Past classes

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Circle Gardening

2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m.
OMB Room 23
Room 23, Old Main Building, Kind Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Oddly enough, vegetables like to grow in circles. This system of vegetable gardening is water-wise, space-wise, and easy to manage. While it is not necessary to use organic principles, they are well adapted to organic gardening, and the class will take an organic approach. The class will be offered in English.

Bring one of the following:
A packet of (preferably unusual) vegetable seeds
A promise to dig and plant at least one circle garden
A tray of vegetable seedlings
Any fresh, organically grown produce

About the teacher, Jane Harley

Jane likes to do things from scratch, so she likes to grow her own vegetables and herbs, make her own cheeses, and spin, knit and felt wool (although not from her own sheep).

Myths about rape

2:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.
OMB Room 115
Room 115, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The talk will concentrate on myths about rape, but will include the current legal definition and how the Act defines rape. Please bring: An open mind The class will be offered in English

Bring one of the following:
A pencil sketch of anything in nature
A small note book
A very short story about your life at UKZN or in PMB
It would be wonderful if I could exchange the talk for a group of students starting a support group for rape survivors.
Lesson in Power Point, preferably before the 16th!
Surprise me!
Trade me a class!

About the teacher, Mary Kleinenberg

In the early eighties Pietermaritzburg Rape Crisis was formed and a few dedictaed women carried a bleeper which made it possible to call them at any time to counsel rape survivors. In the early nineties the Black Sash gender group wrote a booklet on rape for free distribution in Advice Offices and crisis centres. I was involved in both these initiatives and when I read that women on the PMB campus could ask for someone to accompany them when walking on campus at night it made me angry to think that, although we live in a Constitutional Democracy that claims gender equality, when it comes to violence nothing has changed for women.

OMB Room 114
Room 114, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

ROLWA is a process used by the Young Christian Workers that involves the process of See, Judge and Act. It is used to engage young people in critical thinking through their day to day life action in order to confront their struggles. These struggles might be unemployment, gender, informal sector and formal sector. This process engages young people between the ages 16-30; however there is a process by the Adult Movement that engages former YCWs, and I am one of those. All in all ROLWA challenges young people to think critically and act responsibly in confronting their day to day struggles. The class will be offered in English, with isiZulu if necessary.

Bring one of the following:
A bible story book for kids
Any book for a teenage girl, aged 15-17
Any comedy DVD
Bed time story book for 3-5 year old
Bible commentary
Gym/Yoga mat
Skipping rope
The book "A dying colonialism" by Frantz Fanon
The book "Black skins white masks" by Frantz Fanon
The book "I write what I like" by Steve Biko
The book "The wretched of the earth" by Frantz Fanon
Theology dictionary

About the teacher, Skhumbuzo

I am a Programme Activist at Church Land Programme (CLP), working with Rural Based Activist Movements and communities. I am a former General Secretary of the South African Young Christian Workers and former fieldworker at Ujamaa Centre UKZN. I am also a part time student at UKZN doing my honours degree in Theology and Development. I enjoy working in a free environment not too serious, I laugh and play a lot at the same time as being efficient. I am very casual in my approach to life yet persistent, committed and strive for excellence. I love my past, present and have faith in my future.

Palestine 101

3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
OMB Room 23
Room 23, Old Main Building, Kind Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

There is currently a momentous shift in perceptions on Palestine taking place throughout the world. Civil society organisations in South Africa are playing a significant role in this regard. The so-called 'Palestinian-Israeli' conflict has for the most part been written off as 'too complex' for our understanding and response. Today, however, it is being understood more concretely as an 'ethical challenge' revolving around human dignity and human rights. In this class we put on such an ethical lens to explore how issues of human dignity and human rights are reshaping and clarifying public opinion on Palestine today and mobilising solidarity movements to take concrete steps to strengthen our ethical responsibility. Join us for a dynamic, interactive, thought-provoking and challenging session together. The class will be offered in English.

Bring one of the following:
1 hour of administrative assistance
1 hour of blogging lessons
1 hour of language instruction (isiXhosa, isiZulu, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, French, German)
1 hour of Latin American/ballroom lessons (intermediate or bronze level)
1 hour of livestream lessons
1 hour of social media event promotion
1 hour of voluntary transport assistance for a group of my students
1 hour of website development assistance
1 hour voice training
5 brilliant jokes with a point
A "The Simpsons" DVD
A book (13-15-year-old range)
An ice-skating or roller-blading session
An iPhone/IPad charger
An office pot-plant
Arrange a session at your church for us to facilitate a seminar on Palestine
Assistance in creating a 2-minute promotional video
Create a 10-minute edited video of our session
Create a dynamic brochure for print and electronic media
Logo development assistance
Partner up for a game of squash
Take high quality photographs of our session
Trade me a class

About the teacher, Clint Le Bruyns

Activist, theologian, radio presenter. I am based at UKZN as director and senior lecturer for the Theology and Development Programme. I am energised by people who love to learn, to laugh, to dance, to read, to travel, to walk along the beach, and to contribute to the lives of others.

OMB Room 115
Room 115, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Even though many people use herbs in food processes they usually buy them from the shops and many use the dry ones due to problems of availability and possibly affordability as fresh ones are expensive. It is very easy for one to grow their own herbs in containers placed next to the window in your house as you do not necessarily need to have a big garden. Many of the household herbs can be used for a number of purposes including medicinal. In this class we will explore the uses of the common herbs and outline briefly their growth requirements. We will then practically plant a few in containers for the participants to take home. This will hopefully be a time of learning and fun when we play with soil a bit as we explore how to grow our own herbs with more understanding and purpose. The list of herbs to be subject for the class may include the following: parsley, celery, thyme, garlic, ginger, dill, fennel, basil, oregano, dandelion, rosemary. The class will involve planting celery, garlic, thyme in a small pot or container. Please bring an empty two litre milk bottle/juice carton or small plant pots, and paper and pen for making notes.

Bring one of the following:
a bulb of garlic
A commitment to look after your planted herbs and use them!
a packet of apples
a pair of gloves
herb seedlings
potting mixture

About the teacher, Dumisile Mkhonta

I am a female minister pastoring in the Methodist Church for a community in Greytown mostly over the weekends. During the week days I work at Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary as the Field Education Ministry co – coordinator. I am currently enrolled at the UKZN for a Master’s programme in the Theology and Development programme. I worked for many years in my country Swaziland as a coordinator in the Schools Agriculture programme. My passion is farming / teaching others to grow their own food and I love fresh vegetables.

OMB Room 114
Room 114, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Marx, a theorist, and Gramsci, an Italian politician, share a socialist perspective which despises capitalism and claims to hold a plausible explanation of human emancipation from any force which undermines human dignity. The purpose of this presentation is to give an adequate understanding of these theorists and further build an appreciation of foundations in which these theories originate.

Bring one of the following:
Surprise me

About the teacher, Stephen Phiri

Stephen Phiri is a lecturer and PhD student in Education and Development. Over a number of years, Stephen has provided advice and academic assistance to numerous students.

OMB Room 24
Room 24, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Why are all the political 'hotspots' of violence and dissent in the world dominated by religious intolerance? What can we do to assist people to get to know about others' beliefs and practices, and learn to be more respectful and tolerant of difference? How do we persuade people that encountering other faiths, beliefs and practices can be an exiting, stimulating, enriching experience, rather than something threatening? Is it possible to teach this in schools without indoctrinating pupils into a particular faith? Please bring: Pen, paper, and an open mind. The class will be offered in English.

Bring one of the following:
A session on any IT tricks.
Any second hand book suitable for secondary school library
Commit to actively find out about someone else's belief system
Instruction in the use of Power Point, preferably before the session!
Organise for me to give this class again somewhere else
Paper and pens for other members of the class
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Alleyn Diesel

I have taught religious studies all of my teaching career, firstly at the Natal College of Education, and then for 12 years at the University of Natal, both in the Religious Studies Department and to the HDE students in Education. I am passionate about encouraging people (whether they regard themselves as believers in a particular faith, or not) to appreciate the crucial role played by religion in our societies today, and the need for tolerance of, and respect for, other views different from our own.

Cooking for beginners

11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
OMB Room 26
Room 26, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Many see cooking as complicated. But it's not... It is literally basically throwing everything into one pot - but the key is systematically. I will show you how to make the simplest of dishes with a low budget that will be divine on the palate.

Bring one of the following:
A class on yoga
Coriander seeds
Dog food
Fluffy socks
Junk food
Wine

About the teacher, Lee Sakaran

My name is Lee Sakaran. I am Final year student at UKZN doing education and development and psychology....I enjoy all things to do with food....I enjoy the fun things in life with my family and friends

Making beaded jewelry

11:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.
OMB Room 25
Room 25, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The class will be a beginner's guide to making beaded jewelry. We will be making a bracelet or necklace. Wooden beads will be provided. What to bring to class: string/thread/cord, or even a strip of material - whatever you have that can be used to string beads, and that you will want wear. Button/s or clasp to finish off your bracelet or necklace.

Bring one of the following:
Any buttons or beads you have lying around
Broken chains and costume jewelry
Creativity!
Material/cloth (any)
Smiles and an attitude to relax and have fun
Wool (any colour)

About the teacher, Tessa Naiker

A busy mother and administrator who finds refuge in creativity.

OMB Temple
Temple, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

This hands-on class will introduce you to low tech basic printing methods. We will be doing paper-mast screen printing and block printing, as well as introducing the flour-and-water resist method. Bring your own t-shirt and/or piece of fabric (preferably natural - cotton, calico, etc.).

Bring one of the following:
Bring something to share for lunch
Commit to being part of an activist panel at some time in the future!
Commit to setting up a guerilla garden in your neighbourhood! (I'll explain how)
Old plain t-shirts
Pieces of material to use as banners!
pigments and dyes
Vegetables seeds (any)

About the teacher, Jane Quin

I have been using various fabric-printing methods both as part of my activism (to make banners, t-shirts, etc) and for my home (to print curtains, children's shirts, cushion covers).

Frantz Fanon: What more to know?

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
OMB Room 115
Room 115, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

This session will look at Fanon's work to trace his relevance to post-apartheid South Africa. Hoping that there will be a vibrant discussion, the session will look at the work of violence perpetrated by SAPS towards disgruntled societies starting from Marikana to date. The question of violence is important in Fanon's work, and yet misrepresented. The session hopes to get participants to give their understandings of violence in post-apartheid South Africa drawing from reading of Fanon. If possible, bring a copy of Wretched of the Earth

Bring one of the following:
Critique
Listening
Openness
Sharing

About the teacher, David Ntseng

I am an activist based in Durban working with shackdwellers and social formations who resist indignity, employed by the Church Land Programme (an NGO based in Pietermaritzburg supporting landless communities fighting for their rights to land).

OMB Room 114
Room 114, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

A fun(ny), interactive session on reading and writing Koine Greek (common dialect; Hellenstic Greek; biblical Greek). We will sing the alphabet, write secret-code messages, and read any Greek text with confidence and delight (as if we know what Greek means). There's even time for learning vocabulary, words that you won't forget and might even enhance your English. If you would like to, please bring any particular Greek text you'd like to be able to read. The class will be conducted in English.

Bring one of the following:
a cooking lesson (healthy or special meal)
A squash match or two at Virgin Active Cascades
administrative assistance
An office pot-plant
gym instruction
hook me up with a professional dance company (intermediate)
improve and update the Theology and Development Programme website
isiZulu sessions
photo or video coverage of an event
physical exercise accountability
promotional materials design for the Theology and Development Programme
proof reading assistance for a student
research assistance
second hand books on dinosaurs
some voice training and feedback
teach me how to roller-blade

About the teacher, Clint Le Bruyns

Activist, theologian, radio presenter. I am based at UKZN as director and senior lecturer for the Theology and Development Programme. I am energised by people who love to learn, to laugh, to dance, to read, to travel, to walk along the beach, and to contribute to the lives of others.

Yoga Flow

2:30p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Education Building, Room 19
Room 19, Education Building, Golf Road
Scottsville ZA

A vinyasa flow class in which you will connect breath to movement. This will promote a connection between the mind and body, and ultimately an awareness of your own divine nature. The flows will include standing poses, seated and twisted postures, and basic inversions. You do not need previous yoga experience. Bring a yoga mat, and a small towel or blanket for relaxation in the last 5 minutes. Wear comfortable gym clothes (which won't ride up or make you uncomfortable in inversions). The class will be offered in English.

