Green Route Durban – Ballito feature

Green Route Durban approached me recently for the top 5 things on my ‘green route’ where I love. Here is what I had to share …

Colleen lives in Ballito, north of Durban, where she writes about ‘vegetable gardening, brewing and making various concoctions for the cleaning cupboard and to eat, plotting holidays, and trying to keep our life organised, balanced, happy and as close to zero waste as I can manage! Living a simple life helps me to focus on what matters to me.

Colleen - Chakas Rock Beach - Samoosas‘One of my favourite things to do is to pop in at either Cindy’s in Umhlali or the Salt Rock Sasol Garage (trust me on the latter)with my own containers, and get some samoosas or the ultimate zero-waste meal; a bunny chow, then drive down to one of our many beaches, and scoff it whilst dolphin spotting. A cheap and delicious meal, supporting a local business whilst breathing the fresh sea air, you can’t beat that!

Next up on my green route would have to be harvesting a free and zerowaste meal from the rocks at SaltRock: mussels. I think what I love the most about mussels is the whole process takes quite a while, so you really savour it and enjoy the time together. Being outdoors and chatting whilst picking and preparing before gathering around the table together. Quality time is my first love language, and I think if food was a love language it would have to be my second!

Thompsons Bay Tidal Pool, built in the 1960s, is another stop on my green route. An Olympic sized tidal pool where you can take a dip and a float without fear of being pummelled into the sand by the waves! Look out for early morning yoga classes and if you get lucky you might be there when a local musician is playing his saxophone. A few weeks ago I was treated to Hey Jude whilst I floated and sky gazed.

Chakas Rock has a lovely secluded little beach with a beautiful tidal pool set below a steep cliff. Go for a snorkel and admire the corals, urchins (watch where you put your feet!), and plenty of fish. This beach generally doesn’t get packed, so take a book to read or just day dream whilst you dry off.

Saving the best till last, my favourite thing to do is make a pot of tea and a batch of scones, and sit round the table on my veranda with my husband Erik, and our two good friends Robyn and Brendan from down the road, playing Bananagrams. The simple things are often the best things!


UPDATE: Zero Waste Home – South Africa Tour 2017

Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home is the guru of the Zero Waste lifestyle. She is inspiring people around the world by sharing her journey through social media and being invited to give talks around the world. She has given 100+ speeches in 20+ countries on 5 continents, since 2011. She has spoken at The European Parliament, United Nations, Google, Adobe and more.

So imagine my joy when she asked if I would be interested in helping getting her to South Africa in May! Especially as she is the one who inspired me to start my journey.


Photo taken from Zero Waste

If you or your company are interested in assisting with sponsoring, making a donation towards the cost, or even hosting a talk, but would like any further information, please do get in touch with me to chat about it. You can reach me on

Once we have venues confirmed, an event page will be created for each location, and all sponsors will be promoted via these pages. In the meanwhile, please express your interest on the event page on Facebook by selecting “Interested” or “Going”.

Our major sponsors are EcoJarz and Faithful to Nature.  We also have support from Ecoffee Cup SA and KURO-Bō Activated Charcoal.

Thank you to our organisers – Eco Atlas, Rethink the Bag / Two Oceans Aquarium and Food & Trees for Africa.

Zero Waste Home Tour SA Cover

5th May – Cape Town – Two Oceans Aquarium (Organiser: Rethink the Bag)
6th May – Plettenberg Bag – Beacon Island Resort (Organiser: Eco Atlas)
8th May – Durban – venue to be confirmed (Organiser:Food & Trees for Africa)
9th May – Johannesburg – venue to be confirmed (Organiser:Food & Trees for Africa)

Please do help spread the word by sharing this info and reaching out to your contacts so that we can make this a reality! Invite your friends, tag them, share this post, phone your friends, talk to relevant businesses, do whatever it takes!
If you would like to support this, you or your business can make a pledge on our crowdfunder on ThundaFund.







Loving Majozi – proudly South African music

Discovered Majozi via a podcast from Linc in Ballito. Downloaded it on iTunes and I’m loving it. He is a Durban boy, and in my books you score points just for that.

He has opened for The Lumineers, Gangs of Ballet and more. Check him out.

You will no doubt recognise him for this …

But you might not know him for these …

“Majozi is a proudly South African musician from the coastal city of Durban who wears his heart on his sleeve. Literally. He has tattoos dedicated to Jesus and to his mother two very defining aspects of his life, both of which inspire the music he writes.

At the age of thirteen, he started to teach himself guitar, which eventually led to him studying a foundation course in jazz and popular music at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He describes his music as being Indiefolk with subtle influences of electro and attributes his faith as one of his musical inspirations.” taken from

Durbanite, proudly South African, Christian, so talented. All a recipe for huge success.

Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.