PNA

Back To School deals valid from: 01 December 2020 – 07 February 2021.

Whether you're heading back to the office or need to get your kids ready and prepared for another year of fun and learning, PNA has you covered with 2021 Back To School deals that you certainly don't want to miss! Click here to check out their catalogue, which is jam-packed with a kaleidoscope of stationery goodies. And that's not all, you could also stand the chance to WIN R50 000 for your school when you download the full PNA Back to School catalogue! Click here for more information about the competition. For more information about their Back To School deals, visit www.pna.co.za.

CNA

Back To School deals valid from: December 2020 –  February 2021

CNA has always been one of the top Back To School spots to get you and your loved ones stationery ready for school, work and varsity. You can get your hands on everything from art supplies, exercise books and colourful paper, to flip files, highlighters, pens of all sorts, crayons and pencils, backpacks, pencil cases, puzzles, dictionaries and so much more. Click here to check out what they have to offer with their Early Bird Back To School deals.

Bidvest Waltons

For a stationery solution that covers all bases, be sure to check out Bidvest Waltons during the stationery shopping season. They make Back To School stationery stock-ups super easy and convenient with various purchase options to choose from. Schools can get stationery bulk orders for all their supplies, parents and students can make catalogue orders allowing them to get exactly what the school has requested on the stationery list, pre-pack orders are also available for young children entering the school system and last but certainly not least, online orders for those who prefer the convenience of shopping without leaving the comfort of your home. Getting ready for school has never been this easy.

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Takealot.com

Back To School deals valid for: A limited time only and while stocks last.

Skip the queues and the Back To School rush by doing all of your shopping at Takealot.com! What we love about stocking up on school essentials here is the fact that they have everything you need, all on one site. They have recommended stationery packs for various age groups (for Grade R - Grade 3 and Grade 4 - Grade 7), a school wear range where you can get their uniforms sorted, sports and tech gear, all the stationery you could ever imagine, backpacks and cases, cool lunchboxes and there's even something for the teachers! Click here to check out the catalogue.

Ackermans

Another thing we mustn't forget when it comes to going back to school is sorting out those uniforms! Be sure to head to Ackermans to stock up on new school wear, because you know how kids are - they grow up far too quickly and seem to get those white shirts and socks absolutely filthy. Also, don't forget to get them a brand-new pair of Toughees school shoes! Click here to see what they have in store.

Makro

Back To School deals valid from: December 2020 January 2021

You can get stocked up on all your stationery essentials at Makro! They have awesome Back To School deals that won't bust the bank. They have everything to start off the new year on the right foot. You can get everything from pre-cut book covers and stationery, maths sets, backpacks and pencil bags, and so much more. Click here to see their catalogue.

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The Crazy Store

Back To School deals valid: from 26 December 2020 31 January 2021, while stocks lasts.

Just in time for the Back To School frenzy, the Crazy Store has gone crazy with amazing deals you don't want to miss! There's something to get kids of all ages creative from the arts and crafts goodies. Then there's the filing and storage options to make sure you keep everything organised and in order. Preparing to go back to school is not complete without the annual stationery shopping spree. And don't forget about lunchboxes and water bottles.

Game

Back To School deals valid from: 15 December 2020 – 28 Febuary 2021

You can find all the Back To School basics at Game! They have a wide range of stationery products at amazing prices that won't leave your wallet feeling extra strained this January. To get the best stationery and Back To School deals, click here to take a look at their catalogue for 2021.  It's a long way until pay day, so make sure you take advantage of this deal and save a few bucks before it's too late!

Pick 'n Pay

Back To School deals valid for: A limited time only and while stocks last.

For all your back to school needs, Pick 'n Pay has you covered! There's stationery everywhere at great prices, they also have you sorted with lunchbox ideas for the kids online, and let's not forget that you can do all your shopping online, in your slippers, curled up on the couch, Back To School rush averted!

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Say Hello To hi Hotels

Tsogo Sun Hotels is venturing into a new space with a uniquely different hotel brand – hi Hotels. Designed to continue delivering on the group’s promise of creating great experiences, this new brand is young, authentic and modern.

Tim de Raedt, hi Hotels’ Director of Operations, says, “There is a segment of the market that is looking for an affordable, comfortable and well-designed space to stay, rather than a hotel with all the bells and whistles. They want convenience and some creature comforts, and a base from which they can explore the city, go about their business and enjoy what the neighbourhood has to offer. hi Hotels provides all that, and we’re excited to be incorporating it into the Tsogo Sun Hotels portfolio.

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What To Expect

The hi Hotels brand is positioned in the select service category, offering room rates at below R1 000. The rooms have luxurious walk-in showers, big windows, blackout curtains, coffee and tea stations, laptop-sized safes, USB ports and 48-inch TVs. The ‘living lobby’ provides space to work and play, and a convenient deli offering for a quick snack or coffee on the run.

Technology is an important element for hi Hotels. It'll be the first hotel within the Tsogo Sun Hotels stable to offer online and self-check-in facilities. The hotel’s TV system will allow guests to cast their own content to their room TV in a simple process of connecting to the free uncapped high speed WiFi, scanning a QR code and opening the app of their choice.

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hi Hotels Heads To Montecasino

The first hi Hotel is opening at Montecasino in Johannesburg by late January 2020 with 123 bedrooms (46 double doubles and 77 queens) that are modern, uncluttered and comfortable. The hotel offers easy access to the many varied restaurants, bars, theatres, shops, conference and event venues, and other entertainment options at Montecasino.

The hotel is located less than 100 metres away from the outdoor piazza. “The location is a good example of what we are looking for in future hi Hotels sites. For the concept to work, we need sites that have a variety of restaurants within walking distance and centrally located near to an entertainment or corporate node.

We’re proud to be breaking new ground with this fresh brand – and we look forward to introducing people to the hi Hotels offering,” says De Raedt.

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For More Information

For more information, visit hihotels.co.za or follow hi Hotels on Facebook (@HiHotels) or Instagram (@Hi_hotels_sa).

You can contact them on 011 461 9800 or [email protected].

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Veganuary

Veganuary started in 2014 as a way to encourage and aid people in joining the vegan lifestyle for the month of January. This non-profit organisation supports those seeking a healthier diet in a way that prevents animal suffering, protects the environment and improves overall health. Veganuary aims to inspire people to try the vegan diet for 31 days during the month of January. To make this easier, they work closely with supermarkets and restaurants to ensure a wide selection of easily available, tasty, delicious and nutritious vegan items.

Take The Pledge

After the lavish holiday festivities filled with indulgent food, drink and celebrations, there is no better time to switch to a healthier lifestyle. Not only will Veganuary help you get back into shape, but it can also help you explore the tantalising world of vegan delicacies with their helpful blogs, a handy eating guide with a list of vegan friendly restaurants and shops and tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. These include recipes for apple cinnamon waffles, breakfast pizza, crunchy zucchini fries, decadent truffles, carrot cake bites and thick and creamy freak shakes. Not only are these dishes a healthier alternative, but they are flavoursome and indulgent too.

What To Eat

Veganuary has a range of helpful hints and tips, simple switches, quick meals and healthy food on the go to make your 31 day challenge a breeze. They have also compiled a list of restaurants and eateries serving up vegan meals. Some of these include Spur, Col'cacchio, Hudsons The Burger Joint, Lexi's Healthy Eatery and The Fussy Vegan. These are just a few of the many restaurants in the city offering mouthwatering vegan cuisine. If you prefer to have your meals at home until pay day, then check out the diverse vegan ranges at your local supermarket or head out to your closest vegan food store for all your grocery needs.

Get More Involved

Other than signing up to join Veganuary, you can also contribute to this initiative by making a small single or monthly donation, by sharing your story on social media and by helping others go vegan. Corporate businesses can also take part by joining forces with Veganuary. This is a great way to advertise your vegan products and services.

For More Information

For more information about Veganuary, visit their website or email them at [email protected].

To pledge to take part in Veganuary, click here.

Don't forget to give them a like or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube to stay up to date with the latest news, events and information.

Will you be taking part in Veganuary? Let us know in the comments section below!

What Is It?

Join Summer Place in Hyde Park in celebrating their beautiful venue, the events industry and their fabulous suppliers at the Summer Place Open Day. There is no better way to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon than strolling through this beautiful venue while their accredited caterers, internal catering team and other event professionals showcase their many delectable talents for you throughout the day. Need a little rest in between viewing the grounds and sampling delicious delights? Why not sit and relax around the fountain or in the gardens while enjoying the live entertainment and taking part in various lucky draws. It's a lovely day out for you, your partner and of course, your family.

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When Is It?

Sunday, 27 January 2019 from 12:00 to 16:00.

Where Is It?

Summer Place, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

There will be a small cover charge of R50 per person. Please note that you will need to RSVP for the Open Day. Click here to RSVP now. Please just include your total number of guests on the RSVP link.

This cover charge will include a welcome drink, snacks from the various caterers as well as cocktail tastings from their preferred cocktail bar suppliers.

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For More Information

For more information about this lovely event, visit www.summerplacesa.com.

You can also contact them on 011 447 9744 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Please note: Their phone lines are currently down. Please contact them via email. 

What Is It?

The Antique Fair Hyde Park Corner is a recurring event that takes place on the last Sunday of every month. This fair features a select group of traders with a fine variety of antiques and collectables and caters to collectors as well as those who have an interest in antiques.

When Is It?

Sunday, 27 January 2019 from 10:00

Where Is It?

Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

How Much Is it?

Entrance is free

For More Information?

For more information visit the Facebook page or visit their website.

Joburg’s Bustling Art Scene

Have you done an art tour of Joburg yet? No? Well, then Now is your chance! Johannesburg is home to some iconic galleries, not to mention a barrage of modern, niche spaces and they all host the most thought-provoking and inspirational local art.

Galleries are spread throughout the city but I suggest doing one of the ‘art routes’, as they are now being called. My favourite is the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank which boasts a bunch of the best galleries, and they are all within close proximity to each other. Start at Circa on Jellicoe and make your way through Speke, SMAC, Southern Guild and WHATIFTHEWORLD.

The Healthy Option - Join ParkRun South Africa

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Park Runs, they are 5km routes which take place in the most stunning parks and are open to all to enjoy. But you might be wondering how this is different to you just running around the block a few times? Well, the Park Runs are firstly stunning considering they take place in some of Joburg’s best parks (Delta Park, Modderfontein Park, etc) but also make for a lot of fun because the whole community gets involved. Both walkers and runners are welcome! Click here to find out more and to register for free!#

Visit A Market

Markets are great when you’re trying to work to a budget because unlike a restaurant, you don’t have to eat a meal to relax and take in the atmosphere. You can enjoy a day filled with plenty of entertainment for the kids, relaxing seating areas in the shade, some good food and a fantastic vibe. And best of all, some markets have no entrance fee, so you can walk in and suss out everything for FREE. You could wander the market, grab a drink, let the kids mission around and you’d likely spend under R100 for the whole afternoon. Visit the Modderfontein Farmers' Market that takes place every first and last Saturday of the month (27 January 2018 is the next one!), it has plenty of fun for the whole family.

Head To A Park

People think Joburg is all cement and urban jungle but the opposite is actually true. Joburg is home to an abundance of parks. It seems that the Joburg municipality always placed a strong emphasis on keeping the city green and it has paid off in the form of well-kept and luscious parks. There is a park in almost every area so you have no excuse! Take your pick from James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose, George Lea Park in Sandton, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens (there s an entrance fee here), Modderfontein Reserve (small charge to get into this one), Delta Park in the Blairgowrie area and Gillooly's Farm in Bedfordview. So, pack some picnic goodies, get the friends and family together and head down to your local park for a day of old-fashioned fun on a budget.

Take A Hike!

And while you're out and about in nature, why not take a hike? Not only is it a great way to kickstart burning off those extra kilos gained over the festive season, but it's also not too heavy on your wallet. You can head to Melville Koppies for a day of walking and gently climbing in sectors East and West, or book your spot for a guided hiking tour through the Central sector. It's child-friendly, cheap and safe. You can also go to Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and hike through a variety of trails and check out the eagles that take up residence near the waterfall.

Explore The City With City Sightseeing Tours

When was the last time you explored the city like a tourist? If you can't remember, then make sure you take a day or two enjoying the sights and points of interest of Johannesburg with City Sightseeing Tours. Sure, it will cost you a little under R200 for the day, but it is totally worth it considering you'll be hopping on and off an open-top red bus to see and explore the city's top 20 attractions. It's a must! A few attractions on the list include the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and SAB World of Beer, just to name a few.

Jump About At BOUNCE Inc

If there's one thing you need to blow your last hundred-and-something bucks on, it's a fun jumping session at BOUNCE Inc! And trust us, this isn't just fun that for the young ones. Spend a few hours bumping from trampoline to trampoline, slam-dunking, dodgeballing, climbing, flipping and flopping. It's great exercise, an awesome idea if you're looking to hang out with friends who are also on a budget, and loads of fun! Make sure you book your session, you can even do so online at Bounce Inc. General admission is R100* for junior jumper and student sessions and R125* per adult.

Please note: The prices mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change. Please check with venues about prices before booking or visiting. 

Have you been to any of these spots or done any of these activities? Tell us about your experience below!