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The perks of online shopping this season

Ultimate gift guides

How to not go broke during the holiday period


Shop, play and dine in true festive style





The perfect year end function

Festive nightlife

Tis the season to socialise and save

Four chefs, four recipes, one epic meal

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Clearwater Mall is amazing in so many ways...with a host of dining entertainment and shopping, the festive season wont be complete without a visit.


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f there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2018 has been a tough year for South Africa. From #statecapture and the #guptagate, to several fuel price increases and the rand dropping further and further (I could go on), you might feel like all the stress has dulled the festive season sparkle this year. That’s where Hello Festive Season comes in. My team has gone out of their way to bring you the best tips, tricks and trends to make the most wonderful time of the year just that – from start to finish. You can thank us later! Start your journey through our festive season guide on the Calendar pages to help plan and navigate the merriest time of the year in Joburg from the final working weeks right up until New Year’s Eve. We’ve rounded up the most exciting events, concerts and festivals that are guaranteed to get the whole family pumped for the festivities – including the kids and your difficult uncle. If large crowds, screaming babies and outrageous queues – not to mention Michael Bublé on repeat – isn’t your idea of fun, get your shop on without leaving the house. We’ve tried and tested the best online shopping sites for nabbing affordable and big-name brand gifts to help save you time money and a lot of sanity. Did you have to toss back too many tequila shots at last year’s year-end party just to

tolerate your boss’s cringe-worthy cliché speech? Well, not this year! Flip through our Celebrations section for a how-to guide on saying goodbye to awkward year-end parties and hello to extravaganzas that are bound to get you in the festive spirit as you shimmy and shake the night away in your offensive funny Christmas jerseys. (We promise you and your colleagues will still be speaking about it well into the New Year!) ‘Tis the season for last-minute travel plans! If you’re a spontaneous trip planner like me, you probably haven’t booked your December holiday yet. Looking for sun, sand and surf this year? Let our top picks of the best African island destinations, which showcases my personal favourites – Mauritius, The Seychelles and Zanzibar – inspire you to get ready to back your bags and take full advantage of warm-weather adventures. Whatever you decide to do this festive season, I hope you don’t stop believing in the magic of the season. Be safe, make the most of it and remember: what happens at office parties doesn’t stay at office parties (#justsaying). Happy holidays!

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2018 has been a whirlwind of a year so far, but we’re officially on the home run toward the festive season and summer holidays. Be sure to keep an eye on our websites for some amazing content that is sure to end the year off in the best way possible.

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GIFTS FOR FOODIES We all have at least one foodie friend, so we’ve rounded up the best food and drink gifts to give this festive season, from affordable hampers and more chocolates than you could possibly consume in one sitting, to limited edition Baileys and vintage champagne. Get ready to indulge!

STAYING RESOLUTE The end of a year means the start of another, and with it comes the onset of new year resolutions made. Whilst many of us tend to lean towards health and fitness goals after a December filled with festive over-indulgence, others have career goals, life changes and time management ambitions. We take a look at achievable new year’s resolutions that will make a difference, not only to you but also others.

BEAT THE HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN! Is it possible to celebrate the season without piling on kilos? You bet! It might sound as feasible as Santa fitting down billions of chimneys on Christmas Eve, but we promise there are simple strategies. So pass the eggnog and let’s tackle navigating jam-packed schedules, holiday food spreads and sidelined gym routines!

WIN WIN WIN! What would the festive season be without a little (or should we say huge) spoil? Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for loads of upcoming competitions on our website these holidays!


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SEASON SAFETY Whilst the festive season stirs up thoughts of holidays, family lunches, Christmas shopping and all things pleasant, we often we tend to let our guard down and become complacent with security and awareness. Without being the bearers of bad news for the festive season, we provide a few handy hints and tips for staying safe this holiday season.

SECRET SANTA With the economic recession and a general lack of time for personal shopping more and more friends, families and colleagues are opting for a ‘Secret Santa’ gifting arrangement. We look at various Secret Santa gift options which won’t break the bank and will be suitable for a variety of recipients.



what’s on, in and around Gauteng this FESTIVE SEASON OCTOBER 14 OCTOBER






It is back! Take on the lion’s den this October and run in the footsteps of legends in a completely different kind of sporting event. It's grittier than sandpaper and has more twists, turns and thrills. There is a variety of challenges on offer from the Stadium Run which is a 6.5km fun run with no obstacles to The Dash, a brand new 6.5km urban obstacle course and The Junior which is a 3.5km course with small obstacles. It’s time to get your running shoes on and your body moving in the most thrill seeking adventurous way possible. When: 14 October Where: Ellis Park Arena, Park Ln, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg Cost: R150 - R280 Book:

Have you always wanted to jam with friends but can never find the time. Or maybe you're just looking to jam with other musicians to improve you craft. Either way, here's a night where you can come together with like-minded people to make music. The evening is focused on improvisation and jamming with fellow musicians and all skill levels are welcome. Please note that this is not and open mic. All you have to do is show up bring your instrument and rock out! When: 15 October Where: Rumours Rock City, Cnr Weltevreden Road & Valley Ave, Randburg, Johannesburg Book: Entrance is free




The orbit welcomes the very-talented


and well-acclaimed Swedish and South African collaborative band The Mill for a contemporary jazz concert that’s not to be missed. The Mill is a loose but tight amalgamation of different musicians, bringing

We have the perfect date night event for you! Moonlight Movie Night! Cuddle while watching a film on the big screen and enjoy a delicious three-course buffet. Sounds perfect to us! The three-course buffet includes a scrumptious variety of lamb, chicken, beef, salads, starches and desserts. If you don’t want the romance to end so soon, the overnight package includes the movie and buffet as well as luxury accommodation and a continental breakfast the next morning. When: 26 October Where: Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel, 87 Jim van der Merwe Road, Pretoria Cost: R650 per couple for movie and buffet. R2220 per couple for the overnight package. Book:


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The Pantry Market at Keyes offers visitors the opportunity to shop an array of goods to stock up the pantry for the holiday months – think fresh vegetables, butter, cheese, bread, chocolate, granola, honey, meat, spices and much more! You won’t find fresher produce around. After the market, finish off the experience with breakfast or lunch from one of the several Keyes Art Mile restaurants including BGR, MESH Club, Milk Bar and Marble. This really is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. When: 27 October Where: Keyes Art Mile, Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg Book: No tickets or bookings required

their original music to this bouncy gathering that is sure to be a unique experience. Viewers can expect a strong sound consisting of fab horn arrangements, playful tinkling on piano and guitar, and razor-sharp grooves that all effortlessly blend into the bands’ JoburgBerne-style sound. When: 17 October Where: The Orbit - Home Of Jazz, 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg Cost: R160 Book:

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Join Duncan Yard for a truly unique food

We’ve all thought about making home-made sushi and now you can! Learn the art of sushimaking at Guvon Academy cooking workshop. Create beautiful traditional and modern sushi with a variety of fillings and accompaniments and leave with a delicious snack and an incredible skill. The ticket includes all ingredients and supplies. Be sure to book your spot before 2 November as space is limited! When: 10 November Where: Guvon Academy, 19 Braam Street, Honeydew, Johannesburg Cost: R400 Book:

H.O.T Day Out is back in Joburg for a refreshing boutique music festival. Enjoy the ultimate fix of summer paradise just 30mins away from Sandton at the majestic outdoor venue, Toadbury Hall Country Hotel. The H.O.T Day Out experience includes a beer garden, cocktail bars, games, activities and some of South Africa’s favourite acts across two stages. Expect a killer line-up that will be headlined by Kyle Watson. VIP table packages will be available for booking and these include tickets, premium alcohol bottle service and a private VIP seating area. Food will also be available to order from the venue’s kitchen. When: 17 - 18 November Where: Toadbury Hall Country Hotel, Beyers Naude Drive Ext. Elandsdrift, Johannesburg Cost: R280 - R320 Book:

experience at this weekly food event. This food festival will serve as the perfect Saturday out with an array of live music on offer, food trucks galore and an exceptional vibe that will surely get those summer feelings sizzling. Bring your friends and family and get ready to socialise as we count down the days to December holiday! When: 3 - 29 November Where: Duncan Yard, Corner of Jan Shoba and Prospect Street, Hatfield, Pretoria Book: No tickets or bookings required

17 NOVEMBER TEDXPRETORIA The mind-shifting short-talk phenomenon returns to Pretoria in November for a day of disruptive ideas and bold new voices

29 NOVEMBER GUNS Ń ROSES LIVE IN JOHANNESBURG This is most definitely a concert that will send you down a nostalgic path! For the first time in the history of Guns N` Roses, the international

challenging a business-savvy audience to

rock icons will perform one show only in South

reboot their thoughts and actions to meet

Africa at the world-renowned FNB Stadium

the needs of the future. The theme for this

in Johannesburg. Guns N` Roses and their

year’s event is “I am’. Join TEDxPretoria

unstoppable and massively successful Not In

as they explore identity, connectedness,

This Lifetime tour continues to dominate the

technology, the human condition and much more. When: 17 November Where: 012 Central, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria




rock music world in 2018 and beyond. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Book now so you don’t miss out! When: 29 November Where: FNB Stadium, Soccer City Ave, Nasrec, Johannesburg

Cost: R350 - 480

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What’s Christmas without carols? Join the Gauteng Opera for the most magnificent carol display December has to offer. Celebrate the festive season with your family and friends in a great venue with live opera that will be perfectly accompanied by a delicious food market hosting a number of gourmet and street food vendors This is a free-ticketed concert that will be held in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary year in order to honour his legacy in the fight to end extreme poverty. Tickets to this festival can’t be bought but rather have to be earned by doing charity work. The concert will be headlined by famous artists like Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Casper Nyovest, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and many more! Giving back has never looked so good. When: 2 December Where: FNB Stadium, Soccer City Ave, Nasrec, Johannesburg Cost: Tickets are free and can be earned with charity ‘Mandela Festival points’ Book: Learn more at

regular drinks that will be on offer. This is sure to be the perfect vibe to get that those festive feelings going. When: 7 December Where: 1 Fox Street, Johannesburg Book: Entrance is free. No tickets or bookings required








Music lovers are to be given the royal treatment

The Melrose House Antique Fair will be

This is the perfect way to end off the year.

this festive season. Music Is King is an

taking place, for the first time ever, at the

The Jakaranda Light Festival is an ideal family

international concert experience brought to you

Brooklyn Square Rooftop. Visitors can

outing and impresses every year. The Jakaranda

by the internationally acclaimed DJ & producer,

expect a variety of top antiques, collectables,

Children’s Home decorates 21 of its houses

Black Coffee. Get ready to dance the night away

art, jewellery, vintage clothing, accessories,

with thousands of fairy lights and then opens

to a show like no other. Expect a line-up of epic

porcelain and much more! Be sure to visit

the terrain for public viewings. It is the ideal

proportions and keep an eye out on social media

the market if you’re in search of the perfect

excursion to instate the festive season with the

unique gift for a friend or loved one or even

additional purpose of raising funds. There is

just a little treat for yourself. Don’t forget to

also a festive market, food stalls, laser and music

diarise Pretoria’s oldest fair because you don’t

shows as well as children’s activities to look

want to miss out!

forward to.

When: 17 December

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pages as performing artists will be announced on 1 October. This is one party you don’t want to miss out on! When: 15 December Where: Ticketpro Dome, Cnr Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road, Johannesburg Cost: R265 – R375


and wash it all down with the variety of craft and

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Where: Brooklyn Square, Veale St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria Book: No tickets or bookings required

Where: 1 Talitha Kumi Street, East Lynn, Pretoria Cost: R30


Celebrate the new year in style with Seductive Saturdays and News Café. Join the epic News Café vibe and DJ Kurwen on the decks for the ultimate Saturday event. Hosted every Saturday of the month, Saturdays have never looked sexier! Expect a number of specials like selected signature cocktails for only R39. Dress to impress and put on your dancing shoes as this event is sure to be a memorable one! When: 5 - 26 January Where: News Café Menlyn, Lois Ave, Pretoria Book: Entrance is free.





It’s time to spread the love! Brought to you by Date Night Ideas, Love & Stuff is a preValentine's event at Clearwater Mall that will give shoppers access to some of the most interesting and innovative romance-related makers, creators, brands and activity providers out there. Get fun gift ideas, interesting activity options and find out about wonderful places to take your partner for a meal, date, outing or pampering session. When: 25 - 27 January Where: Clearwater Mall, Strubensvalley, Johannesburg Cost: No tickets or bookings required

Calling all brides to be! This is an event you don’t want to miss out on. The Big Bridal Pop Up is the largest single wedding dress sale event in South Africa! Buy top brands, designer, new and many sample wedding gowns at a fraction of the original price! Expect deals of up to 75% off on sample dresses. Bookings are essential so book your private fitting room now! When: 26 - 27 January Where: Oakfield Farm, Plot 240, Beyers Naude Drive, Johannesburg Book:







Direct from Australia, the worldʼs premier live ABBA tribute is coming to town! Far from being `just another cover band`, The ABBA Show is a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and FX and all the

The Stall night market at Southdowns is a niche food and wine night market that happens on the

dancing an ABBA fan can handle. Join The

last Thursday evening of each month, at the Southdowns Shopping Centre. Market goers will

ABBA Show for an event suited to all ages. Celebrate your all-time favourite songs and

be treated to everything from live entertainment and a vibrant atmosphere to delicious food and

dance the night away!

incredible wine pairings. The market will take place in a great location and will attract food lovers

When: 18 January - 10 January

of all ages, providing a unique market experience.

Where: Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg

When: 31 January

Cost: R180 – R250

Where: Southdowns Shopping Centre, Cnr John Vorster and Karee Street, Centurion, Pretoria


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shopping ‘Add to Cart’ THIS SEASON Online shopping - ain’t nobody got time for mall madness

Shopping at the mall during the festive season is like payday on steroids. Finding parking is a mission, there are queues for days and the general frenzy is enough to make anyone reach for a sedative. But we live in the age of convenience, so you do have options.


The basics For all those items that are a must to get you in the festive mood, from the tree and the lights, décor, wrapping paper, down to the advent calendar (crucial for the kids you know), Takealot is the place to go. Check out their rad selection of festive tunes. What’s the night before Christmas without some Boney M, Mariah Carey and Celtic Thunder? K TIP: Or save yourself the hassle completely and keep all the things you used Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •


last year. Its doubtful Boney M is going to update their Christmas album anytime soon. The personal gift Good old Netflorist! The go-to site for every season and reason already have their festive menu of gifts up and running. And they’re really designed to be individual and special. From personalised cheese-boards, beautifully wrapped chocolates and wines to plush bath and body products, there are really good quality gifts to choose from. PS: no one can re-gift a personalized gown #justsaying K TIP: If you don’t want anyone to know you ordered online, have Netflorirst deliver to you directly. The stocking filler From Christmas cookie cutters to cards and Nomu festive spice, Yuppiechef really brings the heat when it comes to stocking fillers. Of course, while you’re at it, you can pick out other cool gifts for those friends with a penchant for cooking or stock up on some lovely crockery and cutlery if you are having people over for a meal this festive season. K TIP: If all else fails, it’s always a treat to receive a yuppiechef voucher. TIP2: If you are having gifts delivered to people out of town, you can request a handwritten card for that personal little touch.

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The last-minute grocery dash So, you’ve left Christmas lunch prep to the last minute and the idea of people bumping into your ankles with heavy trolley carts is enough to make you want to order pizzas instead. But that won’t go down well with the in-laws. Whether you need mince pies, gammon or table décor, you can’t go wrong with Woolies online. K TIP: The website also has cool recipes for extra convenience. Try the Christmas cake trifle! But if you must shop at the mall, here are some tips on how not to have a meltdown  Most important for the sake of your sanity, do not shop with the kids! They will slow you down and nag the hell out of you.   Shop as much in advance as you possibly can on weekdays in the morning.  Avoid weekends. T  ake advantage of the festive season extended shopping hour at most malls. T  ry the lesser known/smaller malls where possible. Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •



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Wood Sage and Sea Salt candle, R895. Available from Jo Malone.

GHD Platinum + gift set, RRP R3300. Available from GHD and select hair salons.

Bobby Brown Luxe Lip Colour in Retro Red, R525. Available from Edgars.

Spot Pyjama Set, R999. Available from Woolworths.


for her

Finding the perfect gift for that stylish woman in your life isn’t easy, and that’s why we’ve rounded up our favourite chic gifts that will make any fashionista swoon. Abby Short Sleeve Tee, R999. available from Tommy Hilfiger and Spree. Gigi Hadid Cat-Eye Sunglasses Dark Brown, R1590. Available from Spree.

Kelvin Klein Lace Triangle Bralette, R800. Available from Edgars.

Joy Collectables Transparent Shopper Bag, R349. Available from Spree.

Geo Statement Earrings, R150. Available from Me&B. Friday Suede Heels, R1399. Available from Steve Madden and Zando. Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Polaroid Printer, R4499. Available from Superbalist.


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Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist 125ml, R280. Available from the Body Shop.


Trefoil Cap, R299. Available from Adidas.

Bodum Chambord French Press, R599. Available from Cape Coffee Beans.

Nike Air Max 270 PRM, R2499. Available from Nike and Superbalist.

Tommy for Men Eau de Cologne Spray, R560 – R1 040. Available from Edgars.

Gentleman Jack Whiskey, R350. Available from bottle stores nationwide.

Irony Chrono Rouge De Beienne Watch, R1890. Available from Swatch and Bellaluna.

Cufflinks, R454. Available from Jenna Clifford


Apple Wireless AirPods, R2799. Available from Istore and Incredible Connection.

for him

We know guys are the hardest to shop for! So, we’ve made it easy, try out one of these gifts that will surely get Mr Cool a little flustered.

Clinton Bag, R6, 999. Available from Marlboro Originals.

L’oreal Barber Club Long Beard and Skin Oil, R169. Available from Superbalist.

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Nintendo Switch Console, R5899.

L.O.L Surprise Puzzle Ball, R149.

Cotton On Mini Scrunchies, R49.

My Little Pony Singing Rainbow Dash, R549.

Disney Stunt and Skill McQueen, R459.

The Lego Movie The Joker Balloon Escape, R249.

Character Fashion Barbie Purse, R99.

Blindfolded Twister, R450.


for kiddies

It’s the most exciting time of the year for the little ones, so make all their dreams come true with these. FurReal Ricky, R2 999.

Character Fashion Paw Patrol Watch and Wallet Set, R139.

HX X2S6.5 Hoverboard, R3 999.

Cotton On Billy Boyleg Swim trunks, R149. Kurio-Tab Connect, R1 999.

Blue Taylor All Star Pull Zip, R699.


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Christmas on the Corner

Join us on 10 & 11 November for our annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Photos with Santa, kids activities and our very own bespoke Christmas Gift market.

Saturday 10 November 10am – 3pm

Tree lighting at 12pm with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Photos with Santa Kids Activities Christmas Gift Market

Sunday 11 November 10am – 3pm

Photos with Santa Kids Activities Christmas Gift Market

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HOW TO NOT GO BROKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Avoid going into the red with our hacks to help you save cash.

Oh, the holidays. The parties, the songs, the negative number in your bank account. 'Tis the season to spend, spend, spend! As much as we all love mince pies, Michael Bublé’s albums and bottomless glasses of baileys, unless you get a 13th cheque (we’re so happy for you), you’ll agree that this time of the year can be stressful –because when you add it all up,

Don’t buy new clothes for every party


Start festive shopping now What was it that Oasis sang? “Little by little, you’ll get all the Christmas shopping you wanted” – or something like that. What we’re trying to get at is that although it might seem a little early to start festive shopping, by buying a few things every week between now and the actual shopping season, you’ll be able to keep track of what you’re buying and stay on top of your Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

finances without it coming as a huge shock all at once.

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We know, we know – when you’re attending a bunch of parties with overlapping guests, it’s tempting to go out and buy a ton of new outfits, but instead, try to just accessorise a few staple pieces. A little black dress or classic suit, for example, is something you can wear to every party on your holiday calendar because you can dress it up and down in so many different ways.

Avoid the ‘shopping momentum effect’ Yup, it’s a real thing. You know that natural high you get when you buy something? A study by Yale and Stanford researchers label it as the ‘shopping momentum effect’. For us shopaholics, buying just one thing can spiral into a serious spree. To avoid this, simply take a break after a purchase. Or, if you’re shopping online, step away from the computer! Embrace your baking and making urges Stop being a snob (seriously!) and DIY it up. Taking pride in buying presents isn’t a bad thing, but don’t feel like you’re going to be judged entirely on the price tag of whatever

you’re gifting. Sometimes the best presents are homemade, thoughtful things, so why not use your talents to make gifts for the family? Simply search for homemade gifts on Pinterest and you’ll get thousands of fabulous

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Consider a cashback credit card With a cashback credit card, you get a percentage (usually 5%) back with every

purchase you make. In other words, your shopping instantly becomes cheaper without even looking at a discount code. Just make sure you set up a debit order to pay it in full every month, otherwise, you could be paying up to 23% back in interest, which makes the 5% saving look measly!

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it’s super-expensive – but it doesn’t always have to be.

shopping Shop, play and dine in true festive style!


learwater Mall is a mall like no other with a retractable roof opening onto a cobblestoned Piazza surrounded by delectable restaurants and coffee shops. The open roof creates an al fresco feel in the middle of the centre allowing for sunny breakfasts and lunches and moonlit dinners at night time. A typical day at the mall would include a meal at one of the thirty restaurants or eateries after which shopping is a dream with more than 230 upmarket shops to pop into offering the latest fashion trends. Although the mall is a fashionista’s dream, Clearwater Mall is still a destination for the whole family with world-class shopping on the one side and excellent entertainment on the other making it the premier shopping destination in the North West suburbs of Johannesburg.


Visit the friendly, helpful team at the guest relations desk at entrance 2 for assistance with parking tickets, wheelchairs, information on shops or to get directions or updates on events and competitions happening at the mall. Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

Clearwater Mall is open until late for your shopping convenience: Mondays to Thursdays: 9h00 - 19h00 Fridays: 9h00 - 21h00 Saturdays and public holidays: 9h00 - 19h00 Sundays: 9h00 - 17h00

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Shopping hours will be extended from 15th to the 23rd of December, with shops open until 9 pm.

Freddy Jeans It's time to experience the Perfect Fit. Imported from Italy, the exclusive WR.UP® technology enhances your curves in a natural way through a shaping and embracing action on your bottoms, thighs and waist thanks to the patented silicon strips, ultra-light silicon membrane and special seems. Everything perfectly mixes and matches with the softness and comfort of jersey cotton. Freddy is a powerful shaping brand that focuses on highlighting your curves and silhouette, no matter your ethnicity, age or shape. Freddy has the perfect fit for every South African body. Join Freddy in-store for your custom fitting and let one of their excellent styling consultants help you find your perfect fit! Once tried on, the result will be so incredible that you will never want to turn back! Visit Freddy Clearwater Mall or find your closest Freddy branch today. You can find Freddy on the ground level close to entrance 2. 1 m 010 612-6509

The mall has optional trading hours on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with only a selected few open on these holidays. The mall offers loads of free, fun activities for the kids, photos with Santa and free gifts on offer during the festive season. Beautiful décor to spread the festive mood as well as a light garden at entrance 2. Visit 1 for news and updates on new stores, competitions and events. Tenants that joined the Clearwater Mall Family in 2018 l From the Ashes Tattoos & Body piercings Entrance 5 l DMF – Upper Level next to Mr Price Sport l Mattress Gallery – Entrance 8 l Indy Kart Indoor Go Karting – Entrance 3 basement parking l Falco Milano Kiosk – Entrance 5

Krijgers Studio Kiosk – Entrance 7 STA Travel – Entrance 4 Sorbet Man – Upper Level opposite Sorbet Brow Architect – Entrance 3 HP – Entrance 2 Anat – Piazza. Opening end October

The Clearwater management team wishes all their customers and tenants a happy, healthy,

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Europa Art Shoes OMG! Shoes, shoes and more shoes, what is a day without shoe shopping?? – A boring one. Europa Art has been associated with stylish shoes and accessories and statements of luxury, craftsmanship and quality since 1973. Shopping at a Europa Art store is an unparalleled experience; with a professional team trained to fit your feet, and advise you on styles suited to your personal preference, purpose and purse-strings; you will be able to walk out of the store with confidence and satisfaction. Hot off the heels of Hollywood, get the look with their designer women’s shoe brands and super stylish creations, as worn by the trendsetters of Tinseltown. From the office to the outdoors, dinner to the dancefloor, Europa Art has the perfect pair to take you from day to night, smart to casual, simple to stylish, and sexy to smouldering hot with a host of designer shoes. Collaborating with South African fashion designers on shows that display their designer collections, Europa Art is the essence of haute couture and the perfect partner to pair with. From the runway to the shoot, to the set, to the street, these shoes and accessories, partnered with international brands are the epitome of style. Visit Europa Art on the ground floor close to entrance 3 m 011 679 5147

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Doppio Zero Made popular by its freshly made artisan ciabatta and exclusive bakery, the constant aroma of baking is impossible to ignore as you walk past the store. Your eyes will always be met by friendly staff as well as the restaurant’s earthy natural feel which boasts rustic colours and a relaxed yet elegant ambience as you walk in. What is the definition of their name you might ask? Double Zero (00) is a grading of the finest milled flour used to make pizza, pasta and confectionery. They use "Farina 00" to make their famous gourmet pizzas. Just when you thought you have ticked all the boxes and tasted every meal on the menu they surprise you as they often revisit their menus with some fresh ideas and seasonal ingredients. Doppio Zero is the perfect place for a breakfast, a business meeting, lunch, a quick healthy snack, or just because everyone deserves a piece of cake every now and then! Find Doppio Zero in the piazza on the ground floor. m 010 591 2129 1 Tea Merchant The Tea Merchant in Clearwater Mall offers a unique tea drinking experience for all those tea lovers and others who are embarking on a healthy path to summer. With teas like Japanese Cherry Blossom, Pineapple Peach and Black Forrest Cherry your senses will be elevated to new levels of pleasure. A wide range of teapots and accessories are available for any style of tea drinking.Fresh green teas and blends of herbal teas are available in handy reuseable prepacked containers or by the gram. The Tea Merchant can assist new tea drinkers on a tea journey that can last for years. With over 100 different teas available even the most exotic pallets can discover something new to try. With lots of gifting opportunities the ability to give something to those that “have it all’ becomes a breeze. With a selection of teas ready to taste on any day of the week a quick pop in could become an eventful experience. Our friendly staff are always available to advise on any aspect of our teas. Visit Tea Merchant on the upper level m 011 675 7699

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Looking ahead to 2019, Clearwater mall will continue to bring you exciting fashion brands and open new stores. Join them on social media and stay up to date with what’s new at the mall and all the great competitions and giveaways planned for the New Year. Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

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celebration No more Festive Fear Say goodbye to those ̒awkward office ʼ end of year parties! Most people have mixed feelings when it comes to the end of the year company festive function. Yes, there is usually free food and booze (except for the penny-pinching companies where there isn’t) but seeing as though you work with the same group of people day in and day out, do you really want to have massages together or spend the day bonding as a big group on an overpaid corporate team build exercise? We don’t think so. None-the-less, people do look forward to a shindig of sorts. So, here’s a couple of suggestions of what really makes a good end of year function.


