WONDERFUL things can be made out of waste, and The Park Boulevard Centre is calling for primary school learners from Grade 1 – 7 to enter their Recycling competition, where one gets to repurpose items from recycled materials. This competition focuses on the 3R’s of the waste hierarchy’ – recycle, re-purpose & reuse - to show how learners can give waste a new lease on life. Learners are invited to create either 2D or 3D reproductions, which can be individual and unique, and made entirely of used or recycled materials. This is such a great opportunity for schools to teach the children more about recycling and reducing waste while having fun. The aim is to re-purpose from one form of use, to another. Your inspiration could come from recycling plastic bags and turn them into a weaved handbag (when scrunched); or turn a 2L cool drink bottle into a pot plant holder or bird feeder. Be sure to get your entries in before Friday, May 24th. Not only will The Park Boulevard Centre display your creations in Etchings Gallery, but you also stand to win R1 500 cash and R5 000 for your school. Remember, the focus is on ensuring that your recycled or repurposed item can be reused. Basic judging criteria will be on the effective use of recycled or repurposed materials and creativity. This shouldn’t stop you from having fun while coming up with innovative, creative ideas, showcasing your final product. Go to www.parkboulevard.co.za for more terms & conditions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Too often learners are pressured by having their heads buried in books and fail to learn the fundamental skills of life. Enter, Food Lover’s Market at Springfield Retail Centre who have formulated a programme, in conjunction with teachers and learners from Golden Hours School, to provide the children with real world skills by learning “on the job.” According to Regional Manager, Deryck Scharneck, “This programme has been implemented to provide learners with exposure to the real world, everyday life in the retail space. These skills range from assisting in the bakery, butchery and learning about merchandising, by assisting with the in store layout and floor management, right down to how to effectively pack and display merchandise.” Undertaken on a weekly basis, small groups of learners spend roughly 2 hours in store, engaging in a range of store operational areas, learning through play and being exposed to real life situations. Golden Hours School Principal, Rowan Hornby stated, “The children are thriving by being hands on in this sort of environment. It not only allows them to get out of the classroom but stimulates them so much so, that, once back at school, they enjoy the rest of their day. It also allows their days and weeks to not be so mundane and gives them something to look forward to.” Golden Hours School, based in Durban North, is a special needs school not only dedicated to educating their learners but are also passionate about providing pastoral care and emotional development. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Collins Property, a fourth-generation property development company based in Durban, have commenced construction on what will become Somerset West’s most exclusive lifestyle estate. Mzuri Estate, with a total contract value of close to R900m will incorporate an initial product offering including 68 single-residential homes, 32 townhouses and 136 apartments. Having been through a lengthy municipal process with the key focus on aligning the requirements of local government with the vision of the developer, the development team has confirmed that all approvals are now firmly in place. Collins are in a position to move forward positively with the construction process and there will be no further delays. Leading industry property development firm Lazercor Developments have been appointed as development managers for the estate and headed up the groundbreaking ceremony in Somerset West this week. Lazercor are property leaders in innovation and sustainable solutions and have been hand selected for their experience in similar large residential estate developments as well as their extensive knowledge of the Somerset West area. The newly approved and updated site development plan for Mzuri Estate offers one of the last properties with uncluttered views over the False Bay and fantastic value to purchasers in a property market where value is hard to come by. Located in Bizweni Avenue, the estate boasts an all-inclusive lifestyle offering with a firm focus on contemporary, eco-friendly design, innovative technologies, indigenous landscaping, paired with state-of-the-art connectivity and security. According to Lazercor’s lead project manager Alister Human, Lazercor adds value for all stakeholders by offering clients an effective and efficient service of the highest quality. “Our comprehensive understanding of strategy and vision coupled with years of industry experience, allow Lazercor to successfully manage an entire project such as Mzuri by integrating all the . . .
