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 . . .
Summer in KwaZulu-Natal means everybody is heading outdoors to enjoy the sunshine – resident snakes included. And while snake encounters are often alarming, local snake rescuers, Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett, are just a phone call away, ready and waiting to assist. The British-born couple have found a home in eMdloti, and from this base they venture across Durban and surrounds, rescuing snakes and relocating them to safer environments. Many of these incredible snake rescues have made it to the Nat Geo Wild television show, Snakes in the City, brought to television screens by production company, Earth Touch. While summer is always a time of increased snake activity, Simon explained that the recent rainfall will attract them in greater numbers as they tend to dine out on the frogs and toads commonly found in wet weather. “These amphibians attract several types of snake species, many of them harmless like the herald snakes, or the mildly venomous like the night adders, which aren’t life threatening to humans but can give quite a bad bite, especially to smaller pets,” he explained. “The most dangerous snake that feeds on frogs and toads is the Mozambique spitting cobra, the brown-coloured snake that is very common in and around Durban. It will hood up and spit, or even spit lying down, and should not to be approached.” He said that – as is the case with all snakes – they’d rather not approach humans, however, if someone approaches a snake it will defend itself like any other animal. “The best thing to do is, if you think there’s a snake in your garden, house or even car, is to phone a snake catcher,” he said, adding that while people are scared of snakes, snakes are undeniably much more scared of people. “Snakes will only bite if threatened, or accidentally trod on, which doesn’t happen very often.” Snake season will continue through to May, but because Durban doesn’t get particularly cold, snakes are always around. “They will come out to bask on . . .
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 . . .
One of the biggest salepersons around moved into South Africa recently. In Solar PV Systems we call that person; "Sir Eskom Loadshedding!" "Phone and web site enquiries have escalated somewhat since the start of loadshedding," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar. "Everyone wants to be free of Eskom and loadshedding and most are of the impression that Solar Power is the magic bullet to do that," explained Alan. The price of Solar Panels has plummeted over the last 8 years and the electricity price per unit (Kw) manufactured from a pure grid tie solar installation is now less than 70c per unit amortised over the 20 year expected life of an installation. On the other hand the price of batteries still needs to reach that tipping point before beginning to plummet. "Batteries are the next frontier in terms of lower price and higher storage capacity," says Straton. Solar PV comes in 3 'flavours: Grid Tie only (here you will still be affected by loadshedding) Grid Tie with Battery Backup, referred to as a Hybrid System (load shedding will not affect you - depending on the size of your batteries) Off Grid - Here you are on your own with no connection to the grid at all. Taking the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as an example Straton said: A Grid Tie system for a single phase installation may only be a maximum of 5 KW in size. This is good enough for an annual average of 960 units of electricity each month (more in summer, less in winter). The pay back on such a system is around 6 to 7 years. IF the system is installed in a business then the payback is from the time of switching on as Section 12B of the Income Tax allows an immediate 100% depreciation allowance on renewable energy installation. If you do not have mission critical items then Grid Tie only is the way to go. A Hybrid System also operates under the same constraints as the Pure Grid Tie system above. In addition the conversation around batteries is that one must remember . . .
Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh promises non-stop holiday fun this festive season with fascinating daily snake demonstrations, crocodile feeding and talks, forest walks, vulture feeding and talks every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and Henry the iconic Nile crocodile’s 118th birthday party. Crocworld Conservation Centre’s daily holiday programme will run between the 13th of December 2017 and 8th of January 2018. “We are expecting thousands of visitors to flock to Crocworld Conservation Centre once again this festive season. Crocworld’s impressive variety of birds, reptiles, breath-taking sea views, expansive indigenous gardens, jungle gyms and animal farm, make it the ultimate day out for holidaymakers of all ages to enjoy,” commented Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Manager, Martin Rodrigues. In addition to the usual crocodile feedings at 11h00 and 15h00 every day, there will also be a daily forest walk at midday and as a special holiday treat, vulture feedings on Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday and Sunday at 14h00. The kilometre-long scenic forest walk is a must-do for all nature and bird enthusiasts. The programme will include a daily snake demonstration at 10h15 where visitors will learn valuable snake safety tips and interesting facts from some of the Centre’s snake experts. Everyone is invited to join the bumper 118th birthday celebrations on December 16 at 11h00, for Crocworld’s oldest resident, Henry the Nile crocodile. Henry is the oldest known Nile Crocodile in captivity, weighing in at 500kgs and 5-metre’s in length. Henry arrived at Crocworld in 1985 as an adult, with records that stated he was 85-years old. He lives in his enclosure with six females, and has fathered over 10 000 offspring in the last 32 years. There will be a special birthday feeding and talk, as well as cake for guests, while stock lasts. Crocworld Conservation Centre’s gift shop offers an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, boasting a vast array of . . .
Johannesburg 05 December 2019 - At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We provide innovative solutions to help dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices. Mastering each step in every restorative procedure is essential for dental professionals to be able to provide the best possible dental care. Dentsply Sirona’s innovative solutions are proven to be both effective and efficient in helping dentists navigate even the most common procedures with greater success. Calibra® Ceram and Calibra® Universal are adhesive and self-adhesive resin cements from Dentsply Sirona, which can be used in both self-cure and dual-cure mode. They complement the light-curing resin cement Calibra® Veneer, which has been clinically proven for more than 12 years for the adhesive luting of veneers. Advanced materials enable smooth contoured surfaces with excellent shade-matching and stain-resistance. Innovative technologies make it possible to do indirect restorations in a single visit. Even though our solutions have been used to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of hundreds of millions of restorative procedures, we are committed to making them even better, ensuring dentists can continue to face each step of every procedure with confidence. Calibra® Ceram offers immediate long-term bonding that is ideal for all-ceramic crowns, CAD/CAM restorations and non-retentive preparations needing maximum strength. For a trouble-free procedure and the long-term success of the restoration, the cement used must meet these basic mechanical, biological, and handling requirements: • It must not harm the tooth or surrounding tissues. • It must allow sufficient working time to place the restoration. • It must offer viscosity and film thickness low enough to allow complete seating of the restoration. • It must quickly form a hard mass strong . . .
Johannesburg , 06 December 2019 - More than 30 years ago Dentsply Sirona brought CEREC to the market, a system which pioneered Single Visit Dentistry. CEREC has been continually developed in that time so that not only restorations, but also implant drill guides, custom implant prosthetics and even orthodontic indications are covered by the versatile system. In so doing, Dentsply Sirona set an important trend in dentistry: Treatment concepts with digital technology are now an emerging expectation amongst dental patients. CEREC not only provides many patient benefits, but also the clinical success has been demonstrated in more than 250 studies. When it comes to the use of CAD/CAM in the dental practice, the question is not whether it can be integrated into the existing workflows, but more how this can be achieved in the best possible manner. Save your patients the discomfort of a conventional impression tray and take impressions using the CEREC Omnicam, our small powder-free camera. The CEREC Omnicam allows you to take a coating-free scan of the natural tooth substance and gingiva. This saves you an extra step, reduces the learning curve and makes impression-taking more pleasant and time-saving than ever before. The CEREC Omnicam sits perfectly in the user’s hand. Thanks to the slim design and the compact camera tip, scanning posterior teeth presents no problems. Regardless of whether the patient is sitting upright or reclining, you can scan the upper and lower jaws ergonomically without having to adjust your natural working posture. In addition, the CEREC Omnicam allows you to determine the colour of the scanned teeth in the CEREC software based on your scan, and also allows you to expand your treatment spectrum to aligner treatment. This makes the CEREC Omnicam a unique multifunctional tool and offers you everything you need for your safe step into Chairside CAD/CAM. Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide . . .
It’s been a busy year for the team from Project Dignity, the non-profit organisation which distributes reusable sanitary wear – Subz Pants and Pads – to grateful young women across the country. The recent activation, which took place at Amagcino Primary School in Umgababa on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, was the 58th and final school visit for the dedicated Project Dignity team. “We are so happy to say that, this year, a total of 9 341 young women from disadvantaged communities across the country, received packs of Subz Pants and Pants that will last them up to five years,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and the NPO extension, Project Dignity. “And while it’s such a rewarding feeling knowing the difference these packs have made to the lives of our young women, we are already hard at work, sourcing sponsorships for our 2019 packs.” Barnes created South Africa’s original washable, reusable sanitary wear, Subz Pants and Pads, and established Project Dignity as a way to meet the sanitary needs of South African schoolgirls. The reality is that a lack of access to sanitary wear forces many girls to miss up to a week a month of classroom time, detrimentally impacting their education and future prospects. Since its inception in 2010, Project Dignity has donated in the region of 140 000 packs nationwide, with the list of schools and organisations requiring assistance constantly growing. The NPO relies solely on donations from corporates and individuals to meet the demands. The Project Dignity Education Programme distributes packs of Subz Pants and Pads to schoolchildren with one pack able to last each child throughout high school, if cared for correctly. Every school donation is accompanied by an educational, interactive talk on puberty and feminine health. Of the 9 341 Subz packs distributed in 2018, 7 569 contributed towards the Education Programme. The sanitary packs for Amagcino Primary School were purchased from donations made by . . .
The African continent is positioning itself as a global style icon, fusing the influences of international trend-makers with the unique colour and vibrancy that characterises its people and cultures. The impact of this colourful continent on the 2019 lifestyle trends will be brought home through the features and products showcasing at Africa’s biggest décor and design exhibition – Decorex SA. Consisting of Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg, this year’s much-anticipated theme ‘Designing for Africa - feels like home’ encapsulates the re-birth of the African style powerhouse. “We are at a crucial moment in the evolution of technology, both globally and here at home,” explained Anita Bloom, Creative Director at Decorex SA. “The incredible advances in artificial intelligence, virtual augmented realities and 3D printing are about to transform every aspect of our lives. And in response to the imminent digital revolution we are re-focusing on what it means to be human, and this is taking us back to our African roots. Consumers are at a crossroads asking profound questions about their place in the world. How do we hold onto our identity? How do we stay emotionally aware? How do we re-connect with the world around us? By creating a calm, home-style space that gives our minds the freedom to wonder. A space to embrace a positive, new approach to life.” Decorex SA reveals the revitalising trends to look out for in 2019 and beyond: Getting a feel for it - Surface Tactility The average human interacts with a digital surface over 1000 times a day. This constant technological interaction leaves us craving a tactile experience with soft, porous surfaces that breathe life. Walls, fabrics and even counter tops are taking on a more tactile sensation through ceramic tiles, 3D printing and textured paint. New interior design materials - including grounded tiles, recycled plastics and materials - with more traditional materials – marble and granite – are . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (November 2018) - A new website is here, dedicated to those looking for special deals on tours and activities in South Africa.Special Tours provides the most comprehensive list of things to do, as well as the best prices offered. Using a simple, clear design, the website brings a South African itinerary to both locals and tourists alike. South Africa is a gem of tourist attractions, and Special Tours aim to highlight this throughout the website. Created with the purpose of being an extensive source of information on the top things to do in South Africa. The website hosts a wide range of content relating to experiences found in SA. Some of the main areas that the website will focus on are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, the Garden Route. With already some interesting listing like boat cruises, paragliding, Cape point tours, Table Mountain activities, helicopter rides, ziplines and safaris. The website is poised to showcase some of the best activities and experiences that South Africa has to offer and allow users to search and pick tours for the best price using the advances compassion features Activities and prices are constantly updated to give users the latest information and best experience. The website also offers helpful guides on the best way to enjoy South Africa and at great prices. Users are able to find the best things to do in each location of SA, activities are separated by area. This feature allows users to plan activities that are near to each other. It also allows visitors to SA to easily view things that they can do around their holiday destination. Details of tours and activities are stated clearly on the website, with a simple button to book each one. The option to review these activities is offered, allowing users to review and to check other reviews before booking. To learn more and use this new website to take advantage of its innovative features, please visit https://specialtours.co.za Get in . . .