Diary of Events 27 January to 2 February

2012-01-27 00:00


The Tatham Art Gallery's education department will resume art classes for the youth on Friday, February 3 from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The classes are held at the Old Presbyterian Church adjacent to the Gallery and the Gallery's Lecture Theatre or exhibition rooms, and cater for young people between 14 and 21 years old. The monthly fee is R60 inclusive of materials. The classes are held during school term. Inquiries: Thulani Makhaye at 033 392 2801.

Howick Arts Society is hosting free, structured art classes in the Howick Library on Tuesdays from 2 pm. Take your own materials. Inquiries: Anna at 084 573 1784.

 Val Maggs is offering art classes for adults and children. Inquiries: 033 342 1638 or 078 324 4704.

The library at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is open on Tuesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm for research. Booking is essential. Phone Thulani Makhaye or Kobie Venter at 033 392 2801.


Spirit and Life Word Ministries invites interested people to join in 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.


Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a walk from the car park opposite the Cabana in Umhlanga Rocks to the Hawaan Forest and back tomorrow. Inquiries: Coleen at 031 202 2279. On Sunday, there is a new hike on Top Rock Farm, lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy. Hike through bushveld, acacias and ravine. Hopefully lunch and drinks after, if restaurant complete. Inquiries: Tanya Hall at 082 414 7482 (do not sms).

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields at 9.30 am. Heidi De Villiers will be presenting the topic, Breath-is-Life: Life-is Breath. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets at the St Matthew’s Parish Hall, corner of Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive, Hayfields at 7.30 pm on January 30. Visitors and stamp collectors at all levels welcome. Inquiries: 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835.

Pietermaritzburg and Districts Floral Club meet on February 2 at 9 am for 9.30 am at Hilton Methodist Church Hall. Linda Larratt, a young, talented floral artist from Durban is the demonstrator. Visitors welcome - R20 including tea. Inquiries: Margaret at 033 343 3710.

The Winning Women — South Africa¬, Pietermaritzburg After 5 will meet at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College, on February 6 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Cost R7, which includes supper. Owen and Jo-Anne Hilliar present Love is Blind and Marriage is the Eye Opener and tell their story of how they went from brokenness¬ to united wholeness. Inquiries and bookings: Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034, e-mail lesterh@zookit.co.za before February 2.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Darvill on February 5 at 6 am. Leader: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555. From February 6 to 10, the club has made a booking for a five day, four night stay at Wakkerstroom. Rates as follows: one guest suite with double bed and one single bed – R165pp\n, six dorm rooms with two single beds – R115pp/n. A guide has been booked for February 7 and 8. Thos interested in coming along should phone Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723 or email ecotours96@gmail.com

The Pietermaritzburg Computer Club meets at the Olwazini Discovery Centre (Golden Horse Casino) on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm. For club, agenda and venue details go to www.pacc.org.za or phone Mike Robertson at 082 447 2159.

The Hilton Guide Company welcomes girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to join in on Fridays from

3 pm to 5 pm at the World’s 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 on Thursdays at its clubhouse in Kershaw Park. Inquiries: Caz at 082 859 3026 or Noeline¬ at 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays 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 meets 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. Inquiries: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


There is a new accredited 10 month course starting at Gateway School of Fashion, Project Gateway, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 084 486 1849 or call in at reception at Project Gateway, 4 Burger Street, Pietemaritzburg.


People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 13 and 30 years are invited to be the South African partners in the international Activate Yourself (Youth with ASD in action for their future and rights) project. This project involves monthly meetings with the purpose of facilitating discussions around the challenges faced by people with ASD. There will also be discussions regarding the rights of people in South Africa, information surrounding campaigning and active citizenship, and their perceptions, opinions, and attitudes towards their role and importance in advocating their fundamental rights. The main goal of the monthly meetings will be the preparation of a written document about their view of what is missing in South Africa in order to fully exercise their rights for the International Youth Conference in Beijing China in March 2012. The first KwaZulu-Natal Let’s Activate meeting will take place on Saturday between 2 pm and 4 pm at the University of KwaZulu Natal’s School of Psychology on the Pietermaritzburg campus. If you would like to attend this meeting please email Rosemary at kwazulu-natal@autismsouthafrica.org or phone her at 071 360 4034.

The KwaZulu-Natal monthly stamp fair takes place at the Kloof Country Club on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Huge selection of stamps, plus there is also a buy-and-sell auction at 11.30 am. Inquiries: Anne or Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835.

Msunduzi Hospice’s charity shop has moved to 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, and is open weekdays from 8 am to 3.45 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. You can also enjoy a cuppa at the Hospice coffee shop. Choose from a selection of sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas and coffees. 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. 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 082 359 0900 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. For more information contact the group facilitators, Carolyn Lurie via e-mail at cdgird@gmail.com or 033 345 2939 or 072 288 0684 or Jill Hobson via e-mail at jillhobson 7@gmail.com or phone 083 499 1094 or 033 330 4382.


The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market takes place tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon in the SPCA grounds at 235 Woodhouse Road. All the regular stalls will be open including a bumper White Elephant stall and also an exciting new craft and haberdashery stall. Refreshments will be available in the Cheshire Cat teagarden. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.


An afternoon of retreat and meditation tomorrow from 12.30 pm to 5 pm at the Yellowwood Café in Howick¬. Afterwards enjoy a vegetarian banquet and refreshments. Cost R200, which includes meditation retreat, meal and refreshments. Inquiries and bookings: Hayley at 072 971 8450 or e-mail meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


The Midlands Hindu Society, in association with the Consul General Of India in Durban, is presenting an evening of ghazals, bhajans and film songs by Bollywood playback singer, rcording artist and music director, Gyaneshwar Dubey. from Mumbai, India. The free concert will take place at 7 pm tonight at the Heather Hall in Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Nalini at 071 429 7104 or Rosh at 084 482 6500.

Rehearsals for PAMS (Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society) choir start up again on January 31 at 7 pm in St Mary's Catholic Church Hall in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street. New singers are welcome, particularly those people who joined for Messiah last year - this is their chance to learn new and exciting choral music! PAMS has always been recognised as a choir concentrating on sacred and secular music, including lighter, shorter pieces to create a balance, giving the choir and audience a chance to experience new music along with the favourites. Inquiries: Ruth at 033 347 5464 or Mary at 033 346 0449.


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 function room. The sessions run from 5 pm to 7 pm. Inquiries: 031 332 0451.


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 phone the 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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