Witness Reporter
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13 May 2015

eXplore your province

Witness Reporter

Weekend Witness eXplore listings


• CLASSIC PLAYS AT THE HEXAGON: The Hexagon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is staging Antigone, based on the play by Jean Anouilh, on May 9, 11, 12 and 13 at 6.30 pm. There is also a special morning performance on Tuesday, May 12 at 10 am. When her dead brother is declared a traitor and his body left unburied outside the city walls, Antigone is faced with a dilemma: obey the edict decreed by her Uncle Creon and the state or bury her brother, to ensure his safe passage to the underworld, and face the punishment of death. Tickets are R45 for schools block bookings (one free ticket per 20 pupils for teachers) and R70 for members of the public. There is a special double bill of Antigone and

The Island, written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, at 6.30 pm on May 13. Tickets are R100. A second performance of The Island is at 6.30 pm on May 15. The play tells the story of John and Winston, two prisoners on Robben Island, bound by ideology, proximity, shackles and a deep affection. As they rehearse Antigone for the prison concert, John learns that his release is imminent. The play balances hope and despair as it exposes the depths of cruelty and inhumanity while affirming the dignity and courage of the human spirit. Tickets are R70. The final offering is Woza Albert! by Barney Simon, Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa, which can be seen at 6.30 pm on May 14. The play asks what would happen if Christ (Morena) came back to 1980’s apartheid South Africa. Tickets are R70. Booking for all three plays is via e-mail at hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

• YOU RAISE ME UP: Rory McLaren will be staging You Raise Me Up — A Tribute to Josh Groban at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. He will be singing hits like The Prayer, Where You Are, You Raise Me Up, Remember When It Rained and Believe. Showtimes: 1.30 pm and 8 pm on May 9, 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Avenue, Umbilo; and at the Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Alan Paton Avenue, Pietermaritzburg at 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sunday, May 17. Both venues open 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner, so bring food baskets but no drinks. There are cash bars. Tickets are R120 (R100 for pensioners) at Computicket and Shoprite and Checkers stores. Alternatively phone Roland at 082 499 8636 or e-mail him at roland@stansell.za.net to make a booking.


• FUNK: The annual Midlands dance extravaganza Funk will be staged in the Hilton College Theatre on May 16, 18, 19 and 20. Hosted by The Theatre — St Anne’s College and the Hilton College Theatre, the show will feature performances by pupils from St Anne’s College, Hilton College, Maritzburg College, Alexandra High School, Russell High School, Howick High School, GHS, Epworth, The Wykham Collegiate, St Nicholas, Carter High, Maritzburg Christian School and The Lahl’umlenze Dance Initiative. Funk is not a competition; instead every piece on the programme is valued for its individual style. The highlight of the production is always the mass group finale which sees all the schools together on the stage. Performances are at 7.30 pm. Tickets R66 at www.hiltontheatre.co.za


• RUN FOR REFUGEES: The Hilton Methodist Church is hosting a community fun run/walk to raise funds for the refugees in the Durban and Pietermaritzburg area at 9 am today. All proceeds go the Refugee Social Services (http://www.refugeesocialservices.co.za) which is a UNHRC linked agency that helps refugees in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

• DEAR MANDELA FILM SCREENINGS: Dear Mandela, the multi award-winning documentary film directed by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, will be screened in informal settlement communities to help highlight human rights issues and inform and educate people about their rights. See it today at 3 pm at the Silver City Community Hall, Mangosuthu High Way, Umlazi; tomorrow at 10 am at the Hindu Surat Foundation, 137 Dr Goonham Street, Durban; and at 3 pm on May 23 at the Tamboville Community Hall, Zamokuhle Settlement, Pietermaritzburg. For more information follow the tour on the Facebook page: Dear Mandela, on Twitter @DearMandela and on Instagram.

