Next on our journey through the City of Gold is Johannesburg South! Another big area, with many suburbs and plenty of interesting things to see, do and experience, Johannesburg South comprises of suburbs including Aspen Lakes, Ormonde, Mulbarton, Turffontein, Kibler Park and Glenvista, just to name a few. This area may be fast developing, but it still retains plenty of its natural beauty, complete with endless hills and many exclusive wildlife estates. There's plenty of cover in this guide to Johannesburg South, so click on the suburb your interested in exploring and let's go on an adventure!

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Aspen Lakes
Bassonia
Ormonde
Turffontein
Glenvista
Oakdene
Kibler Park

Aspen Lakes

One of the affluent suburbs in the area, Aspen Lakes is quite a small, situated right between Mulbarton and Rietvlei. Although it's tiny, there are still a few must-visits in the area, including the 72 000 m² regional shopping centre, Mall of the South, which offers shoppers over 160 fabulous stores to browse and shop through, free Wi-Fi, and amazing restaurants to keep you energised and fueled during your shopping spree. Other points of interest in the area includes Fun Paintball if you're looking to have a blast with your family and friends, as well as the Golden City Shooting Club.

Mall of the South picture of the centre court, white features, windows, crowds

Image from Mall of the South.

Bassonia

Bassonia is also known as one of the affluent suburbs in Johannesburg South. Not only is it a lovely residential area for families of all shapes and sizes, it's also within close proximity to all the bustling parts of the city. Bassonia Rock is a beautiful residential estate that offers stunning views of the area. Residents and visitors travelling through the suburb can make a stop at the Bassonia Shopping Centre (previously known as the Comaro View Shopping Centre) to pick up a few groceries, or even grab a delicious steak dinner at Turn 'n Tender or some Mediterranean delights at Doppio Zero. and if you're looking for an authentic Thai experience of ultimate relaxation and satisfaction, check out Aura Thai Spa.

Ormonde

If there’s one thing Ormonde in the centre of Johannesburg is known for, it’s the family favourite, Gold Reef City! Just a stone’s throw from Newtown, this area is perfect if you’re looking to enjoy a day filled with thrills, excitement and a little bit of terror (think The Tower of Terror). Families, kids and thrill seekers alike flock to the Gold Reef City Theme Park over the weekends to get their dose of adrenaline and adventure. You can also get some insight into the history of Jozi by taking a heritage tour through the old gold mine situated in the heart of the theme park. For those who prefer the more relaxed side of life, there’s also the Gold Reef City Casino, where you can try your luck on the slot machines, enjoy a show at the Lyric Theatre, dine at one of the many restaurants the entertainment hub has to offer and much more.

Gold Reef City

Image from Gold Reef City.

Turffontein

What the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Turffontein? For us, it definitely has to be the thrilling and exciting Turffontein Racecourse! This is one of the city's hidden gem, offering visitors plenty of adrenaline-filled entertainment that comes along with a day at the races. There's plenty of annual events that you cannot miss! For a little more information about this absolute must, here's a whole list of reasons why you need to visit the Turffontein Racecourse. You'll also find the Sporting Football Club Johannesburg that hosts various sports events, the Rotunda Park perfect for those looking to get a little fresh air, and plenty of retail hot spots and restaurants to explore.

Glenvista

Glenista is a picturesque and peaceful suburb that's surrounded by plenty of fauna, flora and wildlife. It's a lovely area to raise a family. Other than its lovely natural surrounds, it does host a could of must-visits in the area. If you enjoy spending days on the tee, seeking to finally hit a hole in one, then the Glenvista Country Club is the ideal place to play a round of golf. Need to do a little shopping? Not a problem, just stop by the Glenvista Shopping Centre situated off the N12 highway. Here, you can do some grocery shopping at Woolworths, grab a coffee with your bestie at Aroma di Caffe, grab some curry to-go at The Curry Muncher Indian Spices & Take-away, or tuck into a cheesy pizza at Pizza Perfect.

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Image from the Glenvista Country Club.

Oakdene

Squeezed between Bassonia and Turffontein is Oakdene, ideally located merely 7km from the Johannesburg city centre, 5km from the ever-popular Gold Reef City, and a 20-minute drive from the O.R. Tambo Airport. This suburb makes a lovely area for families to reside in and also features many apartment complexes if you're looking for a smaller space along the feel of community. There are two shopping centres in the area, namely The Glen Shopping Centre which attracts visitors from all over the city, as well as Comaro Crossing Shopping Centre, which is the ideal stop if you're looking to do a quick pickup for tonight's dinner.

Kibler Park

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving Johannesburg, then Kibler Park is the perfect suburb for you. Here, you'll find the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, fondly referred to as Johannesburg’s Jewel of the South. This reserve offers nature lovers 640 hectares of veld and koppies that homes plenty of wildlife, including zebra, red hartebeest, and black wildebeest. The reserve offers hikers a wide choice of hiking trails perfect for all fitness and experience levels. And for a quick weekend getaway, the Thaba Eco Hotel & Spa is the perfect escape.

Thabo Eco Hotel

Image from Thabo Eco Hotel.

What Is It?

The Ice Cream Run is an annual fundraiser that supports the National Cyber Project, which promotes safe internet for schools and assistive technology for the blind. Join them on this journey and support their good cause during their second season.

When Is It?

Sunday, 08 December 2019 at 08:00 - 12:30.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, West Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not communicated.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page or contact 011 681 1500 for more information about this event.

What Is It?

Then be sure to join in at this Bubbly Champagne Lounge VIP event, where you will get to enjoy all the best things in the world. The theme for the decor is French, you'll also get to enjoy a five course buffet meal and all the bubbles your glass can take. Live DJ's and Performances from:

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When Is It?

Saturday, 30 November 2019 at 11:00 - 24:00.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, West Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are from R600 click here for more ticket information and where to buy them!

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Visit this Facebook page or this website for more information on this event!

What Is It?

If you’re undecided on where to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, then look no further than the Joburg Beer Festival, taking place at Turffontein Racecourse.

For just R80, you can watch the match live on a big screen with a complimentary Heineken in hand and an abundance of entertainment throughout the day - from Oompha bands and Irish dancing to live horse racing and the running of the annual Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile. It’s a highlight on the horse racing calendar – a race with a reason - as 16 celebrities stand to win prize money for their chosen charity, each being represented by a horse in the race.

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Whether you place your bets on the horses or take a gamble on the Spin-and-Win wheel, there are competitions, giveaways and prizes galore up for grabs, ensuring that you have multiple chances to win, provided Lady Luck is on your side.

With not one, but two ‘happy hours’, beer pong and drinks specials throughout the day, along with a variety of food vendors, your catering needs are sorted. You won’t need to leave your seat in front of the big screen.

Kiddies entertainment will also be provided, so wear your green and gold in support of the Springboks and join in on a day jam-packed with festivities and live entertainment for the whole family.

Please note: No under 18s are allowed in the beer fest area.

When Is It?

Saturday, 02 November 2019 from 10:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, West Turffontein, Johannesburg South.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R80 per person and can be bought at Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information about this thrilling event, visit itsarush.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected].

Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest events, news and information.

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What Is It?

Guess what? It's already that time of the year again for the uber-glam Vodacom Durban July. There'll be loads of celebs, fabulous fashion and epic parties – we're so excited! Oh, but wait... there's just one thing stopping us... it's in Durban!

So, what if we can’t get to Durban to experience everything this legendary occasion has lined up? Don’t panic, Turffontein Racecourse has you covered with their spin on Durban July – July in Jozi. It'll have all the bells and whistles expected of a special day at the races and, because you don't want to miss out on the action in Durban, they'll be showing it live on the big screen. Plus, there'll be live racing too! It'll feel just like you were actually at the Durban July. So, what are you waiting for? Gather your friends and dress up for an afternoon of horses, good food and loads of fun. This is a day for the entire family to enjoy, so don’t delay in getting your tickets.

When Is It?

Saturday, 06 July 2019 from 11:00 - 20:00.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free. The best seats in the house are without a doubt the Furious & City Deck, situated along the final straight and overlooking the gorgeous parade ring. At just R325 per person, you will enjoy a four-course buffet and ringside views.

Also, the glorious Aquanaut Room will be offering a variety of additional live entertainment as well as a four-course buffet, a Computaform and more screenings for just R525 per person.

For more info, go to www.itsarush.co.za. Or for bookings, call 011 681 1508.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.itsarush.co.za, call 011 681 1508 or check them out on Facebook.

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.

wine

What Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse will be hosting the second leg of the Triple Crown and Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara series. The Triple Crown consists of three races in quick succession for three-year-old horses only. It's considered to be one of the greatest achievements in thoroughbred horse racing and one of the hardest to achieve. The first leg, the Gauteng Guineas, was run in early February over 1 600m. The SA Classic, AKA the second leg, will be over 1 800m, taking place early March, with the Derby and Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks on the 30 March 2019.

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This is a thrilling and exciting day that celebrates families and ensures that everyone is entertained. As always, there's a designated kiddies entertainment area where the little ones can play to their hearts content. Also, stand the chance winning with fun lucky draws throughout the day with R10 000 cash up for grabs. Families can sit down, relax and refuel in the beer garden and enjoy live entertainment between the races. The day will be jam-packed, as there are 12 races on the cards!

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If you and your friends are looking for a little bit of elegance, then don’t forget to book in the stylish Racing. It’s A Rush Member’s Lounge. This venue offers only the best in refreshments and meals, and has live DJs and entertainment throughout the day. The lounge, with its perfect placement on the racecourse, allows you to have the best views of the track and parade ring, but do remember that a strict dress codes applies. So gents, dress smartly - jackets/blazers are a must. And ladies, dress to the nines and don your best ensemble.

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When Is It?

Saturday, 02 March 2019 from 11:00 to 19:00.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry to the event is FREE.

