The #LOVELOCAL FESTIVAL kicks off on October 20th! Save the date!


Kamini Pather
Pictured: Celebrity Chef Kamini Pather. (Supplied)

 Liberty Midlands Mall is hosting the #LoveLocal Festival from the 20th-22nd October. Be there!


Liberty Midlands Mall will be hosting The #LoveLocal Festival from the 20th – 22nd of October. The #LoveLocal Festival will feature Pietermaritzburg’s local favourites – from our favourite home-grown and handmade jewellery, clothing, accessories and home wear, all the way through to our favourite foods, celebrities and chefs! The #LoveLocal Festival has an awe inspiring line up, consisting of 6 South African chefs, who will be partnering up with great celebrities, to offer Midlands a weekend to remember.

Over the past 4 years, this Food Festival has been a huge success at Liberty Midlands Mall, and based on high demand, this annual festival has grown and adapted to become something so much more! The #LoveLocal Festival is not only about food. It has evolved, and will be celebrating everything we love about our beautiful city of Pietermaritzburg and its surrounds. Liberty Midlands Mall will be transformed into an artisanal marketplace filled with an array of local exhibitions and marketers, gathering the best of Pietermaritzburg all under one roof!

“Provenance is such a buzzword at the moment,” says #LoveLocal Festival curator Roberta Thatcher. “We all want to know where the products we buy come from, and who made them. The #LoveLocal Festival is a celebration of all things local. It will give Liberty Midlands Mall shoppers the opportunity to meet the people behind the products, and to see the amazing work that is being created in Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding areas”.

Headlining this year’s Chef’s Theatre is Kamini Pather! She is a celebrity food blogger, Radio and TV host, style icon, kitchenware creator, multiple award winner and winner of MasterChef South Africa 2013. Kamini will be returning to her home province and gracing us with a demonstration of her honest love for food through a saucy cook up!

Other chefs include Granny Mouse Country House & Spa Executive Culinary Artist, Wayland Green, Lorenzo Giliomee of Fordoun Hotel & Spa, Culinary General Manager at The Midlands Kitchen, Terrence Ford, Cheryl Govender from The Cake House as well as Erica Brown from Sōlfood.

Joining in on the action and assisting the chefs during selected slots will be Stephanie Saville from The Witness, as well as celebrities such as Darren Maule and Keri Miller (East Coast Breakfast), Zola Zeelovin (Gagasi FM), Bongani Mtolo (East Coast Drive), Midlands Meander’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Stephanie Soogrin, Shirdika Pillai (Lotus FM) and a special football star from Maritzburg United.

Carefully curated installations celebrating Pietermaritzburg, its history, its industry and everything we love about this great city will be seen and felt all around the mall! Some of the local artisanal goods on offer include: fudge, biscuits, olives, baby clothes, home ware, fashion items and much more.

Says Muhammed Varachia, General Manager of Liberty Midlands Mall: “Pietermaritzburg is rich in culture, food, and goods, but it is also very rich in its sense of community. There are many wonderful products being made in the area, and we wanted to provide the platform for these producers to exhibit their goods and share them with our community!”

The kids can also be entertained at the cupcake decorating station, which will be equipped with all things fun and yummy, like icing and sprinkles to let their imaginations run wild.

If you stock any locally manufactured products on your shelves and would like to be a part of the #LoveLocal Festival Marketplace Exhibition which takes place in the Centre Court. Please send your requests to




September & October #InspirationForTheNation

This month’s #InspirationForTheNation is a combined one for both September and October.

I am highlighting a dear friend of mine, Brandon Jooste.

Brandon was born with a degenerative disease called spinal muscular atrophy and over the years his conditioned worsened, ultimately leaving him wheelchair-bound in his teenage years.

Although, now in his 30s, Brandon continues to reap the repercussions of the disease, but does not let this stop him. He drives an automatic vehicle, plays with his son, rides a stationary bike to stay active and keeps his arms in check by lifting weights. Brandon has also made a point of living his dreams, such as having recently entered into the Quads 4 Quads off-road adventure ride which will see him travelling from Durban to Johannesburg.

