Events Diary June

2012-06-13 00:00

It includes a talk on frogs and snakes by Pat McKrill. Tea and Coffee will be supplied. Members are asked to please supply a plate of eats for tea.

Diakonia Council of Churches is hosting its annual meeting at 5 pm for 5.30 pm on June 20 at the Denis Hurley Hall, Diakonia Centre, Durban. The guest speaker is Liepollo Lebohang Pheko, executive director of Trade Collective, and the topic is: ‘A transformed world is possible: the role of the progressive church in uncertain times’. RSVP by June 18 to Busi at 031 310 3500 or email Secure parking will be available on the 1st floor of the Renaissance Building, next door to the service entrance of Diakonia Centre in Maud Mfusi Street (previously St George’s Street).


Running until June 18 at the Durban University of Technology Gallery on the Steve Biko campus in Durban is the exhibition First Hand, which features work by second year fine art and jewellery design students. The gallery is open from 8.30 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30 am to 4 pm on Fridays. Inquiries: 031 373 2207.

Umcebo Design in Durban wants to start a group for like-minded people to express and develop their painting skills or to start painting if you haven’t done it before Be part of a small group of relaxed artists in a centrally located studio in Glenwood with safe parking. Saturday morning and weekday classes available with a qualified tutor. Inquiries: Jackie at 084 466 5608.

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

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

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

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


Spirit and Life Word Ministries invites interested people to join in for free Bible studies every Thursday at 7 pm and Tuesday at 9.30 am at 16 Rishiduth Close, Orient Heights. Inquiries: Shammy Pillay at 078 371 1600 or 033 391 5988.


Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hosting a hike in the New Germany Nature Reserve’s grassland and bush areas. Meet at the car park at 1.45 pm. Donation to the reserve. Inquiries: Jill Dunstone at 031 765 4520. On Sunday there will be a hike to the Hammarsdale Falls. Meet at Pinetown New Main. Petrol sharing R20. Inquiries: Jon at 082 459 1522.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting an outing to Moor Park near Estcourt at 8 am on Sunday. There is an entrance fee unless you have a Wild or Rhino Card. As venues sometimes change owing to weather etc. phone the leader David Crampton at 082 771 7274 to confirm. On June 20 there will be an evening meeting at WESSA’s Goldfields Education Centre in Howick. It will include an illustrated talk by Dr Mark Brown on ‘Climate change: it’s for the birds (NOT!)’. Registration from 5.30 pm for 6 pm. Admission is R10 (members) and R15 (non-members).

Vision and Joy Togethery meets at 9.30 am on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields. Jan Hankey will be presenting the topic: The Journey; Becoming More. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

The Decorative Art Society is hosting a hands-on lecture by midlands-based sculptor, Sarah Richards, at the Durban Botanic Gardens at 12.30 pm for 1.30 pm on June 19. Richards will explain the process of creating a bronze sculpture, from the conception of the piece to its completion. Admission is R20 for members and R40 for visitors. Inquiries: Jenny Pudifin at 031 201 0664.

Corporate Network Pietermaritzburg is hosting a meeting at Varsity College in Harwin Road, Pietermaritzburg from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm on June 21. The Learning Identity Team will help you to understand your brain and how its processing style impacts your productivity and communication is an essential component in the modern business world. On June 26, from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, Corporate Network Durban is hosting a meeting at Premier Hotel, 65 Kings Road, Pinetown. Fearne Gilson from Training Leadership Consulting will be speaking about emotional intelligence and how a strong EQ allows you to measure your impact on other people, and to understand yourself and what makes you tick. TLC’s Leadership Programmes offer a practical roadmap for integrating these radical simple ideas into organizational transformation. Admission is free for members and R145 for non-members. RSVP to Carmen at or phone 084 576 1018. Please specify which event you wish to attend.

The Decorative Arts Society (Darts) meeting at 12.30 pm for 1 pm on June 20 at All Saints Church, 73 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, will include a lecture on Stradivarius by Sarah Jones. Entry is R20 for members and R40 for visitors, including refreshments.

The Hilton Guide Company welcomes girls between the ages of 10 and 14 to join in on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the World’s View campsite. Inquiries: Mandy Buchanan at 071 527 7162.

The Embroiderer’s Guild of South Africa meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg, at 1.30 pm for 2 pm. Inquiries: Lynda at 033 343 4454.

The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana welcomes visitors to open meetings on the first Thursday of every month from 7 am to 8 am at the Royal Natal Yacht Club, Esplanade, Durban. Breakfast is available. Admission R50. Inquiries: Alistair Abell at 031 303 6359.

The Pietermaritzburg Underwater Club meets at 5.30 pm on Thursdays at its clubhouse in Kershaw Park. Inquiries: Caz at 082 859 3026 or Noeline at 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 pm in Alexandra Park, near the Oval. Inquiries: Merle Fawdry at 033 344 3092.

The Pietermaritzburg Budgerigar Club meets at 2.30 pm on the third Saturday of every month at members’ homes. Inquiries: Bruce Acutt at 082 809 2573 or Lionel Sydenham at 083 405 0359.

Pietermaritzburg City Chess Club meets at the Moth Hall in Grosvenor Street every Tuesday at 2 pm.

The Pietermaritzburg Canary and Cage Bird Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Bird Hall, Royal Showgrounds. Inquiries: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Tai Chi classes take place at the Scout Hall in Birkett Road on Monday and Wednesday nights. Participants do the Cheng Man-ch'ing form which originates from Yang style Tai Chi and are part of the International Tai Chi association. Inquiries: 072 243 8993.

Are you embarrassed that you cannot sign your name or read prices on items in the supermarket and need to ask others to help you. Contact S Beharee at 083 381 4629 to help your loved ones to be literate.

Mount Partridge Arya Samaj offers adult Hindi lessons on Saturdays from 8.30 am. Inquiries: Pta. S Beharee at 083 381 4629.

Raisthorpe Arya Samaj Hindi School offers free classes on Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am. Phone Sabitha at 033 391 2633 or 084 879 3875 or Gita at 072 993 6391.

Treasure map workshop. Make your dreams come true! Treasure maps are one of the most powerful ways to visualise your goals and keep you focused. Inquiries: Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.


Dance Basics Ballroom and Latin-American Dance Studio in Durban is offering beginner classes for physically disabled (wheelchair bound, hearing and sight impaired) dancers. Inquiries: Janelle Yunnie at 084 474 0531 or email


The Karkloof Classic Polo Tournament takes place at the Karkloof Club from 10 am till late, today, tomorrow and Sunday. Twenty polo teams will be competing at all levels for the coveted Karkloof Classic Trophy, including some of the country's top high goal teams. Plenty of exciting, fast paced polo action. Catering and bar facilities provided. Inquiries: Ingrid at 082 569 7105.

The Hosanna Church is hosting its Country Carnival from 9 am to 4 pm tomorrow. Attractions include food stalls, a flea market, horse rides, quad bike rides, an animal farm, games and more. To get there travel to end of Table Mountain Road and turn right towards Wartburg for 3 kms to Hosanna Country Estate. Interested stallholders should phone 082 453 9641.

There will be a gala dinner in aid of the Denis Hurley Centre at the Parish Centre at Emmanuel Cathedral on June 22 at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. Hosted by Father Stephen Tully and Thami Zuma it will be a fundraiser for the Denis Hurley Centre and will celebrate the 80th birthday of monsignor Paul Nadal, one of the best known priests in the Durban Archdiocese. Tickets are on sale at R250 each and can be obtained from Joe Fredericks at 084 586 0226 or from Eileen Abrahams at 083 669 3832. Parishioners are invited to sponsor priests from their parishes to enable them to attend. Musical entertainment will be provided by “The Josephs”. Monsignor Nadal was prepared for his First Holy Communion by Fr Denis Hurley in 1940 and ordained by Archbishop Hurley on 8 December 1959. He worked closely with the Archbishop for many years especially in the Catechetical Commission (from 1969 – 1976), as Director of the National Pastoral and Catechetical Centre (Khanyisa) (from 1976 – 1983) and as the Archbishop’s last Vicar General ( 1983 - 1993 ). In his retirement he is one of the most active of the Denis Hurley Centre’s patrons and trustees. The dinner will be one of the last major functions to be held in the Centre before its demolition to make way for the Denis Hurley Centre which is to be constructed on the same site.

Educate 2 Empower is hosting a Gharam Masala Chutney and Nagara Night, which is being hosted by Shazzy D Productionz, at the Sabha Hall in Northdale at 6 pm on June 22. The evening will feature the talents of the Flash Entertainers and will include a glamorous gran competition and loads of lucky draw prizes. Tickets are just R40 and can be bought by calling 082 089 0306 or 078 604 6295 or by calling in at Premier Services at 574 Old Greytown Road.

The Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show takes place at the Durban Marina from June 22 to 24. Visitors arriving at the main entrance at the traffic circle off the Esplanade will walk into an area of boats, boats and more boats in the Marina and immediately above and around it on the hard. Coffees and light meals will be served along the boardwalk overlooking the marina square, then a short trip across the parking lot will take visitors to the newly-grassed area opposite Cafe Fish, where the main marquee is situated, along with incredible outdoor displays and attractions for one and all, old and young alike. Inquiries: 031 266 9828 or visit

Netcare St Annes Hospital is hosting a free prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening in the Loop Street foyer of the Pietermaritzburg hospital on June 23 from 9 am to 1 pm. Inquiries: Shubnum at 082 360 2590 or 033 897 5013.

All hands on deck! The Cardboard Boat Race will launch itself at this year’s Durban International Boat and Lifestyle Show on June 23 at the Durban Marina. All boats will be checked for seaworthiness before setting sail. There will be two categories, a one-man or a three-man team, and each class will race on a demarcated course in the Durban Marina. Each team will be allowed another two land-based crew that will be the support builders and back-up team. The construction of the vessels is to take place on-site on the day of the event. Each team will be given a limited amount of cardboard and two rolls of duct tape. Additional duct tape, Stanley knifes, pencils and straight edges must all be provided by the contestants. Crew are welcome to dress up for the occasion, but during the race, the competing crew members will need to wear lifejackets. Inquiries: Creative Events at 031 266 9828.

Westmore Park Club is hosting ‘Coyote Ugly’ Wild West Party at 7 pm on June 30. Admission is free. Inquiries: 076 812 3846.

A ‘quacker’ of a day, the first ever Durban Duck Day takes place at Durban’s Yacht Mole (off Victoria Embankment/Margaret Mngadi Avenue) on July 15. A flock of 10,000 ducks will be released simultaneously to race, with the victorious duck winning the grand prize of up to R100,000. As part of this day of non-stop entertainment there will be duck dances for the younger participants, communal singing of specially adapted ‘ducky’ songs, and best duck hat and best duck costume competitions. Schools and non-profit organisations can get involved by using this fun event as a fundraiser with a percentage of each bulk duck sale sold going to the selling school or organisation. Corporates can also purchase their own flock of ducks for employees or customers, and can take up a corporate hospitality area at the venue. Individual purchases of a single duck or a small flock can be made via the website below. For more information go to or contact Creative Events on 031 266 9828.

Rosetta Ratepayers and Residents Fundraising Committee is hosting a winter fair from 10 am on July 28 at the Rosetta Hotel. Craft stalls, varied food stalls, dog displays, children’s entertainment, bonfires, gluwein etc are all planned. All proceeds to go to the upliftment of the community and beautification of the Rosetta village. For stall bookings, email Dee

Msunduzi Hospice’s charity shop has moved to 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, and is open weekdays from 8 am to 3.45 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. You can also enjoy a cuppa at the Hospice coffee shop. Choose from a selection of sweet and savoury treats, soft drinks, teas and coffees. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.

Daily free-flying raptor displays can be seen at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary on the Lion Park Road (exit 65 off the N3 highway). Open Tuesday to Sunday. Shows take place at 10.30 am and 3 pm. With jungle gyms and bunnies to feed, a gift shop and gallery, tea garden, picnic area and gobbly, squabbly vulture feeding sessions there’s something for everyone. Phone 031 785 2981 or Shannon at 082 359 0900 for more information.


There will be no Diabetes South Africa open meetings in June or July. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

A support group for people caring for a loved one who is terminally ill meets at 4 Old Howick Road, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg, from 10 am to 11.30 am on the last Wednesday of the month. For more information contact the group facilitators, Carolyn Lurie via e-mail at or 033 345 2939 or 072 288 0684 or Jill Hobson via e-mail at jillhobson or phone 083 499 1094 or 033 330 4382.


The KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg is hosting a school holiday programme from June 25 to 29. Children will be able to make mosaics, dream catchers, foil art and paper flowers, and on June 29 there will be one of the museum’s fun ‘Night at the Museum’ sleepovers. Admission is R30 per day and the programme runs from 9 am to 12 noon. The sleepover costs R90. Light snacks and all materials are provided. Booking is essential. Phone Zama at 033 341 0536 or Sylvia at 033 341 0533. On July 7, the museum is hosting Snakes Alive! at 10 am, during which visitors can check out live snakes. Entry is R5.



Buddhist based teachings on the mind and it's potential take place on Sundays at 9.30 am. Teachings include those given by the Dalai lama. Donations for teaching. R30 for notes. Inquiries: Dianne at 082 457 0849.

There will be a meditation course about overcoming depression at the Mahasiddha Kadampa Meditation Centre, 2 Hollings Road, Malvern from 10 am to 1 pm on June 24. Admission is R140 including refreshments. To book phone 031 464 0984 or email

Discover inner peace and learn relaxation and breathing techniques to restore energy levels at Meditation classes in Scottsville. Classes every second Saturday of the month from 2 pm to 3 pm. Inquiries: Jenny Green at 033 386 3323.

Meditation for positive thinking and a peaceful mind - weekly classes on Thursday evenings from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Yellowwood Cafe in Howick. These meditation classes give you a great foundation for a peaceful, relaxed and happy mind in your daily life. Meditations are easy to understand and practice. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: Hayley at 072 971 8450 or email

Weekly meditation classes take place in Westville on Mondays from 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm at Junes Pre-primary, 21 Langford Road; in Kloof on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8 pm at Collingwoods Guest House, Umzwilili Road; and in Hillcrest on Fridays from 8.30 am to 9.30 am at Maitreya Centre, 14B Cadmoor Road, Assagay. These classes are suitable for everyone, you can learn the art of meditation and develop a peaceful and relaxed mind for your daily life. Cost R30 donation to Maitreya Centre. Inquiries: 031 765 1073 or email:


Macrorie House Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg will be open from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday for a book sale! All books will be R5 and we will have tea and eats available to enjoy in the garden. Entry is free. Inquiries: 033 394 2161 or 072 433 2023.


The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Orchestra will celebrate Youth Day with a performance "for the youth by the youth" at the Essenwood Market in Essenwood Road, Morningside, in collaboration with KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture. There will be two performances between 10 am and 2 pm and in between the public will have the opportunity of talking to orchestra members, finding out about orchestra opportunities, and listening to our talented individual members busking. The orchestra will be conducted by Lyk Temmingh, Cathy Peacock and Lindsay Johnston, and will present a varied programme of music which includes both classical works and more modern pieces. Inquiries: 071 948 5763or email

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (P.A.M.S.) Choir and the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra will be hosting its Winter Orchestral and Choral Concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street at 2.30 pm on June 24. There will also be performances by soloists Andrew Butler (bass) and Jody Marx (soprano), a pupil at the Wykeham Collegiate, who will be singing the aria, Pie Jesu. Other items on the programme include Faure’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Halleluja Chorus as well as Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, the theme from the film Ladies in Lavender, and many other pieces. The P.A.M.S. choir will be under the direction of Robin Walton, and the orchestra will be conducted by David Plank, who did a sterling job at the recent Night at the Opera concert at the Hilton College Theatre. Tickets are R60 (concessions available) and can be bought at the door or through Ruth Brayshaw at 033 347 5464. Safe parking is available.

The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) Choir and rehearsals are well under way for 2012 with several concert ideas for the new year. New voices are always welcome. The choir meets at St Mary's Catholic Church Hall in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street at 7 pm on Tuesdays. Inquiries: Ruth at 033 347 5464 or Mary at 033 346 0449.


Adam Riley of Rockjumper Birding Adventures will present a talk on the birds, wildlife and tribes of Ethiopia, one of Africa’s richest birding destinations and one which also has unique wildlife and traditional tribes, in the Conference Centre at Msunduzi Hospice, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury at 8 am on June 16. Riley has travelled extensively, leading tours to countries ranging from Colombia to Egypt, Angola to Papua New Guinea and Antarctica to Alaska. He is one of Africa’s most experienced birders, having seen over 2,000 species on the continent as well as 7,000 species worldwide. Tickets are R100 which includes breakfast. To book phone 033 344 1560 or e-mail

Professor Kesh Govinder, will present a lecture entitled ‘Order and Disorder: Essential components of life" on June 21 at 5.45 pm in the John Bews Lecture Theatre, Life Sciences Campus in Carbis Road. The universe is moving towards a greater state of disorder. However, there are a variety of very ordered structures or processes in nature, many of which are crucial to the continuation of life. Govinder will describe and explain some of these structures and processes as well as why disorder is also critical to life and why the existence of order and disorder is inherent in life as we understand it. Light refreshments will be provided. Inquiries: Edith Elliott 033 260 5455.

Friends of the Museum is hosting a talk on English Comic Verse by John Deane in the Ingede Theatre at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg at 10.45 am on June 23. Tea will be served from 10.15 am.



Project Gateway/The Old Prison at 4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, hosts Wednesday Open Tours every Wednesday at 11 am. Tickets are R20 for the hour-long tour. To book phone the office at 033 845 0400.


The Dargle Lemonwood Forest walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on Sunday. Steep forest trail with marked trees and interesting birds, butterflies and monkeys. Donation R10 to Dargle Conservancy funds. To book phone Katie Robinson at 082 052 6072.

The Fort Nottingham Reserve walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 21. Explore the diverse wetland, forest and grassland areas with Fort Nottingham residents. Donation to Lion’s Bush Conservancy funds. To book phone Roy Tabernor at 082 487 0922.

Take a walk with the members of Women in Business from Barbz Café in Nottingham Road to the Corner Post in Howick (37 kms) along the scenic R103 on June 24. Entry is R150 and funds raised go to Sunfield Home Howick. Registration forms available from

The Beacon Hill walk in Howick takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 24. Explore this grassland treasure. Donation R10 to Beacon Hill Conservancy funds. Phone Eve Hughes at 082 872 4333 to book.

The Howick Falls gorge walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 28. Hike down to view the falls from the pool at the bottom. To book phone Penny Rees at 082 340 7571.

The Eland's River walk in Boston takes place from 9 am to 11 am on June 29. A pleasant and easy walk along the banks of the Eland's River from Boston T-Party. To book phone Sue Brighton at 083 656 0979.


The Embroiderer’s Guild of South Africa is hosting the workshop, Let us Sew, at the Hilton Library from 10 am to 12 noon on July 4. It is aimed at children aged from seven to 11 years old, and every child will make something they can take home. Entry is R50 and booking is essential before June 29. Phone 073 188 9638 to book.

Due to space constraints some items have been omitted. A full diary is available online at www.wit

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