Friday diary

2012-05-30 00:00

Competitors could include a Sealpoint Birman like this one. Karnaki It's All About You is owned and bred by Karen Pepler. Tickets are R10 (R5 pensioners and children). Breakfast rolls and hot dogs will be for sale and there will be a tombola – tickets R10. Inquiries: Jane at 082 784 3126.


Umcebo Design in Durban is wanting 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 walk through Bulwer Park and Pigeon Valley in Glenwood tomorrow. Meet outside Stella Sports Club at 1.45 pm. Inquiries: Linda at 083 353 8319. There is no hike on Sunday.

BirdLife KZN Midlands is hosting a morning outing to Darvill at 7.30 am on Sunday. Leader: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555. On June 10, there is a morning outing to Bisley Valley at 7.30 am. Leader: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Vision and Joy Togethery meets at 9.30 am on Sunday at the Masonic Hall, Assegai Road, Hayfields at 9.30am. Hypnotherapist, Brian Myburgh, will be presenting the topic, "The Wonderful World of Hypnosis" which was postponed last fortnight. This will be followed by a birthday celebration of Tommy Hankey's life. Inquiries: 033 344 3648 or 082 569 6861.

This month’s meeting of the Live Poets Society (LiPS), will feature guest poet, Siyabonga Sikhakhane, who has been published a number of times in different anthologies in South Africa such as INK anthology volume one and two, Kill the poet presently he is working on a Isizulu edition with Nakanjani Sibiya. The meeting will take place at the Point Yacht Club on the Victoria Embankment in Durban at 5.30 pm for 6 pm on June 6. Admission is free.

Stonecroft Ministries After 9 Club Women's morning meeting takes place at 9 am for 9.30 am on June 12 at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Tony Clarke of Tanglewood Nursery will talk on how to be creative in your garden. This will be followed by a talk by Celeste Smith who will share with us on winning over depression and loving a boy with special needs. Entry R26 including refreshments. Booking is essential: phone Bennie at 033 345 9374.

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 Holm 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


Deutsche Schule Durban’s answer to the famous Munich Oktoberfest is here, and takes place at the King’s Park Stadium outer fields at 7.30 pm tonight. Entertainment will be provided by a traditional German band, followed by well-known local DJ, Michael Zuma. Tickets R250, which includes a traditional German meal, your first 500ml beer and a souvenir beer mug to take home. Secure parking is available at the stadium. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from the school. Telephone 031 267 1307. Over 18s only.

Union Park Primary School in Union Place, Northdale, is hosting a braai and cultural evening at 4 pm tomorrow. Inquiries 033 391 4552.

Howick Hospice at 7 Mansfield Road is hosting a Winter Fair from 8 am to 3 pm tomorrow. Attractions include craft and food stalls, sheep on the spit, live music, a tea garden, Hans the Clown and stalls selling everything from books to plants. Admission is R5. Inquiries: 033 330 5257.

The New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church will be hosting a German Bazaar tomorrow. The event will feature plenty of German meats, cakes and other delectable items on sale; there will be ample amounts of scrumptious food, a bier garten, kaffeestube, craft market, and children’s entertainment will also be on offer. Live German music will be played. The spirit of the event is to let families enjoy and celebrate the local German community heritage. Gates open at 8 am. Inquiries: Eckhard Wichmann at 082 463 7269 or Reinhard Ortmann at 082 800 4094.

Childline KZN is celebrating Child Protection Week with a White Balloon Campaign to raise awareness of abused children and to raise funds for the 24/7 provincial crisis line. At 11.45 am on June 6 there will be a short march from the Childline KZN offices at 123 Percy Osborne Road, Morningside to Moses Mabhida Stadiium. Inquiries: Romaine and Happiness at 031 312 0904.

Childline KZN is hosting a fundraising evening featuring TV chef personality Justin Bonello and Oyster Box executive chef, Kevin Joseph, at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga at 6.30 pm on June 8. The event which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Childline KZN, will include interactive cooking demonstrations, culinary tips and a fabulous dinner. Tables will have a selection of breads, butter and smoked snoek pate – and a goodie bag for each guest. Tickets are R1 500. Inquiries: Kyro at S&A Marketing on 031 303 1788 during office hours.

St Matthews Quilters Guild is holding its annual Sisters at St Matthews outdoor quilt exhibition from 9 am to 1 pm on June 9. Entrance is R10. There will be lots of quilts on exhibition in the Church Gardens as well as the floral displays in the church. There will also be many stalls and refreshments will be on sale.

Ingrid Roberts is hosting a charity evening in aid of Esther House, a shelter for abused women in Pietermaritzburg at Victoria Country Club at 7 pm on June 7. The event includes a three course dinner, three speakers – legal expert, Valentine Marion, Bernie, the widow of the late Dr Adrian Pearce, the cardiologist, killed in a tragic hit-and-run road accident last September, and Christel Rohrs, who's angelic smile and deep spiritual gratitude defies belief that she was ever the victim of an horrendously abusive marriage. There will also be an auction and lucky draw, and a line dancing session with Wendy Beneke. Tickets are R180 and booking is through Esther House – phone June at 033 345 5843 or 072 713 1285. Seats are limited.

The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation is hosting a Save The Rhinos Golf Day at Zimbali Country Club from 10.30 am to 12 pm on June 7. Prize-giving at 6.30 pm. R2000 for a four-ball, which includes green fees, a cart and dinner. RSVP to Yvette at 031 266 2024.

The Friends of the Durban Botanic Gardens and the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa is hosting a Star Party to celebrate the “Transit of Venus” at 6.30 pm on June 8. Bring your picnic basket and blanket. Admission is R35, R15 for eight to 16 year olds and under eights free. Prior booking is essential at 031 309 9240.

One of the most anticipated events on the South African skateboarding calendar, Red Bull Manny Mania, will take place on June 9 at the Wave House at Gateway in Umhlanga. Skaters wanting to enter can upload a 45 second video edit showcasing their skills on a manual pad to the international ‘Red Bull Manny Mania’ Facebook Page to stand a chance of qualifying for the final. To enter, head to Alternatively you can hit up for more information.

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 June 10. 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.

A gathering for all old girls of the Longmarket Street Girls’ School will be held at the old shool, now the Voortrekker Msunduzi Museum on Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzvurg, on June 9 at 9.30 am for 10 am. The morning will include a talk on the history of the school, a walk about and 'memories' over tea. Kindly RSVP to Heather at 033 346 0067 or Elrica (Research Officer at the Museum) at 033 394 6834.

Howick Hospice is hosting a business breakfast with motivational speaker, Patrick Greenaway, of Action Coach at the Fleur de Lys at Hilton College at 7.30 am on June 15. Greenaway will be presenting a talk entitled "The Business Chassis". Cost R1500 table of 10 or R160 per person. RSVP to 033 330 5257 for more information.

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.

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.

The Alzheimers support group meets today at Riverside Park Home, 450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg at 10am. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607.

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 SPCA Morning Market takes place from 9 am to 12 noon tomorrow at the SPCA in Woodhouse Road, Pietermaritzburg. Books, white elephant, plants and a variety of good quality clothing and linen, will be on sale, the Cheshire Cat Teagarden will be open for refreshments and students from DUT will wash your car for only R15 - all proceeds to the SPCA. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.


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 June 10 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.

There will be a winter herb workshop at 9 am on June 7 at Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum in Langalabilile (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Booking is essential with Lestelle Barnwell at 033 394 6834 or 079 523 5032. Free entry.


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 birdlife and his worldwide experiences in the Conference Centre at Msunduzi Hospice, 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury at 8 am on June 16. Tickets are R100 which includes breakfast. To book phone 033 344 1560 or e-mail


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.

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

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