Wednesday, May 20, 2015

8 Tips From Lisa Raleigh To Make This Your Best Walk Yet

8 expert tips to make this your best walk yet!

The takkies are ready; your crew is excited; and the countdown to Sunday’s Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk! KZN health and fitness fundi, Lisa Raleigh, has this advice on how to make this your best walk yet:

1.    Eat your last full meal approximately 12 hours before your start time. This is not the time for heavy, fat-laden or carb-free meals. Simply opt for a balanced meal that’s easy to digest. Grilled fish, veggies and sweet potato are a great choice.

2.       There’s no need for a heavy breakfast on Sunday morning. Bigger meals can take up to an hour and a half to digest, demanding your body’s digestive attention. If you feel you must have more than a snack, make sure to eat at least an hour and a half before race time.

3.       Small and nutrient-dense snacks are ideal. A poached egg on a small piece of rye, a little yoghurt and a banana, or a small bowl of oats topped with raw nuts are great snacking options. And what should you give a miss? Processed, fried and fatty foods.

4.       Watch your water intake. Stick to your recommended daily consumption the day before your walk, drinking on an hourly basis. On Sunday, drink two glasses of water roughly two hours before the start, to allow it enough time to pass through your system.

5.       At the start line, don’t bounce! Whilst your feet should be rotating in a circular motion, take care to move low and forward, making an effort not to lose precious energy “bouncing” up and down.

6.       Be mindful of your posture. Try not to lean back while you move. Keep your body positioned slightly ahead of your feet. Your head should be comfortable, with your shoulders straight and not rounded.

7.       Relax your hands when running or power walking. It may sound silly, but many runners unconsciously clench their hands into fists while they move, causing unwanted tension to the body. Looser hands will guarantee a less stressful stride.

8.       Most of all, have fun! The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is a great way to get some exercise while spending quality time with those you care about.

The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is the chance to get in some exercise while enjoying the best promenade in the country. It’s a chance to spend quality time with the family, or play catch-up with friends or bond with your colleagues. All four distances, 5km, 10km, 15km  and 20km, will start at uShaka Marine World and end at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Image: provided 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Want tickets to the Gas Motoshow?

Dezzi Raceway to host first motor lifestyle festival.

On the weekend May 30 and 31Gas Magazine, KZN’s only glossy motoring read, teams up with the Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone to present a one-of-a-kind motoring festival. From full circuit drifting and extreme bike stunts, to foot massages and a pop-up cinema - the action packed line-up at the Gas Motoshow will thrill families this May.

The rubber burning action gets underway with SA's current SupaDrift championship point leader Jim McFarlane. He and a select guest list of Africa’s top drifters will tear up the tar with a high-speed tandem drift show. Their antics will go a leap further by inviting fans to step into the cockpit for a ride on a professional drift track; an experience usually reserved for drivers or VIPs. Not to be outdone, SA’s leading adrenaline motorsports company XS Promotions and their international stuntmen, will show off their own whiplash brand of spin stunting. And if you’ve never seen or heard of motorised trike drifting, you’ll not want to miss Hooligan Drift Trikes in action all the way from Jozi. 

While the track boils, the sky will be alight with motorcycles. SA’s own The Le Riche Brothers (currently ranked second and fourth in the US) will show their extreme bike trial and stunt duo skills alongside XDL Stunts’ world-renowned bike performance display.

Off the track the Wicked Dips Show 'n Shine and IASCA Dyno & Sound Off, presented by The Powerflow Exhaust Zone, allows fans to get up close to hundreds of the most beautiful cars from around the province – all vying for top eye and ear candy honours. Supercar clubIBV will provide the connoisseur's touch with 20 of KZN’s best supercars on display.

The Gas Motorshow is all about family. To keep the young ones more than entertained Epic Go Karting will be laying on a full outdoor karting track alongside mini radio controlled drift cars by RC Drifting and racing simulators by TGN Simulators to give kids (and dads) a feel of what it’s to slide and drive. A massive kids action zone - featuring a climbing wall, gyro, rodeo bull and loads of inflatables - will burn up any extra energy. To complete the family fun, the Gas Motoshow Popup Cinema seats 75 people, were young and old can enjoy blockbusters including Fast n Furious and Gone in 60 Seconds. For Mom (and Dad’s if you like) a unisex spa will be giving foot massages, pedicures and kids pampering such as face painting and glitter tattoos.

