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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fresha Festival 2019 Is Fast Approaching


The Fresha Festival of free fun family al-fresco theatre will be staged for the third time on Durban’s North Beach at the end of the school holidays for three days on 18, 19, 20 January.



Full Programme
The 2019 programme and performance details are below.
Opening Procession
Friday 18th January, from 5 pm:
Join us for an hour of strange and unusual happenings to kick off the festival. A taste of the weekend to come.

Yoga
Sunday 20 January & Sunday 21 January: 7 am - 8 am
Join us at 7 am to salute the sun! An easy open yoga class for all ages and all levels. Bring your own yoga mat or towel to sit on.

Free, open dance classes
Saturday 19 January: 8 am - 9 am: DanceXercise 
Sunday 20 January: 8 am - 9 am: Zumba class
No matter how many left feet you have - join us for a fun, free class to get the year started on the right foot (or the left one).

Get involved!
Sunday 20 January & Sunday 21 January: 9 am onwards 
On Saturday join in with Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble for a workshop on creating art out of waste.  Join Gerard O for a masterclass in street performance on Sunday:  whether you are an aspiring actor, comedian or just want to entertain yourself - come and explore the mad world of this acclaimed Dutch performer for an hour.  Free of charge.  All day every day, add your wisest bit of advice from your favourite song in our open art exhibition: Advice from Songs. Inspired by Swiss Artist Marcus Kraft and his work - PopMusicWisdom.

Missing
Performance Art
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 1 pm
Thought-provoking, uncomfortable, yet beautiful to watch.  Concept and performance by doung Anwar Jahangeer.

7 Chairs 
Street theatre
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 1:20 pm
A simple act with 7 chairs and 7 actors who expect that something will happen. Presented by Ithubalabasha Arts.

Gerard O
Street comedian
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 1:40 pm
Dutch street comedian, Gerard Olthaar has performed at festivals around the world. Back at Fresha for the third time , anything can happen!

Tran(ce)sitions 
Contemporary Dance
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 2 pm
Sizwe Hlope presents an outstanding work exploring the ties that bind and ropes / umbilical cords / railway pathways / roots.

The Goal
Street theatre
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 2:20 pm
On the pitch and off the pitch. Women versus men - the eternal game of courtship without the usual rules.  Umlazi Arts Academy.

Promises
Street satire
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 2:40 pm
When politicians promise rain on Fridays, no more dying, and more love for all; who can we trust? Who do we vote for?  034 Drama.

The Thing about Wolves
Puppets 
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 3 pm
A delightful collaboration between puppeteers from the Handspring Puppet company and the Mahlekahlathini Mask & Puppet Players.

Cats and the Curse
Dance
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 3:20 pm
When two boys are cursed and turned into cats they have to fight to win the heart of a beautiful girl. Zamokhukhanya Productions.

Street Mime
Mime artist
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 3.40 pm
Sibo Masondo delights kids and adults alike with his gently observed comedy and perfectly timed mime.

Old skool vs new skool
Street Dance
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 4 pm
Award-winning choreographer Jarryd Watson and his dance troupe from the Wenthworth Arts Organisation present all the tricks and kicks of street dance.

Love is stronger
Physical theatre 
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 4.20 pm
In a society where we can be killed for who we love, maybe love can be stronger than death.

Look up 
Aerial act
Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January at 4.40 pm
The amazing entertainers from Innov8 gym wow us way up above the ground.

Sundowner Showcases - Live Music
Join us for live music on the Bay of Plenty lawns to dance and watch the sun go down.
The South Jersey Pompoms 
Saturday 19 January at 5pm 
Sassy & sharp, slightly Burlesque and joyously off-kilter; these happy rebels  bring you their catchy tunes performed in German, French,  Italian, English & Spanglish.
Zulu Blue and La Canta Rosa
Sunday 20 January at 5 pm 
An awesome collaboration between a wonderful Afro-blues outfit and an opera quartet. Think Busi Mhlongo with a touch of Puccini and a little bit of Miriam Makeba!


For more info, visit www.freshafestival.co.za.. Find Fresha Festival on facebook and @freshafest on twitter.

All festival events are at the Bay of Plenty lawns, North Beach and are free. There is a tent for rainy days, so come down whatever the weather!

