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Thursday, April 20, 2017

INDABA 2017 Golf Day CEO's Invitational


INDABA is just around the corner.  Join SA Tourism's CEO, Mr Sisa Ntshona for a golf day.



Venue: Durban Country Club

Date: 15 May 2017

Time: 11am shotgun start

For more info call Trish Humby on 021 461 4587 (office) or email trish@pmrhospitality.com


Article by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Win Tickets To SLIMEFEST at uShaka


SLIMEFEST



Date: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April 2017
Time: Doors open at 08:00 and close at 18:00
Where: uShaka Marine World 1,King Shaka Ave,Point, Durban, 4001

Hosts: Joey Rasdien and Nomzamo Mbatha

Performers (Saturday): Cassper Nyovest, Twins on Decks, The Kiffness, Emtee
Performers (Sunday): Mafikizolo, Twins on Decks Timo ODV and K.O

Activities for younger kids: Singalongs from your favourite
Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora & Friends, Paw Patrol and those green amphibious heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Activities for older kids The interactive Slime Zone for
an epic Slime Blaster Battle; Slime Shower and the Zorb Ball Slime Pool;

Tickets: Computicket http://online.computicket.com/web/event/nickelodeon_slimefest/1117720631

And uShaka Marine World https://tickets.ushakamarineworld.co.za/ticketseventtickets

Ticket Price: R220PP (for groups of 10 or more) / R230 per ticket for a family of four / R250 for a single ticket. Bookings at Computicket or uShaka Marine World’s online ticketing service.

Entry is free for children under 3. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets include entry into uShaka / Dolphinarium / Wet ‘n Wild / Aquarium only

#SlimeFestSA

The organisers of SLIMEFEST have given us 2 family packs (4 tickets per family pack) valued at R2000 just for you.  2 lucky readers stand a chance to win one of these family packs. 

Simply answer this easy question:

Name one of performers performing at the SLIMEFEST Concert?

Send us your name, contact number, email address and your answer to umhlangalife@gmail.com


Put SLIMEFEST in the subject line please.

Ts and Cs apply. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Vodacom and ICASA empower learners with ICT tools to kickoff 16th CRASA Conference


Vodacom is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 6TH CRASA Annual AGM, taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban this week. The CRASA AGM is hosted by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).



To kick off the conference on Sunday, Vodacom hosted the CRASA delegation at Umbilo Teacher Training Centre where Vodacom showcased its Vodacom Mobile Education offerings.

Vodacom Group, Chief Executive Officer, Takalani Netshitenzhe said: “Today is about demonstrating transformative power of technology through education; and The power of partnerships between government, private sector and civil society,” Netshitenzhe said: “The Vodacom Foundation spends about a R100 million annually to uplift the lives of South Africans. We do this through Education, Health, and Safety and Security projects in partnership with government. Our biggest investment is in education where we spend over R50m in a year.”

“In education we run projects mainly under the umbrella Vodacom Mobile Education through
the mobile education we provide quality education content with the department and other partners we
have Vodacom eschool, we contribute to skills development to ready young people for the digital society through our ICT youth Academy programme,’’ she said.

In order to address cost challenges associated with access to education and to provide Internet connectivity to previously disadvantaged schools, Vodacom has this year connected 40 schools in KZN with elearning solution laboratory.

Through this, Vodacom has provided the schools with 40 Galaxy Tab A devices, an eBeam (interactive device), a whiteboard, a laptop, a WiFi router, 40 Bay Trolleys, ebooks with content for Grade 10 Maths and Physics and connectivity with 2048 kbps for 12 months.

The elearning solution also offers free internet access to education content for learners in grades R -12 across the country. Learners who are Vodacom subscribers are able to access
curriculum aligned classroom content on their mobile devices across all major subjects for free.

Visit www.vodacom.co.za/e-school  for free online lessons with Vodacom e-school.

This intervention is an illustration of Vodacom’s core belief that ICT and mobile technology can be utilised to help improve and advance learning and address skills development in communities such as KwaMashu. The Vodacom eSchool portal, launched in January 2015 is a prime example of how Vodacom is contributing to society.

Through providing access to internet services and through promoting the digitisation of classrooms across our country, Vodacom is helping to uplift both learners and teachers in our schools.

Vodacom also offers Bursaries for students studying ICT and Engineering and Operations fields.
Applications for bursaries close 30 June.


Article by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton


Friday, March 17, 2017

Your Weekend Event Guide Durban


Plenty to do and see around Durban this weekend

Decorex - Image: Home 


Decorex Durban: 18 – 21 March 2017
Time: 18 – 20 March: 10am – 8pm | 21 March: 10am – 6pm
Ticket prices: Adults: R85, Pensioners: R 75, Children under 12: R20
Tickets: Computicket or at the door
Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre

Fabulous Francofête!
Sutton Park, Durban: Human Rights Day, 21 March 2017
Day time: Family Affair from 10h30am – 4pm   | wonderful food and drink on offer
Evening: Music Concert from 4h30pm – 8pm    | great line up of musicians
Free Entry!
For more info, visit the Alliance Française at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside,
tel 031 312 9582.


Looking Ahead

Party with the Wolf Pack
Date: Saturday, March 25th
Time: starting from 10am
Place: uShaka Marine World Wet n Wild
A hot line up of South African local talent, featuring Aewon Wolf, Sketchy Bongo, Kyle Deutsch, Kaien Cruz, Locnville, Khumz and much more
Cost: R168 per person ‐ Tickets available from Computicket or at the uShaka Marine World ticketing office
Enquiries: (031) 328 8000 or go to www.ushakamarineworld.co.za



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton


Monday, March 13, 2017

Enter The Youth Innovation Challenge 2017


Create a Smart, Sustainable City Durban!





Calling all creatives.  Want to contribute to solving some of the challenges facing Durban?
Step up and be part of the revolution! Enter the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge.  Great prizes up for grabs!  Innovate Durban has once again brought this competition to you.
Partners behind this challenge include eThekwini Municipality, Durban Chamber of Business, Oracle, Aurecon, ILO, The Government of Flanders, Nedbank, Thundafund, Open Data Durban, Adams & Adams, Life Co Unltd. and more.
This has ensured that there is a package of exciting prizes to be won!

General rules:
·         Only youth between ages of 18 – 35 years may apply for the competition component
·         Only online applications accepted for Stream 1 and 2
·         South African citizens are encouraged to apply
·         Previous participants may apply but preference will be given to first time applicants
·         The decisions made by the judges and Youth Innovation Challenge Committee is final

Criteria for Impact Entrepreneur Category:
·         Ethical fibre, passion and personal characteristics
·         Have a clear sustainable model
·         Realistic development plan
·         Have a clear social and or environmental mission
·         Type of impact created
·         Self-contribution by impact entrepreneur
·         Indication of buy-in from the community and community research
·         Innovative idea
·         Is the idea new in the market?
·         Evidence of having started or work done around the concept
Excludes: Franchises; Co-operatives

There will be 2 streams to this Challenge
Stream 1 will include a enterPRIZE Challenge which includes workshops, mentors and Crowdfunding on Thundafund to help them raise more funding for their idea. 
Stream 2 will include the Africa Design Challenge.  This has the aim of equipping youth with the skills to develop integrated solutions in response to City challenges. Some programming skills needed.  You will also need your own laptop. Team entries in groups of 5 will be considered.
Look out for briefings, training, workshops and much more.

To apply for the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge go to: http://www.sedfafrica.co.za/enterPRIZE

Dates to remember:
16 March: Registration Open for enterPRIZE Challenge
16 April: Deadline for enterPRIZE Challenge entries
1 April: Registration open for Africa Design Challenge
30 April: Deadline for Africa Design Challenge entries
17-19 May: Africa Design Challenge Workshops (shortlisted candidates)
13-14 June: Solution Development day (Part 1)
22 June: Solution Development day (Part 2)
23 June: Presentation Day for Africa Design Challenge
19-20 July: Innovation Summit
20 July: Innovation Challenge Awards

Enquiries: Innovate Durban – email: Innovate.durban@durban.gov.za
Telephone: 031-311-4015


Article by Fred Felton |   Twitter @fredfelton 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

MTN BUSHFIRE 2017 IS COMING


MTN Bushfire, taking place in Swaziland and named Africa’s Top Festival by the BBC, is known as one of the most inclusive and diverse festivals in the world. Entering its 2nd decade, the festival’s commitment to the arts, the environment, and social change is even stronger than ever.



As Africa’s premiere world music festival, MTN Bushfire has always had strong African roots and this year is no exception, with MTN Bushfire proud to announce the triumphant return of Kwaito superstars TKZee.

