As the heritage month gets into full swing, the Municipality’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit continues to showcase activities and services that it offers, in celebration of this historic period.

This week, 23-29 September 2013, the Municipality will be hosting various activities which form part of showcasing the City’s heritage and celebrating our culture.

Monday, 23rd of September, the Municipality will be hosting a Natural Heritage Day, at KwaXimba Conservancy from 10h00 -16h00. Amongst the family activities to be conducted, will be the discovery of million year old fossils as well as lessons about preservation of museum species among other things.

Also on the 23rd of September, there will be “IMPRESSIONS OF PORKES DRIFT”, a Jumuna Collection which will be exhibited at the Durban Art Gallery and Ink Creative Centre, in Ntuzuma. The exhibition will be from 09h00 -14h00.

On Tuesday the 24th of September, music lovers will be treated to the Old Mutual Music at Lake Concert with Black Coffe at 14h30 at the Durban Botanic Gardens. Also the PRC Heritage Celebrations will be hosted at Pufaro Park in Newlands East at 09h00. This celebration will start off with a colourful street parade from Musa Dladla Road and will end at Pufaro Park. There will then be a religious ceremony, exhibitions and a variety of cultural and sporting activities.

On Wednesday the 25th of September, the Municipality will be celebrating the opening of ablution facilities at the How Long Park in Umlazi, U-section, at 11h00. Miss How Long Park Beauty Pageant will also take place there as a celebration to the official opening of the park. The event is part of the Municipality’s social cohesion programme, as the facilities have recently been upgraded and refurbished to allow the people of Umlazi to enjoy and feel proud of their public spaces.

On Thursday the 26th of September, the Durban National Science Museum will be hosting the Magqubu Ntombela-Ian Player Annual Lecture at the Natural Science Museum in City Hall. The purpose of this annual lecture is to provide a forum for prominent and distinguished speakers who are leaders in the field of biodiversity conservation, science and social science to address the general public on subjects of environment, culture and social cohesion. The guest speaker will be Professor Mpilo Pearl Sithole.

From the 26th – 29th of September 2013, there will be a Youth Camp running as the Municipality’s initiative, intended at bridging the gap between racial differences, discrimination (gender, race, culture), addressing inequalities and provide Leadership and life skills. This camp is targeted at both girls and boys between 13 & 15 years of age and will be held at Shongweni Dam in Inanda. Various activities both fun and educational, will be conducted during the duration of the camp to groom and educate the participants about the challenges they are facing.

On Friday the 27th of September, there will be an netball tournament, at the Hoypark Sports Field at 09h00

Also on the 27th September there will be a PRC Batho Pele-Friday Cultural Workshop, which will be hosted in Sastri Park, Phoenix Community Hall, from 08h30 – 12h00.

On Saturday the 28th of September, there will be a Swimming Club Development Gala to be hosted at Clermont Swimming Pool at 09h00. Swimmers from various clubs, including from the disabled community, will participate in a swimming gala that is aimed at promoting social cohesions, sports and recreation.

On Sunday the 29th of September a play titled, “Dr J. L. Dube” will be playing at KwaMashu’s KCap. The play looks at the life and times of the late stalwart, Dr JL Dube. Also on the same day, there will be KZN Icons Cultural Festival at KwaDabeka Amphitheatre where different cultural groups will showcase their talent. This will start at 10h00.

For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za.

Issued by the eThekwini Communications Unit, Contact Vuyo Gwala on 031 311 4838 or 073 250 5704 email vuyo.gwala@durban.gov.za or Bongiwe Nakasa 031 311 4846 /013 7896 827