Those bicycles are made as a souvenir, but I have seen children playing with them. Also with small cars, made of wire. 4 wheels, about 25 cm long, and with a rope to pull it. In Zambia and the poor parts of South Africa it was the number 1 toy for toddlers (and bigger).
I have seen a man make them, very handy and quick.
Cheap Cheap Cheap - Factory Shops
My mum has perfected the art of locating the very best factory shops Durban has to offer. There are many factories in Durban that make clothing or shoes for the chain stores, or sweets and biscuits - the list is pretty endless - most of them have factory shops either on the premises, or in the vicinity of Durban. The prices on the items sold in the shops are usually less than half what you would pay in the shops...some of them are seconds: tiny holes in t-shirts, or misshaped biscuits - others are overruns, or just end of range items...you can find almost anything if you know where to look.
One of my favorites is the sweet and biscuit factory shop: all my favorite treats for less than half the price - woo hooo! This particular shop is located on Old Main Road, Pinetown, just outside Durban.
Sit and watch a while...
After a hectic afternoon shopping in the Pavilion - a large shopping mall on the outskirts of Westville - we decided to take a break, put our feet up and enjoy a coffee in Fego's.
An extension of the bookshop, Exclusive Books, Fego's is situated on the lower level of the Pavilion, just around the corner from the cinema. A great place to sit back and watch the world wander by, Fego's is relaxed, cheerful coffee spot serving a variety of snacks from toasted panninis to salads to sandwiches, teas, coffees and its famous milkshakes. The service was friendly and fast. I ordered a Chocochino, a chocolate and coffee mix, complete with a melted pool of dark Belgian chocolate lurking near the bottom of my glass - bliss!
Mum ordered a cappuccino and our friend Gayle a rooibos tea with lemon. All drinks were served with dainty short bread biscuits, a perfect accompaniment!
Durban has a beach culture. Come summer or winter, the beaches are dotted with people.
Surfers and body boarders, slick with suncream, bodies glowing a deep brown fly across the waves - skating, surfing gliding across the water. Girls in tiny bikinis promenade across the soft sand, their ice-lollies melting unheeded down their hands as they sway their hips, drawing eyes wherever they go. Toddlers with sand encrusted mouths wave luminous plastic spades in the air, conducting the sea in jerky, untamed strokes.
Children run and leap into the sea, the waves chasing at their feet, coloured swimming costumes echoing the multi-coloured fish that flash beneath the ocean's surface. A multi-cultural mix of people wander the sands: Indian ladies adorned in beautiful saris leaving in their wake a hint of spice, African ladies filling empty coke bottles with sea-water for their muti (medicine), the retired gents with sagging Speedos and bulging bellies, bodies burnt from years in the sun, survey their domain.
The hawkers cry their wares - carrying cooler boxes filled ice-lollies, ice creams, or cool drinks. Backs bent under the weight of their offerings: umbrellas, suncream, hats, buckets, spades, fishing nets and snacks.
Swim in the warm Indian Ocean, surf the waves, wander the soft sand or just watch the world walk by...the beaches are stunning.
Nice views over the harbour. Great restaurants and lots of interesting little shops with clothes, gifts etc. Busy but not as busy as the inner city and beachfront. Enough off-street parking. At night time the lights of the city and the boats and the general ambience of the area makes it a nice place to be.