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If you follow I Love Ballito on social media or our The Ballito page, you might have seen or heard of the Love Local initiative. The campaign involves a series of Zoom sessions, four so far, where members of the community come together to discuss a particular topic related to businesses and the community affected by the lockdown, focusing on what was happening and where to next! I Love Ballito owners, Tim Johnson and Justin...

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Flag Animal Farm is well-known amongst both locals and visitors of Ballito, so when they were facing hard times during the lockdown, Chris and Emily Allan, local photographers, started the Flag Animal Farm project to raise awareness and encourage people to donate and assist the farm where they can. We caught up with Chris to find out more about the project.   What sparked the idea for the project? We have loved the idea of...

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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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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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We caught up with Karl Desler, founder of Salt Rock Coffee Company and coffee connoisseur!   Upon entering Salt Rock Coffee Company in the Salt Rock Centre, one immediately feels at home. No matter the time of day, you will always find a wonderful energy in this space, filled with people relaxing, socialising, having meetings or getting some work done. Everything about Salt Rock Coffee Company is local, from the owner to the décor and...

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South Africa is home to a passionate equestrian community. The horseracing industry alone contributes approximately R2,71 billion to South Africa’s annual GDP. Having taken inspiration from South African and internationally renowned elite equestrian and lifestyle estates, the Royal Shaka Property Group has officially launched Seaton’s first phase, The Club. Pushing the boundaries on estate living, The Club presents an unrivalled equestrian lifestyle with the introduction of KwaZulu-Natal’s first Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor arenas for show...

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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...