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Posted on: Thursday, 28 October 2010

Events in November – it’s all about the outdoors and Christmas

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Soweto Marathon

Soweto Marathon

I’m not sure if you’re feeling it yet, but it seems that summer is here for some of the country and just about here in other parts. Summer brings with it holidays, time on the beach, special moments with your family and generally a great time.

This November the events taking place all around the country will not disappoint. Those who are looking for ways to keep fit or get fit in time for summer then be prepared as there are a host of sporting activities to keep you active all around South Africa. So dust off those running shoes, shake out that towel and get yourself ready!

Events in Gauteng:
On Saturday 7 November 2010 why not partake in the standard 42.2km Soweto Marathon or if you’re not sure your fitness levels are up there you can take part in either the 20km walk, 10km race or 5km fun run. While running this race you will take in a bit of history as you run past the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and a number of others. For further details telephone Athletics South Africa on +27 (0)11 880-5800.

FNB Whisky Live Festival

FNB Whisky Live Festival

This Cape Town event takes place the week earlier, but the FNB Whisky Live Festival in Sandton from 10-12 November will be a tasting sensation for whisky lovers. With more than 180 top brands, including new releases you will find a new favourite to add to your collection. Tickets start from R180 per person which includes 12 tastings. Telephone Sian on +27 (0)12 460-7579 for more information.

If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit then book your tickets for the Singing Christmas Tree presented by the University of Pretoria Jakaranda Children’s Choir. Approximately 3800 children from Pretoria Accommodation and surrounding areas take part in this event to put on a concert to be remembered. The concert is at the South African State Theatre and tickets are available from Computicket.

If you enjoy triathlons then you should get yourself ready for the next instalment of the BSG Energade Triathlon Series in Vanderbijlpark on Sunday 14 November. The race includes a 600m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run. If you’ve got children who are keen athletes then they can partake in the kiddies races which are shorter than the senior division. For further information telephone +27 (0)11 215-6666.

BSG Energade Triathlon

BSG Energade Triathlon

Something on the highlight of the Johannesburg sporting calendar is the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, this year it pedals off on Sunday 21 November. Being voted as ‘Road Race of the Year’ for the last three years you can be sure you’ll enjoy it whether you’re a spectator or rider. For further details telephone +27 (0)11 463-2743.

Something a little bit different is the Faerie Realm Midsummer Festival of Enchantment from 26-28 November at the Riversands Farm, Fourways. The Festival will showcase crafts vendors, (mostly featuring handmade art inspired by the Realms of Fantasy & Enchantment), performances by from a folk, fantasy, electro, Celtic and tribal musicians, fire dancers, stiltwalkers, drummers and so many more. Telephone Claire on +27 (0)82 305-8595 for more information.

It’s time to put on your most comfortable pair of heels on Saturday 27 November for the Sisters With Blisters event in Bryanston. The event raises awareness about violence and abuse of women and children, take part in either a 16km or 4km walk. Everyone is encouraged to take part. For event queries telephone +27 (0)11 807-3596

Sisters With Blisters

Sisters With Blisters

A Christmas Concert With A Difference is the Black Tie Ensemble’s annual Christmas concert which is on stage in Muckleneuk, Pretoria on Sunday 5 December 2010. You are requested to bring an unwrapped gift for children aged 3-18 with a value of between R50 and R100. Come and enjoy some traditional carols and get into the festive spirit. The venue for the concert is ZK Matthews Great Hall, UNISA Main Campus and for further details telephone +27 (0)12 322-7944.

… see more events and festivals at Gauteng Events

Events in the North West Province:
On Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 December the Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place at Sun City. This tournament delights spectators are a number of world class golfers battle it out at the Gary Player Country Club. Tickets for the event can be purchase from Computicket and cost R80 per adult and R40 for children aged 12-18 years. Come and watch Robert Allenby, the defending champion tee off the green.

… see more events and festivals at North West Province Events

Cherry Festival

Cherry Festival

In the Free State:
The annual Cherry Festival in Ficksburg from 18-20 November is a highlight on the Free State calendar. Ficksburg is known as the Cherry Town and the festival includes cherry tours, a golf classic, cherry product competitions and more. Come and taste some delicious treats, watch how cherry mampoer is made or just come and enjoy the festival.

On Saturday 27 November, in Theunissen, Motheo Region, the Erfenis Dam Mile takes to the water. This is a Midmar Mile qualifying event. Races on the day include a full standard x-terra, team triathlon, mountain bike races, off road run and swims. There is something to for every sporting enthusiast and all fitness levels. Telephone +27 (0)57 733-0164 (from 08h00 to 13h00 only please!) for further details.

