Archive: September 14, 2021

These authors will share their stories at the Polofields Crossing Book Fair

The Polofields Crossing Book Fair in support of HospiceWits is back, and with talks by skilled South African wordsmiths, literary-inspired menus and free coffee from Manaka, this one promises to be one for the books.

The Spring Book Fair will be the first to feature talks by local authors, and on Saturday, 25 September, Luthando Dyasop and Janine Lazarus take to the stage to discuss their latest books.

Artist and former MK soldier Luthando Dyasop will be talking about his recently published and acclaimed memoir, Out of Quatro. The book not only documents Dyasop’s extraordinary life, but also marks a tumultuous time in ANC history – the resonance of which is still reverberating through the ruling party today. Decades after being released from Quatro, the author has found his voice to tell this important story.

Alongside Dyasop, Janine Lazarus will be sharing her own astonishing real-life encounters, as captured in her book, Bait. Formerly a Sunday Times journalist, Lazarus’s book encapsulates the suburban terror that the so-called Norwood Rapist and serial killer wreaked on women in this suburb in the early 1990s. In a deadly game of cat and mouse, echoing Clarice and Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, the police use Lazarus as a decoy to hunt down Jacobus Geldenhuys. As the hunter hunts the hunted, things become very personal.

The talks, which are presented in association with NB Publishers, will be held at Polofields Crossing, with tables and seating provided by The Codfather and The Potato Shed. The conversation will be led by the esteemed radio host, Aki Anastasiou, and tickets can be bought for R70 each. All proceeds go to HospiceWits.

  • Where: Polofields Crossing, Corner of Polofields Drive and Waterfall Drive, Midrand
  • When: Saturday, 25 September 2021
  • Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Join us for lunch this Heritage Day long weekend, and leave with a few good books and loads of insight in tow.

Taking place on 24, 25 and 26 September, the Polofields Crossing Spring Book Fair will feature thousands of pre-loved books to peruse in the book tent. Attendees are reminded that they may also bring their own pre-loved reads for donation at the book tent.

Get your tickets here.

HospiceWits SerendipiTea returns with a spring luncheon

Over the years, HospiceWits’s annual SerendipiTea event has become a mainstay on the calendars of the glitterati of South Africa. This prestigious luncheon has seen some of the biggest names on the South African celebrity scene attend, with notable guests including Edith Venter, Leanne Manas, Bonang Matheba and Claudia Henkel. Traditionally, fashion has also played a big part in the SerendipiTea luncheon, and the catwalk at previous events has been graced by the designs of, among others, David Tlale and Thula Sindi.

SerendipiTea returns in 2021, and this year’s event is sure to be the welcome that the change of season deserves.

SerendipiTea: A Spring Affair will bring together the who’s who of South African entertainment, taking place at Casalinga Farm in Muldersdrift on 2 October 2021.

Guests will enjoy a mouth-watering three-course meal at the variety luncheon, and will be able to place their bets on a number of exclusive goods, donated by HospiceWits’s generous partners. Each guest will also receive a gift bag, and will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the biggest celebrities in the country.

Tickets for SerendipiTea: A Spring Affair are on sale for R750 each, and a table for 10 people will cost R7000. All funds raised at the event will go towards supporting the important work that HospiceWits does for patients in and around Johannesburg. As an NPO, HospiceWits is highly reliant upon donations from the public, and events like this one help to ensure that all the expenses associated with the palliative care HospiceWits provides are catered for.

Buy your ticket and show your support for HospiceWits here.

HospiceWits partners with Polofields Crossing again for the Spring Book Fair

Following the success of the Polofields and HospiceWits Book Fair in autumn this year, HospiceWits is excited to announce the Spring Book Fair, set to take place on 24th, 25th and the 26th September 2021 at the Midrand-based shopping centre.

The Spring Book Fair will again feature a book tent with thousands of titles for book lovers to peruse and purchase.  Attendees are invited to bring their own pre-loved books on the day to donate to the non-profit organisation, while at the same time creating space on their own bookshelves for the new gems they are going to find.  

All proceeds from these events will go towards the provision of care for HospiceWits patients and their families in Johannesburg and Soweto.

Avid readers will be thrilled to hear that the Spring Book Fair not only promises great literary finds but that the SuperSpar at Polofields Crossing will also be presenting a special literature-inspired menu, and Manaka Coffee will be offering free coffee to attendees.

The Spring Book Fair builds on the foundations of the Autumn Book Fair, and HospiceWits is delighted to once again partner with Polofields Crossing. This event is an important one on the HospiceWits annual fundraising calendar, and will go a long way towards ensuring the continuation of the special care work that HospiceWits began in 1979.

Keep an eye on the HospiceWits Facebook page for more news about the Spring Book Fair – we cannot wait to welcome you to this literary feast!

Polofields Crossing Book Fair Writing Challenge

From 24 to 26 September 2021, the Spring Edition of the Polofields Crossing Book Fair will once again be a popular browsing destination for book lovers from across Gauteng – ready to fill their bookshelves, whilst supporting a great cause at the same time. The biannual fair will again aim to raise much-needed funds to cater for the palliative care services provided by HospiceWits.

In celebration of the Spring Book Fair, and the incredible work done by the HospiceWits health care workers, we are proud to announce the first Polofields Crossing Book Fair Writing Challenge in association with the SA Writers College.

How to enter?

The HospiceWits charity shops situated in and around Johannesburg are known for selling a variety of pre-loved goods. If the gems found in these shops could talk, they would surely have a lot of magical tales to tell.

Who drank from the mysterious cup? What drove the couple apart, or what precious secrets did the little box once protect? We hope that one of the items we found in the HospiceWits charity shops will unlock the inspiration for your story.

  • Pick any one of the photos below as the inspiration for your story.
  • Write a story or poem of between 250 and 300 words, inspired by your chosen photo.
  • Submit your entry to
  • Deadline for entries: Midnight on 17 September


First prize:

R 1000 cash | R500 voucher from SuperSpar Polofields Crossing | R500 voucher from West Pack Lifestyle

Second prize:

R500 cash | R500 voucher from SuperSpar Polofields Crossing| R500 voucher from West Pack Lifestyle

Third prize:

R500 cash | R500 voucher from SuperSpar Polofields Crossing| R500 voucher from West Pack Lifestyle

The top 3 stories will be put on display at Polofields Crossing during the Book Fair, thereafter the stories will be displayed at the HospiceWits Orange Grove shop.

Winners will be announced on 23 September 2021.

Find your inspiration here: