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BALLITO • Umdloti • UMHLANGA<br />

FAMILY<br />


Joseph Mpyana<br />

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contents<br />

Wish List<br />

6 Leather and luxury this <strong>June</strong><br />

people<br />

10 Joseph Mpyana embraces fatherhood<br />

12 Dylan Smith shares his love for creativity<br />

14 Three dads run for a cause close to their hearts<br />

18 Milan Comley works for positive change<br />

22 Artist Kerry Michau is inspired by nature<br />

FOOD & drinks<br />

30 Learn to cook perfect lamb chops<br />

32 Recipe inspiration from a brand-new book<br />

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& Sales / Admin Support<br />

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

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Ridge, Gateway and La Lucia<br />

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kids & education<br />

34 How to take care of your little one’s teeth<br />

36 Yoga and mindfulness for kids<br />

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46 Enjoy a safari in the Eastern Cape<br />

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Enjoy local music, cuisine, art<br />

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The annual <strong>Ballito</strong> Pro is returning<br />

this month and we can’t wait!<br />

Taking place from 25 <strong>June</strong> to 8<br />

July, the event promises plenty of<br />

surfing action, as well as skating,<br />

food and fun for the whole family.<br />

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25<br />

19 & 28<br />

Spectacular sets<br />

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Shopping in <strong>June</strong>. Continuing its<br />

long-standing support for young local<br />

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Young Designer Semi-Finalists’ Fashion<br />

Show takes place in the mall on 19<br />

<strong>June</strong> from 6pm. Gateway will also host<br />

the hottest fashion ticket on 28 <strong>June</strong><br />

with a Preview Fashion Show. Expect<br />

an exciting mix of unfettered student<br />

concepts, sophisticated creations from<br />

rising stars, sought-after local designers<br />

and Gateway retailers all featuring this<br />

year’s theme ‘Ride the Wave’.<br />

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Book club<br />

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Lesley Pearse’s autobiography, The Long<br />

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her bestselling fiction ... from being found<br />

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children and a career as bestselling<br />

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The Gentleman From Peru, a group of<br />

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ways than one! Faber • Is there anything<br />

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When it’s a new MK about the Walsh<br />

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Helen and Margaret, Rachel and Luke,<br />

Mammy Walsh (as dramatic as ever), even<br />

the Real Men (remember them). And the<br />

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An<br />

evening<br />

of theatre<br />

Family, friends and guests of Ashton<br />

International College <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

enjoyed watching the intersen phase<br />

students' brilliant performance of<br />

Matilda. VIP guests were treated to<br />

snacks and drinks before the show,<br />

as well as the chance to meet and<br />

mingle with the school staff.<br />

Jacky Wolverson and Megan Taylor<br />

Flick Holmes and Denise Schultz<br />

Zabelo Hlabisa<br />

An<br />

inspiring<br />

morning<br />

Catherine Constantinides<br />

and Bianca Rungasamy<br />

Candace Buchanan and<br />

Yolande Kruger<br />

Miss Earth South Africa contestants,<br />

along with environmentalists and<br />

their guests celebrated Earth Day<br />

at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel<br />

in <strong>Umhl</strong>anga. Guests were treated<br />

to a yummy brunch while they<br />

listened to informative talks related<br />

to conservation and the environment<br />

from local experts.

Quality time<br />

with mom<br />

Gordon Archibald, Susan and Mike Clark,<br />

Theresa and Derek Collett<br />

A positive<br />

impact<br />

Crawford International North Coast campus hosted<br />

some beautiful events to mark Mother’s Day in May.<br />

The college hosted a wonderful sip-and-paint social,<br />

the preparatory had a gorgeous picnic and the preprimary<br />

hosted a high tea. Each of the events gave<br />

moms a chance to relax, unwind and spend a happy<br />

morning with their children, as well as other parents<br />

and staff.<br />

Devmco Group, in partnership with Florifer Landscape<br />

Maintenance and the Salta Sibaya Landscape Sub Committee,<br />

successfully hosted an “Adopt-A-Tree” initiative. This event saw<br />

the planting of 300 trees at Ridge Park within the Salta Sibaya<br />

Estate, marking a significant milestone of 76 000 trees planted<br />

on the estate to date.<br />

Scarlett and<br />

Tracy Jane Voss<br />

Tasmera and<br />

Yaarana Soobryan<br />

Yuval Muthusamy, Victor Iyemperumal<br />

and Dhiren Govender<br />

Austin and Tsepang Kabongo


Text: Jennifer Campbell Photograph: shren media Kids’ hair: Brighter Kidz Salon <strong>Ballito</strong> Location: Next Level, <strong>Ballito</strong> Lifestyle Centre<br />


Determined and kind-hearted, Joseph Mpyana<br />

is a social entrepreneur and CSR strategist based<br />

in <strong>Ballito</strong>. But, it’s his role as dad to two beautiful<br />

children that really drives his ambition.<br />

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ad to Amaya (4) and Amani (5), and husband to Lesego,<br />

