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WIN tickets to an explosive love tonic for Old Mutual Music at the Lake



We are giving 5 x lucky and in luuurve Durbanite’s double tickets to Friday’s Old Mutual Music at the Lake Valentine’s Day concert!! All you have to do to win is comment below and tell us WHY you are a deserving winner… *T&C’s apply.

The 2014 season of Old Mutual Music at the Lake kicks off with an explosive love theme –Gangs of Ballet and the Durban City Orchestra join forces for a Valentine’s Day concert on Friday, 14 February at the Durban Botanic Gardens.

This one is for music lovers who want a break from the mainstream; something different, fun and beautiful.

Gangs of Ballet’s music has been described as a blend of new sounds with haunting melodies and arrangements. Add to that the scale and richness of the Durban City Orchestra’s renditions – you have the perfect scene to experience the expression of love in new ways. 

“This is a mind and soul-blowing collaboration that has challenged our comfort zones,” said Gangs of Ballet lead vocalist and lead guitarist Brad Klynsmith.

“We have created some very special music in the process”

Durban City Orchestra chairman Edrich de Lange meanwhile said because love is one of the greatest human drivers and emotions – it has preoccupied artists and poets from time immemorial. “We believe our show presents a different dimension in the expression of love. While our full complement of 45 musicians will stir emotions – it is the live experience with the fans that will make the clouds peel. We cannot wait to share the experience with music lovers”.

IMAGE Durban City Orchestra

To set the scene, they will perform chart toppers from the Gangs of Ballet EP such as “Hello Sweet World” and “Breaking the Silence” and their enchanting new single, “Daydream” from their recently released debut offering, “yes/no/grey”.

Romantic hounds are in for another treat. It is the height of summer and the Durban Botanic Gardens is looking its prettiest.

“The Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert series is all about using music to celebrate what nature serves us and with the Gardens displaying its best blooms, the sights and setting will be as special as the music,” said Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma.

“We invite everyone to join us with their loved ones to celebrate nature and love as we start a beautiful year that promises great things.”

Old Mutual’s continued relationship with the Botanic Gardens allows them to ensure that funds are raised to maintain and improve biodiversity at this significant public space.

For more information about this and other events at the Durban Botanic Gardens, visit the website – or call the Info Centre 031 322 4021.

Tickets are available online at

Tickets prices: pre sales tickets are R120.00 and ticket sales on the day are R140.00.

Children between 8-12 will pay R50, children under eight are free.

All children are welcome at the KidZone for some extra fun and games.

Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome.

Gates will open at 17:00 for pre-sold tickets and at 18:00 for on-the-day ticket sales.

The show will starts at 19:00.

Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground.  Entrance to all parking is off lower John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field also off lower John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road.

Follow @OM_Concerts and @dbnbotgardens on Twitter for all the action on the day, and ‘Like’ the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens page on Facebook for all the updates and info.


*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. Comment below to stand a chance of winning 1 of 5 double tickets to the Old Mutual Music at the Lake Valentine’s Day concert in Durban.
  2. Competition opens on 11 February 2014 and closes at midday on 13 February 2014, South African Standard Time.
  3. Winners will be randomly drawn on the on 13 February 2014. Durbanite reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. The winners will be notified via email within 12 hours of the draw taking place.
  5. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite’s determination of the winners is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The prizes are non-transferable for cash. If you are the winner, a copy of your South African identity document or passport may be required as proof that you are in fact the winner whose name was drawn.
  7. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite and or The Durban Green Corridor, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
  8. Failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.

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  1. shannon naylor

    11 Feb 2014 at 11:44 am

    I would love to win these tickets as it will be mine and my boyfriends first valentines day together, I know this will be the most amazing and special night under the stars listening to some beautiful music with yummy food and drinks.

  2. Katherine de Villiers

    11 Feb 2014 at 11:47 am

    What an amazing evening this would be 🙂 With our five year anni next weekend (24th), all our extra finances are going to those celebrations then and little ol’ Vday is getting ignored so winning this would give us a lil summin’ summin’ to do instead of sitting at home 😛
    *holding fingers and toes*
    Plus I haven’t seen GOB live yet!

  3. Sasha

    11 Feb 2014 at 11:48 am

    WOW!!! What an amazing prize!! I love SA music and would love to experience Gangs of Ballet <3 Would be the ultimate V-day treat, live music, ambience, nature and a romantic picnic. What could be better!

  4. Kelsi

    11 Feb 2014 at 11:59 am

    I love the Gangs of ballet and would love spending Valentines Day watching them with my boyfriend 🙂

  5. Justine

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:01 pm

    This would be the perfect Valentines outing for us!! Doing the whole romance thing is always so difficult for us because its is always such a mission trying to find quality time alone together. A night outdoors, listening to Gangs of Ballet while cuddling on a blankie sounds like the perfect night for us! <3

  6. Michelle Brooks

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:01 pm

    After being together for 21 years , we have never celebrated a valentines day/evening together! (that’s because everyday is a valentines day!)

  7. Kerry-Lee Gurr

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I would love to go to this concert. xx This is my boyfriend and I’s first valentine’s day together and our first date was at the botanical gardens so this event would be amazing!! <3

  8. Mary-Ann Strydom

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:18 pm

    My Favourite Concert Venue! And an awesome band to compliment it!

  9. Chiselle

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Amazing – what a romantic date night!!! This is my and my Fiance’s last Valentines Day before we are a married couple! It would be the perfect way to start building up the excitement to our wedding (which has been more stressful than exciting! ;P )! and as a bonus, Gangs of Ballet are currently sitting at the top of my favourite bands list! Woop!

  10. Shelly

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I want to win this! It will be my last valentines day as a Miss before I become his Mrs 🙂

  11. jeff

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:37 pm

    This is wonderful love to win these tickets as I was widowed with 2 kids met a wonderful woman who loves me and my kids and takes great care of us. She has brought happiness into my life again. Will be great to treat her to this with compliments of Durbanite. Thank you hope to be lucky been a avid fan of your fb page.

  12. Carmen

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I would love to win tickets and spend a romantic evening under the stars with my husband listening to lovely music. Even though we have been married for nearly 26 years we still are as madly in love as when we first met.

  13. Meru

    11 Feb 2014 at 12:49 pm

    What could be a better way to spend the day of love with great music, atmosphere and your other half 🙂

  14. Kim Swanson

    11 Feb 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I love Gangs of ballet I supported them before they became famous I have been out of the country for 2 years and would absolutely love to go and see them! I shared there music with people overseas aswell!

  15. anusha naidoo

    11 Feb 2014 at 1:07 pm

    This is truly wonderful my valentine love music and in to listen and enjoy music in this setting will be perfect and romantic. He is a gem of a man that loves my daughter and accepted her as his own. Wish to treat him to this …he is so hardworking and needs time to relax. Fingers crossed pick me plse!

  16. Janine

    11 Feb 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I would love to win tickets and spend a romantic evening under the stars with my husband and our two children.

  17. jess de wet

    11 Feb 2014 at 1:53 pm

    it’s brian and i’s first valentines as husband and wife, previous valentines as a couple included the flu and not being in the same country! this year we are determined to make it different!

  18. Taryn Donaldson

    11 Feb 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I would love to win these tickets to give to my mom. She doesnt get out much and I think she would really appreciate these tickets!

  19. Laura

    11 Feb 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I would love to wake up from my daydream in this sweet world and get two tickets for me and my best friend who are currently neither in the yes or no stage but rather in the grey area of our friendship 🙂 plus I love live music and durbanite 🙂 xoxo

  20. Matt

    11 Feb 2014 at 3:53 pm

    This will be my girlfriend and my first valentines day together. Been 8 years in the making. Looking to make it the best. Can’t think of a better way to spend it other than in the Botanic gardens to the sound of Gangs of Ballet and the Durban City Orchestra!

  21. Alice O'Neill

    11 Feb 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I would be so grateful to win tickets to watch, not only an incredible South African band, but my amazing mother who is performing in the orchestra that will be accompanying them! I am driving all the way from Bloemfontein for the weekend to support them and share this very special day with the people I love. This event brings together two completely different musical genres that I love and have such a huge appreciation for. It would be such a privilege to be a part the kaleidoscope of talent that will be showcased in the most stunning venue! I am so grateful to Old Mutual and Durbanite for this awesome opportunity and to Gangs of Ballet, Durban City Orchestra and especially, my mom, for flying the South African flag high and fueling our love of all music!

  22. Sue

    11 Feb 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Wowzers Gangs of Ballet + an orchestra sounds amazing! My husband and I spend most of our time either working or running around after our ridiculously cute kiddies. This will be our 11th Valentines Day together and it would be awesome to put our feet up and relax with some bubbly and awesome music and reflect on just how lucky we are xxx

  23. Matt

    11 Feb 2014 at 6:31 pm

    This will be my girlfriend’s and my first valentines day. Been eight years in the making. Looking to make this the best valentines day possible. Can’t think of a better way to spend it other than by the lake to the sound of Gangs of Ballet and the Durban City Orchestra!

  24. Mark

    12 Feb 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Well… We been married for 3 years and been ages since we actually had a proper valentines. We just bought a house and are broke as Hek, My wife is preggies and it will be our LAST… absolute LAST valentines day together alone with a baby version of me running around and i know it will brighten up her month!

  25. Shemona

    13 Feb 2014 at 11:24 am

    Hey Durbanite 🙂 I think my husband should win tickets as since December last year till now he has been extremely busy with work, he hasn’t had a chance to go out and relax. He’s always putting others first before himself. He loves going live band concerts and he enjoys the atmosphere. I trust that my honesty will be accepted, thank you Durbanite.

  26. Sunitha

    13 Feb 2014 at 11:24 am

    Would be a must deserved treat for Hubby & I.

  27. Keith

    13 Feb 2014 at 11:32 am

    Would love to win this. That mid-month slump is hitting hard and times are tough. Plus, I still haven’t gotten anything for my Valentine. This would make a great gift seeing some awesome local talent!

