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It's our Birthday month - 15 wonderful years! Meet Kgomotso Ndungane of Real Housewives of Durban fame! Umdloti's Graeme Brunt behind Oceaneye - a website featuring 24-hour live feed cameras on popular beaches in our country. We've a strong focus on health, with useful tips for exercising through each stage of your life and some recipes for those embracing a plant-based lifestyle. A spice and curry roundup as well as some delicious recipes from the Indian street food experts. Plus our first, exciting monthly Get It Kids supplement is featured in both our mag and Get it Highway Berea Durban North. Such value for our advertisers!

It's our Birthday month - 15 wonderful years! Meet Kgomotso Ndungane of Real Housewives of Durban fame! Umdloti's Graeme Brunt behind Oceaneye - a website featuring 24-hour live feed cameras on popular beaches in our country. We've a strong focus on health, with useful tips for exercising through each stage of your life and some recipes for those embracing a plant-based lifestyle. A spice and curry roundup as well as some delicious recipes from the Indian street food experts. Plus our first, exciting monthly Get It Kids supplement is featured in both our mag and Get it Highway Berea Durban North. Such value for our advertisers!

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BALLITO • UMHLANGA<br />

Pukka Indian cuisine<br />

STREET STYLE!<br />

It’s our birthday!<br />

Our gift to you ...<br />

a chance to stay at<br />

the Oyster Box<br />

Ocean<br />

paradise<br />

Thonga Beach Lodge<br />

Celebrating KIDS<br />

with quick & easy recipes,<br />

crossfit and autism awareness<br />

KGOMOTSO<br />

NDUNGANE<br />

on running her businesses & being a reality TV star!<br />

SHOPPING, PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD<br />

APRIL <strong>2021</strong>


GET IT<br />

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Distribution<br />

10 000 copies monthly<br />

Get It <strong>Ballito</strong> • <strong>Umhl</strong>anga is distributed<br />

free of charge in <strong>Ballito</strong>, Salt Rock, <strong>Umhl</strong>ali,<br />

Umdloti, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga Rocks, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga<br />

Ridge and Gateway<br />

Published by The North Coast Courier<br />

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transferred or redeemed for cash. Competitions<br />

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employees or their families. Get It Magazine<br />

reserves the right to publish the names of<br />

winners, who will be contacted telephonically<br />

and need to collect their prizes from Get it <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

branch within 10 days or they will be forfeited.<br />

Prize winners’ names are published on our<br />

Facebook page monthly.<br />

Cover: Kgomotso Ndungane<br />

Shot by: Chris Allan Photo, 083 441 3144,<br />

www.chrisallanphoto.co.za<br />

Makeup: Volenti Laurentina, @volentim, 0835532700<br />

Dress: Kathrin Kidger Designs,<br />

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Location: Seaton Manor House, @seaton_manor_<br />

house, www.seatonestate.co.za/events<br />

contents<br />

Wish List<br />

6 Pampering bliss, yummy wine ... oh, and you could win<br />

a fabulous pair of kicks!<br />

People<br />

8 Meet Durban’s ‘real housewife’ ... the beautiful, bubbly and<br />

ambitious Kgomotso Ndungane<br />

10 All eyes are on the ocean, thanks to Umdloti’s Graeme<br />

14 Happy birthday to us ... we’re turning 15!<br />

health & beauty<br />

16 Kate Lovemore talks permanent hair removal<br />

18 Exercise through the ages - what should you be doing?<br />

23 Get beautiful brows that stay that way<br />

26 Embracing a meat-free lifestyle? Read on ...<br />

food<br />

30 One of KZN’s hardest-working baristas - Sbu is owner of the<br />

Coffee Lab at the Lifestyle Centre <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

34 From working in the scullery of a Durban restaurant to being a top<br />

chef at a 5-star London hotel ... meet Chef Themba<br />

36 Our favourite new Indian food hotspot is <strong>Umhl</strong>anga’s Bachao<br />

Home & decor<br />

40 Sometimes going faux is a great idea<br />

42 Here’s what we’re planting this month ...<br />

44 Take a peek inside this beautiful nature-inspired home<br />

kids<br />

50 She’s ambitious, strong-willed and published ... and<br />

she’s only 13 years old!<br />

54 It’s autism awareness month and we’re sharing some<br />

important facts<br />

56 Crossfit for kids - healthy and so much fun!<br />

57 Easy tasty treats your little ones will love<br />

58 WIN! A light-up scooter worth R3300<br />

pets<br />

60 All the poshest pooches are wearing Kinglsey & Gray<br />

62 Read about the hottest new pet management app called TAME<br />

travel<br />

66 We’ve found a piece of coastal paradise at Thonga Beach Lodge<br />

APRIL <strong>2021</strong><br />

10293 copies distributed (Oct - Dec2020)<br />

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If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least a month in advance to leah@getitnc.co.za<br />

A hot date!<br />

A ladies tea, live music & train rides this <strong>Apr</strong>il ...<br />

02<br />

It’s time to get your sweet tooth on<br />

… Durban’s sweetest festival is back!<br />

The Durban Dessert Festival <strong>2021</strong> is set to<br />

take place in Park Square in <strong>Umhl</strong>anga from 2<br />

to 4 <strong>Apr</strong>il. There promises to be a wonderful<br />

assortment of yummy treats to indulge in<br />

(with over 25 dessert and food stands), as<br />

well a live music and dj’s and a fun Instagram<br />

wall! The festival runs from 11am to 9pm on<br />

Saturday and 11am to 7pm on Sunday. Tickets<br />

range from R50 (adults) and R20 (kids) to R65<br />

(adults) and R40 (kids). Kids under 12 are free<br />

and tickets are available on www.quicket.<br />

co.za. Details: FB @DurbanDessertFestival, IG @<br />

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23<br />

The North Coast Courier Orphan<br />

Fund is hosting a wonderful ‘denim<br />

& diamonds’ ladies tea and it’s the perfect<br />

excuse to get dressed up and get out … for<br />

a good cause! The tea takes place at 9am<br />

on 23 <strong>Apr</strong>il at The Waterberry in <strong>Ballito</strong> and<br />

the theme is ‘Thrive’. Hosted by ECR’s Minnie<br />

Ntuli, the event includes talks by specialist<br />

orthopaedic and women’s health physio<br />

Tarryn Graham and specialist obstetrician and<br />

gynaecologist Dr Nombuso Mthethwa. There<br />

are great prizes up for grabs too. Details:<br />

Tickets are R190 and booked via fundraising<br />

coordinator Mpume: orphanfund@<br />

northcoastcourier.co.za, 032 946 0276.<br />

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It’s choo-choo time! The Umgeni<br />

Steam Train is back on its tracks after<br />

a long lockdown rest and we can’t wait to<br />

hop aboard! Watch autumn roll past your<br />

window on this much-loved train, which<br />

runs the last Sunday of each month and on<br />

select holidays. It departs from and returns to<br />

Stokers Arms in Kloof, with a stop at Inchanga<br />

Station where you can browse around the<br />

Inchanga community market. Bookings<br />

are open and there are trips planned for<br />

the Easter weekend as well. Details: www.<br />

umgenisteamrailway.com (If you’re looking<br />

to combine your trip with other things to<br />

do in the area visit the Valley of a 1000 Hills<br />

Community Tourism Organisation website:<br />

www.1000hillstourism.co.za)<br />

3<br />

We’re spending the Easter weekend at Gateway! Autumn is here<br />

and it’s time to get out and enjoy warm balmy afternoons and<br />

lazy sundowners (while most of the country cools down and<br />

heads indoors). Adding to the glorious outdoor vibes at Gateway<br />

Theatre of Shopping, there will also be live entertainment in the<br />

Palm Court over the Easter weekend ... and we can’t wait!<br />

The lineup is as follows: Saturday 3 <strong>Apr</strong>il - 6 to 9pm; Sunday 4<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il – 6 to 9pm and Monday 5 <strong>Apr</strong>il 12 to 3pm.<br />

Details: For more details, keep an eye their website:<br />

www.gatewayworld.co.za and social media<br />

FB: @GatewayVIP; IG: @gatewayumhlanga<br />

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Book club<br />

A little heartbreak, happy endings and a great celebratory win!<br />

Rocking<br />

back-to-back<br />

double gold<br />

medals,<br />

including one<br />

in the Rosé Rocks<br />

competition, FAT<br />

bastard ROSÉ 2020<br />

is a gorgeous salmon pink<br />

wine which tastes of fresh<br />

berries. Delicious and affordable<br />

(R95 a bottle), it’s the perfect choice<br />

for these last days of Summer.<br />

Details: fatbastardwine.co.za<br />

Romance. Friendship. Joy. And the possibility of happy endings. What more do you want in<br />

a feel-good read? In the latest Katie Fforde (love her) release, Lizzie’s mother is keen for her<br />

to have A Wedding in the Country, to a suitable chap chosen, obviously, by mum. And to<br />

learn how to be a ‘good wife’, she’s sent off to cookery school in London. It’s 1963 … and<br />

London is swinging! Lizzie cuts her hair, buys a mini dress and moves in with two great<br />

friends. All of her mum’s plans are forgotten. She’s going to have fun … even if that entails<br />

falling in love with someone who appears to be engaged to someone else. The perfect<br />

read for a lazy Easter weekend. • Dodging doctor’s orders, 17-year-old Lenni, who’s living<br />

in the terminal ward, joins an art class where she bumps into fellow hospital patient<br />

Margot, a rebel-hearted 83-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they<br />

realise that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years. To celebrate<br />

their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories … of growing old and staying<br />

young, of giving joy and receiving kindness, of losing love and finding the person who<br />

is everything. Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, The One<br />

Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin unwraps the extraordinary<br />

gift of life, even when it is about to be taken away, and revels in our infinite capacity for<br />

friendship and love when we need them most. Keep the tissues at your side. • Was there<br />

a single book club in the late 1990s which didn’t have The Notebook on the must-read<br />

list? Impossible. And now, 25 years after its first release, Nicholas Sparks’ love story to<br />

end all love stories is being released. It’s the story of Noah Calhoun, who returns from<br />

war and, in an attempt to escape the ghosts of battle, sets his mind and his body to<br />

restoring an old plantation home to its former beauty. But he’s haunted by memories of<br />

the beautiful Allie, who he’d met years before … a girl who stole his heart at the funfair,<br />

whose parents didn’t approve, a girl he wrote to every day for a year. When she turns up<br />

on his doorstep, he has a chance to win her back. Small problem … she’s engaged to<br />

someone else. You’ve seen the movie … you may have read the book … but read it (and<br />

weep) again anyway. It’s not called a classic heartbreaker for nothing. And to celebrate<br />

the 25th anniversary edition, we’ve got a special giveaway … three people can win a<br />

copy of The Notebook plus a case of Fat bastard Rosé … your next book club<br />

get-together’s going to be very special indeed. To enter, visit Get It National Magazines<br />

on Facebook and enter on The Notebook’s post.<br />

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Wish list<br />

Go on, spoil yourself this month ...<br />

Pampering bliss with Tata Harper at the Oyster Box<br />

There are few things as indulgent and pampering as a trip to the Oyster Box spa. It is<br />

like stepping into a little bliss bubble. The dedicated, trained staff deliver the highest<br />

levels of spa therapy and pampering in the most exquisite, contemporary treatment<br />

rooms, there is even a plunge pool and tranquillity lounge. And now it’s even more<br />

sensational. An ideal partner for the Red Carnation Group in their commitment to the<br />

environment and sustainability, the Tata Harper range was recently introduced in the<br />

spa (the first on the continent to offer this renowned range of skincare products and<br />

treatments) and, after experiencing a wonderful 60-minute facial for ourselves, we<br />

can honestly say we are hooked. Tata Harper introduce as many organic ingredients<br />

into their products as possible in order to get the desired effect, and their botanical<br />

ingredients have pioneered the ‘farm-to-face’ trend, offering a premium, sustainable<br />

line of products and accompanying treatments. Each Tata Harper product contains<br />

biodegradable ingredients and is packaged in fully-recyclable and sustainable materials.<br />

The Oyster Box spa (as well as The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and Bushmans Kloof<br />

Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat) now offers a range of treatments which focus<br />

on hydration and nourishment and encompass Tata Harper face, body and massage<br />

rituals as well as combined treatments. Highlights include a restoring honey cocoon<br />

body ritual, restoring remodelage facial using face cupping techniques, and a men’s<br />

skin solution facial. We highly recommend booking yourself a little spoil this month …<br />

Details: 031 514 5074, thespa@oysterbox.co.za<br />

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Stylish sauvignon debut<br />

The first Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc crafted by<br />

Cellarmaster Elunda Basson has stepped out<br />

in style with a refined new look. The vibrant<br />

Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2020, and the more<br />

nuanced Steenberg Rattlesnake Sauvignon<br />

Blanc 2019, are the first of this estate’s wines to<br />

show off their new sophisticated labels that<br />

give prominence to the wine farm’s iconic swan.<br />

The zesty Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc has a<br />

seductive bouquet of fresh Cape gooseberries,<br />

nettles, capsicum and white blossom, and is all<br />

grapefruit zest and elderflower while maintaining<br />

a distinctive mineral core. On the other side<br />

of the spectrum is the beautifully textured, lightly<br />

wooded Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc ... rich<br />

and alluring, elegant and comforting … an ideal<br />

choice for enjoying on cooler days. Elderflower<br />

- the hallmark of top tier Constantia white wines<br />

- fresh asparagus and Cape gooseberry marry<br />

on the nose and palate enlivened by hints of<br />

capsicum, nasturtium and lime. Details: R145 and<br />

R170 respectively, from steenbergfarm.com.