For tickets to the Racing. It's A Rush Lounge at R200 per person, click here.

The Furious Room and City Deck will have the signature buffet at R250 per person. For further information and bookings regarding this event, click here.

It'sARush

For More Information

For more information about this exciting event, visit itsarush.co.za.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest events, news and excitement.

What Is It?

After all the Joburg Pride festivities, there has to be an After Party, right? Right! The Joburg Pride After Party will be at Bassline. MC'd by Bujy Bikwa (from Metro Fm), Simgaga and Kea Leburu (from Skeem Saam) and The Funny Chef, it will be a night to remember! The party will be headlined by one of SA's faves, Sho Madjozi. She'll be sharing the stage DJ Ree, DJ Khe Khe, DJ Puggy, DJ Mahlo, DJ Lobzin, DJ Biskit, The Muzikal Frik, Eminent Fam and many more.

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 October 2018 at 18:00

Where Is It?

Bassline Live, 10 Henry Nxumalo St, Turffontein, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be purchased by calling 078 333 8286 or at the door.

For More Information?

For more information, visit the Facebook page.

What Is It?

Enjoy a day at the races like royalty at this year's Royal Race Day at the Turffontein Racecourse. It's not everyday that the sport of kings finds a real-life, fairytale princess in the crowds, especially in Johannesburg. Her Serence Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco has confirmed her attendance, promising a magnificent day of action-packed racing. This event is held annually in her honour and hosts the Grade 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes. The day epitomises style and elegance, but more importantly (and in true racing spirit), has a large charity element attached to it.

Royal Race Day

The theme of the day has historically encouraged gentleman to wear top hats and tails, and ladies to complete their elegant outfits with a fascinator or hat. This year is no different, and the Royal Race Day promises to be the most elegant affair on the racing calendar.

As part of the festivities on the Royal Race Day, learners from Gugulesizwe Primary School and Lesabe Primary School from Benoni will be attending the race day, together with learners from a number of schools from the Turffontein area. The children will be hosted for the day and will be the main group to welcome Princess Charlene on her arrival. And to keep all the little ones entertained on the day, there will be free entertainment on offer, including a demarcated area with jumping castles and other activities, a jungle gym in the piazza area, a farrier demonstrating live hot-shoeing, and a puppet or magic show. Also, the Cinderella horse-drawn carriage and pony rides will make for lovely photo opportunities.

Royal Race Day

As far as the racing is concerned, the headline race on the day is the Grade 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Cub Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 600m with total stakes of R1-million. Two Maiden Plates, of which one is for fillies and mares only, with total stakes of R250 000 each and sponsored by Princess Charlene of Monaco, serve as supporting acts. These races carry huge prize money considering the runners are maidens, having never won a race, but it’s become customary in recognition of the Princess’s well-documented support for what is usually considered the underdog.

When Is It?

Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 11:00 – 18:00.

Where Is It?

The Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE.

Royal Race Day

For More Information

For more information about the Royal Race Day at Turffontein Racecourse, visit itsarush.co.za.

Also, don't forget to follow Racing. It's A Rush on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What Is It?

It inverts every element of the traditional horse race experience and each themed show transforms magnificent racing stadiums into an experiential fantasy world. The theme for this event is La Calavera. This is a tale flavoured by Latino, South American and Spanish influences, of a secret society who called themselves La Calavera “The Elegant Skull’. A story of joy, loss, pleasure and pain, and a grand finale celebrating life itself. So, make sure you make your way to come celebrate this amazing life experience. With the best in entertainment, music and treats.

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 October 2018 at 16:00 - 01:00.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R 195 - R 1 295 per person, get yours here!

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page.

What Is It?

Joburg’s fantastic Prawn Festival is back once again, bringing Joburgers plenty of delicious food along with an exciting day at the races! The Prawn Festival coincides with one of the major race days on the horse racing calendar - the third and final leg of the Triple Crown and Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara series. There will be plenty of world-class racing, there's no doubt about that. And to make the day even more exciting, there will be even more entertainment between the races, perfect for the whole family. And as for food, of course, there will be prawns for Africa!

Joburg Prawn Festival

Tuck into a portion of 12 succulent queen prawns with a side of chips, rice and a sauce! And if seafood isn’t your thing, don't worry, there'll be plenty of food trucks offering guests an array of other exciting dishes to tantalise their taste buds. Also, don't forget to visit the Beer Garden (open to 18 years and older) to grab an ice-cold one to go along with those little critters, set in a real beer fest style.

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And what is a race day without thrilling prize giveaways! Visitors will need to keep a watchful eye on the various competitions to be held throughout the lead up and on the actual day so that they don’t miss out.

And as for the little visitors to the racecourse, they will be taken care of at the kids-only designated play area, where the they can play to their hearts content in a safe zone. There'll also be some awesome live entertainment on the day. Don't miss out.

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When Is It?

Saturday, 04 April 2020 at 11:00 - 17:00.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the racecourse is FREE!

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For More Information

For more information about this exciting event, visit the website at www.itsarush.co.za.

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