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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Durban watch Design Indaba 2020 at KZNSA Gallery


Durban rides Design Indaba 2020 wave at KZNSA Gallery

KZNSA | Image: NiamhWalsh-Vorster


Durbanites need not have FOMO! The renowned Design Indaba is coming to the KZNSA in the form of a stimulating three-day live simulcast, with a direct feed from the main event in Cape Town that will give residents of surf city a new kind of rush. Taking place from 26-28 February 2020 at KZNSA, Durban's popular gallery and courtyard cafe, the simulcast will share the best of international thought leadership in the creative industries.



Design Indaba has become one of the world's leading design events and in an effort to increase accessibility to the annual conference, the simulcast offers the Design Indaba experience to those unable to travel to Cape Town. Catering to emerging designers, students and young professionals from all walks of life who are curious about the future, this live broadcast is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to celebrate the Design Indaba's 25th anniversary as well as gain inspiration from world-class speakers.

Design Indaba Durban Simulcast attendees will get to grips with close to 40 of the globe's top design minds who are bending the future for the better through their progressive work. With an exciting line-up of speakers (https://www.designindaba.com/profiles/speakers) covering themes on architecture, technology, fashion, food, visual and performing arts, graphic, product and textile design, attendees can expect insights into the fourth industrial revolution and the future of living. Luminaries such as Ghanian artist Ibrahim Mahama, Asian ''starchitects'' Neri & Hu, theatre maverick Nhlanhla Mahlangu, performance artists Honey and Bunny, Design Matters' Debbie Millman and a host of other incredible speakers will share their projects!

As a cultural destination, KZNSA is KwaZulu-Natal's foremost contemporary gallery, hosting artists of national and international stature, and reflecting the vibrant creative heart of the province. It is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation that is committed to the promotion of contemporary arts and linked to an extensive network of national institutions that also promote and catalyse cultural change. It is thus perfectly aligned with Design Indaba's own mission, which is a better world through creativity.

Cognisant of issues plaguing previous Durban simulcasts, KZNSA has contracted a professional AV service provider to ensure excellent picture and sound, and technical support for seamless streaming. Attendees will be accommodated in the breezy Main gallery and airconditioned Media gallery. There is ample safe parking and on-site security.



The KZNSA Arts Cafe serves excellent coffee and has a delicious menu for a la carte tea and lunch break meals.

Book a special meal package at the event | Image: NiamhWalsh-Vorster 


There is also the option of booking a special meal package for R150/day. These attendees will be accommodated in the airconditioned Park gallery with a tea and coffee station, snacks served in the two tea breaks and a meal at lunch. Please mail mkurvers@kznsagallery.co.za to prebook.

Book now for the Design Indaba Durban Simulcast via
Webtickets: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/EventCategories.aspx?itemid=1495141719

KZNSA is a registered Public Benefit Organisation and with 18A approval and may issue a section 18A receipt for cash donations.

For more information:
www.designindaba.com | Facebook - @designindaba | Twitter @designindaba |
Instagram - @designindaba


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Call for Film Projects for Durban FilmMart 2020



Project submissions for the 11th Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film industry co-production market is now open and close on 31 January 2020.

A Durban FilmMart Workshop

 The 11th DFM is scheduled to take place from 17 to 20 July 2020, during the 41st Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in Durban, South Africa.
A joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit and the DIFF, the DFM aims to support and stimulate the growth of the African film industry and develop connections between African filmmakers and the world. The project-in-development section of the DFM offers opportunities for film-makers to pitch to industry experts with the view to advancing their ideas closer to production.

The 2020 edition of DFM over four days will include pitching sessions for projects in development, workshops, panel discussions and seminars with industry experts and the ever-popular networking sessions enabling film-makers to connect and re-connect with an array of significant representatives from the industry both locally and internationally.
“We are very excited about the 11th edition of the Durban FilmMart,” says Head of the Ethekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office Toni Monty. “The importance of the market to film-makers continues to make an impact. The 10th edition attracted influential individuals and organisations from across the globe. We also witnessed significant growth in our delegate numbers, and we able to expand the programme with a number of new offerings including the important Locations Africa aimed at attracting more filming on the continent, a larger isiPhethu Hub for emerging filmmakers within the DIFF as well as the Engage
@DFM which was a curated think tank of conversations and panels on the future perspectives of the African film.”

Last year the market drew a record number of over 1000 delegates, including film-makers, distributors, broadcasters, agents, financiers and investors from around the world.
The selection panel will choose up to ten documentaries and ten fiction feature length film projects from the submissions. Selected projects will be announced in early May 2020, and will participate in a programme of mentorship and project packaging before presenting their projects to potential investors at the Durban FilmMart in July 2020.

Full length feature and documentary film projects with Africans in the major creative roles (writers, directors and producers) that are looking for co-producers, financiers, sales agents and funders, are invited to submit.

For more about the Durban FilmMart 2020, project submission criteria and how to submit a project, visit www.durbanfilmmart.com.

For further enquires contact: info@durbanfilmmart.com or call +27 31 311 4243.

Deadline to submit: 31 January 2020

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Review of Samsung Galaxy A30s Special Edition with Cassper Nyovest



This month I was invited by Samsung to try out their new A30s model. In particular the Special Edition with Cassper Nyovest.

Samsung A30s | Image: Samsung

This model comes with some added benefits including the Cassper Nyovest Alarm. This celebrity alarm wakes you up every morning to guide you through your day. So if you are looking for some daily inspiration in 2020 this might be the phone for you.

Other featured benefits include wallpapers and themes and of course Samsung Pay which allows you to make in-store purchases with your device.

Let’s take a look at the specs:

The Specs | Ts and Cs Apply | Some models may differ


The phone has a triple camera and of course a bigger screen.
It features infinity display and a long-lasting battery at an affordable price for all South Africans.
On the front of the device it features a proximity sensor, front camera, speaker and touchscreen.
The volume key and power key are on the side of the device. The power key can be used to turn on the device or to lock it.
A multipurpose jack is at the bottom of the device for USB interface or to charge the device. (USB Type-C)
The back of the device features a myriad of tech from a GPS antenna to NFC antenna, a dual rear camera, flash, fingerprint recognition sensor, main antenna, speaker, microphone and earphone jack. You can access your SIM card / Memory card on the side of the device through a tray.
When you turn on your device you will find some soft buttons on the button. On the left is your recents button, in the middle is your home button and on the right is the back button.

Battery

I charged the device out the box from a 54% charge to fully charged up in just under 1 hour which is pretty impressive.


Battery saving tips:

  • Use the device care feature for optimisation
  • When not using device turn off screen and use power key for that
  • Activate power saving mode
  • Close any unnecessary apps you are not using
  • Deactivate Bluetooth if not in use
  • Deactivate auto-sync of apps
  • Decrease backlight time
  • Decrease screen brigtness

The device also comes with a fast charging option.
To launch this option taps Settings, tap Device Care, tap Battery, tap Settings and then tap Fast Charging to activate it.

You will need to use the ejection pin which comes with your device to get your SIM tray out. The hole is next to the SIM tray. This will allow you to put in your SIM card and Memory card if you need it.
To restart the device press and hold the power key and hit Restart.
If your device freezes press and hold the Power key and Volume down key simultaneously for more than 7 seconds to restart it.

You can also switch the device to emergency mode to save on battery. With this option you can make an emergency call, send your current location info to others, sound an emergency alarm and more.
To activate emergency mode hold the power key and tap Emergency mode. To deactivate it tap the power key and tap Emergency mode.
With this device you can also sign up for your Samsung account and with it get a host of goodies. To do this launch the settings option, tap Accounts and backup, tap Accounts, tap Add account, tap Samsung account, tap create an account.
A nice option is Smart Switch which allows you to transfer all your info from one Samsung to another. Launch the Settings app, tap Accounts and backup and tap Smart Switch. You can transfer the data via Wi-Fi direct. If you do not have Smart Switch on your other device you can download it from the Play store.
On the previous device tap Send data and then Wireless.
On your device tap Receive.

A nifty option is that you can also set your screen to landscape mode if you prefer a wider angle version of seeing your device and apps. On the home screen tap and hold an empty area, tap Home screen settings and then tap Rotate to landscape mode.

Security
This device certainly has a host of security options for you. You can secure it in any of the following ways: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password, None, Face recognition and even Fingerprint recognition. To access these features tap Settings, then Lock screen then Screen lock type.
The device also comes with a built in screen capture option for when you see something you want to capture eg a job advert. You can press the Volume Down button and Power key at the same time. You can also swipe your hand to the left or right across the screen. Screen captures are saved to the Gallery.
If you swipe down from the top of your device you will find your notifications panel which gives you quick access to options such as WiFi, Sound, Bluetooth, Flight Mode and much more.
This device also comes with Bixby which is like your own personal assistant. To fully access it you must register a Samsung account.
You can also block those annoying phone calls by launching the Phone app and tap Settings and then Block numbers.

Camera

Through the lens of the Samsung A30s | Image: Fred Felton

The dual camera on the back and the camera on the front feature a multitude of options from Scene optimiser, Stickers, AR Emoji, lens options, panorama option, creation of GIF’s, Live focus mode which works well for portraits and yes you can now even create stories on your device. Other highlights include a Food option for Food Bloggers, Slow Motion and even a Watermark option which photographers will love.

Something that Samsung have also introduced on this device is the AR Emoji. This option is only really found on high end devices like the Samsung S10. Nice to see it on this device and I’m sure customers will love playing around with it. For those of you that don’t know much about it this allows you to create your own personal Emoji which looks just like you. To create one launch the Camera App, tap AR Emoji and Create my Emoji. Enjoy. You can also download items and accessories that can be used with your Emoji from AR World. On the My Emoji home screen tap Store.

Enjoy playing around with the Multi window option which will allow you to run two different apps at the same time on the screen.

A nice option for parents is the Kids Home option which allows you to setup a safe environment for your Kids before you give them the device.
This device also works with Samsung Wearables such as your Samsung Watch.
It also has Samsung Health which has a nice step counter and monitors your health.

All of your games are now stored in the Games Launcher.

It also works with Smart TVs and IOT products. Launch the Smart Things App for this.
On the settings screen tap Advanced features and tap Send SOS message/Panic Mode. Help messages are then sent if you press the Power key three times. You can also send sound recordings along with a message to recipients.
You can also activate Find My Mobile if you need to find it. Visit findmymobile.samsung.com to activate it.

To avoid pocket dialling tap Display and Accidental touch protection.

There are so many more features but I leave those to you to discover.
Certainly the perfect Christmas Gift for that friend or family member of yours that is a Cassper Nyovest fan.

This device is basically a slimmed down version of a Samsung S10 at a price that fits all pockets.

Rating: 9/10

This review by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Samsung Announced as Headline Sponsor for new Cassper Nyovest Fill Up Concert



The show is set to showcase the power of innovation in a big way.

Mr Yoon of Samsung and Cassper Nyovest : Image: Samsung


In November 2019 Samsung announced its headline sponsorship of the latest in Cassper Nyovest’s famous FillUp series of concerts. This December, Samsung will be firmly behind the popular hip hop star, in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, as he once again raises the bar for South African artists. Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up concert series is the most successful hip hop focused event in Africa. This is seamlessly aligned to Samsung’s position as the most loved brand in South Africa in the Sunday Times Top Brand survey, for the 7th year in a row. Additionally, the show’s innovative stage design and production has set the standard and influenced major artists worldwide.
“Cassper is a pioneer intent on blazing new trails. He is the perfect epitome of Samsung’s brand ethos ‘Do What You Can’t”, says Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa.

Consumers will also be introduced to the Samsung Galaxy A30s, a special edition with
enhancement such as Celebrity Alarm and Galaxy Theme, allowing customers to enjoy flagship features such as Samsung Pay and Bixby Alarm so they Don’t Live Life Nje. The new Samsung Galaxy A30s has triple camera, uninterrupted infinity display and long-lasting battery life at an affordable price that will strike a chord with all South Africans.

Event Details
Date: 15 December 2019
Time: 14:00 – 00:00
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium – Rustenburg
Will you be there?

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Win a Springboks games hamper



The Springboks brought the Webb Ellis Cup home and toured South Africa after being crowned Rugby World Cup Champions... but who will win the Monopoly Cup in your home? Will you ask the captain of the Springboks Siya Kolisi to help you out? With the exciting Springbok game range, the World Cup spirit can live on...just try not to start a Monopoly family feud!

Which game will you play first?


To WIN these official Springbok games including Springbok Monopoly, Top Trumps & playing cards all you have to do is:

1) Follow us @umhlangalife
2) Follow @epicgamesza
3) Tag your Springbok loving friends and use the #springbokmonopoly
4) Share this post on your story for an additional entry
5) Answer this easy question: Who is the captain of the Springboks?