  28. ashley

    13 Feb 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I pick me…. ive messed up my gfs and probably Valentine’s Day if I don’t win. .. plus these guys are brilliant and….. but wait there’s more. … We like to PARTY!!!

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With nobody travelling internationally at the moment The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his culinary Team, decided to take guests to exotic places through their food instead. So the Flavour-cation concept was born. Through a variety of food experiences ‘flavour vacations’ are put together to showcase exciting new tastes… literally on our doorstep.

With the Tapas menu (Spanish word for small savoury dishes), each item, has a main ingredient and everything else on the plate contributes to the overall taste sensation. “We looked at what is popular with diners,” says Chef Joseph, “such as oysters, prawns, sharing platters etc. and then added our own taste profile and flair to each dish, to give it an Oyster Box twist. The babotie spring rolls are an example; our steamed buns are baked in-house; the Oysters harvested from our own beds and the pear chutney and hummus cooked from scratch.” The menu also offers ample choice for Vegetarians.

Tapas will be on offer in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars until the end of November, with new and exciting dishes being added to the menu on an ongoing basis, so that our guests always have something new to look forward to.

Alongside the menu, a wide selection of wine, beer, Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer. A special mention should be made of the House Wine Selection, from our internationally-acclaimed sister winery, Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Known for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and renowned Pinot Noirs.

The TAPAS Menu is served in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars from 12:00-19:30 daily.

Booking is essential on 031 514 5000 or by e-mail

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Plan ahead for the winter holidays in South Africa’s warmest province and celebrate the festive season early at The Oyster Box.
There’s something for everyone this July.

July 2021

– There’s no doubt that Christmas 2020 was a fairly low-key event compared to the usual festivities The Oyster Box is known for. To make up for it, their food and beverage team is promising more fun and festivity during the month of July, than we’ve seen for a while…AND it includes a Christmas celebration…Yes, in July!
They are also going ‘glam’ in true Oyster Box style, for one of the country’s most prestigious horse-racing events, The Vodacom Durban July.
So, get your hat on and don’t miss the chance to join us in this ‘sport of kings’ event on Saturday 3 July.


Treat yourself to our legendary Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail and a complimentary glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel from Monday to Sunday, 12h00-19h00 in The Oyster Bar at R390.00 per person.

Celebrate the Vodacom Durban July at The Oyster Box – 3 July 2021

Let Executive Chef Kevin Joseph bring the Vodacom Durban July to you this year, with all the elegance and style you’d expect on the big day! Dress to the theme, get to know more about the jockeys and their mounts and stand a chance to win a variety of prizes during the course of the day. 

Pick the most Winners and stand a chance to win a night’s stay at The Oyster Box.  Drinks and luxury canapes on arrival in the Durban July Room from 11h00, followed by a traditional braai and accompaniments on the Lighthouse Bar Terrace from 13h00.  A bottomless gin bar will be available with a DJ keeping the punters’ spirit’s up. 

From Monday to Sunday 5-31 July, The Oyster Box Christmas in July Ski Lodge is back in the Lighthouse Bar, from 12h00-19h00 daily. With Live music on a Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime with Rob Warren performing Christmas and contemporary rock , the nostalgic atmosphere of a mountain ski-lodge is brought to you Durban-style. Choose between one of our three gourmet Christmas Subs (Gammon, Turkey or Roast Beef), served with a Ciroc Christmas cocktail at R250 per person. 

On Wednesday 7 July, the Rebels of Black Elephant Vintners & Co, pair 13 of their wines with a musical soundtrack of their lives. Strong supporting line-up provided by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Team, from 18h00-21h00 in the Oyster Bar.  Cost is R590.00 per person.

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July’s event on Wednesday 28 July features French-style wines from Morgenster Estate and a French-inspired menu courtesy of The Oyster Box. Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster has a long history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, the property produces award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil.



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* Legendary Breakfast in the Ocean Terrace – With al fresco tables offering panoramic Indian Ocean sea views and regular sightings of passing whales and dolphins, the generous breakfast buffet which includes fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine, is the perfect way to start your day. Breakfast is served from 07h00-10h30 daily at R450.00 per person.

*The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace – Continues to attract fans from far and wide.  Set in the Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily, includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs…each curry is a masterpiece in itself.  The Curry Buffet is open for lunch and dinner from 12h00-20h30 at R390.00 per person.

Versatile muso Leon, provides Live Music from Thursday to Saturday evening and on a Sunday at lunchtime. 

Due to current covid protocols, reservations are essential.  Dinner bookings are available from 17h00-19h30 and Lunch bookings from 12h00-15h00.


For enquiries and to book for one of the events, contact Restaurants on (031) 514 5000 or by e-mail on


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Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy




Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at our adored Old Town Italy stores 🎂

Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco 🥂
This class includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

See upcoming dates below:

5 June – Marble Buttercream
3 July
7 August
4 September
2 October
6 November
4 December

Price: R650 per person
Limited tickets available at each store

Enquire in store or contact us directly to book & find out more info: | 031 566 5008
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