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. . . .
The Sharks get in the mix with Fitch & Leedes Fitch & Leedes has scored a full house in the world of rugby with the announcement that this refreshing drinks range is the official mixer of The Sharks. “We are delighted to be in the mix with such a globally recognised brand as The Sharks and share their intrinsic lifestyle values and core strengths as a young and dynamic squad,” says Fitch & Leedes Brand Manager James Shaw. Commenting on the partnership, The Sharks COO Eduard Coetzee said: “We welcome the introduction of Fitch and Leedes premium mixers to our beverage offering at Jonsson Kings Park. We are delighted to associate our brand with another dynamic company that shares a similar entrepreneurial spirit to us. We look forward to an extensive and mutually beneficial partnership.” Fitch & Leedes is a premium lifestyle brand that has pushed the boundaries in terms of quality and product innovation, creating a niche for itself in the competitive drinks market as the range of mixers preferred by most master distillers, mixologists and discerning consumers. “We have disrupted the mixer category in South Africa by offering consumers a premium experience. Similarly The Sharks as an iconic brand have always pushed the boundaries both on and off the rugby field. The experience they have created in the stadium and their vision to elevate this experience going forward is something we simply have to be involved in,” adds Shaw. As the title sponsor of all the major G&T Festivals around South Africa, Fitch & Leedes prides itself as the understudy to greatness, accentuating the botanical character and subtle notes in premium gins and other craft spirits. Understanding the time and effort put into perfecting a premium spirit, Fitch & Leedes mixers are made for the utmost purity in terms of quality and taste to ensure the best representation of what was intended by the master distiller. The authenticity of this premium range is . . .
Tuesday, April 30th is our big day – and we’ll kick start a year-long celebration of this important celebration by with mega partying featuring many awesome local artists and tons of prizes! This year, we’ll be turning the tables. While most usually receive gifts on their birthdays, we’re planning to give back. So look out for some exciting events, giveaways and lots more in the lead up to this important celebration. For starters, there’s a gift for you online. Visit uShaka’s website, update your details, and claim: • Your Combo Ticket voucher: Our 15th Birthday Tickets Voucher offers park entry for R150 per person (Voucher is for 1 adult and 1 child). • Entry into the park for R15 on your birthday (bring a copy of your ID when it’s your birthday you get in for just R15) once you have registered online. “Enter the Spend and Win Competition taking place throughout participating outlets at uShaka Marine World from 30th April - 30th June. Spend R115.00, fill in an entry form and pop it in, together with your till slip, into one of the entry boxes placed throughout the park and uShaka’s Village Walk Beach Mall and you will be included in the draw to win one of 15 big uShaka Marine World birthday prizes! These prizes include anything from 4 platinum passes up for grabs, a R1000 Cargo Hold Voucher, a large uShaka merchandise hamper, a photoshoot with Happy Snappy, a Wet n’ Wild photo pack valued at R250.00, an aquarium photo pack valued at R380.00, a snorkel photo pack valued at R350.00, an Ocean Walker photo pack valued at R350.00 and a Shark Dive photo pack valued at R350.00. You also stand to win meal vouchers at Wahooz on the Promenade and other park outlets and a host of animal interactions, including a snorkel for two (valued at R350.00) an Ocean Walker for two (valued at R350.00) and a shark dive for two (valued at R350.00). This competition closes on Sunday, June 30th with the big draw taking place on Monday, July 1st! There is also more - if you . . .
