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#ENEWSGHAdesa: The Flood – by Michael Thompson

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Santa Maria, January 2

 

The fiery flame was vaporizing my wax; I was growing shorter by the minute. Cached in one corner on a Milo tin on top of an old wall unit between mold-smeared walls and furniture, under rotting window frames, silhouetted against peeling paint flaunting damp patches, my drooling wax was the least of my concerns. It was the rain. It was threatening the leaking aluminium roofing sheets with torrential patters. As Sima lifted her bathed baby from the plastic basin to wipe it, she realised I was almost dead.

“I need to replace this candle, but your drunken father is now sprawled in his own vomit at the liquor shop, I know. Who will go out to get candles now?” I could hear her grumbling to herself.

Just then I heard paws pounding on the door amidst incessant whining as though the pounder was being pursued, and as Sima stretched to turn the knob while clutching her baby this way, the family dog rushed in, shaking off droplets of rainwater from its fur.

“The rain might get worse. I have to go buy some candles quickly,” Sima finally resolved.

She left me and the dog in charge of the baby, who was lying on the mattress in peaceful slumber with the basin at the bed’s foot, unperturbed by the heavy downpour. I continued to light their darkness, yet not for long…

 

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My cloud-sons are locking airs again, thundering and spitting rapid fire at one another. They were condensed hence had to splash their fury on earth. So they splashed, softly and rationally at first, until even I, the Sky god, could neither rest nor control them. I noticed as Sima, coated in hand-made polythene robe waded through the sparse puddles of water to get candles ahead of what might be a long, dark night.

I quivered at the consequence of what mere mortals would have to bear as a result of defiling the earth goddess, and spitting fume in my own face. Man has pushed me to my extremes. When I rain, I pour. When I burn, I scorch. I quivered for Sima and the little mortal she had abandoned in the darkness. She splashed and stumbled out of the marsh in which their house was seated; past the gutter her husband had built their house by; up the dumpsite along the snaky pathway with scattered household units arranged in no coherent pattern. I heard her thoughts: “If these trees hadn’t been cut, people would not have built their houses in the water’s way”.

The trees had been sawed into strong planks to construct a small bridge across a deep gorge created by the furious splashes of my cloud-sons. Sima trod cautiously over the bridge.

My cloud-sons splashed more rapidly…

“Can I get two candlesticks, please,” Sima requested, wholly drenched by the rain.

“Ei Aunty Sima, you hardly visit us these days,” the little attendant sparked off some conversation as she hopped onto a stool in order to reach the shelf.

“Was Oko Papa here today?” Sima moved on to weightier matters.  Oko Papa was her husband. Everybody called him that.

“Yes oo. He took two shots of the regular, danced around for a while and headed home when the sky threatened grey”. I hated her garrulous tongue, yet Sima seemed apathetic.  She had grown immune to his buffoonery.

Before she could pay for the candlesticks, the attendant pointed her finger precipitously with shock on her face.

“Look, Aunty Sima,” she screamed, “The bridge is being washed away.”

Initially, I felt the severity of the situation did not dawn on Sima judging by her lax approach to the news, until she opened her eyes in horror and exclaimed, “My baby”.

I observed from my Sky throne- hands tied- a poor mother dashing through the rain in utmost despair and fright for her lonely baby about to drown. And true, the gorge was her dead end. For when she got to it she noticed the rain had swept the wooden bridge away, filling the gorge to its brim and copiously cascading down the dumpsite towards their home with such rough force.  She started yelling for help, but the rain drowned her voice…

 

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The situation was getting dire. I had almost burnt my wick to my own death, save several inches sitting in the liquid of my wax. Yet I gave the baby a faint glow of hope. The rain was crawling in from underneath the door. It had filled the room, swallowing the legs of the bed, with the plastic basin floating tumultuously atop. The dog was barking and howling, loud enough to awaken the sleeping baby who started a little supplication for relief on its own, shrieking and kicking.

I was thankful when the door squeaked open.

Oko Papa staggered into the room, his eyes blood-shot, wielding a liquor bottle, sensing danger yet too drunk to react swiftly. He fell heavily in the pool, and dragged himself through it to reach his blood.

The door was ajar. The water flooded the room rapidly. The rain crept up the wall unit and swept away the Milo tin on which I stood. I fell, a splash…BLACKOUT!

 

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Sima was still waiting by the gorge when her neighbours arrived with her baby, clad in warm clothes, safe and cackling.

