Diary of Events 11-17 June

2010-06-11 00:00


The NCF Church, at 498 Alexandra Road extension in Bisley, is hosting a free world cup screening at 4 pm for today’s match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico. The church will also host screenings of the match between SA and Uruguay at 8.30 pm on June 16, SA versus France at 4 pm on June 22, the semi-finals at 8.30 pm on July 6 and July 7 and the final at 8.30 pm on July 11. Visitors can enjoy reasonably priced meals at each screening.

The NCF Church at 3 Sutherland Road, Imbali (opposite Ekhukanyeni School) will be showing world cup games on a big screen. Today you can see SA versus Mexio at 4 pm; tomorrow you can see Nigeria versus Argentina at 4 pm, SA versus Uruguay at 8.30 pm on June 16, SA versus France at 4 pm on June 22, and the semi-finals at 8.30 pm on July 6 and 7. Admission is free.


The annual meeting of the Hilton Garden Club takes place at 9.30 am for 10 am on June 15 at the Church of the Ascension Hall, Brindy Road, Hilton. There will be a flower arranging demonstration by Donna Walker. Tea and coffee will be supplied. Members please bring a plate of eats.


Midlands artist, Jocelyn Boyley, has broadened her scope to include photography and that new work can be seen at Art on Victoria until June 12. Boyley has explored Pondoland, the Drakensberg and the Eastern Cape coast and instead of using her brushes and paint to capture the mood and images of Africa, she has done it through the lens of her camera. Inquiries: 033 342 7989.

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg holds community classes every Wednesday afternoon during the term. Free classes offered in basic dance, drama and design from 3 pm to 4 pm. All pupils from Grade 6 to 12 welcome. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings.

Howick Arts Society is hosting free, structured art classes in the Howick Library on Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm. Bring along your own materials. Inquiries: Anna at 084 573 1784.

The library at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is open on Tuesdays from 1-4 pm for research. Booking is essential. Telephone Thulani Makhaye or Kobie Venter on 033 392 2801.


The shelves at Msunduzi Hospice Association's second-hand bookstore are bursting with gems ranging from adventure and romance to information and education. There is also an exciting range of Africana and highly collectable books for sale in our bookshop. The bookshop is open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.


Birdlife Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday at 8 am. Inquiries: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Birds of a Feather (BOF), a ladies networking and socialising group, meets on June 16 at Urban Fusion Cafe (opposite Virgin Active Gym, Victoria Center, Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg), from 9 am to 11 am. Peter Lowe, from Salt of the Earth, speaks on Surviving in a Wireless World and Rollo Guest, manager at John Dory's, speaks on The Benefits of Sushi. Admission R60. Booking is essential. RSVP by June 13 with Geeta at 082 761 4837 or geeta@bofnetworx.co.za

The Genealogical Society and Family History Society meets in its clubhouse at the rear of Natal Carbineers Drill Hall at 7 pm for 7.30 pm on June 16. The speaker is Dr Annabel Fossey on Genetics. Inquiries tel 033 344 2170.

Howick Birding Group is hosting an illustrated talk by Sally and David Johnson at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve at 5.30 pm on June 16. Admission is R10 (members) and R15 (visitors).

There is a Vision & Joy meeting at 9.30 am on June 20 at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Graham Grenfell will be presenting The Nazarene. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Birdlife Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a day outing to Satellite Dam, Cramond, on June 20. Phone leader Mike Spain at 033 347 2797 for meeting place and time.

The Embroiderer's Guild of South Africa meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg at 1.30 pm for 2 pm. All embroiderers are very welcome, whether experienced or a beginner. Inquiries: Lynda at 033 343 4454.

The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana welcomes visitors to open meetings on the first Thursday of every month from 7 am to 8 am at the Royal Natal Yacht Club, Esplanade, Durban. Breakfast is available. Admission R50. Inquiries: Alistair Abell at 031 303 6359.

The Pietermaritzburg Underwater Club meets Thursday evenings at its Clubhouse in Kershaw Park (next to the tennis club). Come and learn more about spear fishing, scuba diving, underwater hockey etc. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join us after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes visitors and new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm. The venue is in Alexandra Park, near the Oval, and the club provides equipment. Inquiries: Tim at 033 344 3368 or Richard at 033 396 6204.

