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A Real Deal on a great night out



A date these days can cost nothing less than R500 but times are tough and it’s comforting to know that you can still enjoy exceptional value with a deal available for those who want the best for less. Durban’s premier entertainment destination, #SUNCOAST is currently running an irresistible offer, a Real Deal for two. You can enjoy a night of thrilling entertainment from indulging in a two course meal to catching your favourite actors on the big screen or grabbing a night cap at the lounge bar.

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Buy your Real Deal booklet that gets you all these things and more for two people to enjoy for only R199. In addition to that, with every booklet purchased, you stand a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Suncoast Towers Hotel Penthouse valued at R24 000. So away with the rush of romantic dinners and picnics, experience the sea, sun and sensuous style at SUNCOAST. Real Deal booklets are only redeemable from Sunday to Thursday; booklets can be purchased at the Guest Services desk until 27 March.

2 Lucky Durbanites will each win a Real Deal Booklet

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Two lucky winners will each win one Real Deal booklet.
Simply tell us below your dating nightmare!

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*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. Comment below to stand a chance of winning one of 2 Real Deal Booklets.
  2. Competition opens on 3 March 2014 and closes at midday on 7 March 2014, South African Standard Time.
  3. Winners will be randomly drawn on the on 7 March 2014. Durbanite reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. Winners will be notified via email within 12 hours of the draw taking place.
  5. Winners will be required to confirm receipt of email within 12 hours of notification in order to claim booklets.
  6. Winners who do not confirm receipt of email within 12 hours of notification will forfeit their booklet and a redraw will take place.
  7. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite’s determination of the winners is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  8. 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.
  9. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite and, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
  10. Failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.
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  1. Sandy

    3 March 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Growing up,my parents were extremely strict about sending us out. In school, a guy i liked asked me out to his matric dance. I arranged for a relative to provide the cover for me to go out,and that fell apart at the last minute. I had to stand the guy up. I felt devastated & like such a let down. I couldnt possibly show my face in school after that. So i deviously concocted a story of how i had been in an accident & injured my hand ,which nescetated my stanfing him up. I even wore a bandage on my forearm for a few days! Yikes,terrible i know but done

  2. Jason

    3 March 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Imagine having no cash… so much so that you have no idea where your next meal is coming from! Imagine that and still having the urge to treat your special lady. I’ll never forget that night, because my wife and I had a “romantic” 2 minute noodle dinner on a blanket in our lounge. That happened 3 years ago and we still talk about it today as if it happened yesterday.

  3. Rashmika

    3 March 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Me and my Husband didn’t have a nice Valentine day because everywhere was so busy and we couldn’t afford it But Durbanite can help us so we can go to Suncoast for the two day stay and it will be perfect for us and we will be grateful!!! We are so excited and we can’t wait,

  4. Candice Ramoudh

    3 March 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Having a nice romantic dinner for two, picking the most expensive dishes on the menu because its your treat, receiving the bill and realising that you left your purse at home. Your date has to pay and you end up looking like gold digger..noooooooooooooo

  5. ashley

    3 March 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Took my so called gf at the time out to dinner at gway it was a pretty new relationship so we were still getting to know each other. After Dinner which cost quite a bit we bumped into a pretty upset guy, thinking that this was a friend of hers I stood back for a moment. After listening for a while did I realise it wasn’t any friend of hers but infact her current boyfriend and she was dating us both. Things got awkward quickly after that. (This doesn’t just happen in movies in a living example)

  6. Dawn Wallenkamp

    3 March 2014 at 2:09 pm

    A dating nightmare is having a fantastic dinner only to find out at the end of the date that the food you THOUGHT was on special was a weeknight special and you are there over a weekend and have to now pay twice as much. dates can really become nightmares if you do not read the small print.

  7. Roxanne Pellew

    3 March 2014 at 3:09 pm

    A dating nightmare would be when you go out not just for a night but a weekend away with someone, and you realise you have NOTHING in common, that you battle to even make conversation on the way to where you going. As you can imagine the rest of the weekend was a nightmare and I think if we spoke 2 hours out of the whole weekend that was a lot.

  8. wendy Esbach

    3 March 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I got married when i was 19 (we met when i was 15) and unfortunately it ended in divorce 7 years later …. so i didnt have much experience in the dating world. I met someone online and we met for drinks. It was a disaster shame the poor guy had jaw surgery a few weeks before and when he spoke he sprayed orange juice everywhere. . I know he couldnt help it but I have a weak tolerance and had to keep myself from gagging. Eek

  9. Fosca Brtan

    3 March 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Dating disaster!!!! Was a fairly new relationship , 3rd date or so – Was picked up for dinner date but never got to dinner – his car ran out of petrol on the way And did I mention it was pouring with rain , no airtime to call a cab or phone a friend. I up and left him and walked on home. drenched & hungry!!!!!

  10. Priscilla

    4 March 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I was in Maputo with my late husband 3 years ago where we ordered a seafood platter to share. I have never seen so much good in my life on one plate. I couldn’t eat. I felt ill and wasted more than half the platter of seafood. What I wouldn’t do to have that moment back again 🙁

  11. Tary

    5 March 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I started dating my boyfriend and my mom and I are extremely close, he didnt really know her well and he came to fetch me, my mom decided to come along and she put me on a guilt trip of not having food in the house so I couldnt leave her behind. She was so embarressing and it was very awkward sitting there with both of them unable to really get to know him. Lucky for me he stuck around after meeting my “interesting” mother and they are good friends now. But we do avoid telling her about dates now so that she cant tag along. I think I would most likely use the voucher book and take her on a nice date for some mother daughter time!

  12. Andrea

    5 March 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I had recently split from my ex, so my friend decided to set me up on a blind date. All went well, magical, almost dreamily unreal .. this guy and I clicked on a whole new level .. he understood me .. I felt so free to just talk to him and be myself .. all was brilliant .. and then the evening came to a close and he took me home .. I decided a night cap would be too soon, so a goodnight kiss would do .. until he turned his head away from me .. I felt humiliation burn through my soul .. the next day he called to confess that he wasn’t into girls .. he apologized .. needless to say .. we’re actually very good friends today ..

  13. Ruweida

    6 March 2014 at 4:59 pm

    My dating nightmare was going out on a first date with a guy to Suncoast to watch a movie; my date showed up 45 minutes late and lied about movie tickets being sold out and said he’ll make it up to me by buying me ice-cream; he bought me an ice-cream of his choice and made me sit down on the wet grass outside to eat it while he smoked his cigarette; when he was half way through he asked if I had a problem with him smoking near me, I said I hated cigarettes; he just continued smoking. He then took out his phone and showed me a picture of a little girl and said it was his daughter; I was shocked but just continued listening to him going on about her name and age. A while later he said he was joking about the picture and that he didn’t have any children; I didn’t find it funny and was getting so annoyed; I ended up with a bad headache and asked him to take me home.

  14. Monique De Villiers

    7 March 2014 at 10:06 am

    Him forgetting his wallet…

  15. Elmarieke van Rooyen

    7 March 2014 at 10:12 am

    We booked in to hotel for our anniversary… went to casino to try our luck.. played the slots for a bit then got hungry and proceeded to KFC.. when my shoe broke.. lol I thought to myself im not going let a shoe ruin my night.. I walked barefoot the whole suncoast. pretty red dress.. with no shoes.. 😉 I think my bf at the time thought I was craze.. were now married and still in love.


    7 March 2014 at 10:15 am

    I was driving on our 1st date & by mistake I selected First gear instead of Reverse & hit a tree – that was 23 years ago & he’s NEVER forgotten that !!! 🙂

  17. Jackie Naidoo

    7 March 2014 at 10:19 am

    First date with my future husband and we went back to his parents home after the movie. He made coffee and we stayed up talking. Yes, talking!! I swear it’s true. And then at some point his mother comes into the kitchen and asks if I’m Jackie and that my mother was on the phone. It was 7pm! And my mother had somehow found out his phone number and rung because I hadn’t come home yet and she was worried.I don’t know what was more embarassing: the fact that my mother was checking up on me or getting his parents involved , or the fact that all we were doing was talking.


    7 March 2014 at 10:20 am

    First date with my future husband and we went back to his parents home after the movie. He made coffee and we stayed up talking. Yes, talking!! I swear it’s true. And then at some point his mother comes into the kitchen and asks if I’m Jackie and that my mother was on the phone. It was 7pm! And my mother had somehow found out his phone number and rung because I hadn’t come home yet and she was worried.I don’t know what was more embarassing: the fact that my mother was checking up on me or getting his parents involved , or the fact that all we were doing was talking

  19. Keith

    7 March 2014 at 10:28 am

    Well it all depends on which nightmare date we’re referring to. Once, in school, I took a girl out for lunch and a movie. Lunch was nice but as we were entering the cinema she saw a friend of hers and went and sat with her, leaving me to sit alone. Not cool.
    Second nightmare date happened on Valentines Day. I planned an entire day of fun, romantic things only to find out I’d been cheated on and got broken up with on that day. 🙁

  20. manashrie padayachee

    7 March 2014 at 10:28 am

    The last guy I went out with brought a sock puppet–a sock puppet–on our date and tried to talk to me with it. To be cute, I think. But it freaked me out. Seriously. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but no sock puppets, please.”

  21. Larrinae Ballantyne

    7 March 2014 at 10:33 am

    I had met a lovely lady and we had been chatting for a while so I decided to take her with to a friends house for her birthday. My date proceed to get very drunk and abusive, I was so angry. I put this behaviour down to her being nervous. So I thought I would take her out again, this time to a public place. Well this night went the same as three first, she got plastered again. I have never been so willing to pay the bill and leave. Needless to say we have not been out again.

  22. Roxanne Chutthergoon

    7 March 2014 at 11:54 am

    Okay, dating nightmare and worst date EVER…

    Was set up on a blind date, and when he came to fetch me, it turns out that we were double dating! He arrived to pick me up with his brother and sister-in-law…As if that was not awkward enough, I had to sit in the back of the vehicle with his sister-in-law, and make small talk with a stranger, like I was not under pressure enough already! So then we arrived at the shopping mall (of their choice by the way). So it was decided that we were going to watch a movie, and have dinner. So we started off with dinner, and at the restaurant, we all ordered…so it turns out in their family, it is normal to share food and eat from each other’s plates…which is what they did with me, they asked for my ribs (to taste apparently)…I ended up giving it away to them as I was put off and did not feel like eating thereafter. Then on to the movie, the choice was “My Bloody Valentine” in 3D. That was the most gruesome and violent movie I have yet seen, limbs and body parts being sliced and thrown all over the place! This was the worst date / Valentines ever! #ValentinesDay #EPICFAIL

  23. amith

    7 March 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Well mine was a total disaster my wifes birthdays was on the 2 feb 2014 I planned lots of surprises which failed totally. We were on our way to the first surprise to a spa treatment my cell rings the wife thinks da call is for her n the lady says: hi would just like to confirm your surprise spa treatment. Then we went for lunch the waiter drops the cooldrink on her birthday clothes and I thought that was it.. on my way to fetch her birthday cake.. was luking awesome just to find out they put da wrong name on the cake including her age… I was so embrassed as it turn out to be our disaterous day.. could the day get any better… that was it.. I called it a day.

  24. Taryn Gavin

    8 March 2014 at 1:30 pm

    We had stayed at home the year before, so we decided to totally splash for that Valentine’s day in 2010. A local theme park was offering various options for Valentine’s dinners, and after much debate we decided on the venue they had planned on the grass outside the main areas – they were planning to put up tents (in case of bad weather), and we thought this would be so romantic, out in the open near the beach for dinner, it sounded to perfect to be true.

    When I booked, the lady explained they had some trouble with no shows the years before and in order to secure my booking I would need to make an upfront payment, which I happily did.

    The big night arrived, and we both got totally dressed to the nines, me wearing a gorgeous red dress, and him looking so handsome in his smart outfit. Our booking was for 7pm, but being concerned about parking we arrived a little early at around 6.30 and sauntered over to the main entrance, and then on to where our venue was supposed to be. We arrived at the host’s table, but alas no host. As we waited a few other couples showed up behind us, and we started chatting mentioning how full all the tables were and wondering where we were going to sit. We kept asking the “waiters” and even the poor musician to help us, and get someone to tell us what is going on, eventually the chef arrive at around 7.00 (yes the chef, not a manager, but the poor guy cooking the food) and he said there had been a problem and the venue was overbooked, and he would get a manager to come help us all out (at this point there was at least 15 couples without a place to sit). After another half an hour, some guy comes out and tells us they have made space for us all in one of the other venues, and we can simply head down there and we would be accommodated.

    So all of us trundle down the stairway to the “new” venue, and eventually get to a point where we are all totally lost, there are table everywhere with seated guests, and again nobody to help us. We asked the staff down there if they knew anything about adding the extra guests from upstairs and they were as lost as we were. One of the guys that was part of the group then started screaming and shouting and eventually the same manager as before came down and assured us that he was sorting it out…. 8.30 rolls around, and we are still just standing around watching other people enjoy their evening (although not sure how much enjoyment they were having with this large group lurking about). And he comes down again and says we can either wait for a table (as in actually wait for the other people to leave) or get a refund. He then signs and scribbles on everyone’s booking confirmations saying that we are due a refund, and we all wander off in to the night.

    We landed up going to KFC for dinner 🙂 Just picture us, totally dressed up and going to get a burger at 9.30 at night!!!

  25. Ryan Quevauvilliers

    16 May 2014 at 9:41 am

    Would definitely be something involving snakes or spiders and a girl and me looking like a scaredy cat.

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Win Tickets to Milky Chance in Durban!



Milky Chance recently announced their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The German Duo are excited to confirm that both Neon Dreams and Sean Koch will join them as support acts on the line-up for their shows in Cape Town (15 February) and Johannesburg (17 February), and Neon Dreams will also join Milky Chance in Durban (18 February) as support act.