“We found her floating in the basin”.

Sima held her baby guardedly, as she would a missing but found nugget.

“He drowned while trying to save your baby, we presume”, one man told Sima as Oko Papa’s body was ferried by on a board by do-gooders, all wrapped in a traditional funeral cloth.

 

Nii Moi Thompson

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NANA YAA ASABEA: new breed of “side chics” are also married

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She saw affection and fire and gravitated towards it… he saw a beautiful smile and couldn’t let go.

We sometimes imagine certain things we wish existed in our relationships/marriages.  Most of us are guilty of having these hidden fantasies which gets even worse when we notice other couples possess and flaunt what we so secretly desire in our personal lives.

We are pretty much fortunate when we end up with people who possess between 70% – 80% of the traits/qualities we so much crave for but our insatiable demands always succeed in convincing us that what we really need, which is the remaining 20% – 30%, lies in a different person; forgetting that the new person we’re clinging to will also be missing on some percentages on the score board … and that is what creates the mess we mostly find ourselves in.

Lizzy had it all in her marriage until she met Mr. Kelvin Greene, a married renowned successful chef who rubbed shoulders with crème-de-la-crème of the society. She on the other hand was married to Osei Patrick, a humble carpenter with an amazing physique who did everything in his power to keep her happy and satisfied as a husband should. She always imagined a better and comfortable life for her and her husband but it was almost as if God was deaf to her constant prayers of petition; but she never complained or nagged about their situation to her husband. She played the role of happy homey wife until another man opened up a door she never knew was tightly shut in her life.

“Madam, please how long do you intend on standing in the same spot? Did you lose anything?” asked a shop attendant aggressively after noticing how long Lizzy gazed at the beautiful pair of Christian louboutin heels sitting perfectly on the counter.  “Oh I’m sorry” she responded, I just thought they were very pretty and couldn’t take my eyes off them. I’ll be taking my leave now.” She turned to make way for the exit when her path was blocked by a tall dark handsome man in a fancy pair of jeans and a polo shirt. “Ah! I see you love those shoes. You can have them if you want.” She smiled at him, turned down the offer and hurriedly dashed for the door. He pursued and managed to convince her to at least exchange contact with him so they could catch up sometime for “coffee”. She smiled again said, “You certainly are a stubborn one aren’t you? Well…yeah sure. We could do that.” He got her a cab home and headed back to the shop.

After four long days, they finally met up one morning at a lounge after Lizzy had dropped her children at school; which implied that she had the rest of the day to herself as her hubby was busy carving and nailing things in his mini carpentry shop. Kelvin complimented her great smile and narrated how he was drawn to her at the fashion shop after noticing how the attendant nearly embarrassed her. “You do have a beautiful smile by the way, it’s rare. Most women find it hard these days to smile effortlessly like you do. They actually do need a tangible reason to wear a smile nowadays. So when we see one of such rare gems out here in a state of emergency, we just have to go to her rescue.” He said. Lizzy expressed her appreciation and didn’t quite land with that when Kelvin, chipped in with an introduction on his identity and societal and marital status… yeah he had a wife and two adorable children.

They had an amazing chemistry which was just undeniable! They had similar interests, they were both married and their laughter was in sync. They both enjoyed each other’s company couldn’t just get enough of each other. To her, that was something she never had with her husband; it seemed Kelvin had awoken a different side of her, a side she thought she never had. Kelvin started taking Lizzy out for rides, beach strolls and grocery shopping (which she always attributed to her savings with the daily ‘susu’ company); in the eyes of Patrick, her husband, Lizzy was just out visiting old friends and family so he wasn’t perturbed. Before they (Lizzy and Kelvin) realized, they had grown fond of eachother so much that, they couldn’t go a day without speaking to eachother. One afternoon, Kelvin made his growing emotions obvious to Lizzy when he planted a gentle kiss on her lips. She returned that kiss almost immediately and whispered his name, “Kel, I knew you felt it too. That spark, that fire you brought back into my life. I wasn’t wrong and I’m glad the feeling is mutual. I don’t know where this is going but I’m ready to ride with you.” He responded with a longer kiss and said, “Just be mine Liz, I want you.”

Kelvin rented an apartment in town where they could both meet to carry out their selfish pleasures whenever they needed to. This went on for years and is still going strong! She introduced Kelvin to her husband as an investor who was willing to invest and expand his business so as to not raise any form suspicion if he or anyone else spotted them together in town by chance.  Both have further agreed not to divorce their partners to just keep them happy and also to avoid all the drama associated with it.

