What's On 28 August to 3 September

2009-08-28 00:00


The Midlands Forum meets on Tuesday, September 1 at Howick High School at 9.30 am. The speaker, Michael Cassidy, will talk about his trip to Antarctica and other explorers who have braved the South Pole. His talk will be accompanied by slides. Visitors welcome. Admission R30.

The Live Poets Society is hosting a gathering of poets on Wednesday, September 2 at 5.30 pm at Point Yacht Club, Victoria Embankment, Durban. Admission is free. Inquiries: Danny Naicker on 083 282 0865.

KZN Midlands Bird Club (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Darvill on Sunday, September 6 at 7 am. Inquiries: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

The Winning Women – South Africa, Pietermaritzburg After 5 will meet at the Victoria Hall, Maritzburg College on Monday, September 14 at 5.30 pm. The speaker is Chantal Witthuhn, Mrs SA finalist 2007. Admission is R60. Ladies are cordially invited to supper. RSVP to Esther Howard-Browne on 033 342 2034 or e-mail: lesterhb@lantic.net) by September 11.

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


The Natal Museum at 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg, is hosting an educational and fun morning for children from 10 am to 2 pm tomorrow. Activities include a treasure hunt through the museum, chocolate making, making fridge magnets and memo pads, face painting and games and a colouring-in competition. Admission is R65 per child, including lunch and materials. Space is limited. To book call Rashika Naidoo on 033 330 2037 or 082 326 8807 or email darryl@cyberspeed.co.za

The next workshop in creative literacy takes place tomorrow and focuses on verbal and written communication skills and how to present portfolios, resumes, biographies and artists’ statements. The workshop, at Kwanyoni, Hilton runs from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Admission R490. To book call Terri Broll on 083 477 5599 or Louise Hall on 082 922 8881 or visit


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.


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.

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.


Today, tomorrow and Sunday parents of children aged up to six years old and parents-to-be can enjoy The Baby Expo at the International Convention Centre in Durban. With over 200 top brands you can be sure to see and sample the very best and latest products for you and your baby. Other attractions include an appearance by BJ and Baby Bop, the Nestlé Kids Kitchen offering live food demos and nutritional workshops, a special baby food court and a competition with a prize to the value of R150 000 for one very lucky mum to be. For more information visit www.thebabyexpo.co.za.

The public is invited to attend the Sukyo Mahikari Spiritual Organisation’s The Art of True Light open day tomorrow at Newton High School, 1 Newton Road between 10 am and 2 pm. RSVP to Nirvanie or Vinesh at 083 303 7060.

The Gay & Lesbian Network is hosting a Spring Party on Saturday, August 29 at 8 pm at Murmur, 178 Victoria Rd, Pietermaritzburg. Entry: R30 in theme or R40 not. Inquiries: 033 342 6165.

Phuzamoya Dream Centre is hosting a video screening about Jane Wheelwright, an American analyst from California, on Sunday at 3 pm. The screening is part of the Remembering Jung series. Wheelwright and her husband both became very successful and influential analysts after their analysis with Jung in Switzerland in the sixties. They have authored books and articles. Admission is R40 including tea/coffee and eats. Please RSVP to Sheila Berry for catering purposes via email at

sheila.bee@gmail.com or sms or phone 082 295 7328.

Authentic Indian dinner theatre is on the menu at uShaka Marine World’s Upper Deck from August 30 to September 4. The main feature is a traditional Wazwan “ceremonial” meal where guests will be treated to Kashmir’s finest food prepared by top Indian chefs. The aromatic banquet begins with a ritual washing of hands at a basin called the tash-t-nari which is passed around with warm water from a samovar. The waza (chief cook) supervises each dish using hand-picked ingredients to ensure that each serving is “one of a kind”. Choice delicacies, such as methi and tabak maaz, roganjosh and rista and a variety of kebabs and vegetable preparations, are traditionally served. The classic cuisine will be complemented by Indian cultural music presented by internationally renowned vocalist and sitar player Sanjeeth Teeluk, and palm fire dancers. Dinner starts at 7 pm followed by the show at 8 pm. Tickets R150 on 031 328 8000.

For one day in the year, secretaries are given carte blanche to “boss” their bosses around! And, since they do the “diaries”, uShaka Marine World is giving them the once-off opportunity to make Secretaries Day on September 2 a day to remember. The theme for this year’s event is Titanic and all participants are encouraged to dress up – not only to get into the swing of things, but also to be in line to win great prizes. The prize for the best dressed secretary is a cruise on the Symphonia sponsored by Starlight Cruises. Entertainment includes a sexy “sailor” troupe and a fashion show by Kevin Ellis with garments by Diva. Tickets for the Upper Deck are R250 and R300 for the Cargo Hold. Too book phone Theresa Harker on 031 328 8008.

Hillcrest Aids Centre is hosting an open day book launch/writers day on September 5 from 8 am to 12 pm. Among those taking part are sculptor Carl Roberts, who will be promoting a book written about him by Neil Wright; Claire and Fiona Ras from Sprigs, who will be promoting their old and new cookbooks; Emma Durden, who will be promoting her children’s adventure book, Pocket Jack; Hlengi Dube, who has published a beautiful book on traditional beadwork, titled Talk with beads; and Eivind Gjosund, who will be selling and promoting his book Ubuntu. Artist, Nicky Chovuchovu will exhibit his paintings on the day, and Amanda Laird Cherry will have a rail of beautiful fashion garments on sale.

This year’s KTV Market Day takes place at the Xpo Xplore area at Gateway on September 5. Among the attractions is a performance section where local artists can showcase their talents on stage at Gateway’s Wave House. And prizes will be awarded for the KTV Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, where the recipient walks away with R25 000 in cash as well as a laptop, printer, scanner and DSTV PVR decoder. Admission is free.


The Diabetes South Africa Northdale Support Group meeting will take place on Monday, September 7 at 7 pm in the Motivational Centre at 773 Greytown Road, Pietermaritzburg. The speaker is Eleanor Walker of Lifescan on The Importance of Self Monitoring when Diabetic. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

Diabetes South Africa’s open meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 9 at 7.30pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is diabetes educator Kate Bristow on Coping with Diabetes as you Age. Inquiries: 033 346 0934.

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.


Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm – telephone Jane on 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862 and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am – telephone Allan on 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005.

The Phelophepa health care train, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Transnet, will be snaking its way through the province until the end of September, providing general health screenings, optometry, dental services and counselling for as little as R5, if not free. The train will be in Durban South (Crossmoore) from September 7-11, 14-18 and 21-15.

Weight loss programme to deal with emotional overeating. Learn why diets alone don't work. Four weekly sessions with a follow up session one month later. Starts August 17 from 10 am or 6 pm. Only six persons per group. This is not a quick fix. Apply only if you are truly committed. Inquiries and bookings: Thea on 033 347 3092 or penny2tap@yahoo.co.uk

Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. No ilss, shakes or potions – just proper eating. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market takes place tomorrow from 9 am to 12 pm at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Stalls will be selling books, records, CDs and DVDs, good quality used clothing and linen, white elephant and plants. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

All Saints United Church will hold a bumper fete at the church on the corner of Montgomery Drive and Town Bush Valley Road, Pietermaritzburg, tomorrow from 7.30 am to noon. There will be a large selection of stalls. Secure parking off Clifton Road, behind the church.

Roseway Waldorf School, on the D435 at Alverstone, near Hillcrest, is hosting a musical moonlight market from 3-9 pm tomorrow. More than 80 stalls will be selling crafts, there will be children’s entertainment, a tea garden, beer tent and performances by South Jersey Pom Poms and other musicians. Inquiries: 031 768 1309.

The Alex Upmarket takes place at Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, on Sunday. Inquiries: 033 396 2807.

Allison Homes Trust is holding its annual fete at the Ruby Allison Memorial Hall, 488 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, on September 5 from 9 am. Stalls will be selling white elephant, books, arts and crafts, needlework, food and much more.

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is being held at the Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Traders who wish to sell clothing, food, artworks and general items may contact 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. Flowers, fresh veggies and fruit, eggs, plants, seedlings and lots more. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers as well as breads, cheese, pork, nougat, brownies, nuts and lots more delicious goods. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Contact Andrea 082 820 8986.

Hilton Farmers’ and craft market every Saturday, from 7-11 am. Contact Candice at 079 509 5222.

There is a farmers' 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.


Meditation/Mindfulness classes will continue in Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 10 am. Non-denominational. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.


PhD 88 Entertainment presents house and live performance at the Bat and Ball, 1 Market Street, Howick tomorrow from 7 pm till late. The event features the talents of DJ Sgoody, Masta B, Vejamore, Honest, Deepa Gruv, and Skillz. Appearing live on stage are Big 3, Dreamz, Masalad, Mabala, Tukzin, Sne Duma, Sanelisiwe Ntuli, Vibe Mastazz, Mphithi. Admission R30 at the door. Inquiries: Mqondisi at 072 397 5445 or 074 747 6767.

Maritzburg will be ending Women’s Month in style with the three-day Joy Of Life event at Madlula’s Place with performances by DJs King Sfiso, China, Terrance, Claude, Webster, Sduz, Andile and Honest tonight, ending at the Oval on Sunday under the theme Jol Social Soccer Sunday, which will be a fundraiser for the Children to Children Foundation. Tickets are R70 for the Friday, while the Sunday event is free of charge. Inquiries: Njabulo Ngubane at 033 845 1913 or 073 369 6595.

There will be lunch hour concerts at UKZN Durban’s Howard College Theatre On August 31 and September 2. On August 31, the School of Music presents a concert of South Indian classical music by Vidwan Pregalathan Singaram and his troupe at 12.15 pm. The group includes Vidwan Sri Pregalathan Singaram (Mridangham), Dr. Sudhashree Singaram (violin), Smt. Yogambal Singaram (vocals), and Sri. Sarvasedn Solai (ghatam). Admission is free. On September 2 School of Music student, Chimwemwe Mhango, and other jazz students will be performing a selection of Malawian Afro Gospel from 12.15 pm. Admission is free.

Let the music of the movies transport you to another time and place at the FilmHarmonics concert at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on September 5 at 7.30 pm. The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by pianist Christopher Duigan, singer/actress, Shelley McLean and Andrew Webster, a popular performer on the SA theatre scene, to perform a range of songs made famous in the movies. Tickets range from only R80 to R150. Bookings can be made through Parklane SuperSpar (033 342 3487) or through Computicket (083 915 8000 or www.computicket.com). Safe and secure parking, monitored by security personnel, will be available at the PMB City Hall, Freedom Square, Tatham Gallery and on Church Street.

Idols’ stars, Lize and Lendel, Richard Cock, The Opera Kings, Natalie Rungan, Mario Louden, Maxine Matthews and The PawPaw Foundtaion Choir will be performing in a Peace Concert at the Durban City Hall on Saturday September 5 at 7.30 pm. Booking is through Computicket.


The Roseway Waldorf School at Alverstone, near Hillcrest, is having an open day on September 9 at 9 am. There will be an introductory talk on Waldorf education and then prospective parents and their children will be taken round the school. Inquiries: Tessa at 031 768 1309.


The SPCA 5Km Fun Run takes place on Sunday at 7.30 am, starting and finishing at Hayfields Mall. Entry is R25 (R20 per person for group entries of more than 10), dogs free. Pre-entry is at the SPCA or at Hayfields Mall today from 3-6 pm and tomorrow from 9 am to 12 pm. Medals to all finishers. Lucky draw prizes. Inquiries: 033 386 9267 or 082 809 8601.

Valleys Tennis Club, opposite Greys Hospital in Town Bush Valley Road, invites medium to strong players to join club sessions on Saturday afternoons from 2 pm. Phone Allan Morris on 033 347 1049 for further details.


The KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden in Mayor's Walk, Pietermaritzburg, will be celebrating local birdlife with a slide-illustrated talk on cranes and other birds of the Karkloof by Howick naturalist and photographer, Pat Cahill, tomorrow at 10 am. Accompanying him will be a teenage birding enthusiast, Nathaniel Olivier, who will also be giving a short talk on birds of prey. Normal garden entrance fees apply, but people are encouraged to bring their children to

participate in a birding quiz for which small prizes are on offer. Inquiries: Senzo Khanyile at 033 344 3585 or 072 295 0023.

* Submit your events to ESTELLE SINKINS via email at arts@witness.co.za or by fax on 033 355 1142 by Wednesday 12 noon.

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