What Is It?

There's no better way to warm up during the chilly months, than sipping on good wine and tucking into some delicious food. Interested? Well, then you're in luck. Churchills Bar, in collaboration with Wine Menu, are bringing guests an afternoon of wine tastings, canapés and music with their Winter Wine Affair. Spend the afternoon enjoying tastings from farms such as Groot Constantia, Constantia Glen, Avondale Estate, Morgenster and Waterford Estate. As for the food, there will be canapés and a selection of other options available for purchase. Wine will be available for sale by the bottle and glass for consumption at Churchills Bar. And if you find a new favourite you would like to stock up on, order forms will be available for you to select your favourite wines for purchase.

When Is It?

Sunday, 02 June 2019 from 12:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

Churchills Bar, Shop 52Hl, Melrose Arch Piazza, Melrose Arch Boulevard, Birnam, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Early bird tickets cost R150 per person and general access tickets cost R180 per person. Tickets include unlimited tasting and canapés.

Tickets can be purchased at Quicket.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Churchills Bar's event page on Facebook.

You can also contact them on [email protected] and 011 684 1040.

When Was The Brand Founded?

The brand was founded in September 2016, but in terms of it being official it was in April 2017, and we have been growing strong ever since.

Who Founded The Brand?

It was founded by myself, Langa, and my wife, Unathi. The back story is that we were on a trip to the U.S.A and saw that everyone, even South Africans, looked the same as those from abroad. So, shortly after arriving back from the trip we took a conscious decision to wear clothes that were locally made, and clothes we thought stood out and distinguished us from everybody else.

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We stopped buying clothes from stores and started making them. Our neighbour at the time was a seamstress, so we would buy material and she would make the clothes for us. We made clothes for ourselves and our kids. People started seeing the clothes and they liked them, especially our friends, and we thought we could make a business out of it. That's how Sinkwa Sethu was birthed.

Why The Name Sinkwa Sethu?

Isinkwa sethu, semihla ngemihla, meaning our daily bread. The whole concept of our brand is to add colour to our every day. "For a colourful people" – that is our motto. Traditional African clothes are normally for occasions, but our plan was to bring the traditional African clothes concept to the fore of our everyday life. Whether you're going to a meeting or work, sitting at home, out with friends and so forth, it would be normal to wear African clothing. We believe that's what it should feel like.

Sinkwa Sethu

Tell Us How You Became A Musician, And Your Wife A Photographer.

When my wife and I met at university I was studying marketing and she studied economics, and the plan was always to pursue those kind of professions, but along the way we seemed to take different routes. My wife did go into corporate, and I went on and pursued music with the South African contemporary Gospel group We Will Worship. When we had our first child, we decided that she would stay home and from then on she started taking pictures of our baby, and people were into her photography and they wanted her services as well, which is how her Unathi Mbonambi Photography career started. These were not the kind of things we thought we would pursue, but things that we found along the way; things we enjoyed and grew into. We learnt a lot along the way. We are the type of people that just do things, why not?

What Goes Into Making These Clothes?

I am responsible for all the designing and, the seamstress stitches everything together, following the designs. We work out patterns and test them out on friends to see if they like it. Unathi, on the other hand, handles all the back-end tasks, the online concept, social media, website and so forth.

Why African Wear, And Which African Cultures Influenced You?

We use a lot of Ishweshwe, which is a Sotho print, particularly because of the colours. We like it because it is a South African print and found nowhere else but here. Our Spring range will be the Tsongo culture with the flowers and colourful prints, and IsiXhosa – Umbhaco – for winter because of the heavy and tough material. We also have the Venda print coming up soon.

Sinkwa Sethu

What Is The Brand About And How Far Do You See It Growing?

We work as a collective, my family and I. Everything we do revolves around the issue of identity. This is something we are trying to instil in our kids – to be proud of who they are and who they have been made to be. Even with the music I make, we make sure that we sing in our languages. We actually home-school our kids and part of that journey is to play a big role in their character building, and in that we want to play part in being proud Africans. The embracing of what we have and who we are also plays a big role into the clothes we make. Identity! Not only being a special occasions thing, but an everyday thing.

We are looking into reaching out globally, as the desire for African clothes already exists. Another goal of ours is to just continue as a family, especially as an African family, whether it be through fashion, music, lifestyle... We just aim to inspire.

Sinkwa Sethu

For More Information On Sinkwa Sethu

Follow them on their Instagram, Facebook, and also visit their website or simply pop them an email [email protected]. Get shopping!

What Is It?

Keeping the little ones entertained during the school holidays can be quite daunting. As soon as you think you've found something that will entertain them for hours, they pull a face and complain that they're bored literally one minute later. We feel your pain, which is why we suggest you visit Melrose Arch's fun-filled and exciting Playground which will be jam-packed with days of supervised entertainment!

Melrose Arch Playground

While mom and dad sit back, relax and enjoy some shopping, Melrose Arch will keep the little ones entertained with everything from giant Snakes & Ladders, Skittles, jump rope and mini soccer to face painting, fun with Thomas the Tank Engine and lots of bouncing on jumping castles.

Melrose Arch Playground

All that activity is bound to work up an appetite so head to one of Melrose Arch’s renowned restaurants for some pasta, pizza or a tasty hamburger. Diners will be spoilt for choice – take your pick from JB’s Corner, Jamie’s Italian, RocoMamas, Piza ē Vino, Tasha’s, Paul Patisserie, Roast Café, Sushi Burrito & Co or The Grillhouse for a delicious lunch and treat the kids to some Häagen-Dazs or a delicious waffle at Sally Williams afterwards. The fun never stops at Melrose Arch!

When Is It?

Friday, 22 June 2018 - Friday, 29 June 2018 from 09:00 - 16:00 daily.

Where Is It?

The Piazza at Melrose Arch, Whiteley Road, Melrose North, Johannesburg.

Melrose Arch Playground

How Much Is It?

Depending on where you park, you'll pay for parking. But other than that, the kiddies entertainment is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this exciting kiddies winter holiday entertainment, visit Melrose Arch on Facebook.

You can also check them out on www.melrosearch.co.za or call them on 011 684 0002.

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Afriski Winterfest 2018 Welcomes Winter!

Africa’s most unique winter music festival, Afriski Winterfest, took place in Lesotho over the weekend and attracted an audience from all over South Africa. With fresh snow sprinkled across the mountains and South Africa’s top artists on the lineup, it was a jam-packed music and snow fest! It was an event that officially opened the winter season - three months of skiing and snowboarding fun at Afriski Mountain Resort.

Afriski Winterfest 2018

Local Skiier looking dope on the slopes. Michael Allen Photography

By day, festival goers took to the slopes! First timers and seasoned pros made the most of the daylight and free snow gear rental throughout the entire weekend, skiing to their heart's content. And once the boards and skis were packed up for the day, it was time for the main event.

The temperatures dropped and so did the beats. The evening warm-up took place over good food at Skybar and a live evening jam session from Simone Govender, 4AM to Will Rayz. Gondola Café at the base of the slopes came alive with a power lineup of DJs like Black Sparrow, Skye, Mocheques and Easy Freak. Along with artists from across Southern Africa, Winterfest was proud to have hosted Lesotho’s very own, Leomile.

Afriski Winterfest 2018

Lesotho based artist Leomile melted snow and hearts with her soulful melodies. Michael Allen Photography

For the Afriski Winterfest Season Opener, there was an all-star lineup that featured Rubber Duc, Albert Frost, Gunshot Blue and headline act, Jack Parow. The last day was a little cooler, but Jack Parow’s high energy show got the crowd warmed! The festival ended in style with a champagne drenched main stage show and the ritual “Ski Burning”. Dressed in Basotho gear, Afriski veterans performed under the clear starry sky, chanting into the chilly night sacrificing the skis to the fire and bringing the festival to a close.

Afriski Winterfest 2018

Jack Parows high energy set and catchy lyrics got the crowd going wild Alexander Wolf Photography

With the frost barely settled on the Afriski Winterfest Season Opener, the mountains are braced for an even bigger avalanche of music and snow. Afriski Winterfest will be closing the season on the 23rd to 26th August. Book your ticket at www.winterfest.co.za and experience it for yourself.

Get Ready for End of Season Winterfest 2018!

The second round of Afriski Winterfest 2018 will take place from the 23 - 26 August 2018. It's the ultimate winter celebration, so if you missed the first one, make sure you book your spots at the end of season fest. Tickets and packages are available now on their website.

Afriski Winterfest 2018

Nick McCready showing off some serious musical talent at the Sky Bar. Alexander Wolf Photography

For More Information

For more event and accommodation information, go to www.winterfest.co.za or contact Alex Torrao at [email protected].

Also, follow them on Facebook.

Bowling & Movies

When was the last time you went ten-pin bowling? Not too sure? Well, grab the gang and head to the bowling alley at Gold Reef City. With 12 state of the art ten pin bowling lanes, the alley offers cosmic bowling under UV lights that will add excitement to your matches. Once you're done bowling, head to [email protected] Reef City. Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders can score 30% off their tickets!

Gold Reed City Bowling

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Kids Will Enjoy The Magic Company

Let the kids enjoy some gaming of their own at The Magic Company. Sporting a newly remodeled, bright and exciting look, this spot is great fun for both young and the young at heart. There are plenty of fun activities and, of course, the latest and classic arcade games. Play as many games as you want and collect as many tickets as you can, then pop by the Prize Shop to exchange your tickets for some prizes.

Gold Reef City Magic Company

Gaming Galore

Experience the thrill of it all as you take on the house and dance with Lady Luck. The gaming area is fitted with food stands, a bar, and friendly staff that will warm up the coldest winter days. And if you don't feel like taking a drive home, why not book yourself a comfortable room at the Southern Sun Gold Reef City hotel or Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel? Also, please remember to gamble responsibly.

Tsogo Sun proudly supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Only persons over 18 are permitted to gamble. National problem gambling toll free counselling line 0800 006 008 or send a "Please call me" or sms to 076 675 0710.

Gold Reef City Gaming

Plenty Of Awesome Restaurants

With several restaurants to choose from, such as Vigour & Verve and Calisto's, there is something for everyone. If you join the Tsogo Sun Rewards programme at Gold Reef City you will score 10% off your bill at participating restaurants. And if you need just a quick bite before you get back to all the entertainment, there are many fast food spots to choose from.

