Diary of Events 26 August to 1 September

2011-08-25 00:00


Slices of Life, a photographic exhibition by Maureen Hackland, can be viewed at Hacklands, Shop 16, Parklane Centre, Pietermaritzburg until August 31. Inquiries: 033 342 1719.

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 Hiking Club is hosting a shady walk in the Kloof Gorge tomorrow. Meet at the Krantzkloof Car Park at 1.45 pm. Entrance fee R15. Inquiries: Erica at 031 266 1853. On Sunday the club will be heading to Hornet’s Krantz to explore the heights of the Monteseel area. Medium hike with one or two climbs. Optional - buy lunch at Inchanga station, as this coincides with the steam train. Meet in Pinetown at 8 am. Inquiries: Dieter at 031 462 7445.

Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets every last Monday of the month (except December) at the St Matthews Parish Hall (corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive), Hayfields at 7.30 pm on August 29. Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Always interesting talks, exhibits, advice on care of collections.buying and selling, and swapping between members. Inquiries: 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a day outing to ‘Highover Wildlife Sanctuary’ near Richmond on August 31. Meet at 6.30 pm at Umgeni Valley to arrange transport, or at the Reserve at 8 am. Entrance fee of R30. Leader: Drummond Densham at 033 330 4039.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to ‘Darvill’ at 7 am on September 4. Leader: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

Toastmasters meets on September 6 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm at Varsity College, Harwin Road, Scotsville. Learn to be a better speaker and make a better presentation and gain confidence talking before a group of people. Visitors welcome . Tickets R 70, wine provided. BYOB. - Booking essential . To find out what goes on at Toastmasters phone Ruth Varrie at 033 398 6528.

The Live Poets Society (Lips) meets at the Point Yacht Club on Victoria Embankment, Durban, at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on September 7. The guest poet is Jean Marie Spitaels, better known by his pen name, Jean Cornet. His work includes Dust on the Road, a collection of poems and art. Admission is free.

The Hilton Garden Club’s meeting on September 20 includes a visit to the lovely garden of Mr and Mrs Featherby, “Norwood” in Oak Park. There will be a talk by Gordon Stuart on the restoration of this historic garden. Directions : Travel up Town Bush Road, turn right into Ireland Road – the road bears left, third left into Kenneth Road, first right into Margaret McFie Place which is a cul-de sac. Time : 9.30 am for 10 am. Inquiries : Nora Chapman at 033 347 5010.

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 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.

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.


Hirsch’s is hosting a free domestic workers course from 10 am to 12 noon on August 29 at Hirsch’s Pietermaritzburg, 4 Chatterton Road. Booking is essential. RSVP to Sera Glaus via email at sera@hirschs.co.za or phone 033 345 3221.

Compuscan is hosting a free money management workshop on September 14 at the Blue Waters Hotel in Durban. According to the National Credit Regulator’s Credit Bureau Monitor research report, as of March 2011, 8.63 million consumers in South Africa have an impaired credit record. This means that over 8 million people are currently either 3 or more payments in arrears on one or more of their accounts, have an adverse listing on their credit record, or have a judgement or administration order against them. By empowering communities with financial insight Compuscan hopes to bestow on them the ability to better manage their personal finances and make informed financial decisions. At all workshops attendees are given the opportunity to receive a free copy of their credit report, provided they bring their ID documents along. On their credit report attendees can see their current creditworthiness status and are provided with critical information on how to improve their credit status to gain access to credit in times of need. Furthermore, the report makes individuals aware of their credit history and how paying their accounts on time can be used to their advantage. Anyone who feels that they require guidance with their financial affairs or is interested in learning how to better manage their finances and become credit healthy is welcome to attend. You can also contact us to schedule a workshop in your area. If you would like more information on the Money Management Workshops or to make a booking, please contact us on 021 888 6000 or send an e-mail to info@compuscanacademy.co.za or visit www.compuscan.co.za


Rhythm and Dance, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) KwaZulu-Natal regional advisory panel’s showcase of dance in the province will be taking place at the Hilton College Theatre tomorrow at 12 noon and 3 pm. The show, which is also a fundraiser for the RAD, not only celebrates the development of the students’ skills but also gives recognition to the teachers who throughout the year invest many hours of dedicated training into their students. The programme will include classical ballet, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, and celtic dance numbers, performed in beautiful costumes by participants in a range of age groups. Among the studios taking part this year include: Harlequin Dance Studio (Pietermaritzburg), Winsome Fuller Studio of Dance (Glenwood), Mary Ann Salvage School of Ballet (Berea), Domaine School of Dance (Lion’s River), Heather Proctor School of Dance (Pietermaritzburg), Sheila’s Dance School (Hillcrest), Brenda McLachlan School of Dancing (Pietermaritzburg), JC Dance Studios (Durban North), Gail Smith School of Dancing (Durban North), Ingrid Green Academy of Ballet (Westville), The Hilton School of Ballet (Hilton), Springwood School of Dancing (Durban North), Julia Powell Ballet and Pilates (Pietermaritzburg) and Sue Cook’s Dance Studio (Westville). A special feature of this year’s showcase is the inclusion of the winners of the Genée Dance Challenge in the KwaZulu-Natal region which took place on August 21 in the Loft Theatre at the Playhouse in Durban. The winners will represent KZN in the final of the Genée Dance Challenge in the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on October 8.

Tickets are R60 and can be booked at 033 383 0126 or via email at tickets@hiltoncollege.com A portion of the proceeds of this showcase will go to the ChallenGenée fundraising campaign in support of the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition.


Come and see the exciting range of jewellery made by young teenagers from Phayiphini(off top of Morcom Road), who are taking part in the Jewels of Hope programme. Buy a gift that will help change a life at 81 Tatham Road, Prestbury from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm tomorrow. Inquiries: Diana Coke at 033 344 2789.

There will be an open day at the Alliance Francaise from 10 am to 1 pm tomorrow. The centre is a gateway to French language and culture. Besides French language courses for all levels, Zulu courses are also offered. The third semester of language courses kicks off on September 5. Become a member of Alliance Française de Durban and enjoy the facilities which include a library which boasts a good variety of books to suit all tastes and ages as well as French DVDs with English subtitles. Other activities and services offered by Alliance Française de Durban are Jazz evenings, workshops such as “Cook in French”, art exhibitions, and translations services. Alliance Française de Durban is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent cor Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road. Inquiries: www.alliance.org.za or call 031 312 9582.

Hirsch’s Pietermaritzburg is hosting free in-store demonstrations which include Indian cooking and exotic coffee tasting from 10 am to 12 pm today and tomorrow.

The Hayfields Lutheran Church in Bester Road is hosting a Springfest on August 27 at 9 am. Tasty food, German cakes, deli meats, arts and crafts, White Elephant, and Kaffee Stube with delicious cakes. Inquiries: 033 396 5169 or 082 440 7545.

South African surfing legend Shaun Tomson will be at uShaka Kids World on August 27 to launch Krazy Kreatures Under my Surfboard, his new book of 26 rhymes about the fascinating sea creatures that live beneath his surf board, including the barracuda, conger eel, dolphin, elephant seal, flying fish, grunter, hammerhead shark, killer whale and ray. You can catch Tomson’s enchanting multi-media show of illustrations, rhymes and stories about his adventures with the ocean’s fierce and friendly inhabitants from 10 am to 11 am; 12 pm to 1 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm. Cost to enter uShaka Kids World on the day will be R5 for adults and R40 for kids. The book will be available for purchase. Inquiries: 031 328 8000.

KZN monthly stamp fair at the Kloof Country Club on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. 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.Inquiries Anne and Peter South wood at 033 343 4803 or 082 534 3835.

A Mind Body Soul fair, featuring more than 100 health, holistic, esoteric and spiritual exhibitions, belly dancing, free talks and yummy food will take place at the Westville Civic Centre from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

The SPCA Fun Run will take place on Sunday, starting and finishing at Hayfields Mall. Starting time is 7.30 am. Entry is R25. Dogs are free. Pre-entry is at the SPCA and SPCA Shop or at Hayfields Mall today at 3 pm to 6 pm and tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon, or from 6.30 am to 7.15 am on Sunday morning. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Psychic, Gary Watkins, will be presenting the topic, ‘The Now You’. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum will host a mini-conference on September 1 to celebrate Heritage month and museum’s impending centenary in 2012. The conference to be held at Msunduzi Museum aims to explore the theme ‘Preserving heritage in a changing society’. Anyone interested in attending the conference for free may book with Mxolisi Mchunu at 033 394 6834 or e-mail him at mmchunu@msunduzimuseum.org.za before August 26.

More than 200 line dancers from KZN’s East Coast will be taking to the floor in the Animal Anti-Cruelty League Line Dance and Solo Dance Marathon at uShaka Marine World’s Arena 3 on September 3. During the seven hours that the dancers are strutting their stuff, the Animal-Anti Cruelty League will be raising funds to enable them to continue the free service mobile dipping unit, which travels to these rural areas in order to eradicate parasites and treat mange of suffering animals. The entry fee is R 80, together with a bag of cat or dog food. There’ll be plenty of lucky draw prizes. So, if you’re a newcomer to line dancing why not join in? Basic moves will be taught on the day by qualified instructors. Spectators are also welcome and Animal Anti-Cruelty volunteers will do the rounds with collection tins. Registration from 8 am at Parking Entrance B. Inquiries: Judy at 031 564 9940 or Merle at uShaka Marine World at 031 328 8000.

Creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush, a highly regarded speaker and author among parents and educators alike, will present her talk “Children Living in the Red Zone” at Assumption Pre-School in Nicholson Road, Umbilo on September 7 at 6.30 pm. Bush is the co-author of two bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child, published by Penguin in 2008, and Easy Answers to Awkward Questions, a book on sexuality development for 8 – 13 year olds, which was published by Metz Press in 2009 and was endorsed by Childline. Her talk explores the dangers of modern society’s insatiable need to drive their children unnecessarily.Parents, educators and healthcare practitioners are seeing children of all ages suffering from burnout and it’s starting as early as preschool. The presentation will last one and a half hours and Nikki will explore 10 common parenting traps, putting the following factors into perspective: extra-mural activities, play dates, downtime / potter time, supervised and structured activities versus free play, the affects that marketing has on children, choices, on-screen activities and overexposure, creativity, sleep, inappropriate information, resourcefulness, resilience and creativity, cellular disturbances and parental stress and a warp-speed world. Tickets are R50 each. To book contact Terry on 031 205 3939 or email assumptionpreschool@telkomsa.net .

Southern Districts Polo Tournament from September 9 to 11 at the Underberg Polo Club new grounds outside Himeville on Sani Pass Road from 10.30 am. Open clubhouse, bar, snacks and lunches served all day, facilities for children. Inquiries: Jemma Eustace at 082 785 3662.

The Bible Society of South Africa is hosting a Spring Flower Festival at Bible House, 70 Ramsay Avenue, Mayville from 9 am to 4 pm on September 10. The floral arrangements will depict a Bible story. Other attractions include high tea and flower arranging demonstrations. Inquiries: 031 207 4933.

Allison Homes will be hosting its annual fete on September 10 at 9 am at 488 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg. There will be various stalls, including white elephant, cakes, books, and arts and crafts. Tea and refreshments available. All welcome.

Hilton Pre-Primary’s annual Food and Wine Fair will take place on September 16 at the Protea Hilton Hotel. An evening of great wines and delicious food tasting, from a wide spectrum of wine estates and food suppliers. Tickets are available from Hilton Pre-Primary and Quarry Spar, for R90.

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.


The Alzheimers Support Group meets on September 2 at 10 am at Riverside Park Home ,450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607.

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.


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


The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market will be open from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Browse through a lovely selection of reasonably priced “good as new” white elephant items, good quality clothing, interesting books and lovely house and garden plants. Light refreshments in the teagarden. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.


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 Anlgo-Boer War. If there are any readers who would like to donate items to the museum, please contact Elrica Olivier at 033 394 6834 or eolivier@msunduzimuseum.org.za.

The Msunduzi Heritage Forum is hosting a number of heritage celebrations in Pietermaritzburg in September.

September 1, 10 am: Mini conference organised by the Msunduzi Museum and Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository at Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum Complex. Contact: Pieter Nel at 033 3424712 or email: nelp@kzndac.gov.za

September 2, from 10 am to 1 pm – Storytelling competition. Topic: “Life in Pietermaritzburg 100 years ago”. Longmarket Girls School, Panorama Primary School, Arthur Blaxall School for the Blind and Berg Street Primary School. Venue: Msunduzi Museum incorporating

the Voortrekker Complex National Museum. Contact: Pieter Nel at 033 3424712 or email: nelp@kzndac.gov.za

September 9, 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm: Heritage Lecture 2011 “Indians versus Russians:

An oral history of political violence in Nxamalala (1987-1993)” by Prof Philippe Denis

And Radikobo Ntsimane at Comrades House Hall. Free Refreshments will be served. Car guard on duty. RSVP: Sian Theron Tel: 033 8978650 Fax: Cell: 072 6502848 (after 13:00pm) Email: sian@comrades.com by September 8

September 11, 10 am to 3 pm: Open day at Macrorie House Museum. Second hand books and teas for sale, tours of museum. Venue: Macrorie House 11 Jabu Ndlovu St. Admission R10 adults and R2- children (Car guard on duty) Contact: Marigold Rei or Magda Erasmus

Tel: 033 3942161

September 14, 1.30 am - “The Zulu perspective of the death of Piet Retief” by Prof. Tony Cubbins. Organised by the PMB Heritage Society. Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College. Tickets R20, including refreshments. Numbers limited. Email Simon Haw at simonhaw@telkomsa.net

September 21, 5.30 pm - “Red Brick Buildings of Pietermaritzburg” by Dr Mike O’Connor. Organised by the Natal Inland Family History Society & Natal Inland Branch of S. A. Genealogical Society. Comrades House Hall. Phone John Deare at 033 3442170 or email: dearej@mweb.co.za

September 23 - Street Festival and Cultural Day organised by the KwaZulu-Natal Museum

At the museum in 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street .Phone Sibongile Mchunu at 033 345 1404 or email: smchunu@nmsa.org.za

September 24, 9 am to 5 pm: Heritage Expo at Liberty Midlands Mall Pick ‘n Pay Court

Participating Members: KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Comrades House, Macrorie House, St Helena Society, Natal Inland Family History Society & Natal Inland Branch of S. A. Genealogical Society, Heritage Society, Amis Siyakhula – The French Connection, Pietermaritzburg Archive Repository, Msunduzi Museum incorporating the Voortrekker Complex National Museum of South Africa.

September 25, 10 am: ‘An Introduction to Family History’ - Natal Inland Family History Society & Natal Inland Branch of S. A. Genealogical Society at Clubhouse in Natal Carbineer’s Grounds Entrance via Geere Street. Admission is free, booking essential. Contact: John Deare Tel: 033 3442170 email: dearej@mweb.co.za

September 28, 11 am : Multi-Cultural Luncheon at Msunduzi Voortrekker Complex, Langilibalele Street, organised by the Msunduzi Museum Incoporating the Voortrekker Complex National Museum. Contact: Riana Mulder Tel: 033 3946 834/5 email:rmulder@msunduzimuseum.org.za


The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Music School presents young pianists at Howard College Theatre in Durban from 12.15 pm to 1 pm on Monday, August 29. These highly talented young pianists will perform solo piano pieces. The performers are Ewan Slabber, Rashalia Pather, Kathryn Stanex and Romy Allen. Admission is free.

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society begins 'Messiah' rehearsals on September 6 at St. Mary's church hall, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street at 7 pm. We welcome all singers who feel they would enjoy singing in this great work. Performances will be staged in Howick on Nov ember 12 and in Pietermaritzburg on November 13. Inquiries: Ruth at 033 347 5464.


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.


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.


The Duzi: is it Dead or Alive? Listen to a panel of speakers on the state of this KwaZulu-Natal river. Dr Mark Graham from Ground Truth (as seen on Carte Blanche report on Midmar Dam), Justice Trevor Gorven, chairman of DUCT and pupils from St Nicholas will be speaking at the Wesley Methodist Church, 69 Cleland Road, Hayfields at 6 pm on August 26. Inquiries: 033 - 386 1387.


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. Tours to look forward include: 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.

Bookings are now open for the popular Halloween Mystery Bus tour in Durban from 7 pm to midnight on October 31. Pub and grub stops, ghost stories, poltergeists, graveyards and much more. Cost R295. Book at Computicket. Inquiries: www.mysteryghostbus.co.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.

* 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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