tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25349944034556206062014-09-25T23:52:39.646-07:00The Durban JournoDurban Journonoreply@blogger.comBlogger455125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-90140477534316753752014-09-25T23:52:00.001-07:002014-09-25T23:52:39.691-07:00Dj Ntukza's Beach party shuts down Durban<br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">With just 2 days of marketing Dj Ntukza and Dogg Dbn were able to host one of the best Beach parties Durban has ever had in a very long time! What a jam and Vuzu TV was there to capture it all!!!!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0IVx9kV7jh8/VCUNDLXamoI/AAAAAAAACxs/b4tkLR8ObE8/s1600/image1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0IVx9kV7jh8/VCUNDLXamoI/AAAAAAAACxs/b4tkLR8ObE8/s1600/image1.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">"To be honest we didn't want to host a beach party, I was planning to do a house party because I was going to shoot a documentary with VuZU TV about my music career &nbsp;and my upbringing. So there were some setbacks &nbsp;about the venue and on last minute a friend of mine suggested a beach party and I passed on the idea to my friend and colleague Dogg and he was like "we can pull it off boy, let's do it" and I contacted a few people and the rest was history." Says Ntukza, who is still amazed by the turn out and the way the party turned out to be!</span></div></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">He also wished to send a vote of thanks and appreciation to the Viva Africa for Sound, La Saint for Flyer Design, Junior from Umhlanga for the Generator, Funkysoul, Juniorderocka, Benny Maverick, Dj Nzwiri, Lvovo, Dj Cndo, Bhar, Dj Sox and most importantly everyone who came through to the party in short notice!</span></div></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">With the trends in Durban leaning more and more to Hip Hop, which has been a results of the raw House music that has managed to spread across Durban townships, commonly known as "Igqomu", which is a very raw form of dance house music. People, now, prefer party to Hip Hop in parties because of the spread of this raw sound and the lack of good deep house Djs which has led to a decline in parties that play really good House Music - like back in the days. So Dj Ntukza, known for his intense passion for Deep House Music and one of the few if not the only Dj from Durban that has stuck to promoting Deep House, is set to bring back the culture of good music in Durban with a series of parties he plans to host with fellow deep house head and colleague "Dogg", real name Lindo Buthelezi, who also owns one of Durban's fastest growing PR companies "Social Creations".</span></div></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Speaking to us Dogg had this to say, "I'm actually overwhelmed with joy by the prospect of working with one of my closest friends in doing what we love the most. Ntukza is the symbol of Deep House in Durban and I'm fan of his music, I don't think he has any idea of how much people believe in him and his passion and I hope this beach party showed him that! Plus I know there's nothing we both would love to see than Durban and the rest of South Africa playing and being more recognised for playing good quality house music. So I'm really excited about our new venture and hope we can keep the momentum going until we achieve our goal."</span></div></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Sounds like Durban is in for a treat this festive season.</span></div></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Funkysoul also blessed the party people with an amazing set that made people dance in the dark sandy shores of Virginia beach.</span></div></span><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">But the real stars of the Virginia Beach Party are the people who came out to party in short notice and danced till the dark! if you were at the party last night S/O to you!!! If you missed it then look out for the next one to be announced soon...</span></div></span>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-45405340003136531282014-09-25T05:31:00.000-07:002014-09-25T05:31:45.928-07:00Gig Guide: 80's rewind party is back on the 27th Sept<div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">Gear up for the most glorious journey taking you through the hits of yester year featuring Durban’s favourite old skool DJ, Trevor Williams. Audiences will revel in nostalgia as we embrace the hit tracks of the 80s at one of Durban’s most picturesque locations – SKY VENUE located on the 31<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;floor of the iconic Southern Sun Maharani Tower.<u></u><u></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OIKdnU88hA4/VCQKy80WqYI/AAAAAAAACxM/SlG9Q5C9cL4/s1600/unnamed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OIKdnU88hA4/VCQKy80WqYI/AAAAAAAACxM/SlG9Q5C9cL4/s1600/unnamed.jpg" height="266" width="400" /></a></div><u></u><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">Yes we are talking retro fashion, dinner, dance and of course music that will bring you an evening packed with the most delightful surprises. Smash hits likely to thrill crowds include: bands like Duran Duran, The Police and Dire Straits, while on the pop synth scene we witnessed The Human League, Culture Club, Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode and many more. On the other side of the Atlantic we had the more rocky sounds of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band, Blondie and Talking Heads. On the pop front we had Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel from Genesis topping the charts while alternative music was making its mark with bands such as REM, The Cure and Violent Femmes.<u></u><u></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">“We are thrilled at the success of our 80’s evenings at Sky. Guests could indeed look forward to welcome drinks, a scrumptious dinner menu followed by an evening of 80’s classics.<u></u><u></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">“We believe there is a critical need for entertainment that appeals to crowd which frequented the former Raffles nightclub in Durban. Sky is the ideal location that they connect with and events such as these show them a sense of belonging,” said John Aritho, GM Southern Sun Maharani Tower.<u></u><u></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">The 1980s is indeed the most favoured tune decade – so join the 80s evening to make this a party bash you will never forget!<u></u><u></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">Don your favourite gear from that era and stand a chance to win great prizes.<u></u><u></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">Date: Saturday, 27<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of September 2014 Cost: R380 per person includes Dinner and a welcome drink on arrival. The fun begins at 7pm.<u></u><u></u></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;">To make a booking, please contact Garika Ramdarie on&nbsp;<a href="tel:%2B27%2031%C2%A0362%201300" style="color: #1155cc;" target="_blank" value="+27313621300">+27 31&nbsp;362 1300</a>&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:garika.ramdarie@tsogosun.com" style="color: #1155cc;" target="_blank">garika.ramdarie@tsogosun.com</a></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-47322476924606534422014-09-18T04:47:00.002-07:002014-09-18T04:47:51.187-07:00PRESS RELEASE: ECR presenter Zaba tells DUT students to “focus on your passion and work hard!”<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">“Passion is everything. When you pick a career, make sure it’s something you love!”&nbsp; That’s part of the advice East Coast Radio presenter Zaba served up to students at the Durban University of Technology this morning (Thursday, 18 September 2014). “Don't worry about the money,” she told the scores of students who gathered to watch her in action. “Just focus on your passion and work hard at it. Everything else will fall into place.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AmQFl9uH6c8/VBrGNM1rf6I/AAAAAAAACwo/3acZ820MwQ8/s1600/unnamed%2B(6).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AmQFl9uH6c8/VBrGNM1rf6I/AAAAAAAACwo/3acZ820MwQ8/s1600/unnamed%2B(6).jpg" height="425" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">Zaba broadcast her 9am to 12pm show live from the DUT sports centre at the Steve Biko campus, getting to know students, giving them career advice, sharing fashion tips and of course posing for selfies. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">“The two mottos I live by are: ‘Change comes in a little box called patience’ and ‘To get something you've never had, you've got to do something you have never done.’ So remember that everything changes but be patient. And when you go out there to get what you want from this world, take a few risks. They're very rewarding.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">While Zaba was live onair, DUT students got the chance to meet and interact with some of people who work “behind the scenes” at East Coast Radio, getting hands-on advice on technical and production issues. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">There were also free pedicures on offer as the station gears up to celebrate #FlipFlopFriday tomorrow. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">ECR All Stars (made up of ECR staff members, including&nbsp; Sirshin Moodliar and Jason McCall from the 9pm to midnight show, <i>Trending Tonight</i>) were brave (or foolish) enough to take on the DUT Basketball Team in a friendly match. Needless to say, DUT won 88-42, but everyone had loads of fun!</span></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-59739658593706678292014-09-12T00:40:00.000-07:002014-09-12T00:40:20.759-07:00Irish band, The Script, to perform in Durban!<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">Durban, get ready for yet another top international music act! Irish smash hit pop/rock band, <i>The Script</i>, will be heading to Durban next year for a once-off performance brought to you by East Coast Radio and MNET. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F9S5ho0RZQo/VBKjJqsBcTI/AAAAAAAACvw/zUevg--cVf8/s1600/unnamed%2B(1).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-F9S5ho0RZQo/VBKjJqsBcTI/AAAAAAAACvw/zUevg--cVf8/s1600/unnamed%2B(1).jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">Hot on the heels of John Legend’s <i>All Of Me</i> concert in November, <i>The Script</i> will be wowing fans for one night only, at the ICC Durban Arena on 6 February 2015.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">Talk about a worldwide phenomenon! The guys from The Script have sold over 20 million albums worldwide since they burst onto the music scene in 2001! What’s more, all three of their albums went multi-platinum throughout the world. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><i><span lang="EN-ZA">Hall Of Fame</span></i><span lang="EN-ZA">, the lead single from their last album #3, globally topped charts with fans snapping up over 5 million copies. The video has notched up more than 133 million Youtube views. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">Lead singer, Danny O'Donoghue, has promised KZN fans all their mega-hits including, <i>The Man Who Can’t Be Moved</i>, <i>Breakeven</i> (<i>Falling To Pieces</i>) and <i>For The First Time</i>. He says they will also be sharing music from their new album <i>No Sound Without Silence</i>.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">The Script’s music has been featured in popular TV programmes like 90210, Ghost Whisperer, The Hills, and The Vampire Diaries. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">They will be supported by five-time SAMA-nominated and MTV MAMA award-winning Durban band, Gangs of Ballet. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">The Script’s last SA tour was a complete sell-out so to avoid a serious case of FOMO, make sure you get your hands on your tickets early. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">Tickets are R295 – R520. They go on sale on Monday, 15 September 2014 at 9am from Computicket. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-ZA">The Script in Durban.<o:p></o:p></span></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-61939251372087718472014-09-10T00:33:00.000-07:002014-09-11T07:23:13.712-07:00In the Spotlight with Sandy Bigara - “Hinghams Nursery & Symmetry Duo” <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Sandy Bigara</h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-saNnQwN4jJE/U_2Zh8n0pMI/AAAAAAAACtY/IWojKnqz7lE/s1600/unnamed%2B(3).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-saNnQwN4jJE/U_2Zh8n0pMI/AAAAAAAACtY/IWojKnqz7lE/s1600/unnamed%2B%283%29.jpg" height="320" width="178" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Well, I have had an incredible two weeks! Exhausted can not describe… I’ve spent every available minute finishing up the script for my show “Zap &amp; Buttons” that will be showcased at the Durban Children’s Theatre Festival October 6th – 11th (bookings on Computicket from the 15th September) Having so much fun prepping the costumes and tweaking the look of my characters… I have to remember to stop and breathe… eat, and drink coffee!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I had some fun this last week, designing and making the crowns and wings for my fairies for The Princess &amp; The Frog that starts Dec 01st at <a href="http://online.computicket.com/web/event/the_princess_and_the_frog/827585695">The Catalina Theatre tickets are on sale</a>. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sbigara/media_set?set=a.10152075303496746.1073741846.654046745&amp;type=3">You can see the costumes, crowns and wings</a>. I forget how many hours each piece can take to make!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This weekend was intense, on Friday I performed at Zacks Windermere with Steve Fataar (I managed to play O Mio Babbino on guitar and sing opera… never again people!) and then rushed off to The Catalina to host Late Night Comedy with The Stand Up Guys, Rowin Munsamy, Arno Els and Mark Young, followed by an Open Mic competition – won by a new-comer Venessa Morton, she blew us away and I’ll do an interview with her soon! On Sunday the Husband and I volunteered to help at a local book and antiques store ‘A Novel Idea’ assisting the new owners with setting up, so lovely lending a hand and supporting local businesses.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u>HINGHAMS NURSERY TEA GARDEN</u></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vFSAMQJ4d_g/VBFqzf_WvrI/AAAAAAAACvg/rNfy0gbFRkY/s1600/unnamed%2B(2).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vFSAMQJ4d_g/VBFqzf_WvrI/AAAAAAAACvg/rNfy0gbFRkY/s1600/unnamed%2B%282%29.jpg" height="380" width="640" /></a></div>Now for the interesting bits! This Sunday I will be performing at ( Hingham Nursery Tea Garden www.facebook.com/Hinghamnurseryteagarden ) so, I popped in at the Tea Garden this morning to take some pictures, and I had a chance to interview the owners Danielle and Loura Venter – a Mother/Daughter team to be reckoned with!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-icR7wMopzPg/VBFql-3-rTI/AAAAAAAACvQ/5nrzr2yrDG0/s1600/unnamed%2B(4).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-icR7wMopzPg/VBFql-3-rTI/AAAAAAAACvQ/5nrzr2yrDG0/s1600/unnamed%2B%284%29.jpg" height="320" width="208" /></a></div><span id="goog_1457284777"></span><span id="goog_1457284778"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">What is your vision for Hingham’s regarding live entertainment?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We have a beautiful chilled out venue here, and at present we are working on building a sustainable following so that we can offer our muso’s a solid platform from which to gig successfully. We are strict about quality control and strive to make sure that our guests are happy and that they enjoy the live music we offer them. The venue is very peaceful and intimate, so it suits the more relaxed music styles. Sandy Bigara performs here on the second Sunday of every month from 1 – 3pm. People can book by calling 0768123886.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">You have an incredible menu, your portion sizes are huge! What are your 'best' two meals that you offer: your favourite, and the most popular?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Thank you! Our favourite item on the menu is probably the Eggs Benedict made with a home-made Hollandaise sauce, and the most popular dish are the Cajun Chicken Strips, Bacon, Feta and Avo Salad as well as the Farmhouse Breakfast...</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">Your venue is pet friendly, child friendly and wheelchair friendly - it's great! Do you see yourselves as a welcoming Hingham team? What do you do to make people feel at home?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We are a Mother and Daughter team that work together very well, and one of us is always dealing with the clients. We are on first name basis with all of our regular customers as well as all of the doggies that come for a visit, the doggies get a scoop of ice cream on their birthdays. We also like to educate the people about our troop of mongoose that come past everyday.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gkGFY07e3-k/VBFqpjdh9_I/AAAAAAAACvY/EStSaZKD_yA/s1600/unnamed%2B(3).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gkGFY07e3-k/VBFqpjdh9_I/AAAAAAAACvY/EStSaZKD_yA/s1600/unnamed%2B%283%29.jpg" height="320" width="213" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">You have some exciting changes ahead, what renovations are you planning?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We are busy putting up a roof in the play area to help with providing shade for our diners. We will also be fixing the roof over the restaurant area in the near future as well. We have recently built on a smoking area, and added a new bathroom near the restaurant that is totally wheelchair friendly.