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The Midlands is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa for good reason! We take a look at some amazing places to stay when you are visiting this magical part of South Africa, escaping from the hustle and bustle of city living.   Granny Mouse Country House & Spa As one of the oldest establishments in the Midlands area, Granny Mouse is well-known for its romantic atmosphere and culinary delights. Guests come from...

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Curro Mount Richmore in Salt Rock has a new Executive Head, Mr Thomas. Originally from the Eastern Cape, he has taught in both South Africa and Europe, at schools such as St Stithians in Johannesburg, King Williams College in the UK, Cambridge, Hudson Park Schools in the Eastern Cape, and Belvedere College in Ireland. As a passionate Sharks fan, we think that Mr Thomas has come to the right place here in Durban! Mr Thomas...

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Nine years ago, after making the move to Ballito, Moira Manson noticed a lack of barber shops in the town, which she saw as the perfect opportunity to start a professional men’s grooming store and a vibrant new industry. And so, Café Barber was born! Since then, it has grown from strength to strength. As a local business owner, Moira loves people, and they play a huge part in why she loves her job. “Every...

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When the world was alerted of the first cases of COVID-19, few people would have predicted the current world-wide crisis, yet now we are living in it! Whilst navigating uncharted waters, many are encountering various emotional states of anxiety, depression and financial strain, and it was incumbent on the College to remain committed to mobilising platforms to ensure that quality education continued from the start of the Academic Term on 14 April.   In a...

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At 19, most of us are concentrating on passing our first year of varsity or enjoying a gap year travelling to exotic places around the world. For Ashley Maidman, this was not the case! During her first year out of school, Ashley was working on bringing her business, Bubbadue, to life. We caught up with her to find out more about the inspiration behind her business, how she went about developing Bubbadue and what it’s...

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The South African Young Wine Show gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage. This year, Flagstone’s un-wooded Sauvignon Blanc claimed the competition’s most coveted General Smuts Trophy as 2019’s Best SA Young Wine. This is the second time Flagstone has achieved top honours as overall champion at the SA Young Wine Show, following 2010’s triumph with a Sémillon. In addition to the General Smuts Trophy, Flagstone’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc...

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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...