… see more events and festivals at Free State Events

Golf Championship

Golf Championship

Events in Mpumalanga:
Have you heard of the town Roossenekal, in Mpumalanga? Probably not, but what you are more than likely unaware of is that this is the natural habitat of the much sought after Yellow Arum Lily (Zantedeschia pentlandia). On 26 and 27 November the annual Yellow Arum Lily Festival takes place and it is a celebration of this flower. This is a protected species that is on the endangered Red Data list, so remember even though they are very beautiful you are not allowed to pick them or dig them up in the veld. At the festival you will be able to purchase these flowers from registered propagators. For further information telephone Christine on +27 (0)13 273-7123.

The Alfred Dunhill Championship from 7-10 December 2010 tees off at the Leopard Creek Golf Club in Malelane. With prize money of more than £1,000,000 there’s a lot to play for. Tickets are R30 per person per day or you can purchase a full event ticket for R50, these tickets are only available at the gate of Leopard Creek.

… see more events and festivals at Mpumalanga Events

Magoebaskloof MTB

Magoebaskloof MTB

Events in Limpopo:
Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year the Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike Classic takes place on Saturday 6 November in Magoebaskloof. This 70km route takes riders through the Woodbush Forest reserve as well as private farmland and tea plantations. For entry forms and more information please telephone Rudi on +27 (0)82 802-0880.

The City Impact Youth Arts Festival on Thursday 25 November to Friday 10 December in Polokwane is in support of the 16 days of Activism, world HIV / Aids Day and international day for disabled persons. Over the festival approximately 500 youths will participate in various art forms, including radio, documentaries, dance, storytelling, poetry and more. For further festival information telephone Dikeledi on +27 (0)84 825-1231.

… see more events and festivals at Limpopo Events

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Events in the Western Cape:
The Global Diabetes Run / Walk on Saturday 6 November, in Green Point is not only a sporting event it will help to create awareness about the need for worldwide action. In South Africa it is approximated that 1 in 5 people over the age of 35 years have type 2 diabetes and more than half of them are not aware of this. On the day there will be stands where you can have you blood pressure and glucose checked. So come and take part in either the 5km or 10km walk / run.  The race starts at 08h30 and for more information telephone Diabetes South African on +27 (0)21 425-4440.

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November why not come and visit ten of Franschhoek‘s most stunning gardens as they blossom into summer. The Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival is open from 09h00 to 17h00 and you can find out further details from the Franschhoek Information Office on +27 (0)21 876-2861.

Wines2Whales

Wines2Whales

Staying with flowers the Daddy Bloom Flower Show is something a little bit different. This one of a kind flower show takes place on a roof top at the Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park from 10-14 November. Besides the flower show being in the CBD on a rooftop the exhibition is a series of mini-‘art gardens’ which have been created from all kinds of material, from glass to Perspex, felt and paint. The show is open from 12h00 to 20h00 daily and your entrance is a donation to (SEED) School’s Environmental Education and Development. Telephone +27 (0)21 424-7247 for more information.

If you have a cycling buddy and you’d like to take part in a two day challenge over a distance of approximately 230km then the Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race from 12-14 November 2010 is your answer.  Traversing some of the most beautiful land in the Cape Winelands the race starts in Somerset West and ends in Hermanus. Telephone Stillwater Sports on +27 (0)21 883-2413 for more information.

The Discovery Cape Times Big Walk on Sunday 14 November is another opportunity to get out there and do a bit of exercise, there are a variety of options and routes to take part in from 80km to 5km timed and untimed races. For more details telephone +27 (0)21 685-3333 during office hours.

Harfield Village Carnival

Harfield Village Carnival

This November the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts kick off, they run every Sunday from 21 November 2010 to 3 April 2011 and you will be able to watch some of your favourite South African artists perform in this unique and beautiful setting of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens open-air amphitheatre. Some of the performers for this year include Just Jinger, KZee with Khuli Chana, Mango Groove, Freshlyground, Civil Twilight and many more.

The annual Harfield Village Carnival in the Southern Suburbs takes place on Saturday 27 November and once again 2nd Avenue in Harfield Village will come alive to the beat of music, plenty of stalls and restaurants offering you delicious food. The street is closed off and turns into quite a party when the sun goes down, so come and enjoy the vibe.

On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November the CANSA Relay For Life Mitchell’s Plain takes place. This events aims to unite communities in the Cape Metro in the fight against cancer. The event takes place over night and is a 12 hour relay in which teams of 10-15 persons relay with the goal of keeping one person on the track at all times. There will also be loads of entertainment to keep you busy. The venue is the Mr Price Parkhurst Football Academy at Westridge High School, Silversands Road, Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain, telephone +27 (0)21 689-5347 for more details.

Champagne Festival

Champagne Festival

The Cap Classique & Champagne Festival from 3-5 December takes place at the Franschhoek Monument, Franschhoek. Come and enjoy some bubbles and a feast of culinary delights. Not only will there be plenty of bubbles to be consumed you can also purchase some, as they make fantastic Christmas gifts. For more information telephone +27 (0)21 876-2861.

The Cape Town part of the BSG Energade Triathlon Series on Sunday 5 December draws this series to a close. Various events took place around the country, including Potchefstroom, Roodeplaat, Germiston, Vanderbijlpark, Midmar. If you’re competent in the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running and you like a challenge then this event is for you. The Cape Town event takes place in Big Bay and for more information telephone +27 (0)11 215-6666.

… see more events and festivals at Western Cape Events

Gary Player Inv.

Gary Player Inv.

Events in the Garden Route:
The Gary Player Invitational from 18-21 November happens in George at Fancourt. This is a premier pro-celebrity charity golf event lets players come and test their skills on the challenging and demanding Links course. The primary objective of the event is to raise funds for the Player Foundation and a variety of charities. Come and be a spectator and enjoy some great golf.

… see more events and festivals at Garden Route Events

Events in the Eastern Cape:
Hemingways Mall, East London will be hosting the 2010 Bridal and Beauty Fair on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November. The event will showcase some wonderful ideas and products all under one roof to make sure your wedding is just as special as you always imagined it to be. There will be more than 60 exhibitors from all around the Eastern Cape as well as a fashion show. Telephone +27 (0)79 177-3778 for more information.

Nelson Mandela Bay 7's

Nelson Mandela Bay 7’s

The Cape Skyrun on Saturday 27 November in Lady Grey is a two day self sufficient race which covers a distance of approximately 100km with some beautiful scenery. The race ends at the Tiffendell Ski Resort and should only be attempted by the medically sound and extremely fit. For further details telephone Adrian Saffy on 082 566-5668.

A firm favourite of the sporting calendar is the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens at Greenacres, Port Elizabeth taking from on 3 and 4 December. Sixteen teams take to the fields to battle it out. This is two days of fun with plenty of exciting matches to watch and loads of entertainment. Make sure you book your spot to be at the Hoerskool Andrew Rabie High School otherwise you’ll miss out on all the action. Telephone Laurence Finn on +27 (0)41 373-0908 for more details.

If you’re looking for a 42.2km marathon in the Eastern Cape region then the Aspen PE City Marathon fits the bill. This race starts at 05h00 at the Lorraine Primary School, the race takes you through a number of leafy suburbs and is becoming increasingly popular. For more information telephone Graham on +27 (0)82 825-3784 or Colin on +27 (0)82 885-5050.

… see more events and festivals at Eastern Cape Events

Berg & Bush

Berg & Bush

Events in KwaZulu Natal:
The annual Berg & Bush from 6-7 November will offer riders a unique experience in a beautiful venue. The Emseni Camp is only 20 minutes outside Winterton and the route from here is 13okm of a challenging single track. For more information you can telephone Charmaine on +27 (0)83 230-9091, Stu on +27 (0)83 456-8435 or Gary on +27 (0)82 292-2314.

The Business Expo combines franchise and business opportunities with business products and office equipment. The expo takes place the Durban Exhibition Centre on 18-20 November and will offer existing businesses as well as entrepreneurs all they need. For more information contact Doug Adams on +27 (0)21 794-5859.

Cape Town and Johannesburg have both had their turn and now it is Durban’s. The Good Food and Wine Show comes to you from 25-28 November and you can expect delicious food and innovative products all under one roof. Telephone Gourmet SA on +27 (0)21 702-2280 for more information.

Canoe Marathon

Canoe Marathon

The Landrover 50 Miler Canoe Marathon on 4 and 5 November is a Paddler’s Race and Seeding Race and all ages are welcome as this is an all round fun event for the entire family taking place in Durban. For race enquiries telephone Mary Millward on +27 (0)33 342-1525.

… see more events and festivals at KwaZulu Natal Events

Head into this month with a spring in your step as there is so much that will keep you busy – from fabulous Christmas themed events to get you into the spirit to a host of sporting events to keep you slim and trip and in top shape for summer. Get ready summer, we are ready… are you?

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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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