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>SYMMETRY – Gavin Ferguson &amp; Stefnie Perlman</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fxNNC3bldNw/VA_-gp6_RgI/AAAAAAAACu8/UCMmllO3Ac8/s1600/10553439_337026769783867_9133520896544295373_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fxNNC3bldNw/VA_-gp6_RgI/AAAAAAAACu8/UCMmllO3Ac8/s1600/10553439_337026769783867_9133520896544295373_n.jpg" height="422" width="640" /></a></div>And now for some local Musos! I was lucky enough to perform alongside Symmetry when they sang at Pick n Pay’s Taste Durban this year, I had a chance to catch up with this dynamic pair this week.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">You two are making a name for yourselves in the music scene, what is your ultimate goal as musos?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We are really excited about what we have achieved this year so far as a band, and are currently nurturing an EP in its infancy stages. Whilst we do enjoy our acoustic re-imaginings of popular covers (… because its Durban and covers pay the bills, for now) and have fun taking unexpected songs and making them work acoustically, our ultimate goal is to write and perform solely original music that you can’t help kicking off your shoes and dancing to - there is enough ‘emo’ stuff out there. We want to make South African audiences feel uplifted, positive and dare we say it – sexy…</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">How did you two meet? Where and when do you rehearse?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We met by total serendipity at Live The Venue in March. We were fortunate to be able to hit the circuit as a duo early on – our weekends are usually booked up with gigs and rehearsals happen every day of the week except for Mondays when we try our best to refuel, take a break from late nights, switch off from social media and do absolutely nothing.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">Where do you usually gig? And how did it all come about?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We are currently the resident band on Friday evenings at Hops Riverside in Durban North. This year we have frequented venues up the North Coast, Hillcrest and central Durban – and also performed at private functions, birthdays etc.</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Music is a lifestyle choice for us. With career backgrounds in Project Management and PR, we run our band like a business, but are definitely not the kind of people to be chained to a desk. &nbsp;We are both pretty passionate about being true to ourselves creatively, and the freedom we experience onstage and the pure hustle of trying to get our foot in the door in what can be a challenging industry (especially in Durban) is what keeps us fired up.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">How can people find you online?&nbsp;</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">We update our Facebook page every couple of days. For access to our SoundCloud, YouTube channel, photos, press features and to check out where we’re playing next – please like (and share!) – www.facebook.com/symmetrysa</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="color: red;">How Would You Describe Your Sound?</span></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Our musical tastes and preferences are like chalk and cheese – but when we come together something magic happens – harmonies – and this is where we got the name “Symmetry”. &nbsp;Our live performance is fun and upbeat – with everything from ‘50s rock and roll through to contemporary radio hits. We may even surprise you with favourites from the 80s/90s that you thought wouldn’t work on a guitar. Our original music is a combination of country, rock and soul and is evolving as we continue to write and create together.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Well worth supporting both Hingham’s and Symmetry – Local is Lekker!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Upcoming Events this weekend worth noting:</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Zacks Windermere LIVE MUSIC hosted by Steve Fataar | every Friday | 7:30pm \ Free Entry order your meal off menu | bookings: 031 – 3120755 | Secure parking | Performance by select muso’s.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Sandy Bigara Live Music @ Hinghams Nursery Tea Garden | Every 2nd Sunday of the month 1pm – 3pm | R65 per person includes a Sunday Roast Lunch | bookings 0768123886 | Secure parking | Top of Clematis Grove, Glenhills, off Rinaldo Rd, off Chris Hani rd.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Next week I’ll be interviewing another incredible local muso on the Durban Music scene…</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Till then, take care!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Sandy Bigara</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.sandybigara.com/">www.sandybigara.com</a></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-62958282677348009902014-08-29T00:10:00.000-07:002014-08-29T00:10:01.670-07:00Durban resident wins R125 000 of prizes<div style="text-align: justify;">Today’s gloomy weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of Durban’s Kim Hall. The Umbilo resident walked away with R125 000 in prizes in the SA Home Loans Secret Stash competition on East Coast Radio!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GW8-yzNE_Q0/VAAm92ZfIUI/AAAAAAAACuE/EG92v418P_s/s1600/unnamed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GW8-yzNE_Q0/VAAm92ZfIUI/AAAAAAAACuE/EG92v418P_s/s1600/unnamed.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">East Coast Breakfast host, Darren Maule, hosted the five finalists this morning (29 August 2014) in the nail-biting finale but it was Kim who had the winning key that gave her access to the 15 prizes.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">She has won the following:&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>1. A Samsung 539 litre Metallic Side by Side Fridge/ Freezer worth&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>2. Philips Alarm Clock Radio and Dock Speaker for a iPhone/iPad or iPod&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>3. 57cm One Touch Weber Braai&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>4. Playstation 4&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>5. 7kg Samsung Metallic Washer and Dryer&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>6. LG 55inch FULL HD 3D SMART LED TV&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>7. Kenwood White Titanium Chef with Glass Bowl&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>8. LG ELECTRONIC - 3D Blu Ray Home Theatre system&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>9. Lawnmower/ Wet and Dry Vacuum cleaner/ Automatic Pool Cleaner:&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>10. Sealy Posturepedic Pinehurst Gel Series Pillow Top Base set&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>11. A Big Boy Scootyer SPORTFLITE F35 150 GP AND Helmet as well as Licence and Registration&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>12. 12000BTU BREEZ TitanGold Air Conditioner, including a standard back-to-back installation&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>13. a Defy 42L Convection Microwave&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>14. NIKON - D3200 HD DSLR with 3 lenses</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>15. Coffee Machine&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Everyone who entered the Secret Stash competition on East Coast Radio via SMS, went into the draw for the chance to win everything that is in the stash. The competition ran on ECR from 11 to 29 August 2014.</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-81452571204900257262014-08-29T00:00:00.000-07:002014-08-29T00:33:46.646-07:00Breeze releases artwork for his new track<div style="text-align: justify;">Mr Trendsetter aka Breeze, prepares to drop artwork for his latest single tomorrow (Friday 29 August) at 13:00.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-di5Z2HCHlMo/VAAsagUejiI/AAAAAAAACuU/5n4Vmk-uQC0/s1600/unnamed%2B(1).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-di5Z2HCHlMo/VAAsagUejiI/AAAAAAAACuU/5n4Vmk-uQC0/s1600/unnamed%2B(1).jpg" height="195" width="200" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">We caught up with the hottest hip hop kid from Durban who goes by the name Sibusiso Shezi better known as Mr Trendsetter, a man that’s really hard to find these days. And guess what? He’s got a hit single ready to drop called ZIYASHA but first he’s dropping the artwork just to prepare South Africa for the storm he’s about to drop.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The DC brand ambassador who is currently busy shooting a documentary about the environment and with NB Productions promises HIT but says he’ll let the music do the talking for him.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Follow him on Twitter and Instagram to @Breeze_sa and checkout his artwork for his single dropping at 13:00.</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-68039196080880657762014-08-28T04:45:00.000-07:002014-08-28T04:45:39.717-07:00ECR's Traffic Guy celebrates 30 years onair!