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Wedding ceremonies range from absolute extravagance with the heaviest price tags, right to unorthodox options with Middle-Eastern influence on traditional themes. However, I find that the most memorable weddings are the ones filled with meaningful signatures, a relaxed bride, and a grateful groom… The Dress I had been to all the shops that I could think of and I couldn’t find anything that I liked, after setting my sights on a huge princess-style dress. I...

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We chatted to three of Ballito’s most influential women during our cover photoshoot and found out what inspires them, and how they integrate their unique personalities into the communities and people around them. Anna Kelly (Marketing Manager of Chateau Gateaux) Who are you? I was born in Germany (my Dad was a fighter pilot in the RAF and stationed there at the time) and am from a very large and loving family scattered all over...

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We are celebrating this Women’s Month by showcasing a few of our young local female entrepreneurs! We caught up with some of the busiest and most successful young entrepreneurial ladies in Ballito. Crystin Parnell is beautiful and bold, with endless pools of blue for eyes, and a bare-faced innocence that can only come from being a 19 year old dream-chaser. She sports long, beautiful hair and exudes a unique charisma, wearing a dainty nose-ring that...

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You would be hard-pressed to find any massage-loving individual who has not heard of – or had the ultimate pleasure of experiencing – Africa’s iconic Mangwanani Spa. We all know the women of Mangwanani, clad in their orange attire and smelling like calming essential oils, but what about the story behind the brand? And more importantly, what about the one woman behind all of these women – the one that started it all…? As I...

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It’s no secret that to date a rugby player calls for sacrifices and oodles of support… making these women truly remarkable in their own right. Read about who they are, from their careers and quirks to their favourite books and life mantras. Kate Lambie (28)   Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do: I grew up in Zululand and then the Natal midlands. I’ve been a primary school teacher for...

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Because we live in an area that boasts an abundance of monkeys, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to co-exist with them!  That being said, we must not forget that we have taken over their natural habitat, forcing them to reside and forage in unforgiving urban settings. That’s where Monkeyland KZN steps in, offering a sanctuary to confiscated, exotic monkeys and enabling a mode of ecotourism that allows us to admire our furry...

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge officially opened this month, making it the first Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotel in KwaZulu-Natal and the fourth in South Africa. A highly anticipated addition to the brand’s fast-growing portfolio, it joins Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotels in Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Cape Town and Menlyn (Pretoria). A short drive from King Shaka International Airport, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge is...

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Kicking, rolling, crawling, and weaponry right here in Ballito… Not many people bear a name that reflects their looks, but Onyx, with her jet black hair and gemstone eyes, is one of them. Not many people have their black belt in the ancient art of Kung Fu either, but this nine-year-old is one of only a handful of people in the world who does. She walks up, bold and calculative, and kicks the punching bag...

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In a tech-saturated world, we’ve all heard the expression “Print is a dying industry”. With rapid advancements in broadcast media, consumers are spoiled for choice. The national newspaper is no longer the sole provider of information, as consumers turn to televised news channels, an endless selection of podcasts, and of course, the grand maestro of them all: the internet. But to completely disregard the power of print in a digitally-heavy world, is not just an...