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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Major entertainment event coming up for MM Stadium...


Moses Mabhida stadium to be transformed

Published: 12 December 2011

On 16 December, the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban will be transformed by a spectacular, first-of-its kind installation, as it plays host to the Vodacom Unlimited Festival, powered by SABC1.

Moses Mabhida stadium will play host to more than 40 international and South African musicians and an audience of 25 000 house music fans on Friday, 16 December for the Vodacom Unlimited Festival, powered by SABC1. And the stadium is getting a make-over with a gargantuan five story multiple tower stage being rigged, epic sound installed and spectacular 180 degree LED screens ensuring visibility from anywhere.

According to festival producer, Glenn van Loggerenberg of Don’t Look Down Productions, “The stage for the Vodacom Unlimited Festival will be an entirely unique installation that has never been seen before. It is unlike any other concert or festival stage in the world and has been designed specifically for the Moses Mabhida stadium.”

The assembly of the state-of-the-art stage is a mammoth task, requiring a crew of over 200 people to bring it all together on the day. It is constructed using tons of scaffolding and more than 300 LED screens that have been placed into a custom design of panels within five towers – the highest of which is five stories high. The LED screens will be displaying all-original animations and lighting designs. The custom sound-and-lighting design of the festival rounds of the immense visual elements of the production. The entire design has been planned to highlight the beautiful architecture of the stadium. It will take an entire day to load all the equipment required to assemble the stage and two days to assemble it.

This epic event is the product of months of meticulous planning. According to van Loggerenberg, “We have been working on this project since we wrapped the first Vodacom Unlimited Festival at Orlando Stadium in April. It takes various teams working together on all the different aspects of the event and a shared goal that everyone believes in to make a massive event like this come together.”

Black Coffee’s AfricaRising makes its hotly anticipated début on the cycloramic stage, featuring Black Coffee live with a 24-piece orchestra, conducted by Brendan Jury, along with a host of guest artists – Bucie and Zakes Bantwini amongst others - performing the tracks that have made Black Coffee an international phenomenon.

Spiritchaser duo Mark Bamford and Richard Earnshaw will join Low Deep T, Rocco and Ralf Gum and Franck Roger as the international acts on stage. The superlatively talented Marissa Guzman will also be sharing the stage with Black Coffee. The big hitting local DJ power comes in the form of Metro FM's Urban Beat residents, Vinny da Vinci and DJ Christos, Oskido, Andy X, Black Motion, House Afrika label don Tim White and festival founder DJ Strat3gy.

This new Vodacom Unlimited Festival is seen as an opportunity to fine-tune the successful formula from the first festival in April. "Vodacom has promoted the vision of another world-class South African experience, and between the venue, the massive public holiday, some of the genre's leading DJ’s and the début of Black Coffee's AfricaRising, audiences can expect an emotional experience which will be stay with them forever,” adds van Loggerenberg.

After months of planning and hundreds of hours of work, the scene is set for an event unlike any other ever witnessed in South Africa.

The Vodacom Unlimited Experience takes place on 16 December. Gates open at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban at 12:00.
Tickets to the event of the year are currently on sale at R150 from and all Postnet outlets.

For updates and more details, like Vodacom Unlimited on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Durban Hosts Major Canoeing Event in February 2012

The South African city of Durban is this coming February set to welcome canoeing enthusiasts from all over the world to a fun event - the Inanda Dam to Durban Canoeing race.

The event will take place on February 5th and is expected to see a real boost to the local Durban hotel trade - so says online hotel room price comparator

Canoeing has in recent years become a real favourite activity with tourists visiting Durban, and the city's surrounding landscape of mountains and rivers makes it a hugely popular destination with outdoor sports fans.

The event will take the format of several different kinds of canoeing, including Sprint, Slalom, Marathon and white-water river canoeing. This year's event is managed and organised by Canoeing South Africa, one of South Africa's leading canoeing event specialists.

The Inanda Dam to Durban Canoeing event is held in some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South Africa, with the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu Natal region acting as the backdrop to the race.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head of, says, “Hotels in Durban can look forward to a busy time of it as many hundreds of additional visitors head into town to enjoy this canoeing spectacular. The smart move if travelling to Durban at this time is to book your places to stay well in advance - that's the way to securing a good value deal and plenty of choice."

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Moscow circus on its way to Durban

January 24 2012 at 06:24pm
By Debbie Reynolds

Buoyed by the enthusiastic response to the dance shows he has brought to Durban, Russian promoter Edouard Miasnikov brings Moscow Circus on Ice to the city for the first time in April.

