It's A World Heritage Site

Officially being recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1999, Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind has been dubbed as the place where it all began: the birth of humanity. Why here of all places in the world, you may ask? Well, for starters, it is one of the world’s richest fossil sites.

Here, fossils discovered within the Sterkfontein Caves date back to more than 4-million years ago. And secondly, the caves themselves are certainly amazing, not only for their spectacular views and structures, but also because it's a time travelling vortex that'll take you back to the prehistoric age of our planet.

This destination is extremely interesting, exciting and thrilling, and is a must-visit you need to do at least once. Also, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves are both located within close proximity to active scientific dig sites, where researchers are digging, reconstructing and researching humanity’s complex origin.

Fun fact: Did you know that an estimated 40% of all the world's human ancestor fossils have been found in the Cradle of Humankind?

It's Edutaining!

Visiting Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind is the perfect outing for the entire family. Not only is it educational, teaching visitors about the beginnings of humankind, but it is also loads of fun. The award-winning world-class exhibition, the Maropeng Visitor Centre, showcases the development and evolution of humans, as well as all of the interesting fossil and excavation discoveries that have been made in the area over the years.

Here, guests will enjoy a self-guided and interactive journey through time, beginning with the formation of the planet, then moving forward through the evolutionary processes over thousands and millions of years, to the world as we know it at present. You'll also get the opportunity to view fossils that are millions of years old, find out how humankind came to be, see stone tools that are up to 1-million years old, and so much more.

To get your tickets to visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre, be sure to book online as they are not selling tickets onsite. Please see the Maropeng Visitor Centre's operating hours, costs and further details below:

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Image from Maropeng Visitor Centre.

You'll Explore 4-Million Year Old Caves

One of the tours you absolutely need to do when you visit Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind is the Sterkfontein Caves tour! We promise you, you will be absolutely amazed by the time you have ended viewing and exploring this breathtaking cave. The Sterkfontein Caves are renowned for their fossil discoveries, the most notable and well-known being the find of Mrs Ples, the most complete skull of a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus Africanus ever found in South Africa; and Little Foot, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that's more than 3-million years old.

The walking tours through the Sterkfontein Caves starts above ground, and will delve deep into the caves, showcasing where scientists discovered many hominid and other animal fossils. You'll also get to view the amazing sights of the cave itself, filled with various stalactite and stalagmite formations along the cave's floor and ceiling.

To get your tickets to visit the Sterkfontein Caves, be sure to book online as they do not sell tickets onsite. Please see the Sterkfontein Caves's operating hours, costs and further details below:

Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves. Image from Maropeng.

It's A Lovely Getaway Destination

Why not make a weekend of it and plan a quick getaway with your family at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel? This beautiful destination offers 24 bedrooms, that can accommodate up to 48 people. Here, you'll get to enjoy the beautiful views of the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges, be within walking distance from Maropeng Visitor Centre and a short 10km drive from the Sterkfontein Caves. Their room rate includes free high-speed internet, air conditioning, a lovely breakfast, free parking, as well as access to the pool, restaurant and bar, and wheelchair access.

Maropeng Hotel Lounge

The Maropeng Hotel Lounge. Image from Maropeng.

Dining With A View

Feeling hungry after all of your exploring and learning about the beginning of humankind? Then why not refuelled and delight your taste buds at the onsite Tumulus Restaurant? Situated on the first floor of the ever-bustling Maropeng Visitor Centre, this restaurant offers their diners not only something delicious to dine on, but also some of the best views in Gauteng. This is the perfect location to enjoy sundowners as the sunsets, enjoy a romantic dinner for two, or treat the family to some light meals before or after your adventure through the Maropeng Visitor Centre or the Sterkfontein Caves.

Tumulus Restaurant

Tumulus Restaurant. Image from Maropeng.

For More Information

For more information about Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves, visit www.maropeng.co.za.

You can also contact them on 014 577 9000 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news, events, exhibitions, discoveries and more.

New Year, New Experiences at Destination Irene

Do you need a romantic getaway? Is your family ready for an outdoor adventure? Or are you missing your besties and need a catch-up session? If you answered yes to any of these question, then look no further than African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Autograph Collection®! They have amazing summer packages available to suit everyone’s needs.

Romantic Getaways

A night away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is highly recommended at this time of the year! Surprise your love with their Romantic Pamper Getaway in one of the beautiful superior rooms, nicely hidden in the natural Camdeboo Forest giving you the privacy you deserve, these rooms are close enough to the spa so you can comfortably walk there in your gown and slippers.

Read more here.

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Family Getaways

Enjoying the freedom of space is something we have all appreciated of late. Their Family Outdoor Getaway celebrates all that we are able to offer families, book a picnic under the oak tree or have pizzas and milkshakes at the farm, go and play golf, go for a self-guided bird or tree spotting walk, have a movie night in your bedroom with popcorn, afternoon tea and scones at the farm, a game walk at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, and much more.

Read more here.

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Besties Packages

Who better to get a little pamper session with than your bestie? Book their Besties Pamper Package – it’s a great excuse to relax whilst you catch up on all the holiday or lockdown gossip (of course)!

Read more here.

Irene Country Lodge

Weekday Promotions at Camdeboo Day Spa

Take advantage of the delightful weekday promotions at Camdeboo Day Spa. Whether it’s a Manicure Monday, Tootsie Tuesday, Waxing Wednesday or 30% off their facials and massages (Monday – Wednesday), be sure to pencil in and book your beauty needs with Camdeboo Day Spa's special offers.

To book, send them a WhatsApp for more information or click here to book now.

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Explore A World Of Outdoor Activities

Tee off with a round of golf, explore nature with a self-guided bird spotting walk, enjoy a movie night in your bedroom with popcorn, afternoon tea and scones at the farm, a game walk at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, go on a self-guided farm tour or bring the bikes and explore their new Adventure Bush Trail. There's plenty of adventures to be had at Destination Irene.

Read more here.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Live Availability & Rates

To welcome back all their Marriott Members, you'll get a 25% discount until 31 March 2021 on their bed and breakfast packages just because they've missed you! Not a member, sign up is free! Just click here and sign up now.

Check availability and book now.

Relax At The Camdeboo Day Spa

Whether it’s a pretty pamper, a relaxing romantic date or just to escape from your four walls, why not visit Destination Irene's award-winning spa, Camdeboo Day Spa? There's a wide selection of spoils and pampers to choose from that's sure to leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.

Click here to find out more about the Camdeboo Day Spa.

Dine at Meadow Green Restaurant

Spend some quality time with your friends and family while delighting your taste buds at the onsite Meadow Green Restaurant. The restaurant offers much needed relaxation from the stress of having been in this extended lockdown, while treating your senses to a delightful meal.

Click here to find out more about the Meadow Green Restaurant.

Visit The Irene Farm

A working dairy farm in the city is not something one would expect to find nowadays. Which is why the Irene Farm is a must see when you visit Destination Irene for a lovely weekend away with your loved ones.

Click here to find out more about the Irene Farm.

Book Now

To book your well-deserved countryside escape, click here.

You can also call them on 012 667 6464 or email [email protected]. You can also WhatsApp them on 066 530 0973.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date on the latest news, offers and information regarding Destination Irene.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Autograph Collection® adhere to all COVID-19 regulations. Click here to find out more as to how they keep their guests safe.

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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 business, a busy nightlife and a string of world-class hotels and venues.

What Are You Looking For?

Shopping
Schools
Restaurants
Hotels & Accommodation
Entertainment
Municipal
Jobs
Property

Shopping

Known as one of the top places to shop in South Africa, Midrand hosts its own brand of shopper from across the province on a weekly basis. Thanks to its close proximity to major hubs such as Sandton and Centurion, it sees plenty of footfall. The area is lined with malls and shopping centres such as the ever-popular Mall Of Africa, as well as Midrand Mall which services the local community of Waterfall and surrounding areas. The Midrand China Mall is a very popular destination as well and offers a wide range of retail excitement. The Midrand China Mall can be located at Halfway House Estate.

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Schools In Midrand

With 45 primary and high schools spread across the Midrand area, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to educating future generations. Here, you will find an array of public and private schools that will cater to your child's specific needs, ensuring that they will be ready for the path ahead. Esteemed private educational institutes such as Reddam House, Glen Austin High School and Reddford House call Midrand home.

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Restaurants

One can't simply visit Midrand and not sample some of its food! Laced with restaurants and cafes exploring both local and international cuisine, you are sure to find a fistful of restaurants that live up to your taste bud expectations. From award-winning Greek restaurants to fine dining at The Mall Of Africa, Midrand is a foodie's dream hangout. Thanks to the number of hotels and luxury townhouses in the area, the food services in Midrand runs on a level of quality unlike any other area in Johannesburg.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Midrand is a city that becomes even more beautiful when the sun goes down! What better way to experience that than to book yourself into one of the many hotels in the area. From quick and easy overnight stays or a long haul hangout, there is a perfect spot just for you. On top of that, there is an ample amount of smaller hotels, lodges and self-catering options to choose from as well. What's interesting to see is how competitive yet symbiotic the hotel trade is as competitors are constantly reshaping the skyline with newly added buildings to the area.

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Entertainment In Midrand

Known for its vibrant nightlife, Midrand is filled to the brim with upmarket bars and night clubs. Looking for something more family orientated? No sweat! Then hang out with the horses! Midrand is well known for its Lipizzaners and equestrian endeavours.  So, whether you're looking for an afternoon at the park or a night out on the town, Midrand has got the thrills that you are seeking.

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Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

Loved by automotive racing fans the world over, the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has become one of the most challenging racecourses in the world. More than an adrenalin-fueled hangout for petrolheads, the compound doubles as an events venue too. The Kyalami International Convention Centre is conveniently situated in the business heart of Gauteng between Pretoria and Johannesburg and adds a unique and inspiring experience to your meeting, conference or exhibition needs. Events on all scales are professionally planned, implemented and supervised by the Kyalami team.

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Municipal Services

You don't need to travel too far in order to get all your administrative needs met. The City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality has a walk-in centre servicing water and lights queries. The area also houses  SAPS stations and a Department Of Home Affairs.

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Jobs

Working in the central business district is a dream for many budding corporate and retail guys and girls the country over. Home to some of the big companies such as Vodacom, Roche, and First Rand to name a few, it's the corporate playground where big deals are made. With hot desks and boardroom rentals becoming a major trend in many business districts across the country, Midrand has taken up to this and offers its fair chair of rent-a-desk options as well. Thanks to new office spaces quite literally climbing the sky in the CBD, the job market has become more saturated as bigger companies expand their floor space to accommodate more staff.

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Property In Midrand

Boasting some of the most exclusive addresses on the African continent and home to some of the most expensive palatial mansions in the country. While the central section includes pricey estates and apartments, property shoppers should not rule out bargain buys in the north-eastern suburbs. Many sellers have reduced prices in the current market and some property is now for sale at prices below market value because some serious sellers are under pressure to sell quickly.  Not only is the area known for its prime live-in real estate but for its booming commercial property offerings as well.

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Who Are They?

Gauteng Shuttles Tours And Charters offers tours in Johannesburg and Soweto. The tours are tailored and each offer something exciting.

What Do They Offer?

Transport to:

Safety Precautions In Place

N/A.

Do They Deliver?

Yes.

Where Are They Located?

Florida Lake, Roodepoort, Gauteng.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website.

Who Are They?

TsheniHub is a concierge service that runs errands and offers administrative services to companies and individuals.

What Do They Offer?

They provide professional assistants who work per hour and help people throughout Gauteng to get the most out of their lives. Their primary service offering includes:

Where Are They Located?

2715 Yellowwood Boulevard, Riverside, Fourways, South Africa 2196.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website at https://tshenihub.co.za/.

Details: 066 575 4677 | [email protected]

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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Cases in South Africa have increased to 1 280.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases increased by 112, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 1 187 in South Africa.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Number of cases in South Africa increases to 709.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 554.

Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the 21-day national lockdown of South Africa starting as of midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 until Thursday, 16 April 2020.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 402.

President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the public today. Click here to livestream from eNCA on YouTube.

The Gauteng Provincial Government has shared a tweet regarding which public facilities are closed due to social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Over the weekend, the total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 274 as of Sunday, 22 March 2020. The NICD urges the public to continue practicing social distancing and hygiene practices in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Friday, 20 March 2020

The number of cases in South Africa have increased to 202.

The Department of Health is happy to share that they are now seeing recoveries of previously reported COVID-19 cases. Finally, some good news!

Thursday, 19 March 2020

34 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number to 150 in South Africa. Majority of these new cases are based in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Of the newly confirmed cases, majority are imported and two are locally transmitted. Also, the Free State Province has its first confirmed case.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

As of Wednesday 18 March 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 116 cases. There has been an increase of 31 new cases.

For more information, follow NICD on Twitter.

Monday 16 March 2020

As of Monday 16 March 2020, the NICD has confirmed an additional 11 new COVID-19 cases that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the causative pathogen for COVID-19, seven of which are located in Gauteng. This brings a total of 62 confirmed COVID-19 cases across South Africa.

Gauteng province:

What Is It?

Join Business Reach at the Serengeti Golf Estate for their Business Reach networking Golf Day. It's the perfect opportunity to meet fellow businessmen and enjoy some fresh air with colleagues. The format will be 4 ball alliance (4 players per team). And to keep you hydrated, there'll also be a cash bar available and refreshments provided at designated watering holes. Golf carts for participating golfers, on their own account, can be arranged prior to T-off. And at the end of the evening, unwind and reminisce on the day with a dinner and prize giving.

Business Reach

When Is It? 

Friday, 24 January 2020 from 10:00 – 21:00.

The T-off starts at 10:00 and the prize giving starts at 19:00.

Where Is It? 

Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate, Kempton Park, Gauteng.

Business Reach

How Much Is It?

Book your 4 ball alliance at R375 per player, which includes Green Fees for 4 ball Alliance entry (18 holes), halfway house voucher and dinner at prize giving.

Sponsor a hole: Market your business by positioning your brand at R4 999 to sponsor a hole, this includes your free 4 ball alliance entry. Send your branding guidelines to [email protected] and they'll place your logo on their website with a link to your business website.

RSVP before Friday, 17 January 2020 at [email protected].

For More Information

For more information about the Business Reach Gauteng Golf Day, visit www.businessreach.co.za or their Facebook events page.

You can contact them on [email protected].

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest events and updates.

Business Reach

What Is It?

Enjoy a taste of the Spier Wine Farm life in Gauteng! They'll be popping up at Casalinga in Muldersdrift at the end of February. This will give Joburgers the opportunity to taste their acclaimed wines and tuck into farm-fresh fare and tasty treats. How does deep-fried ice cream sound?

There’ll also be seasonal produce, pantry essentials (think jam and preserves) and Farmer Angus’ pasture-reared meats available for purchase on the day.

Adult tickets will include five wine tastings, a complimentary Spier glass and bottle of Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir to take home.

The day will be as much fun for the little ones as it will be for the adults, so take the family along! A kid’s ticket includes a grape juice tasting, a complimentary Spier glass they can take home, as well as access to a play area to keep them entertained.

When Is It?

Saturday, 29 February 2020 from 11:00 - 18:00.

Where Is It?

Casalinga, Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R200 per adult and R100 per child. You can purchase tickets at Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information about Spier Wine Farm and this event, visit www.spier.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 021 809 1100.

Don't forget to like or follow Spier Wine Farm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, events and updates.

What Is It?

Enjoy the best gins and craft rum at the Gin & Rum Tasting & Distillery Tour.

The tasting will be filled with options to explore.

Great break away from Joburg.

When Is It?

Thursday, 19 December 2019 at 11:00.

Where Is It?

Incendo Distillery, Plot 91, Rietfontein, Hartbeespoort, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R60 - 150 per person.

Tasting of spirits - 3 gins and a rum / 3 rums and a gin (R60)
Gin and Chocolate pairing (R80)
Gin and Macaroon pairing (R100)
Choc pairing, spirits, distillery tour and a cocktail (R100)
Macaroon pairing, spirits, distillery tour and a cocktail (R150)

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

What Is It?

Break away to Pretoria for a day filled with arts and culture at the Mams Arts Festival 2019.

The festival is all about the art of music with (multi-genre music festival), socio-cultural development (Mams Arts and Business Dialogue), networking opportunities (Comedy and Fashion Nights) and exhibition.

Pack some sunscreen, grab some sunglasses and a friend and head out for an experience. expect to see artist like Monique Bingham, Cassper Nyovest and man more talented artists.

You do not want to miss this.

Where Is It?

Moretele Park In Mamelodi, Pretoria, Gauteng.

When Is It?

Saturday, 07 December 2019 at 12:00.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R75 - R550 per person, get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

What Is It?

Break away from Joburg a bit. Head to the weekend festival, Africa Brew 2019 for an awesome beer experience.

The festival is bringing some of the best brewers in the country to come and share the goodness with you. Learn the art of beer tasting and find your favourite.

Gather the crew and drive through the scenic views to a great weekend.

Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Friday, 01 November 2019 - Sunday, 03 November 2019 at 12:00.

Where Is It?

Hodge Podge Backpacker Lodge, Magaliesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R250 per person, get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

What Is It?

The Top Model South Africa search is on and they want you. Calling all models and aspiring models to be a part of the Top Model.

Taking place at the beautiful Sun Arena.

There will be 6 Categories in 2020 and you don't want to miss out.

- TMSA Runway
- TMSA Body of the year
- TMSA Runway over 25's
- TMSA Influencer of the year
- TMSA Beautiful Fresh Face
- TMSA Models of diversity

Enter now!

When Is It?

Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 19:00

Where Is It?

Time Square Sun Arena, 209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R250 - R550 per person, get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Here.

What Is It?

Add some change to your weekend and head to Pretoria for The Love Sex Expo. This event is bringing amazing entertainment and the best buys.

The arena will be filled with workshops, products and spectacular live shows on stage. So grab a friend and head out for a fun experience.

Don't miss it!

Where Is It?

Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, Gauteng.

When Is It?

Thursday, 10 October 2019 - Sunday, 13 October 2019. (Thurs - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00, Sun: 11:00 - 18:00)

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R250 per person, get your tickets here.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Escape To The Saxon Hotel

At the heart of Sandton, situated in the opulent, tree-lined suburb of Sandhurst, lies the enchanting Saxon Hotel. This well-known hotel offers luxury seekers a unique escape from everyday life, complete with a blend of rich cultural history and contemporary five-star service, surrounded by magnificent gardens. This stunning escape provides a private and peaceful retreat like no other.

Did you know - The Saxon Hotel was originally a private home and hosted many esteemed and honoured guests? Luxurious. Refined. Exceptional. The Saxon Hotel will take you on an unforgettable journey, merging the finest culinary experiences with the award-winning spa and most luxurious accommodation. This is truly the one ultimate destination.

The Saxon Hotel

Upon Arrival...

From the moment you arrive at the Saxon Hotel, you'll immediately notice the beautiful sights and sounds of the hotel, as well as the warm, welcoming atmosphere. Looking around, take in the sweeping staircase, the lounge and the terrace that offers views over the clear infinity pool and, of course, the stunning indigenous gardens.

There are six magnificent pools, including an outdoor heated pool complete with underwater music, a spa pool, three heated plunge pools and an impressive infinity pool which forms the central point of the Saxon.

The Saxon Hotel

Dining Delights

The hotel entrance leads to the Piano Lounge and Eighteen05 Lounge, with the Terrace and Olive Bar, as well as the restaurants, all within close proximity.

The Terrace and outdoor relaxation areas are perfect for leisurely sundowners while admiring spectacular sunset views.

The Saxon will delight your senses with a food and wine journey like you've never experienced before. The Terrace is an ideal relaxation area for enjoying a light meal. Qunu takes you on the ultimate African grill experience. Combining passion, expertise and the latest global gourmet food trends, the Chefs at Grei take guests on an experiential journey.

Indulge At The Spa

The Saxon Spa is an oasis of tranquility and indulgence. Cascading water features, a signature fireplace and influences of copper and Himalayan salts set the backdrop for a restful journey. The spa offers holistic disciplines of a spa journey, giving guests time to rediscover a healthy and discerning lifestyle.

The Saxon Hotel

Luxurious Accommodation

The Saxon is your home away from home. Whether you choose one of the exceptional Luxury Suites, Presidential Suites or the stately Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite in the main Hotel, you are assured of the ultimate refinement that leaves nothing to be desired.

If you seek privacy and tranquility, choose from either a Villa Luxury Suite, Villa Presidential Suite or one of the three stand-alone Saxon Luxury Villas. Each Villa has a main lounge and dining room, in addition to a breakfast area and bar, with dedicated 24-hour butler service and chef. The Villa guests can enjoy the privacy of the terrace and plunge pool overlooking the gardens, or use of the main Hotel facilities.

The Saxon Hotel

Your Events, Sorted

Planning a special event? Why not let The Saxon Hotel assist with their extraordinary attention to detail, seamless planning and implementation. The Saxon is also a sought-after venue for hosting social and business occasions.

For More Information

For more information about The Saxon Hotel, visit www.saxon.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 292 6000 / 087 375 7777.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest news, offers and more.

The Saxon Hotel

What Is It?

Don't miss out on this Eastern extravaganza, offering guests everything from ample shopping and delicious food to dazzling performances by Oriental Fire Entertainment and Surya Supreme Dance, cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, beauty treatments and skin analysis by Dolce Vita Beauty Centre, cake tasting, mehndi applications and loads more. There will even be a guest appearance by Miss India Gauteng 2018. There will be a variety of vendors offering top notch services for both traditional and contemporary Indian brides. And it only gets better! Loads of giveaways and competitions will be part of the entertainment lineup.

Whether you are planning your dream wedding or want to enjoy a fun day out with your loved ones, this bridal expo is a must. A Kiddies Korner play area will also be available to entertain the little ones while you do a little bit of strolling and shopping.

When Is It?

Sunday, 07 April 2019 at 09:00 - 17:00.

Where Is It?

Everwood Country Weddings, Nooitgedacht, Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R99 per person and can be purchased from Quicket. Children under 16 enter free.

Tickets include access to all stalls; competitions; the beer garden; all workshops and live demonstrations; the meet and great with Miss India Gauteng 2018 as well as the chance to view performances by Oriental Fire Entertainment and Surya Supreme Dance.

Parking is free and secure.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.indianbridalexpo.online. You can also contact them on [email protected] or 063 680 5264.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook for the latest news and announcements.

Things To Take With You

When planning your hiking adventure anywhere in Gauteng, be sure to prepare and pack these essentials to take along with you. Rather be over prepared than under prepared!

Rustig 

Out in Hekpoort, Rustig Farm offers hiking trails that are perfect for all experience and fitness levels. The sites and trails themselves are well worth the 90 minute drive from the city! Due to the lockdown regulations, you'll need to book your hiking adventures well in advance so they can regulate their numbers. There are three different hiking trails available on the property – the Olivenhout Hiking Trail (3km, easy route ideal for beginners, takes about an hour to complete); the Witstinkhout Hiking Trail (5km, medium difficulty, takes about three hours to complete); and the Karee Hiking Trail (13km, challenging route, and takes five to six hours to complete).

Cost: R65 per person for the 3km and 5km trails. Kids under 12 are R30 per child. R75 per person for the longer trails.

Modderfontein Nature Reserve

The 275-hectare Modderfontein Nature Reserve is just the place if you're looking to stretch those legs and enjoy nature. The reserve boasts amazing birdlife around its three large dams, perfect for bird watching. Be sure to keep an eye out for Fish Eagles and Long Crested Eagles. Hikers can take their pick between the reserve's 8.3km hiking trail or one of the shorter walks. There's also a 10km, 18km, 32km and 42km mountain-biking route for those keen on taking their bikes out for a spin. However, keep in mind that a max of four people per group are allowed. Due to the lockdown regulations, no leisure activities such as fishing and picnicking are allowed (yet). The reserve is open daily from 06:00 to 18:00. No bookings are required.

Cost: For hiking and running: R30 per person, R15 per child. Cycling: R50 per person, R30 per child.

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The Hennops Trails

The Hennops Trails, 30km from Pretoria and Fourways, offers nature lovers and hikers four different trails setting out from Hadeda Camp – the 1.5km River Trail, 2.5km Dassie Trail, 5km Zebra Trail and 10km Krokodilberg Trail. No bookings are required. There are also some exciting en-route features along the way, such as the two suspension bridges, old dolomite mines and a cable car running across a river. You'll also see an underground cave where “Pruimpie” lived as well as traces of old settlements. Let's not forget to mention the natural features too, like the indigenous trees along the river, gorges and plateau areas. On weekends, hiking starts at 07:00. All trails must start before 14:00. On weekdays, hiking starts at 08:00 and all trails must start before 13:00. All trails close at 17:00.

Cost: Entrance is R80 per person and R40 per child. Pre-school aged children get free entry.

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge

Spend the day at Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge in Muldersdrift. Located on the 1 500-hectare Cradle Moon Conservancy, the game lodge offers visitors over 50km of mountain biking and running trails. Don't have a bike of your own? Not a problem, they also offer bike hire! Click here to take a look at their various trails. The trails are open to public everyday of the week, from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and 07:00 to 17:00 over the weekend. No booking are required for a day hike. And you're looking for a bite to eat after your exciting hike, the lodge's restaurant is open for pizza and burger takeaways.

Cost: Activity rates are R50 per person for hikers and cyclists. For bike hire, cost is R200 per bike.

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Sable Ranch

Gather family and friends, take a short road trip close to Hekpoort in Magaliesburg and spend the afternoon trekking the Sable Ranch trails. Hikers have a choice between the 8km, 10km and 12km trails, which will take you through farmlands and rocky paths, until you reach the plateau which offers stunning views. The ranch only allows a maximum of 50 hikers per day, so ensure you book your spots well in advance to avoid disappointment. Also, groups will be staggered as a precaution during the pandemic, but you're allowed to hike with the people who arrived with you in the same car. Just a tip: call the ranch ahead to check if hunting will be taking place on the day you want to visit. As a safety precaution, trails are shortened on hunting days.

Cost: Tariff is R70 per adult and R30 per child.

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Understand The Load Shedding Stages

Let's be honest, when we hear them announce that we'll be going through load shedding stage 4, most of us are not too sure what that even means. So, to help you better understand the stages, we've listed them here. If you know what they mean, great! Just skip this and carry on with the rest of your load shedding prep below.

Four schedules have been formed, based on the level of risk and to ensure that load shedding shared and done in a fair manner:

Download A Load Shedding App

There are a handful of load shedding apps out there, but what we have noticed that not many of them are accurate. So far, the one that seems to be hitting the nail right on the head regarding load shedding schedules is Load Shedding Notifier. It's rather simple - just download it (Google Play), add and set various zones that will be affecting you (home, work, other family households, etc) and you're ready to be notified. There's also the Eskom Se Push app if you're looking to use and compare multiple schedule sources. Another great way to keep on top of the load shedding schedule is joining community Facebook pages if your suburb has one.

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Fully Charge All Devices 

Since you have downloaded a load shedding app, you'll now know when to expect your next black out. With this is mind, make sure that you fully charge all of your devices - laptops, tablets, phones, Kindles, everything that can be charged - before the set times of your zone load shedding. That way, you don't need to worry about flat batteries and being bored while you wait for the hours of darkness to pass.

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Homeowners, Consider Buying A Generator

Own your own property? Don't live in an apartment or flat? Then why not consider investing in a generator? Yes, they're noisy. Yes, they'll cost a some moola to run (most use petrol). And yes, they do cost a pretty penny (easily between R2 000 - R10 000 depending on size, wattage and fuel tank capacity) BUT at least you won't be sitting in the dark and you'll have a power source than can be used for many years to come. Most home and hardware outlets will stock generators, so make sure you head to Builders, Game, Leroy Merlin and Takealot. Don't forget to pick up a few extension leads and adapters to "share the love". Another source of power that's more environmentally friendly than the generators is solar power. This seems to be becoming more popular in recent times.

Tip: Keep a few Jerry Cans filled with "liquid gold" stored in the garage. Generators can guzzle through litres of petrol depending on how much power you use, so be sure to have some extra on standby.

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Stock Up On Lighting Alternatives

If you cannot get a generator or simply just don't want to spend a small fortune, there's always the old-fashioned candles, flashlights and lanterns. Just don't forget to get matches, a lighter or batteries while you're at it or else this option is just not going to work! Candles, flashlights, batteries and lighters/matches can be bought practically anywhere - Checkers, Spar, Game, Shoprite, Pick n Pay - but as for the lanterns and light adapters, you can find them at any outdoor or hardware outlets. Also, it wouldn't hurt to install a few solar outdoor lights to light up your garden a little bit (just as an added safety measure).

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Replace Electrical Appliances With Gas

There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to get dinner on the table due to load shedding. No power, no microwave, no stove, no kettle, nothing. But there is an alternative - gas stoves. Just like a generator, this option doesn't come cheap, but it's a good investment. A little too expensive? Then why not buy a portable stove top that you can connect to the generator? Again, check out Builders, Game, Leroy Merlin and Takealot for those stove tops. Have neither? Not to worry! You can always grab some charcoal, fire up the braai and tuck into some braaivleis. Or even make a potjie. Also important: if you get a gas stove, don't forget to get a stove top kettle, that's a lifesaver!

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Power Banks Are Lifesavers

Since we are in the day and age where we use our cell phones for absolutely everything - alarm clocks, contacting people, checking load shedding schedules, ordering takeout, entertainment purposes, GPS, the flashlight function, etc - it's essential that its battery life lasts. To ensure it does, get your hands on a power bank, charge it and have it on standby. Also, the more you have, the better! Visit Incredible Connection, Takealot, Game, and The Gadget Shop to check out their selection of these lifesavers.

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Stay Connected

Just because the power is out, doesn't mean you cannot stream, surf the web or continue with your assignment or presentation that's due tomorrow! Use a portable modem or 3G dongle to keep connected to the internet during bouts of load shedding. Most mobile networks and internet providers offer these nifty gadgets, so make sure you contact them or visit your nearest store to get yours ASAP. See, owning a dongle isn't that bad!

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A Pantry Full Of Snacks

Before everything else on this list, make sure that you jam-pack your pantry with lots and lots of snacks! That way, you won't starve yourself due to not having electricity to cook up some dinner on the stove or in the microwave. It's not the healthiest of meals, we know, but it's a delicious way to pass the time.

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Just Sleep Through It!

Or maybe you could save yourself all the time, effort and money ensuring you're set, ready and prepared for the load shedding by just sleep through it! There's no harm in getting in more sleep, is there? Before you know it, you'll be awakened by the flash of lights turning back on. Or better yet, why not just go out into the city, find a spot with power and just hang out there with a couple of friends?

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Happy Staycation!

What’s better than getting your bonus just before the holidays? How about getting up to 35% off your vacation in Johannesburg and Pretoria? Sounds pretty good, right? The Capital is offering you the opportunity to vacay like an A-lister. While the rest of the city flocks to the coast, you go for gold with a staycation in the city.

At The Capital, they give guests a space to completely relax while living it up. Why go where everyone else is? The only way to truly escape the vacation chaos is to holiday in Gauteng. And best of all, you don't have to travel far and everything you need is nearby — restaurants, shopping hubs, entertainment, the works.

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Want to do your Christmas shopping at the mall? They offer complimentary shuttles to scoot you around the city. Keep in touch with your loved ones and post all those fantastic festive moments using their FREE, uncapped, high-speed Wi-Fi. And don't you worry about your wheels, there's complimentary parking available at the hotels. Are you staying in an apartment? They'll gladly do your laundry for FREE. The Capital ticks all the boxes: convenience, comfort, easy on the pocket and unmatched hospitality. Check!

Other Facilities

Stay at any of their Sandton hotels and enjoy the resort facilities at The Capital on the Park, where they provide a holiday escape with resort activities of an island retreat. From a dedicated kiddies club, daily entertainment programme for the adults (until 05 January 2019) and indoor virtual golf to complimentary workouts with trainers, a spa and champagne bar, jacuzzi and resort pool, there's no shortage of things to do.

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Save lots of ka-ching and have the time of your life at The Capital — the ultimate holiday destination, without you having to leave the city.

*Rate applies to Joburg and Pretoria

*Subject to availability

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For More Information

For more information about The Capital and their various hotels and bookings, visit thecapital.co.za, email [email protected] or call 011 290 9700.

Also, don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Sherbet Angel Beauty Bus Has Arrived!

A first in South Africa, Sherbet Angel recently announced the launch of their brand-new premium service — a fully equipped, mobile beauty bus, which will offer a variety of glamorising treatments on the go for all corporate and event needs in Gauteng! Think corporate functions, festivals, weddings, bachelorette parties, pamper sessions and baby showers — this will add quite a lovely element to your special event.

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The exciting new venture has been designed to both entertain as well as provide streamlined mobile personal grooming. The stylishly renovated bus was unveiled at the Sherbet Angel premises in Linden in front of a crowd of beauty lovers and influencers. Guests were treated to a preview of the Beauty Bus with the Sherbet Angel team of expert beauticians, who showcased a few of the mobile treatments, including hair styling, makeup, manicures and pedicures, massages, waxing, brows and lashes.

And as for entertainment at the grand reveal, the crowd was treated to a performance by South Africa’s darling, Tamara Dey alongside DJ Kimmy K on the decks. An exotic gin bar was provided by Ginifer, Meridian wines hosted the indulgent bubbly bar while premium caterer, Oregano, served exceptional canapés.

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Book Your Glam-On-The-Go Experience Now!

The Sherbet Angel Beauty Bus is available for any kind of event in both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Not in those areas? Don't worry! More Sherbet Angel Beauty Buses will be coming to all major cities in the country in due time.

And as for what the Beauty Bus and their services cost, you'd be surprised! For the convenience of having the entire glamorising shebang brought to you, the Sherbet Angel Beauty Bus pricing is highly competitive.

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For More Information

For more information about Sherbet Angel or to make a booking, email [email protected] or call 010 594 5182.

Also, don't forget to give Sherbet Angel a follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

What Is It?

Get double the action with World Sports Betting Grand Series Leg 1 and Leg 2 at Turffontein Racecourse. There will be a variety of hospitality options as well as loads of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

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Expect everything from loads of entertainment in a designated area for the little ones to adrenaline-packed horse races and the cherry on the top – The Blue Bulls VS Western Province rugby game which will be screened at 17:15. Don't miss out on this fun-filled day.

When Is It?

Saturday, 13 October 2018 from 11:00 – 19:00.

Where Is It?

The Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein, Johannesburg.

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How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.itsarush.co.za.

Also, don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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