Diary of Events 7 to 13 May

2011-05-07 00:00


The South African Legion of Military Veterans (Pietermaritzburg branch) will be holding its annual general meeting on May 19 at the Conference Room, Drill Hall, Geere Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 342 2313.


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.


Holy book club meeting at Poobie Naidoo Sport's Club at 9 am on Saturday morning. All welcome.

Durban Ramblers are hosting a hike in the bush and grasslands of the Stainbank Nature Reserve tomorrow. There will be some game viewing. Meet at car park in the reserve 1.45 pm. Entrance fee R15. Inquiries: Werner at 031 767 2969. On Sunday, there will be a hike in the Giba Gorge. Meet in Pinetown at 8 am or at Giba Gorge at 8.15 am. Petrol sharing R15 and entrance fee of R15. Inquiries: Dieter at 031 462 7445.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday at 7.30 am. Inquiries: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a weekend or Sunday outing to Zulu Falls near Mooi River to see the Southern Bald Ibis colony on May 14 and 15. Inquiries: David Crampton at 082 771 7274.

Winning Women – SA Pietermaritzburg After 5 meet at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on May 16. Senior State Advocate, Dawn Coleman will speak on ‘The Scourge of Human Trafficking’. This audio/visual presentation reveals this shocking and current reality about which we need to be informed. Tickets R65 which includes supper by CHC Catering. Please phone Esther Howard-Browne to book at 033 342 2034 or via e-mail at lesterhb@zookit.co.za Reservations are essential by May 12.

Howick Birding Group is hosting an illustrated talk by Sadie Halbhuber, events manager of Birdlife South Africa (BLSA) on ‘Myths and tales of Owls!’ at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve on May 18. Doors open at 5.30 pm for registration.

The Decorative Arts Society meets at 12.30 pm for 12 1pm on May 18 at The Heritage Hall, St Johns United Church, Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Mermaids or Swift people - the unique rock paintings by the San people from the Klein Karoo, are the subject of a fascinating talk by Jeremy Hollmann, an archeaoligist with the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. Light refreshments are served. Visitors welcome (R40). Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting an illustrated talk by Adam Riley on ‘Birding in Tanzania’ on May 18 at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick.

The Family History Society and Genealogical Society meet at 7.30 pm on May 25 in the Clubhouse in the grounds of The Natal Carbineers. The speaker is Charlie Severn on the 125th Anniversary of the Maritzburg Golf Club. Visitors welcome. Inquiries: 033 344 2170.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) and Howick Birding Club are hosting a morning outing to Cumberland Nature Reserve on Wednesday, May 25. Meet at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick at 7 am to arrange transport, or at the Cumberland Reserve at about 8 am. There is an honesty box. Inquiries: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

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.


Fun evening of social line dancing and barn dancing at St John's United Church at 7 pm on May 6. Admission R20. Boerewors rolls, hot dogs and salad rolls on sale, as well as colddrinks. For catering purposes please book at 033 396 4156 or 033 396 4431 by Thursday, May 5.

Rockafella’s hosts ladies’ night at the restaurant every Thursday from 6 pm which includes line dancing in the dance club area with Ben from Ben’s Dance Studio. Inquiries: 033 342 9522/21.


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 polo season is upon us and Underberg Polo Club is getting into the spirit of things with the Underberg High Goal Polo Tournament, which gets underway today and runs until Sunday. Inquiries: Jemma Eustace via email at underbergpoloclub@gmail.com or phone 082 785 3662.

The Sunflower Fund’s ‘Heroes of Hope’ Charity Ball in Association with International Bank Vaults takes place at 6.30 pm on May 6 at the Great Ilanga Room, Elangeni Hotel, Durban. Tickets are R600 each or R6000 for a table of ten which includes KWV sparkling wine on arrival, a three course meal, breathe-taking décor and amazing entertainment. Funds raised will help pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors for inclusion on the South African Bone Marrow Registry. To book phone Stephanie Berry at 078 207 9041 or email steph@sunflowerfund.org.za

Sunfield Home in Howick is hosting its annual Country Fair from 9 am tomorrow. Admission is R5, children free. Stalls will be selling everything from cakes, crafts and collectables to plants and books. There will also be arena events, games for the children and a beer garden and music.

Alliance Française de Durban at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, is having an open day from 10 am to 1 pm tomorrow. The centre which is a gateway to French language and culture will be open for the public to come and see and experience what is on offer. As the second semester of language courses is due to start on May 9, there will be a chance to register for a course, meet the teachers, attend a teaching demonstration and see other facilities such as the library. Other activities and services offered by Alliance Française de Durban are jazz evenings, workshops such as Cook in French, art exhibitions, and translation services. Inquiries: 031 312 9582.

The sound of school choirs, organised by Ronel Wood, will add a new dimension to the many interesting features of this month’s Vintage Baynesfield day from 10 am to 4 pm om Sunday, May 8. Other attractions include quality crafts, fresh veggies and dairy products, plants and a good assortment of delicious food for sale; wood crafters demonstrating and discussing the used of antique woodcrafting tools; a fully equipped blacksmith shop in the old stables; vintage tractors and machinery; trailer rides; and tours through Baynes House. Admission is R20 (R10 pensioners, free to scholars). Inquiries: 033 251 0001.

Vision and Joy Togethery takes place on Sunday, May 8 at 9.30 am at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Graham Grenfell will be presenting the topic, ‘Ancient Times and Prophecies’. Inquires: 082 569 6861 or 033 344 3648.

The monthly KwaZulu-Natal Stamp Fair takes place at Kloof Country Club on from 10 am to 3 pm May 8. Huge selection of stamps, plus the Post Office with all the latest issues. Admission is free. Buy and sell auction at 11.30 am. Bring items suitably marked to sell, by 10 am. Inquiries: Anne or Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 534 3835.

King’s School in Nottingham Road is hosting the Dragontree Survival Challenge and Country Market from 9 am on May 14. Entrance is free. An adrenalin filled survival challenge which tests both your brain and brawn. Participants take part in activities such as raft building, blind folded maze, puzzle solving and much more. Exciting local products on sale at the country market and lots of kiddies entertainment throughout the day. Inquiries: Fathima at 072 633 2233 or e-mail: marketingkingsschool@gmail.com

The Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society will be hosting its annual autumn show on May 14 and 15 at the Allan Wilson Shellhole. Entry is free, and visitors can enjoy an orchid exhibit and get advice on growing orchids. Members of the society will be available to demonstrate practical potting and there will also be plant sales and accessories. The hall will be open to the public on May 14 from 12 noon to 4 pm and on May 15 from 9 am to 3 pm. Inquiries: Bob Duckworth at 033 396 1796 or Mal Renwick at 082 489 0674.

The KZN Buddhist forum will be holding its annual Buddha-Day Celebrations at Greenwood Park Shree Ranganathar Temple Hall in Greenwood Park on, May 15 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. A free vegetarian lunch will be served. The day is free and open to all and there will be a documentary film, a cultural event and children's play. Inquiries: Jerald Vedan at 031 409 1398/7 (office hours) or email Elizabeth at cormkt@mweb.co.za

The book, The Mandala Companion, will be launched at the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) open day at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, on May 21 from 9 am to 2 pm. Macs is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: 033 3866500 or email MACSzine@yahoo.com

The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk takes place on May 22. The 20km walk starts at 7 am, with the 15km getting underway at 7.45 pm. The 10km walk starts at 9 am and the 5km at 9.45 am. The walk begins at uShaka Marine World and ends and George Campbell School of Technology. Registration and EXPO Venue: Champions Room, Greyville Racecourse from May 19 to 21. Entry forms are available at selected Totalsports stores and online via www.ecr.co.za Inquiries: 083 910 3825 or bigwalk@ecr.co.za.

Natal Quilters are hosting an open day at Durban Girls’ High School on the corner of Manning and Penzance Roads, Durban, on May 28. There will be a quilt exhibition from 9 am to 11.30 am, as well as innovative fabric artworks, and traditional designs on display. At 12 noon there will be a talk by Catherine Knox, titled “Chasing Rainbows’ which examines the use of colour in quilting. Other attractions include fabric shops, teas and quilting demonstrations. Admission – members R10, visitors R35. Inquiries: Mandy Kirk at 082 451 9773 or Pauline at 082 806 9149.

Underberg Polo Club is hosting the South Africa Polo Championships for the first time on the magnigicent new grounds 10 km east of Underberg on P318 (Sani Pass road) from July 22 to 24.


The Alzheimers Support Group meets today at 10 am at Riverside Park Home in Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607.

The Diabetes South Africa open meeting takes place on May 11 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is diabetic educator Kate Bristow, on the topic ‘Diabetes Myths’. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

Suicide Support Group meeting – Living beyond suicide. For anyone who has been touched by suicide directly or indirectly. Meeting on May 9 at 6 pm at Westville Boys High School, 28 Wandsbeck Road, Westville and May 3131 at 6 pm at Waterfall Library, 11 Link Road, Waterfall. Inquiries: email suicideprevent@gmail.com or phone Lori at 083 652 0117 or Megan at 082 659 7505.

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.


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 New Hanover Lutheran Church will be hosting its popular German Bazaar on Saturday, June 4. Attractions include breakfast from 8 am, a craft market from 9 am, Kaffeestube and light meals on sale from 10 am, and the bazaar itself opening at 10.30 am. The event will feature plenty of German meats, cakes and other delectable items. There will also be a biergarten and loads of children’s entertainment. Live German music will be played over lunchtime, and the rugby will also be televised. Inquiries: Edwin Hohls at 082 414 4827 or Eckhard Wichmann at 082 463 7269.


Finding Freedom - overcoming our irritation and frustration problem is the titled of a meditation course from 3 pm to 6 pm on May 7 at Yellowwood Cafe, 1 Shafton Road, Howick. Presented by Buddhist monk Kelsang Phuntsog. Cost R100 donation to Maitreya Centre. To book and for more details phone 031 762 1709 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

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


Maritzburg College, in association with The Wykeham Collegiate, is celebrating South African music from the past 30 years in a show called My AfriKan Dream, in the Olivier Cultural Centre at Maritzburg College, at 7 pm today, Monday, May 9, Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11. The show will include Master Jack, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, The click song, Mama Tembu’s Wedding, Special Star, Weeping, Push me to the Floor, Doo be Doo, Indigo Girl and Kaptein Span die Seile. Tickets are R50 adults, R30 children/scholars. To book phone Denise Mitchell (mornings) or Jenny Bezuidenhout (afternoons) at 033 342 9376. Seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, Catlike Thieves, Steve Fataar, the Epworth School Marimba Band, the PMB Philharmonic Strings, Nonaseye, Shomon, Pan Latino and Quinton Young will be performing at the Music in the Garden concert at the National Botanical Gardens in Mayors Walk, Pietermaritzburg on May 8 from 11 am to 5 pm. Money raised from the event will go to the SPCA. Tickets are R100 (children under 12 - R50, and toddlers under three – free) and can be bought at the SPCA in Woodhouse Road, the SPCA Shop at 4 Gough Street, Dulce Cafe at Parklane Spar, PMB Tourism – Midlands Mall and Strelitzia at the Botanical Gardens. Food and drinks will be on sale at the concert or patrons can bring along a picnic basket. For more information phone Maureen at 033 386 9267.

The Pietermartizburg City Orchestra and the Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) Choir’s Wedding Album: A Royal Entertainment concert is at Howick High School on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets R40. To book your seat phone 083 284 8798.


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.


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: 29 May – Tatham Art Gallery and Macrorie House Museum; 26 June – The Hindu Temples; 31 July – Neo Classical Influences on the Architecture of Pietermaritzburg; 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.

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.


Hindi Shiksha Singh Midlands region will hold an eisteddfod workshop at 2.30 pm on May 7 at the Plessislaer Arya Samaj Hall, corner of Ghandi and Madurai Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Vijay Bandu at 083 441 1847 or 033 397 0846.

Does your charity want to engage in foreign fundraising but lacks the knowledge? Let Jill Ritchie, leading authority on fundraising and author of a number of publications in regard to fundraising, introduce you to the world of foreign fundraising and how to unlock this source of funding to the benefit of your charity. The Christian Social Services of KwaZulu-Natal is presenting a full day training course on the subjects of

proposal writing and foreign fundraising from 9 am on May 13 at the NG Synod Centre, corner Burger and Boshoff Street, Pietermaritzburg. Only a limited number of seats are available and the cost of this full day training course is only R300 per delegate. Course material, tea and light refreshments are included. Phone Marlize at 033 342 7900 or email kzncmd@ngkzn.org.za and make your booking.

ADHD has become an emotionally loaded word over the last 10 or so years, and the myths surrounding the condition are many and varied. In recognition of the need to dispel the myths and establish the real facts, The Pinetown ADHD Support Group, in conjunction with the Pinetown Remedial Unit and Living ADDventure have organised a mini conference entitled An Odyssey of Wonderful Discoveries in ADHD. The conference panel will include a psychiatrist, paediatrician, coach, play therapist, occupational therapist and educator all of whom will offer an further insight into the condition. The conference takes place on May 28 at the Pinetown Remedial Unit and will run from 8.30 am to 1 pm. Cost is R100 per person or R150 per couple and booking forms and further information are available on www.ladd.co.za. Space is limited so early booking is essential. Inquiries: email pinetown@ladd.co.za or phone Jacqui on 083 234 0400.

The Botanical Artists’ Association of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) is hosting a four-day course by renowned botanical artist, Elbe Joubert, from the Western Cape, on aspects of reflected light in a botanical painting. The course will take place in the Discovery Room at the Durban Botanic Gardens from June 16 to 19. Artists need to bring their own materials and brushes. Admission is R590 (members) and R675 (non-members). To book email Terryanne Stevenson at Terryanne@mweb.co.za or phone 083 654 4552 or email Lynne Griffin at lynnegriffin@ebonds.co.za or phone 083 630 5351.

* 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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