My Story: Ntokozo Magwaza

Facing all kinds of challenges and conquering them to reach your goals requires an innate strength. Meet Ntokozo Magwaza, an aspiring pilot.   Tell us a bit about yourself My name is Ntokozo Magwaza, and I come from Eshowe where I have a big extended family. I currently live in Durban North on my church property where I co-lead the children’s ministry and serve as a video editor at Anthem Church. My deepest passion is...

Turn Up the Speakers

We catch up with some of the best musicians in Umhlanga and learn about their incredible journeys in music.     Matthew Davies How did your music career start? I got into music at around six years old. My mom always thought it was important for me to play an instrument, so I started quite early on. My career only began properly around a year and a half ago when I met Tim Lewis, and...

The Hirsch Family

Building a business from the ground up takes hard work, dedication and passion. No one knows this more than the Hirsch family. Most are familiar with the impressive stores sporting the blue “HIRSCH’S HOMESTORE”, but have you met the local faces behind this beloved brand?    Born in Johannesburg, Allan Hirsch and his family moved down to the KwaZulu-Natal coast, where he grew up. In fact, Allan was one of the first pupils to attend...

uMhlanga Resident Shines at International Mrs. Globe Pageant

An uMhlanga resident and proud KZN North Coaster with ties to prominent residential estates developed by Collins Residential has been making waves on the international scene. RiAnne Rautenbach recently represented South Africa at the International Mrs Globe Pageant held in California. The proud single mother of three boys placed first runner-up and will be using her platform to empower communities and make a difference in the lives of those around her.   When approached by...

Creative & Innovative

The word “design” can be used as a noun and a verb. It is the plan or concept for a project, or it refers to the actual process of creating this plan. It takes great talent and creativity to conjure up original concepts and then bring them to life. We dive into the world of design and meet the incredible local women behind the brands. Jessica Shuttleworth is a local fashion and textile designer based...

Professionals with Passion

Female and fierce, they love what they do. We spoke to some experts in different professions about their journeys to becoming leaders in their industry.   Mental Wellness  Who is Nqobile Maphumulo? I am a small-town girl operating in my calling as a clinical psychologist at my practice, uNqobile Psychologists. I am a warm and approachable person, passionate about spreading mental health awareness. I love what I do, and I believe in the power of...

Level Up

Whether on mobile, PC or console, everyone has interacted with video games in one way or another. KiLAB Gaming gives me some insight into the world of video game content creation and game modification (or ‘modding’).  AlucardLight also shares his journey to finding his passion for video games and taking up streaming his gameplay!   Seeing how much the South African gaming community has grown in the last few years is awesome. With local gamers...

Local Sports Stars

Meet a lifesaving swimmer, enduro motorist, Olympic athlete, and high-achieving golf player living in our town.   We have so many high-achieving athletes living in Umhlanga who deserve their time in the limelight. We met four people who have achieved great things in their respective sports.   Age is truly just a number for Carryl van Bassen. At almost 60 years old, she is still doing what she loves, lifesaving. As a child, Carryl had...

Ashling McCarthy author of Leopard in the Lala – The Poacher’s Moon Crime Series

Born and raised in South Africa, Ashling McCarthy is a creative working in the field of social development and social change. Ashling began her career as a graphic designer, then transitioned into the craft development sector, living, and working with women in rural areas of South Africa. This led to a master’s degree in social anthropology and changed her life’s course. Her line of work has enabled a better understanding of, and interaction with, the...

Educating for Greatness

The 2023 school year is in full swing and, as we celebrate the accomplishments of last year, we look forward to what these schools have to offer your future leaders!   Clifton School   For close to a century, Clifton School has enjoyed a reputation of providing a progressive, challenging and exciting educational experience for boys who are encouraged to explore, think critically, collaborate and achieve their potential.   Set in the heart of Morningside, Durban,...