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July 20, 2017

Durban at the forefront of DNA research

Durban is leading the way in DNA research, having attracted some of the brightest minds in the science field, in a new state-of-the-art lab in the city.

With cutting-edge technology, such as the next generation DNA sequencing machines, the scientists at the centre, called the KZN Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP), are forging ahead in DNA research, with the data collated eventually being able to influence government health policies.

Based at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, the centre will be officially launched later this year but scientists are already hard at work analysing data.

Professor Tulio de Oliveira, of KRISP, an HIV genetic [...]

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July 17, 2017

Simon Sabela Awards Honour Outstanding Filmmakers

Excitement was in the air when people arrived for the Simon Mabhunu Sabela awards in Durban. The awards honour those who brought change to the film industry, like late writer and film producer Sabela who was the first black Film Director.

The awards are held annually and give a platform to KwaZulu-Natal filmmakers while acknowledging their outstanding achievements. Mazwi Xaba from rural Willowfontein in the Midlands has snatched the best documentary award for his film titled ‘Scars of Seven Days’. Xaba says his film focuses on an important part of the history of the Midlands.

“This award is a best documentary film; the title is the scars of seven days, and [...]

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July 17, 2017

Durban to host Indian Fashion Show

Fashion designers and stylists to Bollywood stars are preparing to showcase their talent on the Durban runway, at an exclusive event this month.

Haute Events, who will host the fashion show, is set to unveil the creations of 25 designers from India. The show will take place at the Square Boutique Hotel in uMhlanga, from July 28 to 30. Curated by celebrity stylist Eshaa Amiin, other well-known designers include Neeta Lulla, Pia Kataria Puri, Manish Arora, Aza, Gauri and Nainika, Malani Ramani, Rajat Tangri as well as Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam among others.

The fashion show was conceptualised by Pietermaritzburg businesswoman Nafeesa Joosab, owner of the Haute [...]

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July 14, 2017

PinkDrive to be Present at the Totalsports Women’s Race

Taking place at the Kings Park Athletics Track on July 16, the Totalsports Women’s Race will be the source of much excitement with a fast, flat route spurring runners ­ on to achieve personal best finishing times.

“We’re excited to welcome the Kings Park Athletics Track as the new venue of the Totalsports Women’s Race in 2017,” says Michael Meyer, managing director of Stillwater Sports.

“The route is fast and flat. Although similar to the 2016 route, this year runners will be guided in the opposite direction. We expect to see many runners beating their personal best 10km finishing times on the day.”

“We also have good news for runners that like to savour the [...]

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