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Baby Lord’s Lust List


24 hours in Joburg with Christian Heath

The Hotlist: Lifestyle news hot off the press People of Joburg: Kirstin Walters

Things to do with each member of the family Get closer than ever to Africa’s wildlife at Lion & Safari Park




24 Bianca’s Lust List: Our top 10 beauty must-haves of 2019 Fitness 101 with Tebogo Manaka: How to perfect your lateral squats Hotspot: Africology Spa Getting naked with Lara: Using active ingredients in the holiday sun

Restaurant of the Month: Basalt Hotspot: DW Eleven-13 Chef of the Month: Justin Maharaj #HelloRecommends The Zone@ Rosebank Lerato’s Corner: Che Argentine Grill

Tips to get some phone numbers ... without being banned from the bar Cocktail of the Month: Pink Pepper Orange Lemon

Shows to whisk you away True review: Peter Pan on Ice

‘Tis the season … to put your feet up! Say hello to the refreshed Privé at Carnival City Reviewed: The new iPhone 11 Pro





Aurum Restaurant: A gold standard for luxurious dining





How to be part of the slow fashion movement What to expect from the Cresta’s festive season experiences Hotspot: Colourbox Reviewed: The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean



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On the cover Aurum Restaurant inside The Leonardo is the newest addition to City of Gold’s dining scene. Turn to page 10 to read more

Our top 5 travel ideas for when you’re stuck at home Why you need to book a weekend away at Thanda Safari

Trends to consider before your next event Successes to build on at the Johannesburg Expo Centre



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Share your favourite Jozi memory of 2019.



Hello Joburg is published by Spinner Communications (Pty) Ltd. Established in 1980 Drinking champagne on the 54 on Bath rooftop with my better half … nothing beats it!

Watching the Christmas lights being switched on at Melrose Arch.

PUBLISHER Justyn Spinner EDITOR Candice May


’ll admit it: I have a hard time staying in the moment. As the end of 2019 approaches, I’m letting go of unrealistic expectations (my own and others’) and zeroing in on what really matters.

Sometimes my perfectionist personality traits serve me well, but most of the time they create unnecessary inner chaos because I’m always planning for what’s next. Before going to bed last night, I worked out that if I were to fall asleep right away, I’d get approximately four hours and 45 minutes of sleep. An hour later, I asked myself if I should even bother going to sleep at this point … and before I knew it, I had my laptop open again.


Choose to be present and concentrate on time – any time you get, whether it’s five minutes or five hours with friends and family – and rest … and I think that might be it, so, take note, universe! Here at Hello Joburg, we’ll be focusing a lot on the ‘simple’ aspects of the season, but we’ll still be working hard throughout the month to bring you the best and biggest December events in the City of Gold. Make sure you keep an eye on our website as well as like and follow us on social media for updates on Christmas Day lunches, New Year’s Eve parties, summer music festivals and many other festive bashes. May this holiday season sparkle and shine, may all your wishes and dreams come true and may you feel this happiness all year round!


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Digging into the best meat ever at the new Che Argentine Grill in Parkwood.

KEY ACCOUNTS & MARKETING EXECUTIVE Bianca du Preez 061 179 8588

Spending the day at Constitution Hill with the HJ team.


Exploring the City of Gold on the Red Bus.

Seeing The Cure live at Rock on the Lawns festival.

CONTRIBUTORS Carly Simon, Taryn Louch, Sam Wright PHOTOGRAPHERS Phillip Santos, Danielle Ashwin, Kandi Fivaz

When it comes to December, I tend to go into the holiday season with a list of to-dos and unrealistic expectations: Finish all my work by this date, tick everything off my Christmas bucket list (attend a tree lighting ceremony, spend the day baking Christmas cookies, organise a secret Santa gift exchange … you name it) spend one-on-one time with every friend, family member and perfect stranger I meet from here until January 1 … oh, and have fun. Have all of the fun! You can only imagine how I feel by the time the New Year rolls around – neither rested nor prepared for the fresh start. This year, I’m vowing to be more mindful about the holidays, and I hope you’ll join in on the journey. Instead of getting too wrapped up in the ‘shoulds’, register the sweet and simple moments. Whether you find yourself dining with a special date at Basalt, our Restaurant of the Month; having a pamper day with the girls at Africology Spa, one of our beauty hotspots; watching Aladdin or Peter Pan on Ice with the family, two of our top theatre shows happening this month; or enjoying a staycation right here in Jozi at one of our favourite hotels, remember that it’s always the sweet and simple moments that have the most profound impact.

Devouring my firstever Beyond Burger at Greenside Café and becoming 100% vegan.


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Hosting another sensational #HelloRecommends event at Ethos Restaurant in Sandton.

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Celebrating the end of 2019 at Social Parkwood.

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New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the most anticipated nights of the year, but it often falls short of expectations – not to mention that the sheer volume of party options that can leave you overwhelmed and wanting to stay home instead. That’s why we’ve rounded up the top places to ring in 2020 and have the kind of New Year’s Eve you’ve always dreamed of.



The festive season may be a time to slow down and unwind, but that doesn’t mean that the beauty launches do. From skincare to makeup, we’ll give you the down low on all the new must-have releases. Who knows ... they might make the perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself ! What’s Christmas without a new red lip or gold eye look, anyway?

We can’t think of a better way to get into the festive mood than carols by candlelight, so we’re sharing the most magical carols events happening in Jozi. The best part? Most of these events are free and guaranteed to be a great way to spend some quality time with your family – even if it means Away in a Manger will be stuck in your head for the next few days!

Q WHO TO FOLLOW Q For us South Africans, it’s often difficult to get into the Christmas spirit given the warm weather and distinct lack of snow during our festive period. That’s why we’re spreading the holiday cheer with these fantastic accounts!


As the name suggests, this account is about all things Christmas, from dressed up trees to gift wrapping inspiration and even some snaps of dogs wearing reindeer antlers. It has everything you could ever need to turn your feed into a winter wonderland.



and festive food.


This account is entirely dedicated to Christmas decorating and is great for anyone into arts and crafts. It has some fabulous ideas for table settings, DIY ornaments


If you’re looking for some festive recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth but won’t break your diet, Choosing Chia is a must-follow. We’re talking vegan peppermint hot chocolate, healthy gingerbread cookies and red velvet cupcakes.

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Start December off the right way with a visit to the Sunday market at Victoria Yards, a creative hub located on the eastern side of Jozi. The monthly event doesn’t only allow visitors to browse through unique and handmade items, but also gives them the opportunity to meet the artists who made them and to have a look behind the scenes at their creative processes. Victoria Yards is home to a number of prominent artists, including Blessing Ngobeni, Ayanda Mabulu and world-renowned photographer Roger Ballen. Another highlight of the market is the organic produce on offer, which is from Victoria Yards’ very own gardens as well as the gardens of neighbouring farms. When: 1 December 2019 Where: Victoria Yards Cost: R30

If you’re a lover of kwaito, then head to the Joburg Theatre to see the rollercoaster life story of one of the most colourful kwaito legends, Jairus Ditshotlo Nkwe. This musical production covers his life, challenges and triumphs in a story that is so adventurous and outrageous that you’ll be fascinated until well after the curtain falls. The musical is full of crazy stories and plot points, but also full of heartache as the musician’s hard rise to fame is detailed. If a fun, musical evening that bears a strong life lesson is what you’re after, be sure not to check it out. When: 6 December 2019 Where: Joburg Theatre Cost: R200  Book:


Celebrate the icon that was Michael Jackson with an unforgettable evening of song and dance. Expect tunes that span the length of MJ’s career, all the way from his Jackson 5 days to his more contemporary stuff like Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal and Beat It. Showgoers can enjoy the full MJ experience from the accomplished impersonator, Dantanio – who’s well-known for his uncanny impressions – plus a live band and choreographed dancers. The show also boasts authentic costumes and state of the art sound and lighting. It’s guaranteed to be a night to remember! When: 6-22 December 2019 Where: Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace Cost: R180 Book:




The Crafters Fair is back at Emperors Palace! With almost 250 stalls, visitors are guaranteed to find something that will tickle their fancy or make for the perfect gift for the festive season. The products are handmade by crafters and artists from across SA, allowing them a platform to showcase their works. However, they’re all pre-selected to ensure variation, excellent quality and reasonable prices. There will also be a selection of food stalls and a tea garden for guests who are craving a snack, after a hard day’s work of shopping. When: 11-22 December 2019 Where: Emperors Palace Cost: R10 


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If you’re someone who loves an early morning workout then you should definitely try Secret Sunrise. This global sensation started in South Africa and invites guests to experience a fun workout with a difference. Participants will be given headphones upon arrival and then will be guided through a workout by music and trainers ... all while soaking in the glorious African sunrise! The Prework Party is taking place at the incredible Workshop 17 in Sandton and is open to people of all fitness levels and body types. Participants will also be treated to a coffee and light breakfast after the session, the cost of which is included in the ticket price. When: 12 December 2019 Where: Workshop 17, Sandton Cost: Between R120 and R150 Book:


This one-man show taking place at Carnival City revolves around the struggles of hair and identity with underlying messages of self-acceptance. The protagonist is Aunty B, who’s a coloured lady with straight hair with a husband who has curly hair as well as two daughters who also have curly hair. Her daughters have a tough time dealing with their locks; something that Aunty B can’t relate to. The show also gives audiences a look into the day-to-day characteristics of coloured homes and communities. Guests can look forward to a hysterical performance by Rudi Bessit and overall a heart-warming show. When: 13 December 2019 Where: Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival city Cost: R120 Book:  




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The festive season is upon us ... and what better way to kick it off than with Pretoria’s oldest and mostloved Antique and Collectables Christmas Fair? Gather the family for fun, food and gift inspirations at Brooklyn Square from 08h30 to 16h00 and support the SPCA charity stands for big bargains! With a range of antiques, chic collectibles, vintage fashion, jewellery, glass, toys, silver, art, porcelain, handmade clothing, decor items and lots more, this market is a treat for all shoppers When: 16 December 2019 Where: Brooklyn Square Rooftop (between Cielo and Coricraft Cost: R30


Perhaps the most highly-anticipated event of the year, Afropunk is taking place at the mesmerising venue that is Constitution Hill. The annual festival celebrates African culture and heritage alongside elements of punk. Sho Madjozi, Solange, Burna Boyand Darkie fiction are just a few of the amazing performers set to grace the stage. Afropunk is a place to lose yourself in the music and find yourself in the crowd. The focus is on individuals and the culture that they bring to the party. Make sure you don’t miss this epic event of music, art, conversation and community building! When: 30 to 31 December 2019 Where: Constitution Hill Cost: Between R600 and R2,900   Book:

Singer-songwriter Christian Heath has just released

w his brand-new album, Here I Am featuring hit single, Can’t Deny It.The pop singer originally hails from East London but has lived in Joburg for over 10 years. This is what a typical day in his life looks like. E @christianheathmusic D @christianhth Q @christian.hth 06h00 I wake up and get the kids ready for school as well as prepare breakfast for family 07h30 Time to hit the gym.This normally consists of intense weight training with a cardiovascular workout. I generally train between four and six times a week depending on my schedule.


10h00 When I’m preparing for shows, I prefer to rehearse in the mornings. I also change rehearsal spaces from time to time to change things up a bit.

SMASH HIT RADIO - NEW YEAR’S EVE Celebrate the arrival of 2020 in Barnyard Theatre style with Smash Hit Radio. Combing 60 years of the greatest radio hits is what Smash Hit Radio’s 10-piece cast of musicians and singers does best, so guests can expect songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lynyrd Skynryd to Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and everything in between. The tickets include a surprise party accessory, welcome drinks as well as light snacks. There will also be other food options on sale. Guests can expect an exciting evening of nostalgia, drinks and good vibes all round! When: 31 December 2019 Where: Barnyard Theatre, Silverstar Casino Cost: R395 Book:


Heineken and the official Black Coffee tour stage, ‘Africa is Not a Jungle’ have collaborated to create an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience at H20 NYE 2019. Guests can choose between normal and VIP tickets, which come with a private part paradise with stunning views over the rest of the party and main stage. The VIP tickets also include private bars and lounges. The line-up is yet to be announced, but knowing H20, it’s going to be amazing. When: 31 December Where: Wild Waters, Boksburg Cost: Between R150 and R500 Book:

Compiled by Amber Richardson Image: Supplied.

12h30 I prepare my own lunch, which changes every few weeks, before fetching my kids from school. 02h30 This is when I look at admin, make calls to book upcoming shows as I manage myself. I also do follow-ups on outstanding mails. 05h30 I generally do all the cooking in the household, however, sometimes I like to head out for dinner at hotspots like Fishmonger in Illovo or Rare Steakhouse in Clearwater Mall. The service and food are amazing at both these restaurants. 07h30 This is when song writing happens. I sit alone with my guitar or piano and a good cup of coffee. There are no disturbances, so I can just sit down and focus on what I’m writing. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •




he Bungalow, part of the Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection, is a 5-star Bed and Breakfast establishment situated in Plettenberg Bay. One of the best-rated locations in Plettenberg Bay, it is a stone’s throw from the water’s edge at Hobie Beach and with its expansive sea views it provides the ultimate experience in beachside living. The Bungalow’s sophisticated accommodation comprises seven sea-facing luxuriously furnished rooms with en suite bathrooms and with first class amenities – ideal for either a short stay or a long sojourn. For basking in the summer sun there are sea-facing, upper and lower deck restaurant viewing decks – the sprawling upper deck overlooks the entire bay, while the lower


deck – sharing the spotlight with a trendy plunge pool – is shaded by beautiful indigenous Milkwood trees. Other features include a tranquil, private area with a cosy fire boma area on the rock cliff-face side of the establishment that is perfect for intimate gatherings and entertaining. There are several other leisure areas where guests can enjoy a catnap or a good book while relaxing to the soothing sounds of the waves breaking on the beach. The Restaurant and Bar with its timeless design complementing the natural beauty of the beach and the warm Indian Ocean offers an exceptional experience. The Bungalow is conveniently close to shops and restaurants and the Robberg Nature Reserve and the Plettenberg Bay airport are approximately 8km away, and of course being right on the beach there are water sports facilities and various activity options available – swimming, surfing, whale watching, boating and fishing and also cycling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, nature walks and birdwatching. Fast becoming a favourite of ocean lovers and adventure seekers guests are encouraged to consider The Bungalow as “your very own seaside bungalow”. m 044 533 1864 k 1 www.capesummer E @walkersonshotelandspa D @thebungalowplett

THE PRIZE We’re giving away a two-night stay at The Bungalow for a couple sharing valued at R8,400. The prize includes dinner on one night to the value of R700 and breakfast on both mornings. It will be valid for six months, excluding December, January and school holidays. Go to to enter now!





