• Berge & Dale back after two years!
The popular cycling event based in Krugersdorp Berge & Dale will be back for the 22nd edition at Protearif Primary on February 26-27. After having to cancel the 2021 edition due to the uncertainties linked to Covid-19, the organizers of Slipstream Events are delighted to welcome runners back to this event renowned for its difficult and hilly course – in particular the sting in the climb from the tail to the finish. After the 109km, which is an official ranking event for Ride Joburg, and the 60km road races on Saturday, the event will also introduce a mountain bike event with distances of 45km and 20km at Kings Kloof. The 45km mountain bike race, with 1000m of elevation gain, is challenging and technical, and should only be attempted by fit and experienced mountain bikers. New sections will be cut for the 20 km race. Race director Erick Oosthuizen said the Berge & Dale has become an iconic West Rand event since its inception 22 years ago. Registration closes February 18, or as soon as registration limits are reached: Road – 2,000 participants; Mountain biking – 500 registered. Enter the www.bergeendale.co.za.
• Friends of Kloofendal events in January
Why not spend the summer walking in nature and learning about scary critters, insect bites, flowers, trees and more? Don’t miss the Friends of Kloofendal events below:
• Guided nature walks on January 22
Walks are generally easy and most events are suitable for all ages. Please wear walking shoes. It is recommended to bring a hat, sunscreen and refreshments. The meeting point is the Kloofendal Eco Center. Cost – Daytime events: R90 adults, R70 retirees, R50 children. Evenings: R110 adults, R90 retirees, R60 children. Reservations here. For more information on events, contact Karin on 079 693 5608.
• Grass Identification Course 1 on January 22
Presented by Karin Spottiswoode. To take A practical guide to the grasses of southern Africa by Frits van Oudtshoorn is recommended. What to bring: Ruler, pencil, magnifying glass and camping stool. Time: 08:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• Frog party on January 22
Join Michael Ormond on this evening walk through the wetland and surrounding Klofendal Nature Reserve, where you’ll experience the animals and sounds of the night! Participants can expect to learn about the characteristics of frogs, how to find them, and how to identify the different species of frogs in the reserve. This two-hour guided walk is suitable for families. The distance covered will be approximately 2 km. All animals will be released where they are!
Bring a torch and suitable shoes (no high heels or flip flops). Bring a torch, rubber boots (or shoes you’re not afraid to get wet), something to drink, and a snack. Participants must be reasonably mobile and capable. This walk is suitable for children. Children (under 13) must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are made online and are limited to 20 people. This event will take place regardless of the weather. FroK will supply the nets. Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Geological walk on January 29
Kloofendal Nature Reserve is located at the intersection of two major geological faults, the Rietfontein and Witpoortjie Faults, creating a geological complexity that ultimately made possible the formation of gold and the establishment of Johannesburg. Guide: Steve Spottiswoode. Time: 08:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
• Wildflower Walk on January 29
Join Karin Spottiswoode on a walk through Kloofendal Nature Reserve to learn about the diversity of flowering plants and how to identify them. Illustrated list of wildflowers in Kloofendal Nature Reserve by Dr Jan van Wyk is available for purchase at R120 during this event. This booklet describes more than 348 species of flowers that can be found in the reserve. Time: 08:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
• Morning walk of the Creepy Crawlies on January 29
Join Jonathan Leeming on a morning walk through Kloofendal Nature Reserve during which participants will be introduced to some of the creepy critters that call the reserve home. All animals are released where they came from. This popular event teaches conservation and respect for all creatures – an essential understanding for nurturing the next generation who will inherit the future. Please wear suitable shoes (no high heels or flip flops) and bring a small bottle of water. Participants must be reasonably mobile and capable. This walk is suitable for children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 08:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
• Reptile walk on January 30
Look for snakes, lizards, geckos, skins, turtles and terrapins in the reserve with guide Michael Ormond. Time: 08:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Contact Karin Spottiswoode on 079 693 5608, visit their website www.kloofendalfriends.org.za or their Facebook page: Friends of Kloofendal Nature Reserve.
• Magalies Monster and Platinum Trail Run 2022
Registration is open for the Fedhealth Magalies Monster MTB Classic 2022 on Saturday June 4 and the Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run on Sunday June 5 which will take place at ATKV Buffelspoort in the North West Province. It’s the perfect weekend getaway for families looking for adventure. Both events offer routes that incorporate the best trails offered in the Magaliesberg. No matter how far you ride, mountain bikers and trail runners can expect an exciting challenge on the course. Both events also offer a 2.5 km distance for young adventurers. Families can expect to spend the whole weekend outdoors celebrating health and wellness. For more information and/or to participate in the Fedhealth Magalies Monster MTB Classic or the Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run, visit www.stillwatersports.com or email [email protected].
• Appreciate the culture and history of Melville Koppies
Recent visitors to Melville Koppies have been delighted to learn about its culture and history. A Zulu teacher is keen to take her students to see artifacts and tools that were used by the Tswana/Sotho-speaking people who once lived on the Koppies, and get them to try grinding sorghum on the millstones there. Another group of friends happily shared their knowledge passed down through the generations with a guide by Melville Koppies. Melville Koppies is open every Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Choose between a 5 km self-guided scenic hiking trail and the 3 km self-guided heritage trail. Or join a 90-minute guided tour starting at 08:30 sharp from the Reception Hut on Judith Road. Please book on [email protected]. You can also grab a map of the many trails and simply explore where your feet take you. On the first Sunday of each month, departing at 08:00 sharp, join an 8 km hike. The hike includes Melville Koppies Central and East, and you should be reasonably fit. Adults R80, children R40; subscription for one year per adult – R500 (non-transferable). Security on the Koppies is assured; Park in a secure car park opposite the Marks Park entrance on Judith Road, Emmarentia. Contact [email protected] to know more. To verify www.mk.org.za for more detailed history information and what you can see, or click here.
Movies not to be missed!
• DOGTANIAN AND THE THREE MUSKEHOUNDS – From January 7
Dogtanian is a young swordsman who dreams of joining the legendary Muskehounds. After proving his skills and earning their trust, he and the Muskehounds must defend the king against the evil Cardinal Richelieu’s secret plot to seize power.
• THE LOST GIRL – From January 14
Alone on vacation by the sea, Leda becomes engrossed in a young mother and her daughter as she watches them on the beach. Troubled by their compelling relationship (and their loud, threatening extended family), Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion, and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and disturbing world of her own mind, where she is forced to confront the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences.
• LIQUORICE PIZZA – From January 28
It’s the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film traces the treacherous navigation of first love.
• MOONFALL – From February 4
At Roland Emmerich MOON FALL, a mysterious force knocks the Moon out of its orbit around Earth and sends it on a collision course with life as we know it. Just weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA director and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson), and conspiracy theorist KC Houseman (John Bradley) believe her. The unlikely heroes will mount an impossible ultimate mission in space to discover that our Moon is not what we think it is.
• BLACKLIGHT – From February 25
Travis Block, a shadowy government agent who specializes in taking down agents whose covers have been exposed, uncovers a deadly conspiracy within his own ranks that reaches into the highest echelons of power.
• Silverstar pop-up market
A weekend in Silverstar Square means enjoying a bit of shopping in their pop-up market, a delicious meal with family and friends in one of the many restaurants, while live music from talented premises fills the air. Find everything from arts, crafts, decor and fashion to toys, foods and treats. There’s something for everyone at the Silverstar Pop-up Market. Free entry. Visit their website for more information.