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2-3 July

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Green-fingered readers – here’s the chance to immerse yourself in indigenous garden splendour. Kloof Conservancy’s Indigenous Open Gardens is back, and offers a weekend of incredible natural beauty as indigenous gardens across the Upper Highway Area will be on display. The four featured gardens include Garden 1 – Karen and John Galt, 16 to 18 Quillhall Lane (off Abrey Road), Kloof; Garden 2 – Chris and Pamela Dalzell, 47 Alamein Avenue, Kloof; Garden 3 – Pete and Brigid Turner, Tunzini Gardens, 43 Kloof View Road, Forest Hills, Kloof; and Garden 4 – Tanya Visser and Izolda van der Merwe, 6 Controversy Drive, Assagay. All are open from 9am to 4pm on July 2 and 3, there’s a treasure hunt for kids and raffle prizes up for grabs. Entry to each garden is R30 (children under 12 free), Zapper or cash payments only, with funds raised going to Kloof Conservancy environmental projects. Details: Brigid Turner on 072 348 8346 or e-mail [email protected]

 

29 July -10 August

Adin Masencamp of South Africa surfing in Heat 2 of the Semifinals at the Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill on December 18, 2021. Photo by Pierre Tostee/World Surf League.

Sun, sea and surf lovers don’t miss the Ballito Pro that returns to our shores on  the third stop of the  World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS) series for men and women. The ultimate battleground for surfers fighting to qualify for a spot on the 2023 Championship Tour, the men’s field is stacked with Championship Tour surfers as well as former Ballito Pro champions and local favourites including Durban’s Jordy Smith. In the women’s draw, former Ballito Pro champion and Durbanite Sarah Baum will come up against some fierce international competition. With such an impressive field of competitors, it’s an opportunity unlike any other for South Africa’s best junior surfers to watch and learn what it takes to compete at the elite level. The event – from June 29 to July 10 – will be supported by an exciting festival programme featuring music, arts, recreational beach activities and extreme sports. If you can’t be there in person, the series will be broadcast live on WorldSurfLeague.com, the free WSL app, and the WSL’s YouTube channel. Details: theballitopro.com

 

19-17 July

If you’re up for a silent guided dance or yoga fitness session on Durban’s beautiful beachfront, don’t miss Secret Sunrise Durban, a movement that brings people of all backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles together to connect in movement and joy! Dates for July are July 9 (Yoga – beginner and intermediate) and July 17 (Mandela Day Dance with a Christmas in July theme and a collection for charity). Sessions (with qualified instructors and silent headphones) are hosted at sunrise (6.30am) – the most epic way to start your day! Tickets are R100 for yoga, R120 for dance and R75 for kids. Details: To book e-mail [email protected]

 

22-23 July

Make sure you diarise this one … an epic line-up of speakers, exhibitors, workshops and the opportunity to connect with fellow birders at BirdLife – South Africa’s biggest annual event in African birding. This year’s African Bird Fair will be hosted virtually so Durbanites can enjoy everything it has to offer from the comforts of home. Keynote speakers (R100) include Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Jenny Crwys-Williams and Mark D. Anderson as well as Dr Samuel Temidayo Osinubi who will talk about intra-African migration and the Woodland Kingfisher. Workshops (R100 each or R250 for all three) include An Ecologist’s Guide to Birding South Africa’s Grasslands with Dr Melissa Whitecross, Garden Birds: Your Everyday Reward with Dr Aldo Berruti, and Bushveld Birding with Lance Robinson. There will be a host of other free talks and more. July 22 and 23. Details: www.birdlife.org.za/african-bird-fair-2022

 

23-24 July

Hockey teams from around KZN have one goal in mind this month. To play their hearts out at the 10th edition of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge Grand Finals. Two days of highly competitive hockey is expected to unfold as the top 10 regional winners (out of 70 participating schools) descend on the astro at St Mary’s D.S.G. in Kloof. They include Pionier Hoërskool, St Anne’s College, St John’s D.S.G., Our Lady of Fatima, St Mary’s D.S.G., Kuswag Hoërskool, King Edward High School, Domino Servite, Durban Girls’ College and Grantleigh College. If you can’t get to the side lines on July 23 and 24, you can catch all the action on SuperSport Schools. All the games will be livestreamed on either their mobile app or via their website. Details: supersportschools.com

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