Order A Date Factory Box!

We came across this company years ago and love what they have to offer couples who are looking for a unique at-home date night experience. Date Factory makes date night easy by planning, packing and shipping a complete date night in a discreet box, right to your doorstep. There's a wide selection of date night boxes to choose from, ranging from themed date nights and digital dates, to specialty boxes and something a little more sexy, if you get what we mean! To find out more about these date-in-a-box experiences, click here.

Movie Night

What's better than cuddling up on the couch to watch your favourite movies together? You don't need much to pull off this sweet date night idea besides a few warm blankets, comfy pillows and a hoard of snacks. If you've watched your must-see list of movies together a thousand times, turn the volume down and see if you can remember the dialogue from memory. Or, make it more of a challenge by rewriting the script together. Come up with the most ridiculous lines you can think of. The aim of the game is to make each other laugh, so get as silly as you can with it.

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When last did you take the time to look up at the stars with your special someone? Lay out a cozy blanket in the garden and get snuggled up together for this ultimate free date night experience. If you happen to have a bottle or two of bubbly, bring it along to amp up the romance factor. Alternatively, try your hand at making a few refreshing mocktails. If you really want to impress your sweetheart, whip up a tasty picnic feast to enjoy together under the moonlight. Ooh la la!

Online Cooking Classes

There are a mass of online cooking classes happening at the moment. Sign up for one with your partner and get cooking! This is not only a great way to learn a new skill together, but there are bound to be a couple of laughable moments as you learn together. Don't be afraid to make a mess either. There is nothing quite as satisfying as smearing a dollop of brownie batter on your partner's nose when they aren't looking.

Romantic Dinner

Put your new cooking or baking skills to the test by organising a romantic candlelit dinner for two in your living or dining room. While you may not be able to surprise your significant other (because they're always around!), you can nevertheless make this date night one to remember. Throw on your best outfit and serenade them with their favourite songs or a playlist dedicated to your relationship. Get them up and dancing with you after dinner or just spend time talking.

Game Night

When you've been together for a long time, a certain rivalry may start to emerge between you. It's harmless fun, but it's the perfect way to keep entertained while keeping safe indoors. Pull out the board games and let the competition begin! Whether it's good old card games, Monopoly or online multiplayer games, this date night is likely to show you a whole other side of your partner. Artsy couples, get out your felt markers to play the doodle challenge. Basically, your partner draws something against your back and you have to guess what it is. Hint: if you've never said 'I love you' before, this is a super sweet way to do it.

Have fun, lovebirds! 

What Is It?

Leash up the doggos, gather the kids, grab your face masks and hand sanitisers and head to the brand-new Ark Animal Walk Park in Chartwell for a wonderful cause. Before you get walking, register at the registration tables and be sure to arrive on time for your designated time slot. Other than the fresh air and beautiful outdoors, there will be lots of goodies on offer, both dog and human related. Also, don't forget to browse through their Charity Store for Woodrock. There will be incredible raffles amazing giveaways on the day!

This walk park will give the Ark Family the opportunity to continue being involved in their passion relating to animals. The park will take their passion and love for animals to new heights. As the saying goes, the best view comes after the hardest climb. This pandemic and national lockdown hasn't been kind to everyone, and this is their chance to get back on track doing what they love, supporting animals.

Animal Rescues

The new arm of Ark rescue and rehabilitation will be there welcoming you on the day. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the team.

Also, Mandela Day is a big high for Woodrock Animal Rescue. In keeping with a tradition, Woodrock will never give up on the voiceless. All funds raised during this launch and Mandela Day initiative will support Woodrock Animal Rescue in saving dog moms and pups from a life of abuse and neglect.

Please note: In keeping with COVID-19 rules, they will be staggering groups of 50 walkers per time slot. Be sure to choose your hour accordingly. It is vital that you keep to your allocated time.

When Is It?

Saturday, 18 July 2020 and Sunday, 19 July 2020, starting at 08:00 through to 15:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Ark Animal Walk Park, 17 Howard Avenue, Chartwell, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It? 

Tickets cost R67 per person, R30 per dog, and children under the age of 12 walk for FREE.

Due to social distancing, this event must be pre-booked via Quicket. Click here to book your spots now before it's too late.

The first 100 patrons to register on Quicket will receive a complimentary gift.

For More Information

For more information about this exciting fundraiser event, visit their Facebook event page here.

Don't forget to visit their website and Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news, events and information.

Please note: events are subject to change, be postponed or cancelled during the national lockdown/COVID-19 pandemic. Please directly contact the organisers of this event to ensure that it is still taking place on the date stated and venue above. 

With just 100 days to go until the start of the 2020 Makhanda National Arts Festival, the organisers announced that the festival would be undergoing a massive shift. This was not only to accommodate social distancing measures, but to protect their artists from sacrificing their hard work. In a bid to keep you entertained from the comfort and safety of your home, while still helping theatre makers, musicians, visual artists and digital wizards from around the country make an income from their art, the National Arts Festival has gone fully digital. For the first time ever, the NAF will be presented fully online, bringing you 11 days of entertainment.

What's On?

As always, the National Arts Festival is expected to present a celebration of all art forms - from theatre to dance, visual art, film, animation, digital art, music and much more. Naturally, the format of the festival is somewhat different this year. There will be no main programme, but rather a daily programme of events to enjoy. The fringe programme looks to be slightly different too, featuring a number of virtual art galleries and live performances. There will be a selection of showcases, webinars and workshops held over the 11 day festival as well. Here are our top picks of what's on at the 2020 National Arts Festival:


Song Are Like The Grass: Madosini In Concert 

The National Arts Festival awards one artist each year with their Featured Artist nod. This year's artist was to be indigenous musician, Madosini Latozi Mpahleni. When it became evident that the NAF could not continue as it usually would due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it was expected that Madosini would record a series of performances to stream as part of the digital festival. However this was not to be, as the musician fell ill and was hospitalised for five weeks.