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THE HOT LIST Lifestyle news hot off the press  LOVES


The ultimate summer drink has arrived! It’s zesty, it’s bubbly and it’s downright stunning ... the brand-new grapefruit tonic from Fitch & Leedes is sure to be the life of the party! Whether you’re looking for a refreshing drink to quench your thirst during the day or the perfect addition to your G&T at night, the citrussy grapefruit flavour means it’s suitable for any time of day. This tonic also happens to be on-trend as the pantone colour of the year. 1

SONY RELEASES THE ALPHA 7R IV CAMERA Sony has released the world’s first 61.0 MP back-illuminated full-frame camera. The new launch has a number of unrivalled features, including high-speed continuous shooting, advanced movie recording, upgraded connectivity, high-speed Wi-Fi support as well as wireless PC remote connectivity. As for image quality? Well, because the Alpha 7R IV has a shutter unit that has been carefully designed to reduce even the slightest of movements, that may cause a blur as well as the having Sony’s highest resolution viewfinder of all their cameras, you’re guaranteed to get pristine images. Not to mention that the camera is super-lightweight! 1

NESCAFÉ HAS A NEW ICED COFFEE RANGE Coffee lovers can rejoice because Nescafé has a new range of iced coffees that are the ideal way to get your coffee fix on a hot summer’s day. Following the global trend in iced coffee consumption, Nescafé now offers a range of eight new iced coffees. There are four refreshingly smooth and bold Nescafé flavours (Original, Latte, Mocha and Black Roast) as well as four indulgent, creamy Ricoffy n’Ice flavours (Original, Vanilla, Mocha and Caramel). Available from selected retailers. 1



Using a carton made from 76% renewable resource trees, Water in a Box is the latest innovation in packaging. Not only is it a great alternative to plastic bottles, but its clever BPA-free design means that it’s also perfect for drinking on the go. However, the outside isn’t the only thing that’s special about this product: It contains fresh mineral water that has no added chemicals and is enriched with plants, minerals and vitamins. Plus, with every purchase, profit goes towards Career Buddy – a professional career coaching service for children in under-privileged schools. You can find Water in a Box at JoziHub on 44 Stanley Avenue right here in Joburg.


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Urban Hero is the latest fragrance by Jimmy Choo. It’s an ode to the mysterious and confident man who’s ease with himself and in touch with his feminine side yet is still confident and outgoing. Embodying this man is renowned street artist and face of the fragrance, Jules Dedet AKA L’Atlas. The scent combines the freshness of precious lemon caviar, the warmth of black pepper, the sensuality of rosewood and the sophistication of vetiver. Available from department stores.



Kirstin Walters

Daniel Wellington’s new Iconic Link is a modern take on a classic design that features a luxurious metal bracelet with three-piece links, which are each made of solid steel and individually crafted into an elegant tapered form. The watches are available in polished stainless steel with a vibrant silver finish or with refined rose gold plating. Modelling the new collection is a group of celebrities or icons, including Hailey Bieber, Odell Beckham JR, Paulo Dybala, Lay Zhang, Lee Sung Khung, Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte. PS: Use the discount code HelloJoburg to get a 15% discount on all Daniel Wellington purchases online! 1


Linear is the new 18ct solid gold and diamond piercing collection from local actress and TV presenter, Roxy Burger. The range was made in collaboration with Cape Town-based jeweller, Black Key Diamonds and was created to fill a gap in the market for high quality cartilage jewellery. The range features threaded stud designs and clicker clasps to ensure comfortable wear, which are vailable in yellow gold, rose gold and white gold with ethically sourced diamonds. The whole collection is timeless in design and high in quality and can be shopped online with pieces starting at R1,600. Shipping is available throughout South Africa. 1


1 E @jerryandthebandits Q @kirst.sax How did you join the band? I was studying music at Wits with Geraint Boje (the bassist), and he and Jerry (the lead singer) were looking for someone to join their band when they were selected to go through to the next level of a battle of the bands. Initially they wanted a trumpet player, but I was the next best thing. What’s your favourite thing about being in a band? Definitely being able to travel. We’ve been to some weird and wonderful places I didn’t even know existed. We’d love to do an overseas tour one day, but it’s not about making it big for us – it’s about playing and spreading the music.

What’s it like being the only female? I enjoy it. I don’t mind being around guys – they’re interesting I actually feel like I’m their mom most of the time.They can be like little kids and I have to tell them to be more professional. Compiled by Amber Richardson Image Supplied.

Skincare brand, Galderma has a brandnew facecare product that’s formulated to penetrate and get rid of blackheads. The Benzaderm Daily Deep Cleaning Gel is suitable for oily to combination skin and is clinically tested to eliminate skin imperfections and exfoliate dead skin, leaving smoother looking skin. Made with salicylic acid and glycolic acid, which work to unclog pores to prevent breakouts, it’s suitable for both teenagers and adults and is ideal for daily use as it has an easily spreadable and lightweight formula. Available from Clicks, Dis-Chem and leading pharmacies at a recommended retail price of R199.

Kirstin Walters is the saxophonist for one of South Africa’s best loved Indie-Folk bands, Jerry and the Bandits. From playing some of the biggest festivals in SA like Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen and Lush to almost every other music venue you can think of, the band has gained a major following since their inception in 2013. We chatted to Kirsten what she’s learnt and what it’s like to be the only female in the band.

What’s the biggest lesson music has taught you? The weird thing about music is that it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone and it’s weird that I’m so attracted to it because it doesn’t really go with my personality. I’m not an extrovert, I don’t want to be in the limelight, I don’t want to be on stage ... but I just love music so much. Another thing I’ve learned about performing is to never wear a short dress on a windy day. Obviously when you’re playing saxophone, you can’t hold your dress, and my dress has blown up a few times!

Bloedlemoen has added a new variant to their collection, Bloedlemoen Amber. This new drink is made with the same 10 botanicals as the Classic along with an exclusive selection of locally foraged fynbos and honey bush to create a perfectly balanced gin infusion. Bloedlemoen Amber is elegantly packaged in a bottle that was created by internationally acclaimed artist, Lorraine Loots. Available from and selected bottle stores. 1



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Who’ve been your favourite musicians to perform with? We recently played a show with Jeremy Loops, which was awesome. We also love working with George Town and Bad Peter. What are you currently working on? We’ve recently released a cover of The Chain by Fleetwood Mac and will be releasing two original songs towards the end of this year. On a personal note I’ve really been pushing my solo stuff and have been playing at corporate events and with DJs Other than music what do you do for fun? Plants! I love growing my own vegetables and gardening – that’s what I do on weekends. It’s so peaceful it just makes you feel good, you know? Hello Joburg • December 2019 •


AURUM RESTAU A gold standard for luxurious dining The room is among the city’s most grand, chef Darren O’Donovan mans the kitchen and the service is famously mannered. But esteemed chef and culinary consultant Paulo Santo’s heady, epic ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ menus are the true heart of Aurum Restaurant, the newest addition to Joburg’s dining scene set to open its doors soon.


urum Restaurant, meaning ‘gold’ in Latin, is the brainchild of Paulo Santo, MD and Senior Partner of Aurum Restaurant, in collaboration with the Legacy Group and its chairman, Bart Dorrestein. True to its name, the restaurant delivers understated prestige with an excellent return on investment. “Aurum represents luxury, but not in an intimidating, pretentious or ostentatious manner. Just as gold is timeless in its appeal, we too wish to exist beyond time as a successful, renowned business serving a cosmopolitan African city – the City of Gold,” says Paulo.


Good looks aren’t everything, but at Aurum they’re serious business. Tables overlook Sandton from the seventh floor of The Leonardo, South Africa and Africa’s new tallest building. There are glorious, luxurious indoor and outdoor seating areas plus a sunlit pool terrace, a fully private boardroom, semi-private chef ’s table and wine library The décor and design are curated around the element of air; the transparent, exposed architecture with visible columns and beams; and Joburg, being both the City of Gold and the largest urban forest in the world. There’s the main artwork installation that represents a golden flow of air, as well as gold and green paint hues, custom designed furniture that combines natural leathers and timbers, and subtle touches of gold throughout the restaurant. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

Aurum’s kitchen is headed up by Paulo’s former chef colleagues at Cube Tasting Kitchen, head chef Darren O’Donovan and sous chef and sommelier Lisa de Beer, who’ve perfected haute cuisine. The menu features contemporary European cuisine with a touch of local flair and has been inspired by Darren and Lisa’s travels around Europe and the types of food they like to eat. By day, Aurum presents the ‘Light’ menu, Solis, which offers à la carte breakfast, brunch and lunch. By night, Aurum takes on a new sense of luxury manifested by the ‘Dark’ menu, Luna, for dinner. The food, like the space, exudes unbuttoned elegance. Signature dishes include the cured springbok, slow-braised pork belly and ‘Afternoon Tea’ – a dessert inspired by the memory of dunking Ouma rusks into tea, showcasing the flavours of rooibos, buttermilk and Clemengold. Hello Joburg Magazine was one of a few select media invited to an exclusive media lunch at Aurum, where we sampled the Light menu. For starters, we tried the outrageously delicious Burrata Salad with a creamy ball of fresh burrata, peak-perfect heritage tomatoes, fresh basil, candied almonds and grapefruit as well as the Buttermilk Crispy Squid; an unalloyed delight for those who love their squid golden-brown and freshly fried served with black bean purée, crispy fried capers, caper berries and horseradish. The standout main course was the Norwegian Salad complemented by lemon curd, black pepper mayo, garden pea textures and potato air. The lemon curd that’s melted into a luscious sauce adds the perfect amount of citrus flavour to the fish with practically no effort, while the peas add vibrant, fresh flavour, texture and colour to the dish. We can also recommend the Leek Ravioli filled with degrees of leek and served in a Parmigiano sauce with white balsamic, and the Roosting Chicken – a chicken thigh, ‘crispy nest’, liver pâté, quail egg, butternut crème caramel and smoked chicken jus.

Words Candice May Images Phillip Santos & Curtis Gallon


Accompanying the food menu is an equally impressive wine list, which features 99 of both South Africa and the globe’s finest wines, many of which are available by the glass. Compiled by Lisa, the wine list has been designed in such a way as to convey the best on offer from around the world without being pretentious and inaccessible. This enables guests to be exploratory but also offers them their familiar favourites from the Cape Winelands. In the wine library, there’s a smaller list on offer that boasts special vintages, limited releases and some different, more ‘edgy’ options for the adventurous. Aurum also offers a cocktail list designed by specialist mixologist, Alex Farnell, as well as a selection of after-dinner options – think grappa, cognac, fine whiskies and premium spirits. Even though Aurum is so central to The Leonardo, it’s entirely independent from the hotel brand and a golden oasis for visitors and residents of Joburg alike. In addition to the main restaurant, Aurum will service the entire food and beverage offering at The Leonardo through

its subsidiary brands, namely Leo’s Lounge gin bar and deli kitchen located in the lobby of Level 2, The Leonardo Conference Centre on Level 2, OCTO Bar pool terrace bar, Alto234 rooftop champagne bar and The Leonardo Suites Rental Pool bespoke room service to rental apartments. Whether you’re planning to book a table for two for a hot date night or want to book in a power lunch to impress at a suitably sophisticated spot, you can trust us when we say that Aurum is just the place. Be sure to like and follow Aurum on social media so that you’re kept in the loop as to when bookings open. L7, The Leonardo, 75 Maude Street, Sandton 1 k E @aurumrestaurant D @aurumsandton Q @aurumrestaurantza Hello Joburg • December 2019 •



SLOWLY Does it

How to be part of the slow fashion movement Slow fashion has definitely been the buzzword of 2019 and refers to a movement that advocates for sustainable clothing. We know that changing our buying habits isn’t going to happen overnight, so here’s how to ease into this fashion revolution.

Fast fashion is all about buying inexpensive trend pieces that won’t last you long and, quite frankly, won’t need to. We all know that trends come and go like thunderstorms in Jozi: They’re big while they’re happening but are often short-lived. So, instead of (literally) buying into trends, invest in some high-quality wardrobe staples. We guarantee you that although the price tag may be a little higher than what you’re used to, the purchase will ultimately work out cheaper as you won’t have to replace things as often. It’s also worth acknowledging that inexpensive items often have a hidden cost, which comes in their impact on the environment.


It’s so important to know what the brand you’re buying from stands for, so do your research before you hit the rails. If you’re aware of how a brand makes their garments, you’ll be able to support those whose principles you agree with. A great way of dressing more sustainably is simply by buying from local businesses who aren’t mass producing their products. It’s also vital that you make sure that brands who say they’re sustainable are delivering on their promises. Another way you could make a difference is by questioning yourself before you make a purchase – think about whether you really need something and about how much wear you’ll get out of it.


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Remember the days when people would darn their socks? Neither do we. But maybe we should take some inspiration from the practices of previous generations and try fixing our clothes before we decide to bin them. If you can’t sew then maybe it’s worth finding a seamstress or tailor who can do it for you. You can also get them to make alterations to clothes that may not fit you anymore so that you can carry on wearing them. The best part of this is that you’ll be living more sustainably plus supporting people in your community rather than large companies. On the other hand, if you’re artistic you could always rework old items yourself with fun DIYs – Pinterest has loads of clever ideas.

Get thrifty

Thrifting is a fabulous way to get your shopping fix without doing damage to the environment or your bank account. There are plenty of stunning thrift stores in Joburg that have loads of hidden gems waiting to be unearthed, such as Rags and Lace, Reminiscence and Vintiqueen. It’s also likely that you’ll pick up old clothes that will probably be good quality and will last you longer than cheap, new purchases. Plus, you may even be able to find some designer pieces ... no one said that dressing sustainably meant donning a hemp dress and going barefoot!

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Spread the love THESE HOLIDAYS Carols By LEGACY CANDLELIGHT Photos with Santa

Visit our Facebook page, website or contact our Guest Relations Desk on (011) 288 5260 for more info on any of our upcoming events.

10 - 24 DECEMBER 10AM - 1PM & 2PM - 6PM


Join us in the Fountain court at Entrance 2. Be taken into the festive season by the Tshwane Gospel Choir as well as the cast from the Joburg Peoples Theatre‘s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang pantomime with some well-known upbeat Carols. This event is free of charge to the whole family

Kids kids holiday fun Santa village Village santa 7 - 23 DECEMBER

Visit the Santa Village in the Piazza for some daily fun filled activities and shows for the kiddies. Free of charge. Visit our website for program times.

Santa will be situated in front of Edgars on the lower level, where you and your family can have a photo taken with him.


16 - 24 DECEMBER

9am – 9pm For your convenience we have extended our shopping hours. Happy shopping!


Come and support The Lions Club by letting them wrap your gifts for a small donation. They do amazing work in our community and these funds will assist them to continue to do so. The two stands are situated at entrance 7 and under the escalator at Nu Metro / Piazza

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CENTRE What to expect from the Centre’s festive season experiences

The festive season is the perfect time to celebrate and enjoy special moments with your loved ones. At Cresta, it’s about enjoying fun-filled experiences with family and friends.


resta knows that finding the right gifts can be a challenge during the festive season, to help you, the Centre will launch the Cresta Digital Magazine, a complete gifting guide filled with the latest deals and trends to make your festive shopping experience a more pleasurable one. Look out for it on the Cresta website. The Centre has taken steps to ensure that shoppers enjoy every aspect of their experience by upgrading their security for the festive rush and equipping their well-known brand ambassadors with all the necessary information to ensure a smooth visit and address any matters related to the Centre.


Parents can book directly online through the following: www. Shoppers can also look out for a variety of surprise musical performances including one from Amakhono We Sintu choir and the incredible Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. It wouldn’t be Christmas without photos with Santa, pop into the Lower Level FNB Court and snap a picture with Santa. You can also get all your gifts wrapped at Cresta’s free wrapping stations located throughout the Centre.

Shopping Centre voucher worth R1000. To enter, look out for the Cresta Advent Calendar in the Centre and produce your till slip to enter the lucky draw. To keep up with the latest trends, Cresta Shopping Centre has also opened its doors to new stores: Kids Emporium, The Space, H&M, Waffle Stop, Exact, Volpes, Studio 88 and Switched On. Try out different activities and immerse yourself in special shared experiences. Cresta Shopping Centre – Imagine More! Beyers Naude Drive, Cresta m 011 678 5306 1 E @crestashoppingcentre D @crestacentre Q @crestacentre

Cresta loves spoiling its shoppers It’s more than shopping, it’s an entertainment destination for the whole so if you spend R400 or more family. The Centre has partnered with Johannesburg Academy for Theatre you could win yourself a Cresta Arts (JATA) to bring little ones dance, singing and storytelling classes that they can partake in while you shop. The JATA classes will be held at the Extended trading hours Upper Level Food Court next to Mugg & Bean from 9 December. Cresta will be extending their festive trading hours as follows from For bookings please e-mail 9 to 26 December 2019: 09h00 to 19h00 Monday to Sunday and In addition, the Young Engineers team will be back at Cresta with their cool 09h00 to 18h00 on Sundays and public holidays. Special Trading edutainment Young Engineers Holiday Programme suitable for children Days: 25 December 2019 and 1 January 2020 will be optional trade. 6 years and older. These sessions will run from 9-22 December 2019. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •



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CRESTA Enjoy live entertainment, photos with Santa, arts & crafts for the little ones, and shop for longer from 9 to 26 December 2019. Monday to Saturday Sunday & Public Holidays

09:00 – 19:00 09:00 – 18:00

Special Trading Days Wednesday 25 Dec Wednesday 1 Jan 2020

Optional Trading Optional Trading

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COLOURBOX Colour yourself fabulous!

If local sun, sea and sand – or even your next tropical vacation – can’t get your mind off swimsuits, then get acquainted with the new Colourbox fashion and lifestyle boutique in Morningside Shopping Centre. From figureflaunting bikinis and one-piece swimsuits to flowy kimonos, they’ve got you covered!


unctional bikinis, one-piece suits in bold prints, alluring cut-outs and earthy colourways … you have absolutely no excuse not to update your beachwear and swimwear wardrobe with some fresh, exclusive items from Colourbox in Morningside Shopping Centre. After all, you can always chill by the pool or beach in style even if you’re not doing laps in the water.

aren’t the same size upstairs as they are down, so they specialise in mixing and matching tops and bottoms in order to better accommodate this reality. Above all, Colourbox stocks Maaji – a collection of swimwear, activewear, trunks and kids wear … not to mention the cutest, most flattering reversible cozzies we’ve ever seen.

PS! At Colourbox, you can also shop for the most gorgeous gifts – think Cape Island diffusers and candles, Antilope silk bandanas, Pink Milk sugar polish and bath salts, Jangi jewellery and much more. EXCLUSIVE READER OFFER: Get 15% off your next Maaji purchase in store using the discount code #HelloMaaji. The discount is valid until 31 December 2019 and cannot be used in conjunction with any sale or promotion.


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The brand-new Maaji summer collection is now available online and in stores, and the prints are so beautiful that they need The bold and ambitious Colourbox dream to be seen to be believed, from the started out as an online boutique before Bahamas Sunset bikini to the New opening the doors to its first physical Delhicious full piece. Trust us … you’ll boutique on Parkhurst’s iconic 4th Avenue fall in love instantly! Colourbox also stocks in Joburg in mid-2016. Today, you can Aldo Martins, Habits and One Season shop online or visit Colourbox in Melrose fashion; and Mr Boho, Medusa and Arch (located on the slip street on the Kapten & Son accessories. So, whether Piazza) or at their newest location in you enjoy the thrill of snagging the latest Morningside Shopping Centre. Since its runway trends or are simply seeking out inception, Colourbox has made it their pieces along the seasonal lines, make a mission to source only the most colourful, beeline for Colourbox and colour comfortable and (above all) unique items yourself fabulous. that make you look and feel fabulous plus enhance the vibrant, free-spirited energy The Morningside store is open from 09h00 to 18h00 on Monday to Saturday of today’s discerning fashion lover. and from 09h00 to 15h00 on Sundays There are many reasons why we can’t and public holidays. get enough of Colourbox this season. They offer an eclectic and inimitable mix Shop U23A Morningside Shopping Centre, corner of Rivonia & Outspan Roads, Morningside of pieces, ranging from the quirky and m 084 912 4444 whimsical to the classic and timeless. E @colourboxsa They also understand that most women Q @colourboxsa


The Philips SONICARE DIAMONDCLEAN You’re never fully dressed without a smile


e’re about to dazzle you with this genius invention! They say a smile will gain you 10 more years on your life, and, well here’s the fix – the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush. These are our top six reasons why it’s the only toothbrush you’ll ever need to own: 1. It looks damn fine … it’s the sexiest toothbrush on the market! Plus, it comes in baby pink. Sold! 2. It comes with five modes, so all your brushing needs are covered: Sensitive, polish, white, clean and gum care. We use white most often as it removes all coffee and wine stains. 3. It comes with an elegant deluxe USB travel case that doubles as a charger so you can stay topped up on the go. 4. The densely packed, high-quality bristles remove up to seven times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. 5. The brushes (you receive two with your purchase) possess an angled neck, which means they get right into those little crevices where plaque is hiding. 6. We’re obsessed with the QuadPacer feature that ensures you brush evenly and divides the mouth into four sections.

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Available in a range of colours for R3,299 from Dis-Chem pharmacies and online at

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beauty & wellness

BIANCA’S For the browzer Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Brow Perfector R370 from select department stores

Lust list

Our top 10 beauty must-haves of 2019 Save your bucks, be thrifty and be frugal because these are non-negotiable buys! For the naturist Burt’s Bees Lip Balm R75 Dis-Chem pharmacies or online at

For the aficionado Chanel Le Volume Revolution de Chanel Mascara R635 from Woolworths

For the thriver Revlon Kiss Cloud in Rosy Cotton Candy R129 from all leading pharmacies and department stores

For the prudent Clere Your Shape, Your Way R21.99 from all major retail outlets

For the pleasure-seeker The scent of the season: Chloé L’Eau Eau de Toilette R1,005 for 30ml from Woolworths, Edgars and Truworths

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For the boujee Dior Dreamskin Care & Perfect R1,850 from select Edgars stores


For the eco-warrior Essential Earth Remedies Absolute Rose Renewing Serum R380 from their store in Cedar Square Shopping Centre

For the game-changer Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturiser R449.95 from Dis-Chem pharmacies, Clicks and Pick n Pay Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

For the heliophile Heliocare 360º Water Gel R450 from select Sorbet salons


TEBOGO MANAKA How to perfect your lateral squats

This month, we’re going back to basics and exploring how to execute the forward lunge with the correct form and technique. These exercises will work your glutes, quads and hamstrings. Enjoy!


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Over the last three months, fitness trainer Tebogo Manaka has familiarised us with some basic but vitally important exercises. This month, he’s showing us how to perfect our lateral squats. If you have any questions about this exercise (or any other exercises), feel free to DM Tebogo on Instagram and he’ll be happy to help. 1 Q @tebogo_iamgym

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STEP 1: Face forward and keep a straight posture in an upright position with your body fully erect. Your legs should be shoulder width apart. Keep your abdominals tight and engage your core. Your head should be straight with your eyes to the horizon. Place your hands as seen in the picture. STEP 2: Maintain an upright position facing forward. Take a step left in a lateral position, lifting your leg slightly off the ground. Extend your hands straight or place them as seen in the picture. STEP 3: Left leg: Suspend your bodyweight on the heel of the left leg. Your bum (glute) should be stuck out with your toes facing forward. Right leg: Extend the leg – keeping it straight with your toes facing forward – and lock your knee. When looking from a profile view, make sure that the heel of the left leg is in line with the toes or the right leg. Repeat on your right leg. Do four to five sets or 15 to 20 repetitions on each leg. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •


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A kneading fit for all queens

Africology Parkhurst

Who runs the world? It’s a rhetorical question as we all know the superpower of women, but we aren’t robots. From time to time, we also need to replenish our energy ... and what better way than with a spoil with the girls?

For a long-lasting love affair: Africology at The Maslow Hotel

Treatments: Soul of Africa Body Journey and Balancing Rose Facial Grab your girly-girls, your homegirls, your yummy mummies ... come one, come all because this spa is all about relaxation and restoration. This is our top pick because there’s array of facilities to open up those pores pre-massage.

Africology at The Zone

For a quickie: Africology at The Zone Treatment: The Shaman’s Journey

We’re not sure if it was therapist Tabatha, the ethereal ambiance or the actual massage journey itself (perhaps it was all three), but it literally felt like we were floating. This is an absolute 10 out of 10 experience – an unforgettable, deep, warm and insistent massage. This subtly sensuous adventure takes you through a physical and emotional cycle as it deals with the chakras of the body and realigning them.

Make sure you go an hour or two before your treatment to indulge in all the sensuous spa facilities, from a pebbled and watered path to massage the feet, to a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. There’s also a beautiful outdoor rooftop area to sip on an exotic Africology tea blend and chatter away. The massage uses Africa’s miracle Marula oil blended with neroli to soften signs of ageing through its anti-stress action. Then for the facial, which uses rosehip oil and is designed to restore the skin’s natural balance, warmed rose quartz stones are massaged upon the face in conjunction with a deep cleansing and hydrating rose inspired facial. The Maslow Hotel, 146 Rivonia Road, Sandton m 010 226 4688

We recommend popping in and out for this one. Why not go with a business babe or a best friend during lunch hour? The spa is intimate and cozy and allows for a quick catch up. Shop NM05, The Zone, Oxford Road, Rosebank m 011 447 5877

For a little flirtation: Africology Parkhurst Treatments: Cellulite Detox Herbal Oil Massage and VelaShape III Body Contouring

This oil massage is all about detoxifying the body: You’ll feel relaxed and on cloud nine while benefitting from the release of toxicity in the body. The focus is on clearing and cleaning out the body’s negative energies to make space for more clarity and regeneration. We suggest following this with the only FDA-approved slimming device on the market right now, the VelaShape III, which reduces cellulite and centimeters. And hey, if it means we can add one more glass of rosé to lunchtime, count us in!


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Did you know? Every single Africology product contains ethically sourced ingredients that are used during all treatments. The owners of Africology have specifically created these products to enhance healing and you can purchase them at each spa. 1 E @africologyskincare D @africologyspa Q @africology_sa

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Girls, this is the ideal location for a pre-boozy lunch massage. Because this spa is situated on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, you can relax and indulge in a beautiful hour-long massage and then enjoy a healthy Lebanese ladies’ luncheon at Liban Café or a wholesome Italian feast at Casa Marani Italian Restaurant & Deli.

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Naked WITH LARA Using active ingredients in the holiday sun We’ve teamed up with Lara Wicksteed, co-owner of YouBar in Thrupps Illovo Centre and a skincare buff who worked for brands such as Dermalogica, SkinCeuticals and La Roche-Posay for eight years before she decided to open her own beauty business.This month, Lara gives us the lowdown on active ingredients. The buzzword ‘active ingredients’ is on everyone’s lips at the moment. But what are these active ingredients, exactly?

Lara explains that in any skincare product – even natural ones – active ingredients are responsible for delivering the proposed benefits. “Depending on your skin concerns, you can choose an active ingredient that targets acne breakouts, hyperpigmentation, ageing, fine lines and deep lines,” she says. But here’s the thing: As with any potent ingredients, underlying side effects may emerge when you start using them. According to Lara, one of the most common side effects is heightened photosensitivity, a type of reaction the skin experiences when the treated area is exposed to sunlight. That’s right – some of your favourite creams and serums could be increasing your sun sensitivity without you even knowing … as if you needed a stronger motivation to use sunscreen every day! The ingredients that are most likely to cause skin sensitivity are retinol and hydroxy acids such as AHAs and BHAs, says Lara.


If you use these ingredients without effective sun protection at the same time, Lara explains that you can put yourself at risk of developing sun damage, which will worsen your existing skin concerns. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

So, let’s talk about how you should be using them for optimal results.