The Pietermaritzburg Budgerigar Club meets at 2.30 pm on the third Saturday of every month at members’ homes. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. Inquiries: Bruce Acutt at 082 809 2573 or Lionel Sydenham at 083 405 0359.

Pietermaritzburg City Chess Club meet at the Moth Hall in Grosvenor Street every Tuesday at 2 pm. All welcome irrespective of the standard of play. Inquiries Percy Stirk at 033 396 4589.

The Pietermaritzburg Canary and Cage Bird Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Bird Hall, Royal Showgrounds. Visitors and new members welcome. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Fashion sewing course. Learn how to get a professional finish using a fast sewing system. No pinning and tacking. Beginners course also available. Phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Beginners as well as experienced artists are invited to attend drawing and painting classes by former Durban University of Technology lecturer, Fransie Pretorius, in Westville. Students will explore a variety of approaches to drawing and become familiar with the use of line, form, texture and composition. The classes are held at 22 Portman Road, Dawncliffe, on Saturday afternoons between 2 pm and 5 pm and on Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 noon. Inquiries: 031 266 6422 or e-mail: fransiep@telkomsa.net

Tatham Art Gallery holds youth art classes at the Old Presbyterian Church on Fridays from 2.30-4.30 pm. Inquiries: Thulani Makhaye on 033 392 2801.

Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Call Truus at Creative Image on 033 342 4959 or 082 445 7051.

Enjoy painting (oils, acrylics or watercolours) or drawing (pastels, charcoal or pencil shading) - classes for beginner or experienced adult art students. Creative art lessons for pupils and Grades 9 to 11 art subject candidates. Inquiries to Val Maggs at 033 342 1638.


A Nia Dance class is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Hexagon movement studio, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. A dance workout for all ages and fitness levels. Phone Lorraine at 031 767 1690 or email harleya@ukzn.ac.za Go to www.niasouthafrica.co.za for more information.


For those people who enjoyed the Ghosts & Gluhwein event and wanted to visit the Macrorie House Museum over a weekend, the museum, at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, from 9.30 to 1 pm on June 12. Tickets R5 (children R2, pensioners free). Inquiries: Magda at 033 342 5515 or Marigold at 033 394 2161.

Golden Horse Casino at 45 New England Road, Scottsville, is hosting a Mobile Audio GP car audio and customising competition on Sunday from 8 am. Attractions include classic, vintage, sport, customised and exotic vehicles, exhibitors selling industry related services and products, a Blu Gel hair studio “rockers” hair fashion show, fun activities for the kids with Simba the Lion, and lots more. Admission is R40 (R20 childrenunder 12). The entry fee for contestants entering the vehicle competition is R200 per vehicle. Competitors need to register their vehicles tomorrow between 9 am and 3 pm to secure a spot on the show.

Please note: no cooler-boxes, picnic baskets, braais, or liquid and alcoholic refreshments will be permitted at the venue. Inquiries: Theron Reddy at 071 834 8097 or visit www.magp.co.za

The Poobie Naidoo Sports Club, corner Prince Alfred and Retief Streets, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a ladies night with Damon Beard from East Coast Radio on June 15 at 7 pm. Tickets R50. Inquiries: Debbie or Rashika at 033 342 8740.

The Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a talk by Professor Elwyn Jenkins, titled, The San in Literature in the Ingede Theatre at 10.45 am on June 19. Since the early 19th century, the San have featured in fiction and poetry for adults and children. This illustrated talk briefly considers what has been published and looks at some of the ways the San have been portrayed and the questions that arise from the free use of their folklore and tales by subsequent authors.

The Vryheid Vintage Car Club presents the Biggest Car Show in Northern KZN at Vryheid Rugby School from 7.30 am till late on June 9. Owners of vintage, classic and exotic cars, hotrods and motorcycles and vintage tractors or engines are invited to display their vehicles free of charge. Other attractions include a spitbraai, beer tent, food stalls, a jumping castle and lucky draws. Tickets R20 (adults0, R10 (under 16s) and free for those under six. Donations will be made to hospice and the old age home. Inquiries: Hendrik Delport at 083 366 4770 or email hjdelport@lantic.net

Or Gordon Warde at 083 253 0176 or email elise@bundunet.co.za

Project Gateway is holding a quiz and picnic supper fundraiser in the Gateway Hall in 4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg at 6.30 pm on June 19. Bring your friends and test your general knowledge. Tickets R50. To book phone 033 345 3387.

