Enjoy your city in unusual ways

Enjoy your city in unusual ways

Durban, Lifestyle
Has anyone else noticed the rising number of events occurring at secret locations around the city of late? I’ve come across two unusual and interesting events coming up in March and April that piqued my interest. They're completely different concepts but their ultimate aim is uplift, inspire and celebrate the city we live in. Secret Sunrise Durban Secret Sunrise Durban takes place on Thursday, March 17, at a location somewhere in the city, to be revealed 24 hours before the event. Secret Sunrise has already been a success in Johannesburg and Cape Town – and this is the first event in Durban. According to the website, “Secret Sunrises are a gathering of like minded individuals who are not scared of radical self expression, movement, love, connection… and to make the time to…
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Get your copy of this delish new cookbook

Get your copy of this delish new cookbook

Books, Durban
She may be young, but Zola Nene has already garnered much experience in the food industry. From working in England to training at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch; from working with some of South Africa’s top chefs to being appointed as a food stylist on the SABC3 TV show, Expresso, Nene certainly has an impressive culinary CV. And this culinary career is shared through the recipes and life snippets that make up her recently-launched cookbook, Simply Delicious. Nene says: “Food has always been a huge part of my life; important occasions were always marked with a feast of some sort.” The book is a chronicle of her journey with food and a tribute to the people who have inspired and influenced her. Her food philosophy is that cooking is…
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KZN artists splash out at the BAT Centre

KZN artists splash out at the BAT Centre

Durban, Lifestyle
Hands up those of you that still believe graffiti is the same as vandalism. If you did put up your hand, I really wish you had been around on Saturday to watch and hear some of KZN’s top urban artists as they shared their passion with anyone willing to to give them the time – and where better to do so than the BAT Centre which has been an important for artistic expression in the Durban CBD. [caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignright" width="200"] Sakhile Mhlongo puts the finishing touches on the figure he worked on at the BAT Centre during the #ECRStreetArt event. Picture: Supplied[/caption] Six KZN street artists – CJ, Sakhile Mhlongo, Robyn Perros, Silindokuhle Makhubo and Mook Lion – showcased their talent on Saturday afternoon, drawing inspiration from the theme…
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Slow Saturday anyone?

Slow Saturday anyone?

Durban, Lifestyle
8 Morrison Street, Rivertown, is one of Durban’s most exciting urban regeneration spaces, and I’ve been keeping a keen eye on the goings on at the space. I’ve been particularly interested in the Slow Saturdays concept. It's all about showcasing local talent – musically, gastronomically, artistically and through entrepreneurship. Entrance to Rivertown is free and you can expect some excellent retail therapy on offer, art, a bit of pampering, good music by local performers, food and plenty to drink. Slow Saturdays happens every Saturday and is all about growing a vibrant community of “localists” that are passionate about Durban. So, if you’ve got a Saturday to spare, head on down to 8 Morrison Street between 10am and 4pm. You won’t be disappointed. To find out what’s lined up for this Saturday check out…
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Keep your kids safe on the internet

Keep your kids safe on the internet

Lifestyle
Yesterday was Safer Internet Day – a global initiative aimed at promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology. As a mum with kids who have cellphones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles, the issue of online appropriateness is something I am acutely aware of. (more…)
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New-look Barbies … about time

New-look Barbies … about time

Lifestyle
This week, Mattel announced that Barbie has been given a makeover – the doll will now be available in three new body types - tall, petite and curvy. So, the 56-year-old stereotypical, disproportionately long-legged, blonde and blue-eyed “bombshell” is getting more real. The new dolls will now feature four body types. Purchasers will also be able to choose from 7 skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. According to Evelyn Mazzocco, senior vice president and global general manager of the Barbie brand, Mattel believes “we have a responsibility to girls and parents to reflect a broader view of beauty”. Way to go Mattel – it’s taken you over half a century to acknowledge that women come in an array of colours, shapes and sizes. The introduction of a black…
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Are you addicted to your device?

Are you addicted to your device?

Lifestyle
Well, who would have thought. According to smart device repair specialists, iFix, two thirds of South Africans admit they’re addicted to their cellphones. I’m not sure which is more fascinating – that iFix actually did a study on this phenomenon or that there such a thing called cellphone addiction. (more…)
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More comfort on low-cost flights

More comfort on low-cost flights

Lifestyle, My Journey
Here’s a piece of interesting news for those of you planning on flying within SA this upcoming holiday. SA low-cost airline, kulula, has just announced Stretch Zone seating – for those fliers who want cheaper flights as well as the option of more legroom and comfort. The Stretch Zone seats have been introduced on all kulula aircraft and increases legroom by 3-4 inches. The move comes after the company offered the option of pre-purchased Emergency Exit Row seats (which also offers more legroom) on all domestic flights. Following on the success of this offering, kulula has now introduced the Stretch Zone seats which will be in front of and behind the over-wing Emergency Exit Row seats. So, when you’re booking your flight and you would like the extra legroom, remember…
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Durban’s Good Food & Wine Show around the corner

Durban’s Good Food & Wine Show around the corner

Durban, Lifestyle
The Durban Good Food & Wine Show kicks off on October 30 at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Run in association with Durban Tourism it promises celebrity chefs galore, book signings, Q&A’s and what is a food show in Durban without the Big Durban Curry Cook-Off. And if you’re a fan of Mi Casa - one of SA’s hottest music trios - you will be interested in this little fact: lead singer, Joao Fonseca (aka J’Something) will join a host of international chefs at the show as he cooks up a storm. (more…)
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Wild Coast Sun calls on all biking enthusiasts

Wild Coast Sun calls on all biking enthusiasts

My Journey
Are you a mountain biking enthusiast? Well, here’s an event you might want to add to your race calendar. The Wild Coast Sun has introduced The Wild Coast Sun Mountain Bike Challenge which happens on October 31. Three routes (40km, 20km and a 10km fun ride) for varying fitness levels have been mapped out and loads of activities are planned for after the ride. And there’s R23 000 in prize money to be won. (more…)
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