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We Survived Valentine’s Day… Did You?

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Valentine’s Day goes hand-in-hand with romantic dinners for two, red roses, chocolates and of course cheesy (overpriced) cards. For some however, this Valentine’s Day was filled with blood, severed limbs and torn flesh at Durban’s “My Bloody Valentine” Zombie Run hosted at Giba Gorge.

This fund raising charity event started out in Johannesburg as a once off event to introduce the concept of a Zombie Run to South Africa. Since their small beginnings the apocalypse has spread to Durban who has been the proud host of two such events in the past 3 years. Zombie Run South Africa, Out the Box IT, and of course Durbanite wanted to bring something different to Durban in 2015 and so, combined their strengths to do just that.

With the gloomy weather and the sun setting a perfect scene was set for the ultimate zombie apocalypse horror story. Those who dared to run came out in their numbers along with a very gruesome and scary zombie horde who had outfits and make-up to boot! I personally would not like to have bumped into those guys on a lonely dark Giba trail… but for some this was the ultimate experience.

“We had a small market on the go as well as the Giba Café selling food and beverages, many participants stuck around afterwards sharing tales of their adventure and mingling with the un-dead. We had 153 participants and are very excited to announce that we have managed to raise R4500 for CROW! This money will be used to build a new wildlife rehabilitation centre.” Camilla from Out the Box IT commented.

This year’s first place runner won a fantastic prize! Bianca Hauser PR and Marketing officer at  Hirsch’s Springfield tells us more, “We are always exited to get involved with community projects and assist charities where able, the same can be said for the Zombie Run. We would like to say a big thank you to DSTV who collaborated with us to sponsor a brand new DSTV Explorer for the first place runner! This was a fantastic initiative and we had a great time being a part of it.” 

The other prize sponsors included Paragon Fitness, The Great Camp, Frockabilly, Out the Box IT and Canvas Print Co. as well as H2OASIS who were kind enough to sponsor water for our thirsty runners at the finish line! Although we had no reported injuries we would also like to extend our thanks to Rescue Care (Pty) Ltd for being on site in case of an emergency. Contact details for all sponsors have been listed further down should you wish to read up more.

An event is not complete without some glitz and glam which was welcomed as Miss Earth South Africa Fire 2014, Roxy Watson joined in on the festivities, mingling with runners and inevitably becoming the latest zombie victim! In addition she proved herself well as MC for the prize giving – thank you Roxy for joining us on the day it wouldn’t have been the same without you!

A special thank you to Camilla and Carol for all the behind the scene admin, to Kyle, Nick and Rhain for setting up the trail. To Tim, Rachel and Bridget for getting everyone through the registration process, to the makeup ladies and to each and every person who entered the run! Without your support an event like this would not be possible.

We look forward to bringing Durban many more exciting events and hope that 2016 can bring more support and awareness of environmental charities and the Zombie Run alike.

Like Zombie Run South Africa on Facebook to keep up to date on all the latest news and not to miss out on the next apocalypse.

Like Out the Box IT to view all the amazing services they offer.

 

Contact Details – Facebook

Zombie Run South Africa: ZombieRunSouthAfrica

Out the Box IT: OutTheBoxIT

Paragon Fitness: paragonfitnessdbn

The Great Camp: thegreatcampdurban

Frockabilly: cherry.lisa.sa

Canvas Print Co.: CanvasPrintCo

H2OASIS website: www.h2oasis.co.za

Hirschs:-

Facebook: Hirschs.Homestore

Website: http://www.hirschs.co.za/specials/clearance-sale/springfield

Rescue Care (Pty) Ltd:-

Facebook: rescuecareza

Website: www.rescuecare.co.za

24 hour emergency number: 0860 RES (737) 911

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NOW OPEN: DANTE Umhlanga

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“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.

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Wonder Woman Run – 9 AUGUST 2020 (Celebrating Women’s Day)

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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
www.justiceleagueseries.co.za
• Facebook: @JLRunSeries
• Instagram: @JLRunSeries
• Twitter: @JLRunSeries
• TikTok: @JLRunSeries
• YouTube: JLRunSeries

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uShaka’s Flippin’ Fun Walk Run Race in August

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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.

For more information contact Laster on 082 470 6461 or Protas on 078 446 3655. Email ushakarace@gmail.com or info@ushakarace.co.za.

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