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Posted on: Thursday, 30 December 2010

Events in January – begin the year with a bang

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Masters of Water

Masters of Water

Another year has begun, another year to have fun! Some of you might already be getting itchy feet and wish to escape the office for another holiday, but if you can’t make that happen then why not get yourself to one of the many fantastic events that are happening in South Africa this January.

Even though you might want to rest up and relax after a hectic festive season, event organisers around the country are working hard to make sure you enjoy yourselves at a variety of events in the New Year. If you need to work off that Christmas belly that is rivalling Father Christmas there are a number of sporting events to take part in. Get out and make the most of 2011…

Events in KwaZulu Natal:

The Hansgrohe Masters of Water sees the final stage of the competition on Saturday 15 January 2011. After two stages in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town this annual event draws to a close on North Beach, Durban. Get yourself to the beach at 09h00 to watch 31 top lifesaving athletes compete in a variety of events including beach flags, sprints, swim, board, ski and an iron man challenge. Don’t forget your suntan lotion and towel while you sit back and watch some rigorous completion take place.

The Sign and Digital Graphics Roadshow in Durban is the expo for anyone in the sign making, display, marketing and ad agencies or any business where you would use digital graphics and signs. Find out the latest innovations, products and services available from large format printing to screen printing, laminating to banners and flags.  The event is open from 09h00 to 18h00 at the Durban ICC on Friday 4 February 2011.

… see more events and festivals at KwaZulu Natal Events

Events in the Eastern Cape:

Herald Cycle Tour

Herald Cycle Tour

From Friday 4 to Sunday 6 February 2011 The Herald Cycle Tour will be peddling off from the Addo Elephant National Park and will offer three different route options which all take you back to the starting point. There is an 85km feature race that will test you on some very difficult terrain, the 65km route allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Zuurberg Pass. If you’re not feeling that fit then you can take part in the 42km family fun ride loop. This is a race you do not want to miss so make sure you’re a part of it this year.  Telephone Shane on +27 (0)82 594-0771 for more information.

… see more events and festivals at Eastern Cape Events

Events in Gauteng:

If you’re planning your wedding in 2011 then get a head start at the Bridal Expo in Muldersdrift, from 22-23 January 2011. Find that extra-special something to make your day that much more memorable. Attending the event are specialists from every wedding category you can think of from antique cars to horse-drawn carriages, decadent food, co-ordinators, photographers and more. You may even be lucky enough to win one of the prizes, one of which is a honeymoon. For more information you can telephone +27 (0)87 940-2041.

Mozart Festival

Mozart Festival

Classical music lovers will be glad to hear that the annual Johannesburg International Mozart Festival is once again taking place and will be on stage from Thursday 27 January to Monday 14 February 2011 in Parktown. The festival is in its fifth year and is becoming increasingly popular. With a variety of performances which include chamber, solo and symphony concerts you will be sure to hear some beautiful sounds from one of the worlds’ most renowned composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tickets are available from Computicket or for further details you can telephone +27 (0)11 447-9264.

… see more events and festivals at Gauteng Events

Events in the Western Cape:

Before you forget, let me remind you that the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are still taking place every Sunday evening until 3 April 2011. The line up for January is as follows:  The Parlotones (9 January), Jack Parow & Francois van Coke (16 January), Farryl Purkiss, Dan Patlansky, Inge Beckmann (23 January), Lira and Crazy White Boy (30 January) and Isochronus and Kidofdoom (6 February). Get there early and enjoy a picnic in the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden before the concert begins. Concerts start at 17h30 and end at 18h30. For more information and bookings you can telephone +27 (0)21 761-2866 or +27 (0)21 799-8782.

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show

The Taming of the Shrew, a fabulous comedy will be performed at the open-air theatre at Maynardville, Wynberg during the annual Shakespeare at Maynardville. Enjoy this unique setting of a green wooded park and watch as the magic unfolds on this open-air stage. This is something that both young and old will enjoy. Remember to bring a blanket because it can get a bit chilly when it’s dark. Tickets can be purchased from the box office at Maynardville or through Computicket, these shows are very popular so buy your tickets as soon as you can.

Car enthusiasts need to make their way to the Classic Car and Bike Show on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January 2011 at Timour Hall Primary in Plumstead. This show is now in its 11th year and has become something of an institution amongst nostalgia buffs and fans. You will see some of the most beautiful and rarest modes of transport in the Cape. Saturday’s show is a display of Modern Classics including hot and street rods, racing cars and bikes and more. While Sunday’s show displays the Classics with some vehicles dating back to the 1890’s. Bring the family and enjoy this fun event that is open from 10h00 until 16h00 daily, tickets cost R20 per person and children under 12 are free of charge. For more information telephone Jo on +27 (0)21 797-2582.

Southern Ink Xposure

Southern Ink Xposure

Southern Ink Xposure from 28-30 January 2011 will be held at a new venue this year the V&A Waterfront Pavilion Conference Centre. With both international and local artists and vendors you will be exposed to some great art. For more information telephone event organiser Manuela Gray on +27 (0)73 694-1916.

The J&B Met is a fantastic opportunity to dress up and spend a day at the races. This annual horse race takes place in Kenilworth on Saturday 29 January 2011. With an expected crowd of at least 50 000 people you need to get your tickets as soon as possible. Start planning your outfit today so you and your partner can enter the very popular Best Dressed competition. This year the theme is Larger than Life so think bigger and better than last year. Tickets are available from shops throughout the city.

… see more events and festivals at Western Cape Events

Events in Mpumalanga:

Wildflower Day

Wildflower Day

Chrissiemeer hosts their annual Wildflower Day on Saturday 22 January 2011. This is a day to enjoy the beauty of wild flowers. Take a tour with one of the guides who will guide you on a walk to discover new and beautiful plant varietals. Learn something new, take home a bit of knowledge and plenty of lovely photographs. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the stunning summer month of January. Entrance costs R20 per person and there are also group rates available, telephone Ane on +27 (0)82 804-1771 or Hester on +27 (0)76 039-8285 for more information.

… see more events and festivals at Mpumalanga Events

Events in the North West Province:

The Ottosdal Draf and Trap is the only nigth race in South Africa. This event is taking place in Potchefstroom at the Ottosdal Showgrounds on Saturday 29 January 2011. One of the best races in the country this race offers a full 42.2km marathon, half 21.1km marathon as well as a 10km and 5km race. The full marathon starts at 17h30 while the half begins at 18h30. The route is senic and is lit up by lanterns placed at 15 metre intervals in the middle of the road for the lenth of the race. For more information telephone Willa Naude on +27 (0)73 526-4536 or +27 (0)18 571-0049.

… see more events and festivals at North West Province Events

Don’t get left behind this 2011 begin the year with a bang and get involved in as many of these events as you can. Don’t let yourself spend another year on the couch, the country has so much to offer so get out there and explore, enjoy and indulge!

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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