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Durban Marina is a very friendly and welcoming Marina situated in the heart of the Sunshine City of Durban. We provide a safe haven from the sometimes violent seas between Mozambique and Port Elizabeth. Our subtropical weather and proximity to a variety of services and tourist attractions make us an unavoidable stop-over for visiting sailors! We provide free water and 24 hour security with easy access to on-site Club facilities (ablutions, refreshments and new friends). Situated close to the old Golden Mile, where you can still catch a ride in a Zulu Rickshaw, the Victoria Embankment (aka the Esplanade) is home to the Roma Revolving Restaurant (amongst other things) which boasts wonderful views of Greater Durban. Wilsons Wharf next door offers entertainment as well as a selection of pubs and restaurants. There is plenty of entertainment on the precinct, however. Both Point Yacht Club and Royal Natal Yacht Club have good restaurants offering some delicious food (including the famous PYC pie, chips and gravy; and great curries at RNYC). Café Fish is another popular restaurant overlooking the Marina.

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The Royal Natal Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in Africa and the southern hemisphere. We seek to maintain a proud heritage and promote sailing in all forms. The Royal Natal Yacht Club is the oldest yacht and sports Club in Africa, the oldest yacht club in the southern hemisphere and the 8th oldest ‘Royal’ yacht club in the world.It was constituted in May, 1858 when the first regatta was held in Durban. As a result the Durban Regatta Club was formed which later became known as the Natal Yacht Club. In 1891 it received its charter and from henceforth it retained the treasured title of The Royal Natal Yacht Club.

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St Blaize Marine is the dream enterprise of Ian and Ronèl Barnard, the co-founders, company visionaries and sole designer. Fishing and boating have always been synonymous with Ian. At the age of 16, Ian joined the navy to complete his mandatory military service year. Upon completion of this year, he set out for Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape to join his father in the commercial fishing industry, the period during which Ian and Ronèl met. Not long after however, Ian and his parents undertook the challenge of starting up and maintaining a flower farm. Being married by this time, the couple invested many years into the growth of the farm before branching out as separate business entities: with Ian starting up his own construction company and Ronèl likewise managing her very own flower shop. After numerous hardships and generally feeling unfulfilled and limited by their respective industries, Ian began to consider the prospect of pursuing his life-long passion for boating as a boat builder. Being a man of action, he soon made work of said considerations and was quickly joined by Ronèl, the two setting out on a shared endeavour once more, later to be known as St Blaize Marine. They were initially limited to boat- and boat trailer repair jobs, and though the change of scenery was welcome, Ian did not let his aspirations fade out there. By the generosity of numerous small contributors, perseverance, strength of will and as Ian himself likes to recall, the unquestionable answer of prayer by God, St Blaize Marine designed and produced an original boat design, later dubbed the Eclipse, within merely 2 months, from first paper draft to first usable prototype. The twin hull was designed solely by Ian and the first plug was constructed by hand from scratch by Ian and Ronèl themselves. The magnitude of this accomplishment would only begin to dawn on them when the plug took to water for the first testing, surpassing not only their expectations, but also their wildest dreams. Regardless of what outboard motor was fitted to it, Ian’s design glided through any water conditions and delivered a ride that is to this day difficult to formulate into words, piquing great local interest. The plug was put through various tests to gauge the design’s efficiency before ultimately being sent back to the workshop for the next step: the aesthetics. Ian once again solely undertook the task of designing the curved aesthetics that co-characterize the boat alongside its performance. In the winter of 2016, the very first finished Eclipse 680 had her launch in Mossel Bay. She was quickly spirited away to Mozambique for a month long field test and again managed to repeatedly astound onlookers, long time boating enthusiasts and even Ian himself. Word of this new design got out and soon, renowned boating magazine Leisure Boating, called to review the design. The review can be viewed on the Leisure Boating website, by clicking here. Furthermore, the success of the Eclipse 680 has led to St Blaize Marine obtaining the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Mercury dealership in Mossel Bay, along with both Lowrance and Garmin. St Blaize Marine is steadily growing as it continues to produce the Eclipse 680 and more models are in the pipeline. Soon our brand will expand into Australia, a prospect we anticipate fervently.

