Diary of Events 25 November to 1 December

2011-11-25 00:00

Msunduzi Hospice is holding its Festive Fair from 10 am to 6 pm today and and from 8 am to 12.30 pm tomorrow at Hospice House, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury.

Today’s activities include a demonstration by Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge at 11 am and the Umgeni Hospital Band performing from 1 pm to 2 pm. The plants, white elephant and tea garden with tasty meals will also be open.

The Courtyard Coffee Shop, the bookshop and the charity shop, all at Hospice House, will have specials on during the Fair, and Father Christmas will be visiting the Kidz Corner for most of Friday. He will be having fun with the lucky dips, colouring in, making of decorations for his tree.

Tomorrow’s programme includes the Gertz Meritz School Drummies at 9.30 am followed by the MCS School Band and Double Bass providing live music with karaoke. Jesus Alonso will entertain from noon.

For the bargain hunter, the White Elephant, open on both days, has many hidden treasures from as little as R5 and of course for the gardener there will be a variety of plants to choose. The craft team has worked during the year to have a variety of craft and gift ideas that are especially handmade. Items on sale range from doorstops, baskets, cards to tree decorations. Early shopping is recommended as stocks are limited.

Interested stall holders can display their goods– unfortunately no food items. Phone Sonya Mateus at 033 344 1560 or email hospice@hospicekzn.co.za


The annual general meeting of the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) will be held on November, 30 at 5.30 pm in the Coffee Shop at the Tatham Art Gallery immediately after the gallery’s board of trustees AGM. Parking will be available in the Parliament garden.


A Bags Bazaar is taking place at Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg during the normal weekly opening hours until Christmas. There is an eclectic collection of handmade bags using cotton, merino fleece, other sheep breeds and silk, wet-felted, sewn and knitted, in all shapes and sizes - something to suit everyone. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 for more details.

The Witness Craft Bazaar will take place at Liberty Midlands Mall’s Edgars Court from today until Sunday . The bazaar will run from 9 am to 6 pm each day, except Sunday when it will close at 5 pm. Any crafters interested in taking part in the event are asked to phone Gail Cornhill at 082 445 2577 or via email at gail@spottedowl.co.za

Corrie Lynn & Co Open is hosting an exhibition weekend, from today until Sunday. St Verde Succulents and Lion’s Gate Gallery in Dargle also open. Inquiries: 082 828 0424.

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum is hosting an exhibition of quilts done by The Natal Quilters Guild until the middle of January 2012. All the quilts have a theme architecture. The museum is open from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: Sane Dhlamini or Riana Mulder at 033 394 6843/5.

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.


Spirit and Life Word Ministries invites anyone interested to join them for free Bible studies every Thursday at 7 pm and Tuesday at 9.30 am at 16 Rishiduth Close, Orient Heights. Inquiries: Shammy Pillay at 078 371 1600 or 033 391 5988.


Msunduzi Hospice is holding its Festive Fair on November 25 from 10 am to 6 pm and on November 26 from 8 am to 12 noon at Hospice House, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Do all your early Christmas shopping with loads of homemade crafts and gift ideas to choose from - bargains, fun and food for the whole family. Non-food staff holders who wish to have a stall should phone Rashida at 033 344 1560 or e-mail hospice@hospicekzn.co.za

The Rosetta Fundraising Christmas Market takes place at the Rosetta Hotel tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm. Stalls will be selling craft, bric-a-brac and sltightly worn clothing. There will be children’s games and a tea garden. The market is raising funds to purchase a jungle gym for the local school and to upgrade the village of Rosetta.

The Sunflower Fund will benefit from the ‘Green with Envy’ Christmas Market Charity Evening on December 8 from 5.30 pm to 9 pm at 281 Vause Road, Morningside. Tickets for this charity evening are R100 and include snacks, two drinks, two raffle tickets to win an amazing hamper and Christmas Carols by the Durban Men’s Choir. Father Christmas will also be in attendance. Shop under the stars, be the first to see the stall holders gorgeous wares and support a worthy cause at the same time. All money raised will be used by The Sunflower Fund to give hope to children with leukaemia. Inquiries: Stephanie Berry on 078 207 9041 or email steph@sunflowerfund.org.za to book.

The Vintage Baynesfield Christmas Market takes place on December 11. There will be quality goods and gifts for sale, delicious food, vintage tractors, blacksmiths, woodcrafters and more. Phone 033 251 0001 during office hours for more details.

Pietermaritzburg SPCA is hosting a special Christmas morning market on December 3 at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road, from 8 am to 12 noon. Entertainment and bargains galore, delicious food and refreshments in the teagarden and pancakes at the SPCA pancake stall. Do Christmas shopping at the gifts, collectables and jewellery stalls. Outside stall holders are welcome – R50 per stall. To book a stall or for more information, phone 033 386 9267.

