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The show will go on… in the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg as fans eagerly count down the days until the 2022 Splashy Fen Music Festival kicks off, after a 2 year covid-induced break. And as is to be expected, plans are well underway to ensure that festival goers get to enjoy the very best of local music talent, a beautiful outdoor environment, and a chance to be around like-minded people all longing for a sense of freedom and normality.

South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and a stellar line-up of local musicians has been released to get fans even more excited for a long-weekend of LIVE entertainment.

“It has been absolutely devastating to have missed out on two years of hosting Splashy Fen Music Festival”, says Splashy Fen Festival Director Stu Berry. “Not just for our fans, but for the musicians and artists who have had to struggle without work for so long. This is why this is a particularly special event for us, as we work together to reignite the LIVE music scene and to prioritise our local artists in the process. To say we are excited for the Easter long weekend is an understatement.”

Thursday will kick off the festivities with a selection of musicians across the 4 unique stage areas. Fans can look forward to the sounds of the Honeymooners, Mahala, Holy Funk, Isigqisasekhaya, and Freddy-L on the Acoustic Stage. The Treehouse Stage will host Lindo M, Angel Mazibuko, The Kickstands, and more; while The Main Stage area will be quiet on Thursday, but only for those not wearing the Silent Disco headsets blasting a selection of golden oldies and latest dance releases.

Friday’s line-up will include Hayden Rattray, Nipho Hurd, Jason Gladwin, Faraway George, Zen Garden, and more on the Acoustic Stage; Shawn Miller, Dawn Morey, David Fisher and a selection of DJs at the funky Treehouse Stage; while the River Stage will blast the sounds of Tanner Wareham, Out Cry and South Wolves from 10h45, and the Main Stage festivities will kick off with Mali Zulu, 4AM, Steve Umculo, Veranda Panda and the legendary Mango Groove.

The Main Stage will open with Abaqgqobi on Saturday afternoon from 5 pm, followed by Martin Gill, Neon Dreams, the Jägermeister Brass Cartel, Goodluck, and all-time crowd-pleasers Mi Casa. Fans can also catch 4AM, The Kickstands, Faraway George and Full Swing at the River Stage from 10h45; Seth & Reece, Tiaan the Muzo, Gav Ferguson, Matt Gardiner, and Jared Volschenk on the Treehouse Stage; and South Bear, TATUM, Apollo Motel, Rowan Stuart and more on the Acoustic Stage in the Food Court area.

The final day of the festival will not disappoint, with a jam-packed line-up to remind fans why LIVE music and entertainment are so good for the soul. Catch Kat & Kirst, Upbeat Demeanour, Musa Mashiane, and more on the Treehouse Stage from midday; wander over to the Acoustic Stage for some Rorke Hunter, Braxton Hix, Qadasi & Maqhinga, Robin Auld, and Sol Natives, head down to the river for a refreshing dip while enjoying the sounds of the Bradley Grey Band, The Mavericks, Crystal Park and Zebra, then back up to the festival site for some Main Stage awesomeness with Bad Peter, Sean Koch, Rubber DUC, Desmond and the Tutus and Jeremy Loops.

A very limited amount of tickets are still available on the Splashy Fen website: No day visitors will be allowed to the 2022 festival, and Covid protocols will be announced to ticket holders in the weeks leading up to the festival. For any additional information, please email the team at

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Buzzart is Back & it’s All Green




The KZNSA Gallery’s biggest local-only Christmas fair is open… and runs until 12 January 2020. This year’s Buzzart theme of ‘BEING GREEN’ focuses on goods and activities, that are recycled, up-cycled, reworked, previously loved, home-grown, indigenous, organic, carbon friendly – and beautiful.

As calls for climate change grow louder and people all over the world speak out about climate change and environmental catastrophe, it is incumbent on all of us to find ways to live greener and consume responsibly.

Artistic director of the KZNSA, Angela Shaw is encouraging shoppers to “avoid the busy malls and do your festive and new year shopping in your local neighbourhood instead, while supporting independent designers and makers. Not only does it take the stress out of the festive season, but it also reduces our carbon footprint and puts income back into the local economy,” Shaw adds.

Even though each one of this year’s artists, designers and artisans have produced a diverse variety of gifts, artworks and crafts, they all have one thing in common…to limit their impact on the planet!

By using sustainable materials, cutting down on packaging and single-use plastics and re-using / re-purposing, their work is promoting a zero waste lifestyle.

Chifunilo Mulusa

Chifunilo Mulusa


*  Internationally renowned designer, Amanda Laird Cherry and Louis de VilliersCollaborative Clothing Capsule

* Surf, Street, Skate Zone  – Granadilla SwimwearZigzag Magazine, Simon and Mary hats, Sealand BagsA Love Supreme beach towels

Plant Zone – Indigenous house plants for your Christmas table décor and Christmas trees from Gods Green Gifts, Dennis Dyas of Urban Muthi, Skokiana nursery, Eyako Green (recycled billboard plant bag range), Magic Bean Foundation (crochet planter bags from recycled plastic bags), Bonsai installation by Art Bouy, Bren Brophy.

Kids Zone – Books, décor, clothes & stuffed toys

Art – collectable Sthenjwa Luthuli original works, Grace Kotze and Janet Solomon paintings, Nikhil Tricam, Nindya Bucktowar, Lindani Nyadeni, Lungisani Ndlovu, Lindokhule Khumalo, Fiona Kirkwood, Karla Nixon, plus Ready to use frames

* Photography – Cedric Nunn, Samora Chapman, Helen Walne, Lisa Beasley, Keri Muller, Jerome Stoffels, Garth Walker, Madisa Buthelezi

* Art books & publications – specialist books and magazines at great prices

Upcycled & Organic Processes – Birgit Jewellery, Carole Paxton plant-dyed textiles, spectacular upcycled clothing and bags from Leandi Mulder, ZStitch and Pattern Nation

Cute Trash

Cute Trash


In addition to the Buzzart fair, a number of activations and exhibitions will be on offer to gallery visitors:

Café and Shopping evenings – every Thursday the Arts Café and BUZZART will stay open until 20.00 for shopping and delicious meals under the Acacias. These evenings are aimed at the whole Family, so bring the kids along after work or the beach …and make the most of Durban’s fabulous Summer weather.

–  14 – 24 November / PARK GALLERY – For ten days, view the photographic body of work, Still City, by Aik Christodoulou, as mentored by Matt Kay

– Every Tuesday & Thursday / GLASS BOX – From 10h00 – 14h00, award-winning Independent publication, Ja. Magazine, hosts free zine, collage and writing workshops

– LIVE MUSIC – With Tony Cox and daughter, Thuli Cox, on Thursday 19 December, 19h00

First Thursdays – evening trading and live music on Thursday 5 December 2019 and Thursday 2 January 2020, 16h30 – 21h00

Previously loved books and clothes vendors in the courtyard every Sunday from 24 November – Sunday 12 January.

By way of a guide to visitors to the gallery looking for the perfect locally-produced gifts, each week has been themed to focus on  particular offerings:

*  WEEK 1 –  18 November – Teacher’s gifts and indigenous Christmas trees

*  WEEK 2 –  25 November – Focus on Photography – The Park Gallery becomes a photography group show

*  WEEK 3 – 2 December – Home Upgrades – art, textiles, ceramics rugs, plants, Christmas decorations

*  WEEK 4 – 9 December – Kids holiday sessions, activities, street art, zine-making

*  WEEK 5 – 16 December – Focus on Books this long-weekend

*  WEEK 6 – 23 December – Stocking-fillers and last-minute gifts

*  WEEK 7 – 30 December – New Year Party clothes

*  WEEK 8 – 6 January – Back to School with books, bags and stationery

Birch House

Birch House

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Local Celeb Cat Skabenga – Poses For Portraits




The well loved Royal Resident Feline at The Oyster Box, Skabenga has made Umhlanga’s ‘grand old dame’ his permanent home for many years – more than we know. Since his arrival he has made himself quite at home. He laps up the luxury of The Oyster Box and of course all the attention visitors to the hotel give him.

