Enjoy our Easter Journey at uShaka this Easter!

uShaka Marine World’s Ocean Warrior Mascots, Slippy the Seal,  the Easter Bunny  and Delia the Dolphin with kiddies - Gabriel Bateman; Trisha van den Berg; Rahul van den Berg and  Lesipho Bophela

uShaka Marine World’s Ocean Warrior Mascots, Slippy the Seal, the Easter Bunny and Delia the Dolphin with kiddies – Gabriel Bateman; Trisha van den Berg; Rahul van den Berg and Lesipho Bophela

On April 4th and 5th, the Easter Bunny will be hopping, bopping and stowing away chocolate treasures at uShaka Marine World as part of Beacon’s Africa’s largest Easter egg hunt

This year’s it’s not just about the eggs .. it’s about enjoying a spectacular journey through our park.

This year’s mega egg hunt will celebrate in the sweetest way possible – with 100 000 Beacon marshmallow eggs (in the form of tokens) hidden in nooks and crannies across the continent’s largest marine theme park. Each child entering the park, will receive a goodie bag with a Easter treasure map featuring a number of exciting clues which draw attention to our many animals housed at the park –  so not only will you collect Easter eggs, but you will be able to see all our amazing creatures at the same time, allowing the whole family to enjoy the expedition.  This adventure expedition will also include the opportunity to view penguin eggs, shark eggs which will amaze our future little marine biologists. .

Not only can the kiddies claim their tasty treats by participating in the hunt, but there are also fun activities planned in the aquarium and uShaka Kids World, where the little ones can participate in fun activities to increase their chocolate loot.

 

On both days, the hunt begins bright and early at 7am and ending with our special Easter Dolphin Show at 9am starring the uShaka Marine World’s Ocean Warrior Mascots Delia the Dolphin, Slippy the Seal, Rusty the Penguin and Raggy the Shark as well as the Easter Bunny and uShaka’s world famous dolphins, will bring the whole adventure to an end at 8.30am.

 

Remember that tickets – at R130 per person – are limited. Purchase yours in advance at uShaka Marine World ticketing or Computicket.

 

For further information, log on to www.ushakamarineworld.co.za or call 031-3288000.

Chillisoft’s Lean Coffee event – April 30th

Chillisoft will be hosting their second Lean Coffee event that aims at facilitating learning and collaboration through group discussions of people with a similar interest, on Thursday, April 30th at SA Home Loans in Umhlanga Rocks from 08h30 to 09h30.

If you are interested in IT or Software Development and want to get involved in a discussion with likeminded people where you and those around you create the agenda, then join us at this open forum and get “lean thinking”. For information visit http://leancoffee.org/ or contact Brendan Page on  086 100 0248 or via email info@chillisoft.co.za

 

Durban’s Fashion Evolution Gathers Momentum

The 2015 Durban Fashion Fair has evolved in a whole new fashion movement – for the people by the people.

This year’s Durban Fashion Fair – taking place between August 26 and 29 – will bring together evolving and established designers, doyennes of the clothing and textile industry and take the city’s own style extravaganza to a whole new level.

Over the years, explains Sindi Shangase, Programme Manager at the eThekwini Municipality Business Support Tourism and Market Unit, the Durban Fashion Fair has evolved into an iconically Durban brand and an event that is paving the way for Durban to re-establish itself as a fashion destination and undoubtedly the fashion capital of the East Coast.

“It’s about getting everyone involved in a uniquely Durban fashion experience – from two new faces from our recent open casting model search that will feature in our signature advertisements this year to the Durbanites that we’re inviting to enjoy the shows with us,” she says.

As for the rationale behind this year’s theme, Shangase explains: “The 2014 theme was ICONICALLY DURBAN and was about establishing Durban fashion icons. This was essentially a fashion revolution in its own right. The event has matured to the point where we no longer need the ‘r’ so we’re scratching that out and celebrating a fashion evolution this year.”

Organisers are eagerly anticipating releasing the names of designers who will be participating. They will include both new evolving talents and big names in the fashion industry. Watch this space.

For more information – go to www.facebook.com/DurbanFashionFair

 

79 Schools to benefit from National Lottery support of the uShaka Sea World Outreach Programme!

uShaka Sea World Marine Educators – with the support of National Lottery Development Trust Fund – have included an additional 79 schools to their outreach programme.

 

The Outreach Programme, now in its 21st year, focuses on creating ocean awareness in no-fee schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The very welcome financial support from the NLDTF now means that  another 9 480 learners in Grades 7 would might ordinarily never get top understand our miraculous marine environment a peek at undersea wonders that might never have imagined.

 

The aim of the project is to give future generation an awareness and understand of South African biodiversity (with particular emphasis on but not limited to the ocean) with a view to their protecting it going forward.

The two-fold programme and entails both a classroom-based lesson at school and a visit to uShaka Sea World. This is followed by a school based environmental project.

 

One of the first areas to benefit from the NLDTF funding was Sodwana Bay in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Lessons were provided at 8 schools and one teachers’ workshop was conducted.   The interactive curriculum based lessons focussed on understanding the concept of biodiversity and ecology and how the two are interdependently linked.  Once this was well understood, the consequence of negative human impact on the environment was easy to comprehend.

 

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DHS boys are “pitching” to win when they represent KZN!

Dale Vermaak & Ryan Loxton

Dale Vermaak and Ryan Loxton

 

Durban High School congratulates Dale Vermaak and Ryan Loxton for being selected to represent the KZN U18 baseball side in the U18 National Baseball Championship Tournament to be held in Boksburg from Saturday, April 4th to Saturday, April 11th. The boys, who have both represented KZN previously, are excited to play for their province once again and hope to bring back the win.

 

Top 19 Durban Fashion Fair model hopefuls!

BACK: Sanele Ngongoma; Lindo Ntuli; Phakamani Kumalo; Xola Ndlovu; Njabulo Mzobe FRONT: Sphamandla Ngcobo; Sbongiseni Mngoma; Mnxumanisi Makhoba; Thando Duma; Olwethu Cele

BACK: Sanele Ngongoma; Lindo Ntuli; Phakamani Kumalo; Xola Ndlovu; Njabulo Mzobe
FRONT: Sphamandla Ngcobo; Sbongiseni Mngoma; Mnxumanisi Makhoba; Thando Duma; Olwethu Cele

Group Girls

Ladies (from left): Xoliswa Mnguni, Nontobeko Ndlela, Zandile Chamane, Noluthando Mngadi, Khwezi Hlatshwayo, Twinky Dimba, Natasha Gumede, Neliswa Bhengu and Zinhle Khoza.

Last week, talented, beautiful and handsome models arrived at SEDA the eThekwini Business Development Centre to strut their stuff on the catwalk and show off what they’ve got to be the next face at this year’s Durban Fashion Fair 2015.

All contestants were given equal time by the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit to prove themselves and from the large number of contestants that entered, only 19 were chosen to go through to the next round.

These lucky ladies and gentlemen will go through a 3 month training stint with professionals within the modelling and fitness industries in order to improve their skills and will go head to head in a further casting with professional models in a closed casting where the best of the best will vie for the opportunity of modelling in this year’s event as well as other shows that the DFF will be partnering with in 2015.

 

For more information go to www.durbanfashionfair.com  or https://www.facebook.com/DurbanFashionFair

Satin Candy’s magical bra transformation!

From left: Charlotte Gumede with Faye and Gina from Satin Candy Kloof

From left: Charlotte Gumede with Faye and Gina from Satin Candy Kloof

Satin Candy, a tasteful lingerie boutique based in Kloof and Durban North, offers you the greatest opportunity of shopping in an intimate setting with individual service and an experience of tranquillity. With an array of alluring and attractive lingerie, Satin Candy can make any woman feel her best – as not only do they have stunning panties, two pieces, corsets and the likes, but their bra offering ranges from a cup size A to a cup size N.

 

Charlotte Gumede, a horse groomer at a Stable in Waterfall, recently visited Satin Candy‘s boutique in Kloof and had her first ever bra fitting. Gumede found the experience very exciting and helpful, and with the assistance of Satin Candy’s friendly sales ladies, Gina and Faye, she found the perfect bra which fitted her like a glove and immediately helped with her posture, back ache and confidence.

 

Before Gumede walked into Satin Candy she was full of doubts and had given up on finding a bra that would fit and support her 100%. However, the moment she was assisted by the helpful staff and introduced to the numerous options of lingerie in store, she was certain that she would not walk out empty handed. After a personal measurement was done by Faye – a sales representative from the Kloof store – Gumede was told that she was not the 40 C cup she had worn on an adhoc basis, but a 38 KK cup size and was assured she had been wearing the wrong bra her whole life.

 

Gumede was delighted with the experience she received from Satin Candy as this was the only store that offered her such significant service and individual attention. “No more saggy boobs and back aches for me,” she said. Satin Candy sponsored her a number of bras as part of their social responsibility drive and are always on the look out to assist women in need.

 

Get your own distinctive measurements and lingerie fittings at any Satin Candy situated at either 72 Old Main Road, Kloof, 031 764 5541 or 41 Adelaine Tambo Drive, Durban North, 031 564 4042 or go to www.satincandy.co.za or www.facebook.com/satincandy.

 

 

KZN Science Centre Begins its Science and Maths Crusade in the First Term

CAPTION: Luyanda Mlambo who is one of the KZN Science Educators interacting with local school children

Luyanda Mlambo who is one of the KZN Science Educators interacting with local school children

The KZN Science Centre has renewed its efforts to improve the quality of education for children in disadvantaged communities and up the performance of the province’s learners in critical disciplines such as science, mathematics, technology and engineering.

 

“The beginning of the school year is a critical time to begin supporting both learners and educators. It is unfair to complain about poor results at the end of a year if you have not put in a concerted effort to bolster pupils during the course of the year. We owe it to our children to provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to get an education that will enable them to break out of the cycle of poverty,” said Chief Executive Officer of The KZN Science Centre, Ms Candice Potgieter.

 

During 2015, the KZN Science Centre (KZNSC) is taking a holistic approach to addressing the educational challenges that face learners in disadvantaged areas on a daily basis.

 

“Our mission is to inculcate the importance of education in learners, educators and the general public using funded learning projects, curriculum based resources and interactive exhibitions. While our first port of call will always be conducting outreach programmes in under resourced schools, we are also looking at providing a more holistic package during 2015. This will address both the physical and psychological issues that impact on learners’ performances,” she said.

 

She pointed out that the KZNSC had already embarked on a number of key projects this year.

 

At the beginning of March, the organisation partnered with the Special Needs & Educational Support Directorate of the KZN Department of Education and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group to roll out a programme addressing depression and anxiety in schools.

 

Extending over a three day period, this programme set out to provide specialised training to assist in the identification and management of depression and anxiety in schools. It provided 60 department officials with the knowledge and toolkit needed to effectively identify, address and mitigate cases of depression and anxiety in the classroom. The course also covered the prevalence of depression and anxiety in schools, effective methods of identification and exposure and the effects of non or mistreatment.

 

“Children in disadvantaged areas are often under enormous pressure both at home and at school. Often one of the main areas where depression manifests is in poor academic performance. On the other hand, poor academic performance can also be a trigger for depression, especially during the critical last two years of school. The KZNSC is excited to play a part in casting some light on a serious issue that afflicts the educational growth and development of learners in schools across the province. We look forward to the continued partnership with the Special Needs Education Services Directorate,” Potgieter said.

 

As part of its mission to make science more accessible to under resourced schools, a KZNSC outreach team visited Inanda Comprehensive, one of the larger no-fee-paying high schools in the Inanda township during the first term of 2015.

 

The team spent a week conducting all of the recommended CAPS practical experiments with Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners. Each learner was given the opportunity to methodically work through a practical element associated with the work being carried out in the laboratory. As all topics covered by the outreach team are examinable in the final exams for each grade, this exposure played a valuable role in showcasing the tangible side of science and also helped to improve learners’ understanding of the content of the curriculum through practical methodology.

 

The Afrisun Community Development Trust Educational Outreach Programme began in February and will continue until May this year. The programme involves visits to disadvantaged and under resourced schools in the lower iLembe and upper Pinetown districts. This outreach programme includes educational workshops and activities together with science show demonstrations. The programme will reach 34 000 learners within just four months.

 

The KZNSC was also invited to exhibit at the Edu-Fair hosted by St Mary’s Primary School in Merebank on March 13.

 

The edu-fair is an annual event organised by the school for their pupils as well as those from surrounding schools. The aim is to merge education through exhibitors such as the KZNSC with career exposure through industry visitors and a fun fair to encourage members of the community to visit the event as well. The KZNSC played a dual role of exhibiting as a leading educational facility and creating science awareness through science show demonstrations and experiments.

 

The KZN Science Centre, a non-profit organization (NPO #064-359-NPO), offers a great variety of educational and event facilities for the promotion and awareness of science. Through a variety of exhibits, workshops, themed holiday programmes, events, presentations and conferences, the KZN Science Centre aims to encourage science education amongst all citizens and, in particular, the youth, in order for them to pursue science and technology related professions. As a registered NPO, all funds received by the KZN Science Centre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits. Those who wish to become part of the KZN Science Centre’s online community are encouraged to ‘like’ KZN ScienCentre on Facebook, follow @KZNScienCentre on Twitter or visit the KZN Science Centre website at www.kznsc.org . For further enquiries contact 031-8305379.

Issued on behalf of: The KZN Science Centre

Press release compiled and for more information contact: Nazley Giquel / Cell: 084 4143152 / Work: 031 830 5379

 

Nashua Durban sponsors DHS 1st rugby team!

Some of the 1st XV Rugby boys show off their new kit sponsored by Nashua Durban

Some of the 1st XV Rugby boys show off their new kit sponsored by Nashua Durban

On Wednesday, March 18th, there was much excitement in the air at Durban High School’s Bradshaw’s pavilion, when Nashua Durban representative, Greg Van Caspel, handed over sponsored kit to the DHS 1st rugby team.

 The team and coaches were grateful to receive the kit and Head Master, Leon Erasmus, thanked Nashua for their support.

“We look forward to a successful rugby season and hope to retain a mutually beneficial relationship with Nashua for years to come. We are confident that we will make the brand proud,” Erasmus said.

The entire 1st rugby squad are working well together, and putting in extra effort during training sessions to ensure they give of their best in the upcoming season.

 

Benson is building her skills set through Chillisoft’s Bursary Programme!

Jessica Benson is a Chillisoft Bursary Programme student

Jessica Benson is a Chillisoft Bursary Programme student

Jessica Benson (29) from Durban is one of the recipients involved in the Bursary Programme at Chillisoft, a boutique software development house headquartered in KZN that craft innovative software solutions and products using Microsoft technologies.

 

Benson who was born in Pietermaritzburg and completed her schooling in Hillcrest, is currently a User Interface Designer at Chillisoft, and has been part of the company for about two and a half years.

 

Before her current position, Benson started out in the Graphic Design, but due to her interest in designing and building websites, she pursued a career in IT and whilst working at Chillisoft, she heard about the bursaries on offer and applied for a short course through UNISA. Chillisoft then reviewed the course details and approved the application.

 

At present, Benson is not only studying part-time, but she is actively involved in a number of projects at the company including Mastery at Work, a web application for an organisation in Oman and building an extranet for Built-It.

 

When asked if she finds working and studying difficult? She says, “Yes! It is extremely difficult. But for me, habit is key. I set up a study plan and do my best not to procrastinate”.

 

In her spare time, when Benson is not working or studying, she enjoys dancing, yoga and listening to music.

 

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