Retinol Dubbed the gold standard of anti-ageing products by many dermatologists, retinol targets wrinkles, enlarged pores, fine lines as well as uneven skin tone and textures, says Lara. “Otherwise known as vitamin A, retinol stimulates cell renewal to produce healthy new skin cells,” she explains. “Think of the new skin that develops like a baby’s skin – it’s precious and delicate, and therefore shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight.” Lara adds that the goal of using retinol is to improve aged, damaged skin, but if you’re exposing it to environmental factors like the sun, you’re defeating the objective of achieving healthy, youthful skin. For this reason, she says the labels of most retinol products recommend using it at night only to avoid sun damage any risks.

“Due to the constant exfoliation these products provide, your face can become more vulnerable to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – even on days you don’t use them,” she explains. “This is because exfoliating acids stay in the skin and to continue treating the skin. They don’t just simply wash off.” Interestingly enough, studies have shown that continual use of hydroxy acids can cause your skin to burn when exposed to UV light up to 24 hours after last application, Lara adds. Lara concludes these ingredients can do wonders for the skin, so there’s no need to purge your cabinets of products that contain them. “By simply being mindful of the amount of sun exposure you’re getting and applying sunscreen regularly – in addition to seeking shade and covering up with hats and sunglasses – you should experience no downsides.” Happy holidays, HJ!

Hydroxy acids Hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid) are naturally derived acids that chemically exfoliate the skin. Commonly found in skin-brightening and acne-fighting products, these acids work to rid the surface of buildup to keep skin smooth and hydrated, says Lara.

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dining out

restaurant of the month


Bring a hot date to the hottest new restaurant in town Brassy, energetic and classily cosmopolitan, the new addition to The Peech Hotel mixes Gallic joie de vivre with snappy Jozi-style customer service in a glammed-up setting. Melrose meets Montmartre on a dinner menu that’s just the ticket for that special date – the red wine poached figs are guaranteed to melt the hardest of hearts.


ost Joburgers have moved on, but the splendidly re-energised Peech Hotel is still one of Joburg’s more covetable treasures – especially now that it’s redefined its food and wine offering. Owners James and Vicky Peech have set up another restaurant: An intimate 40-seater venue that’s situated in the hotel’s original heritage house overlooking the main entrance with chef Freddie Dias, previous head chef of The Pot Luck Club, at the helm.

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Basalt, named after a dark fine-grained volcanic rock that sometimes displays a columnar structure, is low-lit and atmospheric – just the place for a midweek date night. The cavernous space is sexy and lush, decked out with an eclectic mix of furniture that’s armed to charm. There’s parquet flooring, charcoal walls, sumptuous upholstery and touches of copper. Come here for five-star service, supreme hospitality and the chance to eat upscale savoury custard (or anything you fancy) in beautiful room that’s a prize ticket for romantic assignations. Grab a leather bar stool at the plush bar and get things off to a racy start with a round of signature cocktails or chilled vodka shots. Then, bag one of the sultry nooks for a tryst over some big-hearted food. The simple menu, consisting of only five starters, five mains and three desserts, is a celebration of Freddie’s Portuguese roots and his time in Mexico and France. It has a focus on sustainable fish, game, game birds and vegetarian dishes, but don’t panic – even if you’re not sure about your date’s dining preferences yet, you can’t go wrong here. We recommend the intricately balanced ceviche with squid ink tiger’s milk, pickled radish, marinated cucumber and crispy quinoa as well as the exquisitely plated Japanese savoury custard with broad bean, mint and lemon to start.

Either way, expect fine-tuned cooking with add-ons … and a serious wine list to boot. Next comes our favourite part – the carefully rendered, offbeat mains that are guaranteed to soothe curious palates. The pan-fried line fish is particularly delicious, with zesty cauliflower and lime butter with the mustardy kick of curry leaves. You can also soak up the exotic thrills of risotto with 10 vegetables and fresh Parmesan, Mexican-inspired pork belly with Ricarda Negra, charred asparagus and toasted almond molé, and other culinary delights. The desserts are bound to impress your Romeo or Juliet too. The Sweet Citrus Burst with Crema Catalana, naartjie granita and lemon leaf snow is a surefire hit for a showy date night, while the Red Wine Poached Figs with smoked chocolate mousse, date cream and almond praline is subtly nuanced and bursting with unexpected flavours. There’s also a cheese platter for two – a spread of hard, soft, goat and blue cheese, candied walnuts and baguette. At Basalt, it’s all about luxuriating in smart food aided by cosseting service ... it’s irresistible for couples and canoodlers and has something for every amorous encounter. Starters are between R85 and R120 and mains range from R150 to R210. Basalt is open for dinner only from Tuesday to Saturday from 18h30 to 23h30 but doesn’t take walk-ins, so bookings are essential. Go on … let this sensuous spot help you set the scene to impress that special someone! The Peech Hotel, 61 North Street, Melrose m 011 537 9797 1 k Q @basaltjhb Hello Joburg • December 2019 •



DW ELEVEN-13 Romance in the City of Gold


You’ll be drawn in by the romantic aura of this 60-seater space with its clean, fine lines, minimalistic feel and ultra-contemporary design. The creation of distinct flavours in the cuisine is also depicted in the discrete décor – it’s simple and beautiful. What will really catch your eye is the ceiling exhibition of upside-down baobab trees. Once you’re seated with a glass of Eigashima Shuzo white wine cask whisky (one of 500 bottles in the world), you and your partner will be prepared to be taken to cloud nine. The dishes are innovative, and each ingredient shines throughout to create an ideal balance.


There’s never a dull moment when it comes to this imaginative six course whisky pairing (you can also opt for a wine or a non-alcoholic pairing). Whiskies have been meticulously hand-selected for each dish and, yes … it all comes together like a philharmonic orchestra! For a tongue teaser, you’ll begin with breadsticks and a kimchi mayo followed by dusky black mussel shell cannoli topped with pumpkin and kale and then a plate of fish in toast (yes, in not on toast). Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

Showing off the restaurant’s culinary skills is the second course of the tasting menu: Gnocchi with spinach, seeds, raisins, capers and a decadently flaky and full-flavoured Karoo crumble … it’s pure perfection! The forgiving potato pockets fill your mouth with umami whilst the seductive leafy-green sauce exquisitely compliments the richness of the pasta. Another typical whisky pairing of goat’s cheese, guava and honeycomb conjures memories of a summer’s day, savouring in the dazzle of the Stellenbosch winelands. It’s light and airy and allows for your palate to be cleansed for the final dessert dish, which is a masterstroke; a crispy brittle confectionery – a vanilla and strawberry feuillantine paired with a velvety smooth wheated bourbon, W1 Weller Special Reserve. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Tasting menu options R900 – food R1,125 - non-alcoholic and food pairing R1,375 - wine and food pairing R1,500 - whisky and food pairing Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Bompas Road, Dunkeld West m 011 341 0663 K k E @restaurantdweleven13 D @dweleven13 Q @dweleven_13

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ecause we believe you should never stop dating your wife and you should always cosy up with that special someone, allow us to introduce one of the dreamiest eateries in our city: DW Eleven-13. It’s in a slightly bizarre location at the bottom of the Dunkeld West Shopping Centre that’s completely hidden yet utterly treasured. But aside from its location, executive head chef and owner Marthinus Ferreira has created a showstopper.

LOOKS TO BE A BULLISH SUMMER IN THE HEART OF SANDTON. The Bull Run celebrates no-fuss culinary sophistication with an impeccably curated selection of steaks, wines and cocktails. Overlooking the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the heart of our city’s economic hub. 2019 will see The Bull Run celebrate its 19th year in the industry. The Bull Run is a brand steeped in tradition and values, a quintessential grill house where you’re not only made to feel special, you’re made to feel at home. TRADING HOURS: 11H00 - 22H30 (DAILY) DEC 24TH 2019, CHRISTMAS EVE: 11H30 - 22H30 (LUNCH & DINNER) DEC 25TH 2019, CHRISTMAS DAY: 11H30 - 22H30 (LUNCH & DINNER) DEC 26TH 2019, DAY OF GOODWILL: 17H30 - 22H30 (DINNER ONLY) DEC 31ST 2019, NEW YEAR’S EVE: 11H30 - 22H30 (LUNCH & DINNER) JAN 1ST 2020, NEW YEAR’S DAY: 17H30 - 22H30 (DINNER ONLY) WWW.THEBULLRUN.CO.ZA 20 MAUDE STREET, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG TEL: 011 884 1400 Hello Joburg • December 2019 •


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Good food doesn’t have to be about fancy ingredients – but what you do with them definitely counts. This month, we caught up with Justin Maharaj, the new executive chef at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa’s Amuse-Bouche restaurant, about his personal journey, food trends and the power of humble ingredients.

Having grown up in Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal with working class parents, Justin familiarised himself with humble coastal products and watched his mother closely as she turned ordinary produce into delicious meals. “It was then that I realised that you don’t need the

most elite ingredients to cook spectacular food. Maintaining the integrity of the ingredients you have in your cooking methods is what makes a great dish,” he explains. In a bid to turn his passion into a reality, Justin studied at the International Hotel School in Durban. His first professional kitchen experience was at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge at the age of 17, where he worked during school holidays and felt right at home … and he’s never looked back. Justin then chopped his way though some of the country’s largest kitchens – from The Maslow Hotel in Sandton to Emperors Palace – before opening his own spot, Rendezvous, in Umhlanga and Umdloti.

So, what can patrons expect from the menu at Amuse-Bouche? The restaurant serves up classical dishes with a modern twist that maintain the authenticity, heritage and provenance of the ingredients of its Mediterranean menu. There’s no room for error when it comes to the quality of the food and service excellence. Of course, maintaining this quality and excellence means Justin must have his finger on the pulse of all food trends, which keep chefs on their Birkenstock toes. “We’re seeing an increase in appreciation for different cuisines amongst local patrons. People also want to experience food that’s authentic and true to its origin. With this comes a

YOU CAN NOW COOK DAVID HIGGS’ DISHES AT HOME Yet another renowned culinarian has joined the esteemed line-up of chefs to collaborate with dinner-kit delivery specialists, UCOOK. Recipes from chef David Higgs now feature on the UCOOK line-up offering aspiring foodies nationwide the chance to enjoy dishes from his iconic restaurant, Marble, and his autobiography Mile 8.


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greater awareness of food products, integrity of sourcing the products and environmental impact. Sustainability continues to change the way we work.” When he’s not cooking, Justin likes to eat out at La Rosa Mexican Grille and Tequileria in Honeydew and highly recommends their soft-shell jalapeño tacos and margaritas. Hello, summer … see you there! 1 Alma Road, Wendywood m 011 804 2540 E @fairlawnsboutiquehotel D @fairlawnsboutiq Q @fairlawnsboutiquehotel

Dishes featured on the UCOOK menu include David’s Asian Sirloin with crispy ginger, nori seasoning and pak choi, Aubergine Ravioli with ricotta, sun-dried tomato and sage, Fried Trout with rice noodles, Tandoori Chicken with roast butternut and guava chutney as well as his Green Risotto with goat’s cheese, truffle zest and spinach. K

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rom the pages of one magazine to another, some of Justin’s earliest recollections of interesting food came from his mother’s weekly YOU magazine. “I would cut out recipes from the magazine. There was always an amazing picture with a tale of the recipe by the chef making it,” he says. Now, Justin is making the rounds in local foodie news.

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The Zone@Rosebank With over 30 restaurants, we think it’s safe to say that The Zone has all of the culinary offerings one could ever hope for, making it the perfect spot to host Hello Joburg Magazine’s Eat the World Foodie Tour that took place last month. Our tour started off on a high note (literally) at the spectacular bar and restaurant at The Holiday Inn. Offering stunning views of the jacaranda trees and a glorious pool deck, it proved to be the ideal place to welcome our guests. It also provided a great backdrop for said guests, which included the likes of Dee Mandic (@thatstotallyfetch_sa), Sara Morshedi (@glamhousesa) and Jade Voges (@jade.voges) to snap some picture-perfect #OOTDs while enjoying the welcome drinks. Once everyone had arrived, we began our grand tour, starting with a stop at Mythos ... or should we say Greece? Our influencers savoured

halloumi, fresh salads, pita bread, falafels and Greek wine while soaking up the impeccable blue and white décor, reminiscent of a Santorini courtyard. The next seaside paradise themed stop was none other than Ocean Basket. Sharing platters brimming with calamari, fried squid heads and battered hake were the order of the day. Oh, and, of course, some more delicious wine!


After our coastal jaunts, we were on to Piza ē Vino for an Italian feast – pizza with every kind of topping. With just one bite of the Pizza Colada or the La Greca we were whisked away to the streets of Italy ... all that was missing was the Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

Dessert was served at Lexi’s Healthy Eatery, where the sunshine yellow décor provided yet another Instagrammable backdrop for our influencers’ photos. The vegan and gluten-free cakes went down a treat – not to mention how beautiful they were. Everyone was also extremely impressed by the pavlova, chocolate brownies and ice cream. The final indulgence was Lexi’s fruity smoothies; perhaps an unconventional nightcap but a fabulous way to end off a wonderful evening of great company and food, nonetheless. In the end, we set out to eat the world and eat the world is definitely what we did. It goes to show that whether you’re craving a taste of the Greek islands, the streets of Italy or anywhere else in the world, you needn’t plan a holiday – just a trip to The Zone. 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank L 011 537 3800 K E @thezoneatrosebank D @rosebankthezone Q @rosebankthezone

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Vespa! The sun was going down at this point and so we welcomed the evening with delicious cocktails and all-round good vibes.

