Like puzzle pieces, the suburbs of Johannesburg fit together to form the City Of Gold. Every area brings its own unique dynamic to the table, which is why Jozi is such a cosmopolitan city. To newcomers, this may all seem daunting, but don't fret! That's why we're here - to be your guide through the suburbs of Johannesburg. On that note, tighten those walking shoes and follow us as we introduce you to the different neighbourhoods in town.

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North

Melville

By far one of the coolest suburbs in Johannesburg, Melville is one of its oldest neighbourhoods, dating back to the mid-1890s, and was named for land surveyor, Edward Harker Vincent Melvill. Today, this area is known for its exciting bars, trendy restaurants and thriving student social scene due to its close proximity to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Melville is also well known for the picturesque Melville Koppies, an exciting archaeological and geological site with rolling hills overlooking the city of Johannesburg.

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Randburg

Randburg is considered the central point of the northern suburbs. From here, everything is easily accessible via the main routes that traffic to and from this area. Other than it's ideal location from many neighbouring business, retail and entertainment hubs, it has its own gems you need to visit and explore for yourself. First stop, a well-deserved shopping spree, so why not pop into Cresta Shopping Centre, Randburg Square, or the brand-new Ferndale on Republic (AKA the Brightwater Commons). Tantalise your taste buds at one of the suburbs restaurants including Fusionista, Patisserie de Paris, The Fussy Vegan or Del Fornos. And for your entertainment, spend the afternoon racing around a track at Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting Track or getting lost at the Honeydew Mazes.

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Sandton

The crown on top of the City Of Johannesburg's head, Sandton stands proud at 143.5 km² and offers a world of entertainment, commerce, and retail opportunities. The area comprises of a string affluent neighbourhoods such as Rivonia, Bryanston, and Morningside to name a few. In the centre, you will find the Sandton business centre, a city on its own, filled with commerce, busy nightlife and a string of world-class hotels and venues.

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Rosebank

Known as the trendy and cultural area in Joburg North, Rosebank is a vibrant, lively and diverse suburb that's jam-packed with plenty of must-visits, retail centres, sundowner spots and hip hotels. The area attracts plenty of businessmen and tourists alike with its exciting daytime excursions, divine dining hot spots and cool nightlife. Spend your Sundays exploring and shopping up a storm at the Rosebank Sunday Market on the rooftop of Rosebank Mall. For some of the best cocktails in the neighbourhood, be sure to visit Sin+Tax or Mix Cocktail Bar. And if you have a love for on-trend local and international art and design, artisan eateries, vibrant shops and spaces, and unique cafés, then the Keyes Art Mile is a definite must. Rosebank is by far one of the most versatile suburbs of Johannesburg with its suburban feel while stick to that city appeal thanks to its central business district.

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Parkhurst

The small and dense northern suburb of Parkhurst is mainly residential, but is well known for its trendy street life and sidewalk cafés, exuding quite a similar feel and atmosphere as vibey Greenside and Melville. The area is also quite popular for its two main business roads – 4th Avenue, which offers visitors, residents and tourists a lovely collection of restaurants and cafés, décor and design, antiques and service shops; and 6th Street, which is quickly converting into a design and décor, art and small business hub. Let's take a look at this exciting suburb and see what it has to offer.

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Fourways

Now, we move onto fabulous Fourways! Did you know that Fourways is known as the fastest developing commercial and residential hub in north? Other than attracting visitors from far and wide, for both business and leisure, the suburb also plays home to a wide selection of entertainment, restaurant and retail spots that you need to visit and explore for yourself. One of the big attractions in Fourways is the exciting entertainment hub of Montecasino. Bringing Italy to Joburg, Montecasino offers guests everything from amazing restaurants, interesting stores and incredible live shows, to cool events, family fun and even the chance to strike it lucky and win big! Other than Montecasino, there's the epic and recently renovated Fourways Mall, top-notch hotels, and let's not forget to mention the thrilling Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park.

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Bryanston

Bryanston is a beehive of activity and attractions, especially when it comes to some of the best restaurants in the north. Here, you can take your pick from dozens of incredible restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines from authentic Italian to French fine dining. We highly recommend a visit to Casa Del Sol Botanico at Bryanston Shopping Centre; Gemelli at the Posthouse Link Centre; and Coachman's Inn at Coachman's Crossing. As for retail therapy, Bryanston Shopping Centre, Nicolway Bryanston and Hobart Grove Centre are sure to have everything you're looking for from on-trend fashion to your weekly groceries. And if you're looking for a little bit of fun in the area, spend a Saturday morning browsing through the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market,  get the adrenaline pumping at the Jozi X Adventure Centre, or even do a little skating at RollEgoli Roller Rink.

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Midrand

The northern crown on top of the City Of Johannesburg's head, Midrand stands proud at 152,9 km² and offers a world of entertainment, commerce, and retail opportunities. The area comprises a string affluent neighbourhoods such as Waterfall, Kyalami, and Beaulieu to name a few. In the centre of this, you will find the commerce centre, a city on its own, filled with businesses, busy nightlife and a string of world-class hotels and venues.

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South

Soweto

Most people only know a handful of facts about the township: it is a vibrant township located at the edge of Joburg, and it was the site of a student uprising in 1976 that helped to bring international attention to the struggle against the old regime. But there’s so much more to know — Soweto has a fascinating history and is home to a diverse array of people from all walks of life.

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West

Roodepoort

One of the more "suburban" suburbs of Johannesburg, let's introduce you to the "Poorte". As one of Gauteng's oldest areas, Roodepoort has expanded dramatically over the years. Hosting a remarkable blend of residential and formerly-industrial areas, Roodepoort is a beautiful place to live and work. The suburbs are named to reflect their history, with suburbs such as Radiokop (for the radio mast) and Little Falls showcasing this tradition. Roodepoort is also home to our city's most famous botanical gardens - The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. There are so many open spaces, golf courses and boundless places to find entertainment.

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East

Germiston

Germiston, named after the Glaswegian farm, was established shortly after the gold rush on the Witwatersrand. Declared a city in 1950, it is often overlooked for being an industrial hub rather than a must-visit Jozi suburb. However, there is much to be seen and done here, if one only looks close enough. Driving through the 'old' town offers a glimpse of history, as century-old buildings stand tall among new developments. With their brick facades and stained-glass panels, these national landmarks are a sight to behold amidst the vapid decay of the inner city.

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Kempton Park

Kempton Park is a city in Ekhuruleni, east of Johannesburg. Established in 1903, it is one of Gauteng's largest residential and industrial areas. At 149.05 square kilometres, Kempton Park is an expansive area of land. Let's take a closer look to find out all that the suburb has to offer. There are a number of exciting retail offerings in Kempton Park. Festival Mall is the largest shopping centre in the area, boasting a variety of stores, as well as the only ice rink on the East Rand! Though technically not one of the suburbs of Johannesburg, Kempton Park is considered part of Jozi.

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Central

Braamfontein

Would you like to meet one of our favourites suburbs of Johannesburg? For an inner-city adventure like no other, visit the bustling suburb of Braamfontein! Spend an evening taking in the beautiful views of this area of town while sipping on sundowners and listening to amazing music at the rooftop urban venue, The Living Room. Or why not do a little shopping and nibbling at the Neighbourgoods Market Johannesburg every Saturday. Also, stop by 44 Stanley for a sophisticated downtown shopping, eating, working, and living experience. There's so much to explore in Braamfontein, keep reading to find out what other hidden gems this suburb has to offer.