family is at the centre of Joseph’s world.<br />

“Raising kids is an incredible experience – they make you<br />

a better person. And a way more tired person,” he laughs.<br />

Although he was always motivated to drive positive<br />

change, both professionally and in his own community,<br />

becoming a dad was a game-changer, and he says fatherhood<br />

made him more ambitious than ever. “When I had kids, I thought<br />

about how I grew up,” he says. “I want them to have all the<br />

opportunities I never had. It's about the exposure, it's about the<br />

environment that they get to grow up in and how they get to<br />

perceive themselves.”<br />

Joseph is the CEO of Move Africa, a corporate social responsibility<br />

management company, and co-founder of The Red Movement,<br />

an NPO dedicated to eradicating period poverty. When he and<br />

Lesego first launched these organisations, their focus was on<br />

addressing period poverty, but they always knew that they<br />

wanted to branch out and affect change over multiple socioeconomic<br />

challenges. “It has taken us almost four years to develop<br />

these other projects, but we wanted to do it in a sustainable and<br />

meaningful way,” says Joseph.<br />

Now, they’re in a place where they’re able to broaden their<br />

focus and are working on a project that revolves around early<br />

childhood development, a cause that’s particularly close to<br />

Joseph’s heart. He and his team are transforming under-resourced<br />

classrooms and crèches. This includes equipping them with<br />

everything they need – like toys and learning materials – as well<br />

as upskilling the people taking care of the children.<br />

They’re also working on improving health and safety in underresourced<br />

schools. “We started doing some research and found<br />

that there's a lot of injury-related deaths in schools across Africa,<br />

because the schools aren't equipped,” he explains. “So, we’re going<br />

to build or revamp first aid rooms in schools, and fully equip them.”<br />

Joseph’s interest in education comes from his own experience<br />

as a child. “I went to a small primary school in a flat in the<br />

middle of Johannesburg’s CBD,” he explains. “It was extremely<br />

under-resourced and there was nothing about that space<br />

that encouraged or inspired.” After primary school, he had the<br />

opportunity to attend King Edward VII School and this is where<br />

his eyes were opened to a bigger world. “That's where everything<br />

changed for me,” he says. “So, I fully understand what environment<br />

can do for a child. I’m the product of a changed environment.”<br />

Joseph is very involved in his children’s education and is on the School<br />

Governing Body (SGB) at his son’s primary school. “It gives me the<br />

opportunity to be a part of creating an environment that they can be<br />

proud of, “ he says. “Whatever community environment we're in, we<br />

can't afford to be passengers. We need to be active participants and<br />

this is a way to build legacy and contribute to the community.”<br />

The family loves spending time together outdoors, swimming<br />

or riding bikes. They also spend as much time as they can in<br />

the bush, where they feel most at home. “The kids have learnt<br />

to appreciate wildlife,” he says. “And we're so blessed to have<br />

the opportunity to be able to experience that with them.” With<br />

Father’s Day approaching Joseph is looking forward to a day of<br />

rest – he and Lesego have a tradition of giving each other a day<br />

off from parental responsibilities on Mother’s and Father’s Day.<br />

“Once a year, I’m a bachelor for the day,” he laughs.<br />

Details: www.moveafricaco.com; IG: @move_africa_co;<br />

@the_red_movement_<br />

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Graphic designer, artist and dad of two, Dylan Smith is the founder of<br />

Painting on Purpose, a non-profit organisation that aims to<br />

connect communities through creativity.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell<br />

ylan has always had a creative<br />

spirit. “I used to cut out little<br />

pictures on cereal boxes as<br />

a child, and drawing was my<br />

favourite thing,” he laughs.<br />

When he was 14 years old, he was<br />

first introduced to graffiti but he soon<br />

realised that, although it was fun,<br />

it would probably cause him more<br />

trouble than it was worth. So, when<br />

he was just 16 years old, he started<br />

his own small business painting<br />

murals in spaces like restaurants and<br />

kids’ rooms. He went on to study<br />

graphic design and marketing,<br />

always painting on the side.<br />

When he got married, he and his<br />

wife Gabi moved to Thailand to<br />

teach art. Although they loved<br />

their time abroad, they knew they<br />

needed to come home. “We just<br />

missed Africa,” he says. “While we<br />

were in Thailand, we dreamt up the<br />

idea of Painting on Purpose, which<br />

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is about building up people<br />

rather than only making a space<br />

look pretty. We felt a need for<br />

community.”<br />

On returning home, Dylan officially<br />

launched the non-profit organisation,<br />

which has since grown to include<br />

various projects in KZN, as well<br />

as corporate team-building and<br />

workshops. Painting on Purpose often<br />

collaborates with corporates who<br />

want to make a positive impact by<br />

painting spaces that need new life.<br />

“Art is such a bridge and a common<br />

language for people,” explains Dylan.<br />

“You might be from different cultures,<br />

but painting connects you.”<br />

Before beginning a project, Dylan<br />

and his team spend time with the<br />

community to find out more about<br />

their particular needs and what<br />

inspires them. From there, the creative<br />

process can evolve collaboratively<br />

with residents. One of Dylan’s<br />

recent projects involved painting a<br />

community centre in Shakaskraal with<br />

the help of around 50 children. “The<br />

kids love to feel they’re part of the<br />

process,” he says. And this, ultimately,<br />

is what it’s all about. “It’s about<br />

sowing into the people,” he explains.<br />

“Community and creativity – that’s our<br />

cup of tea!”<br />

Details: 079 493 7194;<br />

paintingonpurposeco@gmail.com;<br />

IG: @paintingonpurposeco;<br />

FB: Painting on Purpose

DADS on the move<br />

Three North Coast dads have come together with a common goal. Christian Mkhize,<br />

Ross Rutherfoord and Jon Roberts are running the Comrades Marathon this month to<br />

raise awareness and funds for Bloom Special Needs School.<br />

The idea to complete what has been<br />

dubbed ‘a bloomin’ long run’ came<br />

to Jon one morning while he was<br />

dropping his son Luke at school.<br />

He phoned Ross, an old school<br />

friend, and quickly convinced him<br />

to join. When they heard that their<br />

friend Christian was also training for<br />

Comrades, they got him involved,<br />

and together the dads embarked on<br />

a mission to run for a cause close to<br />

their hearts.<br />

Jon is a dad to three children, Luke,<br />

Holly and Josie, and husband to<br />

Jess. Luke has Down Syndrome and<br />

has been at Bloom for four years. In<br />

running the race, Jon hopes to raise<br />

awareness about special needs and<br />

help the growth of the school by<br />

attracting donors. “Bloom has been<br />

a sanctuary and a place of hope<br />

and growth for our family,” he says.<br />

“We, and the entire North Coast<br />

community, have a vested interest in<br />

the future of Bloom.”<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell<br />

As the dad of a child with special<br />

needs, he admits there have been<br />

some challenges, but parenting gives<br />

him and Jess profound joy. “Luke is<br />

a light in our lives,” he says. “He has<br />

taught and continues to teach us<br />

many valuable lessons.”<br />

Dad to two young boys, Christian has<br />

a special connection to Bloom as his<br />

wife Kirstie has worked at the school<br />

since it first opened 10 years ago. His<br />

sons Paddy and Charlie have attended<br />

Kingdom Kids, Bloom’s mainstream<br />

pre-school. “Bloom is very close to our<br />

hearts as a family,” he says.<br />

Having personally been part of Bloom’s<br />

journey over the years, Christian was<br />

inspired to do his bit in raising funds<br />

for the school. “I hope this race will<br />

show people that we all have the<br />

ability to make a difference, no matter<br />

how big or small,” he says. “Personally,<br />

running this race is part of pushing<br />

myself beyond my comfort zone. My<br />

journey to the starting line has been<br />

incredibly difficult as I struggled to<br />

qualify. Now that I have done so, I’m<br />

focused on trying to recover from an<br />

ITB injury before the big day.”<br />

Although Christian doesn’t have a child<br />

of his own with special needs, he has<br />

developed close relationships with<br />

those who do. “I have witnessed the<br />

love and patience that the parents and<br />

teachers at the school put into looking<br />

after the children, and I have learned<br />

a lot from them,” he says. “I hope to<br />

inspire everyone out there not to give<br />

up on their goals, no matter how hard<br />

it gets. If you have your mind set on<br />

something and have faith that you will<br />

achieve it, you can do it.”<br />

Ross and his wife Lexi also have two<br />

young children, Nina and Jos. Nina has<br />

epilepsy, which has resulted in delayed<br />

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development. The family moved to Salt<br />

