Author: Sive Faith Ginya

By SIVE FAITH GINYA On Thursday, 9 June, Makhanda’s Sole Sisters gathered with representatives of LIV Lukhanyiso Grahamstown to hand over a cheque for R80 000. Each year, this inspiring group of women trains for a fundraising event, which they call a ‘Journey’. The 2022 journey was a three-day “surf and turf” experience along the coastal dunes and forest near Alexandria, covering approximately 75km.  Each woman is expected to raise funds for the year’s charity of choice. “To be a member of the group and participate in the run, each of the ladies is required to raise a certain amount…

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A big shout-out to Nita’s Makhanda Events WhatsApp group for these listings. FRIDAY 10 JUNE After-Work DrinksDJ RS & DJ Kasta@ Mi Casa, 131 High StreetFree Entry Live Music with ShanA mix of R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Pop@ The Pothole & Donkey, 123 High Street19:00 – 21:00Free entry SATURDAY 11 JUNE Parkrun@ The Bot Gardens, Lucas AvenueRegister online: https://www.parkrun.co.za/register/08:00Free Little Shop of HorrorsPresented by Kingswood Drama DepartmentHorror comedy rock musicalSnacks provided. Cash bar.@ Kingswood College, Foundation Hall19:30Individual ticket: R150. Table of 10: R1300. Matinino LiveAlternative Dream Pop on keyboard@ SSS, 19b New Street20:00R50 NG Kerk BazaarFood, White Elephant, Flowers, Children’s Table, Much More.@…

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By SIVE FAITH GINYA and SIYAMTHANDA PONGCO Church Square was bustling with entrepreneurs, crafters and artists showing off their talents at the Creative City Doccie Screening & Craft Market on Saturday. Makana Tourism communications officer Prudence Mini said the event offered a glimpse of what we can look forward to at the National Arts Festival, starting from 23 June 2022. Members of the Brotherhood Social Club march at the carnival. Photo: Atang Matiea The day kicked off with documentary screenings by fourth-year Rhodes video students in City Hall and then moved to Church Square for the craft market. One of…

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Dear citizens, The past two years have been challenging to say the least. The pandemic has been deeply felt by both business concerns and individuals alike. The Makana District is experiencing a slight surge in numbers, but there has been a slow return to the new norm. This being said, we are engaging with concerned citizens to embark on freshly renewed concepts and programs to take the improvement of our city to new levels. We will be creating a small cleanup crew to clean street curbs, pavements, storm drains, etc. We have identified the need for more dustbins in the…

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A big shout-out to Nita’s Makhanda Events WhatsApp group for these listings. FRIDAY 3 JUNE Live Music with LeroyNeo-Soul, Afro Jazz, and Pop – mostly covers@ The Pothole & Donkey, 123 High Street19:00 – 21:00Free entry Table Too: Cape to CairoPop up. Takeaways and sit down.Dinner 19:30 for 20:00. R210/ person.Booking Essential. Junitha 0826718558 /Michele 0839602366 / junitha@geenet.co.za The Red Carpet AffairMaster Jam: DJ Fredo & DJ Tony-B@ Infinity Lounge, 55 New StreetR30 – at the door/ R20 – presoldContact: 0849168353 / 0710781515 __________________ SATURDAY 4 JUNE Parkrun@ The Bot Gardens, Lucas AvenueRegister online: https://www.parkrun.co.za/register/08:00Free Fête@ Oakhaven Gardens, Caldicott Street10:00 – 15:00Free…

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Friday 27 May Spelling Bee CompetitionPrizes to be won@ Recreation Hall, Albany Road14:30Registration fee: R200832777596 A Shining Night: Semester ConcertRhodes University Chamber Choir@ Rhodes University Chapel, St. Peter’s Lawns19:00Free entry. Donations welcome. Live Music with PeaceMix of R&B, Adult Contemporary and Pop@ The Pothole & Donkey, 123 High Street19:00 – 21:00Free entry Last Fridays – NAF Warm-Up PartyPresented by Lowy X Shakes DJ Lowy & DJ Shakes@ SSS,19b New Street19:00 – LateR20 before 10pm/ R30 Thereafter Saturday 28 May Parkrun@ The Bot Gardens, Lucas AvenueRegister online: https://www.parkrun.co.za/register/08:00Free Food 4 Futures’ 1st Loads of Lots AuctionBidding open onlineLive auction includes complimentary snacks…

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By SIVE FAITH GINYA Third-year Rhodes Journalism & Media Studies students recently blew up their WhatsApp group in response to a poster circulating on social media banning sleepwear at some Spar stores. However, Oak Cottage Spar manager Geoffrey Arnott said local customers were free to wear pyjamas and gowns at his shop. Even beachwear – “within reason”. Shopping in PJs is a venerable tradition in sleepy Makhanda. However, an anonymous source who has spent years in town said they recall that the local Spar once enforced this rule. Under the new management, the policy appears to have been liberalised. Most…

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A huge shout-out to Nita’s Makhanda Events WhatsApp group for these listings. THURSDAY 19 MAY U3ATalk on Botanist and Naturalist: Alice Marguerite Peglar (1861 – 1929)by Elize Cloete@ Grahamstown Bowling Club, Cnr. African Street & Cawood Street10:00 – 11:00R5 Grahamstown Bridge Club@ Grahamstown Bowling Club, Cnr. African Street & Cawood Street13:15 for 13:30R10 non-members/ R5 – membersSheila Hicks: 0834423322 Ladies’ Night DJs RS & Free We’ye@ Mi Casa, 131 High StreetFree entry Acoustic CafeCult of Circle – Alex Collett & Wietsa Marais – (psychedelic post-punk/ grunge)Fulcrum – Rich Wyngaard, Gavin Brown & Maxine Smith – (popular songs in haunting lower register)7% – Paul Davies,…

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By SIVE FAITH GINYA The human behind the ‘Lifescaping’ quotes posted daily on Grocott’s Mail’s Facebook page, Andrew Davies, said he has always been a positive individual who speaks fairly to everyone regardless of class, be they a car guard or a state president. Davies said it is in his interest to put on a smile and have a positive impact on whoever he comes across. One never knows what a person is going through, and positivity might be precisely what a person needs when you meet with them. The originator of Lifescaping quotes Andrew Davies. Photo supplied. He came…

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By SIVE FAITH GINYA and LIKHAPHA THATHAA The Vukani community came together in numbers on Saturday for the funeral of Ayanda Nela, 34, who was stabbed in his upper body on 30 April. SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli said a preliminary investigation led to the arrest of a 32-year-old man. Several residents donated anything they could afford to the funeral to honour Nela’s memory in a time of hardship and sadness. Ayanda Nela was unemployed and lived with his two younger brothers, also unemployed. The brothers said they were dependent on irregular monthly amounts of R150 each from their…

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