Primary School Urban Gardens project showcases ingenuity and sustainability at East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. “Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade,” once said Rudyard Kipling. So Mr Kipling would likely have appreciated the Urban Gardens project by Verigreen, in partnership with the ECR House & Garden Show and MSQ Interiors, which demonstrates what wonders hard work and ingenuity can produce. Verigreen has been at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing in KZN for 15 years, and their Urban Gardens initiative aims to raise awareness about environmental issues among those who will inherit the earth: our children. Four Durban schools – Maris Stella, St Mary’s, Durban Preparatory School, and Chelsea Preparatory School – have joined the project, conceptualised by Michelle Markram from MSQ Interiors, which invites students to build urban gardens using waste products. The most innovative gardens can be seen at the ECR House & Garden Show, and visitors are invited to vote for their favourite. The one with the most votes wins a R5 000 cash prize for their school! Voting takes place via the Supa Mama Facebook page @SupaMamaTM, starting 30 June and ending 5pm 9 July. After the show, the gardens will be donated by the Supa Mama team to deserving families within their local communities. Now that’s something to sing about! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If home is where the heart is, then the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show 2017 is not to be missed. Now in its record 37th year, this perennial lifestyle extravaganza promises to wow local audiences with a host of new innovations and living ideas from the most trend-focused designers in KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands of home shoppers and idea hunters are expected to swarm the Durban Exhibition Centre from 30 June until 9 July 2017, where more than 480 exhibitors will showcase everything vogue in the world of décor, interior design, kitchens, bathrooms, gardening, DIY, technology, outdoor living, leisure, food and more. In keeping with the event’s upgraded living and lifestyle theme, Zapper, South Africa’s premier mobile payment app will be present to enlighten attendees on the benefits of switching from cash and card to modern mobile payments. Make your way to the Zapper stand to learn about quick and convenient payments from your smartphone, free vouchers and loyalty cards, Zapper for your business, and how to discover new restaurants and retailers through the app’s geolocation technology. A host of merchants over the 10-day period will be accepting payments with Zapper. These can easily be found by the Zapper signage proudly displayed at their booths. Shopping at these vendors means you don’t have to worry about running out of cash or faulty card chips. Your smartphone is all you need! First-time users will also receive R25 off their first transaction as Zapper’s way of welcoming them to the scan, pay, go revolution. Zapper is currently available for free download from the app stores of Windows, Apple and Android phones. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As mid-winter brings with it colder temperatures, we dust off our boots and straighten out our warm jackets. Recipes like homey soups, stews and slow-cooked meals are suddenly back on the menu. And if spending a chilly evening indoors and getting cosy in front of the fireplace with a fluffy blanket seems like the best thing to do, then the Fairview Beacon Shiraz 2014 is no doubt the perfect pairing. Fairview wine and cheese in Paarl produces several tantalising Shiraz wines that feature in almost all of the estate’s ranges. These Shiraz wines have earned numerous accolades, confirming Fairview’s position as a Shiraz-producing jewel in the Cape Winelands. The 2014 Beacon Shiraz is dark ruby red in colour, with aromas of ripe plum, violet and cinnamon on the nose. The Shiraz resembles a French Syrah from the Northern Rhône. The palate is rich and full-bodied with firm structure and complex flavours of fruit and spice. The wine has the potential to mature for 5 to 8 years. “Shiraz has always been a flagship variety for our farm, carrying with it a special heritage and significance,” says winemaker Anthony de Jager. The SA Shiraz Wine Challenge 2017 announced their results recently, of which the Fairview Beacon Shiraz 2014 was honoured with a spot in the overall Top 12 Shiraz wines in South Africa. Richly flavoured and ideally served at 15 °C - 18°C, Shiraz wines are perfect for the winter season. They pair particularly well with hot meat dishes, such as beef stew, roast lamb, venison, oxtail, and roast or braaied chicken. If you’re not the biggest cook and looking for something more casual, invite friends over and serve up the 2014 Beacon Shiraz with the perfectly suited Fairview Roydon Camembert. As one of Fairview’s flagship cheeses, the Roydon Camembert is produced in the traditional French method, with a dash of goats’ milk to give it the farmhouse flavour and characteristics. It’s also fantastic oven-baked and served with some Fairview baguette, . . .
Acclaimed writer and director Lara Foot’s award-winning play, The Inconvenience of Wings, brings bipolar disorder and friendships into the spotlight, now on at the Market Theatre Following its sold-out success at the National Arts Festival and the Baxter Theatre Centre last year, Lara Foot’s award-winning latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings, makes its Johannesburg premiere at the Market Theatre until 16 July, on Tuesdays to Sundays. Earlier this year the play received the coveted Fleur du Cap awards for Best Director (Foot), Best Actor (Andrew Buckland) and Best Actress (Jennifer Steyn). Foot, the 2016 National Arts Festival Featured Artist and a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre winner, has assembled a stellar cast and creative team comprising Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu. Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings, tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul (Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings. The play is, at its heart, a love story, which make for compelling viewing with burning contemporary themes such as bi-polar disorder and compulsion and its devastating effect on the family. It cuts close to the bone for anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted. The media and audiences raved about the production. John Maytham from Cape Talk gave it a glowing thumbs up, saying, “If there is a better piece of theatre at the Festival, please lead me to it … It is a piece that no serious theatre lover should miss … Be there, and tot up the number of awards for which it will be nominated, most of which it will win. It's that good.” Steve Kretzmann from . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
PrideTV, Africa's only LGBT video-on-demand (VOD) channel, is highlighting four winter warmers as temperatures drop during the Southern Hemisphere’s cold season. The highlighted movies are all designed to raise the mercury and include the ‘Flight of the Cardinal’, ‘Vampire Boys’, ‘Leather’ and ‘Make the Yuletide Gay’. Flight of the Cardinal is set in a timber lodge located in the desolate Smoky Mountains, Vampire Boys stays true to that genre where the warmth of daylight fears to tread, Leather is about getting up to no good in a cosy Catskill Mountains cottage, and Make the Yuletide Gay - you’ve guessed it - pays homage to the sights and sounds of a typically frosty Northern Hemisphere Christmas. “Our expanding movie library contains award-winning video content that is eminently watchable at any time of the year. Africa’s LGBT community and their supporters will, however, find our four highlighted winter warmers particularly apt this time of year,” says Joanne Raphael Katz, PrideTV spokesperson. PrideTV became Africa's first LBGT streaming channel following its launch last year. "PrideTV is fully embracing its role as Africa's flagship LGBT entertainment channel by offering the widest LGBT content while also offering support for issues that affect the LGBT community such as last month's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia that it helped publicise." Anyone can join PrideTV's community regardless of their location. PrideTV's premium video entertainment offering costs the equivalent of just R79 a month (or R790 for 12 months with 2 months free) and viewers subscribe by visiting www.prideTV.co.za. International viewers can pay via credit card in their local currency. No specialised hardware beyond the viewer's usual Internet access device is required to access PrideTV. The service can be viewed on smart televisions, desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones using either iOS or Android operating . . .
