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CLEARWATER The Zone isn’t just a mall; It’s a lifestyle sensory experience. With over 30 restaurants and food outlets, shoppers are spoiled for choice. There’s something for every craving. Indulge in fashion with our unique offering of locally curated designers. There is food, fragrances and different flavours to experience. Indulge in taste. Indulge in fun. Indulge in shopping. Indulge in family. Indulge in style. A food, fashion and entertainment hub. Come to your senses and come indulge at The Zone.





Queer spots for cabaret, drag, dancing and beyond Cocktail of the Month: Candy Flip


A standing ovation for character fluidity in the arts Catch Dire Straits and SA rock bands at Time Square Nataniël is back at Emperors Palace this month

The Hotlist: Lifestyle news hot off the press People of Joburg: The Yellow M&M’s mascot



We’re diving deep into the issue of identity


19 B  EAUTY AND WELLNESS Bianca’s Lust List: Lippies we’re lusting after Our top 5 spray tan spots in Joburg Salon Geisha is for the boujee lifestyle Tebogo shows us good posture versus bad


Our glittery guide to Joburg’s LGBTQ+ scene


Two one-of-a-kind shopping destinations Cresta is bringing the Rugby World Cup closer Back our boys at Westgate’s World of Rugby Fan Zone Natural beauty by Wellness Warehouse



Restaurant of the Month: Mythos Rosebank The Bull Run is a temple of dry age and mineral funk The Restauranteur: Steve Maresh from The Local Grill A tour of our favourite places to pig out at


KA snapshot of this month’s must-do activities Year-end celebrations at The Farm Inn Behind the scenes of the Sport of Kings

On the cover This month, we’re celebrating Joburg’s thriving LGBTQ+ community and culture.


Become magnetised by the Mother City effect A food and drink journey on the Gautrain

56 CONFERENCING & EVENTS Host your year-end function at the JEC


Spend 7 minutes with Candîce from Vision Works

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In your opinion, who's been the most influential LGBTQ person in entertainment ... and why?


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ride Month: The time of year when everyone in South Africa remembers that LGBTQ+ people exist, and brands rush to release special-edition rainbow everything. As the editor of Hello Joburg Magazine, it’s an honour to have created a colourful place in print magazines and on the Internet that celebrates queer chefs and artists and our fiercest allies 365 days a year. But scepticism aside, we’d be remiss to not amp up the fabulous festivities to coincide with the month’s celebrations. First off, we have a glittery guide to Joburg’s LGBTQ+ community and culture, which covers everything from how homosexuality is no longer taboo in the City of Gold, to Joburg’s gay-friendly neighbourhoods and pink tourism offerings. Once you’ve got those facts straight (pun intended!), check out our roundup of must-do leisure activities hosted by Pride of Africa and best queer nightlife spots for cabaret, drag, dancing and beyond. Another interesting read can be found in the Arts & Culture section. The changeability of gender roles in the arts is something to be celebrated … and makes for one of my personal favourite features in this issue. Of course, we’ve still got all our usual features this month. Our Restaurant of the Month is the new Mythos at The Zone @ Rosebank and you can trust me when I say it’s just the place to satiate a serious Greek craving in Joburg. Plus, we’re taking our readers on a tour of our favourite restaurants to pig out at, from Zio La Famiglia in Hyde Park to The Jozi Girl Eatery in Broadacres. But we’re warning you: It’s only for those with stomachs of steel! Also be sure to our Beauty & Wellness section for lippies we’re lusting after this season, and Travel for how to rediscover Cape Town – whether you’re an art fancier, a tree hugger, a food buff or a slumber specialist. We’ve got other special surprises in store too. To paraphrase Erika Jayne’s iconic meme, we’re going to give the gays (and the rest of the LGBTQ+ community!) everything they want. We haven’t put together an issue that celebrates all things LGBTQ+ just to do it. It’s important to remember that the community doesn’t exist for the amusement and entertainment of straight cis people – they’re a marginalised group facing very real attacks on their right to simply just be and love who they want to love. We want to make sure our voice plays its part in helping them do just that. Happy reading!

Chris Colfer’s real-life identity and role in Glee gave the world a glimpse of LGBTQ+ realness.

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Stephen Fry. He makes no apologies for who he is and what he believes in.

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Pride Month is so beautiful ... let’s celebrate it in the best ways!

WEAR THE RAINBOW It’s officially October, which means it’s time to break out every piece of pride-inspired clothing ... ever. While HJ encourages everyone to show their LGBTQ+ pride every day of the year, this month is especially perfect for wearing rainbow. We’ve got you, baby – we took the liberty of finding some of the best rainbow looks on the Internet. Prepare yourselves for inspiration for days!


PRIDE BEAUTY LAUNCHES This month is all about honouring South Africa’s LGBTQ+ community, their contributions to our country and the fight they consistently engage in for total acceptance. This year, there are so many fab beauty collections that have dropped for Pride. We’ve rounded up our favourites that look supercool. Plus, all proceeds go towards helping LGBTQ+ people around the world.


If you’re not already following Lasizwe ... what are you waiting for? This vlogger turned reality star’s feed is filled with striking selfies that challenge traditional gender stereotypes. He also posts hilarious videos about things that only South Africans would understand.


As usual, this month we have many exciting giveaways to look forward to, from a Caribbean Tan hamper to a Volpes linen voucher. Remember, you can search #HelloGiveaways on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make sure you haven’t missed out on any competitions.

Q WHO TO FOLLOW Q Since we’re shining a light on the LGBTQ+ community this month, it’s only fitting that we round up some awesome LGBTQ+ accounts. Whether or not you’re part of the community yourself is beside the point because we could all take a little inspiration from people who are unapologetically themselves.


2019 Miss SA finalist, Sibabalwe Gcilitshana is the first Miss SA contestant to be openly queer. Sibabalwe uses her Instagram to share her life experiences, from fitness inspo to self-love advice. Her account has a pleasant mix of content that’s sure to add something worthwhile to your feed.



Justin Livingston is a men’s fashion blogger whose account is dedicated to both fashion and travel. We’re talking stunning OOTDs from around the world, depicting everywhere from the pristine beaches of Cape Town to the streets of New York.

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The Jozi Film Festival first began in 2012 as a platform for local filmmakers and is now firmly established as one of Africa’s biggest film festivals. This fourday festival takes place at different venues all over Joburg, however, The Bioscope Independent cinema in Maboneng has been a consistent venue for some parts of the festival over the past few years. It’s worth following the festival on social media to see where the screenings are taking place because most of them have free entrance for the public. This year the festival has partnered with Discovery Networks to bring a cash prize for the category Real Stories by Real People About Real Lives and the winning film from this category will be broadcast on DStv 155 in real time. When: 3 to 6 October Cost: Free





For Joburgers, the idea of wine tasting is one most often associated with a trip to Cape Town. Thankfully, the Stellenbosch Wine Festival brings an authentic wine tasting experience to Jozi. The event features the extremely popular Pick ‘n Pay tasting room where chefs and winemakers present personal picks from their estates paired with delicious canapes – not to mention the Pick ‘n Pay Fresh Food Market where guests can pick up fresh breads, cheeses, meats, deli items and farm-fresh fruit and veg. Snacks like burgers, cheese platters, steak boards as well as vegetarian options will also be on offer. Guests can also expect live music from some great local musicians like Majozi, Jerry and the Bandits and Pilani Bubu. When: 3 & 4 October Where: Wanderers Club Cricket Fields Cost: R225 to R275 Book:


Enjoy a day out suitable for the whole family at The Getaway Show. Not only is this the perfect place to get some inspiration for your next holiday, but you’ll also be able to make your travel dreams a reality with the great specials on offer. The event will showcase hundreds of different exhibitors, including travel destinations, accommodation, outdoor gear, 4x4 products, motor homes and camping equipment. Guests can also expect live music, a kids and toddler play area, a market and a beer tent. The best part? By simply purchasing your ticket, you automatically stand a chance to win a week in Mauritius for two people valued at R40,000. When: 4 to 6 October Where: Ticketpro Dome Cost: R40 to R80 Book:

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Prime Fest is hosted by Hot 91.9 FM and is the brainchild of Prime Circle who’ve always dreamed of starting their own music festival. Boasting some of the biggest names in South African music, including Prime Circle, The Parlotones, Mango Groove, Just Jinger, Jack Parrow, Freshlyground, Wonderboom and ShutUp! It’s Sunday, this is an unmissable event for all music lovers. Taking place at Casalinga in Muldersdrift, this festival will have 10 hours of quality local music and loads of amazing food stalls to choose from, which includes RocoMamas’ very first food truck. Alternatively, VIP access tickets can be purchased which will get guests a reserved table at Casalinga with a three-course plated meal and wine upon arrival. When: 5 October Where: Casalinga Ristorante Cost: R365 to R1,250 Book:




Get ready for a great day out as By Word of Mouth hosts another polished and decadent Festive Market, returning for its sixth annual run. This family friendly event aims to tantalise the senses with their usual highend décor, food, fashion and entertainment. Expect designer menus, gorgeous accessories and plenty of G&Ts. By Word of Mouth has a reputation for lavish parties and memorable events, so join in on the festivities and make sure to tell all your friends. When: 5 and 6 October Where: The Polo Room, Inanda Club Cost: R70 Book:



Celebrate the warm weather at the annual Steenberg Garden Party. This all-inclusive outdoor experience showcases the jewels of the Constantia Wine route in the beautiful setting that is The Kitchen at L’antico Giardino in Lanseria. Discover new wines from South Africa’s oldest wine region while you listen to the live music and soak up the sunshine and country air. Guests can also enjoy al fresco dining as the harvest table will be laden with fresh culinary delights. The ticket cost includes unlimited wine tastings as well as a Steenberg wine glass to take home. When: 5 October Where: The Kitchen at L’antico Giardino Cost: R600 Book:

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Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to visit one of Gauteng’s most beautiful gardens. Situated on a private estate near to Skeerpoort in the Cradle of Humankind, Mulligatawny Farm has magnificent gardens that were last open to the public in 2017. This year the 16-hectare garden will be open once again, in aid of St George’s Turning Point Foundation. The romantic garden is inspired by European landscapes and features a gorgeous collection of waterlilies, thousands of roses and irises, a lakeside folly, a garden cathedral as well as an orchid house. Guests can also look forward to sculptures, murals and other artwork around the property. When: 12 and 13 October Where: Farm S86, Skeerpoort, Cradle of Humankind Cost: R100 to R200 Book:

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One of the best Halloween festivals in Jozi is back for another year, but at a new location. This year Festival De Mexico is taking place at Montecasino’s outdoor area, which will be transformed into the ultimate Halloween Fiesta. There will be best dressed competitions, mechanical bulls, kids’ activities and most importantly lots of delicious Mexican food. Think margaritas, nachos, churros and of course, tequila – not to mention the amazing line-up that the festival has featuring Matthew Mole, Goodluck, Rubber Duc, DJ Zinhle, Kyle Cassim, Ryan the DJ and 4AM Band. When: 26 October Where: Montecasino Cost: R80 to R200  Book:




The Barron Corporate Run4Good is a social running event for businesses, companies, societies or just groups of friends. This 5km group run is a great way to team build and to take in the scenery of the pristine streets of Waterfall City. The route has been altered slightly this year to include a new part of Waterfall City where runners will be able to experience the build-up for The Johannesburg Flower Show. There will also be live entertainment, food and refreshments after the race. Plus, teams will receive a running shirt and complimentary parking. This race also raises money for charity and this year’s charity is the Attacq Foundation. When: 24 October Where: Waterfall City Cost: R1,950 for a group of six Book:



It might sound far in the future, but the festive season is upon us and what better way to kick it off than with Pretoria’s oldest and most loved Antique and Collectables Christmas Fair? Gather the family for fun food and gift inspirations at Brooklyn Square and support the SPCA charity stands for big bargains! Browse through a range of antiques, chic collectables, vintage fashion and more. Where: Brooklyn Square Rooftop (between Cielo and Corricraft) Cost: R30 entrance fee Book: No booking required

