Diary of events 6 to 12 August

2010-08-06 00:00


A workshop-type programme is being run for current matric art students, from a home-based studio in Scottsville. Tuition is offered by former graphic design lecturer, Denise Essom. The workshop is structured to enable students to produce really good show stopper artwork examples to boost the matric art exhibitions and practical portfolios. Classes are being offered for three hours on Wednesday afternoons and three hours on Saturday mornings. Inquiries: Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017.

Chistlehurst Arts and Academics in Pietermaritzburg holds community classes every Wednesday afternoon during the term. Free classes offered in basic dance, drama and design from 3 pm to 4 pm. All pupils from Grade 6 to 12 welcome. Phone 033 345 4895 mornings.

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.




Msunduzi Hospice’s coffee shop, The Courtyard, in Swartkorpz Road, Pietermaritzburg, is open daily from Monday to Saturday. The menu includes many tasty treats at affordable prices as well as our Chef's special of the day! There is also a hospice shop stocked with clothing, toys and bric-a-brac and the book shop which boasts a huge selection of books at bargain prices. The other Hospice shops are situated in Mayor's Walk and Nedbank Plaza. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.


Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to to Queen Elizabeth Park at 7 am on August 8. Leader: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Midlands Hiking Club is hosting the 12 km Cumberland hike, near Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. Inquiries: Dave at 031 464 9033 or 076 028 0708.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting an evening meeting at at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Headquarters in Queen ELizabeth Park, Pietermaritzburg at 7 pm on August 12. Mark Anderson, executive director of BirdLife South Africa, will give a presentation on Kimberley’s Pink Gems.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) hosts a day outing to the Cumberland Nature Reserve on August 15. Inquiries: leader David Crampton t 082 771 7274.

Hilton Garden Club meets at 9.30 am for 10 am on August 17 for a visit to the garden of Russell and Mary Collins - Edgehill, Old Howick Road, Hilton. Lynn Henderson with give a short talk on the history of the house and garden. Convenor: Clare MacAskill at 033 330 3402.

Howick Birding Group hosts an illustrated talk by Peter Divall, titled A Bird Safari, at the WESSA Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick at 5.30 pm on August 18. Admission is R10 members, R15 visitors.

Howick Birding Group hosts a morning outing to Moor Park in the Estcourt area on August 25. Meet at Umgeni Valley at 6.30 pm to arrange transport. There is an entrance fee unless you have a Rhino or Wild Card. Take tea. Leader: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

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




Well-known teacher Eric Richardson will be hosting a workshop at Butterflies for Africa in Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg from August 7 to 9 to help people become a Theta healer. Learn how to use the Theta brain wave state to help people cancel their negative subconscious beliefs and restore their health while healing their lives, regaining their happiness and restoring their relationships and well-being. Participants will also get a 280-page Thetahealing book by Vianna Stibal (founder of Thetahealing), the practitioner’s manual, certification, and international registration in the USA as a Thetahealer. For more details and to book phone Geeta at 082 761 4837.

Birdlife KZN Midlands will be hosting a bird appreciation course in Pietermaritzburg during September and October. The course starts on September 2 with an introduction to birding and how to identify birds, courtesy of Mark Brown. Other subjects to be covered include top KZN birds and where to find them, raptors, garden birds, night birds, glassland birds, woodland birds, wetland birds, shore birds and much more. The course will take place at the Zoology Lecture Theatre in the John Bews building at UKZN Pietermaritzburg in Carbis Road. Admission is R950 (Birdlife members R850) or R150 (Birdlife members R135) per evening attended. For more information about the workshop programme and to book, phone Pam Nicol at 033 330 2947 or send an email to pnicol@vodamail.co.za

Free glycerine soap bar making instruction at The Soap Den, 105 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg. The health benefits of essential oils and different salts of the earth are explained, and instruction is given to make your own creams, body butters, bath oils, bubble baths etc. Instuction for two to 10 people at a time. Courses are available between 9 am and 4.30 pm daily.

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

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.


The struggle of the South African Indian community is celebrated in the dance drama, Sunghursh, at the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban until August 8. Evening performances are at 8 pm and matinees at 3 pm. Tickets range from R80 to R100 (R120 at the door). Booking is through Computicket or the Playhouse Box Office at 031 369 9540 (office hours).

Women's Day special Nia class to celebrate you! Move your body with Durban's Nia teachers from 11 am to 12 noon on August 9 at Kloof Town Hall in Village Road. Admission is R50 (R25 if you bring a friend). RSVP to Lorraine at 031 767 1690.

A Nia Dance class is held every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Hexagon movement studio, Golf Road, Pietermaritzburg. A dance workout for all ages and fitness levels. Phone Lorraine at 031 767 1690 or email harleya@ukzn.ac.za Go to www.niasouthafrica.co.za for more information.


The South African king of spin, Magesh Ndaba, from Johannesburg, will be at Sidewayz @ Da Market from 1 pm tomorrow at Mkondeni Market in Pietermaritzburg. Ndaba, who will do a special demonstration with his box shape 328i BMW, made a name for himself at Westbank Raceway in Joburg and started driving when he was only seven years old. Phone Claude for transport to the market at 073 878 7511. Inquiries: Michael Chetty at 079 778 55 35

The scenic village of Harburg hosts the Claas Tour de Krantz Cycle Race, sponsored by aQuelle, tomorrow. This fantastic day caters for the whole family against a backdrop of German atmosphere and hospitality. The Harburg Community has seen this event grow steadily over the last seven years, with over 800 cyclists taking part in the past. The 45 km and 25 km courses will retain the tough but scenic formula that has proven so popular – single track, fast winding downhills and a few hard climbs with breathtaking views of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, as the reward. A 10 km fun ride will cater for the less adventurous. All the races are ROAG administered and you can pre-enter at www.roag.co.za. The German Fest includes breakfast, a German Kaffeestube and beer tent, a Farmer’s Market at which you can purchase delicious German processed meats and cakes, children’s entertainment, crafts and lunch. Inquiries: www.tourdekrantz.co.za or Marie du Toit at 076 655 7080.

Margate will roll out the red carpet this weekend as the Experiential Aircraft Association makes it’s way back to the popular south coast town tomorrow. EAA commentator Karl Jenkins will be on the beach offering interesting facts on aircraft as they approach the Margate Airport landing strip. A beach festival will be held in conjunction with the festivities, as well as a beach Mardi Gras and children's programme. Inquiries: Vicky at Wozani Africa Events on 082 812 7944 or Dave Grosvenor at 084 422 6359.

August is Women’s month and Liberty Midlands Mall is the place to be for the Ingrid Roberts Insights and Inspirations show which takes place tomorrow. The event is an upmarket chat show where celebrity guests share the stage with local Sheroes, women who have excelled in their personal or business capacity. The R200 ticket buys a three course dinner and includes a gift from Clinique valued at R275. Complimentary champagne and chocolates await each guest on arrival and the dress code is smart. With the cover girl from Destiny magazine, Ipeleng Mkhari as the celebrity guest, it will be glamour all the way. And there are great prizes to be won, including a weekend for two at the five start luxury boutique Hotel Izulu in Ballito. To book your tickets phone Gail at 082 445 2577.

Professor Ian Calder of the Centre of Visual Arts at UKZN will formally open the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) Studio Gallery23 tomorrow at 10.30 am for 11 am. After the opening, visitors can enjoy an exhibition, titled The Things We Make, which showcases the diversity of arts and crafts made by Macs members, and “bottomless” homemade soup, which will available from 12 noon. On Sunday, Macs will be hosting an open day from 9 am to 12 noon; and on Monday (August 9), the society will be hosting the On The Wall: Off The Wall wearable art show from 12 noon. The art show will include a buffet style lunch. Tickets are R50 and book is essential. RSVP to Joy at 033 386 6500 by August 6. Parking will be available from the 23 Ritchie Road entrance or in Haldane Road. Phone Joy at 033 386 6500 for further details about any of these events.

