Events in March – it’s time to have a blast
March sees us to the end of the first quarter of 2011 and it has not slowed down, throughout South Africa you can take part in and attend a variety of events and activities to keep you entertained throughout the month.
Monday 21 March is also a public holiday as we celebrate Human Rights Day. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was formed on this day in 1996, 35 years after the devastating events in Sharpeville when demonstrators were gunned down by police. The SAHRC promotes respect for human rights, monitors and assess the observance of human rights in our country as well many other things and this day commemorates this special day in our history.
Events in Limpopo:
The Ebenezer Mile Open Swim takes place at the Ebenezer Dam in Magoebaskloof on Sunday 20 March 2011 and is hosted annually by the Mountain Yacht Club and incorporates the SA “B” national qualifier 3000m. For more information you can telephone Adi Rech on +27 (0)73 086-8805.
A second big swimming event takes place in Limpopo on Sunday 27 March in Bela Bela, the Pick ‘n Pay Bosveld Mile will be held for the 13th time this year. The first swim saw only 20 swimmers participating and this event grown in popularity. The water is clean and clear and there are 3 different age categories for swimmers as well as a 200m swim for children under 9 years. Every participant gets a medal and this is always a great motivation!
Why not come and celebrate something everyone loves to eat – the Kiwi Festival takes place from 2-3 April 2011 in Haenertsburg. Enjoy this fruit that has been described to taste like succulent green sherbet. There will be plenty of entertainment, kiwi farm tours, informative talks and much more. For further details telephone Jane on +27 (0)83 442-7429.
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Events in Gauteng:
Ramfest Johannesburg takes place on 12 March 2011 in Emmarentia at the Emmerentia Dam. Come and join in the celebration with some of South Africa’s top rock talent. Browse around at the various stalls and markets or enjoy a bit of water sports. Make sure you don’t miss out. Gates open at 12h00 and you can telephone +27 (0)21 883-3607 for further details.
From Sunday 13 to Wednesday 16 March the Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton is holding Hostex 2011. This is the place to be if you are in the tourism and hospitality industry. With a variety of events and exhibitions you will find out new things and learn how to be better in your industry. Telephone +27 (0) 11 835 1565 for more information.
Cullinan is host to the Groot Gat Fees from 18 to 21 March. This unique town was the site of discovery of the world’s largest diamond in 1905. You can come and enjoy various events and activities during this festival and discover just what makes this town so interesting.
The AdExpo from 23 to 25 March 2011 at the Sandton Convention Centre is a platform for marketers, advertisers and media buyers to get together and plan for the year ahead. There are interesting short workshops and a variety of exhibits. The show is open from 10h00 to 18h00 and you can contact Cadek Media on +27 (0)21 855-4750 for a full workshop programme and further information.
Head down to Stonehaven on Vaal in Vanderbijlpark on 26 March for the annual Rotary River Festival which is a guaranteed day of fun in the sun with tons of entertainment continuing well into the night. There are three top SA artists this year who will all perform, Watershed, Ray Dylan and Robbie Wessels. Everyone in your family is welcome and they will find something to keep the busy. Tickets are available from Computicket or you can telephone +27 (0)16 982-2951 / 2 for more information.
If you are looking for a great family day out then head to Inanda for the Inanda Club Family Fun Day on Sunday 27 March. Come along anytime from 10h00 until 16h00 and watch some of the fabulous entertainment which includes skydivers and demonstrations or you can have a pony ride, your face painted or bounce for a while on a trampoline. Don’t forget your picnic and sunscreen and enjoy the day!
Moms and mom’s to be should make their way to the 5th Living and Loving Kids and Baby Expo at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park from 31 March to 3 April 2011. Find out some useful information and what is best for you and your baby at one of the hands on demonstrations. Telephone +27 (0)86 038-3689 for further information.
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Events in the Western Cape:
OmmiBerg Round the Rock takes place in Paarl on Saturday 12 March. Come along and enjoy the Paarl wine route with bubbly on arrival and a variety of tastings throughout the day. Pick some grapes from the vineyards and familiarise yourself with the wide variety of grapes that make the wine you enjoy drinking. This is a family event so there will be lots to entertain your little ones while you take part in one of the many fun activities planned. For further details telephone Annelize on +27 (0)21 863-488.
It is too late to get your entry for this year’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday 13 March but the 35 000+ cyclists who are taking part will need your support and encouragement on the day. So come out and support them with cheers at various points along this 109km cycle race that is both challenging and beautiful. To have a look at the route take a look at the Cape Argus Cycle Tour Route Map.
The Lamberts Bay Crayfish and Cultural Festival from Friday 18 to Wednesday 23 March takes place in the lovely Cape West Coast town of Lamberts Bay. Enjoy some great music while devouring some tasty crayfish. This annual event is lots of fun and you’ll be looking forward to next year as soon as you head home. For further details telephone +27 (0)27 432-1000.
It is harvest time in the Cape and the Wellington Harvest Festival in Wellington from 19-21 March gives you the opportunity to experience just what the harvest is all about. Your ticket includes a free wine tasting at one of the participating cellars and there are a variety of activities that will be free of charge. Telephone +27 (0)21 873-4604 for more information.
A favourite on the music calendar in the Mother City is the Cape Town Jazz Festival on 25 and 26 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians will provide you with musical enjoyment. Tickets are available from Computicket.
