Owner of 2C2 Innovations, Robert Luiz is well-known for his ability to breathe life into old model PC's, those computers that nobody else will bother to try and fix.
Robert has spent much of his time honing his skills and mastering Windows and PC repairs. He has continued to increase his knowledge and has broadened his scope of interest. He now dabbles significantly in wireless internet and networking.
If you have a computer that you think is on it's last legs or require upgrades or software installations, give Robert a call on 0782272007 for fast, friendly, professional and efficient service.
It is every little girl's dream to be the proverbial "princess" when they reach adulthood and part of that vision is more often than not, outward beauty as well as intelligence and independence.
Marlene Landsberg has been doing her part to bring that dream to reality for many young girls, many of whom are now grown women, for the past 28 years.
Thinking back to my own childhood I vividly remember visiting the Nail Shop with my mom and playing make-believe with the offcut nails used on my mom. I knew that I too would one day visit the shop and Marlene would work her magic on me.
There is nothing more beautiful than a perfectly manicured set of nails, meticulously painted. Marlene has honed her craft over the years and her name resounds through the town and further afield. This is the go to spot for finely crafted nails that are designed to make you feel confident and ready for success.
Having recently secured a new home for the Nail Shop and Training Centre, Marlene already had her sights on something more. Her passion, drive and will to succeed is astounding and something every aspiring entrepreneur should learn from.
The introduction of her clothing line, Kha"mya is the next step on her journey to providing what every woman needs. The brand is focused on the 40's and above, however, they can be worn by anyone. Marlene understands areas that cause many women to feel self-conscious and caters to those needs. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing frumpy about this clothing line. Marlene is clearly sending a message that growing older doesn't mean you are any less beautiful. Clothes are personally designed by Marlene and created by her wonderful, magic-working seamstress.
The Nail Shop and Training Centre is simply not just a nail bar... This is a place where friends meet, where you can walk in for a transformation and be thrilled with what you find.
Marlene has many plans up her sleeve for the coming months and it is truly going to be exciting watching how the journey unfolds and even more inspiring to share a small part of something amazing!
3 On Kerk is definitely going to be the place to visit on any given day.... Keep you eyes open as Marlene's dreams jump to life and create a haven for all who seek it.
Exclusive Sound and Security in Empangeni provide top-quality equipment and professional service to their customers old, and new. Morgan, Ashley and their team take great pride in every aspect of the business.
There is no better company to call on when you are in need of sound for your vehicle. Well-known brands and superior installations guarantee satisfaction on every level. Exclusive Sound and Security take your needs into consideration and cater for your requirements. Whether you simply want to listen to the radio on the way to work or you are more fanatical about your sound specifications, Exclusive Sound and Security has what it takes to keep the tunes humming.
Their services don’t end there…the list on offer is impressive.
We all realise the necessity of security. When it comes to your vehicle, nothing could be truer. Fitting your vehicle with an alarm, immobiliser or an anti-hijack system should always be considered with a degree of seriousness. Every measure should be taken to ensure correct installation and the use of high quality equipment. Exclusive Sound and Security offer you peace of mind. You can rest assured that your security equipment will be there for you, when you need it most! Prevent the avoidable and speak to Ashley about their anti-smash and grab window protection as an additional safety measure. Make use of the tracker installation and monitoring services and have peace of mind that you know where your vehicle is every minute of the day.
Keep cool this summer with a vehicle air conditioning installation or re-gas. Zululand summers are an amazing time of the year, but the heat and humidity can become almost unbearable at times. Allow Exclusive Sound and Security’s sister company, Cool Air, to add comfort to your travel time.
Branding is key when it comes to electronics. Exclusive Sound and Security make use of well-known, tested and proven branded equipment when servicing their clients.
Exclusive Sound and Security, your partner is vehicle sound, security and air comfort.
Call today on 035-7922977 or pop in at 18 Tanner Road for your estimation today.
Is your child struggling in the normal class setting? Does your child crave that individual attention to reach their full potential?
Many children aren't suited to the formal classroom setting, and they struggle to make heads or tails of the syllabus. The unfortunate thing is that in large classrooms, teachers themselves are overwhelmed, and unable to provide that extra attention, as much as they would like to.
Brainwaves Home School is the perfect solution to those stressful, full classroom situations. Your child will receive personalised assistance and attention to the areas where they need it most.
For parents who dread the school year because of how their children react, its time to consider a change.
Watch your child flourish in a comfortable, happy, relaxed environment.
The facility uses the CAPS curriculum and caters for children from Grade 6 - Grade 12.
Call Renette Stroebel on 0649018006 today and secure your child's future.
At face value Timeless Art Collections Tattoo Studio in Richards Bay appears like any other studio. That is until you walk through the door. Stepping over the threshold transports you to a place of creativity and wonder. Images that live within the depths of your mind are transformed into lifelong art pieces, meticulously ingrained into your skin with a perfection that is difficult to fathom until you witness it.
Clean, sterile and hygienic are all the qualities you expect to find in a professional tattoo studio and yes, Timeless Art prides themselves on all of these, however, there is so much more to them that meets the eye. The studio is a haven that defines the personality of the owner, Stix, who shares many interests with the second part of the tattoo duo, Dylan. The sensory overload provided by the striking wall colours, personal paintings, wall hung guitars, buzz of the tattoo machines, friendly banter and the smell of incense, is indescribable and something you have to experience in person.
The dynamic tattoo duo at the studio, owner Stix Thomas and the infamous Dylan Mason are a match made in ink-lovers heaven. Both are skilled and passionate about their chosen profession and express themselves with completely different and distinctive styles. Dylan is known for his tattoo work throughout Empangeni and Richards Bay as well as in Durban and as far afield as Cape Town. Stix too has a vast experience in the industry and shares his creative flair through his absolutely mind-blowing paintings, airbrushed works and of course, his tattoos.
Whether you are looking for an exceptional ink experience or a piercing, this is the place for you. Stix and Dylan are on hand to make the moment a memorable one, whether you first tattoo or your tenth (and yes it is addictive). Piercings are left to Tristan who has mastered the art like a true professional.
Call/Whatsapp Timeless Art Collective Tattoo & Piercing Studio today on 063 434 9453 for inquiries and bookings today! There is no time like today to get inked and there is no better place than this studio in the heart of the Bay.
One of the most uplifting things I have witnessed since the entire pandemic started a few months back was the excitement and enthusiasm shown by a group of local clothing designers who have a passion for their craft. Stepping into the little shop called Ecstasy in the Empangeni Mall was an experience that I have truly missed.
This group of young, up and coming designers absolutely love what they do and cherish what they create. The vibe in the shop was palpable and the excitement evident in how they interacted among each other and with their customers. Many of the faces were those of friends I have made along the way but have not seen for some time while locked away at government orders.
The struggle is real for all of us. These young designers, like you and I, are no stranger to feeling the noose tighten. Locked away, they hustled to keep afloat knowing that their brand is their destiny and a claim to a small piece of fame. While we all know that there are tough times that lie ahead for everyone in South Africa, it is encouraging to see the determination in this group of youth with a dream.
The shop is minimalist in decor, but huge on atmosphere! There is definitely no shortage of character or charisma.
Colorful handmade creations cover the walls. Shirts, caps, dresses and tracksuits fill the racks. Bold beads and accessories adorn the shelves. Each brand staking their claim in a shop that is theirs. This is a wonderful example of brands pulling together for a greater result. Competition is obviously something that is rife among the labels, however, healthy competition it is. The kind of competition that drives you to improve your own product while validating and acknowledging the creations of another.
African Child Clothing, Destiny Clothing and the newest member of the group, a clothing brand designed by Sthembiso Cthe-k Khumalo, are all available for your shopping pleasure. Sthe is a dancing sensation who has a heart of gold. Sanele, the man with the broad smile and wide-brimmed black hat is the brains behind African Child. Destiny Clothing founder Dlozi Nene is easily recognizable with his beard and stylish dress sense. These are the young people that all youth should aspire to follow.