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Review of Emirates Fine Dining Event


A few weeks back I was invited to a very special event. It was the Emirates Fine Dining Event held at Osa Restaurant in the luxurious Fairmont Hotel at Zimbali.



We were treated to a variety of cuisines that you can expect on an Emirates Flight. Regional Catering Manager of Emirates Chef Ravi Nage treated us to some delectable treats. Some savoury and some sweet. There was so much to choose from you almost did not know what to sample.

What you can expect on an Emirates flight. 


The food was exquisite and a taste excursion.

Chef Ravi Nage giving us a food demo

Award Winning Chef Ravi Nage first gave us a food demonstration and showed us what goes in to each meal.

The Durban Bunny Chow


‘’890 items go into each cycle of food prepared.  We use regional ingredients connected to that city,’’ said Chef Ravi Nage.

For those wanting to become a Chef he gave this sage advice:

‘’For me a plate is a palette,’’ whispered Chef Ravi Nage.



Each meal we tasted certainly filled us up and this was echoed by Chef Ravi, ‘’ We want the passengers to be full,’’ said Chef Ravi.

During his food demo he made us some chicken curry which we could taste afterwards and I have to confess it was quite delicious. Melt in your mouth kind of deliciousness.

Sweet treats 


At the end of the banquet we were treated to Desserts of Gulab Jamun and Rasmalai which were as sweet as they looked. For those of you that have a sweet tooth these are both recommended.

You would certainly enjoy both of them at 40 000ft. on an Emirates flight.

Interesting fact Emirates serves more than 110 million meals year.

Below is a tasty menu item courtesy of Emirates:

Murgh Tikka
(Succulent and boneless marinated chicken)

800 gms boneless chicken cubes
Butter for basting
Marinade
50 gms yoghurt
40 gms ginger paste
40 gms Garlic paste
3 gms White pepper powder
3 gms Cumin powder
5 gms Mace, nutmeg and green cardamom powder
3 gms red chilli powder
3 gms Turmeric
60 ml Lemon Juice
20 gms Gram flour (besan)
Salt to taste
75 ml Groundnut oil

Whisk the yoghurt in a large bowl add all ingredients, except the chicken and mix well. Rub the chicken pieces with the marinade and keep aside for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F

Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes and baste with melted butter.

OR

Skewer the chicken and cook on a barbecue grill.

Serve hot with a wedge of lime and sliced onions, cucumber and fresh mint.

It might make a great meal for the festive season.

Emirates offers connections between Durban and India, with over 180 flights to India every week. A daily flight links Dubai and Durban, as well as four daily flights from Johannesburg to Dubai. To book, or for more information, terms and conditions, please visit https://www.emirates.com/za/english/ or visit the local Emirates office or your travel agent.

A big thank you to Emirates for hosting us at this event.


This review and photography by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Review of BON Hotel 64 On Gordon


This month I was invited to review the BON Hotel 64 on Gordon in Durban.



This hotel is part of the BON Hotels group. As the name states 64 on Gordon is situated at number 64 Gordon Road in Durban. This is quite centrally situated close to Florida Road and also Windermere Centre. If you like walking you should easily be able to do the walk to Moses Mabhida Stadium, Suncoast Casino and of course Durban Beachfront. From there you can grab a People Mover to get to Ushaka Marine World.

If you need to get to the ICC or Musgrave Centre you can grab a Uber or get a Mynah bus which you can catch near Windermere Centre or in Florida Road.
If you like the night life then head on over to Florida Road which has a variety of restaurants, clubs and entertainment. For coffee lovers Starbucks is also in Florida Road. Just saying.

Now that you know what is nearby I’m sure you want to know about the hotel.



The hotel features that old world charm and you will quickly fall in love with it. Featuring bright red steps and red doors you cannot miss it.  The staff are friendly and happy to assist with any queries.
The hotel room we stayed in was clean and fresh. It features a comfortable double bed with enough room for 5 people. Soft pillows, air conditioning, tea and coffee station, bathroom with all that is needed. A refreshing shower when you need it. The hotel room also has a work station which is great for those business travellers. If you need a break you can always step out on to the balcony and sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. Due to the huge amount of trees around the hotel you can be assured of a rich supply of oxygen.

The room also features a TV with DSTV and for tech lovers you will be happy to know that the hotel features complementary WIFI. Just ask the receptionist for your pin.

PL8 is the hotel restaurant and this is the place to go for some tasty food. Breakfast is served from 6h30 – 10h30. Lunch is served from 12h00 – 16h00. Dinner is served from 18h00 – 21h00.



The night we stayed there I had the Sirloin Steak with chips and salad for dinner. It really was well cooked and tasted delicious.
My partner had the hake fillet with chips and salad. I had a bite and it melts in your mouth. A feast for your tastebuds.



For breakfast the next day we had a selection of their fruit salads, yoghurts, cereal and their omelette which features a variety of fillings. We had onion, cheese, bacon, mushroom which tasted amazing together. Compliments to the Chef on the mushrooms they tasted great. Various fruit juices are on offer and of course bottomless coffee. 

The hotel also features a conference room which can have up to 30 people for a small conference or meeting. They have some great specials at the moment for conferences. 



The hotel also has a loyalty programme called BONami. You get 20% off of nominal rates and 5% off at special rates as well as up to 50% dining discounts at most of their hotels. You also get a voucher booklet worth R16000 in free accommodation and meal vouchers and more for a once-off payment of R600. Now that is what I call value for money. You can sign up at reception.

Useful Info:
Address: 64 Gordon Road, Morningside, Durban.
Telephone: +27(0)313128907 or Central Reservations: 0861 266 222

Look out for their specials at: https://www.bonhotels.com/64ongordon/specials

For those of you that can’t get to Durban the Bon Hotel Group also has hotels countrywide and even in Africa.

Rating: Highly recommended


Review and Photography by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Review of Ellie and the book of Rebus


This week I was invited to review the new book ‘Ellie and the book of Rebus’ a fantasy book which explores the world of Ellie a princess from the past.



She meets magical friends and is destined for great things. Look out for witches, ancient beings, powerful legends and much more.

Author Christine Clarence


It’s written by Durban Author Christine Clarence. This is her first novel and is part of the Axillion series. So look out for more books on the way soon.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised and the book certainly takes you on a journey. Before long you will have lost yourself in the world of Ellie and her adventures.



If you love books like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Dark Tower’ you will love this magical journey.
The book is on special for #BlackFriday and it’s also the perfect Christmas gift for that someone special.

It’s available at the KZNSA in Bulwer Road, Durban and at Ike’s Books and Collectibles, 48a in Florida Road, Durban.

If you prefer the online route you can also grab it on Amazon or find it on Gumroad at http://gum.co/ellieandthebookofrebus

Like the Author’s Facebook page on www.facebook.com/ChristineClarenceAuthor

Let me know what you think of it by posting on social media using the hashtag #EllieAndTheBookOfRebus



This review by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Highlights From ESET Security Day Breakfast Durban


Last week the ESET Security Day Breakfast was held in Durban and I was lucky enough to attend this informative event which covered security topics and of course the subject that is on everyone’s mind, The POPI Act. The packed out event was held in the Maharani Hotel in Durban.



Here are some of the highlights from the event:

Ransomware and Cybercrime Trends Report

Robert Lipovsky sharing his insight


We heard a fantastic report from ESET Global Senior Researcher, Robert Lipovsky. He shared some key insights into security, ransomware, malware, viruses and analysis.
He did let us know that sometimes even Hackers leave you a nice message within malware.
Mr Lipovsky also shared insight from around the world of key attacks and noted that when the Durex site gets hit you know nobody is safe.
He also warned that sometimes malware can even steal some of the most important information such as admin details and passwords.
‘Espionage is used before destructive attacks,’ noted Mr Lipovsky.

The POPI Act and the Road to Compliance

Drew van Vuuren explains the POPI Act


Drew van Vuuren of iDataSec gave a very interesting report on what we can expect from the POPI Act. ‘Business and Organisations are going to have to change the way they do business,’ warned Mr van Vuuren. He noted that the biggest impact will be on DMO (Direct Marketing Organisations).
He also let people know that the POPI act also applies to local government. He also suggested that business take reasonable steps to comply with POPI.

ESET Tips 

Adrian Stanford shares security tips


Adrian Stanford a Business Analyst from ESET gave us some key insights into POPI and even shared a useful microsite that ESET has setup to help companies deal with POPI act.
You can get free information on POPI and your requirements at this microsite.

The site can be found here: https://encryption.eset.com/za/what-is-popia/

He warned companies to keep things secure and use encryption, especially endpoint encryption. He recommended as many different layers of security as possible and suggested companies use 2-factor authentication such as banks require. So not only do you have a password but you can add in 1 time pins sent to your mobile phone to add layers of security. Avoid using easy passwords and avoid posting secure details on social media where they can be easily seen by just about anyone.


The POPI Assessment Tool

Steve Flynn reveals details of the POPI Assessment Tool 


Steve Flynn the ESET Director of Sales and Marketing also shared with us more details on the POPI Assessment Tool and how ESET can help you deal with the POPI act. There is also the option for companies that take up this offer to resell the product to their clients.

For more info on these offerings from ESET visit: www.eset.co.za
Twitter: @eset_sa
Facebook: @ESET.SA



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 
Images courtesy ESET 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Free breakfast or burger meal at any Wimpy Engen 1 Stop via the FNB App


South African road trips have become synonymous with Wimpy.



Travel itineraries for many families undoubtably include a stop at a Wimpy store to refuel and refresh – and with almost 50 Engen 1Stop forecourts with Wimpy restaurants countrywide filling up, in more ways than one, is definitely a little easier and convenient.

To help South Africans to love the journey just a little more, Wimpy has partnered with FNB. The introduction of FNB On The Go, will enable customers on eBucks level 2 or higher to redeem a breakfast or burger meal at any Wimpy Engen 1Stop outlet across South Africa via the FNB APP.
“A partnership with FNB on this initiative is a strategic move for Wimpy. Our wide footprint, deliciously affordable food and friendly table service paired with FNB’s solid background and extensive reach means we’ll be able to bring more families together to share special moments while they travel across the country and we are always happy to welcome new families into our Wimpy family,” says Jacques Cronje.



FNB On The Go is live on the FNB banking APP since Monday, 15 October 2018 and all eBucks Rewards clients that are on reward level 2 and above will automatically receive their very first Wimpy voucher which they can redeem at any Wimpy based in an Engen 1Stop along the country’s major transit routes. These Wimpy vouchers that are exclusively available on the FNB banking APP are valid for three months only and will expire every time a new voucher is issued.

Wimpy is looking forward to a successful rollout of the FNB On The Go initiative, positive uptake of Wimpy vouchers and welcoming FNB customers’ families into the Wimpy family, and helping them to create moments that are worth sharing while they trek across the country.


*Wimpy vouchers issued on the FNB banking App only valid for sit-down orders.

You can download the FNB banking App on the App Store or Play Store.


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Connecting Africa


Combining C2C & F-Sat

Connect Africa Summit - Credit: Fred Felton

There are so many events on the go at ITU Telecom World 2018 that it is almost impossible to attend each one. You would have to clone yourself to get to see all that is on in Durban, South Africa this year.

For example the Connect Africa Summit is on the go at the Hilton Hotel in Durban from 11th to 12th September 2018.

It features keynotes, workshops and discussions around connectivity, 5G, satellite technology and much more.

Influential speakers have gathered to share their knowledge and below are just some of the key insights from day 1 of the event:
‘South Africa is the largest consumer of data in Africa’ – Ben Roberts the CTIO of Liquid.

He also noted that most people walk around with 2 mobile phones these days.

‘We need to encourage mobile operators to keep investing’ noted Mortimer Hope the CEO of GH Communications.

He also shared this insightful tip about our data use. This is only for people who use Android mobile devices. He suggests you go to Settings / Communications / Data or look at Data Usage and go to More and click on Show Wi-Fi usage and compare the difference between how much Mobile Data you used compared to how much Wi-Fi data you used. It makes for interesting reading.

The Summit continues tomorrow with Day 2.

For more info on ITU  Telecom World 2018 visit:

Follow the hashtags on Social Media: #ITUWorld #ITUinSA18

Find them on Twitter: @ITU



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton