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WIN train tickets with The Holiday Express




Now, why have we not thought of celebrating this before?
Celebrating the occasion with a very special Holiday Express train trip to the Shongweni Farmer’s Market!

Your family will enjoy this unusual form of travel, as well as the friendly ‘Country Market’ hospitality once one gets there!

Without a doubt, Shongweni is one of the most highly regarded and diverse farmers markets in South Africa. And it’s right on your doorstep – a mere sixty minutes up-the-line when you climb aboard the upmarket ‘Holiday Express’.

Fresh garden produce, home-baked products, fabulous floral arrangements, creative crafts and fabrics, homebrew beers and wines, cheeses, chutneys, sauces; scrumptious desserts and delectable fast food stalls. On top of this, there are ample open spaces and playgrounds to keep the small fry safely entertained. And all of this just a comfortable one-hour train trip up the line from Durban.

So why not make it a very special family train experience at the end of October?

The Holiday Express, operating the modern KZN Business Express, has arranged superb family orientated one-day train outing to the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market on Saturday 28th October.

The Holiday Express departs conveniently from the security of the Premier Lounge, Durban Station with its own private platform. Travelling time is just one hour to Shongweni and 90 minutes to Scottburgh, with a selection of refreshments available on board – vouchers should be purchased during registration. Convenient boom protected parking is available immediately outside the Lounge.

Join us on the modern KZN Business Express Train Trip to the Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market.

Saturday 28th October.

07.00am – Registration
08.00am – Train departs for Shongweni
09.00am – Arrival in Shongweni. Board coach for a short trip to the Market
11.30pm – Depart by coach for Shongweni Station
12.00pm – Train departs from Shongweni for Durban
1.00pm – Arrival in Durban.


We are giving away x4 tickets to one lucky family!

To enter, drop us a comment below and tell us what you love most about train rides.
The winner will be drawn by the 25th October.

*Must be a family of 4
*Prize is for the trip on 28 October

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  1. Olga Thangavay

    16 Oct 2017 at 8:32 am

    I love that train rides give you a chance to take in all your surroundings and look at the beauty around you.i last did a train ride with my family of four, about seven years ago, for my son’s birthday and this would be a wonderful way to recreate that memory.

  2. Nicola Meyer

    16 Oct 2017 at 8:36 am

    I love the train movement and to be able to sit and watch the scenery.

  3. Pravina Naicker

    16 Oct 2017 at 8:48 am

    I am 48yrs old and I’ve never been on a train. This would be the most memorable event in my life. Thank you

  4. Nadeem

    16 Oct 2017 at 8:59 am

    I haven’t been on a train before, great opportunity to get onboard & take in the scenery of the country side especially considering it’s my birthday weekend. I would love to take my family on this adventure of a lifetime.

  5. Asha Singh

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:03 am

    I’ve only ever been on a train once, on a grade 2 excursion. I love the sound it makes. Nothing beats a long ride with people you love filled with chats and laughs with the engine sounds, rolling hills and beauty of nature just outside the window. It’s such an authentic, one of a kind experience!😊

  6. Amikha Navalkissoor

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:05 am

    The sensation of old time travel, reading a book & drinking coffee enjoying the views that can’t be seen from another mode of transport. The history behind trains ♥️🛤🚂

  7. Ranashka Ramrattan

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:10 am

    I have been on a train once in jhb and I believe that form of transportation is really a funfilled experience to communicate with people while travelling on a train as well as enjoying the scenery. I have never been on a train with my family and neither have they been on a train so I think this will be an amazing experience to share with my parents and sibling, and this would be an ideal memory to create for them. The experience of laughing and chatting while travelling on the train is definitely something to look forward to.

  8. Jenine Chetty

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:17 am

    Love travelling by train. It’s a pity it’s not more available/ accessible in our day to day living in SAN.

  9. Roxan Veloo

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:27 am

    I remember going on a train when I was little and it was fun. I would love for my babies to experience this as they have never been on a train before.

  10. Mohsinah Pieterse

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:32 am

    I havewould never been on a train this would be a wonderful adventure for not only myself but my kids.
    Halloween is not only for us but its to make the kids want to celebrate the event.
    So give us this opportunity to give back to our kids.

  11. Craig Fraser

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:32 am

    Train journeys take me back in time to when I was a kid exploring our beautiful country. To be able to share this experience with my kids would be an absolute blessing 🙂

  12. Amanda Venessa Jugdeo

    16 Oct 2017 at 9:50 am

    I love the scenery and would love for my son to enjoy and experience this train ride

  13. Roxanne Chutthergoon

    16 Oct 2017 at 10:03 am

    I love the scenery and the chance to take it all in with relaxation in a slow-moving pace, being able to soak it all up wonderfully 🙂

  14. Losh Don Kisten

    16 Oct 2017 at 11:01 am

    The journey itself – discovering, exploring – adventure – new sights – new sounds –

  15. Chinky

    16 Oct 2017 at 12:55 pm

    This would be awesome for my girls. They have never been on a train. It would also be awesome for them to look at the beautiful scenery through the windows of the train.

  16. Humairah

    16 Oct 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Train rides are awesome, they such a delight, an adventure waiting to happen be it any day or any night. what I love most about train rides if you must know its the magical sound of the choo choo that makes my spirit go go go,no traffic to face me, a railway thats all clear now thats the way I love to feel the wind in my hair. a lover of train rides thats certainly fingers crossed

  17. Nisha

    16 Oct 2017 at 1:13 pm

    More like a stress reliever with the most beautiful scenery, what more than to spend quality time with your family, peace and serenity. It will be a super awesome win !!

  18. Rhoda Twigg

    16 Oct 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Love the sound of the wheels and the countryside

  19. Megan Izatt

    16 Oct 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve never had the chance to go on a train. Id love the opportunity to not only go myself, but to be able to experience this with my amazing family ♡

  20. Jade Sorensen

    16 Oct 2017 at 2:26 pm

    My grandfather used to take us places on the train on weekends when I was a kid and those are my fondest memories. I would love to win this and make a new set of memories with my children 🙂

  21. Tarryn du Plessis

    16 Oct 2017 at 2:47 pm

    The best part about train rides is seeing how excited and happy my kiddies are during them.
    It really is a fun outing with the family and is a great memory for any child!

  22. Trey Grandemange

    16 Oct 2017 at 2:53 pm

    The last time my girlfriend and I were on a train was at Harry Potter World in London, and that one didnt even move. Please put us on a real moving train =(

  23. Denise

    16 Oct 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I have been on a train once before & love the relaxing feeling of being able to unwind & take a load off whilst taking in the beautiful sites, although my kids have never been on a train before. Would love for them to experience this.

  24. Sadeshni Naidu

    16 Oct 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I love the view of things and the atmosphere

  25. Marilyn Jayapalan

    16 Oct 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I love trains. My parents used to take me all the time to Sezela to visit my grandparents. Some of my most memorable childhood experiences. My kids however have never been on a train so i would love for them to experience what i experienced growing up

  26. Samantha Govender

    16 Oct 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Sitting on that train with my family and knowing that life is about taking chances and that it can reward you with blessed rewards. My family and I have a love for travelling and getting away from the hustle and bustle of sometimes, mundane daily routines. An opportunity to feast on, in soaking in the ambiance, a slow ride, seeing new faces, eating, meeting up and off course having fun!

    This reminds me of the spin-off series, Thomas and Friends (childhood memories)

  27. Ryan Quevauvilliers

    16 Oct 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I love the sound of a the train on the tracks and the wind and fresh air and the slow rolling hills going by

  28. Louise Moonsamy

    16 Oct 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Just the experience of sitting on a train and going through an absolutely scenic route brings back happy childhood memories of riding on the train going to visit my gran with my dad

  29. Alicia Kotze

    16 Oct 2017 at 8:20 pm

    To me, my favourite part is the sound of metal clanging, a reminder of modern mans greatest achievement – the Industrial Revolution

  30. Shereen Arumugam

    17 Oct 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Never had the opportunity to go on a train ride but would welcome the offer to go with my precious family of 4 and enjoy the breath taking scenic views and visit the Shongweni Farmers Market.

  31. Norman Williams

    17 Oct 2017 at 9:09 pm

    What I would love most about a train ride is to see the look and smile on my kids faces whilst they look out of the train window as they have never been on a train before xxxx

  32. Deshnee Naidoo

    18 Oct 2017 at 10:48 am

    I have never had the opportunity to travel by train, so I would love to win these tickets and experience a ride on the tracks while the scenery rolls by like my own personal movie

  33. Cathy Badenhorst

    20 Oct 2017 at 11:11 am

    Gosh have not been on a train since I was a teen…..would be amazing to experience this with my daughter as we have never been to Shongweni.

  34. Tina R

    20 Oct 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I haven’t been for one in my life, this Will be my first

  35. Darren Marais

    23 Oct 2017 at 7:39 pm

    The comforting sound of the train wheels against the rails, the blur of trees and houses as we travel past on the winding tracks , the excitement and banter of the passengers and the glorious sense of wonder as we reach the station,expectant of adventure! There is something quite magical about a train ride, yes indeed!

  36. Daniela Cardoso

    24 Oct 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Gosh the last time I was on a train was in Sedgefield when I was about 6 years old!. This would be a wonderful opportunity to see more of KZN from a different perspective and I would love to treat my Mom to a wonderful train ride and a day out with me as it is her Birthday coming up in a weeks time.