The newly renovated Durban Ice Rink will be the stage for this sensational show, for four performances only on April 28 and 29.

Directed by Natalia Abramova, artists from the Moscow Circus on Ice blend international-level figure skating with demanding acrobatics and dance routines, while traditional Russian costumes and dynamic sound and lighting add to the festive atmosphere.

The idea of a circus on ice was the brainchild of artistic director Arnold Gregoryevich Arnold, who began his creative experiment in 1962. Having worked in theatre, circus, cinema and ballet, he decided to combine the various art forms to create what was then the world’s first circus on ice.

According to the history books, the cast was carefully selected and after two years of literal blood, sweat and tears 47 novice artists presented the first show on October 16, 1964.

It is said that the first audiences and circus experts were amazed by the transformation of traditional circus genres – well-known tricks combined with figure skating techniques produced surprising dynamics!
NM Moscow Circus on female dancers

The first overseas tour to Brussels Royal Circus the next year set the stage for a concept which has won world-wide recognition.

Director Abramova continues to improve and enrich the circus with new creative works, inspired by tradition and the beautiful art form of figure skating.

“Moscow Circus on Ice is a dazzling fantasy show which will appeal to all ages,” said Miasnikov. “The talented stars juggle, leap and spin their way through a series of balletic acts, all on the point of their blades. And, of course, the circus wouldn’t be the same without the traditional comic actors and clown.”

Expect the unexpected as the performers glide around on stilts, spring between parallel bars, show off their unicycle and perform skipping rope stunts. Skilled magicians and wacky dancers add to the carnival atmosphere.

Shows are on April 28 at 1pm and 5pm and April 29 at 12 noon and 4pm. Tickets from Computicket are priced from R130.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Good to see Chris Saunders Park being put to good use, adn to see the popularity of this market. Need to check this out at some point...


Wonder Market will be buzzing on Sunday
Wonder Market
02/27/2012 15:09:17

The magical month of March is about to pop in for a visit, where we entertain the sultry nights and slow motion afternoons of a humming humid Durban.

As the heat factor raises its stake, we know you need a great escape, so we’ve created the perfect environment for you to kick back and chillax at.

The Wonder Market is quite possibly the coolest hangout this side of the Umgeni River, not because of its hip and happening exposé of beautiful product – but because of its tree filled location that’s breezy, shady and fantastically fresh.

As most of you already know, this will be the market’s 4th incarnation. So far it has been an overwhelming success; we’re delighted to see so many members of the community getting together and hanging out with us, and each other. It’s even more rewarding to see the amount of support and inclination there is towards buying locally. We know the-times-they-are-a-changin’, so well done and thank you for keeping it real, regional, organic and personalized. This really is the way forward.

To keep up the wow factor, we have some more new and exciting treats on the menu for you this Sunday. Authentic Italian cuisine premieres at the food market this week, thanks to Mamma Luciana’s delectable Deli. Sea Side Cafe will jump start your taste buds with the zing of freshly squeezed homemade fruit juice, whilst Marrakech Cheese wakes up early to bring you the finest of fresh dairy from the Midlands. Ambrosia Apiaries will also be back along with Tasha's Fudge, cheerfully there to make your life a little sweeter.

Finally, we’re incredibly proud to announce our invited guest this month “The KZN Society for the Blind Weaving Project”. This project is not only local but has been around for many years. They certainly are an NGO with an incredible story and unique craft to match, so why not purchase a wicker basket as you arrive to fill up with wonderful market goodies. Not only great for shopping and picnics, it’s the type of purchase that may just end up as the favourite family heirloom.

Ride your bicycle down to the Chris Saunders Park– a free coffee is in store for you and you may just save the planet in the process. The Golden Egg will once again be up for grabs, with prizes and fun in store for its finder.

So spread the word and share the love, we’ll see you there for a day of family festivities.

The Wonder Market
Umhlanga Sunday market
Sunday 4 March
9am – 2pm
Chris Saunders Park, (opposite) Gateway Account:
Tarryn Buttery
Wonder Market
[email protected]
079 747 7661

Web site:

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Wonder market is great... and this weekend we have I heart Market on Sat and wonder market on sunday

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Looks like another motor event is coming Durban's way...


Mar 20 2012 10:31AM

Durban revs up for spectacular motorsport weekend
Sihle Mavuso

Total South Africa, the organisers and hosts of Total Rally 2012, promises that this year’s event will be more spectator friendly than ever.

Event spokesperson Nadia Vosloo said they have gone to extra lengths to improve spectator safety too. “There will also be fun games for fans,” she said.

