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Ballito
Ballito
is a holiday town located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Ballito
Ballito
is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Durban. It forms part of the KwaDukuza Local Municipality, and iLembe District Municipality. Dolphins are common on this stretch of the North Coast shoreline, hence the nickname Dolphin
Dolphin
Coast.

Contents

1 History 2 Tourism 3 Business sector 4 Growth 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The town was established in 1954 as a private township, by the Glen Anil Development Corporation/Investments which was headed up by Dr Edward (Eddie) Rubenstein (1903–1972). The town's name was borrowed from a glossy advert for Ballito
Ballito
hosiery made by Ballito
Ballito
Hosiery Limited of St. Albans, England.[citation needed] The area was originally portion of a sugar cane farm at Compensation Beach
Beach
owned by Basil Townsend. The Sunday Tribune printed in 1954 an advert for Ballito
Ballito
Bay inviting potential investors to the North Coast with prices of land from R790.00 (395 SA Pounds). By 1964 the zonings for Ballitoville's residential buildings, hotels and a caravan park had already been incorporated into the town plan known as Compensation Beach
Beach
and this area stretched out from Willard Beach
Beach
to Clark Bay, Salmon Bay and Port Zimbali. A brochure with the first marketing pictures of Ballito, was put out to attract the holiday makers to invest in the area with the slogan: "Buy, Build & Play at Ballito
Ballito
Bay, The Caribbean of the North Coast - Natal". Ballito, Salt Rock
Salt Rock
and Shaka's Rock
Shaka's Rock
are favourite holiday destinations for local South Africans and also foreign tourists on their way to Zululand and the historical battlefields. Jack Nash (1914-2016) gives a personal history[2] from the early beginning of Ballito
Ballito
through to 1986 when he left the area and includes a history of some of the early pioneers and characters of the town. These include his father-in-law, Reg Fripp, who built many of the early houses. Jack Nash, who lived until shortly before his death in Amber Valley, Howick, own history includes being the Estate Agent for Glen Anil in Ballito
Ballito
through to him being the Chairman of the Ballito
Ballito
and the North Coast Publicity Associations. Jack's wife Gaye Nash née Fripp, the young ballet dancer holding the "little ball" or ballito above her head in the full page press release to publicise the then new township in the Sunday Tribune of 23 November 1954, still lives in Howick.[2] Tourism[edit] Today Ballito
Ballito
is a thriving community of its own with ties to primary and high schools in and around Ballito, Umhlanga, Stanger
Stanger
and Tongaat. Ballito
Ballito
has grown exponentially in recent times and has two shopping malls, Lifestyle centre and The Junction. Fantastic family adventure attractions such as the crocodile farm and microlight flights and tours. It is a holiday destination with hotels and self-catering accommodation, swimming (Willard) and surfing beaches (Boulder). A promenade about 2.5 kilometers long along the beach front allows for walking and jogging. The Gunston 500 surfing contest, renamed to the ASP PRIME Mr Price Pro and more recently the Ballito
Ballito
Pro presented by Billabong, has been shifted from the Bay of Plenty in Durban's Golden Mile to Ballito
Ballito
where it is held annually in July. Business sector[edit] Ballito's business sector has also grown significantly with a large commercial business park bordering the N2 freeway. With a full service industry within the commercial business park, Ballito
Ballito
now caters to a growing business community on the North Coast. Enterprise iLembe, the region's investment arm, has been formed to develop Ballito
Ballito
and the iLembe area as an investment destination of choice. The development of the King Shaka International Airport
King Shaka International Airport
and Dube City to the south have also contributed significantly to the growth of Ballito. Growth[edit] In recent years, there has been a population boom in Ballito. Various secure or gated estates, the largest being Zimbali Coastal Resort & Estate followed by Simbithi, have been built in and around the town on land that was previously used as sugar cane farms. Many new hotels and resorts have opened, drawing even more tourists into this picturesque part of the KwaZulu-Natal
KwaZulu-Natal
coast. Plans are currently on the table for new schools to be constructed, a new town centre, a taxi rank, and a larger clinic. The main entrance to Ballito
Ballito
from the N2 highway has been upgraded, with the construction of an multi level interchange to ease traffic, the widening of the road to four lanes in Ballito
Ballito
Drive, and proper pedestrian walkways.

Ballito
Ballito
beach view

Ballito
Ballito
beach

Early morning fishing

Surfer off Ballito
Ballito
Beach

Airborne surfer off Ballito
Ballito
Beach

References[edit]

^ a b c d "Main Place Ballito". Census 2011.  ^ a b Nash, J. (2005). The Birth of Ballito: Pearl of Natal North Coast. ISBN 978-0-620-35147-8. 

External links[edit]

Zimbali Coastal Resort & Estate

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Ballito.

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