Rock four years ago in search of extra<br />

support and to be closer to Bloom. “We<br />

are lucky to have an incredible team<br />

around Nina who are all part of the<br />

journey,” says Ross.<br />

Ross says he really appreciates the<br />

support he and his family have<br />

received from Bloom and hopes that<br />

by running the race, he can create<br />

some awareness about the work<br />

that the school does for kids, parents<br />

and the special needs community in<br />

general. “Running is a challenge, but it’s<br />

nothing like the stuff these kids endure<br />

daily,” he says. “It’s a little reminder to be<br />

grateful for your bundle.”<br />

Being a parent to a child with special<br />

needs has been a learning experience<br />

for Ross and Lexi. “It’s been a wild<br />

ride with a lot more questions than<br />

answers, but like anyone with kids,<br />

we absolutely love them,” he says. “We<br />

celebrate and find joy in the smallest<br />

things. Nina’s got a wicked little sense<br />

of humour, and she’s an incredibly<br />

loving and tough little girl who<br />

continues to grow and surprise us. It’s<br />

a journey, teaching us, our families,<br />

and friends some pretty cool lessons.”<br />

The funds raised by the runners will go<br />

towards the Supported Employment<br />

Programme (SET), which aims to<br />

equip Bloom children with skills that<br />

they’ll need as they get older. This<br />

includes interpersonal skills, money<br />

management, cooking, gardening, and<br />

employment and vocational skills.<br />

Details: www.bloomcentre.co.za;<br />

032 815 2701; IG: @bloomschoolsa;<br />

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Milan Comley is the founder<br />

of CO AND CO, a company<br />

that produces sustainable<br />

denim and corporate wear<br />

right here on the North<br />

Coast. She tells us what it<br />

means to have launched a<br />

new eco-friendly brand.<br />


Milan loves fashion – the way it allows<br />

her to express her creativity, the way<br />

it makes her feel. But what she is really<br />

passionate about is sustainability.<br />

She has been working for the family<br />

business, Celrose Clothing Pty Ltd,<br />

which manufactures clothing in<br />

factories around KZN, for the last<br />

six years as the representative for<br />

sustainability. In 2020, the company<br />

began experimenting with denim,<br />

soon realising there was a need for<br />

sustainable production. So, they<br />

invested heavily into this side of the<br />

business and opened the first-ever<br />

eco-laundry in the country, which<br />

allows them to wash denim in an<br />

eco-friendly manner locally.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell<br />

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With encouragement from her dad John, the CEO of<br />

Celrose, she started developing a sustainable brand<br />

that could work as a division of the family business and<br />

make proper use of the eco-laundry. She consulted<br />

with experts from Turkey and Italy who taught her<br />

and her team about using eco-friendly chemicals and<br />

water recycling, and after plenty of research, realised it<br />

was possible to produce denim locally with the added<br />

benefit of limiting their environmental impact. And so,<br />

late last year, CO AND CO was born. “In developing the<br />

concept of CO AND CO, we worked with the idea of<br />

circularity, closing the loop in fast fashion and creating<br />

value for everyone,” she says. “Both the environmental<br />

and the social aspects are important to us.”<br />

Milan began her career at the factory after completing<br />

a degree in marketing. “I’ve always had an interest in<br />

innovation,” she says. “I wanted to help improve things<br />

so that they would benefit the environment and the<br />

community at large.” To gain more experience, she<br />

embarked on a Master’s programme in sustainability from<br />

the Swiss Institution of Business, becoming the second<br />

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Her interest in the environment comes from her own love<br />

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and its importance in the world of fashion. “I honestly<br />

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she says. “We can make a big impact and that's really<br />

important for me.”<br />

Details: IG:@co.and.co_biz

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In love<br />

with the<br />

ocean<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong> artist Kerry Michau translates<br />

her love for beach living into<br />

striking seascapes and modern<br />

botanicals.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell Images: Derryn Schmidt<br />

“For as long as I can remember,<br />

painting and drawing were my<br />

most favourite things to do,” says<br />

Kerry. She studied fine art at<br />

Stellenbosch where she specialised<br />

in watercolours. Now, she works in<br />

a range of mediums, including oils<br />

and acrylics to create work inspired<br />

by the natural environment of the<br />

North Coast.<br />

Originally from Pietermaritzburg,<br />

Kerry spent some time in London<br />

before returning to South African<br />

shores where she met her husband,<br />

a game ranger. Together, they lived<br />

in Sabi Sands for 11 years. During<br />

this time, she took inspiration<br />

from the bush – its natural beauty,<br />

storms and fauna – to create wildlife<br />

portraits and landscapes. In 2020,<br />

the couple moved to <strong>Ballito</strong> and<br />

Kerry felt her style shift with the<br />

new environment. Now, she mostly<br />

creates large seascapes and bold,<br />

tropical botanicals. “The sea is my<br />

favourite place on earth,” she says. “A<br />

common theme in all of my work is<br />

the use of colour.”<br />

When it comes to creating her<br />

seascapes and aerial paintings of<br />

surfers, Kerry says she plays with<br />

colour to get the shade of the<br />

ocean just right. Her background in<br />

watercolours has influenced her oil<br />

painting and she uses oils to thin<br />

her paints before applying multiple<br />

thin layers of paint. This achieves a<br />

certain translucency, and the hue of<br />

the painting changes throughout<br />

the day, just as the sea does with<br />

changing light.<br />

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Being able to work as an artist<br />

feels like a gift for Kerry. “I walk<br />

into my studio and feel so lucky,”<br />

she says. “It doesn’t feel like<br />

work. I'm excited to paint every<br />

single day; I never battle for<br />

inspiration.” The creative<br />

community on the North Coast<br />

has been very supportive, and<br />

Kerry has exhibited her work at a<br />

few local spaces. “I’ve felt nothing<br />

but love,” she says. “I’ve had such<br />

a positive response<br />

which has<br />

encouraged me to keep going.”<br />

When Kerry isn’t painting, she<br />

loves spending time with her<br />

husband and two young children,<br />

all of whom love nature as much<br />

as she does. They enjoy time at<br />

the beach, exploring rock pools or<br />

simply being outdoors, “We’re so<br />

lucky here,” she says. “The lifestyle<br />

on the North Coast is so healthy<br />

and family-oriented.”<br />

Details: IG: @kerrymichau_artist


LIV Village is an NPO that places vulnerable and orphaned children into a family<br />

environment where they receive the education and love they need to thrive. We chatted<br />

to Carita McCririe, who runs the village with her husband Jono, about what drew her to<br />

the work and why she has chosen to raise her own family there.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell<br />

<strong>24</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> • Umdloti • <strong>Umhl</strong>anga <strong>June</strong> 20<strong>24</strong>