“Our aim, apart from making this a fantastic weekend of motorsport for the province, is we want a safety conscious first attitude,” Vosloo said ahead of the event that will be hosted by Durban over two days.

It will see celebrated motorsport drivers like Mohammed Moosa and his co-driver Andre Vermuelen, Craig Trott and Robbie Coetzee taking part.

The area around the People Park, near Moses Mabhida Stadium, will be used for racing.

“As the first event of each new season, we aim to set the standard high for the remainder of the year,” said clerk of the course, Richard Vaughn.

“We are changing the format for this year to create an even better rally for all involved, in that the event’s marshalls will now be controlled by a stage commander, similar to the World Rally Championship,” Vaughn said.

“Each stage will be run independently by the stage commanders to improve the safety, efficiency and professionalism of the event. The Super Special Stage on Friday night and Saturday afternoon will be a nail-biting contest, pitting cars directly against one another on a course that runs in the same direction.

“The fans and drivers will love this.” Spectators will be entertained on the rally stages by the best rally crews in South Africa.

Apart from motorsport, Vosloo said a range of fun events will be lined up.

“Skydivers, fire-eaters, live music and food stalls, along with Brian Capper’s amazing motorcycle stunts, will be available at the Super Special Stage. It will be a festival atmosphere, fun for the entire family.

“We will erect grand stands along the course of the Super Special Stage for this purpose, giving all spectators good views of the unfolding rally,” he said.

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Tour of Durban cycle event was a success...


Aquelle Tour Durban cycle a success
30 April 2012 - 09:07
By Shaun Ryan

Organisers of the annual Aquelle Tour Durban cycling event, say they are very happy with the response they received from eThekwini residents.

They are hoping to secure the event as the city's premier cycling festival.

The tour organiser Stu Berry says just over three thousand riders took part yesterday morning.

The number has more than double last year's entries.

Berry says many families also visited People's Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium during the course of the day.

With about 95% of the field made up of amateur riders, Berry says the focus is definitely on the social athlete.

"It's an event where the people of Durban, whether they ride or don't ride can hop on a bike once a year and experience Durban's roads the beautiful M4, north and south where you've got beautiful view of the Indian ocean of our beaches and they can really have a good time as rate payers and as resident of Durban."

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Durban to host international children's race

16 May 2012

South Africa will add another big international sporting event to its sports' schedule when it hosts an Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) Children's Series Race on 2 June, the day before the Comrades Marathon, in Durban.

A member of AIMS, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), which receives global recognition from the world body for its contribution to sports' industry, both locally and gloablly, presented a successful bid to the organisation to host the event in Southern Africa for the very first time.

The AIMS Children's Series Race consists of a 10km race and 5km fun run and is aimed at exposing young people to the joys and benefits of running, while also providing them with a tangible opportunity to be a part of the Comrades Marathon experience.

Estimated entry

It is estimated that over 5000 children between the ages of nine and 19 will participate in the event.

The race starts and finishes at the Hoy Park in Durban and the route passes along the very scenic "Golden Mile" on Durban's beach front.

Vice President of AIMS, Martha Morales, who is responsible for the AIMS Children's Series, will be in attendance. "I would like to congratulate the Comrades Marathon Association for its valuable contribution to the social program of AIMS, that is the AIMS Children's Series," she said in a statement.

"South Africa, the birthplace of some of the best athletes [in the world], is the best place to fulfil our objectives," she added.

'Leave a legacy'

"This program is for AIMS and its members and signifies a strong bond of solidarity, cooperation and the best tool to leave a legacy for the growing running fraternity and the world at large."

While the main focus of the event is on the youth, both the 10km race and the 5km fun runs are open to participants of all ages, be they Comrades Marathon runners, their family members, friends or ordinary sport enthusiasts.

The race is a pre-entry event and entries are already open and will be accepted until Wednesday, 30 May at the KwaZulu-Natal Athletics Offices at the Kings Park Athletics Stadium. Online entries are available via the following links:

10km run

5km run


There will be lots of prizes for the participants, including individual prize money for the first 10 finishers in the 10km race.

First place finishers in the male and female races will take home R1 000 each. Schools have not been left out as the top five schools with most finishers will each walk away with prize money.

All finishers will receive medals and T-shirts and there will be lucky draws too for all finishers.

For more information, contact KwaZulu-Natal Athletics on (031) 312 9374 or send an E-mail.

About AIMS

AIMS is an association of more than 320 race organisations located in over 95 countries and territories. It held its first World Congress in 1982 after two years of work went into setting up the association.

It's objectives are:

to foster and promote distance running throughout the world
to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations on all matters relating to international road races
to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among the members of the Association

Read more:

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
City faces another big bill for soccer
May 23 2012 at 09:20am
By Gugu Mbonambi

Durban ratepayers could be faced with a R3.5-million bill for the city to host the Vodacom Challenge soccer tournament in July.

The announcement comes just days after the furore over the financial implications of hosting the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

To date, city officials and politicians have been in the dark about the final costs of hosting Afcon.

The municipality’s acting deputy city manager for sustainable development, Philip Sithole, told the executive committee yesterday that the city had been approached by SAIL, the event organisers, to host the Vodacom Challenge soccer tournament matches at Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 21.

Teams facing each other in the tournament include English Premier League team Newcastle United versus Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates versus SuperSport United.

Sithole told the committee that Durban, Cape Town and some cities in Gauteng had been shortlisted to host the tournament.

“The initial costs were R6.5m, but the price has been reduced to R3.5m because they were only able to get one overseas team to play in the tournament. Initially it was going to be two overseas teams to play,” he said.

Although only one overseas team would be taking part in the tournament the city was confident that there would be great economic spin-offs for the city, that the tournament would promote racial integration and that the stadium would be packed to capacity.

“Other issues that we were discussing that are not yet finalised with the organisers are more on the direct income for the city. They will pay all the costs associated with hosting the competition, but they are prepared to negotiate with us so the R3.5m could be reduced if the city performs some of the functions associated with hosting the tournament,” he said.


Other direct income for the city would be for hospitality suites which included the provision of food and drinks.

“There are still discussions regarding what percentage the city would get regarding the sale of hospitality suites. We would like the executive committee to approve R3.5m as a ball-park figure that we will use to negotiate.

“They are looking for only two host cities and we want Durban to be one of those cities considered,” he added.

A final report detailing the total income for the city would be presented at the next executive committee meeting.

DA caucus leader Tex Collins protested against the city’s having to shell out R3.5m, saying his party would abstain from voting for the city to host the tournament.

“I’m somewhat taken aback by this particular report because we are not even sure if it will be R3.5m.

“We still don’t know how much it will cost to host Afcon… Until such time we know how much hosting Afcon will cost us, how can anyone in their right mind agree to this?” he said.

Deputy health and social services manager Musa Gumede said the city still needed to negotiate with the province on splitting the cost.

He said the figure could be reduced if the province agreed to pay 50 percent of the costs.

City manager S’bu Sithole said the city would like to split with the province the costs of hosting Afcon event.

Last month he told the executive committee that the cost of hosting Afcon had dropped from R180m to “about R40m”.

Sithole added that Afcon was not an event for host cities only, but for the entire country, and the national sports department was finalising the budget to help host cities in paying for the event.

Although there had been no official communication on the budgetary implications from the SA Football Association, it would be in Durban for a site visit on May 28 and 29 and said that, hopefully, a decision would have been taken by next week.

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Last weekend's ECR's Big Walk was a massive success...


A massive 'Walking (r)Evolution' in Durban

Issued by: East Coast Radio

24 May 2012 10:54

This year's Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk has been the biggest in the event's history. The event started out with around 1 800 walkers in 2004 and has grown to a record 23 804 walkers having entered this year. It really has become nothing short of a 'movement' among the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

A sea of walkers in the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk

The walk which culminated at People's Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, was created with the whole family in mind and this was evident with more than 11 000 walkers enjoying the 5km route and 9 000 walkers taking on the 10km route. The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk gives the serious athletes an opportunity to tackle the more challenging 15km or 20km distances. The 20km route has grown in popularity with more than 1 900 walkers winding their way through the streets of Durban.

Excited walkers line up at the start at uShaka Marine World

Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk participants head down the Durban beachfront

East Coast Radio's General Manager Trish Taylor says, "It is always heart-warming to see families from all across province making this event their own and at the same time creating one of the most fun-filled and talked-about walks in the country. It is a fabulous platform for our listeners to interact first hand with the brand." She adds, "An event of this magnitude takes months of planning. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to our partners and sponsors - Discovery, aQuelle, Daily News, Totalsports, uShaka Marine World, Signature Life Hotels, the City of Durban, ER24, Barons VW, KZN athletics, Savages Athletic Club, Rotary Club of Umgeni and their volunteers and the Treble Group."

Head of Sponsorships at Discovery, Jody Foster says, "We've seen it mature to a family event where mom, dad and the kids take part and this attests to how South African households are adopting a healthier lifestyle through simple and accessible initiatives like the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk."

The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk under the hashtag #dbnbigwalk was trending on Twitter on Sunday. With walkers tweeting photos and comments like, "It's crazy cold but loving it" and "Done and dusted. Smiles all round!"