Tummies are taken care of by a full food and catering suite, including a Spur pop-up shop and a celebrity visit. Finally, for those most interested in man vs machine, SA’s strongest men will race against the clock to pull 5 tonnes of cold steel in the Strongman contest.

‘We have a serious passion for motoring at Gas Magazine,’ said event organizer Prethiven Naidoo ‘The Gas Motorshow brings to life the stories we’ve written about on our pages.’

Venue: Dezzi Raceway, Marburg
Dates & Times:  Sat 30 May and Sunday 31 May, 09:00 – 19:00
Tickets:  R60, adults; R30 pensioners. R200 for VIP tickets, limited to 500 per day. FREE for under 12’s.

For more information visit: or follow on
Twitter @gas_magazine or Facebook GasMagazine

The good folks at Gas Motoshow have given us 4 double tickets for adult entry just for you.

All you have to do is answer this easy question:

Where is the Gas Motoshow being held:

1. Port Elizabeth

2. Port Shepstone

3. Port Edward

Email your Name, Email Address, Cell Number and the answer to:

Please put Gas Motoshow in the subject line.

Competition closes Friday 22 May 2015 at 3pm. 

*Please note winners are responsible for their own return transport and accommodation.  

T's and C's apply. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

All she wanted was to look at the ocean

85 year old Martie van Staden had just one wish: to look at the ocean again. Martie used to live in Amanzimtoti and loved visiting the beach. But an unsuccessful back operation confined her to her bed. Frail and in need of constant care, Martie had no choice nine years ago, but to move to the Flame Lily Park care home in Queensburgh.

For nine years Martie longed to look at the waves and smell the fresh sea breeze – but frail and bedridden, she wasn’t even able to go outdoors.

Determined to fulfil her mum’s wish, Martie’s daughter, Magda Snowdon, got in touch with East Coast Radio’s Damon Beard.  “It’s nothing fancy,” Magda told Damon on-air during The Big Favour on Tuesday, 12 May 2015. “She just wants to go and look at the sea and go back again to the home”

Damon roped in Netcare 911 to help make Martie’s dream come true. This morning (14 May 2015, the Netcare 911 team fetched Martie from the care home and took her to ‘Toti Beach in an ambulance. There Martie was served tea on the sand as she spent some time looking out at sea.

“This is something most of us take for granted every single day,” says Damon. “I’m so grateful to have been able to make her life-changing dream come true.”

Pics by Netcare 911 and ECR

Monday, May 11, 2015

Travel Massive KZN Launched at Indaba 2015

Yesterday the Travel Massive KZN chapter was officially launched at Indaba 2015.

Travel Massive KZN Founders Stuart Parker and Fred Felton. Image by Simon Lewis
The event was held in partnership with Cape Town Tourism and Simon Lewis from the Cape Town Chapter introduced everyone to the concept of Travel Massive.  The Cape Town Chapter has had massive growth and Simon along with Dawn Jorgensen have helped to put it on the map.

Travel Massive is a powerful networking group for those in the travel, tourism and travel blogging industry.  

The KZN Chapter will be having regular networking events soon so watch this space.

If you would like to know more about Travel Massive or join the KZN Chapter

Saturday, May 2, 2015

5 Things To Do In Durban

There are so many amazing things to do in Durban, South Africa.

Here are 5 things you can check out while you are here:

The KwaMuhle Museum

130 Bram Fischer Road, Durban.

Visit them for informative tours on the history of Durban.

The Ricksha Bus

Go on a bus ride around the city and experience the sights and sounds from up high in a delightful bus and enjoy the open air and the wonderful views of Durban.

The Freedom Wall Site

Take a tour of The Freedom Wall which is situated next to the Durban ICC.   There are some thought provoking reminders on this wall in the centre of town.

The Old Beer Hall

102 Prince Alfred Street (Florence Nzama)

Not many people know that we have an old beer hall in the city.  Take a tour of it and the old drainage systems next to it.  This precinct is part of a revival section that is featuring a rebirth with events, markets and music.

The Old Court House Museum

Not many people know about this museum near the Durban Main Library.  It features various rooms that take you back in time to show you historical figures, boats, old images of time gone by and even what the first shop and chemist looked like in the old West Street.   There is also a wonderful exhibition on at the moment featuring Nats Nakasa.

Article and Images by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton

Fred Felton was invited by eThekwini to experience these sights as part of the Bloggers Connect initiative with the City of Durban.

Friday, May 1, 2015