July 21 - Ballito Umhl


Beautiful beach sunrises, winter holiday getaways and any excuse to indulge in coffee and wine spoils … these are just some of the things we're celebrating in the month of July!




Smash it!

We tried something

different this month

ECR’s Vic Naidoo

is a passionate


great kids’ books

(with giveaways!)

Little reads



your way to a healthier, less stressed life


JULY 2021




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6 Soaking up the sunshine in all the right ways this July


10 ECR radio deejay Vic Naidoo shares his passion for travel

12 We met professional adventurer Gaven Sinclair

16 Just breathe ... Salt Rock yoga instructor and nutritionist Kate Arnott

tells us how something so simple can be life-changing

18 Meet the Miss Ballito top 10 finalists

22 SA champion athlete Lauren Cannon is teaching busy moms

to love exercise ... in her garden!


24 Meet Ballito ‘food fundi’s’ Jason and Melanie

26 Food review: we tried the perfect chicken at Bird & Co Umhlanga!

29 Three must-have cook books


34 A Ballito architect shortlisted for an international design award

36 Hot properties ... if you’re in the market you have to check these out

38 Get gardening with these vibrant winter florals

41 Thinking about retirement? Read this ...

34 Contemporary coastal luxury in Umdloti

47 Small changes can make a big difference


50 Meet young musical prodigy Ethan

53 Three wonderful kids books - with giveaways

55 WIN! A Melissa & Doug hamper worth over R3000

travel & adventure

58 We tried our hand at a few new fun and exciting things ...

62 A gem in the city of Cape Town

JULY 2021

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Wonderful winter fun this July ...

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Just when you thought winter in

Durban couldn’t get any better!

There’s real snow in the heart of Umhlanga,

every day! It’s go, go, go at Gateway during

the winter holidays. At Snow Wonderland

there’s a snow pit for free play. Experience

the fun whilst you build a snowman or

make a snow angel. Feel the thrill of sailing

down the slopes on a tube. There are three

rides to choose from and one just for the

kiddies. Keep an eye on the kids from

the coffee shop and seating area. It costs

R95 for 45 minutes all access and R50 for

spectators and group bookings, combo

packages are available. Details: 031 566



Imagine watching a beautiful

Shakespeare production in an open

air theatre, under the moonlight ... well now

you can! We were thrilled to hear about

Kickstart’s enchanting new rendition of

the famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s

Dream, which is being presented in the

magical, moonlit Botanic Gardens from 23

July to 1 August. A classic tale of mistaken

lovers, mischievous fairies and hilariously

muddled amateur actors, the show is

promised to be classy, classic, naughty

and loads of fun! Take along a cushion and

blanket to keep you warm! Details: Tickets

are R150 (R120 for kids between 8 and 12,

no under 8’s allows). Book your tickets via



It may be a little chillier in the mornings, but that doesn’t mean

that you can’t still be active – and have fun at the same time! Why

not join the Traderoot Active monthly charity run, in collaboration

with the Dolphin Coast Striders and Salt Rock Coffee, for a

#GetActive 5km or 10km run? The run takes place on the first

Sunday of every month and starts at 7am at Salt Rock Coffee. You

can bring your friends and family and make a morning of it - and

there is a free coffee or water for all participants! The monthly event

is organised by Traderoot Active, an impact investment project,

that encourages participation in sporting events and activities and

raises funds for recognised organisations that support and sustain

sports development and children’s education. Details: www.

traderootactive.org, FB: @Traderoot.Active, IG @traderoot_active

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Book club

Winter … bed, book and red wine weather!

Finding love, hope and joy in even the darkest moments. In Lucy Diamond’s The Promise,

a young man whose brother has just died is on a mission … a project to help pick up the

pieces and support his grieving sister-in-law Zoe, plus her young children. This is his promise

– to ensure his family’s happiness, and to try and live up to the man his brother was. But

tying up loose ends brings a shocking secret to light, and calls into question everything he

knew about his older brother, and he’s faced with an ultimatum – should he tell the truth

and risk his family’s fragile happiness, or will his brother’s secrets end up becoming his

own? Pan Macmillan. • Oh dear. Get the tissues out. Pippo and Clara by Diana Rosie is set

in Italy in 1938. Mussolini is in power, and war isn’t far off. Clara and Pippo are children, their

family new to the city. One morning, their mamma goes missing, and 10-year-old Clara

needs to find her. She doesn’t know which way to turn. A little later, her younger brother

goes out, looking for his mum and sister. Clara’s turned one way, he turns the other. And

so their lives are changed forever. In a country torn apart by war, siblings are divided by

fate. But there’s an invisible bond that connects us to those we love, no matter which

way we turn. A chilly weekend, a fireplace and soft sofa and a copy of this heart-warming

novel … heaven. Mantle • Not Dark Yet is Peter Robinson’s latest Alan Banks crime novel,

which opens with a gruesome double murder at a property developer’s luxury home.

With a clear link to the notoriously vicious Albanian mafia, it should be an open-and-shut

case for Superintendent Banks and his team. But when they find a cache of spy-cam videos

in the house, the investigation pivots to the rape of a young girl, and the murders are cast

in an entirely different light. Hodder and Stoughton.

Middelvlei Wines winemaker Tinnie Momberg describes this Free-Run

Pinotage 2019 as a wine with complex flavours of raspberries, mulberries and

elegant oak spices, adding that the gentle tannins are perfectly balanced by the

fruit weight with creamy vanilla flavours that linger on the palate. It’s lovely with

a braai, and you’ll find it for R150 a bottle from middelvlei.co.za

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Vic Naidoo

Weekdays 13:00 – 16:00 PM

Looking for a lunch time bestie?

Vic promises to turn your work day into a party with

30mins of non-stop music every hour.

He’s honest, real, friendly and will keep you in check

with what’s hot and what’s not in the world we live in.

Tune in via ecr.co.za, the ECR App and DStv 836

Wish list

We’ve got sunshine on a rainy day …

We do understand how completely nerdy

it is to put a kitchen gadget on our wish

list *hangs head in shame*. But strewth …

this Cilio lemon squeezer is life-changing.

We bought one and we’re now adding

fresh lemon juice to absolutely everything!

R259 from yuppiechef.com

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

There are few things better than the scent

of Italy to cheer up a Winter day. This Acqua

di Parma scented candle will illuminate

your home with radiant brightness and

the unmistakably Italian scent of Luce di

Colonia. A harmonious blend of citrus

essences, you’ll find it at woolworths.co.za

for R1199.

Escape to paradise …

There is simply no better place to soak up

the sunshine than Umngazi Hotel & Spa.

Located on the Wild Coast in the Eastern

Cape, this unique beach resort is the perfect

escape for anyone looking to get away, relax,

refresh and reconnect. We are big fans of

this idyllic playground … and it’s perfect for

families and couples. Every day offers a new

adventure in this beautiful piece of paradise.

Enjoy a guided hike or explore the trails

at your leisure (bring your trail shoes), and

book a treatment at the tranquil Umngazi

Spa. There are also kayaks, SUPs, fishing and

afternoon river cruises to add to your list of

holiday memories. The rate includes three

meals a day and there are 9 beautiful suites

at the hotel, all of which have access to the

Emlonyeni private lounge and pool deck.

Also, look out for their ‘out of season’ promos

and packages. Details: requests@umngazi.

co.za, 047 564 1115/6/8/9.

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Have you ever – EVER – seen a more colourful, stylish, desirable

coat? We’re obsessed! This Ibizawome coat is all our dreams

come true, in one psychedelic package. It’s padded, loose-fitting,

long (below the knee), with a hood and trekking drawstrings

for adjustment, as well as gathered cuffs, so that not a drop of

cold can pass through. It’s designed by Miranda Makaroff for

Desigual, and once we’ve got our chilly hands on it we may

never. take. it. off. R6080 from desi-sa.co.za

New in SA is the exceptional Scandinavian range

NUORI, with 100 percent natural ingredients. This

Supreme Polishing Treatment effectively removes

impurities, gently sloughs away dead

skin cells, buffs and infuses

skin with highly nourishing

ingredients. R1100, and only

available online at the desirable

beauty and skincare platform Asrai

Skin (loads of great brands, check it

out) Details: sraiskin.com

Natural beauty

No one likes dry, flaky, winter skin,

right? We’ve found a lovely, natural

range of products that will help you

(and your skin) through these drier

times. Wellness Warehouse’s

natural beauty range is locally

made with one hundred percent

natural ingredients that will gently

cleanse, soothe and spoil your skin.

The Wellness Daily Facial Cleanser,

Wellness Hand & Body Wash and

Wellness Hand & Body Lotion will

all leaving your skin feeling supple

and hydrated. They are suitable for

the whole body and are wonderfully

fragrant with notes of sandalwood

and tangerine. What better way

to care for your skin this winter?

Wellness Warehouse is situated

at La Lucia Mall and the Ballito

Junction Regional Mall or: www.


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Youth Day vibes

A little bit of live music by local musician Dave Starke, along with some

great food and a cold beverage were the order of the day at The Market

at Lifestyle Centre Ballito on Youth Day. There are so many wonderful

eateries to choose from that you can rest assured when you visit The

Market that all members of the family will be kept happy!

Dave Starke

Zillah Matthee and

Uzziel Lutchman

Summer Message, Chad Message, Stacy Shea,

Kevin Shea, Roxann Message and Jagger Message



Using travel as a form of self-discovery, Vic Naidoo likes to roam the globe. Restricted

by lockdown (for now), he revives his wanderlust by sharing his adventures with us.


resh, unapologetic

and inclusive, he’s

the guy who brings

his honest brand

of humour to your

airwaves between 1pm

and 4pm weekdays. As

a presenter on KZN’s

No.1 Hit Music Station,

East Coast Radio, Vic Naidoo is living

his dream. The only thing that’s

missing right now though is the

freedom to travel – something he is

incredibly passionate about and finds

solace in.

“I absolutely love it! I learn so much

about me whenever I travel and I

come back home more connected

to myself.”

If it wasn’t for the pandemic, Vic

would’ve been prepping and

packing for a trip to Greece or Spain

this year. They are at the top of his

bucket list, followed closely by Bali,

New York and India, which is another

mission he’s got lined up.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have

travelled to many places around

the world, with London, the South

of France and Monaco (because I’m

obsessed with Princess Charlene)

being my favourites so far.

The biggest cultural shock I

experienced while travelling was

how well public transport works in

Europe! We could learn a lot. I also

often like to travel overseas around

my birthday – to avoid birthday calls

LOL! And since my mom and I share

the same birthday, I am dying to treat

her to a trip to India for our birthday.”

Reflecting on some of his travel

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experiences, Vic recalls his first trip to

Germany as being pretty horrendous.

“I landed in Munich and needed

to find my way to my hotel from

the airport, but people were not

very friendly and I struggled to find

anyone who could speak English.

I hopped from one train to the

next, holding my breath, until well

after midnight when I eventually

got off and walked to a little shop

where I found someone who could

understand and guide me in the

right direction. That was the day I

learnt to read a map!”

On a trip to Thailand with his family

Vic says he had a little too much to

drink on the first night and tripped

and broke his ankle. “For the next 10

days, I was stuck in my hotel room

watching Netflix, while everybody

else got to enjoy the island! Lesson


By far the most enlightening

experience Vic says he has had was in

Paris. “I was going through a breakup,

and took myself off to the Champ de

Mars - the huge green park behind

The Eiffel tower – where I treated

myself to cheese and wine. I spent

most of the day staring at the tower

and eventually woke up to the fact

that life is too short to be sad about

anyone. That changed everything for


Being more of a romantic and less

of an adrenalin adventurer, Vic loves

anything with history and says a visit

to the Vatican is a must for every first

time visitor to Rome. “The Vatican

Museum and St Peters in Vatican City

are two star attractions steeped in

history and beautiful architecture

that has been so well preserved over

I absolutely love it! I learn so much about

me whenever I travel and I come back

home more connected to myself.

time. This really was a spiritual experience for me.

“Something hair-raising and fascinating at the same time was the four days I

spent in Amsterdam. I can ride a bicycle, but learning to ride one along some

of busiest streets in the world, minding buses and trains and trams on route, is

a completely different ball game.”

As for the best views he has ever seen, Vic says it has to be Monaco for the sea

and its magnificent sunsets. “Monaco Harbour with all its mega yachts...Monte

Carlo Casino, an iconic landmark that was made to be photographed...it is

simply stunning, and of course there’s the royal palace perched above it all!”

When it comes to food, he says, “the best food I ever ate on my travels was a

pea soup I had in Austria. I’m not sure if it was the soup or the cold that made it

so delicious!”

And as for an experience no visitor to France should ever forego, Vic says the

magic of Paris’ most legendary cabarets, The Moulin Rouge is a must.

“It was the end of my holiday, I was on the last of my spending money and the

show cost the equivalent of abut R3 000 at the time, but I didn’t know if I’d ever

return and I didn’t want to regret not going, so I did. The show was excellent,

costumes breathtaking, dancers gorgeous and the acts in-between really great.

This is something that should be done at least once in a person’s life. It was

worth every cent.”

Locally, Mpumalanga is one of Vic’s most loved South African travel

destinations. Otherwise known as the ‘Place where the Sun Rises’, he says

people are drawn to the province by its magnificent scenery, fauna and flora,

and the fascinating remnants of the 1870 gold-rush era.

Being the travel enthusiast he is, Vic’s home is a shrine to all of his wayfaring

adventures. Lots of colour, loads of quirks and plenty of character.

“There’s something to capture your eye in every corner. Comfort is the most

important thing to me and I’ve filled my home with picture frames and

mementos (crockery, TV blankets and art) from some of my favourite travel

destinations to remind me of my journeys.”

The items Vic cannot travel without are his travel wallet to hold his passport,

money and tickets, a good sunblock and a comfortable pair of sneakers.

He’s admittedly not brilliant when it comes to saving, but says he lives

vicariously with the belief that if you want something that much, you will

always make a plan, and that he does!

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Extreme adventurer

He’s slept on beaches, in garages and even in drain pipes. He has cycled from Cape

Town to Cairo and run 4000km across Southern Africa … and now he’s bringing his

insane sense of adventure and desire to help others to the North Coast.

Text: Leah Shone

Some people are born with adrenalin

coursing through their veins and

adventure surging through their soul.

Gaven Sinclair is one such human.

A professional adventurer, 48-year-old

Gaven has made it his life’s mission to

help others by embarking on exciting

challenges that allow him to chase

that constant ‘adrenalin high’ that he

says never goes away.

His latest challenge, set to take place

in October, will see him and Ballito All

Saints Catholic Church pastor, Father

Stephen Tully, doing a 1000km beach

walk from Mozambique to Ballito to

raise funds for the Napier Centre for


Gaven was born in Johannesburg

and spent his youth taking part in

BMX and motocross races and doing

just about every sport he could. “I got

my first bicycle and my first taste of

freedom when I was 4-years-old. From

then on, my parents always supported

my sporty, adventurous spirit.”

After completing his business

management studies and trying his

hand in the corporate world, Gaven

soon realised it wasn’t the right path

for him. “I never liked to conform and

I just didn’t fit in. At school I suffered

with dyslexia and ADD and it was

very hard. I’m really glad to see how much more awareness there is nowadays in

schools around kids who are different and that they are being taught how to be

self-sufficient entrepreneurs.”

It was in 2015 that Gaven decided he needed a massive shift in his life. Having

always felt a strong connection to Egypt, he decided to ride his bicycle

from Cape Town to Cairo while raising funds for a charity organisation. The

organisation he chose was Missing Children SA and it took him nine months to

complete the trip.

“I’ve always been addicted to adrenalin and endorphins – I chase that feeling

every day of my life. I love bending the ‘fear metre’ and pushing myself beyond

my own perceived limits.”

In true Gaven style, he decided not to train for the adventure (and says his

buttocks were very sore for the first week). He also decided not to go the

traditional route, but rather to make his way up along the East Coast of Africa.

He travelled through Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and

finally, Egypt. “I had lots of media following me along the way, which was great

for the tourism in each of the areas and I met the most fascinating people. I

would say ninety-nine percent of the trip was amazing … but there were one or

two occasions where I had to pedal for my life,” Gaven laughs.

He did the entire trip completely alone. “I don’t think it’s a real challenge if

you have a support vehicle with you. I wanted to do it completely solo and

somehow, I just believed everything would work out okay. I believe in never

allowing the fear of the unknown to paralyse you.”

Gaven’s trip certainly was an adventure and one that, he says, he managed to

complete because of the kindness and support of the people around him. “I

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Gaven ran 4000km across

Southern Africa in 2016

never felt lonely and there was always someone to talk to.

It was humbling on so many levels. I slept everywhere –

from hotels to drain pipes and camp sites to garages - and

I always managed to find something to eat.”

After returning home for a short six months, Gaven was

ready for his next adventure. Representing the same

charity organisation, he set out to run 4000km across

Southern Africa.

He started his run in St Lucia, running north towards

Mozambique. He went across to Botswana, Namibia and

down the West Coast of SA, finishing the trip in Cape


“It wasn’t easy and I really had to listen to my body. I would

sometimes run up to 40km in one day and I had to carry a

10kg backpack with me (mostly for water) at times. Gaven

says he ate lots of spinach and lots of beans and always

managed to find a Coca-Cola!

In the past few years Gaven has embarked on other

challenges, like swimming from an island called Iles de

Mozambique to Mozambique mainland in 2019 and

running 388km along the beach in Mozambique in 2020.

“I just need to do these things all the time,” he says.

Although Covid brought with it some challenges for

Gaven, he has now returned to South Africa and started

his own adventure company called Get Lost Adventures,

which sees him taking individuals, groups and corporates

on adventures. He is also a motivational speaker and life


He is also gathering momentum for his fundraising walk

in October in aid of the Napier Centre for Healing. The

centre for recovering drug addicts aims to support and

reintegrate addicts back into society.

Asked about his future goals, Gaven says he has many

adventures still to tackle … and he would like to star in a

reality show one day! “So many people have helped me

get to where I am and achieve what I have and I’m really

open to trying anything. I believe everyone should chase

their dreams, no matter how wacky they are!” One day

in the future though, Gaven says, he would like to build

himself a bamboo treehouse and live a quiet, secluded,

simple life.

Details: IG: @gavensinclairadventures, FB: @gaven.sinclair


Warm winter days

A cup of warm coffee, a glass of red wine, a cosy blanket to snuggle under as you get

lost in a book … there are so many winter warmers to choose from at Lifestyle Centre.

Why not try your hand at painting a gorgeous

piece of Wonki Ware at The Pottery over delicious

coffee and good vibes. From just R150.

Brew the perfect cup of

coffee with this Eetrite coffee

plunger. Available from Home

Etc. for just R239.

Cozy up during those cold,

winter evenings with these

immaculately crafted, pure

cotton knit Kanodia throws

from Weylandts. Priced

from R995.

Swartland Kitchen Rusks are

baked in small batches in

their kitchen in Darling in

the Swartland. Perfect for

that hot cup of coffee,

tea or hot chocolate.

R59.99 Lifestyle


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Catch up with friends over a

wide selection of freshly baked

cakes and treats at Toast.

Cold, tired and aching feet? Try

these amazing Soothing Sockz

from Lifestyle Health for just

R510. These socks release the

natural healing power and

earthy fragrance of pure

essential oils which will

send warm, comforting

feelings of pure healing

into your bones.

Whether you are curled up in front of a cozy

fire or travelling to a special destination, this

gorgeous folding 3 in 1 walnut magnetic

chess, backgammon and draughts set is the

perfect way to spend special, lazy winter

days. R1195 from The Gentry.

Keep your feet warm this winter with these gorgeous feminine

veldskoene (flat lace up shoe) made with unlined leather from Froggie

for R1099. The sole is a new addition to their range and is made from

flexible rubber that accommodates natural foot movement.

Nothing shouts winter like fine red wine and

deliciously decadent chocolate. The new Tops

at the Lifestyle Centre has the most amazing

range of wines and so much more.

Win a Winter





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Text: Leah Shone | Photograph: Chris Allan Photo | Hair and makeup: Volenti Laurentina

Being truly healthy is about more

than just losing weight or being

able to run or cycle for hours on

end. It’s about having a strong

immune system and following

a balanced, sustainable lifestyle.

And, according to Kate, it all starts

with knowing how to breathe


“I truly believe that stress is the

root cause of almost all health

ailments. Stress directly affects

our gut and poor gut health

leads to all other illnesses. Being

aware of and able to control your

breathing is the very best way to

manage your stress.”

After hearing a little about her

childhood and upbringing, it’s

Just breathe

Good health starts with simply knowing how

to breathe correctly, says Salt Rock nutritionist,

lifestyle coach and yoga practitioner Kate Arnott.

She shares her knowledge and some useful

advice for sustainable, holistic health.

not hard to understand why the

lovely, petite Kate is as passionate

about health and the natural

environment as she is.

