Friday, August 29, 2014

Congratulations To The Traffic Guy - 30 Years Of Radio and Happy Birthday!

'It's been an amazing adventure from day 1', says ECR's Traffic Guy as he celebrates 30 years on air.

(Johan Von Bargen - JVB - The Traffic Guy - Image Supplied)

It's also his birthday today so he has more reason to celebrate.

His first traffic report was in 1984 for the then Radio Port Natal (which went on to become East Coast Radio).  At that time he was a traffic officer with the Durban City Police.

Fast forward 30 years and JVB is one of the most recognisable voices on the radio.  More than 1.6 million people tune in to hear his traffic report so that they can safely navigate traffic to get to work/school/home.

Johann Von Bargen is also a wealth of information and full of anecdotes.  He also has a huge female following.

(Source - East Coast Radio)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

IEB Matric Art KZN Exhibition / Competition - It's Wine O'Clock - Shows

IEB Matric Art KZN Exhibition / Competition at artSPACE durban

(DGC Stephanie Trevethan, pollock, glass and cork)

Catch the best works produced by scholars that do the IEB Matric Art.

Participating Schools Are:
Hilton College, Michaelhouse, Our Lady of Fatima, Durban Girls' College, Marist Stella, Thomas More College, St Anne's Diocesan College, St Marys' DSG, St Henry's Marist, St Patrick's College, Epworth, Clifton College, Treverton College.

Exhibition Opens: 1 September at 6h30pm
Prize Giving: 6 September at 11am
Venue: artSPACE durban, 3 Millar Road, Durban.
Tel: 031-312-0793

(Source artSPACE)

It's Wine O'Clock 

No Tomorrow

This art exhibition is on till 30th September at Imbizo Gallery, Lifestyle Centre, Ballito.

Dear Breeder 

28 Aug onwards - Seabrooke's Theatre, Durban High School.  

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Travel Grants For SA Musicians & Music and Dance Events For Durban

Concerts SA Providing A Music Mobility Fund 

Are you a South African Musician?
Then this is for you. Music professionals are invited to apply for funding from a national mobility fund (for projects in South Africa) and a Regional Mobility Fund (for projects taking place in SADC countries except South Africa).

Grants for individuals are available for musicians, managers, promoters, producers, agents, groups.

Grants for organisations available to music organisations and businesses, record labels, agencies, forums, associations,, partnerships, local and regional organisations.

You have to be a SA citizen living in South Africa.
You must be established in SA.
You must be directly responsible for the prep and management of the project not an intermediary.

Types of projects that qualify:

  • Tours and Concerts
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Professional development projects / visits
The Regional Mobility Fund applies to the following provinces:
  • Project must take place in Gauteng or Western Cape or KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Artists from all provinces are invited to apply.
  • The project must take place in a different province from which the artist is based in. 
  • SADC Regional Projects: up to R40 000
  • National Projects: up to R25 000
Deadline: 14 September 2014

For all the Ts&Cs and an application form email: 
You can also download the application form here:
Follow them on Twitter @ConcertsSA    

Music and Dance Events Coming Up 

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Call For KZN Documentary Filmmakers & Shows Around Durban & Auditions Call For Documentary Filmmakers is looking for Documentaries.  Think you have what it takes?

This is aimed at producers in the following provinces:

Has to be 23 minutes in length.

Deadline Date: 29 August 2014

For all the details visit their site:

Shows Around Durban

Mondays At Six 

Mondays At Six tonight features some waiters telling tall tales.  Waiters include Pieter Scholtz, Andrew Verster, Rick Andrew, Fred Felton, Chris Nicholson, Val Shaw and Pat Smythe.

Table Bookings:  031-202-2511
Venue: St Clements, Musgrave Road
Time: 6pm 


Air Guitar


Fancy Yourself The Next Miss South Africa

TV Advert 

Looking for guys, gals, couples, skateboarder, unicylist/barman, fire breather, stilt walker, acrobat,
extras, for more details email your pic, age and contact number to 

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Literary Festival For Midlands This Weekend

There is a Literary Festival in the Midlands This Weekend

For their 5th Year this is the line-up:

SATURDAY 23 August 
9.00 - 9.30 - Kobus Moolman: Left Over
9.30 - 10.00- Jonathan Williams: A Drifting Life (Japanese Comic History)
10.00- 10.30 - Mike Hardwich - The Rhino and the Rat: Further Memoirs of a Vet

10.30 - 11.15 TEA

11.15 - 12.00 Marguerite Poland: From the Lighthouse: Of Beasts, Birds and Lighthouse Keepers
12.00 - 12.30 Nicky von de Heyde: Field Guide to the Battlefields of SA
12.30 - 1.00. Craig Higginson: Working as a Novelist and Playwright

1.00 - 2.30 LUNCH

2.30 - 3.00 Di Smith: You're Awesome- Living a Fulfilled Life
3.00 - 3.30 Praba Moodley: TBA
3.30 - 4.15 Tossie van Tonder: My African Heart

SUNDAY 24 August

10.00 - 10.30 Janet van Eeden: A Shot at the Big Time
10.30 - 11.00 Darryl David: Interviews with Neville Alexander- The Power of Languages against the Language of Power
11.00 - 11.30 Chris Nicholson: Sacred Cows Make the Tastiest Hamburgers
11.30 - 12.00 Barbara Siedle: Breathe the Dust

12.00 - 2.00 LUNCH

2.00 - 2.30 Ian Player: The Importance of Dreams – A Jungian Perspective
2.30 - 3.00 Chris Albertyn- Keeping Time: The Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Huntley(1964-1974)
3.00 - 3.30 Ashwin Desai - The Archi-texture of Durban: A Skapie's Guide

Venue: Yellowwood Cafe, Howick 
Tickets R50 each day
For more information contact Darryl David, on 082 576 4489 or, or Sandra Murphy, on 033 330 2461.

Find them on Facebook 

Article by +Fred Felton 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Camp Site Covers from Oppikoppi 2014

You see some interesting things at Oppikoppi.  Take for instance this lot:

What happens if you take 3 x rising bands with completely different sounds and backgrounds and mix them with 3 x classic South African anthems from the likes of PH Fat, Sibot and Taxi Violence and get one to cover the other?

Well you get this:

To find out more about this interesting initiative from AVA and Red Bull Studios
and to listen to the other 2 videos visit this site:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Event For Food Bloggers - Music Gigs - Blue Monday Platform

Something For Food Bloggers 

21 August at 17h30 at Hirsch Umhlanga - To RSVP email 

Music Gigs

Willy Mason - Opening Act - The Hinds Brothers - Live The Venue - Tickets R100 - 23 Aug - 8pm

Pansa Events 

The Blue Monday Platform was created by PANSA-KZN for emerging artists to gain an insight into the performing arts industry, to meet and to network with some of the professionals from the industry. Emerging artists will get exposure and possibly be recruited into their line of talent whether its music, dance, poetry or acting and also getting possible sponsors, agents or producers. BMP also looks at changing the perspective of arts, creating opportunity not only for artists but also for producers to see what is up and new in the performing industry, giving of fresh innovative and new outlook of ideas for the performing arts industry.
So, if you are looking for a performances for your next event or if you are simply interested in seeing live acts from Durban’s Young & Emerging artists then come join us.
DATE: 25th August 2014
VENUE: Catalina theatre (Wilsons wharf)
TIME: 17:30 – 19:30
Tickets sold at R15pp at the door…. Bar will be open for refreshments!!!!

This Edition by +Fred Felton 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Almost Time For Tsogo Sun Amashova & Bierfest & The Durban Business Fair

Coming Soon For Durban 

The Tsogo Sun Amashova Annual Cycle Race from PMB to Durban

(Melusi Dladla, Nomkhosi Mjwara & Siphamandla Dladla have entered the 35km family run ride, got their cycling license and applied for transport and are ready to roll.)  

If the 106km from PMB and 65km for Cato Ridge is too much to handle this time around, there is also the 35km fun ride which has been a hit with families in previous years.
With full road closures, get the bike pedals going and ride like the wind – mom, dad, grandparents, aunties, uncles and kids alike - on Sunday, October 12th.
This family fun ride was introduced to the Amashova in order for families of all ages to get involved and starts from Old Main Road, Lillies Quarter, Hillcrest at 5:30am sharp, ending at Suncoast at a cost of only R130pp!
The Mini Shova ever popular with the little ones, will take place on the morning of Saturday, October 11th. More details on the children’s event will be announced shortly.
Online entries close Monday, September 8th at 4pm and once entered, diarise the following days of when to collect your race number from registration at Suncoast Conference rooms, because no entries to the 35km will be taken on the day and any cyclist without a race number will be taken off the road and charged by Metro Police: 
Thursday, 9th October 13h00 – 18h00
Friday, 10th October 09h00 – 18h00
Saturday, 11th October 09h00 – 16h00
For more information, to download an entry form, enter online, download a transport form to Hillcrest, or apply for a cycling license for the event, visit and click on the events tab or call the Shova organisers during office hours on 031 312 8896.
Almost Time For Bierfest 
For one magical weekend in September, the largest, funnest, most spoken-about and most enjoyed annual lifestyle beer festival in the whole land once again gets ready to rock Durban.

Bierfest gives around 4000 Durbanites (and about 145 tourists from afar afield as PMB!), the chance to experience some real authentic Bavarian Bier culture, while networking!  I also don’t have to mention how Bierfest provides a wunderbar atmosphere in which to entertain favourite clients, colleagues, suppliers, dealers, government ministers, hard working employees, and others who will look upon you with renewed respect after being treated to ze fun of ze Bierfest!

They have a 3,500-seater Bavarian Brauhaus to transport you to magical Bavaria (Sun Coast Casino at Durbs actually), to a magical place where smiley beautiful Frauleins serve you frothingly frosty steins of our specially-made, available-here-only craft biers, and delectable Bavarian eats while you talk shop, or  just talk schnitzels!

Look out for comedian Paul Snodgrass as ze official “Mayor of Munich” leading the festivities. When he’s not on stage or getting people up on stage for fun games and other Bierfest-styled malarkey, they have South Africa’s favourite party band - Me And Mr Brown to serenade you, and when they’re taking a break, a ridiculously cheerful oompah band does their oompah best to get you “in ze mood!”  Do you know the words to ‘Heidi’???

There is also Bierpong (think: team-building!), the mas heben (like something you’d do if you were in the army as a form of punishment), the fearsome “snuff cannon” and masses of social media fun besides!  #Selfie!

For info and to book visit:

(Source - Bierfest) 

New Features For Durban Business Fair
EThekwini Municipality is ready and gearing up to host the 16th annual Durban Business Fair on 19 – 21 September at Durban Exhibition Centre. The Fair has been expanded and enhanced with new features aimed at infusing valuable business information and to facilitate networking and growth opportunities.

The Durban Business Fair has new elements such as Business Connect which is scheduled for 26 August 2014 at the Hilton Hotel. Business Connect will feature influential and established business people as panelists who will share their essential business expertise with exhibitors, teaching them the tricks of the trade to foster growth and development by offering guidance, support and encouragement.

Other exciting features include the My Startup - I am an Entrepreneur on 16 September, Co-operatives Summit on 17 September, Trade Night on 18 September and Speed Marketing on 19 and 20 September. All these features are aimed at adding value to the overall programme of the DFF. 

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala said that the Durban Business Fair remains a key economic development platform that has produced many success stories. “We are encouraged by the continuously growing impact of the Fair to the business community particularly small businesses because of their strategic role to the growth of our economy,” says Shabalala.

Head of Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, Phillip Sithole says the expansion of the Durban Business Fair programme is a strategic intervention aimed at broadening its impact.

The general public is encouraged to visit Durban Business Fair to access unique and innovative products and services to be showcased by exhibitors. 

(Source - Ethekwini Municipality) 
This edition by +Fred Felton 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Events For Durban: Art Shows - Book Launches - Jomba - Curry Balls

Art Exhibition Opening

'Impart' - a combined Student and Lecturer 'design' exhibtion featuring work from fashion, interior design and graphic design departments.
Where: artSPACE durban
When: Monday 18 August at 6h30pm.

Book Launch - Juweeltjies en Stukkies Glas

Join Pieter Scholtz for the launch of his new book.  Featuring readings by Margaret Logan, Jane Ross and Rick Andrew.
Venue: St Clements, Musgrave Road, Durban
Table Bookings: 031-202-2511
Time: 6pm

Jomba Is Coming 

Marc Lottering Is Coming To Town

Catch Marc Lottering in 'Curry Balls Comedy Jam' along with Neville Pillay, Masood Boomgaard,
Jem Atkins and more.
Sibaya iZulu Theatre.
29th, 30th and 31st August 2014.
Tickets available at Sibaya Box Office.
For more info call 031-580-5701

There is a special Frozen-Sing-A-Long version of the film 'Frozen' at Gateway Ster Kinekor on 16 August 2014.  You can sing-a-long in the cinema.  This will be for the first 3 showings of the film.

This edition by +Fred Felton

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cirque Du Soleil Dance Auditions in Cape Town & Jozi and Insight from Business Leaders

Cirque Du Soleil Dance Auditions

Cape Town - October 2 - 4
Johannesburg October 8 and 9 
For more details visit their Facebook page -

Advice from the speakers at the FNB Business East Coast Radio Breakfast 

Nicola Tyler, Ferial Haffajee, Kalyani Pillay, Bernice Samuels and ECR's general manager Trish Taylor
These were some of the insights that these women shared with more than 500 women at the FNB Business East Coast Radio Ladies Breakfast in association with GIBS:

'If you want to change your state of being, start by appreciating the things you have.' - Bernice Samuels.(FNB)

'If someone believes in you, how can you not believe in yourself?' - Kalyani Pillay (SABRIC) 

'When someone applauds you, stand in your own light.' - Nicola Tyler (Business Results Group)

City Press Editor, Ferial Haffajee pointed out that South African women wouldn't be where they are today, if it wasn't for the sacrifices and tenacity of the women who fought for freedom. 

The host on the day was ECR's general manager Trish Taylor. 

Free Photography Workshop 

Article by +Fred Felton 
Image Supplied.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Art Exhibits & John Legend is Coming & So Is Hacka Durban

Art Exhibition For Durban

(Modisa Tim Motsomi, 'Limen' , mixed media wall sculpture - Image supplied)

Just one of the artworks on show at: Looking Forward: Our Lives in 2034.
Presented by artSPACE durban and Durban Art Gallery.
On exhibit Aug 4 - Sept 14 at Durban Art Gallery.

John Legend Is Coming To Durban

21 November - Moses Mabhida Stadium 
Ticket Sales -

@HackaDurban - Durban's global hackathon

Hacka Durban - 15 - 16 August 2014
''Solutionism for Durban''
Young, bold and innovative minds are invited to this 24 hour hackathon.
Speakers at this event include:

  • Peter Wailey
  • Mixo Ngoveni
Judges Include:
  • Neil Vose (Quirk)
  • Craig McCleod (Build 2 Trade)
  • Solly Khoza (Mentec)
  • Bilal Kathrada (IT Varsity) 
Students - book your free tickets

For more details email 
or call Peter 078-971-3891

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review of UIA 2014 Durban - Day 3

Today marks my third day at the conference and my last day there.  It has been an amazing experience and they have had some fantastic speakers.

The keynote by Toyo Ito

Below are some of the highlights from Day 3:
The day started off with a keynote by Sindile Nganyama and he reminded us of the following: 'Whose heritage are we willing to embrace?' he also added 'What kind of society do we need to create for our children and our children's children.

Wang Shu showed us Beijing and Shanghai and told us that 'In China we do everything very fast.'  He started an architecture school with 1 teacher.  That teacher was him.  Now he has 600 students and 40 teachers.  He feels that maybe in China they have done too much construction.  'I spend a lot of my time in the conservation of villages.' said Shu.  'I like doing experiments in different areas,' said Shu.

Gerardo Salinas showed us Mexico City and informed us that Mexican people will always find a way to make things work.  'Before we start a project we look at what is the potential of the project,' said Salinas. He brought up a good point, 'How can you provide a mixed-use area instead of just office space?'  One of his buildings even features a facade that can be used for other purposes such as crossfit or offices.

After the keynotes I popped into a workshop by Mikhail Peppas who posed an interesting question, 'What makes up the identity of a city?'  He went on to ask, 'What is the identity of Durban?'

You see some amazing things at this conference, I walked by the Student Lounge and happened to see Cameron Sinclair giving a master class to eager students.

Later in the day we were treated to an interactive dance show with a able bodied dancer and a wheel chair bound dancer.  Quite wonderful to watch.

Next there was a presentation on Disasters and the highlights included:

  • An earthquake doesn't take into account where you live.
  • People become affected psychologically by disasters.
  • The fact that people who live on streets and on subways can also be seen as disasters.
  • Occupy Wall Street is another kind of disaster.
  • There is even a conference for disasters.  You can find out more at
  • Disasters can happen everywhere.
  • We were also reminded that South Africa had an earthquake only yesterday. 
The final keynote was the great architect Toyo Ito. 
He has many awards and honours and one can see why.  
I shall forever remember him saying 'Next' everytime he wanted the slide moved to the next one. 
Here are the highlights from his keynote:
  • 'There is no grid system in nature.'
  • He showed us one of his designs that features tubes and each tube has a different use.
  • Toyo Ito gave us a glimpse of a library he designed where the seats are by the huge windows thereby using natural light to the maximum.
  • His latest project is a Opera House.
  • 'The structure is complicated, like the human body.' revealed Ito.
  • He even designed a roof garden on top of the opera building where they can even have smaller concerts.
  • He reminded the architects of the future to be flexible, to save energy and to use natural energy.
  • Toyo Ito received a round of applause for almost all of the designs he showed us.
You can see why he has all those awards. 

The conference concludes tomorrow.
There are still many other events in line with the conference around the city for the month of August.
For more details visit their website:

Article by +Fred Felton 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review of UIA 2014 Durban - Day 2

The second day brought with it some more amazing speakers.

The Student Lounge

Here are the main points from the keynote by Francis Kere

  • 'It is we that decide what happens with our cities.'
  • '98% of the Population in Burkina Faso build houses out of clay.'
  • 'Whatever you do, the user has another idea for the building.'
  • He built an Opera Stage in Africa for a client then it transformed into an Opera Village.
  • He believes that education is the key for Africa to develop
He received a standing ovation for his keynote.  

Next up we heard from Susannah Drake and these were her highlights:
  • 'My vision was to transform singular use spaces into multi-use spaces.'
  • 'People want recreation spaces.'
  • She showed us how water can be diverted in case of emergencies such as mass floods.
Next we heard from Kjetil Thorsen and these were the highlights:
  • Some of his designs include a keyless, windowless, doorless museum
  • He showed us how to design a farm on top of a shopping mall so as not to waste farm land

There are also many free events around the city and don't forget to stop by the Kwa Muhle Museum to see the Green Heart City Book and Design Boma.  Be sure to stop by for their lunch special of Chakalaka Bunny Chow.  They are there all week.

Look out for the interactive art displays at the conference. 

Be sure to see the mini film festival which is on the go at Coast of Dreams.   There are some wonderful documentaries with architecture themes.  Shows at 11am, 2pm and 6pm.  

One of the discoveries I found at the Expo section is that there is now a .archi web address exclusively for architects.  Pop by their stand or find out more at

There was also a book launch around the Sophia Gray Memorial Lecture.  You can find the book at The Book Lounge.  Sophia Gray was the first female architect.  She was self-taught and built mostly churches.
The Sophia Gray Memorial Lecture started with 40-50 people and now has 500-600 audience members. The next lecture is on 28th August in Bloemfontein.  

After Lunch I attended the Pecha Kucha session that students presented.  The themes were varied including creative spaces for Durban, homelessness in Australia and even contrasting spaces in Namibia

The last keynote of the day was by Rahul Tehrota and he showed us Mumbai and how the people live in the city and how festivals dominate this city.  'In buildings you don't need aircon everywhere,' stated Tehrota.

Find out more about UIA 2014 here -
#UIA2014 #otherwhere #architecture 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Review of UIA 2014 Durban - Day 1

It's been a day full of amazing insight, hearing from some fantastic speakers in the Architecture community.
They are all at UIA 2014 Durban, the International Union of Architects World Congress.

Here are some of the highlights from the opening ceremony and my first day at the event:

  • 'Architecture is political' - Hilton Judin
  • 'Architecture otherwhere enables us to disrupt' - Hilton Judin
  • 'Architecture is cultural' - Hilton Judin
  • 'Architecture is social' - Hilton Judin
  • 'Architecture activates.' - Hilton Judin
The opening ceremony included a wonderful artistic dance piece all around Durban. 

The UIA President reminded us that 'Otherwhere is Africa.' 

The Durban Mayor welcomed the delegates and reminded everyone to visit Rivertown, Warwick Junction and the other Heritage sites in Durban. 

The Premier of KZN wanted slums removed and hoped that the architecture community would work with the government in this area. 

The Minister of Public Works posed some interesting questions: 'What role will architects play in global problems such as informal settlements? and 'What are we doing for the problem of homelessness?'   He reminded the audience that we need to create a build environment which is humane. 

Next I attended the Open Building Implementation Workshop.  They had some insightful speakers.
Find out more about them here -

We heard how Open Building has the idea of distinct levels.  Users / Inhabitants may give input on the design.

We were reminded that some open spaces have withstood the test of time.  Places where Festivals or Morning Markets are held.  

I also explored the Exhibition Centre where there was much on offer including another area for talks and various exhibtors.  

There is also a wonderful Mini-Film Festival on the go within the conference.  The Architect Africa Film Festival 2014.  In collaboration with DIFF 2014.  

Look out for some gems including:
  • Great Expectations
  • Microtopia
  • The Vision of Paolo Soleri
  • 9/11 Explosive Evidence
The festival runs from 4 August - 6 August at The Coast of Dreams Building - UIA 2014 Campus

I next managed to sit in on the keynote by Cameron Sinclair.  You can find him on Twitter @casinclair 
Some of the highlights from his keynote included:
  • 'I became an architect because I grew up in crappy housing.' 
  • 'How do we get architects to make a difference in society?'
  • 'How do we improve communities?'
  • 'When you are working with communities you have to hustle.'
  • 'You have to be incredibly creative.'
  • 'Architects spend decades perfecting their techniques'
He shared his insight into a community project he worked on in Haiti:
  • 'After 4 weeks nobody cares about a disaster i.e. the media.' 
  • 'Good funding comes from Individuals and Corporations.'
  • Children raised money for the funding of some of these projects.

He then shared insight about a community rebuild in Japan
  • The story of 1000 Paper Cranes
  • They asked for 1000 Paper Cranes from the community, a benefactor was willing to pay $1 for each crane, millions of cranes arrived, the benefactor agreed to pay $500 000. 
  • A wonderful story on the power of social media.
You can find more insight in this video:

The conference continues tomorrow
Tweet the good stuff  #UIA2014 

Article by +Fred Felton 
(Find him on Twitter @fredfelton)  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

8 of South Africa's hottest bands to rock Durban Day

The line-up has been announced for East Coast Radio's Durban Day

Blackbyrd seen here with Rory Petzer and Damon Beard

Jimmy Nevis

Gangs of Ballet

The Arrows

Khuli Chana

The Parlotones

Mi Casa


East Coast Radio's Durban Day
7 September 2014, from 12 noon onwards.
People's Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Tickets at R150 from Computicket.  Free entry for under 12's.

Images - Supplied

Article by +Fred Felton