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Fresh faces enter Change a Life Academy Dusi fray

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Pietermaritzburg – The Computershare Change a Life Academy will once again hope to make its presence felt at the development programme’s annual highlight, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, with its blend of wise old heads and talented youngsters.
Seven time Dusi and five time Non Stop Dusi victor Martin Dreyer, founder and general manager of the academy, believes that despite some of his senior talents having recently graduated from the academy or gained independent sponsors and support, the Change a Life Academy’s class of 2014 will once again fly the flag high.

“We have seen quite a few of our older guys move on and join the working world over the past year or two and over the past few months we’ve also had a couple of guys take up various studying opportunities around the country,” said “Dusi Duke” Dreyer.

“Some of our top senior guys are now also being looked after financially by corporates but still train with us and so are still very much a part of our Change a Life family.

“Guys like Lucas Mthalane, Mmeli Cele, Kwanda Mhlophe and Zonele Nzuza, who have all earned a Dusi gold medal before, are all still with us though and they will certainly be hoping to do so again this year,” he added.

Despite having invested a lot in those who have now moved on, Dreyer appreciates their progress is all part and parcel of life and is excited by the new influx of youth to the academy.

“A lot of the old guard have had to change their focus a bit. Now they have to go out there and look to bring home money to their families. That’s only natural.

“Their leaving does also allow the youngsters to come in and have a bit of breathing space too.

“I’m sure the new guys will do really well for us in the coming months and years as well.”

Ever-consistent Mthalane and Cele as well as the potentially dangerous duo of Mhlophe (EuroSteel) and Nzuza (EuroSteel), the two crews that will look to lead the Change a Life 2014 Dusi charge, recently boosted their confidence with victorious efforts at the Hi-Q Challenge (Albert Falls Dam, KZN) and EuroSteel Rumble (Gauteng) respectively, further heightening the belief that a Dusi 2014 gold medal may well be on the cards.
Lucas Mthalane

Photographer: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Computershare Change a Life Academy steadfast Lucas Mthalane, together with 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon partner Mmeli Cele, will form half of the renowned development programme’s senior gold medal charge while youngsters Mthobisi Cele, Mphilo Zondi and Nkosi Mabasa look to help fly the flag high at their annual highlight of the year.

“Two wins, in different locations – yeah it really was a great weekend for us,” said a pleased Dreyer.

“Hopefully this will also help them believe they can do it in Dusi.

“Lucas and Mmeli got a 9th in 2012’s Dusi, Kwanda finished fourth with Lance (Kime) in the same year and Zonele finished 9th in last year’s K1 Dusi, so they all know what it takes!

“If Kwanda and Zonele click on the day then they could be absolutely lethal at Dusi and Lucas and Mmeli are like two peas in a pod and are going really nicely at the moment.”

However, youngsters Mthobisi Cele – who will partner Damon Stamp at this year’s Dusi – as well as Mphilo Zondi and Nkosi Mabasa will also be out to do their utmost to play a supporting role to their seniors and look to start filling the void left by the natural progression of some the academy’s previous senior members.

“We have definitely spent a lot more time focusing on the juniors this year,” said Dreyer.

“For a guy like Mthobisi (Cele), who we’ve known has always had a lot of potential and was unlucky in last year’s K1 Dusi, to have had his potential recognized and to be welcomed as a partner by someone like Damon (Stamp) is just fantastic!”

“Mthobisi has been able to spend time with the Stamps on their farm, learn about a different culture. All that goes far, far beyond just the Dusi or even paddling, that for me is true integration and it’s fantastic that Change a Life Academy has been able to play a role in getting Mthobisi to this point.

“Mphilo is also a hugely talented youngster and I believe may well be the next big thing as far as future Dusi stars go. He has got a couple of good results recently and runs extremely well with the boat.

“Hopefully he (Zondi) and Nkosi (Mabasa) can have a good Dusi, this year maybe even get a top five in the junior boys, and continue to learn more and more about the river.”

Although his hands will be full to the brim with the needs of his academy regulars, Dreyer will be sure to also keep a close eye on Change a Life past-member and ambassador Sbonelo Zondi’s, and his partner Andy Birkett, progress throughout this year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon as well.

More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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The Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Durban

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Swirl, sniff, and sip your way through some of South Africa’s best wines 🍷 at the annual Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival in Durban.

 

And we are giving away 4 x double tickets valued at R275 each! 🥳 Read to the end to find out how to enter!

