Art Exhibitions & Reebok Spartan Race & Family Trail Runs & Auditions


Art Exhibition


Exhibition Opening – Caversham Textiles Exhibit

Wed 20th August 2014

6pm – Artisan Gallery – 344 Florida Road – Durban

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The Reebok Spartan Race

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Sweeney Todd Talk English Fundraiser

The mission of Talk English is to provide high-quality, free English lessons to all who need them, delivered by qualified and trained teachers. They are a Durban-based organisation, started in 2005, and provide free English classes on Saturday mornings from 9.15 am to 12 noon at Addington Primary School in the Point area of Durban

Talk English is holding a fundraiser on 17 August at the 6:00 performance. Tickets are R150.00 each. To book for the fundraiser – contact Jeremy Grest on 031 2612721 / 082 4811324 /; or Cheryl Borresen on

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Air Guitar


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Tough-Man Trail Series 23rd August 2014

The countdown for the 2nd event of the 2014 Tough-Man Trail Series has begun! After a very successful 1st event in July, the new routes for the August race just get better. The 2nd event in the 3 part Series takes place on the 23rd of August, starting and finishing from Freedom Trail in Hillcrest (Plantations / M13 Off ramp)

The main events on Saturday the 23rd of August include a 8 and 16km Trail Run, which both start at 7am, but there is also a Kiddies race which will consist of a 2km run around the finish area. The Kids Trail Run is a safe and secure and starts at 9:30am. There are some steep climbs and descents, but nothing too technical for the little people. The final event in the 3 part Series takes place on Saturday the 27th of September at Freedom Trails. There will be food and drinks available at the start /  finish area and competitors are encouraged to dress up ! Prizes for the best dresses will be given on the starting line.

To enter, go online to  and sign up  the family. Registration for the events will take place at Freedom Trails on race day between 6:00am – 07:00am

The first 100 people to register on Saturday will get a Goodie Bag and a free Saturday Independent Newspaper.

For more information, please contact the B-Active Office: 031 764 1885






PANSA Unplugged Audition for the Cape Town Fringe Festival

PANSA Western Cape is calling for musicians/singers, actor, poets or anyone who would like to showcase their work for the Unplugged slot for the inaugural Cape Town Fringe Festival.

To audition please prepare a 5-10 minutes performance piece.

Audition dates

Wednesday 20 August 2014 at 2pm

Thursday 21st August 2014 at 10am
Venue: Liquidlime Studios (PANSA Offices) 3B Beach Road, Woodstock, Cape Town (near Woodstock and Esplanade train station)

Please note, PANSA will not providing musical instrument

All instruments must be acoustic. Backing tracks CD’s are welcome.

To book an audition slot, please email your name to

Successful artists must be available to performance between the 25-29 September 2014. Performance time are 12:00 – 1pm and 2pm – 3pm.
For further information, please contact PANSA Western Cape office at 021 448 3513


The Blue Monday Platform was created by PANSA-KZN for emerging artists to gain an insight into the performing arts industry, to meet and to network with some of the professionals from the industry. Emerging artists will get exposure and possibly be recruited into their line of talent whether its music, dance, poetry or acting and also getting possible sponsors, agents or producers. BMP also looks at changing the perspective of arts, creating opportunity not only for artists but also for producers to see what is up and new in the performing industry, giving of fresh innovative and new outlook of ideas for the performing arts industry.

So, if you are looking for a performances for your next event or if you are simply interested in seeing live acts from Durban’s Young & Emerging artists then come join us.

DATE: 25th August 2014
VENUE: Catalina theatre (Wilsons wharf)
TIME: 17:30 – 19:30

Tickets sold at R15pp at the door…. Bar will be open for refreshments!!!!

Improv Cape Town presents their 3rd Extra Butter Improv Jam (EBJ) this Tuesday 19 August

The EBJ is an experimental night for improvisers from around Cape Town to play together. The jam session features two rounds of performances where names are drawn from a hat at random to play in scenes directed by Robin & Jason. It’s supportive, with varying levels of experience and a lot of love & fun!