Email your name, instagram handle, contact details, address and the answer to umhlangalife@gmail.com and put Springboks competition in the subject line.

Competition can end any time before 16th December 2019. Winner will be contacted via Instagram DM or email. Please allow delivery to be 2-4 weeks. Goodluck! #sponsored                        
 Ts and Cs apply.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

What to do in Durban




If you are staying in Umhlanga for the holidays at one of the many hotels or B&B’s you will find that there is plenty to do in Durban. There are warm beaches to explore, Ushaka, Suncoast Entertainment Centre and the Point Waterfront to name but a few. You might even find yourself learning how to surf or going for a stroll on the Durban Promenade.
While you are there you will find a wonderful transport system which can get you around the Durban Beachfront.
It’s called the People Mover Bus System in Durban and it will save you a great deal of money while you are here on holiday.


The People Mover Bus | Image courtesy: Go Durban

Here is some useful information about the People Mover Bus System. There are 23 Buses operating on 3 routes. They travel on a 15 minute frequency. They operate from 5am to 10pm daily and travel on a 20 to 30min frequency on weekends. There are approximately 30 000 passengers that use it each month.




Some of the People Mover buses have free Wi-Fi on board for you to use. The city is also looking at new routes in the future including possibly to Musgrave and also the Pavilion.






We chatted to some people around the city and asked them about the People Mover and this is what they had to say:

Addington Beach resident Cindy Polydorou had this to say:

What do you think about the People Mover?

‘’I like the bus as it’s comfortable, regular and easy to get around.’’

Did you know that the People Mover has free Wi-Fi on it?

‘’Yes I know about the Wi-Fi.’’

What do you use the Wi-Fi for?

‘’I use it for WhatsApp, Facebook and to check my emails.’’

Does anyone else in your family use the People Mover?

‘’My daughter uses it every day for school there and back.’’

Where do you go on the People Mover?

‘’I use it to get to the shops like Spar, Pick n Pay and also to places like Suncoast, Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Botanical Gardens and Grey Street.’’


Stephanie Rail from South Beach, Durban had this to say:

Do you use the People Mover?

‘’Yes, it gets me where I need to be along the beach.’’

Do you use the Wi-Fi on it?

‘’I don’t use the Wi-Fi. I don’t sit on my phone in the bus. I sit and read my book.’’

Where do you go on the People Mover?

‘’I go to North Beach for the shopping and restaurants, occasionally the casino complex.’’

A trip will cost you R5-50 which allows for one free change over at the transfer point.
You can also get a MUVO Card which is used on the buses. It’s like a smart card and you can load multiple trips on it. You can buy it all over the city.

For more info visit: www.muvo.co.za

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 






Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Five Star Hotel On A Train




This October I was invited by Rovos Rail to come and experience their train. You can’t really say no can you. I mean it’s like a five star hotel on a train.

What a train | Image: Rovos Rail Tours


I tried out their Durban to Pretoria route and I must say I was rather pleasantly surprised. From the wonderful welcome by the staff at Durban Station where we were whisked away to their private lounge to enjoy welcome cocktails and tantalising snacks which were a sample of what awaited us on the train.

Pretoria to Durban | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

Guests come from all over the world to travel this train, from the USA, UK, France, Brazil and even South Africa.
When we boarded the train we were whisked away to our suite and what a suite it was. I’m still not sure how they fitted a huge bed in it. Not only that but two chairs a table, bar fridge, coffee maker and plenty of wardrobe space. The bed had a heated blanket which was a nice touch especially on those cold nights. The bathroom had a shower and toilet in it and even a heated towel rail. Bear in mind we are talking about on a train here.  For all you tech heads they also have USB plug points.

How did they fit that bed in the room? | Image: Fred Felton

Each car has a dedicated hostess who looks after all of your needs.
When we had unpacked we headed off to the lounge car and saloon car where afternoon tea was being served. Make sure you have some as you can have coffee, sweet treats, cakes and even koeksusters. Haven’t had such a tasty koeksuster like that in a very long time. It takes me back to days with my family in Pretoria.

Afternoon tea | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

The dress on board is smart casual during the day and during the night guests are encouraged to dress up for dinner. So break out your suit and tie and dress to impress. The dining cart is a sight to behold with wonderful d├ęcor all around. Guests are treated to a real fine dining experience along with their choice of drinks and wine. Let me put it this way you don’t leave on an empty stomach.

Dining on another level | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

Fine dining | Image: Fred Felton 


As you climb into bed each night the train slowly rocks you to sleep and before you know it the next day is waiting for you along with a delicious breakfast.

Spionkop | Image: Fred Felton

Our first stop was at Ladysmith. We headed off to Spionkop where guests had a choice of a battlefield excursion or a game drive. We chose the game drive option and were treated to some wonderful game sightings and spectacular scenery. Whatever you do don’t forget your camera.

Spot the giraffe | Image: Fred Felton 

After a brief stop for tea or coffee we headed back to the train and it was almost time for lunch. In the afternoon another game drive awaited at Nambiti. This game farm is home to the big 5 and you will see plenty of wildlife on this drive. Pro Tip – Wear something warm along with a scarf and beanie as these game drives can get a bit chilly.
Anyway back at Nambiti we were treated to sightings of Elephant, Hippo, Buck, Giraffe, Wildebeest and many more.

Elephants aplenty | Image: Fred Felton

We were welcomed back to the train by the friendly Rovos Rail staff and drinks awaited us as we chatted with fellow guests about the wildlife we had seen.

Rovos at Dusk | Image: Fred Felton

Now and again I had to pinch myself as I felt as if I was in some Agatha Christie detective novel or even a James Bond movie. That’s what awaits you on this train, that glamorous old world lifestyle.

A passage to another world | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

Some of the cuisine that stood out for me included the stuffed chicken thighs with aubergine and cherry tomato pilau, the heavenly chocolate mousse with chocolate soil, the refreshing chilled cucumber and melon soup and the banoffee tartlet with banana and caramel cream. There were plenty more tasty surprises on the train but I leave those up to you to enjoy on your trip.

That refreshing chilled cucumber and melon soup | Image: Fred Felton

On my excursions up and down the train I couldn’t help but marvel at the detail that has gone into the interiors and the luxury couches and chairs where you can sit. A great place to relax and enjoy the scenery is on the back of the saloon car where you can sit on benches outside and feel the breeze over you as the train carries on.

The lounge car | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

Suites are named after famous people and places around Africa. We stayed in the Constatia Suite and I spotted Kimberley, Drakensberg and even Madiba amongst many others along the way.
Guests can also help themselves to books to read or even play one of the many games that are on offer.
There is also a cocktail evening that is a wonderful ice breaker where all the guests meet and mingle over delightful cocktails.

The Observation Balcony my favourite spot | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

On the last day we had some wonderful sights just outside Johannesburg and then nearer to Pretoria. When we reached the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria we were all greeted personally by Mr Rohan Vos as we stepped off the train. He is the founder of Rovos Rail and an amazing man to chat to.

Mr Rohan Vos | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

You can also sign up for a tour of the workshop at his station after your trip. This is highly recommended for those that love train history as you will see some wonderful vintage models there.

The Rovos Rail Pretoria Station Lounge | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

The Rovos Rail train station in Pretoria is something to behold. It’s like one of those olden day train stations but with modern luxuries. The bathrooms don’t just have toilets and basins they also have showers so you can freshen up if you want.
Delicious chocolates and treats are scattered all over the lounge area and guests can enjoy a welcome drink as they wait to move on to their next leg of their journey. Free Wi-Fi is included.

It was with a hint of sadness that I left the Rovos Rail Pretoria Station. It was a wonderful experience and I am already planning my next trip.
There are many more hidden delights awaiting you on the train. I’m not telling you what they are you will just have to find out for yourself.
You will find yourself leaving the train having made friends with fellow guests. I certainly did.

If you would like to experience Rovos Rail Tours they have tours from Durban to Pretoria, Pretoria to Cape Town, South Africa to Namibia, South Africa to Vic Falls, South Africa to Dar es Salaam,    Dar es Salaam to Lobito, I could go on and on but why don’t you just visit their site and book a trip.

30th year anniversary specials | Image: Rovos Rail Tours

It’s their 30th year anniversary and they have a special on so take advantage now. They also have specials for next year as well.

For reservation and general enquiries: rovos.com |reservations@rovos.co.za | +27 (0)12 315 8242 | +27 (0)21 421 4020.


Rating: Highly recommended

Review by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton