Food & Family – Meet the Michielins

Food is a big part of our Ballito community, with so many incredible restaurants where people can come together, creating long-lasting memories over a great meal. Meet Brett and Lesely Michielin, two restaurantier pillars in our town whose food is loved far and wide by not just locals but annual holidaymakers as well. Brett, who is originally from Durban, was previously living in Johannesburg and wanted to return to the coast. In 2007, he decided...

Let’s Go Yachting!

Embark on a captivating journey with Braiden, a seasoned Second Officer with seven years in yachting, Kimberly, a 23-year-old stewardess and spa therapist, and Michayla, an accomplished Chief Stewardess of eight years. Together, their stories offer insights into the diverse and exciting world of yachting.   Braiden Coates (26) Second Officer Braiden’s yachting journey began with a life-changing spearfishing trip on his dad’s friend’s catamaran yacht after high school. “I fell in love with being...

TOURISTS GIVE THE ILEMBE DISTRICT A R2.2 BILLION BOOST IN JUST SIX MONTHS

Tourists spent a whopping R2,2 billion in the north coast’s iLembe District in the first six months of 2023, and this figure could double by the time the year ends as KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is looking forward to a successful summer season.  Supporting this outlook, Enterprise iLembe reported that accommodation on the North Coast is already 80% booked and it expects to be fully booked between 15 December and 5 January 2024.  Speaking at the North...

Get a Hobby

It’s time to be more productive and bring more joy to your life in 2024 by joining a club or starting a new hobby to feed your mind, body and soul.   Ever heard of Ikigai, the Japanese concept meaning ‘reason for being’ or ‘life purpose’? It’s a philosophy divided into four essential areas: passion (what you love), mission (what the world needs), vocation (what you’re good at), and profession (what you can get paid...

Our Love Is Worth Celebrating

“I do,” she exclaimed, as he took her face into his hands and kissed her gently on the lips… or at least that’s the way we expect the story to end. That is how Ballito-based Christo Barnard, the Director of the boutique conveyancing firm CBA Inc., and Enneagram Coach Tracey Fowler expected their story to end when he took to his knee one chilly July evening. Instead, what they found was that as the save-the-dates...

My Story: Timothy Hay

Overcoming challenges and achieving exceptional success in the film industry, we explore local director Timothy Hay’s life story through his lens.   Tell us a bit about the work you do  I work in film, but it doesn’t feel like work because I love what I do. While some film jobs can be frustrating, especially when I’m passionate about a project, it mostly feels like fun rather than work. I enjoy every aspect of filmmaking,...

Staying Safe on Our Shores

Living in our beautiful town, I am grateful for the luxury of being able to walk to the iving in our beautiful town, I am grateful for the luxury of being I able to walk to the beach and enjoy the water. During school holidays and warm weekends, it’s wonderful to watch locals and visitors have fun in our glistening ocean. However, there are many risks when entering our waters. I spoke with the IPSS...

Rocking Ballito

We catch up with some of the best musicians in Ballito and learn about their incredible journeys in music.   ANGEL M How did your music career start? I have been singing for as long as I can remember but I’ve been performing as a professional solo artist, or as I like to say “One Woman Band”, from 2019.   What is your music style? I perform cover songs which include old-school jams and new-age...

Meet the Team: FAB EDITION

LORINDA SCOTT Boss Lady  Tell us a bit about creating FabMags FabMags started as Estate Press because, right at the beginning, we only did estate-based magazines. When we branched out into community mags, we decided the name had to change to something that covered all that we do. It’s a cool story actually: two stay-at-home moms, who missed our monthly estate magazines (we had recently moved to Ballito), purely by accident started the first estate...

It’s Heritage!

Purely South African Big Blue is the destination for high-quality niche products catering to travellers and local South Africans. The store celebrates the rich multicultural heritage of South Africa. They proudly offer a unique range of novelty gifts, fashionable clothing and exclusive items that cannot be found elsewhere. By producing locally and upcycling the store interiors, they prioritise sustainability. Experience South African pride through fresh perspectives and elements that resonate with our diverse nation at...