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Non-stop Dusi

Posted on Fri February 10, 2017.

DATE : March 3 2017

History

Steve Black and John Murray sowed the seed for the challenge of “doing the Dusi in a day” when they completed the full Dusi course in a day shortly after the 1985 Dusi. After that it was run informally by likeminded paddlers when river conditions were favourable, until the race was formalised in 1997.
The early races were dominated by brothers John and Andrew Edmonds, who won the inaugural Non-Stop in 1997 in 8 hrs 42 mins, beating Wayne Volek and Gary Clarke, and Glenn Hilliar and Kenny Reynolds. Debbie Whitton and Wendy White were the first female winners, after paddling for 10hrs 36 mins. In all 14 crews finished the first Non-Stop.
The word quickly spread, and the entry started to snowball year on year. Husqvarna sponsored several of the early races as the interest in this extreme event gathered momentum. Bruce and Heather Wenke were the first mixed doubles crew to do the race, when they won the class in 1998.
Fezela stalwarts Brad Grobbler and Shane Houting hold the record for the longest Non-Stop, with the 2003 finish of 15 hrs 28 mins.
Stihl took over the title sponsorship in 2005, a year when Valley Of a Thousand Hills icons Loveday Zondi and Thomas Ngidi both raced onto the podium.

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Art in the Park

Posted on Fri February 10, 2017.

The 54th Art in the Park took place on 4-8 May 2016 at KZN National Botanical Garden, Pietermaritzburg.
Notwithstanding bad weather on Saturday and Sunday, 07 and 8 May 2016 respectively, sales of just above R1,1M were recorded.

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Royal Agricultural Show

Posted on Fri February 10, 2017.

Show Details
Dates & Times of Show
Opening Time
09h00 daily
Closing Times
Friday, 26 May – 18h00
Saturday, 27 May – 19h30
Sunday 28 May to Friday, 2 June – 18h00
Saturday, 3 June – 19h30
Sunday, 4 June – 18h00

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Comrades Marathon

Posted on Fri February 10, 2017.

04 June 2017

The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km (approx. 56 miles) which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race.

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2016 Maritzburg Social Justice Film & Arts Festival

Posted on Mon October 24, 2016.

2016 Maritzburg Social Justice Film & Arts Festival (themed: Imagine we all resisted…together…wherever we are). It is hosted by PACSA in collaboration with UKZN’s Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives. The festival will be held from 28 to 29 October 2016, at the University of KwaZulu Natal’s Pietermaritzburg's main campus, situated in King Edward Avenue, PMB. Come experience local and international films, photograph exhibition by Cedric Nunn, Poetry and music

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