Monday, October 31, 2016

Help East Coast Radio's Toy Story with Game

East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game has kicked off, aimed at giving joy with toys to every child in a government hospital, children’s home and crèche in KwaZulu-Natal. Now in its 16th year, the campaign is one of the longest-running annual CSI initiatives in KwaZulu-Natal.

East Coast Radio's General Manager, Boni Mchunu, Game's Elisabeth Ric Hansen, Darren Maule and Kerri Miller at the launch.  Image by Abhi Indrarajan

Speaking at the launch at Atholton Primary School in Umhlanga, which was attended by Sharkie and musicians Gangs of ballet, Chloe Clark and Kyle Deutsch, East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu, said, “Residents and business across KwaZulu-Natal have always generously supported this initiative as we aim to light up the lives of some of the province’s most destitute children over the end-of-year holidays. Together, we can all work towards building a better society in KZN.”   Mchunu also extended her heartfelt thanks to the stakeholders who make this year’s social outreach programme possible.

Over the next weeks, the campaign will collect new toys for distribution at paediatric wards in state-owned facilities across the province. All Game stores will have collection boxes. Schools and business can request a Toy Story collection box by emailing

This year, every cent of the funds donated to the campaign will be channelled into the Game AmaLunchbox project that is aimed at feeding children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  This project was launched in 2008 to curb the detrimental effects of hunger on the educational development of children – hungry children cannot concentrate on schoolwork. The AmaLunchbox project provides disadvantaged schools nationwide with the facilities to allow them to prepare nutritious meals in hygienic conditions.

“Game is proud to have been a Toy Story partner for the past six years, “ says Elisabeth Ric Hansen, Marketing, PR and CSI Manager at Game. “Toy Story is a project that is very close to our CSI projects focusing on the upliftment and enablement of disadvantaged children through the Amalunchbox school feeding program and the Tools to Teach and Tools to Play educational program.” 

Hansen added, “The feeling of knowing that a positive change has been made in the lives of disadvantaged children is priceless. We hope to bring some cheer, smiles and laughter to the lives of the children who benefit from the Toy Story project.”

Last year, residents and corporates across KZN helped make a difference in the lives of the province’s ill and disadvantaged children, by raising more than R1.5 million for East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game and donating more than 101 000 new toys.

Darren Maule and the East Coast Breakfast team broadcast live from Atholton Primary School to officially launch East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game. Pupils from the school donated the most number of toys to the campaign last year, compared to any other school in KZN. By 9am, when Darren, Keri Miller and Sky Tshabalala wrapped up the show, Atholton Primary pupils had already filled up four collection boxes with brand new toys!

If your school or business would like a collection box, kindly email

Further info, including banking details, available at

This edition by Fred Felton
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Friday, October 21, 2016

6 Things To Bring With You On Huawei Durban Day

KwaZulu-Natal is counting down the days to the province’s hottest music event! Eight of South Africa’s most-loved artists and bands will bring their magic to Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio on 23 October 2016. Here are 8 things to bring with you to People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium later this month:

Your loved ones
Great music and great company – can you think of a better way to round off your weekend? Gather your friends and family and come and celebrate South Africa’s music talent! Locnville, AKA, Kyle & Shekinah, Beatenberg, TiMO ODV, Matthew Mole, Nasty C and Freshly Ground are all ready to rock the stage. Make sure you get your tickets at Computicket.

Your picnic basket
Pack your favourite favourites, deck chairs, a picnic mat, sit back and relax. Food, family, fun and of course fab local music - it’s the recipe for a perfect Sunday.

Your voice and your groove
Nobody minds if you can’t sing like a pro (we have 8 acts who do!) because everyone will be singing along to their favourite hits with their favourite artists. Come to have fun. Sing as loudly as you want. Dance like your hero’s watching.

Sunblock, sunhats and sunglasses
The combo of great music and good fun can raise temperatures, so come prepared. Leave your umbrellas and gazebos at home though, as these will not be allowed into the venue.

Your selfie self
Apart from your smile, your phone will be your best accessory for Huawei Durban Day! You won’t be able to resist the “selfie spell” as you would want to share pics of the amazing time you’re having with those who can’t be there with you. Be sure to use #HuaweiDurbanDay in your Tweets and Facebook posts.

 Your Proudly KZN badge
As much as Huawei Durban Day is about celebrating South African music, it is also about celebrating and being thankful for the unique lifestyle we are lucky enough to enjoy here in KZN. We’re talking about our fab weather, wonderful people and chilled weekend vibe! Two of the artists – Kyle Deutsch and #BeTheBand winners, The Audinarys who will open Huawei Durban Day, are from KZN. Let’s give them some extra-special love!

Tickets for Huawei Durban Day are R200 each and are available at Computicket. Further details on

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Opportunity for Durban Artists and Creatives


KZNSA is gearing up for BUZZART 2016 and they are looking for your product to make this another bumper year.

BUZZART 2015 had a 50% increase in turnover from 2014, and, with you, they continue to grow our local creative economy.

Info about this year:

Dates: Opening night is Wednesday 16 November from 5pm. Snacks and drinks will be served, bring friends!

BUZZART is from 17 November 2016 to 15 January 2017.

Deadline to receive product: Wednesday 9 November

If your ranges are new or you haven’t supplied them in a while please email them some photos by the end of October.

Criteria: Locally designed and/or made product
Categories they are looking for:
Textiles and soft furnishings
All other homeware, tableware and decor, including lighting
Plants and garden stuff
Clothing, shoes, bags and accessories
Art, photography, illustration
Kids (and adults) toys
Art and design books and publications
Christmas decor and stocking fillers
Organic, locally produced cosmetics / skin care products
Fantastic handmade objet
The Pascale Chandler studio is producing a body of work inspired by The Year of the Monkey. Anything that is themed monkey or African sub tropics will be included in an installation in the Mezzanine Gallery.

They look forward to your amazing product in the gallery!
Please email them if you have questions, and pass on to friends who may have work to include.

For more info please contact:
Director: Retail and Craft Development
Operations Management

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton