uShaka Kids World boasts Africa's largest jungle gym, promising your youngsters an adventure sure to make them feel on top of the world with plenty of climbing and sliding. For the art lovers, there is the Creative Creatures Corner where girls and boys can try their hands at making something crafty or do some painting at Polly’s Paint Pen. Better still, there is our On da Block Lego Lounge that allows them to let their creativity flow as they build and play for hours. They get to hang out with our gorgeous feathered friends – our Suffer Crested Cockatoos, Green Wing Macaws and Blue & Gold Macaws. Plus catch our uShaka Marine World’s Ocean Warrior Mascots Delia the Dolphin, Siva the Seal, Phila the Penguin and Raggy the Shark in action as they entertain the crowds at the Castaways Amphitheatre. Not only is there edutainment, but there is also a place where kids can have fun in the sun. Our Crabby Beach Sandpit and Splish Splash Sprinkler Island are always a hit on those many warm Durban days. What better way is there to celebrate a birthday, than at your very own private spot within South Africa’s warmest playground? Just recently launched at uShaka Kids World, as an additional offering for that special birthday, is Delia’s Kitchen, where kids can host a fun, private gathering for their little buddies while celebrating their special occasion. They can also have fun with food, from making pizzas to dressing up cupcakes and inspiring possible master chefs in the process. Each birthday party package is unique, and has entertainment and activities to suit every child. So what are you waiting for, come and have some fun and even book that special birthday for your little one by contacting (031) 328 8000 or for the Birthday Bookings Facilitators or Birthday Team Leaders on (031) 328 8010 / 8001 / 8087 or firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Come Monday, December 31st 2018, thousands of party-goers will once again grace the streets of Ballito for South Africa’s most famous street party! The Ballito NYE party is back and it promises to bring 2018 to a party-filled close, with the help of Chunda Munki and Timo ODV! For years revellers have flocked to the bustling coastal town of Ballito to come and celebrate their way into a new year with us! There’s a reason why this is the 14th Ballito NYE party, and they just keep getting better year after year! Come and experience the magical journey through time and music, highlighting the very best of what 2018 had to offer and what we can all only imagine 2019 to bring. Tickets are on sale now at webtickets.co.za and start at R250 to R450. So whether it’s general entrance or a VIP experience that you’re looking for, make sure you get your tickets before they’re sold out. Doors open at 6pm. The Ballito NYE promises a night to remember with 3 dance floors, multiple bars and music from the likes of Chunda Munki, Timo ODV and many other DJs. Strictly NO under 18's allowed in, IDs are essential, Right of Admission Reserved, Terms and Conditions of entry apply. For more information, check out the Facebook event page for Ballito NYE Street Party. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Where are you spending New Year's Eve? If you like big parties with great, live music, drinks and the sound of the ocean- then head off to Southbroom - it won’t get any better than that! It’s going to be bigger, better and promises to provide a night to remember, as you say goodbye to what 2018 was, and welcome all the positive possibilities that 2019 will bring. The celebration will once again take place at Southbroom Main Beach with a hot line-up of DJ’s including TIMO ODV, Chunda Munki and many more! They’ll make sure you don’t stop dancing the night away. Featuring music that will bring you a mix of genre’s from Electro to Progressive, Minimal to Techno and even some chilled, Deep House – giving you a taste of Ibiza! Needing no introduction and sure to get the party started is Chunda Munki, from Johannesburg, alias of 20-something DJ and producer, Blayze Saunders, who specialises in house music. Chunda Munki engineered his instantly recognisable sounds form the ground up and has produced around 34 original tracks, and counting, since starting up over 6 years ago. Having featured on the line-up alongside some of SA’s biggest DJs, Chunda Munki has become a household name. Another class act forming part of the music line up, is TIMO ODV is a graphic designer turned producer turned musician. Originally from the East Rand, Timo (short for Timothy) has the voice most people would kill for. He is a self-taught artist who learnt most of what he knows about the music industry from Youtube. He’ll make sure you are on your feet at all times, making waves on the dance floor. Tickets are on sale at WebTickets, so make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible, as they are limited! General tickets start at R250 for early bird so be sure to get yours soon, then R300 for main sales, and if you get your tickets on the day they will cost R350. The VIP tickets are R450 for early bird sales, R500 for main sales and R550 on the day. Bring your friends, . . .
Calling all budding colouring artists! Park Boulevard Shopping Centre is looking for artists to help fill their wall with colourful Christmas spirit. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 are encouraged to pick up a colouring page from any of the stores in Park Boulevard, and take it home to add their colourful creations. Once done, come by and pop it in the dedicated mailbox, inside Spar or Pharmacy at Spar Brownsdrift, by no later than close of business on Thursday, December 13th. These beautiful creations will then be put up and displayed on the walls of Park Boulevard for all to see. Please ensure that your name and a parent’s contact details are on the back of the page. The top three from each of the respective categories (4-5 years; 6-7 years; 8-10 years; and 10-12 years) will win a prize. The winners will be contacted and asked to come and collect their prizes on Saturday, December 15th 2018 at 10:30am at Park Boulevard Shopping Centre. First prize is a goodie hamper, sponsored by Spar and Pharmacy at Spar Brownsdrift . Second place will take home an Andrea’s Café Italia voucher, where you can treat yourself and family or friends to a delicious meal- there will be something for everyone to enjoy together! Third prize is a hamper filled with various goodies, sponsored by Park Boulevard. This colouring competition will run from Friday, November 30th 2018 until close of business on Thursday, 13th December 2018. For more information, call Elisabeth Pretorius on 031 362 1782. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The warm, sandy beaches, inviting sub-tropical climate and unending natural beauty make KwaZulu-Natal’s Sapphire Coast one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations year-round. And Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) will be welcoming holidaymakers with the Sapphire Sizzling Summer holiday programme, overflowing with fun activities for all ages, from Tuesday, 18 December 2018 to Saturday, 5 January 2019. “The Sapphire Coast embraces its position as a prime holiday destination and we look forward to sharing the area’s warmth and beauty with visitors every year,” said Romy Wenzel, chairman of Sapphire Coast Tourism. “The holiday events’ programme has been carefully planned, promising a diverse line-up that caters to all interests.” She said that, in line with this year’s DSW (Durban Solid Waste) campaign, ‘Hashtag No Litter on My Beach’, Sapphire Coast Tourism has themed the 2018/2019 holiday season ‘Go Green – Keep Our Sapphire Coast Clean’. “While we really want every person visiting the Sapphire Coast this holiday to have a truly memorable experience, we ask that they are environmentally responsible leave nothing behind but their footprints!” Sapphire Sizzling Summer Programme (Sapphire Coat Tourism in conjunction with local companies and non-profit organisations) Amanzimtoti Beach, Pipeline Beach and Winklespruit Beach on the Upper South Coast will all play host to the holiday programme with DJs entertaining crowds daily at the three locations from 9am. - Guided Nature Walks Wednesday, 19 December at Amanzimtoti Bird Park (time to be confirmed). Saturday, 29 December at Burchell's Coucal Eco-Trail (time to be confirmed). - Dive Presentation Thursday, 20 December and Friday, 4 January at 10am - Learn how to blow bubbles with the amazing dive crew from Aliwal Shoal Scuba at Inyoni Rocks Pool, Amanzimtoti Main Beach. - Meet Father Christmas Monday, 24 December at Pipeline Beach, Amanzimtoti Main Beach and Winklespruit Beach - A special . . .
Tired of the same old Christmas ideas? Why not add some Portuguese flair to your festive celebrations? Portuguese people are particularly proud of their ability to enjoy themselves and their Christmas festivities are no different. In fact, the brightly coloured Barcelos rooster is considered to be the unofficial symbol of Portugal as it is seen to embody the renowned Portuguese love of life. Lusito Association spokesperson, Noemia Contente, who is part of the Lusito Land Festival organising committee, says the Portuguese community in South Africa in no different to their European counterparts. “I think this ‘joie de vivre’ is built into our DNA and while Christmas is also a time to attend midnight mass, a great deal of emphasis is placed on food over the festive period.” Most of the Portuguese festive celebrations occur on Christmas Eve and are largely a family affair. Supper or Consoada’ traditionally comprises bacalhau (codfish) with boiled potatoes and specially prepared cabbage, followed by mountains of mouth-watering, traditional desserts such as rice pudding or rabanadas (Portuguese French toast with a twist). After the meal, families attend the 'Missa do Galo' (midnight mass) where the nativity scene takes centre-stage. Contente says prior to leaving for the service, some parents secretly place baby Jesus into their nativity scenes at home, as well as gifts under the Christmas tree. “There is much excitement after mass, because we get to open our presents afterwards. Many people put one shoe of each child next to the fireplace or chimney instead of a Christmas stocking.” Christmas day is usually low-key. “People tend to sleep late and meet again later for another relaxed and delicious family meal,” adds Contente. For those tempted to add some Portuguese elements to their Christmas festivities, why not consider these fun stocking filler ideas: • Chouriço sausage • Little ceramic rooster • Portuguese wine • Olive oil • Pasteis de Nata . . .
The Nelson Mandela Bay festive period will kick off with a bang on Sunday when SPAR Summer Nathi unveils the opening of the season carnival on the Port Elizabeth beachfront. Translated as "summer with us", the Summer Nathi organisers have lined up a programme of high-quality entertainment involving international, national and local artists from Sunday to December 31. Besides the top musicians who will be performing, there will be Sunday's street parade from Bayworld, an outdoor cinema and Christmas carols at Happy Valley, and a variety of picnics and parties at various venues in Mandela Bay. At the festival's official media launch at the Hobie Beach Yacht Club on Monday, Nelson Mandela Bay executive major Mongameli Bobani said they were looking forward to "the biggest, best and most spectacular summer festival the city has ever had". "This Summer Nathi, meaning you are with us, is one which caters for all sections of the community and we want to make sure everyone has a good time," he said. "The municipality is fully behind the programme to boost our local economy and to make our city a preferred destination for holidaymakers. "We are also placing a massive focus on safety and security for all those who attend the festivities and I want to assure our visitors that we will do everything in our power to guarantee they are safe in our fantastic city." Kithi Ngesi, the NMB director of beaches, resorts and events management, said that previously over 400 000 people had visited the metro's various beaches during the holiday period. "We are expecting the same sort of number this summer because we have beautiful beaches, three of which are blue-flag rated," she said. "We have also put measures in place so that there are sufficient lifeguards to make sure everyone is safe. "There has been a rigorous selection process and we have employed a total of 60 lifeguards to patrol the 11 beaches under our jurisdiction." Looking ahead to the programme, . . .
Don’t sweat it this festive season! #uShakaSummer is the only place to be to celebrate all things summer, to create an adventure filled holiday that is filled with excitement and memories that will last a lifetime. When it comes to Christmas shopping, remember that the uShaka Village Walk offers a festive retail voyage like no other. This is the spot for those more unusual gifts not to mention pressies for all ages with plenty of special deals to add to the festive cheer as well hopping on uShaka’s new Ocean Express train which will be offering rides to visitors in The Village Walk Shopping Centre. To prolong the uShaka shopping fun, we’ve extended our opening and closing times at uShaka Village Walk from 09h00 to 19h00 from December 14th until January 5th. But don’t forget to check the website as, on December 25th and 31st, we’ll shut up shop at 18h00. Our little guests can meet our Traditional Father Christmas at uShaka Marine World from December 14th until December 24th in Arena 3’s food court. With much ho ho ho-ing, this grand old gent will be collecting gift wish lists from 11h00 to 12h30 in Arena 3 (food court) as well as be roaming the park so be sure to look out for him while he is on his walkabout. Not too far away, uShaka’s very own Sexy Santa and his cute little helpers, Miss Tinsel and Miss Mistletoe, will be adding their own bit of summer heat. You can snatch a glimpse of these “hotties” in the Village Walk from 12h30 to 17h30 daily from December 14th until December 24th! Snap a selfie with Santa using #uShakaSummer and be sure to post and share on your platforms. The family favourite on this December’s uShaka calendar is undoubtedly the annual “Dolphins by Starlight” production which runs until December 13th. Doors open at 18h30 with the show starting promptly at 19h00 nightly. Tickets cost just R199 for adults and R160 for children and seniors. Additional musical entertainment at uShaka Marine World throughout this festive season . . .