Bring one of the following:
career counselling on how to 'get into' academia and starting a PhD
odd, interesting or historical photographs
odd, interesting or historical posters
unwanted clothing
unwanted exercise equipment
used books
vegetable seedlings

About the teacher, Morwenna Bosch

At this point in my story, I am masquerading as a high school History teacher and authentically trying to be a mindful parent. I say that I teach ashtanga vinyasa yoga, but really yoga teaches me! Sharing the gift of yoga is a joyful and humbling experience, as I get to witness people transition from exhausted human-doings into blissful human-beings.

OMB Room 25
Room 25, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Introducing the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza; international solidarity through the Freedom Flotilla missions to challenge and break the siege; footage of piracy on international waters ('pirates of the Mediterranean'); personal experience on the FF3 mission (June 2015).

Bring one of the following:
a cooking lesson (healthy or special meal)
a squash match or two at Virgin Active Cascades
adminstrative assistance
an office potplant
gym instruction
hook me up with a professional dance company (intermediate)
improve and update the Theology and Development Programme website
isiZulu sessions
photo or video coverage of an event
physical exercise accountability
promotional materials design for the Theology and Development Programme
proofreading assistance for a student
research assistance
second hand books on dinosaurs
some voice training and feedback
teach me how to roller-blade

About the teacher, Clint Le Bruyns

Activist, theologian, radio presenter. I am based at UKZN as director and senior lecturer for the Theology and Development Programme. I am energised by people who love to learn, to laugh, to dance, to read, to travel, to walk along the beach, and to contribute to the lives of others.

OMB Room 115
Room 115, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

This class seeks to respond to the question of whether the xenophobic attacks of earlier this year were caused by the South African government's inability to deal with the massive presence of foreigners, or is rather a war of the marginalized people in this country. The class will also provide some of the governance challenges affecting the South African government in terms of refugee related issues.

Bring one of the following:
Your time

About the teacher, Feruzi Ngwamba

I am a PhD student in Policy and Development, and am lecturing in the access programme in Social Sciences. I am a former Pietermaritzburg Student Representative Council member, and a former Academic Development and Transition office in the UKZN BMF student chapter. I have also presented on Capital Radio FM.

How to start a small business

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
OMB Room 114
Room 114, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

This class if for anyone interested in setting up and running a small business. It will include topics such as: Developing an idea and team for your business How to get funding Writing your proposal/s Growing the business The class will be run in English

Bring one of the following:
A bag of Checkers Foreign blend coffee
A journal
Packet of Maggie 2-minute noodles
Robertson Sweet Rose Wine

About the teacher, Omega Shange

Omega Shange is a young creative serial entrepreneur who is involved in multiple organisations and specialises in organisational design aimed at the specific purpose of each organisation

Belly dance for beginners

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
Room 22, Education Building, Golf Road
Scottsville ZA

The class is suitable for women of any age, and of any fitness level. It will cover a warm up to music, introduction to the basic moves and chance to practice them a bit (with an emphasis on fun rather than technical perfection!), ending with learning some simple choreography to dance to a short piece of music. Please wear any comfortable clothes suitable for gentle exercise - loose pants or leggings and a vest top are advised, with a skirt over the leggings if you prefer. Some coin belts and veils will be provided. If you are able, bring along a kikoi-sized sarong (preferably of chiffon or some synthetic fabric), but this is not necessary. The class will be run in English, but it is not necessary to understand all the instructions, as students can observe and copy.

Bring one of the following:
A ballroom dancing lesson
A conversation in isiZulu (I recently did a basic course, and need to practice!)
A couple of aubergines, or red or yellow peppers, or avocado pears, or lemons, or cut flowers, or anything else from your garden
Any aloe, but I am particularly looking for an aloe ferox plant, if you happen to have one you don't want!
Promise to donate a book or two to the Hospice book shop
Promise to read a good story to/with a child, especially one who doesn't often get read to
You favourite health reacipe (eg a delicious and easy family supper dish to add to our boring repertoire...)

About the teacher, Julia Arbuckle

I learned belly dancing from a wonderful teacher, Anne Knowles, who started the Raqs Sharqi Dance Company in PMB. I danced as a hobby and for exercise for 10+ years, performing and becoming an assistant teacher to Anne before eventually starting my own class/dance group. I sadly haven't found time to dance for a couple of years, so I look forward to dusting off my coin belt and sharing this beautiful, fund and healthy dance form at the Trade School

Expressive art

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
OMB Room 25
Room 25, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The objective of this class is to end off the week de-stressing and winding down by using art as a therapeutic tool. It is the process of art making an exploration that is important, and not the finished product. We will be working with a variety of media. Please bring A3 or A2 size paper and a black marker pen. The class will be held in English.

Bring one of the following:
A pot of acrylic paint
Any no longer used art supplies
Paper of any colour or size
Read and 'like' the Bipolar Kids and Teens SA Facebook page
Red wine

About the teacher, Kim Jones

I am creative, loving working with expressive art as a therapeutic tool, and could use some Friday afternoon chill time playing with paint as well!

Travelling on a budget

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
OMB Room 115
Room 115, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

This class is a practical guide to travelling on a budget, targetting students or anyone on a budget. The class will look at: How to plan your travels The logistics of travelling (passports, visas and other documents and fees) Where to go based on who you are Where to go first How to budget for your personality and desires The class will be run in English

Bring one of the following:
A bag of Checkers foreign blend coffee
A journal
A packet of Maggie 2-minute noodles
Robertson Sweet Rose wine

About the teacher, Omega Shange

Omega Shange is a young creative serial entrepreneur who is involved in multiple organisations and specialises in organisational design aimed at the specific purpose of each organisation

Archaeology and 'Shoreline'

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Ngede Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal Museum
Ngede Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street (Loop Street)
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The class will be in the form of an illustrated talk on the archaeology of coastal South Africa, using my experiences from filming the TV series 'Shoreline'.