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Yachting Synergy forms another prong in a global community of partners and platforms, each working in synergy with the other, each dynamically generating additional residual income streams, as you utilise your personal digital platforms to network. My "day" job is that of a business owner and manager, running our business, Absolutely SCUBA in Mossel Bay. Not only do we train divers and mentor and instruct Dive Professionals - many of whom, go on to crew abroad on sailing and super yachts - this is an especially exciting initiative... At my core, I am a dreamer and I dream big dreams. I am an extrovert, not shy to shine, unafraid to lead. I have entrepreneurial vision but pragmatism and circumstance have made for very practical decisions over the last two decades, leaving my dreams shelved, to gather only dust. I have it settled deep within my spirit, the desire to impact lives, in a beneficial way, and to do so, not just at home, but far and wide. I have for too long, been as a ship anchored, safely in Port. This is not what this ship was made for - I yearn to set sail, to explore the world. The time is near, the winds of change favourable. I have a few projects I’m busy with presently and I’m pregnant with promise and ambition. I am excited, committed, determined to tick off every item on my #BucketList, among the items - to #Managemybusiness #WorkFromWherever #exploreItaly, most of all, committed to move forward into the fullness of my raison d’être.

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Tuzi Gazi Marina is located within the Richards Bay Small Craft Harbour. A protected and safe mooring, we offer 70 berths for yachts and other sailing vessels. All berths have walk-on access to the Waterfront development via state-of-the-art linked walkways. The marina is access controlled, with 24-hour security, active patrolling. We also provide for the disabled with wheelchair access. Additional security is provided by the SAPS (South African Police Services) constabulary located at Tuzi Gazi Waterfront. We at Tuzi Gazi Waterfront are proud of our diverse, cosmopolitan culture and the welcome we extend to the weary traveller, the enthusiastic tourist, and our locals alike. On shore, you will find several eateries, convenience stores and boutique shops, among other offerings. Transport is readily available, should you wish to visit the nearby Richards Bay CBD, Meerensee shopping centres, or another location. Major national motorways are accessible from the Waterfront. Nearby airports include Richards Bay Airport (11 km distant) and Durban’s King Shaka Airport (150 km).

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Yachtport SA is a purpose designed and built marine lift and yacht maintenance facility situated in the Port of Saldanha, 60 nautical miles northwest of Cape Town. Additional technical and logistical support is done via our Cape Town office situated in the V&A Waterfront. With the growth of the local yacht export market and limited facilities available to the yacht industry, Yachtport SA was established in 2010, in South Africa’s largest natural deepwater port, providing a marina and fully equipped boat yard with the only dedicated indoor yacht maintenance and repair workshop in Southern Africa. This world-class facility with its superior boat handling equipment and infrastructure is designed to provide much needed launching, repair and mooring opportunities for the luxury yacht industry in the Western Cape of South Africa.The marine lift facility has the largest travel lift in the country and capable of handling catamarans and mono hulls of up to 26m length overall, 9.5m beam width and up to 100 ton displacement. Yachtport SA provides essential facilities to perform work on boats requiring various levels of maintenance or repairs.

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The Point Yacht Club, based in Durban, was established in 1892. We are a multifaceted Water Sports Club that offers its members a variety of services suited to the water sports enthusiast. Our water sport disciplines consist of Keeler Sailing, Dinghy Sailing, Youth Sailing, Power Boating / Angling & Paddling. For more information about our sporting disciplines, please click on “Water Sports”. As a member you will enjoy the benefit of two club venues: a Bay site clubhouse, located at the Yacht Mole off Margaret Mngadi Ave and a Beach clubhouse, located at Vetch’s beach in the Durban Point Precinct.