Cazz has made her mark in the industry with hit singles

wTipsy, Stronger and Electricity, but her debut EP takes

Cazz into an intimate space her fans have never heard before. Launching her career almost five years ago, Cazz strips down to a more acoustic feel as she teams up with producer Barry Berk on her debut EP Bittersweet. The title track is also the first single from the EP released to radio today. Here’s how she spends her average day in Joburg. E @cazzofficial Q @gallomusicsa Q @cazz_music 07h30 I wake up, get ready for the day and do some admin. 08h30 Breakfast meetings are the norm and are usually held with my booking agent at Nice on 4th in Parkhurst. If I don’t have any meetings, I’m working on a book I’ve been writing. 11h30 I spend an hour in the gym five days a week at Viva in Rosebank doing a mixture of weights and light cardio. 12h30 I grab some lunch at home or from the nearest Kauai. Their wraps and smoothies are the best! 13h00 My favourite part of my day is the time I get to be in studio at The Bass Station in Parkhurst.The afternoon is spent writing new music and recording. 18h30 Time to make some dinner at home. My boyfriend and I love to cook, so we take turns trying out new recipes and spend some time together. Date nights are spent at a variety of places, from pizza at Pomodoro, to something more special at Grei at The Saxon Hotel. 19h30 A few nights a week I have rehearsals for any upcoming shows, and we usually practice until about 21h30. If it’s a weekend, I’m probably having a glass of wine with friends at A Streetbar Named Desire. Hit play on Cazz’s debut EP Bittersweet and get lost in a beautiful musical journey here: Hello Joburg • September 2019 •


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he five-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is situated on Thesen Islands in Knysna. Intuitive architecture pays homage to the old power station it once was. Accommodation comprises luxury hotel rooms, standard rooms, a honeymoon suite and two expansive selfcontained suites adjacent to the hotel. Group bookings are welcome for weddings, small conferences and events. The hotel is also home to the Island Café Restaurant with tables overlooking the canals, pool deck or nestled between the original refurbished turbines. The Gastro Pub offers classic pub meals with a delicious twist and lagoon sunset views. The Turbine Spa has a wide range of treatments for day visitors as well as hotel guests and, the hotel’s very own adventure centre, the Turbine Water Club, arranges a variety of water- and land-based activities such as lagoon cruises, forest walks, city tours and bicycle hire. m k 1 E D Q

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THE HOT LIST Lifestyle news hot off the press


One of the world’s most revered champagne houses, Bollinger has released an elegant gift box for two of their most popular products – The Bollinger Special Cuvée and The Bollinger Rosé. These boxes will make the ultimate gift for the upcoming festive season! The Bollinger Special Cuvée has very fine bubbles and is beautifully aromatic with the taste of roasted apples, ripe peaches and gentle citrus nuances. The Bollinger Rosé has an enticing pink colour and the aroma of cherry and strawberry. 1

NESTLÉ LAUNCHES STARBUCKS AT HOME Nestlé has a brand-new range that aims to give customers a Starbucks experience ... but in the comfort of their own homes. The 17-product range includes whole bean, roast and ground coffees as well as the first-ever Starbucks capsules that were developed by Nespresso and Nescafé Dolce Gusto. This is the first product launch in Africa since Nestlé and Starbucks created a global coffee alliance last year. All of the products are made from high-quality 100% Arabica coffee, which is ethically sourced from farmers in the world’s premier coffee growing regions. Available at Checkers, Pick n Pay, Spar and Makro. 1




The doors are open to the first Edgars concept store. The new store, located in Fourways Mall, is a South African first and is catering to the ‘experience economy’ – meaning the store aims to give customers a worthwhile experience rather than primarily focusing on selling products. The store has a number of unique features like a denim bar, a play area for kids and digital multi-zone screens with in-store music. There are also new beauty rooms which have taken the traditional beauty counters to the next level. Plus, it’s home to a bespoke Mugg & Bean, where customers can enjoy a bit of time out without having to leave the store. 1 Hello Joburg • October 2019 •

Catrice has a new summer collection inspired by the fashion capitals of the world that’s all about living your individuality and allowing the everyday girl to experiment with her inner makeup artist. The new collection includes the Luminice glow palettes, which are designed to give wearers a stunning glow and are beautifully packaged. Catrice has also launched two new sets of false eyelashes, a brow pen, a liquid eyeliner and semi-matte lipsticks. But perhaps the most exciting new addition is the Spicey Rust eyeshadow palette with nine warm, easy-to-wear metallic shades. 1


Well-known accessories designer, Lou Harvey has collaborated with Mr Price Home to launch the new Lou Harvey ColabCollection. This colourful range incorporates Lou Harvey’s signature oversized florals and bold colours with a touch of ever-popular leopard print. The range has a number of soft furnishings like velvet bolsters, scatter cushions, duvet covers, a velvet ottoman and an oversized beach towel. It also boasts kitchen accessories, crockery and stationery. Available at selected Mr Price Home stores and online. That’s not the only exciting news for Lou Harvey though – the brand has also just opened a new store in BluBird Shopping Centre in Birnam. 1 1



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The much-anticipated collaboration between H&M and South African designer Palesa, the creator of Mantsho, is now available in H&M stores across the country. Mantsho x H&M is a collection that celebrates the elegance and vibrancy of Africa with a modern twist and is ideal for the stylish, carefree woman. The range features flowy, easy-fitting cuts and frills, and gathers in a range of exciting colour palettes – not to mention the Afrocentric fashion accessories including shoes, earrings and a clutch bag. 1


The world’s most shareable candy has a new flavour! That’s right – M&M’s has brought out a new Salted Caramel edition.These bite-sized snacks are made of a soft and luscious caramel centre, covered in delicious milk chocolate and enclosed in a colourful candy shell. In celebration of this new launch, we chatted to Yellow, the M&M’s mascot for the new flavour, to find out what life is like as an M&M and to get some more details on the new release. Spoiler alert: He’s a big sweetie! E @mmssouthafrica Q @mms_southafrica Describe a day in the life of an M&M. Being an M&M’s mascot is awesome, dude! Ever wondered what it would be like spending every day with your best bud doing fun things? Well, that’s exactly what it’s like to be an M&M’s mascot. I pretty much get to hang out with Red all day, which is awesome ’cause he’s my best bud. And we do fun stuff like go to the movies, movie premiers and swimming, or whatever Red decides we’re going to do, I guess. Oh yeah ... and have fun. We always have loads of fun!


Inspired by their release of Y Eau de Toilette, Y Man Eau de Parfum is the newest addition to the YSL men’s cologne range. Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine is the face of the new fragrance, which was created by perfumer Dominique Ropion. Described as deep, fresh and masculine, the scent is built around a duet of bergamot and ginger, but is contrasted with fresh citrus, cuts of crunchy green apple and aromatic and sensual woods. The background of the scent has notes of amber wood and Tonka bean. Available at selected Edgars, Woolworths, Truworths and Foschini stores as well as the YSL Beauté Boutique in Sandton City. 1

What’s the best thing about being an M&M? Uh? I’d have to say … getting to hang out with Red every day! And doing cool stuff. What’s the worst thing about being an M&M? Well, there was that one time that Red yelled at me ... but that’s just Red sometimes, you know? Like I said, being an M&M’s mascot is awesome so there’s nothing ‘worst’.

A pioneer in the South African gin game, Hope Distillery (formerly known as Hope on Hopkins) is no longer only distilling their own gin, but gin for other brands like Musgrave, Bloedlemoen and Clemengold. They’re also making other spirits such as vodka, agave and rum. To suit these changes, the brand has developed a new visual identity that’s understated but sophisticated. The distillery has also renamed some their products – for example, Hope’s Salt River Gin is now called African Botanical Gin and has been described as South Africa in a glass. 1

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What do you think about the new salted caramel flavour? I love new flavours – we’re so super-excited about it! I think SA is in for a real sweet treat. *chuckles* Tell us a bit more about the new flavour. All I know is it has a chewy centre and it’s pretty delicious.You can get the new flavour at all major retailers nationwide. Oh, and it’s a limited edition. What’s the best way to eat M&M’s? Any way you want. It’s all good. It’s the world’s most shareable snack so my guess is to share it? I like to share mine with Red. What’s pretty cool is that Drizzle & Dip,The Sweet Rebellion and Angie Batis will be sharing some tasty recipes, so those will be fun ways to eat them too. Hello Joburg • October 2019 •


IT’S A PRIDE THING Our glittery guide to Joburg’s LGBTQ+ scene

Joburg is by no means the gay capital of Africa – Cape Town has that crown snatched – but it’s still home to a thriving LGBTQ+ community and culture. The City of Gold is getting its annual helping of rainbow flags, fun-loving crowds and LGBTQ spirit this month ... and the Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival, which drew 20,000 people last year, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Are you struggling with your identity? Do you feel lost and alone? HJ reader Shenay O’Brien is a singer, performer, drag artist and LGBTQ+ activist who started an online show earlier this year called We’re Queer, my Dear (#WQMD) that’s basically an online guide to members of the community who have identity issues. “We’ve truly grown as a nation and learned to respect each other. There’s the odd culture clash here and there, but I’m proud to say that Joburg has some of the friendliest, most supportive people celebrating in South Africa!” Shenay says. So far, the response to the show has been fantastic, and the season is already in preproduction. Check it out on YouTube and social media. E @werequeermydear Q@werequeermydearsa


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WHEN IS GAY PRIDE IN JOZI Gay Pride events oc ? Africa, culminatin cur throughout the month of Octo g be wi th r in South the 30th Johannesb Festival on Saturd urg Pride Pride is moving itsay, 26 October 2019, starting at 11h0Parade and ambitious ‘Pride ofparade from Melrose Arch to Sand 0. This year, oldest annual Gay Africa’ month. Fun fact? Joburg hoton as part of an the 1994 interim coPride march, which bravely started sts the country’s in 1990 before nstitution. Homosexuality is no longer taboo If you think homosexuality is still a taboo topic in Joburg – think again. While this may still be the case in smaller, rural areas across South Africa, it certainly isn’t here. You won’t find a rainbow-flag covered queer village like Athens, Hannover or Chiang Mai in Joburg, but there are restaurants, bars and clubs especially dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community. The Joburg of today is an integrated city with little to no discrimination against LGBTQ+ people – same-sex couples can mingle freely and are welcome at most establishments as well as recognised LGBTQ ones. Sadly, LGBTQ hate crimes are still common though. Even though South Africa’s political climate has progressed over the years, this hasn’t translated to complete acceptance across society. We can’t know for sure the exact levels of hate crime because South African law doesn’t categorise hate crimes separately from other crimes. As with any change in public perceptions, there’s no magic solution and it’s a process that will take time. There are established gay-friendly neighbourhoods If you’re particularly concerned, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be totally safe if you stay and play in the suburbs of Melville and Melrose. Melville is a centre of creative energy and modern thinking, and the closest thing to a gay nightlife hub. The popularity of LGBTQ-friendly venues comes and goes, but Liquid Blue cocktail bar located on the bustling 7th Street remains of Joburg’s leading gay-friendly bars. The cocktails are some of the city’s best – our personal favourites are the Liquid Blue Martini with passion fruit vodka and the Melville Nights 2.0 Tiki with a Stroh rum float. Another lively spot situated on this strip is Ratz Bar, a little gay bar with classic 80s rock and disco tunes plus a daily cocktail special between 18h00 and 21h00. Other bars worth checking out in the area are Six Cocktail Bar, Hell’s Kitchen, Xai Xai and Smoking Kills. That’s not all – Melville is also chockfull of uber-chic coffee shops, avantgarde dining spots and hipster boutiques. We highly recommend checking out the brand-new The Whippet Coffee, Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar and La Stalla for a fabulous boozy brunch, Winner Winner Jozi for a laidback dinner or La Petite Maison for a fine-dining spoil. As far as shopping is concerned, Reminiscene should be at the top of your list. At this 20-something-year-old vintage shop, you’ll find an abundance of lace, velvet and horn-rimmed glasses … it’s a thrift shopper’s heaven! 27 Boxes, a shipping container development down the road, is also a great place to go if you’re looking for some new treasures for your wardrobe. Pink tourism is more popular than ever Joburg is home to many gay-friendly places to stay. Some well-known establishments are the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg in Rosebank, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff in Westcliff, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Morningside and Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel in Johannesburg. But it goes beyond this – on the travel and tourism front, there are many pink travel and tourism companies who are dedicated to LGBTQ+ travellers. One example is Our Way Travel and Safaris, which prides itself

on a collection of gay-owned, gay-friendly establishments and its Pink Route that travels from Cape Town to Joburg and then on to the Kruger Park and further north. Then there’s Holiday Houseboys AKA ‘your gay-friendly tour guide’ that’s all about getting the most of your holiday with a local, private tour tailored to your interests. The company has a presence in cities such as Istanbul, Bangkok, Hanoi, Bali, Kuala Lumpur and, of course, Joburg. If you have your accommodation plans sorted and are just looking for gay-friendly activities to do, our top pick is the The Queer Johannesburg Tour, a walking and bus tour that takes you into the city’s homosexual past – from its earliest days in the apartheid era to the present day – and includes the buzzing suburb of Hillbrow and the township of Soweto. Spoiler alert: There’s pitstop for refreshments at Wandi’s Restaurant, the best-known shebeen in Soweto, before returning home. It’s an activity that visitors and locals alike will love! GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT!   According to the latest statistics, there are between 400,000 to over 2,000,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people living in South Africa.   South Africa has a complex and diverse history regarding the human rights of LGBTQ people. But, today, people in the LGBTQ community in South Africa have the same rights as nonLGBTQ people.   South Africa’s post-apartheid Constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. South Africa was also the fifth country in the world and the first – and, to date, only – in Africa to legalise same-sex marriage.   Same-sex couples can adopt children jointly and arrange IVF and surrogacy treatments in South Africa.   LGBTQ people enjoy constitutional and statutory protections from discrimination in employment, provision of goods and services and many other areas in South Africa.   South Africa’s niche tourism market – pink tourism – is dedicated to LGBTQ+ travellers. Hello Joburg • September 2019 •



you check out the Jen Kahn black label flagship store in Michelangelo Towers Mall. Celebrated for their timeless and effortless pieces made with luxurious fabrics, Jen Khan now also has a unique jewellery range plus a men’s clothing range. Shop U01, Michelangelo Towers Mall 1 m 011 883 6087 E @jenkahnclothing Q @jen_kahn_clothing

LEGACY CORNER MALL One-of-a-kind shopping destinations

Shop U23F Michelangelo Towers Mall m 011 883 3471 E @diamondandwatchemporium Q @dwemporium

Whether you’re a tourist or a born and bred Joburger, Michelangelo Towers Mall and Legacy Corner Mall are both must-visits. Located in the heart of Sandton, Michelangelo Towers Mall and Legacy Corner Mall offer visitors an exclusive shopping and dining experience in what can only be described as retail therapy heaven. House of Mandela Lifestyle in Legacy Corner Mall is proudly South African and owned by Dr Makaziwe Mandela and her daughter Tukwini Mandela. The store stocks beautiful handcrafted pieces like jewellery and coins that make for meaningful gifts for loved ones or the perfect souvenir to remind you of Joburg. It’s also home to House of Mandela wines, which are influenced by the Mandela family’s past and heritage, and House of Mandela Art, which sells prints of Nelson Mandela’s original artworks.

Marco Adamo menswear boutique was established in Michelangelo Towers Mall in 2005 by leading designer Marco Adamo Collezioni, who’s personally involved in the day-to-day running of the store. Best known for their tailored suits, lounge shirts, coats and designer shoes, Marco Adamo also has a reputation for being frequented by royalty and ministers from across the world. Shop L06 Michelangelo Towers Mall 1 m 011 884 2137 E @marcoadamocollezione

TASTE AFRICA Lunch is covered at Hombaze in Legacy Corner Mall. Offering authentic flavours from across the African continent, this African cuisine restaurant has a menu that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Joburg. Experiment with different pan-African cuisines like Gizdodo (a Nigerian dish made with chicken gizzards) and fried plantain or cow heel pepper soup. Prefer to play it safe? There are plenty of tried-and-true favourites like pap and spinach, grilled chicken and steak. Shop L310 Legacy Corner m 011 783 0366 1 E @homebaze

Shop 405 Legacy Corner Mall 1 m 011 936 7754 E @homandela Q @houseofmandela

LOCAL LOOKS Ankara Textiles in Legacy Corner Mall is renowned for their stunning West African inspired designs made from Authentic African print fabrics such as wax, java and kente. Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping dress or a more casual wear for both men and ladies, Ankara Apparel has got you covered. Shop 413 Legacy Corner Mall m 065 812 1155 k 1 E @ankaratextiles Q @ankaratextiles


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TRAVEL THE WORLD Haniel Travel Solutions is a boutique travel management company in Michelangelo Towers Mall that was opened in 2007. Why not pop in and let the experienced team make it easy for you to see Africa or anywhere else in the world? The business is owned and run by Melanie Pugin, who’s passionate about travel and exceptional service. Their main aim is to create tailor-made packages that are based around the traveller’s interests & needs. Shop L14 Michelangelo Towers Mall 1 m 011 783 9202 E @hanieltravelsolutions Q @hanieltravelsouthafrica

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Diamond and Watch Emporium, the jewel of Sandton founded in 1989, is unique to Michelangelo Towers Mall and has a wide range of fine jewellery and luxury watches. With brands such as Gucci, Cavalli and Jetset, something stylish is guaranteed to catch your eye. The store also stocks pre-owned watches and hosts regular auctions.

LEGACY Shop L301 Legacy Corner off/Nelson Mandela Square Sandton Johannesburg 2196 Tel: 011 039 6069 | Whatsapp: 082 072 3331 |

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rom 21 September to 2 November, the Rugby Fan Zone at the Cresta Shopping Centre’s Food & Entertainment court will be open to all shoppers and visitors. Here, the whole family can cheer on our boys in Green and Gold.


This year, the ninth Rugby World Cup promises to be one of the most intense competitive tournaments we’ve seen on the 2019 sporting calendar – no less with most teams directing their efforts into ensuring the New Zealand All Blacks don’t take home the trophy for a third consecutive World Cup win. Let us rather bring it home! Perfect for the whole family to enjoy the games, the Cresta Shopping Centre Rugby Fan Zone won’t only be screening every game live – there will also be Rugby themed activities, pre- and post-game entertainment as well as thrilling on-the-spot competitions. So, while the winning teams celebrate in Japan, your team of fellow Bok supporters could also be winning fantastic, instant prizes like digital devices, rugby gear and more from the Centre’s Rugby Fan Zone partners; Huawei, African Bank and Gilbert. The Cresta team also knows that not every little one will be glued to the screen, so there’s entertainment for the kids too. Expect a visit from the Centre’s very own CrestAquarium ‘voice of the ocean’, Crestal, who happens to be a passionate rugby fan herself. There’s a host of other interactive activities that will keep everyone cheering. Go bokke! Beyers Naude Drive, Cresta m 011 678 5306 K E @crestashoppingcentre D @crestacentre Q @crestacentre

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Bringing the Rugby World Cup closer to you The 2019 Rugby World Cup is here – except it’s happening over 14,000 kilometers away in Japan! That’s why Cresta Shopping Centre is bringing you all the Springbok games and all the excitement up close and personal.

FUN FACTS ALL FANS SHOULD KNOW There are just 20 international teams who make the cut and secure a place in the global tournament. South Africa is, of course, one of them (and our firm favourite). Did you know that only four teams, namely New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England, have ever won the tournament in its 31-year history? As the games unfold, the top two teams of each pool will advance to the quarter finals, while the top three teams of each pool will also receive automatic qualification to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Now, all that’s left to do is check out Cresta Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and website for more info. Then arrive at the Cresta Shopping Centre Rugby Fan Zone with your friends and family and be part of history in the making. You don’t want to miss it!


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Back our boys at the World of Rugby Fan Zone The Westgate Shopping Centre, Pareto Limited and their partners have decided that if you can’t go to Japan, they’ll bring Japan to you! Sport, and rugby in particular, is renowned for nation-building and this is an excellent opportunity for patrons to come together and back our boys.


hat better opportunity to stand next to your fellow Bok supporter, singing the anthem, shouting and screaming as the action on the screen becomes more and more breath-taking, and booing the referee for every call that goes against our team that at Westgate Shopping Centre’s World of Rugby Fan Zone? World of Rugby Fan Zone is an exciting concept aimed at building ‘gees’ and encouraging supporters to stand together with the Springboks in their quest to win a third World Cup. The Springboks’ games are televised in the food court at Entrance 4, and the shopping centre has lined up some great entertainment before the games and during halftime. Thanks to the shopping centre’s sponsors and partners such as Huawei and African Bank, fans can walk away with great prizes too! The main sponsors are Huawei, and African Bank and anchor partners are Mall Space Management, Pareto Limited, Gilbert and Three Cube

Management. Huawei will be giving away R1.5 million worth of prizes during the tournament, so patrons can look forward to walking away with the latest Huawei gadgets and products. “This is a valuable collaboration for Pareto Limited’s brand of shopping centres that won’t only give the sponsors access to communities that we attract to our retail hubs, but also create shared spaces for enjoyment,” says Nozipho Kumalo national marketing manager of Pareto Limited. “Pareto Limited isn’t just about going places in terms of our national footprint, but also creating experiences that bring people together – and we believe this initiative gives us that. 120 Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort m 011 768 0616 K E @westgateshoppingcentre D @westgatetweet Q @westgateinsta

JOIN IN ON THE FUN! The first Fan Zone was held on 21 September, and the last one will be on 2 November. Entry to the fan zones is free.


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NATURAL BEAUTY BY Locally handmade with 100% natural ingredients

There are a host of reasons to replace chemical-laden personal care products with equally effective natural alternatives.


atural beauty products work with (rather than against) the skin, don’t make use of the harmful parabens that can alter the functions of your body’s endocrine system, show the best results over the long term, and are better for the environment to boot.  An exciting addition to their natural beauty offering, the new Wellness beauty collection includes face and body care solutions containing naturally nourishing beeswax, honey and propolis. The pamper products are free from parabens and other harmful chemicals as well as synthetic fragrances. And, best of all, they’re locally handmade with 100% natural ingredients. The range includes a facial cleanser, day and night cream, hand and body wash, hand and body lotion, body scrub, body butter and beeswax soap. Daily Facial Cleanser R119.95 With castor oil Harness the essential fatty acids in castor oil to restore your skin’s natural moisture balance with this cleanser and makeup remover for all skin types. Daily Moisturiser R134.95 With lavender and neroli SPF 15 A 100% natural facial moisturiser with sun protection for normal and combination skin. Night Cream R154.95 With hydrating rose geranium and lavender Keep your skin hydrated and your complexion even with this 100% natural handmade night cream. Hand & Body Wash R69.95 With uplifting sandalwood and tangerine A fragrant and hydrating natural hand and body wash for the whole family. Hand & Body Lotion R69.95 With uplifting sandalwood and tangerine


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Prevent chapping, chafing and cracking with this 100% natural handmade hand and body lotion. Body Butter R169.95 With rejuvenating orange and rose A rich and fragrant body butter handmade with all-natural ingredients. Body Scrub R139.95 With balancing peppermint and lavender A moisturising and refreshing body scrub handmade with all-natural ingredients. 1 E D Q @wellnesswarehouse @wellnews @wellnesswarehouse

Find Wellness Warehouse in Joburg at Morningside Shopping Centre, Benmore Centre, Thrupps Illovo Centre, Kyalami Corner, Parktown Quarter, Village View and Clearwater Mall.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick (R325) Shade: Raspberry HJ loves: The packaging, intense depth of color and long-lasting effect. Available from selected department stores

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Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet (R365) Shade: Sandy Pink HJ loves: The seamless balance between non-drying lip makeup and a flawless velvet look. Available from Foschini

Catrice Demi Matte Lipstick (R79.95) Shade: Nude Crush Everyday HJ loves: The ultimate matte finish on the lips … perfection! Available from Dis-Chem

Benecos Natural Lipstick (R145) Shade: Marry me HJ loves: It’s vegan and organic, and isn’t tested on animals anywhere in the world. Available online at

Hannon Colour Blend Lipstick (R182) Shade: Hollywood HJ loves: This lippie shade looks perfect on anyone, no matter the occasion. Available online at www.

Inthusiasm Liquid Lipstick (R125) Shade: Desert Rose HJ loves: This easy-to-apply lippie is all-natural, made from locally produced mineral makeup. Available from Bryanston Organic Market (open every Thursday and Saturday from 09h00 to 15h00) or online at

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (R185)  Shade: Seduction HJ loves: The lightweight feel and the smell of fresh vanilla and sweet mango Available from all leading pharmacies and department stores

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion (R645) Shade: Mauvy Nude HJ loves: It’s waterproof (yay!) and the colour stays intact all day long. Available from Chanel makeup counters


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Lippies we’re lusting after

It’s time to embrace you’re matte-tastic self! Work it, girl in these fabulous lippies in all shades of pink … because pink is the new black, right? Hello Joburg • October 2019 •


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out orange, opt for the medium shade of Fake Bake – it’ll make you look like you’ve spent a week in Spain rather than a month in Morocco! On completion, my tan looked natural and streak-free and lasted longer than a week. 129 Ballyclare Drive, Morningside m 079 898 0505 or 082 801 9755 1 E @merakistudiojhb Q @meraki_studio_jhb

3. Flutter Price: R350 Whether you’re a local or just passing through the mall, Flutter is a great option if you’re looking to go golden as you can just hop in your car for an air-conditioned and streak-free ride home afterwards. A serene, pretty spot in the office towers, this speedy service is calm and friendly – and thanks to knowledgeable tanner Nqoba, there’s zero awkwardness. Don’t expect an in-depth consultation and bespoke body-contouring, but a swift guided experience that ends up as an even, natural-looking tan using Norvell spray tan solution. Third floor, South Wing Offices, Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre, corner of Jan Smuts Avenue & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park m 083 368 0668 1 E @flutterlashandbrow Q @flutterlashbrowtan

Our top 5 spray tan spots Sunbeds are old news! Before you even think about using a sunbed to turn your skin tone from pasty to peppy, make for a salon instead. Not sure where to start? We’ve ranked the five best spray tans in Joburg so you can glisten all year long.


1. Glow Couture Fourways R380 for ladies or  Price: R410 for gents (plus R120 LOVES for optional setting powder) Discreet luxury is the watchword at this soothing little spray tan studio. Firstly, the salon uses local brand Glow Couture for its sprays, which contains natural, organic and vegan-friendly ingredients. As for the experience, owner Jen will happily discuss shade over a cup of tea before commencing the three-step process, kicking off with a barrier cream to prep the skin. Then comes colour and a setting powder to ensure longevity. Every tan I’ve had here has lasted over a week and no one has made any tangerine comments, despite me being a Hello Joburg • September 2019 •

darker tone than I’ve ever achieved under the actual sun. Winner!

Shop P1/J3, Broadacres Shopping Centre, corner of Cedar & Valley Roads, Broadacres m 073 335 0983 E @glowcouturefourways Q @glowcouturefourways

2. Meraki Aesthetic & Beauty Studio Price: R500 Owners Ash and Jess have been in the beauty game for more than 15 years, and rest assured, they’re good at what they do. Their hands-on tanning sessions last for around 30 minutes and start with a chat: Discussing your skin type, how dark you want to go and how to care for your tan once it’s done. If, like me, you have fair skin and are terrified of turning

Corner of Wessel Road & 8th Avenue, Rivonia m 011 807 6281 1 E @skinsensedayspa D @skinsensedayspa Q @skinsensedayspa

5. Suntori Tanning, Slimming & Beauty Studio Price: R400 As soon as you arrive at this tropical-inspired salon, you’re greeted by friendly and professional staff who lead you to a therapy room to get changed. The spraying process using Fake Bake is quick, and beautician Tarynne will make sure to give you colour without too much of a dramatic change in appearance. My natural glow lasted for almost a week and came off gradually rather than in patches behind my knees or at my elbows. Overall, for an experience that didn’t feel that glamorous in the process, I certainly felt pepped up and polished post-tan. 3 Cross Place, corner of Main Road & William Nicol Drive, Bryanston m 010 213 0053 or 082 712 5456 1 E @suntorisa Q @suntorisa

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4. Skin Sense Day Spa Price: R400 Everyone remembers their first Caribbean Tan fake tan – sprawled, topless, on a table, scrubbed everywhere (we mean everywhere), before a brown mousse was slathered on and you were sent out into the world, a trail of biscuity scent in your wake. The results were always good, but the experience not so much. The ladies here make the experience much sweeter, spritzing on the formula while you’re standing up. Better yet, you can make a day of it by taking advantage of the spa’s other treatments on offer, from facials and massages to manis and pedis.

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GEISHA For the boujee lifestyle


his new beauty salon is definitely going to draw in the crowds! Without a doubt, there’s nothing quite like it in Joburg – or the whole country, actually. The preferential parlour is quirky, Insta-worthy and oh-so-eccentric … and should totally be on your radar this month. Okay, okay, we’ll divulge – we’re talking about the brand-new Japanese-inspired salon on 6th Street in Parkhurst, Salon Geisha. To use the word ‘salon’ seems unjust because this extraordinary spot is so much more. It was created in a charming, typical Parkhurst home that’s intimate and cosy with buckets of sunlight. But the most impressive thing about this space is the outrageously flamboyant design and décor. Oh, and the Tea Merchant tea they serve, which gingerly arrives in traditional Japanese style with a pot, saucer and all. Our favourite flavour? The JHB Gold, of course! If that doesn’t tickle your toes, put your feet up and opt for a glass of bubbles.

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The fact that their email address begins with ‘girlboss@’ is every bit of evidence you need to visit. Founded by Gwen Bircham, who says the concept just came to her one morning, the space radiates self-love, beauty and fierce female power. In Geisha society, women are empowered – they own and run their businesses – but in case you needed a little bit more persuasion, they’re also seen as mystical goddesses. So, guess how you’ll feel after your pamper? Now, let’s get down to the ’gram. There’s a rosy pink cherry blossom tree, which signifies the start of spring and renewal and adds a harmonious Feng Shui to the ambience, as well as blushing pink velvet couches, two locally made life-size Betty Boop figurines, authentic hard wood floors and elaborate neon ornamentation. There’s also a noticeable artistic flair to the space – think Geisha wallpaper and garishly flowered wall art that’s so beautiful it’s almost aural. It’s so easy to get lost in the decorative printed patterns but try focus on your five-star mani and pedi too! Keep in mind that no munchkins (two- or four-legged) are allowed. Sorry moms, but at this exclusive spot you’re forced to enjoy your me-time without the weepy, moaning rug rats! 60 6th Street, Parkhurst m 071 095 0337 1 E @geishabeautiful Q @salon_geisha



. Luxury Accommodation for 2 people at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways . . VIP Turndown with Rose Petals . . Welcome drinks with light Snacks on arrival at Mowana Spa at 18h00 . . Full Body Massage with or without Hot Stones to soothe tired muscles . . Sumptuous 2-course Spa Dinner to feed body & soul . . Complimentary Local Beverages to quench your thirst . . Relaxing Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage . . Foot & Lower Leg Massage for the ultimate”time-out” pamper . . Departure Beverage and Treat at 23h00 . . Buffet Breakfast prior to departure in Epsom Restaurant .




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TEBOGO MANAKA Good posture versus bad posture

This month, fitness trainer Tebogo Manaka will be exploring two basic exercises:The squat and the plank. “These are simple exercises, but I’ve seen many people doing them incorrectly at the gym,” he says. Allow Tebogo to demonstrate how to squat and plank the right way while noting the dos and don’ts of each exercise. EXERCISE #1: BODYWEIGHT SQUATS Good posture: Your body is folded from your waist. You’re sitting back as if you’re sitting on a chair. Your bum (or glutes) is stuck out. Your weight is suspended on your heels.

Bad posture: Your back is hunched. Your knees are beyond your toes. Your heels are lifting off the ground.

EXERCISE #2: PLANK (CORE) Good posture: At the back, you’re anchored on your toes and your legs are kept straight with your knees locked. Your back is straight and slightly rounded. Your pelvis is tucked in and your abs tightened. At the front, you’re anchored on your forearms and your head is positioned above your shoulders.

Bad posture: Your lower back is sagged. Your pelvic area is unengaged. Your head is in the air. Your body weight is emphasised on your shoulders.

If you have any questions, feel free to DM Tebogo on Instagram!


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Where your plate will sing with fresh flavours To satiate a serious Greek craving in Joburg, head to the brandnew Mythos at The Zone @ Rosebank for ultra-fresh whole grilled fish, juicy lamb prepared myriad ways plus a smattering of excellent options for dipping into creamy, garlicky spreads.

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or years, Greek restaurants in Joburg have felt as hidden away as the army inside a Trojan Horse. However, things have more than come on since Parea’s heydey. The Illovo restaurant is still a hotbed for Greek food, catering to settlements of cheerful Greek and Cypriot expatriates hungry for souvlaki, kleftiko and gigantes as good as they taste back home. But a new breed of restaurants doing modern Greek small plates, ace riffs on the classics and fab vegetarian dishes abounds across the city. Enter the Mythos group of Greek restaurants.

elegant, boasting evil eyes, blue and white décor, plenty of outside tables with umbrellas for al fresco dining and floor-to-ceiling concertina doors that slide back to ensure an excellent indooroutdoor flow. It also packs atmosphere in by the bucketload thanks to multi-generational families and The Parks’ ladies-who-lunch chattering away as well as big birthday groups knocking back Greek wine like Retsina and Onoma.

Then there’s our favourite part – the menu, which is a superb exploration on Greek cuisine. Seafood is the king here: We highly recommend the psari sti skara AKA fresh whole line fish of the day as well as the Norwegian salmon seared and served with rice and teriyaki sauce. Other varieties are also on offer, from east coast sole and kingklip, to sardines and prawns. Of course, you just have to round out your meal with one of the many mezze, such as deep-fried falafels, halloumi baked If flying to the Greek isles for lunch isn’t quite in with a sesame crust and drizzled with honey, the cards, the airy new Rosebank restaurant is pickled baby octopus, sardines grilled with coarse the next best thing. You don’t feel like you’re in a concrete jungle when you step into this gorgeous sea salt, skewers of chicken marinated in olive spot that captures the idyllic simplicity and oil and herbs, and lamb loin chops grilled with warmth of the Greek islands. The space is stylishly lemon and oregano. There’s also a dizzying array

of dips, including delicately whipped codfish roe, oven-roasted aubergine and spicy feta. Meat eaters needn’t despair, as they’re spoilt for choice with many meaty mains. Standouts include the chargrilled BBQ lamb rib rack, grilled beef fillet topped with Kalamata olives, chicken breasts topped with a feta, mushroom olive sauce, and grilled peri-peri chicken burger. On the sweet side, you’re simply spoilt for choice with options like traditional rice pudding, doughnuts, baklava and kataifi. Our personal favourites are the baklava cheesecake, baked with pecan nuts, cinnamon and syrup, and the home-style pistachio and halva ice cream. Epicurean Joburgers, do yourselves a favour and go taste these modern takes on traditional recipes. Coupled with Greek hospitality, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon this summer! The Zone @ Rosebank, 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank m 011 268 0916 K E @mythosgreekrestaurants Q @mythos_greek_restaurants

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THE BULL RUN RESTAURANT A temple of dry age and mineral funk

Joburg is a carne-loving town, but one area we truly excel in is steakhouses. Just look at The Bull Run Restaurant in Sandton – it’s a celebratory confab that demands to be marked with a juicy slab of beef in a pool of its own juices on your plate, a steak knife clutched in your hand and a napkin tucked beneath your chin.

he Bull Run Restaurant, located in the city’s financial district across the road from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is no longer a mustily masculine beef house that peddles in porterhouse. After relaunching last year August following a R20-million revamp, it’s become seen as a modern meat shrine where you can keep it tender with rib eyes, sirloins, T-bones and beyond. There’s even a bronze sculpture that was unveiled during the launch – a raging bull that measures three metres by two metres, epitomising the powerful dynamism of the district. Locals and tourists flock outside the glorified landmark for commemorative selfies with the bull after conquering their marbled meats. When visiting this new-wave meatery, start off at the Dollar Bar, where you can loosen your tie and breathe out your jetlag. The signature Bull Run is hands-down the best drink on the menu. A twist on the French 75, it’s made with a double shot of gin shaken with elderflower, orange bitters and fresh lemon juice, served in a champagne flute topped up with sparkling wine and garnished with lemon zest. The ladies will love the strong yet sweet Candyfloss Margarita, made with silver tequila, Triple Sec and a dash of lime poured over a fluff of candyfloss, or the Chocolate Rose – a delicate combination of rose, Amarula and Nachtmusiek served straight up in a coupe glass garnished with a fresh rose petal. Next, grab a table and get ready to tuck into the famous Prawn Ritz or Cheesey Garlic Prawns to start. The latter, prepared with Café de Paris, cheese sauce and grated cheese with warm pita bread on the side, is the definition of indulgence. For mains, the Jalapeño & Feta Fillet is a must. The kitchen makes sure it arrives at your table still sizzling, stuffed with feta, wrapped with prosciutto and topped with Café de Paris butter and jalapeño. The lamb cutlets gratinated with a rosemary, black pepper and garlic and mustard crust as well as the beef brisket slowly braised in red wine and flavoured with truffle and port are also fantastic choices. Pescatarians will be delighted that there are ample seafood options too, from a generous seafood platter, to a tender-as-sashimi fillet of kingklip basted with lemon, garlic, paprika and olive oil. The menu also offers queen prawns, king prawns and Falklands calamari. Vegetarians will enjoy the fried halloumi and avocado salad or the wild mushroom gnocci. For dessert, don’t miss the Berry Brûlée - a dreamy combo of wild berry baked custard with Boudoir biscuit.


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The Local Grill

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Some restaurant owners look for meat suppliers. The Local Grill looks for strategic partners instead and therein, my carnivorous friends, lies the difference. This is certainly no conveyer and process belt operation, so if you’re looking for a quick in-and-out lunch or dinner, go somewhere a little more generic. The Local Grill is a special experience that you’ll want to savour with friends and family.


hatting to Steve Maresh, owner of The Local Grill in Parktown North, it becomes clear from the get-go that every single cut of meat, how it’s aged, stored and eventually served is carefully thought out to give the customer a fantastic meal – every time. If there’s one thing you’ll take away from a visit to The Local Grill, it’s that not all steaks are fed or raised equal and most of the time, your average consumers (ourselves included) don’t really know the origin or history of the cut that’s on their plate. Steve has spent two decades trying to change this. Steve follows strict ‘field to fork’ principles, which means the beef is sourced from the best producers, aged on the premises and cut to order. He works closely with some of the country’s best farmers and butchers to not only provide customers with the best quality and most ethically cared for meat, but to educate them about what they’re eating too. Whether it’s grain- or grass-fed, sourced locally or from afar, wet- or dry-aged, all the information is served upfront so you can make the most informed meat decision. Over 20,000 customers a year are taken on The Local Grill kitchen tour. “We offer every customer a tour of the concept kitchen where we share our various cooking techniques and give them a view of the meat locker” says Steve. “This immediately changes the nature of the relationship with the customer. They get to see what takes place behind the scenes, which naturally makes them feel more invested in what we’re trying to do. Our Beef Appreciation classes are also offered with the intention to better educate customers around the meat they eat and how it's prepared.”

Then, of course, there’s the food. It’s clear why The Local Grill has such loyal patrons and attracts customers from all over the world. The grilled calamari starter, which has been on the menu since day dot, is tender and tasty. Squeeze some lemon liberally over it and then douse it in black pepper – trust us. The beef cheek starter served on thyme-infused polenta bricks is rich and saucy and the subtle flavour of star anise in the meat works perfectly. As for the Diary Cow cut, while the meat was slightly tougher than a rump or sirloin, it was without doubt the most tasty and flavorsome piece of meat we’ve ever eaten. Corner of 7th & 3rd Avenue, Parktown North 1 D @localgrill Q @the_local_grill


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By day, the concept kitchen is an innovative beef lab where Steve and his team work with some of the lower carcass cuts that never see the light of day to develop other products. We can’t tell you too much more at this stage but stay tuned for some exciting things on the go. When it comes to the beef lab, Steve and his team put on their sustainability hats to look for innovative ways to use the whole carcass to reduce wastage and ultimately derive value where there wasn’t.


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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 grab-and-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


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


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



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


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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 • October 2019 •


WHEN IN DOUBT, PIG OUT! Throw out your scales and pile up your plates

We Joburgers are known for our hearty appetites. Whether we’re chowing down on dumplings, devouring burritos or gnawing at ribs, we want those plates to overflow! So, we’re taking you on a tour of our favourite restaurants to pig out at. Warning: this article is only for those with stomachs of steel!

FARM TO TABLE … AND TABLE TO SOUL Amid concrete, skyscrapers and the Gautrain,

the City of Gold, Joburgers needn’t look far to get their fix of olive oil-doused antipasti, meaty roasts, comforting bowls of carbs and maybe even some gelato for dessert. But there’s a certain spot that really takes the cake – er, cannoli, as it were – and that’s Zio La Famiglia. This little gem of an Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Hyde Park goes beyond your average ho-hum red sauce joints and serves up refined versions of classic dishes with unique twists, thanks to chef Jono’s creative blend of techniques and influences that leave you expecting one thing and tasting something entirely different. Start with the caprese prepared with sweet, juicy in-season tomatoes, tomato jam, basil, pangrattato, balsamic and fior di latte – soft, fresh mozzarella that’s our idea of milky perfection. For mains, order the shellfish linguine, tossed with a generous amount of mussels, prawns and calamari and served in your choice of Napolitana, cream or white wine, garlic and fresh herbs sauce. You definitely won’t have space for dessert but order the moreish Nutella cheescake anyway – made on a biscuit crumb and topped with Nutella frosting, you’re guaranteed to lick the plate clean after devouring the entire slice. Shop 14 Hyde Square, corner of Jan Smuts Avenue & North Road, Hyde Park m 010 110 0293 1 E @ziobistro Q @ziobistro


MEAT IS MEAT AND  AJoburgMAN MUST EAT may be known for its Mexican food –

particularly our tacos – but there’s a type of cuisine from even further south of the border that we have an eye on since Rodizio Melrose Arch opened its doors: Brazilian food. Here, there’s more to the Brazilian fare than your typical steakhouse – think platters of grilled chouriço, creamy chicken livers, chicken trinchado, grilled calamari and fresh Cape mussels plus a selection of tapas, salads, meat and poultry, fish and shellfish and vegetarian dishes. But that's not all – for just R255, meat connoisseurs can indulge in the ‘Meat Rodizio’ and feast on as much as they like of various cuts of slow-roasted prime beef, tender chicken, succulent pork, sensational leg of lamb and traditional chouriço. Simply turn the green side of your robot up to tell the carvers to ‘bring it on’ or the red side up to tell them to ‘stop for now’. PS: On Sundays, you can pay the same price for the famous Sunday lunch buffet (hello, bottomless prawns!), which includes the Meat Rodizio. Bom apetite! 10A High Street, Melrose Arch, Melrose North m 011 483 1910 1 E @rodiziogrillandtapas Q @rodiziomelrosearch

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the harvest table at the new Olives & Plates Hyde Park proves that people crave the flavour and nutrients of natural ingredients – even if there isn’t a farm in sight. With the owners being Greek, you can bet that they understand freshness and flavours – you’d be pressed to find a salad with more finely cut vegetables and twists and turns in its plating! At lunchtime every Monday to Friday, you can fill up on the weigh-and-pay offering, which boasts a beautiful spread of eats made with the freshest ingredients and an abundance of herbs. There’s also a standard menu that includes all the now Olives & Plates classics, from the oak-smoked salmon benedict and organic açaí bowl, to the chicken Caesar salad and sage and supreme chicken fillet. Side note … we’re equally obsessed with the Insta-worthy space that was previously home to EB Social Kitchen & Bar, which has been refreshed with crystal chandeliers plus splashes of soft pink and powder blue. Inside Exclusive Books, Hyde Park Corner, corner of Jan Smuts Avenue & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park m 010 013 1074 1 E @olivesandplates D @olivesandplates Q @olives_and_plates

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the newest member of the Momo family, Momo Nikko. The Momo brand has taken the city by storm and it’s easy to see why everyone has fallen in love with all four restaurants: They’re consistent, affordable and innovative – not to mention that you can pitch up in sneakers and a hoodie and not feel underdressed. As far as the menu is concerned, we’ll just say that we’re still regretting not ordering seconds. The chow includes the usual poké bowls, baos, sushi and our all-time favourite matcha chocolate tart. But that’s not all – the restaurant has just launched some new additions to the menu, such as the Nikkei sushi roll – acevichado tuna roll with the cunning inclusion of toasted crunchy quinoa on the outside – and the vegetarian Nueva Rioja; crispy butternut roll with smoky carrot lox on the outside and a smothering of hypnotic gochu mayo. There are also new tostadas and Hamachi fish dishes plus purple cured Norwegian salmon. One thing is for sure – you’ll never regret a Momo visit. PS: They’re halaal, so you can BYOB!

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Corner of Main Road &, Posthouse Street, Bryanston m 010 013 4105 1 Q @momobaohaus

“How do you get your protein?” is the most annoying question you can ask any vegan or vegetarian. (We’ve got 99 problems but protein ain’t one!) If you want the answer to this burning question, or are thinking of transitioning into veganism, we suggest you visit The Jozi Girl Eatery that recently opened in Broadacres Shopping Centre. Owner Lorna is a blogger turned businesswoman who began her journey as a foodie and photographer before opening her dream eatery. Her heart is full and so are our bellies! Forget raw broccoli florets and Brussels sprouts – everything on the menu is downright delicious. There are oh-so-delectable dishes and seductive smoothie bowls that will satisfy every palate ... even the carnivorous ones. Just prepare for your mind to be blown when you try the fuchsia pink dragon fruit smoothie bowl topped with granola and coconut shavings! Also, make sure you don’t leave without stocking up on some peanut butter cookies and crème brûlée doughnuts (all vegan, of course!) plus a loaf of sourdough bread to enjoy at home.

Shop 35A Broadacres Shopping Centre, corner of Cedar & Valley Roads, Broadacres m 079 987 9907 1 E @thejozigirleatery Q @thejozigirleatery Hello Joburg • October 2019 •


leisure activities

Pride of Africa Queer Fashion Show Touted as the ‘first-of-its-kind fashion show’, the Pride of Africa Queer Fashion Show is designed to cater for everyone in the LGBTQ community, from bears to drag queens and everyone in between. Expect a fashion show featuring a variety of influential designers from the community showcasing their jaw-dropping looks inspired by their purpose: To be proudly South African and authentically you! Details and tickets for the event will be made available soon on Pride of Africa’s website. When: 5 October 2019 from 18h00 to 20h00 1

Pride of Africa Lifestyle Conference The Pride of Africa Lifestyle Conference is a platform that will get people talking, discussing and sharing. Designed to promote a muchneeded dialogue, topics will include sessions into the relevance of Pride and various other insightful discussions around gender identity and sexual orientation. Whether you’re a part of the LBGTQ community or not, you’re bound to learn or hear something you didn’t know before. Details and tickets for the event will be made available soon on Pride of Africa’s website. When: 12 October 2019 from 10h00 to 18h00 1

Pride of Africa Brunch Pride of Africa Month wouldn’t be complete without a little glitz and glamour … or brunch. Come along for what promises to be a fabulous morning with none other than Brooklyn Hytes, one of the most popular drag queens, to strut down the runway on RuPaul’s Drag Race. FYI: Early birds will get the opportunity of a meet and greet the queen of the north before she joins Pride of Africa as the Grand Marshall of this year’s Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival. Details and tickets for the event will be made available soon on Pride of Africa’s website. When: 20 October 2019 from 10h00 to 12h30


A snapshot of this month’s must-do activities

Living and expressing our gender, sexuality and identity is something to celebrate every day. But with October being Pride Month, now is a great time to revel in the freedom to be whoever we want to be … together!


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Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival From the atmosphere to the outfits to the camaraderie, you really can’t replicate a Pride Parade and Festival. It’s a celebration of all of us, and the fact that the event outgrows its original venue to due increased attendance year on year (bye-bye Melrose Arch and hello Sandton!) proves that it’s a must-attend kinda occasion. Food and drinks will be available in the Pride Village and there will be cashless payment solutions to spend at the various stalls, although your cash dollar will still be good to go. PS: Don’t miss the much anticipated afterparty at Babylon - The Joburg Bar in Illovo afterwards! When: 26 October 2019 from 11h00 (the actual parade is set to leave from the assembly point at 14h00) Where: Corner of Rivonia Road and West Street, Sandton

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pink Bougainvillea colours the entrance to The Farm Inn’s reception and the sweet smell of spring and the surprising sound of roaring lions welcome you. To the left is a large firepit perfect for bonfires and the lounge area takes you back in time with an eclectic mix of vintage-looking coffee tables and chairs that shouldn’t really fit together, but as a whole they do. The Farm Inn is all about a farm experience in the middle of the city and boasts a variety of venues to choose from for your year-end function or corporate event. They also offer an array of accommodation options, which makes logistics a whole lot easier,

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especially with the strict laws when it comes to drinking and driving. Their breakfast and lunch game drive combos are extremely popular, which means you can always incorporate this into your long-awaited year-end celebration. (Bookings are essential!) The reserve offers an array of species for viewing, including lions, giraffe, kudu, impala, springbuck and more. Silverlakes Road, Silverlakes, Pretoria m 012 809 0266 1 k E Q @farminnsa

FUN FACTS  The Farm Inn’s Sunday Lunch Buffet is very popular.  You can watch the Rugby World Cup on big screens here.  They make some of the best pizza in town with stoneground, nonbleached, non-GMO flour bases.  Fond memories seem to be the glue that holds The Farm Inn together, which is why it’s the perfect place to end off 2019.



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! 1

Joburg’s first and finest market is a magical place removed from the rush of everyday life. The Market offers visitors inspired crafts and wholesome food. Situated only 20 minutes from Sandton and with free entrance this market offers a unique experience that marketgoers will come to love. Visit the market or shop online. 40 Culross Road, Bryanston Open Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm m 011 706 3671 1



Channel your inner Carrie and Mr Big by visiting Sandton Library and checking out the love letters and love poems of great writers and famous figures. The iconic library is situated on Nelson Mandela Square and offers a place to escape in peaceful, book-filled pleasure with over 92 000 books on offer. While you’re there, open a bottle of wine (or, y’know, flask it up) and take turns reading each other your favourites. Nelson Mandela Square, corner of West Street & Rivonia Road, Sandton m 011 282 5911

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.


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


Not at the club – we mean real dancing. Take a Cuban salsa class at Estilo Cubano, where they believe that dance isn’t just about moving your body to music, but about having an enriching and fulfilling experience. Group and private classes are available and whichever you choose, the environment is guaranteed to be nurturing and positive at all times. Otherwise, go somewhere with live music that makes you want to groove. The newly enlarged Katzy’s in fashionable Rosebank is a top choice – think resident bands, The Grillhouse’s menu, a stellar selection of wine, cocktails and cigars plus more than 100 different whiskeys, fine cognacs and bourbons. Sounds like a fun night out to us! Corner of Leeukop & Kikuyu Roads, Sunninghill m 079 872 3319 k Shop 2 The Firs, 17-19 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank m 011 880 3945 1 Hello Joburg • October 2019 •


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YOUNG BLOOD Sport of Kings – behind the scenes

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the life of aspiring jockeys, trainers, vets, stipendary stewards and commentators in the racing world? Racing It’s a Rush’s new documentary might give you some insight…

Though many of the jockeys from the golden era are still very much involved in horse racing in other professions – some as trainers, some as Stipendary stewards and others as riding masters and coaches – there is a buzzing undercurrent of ‘young blood’ pulsing through the racecourse and jockey room. A new generation of up and coming champions who are holding their own – some even smashing decade-old Championship records whilst still in their apprenticeship.


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stipendary stewards and even commentators who make up the next generation of racing greats. Whilst rivals on the track, away from the races most of the jockeys and trainers are friends and comrades – fiercely protective of one another and the sport they passionately represent. Their careers begin at an early age, thrusting them into the proverbial spotlight whilst still navigating their studies and managing additional pressures most teenagers don’t even consider - such as weight management and injury prevention. Like all millennials, these young bloods have active social lives, but it comes with the added responsibilities and pressures of being professional athletes. It is a sport characterized by highs and lows, moments of sweet victory and devastating defeat, narrow losses and split-second decision making. With interviews with the likes of Lyle Hewitson, Muzi Yeni, Callan Murray and Allistair Cohen, join us as we find out more about the Sport of Kings from the proverbial horse’s mouths. 1 E Q D @racingitsarush @racingitsarush @racing_itsarush

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or many, when thinking of horse racing in its heyday, it inspires visions of vintage racing greats such as Muis Roberts, Fred Rickaby and Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer to mention but a few. Whilst in some respects the sport has seen significant changes over the years – including the introduction of Tellytrack and online betting – it has also remained the same in many ways, including methods of handicapping, race day procedures and the old world charm that accompanies visits to the parade ring and winners enclosure.








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The best queer spots for cabaret, drag, dancing and beyond

For … drag dining at its finest Occupying a prominent spot on the Illovo nightlife scene, Beefcakes is regularly voted one of Joburg’s best LGBTQ venues. Nightly performances, beefy table hosts, mouthwatering burgers and Sex and the City Cosmo cocktails are just a few reasons to visit this place that welcomes everyone and anyone looking to experience drag dining. It’s a little classier than local rival Babylon, but it attracts a broadly similar crowd and the young, upfor-it vibe is just as much fun. And, fear not, because when this door closes, another opens next door – with a later license and even louder pop songs. Illovo Muse, 198 Oxford Road, Illovo m 011 447 5266 1 E @beefcakesjoburg Q


For ... a dance-all-night vibe Joburg’s famous Babylon - The Bar has everything you’d except: Cheap drink offers on weekends, a young crowd and plenty of Britney. It’s spread over two floors, with a dedicated booth area that never seems to empty out. Most Joburgers over the age of 25 profess to hate it, but they’ll still end up here a few times a year, tossing back half-price tequilas and Hello Joburg • October 2019 •

dancing until the sun comes up. We should probably also mention that it’s possible to get picked up in less time than it takes to finish a drink here. Gays, lesbians and straights are all welcome nonetheless! Illovo Muse, 198 Oxford Road, Illovo m 011 447 3215 1 E @babylonthejoburgbar Q @babylonthejoburgbar

For … 1980s pop, rock and disco Melville cuties can call Ratz Bar their own. This classic, no-attitude gay bar has outlasted many other drinkeries on the strip due to its combination of cosy couches, generous happy hours and friendly bartenders. Home to a friendly crowd of guys and gals, it’s a great place for pre-drinks before a big night out. Come midnight, the tables are cleared and the high-energy dance music draws a mixed, flirty crowd. Daytime brings gawking tourists, but the evenings are still for partying. Don’t miss karaoke nights on Wednesdays, ladies’ nights on Thursdays and sundowner karaoke on Sundays. 9 7th Street, Melville m 011 482 2414 E @ratzbar.melville Q @ratzbarmelville

For … millennial pink drinks If you thought that millennial pink was a trend solely seen on the runway – think again. Tonic, the welcoming, gay-friendly bar that celebrates all things gin, has taken over the nightlife scene providing not only a picture-perfect backdrop for your next Instagram, but also a selection of equally Instagrammable pink drinks. It’s a total winwin! Our top pick is the Boomerang-friendly Mother Fluffer, topped with pink candy floss and garnished with rainbow sprinkles. The Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, shaken with white chocolate syrup and raspberry sherbet, is a close second. 32 7th Street, Linden m 087 238 4623 1 E Q

SECRET MEETING PLACES Trouble Bar: A back-to-basics gay bar with good-looking men. Corner of Republic Road &, Rabie Street, Fontainebleau. 082 875 9230. Liquid Blue: The crown jewel of Melville’s cosmopolitan neighbourhood blasting house, R&B and commercial music. 8 7th Street, Melville. 011 482 5593. The Rec Room: The largest, busiest gay steam bath in Jozi (OMG!). Shop 1 Phoenix Centre, corner of Malibongwe & Tungsten Drive, Fernale. 011 792 1288. Ramrods: A cruising spot under Adult World. 356 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall. 010 597 4233

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Nightlife in the City of Gold may always be in flux, but for the LGBTQ community, some places will always be home. Whether you’re seeking out some landmarks to learn about queer history or your quest is more hedonistic and vibrant clubs are your thing, there’s more than enough to keep you busy.


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by Thirst Bar Services Instead of having to choose between having dessert or an after-dinner drink, you can now have it all thanks to the Candy Flip – a simple cocktail that actually tastes like candy floss.

CANDY FLIP Glass: Wine Glass Ingredients: 50ml Beefeater Pink Gin 17.5ml rose syrup 100ml aloe juice 25ml lemon juice 25ml egg white Method: Fill your cocktail shaker with good quality cubed ice. Pour the ingredients into the shaker and shake vigorously until the tin is frosted. Using a cocktail strainer, strain the ingredients into prechilled wine glass. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel and pink candy floss.

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About Beefeater Pink Gin Beefeater Pink Gin is the vibrant new strawberry gin from Beefeater London. The soft fruit flavours of strawberry tune ideal with classic notes of juniper and citrus. The result is a finely balanced contemporary gin with a hint of sweet strawberry. It’s a delicious, easy-to-drink and fun strawberry gin made in London and based on the classic award-winning Beefeater Dry recipe.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA … GENDER? WHO CARES! A standing ovation for character fluidity in the arts

The performing arts has been challenging gender boundaries for decades. From men playing women in ancient Greece to Nancy Cartwright playing the voice of Bart Simpson, the changeability of gender roles in the arts is something to be celebrated. These are some of our favourite performances.


Nancy Cartwright in The Simpsons Bart Simpson is one of the most recognisable cartoon voices in the history of television, like Chucky from Rugrats, which makes sense because they’re voiced by the same person, Nancy Cartwright. Cartwright showed up to an audition back in the 1980s to audition for the role of Lisa Simpson but decided Bart’s character was more interesting (and bratty and rude, obvs). She auditioned and the creator of the show, Matt Groening, hired her on the spot. Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love This is a fictional tale in which an imaginary love affair develops between playwright William Shakespeare (played by Joseph Fiennes) and a young woman named Viola de Lesseps (hello, Gwyneth) posing as a man so she can grab the limelight in one of his plays. Of course, Paltrow, who plays the role of Thomas Kent, wins Shakespeare over … and so begins this romantic period comedy drama for those with a penchant for the genre. The role earned her the best actress Oscar title about two decades ago and in her own words, “Changed her [my] life.” Paltrow’s incredible success in playing this male character takes on Shakespeare’s and the outlandish Elizabethan notion in the 1600s that acting was deemed inappropriate for women. Well, now who’s laughing all the way to the bank, old dead gents? Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor Let’s be honest: A piece like this simply wouldn’t be complete without an ode to Eddie Murphy as one of the most dynamic actors of his time when it comes to invoking different characters – both young and old, male and female. Not only does Murphy play the entire Klump Family in this family comedy, but also gives each character their own unique persona.

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Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There In Todd Hayne’s unconventional biopic, I’m Not There, various actors take on the challenge of playing legendary musician Bob Dylan as they portray different facets of Dylan’s public personas. Amongst the lineup of actors, which includes Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Richard Gere, came the unanticipated casting of award-winning actress Cate Blanchett. Blanchett plays Dylan as he was in the 1960s: A little bit jaded and wickedly witty … and her performance is simply brilliant. Blanchett received many accolades for this particular role, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. If there’s only one thing you take away from this list, it’s making sure that you watch this!

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Delivering on its promise to bring the best in entertainment to Pretoria, Time Square has a spectacular lineup of local and international artists gracing the stage at the Sun Arena in October 2019.


erhaps the biggest highlight is the internationally acclaimed Dire Straits Experience featuring veteran Dire Straits members, Chris White and Chris Whitten, on the 15th. “They’ll perform one show only during their trip to South Africa and the Sun Arena is where it’s at. What a coup to have these iconic artists on our stage. This is a once in a lifetime experience,” says Brett Hoppé, general manager of Time Square. With a record 120 million albums sold, which continue to increase as new fans discover the majestic band’s massive worldwide appeal, the music of rock legends Dire Straits lives on. Naturally, Dire Straits’ fans attending the show at the Sun Arena can look forward to hearing all of their favourites, including evergreen hits such as ‘Money for Nothing’, ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Walk of Life’ and many more others. Alongside White and Whitten, The Dire Straits Experience is fronted by Terence Reis and comprises some of finest professional musicians the UK has to offer. Between them, they have worked with the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, George Michael, The Killers and many more. Just a few days later on the 18th, some of South Africa’s biggest artists take to the stage at the Sun Arena for Francois van Coke & Vriende.

The show is buoyed by the sellout success of Francois van Coke & Vriende in 2018. Artists and bands who are back for an encore with Francois are Die Heuwels Fantasties, Riky Rick, Jack Parow, Early B, Fokofpolisiekar, Riana Nel, Danie du Toit (Spoegwolf), Laudo Liebenberg (aKING), Van Coke Kartel, Arno Carstens and Coenie de Villiers. Francois will also use the concert to introduce his fans to his third solo album, Dagdrome in Suburbia (Daydreaming in Suburbia). The new album features collaborations with two of the new friends in the lineup for Francois van Coke & Vriende next month, Riky Rick and Danie du Toit, the front man for Spoegwolf. These brand-new collaborations

will be performed live for the first time at the Sun Arena. Riana Nel is another new addition to the show this year and also performed at the Cape Town leg of Francois van Coke & Vriende in May. Tickets for the Dire Straits Experience and Francois van Coke & Vriende at the Sun Arena, Time Square in October are available at Computicket. Tickets are expected to sell fast, so secure your rightful place well in advance for these unforgettable shows. 209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria 1 E @timesquarersa D @timesquareza Q @timesquareza Hello Joburg • October 2019 •


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ataniël’s 17th production will be presented as 12 unforgettable concerts from 4 to 27 October 2019 at the Theatre of Marcellus. Aficionados can look forward to a spectacular production complete with his trademark stylistic lighting and jawdropping wardrobe selections, carefully crafted to complement the incredible stories that he shares in both English and Afrikaans. Expect moving and fascinating insights into Nataniël’s unique perspective on the world as he boldly explores the state of the world today, from his personal life to politics and everything in between. Nataniël will delve into the age-old phenomenon of the big versus the small, the ever-present struggle between the indestructible and the threatened, the constant war between the individual and the establishment, and the tiring debate between the political and the intelligent. “It gives us immense pride to welcome this legendary South African performer back to Emperors Palace – the home of local entertainment,” says Irvin Nkosi, the resort’s Promotions and Entertainment Manager. “From his beautiful blues and jazz numbers to his sensational costumes designed by the awardwinning Floris Louw, this is one show that should not to be missed!” Always fantastical, funny and unpredictable, Nataniël will share the stage with a talented and well-known cast of local artists, including Charl du Plessis on the keyboard, Juan Oosthuizen on guitar, Brendan Ross on keyboards, saxophone and vocals, Werner Spies on bass, Peter Auret on the drums, and Dihan Slabbert and Nicolaas Swart on vocals. Best known for his outspoken and bravely controversial performances – both on stage and off – Nataniël first appeared on the local entertainment scene in 1987 and has since built a wildly successful career as a singer, songwriter and storyteller. He authors a popular column in SARIE Magazine called Kaalkop, which has been running for 17 years, and is also an accomplished producer, director, designer, and public speaker.

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EMPERORS PALACE Don't miss When Giants Waltz this October!


Theatre lovers are in for a special treat as Nataniël, talented South African muso and performer extraordinaire, makes his way to Emperors Palace to perform his latest enthralling creation, When Giants Waltz. Hello Joburg • October 2019 •

Nataniël’s official memorabilia, including his CDs, DVDs, books, ceramics and other products from his lifestyle range, will be available for purchase at all performances.

BOOK NOW! Tickets for When Giants Waltz start from R160 per person and can be booked through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1213/1297 or through Computicket. Winners Circle cardholders qualify for fantastic discounts. Show and dinner packages are also available. Friday and Saturday night shows will start at 20h00, whereas the Sunday matinee shows will start at 15h00. Regrettably no children under the age of 15 will be permitted. 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park E @emperorspalaceresort D @emperorspalace Q @emperors_palace


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How do you identify? How you define yourself in a world so loud your voice may potentially be drowned out? These heavy topics allow incredible room to create art that not only addresses the conversation, but also presents a host of views that will inspire, scare and entertain you.

The Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque jumped to prominence as ‘The Sandwich Guy’ when he turned a viral game encouraging people to down beers into him handing out food to those in need. The Internet sensation chose to go even further with his influence by setting up The Good Things Guy, a web portal that shares positive South African news every day. Brent is an openly gay 30-something living in Joburg. He opens up about his own struggles and how he remains so positive through his content on his site in both written and video content. It’s the perfect place to find joy and feel revitalised. You’ll fall in love with humans again!

Zephany: Two Mothers, One Daughter Many remember the story of Zephany Nurse, the baby stolen at birth and found at 17, when in a strange twist of fate her younger biological sister arrived at her high school. For the first time in a case that spans 21 years we hear from Miche Solomon, the stolen baby now mother, about her journey from being Miche, to Zephany and back to Miche. Her biography is now available and shares deep insight into her own struggle to find identity in a world so confusing while navigating a bizarre twist. How do you cope when the world you know becomes a lie?


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Joker Joker drops on 4 October in cinemas … but the movie isn’t going to be the usual superhero fan films of late. Instead, Joaquin Phoenix takes up a role made famous by Heath Ledger and almost destroyed by Jared Leto, in a story about how the terrifying villain in Gotham City came to be. The movie focuses on how we cope when we try to find our place in a world of depression, crime and sadness, while exploring the effect of loss and circumstance on the psyche of someone still trying to find themselves. It will be dark and somewhat terrifying but is likely to be one of the smash BoxOffice hits of 2019.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie Netflix has taken The Hangover’s Zach Galifanakis and his hit internet show Between Two Ferns and turned it into a movie. The smash-hit show poked fun at celebrities and showcased how ridiculous their lives are. The movie promises the same with your favourite celebrities making an appearance and allowing Galifanakis to point out how ridiculous fame and the new Internet culture is. John Ham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mathew Mcconaughey, Will Farrell and many others all feature. You’ll laugh a lot and be reminded that sometimes we can poke fun at the ridiculous standards set by celebrity culture.

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travel It’s the most beautiful corner of South Africa. The icy crystalline waters of the Atlantic sea blend franticly with the warm currents of the Indian Ocean. There’s a specific scent about it: It’s fresh, crisp and unpolluted; a fragrant frenzy … and you’ll soon know exactly why you came here.


e visit Cape Town every year, and without a doubt, so do most South Africans. The city experience is usually compressed into one paragraph of what to do and where to go, but we thought we’d give it a twist. So, we swooped down into Cape Town and moulded the city into four unique adventures fit for all sorts of travellers. FOR THE ART FANCIER: STAY AT THE SILO HOTEL Set inside a refurbished silo grain with a façade unlike any other, this jewel of the Cape is simply a masterpiece. The hotel is designed with convex windows that bulge outwards, artistic flair and intricate precision. It’s like the owners slept inside the dilapidated silo for weeks before it opened just to observe where the best light hits accurately and at what time of day … it’s sheer perfection. The silo is an original structure – a historic building built in 1921 that’s been reimagined by industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio in London. It’s a modern, stark and industrial space that’s a piece of artwork in itself. Liz Biden and her husband own this exquisite hotel and it forms part of the esteemed Royal Portfolio collection, which Royal Malewane, Birkenhead House and La Residence also fall under. She designs and styles each and every hotel and is inspired by her travels around the world where she’s always on the lookout for exquisite pieces of furniture, distinctive chandeliers and exotic fabrics. You’ll notice a current theme running throughout all the hotels: The celebration of art. Staying at this five-star hotel, you’ll have your very own museum tucked underneath your room, as the hotel is in the grain elevator portion of the grain silo building. You’ll wake up to breakfast in bed with bubbles in hand and a majestic view of the mountain … and then you’ll marvel at the art pieces in your room and scattered throughout the walls of the hotel. Post breakfast, you can meander to the modern art museum, the Zeitz MOCAA, which rivals the likes of MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Prado museum in Madrid. The focus here is on contemporary African art and discovering some of Africa’s incredible upand-coming talent. Also visit the basement level and get a peek at the hotel’s very own gallery of African contemporary art. The finesse, the cityscape views and the food at the Granary  Café – no Silo stay is complete without a meal here! Assume LOVES top-notch ingredients and beautiful flavours and be sure to order the crisp chili whitebait salad and the prawn tagliatelle.

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FOR THE TREE HUGGER: STAY AT DE HOOP COLLECTION NATURE RESERVE Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town International Airport, this nature reserve is a remarkable place. Here, fynbos smudges the landscape, bontebok roam freely and ostrich trek for hours. There really is only one location to consider upon entering the nature reserve, and that’s De Hoop Collection. There many different types of accommodation options, but we recommend the main manor house, which was first built in 1700. It was originally a farmhouse and the original owners bred Spanish stallions and adored wildlife so much that they left a window open in the roof so the swallows could fly in and nest. This gives way to the De Hoop Collection motto, which is that all species coexist peacefully, just as nature intended it to be.

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The Manor House is cosy with three bedrooms that all catch the morning rays and have a classic country cottage feel. Salvaged wooden beams from a shipwreck are used as part of the structure of the house, which has adorned bathrooms with Victorian baths all en-suite with imposing hard wood floors. Outside the house is a commanding oversized fig tree, and if you look beyond it you’ll find over 30 nests with a constant frenzy of chirps, tweets and twitters. It’s the most pleasant sound to wake up to every morning. There are plenty of activities too, so you won’t ever get bored. There are hikes, nature walks, guided walks and nature drives, not forgetting a spa for a relaxing pre-dinner full body massage. Dining is conducted beautifully – everything sings in synchronicity at The Fig Tree Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We beg you not to leave without trying the flawless trout! After dinner, you’ll return to the room with the scent of smoky wood and relax in the lounge with your favourite novel and a warm cup of tea. Heaven! The whale watching here is  unmatched, as is the amount of activities they have on offer – think LOVES mountain biking, an eco-boat cruise on the De Hoop Vlei, a one-hour vulture hike experience to view these fascinating creatures on the vulture deck, an interpretive marine walk exploring the coastal rock pools and sandy beaches and more. PS: If you travel during August or September, you’ll easily spot whales!


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De Hoop FOR THE FOOD BUFF: STAY AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON UPPER EASTSIDE You may not believe us when we tell you that this hotel has one of the best breakfast offerings in the city – or, in fact, the country – at its Liberty’s Restaurant. Well, we were as surprised as you! Not only can you anticipate the most delicious cuisine inside, but also outside the hotel. A mere 15-minute drive from the airport, the hotel is just a few kilometers away from the trendy Old Biscuit Mill, the admired Test Kitchen and the much-loved Pot Luck Club. Some of the city’s finest restaurants are right on your doorstep! Any epicurean would delight in this, especially because you’re far away from the magnetic travellers and overcrowded sandy beaches. Instead, you’ll find yourself within close proximity to

the backdrop of Devil’s Peak and the locals’ charisma. It’s the more intimate Cape Town; an inclusive part of the city with a vibrant food scene to complement it. Take note of the staff at this hotel – they’re warm, welcoming, gracious and kind, and will go above and beyond to accommodate you. Let’s be honest: You wouldn’t expect this from a four-star hotel in the middle of Woodstock! They’ll even hold your baby while you eat in a picturesque setting. This hotel sure satisfies all the taste buds! The hotel has a complimentary  10-minute shuttle ride to the E LOV S famous V&A Waterfront, so you don’t need to hire a car.

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LET’S FEAST! You can’t leave Cape Town without trying our top dining out picks: Bobo’s Brasserie: At the newest addition to Beach Road in Mouille Point, you can look forward to French bistro classics in a space decorated with floral wall art and overlooking the ocean. It’s the most gorgeous interior – don’t forget to take a seat in the ornate library! 1

Upper Eastside FOR THE SLUMBER SPECIALIST: STAY AT 12 APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA If sleepyhead is your middle name and you’re after a lazy, hazy summer, this is the hotel for you. There’s no better location to celebrate being sluggish in this city other than the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa. You won’t find a better view and no hotel comes close to competing with its level of amenities, service offerings and frills.