This event would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the event sponsors, so a massive thank you to all.

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Comrades was a major success, yet again. Visited the beachfront yesterday and it was buzzing with visitors, even after 5pm.

The highlight for me was seeing SA's undoubted two most iconic athletes finishing together, and the Comrades novice amongst them affirming that the Comrades experience is unparalleled....


Budd completes first Comrades
2012-06-03 19:22

Zola Budd and Bruce Fordyce (Photo: Gerard Griessel/Ray de Vries Communications)

Durban - Comrades history was made on Sunday when two legendary South African athletes Zola Budd and Bruce Fordyce crossed the finish line of the 2012 Comrades ultra marathon together.

For Budd, it was the longest distance she had ever run, while Fordyce finished his 30th Comrades race.

The pair ran the last 25km side by side to finish in 8 hours 6 minutes and 9 seconds.

Fourty-six-year-old Budd was running in the colours of The Unlimited Running Club and had been mentored by Fordyce in preparation for her race. She had her sights on an 8-hours race and was delighted with her performance.

“This was the hardest race I’ve ever run in my life. The furthest I’ve ever run before was the 56 km in the Two Oceans - so after that it was completely new territory for me. I was doing well, but because of my hypoglycaemia my sugar levels started playing up at the 60km mark. My sugar levels were dipping and rising and I felt really awful and started walking. I was really worried about the 25 kilometres that were still lying ahead of me. I started eating some energy bars and at that stage Bruce came up from behind me and said that we should run together and that he’d talk me through the last stretch,” mentioned Budd after the finish.

“It was an amazing experience and there was this deafening roar when we entered the stadium. People were cheering me on along the way and the Brenda Fassie song was played en route. The most beautiful thing about the race is not the winners or people like myself and Bruce, but the thousands of people, who take time off from work and get up in the dark for at least eight months before the race to prepare. They are the true heroes of this race. Today, I experienced the true Comrades spirit - there is nothing like it in the world!”

Asked about her next planned marathon in Belgium in October, Budd said wryly “at the moment I’m not running anywhere ever again, but ask me again in two days’ time.”

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Surfing Carnival Gears up for Surf City

By Olivia Jones Communications on May 24, 2012 in Featured, Lifestyle & Sport

After nine years on the south coast, the popular Jeep Apparel South Coast Surf Carnival waves a fond farewell to Scottburgh as it ventures northwards to the internationally renowned surf break of New Pier on 16 and 17 June 2012. Surf City’s Golden Mile is the new home for this multi discipline event for the next three years.

“Thanks to the City of Durban we have been able to bring this hugely popular event to Durban “the warmest place to be”. The event which showcases lesser known wave riding sports has been endorsed by the City and its ongoing goal to market Durban as a surfing destination for all water users. This event will also help in unifying and creating solidarity between the different surfing codes which utilise the ocean,” commented event organizer Paul Godwin from Nerve Events.

The move to Durban did suffer one casualty in that the annual kite surfing event had to be cancelled. This was due to the fact that the Durban Beachfront is not ideally suited for this high energy extreme sport due to the wind direction and the time of the year which normally sees lighter winds prevailing.

“The event has simply got too big for Scottburgh Beach and the timing always guaranteed unpredictable surf which was a plus for some and a bone jarring experience for others, moving the Durban Surf Carnival to “Surf City” will most likely give the competitors a much more friendly and inviting ocean which often sees New Pier at its best as we settle into winter,” added Godwin.

Godwin went on to say, “New Pier offers such a good contest wave that the sports we showcase, which will be SA’s top Longboarders, the South African SUP Surf National Championships and the South African Waveski Open Championships will enjoy a wonderful platform of exposure.”

The event will offer other surprises and action for the contestants and the general public who can get involved in the ‘Snapshot’ photo competition and a free surfing clinic.

Steve Uppink of Jeep Apparel said, “We at Jeep apparel are very excited to have this event move to Durban. These sporting disciplines are very limited in exposure and sponsorships and by hosting all of the disciplines together in one carnival it’s now possible for us all to experience and enjoy them. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Durban for agreeing to host the exciting new Durban Surf Carnival as well as their generous contribution and support of the event. We would also like to thank Paul and Pat from Nerve Events for their efforts in putting it together and making it possible. It will be a really eventful weekend in Durban over the Youth Day Weekend and we would like to encourage everyone to come down to the Durban Surf Carnival.”

Early entries in to the SUP event include current 2012 SA Team member Penny Stemmet (WP), current Legends SA Champion Peter Peterson (WP) and last years SUP Carnival Champion Brandon Ribbink (KZN). A massive contingent of Western Province surfers have confirmed their attendance in all three disciplines.

Stand Up Paddle South Africa (SUPSA) is proud to be associated with the Durban Surf Carnival presented by Jeep Apparel. South Africa’s elite Stand Up Paddle Surfers from around the country will converge on Durban this winter to showcase the sport at the iconic New Pier, the event is a SUPSA sanctioned contest and the SUPSA objective is to crown the winners as the South African SUP Surf National Champion in the Men and Women’s open divisions. The winners will be eligible for squad selection to represent South African at the forthcoming 2013 International Surfing Association Stand Up Paddle World Championships. Stand Up Paddle South Africa is affiliated to Surfing South Africa. Entry forms can be downloaded from To be in contention to represent SA one must be a paid up member of SUPSA. For any SUPSA related queries, please contact Brigette on 083 225 2052 or [email protected]

Jeep Apparel Team riders Dylan Macleod (EP) and Ross Lahana (WP) are the two early entries in the Open Longboard event and both have a good chance of taking this coveted title. And waveski enthusiast Duran Smith is the local favourite in the Waveksi championship event.

The ‘Snapshot’ Photographic competition will once again take place and this provides an opportunity for amateur and professional photographers to win fantastic prizes courtesy of Jeep Apparel and the Independent on Saturday newspaper.

The Mad Dog Surf School which has become a regular feature of the event will be run by Shaun Sellman and his experienced crew will be giving free surfing lessons for the public to attend.

The Waveski event is sanctioned by the SA Waveski Surfing Association.

Sponsors to this event include the City of Durban – Durban “the warmest place to be”, Jeep Apparel, and Independent on Saturday

Support Sponsors : Red Bull, Thule, Naish SUP, Natural Curve Surfboards, Nestle Pure Life Water, Bokomo. Container Conversions, Mad Dog Surf School, Maisch Fins, Nescafe, Pro Class Wetsuits. Thermo Plastic Concepts & Equipment (TCE)

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Looks like 5fm will be a big force again at the upcoming Durban July...


5fm to host its fourth Durban Takeover Weekend

Published: 15 June 2012

5fm is travelling to Durban this July for the station’s fourth Durban Takeover Weekend.

Held over four days from 5 to 8 July, the 5fm Durban Takeover Weekend ties in with the Durban July where some of 5fm’s top DJs will be performing live, hosting events and giving back as part of 5fm’s CSI initiative, Youngblood5.

Thursday, 5 July

Roger Goode and Angie Khumalo kick things off with their brand of wacky edginess and cool music. The Roger Goode Radio Show will broadcast live from Taca Zulu on Florida Road from 19:00 to 22:00. Entrance is free.

Friday, 6 July

Join Poppy Ntshongwana, Catherine Grenfell and Duran Collett at the Wavehouse at Gateway Theatre of Shopping when they broadcast live from 15:00 to 19:00. Entrance is free and listeners who come through can meet the team plus DJ Kent who’ll perform live on the [email protected] from 18:00. Other highlights include interactive games with the team and the chance to win some hot prizes.

Saturday, 7 July

5fm heats up The Miller Marquee at the Durban July from 11:00 with live entertainment hosted by 5fm’s Poppy Ntshongwana and featuring performances from GoodLuck, Khuli Chana, AKA, Lulo Café among others. This will be followed by the Ultimix: Weekend Edition from 19:00 to 22:00 with beats from 5fm’s Euphonik with DJs Milkshake and C-Live as guests.

Sunday, 8 July

Sunday starts at 11:00 at the Chatsworth Youth Centre in Chatsworth where 5fm’s Sureshnie Rider will donate a projector and screen to the centre. Says Sureshnie, “I'm incredibly honoured to be giving back to the community of Chatsworth, in particular the Chatsworth Youth Centre. The youth attending this centre need to be motivated and inspired to see that nothing is impossible or unattainable. We asked the Centre about their needs and education came out tops. I will be using part of the charity money earned as an MTN Y’ello Rose ambassador to purchase equipment for the audio visual room at the centre. The kids use the venue for extra tuition so a projector and screen will help them as a group to study.”

Listen out to 5fm for more details on how you can get involved in the day’s activities. The weekend will come to a close with a live broadcast of Euphonik’s My House from 19:00 to 22:00 at Boulevard on Florida Road. Entrance costs R100 and R150 for VIP.

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Inaugural ‘Taste of Durban’ @ Suncoast in July

by Ailsa Windsor
20 June 2012

July 2012 sees the introduction of the 17th ‘Taste’ Festival in the world and this time it’s in Durban with its cosmopolitan culinary experiences. The venue is Suncoast Casino with its beautiful sea frontage from 27 – 29 July 2012

“At last we’re in Durban,” says Justine Drake, the driving force behind the South African ‘Taste’ Festivals. “It’s a show that really works and we’ve had amazing support throughout the world… actually it’s not so much a show as a food festival… even more a garden party! It’s a chance to chat to everyone (from chefs to exhibitors and wine experts) and get involved in the food scene of your city. It’s a taste, a vibe and feel of where they are … there’s something for everybody and their different tastes.”

Pick ‘n Pay is the title sponsor in association with Orbit sugar-free chewing gum and will be showcasing some of Durban’s top restaurants and chefs. To-date Café1999, Hartford House, 9th Avenue Bistro, Havana Grill, Little Havana, Jewel of India, Simply Asia (based in Ballito) and Max’s Lifestyle Tavern among others.

‘Taste of Durban’ will see chefs from the above mentioned restaurants serve their fabulous trend-setting signature dishes. Visitors will also have the opportunity to sip and sample an array of the very best wine, beer, cocktails and delicious foodie produce Durban has to offer, whilst you shop your way around the festival.

'Taste’ is an unforgettable experience of what can only be described as ‘foodie heaven’ and is considered as ‘the world’s greatest restaurant festival’. Starting with the ‘Taste of London’ in 2004, the festival has become a worldwide phenomenon and has set a global benchmark for food and drink.


The ‘Taste’ fest even has its own currency – the Crown, which has a value of R5. Dishes cost between R20 – R40 ie 4 – 8 Crowns. The currency can be purchased from the ‘Taste’ Bank or Crown sellers walking around the festival grounds and change is only offered in Crowns. This currency is the only means of purchasing the sample dishes and drinks from the various exhibitors, restaurants and bars.


The Pick ‘n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre will be the venue where top chefs will showcase their culinary skills in fun and informative cooking demonstrations, culinary challenges and entertaining tutorials. You can even try your hand at making canapés at the hands-on Pick ‘n Pay Wine and Canapé experience.

While on the topic of canapés, SA’s finest brandies will be paired with a range of exquisite delicacies under the Fine Brandy by Design by Distell banner. Visitors can also look forward to a host of premium drink features like the World of Wine, Jagermeister, Nederburg and San Pellegrino/Aqua Panno.

There’s the Amazing Thailand Experience where Thai chefs will be demonstrating authentic Thai dishes and the Snowflake Pancake Feature where visitors can learn to make the perfect pancake for every occasion.

One mustn’t forget KZN’s magnificent produce such as cheeses, olives, patés and more hosted at The Small Producers Market and the Taste & Buy Experience.

‘Taste’ Club House

For those who wish for a more exclusive experience there’s the ‘Taste’ Club House hosted by DStv – a private lounge which serves as your base for the show. The ticket includes fast-track entry to the show, a complimentary premium bar facility in a private club house, a free tasting glass, R180’s worth of Festival Crowns (the currency) and a fabulous Taste of Durban gift.

Suncoast’s Mike Dowsley stated at the ‘Taste of Durban’ press launch: “We are extremely delighted to give Durban a Festival of this sophistication. It’s just an indication of Tsogo Sun’s promise to provide the best in leisure, entertainment and events. For the past five years Montecasino has hosted ‘Taste in Johannesburg’ and now we’re hosting it in Durban which is the most wonderful venue for the fest. They can be assured of our support.”

Festival times

Friday 27 July: 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Saturday 28 July: 1pm – 5pm; 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Sunday 29 July: 12 – 5pm


Prior booking is recommended as tickets are limited.

· Standard tickets cost R80 and include a tasting glass;

· Premium tickets cost R200 which includes R120 of Festival Crowns and a tasting glass;

· Taste Club House tickets cost R685.

For further information and bookings visit or

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SA Jumping Championships at the Cyril Geoghegan Stadium

SA Jumping Championships at the Cyril Geoghegan Stadium
Date: August 1st to 5th 2012

The SA Jumping Championships will take place at Durban's Cyril Geoghegan Stadium from August 1st to 5th 2012, encompassing a number of competitive horse racing events.

Horses and riders will compete across a number of different competition classes, including speed races, a Show Jumping Championship of South Africa event and the Kwa Zulu Natal Grand Prix.

Organisers have stated that animal welfare will be paramount throughout the competition, with the safety of the horses a key issue in the code of conduct for the championships.

The SA Jumping Championships are organised in conjunction with the South African Equestrian Council.

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Pride week In Durbs...


