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THE OYSTER BOX FEATURES AS THE ONLY HOTEL ON SA’s OWN MONOPOLY MZANZI EDITION

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The wait is finally over! Monopoly Mzansi, South Africa’s very own Monopoly board game, with 22 proudly South African locations and city highlights, including the iconic Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, has launched in the local market.

“We are thrilled to be included on the board, especially since we were voted on by the South African public,” says Wayne Coetzer, General Manager of The Oyster Box. The Oyster Box is the only HOTEL that has garnered a coveted spot.

“This ‘win’ for The Oyster Box, is the cherry on the top of a year of prestigious accolades for the property. The Oyster Box recently won the regional Lilizela Award for the top 5-Star Hotel in KZN and earlier this year, was the recipient of South Africa’s Best Hotel Spa 2016 at the World Spa Awards.

Having celebrated its 81st brand birthday, Monopoly has been enjoyed by over a billion people worldwide and now South Africans will have the opportunity to ‘’own’’ their piece of this beautiful country. Earlier this year, South Africans were encouraged to vote to get their favourite South African location, street attraction or destination on board to be part of Monopoly history. Over the past few years numerous regional country versions of Monopoly have been produced and to date the game is licensed in 103 countries, with Monopoly Mzansi being the latest addition.

The special localised Mzansi edition features 22 landmarks and four transport stations, with the newest addition being the Gautrain Train station in Sandton. V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain scooped the most expensive spots followed by Boulders Beach, Chapman’s Peak Drive and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Other locations highlight South Africa’s natural heritage with the Big Hole and Addo Elephant Park making it on board. Additional beautiful nature landmarks highlighted on the Monopoly Mzansi board include
The Cradle of Humankind and St. Francis Bay with Durban Beachfront (The Golden Mile), Florida Road and uShaka Marine World vying for the most affordable locations on the board.

“South Africans are known for their ‘gees’ and pride in their country. Which is why we are extremely excited to present the final locations that made it on board as they truly represent South Africa’s rich cultural diversity and natural beauty. Some locations are old favourites, The Kruger Park, Gold Reef City and the Union Buildings, with the addition of a few new trendy spots such as Nelson Mandela Square, Maboneng, 4th Avenue Parkhurst and The Oyster Box Hotel. There is also a strong link to Madiba’s legacy with the inclusion of Vilakazi Street and Robben Island,” says Siphiwe Thabethe, country marketing manager for Hasbro South Africa.

‘’Monopoly Mzansi is a fantastic tourism product and an ideal keepsake as it proudly showcasing the essence of South Africa and a fair representation of all that South Africa has to offer to visitors across regions.’’

Monopoly Mzansi, which will be available in all leading toy stores nationwide from 1 November, makes a perfect gift for the festive season and provides an opportunity for family and friends to come together and enjoy some quality time together in Mzansi style.

For the full list of locations, visit www.monopolymzansi.co.za or Monopoly South Africa on Facebook and YouTube

Locations:
Transport – King Shaka International Airport, Sandton Gautrain Station, OR Tambo International airport, Cape Town International Airport
Brown – The Big Hole, Kimberly, Addo Elephant Park
Light blue – Durban Beach front (The Golden Mile), Florida Road Morningside Durban, uShaka Marine World
Pink – Drakensburg, The Oyster Box Hotel, Kruger National Park
Orange – Cradle of Humankind, Gold Reef City, Union Buildings
Red – Nelson Mandela Square, 4th Avenue Parkhurst, Vilakazi street Soweto
Yellow – Maboneng Precinct, St. Francis Bay, Robben Island
Green – Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Chapman’s peak Drive Cape Town, Boulders Beach
Dark Blue – V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain

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Introducing Salta Sibaya

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The Devmco Group have worked on their latest innovation that aims to transform the Sibaya Coastal Precinct’s landscape from normal to extraordinary with a never-before-seen seaside neighbourhood, Salta Sibaya, which proudly sits above Umdloti and forms part of the precinct holistic development plan.

Salta Sibaya will set the precedent for how South Africans will live in the future within a vibrant mixed-use development. The developers pushed the boundaries in providing a bespoke retail and commercial element that is within walking distance of homes. As the future home to Spar, Tops, Woolworths and Pump Track, Salta Sibaya will have a myriad of shopping experiences on its doorstep.

The new central business district, with a culmination of some of South Africa’s much-loved brands finding their home in the dynamic commercial sector.

“When we embarked on this project, our vision was to take the Sibaya lifestyle to the next level by creating a dynamic mixed-use development, where residents live moments away from their workplace allowing them to spend more time on life’s pleasures; braais with family, trail walks throughout the conservancy and estate while enjoying breath-taking views. Salta Sibaya gives you a variety of residential opportunities, with a choice of spacious, pet-friendly, freestanding coastal homes starting from R2.95 million, perfect for those who wish to semigrate to KZN,” shares Devmco Group Director, Charles Thompson.

Choose a double storey or single-story piece of land and build your coastal family home or invest in one of the turn-key home designs.
The homes range between 2-bedroom homes from R2 950 000, 3-bedroom homes from R3 300 000, and 4-bedroom homes from R3 900 000.

For more information, visit www.saltasibaya.co.za

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Dinner Time Stories at The Beverly Hills, Durban

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Dinner Time Stories is a two and a half hour dining show that tells the story of how the world’s smallest chef follows the route of Marco Polo.