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LERATO'S CORNER A candid review …


We’re mad about meat, so we know that Joburg is home to some of the best steakhouses and grills in the country whether we’re after a 1kg tomahawk ribeye or Argentinian asado. A few weeks ago, we wanted savour sirloin, chateaubriand, fillet steak and beyond somewhere new and decided to go to Che Argentine Grill in its new location hidden away on Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkwood. The new restaurant has the same sultry, seductive look and feel as the Maboneng one used to have: Dark grey walls, red curtains, high ceilings and wooden tables with candles and mismatched chairs. Sexy murals and Edison bulbs add further quirkiness to the industrial-style space. One difference is that the new restaurant has a small outside section at the back too, which is sure to be popular in summer. My lunch date and I were keen for a boozy lunch, so we ordered a round of Clarito cocktails to kick it off. Shaken with gin, dry vermouth, syrup and lemon, they were simple but great – not to mention super-affordable at R55 each. We were also recommended the margarita and mezcal margarita, which we’ll be back to try. On the side, we ordered Che’s famous Carne (100% chopped beef, onion, red peppers and eggs) and Caprese (mozzarella, basil and tomato) empanadas to nibble on. Unfortunately, only after biting into what was meant to be the Caprese did I discover a filling of ham, mozzarella and oregano. The waitress’s reaction was unconcerned and while she said she’d get the chef to prepare the Caprese empanada right away, it never ended up arriving. For mains, I wanted the Pollo Deshuesado – half a deboned chicken marinated in lemon, garlic and oregano and then grilled – but the restaurant hadn’t received stock. My second choice was the Spanish-style octopus with paprika and potatoes, but again … no luck. I ended up settling for a few of the tapas: The grilled tuna and sautéed vegetables, fried prawns with garlic and chilli, and mushroom croquettes with truffle oil. All three were average at most, with the best plate probably being the croquettes. On the other hand, my lunch date ordered the Arañita Steak (AKA the spider or butcher’s steak), which was certainly something to write home about. Served on a shining white plate, the black charred lines clashed with bright pink insides … it consoled, sated, seduced. While the owner was engaged and clearly very passionate about Che, the ‘new’ restaurant still has a long way to go before the standard of service matches up to the food, drink and ambiance. It’s still early days though, so I’ll visit again soon to see if things have improved. Nonetheless, I’d absolutely recommend Che for a midweek lunch or dinner or a celebration with friends. It will be a problem for vegetarians as there’s little alternative to meat, but the meats that are all cooked on the open grill and served with chimichurri sauce are so good that it makes it understandable. And did we mention that the beef is grass-fed and sourced from a reputable farm in the Midlands? Enough said! FOOD DRINKS AMBIENCE SERVICE


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You might recognise O’ver Pizza from Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays. Well, you can now find Miss South Africa 2019 top 16 finalist Lisa Stofella’s pizzeria just outside the new Food Lover’s Market at Ferndale on Republic too. The menu currently features seven pizzas and aims to keep it simple with a little something to suit every taste. They have the classics, such as the margarita, diavola, ortolana (mixed vegetables) and calzone as well as signatures, including the La Messicana (chicken, avo and sour cream) and the Short Rib (pulled beef and caramelised onions). PS: The meats used are all halaal so everyone can enjoy the pizza they really want. Ferndale on Republic, Republic Road, Ferndale

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Banking on some time for lunch? Pay a visit to the brand-new Food Lover’s Eatery at Bank City! With a strong focus on convenience, the chic Eatery store is dedicated to offering the fastest lunch service in the vicinity, ensuring that shoppers don’t lose any valuable time during their lunch breaks. It offers delicious traditional lunch options such as burgers, chicken, schwarmas, paninis and focaccias plus salads, wraps, sushi and fresh juices. The variety is incredible and makes for an easy lunch or graband-go dinner solution. Of course, no Food Lover’s Eatery is complete without a Seattle Coffee Company outlet, located at the entrance of the store. Bank City, 1 First Place, Pritchard Street, Joburg CBD m

At Glenda’s, they’ll have you believe that brunch is served best with a side of blooms. This brunch-to-late-nightcocktails nook in Hyde Park has taken everyone’s obsession with flowers ... and doubled it. Think bright, bold walls with lavishly painted flowers, and glass countertops filled with fresh, seasonal blooms and decadent cakes. Neither too twee nor too girly, Glenda’s is a visual delight – and the wafting scent of savoury eats drifting from the kitchen only adds to the atmosphere. Most Insta-worthy dish: The smashed avo toast with avocado, chilli flakes and lemon. Hyde Square Shopping Centre, 285 Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park m 011 268 6369 1


It’s one of Joburg’s most popular Italian restaurants and now the owners of Dolci Café have opened a second establishment – Bistro Dolce Vita – in the heart of Sandton. The new bistro is owned and run by chef Jackie Righi-Boyd and her husband Clayton Boyd as well as their partner Sergio Caon, who previously owned and ran Treviso Café in Craighall. Bistro Dolce Vita still has the Italian leaning that chef Jackie has become known for, but it is more cosmopolitan and also includes recipes from other parts of the world. There’s a small permanent menu with regular specials and a rotation of the chefs that work at Dolci Café and Bistro Dolce Vita. The Regent, 21 West Road South, Morningside m 011 581 0232


Fresh Cuban vibes, a mix of pastel walls and steps leading down into the main room make The Royale reminiscent of paladares – casual restaurants run out of Cuban homes. The key design feature, however, is the tall, wooden, old-fashioned bar styled with bottles. Pair that with Cuban-inspired music and strong cocktails and you have a setting that will have you feeling like you’re on holiday in Havana! Most Insta-worthy dish: The hamburger served with mojito (yes, mojito) mayo. 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall m 060 575 2471


Anyone who’s anyone in the Instagram world knows that this Asian BBQ rock ‘n roll bar is the Insta shot in town. If you’ve never been to an Asian back-alley street market, imagine cobbled paving, jade green marble accents and a canopy of hundreds of suspended antique Asian umbrellas. There are also two aged murals of women that overlook the space. But it’s not just a pretty face – there’s also plenty on offer food-wise to satisfy all your Asian feast cravings. Most Insta-worthy dish: The pork belly ramen bowl in traditional broth. Unit 1 Parkwood Mansions, 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood m 011 327 6596 Hello Joburg • December 2019 •


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Baby Lord's Lust List … that also make Mom and Dad’s lives a little easier This month, Baby Jax tried and tested these baby products and they all received his tick of approval.These are the must-haves thou lordship absolutely has to have before the year comes to an end.

PURE BEGINNINGS BIODEGRADABLE BABY WIPES WITH ORGANIC ALOE (64 WIPES) R42.95 FUN TIME BUBBLE BATH R69. SOOTHING BABY WASH & SHAMPOO (200ML) R79.95 Available at Dis-Chem pharmacies and Baby City MUST-HAVE because they’re the very best your baby could ever use. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but the company is also celebrating 10 years! How can you not love a company that started with the vision to provide South African consumers with safer, healthier products for their babies and children?


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EVERYSUN KIDS LOTION SPF 50 R99,99 Available at all leading retailers and pharmacies MUST-HAVE because kidlets as young as possible should be taught correct sunscreen application techniques.This is a necessity and we love that it’s a broad spectrum, UVA and UVB protection.

SHNUGGLE BATH R769 STAND R470 (These are sold separately) Available at Kids Emporium stores nationwide, Bespoke Babies in Woodmead,Yummy Baby in Parkhurst and on Takealot MUST-HAVE because firstly, it comes in seven different chic colors. Secondly, it’s a multi award-winning bath and thirdly, it makes bath time pure fun! There’s a genius bum bump too, which helps support baba.

BABY JAX’S ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVES FOR THE FUTURE HASBRO TOYS FOR BOYS: NERF RIVAL HELIOS XVIII-700 R699 MUST-HAVE because baby needs it to go into battle with. This inventive toy unleashes rounds at a velocity of 30 meters per second and Mastermind, the bolt placement can be customised to accommodate right or left-handed battlers.

UBBI NAPPY BIN R1,395 WIPES DISPENSER R485 Available at Kids Emporium stores nationwide, Bespoke Babies in Woodmead,Yummy Baby in Parkhurst and on Takealot MUST-HAVE because you’re ensured to never experience that dreaded nappy smell in baby’s room … and we mean never!

BABY JAX’S ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVES FOR THE FUTURE HASBRO TOYS FOR GIRLS BABY ALIVE SWEET SPOONFUL’S BABY R540 MUST-HAVE because the kiddies will love playing mommy or daddy during mealtime by preparing baby’s food and feeding baby. When it’s time to eat, add the powdered doll food package and water into the included blender and turn the handle to mix it together. Feed the doll with the spoon or give baby a bottle and watch as baby really eats.

JEAN KELLY TOFFEE LEATHER SHOPPER R2550 STAR CHANGING POUCH R299 Available online at MUST-HAVE because moms need to be bang on trend too.This beautiful bag is the perfect size for your purse, iPhone, nappies, bum creams and bottles. Who says you have to be a b for boring mom, right?

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EPIMAX BRAND-NEW BABY BUM BARRIER CREAM R85 BABY & JUNIOR CREAM R65 Available at Dis-Chem pharmacies, Clicks and other leading pharmacies MUST-HAVE because not only are they exceptionally affordable, they’re also hypo-allergenic, condition and restore baby’s skin and are safe to use from birth.

7. NANAS TOASTY ANN DUNGAREE R280 Available online www. or at Tapenade and Friends in Randstream MUST-HAVE because who doesn’t want a taste of Ouma’s goodness? That’s right – the babywear is made by grannies who love to knit! They’re handmade with love, they’re gorgeous and they improve baby’s endearing qualities. PS: You can pick up your order for zero delivery fee from Pretoria. ZAZU WALL LIGHT R999 GINA THE GIRAFFE R599 Available at Kids Emporium stores nationwide, Bespoke Babies in Woodmead,Yummy Baby in Parkhurst and on Takealot. MUST-HAVE because it’s not ridiculously adorable and operates by hand gestures. So, once baby learns to wave or tap, he or she can operate it too. It also has an automatic shut off and it alternates between different colors … how romantic!

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Things to do with each member of the family There’s no better time to spend some quality time with your loved ones than the festive season. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do to give you and each member of your family an Dad awesome bonding experience.


We’re sure that Gran and Grandad wouldn’t mind another trip to the local church fête, but you on the other hand? Not so much. Why not do something a little different and pay a visit to Parkers Comedy and Jive? Your grandparents are sure to appreciate the liveliness and will most probably laugh like they haven’t done in years. The club always has a great variety of brilliant comedians and shows to choose from. Treat them to a meal while you’re out as the club has quite an extensive menu, or you could take them to one of the many restaurants in Montecasino. Who knows – they might have so much fun that they’ll even want to play some slot machines after!


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Spoil your mom with a delightful spa day at Kievits Kroon Winelands Spa. This fabulous spa has recently been revamped and now features an aesthetic clinic and a nail bar. They have some wonderful spa packages, which range from full day to half-day experiences that include lunch and access to the spa’s thermae facilities which has steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools and a jacuzzi. The spa is located at the picturesque Kievits Kroon Country Estate in Pretoria and is the ideal place to spend a day of pampering bliss. Plus, it’s also a great way to be able to enjoy your mom’s company. 41 Reier Rd, Kameeldrift-East, Pretoria K L 012 819 8600

Wonderboom, Pretoria L 012 543 0918


Quite possibly the hardest member of the family to please, teenagers are notorious for not enjoying things. So, a trip to Soweto Towers for a bungee jump may be just the thing to get them to them to open up a bit. We guarantee that after they’ve done the 100m jump, they’ll be far too full of adrenaline to act aloof. It’s also an awesome activity to do to make lasting memories and you might surprise them by showing your wild side and taking the plunge as well ... not to mention the unparalleled view from the top of the towers. Chris Hani Road, Klipspruit 318-Iq, Johannesburg L 071 674 4343 K E @sowetotowers

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Spend an afternoon exploring the Wonderboom Nature Reserve with your father. This 200hectare lush nature reserve is located in the northern part of Tshwane and straddles the Magaliesberg. It’s also home to its namesake, which is a fig tree that is over 1,000 years old. In fact, the entire nature reserve was built around this 23-metre-high tree to protect it. The long walks and historic scenery which includes The Wonderboom Fort is one of the four forts built to defend the city against the British and will give you ample opportunity to chat and catch up on the things you may not have had time to talk about during the year.

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LION & SAFARI PARK Get closer than ever to Africa’s wildlife Situated only 13km from Lanseria Airport and a short 40 minutes from Johannesburg, the Lion & Safari Park is a must-see tourist destination nestled in the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range and within the Cradle of Humankind, a world UNESCO heritage site.


he Lion & Safari Park’s 600-hectare property is home to a vast selection of indigenous species, including the lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard, wild dog, sable antelope, kudu and nyala to name a few. It offers a wealth of exciting activities for all ages and guests are guaranteed to get super-close to some of Africa’s favourite animals whether they go on an informative guided tour or a self-drive. Guests can enjoy a variety of different guided tours. The trained guides turn every tour into an informative and educational trip as they share interesting facts. Tour options include the threehour flagship Safari Tour, Mini Safari, Predator Tour, Alex Tour, Night Tours (with predator feeding) as well as exclusive private tours. The park is a paradise for children too. The beautifully designed playground next to the restaurants will keep the young ones entertained and makes for the perfect venue for kiddies’ birthday parties. A day visit to the park also provides the perfect opportunity for schoolchildren to learn about the animals and various research programmes that the Lion and Safari Park is involved in.


The Bull ‘n Buck grill provides a premier dining experience with a delicious menu, top wine list and, of course, venison – the grill’s specialty dish that complements that true African sensation. Alternatively, the Wetlands Restaurant is a great family choice to enjoy a quick meal whilst enjoying the view of antelope grazing meters away. Take a short walk from the restaurants to visit the meerkat, porcupine and mongoose enclosures. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

The park’s photographic centre will capture your memories with a great range of printing options such as photobooks, mugs, keyrings, puzzles and more. The 5 Dome Shopping Experience offers a vast selection of unique hand-crafted curios, jewellery and clothing, which make lovely gifts for those back home. Entrance to the restaurants, curio shops and kiddie’s playground is free, and guests only pay for activities. The cost of a visit to the Lion and Safari Park is well priced for both local and international guests (there’s no extra charge to foreign visitors). The park is open 365 days a year and is certainly an experience not to be missed. R512 Pelindaba Road, Hartbeespoort L 087 150 0100 K E @lionsafaripark D @lionsafaripark Q @lionandsafaripark


The convenient thing about ghosts is that they tend to hang around old cities everywhere, including Jozi. The Mystery Ghost Bus tour starts near the Joburg Gen in Parktown at 7 pm, where you board a luxury bus. Based on the London Ghost Bus, the five-hour-long tour entertains with ghost, murder and mystery stories in the city. The tour offers something for everyone: pub stops to get you into the spirit (excuse the pun) with eerie storytelling at one of the pubs, meals, entertainment, the science of paranormal, live and dramatically recorded ghost stories, historical buildings and several off-the-bus-stops. It ends with a chilling climax in a graveyard – at midnight, of course!