Bring one of the following:
Communicate something of what you learn to others

About the teacher, Gavin Whitelaw

I'm an archaeologist working at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum with an interest in archaeology, history and material culture of southern Africa. My research focus is on the 'Iron Age', which is a short-hand archaeological term for the archaeology of African farmers of the last 2000 years.

Behind the scenes at the museum

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Ngede Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal Museum
Ngede Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street (Loop Street)
Pietermaritzburg ZA

A guided tour of the archaeological exhibits in the museum, including those in the storerooms! The tour will be conducted n English.

Bring one of the following:
A promise to pass on something of what you learned to others

About the teacher, Gavin Whitelaw

I'm an archaeologist working at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum with an interest in archaeology, history and material culture of southern Africa. My research focus is on the 'Iron Age', which is a short-hand archaeological term for the archaeology of African farmers of the last 2000 years.

How to knit socks

10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
OMB Room 24
Room 24, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The class will cover the basic of how to knit socks, using an extremely good method for turning the heel (often a difficulty in sock-knitting!). Students will be provided with a detailed pattern, and the wool they will need. During the class, you will knit a pair of socks for a baby. Please bring a circular needle, at least 60cms long, 2.25mm (you should be able to find these at any decent haberdasher - if you have difficulties, please contact us.

Bring one of the following:
bring chocolate or some other treat to share with the class!
bring sock yarn to share with others
donate the socks you knit in the class to Thandanani
new school socks for donation

About the teacher, Kate Hoole

I'm a journalist by profession and a knitter for pleasure. I like knitting socks, lace, cardigans and hats, and I firmly believe that knitting a facecloth is a worthwhile enterprise: it's fun to do, and the facecloth is nice to use.

Basic jewellery and bead-making

11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
OMB Room 25
Room 25, Old Main Building, King Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

In this class you will learn how to make simple jewellery projects, and how to make your own beads. Please bring straws, colorful thread or wool, and/or old magazines or newspaper (preferably advertisements) for use in the class. The class will be offered in English.

Bring one of the following:
A creative personality
A friendly attitude and willingness to share
one packet of beads
one packet of buttons

About the teacher, Tessa Naiker

A busy mother and administrator who finds refuge in creativity.

An academic fixer

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
OMB Room 23
Room 23, Old Main Building, Kind Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Some non-conventional academic tips which actually work! Targeting anyone trying to write a thesis, the presentation will look at academic work from a student view point in a bid to better understand the general housekeeping work of a supervisor. We look at how to take the stress out thesis 'technicalities'.

Bring one of the following:
An open mind
Promise to help another students with the things you have learned
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Stephen Phiri

Stephen Phiri is a lecturer and PhD student in Education and Development. Over a number of years, Stephen has provided advice and academic assistance to numerous students.

Making sourdough bread

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
OMB Room 23
Room 23, Old Main Building, Kind Edward Avenue, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The class will cover the basics of how to make no-knead sourdough bread. Since we will not actually be able to make the bread, we will simply go through the process up to the point of baking, and then enjoy a delicious loaf of already-made sourdough bread! Students will be given sourdough starter to take away with them. Please bring an appropriate container. The class will be conducted in English.

Bring one of the following:
a bag of Champaign Valley bread flour to share with others
fresh, free range eggs
homemade jam or marmalade to eat with the bread

About the teacher, Kate Hoole

I'm a journalist by profession and a knitter for pleasure. I like knitting socks, lace, cardigans and hats, and I firmly believe that knitting a facecloth is a worthwhile enterprise: it's fun to do, and the facecloth is nice to use.

Hosting a radio show

3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Education Building, Room 43
Room 43, Education Building, C/o Golf and Ridge Roads
Scottsville ZA

A basic introduction to hosting a radio show in the form of input, groupwork, role-play, research and actual participation on my radio show #TheWorkZone (Tuesdays 20h15-21h15; Facebook-Twitter @workzonematters). Things to bring for the class: Audio-recording device/phone

Bring one of the following:
a ride to/from airport
a squash match or two at Virgin Active Cascades
administrative assistance
An office pot-plant
improve and update the Theology and Development Programme website (http://theologyanddevelopment.ukzn.ac.za)
research assistance
some voice-training and feedback
teach me how to roller-blade

About the teacher, Clint Le Bruyns

Activist, theologian, radio presenter. I am based at UKZN as director and senior lecturer for the Theology and Development Programme. I am energised by people who love to learn, to laugh, to dance, to read, to travel, to walk along the beach, and to contribute to the lives of others.

Traditional beer brewing

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Education Building, Room 21
Room 21, Education Building, Golf Road
Scottsville ZA

The class will inform you about the ingredients needed to make traditional beer, such as imithombo. It will then demonstrate how to mix these ingredients. Come prepared to take notes and have fun.

Bring one of the following:
Any non-fiction book you do not mind giving away
Art pictures
Chocolate
Garden flowers
Wine

About the teacher, Sthembiso Thusi

I am a 24 year old environmental science student who was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg.

Church Land Programme Flat
Church Land Programme Flat 4, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

You will learn to cast on, do the knit and purl stitches and cast off, by knitting a facecloth. These are the basic skills you need to start becoming a knitter. And you will have a useful item to keep or give away. Anyone is welcome to attend, from the age of about 10, to the age of about 90! Bring knitting needles, 4 or 5 mm size, and a ball of cotton or bamboo yarn to use (cotton is available at Wool and Haby, Thimbles and Threads in Hilton (Lower Quarry) has a wider range.) I will bring some extra balls of yarn to sell to those who can't get to the shops. This class will be offered in English

Bring one of the following:
An extra ball or cotton or bamboo yarn, to knit facecloths for inclusion in packs for survivors of rape (keen learners can knit the cloths)
chocolate or biscuits to share with the class or leave for other classes
flowers from your garden
soap or deodorant for care packs for survivors of rape

About the teacher, Kate Hoole

I'm a journalist by profession and a knitter for pleasure. I like knitting socks, lace, cardigans and hats, and I firmly believe that knitting a facecloth is a worthwhile enterprise: it's fun to do, and the facecloth is nice to use.

