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The Oyster Box says ‘NO’ to straws

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Plastic seems to be in everything and almost impossible to avoid these days. But with the advent of social media awareness around the ills of single-use plastic growing daily, various initiatives such as #refusethestraw, #plasticpollution and #singleuseplastics, have galvanised the public into using their voices and purchasing power to stamp out its gratuitous use. The Oyster Box has added its own voice through two engaging initiatives. …to the stamping out of plastic.

“Through our ‘Last Straw’ campaign, we’ve done away with plastic drinking straws on the property,” explains General Manager, Wayne Coetzer. “As we are perched here on the edge of the magnificent Indian Ocean and as a single straw takes 200 years to break down, it was paramount that we join the ‘no to straws’ movement in order to play our part.”
The hotel will provide biodegradable paper straws if requested.

In addition, for every bucket of rubbish collected from the beach by hotel residents only, the Hotel is offering a free cocktail or milkshake!
The buckets are supplied by the hotel and once returned to the reception are redeemed for a drink voucher.

The Oyster Box has certainly earned its reputation as one of the world’s most recognised and sought after five-star hotels. With its many green initiatives, it has also taken its place as one of the most forward-thinking hotels when it comes to preserving the environment.

Coetzer says, “The very success of tourism has the potential to undermine its long-term viability. The hospitality industry has a responsibility towards the magnificent places in which it operates to embrace the idea that together with travellers, we can create a reality where the environment is in perfect harmony with travel dreams.”

The Oyster Box practices sustainable tourism on the property in a number of ways:

    • Heat expelled from the hotel’s air-conditioning system is used to warm the water of its 14 pools
    • Solar heating is used to heat water in The Spa
    • Grey water from showers, baths and hand basins is used for flushing toilets
    • Rainwater is harvested and stored in large tanks for use in the gardens
    • Performance glazing has been used on windows and doors to assist in maintaining constant interior temperatures and reduce noise
    • Energy efficient lights and lamps have been installed where possible and sensors on bedroom sliding doors switch off air-conditioning immediately when doors to balconies and terraces are opened
    • A sophisticated building management system controls the major service installations throughout the property to ensure maximum energy efficiency and control at all times
    • Indigenous, waterwise and established plants and trees have been planted in the extensive gardens to minimise water usage
    • The bulk of the hotel waste is separated and sent for recycling

Other Water-saving practices include:
– Reduced water pressure throughout the hotel
– Letters and cards in the rooms & bathrooms regarding the water situation in the country and encouraging guests to assist us in our efforts by, for example, not having their linen and towels changed daily.

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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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