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Upcoming South African events in the UK this month

It all seems to be happening with a variety of events coming up for South Africans in the UK! From a potjie competition and bring and braai, and of course opportunities to socialise, exercise, and meet new people.

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Our bi-weekly round-up of South African events in the UK:

1. Potjie Kos Competition – London

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When: Saturday 24th September 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: GJ’s Wandsworth, 88 Garratt Lane, SW18 4DW

What: Get involved on Heritage Day in a competition that is all about the potjie! This year’s theme is “Countries of the World” – so it’s time to get a team together, bring along your secret ingredients and a heavy amount of spirit and dress up. The judges may be ruthless in their ratings of originality, manner of preparation, final taste and presentation; but then there’s also best dressed, best decor and most spirit!

With 1 potjie per team, the entry fee is £120 (max 6 members – £20pp which includes ingredients and sides, briquettes and firelighters and 3 drinks per person).

More info: Facebook

2. South African Heritage Day Family Bring & Braai – London

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When: Saturday 24th September 11:00am-4:00pm

Where: Wimbledon Park, London

What:  Celebrate South Africa’s culture and diversity with our fellow countrymen and enjoy the last days of summer with a lekker bring & braai.

The event is a bring & braai picnic. So wear something South African, bring along your braai packs, picnic baskets, snacks, drinks and anything else you think you’ll need for a day out in the park.

More info: Facebook

3. City to City Mission – Portsmouth

When: Saturday 24th September 12:30pm- 6:00pm

Where: Royal British Legion Portsmouth, 1-3 Luck Street, Fratton PO1 1PT

What: Gilgal is too small for you… Mission to Portsmouth, featuring the City on Fire Mass Choir, Guest Speaker Pastor Mike Sirewu and host Pastor Lunga.

More info: City to City uTube, Contact Thumeka on 07966017266

4. Make new friends in Putney – London


When: Thursday 29th September 7:30pm

Where: Spotted Horse, 112 Putney High Street, SW15 1RG, Putney

What: The Putney Social Group invites all new members to join in on one night to meet new people and a bunch of fellow saffas. With a little mingling at first, followed by numerous opportunities to sit at a variety of tables, it’s a great way to interact and meet as many people as possible.

There is a small organizer fee of only £3 to take part which you can pay in cash on the night and remember there’s always the opportunity to stay on afterwards to enjoy in the company of new friends.

More info: Putney Socialisers | Facebook

5. African Caribbean Market – Norwich


When: Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where: The Forum, Norwich Millennium Plain, NR2 1TF Norwich

What: The warmth, style and flavour of Africa and the Caribbean is being brought Norwich in celebration of Norfolk Black History Month. With free entry, go along and indulge your way through crafts, fashion, food, rum, music and dance.

More info: Norwich Global Village Market

6. Golden Jubilee – London

When: Sunday 2nd October 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Prince Regent Playing Fields, London E13 8SD

What: Celebrating the legacy of Albert Johanneson, this 4 nations tournament with free admission at Terrence McMillan Stadium is presented by Mzanzi Football United.

More info: Contact Sisa on 07412458237 /  Vusi on 07596583130

7. Starfish Half Marathon – London


When: Sunday 9th October

Where: Hyde Park, London

What: For a £20 registration fee and your fundraising target, join in on one of London’s most popular half marathons and help Starfish to provide healthcare, education and shelter to vulnerable children in South Africa.

Starting in Hyde Park, the course will take you through Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James’s Park. Passing some of London’s iconic landmarks, you will marvel at the beauty of this city while the crowds cheer you on. This is an atmospheric race and certainly a day to remember!

More info: Starfish Charity Website

8. Global March for Elephants and Rhinos


When: Saturday 24th September 11am

Where: Cavendish Square Gardens

What: In London this year, numerous conservation bodies will be coming together and marching at 11h00 from Cavendish Square Gardens to Downing street to deliver a letter to PM Theresa May calling for various actions.

The London march, organised by the grassroots group Action for Elephants UK, will call on the government to fulfil its 2010 and 2015 manifesto pledge for a total ban on ivory trade in the UK.

More info: South Africans in the UK urged to join Global March for Elephants and Rhinos