Clipboard: what’s on in Harare

Clipboard – November 27 2015

mbirahomeHere is this week’s Clipboard, with its usual selection of items of activity in and around Harare in coming weeks. If you have something you would like to tell people about, then e-mail information to [email protected] and it will be included. This e-newsletter includes information about arts, theatre, sport and business events – in fact, about anything!  If you would like NOT to receive this e-mail (which is sent text only to keep it very small and easily downloadable) then also advise us at that address. Please pass this e-mail on to your family, friends and colleagues, so that everyone is better informed about what’s on.

Running until Saturday November 28 – LitFest International. A literature festival at various venues. This year will mark the first full-scale edition of the festival, after its inaugural run last year as a series of events. It will feature writers, critics, readers, performance poets, theatre artists, musicians and journalists drawn from Zimbabwe and abroad. The participants and performers will include veterans as well as young, up and coming practitioners. Those coming from outside Zimbabwe  include writers Han Lynn (from Burma) and Elisabeth Beanca Horverson (from Norway). Locally based participants will include writers and critics, Memory Chirere, Shimmer Chinodya, Dr Ibbo Mandaza, Pathisa Nyathi, Kizito Muchemwa, Shepherd Mutamba, Joyce Jenje-Makwenda, Cynthia Marangwanda, Tendai Maduwa, Ray Mawerera, Isabella Matambanadzo, Lawrence Hoba, Fungai Machirori, Biko Mutsaurwa and many more. Music performances will be by Gary Tight, Jairos Chabvonga, Ticha Muzavazi and others. Poetry/spoken-word will be delivered by Cynthia  Marangwanda, Linda Gabriel, Philani Nyoni, and some of the visiting writers. Radio personality, J-Boss (Jabulani Hove) will lead a session in which he will be discussing lyrical content with some musicians. The festival activities will be run at the University of Zimbabwe, SAPES Trust, Theatre in the Park, the British Council and at Gallery Delta. The detailed festival programme is available online and at the venues. For more information, contact: Chirikure Chirikure on 0772 335040, e-mail: [email protected] or Elizabeth Muchemwa on 0773 255694, e-mail: [email protected]

Friday November 27 – Rob Moore sings and plays live. Reps Theatre main bar. All welcome and no entry fee. Rob starts playing 6.30pm. Drinks available for all.

Friday November 27 – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Anglican Cathedral, Sam Nujoma Street/Nelson Mandela Avenue. 6pm start. Arundel School choir and organist Ruth Chard. Parking at that time of the evening in the Cathedral vicinity is not a problem.

Friday November 27 – One Night Only. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise. Jaybone, Sheraine and Kurt Rusike collaborating to bring you a night of musical craziness combined with video. Intimate and audience friendly with lots for you to take with you… but for one night only. Entry $10.

Friday November 27 – Late Night with Carl Joshua Ncube. 7pm, 5 Maasdorp Avenue, Alexandra Park. In the build-up to his Comedy Central debut in South Africa on December 5, stand-up comedian  Carl Joshua Ncube introduces himself as Africa’s newest late night host, performing his first news satire show. Tickets $10 each, on sale at the venue already. Tel: (04) 252785

Friday November 27 – Wine tasting at Inn On The Vumba. Make a weekend of it, with a special rate of $280 for two people for two nights, including dinner, bed and breakfast, plus the wine tasting. Tasting starts 6pm, includes wines from Cape Wine. More information from Inn On The Vumba, call (020) 60722. It’s not too late – so book and come!

Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28 – Harare Festive Fayre. A showcase for Zimbabwe’s finest arts, crafts and food artisans. Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 3pm. The Palms Estate, 16A Stonechat Lane, Greystone Park (links Gaydon Road and Crowhill Road). Secure parking. Proceeds to charity

Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28 – Bohemian Bucket and Frangipani. A Bohemian day highlighting a range of pop up shops, including Burnt Earth Designs, The Verandah Gallery, Labour of Love, Nespresso Coffee Pods, Rani and others.   Venue: 38 Mount Pleasant Drive. Friday 8.30am to 6pm; Saturday from 9am – 12 noon.

Saturday November 28 – Dandaro Christmas Fair. Dandaro Community Centre, 9am to 1pm. Further details please contact Barbara on 0774 186353  or (04) 870655. All welcome.

Saturday November 28  – Three-hour ZUMBATHON. In aid of Girls Wisdom Hub beneficiaries: St Rupert’s Mayer Mission, and St Peter’s Kubatana in Mbare. Venue: St Georges College. Registration 5.30 am, event time 6am to 9.00am. Adults $5 children under-12 $1. Entertainment for children: jumping castle and water slide. Cold refreshments and egg rolls or boerewors rolls. Our team has partnered with a small NGO, Girls Wisdom Hub, run by Father Joe Arimoso, the Rector of St George’s College, aided by the Parish Priest, Father Gilbert Banda, to help raise awareness of the plight of girls at school in rural areas, and to raise funds for urgent and pressing needs such as school fees, sanitary towels and water. More information from and queries to Diana Vlahakis 0772 407403, Tembi Ndubiwa 0774 175909, Ethel Rollo 0773 491280.

Saturday November 28 – Monster Music Fest. An alcohol-free event at Old Georgians’ Club. Something for the under- 18s. With DJ Sh3zz. Entry $10, includes food. Book online at or call 0712 406960 for more info.

Saturday November 28 – Evening of Inspiration. 7 Arts Theatre, Avondale, 8pm. Tickets $30 and $20, available from Universal Sports Club o by calling 0772 335529. All proceeds go towards building a clinic at Hatcliffe Extension. Performing: Zain Bhikha, a South African singer-songwriter who performs Islamic nasheed songs. Associated with other Muslim musicians, including Yusuf Islam and Dawud Wharnsby, Bhikha has collaborated on albums and also released several solo albums; Joey Rasdien, a South African comedian, writer and actor best known as a writer and performer on the SABC1 sketch comedy series Pure Monate Show, from 2003-2004. He currently stars as Ben Rasdien in his first television sitcom, Rasdien, which premiered on SABC2 on Friday 5 November 2010. He created, co-produced, co-wrote and stars in the series. He also stars in the SABC2 variety comedy show Colour TV, in 2011.

Sunday November 29 – Meikles Hotel Centenary high tea. Enjoy high tea for $12 per person and also enjoy a history talk on the hotel, followed by tour of hotel and surrounds, ending with a wine tasting. A super afternoon for all ages. Book by calling switchboard on (04) 707721or e-mailing [email protected]. Only a few places left for this Sunday so call as soon as possible. You can also book for the remaining high tea session on December 13 and 27.

Sunday November 29 – Harare Philharmonic Orchestra performance. Introducing the Harare Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Roz  Whaley, concert master Cabby Stirling. Top instrumentalists from Zimbabwe and the Southern African region bring you a musical treat of symphonic masterpieces and stirring Christmas arrangements. Also featuring the voices of Nigel Hopkins and Molly Dzangare. Performance title: A Symphonic  Christmas. 3pm, Harare International School Theatre. Secure parking. Entry by donation.

Sunday November 29 – A Concert for the Christmas Season. St John’s College, 6pm. Special guests: the Heuglin Tenors (Lorna Kelly Studio) and Erich Oskar Huetter, world-renowned cellist from Austria, as well as invited Harare musicians and, of course, boys from St John’s College. Secure parking available. Teas and refreshments served afterwards, and a retiring collection will be taken. The concert is generously sponsored by the Austrian Honorary Consul, Dr Milan Djordjevic.

Sunday 29th November  – Advent Day Service. St George’s College Chapel.  A liturgical service of readings, prayer and carols. Starts 7pm. Christmas fare offered as refreshments afterwards. Everyone’s welcome to join in this wonderful annual event.  No charge, of course. For additional information please contact [email protected]

Tuesday December 1 – Fun quiz night. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.Quizmaster Matthew Shadwell.

Tuesday December 1 – Carols at Chisipite Senior School. 6pm start, Chisipite Senior school Chapel. Music will be played from 5.30pm and the service will start at 6pm, lasting about an hour. Donations for charity at the door. Any queries to Di Wright on (04) 490845

Thursday December 3 to Sunday December 20 – the 2015 Reps panto, Aladdin.  Fun for the whole in this great holiday show directed by Graham Crutchley. Starring Marc Thomas, Stephane Thomas, Savannah Bester and Caroline Yule. Booking now open at The Spotlight. Performances will include matinees at 2.30pm on all Saturdays and one Sunday, with evening performances most nights at 6.30pm.

Thursday December 3 to Saturday December 5 – The Impro Show Christmas Edition. Theatre Upstairs at Reps. Join the Imps for another fun show.7pm each night. All seats $10. Book at The Spotlight.

Friday December 4 – Late Night Shopping Experience at 167. All the shops at 167 Enterprise Road will be open into the evening, including Theo’s House of Coffees. Jewellery, clothing, home décor, art gallery, gift shop, hair salon, beauty shop all open. Starts from 4pm and goes on to 8pm, Mande Snyman will be singing throughout the evening and families are welcome – swimming pool for the children.

Friday December 4 -  Zimbabwe National DanceSport Championships 2015. International and local Judges. Italian Club, Quendon Road. Starts 4.30pm and runs through the evening. Tickets: table seating with snacks/wine $20 per person/$15 per child under 12 (advance bookings only). Single seating $10 per person/$5 pensioners and children under 12 (advance bookings or tickets at the door). Call Pat 0776 270311 or Cherilyn 0772 302232. Ballroom, Latin and classical featured, plus salsa. Full bar and catering available. Other enquiries [email protected].

Friday December 4 – The Superbrand 2015 Awards Ceremony. Featuring the Exceptional Marketing Awards. Venue: Zimbali Gardens. Book tables at $1 000 for a table of 10. Partnership opportunities and exhibition space available. Contact Enia on 0772318464, or email [email protected], for more details. Theme for this year: Anchoring the economy through enhanced brand performance. Starts 6pm. Presented by the Marketers’ Association of Zimbabwe.

Friday December 4 to Sunday December 6 – African Voice presents Christmas In Africa. St George’s College. The Rotary Club of Highlands, assisted by St George’s College, once again presents African Voice, the all-female a cappella quartet, together with the voices of St George’s College boys, Old Georgians and Zimspiration choristers, along with some guest solo appearances. Produced and directed by Kundisai Mtero. In this concert, the group will revisit and celebrate the birth of the King in an interestingly different performance in song, music and narrative with an Afrocentric flavour, garnished with “Zimbo” satire! Bring a candle and unravel with us this very special annual gift we call Christmas. Please bring a small dry grocery item (these will be collected and distributed to those less fortunate and make a difference to their Christmas). A concert for the whole family. Cash bar (wine, beer and soft drinks) and snacks before concert and during interval. 1st Concert: Friday at 7pm sharp; 2nd Concert (matinee): Saturday 2.30pm; 3rd Concert: Saturday 7pm; 4th Concert (matinee): Sunday 2.30pm. All in St George’s College, Belt Hall. Price: $5. All proceeds to the Rotary Foundation (Rotary Club of Highlands). Tickets available at St George’s College, Cashier’s Office (closed Friday afternoons from 12 noon). For ticket enquiries, call (04) 703595 ext 8113 or ext 8118. For any further enquiries about the concert, email [email protected] or Kundisai Mtero on [email protected], cell: 0772 830967, landline: (04) 795600/1/2.

Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 13 – Auditions for a musical show at Reps Theatre.  Auditions will be held on two occasions for a show called The Musical World Of Disney. This will feature music from Disney shows and will celebrate one of the greatest minds of the entertainment business. First audition, Saturday December 5 from 8.30am to 12noon; second audition, Sunday December 13, from 10am to 12 noon. Venue: Adrian Stanley Room at Reps Theatre. Show run will be March 9 to 24 (rehearsals start January) and will be directed by Sue Bolt, Meg Mackenzie and Mario Ciampi. Please bring prepared music, preferably from a Disney show. There will be an accompanist or you can bring your own backing track. Unaccompanied singing will not be accepted in this instance. As with all Reps shows, no remuneration is offered.

Saturday December 5 – Spice Trader’s 10th anniversary dinner. Celebrate a decade of fun with us. Table bookings essential. Please call Chantelle on 0772308953 for your reservation or for more information.

Thursday December 10 – Christmas-themed supper theatre at 167. Directed by Zane Lucas, an evening of theatre and socialising. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Watch out for more information, but diarise now, starting 7pm. This will be a fun series of short vignettes under the title Zane’s Zany Christmas Box.

Friday December 11 – Singin’ For Sinatra. A tribute show about Ol Blue Eyes, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Arranged and staring Alex Fairlie. Another fun show with dinner at 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Book by calling Lollie on 0772 881877. Tickets $8 (pensioners and children $5). Supper and drinks available – no cooler boxes.

Tuesday December 15 – Fun quiz night – the Christmas Edition. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Sunday December 20 – Rob Burrell (Mann Friday) and Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls) Live. The Tin Roof. Back from this year’s Glastonbury Festival, join Mann Friday front man Rob Burrell along with platinum-selling, award-winning singer-songwriter Arno Carstens for a great show. Arno has had over 20 top-ten singles and shared the stage with the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones and REM. This will be a fundraiser for the Harare Children’s Home. Special guest Ryan Koriya and the odd surprise here and there. Tickets $15 now available from: Sorella’s – Rolf Valley; Folio Bookstore – Arundel; Folio Bookstore – Sam Levy’s Village; The Tin Roof – Lewisam. Doors open 6pm for a 7.45pm start. For more information visit

Tuesday December 22 – Braai afternoon and carols evening. 167 Enterprise Road also known as Theo’s House of Coffees.  Great family day. Braai from midday. Carols evening from 4.30pm, with everyone invited to sing along, led by the popular Mande Snyman. Book a place by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

Tuesday December 29 – Fun quiz night – year end edition. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Thursday December 31 – Ah, yes, I remember it well. Reps Theatre, Belgravia. A New Year’s Eve concert – one show only. 6.30pm. Start your New Year celebrations with a look back, as John Jones, Roz Ribeiro, Pete Hadingham, Nigel Hopkins and others bring you the songs you remember from the great musicals you have loved: Oklahoma, Gigi, Showboat, The Student Prince, Desert Song, White Horse Inn, shows by Ivor Novello and more. All seats $12. Activities in the Reps main bar afterwards, leading to midnight celebration. Booking now open at The Spotlight for the show.

Thursday January 21- The Second Travel and Tourism Quiz. Hosted for people in the travel and tourism sector as a fun evening out. It’s a team quiz for maximum five members (if you have more, set up a second team). The accent is on competitive fun. Back by demand after the successful inaugural one in October. Hosted by the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism. Booking essential, so please register your team with ZCT by calling (04) 250246or e-mailing [email protected]. Venue is 167 Enterprise Road (known as Theo’s House of Coffees), Arrive 6pm to 6.15pm to settle in, have drinks and get ready. Supper will be during the evening. Cost is $15 per person, including supper and entry fee. Drinks available.

Thursday January 28 – Ignite Your Business Workshop. A six-week workshop starting on this date. Workshop has weekly 2.5 hour classes on either Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. It designed for entrepreneurs, aspiring and actual, and teaches how to build and grow a successful business in 2016.  It combines goal-setting, motivation, success habits, business planning, financial management, business management and more, to bring you an all-in-one firecracker to get your year started with a bang. Go to for all the details and to register or e-mail [email protected] or call/whatsapp 0772 354840 / 0772 236625.

Friday February 12 – Fundraising dinner for Harare Children’s Home. A superb supper with dinner and dance music, plus auction, raffles and fun for all. All in a good cause. Venue: Stewart Rooms, Meikles Hotel. More details in early December but diarise now.

Donate chess sets for prisoners. These have been identified as useful for folks in prison. Please call Carol White on 0737 694383, or e-mail her at [email protected].

How to report animal abuse and neglect – a message from the ZNSPCA. There are five freedoms to which every animal has the right: 1, Freedom from hunger and thirst; 2, Freedom from discomfort; 3, Freedom from pain, injury or disease. 4, Freedom to express normal behaviour; 5, Freedom from distress. If you witness any animal being abused, abandoned or neglected please report the incident to the following: ZNSPCA – 156 ENTERPRISE ROAD, CHISIPITE, Whatsapp: 0772 696 311, Landline: 04 – 497574, (if you are transferred to an answering machine please leave name and number and one our inspectors will call you back). Email: [email protected]. Please give as much detail, as accurately as you can when placing your report.  All reports are treated as CONFIDENTIAL. Reports are responded to in order of priority.

Don’t forget to support these deserving welfare organisations in 2015: the SPCA, VAWZ, Harare Children’s Home, the Friend Animal Foundation. Make 2015 the year you help those who cannot help themselves. Also, please visit Mukuvisi Woodland and Haka Game Park at Cleveland Dam for great family outings and to support valuable wildlife conservation.

Seafood Sundays Pariah State Borrowdale. Seafood platter of grilled prawns, crumbed baby calamari, tempura-battered hake and harissa mussels, crisp fries, garlic bread, homemade tartare sauce and peri peri sauce $18. Tempura hake and prawn combo with crispy fries and homemade tartare sauce $14. Surf n Turf, 200g fillet steak topped with butterfly prawns and creamy white wine sauce with fries and Mediterranean salad $14. Not in the mood for seafood? Try our amazing Sunday roast sirloin of beef, golden roast potatoes, mixed veggies, glossy roast gravy and Yorkshire pudding only $10. Book by calling 0772279051.

Automobile Association of Zimbabwe: your AA membership is the key to emergency roadside assistance. AA gives you real peace-of-mind with world class benefits and quality services whether you are close to home or outside the country. Anytime, anywhere you can count on the AA to come and save you and get you going again. Our commitment is to do our best to get you moving again in the shortest possible time  BORDER DOCUMENTS: the AA is often able to supply , in advance, a vehicle Temporary Import Permit (TIP) which is require when crossing the border into South Africa and Botswana. CARNETS: the AA is a member of the Customs Network of the International Touring Alliance (AIT) and, along with other members of this network, is an Issuer and Guarantor of AIT Carnets. A carnet is generally accepted by those countries through out the world which have signed the United Nations Customs Convention for Temporary importation of vehicles, without the need to lodge a customs deposit at the border posts.

This document can be issued to AAZ members on completion of the respective application form, available at Branch Offices and lodgment of a guarantee or deposit. The AA does not issue carnets for entry into South Africa. Remember to join renew, reinstate your AAZ membership to experience quality and the journey of a life with the AA. We pride ourselves on offering you everything you need to get you MOVING keep you MOVING and MOVE you forward Contact our Membership Dept for more info. The Automobile Association Of Zimbabwe, 0773 232 270 or (04) 2932089–90

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