It is times like these that we have to remember that supporting local is important to the survival of our wonderful Zululand. While it may be just purchasing a shirt to you, to the ambitious designer it is food for their family and a step closer to their dreams. We really do need to encourage local shopping, especially after this worldwide disaster. It’s time we grow our own economy, keep the little guys alive and learn to stand together as a nation with the same goals in sight.
Our country should not be about black, white, pink, yellow or any other color under the sun. We are all South Africans and as such we should all be supporting one another during this tough period and into the future.
If you need that little boost of something positive today, a reason to be proudly South African and a proud Zululand resident, step into another world, step into that little shop in the Empangeni Mall, Ecstasy. One thing I guarantee you is that you will leave with a lighter heart and a very broad smile on your face.
Hats off to those young designers who have never given up on their goals and are achieving them one inch at a time. I am proud to call you my friends.
Eye on Zululand has been seeking out opportunities to give local clothing brands that we believe in a push in the market and boy have we had our work cut out for us. There are so many absolutely magnificent brands out there at this very moment, however, it is the brands that have a story to tell that really peaked our interest.
Destiny Clothing is probably the most inspirational brand we have seen to date. While the founder and designer, Dlozi Nene, has always had an absolute love for fashion it was a dream that was not brought to the fore until about a year ago. Dlozi has had a love for formal wear from a young age, and even did some time as a model. After finishing school in 2011, he came to Zululand to study an Education degree through Unisa, however, that was cut short due to circumstances beyond his control. In need of work to support his children, Dlozi took to driving a taxi to make ends meet. This certainly did not put a stop to the pride he took in his appearance and left his passengers in awe on a daily basis with his style and impeccably neat presentation. These actions put a smile on the faces of those who travelled with him daily and won him an award in 2016 as Most Presentable Taxi Driver of the Year. Having viewed a clip from his interview on television at the time, it is evident that he is not one to speak out. He prefers to share his feelings and thoughts through art, inspiration and clothing. This is the foundation on which Destiny Clothing is built. Creating street clothing incorporating an arty logo with a variety of inspirational thoughts imbedded is what makes this brand one that should not be ignored.
He too has praised those who support his cause and his fellow local brand owners. We spoke a bit about the competitiveness of the industry which we all know can become excessive and although he agrees that it is an industry where everyone is fighting to succeed, he also had tremendous things to say about the other brand owners and the manner in which they help each other and encourage one another. They may be competitors in the market, however, they are friends above all else. Each brand has their place and each deserves acknowledgement for their achievements.
The varying inspirational inserts built into the logo designs is something that is new to the local industry and truly depicts what is written on the heart of Dlozi Nene. The term wearing your heart on your sleeve could not be truer than with this brand.
Hard work, passion, humbleness, love, art, success – These are all a definitive part of the Destiny of Dlozi Nene.
You can get your dose of daily inspiration with Destiny Clothing by calling Dlozi on 071 455 7378.
“Impossible is nothing – Destiny Clothing”
Zululand local Sanele is on a road to making his dream a reality. From humble beginnings in Ndabayakhe on the outskirts of Empangeni, Sanele pursued further studies at Mangosuthu University. While he always had a deeply ingrained love for fashion, it is here that his eyes were opened to an entirely new world of possibilities.
During those years of study, Sanele began to dabble in fashion and design, starting his first label. It was during this initial project that he gained experience in print and quality. As his final year of study ended, he returned to his home, the place that held his heart, Zululand. Beginning a life in sales at Coca-Cola, his dreams were put on the back-burner.
The turning point and the true realisation of a brand which had only lived in his thoughts came in May 2019 when Sanele was retrenched due to the economic downturn of the times.
While many may have wallowed in self-pity, this young man with the infectious smile and trademark black hat, used this misfortune to create something wonderful and to bring his ideas to life.
African Child Clothing has taken the street fashion world by storm. The high quality clothing and eye-catching logo are testament to the hard work and many long hours put in by Sanele, his sister who solely manufactures the clothing and a small team that has been on a mission to bring the clothing to the masses. Each piece of clothing has been personally designed by Sanele and offers stylish comfort to absolutely anyone, and everyone.
Speaking with Sanele this past weekend it is evident how passionate he is about his brand. With so many new designers mirroring the fashion put out in other countries, Sanele has taken a different approach. His clothing signifies his pride in being an African and encourages others to do the same.
The brand logo tells a story all of its own. You need only see it once to read the message depicted. It is a message of hope, pride and and undeniable love for his country of birth.
Sanele can be reached via telephone on 0726908067 or you can contact the brand on Facebook under Arican Child Clothing ZA. Clothes can also be found on the shelves of Gear Up in the Sanlam Centre in Empangeni.
Bring out your inner African Child and wear the brand that is proud of our heritage.
Local clothing brands are hitting the streets with a vengeance these days, however, few stand out enough to make a dent in the market, local or otherwise. Not many brands have the passion or desire to succeed.
“Gotta Be Rich” clothing definitely does NOT fall into this category. The brand itself is one that is attractive through its simplicity. The brainchild of the brand is a young lady who displays unwavering determination and a belief in her own brand that will conquer all.
Sthesh has that “I can do anything” attitude that has the power to take her dream, her brand, to the top. Coming from an extremely poor background growing up has not been a crutch on which she has leaned or a part of her life that she has used as blame. She refuses to sit back and become just another face in the crowd. Her own realisation that everybody deserves their own degree of wealth and happiness has allowed Sthesh to create her own new beginning and it will dictate her own happily ever after. She continues to reach for the stars, controversy pushing her ever harder to succeed.
Sthesh has an idea in mind, one that she will not deviate from. She believes that when somebody puts on her “Gotta Be Rich” brand it must allow the wearer to feel positive vibe. It is that positivity that will eventually bring the desired results. Positivity and hope breed the same sentiments tenfold and so the circle will continue.
Sthesh, who is the founder and clothing brand designer is in awe of the support she has received from everyone around her, including other brand owners and designers. While it is of course a competitive field, local brands support each other and offer encouragement, each willing the other to succeed in their own right. Her journey to date has been a whirlwind one which has been speckled with nominations for her designs confirmation that her hard work is not going unnoticed.
We, at Eye on Zululand, recently had an opportunity to share some time with Sthesh and her team at the Heatonville “Die Gat” Market and it is obvious to recognise why her brand is taking such leaps in the tough fashion industry. Approachable, cheerful, humble and bundles of fun are the words that spring to mind instantly when thinking of Sthesh and honestly, I can’t help but smile.
The clothing line is local to Empangeni, but is available for shipping all over the country. Contact Sthesh on 083 765 7211 to get in on a brand that is sweeping South Africa, and fast! Watch out world.....”Gotta Be Rich” is on the way....
The duo, Richard and Njabulo, have taken the culinary world to an entirely elevated level. Their vibrant, energetic personalities and absolute passion for cooking has led to the creation of something that is making headlines all over the region.
Having recently had the opportunity of seeing them in action at the Sizzle City Food and Wine Tasting, I can honestly say that they have taken cooking to places nobody could have ever dreamed possible.
While many may be under the impression that the show is the drawcard, that would be an absolutely incorrect impression. Yes, the show has the ability to keep you mesmerised from the start, however, the final results are what impress the most.
Mouth-watering dishes with flavour to match, are the product of a process that culminates in what is seen visually on stage.
Down to earth, passionate and adventurous is the only way to describe the duo.
Both are formally trained in their craft and have a vast experience in the cut-throat world of cooking. It is evident that both of these gentlemen were influenced from a young age, by the ladies that they called “mother”. While both do share the same love, their areas of interest vary slightly. Njabulo is more drawn to the traditional African food which he adapts to meet industry standards. He manipulates these to add a creative touch. Richard prefers the Asian flavours and dishes to show his artistic flair.
Driven by the successes of their favourite chefs, Ramsay and Oliver, these two are on a path to become their namesake, the African way. There is nothing more enjoyable to watch than someone partaking in something they are passionate about, and that I think, is part of what makes this show, put on by two energetic, truly African souls, one that is almost impossible to forget.
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