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 Castle Mount Richmore is a home away from home, offering both a happy, playful environment for children, with a smart, fun and dynamic facility that’s ready to embrace the whole-child learning curriculum from three months to five years old. The queen of this Castle is Jacqueline Clark. She’s a mom to three boys, who have had a huge impact on how she runs things at Curro Castle, and she is passionate about her job. “My passion in life is to help, and in particular, to help young people grow into confident adults with a high self-esteem. I believe this is the answer to doing life well.” Jacky has been teaching for over 20 years and brings all of her experience to Curro Castle Mount Richmore. Why does Jacky love being based at Curro in Salt Rock? “We are so blessed to have many families who have moved to KZN who choose our school, and it is always comforting to see how quickly our Curro Castle families embrace and include our new families,” she says. “Our motto is, “Your family is our family!” and our Castle families are proof that we live by this.”
082 086 4644
CrossFit Ballito is all about “Making Humans Great” through movement, nutrition and overall healthy lifestyle changes. They want the best for each of their members and offer the personal coaching they need to reach their individualised goals. Since they started in Ballito, they have built an amazing community of like-minded individuals from all walks of life who uplift and motivate each other. Owner Emma Rogers loves being a part of the Ballito community and watching it grow. “Ballito is home to a special group of people whose respect and loyalty you need to earn. I have loved the challenge of earning that respect and loyalty and watching the continual growth of our business, even through hard times.” She has really missed coaching their members face-to-face during the lockdown!
Wow Park, 2 Gourly Road, park South, Dolphin Coast
North Coast Payroll Solutions (NCPS)
Located in iZulu Office Park, North Coast Payroll Solutions can assist businesses with accounting, payroll, bookkeeping, secretarial services, statutory, personal and company tax and UIF and COIDA registrations. Vida Roux and her team will help ensure that your finances are in order and that you are complying with all necessary procedures. As a local business owner in Ballito, Vida has loved experiencing first-hand how Ballito businesses and the community come together and support each other during difficult times. “It makes me proud to be involved in the Ballito community!” she says.
Block F202B, iZulu Office Park, Rey’s Pl, Dolphin Coast
FootworX Dance Centre
FootworX Dance Centre is a dance training haven for those who want to pursue dance seriously. They offer RAD Ballet, AIDT and TDA exams and participate in shows, festivals and competitions. It’s perfect for all types of dancers as they offer ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, jazz, contemporary and burlesque styles. FootworX also runs a Training Company programme for more experienced and serious dancers. “We have produced many extraordinary dancers and dances, including winning the award for Most Outstanding Senior Group in Ballet or Contemporary at the last Durban Dance Youth Awards, and Calden Gibbs who went to LA for the World Championship of Performing Arts and received two gold medals,” says proud owner Natashia, who has been dancing for 31 years and teaching for 10. Natashia says that the centre has received tremendous support from the Ballito community, which always supports the arts, and she misses her dancers during the lockdown!
082 560 7861
Unit 2, Richard Park, 1 Wimble Close, Ballito
The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium
The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium has been serving Ballito for several years now and growing from strength to strength, offering a wide range of dental services. Originally started by Dr Thinus van Niekerk in 2012, the practices in Ballito and Umhlanga now have a loyal following that includes moms and dads, toddlers and grandparents, some of SA’s revered artists, actors and architects, musicians, athletes and politicians. As the business has been growing, so has their team, and they have recently welcomed a few more members. This includes two fabulous oral hygienists as well as an amazing dentist with a special interest in orthodontics. The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium experience is modern and sleek, offering you the latest technology and innovations from the world of dentistry. The team focuses on orthodontic treatments for both children and adults, and the practice is well-established as a leader in dental implant treatments. Whether you need a cleaning or a checkup, braces or an implant, The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium looks forward to welcoming you. #loveyoursmile
032 586 3284