We are halfway through the year already, can you believe it? We don’t know about you, but how many of you have had the opportunity to tick off a single task on your personal resolutions list? We can hear those heavy sighs already; just thinking about it leaves one yearning for a holiday!


It shows just how much our careers have taken over our personal lives; we are sure many can admit to having missed a planned weekend break, music event and quality time with the family in order to get work done. Today the average businessman and woman have to balance work, marriage/relationships/ friendships, children and family all at once.


This is a phenomenon that has become the norm. So much so that we see it within our youth who balance academic work, sports and other extra-curricula activities in Primary and High school! Scientific experts from around the world agree that the best remedy for work, school and family-related stress is entertainment and outdoor activities – remedies that happen to be in abundance this month.


Our monthly Open Air Salsa dance classes hosted by the Red Salsa Team continue on Saturday, 18 June. These are fun and free classes that require no dance partners and no dance experience either. This month line up for Sunday Beats includes multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and songwriter Mark Fransman on Sunday, 5 June who hails from Cape Town followed by the home grown sounds of the Thulile Zama Trio – led by Thulile Zama – ready to give you a song and dance on Sunday, 26 June.


The Castle Lager Incoming Series kicks off this month and sees the mighty Springboks take on former Six Nations Champions, Ireland in three gruelling tests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Springbok rugby fans here in Durban need not worry about missing out on any of the action as  Boktown will be keeping fans entertained on 11 and 25 June with rugby action, spot prizes, live musical entertainment and a chance to see some of their favourite Bok legends.

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The Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban takes place on Sunday, 19 June and will see thousands of athletes take over Durban in a demanding ocean swim, road run and cycling event. Entries may be closed; however, you can still come along and show your support, because every Iroman needs an Ironfan!


If strategizing is more your way of getting rid of stress, our new large scale promotion -Power of 3 – will be sure to ease your stresses away. We have up to R7 million in cash, cars and freeplay to give away before 31 August.  Be sure to attend the draws Wednesday – at midday and in the evening. This is a promotion that is exclusive to our Gold, Platinum and Black SUNCOAST Reward cardholders. If you don’t have your card you can sign up for one at the Guest Services Desk. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.


For those looking to spend more than a day at SUNCOAST – such as guests attending the 22nd Annual SAMA’s – the SUNCOAST Towers Hotel offers SUNbreaks, which offer a special from R980 per room for a night’s stay inclusive of breakfast, plus a free stay for two children under the age of 18 inclusive of breakfast.


The month of June is also Youth Month with National Youth Day taking place on Thursday, 16 June. For those who plan on taking the Friday off and having a long weekend make the most of it and enjoy the many events taking place in and around Durban during this time – such as Just Jinjer, the SPAR Women’s Race, All Star Comedy Jam and much more.

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As Thomas Gray once said, “Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms”. So come out and play this Youth month!