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The Spur Riverside Festival in Durban – A Hit!



The annual Spur Riverside Festival on 16th June 2016 proved to be a huge hit once again with youth from all over the KZN region with a staggering 35% increase on last year’s number of entered teams participating. According to Derek Field, Head of Riverside Hockey Club’s Junior Division, the number of participating teams shot up to 119 from last year’s 88 teams. The 6 – 13 year old kids who played at the Durban North hosted festival are predominantly registered with seven clubs from across KZN, which include Riverside Hockey Club, Glenwood, Northwood Crusaders, INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu), Kearsney, Westville and Ballito North Coast.

“The proof of the success and reach this festival has achieved over the years clearly shows in the number of kids that participated this year. We are thrilled with the growth of the Spur Riverside Festival, which aims to celebrate our youth on this public holiday in an active and fun environment with their peers and family. A huge vote of thanks must go to our sponsors – Spur Steak Ranches and Riverside Sports – as well as all the selfless volunteers from Riverside Hockey Club (RHC) for their contributions to making this the biggest and best mini hockey festival in South Africa,” stated Fields.

This prestigious event continues to be one of KZN’s well-supported festivals and Durban’s most diarised hockey event. This action packed festival has been running for 12 consecutive years and has become a huge drawcard amongst families, friends and hockey enthusiasts to come together and cheer on the young participants in the name of pure hockey enjoyment. A select number of provincial and former national players were also present on the day to help facilitate the six-a-side matches and encourage the over 1000 youngsters.

“We are delighted and proud to have been a part of this spectacular family and sports orientated event. We would like to thank all the families and Spur friends who spent the day with us at Riverside Sports, but mostly importantly we would like to commend all the teams that participated. Everyone played like stars and brought out their true Spur spirit. The turnout was beyond our expectations and we couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate the energy and fun of the youth of South Africa”, stated Clare Rainey, Spur’s Head of Market Development.

The Spur Riverside Festival was played with no winners being named at the end of the festival. According to Natalie Cryer, Head of the organising committee for the Spur Riverside Festival, the objective of this tournament is to provide the kids with an environment that promotes healthy fun and the opportunity to form friendships while allowing the kids to further develop their hockey skills. “The Spur Riverside Festival has always been a great event, where we see children from all walks of life come together to create friendships and memories while playing a sport they love,” added Cryer.

The branded hockey gear worn by the participating INK teams was generously donated by Apache Spur and the festival also marked the launch of this year’s Kit for KwaMashu Kids campaign. This initiative has been supported by Riverside Hockey Club (RHC) and its members for the past 10 years and a staggering amount of equipment and hockey gear was donated this year by participating teams and community members. The final collection of shoes, shin pads, sticks and any other equipment in good condition will be handed over to Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu (INK) Hockey Club at the end of the season for their disadvantaged players to use. Each set of kit donated means another player for INK and a healthier outlet and pasttime for disadvantaged youth living in these poorer areas of KZN.

For more information about the junior programme or Riverside Hockey Club in general, you can contact Riverside Hockey Club at:

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Review: Goldfish Live in Durban



Durban has a history of attracting rain when big live events happen, and thankfully on Friday night at Botanic Gardens, this did not deter the few thousand people that turned up to see Goldfish in the slightest.

Knowing it was going to be a bigger event they made the smart move of having the concert on the field next to the actual gardens, and thankfully so because of the wet conditions. It is lovely seeing bands perform amongst the trees next to the lake, but when you know you are going to have a huge crowd that Goldfish pull it’s an all round better experience that means everybody who comes gets a great view of the performance.

Jono Greenway Photography

The rain was always going to be a feature of the event, but thankfully it only rained as Goldfish started and then stayed dry for most of their performance, with most people happily dancing in the rain barely even noticing it. Some of my most memorable concerts I have been to are actually the ones where it has rained, maybe the performers put in a bit extra effort knowing that the people really want to be there and see them, even if it is raining.

And a performance it was. Goldfish never disappoint. They are masters of getting a crowd going, even if it is a cold rainy night in Durban. Despite being at it for many years now they thrive on the crowd interaction and still do such a great job of ensuring everybody who comes to watch them has a great time.

Jono Greenway Photography

Their second song “We Come Together” really summed up the night, the lyrics really rang true:
Oh, oh, when we come together
No matter the weather
We gonna love each other till the end of time (whoa, oh, oh)

If we all went through life with this attitude we might always have a good time, rain or shine.


Photo Credit: Jono Greenway

Want to get to know the duo better? Check out the short Q&A sesh we did with Goldfish a few years ago.

Jono Greenway Photography

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Durbanite recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Durban. We submersed ourselves in the thought of being a tourist in our own city for the weekend.

The Hilton Durban welcomed ‘the hubster’ and I with warm lighting, open spaces, charming ocean-inspired décor and welcoming smiles! The staff were fantastic and after a quick check-in it was up to the 14th floor we went.

We had arrived at our room – our weekend of rest and relaxation had officially begun!

Presidential Suite Terrace

Presidential Suite Terrace

Things Get Cosier

Let’s be honest, sometimes what you see isn’t always what you get but I can happily confirm that in the case of the Hilton Durban, this certainly is the case and the expected level of luxury and comfort was met. We were booked into the King Executive Suite with Business Lounge Access.

Three things that stood out:

  1. The linen was lush! Soft and crisp to the touch.
  2. The USB ports built into each of the bedside tables were awesome! I am hinting to the hubster to get them installed at home – one day, when we’re ‘big’
  3. The luxurious bath!

The Executive Suite has everything you need for a weekend away. Coffee and tea station for a morning cuppa while you wake-up and soak-up the city or sea views. A comfy lounge with TV which is separate from the main room and en-suite bathroom. This room is only missing the kitchen… but with two fantastic restaurants a stone’s throw away, who needs to cook!

The room was clean, spacious, comfortable and homey with the ocean theme continuing in the gorgeous wall art.

Executive Suite - Hilton Durban

The Business Lounge

With complimentary continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks and fresh fruit available throughout the day – it is a wonder anyone would ever want or need to leave the Hilton Durban!

We popped into the lounge for breakfast and found the intimate buffet setting to be a delight! If you are able to upgrade to Business Lounge access during your stay at the Hilton Durban, you wont be disappointed.

The Business Lounge - Hilton Durban

High Tea – The Coral Lounge in the Lobby

Set in the center of the lobby, seated on comfy lounge-style chairs (with coral inspired room dividers) the girls and I were able to relax, enjoy and indulge over some much needed QT.

The chocolate fountain with strawberries for dipping was exciting and went down like a treat!

I find that often the savory is overlooked but not in the case of the Hilton Durban. Each delight was carefully thought out and prepared. The overall balance between sweet and savory was fantastic.

 The Hilton Durban offers two exceptional dining experiences, be sure to check out our reviews of Vasco’s Restaurant and the Big Easy!


Planning a trip to Durban and not sure where to stay?

A Durbanite looking for something new to do?

A foodie or wine lover looking to expand your horizons?

Then look no further and hook yourself up with a stay or visit to the Hilton Durban! 

If you are looking for things to do during your stay at the Hilton Durban in and around KZN, check out this list of 20 things to do!

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Gallery: Nitro Circus Live – Durban 2017



If you didn’t make it to Nitro Circus this year you really missed out! Here is what you missed out on.
Photos by: Nick Ferreira / Instagram: the.travelling.lens

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