Bee-licious Body Balm…<br />

We can never get enough of heavenly body<br />

products, and with autumn in full swing,<br />

we’ve found our new skin doctor… Bee-licious<br />

Body Balm by Lulubee - a local artisan<br />

brand that has embraced wildcrafting (harvesting<br />

whole plant allies), zero waste and<br />

natural dyeing principles into all of their skin<br />

and health product offerings. Ultra-luxurious,<br />

this Bee-licious Body Balm revitalises dry skin<br />

like never before. Infused with wildcrafted<br />

plant allies of Cape Snowbush, Pennywort<br />

(Skin Elixir) and blended with beeswax, it creates<br />

a deep-penetrating conditioner which<br />

leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. It’s<br />

perfect for soothing those over sanitised<br />

hands, cuticles, knees, elbows, feet or any<br />

part of your body that needs some nourishment.<br />

Details: R210 from lulubee.co.za<br />

Boost your immune system ...<br />

with a health shot<br />

We’re all about keeping our immune systems as<br />

strong as possible, so are happily taking a shot a<br />

day .... the new Sir Juice Immunity Booster Shots<br />

are packed with good stuff. Using a combination<br />

of cold pressed juices, extracts and added vitamins,<br />

the shots contain cold-pressed orange, apple, ginger,<br />

turmeric and lemon, and are filled with a good<br />

dose of Echinacea and vitamins to ensure each<br />

health one is packs a punch. There’s Vitamins B3,<br />

B5, B6 and B12, as well as Vitamin C and D. Details:<br />

Available at grocers for R21.99 or home delivery<br />

from sirfresh.co.za, FB@welovefruit, IG @sirfruit_<br />

Walk away a winner!<br />

Running has just gone so much more high tech. No longer can you just pop on any old trainers, do a couple of<br />

stretches and hit the road. Nope, now it’s all apps and traction and strategic support. Which is all - and so much more<br />

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shoes to UA MapMyRun for personalized tips to help you run better. This app tracks & analyses your running metrics to<br />

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Meet the ‘real’ housewife<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photos: Chris Allan Photo | Location: Seaton Manor House | Makeup: VOLENTI LAURENTINA | Dress: KATHRIN KIDGER DESIGNS<br />

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From the pain of losing loved ones to the excitement of<br />

launching a new brand during lockdown and the whirlwind<br />

of landing a role on one of SA’s hottest reality TV shows …<br />

we chat to the beautiful, bubbly Kgomotso Ndungane.<br />

She may be a striking celebrity with two successful businesses, but Kgomotso<br />

values family above all else. “I chose an oak tree as the logo for my business for a<br />

reason,” she says, smiling. “Oak trees are strong and their roots run deep. I am who<br />

I am today because of my roots.”<br />

Kgomotso is married to former Springbok rugby player, Odwa, and the couple<br />

have two children, Amahle (8) and Anathi (4). She is also the owner of wellknown<br />

Mount Edgecombe-based wedding, events and floral company, Oak<br />

Celebrations, and recently launched a home, bath and body brand called LeLapa.<br />

Her most recent claim to fame however, is landing a role on The Real Housewives<br />

of Durban (RHOD), currently airing on Showmax.<br />

“I wasn’t sure about it when they first approached me to be on the series. I didn’t<br />

know why they chose me because Odwa and I don’t live a flashy, luxurious<br />

lifestyle. I decided to go on to showcase my brands and along the way I learned a<br />

lot about myself,” she says.<br />

A truly self-made entrepreneur, Kgomotso is passionate about the brands she<br />

has built over the years. Creating her own success has always been a priority for<br />

her and something she says she learnt from her family.<br />

Raised in a township in Potchefstroom, Kgomotso comes from a tight-knit<br />

Tswana family. She was brought up by her grandparents, both strong, respected<br />

members of their community and who passed away recently, five months apart.<br />

“I was privileged to have grown up surrounded by educators. Both my<br />

mother and grandmother were educators and played an important role in<br />

the community. My grandfather was a high-ranking member of the police<br />

force. Everyone knew and loved him. I spent my childhood learning from my<br />

grandparents and I was broken after losing them both last year.”<br />

After school Kgomotso did a B.Com degree at the University of Pretoria before<br />

getting a job at an IT company. She later started her own IT consulting company<br />

in Johannesburg. It was while she was studying at TUKS that she met her future<br />

husband.<br />

“Odwa was playing rugby for the Blue Bulls. I knew nothing about rugby and<br />

when he invited me to watch him play against the Brumbies at Loftus, I didn’t<br />

know what I was getting into,” she laughs. Around the same time that they met,<br />

Odwa moved to Durban to play for the Sharks.<br />

Although Kgomotso made the decision to pursue her career and remain in<br />

Johannesburg, the couple’s romance continued to blossom and she remembers<br />

fondly the first time Odwa invited her to meet his family in East London. “It was<br />

quite a culture shock, which I had to embrace, get to know and love. Xhosa<br />

people are extremely proud of their culture, Tswana people are also proud but<br />

not too vocal (so it’s vice versa),” she says. “We realised we had a lot to learn about<br />

each other and had to work together to find our middle ground. Family has<br />

always been important to both of us and I was truly gifted with Odwa. He keeps<br />

me calm and grounded.”<br />

The couple were married in 2011 and Kgomotso moved to KZN in 2012. “We<br />

wanted to settle and start a family. There is just something different about<br />

Durban and I think it’s similar with most coastal towns and cities. Living near<br />

the ocean and spending time in nature grounds you as a person and gives<br />

perspective. People are very family-orientated here.”<br />

Having always had a natural creative eye and appreciation for the finer things,<br />

Kgomotso left the IT world and started an events and floral business called<br />

Oak Celebrations. Her most recent<br />

business venture - a home, body<br />

and bath brand called Lelapa (which<br />

means ‘family’ in Tswana) - was<br />

inspired by her late grandparents and<br />

fine-tuned last year during lockdown.<br />

“I think my talents manifest in quieter<br />

moments and lockdown gave me<br />

time to focus on the business.”<br />

Authenticity and staying true to who<br />

she is have always been important<br />

to Kgomotso, who says this was<br />

something she set out to hold onto<br />

from the moment she decided to go<br />

on the RHOD.<br />

“It’s been quite an experience being<br />

on the show! I only get to see the final<br />

I was truly gifted<br />

with Odwa. He<br />

keeps me calm and<br />

grounded<br />

cut of each episode when everyone<br />

else does, so I live a ‘normal’ life for<br />

four days a week until the show airs<br />

on Showmax at midnight and then<br />

social media takes off! It has definitely<br />

been character-building!”<br />

Finding balance with her businesses,<br />

motherhood and the show has been<br />

a challenge. “I don’t think balance<br />

just happens. It has to be carefully<br />

and intentionally crafted. For me,<br />

balance is about going on holiday<br />

with my family or a date night or<br />

playing golf once a week with my<br />

husband. Structure and routine are an<br />

important part of finding balance and<br />

family forces you to have structure. I<br />

have to consciously step away from<br />

work every now and then and slow<br />

down to gain some perspective.”<br />

One of the most positive things<br />

to come from the show, she says,<br />

has been the number of young<br />

entrepreneurs who have reached out<br />

on social media asking for guidance<br />

and mentorship. “I love inspiring other<br />

‘doers’ in this life.”<br />

Details: @kgomotso_ndugane, @<br />

lelapa_brand, @oakcelebrations<br />

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Eyes on the ocean<br />

Sometimes you just want to sneak a quick peak at the ocean and check out<br />

the conditions before grabbing your board, fishing rod or beach bag and<br />

heading out, right? Well now you can …<br />

The creator of oceaneye.co.za<br />

is Umdloti’s Graeme Brunt<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photo: tyanderi.com<br />

All you have to do is switch on your<br />

computer, navigate to Umdloti local<br />

Graeme Brunt’s website and voila<br />

… you can view live streams from<br />

high quality cameras that have been<br />

carefully positioned at some of the<br />

most popular beaches around the<br />

country.<br />

Graeme had no idea, when he set<br />

out to start oceaneye a few months<br />

ago, what an incredible response<br />

there would be. In fact, within the<br />

first 24 hours more than 22 000<br />

people logged on to check out the<br />

cameras, which were positioned to<br />

overlook beaches in KZN, the Garden<br />

Route and Cape Town. “It’s been<br />

phenomenal,” says Graeme. “We had<br />

220 000 views within the first two<br />

weeks and we are anticipating over<br />

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400 000 views in the first month.”<br />

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Pietermaritzburg, 35-year-old Graeme has<br />

always loved the ocean. The former Northwood boy spent many weekends<br />

on the beach and surfing as a child and, while ‘messing around’ and making<br />

fun surf films while at school, he discovered his passion for film. Although he<br />

initially started studying marketing, Graeme says it wasn’t for him and instead<br />

he decided to follow his passion and study film, which he did for three years at<br />

Durban University of Technology. He then spent more than two years working<br />

on yachts overseas, with the goal of saving enough money to stock up on video<br />

and film equipment. When he returned to SA Graeme moved to Cape Town<br />

(where the film industry is quite big) and that is where he met his now wife and<br />

business partner, Justine. He and Justine have lived back in Durban for five years.<br />

They have a three-year-old daughter named Ayla and another baby on the way.<br />

While living in Cape Town, the couple started a wedding video business, which<br />

was very successful. “We were doing loads of weddings every year, and I was<br />

working on my surfing and ‘passion projects’ on the side.” But then, like for so<br />

many people, Covid arrived and changed everything.<br />

Graeme is a surfer who is also passionate about ocean conservation. He says<br />

he saw a gap in the market for a well-maintained website with high quality live<br />

stream ocean-facing cameras and lots of good ocean-related content.


An example of one of the<br />

camera views in Durban<br />

He decided to give it a go. “It took us eight months just to figure out the livestreaming<br />

process and make sure we had the correct bandwith, etc. It’s like<br />

having our own little TV channel and there is a lot of technical work that goes on<br />

in the background.”<br />

Graeme says they had no idea there would be quite so much traffic so quickly<br />

and they’ve had to scramble to update and iron out problems caused by the<br />

massive surge of traffic. “It’s been a trial and error process and we’ve been fixing<br />

and updated cameras and their positioning, but we are so excited about where<br />

this business is going.”<br />

One of his biggest goals, Graeme says, is to use the website as a voice for<br />

conservationists and ‘ocean people’ who don’t have a voice. “Our high quality<br />

camera feeds will draw people to the website, but we want to make sure we<br />

have great, relevant and interesting<br />

content to keep them coming<br />

back. There are so many things and<br />

people to focus on – from surfers<br />

and paddlers to board shapers and<br />

conservationists, all of whom have<br />

great stories and wisdom to share.”<br />

Graeme says they are hoping to ‘uplift’<br />

ocean sports and destinations around<br />

South Africa with their website, which<br />

although is free at the moment, might<br />

become subscription-based.<br />

“We want to get to a place where we<br />

can live-stream surfing and fishing<br />

events and make them great again.<br />

We have so many big ideas and<br />

visions, but there is a still a long way<br />

to go.”<br />

For now though, oceaneye.co.za is<br />

a great place for surfers, fishermen,<br />

paddlers, SUP boarders, divers (and<br />

even parents who just want to take<br />

their kids down to the beach) to log<br />

on and check out the conditions<br />

before heading down to the beach!<br />

In KZN, there are currently cameras at<br />

Umdloti Point, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga, Addington,<br />

New Pier and Bay of Plenty.<br />

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Celebrating 15 years<br />

It seems like just the other day we decided to start a glossy, lifestyle magazine on<br />

the North Coast. In fact, our first (rather clumsy) edition came out in <strong>Apr</strong>il 2006. This<br />

month, as we celebrate Get It <strong>Ballito</strong>.<strong>Umhl</strong>anga’s 15th birthday, editor Leah Shone<br />

reflects on a decade-and-a-half of fun, hard work and success.<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photograph: TASH, stories by goya<br />

Not everyone gets to wake up each<br />

day and do a job they love. Fifteen<br />

years later though, I still do. The entire<br />

process of creating a publication, from<br />

conceptualizing themes and ideas<br />

to meeting, interviewing and writing<br />

stories about intriguing people and<br />

fascinating new places and spaces is<br />

food for the soul.<br />

No two days are the same in this<br />

industry. As journalists, we are<br />

fortunate enough to be invited into<br />

the homes and lives of inspiring<br />

humans, taste marvellous cuisine and<br />

experience incredible destinations<br />

- and then we get to present and<br />

communicate it all to our readers in<br />

the form of a beautiful, high quality<br />

publication.<br />

There is stress too, of course.<br />

Deadlines can be hair-raising at times<br />

and there are those sneaky errors<br />

that creep in (and somehow only<br />

become visible after 20 000 copies<br />

have already been printed!). There<br />

are late nights and long hours and<br />

there is the responsibility of ensuring<br />

that our advertiser’s needs are met<br />

and their brands showcased in the<br />

best possible light and to the highest<br />

standard. But … the pleasure of<br />

holding a brand new edition, hot off<br />

the press, in your hands, and seeing<br />

people actively engage with your<br />

online content far outweighs all the<br />

challenges.<br />

The power of print<br />

We are incredibly proud of the growth<br />

we’ve made in our digital offerings<br />

over the past year. We have grown<br />

both our social media following<br />

and our e-magazine readership<br />

exponentially. It’s wonderful to<br />

engage with our readers and see the<br />

immediate, tangible effect our digital<br />

The Get It Girls, from left, Lisa Smith, Natalie<br />

Bertram, Leah Shone and Nicole von Metzinger<br />

content has on people’s lives. Our e-mag is read by over 20 000 people monthly<br />

and we have over 25 000 Facebook and 8 000 Instagram followers.<br />

It must be said that there is still an indisputable physical intimacy created<br />

between an advertiser and customer in print that just cannot be matched on a<br />

screen. Print allows you to connect offline and organically with your customer<br />

and we take pride in creating a product we know will linger on coffee tables and<br />

in offices, allowing readers to enjoy the longevity that print brings.<br />

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I recently read an article, which said, due to the huge<br />

amount of misinformation online and sheer quantity of<br />

content out there, the demand for quality, trustworthy<br />

content is higher than ever. Similarly, our determination to<br />

create an authentic, quality print edition is stronger than<br />

ever as well, and our advertisers and readers continue to<br />

prove to us the incredible power that print still holds.<br />

Meet the team<br />

Of course, it takes team to do what we do, and we are<br />

incredibly lucky to have a great one. With the support of<br />

our sister brand, The North Coast Courier, as well as the<br />

Caxton group, our team works closely every month, each<br />

playing our role, doing what we love.<br />

Nicole, our talented graphic artist, joined the company<br />

four years ago. She is the lead designer for the whole<br />

group, which means she designs everything for The North<br />

Coast Courier, Wordsmiths Marketing, The Fast Finder and<br />

Get It. Nicole has won two two big Caxton awards and<br />

still gets excited when she she sees the magazine around<br />

town! Definitely the fittest member of our team, Nicole<br />

does all kinds of exercise, including a lot running. She<br />

loves animals (she asks us to put one on the cover every<br />

month), cooking and eating (especially potatoes!).<br />

Always smiling and happy-go-lucky, Lisa provides our<br />

team with invaluable sales and online support. She was<br />

born in the UK and grew up in SA and has a background<br />

in design and newspaper ad sales. She has been with<br />

Get It for nearly three years. Lisa is passionate about the<br />

industry and the marketing opportunities it presents and<br />

says she loves the diversity that comes with working in a<br />

media company. She enjoys DIY, gardening and animals.<br />

Oh, and she’s still on the lookout for her soul mate!<br />

Our advertising rep, Natalie, is the newest member of our<br />

team. She joined us just 7 months ago. Natalie was born in<br />

Joburg and studied interior design. She started her career<br />

as a visual stylist in London and was then made store<br />

manager where she oversaw 150 staff members. Natalie<br />

loves linking local businesses to readers and finds great<br />

reward in helping them achieve success. In her downtime<br />

she enjoys trail walks, the beach and eating her way<br />

through the North Coast’s great restaurant offerings! She<br />

also paints and draws occasionally.<br />

As for me, I have worked for the Wordsmiths Group for<br />

18 years, 15 of those as the editor of this great magazine.<br />

When I’m not writing, editing and collecting copy, you’ll<br />

find me on the beach or travelling with my husband and<br />

my two favourite humans (my sons) … usually enjoying a<br />

glass of good red wine!<br />

Our gift to you<br />

As our way of saying thank you to our<br />

readers for your loyalty and support over<br />

the past 15 years, we have collaborated with the<br />

Oyster Box Hotel to bring you an amazing birthday<br />

prize! We’re offering one reader the chance to win a<br />

night’s stay at the Oyster Box for two people, including<br />

breakfast and dinner (valued at R10 500). Enter on our<br />

social media pages @GetItMagNC. Good luck!<br />

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Make it permanent<br />

Hair removal trends have changed through the years and, for a number of reasons,<br />

more and more people are opting for the permanent route. We spoke to <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

electrolysis specialist Kate Lovemore Baker who is passionate about what she does.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

Zimbali-based Kate has always<br />

been passionate about beauty and<br />

health and helping others feel good<br />

about themselves. Which is why she<br />

decided, after trying it for herself,<br />

to start her own aesthetic business<br />

specialising in electrolysis.<br />

A born and bred Durban girl, Kate is<br />

married to South African big wave<br />

surfing champion Grant Twiggy Baker<br />

and the couple have a five-year-old<br />

daughter named Billi. After pursuing<br />

a career in marketing and advertising,<br />

Kate joined her family interior design<br />

business to allow her flexibility to<br />

travel internationally with her surfing<br />

husband. She decided she needed a<br />

change of direction and decided to<br />

go the beauty route.<br />

“I had tried laser but it never worked<br />

for me because my hair is too light.<br />

I started looking into electrolysis<br />

and, fast forward 18 months to<br />

August 2019 and I started Lovemore<br />

Aesthetics!” Kate says she realised<br />

there were a lot of other women in<br />

the same boat as her, struggling to<br />

find a truly permanent hair removal<br />

solution. Her business now offers<br />

one hundred percent progressively<br />

permanent hair removal for all skin<br />

colours and hair types, from blonde<br />

to grey and ginger, as well as dark<br />

hair. “I also remove unwanted skin<br />

tags, cherry angiomas, spider veins,<br />

unwanted piercings and the list goes<br />

on.”<br />

Asked what the difference is between<br />

laser hair removal and electrolysis,<br />

Kate says, “the obvious difference<br />

between the two is that laser uses<br />

light and pigment in the hair, whereas<br />

with electrolysis we use a tiny probe<br />

to go into each hair follicle to destroy<br />

the ‘food factory’ that allows the<br />

hair to grow.” She says often laser<br />

treatments are every four to six<br />

weeks and you have to shave before<br />

your appointments. “You can book<br />

electrolysis appointments as often as you need, which really helps my clients<br />

who are battling with chin hairs, which seem to grow really quickly. In fact, I<br />

would say sixty percent of my clients are women battling with chin hairs. So,<br />

ladies, you are not alone!”<br />

It’s important to note, Kate says, that electrolysis is not a once-off treatment and<br />

you have to go back for a few sessions before the ‘food factory’ is fully removed<br />

and then the hair will never grow back. “Electrolysis is the only one hundred<br />

percent permanent hair removal technique approved by the FDA.”<br />

We asked Kate about some of the most common misconceptions when it comes<br />

to hair removal in South Africa? “Everyone thinks laser is the only way to go. Yes,<br />

it will reduce your hair growth quite a lot but it will not permanently remove it.<br />

Don’t get me wrong, if someone comes to me with a lot of hair on their legs,<br />

bikini or underarm, I recommend them going for a few laser treatments to save<br />

them money beforehand, to reduce the hair growth. But I often see people who<br />

have had laser, who have stubborn hairs that just won’t stop growing.<br />

Kate shares her top tips when it comes to hair removal. “Firstly, shop around for<br />

what suits your budget and ask for advice from friends. Then, for the moms with<br />

daughters out there - the best gift you can give your 18-year-old is electrolysis<br />

treatments - especially for bikini and underarm. They will thank you later in life<br />

when they no longer have to wax or shave! Lastly, give electrolysis a try, you<br />

won’t be disappointed.”<br />

Details: Kate Lovemore Baker, 072 143 0322<br />

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Exercise<br />

for life<br />

If we’ve learnt anything from the pandemic,<br />

it is that our health is the most important<br />

thing we have. Regular exercise is one of the<br />

best ways to ensure you stay healthy, both<br />

physically and mentally. <strong>Ballito</strong> biokineticist<br />

Nic Acampora shares some advice on<br />

moving your body at different stages of life.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

As a biokineticist, Nic spends his<br />

days helping people, young and<br />

aging, optimise their bodies. “It is<br />

incredible to see what improvements<br />

can be made by following an<br />

exercise plan that’s suited to the<br />

individual’s age and skill level. Apart<br />

from physical improvements such<br />

as increased cardio-vascular fitness,<br />

increased musculo-skeletal strength,<br />

co-ordination and overall body<br />

awareness; people who make exercise<br />

a habit see improvements in their<br />

mental well being too. Time and<br />

finances vary exponentially but I may<br />

be able provide guidance choosing<br />

exercise for your age-group.” Nic uses<br />

the analogy of being a home owner<br />

and the responsibilities associated<br />

with the building and upkeep of your<br />

home (your body). “It’s important to<br />

remember, though, that you are an<br />

individual and should listen to your<br />

body’s warning signals like niggles,<br />

pain and chronic fatigue.”<br />

First up, find the optimal building site and draft the plans (children,<br />

teens and young adults):<br />

Exercise is essential for healthy development, not only physically but socially<br />

too. In today’s technological world kids are spending less time playing outdoors,<br />

exploring their body’s boundaries. At this age, the best exercise is anything<br />

that incorporates elements of play - body-weight, functional movements and<br />

proprioception challenges – even and especially for the ‘non-sporty’ children.<br />

Incorporate at least three sessions of 30 to 45min per week to improve coordination,<br />

self-confidence and physical ability. Make sure to keep activities fun<br />

and ever-changing to encourage continued participation.<br />

Laying the foundation (in your 20’s)<br />

These are foundational years to a long and prosperous active lifestyle. Here our<br />

bodies respond rapidly to new stimulus and improvements are easily seen,<br />

although, it’s also here where we feel ‘bulletproof, pushing our bodies to their<br />

maximum limits and treading the fine-line between performance and injury.<br />

Injuries impact our longevity, but fortunately, these bodies are resilient and<br />

forgiving and most people who experience set-backs stand a high chance of<br />

making complete recovery. Focus on establishing a balanced and consistent<br />

exercise regime, do things that you enjoy as well as those that challenge you.<br />

Take up a hobby that you can enjoy as you age such as running, swimming,<br />

cycling or a team sport. Supplement aerobic type exercise with a minimum of 2<br />

to 3 45 minute to one-hour long strength training sessions per week. Focus on<br />

fundamental movements that build strength in your bones, muscles and joints.<br />

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Build from the ground up (30’s to 50’s)<br />

During this wide-ranging period, the most common mistake made is<br />

trying to build up too quickly, especially if there’s been a long period<br />

of inactivity (anything more than six consecutive months). Instead of<br />

chasing times that you used to set as a 20-year-old, focus on building<br />

your training from the foundation up and you will see the long-term<br />

benefits. That said, you can teach an old dog new tricks! Find an<br />

activity you enjoy and make sure to read up or get some professional<br />

advice on how to do it. Download a running program or join a group<br />

fitness class - but be mindful of any previous or existing injuries and<br />

always seek your doctors’ approval if you have any serious conditions.<br />

It’s essential to include strength training into your routine - I’d go as<br />

far as saying it’s non-negotiable. Two to three sessions a week will<br />

help keep your frame structurally sound. As we age our supporting<br />

structures deteriorate and our bones, joints, muscles and connective<br />

tissue rely on weighed/resistance training to maintain their integrity.<br />

Diligent maintenance (50 to 65)<br />

If you’ve built a structurally sound home on a solid foundation, it is<br />

during this period where you’ll reap the rewards, whilst others suffer<br />

the aches and pains of inactivity you’ll be the one picked first for the<br />

team of family lawn sports. If you’re the one with aches and pains, it<br />

is possible to start living a better life today but take caution knowing<br />

that your body has gone through many years of neglect. Look<br />

to be physically active 3 to 4 times per week, starting slowly with<br />

20-minute sessions and build from there. Be sure to include strength<br />

and proprioception work in your routine. Add outdoor activities such<br />

as walking to boost cardiovascular health.<br />

Structural reinforcements (65 and older)<br />

At this age focus on preserving what you have.<br />

Improving your muscular strength and coordination<br />

will improve your balance and reduce<br />

the risk of injury due to falling. A little, more often,<br />

goes a long way. Keep sessions short (15 to 30<br />

minutes) and focused. Try to establish a daily<br />

routine, like a morning stretch or balance on one<br />

leg whilst brushing your teeth. “I’ll leave you to<br />

consider this quote from Jim Rohn, ‘Take care of<br />

your body; it’s the only place you have to live’.”<br />

Details: Nic Acampora, head biokineticist, SA<br />

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Health and fitness have never been as top of mind as they are right now. Offering a safe,<br />

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Never before has there been a shopping centre in Durban so perfectly designed and<br />

positioned to encourage the merging of health, lifestyle and shopping.<br />

The layout of Cornubia Mall allows shoppers and visitors to enjoy open space, natural<br />

sunlight and designated green zones, as well as giving them the opportunity to enjoy<br />

a host of health and fitness offerings.<br />

While most shopping centres and malls suffered during the Covid pandemic,<br />

Cornubia performed exceptionally well comparatively. The reason for this is<br />

undoubtedly the functional layout and design of the mall, as well as its accessibility<br />

to the neighbouring mountain bike trails and free outdoor yoga and aerobic class<br />

offerings.<br />

The strict measures placed on gyms during lockdown, created an opportunity for the<br />

mall to form partnerships with Virgin Active, Love 2 Ride, Bounce, East Coast Cycling<br />

Club, Fives Futbol, Cycle Lab and Thule which everyone has benefited from the<br />

outdoor (or large underground basement parking area) activities and classes.<br />

There are even rewards for participants, which Virgin Active memberships for the<br />

most transformed bodies and gear from some of the many active wear outlets at<br />

Cornubia Mall. People are encouraged to take advantage of the mall’s accessibility<br />

to the nearby Ethekwini Mountain Bike Association (EMBA) managed mountain<br />

bike trails. There are organised rides from the mall on various days of the week.<br />

Alternatively, arrive early (parking is free) pop on your running shoes and take a walk<br />

around the circumference of the centre (it’s a 1.1km uninterrupted loop) to get your<br />

steps in for the day!<br />

Apart from these incredible offerings,<br />

the mall also has a wide variety of<br />

tenants to compliment and further<br />

encourage this outdoor, healthy<br />

lifestyle. From the likes of Basil Manning,<br />

Cycle Lab and Thule to the extensive<br />

range of footwear and sporting apparel<br />

stores on offer, there is something for<br />

everyone.<br />

Cornubia Mall is a wonderful alternative<br />

to a traditional shopping centre. It’s a<br />

place where you can get everything<br />

you need, including your dose of health<br />

and fitness, in a unique environment,<br />

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eautiful brows ... forever!<br />

Maintaining your eyebrows is an important part of a woman’s beauty regime and we often<br />

underestimate the difference a well-maintained set of brows can make.<br />

Not only do your eyebrows frame<br />

your face and enhance your features,<br />

but they also accentuate your<br />

eyes and play an important role in<br />

communication.<br />

A great solution, says make-up artist<br />

Debbie Jean, is to get cosmetically<br />

tattooed eyebrows. This way your<br />

brows will be in a great shape and<br />

have more definition - no need to<br />

spend time filling them in and trying<br />

to balance the shape and colour<br />

Debbie has worked as a top make-up<br />

artist, both locally and internationally,<br />

for 29 years. She started specialising in<br />

eyebrow ‘makeovers’ using cosmetic<br />

tattoo techniques eight years ago and<br />

has a strong following in Cape Town<br />

and Knysna. She recently settled in<br />

Salt Rock and has a brow studio in<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong>.<br />

“Cosmetic tattoo eyebrows are<br />

an ideal time saver for ladies with<br />

fading eye sight, thinning brows,<br />

sports women or anyone wanting to<br />

enhance, define and re-shape their<br />

brows and spend less time in front<br />

of the mirror drawing on brows and<br />

more time living life,” she says. “There<br />

are many terms used to describe<br />

cosmetic tattoo brows: micro blading,<br />

3D or 6D brows, micro pigmentation,<br />

permanent make-up, hair stroke<br />

brows, ombre and powder brows. I choose not to micro blade as I feel using a<br />

machine and needles delivers a superior result to using a blade, with less trauma<br />

to the skin. I feel the colour is also more stable and lasts longer.” Debbie’s number<br />

one tip, if you decide to add pigment to your eyebrows? Choose your artist<br />

carefully. “Look at their social media pages and decide if you like what you see. I<br />

would encourage choosing an artist that does cosmetic tattoo full time.”Although<br />

there are various different terms used for cosmetic tattoo eyebrows, Debbie says<br />

it’s important to remember that they are all, essentially, tattoos. “Pigment (similar<br />

to tattoo ink) is implanted 1.5mm to 2mm under the surface of your skin and is<br />

therefore a tattoo. Even micro-blading is a tattoo.”<br />

What to expect<br />

It’s important that you have time to chat to your artist at the appointment about<br />

the colour, technique and your expectations. Normally, Debbie says, this is done<br />

while your brows are numbing. “Your artist should draw a suitable shape that you<br />

get to approve before they start. The first appointment is usually two hours and a<br />

touch up about one and a half hours. You’ll need to allow 7 to 10 days to heal. No<br />

perspiring (heavy exercise) during this time as the pigment needs to take hold and<br />

you also want to avoid infection. Your artist will give you after-care products to use<br />

as well.” It’s important to wait a full month before you see the full outcome. There<br />

might be small scabs and the pigment can go quite dark at first. Do not pick at<br />

your brows. Sometimes, after the first week, your eyebrows can look quite light. The<br />

colour needs time to resurface and develop. “Having your eyebrows done is a two<br />

