Christmas Stars of 2017

Here they are! Our Christmas Stars of 2017! These three stars have individually done incredible things in both their careers and in our beautiful town of Ballito.

Tendai Mtawarira “Beast”
Sport Star

1. What does your daily job entail?
I am a professional sportsman. I play rugby for the Sharks and the Springbok rugby team. So that means a lot of training, traveling and of course, rugby!

2. What has been your personal greatest achievement of 2017?
Winning the French series in June with the Boks and business wise, starting my own marketing company.

3. What would you say you are most passionate about?
I’m passionate about the youth and building a better and brighter future for the next generation.

4. What is the best advice you have ever been given, and by whom?
Never ever give up in all that you do. You will fail many times but that will be your testimony when you succeed. I read it somewhere, haha!

5. What does your community mean to you and how do you make sure you give back?
My community means the world to me. I spend time joining good causes like teaming up with the CANSA association recently with my wife Kuziva to make woman more aware of breast cancer. I also visit schools and to promote anti-bullying and encouraging the kids to study hard as well and dream BIG!!

6. What inspires you?
There are many people at the moment that are changing the world through what they do in the business or sporting world. People like Strive Masiyiwa, Lebron James, Vusi Thembekwayo and Barack Obama.

7. What is your favourite thing about Ballito?
The peace and quiet and just being so close to nature. It’s super safe and has great schools for my kids. And of course, our beaches!

8. How do you unwind in this amazing place called Ballito?
I love to take my family to the beach and ride bikes with my kids on trails and just chilling in Zimbali to just unwind and refresh.

 

Nicky Stirton
Community Star


1. What does your daily job entail?
I co-run a Paediatric Occupational Therapy practice. I am also the founder of Bloom Centre, a school for special needs children; which are both based in Salt Rock. Two mornings a week are spent at Reddam House in Umhlanga, where I see mainstream children for therapy. I work at our practice one full day a week and then I’m at Bloom for the rest of the week doing therapy and management-related duties. A lot of hands on therapy and a lot of meetings!

2. What has been your personal greatest achievement of 2017?
I believe I’ve had a lot of personal growth this year. I have learnt to define my personal boundaries, to ensure the well-being of myself and my family, to honour every individual with words and actions, to find effective ways to handle confrontation, which is particularly tough for me, to forgive when it hurts, and that ‘no man is an island’. I would never be the person I am today without my wonderful husband, family, friends and colleagues.

3. What would you say you are most passionate about?
Life. After experiencing a near-death experience three years ago, I believe that we have to live each day to the fullest, giving 100% to everything that we do. My entire family, my husband, my three children who fill my love tank daily and teach me so much about life. I am also deeply passionate about my job. I’m fortunate to wake up each morning filled with excitement towards what the day will bring.

4. What is the best advice you have ever been given, and by whom?
A piece of advice that my best friend gave me was: “No one likes peanut butter thinly spread.” I can spread myself thinly doing lots of different things and helping lots of people but it’s no good if I am overextended and unable to help sufficiently.

5. What does your community mean to you and how do you make sure you give back?
Ballito’s DNA is made up of kindness, fun, generosity and opportunity. Being a part of Bloom Centre has reinforced what an amazing community we live in, as many individuals and local businesses have supported our vision in astounding ways. We are now in our fourth year and have grown to 18 children and 14 staff members. I am so honoured to be a part of Bloom which gives back to our community by providing a place of hope and resource for children with special needs and our community as a whole.

6. What inspires you?
These beautiful lyrics, from a song that I love, inspire me: “Let the King of my heart; Be the wind inside my sails; The anchor in the waves; He is my song. Let the King of my heart; Be the fire inside my veins; The echo of my days; Oh, He is my song”.

7. What is your favourite thing about Ballito?
The people! When I was very sick, three years ago, I felt the community of Ballito support me in such an amazing way. I had people who didn’t even know me praying; people dropping off meals for months, as well as fetching and carrying my children for me. It was truly incredible!

8. How do you unwind in this amazing place called Ballito?
There is rarely enough time to unwind, being a working mom with three kids! I love walking around my estate with my kids or having a cup of tea with my sister whilst our kids play in the garden. Ringside Boxing in the mornings helps me start my day right, and, when I get a night off, modern dancing at Sugar Dance is a must! Amongst my favourites, Scoop for ice-cream with the kids and date night at Ray’s Kitchen with my hubby are on the top of my list.

Margaret Westerhof
Radio Star/Rising Star

1. What does your daily job entail?
I run a marketing agency TMB Brand Management which has operated since 2015. We specialise in consulting, strategy and campaigns, so my days are spent in meetings, with clients, with the team, and suppliers relative to the industry. I then change caps at 1pm where the East Coast Drive team prep and then from 3-6 pm we (Bongani and I) drive home with you from Monday to Fridays. But my day doesn’t stop there, I am often with corporates discussing what it means to “never give up”.

2. What has been your personal greatest achievement of 2017?
It goes without saying, being asked to go back on air and join the East Coast Drive Team – it was completely out the blue, I had no clue I had been short listed to go back and join Phat Joe, until February the 17th came and my whole world turned around… straight out of heaven, and to top it I was asked to stay on as Bongani and Mags. Just to put this in perspective it was 10 years to the month that I went back on-air on the exact same show I left all that time ago… so if you don’t believe in miracles and breakthroughs then just look at me, I’m living proof!

3. What would you say you are most passionate about?
Undeniably my son, he is my earth, my wind and my fire.

4. What is the best advice you have ever been given, and by whom?
Is there really only one bit of advice that makes it the best, I believe it’s all the little bits of advice along the way that make it pertinent to the situation, the advice that surfaces when answering you is from my Mom ‘never give up’, but what does that mean, it means that when you cannot carry on you just keep moving, even if it feels like the wrong direction you just keep moving no matter what anyone tells you, keep moving, its lonely but you will come through. The other one is “try, try and try again until you get it right, if its what you want to do then you try until you get it right, and not just mediocre but properly right.

5. What does your community mean to you and how do you make sure you give back?
My family is my community, I give back by making time, quality time and always including them in my life, they are a part of my journey and I keep them close… it takes a village, my friends in Ballito have never left my side, through thick and thin, they know exactly who they are.

6. What inspires you?
Goal setting inspires me massively, I LOVE creating vision boards, and list goals daily and when I am able to look back and benchmark it all whether personal or business, then I am fully inspired.

7. What is your favourite thing about Ballito?
The accessibility to everything, my family especially, the stunning estates and the simple fact we are a hop and a skip from gorgeous inland and sea activities, we are always biking, running or at the beach, its exactly why we made the move from Durban North 5 years ago.

8. How do you unwind in this amazing place called Ballito?
With a book and my family, we generally head to Christmas Bay.

 

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