With all development rights in place, civil construction on the much awaited Ntshongweni Urban Development will commence in early 2019. This 2 000-hectare project located 30 kilometres west of the Port of Durban on the N3, is the next logical urban precinct expected to unlock significant economic activity for the city’s largely underserviced outer west subregion. Ntshongweni Urban Development is ultimately set to provide a framework for environmentally sustainable, community-centric and inclusive urbanisation. As the primary land steward, Tongaat Hulett is responsible for the overall development vision and conceptual framework plan that aligns with public sector policy, plans and objectives. This extends to the creation of compelling and tailored real estate solutions for developers, investors, future residents and end users within Ntshongweni Urban Development. The site is situated with KwaNdengezi and Dassenhoek to the south, Summerveld to the west, Assagay and Hillcrest to the north and on completion will provide critical spatial, social and economic linkages to the existing surrounding communities. The first phase of the multiple phased development, the Retail and Urban Core will anchor the Ntshongweni Urban Development as a mixed-use, urban precinct centred around a new regional retailing offering. This will be followed by a variety of other uses including residential, logistics, recreational, warehousing and leisure components. The pioneering design will make substantial provision for the site’s ecological wellbeing as well as responding to the needs of the people who use it. Tongaat Hulett Developments Managing Director, Michael Deighton says, “All development rights for the Retail and Urban Core are in place and we officially have the go-ahead to break ground in the first quarter of 2019.” Commencing with essential road upgrades to Kassier Road, the first phase of construction in the Retail and Urban Core precinct will ultimately generate 19 000 . . .
Park Square, uMhlanga’s newest business and lifestyle development is due to open its doors in November 2018. Interfacing beautifully with its surrounds, the development offers a future-forward, people-centred destination where the surrounding communities and professionals can shop, work and connect. Hunt PR’s Melanie Rosettenstein connected with Jarryd Murray, MAP Architects Director and co-founder, to get the inside track on the vision to create a connected community through this new building. When in 2015 Jarryd Murray and Charles Taylor, director’s at MAP Architects and his team were approached by Nedbank to design a space that would accommodate their KwaZulu-Natal team, the brief was to create a structure which would allow the easy flow of people through the development but also accommodate a 17,500m² space to house their staff in addition to general commercial and retail space. Having grown up on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, Jarryd loves the great outdoors and has witnessed the area’s urban transformation over the years. Passionate about creating dynamic urban spaces in our landscape, it’s no wonder that on designing Park Square, he has designed a space that responds perfectly to Durban’s climate and at the same time will be a connected urban landmark on the uMhlanga Ridge. After spending some time pinning down the vision, Jarryd and his team set about conceptualising an off-the-ground design that would see the commercial elements ‘hovering’ above a perfectly activated retail arcade and square which people could use for shopping and simply enjoying the city’s unique, outdoor lifestyle. The idea to create a connected community which would simultaneously be an exceptional business destination for professionals to work and socialise and a dynamic urban space to activate the local community, was born. The emphasis at Park Square is undoubtedly on transparency. The simple and modular building design features raw concrete slabs, steel beams, generous . . .
On Saturday evening, (October 13th), it was an evening of tiara’s, elegant ball gowns and trendy suits, with huge smiles and tears of joy when they crowned the 14th Mr, Miss & Miss Junior uShaka Marine World and Mr & Miss uShaka Kids World brand ambassadors, proudly supported by Star Hire, Even & Lovely, Tabloid Media & Ola hosted within the Village Walk beach arena at uShaka Marine World. The crowds of supporters, that of family and friends, had a fun and entertaining evening while the judges deliberated on their decision on who of the contestants, would walk away with prizes valued at over R70 000. The winners not only won prizes and cash but will also be included in the uShaka Marine World’s advertising campaigns throughout the year as well as be uShaka Marine World’s brand ambassadors where they will attend many of their high profile events in the upcoming year. The judges marking criteria included a number of categories from strong leadership abilities, ambassadorial skills, personality and overall appearance. An all-round 10 was required for the ultimate winner, and while the judges decided on the respective winners, the Afro Divas who are one of uShaka’s resident entertainers at Wahooz on the Promenade, entertained the crowds. Finally, once the judges’ results were tabulated there was a round of applause as the following winners per category were announced: In the Miss Junior uShaka category: 2nd runner up was 15 year old Andiswa Majozi from Woodlands, 1st runner up was 15 year old Yandiswa Hlatshwayo from Amanzimtoti, and 13 year old Westville Beauty Sisanda Duma was crowned the winner. In the Mr uShaka category: 2nd runner up was 24 year old Mfundo Mthimkhulu from New Germany with Sean Shibe who is 25 from Westville named as the runner up and the title of Mr uShaka 2018/19 went to 19 year old Durban resident, Dyllan Desfontaines. Finally, the coveted crown for Miss uShaka 2018/19 went to 21 year old Umlazi beauty Thabile . . .