The Braamfontein Spruit is one of the most popular mountain biking trails in the country. It’s a greenbelt in the middle of a city and is 60km long, but don’t worry – it’s an easy to moderate level trail. The trail starts in Melville Koppies AKA jacaranda central and runs all the way through to Paulshof. It also joins up with paths from various other points along the route, namely Albert’s Farm, Emmarentia, Delta Park, The Sandton Field and Study Centre in Parkmore, Sandton Field, Riverside and Bryanston Drive. For safety reasons, it’s recommended that you ride in groups of at least four.


The not-to-be-missed Moonlight Markets happen from 19 November to 17 December 2019, each Tuesday evening from 17h00 to 21h00. This year the focus is on wholesome family entertainment that allows children to experience the wonder and excitement of the true meaning of Christmas! A Children’s Theatre takes centre stage from 18h00 to 19h00 each evening with entertainment to captivate and enchant the children. Apart from the main theatre, a collection of children’s side activities offers a variety of entertainment and crafting including face painting, bead and wire crafting, ornamental clay painting, candle making, T-shirt painting, wooden toy painting and the creation of an advent garden. 40 Culross Road, Bryanston m 011 706 3671 1


An invigorating morning yoga session followed by an alfresco breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel - The Westcliff isn’t just a fabulous way to #treatyoself, but also to admire the jacarandas. Steven from Yoga Works gives the yoga class, which is followed by a healthy breakfast buffet – think fruits, juices, smoothies, tea, coffee and snacks – that you can enjoy on the lawns. Keep an eye on the Yoga Works Facebook page for other upcoming events. 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff m 072 835 2525 Park at Marks Park Sports Club across Judith Road, Emmarentia and access from North Gate


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Tips to get some phone numbers … without being banned from the bar There may still be hope for a date to that New Year’s party you’re going to! We’re not making any promises, but if you are out to scout, these are some of the things you shouldn’t do. It works in movies and occasionally in real life when you randomly catch a stranger smiling at you and smile back. It’s plausible, and if it happens naturally, then go with it as it unfolds organically. But singling someone you like out in the crowd at a bar and staring at them until it gets awkward won’t result in your happily ever after. If anything, the object of your affection is likely to feel uncomfortable, leave the venue or avoid you. Even though you’re on the scout, be subtle and read the room!

THE ACCIDENTAL DRINK SPILL This is a guaranteed fail … always! Not only is it irritating and a waste of money, but nine out of 10 times it’s also obvious. Again, this may work in the movies, but not in real life. If you really want to get someone’s attention, go over and say hello. Old school rules! Ask them their name or give a sincere compliment. If the conversation goes somewhere, cool. If not, at least you’re not sticky as a result of spilling your drink.



Ladies, this one could be you. If the guy you’ve been eyeing offers to buy you a drink at the bar, play it cool and keep it light. This isn’t the right time to tell him about every relationship that has ever gone wrong or how terrified you are about settling down with the right or wrong guy. If you need a topic to get the conversation going, consider asking what his plans are for the festive season. Reversely, be wary of the guy who buys you a drink and starts talking about his mother. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

DON’T GIVE UP! No one likes being shot down, but it happens. The trick is to not be discouraged, get totally wasted and then make a fool of yourself. Also remember that not everyone who’s out at a bar is looking to meet someone just because you are. Be discerning about who you approach: If the lady you like is having a big girls’ night out with her friends, she may be less likely to show any interest. Pick yourself up and move on.

PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY It may seem obvious but sitting alone or in a group at a bar browsing Instagram screams ‘disinterested’ … and really won’t help your cause with meeting a suitable partner or impressing your friends. It’s the fastest way to get labelled antisocial. Sure, some people turn to their phones and social media when they feel a little nervous or insecure, but if you’re out to scout then muster up the will to do just that

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OF THE MONTH by Thirst Bar Services Well, hello there! Can you believe it’s December? We’ve been on a mission to create a delicious cocktail for summer entertaining and leisurely outdoor activities, and the Pink Pepper Orange Lemon is just the thing. We love summer but we don’t love being hot … so give us as many of these pretty and oh-sorefreshing cocktails as we can handle. Bottoms up!


Ingredients: 50ml Opihr Gin 1 bottle Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water 4 pink peppercorns Dash of lemon juice Orange zest bowtie twirl (to garnish) Pink peppercorns (to garnish) Method: Fill a Copa de Balon glass with cubed ice. Pour the gin into the glass and then top up with tonic water. Garnish with an orange zest tied into a bowtie twirl and pink peppercorns. . 1 E @thirstbarservices D @thirstybarman Q @thirstybarman


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Whether you’re looking to grab afterwork drinks with coworkers or a spot for an early-game Tinder date, The Tiny Tiki Bar knows how to make the warm weather remain a breeze. Adjoining sister venue The Anti-Social Social Club, here you can look forward to a colourful, laidback atmosphere and kitsch cocktails, such as The Zombie made with a famous blend of four different rums and the Bahama Mama; an exotic blend of coconut, Kahlua and Sailor Jerry Rum. The next morning, go back to cure your hangover with a pancake stack with housemade miso and maple bacon. 10 7th Street, Melville m 071 774 5242


The Hide Out is just the place to go if you’re staying at a backpacker in the inner-city. Not only because you should have plenty left to splurge on drinks seeing as you won’t be splashing out on a fancy pants bedroom, but also because you’ll meet fellow travellers and like-minded people over drinks like the Mojito Mint, Cranberry Daiquiri and Strawberry Bubblegum. Fun fat? The building the bar is inside used to be a secret printing press and hideout for antiapartheid leaders, hence the name. Curiocity Backpackers, 302 Fox Street, Maboneng m 011 027 5257


Brought to you by the same guys behind 86 Public and Republic of 94 and closely linked to the Once in Joburg ‘flashpackers’ hostel, you can bet that The Immigrant Bar is where the party’s at. Find on a seat on the two-tiered terrace that overlooks Braam’s busy Grove Square and get happy drunk on signature citrus-based jam jar cocktails. On the cocktail menu you’ll also find the likes of a Cinnamon Pear Mojito, Raspberry Grapefruit Rosemary Martini and Pineapple Breeze. Unfortunately, apart from the nachos, we wouldn’t recommend the food. 90 De Korte Street, Braamfontein m 061 443 0084



You might recognise Shakers Cocktail Bar from most of Joburg’s markets a couple years ago. Its permanent location that takes form of an open-air cocktail bar in Maboneng’s quirky Maverick Corner only has a few tables available, but you won’t mind that once the salsa dancing starts. The cocktail menu includes all the warm-weather classics as well as cocktails served in teapots, buckets and jam jars, all garnished with fresh fruit and berries. Plus, their new kitchen serves up finger-licking gastropub meals like burgers, ribs and halloumi sticks. 300 Commissioner Street, Maboneng m 011 015 7111 Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr

Experience a whole new world with the production of the Disney hit, Aladdin. Visitors can look forward to the epic tale of a boy who simply wants a better life and not-so-simply meets a princess, finds a genie and flies on a magic carpet along the way. There will be drama, song and dance, and in true OAK Youth Theatre style there will also be a few intriguing twists. With a cast of 30 performers, colourful costumes and an exciting set, the classic story is bound to enthral viewers. This show is also guaranteed to keep the kids entertained!

Set to grace the stage of the Peoples Theatre at the Joburg Theatre complex for the very first time is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. Based on the classic Disney film version of Ian Flemings beloved children’s book, the show is set to be an unforgettable experience for young and old alike. The production will entertain audiences with the delightful tale of a magical flying car, an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (who composed the music for Mary Poppins) and a fantastic cast. The play is directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith and the stunning costumes are designed by Merry Whillier and Sean McGrath.

When: 5 to 8 December 2019 Where: Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City Cost: Between R80 and R120

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When: 1 to 22 December 2019 Where: Peoples Theatre, Joburg Theatre Cost: R140 Book:

STAGE YOUR ESCAPE Shows to whisk you away

For those of you who aren’t regular theatregoers, we suggest you set a little time aside for some of the best productions planned to dazzle Jozi’s theatres this month. Whether it’s taking a trip to Neverland or trying to survive a girls’ night out, these shows will allow you to escape reality ... even if it’s just for a couple hours.

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Becky, Please Turn Off the Lights

Peter Pan on Ice

This over-the-top show is set against the backdrop of a lavish club where three friends are celebrating a bachelorette party. As the night wears on, the story slowly reveals itself to not be the light-hearted tale it convinced you it was, but instead a frightful horror. The friends must use their bank cards and privilege – and naturally still take cute selfies – while trying to escape their imminent demise. Becky, Please Turn Off the Lights promises to be both funny and scary and gives you a reason to check out the POPArt Theatre; a cool, offbeat theatre situated in the trendy Maboneng precinct that’s well worth a visit.

Reconnect with your inner lost boy (or girl) with the wonderful Peter Pan on Ice. Showcasing the talents of 23 former World, European and National Championshiplevel skaters, this highly accomplished cast knows how to amaze audiences with a flawless performance ... and the fact that the show is on ice makes this childhood favourite even more whimsical. Guests can expect the original score, unbelievable choreography and the story’s iconic characters, such as Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook. There will also be jaw-dropping acrobatics, flying sequences, and spectacular fire-on-ice drama.

When: 5 to 8 December 2019 Where: POPArt Theatre, Maboneng Cost: Between R120 and R140 Book:

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TRUE REVIEW Peter Pan on Ice - the real slog to Neverland

It’s a make-believe journey that requires rehearsals for nine or more hours a day, six days a week for seven weeks … wow!


aking magic never looked so hard, and understanding the behind-the-scenes prep creates a new respect for this manifestation of mischief and adventure … on ice! While it's not a brand-new concept for us, theatre shows on ice remain novel for South African audiences who like to wear jerseys in summer.

To squash the perception of shows on ice, let’s get into it. Is this a bunch of B-grade dancers in oversized Disney character costumes stomping around on the ice? Not at all. The time, effort and logistics put into this performance are extensive, detailed and impressive. The show comprises exceptional talent, namely former World, European and National Championship level skaters – a group of 23 performers that collectively hold more than 250 competition medals. You do the math! The preparation is grueling, with a full seven weeks of training to ensure a polished and seamless show. The result is a spellbinding show for all audiences, irrelevant of age. The choreography is world-class, with acrobatics, flying sequences and LED illumination to set the stage alight. Since their debut in 2004, the Imperial Ice Stars have captivated more than four million people in 27 countries across five continents and have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the London Palladium and three seasons at the Royal Albert Hall. So, yes, this one comes to you highly recommended by us!


Peter Pan on Ice is taking place at The Teatro at Montecasino from 6 December 2019 to 11 January 2020. Tickets are available from Computicket and cost between R150 and R475 per person. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS 25 pairs of skates and 50 sets of blades are carried with the troupe on tour. To freight the whole show is approximately 25,000kg (or equivalent of 70) grand pianos. During a year, the flying pieces on stage will move approximately 27,000m during shows. 14 tonnes of ice are created in the production – the same weight as nearly 3 elephants. 2,500 litres of anti-freeze are used – that’s enough to fill 100 car-cooling systems. The ice reaches temperatures of -15°C, which is three times colder than your household freezer. In a theatre, the ice rink takes over 140 man-hours to build but only 30 man-hours to dismantle. The show always requests a hot water supply when ‘dressing’ the ice rink because hot water freezes quicker than cold due to the Mpemba effect. In the last year during the show dismantling, there have been approximately 26,500 shovelfuls of ice deposited from the stage.

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So, do we recommend you get tickets for this one? Look, it’s Peter Pan, dear thespians. Whether Peter’s on land, sea or ice, this story is an age-old classic that will continue to be retold time and time again. This time, The Imperial Ice Stars who brought Cinderella to us in 2017 are back to tell JM Barrie’s beloved story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up.


‘TIS THE SEASON … to put your feet up!

The festive season is upon us and with it comes braais, Quality Street sweets and a chance to put your feet up and relax. Whether you’re heading to the coast to dip your toes into the ocean or planning a quiet December at home, there’s a host of entertainment to keep you busy. These are the festive picks you don’t want to miss. Sugar Rush Christmas

On the 29 November 2019, a new Netflix original series drops and it’s the perfect binge to ensure you’re not only filled with festive cheer, but also inspired for your own December holiday menus. Sugar Rush Christmas puts together an array of well-known faces who judge competitors in a reality-style bake-off. Over six episodes, teams need to present delicious Christmas treats, with the winners bagging a cool $10,000. Each episode is Christmas themed, so expect a host of festive fun and a slight tummy rumble when you see what the contestants are able to present.

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The Photography Ideas Book

Lorna Yablsey has put together the most divine pocketbook that you can easily get through during a day at the pool. The book features more than 80 photos, which each one teaching the reader a new way to frame and photograph – think explanations about Neutral Density or Directional Light. The book will guide you with tips on how to find your own unique style. More experienced photographers will want to dive deep into the art, while for amateurs there’s inspiration on every page that will definitely improve your holiday snaps.


If you need to keep the little ones busy, then look no further than Showmax and their wonderful local animated movie, Zog. The award-winning movie travelled as far as Cannes when it was nominated for an international Emmy for Best Kids Animation. The story is based on a 2010 picture book and follows the adventures of Zog as he attends Dragon School. Zong is an enthusiastic and somewhat clumsy dragon who’s desperate to learn how to fly, roar and breathe fire. It’s a lovely story about friendship and a fun watch for the whole family.

Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns is an awardwinning South African blog by photographer and mom, Shante Hutton. Her gorgeous curated timeline includes discussions around parenting, food, wine and travel. Shante’s British wit adds a unique ‘real’ tone to her content. The blog is a great source for holiday inspiration, from gift guides to wine suggestions. You’ll find something useful and likely fall in love with Shante’s dynamic personality and sense of humour. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •




CARNIVAL CITY Say hello to the refreshed Privé

Carnival City has unveiled its new Privé, a reinvented high limit area where discerning guests can find sanctuary to play higher end slots and table games in utmost privacy and exclusivity. The Privé offers guests an enhanced gaming experience in a chic and contemporary setting.


ersonalised service and an augmented food and beverage offering are promised at the new Privé, along with a choice of 80 high denomination slots and 15 tables including American Roulette, Raisem Poker, Baccarat and Blackjack. Guests can explore a range of the latest slots while some best-loved cabinets have been retained. The beautifully appointed Privé is more spacious than before, with demarcated areas with semi-private slots and Tables Private Room. With refreshed carpeting and aesthetics, the Privé is plush, welcoming and inviting. The stylish custom-made gaming tables, supplied by TCSJOHNHUXLEY, further compliment the luxurious and elegant décor.


