03 July 2019


Nayizolo Simelane of TNT Models, sporting a design by Zama Mathe, gets in the mood for the Vodacom Durban July theme ‘Stars of Africa’ at Greyville Racecourse.


Durban – The theme for the 2019 Vodacom Durban July has been announced.

Durban’s biggest horseracing event is set to take place on July 6. 

This year’s theme “Stars of Africa” touches on the quality field of horses and jockeys that always grace the iconic Greyville track and the gathering of ‘A’ list celebrities that frequently attend the event.

“Every year we do a theme because it’s such a prestigious day and this year we focused on the stars the jockeys, the horses, the celebrities it doesn’t get better it really is the greatest event on the African continent,” said Tweddell.

A long list of fashion shows will take place prior to the race day and in turn guide the fashion and decor on the day itself and Tweddell expects the fashion to be off the top draw.

“I’m expecting lots of ethnic designs and lots of royalty designs to be on display,” he said.



28 JUNE 2019


The success of Wine Wednesdays created a festival.

The first Durban Wine Festival is here and promises delicious food, outdoor activities and, of course — wine.

The popular Eyadini Lounge and FameUs SA, are bringing Durbanites an extravagant event with a variety of aged fine wines that will tantalize your taste buds.

Whether it’s dry or sweet, wine is the choice of the day, alongside live music bands, stalls and foods for the finest experience.

Speaking to event organizer, Lindokuhle Buthelezi, aka Dogg Dbn, he says the Durban Wine Festival is an event for wine lovers.

It is all about celebrating wine and will also educate people about wine as that the wine community is growing rapidly.

“The aim of the festival is for people to get first-hand experience and education about wine from the wine experts and makers themselves. We have about ten different wine brands that will be exhibiting- all under Distell,” says Buthelezi.

“We hope each stall brings a fresh experience in terms of how they showcase their brands and wine. Moreover, we are hoping that the wine experts they bring are really informative”, he adds.

Buthelezi’s love for wine events hasn’t started with the Durban Wine Festival; the beginning of last year he started a Durban wine movement called “Wine Wednesdays” which saw many local celebrities and wine lovers joining the movement.

Asked how he feels about the bigger step of a festival, he says it means everything because his dreams have come to life.

“We have worked hard, failed and lost money but now we have got it right and have sponsors to ensure we provide quality events. The mission around these wine events is far greater than what meets the eye because it’s going to really move the industry forward” says Buthelezi.

The Durban Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, 25th of August at Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi. The cover charge is R100 for general and R200 for VIP. Tickets will be available at the door.



24 JUNE 2019


’Tis the season to forage and Mother Nature’s pantry is fully stocked with the season’s best harvest. Keen foragers can head out for informative, unique and scenic tours of the Western Cape’s beautiful surroundings abundant with edible pickings. From the veld to the ocean, here are five great foraging events around the Cape to enjoy this season.

Forage for Funghi at Delheim (16 and 17 June and 1 and 2 July)

Join Delheim Estate for their annual wild mushroom hunt with Nora Sperling-Thiel and seasoned field expert Gary Goldman. Intimate groups will be able to explore and hone their foraging skills while learning more about the wild wonders of the Cape. Gary will also give some important guidelines and pointers to follow before foragers go off into the woods on a silent hunt. There are only 40 spots available per day, as Delheim wishes to protect the natural habitat. The hunts start at 10am in the Vat Cellar and tickets cost R650 per person. A ticket includes a Delheim bottle of wine and two glasses to take home; an insightful lecture on mushroom identification over a cup of coffee and rusks; the forest forage; and a mushroom-inspired lunch at Delheim Garden Restaurant and a glass of Delheim wine. Advance bookings are essential and no group bookings are allowed. For more information contact 021 888 4607/079 735 3257 or send an email to .

Mushroom foraging weekend at Boschendal with Justin Williams (25 and 26 June)

Join avid mushroom hunter Justin Williams for an exploration through the forests on Boschendal Wine Farm. Guests will learn all about the world of mushrooms as well as how to identify and find edible mushrooms. The special weekend package will take place on 25 and 26 June and will include the mushroom workshop and guided forage with overnight accommodation and meals. Dinner will be at the Werf Restaurant, where you can look forward to farm-to-table cuisine prepared by Chef Christiaan Campbell and his team. After breakfast on Sunday morning, join the mushroom forage with Justin to hunt the prized porcini. Once these mushrooms have been collected, a mushroom-themed lunch will be served with the bounty. The cost is R1750 per person sharing. Reservations can be made by emailing

Elgin Mushroom Forage with the Mushroom Fundi (25 and 26 June)

Join the famous mushroom fundi Gary Goldman for an early morning coffee, freshly baked rusk and informative talk on the art of foraging at Elgin Vintners Homestead on Elgin Orchards Farm. For R695 a person, budding mushroom hunters can look forward to learning how to identify mushrooms, carefully remove them from the forest floor, and how to clean them. There will also be a lovely lunch afterwards with a delicious wine paring. To book your spot, visit

Foraging workshops with Veld and Sea (4 June)

The Veld and Sea team works on exploring the Western Cape’s edible landscape with seasonal and sustainable foraging workshops and guided tours. Owner Roushanna Gray works and lives at the Good Hope Gardens Nursery in Cape Point. Her avid foraging has now blossomed into a way of teaching people more about indigenous edible foods in the Cape’s diverse surroundings. The next forage with Veld and Sea will be held on 4 June. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for details on all upcoming events.


Urban Foraging with Table Bay Hotel

The Table Bay has introduced customised foraging expeditions that provide the opportunity to explore the city’s natural outdoor market with the hotel’s executive chef, Jocelyn Myers-Adams. Look forward to foraging on your doorstep by hunting for num-nums near the V&A Waterfront and dune spinach off the Sea Point Promenade. Two packages to choose from include the Cape Town City Forage for R4500 for two people and includes guided education forage; cooking experience with the chef; three-course lunch made with foraged goods; and glass of wine or soft drink. Alternatively, go for the Forage at Cape Point for R5600 for six people. This includes return transport to Cape Point; a 30-minute information session; one hour of foraging; soup, bread and seaweed butter; plus further discussion, and return transfer to The Table Bay. There is also an optional foraged lunch at Camissa after the tour for R400 per person.