3rd TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN 23 – 27 July 2010 at the 31st Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival has announced that the selection for this year’s edition of Talent Campus Durban has been finalised. Over 40 young filmmakers representing nearly 20 African countries, including Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and of course South Africa, will participate in an intensive five-day programme of workshops and masterclasses. The Talents, who were selected through a rigorous application process, will also have the opportunity to attend screenings and events at the 31st Durban International Film Festival.

The time is now … Digital Revolution Sweeping Africa

When there is an increase in broadband speed in the North America, we can download more episodes of our favourite TV show (mine is 30 Rock); when broadband speed increases in Africa, millions more people get online through mobile phones. Whole “development” leaps are being taken on the African continent – mind numbing and corrupt … Read more

Nothing kills the joy of soccer like a bunch of wailing vuvuzelas

Whenever Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs (yes, they are all in order of importance) came down to play the likes of AmaZulu, Bush Bucks and African Wanderers, we would pile onto the trains and buses and head for King’s Park stadium. We would sing all the way. The music would continue through the … Read more

Township Tourism Boost

As the 2010 World Cup soccer fever grips South Africa, the Durban Tourism Unit has created a huge brand marketing presence to showcase its products and attractions during the event as a strategy to attract and increase the percentage of visitors, both foreign and domestic, to the City.  The strategy also involves showcasing previously disadvantaged areas and increasing the spread of visitors and tourism benefits to previously disadvantaged areas.

To ensure that positive benefits are achieved and negative impacts are avoided, the Durban Tourism Unit has embarked on Community Tourism Awareness programme to promote tourism culture and inculcate responsible tourism in communities.

The first of a series of activations are taking place at the JL Dube Stadium in Inanda on 6 June 2010 from 9am – 4pm.

Popular DJ’s, Big Nuz and Tira, will be entertaining crowds, learn the Diski Dance and win with competitions galore. Free t-shirts will also be handed out to some of those who attend the event.

Mr Philip Sithole, Acting Head: Durban Tourism Unit says, “The activations are aimed at enhancing communities’ understanding of tourism and building their recognition of tourism as an important contributor to the local economy.’

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Durban Architecture and History – A guide

Over the years several guides to walks and buildings in Durban have been published, but it is years since any was available. With the recent publication of Durban – Architecture and History – A guide this has changed.  The publisher, Itafa Amalinde Heritage Trust, has had the benefit of experienced and knowledgeable contributors. Among them … Read more

Learn isiZulu Podcast

Cynthia aka Zulu Maiden is currently running an excellent podcast where you can learn to speak Zulu.  Each podcast is centred around a theme, such as ‘What’s in your house?’, and she provides a vocabulary list as well as audio recordings to help with pronunciation. In her own words: “These are podcasts designed to help … Read more