New book celebrates Durban’s forests and the need for green spaces in cities

IF you have an interest in the natural history of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban in particular, then you need to read The Durban Forest, the first volume in a series of books planned by the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust.

The series will be entitled UmKhuhlu, the African name for Trichilia dregeana, the Forest Mahogany. This large evergreen tree was once common in the old Durban forest and today lines some of the roads on Berea Ridge. It is included in the red list of South African plants.

Biologist, Mark Mattson, the contributing editor of the 300-page hard cover book, spoke to ESTELLE SINKINS about The Durban Forest and the importance of green spaces in cities. Continue reading


Classic musical, ‘The Sound of Music’, to be staged at The Playhouse in Durban


Lynelle Kenned and the young actors and actresses playing the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music at the Playhouse.

The Playhouse Company is set to delight theatre-goers in KwaZulu-Natal with its festive season staging of The Sound of Music, which opens in the magnificent Playhouse Opera Theatre on November 24 and runs until December 30.

This fresh, sparkling, new production will be directed by award-winning theatre director and actor, Ralph Lawson. Continue reading

Midlands diva, Cat Simoni, to perform at the Rhumbelow Theatre

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THE Rhumbelow Theatre’s in Pietermaritzburg and Durban will be hosting The Way We Were!, a fabulous tribute show in which Midlands diva, Cat Simoni, does the songs of Barbra Streisand in her own inimitable show.

The show, which has been written and directed by Paul Spence, will be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre – Pietermaritzburg at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton Avenue, at 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, July 31; and at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Avenue, Umbilo, Durban at 8 pm on Friday, August 5, 8 pm on Saturday, August 6 and at 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, August 7. Continue reading