We are slowly forming part of a generation that cares less and less about making a difference and more and more about accepting what is; change is a foreign concept to many and most times we are our biggest obstacles. So when we hear about people that don’t just speak the word of change but undertake the act of making a difference, we Durbanites get all excited with butterflies and all stuff that breathes excitement.
Cue. Enter lead KZN Beach Cleanup.
This well needed initiative started in June 2011 where a small group of friends decided they would embark on the ‘action’ part of making a difference and together they performed their first beach cleanup. After spreading the message over their social media platforms, they received a very positive response and decided to conduct the cleanup every month. The mission was focused mainly on Durban beaches until recently (to be precise the end of 2013) when they decided to broaden their spectrum and go beyond boundaries, hence their upgrade to ‘KZN Beach Cleanup’. Natalie Gorven, a key member from the team enthusiastically expressed the motivation behind the upgraded name change, “this way we could spread the scope outside of just the main Durban beaches”. This Easter saw the best ever turnout since the conceptualization of the initiative where there were more than 40 volunteers at the KZN beach cleanup, held at Beach Mangroves in Riverside. The long weekend brought a high spirited turn out at the monthly KZN beach cleanup with the highest ever collection of trash equating to a wonderful 531kgs. Durbanite were proud to donate a total of R1111.60 toward this initiative by providing refreshments and rubber gloves, these were part of the Zombie Run 2013 proceeds and every little bit counts towards a better Durban and beyond!
Cue. Enter the one with the excuses.
It’s so easy to become involved in the idea of wanting to be a part of something so positive and inspiring and not do anything about it. I am first to say that I have played victim to this many times and Natalie made sure to put it simply and in perspective when she responded to my little excuse laden speech filled with ‘well I’ve always wanted to do something like this but…’ and said, “well you could just do that, or you could just go and start picking up dirt!”. At that moment I made the conscious decision to stop being the one with the excuses. So I made my first step and picked up some litter and believe me when I say it was extremely fulfilling and it was fun, sinking and slipping on mud never felt so good (no sarcasm intended pure fun was all it was)! Watching families engage in the act of picking up litter was just a new way of looking at #FamilyTime. The best and worst part was it was interesting to see what dirt washes up onto the beach. The group collected trash that ranged from a bath basin to a truck tyre to a car bumper… this was just some of the dirt that shocked my shoes off (literally)! It was interesting because it told a story but even more than that it was so aggravating to see that people just don’t dispose of their trash in the proper way. If we were not given the proper means of disposal, which we are, I would understand. It seriously just takes someone using the refuse system correctly to avoid some of the pollution that our environment is facing. Just as it’s so easy to enjoy the beach, it’s just as easy to keep it clean! So let’s pledge toward a better tomorrow by keeping it clean or as the KZN Beach Clean Up put it: “Our Future Is A Shore Thing”. The KZN Beach Cleanup happens once a month between 9am to 11am on the third Saturday of each month. More information can be sought out on the teams Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KznBeachCleanup
NOW OPEN: DANTE Umhlanga
“The team from Dante approached me and asked if I would be interested in helping them with a project,” says interior designer Alice Kelly. “I was thrilled, but have to admit that the timelines frightened me! Once I realised that the bones of the building were good and even though the deadlines were really tight…I couldn’t say no.” Built on the site previously occupied by the renowned Ile Maurice restaurant, Durban-based Kelly has been tasked to bring ‘a totally new restaurant and dining experience to life’, for the three owners Trent Varejes and brothers Andile and Ayanda Ngidi.
“Dante is going to be something quite magical,” enthuses Alice. “We have NOT held back in any way. It is the type of place where you will simply feel at home and at the same time be taken on a journey that is exciting and unforgettable. This place has brought dining pleasure to many generations over the years, so we have added some life, love and colour to the venue for the next generation to enjoy.”
Combined with the strong visual aesthetic, the owners set out to find a chef who could interpret their culinary dreams for the space. Enter another local Durban industry stalwart, Chef Marco Nico. Well respected, uber-talented, forager and charcutier Chef Nico has over the past 30 years, owned and run many of Durban’s most well-known and popular restaurants.
As Chef Consultant, Nico will together with Christina Martin-trained Head Chef Kyle Govender, bring to life the contemporary Mediterranean / Italian menu, with a South African twist. Those that know Chef Nico and his slow-food ethic, will also know about his ‘local is lekker’ approach to food and you’ll find that in abundance on the Bistro menu on offer. Chef Govender is well acquainted with the style and tastes of the East Coast, having worked at both The Oyster Box and The Beverly Hills, so expect to see an abundance of local ingredients, sustainably sourced meat and fish and the best of international… only when absolutely necessary.
Nico is excited to be bringing a whole new era of diners into a space previously recognised as one of Durban’s most famous dining spots. Inspiration from the restaurant’s former life, can be seen in the way the building has been completely re-imagined to suit its new purpose. Multiple venues on multiple floors offer something for every customer – from the island-style Verandah opening into the light and airy Restaurant, to the elegant Champagne Bar, tropical Oriental Bar and Cigar Bar, before stepping outside to a Gin Terrace and upwards to a show-stopping Roof-top Bar, with a 180 degree Indian Ocean sea view.
The re-incarnation of the building is ‘no accident’ according to joint owners Ayanda Ngidi, who together with twin brother Andile, have been dreaming of a venue like this ‘for as long as we can remember’. Born and bred Durbanites, the twin brothers are well-known in local eventing circles having been the brains and energy behind The Social Pop-Up event co-ordination company that they started in 2011.
The third member of the trio, Trent Varejes, hails from Johannesburg but has known the brothers for 10 years. Discussions were already afoot for Varejes to become involved in the eventing business, when the twins presented him with an idea for a multi-storey, multi-function venue, on the Ille Maurice site, that had become available for long-term lease. Seven weeks later, their dreams have been fully realised, with the opening of Dante.
According to Ayanda, Dante, which means steadfast and enduring in Latin ‘fits with both our faith and work ethic’…it’s also ‘catchy’ he says, ”we thought it would be easy for people to remember.” Combining their collective business experience and hospitality skills towards this one joint project has been ‘really exciting’, says Varejes. “We wanted to create a ‘knock-out’ restaurant and I believe that with an amazing team, we’ve realised our vision.”
For the interiors, designer Alice Kelly has gone big and bold, with hints of the legacy and footprint of lle Maurice. All the existing restaurant tiles, balustrades, basins and a few mosaics have been retained to create the base of the story. “I have added moulded pressed ceilings for character, and layered with bold wallpapers, art, velvets, linens, chandeliers, chunky bamboo blinds, elegant light fittings and furniture. I think every colour under the sun has been used in this project…however it all seems to work together like a beautiful piece of tapestry.”
Spanning three exciting levels Dante boasts a Main Restaurant and Bar, Gin Garden, Cigar Bar, Oyster & Champagne Bar, Signature Bar and Rooftop Bar with hypnotic ocean views. Opens on 29 November from 12 noon and thereafter, daily for brunch, lunch and dinner; as well as for special events and private functions.
Contact https://thedanteexperience.co.za or call 087 1333263 to book or for more information.
Wonder Woman Run – 9 AUGUST 2020 (Celebrating Women’s Day)
Women are Wonderful – there is no doubt about that! Wonder Woman is blessed with unique powers and abilities; Beauty, Strength, Wisdom, Speed just like our women of South Africa. Be part of the Wonder Woman Run where thousands of active people take to the streets wearing their Justice LeagueTM Wonder Woman T-shirts, walking and running in celebration of Women’s Day!
Enter the Justice LeagueTM Virtual Run Series. Join your fellow runners (or walkers, crawlers and cyclists) and experience the heroics of completing a 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km or 10km run/walk in your very own neighbourhood.
Here is an opportunity to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves – the many underprivileged young children who certainly need a helping hand in these trying times! The best of all is you will be doing what you enjoy most and receive a T-shirt and medal for your effort! Be a hero and run or walk for a worthy cause.
On the 19th of July we will see Superman everywhere running in every small town and every big city in the country. But now it’s time for Wonder Woman to join The Justice LeagueTM Virtual Run Series and make her debut.
Participation in these Virtual Runs/Walks ensures contributions to beneficiaries such as Headstart Kids [who provide specialised, nutritional food packs to children aged 6 monthsto 5 years]. Relief will be given to people in need. The more entries, the more Food Packs and meals our beneficiaries can distribute.
The Justice LeagueTM Virtual Run Series
The Justice LeagueTM Virtual Run Series is the official series of Warner Bros. Consumer Products in South Africa. The events are produced by Sportsvendo, the same company who brought the unprecedented success of, The Color Run to South Africa.
Designed to empower Women, Men, and Children from all walks of life to harness their favourite Justice LeagueTM character and unleash the Super Hero within. Calling all Super Heroes to The Justice LeagueTM Virtual Run Series.
You will be able to partake in 5 Virtual Runs. You will leave from your residence, on the same day at the same time at 8am as Superman for the Superman Run then the following months Wonder Woman Run, Aquaman Run, Batman Run and then The Flash Run; running, walking, jogging, cycling, pushing prams or even crawling all in aid of our beneficiaries to help the people of South Africa who need it most, our children.
The 2020 Justice LeagueTM Virtual Run Series takes place on the following dates:
Sunday, 19 July: Superman Run
Sunday, 9 August: Wonder Woman Run
Sunday, 6 September: Aquaman Run
Sunday, 4 October: Batman Run
Sunday, 8 November: The Flash Run
Follow our Celebrity Super Heroes, Letshego Zulu, Nicole Capper, Kagiso Sebediela, LeAnne Dlamini, Paul Rothman, Coach Simon, Heidi M (resident greatness coach) and Patron; Ilzé Saunders. They will make sure our eyes are bright with anticipation, and our brows have the lightest trickle of sweat as they take South Africa through some crazy fun warm-up routines before the Wonder Woman Run, and we all sing and dance along even while apart.
After these Virtual Runs/Walks all South Africans will get the opportunity to participate in the actual “venue-based mass group” events that will take place in the major South African cities.
WONDER WOMAN ENTRY AND SUPER HERO KIT:
What good is doing good without a few goodies? Entry* into The Justice LeagueTM Virtual Run Series gets you equipped with the following essential armour:
As part of their entry each Super Hero participating will receive a Super Hero Kit** (customised per event so make sure you collect all 5 Super Hero Kits).
For the Wonder Woman Run the kit will include:
Collectors Edition Wonder Woman Medal
Limited Edition Wonder Woman T-shirt
Limited Edition Wonder Woman Button Badge
* T&Cs apply.
**Super Hero Kit content branded per respective Super Hero Run.
How to enter:
Fly to our website www.justiceleagueseries.co.za and give the “ENTER HERE” button a KABLAM!
You will unlock your Super Hero access from this page.
• For more information on being part of the very first DC Super Hero Virtual Run Series, visit us on our website and social media platforms or drop us an email at hello@WonderWomanRun.co.za
• Facebook: @JLRunSeries
• Instagram: @JLRunSeries
• Twitter: @JLRunSeries
• TikTok: @JLRunSeries
• YouTube: JLRunSeries
uShaka’s Flippin’ Fun Walk Run Race in August
uShaka Marine World will be adding to the ‘unlimited fun’ when it hosts its very own Walk Run Race on Saturday, August 24th.
Dr Stella Khumalo, CEO, uShaka Marine World tells us that this inaugural event is one event you do not want to miss this year! “We not only want to encourage everyone out there to have unlimited fun on Durban’s stunning Golden Mile and at Africa’s largest and most exciting marine theme park, but we want to highlight the importance of good health and an active lifestyle for everyone participating in this event”, she said.
uShaka’s Walk Run Race is hosted by Africa’s largest marine theme park and KwaZulu Natal Athletics and is being sponsored by Coca Cola, PSK Studios and Sanoqwabe Consultants. The event starts at 7am sharp, and things should wrap up around 9am as it includes both a 5km and 10km leg to suit persons of all fitness levels and ages. A little birdie told us that there will be some great prizes being awarded in the following categories: Juniors, 35, 40, 50 and 60 years for the young at heart.
The race is open to those over the age of 14 years old and both walkers and runners who register before Saturday August 17th will receive a branded t-shirt for the event! There will be refreshment stations along the route as well, to quench your thirst.
Register for a leisurely 5km stroll or perhaps a 10k run online through www.webtickets.co.za and at any Pick n Pay store. All race packs will need to be collected on Thursday August 22nd or Friday, August 23rd, between 1pm to 5pm only @ uShaka Marine World’s Wahooz on the Promenade restaurant.
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