Financial Services Provider, Talksure, recently gained institutional accreditation by INSETA and is now preparing to provide accredited short courses as well as learnerships. After an extensive development journey that lasted over a year, Talksure can now offer the Short term insurance NQF 4 qualification, in addition to other existing courses such as soft skills courses, product training and work readiness programmes. “The accreditation speaks to our commitment to learning and providing quality education to our people. This, for us, is important. It allows us to provide our people with meaningful, NQF aligned qualifications which they themselves might have not been able to achieve due to social or financial constraints,” said Magdalene Chetty, Head of Learning and Development at Talksure. For an industry that is often not seen as a long term career, Chetty believes that being able to offer staff qualifications and skills will allow Talksure’s to offer its people real career growth options. “People want to grow and be developed. Once you have invested in your people, they know that you place value in them. Investing in our people will enable them to get up to speed with the requirements of the industry, resulting in improvements in employee morale and productivity, and their will to excel at what they do,” she added. One of the company’s values is Continuous Learning and this influenced the decision to keep training and learning at the forefront of its value-proposition. Talksure’s approach has and will always be to make it easy for all its people, to gain the skills that they require to work and develop within the insurance industry. “We want people to know that with us, you are not just a number. There is a commitment to grow you, to show you that there is a career for you with the Talksure family,” said Chetty CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Saturday, April 20 from 11h30 to 12h45 head on down to Musgrave Shopping Centre (on level 2 opposite Nedbank)and meet the cast of The Kandasamy’s who are doing their promotional movie tour throughout the Province. What a great way to spend the Easter weekend! There will be an opportunity to win some spot prizes, meet & greet your favourite local celebrity and get that all time favourite “selfie shot”. (T’s & C’s apply). Kandasamys: The Wedding was filmed in Chatsworth as well as in and around Durban and highlights two families who are neighbours on the verge of becoming one big, happy family – The Kandasamy’s and the Naidoo’s. Brief synopsis: It’s been a few years since Jennifer Kandasamy and Shanthi Naidoo rekindled their once tainted friendship and the two could not be happier that their children Jodi and Prishen are to be wed. It’s the week before the big day and emotions are heightened. It’s colourful and loud and vibrant and spirited as everyone gets into the wedding week mood. Jennifer holds the reigns to all the wedding preparations and Shanthi focuses on the festivities held by the bridegroom. The story weaves against the backdrop of an Indian South African wedding and Jodi and Prishen’s love is put to test once again by the ones who claim to love them the most – their mothers. Jennifer and Shanthi have to learn how to let go of their children so that they can be happy and in turn realise that in the end, their children’s happiness is the source of their own." What better way to live the good life for this Easter on Saturday, April 20 where you can meet your favourite cast member: Jailoshini Naidoo, Maeshni Naicker, Mishqah Parthiephal, Madhushan Singh, Koobeshen Naidoo, Ugan Naidoo & Vashir Kemraj. Your host will be Madhushan Singh, who plays the part of Prishen Naidoo, (Preggie and Shanti Naidoo’s son) and Jodi’s boyfriend / fiancé. For more information call Musgrave Shopping Centre during office hours on . . .
THE SHARKS ARE VERY THIRSTI FANS SOUTH AFRICA, KWAZULU-NATAL, DURBAN, 02 APRIL 2019 – The Sharks have announced that they are true THIRSTI fans as they ratified THIRSTI Water as their official 2019 Hydration Partner. Sharks COO, Eduard Coetzee, said of their new partner, “We really like this young, disruptive KZN brand who, against all odds, entered an already saturated hydration market in 2016, or so we thought, and immediately took market share from global market leaders. This was a ‘listen to your gut risk, believe in yourself, and never say die attitude. These are core strengths that embody both brands.” Rob Hoatson, Founder and Director of KwaZulu-Natal based, THIRSTI Water, has made staggering inroads across South Africa in three short years. His brand has attracted a young, vibrant market who intrinsically bond with authentic brands as both naturally celebrate and partake with those who fearlessly pursue their passions and dreams. Says Hoatson, “The Sharks pursue excellence in all that they do. We could not have chosen a more authentic brand for THIRSTI, and a more valuable partner for the release of our Isotonic range.” #SharksHydrationPartner The Sharks are an embodiment of these values; their globally-recognised brand extends beyond the world of rugby, promoting this intrinsic lifestyle value as well as fashion, entertainment and sporting aspiration. With two dynamic brands committed to empowering people to be the best version of themselves, and embodying the values of community, hard work, pride and peak performance, this will undoubtedly be a powerful partnership. “Both brands share core values and a pioneering spirit with community being at the forefront of our endeavours. Partnering with like-minded brands, such as THIRSTI, allow us to push the boundaries even further, and we are confident that this partnership, based on excellence, innovation and common core values, will grow and deliver rewards for both parties,” says . . .
On Saturday, April 6th, Springfield Retail Centre hosted their annual Curry Cook Off competition which saw 9 finalists cooking for the top spot in each of the 3 respective categories: seafood, chicken, meat. Each contestant had a set time to prepare and cook their dish, with ingredients supplied by the Food Lover’s Market from Springfield Retail Centre. Judging the competition were seasoned professionals, Ramola Makan from Elba/Totai Appliances and renowned cook book author; Executive Chef from the Endless Horizons Group, Gordon Manuel; Frank Chemaly – Independent Media food critic and journalist, and Guy Gorrie, Executive Chef from Royal Palm Hotel, who had the tough decision of determining each category winner. The judging criteria included elements such as creativity of the dish, team name as well as the taste of the dish, to name a few. All the finalists were enthusiastic and had the crowds, which included family and friends, cheering them on during their allocated cooking time slots. 1st place in each category won R5 000 in cash, as well as a 2 plate gas stove and skillet sponsored by Totai. 2nd place winners each received R2 000 and R1 000 went to the teams that came in 3rd place. Congratulations go to the following category winners and runner ups: Seafood Category: 1) “The Breezy Breeze Inns” – with Annie and her son Shivan Lahldas from Tongaat 2) “The Spicy Fishy Drones” – with Samson Maistry and his assistant Thobile Ngwenya from Tongaat 3) “The Fiery Hot Chilli Preppers” – with Pravina Pillay and her assistant Rockiya Fyzoo from Glenwood Chicken Category: 1) “The Spice Queens” – Samantha Rampersad and her assistant Simone Hussain from Clare Estate 2) “The Distinguished Chefs” – Tanusta with her mother Omela Jainarain from Reservoir Hills 3) “Flames of Fire” – Vanitha Maharaj with her daughter Kanniamma Pillay from Chatsworth Meat Category: 1) “The Curry Queens” – Meena Sewpersad with her daughter Lathisha Bugwandin from . . .