<div style="text-align: justify;">“It’s been an amazing adventure from day 1,” says ECR’s Traffic Guy as he &nbsp;celebrates 30 years onair! It’s The Traffic Guy’s birthday tomorrow (29 August 2014) and the East Coast Radio legend has more than one reason to celebrate. He has 30!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OfhZNBgP1kY/U_8WIUSnznI/AAAAAAAACt0/deT46bPl1N4/s1600/unnamed%2B(3).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OfhZNBgP1kY/U_8WIUSnznI/AAAAAAAACt0/deT46bPl1N4/s1600/unnamed%2B(3).jpg" height="640" width="424" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">East Coast Radio will be celebrating Johann Von Bargen’s three decades on radio tomorrow. Everyone’s favourite Oom chuckles as he remembers his first traffic report onair in 1984, on what was then Radio Port Natal (which went on to become East Coast Radio). At the time, JVB was a traffic officer with the Durban City Police.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“My very first crossing had to do with an accident on the Northern Freeway, now known as the Ruth First Highway, near the Virginia Airport. The guy sitting next to me at the time said ‘Don’t forget to turn on the switch when you are talking. Also don’t forget that there are 250 000 people listening to you. That’s when the silence happened. I opened my mouth and – I promise you, I exaggerate not a bit – nothing came out. Nothing. And that was me.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Fast forward 30 years, and JVB is one of the most recognisable voices onair and a personality in his own right. More than 1.6 million people now tune in to The Traffic Guy to help them navigate KZN’s roads to get to work/school/home safely. The three decades since his first onair experience, has seen him move from a police officer on foot patrol to a traffic cop and then a member of the police escort unit (his job was to escort abnormal loads and state presidents when they visited KZN).&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Johann is a wealth of information and hilarious anecdotes. You could literally spend hours being lost in his tales of adventure as a traffic officer (he spent 20 years doing this) picking up the pearls of wisdom he drops along the way (“Communicate, communicate, communicate. If you have something to say, then say it! It works in business and in marriages. Communicate!”)&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Mention his sizable female following, and JVB goes red in the face. “Very embarrassed to hear that. Thank you very much for the compliment, I really appreciate it, but look at this face. Give me a break!”&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Few people know that Johann’s lifelong dream was to be a pilot. In 1968, before he joined the police force, JVB worked on the airforce base as part of his (then compulsory) military training. He desperately wanted to be a fighter pilot but was turned down after he failed the hearing test. The passion lived on though, and now his weekend hobby is flying on a Boeing 747 simulator.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">So how does the longest serving onair traffic reporter feel about his 30 years on radio? “I do not regret a single day. There’s not one day that stands out for me but literally hundreds. When people have either sent me a message of some sort and said ‘thanks for the information’ – that’s my special day. And I have hundreds of these over the past three decades. It’s been an amazing adventure from day one!”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Despite his remarkable journey and the stories and adventures that go with it, JVB is just “a regular guy.” “I would like to be remembered as somebody who people could trust, who could go to in confidence and somebody who would actually take the trouble to help others,” he says, his trademark grin causing his blue eyes to sparkle. Guiding people through morning and evening rush hour every day for the past thirty years, it’s safe to say that The Traffic Guy has long since earned that reputation.</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-69010833498227085062014-08-27T01:42:00.000-07:002014-08-27T01:42:02.011-07:00In the Spotlight with Sandy Bigara<h4 style="text-align: justify;">Sandy Bigara</h4><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-saNnQwN4jJE/U_2Zh8n0pMI/AAAAAAAACtU/_qQCwsEF7lk/s1600/unnamed%2B(3).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-saNnQwN4jJE/U_2Zh8n0pMI/AAAAAAAACtU/_qQCwsEF7lk/s1600/unnamed%2B(3).jpg" height="200" width="111" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A week or two ago I received a message asking if I would write for <i>DurbanJourno</i>... I would lie if I said I &nbsp;wasn’t excited as heck, I mean, who wouldn’t be? For the past year, at least, <a href="http://www.sandynene.com/">Sandy Nene</a> &nbsp;has been a source of support and encouragement to me as a performing artist and it would be amiss of me to not thank him right this minute! Thank you Sandy Nene! There we go. All done. *wipes tears from her eyes*</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I suppose I should introduce myself first, my name is <a href="http://www.sandybigara.com/">Sandy Bigara</a>, I am hyper active. I fall asleep if I have any caffeine. I am an active Performing Artist, I am mommy to two busy little girls, Sav and Kel. I’m constantly working on various aspects of creative art – writing books and scripts, painting in acrylic or mixed media, performing in comedy or drama – traditional or corporate, cooking and posting original recipes to my <a href="http://sandyramblings.blogspot.com/2011/09/hairy-memoires.html">blog</a>, designing clothes with my daughter who is the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/savannadesigns">Youngest Fashion Designer in Africa</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://sandyramblings.blogspot.com/%202013/12/christmas-cake-recipe.html">baking</a>, painting <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152206589001746.1073741851.654046745&amp;type=1&amp;l=6fd44c162b">ceramic art,</a> composing classical music/Indie music and photographing in and around Durban. I am currently at the #1 position in the <a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/sandybigara">Reverbnation </a>charts for Durban, South Africa as a Singer/Songwriter. I wake at 8am and fall asleep at 1am pretty much every day. Oh yes, I am also a home-school Mom.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">My entire week Monday to Sunday is filled with creative enterprise, tutoring my children, producing theatrical shows, rehearsing for my musical performances and experimenting in the kitchen. As Nana Gladys says “I love Jesus, but I drink a little.” I love a good ice cold Pina Colada but, if I ever perform anywhere I generally order a pot of Earl Grey Tea... even at pubs... I bring my own tea pot and tea bag if needed! I also MC at various events, most recently at the <a href="http://www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za/">Good Food &amp; Wine Show </a>&nbsp;in Capetown. When I perform on piano I usually do some stand up comedy in-between my songs. Well... that’s about as condensed an introduction as you could get! Whew! I thought that it would be lovely to use this incredible platform to report back on shows or events that I have attended, and also to let you know of any upcoming shows that I am involved in. I want to meet and interview local artists especially the underground artist jamming in pubs and restaurants all over Durban.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I’ll link you up to their band pages and hopefully drum up some real support for these hard working Muso’s – many of whom don’t have regular employment – their music IS their employment! Upcoming Events this weekend worth noting:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">WHOSE LINE?? Physical Comedy Improv Show | Friday 29th August | 10pm | R80pp | booking on computicket | At Durban's own Catalina Theatre, 18 Boatman's way, Wilson's Wharf! 180' harbour views, restaurants below the theatre, safe parking. 18+ - Sandy Bigara, Christiaan Duplessis, Shona Johnson &amp; Rowin Munsamy, Guest Artist: <a href="http://online.computicket.com/web/event/whose_line/843673371">Arno Wagenaar.</a> &nbsp;Zacks Windermere LIVE MUSIC hosted by Steve Fataar | Friday 29th order your meal off menu | bookings: 031 – 3120755 | Secure parking | Mike Raftery + Graham &amp; Richard Ellis + Danellia Daniels + Richard Anthony Roberts - Mpume Mthombeni + Sailesh Kumar Beesham &amp; MOZMAN</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Next week I’ll be interviewing an amazing young couple who are making waves on the underground music scene...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Till then, take care!</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-19469297547872012632014-08-25T01:28:00.000-07:002014-08-25T01:45:45.716-07:00WIN Durban Day Tickets!