VENUE When you work long hours, all year round at the same desk in the same office next to the same guy who chews like a three-wattled bellbird at 100 decibels, it’s hard to associate the place with fun and festive cheer. So, if there’s one thing you take from this when it comes to the venue, take your team out somewhere Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

different. It immediately says, that you really do want people to have a good time rather than a quick drink and snack and head back to their desks. And seeing as though Joburg is gearing up for summer holidays and everyone loves a balcony or a porch, take it outside, maybe somewhere with a view. It sets the tone for a good afternoon or evening out. Our Suggestion: Everyone is raving about the latest addition to Bolton Road in Rosebank – A Street Bar Named Desire. The tapas restaurant and bar has room upstairs or downstairs so it can really accommodate a nice big group or a bunch of smaller groups. This place is going to be popular this year so book early! But it’s not the only venue either. From The Westcliff Hotel pool deck, Ferguson’s on 5th rooftop restaurant in Illovo or the spacious Milk Bar, you are spoiled for choice in Mzansi. Just plan in advance to avoid disappointment. 1 1 1 1

THE BAR Cut the circus acts and let people chill out. No one is really in the mood for miniature golf. Truth be told, people want to sit back, relax and have a nice cold drink on the above-mentioned balcony with a view. If you do happen to go with a venue that doesn’t have a bar (check with the venue before-hand if you can bring booze) then make sure to get the professionals in for drinks in the sun. It’s as easy a phone call. PS: don’t forget some mocktails for the non-tipplers too. Our Suggestion: Thirst Bar Services, the mobile bar company can really handle the task at hand. They also offer a funky icecream bar and coffee station if you want to up the ante even more. 1 THE FOOD Make sure you feed people well to avoid a “hangry” crowd. Again you can go with the in-house catering of the venue you select or bring some food in. This is not a cooking show or a dinner party. No one wants to eat tiny bite-size dishes of things they can’t pronounce. Go with something substantial like burgers or pizzas. Our Suggestion: A food truck is a really cool idea and easy to organize. If you are

celebration Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

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stuck for ideas, start with these. Balkan Burgers: for the most insane Serbian cheeseburger. 1 Brohemian: the mobile wood-fired pizza truck. E @BrohemianPizza THE ENTERTAINMENT At an office party, people want to be entertained rather than be the entertainment. Karaoke (a personal favourite) might be better suited for a bachelorette party. Most people in the office really aren’t that keen to sing off-key in front of their colleagues. If you do want to have some entertainment, let it be just that. Something cool that your team can rave about. Our Suggestions: People like to name-drop and make their friends a little envious. If budget allows, get a cool local band or muso for the afternoon. Why not ask them for a special rate for your company party? Nothing ventured, nothing gained right? If all else feels, a reasonable DJ with a nice mix of tunes is just as good. THE TRANSPORT This one’s important! You want your team to have a good time and have a few drinks.

Most people will shy away from the alcohol if they know they have to drive later on. Making transport options available to your team tells them that you really do care and you really do want everyone to have a nice time. Our Suggestion: Chat to Uber to make a plan or order some shuttles. There really are a bunch of options. Let your colleagues know ahead of the time so they can make a plan. If you go for something like Sober Chauffeur, then people can arrive in their own cars. With Uber, it may be a better idea for people to leave their cars at the office or at home. 1 1 THE GIMMICKS Make the day a little bit more significant with a few words of thanks to your team. Maybe give out a few awards for the best sale of the year or deal (depending on the nature of your business). Our Suggestion: This is also a great opportunity for any personal congratulations if someone’s tying the knot or having a baby. At the end of the day, most of us are still very much in the business of people.

Have fun!

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Festive Nightlife

The festive season is always something to look forward to and this year is no different. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks for celebrating the end of the year in the best way possible.

Make sure to add these to you festive nightlife itinerary!


BUBBLY BARS FOR NEW YEARS Altitude Supper Club and Champagne Garden at the Sun International Times Square Casino promise to keep the bubbly flowing over the festive season. It’s a trendy If you are looking for a venue where you can peacefully celebrate with family and friends venue located at the upper level of the Times while enjoying the top cuisine, an impressive Square Casino with one of the best views view and exceptional entertainment, The of the Menlyn Maine precinct and Pretoria. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff They boast a top-level wine, vodka, gin and Johannesburg has the perfect solution. Their whiskey collection and you’re bound to rub View Restaurant offers a 6-course dinner on Christmas Eve with the Soweto Choir as enter- shoulders with the who’s who of Pretoria here. tainment. The combination of the incredible Time Square, 209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn panoramic views of Johannesburg, creative 012 003 6186 avant-garde cuisine and world-class entertain1 ment should be quite a treat. This special experience costs R1950 per person, excluding beverages and bookings are required. Muse Champagne Room at Fairlawns 67 Jan Smuts Ave, Westcliff Boutique Hotel & Spa is another option 011 481 6000 if something more intimate is what you’re 1 looking for. They have collaborated with the French Champagne House, Perrier-Jouët, and Hemingway’s Restaurant at the Leriba with the adjoining Courtyard serving an eclecHotel in Centurion promises a lovely New Year’s Eve dinner to celebrate the old and tic range of designer cocktails and a signature welcome the new. At R495 per person, you’ll Casse-Croȗte menu, it is the perfect place for be able to enjoy a festive dinner at this lovely a celebration. venue. 1 Alma Rd, Wendywood, Sandton 245 End St, Clubview, Centurion 011 808 7300 012 660 3300 1 1 Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

DANCE INTO THE NEW YEAR Head for some club options like Truth Nightclub. Situated in the old snake park in Midrand, Truth is synonymous with dance, rhythm and a good vibe and your New Years Eve party will be nothing but out of this world. It is a multi-floor nightclub with both indoor and outdoor spaces. 0D Old Pretoria Rd, Halfway House, Midrand 011 315 9295 1 Randlords is one of the ultimate venues for celebration in Johannesburg. Open to the public only for certain events, be sure to keep them in mind for your new year celebrations. It floats high above Jozi with floor to ceiling and wall to wall glass, offering the most superb views of the city. They will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve party on 31 December. South Point Towers, 41 De Korte St 011 403 1833 1 Whether you are one for intimate dinners, fun-filled evenings with loud music and dancing, sophisticated champagne sipping or staying at home, this year’s festive and New Year celebrations will be anything but ordinary.

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DINING FOR DAYS The festive season always goes hand in hand with dining for days. It starts with Christmas Eve and only ends well into the new year.

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Only one thing matters over the holiday period no matter your religious or secular inclination; socializing. And this can potentially become a very expensive exercise. So, here’s some ideas on how to navigate those social nuances without kicking off the New Year in debt counselling. Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

Bubble wise: You don’t need a bottle of Dom Perignon or Moët for this get-together. In fact, if you plan to put OJ into either of the above get a nice bottle of Pongracz from between R120 – R150 at your nearest Solly Kramers and if you opt for the rosé, then you could even forgo the juice. The rest: Pick up the juice and fruit at your local supermarket. If you really want to save a bit more, then go for the whole fruit as opposed to pre-cut.

Bring and braai for the couple friends who’ve been promising to get together for months What you will need:

A home with a braai, meat, salads, rolls and drinks. Dessert - optional. Divide and conquer: We’re pretty sure that during the course of the year, you went to at least one wedding if not more. As did your mates. And it’s highly likely you’ve all been promising to catch up since then. Now’s as good a time as ever for that long overdue braai and the best part is that everyone can chip in and share the load.

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The meat: The Sloane Meat Market has an extensive variety of products and offers great specials when you buy in bulk. Sloane Park Shopping Centre, corner Sloane and William Nicol drive SPREAD THE LOVE A real festive champion spreads out the cheer for maximum bonding with friends and family. Sure, a big summer pool braai or pre-Christmas lunch with 50 people gets the job done in one go but it’s also impersonal to a degree and heavy on the pocket. Not to mention the mission that is the clean up the following day. Spending time in smaller groups lets you really connect with the people closest to you and manage budgets optimally. Here are some meaningful and economic ways to connect with your peeps this festive season.

Mimosas for breakfast with your closest girlfriends at the pool. What you will need: For a group of five to six people, you need about four bottles of bubbles and four litres of orange juice (and even that is generous).

Meat on Grant: Whether you want a spit braai or oldfashioned boerie and chicken flattie, Meat on Grant can cater a real feast from R160 – R190 per person– check out the extensive list of salads and sides too. 59 Grant Ave, Norwood Alternatively, the nearest supermarket. You are bound to find a braai pack and a myriad of other specials in your local grocery store at this time of the year. The bread: Get to a Pick n Pay bakery mid-morning on a Saturday! If you go too early the fresh bread and rolls won’t be ready and if you go after lunch, you’ll miss the good stuff. For those with a sweet tooth: Ice-cream and hot, chocolate sauce is always a winner. All you need is a tub of vanilla icecream, some cream and a few bar ones.

Easy lunching for the family

What you will need: A family you like and a good dose of perspective. Just because it’s the festive season, doesn’t mean you have to be all fancy when your folks and extended family come over. And if you care that your mother-in-law is judging you because you haven’t flown in an Italian chef, then don’t invite her or grow a pair and tell her to sit down.


A fruit cocktail is also a nice option. Throw in some fruit or pastries for the girls to munch and lay down a few towels and pillows at the edge of the pool. It’s your very own boutique hotel girl’s brunch!

Foolproof the menu: How wrong can you go with a big homemade pasta dish and a delicious fresh salad? You probably have most of the ingredients in the cupboard anyway and even if you don’t, this should be the kind of meal you can make out of the cupboard. Worst case scenario, you may need to run to the grocery store for a couple of extras. Chips and dips: Most people fill up on good old-fashioned salt and vinegar chips and dip at a family lunch. Also, it’s more than appropriate to ask family members to bring these items which will save you the hassle of securing them anyway. Pasta: Unless you’ve been banting lately, you should have a couple of bags in the pantry. Chopped tins of tomato: 98% chance you have two or more tins that have been sitting there since the last time you had the family over. Garlic, olive oil, onions, salt, pepper and onion: It’s a given. Olives/chickpeas/feta/parmesan/ capers: Touch and go in some kitchens but a staple in others. There is bound to be at least one of these items in your pantry to add a little pizzazz to your dish. Choice of protein: Freezer or grocery store. Alternatively, order a variety of big delicious pasta dishes from Super Sconto Italian Food Centre #YUM. Then make sure you invite your mother in law and hide the packaging. Corner 5th Street Tirren House 169, 171 Louis Botha Ave, Orange Grove The truth is the people who love you the most want to catch up and see you and that could be over a cup of coffee or a beer on your porch. Keep it simple this festive season and in doing so, keep it real. For more tips on how to save in all other ways this festive season make sure to check out page 22. Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •




AT PARC FERME From business lunches, to baby showers, to bachelorettes, to private dinners. We have the perfect space to make any event memorable.









Enquire about our year-end function options Convenient Parking available at Michelangelo Towers

Luncheon Join us for some holiday cheer

Menu New York bread baskets on the tables

Cold selection



West coast oysters, steamed white wine mussels, smoked salmon Selection of cured meats, chargrilled vegetables and olives

Salad selection


Roasted butternut, with walnuts and parmesan Traditional Caesar salad Tomato, basil and bocconcini Green salad with radish and shallot vinaigrette

Hot selection


Roasted turkey with cranberry and hazelnut stuffing Slow roasted beef sirloin with fresh herbs Baked gammon with mustard and orange glaze topped with pork crackling Steamed seasonal vegetables tossed in butter Confit baby potatoes drizzled with aioli Savoury rice with mushrooms and quinoa



Baked New York Cheese cake Pavlova with chantilly cream and fresh fruits Caramel mousse Bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise South African cheese selection

Pre-bookings essential

For bookings go to: Contact Naidene Cary on 011 292 7000 Office Hours or | Maximillien Restaurant, Upper Level, Legacy Corner Mall, Corner 5th and Maude Street, Sandton




FIRST COURSE By Chef Grant van der Riet from Luce

the ultimate four-course dinner!

What’s better than enjoying a gourmet chef-inspired menu in the comfort of your home? Nothing! We’ve gathered our favourite Jozi chefs’ recipes for the ultimate at-home festive feast – bon appétit!


Frutti di Mare Serves 1 INGREDIENTS 2 Prawns 21/26 2 Clams 2 Mussels 9 Squid tentacles 1 Scallop without roe 350ml White wine 50ml Extra virgin olive oil 1 Garlic clove Pinch Maldon sea salt Pinch coarse black pepper A squeeze of half a lemon 5 Baby spinach leaves METHOD Soak the clams in cold water for 15 minutes or until they open by themselves (don’t force them open), devein the prawns and rinse under cold water. Chop up garlic finely and put in a bowl with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place a small pot on a hot stove and pour in the white wine and bring to boil. Place the clams and the mussels in a colander small enough to place in the pot but be careful not to submerge the shellfish. Steam for one minute but be careful not to overcook. Once tender remove. Place a frying pan over heat and pour two tablespoons of oil in – make sure the oil is hot. Place prawns in the pan frying at a medium to high heat, turn over once pink and continue frying the other side. Remove from heat once cooked. Next fry scallop till lightly golden and turn over but be careful not to overcook. Next fry the squid tentacles for 10 seconds on a high heat then remove. Once all is cooked drizzle with garlic oil dressing and season to taste.


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“Stepping into a kitchen for the first time at 14 years old I knew that this is what I’d be doing for the rest of my life and that I'd give it my heart. Finishing school, I then went on to study at Prue Leith and it was there that I had a taste of what my life would be like – and man did I enjoy it”


SECOND COURSE By Chef Shayne Holt from Parliament Smoked Lamb Ribs Serves 1 METHOD Get your butcher to cut you some nice meaty lamb ribs and get your Weber ready for low, indirect heat. Soak some wood chips in water so they smoulder when you put them on the coals and not flame. Rub the ribs with your choice of spice (we use coriander seeds, paprika, dried mint, smoked salt and pepper) - get creative! Make sure the temperature is at a steady 120 degrees celsius and place your lamb ribs on the grid on indirect heat over a drip tray of water (water on the bottom grid). Drain the wood chips and throw a few on the coals and watch the smoke plume! close the lid, close the vents to half way and get ready for a three-hour wait. Check the heat and smoke occasionally: add a coal or two to keep the temperature steady, add some more wood chips to keep the smoke going (if you like it super smokey, you know what to do - we've found a mild smoke works best for our guests). Right, while this is all happening, cut some cherry tomatoes in half, season with salt and pepper and olive oil, place cut side up in a tray and in your oven at the lowest heat you can for the same three hours. We actually do this overnight at 50 degrees at the restaurant so they get really dehydrated and chewy! Voila - you now have oven dried tomatoes - you can adjust how dehydrated you like them by tweaking the cooking time. Next, find the best Kalamata olives you can and pop out the pips. Lastly, fresh mint sauce. This is nothing like that jelly gloop you buy in store but rather more vinaigrette and vibrant! Take a bunch of mint and chop it up finely. Put that in a small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of castor sugar to the same bowl. Add 60ml of boiling water and stir to let the sugar dissolve. Then add 60 ml of good white wine vinegar and let it all cool. Fresh mint sauce - sorted. Now that your ribs are smokey, delicious, a little chewy but by no means tough, blast them over the coals for some nice grill marks and put them on a platter. Sprinkle over your oven-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives and a few fresh mint leaf tips (got to make it look good). Finally, at the table and in front of your guests, drizzle over your fresh mint sauce - when that hits the hot lamb they'll do one of 2 things: cry with delight or be very rude and dive in before you've given them permission.

“I remember getting into food through cooking channels when I was in London. TV chef ’s told me I could cook just as well as anyone and I believed them. I’m sure along the way, some of my poor dinner subjects would disagree but by trial and error and mistake and experiment, I’ve managed to become some semblance of a self-taught chef. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. All my restaurants share the same approach: good ingredients done simply; less is more.”

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MAIN COURSE By Chef Sean Ackerman from Radical Foods

Thai Butternut Curry INGREDIENTS 200 gr-2cm cubed butternut 1 Punnet patty pans thickly sliced 1 Punnet medium baby marrows thick sliced 1 Punnet small white mushrooms thick sliced 1 Punnet baby corn quartered ¼ Cup salted cashews or peanuts chopped ½ Cup pearl barley 2 Tins coconut cream 1 Big bunch coriander 1 Bunch curly parsley 3 Cloves garlic cleaned 2 Tbsp grated ginger 10 Green chilli's 10 Lime leaves 2 Stalks lemongrass 1 Lime juiced 100ml Canola oil 1 Tsp salt 2 Large red onion METHOD: Add the stalks and half the coriander leaves with parsley, garlic, ginger, chillies, lime leaves, chopped lemongrass, lime juice, half red onion chopped and salt to a blender and start to blend and add the oil slowly until a thick smooth paste is made. In a pot heat some oil and add the rest of the chopped onion and fry off till soft. Add two tablespoons of your green curry paste and fry. Add the coconut cream and pearl barley cook for 10 min. Add the butternut and after 10mins add the other ingredients. Be careful not to overcook the veg as you want firm vegetables. Garnish with leftover chopped coriander leaves and chopped cashews. Serve with steamed rice.


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“My new restaurant, Ceremony will be opening on the first of December this year. Ceremony will be a vegetarian/ vegan buffet-style eatery similar to Leafy Greens. It will share space at Soulutionary with an esoteric bookshop, crystal and shamanic stores. The vision of Soulutionary is to offer spiritually minded persons a space to recharge and reconnect on all levels.”

17g Black Jack** For The Syrup: 500g brown sugar 500g water

Christmas Cake Serves 8 - 10 people

METHOD Place mixed fruit, cherries, brown sugar, margarine and water in a medium-sized pot and cook until fruits are swollen, then remove from heat. Then add ginger, cinnamon and baking soda into the hot fruit mixture. Allow the hot fruit mixture to then cool before

By Chef Martin Ferreira from Café Patisse

INGREDIENTS For the sponge: 833g Mixed Fruit 183g Cherries 333g Sugar 167g Margarine 333g Water 7g Ginger 13g Cinnamon 13g Baking Soda 400g Cake Flour 200g Eggs

mixing the flour quantity until combined. Gradually add eggs into the batter followed by the black jack*. Add mixture into a greased tin and bake at 170°c for 90 minutes with no fan. In a saucepan, boil brown sugar and water quantities to create a simple syrup. Use the simple syrup as a feeder for the cake for the next 3 days.



NOTE: *Black jack is the method of taking sugar to 169’c.

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“We currently operate two retail outlets, in Greenside, and Morningside. If it is a high tea, a celebration, or just a quick bite with coffee, we will have the chocolate or tiramisu tart, opera or cremeux that you are looking for. For those peeps who need stylish and beautiful gluten-free options. Yes, we have beautiful cakes for you too!!”

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Cocktails by Thirst Bar Services


Glass: Antique Mar tini Method: Pre-chill the antique mar tini glass with ice. Place all the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously, until the tin is frozen. Discard the ice from the pre-chilled glass, pour the ingredients using a hawthorn strainer into the glass. Top with prosecco and Garnish.

POMEGRANATE/VANILLA SPRITZ GRAPEFRUIT AND ROSEMARY SPRITZ Glass: Speakeasy Wine or Wine Glass Method: Pre-chill speakeasy wine or wine glass with ice. Place all the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously, until the tin is frozen. Discard the ice from the pre-chilled glass, pour the ingredients using a hawthorn strainer into the glass. Top with prosecco and garnish.

Ingredients: 50 ml Tanqueray 10 25ml elderflower cordial 15ml pear puree or pear juice 15ml cold pressed lemon juice Top Prosecco

Ingredients: 50ml pomegranate/vanilla infused vodka 15ml freshly pressed pomegranate juice 12.5ml pomegranate cordial 12.5ml cold pressed lemon juice Top Prosecco

Garnish: Pear fan and mint sprig

Garnish: Orange zest and edible flowers

Glass: Coupe – pre-chilled with cubed ice Method: Pre-chill the coupe glass with ice. Place all the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously, until the tin is frozen. Discard the ice from the pre-chilled glass, pour the ingredients using a hawthorn strainer into the glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish. Ingredients: 35ml Star of Bombay Gin 15ml elderflower cordial 12.5ml cold pressed lemon juice 5ml blue curacao 50ml litchi Juice Top Prosecco Garnish: Lemon Zest

Pomegranate Vanilla Spritz Pear Elderfower Spritz


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Glass: Coupe – pre-chilled with cubed ice Method: Pre-chill the coupe glass with ice. Place all the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously, until the tin is frozen. Discard the ice from the pre-chilled glass, pour the ingredients using a hawthorn strainer into the glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish. Ingredients: 35ml Star of Bombay Gin 15ml elderflower cordial 12.5ml cold pressed lemon juice 5ml blue curacao 50ml litchi Juice Top Prosecco


Glass: Antique wine or standard wine glass. Method: Pour all the ingredients into the glass filled with cubed, stir until all the ingredients are combined together. Top with Prosecco and garnish Ingredients: 50ml Tanqueray London dry 15ml elderflower cordial 12.5ml cold pressed lemon juice top Prosecco Garnish: Edible flower

Garnish: Lemon zest

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Grapefruit and Rosemary Spritz

Elderfower Fizz Thirst: 2 Chadwick Ave, Wynberg Sandton m 011 444 9401 1

Cloud 9 spritz

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Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Trio, R495.

Just launched Azzaro Pour Elle Eau de Toilette, R950.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Metallic Lipcolor in HD Flare, R185.


LUST LIST The festive edition!

Can you believe it; the cheerful season is upon us! We’ve rounded up our most fabulous, festive and freshest beauty buys for 2018. P.S they make fabulous stocking fillers!

Vichy Purifying Pore-tightening Lotion, R195.

Skin Oil from Africa, R74. la prairie Skin Caviar luxe cream, RRSP R7400.

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Ideal for sun sensitive skin! Heliocare Ultra Capsules, R 450.

Hydration hero! Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex, R299.

Optiphi Active Lip Formula, R393.

Team Dr Joseph intense moisturizing mask, R500.

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With the festive season kicking off, the temptation for our healthy habits to slide is both alive and alluring.

Set your favourite song as your alarm Set your favourite power song as your alarm to wake up to in the morning. By this, we mean a song that lifts your mood and energy levels – one that will help you resist hitting the snooze button and get you pumped to jump out of bed and start the day.


Learn to say ‘no’ Through the festive season, there will be loads of events, from office drinks and Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

social gatherings to family affairs and parties with friends. Be selective about the events you choose to attend and don’t feel guilty declining invites to ones that aren’t important to you. The holiday season should be a time to rejuvenate, rest and restore. You don’t want to enter the new year feeling exhausted and depleted! Never go back for seconds This might sound like a small change, but it will go a long way. Never go back for a second helping, no matter how tasty the buffet is. The more mindful you are, the less likely you’ll be to overeat. So, eat slowly and savour every mouthful! If you’re able to choose your food, don’t stop yourself from eating anything – just make sure the proportions of healthy eats are bigger than the unhealthy options. Drink lots of water on a night out When you’re out with your friends and they’re offering to buy you drinks, it can be difficult to say no. You don’t have to though – simply ask for a sparkling water with some lemon instead. It might not be

quite as refreshing as a gin-and-tonic, but you’ll avoid consuming unnecessary calories (not to mention wake up feeling fresh AF the next day). Or, you can always fall back on the “tomorrow is a big day and I need to be on form” excuse. Train for 15 minutes every day Set aside a minimum of 15 minutes a day for working out. It can be walking, running, yoga, HIIT, anything! On the days that you really can’t fit in a 15-minute training session, still, try to exercise for at least a few minutes to shake up your metabolism. Otherwise, schedule in a short 5-minute meditation session to slow down your breathing and focus on your body. Adapt your exercise routine Your normal training schedule is probably totally unrealistic over the festive season. For example, if you usually have a four-day routine, you should consider switching to something like one treadmill hill sprint session and one full body weight session a week. Think about what gives you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to training and focus on that.

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The smell of freshly baked mince pies straight out the oven. The chocolate baubles hanging from the Christmas tree. The bottles of Prosecco lining the fridge door. The festive season is undoubtedly the most magical time of the year, but it’s also the most glutinous, booze-filled and, let’s be honest, exhausting period in the summer calendar. So, here are our top tips for staying healthy during the holidays.

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‘TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING A chance to give back this festive season

When it comes to the festive season, many of us abide by the social norm of providing a gift in anticipation of receiving one based on century-old traditions. But in the current economy - formally labelled a technical recession and characterized by escalating costs of living and a dire need for humanitarian aid for many – are there not better ways to ‘give’ this festive season?

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very year we receive gifts which will inevitably be re-gifted and the challenge is remembering who gave it in the first place to avoid the embarrassment of returning it to sender unknowingly. Whilst for children the magic of the festive season is the belief in the imaginary and the wonder of surprise – for us adults, there is magic to be found in the ability to make a difference in someone else’s life through the simple act of giving. And we don’t mean presents. This holiday period, we encourage you to consider making a donation to a charity on behalf of someone who you would normally have bought a gift for. Whilst the amount may seem insignificant, when you add up the value of all the individual gifts you would have bought, you will be able to make a sizeable difference in the lives of those for whom the festive season is just another month of fighting for survival.

Donating is also an amazing way to teach children about the importance of giving back to others and there are a number of initiatives which you can do with your children to really make them feel part of the process: 1. Santa Shoebox Project – this initiative provides underprivileged children with a gift, which they otherwise would not receive. You pledge a box (or many) which need to include some standard hygiene items (ie toothbrush, facecloth etc) as well as toy and educational supplies dependent on the child’s age and gender. Sign up and pledge a box at: K 2. Rare Diseases South Africa (RDSA) – this NPO aids patients and families affected by rare conditions. Whilst independently they are rare, collectively they are common with statistics indicating one in ten South Africans are affected. By purchasing a Rare Bear for donation from

RDSA not only will you be providing a patient with a companion for hospital visits, but you will also be providing employment for the ladies at Kya-Kids who hand make these as part of an upliftment program. Visit K for more info. 3. Santa Cause for Paws – for those who support animal charities, this is an amazing initiative which provides care packs for dogs and cats who will be spending the festive season in a shelter. They also include a few mandatory items (food and blankets) as well as extras depending on whether it’s a cat or dog, puppy or kitten (such as toys and treats). Pledge a box and find your closest drop off point at: K There is a sense of self-pride and and humility that comes from knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life and the festive season is the perfect time to bring happiness to others - and the person on who’s behalf you made the donation. Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •


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ADVENTURE TIME Kick your bucket list to the curb and try these instead!

The weather's great, spirits are high and there’s a certain sense of excitement in the air! Make the most of the holiday season with our top five leisure activities! GET ON YOUR BIKE Discover the city from a new perspective! Johannesburg is one of the world’s most treed cities, and one of the biggest man-made forests in the world so there’s no shortage of scenic green spaces to enjoy a bike ride. For a scenic trail, try the Modderfontein Reserve. This peaceful, privately managed 275-hectare reserve is crisscrossed by relatively flat hiking and cycling trails that are very well-maintained. There are four specially designed mountain biking routes ranging from 10km to 40km. Arden Road, off Ardeer Road, Modderfontein   K www.modderfonteinreser 


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TAKE A LEAP If you’re an adrenaline junkie we suggest you take the leap and try out that extreme activity you’ve always wanted to! Why not bungee jump off the Orlando Towers or take a canopy tour? There’s no better time than now. Previously known as the Orlando Powder Station, the Soweto Towers have become one of the best-known bungee jump spots in Johannesburg. Enjoy the thrill of 100m jump off of  a suspension bridge with a rubber cord attached to your feet, travel up the side of the western cooling tower in a lift to arrive at a viewing platform with a 360-degree view of Soweto or parachute from the top for an adventure experience like no other.  K  The Harties Cableway is the longest mono-cableway in Africa and offers panoramic views of the Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort Dam. There are also two restaurants at the top of the mountain. On-site educational facilities teach visitors more about the local fauna and flora. Their facilities cater for a variety of events, including weddings, conferences, matric dances and romantic dates.   K MAKE A SPLASH What’s better than water on a hot summer’s day? Nothing! Get wet and have a huge dollop of fun fit for the whole family. Who needs a boat when you can water-ski, kneeboard or wakeboard at Stoke City! This waterpark offers the perfect watery escape from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. Professional instructors will get you up and riding in no time, and their rental store is fully stocked with skis, kneeboards, wakeboards, life jackets and helmets. There is also an Aqua Park for the kids with giant inflatables. K  

are suitable for all levels of yogis and paddlers, but they’ll require intense core strength and concentration. This is definitely for individuals looking for a challenge. K 

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Explore the city every Thursday night with Maboneng City Riders. Cycle around the Joburg CBD on your own bike with the option of bike hire (including a helmet and lights) at R150 from Get Fixied bike hire in Maboneng. The rides usually start just before sunset at 5 pm and end around 7 pm. They’re casual and fun, and allow you to explore the city at your own pace. K

COOK UP A STORM The festive season is all about celebration, letting your hair down and enjoying delicious food! So why not take a cooking class? You’ll meet new people and learn a few tips that will surely wow all your guests at festive get-togethers. Join Taste-Buds for a fun cooking class to enhance your skills and enjoy a wonderful evening out with friends or family while you learn how to make all your favourite foods. From Asian, French and Italian cooking classes to baking and romantic couples’ evenings you will surely leave with delicious food and a brand-new skill. K The Antoinette’s Cookery School offers delicately thought out classes that are unique and cover a selection of exotic cooking themes. Not only will your kitchen skills be sharpened up, but this is a great way to learn a handy new skill. You’ll also get to feast on your creation at the al fresco table in the entertainment area. K

If it’s a rock pool you’re after, then we recommend Mountain Sanctuary Park in the Magaliesburg Mountain Range, about an hour away from Pretoria. This is the perfect way to embrace the holiday sun. The pool is 800m from base camp, but hikes can vary from 15 minutes to eight hours depending on how far you want to go. Guests are invited to picnic or make use of the braai facilities at the pool, but cars remain at camp, so we advise that you pack light! K www.mountain-sanctuar EMBRACE YOUR INNER YOGI Between year-end functions, festive shopping and entertaining the kids, you might be feeling a little uptight! Stretch it out and relax with some outdoor yoga. You’ll thank us. Yoga in the Park is a weekly one hour and 30-minute outdoor yoga session that’s kid-friendly and suitable for all levels of experience. These 90 min yoga flow classes start with a gentle warm-up, some breathing, pre-work, an active sequence with standing and balancing poses and is then finished with relaxation time. K  Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga on the Dam. Get that instant summer holiday feeling with a yoga session on the water! Yes, this session combines our two favourite summer things – staying active and water! These 90-minute sessions Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •



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entertainment AVOID THE SUN…

with these holiday entertainment treats! Ah the holiday season. A time for sunshine, outdoor activities and large groups of people in shopping malls OR you can avoid all of that and hole yourself up with the most entertaining games, movies and books available.

LET’S START WITH YOUR MOVIE WATCHING SCHEDULE. Holiday breaks mean more time to indulge. Netflix is great, but nothing beats a popcorn and slushie at the cinema. While the Christmas favourites will crowd the box office, these four films won’t push too much Santa down your throat while also keeping you highly entertained.

After years of horrible Transformers movies, the franchise plans to reboot on 20 December with the launch of the original story of everyone’s favourite Transformer Bumblebee. The movie Bumblebee takes us back to the 80s. A simpler time. Travis Knight also takes over director responsibilities. He found his feet in stop-motion animation with movies like ParaNorman so expect a bit of depth to the film interspersed with giant robots blowing things up.

Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives on 21 November and is the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph and his adorable friend Vanellope von Schweetz use a connection to the internet to try to fix an arcade game. They explore a world of Facebook, Google and the like while also meeting up with characters from Marvel, Pixar and Disney. So, think Disney Princesses, Muppets and even Star Wars. It is an animation and kids will giggle but the movie has a lot of adult-only jokes that will have you chuckling under your breath.

Mary Poppins Returns sees Emily Blunt filling an iconic role portrayed by Julie Andrews. This sequel to the beloved classic looks intriguing. Mainly because Lin-Manuel Miranda makes an appearance. Miranda was responsible for writing, directing and starring in the broadway-hit Hamilton. No doubt his performance alone should be worth the cinema visit.


While movies are fun you might be looking for something social at home. There’s a way to ensure you entertain the extended family without having to leave the house. The book “The Floor is Lava and 99 more games for everyone everywhere” is a definite must-read. The book is written by Ivan Brett and is exactly what it says it is. A collection of games you can play everywhere. While the book will help you find fun activities for when the electricity cuts, it is also just an enjoyable read. Did you even know there was a game called Chappy Tomato? Nope. Didn’t think so.

Dream Lab 9 by Sketchy Bongo features guest appearances from Jimmy Nevis and Caleb Williams while melding together some more EDM, pop and R&B. It is the perfect summer soundtrack and a strong second showing from the producer. Each track has the potential to offer up a summertime hit so it is worth heading on this musical journey. Preferably while next to a swimming pool with your feet up.


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Chimera from Jimmy Nevis is a thing of beauty combining a host of production edits and blending R&B, Pop and EDM. Nevis’ voice runs as a foundation to the changing beats and it is soothing and sexy. Chimera is defined as “a thing which is hoped for but is impossible to achieve.” If Jimmy was hoping to achieve a 17 track journey that allows you to lie back and imagine being at the beach holiday you missed this year - he accomplished it.

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travel Discover the Beauty of Africa this festive season Planning the perfect December trip doesn’t have to include long-haul flights and jet lag! Consider staying closer to home this year and explore some of Africa’s most beautiful islands with our top three destinations. Trust us, it’s worth it! Our Top 3 Island Destinations 1. MAURITIUS 2. ZANZIBAR 3. THE SEYCHELLES


f you have a hankering for wanderlust this festive season, we have just the destination. An all-inclusive holiday in Mauritius! This slice of heaven serves as the ultimate island getaway that flaunts untamed beauty from every angle. You’ll explore a land of raging sunsets, crystal clear waters and expansive white sands along the Indian Ocean. Just a mere three hours away Mauritius is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.


So, what exactly does all-inclusive mean and why do we suggest it? Choosing an aninclusive holiday means that your breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as most water and land activities, and select drinks are included in your booking price. So, basically, you get to sit back, relax and not worry about a single thing for the duration of your stay. Sounds perfect to us! Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •


So now that we’ve got all that covered, consider booking a stay at one of our top all-inclusive Mauritian locations:

Club Med - Cloud Nine - La Plantation d’Albion This resort has two separate experiences. On the one side is the kids club, The Distillerie Restaurant buffet and a kid-friendly pool and beach with an abundance of water sports and activities and across the landscape, perched above the ocean is the Zen Zone. Here you’ll find the Phare, a fine dining restaurant as well as the Club Med Spa. The gastronomic experience is bountiful here and changes on a daily basis. Expect cuisine from all over the world created with style and flair. Before dinner do opt for a sundowner at one of the three spectacular bar areas. 1 Long Beach Mauritius Escape to one of Sun Resorts state-of-the-art properties. New-fashioned and snazzy and with five restaurants and seven accommodation styles to choose from, you’ll experience the raw beauty of the East Coast of Mauritius in style. Bonus: They offer a free golf green fee at Ile aux Cerf ’s Golf Club plus free boat transfers: valid until the end of January 2019. 1

Beachcomber Offers a lavish variety of eight exclusive resorts in Mauritius and all-inclusive packages. Guests at Mauricia, Canonnier and Victoria resorts can purchase the Beachcomber all-inclusive package. Packages are purchased in advance and rates apply to all adults and children travelling together for the entire stay. BTW: children under six sharing with parents stay and eat free year-round. 1 Constance Hotels - Belle Mare Plage Stylishly renovated this five-star Mauritian resort is breathtakingly beautiful and boasts 104 Prestige rooms, 149 junior suites, 6 deluxe suites and 18 distinctive villas. The resort is located on a 2km stretch of pristine white sandy beach and hero’s seven restaurants and six bars. There is a Constance Kiddies Club too. 1

Explore: Venture out the pearly gates and visit our top attractions:

• Take a trip to Grand Bassin. • Explore the Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery. • Discover the magic that is the Seven Coloured Earths. • Go on an adventure on the Blue Safari Sub Scooter or Submarine experience. • Wander through Port Louis market.


anzibar’s uniqueness has many facets and one of them, in particular, is its cuisine and culture. A mecca of Swahili and Islamic tradition, Africanism, heritage and history, this is a destination that should definitely be on your holiday bucket list. A quick and easy three-and-a-half-hour flight away, this trip allows you to witness unspoiled beauty and the ultimate holiday indulgence without tedious travel time. Where to stay: For the best view on the island - Zawadi Hotel This is what we like to refer to as barefoot luxury. In the finest arc of the Zanzibar Island lies this exquisite hotel. The hotel boasts nine villas all abundantly spacious, all alike in size and design and all with breathtaking views. Each villa is a sanctuary beyond measure, with cascading ceilings, warm grey tones and furnishings and a private plunge pool. This hotel offers a five-star culinary journey like no other from breakfast to lunch and dinner. Expect the staff and chef to ensure each meal and every bite is just as you like it. 1 For a paradise getaway with the family - Dream of Zanzibar ‘Jambo’ (hello) and ‘Asante Sana’ (thank you) are the first words you’ll hear upon entering this picturesque location. Cushioned on this

tropical island that is Zanzibar, this hotel is on top of the seashore with wavering banks of rich soft sands. The hotel boasts nine restaurants and bars which means when you book your week holiday, you will be spoiled for choice. If you’re a family, you’ll also appreciate the weekly entertainment schedule. Expect a fiesta with live bands playing, mythological acrobatics, bongo dances and hong-tied drum Ngoma shows. There is even a piano bar, coconut weaving, beach volleyball and so much more. 1



Go on a culinary adventure at these spots:

• Breakers by the Beach at Breezes Beach Club and Spa • The Rock Restaurant Zanzibar • Mahali Beach Bar- Paje Beach

For a five-star gastronomic journey The Palms Zanzibar This is a beachfront sanctuary with six private villas. The hotel, which opened in 2002, is so authentic you’ll instantly get that holiday sensation. Pop on over for a beautiful fine dining experience and eat what you want, when you want. That’s the beauty of this restaurant; they cater to your every fantasy because you make the rules at The Palms. You’ll be wined and dined with deliciously marinated slipper lobster with tart Zanzibar grapefruit, grilled and succulent red snapper fillet cooked with precision and, the bell of the ball, exquisitely self-indulgent, their pumpkin cheesecake. Not only is the setting exceptional with vibrant coloured silks and fancy white linen but the service is unmatched too. 1 Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •





n this archipelago lies a stretch of around one hundred and fifteen islands. This is an island nation, one where you’ll explore a land of blazing sunsets on a triumphant journey along the Indian Ocean. On the contrary, there are also a vast number of infinite spaces, dedicated to nature reserves. Neither cloistered from tourists nor discerning travellers, this Creole conversing island welcomes guests with open arms.


Where to stay: Constance Ephelia – Mahe The Constance experience deviates from the standard, the norm, or expected. This five-star property has a bold character and an unforgettable charm. Extensive rooms compliment the Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

impressive landscape, and whether you’re a honeymoon couple or family of four, this hotel caters for everyone. Spoiled for choice from a junior suite to a family villa with an infinity pool, to the more exclusive hillside villas with views that will freeze time. Don’t be misled by their generous selection of 313 rooms because the most notable aspect of this resort is the space - you feel like you’re the only ones on the island. There are five swimming pools, two unspoiled beaches and they have the largest spa on the Indian ocean! There are baths and showers in the bedrooms of monarch standards, five gourmet restaurants as well as a takeaway snack outlet and five bars. 1 Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Mahe In a prime location on the main island of Mahe, this dreamy resort hits all the right spots. Exclusive and an epicurean feast, there aren’t many things to admire as much as their crystal-clear waters. This untapped treasure inspires and motivates. Enjoy beachside or tree-top villas, private infinity pools for all accommodation types and 24-hour in-villa dining. Learn more about the educational coral reef restoration project, and indulge in snorkelling, scuba diving, yoga, surfing and paddleboarding. But if you can’t tear yourself away from your room you’ll be forgiven. 1

Paradise Sun - Praslin Discover the ethos behind the Tsogo Sun brand right here in the heart of the island; excellent service, quality and mastery in the hotel provision. Do not go before visiting this slice of paradise, and while the rooms are well groomed and tick all the right boxes, what stands out is the location. Set on one of the most spectacular beaches in the world, this piece of paradise sets the Seychelles apart from the rest. The hotel also offers spa treatments, childcare facilities, an entertainment centre, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling and sunset boat cruises. There’s a daily activity itinerary and lots in store for the young ones. You can also take a boat trip to Aride Island or Curieuse Island. 1 Good to Know Temperature: between 24°C and 30°C year round Time difference: 2 hours in summer, 3 hours in winter Local currency: Seychelles Rupee Getting there: Air Seychelles days of departure from Joburg OR Tambo are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Flight time to Seychelles: 4 hours, 55 minutes 1


EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE: FESTIVE854 In keeping with the festive spirit, Air France would like to offer you an exclusive 20% discount on the fare of your next air ticket! Book your flight online with Air France or Joon departing from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Europe or North America to qualify for the discount. The offer is valid for travel until 30 September 2019. TERMS AND CONDITIONS CODE: FESTIVE854 • • • • • • • • • • •

The discount code is only valid for online reservations made on The 20% discount offer applies to the price of the ticket before taxes, service charges and surcharges. The minimum fare value to qualify for a discount is R3200 (airport taxes and surcharges excluded). Valid on Air France or JOON marketed and operated flights. Valid in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class travel with Air France direct flights Air France - A vast and departing from OR Tambo International Airport to Paris or JOON direct flights departing effective network. from Cape Town International Airport to Paris. Valid for new bookings made between 01 October 2018 – 30 April 2019. Air France has daily Valid for travel between 01 October 2018 and 30 September 2019 from Cape Town flights from Johannesburg to Paris operating either an or Johannesburg. Airbus A380 or Boeing 777. The offer is valid once per person. Service from Cape Town to Paris The offer is valid for a maximum of 100 uses in total. is 3 or 5 times per week, depending Depending on the fare chosen, other conditions may apply. on the season of travel. Worldwide Air France flies to 300 destinations in 114 Only the credit card option form of payment will allow for the discount.


countries. Within France, Air France serves 25 cities from their hub in Charles de Gaulle or from Orly Airport in Paris.

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OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS Stop dreaming of spending the festive season in the snow and make this year the year!

visitors with its French heritage and delight – and it’s easy to understand why. Each December, the city transforms into the ultimate Christmas village where the lights, decorations, concerts and festivals elevate the season into one of sheer joy. You’re spoilt for choice with things to do and see – think skating on an outdoor ice rink, displays, New York City is nothing short of strolling along Rue du Petit-Champlain, a winter wonderland over the festive season. tobogganing down the slopes of Dufferin While you won’t find reindeer roaming Terrace at the foot of the Chateau (a family the streets, you’ll be greeted by one of the Christmas tradition for over 100 years) and, world’s most famous Christmas trees at of course, sipping mulled wine from the Rockefeller Centre. markets.

Lapland, Finland Admit it – even as adults, we’d like to think there could be a place where the natural beauty is endless and constantly draws our breath. Lapland ticks all the boxes for a perfect white Christmas: there is endless snowfall, dog and reindeer sleighs are the most common form of transport, and you can watch nature’s most spectacular light show, the Northern Lights, dance across the night sky while staying in traditional Sami wood cabins. Lapland is also home to two well-known St. Nick theme parks, The Santa Claus Village and Santa Park, where you can go on family reindeer sled rides and the little ones can even meet Father Christmas himself.


New York City, USA There’s nothing quite as beautiful as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ under a blanket of snow. From ice-skating in Central Park or under the Rockefeller Centre to indulgent and leisurely shopping along Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and Times Square, to experiencing the most magnificent window Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

Vienna, Austria If there’s one city that could convert even the Grinch into a carol-singing, holidayloving fan, it’s Vienna. This charming city plays host to over 300 Christmas balls, many of which take place in the palatial settings of grand ballrooms and historic opera houses. The Nutcracker, arguably the most famous Christmas ballet, is one show that’s not to be missed. Performed at Vienna’s majestic State Opera house, it’s a wonderful way to introduce the family to ballet. And that’s not all – festive markets dot the city and many of the city’s squares host regular concerts that are popular amongst the locals. Quebec City, Canada For centuries, Quebec City has captivated

The North Pole This roundup wouldn’t be complete without one of the most amazing travel experiences you can buy and the ultimate in Christmas tourism – the North Pole itself. You can’t exactly cruise in on a Boeing passenger plane, but you can catch a flight to Helsinki, Finland before the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker boat takes you directly to the Pole that lets you check out plenty of polar bears, walruses and glaciers along the way. There are packages that include wildlife sightseeing via helicopter and hot air ballooning, in addition to cracking open champagne at the official home of Santa Claus. Cool bonus: after you walk around the North Pole, you can officially say that you’ve walked around the world. Now that’s an icebreaker!

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There’s something oh-so-enchanting when you’re surrounded by nothing but white, fluffy snowflakes gently collecting on your hair, shoulders and nose. We’ve rounded up our top five cities that put the magic in Christmas like nowhere else, complete with snowflakes, snowmen and maybe even reindeer.

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What do you love most about this time of the year? I love the weather! I love sunny days so that’s my favourite part. There’s also a lot more to do when the sun is out...and I feel like people are happier lol. What is your go-to holiday cocktail? Because I hardly drink my cocktail substitute is a slush. It’s the perfect drink for the summer holiday. Your top tips for relaxing during the holiday months?


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Good music, surround yourself with good people, catch up on sleep, try to spend a lot of ‘alone time’. Hello Joburg • Festive Season 2018 •

Who’s your dream date for Christmas lunch? My three favourite woman. Sister, Mom, Niece. Your favourite festive dish? Definitely moms home-made mince pies. Fresh out the oven just before we open presents. Your top tips for relaxing during the holiday months? RELAX. Try do those things you've been wanting to do all year but have been putting off because you were too busy. These holiday months are essential for rebooting so you can tackle the new year head-on and refreshed.



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Hello Festive Season 2018  

Gauteng's definitive guide to restaurants, entertainment, shopping and accommodation.

Hello Festive Season 2018  

Gauteng's definitive guide to restaurants, entertainment, shopping and accommodation.