The Long Shots will follow with a new longform format for something different than you’ve ever seen from the Shots. The finale is the long-awaited return of co-Director Jason Delplanque and Mark Sykes’s two person improv Mad Horse.

If you want to play in the jam session then please email or Performers will need to arrive by 18:30 for warm-ups [But they get in for free!] Audience members can rock up after 19:30 to enjoy drinks at the bar before the show begins at 20:00.

Date: Tuesday 19 August
Time (Performers): 18:30
Show Time (Audience): 20:00
Venue: Miao, 20 Jarvis Street, Cape Town

Please join the Facebook event here:

(Source – Pansa)

This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton


Events in The Midlands, Art Competition, Damon Beard helps out and more




Who says Women’s Day is only for the ladies?  The Highland Games, sponsored by Scotch whisky brand, Scottish Leader, is taking advantage of the holiday to stage a family event at Michaelhouse in Balgowan in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Organiser, Brendan Gealy says the Highland Games have become an annual Midlands highlight. “They are emblematic of Scotland, along with the kilt, whisky, haggis, bagpipes and Scottish dancing. We’ve taken some of the traditional activities and incorporated them into our more contemporary version. For sure, we’ll be tossing-the-caber (75kg), carrying-the-weight (74kg) and running a shot put (26kgs) contest. There will also be a tug o’ war and a kilted mile race through the veld.

“We will have six military teams competing, and six civilian teams. A number of local pipe bands will perform throughout the day with a massed pipes and drums display reserved for the official opening at 12:00. We’ll be having traditional dancing, music and an exhibition featuring local artists. A large selection of delicious food options will also be on offer, as will a full bar stocked with Scottish Leader and wines from the Distell portfolio.

“Children will be well catered for with a jungle gym, jumping castle, a Slush Puppy stand and an ice cream stall,” Grealy adds.

Taygan Govinden, Scottish Leader’s SA marketing manager, says: “Scottish Leader, a masterful blend of up to 30 of the finest Scotch whiskies – 25 single malt and five grain whiskies – is honoured to be the headline sponsor for the Highland Games. They amplify the long-standing traditions that the brand stands for, and gives us the opportunity to showcase our award-winning, lightly peated whisky with its sweetish, honey-rich taste on the palate.

“Our own “Mr Whisky”, Pierre Meintjes, will be presenting two VIP tastings of Scottish Leader at the event.  He has been involved with Scotch whiskies for more than 40 years and is one of just 159 Masters of the Quaich (pronounced Quake) in the world.  This title is conferred by the Keepers of the Quaich and is given only to those recognised for their contribution to the Scotch whisky industry. He is one of only two South Africans to have been honoured in this way.”

Tickets to attend the Highland Games at Michaelhouse cost R60 for adults, and R25 for scholars and pensioners. These can be purchased at the gates that open at 08:30. Secure parking will be available.

Go to for more info, or contact the organiser on 083 227 2376.

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Join the conversation using: #LeadTheWay #HGSA14




Art Competition 

Fancy yourself an artist?  There is an art competition going begging in Cape Town.

For more info visit this site:


In the spirit of National Women’s’ Day, get the girls together and celebrate in fashionable style: pop the bubbly!  But note… in an era where only the best will do, your bubbly of choice should be none other than the Italian stallion of sparkling – PROSECCO!

Popping a bottle of bubbly at a social gathering is like having a social ‘trump card,’ a charming symbol of ‘cool’ that instantly transforms the event into a fabulous celebration.  Prosecco is the ultimate cool, a sparkling white wine made from Italian Glera grapes.

Prosecco, like Champagne, has become a loosely coined term.  The real McCoy is Prosecco DOC, genuinely produced in ‘Prosecco country’ in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. Mention this fact at a party and watch your social status fast track!

“Where can you get your beautifully manicured hands on these magnificent bubbles?” I hear you ask.  None other than the chic establishment, Remo’s Fratelli.  Very mention of the word Prosecco and the eyes of your Remo’s bartender will light up.  Best of all, Remo’s Fratelli, well known for its two *Durban restaurants and delis, is now open in **Johannesburg.  So get the girls together and reserve your table now!

