Witness the greatest biking spectacle held in Durban – Toy Run 2017

TOY RUN 2017


Riders, Start Your Engines! Get ready for the 20th annual Durban National Motorcycle Toy Run which will be taking place on Sunday, 26 November 2017.

Motorcycle enthusiasts can show off their metal in an incredible mass charity ride leaving the Pavilion Shopping Centre’s top parking area at 9.30am sharp. For just a TOY as an entry fee, riders will be part of the second largest such event in South Africa, after Johannesburg.

South Africa holds the world record and has broken the Guinness Book of Records for the largest amount of motorcycles in one place, and the biggest Charity Toy Run in the World.

The Durban Toy Run ends at Lords and Legends at the Amanzimtoti Sports Ground, where there will be fun live entertainment for both adults and kids, market stalls, and a President’s Auction, where the club president that raises the most money gets to choose a local kiddies charity to which to donate the entire amount.

“What better charitable cause than our children,” said Romy Wenzel, chairperson of Sapphire Coast Tourism. “We are ecstatic that the Toy Run finishes in Amanzimtoti once again. It is a fantastic initiative which immensely benefits the local community. It is a win-win situation for everyone; local businesses and the hospitality industry, the riders, the public and most especially the kids” she added.

During last year’s Toy Run, Wenzel was overwhelmed to see bikers with teddy bears gearing up for the event. “Bikers usually have a ‘tough guy’ image, and to see them soften up for such a cause was simply heart-warming,” she described.

Wenzel highlighted that the Sapphire Coast is home to forty kilometres of unspoilt beauty, with pristine Blue Flag beaches, the world-renowned Aliwal Shoal Reef and rich cultural history. Historical greats such as Dick King and Shaka Zulu are associated with Amanzimtoti. “Events like the Toy Run allow visitors to explore Durban’s southern jewel. There are awesome hikes and bike trails for nature enthusiasts and great places to explore. Not to mention a shoppers’ haven at Galleria Mall,” she said.

According to Lesley Boes, an organiser for the Durban Toy Run, more than eight thousand bikers participated in the 2016 edition and raised around seven thousand toys for underprivileged children for Christmas.

These toys were distributed across various kids’ charities on the day, including CHOC, Dare to Dream, Bobbi Bear, Queen of Peace, Ethelbert Children’s Home, Malvern Children’s Home, Thousand Hills Kids for Christ, Peacehaven Crisis Care and Durban South Lions on behalf of their special Projects for the Blind.

“This showcase event is for everyone. Bike enthusiasts, families, businesses and bike dealerships all have the opportunity to participate in a really worthy cause! The entrance fee to the end venue is also just a toy,” said Boes.

Boes added that if people wish to donate used toys, they must be complete and clean. Toys must not be wrapped as they need to be sorted prior to donating, as some of the special needs kids can’t always have soft toys. “We do not warehouse the toys as they are donated on your behalf directly to the charities on the same day. Come see for yourself!” Boes urged.

Visitors can look forward to live entertainment including DJ Eddie and well-known rock band Habit To.

The route will be controlled by the KZN Motorcycle Federation Road Captains in conjunction with RTI, Metro and SAPS. This includes the intersections and on and off ramps along the route from The Pavilion Shopping Centre, to the N3, and down the N2 South to Kingsway Road, and to the traffic lights at Adams Road.

Anyone not participating in the Toy Run and wishing to use these roads should either use alternative routes or depart for their destinations before 9am or after 11am in order to avoid delays due to road closures.

For further information on the Toy Run, contact:

Les 083 487 6846 and Jo 072 648 5572


According to Wikipedia: Shisa Nyama is a term used in many South African townships to describe a barbecue or braai where people (friends or families) come together to grill meat in an open fire usually near a butchery. The site is usually provided by the butcher owner and only people who buy meat from the butcher are allowed to use the facility. Shisanyama is a Zulu phrase and, literally, means to “burn meat”

We think this is a rather boring description and I’m sure most owners and customers of local Shisanyama’s would agree. They are vibrant, fun and welcoming. People gather to eat delicious food and be entertained. In most places there will be a butchery onsite where you can choose your meat and the chef will braai to your specification.

Music is always playing and there is always a party ready to happen. Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you are at some of our local Shisanyama’s a DJ will be playing and sometimes a live band.