 

The retailer brings the Cape Winelands to Chris Saunders Park in uMhlanga for one day only on 27 July, accompanied by delicious food and an afternoon of live entertainment.

 

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With every imaginable varietal on offer for wine lovers to sample, alongside a sumptuous selection of fresh and delicious food offerings, wine enthusiasts are invited to discover new wines and enjoy old favourites, from elegant, crisp white wines and full-bodied, robust reds, to the finest sparkling wine, Cap Classiques and MCCs.

 

Some 30 farms will be showcasing their wines at the Festival, and a general ticket includes a tasting glass and 20 wine-tasting vouchers. Producer representatives will guide festivalgoers through the various tasting options and explain each wine’s unique flavours and aromas for a renewed appreciation for the different wines.

 

Guests who want to level up their tasting experience can also book one of the 30-minute Pick n Pay Tasting Room wine and food pairing sessions, limited to 40 guests per session.  A sell-out in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Durban Tasting Room tickets are flying too.

 

On the food front, the Pick n Pay Fresh Food Market 🍲 will ensure you don’t go hungry with a selection of delicious pizzas, burgers, cheese and charcuterie platters, fish and chips, grilled Chicken Espetada, curry & rice, as well as oysters and sushi, along with vegan and vegetarian offerings.

 

👉 Check out their latest menu and pricing here.

 

🧺 The popular Pick n Pay Picnic Bag is available for pre-booking and is jam-packed with a curated showcase of delectable offerings, including cheeses, cured meats, freshly baked bread, biltong, hummus, and more.

 

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Live music 🎶 will provide the perfect backdrop to the afternoon, featuring local musicians The Black Lapels, Afro Divas, and saxophonist Tim Lewis 🎷 on stage.

 

Tickets are available at Webtickets, priced from R275 per person (includes tasting glass and 20 wine tasting tokens).

 

🚗 Limited Designated Driver tickets are also available on request via info@pnpwineandfoodfestival.co.za.

 

Booking tip: Pick n Pay Wine Club members qualify for exclusive early access. Click here to become a member, or send your Smart Shopper card number to 36775 to join free of charge.

 

Click here for information.

 

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🔥🔥 WIN WIN WIN 🔥🔥

We are giving away 4 x double tickets valued at R275 each!

 

How to Enter:

Instagram
1. Follow Durbanite and Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Instagram pages.
2. Comment your best wine & food pairing & tag a friend.

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Facebook
1. Follow Durbanite and Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Facebook pages.
2. Comment your best wine & food pairing & tag a friend.

No Under 18s are permitted to enter.

Closing Date:
Wednesday, 24 July 2024

Winners Announced:
Thursday, 25 July 2024

Entries limited to 5 per day.
Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries – tickets will be emailed to winners.
Durbanite Competition T&Cs apply.

Please always drink responsibly, more on the events recommendations here for your review.

We encourage all patrons to Uber to the event, or have a designated driver who will not consume alcohol at the event.

Do not drink and drive.

 

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THE EAST COAST RADIO HOUSE + GARDEN SHOW

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Come out to play! We’re all going to be at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024, opening from the 29 June to the 7 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre.  Every day and every night for 9 full days, you’ll get to discover a brand-new world of fresh and fabulous takes on Creating Happy Homes… and you’ll leave with a headful of different ideas, hands full of goodies and gadgets, and a heart full of joyful spoils and inspiration.

IT’S A WIN-WIN!

We’ve got all the spoils this year, with over R300 000 worth of competition prizes in cash, products and experiences; not including our legendary Show discounts and specials available every day! Join Plascon as they take you on a fun digital Treasure Hunt, and ka-ching, a chance to step out with R10 000 cash in your pocket. Eye and try your luck at Hirsch’s Mysterious Big Blue Box, packed with appliances, little and large. Peer into the box’s peepholes, check out the contents, estimate the total value, and pop your golden guess into the Entry Box. Best Clue Ever… snoop around the Hirsch’s stand to discover the goods and their prices! Then, for all our budding creatives, Cricut is giving away a whopping R100 000 worth of awesome products when you design a custom shopping bag that everybody loves best! The Cricut experts will assist you with making your actual bag right then and there. Let the voting begin!

The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show caters for dreams too! One Stop Travel has FIVE competition prizes to transport you to other worlds… from local to global, from land to sea, to three hot pairs of rugby tickets for the Castle Lager Rugby Match where SA take on Ireland in Durban on the 13 July, 2024! Sail away, travel north, south, east or west, or snap up two air tickets on Qatar Airways to Doha for four nights! R100 000 worth of dreams, and all prize winners will be announced at the Show!