  37. Veronica Viljoen

    24 Oct 2017 at 10:11 pm

    This sounds so wonderful, a great way to spend an adventurous day with the family. It has been decades since I have been on a train and I have also never been up to the Shongweni area.

  38. Gerrie Booyens

    18 Jan 2018 at 9:07 pm

    The coolest thing about train rides is to sit back and enjoy the scenery. As a dad- who always drives, it would be cool to not be in the driving seat for a change.

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WIN: Sundowners at Chambers Club and the KZNPO Symphony Season Concert



As a stylish leap year treat, Urban Lime and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra are offering an elegant Thursday evening out for one lucky couple: after-work sundowner cocktails and snacks at Chambers Club and two tickets to the final KZNPO Symphony Season concert in Durban City Hall, on Thursday 5 March at 7.30pm.

To enter – answer the below TWO questions in the comment section of our Facebook post:

  1. Who’s giant 600sqm. portrait hangs alongside the Durban Club Chambers building (the former Netherlands Bank building) in Anton Lembede St?
  2. Where are the KZNPO Summer Season Symphony concerts being performed?
Std. T&C’s apply

Chambers Club, South Africa’s newest members’ club, is housed in Durban Club Chambers building (the former Netherlands Bank head office). It is a members’ club for South Africa and Africa’s business and professional community located in the iconic Professional Quarter in the heart of the city, which is open to the public on evenings and weekends.

The beautiful building was designed by famed architect Norman Eaton in central Durban which has been transformed into a professional quarter for the legal fraternity, business community, entrepreneurs and creatives as part of an extensive city-wide project by the visionary team from Urban Lime.

One of the special features of the Chambers Club is a beautiful rooftop garden which overlooks the city – with commissioned sculptures, a water feature, quinine trees, indigenous grasses and aloes. This carefully created space is an eventual realisation of what Norman Eaton originally wished for – a tranquil roof top garden which is ideal for an after-work alfresco sundowner to meet colleagues and friends before heading home.

The Club offers facilities geared for legal practioners and businesspeople: meeting rooms, interview rooms, board rooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, parking facilities and cloakroom. It is perfect for professionals and those looking for an elegant, safe quiet place to meet, work and dine in the middle of town.

Win an elegant evening out: After-work sundowner cocktails and snacks at Chambers Club and a KZNPO symphony season concert in Durban City Hall

The KZN Philharmonic perform two Beethoven favourites, the Leonore Overture No 1 and the Triple Concerto, played by pianist, Malcolm Nay, violinist Tai Murray and KZNPO’s very own cellist Aristide du Plessis. The evening closes with a performance of Bizet’s delightful Symphony in C – all under the baton of Netherlands born conductor Arjan Tien who makes a popular return to round off the season on 5 March.

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Summerdaze NYE 2019




The countdown to 2020 has begun and if you, like many Durbanites are finding it difficult to set some epic NYE plans into motion, we thought we would give you a hand.

Get your feet in the sand at Summerdaze NYE Beach Party, which will be held at Beachwood (a 5 min drive from Umhlanga). This years dress theme is to be a “Floral” affair, the event will kick off 2pm onwards and will feature top artists and DJ’s at an intimate paradise ocean side setting. Food & drinks will be on sale under the tented beach bar while guests enjoy good vibes, sensational music and fireworks at midnight!


We are giving away two epic prizes as follows. *Std. T&C’s apply.

Prize 1 : 5 x General Access Tickets, 1 x Bottle of El Jimador & 1 x Fitch & Leedes Hamper

Prize 2 : 5 x General Access Tickets & 1 case if Sol Beer

To enter, follow BOTH of the below steps:-

  1. Click on the Facebook event link here, and mark yourself as ‘going’
  2. Comment on the event wall with #ProudlyDurbanite

You and your guests must be over the age of 21. Proof of ID will be required.


Please be advised that there is limited parking space. Be lekker – don’t drink and drive.

Whatsapp hotline : 0640814181
Email :
Website :

Tickets are limited so grab yours here

Proudly sponsored by
Fitch & Leedes
Sol Beer
Southern Comfort
Jack Daniels
el Jimador

*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. To enter, follow the link to the Summerdaze NYE Beach Party Facebook event page. Click that you are attending and leave a comment on the event page wall with the hashtag #ProudlyDurbanite.
  2. Winner and guests must be over the age of 21 years old to attend this event – a copy of your South African identity document will be required as proof.
  3. Competition opens on 10th December 2019 and closes midnight 23rd December 2019, South African Standard Time. Winner/s will be randomly drawn on 24th December 2019. Durbanite (Pty) Ltd reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. Winner/s will be notified via Facebook and are required to confirm their attendance within 24 hour of notification or redraw will take place.
  5. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.
  6. Durbanite (Pty) Ltd is a promoter of live entertainment events. Tickets for Events are sold by the event organisers or other ticketing agents. Notwithstanding the terms and conditions of such ticketing agents which may apply to the sale of a Ticket for a particular Event, by purchasing and/or holding and/or being in possession of a Ticket or Tickets, the holder of the Ticket agrees to and is bound by these terms and conditions.
  7. Durbanite (Pty) Ltd do not accept liability for damage to or loss of any life or personal property at this Event.
  8. Ticket does not afford the Ticket holder the right to transport to the Venue, or parking, or merchandise, or any food or beverages at the Venue, unless otherwise stated. Other independent service providers might render services relating to transport, parking, merchandise, food or beverages at the Venue and in such circumstances, the terms and conditions of such service providers will apply between it and persons who make use of such products or services.
  9. You must produce a valid Ticket to gain entry to the Venue and you must produce that Ticket for inspection upon request from an Event official at any time. Failure to produce such Ticket when requested may result in you being denied access to the Venue or in you being removed from the Venue.
  10. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite (Pty) Ltd determination of the winner/s is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The prizes are non-transferable for cash.
  12. By entering this competition you agree to all the terms and conditions stated above.
  13. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite (Pty) Ltd and, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
  14. Failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.


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Pieter Dirk Uys and Evita Bezuidenhout: #HeTwo



The Hexagon, Pietermaritzburg: 14 – 16 November

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban: 18 – 24 November


“It’s a class act … the evergreen Uys always manages to inject something fresh and relevant into his work. A great show and a wonderful tribute to one gutsy lady created by one of South Africa’s true sons of the soil.” Peter Feldman ARTSLINK 2.8.2019

 “That both PDU and Tannie Evita will have you giggling at #HeTwo while banishing the troubles of the outside world is a no brainer.” Diane de Beer DEBEER NECESSITIES 31.7.2019

 “Uys dons false eyelashes and presidents listen.” L.A. TIMES


“You better watch out, you better not lie, you better not pout, I am telling you why- #HeTwo is coming to town!” Pieter-Dirk Uys and Evita “face off” on stage together for the first time ever in South African history, #HeTwo comes to The Hexagon Theatre from 14 – 16 November and then heads to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 18 – 24 November.


Visit our Facebook page to enter to win 1 set of 5 double tickets!

Tickets valid for Tuesday 19th November @ the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre ONLY!

Show starts @ 19h30 sharp! Std. T&C’s apply.

In 1981 a woman appeared out of the dressing room of the Market Theatre, stepped onto the stage and smiled. Virtually before she even gave her name, she was a legend. Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout was presented to the audience, the nation and the world. She is still going stronger than ever. No longer a recognised Nationalist as she was during those years of apartheid rule, she is now a member of the African National Congress, secure in her Luthuli House kitchen where she cooks for reconciliation. For nearly forty years she has had to tolerate the impersonation of her by a local actor. She tried to sue him for libel; she swore never to allow him into her life and yet, now in the 25th year of her democracy, she will be on the stage with Pieter-Dirk Uys at the same time.

The question to PDU was always: why this female character of Evita? There are many answers. When he started impersonating her in 1978, it was illegal to have an opinion about anything political, so maybe an Afrikaans woman with an NP husband could spill the beans. The fact that she was portrayed by a man dressed as a woman when cross-dressing was also illegal, could force the edge of the envelope. Or maybe that she was there for only one reason: to eventually make Nelson Mandela laugh. And she did. They met and he laughed. She also embraced Archbishop Desmond Tutu who also laughed. She posed with countless legends and South Africans, black and white, laughed – with relief.

Evita Bezuidenhout will always be ten years older than Pieter-Dirk Uys. He seems to be catching up. His Darling venue, Evita se Perron, has been going for 23 years, established as a recognised international tourist destination and local satirical Stonehenge. Who would have thought that Tannie Evita would become a farce to be reckoned with, to be hailed and celebrated as the most famous white woman in South Africa? And now as a member of the ANC, sharing her weekly comments on YouTube and Daily Maverick about the state of her nation, where her Evita’s Free Speech, now past its 200th episode, has gathered supporters from all the corners of the globe? Her 140,000 Twitter followers are not just, as she thinks, in the same prison outside Rustenburg.

Now in 2019, for the first time, she and her ageing impersonator will confront each other face to face.

There can only be one winner.

#HeTwo will perform in Pietermaritzburg at the Hexagon from 14 to 16 November (Book at Webtickets) and in Durban at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 18 to 24 November (Book at Computicket).


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