The event kicked off on 05 October 2017 and Brandon is flying the flag high for quadriplegics, with the help of sponsors such as Fabricon Engineering – who sponsored the quad bike- as well as Fox and Thor who sponsored his kit.

In order to capture all the action, Brandon was also equipped with two action cameras courtesy of Statio Property and MiView Digital 


Quads 4 Quads is now in 14th year and QASA is a very proud beneficiary.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa strives to prevent spinal cord injury, as well as protect and promote the interests of people with mobility impairments by formulating a national policy and strategy, to develop and ensure the full potential and quality of their lives.

The event is sure to be a challenge for all involved, but through the effort in preparing for the event, he, his family, friends and fellow riders are positive that he will complete the ride.

In a message posted on Facebook, he said: “Thank you all for the messages and support. The first day was incredibly tough with the elements, cold, windy and raining. We didn’t make it all the way but we are in Weenen and ready for tomorrow. Thank the Lord for keeping us safe and thank you all again for all the support. #fabricon#fox #thor #miview #quads4quads  #dbn2jhbinthedirt “

Best wishes my friend!

To keep updated with his progress visit: 

Pictures courtesy of Brandon Jooste’s Facebook page.

An enjoyment of Beauty, Fashion & Style at the Essence Festival 2017

The Essence Festival 2017 recently kicked off in Durban, offering something for everyone, from fashion to beauty, music to lifestyle,  food and more!

This event serves as the sister event to the annual Festival in New Orleans and with the backing of the eThekwini Municipality that has been spearheading the annual Durban Fashion Fair for the past six years, they put together a specific programme for the festival as well as a Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion which was hosted in Hall 2 at the Durban ICC from 29 September to 01 October.

Hosted within the Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion there was much on offer, including panel discussions co-ordinated by Minnie Dlamini (29 & 30 September) and Selby Mkhize (01 October), beauty and hair demonstrations, fashion shows, exhibitors, motivational talks as well as a Young Designers Fashion Competition which saw Siyathokoza Zulu taking 1st place with her designer vision showcasing street style womens wear entitled 50 shades of Black; and Hayley Richards coming in 2nd with her storyboard theme showcasing cross-functional dressing targeting the professional businesswoman, inspired by the classic suit and tie. The competition was judged by an esteemed panel including Zama Mathe, Laduma Ngxokolo, Nthato Mashishi, Lindiwe Kuzwayo and Mikaelah Patterson.

Seen throughout the weekend at the Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion were:

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Heritage day braai ideas

Biltong, Mushroom and feta pap tert (Courtesy of

This Sunday, September 24th, we celebrate Heritage Day, which has also become a popular day to invite a few friends over to have a braai (with is being coined National Braai Day ‘n all) and cook up some braaivleis.

Americans do it in style with their state-of-the-art gas barbeques; the Australians, on the other hand, like to throw some ‘shrimp on the barbie’ but we South Africans know how to make the perfect braai – well, most of us do.

What is a South African braai without its best supporting acts: first up is the braai broodjie. This South African braai staple is usually served on white or brown bread; spread with lashings of butter on the outside, and filled with thick, juicy slices of tomato, onion and cheese on the inside. Yum! 

No South African braai is complete without the original South African toasties, otherwise known as “braai broodjies”.

The standard braai broodjie recipe incorporates the following steps:

  1. Butter the bread,
  2. Place lots of grated cheese on the bread, with sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper and,
  3. Be sure to braai slowly.

Apart from the standard option, food lovers are opting to try many different version of this delicious sandwich.

For a gourmet version, renowned Durban caterers Blue Strawberry have some gourmet variations for you to try.

  • Brie and fig Jam – add preserved fig and some crushed nuts for texture
  • Chip ‘n Cheese -slap chips, curry gravy and oozy cheese
  • S’more Variation – Nuttella, sliced banana and marshmallows
  • Peanut butter and Bacon – crunchy peanut butter in lashings with crisp bacon and some salted peanuts for crunch
  • Black mushroom and Haloumi – sliced and fried black mushrooms well drained with sliced haloumi and a little mozzarella for the stretch
  • Croque Monsieur – good quality ham, Dijon mustard, emmentale cheese and a lathering of béchamel sauce
  • Bacon with a bite – crisp bacon, tomato sambal- tomato, onion and chilli diced with a dash of vinegar, cheddar and mozzarella
  • Cheese and sweet chilli – combine three cheeses and a good splash of sweet chilli with chopped coriander

Now, one of my favourite SA side dishes at a braai – is Pap.

FYI:  The word pap in Dutch translates to “porridge”.  In KZN it’s also called phuthu in Zulu and ipapa in Xhosa.

It’s easily cooked on a stove in a pot or over a fire and is best to cook in a black cast iron pot.

I like my pap with a twist.  Throw in onion, mushrooms, bacon, and green pepper (all chopped finely) to add flavour to the pap. This is the gourmet slant on the standard pap and tomato gravy dish and Goodersons Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort, Executive Chef Francis Hegarty gives us his take on this Creamy Cheesy Pap recipe dish:


Cook pap and set aside, chop 1 onion, packet of mushrooms and 250g bacon. Fry it all up in a pan and add clove of garlic and salt and pepper seasoning. Add a tub of 250ml cream to make a sauce, take the pap and put it in an oven dish, pour the sauce over the top and add lots of cheese, bake for 30 minutes. If you have a vegetarian in your midst then just replace the bacon with sautéed butternut or baby marrows.  Easy peasy!

The image above shows another, slightly different, option to the above with a Biltong, Mushroom and feta pap tert… Oh. Em. Gee! See for the full recipe.

So, will you be celebrating your Heritage day the braai way?



21151421_1517874914938059_1727263640661560250_nWith around 3,000 party goers taking to Hazelmere Dam in 2016, 2017 is sure to be bigger and better with a hot new lineup featuring 2 international artists and over 50 local acts – which is sure to be the biggest outdoor event on Durban shores this year.

Fun in the sun 2017 will kick off on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at Hazelmere dam in Durban – a mere 20km off the shoreline of Umhlanga. Gates open at 8am.

The annual Fun in the sun outdoor music festival will feature a lineup headlined by Lost Frequencies (Belgium) and supported by Nora en Pure (Switzerland).

Lost Frequencies
Lost Frequencies

Lost Frequencies, has soared to success in the international music industry. Releasing his global smash hit ‘Are You With Me’ back in 2014 and quickly cementing himself as a name to watch, the track rapidly ascended by hitting multi-platinum status and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries.

Lost Frequencies has brought his unmistakable sound to some of the planet’s biggest clubs and recently headlined his own North American Tour, hosted his own ‘Lost Frequencies & Friends’ at the renowned Amsterdam Dance Event and headlined his own sold-out arena spectacle in Belgium. He has also performed at some of the world’s largest and most notable music festivals, Tomorrowland and Coachella.

Local acts at the event include Chunda Munki, Hippie Mafia, Max Hurrel, Msizi James (5fm), Striptek, Jay Jabbs. Syzo, Hendrik Joerges, Mat od, Huckleberry, Park, Ches, Paul Marks, G Major, Rogue, Murray, Alex M, Dutchman, Beebz, Ryan Stylz, Finn, Zinc, Marc, and many more.

Fun in the sun 2017
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So, get your camping gear, tent, caravan, sleeping bags, sunscreen and sunnies ready for a full day programme of chilled fun with music, food and lifestyle elements including clothing stalls, a convenience store and more.

Come join us and thousands of fans from across the country and enjoy an unforgettable secure weekend party getaway experience.

Tickets cost R300 for general access and R700 for VIP which will get you onto the VIP deck with a cocktail bar & lounge, free selected drinks from 12pm till midnight and private toilets.

Limited tickets are on sale at, at Webtickets or at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores nationwide.

For more information on the event or to book for the available transport visit the Fun in the sun 2017 website.

The event is open to over 18’s and no plastic or glass will be permitted in order to safeguard the environment.

Terms and conditions apply

Celebrating Spring: Things to do in Durban on 2-3 September

With Spring finally here, what better way to welcome it in than by making the most of your weekend.

Here are some random events being held in Durban this weekend:


    AKA (photo courtesy of
    AKA (photo courtesy of

 When: Saturday, 2 September 2017 from 9am till 9pm

Where: Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Marine World, Durban

Why you should go: The Dubane Spring Break party proudly brought to you by Afrotainment, uShaka Marine World and the Dream Team, will present 12 hours of hip happening entertainment with a line-up of performance favorites’ such as DJ Tira, Dreamteam, Benny Maverick, Naak Musiq and the Distruction Boyz as well as multiple award nominee and winner, both internationally and locally, AKA, known for his hits, The World is Yours, Baddest, All Eyes On Me, and more.Plus, apart from dancing the day away to great music, you will also have the chance to experience the exhilarating water slides, including the highest slide in the Southern Hemisphere, the Body Tornado, Duzi river ride and much much more.

Cost: R220 for a general ticket and R450 for a VIP ticket (only 200 available.) T’s & C’s apply.


When: Saturday, 2 September 2017

Photo Credit: I Heart Market Facebook Page


Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Why you should go: This only happens twice a year! Join them for their September SALE! Expect bargain prices, sale rails, budget bins and more. Support Durban’s thriving local, independent and talented creative community and be a part of the #ishoplocal movement.

When: Saturday, 2 September (from 7am) & Sunday, 3 September 2017 (from 8am)

       Where: Granada Square (16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban)

Why you should go: Enjoy a weekend full of all things healthy at the Health &   Wellness Expo hosted by Granada Square. Enjoy exercise Classes from 7am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, with exhibitions from 9am and specialised health talks on Saturday, every hour at 11:30am, 12:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm by professionals from Discovery and Netcare as well as Dietician & Life Coach Kelly Lynch and on Sunday at 11h30, which will be a health talk by Cherise from Yoga with Cherise.

       Cost: Free


When: Sunday, 3 September 2017 from 08h30 with the finals at 15h00

Where: Durban High School (255 St Thomas Road, Musgrave, Durban).

Dave Guselli, Lewis Donnely, Kyle Deutsch and Bobby Deutschmann seen at the 5-a-side last year


Why you should go: Over 30 KZN high schools will take part in this football tournament which is in its 17th year. Expect to see some top class schoolboy and schoolgirl talent. The public, family, and friends are all encouraged to come down and show their support.

Information: Contact

Other events in and around Durban: Dutch Club Market (every Saturday); Durban International Blues FestivalThe Music of Amy Winehouse & ‘Best Friends’
Tinley Manor Market

The 2017 Durban Fashion Fair winners announced

The sixth annual eThekwini Municipality Durban Fashion Fair came to an end with the prestigious Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards evening held at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday, August 26. The event was a glamorous one featuring an evening of music and fashion hosted by Gagasi FM’s Collen Zondo and Top Billing presenter, Ayanda Thabethe.

The most prestigious award of the evening was the Durban Designer of the Year 2017, which was awarded to award winning Durban designer, Terrence Bray.

Bray, who has played a big role in mentoring young and emerging designers through the years at the DFF, was born and raised in Durban and launched his own label in 1998. Over the years, he has built his career and brand to the point where he is now an internationally recognised designer.

The success of Terrence Bray is based on a firm and distinctive design philosophy – to strive for the best quality and design possible at that moment. This year’s collection, dedicated to his father, featured strong tailoring elements in bold black and white.

The second big award of the evening was the Durban Fashion Legend 2017 which is based on nominations from within the local fashion industry. This was awarded to Lindiwe Khuzwayo. This veteran designer and couturier of 30 years and successful business woman has been a role model for many. Her creations have graced both local and international runways in Marseilles, France and Cannes. Khuzwayo founded the Lindiwe Khuzwayo Fashion Design Studio and Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion in 1986. The academy was in line with her vision of supporting and actively promoting and empowering the youth which she is very passionate about.

Business support programme manager, Sindi Shangase, whose vision and hard work has made the Durban Fashion Fair a much anticipated annual event on the city’s calendar, congratulated all award winners and pointed out that both the acceptance speeches and the hard work that had gone into getting each and every collection on the DFF 2017 runway had once again proven that fashion goes way beyond glitz and glamour.

“This year’s theme, Dawn of the Arts, is about the reawakening of the creative industry and realization of the arts as a lucrative business opportunity. It also recognises the different arts within our multi-talented city and shows how they can all inspire each other and work together. The DFF is evidence of this. Six years into the journey, the DFF has gone from a single night event of just six shows featuring 12 designers to a four-day event featuring over 40 designers, including specially invited creative’s from the African continent,” she said.

At the award event, Shangase thanked all who had believed in the DFF and contributed towards making it the success story it is today. “This includes the established designers who have participated and advised us, the many professionals who have assisted, big retail brands, sponsors and, most importantly, the many people working behind the scenes handling lighting, sound, choreography, hair, catering and more.”

After much deliberation regarding the high standard of fashion that took to the 2017 DFF catwalk, the independent judge’s decision for all the categories were made up of former YOU magazine fashion director and now creative director of CHULAAP, Chu Suwannapha; the founder of G&D Apparel, Greg Wallis, Drum Fashion editor, Peta-lee Matjaola and Themba Mthethwa who is the Regional Operations Manager for Markham jointly concluded that one such designer is Zama Mathe, the lead designer of Zarth, who was awarded the Collection of the Week award for a collection that once again displayed timeless, African inspired elegance and femininity.

Founded in 2009, Zarth has evolved into a creative design house employing a fully qualified team of professionals. The fledgling brand made its DFF debut in 2013, earning Zama Mathe an internship to Milan, Italy. She has participated at the DFF every year since then and was awarded the prestigious DFF Designer of the Year title in 2016.

Another example is Mxolisi Luke Mkhize, who heads up House of Saint Luke which took home the Best Menswear Collection Award 2017.

Born and raised in Durban, Mkhize was selected for an internship in Milan in 2012 and has showcased at the DFF ever since. He also took home the Best Menswear Collection award at the inaugural awards event in 2015.

The Best Ladieswear Collection 2017 award went to Quiteria & George. Quiteria Kekana and George Malelu, one of the most talked about design pairings of late, showcased their bold African prints and elegant designs, for the second time at the DFF this year.

The Best African Collection went to West African fashion brand Quame Owusu which is owned by Ghanian designer, Samuel Owusu. This was his first showing on the DFF ramp.

This year’s Fashion Innovator Award, which goes to designers who push the boundaries and embrace technological innovation, went to Martin John Steenkamp while the Emerging Designer of the Year 2017 was self-taught designer, Muzi Innocent Mlambo of Mita-N Dzyns.

Four years ago, the DFF introduced a model search, providing an opportunity for youngsters from disadvantaged communities to not only get themselves on the DFF ramp but also to begin to build a modelling career.

This year’s New Face of the Year (ladies) was Amanzimtoti’s Samantha Jali who is currently studying shipping and logistics, while the New Face of the Year (men) was 26 year-old Samkelo Shinga from Umlazi.

Independent Media walked off with the Fashion Business Award and Athenkosi Mfungula, Claudia Novuka and Leona Pillay were recognised as the 2017 rising stars from the Mentorship Programme which is an initiative developed by the eThekwini Municipality to grow the fashion industry in the city and to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young designers and assist them with skills relating to the business of fashion!


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