Diary of Events 5-11 March

2010-03-05 00:00


Southern Africa KZN Ceramic Association hosts famous Irish potter Jane Jermyn at Kearsney College for a one day hands-on workshop. Take your pottery to a new level with this international artist tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm. Inquiries: 031 266 0543 or email morrishale@yebo.co.za

Paintings by Shirley Howells can currently be seen at the Blue Caterpillar Gallery at Butterflies For Africa in Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg. The exhibition will continue until March 10. Log on to www.artsales.co.za to view all the work on show or better still, visit the gallery.

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.


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.


BirdLife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) will host a morning outing to Darvill on Sunday at 7 am. Inquiries: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

Midlands Hiking Club is hosting a 10-12 km day hike in the Richmond area on Sunday. Inquiries: Bushy Kirby at 033 212 3071.

Club 60 is under new management. The club will meet on March 9 at 9 am at NGK Hayfields in Fields Road, Pietermaritzburg. Visitors and newly retired Transnet senior citizens are welcome. Inquiries: SMS Joan at 079 091 0777.

The Durban Business Network, hosted by ActionCOACH KZN, will meet at 4 pm on March 11 at the Giba Cafe’ and Conference Centre, part of the Giba Gorge Mountain Biking Park. Successful speaker, trainer and author Charlotte Kemp will share her experiences in a talk titled, “I’m not afraid of the ‘F’ word – 50 lessons learned on the way to business failure”. Attendance numbers are limited with pre-registration essential, and a nominal fee of R20 per attendee will be charged to cover costs. Guests will enjoy excellent networking opportunities, with successful applicants being able to introduce their companies, products and services from the podium. Inquiries and to book: 086 11 COACH (26224).

The Hilton Garden Club meets on March 16 at 9.30 am for 10 am. There will be a bird talk by Mark Brown in the garden of Jill Munn, 4 Seeking Drive, Hilton Gardens (opposite Grace College on the Hilton College Road, turn right, then second left into Seeking Drive). All welcome.

The March meeting of the Decorative Arts Society takes place in the Heritage Hall, St John's United Church, 244 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg on March 16 at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. The development of the 18th Century English country house and garden is the subject of the illustrated talk which will be given by NADFAS lecturer, Edward Saunders.

Admission is R20 for members, R40 for non-members which includes light refreshments. Off street parking available. Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Birds of a Feather, a ladies networking and socialising group, meets on March 16 at Just Lavender, 6 Gough Road, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 am to 11 am. Anita de Waal, the only health kinesiologist in SA, speaks on Overall Health - The Natural Way and Truus de Waal, an art teacher, speaks on Discovering Who You Are Through Art. Admission R60. Booking is essential. Kindly RSVP by March 13 to Geeta at 071 202 4140 or geeta@bofnetworx.co.za

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. Enquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum is hosting a herbal workshop dealing with preventative treatments at the museum in Langalinalele (Longmarket) Street today from 9 am to 12 noon. Inquiries and to book: Lynn at 033 394 6835.

A one day introductory fabric dyeing course will be held at Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) house on March 10 from 9 am. Information will be given on dye technology and fabric manipulation. Cost R95 (members) and R120 (non-members). To book and for a list of requirements phone 033 386 6500.

Sarah Richards is hosting a life sketching weekend at Willowdale Lodge in Kokstad from March 12 to March 14. The course, which aims to inspire and teach quick drawings from life, costs R1840 single and R2290 sharing. This includes all tuition,accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. Inquiries: email info@willowdalelodge.co.za or telephone 039 727 3870.

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

Join up with fun new art classes, held at a home-based studio in Scottsville. Groups are small, informal and friendly, and tuition is offered by an experienced art teacher\lecturer. Good for beginners and great for improvers. A general art course is held on weekday mornings and offers a basic introduction to sketching, charcoal, pastels and watercolours. There is also a design careers portfolio programme onweekday afternoons, which can assist matric art students; and a Saturday morning ‘leisure artists’ workshop. Inquiries: Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017 or e-mail dessom@xsinet.co.za

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.

Fashion sewing for beginners. Learn to sew beautiful clothes using techniques that are fast and easy. Courses are held at the Gateway School of Fashion at Project Gateway. Other exciting courses are also available. For more details call Idoni Forder on 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.


Dance-Life Studio is hosting a new ballroom and Latin American beginners dance class starting in March in central Pietermaritzburg. The cost is R320 per couple, per month. Telephone Dee at 082 561 0081 to book. The studio also hosts beginners line dancing for those without partners.


This year’s NWJ Bridal Show takes place at the Durban Exhibition Centre today, tomorrow and Sunday. Attractions include wedding workshops, a designer showcase featuring South African couture, high end fashion shows and a Wonderbra lingerie show. There will also be plenty of experts available to ensure visitors get the information they need to plan for the big day. Catwalk shows take place today at 7.30 pm, tomorrow at 11 am and 3 pm and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm. Damon Beard and his team from Man International will entertain the crowds prior to each fashion show. Visitors also have the chance to win a wedding of their dreams to the value of R120 000 and R5000 a day visitor spot prizes. The bridal show is open from 5 pm to 9 pm today, from 9 am to 5 pm tomorrow and from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are R50 and be bought on the door or pre-booked at www.nwjbridalshow.co.za Inquiries: telephone 031 312 7567 during office hours.

The Total Tour Natal Rally gets underway at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga at 9.30 am tomorrow ending at the Suncoast Casino Complex at 8 pm on Sunday. A must-see treat for spectators.

A junior fishing clinic will be held tomorrow from 2 pm to 5 pm for children aged between nine and 13 years old. Admission is R50 which includes a snack and juice. Learn about what equipment to use for bass fishing, how to look after your tackle, rod, fishing box etc, how to tie fishing knots and how to catch big bass. Inquiries: www.newhanover.co.za or 033 502 0184.

Model steam train rides take place at 78 Rudling Road, Pietermaritzburg on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Inquiries:

Theo at 072 143 3032. Trains and grounds available for birthday parties.

Residents can find out more about the Umgungundlovu regional landfill site at a public open day on March 9 from 10 am to 2 pm at Jeffares & Green Offices, Lower Quarry, Hilton. The event will include a general overview of the project to date, an engineer’s technical discussion and an open forum. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the morning.

Keith Fey will given an illustrated presentation titled Life and adventures in the last wilderness on March 12 at 7 pm at the Besant Theatre, Cordwalles Preparatory School. A donation from the proceeds will go the Botanical Gardens. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Admission is R60 (scholars R30). To book telephone Jacqs Smart on 079 883 9725 or 079 723 6200. Booking is essential.

The South African Writers' Circle is holding its annual awards luncheon on March 13 at the Durban Country Club at 11 am. Admission is R85 per person, excluding drinks. Dress code: dress up as your favourite literary character. Prize for the winning costume.

The seventh NH Farm Dams Bass Competition will be held on March 13. Fish in 15 privately owned, stocked, dams in the beautiful New Hanover district. Prizes for first and junior per dam. See www.newhanover.co.za or phone Jurgen 082 785 8166 for more details.

Durban Church of Christ is hosting Renaissance, a women’s afternoon tea, at Cygnet Nursery and Junior School in Queen Elizabeth Drive, Westville, on March 13 between 2 pm and 5 pm. Special guests include clinical psychologist, Rani Samuel, women’s mentor, Ingrid Roberts, and women’s ministry leader, Lisa Comrie. Dress is smart casual and tickets are R70. Inquiries: 031 266 9265.


The Salvation Army (Pietermaritzburg Corps) and Hope Goodwill Centre are hosting a garage sale at 52 College Road tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon. Lots of things for the whole family.

2010 Celebration is the theme for the Mind Body Soul Fair at at Westville Civic Centre from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Attractions include over 100 health, holistic, esoteric and spiritual exhibitions, belly dancing, free talks and yummy food. Inquiries: Shalini Govindasamy at 072 428 3431.


The Alzheimer’s support group meets at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg today at 10 am. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607 or Jane at 033 386 4477 or 082 940 0225.

A Diabetes South Africa open meeting will take place on March 10 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Pam Tomlinson on osteoporosis from the patient's perspective. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.


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 at Kloof on Wednesdays at 9 am. Other classes at Westville, Hillcrest, Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Kath at 082 540 1122.

In 2010, learn how to meditate, breathe and restore your vital energy. Four-week course and one day workshops until March 21 at Body Dynamics in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Tai Chi, meditation and alchemy. Telephone Pamela on 073 754 2062 to book. Also coming soon lunch hour classes at Msunduzi Municipal Library in Church Street.

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 5.30 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 – just proper eating. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


Wartburg holds a Farmers’ Market from 7 am to 9 am on the first Saturday of every month. This month’s market is tomorrow.

The Pietermaritzburg SPCA morning market takes place from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Stalls will be selling books, records, CDs and DVDs, good quality used clothing and linen, white elephant and plants. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

The food market – a proudly homegrown KZN initiative for passionate foodies – takes place at The Hellenic Community Centre, 6 High Grove, Umgeni Park, Durban North on March 27 from 8 am to 2 pm. Stalls sell everything from organic produce to flowers. Admission is free and there is plenty of secure parking. Inquiries: Karen at 083 777 5633 or Emma at 083 707 0531, send an email to info@thefoodmarket.co.za or log on to www.thefoodmarket.co.za

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.


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.

Staff and boys from the Michaelhouse Music Department will be hosting an informal evening of music, titled @Bandroom.Live, tonight at 6.30 pm in the school’s bandroom. Tickets are R25 and patrons are invited to bring along picnic baskets and drinks. Bookings: music@michaelhouse.org

Prime Circle return to the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday as part of the 2010 Old Mutual Music at the Lake Concert series. Josie Field will open the concert at 2.30 pm. Gates open at 12.30 pm. Early bird tickets are R80 or R100 on concert day. Children aged six to 12 pay R20. To buy tickets online go to www.webtickets.co.za or buy tickets from the Info Centre in the Durban Botanic Gardens – telephone 031 309 1170.

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring musicians from the UKZN School of Music, and the winners of the 2009 classical performers competition - Casey Chiang (piano) and Wendy Moshutli (soprano), perform at Jubilee Hall (OSCA), Princess Alice Avenue, Durban on March 8 from 12.15 pm to 1 pm. Admission is free.

Sindisiwe Nene and her band (students of UKZN School of Music) will be performing both original compositions and popular standard tunes at Howard College Theatre on March 10 from 12.15 pm to 1 pm. Members include Sindisiwe Nene (bass and lead vocals), Siza Madlala (piano), and Albert Chamene (drums). Admission is free.

The Vincent Mtetwa Band will perform at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on March 10 at 5.30 pm. The band members are Vincent Mtetwa (piano), Lukhetho Mthethw (keyboards), Bheka Mthethwa (bass), Dane Francis (guitar) and Sbu Zondi (drums). Admission is R20 (R10 students).

Love and Loss - A performance by Bronwen Forbay (soprano), Dr Randall Umstead (tenor) from Baylor University (USA) and Christopher Duigan (piano) takes place at Howard College Theatre, UKZN Durban, at 7.30 pm on March 12. They will perform opera scenes by Mozart and Donizetti, as well as the Petrarch sonnets and O quand je dors by Liszt. Tickets R60 (R30 concessions). To book contact Mandy at 031 260 3353 or wilkenm@ukzn.ac.za.

Richard Cock and soloists, Nicholas Nicolaides and Veramarie Meyer, and a small orchestra from Johannesburg, are the stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends in Love is a Many Splendid Thing at Howick High School on March 14 at 3 pm. Tickets are R60 and R80 and can be bought every Monday between 11 am and 11.30 am at the school. Inquiries: Mary Carlisle at 083 284 8798.

The Durban Military Band will give a performance of drill work and music in the car park area in front of Howard College, March 15 between 12.15 pm and 1 pm. Admission is free. 13:00.

Legendary drummer and percussionist Barry van Zyl (Johnny Clegg) with Gareth Gale (Farryl Purkiss, Nibs van der Spuy) and special guests will perform at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on March 17 from 5.30 pm. Tickets R20 (R10 students).


Cycling with Himalayan Hounds along the Highest Roads in the World is the title of an illustrated talk by Bridget Ringdahl. It details her recent 2500km bicycle trip through the high Himalayas of North India. The talk takes place at St Annes Diocesan College auditorium in Hilton on March 26 at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. Entry is by suggested donation of R20 and funds raised with go to Funda Nenja.


The Kenmont School in Moffat Avenue, Bluff, is hosting an international evening featuring Josephine du Bois and her show, the Magic of Springtime, today at 7 pm. The show celebrates the music of various European countries. During the interval, the audience will have the chance to visit an “international carnival”, where they can taste snacks from the countries included in the show. The snacks, which are included in the admission price, and will be prepared by Kenmont students. Tickets are R60 (R30 concessions) Booking: Laura at 031 466 4477 or receptionist@kenmont.co.za

Howick High School presents the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, in the school hall at 7 pm on March 9, 10 and 12 and at 3 pm on March 11. Tickets are R30 each from the front office of the school. Telephone 033 330 2858.

The Russell High Choir is hosting, Last Choir Flying, an event packed full of song and dance on March 17 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm. Champion Irish Dancers, Samantha and Melissa Wood, who have just returned from the world championships in Killarney, Ireland, Scottish pipers, ballroom dancers, drummers from Cordwalles and the choir itself are set to perform on the night. Tickets are R80 for adults and R20 for under 12s. Bring your own picnic supper, drinks and glasses. To book your seats call Ronèl Wood at 033 342 2338 or send an email to ronel@ovation.co.za Alternatively, book your seats with the school. Part of the proceeds will go to the Russell Choir Fund.


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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