Day hike: Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve

Day hike: Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve 28 January 2018 Dear Hendrik Walk to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range in a privately-held reserve for spectacular views of the Hartbeespoort Dam (lake) and enjoy a ride into the valley 350 meters down below with the Harties' cable car The hiking trail is situated in the private Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve that lies on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range. The 300-hectare reserve is home to giraffes, zebras, impalas, nyalas, kudus, blue wildebeests, and ostriches, among other species. As part of its eco-strategy, management organizes guided walks within the game reserve and to the top of the Magaliesberg. The reserve is well-stocked and close friendly encounters with wildlife on the hiking trail are common. We will be walking to the top of the Magaliesberg and end at the Harties' cable car with its viewpoint and cafeteria. At this point, you can elect to go down the mountain by cable car (5 min) or walk back to the nature...
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BEATLEMANIA FEVER SET TO HIT JOHANNESBURG NEXT WEEK WITH RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL TRIBUTE SHOW

Beatlemania On Tour @ Emperors Palace Casino, 19 January – 4 February 2018 Presented by Showtime Australia   Bringing to life on stage the major musical hits that made The Beatles one of the most successful and influential rock groups of all time, international hit tribute and stage show Beatlemania On Tour is set to take over Johannesburg in early 2018 for a one month-long season at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperor’s Palace Casino. Starting on Friday 19 January for two-week run, Beatlemania On Tour brings a full new cast of male singers for the shows' first tour to South Africa since 2010. Audiences can expect a fresh experience with state-of-the-art updates to production and lighting and revamps to the show’s huge repertoire of replica Beatles costuming. The successful international stage show runs in Johannesburg until Sunday 4 February 2018. If it's pure nostalgia you're looking for, then you won't be disappointed. All of the Beatles’ biggest and most treasured hits from the 1960's rock era will be performed live on stage...
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Gay and Lesbian Network, Pietermaritzburg says thank you for donation

The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN) would like to express our deepest gratitude for the kind donation from Mark Butler. He recently gave a very generous donation which will go towards the work that GLN does to ensure equality, respect and acceptance. GLN runs various programmes which take a holistic approach to improving the lives of marginalised communities, primarily the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community. These programmes include outreach, health, research and a unique creating an enabling environment, which focuses on educating and sensitising various stakeholders.   Butler had the following to say’ "First of all, it's a terrible indictment on us as a society, as a community, that the Network needs to exist at all. It really shouldn't be too much to ask that, as humans first & fundamentally, all of us love all of us - without qualification, without reservation, without fear, and without hatred. But the truth is we do fail – repeatedly and systematically. Scourges...
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Joburg Ballet’s popular Studio Soirées return for just three performances

Joburg Ballet closes a highly successful year on stage with a short season of weekend Soirées in the intimate setting of the company’s beautiful studios at Joburg Theatre on 25 and 26 November and 3 December, with all seats just R150. Coming after acclaimed performances of La Traviata, Big City, Big Dreams and Snow White, the Studio Soirées – launched in 2015 and now a popular start to the holiday season for the city’s ballet and dance lovers – showcase Joburg Ballet in both classical and contemporary work.   This year the Studio Soirées feature The Sleeping Beauty Suite and The Angel Trilogy, allowing audiences to experience the skill of the company’s dancers in a diversity of styles. The Sleeping Beauty Suitefeatures some of this famous classical ballet’s most celebrated highlights, including the Grand Pas de Deux, the Bluebird Pas de Deux and the Rose Adagio, all set to Tchaikovsky’s glittering score.   Using music by The Rolling Stones, Chopin and Mozart, choreographer Esther Nasser will stage The Angel Trilogy for the first time...
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Day hike: Hennops Hiking Trail

Day hike: Hennops Hiking Trail 19 November 2017   We will be doing the Krokodilberg Trail which is 11,3 km long and traverses the mountainous area of the farm. We will return to the Hennops Picnic Spot where there are swimming pools and additional braai facilities. Two unique features on the trail are the river crossings - a suspension bridge and a cable car. There are interesting historical sites along the trail, amongst others an old field (veld) hospital used in the Anglo Boer war. Aspiring historians will enjoy seeing an underground cave where “Pruimpie” lived, traces of old settlements and the old dolomite mines and the ovens in which the rocks were heated to melt and extract the lime. Apart from the 9 mammal species in the game camp, kudu thrives in this area and may be seen all over the farm. The indigenous trees along the river, the gorges and plateau areas makes this an outstanding area for bird life. At times the...
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QUESTIONS OVER S and M THEME FOR PINK LOERIE 2018

  Questions have been raised over the Pink Loerie theme for 2018, but does it mean what we think it means?   What is S&M? This may raise an eyebrow or two, as the connotations of dungeons and whips come to mind. And yet this is the theme for the 2018 Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival.   The big question on everyone’s lips is what exactly this means? Does it refer to what comes to most people’s minds, or is there a different meaning? Looks we will have to wait for the big reveal on Wednesday 15 November at Villa Castollini in Knysna. The event is advertised for 17h30 to start at 18h00 and based on reactions form the public so far, there is a great buzz around this event.   Several dignitaries from Knysna will be in attendance, as will some famous faces. It will even feature the obligatory drag act as part of the entertainment line-up.   An open invitation has been extended to all...
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The Full Monty comes to Cape Town

The award-winning Broadway musical, The Full Monty, returns to the South African stage in a vibrant 20thanniversary showcase in Cape Town, 10 to 25 November, at the GrandWest Casino, featuring an all-South African cast and produced by p2 Productions.  The musical is adapted from the 1997 Academy Award-winning British film, known for its highly anticipated closing scene, of six out-of-shape, regular blokes going all the way at a local strip club. Nominated for ten Tony Awards, the critically acclaimed musical enjoyed a run of 770 shows on Broadway in 2000 before moving onto the West End in 2002.   Director Laura Bosman’s aim is to highlight the heart, humour and the humanity of the much-loved musical. “Although the show is about six men who go “all the way”, for me this is not the most important part of the story.  At its core, The Full Monty deals with men’s issues which are often overlooked or ignored at the expense of more widely accepted women’s issues.  We...
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Jazz trio Kinsmen present their debut album in Durban and Cape Town

In association with Concerts SA, jazz trio Kinsmen will present their debut album Window to the Ashram on a national tour from Cape Town to Durban. On the first weekend of November, Kinsmen will travel to Cape Town performing at Alma Café (Rosebank) and Jazz in the Native Yards (Gugulethu). The following weekend the trio will be in Durban, with scheduled performances at Alliance Française and The Chairman. Released on June 16 2017, Window to the Ashram is a collection of narratives, poetically woven together with the creative use of space afforded by their trio. The album has been presented at National Arts Festival Fringe (Grahamstown) and continued to sold out performances in Johannesburg and Pretoria at The Orbit, Afrikan Freedom Station, U-The Space and UNISA’s Miriam Makeba Hall. Kinsmen was founded by Dhruv Sodha (sitar), Shailesh Pillay (tabla) and Muhammad Dawjee (tenor saxophone), all originally from Laudium – an Indian Apartheid Group Area on the Western outskirts of Pretoria. Their work explores the intersection of culture, tradition and...
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Entrepreneurs working in the green economy invited to grow their businesses at one of SA’s top business schools

Tuesday 10 October 2017: Entrepreneurs and small business owners that have set up and are running green businesses are invited to take part in a 10-month scholarship opportunity at one of South Africa’s top business schools. The programme runs from the end of November 2017 until September 2018 and allows entrepreneurs to develop business acumen and build critical business skills while continuing to develop their enterprises.   Acting director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s (GIBS) Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA) Sam N. Ngcolomba says: “Our focus is on addressing the high failure rates of entrepreneurs in South Africa by supporting startups, micro enterprises and small business owners that are under constraint. The green economy is one of our priority sectors. This scholarship allows entrepreneurs providing solutions and services in the green economy to run their business and enjoy a practical business management education.   “To date, we have supported one hundred entrepreneurs in developing their businesses into more profitable and sustainable enterprises that contribute to...
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The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology: Reopening for Submissions

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the Other Foundation have decided to reopen submissions for the second annual Gerald Kraak Award due to a technical glitch with our online submissions portal. If you have submitted but haven’t heard back from us, please resubmit. We will also be accepting new entries during this open submissions period until 13 October 2017. Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this award advances his contribution to building a world that is safe and welcoming to all. The unique award calls for multi-layered, brave and stirring African voices that represent a new wave of fresh storytelling, one that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality. Submissions are open to the following genres: • Fiction • Non-fiction • Poetry • Photography • Journalism / magazine reporting • Scholarly articles in academic journals and book chapters / extracts • Social media / blog writings and contributions Only the very best work submitted will be short-listed...
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