If you manage to pop into The Oyster Box at any given time you are sure to see Skabenga stretched the length of himself. In the entrance to the hotel, on loungers by the pool, on his favourite chair… anywhere of his choosing. He is Royalty after all.  

On one occasion, I have (admittedly) searched high and low for him and may (or may not) have posed for selfies.

Posing for portraits

Local artist Mandy Brockbank has painted some uniquely beautiful acrylic canvas portraits of our dear Skabenga. These are currently available for sale at The Oyster Box. The portraits depict Skabenga going about his daily (and very important) cat-business at the hotel.

If you are not familiar with the name Mandy Brockbank, we suggest you memorize it. This year she has showcased her works at the ECR House and Garden Show and been commissioned both locally and internationally to paint various murals, bespoke shop walls and believe it or not one-of-a-kind furniture!

Mandy paints on everything paint sticks to. Her works are alive with colour, refreshing, unique and not to mention, the woman has talent! If you are looking for something unique and special for your home or office get in touch with Mandy (details at the end of this article).

Skabenga – by Mandy Brockbank

Posing for the Cats of Durban Calendar

Skabenga is a celebrity in his own right with his own dedicated Facebook page.

This year he had his very own Safari themed birthday bash and has also posed for the Cats of Durban 2019‘Working Cats’ calendar. This calendar is filled with spectacular images of “working cats” uniquely captured by photographer Brendan Bromfield.

All the proceeds from the sale of these calendars will be donated to NPO Cats of Durban, who sterilise stray / feral cats and help educate the community!

We at Durbanite love Skabenga and look forward to keeping up to date on his adventures in 2019 and of course having a few cocktails at The Lighthouse Bar while we stalk him secretly.

We also hope to see local and lekker talents like Mandy Brockbank becoming household names. 

Contact info.

The Oyster Box: +27 31 514 5000

Mandy Brockbank: +27 83 991 3936

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Durban’s iconic I heart Market is a welcoming space for fans to spend a morning outdoors with friends, browsing over 100 stalls filled with hand and homemade goodies, produced right here in South Africa.

This Spring, the I heart Market vendors will be doing a Spring Clean of their own, as they put all their best sellers on sale, giving shoppers a chance to really enjoy some of their favourite products at some seriously low prices.

I heart SPRING SALE Market takes place twice a year; September and February and it is an exciting day out for everyone involved. “The I heart SPRING SALE Market gives vendors an opportunity to offer their customers great deals with bargain bins, sale rails and special offers on their end of range items and older stock,” says Anna Savage, founder of the I heart Market.

The I heart SPRING SALE is a highlight of the year, both for our vendors and the shoppers. It’s a super exciting market with people arriving in throngs, and some of Durban’s finest creatives offering exceptional and well-made products for less. There’s a thrill that comes with discovering a beautiful item and then getting it at a fraction of the price.”

From fresh foods to local fashion, children’s toys and clothing to homeware, décor, jewellery and treats for every taste; the I heart SPRING SALE Market takes place on Saturday the 1st of September and trades from 9am – 2pm.

I Heart Market

I Heart Market

There’s a great buzz in the marquees as traders and shoppers negotiate special deals and prices; while others search for that special gem they’ve been coveting. Understandably, sales items go very quickly so get there early, grab your coffee and shop ‘til your hearts content.

Unlike a typical flea market, the I heart Market is not a place you come to find a bargain, but rather to discover beautiful, bespoke items and support local entrepreneurs and crafters,” says Anna. “We realized that it was important for us to channel any discounts into a specific Sale Market in order to maintain our reputation as one of Durban’s’ premium craft markets. That way our customers can look forward to finding great deals twice a year, and they can expect a top-class market showcasing Durban’s incredible makers for the rest of the year.”

If you can’t make this I heart SALE Market, be sure to catch their next SALE Market on 2nd February 2019 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.

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