(sometimes three) part process. You are then good to go for at least a year or more<br />

before you need a freshen up. (Also, if you do need to touch up with a pencil when<br />

it starts to fade, you’ll have the pigment under the skin to guide you, making it<br />

easier.)” Debbie says touching up after the main procedure is important to deliver a<br />

second layer of pigment into the skin to give a longer lasting finish. Touch ups are<br />

generally 6 to 8 weeks after the first session or when you see fading. At the touch<br />

up appointment the colour can be deepened if needed and the shape refined.”<br />

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Text: Kym Argo<br />

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&<br />

We’ve mastered meat-free Mondays. Now let’s take it a step further.<br />

Love plants<br />

Embracing a plant-based lifestyle<br />

The daughter of a goat farmer, Tammy Fry saw<br />

how, day after day, the goats were sold for<br />

slaughter. But she realised that if she named<br />

the individual goats, they crossed the line from<br />

being ‘units of currency’ to pets. So she started<br />

naming as many of them as possible.<br />

The same goat farmer, many years later, swore<br />

off meat forever, and in the early 1990s, he and<br />

his wife started The Fry Family Food Company,<br />

known internationally for its range of plantbased<br />

food products.<br />

Tammy, recently named as one of the top eight<br />

women changing the world through food,<br />

and founder of Meat-Free Mondays here and<br />

in Australia, knows all too well the challenges<br />

of choosing a plant-based lifestyle … and<br />

discusses them, and the solutions, in her first<br />

book Made with Love and Plants. More than a<br />

recipe book, it’s full of really useful, thoughtful<br />

information … from why you should choose a<br />

plant-based diet to transitioning (don’t go cold<br />

turkey!), answering questions – where do you<br />

get your iron (beans and legumes and broccoli<br />

and dates), and giving essential tips (navigating<br />

the supermarket and decoding labels).<br />

There are nearly six dozen really great recipes,<br />

that quickly dispel the idea that this diet is<br />

boring or restrictive.<br />

There’s a breakfast carrot cake (Carrot cake.<br />

Breakfast. Swoon) and glazed, grilled fruit<br />

skewers with chocolate sauce to get your<br />

day off to a sweet start, the prettiest, tastiest<br />

Vietnamese rice paper rolls with hoisin-peanut<br />

dipping sauce or loaded homemade nachos<br />

for midday Summer snacking, and a West<br />

African coconut curry that’ll have you dishing<br />

up seconds in no time.<br />

Tammy suggests you milk coconuts, not cows,<br />

and so there are recipes for rice, coconut,<br />

almond and cashew nut milk, and a whole<br />

section on treats and lunch box ideas.<br />

If you’re thinking of going the plant-based<br />

route, we bet this book will sway you; if not, it’s<br />

worth a buy for recipes for you to keep meatfree<br />

Mondays interesting. Simple. Delicious.<br />

Healthy. All you want, really. For more from<br />

Tammy, visit seed-blog.com.<br />

Vanilla nice cream with cookie crumble<br />

This one makes the nice list. Nice to eat, nice to make, nice ’n’ healthy too.<br />

You’ll need: 3 frozen bananas; 1 Tbsp maple syrup; a few drops natural<br />

vanilla extract; 1 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional for making chocolate ice<br />

cream); quarter cup coconut milk (if necessary); crunchy oat and choc<br />

cookies (recipe in the book, or use any other vegan cookie, crumbled)<br />

To make: Add the bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cocoa<br />

powder (if using) to a powerful blender and blitz until smooth. Add<br />

small amounts of the coconut milk, if required for a smoother texture.<br />

Serve in a bowl or a cone, topped with crumbled cookies.


Breakfast carrot cake<br />

Not all puddings are equal. Take this one for example, technically a<br />

cake, eaten at breakfast, no refined sugar, no dairy and nutrition in<br />

every spoonful. Breakfast doesn’t get better than this. This makes<br />

enough for two. You’ll need: 1 cup each of coconut milk, water<br />

and rolled oats; 2 cups peeled and grated carrots; 2 bananas,<br />

mashed; 4 Tbsp raisins or dried goji berries; 2 Tbsp maple syrup; 1<br />

tsp each of ground cinnamon and vanilla spice/essence; half a tsp<br />

each of ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves; and half<br />

a cup coconut cream For the toppings, you’ll need: shaved coconut;<br />

maple syrup (to taste); and pineapple pieces<br />

To make: In a small pot over a medium heat, bring the milk and<br />

water to a simmer. Add the oats and bring to a slow boil, then<br />

reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Add the<br />

grated carrots, bananas and raisins or berries, as well as the maple<br />

syrup, vanilla essence and spices. Cook for another three to five<br />

minutes. Pour in the coconut cream and stir well, allowing to<br />

simmer for approximately five minutes until the liquid is absorbed<br />

and a thick consistency is reached. Add the toppings and<br />

decorate as desired. Enjoy the ‘cake‘ warm.<br />

We admit. We’ve<br />

taken the three<br />

sweetest options<br />

from Made with<br />

Love and Plants.<br />

But trust us …<br />

there are loads<br />

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With restrictions down to Level 1<br />

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“It feels like it’s time to get out more<br />

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of Shopping marketing manager,<br />

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“The outdoor Palm Court is a popular<br />

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Whether diners are eating out, or<br />

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Gateway visitors can choose from sit<br />

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Name and win<br />

“We are running a competition to find<br />

names for our hammerhead shark<br />

and yellowfin tuna at the children’s<br />

lighthouse and ocean play area in the<br />

Palm Court,” explains Shelley. “These<br />

creatures were chosen, along with<br />

the iconic uMhlanga lighthouse, as<br />

typical species found off our coast.<br />

They’ve been beautifully replicated<br />

and we’ve grown quite attached to<br />

them. The natural progression is for<br />

them to have names,” says Shelley.<br />

Entry forms for the competition will<br />

be available from the restaurants in<br />

the Palm Court. There are great prizes,<br />

including Gateway gift cards and<br />

tenant hampers up for grabs if they<br />

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Live entertainment<br />

Adding to the glorious outdoor vibes,<br />

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Palm Court over the Easter Weekend.<br />

Details: Keep an eye out on their<br />

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well as Facebook and Instagram pages.<br />

Gateway’s bot-in-training, Sam, is also<br />

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the WhatsApp number: 031 514 0500.<br />

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is<br />

Covid-compliant. Among other<br />

measures taken to ensure visitors’<br />

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use of hand sanitiser and physical<br />

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Bold brave barista<br />

For the past three months, self-taught barista Sbusiso Nkolothi has been whipping<br />

up cappuccinos and lattes while simultaneously winning the hearts of all those who<br />

meet him at his <strong>Ballito</strong> coffee shop. We got to know the man behind the counter of the<br />

Coffee Lab at the Lifestyle Centre.<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photograph: Mary-Ann Palmer<br />

People, personality and a positive attitude are the things that 33-year-old Sbu<br />

says have gotten him to where he is today … and he’s determined to help others<br />

find the same success.<br />

Life hasn’t been easy for the Zimbabwe-born barista, who ended up living on the<br />

streets of Durban after moving to South Africa in 2010. Despite the adversities<br />

he’s faced though, Sbu has managed to use every opportunity afforded to him<br />

over the past 11 years, in pursuit of his dream of owning his own coffee shop.<br />

Sbu grew up in Victoria Falls and was exposed to the hospitality and tourism<br />

industry from a young age. He worked as a golf caddy and waiter and ‘hustled’<br />

curios in his youth. When he heard about the World Cup, he decided to take a<br />

chance and come to South Africa. But things didn’t turn out as planned. “That’s<br />

how life goes. Sometimes you make plans and they don’t work out. I ended up<br />

in Durban, knowing no one and with nothing. I had a choice - I could go home<br />

with nothing, or make it work here.”<br />

Sbu spent five, hard months living on the streets, but says he learnt so much<br />

about himself and others during this time. “Most people who on the streets have<br />

bigger hearts than you realise. They aren’t all bad people. Life and situations have<br />

led to them being where they are and doing things they don’t want to in order<br />

to survive. It’s easy to point fingers until you’re in that same position,” he says.<br />

When he finally landed a job at a takeaway spot called Gallito’s, Sbu’s life finally<br />

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started to turn around. “I had been so<br />

desperate and was grateful to wake<br />

up and have a purpose every day.”<br />

Within weeks he earned the owner’s<br />

trust and was given a key to open<br />

up the restaurant. “I was living in a<br />

shelter at the time and kept getting<br />

sick because it was so dirty, so I<br />

started living in the restaurant without<br />

anyone knowing.”<br />

Doors started to open for him and<br />

when Sbu landed a job as a runner at<br />

well-known Durban North restaurant,<br />

Mamma Lucianas, his life started<br />

improving. “I had friends and a<br />

community. Marco, the owner, helped<br />

me change my life by pushing me to<br />

do better and building me up.”<br />

Sbu was soon made barman and it<br />

was then that he started discovering


more about coffee. He learnt how to use the machine and read books about<br />

coffee. It was also here that Sbu met chef Ray Friedman. “Ray spent time teaching<br />

me and, everything I know about food, I learned from him.”<br />

Sbu was offered a barista and management position at The Sett, a shared<br />

workspace in <strong>Umhl</strong>anga, by owner Travis Gale. Here, he says, he was given access<br />

to a computer and discovered Youtube. “That was a game-changer for me. I<br />

watched videos about and taught myself to be a barista.. I realised that coffee is<br />

about building community and connecting with people.” When The Sett closed,<br />

Sbu joined the Private Property team as their in-house barista. Then Covid hit and<br />

he was retrenched.<br />

“Last year was actually really good for me. It brought me opportunities like never<br />

before. I started working on my real dream – of opening my own coffee shop<br />

and simultaneously offering barista training to people who need it the most.<br />

The guys who haven’t finished school and have no opportunities lined up. I am<br />

passionate about helping others grow now.<br />

A friend put Sbu’s photograph on<br />

Facebook offering his barista services<br />

and his phone rang off the hook!<br />

Despite being offered tons of jobs,<br />

Sbu was determined to start his own<br />

brand. Then he got a call from Murray<br />

Loader at the Lifestyle Centre. The<br />

next day he got another call from<br />

artists Jane Digby. The team were<br />

launching a pop-up art gallery at the<br />

Lifestyle Centre and were looking<br />

for a someone run a coffee shop.<br />

“From the moment I met Jane I knew<br />

this was right for me. Her passion is<br />

contagious. It was the perfect space,<br />

the perfect time and the perfect<br />

person. She is a believer and she<br />

helped me to set up the Coffee Lab.<br />

I don’t think I could ever thank her<br />

enough.”<br />

That was three months ago and Sbu<br />

and his Coffee Lab have grown from<br />

strength to strength. Although the<br />

Gallery has now closed, Coffee Lab<br />

will remain in place and become<br />

a part of The Studios, a space that<br />

will incorporate an eclectic mix of<br />

bespoke stores and personalised<br />

shopping areas. ““I am where I am<br />

because of the people who have<br />

come into my life. So many people<br />

have impacted me and given me<br />

opportunities and believed in me. The<br />

Gallery was amazing for me and gave<br />

me such great exposure. Things are<br />

changing now, but I’m very excited<br />

and I know it’s going to be good fun!”<br />

Details: Coffee Lab, Lifestyle Centre<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong> @coffeelab2020


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Food & family<br />

Community, family and wonderful food ... welcome to The Fig Tree!<br />

The Fig Tree Restaurant is the heart<br />

of Simbithi Eco-Estate. Located at the<br />

Simbithi Country Club, the glass-walled<br />

eatery overlooks the exquisite Simbithi<br />

Golf Course and serves a variety of<br />

mouth-watering dishes.<br />

The Fig Tree Restaurant is open to the<br />

public; no access code needed.<br />

Come and enjoy a breakfast with family,<br />

lunch with friends and a romantic<br />

dinner with your beloved… join us for<br />

our famous Wednesday Curry Night,<br />

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Carvery, with all the trimmings. Booking<br />

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<strong>Apr</strong>il <strong>2021</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhl</strong>anga 33


Chef stepping up<br />

From washing dishes in the scullery at a Durban restaurant, to heading up his own<br />

team and being made junior sous chef at a five-star hotel in London, Chef Themba is<br />

now bringing his talents and more than 20 years of culinary experience to North Coast<br />

homes as a private chef for intimate dinner parties and cooking classes.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

While plating is important to him, Chef<br />

Themba says flavour always comes first!<br />

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Chef Themba worked at the five-star<br />

Soho Hotel in London for three years<br />

The first thing Thembinkosi Mngoma learned to cook was a chicken curry. He<br />

was a young boy and his father was his teacher. “I will never forget how he taught<br />

me to cook so that I wouldn’t burn myself,” Themba laughs. “He told me that<br />

when the oil was hot, I should chuck the onions in and then run!”<br />

Now a 40-year-old father of two, Chef Themba has come a long way from his<br />

humble childhood in Umlazi. He has been on a whirlwind journey for the past<br />

20 years that has taken him around the world and back ... and it all started when<br />

he landed a job as a dishwasher in the scullery of a restaurant called El Cubano,<br />

owned by Martin Lombaard.<br />

“Four weeks after I started I was given a small space of my own and taught how<br />

to grill calamari and fry up sides to go with the main courses. I’ll never forget<br />

the day I met well-known restaurateur Marco Nico. He walked into the kitchen<br />

wearing a chef’s uniform and, for the first time, I realised that you could be a chef<br />

and a businessman at the same time. That was the day I started taking my job<br />

seriously,” says Themba. He decided then that he would own his own restaurant<br />

one day.<br />

After working for Martin for a year and a half, it was time for Themba to start<br />

pursing his dream. He applied to the International Hotel School. “When I told<br />

Martin my plan he made a few calls and, before I knew it, the forms had been<br />

faxed and I being interviewed.”<br />

After three years of hotel school and working in hotels and lodges around the<br />

country, Themba set his sights on another big goal – to live and work in London.<br />

“I have always wanted to be the very best chef I can be. The culinary standards<br />

are incredibly high in London and that was where I wanted to further my<br />

learning.”<br />

Three days after arriving in London, Themba applied for a job as a chef at the<br />

five-star Soho Hotel in London. “I had to do a practical interview and cook three<br />

things - risotto, the thinnest ribeye steak I’ve ever seen (medium rare) and a<br />

bearnaise sauce!” Themba got the job as de partie, meaning he had to head up<br />

a station and oversee other chefs. He was later promoted to junior sous chef. It<br />

was an experience he will never forget. “The first six months were really hard. It<br />

was ‘old-school’ and strict and I had to adapt quickly. I think this was where I truly<br />

learnt about responsibility.”<br />

Themba made a commitment to himself to visit and eat in as many Michelin Star<br />

restaurants as he could during his time in the UK. And that’s just want he did. He<br />

travelled to Ireland and Scotland ... and always booked a table for one!<br />

Three years later, Themba returned to South Africa and got a job with his old<br />

boss and mentor Martin, at his restaurant Havana Grill at Suncoast. From there he<br />

moved to Granny Mouse where he met Precious, the woman who would later<br />

become his wife.<br />

Over the years, Themba has pursued various avenues in the culinary world,<br />

including opening his own catering company called King’s Cuisine, where<br />

People want to enjoy<br />

restaurant quality<br />

food in the comfort<br />

of their own home ...<br />

and that’s what I can<br />

do for them.<br />

he did mass-catering for mostly<br />

government events, and helping with<br />

the setting up and opening of various<br />

restaurants.<br />

He spent some time in Franschhoek<br />

where he was head chef at the wellknown<br />

Roca at Dieu Donne Vineyards.<br />

When it was time to settle down<br />

and get married Themba came<br />

back to Durban, working seasonally,<br />

at Martin’s new Little Havana in<br />

<strong>Umhl</strong>anga. His final role, before the<br />

pandemic hit, was as banqueting sous<br />

chef at the Elangeni Hotel. Forced to<br />

take voluntary retrenchment after<br />

lockdown, Themba used the time to<br />

focus on what he really wanted to do.<br />

“People want to enjoy restaurant<br />

quality food in the comfort of their<br />

own home and that’s what I can do<br />

for them. If you’re wanting an intimate<br />

dinner part for 10 or 20 people, I will<br />

buy all the ingredients and come<br />

in (with a waiter) and cook for you<br />

in your kitchen. I also offer cooking<br />

classes, where I can teach you to<br />

make a variety of dishes, including<br />

your own pasta from scratch, sauces,<br />

seafood, red meat and dessert.”<br />

Asked what sets him apart from<br />

other chefs, Themba says it’s his<br />

eye for detail and the fact that taste<br />

always come first. “Presentation is<br />

very important to me, but flavour<br />

always comes first.” He also pays close<br />

attention to who he is cooking for.<br />

“I made a conscious decision not to<br />

limit myself and have a ‘signature<br />

style’. I love so many types of food,<br />

from Italian and French to Zulu and<br />

Asian flavours. I’m generous with<br />

my portions and I understand my<br />

market. I think it’s really important to<br />

remember who you are cooking for.”<br />

Details: Contact Themba on:<br />

kingscuisinechef@yahoo.com, 076 604<br />

1959, IG: @privatechef_sa<br />

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Indian cuisine …<br />

street style!<br />

Vibey, loud, colourful and unapologetically themselves … we absolutely love<br />

everything about Bachao, especially their food! Situated at the <strong>Umhl</strong>anga Arch,<br />

this Indian street food takeaway spot is full of fun, flavour and authenticity. Owner<br />

Tarannum agreed to share some exciting recipes with our readers …<br />

Bachao (which means ‘save me!’ in<br />

Hindi) all about is bringing a real taste<br />

of authentic Indian street food to<br />

the North Coast. Having grown up in<br />

India, and eaten food from different<br />

street corners around India, Tarannum<br />

is determined to introduce the local<br />

community to a new way of thinking<br />

about Indian street food. “We want<br />

people to taste and appreciate foods<br />

from all corners of India and urge<br />

them to experiment with different<br />

textures and flavours and challenge<br />

their taste buds. Indian food can be<br />

delicious and nutritious (very often<br />

completely vegetarian) and does<br />

not necessarily have be soaked in<br />

oil or burn a hole in your cheek!”<br />

The food at Bachao is served in<br />

bespoke packaging made to look like<br />

newspaper print and all their spices<br />

and chutneys are made completely<br />

from scratch from old, traditional<br />

recipes.<br />

The menu changes seasonally, so<br />

keep an eye out for their autumn and<br />

winter specials which are sure to keep<br />

away the chills! In the meantime, why<br />

not try recreate one these yummy<br />

dishes at home?<br />

Details: Bachao, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga Arch,<br />

FB: @bachaostreetfood, IG: @<br />

bachao_indianstreetfood, deepak@<br />

bachaostreetfood.com<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

Mozzarella Pakode<br />

You’ll need: 2 large onions, sliced length-ways,<br />

thinly, 100g chickpea flour, 1/2 tsp ground<br />

coriander, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp red chilli<br />

powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp salt, 20 curry<br />

leaves, roughly sliced, 2 to 4 green chillis, thinly<br />

sliced, 200g cooking mozzarella, 6 to 8 tbsp<br />

water, 2L oil for deep frying.<br />

To make: Heat the oil to 180°C in a large<br />

saucepan. The oil shouldn’t come more than<br />

halfway up the sides of the pan. Cut 12 x 1,5cm<br />

squares from the mozzarella and grate the<br />

rest. Cut the onions in half and top and tail<br />

them, and remove the outer skin. Slice thinly,<br />

length-ways. Mix the gram flour and powdered<br />

spices together. Add the sliced onions, chillies,<br />

curry leaves and grated mozzarella and mix all<br />

together. Add a few tablespoons of water so that<br />

the flours stick to the vegetables. Take a spoonful<br />

of the mixture and put a square of mozzarella on<br />

it, then top with more onion batter mix so the<br />

cheese is covered. Gently drop it into the hot<br />

oil. Add one or two more pakode depending<br />

on the size of your pan: don’t crowd it. Cook<br />

for a few minutes until golden brown, turning<br />

occasionally if needed. Drain on kitchen paper<br />

while you cook the rest. Serve immediately, with<br />

either Mrs Balls Chutney or a chili/tomato sauce.<br />

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Kerala Paneer Pepper Fry<br />

You’ll need: 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or sunflower oil), ½ teaspoon<br />

mustard seeds, 1 large onion or 1 cup thinly sliced onions, ½ teaspoon<br />

ground ginger and garlic, 200g 1 inch paneer cubes, 1 medium<br />

green pepper, sliced thinly, 1 green chili, sliced or chopped, 10 curry<br />

leaves (chopped) or 2 teaspoons chopped curry leaves, can also add<br />

1 teaspoon curry leaves or 4 to 5 curry leaves (chopped), 1 tsp black<br />

pepper + 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed to a coarse powder in a small<br />

grinder, ½ tsp coriander powder (ground coriander), ½ tsp cumin<br />

powder (ground cumin), 1 pinch of turmeric powder, salt as required, 2<br />

tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)<br />

To make: Grind black pepper and fennel seeds in a dry grinder or a<br />

coffee grinder to a coarse powder. Slice the onions, green peppers, and<br />

green chillis. Making mushroom pepper fry: Heat 2 tablespoons coconut<br />

oil in a pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle. After<br />

the mustard seeds crackle, add the thinly sliced onions. Mix the onions<br />

very well and sauté on a low to medium flame, till they start to turn light<br />

golden. Then add 1/2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and sauté till the raw<br />

aroma of ginger-garlic goes away. Now add the paneer. Mix very well<br />

and sauté on a medium flame. Then add 1 cup sliced peppers and mix<br />

well. Sauté the pepper slices till they are half cooked. They should have<br />

some crunch in them. Then add 1 green chili, sliced or chopped and 2<br />

teaspoons chopped curry leaves and mix well. Now add the coarsely<br />

powdered black pepper and fennel seeds along with 1/2 teaspoon<br />

coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder and a pinch of turmeric<br />

powder. Mix all the spices very well with the paneer and pepper<br />

mixture. Season with salt. Mix again and then switch off the flame. Check<br />

the taste and add more salt if required. Add 2 tablespoon chopped<br />

coriander leaves. Stir. Serve paneer pepper fry hot with rotis/parathas.<br />

Bachao owners, husband and wife team<br />

Deepak Parbhoo and Tarannum Banatwalla<br />

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things up<br />

Autumn is here and with its arrival comes the<br />

(very welcome) cooler weather. As things cool<br />

down outside, we’re heating them up indoors with<br />

some of our favourite spicy North Coast hot spots!<br />

MIHAR SPICES<br />

As you step in through the doors of Mihar Spices<br />

you are greeted with the aromatic fragrance of a<br />

wonderful range of spices. Wafting through the<br />

air you will also be met with the fragrances of<br />

their tasty savouries and snack platters, which are<br />

freshly prepared to order. Mihar Spices is a one<br />

hundred percent vegetarian store and they stock<br />

a wide range of grains, spices, frozen vegetarian<br />

foods and prayer goods. Details: Mihar Spices,<br />

Unit 6, Richard Park, Wimble Close, <strong>Ballito</strong> Business<br />

Park, 087 460 0189, miharspices@gmail.com<br />

MARIGOLD<br />

Marigold Progressive Indian Cuisine. Recognized as “<strong>Ballito</strong>’s hidden gem!”<br />

This stunningly vibey quintessential destination venue is where memories<br />

are made and the beautiful Indian inspired decor with its magnificent mural<br />

will captivate your imagination. Treat your palette to their signature succulent<br />

Prawn or Crab curry or delight in a host of other items such as their Butter<br />

Chicken curry or a wide array of mouth-watering vegetarian dishes. Their team,<br />

Shabnum and Pranav are ever ready with their hands-on approach from the<br />

kitchen to the table to ensure that guests receive the full ‘Marigold Experience’<br />

Dine & Dance every Weekend where the party does not stop until midnight.<br />

It’s where families go to celebrate life! Located at 13 Moffat Drive <strong>Ballito</strong>. Get in<br />

touch by contacting us on 032 940 5472 or WhatsApp us on 083 280 9786<br />

SASOL SALT ROCK<br />

The Bunny Chows served at SASOL Salt Rock<br />

are famous … and once you’ve taste them,<br />

you’ll understand why! Run by Praveena<br />

Thukanum, a few years ago, this particular<br />

SASOL has managed to break the record for the<br />

longest bunny chow ever made. With a wide<br />

range of bunnies, curries and rotis on offer<br />

(including mutton, beef, chicken and beans),<br />

this is a must-visit spot to enjoy the perfect<br />

taste of KZN curry! Details: SASOL Salt Rock, Old<br />

Fort Road, Salt Rock, 032 525 5108, Open 24/7


We’re all about natural, but sometimes<br />

we let a little faux flow. Be it when<br />

your fingers aren’t as green as<br />

you’d like, that you need a touch<br />

no-maintenance prettiness in a dark<br />

corner where nothing will grow, or<br />

you want tulips on your desk all year<br />

round … faux’s the way to go. And<br />

when you find flowers and plants as<br />

realistic as these from Biggie Best …<br />

win, win. This latest range of lovely<br />

botanicals from olive trees to<br />

orchids, pincushions to alliums,<br />

bougainvillea to proteas, get our firm<br />

nod of approval. You’ll find them<br />

online at volpes.co.za<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

Bloom<br />

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For quiet evenings or slow weekends, a puzzle’s a<br />

great way to wind down. We love this Cultivated 1000<br />

piece puzzle, drawn from the stunning debut book<br />

by celebrated floral designer, writer, and photographer<br />

Christin Geall, which captures her floral style in a<br />

rich, detailed puzzle. Hours and hours of blooming<br />

gorgeous fun. R363 from Exclusive Books.<br />

How clever is this?<br />

For those of us who<br />

struggle to construct a<br />

perfect arrangement, this<br />

Vase Buddy is a silicone,<br />

flexible grid, that stretches<br />

over the rim of your vase,<br />

holding flowers in place.<br />

It’s reusable, washable,<br />

and fits vases between<br />

12 and 20cm. Buy online for<br />

R140 from vasebuddy.com<br />

We’re massive Cape Island fans<br />

… and although we wouldn’t<br />

sniff at any one of the six scented<br />

fragrances, our firm favourite, up<br />

until now, has been Clifton Beach<br />

– think sun-warmed coconut,<br />

opulent tolu balsam and a zest of<br />

lime. But we’ve just had a heady<br />

whiff of the new scent … and<br />

it’s completely swept us off our<br />

feet. Wild Coast – in its luscious<br />

raspberry pink packaging – is all<br />

elegant iris, enticing black currant<br />

and wild jasmine along with<br />

rich praline and patchouli. This<br />

newest scent is in the mini and<br />

classic medium candle so far – as<br />

well as a rather desirable Wild<br />

Coast Scented Candle Ornament,<br />

which has a mini candle inside<br />

and makes for a gorgeous<br />

inexpensive gift. R195 to R320.<br />

Details: capeisland.co.za<br />

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PLANT<br />

Indoor plant of the month<br />

We’re massive fans of the white anthurium, a lovely Easter<br />

flower. As the blooms age, they often develop a soft green<br />

tinge … really pretty. The combination of lush green<br />

leaves and glossy white ‘flowers’ – which are in fact really<br />

coloured leaves – lighten and brighten a room, improving<br />

and purifying the air as well. Anthuriums thrive anywhere<br />

with good light and a little water once a week. A good<br />

plant for beginners, they forgive neglect and are almost<br />

indestructible. And if you feed them with liquid fertiliser<br />

once a month, except in winter, you’ll encourage them to<br />

keep on pushing out flowers. Details: lvgplants.co.za<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO and ALICE Coetzee.<br />

We’re planting…<br />

Osteospermum Serenity Coral Magic is a<br />

really wonderful, neat, compact plant, that’s<br />

always covered in flowers and is great for<br />

tucking into the front of a border, and is a<br />

breathtakingly beautiful patio plant. With its<br />

soft coral blooms with a glowing inner ring<br />

and deeper pink or lilac centre, they’re at<br />

their best in Autumn … and as the flowers<br />

mature they change colour, hence the ‘magic’.<br />

We like it alone, but if you want some added<br />

colour, it combines well with Osteospermum<br />

Blue Eyed Beauty – which has a purplishblue<br />

centre and yellow petals. Plant these in a<br />

sunny spot, in well-composted soil that drains<br />

well. They are not water-hungry but will bloom<br />

better if the soil is kept moist while they are<br />

flowering. They are easy to grow, reliable and<br />

vigorous … flowering a little less during the<br />

very cold months but bouncing back with a<br />

great Spring flush. Details: ballstraathof.co.za<br />

Take off the gardening wellies, kick up your heels<br />

and give your hard-working feet a refreshing dose<br />

of moisture with this Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot<br />

Lotion. The cooling lotion will revive tired feet, and<br />

the glycerin and coconut oil will soften rough calluses,<br />

leaving your feet smooth and ready for the next day<br />

in the flower beds. 99 per cent natural, it’s R200 from<br />

takealot.com or Dis-Chem.<br />

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Led by nature<br />

Text: Leah Shone | Photographs: Chris Allan Photo<br />

Sometimes the true<br />

beauty of a home lies in its<br />

simplicity ... and its ability<br />

to seamlessly blend with<br />

the natural environment<br />

surrounding it. Careful<br />

planning and space usage,<br />

along with practical,<br />

functional architectural<br />

principles, make this a<br />

wonderful, nature-inspired<br />

North Coast family home.<br />

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When you build a home in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,<br />

surrounded by wetlands, forest and indigenous landscape - and the ocean just<br />

a stone’s throw away - it’s hard not to allow your surroundings to influence the<br />

look and feel of your home. And why wouldn’t you?<br />

Designed by Phillip Thornhill and Tyren Els of TCRPV Architects, this practical,<br />

stylish home is situated within the Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate. Together with<br />

landscape architect Bernice Rumble and interior designer Samantha Clayton, the<br />

design team have managed to create an easy-living home that would suit almost<br />

any North Coast family. And it truly is a case of the landscape leading - and the<br />

architecture and décor following.<br />

Blending with nature outside<br />

When you live in a climate like ours, planning your outside area (or areas) is<br />

almost as important, if not more so, than the inside of the home. North Coast<br />

families spend hours in their pools and gardens and, as is the case here, the<br />

interior and exterior often blend into one usable space.<br />

Landscape architect and director of Land Art Studios Bernice Rumble headed up<br />

the landscape planning of this home. Having spent the last few years working<br />

with the Zululami team to rehabilitate and transform the estate, Bernice has a<br />

solid understanding of the natural environment here.<br />

For this particular site, Bernice says the goal was to maximise the use of different


outside areas, depending on the<br />

homeowner’s needs. A popular way of<br />

achieving this is the use of courtyard<br />

spaces. Not only do they allow for lots<br />

of natural light and air movement in<br />

the home, but courtyards also give<br />

you another option when spending<br />

time outdoors.<br />

“Courtyards are a popular trend,<br />

especially for families who want to<br />

close off and use different areas at<br />

different times. It allows them to<br />

take advantage of the views while<br />

still having protection from the wind<br />

and is a great option for families with<br />

smaller children, who may want to<br />

allow them to play outside away from<br />

the swimming pool area.”<br />

In keeping with the theme of<br />

blending in with the environment,<br />

Bernice used screen planting with<br />

natural, lush vegetation to offer<br />

privacy and separate the garden<br />

from the neighbours. “The goal was<br />

to keep the outside as simple and<br />

practical as possible while building<br />

within the natural lay of the land and<br />

maintaining the environmentally<br />

friendly ideology of the estate.”<br />

Exquisite views of the estate<br />

from the main bedroom<br />

The beautiful high ceilings make this home feel bigger<br />

than what it is and the courtyard gives you an additional<br />

outdoor area that is protected from the wind<br />

Landscape architect<br />

Bernice Rumble<br />

Phillip Thornhill<br />

and Tyren Els of<br />

TCRVP Architects<br />

African interior influences<br />

Interior designer Samantha Clayton of Cotton Properties was tasked with<br />

furnishing this beautiful, three-bedroom family home. Her focus, she says, was to<br />

furnish it in a way that inspires the homeowners to live well.<br />

“As an interior designer and decorator, I often draw inspiration from the exterior<br />

of the space I’m working in. Flow is one of the most important functions of any<br />

interior. The estate set the tone for a natural interior so the use of raw wood,<br />

bamboo wallpaper, bold colours and lots of natural light were a must!”<br />

Choosing to celebrate rather than shy away from an African-inspired look and<br />

feel, Samantha managed to bring in texture using feather art pieces and carved<br />

wooden headboards, alongside an earthy colour pallet. “I wanted to create a<br />

homey, soulful and on-trend African-influenced home. As Africans, we often<br />

tend to shy away from animal prints, tribal art pieces, local crafts and authentic<br />

textures of Mother Nature, but it is possible to find a good balance between<br />

these raw elements and elegant luxury. The result is a timeless, unique interior<br />

style that’s proudly our own.”<br />

Samantha used bold, statement furniture pieces such as the 4m soiled oak,<br />

live edge table - the perfect addition to this family home. “In a world filled<br />

with uncertainty why not choose to live your best life in an inspiring interior<br />

surrounded by nature...”<br />

Details: TCRPV Architects: 031 502 3625, dbn@tcrpv.co.za; Land Art Studio: 087 702<br />

6498, bernice@landartstudio.co.za, @land_art_studio; Cotton Properties: info@<br />

cottonproperties.co.za, www.cottonproperties.co.za, 0833822557; Zululami Luxury<br />

Coastal Estate: www.zululamiestate.co.za<br />

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Helping students fine-tune their skills and tap into their sporting potential, Ashton International<br />

College’s High Performance Programme aims to create well-rounded young sportsmen and women.<br />

Launched in the Senior College at the<br />

end of January this year, the Ashton<br />

High Performance programme is aimed<br />

at guiding, supporting and providing<br />

each student with the necessary<br />

tools to reach his or her full potential<br />

within their sporting code. A total of<br />

78 students from five sporting codes<br />

(cricket, football, hockey, netball and<br />

rugby) were identified to be part of this<br />

programme.<br />

The programme kicked off with sport<br />

scientific testing to identify weak and<br />

strong components within the different<br />

sporting codes. It provides students<br />

with specific team programmes, which<br />

are implemented once a week, and<br />

the students have the opportunity<br />

to attend individual training sessions<br />

where the focus is on improving their<br />

weaker components and maintaining<br />

stronger ones. The High Performance<br />

programme also focuses on mental<br />

skills coaching and nutritional planning<br />

which, along with the training<br />

programmes, contribute to athlete<br />

management, injury prevention and<br />

overall improved performance.<br />

To develop an interest and love for<br />

sport from a young age, Ashton’s<br />

sports department starts working with<br />

students from Grade 0000, where the<br />

emphasis is on learning through play. At<br />

the same time, the students are working<br />

on improving their motor and social<br />

skills development with their sports<br />

lessons, which consist of fun games and<br />

activities. As the students move through<br />

the Ashlings Early Learning Centre, their<br />

skills base increases and the sporting<br />

codes are introduced in the Foundation<br />

Phase.<br />

The Foundation Phase students are<br />

introduced to the different sporting<br />

codes and participate in mini matches<br />

and tournaments against other schools,<br />

fostering an ethos of fun, enjoyment<br />

and sportsmanship. This trend of<br />

development continues into the<br />

Intersen Phase and the students are<br />

taught leadership skills and team work,<br />

in addition to the more competitive<br />

rules of the sporting codes. Once the<br />

students are in the Senior College<br />

and compete in leagues, the High<br />

Performance programme is introduced.<br />

These stages of sport development<br />

allow the students to be exposed to a<br />

variety of sports on offer at Ashton and<br />

to participate in sport and develop a<br />

love for a healthy and active lifestyle.<br />

Details: Ashton International College <strong>Ballito</strong>, Albertina Way / 032 946 2096 / marketing@ashtonballito.co.za<br />

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Kids<br />

This <strong>Apr</strong>il we’re talking ...<br />

Why Autism awareness<br />

is so important<br />

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&<br />

Teen author<br />

top achiever<br />

Emily Briggeman is a 13-year-old with extraordinary talent. Strong-willed yet caring,<br />

she is a South African gold medallist Judo champ, an achiever on the school sports field<br />

and a skilled piano player. Remarkably, she is also a published author!<br />

Last year, during the COVID-19<br />

quarantine, Durban North teen Emily<br />

put pen to paper to write her first<br />

book. The result is a captivating debut<br />

novel called Tribes, which centres<br />

around a 13-year-old named Grace<br />

Millar, who thinks she is invisible,<br />

but finds a note that leads her on a<br />

journey of self-discovery into a secret<br />

world that changes everything she<br />

thought she knew about herself and<br />

her family. As Grace looks for answers<br />

about what really happened to her<br />

father and questions whether her<br />

secret admirer is who he says he is<br />

and what her mother is hiding from<br />

her, she discovers that her life will<br />

never be the same again.<br />

The motivation for writing her book,<br />

Emily says, was the fact that she loves<br />

reading and always wanted to write a<br />

book of her own.<br />

“I had no idea it would end up being<br />

published. I’d never written a book<br />

before, but I think lockdown gave me<br />

the opportunity for my imagination<br />

to go wild. I had a plot and worked on<br />

the characters from there, and then I<br />

just got stuck in. The more I wrote, the<br />

more I became invested in this fantasy<br />

adventure.”<br />

Emily has been immersed in the<br />

world of travel from a young age.<br />

Being home-schooled for most of<br />

her primary school career gave Emily<br />

and her family the time to explore<br />

several countries. She believes<br />

this provided her with countless<br />

learning opportunities and character<br />

shaping possibilities as well as world<br />

experience and making memories<br />

with her family – all of which have<br />

moulded her into the kind and<br />

determined young girl she is today.<br />

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“Although my favourite places to visit are Switzerland and France, my book is<br />

set in Canada. Grace, who is the same age as me and in her first year of high<br />

school, has been a character I have really loved drawing out. The book is aimed at<br />

readers between nine and 14, however feedback has proven that everyone who<br />

reads it enjoys it! Creating the story has been really fun. The last month or so of<br />

writing was very intense, but seeing the results has made it all worthwhile.”<br />

It seems whatever Emily puts her mind to, she achieves. She believes in living a<br />

healthy, colourful life, putting a hundred and ten per cent effort into everything<br />

she does and living life to the fullest.<br />

Emily loves dogs and has three of<br />

her own and she also has her own<br />

YouTube channel, EmilyB. She believes<br />

in giving back to the community and<br />

teaches underprivileged people to<br />

bake.<br />

“I love to bake, paint, play the piano,<br />

dance, write and spend lots of time<br />

with my family and friends. Growing<br />

up I also spent countless hours<br />

participating in community work<br />

with underprivileged children. This<br />

is something very close to my heart.<br />

Last year I was teaching children<br />

to bake and this year I’ve started<br />

teaching adults and tweens, Covid<br />

protocols in place of course! We could<br />

all do with a little more consideration<br />

for others, as well as self-love. Take the<br />

time to do things that matter to you,<br />

be kind and don’t stop believing in<br />

yourself.”<br />

Tribes was published by Reach<br />

Publishers in Durban and is available<br />

on Amazon and on in bookstores for<br />

R200.<br />

Details: Follow Emily on IG:<br />

emilyabriggeman and FB:<br />

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082 720 8399 sarah.whitaker@live.co.za


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out if they have not yet experienced<br />

the great environment at Bub & Co<br />

Mum and Baby Lifestyle. Everything<br />

within this beautiful Kloof home centres<br />

around motherhood, babies and tots,<br />

with one of the main attractions being<br />

the popular Bub Club SA.<br />

You will find practitioners and beautiful<br />

spaces, providing goods and services<br />

Bloom Baby and Mom<br />

Boutique<br />

Meet the friendly and energetic owner<br />

of Bloom Jo Crilley, whose heart<br />

and soul is in her beautiful shop. Jo<br />

is extremely excited and proud to<br />

announce the launch of her new Bloom<br />

online website, where she is now able to<br />

offer even more bespoke clothing, toys,<br />

gifts and décor, all with babies, moms<br />

and moms-to-be in mind.<br />

Herself a mom and wife, Jo is a pillar<br />

of support and inspiration to women<br />

suffering from post natal depression,<br />

Having walked the path herself, she has<br />

never been shy to talk about PND with<br />

the aim of helping others experiencing<br />

PND symptoms.<br />

Jo was initially introduced to Bloom<br />

Baby and Mom Boutique while<br />

attending one of the wonderful Bub<br />

Club classes offered at the Bub & Co<br />

Mum and Baby Lifestyle centre. ‘When<br />

Bloom came up for sale I grabbed it<br />

with both hands and have never looked<br />

back.’ Since becoming the business<br />

owner the boutique has been blooming<br />

with all Jo’s love and dedication.<br />

Bloom offers everything from baby<br />

clothing, maternity clothing, baby<br />

décor, baby sleep aids, educational<br />

books and toys, organic skin products<br />

for mom and baby and feeding aids.<br />

There are also many accessories such as<br />

nappy bags, baby donuts and nests, cot<br />

bedding, everything you can imagine<br />

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especially geared towards moms and<br />

their babies. From boutique shopping,<br />

a baby clinic, a dietitian, a sleep<br />

consultant, a registered counsellor, a<br />

salon, a slimming clinic, physio and<br />

chiropractor, to a relaxing coffee parlour<br />

and the popular Bub Club SA. Read on<br />

to discover what other gems you can<br />

find within the lifestyle home.<br />

Whether you are an expectant or new<br />

for baby, moms-to-be and moms.<br />

Jo is assisted by lovely Busi Phetha and<br />

they are both eager to meeting new<br />

moms and dads, while introducing<br />

you to their beautiful merchandise. If<br />

you are looking for something special<br />

for Easter, don’t miss out on Bloom’s<br />

brilliant easter range, which you can<br />

view right now on their new website<br />

www.bloombabyboutique.co.za<br />

Win a Bloom hamper<br />

Bloom is giving away an amazing baby<br />

and mom hamper valued over R2 500!<br />

The hamper includes:<br />

Set of 3 bandana Bibs - CARMELO BABES<br />

Storybook from BOOKS ALIVE<br />

A dress from LOVE PAIGE MATERNITY<br />

WEAR<br />

mom Bub & Co Mum and Baby Lifestyle<br />

offers support with any motherhood<br />

hurdles. Participate in the various clinics,<br />

workshops and classes with your bubs,<br />

or just come out and have some fun<br />

with other moms in a beautiful and safe<br />

environment.<br />

Details: Bub & Co Mum and Baby Lifestyle<br />

open weekdays from 8am to 4pm situated<br />

at 1 Igwababa Road, Kloof. 073 276 9924.<br />

Scatter cushion from ROSA’S<br />

COLLECTION<br />

Voucher from SHE SHIRTS<br />

Mom and baby matching turban from<br />

SUMMERY.com<br />

Bamboo plate by KIFF KIDS<br />

Breast shells from MAMMA MOO<br />

Toiletry baby from BAO BAGS<br />

To enter for this hamper, like and share<br />

the bloom page, and comment ‘done’.<br />

The winner will be announced on 30<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il.<br />

