A Brief History

The Rand Club boasts a rich history, reflective of South Africa's past and its gains under a system of democracy. Established in 1887, just one year after gold was discovered on the Langlaagte farm, the Rand Club was the brain child of Cecil John Rhodes and Dr Hans Sauer, the first district surgeon of Johannesburg. Together they pioneered the very first gentleman's club in what was then the township of Johannesburg.

The Rand Club has been built and rebuilt many times, to both expand the club's membership and to restore the clubhouse after a devastating fire in 2005. Nevertheless, it stands as a timeless South African icon in the former hub of the city. Over the last year, the Club has undergone radical improvements to its management, food and beverage services, events and various renovation projects. As such, the Club has since become a hub of activity within the Johannesburg CBD. But these improvements and financial gains cannot sustain the Club perpetually.

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COVID-19 Complications

In response to the call for the closure of all public spaces and restaurants to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Rand Club closed its doors in late March. Thanks to the extended national lockdown period, it has remained closed to the public, resulting in their team of staff losing vital tips and commissions. As we enter level 3 lockdown, it seems unlikely that the Club will be allowed to open its doors. Even if they were able to reopen, it will take a long time for things to return to 'normal'. The Club's managers therefore foresee several months of diminished income for the team, possibly resulting in several job losses.

To help see themselves through the coming months, the Rand Club has implemented a number of emergency measures. Most of these measures rely on donor support and public awareness to raise funds. If you have ever visited the Rand Club or are a member, please do get involved. It would be a tragic loss to see this icon of bygone times face permanent closure. Here's how you can do your part to save the Rand Club:

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Rand Club Staff Fund

The Rand Club recently employed eight young staff members to work in their food and beverage operation, and to serve at events. Their income is now at risk, which is why the Club has pioneered the Rand Club Staff Fund. You can make a contribution (no matter how big or small) to the Club's vulnerable staff members by donating through Zapper, PayPal or on their Go Get Funding page. This campaign will ensure that the Rand Club team receive their wages throughout lockdown and in the recovery period afterwards. So far, an estimated R25 000 has been raised online. Join the campaign here and help keep the Rand Club team afloat.

Rand Club Restaurant 

The Rand Club restaurant welcomes both members and outside visitors for an exquisite dining experience at the ground floor Main Bar. Of course, during lockdown the restaurant will be unable to host guests, but you can now order from their kitchen for delivery to your home via Uber Eats! Delivery will operate between 10:00 - 18:00 each day. Check out their delectable winter delivery menu here. We highly recommend the Rogan Josh of Lamb - slow braised lamb in garlic, bay leaves, cloves, curry, cardamom and cinnamon with yoghurt, served with steamed basmati rice - for a scrumptious Sunday lunch feast.

Pre-paid Vouchers

Like many other Jozi restaurants and cultural centres, the Rand Club is offering pre-paid restaurant, bar and accommodation vouchers to use once lockdown is over. Get busy planning your post-lockdown plans and score a discounted voucher from the Rand Club before they're all gone! Contact Philip Thurston via email at [email protected] to inquire about vouchers.

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For More Information

Visit the Rand Club website for more information about its history, present and future. You can also follow the Club on Facebook for updates on their lockdown initiatives and voucher specials.

Details: 33 Loveday Street and Fox Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg | (Tel) 011 870 4260 / 064 005 3128 | [email protected]

Human Rights Day - Celebrating Our Rights Under Lockdown

How would you usually celebrate Human Rights Day? Would you spend the day in your pajamas binge watching your favourite series, host a family braai or go out to an event commemorating the history and importance of the day? Whichever way you normally choose to celebrate this national public holiday is likely to change in light of the new restrictions on public gatherings to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, this does not mean that we should write off Human Rights Day. In fact, in this current situation of uncertainty, isolation and fear, it may be more important than ever to reflect on where we've been and how far we have come as a nation, united under the banner of democracy and equality for all.

Where We've Been

On 21 March 1960, a group of men, woman and children gathered at a police station in Sharpeville. Marching in protest of the Native Laws Amendment Act of 1952, which stipulated that no black person could leave a rural area for an urban one without a permit from the local authorities. The group gathered peacefully in Sharpeville without their passes and presented themselves for arrest. Police ordered the crowd to disperse, after which they opened fire. The day subsequently became known as the "Sharpeville massacre", with a total of 69 fatalities and 180 wounded.

Where We Are Now

South Africa has celebrated Human Rights Day annually since 1994, remembering the ordinary citizens who took a stand against injustice, rising in union to proclaim their basic human rights. In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, it may feel as if our human rights are being infringed upon. With mass isolation, travel bans, curfews and restrictions on weddings and funerals, as well as the growing number of reported cases of the virus, the outlook appears bleak. But, if we consider where we've been and how far we have come since 21 March 1960, the picture seems a little bit brighter.

In his address to the nation on Sunday, 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa left off on a positive note saying:

"This epidemic will pass, but it is up to us to determine how long it will last, how damaging it will be and how long it will take our economy and our country to recover. It is true that we are facing a grave emergency, but if we act together, if we act now, and if we act decisively, I am sure we will overcome it. We have never been defeated by any thing or event, when we are united."

Human Rights Day

Play Your Part

While it is not advisable to attend a mass gathering this Human Rights Day, there are still a number of ways to celebrate with your family and extended communities. We encourage you to participate in one random act of kindness or to reach out to those in need, such as the elderly. This may be as simple as making a phone call to a friend who is struggling to adapt to self isolation. Becoming a united front against COVID-19 means taking on the call for social distancing, improved hygiene and empathy for others. If we all follow these simple guidelines, we should overcome this great challenge.

A Little Inspiration

Still not quite feeling the celebratory mood? Check out our list of articles on ways to keep positive during this time:

Happy Human Rights Day! Stay safe. 

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?

We think it's appropriate to call it Heritage Day eve, because we are all about welcoming the beautiful day by making sure we enjoy the Pre-Heritage Day celebrations and just have a jolly good time. So, all you need to do is make sure you save the date and join them for a wonderful celebration of their diversity and unity through dance.

When Is It?

Monday, 23 September 2019 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Carpe Diem Restaurant & Bar, Corner Katherine Street &, Grayston Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not communicated.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page or contact 011 262 4465/[email protected]

What Is It?

Witness the spectacular pageant and crowning of Mr & Miss Heritage Soweto. the show promises to be something that really depicts true South African culture.

This event will be showcasing the talent that youth has to offer on top of the awesome competition. It's about to go down at the Soweto Theatre.

A must see, so get your family and friends, and come support.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019  at 10:00

Where Is It?

Soweto Theatre Forecourt, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R50 - R80 per person, get your ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

Your Exquisite Beauty Moment for Chinese New Year!

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Strong Ties With Women

Embroidery is a way to express beauty, which is the same purpose Clarins' Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (R335) has for women. This lip care solution is infused with all the power of plant oils to nourish and enhance the beauty of the lips.

Heritage

In the same way embroidery is passed down, since 1954, Clarins has used its expertise and innovative spirit to design legendary creations like the Blue Orchid Oil (R590), with its 100% plant extracts. This face treatment oil tones and restores radiance to the complexion.

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Enjoy 25% Off Selected Clarins Items

To celebrate the Chinese New Year in style, why not treat yourself or that special someone to your/their favourite Clarins items? Achieve your Exquisite Beauty Moment this Chinese New Year with 25% off selected Clarins products, available online only at clarins.co.za until 07 February 2019. Begin the year beautifully with Clarins. Indulge now.

Oh, and also, you'll get the following when you shop online:

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For More Information

For more information about Clarins and this stunning offer, visit www.clarins.co.za.

Also, don’t forget to give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest specials, products and news.

Sterkfontein Caves & Maropeng – Sterkfontein

The Cradle Of Humankind marks where it all began. The Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng offer a great and detailed glimpse into our prehistoric past. You can expect everything from interesting cave tours where many fossils still lie undiscovered to checking out the Maropeng exhibition filled with plenty of artifacts and fossils. You can even visit Mrs Ples – the most complete skull of an Australopithecus Africanus ever found in SA, and meet the recently discovered Homo Naledi. In 1999, this historic location was declared a World Heritage Site.

Origins Centre – Braamfontein

Another interesting destination filled with interesting artifacts and information about our past is the Origins Centre Museum in Braamfontein. This museum is a must-visit, as not only is it informative but it also offers a unique experience of Africa’s rich and complex heritage. It also boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute. Wander through the museum and step back in time with their exhibits showcasing the origins of mankind; the development of art, symbolism and technology in Africa; a variety of fossils; and the destruction of the diverse southern African rock art, the world’s oldest continuous art forms.

Gold Reef City – Ormonde

Gold Reef City is more than just thrills, excitement and wild rides. It also offers visitors a glimpse into Jozi's Story Of Gold. This heritage tour will take you on a trip down memory lane, visiting the historical world of Joburg’s gold rush. This is a history lesson you don't want to miss, starting from the very beginning of how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef, and getting the opportunity to descend 75m underground and experiencing the magnificent glow of a live gold pour for yourself. You'll also get the chance to do some gold panning and explore the old Museum Houses – Mr Ohlthaver's House, Dowse House and Oosthuizen House.

Constitution Hill – Braamfontein

A former prison complex that’s just about as old as the city of Johannesburg itself, Constitution Hill is a living museum which tells the story of our turbulent past and the journey to our democracy. Today, it is home to the Constitutional Court. The prison once incarcerated a number of world-famous men and women, including Fatima Meer, Albertina Sisulu, Mahatma Gandhi, Joe Slovo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the late President Nelson Mandela. Constitution Hill hosts regular programmes and activities and showcases permanent exhibitions that can be found in the Old Fort, the Women's Jail and Number Four, which give insight into life in the prison and stories of high-profile inmates.

Apartheid Museum – Ormonde

The Apartheid Museum holds the information and evidence of the darkest era in our history. If you’re looking to understand and experience what it was really like during that time, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is a must. Expect to see exhibits including photographs, film footage, text panels, artifacts and, of course, heart-rending stories that expose the crimes and horrible acts committed during this part of our history. Now, the museum stands as a beacon of hope, truth and reconciliation for all mankind.

Lesedi Cultural Village – Broederstroom

Experience our unique and vibrant African cultures first-hand at Lesedi Cultural Village which is within the Cradle Of Humankind. You'll be able to discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of some of the people of Africa by visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes, living according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors.

Voortrekker Monument – Pretoria

The majestic Voortrekker Monument is a unique granite structure which commemorates the pioneer era of our country and the history of the Afrikaner. The monument was inaugurated in 1949 and designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk. And in the Hall of Heroes, you will find world’s longest historical marble frieze which is a tapestry with more than three-million stitches, housed in the Cenotaph Hall. These days, this location is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and is also the only Grade 1 National Heritage Site in Pretoria. Not only does it commemorate our history but it also hosts a number of events, including the popular Park Acoustics.

Union Buildings – Pretoria

The Union Buildings in Pretoria are home to a 9m-high bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. It is the tallest sculpture of our former president in existence. The sculpture positions Madiba with his arms out, symbolising his embrace of the whole nation, with one foot forward indicating a nation on the move. This is also where our democracy began. At the foot of the Union Buildings, this statue stands on the very spot where Mandela was inaugurated as our country's first democratically elected president in 1994, replacing the statue of James Barry Hertzog, which has been moved to new space on the premises. The buildings housed Madiba's offices from 1994 to 1999, as well as his body (lay in state) after his passing.

Township Travel – Soweto

For a heritage tour like no other, explore Soweto with a personalised tour by Township Travel. These tours will show visitors the important historical sites in the area, as well as all the different lifestyles, cultures and fashion. Soweto is rich with history and Township Travel loves creating positive awareness of Soweto with both locals and visitors from across the globe. Experience this up-and-coming township, interact with the locals, hear their untold stories, listen to their music, share their traditional food and enjoy their customs. It's sure to be an experience you'll never forget.

City Sightseeing Bus

The best way to see Johannesburg and Soweto is on the top of a big red double-decker bus! City Sightseeing South Africa will take you all over the city, from the Carlton Centre and Apartheid Museum all the way to SAB World of Beer and Constitution Hill. It's a fun experience for all and will show you the City of Gold like you've never seen it before.

What Is It?

Africa’s biggest celebration of cultural heritage will be returning to the Constitution Hill, bringing guests a star-studded lineup that includes some of the continent's biggest acts to celebrate diversity through unity. This is the 14th year that Bassline will be on, and this year promises to be bigger and better than before.

You can expect live performances from these artists:

Make sure you keep an eye out on their Facebook page to see who else will be added to the entertainment lineup. And new to this epic event is the African Craft Market showcasing plenty of original African traders who will be selling everything from food to arts and crafts.

The show is backed by some of the Bassline Live’s family of sponsors. These brands include SABIbev and Nandos, just to name a few. This is a celebration you don't want to miss, so make sure you get your tickets now before it's too late.

When Is It?

Saturday, 26 May 2018 - Sunday, 27 May 2018.

Where Is It?

Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R 250 and R 550 per person and are available at ticketpro.co.za. Parking tickets also available.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Bassline Live on Facebook.

What Is It?

The annual DLSHCC Highland Gatherings is back! This is just the place if you wish to get a little taste of what Scottish heritage is all about. There are only a few schools in the city that have their own pipe bands, and this is your chance to hear and experience them for yourself. The De La Salle Highland Gathering will be taking place on the high school's rugby fields, providing guests with ample space to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bagpipes and dancers. To keep everyone thoroughly entertained, there will be a market with a wide variety of stalls as well as plenty of entertainment for the children. Wet your beak at the tea garden serving both warm beverages and cold drinks, or visit the popular beer garden for a draught. And for a bite to eat, take your pick from several food vendors who will be providing an array of food options to cater to every taste. And to round off the day, all 25 competing bands and some of the highland dancers will join together for a performance at about 15:30.

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 May 2017 from 09:00.

Where Is It?

De La Salle Holy Cross College, 13th St and Braemar Road, Victory Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Visit the De La Salle Holy Cross College website or Facebook page to find out more about entrance fees closer to the time.

For More Information

For more information about the Highlands Gathering, visit www.delasalleholycrosscollege.co.za or visit their Facebook page.

Constitution Hill

There are few places in the city that reminds one of our turbulent past in a more poignant way than Constitution Hill. This former prison complex, that’s just about as old as the city of Johannesburg itself, is a living museum which tells a part of the story of our journey to democracy. Today, it is home to the Constitutional Court. The prison, at some time or another, incarcerated a number of world-famous men and women, including Fatima Meer, Albertina Sisulu, Mahatma Gandhi, Joe Slovo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as well as her former husband, the late President Nelson Mandela.

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Mandela House

President Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential politicians to have ever graced the planet. The Nelson Mandela National Museum, also known as Mandela House, was conceived to serve as a constant reminder of his name, memory, spirit and legacy. This is the house in which our late president lived from 1946 to 1962, offering visitors insight into the life of Madiba's days spent living in Soweto. Mandela House strives to be a world-class attraction as well as a leading centre for the preservation of the history and heritage of the Mandela family.

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Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

In tribute to and memory of Hector Pieterson and those who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom during the 1976 Student Uprising in Soweto, this museum is a symbol of the youth's resistance to Apartheid. The museum houses disturbing evidence in the form of verbal testimonials, pictures, audiovisual displays as well as documents that are related to the events of that day. The sights and sounds and atmosphere will, in fact, have you feeling as though you are right in the middle of the uprising and bloody aftermath.

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Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum holds the damning evidence of the darkest era in our history. If you’re looking to understand and experience what it was really like to be a person of colour during that time, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is a must. Expect to see exhibits including photographs, film footage, text panels, artifacts and, of course, heart rendering stories that expose the atrocities committed during apartheid. Now, the museum stands as a beacon of hope for all mankind.

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Cradle Of Humankind

Yes, we know the Cradle Of Humankind is not technically in Johannesburg, but it is amazing to think that the first evidence of the evolution of homosapiens can be found so close to our city. In 1999, it was declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the Sterkfontein Caves which date back over four million years and marvel at the fossils and stone age instruments that have been discovered at this site. Maropeng also offers adults and children a highly educational journey through the ages which every would-be archaeologist will love.

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Wits Adler Museum Of Medicine

The Wits Adler Museum of Medicine in Parktown houses interesting and invaluable collections of instruments and information on procedures and developments over the ages in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. You can also study documents, sculptures, pictures and videos, getting to grips with the museum’s library of rare and old books! Go and have a look at how much medicine has progressed over the years. Fascinating stuff.

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Johannesburg City Hall

Constructed in 1914 and situated on Rissik Street, smack bang in the middle of Joburg CBD is the Johannesburg City Hall. This is one of the oldest buildings in the city and it has seen many historical events take place on its steps, from a range of protest marches and political rallies to a bomb blast in the late 80s. It’s rather strange to think that this building has been around since the days of ox-wagons! If you find yourself in downtown Jozi, be sure to admire its Edwardian architecture and solid sandstone walls.

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Museum Africa

Museum Africa has to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the CBD. And not only is it beautiful, it’s also home to a number of cultural, historic, artistic exhibits that have been sourced from across the country. These exhibits consist of thousands of irreplaceable items of an anthropological and archaeological nature which gives us a better understanding of Africa’s past, present and future. Best of all, entrance is FREE!

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Johannesburg Trades Hall

Another one of the city’s oldest Edwardian buildings in the city is the Johannesburg Trades Hall. Other than being an architectural asset to our inner city, it also has a historical significance of being the previous Trades Union headquarters. It has been listed as one of the city’s most important heritage buildings.

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The Lindfield Victorian House

How about doing a little time travel? Visit the Lindfield Victorian House in Auckland Park. This house was built around 1909 - 1910 and is furnished and decorated, top to bottom, exactly as it would’ve been more than a hundred years ago. You can expect to see all things Victorian, from 19th and early 20th-century furniture and art to objects from the Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods. Talk about stepping back in time!

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