HEEDING the call from Pietermaritzburg residents the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Gardens Clivia Hall is under renovations and extensions and will, upon completion, serve as a wedding and function venue. Last year Maritzburg Fever reported that the restaurant had closed because it was no longer profitable after being let out to numerous tenants. At that time management at the gardens said that a feasibility study would be done in order to determine the best, and most cost-effective way to make use of the hall. “Due to the increased demand Sanbi has responded to customer demands for a bigger hall for weddings, conferences and other functions. This building will cater for 400 people with construction expected to be completed later this year. “The architectural style of the hall will not change because of this renovation and extension. The pergola and the red bricks will remain as the key attraction areas of this building,” said Siphuxolo Ngqasa, marketing and communications officer of the Botanical Gardens in PMB. The idea behind creating a bigger venue for functions is to ensure that functions taking place there will not disrupt other visitors to the gardens. The garden operations will not be affected by this construction and closing and opening times will remain.