Monday, December 28, 2015

Where to go for New Year's Eve Dinner Durban

Unforgettable New Year's Eve Dinner and Live Music

A team of chefs have created an unforgettable six-course New Year’s Eve menu – includes Midlands inspired cheese starter, baked Saldanha Bay mussels, and whole roasted aged beef fillet done to perfection. Savour this six-course culinary adventure with Sparkling Wine.

Price:  R795 per person; food and wine pairing; Welcome Kir Royal Cocktail and Canapes on arrival

New Year's Jazz Brunch with Live Band

Featuring live interactive cooking from a talented kitchen team, look out for the new year with a Big Easy Vineyard Brunch - home-made artisan breads, sharing snack plates, crispy Dargyle Duck, Josper grilled Nguni Beef Striploin, flat breads from the traditional wood fired oven, the best Midlands cheeses and an exquisite dessert display.
Price:  R350 per person; Welcome Mimosa Cocktail on arrival.

For bookings:
Tel:  (031) 336 8100

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Plenty to Sea and Win at uShaka Marine World this Christmas

There is so much to do at uShaka this Christmas.

Rumour has it Father Christmas is on a beach vacation there and you can still drop off your Xmas list with him daily from 10am – 12pm in Arena 3 until Dec 24th.

You might also spot Sexy Santa and his helpers Miss Tinsel and Miss Mistletoe who will be seen at the Village Walk from 12h30 and 17h00 daily till Dec 24th.

You can also win a fabulous uShaka Marine Wold Hamper by taking part in their Christmas photo campaign.  Take a selfie with Sexy Santa, Santa’s elves, Grandpa Santa or any figure that resembles Santa in the Village Walk and upload it to the uShaka Facebook Page and tag yourself, or Instagram it to #uShaka to stand a chance to win. Winners will be announced online.

You could also stand in line to win a vacation for 4 in South Africa including flights, accommodation and car hire.  All you have to do is purchase one of 4 different combo tickets up until Jan 10th 2016.
Then SMS uShakaWin, your unique code on your uShaka till slip from uShaka ticketing along with your ID number and name to 43366 and listen to the East Coast Drive on East Coast Radio between 3pm and 6pm for more details.

There are loads of other consolation prizes as well.

Ts and Cs apply.

So get to uShaka and enjoy the festive season.

For more info call 031-328-8000 or visit

Monday, December 14, 2015

SUNCAFE Awaits You Durban

Last week I was invited to the media opening of SUNCAFE at SUNCOAST.

I must say I was very impressed. This summer holiday café will be open till 10 January 2016.  It’s the perfect spot to take your family to. 

Beware this is a selfie rich environment.  I never saw so many people taking selfies, ussies and groupies.  So you might want to pack your selfie stick as well.

You can find it on the Sundeck at Suncoast overlooking the Indian Ocean.  SUNCAFE is an outdoor beach bar where you can also soak up the sun, sip on delicious cocktails and enjoy live music.

You can expect musical talents and DJ’s such as Wobbly and NAG, DJ Phumz and DJ Leleh, Funksoul and JNR B, F Easy and Teabag, DJ Meech and DJ Deepsoul along with pop sensation Eston.

There will also be competitions and prizes along the way.

The Suncoast Spa team will also be there for those who want to indulge in mini-spa treatments.
The café also features a children’s area and they will have great games and activities for the little ones.

SUNCAFE opens daily at 11am till 6h30pm.

Entry is FREE.

Pop, RnB and Dance music countdowns every day from 11am to 2pm.
Live sets from performing DJ’s from 2pm to 6pm.

For more info visit
Facebook:  gottalovesuncoast
Twitter: @suncoastdurban

Article by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide Durban


Beat The Burrito Challenge!

Four15 in Durban North is challenging you to take on their giant burrito.  Can you eat it?
All proceeds on launch day to their charity Ubuntu Youth.

You are invited to join the festivities today.



Have you entered yet?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fancy A Trip In The UberChopper With DVBBS?

One lucky Uber rider in Durban and their partner can take to the skies with superstar DJ’s DVBBS

On 1 December 2015 at 5pm all you have to do is open your Uber App and use the promo code DVBBSUBER to unlock the DVBBS view.  Set your pickup location and attempt to request the DVBBS vehicle option. It’s fastest fingers first.  The lucky winner and friend will be picked up and taken to the UberChopper where they will meet the duo and together experience a unique coastal tour of Durban.

The DVBBS on-demand will be available for request along the full coastline.

Ts and Cs apply.
Riders must be 18 years or older to qualify. Riders must have taken at least one Uber trip to qualify.  The winner must be with a friend at the time of pick up.

To request a ride download the Uber App for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone or register at

For more info:

This edition by Fred Felton

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Durban International Film Festival 2016 - Call For Entries

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from around the world to submit their Short-Documentary or Feature Films to screen in the festival from 16 – 26 June 2016.  (Please note the new dates for the Festival).

The festival is organized with key partnerships from Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, KZN Film Commission, NFVF and other valued partners.

DIFF exhibits many films from around South Africa, Africa and from around the World.
The festival also includes a local and international awards section.

Only films completed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be considered. There is no charge for entry.

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted via an online screener. All submissions must be entered via the DIFF visitor page:
In order to submit a film an account needs to be created if this has not already been done in previous years. The deadline for all entries including delivery of screeners is 29 February 2016.

In 2016 the festival will feature a focus on the important issues HIV and Aids within film.  DIFF invites filmmakers with films on this subject to submit them for consideration.
The festival will also feature seminars and workshops aimed at local and international filmmakers.

Important Dates
17 – 21 June 2016 9th Talents Durban in co-operation with Berlinale Talents
17 – 20 June 2016 7th Durban FilmMart presented in partnership with Durban Film Office

This edition by Fred Felton
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Performing Arts Scholarships 2016

Funded by the Lottery, DALRO and Nedbank Arts Affinity this is a great opportunity for any young student.

Presented by the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) it is aimed at young performers in their final year of secondary education who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts as well as students in first or second year dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre studies.

Thanks to the National Lottery there will be an additional 14 performing arts scholarships in 2016.
National Auditions will be hosted from June to August 2016 and participants will be given a 6-month period to register for the programme as of December 2015, with registrations set to close 31 May 2016.

For more into contact the Arts and Culture Trust:

This edition by Fred Felton

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide Durban

Plenty to do and see this weekend and coming up.

Coming Soon

This edition by Fred Felton
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Monday, November 9, 2015

African Arts Centre Xmas Exhibition

There is much on offer this year, look out for handmade beadwork, embroidery, telephone wire, clay and wood decorations this year.

Look out for innovative products thanks to a creative skills development programme which aims to help local crafters generate a sustainable income through their art.

Wonder Msane, Phumlani Mbhele and Phumlani Madela have produced a range of ornaments in the formation of stars, hearts and angels executed in specified colour combinations.

‘We are thrilled to see young people absorb new skills so creatively!’ says assistant director Nozipho Zulu.

Look out for many arts and crafts from the likes of Happiness Dladla, Dumsile Mathe and many more.

A novel feature this year are uniquely African-designed beach towels so you can hit the beach in style. This is a result of a partnership between Mr Price Home and 4 African Art Centre artists, Sibusiso Duma, Nonotobeko Jilajila, Mbali Mabuza and Timothy Mlambo.

This new range will be available in Mr Price Home from 12 November.

A portion of the sales from each towel will go back to the African Art Centre to help with the development of emerging artists.

For more info contact the African Art Centre: 031-303-4634
Or visit them at 94 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban.

This edition by Fred Felton

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Opportunity for African Screenwriters – Call for Submissions

Urucu Media under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox, Durban FilmMart, Restless Talent Management, The French Institute in SA and Francais’s Cinemas du Monde proudly present REALNESS, a screenwriters residency for a new generation of African cinema.

From June to August 2016, 5 screenwriters will be invited to a 7 week residency to develop a new draft of their next screenplay.

Here is what you can expect:

Week 1

The residency kicks off on 16 June 2016 with an introductory week at Durban FilmMart. Residents will have the chance to watch films, attend seminars and present their projects to industry professionals for feedback. Each resident will prepare a public presentation of their project at the end of the week.

Week 2-6

Residents will be transported to the Nirox artists residency at the Cradle of Humankind where they can work on their screenplay in tranquillity. Top international script consultants will help them. They can also expect workgroups with fellow writers, curated film screenings, producer-led case studies and discussions with industry speakers.

Week 7

Residents will be debriefed and have follow up Skype sessions with their consultants. After leaving the residency writers will be invited to submit a new draft of their screenplay by 30 September 2016. The most promising project will be invited and funded to participate at the prestigious La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes, 2017.
Residents will receive a stipend of R15 000 and all food and accommodation will be covered during their stay.  Residents will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from the residency. Efforts will be made to help with sponsorship from country culture desks and other interested institutions.


Deadline 31 January 2016 or until 120 applications have been received whichever comes first.

Applicants must submit 1 PDF dossier containing:
A motivation for wanting to participate in REALNESS (1 page)
A synopsis of the proposed feature project (1 page)
A treatment of the proposed feature project (6 pages)
A draft of the screenplay
A writer’s note of intention (1 page)
A short biography (1 paragraph)
2 links to samples of previously produced work uploaded to Vimeo. If selected residents will be required to donate one copy of their previous work to the Nirox film library.

All submitted work must be in English.  The call is open to screenwriters from across Africa.

Please submit dossiers to

This edition by Fred Felton

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ballito Xmas Market 16th – 24th Dec 2015 @ Burndale (Umhlali)

Prime Space Almost Sold Out.

If you would like your products sold at Ballito Xmas Market you better hurry. 
Full details and application forms are available via email.
Simply email: for more info.

There are 2 options for display:

Pay for your table R1500 for 9 days and supply stock. Stock will be bar coded and sold for you.  The market will take 20% of the turnover sold on your behalf. The market will need stock lists by 1st of December and stall fees need to be paid now to secure your stand. Trestle table and Table Cloth will be supplied.


You pay R2500 for a table and handle all sales yourself for the 9 days. Table and 2 chairs supplied for this option.

Market Address: Burndale:1 Salt Rock Road
Date: 16th – 24th of December
Market times: 10am – 6pm every day
Stock list needs to be in on 1st of Decmber to
Set up and stock drop off: 14th and 15th December.

Market limited to 100 stands.

For every cent spent 1% goes towards the Furthering Education & Training NPO.

This edition by Fred Felton

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Trainee Opportunities For 6 Young Filmmakers

SABC’s Uzalo Season 2 – Trainee Opportunities

Stained Glass Productions which produces Uzalo is looking to train 6 young filmmakers during the second season of this show in KwaMashu, Durban. eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office in partnership with Stained Glass Productions are introducing a trainee development programme for the youth of eThekwini.

Areas of training:
Sound – training a ‘boom swinger’ in basics of sound mixing.
Camera – training as a camera assistant.
Make-up and hair – training as a make-up and hair standby assistant.
Art department – training as art department standby assistant.
Production – training as a production assistant.
Wardrobe – training as a wardrobe standby assistant.

How to apply:

Submit your CV and a covering motivation letter to:
Mr Fezile Peko, DFO Project Manager
Deliver: 11th Floor Rennies House, 41 Margaret Mncadi Av. Durban.

Deadline: 13 November 2015 at 12pm.

This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide Durban

Plenty to do and see this Halloween weekend.

Witches and Dragons at uShaka Marine World
Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November
Bookings: Computicket

ABSA BokTown at Suncoast
Friday 30 October
3rd and 4th Playoff for World Cup

Saturday 31st October
World Cup Final

I to I
Two poets, some slam and a whole bunch of important stuff
Square Space Theatre, UKZN – 30 October – 1 November 2015
Iain Ewok Robinson (SA) and Kat Francois (UK)
Friday show at 7pm
Saturday/Sunday Matinee 3pm
Tickets at the door

Happy Halloween!

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Night of 100 Stars

An evening like no other.

SUNCOAST invites you to spend a night amongst the stars at the 7th edition of CANSA Night of 100 Stars on Monday, 9th November 2015. 
Look out for the who’s who of entertainment including: Samantha Peo one of the judges from Strictly Come Dancing, Artist John Adams, Ian Von Memerty, Natalie Rungan, Idols sensation Brandon October, American Folk Group The South Jersey PomPoms joined by the talented Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby.
The show will be directed by Mark Hawkins.
Look out for Lisa Bobbert and Aaron McIllroy.
Executive Director of SUNCOAST, Mike Dowsley encourages you to join them for an evening of entertainment all for a good cause to help CANSA KZN.
Cara Noble of CANSA reminds you that Night of 100 Stars is truly an amazing and rewarding evening.

All proceeds made on the evening go towards CANSA KZN cancer research projects and awareness campaigns in the Durban region.

Tickets for the evening include a 3 course dinner.

The dress code for the evening is Hollywood glam so dress for the stars.

To book tickets contact Cara Noble:

This edition by Fred Felton

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide #Durban

Tri Continental Film Festival at KZNSA 23 – 24 October 2015

ABSA BokTown at Suncoast Casino
1st Semi-Final

ABSA BokTown at Suncoast Casino
2nd Semi-Final

All Weekend
Head on over to any Game Store and help out East Coast Radio Toy Story.  Look out for the Toy Story boxes in Game Store and help make a difference to one child.

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dinos Alive Set For Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment In Durban November 2015

The exhibition features 25 Dinosaurs and has toured throughout SA.

Look out for the Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor. There will also be a mock excavation pit and a jumping castle on offer for the children.
Each dinosaur is backed by an audio guide that explains more about the dinosaur.  Look out for a QR Code as well.
The exhibition will be indoors so there is no need to worry about the weather.
25 dinosaurs will be on show, including 3 dinosaur rides suitable for children.
For more info visit the Dinos Alive website

Article by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide

Durban Business Fair
16 – 18 October
Durban Exhibition Centre
Free Entry

19th Poetry Africa Festival Workshops
17th October 10am – 1pm
Rivertown Beerhall
Free Entry
Tickets for festival finale can be booked at Computicket
For more info follow them on Twitter @PoetryAfrica
Poetry Africa Showcase
17 October 11am
DUT Courtyard Theatre
Free of charge

ABSA Boktown 1st and 2nd Quarter Finals
17 October
4pm and 8pm
Tickets R30 includes free drink and boerewors roll and loads of fun
Laughter is the best medicine with Thenjiwe
17 October 2015
The Playhouse
Tickets at Computicket or Shoprite

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Auditions Across South Africa


The Voice SA Auditions
The Singing Show The Voice SA has Auditions
17, 18 October Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
25, 26 October at Kings Park Rugby Stadium, Durban
31 Oct and 1 Nov at Mark’s Park, Johannesburg

Cruise Ship Dance Auditions
Cape Town – 6 November – UCT School of Dance Studios – Sign in 9am
Johannesburg – 8 November – The Dance Space – 1 President Street, Newtown – Sign in 11am
Seeking dancers with experience in ballet, jazz, contemporary and partner work.
To apply please send your CV and headshots to

Casting for Rent the musical – South Africa
Seeking 1 x Black Male (20-35) Strong Vocals
Seeking 1 x Black Female (25+ ) Strong Vocals
Send bios to

Friday, October 2, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide Durban

Create mobile car art at the biggest public car arts event

Where: Pine Crest Shopping Centre

When: This Weekend

Join AutoTrader for a fun filled day of activities all in aid of Project Qhubeka

Color in AutoTrader's new fleet of cars to raise funds for charity.

All funds go towards bicycles for children in rural areas to get to school.



Absa BokTown - SA vs Scotland

Where: Suncoast

When: 16:45

R30 gets you entry plus a drink plus a boerewors roll plus loads of fun.

For more info visit 

This edition by Fred Felton
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Call For Project Submissions - Berlinale Co-Production Market 2016

The Co-Production Market takes place on February 14-16, 2016. This is part of the Berlin International Film Festival which takes place February 11-21, 2016.
Experienced producers from around the world are invited to submit their new feature-length fiction projects with budgets that range from 1 to 20 million Euros (for projects from Greece, Portugal or Spain the budget requirements are waived), with at least 30% of financing (or the local production funding) already in place, for which they are seeking international co-production and financing partners.

Deadline for project submission is October 21, 2015.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a 3 day service and networking platform designed to bring together producers, financiers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and funding representatives.
Meetings are organised for selected projects with interested co-producers, partners and financiers. You can also look out for networking meetings, cocktail events, a Producer’s Lounge, Speed Matchings and much more.
At Books at Berlinale 10 selected international books with film potential are presented to international producers and at CoPro Series, ca. 6 hand-picked international drama series projects are pitched in front of potential co-producers and financiers.
Overall more than 200 films have so far found partners at the Co-Production Market.
What are you waiting for?
Submission Form

Queries: Tel: +49-30-25920-517 or email:

Article by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review of ShowMax

The good folks at ShowMax asked me to try out their new video on demand (VOD) service which launched recently in South Africa.

So just what is VOD? Well it’s certainly not like the good old days when it took you around 1 hour to rewind a video.  I remember those days with so much love.

Now you can have well over 10 000 hours in your pocket so to speak.

ShowMax is similar to products like NetFlix and DStv BoxOffice.

The ability to watch what you want when you want.

It’s available on various devices with an internet connection.  These include mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and even Samsung and LG smart TV’s.

At the moment you can get some big TV shows like Game of Thrones, Entourage, The Wire and many more.  They also have a huge movie catalogue and even local African content.
John Kotsaftis, General Manager of ShowMax South Africa said: ‘We’re unashamedly ambitious in what we’re aiming to achieve with ShowMax.’

So how does it work?

I tested it out on an iPad using their App. 
The App is pretty simple to use and you can select an option from Movies, Series or a Watchlist.  If you get stuck there is a handy Help section.

You can also go directly to movies or series and select from various categories such as action, horror, comedy etc.

So will it take off in South Africa?

I tested it out using a Wi-Fi connection.  Certainly at present the speeds in South Africa are not the best but as more and more areas get rolled out with high-speed internet these types of services are going to take off.

I’m sure that South African Filmmakers will be checking out ShowMax as this service offers filmmakers a new option for distribution deals.
It also offers a different option for people who can’t afford satellite television options.
ShowMax is offering this service at R99 a month which is not bad.  That’s about the price of one good DVD.  You can have the service on 5 different devices. You can also watch two different streams on different devices simultaneously.

However don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself, ShowMax is offering everyone a 7 day free trial so you can check out the service for yourself.

You can find out more on

Find them on Twitter @showmaxonline


Have you tried ShowMax? Let us know what you think of the service on Twitter using @UmhlangaLife and the hashtag #showmax

(Image courtesy ShowMax)

Review by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review of The Mercury Wine Week

The Mercury Wine Week

What an eventful and beautiful evening spent at the Mercury Wine Week 2015. As a newbie to the wine world, there was much learning and tasting to be done.

On the tip of learning one had never realized just how big the wine industry is in South Africa with a really large following too. I had the pleasure of first tasting the Checkers South Africa Rosé selection, with the help of their team I first got to understand the difference between rosé, dry wine and sweet wine. For which I didn’t think at first there would be a difference, but soon it became clear that it rested with your pallet much like cheese flavours. That was provided by Lancewood which made it all the more enjoyable.

Pacing myself through the Suncoast Durban venue filled to capacity you could feel the ambience of leisure and the goodness that grapes can make the heart feel. People negotiated business deals, chatted about parenting and most importantly their favourites from the wide selections of wines to taste. I was particularly drawn to the Spier Wine Chenin Rosé collection, made with a collection of sub-tropical fruits you could smell the mango and pineapple in the glass, as it hit your lips it was elegant to your taste buds.  Another wine that was really enjoyable for me was the Big Easy Rosé collection from South Africa’s second most loved golfer Ernie Els, which goes really well with your pasta and fish dishes. A plus with all these ranges is that since they are light to the taste you could get away with having a glass over lunch, during a working day.

The general advice I heard from the winemakers gathered at the Wine Week, was that if you are a first time wine taster or would like to develop a love for wine.  Start with tasting sweet wine it offers a sweet tasted instead of the general bitter taste. You are then able to graduate to the Rosé section of the beverages menu and ultimately develop your pallet for red or white wine. Here’s a toast to another successful Mercury Wine Week. 

Review by Amanda O Mathe
Twitter @Onapower

Friday, August 21, 2015

Your Weekend Event Guide



Coming Soon

Durban Fashion Fair August 26 - 29 Suncoast 

This edition by Fred Felton
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review of the Segway Gliding Tours Durban

This week I was invited to try out the Segway Gliding Tour in Durban.  For those that have never done it, it is a wonderful experience and something to put on your bucket list for people of Durban and for Tourists from South Africa and Worldwide.

Once you put your helmet on, you head off to the Segway Training at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and you are given some tips on how to ride and do a few practice rides with the expert guides who are with you all the way along the ride.  Once you get the basics it is pretty easy to glide around.  Users lean forward to go forward, lean back to go backward and turn by using a ‘Lean Steer’ which is explained to you by the guides.  It’s all in the hips and knees, that’s all I’m saying. The Segway can go up to 23km/h but it will slow down automatically to notify you that you are going fast.

When you have the basics down you are taken on a wonderful guided tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium.  Lovers of architecture and design will love this. 

Next you are taken along the beachfront and you really get to appreciate the beauty of the Golden Mile from high up.  You seem to whizz past everyone else. 

You even experience a pier on a Segway and that is something else. 

After that you take a long winding route back along the beachfront and past the sights which include coffee shops and of course Suncoast

The last stretch is wonderful and you might even get to push to up to 20km/h and enjoy the breeze as you go. 

There’s something called the Segway Smile, you will discover it along the way, you find yourself having so much fun you just have to Smile.

Before you know it you are back at the Stadium where the ride began and sadly you have to get off until the next time.

Interesting Segway Facts
The battery will last you for 40kms.  That’s about 2 hours at max. speed. 
They change the tyres around 3 or 4 times a year. 

Final Verdict: Highly Recommended

Contact Details for Segway Gliding Tours
Address: Shop 16A Moses Mabhida Stadium, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Avenue, Durban, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 31 303 4534 or +27 (0) 83 226 9334
Open 7 days a week.

Review and Pictures by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton