visited and the restaurant operated brilliantly, catering to each of the different guests and tables as needed while seating everyone in such a way that all could enjoy the great venue and exceptional food in their own way and at their own pace. We’ll definitely be back and highly recommend that you make time to visit!

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business Interview umhlanga

Business with a kick and

Words Lizanne Swart

Move over, Praneetha Aniruth is taking Durban to the top with her social media gadgets.

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he was inspired by a James Bond villain and saw the potential for an I Love New York-type of brand in the vibrant city of Durban. She throws Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest around in a conversation that would put any techno-savvy teen to shame and, on top of it all, she is a self-confessed obsessive. Praneetha Aniruth is married to her work and that is why she shares an office with her husband and business partner. “I remember watching Tomorrow Never Dies and I was in awe — I wanted to start Carver Media Group and I wanted to be Elliot Carver,” Umhlangabased Praneetha recalls. But unlike the villainous media mogul from the 1997 James Bond movie, Praneetha does not intend to take over the media in China. The only thing she and Carver have in common is the same hunger and determination for success. Instead, her goal is to take her and husband Avilash’s digital agency — Carver Media, of course — to the top by developing an online brand for businesses. She has been married to Avilash for 17 years and they have two sons, aged 10 and 16. The couple started Carver Media 10 years ago, around the

time at the birth of the Internet era. With her roots in IT, she joined the business seven years ago and started to take an interest in the technology behind Facebook and Google. “Everyone thinks Facebook is about status updates, but there is actually a science behind it,” she explains. Although she claims that Avilash is the brains behind the business, as the co-founder Praneetha acts as Carver Media’s social media and marketing expert. There is an energetic team of youngsters working with them who they call the “wire generation”, due to their amazing ability to multitask. At Carver Media, they specialise in marketing and develop all things digital for both large and small businesses, from creating cutting edge websites to mobile apps, managing social media pages and digital advertising. As she goes on about creating a unique “you” in the ever-competitive digital world, falling in love with your brand, using social media to the advantage of your business and interacting with your fans, it seems obvious that Praneetha is truly passionate about her day job. “I think everyone is passionate — I’m not,” she says, dead serious. “I’m obsessed!”

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With a background in journalism and public relations, Praneetha was a dead cert for the task of putting Durban on the global map and so she started the I Love Durban online community. “I want to position Durban as a cosmopolitan, tourism and business hub, similar to the likes of New York, London and Hong Kong. I Love Durban is about bringing the love back to the city." she says. And she was right: although the famous I Love NY brand has an incomparable 1.2 million fans on Facebook, the I Love Durban page boasts an extremely loyal community of over 70,000 likes. “Durban has an energy that no other city in South Africa has and consequently it has serious business potential,” she adds. When asked about her future plans, she hesitates and then declares, “I want to position I Love Durban as the most active online community in the world.” So who qualifies as a Durban fan then? “For me, it is whoever has a love for the city,” she answers. The community has 6,000 fans in the United States another 8,000 in the United Kingdom and even people from Norway closely follow the community. Obsessed with her job and obsessed with her city, Praneetha is lively and enthusiastic, with a positive outlook on life. She is inspiring a revolution that will see you fall in love with your city — your Durban — all over again. Let the romance begin! Follow Praneetha on her blog www.praneethaaniruth.com www.ilovedurban.co.za

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umhlanga Beauty review

Words Lorinda Scott

Dream Nails

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was recently fortunate enough to be invited to come and experience Dreams Nails in La Lucia Mall.

Jayde is a hands-on owner and it shows as everything in her business is run smoothly, and with passion. I started with an Optiphi facial. This product which is considered the Rolls Royce of skincare, is designed to give you visible results. It was fantastic — an hour of bliss. Charlene, my therapist, has extensive experience in the beauty industry, having worked for some seriously impressive people (the Shaik) and high-end Umhlanga spas, and she clearly knows her beauty stuff. She also, however, confirmed that I am a complete wuss when it comes to threading! The totally relaxing massage totally made up for it, though! We then did underarm hair removal with the Alma laser which took only 33 painless seconds. This clever system uses the “in motion cool touch” technique, which is completely painless! I have been for laser treatments before and this is definitely my preferred treatment.

The procedure produces impressive results and a repeat appointment every four to six weeks is recommended until all the hair is permanently gone — generally after six to eight appointments — although most clients are completely hairless before the six appointments are over. I then had a pedicure during which Pepi pampered me to foot perfection. She is thorough and knows her hands and feet! I was given OPI gel on my toenails, currently the most popular brand used in the salon. As well as the foot pampering, I loved the massage chair (which was flown in from Italy especially for the La Lucia branch), which really makes the pedicure even more enjoyable! Dream Nails has it all. It is a one-stopshop for all your beauty needs, with a friendly and professional team, to the point of “over the top” perfection when it comes to cleanliness, staff and at all stations, at all times! It was a pleasure to visit this salon. I also noticed that all the staff are happy, polite, client-focused and

smiling. Customer-service is a priority here. (A few businesses could do well to follow this example.) Dream Nails offers an impressive array of services, covering every type of facial, massages, waxing, laser skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal, pedicures and manicures... plus a few other interesting treatments and products. “A lot of our clients are professionals, who feel the necessity for beauty treatments and enjoy the pampering that goes along with it, so we are open seven days a week to ensure that they are able to book an appointment whenever they are able. The salon is also a favourite with the even harder-working mommies that only have mornings to catch up on their beauty treatments and many of our clients visit us every week,” says Jayde. All in all, I highly recommend a visit to this salon — it is perfectly situated for a quick park-and-pop-in.

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Once you go Carlton you’ll

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never look back!

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he name Carlton Hair International won’t be new to anyone who values a great haircut. This well-known brand came into being over half a century ago and has since cemented its reputation as THE brand of choice when it comes to fashionable and trendy styling, great service and, most of all, the highest standards in hairdressing. On a recent visit to the Carlton Hair International’s Gateway branch, I was fortunate enough to experience what makes this brand a legend in the hairdressing industry. From my arrival to my departure, I was made to feel comfortable and at home by everyone there. Being a young, vibrant salon, the energy and vibe in the salon is palpable! During my consultation with my hairstylist, Taryn Dahlman, and the branch manager, Keshni Moodley, I was really impressed by how eager and enthusiastic they are and knew that they would do what they are trained to do — create the best possible “you” whilst ensuring that your style and colour are fashionable and right on trend! It was decided that for my colour a Flamboyage colouring technique should be used. The new technique gives a more natural appearance with a darker root graduating to a lighter end, instead of the usual and more artificial-looking highlight that's the same from roots to

ends. What I got was medium ash copper brown on top, with golden blond streaks underneath. To me, what was really innovative was that they didn’t try and cover up my previous streaks, but instead worked with them and enhanced them to create an even better effect. At first the concept of two-tone rather terrified me, but I had full confidence in both stylists — after all, both had studied at the Carlton Academy, receiving the best training in the business! Keshni has been working for the company for 10 years now and has earned her stripes as a master stylist and even lectures at the Academy, so I knew that I was in safe hands. Whilst my colour was being applied, I decided to get my nails done to pass the time. Cristina, who is the in-house nail beautician did, a great job with my acrylic tips and provided great conversation. During my “chill” time waiting for the colour to take, I got to study the salon a bit more. It has a great look and feel to it and, like the people in the salon, it is a fresh, young, modern space with bold colours that give an overall air of confidence to the salon. After my colour had set, it was off to the washbasin — my favourite part! What I found remarkable at this salon was that at no point during your time there are you separated from your stylist. She is with you from start to finish and even

washes your hair, creating a very personal connection as you aren’t passed from one person to another and can really get to know the person. And, needless to say, the wash and head massage were incredible, speaking volumes about everything that the stylists are trained in. I was given a nourishing treatment which gives your hair protein and makes it silky-smooth. The products used were Devines, a wonderful high-end hair-care product that is all organic, containing only the best natural ingredients. For my cut, I had very simple long-length layers and a movement blow wave, letting the colour take centre stage and create the overall effect which, I am happy to say, is awesome! I love the new look. I am usually a very conservative person when it comes to my hair, so it’s nice to be bold and do something completely different for once. My overall experience was really great. This is a salon where the stylists are really passionate, believe in the brand and have fun with hair. I love that there is growth from within, so most of the girls have known each other from their time at the academy and now work together in the salon. The level of training is far beyond what any other academy offers and the result is people who truly are skilled at what they do and who have created and maintained a fantastic name for themselves under the Carlton Hair brand.

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umhlanga Photographer profile

photographers to look out for Words Storm Catterick

Warrick Shannon In the sixth instalment of Photographers to look out for, in which we have been profiling the best of Umhlanga’s photographers — people who we think you should use when capturing that next special moment — we are featuring Warrick Shannon, a creative spirit who specialises in both graphic design and photography. Known for his enthusiasm and energy, Warrick likes to convey a sense of comfort on set, making sure that fun is had by all at all times — which, he believes, leads to capturing the best shot for the client. When Warrick isn’t wearing his photography hat, he works as a designer at Coffee Creative Studio, specializing in fashion, lifestyle and product photography, but game for pretty much anything! Warrick is this month’s photographer to look out for!

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Tell us a little about yourself? I am known by my mates as Wok, hence my photography alias [wokshots]. Coffee Creative Studio (CCS) is what I live for; I started the advertising agency in a garage in Westville with three friends. Two and a half years later our 10-strong team is working in La Lucia. I am the resident photographer at CCS and have been fortunate enough to work with a number of brands where I have been able to develop my skills in lifestyle and product photography. You can see some of my work for Wakaberry and Peg around Durban. I love Durban, surfing and having a sweet jam on the guitar. You can find me on Twitter @wokshots. I post all of my work to my website www. coffeecreativestudio.co.za How long have you been a photographer? I picked up a camera in my second year of study, so about four years now. What or who got you started in photography and did you study? My studies got me started in photography. I completed my degree at Vega, the School of Brand and Communication, in 2010. I specialised in visual communications with a strong focus on Art Direction. It made perfect sense to merge my visual communication skills with photography. What gives you ideas or inspires you to create your imagery? The beauty of the World Wide Web is that you can draw inspiration from different styles and people from all over the world. I try to soak up all the references I see, whether it be from a magazine or a blog, and apply it in some small way to my work. I work closely with Chanelle and Cindy Botha (stylist, hair and make-up artist). We work off each other’s creativity to come up with our own creative concepts and artwork. How would you describe your style? This is a question that stumps me every time — I guess you could say that my style is eclectic. What type of cameras do you shoot with? I shoot with a Canon 5D mk ii. I made

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the change from DC (Digital Crop) to Full Frame about a year ago and feel that it immediately boosted my work. What is your favourite photography accessory? And the winner is… the sun. Whether it is blasting at full force, hiding behind the clouds or even on the other side of the earth and bouncing off the moon, that ball of fire is to my mind what makes a photograph. How important is Photoshop in your final images? It is a necessity in this day and age. I am very detail-orientated and Photoshop helps me craft the finer details and enhance the beauty that already exists within the frame. Who is your idol in the industry how has he/she helped shape your photographic style? I have a couple of people that I look up to as role models, such as Russel James, Emily Soto, Vaughan Treyvallan (Durban). Often I will look at their work and present my interpretations, using their lighting styles and compositions as inspiration. Destination you’ve always wanted to shoot at? I would love to shoot anywhere tropical — Seychelles, Mauritius, Mozambique. I live for the ocean, so I guess this makes the most sense. Describe the ideal conditions that help to get a great photo? There are 24 hours in a day, with different weather patterns every day. So it all depends on what outcome you are looking for. I’ve had some of my best shots in cloudy conditions and some at sparrows-fart with the orange sun rising over the sea. It all depends on the photo that you want to take. A great photographer will get the shot no matter what the time or conditions. warrick@howdoyoulikeyourcoffee.co.za 082 967 2174 Twitter - @wokshots


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umhlanga Car Review

Is the new F-Type worthy of icon status?

words Richard Webb

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ritish design is in the ascendant, claims Richard Webb, as he contemplates Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car for 50 years. Read stories about some really cool cars and you’ll find the word “iconic” scattered about like fairy dust in a Peter Pan story. But what does iconic really mean when applied to design? And is Jaguar’s new F-Type potentially iconic? Icons set benchmarks, are groundbreaking in terms of technology and they improve on the past. The map of the London Underground is a prime example. Devised by Harry Beck in 1931, he designed the map based on an electrical circuit board, with each line

