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 . . .
Tired of the same old Christmas ideas? Why not add some Portuguese flair to your festive celebrations? Portuguese people are particularly proud of their ability to enjoy themselves and their Christmas festivities are no different. In fact, the brightly coloured Barcelos rooster is considered to be the unofficial symbol of Portugal as it is seen to embody the renowned Portuguese love of life. Lusito Association spokesperson, Noemia Contente, who is part of the Lusito Land Festival organising committee, says the Portuguese community in South Africa in no different to their European counterparts. “I think this ‘joie de vivre’ is built into our DNA and while Christmas is also a time to attend midnight mass, a great deal of emphasis is placed on food over the festive period.” Most of the Portuguese festive celebrations occur on Christmas Eve and are largely a family affair. Supper or Consoada’ traditionally comprises bacalhau (codfish) with boiled potatoes and specially prepared cabbage, followed by mountains of mouth-watering, traditional desserts such as rice pudding or rabanadas (Portuguese French toast with a twist). After the meal, families attend the 'Missa do Galo' (midnight mass) where the nativity scene takes centre-stage. Contente says prior to leaving for the service, some parents secretly place baby Jesus into their nativity scenes at home, as well as gifts under the Christmas tree. “There is much excitement after mass, because we get to open our presents afterwards. Many people put one shoe of each child next to the fireplace or chimney instead of a Christmas stocking.” Christmas day is usually low-key. “People tend to sleep late and meet again later for another relaxed and delicious family meal,” adds Contente. For those tempted to add some Portuguese elements to their Christmas festivities, why not consider these fun stocking filler ideas: • Chouriço sausage • Little ceramic rooster • Portuguese wine • Olive oil • Pasteis de Nata . . .
The Nelson Mandela Bay festive period will kick off with a bang on Sunday when SPAR Summer Nathi unveils the opening of the season carnival on the Port Elizabeth beachfront. Translated as "summer with us", the Summer Nathi organisers have lined up a programme of high-quality entertainment involving international, national and local artists from Sunday to December 31. Besides the top musicians who will be performing, there will be Sunday's street parade from Bayworld, an outdoor cinema and Christmas carols at Happy Valley, and a variety of picnics and parties at various venues in Mandela Bay. At the festival's official media launch at the Hobie Beach Yacht Club on Monday, Nelson Mandela Bay executive major Mongameli Bobani said they were looking forward to "the biggest, best and most spectacular summer festival the city has ever had". "This Summer Nathi, meaning you are with us, is one which caters for all sections of the community and we want to make sure everyone has a good time," he said. "The municipality is fully behind the programme to boost our local economy and to make our city a preferred destination for holidaymakers. "We are also placing a massive focus on safety and security for all those who attend the festivities and I want to assure our visitors that we will do everything in our power to guarantee they are safe in our fantastic city." Kithi Ngesi, the NMB director of beaches, resorts and events management, said that previously over 400 000 people had visited the metro's various beaches during the holiday period. "We are expecting the same sort of number this summer because we have beautiful beaches, three of which are blue-flag rated," she said. "We have also put measures in place so that there are sufficient lifeguards to make sure everyone is safe. "There has been a rigorous selection process and we have employed a total of 60 lifeguards to patrol the 11 beaches under our jurisdiction." Looking ahead to the programme, . . .
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 . . .
There is still time to book your spot and celebrate Christmas this year with Durban’s most festive family – the dolphins at uShaka Marine World who will be performing their dazzling aquatic aerobatics and adding a special sparkle to everyone’s end of year celebrations. Themed “Under the African Skies”, this year’s eagerly anticipated annual Dolphins by Starlight show has a vibrant home grown feel, paying homage to the beauty of Africa, it’s people and song. Both the audience and Santa himself can experience traditional Christmas songs reworked with vibrant African rhythms and can look forward to rousing renditions of popular hits such as “A Million Dreams”, “A World in Union”, “Can You Feel the Love”, “Special Star” and Quincy Jones’ soulful version of the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Although the uShaka dolphins always steal the show, they’ll be cheered on by pop sensation Lusandra Majola and an operatic prodigy as well as the Durban Gospel Choir, the Glenwood Junior Primary School Choir and the dynamic vocal stylings of isicathimiya group, Young Mambazo. The exhilarating contemporary dance troupe, the Kangaroo Zulu Warriors, and a live band under the baton of Burton Naidoo will add extra local sparkle. This year, Dolphins by Starlight will be hosted by well-known theatre personalities, Mpume Mthombeni and Daisy Spencer. Last chance to make it there between now and December 13, the uShaka Marine World Dolphin Stadium will be filled with a special Christmas spirit and a strong message that encapsulates hope, faith, the value of family and friends, joy, peace, kindness, forgiveness and love. "Dolphins by Starlight” is one family treat that you don't want to miss this festive season, so don't delay, book today! Dates: last show on Thursday, December 13. Time: 19h00pm – gates open at 18.30pm. Adults: R199 Children/Seniors: R160 Tickets are now available via www.ushakamarineworld.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 03 December 2018 –- The Cape Town Burns Club’s 25th annual Dinner on 9th February next year is already shaping up to break its own record as the biggest and best on the African continent and beyond. ‘Burns Night’ is a global phenomenon where Scots and their friends celebrate the life and works of Scotland's most famous poet and writer, Robert Burns (1759-1796) and all good things Scottish. This includes lots of tartan, whisky, haggis, bagpipes, some great speeches, song, dance and more. The 2019 milestone Dinner at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands will no doubt be the usual sell-out event, but this time with added impetus from generous sponsors, a show-stopping display by the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders and Ceòl Mhor Ceilidh (pronounced ‘kaylee’) Band. Burns – the ‘people’s poet’ - was a humanitarian who stood for social justice and gender equality and was the creator of some of the most iconic songs, sayings and writings in the English and most other languages used worldwide today. His Auld Lang Syne is believed to be sung in more dialects on more occasions than any other on the planet. Typically, in Cape Town there is an African twist... Event Director, Scots-born Claire Alexander, says ‘Cape Town Burns Night is a unique celebration of Robert Burns, the spirit of Scottish culture and the ever-strong fundamental links between Scotland and South Africa. Over the years, Dinner guests have evolved from a purely Scottish crowd to an event which in 2018 welcomed 15 different nationalities to Burns Night and the evening had a younger feel, with a distinctly Mother City heartbeat. It’s remarkable how one man’s words have created an immortal legacy of kindness and unity.’ Award winning radio personality, Guy McDonald of Magic 828 Am will once again host this special anniversary event. The evening has a strong charitable ethos, raising substantial amounts spent to the last cent on humanitarian causes that include a children’s home . . .
Last Friday 7th December, DK Network in association with uShaka Marine World, White Star, The Playhouse Company and Icebolethu Foundation hosted a Christmas party for 100 children from Phindavele Creche which is situated in the Umzumbe district – South Coast. The children’s Christmas outing kicked off at The Playhouse Company to watch their very first theatre production titled ‘The Magic Drum’ . After which, they were treated to a whole lot of unlimited fun at uShaka Marine World where they got to watch a Dolphin show, tour the breath-taking aquarium as well enjoying a Wet n Wild experience, taking rides on the many slides, riding the lazy river, playing at the new kiddies pool as well as lunch all of which was sponsored by uShaka Marine World. Icebolethu Foundation also made the children’s day extra special by gifting them with customized swimsuits as well as providing them with food hampers sponsored by White Star. “Every child deserves to have a Christmas filled with laughter, love and happiness, which is exactly what we provided for them on the day”, said uKhozi radio personality and founder of DK Network - Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza. “I am so grateful to all our sponsors for supporting the DK Network and making this Christmas day party, one the children from Phindavele Creche will remember for many years to come.” She added. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .
Like so many of us who are trying to bring a hectic year to a close, the notion of Christmas shopping is a huge ask! At East Point, we’ve found the perfect way to put the festive back into year-end shopping and to offer you a wide variety of outlets to buy that perfect and affordable gift to stow under the Christmas tree. From electronics, a book store, clothing and fashion, footwear, health, hair and beauty, jewellery and accessories, sports, outdoors as well as loads of toys we have you covered. We have a delectable food offering to help in keeping you fuelled while ticking off those items from the Christmas list for the big day, and not forgetting our complimentary WIFI, connect to @SmartMall Free WiFi and download the App SmartMall from the Apple Store or Play Store and get 1GB of data.. Spending R250 or more enters you into our fabulous Christmas draw where you can win a trip for two to Thailand, the land known as the land of the free, smiles, many beautiful temples and so much more. In addition to offering plenty of presents, giveaways and a chance to win a holiday we’ve also found a myriad of ways to keep the rest of the family entertained. Bring the little ones to have their photos taken with Santa from 13 – 24 December situated at Entrance 2 opposite Parrots Restaurant in the mall between 10h00 & 16h00, daily. Promoters will also be providing lots of further cheer distributing loads of surprises and delights. Not only will there be loads of festive cheer, East Point are also hosting The Dino Expo from Saturday December 15th until Sunday January 6th and is a mesmerizing outing for children and adults alike, over the festive season. The Dino Expo, which is a display of skillfully handcrafted and life-like robotic dinosaurs, from the Legendary Tyrannosaurus Rex to the Saltasaurus and Triceratops, are sure to amaze and astound as they not only look realistic in size but move and sound like those from prehistoric times and is set in an artistically . . .
(December, 2018) Cocoon Cape Town, is hosting the Cocoon NYE Party on Monday, 31 December 2018. Celebrate the New Year in style in this world class venue in the heart of Cape Town CBD. Prepare to be amazed as you enter this sophisticated, unique and effortlessly stylish venue with 360 degree views of our beautiful city. Cocoon offers two venues - Cocoon West and East. Dance the night away with uplifting Commercial in Cocoon West or Deep House in Cocoon East, whilst sipping on bubbly or relax in the Private Lounge with your own host. The dress code of the evening is “Dress to Impress”. Cocoon Cape Town is located on the 31st floor of the ABSA Building, offering guests magnificent views of the Firework display at the V&A Waterfront to ring in the New Year. Tickets to Cocoon Cape Town's VIP New Year's Eve experience is R750 per person for single entry. Table Bookings are available at R8,000 minimum spend per table including free entry for 10 people. For bookings contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 421 0581. Tickets available through qkt.io/newyearseve. Keep up-to-date with Cocoon's Facebook and Instagram pages for exciting upcoming events including Cocoon Fridays and Saturday in the Sky. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .