Thursday, June 27, 2013

Amazing events for the ECR House and Garden Show and news for @reeboksa Fans and more

What's on at the ECR House & Garden Show

Celebrity Demo Kitchen

Celebrity Demo Kitchen Program

  • Deena Naidoo (Sa's 1st Masterchef) 
  • East Coast Radio's Darren Maule
  • Jackie Cameron (Hartford House) 
  • Nicky & Gary Teichman
  • Erica Platter (East Coast Tables Author) 
Homegrown Design Zone

Homegrown Design Fair Showcases Durban's Creative Flair

This and so much more.  So get down to the Durban Exhibition Centre
from 28th June - 7th of July.

For more info visit: 

(Source - ECR House & Garden Show) 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Marketing Indaba coming to @GatewayUmhlanga featuring @JustinPresents @Fred_Roed @DeborahPatta amongst others

Like to do some Business Networking?

June Networking Breakfast

(Source - Hirsch's)

Interested in Marketing?

Marketing Indaba gets ready for Durban - Book your tickets now
Are you a serious marketer? Then you should attend the Marketing Indaba Conference at The Barnyard Theatre Gateway Shopping Centre in Umhlanga Ridge on 7 & 8 August. More than 16 industry leaders will cover areas such as marketing strategies, budgeting, economic outlooks, branding, customer relations, traditional and digital marketing.

Ryan Hogarth
Lebo Motshegoa
Debora Patta
Paul Galatis

Speakers include professional key-note speakers such as Ryan Hogarth, Debora Patta and Justin Cohen as well as many industry leaders such as Ludi Koekemoer (AAA School of Advertising), Paul Galatis (Yuppiechef) Fred Roed (WorldWideCreative) and many others. More than 16 speakers will share, report and transfer the latest knowledge and trends in their respective fields. This content is valuable for marketers from all industries.
Marketing Indaba is the one event that marketers should attend annually and the organiser, CADEK Media, is happy to bring the event to Durban for the first time ever. Apart from staying in tune with the latest in the world of marketing, delegates will also leave with loads of ideas and tips that they can use in their day to day work. The event offers fantastic networking opportunities with like minded marketers across industries.
Tickets cost R3500 and includes both days. Daily tickets are also available at R1950. The organisers have arranged preferential rates with the Gateway Hotel for those seeking accommodation during the conference. The hotel is linked with the venue and within walking distance. The venue is just 17km from the King Shaka airport.
Visit or call CADEK Media at 021 855 4750.

(Source - MarketingIndaba) 

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Hirsch's have @deenamcsa over, read about a book launch, a celebrity art auction and @SamsungSA training

Deena Naidoo coming to Hirsch's Umhlanga


(Source - Hirsch's)

A Book Launch for You

Award-winning playwright, Ashwin Singh, acclaimed for his thought-provoking dramas and satires, now has the distinction of having an international anthology of his plays published by UK publishers, Aurora Metro Books. The anthology is titled “Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice”, and it features five of Singh’s best plays, namely To House, Duped, Spice ‘n Stuff, Reoca Light,and Beyond the Big Bangs. The book will officially be launched in Durban by  the Indian Cultural Centre, Consulate General of India, Durban. The showcase cultural event will be attended by artists, academics, teachers, civil servants, diplomats and cultural activists. Clinical psychologist and theatre producer, Shantal Singh, will MC the event and the book will be launched by Guest of Honour, the Consul General of India, Durban, Mr Vinod Kumar Sharma together with the director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Dr Lesley Jacob.

Launch Details:
Venue: Consulate General of India
            1 Kingsmead Boulevard, Kingsmead Office Park, Durban
Time: 6.30pm
Date: Friday, 12th July 2013

(Source - Pansa) 

A Celebrity Art Auction for TAFTA 

(Source - TAFTA)

Samsung Training

Galaxy S4 Training

(Source - Hirsch's)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

All you need to know for @DIFFest 2013 opening soon in Durban

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is almost here and there are some amazing films, documentaries, wavescape, masterclasses, workshops and seminars and so much more.
Runs from 18 - 28 July.

Here is all you need to know for DIFF 2013.

Meet your Festival Manager Peter Machen.

Some of the highlights in the Film Section:

The opening film is 'Of Good Report' directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka and this is
an African-noir dealing with the dark world of the serial killer.

Look out for 'The Forgotten Kingdom'  set in the beautiful landscape of Lesotho.

David Cronenberg brings you 'Cosmopolis'

Chinese Director Wong Kar Wai presents 'The Grandmaster'

Dennis Cotes has 'Vic and Flo Saw a Bear' which shows the relationship between an ex-convict and her much younger lover.

Look out for 'Wrong' directed by Quentin Dupieux starring William Fichtner

Watch out for 'Only God Forgives' directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

The closing film of DIFF 2013 is 'Free Angela - and all political prisoners' directed by Shola Lynch

There are also some Zombie Movies so look out for some scary movies.

'Halley' is a film about a man whose body is slowly rotting away.

There are also some interesting documentaries coming up.

'2 Wings Many Prayers' shows us two men who try to fly around the world in a small plane

'Angels in Exile' is about street kids in Durban

Damon Foster shows us 'Touching the Dragon' about crocodiles and the relationship one man has with them.

Then there is Durban Film Mart the conference for Filmmakers where products can be pitched and where workshops and masterclasses happen for all Filmmakers.

Watch for 'A Shot At The Big Time' directed by Janet van Eeden and starring Tim Wells. 

If you love surfing movies Wavescape will also be there.

Look out for Bending Colors all about Jordy Smith.

There will also be a Talent Campus for aspiring filmmakers featuring masterclasses and workshops.

Look out for 'The Films That Made Me' also at the Festival. 

Wild Talk - Africa's most respected Natural Film Festival and Conference will also take place
this time at Docklands Hotel from July 23 - 26.
Look out for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit at uShaka Marine World sponsored by National Geographic 25 July - 25 September 2013.
To register 

For more info on the Durban International Film Festival visit 
call 031-260-2506 or email on 
find them on twitter @DIFFest 

Article by Fred Felton
Images courtesy of DIFF 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

10 Questions with Jeremy Sampson, Executive Chairman of the Interbrand Sampson Group

10 Questions with Jeremy Sampson, Founder and Group Executive Chairman of the Interbrand
Sampson Group.

This week I interviewed Jeremy ahead of his talk at the inaugural Buy, Sell and Invest (BSIV)
Conference 1st - 3rd July at the Sandton Convention Centre hosted by The City of Joburg.

What makes a good brand?

You have to manage it well whatever the brand is, principles need to be laid down and values
and quality.  Do the basics of branding well.

Give us an example of a good South African brand and why are they so good?

MTN.  It is managed in a good disciplined way and they have managed to take this SA Brand global.
It is now in 22 countries worldwide.

Why do people keep flocking to buy Coke and KFC and why are people standing in a queue in
Cape Town to sample Burger King?

They want it.  They lust after it and they are prepared to pay big money for it.  There are so many choices out there, these companies are the ones who do their marketing very well.  Those companies which don't market very well are going to die very quickly.

What does Johannesburg need to do to build their brand in the world?

Invest in it a lot more.  We did the original work for the brand.  They keep putting things out to tender.
They need to use the same team and invest in building the brand around the world.

Tell us about a day in the life of Jeremy Sampson?

8am I'm in the office.  I'm the Executive Chairman of Interbrand so it's breakfast, working meetings
and those can sometimes run right through till 6pm.

When things go right through, there are lots of meetings.  Etv news often ask me to go in for interviews.
It's also interesting travelling and speaking overseas.  I am asked to speak all over.

What book are you currently reading?

I don't have time to read books.  I spend more time reading magazines or digital magazines.  I also love Twitter.

What advice do you have for people who want to make a success of their lives?

Have a plan.  Have a job doing what you love doing.  Decide what you want.  Don't be bullied by other people and enjoy it.

Tell us about Interbrand?

It is New York based.  We are in 40 cities worldwide.  We are the original brand consultancy.
The company is 40 years old.  More and more people want a presence globally so they are contacting us.

How should a brand use Social Media and Twitter?

Use all channels to market so use it.  I thoroughly enjoy Twitter so use it.
Just be relevant.

What do you do to relax?

Reading and Tweeting and also travel and good food and wine.

Jeremy Sampson will be speaking on An Insight, an idea on Successful Branding for Cities of theFuture
at Buy, Sell and Invest (BSIV) hosted by the City of Joburg 1st - 3rd July, Sandton Convention Centre

You can find Jeremy Sampson on Twitter -

For more info on the conference and to book email 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Free Concert at @GatewayUmhlanga with @DJFreshSA and @PascalandPearce and more

A Fashion Show and A Concert at Gateway 5 July


(Source - Gateway)

Music At St Clements

Singer/Songwriters, Faye Oakes and Wren Hinds collaborate to bring you a unique acoustically driven performance & are sure to delight guests with their intimate, minimalistic & honest style of folk music at St Clements on Durban's Musgrave Rd, on Friday 14th June. 