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in a different colour and diamonds for interchange stations. The red Routemaster London bus and the original MINI are also icons. Enzo Ferrari reckoned the E-Type was too, when he called it "the most beautiful car ever made". Now Jaguar has finally produced what is arguably one of the most-anticipated cars of 2013. So why has it taken Jaguar so long to make a proper sports car since the last E-Type in 1975? I recently asked Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s Director of Advanced Design, that question at the launch of the F-Type in Pamplona, North East Spain. “It’s been an intimidating car to do in many ways. Expectations are massively high. The design team have

tried to make that emotional connection that Jaguar had with the C-Type, D-Type and the E-Type,” he says. However, the British have some real heritage in this market and Jaguar even more so than most. This reality shines through in this two-seat sports car with its choice of two engines — a 3.0-litre V6 or 5.0-litre V8, both with superchargers. The range-topping V8S has a handy 364kW and 625Nm of torque to play with. All S models get adaptive dampers and a (very) active exhaust likely to annoy distant neighbours, but delight petrolheads. Depress the bronze “start” button on the dash and the howling burble immediately telegraphs the driverfocused credentials of the car as the supercharger spools up to speed. It


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sounds Machiavellian as it spits, fizzes and pops on the over-run, causing small children to hide and three-abreast cyclists to make some highly unflattering hand gestures. At R1,345,000, the V8 S may not be considered a bargain, but it certainly is great value for money. On a 240-kilometre blast over the serpentine, undulating Spanish Pyrenees roads, the V8 S proved to be a titan of a car, with 0 to 100km/h flashing up in 4.2 seconds on the way to a restricted 298km/h at full tilt. Performance is dramatic across the whole range. The entry-level R825,000 V6 offers some truly satisfying driving dynamics set to rival that of Porsche’s finest efforts. With 0 to 100km/h arriving

in just 5.1 seconds and, even quicker still, coming in at 4.8 seconds, is the V6 S, priced at R945,000. Inside the, cockpit flows around the driver and the interface is intensely tactile with a row of toggle switches below the dials echoing the Jaguar sports cars of the past. The F-Type oozes showroom-floor appeal and is thoroughly modern, with exquisitely detailed lines worthy of its sports car bloodline. So, did the F-Type manage recapture the magic of the E-Type? Whether it will be iconic or not will be the subject of much chattering, but it’s definitely moved the benchmark along for others to follow and is a superb all-round package worthy of all the hype.

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umhlanga Profile Feature

PASSIONATE ABOUT DANCE IN THIS COUNTRY! Photo by Ocean Driven Media

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mhlanga resident Rachel Abrahams at the tender age of 22 has achieved top results in her dance career. After matric she successfully auditioned at the South African Ballet Theatre, where she graduated after one year. She then joined BreakThru Dance Company where she performed as a Soloist for two years. Rachel has danced for the Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre doing many Corporate events and in her time has danced for esteemed crowds notably the likes of Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and President Zuma at the ICC, Living Legends and many more. For the last two years Rachel has been dancing with The Playhouse Dance Residency performing in productions such as "Worlds Apart" choreographed by Adele Blank from Cape Town. Rachel has had the privilege to work with some of South Africa’s top Choreographers such as Somizi Mhlongo(Jhb) David Matamela(Jhb) Christopher Kindo(CT) and David Gouldie(KZN). The thriving dancer is currently rehearsing with the Playhouse Dance Residency for South African Women’s Arts Festival in a Double Bill with Flatfoot Dance Company which takes place on the 8, 10 and 11 August...a show not to be missed! She recently successfully auditioned for West Side Story which will take place in November/ December at The Playhouse. Rachel is highly trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and has completed three Modern Teachers Diplomas. Grabbing every opportunity with both hands and has an ignitable sense of excitement to be dancing in her own country - she is truly living her dream!

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Ingredients • 6-7 sheets frozen puff pastry • 400g beef mince • 1 small carrot, peeled • 1 medium potato, peeled • ½ cup frozen peas • 1 small brown onion, peeled • 1 teaspoon salt • freshly cracked pepper • 1 tablespoon cornflour • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Method of half the pastry rounds. Using the lightly beaten egg, brush the egg wash around the edges of the pastry round then pick up another pastry round and very gently stretch pastry. Place over mixture and fold around both edges to seal. Place the pasties on a baking tray with baking

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Take pastry sheets from the freezer and lay flat on table to thaw. Using a food processor or hand grater, grate a carrot, onion and potato. Remove from processor to mixing bowl and add beef mince, peas, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Cut the thawed pastry into small rounds using the base of a large cup or small saucer approx 9-10 cm in diameter.

paper, brush the tops with egg wash and place tray in fridge while continuing with others. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack and serve.

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Q: What goes up and down but does not move? A: Stairs Q: What did the stamp say to the envelope? A: Stick with me and we will go places! Q: What has four wheels and flies? A: A garbage truck! What you’ll need • Boiling water (be careful with this) • A cup • Gelatin • Corn syrup • A teaspoon • A fork Instructions 1. Fill half a cup with boiling water. 2. Add three teaspoons of gelatin to the boiling water.

