Diary of events 28 October to 3 November

2011-10-28 00:00


The annual general meeting of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Afria (KwaZulu-Natal region) will take place at Treasure Beach EE Centre on the Bluff at 9.30 am on November 12. During the meeting certificates will be presented to the conservationist and the educationalist of the year. Tea will be served from 8.30 am to 9.30 am and lunch is available. RSVP to Wanda at 031 464 0990 or via email at wstadler@wessakzn.org.za


The Witness Craft Bazaar will take place at Liberty Midlands Mall’s Edgars Court from November 24 to 27. Event organiser, Gail Cornhill said: “The Mall offers the ideal outlet for the Bazaar, allowing easy parking and a safe environment – and of course lots of shoppers to support the Bazaar and to help us to continue to promote craft within the province.” 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

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.

Corrie Lynn & Co is hosting an open weekend from today until Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm daily. Follow signs from the R103 at Lion’s River. Phone 082 828 0424.

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.


For who love the scriptures, Bible teacher Brad Scot, from Wild Branch Ministries US, will be talking on 'For the Earth is Filled With Violence' at the Karkloof Country Club from 10 am to 4 pm on November 6. He will be discussing the combination of the dynamics of sound, physics, world 'natural' events, the days of Noah and their relationship with the restoration of the Torah and the Hebrew language. Inquiries: Peter Lowe at 084 555 5763.

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.


With the festive season a mere six weeks away the Mall becomes mayhem, town is in turmoil and parking is a problem! But you can still complete your Christmas shopping early this year – simply head to Howick Hospice at 7 Mansfield Road from 9 am to 1 pm tomorrow a relaxing morning of shopping and entertainment. There will be plenty of bargains to be found at the Hospice stalls and the charity shop. Entertainment includes Hans the Clown and his face painter who will keep the kids amused at 9 am and then Robbie the Robot, who will arrive at 11 am to dish out loads of fun and treats galore. At 10 am, the Howick High School Jazz band will be playing near the tea garden. Inquiries: Kate or Wendy at 033 330 5257.

Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Eston Christmas Market tomorrow between 9.30 am and 3 pm at the Eston Club. Stalls will be selling jewellery, books, handbags, paintings, clothing, exclusive gym wear, toys, Christmas decorations, flowers, antiques, plants, homemade treats and ceramics. For the children there will be a jumping castle, a slip-and-slip, face-painting and a selection of goodies to buy. The market forms part of the annual Eston Touch Rugby Tournament which attracts over 28 teams from all over KZN. Inquiries: 082 327 1144.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Hayfields is hosting a Christmas market from 9 am to 3 pm on November 5. Come and buy your gifts and be ready before the rush.

A Christmas Fair will take place at Greensleeves Castle, Camelot Estate, Hillcrest, on November 6 between 10 am and 4 pm. Unique hand crafted gifts, decorations, trees, table settings, cakes, crackers etc. Admission is free. Inquiries: Phone Tracy at 031 7659400 or Shirley at 084 506 4925.

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 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 around the school grounds and the conservancy at Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill. Drive through the school gate and park on the grass area (right hand side) near the Astroturf hockey field. Entrance fee R10. There is no hike on Sunday.

Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets at the St Matthews Parish Hall, corner of Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive, Hayfields at 7.30 pm on October 31. Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Inquiries: 033 343 4803 or 082 534 2835.

Graham Vivian Lancaster is the guest poet for this month’s meeting of the Live Poets Society (Lips) at Point Yacht Club on the Victoria Embankment, Durban, at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on November 2. In his poetry, Lancaster dissects and deciphers the world we live in all its diversity bringing the kaleidoscope alive with words. He has chosen Picaroon for the evening’s theme which means rogue, thief, pirate or pirate ship. Admission is free. Inquiries: Danny Naicker at 083 282 0865.

Toastmasters meets on November 1 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm at Varsity College, Harwin Road, Scottsville. Learn to be a better speaker and to make better presentations. Admission R70. Inquiries: Ruth Varrie at 033 398 6528.

Winning Women – SA Pietermaritzburg After 5 is hosting a meeting in the Victoria Hall in Maritzburg College on November 7 at 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Admission is R70 which includes supper by CHC Catering. Secure, free parking. The evening promises plenty of surprises and their will be books to browse and buy at Danny’s special book table. To book phone Esther Howard-Browne at 033 342 2034 or e-mail lesterhb@zookit.co.za Reservations are essential by November 4.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Darvill at 6.30 am on November 6. Inquiries: Gordon Bennett at 033 867 5555.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting an illustrated talk by Brent Coverdale titled ‘Confessions of an amateur twitcher - Balancing a professional conservation career and your hobby’ at the Zoology Lecture Theatre, John Bews Building, Life Science Campus, end of Carbis Road, Pietermaritzburg at 7 pm on November 10. Admission R10 members, R15 non-members.

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. 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.


Glorious gardens and art can be viewed in the Southern Drakensberg Open Gardens Festival, which runs from today until Sunday in the Bulwer, Underberg and Himeville area. The festival hub is at the Underberg Country Club, where a tea tent with delicious teas and treats, can be found, alongside the annual Garden Club Flower Show. The Festival Pocket Guide, which costs R30, serves as entrance to all gardens and will be available at Spar, Mike’s Restaurant, the Highlander and the tea tent at the Country Club. In Bulwer they can be found at the open garden at Ard Lui B&B (next to the police station). Inquiries: Ilene van Dyk at 082 925 7869.

Chris Lake, author of Baiwa, will be at The Lazy Lizard, Greendale Acres, Howick, talking about his new book, along with Peter King offering samples of King's Preserves, tomorrow from 10 am.

The Golden Horse Casino Festival of Lights will take place tomorrow at the casino grandstands in Pietermaritzburg. It will feature an array of entertainment, including live music, dance, fashion and the DStv Indian-Saffron Channel 186 Diwali Extravaganza and Bhangra Bash, as well as shopping from 5 pm to 10 pm. Among those performing at the event are Tansen Nepaul Showband, Rajiv Mothie, Karishma’s Dance Academy and Chutney King Ashok Ramchunder. Admission is free. Inquiries: Golden Horse Casino Guest Relations Desk at 033 395 8136.

This year Project Gateway celebrates its 20th anniversary, and to mark the occasion it will be hosting a gala dinner at 6.30 pm for 7 pm tomorrow, during which Dr Vincent Maphai will deliver the keynote address. Maphai has, since March 2009, been the executive director of corporate affairs and transformation at SAB Limited and was previously chairman of BHP Billiton Southern Africa. In addition to his talk, there will be a performance by Pietermaritzburg contemporary dancer, Bonwa Mbontsi, one of the top 16 contestants in the last series of So you think you can Dance, and a book launch for Miracles in the Making, a book documenting the last 20 years of Project Gateway’s work. Tickets for the gala dinner are R120 and can be booked with Faye at 082 726 9831 or 033 845 0400.

The Lions River Heritage Society will be conducting a tour on Sunday to Enon and Blarney, two farms settled by the Byrne Settlers in 1850. Both are of historical value. Noel Groom with be the speaker. Meet at the Howick Agricultural Hall 9.45 am for departure at 10 am. A minibus will be provided for those wish to make use of this facility, or drivers of cars will offer transport. A charge of R35 per person is requested to pay the drivers. Alternatively travel through Richmond and congregate at the Hela Hela direction board beyond the town. Bring your picnic lunch, tea etc chairs and cushions. Inquiries: Jenny Hoepfl at 033 343 4119 or Steve Watt at 033 386 5188.

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 the Post Office with all the latest issues. Buy and sell auction at 11.30 am. Admission is free. Inquiries: Anne or Peter Southwood at 033 343 4803 or 082 534 3835.

The Hospice Coffee shop open its doors on November 1 at Hospice House, Pietermaritzburg. Visitors will be able to 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.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets on November 6 at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields at 9.30 am. Gloria Oxley will be discussing the topic, ‘Our War against Nature’. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

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

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.


Mountain Rise Methodist Church is holding a fete and a Bible-thon (Reading the Bible) for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm on October 29. Each reader will read for five minutes. Anyone wishing to participate can phone 033 387 8046 (office hours) or 084 591 8370.


The Multiple Sclerosis Society of KwaZulu-Natal is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with MS. There is a need to identify all persons living with MS in KZN, as well as nationwide, to establish a comprehensive database to enable the society to be more effective in it’s mission. Any information submitted is confidential and will not be submitted to other parties for promotional use. The Society urges persons living with MS to contact them via email at mskzn@multiplesclerosis.co.za or by phoning 083 798 0430 during business hours or by post to MSSA Kwazulu-Natal Branch, P.O.Box 156, Gillits 3603.

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.


Pietermaritzburg SPCA is holding a morning market at the SPCA grounds at 235 Woodhouse Road from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow. Browse through the donated items at the various SPCA fundraising stalls, enjoy refreshments in the teagarden, and meander through the kennels and spend with the dogs and cats up for adoption. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.


Buddhist monk Kelsang Phuntsog is hosting a meditation course, titled ‘Dealing with Irritation and Frustration’ at Yellowwood Cafe in Howick on November 5 from 12.30 pm to 5 pm. The inner pain of irritation, and frustration afflict our minds almost every day and cause us unimaginable problems and suffering. This course teaches you to recognise and identify irritation and frustration in its early stages, and ways to overcome these powerful conflicting emotions, before they turn into anger. Admission R200 including a delicious vegetarian banquet and refreshments. Proceeds to Maitreya Centre. To book and for more details phone Hayley at 072 971 8450 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com

Meditation for Inner Peace and Wellbeing - weekly classes on Thursday evenings at 5.30 pm at Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for inner peace, strengthen your happiness and make positive thinking a part of your life. Participants sit on chairs and the meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayley at 072 971 8450 or email meditateinmidlands@gmail.com


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.


Howick’s Thembelihle Children’s Choir, organists John Tungay and Beverley Bailey and guest soloist John Butler (bass) of Pietermaritzburg will perform a concert at the Methodist Church in Main Street, Howick, at 2?pm tomorrow.

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) and Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra will be performing Handel’s Messiah at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Howick at 2 pm on November?12, and at the Anglican Cathedral in Pietermaritzburg at 2.30?pm on November?13. The soloists this year are soprano Michele Corbin, alto Aukse Trinkunas, tenor Sibonelo Mbanjwa, basses Andrew Butler (Pietermaritzburg concert) and Langelihle Mngxati (Howick performance). Tickets are R50 for the Howick concert, and can be booked with Jean at Howick Travel on Main Street. For more information, phone 033?330?2193. Tickets for the Pietermaritzburg concert are R60 at the door and from choir members. Inquiries: Ruth at 033?347?5464. Both venues have safe parking, and patrons are advised to take cushions.


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.


Mike Lambert, classics lecturer at UKZN, is presenting a talk about why we should still read classical literature at Royal Asia, rear of 241 Victoria Road (behind LandMark, opposite FoodPak) from 2.30 pm to 4 pm on November 12.RSVP: Sam Groves at 083 257 9059 or 033 386 8009. For more information and directions go to www.aboundpmb.wordpress.com


The Gay & Lesbian Network is hosting drama auditions for aspirant actors at the Studio Theatre in the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg Hexagon complex on November 5 at 2 pm. For more details regarding audition criteria and a complete application form call in at 185 Burger Street, phone 033 342 6165 or email: director@gaylesbiankzn.org


The KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden is one of Pietermaritzburg's environmental treasures, with a wide variety of exotic indigenous trees, some more than 100 years old. This month’s Woz'Ocheka tour, which takes place on Sunday, will give participants the chance to learn about some of the more spectacular and precious trees in the gardens in Mayor’s Walk, Pietermaritzburg. The tree walk will be led by Senzo Khanyile and lasts two and a half hours. A bus is available to take people from the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, to the the gardens or you can park at the gardens and meet the rest of the party at 10 am at the main entrance. Unless you are a member of the Botanical Society, there is an entrance fee of R15 for adults and R10 for scholars and pensioners into the Gardens. Bring hats and water bottles. To book a seat on the bus, please book your place in advance with Pietermaritzburg Tourism at 033 345 1348. The cost is R50.

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: 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.


The Organ Donor Foundation (ODF) will host a 5km big walk along the Durban beachfront on Sunday to help raise awareness and improve understanding of organ donation. The public is being invited to participate. Registration is at 7 am and walk starts at 8 am at the Ampitheatre. Admission is R30 per adult. The foundation is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of becoming an organ donor and most importantly discussing the decision with their family. There are over 4,300 people throughout South Africa in need of an organ transplant. Many of them are children who are forced to put their childhood interests and dreams on hold, waiting for a suitable donor. To enter the Organ Donor Foundation Big Walk or for more information on how to register as an organ donor, visit www.odf.org.za or phone 0800 22 66 11. The first 400 people to register for each Big Walk on the day will qualify for a goodie bag.

The Kilgobbin Mist-belt Forest walks takes place on November 3 between 9 am and 11 am. Meet at Kilgobbin Cottage on the D707 off D17, Dargle.

Cost: R10 donation to the Dargle Conservancy. Enjoy the signs of summer emerging in the Dargle mist-belt forest. Inquiries: Barend Booysen at 082 787 0797.

A global diabetes walk takes place along the Durban beachfront, starting at Suncoast Casino complex parking Area on November 6. Onsite registration from 6 am to 8 am. Walk starts at 8 am. There will also be a Wellness Expo from 8 am to 3 pm. The global diabetes walk is an international and national event with walks taking place in all major centres in South Africa to create awareness of diabetes in South Africa and as a fundraiser for Diabetes South Africa. The entry fee is R30. Pre-event registrations will take place at Suncoast Casino in the food court on October 29 between 9 am and 6 pm and on November 5 from 1 pm to 6 pm. The entry form can be downloaded from www.globaldiabetesrunwalkdurban.blogspot.com

* 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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