“My brother, sister and I were

brought up in a mud house

(also known as wattle and

daub), designed and built by

our mother, in the Midlands.

All of our holidays were spent

camping in the bush in rural

parts of Botswana, Mozambique,

Zimbabwe and South Africa. We

were also always treated with

natural, alternative medication

and I’ve actually never been on an

antibiotic for being sick. I think it

can be hard for parents to remain

true to their beliefs these days,

but my mom did. I definitely got

my passion for health and my

connection to nature from her,”

says Kate.

After attending boarding school

in Hilton, Kate moved to Cape

Town where she did an honours

degree in nutrition science. Her

special interest (and her thesis)

was on stress management and

gut health and the link between

the two. “It was quite a new

concept at the time, but I think

people have a much better

understanding of it these days.”

Although she was always very

active growing up, competing in

multiple Dusi canoe marathons

and doing lots of trail running,

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Kate only discovered the benefits

of yoga a little later in life. “I found

yoga to be one of the best forms of

exercise to still give me a really good

workout while also allowing me to

enjoy the profound benefits it has

on stress management.” She is now

an advanced yoga instructor, having

done over 500 hours of teacher

training, and has been teaching for

over four years.

After her studies, Kate found

herself back in the bush, working

as a massage therapist and yoga

instructor at both Phinda and

Londolozi Game Reserves for a

year. Then she moved to Ballito

where she took up a job working at

a health shop. “I knew I wanted to

be in nature and felt a strong pull

towards the ocean. I loved working

with Judy at Lifestyle Health and

learnt an incredible amount.”

Now Kate runs her own nutrition

and yoga practice, incorporating

her knowledge and experience with

her passion for ancient philosophies

and alternative healthcare. During

her yoga classes, Kate puts a lot of

emphasis on correct breathing. “I

cue every breath and my focus is on

helping people manage their stress

through their breath awareness. It

sounds so simple – all you have to

do is breathe – but it is truly such

a profound healing modality. It

improves your immune system and

helps with inflammation, gut health,

chronic pain and your mental state.”

Very often, Kate says, we try to

overcomplicate things and rush

through life to get to our goals. The

key to living a healthy, balanced life

though is learning to slow down

and appreciate more. I think how we

breathe is how we do life. There are

so many lessons that you can take

off the yoga mat and into everyday


When it comes to nutrition, Kate

also says we can use our food as

medicine, but if we are in a chronic

state of stress, we won’t extract the

nutrients we need from the food

we eat. “I believe in eating a wellrounded

diet and don’t believe in

extreme dieting. There is a time and

place for supplements and vitamins,

but I believe that if you eat for the

environment, and your body is in

balance, you’ll get the nutrients you

need from your food.”

Kate, who is also a qualified Neurolinguistic

programming (NLP)

practitioner, offers packages for her

clients, which can include just the

nutrition side, nutrition and yoga or

just yoga. She offers private, group

and online yoga classes.

“My goal is to identify where the

stress is coming from in your life

and the impact it’s having on your

health. Then I use different protocols

to ‘clean up’ the body, detox and

minimise stress.”

Details: www.katearnott.com, @

nutritional_alchemy, @kate_arnott_

Kate’s tips for improving

health and managing

your stress:

1. Awareness: Be aware of

how you talk to yourself and

whether your thoughts are

positive are negative. Find

things to appreciate around

you all the times – especially in

moments of negativity (it could

be a flower or a sunset ... just

something small to be thankful

for). The more we practice

doing this, the more we elevate

our state of being and we’ll

naturally make better choices

to match that greater state.

2. Learn to breathe. Be aware

of your breaths and find a

trainer (yoga, pilates or any

fitness trainer) who is breathfocussed

and will help you.

You will eventually carry those

breathing techniques into your

daily life, even when you’re not


3. Start slowly. Just take one

step, and one goal, at a time.

We all want to get to our goals

quickly and often our approach

is extreme and not sustainable.

Small, daily changes will

ultimately lead to a sustainable


4. Get into nature. Nature

is so healing in itself and we

need to realise that the more

we support the environment,

the more it will support us. Eat

for the environment – wellbalanced,

quality-based diet.

Use the produce to make

simple food and don’t get

caught up with fancy recipes

and meals. Simplify.

5. Laugh and have fun. Don’t

become too serious about

your health and over think

everything! Don’t take life too

seriously. Learn a few simple,

good practices and implement

them slowly.

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Ballito beauties

The young lady who walks away with the title of Miss Ballito 2021 will need to have more

than just a pretty face. We found out more about the pageant and this year’s top 10 finalists.

During the next stage of the pageant,

the girls will go through an induction

and mentor programme where they

will participate in workshops and be

taught a number of life skills, from life

coaching to goal setting to advice on

healthy living and exercise.

Each contestant has to find two

financial sponsors (all proceeds go

towards Zimbali Rotary and The North

Coast Courier Orphan Fund) and they

have to come up with and implement

their sustainable, community-based

project. There will be a cocktail

evening on 15 July at The Marigold in

Ballito, followed by the final crowning

evening on 6 August at the Simbithi

Country Club. Members of the public

can buy tickets to either of these

events. There is also a prize for the

contestant who gets the most votes

on social media.


A desire to make a difference, being confident and goal-driven and having a

strong passion for community are amongst the criteria that will be considered

when the judges hand over the crown and title of Miss Ballito on the crowning

evening next month.

The Miss Ballito pageant is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Zimbali

Rotary. The contestants not only raise money for the charity organisation

by securing financial sponsors, but they are also required to start their own

sustainable, community-based projects. “Their chosen project is one of the

biggest parts of the judging criteria,” says pageant coordinator Heidie Smith. “The

girls are not only judged on how pretty they look on the crowning evening.”

The initial, interview round has already taken place and Heidie says the judges

chose their top 10 finalists after meeting each entrant individually. This year’s

judges are North Coast Courier publisher and founder Bruce Stephenson,

Enterprise Ilembe acting CEO Cheryl Peters, actress and artist Hannah Grobler,

entrepreneur Ann van Jaarsveld and KwaDukuza head lifeguard, international

surfing judge and surfing SA vice president Bongani Xulu.

“The top 10 finalists were chosen based on how they presented themselves, their

confidence, their goals and passions and their interest in and desire to help the


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The finalist’s in their outfits sponsored by Lezar Trendi

Gear. Swimwear was sponsored by Beach & Beyond

Details: For more information or tickets

to the cocktail or crowning evening,

or to become a sponsor for one of

the contestants, contact Heidie on:


Meet the girls

Julie Blevin

(17, matric at Durban Girls College)

“I love the beach, fun and sunshine!”

Candice Doorasamy

(18, matric at North Coast Agricultural

College) “I am young, brave, unique

and beautiful.”

Senalia Hardew

(20, Marketing Management student)

“I am a creative, authentic and

ambitious woman.”

Samkelisiwe Cele

(18, modelling teacher)

“I am full of potential and enthusiastic

in all my endeavours.”

Sibahle Makhanya

(21, marketing management student)

“I am always looking for the positive in

all situations and love sport.”

Jessica-Lee Marcus

(21, studying accounting for

hospitality managers and graphic

design) “I like to make at least one

person smile every day and show

kindness to everybody.”

Catelyn Weston

(23, administrator at Salt Rock Coffee

and studying fitness and coaching) “I

am passionate about nature, wildlife,

fitness and self-improvement.”

Malindi Swanepoel

(21, office administrator at an

engineering company and studying

Business Management) “I’m fearless

when it comes to life and careless

when it comes to people’s thoughts

about me.”

Cikizwa Vilakazi

(20, film directing and screenwriting

student) “I am a creative go-getter

who many describe as an intelligent

and disciplined lady with a vibrant



(19, qualified slimming therapist at

The Firm) “I love dancing in the rain

and smiling at strangers.”

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The younger you

At Lasersure and Dr Frances Prinsloo Inc, we are often asked if we can stop aging. Unfortunately,

the answer to that is simply, ‘no’. Aging is not just a singular process but has many factors that

contribute to it. Luckily, we can help with slowing the process down and assist in refreshing and

rejuvenating your skin, in order to bring out the best in an already beautiful you!

Due to the aging process being

multifactorial, our approach is a holistic

one, which uses a combination of

therapies to reach our goal. So why

combination therapies? Well, when we

classify aging, we look at the following

features: skin texture and tone, wrinkles,

sagging and volume loss, as well as sun

damage. Therefore, when assessing a

person’s concerns with regards to aging,

we want to address all these signs and

features and use them as a guide for

which therapies are the most suitable to

their specific aging needs.

There are many tools on offer in the

ever-developing aesthetics field and we

are fortunate to be able to offer many

of these to our clients to address their

anti-aging concerns.

These include:

• Injectables: filler, toxin, threads

and mesotherapy. These are used to

diminish fine lines and wrinkles and

to replace volume loss or enhance


• In-house treatments: Microneedling,

PRP, peels (both acidic and alkali),

radiofrequency and various laser

treatments, namely: Limelight for

pigmentation and redness; Laser

Genesis, which is the at the forefront for

antiaging as it has little to no downtime,

is relatively safe in everyone and it can

be used in combination with many

treatments to work in synergy with

them and ND yag Skin tightening.

• Apart from cleansing and moisturizing,

we encourage our patients to use SPF, a

topical antioxidant and retinol for those

in the need.

• Due to our holistic approach, we take

into consideration not only external

factors such as sun and pollution, but

also internal factors, such as hormones.

We can do an in-depth analysis of

hormones and address any imbalances.

Lasersure is an established facility with years of experience in the antiaging industry.

We are a doctor--run facility and our doctors, who have a vast wealth of knowledge

and years of experience in the aesthetic field, are hands-on and involved in getting

your desired outcome. As we are results-driven, it is important to us that we

understand the skin, body and face and what it takes to reach the end goal. Our

therapists are well trained in understanding the skin and its needs and our doctors

and therapists are always willing to answer any questions you may have.

We are proud of the professional environment we have created, where all your

aesthetic needs can be met, but also an environment that is peaceful and nourishing.

So, if you are a ‘toe in the water’ type of person, come and chat to one of our very

knowledgeable therapists (or book a consult with one of our doctors) so they can

assess your concerns and discuss and design a treatment plan that suits your needs

and your budget.

Details: 11 Sanhall Office Park, 1 Kirsty Cl, Dolphin Coast, 032 946 0424

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Text: Leah Shone | Photographs: Adam Christoforos, True North Creative

Getting fit … in the garden!

Raise your hand if you’re

a busy, exhausted, unfit

mom who is a little (or

maybe a lot?) intimidated

by the traditional gym

environment? If your hand

is up, then you are exactly

the kind of woman South

African champion athlete

Lauren Cannon wants in

her garden gym.

Mount Edgecombe mother of two

Lauren has gone from being a highperformance

athlete, doing hours

of training every day, to teaching

women who hate exercise just how

amazing the feeling of endorphins

really is and just how much it lifts

your spirit and mental state. And she’s

doing it from her garden!

Lauren was first featured in the Get

It magazine in 2019 when, just six

months after undergoing major foot

surgery and being told that she may

never compete again, she not only

finished first in the KZN Olympic

distance champs, but won the 70.3

Durban Ironman as well.

Lauren loves a challenge and has

learned to weather them well. She

gave birth to her two daughters,

Scarlett and Stella, just 19 months

apart (in 2015 and 2016) and, despite

being told by her doctor that she

would never be able to run more than

5km after her foot surgery, she set

her sights on achieving her goals and

reached them.

But now (like for many of us) her life

has taken a slightly different turn.

Lauren has given up competitive

racing for the time being and has

started a small, intimate personal gym

called Fitness Garden in her garden.

And she absolutely loves it. “It has

been the most incredible transition

and my cup has never been this full.”

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Lauren’s aim was to create a gym that offers not only a Covid-friendly

environment, but also a more ‘chilled’ approach to gym. “I believe in working hard

at the gym, but didn’t want to create an environment where people would be

embarrassed about their bodies, fitness abilities or strength.”

During her classes, Lauren says she does absolutely everything with her clients.

She has six identical stations and everyone does the same exercises but with

different weights. “My biggest goal is to show unfit, busy moms the power of

endorphins. There is no better feeling than setting goals and achieving them

– whether they be weight loss, fitness and strength or just enjoying the rush of

endorphins you get after a good one-hour workout.”

Lauren has learned a number of lessons on her journey from professional,

competitive athlete to a females-only gym trainer and has also seen changes in

her own body. “I’ve learnt that looking thin and lean doesn’t mean you are strong

and fit. When I am my strongest and winning events my body is very different to

what it is today. It is very ‘block like’ and, in fact I look much bigger than I look at

the moment. I usually train a minimum of four hours

a day and honestly didn’t look that great in a bikini!

Now doing gym I am much leaner; I hardly do any

cardio, use very light weights and am able to control

my eating as I am not over-exerting myself with


Probably one of the things that stands out most for

Lauren, she says, is how intimidated many women

are by gyms. “They worry that they are not fit

enough, they don’t have the right kit and are very

self-conscious. Those are the people I love getting

in my hands! There is no greater gift for me than to

show them the power of an endorphin-rush!”

While training is an important part of being fit and

healthy and reaching your goals, Lauren admits that

eighty-five to ninety percent of what our bodies

look like starts in the kitchen, which is why she works

closely with a dietician from Johannesburg named

Michelle Hawksworth. “I am not a qualified dietician

(although I have done many many fad diets to keep

myself thin) and I believe this side of the program

needs to be out-sourced. Michelle is amazing.”

Lauren’s biggest focus at Fitness Garden, is ensuring

that her gym is a safe haven for women to come

together - and a happy place for working hard and

having a friendly chat (only after class though!). The

Fitness Garden training days are Monday to Sunday,

R150 per session (your first session is free).

Details: @the_fitnessgarden

There are six identical

workout stations in

Lauren’s garden.











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Fabulous food fundi’s

To know Jason and Melanie is to love them! Bubbly, interesting and always up for a

chat, the Ballito couple started their restaurant-owning journey 10 years ago and have

won awards and the hearts and loyalties of both their patrons and staff along the way.

“It could be just a toasted cheese

sandwich. Or, if it’s made with beautiful,

home-baked bread and filled with

locally-sourced, excellent quality cheeses

... it could be a glorious toasted cheese


Jason Powell is passionate about food.

More than that though, he is passionate

about educating others about good

food. “It doesn’t have to be complicated

or intimidating. It just has to be

made properly with the best possible

ingredients,” says the 41-year old father of


Jason and his wife, Melanie Reeder-Powell,

are the owners and founders of Food

Fundi at Sugar Rush Park, which opened

during lockdown last year. They also own

the Ocean Basket in Ballito, which they

opened four years ago.

Born in the Lowveld, Jason has always

been a foodie at heart. After completing

a Bcom degree, he set about pursuing

his dream of becoming a chef. Jason

trained at Prue Leith culinary school in

Pretoria, before heading off to start his

work experience in high-end lodges

around southern Africa. One of his first

Food Fundi owners and

founders Melanie and Jason

Text: Leah Shone | Photographs: Chris Allan Photo

There is loads of space to enjoy your meal outdoors. (Pick up

one of their picnic boxes and find a spot under the trees!)

placements was at a five-star lodge on

a secluded island off of Mozambique

called Vamizi. Jason’s highlight, while

working as the head chef at this

exclusive lodge, was being able to

cook for the late Nelson Mandela

and Graca Machel, who stayed at the

lodge for two weeks.

There were also massive challenges

though, as the island was extremely

remote and even water had to

be brought in on dhows. “It was a

great learning curve. I had to make

everything from scratch, I had to

forage and figure things out. If I

wanted bread, I baked it, if I wanted

veggies, I had to grow them.”

After that Jason got a job as the head

chef at a top hunting and fishing

lodge situated on a fjord on the west

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coast of Norway. When Jason returned to South Africa for a wedding in 2007 he

met the woman who would one day become his wife.

Originally from Umtata, Melanie is a qualified and highly experienced magazine

journalist and published author. When they met, Mel was living in Johannesburg,

working as the beauty editor at a top national magazine. “I loved the lifestyle I

was leading in Johannesburg and I loved my job, but I had started to feel like I

needed something different.”

Melanie studied English Literature at Rhodes university and did a post-graduate

degree in Publishing at Wits. After working on some of the biggest magazine

titles in the country, she was commissioned by Penguin Random House SA

to the write the biography of a fascinating KZN-based sangoma named Elliot

Ndlovu, called A Sangoma’s Story.

Jason and Mel got married in 2009 and decided to move to Nelspruit the

following year. “We wanted a fresh start and had heard that there may be

catering opportunities in the Lowveld.”

They opened their first Food Fundi – a coffee shop and deli - with just four tables

in April 2011. It didn’t take long for the cafe and the catering side of the business

to grow.

“People loved our recipes and our approach to food. We make everything, from

the bread to the brownies and the chutneys and relishes, from scratch – and we

still use most of those original recipes today,” says Jason.

The business grew steadily and after a few years, it had transformed into a

140-seater restaurant. They opened a second cafe at the private hospital, where

they were also doing the catering for all the staff and patients. Jason and Mel

lived in Nelspruit for seven years, during which time they had their two children,

Georgina and Samuel.

When an opportunity presented itself – in the form of opening a new Ocean

Basket franchise in Ballito in 2017 - Mel and Jason decided to give it a go. At the

time, they were struggling with both children being constantly ill and in and out

of hospital. Their doctor, who wasn’t able to diagnose the kids, suggested they

simply try moving to a different area.

“We really liked the Ocean Basket franchise and the family-owned business’ ethos

resonated with us. It’s an authentic brand and one we knew we could get on

board with,” says Jason. While they have faced massive challenges (like massive

damage from a raging storm in 2019

and lockdown in 2020), their Ocean

Basket branch has done exceptionally

well and is now considered one of the

restaurant chain’s flagship stores.

During lockdown, the Sugar Rush Park

shareholders asked Mel and Jason

to take over the restaurant. “We were

keen for another opportunity and

it just made sense. People want to

spend time in an outdoor, healthy,

fresh-air environment.” They decided

to open another Food Fundi.

Having revived their timeless, tried

and tested (and loved) recipes, the

couple have successfully run the

restaurant for just over a year – and it

continues to grow from strength to


Almost everything is made from

scratch. “What I can’t make, I will

source as locally as possible,” says

Jason. The deli side of the business is

also growing and Jason has his own

smoker on site, where he smokes

olives and even cauliflower! He makes

atchar and pestos and they sell

ready-to-go picnic boxes, filled with

beautiful cheeses, parma ham and

homemade relishes!

Investing in their staff is one of Mel

and Jason’s top priorities and they

have spent a lot of time working hard

to fine-tune the service and systems

in place at the restaurant. “We believe

in serving simple, tasty food. We make

sure we get the basics right and don’t

overcomplicate things.”

Details: Food Fundi Cafe, Sugar Rush

Park, 087 460 0302, www.foodfundi.


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estaurant Review

Perfect chicken & pizza!

Delicious chicken and the some of the tastiest wood-fired pizzas we’ve ever had …

the Get It girls were invited for lunch at Umhlanga’s yummiest new spot!

Text: Leah Shone

Perched on the corner in Umhlanga’s

bustling village centre, the newly

opened Bird & Co store is a great spot

to sit back with a glass of wine or cold

beer and enjoy a delicious meal. We

know, because we tried it!

Owners and long-time Durban

restaurateurs, Derryck Myers and Alan

Lazarus (who also happen to own

the Butcher Boys in the same street)

invited the Get It girls to experience

a selection of tasty treats from their

menu and Alan sat down for a quick

chat with us while we were there.

“I’ve been in the restaurant industry

for 50 years and I’ve never served food

like this. It’s freshly prepared, tasty

and easy going,” says the Umhlanga

franchise co-owner.

With six branches around the country,

four of which are in KZN, the trendy

Bird & Co brand has become popular

on the North Coast. The Umhlanga

branch offers the same, absolutely

to-die-for favourites that the Ballito

store first introduced to our palates.

They also recently just took home the

title of KZN’s best Peri-Peri chicken,

bestowed upon them by the well-known Facebook group, GBN (Good, Bad &


The secret, Alan says, is in the quality of the ingredients ... and those absolutely

delicious sauces! “We don’t skimp on anything and the quality of our ingredients

is very important to us.”

After being served our drinks, our team lunch started off with a few slices of

pizza. We ordered the Capri (mozzarella, bacon, feta, caramelised onion, avo and

rocket) and the Bird & Co (mozzarella, peri mayo, chicken, chorizo, caramelised

onion and rocket). Both of these wood-fired oven pizzas were crisp, fresh and full

of flavour … and paired perfectly with an ice-cold glass of white wine!