Gold Reef City Restaurants

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Thrills at the Theme Park

During off-peak season the Gold Reef City Theme Park sees less foot traffic, meaning you can go on the Anaconda as many times as you want to. You can also expect tasty treats, hot dogs and burgers on sale too! With 16 thrill rides, 14 dedicated rides for the little ones, a Jump City Trampoline Park, the only authentic underground mine tour in Johannesburg, 12 dining options, seven retail stores, plus 15 other attractions, there won't be a dull moment on your radar when you visit this winter wonderland.

Gold Reef City

Theatrical Musts

Feel like a little bit of theatre? Then be sure to check out what will be taking centre state at the Lyric Theatre this winter. One show that'll definitely keep the cold at bay is Ignited, a fiery new extravaganza that'll certainly warm you up with amazing dance performances and music. It'll be taking stage from Friday, 24 May 2019 until Sunday, 16 June 2019. Tickets cost R100 per person and can be bought at www.goldreefcity.co.za or Computicket. Click here to find out more about this show.

Gold Reef City

For More Information

For more information on Gold Reef City and their winter lineup, visit www.tsogosun.com.

You can also contact them on 011 248 5000.

Also, give them a like or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest offers, shows and entertainment.

What Is It?

Disney On Ice is back and promises an enchanting show that'll thrill fans of all ages as their favourite Disney characters are once again brought to life... on ice! Enter a winter wonderland as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the most magical moments from the Disney Kingdom to Johannesburg with Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival, which skates into the city this June.

Disney on Ice

In an all-new fun fairy tale twist, comical segments from everyone’s favourite Disney films set the scene for the exciting on-ice stories of princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle. Enjoy a special appearance by Anna and Elsa from the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen! Journey up the North Mountains with the hilarious and beloved snowman Olaf, mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer, Sven, as they help the sisters in an adventure full of action, magic and unforgettable characters.

Disney on Ice

The Magical Ice Festival is a dazzling mix of royalty, highlighting the stories of Disney’s most beloved characters with energetic choreography that will have audiences singing, dancing and cheering their favourite Disney characters as they embark on their own epic journeys. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse guide fans through a captivating wonderland, where they encounter Sebastian and the Daughters of Triton from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the rowdy inhabitants of the Snuggly Duckling from Disney’s Tangled and the loyal enchanted servants from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

 

When Is It?

Show times are as follows:

Pretoria:

Johannesburg:

Disney on Ice

Where Is It?

Pretoria: Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, 209 Aramist Avenue, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria.

Johannesburg: The Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, North Riding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R120 - R495 per person and can be bought at Computicket.

Pretoria ticket prices are as follows:

Johannesburg ticket prices are as follows:

Family Packages – R30 Discount per ticket

Please note: Owing to safety regulations, each person, irrespective of age (including Babes in Arms and children under two years) MUST have a purchased ticket. Fans are encouraged to only book through the official authorised ticketing agent for Disney On Ice. There are significant risks in buying from other sources and entry to Disney On Ice is not guaranteed.

Disney on Ice

For More Information

For more information about this magical show, visit www.disneyonice.co.za.

Also, don't forget to check them out on Facebook.

Disney on Ice

What Is It?

Disney On Ice is back and promises an enchanting show that'll amaze fans of all ages as their favourite Disney characters are once again brought to life! Tinker Bell will take audiences on a magical journey of beloved Disney tales in a new show entitled Disney on Ice presents Dream Big.

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Believing is just the beginning when the empowering tales of eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. Make a splash with Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves, and be captivated by Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic.

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with royal sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. This is a must for the whole family, so make sure you get your tickets ASAP.

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

When Is It?

Friday, 22 June 2018 - Sunday, 01 July 2018.

Show times are as follows:

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Where Is It?

The Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, North Riding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R101 - R490 and are available at Computicket. There are also discounted family packages available.

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

For More Information

For more information about this magical show, visit www.disneyonice.co.za.

Also, don't forget to check them out on Facebook.

The Hottest Sale Of The Season

Slide into winter with ease thanks to SHF and their May Madness promotion. For three days ONLY, from the 25 to 27 May 2018, they'll be treating you to 15% off everything to ensure you're ready for the chilly season ahead. Spoil yourself with SHF’s hottest sofas upholstered in their signature mystic velvet range, heat up your living room with cosy throws and plush scatters ideal for an evening in front of a crackling fireplace or redecorate and spruce up your home with stylish furnishings and homeware. Winter has never been this toasty.

SHF

So, if you're looking to warm up your home with the hottest furniture and homeware at great prices, you won’t want to miss this offer! Make sure you get there early and shop until you drop while stocks last. SHF is going to turn your winter into a season you won’t forget!

Find Your Nearest SHF Gallery

With 15% off everything this for three days only this May, it’s going to be madness – so hurry to a gallery in Kramerville, Ferndale, Pretoria, Durban, Ballito or Pietermaritzburg while stocks last.

SHF

 

For More Information

For more information about SHF, visit their website at shf.co.za. You can also contact them on 0861 375 2222 or [email protected].

Visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

Exquisite Cuts

We love the fact that owner-manager Heather Lund Truter gave up a ten-year career as a private banker in order to start this amazing store in Kramerville. In a nutshell, Exquisite Cuts offers hand-picked short-ends – remnants and end of range fabrics from local and international décor houses. This means that YOU get the best fabrics, but for so much less!