WONDERFUL things can be made out of waste, and The Park Boulevard Centre is calling for primary school learners from Grade 1 – 7 to enter their Recycling competition, where one gets to repurpose items from recycled materials. This competition focuses on the 3R’s of the waste hierarchy’ – recycle, re-purpose & reuse - to show how learners can give waste a new lease on life. Learners are invited to create either 2D or 3D reproductions, which can be individual and unique, and made entirely of used or recycled materials. This is such a great opportunity for schools to teach the children more about recycling and reducing waste while having fun. The aim is to re-purpose from one form of use, to another. Your inspiration could come from recycling plastic bags and turn them into a weaved handbag (when scrunched); or turn a 2L cool drink bottle into a pot plant holder or bird feeder. Be sure to get your entries in before Friday, May 24th. Not only will The Park Boulevard Centre display your creations in Etchings Gallery, but you also stand to win R1 500 cash and R5 000 for your school. Remember, the focus is on ensuring that your recycled or repurposed item can be reused. Basic judging criteria will be on the effective use of recycled or repurposed materials and creativity. This shouldn’t stop you from having fun while coming up with innovative, creative ideas, showcasing your final product. Go to www.parkboulevard.co.za for more terms & conditions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Too often learners are pressured by having their heads buried in books and fail to learn the fundamental skills of life. Enter, Food Lover’s Market at Springfield Retail Centre who have formulated a programme, in conjunction with teachers and learners from Golden Hours School, to provide the children with real world skills by learning “on the job.” According to Regional Manager, Deryck Scharneck, “This programme has been implemented to provide learners with exposure to the real world, everyday life in the retail space. These skills range from assisting in the bakery, butchery and learning about merchandising, by assisting with the in store layout and floor management, right down to how to effectively pack and display merchandise.” Undertaken on a weekly basis, small groups of learners spend roughly 2 hours in store, engaging in a range of store operational areas, learning through play and being exposed to real life situations. Golden Hours School Principal, Rowan Hornby stated, “The children are thriving by being hands on in this sort of environment. It not only allows them to get out of the classroom but stimulates them so much so, that, once back at school, they enjoy the rest of their day. It also allows their days and weeks to not be so mundane and gives them something to look forward to.” Golden Hours School, based in Durban North, is a special needs school not only dedicated to educating their learners but are also passionate about providing pastoral care and emotional development. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Collins Property, a fourth-generation property development company based in Durban, have commenced construction on what will become Somerset West’s most exclusive lifestyle estate. Mzuri Estate, with a total contract value of close to R900m will incorporate an initial product offering including 68 single-residential homes, 32 townhouses and 136 apartments. Having been through a lengthy municipal process with the key focus on aligning the requirements of local government with the vision of the developer, the development team has confirmed that all approvals are now firmly in place. Collins are in a position to move forward positively with the construction process and there will be no further delays. Leading industry property development firm Lazercor Developments have been appointed as development managers for the estate and headed up the groundbreaking ceremony in Somerset West this week. Lazercor are property leaders in innovation and sustainable solutions and have been hand selected for their experience in similar large residential estate developments as well as their extensive knowledge of the Somerset West area. The newly approved and updated site development plan for Mzuri Estate offers one of the last properties with uncluttered views over the False Bay and fantastic value to purchasers in a property market where value is hard to come by. Located in Bizweni Avenue, the estate boasts an all-inclusive lifestyle offering with a firm focus on contemporary, eco-friendly design, innovative technologies, indigenous landscaping, paired with state-of-the-art connectivity and security. According to Lazercor’s lead project manager Alister Human, Lazercor adds value for all stakeholders by offering clients an effective and efficient service of the highest quality. “Our comprehensive understanding of strategy and vision coupled with years of industry experience, allow Lazercor to successfully manage an entire project such as Mzuri by integrating all the . . .