The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust is hosting a Christmas Craft and Flea Market in partnership with the café/restaurant Voluptuous Blue and designer furniture store Design FX at 24 and 26 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, from 10 am to 4 pm on December 16. Hillcrest AIDS Centre’s craft project, Woza Moya, will be selling all sorts of beautiful jewellery, pottery, gift and Christmas decorations, and their Gardens of Hope nursery will be selling Christmas trees and a wide range of indigenous and foreign plants. Inquiries: 031 765 5866.

The Shongweni Christmas Market, which will feature a colourful range of handmade crafts, Christmas décor, a wide variety of foods and fun for the whole family and live music by local band, The Kings and Queen, takes place on December 16 at the Farmers Market Grounds, Corner Kassier and Alverstone Roads, Assagay from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. Inquiries: email info@shongwenimarket.co.za or log on to www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Pennington Rec Club will be holding its' annual Christmas Fair on December 16 at the Relton Hall and grounds. Regular Pennington Market stall holders should phone Stephanie at 039 975 3028 while prospective stallholders should phone Fred Stevenson at 039 975 1137 or Frank Hollier at 039 975 3709.


Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a walk in Kloof along Longshadow to Acutt and escarpment tomorrow. Meet at Krantzkloof parking area at 1.45 pm. Entrance fee R15. Inquiries: Erica at 031 266 1853. On Sunday there is a hike from Ballito to Salt Rock. Taking advantage of the spring tides, a beach walk with beautiful tidal rock pools, sandy beaches and rocky outcrops. Lunch after the hike at a venue to be decided. Meet next to service station at Hypermarket at 7.45 am. Bring rubber shoes for the rocks. Petrol sharing R20. Inquiries: Duncan at 083 229 7748.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a day outing to Dalton Private Reserve upstream from Wagondrift Dam on November 30. It is 2472 hectares in extent with 14 km of Bushmen’s River frontage. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 6.30 am to arrange transport. Cost of R20 for education purposes, payable to the leader, Eve Hughes. Inquiries: 033 330 2723.

Pietermaritzburg and Districts Floral Club meets on December 1 at 9 am for 9.30 am at Hilton Methodist Church Hall. Althea Higham, a top floral artist will demonstrate arrangements with a Christmas theme. Visitors welcome - R20 including tea and seasonal refreshments. Inquiries: Margaret at 033 3433710.

The next meeting of the Hilton Garden Club will be at the Church of the Ascension Hall in Brindy Road, Hilton at 10 am for 10.30 am on December 6 (please note the change of date) and will be a bring and share lunch. The guest speaker is Jenny Hoepfl who will talk on the History of Hilton. Members are requested to bring a plate of eats.

The Pietermaritzburg Computer Club meets at the Olwazini Discovery Centre (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. For club, agenda and venue details log on to www.pacc.org.za or phone Mike Robertson at 082 447 2159.

The Hilton Guide Company welcomes all girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to join them on Friday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Worlds View campsite. Inquiries: Mandy Buchanan at 071 527 7162.

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: Merle Fawdry at 033 344 3092.

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.

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.


Coastlands Hotel in Umhlanga Ridge is hosting a ladies night fundraiser for Reach For A Dream on November 24 at 6.30 pm. The chariy fulfils the dreams of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. This year’s event is not to be missed as Reach for a Dream is working in partnership with ‘The Bedroom’ which promises to be a fun-filled night of goodies, naughtiness and giveaways. Tickets are R300 – tables of 11 available as well as individual seats. The price includes a three course buffet, inspirational women speakers, a fun lap dancing class, a hot DJ, exciting goodie bags and loads of prizes to be won! To book phone 031 566 2220 or email Prkzn@reachforadream.org.za

The Lutheran Church, on the corner of Bester Road and Military Way in Hayfields, is hosting an Advent Evening at 5.30 pm on November 25. There will be a children’s lantern walk at 6.30 pm and Carols by Candlelight at 7 pm. Kaffeestube, traditional German cakes, a light supper, Christmas decorations, advent wreaths and raffles will be available. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Press Release

For Immediate Attention

18 November 2011

The Green Hub at Blue Lagoon on the south bank of the uMngeni Estuary, will be the epicentre of the upcoming Durban Green Festival, which runs from November 30 to December 9. The festival, which is also taking place at a number of other locations between the Green Hub and uShaka Marine World, will be offering Durban locals as well as the 20,000 COP 17/CMP7 (COP17) climate change conference visitors to Durban the chance to enjoy many climate-related installations as well as a top quality entertainment and activity programme each day.The ‘My Green Home’ exhibition will be one of the key events at the Green Hub, itself an award-winning eco home building which incorporates alternative construction materials, renewable energy power and water heating, energy efficient lighting, water harvesting and management systems, an array of energy efficient appliances, wormeries, composters, recycled furniture and art. The festival will kick off on November 30 with the Jabulisa Street Event created by David Gouldie on behalf of the National Department of Arts and Culture, Jabulisa will be a celebration of artistic expression including dance, art installations and other entertainment. There will also be offering a market and entertainment area on the lawns overlooking the uMngeni River and a green tent with interactive workshops and artistic activities, vendors of green technologies and services, a dedicated children’s area, healthy and organic foods, quality and handmade crafts, and a food and beverage court. A stage with live music, green movies and performing arts will see performances from some popular local acts, an international act from Nigeria, as well as a few up and coming artists.