The range is constantly evolving and changing as new fabrics become available. I opted for some ready-made cushions to refresh my living room. I was spoilt for choice with a wide range of phenomenal fabrics from which to choose. But it doesn’t stop there – you can also buy discounted upholstery and curtaining fabric at a variety of price points. All of this just makes redecorating so much more affordable and FUN!

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The Exquisite Cuts team

What impressed me most about the store is the passionate and insightful team that does so much more than just sell fabric. They are quick to offer advice, insight, suggestions and creative ideas to help you transform a tired room into something that reflects your family. You can bring photos with you and ask for advice. The team will then help you come up with an action plan that suits your time and budget. I prefer using very inexpensive fabric for curtaining and then ramping up the look with stunning accent cushions – that way, I get a brand new look for a fraction of the price (and yes, I have both “summer” and “winter” cushions – you will too when you visit this amazing shop!)

exquisite cuts

Another bonus is that Exquisite Cuts also offers ready-made curtains (an absolute win for those looking for instant gratification). They have a team of tried-and-tested curtain-makers if you’d like something made to spec.

Follow the store on Facebook to keep updated with new fabric lines that become available. In brief, I would highly recommend popping in for a browse and to treat yourself to new cushions for your Master Bedroom or living room. Take photos before you go – you’ll be amazed at what the team suggests and the difference it will make to your space, without breaking the bank.

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For More Information

Address: 4D Appel Road, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +27 11 262 6771

Web: Exquisite Cuts

 

What Is It?

Dog lovers, here's a fun obstacle course that you can do with your furry bestie! The Muddy Puppy Rietvlei Challenge in association with One Plan Pet Insurance is a 4km obstacle course fun run or walk for you and your dog. You and your four-legged comrade will have to crawl, climb, jump, slip, slide, wag, bark and maybe even endure a little bit of mud to make it across the finish line. This is the perfect activity if your dog loves the outdoors and being active.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers. This is going to be a fun day out with lots of stalls, music and entertainment. Proceeds from this Muddy Puppy event will be donated to a charity of choice. Please note that when booking for Muddy Puppy, select your batch carefully as there will be no swapping of batches due to safety reasons for all participants.

When Is It?

Sunday, 15 April 2018 from 07:00 to 12:00.

Where Is It?

Rietvlei Zoo Farm, 101 Swartkoppies Road, Alberton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Muddy Puppy: Tickets cost R150 per pair (you and your pet) and can be bought at Quicket. Ticket sales at the door are R180 per person.

Family Fun Run/Walk: Tickets cost R60 per person (Fun Run only) and R80 per person on the day entries. Get your tickets at Quicket.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Muddy Puppy on Facebook.

What Is It?

After a very successful first year, the unique Dullstroom Country Festival is back for yet an amazing time. It is just the event if you're looking to get away from the crowds and spend a relaxing day out in the country with your loved ones. It's all about celebrating good food, great music and the lifestyle of country living. If this sounds like just the thing you need to reconnect with nature and spend some quality time with your family, then why not road trip up to Mpumalanga for a weekend getaway filled with delicious treats, cosy fireplaces, a selection of tastes, new sights and sounds, and plenty of interesting folks? To keep the chill at bay, get your winter jackets and gumboots ready! You can expect everything from the best whiskeys, wines and craft beers to local cuisine and rocking tunes from some of South Africa's top acts, including Albert Frost, Jerry and the Bandits, Simone Govender, Bad Peter and GunShot Blue. Please note, no pets are allowed at this event.

When Is It?

Saturday, 04 August 2018 at 10:00 - 23:00.

Where Is It?

Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R 225 and R 425 per person and are available at NuTickets. Ticket prices are as follows:

There are also accommodation options available for the weekend. Click here to find out more.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event page or www.muchomoo.com.

What Is It?

To make you forget about the chill outside, Killarney Mall is hosting the magical wonder of Snow World, a very first for Gauteng. Situated on the rooftop of Killarney Mall, kids will be thoroughly amused with loads of entertainment and fun activities throughout the school holidays. Snow Land will feature an exciting 25m Ice Slide, an Ice Age Expo, complete with eight realistic prehistoric animals including the saber-toothed tiger and mammoths, a walk-in snow globe and a snow play area filled with plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy. Winter has never been more fun!

Killarney Mall will also host a frosty Winter Market on 5 to 6 August 2017. Here, you can gear up and keep warm with all things winter, from comfort food and cosy products to winter novelties and clothing.

When Is It?

Friday, 04 August 2017 to Sunday, 20 August 2017.

Where Is It?

Killarney Mall, 60 Riviera Road, Killarney, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R60 and R110 per person and are available from Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit killarneymall.co.za.

Bedazzle Your Wardrobe With GEORGINI’s Delectable Delicates Range

Don’t let the chilly season dull your style – add some sparkle to your winter wardrobe with something beautiful from GEORGINI’s Delectable Delicates range, inspired by the simplicity of timeless elegance and the modern woman.

 

Georgini

Featuring fine yet fancy studs, classic necklaces with a modern twist, colourful and stackable rings, as well as petite pendants, the range of delicate and on-trend pieces is perfect for layering over jerseys and knitted polo necks, accessorising a warm winter outfit or even wearing with your OOTD. Standout items in the range include the Black Cubic Zirconia – the epitome of drama and wow-factor.

The Delectable Delicates by GEORGINI will be available as from mid- to late May 2017 with prices ranging from R499 to R2 999.

All items are 925 sterling silver with rhodium, rose gold or gold plating, available from GEORGINI stockists and online.

Georgini

For More Information

For more information about GEORGINI and their gorgeous ranges, visit them on www.georgini.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 089 6007 or [email protected].

Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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Markham

Gents, if you're looking for something stylish this winter, then make sure you head to Markham. You are sure to find something you'll like, whether you need a new pair of jeans to break in, a warm jacket (denim, bomber, blazer, coat, whatever) or cardigan for those chilly nights out with the mates or a new pair of boots to pull the whole look together. And if that's not enough to keep you warm, you can also get yourself a woolen scarf, a pair of gloves and even a beanie or two. Their apparel is always on-trend, so no matter what your style or preference, you're sure to look good with your winter essentials.

You can find Markham men's clothing stores in Melrose Arch, Greenstone Shopping Centre, Kempton Square, Sandton City, Cresta Shopping Centre, Mall of the South, Southgate, Rosebank Mall, The Glen, Fourways Mall, Northgate, Clearwater Mall and Newtown Junction. Click here to see if there is a Markham near you.

Details: www.markham.co.za

H&M

If you have a thing for keeping up with the trends, then you'll definitely want to do a little winter essential shopping at H&M. From women's, men's and kid's wear, there is sure to be something that'll keep you warm yet stylish this winter. Their winter collection will certainly keep the cold at bay. Ladies will love stocking up on a variety of cardigans, socks, tights, hoodies, jacket, sweatshirts and trendy accessories. Guys can gear up with warm outerwear, denims, knitwear and boots. And as for the kids, they can get ready to shine with loads of fancy shirts, soft yet warm knitwear and cardigans and padded jackets.

You can find an H&M store at Clearwater Mall, East Rand Mall, Mall of Africa, Mall of the South and Sandton City.

Details: www.hm.com/za

Due South

With winter warmers for Africa, winter jackets for him and everyday wear for everyone, Due South is stocked with essentials that'll certainly keep the cold at bay. A trendy item to have this winter is the puffer jacket - you can style it up with a chunky scarf and beanie, a long-sleeved sweatshirt and even a soft cardigan. If puffers aren't your thing, then suss out their selection of hoodies, jerseys, zip-up jackets, sweats and layering must-haves. Don't forget to pick up a pair of gloves, a scarf, a beret or beanie, a new pair of boots and winter socks.

You can find a Due South store at Cresta, The Glen, Mall of Africa, Mall of the South, Clearwater Mall, Sandton City and Greenstone Shopping Centre.

Details: www.duesouth.co.za

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Woolworths

Let's face it – we all love Woolies. And there is no question as to whether or not they have winter essentials to keep you cosy this winter. Of course, they have all their warm jackets and jerseys, fleece pyjamas and soft dressing gowns, fluffy slippers, patterned wraps and scarves and last but not least, stylish winter boots. They also have an abundance of accessories to complete the entire look. You can shop kiddies, men's, women's and even home winter essentials (think fluffy throws, winter bedding and flasks) to make sure you're well-prepared for the season.

You can find a Woolies basically anywhere! But mostly in large malls including Sandton City, Cresta, Mall of the South, Mall of Africa, Southgate, Fourways Mall, Northgate and Hyde Park Corner, just to name a few.

Details: www.woolworths.co.za

Naartjie

The little ones need warm winter clothes too. No matter what age your little carbon copy is (newborn, baby, toddler or child), Naartjie will have something that'll not only look oh-so cute on your tot but also trendy, stylish and toasty. Their winter collection boasts adorable fleece tops, jackets, soft snoods and pom-pom beanies for little girls. And for the boys, branded fleece hats, parka jackets, quilted fleece jackets and gilet puffer jackets are the order of the season. And if you thought their kids' winter collection couldn't get any cuter, think again – the newborn and baby winter clothing is just too adorable not to admire (whether you have kids or not!).

You can find a Naartjie store at Cresta, Sandton City, Epsom Downs, Bedford Square and Eastgate.

Details: www.naartjie.co.za

Forever New

Whenever we walk by this store, we cannot help but drool at the mannequins in the window, dressed in the most stunning winter fashion we have ever laid our eyes on. Their winter essentials are just too divine, exuding beauty, elegance, comfort and, above all, cosiness! Yes, it might be a little above our budget, but their gilet jackets, wrap coats and hooded cardigans are timeless investment pieces that you can wear over and over again. The knitwear is another story – soft, warm, cosy and just absolutely beautiful. Perfect if you're looking to stick with the trend and layer up. And as the pièce de résistance, why not grab a soft scarf? Come on ladies, you know you want to.

You can find a Forever New store at Bedford Centre, Clearwater Mall, Cresta, East Rand Mall, Eastgate, Fourways Mall, Mall of Africa, Mall of the South, Melrose Arch, Rosebank Mall, Sandton City, The Glen and WorldWear Shopping Centre.

Details: www.forevernew.co.za

Foschini

For all of your winter must-haves, head to a Foschini store near you. Not only will you be able to get your hands on the season's trendiest and most stylish pieces, but you'll also get them at prices that won't bust the bank. Think puffer, denim and biker jackets as well as wrap coats, jerseys, ponchos, and all the other winter warmer accessories you need including gloves, beanies and scarves. And let's not forget the wide variety of denims (in all styles from skinny to bootleg) and boots. There is sure to be something from their collection that'll catch your eye.

You can find a Foschini store at Cresta, Fourways Mall, Sandton City, Greenstone Shopping Centre, Northgate, Rosebank Mall, Southgate, The Glen, East Rand Mall, Eastgate, and Festival Mall.

Details: www.foschini.co.za

This One Is For The Afrikaans Music Lovers!

For an evening filled with toe-tapping entertainment, Afrikaanse liedjies, singing and dancing, don't miss the magical Kaalvoetkinners In Die Vaal with Juanita du Plessis, Franja du Plessis and Ruan Josh. For one night only, these three Afrikaans music sensations will be taking centre stage at the Emerald Arena, performing your favourite songs and making this experience one to remember! Get your tickets now before it's too late. This is a performance you don't want to miss, especially if you're an Afrikaanse musiek fan.

Date: Saturday, 07 July 2018

Time: From 19:00

Venue: Emerald Arena

Cost: Tickets cost R350 per person for Golden Circle and R150 per person for General Access. Click here to get your tickets now.

Spend Father's Day In The Vaal

Show the old man how special and appreciated he is with a lovely Father's Day out in the Vaal! In case your forgot, Father's Day is on Sunday, 17 June 2018. And to make the occasion extra special, Emerald Resort & Casino have a few treats up their sleeves.

The Hotel Restaurant will be hosting a delicious buffet lunch from 12:30 - 15:30 offering everything from slow-roasted beef from the spit braai; grilled traditional boerewors, bone marrows and marinated chicken from the braai station to antipasta platters, salads and of course, Malva Pudding to end the meal of on a sweet note. Cost is R260 per person and kids aged 4 - 12 cost R130 per child.

Emerald fathersday

Another option is the Father's Day menu at Breeze Restaurant. Dad can take his pick from four hearty meals, including:

Daddy' Treat - R120

My Hero's Chicken - R120

For Dad With Love - R105

Burger In Style - R110

Please note: Booking is essential as spacing is limited, so make sure you make your reservation ASAP. To book, call 016 982 8643 or email [email protected].

Sunday Fundays At Emerald Resort & Casino

Sundays are meant to be spent lazing about, tucking into a delicious carvery and hanging out with your loved ones. If this sounds like the perfect way to spend your Sunday, then you're in luck! Every first and last Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 15:30 at the Emerald Hotel Restaurant, you can treat the family to a mouth-watering carvery buffet for only R175 per person and R80 for kids under 12. Book now to avoid disappointment. Booking are essential!

Emerald sunday buffet

And as if that wasn't enough, don't miss out on Soulful Sundays at Breeze Restaurant every last Sunday of the month from 14:00 – 19:00. You can enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, a scrumptious braai menu and loads of Sunday Funday vibes. Cost is R100 per adult and R50 per child under the age of 8. If you want to take a sneak peek at the menu, click here. T&Cs applyContact [email protected] or call 016 982 8026 for more information.

Emerald soulful sunday

Family Fun For Everyone

And to make you're visit extra special, Emerald Resort & Casino has loads of fun and exciting adventures and activities around every corner. Since it is a little too cold to swim outdoors, why not head to the Aquadome for a splash? Their indoor pools are heated all year round, so no need to worry about the miserable weather outside.

Winter times (2 May – 31 August) are as follows:

Emerald aquadome

Another must-visit when you're there is Animal World. Enjoy a fun wildlife adventure at Emerald Zoo, where you'll spot many different species of animals, birds and reptiles. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for hippos and flamingos, iguanas and antelope, monkeys, lions, snakes and many more creature.

Peak Rates:

Off-Peak Rates:

Emerald animal world

Create special moments with loved ones by visiting Emerald Resort & Casino. Adventure Awaits.

For More Information

For more information about Emerald Resort & Casino, call 016 982 8000, email [email protected], or visit their website at www.emeraldcasino.co.za.

Also, check them out on Facebook and Twitter @emerald_resort.

Afriski Mountain Resort – Lesotho

Winter season at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho is fast approaching (from 01 June to 02 September 2017), so why not rally up the kids and head to this exciting holiday destination for some winter fun. And best of all, it offers a unique experience that’s usually not found in Africa: snow! You heard us – you’ll get the opportunity to ski, bum-board and snowboard on African slopes, plus there are other winter activities for all ages.

Tiffindell Ski Resort – Southern Drakensberg

Speaking of snow, at Tiffindell Ski Resort in the Drakensberg, it’s all about the snowflakes. Being the only ski and snowboarding resort in South Africa, you can expect plenty of entertainment and snowy fun at this national treasure from June to August. Imagine escaping to a white winter wonderland, making snowmen and throwing snowballs, sitting in front of cosy fireplaces and sipping on hot chocolate. And if you’re worried about it not being the right conditions for snow, don’t fret as the resort has state-of-the-art snow-making equipment.

Dullstroom – Mpumalanga

Winter is all about the trout and bass fishing, so if this is exactly what you had in mind for the chilly season, then gather your fishing gear and head to Dullstroom. Stonecutters Lodge is a great accommodation destination that’s square in the middle of fish-filled dams and other winter activities. Also during the cold season is the annual Dullstroom Winter Festival (30 June to 02 July 2017), offering a wide array of shops, eateries and activities to keep you warm.

