Diary of Events 13 to 19 August

2010-08-13 00:00


The KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation Annual General Meeting at the Usher Conservation Centre, Nottingham Road at 11am on Sunday, August 15. Guest Speakers: Jeanne Marie Pittman of Johannesburg Zoo and Tanya Smith of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Tea will be served from 10.30am Inquiries: Henry Davies at  033 3433630


The Elandskop and District 22 Traditional Art Company is hosting an art event at the Eshowe Sport Ground at Taylor’s Halt on Sunday. Speakers include Patrick Duma from The Playhouse Company on Training and Development, Mhlonishwa Ngcobo from Correctional Services on Rehabilitation; Ncebo Vilakazi from the Health Department on Batho Pele or People First and businessman Themba Njilo talk about Business Management. 12 noon. Inquiries 033 395 3012 or 079 3723613.

A workshop-type programme is being run for current matric art students, from a home-based studio in Scottsville. Tuition is offered by former graphic design lecturer, Denise Essom. The workshop is structured to enable students to produce really good show stopper artwork examples to boost the matric art exhibitions and practical portfolios. Classes are being offered for three hours on Wednesday afternoons and three hours on Saturday mornings. Inquiries: Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017.

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.

From August 16 to 19 inclusive. Art exhibition in aid of uMngeni SPCA at Michaelhouse School, Balgowan from 10am to 4pm daily. Almost 30 artists on display and for sale. Inquiries Vicki 082 315 3974.


Msunduzi Hospice’s coffee shop, The Courtyard, in Swartkorpz Road, Pietermaritzburg, is open daily from Monday to Saturday. The menu includes many tasty treats at affordable prices as well as our Chef's special of the day! There is also a hospice shop stocked with clothing, toys and bric-a-brac and the book shop which boasts a huge selection of books at bargain prices. The other Hospice shops are situated in Mayor's Walk and Nedbank Plaza. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.


Midlands Hiking Club will be doing a 15 k hike in the Karkloof area on August 15. Inquiries Keith 033 2395023.

Law Centenary Public Lecture on Thursday, 26 August. 6pm for 6.30pm at the Moot Court, Law Faculty, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg Campus. Speaker: The Honourable Mr Justice Plasket (Judge of the High Court of South Africa). Topic: Administrative Justice in South Africa: A Snap-Shot Survey of Developments.Free entrance. RSVP: Robynne Louw on (033) 260 6257 or email: pmblaw100@ukzn.ac.za

18 August: Family History Society monthly meeting. Speaker Riana Mulder of The Voortrekker Museum: "Walking so gracefully; the history of the saree". 7 for 7.30pm. Enquiries tel John at 033 3442170.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) hosts a day outing to the Cumberland Nature Reserve on August 15. Inquiries: leader David Crampton at 082 771 7274.

Hilton Garden Club meets at 9.30 am for 10 am on August 17 for a visit to the garden of Russell and Mary Collins - Edgehill, Old Howick Road, Hilton. Lynn Henderson with give a short talk on the history of the house and garden. Convenor: Clare MacAskill at 033 330 3402.

Howick Birding Group hosts an illustrated talk by Peter Divall, titled A Bird Safari, at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick at 5.30 pm on August 18. Admission is R10 members, R15 visitors.

Howick Birding Group hosts a morning outing to Moor Park in the Estcourt area on August 25. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 6.30 pm to arrange transport. There is an entrance fee unless you have a Rhino or Wild Card. Take tea. Leader: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

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.


Birdlife KZN Midlands will be hosting a bird appreciation course in Pietermaritzburg during September and October. The course starts on September 2 with an introduction to birding and how to identify birds, courtesy of Mark Brown. Other subjects to be covered include top KZN birds and where to find them, raptors, garden birds, night birds, glassland birds, woodland birds, wetland birds, shore birds and much more. The course will take place at the Zoology Lecture Theatre in the John Bews building at UKZN Pietermaritzburg in Carbis Road. Admission is R950 (Birdlife members R850) or R150 (Birdlife members R135) per evening attended. For more information about the workshop programme and to book, phone Pam Nicol at 033 330 2947 or send an email to pnicol@vodamail.co.za

The Pietermaritzburg Business Network will meet at 15:30 on Thursday, 19 August at the Pietermaritzburg Bowling Club in Balmoral Drive, Alexander Park.


Participants will enjoy the innovative 'hot networking' concept, wherein ten guests seated at ten tables will interact with each other and a specialist guest speaker. Guests will change tables, topics and speakers three times during the evening, thus maximising networking exposure among attendees.


Attendance is free, is on a first come, first served basis, and is strictly limited to the first 100 companies to confirm participation. All are welcome to bring promotional material.


To book or for further information, contact Carmen on 084 576 1018 or via carmen@corporatenetwork.co.za, or phone Hilary on 0861 1COACH (0861 126224).

Free glycerine soap bar making instruction at The Soap Den, 105 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg. The health benefits of essential oils and different salts of the earth are explained, and instruction is given to make your own creams, body butters, bath oils, bubble baths etc. Instuction for two to 10 people at a time. Courses are available between 9 am and 4.30 pm daily.

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.

The Lageshrie’s School of Dance will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a dance drama based on some of the pastimes of the supreme personality of Godhead Lord Shree Krishna. This programme features a cast of 40 dancers from the age of three to graduates from the Lageshrie’s school of Dance. The music and choreography by Srimathi Lageshrie Phillips combines Bharatha Natyam, Kathak, Folk dance and Drama, all in keeping with the art of Classical dance. The performance takes place today at FET College,cnr Balhambra and Newholmes Way, Pietermaritzburg. Time:- 6:30pm. Inquiries: Rajen Phillips 0722289834 Suran Moodley 0832263855; Preetha Asaram 0790293928.


Celebrating Women with Music, “Imbokodo-The Women –The Rock, an initiative of WOW Factor Institute and Xem Promotion Collaboration, Acacia Bush Lodge and other stakeholders starts on Saturday noon in Cafe Vacca Matta at Golden Horse Casino. The function includes lunch and a mini session of Tessa and Friends on the Pink Couch and a “Meet and Greet” with R&B Sama Award winner 2009 headliner Bryce Anderson. At 3pm to 8pm artists such as Mario Ogle, Jae De’Monique, Prinston, Silent Threat, Statik, Karen Feeka-Lady Soul and Mzansi will be performing. Inquiries: Tessa Green-Mills at 033 387 2442 or 072 719 6580.

The KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation Annual General Meeting at the Usher Conservation Centre, Nottingham Road at 11am on Sunday, August 15. Guest Speakers: Jeanne Marie Pittman of Johannesburg Zoo and Tanya Smith of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Tea will be served from 10.30am Inquiries: Henry Davies at  033 3433630

A Horse and Hound Country Fair will take place from 10 am to 10 pm on August 21 at the Lions River Polo Club to raise money for the Coastal Horse Care Unit and Funda Nenja. Tickets are R10 for adults and R5 for children. For more information phone Lara at 082 573 1731 or Vicky at 073 929 5992.

The Msunduzi Hospice Annual Secretary Spring Day Luncheon will be held on September 1 at 12.30 pm for 1 pm in the Hospice Conference Centre, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. A gourmet picnic luncheon will be served along with an assortment of cheeses, a chocolate fountain for those chocoholics and fresh fruit for the health conscious. There will also be a guest speaker, exciting goodie bags and loads of fantastic prizes to be won. Tickets R140. Tables of ten are available but smaller numbers are welcome. For bookings and inquiries phone Sonja at 033 344 1560 or e-mail hospice@hospicekzn.co.za Bookings are essential.


Northway Rehab Centre will be statring its next four-week out-patient rehab programme for alcohol and drug abuse on August 16. For inquiries or bookings phone psychologist Raksha Singh at 082 372 2908.


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 Hilton Farmers and Craft Market takes place in the lower quarry every Saturday from 7.30 am to 11 am. Stalls include organic herbs, fruit and vegetable, solar products, coffee, home- made bakes and sweets, plants, cards and clothes. Inquiries: Fiona at 072 477 0551.

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.

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 Wednesday evenings 6.30pm - 7.30pm, 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


Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will now be open every second Saturday of the month from 9 am to 1 pm. Those visiting the museum on August 15 between 9 am and 1 pm can enjoy a nice cup of tea free of charge. Admission is R5 adults. R2 children, free pensioners. Car guards in attendance.


The Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will now be open every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 until 13:00. Please visit the museum on Saturday 14 August 2010 between 9:00 and 13:00 and enjoy a nice cup of tea free of charge. Admission is as follows: Adults R5,00 and children R2,00. No entrance fee is charged for pensioners. Car guards will be in attendance.


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.


Crystal Skulls:Jennifer Walsh will be giving a talk on the Crystal Skulls on Saturday August 14th at Flavour Cafe, Eden Gardens at 2 for 2.30pm. There are only 13 crystal skulls in the world and Jennifer Walsh is the keeper of 2 and has some amazing stories to tell. R100 pp

Bookings essential: Call Jann 033 3443648 / 0825696861 or 0832320756.



The St Anne’s Cultural Festival runs until August 18 at St Anne’s College. Productions include: The Boolulu Uncle, the autobiographical story of a young Zulu boy who grew up with an Indian family in Reservoir Hills can be seen at 8 pm on August 17. Tickets R70 (R50 concessions). And at 10 am on August 18 the festival hosts Dusi Dance Company’s Rhythm Is A Language, which uses a range of South African dance forms, from gumboot and stick dance to African contemporary to perform The Magic of The White Suit and African Soil, choreographed by artistic director, Vusi Makanya, and Up Close, choreographed by professional company dancer, Sthembiso Gcabashe. Tickets R70 (R50 concessions). Pupils from St Anne’s will also be taking part in the school’s annual inter-house theatre festival. Performances will take place at 6 pm on August 17 with the adjudication at 7 pm on August 18. Tickets R40 (R30 concessions). To book phone 033 343 6100.

Some of South Africa’s biggest stars from stage and screen have joined forces to help raise money for charity at the annual Night of 100 Stars at Suncoast Casino on Durban at 6 pm on August 16. Those performing include Tim Wells, Lisa Bobbert, Pume Zondi, Lauren Laing and Khaya Mthethwa, who is one third of the popular music group Black Magic.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards cancer research projects and awareness campaigns in the Durban region. Tickets are R500 per person or R5,000 per table, which includes complimentary wine, a decadent selection of gourmet cuisine and an evening of top class entertainment.

Booking is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information regarding Night of 100 Stars bookings or donations, phone Shauneeta Pargoolall at 031 205 9525 or email spargoolall@cansa.org.za


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.



Vision Board Workshop - attract the good you desire in all areas of your life! This powerful and fun technique helps you visualise your goals and keeps you focused. Inquiries: Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

Have you ever wondered where your creativity comes from? Everyone has it. Sometimes it's just a matter of finding it. George and Penny Forder combine their art and writing workshops to give you a weekend of creative development, titled The Dream Workshop For Creativity, on August 21 and 22, from 9 am to 4 pm both days. Penny has taught beginners to draw and paint from scratch to exhibition standards, painlessly. George has stimulated writers to tell their stories and captivate audiences. Together they use the subconcious elements of dreams to pull the essence of your inner artist to the surface. For more information and to book phone George at 082 774 7530 or Penny at 072 143 3008. Alternatively log on to www.spindrift.co.za or email george@spindrift.co.za

* 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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