Fourteen years ago, Carita visited<br />

Ndwedwe for the first time. Originally<br />

from Cape Town, she was invited to<br />

visit the site of what is now LIV Village<br />

by its founders Tich and Joan Smith,<br />

and she immediately fell in love with<br />

the concept of creating a safe and<br />

nurturing space for children in need.<br />

She joined the village permanently in<br />

January 2012, and just a few months<br />

later, met Jono who had come over<br />

from the UK as volunteer. The two<br />

quickly connected and were married<br />

two years later in a ceremony that<br />

included children and moms from<br />

the village. Now, the couple has three<br />

beautiful children of their own and are<br />

as committed as ever to their work in<br />

this unique space. “It’s so much more<br />

than an orphanage or a children’s<br />

village,” explains Carita. “It’s a place for<br />

families to do life together.”<br />

The village is equipped with homes,<br />

where children live with ‘moms’ from<br />

the community in a family set-up.<br />

There’s a registered independent<br />

school on site, comprising an early<br />

childhood development (ECD) centre,<br />

a primary and a secondary school,<br />

as well as a technical occupational<br />

curriculum (TOC) stream which<br />

includes farming, admin, and culinary<br />

training. There are also sports fields<br />

and music, reading and therapy<br />

rooms to promote a holistic learning<br />

environment for the children, as well<br />

as a clinic.<br />

Carita loves raising her family as part of<br />

the village and finds her work deeply<br />

rewarding. “I’m so thankful for what the<br />

Lord has asked us to do. It’s the biggest<br />

privilege,” she says. “It’s not easy with all<br />

of the ups and downs of life and some<br />

of the hard spaces that we have to<br />

deal with, but the joy that we get from<br />

being here outweighs that.” Carita and<br />

Jono have an open-door policy and<br />

constantly have children and members<br />

of the village in and out of their home.<br />

“It’s a wild adventure,” she says. “It truly<br />

takes a village to raise a child, especially<br />

160 children! We want the best for<br />

each child. What I love about the<br />

village is that everyone here does their<br />

best to raise the children as they would<br />

their own.”<br />

Caring for children and single moms<br />

is the priority at LIV, and then creating<br />

opportunities for employment is<br />

also an important part of the vision.<br />

Beyond that, Carita says that the<br />

village serves as a beacon of hope for<br />

the community. The team runs a clinic<br />

for the community providing free<br />

health care and a church service every<br />

Sunday for anyone who would like to<br />

join from the surrounding area, as well<br />

as a kids’ church.<br />

The past 12 years haven’t been easy –<br />

Carita says that running an operation<br />

of this scale and relying heavily on<br />

donors is a walk of faith every month.<br />

But, seeing the impact that a nurturing<br />

environment and community can<br />

have is profound. “It’s not always about<br />

the big things,” she says. “It’s about the<br />

small changes in their lives that we<br />

celebrate, especially when you see<br />

transformation and their story change.<br />

It is all about the journey to rescue,<br />

restore, raise and release a star. And<br />

that is why we are here!”<br />

The village is a multifaceted space and<br />

there are many ways to get involved<br />

– from volunteering, to sponsoring a<br />

child’s education, or fundraising. “We<br />

encourage people to come and visit<br />

and see the village for themselves,”<br />

urges Carita.<br />

Details: www.liv-village.com;<br />

032 007 0571; info@liv-village.com

Inspired by<br />

Africa<br />

Salt Rock writer Maureen Campbell has<br />

released her debut novel – and it’s packed<br />

with romance, adventure and wild landscapes.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell<br />

orn in Zimbabwe, Maureen and her family<br />

moved to Zululand when she was a<br />

teenager. The magic of the bush is in her<br />

blood and it’s what largely inspired her to<br />

write her novel African Dawn, which was<br />

published late last year.<br />

Although she has always written, it wasn’t<br />

until she was 73 years old that she finally completed<br />

her book. The novel tells the story of Ivy, a young<br />

woman from London who travels to South Africa to<br />

trace her family history. Maureen says the character<br />

simply popped into her head but she never imagined<br />

she would actually publish a book. It was only with<br />

her husband’s encouragement that she decided<br />

to give it a try. “It was so scary,” she admits. The first<br />

publisher she approached advised her to put the<br />

manuscript away and return to it later, and that’s what<br />

she did. “When I returned to it some time later, I had<br />

this whole new enthusiasm,” she says.<br />

Living through the pandemic was a huge motivating<br />

factor for completing the novel as it changed her<br />

perspective and the things she valued most. “It made<br />

me think about my life,” she says. “We knew so many<br />

people who didn’t make it, and I thought, this is my<br />

time.” Now Maureen writes most days and she says<br />

she has had a great response to her book so far. That<br />

said, having her story out in the world has felt both<br />

terrifying and exciting.<br />

A mother and grandmother, Maureen loves to spend<br />

time with her family and she and husband Rob<br />

travel a lot. She loves life on the North Coast and also<br />

spends as much time as she can in the bush. She’s<br />

currently working on another novel – one that will be<br />

rich with South African history.<br />

Details: Africa Dawn is available on www.takealot.com<br />

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Fast<br />

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Lamb chops ... without the braai!<br />

Feel like chops, but don’t want the fuss of a fire? Fret not. These air-fried<br />

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flavoured with fragrant herbs and roasted to perfection in the Defy Airfryer.<br />

Served with lashings of herby garlic sauce, all in under half an hour.<br />

You’ll need: 8 lamb chops; 1 bulb garlic and 2 Tbsp olive oil; 1 Tbsp fresh<br />

oregano, finely chopped; 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped; sea salt<br />

and freshly ground black pepper to taste; another 2 Tbsp olive oil.<br />

To make: Preheat the Defy Airfryer to 200°C.<br />

Thinly coat the garlic bulb with 2 Tbsp of olive oil and put in the basket, set<br />

the timer to 12 minutes and 180°C. Roast the garlic until done.<br />

In the meantime, make the herb oil by mixing the herbs with some sea salt,<br />

pepper, and 2 Tbsp olive oil.<br />

Thinly coat the lamb chops with half a tablespoon of herb oil in total and<br />

leave them for 5 minutes.<br />

Replace the garlic with four lamb chops in the basket. Set the timer to 5<br />

minutes and 180°C. Roast until nicely done - keep an eye on them through<br />

the glass viewing window to avoid opening the basket and losing heat.<br />

Inside they may still be red or pink. Keep them warm in a dish and roast the<br />

other lamb chops in the same way.<br />

Make the garlic sauce by squeezing the garlic cloves between thumb and<br />

index finger, then combine with the remaining herb oil.<br />

Serve the cooked lamb chops with the garlic sauce.<br />

You get an unami burst of flavour with each<br />

grind of this new Oryx Chilli Salt ... the latest<br />

flavour from Oryx Desert Salt. This hot new<br />

salt - with chilli-flakes making up 20 per cent of<br />

the volume of the grinder - comes as a result<br />

of a collaboration with Backyard Farms (BYF), a<br />

local, social-upliftment enterprise that created<br />

an innovative supply-chain business model,<br />

sourcing chillies from township-based, home<br />

and community gardeners. You’ll find it at<br />

premium Woolworths stores, Cape Union Mart,<br />

Pick ‘n Pay, Food Lovers Market, Dischem and<br />

Spar as well as most health shops and delis.<br />

This Defy AirFryer (model DAF 3376 DB) has a<br />

generous capacity … the extra, extra large<br />

7.6L cooking basket allows you to prepare<br />

larger meals for the whole family. Another<br />

plus we love is the convenient basket<br />

view window, so no more opening<br />

and shutting the fryer constantly<br />

to check on your meal. The touch<br />

control panel provides access to<br />

various cooking functions, and the<br />

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Quick butter bean mash with dill salsa<br />

