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Remember the team that brought us the box office sensation ‘Material’, the hilarious, heart-warming film about a dutiful young Muslim man who moonlights as a stand-up comedian in Joburg nightclubs?

Well, they’re back! In New Material, Riaad Moosa, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Joey Rasdien are a formidable comedy team… the very best in home-grown talent who have no shortage of material in this sequel to the smash hit film that also stars Zakeeya Patel, Denise Newman, Kurt Schoonraad and Shashi Naidoo.

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The film centres around much-loved character Cassim Kaif who continues to ply his trade as one of South Africa’s few Muslim comedians while balancing the demands of a marriage, a young child, and living in a house with his ageing parents. Directed by Craig Freimond, produced by Robbie Thorpe, and edited by Megan Gill, New Material comes to the big screen on November 26.


Sunrises, waterfalls and some off-roading are great starts to the day before heading to the office. Chasing Sunrises is a  monthly morning tour for those looking for a little extra morning motivation. Meeting ground is usually Engen Polo Pony Convenience, Assagay at 4.45am and from there Travis Duggan 4×4 open backs head for Clifton Canyon in Shongweni (a 20-minute drive) for a sunrise, light breakfast with mimosas and coffee, followed by an off-road trip through tunnels to a waterfall. You’ll be returned to your car by 8.30am. These truly breathtaking experiences offer a different way to meet new people, enjoy a change of scenery, host a team build or even have a tailor-made client meeting. Tickets are R550 including above and a little gift to go home with. Booking is essential. Details: To book e-mail [email protected]

If, like us, you enjoy a morning of total peace and serenity surrounded by the beauty of nature, there’s a free yoga session hosted by Think Wellness at Chris Saunders Park on Sunday, November 27. The session starts at 7am and includes a segment of guided meditation. All you need to take along is a yoga mat. All Covid-19 protocols apply. Details: Book via e-mail at [email protected] and follow @Think_X_ on social media to stay updated about future events.

Yay for late afternoon markets in summer, especially festive ones! So we’ll definitely be going to Westville Country Club’s Christmas Extravaganza this month. The event is a fundraiser for the WCC Eco Trail with a portion of the funds raised going to Pathways – a centre for children with severe cognitive and physical disabilities. From 3pm to 8pm there’ll be wine tasting, food, live music and a market featuring German Christmas Goodies and more. And when you’re done shopping and tasting, you can sit back and sip on a refreshing gin or craft beer. Details: 1 Link Road, Westville.

Local places to explore

Durban beaches have reopened but there are many other attractions too. Take a leisurely cycle along Durban’s famous promenade, which runs from the harbour entrance to Umgeni River Mouth. Popular activities include skateboarding at the skatepark or the thrill of a traditional Rickshaw Ride –  an experience totally unique to Durban.

Visit the Botanical Gardens, take a guided tour around the Moses Mabhida Stadium or enjoy the tranquillity of Mitchell Park or the Umgeni River Bird Park.

Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market runs every Saturday from 6.30am to 12.30pm and boasts everything from fresh produce to outdoor goods, a nature trail and great view points to relax and take it all in. Details: shongwenimarket.co.za

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