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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...

100,000 to Join Diwali Festivities in Durban

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More than a 100 000  people from various backgrounds and parts of the country are expected to attend the Durban Diwali Festival that starts today. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals, and like Christmas, it is a time of great joy, goodwill and light. South African Hindu …

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#CityOfDurbanThrowback – Smith Str. History

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Smith Street, named after Captain Thomas C . Smith (27th Regiment , Royal Inniskillings) who was in command and built the Old Fort in 1842 . The troops marched into Durban with hopes of showing a British presence, and curbing the intentions of Dutch farmers who wanted to establish a republic …

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Hobby-Scope – Why not start a new hobby today?

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Miserable weather doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be miserable and bored – we investigate some hobbies in Durban, from the sublime to the nerdy… Why not join a few like-minded folks and try something new?… Belly – Dancing: Belly-dancing is a great way to keep fit, and boost your …

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Tuesday Meme-thon – 15 of the funniest pics

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Today is the very first instalment of the Tuesday meme-thon! A collection of Africa & Durban inspired Meme’s from around the world! Because Friday is faaar away and some of us may need some help getting there! You’re welcome! 🙂 Listening to the ocean… that’s how you do it! Ever …

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Exploring the Creme de la Creme of Durban – Property Rich

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In this the first of many articles to come, we explore the finest properties on offer from the Umhlanga branch of Engel & Volkers with our new insert called  Property Rich. Durban & surrounds are often overlooked when it comes to luxury homes, but we uncovered some of the best looking luxury …

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Famous Denim Heavyweights G-Star Raw Open Up Shop In Durban

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In a flurry of media attention on Thursday night, this famous brand opened up their first Durban stand-alone menswear store in Gateway Theater of Shopping, Umhlanga.  The event was hosted for all of us “media folk” to get the first peek at their new store and range, featuring a live …

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Throwback Thursday – Durban’s West Street

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Throwback Thursday – Durban’s West Street The Durban CBD boasts a well-planned grid of city streets, many of which have now been renamed to honour struggle heroes. West Street is no different – originally named after Martin West, a British born man who worked for the Dutch East India Company. He …

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Throwback Thursday – Durban’s Landmark “Ghost House”

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For this week’s “Throwback Thursday” we take a look at the landmark commonly referred to as the “Ghost House” or “Haunted House” just up the north coast of Durban. Gurusamy Veerasamy Naidu, a South Indian businessman and the first Indian to sail on the Queen Elizabeth II, came to Durban in the …

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Durban IS the next “Big Thing” in Africa!

World Routes is officially handed over to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, hosting the event in 2015.

As a record-breaking World Routes event in Chicago draws to a close, the Chicago Department of Aviation and Choose Chicago have officially handed the event over to the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The 21st World Route Development Forum will take place in the KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal City of Durban, South …

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