• NEON RUN: The Neon Run Night-Time Spectacular will be held tomorrow on the Suncoast Lawns at Suncoast Casino in Durban. Music by 5FM DJs Nick Hamman, Chris Taylor, Vic Naidoo and Fresh, and the bands ­iScream andamp; The Chocolate Stix and Desmond andamp; the Tutus. Gates open at 3 pm and the race starts at 6.30 pm. Tickets are R250 per person; under 11s pay R90. Book at www.neonrun.co.za

• ORCHID SOCIETY: Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society’s Autumn Show takes place at the Allan Wilson Shell Hole, 5 Durban Road, Pietermaritzburg today and tomorrow. Plant acceptance will be from 7 am to 9 am today. The show opens to the public from noon to 4 pm today and from 9 am to 3 pm tomorrow. There will be orchids for sale and orchid care demonstrations. Inquiries: Frank at 033 330 6999 or 073 266 9778.

• PUMPKIN CONTEST: Mpophomeni Conservation Group is holding its inaugural pumpkin competition from 1 pm tomorrow at the MCG Community Garden, Corner Mhlongo/Stadium Road, Mpophomeni. Prizes from TWK for biggest and best pumpkins grown in Mpophomeni. RSVP to Penz Malinga at 087 236 4480 herbivore.malinga0@gmail.com or contact her for further details.

• BOOK LAUNCH: There will be a book launch for Standing on

Street Corners: A History of the Natal Midlands Region of the Black Sash by Mary Kleinenberg and Christopher Merrett at 11.30 am for noon on Saturday, May 16 in the Lorna Ferguson Room at the Tatham Art Gallery, Chief Albert Luthuli Street. The speakers are Di Oliver and Paula Krynauw. The launch price of the book is R120. Secure parking is available next to the gallery.


• LIDGETTON-BALGOWAN FARMERS’ MARKET: The Lidgetton-Balgowan Farmers’ Market takes place from 8 am to 11.30 am on Sunday, May 17 at Peter’s Gate Herb Farm. Inquiries: Karen at 076 412 1320 or Paola at 076 872 7734.

• VALLEYS MARKET: The Valleys Market takes place on the corner of Townbush Road and Montgomery Drive, Pietermaritzburg from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday, May 17. Inquiries: 060 490 9403.

• ROSETTA COUNTRY MARKET: The Rosetta Country Market will take place at Rosetta Dam, Kamberg Road (about 500 m from R103 on the left-hand side) from 8 am to noon today and May 23. Inquiries: Dave Whitfield at 082 550 4656.

• PIETERMARITZBURG FARMERS’ MARKET: The Pietermaritzburg Farmers’ Market takes place on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens in Mayors Walk between 6 am and 9.30 am on Saturdays. Lovely range of fresh produce from local farmers and producers in and around Pietermaritzburg. No entry fee is charged.

• SPCA MARKET: The SPCA Pietermaritzburg Village Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. White elephant, tea garden, books, clothing, crafts, etc. Outside stall holders are welcome. Inquiries: Angela at 033 386 9267.

• THURSDAY AND SATURDAY MARKET: The Thursday and Saturday Market takes place every Thursday opposite Alex Road Police Station and Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg from 6.30 am to 10.30 am, and on Saturdays from 6.30 am to 10.30 am. Over 30 stalls selling home-made and fresh produce and all the usual flea market goods. Inquiries: Roger at 083 513 3227 or Pets at 073 369 9008.

• AMPHIMARKET: The Amphimarket, Durban’s oldest flea market, takes place at the Pavilion site on the beachfront (before you drive down to Zacks and at the end of Old Fort Road), every Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm. Ample parking is available.

• SHONGWENI FARMERS’ MARKET: Known for its diverse products, ranging from organic produce to traditional arts and crafts, the Shongweni Farmers’ Market, based opposite the new Hillcrest Hospital on the corner of Kassier and Alverstone roads, is open every Saturday from 6 am to 10.30 am.

• STABLES LIFESTYLE MARKET: The Stables Lifestyle Market, located in Jaco Jackson Drive, sells a selection of arts and crafts, home décor, antiques, fashion, make-up, paintings, embroidery, cellphone accessories, books, toys and more. The market is open on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm, and on a Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

• KARKLOOF FARMERS’ MARKET: The Karkloof Farmers’ Market, which can be found on the Karkloof Road about 2,6 km from Howick, offers fresh produce from local farmers and producers in the Midlands every Saturday from 7 am to 11 am.

