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Cool break from heat in Durban

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Relief is on its way: Thursday’s scorching temperatures are not expected to last, with a cold front predicted for Friday. With the mercury predicted to touch 34-35ºC in Durban and Ladysmith on Thursday and 37ºC in Pietermaritzburg, the weather bureau advises people to drink water and avoid hard work. They …

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Durban International Blues Festival

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The Durban International Blues Festival is to be held from Tuesday, 14 to Sunday, 19 October, 2014, at the usual Wilson’s Wharf venue in Durban. Not only does the festival create employment and opportunities for local and international acts, it also inspires civic pride and stimulates tourism development in the …

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Get the uShaka Heritage Day Vibe!

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Dance to the beat of uShaka drums on the best ever Heritage Day Prior to naming Wednesday, September 24 Heritage Day, it was known as Shaka Day, so what better place to celebrate the colourful cultures of our Country!  There’s something for everyone with fun parades, traditional dance, music and …

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Super Cycle Fan is back after 2 years for charity!

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Since December 2010, Garth Lezard, a local photographic journalist and super cycling rugby fan, has been to 24 countries, 6 continents and met over 16 super rugby teams all on a bicycle, in order to raise funds and create awareness for the Cheshire Disability Homes and Services. Having taken on …

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Throw Back Thursday: Durban’s Town Halls

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Throw Back Thursday: Durban’s Town Halls Durban’s first town hall; the foundation stone was laid in 1883 and it was used as the Town Hall from 1885 to 1910 when the new Durban Town Hall (an almost exact replica of Belfast’s City Hall), just across the road, came into use. …

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R1.8bn Suncoast Upgrade

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A R1.8 billion expansion of Durban’s landmark Suncoast casino has been given the nod, clearing the way for a doubling of the existing complex. The project by Tsogo Sun will be the biggest single investment in the history of the beachfront and will take three years to complete. All the …

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The Lion Match Company secures R80m Head Office development

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The Lion Match Company, which produces the iconic Lion Safety Matches, has increased its commercial office investment in Durban’s Point Waterfront node with R80 million loan package granted by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance. The property, comprising just over 10 000m², will be developed through the construction of a three storey …

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Major Property Developments Planned for King Shaka Airport

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The next five years will see major development at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport with a conference centre and offices planned as well as an extension of the taxiway which connects runways to ramps, hangars and terminals. The multimillion-rand project, which still needs funding approval, is only the start of …

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Goldfish in Recovery after Brain Surgery!

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Looks like George the goldfish will get to float around its pond and munch on fish flakes for much longer. Over the past year, the 10-year-old goldfish in Melbourne, Victoria, developed a brain tumour, affecting its ability to eat, swim and even interact with the other fish in his pond. …

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Sharks in for a shocking surprise!

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A revolutionary new shark repellent using an electrical field to protect bathers is to be tried off the Cape Peninsula. Humans’ fear of sharks has peaked in recent years, with 30 attacks since 1960 in peninsula waters. Only six were fatal, but five of these took place in the past …

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Nedbank funds R80 million at Dube Tradeport

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Nedbank Corporate Property Finance continues its support of strategic development nodes in KwaZulu-Natal with the funding of a new R80 million industrial warehouse development at Durban’s Dube Tradeport. In close proximity to King Shaka International Airport the world class airport centred development that is fast becoming an innovative enabler of …

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New Dolphin Show Delights!

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Ushaka Sea World now boasts a brand new show! 5 Star Durban was invited to review and tell all about the new show, which was absolutely delightful!   Young and old were squealing with delight even before the acts started, as the cameras picked up funny moments via the big …

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Sky is not the limit

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The Southern Sun, Elangeni and Southern Sun North Beach hotels, overlooking the amphitheatre and beaches on Durban’s Golden Mile, have been popular Durban landmarks for many decades and are determined to remain so. Last year parent company Tsogo Sun invested R220-million in refurbishing, consolidating and relaunching the adjoining hotels as …

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Barefoot from CPT to DBN for Breast Cancer

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It took breast cancer to strike twice, once fatally, to spur a man on to take to the road, barefoot, from Cape Town to Durban, to raise awareness for the disease. Paul Ucheck’s wife died twenty years ago from breast as she never discovered the lump in time. “Last year, …

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Tourism awards kudos for KZN’s star players

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A “dynamic duo” who are an example of the benefits that can be derived when an SMME “dreams big” have picked up a prestigious tourism award. Babo and Sizani Hadebe, the owners of the Olwandle Guesthouse in Durban North and the Olwandle Suite Hotel, across the road from the International …

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Extra show to see Noah

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Extra show to see Trevor Noah Tickets to all three Durban comedy shows by award-winning comedian Trevor Noah have sold out. Fortunately for Durbanites who missed out on purchasing tickets for the September 26, 27, and 28 shows at Suncoast Casino, an additional date has been added. Suncoast announced this …

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Durban Scientist

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Durban Scientist The National Research Foundation has bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on distinguished Durban scientist Professor Jerry Coovadia. The foundation, and Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, on Thursday honoured top researchers at an awards ceremony in Joburg. Coovadia was one of two recipients …

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Earth in the Sun’s Crosshairs, Could Knock Out High Tech

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The sun has taken aim at Earth and delivered what could be a knock-out blow to modern technology. On Wednesday a massive solar flare was detected and blasted radiation toward Earth. However, the resultant Coronal Mass Ejection or CME is expected to hit the home planet on Friday. “Solar activity …

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Is it a plane? No, it’s a hoverbike!

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Hoverbike – The coolest invention in drone technology Deep in the English countryside, aeronautical engineers are perfecting a new generation of aerial drone. With increased stability and manoeuvrability, and able to carry a much heavier payload… it represents a significant leap forward in drone technology. This small drone, however, is …

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