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mGMnwDM5NEw/U_rxpXbk3NI/AAAAAAAACsg/LxlORn-JDNM/s1600/durban_day_poll_imagebanner_list_item_web.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mGMnwDM5NEw/U_rxpXbk3NI/AAAAAAAACsg/LxlORn-JDNM/s1600/durban_day_poll_imagebanner_list_item_web.jpg" height="320" width="297" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Durban! We hope you are all excited for Durban Day. Thanks so much to everyone who has continued to support this blog, we really appreciate it.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, to say thank you, we are giving away three (3) double tickets to the 2014 Durban Day, which is happening on the 7th of September in People's Park.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6W8H6cF-oWI/U_ryl2f7P1I/AAAAAAAACss/oW0QTKe9AXI/s1600/DurbanDay-Advert_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6W8H6cF-oWI/U_ryl2f7P1I/AAAAAAAACss/oW0QTKe9AXI/s1600/DurbanDay-Advert_.jpg" height="640" width="450" /></a></div><h2>Here's how you can WIN:</h2><br /><ol><li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/durbanjourno">Follow us on Twitter</a> and Like our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/durbanjourno">Facebook page</a>.</li><li>Write on our Facebook page telling us who you would take and why.</li></ol><h2>Competition closes this coming Friday the 29th of August 2014.</h2>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-4615928229248256672014-08-20T03:22:00.000-07:002014-08-20T03:22:05.332-07:00The Ultimate 80’s party experience at Sky Sounds of the Eighties with Trevor Williams<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">Gear up for the most glorious journey taking you through the hits of yester year featuring Durban’s favourite "old skool” DJ, Trevor Williams.<u></u><u></u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">Guests will revel in nostalgia as we embrace the hit tracks of the 80s at one of Durban’s most picturesque locations – SKY VENUE located on the 31<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;floor of the iconic Southern Sun Maharani Tower.<u></u><u></u></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">The evening will showcase retro fashion, a scrumptious three course dinner, and the greatest 80’s tunes that is bound to keep you grooving on the dance floor.&nbsp;<u></u><u></u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">Smash hits likely to thrill crowds include: bands like Duran Duran, The Police and Dire Straits, while on the pop synth scene we witnessed The Human League, Culture Club, Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode and many more. On the other side of the Atlantic we had the more rocky sounds of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band, Blondie and Talking Heads. On the pop front we had Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel from Genesis topping the charts while alternative music was making its mark with bands such as REM, The Cure and Violent Femmes.<u></u><u></u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">“We are thrilled at the success of our 80’s evenings at Sky. Guests could indeed look forward to welcome drinks, a scrumptious dinner menu followed by an evening of 80’s classics.<u></u><u></u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">“We believe there is a critical need for entertainment that appeals to crowd which frequented the former Raffles nightclub in Durban. Sky is the ideal location that they connect with and events such as these show them a sense of belonging,” said John Aritho, GM Southern Sun Maharani Tower. The 1980s is indeed the most favoured tune decade – so join the 80s evening to make this a party bash you will never forget!<u></u><u></u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">Don your favourite gear from that era and stand a chance to win great prizes.<u></u><u></u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">Date: Saturday, 30<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of August 2014 Cost: R380 per person includes Dinner and a welcome drink on arrival. The fun begins at 7pm.<u></u><u></u></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">To make a booking, please contact Garika Ramdarie on&nbsp;<a href="tel:%2B27%2031%C2%A0362%201300" style="color: #1155cc;" target="_blank" value="+27313621300">+27 31&nbsp;362 1300</a>&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:garika.ramdarie@tsogosun.com" style="color: #1155cc;" target="_blank">garika.ramdarie@<wbr></wbr>tsogosun.com</a><span style="color: #1f497d;">&nbsp;</span>or purchase tickets online via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quicket.co.za/" style="color: #1155cc;" target="_blank">www.quicket.co.za</a></span></div></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-19206107024462711302014-08-19T01:04:00.000-07:002014-08-19T01:04:26.105-07:001st Zulu Safaris Season Tour | The Royal Reed Dance | 07 September 2014<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xMmLzKnWxA0/U_MEp8Fjy3I/AAAAAAAACrg/8tScmYokK9M/s1600/10552399_266087643582095_907664318787548362_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xMmLzKnWxA0/U_MEp8Fjy3I/AAAAAAAACrg/8tScmYokK9M/s1600/10552399_266087643582095_907664318787548362_n.jpg" height="640" width="452" /></a></div><br />Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-50529301364657845442014-08-18T02:00:00.003-07:002014-08-18T02:00:54.245-07:00You Are Invited | Anelisa 'Analyzer' Stuurman Pre Album LaunchHey Durban! You are all invited to attend Annalyzer's listening session and pre album launch which will be taking place at Vacca Matta on the 19th of August (Tuesday). See you there! Remember, entrance is FREE!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uVjjFpemHAs/U_HAgGc21uI/AAAAAAAACrM/qt8gR1OtEF8/s1600/anelisa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uVjjFpemHAs/U_HAgGc21uI/AAAAAAAACrM/qt8gR1OtEF8/s1600/anelisa.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-58852606320184146372014-08-13T01:26:00.002-07:002014-08-13T01:27:58.711-07:00Event: A Tiki celebration for the Panorama Bar 1st anniversary<h2 style="text-align: center;">Celebrate the Panorama Bar first birthday in style!</h2><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d6h3yxN8yOM/U-shH4t9jeI/AAAAAAAACqw/Nk1r_ElCNCs/s1600/celebrate.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d6h3yxN8yOM/U-shH4t9jeI/AAAAAAAACqw/Nk1r_ElCNCs/s1600/celebrate.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Durban is famous for its warm climate and sweeping ocean views, there’s no better way to enjoy this luxury than with friends over cocktails. Experience an Island oasis as Southern Sun Elangeni &amp; Maharani Complex hosts their first Tiki themed party at the Panorama Bar. Guests will escape into a world of relaxation and harmonious vibes in a stylish setting.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Chilled beats inspired by the likes of Cafe Del Mar, deep house music and the groovy sounds of the Marumba band will complete the night into blissful ambience. Guests can indulge in tropical drinks galore, think Ron Zacapa Centenario rum and Don Julio Reposado tequila cocktails served in from bamboo sticks, hollow pineapple, coconut or even the African calabash, perfectly paired with fresh tropical fruit and a scrumptious menu.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“It’s been a great first year, we appreciate all the support we’ve received and with the Tiki party celebration, we want create the feeling of being at a tropical destination, whilst we have our beach at our doorstep, we thought why not bring it inside,” said Samantha Croft, General Manager at the Southern Sun Elangeni &amp; Maharani Complex.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Ladies adorn your sarongs and beachwear, gentlemen be daring in the Hawaiian shirts is going to be a night to remember. “The Panorama bar is more than just a bar, it’s an experience. Everything is set for a night where guests will feel like they have just stepped out of a plane in Bora Bora,” said Miguel DeSousa, Food &amp; Beverage Manager at the Southern Sun Elangeni &amp; Maharani Complex</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador Alex Farnell , said, “For this upcoming “Tiki” inspired event, Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 luxury rum will be the star of the show. Utilizing only fresh citrus &amp; tropical flavours together with high end spirits and liqueurs, served in crazy and creative vessels, the drinks menu is going to make this night a unique experience.” The tropical inspired themed event will take place on Friday, the 22nd of August. Entrance is FREE!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">For more information go to www.tsogosun.com or follow Tsogo Sun on Twitter @tsogosun or like Facebook / TsogoSun</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-161751104961249322014-08-11T04:11:00.002-07:002014-08-12T00:36:37.204-07:00Emerald Gold And Dark Lion Collaborate For Durban Fashion Fair<div style="text-align: justify;">Jenine Chanel David and Kyle Curtis Pillay have a long standing friendship,and have decided to collaborate their Brands for the up coming Durban Fashion Fair 2014.