Lorinda and I were reminiscing about Ballito recently. It started with us remembering our first visit to Food Matters, a small restaurant that used to be on the corner of The Well Centre. It was one of the first places we grabbed a coffee when we moved to Ballito almost 20 years ago.
The conversation bounced between places we remember, changes to the town, and the courageous and brave people who took on iconic projects that created landmarks on the North Coast. Ballito has a special place in our hearts, and it’s not just because of the stunning beaches and gorgeous weather!
The people of Ballito are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you will meet. Whether you were born and raised here or just passed through, you are always treated like part of the Ballito family. As you get to know the people around town, you find that everyone – even the business owners, shopkeepers, restaurant owners and neighbours – waves and greets you as you pass by. Ballito is a town where everyone seems to get to know everyone, and it creates a sense of family that is hard to find elsewhere.
I also think one of the things that makes Ballito so special is the food (just spend a few months away, and you’ll see what I mean). Our local restaurants have some of the best food on the planet, and I think we don’t realise just how blessed we are to have such great restaurateurs ply their trade here in Ballito. Check out our “Food Safari” on page 44 to get a taste of what I’m talking about.
Of course, I can’t talk about Ballito without mentioning our beaches. The golden sand and warm waters of the Indian Ocean are a paradise for surfers, swimmers and those of us who don’t ever want to know what a spray-on tan is! Whether you are trying to catch a wave, walking along the promenade, or just soaking in the sun, the beaches of Ballito are amazing.
Reflecting on life here in Ballito, I can’t help but feel that the hardships of life in KZN sometimes lead us to forget just how wonderful life is in our town. It’s a place that always feels like home, no matter where you are in the world. From the warm and welcoming people and brave entrepreneurs to the delicious food and stunning beaches, Ballito truly is a small town with a big heart.
Enjoy the magazine, and I look forward to chatting again soon.
Justin and the FabMags team