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In a time when things are tough, we are feeling inspired by these go-getting, young male entrepreneurs. Not only are they local, but they have some amazing products and services to offer Ballito residents. We caught up with them to find out more about their businesses, what they have learned and what they love about being local!   Trystan Hobart – From the Woods  Originally from Zimbabwe, Trystan moved to South Africa a little over...

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Opening photo by Barry Bowditch Photography   A sense of community in the North Coast is one of the things we love most about living here! When times are tough, we come together and support one another, because without each other, this town wouldn’t be the same. We caught up with some local business owners to find out more about what they offer, and why they love Ballito.   Curro Castle Mount Richmore    Curro...

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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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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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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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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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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...