It’s time to paint the town pink

June 25 2012 at 10:58am
By Latoya Newman

DURBAN Pride week kicks off today with a host of events planned for the annual occasion.

Running alongside the official programme is an array of entertainment events, including film screenings, a sundowner cruise, a book fair and more.

Siphokazi Nombande, community and youth wellbeing officer at the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre, said Durban Pride Week was one week in the year that city communities celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people for the many roles they have played and continue to play in our society.

“During this week, we bring to the fore the realities of being LGBTI within our communities,” she said.

“Through workshops, a seminar, movie night, the book fair, Mr and Miss Durban Pride and the parade itself on Saturday, we engage with human rights, identity and expression issues.

“We address access to a home, education, employment and safety matters, but also create spaces to unwind and relax and have some fun. To this end, the locations for the week-long programme are great for this. We also have the cruise, parties and the picnic on Sunday.

“There is also a bit of a spiritual element (the Pride Service at Diamond Guest House on Sunday).”

Tomorrow, Durban Pride will screen the most popular films that played at the recent Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Some of these include Milind Soman Made Me Gay, Rites of Passage, You Can’t Curry Love and I Want To Know What It’s Like. Screenings take place at the KZNSA Gallery, and tickets are R30 a screening. On Wednesday, there is a two-hour African Sundowner Cruise with the theme “Wet & Wild” on the catamaran My Girl Too. The cover charge is R120.

“We will have two ladies and three guys dressed in Tarzan and Jane costumes as our eye candy for the evening, but people coming to the cruise are more than welcome to dress according to the theme,” said Nombande.

On Saturday, the Durban Pride Parade kicks off at King’s Park Stadium, and will be followed by an after-party.

“We will be showcasing the best of Durban 2011/12 divas, DJs… Miss Gay Durban 2011 will also perform and a number of other acts that are pretty hot on the local clubbing scene,” said Nombande.

• For the full programme visit, Facebook: Durban Pride or e-mail [email protected]

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by Press Release 25 June 2012

Imperial Russian Ballet - Carmina Burana duet
Debbie Reynolds Communications

Dance lovers will be treated to a spectacular performance by the Imperial Russian Ballet when the famous dance company returns to Durban. There are two shows only Tuesday 26 June and Wednesday 27 June at the Playhouse Opera Theatre at 7.30pm

The Imperial Russian Ballet which enjoyed a sell-out season of The Nutcracker in Durban last year has returned to Durban with a programme that features Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ in the first act with scenes and extracts from classical masterpieces in the second act. These include Walpurgis ‘Night’ (the one-act ballet from the opera Faust), the Adagio from ‘Scheherezade’, the Grand Pas de Deux from ‘Don Quixote’ and Jacques Offenbach’s ‘Can-Can Surprise’.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company, one of the most successful and well-known ballet companies in Moscow, was founded in 1994 on the initiative of legendary Russian ballerina Maija Plisetzkaya. It was named in honour of the former immortal “emperors” of the Russian ballet stage as well as the Imperial family for their contribution to the Russian ballet culture.

Artistic director Gediminas Taranda, a soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet, has worked closely with Plisetzkaya pursuing her modern style of dance. He brings creativity and innovation to the company’s classic productions. The company comprises outstanding dancers trained by famous ballet teachers in Russia and also attracts leading artists from European and American companies. The company’s repertoire includes a number of outstanding full-length classical masterpieces together with aspects of modern choreography.

Tickets range from R130 to R250 and are available from Computicket. To book online click on the Computicket link on the left-hand side of the page.

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Last week was a big week in Durban's tourism calender...


Durban: the week that was

July 11 2012 at 10:47am
By Therese Owen

Toya Delazy rocks Salt Rock at the Mr Price Pro Concert. Photo: Shelley Kjonstad
It was the mother of all weekends in Durban. The Vodacom July had a record year in terms of attendance. Artists and celebrities descended on Greyville Racecourse in their droves.

Then there were the myriad after-parties on the Saturday night with the highlight being the MTN Fact Durban Rocks held at the People’s Park in Moses Mabhida Stadium. Florida Road was crazy on Friday and Saturday nights with buffels charging down the street on Friday night. It was a tad scary.

Meanwhile in Ballito, crowds flocked to the annual Mr Price Pro concert on both nights after enjoying the surfing contest during the day. Add to the mix all the parties thrown by SA Music Conference, which featured artists such as Thebe and DJs such as Fresh, Oskido and Vinny da Vinci.

It all ended with a bang at the stadium when Kalawa Jazmee hosted their Download party. Jairos gave a fab performance, while Oskido manned the decks. But where was Mahoota?
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