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9trk8JUh-To/U-ikqGGiYvI/AAAAAAAACqY/0R1AR23nL4s/s1600/1077249_1390101774604324_5615023966641372744_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9trk8JUh-To/U-ikqGGiYvI/AAAAAAAACqY/0R1AR23nL4s/s1600/1077249_1390101774604324_5615023966641372744_o.jpg" height="236" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">Kyle Curtis Pillay who already has an established Company in the Printing and Media Industry, and Jenine Chanel David,who is currently making her inroads in the Fashion Industry.</div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Durban Fashion Fair 2014 will be a Great Platform in gaining exposure on a National and International Level and this was the basis for the Collaboration.</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-54149905657548717972014-08-05T00:06:00.000-07:002014-08-05T00:09:09.972-07:00Tsogo Sun’s Samantha Croft, scoops another prestigious business award<div style="text-align: justify;">In less than two months after being recognised as the leading woman in the corporate sector in KwaZulu-Natal by the KZN Businesswomen's Association, Tsogo Sun’s Samantha Croft scoops another prestigious award.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Tsogo Sun is thrilled to announce that Samantha Croft, the General Manager of the Southern Sun Elangeni &amp; Maharani Complex has been recognised for her achievement as the winner in the Tourism &amp; Leisure sector for South Africa in CEO Magazine’s Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government award. Southern Sun Elangeni&amp; Maharani Complex is one of the groups over 90 hotels and 14 casinos and entertainment destinations.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">At the helm of Durban’s iconic and newly refurbished variety-filled complex, Croft, eased herway through a gruelling and robust judging process which had an estimated 9000 entrants from the African continent. This was the first leg of 9 events to take place across Africa of which the overall continent winner will be announced in October.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“I am honoured to be a recipient of such a prestigious award and strongly believe that it takes great team work and dedication to excel in business. I am so grateful to my team for their hard work and commitment,” says Croft.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Tsogo Sun’s Director of Operations KZN Hotels, Mike Jackson said, “We are extremely proud of Samantha’s achievements and encourage her to continue in her efforts to succeed in the industry. I am honoured to have her as part of my team.”</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Chief Executive of CEO Holdings,Annelize Wepener said Croft was a deserving winner adding that women across Africa continuing to push the boundaries, excelling in diverse sectors and industries. “Our panel of judges stand in awe as they realise what these women have achieved,” she said.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Croft received her award on Wednesday at a gala breakfast that was attended by business leaders from all over South Africa at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand Johannesburg.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">For more informationvisitwww.tsogosun.com, follow Tsogo Sun on Twitter @Tsogosun or Like Facebook / TsogoSun</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-42320886604619976772014-08-04T02:44:00.000-07:002014-08-04T02:44:27.208-07:00Sandy Bigara Classical Album launch 10th August DURBAN<div style="text-align: justify;">Sandy Bigara, a local Durban girl, is an experienced classically trained Bella Canto singer, awarded for excellence in 2003 by the Italian Consulate. Sandy will be launching her first Classical Album: A Night to Remember during her monthly performance at Hingham Nursery Tea Garden. You can hear some of her performance at www.sandybigara.com. The Tea Garden is situated at the top of Clematis Grove, off Rinaldo rd, which is off Umhlanga Rocks Drive at the top, or Chris Hani rd at the bottom near N2 to Gateway. Utilising performance on piano and guitar, with some backing track items and vocals, Sandy Bigara will be sharing her musical journey with her usual humour and banter. Sandy will share her struggle with chronic asthma and the injury she sustained to her neck in 2011, which almost ended her career, culminating in the production of this album.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2DB7gN7CRsk/U99VgEGoh4I/AAAAAAAACpY/YSUHam4v36Y/s1600/unnamed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2DB7gN7CRsk/U99VgEGoh4I/AAAAAAAACpY/YSUHam4v36Y/s1600/unnamed.jpg" height="640" width="608" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">R65pp for an English Roast and show, CD’s will be available for R100 cash and can be autographed at the show. You can pay R165 for the meal, show and CD. In the spirit of #LoveYourBusker audiences are encouraged to bring cash tips for your performer and any bags of small dog or cat pellets, for the Hingham’s Healthy Mongoose Feeding Program.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Booking is essential as the shows have started to sell out. To book your table either under the thatched boma or in the outdoor adventure playground area, call 0768123886. Patrons can email Danielle at tinkerbelldv@gmail.com if you have any special requests; the venue has wheelchair access, wheelchair friendly toilets, and is pet friendly.</div><div><br /></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-35062410541699192842014-07-30T02:29:00.003-07:002014-07-30T02:30:45.957-07:00Don't Miss It | Open Note Sessions Episode 3Here's what to look forward to at &nbsp;Episode 3 of The Open Note Sessions.<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dXc_t1SAGsY" width="560"></iframe><br />Join us and other Durbanites. Email: theopennotesessions@gmail.com for more. Also LIKE their Facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AnOpenNoteSession">HERE.</a>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-43528750658923271902014-07-28T05:13:00.000-07:002014-07-28T05:14:40.115-07:00#ElevatedExperienceDBN | Moses Mabhida Stadium<div style="text-align: justify;">We are really excited about SKYY Vodka South Africa #ElevatedExperienceDBN which is happening at a secret location this coming Saturday. We had so much FUN last year and we can't wait to relive the experience. Watch this video below to see what went down last year.</div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_FAFR0AfrGo" width="560"></iframe><br /><br />Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-52735699550148615752014-07-25T05:33:00.000-07:002014-07-25T05:33:31.407-07:00Good Food & Wine KZN: Bollywood comes to Durban<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GKzXJwNriFU/U9JOZMRX-kI/AAAAAAAACog/S7wzUo48iwE/s1600/image001.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GKzXJwNriFU/U9JOZMRX-kI/AAAAAAAACog/S7wzUo48iwE/s1600/image001.png" height="544" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Good Food &amp; Wine Show (24-26 October 2014, Durban Exhibition Centre) is bringing Bollywood to Durban where a special Bollywood Kitchen will showcase stars and chefs from this colourful and enchanting region. &nbsp;A ‘Cook Idols’ competition will have contestants in a massive cook-off at the show with the winner being whisked off to India by the Spice Prince celebrity chef himself, Reza Mahammad. &nbsp;The Durban Good Food &amp; Wine Show is a full celebration of Indian cuisine and more. &nbsp;Celebrity Chefs, baking theatres, regional wine and craft beer routes, a giant wine cellar prize, artisanal foods and a special ‘writers block’ feature are set to thrill and delight visitors to the show.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><h3>Tickets on sale now on www.computicket.com.<br />www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za</h3>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-40330873285003638042014-07-25T00:20:00.000-07:002014-07-25T00:20:02.291-07:00Four dynamic businesswomen to share insights in Durban<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a2eHmo_wzEI/U9ID01QX5BI/AAAAAAAACoE/0fGnooLRrkc/s1600/unnamed+%252817%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a2eHmo_wzEI/U9ID01QX5BI/AAAAAAAACoE/0fGnooLRrkc/s1600/unnamed+%252817%2529.jpg" height="191" width="320" /></a></div><span style="text-align: justify;"><br /></span><span style="text-align: justify;">Four dynamic women from some of SA’s most driven industries will be sharing their wisdom to an exclusive gathering of women at the FNB Business East Coast Radio Ladies Breakfast in association with GIBS.</span><span style="text-align: justify;">The annual breakfast meet brings together women from all professions and industries in KZN who hope to take away valuable lessons and key insights from some of the country’s top women achievers.