Crazy, funky and fun – the South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19) powered by Gearhouse attracts the most interesting and dynamic showmen and women to perform at what is now South Africa’s biggest motorcycle and music festival. The annual event, presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism, will welcome these crowd favourites to the coastal town of Margate from 26 to 28 April. “Part of the attraction of the South Coast Bike Fest™ is the incredibly colourful characters that feature at the festival,” said event organiser, Vicky Wentzel. “We are so excited about this year’s line-up of top stuntmen and women that will have the audience transfixed throughout the three-day bike fest.” From the little town of Mooinooi in the North West comes the biking dynamo, Skinny van Schalkwyk. Out of pure boredom one day, Skinny decide to take up biking and she’s spent 15 years finding adventure everywhere she rides. Her newsletter – Tank Girls – has almost 30 000 subscribers and it documents her completely unplanned biking adventures with friends worldwide. She races, performs stunts, and has attended almost every rally countrywide… and now she’s getting ready to impress audiences at the South Coast Bike Fest™ as part of the Shredbetty’s performance. “I’m nervous but really looking forward to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest™,” said Skinny. “My now famous Yamaha R6 – ‘Billy Bob’- is a little injured so I’ll be performing on another bike for the festival. It should be interesting!” Check out all the #SCBF19 action on: Instagram: @scbikefest Facebook: south coast bike fest Twitter: @SCBikeFest CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The town Amanzimtoti will be transformed for the day as tartan, bagpipes and general merriment descend on this South Coast spot for the 56th Highland Gathering, taking place at Hutchison Park on Saturday, 27 April. Organised by the Amanzimtoti Lions and supported by Sapphire Coast Tourism, this family-friendly festival acts as both a day of entertainment and one of the Lion’s biggest fundraisers of the year. “We are anticipating around 10 000 visitors to this year’s event which is set to be one of the biggest Highland Gatherings yet,” said Amanzimtoti Lions member, Carol Botha. “There will be at least 22 pipe bands and a number of the country’s best Highland dancers competing for the top positions at this year’s festival. The event raises much-needed funds for the local community while also providing support for the local economy.” And for visitors gearing up to attend this historic gathering, it’s worth having some background on this globally popular Scottish-bred event. Here are 5 fun facts about highland events: 1. Highland games were used to find the best men for battle With origins predating any written historical records, it’s safe to say the Highland games are a fairly ancient social, cultural and sporting phenomenon. What is known, however, is that they were started as a way for clans to show off their strongest and most athletic men to be selected for battle. 2. Highland dancers were originally only male An integral element of the Highland games is the enigmatically synchronised Highland Dancing. Dating back to somewhere around the 11th or 12th Century, this athletic style of dancing was originally performed by men as a way to commemorate a victory. The discipline required for the rigorous dancing techniques allowed the competing men to display their strength and stamina for battle. It was only in the late 19th Century that women entered Highland Dancing and now around 95% of all Highland Dancers are female. 3. The kilt . . .
The collective voice of various civil society organisations and NPOs resulted in a welcome announcement during the 2018 medium-term budget speech that Value-Added Tax on sanitary pads has been abolished. From 1 April 2019, the South African public will now save when purchasing sanitary products – welcome relief to many cash-strapped households. Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni’s, policy statement, tabled in parliament, read: "Earlier this year ‚ a panel of experts was commissioned to investigate mitigating the effect of the VAT rate increase on low-income households. The panel suggested that six items be considered for zero-rating‚ while pointing out that targeted expenditure would be more effective in helping low-income households. In response‚ government proposes to zero-rate white bread flour‚ cake flour and sanitary pads from April 2019.” Government was under increased pressure to zero-rate sanitary wear after the one percent VAT increase hit South African pockets hard in April this year. Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and its NPO extension, Project Dignity, welcomed this announcement: “This is a huge victory for South African women and, in particular, the schoolgoers from disadvantaged communities. The increased cost effectiveness of sanitary pads – which is really a biological necessity for menstruating women – will make them more accessible to women in families who are struggling to make ends meet.” Barnes established the reusable sanitary product, Subz Pants and Pads, in 2010 when she learnt about the dire affect inaccessibility to sanitary wear was having on education for young women. The product consists of washable pads – which will benefit from the VAT cut - which clip onto an accompanying panty that can be reused for up to five years. The panty is made from 100% cotton, and the pads are made from five layers of specialised, absorption-tested fabric. Between 1 000 and 3 000 packs are manufactured in Durban monthly, the . . .