There is still time to book your spot and celebrate Christmas this year with Durban’s most festive family – the dolphins at uShaka Marine World who will be performing their dazzling aquatic aerobatics and adding a special sparkle to everyone’s end of year celebrations. Themed “Under the African Skies”, this year’s eagerly anticipated annual Dolphins by Starlight show has a vibrant home grown feel, paying homage to the beauty of Africa, it’s people and song. Both the audience and Santa himself can experience traditional Christmas songs reworked with vibrant African rhythms and can look forward to rousing renditions of popular hits such as “A Million Dreams”, “A World in Union”, “Can You Feel the Love”, “Special Star” and Quincy Jones’ soulful version of the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Although the uShaka dolphins always steal the show, they’ll be cheered on by pop sensation Lusandra Majola and an operatic prodigy as well as the Durban Gospel Choir, the Glenwood Junior Primary School Choir and the dynamic vocal stylings of isicathimiya group, Young Mambazo. The exhilarating contemporary dance troupe, the Kangaroo Zulu Warriors, and a live band under the baton of Burton Naidoo will add extra local sparkle. This year, Dolphins by Starlight will be hosted by well-known theatre personalities, Mpume Mthombeni and Daisy Spencer. Last chance to make it there between now and December 13, the uShaka Marine World Dolphin Stadium will be filled with a special Christmas spirit and a strong message that encapsulates hope, faith, the value of family and friends, joy, peace, kindness, forgiveness and love. "Dolphins by Starlight” is one family treat that you don't want to miss this festive season, so don't delay, book today! Dates: last show on Thursday, December 13. Time: 19h00pm – gates open at 18.30pm. Adults: R199 Children/Seniors: R160 Tickets are now available via www.ushakamarineworld.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 03 December 2018 –- The Cape Town Burns Club’s 25th annual Dinner on 9th February next year is already shaping up to break its own record as the biggest and best on the African continent and beyond. ‘Burns Night’ is a global phenomenon where Scots and their friends celebrate the life and works of Scotland's most famous poet and writer, Robert Burns (1759-1796) and all good things Scottish. This includes lots of tartan, whisky, haggis, bagpipes, some great speeches, song, dance and more. The 2019 milestone Dinner at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands will no doubt be the usual sell-out event, but this time with added impetus from generous sponsors, a show-stopping display by the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders and Ceòl Mhor Ceilidh (pronounced ‘kaylee’) Band. Burns – the ‘people’s poet’ - was a humanitarian who stood for social justice and gender equality and was the creator of some of the most iconic songs, sayings and writings in the English and most other languages used worldwide today. His Auld Lang Syne is believed to be sung in more dialects on more occasions than any other on the planet. Typically, in Cape Town there is an African twist... Event Director, Scots-born Claire Alexander, says ‘Cape Town Burns Night is a unique celebration of Robert Burns, the spirit of Scottish culture and the ever-strong fundamental links between Scotland and South Africa. Over the years, Dinner guests have evolved from a purely Scottish crowd to an event which in 2018 welcomed 15 different nationalities to Burns Night and the evening had a younger feel, with a distinctly Mother City heartbeat. It’s remarkable how one man’s words have created an immortal legacy of kindness and unity.’ Award winning radio personality, Guy McDonald of Magic 828 Am will once again host this special anniversary event. The evening has a strong charitable ethos, raising substantial amounts spent to the last cent on humanitarian causes that include a children’s home . . .