To kick off the festivities, four famous South African faces – Big Brother Mzansi 2015 winners, Ace and Ntombi; and Mzansi Magic reality royalty, Mandla and Lexi – will be at Cappello, Florida Road on Friday, 3 July to encourage aspiring mixologists to enter the DStv #LocalMix Competition. The winner, who creates the best cocktail inspired by DStv’s great local shows, will win R10 000 in cash, a R2 000 Cappello voucher and a bursary with a reputable mixology school in Gauteng.
On the same night, four lucky winners will party the night away at the July Eve, the ultimate Durban July pre-party experience. On Saturday, 4 July the Jack Daniel’s Boomtown and Lifestyle Oasis marquees at the Durban July will offer guests world class hospitality in luxurious lounges, with entertainment from the country’s leading talent in an unforgettable atmosphere.
On Sunday, 5 July, DStv customers can join in the fun at Pop Bottles, an urban music experience featuring some of the country’s most popular DJs on the decks. The Durban edition of this Sunday afternoon Hip-Hop experience will start at midday, with a relaxing afternoon of socialising and networking before moving into a lively nightlife experience.
The following weekend, DStv will host a Stars Workshop on Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 July – bringing some of the city’s biggest stars back to give young people aged 12 to 21 the opportunity to take part in free performing arts workshops in different areas around Durban. Celebrities like Trevor Gumbi, Jessica Nkosi, SK Khoza, Thembi Seete and Khaya Mthethwa will share their personal tips on acting, singing, presenting, comedy and dancing.
And for the second consecutive year, the MTV Africa Music Awards will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday, 18 July – celebrating Africa’s musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on youth culture throughout the year.
The next day, on Sunday, 19 July, media and celebrities will compete in a quiz to test their knowledge of DStv programming at the DStv Shisanyama Sundays event at Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi.
Taste of Durban will transform Suncoast Casino into a foodie wonderland on the weekend of 24 to 26 July for three days of eating, drinking and entertainment.
Simon Camerer, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at MultiChoice, says: “MultiChoice is excited to be a part of the Durban festivities during the month of July. Everyone deserves to feel like superstars every once in a while and we will spoil our winners with VIP treatment at these exciting events. Our on-screen content is top notch and we’re hoping to bring the entertainment right to our customers’ doorstep with the Durban Takeover.”
The competitions are open until 24 July for DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers over the age of 18 who are South African residents and based in Durban during the month of July 2015.