FIFA Fever Is At Fever Pitch!

In spirit of the soccer mania going around the city and the impending finals, The Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is gearing up for all the big games and is inviting you to join them! The hotel business lounge and lobby has been transformed into a soccer lovers paradise and has been fully spruced out with everything you need to enjoy all the action!

You may not be in Russia catching all the action live, but a pretty good second to that is heading to Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton. Watch all the big games throughout the rest of the tournament, while getting treated like a champion (no matter what team you support). There are even bucket specials on selected beers to help you cope with all of the match day heat: buy-six-beers-and-only-pay-for-four, while tucking into one of their delicious food baskets. You need to keep the energy levels up after all!

This is the perfect spot to catch all the big footie action with your mates and family!

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Section 12 J of the Income Tax Act was introduced in 2008 to stimulate much-needed equity funding for small and medium-sized enterprises. What makes this attractive for investors is that they get a 100% tax deduction against their investment into a Section 12 J venture capital company. This has a positive impact on the South African economy as small businesses are the future. One of the leaders in the Section 12 J arena is Lucid Ventures. Its investment committee reads like a fantasy rugby league draft: Gidon Novick (founder of, Alon Apteker (ex-director of Dimension Data), Leor Atie (Exec. Director of Saicom Voice), Rowan Williams (head of co-founder of iCapital), Neil Eppel (Executive at Sasfin Capital), and Jordin Borer as the investment hunter.

We met up with Jordin Borer to chat about their latest endeavours. Our meeting place was at Lucid's latest baby – Jamie's Italian in Melrose Arch. What makes Lucid so attractive is not only the financial capital they invest into SMEs, but the human capital that comes with every venture they take. As evident, the board of this Section 12 J company is jam-packed with years upon years of experience. This allows Lucid to guide business owners in the right direction.

Lucid Ventures raised money from a very select group of investors to curate and harbour its own pool of human capital. This group of 15 investors are all brilliant in their own right. Lucid Ventures initially set out to invest in technology but soon realised that the South African tech market is not yet developed enough to be seen as a stable avenue to venture down. Instead, the committee had a look at the hospitality and food industry in the country, which is booming. The principles of a Lucid deal is an initial investment of R2-million to R10-million for a minority stake in any given SME. Investee companies need to be driven by successful and ambitious entrepreneurs. This deployment of capital is intended to accelerate business growth and assist companies in dominating their individual markets.

The Lucid Ventures Portfolio (as at the time of writing):

Jamie's Italian

Lucid Ventures has invested in Jamie Oliver's signature restaurant, “Jamie’s Italian”. Jamie’s is operated by highly experienced and successful restaurateurs. The first store was opened in Melrose Arch in December 2016, with further plans to roll out stores nationally.

Tented Adventures

Lucid has acquired a significant stake in Tented Adventures. Tented Adventures owns and operates tented camps along popular tourist routes throughout Southern Africa. Its existing locations include the Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg Game Reserves. The innovative model and attractive hospitality ecosystem will allow for substantial growth with a very favourable outlook.

Radisson Blu

Lucid Ventures has acquired a number of apartments in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence Cape Town.  The iconic former Safmarine House has been redeveloped into a five-star hotel with the addition of luxury sectional title apartments. The Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence is situated in Cape Town’s Waterside precinct, the financial and legal centre of Cape Town, where the CBD and the docklands meet.

City Helicopters

City Helicopters was founded by Lucid Ventures and Enzo Kuun in January 2017. Based in Cape Town, City Helicopters provides leisure and adventure helicopter flights around scenic Western Cape routes. The experienced fleet is comprised a Bell 206 Jet Ranger with registration ZS-RTT.

By Shawn Greyling

1. Churchills Bar And Lounge And African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

If you want to welcome in 2016 in super sleek style, Churchills Bar and Lounge is just the place. This exclusive party will be filled with floating canapés and each guest will receive a welcome drink. In addition , Churchills Bar and Lounge has partnered with African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel to bring you this fabulous deal - from R1 240 per person sharing, you will get two tickets to the Churchills Bar and Lounge NYE party as well as luxury accommodation at the hotel, including champagne breakfast!

For more information, visit their website here.

2. Masquerade Ball @ Chicago’s Piano Bar

Why not get all dressed up to welcome in the new year? Chicago’s invites you to go over the top and dress to their masquerade ball theme. Wine, dine and dance, all while wearing your stunning celebratory outfit! The price of R395 includes a three-course dinner (shooters included) and dance. If you want the dance-only option, it will cost R190.

For more information, visit their website.

3. Revolution NYE Open Air Festival

This one’s for the real party animals out there – are you ready to stomp your way into a brand new year? With two amazing international acts lined up, LOUD and Eitan Reiter, both from Israel, plus a whole host of lovely local acts like Thalia, Bionic, Drea’ama, Broken Toy, Metro Ticket, Michael Lesar and so many more, it’s bound to be a festival you’ll remember forever. Tickets cost between R300 and R360 and can be bought online here.

For more information, visit their website.

4. NYE In The Sky @ Elevate

A sexy and sophisticated evening awaits at Elevate, a great rooftop venue, complete with breathtaking 360 degree views of Joburg. Expect plenty of glitz, lots of glam, and only the finest house, hip-hop and R&B tunes. There are various hotel packages available, as the venue is atop the Reef Hotel, so why not take advantage and spend the night? Packages range from R1 500 to R4 500, depending on which one you go for. Regular tickets will cost R250 and can be booked here. Please ensure you pre-book your tickets as there will be no tickets available at the door.

For more information, visit their website.


Bring in new year with the loudest and freshest music! The beats will be perfect for fans of house, hip-hop and R&B so, if this sounds like it's up your alley, this is where you need to be! Dress to impress and check it out! There are a range of VIP table packages available, which start from R2 100 to R6 200. Regular tickets start at R220. Click here to buy yours online.

For more information, visit their website.

6. Vic Falls Carnival

Who could say no to bidding 2015 farewell at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!? This NYE event will be a real treat, featuring everyone from Mango Groove and Goodluck to Charma Gal, Zimbabwe's Judgement Yard, Jason LeRoux and Ryan Koriy! Get excited, this one’s going to be amazing! There are plenty of travel packages available, so you don’t even have to worry about getting to the venue! Click here for available packages and here for tickets, which range from R862 to R933.

For more information, visit their website.

7. Radisson Blu NYE Dinner

If you’re after a more relaxed and intimate way to spend your New Year’s Eve, look no further than this gourmet dinner at the Radisson Blu! Their five-course New Year’s Eve Dinner will welcome you in with champagne on arrival and it’s only uphill from there! It's safe to say that you simply can't miss out on this classy event. The five-course dinner costs R499 per person.

For more information, visit their website.

8. Barnyard Theatre 50 Carat Gold

If music’s your thing, why not end the year off with 50 of the greatest songs of all time? Barnyard Theatre Cresta invites you to sing along at their festive New Year’s Eve bash! Songs you’ll hear include Bohemian Rhapsody, Blue Suede Shoes, Don’t Stop Believing and so many more. Are you humming those melodies already? Then best you get your tickets by clicking here. They cost R390 per person.

For more information, visit their website.

9. Rodizio’s Havana Nights

You’d better come hungry to Rodizio’s Havana Nights NYE celebration. You’ll get tasty cocktails on arrival and will then get to have a Brazilian feast! If you’re wondering what’s on the menu, it’ll be items like prawns, calamari, grilled kingklip, meat rodizio and a dessert platter. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? We totally think so! There will be live entertainment, too so you’re bound to have a great time! The cost of this night out will be R620.

For more information, visit their website.

10. Randlords

Take in the jaw-dropping views of Joburg from the oh-so-stunning Randlords! A dazzling bash awaits, where you’ll get to take in the carnival atmosphere and dance the night away. Tickets to this event cost between R650 and R12 000 (for a table of 10). Click here to check out the pricing options.

For more information, visit their website.

By Nikki Samakosky

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