We want our guests to have a premium experience every time they choose to visit Carnival City,” says Annemie Turk, general manager at Carnival City. The new Privé at Carnival City is exclusive to Diamond and Platinum members of Sun International’s Sun MVG Programme. Membership to the programme is free and opens up a world of benefits and rewards. Sun International recently restructured its well recognised Most Valued Guest (MVG) loyalty programme to deliver more rewards, exciting benefits and exclusive offers to guests visiting its casinos and hotels in South Africa.

A key enhancement of the new Sun MVG Programme is the opportunity it provides to customers to earn both casino and leisure points when playing slots, table games, “It’s been a privilege to be chosen by Carnival staying in hotel rooms and dining at selected restaurants and outlets at Sun International City to be a part of this project. We’d like to congratulate Annemie and her team on a properties. Casino Points can be used for superb outcome and wish them all success,” playback on the slot machines and table games and Leisure Points for hotel comments Christiaan Els, managing accommodation, dining experiences or director at TCSJOHNHUXLEY Africa exciting entertainment. “These enhancements are part of our Corner of Century & Elsburg Roads, Brakpan ongoing commitment to ensuring that we L 011 898 700 exceed the expectations and desires of our K most valued guests. Optimising guest E @carnivalcitysa comfort is the driver behind the upgrade. D @carnivalcitysa Hello Joburg • December 2019 •




10 things we love about it


Another year another iPhone ... or so it seems! We’ve been accustomed to yearly releases of the gorgeous devices and this year’s refresh didn’t disappoint. Along from the regular iPhone 11, Apple released two new devices: The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. So, what makes these so special and what can you possibly do with three cameras? eaturing a stunning Pro Display, A13 bionic, cutting-edge Pro Camera System and the longest Battery life ever in iPhone with iPhone 11 Pro Max, there’s not much more that you could ask for in the new iPhone. We took a second to get up close and personal with the device and have this to report.



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This is the first iPhone series to boast three cameras on the device. There’s a new ultra-wide, wide and telephoto camera. The ultra-wide camera captures four times more scene than ever. Apple says it’s like taking a massive step back without moving. The new matte feel on the back of the iPhone feels great in hand along with the introduction of its new colour, midnight green. This contrasts with the previous iPhones that had glass backings. The new glass is the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and will protect the phone with everyday incidents.

The new Super Retina XDR display is a pro display with the brightest display ever in an iPhone device … and it shows.

The iPhone 11 Pro offers up to four more hours of battery life in a day than iPhone XS, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max offers up to five hours more than iPhone XS Max. This is in addition to the introduction to fast charging – you can get 50% battery in 30 minutes.

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The iPhone is rated IP68 for water resistance up to 4 meters for up to 30 minutes. It’s also resistant against everyday spills like water, coffee and soft drinks.

iOS 13 comes shipped standard with the devices and features the super-cool night mode feature, which takes any kind of strain off your eyes when using your device in the dark.


Keeping up with all things to do with the dark, the camera now features revolutionary improvements on low-light photography thanks to the telephoto lens. There’s a night mode that helps you shoot breathtaking images at night.

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The video camera that shoots in 4K features a handy feature called cinematic video stabilisation, which helps users shoot professionally styled videos right from their smartphone.

The front-facing TrueDepth camera can now record 4K video at up to 60 fps and 120 fps slow-mo. These are officially dubbed ‘slofies’ and will definitely get you all the Instagram likes.


The iPhones came right out with a wide range of accessories, cases and covers that you can pick up from the iStore. We’re especially obsessed with the fun, fresh confetti case from Case Mate.

The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are available now at the iStore starting at R21,999. The iStore also offers iCare at R1,999, which protects your phone against accidental screen breakage and software issues. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •



Currently on STAYCATION Our top 5 travel ideas for when you’re stuck at home December is here! If you have nothing planned or simply can’t afford to wanderlust all over the world, the good news is that Joburg is one of the most underrated cities in the world over the holidays … and we know just how you can stretch that travel budget.


hy travel over peak times like December anyway? It’s fussy, busy and rather predictable. Rather save your Rands and take yourself to your dream destination at half the price next year. Now that you’re staying put (#ImStaying), we don’t want you to scroll social media or read 17 books all holiday, so we’ve established our best staycation ideas.

Who needs Mauritius when you can have a sleepover at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff? Location: Westcliff, Johannesburg This has to be, without a doubt, one of our favourite city hotels in the world. There isn’t anything not to love about this hotel … it’s a dream come true. We recommend booking for a night or two – believe us, you’ll mistake this splendour for a five-star luxurious pool area in Maurice. There might be no sand or palm trees, but there is a magnificent view of Joburg, the finest cocktails and a beautiful pool area exclusive to hotel guests. Take note that you also won’t need to travel all overseas for a Michelinstar meal because from 1 to December 2019, the hotel will be hosting Michelin-starred Chef Massimiliano Musso for an exclusive pop-up dining experience.


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Who needs the Louvre Museum in Paris when you have the Wits Art Museum?

Location: Vaal River Where do we even begin? There are 32 campsites all along the river. It’s a beautiful site over sunset or sunrise whilst fishing for barbel or yellowfish. Your 06h00 alarm clock will be the tweets and cheeps of the localised ecosystems of birds. Plus, there are ablution blocks and braai facilities. It’s a picture-perfect setting and instead of a long-haul flight, it takes a mere three-hour drive from the city. Winning! If you’re more about the glamping lifestyle, there’s also a self-catering stone cottage that sleeps six people.

WAM showcases thousands of pieces of African artwork ranging from historic to contemporary. One of our favorite oldies is Robert Hodgins’ 1955 Still Life with Fruit and David Koloane- chronicles of a resilient visionary. Inside you’ll find a charming café and The Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts, which houses over 3000 artist’s books, 400 of which are South African. Remember entrance is free; this is a staycation that won’t cost you a single cent. It’s a true celebration of African art; you’ll amble for hours and feel as if you’re in one of the top museums in the world. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10h00 to 16h00.




Who needs Switzerland when you can camp at the Vaal River Campsites in the Wolwespruit Nature Reserve?

Location: Johannesburg

Who needs the Appalachian Trail when you have the Magaliesberg Mountain Sanctuary Park? Location: Magaliesberg This privately owned nature reserve is a favorite among South Africans. Not only does it host some of the greatest hiking trail, but the pathways are clean, the walkways are clear, it’s well looked after and you can dip in the natural mountain lakes along the way. As you meander through the two-billion-year-old mountains, you’ll notice its raw, untouched beauty. The hiking trails vary form 15 minutes to eight hours, and you can take a picnic basket with you as there are braai facilities. A map will be explained to you upon arrival and you can be assured that guided hikes won’t restrict you. Long walks in nature not your thing? Then opt for rock climbing, mountain biking or swimming, or even have a go at abseiling. K

Who needs the Redwood National Park forests when you have Glenogle Farm?

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Location: Magoebaskloof At this idyllic hideaway, you can take a walk in the woods amongst the pine forest or enjoy a bike ride. It’s a complete farm style paradise where you’ll escape and drift off into fairyland. The dam views will engulf your senses, packed with stirring trout and surrounded by horses Rainforest, Silva and Abby. If you love nature, there isn’t a better location! There’s a secluded self-catering suite, The Loft, hidden in the pine forest overlooking the dam. This enchanting space features a bedroom, bathroom, living area, fully equipped country kitchen and private deck. If you’re going for a family holiday, then stay in The Stables, which sleeps four (only children over six years old are allowed). Take note that there’s a minimum two-night stay over weekends and three nights over long weekends. K Hello Joburg • December 2019 •



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WILDERNESS AND WILDLIFE Why you need to book a weekend away at Thanda Safari

Romance abounds at Thanda Safari, a secluded game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal with luxury hideaway tented camps. Encircled by luscious wilderness, the exquisitely scenic reserve blurs the lines between a fantasy getaway and an African adventure. Whether it’s your first or fifth safari, this destination needs to be next on your to-do list – here’s why.

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It’s an indulgent escape Several accommodation options are inside Thanda Safari: Bush suites at Thanda Safari Lodge, a completely private and exclusive bush retreat at Villa iZulu and luxury safari tents at Thanda Tented Camp. Our top pick is the tented camp, offering bush living as nature intended – open and inviting with unparalleled closeness to the bush. The sumptuous tented suites have a campaign-style look that’s a romantic throwback to the pioneer era of safari. You can sip champagne on your private sun deck, which affords astounding panoramas of multi-coloured sunsets, or take a dip in the shared rim-flow pool that appears to flow over into the wilderness canopy.


Adventures are on tap … day and night You’ll hear the cries of animals through the canvas of your tent, but if that’s not enough, there are morning and afternoon game drives that happen to be some of the best we’ve experienced. Just picture it – you’re deep in the bush and as the sun peeks over the horizon, your safari guide suddenly cuts the jeep’s engine and motions you to stay quiet as the sound of grunting lions comes carried on the breeze. You get a passing glance from a zebra at the watering hole ... but he’s on the lookout for more immediate threats like the family of cheetahs hiding in the underbrush just a few hundred metres away. Tip: If you’re heading out for an early trek, a bush breakfast is served at sunrise. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

Animal encounters go beyond game drives There’s no denying that South Africa is an extraordinary country, rich in spellbinding scenery, captivating culture and fascinating wildlife. It’s easy to connect with the great outdoors in a country that’s as dynamic as it is diverse – especially here. Experience the bush on foot during an exclusive guided walk or explore beyond the reserve on a guided boat tour to see hippos and crocodiles in the nearby iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. There are also a variety of Zulu cultural and community experiences in the neighbouring villages as Thanda Safari is deeply committed to Zulu culture and environmental conservation. Every stay is tailored to your exact requirements Thanda means ‘love’ in the language of the Zulu people and that’s exactly what shines through in the service from check-in to checkout. Whether you’d prefer slow-cooked potjiekos or tender game cuts flavoured with homegrown herbs at dinner, the chef will produce perfection for your palate and cater for all your dietary requirements. If you’d like to relinquish all responsibility for a while, book a massage with one of the spa therapists who are all dedicated to customising each treatment depending on your age, diet and emotional dynamics. They only use beautiful, non-allergenic products ... and did we mention that the setting overlooks the Royal Zulu Mountains where wild animals roam?

Getting there Thanda Safari is about a six-hour drive from Joburg on the N2. Alternatively, you can fly into Richards Bay Airport or King Shaka International Airport where the team will meet you and drive you to the reserve. L 032 586 0149 K E @thandasafari Q @thandasafari



The all-inclusive, adult-only Ambre welcomes adults 16 years and up. The resort is set along a tranquil beach between Belle Mare and Trou d’Eau Douce on the untamed east coast of the island. It faces the widest lagoon, catches sunrise and instantly warms up guests to its light and rhythmic ambience. Expansive and open to interaction, cool and cheerful, Ambre is the perfect young-at-heart getaway for carefree holidays. This is the place to refresh, mix and mingle, burst out laughing in good company, enjoy discoveries together, connect and reconnect. m +230 401 8188 1


Having undergone a full transformation, La Pirogue is hipper now than ever. The resort weaves privacy into an intimate nest with the unrivalled charm of its cosy and unique thatch-roofed bungalows in a lush coconut grove on the flamboyant sunset coast. Here, guests revel in the exquisite feeling of stepping from one’s very own island home straight into the gardens and onto an endless beach and vast lagoon. m +230 403 3900 1


With its bold, island-chic and vibrant offer, Long Beach calls out to highspirited families and couples with a passion for the now, seeking energetic times or relaxation. This unique resort faces an extensive seafront along the famous Belle Mare beach in the delightful coastal village of Belle Mare and offers a wealth of facilities and activities strewn across the property, allowing guests a real sense of exploration. Here, possibilities for fulfilling times go far and wide, creating that unique feeling of being positively filled with energy and longlasting memories. m +230 401 1919 1


Sugar Beach is an accommodation experience at its best with rooms and suites in the iconic, plantation-style ‘Manor House’ and widely spread out in separate luxurious Creole-style ‘Villa Houses’ across the delightfully landscaped gardens and along the beach. Soft colours and natural materials used in the rooms combined with tropical elegant designs enhance the harmony of plantation elegance and timeless chic. m +230 403 3300 1 Hello Joburg • December 2019 •





Avani hotels are perfecting the balance between work and play, design and function, service and privacy, laid-back and lavish. The city of Seychelles and its resort destinations pulse with life, emanating from the buzzy social spaces and extending throughout the hotels. Authentic, sustainable dining nourishes guests and stylish, comfy rooms are where dreams are made. Avani Resort invites you to discover a holiday in perfect balance. 1


Beauty, safety, peace, tranquillity and quality. Surrounded by nature, this hotel is named after the unique Coco de Mer Palm tree which, although extremely rare, occurs in abundance in the tropical forests surrounding the property. This modern four-star hotel lies in over 200 acres of natural beauty on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Expect spacious grounds, comfortable rooms, private location and a friendly atmosphere offering spectacular views of the surrounding islands, forested mountainsides and glorious sunsets. 1


Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel is a luxurious 4-star property located 10.7km (6.7mi) from the centre of Mahe Island. Local places of interest include Beau Vallon Beach and Sainte Anne Beach. There are 131 well-appointed, air-conditioned rooms at Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel. Guests of the hotel can make use of the room facilities that include climate control, coffee/tea maker, in-room safe, direct-dial phone, balcony and speakerphone. Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel offers a cafeteria and daily breakfast is available for an additional charge. There is also an Indian restaurant, that serves distinguished dishes of local and international cuisine and seafood as well as a famous pub with a draft beer as well as signature cocktails. 1


Sensual Seychelles has long been dubbed “the islands of love”.