The show’s 6 course menu takes guests along a culinary journey across the regions visited by the legendary traveller.

The 3D show is complimented by a unique gastronomic experience full of fun and surprises. Diners engage in a 5-senses spectacle as they savour the tastes of the story along its sights, sounds and aromas.

The 3D mapping concept uses animated optical illusion techniques which project a little chef cooking on your plate and table top.

Durbanite was invited to experience this unique dining setting.

“Upon arrival at the Beverly Hills Hotel around 7:00pm, we were given a glass of bubbly each and seated in the waiting area outside.

Our host for the evening came around to collect our tickets and told us our seat numbers for the evening. He also asked whether we had any dietary requirements, to which we responded with none.

Shortly after, we were ushered inside to a beautiful room where we spotted the projectors pointing downwards towards the tables.

Sitting down at the dining table, we greeted and met the other guests who we were sharing our table with. Our glasses were filled with wine and the show kicked off around 8:00pm.

For starters, we were served a slow roasted carrot puree & carrot top pesto macaron. We have never heard of nor tasted a savoury macaron before! A vietnamese panko crumbed prawn tail with fresh mango, cilantro salsa was also presented.

One word: DELICIOUS.

ARABIA

Moving on, our petit chef took us on an Arabic tasting adventure. We were served a middle eastern tabbouleh salad with chickpea falafel and arabic bread crisps. Sounds exotic doesn’t it?

It didn’t end there.

The other arabic additions were the skordalia, roasted garlic & creamy potato dip. A smoked baba ghanoush with griddled pita bread and toasted pistachio encrusted goat’s cheese truffle on green fig & date compote.

It’s enough to make you drool… and I think this has to be my favourite as I’ve never tasted anything like this before.

INDIA

The next stop was India. I was incredibly excited for the spicy food and boy, was I not disappointed! We were presented a wonderful array of Indian food.

Starting with a spicy paneer, pea & potato samosa with minted chining dipping sauce. This was served with a Beverly Hills signature lamb curry, basmati rice, sambas & poppadum crisp. Can you say, mmmm……

Let’s not forget the added touch of some freshly chopped Durban chilli! Nothing like a bit of local flavour from my hometown.

To water down the meal, we had a Bombay crush with elachi & rose syrup flavoured milk with Sabja seeds

THE HIMALAYS

We then jetted off to the Himalays for a frozen treat; a orange and finger sorbet. BUT with a twist. We’re not going to give too much away here as you need to see and do it yourself!

A short interlude followed for people to take their much needed bathroom break while the others headed down to the gorgeous poolside of Beverly Hills.

CHINA

Before long, we were back inside and off to China. Don’t worry, no Coronavirus was contracted here!

Our Chinese dish consisted of sushi, a tom yum broth, fried rice balls, spiced grilled chicken, asian veggies and fresh coriander. The additional bonus was the fortune cookie which we enjoyed reading out aloud to the rest of the table.

My fortune?

“Le Petit Chef says… The universe is simple. It’s the explanation that is complex.”

For dessert, we had an incredible decadent cardamom creme brulee, popped rich shard finished with a date biscotti. Creme Brulee is my favourite dessert, and they blew me away here, that’s for sure!

Tea & coffee were served along with candy floss sugar, because normal sugar is out of the question, right?

Just before the show, we slipped into the kitchen to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes:

These chefs are the finest, and most hard working people you will ever come across!

Thank you DinnerTimeStories!

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What a wonderful date night idea, or even for a special occasion…
Be sure not to miss out on this spectacular experience!

Book your seat for Dinner Time Stories here.

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SPLASHY FEN: GET READY FOR AN EXCITING 2020 LINE-UP

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As we near the end of January and the festive season is all but a distant memory, you’ll be happy to hear that Splashy Fen has some exciting news to pep you up and get you and your friends excited for another memory-making, music-loving, digital-detoxing, nature-living, good-vibes-only festival this Easter.

It’s been 31 years since two friends sat down and had a bright idea to throw a music festival on their farm. Today, festival organisers Impi Concept Events have secured some seriously epic artists to perform on the Splashy Fen Main Stage and they can’t wait to share the line-up with fans.

Tune in on Thursday the 6th of February at 20h00 on the Splashy Fen Facebook and Instagram pages for a live streaming announcement that will knock your gumboots off. If the main stage line-up from the last four years is anything to go by, there’s no doubt that fans will start counting the sleeps until South Africa’s friendliest festival gets underway on Thursday the 9th of April.

Before you know it, you’ll be loosening your tie, braiding your hair and getting stuck into a 4-day family-centric festival that offers music for everyone; from pop to dance, reggae, blues, and the mandatory foot-stomping, harmonica-blowing, banjo-strumming sounds that fans of all ages keep coming back for.
And of course, in true Splashy Fen style… there is more! Fans can prepare themselves not just for a handful of never before seen international musicians and a host of local South African talent; but additional showers, exciting recycling initiatives, improved ablution blocks, a new and improved interactive mobile app, a curated collection of food and craft vendors, a cocktail deck overlooking the beautiful Mzimude river, updated décor attractions and an impressive main stage structure that speaks to Splashy’s promise of continual experiential upgrades.

TICKETS
Want to know more? Visit the Splashy Fen website for all the important bits and bobs on how to book tickets, what to pack, where to camp and more.

South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 9th of April to Monday the 13th of April 2020. Tickets are limited to 9 000 and available from www.splashyfen.co.za.

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