Durbanites can put their best foot forward for charity by donning their favourite pair of sneakers in support of the Association for the Aged’s (Tafta) annual family fun walk. Centred on Tafta’s core value of inspiring active ageing, the organisation invites participants of all ages to lace up their running shoes for a day of activity and excitement on Saturday, July 15. Each year the event draws hundreds of fitness enthusiasts and leisurely walkers, whose participation makes a valuable difference in the lives of the elderly. “Tafta’s annual fun walk is a community event and we encourage participants to bring along their family, friends and colleagues for a day of comradery, fun and exercise,” says Tafta CEO Femada Shamam. Participants can choose to walk the 2 km route at a cost of R20 or the 5km route at R50. The walk will commence at 8am from the Amphitheatre at Durban’s beachfront along the promenade to uShaka Marine World and return to the amphitheatre. All proceeds from the event will contribute towards supplementing the social grants of financially strained pensioners and providing the elderly with much-needed care kits. Pre-registration can be completed at www.roag.co.za and on-the-day registration begins at 7am sharp at the amphitheatre. For more information contact Ateesha or Siyabonga on 031 332 3721 or email email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nestled between the hills of Colleen Glen, a new function venue has opened. Kleinplaas Country Estate & Function Venue is inviting the public to attend thier open days this weekend. The renovated sheep-shearing shed in the unspoilt natural setting served as inspiration for the name of the venue. They are inviting everyone to come view the premisis and to see various decor options provided by Lea Draping & Decor. The viewing time slots are 30 June (16:00-21:00) and 1 July (10:00-14:00). This family-friendly event is completely free of charge, with light arrival refreshments to be served. Visit the Kleinplaas Facebook page for more information regarding the opening and pictures of the venue: https://www.facebook.com/kleinplaas/ Contact the in-house events co-ordinator, Janita Hanekom, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 071 382 7354. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will be held in Port Elizabeth in July, with performances at the National Arts Festival, Kingswood College, and the Savoy Theatre. Hundreds of young musicians audition for a coveted place in the South African National Youth Orchestra and a select few are chosen to form the green and gold national team each year. Members include players from communities all over the country, and are chosen on merit through two auditions. The National Youth Orchestra’s legacy spans over half a century, and is far reaching with representation of alumni in top professional orchestras in South Africa and across the globe. The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will take place from 30 June - 9 July in Port Elizabeth. This year they will be performing an array of Fantasia-inspired music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and will be conducted by National Youth Orchestra alumnus, Prof. David Scarr. The course is made possible through funding by the National Arts Festival, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Music Department, National Lotteries Commission and the SAMRO Foundation. Performances are on 7 July at 13:00 at the Fountain Foyer at the National Arts Festival (free entrance); 8 July at 12:30 at Nombulelo Hall, Grahamstown (free entrance); 8 July at 18:30 at Kingswood College (donation at the door); and a Sunday Funday Concert on 9 July at 15:00 at the Savoy Theatre in Port Elizabeth (tickets available through Computicket). The National Youth Orchestra would love every driven, talented and deserving musician to be able to attend the orchestra course. As almost 60% of the participants need financial assistance, they are appealing to companies and individuals to contribute towards the bursary fund. Benefits of a sponsorship include knowing that you are contributing to the national development of our country, and a variety of branding opportunities. For more information . . .
Brilliant designer showcase at the Durban Exhibition Centre this July The 2017 ECR House & Garden Show introduces a fresh partnership with KAPOW, the design and décor industry’s independent networking organization. Headed by Interior designers Jennifer Jones and Caron Mitchell, KAPOW aims to tackle the misconception that interior design and decorating is not accessible to the everyday home owner. Your line up of interior design inspiration heading to this year’s ECR House & Garden Show. (l-r) Owen Reeves, Lee Booy, Nicky Fraser, Wisty Raleigh, Jennifer Jones, Hayley Larson, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Phillipa Courtenay Central to the project at this year’s ECR House & Garden Show is the KAPOW Designer Café presented by Dulux, where invited decorators and interior designers each partner with fabric houses to create seven different cameo stands. Visitors will be inspired by KAPOW designers’ interpretation of the latest trends, alongside daily talks and launches of the season’s current fabric ranges. “The idea that designers cost the home owner more than retail shopping is a myth,” said Jennifer Jones, interior designer and KAPOW committee chairperson. “By offering direct access to top designers, we’ll be connecting show visitors with extensive international and local products, not to mention the invaluable advice and input that a designer offers.” Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. “Collaborating with the KAPOW Designer Café affords Dulux the opportunity to showcase our versatile colour trends and offer expert advice on how to select the right colours and make a décor statement, living up to our mission of Adding Colour to People’s LivesTM” said . . .