Chicken, of course, is the hero of the menu at Bird & Co and Alan took the liberty

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of ordering us a smorgasbord of dishes to share. We tried

the deboned chilli-peri chicken, the deboned chicken

thighs on a skewer, chicken wings and the crumbed

chicken strips! Sides included the yummiest lime

coleslaw, fries and rice. Everything was super tasty and

the braver of us even took advantage of the ‘extra hot’

chilli sauce we had on the side!

What blew us away more than anything was the

incredible value for money of each of these dishes. At just

R110, the scrumptious half deboned chicken with a side

is an absolute steal, as is the chicken burger and chips for

just R65 and the three deboned thighs for just R85.

There are veggie options for the non-chicken eaters, such

as the halloumi wrap or halloumi burger and there are

salads for those looking for something on the healthier


Something else we love about Bird & Co is its affiliation

with our favourite locally-made ice cream brand, Scoop.

Bird & Co Umhlanga is the only branch to have a whole

Scoop freezer in the store – so you can enjoy a yummy

scoop or two (or take a tub home) after your meal!

Having been in the Durban restaurant industry for so

many years, Alan says it’s been wonderful to have had

such great support since they opened this store three

months ago. “It is such a great product and, after chatting

to each customer, I know I can always walk away feeling

confident and proud of the food we are serving.”

Details: Bird & Co Umhlanga, Shop 14A Lighthouse Quarter,

Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, 060 746 4874, 087 092

5721, umhlanga@birdandco.info

Bird & Co Umhlanga stocks

Scoop Ice Cream ... so you

can enjoy dessert there or

take a tub home!

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winter goodness

Celebrate the 2021 avo season by adding an

avo (or two) to your family’s winter meals.

There are the buttery, creamy, green-skinned avo

varieties … Fuerte, Edranol, Ryan, Reed and Pinkerton.

And then there’s the rich, nutty, dark-skinned Hass,

Maluma Hass and Lamb Hass. It’s hard to choose a

favourite, but we don’t have to. While we love the fact

that South African avos are available almost all year

round, we’re fortunate they are in plentiful supply in

winter. Why? Well, besides tasting heavenly, they may offer

immune support in the colder months. Did you know avos

are high in copper, a source of fibre (5.3g fibre per 100g) and

contain antioxidants? Copper is known to support immune

system function. Fibre is essential for good gut health …

around 65% of the immune system is housed in the gut, which

regulates immunity and helps to protect against invading

pathogens that cause disease. Antioxidants are powerful food

components that maintain and regulate immune function, and

avos contain the antioxidant nutrients lycopene and

beta-carotene. So not only are avos delicious, they’re also a

source of nutrients, and they’re versatile and super quick and

easy to add to almost any meal.


Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


1 large or 2 small avocados; 50g assorted cocktail

tomatoes; 4 garlic cloves, crushed; 150ml

avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil, divided in

half; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

1 block (approximately 200g) Greek feta cheese;

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional);

300g dried pasta, medium-size shape; fresh basil

leaves, for serving.


Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a baking dish,

combine half the oil, tomatoes, garlic and

seasoning and toss to coat. Place the block of

feta in the centre of the dish and sprinkle with

chilli flakes, if using. Bake in preheated oven for

40 minutes, until the tomatoes burst and the feta

is golden brown.

While the tomato is cooking, boil the pasta in

salted water until al dente, drain and set aside.

Peel and dice the avocado.

Remove tomatoes and feta from the oven, toss

with the pasta and diced avocado and

drizzle with the remaining oil.

Serve hot in bowls and garnish with fresh

basil leaves.

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North coast


The North Coast property market is a bustling one and the trends

say it’s only going to get better. Our property guide features some

beautiful, drool-worthy local homes and we meet some of the top

players in the North Coast property game ...


This exquisite Umdloti home is available for holiday rental

through Luxury Coastal Escapes. Photo: Chris Allan Photo


forest luxury

Text: Leah Shone | Photographs: sam basson, precision photography

It was their design of this modern, eco-friendly

home that lead to a Ballito-based architectural

firm recently being shortlisted for an International

Design and Architecture award. We chatted to

architect and founder, Gerhard Breedt.

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“Every site has a has an essence. A story it wants to tell and a way it wants to be

treated. This site was no different.” Gerhard Architect founder Gerhard Breedt

loves what he does.

He started his company 16 years ago in office which, he says, was so small

that he had to meet clients in the coffee shop across the road! Now his firm

is receiving acknowledgement on an international platform and he is being

recognised for his environmentally-aware, integrated approach to design. We

chatted to him about this incredible Mount Richmore Estate home.

What prompted you to enter this particular property into the

awards? We were actually contacted and asked if we would consider entering

this home in two categories (Luxury Residence - Global Award and Project Value

of 1 - 2.5million Pounds) after a social media post. The fact that the property was

picked up on an international platform and recognised was what prompted us

to pursue the nomination to the next level.

Tell us about this home and the client’s brief to you when you

set out to design this home? This is a permanent family home, but the

owners wanted it to have the feel of a holiday home where one can ‘escape’

to from day-to-day stresses and routine. Our goal was to design a modern but

timeless home with clean design lines, floating planes and integrated, eco-friendly

elements and timberworks. We focussed on creating open plan living areas,

a sense of ‘arrival’ and integrating the sea and forest views. There are four bedrooms

(all en-suite) and an open plan living (kitchen, dining, lounge) area, all of

which seamlessly lead out to the large outside veranda. There is a private study/

office space, a second lounge and balconies off of all the bedrooms. There is

also a massive lap pool and we maximized the beautiful ocean and inland bush

views, while still ensuring privacy.

How did the location and the look and feel of the estate influence

the design? The site has beautiful sea views, as well views of a stunning

forest greenbelt. We wanted it to feel as though you were in the forest when you

enter through the double-volume foyer with floating bridge, which we staggered

slightly to maximise the sea views. Every estate has an ethos and code to

create a ‘standard’ to be upheld. The Mount Richmore Estate architectural code

allows for quite a modern, coastal interpretation and expressiveness.

Architect Gerhard Breedt

How did you achieve the

almost seamless indoor/

outdoor flow of the home?

Integrated inside-outside living was

a non-negotiable directive from the

clients. Large sliding glass panels that

‘disappear’ and a lot of large glass

elements on the view sides blur the

lines between the inside and outside

to a large extent. It also helped greatly

that there was no level change between

the inside and outside.

What are some of your favourite

design elements of

this home? We love the design as a

whole and how every element plays

its part. We do, however, feel that a

home must have a sense of arrival

and just love the entrance detail, from

when you open the massive doors

and then just experience the forest

right in front of you. Strong horizontal

planes and large glass areas further

enhance the integrated feel between

the home and its surroundings.

What does it mean to you to

have been shortlisted for

these awards? As a small, passionate

firm receiving international

recognition means a lot. It’s so great

knowing that your architectural

abilities are not only being recognised

and showcased, but also confirms

our theory that limitations are just

a self-imposed concept … and that

‘David and Goliath’ do indeed fight on

the same battlefield!

Details: 082 652 3889, gerhard@

gerhardarchitect.co.za, IG/

FB: @gerhardarchitect, www.


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Hot properties

From beautiful forest escapes to modern farmstyle living and

breathtaking ocean views, here are some of the hottest properties on the

market on the North Coast right now …



Mount Edgecombe Est 2. - R13 995 000

This stunning home boasts unmatched lake and golf course views. It has four double bedrooms (with the option of separate flat),

two lounges, a wine cellar and a big verandah with built-in braai/bar fridge. It has a wonderful walk-in dressing room and many

other exciting features. The home is positioned in a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Details: Anne Viljoen, 082 567 9662

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Mount Edgecombe Est 2. - POA

A magnificent, six-bedroom home that offers uncompromised taste and flair and exceptional attention to detail. The interior flows

seamlessly into the entertainment patio and expansive feature garden with sparkling pool. The double-volume entrance leads you

to several beautifully appointed living areas, including a formal lounge and dining room with feature fireplace and casual lounge

and dining room plus gourmet open plan kitchen. The study and two bedrooms are downstairs, opening up onto a deck with a koi

pond and four generous-sized bedrooms upstairs, the main boasting a ‘his and hers’ dressing room.

Details: Deanne Hamilton, 082 563 4280


Photo: Blair van Breda

Top Individual Agent, 2020


Umhlanga - POA

No expense has been spared in renovating this contemporary masterpiece. Six bedrooms open onto a wrap-around balcony

with sea views. The neutral colour palette complements any interior style and the open-plan living room, dining room and wellequipped

kitchen open onto an undercover patio with a bar and braai area plus pizza oven. There is also a heated pool, jacuzzi, koi

pond, projector room, airconditioned safe room, aviary, trampoline, generator, touch- screen security system with 16 HD cameras

and plenty of parking. Details: Frances Park-Ross, 082 458 4178, frances@remax-panache.co.za

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We’re planting …Verbena ‘Firehouse’ for vibrant Winter and Spring colour on

the patio and in the garden. It is a spreading verbena, up to 55cm, that works

well as a filler in mixed containers and baskets, as well as a ground cover in

gardens. Start it in a pot for colour on a warm, sunny patio that is protected

from frost. As a garden plant, it needs frost protection and if planted now will

provide Spring into Summer colour. It tolerates heat, grows in ordinary garden

soil that drains well and likes regular, but not excessive watering. Its wide range

of colours makes it easy to add to any garden colour scheme. Also resistant

to powdery mildew. New colours include ‘Blue Fizz’ and ‘Violet Wink’. Details:


Compiled by: ALICE COETZEE

Indoor plant of the month

Peperomia ‘watermelon’ is a striking

little plant with large, fleshy leaves that

look like the rind of a watermelon.

Even when fully grown, it is compact

and bushy, fitting easily on a bookcase,

desktop, windowsill or wherever its

unusual leaves can be appreciated.

This is a good plant for a beginner, as it

is easy to care for. It just needs enough

bright light and no over watering.

Details: lvgplants.co.za

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Garden tasks for July

• Prune bush roses from 20 July to the first week in August.

Cut back bushes by one-third, removing

dead wood and old stems, criss-crossing and weak growth.

Enrich the soil after pruning with compost, fertilise and

water well.

• In dry areas, water the compost heap once a month to

keep it active.

• Fertilise pansies, violas, petunias, and primulas to keep

them flowering.

• Water veggies once a week and feed once a month with a

liquid fertiliser.

• Cover tender plants with frost cloth if very cold weather is


• Water vegetables and herbs in containers twice a week.

• Continue to protect conifers from the Italian cypress

aphid with an organic insecticide or use insecticide

granules sprinkled around the base of the conifer.

Veggie of the month

There is nothing sweeter than eating garden peas from

the pod. ‘Tom Thumb’ is a dwarf bush

pea from RAW seeds that is

fun for the kids to plant in

containers or small spaces.

Plants grow 30cm high and

10cm wide, which means

that you can plant them

10cm apart along a mini

trellis. Pods are best when

harvested young, within 50

days from germination. The

peas are sweet and crunchy.

Tips for garden peas

• Grow in full sun. • Plant in

fertile, compost-enriched soil

or potting soil. • Keep the soil

moist, especially for plants

in containers. • Fertilise once

a month. • Keep on picking,

especially to encourage new

pods. Details: rawliving.co.za

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A New Mount Edgecombe Address for You

from R2,475 Million


Introducing new 1, 2 and 3-bedroom homes at the spectacular

Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village. Tastefully designed units

feature airy, open-plan interiors with spacious living areas,

modern finishes and practical layouts with uninterrupted inland


A new lease on life awaits. Enjoy an active lifestyle and top-notch

facilities in an accessible and safe environment. Wide open

spaces, use of an exclusive clubhouse and access to our

exceptional Care Centre is part of the relaxed and secure estate

lifestyle on offer.



Come join us for a coffee and one-on-one site tour.






Dave 083 456 1897 | www.merv.co.za

Retirement planning …

an important checklist

A well-planned retirement is key to the comfortable, secure and stress-free life you

envisage. By giving it a great deal of thought ahead of time, fine-tuning your needs

and wants, and exploring the numerous options out there, you’ll be perfectly placed to

find the perfect solution.

For many, retirement is a somewhat daunting concept. The secret is in playing an

active role in the planning – recognising this chapter of life as a reality, viewing it

positively, and celebrating the opportunities it presents. It goes without saying that

financial planning is the most important factor and talking to your financial planner is

a crucial step when looking into the future. It’s not only about the rental or purchase

of a retirement unit or home, living expenses, covering of levies, rates and utilities, but

also factoring in the unknown – any potential health or care expenses. Once you have

a clear picture of your financial situation, you’ll want to compile a personal checklist of

non-negotiable and ‘nice-to-have’ elements. You might want to choose a retirement

village close to where you live now – near friends and familiar places – you’ll certainly

want to be near family. Geoff Perkins of Collins Residential, the developers of Mount

Edgecombe Retirement Village, shares a quick checklist to assist with getting the

planning process started:

• Consider your family: being near them or at least near to an airport is important to


• Hobbies and like-minded communities: being surrounded by a community who share

common interests and values greatly enhances quality of life. If the idea of neighbourly

activities and events such as gardening, walking or group exercise has appeal, then

planning to settle in a community-orientated estate should be factored in.

• If wanderlust is important: a secure, lock-up-and-go is the ideal solution.

• Pets: For many, finding a pet-friendly retirement solution is at the top of the list.

• Do you enjoy socialising? A retirement community can offer wonderful socialising

opportunities, companionship and ways to meet new people.

• For the active: golf, tennis, a gym. For many, staying fit and active is non-negotiable, so

ensure your estate shortlist gives you access to these facilities.

• Do you bird watch, hike or walk? Similarly, you’d want to live on an eco-estate or near

safe ‘wild’ areas with trails or boardwalks. The North Coast offers a range of estates that

are based on this principle.

• Health matters: whether or not you have existing health care concerns, the option of

having access to a full-service health care facility should be a careful consideration.

• Security is a reality: most villages and estates have good security, but think about your

latter years - panic buttons and response services should be jotted down.

• Facilities: If you don’t drive or have a

car, plan to retire in an estate where

regular trips to local shopping centres

and outings could be important to you.

Similarly, a clubhouse, hairdresser or a

coffee shop on site could be beneficial.

• Family fundamentals: visitor’s parking,

whether you can comfortably entertain

and even planning to ensure your

grandchildren/ friends are able to stay

overnight is often overlooked, so be sure

to add this important item to the list.

You will definitely have a host of

questions and considerations that

pertain specifically to your particular

lifestyle, Geoff says. “Jot them down.

All that information helps you build a

picture of where you’d like to be, and

what facilities you need when the time

arrives. We have invested an enormous

amount of research and thought into

our design and facilities. Understanding

what retirees are looking forward to,

we’ve worked hard to establish an estate

in which the community itself plays

an active role in establishing activities,

clubs and the like. Retirement can

really be a wonderful time of life, full of

opportunities and fewer responsibilities.”

Details: Mount Edgecombe Retirement

Estate: www.merv.co.za, Dave: 083


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If your window treatments are starting to look tatty or old fashioned and you’re looking for a fresh approach, consider replacing them with

shutters. They’ll update your home instantly, with their sleek, modern lines and classy look. Shutters do more than just look beautiful. You can

adjust the louvres to get the right amount of privacy, sunlight, and air flow. Or close the louvres to block out irritating noise and to stop

monkeys and baboons from getting inside your home to help themselves to your fruit basket. Louvre shutters vary in design and material, so

do some research and find the type that best suits your circumstances.



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classy coastal escape

This exquisite, recently updated Umdloti beach home is the epitome of all that is

wonderful about North Coast living and holidaying. Just take a peek inside …

Text: Leah Shone | Photographs: Chris Allan Photo

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From the elegant, stylish décor to the

prime location and flowing indoor

and outdoor living areas, there is

simply nothing not to love about

this home. It is contemporary coastal

design at its best.

Having recently been bought for

holiday rental purposes, the fivebedroom

beachfront property was

touched up and made ‘holiday ready’

by KZN interior design guru, Lee

Moon of Lee Moon Interior Design.

“The previous owner has such

impeccable taste that we really

haven’t had to change a lot,” says

Lee. “She left a lot of the furniture

and décor behind and we simply

‘filled the gaps’ where she had taken

meaningful pieces with her.”

Having been in the interior design

industry for over 30 years, Lee says

it is very important to her to get to

know her clients and understand

their needs before embarking on any

project. She leans towards timeless,

classic furniture pieces, which can

be accentuated with trendy, soft


The kitchen has a lovely, social seating

area with large glass doors that open

up onto the sea-facing patio

There are five bedrooms. Three are

downstairs and an elevator takes you up

to the second floor where the other two

bedrooms and living areas are situated.

Because the home is being used

predominantly for holiday rental

purposes, the new owners wanted to

depersonalise the interior and give it

more of a classic, holiday look and feel.

Mostly, this just meant changing the

odd wallpaper, adding a few soft

furnishings and accessories and lots

of greenery. The kitchen, however, did

get a full revamp.

“We opened the kitchen up and

created a wonderful, social seating

area around the island. The large,

open-shelved pantry is the perfect

place to store all the crockery, cutlery

and table décor, making it easy for

holidaymakers to find what they need.”

The kitchen, lounge and master

bedroom all open up onto the most

exquisite verandah with 180-degree

sea views. Stylishly decorated in the

classic ‘Ralph Lauren blue and white’,

the furniture and décor in this space

fits its location perfectly.

Lee moved the shelving unit that

was in the kitchen and turned it into

a beautiful feature in the living area

between the lounge and dining room.

This is something, she says, she has

become synonymous with. “A a strong

part of my décor ethos and one of my

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strengths is using what clients already

have in new and interesting ways.”

The home has five bedrooms, all

of which are en-suite and each is

uniquely and stylishly decorated.

Three are situated on the ground

floor and the two others, including

the impressive main bedroom, are

upstairs. There is also an elevator,

making this a wheelchair-friendly


The open plan lounge and dining

room lead onto a beautiful courtyard

and swimming pool, where the

owners have created a ‘mini beach’,

complete with beach sand and tall

palm trees.

It’s not hard to imagine perching

yourself on one of the built-in

wooden benches with a cocktail in

hand or curling up with a book in

the swinging chair that hangs in the

stunning, roofed terrace leading off

the bar. This home definitely has all

the right holiday feels and is available

for holiday rental through Luxury

Coastal Escapes.

The home offers wonderful outside

spaces both in the front (sea-facing)

and the back of the house

Details: www.leemooninteriors.

co.za, info@leemoon.co.za. Book a

stay: Luxury Coastal Escapes: www.

luxurycoastalescapes.com, bookings@


This downstairs bedroom opens up onto the

swimming pool and wonderful ‘mini beach area’

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Small change

big difference


Nothing says ‘new beginnings’ quite like a little refurb in your home or garden. Whether

you’re getting your space ready for the holidays (either for yourself or for holiday rental)

or just feel like doing a little ‘sprucing up’, here are a couple of great ideas …

Homestead Décor

Winter is well and truly here now. Are you

looking for a way to warm up your home that’s

both stylish and practical? Nothing warms a

space up (both literally and figuratively) quite

like a beautiful, little rug. A well-chosen rug

can completely change the aesthetic of a room

and, just like a good pair of shoes complete an

outfit, so too does a rug complete a room! If

you can’t quite convince your other half, why

not pop into Homestead Décor and get one on

appro … they’ll soon change their mind! Details:

Homestead Décor, Umhlali Old Main Road,


Dandelion Design

If you feel like there is something

missing in a space, or want to bring

a pop of life into a room, why not

add a wallpaper? There are a number

of wallpapers on the market that

are affordable, wipeable and even

sometimes, reusable! Wallpapers can

be customised to the tones, hues and

design style you love! Let the Dandelion

Design team help you find the right one

for your space. Details:

www.dandelionsa.co.za, Caryn:

072 7077016 or Kath: 072 8258418.

Afri Fencing Plus

Looking for something new, fresh and a little different?

Why not install a beautiful new white picket fence, or

replace that rusty old balustrade or gate? Afri Fencing

Plus are North Coast-based fabricators and installers of

Fendeck PVC Products. They fabricate, supply and install

various PVC fencing designs, including balustrading,

post & rail fencing, gates and many other outdoor

products in various sizes to suite your individual

requirements. They have a wide range of strong,

durable and UV-resistant products, perfect to spruce up

your garden and/or pool area and add a classy look to

your outdoor space. Details: atholkitchen@gmail.com,

082 800 7199, www.pvcbuildingproducts.co.za

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This month we’re...

meeting an inspiring, young

musical maestro and reviewing

some wonderful new kids’ reads!




a toy hamper

worth R3000

Text: Bronwyn forbes-hardinge | Photo: Patrick Royal

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Young musical


A young Durban North musician is making waves in the music industry with a song he

wrote and produced during lockdown aimed at helping people focus on the positive.

As his young fingers work the

fretboard and he strums his Ibanez

electric guitar, Ethan Briggeman is a

quiet, ‘no drama’ performer. But still

waters run deep.

The 12-year-old musician attracted a

great deal of attention after writing

and recording his inspiring song,

titled ‘Change Your Mind’, during the

Covid lockdown. The song focusses

on optimism for the future and sees

Ethan on lead vocals and rap, as he

delivers some impressive electric

guitar work. “Like most kids, I had a

toy guitar when I was very young,

but I think my parents must have

seen something more in me than

just a little kid jamming, because they

bought me my first acoustic guitar

when I was just five years old.”

At the age of nine, a family member

gave Ethan his first electric guitar

and from there things just took off!

“I am really passionate about playing

guitar and grateful to be part of a

family of musicians who are also my

biggest supporters. My sister, Emily,

plays the keyboard very well and

my dad, Edwin, plays the trumpet

as a hobby. He was in a cover band

in the Netherlands called Zenith of

Zeal for a few years until he moved

to South Africa. He also played in a

Glenn Miller-style big band before

conducting that band and he still

plays for fun now and then. My mom,

Eloise, is our organiser and greatest

support when my dad, sister and I

sometimes perform as the Briggeman


In 2018 Ethan started weekly lessons

at Destiny Music Academy (DMA) in La

The first song I mastered on guitar was

Apache by The Shadows. It’s uploaded to my

YouTube channel along with a number of

other covers I have enjoyed trying my hand at.

Lucia. That same year, he played his electric guitar at a solo jam and was part of a

band in the show, ‘The Greatest Show’, where he played electric guitar and sang

a duet. The Grade 7 Reddam House Umhlanga learner was also recently asked to

sing an inspiring song for their junior executive induction ceremony and he sang

Hall of Fame by The Script.

“The first song I mastered on guitar was Apache by The Shadows. It’s uploaded to

my YouTube channel (which was launched in July last year) along with a number

of other covers I have enjoyed trying my hand at. I really enjoy music that’s catchy

or funky to play like the music from the Beetles. I’m a huge Lenny Kravitz fan

because he does a variety of songs and his technical ability with solos is amazing

and inspiring, so naturally when it comes to the ultimate guitar I’d like to own…

it’s a Gibson Les Paul… because Lenny has one!”

Speaking of inspiration, during the first lockdown Ethan desperately wanted to

inspire the world and encourage people to focus on a brighter future. He began

to play around on the keyboard (yes he can do that too!) and his guitar and

composed the tune to the song he titled Change Your Mind.

“It took only a few hours to match the words with the music, but two months to

fine-tune the song before it premiered on his YouTube channel in December last


The video was choreographed and edited by Patrick Royal and features

appearances by Ethan’s family and a few close friends.

Apart from becoming a successful song writer, singer and guitar player, Ethan,

who has more than just musical talents, would like to be an Olympic champion

for track and field athletics and a successful businessman to show people that

hard work does pay off.

The cross country champ, who belongs to Aspire Athletics, has competed in the

Tinman Triathlon Series Mini and is a two-time SA Judo gold medallist. A big feat

for a little kid!

Change Your Mind is available for download on various platforms and the promo

video can be viewed on Ethan’s YouTube channel: Ethan Briggeman. He can be

followed on FB: @EthanHBriggeman and IG: @ethan.briggeman

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What do teens want?

great looking skin

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And they can, with RITES, a fuss-free, local brand that’s perfect for boys and girls

Great skin ... in five easy steps

Prevention’s better than cure

Rather than trying to cure acne, teens should rather

preempt it ... starting a skincare routine early to prevent

acne and blemishes. RITES is a small, easy-to-use South

African brand, which is cruelty-free and is brilliant for

boys and girls.

Your 10 minute RITES routine

Being a teenager can be stressful, so the last thing you need

to be worrying about is your skincare regime. To save you the

hassle, RITES has put together the ultimate 10-minute routine

to combat everything from pimples to oiliness. All you need

is five minutes in the morning and five minutes again in the

evening to marvel at your skin! Ready. Set. Go!

Cleanse and Exfoliate: 1 minute

Start your routine off by cleansing and exfoliating your

skin. Gently massage the Foam Fighter foaming face

wash over your skin. It is the ultimate daily face wash that

fights to remove impurities while leaving your skin feeling

fresh, renewed, and matte. You can also combine the

Power Powder exfoliating powder to gently buff away the

unhealthy cells for a noticeably smoother, clearer, and more

refined complexion.






Cleanse carefully. At least twice a day.

Wash off make-up before bed. Allow your skin

to breathe at night without clogging your pores.

Control oil. Even if your skin is oily, you still

need to moisturise. Think hydration rather than

excessive oil production.

Exfoliate. You need to exfoliate once or twice

a week with a gentle, oil-free exfoliator.

Keep your hands clean. Every time you touch

your face, you are spreading oil, dirt, and

bacteria that can turn into a breakout! Always

wash your hands before touching your face

and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that

touch your face, like your phone!

Treat: 3 minutes

Next, you will tone the skin with our refreshing toning

wipes. The Fresh Crusader wipes provide intensive

cleaning for problem areas such as the pesky T-zone.

Infused with witch hazel, cucumber and aloe vera, these

wipes help to unclog the pores and provide hydration in

one simple swipe. After toning, apply Disappearing Act

to specific problem areas and allow time for the product

to penetrate the skin. It has been designed to remove

excess oil and bacteria, while using natural elements to

reduce inflammation.

Moisturise and Protect: 1 minute

Whether you are off to school, or getting ready to hit the

sheets, you will want to make sure your face is moisturised.

In the morning, use RITES Control Freak SPF30 to

moisturise and protect the skin. At night, use the Smart

Hydrator to repair your skin while you sleep. Be sure to

apply the moisturiser to the face and neck, starting on the

cheeks and spreading outwards and upwards, and if you are

fast, then you may just have a few seconds to spare!

Get into the habit of following the above steps each day for

a solid and effective skincare routine.

For RITES stockists, visit www.rites.co.za • 0860 01 80 22

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM @ritesskinsolution

Little reads

Looking for some great books to motivate reading? Here

are a handful of fabulous kiddies reads (with giveaways)

written by local authors that will open the doorway to

turning your little one into a voracious reader.

My Family of Superheroes

“Every child, irrespective of gender or

race, will find themselves in situations

that test their self-confidence and

courage,” says author Zinhle T.

Matthews. “Wouldn’t it be amazing

if they had a fool-proof, lifelong tool

to use in these circumstances? A

potent mantra which could lift them

above self-doubt and fear into a

position of power, well equipped

to take on the world – and win!” Her

beautifully illustrated book, My Family

of Superheroes, focuses on how

positive phrases can help children

realise their inner strength and

potential. It tells the story of Precious

who, inspired by her mother, uses

positive affirmation to overcome her

insecurities and doubts. The book is

available at Amazon, Ethnikids, Book

Circle Capital and other selected

bookstores and is set to be translated

into various languages, and to be

converted into an audio book.

Details: FB: Zinhle Superheroes IG: @




THIS POST) Photo: Brendon Croft

Luna Learns About Viruses

Learning about the coronavirus and

coping with lockdown has been

overwhelming for us all, especially

children. With this in mind, Hillcrest

mother of two, Shareez Bagaria,

used her spare time to write about

viruses, as she educated her curious

children Luna (4) and Shay (11). Her

handwritten notes have been turned

into an exciting book titled, Luna

Learns About Viruses. Aimed at the

foundation phase age group, the

book is written in a simple rhyming

style, is easy to read and remember

and is designed to be both a teacher’s

aid and a parental guide. The book’s

big, bold, beautiful illustrations are

the artwork of Shareez’s niece, Gianna

Naidoo. The book is also being

printed in isiZulu. It can be bought

online at www.madeindurban.co.za

for R175 and delivery is free across

South Africa.




Gone Little Cat

Gone Little Cat is Blythedale author,

Gustav Preller’s fifth book. But it’s

his first for children. Aimed at 10 to

15-year-olds, the book (which tells

the story of a highly-pedigreed,

pampered cat who gets lost in a

forest and has to learn to live in the

wild) has been very well received by

both children and adults who’ve been

the storytellers to little ones. All the

animals in the story have names and

personalities. They all talk and the

dialogue is great! Their very existence

is threatened by powerful predators

... humans … and the animals

embark on a fateful course of action.

While the environmental theme of

deforestation is contemporary and

relevant, Gone Little Cat is also about

growing up, understanding that one

doesn’t have to be the same to be

friends and, through courage and

resilience, finding one’s self in a world

that contains both good and bad.

It’s beautifully illustrated by a Kenyan

artist, David Wachania, the book is

available at all Ballito book stores and

most book stores nationwide for R195.




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Phone: 071 276 0926 Office: 031 716 4464

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There was a time, not so long

ago, when childhood offered

the space and freedom for

children to explore their world.

To be curious, creative and bold.

To just be. Today, our overscheduled

and overstimulated

children are using their

imaginations less than ever and,

for this reason, we have fallen

in love with educational toy

brand, Melissa & Doug. Since

it’s founding, more than 30

years ago, the people behind

the Melissa & Doug brand have

been committed to making

products that inspire openended

thinking, encourage kids

to see new possibilities and

offer countless ways to play. It’s

all part of a bigger vision to take

back childhood. From classic,

wooden toys to crafts, pretend

play and games, Melissa &

Doug products provide a launch

pad to ignite imagination and a

sense of wonder in all children

so they can discover themselves,

their passions and their

purpose. For more information

visit @atoyforyou on Facebook.



A world of playtime possibilities

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Smashing & painting!

Sometimes you just need to let go and have a little creative, expressive fun! This month

the Get It girls were invited to try out two awesome North Coast experiences … and

we can’t wait to go back!

Text: Leah Shone

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The Get It girls excitedly getting

ready to smash some stuff up!

Such a great way to

let go of frustrations!

Smash It

What is it? Everyone’s had that moment … you know the one where all you

want to do is just let loose and smash something!? Well now you can - in a safe,

controlled and super fun environment! The Smash It smash room (and splash

room!) is owned by two Ballito moms who came across the unique concept

while on holiday in Clarens. They had so much fun that they decided to start up

something similar Ballito!

How it works: On arrival you decide if you’re either going to ‘smash it’ in

the smash room or ‘splash it’ in the splash room! Or do both! The smash room

is basically a safe, enclosed area where you can ‘go wild’ and smash up empty

bottles, old, unfixable appliances, unwanted crockery and pretty much anything

your heart desires! Safety comes first, of course, so before you enter the smash

room, the team help you gear up from head to toe with gum boots and full

protective wear. Then you just have to walk in, pick your weapon (a cricket or

baseball bat maybe...?) and start smashing! The music gets turned up loud and

for 10 minutes and you can literally let all your frustrations go! The UV paint

splash room is a little more ‘timid’, but no less fun! After putting on your goggles

The splash room is just as much fun,

with awesome UV paint, loud music

and space to just ‘let loose’!

and protective poncho you enter the

room which is covered from floor to

ceiling in luminous paint. Each person

is given a canvas, paints and brushes.

Again, the music gets turned up and

you can let your crazy, creative juices

flow … even painting your friends if

you like!

Get It girls’ verdict: Yes, yes,

yes we will be back! The smash room

was a massive hit – and frustrations

were definitely released! One or two

of us actually preferred the splash

room even more though – especially

when we started flinging paint at one

another! We had so many laughs and

the entire evening was loads of fun

and just great food for the soul!

Details: Smash It, Sandra Road, Ballito,

bookings@smash-it.co.za, 082 261 3425,


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Get It girls’ verdict: We had such

a great time. We sipped lattes and

laughed as we let our creativity flow.

Choosing a ceramic to paint proved

hard for one or two of us (we wanted

to do them all!) and committing to a

design and colours felt a bit scary for

the less naturally ‘artistic’ members of

the team. But, once we got into it, all

nerves disappeared and we just let go

and had fun! It was like therapy! We

collected our fired pieces a few days

later … and we were all delighted.

We will most certainly be back to do


Details: The Pottery, Lifestyle Centre

Ballito, info@thepottery.co.za,

0874600346, @thepotterygallery-ballito

The Pottery

What is it? If you haven’t yet visited

The Pottery at the Lifestyle Centre

Ballito, then it’s time you did. The Pottery

is a beautiful, arty space that is all about

unique items, creativity and good

coffee! A pottery store with a difference,

The Pottery is both a retail space and a

spot where you can choose a ceramic,

grab a brush and paint your own plate,

bowl or ornament to take home.

How it works: It’s hard not to feel

inspired in this gorgeous, alfresco space.

You can’t help but want to pick up a

brush and just go for it! The process is

easy: simply select an item from the

shelves (they have a wonderful range

of side and dinner plates, mugs, bowls,

platters and little trinkets to choose

from), take a seat, order a delicious

beverage from the menu and get

painting! The Pottery staff (who are all

incredibly helpful) will bring you a box

of paints, brushes and stencils and then

you just have to decide on your design

and get creative! After your work of art

has been completed, you hand it over

to be fired in the kilns (this takes a few

days) and then return to collect your


We loved choosing and

painting our ceramics together

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Get booking

We’re already halfway through the year and if you haven’t planned or booked your December

holiday yet, it’s time you do! With so many beautiful destinations right on our doorstep, it couldn’t

be easier to plan a beach, bush or berg family getaway …


Break away from the cracking pace

of bustling modern day living and

embrace the tranquillity, serenity and

fresh country air that is Bosch Hoek.

Surrounded by glorious countryside and

boasting a beautifully appointed, luxury

bed and breakfast lodge, as well as South

Africa’s number one 9-hole golf course,

Bosch Hoek is a must-visit destination.

Indulge yourself and book your stay at

Bosch Hoek. Details: 076 792 5288,




If you love the idea of camping, but

not the actual ‘sleeping on the floor in

a tent’ part, then perhaps glamping is

more your style! Hluhluwe Bush Camp

is situated on a private farm and has

five luxurious self-catering glamping

tents, two adventure tents, two tipi

tents and 4x4 camping facilities.

Overlooking False Bay, it a 25-minute

drive from the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Park.

Details: 078 396 9391, 079 107 5273

E: trienke@hluhluwebushcamp.com,


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If you’re seeking that elusive reconnection with

nature in one of South Africa’s most exquisite

locations, look no further. Pondo Beach

Camps, positioned along Pondoland’s pristine

coastline on the Wild Coast, offer the perfect

sanctuary to reconnect with nature and a

much-needed digital detox. The eco-camps

each consist of 12 en-suite units, communal

thatched boma area with all that’s needed

for a truly memorable self-catering getaway.

Details: bookings@pondobeachcamps.co.za,

info@pondobeachcamps.co.za, 031 536 8005,



The newly-renovated Hartford

House Hotel is the perfect

getaway in the Midlands. It

is a tranquil break-away that

offers exquisite food, beautiful

gardens, excellent service and a

relaxing environment … as well

as a host of activities including

informative stud tours, birding,

cycling and exploratory walks.

Details: 033 263 1081,


(Photo credit): Hilary O’Leary


Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth Lodge & Camp is situated

at the entrance to the Isimangaliso Wetland Park

and Kosi Bay Mouth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It takes its name from the 700-year-old fish kraals,

celebrating the traditions and culture of the Thonga

people and is a wonderful community partnership

project of skills sharing and purposeful living. Kosi

Mouth Lodge offers accommodation options to suit

every pocket, from camping to glamping in their

luxury Tusker Suites. Guests can choose to self-cater

or enjoy bed and breakfast, half or full board. Details:

Utshwayelo Kosi Mouth Lodge & Camp, 082 909 3113,

info@kosimouth.co.za, www.kosimouth.co.za


Situated within the mFulaWozi Wilderness

Reserve, you will have time to relax, regenerate,

rediscover - and truly enjoy this oasis of exclusivity

created for the discerning traveller. With seven

luxury suites and two-family units, the lodge is

nestled on the embankment of the White iMfolozi

River and commands magnificent views of the

unsurpassed wilderness. Situated in the birthplace

of the Zulu nation, it offers a unique combination

of wildlife, history, culture and wilderness found

nowhere else in Africa. Contact details:

0794741817, reservations@mfulawozi.com,


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Discover ... a gem in the city

A Cape escape is always a treat. And even more so when you choose a city-chic hotel.

We’ve just spent a week in Cape Town

… and struggle to understand why

anyone would want to travel abroad

when there’s such an incredible

destination right here in our own

country. It’s a spot that – no matter

how many times you visit – simply

never gets stale.

The basics stay the same … ‘the

mountain’ (only ever said with that

iconic Capetonian drawl), the buzz

along the Camps Bay restaurant

strip, the icy sea only fools and

born-locals enjoy (then again, maybe

we should take a lesson from them

… a 15-minute cold-water swim

apparently has massive health

benefits – from increasing your

metabolism, helping with circulation,

relieving stress, enhancing your

mood, boosting your immune system

and helping you to sleep better).

But once you’ve done the 15 minutes

of hell in the cold water, the cable car,

tried tandem paragliding off Signal

Hill and Lion’s Head, and kayaked

along the coastline looking for

dolphins, there’s always something

new to discover and explore. And it’s

one of the only major cities – if not

the only city – in SA where staying

in the centre of town is not only safe

but also massively desirable. This is

why we booked into, and loved, The

Onyx Hotel.

This cosmopolitan blend of hotel

and residential accommodation sits

proudly on Heerengracht Street, Cape

Town’s oldest thoroughfare, and with

its bold, architectural features and

resemblance to the rare, striking black

sapphire, it’s a real gem … offering

a chic city on par with apartment

offerings around the globe but infused

with authentic South African vibrancy

and authenticity.

What’s there to love? What’s not to?

The rooms are large, spacious and

edgy … with everything you need

to make your stay as enjoyable as

possible. The location is spot on …

it’s on Cape Town’s Foreshore, so

right in the hub of the city’s dynamic

urban lifestyle. There are bright lights

and city vibes, great restaurants on

every corner and bustling bars. Not

that you have to leave the hotel to

find a place to play. The hotel’s YU

Restaurant and Bar on the 4th floor

mixes up Insta-ready cocktails – the

Africa Rising City of Gold cocktail with

its candyfloss and sexy molten gold

surface is particularly photogenic.

Sexy city living … a blend of hotel

and apartments to suit all lifestyles.

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You’re in Cape Town … a mountain

view is non-negotiable!

Don’t venture any further for dinner either

… there’s an exotic menu of Asian-style

tapas served with a side of a fabulous

cityscape view.

The hedonistic traveller looking for some

pampering can book an hour or so in the

Sanctuary Spa at The Onyx. Ask, when

you’re there, which packages are on

special … they’re always a treat (and a

well-priced one). Book a massage, order

a bottle of bubbly … and, after your

treatment, relax at the indoor-outdoor

heated pool. Bliss.

For out-of-towners wanting to explore

more of the wine and brandy options

in the winelands, The Onyx’s concierge

team has teamed up with Ilios Tours

and can create individualised day-trip

itineraries. Think a fascinating visit to Van

Ryn’s Distillery in Stellenbosch, KWV’s

House of Fire in Paarl and Oude Molen

Distillery in the Elgin Valley, or a wine

tasting and lunch at the many heritage

wine estates that the Cape has to offer,

including Simonsig.

If a Cape break appeals, The Onyx always

has winter packages and promotions

worth exploring … and the hotel works

equally well for business and leisure

travellers, for singles, couples and families.

Details: Visit newmarkhotels.com, email

reservations@newmarkhotels.com or

call 021-427-5900.

The Onyx honestly has

everything you need

for the perfect stay …

business or leisure.

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

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A pair of stylish

Rvlri watches

Rvlri. Derived from the French word ‘reveler’,

which the dictionary describes as lively

festivities. What better name

then, if you believe that a watch

doesn’t only tell the time, but also

speaks of memories and moments.

Important ones. The exact time you said

I do. And had your wedding dance. Or

first met your firstborn. Another reason to

celebrate … Rvlri offers accessible luxury

with their timepieces, which they boast

embody fine craftsmanship, attention to

detail and superb quality, built on a legacy

of watchmaking expertise. For more details on

where you can find these stylish watches, visit

rvlri.co.za. More revelry and celebrations … we’re giving

away a matching pair of Rvlri watches. To stand in line to win, simply

visit @GetItMagNC on Facebook, and follow the prompts timeously (see

what we did there!). Entries close July 23. Details: rvlri.co.za

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Come as you are, as you were, and all that

you aspire to be…

Wherever you are on your personal journey to

natural wellbeing, we’d love to take the next

step with you.

Visit our new KZN stores in Westville Mall,

La Lucia Mall and Ballito Junction - or any of

our almost 40 outlets nationwide! A friendly

Wellness Consultant will be happy to assist

with your unique needs.

Prefer to shop online? No problem, we’ll meet

you where you’re at.


We believe in pure, natural goodness – plain

and simple. We check the ingredients on each

and every label so you don’t have to.

Check out our Everyday Essentials, Bulk Buys,

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same uncompromising quality at a more

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We’re passionate about creating a community

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