For a wildly exciting evening of fang-tastic fun, Crocworld Conservation Centre has organised the ultimate Halloween celebration which will be spooking park visitors on Saturday, 27 October from 4pm until late. “We want to offer a truly unique Halloween experience so – for only the third time in the park’s history – we will be opening our doors after dark,” said Martin Rodrigues, Crocworld Conservation Centre manager. “There are a number of exciting adventures in store, hair-raising experiences and live entertainment, with the added bonus of getting to witness our spellbinding nocturnal species in action. It’s going to be an extreme Halloween celebration with something for every witch, wizard, ghost and mummy out there.” Visitors will be invited to step into an enchanted world as they take a journey through the eerie scare zone - The Lost Maze – this year’s Halloween programme highlight. Every fog-coated turn in the recreated Crocworld Resources Centre has a chilling new surprise that will leave even the most daring thrill-seekers scrambling for the exit! Once out of The Lost Maze, you will find magical live entertainment and a wide variety of delectable food options provided by food trucks. Pizza, pulled pork burgers, gourmet hotdogs, boerewors rolls, nachos and refreshing potions are all on the menu. There is also a chance to get up close to Crocworld’s exciting nocturnal animals as the park’s ghoulish guides take visitors on a night tour of the park – one at 7pm and another at 8.30pm. These creatures of the night will add a uniquely South African flavour to this Halloween spectacular, with crocodile feedings on both tours completing this night-time haunt. There will be on-site security and staff assistance throughout the event, and brave-hearted visitors are welcome to walk around inside the park outside of the guided tours – just remember to bring a torch! And no Halloween celebration is complete without trick or treat. Bring your bags and seek . . .
A massive boost for export industry in KZN The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and Productivity SA have announced the introduction of a programme to improve the productivity and competiveness of exporters and prospective exporters in KwaZulu-Natal. In a collaboration between government and business, the KZN Exporter Competitiveness Programme (KECP) will be launched on 11th October 2018 at Coastland Hotel, Musgrave. Members of the media are invited to the launch as follows: Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018 Time: 8h30 for 9h00 Venue: Coastlands Hotel, 315 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Musgrave The primary aim of the programme is to grow the exports industry in KZN thereby accelerating economic growth and job creation in the province. The Regional Manager for Productivity SA in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Amelia Naidoo, says “the KZN Exporter Competitiveness Programme (KECP) is primed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of exporters and prospective exporters through the provision of a foundation of operational efficiency and company performance”. Naidoo says “The KZN Exporter Competitiveness programme will be launched during the annual Productivity SA regional Productivity Awards. According to Naidoo “the programme stands to improve the productivity of the exports industry in KwaZulu-Natal”. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as an Entity of the Department of Labour, with the mandate to promote employment growth and productivity. The Productivity SA Regional Manager in KwaZulu-Natal say at inception, the programme has already seen 20 export companies in KZN sign up to partake in the programme. The key objectives of the programme includes a drive to improve and modernise KZN exporter practices and infrastructure, create opportunities for the previously disadvantaged and enable Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to actively . . .
100 years ago a penniless R.H. Rutherfoord headed into the northern areas of Zululand in search of labour. One wonders if he could ever have imagined that this would be the moment that he planted the seed for four generations of retailers. The Ndumu Group has grown from humble beginnings and has expanded significantly beyond retail and into property, investments and hospitality. 1918 was a tough time. R.H (as he was known) was a sugar cane farmer on the southern bank of the Umfolozi River. A flood washed away his farm and the sugar mill. Once the mill was re-established R.H travelled miles north to spread the news among the locals that work was once again available. He arrived at Ndumu and it was here that his life changed. Mr. L.C. von Wissel wanted to sell his farm and 2 trading stores. R.H returned to Umfolozi and set up Ndumu Cooperative Labour Association with the original shareholders being: S. Johnson (chair), R.H. Rutherfoord (managing director), J.K. Johnson, G. Heaton-Nichols and Dr. L.L. Proksch. Their primary objective was to recruit labour for the mill at Umfolozi and to farm cotton at Ndumu. The difficulties of transporting goods down the Maputo River to Ndumu from Lourenco Marques (Maputo) challenged their pioneering spirit. Ponts were overturned by hippo and the boll weevil beetle put an end to their farming enterprise. Roy Rutherfoord, R.H.’s son, wrote a book called “Beyond Where the Dirt Road Ends,” in which he records the trials and tribulations of living in these remote areas. Once the railway line reached Somkele the family made the decision to concentrate on cattle and trading. The pioneering role of the Rutherfoord family opened up Maputaland, having a significant impact on the region’s river and road infrastructure. They bought out other traders in the greater Maputaland region and moved to Othobothini, near Jozini, where they settled for 27 years. When the railway reached Mkuze the Rutherfoord family settled at Ubombo where they . . .
Satin Candy is in the Pink! It’s “Pinktober” and Satin Candy, home to exquisite bras and luxurious lingerie, is partnering with the Pink Drive and are affording all customers the opportunity to have complimentary breast examinations in store and for every Satin Candy Purchase, they will donate R50 towards this charitable cause. “The majority of women who come into our stores for the first time often wear the wrong size bra. Many of them don’t know the health risks that are caused by wearing the incorrect sized bra. These health risks could even lead to breast cancer. We really care about our Satin Candy ladies and we’re excited to partner with the Pink Drive to further educate our community. For every in-store purchase, we will donate R50 towards the Pink Drive as well,” says Satin Candy founder, Sandra Thomas. The Pink Drive team will be doing breast examinations at Satin Candy’s Kloof branch on Tuesday, October 16th and at the Windermere branch on Friday, October 19th, from 10h00 until 14h00. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October every year. According to the South African National Cancer Registry, one in 27 women in South Africa will be diagnosed with breast cancer and, according to the Cancer Association of South Africa; one in eight stands the chance of getting some type of cancer! The good news is that breast cancer, like other types of cancers, is treatable when detected early. Early detection is absolutely crucial in ensuring effective treatment and a positive outcome. That’s why it’s important for you to examine your breasts regularly and to go for medical check-ups. The Pink Drive KZN Administrator, Janice Benecke, believes the partnership with Satin Candy will go a long way to growing awareness. “Our partnership with one of Durban’s’ leading bra boutiques can definitely help us to extend our reach and accomplish our mission of helping women through early detection, education and support services,” she said. For more . . .
Deciding where to retire can prove an incredibly difficult decision, often causing many to delay the move to retirement altogether. There are many holistic retirement estates arising across South Africa that offer a secure, comfortable lifestyle. Residents are able to use all inhouse facilities with access to quality medical care. The KwaZulu-Natal coastline, in particular, is seeing an increasing number of retiree interest. The warm climate and abundant natural beauty are major drawcards, but there is just so much more to coastal living that make it the ideal place for retirement. Here are five reasons, identified by mature lifestyle estate Renishaw Hills, why people are choosing to retire to the coast: 1. Improved sleep When visiting the coast, many people comment on their improved sleep patterns. The soothing sound of the ocean and crisp sea air work wonders on the psyche. But it’s even more than that. The coastal air is charged with negative ions that enhance the absorption of oxygen into the body, boosting serotonin levels – the hormone that induces sleep. This means a deeper, more peaceful sleep which has knock-on positive effects on overall wellbeing. 2. Dr Sunshine In addition to improved sleep, the coastline – particularly in KwaZulu-Natal – will give your body a much-needed boost of Vitamin D in the form of sunshine. Vitamin D boosts the immune system, reducing inflammation connected to various skin conditions. It also strengthens the bones and fights auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Once again, overall wellbeing is improved. 3. Increased social activity According to UK-based research, the Blue Gym initiative, the coastal environment promotes health and wellbeing by increasing physical activity, reducing stress and building stronger communities. The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, in particular, offers an incredible array of outdoor activities which can be enjoyed with like-minded community members. The nearby Aliwal . . .
Wherever you’re headed on Friday, 12 October, make sure you wear a hat and lend your support to the #HatsOn4CPC initiative, raising funds for palliative care services offered to children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses. Organised by The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), #HatsOn4CPC both raises funds and creates awareness about the vital work being done by children’s hospices and palliative care services globally. ICPCN plays a strategic role within the international health and palliative care arena, assisting countries and organisations to develop services and promote universal access to palliative care for children and their families. The valuable impact of palliative care is evidenced by the smiling face of young Gauteng resident, Koketso. Admitted in August 2010 to Lambano Sanctuary, a hospice facility in Germiston offering palliative care to children, Koketso was in considerably ill health. Lambano Sanctuary is a 14-bed inpatient unit that receives patients from a large catchment area. It is the only paediatric facility offering palliative care to chronically ill children in the Gauteng province. Although Koketso’s dire condition warranted hospital admission for a proper work up, territorial factors and a lack of referral summary meant Lambano Sanctuary was his last hope. With limited medical history, the dedicated staff at Lambano Sanctuary worked with Koketso and his foster mother, providing a caring hospice environment and access to much needed medical care from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Within less than a year, Koketso had made a remarkable recovery, with his quality of life drastically improved from his first admission when he required end-of-life care. He has since moved back home to Pretoria. It is estimated that Koketso is one of more than 21 million children worldwide who are battling with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness or condition. At present, fewer than 1% of these children . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .
Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Excellent three-foot waves with offshore conditons greeted the surfers on day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series Finale pres. by BOS, and the Pro Junior divisions were sent straight out in the early morning light. It was high action from the get-go, and Bryce Du Preez and Calvin Goor were the Men’s standouts along with Ceara Knight and Zoe Steyn in the Women’s division. Steyn was awarded a 9,33 out of a possible 10 points for her best ride, in which she executed a series of radical turns along the inside, ending up on the rocks. “I just saw such a good section on that wave and managed to hook it all the way past the rocks,” said Steyn. “There wasn’t priority at that stage so I had to hussle a bit to get that wave.” In the U14 Boys James Ribbink dominated his heat and although it was a bit wave-starved he banked two good scores for the heat win. “There weren’t too many waves out there in that heat, so I got an insider just to quickly open up my score,” said Ribbink. “Then I saw another decent looking wave and paddled further out and got it. I managed a couple of carves on it and so had two decent scores quite early on in the heat.” Ribbink advanced along with Connor Slijpen. Other surfers who shone in this division were Christian Venter, an on-form Daniel Emslie, and Brad Scott. Ribbink went on to win his semifinal and will compete in the U14 Final tomorrow. In the highly competitive U16 Boys division Mitch Du Preez and York Van Jaarsveldt advanced to the Final, leaving Aya Gericke and Josh Daniel in their wake. The second Semifinal in this division was a close affair, with Tide-Lee Ireland winning ahead of Reilly Mare. Sam Bennie and Nathan Perris were both eliminated in the . . .
Much loved #LoveLocal Festival returns to Pietermaritzburg - Liberty Midlands Mall celebrates its 15th birthday in local talent festivity Liberty Midlands Mall, which celebrates its 15th year as the largest and most popular retail destination across the Pietermaritzburg area, is excited to announce the return of its popular #LoveLocal Festival this year from 26 - 28 October 2018. Loved by the community, the festival which was launched in 2017 celebrates the City of Pietermaritzburg and its beautiful surroundings. The festival brings a weekend full of proudly local exhibitions, cooking shows and a locally inspired and curated marketplace. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the mall’s 15th birthday than with a #LoveLocal Festival,” says Brian Unsted, Liberty Two Degrees’ Asset Management Executive for Liberty Midlands Mall. “Complementing the mall’s unique offering of retail experience, the City of Pietermaritzburg is rich in local talent and inspiring natural attractions. We are pleased to be able to provide a platform that celebrates all the region has to offer and share that with the community.” Three reasons not to miss the 2018 #LoveLocal Festival #LoveLocal Marketplace As the heart of the festival, the #LoveLocal Marketplace invites talented producers from the area to showcase and sell their locally made products. Visitors can shop for everything from home decor to fashion and confectionery, in a festive and curated setting while interacting with the vendors. #LoveLocal Chef’s Kitchen The popular Chef’s Kitchen returns to the #LoveLocal Festival, with local chefs sharing their favourite recipes alongside celebrities in fun and interactive demos. #LoveLocal’s Best of KZN Design Building on the success of last year’s popular “Best Of” design display, Durban-based curator Nadia van der Mescht will be putting together a phenomenal display of KZN talent. From furniture producers to illustrators, jewelers, potters and more, the . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) - Nic Haralambous - entrepreneur, author, speaker and stylish sock icon - has done it again. The businessman behind startups such as Motribe, ForeFront Africa and the popular fashion brand Nic Harry, has released his debut book, Do.Fail.Learn.Repeat. and it is exactly what you need to read if you are looking for an honest, open look at the life of an entrepreneur. From the age of 16, Nic has been exercising his entrepreneurial skills. Starting with building web-based products and moving on to creating full-sized companies in the tech world. He has built businesses from the ground up and seen many of them succeed, but he’s also seen a number of them fail. After graduating from Rhodes University, Nic tried to make his way up the corporate ladder but soon found that working on his own passions and interests was what he really wanted to be doing. So, that’s what he pursued. Founding multiple startups until he found his current brainchild, Nic Harry. The funky sock brand has taken South African men’s fashion by storm, and recently added a range of underwear and T-shirts as well. All products are made with soft bamboo fibres, allowing for comfort, style and variety for guys who want variety in their wardrobes. Now, Nic has written and released a business biography, in which he outlines his business successes and failures, as well as the lessons he learnt along the way. In the book, he gives an accurate and truthful account of how he got to where he is today. He opens up about failing and shares how he got back up after each failed attempt. The book came out in July 2018 and has hit all major bookstore shelves. It is also available on his website. Online buyers will receive a signed copy and can add a pair of Nic Harry socks, that match the book’s cover, to their carts as well. Nic is also available to be booked for talks, where he shares his experience and knowledge with like-minded . . .