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Homegrown sounds to put a spring in Durban’s step



Sensational local singer-songwriter, Matthew Mole, is set to ignite the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday, 19 October 2014, when the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert series brings quality springtime vibes to eThekwini. Supporting Mole are Hot Water and Monark. 

Durbanite have 5 X double tickets to giveaway!! To enter comment below telling us who is your favorite featured artist and why. *T&C’s apply.

The Cape Town-born folk/electronica whizz’s debut album, The Home We Built, rocketed Mole to the top of the iTunes chart when it was released – making him the first South African artist ever to achieve this feat. The highly acclaimed album also earned Mole three SA Music Award nominations.

Hot Water, also hailing from Cape Town, is the brainchild of Donovan Copley. This uniquely South African-flavoured act delivers upbeat music that draws inspiration from genres ranging from kwasa-kwasa to sakkie-sakkie, folk, blues and maskanda. A coup for South African music is that Hot Water’s song Wamkelekile featured in this year’s blockbuster romantic comedy Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

HOT WATER - Courtesy of Deborah Rossouw

HOT WATER – Courtesy of Deborah Rossouw

One of the most exciting acts to emerge in the past year is Monark, who are changing the face of South African pop music thanks to their richly crafted songs sporting irresistible hooks. The Gauteng-based outfit’s debut album, Negatives, has already spawned three hit radio singles and soared to number one on the local iTunes album chart on the day it was released.

“The success of these three premier South African music acts ties in perfectly with Old Mutual’s vision to empower people to do great things,” says Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma. “These amazing, go-getting homegrown musicians truly embody our ethos of constantly striving to enable positive futures,” he says.

“And a key part of those positive futures is the environment, which is why we are proud to be associated with the Durban Botanic Garden- as it celebrates Arbor Month.”

With the season of renewal now upon us, the Durban Botanic Gardens is looking forward to a few good showers of rain to make the gardens “spring” to life again. This will ensure they look their best for the popular garden concerts, which are returning after a three-month hiatus while the lake area underwent its annual spring clean.



This year the Durban Botanic Gardens has a stand at the 21st World Orchid Conference held in Sandton.  The gardens have also won a string of awards including a Gold Medal from the International World Orchid Conference judging panel. “It is through our sponsors and concert goers that attend Old Mutual with Old Mutual Music at the Lake that we are able to generate funding to be able to have an Orchid Curator on site that enables us to be able to have an Orchid Collection worthy of international recognition”, says Kerry Phillips, Trust Manager for Durban Botanic Gardens.

Tickets are available online at

Ticket prices:  Pre-sold tickets are R130 and R160 on the day

Kids between 8-12 pay R50, kids under 8 are free.  All children are welcome at the KidZone for some extra fun and games

Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome

Gates open at 13:00 for pre-sold tickets and at 13:30 for on-the-day ticket sales.

Show starts at 14:30


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.


*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. Comment below to stand a chance of winning one of five double tickets to the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert on the 19th October 2014 at the Durban Botanic Gardens.
  2. Competition opens on 10 October 2014 and closes midday on 14 October 2014, South African Standard Time.
  3. Winner/s will be randomly drawn 14 October 2014. Durbanite reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. Winner/s will be notified via email and are required to confirm receipt within 24 hour of notification or redraw will take 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, 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. Camilla Barrow

    10 October 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I haven’t been to a Music at the Lake concert in ages. Its the most awesome Durbanite vibe there. Like minded people relaxing and enjoying so brilliant South African tunes.

  2. Shannon Naylor

    10 October 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Matthew Mole is an amazing singer, would love to win tickets to watch him live at Botanical Gardens under a beautiful tree with a picnic basket full of yummy treats 🙂

  3. Shannon

    10 October 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I really want to see Matthew Mole. I love his music 🙂

  4. Christine Carse

    10 October 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Matthew Mole!!! Not only because his music is AMAZING but also because he made South African chart history by becoming the first local artist to enter the iTunes album chart at No 1 with his debut album.


  5. Tarryn

    10 October 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I really enjoy Matthew Mole, he is so chilled and really just lives the music that he makes….!

  6. Shalona

    10 October 2014 at 1:43 pm

    i would love to win these tickets to watch hot water in the park, because I can totally relate to his music and his unique sounds are totally amazing. Making his music very different to the other mainstream music we listen to normally .

  7. rene

    10 October 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I would love to be able to win these tickets!! Nothing like a lazy durban afternoon, surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, the company of awesome friends and amazing music to dance to!

  8. Roxanne du Raan

    10 October 2014 at 1:50 pm

    My favourite act performing on the 19th would have to be Matthew Mole! I love his music and even more so his unassuming demeanor. He’s awesome!

  9. Bridget

    10 October 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I love ❤ Matthew Mole he has a fresh sound and very talented

  10. Leanne

    10 October 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Matthew Mole is an fantastic singer would love to win tickets to experience his performance live at Botanical Gardens just relaxing with great company & some yummy treats:)

  11. Tracy

    10 October 2014 at 3:41 pm

    So far I have only been given the opportunity twice to see awesome live music at the Durban Botanical Gardens and each artist that I have seen there, I have absolutely loved! It would be another awesome opportunity to enjoy yet another fantastic local South African artist whilst enjoying good food in good company!

  12. Megan Hunter

    10 October 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I absolutely love Matthew Mole! His music lifts me up when I’m down & I find myself singing along & starting a party in my car whenever I hear one of his songs. I would love to see him live!

  13. Ashley

    10 October 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I would love these tickets as it would be my first time going to a concert at the botanical gardens! I have all of Matthew mole songs and monark is really cool too!! Also it’s a “party” just before exams!

  14. Cathy

    14 October 2014 at 11:57 am

    Would love to go as a crazy fan of Matthew Mole’s music 🙂 🙂 He is an amazing talented and humble young musician. Bonus is that Monark are playing too 🙂 Our SA bands are amazing so keeping it local is lekker 🙂 Such a great way to relax on a Sunday enjoying the sounds of Matthew and Monark 🙂

  15. Dan

    14 October 2014 at 12:03 pm

    He is such a great local musician and I was so captivated when I first heard his tracks on iTunes, I am a big fan of folk music. One of my fav songs is “Take yours and I’ll take mine”. Would love to go and see him and Monark play. Time to chill out before the Varsity exams begin, so this would be awesome to win tickets.

  16. Katalin

    14 October 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Matthew Mole’s tunes always put me in a good mood – he’s talented, gorgeous and best of all – he’s a local lad!

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The Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Durban




Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival in Durban
Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival in Durban

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


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.


Wine & Food


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


How to Enter:

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


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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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!

Neon Dreams

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
Ticket Link:
Facebook Event:


For more info, go to:
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Follow Milky Chance online:
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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

Durbanite T&Cs apply.

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