• DUNROBIN MARKET: The Dunrobin Market is run by House of Heart Emporium and Flavour Cafe at the Dunrobin Garden Centre on the last Friday of every month. The next date is May 29. Inquiries: 082 920 2787 or e-mail dunrobinmarket@gmail.com.

• OVAL ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET: The Maritzburg Oval Arts andamp; Craft Market take place from 9 am to 3.30 pm on the first Sunday of the month at Alexandra Park. Inquiries: 082 774 5493.

• ALEX UPMARKET: The Alex Arts andamp; Crafts Upmarket takes place from 9 am on the last Sunday of the month at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 396 2807.

• MORNING TRADE: The Morning Trade in Durban has a fresh new home from this Sunday, March 29. To accommodate this growing market, the organisers have moved to the Station Drive Precinct, 15 Station Drive, off Umgeni Road. Join the Morning Trade every Sunday between 8 am and 1 pm to shop for farm fresh ingredients, delectable home-made specialties, fresh cut flowers, top quality meats and wholesome, locally produced food — or just to meet friends over delicious artisanal food and drink. Free entrance for customers. Inquiries: info@themorningtrade.co.za

• ESSENWOOD CRAFT MARKET: Taking place at Essenwood Park in Durban every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, the market offers visitors crafts, arts, treasures and collectables.


• LECTURE: There will be a public lecture by Reverend Professor Barney Pityana at the Denis Hurley Centre, Cathedral Road, Durban tomorrow. “Ecumenical Witness for Social Justice: Rev Dr Beyers Naudé and Archbishop Denis Hurley for our times” is the title of the lecture which is presented in partnership with the Diakonia Council of Churches and the Ujamaa Centre UKZN. Admission is free and there is safe parking available.

• PETER STOREY LECTURE: On Friday, May 15 at 7 pm, Professor Njabulo Ndebele will give the fourth Peter Storey lecture, titled “Can we tell a new South African Story?”, at the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary, 115 Golf Road, Epworth. Inquiries: C Robinson at 033 846 8611.


• LAGOON WALK: Daily Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve Walk at the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve at 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm. Suitable for children. Inquiries: 031 561 2271.

• BROADLEAZE: Pietermaritzburg Amblers are hiking at Broadleaze today at 2 pm. Meet at venue between Jesmondene Nursery and the Murray Road reservoir. Inquiries: Graham at 082 221 9390.

• KRANTZKLOOF: Amblers Hiking Club is hiking tomorrow in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve to Inkonka Falls view site. Meet at the picnic site at Kloof Falls Road, Kloof. Reserve entrance fee is R20. Inquiries: Lawson at 083 716 2086.

• DURBAN RAMBLERS: Durban Ramblers Hiking Club is hiking in Marianwood today. Meet at 8 James Herbert Road at 1.45 pm, a small nature reserve and will allow for a shorter and longer hike. Hike leader Philip can be contacted at 031 201 8864 or 082 417 0204. Tomorrow the club is hiking on the Bluff with social drinks afterwards. Meet at Caltex Garage in Edwin Swales Drive at 8.30 am and travel in convoy to Harlequins Club. Parking is R5.

• MPOPHOMENI: The Mpophomeni Hills walk takes place from 9 am to 11 am on Tuesday, May 12. Join local guides to learn more about the area. Phone Penz Malinga at 071 450 9320 to book. Entry is a R20 donation to Mpophomeni Conservation Group.

• SPRINGSIDE: Hillcrest Conservancy is hosting a guided walk on Wednesday, May 13 at the Springside Nature Reserve in Hillcrest. At 8.30 am there will be a birding walk led by Derek Spencer and/or other knowledgeable birders. Alternatively follow the keen birders at your own pace to enjoy all that Springside Nature Reserve has to offer. Easy walks on well maintained paths. Tea/coffee will be served in the Resource Centre after the walks. Donations are accepted for on-going Hillcrest Conservancy projects. Inquiries: Sue at 031 765 6809.

• KARKLOOF: The Mbona Private Reserve walk in the Karkloof takes place from 9 am to 11 am on Friday, May 15. Beautiful grasslands and forests. Bring a picnic to enjoy with magnificent views afterwards.

Contact Keith Cooper at 082 574 1958 to book. Entry is a R20 donation to Karkloof Conservancy