The West Coast Lagoon Festival in Langebaan takes place on the weekend of 25-27 March at Club Mykonos. The event is jam packed with lagoon sports, music events and even and air show. With lots of children’s entertainment your young ones will be entertained and you will have lots of food and drink available at the various stalls.
Two of our favourite pastimes are music and beer and the Brews & Blues Festival at D’Aria in Durbanville brings these together. Enjoy and taste beers from both local and international brewers and while you’re sitting and relaxing you can be entertained by 5 of South Africa’s biggest blues bands. For more information telephone +27 (0)78 587-7551.
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Events in the Garden Route:
The Kingfisher MTB Enduro Race takes place in the quiet village of Hoekwil which is just above Wilderness. Each year it is flooded with mountain bike enthusiasts and this year it is no different. Come and be a part of the adventure on Saturday 26 March. The event is organised by the Hoekwil Primary School and is part of the South Cape Enduro Series. The route takes you through farmlands and the Bergplaas State Forest which is usually inaccessible for riders. Young riders can take part in the 3km race, but there are also 20km, 40km and 70km races to challenge all fitness levels. For more info telephone Johan Potgieter on +27 (0)83 460-5414 or Maxie Cockrell on +27 (0)82 719-4844.
The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) takes place in Oudtshoorn from 2 to 9 April and is an ever increasingly popular event. The programme line up is always first class and you will be able to see a huge variety of talent and productions performed throughout the festival. You might not be able to find accommodation in the town itself so either book your place for next year or if you’re in the surrounding area make a day of it!
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
If you are fond of your fury friend at home then why not head to the Cat Show in Walmer, Port Elizabeth on Saturday 12 March. If yours is beautiful then why not let it compete with the best. This is a 4 ring Championship Cat Show. The breeds are Sphynx, Devon Rex, Ragdoll, Siamese, Tonkinese, Maine Coon, Persian, Exotic, Oriental, Turkish Van, Bengal, Burmese, British Shorthair and Domestic cats. There is a small entry fee and if you need further details telephone +27 (0)82 704-1650.
The Eastern Cape Highland Gathering on Sunday 20 March takes place in Port Elizabeth and is a celebration of everything Scottish including bagpipes, tossing the caber and of course whisky. This is also a competition for pipers, drummers and dancers who come from all around the country. Enjoy the day out at the Victoria Park Bowls Club, entry is R15 for adults, R10 for scholars over 12 years and free for children under 12. For more information contact Llewellyn Faifer on +27 (0)82 555-4981.
Grahamstown is host to SciFest Africa from 23 to 29 March 2011. This is the national science festival and includes more than 600 events such as popular lectures, exhibitions and workshops, field trips, laser shows and more.
From Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March the Bruintjieshoogte Cycle Tour hits the road in Somerset East. Both off road and mountain bike riders will find something to suit their fitness level with distances from 20km to 160km in the road events and 25km or 54km in the mountain bike events. Telephone Marti Groves on +27 (0)82 872-2249 for more information.
Head to the Bathurst Showgrounds in Bathurst from 1 to 3 April 2011 for the Bathurst Agricultural Show with over 200 exhibitors and more than 20 000 visitors this is the place to be. Competitions, exhibitions and demonstrations are just a taste of what to expect, come and find out what this is all about and for more information telephone +27 (0)46 625-0759.
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Events in KwaZulu Natal:
Brides to be who are looking for fabulous ideas should make their way to the NWJ Bridal Show from 4 to 6 March at the Durban Exhibition Centre in Durban Central. Watch the high end fashion show and get inspiration for your perfect dress or browse around the many exhibitors stalls and get valuable advice to make your day that much more special. Tickets are available at the door or you can telephone +27 (0)31 312-7567 during office hours for more information.
Ramfest Durban takes place on 9 March at the Wavehouse in Durban and will be a collaborative experience of music and fun. Not only a music festival you can also browse through stalls and the craft market and just enjoy a great Saturday out. Telephone Audiomatik Events on +27 (0)21 886-6307 for more information.
Trends and Tastes is the new décor and lifestyle exhibition in Durban Central and you can be a part of it from 18 to 21 March at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Be inspired with the latest design ideas at this sophisticated yet relaxed exhibition. For more information telephone +27 (0)11 549-8300.
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Events in the North West Province:
In 1991 there were only 1950 athletes taking part in the ‘Om Die Dam’ Ultra Marathon and now 20 years later this is a thriving and extremely popular race taking place in Hartbeespoort Dam on 19 March. The route is circular, challenging and beautiful with a steep climb at the 38km mark over Saartjiesnek.
Brightly Coloured Sight in Potchefstroom takes place from 22 March until 15 April and is an art project to raise money for the Guide Dog Association for the Blind. All paintings sold and monies raised will be donated to this association. A number of local artists have donated their work so this is certainly a worthwhile cause to come and support. Come to the Main Museum, 42 Sol Plaatjies Street to be a part of this.
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Events in the Free State:
The Pentagon Pistols 32km takes place in Bloemfontein on Saturday 16 March and is organised by the Pentagon Pistols. If you are running the Comrades Marathon this is a good weekend training run two months before the big race. The race starts at Caramellos and walkers are also welcome to take part in the event. Telephone Francois Cilliers on +27 (0)82 755-5559 for more information.
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This month is really busy and will keep you entertained, it’s time to have a blast this March so get yourself out and about and enjoy yourself. Take your friends and family with you and make the most of these fantastic events in South Africa!