Details: Bloom Baby and Mom Boutique –<br />

083 641 4142 Email:<br />

bubnbloom@gmail.com Website:<br />

bloombabyboutique.co.za Facebook and<br />

Instagram: @bloombabyboutique


The Bub Club SA<br />

Founded by Natascha Elsmore-Cary<br />

and Samantha Salter on the mutual<br />

belief that mother’s need support and<br />

evidence based advice, the two pooled<br />

their expertise in birth-work and early<br />

education field, to create Bub Club! This<br />

is your tribe!<br />

Natascha and Samantha are childbirth<br />

educators, WOMBS Doulas, IAIM<br />

Infant Massage Instructors and Early<br />

Childhood Teachers.<br />

Through the Bub Club you will find<br />

support, advice and empowerment<br />

on your parenting journey. From fun,<br />

interactive and practical antenatal<br />

classes through to Mum & Baby and<br />

Mum & Toddler classes.<br />

Details: Natascha 073 276 9924<br />

Samantha 076 329 0217 www.<br />

bubclubsa.com - info@bubclubsa.com<br />

Megan Marshall<br />

Registered Dietitian<br />

Megan is a registered dietitian with<br />

a special interest in paediatrics. She<br />

has worked in some of UKs biggest<br />

children’s hospitals gaining valuable<br />

experience in paediatric cardiology,<br />

type 1 diabetes, childhood obesity,<br />

picky eating and allergy. Megan<br />

provides empathetic, evidence based,<br />

child friendly and child focused<br />

nutrition advice for babies and children.<br />

A mother of two, she knows that the<br />

growth and development of your child<br />

is an exciting yet daunting prospect.<br />

Details: 060 757 6350<br />

www.teenitummies.com<br />

Simply Tipped<br />

This nail salon offers everything from<br />

tips to toes - gel nails, pedicures, eyelash<br />

extensions and spray tans - all in a fun<br />

and relaxed environment.<br />

Details: 082 565 2965<br />

Dr Shoshanna Dunn,<br />

Registered Chiropractor<br />

Shoshanna is a registered Chiropractor<br />

with over 15 years experience in private<br />

practice. Her favourite quote is “If you<br />

listen to your body when it whispers,<br />

you won’t have to hear it scream” and<br />

finds this to be true on a daily basis in<br />

practice! She recently relocated from<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong> to the Upper Highway where<br />

she lives with her husband and twin<br />

daughters. Shoshanna enjoys treating<br />

patients of all ages and has a passion<br />

for working with babies and pregnant<br />

moms (treating the usual pregnancy<br />

aches and pains as well as helping the<br />

body to prepare for a natural delivery).<br />

Shoshanna believes in the benefits of<br />

restoring and maintaining normal joint<br />

movement and of treating the body<br />

as a whole. She treats a wide range of<br />

conditions and combines chiropractic<br />

adjustment techniques with soft tissue<br />

work, dry needling, postural advice,<br />

kinesio tape, stretching and core<br />

strengthening. Details: Dr Shoshanna<br />

Dunn 076 562 8231 or shoshanna.<br />

dunn@gmail.com<br />

Nicole De Klerk -<br />

Registered Counsellor<br />

Nicole is herself a mom of four children<br />

and understands the stress, joy, and<br />

challenges of raising a young family.<br />

She holds a Masters Degree in Health<br />

Promotion and has worked in the<br />

educational sector, the NGO sector and<br />

consulted for the corporate world. Now<br />

in private practice, Nicole’s areas of<br />

interest are families, couples, parenting,<br />

trauma and women’s health. As a<br />

Registered Counsellor, Nicole believes<br />

that her role is to facilitate a journey<br />

of learning and empowerment with<br />

her clients. If you are experiencing any<br />

stress, trauma or want a confidential,<br />

non-judgmental space to speak,<br />

contact Nicole today.<br />

Details: Tel: 061 428 4212<br />

nicole.h.deklerk@gmail.com<br />

Coffee Parlor Cafe<br />

Exuding old-world charm and character,<br />

this family run business, owned by<br />

Melissa Cordier, specialises in delicious<br />

coffees, milkshakes, smoothies and<br />

freezos. It serves light meals and has<br />

a kiddies menu. It is the ideal place<br />

for moms and friends to relax on the<br />

veranda and take in the peaceful<br />

scenery or just enjoy the garden.<br />

Come meet the team Melissa Blindell,<br />

Beauty Mbatha and Ntokozo Sibisi.<br />

Details: Mel 078 793 9870<br />

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Autism …<br />

awareness and acceptance<br />

The aim of World Autism Awareness Day, on 2 <strong>Apr</strong>il, is to spread<br />

awareness and kindness and promote acceptance. Imbalito<br />

Hope College founder Nirasha Dhaniram shares some basic<br />

facts about kids and autism that everyone should know.<br />

Nirasha is a psychologist and the<br />

founder of the <strong>Ballito</strong> and <strong>Umhl</strong>angabased<br />

Imbalito Hope College (IHC)<br />

program. IHC is an assessment<br />

and therapy centre as well as an<br />

educational service provider for<br />

children and adolescents with special<br />

needs, focusing on autism. Nirasha is<br />

also a mother to a child with autism.<br />

We asked her to share some basic<br />

information about the diagnosis and<br />

different levels of autism with us.<br />

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a<br />

neuro-developmental disorder that<br />

can cause social, communication<br />

and behavioural challenges. It<br />

also includes restricted repetitive<br />

behaviours, interests and activities,”<br />

says Nirasha. “The symptoms of<br />

autism are usually present in the early<br />

developmental period of childhood<br />

and can cause significant impairment<br />

in important areas of everyday<br />

functioning; this can cause significant<br />

strain on families caring for a child<br />

with autism.”<br />

Levels of Autism<br />

According to Nirasha, the severity<br />

levels for autism spectrum disorder<br />

are looked at mainly in terms of<br />

social communication as well as<br />

challenging behaviours. She explains<br />

the three main levels of diagnosis.<br />

Level 3 severity: this child requires<br />

substantial support and, even with<br />

the support, the impairments will<br />

be very noticeable especially in<br />

the areas of verbal and nonverbal<br />

social communication. The child will<br />

experience extreme behavioural<br />

challenges in times of change; Level<br />

2 severity: this child also requires<br />

substantial support, without which the deficits cause noticeable impairment;<br />

Level 1 severity: this child may require some support.<br />

“Teachers and parents may often use the term ‘high functioning’ (synonymous<br />

with a level 1 child) or ‘low functioning’ (similar to a level 3). Children may also<br />

be also be referred to as moderately functioning (level 2). It is important to keep<br />

in mind that whilst autism might be an incurable disorder, with the correct<br />

treatment and interventions, children can move along the spectrum, for example<br />

from level 3 to level 2.”<br />

Signs and symptoms<br />

Nirasha says there are two main categories of symptoms to look out for, should<br />

you suspect your child may have autism. The first is social communication and<br />

interaction (for example, failing to respond to his/her name, prefers to play alone,<br />

doesn’t point or wave by 14 months old, loses language skills or social skills at<br />

any age, repeating words and phrases, doesn’t bring objects to others to share<br />

interest). The second is patterns of behaviours (for example, performing<br />

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epetitive movements such as rocking, spinning or hand flapping, activities<br />

that could cause self harm such as biting or head banging, develops specific<br />

routines or rituals and becomes disturbed at the slightest change, problems<br />

with coordination and odd movement patterns such as walking on toes,<br />

fascinated with details of an object such as spinning wheels of a car but does not<br />

understand the overall purpose or function of the object, unusually sensitive to<br />

light, sound or touch, yet may be indifferent to pain or temperature, has specific<br />

food preferences or refusing foods with certain texture and doesn’t engage in<br />

imitative or make-believe play). “It is important to note that people with autism<br />

display the above symptoms in different combinations and that no two persons<br />

with autism are alike.”<br />

About Imbalito Hope College<br />

Founded by Nirasha and her husband, Dr Basil Dhaniram after their son Mikhail<br />

was diagnosed with autism, Imbalito Hope College (IHC) is an assessment<br />

and therapy centre as well as an educational service provider for children and<br />

adolescents with special needs. The two branches are in <strong>Ballito</strong> and <strong>Umhl</strong>anga,<br />

and the programme offers tailor made educational and therapy for children<br />

from 2 to 21 years of age. IHC incorporates a multidisciplinary, dedicated team of<br />

professionals and the main goal and aim at IHC is to focus on a holistic approach<br />

in the treatment and education of children with developmental challenges and<br />

they cater for children with all levels of autism, as well as children with remedial<br />

needs. They also have online academic programs. Understanding the unique<br />

challenges each family living with special needs faces, IHC also has a strong<br />

support forum called Connect Special Needs as well as a youth vocational<br />

programme with focus on baking, gardening and crafting for learners aged 17<br />

and older (the Mikhail D iHope Foundation, named after their son). Details: 032<br />

586 0200, info@imbalitohopecollege.co.za, www.connectspecialneeds.co.za,<br />

FB: @imbalitohopecollege<br />

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Text: Leah Shone<br />

Crossfit for Kids<br />

Being good at sports and loving all-things-exercise<br />

comes naturally to some kids … but not to all kids. It’s<br />

these children, the ones who don’t believe they are any<br />

good at sport, that <strong>Ballito</strong>-based kids crossfit instructor<br />

Ivan Forbes hopes to help with his newly launched kids<br />

training facility.<br />

“Although I enjoy working with athletes and kids who are naturally good at<br />

sport, my real passion lies in helping those who don’t get picked for the teams<br />

and can’t find their comfort zone when it comes to exercise,” says former school<br />

teacher Ivan. “I want to show them that there is an element of fitness to suit<br />

everyone and help them fall in love with fitness.”<br />

Originally from Johannesburg, Ivan qualified as a teacher 15 years ago and spent<br />

the past three years (before the pandemic) teaching physical education in Saudi<br />

Arabia. He was forced to move back to South Africa when Covid hit.<br />

Having identified what he believes to be a worldwide problem of children not<br />

receiving thorough enough physical development and education in schools,<br />

Ivan completed a ‘crossfit for kids’ training certification before he left Saudi. “My<br />

goal was to take what I learned into schools there. Now I’m bringing it to South<br />

Africa.”<br />

Ivan’s <strong>Ballito</strong>-based business, Ready Set Fit, offers gym classes that are centred<br />

around the crossfit principles, which teach you to focus on your own personal<br />

goals rather than competing against each other. It’s all about competing against<br />

yourself. “Crossfit for kids is huge in the USA,” says Ivan. “I’m not sure if SA is ready<br />

for us, but we are here. There is already a big adult crossfit community on the<br />

North Coast and now the kids can enjoy the benefits from this kind of training as<br />

well.”<br />

Crossfit is all about strength and conditioning training. Sounds quite serious and<br />

boring for kids, right? Ivan’s goal, he says, is to ensure they are having fun while<br />

exercising at the same time. “We play games like ‘the floor is lava’ and do obstacle<br />

courses. I want them to be excited and feel positive about fitness. We slowly<br />

introduce a range of body weight exercises to the kids and teach them how to<br />

do each one properly. Importantly,<br />

they learn how to engage their core<br />

from early on. This is so important for<br />

body awareness and prevents injuries<br />

later in life.”<br />

Ivan trains kids from the age of three<br />

years old right up to 15. “I can work<br />

with older kids, but then we are<br />

usually correcting problems rather<br />

than preventing them.” A father of<br />

two himself, Ivan understands the<br />

importance of keeping kids focussed<br />

and interested. He changes the<br />

routines and exercises all the time<br />

and, when they get older, he even<br />

introduces lifting weights. “We start<br />

out with just lifting light PVC pipes<br />

until I’m confident that they have<br />

the right technique and know what<br />

they are doing. Then we’ll slowly add<br />

appropriate weights and progress<br />

from there.”<br />

One of Ivan’s current students, he<br />

says, is a shy little girl who was very<br />

introverted. “After just a month of<br />

training her parents say they can’t<br />

believe the improvement in her selfconfidence.<br />

She does all the exercises<br />

really well and has truly found a little<br />

‘niche’ for herself.”<br />

From hurdles and lifting tyres to<br />

battling ropes and balancing, Ivan’s<br />

workouts include all sorts of fun<br />

things and the kids love them. He is<br />

also currently working with some of<br />

the teams at Ashton International<br />

with pre-season training.<br />

“The most important thing to me is<br />

that they focus on their own workout<br />

and their own plan and work to<br />

improve on themselves … while<br />

having lots of fun!”<br />

Details: 072 532 0071, trainer@<br />

readyset-fit.co.za<br />

Ready Set Fit owner Ivan<br />

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Easy, tasty treats<br />

Versatile, easy to make and healthy … recipes for tasty treats like this are exactly<br />

what every mom needs to have up her sleeve.<br />

A passionate cook, traveller and mother of two boys, Danielle du Toit knows<br />

what it takes to keep small people happy and well fed. Her company, Pheka,<br />

offers a range of services, including cooking courses for domestic workers and<br />

kids, private lessons and catering. Danielle was inspired during lockdown to post<br />

daily recipes, share inspiration and help out during a challenging time for all. Her<br />

criteria for the recipes were that they had to be healthy, have simple ingredients<br />

and be easy to follow. The response was phenomenal. As a result, she recently<br />

launched a cookbook, Pheka: fresh simple cooking. She shared a recipe from her<br />

book with us.<br />

Chewy energy bars<br />

These bars have a chewy texture and<br />

are loaded with dried fruit. Perfect for<br />

a tea-time treat or a burst of energy for<br />

the school lunch box!<br />

You’ll need: 125g butter, ¼ cup of<br />

honey, 1 cup raw oats, ¼ cup of raisins,<br />

¼ cup of cranberries, ¼ cup of chopped<br />

dried peaches or mango (or whatever<br />

you have at home), ¾ cup of self-raising<br />

flour, ½ cup of brown sugar, a handful<br />

of your choice of seeds and/or nuts<br />

(sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or<br />

chopped almonds, etc.)<br />

To make: Pre-heat the oven to<br />

170ºC and prepare a baking tray<br />

(approximately 20x20cm) line the<br />

tray with tin foil or baking paper and add a gentle spray of non-stick spray melt the butter and honey in a small pot (or<br />

microwave) and set to one side in a big mixing bowl mix the oats, raisins, cranberries, chopped dried fruit, flour and sugar<br />

and chosen nuts/seeds add the melted butter and honey and mix with a wooden spoon using a spatula press the mixture<br />

into a prepared baking tray to a thickness of about two centimetres until the surface is smooth (if your tray is too big, rather<br />

just use the one side of the tray as you don’t want the energy bars to be too thin as they’ll break when you them cut later<br />

on) bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden, but not too brown. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool in<br />

the tray. Then lift out of the tray, peel off the foil or baking paper and place the whole bake onto a paper towel to absorb<br />

the extra butter or honey. After that cut into even-sized bars or squares. Don’t try and cut too soon when still warm, as the<br />

bars will be too soft and fall apart once the energy bars are completely cool, store in an airtight container Note If you’re not<br />

a fan of certain dried fruits just leave them out, as with the selection of seeds and nuts. Both the sugar and honey can be<br />

cut back a little if you find the bars are too sweet for your taste.<br />

Details: www.pheka.co.za, 072 261 5192, danielle@pheka.co.za, FB: phekadurban, IG: phekafood<br />

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Treat<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il<br />

It’s every little girl’s dream … a bright pink scooter with light-up wheels!<br />

This deluxe LED edition Micro Scooter from Keachea is absolutely on our treat list this month ... and we’ve got<br />

one to give away! The scooter, which glows with motion-powered LED wheels generated through dynamo<br />

mechanics, is dazzling and exciting and sure to bring hours of fun to any little girl (aged between 5 and 12<br />

years old). The scooter weighs 2.5kg and is cast in high-quality clear 120 mm Polyurethane for a super smooth<br />

ride. The best part is that you don’t need batteries because of its inductive charging method! This awesome<br />

spoil is available at Keachea in Kloof. Keachea has been operating for six years and stocks a wide range of top<br />

quality kids and babies brands and products, including Melissa And Doug educational wooden toys, Mum<br />

To Mum bibs, 4 A Kid safety products, Bags of love, BabyMoov, Hooligan Kids Clothing, Sock ons, Mock ons,<br />

Baby Bans and loads more! To stand a chance to WIN this awesome treat (valued at R3 3000), enter on our<br />

social pages @GetItMagNC. Bring this page into the Keachea store to get 30% off selected products. Details:<br />

Keachea: 98 & 99 Oxford Village, 9 Old Main Road in Kloof, 031 765 2354, 082 829 0796, info@keachea.co.za<br />

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Posh pooches<br />

Most people regard their pets as more than just pets. They are members of the family.<br />

With this in mind, and driven by her love for her dogs and entrepreneurial spirit, Karen<br />

Burnett launched her online pet boutique store for posh pets, called Kingsley & Gray.<br />

It’s not unusual these days to see dogs<br />

visiting coffee shops and restaurants<br />

or going on holiday with their families<br />

- some even attend and are the ring<br />

bearers at their humans’ weddings!<br />

It stands to reason then, that these<br />

beloved fur-babies should have their<br />

own selection of accessories and<br />

wardrobes, right? After 25 years in<br />

advertising and marketing, Karen<br />

decided to follow her bliss and do<br />

something completely different.<br />

Tell us about Kingsley and Gray<br />

and how and when it was born?<br />

Kingsley & Gray started as a luxury<br />

boutique for stylish dogs but, after<br />

receiving requests from a number<br />

of customers, we added a range<br />

for posh kitties too. We design<br />

and create beautiful, exclusive pet<br />

accessories, all of which are sold<br />

online and at various stockists. We<br />

launched the ‘online boutique’ in<br />

June 2019 and have absolutely loved<br />

the journey it has taken us on thus<br />

far. It’s the most incredible feeling<br />

wrapping up our parcels each day<br />

for excited customers – and then we<br />

receive gorgeous photographs of<br />

their doggies or kitties wearing our<br />

products!<br />

Are people spending more time (and money) on their pets these days? I<br />

believe that people have always loved their pets, however we have seen a trend<br />

towards pets becoming a bigger focus in people’s lives and becoming more<br />

‘involved’ with the family. I’m not sure whether people are having less children<br />

and more pets instead, or more hotels and restaurants becoming pet friendly,<br />

but people definitely go out – and on holiday - with the dogs more.<br />

What is the biggest pet accessory trend you’re seeing at the moment? Our<br />

biggest seller is the classic collar with matching bow tie. They can be worn<br />

every day at home or when going out. Our customers don’t just buy one collar<br />

and then that’s it … they want a different one for different occasions. We have<br />

also more dogs attending their humans’ weddings as the ring bearers. We don’t<br />

make doggie clothes, but the gorgeous collars with bow tie and matching lead<br />

and harness are smart enough to wear to a wedding. Another product that our<br />

customers are really loving at the moment, are our K&G Snuggle Pods. These are<br />

very luxurious pet beds in a range of fabrics that are truly ‘interior décor’ inspired.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

Tell us about your pets? I am currently the very proud mum of three beautiful<br />

fur-babies. I’ve raised five dogs in my lifetime and my favourite breed of dog<br />

is the Golden Cocker Spaniel (all five were Spaniels). My five fur-babies were<br />

named, in order of age, Honey, Stirling, Jenna Wade, Kingsley and Grayson Heath.<br />

I named our brand after the youngest two. Kingsley is almost six years old and<br />

our ‘baby’ of the pack is Grayson Heath, who is three. It would be remiss of me<br />

not to mention my special girl, Jenna Wade, who will be turning 17 in June and<br />

who is our oldest brand ambassador and dog model.<br />

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Perfect for<br />

pet parents<br />

From Irish wolfhounds to lions and porcupines, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga<br />

business owner Kyne Lupini has been surrounded by animals<br />

her entire life. Spotting a gap in the market, she recently<br />

launched a pet management system app that allows you to<br />

ensure your best friend is always safe, healthy and happy.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

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tore your pet’s medical<br />

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or choose an adventure<br />

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babies. These are<br />

just a few of the things pet owners<br />

can do using Kyne and her business<br />

partner Shannon Sweetman’s new pet<br />

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Kyne owns Wolf & Women, an online<br />

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natural treats and grooming products<br />

and Shannon is a pet photographer,<br />

author and owner of Dog Meets Girl, a<br />

pet focused ad agency that also offers<br />

a subscription box service.<br />

Although she’s lived in <strong>Umhl</strong>anga<br />

for five years, Kyne spent much of<br />

her childhood at a game lodge in<br />

Limpopo. It was here, she says that<br />

her love for animals and wildlife was<br />

ignited. After school, Kyne started a<br />

wildlife rehabilitation centre at the<br />

lodge. “It started with two Barn owls<br />

and, within a month, we had six owls,<br />

a whole reptile area and were building<br />

large encampments,” she says.<br />

It was here, Kyne says, that she<br />

realised how important the ‘treats’<br />

she gave to the animals were. They<br />

allowed her to work with, heal and<br />

form a bond with the animals. “When<br />

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The treats are healthy and wrapped<br />

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When she saw a gap in the market for<br />

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from allowing them to stay on top of<br />

their pet’s vaccinations and have their<br />

medical history on hand, to keeping<br />

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There is a list of vetted services which,<br />

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In addition to the above services which are all free, users have the option of<br />

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section and even ‘find me a pet’, where you can connect with breed-specific<br />

shelters. “Find Me A Pet is our passion project and our way of giving back.<br />

We have tried to make the process as easy as possible with our online match<br />

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pet,” says Kyne. The TAME pet app is available on Android and IOS.<br />

Details: www.tame.org.za, IG: @tameapp, FB: @tamepetapp<br />

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Tango’s turnaround<br />

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Tango was lethargic and weak. Adamant to make a<br />

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Coastal<br />

paradise<br />

Miles and miles of pristine, untouched<br />

beaches, wild coastal forest bustling<br />

with bird life and the warm Indian<br />

Ocean full of colourful fish ready to<br />

be explored. This is paradise.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />

There’s a marvellous sense of<br />

excitement as you make your way<br />

along the rural, sandy roads towards<br />

Thonga Beach Lodge. The lodge is<br />

situated near the village of Mabibi<br />

on the remote Maputuland coast of<br />

KZN and, as you approach, glimpses<br />

of Lake Sibaya, South Africa’s largest<br />

freshwater lake, peep through the<br />

forest, adding to the anticipation.<br />

It’s not an easy drive (a 4 x 4 transfer<br />

from Sodwana is available and<br />

recommended), but the reward at the<br />

end of the bumpy journey is more<br />

than worth it.<br />

Situated in the Isimangaliso Wetland<br />

Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site),<br />

Thonga is a hidden treasure and one<br />

of Isibindi Africa’s most sought-after<br />

destinations. This 12-room luxury<br />

beach lodge has every lavish comfort<br />

you could want, while still maintaining<br />

a wonderful sense of contemporary,<br />

rustic ‘wildness’. It really is, as the<br />

sign at the entrance says, ‘a civilised<br />

distance from civilisation’.<br />

Creature comforts<br />

From the moment you arrive at<br />

Thonga you are welcomed into<br />

The ocean view rooms, with open plan<br />

bathroom and private deck, are magnificent<br />

a world of five-star service and wonderful spoils. The lodge manages to be<br />

indulgent without being pretentious and the staff are friendly and available<br />

without being intrusive, allowing you space to truly relax and enjoy your getaway<br />

at your own pace. Tucked away in the indigenous coastal bush, just metres<br />

from the ocean, the thatched rooms are positioned for maximum privacy and<br />

minimum environmental impact, each one built on a raised platform and kitted<br />

out with everything you could want or need on a beach holiday. There are both<br />

ocean and forest view rooms and the deluxe ocean view rooms even have<br />

their own private plunge pools. The family rooms have two separate bedrooms,<br />

perfect for those travelling with younger children. It truly does feel like a forest<br />

hideaway and the wooden pathways that lead from the main lodge and<br />

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Kayaking on the magnificent Lake<br />

Sibaya is just one of the many activities<br />

on offer at Thonga Beach Lodge<br />

restaurant area to the rooms, plunge pools, spa and marine centre offer a<br />

wonderful opportunity to spot the odd little turtle hiding away in the bush or<br />

magnificent golden orb spider weaving its massive web. As one would expect<br />

from a lodge of this calibre, the food is both plentiful and of an excellent quality.<br />

Every meal feels like an occasion and every effort is made to ensure all dietary<br />

requirements are met. Beautiful platters of fresh fruit, cheeses, cold meats and<br />

pastries adorn your table each morning, serving only as a precursor to the<br />

hearty full breakfast with all the trimmings that is to come. Lunch on the deck<br />

is a wonderful mini buffet served on individual tiered stands at your table,<br />

comprising a variety of hot and cold dishes, and dinners are glorious threecourse<br />

affairs, with a choice of two starters, mains and desserts. Children, too, are<br />

given a choice between two main courses and desserts and parents can choose<br />

to let them eat earlier or at the same time as them.<br />

Adventures and experiences<br />

Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation – or a little of both – there<br />

are activities and experiences aplenty. Wake up early, grab a coffee and saunter<br />

down to watch the sunrise on the beach (or lie-in if you prefer) and thereafter it’s<br />

up to you how much you would (or wouldn’t) like to do. Regarded as one of the<br />

best snorkelling sites in South Africa, snorkelling in Mabibi is a must. The lodge’s<br />

rockpool is vast and filled with thousands of species of tropical fish, octopus,<br />

moray eels and electric rays and their PADI dive centre is stocked with all the<br />

equipment you need. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful and everyone is<br />

welcome, from beginner to veteran. If you prefer to stay on land, a phenomenal<br />

evening turtle tracking experience is available (during turtle season) as well as<br />

bird watching and forest walks. Sundowners can be enjoyed alongside Lake<br />

Sibaya (6km from the lodge), where you can watch hippos frolic and pied<br />

kingfishers chase down their dinner with a G&T in hand. The more adventurous<br />

can enjoy an early morning kayak trip on the lake or an open ocean experience<br />

complete with exciting surf launch (there is an additional cost for this). Of course,<br />

no luxury holiday is complete without a little pampering … and the spa at<br />

Thonga offers a wide variety of treatments and seaside spa spoils to rejuvenate<br />

and relax.<br />

A sense of community<br />

One of the most remarkable things about this particular Isibindi Africa lodge,<br />

though, must be its incredible, heart-warming connection to the village of<br />

Mabibi. It is a wonderful example of a development that has successfully married<br />

local community and private sector<br />

and it is clear, when you speak to<br />

them, that the staff who live in the<br />

village and work at Thonga (more<br />

than 80% of the lodge’s staff are from<br />

the community) are incredibly proud<br />

of their home and the work they<br />

do here. Isibindi does a significant<br />

amount of relief work in the area<br />

(including launching a massive<br />

feeding programme during Covid-19<br />

lockdown), as well as assisting with<br />

teaching staff and upgrading and<br />

maintenance of the local primary<br />

school.<br />

Whether you’re taking the short drive<br />

from Durban or are travelling from<br />

further up-country, a visit to Thonga<br />

Beach Lodge should be on everyone’s<br />

beach holiday bucket list. There is no<br />

doubt that during these uncertain<br />

times, trips to remote, untouched,<br />

hidden gems like this are invaluable<br />

and, with all the correct Covid<br />

protocols in place, you’ll feel safe and<br />

secure as you escape and relax in this<br />

piece of coastal paradise.<br />

Need to know<br />

Thonga is currently running a<br />

wonderful special offer for SA<br />

residents (40% off selected room<br />

types until November <strong>2021</strong>). Rates<br />

include accommodation, three meals<br />

and two safari drives a day (excluded:<br />

park fees, Isibindi Foundation levy,<br />

gratuities, spa treatments, bush walks<br />

and items of personal nature).<br />

Details: Rates and further specials:<br />

https://www.thongabeachlodge.co.za/<br />

rates/, res@isibindi.co.za, www.isibini.<br />

co.za, 035 474 1473<br />

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Spoil<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il<br />

It’s our 15th birthday and<br />

we want to SPOIL you<br />

Anyone who has been there will agree … not a single minute spent at the Oyster Box is wasted. Standing<br />

majestically on <strong>Umhl</strong>anga’s prestigious beachfront, with sweeping views of the ocean, The Oyster Box is one<br />

of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. With its 86 individually-decorated rooms, suites and exquisite<br />

villas, each equipped with the latest state-of-the-art amenities and facilities (and a magnificent doublestoried<br />

Presidential Suite), a visit to the Oyster Box is the ultimate spoil. Renowned for generous hospitality,<br />

passionate service and excellent cuisine, there is no shortage of beautiful spots for wining, dining and<br />

relaxing at this beautiful destination. From the casual Ocean Terrace, the legendary fine-dining Grill Room<br />

and the colonial-inspired Palm Court to the Oyster and Lighthouse Bars, there is nothing not to love. The<br />

Oyster Box Spa offers the ultimate in luxury pampering and the hotel itself is a wonderful destination for<br />

weddings, honeymoons and conferences. In celebration of our 15th birthday this month, we are offering<br />

one reader the chance to win a night’s stay for two people in a luxury sea-facing room at the Oyster Box! The<br />

prize, valued at R10 500, includes a full breakfast buffet with sparling wine and fresh oysters and a burger<br />

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luxury awaits! Details: The Oyster Box: 031 514 5000, info@oysterbox.co.za, www.oysterboxhotel.com<br />

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