The Art in the Forest annual exhibition, hosted by the TC Robertson Nature Reserve, will be held in honour of the Women’s Day weekend from August 7 to 9. The event kicks off on Saturday evening with live music and line dancing. There will be a beer tent and food available, and a prize for the best dressed person. Secure parking available. On Sunday, the Art in the Forest Exhibition will take place. In addition to the art there will be music and entertainment for the children. Other attractions include poetry readings, yoga and karate exhibitions, a beer tent, tea garden and food stall. On Sunday, the artists will be gathering again and there will be a general flea market as well. If you have a special skill you’d like to demonstrate or would like to participate in the exhibition or flea market phone Louisa at 039 976 0709 or 084 368 6905 or email tcrobertsonnaturereserve@gmail.com

The Gay & Lesbian Network Women’s Month celebrations kick off with a bring and share women’s discussion forum in the park next to the Oval on Monday from 10 am to 2 pm. Events continue with a lesbian movie night, featuring the film Bound, at 8 pm on August 12 at The Butchery (101 Roberts Road) and a talent show at PMB Wanderers Club at 44 Aberfeldy Road, Scottsville, at 6 pm on August 27. Tickets R30 from Veron or Ponie at 033 342 6165.

A Horse and Hound Country Fair will take place from 10 am to 10 pm on August 21 at the Lions River Polo Club to raise money for the Coastal Horse Care Unit and Funda Nenja. Tickets are R10 for adults and R5 for children. For more information phone Lara at 082 573 1731 or Vicky at 073 929 5992.

The Msunduzi Hospice Annual Secretary Spring Day Luncheon will be held on September 1 at 12.30 pm for 1 pm in the Hospice Conference Centre, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. A gourmet picnic luncheon will be served along with an assortment of cheeses, a chocolate fountain for those chocoholics and fresh fruit for the health conscious. There will also be a guest speaker, exciting goodie bags and loads of fantastic prizes to be won. Tickets R140. Tables of ten are available but smaller numbers are welcome. For bookings and inquiries phone Sonja at 033 344 1560 or e-mail hospice@hospicekzn.co.za Bookings are essential.


The Msunduzi/Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market is open from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road, selling a variety of books, records, CDs and DVDs, good quality used clothing and linen, white elephant and plants. The teagarden will be open. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.




Northway Rehab Centre will be statring its next four-week out-patient rehab programme for alcohol and drug abuse on August 16. For inquiries or bookings phone psychologist Raksha Singh at 082 372 2908.

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

The Bats Low Vision Support Group meet at Woodgrove on August 11 at 10 am for 10.30 am. Barbara Nathan will talk about her experiences of care giving over a 12 year period both in KZN and England. She is now starting a business providing aids for disabled people including those with eye problems. Inquiries: Penny 033 355 0269.

Diabetes South Africa meets on August 11 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is Dr Claudine Lee on Diabetic Retinopathy. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.


The Msunduzi/Pietermaritzburg SPCA is holding its 5km or 10km 2010 Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, starting and finishing at Hayfields Mall. Starting time is 7.30 am. Entry fee is R25 per person and dogs are free. All dogs on leads please. Pre–entry is at Hayfields Mall (opposite Clicks) today from 3 pm to 6 pm and tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon. Medals will be awarded to all finishers and there will also be plenty of lovely spot prizes. A fabulous prize will be awarded to the person who collects the most sponsorship. Inquiries: Maureen at 033 386 9267.

Health exercises for all ages and fitness at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. Thursdays: 8.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 10 am - Tao Yin (Chinese yoga/internal exercises); 2 pm - Baque Meditation (The forces – Trigrams). Friday: 8.30 am - Taiji (38 Form Chen style) part 1 and 2; 10 am - Baqua Meditaton; 2 pm - Tao Yin; 6 pm - Taiji (part 1 and 2). Wear loose clothing and soft shoes. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place in Westville from 3 pm to 4.30 pm on Tuesdays; in Kloof from 9 am to 10.30 am on Wednesdays; in Hillcrest from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays; in Pietermaritzburg from 8 am to 9.30 pm on Thursdays and in Camperdown from 5 pm to 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Academy of Self-Defence courses. Learn how to project confidence through awareness and practical techniques. Aimed at all women and children. To book phone Mandy at 082 459 6095 or email mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za

Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

Health exercises suitable for all ages and fitness levels at Body Dynamics every Thursday and Friday: 7.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 8.30 am - Baqua (the elements) or Tao Yin (yoga); 5 pm – Baqua (the elements); 6 pm - Taiji (38 step form and applications). Wear loose comfortable shoes and clothing. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place at Kloof, Westville, Hillcrest, Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg. Phone Kath for more infomation at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

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 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 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. 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.

The Hilton Farmers and Craft Market takes place in the lower quarry every Saturday from 7.30 am to 11 am. Stalls include organic herbs, fruit and vegetable, solar products, coffee, home- made bakes and sweets, plants, cards and clothes. Inquiries: Fiona at 072 477 0551.

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.

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.


Learn to meditate on Monday evenings from 6.45 pm to 8 pm, at 60 Oakleigh Ave, Wembley. Meditation helps you to relax and develop your own sense of inner peace and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre including refreshments. Inquiries: 033 345 7501 or email : meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com


Macrorie House Museum at 11 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will now be open every second Saturday of the month from 9 am to 1 pm. Those visiting the museum on August 15 between 9 am and 1 pm can enjoy a nice cup of tea free of charge. Admission is R5 adults. R2 children, free pensioners. Car guards in attendance.


Pietermaritzburg pianist, Christopher Duigan, will be performing the third in his series of Celebrating Chopin concerts at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone at 7.30 pm on August 6 and 3 pm on August 8, and at Tumble Downs Restaurant in the midlands on August 9 at 12.30 pm. The programme includes the Ballade No 3 and Scherzo no 3, a selection of the Preludes op 28 composed on Chopin's infamous Majorca expedition, plus Nocturnes, Mazurkas and Waltzes. Tickets for the 35 Montgomery Road concerts are R90; and R250 for the Woman’s Day concert at Tumble Downs on the Curry’s Post Road, which includes a three-course meal. Booking is essential for all three concerts. To book for those at 35 Montgomery Road phone 033 342 3051. Tickets for the Tumble Downs concert can be booked at 033 330 8099 or 082 802 2837.

Combine Idol's winner Jason Hartman, the sizzling Shelley Mclean and the stylish Lauren Dasappa with the richness of the full KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and you have a great excuse to enjoy an afternoon of musical magic in the Midlands. The Midlands Meander Association, which marks its 25th anniversary in 2010, invites you to join in for the Women's Day celebrations with a proms concert at Yellowwood Café, in Howick, on August 9. The afternoon's entertainment kicks off at 1 pm with performances by the St Nicholas Steel Drum Band and the Michaelhouse Jazz Band, followed at 2 pm by the KZNPO and guest artists. Tickets are R85 for adults, R70 for pensioners and R30 for children under 16, from Computicket, Yellowwood Café in Howick (033 330 2462), at the Woza Woza offices in Howick or at the gate on the day of the concert. There is plenty of secure parking and refreshments will be on sale, although you are welcome to bring your picnic with you.

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.





There will be a free talk and demonstration on trauma/stress releasing exercises (TRE) by Dr. Melanie Salmon MB. BCh (Rand) in the DHS Hall, 255 St Thomas Road, Musgrave at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on August 12. TRE is a new treatment for trauma and everyday stress and helps to restore harmony and balance in the body. Bring a yoga mat and wear loose clothing. Dr David Berceli Ph.D. from USA, founder of TRE, will be in Durban from September 4-7 for a level one TRE workshop. Inquiries: www.traumaprevention.com, Brigitte at 084 548 5277 or onevision@webafrica.org.za


The St Anne’s Cultural Festival runs from August 11 to 18 at St Anne’s College. Productions include: Kristen Thomson’s I, Claudia at 7.30 pm on August 11 and 12. Starring Susan Danford and directed by Lara Bye, the play centres on Claudia, a pre-teen reeling from her parents’ divorce, and is in the physical and emotional throes of puberty. Tickets R80 (R60 concessions). On August 13 there will be a Music Extravaganza featuring the Pretoria High School for Girls’ Choir and Orchestra, and the St Anne’s Diocesan College Jazz Band, Chapel Choir and Vocal Ensemble at 7.30 pm. Tickets R50 (R30 concessions). The Boolulu Uncle, the autobiographical story of a young Zulu boy who grew up with an Indian family in Reservoir Hills can be seen at 8 pm on August 17. Tickets R70 (R50 concessions). And at 10 am on August 18 the festival hosts Dusi Dance Company’s Rhythm Is A Language, which uses a range of South African dance forms, from gumboot and stick dance to African contemporary to perform The Magic of The White Suit and African Soil, choreographed by artistic director, Vusi Makanya, and Up Close, choreographed by professional company dancer, Sthembiso Gcabashe. Tickets R70 (R50 concessions). Pupils from St Anne’s will also be taking part in the school’s annual inter-house theatre festival. Performances will take place at 6 pm on August 17 with the adjudication at 7 pm on August 18. Tickets R40 (R30 concessions). To book phone 033 343 6100.

Some of South Africa’s biggest stars from stage and screen have joined forces to help raise money for charity at the annual Night of 100 Stars at Suncoast Casino on Durban at 6 pm on August 16. Those performing include Tim Wells, Lisa Bobbert, Pume Zondi, Lauren Laing and Khaya Mthethwa, who is one third of the popular music group Black Magic.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards cancer research projects and awareness campaigns in the Durban region. Tickets are R500 per person or R5,000 per table, which includes complimentary wine, a decadent selection of gourmet cuisine and an evening of top class entertainment.

Booking is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information regarding Night of 100 Stars bookings or donations, phone Shauneeta Pargoolall at 031 205 9525 or email spargoolall@cansa.org.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 Department of Health, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University and Tembaletu Trust will be hosting a workshop on Spirituality and Man (SAM) from 9 am to 2 pm on August 7 at 206 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg. This workshop is open to all men. Tea and lunch will be provided. Admission is free. Please RSVP by July 30 to Kay at 033 394 7807, Lalitha at 084 392 0204 or Reverend Chaplin Mkhize at 073 448 60 22.

Dale Fox is coming to Pietermaritzburg on August 7 and 8 to run a Mindscape course at 274 Prince Alfred Street. This two-day workshop aims to heighten powers of intuition, to develop mental abilities to their fullest, enhance creativity and imagination, promote relaxation and reduce stress and improve memory and learning ability. There will be a free public talk at the venue on August 6 from 7 pm to 8 pm, with the workshops taking place from 9 am to 5 pm on August 7 and 8. For more information about the workshops and to book your place, phone Lesley Pascoe at 084 765 6243 or send an email to lpascoe@pgglass.com

Vision Board Workshop - attract the good you desire in all areas of your life! This powerful and fun technique helps you visualise your goals and keeps you focused. Inquiries: Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

The KwaZulu-Natal leg of the South African Council of Shopping centres breakfasts, presented by freelance journalist and broadcaster, Chris Gibbons, takes place in the Belvedere Room, Durban Country Club at 7.30 am for 8 am on August 12. The presentation will include a summary of the current global economy, how it’s playing out locally in terms of GDP, inflation, retail sales, property and the rand. It also explores what the trends are likely to be for the rest of the year and will include a special section on the FIFA World Cup 2010, with a view on the economic upsurge for retailers and shopping centres. Admission is R250 (members) and R350 (non-members). RSVP to Tasnim Mustan at 071 235 5582 or tasnimmustan@vodamail.co.za

Have you ever wondered where your creativity comes from? Everyone has it. Sometimes it's just a matter of finding it. George and Penny Forder combine their art and writing workshops to give you a weekend of creative development, titled The Dream Workshop For Creativity, on August 21 and 22, from 9 am to 4 pm both days. Penny has taught beginners to draw and paint from scratch to exhibition standards, painlessly. George has stimulated writers to tell their stories and captivate audiences. Together they use the subconcious elements of dreams to pull the essence of your inner artist to the surface. For more information and to book phone George at 082 774 7530 or Penny at 072 143 3008. Alternatively log on to www.spindrift.co.za or email george@spindrift.co.za

* 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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