Support Local: Why I think this movement is important

Support Local: Why I think this movement is important

Durban, Lifestyle, My Journey
Support Local: Why I think this movement is important “Think globally, act locally” is a motto that is slowly, but steadily, emerging as a world trend. It’s all about consumers moving towards locally-sourced products and is directly related to the movement of reconnecting with local traditions, foods and life in general. In a fast-paced world where globalisation is seen as sucking the authenticity out of living, many are embracing the culture of supporting and buying local. And now this label – “local” – is gaining such a massive following it is becoming a stronger prerequisite for buying than even “organic”. (more…)
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Decolonising the Book: Join the discourse

Decolonising the Book: Join the discourse

Books, Durban
I’ve been writing about the upcoming Time of the Writer festival quite a bit recently – it’s because I think a very important discussion is going to be taking place during this 5-day gathering of many stakeholders in South African literature. The key focus is decolonising South African literature not only from a writing perspective, but also in terms of editing, publishing, translation, marketing, bookselling and the promotion of literature in South Africa.   The Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) has just announced its programme for the 19th Time of the Writer festival which begins on March 14 and ends March 19. So, if you want to be a part of this important dialogue, take note of the dates, times and topics and make your way to the various venues…
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Time of the Writer festival rings in changes

Time of the Writer festival rings in changes

Books, Durban
I was excited to read that the 19th Time of the Writer Festival, which takes place in the middle of March this year, has taken heed of South African author, Thando Mgqolozana’s, statements about South African literature. In opting out of a “white literary system” at the Franschhoek Literary Festival last year, Mgqolozana elicited a national discussion around the idea of “decolonising the literary landscape” in South Africa. At the heart of his position are the concepts of increased diversity, access and inclusiveness. It’s an important discussion to be had and one we need to take seriously – as writers, readers and consumers. In an attempt to facilitate the discussion, this year’s Time of the Writer includes a special programme under the theme Decolonising the Book. A thorough interrogation of…
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South African wins a Michelin Star

South African wins a Michelin Star

Books
Jan van der Westhuizen has just become the first South African to receive the honour of a Michelin Star for his restaurant, JAN. Situated in the South of France, the restaurant was also voted one of the best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in 2015. (more…)
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Mi Casa set to rock Durban this weekend

Mi Casa set to rock Durban this weekend

Durban
Gosh! It's all happening in Durban this weekend - Good Food & Wine Show, Durban International Blues Festival, and now one of SA's most successful bands spreading love and friendship through their music. After a whirlwind international tour of London, Italy, Portugal and Canada, Mi Casa is back on home soil and will be entertaining Durban fans at Sibaya’s Krakatoa this weekend. (more…)
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#MandelaDay – honour an icon

Lifestyle
People around the world observed Mandela Day this weekend. It is a privilege to have lived in Nelson Mandela's time, and to share the same nationality as him. Wear it with pride and honour his legacy - it's the least we can do. As you walk through the museum at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, you will come to learn exactly what he sacrificed for us and our children. Respect.  
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