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Elana Wagner

Journalist, copywriter and translator

Location icon South Africa

I am all about writing - be it to tell someone's story or to help a start-up business get off the ground.
After two years in a marketing role and many a press release, I moved on to journalism and joined The North Coast Courier in 2014. My passion is creative writing and my day consisted of brainstorming, co-ordinating and writing articles for feature pages and supplements. I also worked closely with clients to create paid-for content for their businesses. I had the opportunity to be the editor of a feel-good, community publication called Ballito Vibe in 2016.
Last year, I was offered the position of journalist and website/social media co-ordinator at the newspaper's sister publication, Get It Ballito.Umhlaga - a glossy magazine. I manage and create content for their website as well as their Instagram account and Facebook page.

Get It Ballito & Umhlanga
Learning for life - Get It Ballito & Umhlanga

Education. It's the most important gift you can give your child to help them navigate this fast-paced, ever-changing world and become an adult who contributes to society. What that education looks like is up to you as the parent. Simbithi mom, Natalia Kupfer, has taken a 'different is good' approach.

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Community-centred mall - Get It Ballito & Umhlanga

It's the heartbeat of the newly established Cornubia precinct where friends meet for an early morning cycle, creatives are inspired to make new content and families gather to eat, be entertained and shop. Their commitment to the community and genuine interest in offering well thought out retail, food and entertainment options packaged in a friendly, open-air environment is the secret to Cornubia Mall's success.

Get It Ballito & Umhlanga
That damn vandal! - Get It Ballito & Umhlanga

When most people hear the word 'graffiti', they imagine scuffy neighbourhoods, vandalised walls and dodgy characters . . . well think again! Read all about Durban North artist Shaun Oakley who has taken the grunge factor out of street art and turned it into a desirable must-have for swanky homes, luxury cars and hip hangouts.

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How to choose your perfect wedding dress | North Coast Courier

When you Google "wedding dress trends", a whole new world of shades of whites are unleashed ranging from big and poofy, fitted and blingy, long, short, low backs, high necklines, tulle, lace, boho, you name it. So, how do you choose?

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The haunted house of Seatides - North Coast Courier

Rumors of children's laughter echoing within its walls and lights burning in the windows surround the eerie Seatides ' Ghost House '. Situated on the seaside of the M4 next to Beach Bums restaurant and beach bar, the abandoned house has become a playground for graffiti enthusiasts and photographers.


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Living to the tune of life | North Coast Courier

She is the picture of care-free living with her tie-dye outfits, unruly curls framing her natural beauty and avatar tail. Shomon Daniel is a musician, singer and songwriter who lives in Mount Moreland, grows her own vegetables, talks intensely, dances freely and lives passionately.

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The sacred anthill of Desainagar | North Coast Courier

A colourful mound on the M4 near the Desainagar circle has a long history inside it and a sweet story behind it, which few follow and not many know. Driving through the narrow and rather daunting sugarcane path parallel to the M4 takes you to a few oddly placed pillars and a little wooden crate gate.

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"Madiba magic" was real | North Coast Courier

"He taught me the truth," said Fiona Reid, who was Nelson Mandela's nurse during his stay at Constantiaberg Clinic, Western Cape. The Courier met with the Salt Rock resident on Mandela's anniversary last Friday, to learn more about their friendship and the impact he made on her life.