Following the recent devastating floods in eThekwini, another crisis surfaced - literally. A deluge of plastic waste washed down rivers into the harbour and onto our beaches. For years, environmentalists have warned us about the growing concern over plastic pollution in our oceans. But for most of us, out of sight, out of mind…until now! As carbon emissions continue to influence climate change with hugely disruptive and often tragic flooding will become more frequent. We need to make sure that mountains of plastic are not lurking in our communities just waiting to be washed to the ocean when the next heavy rains fall. Although the floods of Domoina in 1984 were even more devastating when you compare photographs taken during that very traumatic time, there is a stark difference. In 1984, the debris that was washed down rivers was mainly organic - logs, weeds etc. Now in 2019, the organic debris has been surpassed by enormous volumes of plastic waste. In just 35 years, plastic has become the leading item washed down rivers during floods. Although many generous eThekwini residents as well as crews from disposal companies hired by the municipality and Transnet have helped clear up the initial mountain of plastic waste there is still so much to be done. We can no longer hide from the fact that humans are creating a mountain of waste plastic. The tons of discarded plastic soft drink bottles, pieces of polystyrene, pill bottles and other items that clogged the harbour and piled up on our beautiful beaches cannot just disappear. Plastic never degrades it only disintegrates into smaller and smaller pieces. At SAAMBR, we’re asking - are you part of the problem or part of the solution to the onslaught of plastic pollution in our oceans? As consumers we have the power to influence businesses by who we support. Can we purchase fewer drinks in plastic bottles? Can we buy takeaways in our own containers to avoid polystyrene containers? How about using our own . . .
At least 124 houses were destroyed and more than 14 people died in Umlazi alone, when heavy downpours and floods hit low-lying areas of Durban. The Umlazi Mega City initiative was set up by the centre management team who then called on tenants, customers as well as the broader society to contribute towards relief efforts for displaced people and communities in this hard hit area. On Friday, May 3rd a vast number of items such clothes, blankets and non-perishables were handed over to local residents at the local Community Centre in Q-Section. Through these efforts the centre managed to donate R20 000 in supplies to the worst affected. General Manager of Umlazi Mega City, Siphumelele Khuzwayo, stated, "We were so pleased to play a part by rallying our shoppers and tenants to help our community members who were desperate and in need, after losing much of all they own after this devastating disaster. We would seriously like to thank all involved in making a difference and giving hope to both individuals and community alike." If any businesses or individuals still wish to contribute they can do so by visiting the information desk at Umlazi Mega City or further enquiries please contact Zinhle Zungu on 031 902 8202. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
This week, (Tuesday, April 30th) saw uShaka Marine World turn 15! This year, they will be turning the tables. While most usually receive gifts on their birthdays, uShaka is planning to give back. So look out for some exciting events, giveaways and lots more. Starting with a breakfast celebration on the big day, CEO Dr Stella Khumalo thanked her uShaka team staff, Village Walk tenants as well as SAAMBR and ORI for contributing to the success story that uShaka Marine World has become. “It seems like it was just yesterday when Africa’s largest theme park opened. But, believe it or not, that was on April 30th 2004! Since those very early days, we achieved a great deal, won numerous awards and positioned ourselves as the key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile. We’ve continued to add to this wonderful park and will continue to do so as we continue to make our mark on the tourism map in KwaZulu-Natal”, she said. Kick starting the celebrations that will continue for months to come, uShaka is having a mega partying featuring many awesome local artists and tons of prizes! As one of uShaka’s favourite birthday guests, you can go online and find out how you can benefit from discounted entrance tickets, uShaka packages, winning platinum passes and much more…. So, for #uShaka15 birthday celebrations to mark this important milestone make sure that you visit Africa’s largest marine theme park soon! If you have any enquiries, please call 0313288000! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Runners will quench their thirst with Thirsti Water at this year’s 94th Comrades Marathon after the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) announced the signing of a 3-year partnership with local bottled water company, Thirsti Water. The top spring water brand will feature as the exclusive Hydration Partner to the Comrades Marathon going forward. Runners will be supplied with Thirsti Water at refreshment stations all along the 87km Comrades route, in addition to other traditional refreshments. Focused on delivering the highest quality water that Nature can provide, 2 million Thirsti water sachets will be made available for #Comrades2019. With this deal just concluded, Thirsti and the CMA are committed to jointly working on a plan in the future years of this agreement to reduce the use of single use plastics (SUP’s) as part of the strategy to totally phase out plastic use by 2025. Thirsti will be contributing tremendous logistical support to the Comrades Marathon in the form of warehousing and delivery of its sponsored water; and the subsequent direct distribution to the 43 Comrades refreshment stations. Their comprehensive and efficient distribution of hydration throughout the 87km race is notable, thus enabling the CMA to ensure that all runners have adequate water available and that no station runs dry. As part of Thirsti’s generous agreement, an extra 52,000 bottles of their spring water will be made available. Each finisher will receive a bottle of Thirsti spring water in their goodie bag and at the finish; as well as being utilised to hydrate the entire CMA volunteer core on race day. CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn says, “As a proudly South African and KZN event, the Comrades Marathon Association is immensely proud to welcome Thirsti as our proudly South African and KZN official hydration partner. Thirsti is a company which has made enormous strides in the few short years they have been in existence, establishing a national footprint and already . . .