The June meeting of the Decorative Arts Society takes place at 12.30 pm for 1 pm on June 23 in the Heritage Hall, St John's United Church, 244 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Debbie Whelan, an anthropoligst, will talk on trading stores and the role they played in the development of the rural areas and the trading networks established in KZN in the early days. Admission R20 (R40 visitors). Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.


The Antique and Collectables Fair takes place at Liberty Midlands Mall outside Edgars today and tomorrow.


Health exercises for all ages and fitness at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Thursdays: 8.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 10 am - Tao Yin (Chinese yoga/internal exercises); 2 pm - Baque Meditation (The forces – Trigrams). Friday: 8.30 am - Taiji (38 Form Chen style) part 1 and 2; 10 am - Baqua Meditaton; 2 pm - Tao Yin; 6 pm - Taiji (part 1 and 2). Wear loose clothing and soft shoes. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place in Westville from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on Tuesdays; in Kloof from 9 am to 10.30 am on Wednesdays; in Hillcrest from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays; in Pietermaritzburg from 8 am to 9.30 pm on Thursdays and in Camperdown from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Academy of Self-Defence courses. Learn how to project confidence through awareness and practical techniques. Aimed at all women and children. To book phone Mandy at 082 459 6095 or email mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za

Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

Health exercises suitable for all ages and fitness levels at Body Dynamics every Thursday and Friday: 7.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 8.30 am - Baqua (the elements) or Tao Yin (yoga); 5 pm – Baqua (the elements); 6 pm - Taiji (38 step form and applications). Wear loose comfortable shoes and clothing. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place at Kloof, Westville, Hillcrest, Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg. Phone Kath for more infomation at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Veda Temple, Nohar Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 391 1714.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World hosts free yoga sessions in the Suncoast ampitheatre on Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Inquiries: VO2 Max gym at 031 201 8585.

Yoga classes take place at Oakleigh Avenue, Wembley on Thursdays at 8 am. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Hatha yoga classes with meditation and chanting get underway on a peaceful farm in the Camperdown area in February. Inquiries: Bev at 082 857 2774.

Join Group Hypno-Therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm if you want to stop smoking, lose weight, have any fears or phobias, or want to join self-improvement classes. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

The Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School, Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian on 033 386 2916 or 082 573 0557.

Wing Chun Kung Fu, self defence and Eskrima (stick fighting). Classes for men and women every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm at Eddels Sports and Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Sifu Gus Hornby on 083 638 0801 or Shaun on 076 648 6168.

Yoga classes for strength and flexibility in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Telephone Jenny on 033 386 3323.

Yoga classes take place in Hilton on Mondays at 5.30 pm. Phone Moira on 072 800 5294 or 033 343 4014 (a/h).

Chi Kung is a fun exercise to keep you healthy. Classes take place at Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am and cost R20. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm (Jane: 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862) and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am (Allan: 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005).

Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. No pills, shakes or potions. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


The Natal Museum at 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop Street), Pietermaritzburg, is hosting four days of fun-filled activities during the holidays. On June 14 there will be an art workshop, with a treasure hunt and behind the scenes look at the museum on June 15. On June 17 participants can design and decorate the SA flag, and on June 18 they can make their own World Cup trophy. The workshops run from 9 am to 12 noon and are aimed at children between six and 13 years old. Booking is essential at 033 341 0536.

Photography, writing and soccer are on the cards at the four week school holiday programme at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville. Today children will be treated to a treasure hunt and have the chance to show off their Diski dancing skills. Starting on June 14 there will be a four-day photography workshop headed up by Chandra Naidu, the daughter of veteran DRUM magazine journalist, GR Naidoo. Participants will learn about cameras, picture composition and light and shade. The workshop will run from 9 am to 3.30 pm every day and on the fourth and final day the photographs will be hung in an exhibition in the museum. From June 21 to June 23, South African author, script writer and television producer, Mtutuzeli Matshoba, will be at the museum to run a writers’ workshop for learners and interested members of the public. From June 28 to July 2 there will be a soccer competition for primary school learners; and the week before school starts participants will get a chance to play board games, listen to storytelling and learn how to dance Jomba style. Inquiries: Clinton Taylor at 032 559 6822/4.

Two holiday workshop programmes, designed specifically for current matric students, will be available during the June/July holidays at the home studio of former graphic design lecturer, Denise Essom. The first workshop is structured to help students produce really good, showstopper artwork to boost their matric art exhibitions and portfolios. It runs from June 14 to 18 from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. The second workshop is a hands-on introduction to various design disciplines, including graphic design, interior design and fine art, and caters for students who enjoy art and wish to learn more about possible career options. This course runs from June 21 to 25 between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm. More information and costs from Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017.

Just Gorgeous is hosting workshops for moms and children at 23 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, throughout June and July and a special open day between 10 am and 5 pm on June 17 and 18. To find out more phone Lara at 033 342 4984 or 084 587 0880. Alternatively log on to www.justgorgeousevents.blogspot.com

Val Maggs is hosting children’s holiday workshops, for children from six to 12 years old, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on June 18 and from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on June 25. Admission is R50 per class. Phone 033 342 1638 to book. She will also be holding specialised tuition for Grade 10 to 12 art subject candidates on June 22, June 23 and June 24 between 10.30 am and 3 pm. To book phone 033 342 1638.

Entertain and enrich children during the June/July school holidays. Pottery classes held that include traditional smoke firings. Phone Lynette for more information at 031 266 0543 or via email at morrishale@yebo.co.za

An action-packed holiday programme is being presented by outdoor educators at the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg from July 1. Attractions include treasure hunts, traditional games, even a ghost house. There are three different sessions, two for seven to 13 year olds and one for 12 to 15 year olds. Inquiries and booking - phone Riana at 033 394 6835.

Musgrave Methodist Church, at the corner of St Thomas and Musgrave Roads in Durban’s Berea, is hosting a holiday club in its church hall from July 6 to 9 between 8 am and 12 noon. Children from Grade R to Grade 6 are welcome to come and enjoy creative structured playtime with child care professionals. The donation to cover costs is R40 per child per day. Inquiries: 031 201 2005 or email Philippa@musgravemethodist.co.za


Wartburg holds a Farmers’ Market from 7 am to 9 am on the first Saturday of every month.

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is at Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: Ian on 072 864 1626.

A craft market takes place opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Pietermaritzburg Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 6-10 am at Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea 082 820 8986.

Hilton Farmers’ and craft market every Saturday, from 7-11 am. Inquiries: Candice at 079 509 5222.

Farmer’s market at the Lion's River Stock Sale Yard every Saturday from 8.30-11 am. Inquiries: Brian at 033 330 8050. Proceeds from breakfasts support local charities.

Essenwood Craft Market takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Essenwood Park in Durban.


Learn to meditate on Monday evenings from 6.45 pm to 8 pm, at 60 Oakleigh Ave, Wembley. Meditation helps you to relax and develop your own sense of inner peace and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre including refreshments. Inquiries: 033 345 7501 or email : meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com


The PMB Amateur Music Society Choir meets every Tuesday at 7 pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 88 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Stret. All welcome. Phone Mary at 033 456 0449 or Ruth at 033 347 5464.


Project Gateway/The Old Prison at 4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, hosts Wednesday Open Tours every Wednesday at 11 am. Tickets are R20 for the hour-long tour. To book contact the tourism office at 033 845 0400.


Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg is hosting a dance, drama and design workshop from June 14 to 18. The workshop will cover drama, contemporary dance, mime, interior design, jewllery design, hip-hop dance, stage make-up, mask design and theatre dance. Only 30 applicants in grades six to 12 accepted. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings for prospectus and application forms.

A workshop, titled Enhancing your important relationships, which is facilitated by a psychologist, takes place from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on June 19 and 26 in Hilton. The workshop will boost your ability to understand significant others as well as deal with conflict in fresh and creative ways. Inquiries: Alistair Mork-Chadwick at 033 330 7973 or 072 365 5875.

The Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa presents a charcoal drawing workshop in the Discovery Room at the Durban Botanic Gardens from 9 am to 12 noon on June 26. Hosted by Fransie Pretorius, the workshop will provide participants with technical skills in charcoal drawing and a greater understanding of how to present forms in space through the manipulation of black and white in their drawings. Inquiries and to book phone Jean Powell at 031 2663082 (h) or 072 337 5142 or email: terencep@saol.com

* Submit your events to Estelle Sinkins via e-mail at arts@witness.co.za or by fax at 033 355 1122 by noon on Wednesday.

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