Canadian duo Neon Dreams are no strangers to the South African music scene. Their 2019 single “Life Without Fantasies” reached the top of the South African viral charts amassing millions of streams in 2021 during the lockdown. The band connected with tens of thousands of fans online which led to their first sold out headline tour. They have continued to cement themselves in the industry here, having toured the country a number of times over the past few years and return in February 2024 to share the stage with Milky Chance in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Sean Koch is one of SA’s most-loved indie-folk artists who brings a mixed bag of African and western, influence alongside messages of home, a connection to nature, the ocean and the people around him; to his storytelling, feel-good music. While rooted in his flowing-folk style, his music is diverse. From dance infused songs like ‘Lift You Up’ the standout single from his collection (including the Double MZK & G DOM remix) to the dreamier songs like ‘Feel the Energy’ that carry deeper messages of connection to the natural world and the people that surround us. There is something for everyone in Sean’s catalogue.

How to Enter:

1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Instagram pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.


1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Facebook pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.

Closing Date:
Monday, 12 February 2024

Winner Announced:
Tuesday, 13 February 2024

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

Tickets are on sale from and are selling fast, so get yours now!

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Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024 details:


Date: Sunday 18 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field
Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
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Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch)

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced)

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban
(supported by Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced)






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Win Surf Lessons with Surf School Durban!



Surf School Durban, led by the experienced local surfer Fika, stands as a beacon in the surfing community. Known for its inclusive and friendly approach, it’s a place where beginners and seasoned surfers alike can enhance their skills and embrace the surf culture.

The school’s ethos revolves around unity and inviting individuals of all backgrounds to share the excitement of surfing. The team, made up of passionate local surfers, emphasises personalised coaching, ensuring a welcoming learning environment for everyone.

Adding to its allure, Surf School Durban has launched a competition that’s creating a buzz. The prize: five group lessons for the winner and two friends, offering a unique blend of fun, friendship, and expert instruction.

This surf school is more than just a place to learn; it’s a community hub where the spirit of Durban’s surf culture thrives, making it an ideal destination for anyone keen on experiencing the joy of surfing in a supportive and vibrant setting.

Win Surf Lessons for You and 2 Friends, with Surf School Durban!

How to Enter on Instagram:
1. Follow Durbanite & Surf School Durban Instagram page.
2. Share the competition post from the Surf School Durban Instagram page and tag who you’d take with if you win.


How to Enter on Facebook:
1. Follow Durbanite & Surf School Durban Facebook page.
2. Share the competition post from the Surf School Durban Facebook page and tag who you’d take with if you win.

Entries limited to 5 per day.

Closing Date:
Friday, 9 February 2024

Winner Announced:
Monday, 12 February 2024

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Ziggy Alberts announces his debut South African tour as he heads to Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town this October




Ziggy Alberts’ first ever South African visit will anticipate the release of his forthcoming sixth studio album, DANCING IN THE DARK, out 04 November 2022.

Musically, Ziggy’s sound has raised comparisons to the likes of early Ben Howard or Jack Johnson. His sound is laid back, soulful and folk-tinged, and his songwriting is honest and personal. Whilst Ziggy Alberts is similar to his contemporaries in writing about his personal experiences, his music is layered with subtextual references to issues close to his heart, such as the natural world, the human experience and the wider planet.

DANCING IN THE DARK has been driven by real-time releases, including the singles I BELIEVE, TATTOOS, THE GREAT DIVIDE and most recently, THE SUN & THE SEA featuring Donovan Woods, which all find their home on the album. The new record sits in a genre – self-titled by Ziggy – as “Future Folk”. In his own words, “the album is a blend of the honest and raw, with the smoothness and touch of synthesised soundscapes, intentional tuning and programmed organic samples… that reflects accurately the range of experiences we are having as humans in our current world.” Matched with Ziggy’s storytelling and sincere songwriting, DANCING IN THE DARK shows yet another step in Alberts’ growth as an artist, his music and personal explorations, both introspectively and in the natural world.

Founder of his independent label, Commonfolk Records, and book publishing house, Commonfolk Publishing, Ziggy Alberts has managed to craft what many musicians and authors dream of – the ability to tell a story on their own terms. In 2022, Ziggy was awarded an APRA for his track letting go. He has also earned ARIA Platinum certifications for Laps Around The Sun (Double Platinum), Gone, Runaway, Heaven, Love Me Now, Stronger and Four Feet in the Forest (EP), plus Gold certifications for his Laps Around The Sun album and six tracks in his catalogue.

Tickets to the REWIND TOUR – SOUTH AFRICA 2022 are on sale from


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