Hitch A More Affordable Ride From DiDi

The New Ride In Town

The latest ride-hailing app to launch in South Africa went live in Gauteng on Monday, 23 August 2021. But how does it compete with an already saturated market? Well, we can confirm that it holds its ground when going head-to-head against Uber and Bolt, that's for sure!

The question remains. Why should you use DiDi instead of the other guys? Well, DiDi offers:

There were also options to invite friends to the app, learn more about becoming a DiDi driver, or view current promotions – all in the palm of your hand, thanks to the innovative DiDi app.

Safety & Security In Mind

Let's face it we live in a beautiful city that has an ugly side to it. DiDi constantly improves its service and safety standards to ensure an enjoyable rideshare experience for both riders and drivers.

With the tap of a button, you can contact law enforcement and emergency services while your trip details and live location will be shared with your Trusted Contacts pre-loaded to the app.

If you think that any of your drivers were not up to expectations you can now unmatch with them so your trip requests are never dispatched to them again.

DiDi also offers driver and rider profiles, giving users more information before they even start their travels. The driver’s star rating, trip amount, profile photo and car information is shown after the driver accepts your trip. DiDi shows the licence plate number, car model and colour, clearly before every trip.

To ensure all trips connected through DiDi are of the highest quality, all driver-partners are required to pass a series of safety verifications and background checks prior to start driving. DiDi enforces all local government regulations. All drivers must pass numerous document verifications and the required background checks including being accredited to drive in the state they are driving in. There are limitations in the DiDi app to how many hours a driver can be driving for to combat driver fatigue. All vehicles must not exceed the set age of the state they are driving in and must pass an initial inspection and their yearly check-ups.

All cars are sanitised on a regular basis and all drivers wear masks, ensuring your safety.

How To Catch A Ride From DiDi

After downloading the DiDi-Rider app from Google Play or the App Store, first-time users are prompted to create an account. The usual details are asked for: cellphone number, email address, and password – simple enough!

Much like its competitors, DiDi accepts cash or card payments – bank cards can be loaded straight to the app making payment seamless once the ride has been completed. The app provides an estimated price for each trip before the ride is booked. There are two ride options to choose from Standard or Go, with Go being the more afforable option.

The DiDi Difference

In addition to excellent service and affordable fare prices, there are several features in the app that stands out above the rest:

DinnerTimeStories SA's Le Petit Chef Returns To Joburg!

A Dining Experience You Don't Want To Miss!

In case you haven't heard, Le Petit Chef is returning to Joburg with a brand-new dining experience – Au Naturel – which will be thrilling diners at the fresh Blueberry Hill Hotel. Together with HOT 102.7FM, you are cordially invited to this brand-new dining show, to enjoy in all things flavourful and social – 3D storytelling, accompanied by a six-course dining and entertainment extravaganza.

Le Petit Chef – the spontaneous, nomadic and ‘smallest animated chef in the world’ – is back to share another gourmet adventure: Au Naturel, designed from simple, classic favourites with the world-famous Le Petit Chef French flair! On the sanitized and appropriately distanced tabletops of the of the Blueberry Hill Hotel, this tiny chef will surpass your expectations, and make the city of Johannesburg truly sparkle!

Le Petit Chef

What To Expect? 

Immerse yourself in the enhanced 4K projected 3D spectacle, that will take you back to the root of all flavour, transforming monotony into intrigue. The delights for your senses are truly endless, but nothing compared to what Le Petit Chef has prepared for your nose and your tastebuds.

The entertainment is a feast of six courses, that are both awe-inspiring and mouth-watering, infused with the essence of simplicity. Your experience begins with a complimentary glass of bubbly, and diners are given the option of a Boschendal 1685 Collection wine-pairing to complement each dish. The menu is a mystery until the very last second. But sit back, embrace the anticipation, and allow resident Executive Chef Kelly Nonjinge to ignite your palate.

With the Au Naturel offering, the experience is all about transforming the small and the simple into something never seen before. Over the course of the evening, you will be taken on a journey through the docks and saunter across the shoreline, conquering the forest, and champion the grasslands. At each location, your surroundings will change: creamy comforts will become zesty freshness, which will be changed for the rich trappings of herbs and spices. There is NEVER a tasteless moment during your experience.

Are you vegetarian, gluten-free or halaal and worried you might miss out? Not to worry! Le Petit Chef and Executive Chef Nonjinge are the best qualified dynamic duo, ready and able to accommodate all dietary needs. All such requirements are dealt with on the day you check in for your dining experience.

Le Petit Chef

Your Safety During The Pandemic

The gourmet dining theatre hosts an intimate 48 guests per show. They are concerned as much with top-notch entertainment, and titillating your tastebuds, as they are with your safety which now, more than ever before, is paramount. Le Petit Chef understands the power of those things and as such has implemented extensive COVID-19 protocols to protect diners and the fully COVID trained staff alike, to safeguard your health.

Get Your Tickets Now!

Computicket ticket sales for this limited run are officially open!

Le Petit Chef SA is celebrating his return to Johannesburg with a launch special:

Remember that Le Petit Chef never stays in one place too long! This is a limited run.

Please note: Child-friendly shows are scheduled for Sunday lunches and special holidays (5 years +), with all other shows strictly for children over the age of 12 years.

Through this global dinner theatre event, technology, and culinary deliciousness come together creatively, to entertain all the senses, and redefine dining out.

Le Petit Chef

About Le Petit Chef SA

Le Petit Chef SA and DinnerTimeStoriesSA, is the product of a few of the most talented and entertainment-industry leading minds: Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck of Skullmapping fame and brought to South Africa for your enjoyment by Paul Rouessart the Southern African show producer, the Le Petit Chef: Au Nateral concept creator and owner of 100% EVENT.

This animated optical illusion presentation of creative mastery is absolutely magical, using state-of-the-art techniques to project Le Petit Chef in 4K clarity on your plate,” says Rouessart

Le Petit Chef SA is eager and able to accommodate corporate bookings within specific times reserved for such purposes. Additional entertainment can easily be incorporated, as well as personalised branding.

We are thrilled to bring this unique dining experience back to Johannesburg. This is a culinary experience like no other, guaranteed to mesmerise your senses and take you on an incredible journey in celebration of all that’s good in life and nature. This mind-blowing experience is one not to me missed,” says Ryan Aikman, general manager Blueberry Hills Hotel.

Our listeners are always looking for fun, innovative entertainment,” says Lloyd Madurai, Managing Director of HOT 102.7FM. “With Le Petit Chef Au Naturel, I am sure that they are going to have a memorable and enjoyable gastronomic experience.

For More Information

For more information about this dining experience, visit www.dinnertimestories.co.za and www.hot1027.co.za.

You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

*DinnerTimeStoriesSA & Le Petit Chef Southern Africa embrace the guidelines and hygiene policies of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the South African Department of Health (NDoH), and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

Don't Miss These Nando's Spring Delights!

Something Schweet For Spring!

Just in time for spring, Nando's has something mouthwatering, sweet and refreshing to keep the hunger at bay this season! Start off your meal with their new Prego and Chips deal for just R49*. And why not sweeten the deal with one of their decadent and moreish milkshakes for just R37*. And last but certainly not least, why not end your meal on a high note with some Nando's Leche Fritas for only R32*. Yum! Order yours now.

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Ways To Get Your PERi-fix

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For More Information

For more information about Nando’s and what’s currently on offer, visit their website at www.nandos.co.za.

Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, updates, delicious offers and more.

Click here to order your PERi-fix online now!

WIN Your Seat At La Parada's Tapas & Tannins Evening!

What Is It?

Join La Parada Parkhurst on Thursday, 26 August 2021 for their Tapas & Tannins evening! Arrive at 18:00 promptly to enjoy a four-course tapas menu, paired with renowned wines from Cavalli Estate. Be guided through your evening by a representative from Cavalli; a wine farm located in the heart of Somerset West. The exclusive menu for the evening includes off-menu items, carefully curated by their in-house Chef, Bhekinkosi Mpofu.

Wondering what's on the menu for the evening? See Charmaine's Indulgent Tapa's Menu below:

Welcome Drink:

Cavalli Capriole MCC

Oyster Trio

Oysters with Spicy Cucumber & Lime Granita

Wine: Cavalli Filly Chenin

Sweet Potato Empanadas

Puff pastry parcels filled with Spanish-style sweet potato served with Chimichurri.

Wine: Cavalli Pink Pony Rose and Cavalli Roan (Shiraz Grenache Blend)

Lamb Rump

Citrus Velouté and Orange Braised Fennel.

Wine: Cavalli Warlord (Bordeaux Blend)

Nutella Churros

Churros, filled with Nutella served with strawberry compote.

When Is It?

Thursday, 26 August 2021 from 18:00. 

Where Is It?

La Parada Parkhurst, Parkhurst Square, 38 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R395 per personBooking is essential.

Click here to book your spot now, or alternatively you can call 010 035 6894 or email parkhurst@laparada.co.za.

For More Information

For more information about La Parada Parkhurst and their Tapas & Tannins pairing evening, click here to visit their Facebook page.

You can contact them on 010 035 6894 or parkhurst@laparada.co.za.

WIN!

We're giving away a set of two tickets to La Parada's Tapas & Tannins Evening on Thursday, 26 August 2021 to one lucky reader!

To enter, simply follow the steps below: 

This competition closes on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at 12:00 sharp!

Good luck!

T&Cs Apply. Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18. All health & safety protocols observed.

 

Embrace The Arrival Of Spring In Johannesburg

What Are You Looking For? 

Outdoor Adventures
Spring Dining
Springtime Pampers
Seasonal Shopping
Some Spring Cleaning

Outdoor Adventures

Must-Visit Local Markets

What we love about spring is the sunny morning stroll through one of the city's best local markets. There's nothing more uplifting and relaxing than enjoying a little bit of sunshine while exploring and wandering through a wide selection of stalls, indulging in delightful gourmet street food and sipping on refreshing drinks. If this sounds like the ideal way to spend your Saturday or Sunday morning/afternoon, then take a look at these local markets in Joburg.

Click here for Joburg's Must-Visit Local Markets.

Fourways farmers market

Visit The Joburg Zoo

One of the most popular local tourist attractions in the city, the Joburg Zoo is a must-visit this spring. Not only is this a great space to stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air, but it's also home to a wide selection of interesting and unique animals. The Joburg Zoo also hosts a wide variety of fun-filled annual events to delight visitors of all ages. Keep reading to see what you can expect to do and see at the Joburg Zoo when you visit next.

Click here for more information about the Joburg Zoo. 

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Quad Biking Near Johannesburg

Looking to do something that'll get the adrenaline pumping? Then why not grab your loved ones and head to one of this exciting quad biking destinations in and around Johannesburg. There's nothing more exciting than racing about a dirt trail and challenging your friends to seeing who's the fastest on the track. Here's our list of quad biking venues near and within Johannesburg. Note that bookings are essential.

Click here for Quad Biking Near Joburg.

quad biking on dirt road wearing a helmet

Visit Saddle Creek Ranch For Some Adventure

Looking for a little more adventure to add to your spring to-do list? Head out to Saddle Creek Ranch in Hekpoort for a day or weekend filled with adrenaline, adventure and excitement. This adventure destination offers visitors plenty of thrilling outdoor activities, including action archery, horse riding, quad biking, hot air balloon safaris and so much more. There's something for everyone! Keep reading to see what else you can expect at Saddle Creek Ranch.

Click here for more information about Saddle Creek Ranch.

saddle creek archery

Spring Dining

Joburg Restaurants with Gardens

Since springs means there will be a burst of colour blooming in the form of flowers, why not enjoy a lunch alfresco at one of Joburg's restaurants with gardens? Not only will this be a lovely way to spend time with your loved ones, but will also give you the opportunity to unwind, relax, enjoy some fresh air and get some much needed vitamin D out in the sunshine. Here are a few of our favourite Joburg restaurants with gardens for you to explore this spring.

Click here for Joburg Restaurants with Gardens. 

Rooftop Bars To Visit

Grab your friends and head into the city for a few cocktails, spring sunsets, and of course, amazing views of Jozi! and the best places to do just this are the city's best rooftop bars. From the bustling and vibrant Joburg CBD to the well-known sights from the Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff, there are a variety of unique and exciting destinations to choose from. Here's our list of the finest rooftop bars to visit this spring!

Click here for Rooftop Bars in Joburg. 

Picnicking in the City

With the weather getting warmer and sunnier, picnicking in the city will most definitely be more enjoyable! Just don't forget to lather on the sunscreen! Wondering where you can enjoy the outdoors, some sunshine, lovely treats on a picnic blanket and even explore? then be sure to take a look at our list if popular picnic spots in and around the city. There are plenty to choose from, offering beautiful scenery, unique gardens and natural for you to explore.

Click here for more popular picnic spots in Joburg.


Springtime Pampers

Get Sandal Season Ready!

Spring is sandal season! And to ensure that your feet and toes are prepped and ready to strut their way into spring, why not treat yourself to a well-deserved pamper and get a pedicure done! We went in search of Joburg salons that offers a selection of pedicure treatments under R350. Whether you want something bright and colourful, or natural and classic, there's sure to be a treatment for you! Note that booking a pedicure at any of these salons is essential.

Click here for pedicures under R350.

Spring Spa Pampers

Get rid off the winter blues with an indulgent spring pamper at one of these spas throughout the city. From massages and facials, to manicures, pedicures, and much more, there's sure to be a treatment that'll leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated just in time for the arrival of spring. Take a look at our list of spas that we highly recommend and be sure to make your booking for your spring spa indulgences.

Click here for spas in the city.

Spa experience

Seasonal Shopping

Spring Wardrobe Essentials

It's time to pack away all of those puffy jackets, woolly jerseys, winter boots, scarves and beanies and bring out the flip flops, floral tshirts, sundresses and shorts! Spring has sprung, which means it's time to give your wardrobe a makeover. And if you need to get your hands on a few new items of clothing to add to your spring wardrobe, then be sure to take a look at our list of Spring Essentials. Visit one of Joburg's top-notch malls to get shopping!

Click here for your spring wardrobe essentials.


Some Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Along with the new season is the urge to clean your home. Not only is having a clean space satisfying, but it also sets the scene for a clean slate as your begin a brand-new season on a good note. To help you get started, here are a few spring cleaning hacks to help you get everything in your home in order, from your home office working space and the bathroom to all of your online gadgets. Happy cleaning!

Click here for some Spring Cleaning Hacks.

Springtime Dreaming At Altitude Beach Club

Known for its exclusivity and premium offering, Altitude Beach nestled in the heart of the northern suburbsis just the place to be if you're looking to kick of spring on a high note. This premium water-front dining and lifestyle venue is stepping it up a notch with its recently renovated features, which includes a brand-new, state-of-the-art roof application; a delectable and sustainable new menu; as well as a long list of exclusive live entertainment. Here's what you can expect at the hot and happening daytime dreaming entertainment destination, Altitude Beach.

They've Got A New Roof!

The one-of-a-kind retractable and translucent roofing structure was designed and created to let natural light in, while keeping the harmful UV rays out during the hot and enjoyable summer months. This new roof structure is carefully positioned over a large part of the venue space to also keep the chilly spring evening at bay.

There's Also A New Menu

Feeling a tad peckish? Maybe even hungry? Expect a modern fusion between Asian and Caribbean inspired food with an obvious African twist on their brand-new menu. Curated by the dynamic Altitude team, their diverse menu boasts and offers a selection of delicious trademark tomahawk steak options, which includes the popular Villa Carnival platter. The menu also offers a variety of tapas dishes and sushi delights.

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And The Drinks Are Amazing!

The various bars throughout Altitude Beach offers an endless selection of premium drinks, refreshing and luxurious cocktails and designer warm drinks options, which will be available and prepared by their world-class bartenders and mixologists.

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"With the global shift focussed on health and safety, Altitude Beach presents our clientele with exclusive experiences featuring the best of what South African entertainment has to offer as well as international guests, in the safest possible environment – the great outdoors. With the recent addition of our recent functional roof application, our offering is now even safer from external weather factors. We have introduced a brand new list of world-class delectable dishes to our menu just in time for spring," stated venue owner, Ricardo da Costa. "And with the overall restrictions eases up, we are super amped to get our workforce back in action, servicing our loyal patrons again. Here’s to a positive season ahead".

Upcoming Events At Altitude Beach

Altitude Beach has a handful of events coming up to ensure that you start your springtime fun the best way possible. Here's what you can expect during the month of August 2021.

For More Information

For more information about Altitude Beach, visit www.altitudebeach.co.za.

You can also contact them on info@altitudebeach.co.za or 011 516 0569.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest information, news, events and offerings.