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR

This year’s Show is big on families! It’s the holidays, so bring the children along for the fun and games. We’ve got everything awesome from an outdoor Jungle Gym, Bubble House and Sand Art to the magical indoor Play Space by Melissa and Doug. Your kids can meet their favourite fairytale characters, play dress-up and make-believe and join other friends in a dozen different kids-only workshops – painting with Rapunzel, decorating take-home toadstools, or creating super cool snow globes. Let them listen in to story time, and escape to a fantasy storybook world where they can be whoever they’ve dreamt of being! The great outdoors or the fun-filled indoors – there’s a whole heap of good kids’ things going on at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. It’s going to be the best fun ever for kids and parents alike.

IT’S A FOODIE FAIR

Food glorious food! This year’s Foodie Fair is a playground of flavours and fresh faces, from tasty newcomers to equally tasty old favourites – they’re pulling out the stops to ensure everybody’s tastebuds are catered for! With around 40 fabulous, hand-picked food stalls, what’s it to be today or tonight? Grand gourmet burgers or delectable eisbein, go Mexican or Korean, choose sweet and sticky or something artisanal and curated? All the best brands! And at the heart of it all, is the coolest Gin Garden – bag your barstool for insane cocktails, craft beers, and mellow tunes. Think bright gin cocktails and beer on tap, all washed down with a line-up of musicians ready to entertain at scheduled times throughout the Show. Meet up with mates at the Gin Garden stage to watch and listen to the cool sounds of Matt Gardiner, Freddy L and Tatum Holder. Before, during or after you tour the Show, the Gin Garden will be the best place to be… and be seen. Don’t just visit the Show, come for a day or night on the town. Make it a meal and a Show. It’s all happening at this year’s Foodie Fair at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024!

IT’S AN OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND

Go on, take the family, the Great Outdoors awaits, whether it’s as close as your garden, or as far as unexplored corners of the globe. Stroll through our outdoor lanes, snooping, plotting, planning and shopping your next wild getaway. From rugged little off-roaders to adventure accessories, garden gadgets and 4×4 vehicles, this is where nature waves her wand. A fresh world of adventure awaits you outside at this year’s East Coast Radio House + Garden Show.

IT’S A DÉCOR DELIGHT

What’s in, what’s out, what’s hot, what’s not – decor and designs, quick fixes and slow burns, colours you can taste… they’ll all be there at the 2024 East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Welcome to this year’s powerhouse of local and global design concepts, all collated for you to Create a Happy Home. Come and Discover KZN Design, where local is king – a hand-picked collective of exciting artists, crafters and entrepreneurs, producing dynamic, world-class work right on our doorstep. From unique ceramic pieces to iconic artwork, you’ll want to take one home.

The Show loves to showcase local, but global always gets a big look-in. Whether it’s our favourite demonstrators conjuring up international aromas, flavours and recipes in the madly popular Hirsch Test Kitchen, or the thrill of mind-blowing technology advances as Hirsch’s parades good-looking appliances and very cool gadgets.

We go glocal, too, with glorious colour and decor trends in Plascon’s Showrooms, where we put an up-and-coming interior design agency in the spotlight using two of the latest colour palettes. We lust after the exquisite custom-made Barbet Interiors furniture, and plot how to make one of those pieces our very own.  It’s all about dreaming and scheming at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024 – and we provide all the stuff of dreams!

The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is sponsored by Plascon with Durban Tourism as destination partners.
For more information visit www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow the Show on Instagram and Facebook using @housegardenshow.

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ZA Fest with KAMERS/Makers A Resounding Success

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Under the inviting African sun in the undulating hills of the Manor House in Salt Rock, ZA Fest 2024 with KAMERS/Makers was a spectacular hit, drawing over 9,000 enthusiastic festival goers for the 4-day event. From 14 – 17 June 2024, KAMERS/Makers made their first appearance in KwaZulu-Natal, and apart from the foot stomping performances of the Ndlovu Youth Choir and Johnny Clegg on Saturday 16th June – the artisanal market was a standout feature of the festival.