Seems like Kelvin found what Vivian (his wife), allegedly wasn’t giving him at home. To him, a real welcoming smile and great natural conversation makes up for his stressful daily life and Vivian was quite the opposite. Sure he had overlooked her nurturing/nursing abilities, her great mothering skills and incredible business ideas and initiatives she always churned out for him. Liz found the fire, comfort and that “extra special something” she wished her husband had. She found a phenomenal guy who was in touch with his emotions and showed her constant care and affection. She could no longer see her husband’s fidelity, hardwork and undeniable love for her… she’s seen the light now. They recently celebrated their fifth anniversary privately in their cozy rented apartment with a home cooked meal and long cuddles.

Well, single guys and girls aren’t threats to marriages anymore… some married folks now play the role of the “side-piece” pretty well, making it seem as their second marriage outside their original marital home. We live in a “micro wave” generation where broken things aren’t fixed anymore. We drop whatever is broken and set out to find another replacement before we get swallowed in our very own loneliness. Perhaps, the vows should be altered to “till unhappiness and boredom do us part.”

The new side chics are sadly also married!

 

By: Nana Yaa Asabea// source: asabeaowusu.com // email: nayascolumn@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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#PromucorpCorner with dj ALjahZEEra: Media Gatekeepers; insights for upcoming & mainstream musicians”.

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Media Gatekeepers – they’re the ones who decide whether or not your music is worthy enough to earn massive exposure. They’re the bloggers, the radio DJs, the music supervisors, A&R execs at major labels, prominent artist managers, radio station program directors, music magazine editors, big venue talent buyers, playlist curators, etc. The ones who decide which artists get their songs heard. And they’re the people that most musicians often can’t seem to figure out.

Once you start to learn about people in positions of power, you begin to see that they’re not nearly as hard to decipher as you might have thought. Figuring them out doesn’t mean, however, that getting them to listen to your music will be easy, but it does mean that you’ll have a better chance of getting through to them. So to help you break down the walls, here are a few things to keep in mind about these music industry “gatekeepers.”

Those in the industry who have the ability to break new artists might have important jobs or large audiences, but for the most part, they’re pretty normal people. What makes them special is not that they’re different from us, but that they’re just like us. Even though we all enjoy playing and listening to music, we each have our own individual tastes and preferences that inform how we act as musicians and music lovers.

The same applies to music industry gatekeepers, and not just in the sense of what style of music they like. Some people like to stream tracks while others prefer digital downloads. Some like to communicate on social media while others prefer email. Some will read your press releases while others will throw them straight in the trash. On top of that, these preferences are often exclusive. If there’s a music supervisor who only likes to stream songs and you send them a download link, there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll never listen to your song – not because they have anything against you, but simply because they don’t like downloading music.

So if you want to get in touch with someone in the music industry, learn how they like to be contacted, learn how they like to listen to music, and learn what sort of music they’re interested in. This will give you a much better chance of not only getting on their radar, but making a strong first impression as well.

If you take the busy-ness factor into consideration, learning the preferences of the person you’re trying to contact becomes all the more important. Some never read press releases, so sending him / her one would be a waste of not only his / her time but your time as well. And instead of reading press releases, some decide which albums to listen to based on their cover art. So if you want your track to be played together with all songs considered, investing in good cover art design would make a lot more sense before hiring a publicist.

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#PromucorpCorner with dj ALjahZEEra: “THE STREAMING ECONOMY”

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Traditionally, radio was the most important way for fans to discover music and new artists. While it is still a highly relevant medium in today’s transitional phase of the music business, another discovery tool’s relevance is increasing rapidly: the playlist. The two largest streaming services, Spotify and Apple Music, both make heavy use of curated and/or algorithmically created playlists which help their users to discover new music.

And those playlists can be highly influential. Spotify’s famous hip-hop playlist RapCaviar, which Vulture once called “the most influential playlist in music”, for instance has almost 10 million followers as of writing this (for comparison’s sake: Dancehall Official, Spotify’s biggest dancehall playlist has just above 500,000 followers). A song that ends it way onto it can easily blow up, as happened last year with rapper Lil UziVert’s XOTour Llif3.The track was voted “Song of the Summer” at the 2017 VMAs and peaked at #10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts – all without any significant airplay on radio.

So, artists that want to build a career in the streaming age need to master new challenges. First, they need to establish relationships with the relevant curators who can drive listens and break artists. Moreover, they need to develop tactics to engage their fans and turn them into regular streamers.This might start with the music itself, include innovative release strategies, and also the use of social media to drive repeat listens. As the rules of the game change, so do the moves that win big. And it doesn’t necessarily require major label power behind it. If you search the web for success stories of DIY artists or those signed at independent labels, you will find that innovative, clever teams have a real opportunity.

The key, however, is to not solely rely on streaming revenues but to make it part of a broader strategy. Due to the way streaming revenues are distributed among rights owners, the biggest artists in terms of overall plays make the most money. For smaller acts, it can be a challenging environment. Thus, artists in a niche genre like reggae might find it even harder to create revenue from streams than from sales. Still, streaming presents an opportunity even to them. One key benefit that comes with streaming music is very good data about the audience. Clever teams, for instance, use insights like the cities in which an act is most popular to plan successful tours.

The precise structure of the optimal business varies from artist to artist but the streaming economy makes controlling all parts of it in an integrated manner more desirable than ever, especially in a “global niche” like reggae.

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#PromucorpCorner with dj ALjahZEEra: THE MUSIC BUSINESS!

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The music business is a high-risk business. It is driven by profits that are often elusive to the very music artists who generate revenues for record companies and those who work in the various capacities and occupations that comprise and sustain the music industry. The music that we listen to as fans or music lovers is packaged, sold, processed and viewed as “product” by industry professionals.

These professionals, who all serve different functions, are directly or indirectly responsible for the sale of that product or the support of the artist whose talent it embodies. The successful marketing and promotion of music artists and their product enable record companies to supply more products and financially back more music artists.

This is the most important function of a record company, and the greatest benefit of having a record deal to most music artists. Feeding the demand for a music artist, or a particular style of music, motivates record companies to supply more of that type of music, and those types of artists. (Ever wondered why there is so much rap music in the marketplace? Ever wondered why so many female singers look like models now?)

These sales are achieved through creative and consistent marketing efforts by professionals who are dedicated to achieving that end result. These results are greatly enhanced by the various strategic angles that are devised and implemented on all levels and facets of the entertainment industries which overlap with the music industry (Television commercials, guest appearances, live performances, soundtracks, etc.)

Research has concluded, and history will show, that when an entrepreneurial approach is taken by competent professionals who are trying to claim their share in this worldwide 50 billion dollar industry, the prospects of obtaining otherwise elusive profits are increased dramatically. When operating knowledge of the industry is met with ample financial backing, success is almost assured.

The music industry thrives on newness. New artists; new product; new labels, and new venues. They are all an inextricable part of the canvas that dreams and fantasies are painted on. Unfortunately, the magic potion that turns them into reality is money. Most newcomers are high on ambition, and low on finances. Many cling to the mysterious notion that they just simply have to find an investor who they will make rich in exchange for their generosity despite the incredibly high rate of financial failure, which is estimated that only 2 out of 10 CD’s on the market will actually make a profit.

Record labels have long been considered the home of music artists. The relationship they once forged was similar to that of a parent and a child. Now that child has become a rebellious runaway. The abundance of independent labels and independent artists are tangible proof of this phenomenon and new business model.

Fundamentally, some music artists are more educated on the music business, but the intricacies of “major label” success remain hidden in the inner sanctum of corporations who have finely tuned operating systems and an abyss of resources to maintain the status quo.

Financially, the music industry is tainted by perplexing, convoluted, and antiquated accounting practices. Royalty statements tend to be inaccurate and the proficiency in calculating them is often suspect. There are stark discrepancies in the amount of money generated, and the amount of money earned. This is partly due to a host of deductions that music artists are unaware of. Performing live (touring) has been, and still is, the most reliable method of generating income since the inception of the music industry.

For professionals, employment is often hard to come by. The entrepreneur has the upper-hand in terms of making money because they aggressively pursue and/or create income opportunities by providing useful, beneficial, or luxury services to others who will use them to establish, increase, maintain their success, or protect their business interests.All professionals in the music industry are really in the service business, just as all music artists are really in the sales business.

In the music industry, opportunities that are replete with value demonstrated and perceived, obvious and not so obvious, are the ones that are capitalized on by aggressive entrepreneurs, visionaries, middlemen, and newcomers alike. For most, achieving success in the music industry is really no different than achieving success in other industries: it is a result of supplying product for which there is a demand and/or creating a demand for a unique product or service that only you can supply.

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CHRIS KONEY: Exploring South Africa – Gauteng Province

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Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, the wealthiest South African province was our next stop! Popularly known as Jozi or Joburg, it is one of the fifty largest urban areas in the world. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the centre of large-scale gold and diamond trade.

The metropolis is an alpha global city as listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. In 2011, the population of the city of Johannesburg was 4,434,827, making it the most populous city in South Africa. In the same year, the population of Johannesburg’s urban agglomeration was put at 7,860,781.

Johannesburg began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement with its sprawling Soweto township housing two of Noble Peace Prize winners – freedom fighter and former South African president, Nelson Mandela and renowned human rights activists and Anglican bishop, Desmond Tutu. Originally an acronym for “South-Western Townships”, Soweto originated as a collection of settlements on the outskirts of Johannesburg, populated mostly by native African workers from the gold mining industry.

Soweto, although eventually incorporated into Johannesburg, had been separated as a residential area for blacks, who were not permitted to live in Johannesburg proper. Lenasia is predominantly populated by English-speaking South Africans of Indian descent. These areas were designated as non-white areas in accordance with the segregationist policies of the South African government known as apartheid.

Today, several years after the racist system of governance, apartheid, was brought to an end, Soweto has become a microcosm of the prosperity, poverty and everything in between experienced by the black population of today’s South Africa.

At Soweto, we visited the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, situated in Orlando West, Soweto, which commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid and in particular the role played by the school children who took part in the Soweto protests of 1976, many of whom were shot by the apartheid police while protesting against the sub-standard of education in black schools in South Africa.

One of the first to be killed by the police was 12-year-old Hector Pieterson. Newspaper photographer Sam Nzima was in Soweto on June 16 covering the protests and the riots which followed. His iconic image of Pieterson’s body being carried by high school student Mbuyisa Makhubo, with his sister, Antoinette Sithole, running alongside, is a graphic representation of repression under the apartheid regime and has become an iconic image around the world of the senseless cruelty and brutality of the apartheid state.

We also visited Nelson Mandela’s former residence which is now the Mandela House museum and other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation including the sombre Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.

The Apartheid Museum is a museum complex that illustrates apartheid and the twentieth-century history of South Africa. The complex, owned by Gold Reef City Casino, was opened in November 2001 and allows visitors to experience the racial segregation that occurred during Apartheid by separating them by racial appearance classified by the width of the nose, the kinks in hair, skin pigmentation, and size of lips.

After learning about the racial segregation and system of apartheid in South Africa which was banned in 1994, we had to go catch some fun and we couldn’t have gone anywhere more ideal than the Gold Reef City for some adventure.  Gold Reef City is an amusement park located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971 and the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand.

Just 8 kilometres from the centre of Johannesburg lies the world famous yet uniquely South African Gold Reef City.  Gold Reef City is “Pure Jozi, Pure Gold” and provides a multitude of experiences under one roof.  Living and breathing twenty-four hours a day, the property provides the best of everything; from A-list entertainment to award-winning restaurants to the exhilarating theme park to the excitement of the casino. Pure energy, pure indulgence, pure escape, where Jozi comes to life!

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Gold Reef City offers two 4 star hotels, a casino comprising of smoking and non-smoking casinos plus a Prive, the famous Back O’ The Moon Restaurant, the Tsogo Sun owned Vigour & Verve, the largest theme park in the country, home to the Apartheid Museum, a Kaya FM satellite studio, kiddies entertainment facilities, a world-class theatre as well as a selection of conferencing and team building options.

Visitors can also enjoy a 6 theatre cinema complex, a bowling alley, a fast food court and additional restaurants.  If you want to kick back and take it easy, or suit up and get your game face on, find yourself, lose yourself, we have it all at the Gold Reef City.

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CHRIS KONEY: Exploring South Africa – KwaZulu-Natal Province

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After experiencing nature like never before – sliding through the forest canopy and enjoying a unique birds-eye view on the world around us in the Drakensberg, we set out on a two-hour journey to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province – Durban was our exact destination.

Durban is a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. The blend of cultures and architecture positions Durban as one of the unique spots in South Africa. Apart from Durban’s Golden Mile which is a destination for surfers, families and fisherman, due to its blend of natural beauty and modern resort, there are several major-city attractions making the city a good destination for families and couples alike.

