Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wanted: 67 KZN pupils to honour Madiba’s legacy

In an effort to make an ongoing, meaningful difference that lives beyond Mandela Day, East Coast Radio has begun a province-wide search as part of its #ECR67Scholars initiative. The station has committed to paying the school fees of 67 Grade 8 pupils right through to Grade 12. The initiative is based on former President, Nelson Mandela’s fervent belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Launched this morning, #ECR67Scholars is the brainchild of East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu, who is seeking a more sustainable offering that lives beyond just Mandela Day. “That means we are making a difference not just today, but every day,” explains Mchunu. “Education is the tool to success not only for individuals but in terms of the future of our country. I am a firm believer in the importance of education and the importance of encouraging our children to complete matric. #ECR67Scholars does its bit to make sure Madiba’s legacy lives on.”

In addition to harnessing Madiba’s passion for children and education, #ECR67Scholars also taps into the “building communities for good” ethos of East Coast Radio’s parent company, Kagiso Media. The station has called on Grade 8 pupils from around KwaZulu-Natal to submit their motivations on for a chance to be among 67 pupils selected for a scholarship programme. 

Entries close on 31 July 2016.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tala Collection Private Game Reserve Photography Competition


Tala Collection Private Game Reserve is running a photography competition





With more than two weeks of school holidays left, the Tala Collection Private Game Reserve has some fun activities on offer to keep the kids busy.


Plus a Fun Competition is happening in July with an awesome prize to be won – worth more than R18 000! Situated between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the more than 3 000-hectare Reserve is easily accessible – keeping travelling time to a minimum for the youngsters in the back seat!


Tala’s competition – “Tracking for Tala Treasure” – can involve the whole family. It’s “I-Spy” with a twist!


Here’s what you have to do: Drive around Tala, find and take a photograph of each of the following: 1) Stewart the Giraffe (ask the staff at reception for his description!); 2) A bird at Acacia Dam; 3) The Rock Pools; and 4) An aloe at Aloe Lodge.


Once all four photographs have been taken, post them on the Tala Collection Facebook Page – and include the hashtag #TrackingTala. The winner’s prize – worth more than R18 000 – is aWeekend at Figtree House (Bed & Breakfast), dependent on availability.


Figtree House has an old-world farmhouse atmosphere, is fully serviced (not self-catering), consists of five en-suite bedrooms (can accommodate a group of ten), a spacious lounge and a verandah with stunning views.


Please note the photographs must be taken at Tala during July. The competition runs for the month of July. The judges’ decision is final. Terms and conditions apply.


Pack the mountain bikes as well and tackle the Reserve’s new MTB trails. There are three different distances – 3,5km, 5km and 10km – with the shortest one being perfect to do with the kids. Cycling with viewing the game along the way will certainly give the youngsters something to talk about when they return to school. Don’t forget to pack your cycle-helmets and water bottles and enjoy a family outing to remember.


There is a rock pool braai area – to relax for a lunchtime picnic – or Tala’s Aloe Restaurant, where the family can share a delicious meal together.


A diverse choice of accommodation is also available for a short affordable holiday break – these range from rustic to luxury and can suit any budget.


Special holiday rates are on offer – applicable for July only. Contact Tel: (031) 781 8000,  or go to for further information.