The Electrical Contractor's Association for South Africa (ECA SA) showcased Port Elizabeth based Building Automation firm, BA Systems, in their October 2018 Magazine, Electrical Contractor. BA Systems scooped the ECA SA Presidential Award as the Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency following their project at the Product Testing Institute in the Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth. This R4 Million project saw Building Automation Systems facilitate the installation of the building management system, and help the facility attain a 5 Star Green Star compliance rating. Green Star is a voluntary rating system for building projects, and is used to encourage the implementation of new and emerging technology, and to encourage a more environmentally friendly approach to designing and developing buildings. The Design phase of the Product Testing Institute building attained a 6 Star rating. The Product Testing Institute has been fitted with a modern building management system, which allows for cost efficient, environmentally friendly, automated management of the lighting, air-conditioning and blinds within the facility. Through the clever use of C-Bus and StruxureWare systems, Building Automation Systems was able to reduce power consumption by ensuring that lights and air-conditioners are not left on needlessly when an area is unoccupied. With the use of sensors located throughout the building that provide feedback to the building management system, it is possible for the building management and maintenance employees to monitor and keep track of the water, electricity and gas consumption, along with the amount of Solar Power generated. This information provides valuable insight into the cost of running and maintaining the facility. A record of environmental conditions is also maintained, with the current and previous day’s weather conditions being shown on the system monitor. The environmental factors will over time reveal the peak periods for Solar PV production, . . .
Transnet National Ports Authority (“TNPA”) today outlined progress in implementation of its Island View Precinct Strategy, which sets out to facilitate greater participation of historically disadvantaged persons in Terminal Operations and enhance the country’s supply of strategic liquid bulk commodities, while encouraging new entrants into the market. The engagement session followed various one-on-one tenant meetings and industry forums where TNPA has engaged with affected tenants and stakeholders since April 2018. Addressing the latest gathering Chief Executive of TNPA, Shulami Qalinge, said: “To date we have made some progress in implementing the strategy. Industry has been requested to provide feedback on the proposed Operating Model and our lease extension approach, and comments have been taken into consideration in our revised planning. We expect to issue an RFQ by February 2019, followed within a few months by an RFP, with April 2020 earmarked as the period when the transition of new Terminal Operators into the Island View Precinct will commence.” Qalinge said TNPA was aiming to address the slow transformation in the Island View Precinct where lessees have historically enjoyed tenancy in excess of 50 years. She thanked Industry stakeholders and Island View Precinct tenants for their cooperation and input during the process to date. The majority of the precinct’s footprint is occupied by cargo owners who act as Terminal Operators. They are responsible for landing, shipping and/or storage of South Africa’s petroleum, diesel, chemicals, oils, lubricants and aviation fuel. Operating Model TNPA is in the process of appointing a Liquid Bulk expert to advise on this and Industry has also been requested to provide feedback on the proposed model. Condition Assessments TNPA has appointed an independent service provider that has been on site since August 2018 to conduct condition assessments on 17 lease sites that are reaching or have reached expiry . . .
