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...

It Runs in the Family

With so many family-owned businesses in Ballito, it’s time to put a spotlight on those powered by female entrepreneurs. Learn more about how these sisters, daughters and mothers banded together to launch fabulous businesses.   Jane, Megan & Philippa  Meet the owners of Moove, a wonderful family business located in Ballito. The matriarch, Jane Last (known as Janey), along with her daughter Megan Cilliers and daughter-in-law Philippa, form a strong team. Megan, married to former...

Passionate, Powerful, Professional

No matter the field of work, local women are making strides and achieving great things, breaking the glass ceiling while doing so. Get to know four successful women in various professions, what inspires them, and their advice for aspiring female professionals.   DRIVING INNOVATION  Who is Seshni Doorsamy? I am a digital strategist and owner of software development house ZonkeTech. I have over 10 years of experience in digital marketing and website development and a...

Coastal Cuisine

Beneath blue skies, where waves hit the shore, dine on treasures of the sea at one of Ballito’s great restaurants. Al Pescatore has been delighting customers with fantastic food for over thirty years, and we were so excited to try some of their delicious dishes. When we stepped inside, we were greeted by a stunning ocean view and the scent of salty air and mouthwatering aromas from the kitchen. If you haven’t been to Al...

EXCELLENCE ACROSS INDUSTRIES

From concrete and timber suppliers to foundation experts and electricians, the North Coast is home to stellar businesses offering top-quality products and services to upgrade or renovate your space. Framing Views North Shore Group is synonymous with excellence as suppliers of aluminium and glass products. They equip architects, developers, builders, renovators and homeowners with a comprehensive range of aluminium and glass systems including frameless and framed products for commercial, residential, home improvement and industrial applications....

OUR EYES & EARS – Neighbours Keeping Neighbours Safe

For more than two decades, the Ballito Neighbourhood Watch has been a dedicated and integral part of the protection of the Ballito community, ensuring we can walk around town safely, raising awareness, and fostering a sense of community. They work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents. Ballito enjoys a relatively low crime rate, but the Neighbourhood Watch doesn’t rest on its laurels. Instead, they use this as motivation to maintain or...

OUR FLORISHING FARMS

All around Ballito are quite a few farms, but how much do we know about them? We spoke to a few incredible local farmers who gave us a sneak peek into their fabulous farms. Bloemendal Foral Farm Did you know that there is a farm that grows beautiful flowers right on our doorstep? Meet business partners Sean O’Connor and Jonathan Hein, who grow three types of cut flowers, namely Anthurium, Gerbera and Ruscus. They sell...

CHARM & CHARACTER – THE VINTAGE BARN

Trends come and go. If you’re anything like me, you’ve fallen into the sneaky trap of decor hypes, which you end up hating a year later (I can still remember my childhood bedroom filled with teal blue and lime green decor pieces). Another consequence of being a victim of trends is that your spaces end up looking like everyone else’s. Well, we have just the cure: secondhand shopping! Just a short drive outside of town,...

LOCAL IS LEKKER

Shop at one of these spots, from designer clothing and jewellery to handmade soaps, genuine leather goods and fine rum, and you’ll be supporting a proudly KZN business! It’s Designer  The DETIAMO collection is curated for a discerning clientele favouring classically designed, 100% linen garments that are locally made to international standards. With seamstresses in the KZN Midlands, they ensure that each garment is beautifully finished so you look elegant and timeless. Pair the exciting...

THE HUTCHISON FAMILY

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SALTWATER IN THEIR VEINS Research has found that just living in sight of water can make you calmer, happier and more creative. We can attest to this fact, and so can the Hutchison family. Johno and Bernice’s stories start in KwaZulu-Natal. Johno grew up on our coast and attended the well-established Umhlali Preparatory School before finishing at Stanger High School. Bernice grew up in the Maidstone village, attending primary school there and then...