We were welcomed to Durban by the African plant species showcased at the Durban Botanical Gardens, which was quite a refreshing sight. Due to the weather on the day, we had to abandon our first activity in Durban – bungee swing at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. Though filled with disappointment, some of us opted to experience first-hand the logistics at the ‘futuristic facility’.  

The Big Swing (as it is popularly called) at Moses Mabhida Stadium can best be described as the envy of thrill-seeking adventure travellers the world over. Not only is this extreme Durban attraction the only stadium swing on earth, it also holds the Guinness Record for the World’s Tallest Swing. Also known as the Big Rush, the Moses Mabhida Stadium swing has been giving new meaning to ‘Durban flights’ since 2010.

The adventure begins on your arrival at Moses Mabhida Stadium where you will report to the Big Rush Stadium Shop. There, you will sign an indemnity waiver form before being taken through the basic safety precautions.  You are fitted into a full body harness that will allow you to try a quick technique demonstration in the practice area. A short walk to the stadium arch and your harness will be attached to the safety line. Your jump will take place at ‘ladder rung 4’ – you will be assisted down the ladder onto the platform by the Big Rush Jump Crew, who will also ensure that you are ready to go, that is not having second thoughts. As a jumper, you are secured by ropes and harnesses, before taking the plunge into the huge void over the pitch, and then swinging out up to 220 metres under the famous arch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The rest of the post-jump time is spent reliving the experience – jumps are recorded and screened at the Base Café that is situated within the Big Rush Stadium Shop and you can get a copy of the recording to watch again later once the rush has worn off.

From the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the entire team went to the Gateway Mall to have lunch and then explore the shopping centre.  Voted as the best shopping centre by the Daily News Your Choice awards in 2014 and 2015, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the ultimate retail and entertainment destination in Durban. Find everything under one roof in this super regional shopping centre that hosts some of the most elite retail stores in South Africa.

With over 390 stores, 70 eateries and a host of exciting entertainment, visitors are spoilt for choice. At Gateway you will find local South African retail as well as popular international brands such as Zara, Forever New, Cotton On, Super dry, Gant, and everything in between.

We checked into the Protea Hotel where we spent the night. After breakfast the next morning, we headed out to the uShaka Marine World, a 16-hectare theme park where we spent the entire day. Opened on 30 April 2004, the uShaka Marine World comprises of five sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n’ Wild, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk and, uShaka Kids World. Durban is famous for its beaches and that is exactly what you will discover at the uShaka Marine world.

It really is an adventure at uShaka Sea World with dolphin shows, seal shows, penguin presentations, shark dives, ray feeds and so much more! Sea World boasts of an impressive Dolphin Stadium, seating over 1 200 spectators, who are thrilled and delighted with two dolphins show presentations each day. Separate interactive pools, known as the Dolphin Lagoon, allow up close and personal encounters with these amazing creatures. Alongside the Dolphin Stadium, is the Seal Stadium which hosts a fun-filled seal shows, as well as the Penguin rockery, home to over 63 African Penguins

uShaka’s Wet ‘n’ Wild caters for the adrenaline junkie and those less adventurous with a fun freshwater world of slides and pools. You will get blown away with uShaka’s newest and fastest slide as you take a deep breathe, holding onto your cozzie and get ready to speed through the tunnel before spiralling around the tornado bowl and down into a pool below.

Another experience you cannot miss at the uShaka Marine World is Durban’s ultra-thrilling, new rope adventure park – with the longest continuous belay system in Africa. Test your limits and challenge yourself at uShaka Marine World’s Chimp & Zee Rope Adventure Park. You could opt for either the introductory journey, intermediate journey or both.    

Adding to the fun and excitement at the uShaka Marine World is the unique shopping experience, offering shoppers paradise in an open-air environment, affording guests a world of entertainment, family fun, shopping and dining.

Before our departure to Johannesburg, we had dinner at the legendary exclusive revolving restaurant which was officially opened in February 1973. The Roma was born from a concept pioneered by Bartholomeo Ribero, Comiso Turi and Gino Leopardi. Now owned by Reelin Group and managed by the Leopardi brothers, it is the only genuine revolving restaurant in the southern hemisphere and the third of its kind in the world.

The Roma Revolving Restaurant also boasts the unique feature as two others do, of a revolving window and floor area. The restaurant is situated on the 32nd level of John Ross House overlooking the whole of Durban and surrounding areas with excellent Sea and Bay views. It has a speed control mechanism which allows a revolution of anything between 60 and 90 minutes.

 

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