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Meredith Haywood

Meredith Haywood
I'm the Editor and Creative Director of 5 Star Durban, I Instagram a bit, I cook sometimes, but mostly I write, and edit... a lot... I'm a philanthropist at heart, and I can't resist fluffy bunnies, kittens and puppies... recently I have started to ponder what owning a goat in a flat could be like...

SA Remains Open to Welcome People From the World


South Africa will always be open to welcome people from around the world, says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Minister Hanekom was speaking at the opening of the 2015 Tourism Indaba in Durban on Saturday. The event was attended by over 1000 exhibitors from 20 African countries, and about 2000 buyers …

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One on one with Dep. Min. of Tourism Ms. Tokozile Xasa


The Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa attended the opening of the Durban Tourism & National Geographic “Durban as never seen before” Exhibit at the KwaMuhle Museum in Durban.  Seen as the role-player who’s playing for our side, the side of Durban that is, she has been instrumental in the …

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Upgrade for ‘Maritzburg Gardens


Residents of Pietermaritzburg and visitors to the city are in for a treat, with plans to revive the Botanic Gardens intended to give the 140-year-old facility a new lease on life. Curator Allen Nene said he has big and exciting plans for the gardens, but which would not disturb its …

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Venture into the valley

Umgeni River in the Durban Green Corridor

Durban – Instead of heading for the beach, head for Inanda. And today is as good a time as any. Fifteen minutes out of Durban towards Inanda, an entire green valley opens up, offering everything from canoeing, historic trips, hiking trails and mountain biking. It sounds like something out of …

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Roxi’s Secret

Roxi Wardman

Masterchef SA winner Roxi Wardman is about to open her very own coffee shop & Patisserie… but the location is a big secret!!! Wardman is keeping the location under wraps, but she promises that durbanites will be able to feast on her creations very soon. “We have decided to have …

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Durban’s real life “Baywatch” – Durban Beach Rescue

Image: NSRI

The title of a TV documentary series about the city’s lifesavers that will be broadcast around the world, has been changed “in the city’s favour”. The 10-episode series, which was to be called Heatwave, is now going to be called Durban Beach Rescue, Simphiwe Ngcobo, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s production …

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Durban – Neon Run Night-Time Spectacular


Durban, get ready for the Neon Run Night-Time Spectacular. The 2015 tour includes more UV, neon paint, graffiti walls and lasers than ever before with participants at each event in line to win amazing prizes including the use of a Mitsubishi car for a year. Those Discovery members taking part …

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10 Reasons to love KwaZulu-Natal

By Kierran Allen Photography

As a new resident, I almost feel compelled to rant and rave about my daily life in sunny KZN.  The beauty is endless, timeless, and very good for one’s soul! KZN is a magical land of greenery, fantastic eats, rich culture and superb activities. Here, you can biplane across a …

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uMhlanga – Stranded Antarctic Seal 2000km from home!

umhlanga seal

This past weekend – Sunday May 3rd, an adult male sub Antarctic Seal was spotted on the rocks in front of the Umhlanga Lighthouse – 2000 kilometres from his home range. Although underweight he appeared not to be injured and was seen resting on the rocks.  Ezemvelo Wildlife anticipate his rest …

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Durban surgeon saves Nepalese woman from disability


Kathmandu – In a bid to save her own life, Shanti KC plunged from the first floor of her home in the village of Phutung when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal nearly ten days ago. She lay writhing in pain before her husband pulled her to safety and, with two …

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