Friday, September 23, 2016

Your Weekend Event Guide Durban

23 To 25 September Royal Baking Powder Virtual Kitchen at Gateway Shopping Centre

24 September Hirsch's Umhlanga Fun Day

25 September Shisa Nyama Festival - People's Park

24 September - Open Air Salsa - Suncoast Casino - 3pm

Friday, September 16, 2016

Opportunity for Entrepreneurs with Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury Scotch whisky, launched the third year of The Venture – a global platform to find and support promising entrepreneurs who want to Win The Right Way - those who aspire to use enterprise and innovation as a force for good.

The Venture provides “social entrepreneurs” the opportunity to win a share of USD 1 million in financial investment, invaluable contacts and global exposure for their company, as well as mentorship from world-famous business mentors.

In 2016, more than 2 500 owners of start-ups from around the world applied for The Venture II, but only 27 were selected. Previous winners who have represented South Africa in the USA include CrashDetech, a revolutionary mobile phone app that detects car crashes, and Lumkani, a shack fire-detection device now used in informal settlements. Both businesses benefited from the opportunities created through The Venture platform.

This year, for the first time ever, Chivas Regal South Africa is exploring an exciting new platform to garner entries in the format of a 10-part televised elevator pitch series. Entrants from the submissions to The Venture will be selected to appear on the series where, in just 60 seconds, they will pitch their business ideas. Participants will be narrowed down to top five, who will then be mentored by well-known South African business moguls. The five will then re-pitch their polished business plans in a finale session to a panel of experts and celebrities, who will select The Venture 2017 winner to represent South Africa in The Venture III final in USA.

The show will air on national television, providing entrants with unrivalled publicity for their business.

According to Shelley Reeves, Marketing Manager Scotch Whiskies: “The essence of Chivas Regal’s global campaign of Win The Right Way aligns the values of Chivas Regal with the human value of aspiring to use enterprise as a force for good through social entrepreneurship. This innovative form of business creates renewed focus on key aspects of social development, such as long-term sustainability and efficiency, by blending traditional business objectives with the South African philosophy of Ubuntu.

“Over the last two years, we have shown our belief in and commitment to this philosophy by awarding USD 2 million to start-ups that ‘do well by doing good’, because we believe purpose and profit can coexist,” she says.

Both established and aspiring entrepreneurs can submit their business plans on from 15 September to 15 November 2016 to stand a chance of winning a portion of USD 1 million and representing South Africa on a global stage. Competition T&Cs can also be found on the site.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Win Tickets To Inaugural Shisa Nyama Festival

A first for South Africa and dubbed 'Africa's Oktober Fest

The Shisa Nyama Festival brings together Durban's top Shisa Nyama venues as voted for as part of the Shisa Nyama Awards, to cook for South Africans on the weekend of National Heritage Day.

Date: 25 September 2016

Venue: People's Park East at Moses Mabhida Stadium

A lineup of SA's top music acts will perform on stage such as The Dream Team, Veranda Panda and Holly Wasserfall.

Visitors to the event will also be witness to the crowning of SA's first Shisa Nyama Awards winner for the Durban region.

Facilities include a full on site bar, communal dining experience, VIP tent and arts and crafts stalls.

Early bird tickets start at R120.

For more info visit

We have double tickets to the festival just for you.
To get your hands on them name one of the music acts performing.

Email your answer, name and contact details to

Ts and Cs apply.

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton

Friday, September 9, 2016

SABC's Uzalo Season 3 Trainee Opportunities Durban, KZN

Stained Glass Productions which produces the daily telenovela, Uzalo, for SABC 1 is looking to train six young filmmakers during its next season of filming in KwaMashu, Durban. Ethekwini Municipality's Durban Film Office responsible for development of the local film and television industry, in partnership with Stained Glass Productions, will run a second season of the trainee programme for the youth of Ethekwini Municipality in a number of areas of filmmaking.

Areas of training include:

Sound – training a "boom swinger" in the basics of sound mixing. (Suitable for someone who is interested in sound design and has an ear for music.)

Camera training
as a camera assistant with exposure to camera operating, lighting and focus
pulling, with a view to equipping the trainee to be a competent camera assistant. (Suitable for someone who has the ability to pay attention to detail, a basic understanding of camera equipment and previous experience/ interest in photography).

Makeup and hair
training as a makeup and hair standby assistant to be able to do onset checks
and touch ups required by actors and performers. This trainee will also be exposed to the basics of television makeup application, hair styling and basic special effects.

Art department training
as art department standby assistant. This trainee will be exposed to set dressing, prop management and production design. They will become competent in seeing to all the
onset art department needs; making sure artists have appropriate props handy and that the set is dressed to the directors satisfaction. (Applicants must have an Interest in art, painting, carpentry, fine arts, graffiti and graphic design).

Continuity/Script Supervision training
as Script supervisor. This trainee is responsible for marking up scripts with continuity notes. His/her duties also include maintaining a detailed log of daily scene shots slated for production with accompanying production notes and continuity suggestions.

Wardrobe training
as a wardrobe standby assistant who will be competent in all the onset checks
and adjustments needed for artists and their wardrobe needs. (Applicants must have an eye for design and training in dress making, costume design/ construction, interest in fashion and styling would be an advantage).

Preference will be given to trainees who have some basic knowledge of filmmaking,
or who have demonstrated an interest in choosing film as a career. Whilst all of the training is on the job and hands on, the production house will be testing the trainees' development in their respective basic functions every two months and these will be used to further tailor the learning and training.

"This training is in line with our vision to grow the Durban film industry," says Toni Monty Head of the DFO "An important part of the development of the film industry hub in the City, is to ensure that people are trained to support the production houses that are looking at using Durban as a base for production. This is the second year that we are running this training programme, we are very pleased with the outcomes of the first cycle of training, and we look forward to welcoming more skilled film technicians into the fold. "

How to apply:
A CV and a covering motivation letter must be hand delivered to:
Mr Fezile Peko, DFO Project Manager
11th Floor Rennies House, 41s Margaret Mncadi Avenue. Durban
For any enquiries you can visit the website on contact Mr. Fezile Peko/ Ms. Nosipho Hlophe on 0313114243

Emailed applications will not be accepted, and no applications will be accepted after the
closing date.

Deadline for applications is 12 October 2016 at 12pm.

Friday, September 2, 2016

8 top SA artists for Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio

Eight of South Africa’s much-loved music artists and bands have signed up for Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio on 23 October 2016. The line-up was revealed during East Coast Radio’s special 6am to 6pm outside broadcast from California Dreaming at Durban’s Dairy Beach today.  Locnville, Kyle & Shekinah, Beatenberg, TiMO ODV, Matthew Mole, AKA, Nasty C and Freshly Ground are set to wow fans at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium. 

Security will definitely be top of mind. The improved measures will step-change the overall experience and include the following tweaks:
·         This year, Durban Day is exclusively a day-event. Gates open at 10am and the first act takes to the stage at 11am. The curtain will come down at 5pm.
·         Entry to People’s Park will now be managed through one entrance only, following the same procedure that was rolled out during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This includes heightened security measures including the use of metal detectors.
·         Only a limited number of tickets are available this year. By decreasing the number people attending the event, the station has ensured better crowd control and an improved overall experience for concert-goers.
·         Bars will close two hours before the end of the event and stricter controls have been put in place in the dispensing of alcohol. 

Freshly Ground

Tickets are R200 from Computicket but some surprise elements for early bird purchasers will ensure that this remains a family event and something music lovers can look forward to. The early bird offer of R120 a ticket is available until Monday, 5 September 2016 only. Thereafter, the normal ticket price will apply.