Come and savour the ultimate in tropical romance! Be swept off your feet by the breathtaking beauty of the world’s most stunning islands that offer unparalleled diversity, a carefree lifestyle and the freedom to enjoy the romantic experience of a lifetime. Whether in the Seychelles for a wedding or honeymoon, make a rendezvous with destiny and set the stage for the most romantic days of your life beneath swaying palms, alongside crystal blue waters fringed by silver-sand beaches. Our choice of discrete hideaways will intensify your intimacy as you soak up the first glorious days and nights together. Book with Seyunique. Tel: 011 453 2933



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Eden Bleu Hotel is situated on Eden Island, only 5 minutes from the International Airport and 5 minutes’ drive to the capital Victoria. The hotel neighbours Eden Plaza, Seychelles only purpose-built retail centre. Its medical services, pharmacies, supermarket, shops, boutiques, nightlife, bank exchange, ATM and SPA provide plenty of choice if you need to pick up a few essentials. It's also an ideal place to plan and book leisure activities as a number of diving, fishing and charter operators have their offices here. 1

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Get your conference on in


Trends to consider before your next event While the basics like sufficient catering, strong Wi-F and of plenty of parking will always be key for a successful meeting, conference or event, we’re seeing some emerging trends that we suggest you consider in the new year if you want to keep yours on the calendar. Bleisure (business + leisure)

We don’t know if this one is thanks to millennials or just people who want to play more golf, but we’ve certainly seen the rise of the prevalence of business and leisure in the last while, with the concept even hitting Wikipedia with media articles for days. The addition of leisure to business events and conferences has increased over the years and while it may have just been a cherry on top last year, it has fast become the must-have olives in a martini going forward. After a long day of meetings and breakaway sessions, especially when away from home, delegates want to kick back and relax.

Event planners and organisers have been using digital registration platforms for some time now, so that’s nothing new. And while technology makes certain things easier, it all makes delegates more demanding and raises their expectations. This means ensuring that the digital consumer journey to register and take part in your event is seamless. It just takes one frustrated delegate to have the site crash or not find the right link to register before your social channels or phone lines blow up and put a black mark next to your event before you’ve even opened the doors. Tip: Don’t cut corners when it comes to your registration portal and mechanics. Make sure you get someone legit to put it together and have the team monitor the back end when registration starts to avoid the abovementioned scenario. Also, be quick to respond if delegates do express frustration.

Ethical supply chain

No one is exempt anymore and the decisions made by large companies are scrutinised more than ever. When planning your next big event, work with suppliers who prioritise sustainability and work morally. For the food, go with suppliers who use locally sourced or seasonal ingredients and are sensitive to waste. Also, choose local entertainment and leisure options to support the community in which you operate. And don’t forget to always pay suppliers timeously! Tip: Make it easy for delegates to dispose of waste with numerous recycling points that are clearly marked. Don’t let left over food go to waste. It’s a nice idea to donate it or repackage it neatly to share with employees. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

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Seamless registration

Tip: You don’t need to erect a casino or put on a musical. Something as simple as offering delegates a massage or a complimentary round of golf at the nearest course will certainly entice them come back to your event the following year.


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Reminiscing 2019

Successes to build on at the Johannesburg Expo Centre Being crowned as one of South Africa and Joburg’s leading events venues at the PMR Africa Business Awards this year, the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) is happy but humble to say: It was a good year.


illed with numerous events – from small, intimate functions to largescale events with challenging turnaround times – the JEC has proven that with a dedicated team onboard, nothing is impossible. Even in these challenging economic times, they were able to secure exhibitions, conferences and events that lured old and new visitors to the premises – surprising them with its versatility as always.


The Toyota Warrior Race kicked off the year in spectacular fashion with a whole lot of adrenaline and adventure. The event catered for some 3000 visitors on the day with lots of excitement going around. The Ultra Music Festival returned for its 6th edition, luring about 20 000 people to the venue’s outdoor festival grounds. They also hosted the City of Joburg for their Awards Ceremony in June, with 5000 visitors attending and the Rose Festival that took place in August had an attendance similar in size. In addition to these, other highlights were of course the annual Rand Show, ProPak Africa, the Gauteng Youth Expo, the Classic Car Show, Automechanika, China Home Life and the SATDU Conference. These leading events were attended by multiple government delegates and even President Ramaphosa graced the venue with his presence during the SATDU conference. The level of delegates proves the JEC’s ability in hosting high priority events. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

Did you know? The Johannesburg Expo Centre has a lake on which you can do outdoor displays, a registered helicopter landing site, a drift track, a 4x4 demonstration track and even a monorail which runs for 1000m – 1200m around the expo centre. November was filled with more private functions and events, boasting numerous year-end celebrations, which goes to show that the JEC is not only good for 10 000s of people, but also for more intimate settings. These intimate celebrations will continue, but the venue will also be utilized to its full potential for events like the Classic Car Show, JMPD Pass Out Parade, Hip Hop Music and the EFF’s Elective Conference. With the MICE industry always developing and changing - especially with technology playing an increasingly large role in how events are run and Millennials starting to take a stand in the business industry – the Johannesburg Expo Centre is very excited about the new year approaching. In this industry, challenges are what they strive for. 2019 can only be a building block for 2020 and it’s exciting to say the least. Corner of Rand Show and Nasrec Roads, Nasrec L 011 494 1920 K k E @jhbexpocentre1 D @jhbexpocentre1 Q johannesburgexpocentre



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At the country’s only luxury airport hotel, you can expect nothing less than the crème de la crème. A short walk from the arrival’s hall, the InterContinental touts 138 impeccably appointed rooms, including two lavish suites, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the tarmac – but you’ll never hear a plane take off or land thanks to excellent soundproofing. Clear your head at Camelot Spa, where you can opt for massage therapy or a specialised skin treatment while taking in awe-inspiring views of Joburg – the best balm for a busy day – or enjoy the sleek, indoor heated swimming pool, hydro bath and steam room. After some pampering, head to Quills Restaurant, where an 18-metre porcupine mobile suspended from the ceiling sets the tone, while the spirit of Africa is reflected in authentic dishes like slow-cooked springbok shank infused with an apricot and almond merlot jus, and chicken galantine stuffed with pistachio nuts. Jones Road, OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park m 011 961 5400 1


Set directly adjacent to the airport, the Southern Sun is both an architectural marvel and a biz traveller’s dream. With direct pedestrian access and stacked with 366 comfortable and tastefully furnished en-suite rooms, the hotel is hardly Plan B material. A continental breakfast buffet of fresh bread and pastries, cheeses and cold cuts freshens every morning, and dinners are prime time for Mediterranean-themed dishes at Bernoulli’s Restaurant, from angel hair pasta tossed with diced crayfish tail to pan-fried duck breast fillet served on a sautéed warm vegetable salad followed by homemade blueberry pie topped with whipped cream. Sneak to Caroline’s Day Spa & Salon for a hydration facial, aromatherapy massage, back wrap or hot oil hair treatment and you’ll feel as good as new before that big meeting. Jones Road, OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park m 011 977 3600 1









Conference Centre 160 Seater Auditorium 23 Flexible meeting rooms 3 Executive boardrooms Video conferencing 120 Bedrooms Complimentary Gautrain shuttle service


A mere 2.7km from the airport, the Premier Hotel is pretty swanky for what could easily be another mediocre highway hotel. The 275-room hotel, buffeted by sprawling gardens, looks and feels a little like a tropical oasis – but with better amenities. Take a dip in the pool or, better yet, treat yourself to an Evolving Hammam package at Evolve Day Spa - a signature ritual based on old Turkish baths - that includes a full body cleanse and exfoliation in the hammam room plus a back, neck and shoulder massage. Before you crash, take some time to mingle at the bar and then take the party to the warm and welcoming Kubatana Restaurant for a dinner of high-end African fare. 73 Gladiator Street, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park C m 011 393 8000 1

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Just a one-minute walk from the station, the five-star Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel is possibly the most convenient venue for walkers. The hotel offers 220 rooms and suites, each with free highspeed wireless Internet, as well as seven meeting rooms and two boardrooms, all of which are equipped with free Wi-Fi and the latest audio-visual technology. The largest meeting space can host up to 600 delegates. In-between or after conferencing sessions, delegates can refresh in the hotel’s on-site bar and restaurant offering authentic South African cuisine, fun mixed drinks and local wines. There’s also a fitness centre on the 10th floor that offers guests a workout with a view and an outdoor swimming pool that’s the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day. Corner of Rivonia Road & West Street, Sandton m 011 286 1000 1



The Sandton Sun offers elegant five-star accommodation with views of the iconic Joburg skyline in one of its leafy and most beautiful suburbs. The hotel is only 11 minutes’ walk from the station and offers a choice of 326 spacious and superbly appointed en-suite rooms and suites. Seven separate business-suite meeting rooms kitted out with standard conference equipment are available and its conference facilities cater for groups of up to 200 delegates, making it an ideal venue for smaller-type meetings and conferences. A ritzy terrace for wining and dining that’s just been renovated completes the package. If your delegates would prefer not to walk, they can catch the hotel’s complimentary Gautrain shuttle. Corner of Alice Lane & 5th Street, Sandton m 011 780 5000 1 Hello Joburg • December 2019 •


A mere four minutes’ walk from the station, the Michelangelo Hotel is the epitome of luxury and style and provides easy access to shops, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. The hotel offers 242 suites and rooms as well as world-class conferencing and events facilities in a sophisticated setting. There are six conference venues available that can each host up to 250 delegates, depending on the configuration. Each of the venues are equipped with a data projector and screen plus other standard conferencing equipment. The hotel also boasts a finedining restaurant that offers everything from an indulgent Lindt high tea to a three-course wine-pairing dinner menu. 135 West Street, Sandton m 011 282 7000 m


PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS THE OYSTER BOX Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Let’s just say your dog’s tail will not stop wagging because there’s no hotel better suited for your royal hound than this one. You’ll even be envious of the impressive pooch amenities available at this world-class hotel! Upon entering your garden suite with a lovely well-manicured lawn for her to do her business in, she’ll bask in the exclusivity of knowing she has her own plunge pool while happily sipping on purified bottled water upon arrival. She’s also treated to a cosy dog bed, delicious doggy treat and her very own menu specialising in woof waffles, a full doggy breakfast, bowl of catnap and meaty muncher to name a few. Yes, it comes at an additional charge but come on she’s worth it – the only issue is Fluffy won’t want to leave. 1

12 APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA Cape Town, Western Cape Fur your information, your canine will feel right at home here. What an absolute gem! This hotel couldn’t come with a better view and seclusion. You and your furry bestie are guaranteed proper R&R. This property has honed its delivery of offerings – there’s the exclusive spa, the private 16-seater cinema, mountainside walks, picnics, hikes, five-star cuisine offerings and divine wine pairings. It’s pivotal to mention that you should visit over your or your canine’s birthday because they go all out with the celebrations. Each room exudes romance and, don’t worry, just because your plus one has four legs instead of two doesn’t mean your experience will be hindered. So, order the romantic rose petal turndown or the celebration cake. We won’t judge you … we promise! m


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Well-known hairstylist and co-owner of Carlton Hair in Hyde Park and Melrose Arch, David Gilson has opened a brand-new hair salon on the Insta-famous Elizabeth Street in London. Like Carlton Hair, Issy’s is also a sustainable salon that stocks high and eco-friendly Davines products. We sat down with David to find out more.

What’s the story behind Issy’s? I’ve always wanted to have a business overseas – especially in London because I travel there frequently – so when Debbie Postiglioni, my manager from Carlton Hair Hyde Park, moved to London and wanted to open a salon, I was thrilled. One of my clients, Isme Rossi, who lives between here and London also wanted to get involved, so the three of us teamed up and put the budget together to open Issy’s. We bought it in May and in September it closed for renovations, but as of 1 October it’s been officially open! What makes Issy’s a must visit for Joburgers travelling to London? The location is amazing – it’s on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia, one of the most Instagrammed streets in the world. It’s home to Dominique Hansel, Baker & Spice, Mungo & Maud as well as Peggy Porschen Cakes, where people line up from eight in the morning to eight at night to take Instagram pictures outside the store front. Everything on the street is completely unique; nothing is a chain, so that makes it special. How do you deal with the seasonal difference in hair trends between Joburg and London? More and more there are no seasons. Years ago, they would predict the seasons and it would take us a year to get it. Thanks to the Internet, people in South Africa are now very aware of what’s going on overseas and around the world. Although some trends work better in certain seasons, I don’t see us as behind anymore. It’s not like you still have to wait for Vogue to come out to see the trends.

What are some other new launches from Davines? Davines has launched the Alchemic System line of colour shampoos and conditioners that add a fun wash of colour to hair. It lasts one or two washes, so it’s great if you’re going clubbing or to the beach and want to look really cool. You can also play with the intensity of the colour, as the colour payoff is dependent on how long you leave it on for. And if you don’t like it or are going back to work, you can wash it out with the deep cleansing shampoo. There’s also a new treatment, On Protection; a reconstructing treatment that’s great for people who want to be chameleons and change their hair colour, but also want to maintain its health.


What makes Carlton Hair and Issy’s sustainable? We use eco heads to conserve water and only use Davines products produced in Parma, Italy, which are made with all-natural ingredients and have no carbon footprint. At Issy’s we also use disposable towels because they’re biodegradable, but unfortunately they’re just too expensive for the South African market. Hello Joburg • December 2019 •

What made you passionate about green beauty? I’ve been working with Davines for over 10 years now. I was interested in the topic because if you live on the planet, you should obviously have a vague interest in it. Seeing their passion and how achievable it is, is what pushed me more and more in that direction. What are your summer haircare essentials? Definitely the Davines On Protection treatment and their Oi Oil – my hero product. This oil is perfect to take to the beach. The newly launched Oi Butter, which is a very intense take-home product, is also fab. 1 1 E @davidgillson D @gillsondavid Q @gillsondavid Q @issyshairsalon

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What are the top summer hair trends? Balayage and face framing baby lights are big. In fact, Davines has launched a new toning system called View, that’s is great for achieving these trends. It’s a semi-permanent toner that can be used to tone hair however you want it. The point is that if you have the lighter hair you can do natural colours or unusual colours like steel, charcoal or amethyst.


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Hello Joburg December 2019  

Hello Joburg Magazine is a definitive lifestyle guide to Joburg, City of Gold.

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Hello Joburg Magazine is a definitive lifestyle guide to Joburg, City of Gold.