Congolese performer Baloji, and the Taureg rebel Bombino and the Belgian / South African newcomer Petite Noir are amongst the first batch of artists confirmed to grace the MTN Bushfire 2017 main stage.
Fans of 90’s Kwaito can rejoice in the return of arguably one of the original Kwaito acts TKZee helped to define the era. Made up of three school friends who have all made a name for themselves individually, Zwai Bala, Kabelo Mabalane and Tokollo Tshabalala are BACK with all of their 90’s hits including Take it Eezy, Palafala, Shibobo, and more. Its time to get retro and groove to this distinctly South African sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUmh1t7fSvs

Congolese performer Baloji, is a poet, composer, lyricist/beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor, and video artist. His genre busting music is elegantly poised at the crossroads of African music, rap music, American music (soul, funk, jazz) and even deep house that has its roots in part in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up.
Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted to “man of the occult sciences and sorcery.” Regardless – of interpretation, Baloji places his resilience at the center of his work, reconciling all of these influences to enrich his projects. The French singer has achieved international acclaim since the release of his debut album Hotel Impala (2008) and has gone on to perform across the world in over 200 shows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbFPxMo48AA

Taureg music and culture has captured the world’s attention in recent years, and one of its most successful sons is Bombino. Born in the Ifoghas Tribe of the Taureg people, who have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert and as people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation, Bombino is the epitome of his people and his culture.
A selfproclaimed rebel, two of his musicians were killed during the 2nd Taureg rebellion of 2017. In exile in Burkina Faso, Bombino’s long journey as a desert blues musician even took him to the United States where he had the chance to record a version of the Rolling Stones classic “Hey Negrita” alongside Stones’ members Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

Bombino’s first internationally released album, Agadez, was produced by Ron Wyman and released in 2011 receiving worldwide acclaim. His follow up, Nomad, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service, which calls it “utterly, utterly fantastic” and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad “a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss9Znucx4GM

Petite Noir is a young South African of Belgian and Angolan descent and is a songwriter, producer and musician who defies description. Petite Noir was one half of Popskarr with Spoek Mathambo and was also a member of the music collective Capital of Cool. Since his recording debut in 2012 Petite Noir has created what he describes as "noir wave" or "new wave with an African aesthetic." Petite Noir is one of the most exciting new electronic music artists to emerge from the thriving Cape Town scene.


Every year around 25 000 fans come to this festival.

Will you be there?

For more information, tickets, etc, please visit www.bushfire.com,
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

Twitter: @bushfirefest

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review of Brainwavz M100 Earphones


Next Level



This week I was invited to try out the new Brainwavz M100 Earphones.  They have been delicately crafted from aircraft grade metal, contained within are hand crafted drivers constructed of high purity copper voice coil and a feather light diaphragm, which combine to create the M100's high fidelity audio. The wide soundstage, well defined bass and clarity make the M100 suitable for most genres of music.   The earphones fit into a handy hard case which makes for a nice touch.



I tried them out on a variety of devices and formats.  So not only can you enjoy your favourite TV Series in high fidelity you can also enjoy dance music or even classical music with great clarity.  Your mobile phone will love it.   Everything sounds just a little better with these Brainwavz M100 Earphones.   The sound quality is just next level.

The Brainwavz M100 comes with a universal 3-button control built into the cable for both audio playback and microphone for audio calls. As the M100’s have been designed with comfort in mind, the earphones have been meticulously designed to sit comfortably inside the ear canal and for extra and added comfort: a complimentary set of Comply™ Foam tips are also included.

Specifications:
                     Drivers : Dynamic, 8 mm
                     Rated Impedance : 32 Ω
                     Frequency Range : 12 Hz ~ 22 kHz
                     Sensitivity : 110 dB @ 1 mW
                     Plug : 3.5 mm, Gold-Plated
                     Cable : Braided 1.3 m OFC Copper
                     Remote & Mic: 3 Button, Apple & most Android phones compatible.

Included Accessories:
                     Earphone Hard Case
                     6 sets of Silicone Ear Tips (S M L)
                     1 set of ComplyFoam Tips T-400
                     1 Shirt Clip
                     Velcro Cable Tie
                     Instruction Manual & Warranty Card (24 month warranty)

The Brainwavz M100 are available on www.brainwavzaudio.com , www.amazon.com   www.amazon.co.uk  and other authorized Brainwavz resellers around the globe.
For more information, please visit: www.brainwavzaudio.com 

Rating: 8/10

Review by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton 

Monday, February 13, 2017

What To Do On Valentine's Day




uShaka Marine World



It’s going to be primo at uShaka Marine World this February and definitely the place to be to hang loose and experience some love, peace and fun, with 30% off all Sea World, Wet n Wild or combo tickets from 1 – 28 February 2017 – that’s a month full of love. 
For those going steady, Cargo Hold is sure to pull at your heartstrings with their delicious new special menu spread. There are two sittings – 17h00 and 20h00, so don’t delay, make a booking by calling the reservations team on 031 328 8065 / 8066 / 8067 or emailing cargohold@ushakamarineworld.co.za  
Village Walk will also be filled with love in the air with the chance to snuggle and take a “smooching” photo at the 60s Kombi of love. Snap the picture, upload it to the uShaka Facebook page or Instagram using #uShakaLove which will run all Valentine’s weekend long with tons of entertainment that will definitely set the vibe for a fabulous occasion.
For more information contact uShaka Marine World on 031-3288000 but get to the park and come have some fun. 

Consider Dining In

Cooking at home is a great way to control your food consumption. Many restaurants offer specials which include hearty dishes, complete with heavy dressings and rich sauces. Prepare a healthy romantic candle lit dinner and watch a romantic movie.
Use this delicious recipe from The Diet Everyone Talks About “Eat Slim/Eet Slim” recipe book to make a decadent yet healthy dessert with only 1.3 g carbs per portion.

Cheese Cake
Portions: 6 8
Prep time: 20 min
CHD: 1.3 g per portion
kJ: 448 kJ
Ingredients:
3 Eggs yolks (use the whites to prepare meringue shells)
200 ml Canderel powder
30 ml Thick Cream
45 ml Water
5 ml Cinnamon / cool drink
30 ml Gelatine
125 ml Water
250 ml Cream, beaten till stiff
250 ml Cream cheese


Method:
1. Cook the first ingredients till thick.
2. Add cinnamon and gelatine dissolved in water.
3. Allow to cool.
4. Add cream and cream cheese
5. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
For more information about The Diet Everyone Talks About, and where it is offered in your area:
Tel: (016) 362 4890

Email: dietinfo@thediet.co.za
Website: http://www.thediet.co.za/


My Chef has got your Valentine’s Day covered

Delivery Area

A delivery area guideline below for your information:
· Windermere, Nandi Drive, Morningside
· Westville Central, Mount Edgecombe, Durban North, Umhlanga, Cowies Hill, The Esplanade, Briardene,
Glenwood, Sherwood, Glen Hills, Berea ,Westville North, Durban CBD, Umgeni Park, La Lucia, The Point
,Sunnindale, Glenashley, Riverhorse Valley, Berea West, Glen Anil
· Pinetown, Forest Hills, New Germany, Maydon Wharf, Kloof Central, Bluff, Winston Park, Gillitts,
Assagay, Everton, Westmead, Waterfall, Crestholme, Hillcrest, Bothas Hill
· Escombe, Westbrook, La Mercy, Umdloti, Queensburgh, Northdene, Malvern, Yellowwood Park
· Ballito, Amanzimtoti

So get clicking, visit www.mychef.co.za  and head to the Valentines menu option which is now available or view their range of menu options, which also change on a weekly basis.
For more information, contact 086 169 2433 during office hours.


Take Your Partner On A Romantic Trip

Sweden’s pop rock duo Roxette will be familiar to anyone who listened to the radio in the early ’90s and lovesongs like “Listen to your Heart” and “It Must Have Been Love” provided a soundtrack to dates, dances roadtrips and the occasional awkward silence.
But even if you’ve had a fledgling romance end when you realised your crush preferred Napalm Death to John Legend, Sweden and other Scandinavian countries offer many pleasures for body and soul. In Stockholm, there are boat tours of the Stromma River and the Stockholm archipelago. If you and your love have an interest in pop culture’s Crimpleneclad ’70s epoch, take a stroll around the Abba museum.
The country is famed for its husmanskost, or homely fare, and the smorgasbord – a platter of a variety of hot and cold foods – lends itself to an evening picnic in the Monteliusvägen, a park overlooking Stockholm’s Old Town. Stockholm is also one of the relatively few cities over which you can drift in a hotair balloon, offering a quiet, soaring view of its waterways, turrets and spires.

British Airways has 38 weekly flights between Heathrow and Arlanda Airport in Stockholm.