With a similar texture to hummus, this mash/dip is<br />

good with pita breads or sliced beef fillet. The dill salsa<br />

with briny capers and fresh herbs livens things up<br />

immensely. Serves 6 as a dip.<br />

You’ll need for the mash: 2 x 400g tins butter beans, rinsed<br />

and drained; 30ml extra virgin olive oil; 30ml lemon<br />

juice; fine salt and freshly ground black pepper.<br />

For the dill salsa: a generous handful each of fresh basil,<br />

dill and flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked; 30ml capers,<br />

rinsed and drained; 60ml extra virgin olive oil; 30ml<br />

lemon juice; fine salt and freshly ground black pepper.<br />

To make: For the mash, place the butter beans, olive<br />

oil and lemon juice in a processor. Blitz until smooth<br />

and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, and pulse<br />

to combine.<br />

To make the dill salsa, bundle the herbs together and<br />

chop roughly. In a small bowl, combine the herbs,<br />

capers, olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and<br />

black pepper.<br />

Swirl the butter bean spread onto a plate<br />

and drizzle over the salsa.<br />

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with Bibby<br />

Spekboom Gin & Tonic<br />

A perfect elixir using local wonder-plant, Spekboom. Makes 1<br />

You’ll need: 60ml gin; 200ml tonic water; 30ml Spekboom Simple<br />

Syrup (place 125g white granulated sugar, 250ml water, 125ml<br />

spekboom stem, leaves plucked, one lemon with skin on, thinly<br />

sliced and 30ml lemon juice in a small saucepan; bring slowly to the<br />

boil and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve<br />

and discard the solids. Set aside to cool, pour into a sterilised bottle<br />

and seal (keeps well for 3 to 4 weeks, chilled). To serve: lime slice, ice<br />

and a sprig of spekboom.<br />

To make: Fill a highball glass with plenty of ice. Add the gin and<br />

spekboom syrup, and stir to combine. Top up with the tonic water<br />

and ‘lift’ with a drink stirrer to retain as much of the fizz as possible.<br />

Finish with lime slices and a botanical sprig.<br />

This butterbean mash, and spekboom G&T. Or pumpkin waffles with date syrup,<br />

and butternut and leek soup with browned chilli butter. Perhaps chicken and chorizo<br />

rigatoni. Bibby’s More Good Food is just page after delicious page of Dianne Bibby’s<br />

sensational but achievable recipes ... a book, she says, she hopes you’ll reach for<br />

whether planning an intimate dinner for two or hosting a dressed-in-full-feature dinner<br />

party. Breads and plant-rich salads, Indian, Moroccan and Italian feasts, salty bits and<br />

bobs and golden hour cocktails ... it is, as Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen writes in the<br />

foreword, ‘a symphony of flavours’. R480, Penguin Books<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

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Kids<br />

Holiday activities, yoga and health<br />

tips for little ones.<br />

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Protecting little<br />

Dr Devin Chetty, a dentist at Pearly Whites<br />

in <strong>Umhl</strong>anga, shares his tips for keeping<br />

young smiles healthy and happy.<br />

smiles<br />

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It’s no secret that dental care<br />

is essential when it comes to<br />

maintaining a healthy smile, but<br />

many people don’t realise just<br />

how important it is to take care of<br />

their child’s baby teeth. Dr Chetty<br />

recommends getting on the right<br />

track at the beginning of baby’s life by<br />

choosing the right pacifier. “This will<br />

enable your child to develop good<br />

habits on the pacifier without causing<br />

shifting or damage to their teeth,” he<br />

explains. “Being able to chew food<br />

properly will prevent digestive issues<br />

from developing, while having a full<br />

set of teeth at the appropriate ages<br />

enables children to develop proper<br />

speech and phonetics.”<br />

Having a full, healthy mouth of baby<br />

teeth until they fall out at the correct<br />

time is also beneficial for orthodontic<br />

and jaw development. Dr Chetty<br />

encourages parents to take their<br />

children to the dentist as soon as their<br />

first teeth erupt, which can be as early<br />

as six months. “Bringing your child<br />

from an early age will allow them to<br />

feel comfortable with coming to the<br />

dentist,” he adds.<br />

According to Dr Chetty, one of<br />

the most common dental issues<br />

in children is the development of<br />

cavities, which is often caused by<br />

the bottle or sippy cup. “These issues<br />

are easily preventable,” he says. “Your<br />

dentist will teach you about the use<br />

of proper kid’s toothbrushes and<br />

toothpastes, as well the importance<br />

of flossing from a young age.” It’s also<br />

important to be mindful of what you<br />

place in your child’s bottle or cup – it’s<br />

best to avoid fruit juice and added<br />


When it comes to establishing good oral hygiene habits,<br />

Dr Chetty recommends using a good-quality kids’<br />

toothbrush with soft bristles, as well as a toothpaste that<br />

contains fluoride and an alcohol-free mouthwash if your<br />

child is old enough to rinse. “I would suggest parents brush<br />

for their kids up until the age of six years old,” he says.<br />

“After that, it’s important to monitor that your child is doing<br />

it correctly. It’s a good idea to bring your child to the dentist<br />

for a check-up twice a year, and to educate your kids on the<br />

importance of oral health.”<br />

Diet plays a very important role in children’s oral health,<br />

and ultimately the development of healthy adult teeth.<br />

“Parents should encourage their children to avoid<br />

excessive amounts of sugar, and limit fizzy drinks,” says<br />

Dr Chetty. “Some good snack options include biltong, nuts<br />

and cheese.”<br />

Details: Level 3A The Pearls Mall, 6 Lagoon Drive, <strong>Umhl</strong>anga;<br />

www.pearlsmed.co.za/dentalmed; 086 155 5111;<br />


The magic of yoga<br />

and mindfulness<br />


Educator, health and<br />

wellness coach,<br />

and kids yoga teacher,<br />

Cara Markewicz finds joy<br />

in teaching little ones the<br />

skills they need to stay<br />

calm and connected.<br />

Cara has spent most of her adult life<br />

teaching, with some experience in<br />

South Africa and the UK, but mostly<br />

in Asia, a place she calls her second<br />

home. She lived in South Korea and<br />

Vietnam for many years, and it was<br />

during her time there that she noticed<br />

many young people struggling to<br />

deal with their emotions. “I wanted to<br />

be part of changing this,” she explains.<br />

“As I explored health issues of my<br />

own and navigated expat life, Covid,<br />

and the impact it had on people, I<br />

felt called into the world of health<br />

and wellness.” In 2022, after a decade<br />

abroad, she decided to move home<br />

and embark on a new chapter.<br />

On returning to South Africa, Cara<br />

completed her certification as a<br />

health and wellness coach. She<br />

focuses on developing educational<br />

workshops on mindfulness and<br />

how to prioritise wellbeing in the<br />

workplace. Although she loves this<br />

work, and continues to offer these<br />

workshops, she realised that her true<br />

calling was working with children.<br />

She completed her teacher training<br />

with YogiBearsZA before launching<br />

her own business, OMtots Yoga &<br />

Mindfulness for Kids.<br />

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Cara says that the benefits of yoga for kids are numerous<br />