uShaka Village Walk has now become a part of the Point Park run that launched late last month on Saturday , September 22nd. Park Run is a worldwide 5km free timed run which was initiated by a South African living in the UK where in Bushy park, Teddington, UK, in October 2004 the first run took place. There are now 1005 Park runs taking place worldwide, with uShaka now being the 164th participating venue in South Africa. 2017 saw 2526 people participated in the North Beach Park run, setting a new world record which created a need to locate a new venue hence this walk run now taking place at uShaka Marine World at Village Walk. This particular park run makes uShaka Marine World the 2nd shopping centre to host this event in South Africa. According to Fordyce, the CEO of Park Run SA, this particular run it is a truly fun event and quite unique since it goes through a retail space. This particular course begins at Marine and Bean Café at 8am each Saturday morning, heads along the promenade, then south into uShaka Marine World Village Walk Shopping Complex, right through to the entrance of uShaka World. The course then heads back through Village walk, and onto the promenade, making it a 2 lap course starting at 7am and ending at 9am each and every Saturday. To find out more about the Park Run contact firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Musgrave Centre in its original form, is one of the first suburban shopping centres in South Africa. Constructed in the late 1950’s and featuring Heanwoods Hardware Store, a florist, hobby shop, CNA, a post office, a coffee shop, a library, some medical practitioners as well as a restaurant, it was definitely the place to be. Many remember the centre as having just one level with a single passage-way with shops on either side. The first of the many revamps and expansions took place in the early 70s, where additional floors were added. Adams Bookstore and the cinema came along a few years thereafter. Musgrave Centre has come a long way since its origin, and to celebrate this momentous occasion as one of KwaZulu-Natal’s oldest “grande dame” shopping centres, Musgrave Centre is about to rejoice their diamond anniversary this year. “Celebrating 60 years of living the good life will include a host of activities, from Saturday, October 6th through to Thursday, November 8th. When you spend R500 or more you could stand the chance of winning a diamond necklace to the value of R60 000, sponsored by IDM (International Diamond Merchants), or for our travel seeking shoppers, one can enter the online competition on Facebook and you could win a 3 night cruise to the Portuguese Islands for 2 sponsored by One Stop Travel & Tours” Shoppers can also visit the Diamond Lounge where they will receive concierge treatment and a Diamond Pass coupon booklet with a variety of coupons from selected stores. The birthday festivities will conclude with a grand finale live draw and cake cutting celebration on Thursday, November 8th at 6pm, where the winners will be announced for the cruise and diamond necklace. “Musgrave Centre has undergone a number of changes by continuously adapting to the changing needs of the community it serves. Some of the current developments to the centre include changes to the tenant mix, as well as a number of new stores that will be opening this . . .
Nearly 200 locals from Glenwood showed their support for breast cancer awareness by participating in the second annual fun walk, that took place this past weekend, Sunday October 7th. The 5km walk / run took place from Davenport Square Shopping Centre in Glenwood, and followed the route along Bulwer Road, through to Penzance Road, Esther Roberts Road and ended back at Davenport Square. The objective of this fun run / walk was to promote awareness of those with breast cancer, providing support to families and communities who are affected by CANSA as well as drive the message to promote, create awareness, as well as encourage women to get checked regularly. Over R12 000 was raised for CANSA to fight against cancer from this particular the fun run/walk and was sponsored by Green Legends, Quatro Cleaning Services and Curves Gym. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Diabetes is known as the tsunami of the 21st century, killing more people worldwide than AIDS and cancer combined, and yet, people know so little about this serious condition. As most people only begin to look after their health when they have a scare and are forced to drastically stem their intake of fast food and begin exercising, the Durban Wellness Festival, supported by SASA, Lily and Clover Tropika Slenda, as well as the Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward, has been created to show people that they can make positive changes before it is too late. The Durban Wellness Festival takes place on Sunday, November 11, 2018. It is a celebration of all things healthy, with a 5km fun run/walk, music, Zumba Bollywood Style, Yoga and a Yoga Laughter Session and an expo that not only aims to raise awareness about the scourge of diabetes in South Africa but also to encourage people to look after the one thing that money cannot buy – their health. One of the aims of the walk is to encourage regular exercise, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable, reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases and improves one’s general well-being. The Wellness Expo provides the opportunity for the public to have their blood pressure, blood sugar, eyes and feet tested on the day. It also comprises exhibitors from pharmaceutical, health, fitness and nutrition companies to expose the public to a variety of products to improve or maintain good health. Taking place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, the Durban Wellness Festival 5km fun walk will open for registration at 7am, at just R60 per person, and officially kicks off at 8am sharp with the cut-off at 10am. The event lucky draw prizes take place thereafter from 10.15am. “It’s a fantastic event, which brings people together for one common cause - the fight against diabetes!” says Jenny Russell, the Durban branch manager of Diabetes South Africa, “Our main objective is to bring diabetes into the spotlight, in . . .
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