• Sunday is fun day at the Randfontein Bowling Club
The Randfontein Bowling Club will be hosting another exciting bowling fun day this Sunday, July 31 from 10:00 at the Randfontein Bowling Club. There is no age limit to the fun day and everyone is welcome, so bring your aunt, uncle, mom, dad, and even the grandparents to come and enjoy a fun day outside playing some bowls – but be careful because this game can become very competitive and addictive! Braai packs will be available to buy and side dishes will be provided. Come and spend the day at the bowling club because bowls isn’t just for the elderly.
• Rand Simfonieorkes ten bate van Moria Tehuis
Ondersteun bejaardes deur kaartjies te koop vir die Rand Simfonieorkes-uitvoering ten bate van die Moria Tehuis. Dit sal op Saterdag, 27 Augustus om 19:00 by die NG Kerk Suiderlig, hoek van Herbertlaan en Gouldstraat plaasvind. Kaartjies beloop R100 elk (laerskoolkinders gratis). ‘n Uitstalling deur plaaslike kunstenaars sal dieselfde naweek, op Vrydag 26 en Saterdag 27 Augusts by die kerk gehou word. Kontak Kobus by 082 544 2879 vir enige navrae.
• Iconic One-day Trail Run to make Cradle Moon debut!
The iconic THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN will make its Cradle Moon (Gauteng) debut on Sunday October 9 in the form of the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE. The perfect introduction to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN, the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE is an individual-entry event (not teams of two). Runners can look forward to experiencing iconic trails combined with spectacular views, mouth-watering food, a relaxed atmosphere, and great vibe! For additional information on the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-Day, 2-Day and/ or 1-Day events please visit www.stillwatersports.com, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email [email protected]
• Mellville Koppies ‘a place for all ages’
Melville Koppies has something for all ages. It’s open every Sunday between 08:00 and 11:30. You can book a guided tour (phone 079 532 0083) or be there by 08:30. The guide will point out the many things to see and learn. Or guide yourself on the heritage trail; get fit on the 5km hike or take a map and just meander along the many different paths that crisscross the Koppies. Adults R80, children R40; season ticket for a year per adult – R500 (not transferable). Income used for maintenance of the Koppies; R22 000 needs to be raised per month. Security on the Koppies is provided; park in secure parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park on Judith Road, Emmarentia. Contact [email protected] or call 079 532 0083 to find out more. Check out www.mk.org.za for more detailed information about the history and what you can see or https://www.facebook.com/melvillekoppies.
• LIVE pro wrestling in Krugersdorp
Get to the Key West Shopping Centre in Monument on Saturday, September 3 for some live pro wrestling action brought to you by the National Wrestling Federation (NWF).
• Conserving the grasslands at Melville Koppies
Grasslands like you see on Melville Koppies are constantly under threat, usually from farmers who want to cultivate them, or from people who want to live in sprawling cities. Grasslands are turned to concrete to provide homes, flats and industry to accommodate the expanding city. But grasslands are diversity hotspots – they are home to a vast variety of flowers, insects, birds and animals right through the year. On Melville Koppies alone, more than 100 different species of flowers can be found in the grasslands. Grasslands need to be protected because those flowers living there provide food for the very insects that farmers need to pollinate their fruit trees, and some of their other crops. And the birds too live off the flowers and devour the insects while the animals living there eat the insects and the birds in a whole linked food pyramid. Grasslands have natural threats too.
Fire is not one of them. Grass and the flowers that they support know how to deal with fire. What they battle to cope with is bush encroachment. When Melville Koppies chairperson, Wendy Carstens, first started conservation work on Melville Koppies 25 years ago, conserving the grasslands was all about chopping out invasive alien species like black wattle, bugweed and garden escapees from nearby gardens. But increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and less frequent and cooler fires that sweep across the Koppies, all favour pioneer indigenous bushes advancing on the grassland. Once they have a foothold, other seedlings of forest trees are dropped by birds and thrive in the shady environment of the pioneer bush, slowly edging out their grassland neighbours. Come and visit Melville Koppies on a Sunday.
See if you can spot the pioneer indigenous bushes that are invading the northern grassland. Book a guided tour (phone 079 532 0083) or be there by 08:30 so a guide can point out these conservation challenges. Or bury yourselves in the history and guide yourself on the heritage trail; get fit on the 5km hike; or take a map and just meander along the many different paths that crisscross the Koppies. Melville Koppies is open between 08:00 and 11:30 every Sunday.
Adults R80, children R40; season ticket for a year per adult – R500 (not transferable). Income used for maintenance of the Koppies; R22 000 needs to be raised per month. Security on the Koppies is provided; park in secure parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park on Judith Road, Emmarentia. Contact [email protected] or call 079 532 0083 to find out more. Check out www.mk.org.za for more detailed information about the history and what you can see, or https://www.facebook.com/melvillekoppies.
• Star-gazing at Kloofendal
Friends of Kloofendal in association with the West Rand Astronomy Club will be hosting their annual ‘Star gazing in the Kloof’ at Kloofendal Nature Reserve on August 6 from 17:00 to 20:00, a family event for young and old! What can you expect on the Saturday night? The event will start before sunset with the planet walk around the amphitheatre, which gives an indication of the scale of our solar system as well as interesting facts about each planet. This will be followed by a presentation on astronomy and related topics in the Ecological Centre, followed by viewing through the telescopes that will be set up and manned by the club members.
The members will show some of the hidden gems in the night sky and answer the many questions. August 6 sees us coming out of winter and moving towards spring with the constellations Capricornus, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Libra and Virgo visible in the night sky. Saturn with its beautiful rings will be visible. Participants will also look at the moon and its features, various nebula, clusters and the jewel box located in the Southern Cross. Curry and rice, boerewors rolls, pancakes, and hot and cold beverages will be on sale. Please note: cash only. Dress warmly and bring a torch. Red cellophane (to reduce the light) will be provided at the entrance. For more information please contact Friends of Kloofendal on 079 693 5608.
• Cedar Tree Craft Market in Krugersdorp
Get the family and head over to the Cedar Tree Craft Market for their fun-filled Sunday market on July 31. Apart from live entertainment, you can expect an array of excellent stalls selling high-quality products, crafts, mouth-watering foods and something to sip on. Time is 10:00 to 15:00 at the Khosa Sports Club at the corner of Shannon Road and Frederick Cooper Drive, Krugersdorp. Pets welcome. Contact Chanelle on 081 500 6884 for more information.
• Decorating exhibit in Sandton
Whether you are in the market for an updated look to your home, or just like gathering décor inspo, Decorex is the place to be. With more than 700 exhibitors you can feast your eyes on the latest décor and design trends, amazing room settings, eco interior, cutting-edge kitchens and bathrooms, and attend-free workshops. Head to the Sandton Convention Centre on July 28, 29, 30 and 31. Visit itickets.co.za.
• Sionspoort se Vleisfees is terug!
Die Sionspoort Hervormde Gemeente is kliphard besig met die laaste reëlings rondom hul baie gewilde Vleisfees. Die publiek kan uitsien na goeie kunstenaars wat heeldag op die verhoog saam met seremoniemeester Tanya V gaan optree. Die lang lys kunstenaars sluit in Fatman; Germandt Geldenhuys; Valeska; Heidi; Johan Baard; Reinhardt Venter; AJ Vos; en Die Ventertjies. Tradisionele musiek deur die Dagbreek Boereorkes, tesame met smulgoed soos skilpadjies en kaiings, skaapstertjies, pannekoek en natuurlik Sionspoort-vetkoek en -feeswors sal besoekers terugneem op ‘n nostalgiese reis. Toegang is slegs R20 per persoon en ons sien uit om die ou vriende weer gul te ontvang. Daar sal voldoende parkering beskikbaar wees. Die fees is by die Tuinhekkie van 08:00 tot laat op Saterdag 30 Julie.
• Appreciating the warmth of ‘north-facing’
When you move to Joburg from places where the minimum temperature hardly ever goes below double digits in winter, long-time residents will tell you: ‘buy a house that’s north-facing’. Listen to them. If you don’t, you’ll end up miserable in winter (not helped by load-shedding), and you’ll find that during the day, it’s warmer outside than in your house. The first people who lived on Melville Koppies hundreds of thousands of years ago knew all about north-facing. Visit Melville Koppies and you’ll see signs of where the hunter gatherers and the first farmers lived. All the old settlements were on the north-facing slopes, nestled into the side of the ridge, protected from the bitterly cold southerly breeze and guaranteed to get all the warming winter sun. The hunter gatherers left only their sharpened stone tools as evidence: scrapers that they used as knives, or bigger stone axes.
Remains of the low stone walls built by the first farmers to delineate their homesteads are still visible as is just one of the many furnaces that they used to smelt iron-bearing rock to fashion steel knives, spears and hoes. Come and visit Melville Koppies on a Sunday. Come dressed to kill winter and after exploring, you’ll end up dressed like you’re basking in summer. Book a guided tour (phone 079 532 0083) or be there by 08:30, and you’ll have your eyes opened to the evidence of where the first Joburg inhabitants lived. Or you can self-guide yourself on the heritage trail which points out some of this evidence. If you just want to get fit, try out the 5km hike – do it twice if you’re fast. Or take a map and just meander along the many different paths that crisscross the Koppies. Melville Koppies is open between 08:00 and 11:30am every Sunday.
Adults R80, children R40; season ticket for a year per adult – R500 (not transferable). Income used for maintenance of the Koppies; R22 000 needs to be raised per month. Security on the Koppies is provided; park in secure parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park on Judith Road, Emmarentia. Contact [email protected] or call 079 532 0083 to find out more. Check out www.mk.org.za for more detailed information about the history and what you can see or https://www.facebook.com/melvillekoppies.
• Sharing knowledge around times past
Volunteer guides on Melville Koppies welcome visitors and schools to the Koppies. With a rich history going back thousands and thousands of years and a diverse mix of grassland, forest and cliffs, it’s a chance for the guides to share their knowledge with the visitors and glean new insight from visitors into times past. Children from Future Nation school in Lyndhurst visited recently. One of the teachers told how they made cooking oil by grinding peanuts on the grindstones. And when they wanted a sweet and savoury snack, they’d grind braaied mealies with sugar. Other visitors from countries just north of us often share how so many of the trees and shrubs are the same as those growing in their home countries, as too are the medicinal ones and their uses. Guided tours are proving to be very popular.
Come and share your knowledge with us. Book a tour on a Sunday morning (book on 079 532 0083) or be there by 08:30. Or you can guide yourself on the heritage trail or test your fitness on the 5km self-guided trail. Or take a map and just meander along the many different paths that crisscross the Koppies. Melville Koppies is open between 08:00 and 11:30 every Sunday. Adults R80, children R40; season ticket for a year per adult – R500 (not transferable). Income used for maintenance of the Koppies; R22 000 needs to be raised per month. Security on the Koppies is provided; park in secure parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park on Judith Road, Emmarentia. Contact [email protected] or call 079 532 0083 to find out more. Check out www.mk.org.za for more detailed information about the history and what you can see.
• Monster Jam® Races back to SA!
This. Is. Monster Jam®! The most action-packed motor sports experience for families in the world returns to South Africa in 2023 for an adrenaline-charged three-city tour starting in Cape Town at the DHL Stadium on Saturday, April 22 followed by FNB Stadium Johannesburg on Saturday, April 29 and ending at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, May 6 for one exciting event only at 18:00 in each city. In addition, Monster Jam® also features breath-taking Freestyle Motocross (FMX) exhibitions. This is unbeatable revved-up fun for the entire family. Monster Jam, produced by American-based Feld Entertainment and brought to you by McDonald’s South Africa together with leading local promoter, Showtime Management, in association with SuperSport, features world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill. Exclusive advance tickets are available for purchase starting June 28 until July 4 via the McDonald’s SA app.
General public tickets go on sale on Tuesday, July 5 at www.showtime.co.za OR www.ticketmaster.co.za. Monster Jam drivers are highly trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 4,5 ton machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 110km/h to produce jaw-dropping, live motor-sports action seen around the world. South African fans will witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Engineered to perfection, Monster Jam trucks push all limits in Freestyle, Skills and Racing competitions. Plus, fans can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the Skills and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.
There are significant risks in buying from other sources, and entry to a Monster Jam event is not guaranteed. For more information on Monster Jam log onto MonsterJam.com, follow Monster Jam on their social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok #MonsterJamSA. Subscribe to the Monster Jam YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MonsterJam.
• The SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge
Difficulty calls us to rise, and in that rising, we learn what we are capable of. The theme of the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge 2022 is built on the concept of rising despite difficulty, like a phoenix from the ashes, which the Virtual Challenge itself has done amidst a global pandemic. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity, and there is a plethora of opportunity for creativity amidst the current challenges that we face.
This year we anticipate rising again as the SPAR Women’s Virtual Challenge 2022, in celebration of a South African stalwart, accompanied by a powerful digital strategy and virtual challenge, to become the most inclusive challenge South Africa has seen. Over the years, the challenge has brought women from all walks of life together to make a difference in our communities and once again, this year will be no different, as we rise to the challenge as a nation, leaving no woman (or man) behind. While the challenge is still fully focused on women, they encourage women to bring their families, friends and animals, and welcome everyone, irrespective of gender, for this inclusive challenge.
Join on Saturday, September 3, 2022 anytime between 06:00 and 18:00. You can run, jog, or walk your own virtual challenge, at your own pace, from any location you choose. To enter visit https://sparvirtualchallenge.co.za/.
• Under the Baobab Tree Show in Parktown
How does an entertaining (and educational) show at the National Children’s Theatre sound? We think pretty amazing and we’re booked! Under the Baobab Tree is a production that delivers a charming selection of traditional stories, vibrant songs, pulsating rhythms, African drums and lively dance to educate and entertain all primary school learners (ages four and up). This National Children’s Theatre production is a sprightly follow-on from NCT’s ground-breaking and Naledi award-winning production of Khokho’s Treasure. The show explodes onto the stage from June 19 to July 24. For further information contact Cindy on 011 484 1584, or visit Facebook: @NCTheatreSA or Instagram: @nctheatresa.
• Women’s Day celebration at Pretoria Zoo
Be strong, be confident and be you! Celebrate womanhood with food, music, fun and drinks to reflect on and empower women everywhere during a Women’s Day celebration at Pretoria Zoo on August 7. The theme is an all-white affair with a touch of yellow #DoeknShadesAllWhiteAffair. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
• Wear pink for trademark Women’s Day sporting event
The Totalsports Women’s Race will take place across three cities including Johannesburg on National Women’s Day. Each entrant will receive an official event T-shirt that was produced locally. The Totalsports Women’s Race proudly supports PinkDrive, a non-profit company (NPC) that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering free services to the medically uninsured across South Africa. Online entries opened on Tuesday May 17 and will close on Tuesday July 26. Enter via www.totalsportswomensrace.co.za.
• West Rand Carnival
Get into the carnival spirit and experience among other live entertainment, music, a food court and market at the 2022 West Rand Carnival to be held over four days from September 8 to 11 in Ruimsig, Roodepoort.
• Discovery Community Forum annual general meeting (AGM)
Discovery residents are kindly invited to attend the Discovery Community Forum’s (DCF) annual general meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 6 at 18:50 for 19:00 at Rainbow Radio Station, situated on Sauer Street in Florida. For more information, contact the DCF secretary, Sue Blair on 072 441 2230.
• The Witpoortjie community market is back!
The Witpoortjie Community Flea/ Farmer’s Market takes place at The Flower Foundation, 36 Reyger Street, Witpoortjie every Saturday from 08:00 to 13:00. A variety of stalls, including food, fresh produce, toys, clothing, jewellery, home and outdoor and more, will help you to help empower small businesses. For more information, contact Roxanne on 084 207 6549.
• Getting the elderly fit every Wednesday
Is your grandpa or grandma living in the Klein Helderkruin retirement village? Super Boxing Fitness is introducing Super Senior fitness classes (60+) exclusive to Klein Helderkruin retirement village residents every Wednesday at 10:00. There is one 30-minute class per week which focuses on mobility, flexibility and balance in a safe and supportive environment. Please come join them in keeping their elderly healthy and active. Contact Raz on 084 990 8357 for more information.
• Get fit with Zee’s Aerobics classes
Join Zee every Saturday morning from 07:30 to 08:30 at the Vredenhoek Street Park, Mondays from 17:00 to 18:00 at the Lichtenstein Street Park, Wednesdays from 17:00 to 18:00 in the open field next to the Witpoortjie Bowling Club, corner of Koeberg Street and Teenstra Avenue or Thursdays from 17:00 to 18:00 at the Kasteel Street and Java Street Park for a fun aerobics class. The classes are free and all you need is yourself, a water bottle, a towel and your mask.
Movies not to miss!
• ELVIS – From June 24
The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
• MEN – From July 1
In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to find a place to heal. However, someone or something from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread soon becomes a fully formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears.
• DC LEAGUE OF SUPER PETS – From July 29
In “DC League of Super-Pets,” Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack – Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel – to master their own new-found powers and help him rescue the superheroes.
• EASTER SUNDAY – From August 19
Stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy (Jo Koy: In His Elements, Jo Koy: Comin’ in Hot) stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, a loving family, in this love letter to his Filipino-American community. Easter Sunday features an all-star comedic cast that includes Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley series), Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World films), Brandon Wardell (Curb Your Enthusiasm series), Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Broadway’s Hadestown), Lydia Gaston (Broadway’s The King and I), Asif Ali (WandaVision), Rodney To (Parks and Recreation series), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place series), Jay Chandrasekhar (I Love You, Man), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire).
• Source: Empire Entertainment