This bespoke artisanal ‘ZA’ shopping experience enriched the festival with its diverse offerings and showcased a variety of incredibly talented South African artisans. Visitors were greeted with a diverse array of handcrafted goods, jewellery, art, clothing, bags, and more. Jeremy Doveton-Helps from KAMERS/Makers, shared, “We were nervous, we didn’t know what to expect with this being our first foray into KZN and wow! What a great 4 days we had at the Manor House. The ZA Fest organisers were such a great team. We enjoyed the best winter weather you can find in South Africa with great people, smiles, sunshine and shopping. To sum it up in 4 words, ‘we will be back’!”

The festival was blessed with four days of glorious sunshine, boasting an average temperature of 25 degrees in mid-winter. Visual artists displayed some of South Africa’s best talent, featuring vibrant oils, delicate watercolours, ethnic art, and stunning photography. “We were ecstatic about the turnout and the overwhelming support from our amazing KZN community,” said Evan Roberts, ZA Fest co-Founder. “The success of ZA Fest 2024 is a testament to the vibrant spirit of our visitors and the dedication of everyone involved. We’re excited to see how the festival has positively affected the local economy and supported creative spaces around KZN”.

On the 16th of June, the festival featured electrifying performances by Jesse Clegg, the Ndlovu Youth Choir, the talented singer-songwriter Jemma Kate and her troupe of dancers, as well as a captivating performance by the cast of ‘Dream On, A Poppins Tale of Joseph’, featuring talented youths from various schools across the province making up the Young Performers Project (YPP). A notable highlight was the Ndlovu Youth Choir performance. As they took to the stage, their rhythmic dancing and powerful voices resonated deeply with the audience, with the almost 4000 strong crowd being brought to their feet and mesmerised by the ‘ZA’ magic with each song that followed. East Coast Radio presenter Danny Guselli infused the festival with his infectious energy as the Master of Ceremonies, acknowledging the impressive crowd and honouring all father’s at this year’s event. Local musicians, including The Kickstands, Freddy L, the KZN Youth Wind Band, Tara Blake, Matt Davies and Tim Lewis, flew the flag high, keeping visitors entertained throughout the festival.

Adding to the stellar entertainment, ZA Fest partnered with local brands to further enhance festival-goers’ experience. East Coast Radio was the official broadcast media partner, who added to the festival’s dynamic atmosphere with an engaging outside-broadcast by Shaina-Rae on Saturday, 15th June, capturing the excitement and bringing the festival’s vibrant energy to a broader audience. Seaton Estate showed unwavering support to the event as a sponsor and helped to showcase the best of what the North Coast has to offer. An added bonus was the presence of the REMAX hot air balloon which gave locals a chance to enjoy the spectacular Manor House setting from a bird’s eye view as the sun began its decent. Hampshire Hotel sponsored the Ndlovu Youth Choir’s accommodation, providing the charismatic musical troupe with much needed comfort and rest after their electric ZA Fest performance. The festival also featured a South African hand-crafted gin bar where each flavour was an African masterpiece, from the “Wild Blossom” and the “Lost Oasis” gin beverages to the powdery Turkish delight rose salivating taste buds across the festival.

While the festival was a joyous occasion for those who attended it, the tickets purchased also went towards a worthy cause with a percentage of sales being donated to Gift of the Givers and their support relief efforts in the Tongaat area that had been very badly impacted by the recent tornado. “Our commitment to supporting the local community and helping those in need goes beyond what happens on stage,” Roberts reflected. “Seeing the local community and businesses rally together to support our neighbouring community of Tongaat was truly heartwarming. We’re proud to contribute to the relief efforts and assist in rebuilding what has been lost. This is where the saying ‘Ubuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu’ becomes more than just words, but rather a way of life”.

With a perfect blend of world-class entertainment, a bespoke artisanal market, and family-friendly activities, and magnificent KZN winter weather – the ZA Fest 2024 set a new standard for events in the region. The magic of ZA Fest will undoubtedly return next year, promising even more excitement and community spirit – so make sure to save the date for 13 – 16 June 2025. “The infrastructure and staging that our partners, Extreme Events put up was truly world-class without a single security or safety issue reported over the full four days. Furthermore, without the support of Collins Residential through the venue and other funding contributed – we simply could not have achieved an event of this calibre. Festivals like this are powerful unifying moments for South Africans during uncertain times. Art and music, as expressions of human creativity and emotion have the extraordinary ability to transcend language and cultural barriers, resonating deeply within everyone. We are so grateful to all of our partners and each and every person that came out to support this inspiring event,” concluded Roberts.

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