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The Whisky Live Showroom is coming to Durban


Whisky Live Festival, the organisers of the popular Whisky Live Festival and Showroom tasting events, have announced that three Showrooms will be held in South Africa in 2015. The Showrooms will take place in Durban on 24 and 25 April 2015, in Pretoria on 14 and 15 May 2015 and in Cape Town from 18 – 20 June 2015.

The Whisky Live Showrooms are intimate, handcrafted events that display some of the best local and international whiskies, presented under one roof by the world’s leading experts. Some of the whiskies available for tasting include firm favourites from House of Walker, Chivas Regal, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie and Bunnahabhain as well as newcomers Tomatin and Smokehead. Innis & Gunn, a craft beer made in whisky barrels, will also offer an intriguing interlude for the curious and adventurous alike.

Complementary products that enhance the whisky lifestyle will add to the experience, including high-end fragrances – Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, van Cleef and Arpels, Bulgari and Burberry – premium cigars from The Cigar Club and a selection of Twisp’s flavoured filters. The Showrooms’ sophisticated, luxury environment creates the perfect setting for friends to catch up, for business associates to network, and for fans and newcomers to whisky to explore a wealth of tastes and scents in an intimate setting.

The Durban Showroom will be at Suncoast Sun Zone.

“The 2014 Whisky Live Showrooms proved to be really popular, giving whisky fans and those keen to experiment with the dram the chance to enjoy old favourites and new expressions of whisky-making craft in an exclusive environment,” says Emily Stockden, COO of the Whisky Live Festival. “We are so excited to take the Showrooms to new venues that will give more people the opportunity to try new whiskies and new ways of drinking the dram. South Africans continue to break the stereotypes around whisky, and we look forward to welcoming men and women of all ages.”

Tickets cost R170 per person viahttp://www.whiskylivefestivalco.zaor http://www.ticketpro.co.za; however, visitors who register for the Whisky Live Festival Club at the event will receive R20 cash back or an additional 5 tasting vouchers. All tickets include a complimentary tasting glass, a 500ml bottle of Valpré Spring water and 15 tasting vouchers. The first 500 visitors through the doors in Durban each night will receive a free copy of the iconic whisky guide, the 2015 SA Whisky Handbook.

The Whisky Live Showroom is proudly brought to you in partnership with Valpré Spring water.

There are limited tickets available for the events, and whisky lovers are encouraged to book their tickets online in advance to make sure that they don’t miss out.

Follow @WhiskyLiveSA on Twitter, ‘like’ the Whisky Live Festival on Facebook, or check www.whiskylivefestival.co.za for regular updates about the events, information about Twitter whisky tastings leading up to the Showrooms, competitions and giveaways.

Whisky Live Festival promotes responsible drinking. No persons under the age of 18 years will be allowed into the Showrooms. Designated driver tickets are available and can be purchased at the door or online for R105, with a bottle of Valpré Spring water included in the ticket price.


Attention Petrolheads Durban Motor Show Is Coming


Start Your Engines – the Durban Motor Show Does It Better this November


From 7 – 9 November 2014, the Durban Motor Show rolls in to the Durban Exhibition Centre. This year, the expo will pay tribute to its roots with an epic showdown between old school beauties and new school high-tech.

Boasting one of the largest selections of dealerships, brand models and makes under one roof; KZN’s proudly South African expo is sure to thrill. If that’s not impressive enough, the aftermarket exhibitors will be. From spray paint products to custom rims and competition winning sound systems, you’ll find it all, and more, at the Durban Motor Show.

Motor-mad visitors will want to get to the Redline Village for an adrenalin fix. Every day, this arena will be crammed full of fresh activities, handpicked for their ability to blast wind through your hair. The annual Show ‘n Shine competition also returns, bigger and better.

South Africa has played host to a number of international motoring shows, but Durban does it better, and we have for over 20 years.

Tickets on sale through Computicket.

7 – 9 November 2014

Durban Exhibition Centre

Adults:              R 100

Pensioners:       R 65

Children under 12 get in for FREE

For more information visit the following places online:

www.durbanmotorshow.co.za | Facebook: durbanmotorshow | Twitter: @durbanmotorshow


Your Weekend Edition


Warren Brothers at Wahooz this October!

uShaka Marine World’s Wahooz on the promenade will be rocking during the month of October with sweet sounds from the Warren Brothers, the dynamic family musical duo who form part of Zaffa! The Warren Brothers (Rob and Garth Warren) will be performing hits from well known artists, including Johnny Cash, The Killers, Aloe Black and more.

Catch them performing at Wahooz each Sunday with friends throughout October from 12pm to 4pm and relax whilst enjoying the tasty menu and specialised cocktails to add to the rocking vibes.  For more information contact uShaka Marine World on 031 328 8000

(Source – Publicity Matters)

Six Creative Professional Practice Workshops

The Durban Art Gallery, as part of its mandate to add its weight to help educate, empower and develop the visual arts community in KZN, is hosting a series of free workshops for the creative industries in and around greater Durban.


The workshops are designed to assist creatives who wish to enhance their professional practice skills, including: ddefining a strategy related to your individual career plan; artists’ portfolio of work online and off; networking; helpful online resources;  marketing yourself/brand and knowing your value; galleries & agent; funding; writing funding proposals & where to find these funds; residencies, projects, collaborations; gaining the relevant experience; how to price and where to sell your work; how to establish yourself as a professional artist and time management, studio, submission deadlines and meetings.

The workshop schedule is:

Chatsworth Hall (35 Topham Rd) 6 & 7 October 2014

KwaXimba Indoor Sports Centre 15 & 16 October 2014

Redfern Community Hall, Phoenix 20 & 21 October 2014

Inanda, Ntuzuma & KwaMashu Creative Centre (1 Mdubu Rd) 12 & 13 November 2014

Mountview Hall (Amora Dr off Inanda Rd) 25 & 26 November 2014

Isipingo Hall (18 Delta Rd) 5 & 6 December 2014

Entrance is free, but booking is essential. All workshops will start at 09h00-15h00 daily. It is strongly recommended that delegates make themselves available for both days in each instance.  Please bring notebooks and pencils, and refreshments. If you are interested please contact Witty Nyide on 031 3112274/ witty.nyide@durban.gov.za

(Source – Publicity Matters)

Call for entries 2014 WGSA Muse Awards

Entries will be accepted in 8 different categories for scripts including: Feature Film, TV Drama, Radio Drama, TV Comedy, Docu, Animation, Stage plays and Unproduced scripts.

Deadline 30th Nov 2014.

More info and entry details: www.writersguildsa.org/museawards.htm

Power Series Business Breakfasts 

Join Richard Mulvey to learn all about Selling Face to Face.

Cape Town 6 Nov.

Durban 4 Nov.

Johannesburg 5 Nov.

Register Here: http://powerseries.co.za/event-registration/

Build a business workshops

22 October Nelspruit

23 October Polokwane

24 October Bloemfontein

29 October Durban

30 October PE

31 October CapeTown

To Book: http://www.buildabusinessroadshow.co.za/

Yogathon SA

Durban Jewish Club: 19 October

Yogathon SA is a health and wellness campaign- using yoga as a tool to promote healthier lifestyles and raising funds for a good cause. On 19 Oct 2014, South Africa will host three public yogathons in Durban, Cape Town and Gauteng. 1000s are expected to attend – participating in a fun, uplifting guided mass yoga event.


Time:               7:30am till 9:30am

Venue:             Durban Jewish Club, North Beach

44 Ke Masinga Road (Old Fort Road) Durban

Contact:          Veena|083 711 9580|veena@artofliving.org.za

(Source – Publicity Matters)

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22 October, 6pm, Artisan Gallery, Durban


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imbizo gallery – 6th Nov 2014 – 18h30 – Lifestyle Centre, Ballito

Writers Have You Entered The Commonwealth Short Story Competition?

Details Here:



This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton

Spring 2014 Fashion Show For Umhlanga – Help Tafta Out – uShaka Marine World helps out a Chameleon


The Spring 2014 Fashion Show Is Almost Here


SAM Store is bringing you a Fashion Show

Venue: Umhlanga Centre

Date: 4th September

Time: 6h30pm

There will be fasion and food and drinks and Shannon Hope will be performing.


TAFTA Needs Your Help 

Have you bought a brick yet?

The TAFTA Buy-A-Brick Programme is aimed at involving ndividuals  in helping us provide more sheltered accommodation and care for older people.

We’ve produced booklets containing 20 symbolic paper bricks that cost R10 each and schools are encouraging pupils to sell the bricks.

The TAFTA staff and residents have given the phrase, “Charity begins at home” a whole new meaning. They’ve also taken up the challenge to sell as many booklets as possible.

Homes are competing against each other, and staff are competing against each other to win the title of most books sold. Friends and supporters, will you join in the ‘Brick’ campaign? If your answer is YES, please contact the income development and PR dept on

031 332 3721 or email info@tafta.org.za.

The campaign runs until June 2015.



uShaka Marine World helps out a young Flap-necked Chameleon

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During the first week of June 2014, a young Flap-necked Chameleon barely 5cm in length was brought to uShaka Marine World’s Dangerous Creatures after being found on the roadside in Umhlanga Rocks.

The little one was so severely dehydrated that both his eyes were sunken, his skin was black and his movements were limited.  It was thought that his condition was possibly a result of in-adverse poisoning and not roadside trauma.  He began rehydration treatment immediately and was left in a quiet corner to rest and allow his organs to respond to the administering of fluids.

On the second day when he was still alive he was started on a course of antibiotics and left alone to rest for most of the day.  By the fourth day when he started moving (albeit slowly) and showed signs of fighting for survival he was named Themba (which means hope) and offered crickets.

Chameleons don’t generally respond well to human care but little Themba proved the exception and ate the two crickets offered to him twice daily.  Slowly over the next two months his skin colour changed, he started moving around more steadily and his right eye healed completely.

Chameleons conical eyes have fused eyelids leaving just a pinhole through which to see. They revolve independently allowing a 360o arc of vision.  Once they have a target in sight both eyes swing round to focus providing a stereoscopic depth perception for an accurate strike.

Chameleons can shoot out their tongues further than their own body length at a speed of three hundredths of a second.

Themba now spends his days in a specially designed movable exhibit outside rehab enjoying the sun and fresh air.   He is still being hand fed in the mornings as he is unable to focus on prey without two good eyes.  It is hoped that within the next month his left eye will fully recover enabling his release into a protected area in KZN.

Flap-neck Chameleons are found in tropical Africa southwards to KwaZulu Natal and although they are not considered endangered but are a highly threatened group.  Their greatest threats are humans through habitat destruction and chemical poisoning of their natural prey  which consists mostly of grasshoppers and beetles.

Less than 2 % of all Flap neck chameleons survive to adulthood – let’s do what we can to increase this number as they play a vital role in the natural web of life.

  • Brake for chameleons crossing roads
  • Limit the use of chemical sprays in your gardens
  • Don’t pick up chameleons unless you are sure they are in trouble

For more info – go to www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

This edition by Fred Felton

twitter @fredfelton







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: facebook.com/WorldClassSouthAfrica


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, www.oysterboxhotel.com  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 info@bouchardfinlayson.co.za or on Tel: 028 312 3515 and we will supply you with banking details. Payment secures you a seat.