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Maboneng

On weekends, it filled to the brim with tourists and locals alike. The streets overflow with vendors selling everything from authentic artworks to super cool shades and everything in between. When the sun goes down, the rooftop bars fill up with cool kids who like to dance and have a good time. In between all of this excitement, you will find authentic African restaurants that cover everything from West to East Africa. Maboneng is also home to a handful of art galleries and an independent movie theatre. Recently rated among 12 coolest neighborhoods in the world by Forbes Magazine, Maboneng is a seriously cool place to be.

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Joburg CBD

The Joburg CBD has evolved over the past three decades into something resembling one of the most modern cities in the world. It has become a melting pot of people from across Africa, making it as cosmopolitan as can be. From top tier Fortune 500 companies to street vendors selling fresh produce, the Joburg CBD is filled to the brim with a wide variety of commerce. But that's not all, with a little inside information you will be able to dine like nowhere else, shop to your heart's content, and dance until the cows come home. Without further ado, we present you with the ultimate guide to the inner city of Johannesburg.

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What began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19 century, has become one of the most well-known and visited cities in South Africa. Johannesburg. Joburg. Jozi. Egoli. The City of Gold. A city with many names, many cultures, many unique features, and experiences. Literally, the epitome of a melting pot of diversity. This is the country's biggest city and capital of the Gauteng province. And in this vibrant city that never sleeps, there's plenty of things to do, see, explore, experience, and enjoy, whether you're a local, just visiting for the weekend, or an international traveler looking to make the most of your stay.

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Areas Of Johannesburg
Things To Do In Johannesburg
Restaurants
Shopping
Getting Around Johannesburg
Schools
Outbound & Inbound Travel From Joburg
Hotels & Accommodation
Conference Centres
Municipal Services
Property
Jobs

Areas Of Johannesburg

Since Johannesburg is such a massive city, it has been split into many different areas, namely Joburg Central; Johannesburg North; Johannesburg East & Ekurhuleni; Johannesburg South; and Johannesburg West and the West Rand. To help you navigate your way through these areas in the city, we have compiled insightful guides to many of the various suburbs that make up each of the areas mentioned. Click on your preference Johannesburg area below and start exploring the city of Johannesburg:

Things To Do In Johannesburg

The city of Johannesburg is a beehive of activity when it comes to entertainment and thrills. Visitors and locals can spend their days, evenings, and weekends exploring bustling markets offering stunning handcrafted arts and delicious street food to delight the taste buds. Head to one of the city's exciting casinos and see if Lady Luck is on your side. Explore the buzzing nightlife at many various rooftop bars and pumping nightclubs. Or take a stroll through one of the city's many art galleries and be enchanted by their breathtaking and intriguing artworks. And let's not forget to mention the many theatres scattered throughout Johannesburg hosting productions, shows, and comedy skits that are sure to delight.

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Restaurants

No visit to Johannesburg is complete without delighting your taste buds with incredible dishes from a wide range of amazing restaurants! Each suburb in the city offers something special and unique and you're bound to find something delectable, no matter what you're craving. Visit Joburg Central or Soweto for authentic African cuisine, head to Sandton for some top-notch dining ideal for any special occasion, sip on refreshing and vibrant cocktails in trendy Rosebank, or make your way to Bryanston for some delizioso Italian. The options are endless.

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Shopping

Need to do your weekly grocery haul? Or are you looking to give your wardrobe a makeover with a selection of brand-new clothing, footwear and accessories? Not a problem! The city of Johannesburg is full of exciting retail hubs that's sure to have everything you need, from on-trend fashion, health and beauty products and cool tech gadgets to all things kids, home and décor, stationery and more. Each suburb in the city has something unique, catering to all budgets, tastes and styles. From Maponya Mall in Soweto and Sandton City in the heart of the richest square mile in Africa, to Bedford Centre in Bedfordview and Ferndale on Republic in Ferndale, Randburg, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to retail therapy in Johannesburg.

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Getting Around Johannesburg

Getting around the city is far easier than you think! If you don't have your own mode of transport, there's many many options available to get you out and about in Johannesburg. For starters, we have the obvious Uber drivers and the many taxi ranks scattered all over the city. There's also the 80-kilometre commuter rail system, Gautrain, which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and O.R. Tambo International Airport together with one fast, convenient and efficient service. All you need is a Gautrain card and you're ready to go! There's also the option of car rentals from many reputable rental companies. Getting on the move has never been easier!

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Schools

Johannesburg is the ideal location for families due to its wide choice of educational facilities and schools. Whether you're looking to further your studies at a university or tertiary institute, or are looking for a top-notch private or public primary or high school for your children, there's sure to be a school that'll offer the perfect starting blocks in build your or your children's knowledge and pursue their dreams of becoming a lawyer, a doctor, an architect, or even a trendy fashionista designing fashion perfect for the catwalk. A few Johannesburg education institutes worth mentioning includes the well-known St Stithians College in Sandton, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg, King David Schools, St Mary's School in Waverley and St Andrews School for Girls.

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Outbound & Inbound Travel From Joburg

There are two airports that serve Johannesburg: the privately owned Lanseria International Airport (HLA) just north of Randburg and Sandton; and Africa's biggest and busiest airport situated in Kempton Park, O.R.Tambo International Airport (JNB). Both airports offer domestic and regional flights throughout the country, while O.R. Tambo International Airport caters to international flights across the global. Not only do these airports offer flights to any dream destination in the world, but they also provide travelers with car hire, hotels, restaurants, stores and much more. You can also explore the country by taking a scenic train ride with the Shosholoza Meyl or catching a Greyhound bus.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Johannesburg is always bustling with international travelers, tourists and businessmen from all over the world. And let's not forget our local visitors who are looking for a quick escape from the rush of everyday living. With this in mind, the city offers a wide selection of hotels and accommodation options that'll suit every need, occasion, and pocket. If you're looking to go all out when visiting trendy and vibrant Sandton, why not book a stay at the stunning five-star Michelangelo Hotel on West Street? Want to explore Johannesburg Central and experience inner city living? Visit the funky hostel, Curiocity Joburg in Jeppestown, and stay in one of their hip dorms or private rooms. There's also the contemporary Once In Joburg 'poshtel' right in the middle of town, surrounded by an eclectic selection of restaurants, shops, entertainment and much more.

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Conference Centres

Business makes the world go round, which is why Joburg is full of conferencing venues to ensure that you host productive meetings with your delegates, effortlessly and seamlessly. Looking for something in the middle of the richest square mile in Africa? The Sandton Convention Centre is just the place, not only offering the best in the business but also business breakfasts to treat your guests! And for a space that's not too close but not too far away from all the busy business hubs of the city, why not visit trendy Rosebank, bustling Bedfordview, or even central Randburg, all full of unique restaurants and hotels ideal for your next meeting.

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Municipal Services

To ensure that the city keeps running like a well-oiled machine, visitors and locals will be able to find municipal services scattered throughout Joburg and beyond to ensure that they can get all of their administrative concerns taken care of, as well as their well being, safety and health. From SARS offices and SAPS, to Traffic Departments, Home Affairs, public clinics and fire departments, Johannesburg has everything covered. You can find many various branches located in all major suburbs in the city, ensuring convenience and ease of access.