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It’s safe to say that once the staff welcome you and the smell of fresh proteas envelope the atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home. It’s this homey feeling you develop at all of Red Carnation’s hotels – it’s difficult to put it into words, but they’re attractively warm hotels that just tick all the right boxes. When making your booking, you can select what type of pillow you’d like – a neck support pillow, comfy knee cushion or anti-snore option. You can also opt for a yoga mat and DVD workout video to be placed in your rooms. The hotel will even enquire what type of magazines you prefer to read. That’s not all – the level of service is so immaculate that you’ll even select what type of soap you fancy. Exclusively created for Red Carnation hotels, B Africa products made from kelp and various fynbos plants are offered. Oatmeal bran, Cape lavender and Cape rooibos are just a few options you’ll pick from. Simply dial in and they’ll be delivered straight to your door! Now, seeing as you’re a comfort connoisseur, you won’t have to ever leave the hotel because The Azure Restaurant offers the most exquisite dining evenings. Get ready to ecape into a tasting journey of specially selected wines from Cape vineyards paired with a spectacular five-course dinner. How does rooibos-smoked ostrich with blackberry vinaigrette paired with Cederberg Sustainable Rose 2018 sound? Or apple and caramel cheesecake with velvety

caramel crème and burnt apple gel paired with an Elgin favourite, Paul Cluver Riesling 2017 … are you salivating yet? Well, if Rover is and you’ve brought him along, the hotel is pet-friendly, so if you both want breakfast in bed in your superior sea-facing abode, you can have that. The elegantly stylish rooms also have a lounge area for your four-legged friend and your own balcony with day loungers so comfortable you’ll think you’re in a newly made bed. The hotel is pet-friendly and the Atlantic Terrace Pool, which  overlooks the Atlantic seabord, is S LOVE heated. Plus, it’s home to one of the best spas in the country!

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Cavalli Estate: The restaurant at Cavalli Estate in Somerset West is much more than just a restaurant – it’s an adventure. We recommend sitting under the guava trees and relishing the set menu with wine pairing. The restaurant serves the best vegan dish: Broccoli steak with tofu bacon, peanut kale crisps and vegan yoghurt. It’s inventive and genius! 1 Three Wise Monkeys: This Sea Point restaurant known for its poke bowls is easy-eating but doesn’t compromise on oh-so-delectable dishes. Basically, once you’ve tried one of the ramen noodle bowls, you’ll make sure you make a stop here every time you’re in Cape Town. It gets a 10 out of 10 from us! 1 Coco Safar: This French style patisserie in Sea Point uses state-of-the-art coffee machinery. For the tea lovers, there’s an impressive rooibos flat white – yum! Don’t forget to grab a delish almond milk cappuccino from the espresso bar. 1

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he day kicked off at the towering rooftop bar that is San Deck at Tsogo’s Sun Sandton Sun hotel in the heart of Sandton for welcome drinks and dazzling views. Our guests, including Jessica van Heerden (@jessica_ vanheerden), Dee Mandic (@thatstotallyfetch_sa) and Charmaine Ramalope-Makhubela (@ glamfoodiesa), sipped some of San Deck’s most popular cocktails – from the cool San Sunset to the colourful San Martini – while they snapped selfies for the ’gram. After all, cocktails taste better when you’re drinking them in the sky! A short stroll to the Sandton Gautrain station later, we all hopped on the train to Rosebank and were there in a mere four minutes. From there, we headed to the brand-new Mythos restaurant at The Zone @ Rosebank for a Greek feast of different meze, such as falafels, halloumi, dolmades, keftethes, biftekias and souvlakias – not forgetting the bottles of white wine on the side. For dessert, we were treated to one of the best sweet treats we’ve had all year: Loukoumades (AKA Greek doughnuts) drizzled with honey, pecan nuts and cinnamon. Delicious! After lunch, we got back on the train at the Rosebank Gautrain station and took it to Park Station. Another four minutes later, we were getting off the train and into an Uber for a short drive to The Marabi Club, Joburg’s jazz jewel in New Doornfontein. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendly bouncers and then taken upstairs to rooftop of The Hallmark Hotel, the boutique hotel that the jazz club is housed inside. It was perfect timing: The cityscape views at golden hour were nothing short of mesmerising. Paired with live jazz and the best cocktails in town (the Skillachi house cocktail is a must-try!), we couldn’t have asked for a better end to the day. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Joburg local or visitor – one thing you simply must add to your Jozi bucket list is a foodie journey through the city using the Gautrain. It’s quick, safe and immaculately clean, and the stations are conveniently within close proximity to some of Joburg’s best-loved restaurants and bars. Cheers to that!


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Last month, Hello Joburg Magazine took some of Joburg’s top food and lifestyle influencers on a food and drink journey from Sandton to Rosebank to downtown Jozi … using the Gautrain every step of the way!


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With 10 stations and more than 10 supporting bus routes, step off Gautrain relaxed, into a city of progress and promise. Gautrain is your golden link to explore the endless opportunities of Gauteng

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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


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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


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

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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Host your


at the Johannesburg Expo Centre When celebrating the year that’s gone by, you evidently want to do it well and what better place to end off the year with your colleagues then than at the award-winning Johannesburg Expo Centre?


e take great pride in the versatility of the JEC,” says JEC CEO, Craig Newman. “We can handle a large-scale event like Ultra South Africa with thousands of visitors, but we can also provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate year-end function.”

trusted events service providers, experienced and proficient event management staff, and 24-hour security,” says Newman.

With the capacity to seat up to 200 people, the clubhouse provides the perfect setting for corporate dinners, intimate events, and cocktail functions. Smaller upmarket One of the largest multi-purpose exhibition conference facilities include the Black Eagle centres in Africa, the JEC has over 50 000 and Bateleur Conference Centres, which square metres of covered space, an additional provide up to 4 000 square metres of space for 100 000 square metres of outdoor space and important business meetings, while individual service capabilities that ensure the success gates and entrances for each hall provide ease of every client function. “We can take on an of access for event build-up and break-down. event of any magnitude and make it unique and seamless,” says Newman. Extensive and dynamic facilities, coupled with flexibility and first-class service ensure If your company is on the lookout for that the JEC sustains its position as the venue an accomplished venue for your yearend of choice in Africa year on year. Join their function, the JEC has a variety of potential impressive portfolio of satisfied clients and function rooms with all infrastructural enjoy the professionalism and competency of requirements provided. “We also have this world-class venue by booking your yearfive-star catering facilities in-house and all end function today. meals prepared are of the highest standard,” explains Newman. “So all you have to do is Corner of Rand Show and Nasrec Roads, Nasrec let us know how many people are attending m 011 494 1920 and we take care of the rest.” 082 855 0292


Whether you expect 150 people for your yearend function or 5 000, the JEC has the space and the capacity. “To meet the requirements of each client, we have terraces that are used to house delivery vehicles, a long list of Hello Joburg • October 2019 •

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BANQUET AND COCKTAIL-STYLE VENUE CAPACITIES BANQUET-STYLE Hall 5 - 2,400 Hall 6 - 4,000 Hall 7 - 1,500 Hall 8 - 1,500 Hall 9 - 2,000 Hall 10B - 300 Hall 10 - 1,000 Hall 10A - 500 Bateleur A & B - 550 Bateleur A - 300 Bateleur B - 200 Black Eagle A, B & C - 500 Black Eagle A - 180 Black Eagle B - 120 Black Eagle C – 180 COCKTAIL-STYLE Hall 5 – 5,600 Hall 6 – 9,400 Hall 7 – 3,700 Hall 8 – 3,700 Hall 9 – 5,000 Hall 10B - 420 Hall 10 - 1,800 Hall 10A - 800 Bateleur A & B – 1,000 Bateleur A - 400 Bateleur B - 320 Black Eagle A, B & C - 800 Black Eagle A - 300 Black Eagle B - 200 Black Eagle C – 300 Meeting your demands and exceeding your expectations!


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

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The Sandton Sun offers elegant fivestar 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 ensuite 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


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.C 135 West Street, Sandton M m 011 282 7000 Y m CM





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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

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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 m


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 m 011 393 8000 1


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CANDÎCE VAN EEDEN Eye Care Awareness Month is commemorated from 20 September to 17 October to raise awareness about the importance of eye health. With that in mind, we sat down with Candîce van Eeden, owner of Vision Works in Fourways and Dainfern, to find out everything you could possibly want to know about eye tests, glasses and contact lenses … plus a crazy fact you didn’t know about your eyes.

How long have you been a practising optometrist? I qualified from the University of Johannesburg in 2010 and started working in my first practice in December that year, so nine years this December. I’ve owned Vision Works Fourways for four years and Dainfern for three years and have an enormous passion for optometry. I even have a tattoo of a pair of glasses on my forearm. What’s the number-one concern patients have about their eyes? The main reason people come for an eye test is because they experience blurry vision in either the distance or while reading. The second reason is due to eye irritations or infections, and a close third is because they’re suffering from headaches. Should you have an eye test if you suffer from headaches? Most certainly yes. I find it so interesting how many people go to the extremes of seeing physiotherapists, neurologists and headaches clinics – some even go for MRI and CT scans – before going for a simple eye test as many headaches are caused by your eyes. Even if you believe you see clearly, an eye test should be the first thing you do to alleviate headaches. Tell-tale signs that your eyes are causing your headaches include pain at the back of your head (at the base), frontal lobe (forehead) or temporal lobes. The occipital lobe, the part of your brain that sees, is located at the back-bottom section of your brain, hence the headache is located there. This is very often misdiagnosed as neck or back issues. Often, there’s more pain on one side than the other, which is a sign that one eye is either doing all the work or has the larger prescription. Your headaches will also more than often come later in the day after you’ve been on a computer for some hours and aren’t nearly as severe on days off.


What eye problems can cause headaches? The reason your eyes can cause headaches is due to any form of prescription. If you’re far-sighted (need glasses primarily for close work), you’ll get headaches when you do close work – including using your cellphone or computer, reading, knitting or sewing – for prolonged periods of time. If you’re short-sighted, you’ll get headaches from being under- or over-corrected. Under-corrected means your prescription is too weak and you have to strain or squint to see clearly, which mainly causes frontal headaches. However, the biggest cause of eye-related headaches is astigmatism; a fancy word that means your eyes are oval instead of perfectly round. This is by no means unique – pretty much everyone who wears any form of prescription has astigmatism. It’s the main form of prescription that can go undiagnosed for several years as you can see everything, but it’s slightly warped or has a mild halo. Most patients who believe they have perfect vision often have astigmatism. Hello Joburg • September 2019 •

Tell us a fun fact we probably didn't know about our eyes. Most people don’t know that there are tiny little bugs that live inside our eyelashes. They serve a very important purpose of keeping our lashes clean, however, in some people they overpopulate, causing red, sore, itchy and crusty eyelids. This can be easily treated, so consult your optometrist if you have any of these symptoms. What makes the Mo eyewear range different? We so love Mó! Vision Works Optometrists are the only holders of the brand – it’s our exclusive in-house brand – and we’re exceptionally proud of it. Mo glasses are funky, diverse, unique and very affordable. We import them from Spain and want the South African market to start adopting the same mindset that the Spanish market has, which is that you should change up your glasses every six months. You should have more pairs of glasses than shoes. When you see someone, what do they look at first – your face or your feet? My point exactly! We bring in a completely new range of Mo glasses every six months with over 100 unique styles to choose from. It’s no wonder that many of our patients walk away with more than one. What's the starting price of Mo frames? Mó frames sell for R1,399 and Mo sunglasses sell for R1,500. Discovery medical aid members qualify for 20% off this price as we’re preferred providers. What eyewear trends have you noticed recently? The metal frame is back and in full swing! For the longest time, big, plastic frames have been in fashion, but we’re finally moving over to stunning metal frames. Brands are bringing them out in the most fantastic shapes and colours, and we’re absolutely loving it. Other styles that are still very much on trend are crystal (see-through) frames, rose gold frames and thick, chunky black frames. Round shape frames are still the number-one choice and we just adore them because optically, they’re the best. Fourways Intercare Health Centre, Fourways Boulevard, Fourways m 011 745 6782 076 017 9666 E @visionworksoptomsfourways Q @vision_works_fourways Dainfern Dainfern Square Shopping Centre, Broadacres Drive, Dainfern m 011 469 0543 076 860 1739 E @visionworksoptomsdainfern 1

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Make the most of summer and enjoy a perfectly planned picnic with friends in the heart of Sandton. Sip champagne, tuck into a selection of gourmet picnic fare and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. Includes 2 glasses of complimentary bubbly.

Sunday, 27 October The lawns 12h00-18h00 R690 per basket (Serves 2) Lookout for more of our exciting Social Sundays coming soon. Booking is essential. To book or to find out more, email or call 010 226 4815. Tickets will be available at the door. Subject to availability. Enjoy Responsibly. Not for Sale to Persons Under the Age of 18.

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