Remo’s offers a range of heavenly bubbles – Prosecco DOC Brut and Rosé Brut Spumante from Trevisol and Prosecco Extra Dry from Tenuta San Giorgio.  Also available at Remo’s, the dinky 200ml Villa Cornaro Prosecco Brut makes the perfect party accessory.  Buy a couple bottles for home or create an extra special gift from Remo’s deli, the deli Signora will beautifully wrap your bubbly, adding a red ribbon tied in a bow as a finishing touch.

*Remo’s Originale is a beautiful day time dining venue in Mount Edgecombe, Durban.  Bookings can be made at 031 539 5955.

Remo’s Villaggio is situated in the heart of the Umhlanga Village. This beautiful restaurant and deli is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Reserve your table at 031 561 7143.

**New Remo’s Maximilliano has opened in Waterfall Corner Centre in Sunninghill on Johannesburg’s Midrand.  Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this store has an in-house artisanal bakery and luxury deli well worth the visit.  Book your table at 010 007 6199.

Connect with Remo’s Fratelli on Twitter: @RemosFratelli and Facebook: Remo’s Fratelli


Chakalaka Bunnychows at the FIL KwaMuhle Museum, Durban from today  to Fri 8 Aug, 11am to 3pm culminating in a Women’s Day Special Celebration on Sat, 10am to 12noon.
Chakalaka Bunnychow: R10 to R25 contribution to BunnyKat Pool
R5 coke (per cup)



Midlands Ultra Triathlon

Event details:

Event Date: 30th November

Venue: Midmar Dam

Online Entries:

Entries limited to 1000 competitors.

Sunday Events:

  • SPRINT Individuals – 6:50am / 600m swim / 22.5km Cycle / 5km Run
  • Sprint  Team Challenge – 6:55am / 600m swim / 22.5km Cycle / 5km Run
  • ULTRA Individuals – 7:20am / 1.9km Swim / 88Km Cycle / 21km Run
  • ULTRA Team Challenge: 7:30am / 1.9km Swim / 88Km Cycle / 21km Run


(Andrew Mills(Boxer Superstores) Trevor a resident of the home, Chantall Croucamp who works at the home and Damon Beard – Image Supplied.)

A R30 000 helping hand for a PMB old age home.

Residents of Sunnyside Park Home in PMB received a helping hand of R30 000.  Their plight was brought to the attention of East Coast Radio’s Damon Beard.   He was heartbroken.  He mobilised his Big Favour team and The Nappy Factory donated R20 000 worth of adult diapers.  Boxer Superstores handed over R11 000 worth of toiletries.

Boxer Superstores will also be arranging a Xmas Party for them in December.

Smiles all around.


This edition by Fred Felton

(twitter @fredfelton)




SA’s World Class Mixologist Crowned, KZN Science Centre Moving & Events


SA’s World Class Mixologist Crowned

Brent Perremore has been selected to compete in the WORLD CLASS Global Final, 2014

South Africa's best mixologist crowned, Brent Perremore (640x550)

 from left to right:

Assaf Yechiel, Tim Philips, Jeff Lopes, Brent Perremore, Sevent Saunders, Haroon haffajee, Simphiwe Ngcobo & Nick Koumbarakis

Brent Perremore of Orphanage Cocktail Emporium in Cape Town was crowned South Africa’s best mixologist recently after a mix-off against six competitors at the WORLD CLASS National Final, held at the World Class Mansion at Cape Town’s Marly Hotel.

 Runners-up were Haroon Haffajee from Harry’s Cocktail Bar in Durban, and wild-card entrant Marson Strydom from Buena Vista Social Café, R44, Cape Town.

 Brent Perremore will now go on to represent South Africa in the world’s most prestigious mixology competition, the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ Global Final to be held in the UK later this month.

 Now in its sixth year, the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS GLOBAL FINAL is the industry’s most respected and prestigious mixology competition, wherein over 50 of the world’s best bartenderscompete in a series of innovative challenges in a bid to be crowned the Worlds Best Bartender.

This year’s WORLD CLASS™ Global Final, which takes place in Scotland and London from 28th July – 1st August, promises to be the most impressive yet, with the creation of WORLD CLASS™ LIVE, including the takeover of an iconic London landmark and presenting the contenders with literary-inspired cocktail challenges.

“Winning the opportunity to compete in the Global Final is a great honour. WORLD CLASS is about elevating the standard of mixology across the world, and I am very excited to represent South Africa in London and Scotland,” says Brent Perremore.

His performance was judged best at the National Finals by a panel of esteemed judges, including 2012’s WORLD CLASS ChampionTim D Philips and celebrity Chef Pete Goffe-Wood, who ranked him in the top spot over the four timed challenges.

Art Event For Durban

7 – 11 July 2014

Opening on Monday, 7 July at 6:30p.m. and voting opens.

Prizegiving and Exhange: Friday, 11 July at 6:30p.m.

There will be car guards duty.

d’Urban d’Art Exchange and artSPACE durban Artists Choice Award 2014 –Theme:  “Window(s)”

Join us at artSPACE durban for the third of our exciting art exchange exhibitions.  This is an artist-orientated event; we have fun and pay tribute to ourselves as artists.  With most awards, the decision is made by a panel of judges and often strangely influenced and rather baffling.

With our Artists’ Choice Award, only the participating artists have a vote for the best work on show. We believe this gives a respectful ear to you, our artists, so your voice and choice can be heard.

To add another layer to the prizes, this year we will have a Jury award prize.

We wonder, will it be the same work that wins both top prizes?

The prizes on offer, besides the winners of the Artist’s Choice Award and the Jury Award, will be Lucky Draws of R750 and R 250, and once again numerous lucky draw prizes. As in years past, we have gift vouchers from Classic Canvas, Spectrum,  Village Hardware and Canvas Direct.


The KZN Science Centre at Gateway is on the move.

They will be moving from their Gateway venue from July 14.  However they will not be closing down.  They will still be busy with various outreach programmes around the province.

They will be relocating to new premises in the near future.

For more details on the KZN Science Centre and their educational projects email or call 031-566-8040


And a GoodSundae it was!


One of SA’s highly anticipated annual events, the Durban July weekend, saw thousands of revelers descending upon the Zulu Kingdom for a weekend of minimal sleep and maximum fun – with AXE and GoodSundae providing the hottest event to keep the Durban chill away.

AXE, in collaboration withGoodSundae,   created an unforgettable event experience that took place on Sunday, 6 July at People’s Park East, Moses Mabhida Stadium. Over 4,500 partygoers came to GoodSundae in anticipation of explosive performances from the headline acts, which included Zola, DreamTeam, K.O., MAGGZ, Kid X and Ma-E.

“The turnout was incredible and the energy was truly exhilarating. We are so proud to be associated with an event that was so slick and brought so many people together. The artists who performed brought their A-game to the stage and it was great to see the joy that music brings to our audience,” says Sphe Mjadu, Public Relations Manager for Personal Care brands at Unilever.

GoodSundae’s Sibs Jali adds, “This event was a reminder of why we do what we do. It wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support we’ve received from AXE and every single person who comes to our events. What we have lined up for the rest of the year will elevate the GoodSundae experience even more.”

The Durban July Weekend may be over, but the GoodSundae experience will continue to feature in conversations for a long time still.

For updates on upcoming events, follow @GoodSundae  and  @AXE_SA on Twitter. To view  pics from the events, visit the GoodSundae South Africa on Facebook.

Set sail with the new luxurious Fairline yacht brand

During this time of global economic crisis, emerging countries are driving growth in the luxury sector, and Africa is suddenly being noticed as a strong contender. This economic stride makes us South Africans feel like we’re finally becoming part of the global luxury industry.

The number of high net worth individuals in Africa is set to double in the next ten years, according to Knight Frank’s Wealth Report.  So too will the demand for luxury goods rise exponentially. Recent sales and enquiries for multi-million rand yachts by millionaires, especially by dollar millionaires playing in the energy fields, reflect this trend.

The number of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) – those with more than $30m or more in net assets – across the world has grown by 59% since 2003, but in Africa the increase has been 130% against the world average of 8.3%. This compares to 89% in Asia, 116% in the Middle East and just 44% in Europe.

