It's the time of year when our credit cards are scuffed and bruised from abuse. Here is our list of Joburg’s best clothing factory shops and outlet stores so you can still enjoy a bit of shopping.

Big L's

Big L’s Levi’s Factory outlet located at the Woodmead Retail Park is a favourite among students, or anyone looking to up their street cred with a good pair of denim. The store mainly stocks classically tapered, skinny, straight and slim-cut jeans, however, you can find bootleg jeans too on occasion. There are also limited bits and pieces from bigger collections like the twisted fit, commuter and curve jeans. Also in stock are shirts, the odd accessory and shoes – but in very limited numbers.

Now for the big question – how much do they cost? You can get a pair of jeans for roughly R500 and a shirt for around R250, bearing in mind that it really depends on what the item is. Commuter jeans will never cost you R400.

Address: Woodmead Value Mart, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Coricraft

Coricraft is one of South Africa’s favourite furniture stores and for good reason – their furniture is simple yet stunning, inspiring visitors to drop some cash at almost every visit. The real problem, however, is that we can’t all afford to fully kit out our houses in Coricraft's fine furniture as much as we might like to. The answer? Coricraft has a factory shop in Wynberg and it goes without saying that you can get great end-of-range furniture here without breaking the bank. Tip: Like most factory shops, these are limited, end-of-range products, so it’s probably advisable to visit every few weeks.

Address: Unit A, Game Complex, corner Arkwright Avenue and 4th Street, Wynberg, Johannesburg.

Big Blue Clearance Store

Ever seen someone wearing a really clever shirt with a truly South African phrase on it and wondered where it was from? That would be Big BlueTrust us, if you’ve never popped into one of their stores, you should! Their summer gear is original and well-fitting, but let’s face it, anything that cool can’t be cheap and you’d be right to assume it. That’s where the Big Blue Factory Shop in Linden comes in. They stock all the same awesome apparel at a fraction of the price. Buy a few shirts at the beginning of summer and you’ve got your tees covered for the rest of the season.

Address: 57 Third Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg.

This time of year is when our credit cards are scuffed and bruised from abuse. Here is our list of Joburg’s best clothing factory shops and outlet stores.

Geldof Chocolatiers

Attention all chocoholics: Geldof Chocolatiers is the perfect spot for you to get your chocolate fix. They make everything from Easter eggs to chocolate Santas and truffles. Luckily, they have a factory outlet in Randburg, which stocks all their delicious products at wholesale prices. We once bought a whole packet of truffles for only R30 – if that doesn't sound like a sweet deal, we don't know what does! Tip: Ring the doorbell a few times before giving up – they are often busy in the back making chocolate like a team of Oompa Loompas.

Address: Unit C1 Mikro Industrial Park, 17 Hammer Avenue; Strijdom Park, Randburg, Johannesburg.

SMEG Outlet Store

Love SMEG but don't have the budget for it? Then you'll be happy to hear that you can get your hands on a few of their appliances at discounted prices at the SMEG Outlet Store in Sandton. Styling the kitchen while not spending a fortune is music to our ears! Here, you'll be able to find amazing deals on demo, select new and end-of-range SMEG appliances, and B-grade and refurbished stock.

Address: Unit 1 Linbro Logistics Park, 1st Avenue, Ext 1. Linbro Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Forever New

We are forever in love with Forever New and for good reason! Their clothing, shoes and accessories are nothing short of a classy affair that we all want to be a part of. Whether you're in the mood for spoils, retail therapy or gift shopping for a bestie, this store has had girls in Joburg going crazy since their release. However, their items often have a really fancy price tag which is why you need to make a stop at their factory store in Woodmead.

Address: Woodmead Value Mart, Waterval Crescent, Woodmead Ext 5, Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Decofurn Furniture Factory Shop

Planning on redecorating your home? Or need to find affordable home furniture and accessories? The Decofurn Furniture Factory Shop in Fourways offers everything you need to revamp your living space. Most of their products are sourced from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and China. There's a wide range of items available at their factory shop to furnish your bedroom, lounge, patio and outdoor, dining room, office and more without busting your budget.

Address: 1293 Design & Decor Centre, Forest Road and Sunset Road, Pineslopes, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Fairland Walk

Fairland Walk is conveniently situated on the corner of Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street in the suburb of Fairland, Johannesburg. They have everything from Timberland to Forever New and Diesel. It's the perfect stop for anyone who's looking for good deals on a range of popular brands. So, whether it comes to clothing, shoes or accessories, this shopping centre will have you covered at fraction of the price.

Address: Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street, Fairland, Johannesburg.

Woodmead Retail Park

Woodmead Retail Park is a large shopping centre dedicated to factory shops. This makes this retail park the perfect place to enjoy a well-deserved shopping spree if you need to refresh your wardrobe. They sport everything from the Le Coq Sportif store, to Billabong, New Balance and Fossil. If you can't find a deal here, you aren't looking hard enough!

Address: Woodmead Retail Park, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead

Playtex Factory Store

Looking to get your hands on popular underwear brands but don't want to pay an arm and a leg? Well, the Playtex Factory Store is the perfect stop for you. You can find plenty of your favourite underwear brands here, including WonderBra, SA Shock Absorber, BEAR, Playtex and She BEAR. Sure, you might have to hunt for your size, but the prices are well worth the effort, we assure you! They also have factory stores in Pretoria and Durban.

Address: Braam Street, Honeydew, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Beyers Chocolate Factory Shop

This is another one for our chocoholics – you can stock up on your favourite Beyers Chocolates at their factory shop in Kempton Park, Kyalami and Bedfordview. Just imagine having your own stash of Sweetie Pies, Amarula chocolates, truffles, caramel stars and much more! Seriously, this couldn't hurt.

Address: 28 Derrick Road, Spartan, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Bambini Ice Cream

Bambini Ice Cream have been in the business of making top quality Italian ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt and desserts for 29 years in South Africa.This has become one of the country’s biggest private owned ice cream suppliers to the hospitality industry. Luckily for us regular old ice cream lovers, they supply frozen delights to the public, too. Visit their factory store to sample some of the best Italian ice cream in the province, or shop online and have it delivered straight to your door!

Address: R23a Doornkloof Farm, Rustenburg Road, Magaliesburg.

Know of other great factory stores not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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Right next to the O.R. Tambo Airport in Kempton Park, stands the Palace of Dreams! You guessed it, we're talking about the ever-popular, buzzing and thrilling Emperors Palace. Here, guests of all ages can enjoy, indulge and experience true luxury, excitement and entertainment. Make the most of your visit by booking a stay at one of their four unique hotels; indulging in a well-deserved pamper session at the health and beauty spa; trying your luck on the magnificent casino floor; dining at a spectacular restaurants; and spending quality time with your loved ones with your choice of entertainment activities. Here's what you can find and expect to see at Emperors Palace on your next visit.

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Restaurants

Aurelia's

Situated at the extravagant five-star Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel, Aurelia’s offers diners a fusion of the latest international food trends, all expertly blended with bold African flavours. This is the perfect place for special occasions, a business meeting, a casual meal or Sunday lunch with the family. Indulge in five-star dining right in the heart of Kempton Park.

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Rosetta's

Rosetta’s is a buffet restaurant that pays homage to Egyptian architecture and African cuisine in its decor and generous food offerings. This restaurant is a popular family-friendly favourite during the special holidays including Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. However, you can visit all year round for fabulous dining at the restaurant’s 24-hour bistro. If you have a sweet tooth that needs something decadent to satisfy that sugar craving, there is a DIY waffle and milkshake station well-known for its massive selection of toppings!

Visit Rosetta’s.

Tribes Restaurant

Tribes Restaurant offers diners a modern, ethnic African-theme paired with traditional fusion cuisine complete with a unique “Tribal touch”. Pay them a visit and enjoy a fine selection of African-inspired steaks and grills in the restaurant’s boma area. For birthday celebrations and family get-togethers to romantic dinners for two and business meetings, Tribe offers visitors a unique dining experience and unforgettable taste of Africa.

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Shopping

Emperors Palace not only offers plenty of entertainment perfect for the whole family, but it also offers a handful of shopping destinations you can visit in between gaming, dining and watching the latest shows. For a sugar fix, visit Sugar Rush Candy Shop, which offers a wide range of sweet treats, drinks and keepsakes. There's also Mr Biltong if you're craving something salty and meaty. And for your leather goods, visit Love.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel

With 182 magnificently furnished rooms and suites, the luxurious and elegant five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel. This is just the hotel if you're looking for the ultimate in supreme comfort and lavish indulgence. Enjoy a matchless regal experience, enhanced by superior levels of service as well as a Butler Service as an optional extra. Other features at the hotel include Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, an art gallery, a 24 hour gym, complimentary airport shuttle service and a cocktail bar and lounge.

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Peermont Mondior

The four-star Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace will surpass all expectations with its true luxury and impeccable attention to detail. Leisure and business travellers can enjoy a comfortable stay in one of the 150 spacious rooms and suites available at the hotel. Features within the hotel's rooms include a mini-bar upon request, room service, fast food court delivery, Wi-Fi, bath and/or shower, tea and coffee station, TV with selected satellite channels, and more.

Visit the Peermont Mondior.

Peermont Metcourt Suites

The three-star Peermont Metcourt Suites features 76 spacious contemporary suites, friendly service, as well as extensive access to all the entertainment and thrills Emperors Palace has to offer. Before guests head off to explore and experience Emperors Palace, they can enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the stylish Primavera restaurant. All rooms have a tea and coffee station, TV with selected satellite channels, air conditioning, an electronic room safe, hairdryer, bath and shower, writing desk and electric shaver point.

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Peermont Metcourt Hotel

Offering absolute comfort and convenience, the three-star gem – Peermont Metcourt Hotel – provides guests with lovely accommodation set in a beautifully manicured garden, complimented by a private pool terrace. After a good night's sleep, start off your morning with a cup of coffee and hearty breakfast at the F.L.A.G. Café. Spend your afternoon at the entertainment complex, within walking distance from the hotel. And to end your exciting day on a high note, why not enjoy sundowners at the 21 Degrees cocktail bar.

Visit the Peermont Metcourt Hotel. 

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Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel

Gaming

Emperors Palace offer visitors a wide selection of casino games to try their lucky on. From various table games including Roulette, Poker and Blackjack to flashing slot machines, there's something to suit all pockets. And for ease and convenience, guests can enjoy cashless gaming, without the queues or fuss. Enjoy either the Main Casino, the exclusive Privé areas or in the Velarium Casino providing smokers with 116 slot machines and 20 tables.

Enjoy gaming at Emperors Palace.

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Family Entertainment

Jupiter's

Jupiter’s is a secure childcare facility that offers families a range of exciting activities and events to keep little ones aged between 3 and 12 years entertained while parents enjoy an evening exploring the entertainment complex. Jupiter's can be found within The Emporium, complete with a snack bar, DVD theatre, various play rooms offering a wide range of activities, a Play Station room, and certified child care staff.

Visit Jupiter's.

The Magic Company

A favourite among children and grown ups alike is The Magic Company! This fun area is filled with plenty of classic and old school arcade games, as well as a few newer additions that's sure to delight. A few popular games include Whack-a-Mole, Dance Revolution, claw machines, Down the Clown, the X Rider 3D/4D Simulator, and much more. And best of all, after playing a couple games, you'll have enough tickets to get a fun prize to take home with you.

Visit The Magic Company.

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Theatre

The Theatre of Marcellus

For top notch shows and entertainment, be sure to visit the Theatre of Marcellus to see what's currently taking centre stage. This lavish, 17-tiered auditorium has hosted an impressive list of international and local acts over the year, including exciting dance shows, beloved musicals and popular plays. The theatre undertook a R6-million renovation to ensure your experience at the venue is nothing less than spectacular.

Visit the Theatre of Marcellus.

Barnyard Theatre Emperors Palace

For a theatre experience that ideal for all ages, Barnyard Theatre Emperors Palace is sure to have just the thing. Perfect for birthday parties, year end functions and get-togethers with family and friends, this venue not only has great shows lined up, but they also offer menus offering a wide range of food and drink as well as decor packages to ensure you evening out with them goes off without a hitch.

Visit Barnyard Theatre Emperors Palace.

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Movies

Gather your family and friends, grab some popcorn and refreshments from the kiosk, and catch one of the latest blockbusters at Emperors Palace's Nu Metro cinema. There's sure to be something for all ages, ranging from comedies and animations, romances and dramas, thrillers and action to local must-sees and more. Click here to see what's on show at Emperors Palace.

Visit Emperors Palace Nu Metro.

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Conference Venues

Other than catering to all your entertainment needs, Emperors Palace also offers just the place to hold those productive meetings and product launches. Emperors Palace Convention Centre consists of a number of banquet rooms, halls and ballrooms, perfectly suited for large events. Whether you are looking to host a boardroom meeting, conference, trade show or banquet, their venues, facilities and expertly trained staff ensure successful events, time after time. Click here to see their conference packages.

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Emperors Palace Convention Centre - North Wing Banquet Room.

Contact Details

Website: www.emperorspalace.com

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 011 928 1000

Address: 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

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We head to east of Johannesburg and explore everything Ekurhuleni has in store for all.  The East Rand comprises of Kempton Park, Bedfordview, Edenvale, Alberton, Benoni, Brakpan, Boksburg and Linksfield. If you’re planning a visit to Ekurhuleni, click your suburb of interest below and view our guide to the area, covering everything from interesting restaurants and must-visit retail hubs to hotels if you wish to spend the night (or weekend) and more.

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Kempton Park

Kempton Park is the suburb of convenience! From thrilling entertainment and thriving business hubs to international travel, top-notch accommodation, exquisite dining, and so much more, Kempton Park has it all. This bustling area is home to one of the two airports in the province of Gauteng – O.R. Tambo International Airport – as well as the ever-popular casino, Emperors Palace; and Festival Mall, the biggest shopping centre in the suburb. And with the airport being so close, Kempton Park is brimming with bustling business and accommodation offerings for those visiting.

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Bedfordview

For some of the best entertainment and food in the East Rand, Bedfordview is the suburb you need to visit. Combining the family-friendly lifestyle with European-inspired luxury, this is the perfect place to call home or even explore over the weekend. A few popular spots to visit include Bedford Centre and Eastgate Shopping Centre if you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy. These malls also offer a lovely selection of restaurants to delight your taste buds. As for entertainment, the area offers an exciting collection of family fun, nightlife hot spots and sporting venues.

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Edenvale

Known for its sprawling tree-lined avenues, quaint cafes, abundance of retail offerings and vibrant restaurant scene, Edenvale has something for everyone. Edenvale comprises a number of residential suburbs ideal if you're looking to settle down and raise a family, as well as a few industrial corners. A few points of interesting tin the area includes Greenstone Shopping Centre, one of the biggest malls in the east; De Molen Pancake House tucked inside the local landmark of the Dutch Windmill; Rush Trampoline Park is the kids want to blow off some energy; or simply enjoying the outdoors and taking a leisurely stroll through the market at Horwoods Farm.

Explore Edenvale.

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Alberton

Primarily characterised as a residential suburb in the south of the East Rand, Alberton offers families a lovely space to wind down, relax and make happy memories. Being within close proximity of neighbouring business centres and major freeways and routes, most residents commute to work in surrounding cities and suburbs. Here, residents and visitors can enjoy a slow side of life, enjoying a variety of outdoor recreational activities and even a spot of shopping. A few venues and location to note for your next visit includes the well-kept Alberton Driving Range if you're keen to practice your swing; the Jackson Dam perfect for an afternoon hike, fishing, walking your furry four-legged companions and getting some sunshine; and the Rietvlei Zoo Farm offering a Picnic Park, as well as lots of space to mountain bike, hiking or joining a park run; and lastly, the Alberton City Shopping Centre, complete with a dynamic mix of local and international brands from over 98 stores.

Benoni

Situated alongside the N12 Highway, diverse and historic Benoni is well-known as being the setting of the 2005 MTV-inspired movie, Crazy Monkey: Straight Outta Benoni. And let's not forget, the Oscar-winning actress, Charlize Theron, was born in Benoni. It is also known as a great suburb for first time home buyers due to the area's properties being great value for money. Other than making a great residential area, there are also a few great places to visit. Northmead Square not only offers a lovely retail experience for visitors and residents alike, but also brought movie cinemas back to the suburb (in case you didn't know, the last cinema closed in the 80s). Next up, if you'd like to brush up on some local history, be sure to visit the Benoni Museum. And have you ever visited a mall that's located on a steam boat? If not, Lakeside Mall on the southern banks of the Civic Lake is an absolute must.

Lakeside Mall in Benoni

Boksburg

Boksburg came to been when gold was discovered in the area in 1887. These days, it boasts a diverse industrial and mining scene as it is known as one of the most important gold-producing areas on the Witwatersrand. If you'd like to revisit the past, there are a number of old historical building to visit including a few old gold mines, the St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church, the Old Post Office which was built in 1898 and the Law Court which has been standing from 1890. But if you're looking for entertainment of the modern day kind, locals and visitors can spend a Saturday morning strolling and shopping through the Bokkie Park and Bunny Park Food and Craft Markets. During the hot summers, Wild Waters is just the place to keep cool while having a blast on the water slides and rides. And lastly, shop up a storm at one of the Joburg's biggest malls, East Rand Mall.

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Brakpan

During the Gold Rush boom in the late 1880s, Brakpan was just considered as a suburban area within Benoni and only became it's own little town in 1912. Situated between Benoni and Springs, this town also centres around the industrial and mining industry, but boasts many distinct areas filled with activities and entertainment and residential communities. One of the top attractions in the area is the exciting Carnival City, shaped just like a circus marquee! This entertainment hub offers visitors everything from a buzzing casino floor and family fun to restaurants, concerts and much more. Other than letting the kids blow off some steam at the Magic Company at Carnival City, why not let them bounce themselves tired at Wi:Jump, the East Rand ultimate trampoline park! Need to do a little bit of shopping? The Mall @ Carnival is sure to have whatever you're looking for.

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Linksfield

As part of Edenvale, Linksfield can be found tucked between Fairwood, Cyrildene and Sydenham. This urban hub is an elegant residential suburb ideally located within close proximity to many attractions and amenities in neighbouring areas including Melrose Arch, Sandton and Rosebank. A few features worth mentioning includes the Linksfield Terrace Shopping Centre, perfect for those after work errands and weekly grocery shopping. Another feature to look forward to is the development of The Neighbourhood, a brand-new residential lifestyle estate complete with its very own unique social, retail and leisure hub – The Neighbourhood Square – offering quaint restaurants and coffee shops, as well as boutique stores.

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Kempton Park is an expansive suburb, made up of a collection of smaller residential and industrial cluster areas. As such, there are numerous schools scattered throughout Kempton Park and its greater surrounds. Read on to find out what each school has to offer.

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Pre-Primary Schools

Bonaero Park Pre-Primary School

Bonaero Park Pre-Primary School is a co-educational, independent pre-school and aftercare centre. The school specialises in early childhood development and education, offering classes for children aged 3 to 6 years of age. Bonaero Park Pre-Primary School will help prepare your little one for the jump to "big school", providing ample care and dedicated teaching.

Visit Bonaero Park Pre-Primary School.

Aston Acres Nursery School

Aston Acres Nursery School is a well reputed pre-primary school situated in Kempton Park. The school caters to babies and toddlers, as well as pre-school aged children, helping to develop each child's unique personality and talents. Aston Acres Nursery School also offers a range of extra mural activities, including music, Clamber Club, soccer and early computer skills.

Visit Aston Acres Nursery School.

Primary Schools

Norkem Park Primary School

Norkem Park Primary School is the premier English medium primary school in the Kempton Park area. The school prides itself on setting a standard of excellence across all its student endeavors. Their discipline system is strictly centreed around good moral values and an ethos of self-discipline, acceptance and diligence. As such, the school provides a number of opportunities for students to hone their talents, including a variety of sporting and cultural extra murals.

Visit Norkem Park Primary School.

Kempton Park Primary School

Kempton Park Primary School is a public, co-educational primary school. The school is fully inclusive and offers not only Foundation and Intersen phase classes, but classes for learners with special needs education as well. Kempton Park Primary School strives to making learn fun and interactive for all its students. Ultimately, the school believes that learners should graduate with fond memories of their schooling years, well prepared for their high school and adult lives ahead.

Visit Kempton Park Primary School.

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High Schools

Sir Pierre van Ryneveld High School

Sir Pierre van Ryneveld High School was established in 1966, catering to students seeking English medium education in Kempton Park. The school now caters to approximately 1 300 students, offering a range of school subjects, including music, visual art and economics. The school also participates in an annual National Eisteddfod, offering students the opportunity to perform poetry, song and dance.

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Norkem Park High School

Norkem Park High School is a public, co-educational high school situated in northern Kempton Park. The school believes that students under their care should emerge from their high school career as well rounded, disciplined and tolerant young people. Consequently, the school provides a unique learning environment in which students are encouraged to self-discipline.

Visit Norkem Park High School.

Sonrise Christian School

Sonrise Christian School is an independent, co-educational primary and high school in Kempton Park. The school was established in 1996, as an alternative education solution for learners living in Kempton Park and Tembisa. Sonrise Christian School follows the IEB and AEE Curriculum, which allows students to learn in an individualized, self-paced manner that embraces self-discovery.

Visit Sonrise Christian School.

Tertiary Institutions

Ekhuruleni West College

Ekhuruleni West College for Further Education is a vocational, TVET training college situated in Kempton Park. The college offers students to complete their high school certificates, specialising in trade subjects, as well as certificates in engineering and business studies. The college also offers a range of occupational subjects, including beauty therapy, hairdressing and hospitality.

Visit Ekhuruleni West College.

Boston City Campus

Boston City Campus is recognised as one of the leading private tertiary institutions for higher certificates, diplomas and degrees in law, accounting, marketing and the humanities. The college offers remote and contact learning, ideal for students who either work or are studying multiple degrees at the same time. Students are also offered a range of services, including career counselling and financial planning advice.

Visit Boston City Campus.

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Interested in enrolling your child into a school on the east rand or looking to continue your studies at a tertiary institution in the area? Check out the schools and colleges in Edenvale and Bedfordview!

Thanks to its close proximity to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park has become a relative retail hub. Both residents and travelers staying over at airport hotels or in nearby B&Bs frequent the malls, shopping centres and smaller retail precincts here. So, come along with us to find the very best retail offerings in the area.

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Shopping Centres & Malls

Festival Mall

Festival Mall is Kempton Park's largest and most popular shopping centre. Situated nearby the airport, directly off the R21 highway, the mall welcomes in visitors from across Johannesburg. The centre is one of the area's biggest entertainment draw cards, boasting the only ice rink on the East Rand! However, it is the retail offerings here that bring in most shoppers. With four anchor stores - Checkers, Pick 'n Pay, Woolworths and Game - as well as many other exciting fashion, jewellery and homeware stores, Festival Mall caters to your every desire.

Visit Festival Mall.

Kempton Square

Kempton Square offers a shopping experience with a difference. This open air shopping precinct is situated in the heart of the Kempton Park CBD. The centre's 65 stores cover a range of product offerings and services, including  beauty care, stationery, electronics, fashion, furniture, groceries and sporting equipment. The centre is open until 18:00 on weekdays, providing the ultimate convenience. There is also a Body Lab Gym on site, so you can get in a workout before heading off to do your shopping.

Visit Kempton Square.

Bonaero Park Shopping Centre

Bonaero Park Shopping Centre is situated directly adjacent O.R. Tambo International Airport. This exciting retail hub was established in 2010 to provide a convenient and quality shopping experience to travelers, tourists and Kempton Park residents. The centre boasts an impressive 3 000m² Checkers Blue Line store, as well as a variety of other fashion and beauty stores. Bonaero Park Shopping Centre is also a popular dining destination, offering a great selection of cuisines from top restaurants.

Visit Bonaero Park Shopping Centre.

Kempton Gate Mall

Kempton Gate Mall is one of the area's smaller retail centres. However, it has been trading for over 25 years, drawing in many loyal customers with its convenient and family-friendly offerings. Its anchor Pick 'n Pay store provides groceries and household essentials to many Kempton Park residents. There are also a number of beauty, fashion and specialty stores at the centre. Bring the kids along for Saturday morning breakfast at Wimpy, before heading off on your weekly shopping sprint. You'll find everything from pantry staples to the season's must-have fashion buys here, so don't miss out.

Visit Kempton Gate Mall.

Norkem Corner Mall

In early 2019, Norkem Corner Mall underwent massive renovation. After servicing the local community for over 30 years, the centre was finally given a much-needed facelift. It now boasts an impressive retail offering, including three anchor stores - Checkers, Woolworths Food and Ackermans. With the refurbishment a number of new fashion and clothing stores were introduced to the centre as well. Come and find the very best in ladies fashion at Miladys, or get your hands on bargain buys from Mr Price clothing. There is no need to travel to large, overcrowded shopping malls when you can get all you need at Norkem Corner Mall.

Visit Norkem Corner Mall.

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Factory Stores and Wholesalers

FBO Clothing

Fashion Brand Outlet (FBO) is South Africa's largest independent international fashion brand retail outlet. Their Kempton Park branch offers branded products across menswear, women's wear and children's wear. You can save  up to 85% on original international brands at FBO, including Boohoo, Miss Sixty, S.Oliver, New Look, Steve Madden, Tom Tailor, Original Marines, Bershka, Energie, Nike and Guess. Don't miss out on these fantastic deals!

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Beyers Chocolate Store

Who doesn't love chocolate? And, what better way to celebrate your love for all things chocolaty than by visiting Beyers Chocolate Factory Store in Kempton Park. Beyers has been delighting South Africans with their chocolate confections for over 25 years. Come and get your hands on all the Sweetie Pies, Dream Bears and nougat you can eat at factory prices! It's sounds like absolute heaven to us.

Visit Beyers Chocolate Store.

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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.

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Shopping

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! There are also numerous smaller shopping precincts scattered around the suburb, offering the ultimate convenience to residents and visitors. Bonaero Shopping Centre is located opposite O.R. Tambo International Airport, making it a popular shopping destination for tourists and business travelers staying at nearby hotels. So, whether you are visiting Kempton Park on a quick stopover between your travels or live in the area, there should be a shopping centre ideally suited to your preferences here.

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Entertainment In Kempton Park

Like most suburbs on the East Rand, Kempton Park offers a range of family-friendly activities to keep you and the kids busy over weekends. Of course, there is the aforementioned ice rink at Festival Mall, as well as a variety of entertainment venues at the popular Emperors Palace Casino. Bring the kids along to enjoy an enthralling 4DX cinema experience at NuMetro Emperors Palace or catch a live theatre show at the Theatre of Marcellus. Golfers can enjoy a few rounds at the Kempton Park Golf Club, while outdoor adventurists should take a drive to Blaauwpan Dam at the Pomula Park Nature Reserve. All in all, the area offers an exciting array of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.

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Restaurants

Kempton Park offers a wide variety of dining options. From Friday night takeaways to romantic dinners, the restaurants here are as diverse as any other suburb in Gauteng. Take a culinary journey through Italy, the Mediterranean, Thailand, India and America all without leaving the East Rand. It is also home to the renowned Croydon Bakery. Be sure to stop by early on a Saturday morning to get your hands on freshly baked bread, cakes and pies. Their red velvet cupcake is said to be simply divine, so don't miss out!

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Hotels & Accommodation

Thanks to its proximity to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park is filled with hotels, lodges, B&Bs and backpackers accommodations. Emperors Palace has four luxury hotels to choose from, each within five to 10 minutes drive from the airport and Gautrain station. From here, you can travel directly to Sandton, Johannesburg Central, Rosebank or Pretoria. Ultimately, this area is the ideal place to stay for business travelers and tourists as it offers quality accommodation at budget prices, a range of fun activities and accessibility to the nearby Central Business District.

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Schools In Kempton Park

Kempton Park has 10 major schools, namely Hoërskool Jeugland, Hoërskool Kempton Park, Rhodesfield High School, Hoërskool Birchleigh, Norkem Park High, Sir Pierre van Ryneveld, Shangri-La Academy, Sonrise Christian School, Cresslawn Primary School and Maranatha Christian School. The area is also home to Ekhuruleni West College, a TVET training college for students looking to further their studies in trade subjects.

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Municipal Services

The Ekhuruleni Metropolitan Municipality offices are situated in the area. You can visit their Customer Care Centre for assistance with a range of services, including payment and account-related services and lodging and following up of all complaints. If you have outstanding traffic fines to settle, visit the EMPD Municipal Court in the centre of town. To renew your driver's license, pop by the Kempton Park License and Testing Office.

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Conference Centres

Courtesy of its many nearby hotels, Kempton Park has a number of conference centres and meeting rooms available for small, medium and large gatherings. These conference centres are the ideal location to host an international convention, as O.R. Tambo International Airport is just a few kilometres away. Most of the hotels in the area offer free shuttle services to and from the airport, so your guests needn't worry about transportation. So, if you're looking for a professional, modern and convenient spot to host an event, look no further than this suburb.

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Jobs

The job market in this area is wide-ranging, offering a number of opportunities for both school leavers and graduates. There are a variety of industries in the area, including trades work, industrial management, manufacturing, sales and retail. Due to its close proximity to the Gautrain station, the area is also sought after by many for ease of convenience. Many residents either commute to Sandton, Rosebank or Pretoria from here, as well.

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Property In Kempton Park

First-time home buyers should take a drive through the area. Whether you are in the market for an apartment, townhouse or forever family home, the area offers an array of property types. These listings often sell for reasonably low rates compared to other areas of Gauteng and greater Johannesburg. This is not to say that the property here is worth less than a Sandton apartment, but you certainly get bang for your buck. Sounds like a bargain to us!

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What Is It?

East Rand Gin Festival 2020 is bringing the best gins,Premium Tonic, mouthwatering food and live entertainment.

Bring your picnic blankets and camping chairs along and enjoy a delicious G&T mixed by expert craft distillers. This year promises to be better than before.

It's definitely one of the experiences to put on your list.

East Rand Gin Festival

When Is It?

Saturday, 04 July 2019 at 11:00.

Where Is It?

TBA, East Rand, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Keep an eye out for more details Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit the Gin Passport SA website.

Contact them on 072 891 3531 or via email at [email protected]

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.

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Papachinos

Papachinos is a much-loved family-friendly restaurant with locations all over Joburg. However, their branch at Stoneridge Shopping Centre offers a kid's party experience that will have your little one beaming from ear to ear. Not only can the birthday person and their band of buddies make their own pizzas, but the decor and atmosphere is all about the kids. That's not to say that the parents can't have a good time. Papachinos' menu caters to young and old, offering Italian-inspired family meals. Little bambinos can tuck into their fill of fries, burgers and waffles, while the adults indulge in a cocktail or two. The play area at Papachinos Greenstone is unrivaled. The kids will have hours of fun letting their imaginations run wild here, so book their next party at Papachinos!

Details: Cnr Modderfontein & Hereford Drive, Shop 95, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone, Edenvale, Gauteng | 010 449 9941 | [email protected]

Go Ape SA

When you think of Modderfontein, you are not likely to imagine a paradise for kids. However, you would be wrong to assume that there is nothing for the kids to get up to in this old dynamite town. Go Ape SA is an aerial park situated smack bang in the middle of Modderfontein. They offer climbing, scaling and obstacle courses for children aged four to 18. So, whether you are a parent to a precious pre-schooler or sullen teen, this party venue is sure to delight them. You also need not worry about safety, as there are strict guidelines according to ages. Little ones are kept far from the older tree climbers, so risk of injury is minimal. Go Ape caters to parties for kids aged five and upwards, offering a designated party area, snacks and party packs. Let's get climbing!

Details: Go Ape SA, Corner of Valley Rd & Johannesburg Rd, Modderfontein, Lethabong, Gauteng | 072 544 0415 | [email protected]

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Go Ape SA

Gravity 

Trampoline parks have jumped up all over the city. However, for a fantastic kids party in the East, check out Gravity at Bedford Centre. More than just a bounce centre, Gravity has an array of adrenaline pumping activities, including a climbing wall, zipline and foam pits. Parents also need not worry about catering or party favours, as Gravity does it all for you. The birthday person also receives a voucher for one free bounce session and a special Gravity gift. If your child has a whole bunch of energetic friends, bring them here. Afterwards, lug them all along to Chevy Lane, the coolest 1950s-inspired diner in Bedfordview. With monster milkshakes, gourmet waffles and burgers galore, you'll be the coolest parent of the moment.

Details: Bedford Centre Upper Level, Corner Smith Street & Van Der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Gauteng | 072 052 4781 | [email protected]

Happily Ever Laughter

For an outdoor kid's party, visit Happily Ever Laughter in Bedfordview. The play area here is perfect for toddlers, as moms and dads can easily keep a weary eye from their tables. However, there is ample fun and whimsy to be had for little ones on the funky slides and mini race track. If you want a more formal party, Happily Ever Laughter can organise that too. For an additional cost, they will arrange decor according to your theme, as well as yummy platters for the party goers and parents. The restaurant also hosts casual high tea for mommies and daughters, featuring delectable sandwiches, scones and pastries. So, whatever kind of party you have in mind, let Happily Ever Laughter deliver all that and more.

Details: 24A Riley Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 011 450 0711 | [email protected]

Kiddilicious

Another Bedfordview haven for overworked moms and dads is Kiddilicious. Offering a wonderful alternative to indoor party venues, Kiddilicious has mostly outdoor seating perfect for small parties. But, if you are in need of a more private area for the little one's birthday celebrations, Kiddilicious also has a separate party venue. This spacious indoor area flows out onto a covered patio and a beautiful, fully shaded garden and play area. You can order a couple of yummy platters to share, as well as mini cakes to sweeten up the occasion. If that wasn't enough to convince you to book this venue, then take a sneak peek at the Kiddilicious Beauty Salon. Hosting pamper parties for groups of up to 12 young ladies, spa packages include welcome mocktails, paraffin manis and pedis, facials and fruity treats to snack on. Book now!

Details: 15 Nicol Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 076 358 6003 | [email protected]

Benoni Monkey and Bird Sanctuary

If your little one and their friends prefer the outdoors and are the animal-loving kind, organise a party at the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park, offering a fun, relaxed environment with an array of birds, bunnies and other exotic wildlife to keep the kids entertained. There is also a separate play area and party venue. You need not worry about catering or any of the other fuss that comes with party planning, as the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park will arrange it all for you. Just sit back and enjoy the fresh air while the kids learn all about interesting animals. This is perfect for small birthday party groups.

Details: 244 Swallow Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 787 3932 | [email protected]

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Trees Eco Fun Park Benoni

Trees Eco Fun Park is a private facility located in Benoni. If all you really need for your child's birthday party is lots of open space, a swimming pool and braai facilities, then this is the venue for you. Ideal for a family get together, Trees Eco Fun Park offers access to all their facilities for only *R250 per spot, which accommodates up to 30 people. Booking is essential as no walks in will be allowed. Pack up the kids, their cozzies, sunscreen and their favourite braai snacks. Birthday cake is welcome too.

Details: 2 Totius Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 559 8504

Kidzville

Finally, we have Kidzville Party Venues in Kempton Park. With five different themed party venues available according to your child's age, Kidzville is one of the most diverse party venues in the East. Each venue comes complete with a shaded lapa area, braai facilities, separate bathrooms and play areas. Host an Adventure Island, Boot Camp, Farm Fun, Pirate Park or Disco Party for the special birthday person. Kidzville supplies all the cutlery and furniture you need to host a smashing party. It's great for parents on a budget who prefer to supply their own snacks and entertainment. Kiddies are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the venue, so be sure to specify the dress code on your invitations.

Details: 81 Main Road, Brentwood Park AH, Kempton Park, Gauteng | 083 463 1429 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other awesome kid's party venues in the East of Joburg? Let us know about them!

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.

The Best Of Ekurhuleni is a reader's choice award granted to businesses around the East Rand. According to the organisation, "The Best of Ekurhuleni Reader’s Choice Awards were established to inspire the residents of Ekurhuleni to celebrate the best of the best and inspire growth and prosperity in local business and organizations."

These awards are a great way for locals to learn more about their surroundings and to explore the best Ekurhuleni has to offer. While we can't mention all the award winners, we will discuss some of our favourites of the worthy winners.

George's Bread & Co.

Offering an assortment of delectable baked goods, treats and confectionery, George's is probably one of our favourite bakeries in Gauteng. We are nothing short of in love with the soft and airy Red Velvet Cupcakes, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and perfect Cheesecake. It seems every time we pop by they have something new to make our mouths water. As such, it is no surprise that they take home the awards for not one, but six categories. These include Best Coffee Shop, Best Bakery, Best Pies, Best Place For Party Platters, Best Bakery With Café and joint Best New Restaurant.

Contact details: 010 110 7575 | Shop 7, K90 Centre, Cnr Northrand and Rondebult Road, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected] | https://gbco.co.za

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret

The Victorian Secret

Tucked away in Benoni lies a beautiful Victorian house adorned with rose arches, crisp white window panes and a giant oak tree. This home has been renovated into one of the best bakeries in the East. In fact, according to Best Of Ekurhuleni, they are the Best Tea Garden. After sampling their delightful brunch, high tea and confectionery, we couldn't agree more. Spend a breezy summer afternoon lounging under a shady tree while indulging in a perfectly baked macaron. We recommend the granadilla or raspberry, but those more daring can opt for the salty sweet bacon treat.

Contact details: 011 420 1912 | 140 Woburn St (Cnr Russel St), Western Ext, Benoni | [email protected] | http://thevictoriansecret.co.za/

East Rand Mall

East Rand Mall is the proud winner of Best Shopping Mall. Situated in Boksburg, this mall is home to several other winners, including Best Clothing Store For Him (Edgars) and Best Accessories (Lovisa). Featuring 180 retailers, restaurants and entertainment hubs, this mall has been the go-to for East Randers since 1992. Recently renovated, this mall now has even more parking space and a more modernised feel.

Contact details: 011 823 1110 | Bental Rd, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected]https://www.eastrandmall.co.za

Green Craft Bar

This bar meets pub, located in Modderfontein and Benoni, has won two awards in this year's Best Of Ekurhuleni. They take home the prestigious title of Best Craft Beer Pub. With nine beers on tap, 17 largers, 21 ales and a range of other suds on offer, we are not surprised. They also have a pretty good gin list, which is why they also took the Best Craft Gin Bar title. While sampling their bitter beer and ample gin, make sure to try the Green Pizza or Peanut Butter Burger. They may sound weird, but they're worth a taste.

Contact details: Modderfontein - 082 446 3768 | Modderfontein Country Club, 1 Centenary Rd, Modderfontein, Johannesburg ; Benoni - 084 603 0609 | Benoni Country Club, Morris St, Morehill, Benoni | https://www.thegreen.co.za

The Green Craft Bar

The Green Craft Bar

Birchwood Hotel

Another multi-award winner, Birchwood Hotel takes home Best Local Hotel, Best Venue For Private Functions and Best Hire Venue/ Conference Centre. This hotel, located just 10 minutes away from OR Tambo International Airport, boasts 665 rooms of varying sizes, four onsite restaurants and over 60 conference venues. Set in a picturesque lush garden, this hotel meets all your needs, whether it be luxurious accommodation, the perfect wedding venue or a night of fine dining in the city.

Contact details: 011 897 0000 | Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | https://www.birchwoodhotel.co.za | [email protected]

Emperors Palace

Winner for Best Venue For International And Local Artists To Perform, Best Entertainment Destination For Parties And A Night Out, Best Casino and Best Place To Take Out-Of-Towners is none other than Emperors Palace. This casino and entertainment area offers all the traditional casino games as well as several hotels, theatres and cinemas; conference venues; restaurants; spas and shops. The Palace Of Dreams is your one stop destination for all your entertainment needs.

Contact details: 011 928 1000 | 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg | https://www.emperorspalace.com/

Birchwood Hotel

Birchwood Hotel

If you would like to see the rest of the winners, click here. For more information about these awards and to stay up to date with the latest news and events, follow them on Facebook or Twitter or contact them on 011 916 5416.

Who's your favourite Best Of Ekurhuleni winner? Let us know in the comments section below!

What Is It?

Cirque Rock is a theatrical extravaganza! Immerse your senses in a sound-scape of Rock, Pop, Afro Fusion, Disco and Latin American. Featuring smash hits by Queen, Lady Gaga, Boston, The Black Eyed Peas, The Greatest Showman ensemble, P!NK and Van Halen, this show is not to be missed.

Cirque Rock takes place in an urban street setting – think graffiti, skateboards, ghetto blasters and city skylines. The performers will have you enthralled with mind blowing specialty acts including acrobatics, aerial strap, silk, cube, perch and more.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

When Is It?

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - Sunday, 08 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Emperors Palace, The Barnyard, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg East.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R130 - R185 per person. Get yours here!

For more information

Visit the Barnyard's website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/barnyardtheatres

Twitter - twitter.com/BARNYARDTHEATRE

Contact them on 011 928 1108 or via email at [email protected]

Just Teddy

This boulangerie and patisserie was originally at 1 Fox, but has recently opened up shop at the elite Hyde Park Corner. For those who are rusty in French, a boulangerie specialises in bread while a patisserie offers up delectable pastries. At Just Teddy, you can expect the most divine tarts, cakes and high teas - available in a meat or vegetarian option. They also have an a la carte menu, if you want to fill up before dessert.

Contact details: Just Teddy | 010 203 9038 | Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park | [email protected]http://www.justteddy.co.za/

Croydon Bakery

Croydon Bakery, tucked away in Kempton Park, bakes the best pies in Joburg. Patrons flock from all over Joburg just for a taste of these flaky morsels, from steak and sausage rolls to feta cheese and Cornish pasties. Other offerings at this bakery include pizza, bread and bread rolls, cakes and slices, tarts, platters, pastries, croissants and tartlets. Patrons are also welcome to stay a while and sip on a cup of coffee.

Contact details: Croydon Bakery | 011 974 4549 | 90 Brabazon Road, Croydon | [email protected]http://www.croydonbakery.co.za

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The Bread Basket

Based in Sandton, The Bread Basket has sit-down, bakery and platter menus. They bake indulgent cakes, adorable cake pops, yummy tarts, soft muffins, flaky croissants and delightful macaroons. As the name suggests, they have an array of breads including white, brown, French, gluten-free, health seed, rye and ciabatta. They also have a wide range of pastries that are worth a try, we recommend the Gourmet Éclair or a tasty Apple Slice.

Contact details: The Bread Basket | 011 783 9053 | Sandton City Shopping Centre, 5th Street, Sandown | [email protected]http://thebreadbasket.co.za

The Argentinean

Known for the best croissants in Linden, The Argentinean is definitely worth checking out. This bakery and cafe serves delicious meals and freshly baked goods including Portuguese, health, rye, ciabatta, gluten-free and French bread; plain, Bar-One chocolate, cheese and almond croissants and peppermint, caramel, lemon, hazelnut and pear tarts. They also have an array of cookies and breakfast pastries.

Contact details: The Argentinean | 011 888 9759 | Cnr 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Linden | [email protected]https://www.facebook.com/TheArgentineanBakeryCafe/

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George's Bread & Co.

Home to the perfect chocolate chip cookie, cream cheese frosting and cheesecake, George's is a hidden bakery gem in the east. Their offerings also include yummy rosemary grissini, tantalising cupcakes and tarts and crusty bread for any occasion. Their pies and pastries are some of the best the city has to offer and the service is impeccable. We have yet to taste anything at this bakery that isn't perfect in consistency and taste.

Contact details: George's Bread & Co. | 010 110 7575 | Shop 7, K90 Centre, Cnr Northrand and Rondebult Road, Jansen Park, Boksburg | [email protected]https://gbco.co.za

Black Forrest Bakery

Based in Braamfontein, Black Forest Bakery serves specialty German cakes, cookies and breads. All of their products are made using traditional methods. Bread, laugengebäck, cakes, tarts, bread rolls, breakfast pastries, biscuits and savouries are some of the products you'll find at this bakery. Their stollen, brezeln and Black Forest Rye are the best in town.

Contact details: Black Forest Bakery | 011 403 0065 | 102 Juta Street, Braamfontein | [email protected]http://www.blackforestbakery.co.za

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To find more places that serve up delicious and decadent treats, check out these patisseries in the city.

Croydon Bakery

Perhaps the most renowned bakery of the east, Croydon Bakery bakes delectable bread, cakes, tarts and other confectionery on a daily basis. However, it is their pies that they are most famous for. These include steak, pepper steak, Cornish, sausage rolls, curry, chicken and mushroom, cottage and spinach feta cheese. All of their pies are homemade with flaky pastry and flavourful fillings.

Contact details: 011 974 4549 / 90 Brabazon Road, Croydon / [email protected] / http://croydonbakery.co.za

George's Bread & Co

This overnight Boksburg sensation stems from the same family tree as Croydon. George bakes the most amazing confections from scratch with the best ingredients available. Their crafts are some of the best we have ever had, from their freshly baked bread, light and fluffy cupcakes, perfect chocolate chip cookies, filling pies and the ultimate cheesecake. There is nothing at this bakery that we do not love.

Contact details: 010 110 7575 / Shop 7, K90 Centre, Cnr Northrand & Rondebult Road, Jansen Park, Boksburg / [email protected] / https://gbco.co.za

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De Backery

This Dutch bakery was started in 1963 by William Verhoogt. They still use the same recipes and methods today as they did in 1963, with imported Dutch ingredients. All of their products are made in house with high quality, fresh ingredients. Products on offer include pies, bread, loaves, sweet confectionery, tarts and cakes. Above the bakery is the windmill restaurant, De Molen Pancake House and Restaurant, a replica of the Zeldenrust Molen in Holland.

Contact details: 011 453 2233 / 47 Van Riebeek Avenue, Edenvale / [email protected] / https://www.debackery.co.za

Bread Basket

Also located in Edenvale, the Bread Basket started in 1982 offering fresh baked goods and a quality deli. The bakery now offers quality confectionery which includes cakes, cake pops, tarts, scones, muffins, macaroons, cookies, pies, bread, doughnuts and pastries. Patrons come from far and wide for their delightful cakes, either full cakes, slices, cupcakes or filled cupcakes. We love the Red Velvet, Vanilla Custard, Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Mousse selections.

Contact details: 011 452 1129 / Greenstone Shopping Centre, Cnr Modderfontein Rd & Van Riebeeck Ave, Edenvale / [email protected] / http://thebreadbasket.co.za

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Sugar's Bakery

Another gem tucked away in Edenvale, this bakery and family restaurant serves up homemade meals, artisan breads, delicacies and Greek specialties. Greek confectionery offered include Eliopitas, Tiropita, Kourabiedes, Melomakarona, Bougatsa and Baklava, among others. The bakery also offers more traditional baked goods and an on-site restaurant offering breakfast, toasted sandwiches, omlettes, salads, prego, pizza and souvla.

Contact details: 011 452 7001 / 118 Terrace Road, Sebenza, Edenvale / [email protected] / https://www.sugarsbakery.coffee

Fournos

Fournos in Boksburg offers scrumptious baked goods and confectionery. Here, you can get crusty breads, sweet cakes, a wide selection of pies, crumbly pastries and the best croissants outside of France. These flaky morsels are available in four flavours - plain, chocolate, almond and blueberry. Each one of these are mouth watering and delicious. Another favourite at this bakery are their cakes. The Bar One cake, in particular, is irresistible.

Contact details: 010 597 1925 / Shop 85, East Rand Mall, Jansen Park, Boksburg / [email protected] / https://www.fournos.co.za

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What Is It?

Elvis - The Greatest Tribute Show is a tribute to the legend that was Elvis Presley. This show is a spectacular musical tribute to the greatest rock star of the 20th century. This awesome tribute is a non-stop nostalgic party that takes you back to an age of discovery. Return to a time when people enjoyed life and rocked like there was no tomorrow. The show captures the onstage excitement of Elvis’ greatest performances and energetically reproduces his hits from the 50s, 60s and the 70s Vegas-era.

The Theatre Of Marcellus at Emperors Palace will host a star-studded cast who will breathe life back into the memory of Elvis Presley. The spectacular hit production, Elvis - The Greatest Tribute Show relives the magic of the king. The cast recreates it all with stunning authenticity - the voice, the look and the dance moves. So, put on your Blue Suede Shoes, get ready to Shake Rattle and Roll ‘cause this Elvis Presley tribute show promises to rock both young and old in true Vegas spirit.

When Is It?

Sunday, 18 August 2019 at 15:00.

Where Is It?

The Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg East.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R112 - R440 per person. Get yours online via the Computicket website.

For More Information?

Visit their website for further details, or give them a follow on social media to stay up to date with top events:

Facebook  - facebook.com/EmperorsPalaceResort

Twitter - twitter.com/emperorspalace

Instagram - instagram.com/emperors_palace

Contact them on +27 (0) 11 928 1000 or via email at [email protected]

Emperors Palace in Kempton Park is known as the Palace of Dreams. This is quite apt when walking into the building. The doors are lined with statues of Antony and Cleopatra, the concave ceiling is constructed with stained glass and all the doorways are mantled with golden Greek-style arches. What better place to spend an evening dining on the Ambrosia of the Gods? Platia may not actually serve the Gods, but it certainly evokes that feeling.

Located directly across the largest statue in the building, under the cloudy ceiling, the restaurant looks and feels as if it's located on Mt. Olympus rather than Kempton Park. Unlike most Greek restaurants, Platia keeps the shades of sky blue and crisp white to a minimum. Instead, the walls are shades of cobalt blue, lined with sea-sand wooden finishes and completed with darkened, large, low-hanging lights.

Diners have the option of inside and outside seating. The inside seating feels more secluded and opulent while the exterior feels more relaxed and casual, yet stylish. The wooden tables are lined with comfortable white stools, one of the very few white touches in the decor. The only thing missing from this island paradise would be the Mediterranean sea. But the nearby fountain at least gives some tranquil nuances of being seaside.

Starters was a tough choice between the Tiropita and Spanokopita, feta and spinach pies, and the Pikilia, pitas with a choice of three dips. Ultimately, the Tiropita and Spanokopita won. The Tiropita is a triangular phyllo pastry parcel filled with feta and herbs. While the Spanokopita, also a phyllo pastry triangle, is stuffed with a creamy spinach filling. Both pies were served with a sweet chilli sauce.

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Vegetarian mains was the Haloumi in Pita, which was a flat bread wrapped around huge golden nuggets of haloumi, fresh tomato cubes and slivers of onion, all topped with a rich and creamy tzatziki. The tzatziki was particularly delicious and just finished the wrap beautifully. This was served with some large, perfectly cooked chips in a tasty house-made seasoning.

Choices for the meaty mains were also difficult to make, so the Open Trio Souvlaki Plate made the most sense as it provides a little bit of everything. This huge plate consisted of three Souvlaki (marinated meat skewers), one chicken, lamb and beef.  All of which were very flavourful and perfectly cooked. This was served with a side of Greek salad, lettuce, tomato, onions, olives and feta, dressed simply in olive oil and vinegar. Also, on the side were mini pitas and tzatziki as well as a side of chips. This meal certainly allows for a bit of mixing and matching, combining various flavours with others to find your favourite combinations.

As fulling as all this food was, we definitely couldn't leave without ending things on a sweet note. Again, choosing between the Halva Ice Cream, Rizogalo, Baklava and Loukoumades was an almost impossible. But in the end, we chose the Loukoumades. These are Greek-style doughnuts, drenched in cinnamon syrup and served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. This is a must-try for any doughnut or cinnamon lover.

After gorging to the max on delectable Greek cuisine, there is no better way to relax and ease a full tummy than strolling through the Palace, taking in the sights of the store fronts, visitors taking selfies and the painted ceilings that make one think of Michelangelo's work in the Sistine Chapel. After all, we are in the Palace of Dreams.

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What Is It?

Over the past two decades BURN THE FLOOR has revolutionised classical Ballroom style. Combining jaw-dropping choreography and ground breaking moves, this dance group bring their now famous, infectious and rebellious energy to the stage every single night. From a seriously romantic Waltz, to a futuristic Foxtrot, the passion of the Tango and Paso Doble cut right through. You revel in the emotional power of the Cha Cha, the Samba and Jive. Meanwhile, our smoking, irresistible Rumba always leaves you breathless. Our electrifying production, lights, costumes and eclectic live music will have you leaping right out of your seat. This is not just a “feel-good” performance, but seriously “feel-fantastic” show. Don’t miss your chance to experience the pure dance joy of BURN THE FLOOR!

When Is It?

Thursday, 22 August - Sunday, 8 September 2019.

Show times: 

Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 20:00
Saturday and Sunday matinee - 14:00

Where Is It?

Theatre of Marcellus, Emperor's Palace, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R280 per person. Winners circle members receive a discount on tickets. A show and meal combo ticket, cost R520 per person.

Book your tickets on the Emperors Palace website.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

A Free 21-Day Lockdown Home Workout Plan

Over the 21-day #LockdownSA, Adventure Boot Camp with be offering a free 21-day lockdown home workout plan to ensure that everyone can stay fit, active and healthy while they self-isolate. Every day on Instagram, they will publish a daily exercise routine that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

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Day #1 Workout: Upper Body

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Day #2 Workout: Full Body

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Day #3 Workout: Full Body

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Why You Need To Join ABC After #LockdownSA

So, once the lockdown has been lifted and life returns back to normal after the COVID-19 outbreak (which might take a few months), here's why you need to join ABC and their fun boot camps for women.

You don’t need to be a pro athlete

Haven’t worked out in over a year? Just starting out on your fitness journey? It doesn’t matter! ABC welcomes and invites ladies of all fitness levels to join them for a fun yet effective workout. If anything, the more you join them for their workouts, the better you’ll get at it and the easier it’ll become.

Hang out with like-minded women

One of the great things about ABC is the fact that not only do you get to work out, but you’ll get to meet, workout and hang out with like-minded ladies, too. This also creates a lovely atmosphere, where you don’t need to worry about being watched and judged from afar. This support system allows you to just do you and be you.

Adventure Boot Camps occur all year round

A little too busy to start the next boot camp? Don’t worry, ABC hosts boot camps all year long! The boot camps are all four weeks long, five days a week. Visit their website to check out the boot camp annual calendar to see when the next one begins and to register.

Over 60 locations across the country

There is an Adventure Boot Camp around every corner! Well, not literally every corner, but with over 60 locations throughout the country, you’re sure to find one nearby. Interested to see if there is one near you? Click here to visit their website and check out their locations. In Johannesburg alone, there are about 16 locations to choose from, starting out in Kempton Park, Benoni and Alberton, all the way through to Sunninghill, Roodepoort and Randburg.

Benefits & Rewards!

Other than the fact that you’ll be earning that body you’ve always wanted and lead a more active lifestyle, you’ll also gain other benefits and rewards along the way. Discovery Vitality members can activate the Vitality benefit and log their sessions to earn up to 100 fitness points per session. ABC and Women’s Health offer you discounted rates on one-year subscriptions (11 print / digital issues), ensuring you are always on top of all things health and lifestyle! And as an ABC member, UCOOK rewards you with a 15% discount off on each UCOOK order you make. Click here to see the list of rewards and benefits.

Packages to suit your pocket

Believe it not, but ABC is much more affordable than those long-term and binding gym contracts. ABC pride themselves on offering a variety of options to suit your budget. There are three pricing options for you to choose from: Unlimited Sessions from R530* per camp; Adventure Me (11 camp debit order option) from R500* per camp; or 8 Sessions from R470* per camp. Click here to see what each offer entails. Before you commit, you can experience it for yourself with a free trial.

It’s Fun!

And last but certainly not least – it’s loads of fun! You’ll be outdoors in the fresh air, with dedicated and passionate trainers taking you and the other boot camp ladies through a feel-good workout. What more do you need to feel amazing, fitter, happier and supported?

For More Information

For more information about Adventure Boot Camp and their camps, visit www.adventurebootcamp.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 021 447 2746 (it is a Cape Town based company).

Don’t forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest news, camps and events.

Adventure Boot Camp

 

The Dino Expo

Gather the family and make your way to the Sandton Dinosaur Exhibition to experience life-sized dinosaurs at The Dino Expo. The exhibition has just received new dinosaur models and will be bigger and better than ever before. The newly imported dinosaurs include the Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and an adult ride – and many others will be unveiled at the newly established Sandton Dinosaur Exhibition. There are also loads of other dino-themed activities in store to keep the kids entertained, so be sure not to miss out!

dino expo

Gin ‘N Roses Festival

Enjoy the autumn afternoon sun, the majestic Joburg skyline and an action-packed entertainment lineup that includes some thrilling horse racing at Turffontein Racecourse's Gin 'n Roses Festival. You will feel right at home, sampling the best gin Joburg has to offer, whether it be straight-up or in the most elaborate cocktail. There will also be a variety of live entertainment, outstanding food vendors and a rose wall (perfect to capture that all important 'at-the-races' selfie).

gin foraging festival

Huawei Joburg Day In The Park 2019

Huawei Joburg Day is always such a jam  and this year won’t be any different! True to form, Huawei and 947 have upped the ante with the 2019 lineup. You can catch live performances by some of the best local musicians, including TKZee, Mango Groove, Sun-El Musician, Mi Casa, Matthew Mole, Sho Madjozi, Prince Kaybee and many more.

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Monster Jam 

One of the biggest action-packed live events on four wheels is coming to South Africa for the very first time! Get ready for Monster Jam, featuring 4m tall, five-ton, custom-made monster trucks, racing, revving and ripping up a racetrack full of obstacles. This family-friendly fun is perfect for young and young at heart, as well as lovers of motor and adventure sports.

monster jam johannesburg

Doritos Presents Festival De Mexico At Montecasino

The Doritos Festival De Mexico is back, showcasing everything we love about Mexican cuisine and culture. Expect a range of live performances to keep you thoroughly entertained on the day, Lady Zamar, Jimmy Nevis, Desmond and the Tutus, Monark, Mojito Swing and Ryan the DJ. Tequila enthusiasts should also come along to join Africa’s largest tequila toast – the record set last year was 5 236 shots! This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids along as well. There will be face painting and PlayStation centres to keep them out of trouble.

festival de mexico

Field Market – May Edition

Enjoy the fresh air and do some shopping at the Field Market under the trees in the Field & Study Park in Parkmore. You can stroll through stalls that lure and inspire you with local handcrafted goods, then stay a while to enjoy a variety of gourmet food and beverages, live music and the relaxed atmosphere. They have something for everyone, including lots of entertainment for kids. Even dogs on leashes are welcome.

field market

2019 American Express Winter Sculpture Fair

The NIROX Sculpture Park will breathe life into the winter season. The 2019 American Express Winter Sculpture Fair will feature contemporary art exhibitions set up throughout the park, as well as some of the best food and wine brought to you by select Franschhoek exhibitors. This is the perfect excuse to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a day.

Winter Sculpture Fair

Pringles Presents The Tequila & Mexican Food Festival 2019

Arriba! It’s going to be a fiesta, so get your sombreros and tequila faces ready for Pringle Presents The Tequila & Mexican Food Festival 2019. Spend the day enjoying a fun-filled celebration of all things Mexican – fine cuisine, tequila and all the unique traditions Mexico has to offer! Just imagine a day full of colour, ponchos, sombreros, awesome music, delicious burritos, cheesy nachos, filling churros and tacos, and a variety of tequila-based drinks or cocktails to quench your thirst. The festival’s full music lineup is soon to be announced so keep an eye on their event post on Facebook! This festival is strictly for over-18s.

The Tequila & Mexican Food Festival 2019

 

Design Joburg

The Sandton Convention Centre will be transformed into SA’s most coveted and inspiring design destination. Design Joburg will bring together the very best décor brands and personalities from around the country and the world. Media 10 will bring a stellar collection of the best design brands under one roof, combining the local and global pioneers and trailblazers of the design world.

design joburg 2019

The East Rand Wedding Show

Planning a wedding and need some inspiration? Look no further! The East Rand Wedding Show is here. Couples will gain access to over 130 exhibitors, the perfect place to be for decor ideas, the latest trends, excellent service and special offers that can’t be found anywhere else. Find the perfect wedding venue; choose from a wide variety of décor options; land your dream wedding dress and other bridal couture; sample delicious wedding cakes; choose a band, DJ or both; plan your honeymoon; and much more.

Wedding

Groves And Vineyards Festival

The renowned Groves & Vineyards Festival will be serving up the best in local and international food and wine in the lovely surrounds of the Casalinga gardens. There promises to be even more exciting features this year, including pop-up boutiques, great food, amazing wines, top local musical talent and an unmissable relaxed vibe.

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What Is It?

Children love Peppa Pig and they would love nothing more than to see her come alive and tell amazing theatrical stories at Peppa Pig's Big Day Out!

This year's production promises to bring an unforgettable show to the stage. The show will have kids in a joyful mood, so come along on this exciting journey of finding Polly Parrot and Mr Dinosaur, who have gone missing. Get your tickets now.

When Is It?

Friday to Sunday, 20 - 29 September 2019 (times differ with day booked).

Where Is It?

Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R99 - R399, and are available here.

For More Information

For more information about this show, visit the Peppa Pig website.

What Is It?

In case you didn't know, ICON is South Africa’s longest running comics, gaming and popular culture convention. And this year, it will be taking place at Emperors Palace over three days! ICON provides only the best in pop culture retail and experiences, board gaming and tabletop warfare, cosplay competitions, national tournaments, educational panels, and, most of all, loads of fun! This is a must for all ages.

Also, don't miss out on the ICON Comedy Night on Saturday, 20 April 2019 for some sidesplitting humour. You MUST have an ICON Saturday or Weekend Pass to buy an ICON Comedy Night ticket. Also, they'll be hosting the ICON Geek Quiz Night on Sunday, 21 April 2019. Tickets to this event will be sold separately, however you must have an ICON Sunday Day or Weekend Pass.

When Is It?

Saturday, 20 April 2019 – Monday, 22 April 2019. Show floor times are as follows:

Where Is It?

Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets start from R65 per person and can be bought online at TixSA.

For More Information

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