Instead, the festival curators compiled a tribute to her work using archival footage. This tribute will be aired in 11 parts, over each day of the festival. Offering snapshots of Madosini performing in varied settings – from grand stages to intimate rooms, solo and in conversation with other musicians, these clips reflect Madosini's powers as a musician, stage performer, storyteller and icon of an extraordinary cultural tradition. You can purchase a day pass for as little as R80 per day to watch these video tributes.

Standard Bank Jazz Festival 

The annual Standard Bank Jazz Festival is now in its 33rd year. A place where artists meet and challenge audiences to expand their expectations of the art form, this is undoubtedly one of the most important music events of the year. The 2020 Standard Bank Jazz Festival is a celebration of South African jazz, bringing together musicians from around the country to engage and entertain audiences from a safe distance. Headlined by British multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, this looks to be one of the programme highlights for the National Arts Festival. Click here to find the full list of participating artists.

Jazz enthusiasts, get yourself a full Standard Bank Jazz Festival pass for R500. This includes access to all shows that are part of the Jazz Festival over the full 11 days. Get yours here.

Pitika Ntuli - Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source)

The Melrose Gallery, in partnership with the National Arts Festival, presents Pitika Ntuli's latest body of work. Titled Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source), the exhibition of sculptures is made up almost entirely of bones. The exhibition will be showcased on the Melrose Gallery website, as well as the NAF's online platform for the duration of the festival. Each sculpture will be accompanied by a voice note from the artist and various other contemporaries, including poets, sculptors, writers and philosophers. This is one of the many free exhibitions and events to be held as part of the 2020 NAF, so don't miss it!

Third World Bunfight's Macbeth 

Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight's adaptation of Verdi's Macbeth has been pegged as the theatre highlight of this year's NAF. Set in a modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo, this one-of-a-kind opera brings together "a complete integration of music, text, drama, and politics". Bailey has reconstructed this work three times over in the last two decades. This iteration is expected to reach its largest audience, as the NAF broadcasts it to the world. Tune in on Wednesday, 1 July 2020.


For More Information

You can find the full National Arts Festival online lineup on the festival's website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date with daily programmes and special features.

Details: (Tel) 0860 002 004 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Get ready for a live stream performance as Biggy brings you his top songs, some new tunes and the stories behind them, courtesy of Get Lucky.

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 June 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30.

Where Is It?

Online, be sure to visit Howler for further details on this event.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R100 for regular tickets and R180 for the VIP experience, which includes access to a Zoom room with Biggy.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit Howler.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Incognito Social presents a first of its kind festival coming to you this July. With three stages, this online festival is sure to get you dancing. Be a part of the Awakening festival.

When Is It?

Saturday, 25 July 2020 from 14:00 to 22:00.

Where Is It?

Online, be sure to visit Howler for further details on this event.

How Much Is It?

General access is R50 per ticket, donations are welcome.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit Howler.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

Are you someone who lives an alternative lifestyle? Then this event is for you! Taste Buds Cafe is hosting an online Alternative Lifestyle Market, bringing you your favourite products.

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 June 2020 at 08:00.

Where Is It?

Online, visit the Facebook event page for more details.

How Much Is It?

This event is free to join, simply visit the event page on the day and get ready to buy alternative lifestyle products.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit the Facebook event page.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

What Is It?

After the success of their 16th birthday bash at Loftus in 2019, Fokofpolisiekar decided it's something to do every year. This year for their 17th birthday, the band will be performing a two hour set with all their hits via live stream.

When Is It?

Saturday, 11 July 2020 at 20:00.

Where Is It?

Online, a link will be sent via email and SMS on the day to direct you to the live stream.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R165 each and are available on iTickets.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit iTickets.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Which Categories Are Open For Business?

In case you missed it, these are the categories of services that are deemed safe to resume operations as of Friday, 19 June 2020:

The New Rules

These formal salons will need to adhere to the following rules in order to operate and ensure the safety of their staff and customers:

For the full rules and regulations guide regarding formal salons, hairdressers, barbers and tattoo studios, click here for the guidelines.

Now For The Good News - Who's Opening Soon!

We're so excited about the opening of beauty salons and hairdressers! So, we did a search on who will be opening soon and waiting to sort out all of our needs after all the stresses and uncertainties this lockdown has conjured up.

Franco International

Have your highlights grown out drastically over the last three months? Need to sort out those split ends and refresh your look with a brand-new cut, colour and style? Franco International is waiting to be of assistance! They'll be opening soon and are ready to welcome their customers back to a safe and hygienic environment.

Rockets Man

Gents, we didn't forget about you! Those beards also need some pampering after all of the lockdown stresses and perils everyone has been through! Rocket Man are now open for all your grooming needs. They've taken all the necessary measures to ensure your and their safety during this pandemic.

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Carlton Hair SA

Find your nearest Carlton Hair salon and make your booking now before it's too late! Carlton Hair SA are happy to announce that they have reopened their salons across the country.

You can find their Joburg stores in:

And in Pretoria:

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Sorbet Salons

Soon, Sorbet Salons across the country will be opening their doors so you can once again enjoy their range of pampering treatments. From manicures and pedicures to an amazing massage and maybe even a wax, they'll soon be ready and waiting to leave you feeling renewed, refreshed, rejuvenated and spoilt. Pre-bookings are now open, so be sure to contact your closest store and book your appointment.

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Great news! Our doors will be opening this coming Tuesday, 23 June 2020 & pre-bookings are now open! Be sure to contact your closest store now to book your place. We want to assure all our guests that our mission is to maintain strict hygiene measures in all of our stores, while delivering that same great feeling. For more information on our in-store hygiene protocols, click on the link: bit.ly/2CeRDxg We can’t wait to welcome you back! #SorbetCares #GetThatFeeling

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Camelot Spa at Melrose Arch

For the ultimate beauty pamper, ensure that you're on Camelot Spa at Melrose Arch's VIP waiting list to ensure you're on top of the appointment list once they officially reopen their doors (which is quite soon). This is also the perfect time to purchase a few vouchers and experience packages to indulge in now that the lockdown restrictions have been eased slightly.

We cannot wait to see all our wonderful guests again. Contact us to ensure you are on our waiting list for when we open!

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Re: Fresh Brows & Lashes

If you're in the Dainfern area and need to get your lashes and brows tamed and looking fabulous once again, give Re: Fresh Brows & Lashes a call! Their beauty salon is officially open and ready to make you feel beautiful. Other than brows and lashes, they also offer skincare treatments, micro-needling, spray tans, tints and more. They have implemented all the health and precautionary protocols necessary to ensure your and their safety are not compromised.

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Salon OFFICIALLY OPEN!!!!! Can't wait to see you all. Health and Safety protocols are in place Lets make you beautiful ❤😘

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What Is It?

Parks & Pringles have decided to lift some spirits with this unique live stream show from the Voortrekker Monument Amphitheater. You'll be able to join in on the festivities from the comfort of your home.

14:00: Hellcats
14:45: Shortstraw
15:30: King Nqoba (Comedy Host)
15:35: Hannes Brummer
15:50: Schalk Bezuidenhout

When Is It?

Sunday, 28 June 2020 at 14:00.

Where Is It?

Online, visit the Facebook event page on the day for the live stream.

How Much Is It?

This event is free to view via Facebook, courtesy of Pringles.

For More Information

For more information about the online event, visit the Facebook event page.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Two Dads and a Kid is an award-winning LGBT and parenting blog by dads, Emanuel Kelly-Loulié and Darren Kelly-Loulié. Their blog features helpful tips and tricks for parents, as well as theatre reviews, motoring and heart-healthy recipes. In 2019, we featured them as one of our Top Daddy Bloggers to Follow for not only LGBT+ parents, but for anyone looking for guidance and inspiration on raising little ones. Now in honour of worldwide LGBT Pride Month, we sat down with Emanuel for a quick chat about what this month means to them as a family. We also checked in with them on how they're fairing in lockdown and what they are most looking forward to doing as a family once this period is over.


What does Pride Month mean to you personally, and as a family unit?

Pride Month is a period where I get to reflect on how it's no longer necessary for me to justify my existence as an openly gay man and hide who I truly am at the risk of being ostracised, marginalised or even physically beaten as a member of the LGBT community, although much of this still happens in our society today. It's a time where I give thanks to and remember the many LGBT activists before me, who refused to accept the status quo of the day and through protest and being vocal about gay rights, have allowed us to to live authentic lives today. As a result, I am able to marry whomever I chose, and have a family either through adoption or surrogacy, for example, and live a happy, 'normal' family life without hiding any aspect of my existence.

Will you be celebrating Pride Month in any way?

The month of June, although celebrated globally by LGBT communities as Pride Month, is not Pride Month in South Africa. Here, we celebrate our Pride during the warmer summer months, either early in the year (January / February) or later in the year (October to December).

Do you have any advice for parents going through the adoption process or considering adoption?

The adoption process in South Africa can be both short and long, so don't be anxious and allow the process to follow through. Find an adoption agency that you're comfortable with to allocate a social worker to you. Be honest and ask for honesty back from them. Ask the hard questions, even if it's not what you want to hear.

It's extremely important to be more than 100% sure that you're ready to become a parent as a couple if you're in a relationship, or as an individual if you're opting to adopt as an individual. Parenting is a life-long commitment, as you're choosing to care and love another human being. Parenting isn't like buying the latest pair of shoes and then deciding it doesn't suit your lifestyle so you choose to change it. So, be over 100% sure you want to become a parent and fully commit to the experience.

Father's Day is just around the corner. Do you have any pearls of wisdom to share with dads in particular about parenting? 

We all lead busy lives. But once you've decided to become a parent, you have to be a parent that is present in your child's life and not a parent that fills your child's life with presents. Children require patience, nurturing, understanding and love. Never forget that they are unique individuals and not merely an extension of your self or your personality. Allow them the freedom to become who they are meant to be, even if that means they don't always live up to what your expectations might be.

How have you been keeping busy as a family during lockdown?

My son and I have been in lockdown for over 80 days now. I'm so proud of him because he hasn't once complained or made a fuss about being in lockdown. If anything, he has actually enjoyed having both his dads home with him 24/7. The first few weeks was our adjustment phase and saw us trying different things to see what worked for him and us as parents with our work commitments.

We've now got a routine that is working for us all that includes Zoom calls for all three of us, teaching our son at some point, balancing work and of course doing some form of physical activity, like going out for a run or working out with Johno and Jules from the JEFFTogether team. As much as we have a routine for school and work to function well, I relax by cooking and baking for the family, while my husband, Darren, and our son will be playing PlayStation or exercising by playing soccer or rugby outdoors. It's certainly kept the peace in our home. 

What are you most looking forward to doing as a family once lockdown is over?

We had to cancel our Easter break because of lockdown, so being able to plan and go away to the coast with my boys is something we're really looking forward to post lockdown.


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What Makes Me An Introvert?

There is no denying that I am an introvert. As an only child with parents well above the age of my peers, there was really no other way to be. Nevertheless, I took an online personality test in my university years to prove it. While I had expected the result to be resounding, I was nevertheless shocked by my result. I am approximately 89% introverted. If you're wondering what that looks like in the way I present myself, it's a lot of cancelled plans and wall hugging at parties. I also have only two good friends and spend probably a bit too much time going to the movies with my granny.

With all this in mind, you'd expect me to thrive during a period of lockdown, where my only social commitment is to log in to my online morning work meetings. But looking back on this time, I have discovered a few surprising things about myself. Before I begin my reflective look at life under lockdown, I must acknowledge my privilege during this time. I have been able to work from home since mid-March and despite its many inconveniences, lockdown has altered my life very little. I am thankful for my health, my family and my dogs who have ensured my sanity (for the most part) during this time.

As I move on, I ask that you do not judge my oddball ways. I am fully aware that I am a rare species of human who functions a little too well on my own. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy my witty quips about how this time has allowed me to live my best introverted life.