This is truly music executed with an air of fragile beauty & an evening not to be missed.
Tickets R40. Tel 031 2022511

(Source - St Clements) 

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Delegate Registration opens for Durban Film Mart and we review Wakaberry Gateway

Delegate Registration opens for Durban FilmMart

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Clare Downs - one of the film experts that will be at FilmMart

Durban South Africa: Delegate registration for Durban FilmMart (DFM) opened (June 6), with the continent's premier film finance and co-production forum urging industry delegates to take advantage of the discounted early bird registration. Now in its fourth edition, the DFM takes place from 19-22 July and promises an exciting programme of masterclasses and networking opportunities.

The Durban FilmMart - a joint project of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) - is an African co-production market that provides a platform for international experts, broadcasters, financiers and filmmakers to meet and develop strategic partnerships that get films made. The four-day event comprises of a programme of Master classesAfrica in Focus panels, networking functions, the DOC Circle Pitching Forum and the Finance Forum for selected projects of the market. Delegates will also get to enjoy the selection of films screening at the  Durban International Film Festival.

“The FilmMart objective is to facilitate the development of African film content and to fuel business and employment opportunities within this sector on the continent,” says Durban Film Office’s Toni Monty. “We have seen some strong projects emerge from the Finance Forum programme into theatrical exhibition and onto important international film festivals. We have also seen how the DFM has become an important meeting point for film-makers from South Africa, Africa and increasingly from beyond the continent to network and engage in meetings, discussions, master classes and further develop their professional careers.”

The Durban FilmMart programme features a range of masterclasses presented by leading industry experts on a wide range of topics ranging from world trends in co-production to finance, distribution, script development and new media. Africa in Focus is comprised of a range of seminars and panel discussions featuring local and international filmmakers experts, specifically dealing with salient issues in African cinema. DOC Circle Pitching Forum is a high-level pitching event where the selected documentary projects of the DFM as well those of as Talent Campus Durban's Doc Station pitch to an audience of financiers, commissioning editors and broadcasters as well as DFM delegates. This pitching forum is invaluable for the development of new filmmakers. In addition, Durban FilmMart  delegates have access to a range of networking events attended by key industry professionals . Delegates can also attend workshops, seminars and screenings in the festival . 

World-renowned film expert Clare Downs will present a scriptwriting workshop entitled Strategies for development: the Agony and Ecstasy. Clare Downs is a founding member of the script analysis team for EAVE and has worked in training, script development, producing and writing for over three decades.  Clare has been involved in many international development and training programmes including the Southern African Producer training programme AVEA (2000 -2005). 

Filmmaker, author, strategist and consultant John Reiss will present a transmedia masterclass drawing from his critically acclaimed book Think Outside the Box Office -The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era. John Reiss is the director of numerous films including the documentaries Bomb It and Bomb It 2, which look at the subversive and often controversial international subcultures around graffiti. 

Presenting a masterclass on co-production entitled The Art of Working Together is Christoph Thoke, a German film and television producer and president of Mogador Film, who has worked for leading German/French broadcaster ARTE and German production companies including Bavaria Films, Taunus Film and CineMedia. Mogador’s first film Lorna's Silence by the Dardene Brothers was selected in competition for Cannes 2008 and screened at the Durban International Film Festival.

Marketing and Publicity for Cinema: the Mentality to Promote is the masterclass to be presented by film distribution and marketing expert Alvaro Vega of Vertigo Films - Spain's leading distribution company (recently incorporated into Wild Bunch). Vega has been involved in the distribution of films for leading directors including David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Wong Kar-Wai, Mike Leigh and Sofia Coppola.

A number of local, continental and international broadcasters,as well as various government agencies, film commissions, and distribution agencies will be in attendance, enabling delegates to establish contact and engage in one-on-one meetings. 

This year the DFM partners and supporters include the International Film Festival Rotterdam's (IFFR) CineMart, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Berlinale Film Festival, Worldview, and others. Attending DFM this year, the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival - North America’s largest documentary film festival - through its Blue Ice Fund Group initiative will continue to facilitate a financing and mentorship program for six African film grantees, awarded earlier this year. New partners include Paris Cinema’s film market Paris Project, who will select one project for their 2014 edition. Independent Filmmakers Project, America’s largest independent film non-profit, will select one DFM project to attend their lab for this year. ARTE returns to award a cash prize to the best fiction project, while Festival des 3 Continentes – Nantes and the International Organisation of Francophone will also be in attendance.

Renowned South African film and television pitching coach, Howard Thomas of Busvannah Communications will deliver four one-hour primers on proposal writing and pitching, covering the areas of research, target audience, writing and budgeting. These primers are aimed at beginner and intermediate producers active in content producing and will form part of the Durban FilmMart and Talent Campus Durban programme, with limited seats available to the public.

Following the DFM, and running from 23 to 26 July, is Wild Talk Africa, Africa’s key film festival and conference for natural history and wildlife film and television programming. “This is also a great opportunity for delegates to stay on in Durban and take advantage of the valuable opportunities in factual television-producing and broadcasting that Wild Talk presents.” says Monty.

“This year DFM’s has a really strong contingent of top quality experts and industry representatives, which adds significant weight to the level of engagement that will take place.” says Peter Machen, Manager of the Durban International Film Festival. “We look forward to welcoming delegates and hope that they seize the opportunity to network with the peers and experts in a meaningful way, and that this year’s Durban FilmMart continues to stimulate the growth of the industry on the continent.”

The 4th edition of Durban FilmMart takes place from 19 - 22 July 2013 during the Durban International Film Festival and is now open for delegate registration. Early bird registration, which enables the delegate to be included in the industry manual closes on July 2 and costs R1250. Registration thereafter costs R1750 and closes on July 18.

For more information and to register visit

(Source - Durban FilmMart)

Review of the new Wakaberry Store in Gateway by Fred Felton 


Last week I was invited to the launch of the new Wakaberry store in Gateway.
It promises to be a wonderful experience for all Waka Fans.
Filled with wonderful Fro-Yo, I spotted the sinful condensed milk flavour along with
tasty flavours like strawberry, vanilla and many more.

Added to that you can add tantalising treats like chocolate nuts, jelly beans, sour worms, mixed nuts 
and many more treats.  Too many to mention. 

For the more health conscious you can add fruit and my favourite cherries.

The one thing I love about Wakaberry is that they encourage you to recycle with bins
for spoons or containers etc.

Well situated in the Mall you cannot miss it, it's on the Cinema level next to the Games.

Rating:  Highly recommended. 

Find them on Twitter:  @Wakaberry_1 

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Friday, June 7, 2013

@Wakaberry_1 opens tomorrow at @GatewayUmhlanga 9am get there early loads of prizes

Tomorrow Wakaberry Opens At Gateway Theatre of Shopping In Umhlanga

When: Saturday 8th June 2013
Time: 9am
First 50 customers win a Prize Pack so you better come early.

You can find them all over the Net and Social Media here:
Wakaberry is online at 
Facebook at
Pinterest at

Useful info about Wakaberry

  1. Wakaberry Frozen Yoghurt (or froyo as it is affectionately known) is 100% real yoghurt which is supplied exclusively by organic certified farms.
  2. There are over 50 Wakaberry flavours.  Every week the flavours are changed in the stores.
  3. Wakaberry was founded in 2011 by three South Africans.  It is 100% South African owned.  The first store opened in May 2011 in Florida Road in Durban.

They now have stores all around South Africa.

(Source - Wakaberry)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Art Exhibits, Auditions and even more Auditions

Artisan Gallery Invites you to a Art Exhibit

"Four decades and still going strong"

An exhibition of new work by John Smith

2013 marks 40 years as a career artist for JOHN SMITH for whom art is not just a job but a way of life. He is active in every aspect of his chosen field, always a champion for the betterment of the lot of artists and the upliftment of artistic standards.

Well known for the strong, glowing colours of his oil paintings, landscapes and harbour scenes, he also paints a wide range of other subjects in watercolour and pastel. As a writer, he has been published regularly in newspapers, magazines and on the internet, as well as being on the editorial team for SA Artist Magazine.

Feisty, undaunted and outspoken, he is a versatile and gifted artist whose work has steadily increased in value over the years.

The exhibition will be opened by well known personality Harry Lock, and will run until 20th July.

DATE: 19 June 2013
TIME: 6 for 6:30pm
PLACE: Artisan Gallery, 344 Florida Rd, Morningside, Durban

Phone: 031 312 4364
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri: 9:30-5pm Sat: 9-1pm

(Source - Artisan Gallery) 

Auditions for a Film

This is a student based production and they just have a budget for transport and catering.
They are looking for white males, namely, a young white man in his 20's, a elder man in mid 40's 
and an early 50's or 40's white man.

Auditions Friday, 7 June at CFAD - 183 Problem Mkhize Road (Former Cowey Rd)  11am - 3pm.
To book an audition email:  Dayakar on 

(Source - Dayakar Productions) 

More Auditions

Twist Theatre Development Projects is looking for a white, male actor aged 40 - 60 to participate in the annual Novel-Script Project in Grahamstown.  The project involves readings of scripts as part of a writer's master-class.

They are looking for a versatile character actor with excellent English, as well as an ability to do an Afrikaans accent.  Actors must be available from23 - 29 June.  Transport and accommodation are paid for, and a fee is offered for participation in the project.
Interested actors are asked to email a photograph and short, 1-page CV to by Wednesday 5 June.  Applicants will be contacted by Friday 7 June.

(Source - Pansa) 

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