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Month: January 2016


Development of the Clairwood Office Park and Distribution Centre which has been the subject of repeated appeals from communities in the South Durban Basin has been rubber stamped by MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu. Late on Monday afternoon, the MEC dismissed appeals lodged in response to the environmental authorisation granted in May 2015 and upheld that decision. As a result, construction of the R3,5 billion plus development is expected to begin during the first quarter of this year. The Clairwood Logistics Park will be located on the site of the former Clairwood Race...

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Calling all ambitious young entrepreneurs! There is an opportunity for you to kick-start your biz – all you need is an idea and the will to succeed. This is your chance to pitch an idea to some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, including Jonathan Liebmann, Muhammad Seedat and Ramsay Daly. Smart Pitch is a competition and enterprise development initiative that works in tandem with Smart Start Up. All you need is one magnificent idea and the ability to share it. Mentors and judges will help you mould this idea into a solid business foundation over three...

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The Winston: an iconic pub that means business

“Everyone has come to love The Winston and call it “home”. It’s a place full of stories and everyone has one. Anyone who has ever ventured down Clark Road for a beer, anyone who has ever gone to old Burn in Umbilo, even for one night – basically everyone I grew up with – will tell you theirs. It’s about the music, every musician that’s ever played here, every bad ass biker, every tattoo, every mosh pit scar and friendship made here,” says Matthew Scott Olivier. Together with his brother, Luke, Matt took over one of Durban’s most infamous – and famous – icons three years ago.  It certainly has qualities that money can’t buy, a vibe to which one could never put a price – yet, it is also ironically a good business that has outlasted almost every other pub or club in the city. “It’s always been around. It was a biker bar back in the 90s. When we took it over, we opened it up to multiple genres from hip hop to death metal. We’ve even had shadow puppetry here. Unit 11 and Burn had just closed down, so we had a bit of a monopoly but it’s been our responsibility to open it up to all genres,” he says. After returning from Italy in 2010, Matt decided to start school discos in Kokstad. He was...

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