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Property In Johannesburg

Planning on making your stay in the city a little more permanent? As in moving to the the bustling and beautiful city of Johannesburg? If you're ready to take the plunge, the city offers a wide variety of property options for you to view, explore and perhaps even buy or rent. There are many homes, flats in complexes, and apartments and bachelor pads available in Joburg, you'll certainly feel spoilt for choice. All you have to do is research which areas you'd consider living in (keeping in mind where you work in the city, what you're willing to spend on petrol while commuting, and entertainment hubs), your budget and what you're looking for in a space to call your own.

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Jobs

Looking for a new job? You've come to the right city! Joburg is full of exciting opportunities for those who want to start their career or are simply looking on broadening their horizons with a brand-new venture. Part time work, full time 8 to 5 jobs, and everything else in between, you're bound to find the perfect fit in the city of Joburg. So, get that CV ready and apply for amazing work opportunities in one of the busiest and fast-paced cities in South Africa.

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Zoo Lake Park – Parkview

Not only does the Zoo Lake green gym give visitors the opportunity to blow off some steam and sweat off those extra kilos, it also offers a wonderful space to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. After your workout, take a stroll through the park, check out the Coronation Fountain or enjoy a picnic. You could even take the family on a leisurely boat ride.

Details: 011 483 1017 | Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and Lower Park Drive, Parkview.

Mushroom Farm Park – Sandown

In the centre of the richest quarter mile in Joburg, the Mushroom Farm Park in Sandown is just the place if you’re looking for a little peace, relaxation and, of course, some exercise outdoors. Green Outdoor Gyms has set up a number of park gyms to give the public access to health and fitness equipment without the cost, and Mushroom Farm Park is one of their signature sites. Go check out what equipment they have ready for you.

Details: Corner Daisy & Linden Street, Sandown, Sandton.

Mushroom Farm Park – Sandown

Metro Park – Newtown

The inner city isn’t all about traffic jams, home affairs and sidewalk traders anymore. Now there is a Green Outdoor Gym at Metro City! Fitness fanatics can expect to find weight machines, steppers in different variations, stationary bikes and much more in the middle of Joburg CBD. This is also a lovely spot if you’re looking to get out of the office for a few minutes, just to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Details: South of Mandela Bridge, corner Ntembi Piliso and Carr Street, Newtown, Joburg CBD.

Protea Glen Park – Soweto

Soweto is buzzing with action, so it's only natural that Green Outdoor Gyms has spread its gift of fitness and health to Protea Glen Park. No matter which muscle group you’re looking to firm up or how intense a workout you’re seeking, there is sure to be a piece of equipment at the park gym to get the job done.

Details: Kunene Street, Soweto.

Diepsloot Park – Diepsloot

Diepsloot Park was renovated in 2008 and now sports swings, slides and roundabouts to keep the little ones entertained. They also boast a mini-soccer field for footie fans and a free outdoor green gym that was installed by Green Outdoor Gyms. So, whether you’re looking to enjoy a day out and about having fun on the play equipment or want to break a sweat at the outdoor gym, Diepsloot is just the place. There is also security 24 hours a day.

Details: N14 Highway, Diepsloot, Johannesburg.

George Hay Park – Parkview

George Hay Park is one of the popular outdoor spaces used for numerous events throughout the year, including yoga in the park, Halloween trick-or-treating and Valentine’s Day activities. To add to the options, they have installed an outdoor gym for the use of the general public. No membership fees or being cooped up indoors, this gym gives you the opportunity to enjoy nature, fresh air and sunshine while you work on your fitness.

Details: Westmeath Road, Parkview, Randburg, Johannesburg.

George Hay Park – Parkview

Petrus Molefe Eco Park – Soweto

Another spot that offers a free green gym to residents in Soweto is the Petrus Molefe Eco Park. Young and old can take advantage of the great equipment and turn half an hour of the day into a health-focused activity. What's also great is that you're bound to meet and socialise with neighbours who are fellow fitness fans and share your tips and tricks that’ll further help you on your health journey.

Details: Mokwhene Street, Dhlamini, Soweto.

Steyn City – Midrand

Connecting Lanseria to Fourways, and Midrand to Broadacres, Steyn City is another signature site that boasts a Green Outdoor Gym. There are nine workout stations that are spaced out over 1,2km, each sporting six different types of equipment to ensure that you get the best out of your workout. From arm and leg work to cardio and strength, you’re sure to get a balanced session.

Details: Zevenfontein 407-Jr, Midrand.

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Sir Lionel Phillips Park - Greenside

No need for you to rob the bank for a gym membership fee, because the Sir Lionel Phillips Park in Greenside is open to the public. They offer gym equipment to keep everyone in good and healthy shape, and it's all completely free of charge.

Details: 27 Cruden Bay Road, Greenside, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Westdene Dam Park

Wondering how to fit in a morning workout routine? Well, why not take a jog and get a workout at the Westdene outdoor gym? Bring the kids along so they can burn off their excess energy while you lose some extra calories. This is a great affordable way to get a workout in for the whole family, at no cost.

Details: 14 Lewes Road, Westdene, Johannesburg.

Westdene Dam Park

Where To Run In The City

If you are in need of a good cardio workout after all that strength training, then why not go for a jog? Joburg has everything you need to keep in shape without breaking the bank. Click here to see our list of top jogging spots in the city.

Get Those Fitness Apps Ready

Another easy and affordable way to stay in shape is with the help of some technology. Check out these fitness & health apps and meditation apps to help you stay in tip-top shape.

What's your favourite outdoor gym? Tell us all about it in the comments section below. 

What Is It?

Be a part of the a four day House of Vans festivities as it hosts an instalment of music, art and skateboarding. Here you will be taken on creative journey and meet like-minded people. There will be an array of entertainment including skateboarders, art installations, workshops, concert stages, a photo booth, mug printing, tote bag customisation, Vans claw machine, House of Vans merchandise, as well as food and drinks on sale. The House of Vans is where "Off The Wall" lives. It's a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs , rolls, or stomps through its door.

House Of Vans Johannesburg 2019

With permanent spaces in Chicago, Illinois and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us. And of course it's happening in the heart of Joburg too, giving you the chance to enjoy all that it has to offer. Be excited because you will be fascinated by the best in the entertainment industry giving you the following artists throughout the four days:

House of Vans

Where Is It?

1 Fox Street, Ferreiras Dorp, Johannesburg.

When Is It?

Thursday, 22 August 2019 – Saturday, 25 August 2019.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are free, but you need to RSVP.

For More Information

Make sure you visit this website for more information.

Dining Out

Stokkiesdraai

Restaurants are hard to come by in Brits, besides the hotel restaurants and the popular South African chains like Spur and Wimpy. However, when travelling, even just for a day or weekend, we want to try something new. This restaurant and equestrian centre certainly fits the bill. The beautiful venue serves up tasty and fresh comfort food. Sit back, enjoy a good burger and milkshake all the while being surrounded by the proud and majestic horses.

Contact details: 071 658 7993 | 1 Rutgersweg, Brits, North West

Beestekraal Stasie

This is another unique Brits offering. This restaurant space came from an old converted railway station that used to be a vegetable trading spot. Now it offers a unique restaurant displaying antiques from a bygone era. They pride themselves on the "local is lekker" motto, only using vegetables, chicken and meat from local farmers and suppliers. Try an indulgent burger or schnitzel and browse through their country store. While the antiques are not for sale, they do make an entertaining and educational pastime. You can also stock up on homemade delicacies like rusks and jam.

Contact details: 012 2771 297 | [email protected]http://www.beestekraalstasie.co.za

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Stay The Night

Palm Swift

Palm Swift Luxury Accommodation offers 22 rooms with amenities such as air conditioning, flat screen TVs, DSTV, kettles, hairdryers and mini bars. The resort also offers breakfast on the terrace, a luxury pool area and a conference room. This is the place to stay if you want to stay in affordable luxury while being treated like a VIP guest.

Contact details: 012 940 2182 | 3 Spoorweg Street, Brits | [email protected]http://www.palmswift.co.za

Dikhololo

Huddled between Brits and Hartebeestpoort, this resort and private game reserve offers quality accommodation. The fully furnished four and six bedroom chalets are clustered together in different camps named after specific animals. This resort offers a restaurant, mini golf course, several pools, a teenage game room, playground, sporting facilities, supertube, bar and chess. But we love to spend time hiking and bike riding along the various paths while viewing their selected game which includes giraffe, zebra, dassies, squirrels, hares, eland, kudu, waterbuck, a variety of birds and the newly acquired sables.

Contact details: 0861 269 846 | Farm Siena, Brits District, North West | [email protected]https://www.dikhololo.co.za

Platinum Island Resort

Both entertainment and accommodation, Platinum Island Resort is the North West's very own inland beach. They offer a baby pool, kiddies play park, main pool, outdoor chess, putt-putt, volleyball courts, braai facilities, coffee shop and restaurant. And they offer two, three and four sleeper rooms as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and buffet meals per order. They also offer late arrival accommodation, in case your day trip in Brits turns into a weekend trip at the last minute.

Contact details: 066 304 3399 | Corner Of N4 And R512, Platinum Highway, Brits | [email protected]www.platinumislandresort.co.za

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Borakalalo National Park

Brits is mostly made up of farms and private game resorts, so naturally most of the entertainment in Brits centres around nature and wildlife. One such place is Borakalalo National Park. This game reserve, surrounding the Klipvoor Dam, is a place where one can relax, taking leisurely strolls around the conservation area. It features over 350 species of birds, antelope, giraffes, white rhinos and leopards among other mammals on the 13 000 ha of woodland and bushveld. One can also spend the day fishing for carp, bream, barbel and yellowfish, or simply enjoy a peaceful picnic or relaxed braai.

Contact details: 012 729 4101 | Brits, Jericho, 0189 | [email protected]http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za/borakalalo-national-park

The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre

The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre is based on a conservation project. They aim to preserve and protect cheetahs and wild dogs. The centre offers patrons the chance to view cheetah runs, guided tours, walking tours and school tours. However they do not offer any ambassador experiences to the public as they will not compromise the health and safety of the animals in their centre in any way.

Contact details: 012 504 9906 | R513, Brits, 0251 | [email protected] / http://dewildt.co.za

Explore Hartebeespoort

Hartebeespoort is right next door to Brits and it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun activities this unique town has to offer. If you are spending a weekend in Brits, why not take the scenic route home through the majestic Hartes and explore all it has to offer? Check out this article to find all the worthwhile spots to visit.

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What Is It?

Explore the Joburg Literary District between Fox and Albertina Sisulu Streets with Jozi Walks while Griffin Shea guides you through the beautiful city.

A great perk, there is safe parking at the Reef Hotel for just R30 so you can enjoy your walking tour with peace of mind. Plus the tour is absolutely free so there is no excuse to miss it

Book your tickets now!

When Is It?

Saturday & Sunday, 18 - 19 May 2019 (Times differ depending on the day)

Where Is It?

Various establishments, walk will begin and end on 95 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg CBD.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are Free but you do have to book Tickets Here!

For More Information.

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Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening hours may be subject to change. Please contact your desired destination for further information regarding their trading hours, events and updated information.

Admire Some Beautiful Art

Visit The Goodman Gallery

If you are a fan of contemporary art or just art in general, then take a drive out to the Goodman Gallery in Parkwood. Housing artworks from artists such as David Goldblatt and William Kentridge, you can spend the day viewing some exquisite artwork, and maybe even learn a thing or two about art.

For more information about the Goodman Gallery, click here. 

Details: Opening hours: Monday and Sunday: Closed; Tuesday to Friday: 09:30 – 17:30, Saturday: 09:30 – 16:00 | 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg | Email: [email protected] | Tel: 011 788 1113

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Visit CIRCA On Jellicoe

CIRCA is a stunning gallery. In fact, it's a work of art itself. Check it out to see stunning exhibitions. CIRCA aims to showcase highly important contemporary artworks. CIRCA's curators also arrange installations concerned with technology. Musical events and lectures also take place at this gallery, so be sure to keep an eye out to stay in the loop!

For more information, click here.

Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 18:00, Saturday: 09:00 – 13:00 | 02 and 06 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | Email: [email protected] | Tel: 011 788 4805

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Take A Stroll At Delta Park

Take a stroll, get some fresh air and reconnect with nature at Delta Park. This park is considered to be Joburg's biggest green lungs and an ambler's paradise, offering 104 hectares of grassland and woodland to explore. Sometimes we just need to get away from the noise of the city and be one with nature. This is just the place to go to when you want to take long walks on the walking trails, which link three beautiful tree-lined dams. It's also a great place to let the doggos run off some energy.

For more information, click here.

Details: Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 06:00 - 18:00 | 77 Craighall Road, Victory Park, Randburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 888 4831

Emmarentia Dam

With large, open gardens and the popular dam, enjoy a day at the park with family, friends and your four-legged companions at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens at Emmarentia Dam. Pack yourself a picnic basket filled with delicious delights, a blanket and enjoy the fresh air while ‘people-watching’. This is the perfect spot to have a relaxing day out in the sun, give your four-legged friend some exercise and fun and spend some quality time with family.

For more information, click here

Details: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 782 7064

Hop On Down To The Bokkie Park

Enjoy a day out in the sunshine with family and friends at the Bokkie Park in Boksburg. Bring along some veggies, or buy some at the kiosk available, and hand-feed the tame bunnies and other animals like goats, cows and donkeys. And, to make the day even more relaxing, pack a lovely picnic filled with snacks and enjoy the great outdoors while the little ones track down bunnies, see peacocks show off their flamboyant feathers or (when available) go on pony rides. And every first Saturday of the month, there's a Craft Market.

For more information, click here.

Details: Opening times: Daily from 08:00 to 17:30 | 38 Southvale Road, Leeuwpoort 113-Ir, Boksburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 999 5254

Do Something Different

Visit The Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

This one isn't in Joburg, we know. But it's definitely worth the drive! Visit the scenic Nan Hua Buddhist Temple (the South African branch for the Humanistic Buddhist Order) to marvel at the divine architecture. Take the time to walk through the museum and view their large collection of Chinese artefacts. Check out the White Temple Lions (not real ones, obviously) that protect the temple or view a set of impressive antique Han Dynasty (dates back 2 000 years) Chinese Palace gongs, which are the exact replica of the originals.

For more information, click here.

Details: Opening times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00 | 27 Nan Hua Road, Cultura Park, Bronkhorstspruit, Johannesburg | Tel: 013 931 0009

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Visit Joburg's Interesting Museums

Adler Museum Of Medicine

If you're a fan of anything medical, then take some time to browse through the history of medicine and developments in the medical world. Visit the Adler Museum of Medicine, where you can see interesting collections representing the medical, dental and pharmaceutical history through the ages. With hundreds of historical medical items, documents, philatelic and medallion collections and a library housing rare books, you can enjoy a day of browsing and learning. Regular public lectures, tours, film shows and exhibitions are on show at the museum.

For more information, click here.

Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday: 09:30 – 16:00, Saturdays on request | Wits Medical School, Corner York and Carse O’ Gowrie Roads, Parktown, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 717 2081

James Hall Museum Of Transport

Being the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa, visit the James Hall Museum of Transport and view transport collections which include animal-drawn vehicles (1870 - 1910), bicycles and motorcycles (1786 - 1960), buses and coaches, motor cars (1900 - 1980) and trams and trolley buses (1896 - 1986). There is also interesting memorabilia, artefacts and special interest and extremely rare steam vehicle collections to view. This is definitely the place for car or transport enthusiasts!

For more information, click here.

Details: Opening times: Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00; closed every third weekend of the month | Pioneer’s Park, Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle | Tel: 011 435 9718 or 011 435 9485/6/7

Absa Money Museum

Take a trip down to the only money and banking museum to see the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world. The museum’s history stretches as far back as to the beginnings of trading in Johannesburg and shows many displays of ‘early money’, from Cowrie Shells to Venetian glass beads. Remember to bring along your ID for entry into the building!

For more information, click here

Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday – 08:30 to 16:00 | 15 Troye Street, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 350 4167

For more free museum tours in the city, click here. 

Visit One Of The City's Markets

The Rosebank Sunday Market

Browse through all kinds of stalls and find anything and everything from crafts, antiquities, collectables, clothing and stock for hobby enthusiasts. It’s free to browse but, if you wish, you can do a little bit of shopping. And if you get a bit peckish in-between shopping, there is a selection of food available.

For more information, click here

Details: Opening times: Sundays: 09:00 – 16:00 | Corner of Cradock Avenue and Baker Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 442 3387

The Stables Village Market

Wind down after a long week at the office at The Stables Village Market. This spot has everything you need for a fun day out with the family including good food, arts and crafts galore, entertainment for all, and a bustling atmosphere. They also host various events throughout the year, so be sure to like them on Facebook to stay informed.

For more information, click here.

Details: Address: 212 3rd Road, Chartwell, Johannesburg | Email: [email protected] | Tel: 060 868 6231

Weekend Market JHB

The Weekend Market is the place to be if you're looking for a market that caters to the whole family! Entrance to the market is free, but if you'd like to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some of the entertainment the market has to offer, then you'll have to spend a little bit. Other than that, this is a great spot to unwind, relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay in loop with their upcoming events.

For more information, click here.

Details: Address: Corner Nasrec Road and Rifle Range Road, Ridgeway, Uncle Charlies, Johannesburg South | Email: [email protected] | Tel: 066 053 5425

Markets In The East Rand

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is a vast expanse of stunning flora and fauna. It has a beautiful cascading waterfall, educational walks and even a black eagle which nests atop the waterfall kraans. It is open on weekdays and weekends and will sometimes have a show or event taking place. The Garden also has a mini-train that operates on weekends which is great fun for the kids (and possibly the only operational mini-train in Gauteng).

Tip: Make sure you call before going as sometimes the Botanical Garden hosts events which can be loud and interrupt your idea of a quiet afternoon picnic.

Details: End of Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort

Walkhaven

This one’s for all the dog lovers out there. Walkhaven started in 2006 with the strict purpose of being a safe environment to exercise your pooches. Walkhaven has a restaurant, a kennel and a function venue with hordes of families making the trek to spend the day with their furry best friends. It’s situated in quaint Muldersdrift on a 22-hectare plot of rolling grassland and features a little dam for your dogs’ enjoyment.

Tip: Visit their website for info on getting an annual pass, which also entitles you to other perks.

Details: Plot 77, Zwartkop, Johannesburg

Gillooly's Farm

Gillooly’s Farm is another great picnic venue on the more eastern side of town. This big piece of grassland features everything from braai areas (very rare in parks these days) to conference venues. They even have a restaurant on the property. It’s beautiful, safe and perfect for picnicking with friends as you can braai, play sport or suntan on the soft sprawling lawns.

Tip: Saturdays tend to be a little busy and at times, so there can be a bit of a ruckus (they don’t only allow braaing but alcohol too, which is fun for some… but not for all).

Details: Boeing Road West, Germiston, Johannesburg

Emmarentia Botanical Gardens

This central Joburg contingent is the perfect venue for a picnic. You don’t pay an entrance fee, are exposed to a world of beauty and have a brilliant view of the city. The Emmarentia Dam and Botanical Gardens is known for its dam and, more recently, for the big live music shows hosted there. They also offer paddle boat hire and benches skirting the dam. This is the most popular park in central Johannesburg and is a must for people who haven’t yet visited it, as well as for those who have.

Interesting Fact: The Emmarentia Botanical Gardens is in fact not one of the eight National Botanic Gardens and is run by the Joburg Parks Department. Walter Sisulu, on the other hand, is a National Botanic Garden and is therefore run by the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Details: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

A personal favourite is Van Gaalen, which is actually a cheese factory (although we feel that using the word factory when referring to this little slice of tranquillity is blasphemy). They do Gouda and only Gouda as they do it so damn well. From aged cheeses to young, softer ones, their Gouda is immaculate! But enough about their cheeses before we start drooling on our keyboards. The property boasts a restaurant, a small quiet river and, of course, the cheese ‘factory’. They provide tours of the cheese-making process and allow patrons to use their property for picnics.

Tip: If you phone a day ahead they will make you a picnic basket on the banks of the Skeerpoort river. Another tip would be to book ahead for their restaurant if you plan on heading out there because it can get busy.

Details: Skeerpoort off the R512 (turn off towards Magaliesburg). Call or visit their website for more info.

Zoo Lake

As Joburg’s original park, Zoo Lake used to be the place where the Randlords went to have picnics. With 9 hectares of play area and almost nowhere to park, Zoo Lake is one of our favourite spots to check out. If you forget the picnic goods at home, you can pop into Moyo and grab a bunch of stuff to eat. You can also go for boat rides on the lake – at R10 a pop (it’s been R10 since forever, but just make sure as this price can change before we know it).

Tip: The weekends get pretty packed so try and go early to get a decent parking spot. Alternatively, you can park at Moyo but then you have to buy something from the restaurant.

Details: Zoo Lake, Parkview, Randburg, 2122

Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed…” The poet Walt Whitman said that. Though he’s never been to Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary, we’re pretty sure he would have enjoyed walking the path around this beautiful piece of flora and fauna. The soft green grass, the chirping of birds and the sun shining softly on your cheek makes for a great picnic experience. With 36 hectares of land to put your blankie down on, we highly recommend the old Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary.

Details: Edgewood Avenue & Melrose St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2000

Riversands Farm

Hands down the friendliest park in Jozi, Riversands Farm on the outskirts of Fourways (just past Dainfern) boasts tons of activities. Above and beyond soft grass and a relaxed atmosphere, this picnic hotspot is a great place to take the pups for a walk. There’s also a zipline, cafe, sports grounds and other cool stuff to get up to if the picnic basket runs empty. Riversands Farm is also known for hosting events such as the SA Gin Festival, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their events calendar. Oh, and before we forget, there’s a Sunday market happening, well, every Sunday. Count us in, please!

Tip: Bring sunblock. There’s not that much shade.

Details: Riversands Commercial Park, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand, 2189

Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Just past Pretoria, you will find 4 000 hectares of prime picnic fun. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is home to 404 species of birds, a big fat dam and loads of trees. So grab some blankets and picnic baskets, get the kids in the car and drive on over.

Tip: Don’t take a wee in the water. Rietvlei Dam supplies over 41 million litres of water to Pretoria on a daily basis. Also, if you’re driving through from Jozi, pack a snack to keep your wandering fingers out of the picnic basket on the way.

Details: 14 Game Reserve Ave, Rietvallei 377-Jr, Pretoria, 0181

Your Very Own Back Yard

Yup. We went there. It saves you a drive, you can keep the beer cold, and no one is going to yell at you for making a fire.

Tip: If you don’t have a backyard, check out the other nine venues… just saying.

Venue: Where the Wi-Fi connects automatically.

By Shawn Greyling

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Katu Vellies

Jono Dangoumou is a bright young lad from the West Rand who's making waves in the local SME scene. We caught up with him to chat about launching his brand, Katu Vellies, from the ground up.

You could start any business - why venture into Vellies?

I received a scholarship to study entrepreneurship in New Zealand. We had to do a marketing assignment and I thought about iconic South African products. Vellies came to mind. After pitching the idea to my classmates I realised that many people were fed up with the quality of Chinese made shoes that dominate the shoe industry. Katu Vellies was the answer to that. A quality, durable shoe that can last for years. I realised that many vellie manufacturers never updated their designs and most were struggling along or even closing. So, I thought that I can take the best elements of a vellie which is its durability and modernise it slightly it would appeal to people. And it did. My class project then developed into a business.

You are known as quite a savvy businessman. Where does this come from?

My father has been an entrepreneur all his life, so I grew up in a family that talks about ideas and business around the dinner table. I find it exciting to try and create something from nothing and seeing an idea take shape in the real world. I get a kick out of creating value for other people and getting rewarded for it.

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You studied in New Zealand. How did that go?

I received a scholarship to do a Master in Entrepreneurship. It was an incredible experience. We were a very creative group of entrepreneurs and the course was a very practical take on what it takes to build a successful business. I also realised that South Africa has many opportunities because entrepreneurship is basically problem-solving. There are many problems to solve in developing countries. After returning I was motivated to try something new that is uniquely South African.

What's the one thing they don't teach you in business school that you've learned?

Success isn’t a linear process. Academics usually teach/give the impression that if you follow certain steps and do them well you will be successful. Starting a business is usually one step forward two steps back. Many setbacks followed by minor successes. But if you have the grit to push through then good things can happen.

How do you go about making your brand different from your competitors? 

We thrive on feedback from our customers and use the info to improve the shoes. Most fashion brands tell consumers what's cool and what products they should like and use the influence of a famous person to do it. We used a different approach. We put a product out in the market and keep our ears open. By creating this loop of feedback, it helps us in improve the vellies, in the same way, software improves and brings out a better version each year based on what consumers want.

What goes into make a pair of shoes? Is the entire thing made under one roof or do the soles come from a different factory and so on? 

In terms of shoemaking there … On one end of the spectrum, you have Chinese factories that make 10 000 generic pairs of shoes a day and on the other artisan Japanese shoemakers that make 50 pairs per year of which every single element of the shoe is handmade and even hand stitched. So there are different ways to make a shoe. We use older tools and machinery that still require human interaction and decision making to make our Katu Vellies. Giving them the unique hand-crafted look. In the workshops we work with 90% of the shoe is made under one roof. But you do source various parts from other places.

Katu Vellies is known for its thriving e-commerce store. Without giving away any secrets, what are the three important points to remember when it comes to creating an online store for your products?

  1. People should know about the store (Marketing & Build a Brand).
  2. Because online shopping is still a growing trend in SA (this is growing rapidly) you have to guide the consumer through the online sales process and that may take some human interaction.
  3. Under promise and over deliver (especially regarding delivery times).

What's the importance of social media in getting your brand out there?

It is important to tell authentic stories and to make consumers part of the story. Your brand has to stand for something important that creates an emotional connection with the consumer. Yes, you sell shoes, but why? For us, it is to change people’s minds to realise that the “fast-fashion” industry is causing labour problems in developing countries and damaging the environment. The textile and clothing industry is one of the contributors to pollution. We want people to buy a quality piece of clothing, love it and wear it for many years. We also want customers to know that everyone in our value-chain receives a fair wage. So by telling this story online people who share the same values respond to it. With the current digital overload, never forget the power of an off-line, word-of-mouth interaction. Wearing a pair of  Katu Vellies at a braai has sparked many interesting conversations.

Lastly, why should every single person in Joburg be wearing a pair of Katu Vellies?

Because it is a uniquely South African product, made in South Africa by South Africans.

For more info, visit the Katu Vellies store online. 

 

What Is It?

The Johannesburg Afro-Latin Festival 2019 is the second annual event of its kind. Focusing on dance, music, education and entertainment associated with the Afro-Latin genres of Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba, the festival offers workshops for everyone, from beginners right through to seasoned and professional dancers, Latin music enthusiasts and aspirant DJs! The 2019 edition will introduce Tango and some additional modern urban Latin and African genres.

With four official social events, including two themed parties with local and international performances, the Johannesburg Afro-Latin Festival will showcase the best of South African, African and international Afro-Latin street and social dance talent. All will be able to enjoy some history and heritage discussions as well. Check it out and subscribe at www.afrolatinfestival.co.za  for updates on artists and for the full schedule.

When Is It?

Friday, 15 March 2019 – Monday, 18 March 2019.

Where Is It?

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Rivonia Road, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

To get your tickets, click here.

For More Information

Visit www.afrolatinfestival.co.za.

You can also check them out on Facebook.

Please note: These speed dating events are only for October 2019

Johannesburg

Speed Dating at Hogshead Illovo

We all know and love Hogshead Illovo. It's one of those places that can turn your frown upside down after a hectic day or week at the office. It's also a great watering hole to meet and catch up with your mates. There’s always a great vibe, delicious food and something happening. Hogshead Illovo also hosts speed dating events every now and then for singletons that are looking to find their special someone. So, if you’re single and ready to mingle, be sure to check out these upcoming speed dating events. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Please note: To book, make sure you register to www.smartdate.co.za.

Speed Dating At The Artisan in Greenside

From refreshing cocktails and delicious tapas to a trendy vibe, The Artisan in Greenside is a hip and happening place to relax, unwind and mingle with a few singletons. They often update their offerings, so be sure to keep an eye out to see what new options they have on their menu. Also, this makes for a great place to potentially meet that special someone or strike up new friendships. Be sure to book your spot at Smart Date's speed dating event here to avoid disappointment. It promises to be a fun experience.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Please note: To book, make sure you register to www.smartdate.co.za.

Pretoria

Speed dating at Hogshead Centurion

What better place to experience and enjoy a speed dating session than at Hogshead Centurion? There’s loads of beer, awesome vibes and, of course, new and interesting people to meet. So, clean up, put on your best outfit, spritz on a perfume or aftershave, maybe grab a single mate or two and make your way to Hogshead Centurion and potentially meet the love of your life.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019:

Please note: To book, make sure you register to www.smartdate.co.za.

For More Information

For more information about Smartdate and their upcoming singles events, visit smartdate.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 072 4644 253 if you have any questions regarding their upcoming events.

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Smartdate 

Smartdate events gives singles looking for love the opportunity to meet, mingle and make meaningful connections without all of the fuss, pressure or anxiety that comes along with the dating world. Their services bring together professional singles of various ages, backgrounds and walks of life and provides singles with a great platform to meet and engage with people you wouldn’t usually find in a random club. No more meeting the wrong types at your local club, awkward setups or wasting time with people you have zero chemistry and even less in common with. Register at www.smartdate.co.za now and start attending singles events with a difference.

Here at Joburg.co.za HQ, we’re determined to explore every single part of the city in order to unearth all those hidden gems it has to offer. Taking a tour is one of the very best ways we’ve found! But don’t wait until your out-of-town guests arrive – take the family for a Joburg experience-with-a-difference!

So, if you’re keen to join our #NoRegrets2018 movement and try brand new experiences this year, then keep reading for ideas! We’ll be writing more detailed reviews on each of these in the weeks to come!

Johannesburg City Tour

This is SUCH a fun day out for families, couples and those who tasked with entertaining overseas guests. City Sightseeing takes you on a one-day circular route past Joburg’s top 20 attractions including Constitution Hill, The Apartheid Museum and SAB World of Beer. TIP: Hop on at their ticket office at The Zone in Rosebank. You have probably figured out that with 20 attractions, one day won't cut it...guess you have a few weekend activities lined up now!

Joburg Places

This is definitely one of our favourites and includes a number of daily tours at around R300 with JoburgPlaces. Choose between the City Centre Walking Tour, Marshalltown Walking Tour, Maboneng Walking Tour and Fashion District & Little Addis (Ethiopian Quarter) Walking Tour. You can also pre-book for one of their popular Pubs, Bars & Rooftops Bus Tours, which we can’t wait to try in 2018!

Past Experiences

If you’re looking for something completely out of the ordinary, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of offerings from the Past Experiences group. The I Love Shopping Tour is a must for those looking for fabric, beautiful bags and traditional African couture, with other options including the Spicy Fordsburg Tour, Joburg Inner City Taster Tour, Jozi's Chinatown, Jozi Inner City Pub Crawl and Graffiti Walks!

Mainstreetwalks

Mainstreetwalks is best known for their Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market (one of the oldest markets in Joburg and housing over 176 market stalls filled with traditional medicines, beaded artefacts, walking sticks and craft works), this company also offers an Inner City Urban Hiking Tour and Collectors Treasury Book Tour.

Alexandra Tours

If walking is not your thing, why not cycle your way around a South African Township with Alexandra Tours instead? Your local guide will take you past various heritage sites (including Nelson Mandela’s house and a shebeen) while also providing opportunities to meet people, taste various foods, and experience a genuine “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of township life.

Written by Shelli NT

How did you get involved in the music/radio industry?

For me, radio is all about the music. I came from an arts school, so when I went to study at the University of Pretoria I enrolled in a BA in Psychology and Criminology, but I needed something to balance the artsy side of me while on campus. So, I decided to join Tuks FM. Having never done radio before, I thought the only way into the entertainment industry was through TV and theatre. I got to Tuks FM and I fell in love with the station; they were playing so much music that I was never exposed to before. I enjoyed every moment of it. Two years later I got a call from the programming manager at YFM, he said I should come and try some of their shows. I got to YFM and worked my way up and then two years later I got a call from Ravi from 947 and the rest is history.

What is the best thing about being on radio? 

The music. I love listening to music. I listen to a lot of commercial music when I’m at work and then when I’m at home I listen to a lot of hip Hop, because I’m also a hip hop DJ.

Who do you look up to in the industry and why?

I look up to Anele. She is a fine example of what can be achieved. She started her journey, like mine, at Tuks FM. I admire her, not only because she is a presenter, but because she has so many facets to her career.

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on air?

It was Heritage Day and I asked listeners to send me voice notes to say common phrases in their language. One listener sent something so offensive, but I didn’t know and read it out on air. It was so embarrassing for me because I strive to be professional and I knew that was not supposed to happen, but it did.

You’re on air from 10am to 1pm, then what? What does the rest of your day look like?

There are a lot of things we do outside the office after our shows. I’m a hip hop DJ, voice-over artist and an MC.

What is the one thing no one knows about Ayanda MVP that we really need to know? 

There’s nothing, nothing at all. I am an open book right now!

Any crazy listener/fan stories?

The thing with radio is you need to know what the audience will care about and what they won't care about. On this time slot the biggest thing is making sure you entertain the listener with more music and less talk. I haven't had any crazy stories yet on 947.

At the 21st celebration of the The South African Style Awards accolades will be bestowed upon stalwarts in their respective fields, as well as young individuals making their mark.

A celebration of excellence, from Most Innovative Style to Most Stylish Business Personality, Most Stylish SA Icon to the Arts & Philanthropic Icon Award, introduced in 2016, every year sponsors and judges unite in the search for South Africa’s most stylish individuals; and over the years The South African Style Awards have showcased the glamour, success and unmistakable sense of style of some of South Africa’s most stylish personalities.

Previous winners include Basetsana Kumalo, Ursula Chikane, Bonang Matheba, Lindiwe Suttle, Carolyn Steyn, Gisèle Wertheim Aymés, Nomzamo Mbatha, Terry Pheto, Jeannie D, Elana Afrika, Tamara Dey, Nina Milner, Pnina Fenster, Gavin Rajah and Lady Kitty Spencer.

A host of judges are handpicked from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and are asked to nominate two people whom they believe to be outstandingly stylish in nine different categories – from the wild to the wonderful; the fantastic to the faces, identifying tomorrow’s stars and celebrating last year’s trendsetters. This is by no means a "best-dressed" accolade, but rather a celebration of style excellence.

Sponsors this year include: Sandton City, Tsogo Sun, Sandton Sun, Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire, Skins Cosmetics, Ashbourne wines, Wings Group, Martini Prosecco, Carlton Hair, Medi-Sculpt, Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino.

This year's categories and winners are:

Most Innovative Style LootLove

Most Stylist Performing Artist in Film or TV Thembisa Mdoda

Most Stylish Performing Artist in Music Black Coffee

Most Stylish Media Personality Ayanda Thabethe

Most Stylish Designer Interior or Fashion Tristan du Plessis

Most Stylist Model Candice Swanepoel

Most Stylish Business Personality Colin Coleman

Most Stylish Couple Dineo Moeketsi and Solo

Most Stylish SA Icon The Late Jenny Andrew (a posthumous award)

The Next Big Thing/Style in the City Kefilwe Mabote & Clare Wiese Wentzel

Freshouse Market

This fresh foods market provides crisp produce, fine cuts of meat and stunning flowers. They make an effort to stock fruit and vegetables that are a little more unusual so there is always a great variety. Their produce is well priced and they are also very active on their Facebook page for any queries, compliments or feedback. Open between 08:00 and 19:00, which is ideal if you need to squeeze in a little shopping after work.

Find more information here.

The Green Grocery

This is an online grocer offering not only convenience but delivery too. Their fresh, organic produce is sourced from local farmers, who use no synthetic fertilisers or pesticides. Over and about fresh fruit and veg, you can also find herbs and spices, gluten-free and artisan health bread, dairy, dried fruit, nuts and seeds on their site. They deliver on Thursdays and Fridays but check their website to see when they do your area.

Find more information here.

Impala Fruit & Flowers

Found at Lifestyle Crossing in Little Falls, this is one of the largest stores in the franchise. Opened in 2009, they offer fresh produce, choice-cut flowers, as well as nuts, jams and yoghurts. Their flower selection is impressive, particularly in the dry seasons. Apart from their fantastic quality produce, they also have daily specials:

Other Impala stores are in Northcliff and Craighall Park.

Find more information here

IMPALA

Mary’s Country Fruit and Veg

Based in the Cresta area, this little store is always a treat to visit. The staff are friendly and prices on fresh produce are unbeatable. The best part is they often have specials where you can buy in bulk and save. They are a family-owned store and aim to have mostly organic produce but also supply freshly baked cakes and confectionery, created by local moms and bakers in the area — worth trying if you have a sweet tooth.

Find more information here.

Freshly Grown

This is another online fresh produce store specialising in organic and whole foods. In addition to fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat and drinks, they make up boxes for you comprising various veggies for either two or four people. You can also choose salad or meat boxes, perfect for families. Everything is well priced and this solution is ideal if you don’t have time to sift through the site. They also have a bakery section which stocks unusual flours and baking aids, harm-free household products and their own hand and body range. Freshly Grown delivers different orders on different days.

Find more information here. 

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Farm Fresh Online

This is the last online produce store on our list. They offer 100% South African-grown produce and there's no cold chain; the produce comes directly from the farm to your kitchen. Farm Fresh Online also offers farmers boxes of different sizes which include fruit or seasonal vegetables. It's quicker to simply choose a box but if you wish to add any extras, you can select items like honey, free-range eggs, milk and pantry fillers. Check out their site for delivery schedules.

Find more information here.

Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

This market is an institution and was Joburg's first organic market. It has a variety of other stalls with jewellery, clothing and bric-a-brac and is open Thursday to Saturday, 09:00 – 15:00. There are two organic fruit and veg stalls inside, the first being Christa’s Corner. Her farm is out past Lanseria, so the market is the best place to get her fresh produce. She also offers micro-greens, sprouts and wheatgrass and is involved in every aspect of the farming process.

The second stall in the market is Wensleydale Farm with their certified organic fruit and vegetables. Established in 1989, they supply many of the large supermarkets. The stall at the market offers a selection of their organic produce but you can also order boxes directly from their website and have them delivered to your house.

Find more information here.

Maledi Fresh

Maledi Fresh is a wholly black-owned family business that supplies fresh food products to restaurants, schools, as well as to the public. They are stationed at the Lifestyle Home Garden centre and their products are replenished daily, so you are always sure to get the freshest produce no matter what day of the week you visit. They offer organic and non-organic fruit and vegetables, dairy products and also dry goods.

Find more information here.

What Was It?

We, Joburg.co.za, hosted our very first Insta-Walk and where we invited you to join us. Since we love exploring our city so much and sharing our finds with you, we thought we should bring you along to explore this beautiful city with us. And there was no better time, with the changing of the seasons, to launch our first Insta-Walk, as there were so many stunning autumn colours waiting to be caught on camera. We requested that you bring your cameras from DSLRs to Instax and Film. All shutterbug favorites were welcome and wanted!

We had so much fun taking images, sharing them on Instagram with the hashtags #ExploreJoburg #ExploreJoburgAutumn #ExploreEmmarentia and your image will be featured on our Instagram page. We also asked you to Share and tag us in your images on Instagram with the tags #ExploreJoburg and #ExploreJoburgAutumn.

This walk was the first of many, so tell your friends and your friends' friends – the more, the merrier. Everyone is welcome, from kids to grandpas and grandmas. 

When Was It?

Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 16:30.

Where Was It?

Emmarentia Dam, Emmarentia, Johannesburg, at the Shakespeare Rose Garden.

How Much Is It?

Free!

For More Information

For more information on this Insta-Walk, call 087 470 0592, or email [email protected] or [email protected].

Save the date and join us for this creative autumn walk. Be sure to follow us on Instagram!

What Was It?

The sky provides a canopy for our dreams at the next It's Personal - the RoofTop Series. This event celebrated the beautiful city from above, in true It's Personal style. Step into city life and lose yourself to the very best musical experience, both local and abroad. This event transformed the rooftop of the Citilec building into a marvel of lush gardens offering gourmet food, indulgent desserts and as always, a top-notch musical lineup that this festival has become known for. Acts from Roland Leesker, Crazy White Boy, Jazzuelle, Bantwanas Showcased their talents.

When Was It?

Saturday, 18 March 2017 from 12:00 to 00:00.

Where Was It?

Citilec Building Rooftop, 246 Main St, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

How Much Was It?

Tickets cost between R250 and R2 600 and are available at Nutickets. Tickets prices are as follows:

For More Information

For more information about It's Personal - The RoofTop Series, email [email protected] or call Justin on 082 804 3133 OR Andrew on 084 507 7944.

High-end shopping, lounging by the pool, personal pampering, local entertainment, late-night evenings, party until dawn… Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch invites you to enjoy exactly that, this summer, in the Melrose Arch precinct, where you will have luxurious accommodation and continuous entertainment at your doorstep.  This affordable offer will allow you to spend more on yourself – which is well deserved, right? Have the best fun on your urban escape - in the most affordable and fun way possible!

Protea Hotels

Advance Purchase: Be Your Edgy And Extraordinary Self

Book seven or more days ahead of your preferred stay dates and enjoy a 30% saving at a hotel that brings out the bold, the slick and the sexy.

Offer Details

Terms And Conditions Apply

Protea Hotels

For More Information

For bookings and more information, visit their website here.

Tel: +27 11 218 4000

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fireandice

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FireandIceMA

Instagram: https://instagram.com/phfireandicema/

Address: 22 Whiteley Street, Melrose Arch Precinct, Johannesburg

What Is It?

Imagine partying to the music genre of your choice at one of the coolest spots in the city - and all this to the backdrop of a breath-taking view. Well, secure your tickets today and be part of the Fraction Festival that brings on four dance floors, live entertainment from some of the hottest DJ’s and a party like no other! So if EDM, Techno, Hip Hop and House Music is your thing then be sure to see and be seen!

Where Is It?

Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

When Is It?

Saturday, 10 December 2016 at 16:00 – Sunday, 11 December 2016 at 02:00

How Much Is It?

Tickets are available from Nutickets.

R150 - Early Bird (Limited to 500)
R220 - Phase 1 (Limited to 1000)
R200 - Group special (4+ tickets purchased)

For more information, click here. 

What Is It?

The Wknd Social is back and it promises a bang like never before. This is all about dining delights and about experiencing the city's authentic party culture! There will be tonnes of food, cocktails, beer, wine, tequila, live entertainment and fashion. You’ll be mingling with some of the coolest people in town. So what are you waiting for? Gather your crew and join in.

Where Is It?

1 Lower Ross Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg,

When Is It?

Saturday, 5 November 2016 at 12:00 – Sunday, 6 November 2016 at 02:00

How Much Is It?

Tickets are available from Quicket and are R 100 per person at the door.

For more information, click here.

 

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