Clarens – Free State

Just three hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city is the quaint and charming little town of Clarens. Situated in the Free State, travellers and holiday seekers can enjoy a relaxing getaway complete with a selection of interesting activities. Stay at the self-catering Sediba Lodge, located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking views. Visit the small town and take a stroll through the streets, browsing through the stores and art galleries. There are plenty of adventure activities and hiking trails available, and to round off an exciting day, visit the Clarens Brewery on Main Street for a bite to eat and a draught of craft beer. And since it is winter trout fishing season, go do some angling at the Little Caledon River.

Midlands Meander – KwaZulu-Natal

The Midlands Meander is just the place to be if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of spectacular sights, do a little catch-and-release bass fishing, and keep busy with an abundance of outdoor activities. There are also plenty of things to do together as a family: zip line over the Karkloof Forest Reserve with an exhilarating canopy tour, visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, get adventurous on an MTB family fun trail and wander through a variety of markets. One pit stop you need to make while in the area is at the Granny Mouse Country House – a great spot to find luxurious accommodation as well as a delicious meal and indulgent spa treatments.

Hartbeespoort – North West

There are loads of other things you can do in Hartis that won’t involve ice-cold water. Treat the family to an outing to the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake & Animal Park where you will get to see a menagerie of animals and have the opportunity to take a ferry boat ride on the dam. For a spot of shopping and a bite to eat, head to the Jasmyn Farm Stall. And no visit to the area is complete without seeing the stunning panoramic views of the Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort Dam from the Harties Cableway.

Stellenbosch – Western Cape

And last, but certainly not least, on our list of places to embrace winter is Stellenbosch. When we think Stellenbosch, we picture vineyards and wines tours, but there’s so much more to do than you imagine. There are brewing, walking and art tours – if you feel like exploring by foot – and, of course, the Stellenbosch Village Museum if you want to brush up on your history. Keen to be out and about enjoying fresh and crispy winter air and reconnecting with nature? Then head to the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, take a stroll through the Bonsai collection, which has plants that date back over a century, and enjoy all the greenery.

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Lulu & Marula

We adore Lulu & Marula’s all-natural skincare products, handmade with care in South Africa, simply because local is lekker. Their Nourishing Treatment Oil, is perfect for normal, dry, mature and damaged skin types. Featuring a mix of super-oils, like marula, red raspberry and argan, one application of this rich and potent oil will deeply hydrate your facial skin, leaving it soft, smooth and glowing.

Sorbet

This famous beauty therapy hub has its own line of products, which means you can take that spa experience home with you. Designed for skin that needs more moisture, the Sorbet Hydro Skin Night Cream, with hyaluronic acid, shea butter and Omega 3 and 6 targets tired, dehydrated skin, bringing it back to life with new brilliance.

Bio-Oil

This needs no fancy introduction as it’s a favourite among South Africans, and for good reason. But besides using it to prevent and minimise scars, and improve dark marks and skin tone, Bio-Oil is one of the best products to use on very dry skin – even on your face. Apply after showering and feel the difference to dry skin immediately. You can find it in all leading pharmacies and retail stores.

Soil

Soil, based in KwaZulu-Natal, makes an eco-ethical range of products which feature 100% certified organic essential oils, organic massage oil blends and bodycare products. When your skin is feeling parched, quench its thirst with their Organic Citrus Scented Shea Butter. It's fresh blend of citrus essential oils will detox your skin and leave it feeling invigorated and soft.

Skoon.

This local brand believes in providing your skin with health-giving properties by harnessing the best of nature with science. The Ruby Marine Overnight Hydrating Mask, with wildflower honey and marula oil soothes and hydrates your skin while you sleep. You can also use it as a daytime moisturiser by blending a small scoop of the mask with a dollop of moisturiser in the palm of your hand and smoothing over your face and neck.

beauty product

Oh-Lief

Born out of a love for nature, Oh-Lief’s range of products are all natural and made with certified organic ingredients. The Grapefruit Natural Olive Body Wax featuring a rich blend of organic oils oil, offers an intensive moisture treatment for dry skin. The fresh grapefruit scent leaves a positive and uplifting aura, lifting your mood to take on the day's challenges. Apply liberally after a lukewarm shower to allow your skin to soak up all its natural goodness.

Africology

Africology Spa offers a luxury, natural and eco-friendly skincare range, fragranced only with pure essential oils. Their hydrating Tissue Oil, helps to soothe minor burns and irritated skin, and is an excellent all-over body oil to hydrate skin and prevent stretch marks. It's free of harmful ingredients too, helping to keep the environment clean and healthy and your skin feeling its very best.

Lush

Lush’s moisturisers are the product of over 30 years' research, development and experience. They have a wide range of moisturisers, each tailored to suit a variety of needs, depending on lifestyle and climate. Their Full of Grace serum bar is made with a concentrated blend of organic almond oil and cupuaçu butter to hydrate the skin, as well as rose oil to relieve irritation. It's an all-in-one therapy for your skin!

