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If you haven’t made any plans for the weekend and are looking for something to do, here are a few events that you may enjoy.

Gauteng

RAMFest

Riversands Farm
10 March

They are trucking from Durban to Joburg to Cape Town this weekend to make history through one of the biggest events that South Africa has ever experienced. A day where lovers of metal and rock music will get to converge and create a raucous spectacle of sound, light, dance and rock n’ roll. In Flames (Sweden), Infected Mushroom (Israel), AWOLNATION (USA) are the international acts, with local bands Fokofpolisiekar, The Narrow, Pestroy, Shadowclub and many more also performing. There will also be food, beer, festival paraphernalia and a BMX zone. Pack in the sunscreen, warm up your neck muscles and get there.  Make no plans for Sunday. R350 from TicketBreak. www.ramfest.co.za.

Bone Detectives:Transformations In Body and Mind

Maropeng
10 March 12

Join up-and-coming scientist Brendon Billings on a tour to discover the fascinating answers buried in fossils. Examine the brains and bodies of different animals and see an exhibition of casts of fossil discoveries made at the Cradle of Humankind. Learn about the development of hominids, and the language and culture that came with it. After the bones tour, explore Sterkfontein Caves with experienced tour guide Reuben Tsime, for a deeper understanding of cave formation and the importance of freeing the secrets inside fossils found in the area. Ends the tour with a picnic buffet lunch overlooking the beautiful Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. This tour is ideally suited for anyone with a passion for science, or those who are fascinated by the human brain and body and the evolutionary history of our species. R350 per person including light lunch. Tel 014-577-9000, email info@maropeng.co.za, www.maropeng.co.za.

Tree Planting at Walkhaven

Walkhaven Dog Park
10 March

Loved by humans and dogs alike, Walkhaven is situated in the Muldersdrift area right next to the Cradle of Humankind on 22 hectares of rolling grassland. To offset their carbon footprint they are adding some more green to the park. 40 trees are due to be planted, so grab your spade, pick and rake and get involved! Refreshments will be provided for your hard work. Your dog will also thank you. From 09h00. Cell 071-212-9955, email info@walkhaven.co.za, www.walkhaven.co.za.

Spar HospiceWits Family Fun Walk

Zoo Lake
11 March

Zoo Lake is perfect for weekend ambles and is usually a hive of activity with dog walkers, joggers, skateboarders and kids. This Sunday bring your family and your furry friend (on a leash please) for a fun family walk around Zoo Lake for a good cause. There will be spot prizes as well as Spar gift cards for the first three participants to complete their walk in each distance category. Participants can bring a picnic basket to enjoy after the event. In addition there will be various vendors selling coffee, pancakes, doughnuts, hotdogs,and cold drinks on the day. The walk starts at 08h00, but registeration is from 06h00. R50 (4km), R60 (8km), R80 (12km). Phone 011-844-0419, email events@hospicewits.co.za.

KwaZulu-Natal

RAMFest

Origin Night Club
9 March

They are trucking from Durban to Joburg to Cape Town this weekend to make history through one of the biggest events that South Africa has ever experienced. A day where lovers of metal and rock music will get to converge and create a raucous spectacle of sound, light, dance and rock n’ roll. As you haven’t scored a whole day deal, you guys need to party twice as hard in half the time. Icarus, We’ve Been Hacked, Veranda Panda, Bear Girls, Jay Tweak, Niskerone and many others will help you along. R120 from TicketBreak. www.ramfest.co.za.

Essenwood Craft Market

Berea Park (Essenwood Market)
10 March

The region’s foremost craft, art, treasures and collectables market takes place every Saturday morning under the trees a stone’s throw away from Musgrave Centre under a lush canopy of evergreen trees. The kiddies play area is conveniently situated right next to the food court enabling parents to keep a close eye on their children at play while they enjoy a meal or a cuppa in a lively and sociable atmosphere. From 9h00-14h00. Te; 031-208-1264, email info@essenwoodmarket.com, www.essenwoodmarket.com.

Western Cape

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
11 March

The hugely popular Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts draw audiences from far and wide. Put down your blanket and bring your picnic basket (Kirstenbosch was recently voted one the world’s top picnic spots by National Geographic). This Sunday sees the talents of the Goldfish. Don’t miss it! Tickets R100 from Webtickets. Tel 021-799-8783, email kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za, www.sanbi.org/events/kirstenbosch-old-mutual-summer-sunset-concerts.