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--b7qVuZdX1k/U9ID0a_Kg6I/AAAAAAAACoQ/tcPoHCc7jOY/s1600/unnamed+%252816%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--b7qVuZdX1k/U9ID0a_Kg6I/AAAAAAAACoQ/tcPoHCc7jOY/s1600/unnamed+%252816%2529.jpg" /></a></div><span style="text-align: justify;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: justify;">This year, Chief Marketing Officer of FNB, Bernice Samuels, City Press editor, Ferial Haffejee, Nicola Tyler the CEO of Business Results Group and CEO of SABRIC, Kalyani Pillay will offer advice and share the lessons they’ve learnt while climbing the ladder of success in the banking, media and business industries.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gij-mXKvNBs/U9ID06stcgI/AAAAAAAACoM/-WbfXs5bisg/s1600/unnamed+%252818%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gij-mXKvNBs/U9ID06stcgI/AAAAAAAACoM/-WbfXs5bisg/s1600/unnamed+%252818%2529.jpg" height="320" width="213" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">These courageous, determined and passionate women will be speaking around the theme “Empowering Together.” The event takes place at Durban’s ICC on 8 August 2014.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JmjOGVDsVcA/U9ID1EQdzzI/AAAAAAAACoI/Az4oh0BgQLg/s1600/unnamed+%252819%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JmjOGVDsVcA/U9ID1EQdzzI/AAAAAAAACoI/Az4oh0BgQLg/s1600/unnamed+%252819%2529.jpg" /></a></div><h3>Tickets are currently on sale at Computicket but with only 500 seats available, space is limited.</h3>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-51294195746139222862014-07-24T05:07:00.000-07:002014-07-24T05:09:57.498-07:00STER-KINEKOR RELEASES GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY IN IMAX® 3D AT GATEWAY AND NEW THEATRE AT THE GROVE MALL<div style="text-align: justify;">The IMAX release of Guardians of the Galaxy has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customised theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GcJCTD7Yr9A/U9D2okyNESI/AAAAAAAACng/QGR0jWpQRMg/s1600/galaxy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GcJCTD7Yr9A/U9D2okyNESI/AAAAAAAACng/QGR0jWpQRMg/s1600/galaxy.jpg" height="320" width="216" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">From the Disney-owned Marvel Studios that brought us the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a brand new superhero-type movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring a brand new team.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The ‘Guardians’, who are mostly unknown to each other, are to be incarcerated in an elaborate space prison known as the Kyln. There is Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon and the diminutive result of ‘experiments on a lower life form’; Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid; Gamora (Zöe Saldana), the enigmatic, cruel-eyed green humanoid assassin who finds herself targeted for past crimes by furious inmates of the Kyln; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a tattooed space brute. Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt), is the only human among them!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, as brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt. This, after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with the quartet of disparate misfits, the Guardians: Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax the Destroyer. However, when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Directed by James Gunn, the multi-talented cast also includes Glenn Close, Josh Brolin and Karen Gillan, among others.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">See the trailer here: &nbsp; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B16Bo47KS2g</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">For more information on Ster-Kinekor and IMAX®, visit www.sterkinekor.com. Avoid the queues by booking online, by calling Ticketline on 0861-MOVIES (668 437) or you can book at the box office. &nbsp;You can also download the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry smart phone for updates and to book from your mobile. &nbsp;To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-22089666194142522052014-07-23T02:30:00.000-07:002014-07-23T02:37:33.313-07:00Christo Spetsiotis Speaks To Us About His Sikhuluma Project<i>We chat to Christo Spetsiotis about his latest venture, Sikhuluma Project. Read below to know what he's hoping to achieve, why he started this project and how you can be involved.</i><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RlBAfk_PkL4/U8-AVF7WBcI/AAAAAAAACm0/6otNFkikjF0/s1600/734839_10152403883400338_1008828869_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RlBAfk_PkL4/U8-AVF7WBcI/AAAAAAAACm0/6otNFkikjF0/s1600/734839_10152403883400338_1008828869_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="color: red;"><b>What inspired you to start the Sikhuluma project?</b></span><br />I have wanted to learn Zulu for years. In school I never understood why we were learning Afrikaans in post apartheid KZN. It infuriated me so much so I decided to start looking for Zulu &nbsp;classes about 2 years ago and i found it to be a near impossible task. U-KZN wanted over R4000 upfront which i really couldn't afford. My friend eventually found a lovely teacher at the Waldorf school who teaches adults on Mondays from 530 to 630pm. The classes are only R350 a month and the text book was under R150. The class however is in Assagay, which is far! When i started classes it made my linguistic heart grow and i knew my decision to start learning Zulu was one of the best decisions I had made as an adult. After the first class I found myself understanding what people were saying around me. Granted I knew very little and i still know very little but i knew that "Ba" meant "they" and i understood that those people were talking about other people. it was my "Aha moment" I knew I wasn't alone in this situation and it was painfully obvious that there was a real need for easy accessible conversational Zulu classes in KZN. With my anthropological and linguistic background I started to find a solution the problem that faced KZN.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">What are you hoping to achieve with it and what is your mission?</span></b><br />The basic goal is to get the non-Zulu speakers of KZN integrated into the isiZulu sphere. There is a big linguistic barrier in KwaZulu Natal. Out of the 11 million people who live here in KZN, 8 million are first language Zulu speakers. It seemed like the most obvious solution that there needed to be Zulu language classes in KZN for all its people. From learning Zulu i have discovered a greater respect for and from Zulu people and their culture. &nbsp;We are the only province in SA which has denoted a language or ethnicity to the name of the province. This is the home of the Zulus and we should all be able to have some sort of basic conversation with the Zulu majority in their language. By refusing to learn Zulu we are alienating ourselves from the majority. Would you move to Italy and not expect to learn Italian?<br />My mission is to integrate the people of KZN by breaking down the linguistic divide.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">Why do you think it is important for people to start learning other South African languages?</span></b><br />I think its important to understand what the dominant language of your province is and to learn how to have basic conversations in that language. Its common sense.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">Why did you choose IsiZulu when there are many other South African languages?</span></b><br />IsiZulu is the largest language in KwaZulu Natal. It is also the largest language in the country. I believe that this project can be designed for each province individually. Eastern Cape = Xhose, Western Cape = Afrikaans, Free State = Sesotho etc. Gauteng is a bit tricky but we can run simultaneous projects for the top five languages of Gauteng which all have over 1 million L1 (first language) speakers.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">Besides English, which other languages can you speak?</span></b><br />I am an English L1 speaker. I was taught Afrikaans at school and had little use for it in KwaZULU Natal which means Im pretty useless at praating the taal. My father is from Greece and my family's heritage is Greek which gave me the opportunity to learn Greek. My Greek is basic but i can get by. The Greek government sends Greek teachers to all its communities around the world to teach the language and keep the culture alive. This type of commitment is what is needed by the SA government. they need to make clear decisive language decisions for its people. Our constitution is very clear. We protect our official languages and we help them grow. Unfortunately there are primary schools like Chelsea prep in Durban North which are still teaching Afrikaans to the English speaking minority. What is going on?! &nbsp;Yindaba?!<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">Will people need to pay for these classes or are they free?