Clarins

This winter be selfie ready with Clarins, and get that glowing skin all season long. The order of the day is to glow in a flash! So, if you're looking for moisturisers, make-up products and body products, look no further because this is the place for all the face firming products for ageless and amazing skin.

Eucerin

One way or the other, we are all familiar with Eucerin and have either heard of it or used it. If you haven't used it we suggest you start. They treat the key lifestyle factors that affect your skin condition; nutrition, state of mind, stress and skincare. So, to get your skin looking amazing this winter you need to make sure you give their skincare products a try.

Eucerin

Echinacea

Echinacea is a herbal remedy used for the symptomatic relief of colds, influenza-type infections and upper respiratory tract conditions. It helps the body fight the symptoms of these infections by supporting and strengthening your immune system.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants (betacarotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E) can be found in fruit, vegetables, nuts, wholegrains and some meats, poultry and fish. They neutralise free radicals that damage cell membranes and other structures in the body. Free radicals are linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and liver and heart disease.

Cranberry

The superfood is jam-packed with immune-boosting nutrients and antioxidants, and reportedly helps prevent bladder infections, promotes dental health and lowers blood pressure.

Spirulina

Spirulina, another superfood, is a type of algae that has a high nutritional value and significant amounts of amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It helps to boost the immune system, speed up recovery after illness, protect against allergic reactions and maintain healthy skin, hair and nails.

Zinc

Zinc is necessary for the proper function of more than 70 enzymes in our bodies. Besides keeping our immune systems in good working order, it also aids the release of insulin, enhances white blood cell functions, helps with acne and helps to rid the body of harmful metals.

 

Eat fresh, seasonal foods

Yoghurt. Probiotics, or the live active cultures found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs, which in turn equals a healthy immune system.

Oats and barley. These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than Echinacea. It boosts immunity, speeds wound healing and may help antibiotics work better.

Garlic. The immune booster contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria.

Fish and seafood. Selenium helps white blood cells produce cytokines – proteins that help get rid of the flu virus. Fatty fish is rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections.

Mushrooms. Mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, which help to fight infections.

Get a flu shot

Flu viruses change, and every year the flu vaccine is adapted to the virus in circulation that year. The vaccination can reduce the risk of flu by up to 50 to 60%, keeping you away from the doctor, hospital casualty visits, and even hospital admissions. The best time to get a flu shot in SA is before the end of April, but you can still get it at any time during the winter season. Get it at most Dis-Chem and Clicks stores nationwide, plus your local pharmacy, GP, clinic or hospital.

Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before taking any health products.

When I decided to go to my first class, I was quite nervous because I didn't know what to expect. I had heard a few things about it – how hectic it was and I just pictured myself falling over and fainting before I’d even gotten started. Plus, when I told my friends and colleagues, they wished me good luck and that they hoped I would survive this crazy experience (I was wishing for a little more encouragement than that).

Anyway, if you don’t know, S.W.E.A.T stands for ‘Specialised Weight Endurance Aerobic Training’, with 1000 representing the calories burned in a one-hour workout. The thought of walking through the doors at the S.W.E.A.T Studio at Blubird Shopping Centre was rather intimidating, but I was immediately welcomed by friendly staff. I was then greeted by the instructor who asked me if it was my first time there – when I said yes, he talked me through the process and how the treadmills work.

A S.W.E.A.T class is basically running and walking on a treadmill at different speeds and inclines – you just have to follow the speed and incline levels that the instructor tells you. They combine this with floor work like squats, push ups, weight lifting and crunches (so you alternate between the treadmill and floor work). To add to the fun, you do this to loud, dance music, lasers and a smoke machine.

I can honestly say I was pushed to the max and there were moments where I thought I was crazy but I still walked out of there feeling exhilarated. There is something about being in that studio with loud music pumping, the instructor pushing you hard and everyone in there giving it their all that makes it fun! My muscles ached afterwards but I felt like superwoman. Needless to say, I’m completely hooked and I can't wait for my next class.

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Have you been to S.W.E.A.T 1000? How did you enjoy the experience?

Pomodoro Ristorante

What better way to delight your senses during the winter than with a bottle of fine wine paired with a plate of authentic Italian goodness? Pomodoro Ristorante serves up top-notch pizzas and pastas that are sure to satisfy those winter cravings. Check out their Specials menu for some further indulgence.

Where: Shop U36, Morningside Shopping Centre, Corner Rivonia & Outspan Roads, Morningside, Johannebsurg.

The Hussar Grill

For some of the very best steaks in our city, you can’t go wrong with The Hussar Grill. Pay this elegant, but comfortable spot a visit for a night filled with red wine and world-class meats. The service is remarkable.

Where: Morningside Shopping Centre, Corner Rivonia & Outspan Roads, Morningside, Johannebsurg.

Bellagio

Perfect for a cold winter’s night, Bellagio is an excellent higher-end restaurant. It serves up some of the best seafood, meat and pasta around! Pair your dish with a quality wine from their cellar and you’re all set for an intimate evening of indulgence.

Where: Unit 1 Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg.

Wombles

Wombles is a well-loved establishment. Now located in the Hobart Grove Centre, they’ll soon be serving your favourite fragrant meats and superb seafood dishes! They have a stylish bar area if you’d just like to pop in for a drink. How divine.

Where: Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, 88 Hobart Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

By Candice May

Do you have any other great restaurants you’d recommend to keep warm this winter?

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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