The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill to go ahead with its COVID-19 safety programme

With the new Omnicron variant driving a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, concerns have been raised about health and safety and public events. Fortunately, event organisers of the 2021 Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill have implemented a stringent COVID-19 safety programme to protect contestants and visitors. This will allow the KwaDukuza event to go ahead as scheduled from 9 to 19 December. “In planning for The Ballito Pro, our COVID-19 safety programme has taken into...

RISE BY SIYA KOLISI – His truth. His story. In his words.

There have been many comments made and books written about Siya Kolisi, captain of the Springboks, and the first black man to lead his country in over 128 years of South African rugby. But now, for the very first time, Siya Kolisi shares his story in an extraordinarily intimate memoir, charting his journey from being born into the impoverished Zwide township, his 2018 appointment as captain of the Springboks – recognised worldwide as a pivotal...

Unmasking Masculinity

By Carla Louise Gailey Photos By: Yuvi K In light of Movember, I chatted to eight exceptionally inspiring men who comfortably opened up to me, and shared their thoughts on men’s mental health in the hope to raise awareness and destigmatise these issues. It’s incredible to see how much power there is in vulnerability and I am honoured that these men trusted me enough to share their stories through my words.   Matthew Jones Co-owner of...

Laidback Long Weekend Line-up at Gateway’s Palm court

A glorious outdoor venue, the Palm court at Gateway Theatre of Shopping is fronted by a range of family-friendly restaurants. With seafood, Italian, pizza, Portuguese and more, you can bring a date, the whole family, or your closest besties for brunch, dinner or a nightcap. Top live acts are playing in the evenings on Friday and Saturday and during lunchtime on Sunday. In celebration of Heritage Day weekend, you can also catch short acts during...

Love on a Budget

Words by Jordie Trotter   Show your partner some love without breaking the bank! The month of love is here, and couples around the world take this time to celebrate one another and their relationships. While showering one another with gifts and enjoying romantic experiences together is wonderful, it can get expensive very quickly. We share some fabulous, affordable ways to show some love at any time of the year.   Play Board Games Together...

Ready, Set, Eat

Words by Jordyn Trollip   Your step-by-step guide to the ultimate Christmas table setting!   Step One: Pick Your Colours Having a colour scheme for your table will make your setting more cohesive and aesthetically appealing. Some great colour combinations for the holiday times are the classic red, white (or gold) and green, blue, white and silver, naval, dark green and white, or the more neutral white, grey and beige tones. If you really want...

It’s Shop O’Clock

Cover photo: Gateway Theatre of Shopping   Who doesn’t love a good shopping spree during the holidays? Whether you’re looking for gifts, clothes, summer essentials, food or items to improve your home, Umhlanga has got you covered as we look at the malls and centres in the area and what makes their shopping experience unique.   Gateway Theatre of Shopping Meet a shopaholic’s paradise! Gateway has always been a popular choice for locals and visitors...

Meet the Fab Team

Introducing the team behind the much-loved The Umhlanga Magazine! We love all things local, community and celebrating the beautiful Umhlanga. We pour our heart and soul into every edition we publish, and we’re thankful to have kept our magazine running as (un)usual throughout this tough year and continue to give our locals great stories! Meet our Fab Team and find out why they love being a part of this community.   WHAT DO YOU LOVE...

We’re Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Words by Savannah Greyvenstein   Christmas is around the corner, and I could not be more excited! And while, to most, it is the most wonderful time of the year, it’s not the most eco-friendly time of the year. With this in mind, here are a few fun tips on how you can make this Christmas a green one!   Choosing the Right Wrapping Paper While normal wrapping paper can be cute, its effect on...

What We’re Missing

We chatted to some East Coast locals to find out what they’re missing or have missed during the lockdown.   Stefan Botha Director of Rainmaker Marketing   “Tuesday and Friday morning runs at Regents in Durban North. It’s become a ritual for so many Durbanites and I really miss the early vibe and the awesome start to the day.”   “I miss an ice-cold draught beer with friends at SandBar in Umdloti. A world-class spot...