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Month: June 2016

DURBAN COMEDIAN TALKS COMEDY

To celebrate 10 years of comedy, Durban based comedian Carvin H Goldstone will be staging the Best of Carvin H Goldstone national tour. The tour is the culmination of “10 years of dedication to his unique craft” – in other words, 10 years without swearing on stage or talking dirty, but still managing to be one of the funniest people in South Africa. In July 2006, an unknown Carvin H Goldstone walked onto the stage of Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre and delivered his first ever comedy set as a contestant in the Madras Masala comedy competition. After three intense days of...

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Durban Mainstreet movement boosts business – does that work?

In many countries throughout the world, local governments have been unable to arrest urban decay without the active support of property owners and other members of private sector constituencies.   It is for this reason that in both the US and UK strong movements have emerged during the past twenty years.  The UK has over two hundred Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) which were motivated by the New Labour government in 2004.  In the US it may be described as the “mainstreet” movement as actions were initiated to regenerate the former commercial importance of these precincts.  We have an excellent local...

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EXPLORING 4 X 4 GWAHUMBE STYLE

SHIRLEY LE GUERN visits Gwahumbe Lodge to experience a new brand of 4 x 4 adventure.   Suss out a few shopping mall parking lots and you’d be forgiven for believing that Durban roads are a lot more potholed than they really are or that climbing pavements is a city wide sport. Durban is not alone in having its fair share of luxury 4 x 4 vehicles all comfortably parked in spaces suitable for low slung sports cars. The fact that the majority don’t even make it off road has to raise questions as to why so many city...

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IKHOKHA GIVES UNBANKED SMMES ACCESS TO CAPITAL

Disruptive fintech startup, iKhokha, which challenged big financial institutions when it launched a mobile app and card machine for small and micro businesses, is again stirring the waters by offering a merchant cash advance. iKhokha managing director, Matt Putman, says this is another step towards realising its goal of transforming small businesses through mobile innovation and becoming the go-to brand for SMEs seeking key financial services in South Africa. It already counts more than 2 500 small and medium formal and informal businesses as customers. “We have always wanted to help solve the real challenges which face South African...

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ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR THE 2016 KZN YOUNG FARMER OF THE YEAR

Entries for the 2016 Toyota Young Farmer of the Year have officially opened and KZN’s Agricultural Union, Kwanalu, is searching for an outstanding candidate to, once again, do KZN proud. In 2015, KZN’s provincial winner, 34 year old Anthony Goble, a sugarcane, banana and macadamia nut farmer from Tongaat, beat contestants from all over the country to become the Agri SA/Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year – a first for the province. This year’s national competition, set to take place in October in Pretoria, will see the most promising young farmers from all nine provinces compete for the...

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