The Argus Cycle Race

Cape Town
11 March

Each year cyclists from across the world gather in Cape Town to ride the 110-kilometre ‘Argus’, which is the largest individually timed cycling event in the world. Starting in the city centre in the early hours of the morning, cyclists travel along the M3 towards Boyes Drive with its steep descent into Kalk Bay. From there, the coastal stretch includes Simon’s Town, Scarborough, Kommetjie and Noordhoek and finally racers will climb Chapman’s Peak before cruising along the coast to the finish line in Green Point. If you are taking part, good luck. If you are going along to show your support or just want to see what all the fuss is about there are many good viewing spots. Be aware that there are road closures on Sunday for this race so if you need groceries or beer, get them on Saturday. www.cycletour.co.za

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

South African Museum
until 13 March

This is your last chance to go see this incredible photographic exhibition that offers an extraordinary insight into the beauty, drama and diversity of the natural world. If you are a photographer, or just love amazing images, get to Iziko on Friday or Saturday and see this world-class exhibition that showcases the very best natural history photography. R20 entrance to the museum. www.iziko.org.za

RAMFest

Ostrich Ranch
11 March

They are trucking from Durban to Joburg to Cape Town this weekend to make history through one of the biggest events that South Africa has ever experienced. A day where lovers of metal and rock music will get to converge and create a raucous spectacle of sound, light, dance and rock n’ roll. In Flames (Sweden), Infected Mushroom (Israel), AWOLNation (USA) are the international acts, with local bands Fokofpolisiekar, The Narrow, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Sabretooth and many more also performing. There will also be food, beer and festival paraphernalia. Pack in the sunscreen, warm up your neck muscles and get there. You should probably put in leave for Monday. R350 from TicketBreak. www.ramfest.co.za

Infecting The City Public Arts Festival

Cape Town
6-10 March

Infecting The City Public Arts Festival is exploding onto the streets and public spaces of Cape Town. By far the largest and most diverse annual public arts festival in South Africa with celebrated local and international artists creating artworks that unlock the communal spaces in the Cape Town City Centre. See, hear and smell the extraordinary by taking a fresh look at the Mother City, its citizens, and yourself in a radically different way. Tel 021-418-3336, www.infectingthecity.com.

Storm Thorgerson – The Raging Storm Exhibition

Cape Town
20 February – 10 March

It’s gone all arty this weekend in Cape Town. Make a day of it and include this exhibition. Storm Thorgerson’s imagery has appeared on some of the most successful rock and roll albums of all time, and a selection of his fine art prints will be shown at 6 Spin Street. The highly sought-after works are signed and numbered by Storm and include the album art of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Nigel Kennedy, Peter Gabriel, The Cranberries, Black Sabbath, Audioslave, Pendulum, Disco Biscuits, Steve Miller Band, The Mars Volta, Anthrax, Catherine Wheel, Alan Parsons, Ian Dury, Biffy Clyro and South African band Machineri. Gallery hours are all day Monday to Saturday from 8.30am. It’s free, so no excuses. I promise you will be inspired. Tel 021-461-0666, www.6spinstreet.co.za.

Ommiberg ‘Round the Rock’ festivities at Laborie

Laborie Wine Farm, Paarl
10 March

If bicycles and the arts are not your thing, head out to Paarl on Saturday and join in the festivities of the annual Paarl Ommiberg ‘Round the Rock’ festival. The focal point of Laborie’s festivities will be an exciting pairing of young unfiltered wines with traditional onion tart – a custom originating in Germany and adapted by OmmiBerg. Other fun activities include grape stomping, wine blending and the popular Laborie Lazy Days Market. Children can look forward to a special kiddies’ area which will include face painting, balloon modelling and a magic show. The recently launched Harvest at Laborie restaurant will be offering visitors a special breakfast menu which can be enjoyed on the spacious patio offering breathtaking views of the mountains. Boules enthusiasts can participate in competition which will take place at the restaurant. With so much on offer the day promises to be one filled with laughter, fun and enjoyment. R60 per person from Computicket or R70 on the day from Laborie. Your ticket includes a tasting glass, access pass and programme.Tel 021-807-3390, email info@laboriewines.co.za, www.laboriewines.co.za.



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