We are very lucky in the West to have award winning Shisanyama’s. This is the second year of Shisanyama awards which was won last year by Café Skyzer in Chesterville. This year the semifinalists include Café Skyzer Chesterville, Comfort Zone Jazz Lounge in Claremont along with Mashamplanez in Chesterville, Artizen Restaurant & Lounge KwaMashu and One and Only, KwaMashu.

Although they did not make the semifinals we also can recommend Mojo’s Car wash and Shisanyama and Zaba’s Shisanyama both in Claremont.

We think a visit to a local Shisanyama would be the perfect place for your year-end function, why not try something different!



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Gateway Theatre of Shopping, presents the cheerfully colourful TROLLS characters at Gateway this holiday! The Easter school holidays are upon us and Gateway Theatre of Shopping is going to make it memorable for one and all!

Join us at the WaveHouse from the 6th to the 9th of April 2017. Get up close with your favourite characters from The Trolls Movie, the lovable Poppy & Branch. Shoppers will enjoy free entrances to this exciting activation with fun-filled activities between 11am to 6pm, including: lip sync battling, dance offs, arts and crafts station, happy station, hairspray station and Glitz ‘n Glam station.

There are daily prizes up for grabs, so keep an eye out on Gateway’s social media pages for details of daily competitions and activities taking place within the activation.

If visitors to the trolls activation would like access to the rest of the Wavehouse facilities, including the splash pad, supertubes and florider, they will receive a 10% discount on the ticket price. For Wavehouse rates and details visit www.wavehouse.co.za

Kindly note that the Wavehouse venue can only accommodate a capacity of 200 people for this activation. Once we reach a capacity of 95%, we will work on a system of one exit/one entry to relieve any congestion within the venue. We appreciate your understanding in this regard.

For more information, kindly contact the Gateway Marketing Team on (031) 514 0500 or gateway@primelife.co.za.



Westville CC Craft & Food Fair

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Christian Expo Africa 26 & 27 November 2016


“What to Expect when you’ve Expected”



42 Cunningham Rd, Umbilo

Sunday Soiree Season

 “What to expect when you’ve expected”

Daisy Spencer

SUNDAY    27 NOV 2016   Show starts 14.00  and 18.30- Durban

(Venue opens 90 minutes before show for meal)

 It’s 2:25 in the morning. Your eyes feel like they have rocks in them and your feet like anchors are tied to them, and yet somehow, you manage to drag your exhausted self out of bed and stumble across the room you are determined to keep in total darkness to cater to your little bundle of joys’ every whim and fancy. And so begins, what you pray will only take an hour, the process of serving up a healthy portion of milk, followed by an epic burping session, a change of diaper, and to round it all off, a rendition of ‘My Favourite Things’ from The Sound of Music, sung in a perfect top C!

 Two and a half hours later, when you’ve just about lost the will to live and, “where’s he, where’s he, where’s he…”,are the only words you are capable of muttering, you finally give in to the fact that looking like an extra from The Walking Dead is a look you are just having to make work. As you witness the sun rising for the thirtieth time that month, you realise that even though family and friends warned you about how difficult it was going to be, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can prepare you for the reality of what to expect when you’ve expected!

 “What to expect when you’ve expected” is a one-woman, stand-up comedy show, written and performed by Daisy Spencer. It takes a comical look at the first few months after giving birth, shedding light on the truth about what raising a child really entails; the details family and friends don’t warn you about. Some topics and issues covered include: sleep deprivation, the pros of no longer being pregnant, the cons of no longer being pregnant,5 people you will hate after giving birth and, the ‘helpful’ neighbour who always has advice, to name a few. Whether you’re first time parents, or done it 3 times over, whether you are family or friends of the superheroes known as parents, you will have a good laugh at this exclusive and ridiculously truthful look into the world of parenting.

R 140-00 a ticket     

Pensioners & Block Bookings (8 or more) R 120-00

Bring food picnic baskets.

(Braais will be available should you wish to cook some meat – DBN ONLY)

Limited secure parking available     Booking is essential. 

Bar Available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

 Book at COMPUTICKET or Phone or email Roland for bookings and get that money rolling in.  Email : roland@stansell.za.net     events.durbantheatre.com Cell 0824998636