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Month: October 2015

GREEN CAMP GALLERY PROJECT

An abandoned house in Umbilo has withstood what seems like decades of neglect, generating ghost tales and raising the ire of neighbours who were vexed about its derelict state in the process. But, it is the scene of a curious story and an unlikely transformation.  It looks like any other forsaken house; the walls are caving in and trees hang over the derelict structure. Factories and businesses occupy surrounding buildings during the day and a small kiosk operates in front where a vendor sells fruit, snacks and cigarettes to commuters and residents.  But when night falls, a different world...

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JEWELLERY WHIZ RYAN ROLLIN SETS UP SHOP IN MORRISON STREET

It’s been a week since Rollin Vintage opened its shop at 8 Morrison Street and things are going well. Just inside the eclectic mall that’s taking shape in the popular arty precinct behind the ICC, it goes by the name FORGE. The name was chosen both because it alludes to the forging hammers used in a jewellery studio and forging a partnership with Mandara Handbags whose leather goods are displayed alongside his jewellery. Ryan Rollin has certainly come a long way since he was making quirky jewellery from antique cutlery in his Glenwood garage in 2012. The business started...

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FINDING THE MIDDLE ROAD TO THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

So, the “last outpost of the British Empire” is hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022. It’s the first time the Games will be hosted on African soil despite the fact that Africa (and South Africa in particular) has a not-so-proud history of British occupation and our politicians have been vocal about the evils of colonial rule. Chances are that they’ve been tempted away from their anti-colonialist stance by a potential treasure chest that would have made Vasco da Gama blink as he sailed past the Bay of Plenty. As mayor James Nxumalo and MEC for Economic Development and Tourism,...

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DURBAN ENTREPRENEURS GET CRAFTY

Craft breweries, artisan breweries, micro-breweries – call them what you will – but many South Africans are refining their taste for beer away from the conventional commercial varieties. In Durban, according to co-founder of the newest craft beer label, Poison City, Andre Schubert, the birth of craft beer is barely out of the starting blocks. Out of an estimated total of 150 craft breweries countrywide, Durban is home to just five but counting. However, that’s exciting for entrepreneurs coming in at ground level – especially if, nationally, the craft beer segment of the local market has grown by around...

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TAKING BACK THE CITY – ONE BEER AT A TIME

Edgy meets classy is how craft beer entrepreneur, Graeme Bird, described Poison City at the launch of Durban’s newest craft beer brand over the weekend. It’s as much about producing a quality craft beer as it is about creating a legacy brand, one that speaks to the authenticity and identity of the city in which he and partner Andre Schubert grew up, surfed and ultimately honed successful professional careers. “We love beer but, up until fairly recently, the only beers available in South Africa were commercial, industrial lagers. We’re offering a choice and the consumer can now say why...

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