– physical, emotional and mental – but for her, it’s the<br />

mindfulness they learn along the way that’s really special. Other<br />

benefits include improved self-confidence and self-worth,<br />

as well as self-regulation skills and a deeper connection to<br />

self and awareness of their abilities. “This linking of yoga and<br />

mindfulness practices forms the foundation of OMtots, which<br />

aims to build future generations that are calm, confident, and<br />

connected,” she explains.<br />

Having studied drama and performance at university, Cara<br />

enjoys using storytelling, voices and facial expressions to keep<br />

young children engaged during yoga sessions. “The playful<br />

nature of a yoga story and the way I present it also helps<br />

children stay on the entire adventure with me,” she says. “I also<br />

love adding an extra dimension by incorporating props and<br />

educational toys into each class.”<br />

Since starting her yoga classes, Cara has been blown away by<br />

the response she has received so far. “I’m so excited that more<br />

people are recognising the need for children to gain these<br />

useful skills and are eager to give their children the opportunity<br />

to do so,” she says. She currently teaches yoga privately and<br />

as an extramural at pre-schools. She also has a junior primary<br />

programme and has plans to develop programmes for senior<br />

primary schools, as well as children with special needs.<br />

Details: 084 900 0552; cara@omtots.co.za; IG: @omtots_sa;<br />

FB: OMtots Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids

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Building the<br />

future<br />

Every parent hopes for a wellrounded,<br />

healthy and happy<br />

child. On the North Coast,<br />

we are blessed with some<br />

amazing professionals who<br />

help our little ones to thrive…<br />

Mr Andre Buys – CEO of Ashton International College<br />

In 1998, Andre started Ashton International College with a clear vision based on the<br />

school’s current motto: “Excellence belongs to the Zealous”. The school is renowned<br />

on the North Coast for its character, courage, vision and most exceptional level of<br />

education. As education evolves, the team at Ashton strives to ensure dynamic learning<br />

is extended and maintained throughout the IEB and Cambridge curriculums. Andre is<br />

grateful for his team of teachers and staff who share his heart, goals and vision for the<br />

school. He is proud of the school’s offerings in sport, culture and academics, and the<br />

fact that each student that enters the campus has the potential to positively benefit<br />

themselves, their school and the community.<br />

Mrs Belinda Boucher – Head of the Senior College at Ashton International College<br />

Belinda believes that it's crucial to equip students with skills for the modern world while<br />

navigating the evolving education landscape. Belinda and her team are dedicated to<br />

this mission, preparing students for a future of rapid technological advancements and<br />

globalisation. They prioritise critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability through a diverse<br />

curriculum, offering IEB or Cambridge International Curriculum options. Recognising<br />

each student's uniqueness, Belinda offers personalised support for her students’ success.<br />

Beyond academics, her team focuses on holistic development, nurturing intellectual,<br />

emotional, and social growth through extracurricular activities. She believes that studying<br />

at Ashton <strong>Ballito</strong> offers a world-class education, essential life skills, and a promising future.<br />

Details: scadmissions@ashtonballito.co.za<br />

Janine Pretorius – Cambridge Exam Officer at Ashton International College<br />

Cambridge qualifications are highly esteemed by leading universities worldwide,<br />

offering Ashton students a gateway to diverse opportunities and Janine is proud to be<br />

part of this offering. These qualifications equip students with essential skills for success in<br />

higher education and beyond, fostering critical thinking, research proficiency, and deep<br />

subject knowledge. Cambridge's assessments are meticulously designed to be fair, valid,<br />

and reliable, providing an accurate reflection of students' abilities. Ashton International<br />

College <strong>Ballito</strong> students undertake IGCSE exams in Form 3 and AS-Level exams in<br />

Form 4, with support from Cambridge in exam administration and resources. Notably,<br />

Ashton students excelled in various subjects during the October/November 2023 series,<br />

showcasing the exceptional teaching quality at the College.<br />

Details: scadmissions@ashtonballito.co.za<br />

Mr Jonathan Matthews – IEB Examinations Officer at Ashton International College<br />

Jonathan Matthews is the IEB Examinations Officer at Ashton International College in<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong>. He believes that the IEB curriculum at Ashton International College <strong>Ballito</strong> offers<br />

exceptional training programs and workshops for educators, fostering collaboration<br />

and knowledge-sharing. Participation in IEB conferences enhances an educator’s ability<br />

to provide students with a platform to reach their academic potential. With the use<br />

of portal software endorsed by the IEB, Jonathan and his team support students with<br />

accommodations, promoting inclusivity in assessments. The IEB's commitment to quality<br />

education shapes future leaders, and Jonathan believes that embracing this advantage<br />

at Ashton International College <strong>Ballito</strong> ensures a world of educational excellence.<br />

Details: scadmisssions@ashtonballito.co.za

Ms Nikki Hamann – Head of the Junior College at Ashton International College<br />

‘Uniquely Different’ is the focus of the Ashton Junior College as Nikki and her team<br />

aim to offer the children an exceptional learning environment. They provide a support<br />

system that allows children to grow and develop into confident, independent thinkers.<br />

Every grade, from Grade one to seven, has a fully-qualified teacher who forms part of the<br />

teaching and learning process. In Grade one, two and three, the studio teachers enrich<br />

the students learning experience through ‘Studio Time’ where the class is taken on a<br />

creative journey where facts and figures are brought to life! From Grade four to seven,<br />

the studio teacher forms part of lessons in a support or extension capacity.<br />

Details: intreception@ashtonballito.co.za<br />

Mrs Germare Buys – Head of the Ashlings at Ashton International College<br />

The Ashlings Early Learning Centre is a place where giggles and boundless energy<br />

constantly fill every corner of the classrooms and playgrounds. As the proud principal,<br />

Germare is thrilled to be part of the vibrant educational journey that her team provides<br />

children from Grade 0000 to Grade R. Her team of qualified educators, supported by<br />

dedicated teaching assistants, foster a harmonious and holistic blend of learning and<br />

play, laying a strong foundation for formal education in the foundation phase. In the<br />

Ashlings, the curriculum is a delightful mix of play-based learning and specialised<br />

sessions in music, drumming, robotics, computers, physical education and swimming.<br />

The unique approach ensures that every child blossoms in a nurturing environment.<br />

Details: applications@ashtonballito.co.za<br />

Mrs Sue Booysen and Mrs Kathy Faul –<br />

Remedial therapists at Ashton International College<br />

Children may experience difficulties in their learning and understanding of educational<br />

content or skills for various reasons. Remediation is a process aimed at addressing<br />

these gaps in their skills, which usually involves developmental challenges in literacy<br />

and numeracy. At Ashton International College, Sue and Kathy offer a remedial therapy<br />

programme that focuses on addressing these barriers in a one-on-one therapistchild<br />

setting. Each programme is uniquely tailored to the needs of the individual,<br />

allowing students to thrive confidently in the schooling environment. It helps them to<br />

understand and work on their difficulties in a secure and creative learning environment.<br />

Details: ashreception@ashtonballito.co.za<br />

Mrs Deidre Hulett – IT Manager at Ashton International College<br />

Students at Ashton have the opportunity to attend lessons in one of eight dedicated<br />

computer labs. Deidre and her team of teachers deliver lessons from Lego Six Bricks,<br />

Coding and Robotics, offering the possibility of competing in the World Robotics<br />

Olympiad. Computer Literacy lessons are offered from Ashlings to Form two. A student<br />

may then select IT as one of three IT Matric subjects. To enhance the student’s learning<br />

experience at Ashton there are smart boards and panels in the classrooms and VR is<br />

being introduced as a featured technology. Microsoft Teams is available for students<br />

who need to liaise with their teachers online. Deidre and her team provide technical<br />

support to all systems, software and hardware.<br />

Details: admin@ashtonballito.co.za<br />

Mr Gregg Howard – Head of Sport at Ashton International College<br />

Ashton continuously expands its sport offerings throughout the school year, fostering a<br />

dynamic and vibrant environment for students. Gregg and his team value sportsmanship,<br />

discipline, teamwork, and time management. On his team, Gregg has coaches who play and<br />

coach at provincial and national level. This brings a new outlook to the coaching philosophy,<br />

which contributes to their success. Gregg likes to build positive relationships with other<br />

schools, promoting respect and camaraderie on the sports fields. The diverse range of<br />

sporting codes at Ashton is supported by top-notch facilities, including an FIH indoor<br />

hockey arena, astroturf, rugby fields, heated swimming pool, cricket nets, tennis, basketball<br />

and netball courts, athletics track and a new multipurpose field under construction.<br />

Details: sporthead@ashtonballito.co.za

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Annalize Gould – Speech and Language Therapist<br />

Speech and language therapy forms a vital part of many school-going children's<br />

education, since effective communication on many levels is crucial for academic<br />

success. Whether it is speech, language, reading, spelling, expressive writing, reading<br />

comprehension or auditory processing that your child battles with, Annalize and her team<br />

will assess and advise on the most effective path to remediate your child's difficulties.<br />

Annalize starts working with children as young as two years old as she understands that<br />

early intervention results in the best possible outcome. Her team has also come to realise<br />

that often a 'wait and see' approach does not allow for difficulties to be addressed early.<br />

Details: 079 378 0088; annalize.gould@gmail.com; IG: @annalizegouldspeechtherapy;<br />

FB: Annalize Gould Speech and Language Therapy<br />

The Treehouse Learning Centre – Remediation Centre<br />

Based in Salt Rock, The Treehouse Learning Centre offers a unique learning environment<br />

for children with learning challenges and those on the Autism Spectrum. We support<br />

learners between the ages of 8 and 13. All learning takes place within a small group and<br />

one-to-one context, with a maximum of 5 children per tutor, and facilitator where<br />

necessary. The classroom is a calm, nurturing space with blends into its backdrop of<br />

trees and outdoor play areas. Exploring the outdoors and movement breaks are a source<br />

of joy to the children. “We believe our special learners thrive when they feel loved and<br />

secure and our aim to facilitate each child in achieving their full academic potential".<br />

For more info please visit our website: www.treehouselearning.co.za<br />

CARLA DE BRITO – Head of Boarding at Crawford International North Coast<br />

It has been six months since the highly-experienced Carla started her new position at<br />

the first-class boarding facilities at Crawford North Coast. With an impressive 25-year<br />

career behind her (including 15 years in boarding at Pecanwood College), she has<br />

certainly made her mark quickly in her new role. “I love being at Crawford North Coast.<br />

Our boarding girls and boys (grades 5-12) are so fortunate to have their own individual<br />

rooms, as well as to live and study on such a safe campus in an incredible location! The<br />

children are getting a world-class education and I’m so honoured to be part of ensuring<br />

their boarding school years are happy and memorable,” she says.<br />

Details: www.crawfordinternational.co.za; 032 943 3<strong>24</strong>0; northcoast@crawfordinternational.co.za;<br />

IG: @crawford_northcoast; FB: Crawford International North Coast<br />

SAMUEL GOVENDER – IT, Mathematics Teacher and Management Team Member<br />

at Crawford International North Coast<br />

Samuel has been teaching information technology for the last 18 years. The subject has<br />

become a sought-after elective with a 2023 matric average of 87%. IT has a theoretical<br />

aspect but there is a major focus on the programming skills and honing student’s critical<br />

and computational thinking skills. Samuel is passionate about empowering students<br />

with these skills for a world driven by data centrism. “The use of ICT (Information and<br />

Communications Technologies) is the backbone of information systems for every sector.<br />

With AI being the new buzzword and technology improving, it’s vital that students be<br />

informed and learn skills to be a part of this evolution,” he says.<br />

Details: www.crawfordinternational.co.za; 032 943 3<strong>24</strong>0; northcoast@crawfordinternational.co.za;<br />

IG: @crawford_northcoast; FB: Crawford International North Coast<br />

ANELE NCANE – School Counsellor at Crawford International North Coast<br />

Anele Ncane is a life orientation teacher, school counsellor, and accommodations<br />

coordinator who embraces days that are diverse and fulfilling. Outside of being in class,<br />

she also offers individual counselling, assists students set academic goals, and guides<br />

them on higher education and career paths. As an accommodations coordinator, Anele<br />

ensures students with learning barriers access necessary resources and exam concessions.<br />

Integrating these roles, Anele supports holistic student development, emphasising<br />

emotional and personal growth alongside academics. As she puts it so beautifully, "I find<br />

joy in working in a nurturing environment that caters not only to the students' academic<br />

needs but also to their emotional and personal development."<br />

Details: www.crawfordinternational.co.za; 032 943 3<strong>24</strong>0; northcoast@crawfordinternational.co.za;<br />

IG: @crawford_northcoast; FB: Crawford International North Coast

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Holiday<br />

happenings<br />

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Swing by The Hidden Forest Wildlife<br />

Sanctuary for a truly unforgettable day<br />

out. Take a guided walking tour through<br />

this stunning 23-hectare forest sanctuary<br />

in search of free-roaming lemurs, exotic<br />

monkeys, and local wildlife. The sanctuary<br />

is open daily, including weekends and<br />

public holidays. Take this advert to get a<br />

10% discount (GETIT10%).<br />

Details: www.hiddenforest.co.za;<br />

032 004 0178<br />

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The school holidays are fast<br />

approaching! Fortunately, there’s<br />

plenty to keep little ones busy on<br />

the North Coast. From outdoor play<br />

and beach fun, to nature trails and<br />

good food, here are the activities<br />

you won’t want to miss…<br />


Transform your child's school holidays<br />

into an unforgettable adventure! Join<br />

Sugar Bay, an American-style holiday<br />

camp located in picturesque Zinkwazi<br />

Beach. With more than 100 activities,<br />

state-of-the-art facilities and <strong>24</strong>-<br />

hour supervision, your child's safety<br />

and joy are priorities. Convenient<br />

transport from Sandton and King<br />

Shaka Airport are available.<br />

Details: www.sugarbay.co.za;<br />

032 485 3778; IG: @sugarbaycamp;<br />

FB: sugarbay789<br />

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Boasting one of the best locations<br />

in the city, The Forest Café<br />

<strong>Umhl</strong>anga, offers a serene café<br />

experience in a tranquil coastal<br />

forest setting. The popular coffeeshop<br />

is set within the protected<br />

uMhlanga Lagoon Nature<br />

Reserve. This is the perfect spot<br />

for the whole family to stop and<br />

get a quick lunch or coffee, while<br />

the kids can play on the beach.<br />

Details: IG:@bikeandbean_durban;<br />



Omtots Yoga & Mindfulness<br />

OMtots is a yoga and mindfulness program for kids allowing room for<br />

exploration of the mind-body connection, dealing with BIG emotions,<br />

as well as what it means to fully be themselves in the world. Kids yoga<br />

combines visualisation and imagination, breathwork, storytelling<br />

and age-appropriate poses. Focus is on meeting children at their<br />

level and activities are presented in a playful manner. Classes can<br />

be loud and fun, but also include moments of calm.<br />

Details: IG: @omtots_sa; FB: OMtots Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids;<br />

084 900 0552<br />


Toptots is a parent and child workshop focussing on stimulating activities that<br />

are age appropriate, designed by occupational therapists and physiotherapists,<br />

and facilitated by trained teachers. The programme caters for children aged six<br />

weeks to four years old. Classes are 90 minutes and include<br />

activities that can easily be replicated at home. Included in every<br />

lesson: perceptual development, creative messy play, social and<br />

emotional development, music, fine and gross motor skills and<br />

sensory motor activities. Contact us for a free trial lesson!<br />

Details: Ang Downer - 082 469 3307; IG: @toptotsballito; FB: Toptots <strong>Ballito</strong><br />


The team at <strong>Umhl</strong>anga GP prides themselves on being a family-orientated medical<br />

practice. They strive to keep the environment calm, friendly and child appropriate.<br />

As both doctors are mothers themselves, they understand the unseen challenges<br />

of parenting and put the needs of your kids first. The team also<br />

promotes preventative health measures and hopes to keep your<br />

children healthy for longer!<br />

Details: 031 880 5050, WhatsApp: 060 535 0280;<br />

nerissa@umhlangagp.net; IG: @ umhlangagp;<br />

FB: <strong>Umhl</strong>anga General Practitioners<br />


Painting on Purpose is a non-profit organisation that aims to bridge communities<br />

in a memorable and impactful way through creativity. They offer creative team<br />

building workshops, as well as fun graffiti lessons for kids. They<br />

also do custom graffiti bedroom murals for kids. The team behind<br />

Painting on Purpose has a heart for community and loves to add<br />

colour and creativity to spaces.<br />

Details: 079 493 7194; paintingonpurposeco@gmail.com;<br />

IG: @paintingonpurposeco; FB: Painting On Purpose


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In our July issue, we include a special Property Guide, in which we showcase some of the area's most soughtafter<br />

estates, explore innovative architecture and discover some beautiful homes on the North Coast.<br />

We also reveal stunning decor trends, new foodie finds and things to do during the cooler months.<br />

To showcase your product or service, get in touch with our sales team to secure your place.<br />

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Safari<br />

on the<br />

Kariega<br />

Text Kym Argo<br />

It’s always the unexpected that keeps travelling exciting.<br />

And for those who’ve been on safari in South Africa, and<br />

think they’ve experienced everything, Sibuya Game<br />

Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers up a few surprises.<br />

Yes ... it’s a fusion of luxury and environmental<br />

awareness. Yip ... it’s home to the Big Five. And with<br />

almost 400 different species in the area, it really is a bird<br />

lover’s paradise.<br />

But it’s the country’s only game reserve that is only<br />

reached by boat ... boarded at the Sibuya reception near<br />

the Kariega River mouth in Kenton on Sea, you’ll take a<br />

leisurely cruise up the Kariega River estuary. Depending<br />

on what you discover, the gentle cruise takes anything<br />

from 45 minutes to a little over an hour ... spotting longlegged<br />

Black-winged Stilts and gorgeous Sacred Ibis and<br />

brightly coloured Kingfishers and impressive Fish Eagles.<br />

It’s a gorgeous, relaxing way to kick off your Sibuya safari,<br />

which is one of the Cape Country Routes South Africa<br />

privately owned destinations.<br />

More of the unexpected. You will be offered early<br />

morning and evening game drives, but there are other<br />

options too ... fishing on the Kariega is hugely popular,<br />

either from the bank or from one of the small boats,<br />

there’s canoeing on the river, and you can opt for a beach<br />

walk as well as one in the bush. Excluded from the rates,<br />

but possible to book, are deep sea fishing excursions, and<br />

beach and reserve horse riding outings.<br />

Accommodation wise, there are a trio of choices ... two<br />

luxurious tented camps and an exclusive lodge. We<br />

stayed at Forest Camp ... where each of the eight tents,<br />

connected by wooden walkways, are private and well<br />

concealed in the indigenous thicket. With king size beds<br />

and a surprisingly comfortable pull out sleeper divan, it’s<br />

a great option for those travelling with older children - no<br />

under 12s allowed. There’s also the River Camp, with four<br />

spacious tents, so great for a group of friends travelling<br />

together, and where younger children are welcome. Both<br />

camps are comfy, have fireplaces for chilly evenings, and<br />

have central living areas where guests gather for meals<br />

and game drives. The third option is the more luxurious<br />

thatched Bush Lodge, with four suites, personal viewing<br />

decks, indoor and outdoor showers and a swimming<br />

pool. Bush Lodge, unlike the other two camps, has<br />

electricity - and air-conditioning - in the rooms ... for bush<br />

and river camps you rely on solar as they’re all about living<br />

off the grid and embracing sustainability.<br />

The area is lush, with Eastern Cape valley bushveld,<br />

grasslands and coastal forests, so game is plentiful, and<br />

game drives thrilling with elephant, rhino, antelope,<br />

including the rare bontebok and oribi, and plenty of<br />

giraffe and zebra. On our visit the leopards lived up to<br />

their elusive title, but lion - in a separate, enclosed part of<br />

the reserve - were seen proudly strutting their king of the<br />

jungle stuff.<br />

Rates start at R4931 per person in low season, excluding<br />

Rhino conservation levies, including accommodation,<br />

all meals and local drinks, morning and evening game<br />

drives, boat transfers, fishing, canoeing and bush walking.<br />

Children under 2 stay free.<br />

Details: www.sibuya.co.za, IG: @sibuya_game_reserve,<br />

FB: SibuyaGameReserve; www.capecountryroutes.com,<br />

IG: @capecountryroutes, FB: CapeCountryRoutes<br />

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