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The Royal Cape Yacht Club is one of South Africa’s most active and oldest yacht clubs. Located in Cape Town, the Club plays host to many important national sailing events, including South Africa’s premier ocean yacht race, the internationally renowned Cape to Rio. The Club was founded as the Table Bay Yacht Club in 1905 and commenced operation as such in a waterside boatshed located some 50 to 60 metres northward of the foot of Loop Street. Surviving early vicissitudes, the club’s name was changed in 1914 to the Cape Yacht Club which incorporated the Alfred Rowing Club and shortly after we received the Royal Charter to become the Royal Cape Yacht Club. Buffeted by change we moved from clubhouse to clubhouse, and it was not until the decade after the 2nd World War (1939 – 1945) that the shell of the present clubhouse came to be erected. It was added to when the local yachting boom – started by the first Trans-Atlantic Race from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro in 1971 – took off and changed the Club from a small membership of around 300 to the present figure of some 3000. Boat accommodation was forced to progress from swing moorings to the marina’s of today. Likewise control had to pass from amateur committees to the professional staff which you will find today. The Royal Cape Yacht Club sits at the foot of Africa, a quiet enclave tucked away in the bustle of Cape Town’s docks. It is a prime location for sailors looking for respite from stormy weather and the club has hosted thousands of weary sailors over the years. The Club hosts important sailing events including the Country’s premier keelboat regattas. The Cape to Rio and South Atlantic Races have been hosted by Royal Cape Yacht Club since inception in 1971. Other international events have included the Whitbread Race, the BT Global Challenge, The BOC Around Alone Race, the Volvo Race, The Lisbon Expo 98, Clippers, and the Hong Kong Challenge, to name but a few. Down the centuries, the Southern tip of the African continent, has extended a welcome to seafarers, gaining for the city the soubriquet of the “Tavern of the Seas”

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The Zululand Yacht Club (ZYC) is located at Longitude 32° 05.015 E and Latitude 28° 47.529 S, at Richards Bay Harbour ,in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in sunny South Africa. Zululand Yacht Club takes great pride in introducing our visitors to our superb location on the dolphin coastline. Our double story clubhouse, sited on an expanse of well shaded green lawn, allows a wonderful view of the surroundings. The Pelican Bar is situated on the upper level and the balcony is a must for those all important sundowners. The Pelican Grill restaurant on the ground floor, supplies reasonably priced meals to the bar area, beach or pool. Catering facilities may also be arranged via the restaurant to suit any occasion. A private pool gives much needed refreshment during the long hot summers and is pleasantly appointed within view of the clubhouse, beach and "The Wet Deck", our waterfront bar. A 25 site camping / caravan area is conveniently adjacent, with electricity, water and ablutions readily available. Social events are organized by the management. Every Wednesday we have a happy hour between 18H30 - 20H00 hrs. Although the bar is closed, every Monday evening there is a "bring and braai" (pot luck) in the Jib & Anchor braai area. For sailing enthusiasts there is keeler sailing every Wednesday evening and every alternate Sunday morning. A program for junior sail training is well under way. For the fishing enthusiasts the fish cleaning area is convenient and there are braai facilities nearby. Our Mission is to encourage, promote, organise, control, develop and provide facilities for sailing , boating , fishing and related recreations while respecting the environment. To promote social activities in the interest of the club members. To promote sportsmanship, friendship and cooperation amongst members. To encourage club members to contribute, in every way, to their club.

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We are Riaan & Andre van Helsdingen, twin brothers with a big dream. We started out as a small company with nothing but a welding machine on loan from a friend and a big dream - to build high quality trailers that made us a household name. Twin Trailers was born in 1992 and 3000 trailers later our other passion - boats - would no longer stay asleep. In 1998 our company started building boats and trailers therefore establishing ourselves as Twin Boats & Trailers. The first boats we built were ideal for a family of 4, and soon the range expanded. After introducing the Sensation Boat range at the Floating Boat Show in Denmark in 2000, and at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in Germany in 2001, the international orders started pouring in. We started off with only 9 employees, and now employ almost 80. Along with the expansion in production came the need for the expansion of floor space. From our humble beginnings under a tree in the backyard to building a factory (comprising of 5500m²) on the R59 Highway we have come a long way. During 2003 we won the coveted Business Man of the Year award. Since then, we have been awarded many accolades which now decorate our office walls. We manufacture our products with pride - personally inspecting every boat that leaves our factory to ensure that it is built to the highest standards. In 2006, we were introduced to vacuum infusion by a well-known French company and quickly saw the benefits; after making a decision to use the vacuum infusion as part of the manufacturing process of our boats - a first for any boat builder in South Africa. This has enabled us to offer a lifelong hull warranty on our product – again – the first and only boat manufacturer in South Africa to do so. People are often amazed when they are told that we both suffer from dyslexia and left school at the end of Grade 9 (Standard 7). This has encouraged us to give back to our community where needed. Since 2007, we have hosted the annual Celebrity Ice Block Challenge where actors and artists are invited to race against each other to raise funds for various charities. We are often guests on television and radio programs promoting boating and boat racing by encouraging people of all ages to believe in their dreams. Since 1994, we are truly seen as leaders in the South African boat building and boat manufacturing business.

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Balance Catamarans is a story of passionate invention and collaboration between some of the world’s finest and most storied catamaran designers and builders. Our team of designers, engineers, and builders came together to craft the finest adventure catamarans on the planet. At Balance we are hard-focused on achieving a perfect harmony between comfort at anchor as well as safety and performance underway. We neither set out to produce charter cats or racing cats, but high speed bluewater voyagers of uncompromising quality. We know that the demands of the sea have not changed since the days of the early Polynesian catamaran explorers and that however fashionable it may be to have a spacious and glitzy yacht, or a head turning racing cat, ultimately our vessels must be designed and built to cope with the worst weather nature can deliver. We are a team of pragmatic, serious sailors who believe that a catamaran that pounds too hard, or cannot sail smartly into the wind, or that can’t run swiftly and safely before a raging sea is simply not safe. In our view a catamaran that is not easily operated short-handed, too complex to maintain and sustain, which cannot carry cruising payloads, or is too cramped to make life enjoyable defeats the entire purpose of voyaging. The Balance team has been listening very carefully to – and learning from – hundreds of catamaran sailors on the features they most want and need in a live-aboard voyaging catamaran. Careful notes have been taken and used in each design so that Balance Catamarans lives up to its mission of restoring harmony to bluewater catamaran sailors. After managing the sale of hundreds of catamarans over the past decade – new and used – we’ve learned how catamarans are built, visiting just about every major factory in the world, how they break and fall apart, how they sail in the most dangerous conditions, which systems tend to work and fail, and how they are “really” used by sailors. We’ve concluded that none of the catamarans currently offered by the major production builders are ideally suited to the needs, budgets, and performance expectations of today’s committed liveaboard voyagers. The catamaran market has simply focused too much on the charter trade and lost the ideal balance of performance, comfort, quality, and practical seamanlike features required by serious sailors. Balance Catamarans are unique because they were designed solely for liveaboard performance voyaging by Anton Du Toit, Roger Hill, Jonathan Paarman, and Phillip Berman in close collaboration. They result directly from the enormous fund of experience they have gained through sea trials, numerous builds and designs, owner feedback and the collective result of millions of blue water miles. There really is no substitute for experience and the direct relationships we have had, both individually, and with hundreds of catamaran sailors, has given us the invaluable feedback we’ve relied upon in the design of each Balance Catamaran that we build.

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The state-of-the-art technologies that go into each Vision 444 goes a lot deeper than their stately, head-turning, modern styling. Extensive research and testing combined with the latest composite engineering makes the Vision 444 catamarans as safe, modern, mobile, technologically advanced and as cutting edge as you can get. The result is a blue water sailing catamaran that’s incredibly strong, sails efficiently, is spacious and forgiving – with the kind of all-round abilities, appeal, level of finish and attention to detail that you would never expect from a catamaran in this size and class. The Vision 444 delivers assertive results in all categories – Performance, Safety, Styling and Ergonomics – making it one of the surest, most principled and intelligent choices in a modern catamaran. And one that offers the highest levels of owner satisfaction.

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Under the ownership of Tim Duncan the ever-popular custom-built Admiral 40, now renamed Celtic 40, is in production at Celtic Yachts new purpose-designed factory in Cape Town, South Africa. Celtic Yachts bought the moulds and rights to manufacture the Admiral 38 and 40 in 2011. Tim has a life-long interest in sailing and mucking about in boats. He purchased an Admiral 38 hull, deck and bulkheads from then Admiral Yachts and fulfilling a lifelong dream, launched Songbird in 2001. Since then Tim continues to be inspired to build solid, beautiful boats. While completing Songbird, Tim saw the opportunity to build quality interiors for boats. This earned him a reputation for producing excellent workmanship and service within the yachting industry. Both the Celtic 40 and Admiral 38 are perfect for short-handed sailing and provide excellent sailing performance and comfortable live-aboard experience, with the Celtic 40 offering added spacious live-aboard elegance. Enhanced features of the Celtic 40 include, a redesigned helm station allowing for ease of short-handed sailing, a new davit platform, moulded bimini ceiling, redesigned heads, more spacious forward and aft cabins, more locker space, extended saloon seating and a larger sliding door opening. Our luxury catamarans are designed by Angelo Lavranos. The Lavranos design aim: "Grace, Pace, Space” combines a unique blend of aesthetic design, engineering, and offshore experience. A true bluewater boat!

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VOYAGE yachts manufactures performance oriented, luxury cruising sail and power catamarans in Cape Town South Africa. VOYAGE Yachts have completed and launched their first electric VOYAGE 480, “Electrified.” Sea trials were successful, with the boat and systems performing beautifully, as expected. “Electrified” is equipped with a large, high-capacity battery bank, a solar array, and electric sail drives capable of re-generation when the boat is under sail, in addition to all the comforts and amenities one could wish for.

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More than just yacht builders, we’re passionate ocean explorers ourselves. 18 years ago, Knysna Yacht Company set out to establish a boutique luxury yacht manufacturing business.. Since then, we’ve gained an internationally-renowned reputation for building exceptional yachts based on a unique blend of elements – from the rich maritime heritage of our location and formidable Agulhas current on our doorstep to our equally unrelenting passion, ingenuity and craft. The result is our world-class customizable, blue water sailing catamarans. Engineered for stability. Designed for luxury. Destined to unleash the voyager in you. Our passion, extensive experience and expertise allow you to create a fully customized yacht interior, creatively using every inch of space to suit your taste and needs.

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Xquisite Yachts has been established in 2014 with the purpose of launching a new brand of sailing and power catamarans. Our goal was to create the ultimate luxury yacht for cruisers, where safety and innovative designs blends together, offering unmatched comfort for adventurers who wish to explore our oceans without giving up their comfortable lifestyle. Our yachts are built in Cape Town, by a team of highly experienced catamaran builders, and are marketed globally and exclusively under the brand, Xquisite Yachts. All our vessels are designed for comfort and easy sail handling, including two headsails, electric winches and davits, and equipped with generator, air-conditioning, water maker, washing machine and digital switching as standard. Allowing extensive blue water cruising for couples or families. The sailing performance of our yachts is reached by using lightweight construction materials, such as high-density foam core and vacuum infused epoxy resin, built to CE and category A offshore certification. While great performance is guaranteed with the twin 80HP Yanmar engines under power. Although all our yachts are equipped for serious blue water sailing as standard and the choice of two different interior finishes comes at no additional cost, our “in-house” design team allows us the flexibility to offer both standard and fully custom versions of all models, adapting to the needs of our clients, with the professional guidance of our dedicated design team. As boutique boatyard, our approach is to build only a limited amount of yachts each year, using the latest technology and exceptional finishes.

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Matrix Yachts is a family owned business that is passionate about building stylish luxurious sailing catamarans. The company is an accredited member of the South African Boat Builders Business Council. The vision to build large luxury sailing catamarans was spawned by Peter, Fiona & Mark while they were operating charter yachts in the Caribbean. The combination of their extensive sailing and chartering experience, as well as Peter's Structural Engineering background has made this Company a world recognized manufacturer of high quality yachts. Between them they have well in excess of 300,000 miles of blue water sailing and decades of chartering experience. Matrix Yachts is a fully accredited member of the Export Council and Marine Industry Association SA and with its good standing, Matrix Yachts is able to offer its customers finance at very competitive international rates with flexible loan repayment periods, subject to approval. Matrix Yachts is excited at the prospect of collaborating with Cuba in developing its tourism industry with the addition of Mirage 760 day sail catamaran in particular.

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At St Francis Catamarans we have a small and dedicated team of highly skilled artisans who take great pride in the outstanding quality of our boats. Each of the 38 employees, whether in management, admin or production, are extremely proud to be part of the team, and contribute to the continuing success of the company. Every St Francis Catamaran is custom-made to suit the requirements of our clients and we are always willing to discuss and implement new and exciting concepts and ideas. We operate a system of continuous improvement and strive every day to improve, whether it is in quality, equipment, productivity or housekeeping. We listen to feedback from our customers and are open to suggestions and ideas that could help us offer an even better product. Our aim is to be the best in everything we do, never compromise on quality and to make each boat better than the ones before.

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STEALTH yachts manufacture performance oriented catamarans specifically designed with a HYSUCAT (HYdrofoil SUpported CATamaran) hull and integrated hydrofoil system, to achieve unmatched performance, fuel economy coupled with a more comfortable ride in any sea-state. STEALTH yachts are engineered to precise standards that optimize all aspects of this technologically advanced craft. Only the very best components and materials available are used whilst the latest boat building techniques are employed. STEALTH technology offers a full design and project-management service for HYSUCAT vessels that includes initial concept design and styling, all naval architecture including stability, structural design and powering, mechanical and electrical system design and interior design.

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Robertson & Caine are South Africa's largest boat builder manufacturing for export, the largest builder of catamarans in the Southern Hemisphere and the third-largest globally. They also manufacture the most power catamarans, globally. Robertson and Caine was founded by John Robertson and the late Jerry Caine in 1991. The founders have a proud 37-year history of boat building with more than 2000 boats launched. Our sailing (40ft, 45ft, 50ft and 58ft) and power (43ft and 53ft) catamarans are destined for the world's exotic sailing grounds; including the US East Coast, the Caribbean, Seychelles, Mediterranean, Asia and South Pacific.

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Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing was founded in 1989 and has evolved into one of South Africa’s leading custom catamaran manufacturing yards and one of a handful of big custom catamaran manufacturers in the world. Two Oceans Marine manufactures both power and sailing catamarans ranging from 9 to 35 metres+ i size – for cruising, leisure sailing, performance, day charter, sport fishing and commercial use. Two Oceans Marine has 9500 square meters of covered factory floor space in the Port of Cape Town. The factory can accommodate vessels very large custom vessel projects.

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Mandy Shrimpton is the quintessential people’s person. Mandy believes that success is measured by the quality of our human-relationships rather than the results we manifest through sheer will. Mandy firmly established herself as the heart of the non-profit organisation that she co-founded and ran with her adoring husband for 17 years. Mandy loves walking in nature with her family, hugging trees, and preserving the environment. She also enjoys being creative and is particularly fond of painting flowers. As a very happily married and devoted mother to four children, Mandy has cultivated a deep appreciation for the culinary arts and relishes the spare moments she gets to watch her favourite cooking shows. This initiative reflects how Mandy sees the world, helping to create positive synergy. Fostering unity and courteous community, building partner relationships and motivating affiliates. Born and bred in Africa, Mandy understands the concept of Ubuntu. I am, because we are. Together we can make the world a better place. Using her skills and experience to make a difference. Helping others see through the fog of new technologies, avoid common marketing mistakes and develop better business strategies. With a subtle blend of motherhood and effective project management, Mandy is the perfect professional partner, to show others the merits of this initiative. Shining a light on the path to prosperity, while not losing our footing in family values and humble humanity. Sharing is caring, while enriching ourselves spiritually and materially. We cannot give freely, if we don't have. "Sometimes the world makes more sense, through the eyes of a mother. Using protective instinct and family fortitude, to help one another." ~ Mandy Shrimpton

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