Diary of Events 25 February to 3 March

2011-02-25 00:00


The annual meeting of BirdLife KZN Midlands and the Howick Birding Group takes place at Yellowwood Café in Howick tomorrow. It will be followed by lunch – cost R125, booking essential. Phone Sally at 072 119 4253 or email sally@wessa.co.za There will also be a walk in the Umgeni Valley at 7 am for those interested, followed by tea, and the meeting at 11 am. Admission R20. The guest speaker is Mark Anderson, executive director of BirdLife SA, who will give a talk titled ‘Bird Conservation in South Africa’.


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.

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.


Durban Ramblers is hosting a hike in the Eston area on Sunday. Moderate hike on a beautiful farm just past the Tala Game Reserve. Lunch at Eston Farmer’s club afterwards (optional). Meet in Pinetown at 7 am. Petrol sharing R35. The club also has hikes every Wednesday morning - phone Philip at 031 201 3592 or Colin at 031 708 3517.

Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets on February 28 at 7.30 pm in the St Matthews Parish Hall, corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive, Hayfields. Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Inquiries: 033 343 4803

or 082 534 2835.

Toastmasters will be holding its monthly dinner at 6.15 pm for 6.30 pm on March 1 at Varsity College, Harwin Road, Scottsville. Learn how to be a better speaker and to make better presentations. Admission R60 and visitors welcome. Inquiries: Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491.

Kobus Moolman is the guest poet at the March 2 meeting of the Live Poets Society (LiPS) at Point Yacht Club on Victoria Embankment, Durban, at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Moolman is an award-winning poet and playwright, educator and editor, who teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. He is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading lyrical poets and has published six collections of poetry. Inquiries: Danny at 083 282 0865 or via email at dnaicker@metsond.co.za

The Pietermaritzburg Computer Club meets at the Olwazini Discovery Centre at the Golden Horse Casino on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm. Whether you are an expert or a novice there is always something to learn or share. Inquiries: log on to http://www.pacc.org.za or phone Mike Robertson at 082 447 2159.

Howick Birding Group is hosting an illustrated talk by Dr Bill Bainbridge on ‘Avitourism and the Umgano Community Project, Southern KZN’ on March 16 at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick. Doors open at 5.30 pm.

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. 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 at 5.30 pm 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. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm in Alexandra Park, near the Oval. 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. 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. 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. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Daily free-flying raptor displays can be seen at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary on the Lion Park Road (exit 65 off the N3 highway). Open Tuesday to Sunday, the shows take place at 10.30 am and 3 pm. With jungle gyms and bunnies to feed, a gift shop and gallery, tea garden, picnic area and gobbly, squabbly vulture feeding sessions there’s something for everyone. Phone 031 785 2981 or Shannon at 082 35 90 900 for more information.

Professor Sipho Shabalala will be the guest speaker for Sobukwe Day at the Bat Centre on Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm. His lecture and the event itself serves to give recognition to more of our South African icons and learn more about Sobukwe’s philosophy. It is also relevant for acknowledging South Africa’s history and the Pan African perspective in relation to the struggle for liberation. Inquiries: Lwazi at 082 588 0835.

The KwaZulu-Natal monthly stamp fair takes place at Kloof Country Club from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Huge selection of stamps, plus the Post Office with all the latest issues. Hordes of stamps, documents, ephemera, books, postcards. Buy and sell auction at 11.30 am. Entry to the stamp fair is free. Inquiries: Anne or Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 534 3835.

Vision and Joy Togethery takes place on Sunday at 9.30am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Debbie Fox will be presenting the topic, ‘Aligning with your Life-Purpose’. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

Bikers and bike enthusiasts are getting together at 53 Pope Ellis Drive, Ashburton on Sunday to raise money for the SA Mounted Games Team, who will be travelling to New Zealand in March to compete. Mounted Games is an equestrian sport similar to gymkhana, where the riders need to be agile and quick, jumping off moving ponies, picking up props or items then vaulting back onto the moving pony and handing the prop to the next rider, or dropping it in a bucket. Registration will take place from 7 am to 10 am, with riding taking place from 10 am to 1 pm. Riders on 50cc motorcycles onwards will be catered for on three different offroad/trail courses, which will be laid out and marked. The terrain is not suitable for Quads and they will therefore regrettably be excluded. Entry fee is R100 per rider. There will be directional signboards and taping from the highway. Inquiries: Chris Kritzinger at 082 449 8114 or Graham Odendaal at 083 795 7171.

Midlands Forum is hosting a talk by Thomas Wheeler, South Africa’s ambassador to Turkey and the former Soviet Central Asian states and chief director: Latin America and the Caribbean, titled ‘Verwoerd to Mbeki and Beyond’ at 9.30 am for 10 am on March 1 at Howick High School. Visitors are welcome to attend. Admission R30.

Open vocal assessments are being offered by Vocal Vibes Voice Training School in Morningside from 2 pm to 5 pm on March 5. The assessments are a free class where budding talent can go to the school and try their hand at singing. They need to prepare any contemporary pop or rock track. Vocal Vibes can provide a backing track if required. Once the potential student has done his/her assessment they get feedback from professional instructors and then could be invited to join the school of regular classes. Inquiries: Kerry-lee McKibbin at 072 620 2074 or email kerryleemck@gmail.com

The Natal Sheepdog Society will be holding the 2011 Dog of the Year trials on March 5 and 6 at Linton Farm, Mooi River. This is a national event and dogs and their owners from all over South Africa will take part. The runner-up to the 2010 Dog of the Year was Mick owned by Ragni Pretorius from Mooi River. Directions: from Durban, turn off the N3 to Mooi River and take the R103 towards Estcourt. Travel for 5.8km then turn right on to the first Middelrus gravel road (P18). Travel for 1.3km then turn right on to the D54, travel 2km then turn right on to the D161. From there, follow the sheepdog signs. From Estcourt, travel on the R103 towards Mooi River and pass the Plains farm stall. Turn left on to the Middelrus gravel road (P18) and follow the directions above. Inquiries: Ragni Pretorius at 033 263 2526 or 072 500 1361.

Talana Alive is the name of an exciting festival which will take place at the Talana Museum in Dundee on Saturday, April 9. Following a street parade, the festival will start at 1 pm with a programme that includes a dog competition, a display by the SAPS K9 Unit, a static military display, live cooking demonstrations, food from around the world, an English Pub, a Victorian tea garden with an Mad Hatters theme, music by locals artists and a ‘Night at the Museum’ experience which will give visitors the chance to observe the world-famous displays in a different light. Inquiries: 034 21 22121.


A new exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Durban University of Technology’s City Campus can be viewed at the Durban University of Technology Art Gallery on the Steve Biko campus in Durban until March 25, weekdays from 8.30 am to 4 pm. Inquiries: Nathi Gumede at 031 373 2207.


The Suicide Support Group which aims to help anyone who has been touched by suicide directly or indirectly meets on February 28 at 6.30 pm in the Kloof Library, 2 Umzwilili Road, Kloof. Inquiries: email suicideprevent@gmail.com or phone Lori at 083 652 0117 or Sue at 084 446 6627.


The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market takes place tomorrow from 9 am till 12 noon at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. There are bargains galore at our fundraising stall including a special half price clearance sale at the white elephant stall. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.


The meditation course, Positive Thinking and the Healing Power of the Mind, will take place from 3 pm to 6 pm on March 5 at the Yellowwood Cafe, 1 Shafton Road, Howick. Buddhist monk Kelsang Phuntsog will explain special ways of thinking that help to transform our mind and our life to more peaceful and healthy states, come to experience a lasting inner peace and joy that arises from a positive and happy outlook on life. Admission R100 donation to Maitreya Centre, including refreshments. To book and for more details phone Carol at 033 234 4182 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

Simply Breathe - learning the art of meditation in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm at 60 Oakleigh Avenue, Wembley and in Howick on Thursday evenings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at Yellowwood Café on the Karkloof Road. The ancient practice of meditation will help you to reduce stress, overcome frustration and find inner peace. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 033 234 4182 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


United in Christ Ministries Church in Harappa Road, Northdale invites you to their Intercessory Payer meeting every Tuesday at 10 am to 11 am. Bring the sick with you and your prayer requests. Inquiries: Danny at 084 559 5576.


Enjoy live poetry courtesy of Izinkondlo Zetheku (Zulu for Durban poetry), an event organised by the Ethekwini Department of Arts & Living Culture, at 12 noon on March 5 in the Sipho Gumede Hall at the Bat Centre in Durban’s small craft harbour. Among those taking part are Masoja Msiza, Mxolisi Mtshali, Xolile Vilakazi, Busiswa Gqulu, Khumbulani Khumbulani Sithole, Tumelo Khoza, Sakhile Shabalala, and special guest, Professor Pitika Ntuli. Tickets are R50 at the door. Inquiries: 031 332 0451. The Bat Centre also holds regular poetry sessions for Nowadays Poets on Wednesdays and Basadzi Women of Poetry on Thursdays in the functions room. These sessions run from 5 pm to 7 pm.


The beautiful music of Nat King Cole will be performed at the Baynesfield Club when Colin Penn stages his show, Nat and Natalie, tonight. Njabulo Nzuza and Immaculate Cele will perform his music, backed by Colin Penn and his Pennants. Tickets for the show are R100 (R40 scholars), which includes supper – and patrons are encouraged to dress in smart casual sixties outfits. Funds raised from the event will go to the Baynesfield Museums. To book phone Eleanor at 033 251 0001 during office hours. Alternatively you can send an SMS to 084 245 4646 or an email to curator.jbe@mwebbiz.co.za

Lara Newton’s Tshepang: The Third Testament, a play inspired by the 2001 rape of nine-month-old baby Tshepang in the Northern Cape, can be seen at Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre in Balgowan at 2 pm on March 2, 11 am and 7 pm on March 3 and 7 pm on March 4. The work has been critically acclaimed with The Stage, London describing it as a “searing and compassionate, powerfully acted play … is a committed act of remembrance.” Tickets for Tshepang: The Third Testament are R120 (R100 scholars and pensioners). To book phone Michelle Huntley via email at michun@michaelhouse.org or at 033 234 1139.

Hilton College Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style with a performance by the a’capella group, D-Seven: The Freshest in A’Capella. The group’s repertoire includes songs by Cold Play, the Black-eyed Peas, Queen, Sinatra, Michael Jackson, One Republic, Maroon 5, The Beatles, Cee lo Green, and even a Rock ‘n Roll medley. Watch D-Seven live at the Hilton College Theatre at 7.30 pm on Friday, March 4 and 8 pm on Saturday, March 5. Tickets are R90 for adults and R70 for pensioners and scholars (free to teachers bringing school groups). To book phone 033 383 0126/0127 or email tickets@hiltoncollege.com


Explore the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of Pietermaritzburg on the Wozo Cheka tour on the last Sunday of the month except the first tour – The French Connection – which will take place on Saturday, March 26. The cost is R50. Tours to look forward include: 24 April – The Freedom Route; 29 May – Tatham Art Gallery and Macrorie House Mueseum; 26 June – The Hindu Temples; 31 July – Neo Classical Influences on the Architecture of Pietermaritzburg; 28 August - The Alan Paton Literary Trail; 25 September – Project Gateway and Edendale; and 30 October – The Tree Walk at Botanical Gardens. For bookings and more information phone Pietermaritzburg Tourism at 033 345 1348.

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.


One Vision Africa is hosting a trauma release exercise workshop with Dr David Berceli Phd from the United States from March 31 to April 3 at the Elangeni Southern Sun Hotel in Durban. Train in and experience this revolutionary new technique to reduce muscular tension, relieve chronic stress, anxiety, and recover from traumatic episodes in life. To book go to www.onevisionafrica.com Alternatively phone Brigitte at 084 548 5277 or email onevision@webafrica.org.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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