</span></b><br />The goal is to get the education dept to pay for classes but if they dont jump onboard there will have to be some payment. I am at the survey stage now and the fee question is there to help gage how open people are to paying for classes. Ideally I would like there to be free classes and students will only need to buy the textbook.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">How knowledgeable are you when it comes to the IsiZulu culture?</span></b><br />Living in KZn all my life has given me a knowledgeable base of Zulu culture but there is plenty to learn. By learning the Zulu language we will become more knowledgeable about the culture and its people. It will foster greater respect and unity amongst the people of KZN and hopefully all of SA.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">Who was the first person you contacted when you came up with this idea and how did they take it?</span></b><br />haha well Ive told nearly everyone i know. I first told my friend Yiota who happened to call me while I first started thinking about it. I ran it past her and she said it was a good idea. She is a isiXhosa L2 speaker who understands the value of speaking the vernacular. To be honest every person ive told has been very positive to the idea. Its an obvious solution to an obvious problem.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">What fascinates you about the IsiZulu culture as a whole?</span></b><br />Learning Zulu showed me how little i knew about Zulu culture. Learning Zulu has helped explain why Zulu people make certain mistakes with "he/she" etc<br />Learning Zulu has made me far more aware of where the Zulu perspective comes from and how different that perspective is from English speakers<br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">What's your favourite IsiZulu traditional dish?</span></b><br />I don't have a favourite Zulu dish because I haven't had much experience with Zulu foods. I am aware that Zulu cuisine is heavily influenced by the many cultures in SA. &nbsp;Its evolving as the people evolve. I will say that whenever there is an option for pap at the buffet, I will use the pap instead of rice when eating curry.... Does that count? HahaDurban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-48910450382875965762014-07-21T07:04:00.001-07:002014-07-21T07:04:35.701-07:00DURBAN BOAT SHOW A SUCCESS<h3>Khanyisani Dlomo</h3>One of Durban’s most popular annual winter attractions, the Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show lived up to expectations with three days of splendid weather gracing the Durban Marina.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TI4QUaNLzRU/U80dWce_AyI/AAAAAAAACmg/kIVpSZ8m_wg/s1600/unnamed+(8).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TI4QUaNLzRU/U80dWce_AyI/AAAAAAAACmg/kIVpSZ8m_wg/s1600/unnamed+(8).jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></div><br />The boating and aquatic show – which started on Friday and ended on Sunday – wowed more than 11 000 visitors who ventured down to the friendly city to celebrate the eleventh edition and enjoy its all-year-round balmy weather.<br /><br />Exhibitors could be seen displaying everything from fishing boats, marine clothing, fishing rods, navigation instrumentation and catamarans to safety equipment. In the lifestyle section, there was leisure clothing, camping equipment, off-road vehicles, to adventure sports displays and quad bikes.<br /><br />Port Shepstone’s Caroline Pillay, who attended the show for the first time, said if one wants the latest boats, the Durban Marina is where one should be.<br /><br />“I couldn’t find the Automatic Boat System on the Internet but I found it here. It was a very knowledgeable show. The prices are reasonable,” said Pillay.<br /><br />“I have seen the boat I wanted to buy and it costs about R344 000. I’m definitely buying it this week. I should be finalising everything on Wednesday,” Pillay said excitedly. She added that she will used it “mostly on weekends”.<br /><br />Pinetown boat exhibitor, Bruce Challenor said the show was fruitful.<br /><br />“Our aim was to show the public that we are an international company and to see the design and development of new products. I found the traffic to be better than normal and we’ve had people interested in our product,” Challenor said.<br /><br />“We export 70% of our production to countries like Australia, Kenya and Taiwan. Our quality is world class. People are surprised that our products are made locally,” Challenor added.<br /><br />Approximately 65% of people attending the show are from KwaZulu-Natal, 30% from across the country and 5% are international visitors.<br /><br />Event organiser, Barry Meehan said the show was a big success and has been growing in leaps and bounds.<br /><br />“It took us six months to put this show together. We are happy with the volume of people who descended here. We have new boat models, new exhibitors, people are excited and with such glorious weather, we couldn’t ask for a better turn-out than this,” Meehan said.<br /><br />“The show has been growing over the years. We now have about 12 000 people who visit this show and we have exhibitors showing internationally. It has been a wonderful event.”<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-US;"><i><span style="color: red;"><b>Khanyisani Dlomo is a 3rd year Journalism student at the Durban University Of Technology. You can find him on Twitter: </b></span><b><span style="color: #444444;"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/KhanyisaniDlomo">@KhanyisaniDlomo</a>.</span></b></i></span></div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2534994403455620606.post-38257772065583596282014-07-15T05:59:00.001-07:002014-07-15T05:59:49.713-07:00Umlazi and Florida Road on the map for The East Coast Radio Breakfast Tour<div style="text-align: justify;">When you have over 1.6 million friends all around KZN, how do you say, “thank you”? The East Coast Radio Breakfast Tour kicks off on Friday, 18 July 2014 and will see the East Coast Breakfast with Darren Maule team visiting eight areas across the province.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k-r_5nnsYOg/U8Ulj4Skj0I/AAAAAAAACl0/nblqaimKupA/s1600/unnamed+(5).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k-r_5nnsYOg/U8Ulj4Skj0I/AAAAAAAACl0/nblqaimKupA/s1600/unnamed+(5).jpg" height="502" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Channelling his inner rock star, Darren will travel with a 25-strong tour team on a customised, you-can’t-miss-it big, yellow tour bus. Natarah Nadesan, Mak Dlamini, Gabriel Sithole and producer Gorgeous George will all be part of the live broadcasts between 18 July 2014 and 29 July 2014.</div><div style="text-align: justify;">"This tour is really a culmination of East Coast Radio wanting to say a HUGE thank you to all the unique people of KZN and to also acknowledge their role in making us who we are,” says East Coast Marketing Manager, Renée Burton. “The tour is the ideal platform to connect with audiences that don't necessarily get an opportunity to interact with our presenters - sort of like bringing East Coast Radio to you when you can't come to East Coast Radio!"</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Darren, Natarah “Natarah From A-Far-Ra” Nadesan, Gabriel “Good Guy Gabe” Sithole, Mak “Big Mak Daddy” Dlamini and producer George “Gorgeous George” Thorne will be taking their three-hour show to Umlazi, Port Shepstone, Nottingham Road, Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, and Eshowe before bringing the curtain down on the tour in Florida Road.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">As much as The East Coast Radio Breakfast Tour is about meeting listeners who are part of the East Coast Radio family, it is also a chance for the various towns to showcase their unique offerings; to remind the rest of KZN why they are so special and to highlight some of the phenomenal work that is taking place in various capacities around the province. It’s also a chance for Darren and the team to make new friends. Darren loves telling stories but he loves listening to them too, if you can get him to stop talking long enough to listen! You have three hours, between 6am and 9am, to make that happen.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Listeners will be actively involved in each leg of the tour – whether it’s a Braai Master contest in Richards Bay, a quest to find the best pancake maker on the South Coast, a war cry challenge between two schools in Eshowe, or the chance to watch world champs, the Kearsney College Choir in action in Pietermaritzburg.</div><div style="text-align: justify;">The tour begins at Umlazi Mega City with Mayor James Nxumalo being part of the Mandela Day broadcast. Stars from the new SA movie, Hard To Get, will also be there.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Grand Challenge also goes local. This popular feature on East Coast Breakfast with Darren Maule will be adapted for every leg of the tour, with the 10 questions being based on the area of broadcast. The rules of the game change slightly too so that only children between the ages of 9 and 12 will be able to take part in the game. You’re up first, Umlazi! Come say hi. We’d love to meet you.</div>Durban Journonoreply@blogger.com