Financial Services Provider, Talksure, recently gained institutional accreditation by INSETA and is now preparing to provide accredited short courses as well as learnerships. After an extensive development journey that lasted over a year, Talksure can now offer the Short term insurance NQF 4 qualification, in addition to other existing courses such as soft skills courses, product training and work readiness programmes. “The accreditation speaks to our commitment to learning and providing quality education to our people. This, for us, is important. It allows us to provide our people with meaningful, NQF aligned qualifications which they themselves might have not been able to achieve due to social or financial constraints,” said Magdalene Chetty, Head of Learning and Development at Talksure. For an industry that is often not seen as a long term career, Chetty believes that being able to offer staff qualifications and skills will allow Talksure’s to offer its people real career growth options. “People want to grow and be developed. Once you have invested in your people, they know that you place value in them. Investing in our people will enable them to get up to speed with the requirements of the industry, resulting in improvements in employee morale and productivity, and their will to excel at what they do,” she added. One of the company’s values is Continuous Learning and this influenced the decision to keep training and learning at the forefront of its value-proposition. Talksure’s approach has and will always be to make it easy for all its people, to gain the skills that they require to work and develop within the insurance industry. “We want people to know that with us, you are not just a number. There is a commitment to grow you, to show you that there is a career for you with the Talksure family,” said Chetty CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Saturday, April 20 from 11h30 to 12h45 head on down to Musgrave Shopping Centre (on level 2 opposite Nedbank)and meet the cast of The Kandasamy’s who are doing their promotional movie tour throughout the Province. What a great way to spend the Easter weekend! There will be an opportunity to win some spot prizes, meet & greet your favourite local celebrity and get that all time favourite “selfie shot”. (T’s & C’s apply). Kandasamys: The Wedding was filmed in Chatsworth as well as in and around Durban and highlights two families who are neighbours on the verge of becoming one big, happy family – The Kandasamy’s and the Naidoo’s. Brief synopsis: It’s been a few years since Jennifer Kandasamy and Shanthi Naidoo rekindled their once tainted friendship and the two could not be happier that their children Jodi and Prishen are to be wed. It’s the week before the big day and emotions are heightened. It’s colourful and loud and vibrant and spirited as everyone gets into the wedding week mood. Jennifer holds the reigns to all the wedding preparations and Shanthi focuses on the festivities held by the bridegroom. The story weaves against the backdrop of an Indian South African wedding and Jodi and Prishen’s love is put to test once again by the ones who claim to love them the most – their mothers. Jennifer and Shanthi have to learn how to let go of their children so that they can be happy and in turn realise that in the end, their children’s happiness is the source of their own." What better way to live the good life for this Easter on Saturday, April 20 where you can meet your favourite cast member: Jailoshini Naidoo, Maeshni Naicker, Mishqah Parthiephal, Madhushan Singh, Koobeshen Naidoo, Ugan Naidoo & Vashir Kemraj. Your host will be Madhushan Singh, who plays the part of Prishen Naidoo, (Preggie and Shanti Naidoo’s son) and Jodi’s boyfriend / fiancé. For more information call Musgrave Shopping Centre during office hours on . . .
THE SHARKS ARE VERY THIRSTI FANS SOUTH AFRICA, KWAZULU-NATAL, DURBAN, 02 APRIL 2019 – The Sharks have announced that they are true THIRSTI fans as they ratified THIRSTI Water as their official 2019 Hydration Partner. Sharks COO, Eduard Coetzee, said of their new partner, “We really like this young, disruptive KZN brand who, against all odds, entered an already saturated hydration market in 2016, or so we thought, and immediately took market share from global market leaders. This was a ‘listen to your gut risk, believe in yourself, and never say die attitude. These are core strengths that embody both brands.” Rob Hoatson, Founder and Director of KwaZulu-Natal based, THIRSTI Water, has made staggering inroads across South Africa in three short years. His brand has attracted a young, vibrant market who intrinsically bond with authentic brands as both naturally celebrate and partake with those who fearlessly pursue their passions and dreams. Says Hoatson, “The Sharks pursue excellence in all that they do. We could not have chosen a more authentic brand for THIRSTI, and a more valuable partner for the release of our Isotonic range.” #SharksHydrationPartner The Sharks are an embodiment of these values; their globally-recognised brand extends beyond the world of rugby, promoting this intrinsic lifestyle value as well as fashion, entertainment and sporting aspiration. With two dynamic brands committed to empowering people to be the best version of themselves, and embodying the values of community, hard work, pride and peak performance, this will undoubtedly be a powerful partnership. “Both brands share core values and a pioneering spirit with community being at the forefront of our endeavours. Partnering with like-minded brands, such as THIRSTI, allow us to push the boundaries even further, and we are confident that this partnership, based on excellence, innovation and common core values, will grow and deliver rewards for both parties,” says . . .