“This can only mean we will see more and more luxury brands flooding our shores,” says Derrick Levy, MD of Boating World, leading boating brokers, exporters and importers specializing in luxury motor-yacht market in Sub-Shahara Africa.

A recent sale of the prestigious, R25million 65 Fairline squadron yacht, the first of its kind to be sold through South Africa into Angola, is a demonstration of this.  After weeks of meticulous fine tuning by Boating World, the exclusive agents for the prestigious British based Fairline luxury yacht brand, this glimpse of grandeur was cleared for her West Coast journey to her new home in Angola.

The yacht offers extravagant comfort and grace which ensures that it performs well on choppy seas reaching up to 35-knots. Generous living spaces flow freely from one area to the next to create an exquisite ambience in which to relax, explore and entertain. It boasts of a variety of social areas from the chaise longue, sun pad or aft-facing sunbeds to a wide-ranging seating/dining area. There’s really no need to move as one is already comfortably secluded.

Squadron flybridge yachts offer customers the security of well-proven design features and sophisticated advances in marine engineering. Every part of the yacht has been carefully considered with every luxury accounted for.

Fine craftsmanship and furnishings as well as hand-worked cabinetry are hallmarks of the newly launched Fairline Squadron S65.Nowhere are these details more elegantly expressed than in the long, wide single-level interior – a testament to the 65’s ingenious flat floor design – that is usually reserved for much larger yachts.

The sensual, al fresco-style area sums up the personality of this yacht: spacious, easy to move around in and an experienced entertainer’s dream.

For more information on the Fairline Squadran yachts visit

Article by Lauren Immelman

SA’s Top Mixologists Announced and Wine Tastings for The Oyster Box





 South Africa’s best regional bartenders have been announced, and will mix-off in the eagerly anticipated Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS National Final at the exclusive Marly Hotel in Cape Town from 1-3 July.

The winner of the national final will go on to compete in the WORLD CLASS Global Final in the UK in July in a quest to become the world’s best barman.

“After months of gruelling competition, the best of the best of South Africa’s mixologists will contend against one another in what promises to be the most gripping National Final yet. This will be a thrilling test of skill, craft and mettle,” says Dominic Bothner, Diageo’s National Category Development Manager.

To take part in the WORLD CLASS national final, Jeff Lopes of The Michelangelo Hotel was recently crowned Johannesburg’s best barman in the regional round after showing skill and creativity in his multi-sensory drinking experiences. Simphiwe Ngcobo, also of the Michelangelo Hotel, impressed judges with exciting signature cocktails featuring fresh flavours.

Brent Perremore of Orphanage Cocktail Emporium won the Cape Town regional rounds based on his attention to detail while runner-up Assaf Yechiel, also from Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, won a place in the national final for his playful presentations and creative combinations.

An unparalleled understanding of flavour focus in the regional rounds by winner Steven Saunders of The Oyster Box won him the title of Durban’s Best Bartender while runner-up, Haroon Haffajee of Harry’s Cocktail Bar, will participate in this, his second National Final.

Joining these six talented mixologists will be Wild Card entrant Marson Strydom of Buena Vista Social Café in Cape Town, who obtained the highest overall leaderboard score after the regional winner’s had been selected.

“The seven competing bartenders represent the highest standard of mixology expertise in South Africa. Closely matched in skill and talent, competition is set to be extremely close as these contenders vie for the crown as South Africa’s best mixologist,” adds Dominic Bothner.

The winner of the National Final will go on to compete against the world’s best bartenders at the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Global Final to be held in Scotland & London in July/August.

The most coveted accolade in the mixology world, since its launch in 2009, Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS has enjoyed unprecedented success to become the world’s leading, most prestigious luxury drinks training programme and not only elevates the craft of bartending but has become a global leader for setting cocktail trends, with winners instantly being propelled into the global limelight.

Find WORLD CLASS South Africa on Facebook:


Vintage ‘highlights’ from Bouchard Finlayson‘s Sauvignon blanc‘s, Pinot noir’s, Hannibal red blend and Chardonnays will be paired with some delectable canapés at The Oyster Box Hotel on Monday the 7th July.  This is one of those tastings that cannot be missed by the wine-enthusiast. Renowned Winemaker Peter Finlayson leads the tasting as knowledge is shared and these wines explored as they age with appealing composure!

We will taste 12 wines on the evening – the perfect way to wind down from your day after work and to turn to the “fun things” of life – this is what wine is all about after all!

Where: The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga,  or call 031 514 5000

When: Monday, July 7th, 17:45 for 18:00 – 19:30. The tasting will commence at 18:00 – please be there on time.

Cost: R200, buys you a seat (Catering/venue cost).

Please contact us with your reservation on or on Tel: 028 312 3515 and we will supply you with banking details. Payment secures you a seat.



Almost time for The South African Book Fair




The final countdown to the 2014 South African Book Fair has begun


The annual South African Book Fair kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday 13 June until Sunday 15 June, providing book lovers and casual readers with the opportunity to attend a literature experience of a lifetime.

Book lovers can look forward to: exhibitions by aspiring and published authors;  book associations; book distributors; book stores; electronic book traders;  libraries; literary agents; printers; publishers; and, repro agents, all the while receiving substantial discounts on books. Amongst the prestigious exhibitors are Pearson, LAPA, ANFASA, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random Struik and the list goes on.

According to Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA), “Visitors will be encouraged to interact with publishers, authors and books that may not be considered mainstream, but which are just as exciting and talented as their better-known peers.”

This three-day celebration of the written word will offer visitors over 120 events, access to 100 authors,  illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer under one roof.

The Fair has been divided into nine predominant themes, to suit every book connoisseurs’ taste. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect at the 2014 South African Book Fair.

Girls love books – a three -day soiree with Susan Lewis

Don’t miss bestselling author Susan Lewis chatting about life, love and everything in between. This theme is perfect for book club babes!

Stories to inspire and entertain you

From the adventure-seeking authors of Poles Apart – Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe to the lessons learnt from coaching champions with Marco Botha, author of Coach, this theme focuses on the inspirational authors of our time.

Sean Disney and Vaughn de la Harpe will discuss their journey in summiting the world’s seven highest peaks and journeying to the North and South Poles, which led to their book Poles Apart.

 Marco Botha, author of Coach, will explore what it takes to coach champions.  His book, Coach features: Heyneke Meyer, Ian Schwartz, Sherylle Calder, Brendan Venter, Paul Treu, Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton. Join Marco Botha for a discussion where he delves into the minds, personalities and successes of these South African coaches.

The motivational authors of Books and Bricks – a success story at Manyano School, Sindiwe Magona and Harvard graduate Dr Al Witten will tell the story of a community that moved away from gangsterism, alcoholism and unemployment.

Other highlights will include a talk by award-winning Setswana author Sabata-Mpho Mokae, who will discuss how writing in his mother-tongue opened a world of possibilities for his expression and none other than Pieter-Dirk Uys, who has written not only his own memoirs but also autobiographies of his alter-egos Evita Bezuidenhout and Bambi Kellermann  will discuss the nature of autobiography.

Current affairs

Pertinent debates around issues that we as South Africans face today are also included in the line-up. Join the discussion around the future of the book and e-learning in the South African schooling system.

School Principals and parents Marc Falconer and Gavin Fish, with Obami founder Barbara Mallison will talk about what it takes to educate a child in the 21st Century.

Judge Edwin Cameron, talented author of Justice – A Personal Account will argue that the Constitution offers South Africans our best chance for a just society.

 Rolling up our sleeves – a series of in-depth panel discussions that drive to the heart of the matter

This theme will include serious and thought-provoking debates about some of the current issues that our leading thinkers are facing today – Twenty years of democracy: Can the past inform and inspire a better future for South Africa?, Muslims in the South African imagination and how the spirit of Islam manifests in food, the arts and literature and the role of homosexuality in literature today.

Featured authors that will dominate this theme include Prince Mashele, author of The Fall of the ANC, Dr Xolela Mangcu, author of Becoming Worthy Ancestors and Professor Njabulo Ndebele, author of Reconsidering the Ordinary and The Cry of Winnie Mandela.

Digital books and the future of the book

Those who prefer to catch up on their reading digitally will also find a niche for themselves, with the digital theme at the South African Book Fair.

This theme will address the future of the book as well as the classroom of the future. Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor and founder of Books LIVE, will talk about the Future of the Book – is there one and what does it look like?

Getting published

A must for aspirant writers and publishers, this series offers workshops and presentations on everything from proofreading to translation, illustration to creative writing. Find out how successful writers write for foreign audiences and how to shoot the lights out with book sales. Also part of the programme is writing and illustration workshops for teens.

A presentation of South Africa’s vibrant Afrikaans literary world

Afrikaans literature fans will get to rub shoulders with authors Chanette Paul, Deon Meyer and Steve Hofmeyer.

 Kidzone – for kids age 3 – 7 

Kids can fall in love with books, storytelling, show-and-tell, book-inspired craft activities, pirate and princess high tea on the high seas, book breakfasts, puppet shows, and of course some of their favourite larger-than-life book characters – Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog, Maisy Mouse, Wally, and the inimitable Gruffalo!

Tweens and teens

Young aspirant writers between the ages of 8 and 15 can join in a writing workshop to get the creative juices flowing. Marjorie van Heerden will talk them through characterisation, plot and all aspects of creating a compelling story. There is limited space, so remember, first come first served.

Described as vibrant, colourful and captivating, the Fair aims to create an unforgettable event that has something for everyone. According to Batya Green-Bricker, the Programme Director for the South African Book Fair, ‘The uniqueness of the South African Book Fair is the depth and breadth of the events on offer. There is truly something for everyone! Books offer escape, inspiration, education and entertainment. Whoever you are, whatever your reason for reading or picking up a book, the SABF is a space and time dedicated to making all sorts of books come to life.’

The programme may be downloaded directly from the South African Book Fair site via this link:

Tickets can be purchased online via the South African Book Fair website or at the door, with discounts available for Pick n Pay Smart Shopper Card Holders when purchased online and children under the age of 18 receiving free entry.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Full Price Ticket: R50.00
PnP SmartShopper: R25.00
Pensioner Ticket: R20.00
Children under 18: Free

For more information go to or call Belinda Unterslak on 011 549 8300 or email Exhibitors and sponsors may contact Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300 or email to secure their stand.


50 Shades of Black Designers & Showstoppers Coming For Durban

50 Shades of Black designers & showstoppers take to the catwalk!


Spot your favourite stars in the midst of fashion at the 50 Shades of Black fashion show presented by the Geness Foundation, who believe in positively changing African lives, taking place on Saturday, May 31st at the Square Conference Centre, situated at 250 Umhlanga Rocks Dr, Umhlanga Rocks! Celebratory guest appearances include Ashish Gangapersad, Sisa Hewana and Maurice Paige from Isidingo as well as Scandal’s, Clint Brink and Indian actress, Varsha Harpal which will add further glamour to this event. There will also be live performances from various local artists during the fashion show, that of Darrius Pillay and Natalie Rungan!


This is sure to be a night of glitz, glamour and good will, with the objective of raising funds for the KwaZulu Natal Blind & Deaf Society.


Models from agencies along with models selected from the open casting, will be on the catwalk donning specially designed garments from: Kujula Mtambo; Meriska Gareeb; Vijay Shah; Kathryn De Jesus; Yolandie Wessels; Sarojini Moodley; Thembeka Vilakazi, Jenine David  and Quinton Naidoo


Items featured will include men’s & ladies wear, evening wear, swimwear, cocktail wear, jewellery and one of the most interesting categories introduced – the recycled category!


Patrons can look forward to a welcome drink upon arrival, get to browse around the pop up shops, enjoy the after party festivities as well as have the opportunity to bid on jewellery during the event auction.


Doors will open at 5pm with tickets available at, costing just R150 per person for this worthy cause. For enquiries call Varshan on 082 882 0044 or email him on during office hours or go to facebook “50 Shades of Black – A Couture Affair” for more information!


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