The rise of democracy from below

10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Church Land Programme Boardroom
Church Land Programme Boardroom, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The lecture seeks to cover how the power of the organised masses is vested in ordinary people to effect change. This power could be in the form of an ‘’x’’ for individuals to ascend the office, or putting people above the office. This power has led to the fall of the eThekwini Metro Empire and opens new possibilities of engagement with popular struggles like Abahlali baseMjondolo. Please bring pen and paper, and, if you can, any visuals showing people's power to consider in the class. This class will be offered in English and isiZulu as needed.

Bring one of the following:
Food items to help those affected in the recent floods
Old blankets to help those affected in the recent floods
Second hand clothes to help those affected by the recent floods

About the teacher, Sbu Zikode

S'bu Zikode is an activist who has spent his time trying to build the power of the impoverished from below

Mzala Nxumalo Centre
Mzala Nxumalo Centre, Suite 1, 51 Macleroy Road, Northern Park
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The Mzala Nxumalo Centre opened last year in July with the official launch of the Centre on 4 December 2015. We have bee hosting a series of seminars that focus on contemporary issues in South Africa as well as the work of Mzala Nxumalo. As part of our vision and mission we would like to introduce a wider audience to his work and activism. The seminar will give a brief history of Mzala, his work and contribution to the liberation struggle. It will also draw some lessons from his work and discuss practical application for activism in communities. notepads and pens will be provided. This class will be offered in English and isiZulu as needed.

Bring one of the following:
A bag of coffee
An open mind and willingness to engage
Post the event and your thoughts on Facebook afterwards
Secondhand books for our library – research, political, biography and any other academic works
Something to eat to share with the class

About the teacher, Percy Ngonyama

Percy Ngonyama is current doing his Phd at UKZN. He has been commissioned by the Mzala Centre to do a biography on Mzala Nxumalo. Percy has had a long history being involved in community grassroots activism. He brings both the intellectual but also the practical of activist politics and is passionate about ‘education for change’.

How to make a short film

11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
Education Building, Room 21
Room 21, Education Building, Golf Road
Scottsville ZA

The class will be teaching basic skills on video-making. It will educate you about the importance of videos in this day and age. There will be live video editing in the class.

Bring one of the following:
A list of the best 5 movies you've ever seen, and why
Agree to teach one other person what you learned
Any old DVD you have
Bring something to eat to share with the class
Enthusiasm
Help set up the class beforehand, and clean up afterwards

About the teacher, Ayanda Doncabe

I am a 23 year old videomaker and photographer. I am currently doing a postgraduate degree in journalism and mass media studies. My area of specialisation is video production. I am interested in studying and making videos.

Biodiversity for Beginners

12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Garden area outside the Education Building, UKZN PMB campus
Garden area next to Education Building, Golf Road, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Biodiversity refers to all the plant and animal species on earth, that form the fabric of the natural world. Increasingly people are becoming disconnected from the natural world and no longer see or understand the vital importance of these species in our lives. This is a participatory activity-based session to learn about the importance of biodiversity. It is meant to be fun and interesting and hopefully leave you with a taste for more. This class is aimed at educators who would like to address the issue of biodiversity and for anyone else who is interested in learning more about the topic.

Bring one of the following:
Bring an indigenous plant/s to give to someone else in the group to plant (with instructions)
Bring cake or biscuits for tea
Commit to planting an indigenous tree or shrub (state where and when and what). Commit to "Adopting a spot" a small defined area where you will support natural habitat (clear rubbish and aliens, plant indigenous.)
Decide on an action that will spread enthusiasm for Biodiversity....write your own commitment after the session and email it to all participants.

About the teacher, Morag Peden

I am an environmental education lecturer at the School of Education at UKZN. I am interested in using hands-on participatory methods of teaching in order to engage students and learners around environmental issues. I have a particular interest in biodiversity and completed my Masters study on grassland biodiversity at Cathedral Peak. I am currently working on a PhD on farmer learning around biodiversity conservation on sugar cane farms in the KZN midlands.

Church Land Programme Boardroom
Church Land Programme Boardroom, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

In this class I will speak about the country which is the heart of Africa, DRC, and the Patrice Lumumba legacy. I will look at the reasons why people from the DRC have fled our country to come to South Africa, and our experiences of living here (including xenophobia). Finally, I will focus on Ideas of Pan-Africanism to unite Africa from Cape to Cairo. If possible, please bring a USB to get some articles supporting my lecture. I can speak English, French and Swahili.

Bring one of the following:
Promise to tell one other person what you learned
Spiritual, physical and material support for our organization to keep its work growing

About the teacher, Raphael Bahebwa Kabambire

I am activist pastor, and president of a social movement call “Congolese Solidarity Campaign” (CSC). We are working in partnership with Abahlali Base Mjondolo SA Movement.

How to crochet a square

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Education Building, Room 22
Room 22, Education Building, Golf Road
Scottsville ZA

PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED It is not affected by the suspension of the academic programme on campus. Once you can crochet a square, you can make a blanket or scarf or hat? In this class you will learn: - three different basic crotchet stitches - how to create a square using the new stitches that you learn - how to use the squares you make to create a blanket, scarf or hat What should you bring? - crotchet hook of any size (recommended beginner size: 4mm) Crotchet hooks can be bought from any wool shop, craft shop or material shop for about R 10. I will have spare crotchet hooks for students to borrow during the lesson. - wool of your preferred or favourite colour. Bring more than one colour of wool if you would like your square to be more colourful! An individual square doesn't need a lot of wool so if you have scraps or left overs bring them too!

Bring one of the following:
A copy of your favourite recipe
A second hand children's book for donation
An interesting second hand or bargain book to read
An isiZulu for beginners lesson
Surprise me!
Teach me something - anything!
Vegetable seeds

About the teacher, Lisa

I'm a student and sometime radio DJ. I love crocheting and playing with wool. I'm a huge fan of superhero movies and I make great cake!

Aerobics

3:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Education Building, Room 19
Room 19, Education Building, Golf Road
Scottsville ZA

PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED. It is not affected by the suspension of the academic programme on campus this week. This class will involve fitness and health tips for everyone, focusing on workouts that can be done in the comfort of one’s home with or without any workout equipment, and simple diet plans for a healthier lifestyle. The class will give you an opportunity to get in touch with your body, help focus your mind and get your body more active. Come in comfortable gym clothes and bring with you a bottle of water, a yoga mat or/and a towel.

Bring one of the following:
Vocal training lessons
Beginner’s Lessons in IsiZulu
Flower or vegetable seeds
Sewing lessons
Trade me a class
Workout dumbbells
Workout playlist

About the teacher, Chisenga Kamukwamba

I am from Zambia and here in SA as an Honours student at UKZN studying Theology and Development. I have been involved in aerobics for over two years now, and just like the class. I usually workout from home because of busy schedules. Occasionally I do join a fitness club (aerobics group) for motivation. Overall, I hope to share what I've learnt over the past years and show how little it costs to be fit and healthy

Behind the scenes at the museum

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Ngede Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal Museum
Ngede Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street (Loop Street)
Pietermaritzburg ZA

A guided tour of the archaeological exhibits in the museum, including those in the storerooms! A unique opportunity to see what new findings are currently being prepared, and what is not normally exhibited. The tour will be conducted in English.

Bring one of the following:
A promise to pass on what you learned to one other person
A question
An 'archeological' finding of your own! (you can take it away again afterwards)
Enthusiasm
One bottle of local craft beer!

About the teacher, Gavin Whitelaw

I'm an archaeologist working at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum with an interest in archaeology, history and material culture of southern Africa. My research focus is on the 'Iron Age', which is a short-hand archaeological term for the archaeology of African farmers of the last 2000 years.

Centre for Visual Arts
Centre for Visual Arts, Ridge Road
Scottsville ZA

PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED. It is not affected by the suspension of the academic programme on campus. This class will look at how to conceptualise a multi-dimensional object using the concept of cadaver exquisite. Recyclable objects (objects you don't mind destroying!) will be appropriated and reconfigured (and assembled) to create something from your own imagination. Bring old or new recyclable objects; brown box tape; scissors or anything else to cut into the objects you bring to assemble. This class will be run in English.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of red wine
A jar of Nescafe Gold
Enthusiasm!
Help in cleaning up afterwards
Slips of succulants (or other hardy plants) to add to the garden outside CVA

About the teacher, Rory Klopper

I am currently completing a Masters degree in Fine Art at the Centre for Visual Art, UKZN. My work in automatic assemblage explores the grotesque and identity's multiplicity.

Basics of birding and bird ringing

6:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Darville Sewerage Works
Darville Sewerage Works, New England Road
Pietermaritzburg ZA

South Africa has a variety of habitats which creates an amazing diversity of birds with more than 800 species. There are also about 150 species that are endemic, meaning they are found no where else in the world. Because of this birding is a popular hobby and many people become very serious about it. For a beginner birder it can be overwhelming. In this class we will start with the basics of birding. You will also be exposed to the world of bird ringing and be able to see birds up close. Class objectives: - Learn how to use a bird book effectively - Learn how to use binoculars - Be able to narrow down a bird for identification - Learn about bird ringing Please bring pencils and paper for notes. Binoculars and bird field guides (if possible, and if not we can provide some for the class). People need to be field prepared so things like appropriate field clothes and shoes (gumboots are ideal), a hat, water, a snack (to share if you like), etc. This class will be offered in English only. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CLASS IS WEATHER-DEPENDENT! Should there be constant rain on the day, the class will be rescheduled for September.

Bring one of the following:
Cardboard loo roll or paper towel centre (or even fabric roll centres)
empty egg boxes (any sizes)
Old blankets/underfelt
Old fishtank/aquarium equipment (e.g. filters, heaters, pumps, pipes, rocks)
Perches for aviaries
River stones and drift wood
Yoghurt/ice-cream containers

About the teacher, Preshnee Singh and Ebrahim Ally

We represent the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus. We work with many different types of animals on various research projects. We teach and train our students with the necessary skills to do better research in biology. Some of these skills include animal handling, trapping, identification, research planning, data analysis, etc. We train our students working with birds on bird handling, identification and ringing. Ebrahim Ally is the Animal House technician on campus and his facility is where we house and do experiments on animals. Preshnee Singh is currently working as Prof Downs research assistant and is involved with various research projects. Karin Nelson helps us do bird ringing at Darvilleonce a month and is an experienced bird ringer. She also trains our students who are interested in getting their bird ringing licences and has been involved in a few of our research projects with birds.

Centre for Visual Arts
Centre for Visual Arts, Ridge Road
Scottsville ZA

PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED. It is not affected by the suspension of the academic programme on campus. The class will take you from how to design a drawing (using Computer Assisted Drawing programme Inventor 2017); to converting this into an STL file; to how a 3D printer works, to printing out the final item. This class will be run in English.

Bring one of the following:
Enthusiasm!
Slip of a succulent or aloe for the CVA garden
Something to eat to share with the class
Tell one other person about what you learned in the class

About the teacher, Jaap Jacobs

I am a fitter and turner by trade; CAD trained, with a national diploma in project management, product development, automotive design. I have managed a production studio. I am an art maker, and am currently a post grad student in visual art.

Church Land Programme Flat
Church Land Programme Flat 4, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Come and learn simple and unique ways to upcycle and recycle materials into wearable jewellery pieces. The class will be very informal and relaxed and you will have the space to share your know hows and how to with everyone. Looking forward to meeting new people and sharing ideas. Things to bring to the class: Clean and empty plastic bottles, a pair of scissors. Yarn, beads and anything you want to embellish your jewellery with. Alternatively you could bring along anything that you would want to upcycle into jewellery.

Bring one of the following:
a cheerful attitude
a note book (any size, blank or lined pages)
a small packet of beads;
something small to share for tea
wool or yarn

About the teacher, Tessa Naiker

A busy mother and administrator who finds refuge in creativity.

Bessie Head Library
Bessie Head Library, Church Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

You’d be amazed at everything that goes on in your local public library! This is a unique opportunity to be part of a guided tour of the Bessie Head library – the parts you’ve seen, and the parts you haven’t – and hear about what goes on there. Find out how the materials in the library are catalogued in the Cataloguing department; visit the archives/legal deposit section, where everything published in South Africa has to be deposited; find out more about the research section, children’s library, and computer facilities available to the public; learn about the meeting spaces available for you to use; hear about the poetry group, and the creative writing group, and all the other activities going on ‘behind the scenes’. This class will be conducted in English

Bring one of the following:
A promise to tell one other person all the wonderful things that happen in your library!
A5 notebooks for activities run by the library
Coloured paper for activities run by the library
Crayons for activities run by the library
Plain white A4 printing cardboard

About the teacher, Shanitha Bhim

Learn Highland Dancing

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Centre for Visual Arts
Centre for Visual Arts, Ridge Road
Scottsville ZA

PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED. It is not affected by the suspension of the academic programme on campus. In this class I will o teach a basic fling o do an introduction to sword dancing o teach an easy group country dance. There will be something for everyone, working at all ability and fitness levels. I encourage all people of all ages from 4 upwards to attend, and would welcome those with disabilities, both visible and hidden. This is an opportunity to try out Highland dancing to see whether you would like to do more of it. PLEASE BRING WITH: • Clothes – please wear shorts (shorty or knee-length) and a tee-shirt (Close-fitting, not too baggy) or a leotard, with a track-suit over. • Feet – dancing will be bare-foot unless you have Highland, soft Irish, ballet, or country pumps. Dancing in sox only is not encouraged because of risk of injury. Cannot be done in sneakers/trainers/’tekkies’/school shoes. • Sticks – from your garden waste heap, or walking sticks, or crutches, or broom sticks or mops, or ‘tight’ umbrellas – 2 sticks about 100-120cm long to double-up as swords as I do not have enough. Ties also work! Or rope… • Water – in a plastic bottle • Facecloth or towel • A Sense of humour

Bring one of the following:
A donation of cleaned recycling material (wash the bottles, cans etc!) for the Ashburton employment project
Art/craft class
Fresh fruit
Fresh veggies
Pre-loved craft materials
Surprise me!
The use of a pick-up to remove the sticks not used as swords from my garden to donate to cub-scouts for campfires
Vegan food items
Wine (wrapped in a brown paper bag!)

About the teacher, Noleen Loubser

I have a PhD in Psychology and teach in Politics! It is Highland dancing that enables me to lay any claims to sanity... I started learning as an adult with the belief that it is never too late to have a happy childhood, and found it to be beneficial on multiple levels, setting the scene for one of my retirement plans of going into dance and movement therapy. I myself have struggled with a learning disability and have seen the remedial potential of Highland dancing. I am a qualified and registered Highland dance teacher in both Scotland and South Africa, and would love to revive an interest for three reasons: o It is a beautiful art form o It is excellent exercise o It has so many therapeutic benefits I no longer compete, but delight in seeing my dancers do well at competitions, and enjoy doing demonstrations for those who like to watch this beautiful dancing.

Ronald MacMillan Lecture Theatre
Ronald MacMillan Lecture Theatre, Golf Road
Scottsville ZA

A lot has transpired since the #fessmustfall movement officially began in 2015. Most importantly, students are still not satisfied with the outcomes, particularly relating to access to education. At the same time, other important issues, such as institutional culture and the quality of education in South African institutions of higher learning, (re)emerged from this movement. This panel discussion will be led by three students from the University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Cape Town and Rhodes University to share their stories and reflections. It will also invite attendees to actively engage in the conversation by exchanging their knowledge, stories and reflections regarding the topic. To enhance the overall quality of the conversation, students are invited to bring along the following: Pen and paper An item about #feesmustfall from media/social media Their knowledge, experiences and views about the issue

Bring one of the following:
any newspaper/journal article about South African higher education and/or policies
anything from the hearts of those attending
teach Josh your favourite struggle song, so that he can teach students in Brazil

About the teacher, Yanda Josh and Siya

Yanda: Born and raised in Mthatha. I have two Master of Arts degrees, one in Sociology from Rhodes University and the other one in Development and Governance from University Duisburg-Essen. I am socially and academically interested and invested in youth development and education, particularly in the lives of those from rural and township areas, where the struggle for economic and social emancipation is still rife. Siya: First I was involved in the fees must fall protest, and have been informed about its causes. I also do panel discussions and interested in the discussion of social issues. Josh: I work on how education is contested by social movements in times of social rupture, particularly in South Africa and Brazil. Having previously studied at the University of Cape Town, I'm now a PhD student in the Centre of Development Studies in Cambridge. I have been involved in some preliminary attempts at international solidarity work with various student movements, including #FeesMustFall, and I'm interested in learning more about how to help support those in educational struggles.

Bessie Head Library
Bessie Head Library, Church Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

You’d be amazed at everything that goes on in your local public library! This is a unique opportunity to be part of a guided tour of the Bessie Head library – the parts you’ve seen, and the parts you haven’t – and hear about what goes on there. Find out how the materials in the library are catalogued in the Cataloguing department; visit the archives/legal deposit section, where everything published in South Africa has to be deposited; find out more about the research section, children’s library, and computer facilities available to the public; learn about the meeting spaces available for you to use; hear about the poetry group, and the creative writing group, and all the other activities going on ‘behind the scenes’. This class will be conducted in English

Bring one of the following:
A promise to tell one other person all the wonderful things that happen in your library!
A5 notebooks for activities run by the library
Coloured paper for activities run by the library
Crayons for activities run by the library
Plain white A4 printing cardboard

About the teacher, Shanitha Bhim

Bessie Head Library Auditorium
Bessie Head Library Auditorium, Old Market Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The dreaded “Fracking word” has reached KwaZulu Natal. Companies and consultants are putting on their best spin for the public in trying to get them to believe that gas from KZN will solve the SA energy crisis and that it will not harm the people and workers of KZN. This is hard on the heels of similar ventures in the Karoo, where they have failed to start exploration after years of attempts to get fracking started. The story of the energy in SA will be shared together with the story of the resistance of fracking in the Karoo and myths about energy and fracking will be busted! Please bring with you to class: Pen and paper Water from where you come from – even if it is out of a tap – 500 mls A handful of soil from where you live This class will be run in English

Bring one of the following:
A commitment to engage with groundWork and local activist beyond.
A newspaper article on fracking
A willingness to hold small discussion groups on fracking where you come from especially in isiZulu with workers on farms and the unemployed
Agree to jointly host an anti-fracking gathering in PMB
Agree to write a letter to the local media about the fact that fracking is not the solution to our energy challenges

About the teacher, Bobby Peek & Ulrich Steenkamp

Bobby is a local organiser with groundWork, an environmental NGO working with community people around South Africa who are resisting dirty energy projects. Bobby started his work in environmental justice because he was forced to live next to the Engen oil refinery which made is asthma acute. Ulrich is a local organiser with the Karoo Environmental Justice Movement, a gathering of the unemployed, farm workers and small emerging farmers in the Karoo who have been part of the struggle to push back against fracking in the Karoo.

Garden area outside the Education Building, UKZN PMB campus
Garden area next to Education Building, Golf Road, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The class will give practical guides on how to grow your vegetables within unused space in your compound and even in plastic or metal containers for there are some things you don't need to always buy in the shopping malls. You will be taught how to make your nursery with seeds like cabbage, lettuce, spinach, potatoes (both Irish and sweet), green beans. These will be organic farming using compost and animal dungs. There will also be brief awareness about the importance of plants to our well-being as humans especially trees, locating some texts in the bible to support this enlightenment. Participants are encouraged to bring along with them small plastic containers (at least 2 each) and some seedlings of chili, green pepper, lettuce or cabbage for the class demonstration. Bring your garden boots and gloves. It will be fun because there will be no competition for us to get the best farmer of the year.

Bring one of the following:
Any small quantity of seedlings, e.g. onions and cabbage, green beans, two pieces of irish potatoes.
Enthusiasm!
Help setting up before the class, and helping clear up afterwards
Juice to share with the class
pears, grape, oranges, avocados or apples are also welcome to be shared after the class

About the teacher, Habila S. Kohon

I am a Pastor with Church of Christ in Nations(COCIN) with Headquarters in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. A student at the University of Kwazulu Natal in Theology and Development Department. I am passionate about environmental issues particularly tree planting and gardening. I love GREEEEEN!

Church Land Programme Boardroom
Church Land Programme Boardroom, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Waste pickers are people who collect waste by roaming the streets of different towns in South Africa and the majority are based on dumping sites. They are making a living by recycling waste thus becoming their livelihoods. They are also referred to as environmentalists in countries such as India and have gained recognition in Brazil, India, Colombia and Egypt, due to the important role they play in reducing the amount of waste in our societies. Even in South Africa recognition has taken place even though it is still a contested subject/activity. During this session we will learn about recycling from those who know it best. Focus will be on recycling and how you go about it at home, with an introduction by and about the waste pickers and who they are. Questions such as: how many are they in the country? Why did they became waste pickers, e.g. due to the system that does not have opportunities for employment. Formal and informal economy will be slightly covered. Why did they organize themselves and what are their demands from government and from people of SA? What are the environmental benefits from recycling? Demonstration will be made by waste pickers at work.

Bring one of the following:
Debate on the subject waste pickers and recycling
Discuss issue of littering and a dirty city
Share information about waste pickers and recycling, e.g. through social media, in your personal networks etc.
Share initiatives people have been involved with e.g. Separation at source
Support the struggles of waste pickers related to justice, e.g. through joining protests, marches etc. organized by waste pickers.

About the teacher, Musa Chamane

I am a waste campaigner at groundWork who hails from Pietermaritzburg. I am passionate about environmental issues and have worked for a number NGOs on various issues locally, nationally and internationally. What made me interested in the environment culminates from environmental racism in terms of having dumping sites, and toxic polluting industries located next to the people of colour.

Church Land Programme Boardroom
Church Land Programme Boardroom, 340 Burger Street
Pietermaritzburg ZA

The dreaded “Fracking word” has reached KwaZulu Natal. Companies and consultants are putting on their best spin for the public in trying to get them to believe that gas from KZN will solve the SA energy crisis and that it will not harm the people and workers of KZN. This is hard on the heels of similar ventures in the Karoo, where they have failed to start exploration after years of attempts to get fracking started. The story of the energy in SA will be shared together with the story of the resistance of fracking in the Karoo and myths about energy and fracking will be busted! Please bring with you to class: Pen and paper Water from where you come from – even if it is out of a tap – 500 mls A handful of soil from where you live This class will be run in English

Bring one of the following:
A commitment to engage with groundWork and local activist beyond.
A newspaper article on fracking
A willingness to hold small discussion groups on fracking where you come from especially in isiZulu with workers on farms and the unemployed
Agree to jointly host an anti-fracking gathering in PMB
Agree to write a letter to the local media about the fact that fracking is not the solution to our energy challenges

About the teacher, Bobby Peek & Ulrich Steenkamp

Bobby is a local organiser with groundWork, an environmental NGO working with community people around South Africa who are resisting dirty energy projects. Bobby started his work in environmental justice because he was forced to live next to the Engen oil refinery which made is asthma acute. Ulrich is a local organiser with the Karoo Environmental Justice Movement, a gathering of the unemployed, farm workers and small emerging farmers in the Karoo who have been part of the struggle to push back against fracking in the Karoo.

How to make a decent cup of coffee

2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Steampunk Cafe
Steampunk Cafe, Thokan's Garage, R103
Lion's River ZA

The class will take you through a variety of different ways to make coffee (from plunger to aeropress and beyond), and how to use them best; look at factors that affect flavour; give a brief run through of the roasting process; and finally focus on espressos. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee as part of your class! The class will be run in English.

Bring one of the following:
Any old South African money
Any venison meat
Bravecto – for a 10KG Dog
Home made lasagna
Murano Ashtray
Some saffron!

About the teacher, Michael Goddard

I’m originally from DBN and spent some time in JHB and abroad working on passenger ships (QE2 and Seabourne Odyssey) as a Sommelier and have been fortunate enough to fuel my “Lifes Fire” with many pieces of different wood from all over the World. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in a top marketing company (The Win Win Group) and introduce noteable products too (Vitamin Water and Marley Coffee). My upbringing was relatively typical of a spoilt little shit and only after really forcing myself to take responsibility for who I was and how I did things, I realised that a change had to happen as I was going nowhere. Since getting into coffee, I’ve found it to be a sort of cocoon for me, encouraging and allowing a new direction of growth and change that was very much needed. It’s the ultimate teacher for someone like me. Details count and things can always be done better. That’s myself and Coffee in a nutshell.