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Much-loved market finds new home in Ballito

Organisers of the I heart Market said the move was about finding a venue that provided them the security of a long-term lease.

IN time for the festive season, KwaZulu-Natal’s much-loved I heart Market has found a new permanent home on the KZN North Coast at the popular family entertainment venue – Sugar Rush Park in Ballito.

The organisers of the market, which used to be based at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, have also announced the dates for the market until the end of the year as December 3, 10 and 17 from 08:30 to 14:00.

Situated next to Collisheen Estate, Sugar Rush Park is a hive of family-friendly activities. It serves as an activity hub and the base for Holla Trails – a network of biking, running or walking trails that go through the sugar-cane fields.

Anna Savage, the market’s owner/manager, explained the move was about finding a venue that provided them the security of a long-term lease.

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“The I heart Market is a local business hub, and our business is based on the success of small business enterprises. We have an obligation to provide the best sales opportunity for our traders, and at the same time, create a relaxed, fun day out for everyone.”

“As a result, we have made a bold decision to move to Ballito as we needed to find a venue that could provide us with the security of a long-term lease and a vibrant, well-kempt venue that has additional family-friendly activities that our customers can enjoy. We realise that this move is a big jump in terms of location and that it may be far for some of our regular customers. But we can guarantee a great day out to those who can travel north and make a day of it by taking advantage of the other activities available.”

Savage added, the market will continue to trade throughout the year on the first Saturday of every month. There is secure parking, and entrance is free.


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