3. Let it soften before stirring with a fork. 4. Add a quarter of a cup of corn syrup. 5. Stir the mixture again with your fork and look at the long strands of gunk that have formed. 6. As the mixture cools slowly add more water, small amounts at a time. What’s happening? Mucus is made mostly of sugars and protein. Although different than the ones found in the real thing, this is exactly what you used to make your fake snot. The long, fine strings you could see inside your fake snot when you moved it around are protein strands. These protein strands make snot sticky and capable of stretching. w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a

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umhlanga Business Profile

MEET THE TEAM AND OUR NEW OFFICES!

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oastal Relocations and The Estate Company are a dynamic, knowledgeable and enthusiastic new real estate team, specializing in residential property letting and sales in Umhlanga and the surrounding areas.

Jaqui Coram, Principal of Coastal Relocations and Leon Baronet, Principal of The Estate Company have a combined 28 years of real estate experience and their main focus is on corporate letting and the sale of properties mostly in, but not limited to, the much sought-after gated estate developments. Both teams operate on the highest ethical standards and have a database of clients that spans over the last 20 years, with repeat business being continually concluded, as evidence of ongoing client satisfaction. We listen carefully to the requirements of our clients and align our efforts with a view to achieving all requirements thus ensuring that the best possible outcome is achieved, for all parties, in all instances. Our offices are conveniently situated on Umhlanga Rocks Drive, on the ground floor of The Square providing easy access to all neighbouring areas. Our aim is not to be the traditional large, franchised real estate player, but rather to provide a niche service to selective and evaluated customers and to be the preferred provider of real estate services within our market area where the highest standards of professionalism and compassion, are maintained during the course of our transactions.

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Property Rental Queries Please contact Jaqui 083 369 2399 www.coastalrelocations.co.za Property Sales Queries Please contact Leon 083 382 6580 www.theestatecompany.co.za


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SA Home Loans

Words Storm catterick

Leading Lady!

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he definition of a leading lady: a woman who can handle any task, who has poise, confidence, grace, and strength.

I recently had an interview with a woman who epitomises every aspect of what it takes to be a leading lady — Gillian Jakobi from SA Home Loans in Durban. Gillian is currently the number-one home-loan finance salesperson in the country for SA Home Loans, SA’s only independent, non-bank home finance lender. She started in the SA Home Loans Sales Contact Centre seven years ago and is now at the Durban Sales Branch, honing her communication skills and working tirelessly to become the best at what she does. This has been no easy task for the single mom - trying to find a balance between getting to a position where she was able to support her family - and still being a hands-on mom! But through sheer determination and perseverance, she has managed to reach her place at the top. How does

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she do this? As she says, nothing is ever accomplished without hard work! Gillian is the first one in the office every morning and she takes work home, although she is working hard on not doing this any longer. “In my seven years with the company, I have established an awesome referral base and maintain it through excellent service levels,” says Gillian. This sort of long-term diligence sets Gillian apart from others in the industry. It is not simply her training, but the burning desire deep within her that no sales manual can teach — an aspiration and determination to succeed beyond all expectations that makes her one-ofa-kind. “There is no substitute for hard work. I also try to identify problems before they materialise. I’m a true Scorpio — strong-willed, plus I know that in this line of business, the ability to handle rejection is also key” she says. And her great sense of humour doesn’t hurt either. She aims to turn a stressful situation like financing a house into something exciting and stress free which, she thinks, helps her clients relax and relate to her a lot more.

She also believes in her company and loves the culture of the organization and its diversity. The annual overseas incentive trips for top achievers are most certainly a wonderful annual reward and she has been to places like Cancun, Mexico, cruised the Med in 5 star luxury. “We are like a family and, being a young company, there are no egos or hierarchy as such, as we have a flat reporting structure that works for us.” SA Home Loans having won the Independent Newspapers “Your Choice” Award in the Home Loans category for the last nine years is proof of this. Gillian is a focused and driven woman by nature and her heart is in whatever she does in life, which really makes a difference. However, there’s also a side to her that isn’t all work, she is a woman with a big heart, as is shown in her activism towards animal cruelty, a side of her that has coined her the name the “dog rescuer”’ where, as in business, she won’t stop until she has succeeded in her quest.


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