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What I've Enjoyed About Lockdown:

1. Peace And Quiet 

I never go on holiday over December. This is because I love the peace and quiet that settles over the city when everyone else leaves for the coast. Living in level 5 lockdown, I was reminded of this tranquility as no cars passed by after dark and the streets were mostly deserted. As we have moved into levels 4 and 3 of lockdown, this sense of peace has quickly been eroded. As a full-blown introvert, this almost feels like an assault on my senses. Seeing main intersections busy with traffic and watching people leave for work in the early mornings has provoked real anxiety in me. Needless to say, I cannot wait for December when you all go on holiday and I can get back to my most calm self.

2. Reading Time

Naturally, I love to read. There is nothing more comforting to my soul than diving into a book and escaping reality for a few hours. Living under lockdown has afforded me much more reading time, not necessarily because I am less busy, but because I am more conscious of how much time I have available. Even as the days seem to slip away endlessly one after the other, I have found more time for myself. Making my self-care routine part of my weekly schedule has become easier, too. All in all, I feel less swept up by the daily rush of life than I usually do. It has been great being allowed to take a breather, despite the chaos of this moment. I will deeply miss this extra 'me time' when lockdown ends.

3. Working Alone

I work with a great bunch of people, but I can get so much more done when I am on my own. As an introvert, the presence of too many people around me can be distracting. Of course, in an office environment this is practically unavoidable. I am easily overwhelmed by too much noise going on while I am trying to work, as well. Setting up my work station at home has allowed me greater focus. I also enjoy my work a little bit more now. This may be attributed to the fact that I can sing out loud with no one to hear me apart from the neighbours (sorry guys). So am I secretly hoping that this work from home deal is kept even after lockdown ends? Possibly.

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What I'm Looking Forward To Doing Post-Lockdown

1. Coffee Dates

I miss my friends dearly. I also miss coffee. Not that I haven't had ample amounts of the stuff to keep me going during lockdown, but I am sick and tired of having to make it myself. My highest aspiration post-lockdown is to indulge in a frothy mochacccino accompanied by a full English breakfast at my favourite brunch spot with my friends, before popping into Exclusive Books to do a whole lot of book buying. That's not too much to ask for, is it?

2. The Theatre! 

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I never shut up about the theatre. It's my happy place, my centre and still one of the most exciting things to do in the city, in my opinion. Although I have been binge-watching the National Theatre Live At Home and all of Joburg Ballet's recorded shows, nothing beats live performance. I have two tickets to William Kentridge's The Head & The Load at Joburg Theatre waiting on my dresser, in fact. Fingers crossed we'll be allowed to visit theatres by August!

3. Choosing When I Want To Leave The House

Finally, I am looking forward to deciding on my own terms when I would like to leave the house and when I would like to stay in. Even though I am a homebody at heart, my house has started to feel like a cage. I want to feel grateful for a weekend in my pajamas on the couch, not have it be the norm. Ultimately, I am excited and hopeful that one day I'll be able to cancel my plans simply because I don't feel like venturing out, not because it's illegal to do so.


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Written by Tarryn Jameson (a.k.a., the introvert).

What are you most looking forward to doing once lockdown is over? Are there any aspects of this time that you have enjoyed? Share with us in the comments below! 

The Cakery At La Tazzina

La Tazzina in Edenvale is one of our top spots for Saturday morning brunch. But until we can safely visit them again, a good slice of cake from their bakery will have to do. You can order a single slice of their best loved cakes for delivery, or contact them for a special order for your birthday. Choose from lemon drizzle cake, New York cheesecake, carrot cake, orange sponge, marble cake or chocolate ganache. The Cakery even makes custom dog birthday cakes for your precious pooches, so everyone can celebrate their birthday in lockdown!

Call or WhatsApp them on +27 67 627 9356 to place your order, or contact them via email at [email protected]


Another must-visit spot on our list for life post-lockdown is Frangelicas Kosher Patisserie in Glenhazel. This family-owned cake shop and cafe is renowned for its indulgent cheesecake, cupcakes and pastries. Their birthday cake menu is just as impressive, with over 16 varieties to choose from. Our personal favourite is their Lemon Meringue Cake - a delightful play on the classic tart. Frangelicas cakes are baked with absolute love and care, bringing a true feeling of home to any occasion. If you're the type of person who detests fondant on their birthday cake, this is the place to get yourself a good old traditional cake.

Order online from their website or contact them on [email protected].

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Frangelicas Cheesecake

Just Teddy 

Now for something a little more glamorous and ooh la la! Just Teddy Patisserie, located at Hyde Park Shopping Centre, is famed for its world-class cakes and pastries. Since the start of level 4 lockdown in May, they've been offering delivery on their high tea boxes, as well as their eye-catching cakes and tarts. Order yourself a show-stopper of a birthday cake like their Haute Couture Cake, which is free of both gluten and dairy and smells just like roses! It's pure yum that everyone can enjoy.

Contact them on 010 203 9038 or via email at [email protected] to order your perfect birthday cake for delivery.

Crumbs & Cream 

Ice cream cakes have made a comeback thanks to Crumbs & Cream at Illovo Junction. What started out as a humble ice cream truck moving down the V&A Waterfront has turned into one of Joburg's top dessert spots. Thankfully, under level 3 lockdown you can now visit their store to order a quick takeaway. But if you're sparse on time, get online to order yourself one of their whimsical ice cream cakes. Decadently smooth ice cream sandwiched between giant biscuits and topped with an assortment of sweet sprinkles, what more could you need to have a smashing birthday?

You can order your ice cream birthday cake from Crumbs & Cream through the Mr Delivery, Uber Eats or Order In apps.


Fournos Bakery 

There's nothing wrong with ordering your birthday cake from a tried and trusted bakery. Fournos Bakery has been whipping up scrumptious cakes and nibbles for decades. Plus, they have branches located all over Johannesburg, so no matter where you live you can get your cake delivered. Fournos offers a wide selection of classic cakes, as well as custom themed birthday cakes. If you would like to order a character cake for a kiddies party or for yourself, please give Fournos at least 14 days notice. A few of their other gourmet cakes also require a few days notice, so order in good time to avoid missing your birthday all together!

Order your cake from Fournos' website or contact your nearest branch here.

Need a little more birthday inspiration? Check out our guide to celebrating your big day in lockdown. 

Kripsy Kreme

How long has it been since you last sunk your teeth into a perfectly sweet doughnut from Krispy Kreme? Whether you're all about the double glaze or are a fan of their famous stuffed doughnuts, a few sweet treats from Krispy Kreme should satisfy any craving you have. Most of their outlets around the city are now open under strict health and safety precautions. You can also pick up a box of doughy delights from their Doughnuts-On-The-Go cabinets at selected Engen garages and Pick n Pay stores.

However, Krispy Kreme knows that life is a little topsy-turvy at the moment - with schools reopening and most of us headed back to work. If you simply don't have the time to visit your nearest Krispy Kreme store or are working hard from home, order yourself a box of their doughnuts on the Mr Delivery or Uber Eats apps. Not only will you be saving on precious time, but ordering this way ensures contactless delivery to help keep you and your family safe.

What's On The Menu?

Krispy Kreme never fails to tempt us with their awesome menu selection. This month, there are a few new additions to get you drooling, including an Almond Butter and Roasted Nougat filled doughnut and a Dark Chocolate Roasted Nougat ring topped with chocolate shards. They've also kept the Strawberry Nesquick doughnut from their Candyland edition on the menu for the little ones. Doughnuts for dinner anyone?


Crumbs & Cream 

What started out as a humble ice cream truck has become one of Joburg's top dessert destinations. Crumbs & Cream at Illovo Junction is the ultimate place to go for a sweet and sticky indulgence. Their ice cream sandwiches are famed around the city for having the perfect ice cream to biscuit ratio. In level 3 lockdown, you may visit their store for a quick takeaway, but who really has the energy to get dressed and go out for dessert these days? Rather order in with Mr Delivery or Uber Eats. We promise no one will judge you for running out onto the pavement to pick up your ice cream in your pajamas. After all, what goes better with a Netflix binge than the best creamy dessert the city has to offer?

What's On The Menu?

Crumbs & Cream has cut down their takeaway menu to facilitate fast and contactless delivery. This unfortunately means that you won't be able to get your hands on one of their ice cream sandwiches without visiting them in store. However, you can get your very own Crumbs & Cream ice cream sandwich making kit delivered to your door! It comes with up to 20 cookies and 10 scoops of assorted ice cream flavours of your choice.

If that wasn't enough to tickle your fancy, check out the Crumbs & Cream ice cream cakes. Delectable layers of ice cream sandwich between a giant biscuit and topped with rainbow sprinkles - what more could you ask for? These funky cakes are perfect for celebrating birthdays in lockdown or simply for those days when you need a bit of cheering up.



Have you heard? Lindt Chocolate Boutiques will be open in level 3 lockdown! Visit your nearest boutique to find all your favourite Lindt Chocolate goodies and to discover their great new offerings. If you've never visited one of these stores, you're in for a real treat. Imagine Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but better! After months cooped up at home, we think this is the perfect outing to introduce yourself to the outside world again. Of course, if you aren't quite ready for such a grand adventure, you can rely on Mr Delivery and Uber Eats to see to your chocolate needs. Simply select your closest Lindt Chocolate Boutique on the app and place your order. What could be easier?

What's On The Menu?

Lindt recently debuted their #SupportYourCity campaign in a bid to give back to those working in the fight against COVID-19. You've most likely seen their revamped Hello bars on shelves, each featuring one of South Africa's most renowned cities (Joburg is Cookies and Cream if you were wondering). For every slab you buy, R1 will be donated to hospitals in that city in an effort to give back to our unsung heroes and those in need. If you can't make it out to the store or to a Lindt Chocolate Boutique, please do order a few slabs through the Mr Delivery or Uber Eats apps.


Need a cup of coffee to go with your sweet treats? Order in with Seattle Coffee! 

Rice Krispies Treats

Birthday parties as a child just wouldn't have been complete without a tray of Rice Krispies Treats. These sticky and sweet treats are the perfect introduction to baking for kids. While there is no actual baking involved, it's sure to get them interested in the kitchen. Plus, it's super fun and all kinds of messy, so you can all have a good laugh.



  1. Combine the butter, marshmallows and salt in a large pot over a low heat, stirring until melted, taking care it does not burn.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.
  3. Rub your hands with butter to prevent sticking, and press the mixture into a greased 34cm x 20cm baking or pyrex dish. Allow to cool and cut into squares. Note: If you are cutting out shapes, do so while it is still warm.

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/lifestyle/food/2017-02-12-classic-rice-krispies-treats/


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Peanut Butter Biscuits 

What kid doesn't adore peanut butter? Incorporate this much-loved sandwich spread into a scrumptious biscuit batter and watch their eyes light up. This recipe is also great for teaching little ones to knead and press dough, which is wonderful for their fine motor skills. So, rope in those tiny hands and get busy baking.



  1. Preheat oven to 190° C.
  2. Mix the butter and peanut butter together in an electric mixer.
  3. Add the brown sugar, a little at a time and beat well after each addition.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla essence and beat well.
  5. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and stir into the butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Add the milk and using the K beater of the mixer, knead well.
  7. Add more milk if the mixture is too dry.
  8. Using your hands, form even sized balls and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  9. Distribute evenly and leave spaces between the biscuits to spread.
  10. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
  11. Serve with a tall glass of cold milk.

Source: http://www.hulettssugar.co.za/step_into_our_kitchen_recipes_peanut_butter_biscuits#


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Mini Flapjack Cereal Bowl

Childhood memories are made of flapjack stacks served lovingly by Granny on Sunday mornings. Put a twist on the classic flapjacks and syrup breakfast by creating this adorable mini flapjack cereal bowl. This recipe is perfect for lactose-intolerant tummies too, so everyone can enjoy the results.



  1. Sieve the flour in a medium mixing bowl.⁠
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the Easygest Strawberry Flavoured Yoghurt and the eggs. Using an electric mixer, beat until smooth and lump-free. If the batter is too thick, slowly add 5-6 tablespoons of water while beating until you have a thick but pourable consistency. ⁠
  3. Pour the batter into an upcycled squeeze bottle (a clean sweet chilli, mayo or tomato sauce bottle will work!) or strong resealable bag and cut off a tiny corner. ⁠
  4. Heat a greased non-stick pan over a medium heat and squeeze small, equal drops of the batter into the pan, leaving space for each to spread slightly. Allow to cook until small bubbles appear on the surface, then flip them over and cook the other side until golden, about 1-2 minutes a side.⁠
  5. Serve the mini flapjacks in two breakfast bowls. Add dollops of strawberry yoghurt, fresh strawberries and a drizzle of honey. Serve with your favourite juice and enjoy!

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAeqqeQj03g/

Need more easy recipes for miniature bakers? Check out our guide on baking for beginners.

Since we entered level 3 lockdown, life has returned to some semblance of normality. If you're headed back to work or starting up the school run with the kids, it's going to be more vital than ever to get your morning coffee fix. Thankfully, Seattle Coffee Company has put a number of initiatives in place to ensure that you don't have to go without, even during these strange and unprecedented times.

Throughout level 4 lockdown, Seattle Coffee had been hard at work offering delivery on select menu items from a number of their cafes around Johannesburg. Meanwhile, their coffee stops at FreshStop cafes have been open for orders throughout all stages of lockdown, bringing Joburg coffee lovers their favourite coffee treats under strict health and safety protocols.

Unlike many food and restaurant traders, Seattle Coffee hasn't opted to offer delivery through third party services. Instead, they've reached out to their existing network and cafe staff to work as drivers during this time. This not only helps keep their staff earning a wage, but cuts the cost of delivery to a bare minimum. While this process may have a bumpy beginning, Seattle has ensured their customers that in due time all will be up and running as smoothly as their coffee machines again.


Seattle Coffee Cafes Open And Delivering During Lockdown

Craighall (delivering from 9:00, up to a 4 km radius from the cafe)


  • Monday – Friday: 06:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday: 7:30 – 15:00
  • Sunday: 7:30 – 14:00

Place your order by calling 010 634 0947.

Queenswood Quarter (delivering from 9:00, up to a 4 km radius from the cafe)


  • Monday – Friday: 06:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday: 7:30 – 17:00
  • Sunday: 7:30 – 15:00

Place your order by calling 010 592 1997.

Grosvenor Crossing (delivering from 9:00, up to a 4 km radius from the cafe)


  • Monday – Friday: 6:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday: 7:30 – 15:00
  • Sunday: 7:30 – 14:00

Place your order by calling 010 593 4681.

Morning Glen (delivering from 9:00, up to a 4 km radius from the cafe)


  • Monday – Friday: 6:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Sun: 08:00 – 14:00

Place your order by calling 010 023 2009.

St Georges (delivering from 9:00, up to a 4 km radius from the cafe)


  • Monday – Friday: 6:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday: 7:30 – 17:00
  • Sunday: 7:30 – 15:00

Place your order by calling 010 593 4653.

Linksfield Square (delivering from 9:00, up to a 4 km radius from the cafe)


  • Monday – Friday: 6:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday: 7:30 – 17:00
  • Sunday: 7:30 – 15:00

Place your order by calling 010 593 4673.

There are also a number of Seattle Coffee cafes open for collection. Find the full list of stores operating in lockdown here.

Seattle Coffee

How It Works 

Seattle's delivery system couldn't be simpler - all you have to do is call up your closest Seattle Coffee cafe and place your order. Their menu has been cut down to comply with health and safety regulations, but your favourites should still be available, as well as a selection of pastries, muffins, cookies and brownies. If you became your very own barista during lockdown, order yourself a 250g bag of whole beans to get brewing your own coffee elixirs at home. You can find their new menu here.

Once you have called your nearest cafe and placed your order, make sure that you have the relevant cashless payment system ready. Check with the barista when ordering if you are unsure of what system your cafe is using. Your coffee should arrive piping hot in due time, but as this system is brand-new, both the baristas and drivers are still perfecting their delivery routines. Once your beverage arrives, thank the driver before paying (please give them a tip if you can) and then sit back, relax and enjoy!

Delivery Costs:

  • Orders within 750m of the cafe: Free.
  • Under R90: R20 delivery fee.
  • Orders between R90 - R130: R10 delivery fee.
  • Over R130: Free.


Safety Provisions

To ensure both your safety and the health of their staff, Seattle Coffee Company has implemented a number of protocols. These include:

  • Seattle baristas have been provided two types of masks (plastic shields and 3-ply disposable masks) and gloves which will be changed every hour.
  • Their staff have also gone through further hygiene training for the safety of themselves as well as customers.

Please remember to keep a distance from the counter and other customers should you visit a Seattle Coffee cafe. Remember to frequently sanitise your hands and keep wearing those face masks, as well.

Enjoy the coffee, Joburg. You deserve it! 

What Is It?

Looking for a little bit of lockdown fun? Then look no further. Detour! is the first in ImmersiveXP’s Departure Lounge Adventure Series - a 2.5 hour experience that can be played alone, or with your family, children or friends. Go on a trip (via Zoom) where you will do fun activities, solve puzzles and have a laugh! This is a great social activity to do during lockdown.

For the competitive families, why not break your household into teams and compete against each other from different rooms? The results will be hilarious! Who says you can’t create memories during lockdown?

Detour! can also be played by corporates looking for new ways of team building whilst working from home. With the world changing to adapt to new ways of work, we need to adapt to new ways of team building! Why not combine some family bonding time with getting to know coworkers? Colleagues could benefit from interacting with spouses or children of their team members. Families could gain valuable insight and understanding from virtually meeting the people who take up most of the day when each person is at work.

This experience is best played in teams of two or more players, but can be played on your own. It can be played with people around the world and will ensure about three hours of unique fun!

man sitting in departure lounge of airport, looking out window, airplane taking off, legs crossed on his bag

Age restriction: There are no age limitations to this game, but no minors will be allowed to play the game if they are not accompanied by an adult.

Detour! was launched in 2020 and there are more games planned for the month of June and July.

Besides Detour!, there are a number of other experiences being run by ImmersiveXP, including Outbreak! - a clue solving mystery thriller game that takes you around Johannesburg - and some new experiences in the pipeline, such as a date-night experience, a social for singles experience and a Cuban dinner experience. All of these are not games, but are still immersive experiences set in “alternate” realities.

Click here to book via Computicket.

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When Is It?

Keep these dates in mind:

Click here to book your date now.

Where Is It?

This game will take place from the comfort of your own couch while being logged onto Zoom (you do
need a computer with good internet access and a smartphone).

How Much Is It?

The cost of this immersive game is per household, not per person.

Click here to book now.

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For More Information

For more information about ImmersiveXP and their thrilling game experiences, visit www.immersivexp.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or call 076 789 4094 or 083 251 7485.

Don’t forget to give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest
news, experiences and events.

About ImmersiveXP

Join ImmersiveXP for an experience with a twist. Step out of your world and slip into something a little less comfortable. ImmersiveXP offers fully immersive, reality experiences that places you in an alternative reality. This is achieved through intricate story lines that participants are woven into.

They also offer tailored packages for corporates and large groups.


Images provided by ImmersiveXP. 

The Centre for the Less Good Idea is an interdisciplinary arts hub located within the Maboneng Precinct. Founded by William Kentridge in 2016, the Centre brings together theatre makers, musicians, fine artists, animators and directors for two yearly seasons. Through a constant process of working and reworking their ideas at the Centre, these creatives are allowed the freedom to find the "less good idea". This is the secret behind the Centre's success and part of why it has become a go-to for arts and theatre lovers in the city.

The Long Minute

The Centre was due to host their Season 7 showcase in early April 2020. However, as COVID-19 regulations came into effect it became clear that this was not to be. But rather than cancel the showcase all together, the Centre announced that they would be debuting their first ever online season. Filmed at the Centre shortly before the national lockdown was implemented, Season 7 saw an amalgamation of performance, installation and free-flowing physical experimentation broadcast to the world via Facebook Live and the Centre's website. You can still watch a few of the season's programmes online for free if you haven't yet tuned in.


Thanks to the success of their Season 7 online showcase, The Centre for the Less Good Idea has continued to curate a variety of online content. Throughout April and May, the Centre has shared numerous videos on their social media platforms, engaging daily with artists about their working practice during lockdown. This collection of online videos has subsequently become known as 'The Long Minute'.

Curated by the Centre's animateur, Bronwyn Lace, this collection of videos reflects a shift in the way the arts community is making, sharing and consuming new material. Additionally, the series highlights the collaborative and interactive methodology exemplified at the Centre, allowing artists to explore the "nature of performance, the language of loss and the relationship between audience member and performer" at a safe distance.

As founder and mentor at the Centre, William Kentridge has responded to these "alternate realities" too, by creating 10 new minute-long pieces for the series. "These miniature works are interwoven into this 29-minute representation of the online action. They hold potent threads in much of Kentridge's larger body of work and seminally reveal what he brings as a mentor to the processes at the Centre," Lace says.


Kunsthaus Bregenz Art Museum

As the arts move online, the international community grows closer together than ever. Proving that their work is relevant not only to South African audiences, but the global community as well, The Centre has been invited to exhibit part of 'The Long Minute' series at Kunsthaus Bregenz Art Museum in Austria. After months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum will be reopening on Friday, 5 June 2020, welcoming visitors back with a brand-new showcase titled 'Unprecedented Times'.

Curated by Thomas D. Trummer, the exhibition features artists such as Helen Cammock, Annette Messager, Rabih Mroué, Markus Schinwald, Marianna Simnett and Ania Soliman, as well as Kentridge's body of work created as part of 'The Long Minute' series. All the works created for the exhibition were made in lockdown or in anticipation of present events. As a result, the showcase provides a reflection of these unforeseeable and unprecedented times.

The 'Unprecedented Times' exhibition will be unlike any other before in that there will be no opening event. Instead, visitors will be allowed inside the museum for a limited time on opening day. Of course, seeing that international travel is completely off the cards for us, online viewing will have to do. Join Kunsthaus Bregenz on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for interviews with exhibiting artists and a sneak peek at the new exhibition.


You can also follow The Centre for the Less Good Idea on Facebook to experience 'The Long Minute' series in its entirety online.

Making a weekly trip to the grocery store has become like entering full on combat. Kitted out in our face masks, surgical gloves and full-length sleeves, we've become super vigilant when visiting the store. However, there is merit in this added level of caution. As we know, supermarkets can be a potential hotspot for COVID-19 infections.

Nevertheless, there seems to be a missing science in determining how busy a shopping centre will be before heading out from home. At any given time there may be no more than a few people mulling around. On the other hand, there may be what seems like a horde of bodies waiting in line to do their shopping. This not only increases anxiety in many of us, but may play a key factor in the spike of COVID-19 infections. So how can you tell when and where to do your grocery shopping?


ShopSafe App

Data analytics company, Lightstone and Tracker recently launched the ShopSafe app, which provides consumers with up-to-date information on vehicle attendance at their chosen shopping destinations. Their website application is mobile-friendly, so you can use it on the go. Using your geo-location, the app provides a comprehensive analysis on the number of visits each hour of a seven day week to your nearest shopping centre. Aimed at minimising the number of COVID-19 related risks to consumers, the app helps you to find the least busy time to shop in your area. The data is updated weekly to accurately reflect changing dynamics and help keep you safe using Tracker's aggregated and anonymised data. This data includes around 1 300 shopping centres from across South Africa.

"The aim of lockdown is to minimise our exposure to other people, to ensure the risk of the virus spreading is as low as possible," says Michael du Preez, Head of Product and Marketing at Tracker. "ShopSafe will provide you with a view of when and where it's safest to do your next shopping trip to reduce exposure to a crowded space."



How It Works

There are a few different ways to access the required information related to the shopping mall you would like to view.

The SafeShop app is available through its official website here.

For More Information

For help or inquiries regarding the ShopSafe app, please contact [email protected].


Give your eye game a makeover this winter by embracing the top trends of the season. Some may seem a little out there, but isn’t that what makeup is all about? Experiment with new colours while you’re stuck at home so you can enter the real world with uber confidence. 

Winged Eyeliner

The classic winged lid is back! Also known as the 'Cleopatra' look, winged eyeliner makes a powerful statement. Use a high quality liquid liner to achieve this look. It may take a bit of practice, so don’t attempt this look right before an important video conference or Facetime date, unless you have a super steady hand.

Pops Of Colour

Who doesn’t love a bit of colour? This season’s eyeshadow and mascara trends are all about bursting pops of colour, from bright reds, to neon and even pastel tones. Play around with the rules, too. Draw outside the lines and try a lower lid colour line or a jagged eyeshadow effect. Even though it’s dreary outside, you can still express your playful nature through your makeup looks. 

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Pack away your primers, highlighters and contouring tools. Keep your makeup routine clean and simple this winter instead of shading in every angle of your face. The cold weather can easily dry out your skin, too, so avoid heavy makeup for now. 

Blush Pink

Blush is back! Pretty pinks are here to brighten your winter look and give you an air of girlish coyness. However, it’s important to find a blush tone suited to your skin to avoid looking like a ragdoll. Lighter skin tones can pull off baby pink while melanin queens totally rock a deep blush pink. 

Lighter Than Air Foundation

Even though we tend to sweat less in winter, there’s no need to lay on six layers of foundation. This is especially true for those of us with oily and acne-prone skin. Use a light CC cream with at least SPF 15 coverage for your daytime look, reserving your foundation for special occasions like a trip to the grocery store! 

makeup trends



Winter is the perfect time to play around with statement lip looks. Whether you go for a classic, striking red or a runway-inspired vamp queen aesthetic, you’re sure to look stunning. 

Classic Red

Red lipstick never goes out of style. This look is great for an everyday get up or to impress that special someone. If you don’t already have a trusty red lipstick tucked away in your purse, spoil yourself this season. Pair with your perfected winged eyeliner for a dramatic date-night-in look. 

Vampy Chic

The 90s vampy aesthetic was all the rage a few years back. This winter, it’s making somewhat of a comeback, but in a more sophisticated way. Think dark mauve lip shades, but without the excess eyeliner. This look doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s always fun to try something new. As long as you don’t resemble the undead, you should be alright to wear this shade of lipstick with confidence. 


Check out these awesome online beauty and fashion stores to pick up all you need to perfect these winter looks. 

University Of Johannesburg Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture is a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA). The division, which is located at the university's Kingsway and Bunting Road campuses in Auckland Park, produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes. Students, alumni and staff make up the bulk of their audiences, but the centre is also open to the general public.

The UJ Arts & Culture centre boasts three formal interdisciplinary art venues, as well as a number of informal venues across UJ campuses. Promoting the work of Pan-African artists, local and abroad, this platform is vital to keeping the spirit of art alive in the city.

As far as independent performing and visual arts centres in the city go, this is one of the best. The architecture is contemporary and clean, giving visitors a sense of African pride in its design. The varsity vibe also adds to the experience as under normal circumstances students mull around the centre enticing audiences into the theatres and galleries.

Before COVID-19, shows were hosted here year-round, featuring the UJ Choir, student performers and professional actors and singers. Once lockdown is over, this is definitely one of the first places we'll be heading out to. If you've never attended an event here, make sure you do, too! It's sure to be a great introduction back out into the real world.

UJ Arts & Culture

What's On

Just because we're still cooped up inside and staying very far away from each other, doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy world-class entertainment. In lieu of their usual autumn/winter showcases, the UJ Arts Centre will be presenting a series of virtual shows to raise funds for their students in need. Check out the awesome lineup below:


In recent months, the arts community has faced a multitude of challenges, including but not limited to adapting to producing work for online platforms, loss of income and a general sense of uncertainty. In response to these challenges, UJ Arts & Culture has pioneered their first ever digital 'unfestival'. A week long series of unevents and non-happenings, this is a festival experience unlike any other (mostly because nothing much is happening at all). The UJ Arts & Culture UNFESTIVAL is hosted in aid of the Dean's Bursary Fund and BASA's artist relief efforts. Buy your tickets here, but please don't show up.
Dates: Tuesday, 26 May 2020 – Saturday, 06 June 2020.
Venue: The Theatre of Nothing.
Ticket price: Tickets cost between R100 - R300 per show.
Click here for more information.
UJ Arts & Culture


If you're after actual digital content to keep you entertained during lockdown, tune in for UJ Arts & Culture's latest exhibition titled 'The Pandemic Project'. Featuring a number of visual artists including Ronél de Jager, Diane Victor, Allen Liang, Fana Tshabalala, Lothar Bötcher and Khaya Ndlovu, this brand-new digital exhibition is the first of its kind for the UJ Arts Centre. Each artist will present a series of work reacting to or reflecting on their experiences during lockdown. The exhibition will be available online for one day only, so don't miss it!

Dates: Friday, 31 July 2020 at 13:00 - 18:00.

Venue: UJ Arts & Culture's YouTube channel.

Ticket price: Viewing is free, but please RSVP your attendance to the exhibitions here.

Diane Victor

For More Information

Visit the UJ Arts & Culture website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/UJArtsCentre

Twitter - twitter.com/UJArtsCentre

Contact them on 011 559 4674 or via email at [email protected].