Diary of Events 25 June to 1 July

2010-06-25 00:00


The NCF Church, at 498 Alexandra Road extension in Bisley, is hosting a free world cup screenings of 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, including the semi-finals at 8.30 pm on July 6 and 7. Admission is free.


Aladdins Corner in Nottingham Road is hosting a Raku course on June 26 and July 3. Admission is R340. There are also regular pottery classes at the venue on Monday nights From 6 pm to 8.30 pm and Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. Admission is R330 per month. Inquiries: 033 266 6460.

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.


A book launch day will take place at Imagine Books and at Woodrose Restaurant, at Hillcrest’s Heritage Market tomorrow. The books being promoted are Little Hare Lost by Robin Lamplough and Dassie by Marjorie Matthews. Both children's stories revolve around the magical world and adventures of the animals of Africa. The authors will be present to sign copies of their books. Also being launched is Home Grown Garden Makeovers by Juanita Knox, presenter of The Home Channel's gardening show Home-grown. There is also a charity market in aid of The Jess Foord Foundation and the Jelly Bean Foundation.

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.


Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets at the St Matthews Parish Hall, corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive, Hayfields at 7.30 pm on June 28. Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Always interesting talks, exhibits, advice on care of collections. Inquiries: 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835.

Howick Birding Group hosts a morning outing to the Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg on June 30. Meet at 7.15 am at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve to arrange transport, or at the entrance to the Gardens at 8 am. Members may also visit the indigenous nursery at the end of the morning. There is an entrance fee. Bring tea. Leader: Karin Nelson at 033 330 3027.

Toastmasters holds its monthly dinner meeting at Varsity College, Harwin Road, Scottsville, at 6.15 pm for 6.30 pm on July 6. Learn how to be a better speaker and to make better presentations. Admission R65. Inquiries: Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491.

The Women In Business July Forum takes place at 8 am on July 8 at Fernhill Hotel in Howick. The guest speaker is Dawn Coleman, senior state advocate: sexual offences and community affairs unit, who will be talking about the scourge of human trafficking and its link to prostitution.

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.


Msunduzi Hospice’s country market takes place from 8 am to 1 pm on July 3 to 13h00 at Hospice House, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. A selection of fresh veggies, yoghurts, jams, freshly baked cakes and more will be on sale. There will be kiddie’s entertainment in the Kidz Corner, a performance by Kimbo the Clown at 9.15 am, a tail wagging dog competition at 10 am (registration opens at 9.30 am at R10 per category; categories are best fancy dress, physically challenged, the cutest and ugliest dog, owner look alike, most unusual dog and the peoples choice award), items made by crafters, books and plants. Other attractions include tasty food and a performance by the Umgeni Hospital Band.


New 12 week course in fashion sewing, drawing and design, starting July 12 at Gateway School of Fashion, Project Gateway, Pietermaritzburg. For more details phone 084 486 1849 or call at reception, Project Gateway, 4 Burger Street.

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.


The Dusi Dance Company, based in Durban, is holding a dance workshop in African contemporary, hip hop and contact improvisation in Pietermaritzburg from July 5 to 9 at The Wykeham Collegiate School. The workshop will conclude with a performance on Friday, July 9 at Maritzburg College. Boys and girls aged from 12 years are welcome to attend. No previous advanced dance training is required. Entries close on June 30. For more information and the cost of the workshops phone Les-Lee at 072 077 1248 or Vusi at 082 622 4005.

The YMCA Hall in Pietermaritzburg is the place to be see JR (Show Dem), De’monique, Manzani and other top DJs, on July 9 from 6 pm. Tickets R50. Inquiries: 078 154 9000 or 033 3910 941.

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 Drakensberg Polar Bear Swim Challenge takes place tomorrow at 12 noon at the Dragon Peaks dam in the Central Drakensberg. Admission R40, which includes a certificate and soup. No wet suits allowed. All proceeds go to the Estcourt SPCA. Spectators encouraged to bring pet food or old blankets to donate to the SPCA. Inquiries: 082 828 0401.

Want to change your life forever today? Yes, then join Weigh-Less at our Community Man and Woman of the Year event at St John’s United Church, 344 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg on June 26 at 3 pm. Be inspired by the journey our enterants have been on and start your own journey to rediscover yourself. Tickets R10, which includes a high tea, words of inspiration from the guest speaker, and the inspirational journeys of the enterants. Inquiries: Pranusha at 074 525 5778 or email s1005@weigh-less.co.za

The monthly KwaZulu-Natal Stamp Fair takes place at Kloof Country Club on Sunday. Huge selection of stamps, plus the Post Office with all the latest issues, including the latest FIFA World Cup issue. Also a buy and sell auction. Inquiries: Anne Southwood at 033 343 4803.

Those chilling on the beach during the 2010 Mr Price Pro Ballito between July 1 and 11 can also enjoy the KwaDukuza Beach Festival. Beach Action includes Futbal Feva and beach soccer skills, beach volley ball and daily fashion shows; BMX, FMX and skateboard displays; a kiddies’ corner; retail cabins; arts and crafts; and a food court. Inquiries: Sangweni Tourism Centre at 032 946 1997 or go to www.mrpricepro.com

The Gay & Lesbian Network will be hosting a Soccer Party on July 3 at PMB Wanderers Club, 44 Aberfeldy Road, Scottsville. As an organisation it has taken the initiative to form a women’s football club, known as the Pink Mynah’s, and funds are needed for soccer kits and travel costs to all league games. The party will kick off at 8 pm. Entry is R30 and the public are encouraged to dress in the football theme. There will be a cash bar and braai packs on sale. Tickets are available at the Network office at 185 Burger Street and from Veron Moodley at 033 342 6165.

Walking with Women: enjoy a social walk from Nottingham Road to Fort Nottingham (Hawklee Country House) and back to Notties - 30 kms in total – on July 4. Email secretary@womeninbusiness.org.za for further details and registration forms. The walk is hosted by Women In Business and proceeds will be donated to Hospice Howick.

The Creighton Aloe festival takes place on July 10 and 11. Enjoy a return steam train ride from Creighton, alongside the Ngogwaan river,

through thousands of aloes where you will be able to take a spectacular photo. Trips are also offered on July 3 and 4, and 17 and 18. Also on the weekend of July 10 and 22 there will be birding tours, mission tours, a scenic cycle ride, art exhibitions, vintage engines on display, delicious meals and a country market. The train trips depart at 10 am and 2 pm on July 10 and 10 am on July 11. Admission is R150 (sitter coach) or R175 (lounge coach). Prices for children aged two to 12) are R100 (sitter coach) and R175 (lounge coach). The Sunday sunrise team train trip to Donnybrook 40km MTB ride back through the beautiful Xumeni Forest to Centicow Mission and back to Creighton on July 11 departs at 7.30 am. Admission is R250. For more information on the Aloe Steam Festival email: glynnis@toocee.co.za or phone 083 273 8037.

The Kamberg Outdoor Challenge takes place on July 31. Teams of four compete in clay pigeon shooting, trout fishing and three other events around the Kamberg Valley Association Hall. For information and registration forms email secretary@kambergtroutfestival.co.za


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 Macrorie House Museum will be hosting a holiday programme for children from the age of ten years on June 29 and 30 June from 9 am to 11.30 am each day. On June 29 children will learn the art of basic decoupage and on June 30 they will be doing ceramic painting. The cost is R50 per child per day. Space in the museum is limited so booking is essential. Phone Magda at 033 342 5515 or Marigold at 033 394 2161.

From June 28 to July 2, the Luthuli Museum in Groutville will be holding 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.

Looking for a way to entertain your little ones? Why not take them along to Rosehurst, at 239 Boom Street, to see the children’s storytelling production, As Told By Me, on June 30 and July 7 at 9.45 pm. As Told By Me is performed by master storyteller, Peter John Hattingh, and features the much loved classic fairytales, Little Red Cap and Rumplestiltskin. Both stories are packed with action, suspense and audience participation and are loads of fun for the whole family. Tickets are R35, which includes something to nibble and drink. Weather permitting. Booking is essential as space is limited. Call Rosehurst at 033 394 3833 for bookings or visit their shop at 239 Boom Street. Don’t forget to bring blankets and dress warmly.

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


Friends of Music’s next recital, on June 29, features the acclaimed South African-based duo of Polina Burdukova (cello) and Kerry Wisniewski (piano). They will be performing a programme ranging from Baroque to contemporary classical music by Couperin, Popper, Schumann, Rossini, and two South African composers, Jean Zail-Rudolph and Alan Stevenson. The duo’s recital will be preceded by the evening’s prelude performer, 16-year-old Keziah Peel. A music scholarship pupil at Durban Girls College, versatile Keziah is principal cellist in the KZN Youth Orchestra, and also a member of the KZN Wind Band where she plays saxophone and mallet percussion. Friends of Music recitals are held at the Durban Jewish Centre at 44 KE Masinga Road (formerly Old Fort Road) and begin at 7.45 pm. Tickets R60 (members) and R70 (non-members) from Computicket.

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.


The Hexagon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg is hosting two shows from Malawi - MaKwacha HipOpera and Tariro - which are on their way to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. MaKwacha HipOpera is a musical hip-hop theatre experiment, which delves into Malawian urban life in a riotous journey through love, betrayal, corruption and revenge; while Tariro captures the past and rips apart its legacy through one modern Zimbabwean woman’s struggle with her interrogator. The two plays are being presented as a double bill for one performance only tonight at 7 pm. Tickets R50 (R30 concession) at the door. Inquiries: 033 260 5537.

Into the Sunlight is a play produced and written by C.K. Stephanus, in aid of a drug and alcohol awareness programme at Fairvale Secondary School. Whilst the message is serious the show is entertaining with undertones of clever comedy. The play will be staged at St. Philomena’s Hall, 92 Rippon Road, Sydenham on July 1 at 8 pm. Tickets R50 (pensioners R30 and children R25). Phone Calvin at 083 433 0410 or Fabian at 031 208 4187 to book.


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.


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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