Inquiries: www.durbangreencorridor.co.za

The Kilgobbin Mist-belt Forest walk takes place on December 1 from 9 am to 11 am, starting at Kilgobbin Cottage on the D707 off D17 in the Dargle. Entry R10 donation to the Dargle Conservancy. Phone Barend Booysen at 082 787 0797.

Msunduzi Hospice is holding its Tree of Lights Ceremony on December 2 at 6.30 pm at 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. R30 per light in memory of a loved one - light meals will be served before and after service. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

Friends of Hospice Dance on December 3 at 7 pm at the Truro Hall in Pietermaritzburg. Please support Hospice and end of the year with much fun and dance. Bring own basket - R60 per couple. To book phone 033 344 1560.

Msunduzi Hospice’s charity shop has mopved to 200 Zwartkop Rd, Prestbury, and is open week days from 8 am to 3.45 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

The Hospice Coffee shop at Hospice House, Pietermaritzburg is open. Visitors can choose from a selection of mouth-watering sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas and coffees. During lunch time you can indulge in the chef’s special of the day or tuck into tasty quiches and giant muffins. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

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.


A support group for people caring for a loved one who is terminally ill meets at 4 Old Howick Road, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg from 10 am to 11.30 am on the last Wednesday of the month. The support group aims to provide a forum for carers to meet with other people in similar situations to share experiences, support one another, share tips, and take time out to socialise with others who understand what you are going through in a non-judgmental atmosphere of acceptance, care and understanding. For more details contact the group facilitators, Carolyn Lurie via email at cdgird@gmail.com or phone 033 345 2939 or 072 288 0684; and Jill Hobson via email at jillhobson7@gmail.com or phone 083 4991094 or 033 330 4382.


Learn to Meditate half day course on December 4 from 9.30 am to 1 pm at Phansi Museum, 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, with Buddhist monk Kelsang Jampel. Meditation pacifies and heals the pains of stress. When our mind becomes still, inner peace and happiness naturally arise from within. This feeling of inner peace helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life and to feel warm and well disposed towards others. Cost R130 donation to Mahasiddha Centre. Bookings and information at 031 464 0984 or email info@meditateindurban.org

Meditation for positive thinking and a peaceful mind - weekly classes on Thursday evenings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for a peaceful, relaxed and happy mind in your daily life. Meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayleyat 072 971 8450 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


This month’s KwaZulu-Natal Museum talk, titled Aspects of the late Iron Age in KwaZulu-Natal’will be delivered by Gavin Whitelaw, chief curator of the human sciences department (archaeology), at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in the Ingede Theatre at the museum at 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg on December 3 at 10.45 am. A light finger lunch will be served after the talk so that you can meet some of the museum staff and learn more about what they do behind the scenes. RSVP to Viranna Frank at 033 341 0556 or 345 1404.

The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum is celebrating its centenary in 2012 and is in the process of upgrading some exhibitions. The Museum needs items reflecting the city’s history, especially sport and political history. The Museum is also upgrading exhibitions at 333 Boom Street and need items from the Anglo-Boer War. If there are any readers who would like to donate items to the museum, phone Elrica Olivier at 033 394 6834 or eolivier@msunduzimuseum.org.za.


University of KwaZulu-Natal cassical music student Siphesihle Manana will be performing a public recital at 5 pm today at the Howard College Theatre on the Durban campus. Entrance is free. Inquiries: 031 260 3353.

The Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra and Durban City Orchestra hosting a Christmas Concert on December 3 and 4. Christmas: A Concert Celebration will feature well-known favourites of the like O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël) and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as well as some spectacular arrangements of popular carols by Leroy Anderson, including his fabulous Christmas Festival. The Pietermaritzburg performance is December 3 at 7 pm in the new Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary Chapel situated at 115 Golf Road (next to Epworth School). The performance on December 4 will take place at 3 pm at the Mariann Hill Monastery outside Pinetown. Tickets are available at the door, at a cost of R60 for adults, and R40 for pensioners, students and scholars.


The Bat Centre in Durban’s small craft harbour 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. Inquiries: 031 332 0451.


This month’s KwaZulu-Natal Museum talk, titled Aspects of the late Iron Age in KwaZulu-Natal’ will be delivered by Gavin Whitelaw, chief curator of the human sciences department (archaeology), at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in the Ingede Theatre at the museum at 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg on December 3 at 10.45 am. A light finger lunch will be served after the talk so that you can meet some of the museum staff and learn more about what they do behind the scenes. RSVP to Viranna Frank at 033 341 0556 or 345 1404.


Explore the culture, heritage and scenic beauty of Pietermaritzburg on the Wozo Cheka tour on the last Sunday of the month. The cost is R50. 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.


Kilgobbin Dargle Forest Walk takes place on December 1. Entrance R10 to Dargle Conservancy. Phone Barend to book at 082 787 0797.

* 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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