What We’re Missing

The UmhlangaAugust 19, 2020

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 but the lockdown has meant that I will never take a draught for granted again!”



“Dinner with my folks. They are a massive part of our lives and are always having us over so I have really missed that.”


Anna Kelly

Marketing Manager at Château Gâteaux

“For my SA friends who weren’t watching the international news or with contacts abroad, I found early lockdown very difficult, as ever-increasing differences of opinion became evident. I missed relaxed chat and connections from pretty early on.”


“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke so there has been no pain there. I am nine months in love so the lockdown has definitely supported the honeymoon period. I haven’t missed going out but rather enjoyed staying in! I love cooking so I didn’t miss takeouts on Level 5 and 4. What I have truly missed and has really hurt is being unable to hug, laugh with and be with my grown up daughters, who don’t live at home anymore, and my parents.”


“I have been working remotely during the lockdown and have missed the heartbeat of our business, that is, observing our customers in our stores, relaxing and enjoying time with the Château Gâteaux team, their loved ones and our yummy cakes. The first time I went to our Gateway store during the lockdown and saw the empty chillers, no smell of coffee or pastries baking, smiles hidden by masks and no chairs and tables full of happy couples and families, I felt tearful.”


Grant Gavin

Owner of RE/MAX Panache

“I’ve really missed my daily breakfasts. I enjoy starting most days off in a coffee shop, getting my mindset right for the day over a good coffee and breakfast. It’s also good for networking and being out and about. African Roots, Mayfair (Durban North) and Fego in Glenashley are my spots.”


“I’ve missed going for sushi with my kids in the Umhlanga Village. It’s always a highlight for them (and costly for me).”


“Finally, I’ve just missed seeing people out and about in the Village, whether it’s a Saturday morning grabbing coffee at Tikki Tonga or Seattle, or an evening at the Fat Goat or The George with friends.”


Lauren Ginn

Owner of Lauren Ginn Accessories

“I’ve missed date night at Frank’s in Mt Edgecombe – our local. A glass of champers and calamari salad for me, and a craft beer and pizza for my husband. Whether or not this was planned ahead, it was always a special night for us – a proper home away from home.”


“The Spa at The Oyster Box. I always seem to have a wonderful supply of birthday vouchers and consequently get to enjoy this experience once every couple of months. It rejuvenates my entire world with a treatment and an hour in the tranquility lounge.”


“For our two kids: Be Up, Bounce, Electric Avenue and seeing a movie. Their enjoyment means we’re happy parents!”


“A coffee and catch-up with a good friend – without a mask. This was therapy for me. Mayfair Cafe, The Watershed and Suburban Cafe are some of my favourites.”