Popular Italian inspired franchise, Col’Cacchio, announced the opening of its brand new Ballito restaurant which is currently open for business. The beautiful new Ballito store is located at the popular Zimbali Wedge and is expected to be a massive hit with locals and travelers alike. Situated in the soaring north coast of Kwa Zulu Natal, The Zimbali Wedge is an oasis of luxury and glamour and provides the ideal setting for the entire family. Countrywide, Col’Cacchio is a local favourite, serving up an impressive range of gourmet thin-based wood-fired pizzas, hearty pasta and crisp fresh salads. The new restaurant will feature all the iconic Col’Cacchio favorites with exciting new additions as well as a Halaal-friendly menu. “We are really excited about the new addition to the Col’Cacchio family and to be expanding our footprint in KZN. We look forward to meeting new people and serving our delicious offering to both the locals and travelling tourist. If you’re in the area be sure to pop by and grab a piping hot gourmet pizza or crisp fresh salad, you won’t regret it” comments Col’Cacchio co-founder Michael Terespolsky Founded in 1992, Col’Cacchio has a legacy of crafting artisanal meals out of the freshest sourced ingredients, with quality and innovation always at the heart of their dynamic offering. Col’Cacchio has been at the forefront of dietary trends, being one of the first in the market to introduce Banting friendly pizza and pasta, as well as gluten free and vegan alternatives. Where to find us: · Location: Shop G09, Zimbali Wedge Retail, Ballito For more info visit www.colcacchio.co.za or hop onto their social media platforms: · Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColCacchio/ · Twitter: @ColCacchio · Instagram: @colcacchio · Hashtag: #EverySliceTellsAStory · Download the Col’Cacchio Rewards app from the Apple App Store or Google Play & unlock delicious rewards! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Monster Combo is really getting going, with 25 entries for the month of April alone as it goes into the fourth month of competition. April has been a good month for waves and clips, and the clips have been dropping non-stop! There's an entry from Matt McGillivray, a couple from Dale Staples, Shane Sykes, Eli Beukes, Josh Redman, Davey Van Zyl, and there's even an entry from Warwick Wright! Can Josh do it? is Dale the man? Check out the latest entries here: April Entries ekse. Hail Mary’s Are so Last Year One Turn Wonders are so last year: Combos are in. We don’t just want to see how you landed a full roat, we wanna see how you got there. We want to see multiple big manoeuvres on one wave! We want to see big turns, big airs and big barrels all on one wave. Give to us! And deliver it upsized. Waves and Surfers From All Corners of South Africa South Africa has an abundance of waves. Yet we often see imagery from surf zone hubs. We’d like to see content from underground surfers who exist off the beaten track. Maybe we’ll even see an entry from someone on an asymmetrical board at The Ledge or maybe even a longboarder at Pipe in PE. Who knows! Anything is possible. The Prizes are Dank: R20 000 cash. Channel Islands Surfboard for every month. A free surf trip. R10 000 for the winning videographer. Christmas come early baby, and the forecast looks surfy AF! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Surfing: Monster Combo Online Video Contest Kicking Off here: . . .
JBay Winterfest – Two times world champion John John Florence from Hawaii and eleven times world champion Kelly Slater from America will both be competing in the Corona JBay Open this year. With thirteen world titles between them, the surfers were absent from the perfect waves of Supertubes for one of the last two years as a result of serious injuries at the time, but both are now fully recovered and are surfing with all the skill, talent and passion that they are known for. Last week saw the Rip Curl Pro take place at Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia. The surf was positively huge, but what was most noticeable was the rejuvenation of Kelly Slater, and that of a rampant John John Florence. Slater defeated Australian favourite Julian Wilson early on in the event, and ended up a very credible fifth place, a result that saw him shoot up the rankings by 19 spots to rest at 14th on the Jeep Leaderboard. Florence on the other hand went all the way to the final, where he came up against a fired-up Filipe Toledo from Brazil. In the giant and perfect surf, it was the Hawaiian who came out on top and is now leading the Championship Tour rankings, with a look about him that he is very interested in another world title. On that subject, South Africa’s very own Championship Tour surfer and two times Corona JBay Open champion Jordy Smith ended up a very solid third place at Bells Beach. Smith is currently sitting at 3rd place on the world tour rankings and is another surfer who is having a look at a world title. The Durban-born surfer has yet to win a world title but has finished in the runner-up position twice. Brazilian Filipe Toledo, who came second to John John at Bells is also an interested party at this year’s Corona JBay Open. He is sitting 4th on the current world tour rankings, which puts him very much in the 2019 world title race conversation. He also has the distinction of winning the previous two Corona JBay Open contests, and will come into this year’s . . .
In a move to stimulate the South African economy, create employment and spearhead its technological advancements in-country, DEFY, a subsidiary of Arcelik Global, has invested >R1bn in upgrading three local production centres to serve as their strategic manufacturing hub. Fundamental to this endeavour is an investment of R130 million at the Jacobs factory located in Durban to produce 6kg, 7.5kg and 10kg Top Loader washing machines. Through the revival of this factory, a total of 75 new job opportunities will be created to manufacture an estimated 500 top loaders per shift. This manufacturing development also serves as a much-needed boost to the local community of Jacobs by undertaking a localisation programme as part of their new investment. By 2020, DEFY is looking to expand their output to include new cooking products such as 60cm Built-In Ovens and a new Free Standing Stove, an investment opportunity totalled at R25mil collectively. According to Mr Evren Albas, the CEO at DEFY South Africa, economic growth in South Africa is a top priority for the company. “DEFY believes that their regional expansion and increased exports will create a positive impact on job creation. It is our intention to open authorised service centres all over the country. The first model is already operational at Springfield in Durban since December 2018, and DEFY is working on a strategy to roll out this model to all critical cities in South Africa.” This sentiment is reiterated by Mr Oguzhan Ozturk, the Chief Technology Officer at Arcelik A.S, who says, “As we expand our presence across Africa, DEFY remains committed to economic development.” Further to this, Arcelik is also extending its global Research and Development network by creating partnerships with key universities and has recently signed an agreement with WITS University to start a collaboration for joint venture engineering studies, focussing on developing new technologies for some of its products. This new . . .
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Port of Durban has commenced a major clean-up to remove the large volume of waste and vegetation from the port after the recent heavy rains and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. The adverse weather caused the usual deluge of plastic and other debris to flow into the port, leaving behind an unsightly scene just days after World Earth Day was observed globally on 22 April. Acting Durban Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkowane, said all Transnet Operating Divisions were carrying out assessments to establish the full extent of damage caused by the storm. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent heavy rains and flooding. We would also like to appeal to the public to please help curb plastic pollution as this causes huge problems when the debris flows into the harbour,” she said. She said the port’s pollution control teams were on site tackling the debris within port waters, aided by clean-up teams from SpillTech, Drizit and ZMK Enterprises. Progress is slow due to the sheer volume of material that still continues to wash in. The debris included large logs that posed a threat to the safe navigation of the harbour craft which are used to guide vessels safely in and around the port. The port has been fully operational however, the ingress of waste impacted on vessel movements and as of midday on Wednesday three vessels were unable to berth or sail in the Maydon Wharf precinct, Nkowane confirmed. “The combined catchment area of the rivers, canals and storm-water drainage systems that drain into the port is over 200km2 in size. The unfortunate reality is the port waters are on the receiving end of the large volume of litter, effluent and sewage that is discharged into the storm-water reticulation system within the catchment,” said Nkowane. “We must all take responsibility for the well-being of the ocean and coastal environment, and as TNPA we want to help create awareness and promote sustainable practices for . . .
Fans of legal dramas and local theatre will not want to miss Justice is a Woman; a highly emotive theatre production highlighting issues of gender inequality and the ethical dilemmas of the justice system written by well-respected former KZN judge Chris Nicholson, directed by Paul Spence, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company UK and starring a richly talented South African cast. Set in a KZN university in 2018, after the 2 000-year exclusion of women as lawyers in the courtroom, Justice is a Woman tells the captivating story of a female post-graduate student’s molestation case against her male university professor. Lead character Portia, the lawyer representing the professor, is faced with an ethical dilemma that forces her to question her values and threatens to tear her personal life apart. Opening performances take place from 23 to 25 May at Michaelhouse, 29 and 30 May at Grace College, and from 4 to 8 June at the Hexagon Theatre, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets are R80 per person (R130 Hexagon), R50 pensioners (R80 Hexagon) and students R40. For more information, follow @justiceisawoman on Facebook or contact Paul Spence on firstname.lastname@example.org or (084) 341 1742. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .