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NIGHTLIFE Let the fun be Gin!


Wellness Warehouse 11 years in the making

Power Couple! The dream team from


Make-over alert! The Menlyn Boutique Hotel gets a delicious upgrade!

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Meet Aurelia's Restaurant's Power Couple!

8  SHOPPING The sweetest things!

12   DINING OUT A new powerhouse joins the team at Restaurant Mosaic

16  LEISURE ACTIVITIES Pictures every tourist should take




MARCH 2018

29 NIGHTLIFE Let the fun be Gin!

On the cover

Aurelia's Restaurant's new power couple mean business! Let us introduce you to their expert Wine Sommelier, talented Chef de Cuisine and exciting new flavours... More on page 8


Wellness Warehouse 11 years in the making

Power Couple! The dream team from


Make-over alert! The Menlyn Boutique Hotel gets a delicious upgrade!

R29.00 incl. VAT (South Africa) R25.00 (other countries)

Must-haves for March

20  ARTS & CULTURE A treasure trove of fun in March!


Malfy Gin Originale


Menlyn Boutique Hotel gets a make-over

29  CONFERENCING & EVENTS Magic at Mackouwail


COVER STARS: Sommelier Boitumelo Maphela and Chef de cuisine Andre Bezuidenhout from Aurelia's Restaurant


Photo: Phillip Santos


Make a statement!

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hether you’re stuffing your face with choccies or avoiding them like the plague, we hope that you find some comfort in the pages of this fine-looking magazine. We have gone all out this month… March madness is a real thing! Firstly, I have to gush – how gorgeous is that cover? The power couple that is Aurelia’s Restaurant’s Executive Chef and Wine Sommelier are the stars of the show this month, and for good reason. Executive Chef Andre Bezuidenhout is an absolute whizz in the kitchen, creating dishes that will drive your taste buds – and Instagram followers – wild! Wine Sommelier Boitumelo Maphela has an impressive track record and even better taste in vino, so we’re positive you’re in good hands when you pop in to visit. And visit you should, because Aurelia’s is going through some change. This spot will be introducing some new flavours to their


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NOTE menu… but we won’t give it all away here. Read our cover story for the full scoop! We’re trying (and failing just a little) to stick to our New Year’s resolutions of eating healthy and getting fit. We thought an interview with the gorgeous and incredibly toned Cara Lisa Sham, founder of the Caralishious brand. We got to know what a day in her yogi-life is like, and she even gave us a few helpful tips on how to have healthier cooking habits. It’s a must-read! Last, but certainly not least, we’re celebrating the power of girls, because another powerhouse woman has joined the team over at Restaurant Mosaic. Want to be in on the gossip? Flip on over to our Dining Out section to get filled in! xxx

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calendar what’s on, in and around Pretoria in MARCH 2 MARCH



Big Concerts

Whenever we slip into a little red number, there’s only one song that comes to mind, and that’s Chris’s classic ‘The Lady in Red’. So obviously, we lost our minds when we heard he was heading to Pretoria during his special 25th Anniversary South African tour. If you’re a die-hard fan of ‘Just Another Poor Boy’, ‘Man on The Line’ and ‘Into the Light’, then book your tickets now! When: 2 March Where: Sun Arena, Time Square, 209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria Cost: From R460 to R800 Book:


GINFEST 2018 Let the fun be gin! How does a relaxing afternoon at the stunning Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel sound? Like perfection? We can make it better… by handing you a freshly made G&T! Sample your way through top class Gins and other craft drinks, nibble to your hearts content as there’ll be loads of tantalizing food stalls and there’ll also be live music all day long! You’ll get a free glass and a cocktail on arrival. Please note that this event will be a cash-free zone and no under 18’s will be allowed onto the premises. When: 3 March Where: Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel, 87 Jim van der Merwe Road, Centurion Cost: R100 Book:


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This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you won’t want to miss it. Myles Kennedy, lead singer of the multi-million selling rock band Alter Bridge, will be treating audiences to an exclusive performance of acoustic versions of songs that will reflect the entire repertoire of his magnificent career to date. Myles will also share the stories behind the rock anthems that helped him rise to fame! When: 10 March Where: Sun Arena, Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria Cost: R395 to R695 Book:

Christian Barz


The creators of Arcade Empire and Park Acoustics have joined forces with Budweiser and Southern Comfort to bring you Wie Maak Die Jool Vol 2018! This event is the revolutionary Rag (Raise and Give) Festival for the modern-day student. The main stage will be rocked by 6 of SA's top live acts (think Spoegwolf, Rubber Duc, Jan Bloukaas, Kyle Cassim, We Are Charli and Easy Freak). Did we mention there’ll be 8 individual Res tents/stages, where each Res gets to throw their own themed party with bands or DJ's? Fun-tastic! R30 of each res ticket sold goes to the charity of their choice, as well as a percentage of their bar sales at their tents/stages. Please note that no under 18’s, no own alcohol or food and no hubbly’s or hookahs will be allowed. When: 3 March Where: Voortrekker Monument, Eeufees Road, Groenkloof 358-Jr, Pretoria Cost: From R100 to R150 Book:

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Four days, one epic music festival. What more could you need? Mieliepop offers festival-goers the chance to experience over 90 incredibly talented acts performing across 6 different stages, in one stunning location. We seriously cannot even begin to name the acts that will be jamming at this event, but yogi lovers will be delighted to hear that the Yoga Flow Festival is happening at the same time – at the same place. That’s one heck of a weekend away! When: 21 to 25 March Where: Tolderia Resort, 2351 Lothair, Mpumalanga Cost: From R100 to R4449 depending on chosen ticket package Book:


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This is one of Pretoria’s favourite events, and it’s easy to see why… champers, nibbles and live music? It’s the perfect day out! The festival aims to bring the Cape to Gauteng and offers families the chance to indulge their sense on fantastic vino’s and food. There are four festivals throughout the year, so keep your eyes glued to our calendar pages and sip your way through all the best poisons bought up from the Cape. When: 21 March Where: Shokran Events Venue, Plot 99, Tierpoort Cost: From R50 to R575. Children under 12 years enter free. Book:

The talented Dan Patlansky has just dropped another incredible album, so of course, you’ll have to get the tickets to his live show. This album stands out from the rest because of its honesty and live sounds of the songs. When: 27 March Where: Rockwood Theatre, Parkview Shopping Centre, corner Garsfontein Road and Netcare Street, Moreleta Park, Pretoria East Cost: R195 Book:


South Africa’s longest running, oldest, most loved music festival is back. Splashy Fen is so much more than just a festival… it’s a celebration of life, art, music, individuality and fun – and it just happens to take place at a World Heritage Site – The Drakensberg. Festival-goers will be treated to performances by Bowling For Soup, Desmond & The Tutus, Matthew Mole, Rubber Duc and more! When: 29 March to 2 April Where: Splashy Fen Music Festival, Bushman's Nek Road, 3257 Underberg Cost: From R400 to R795 Book:


It’s that time again, where yogi’s, flowy’s and moonchildren from across SA flock to Tolderia farm estate for the highly anticipated Yoga Flow Festival. Spread over four days, the festival will include yoga and meditation, workshops, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, a kid’s corner complete with arts & crafts, kiddie yoga and fun games. There will also be musical workshops, holistic and natural wellness products and conscious food available. When: 21 to 25 March Where: Tolderia Resort, 2351 Lothair, Mpumalanga Cost: R250 - R4550 depending on chosen accommodation Book:

Duke Leeory

He’s just returned from sharing the stage with the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pixies and many more, so you’ll want to be there to welcome Jeremy Loops back to the Park Acoustics stage for the first time since 2014! Along with his brand-new album ‘Waves’, he’s also bought a very talented friend multi-award winning TRESOR! Join them as they take over the stage at yet another fantastic Park Acoustics event. Please note – no under 18's will be allowed unless they are accompanied by a parent. Proof of identification is required, and no copies, photo's or temporary documents will be accepted. Glass is not permitted into the festival area, so please buy cans or decant into plastic bottles. When: 11 March Where: Fort Schanschop, Eeufees Road, Groenkloof 358-Jr, Pretoria Cost: R155 to R195 Book:


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A chat with Lifestyle and Health Blogger Caralishious

What would be your ideal working environment? Light bright and spacious. A sunny office with pot plants, a white board for brainstorming and my little Toy Pom by my feet! How do you want to improve yourself in the next year? I want to take my yoga practice to the


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next level and build the Caralishious brand and offering even further. More importantly, I really want to work on being more mindful and meditating more frequently, so that I’m better able to focus and manage stressful situations. What’s a day in the life of Caralishious like? I am usually up by 5am. Mornings are my ‘me’ time. On rising, I set my intention for the day and affirm this for 5-minutes before getting out of bed. Once I’m up and about, I drink a large mug of hot water with lemon, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and cinnamon to cleanse my system. I also take a probiotic to promote healthy digestion. By 6am I’m at the gym for an hour or so, and then I enjoy a nutritious breakfast. I usually opt for rolled oats or chia pudding, and if I am feeling a little flat, I’ll add a scoop of vegan protein powder to give me that extra kick. I’m usually working by 8:15am, and make sure to take regular breaks to keep my energy levels and concentration up. In terms of my work day to day, it can range from admin and catching up on emails, to photo shoots, meetings, work travel, writing posts for my blog, taking photos, editing images, doing product reviews, interviews, attending launch events and checking up on my product at the various stores we supply and chasing orders.

Do you have any tips for building healthier cooking habits? 1. A  lways use coconut oil or olive oil if you’re frying or grilling. 2. If you’re using sauces, opt for ones that contain no sugar and are low carb. 3. Try to steam most of your vegetables until slightly cooked. 4. For animal proteins, rather oven grill than fry. 5. I f you’re baking, use xylitol instead of sugar, and almond or coconut flour instead of normal wheat flour. 5 f @caralishious U @caralishious  @caralishious

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ounder of the Caralishious brand, Cara Lisa Sham is a health blogger, yoga enthusiast, social media influencer and health foods producer. She has a passion for all things wholesome and nourishing, and her mission is to inspire her clients and those around her to enjoy a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Obviously, we had to pick her brain about all things good…

Want to get the full scoop on Cara-Lisa’s online meal plans and lifestyle guides? Hot foot it over to her website for all the delicious details!

at Culture Club


Creating the coolest vibe


t Culture Club, not only will you find a perfect marriage of food, drink and conversation combined to create a feast that’s fit to share with friends and family, but you’ll be in a cool and trendy environment! Situated in the hip Hazelwood area of Pretoria known as The Village, this tapas bar is where you’ll find us on a weekend when we want to hang out with mates while chomping on scrumptious food and sipping satisfying drinks. Surrounded by a relaxed and social atmosphere, the objective of Culture Club is for you to share and enjoy all different types of meals, instead of everyone ordering their own meal – hence the tapas vibe. Not only is it a mixture of different meals, but also of flavours from places like the Mediterranean coast, the Middle East and Asia. This allows you to try several styles, and you might even become a bit adventurous and fall in love with something you never thought you’d try!

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From dips like hummus, roasted red peppers and tzatziki, to spreads like Brandy infused chicken liver pate with caramelized onions. If you’re in the mood for a filling and tasty salad, we highly recommend the lemon and herb chicken fillet salad. We loved the taste along with the microgreens! Perhaps you’re trying to decide if you’d like some vegetables or nibbles such as crumbed halloumi bites with tzatziki, or chorizo pesto lollipops. From chicken and prawns to fillet stripes, your main meal is taken care of ! Now, we can’t let you leave Culture Club without indulging in the mouthwatering churros served with dark chocolate ganache. Apart from the delectable foods, no visit to Culture Club is complete without a trendy gin and tonic! With an ever-growing gin collection, you’ll just keep ordering more. Cheers to that we say!

Shop E, The Village, No 15, 16th Street, Hazelwood. 5 1 060 795 3632 0 f @cultureclubtapas  @cultureclubtapas

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Aurelia's Restaurant's One of the best kept secrets on the East Rand is Aurelia’s Restaurant. Less than 30 minutes down the R21 from Pretoria, this rare fine dining gem is nestled elegantly in the Piermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace, and it’s a must-visit!

Power Couple!

Sommelier Boitumelo Maphela (left) and Chef de Cuisine Andre Bezuidenhout.

64 Jones Road, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park. 5 1 011 928 1908 | 1727 8 8 t @EmperorsPalace


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Discovering Your Afroperial Aurelia’s Restaurant has coined the phrase Afroperial to describe the classical fusion of imperial Roman tradition and elegance, melded with bold, modern African cuisine - which is becoming the hallmark of their new offerings. Paired with an impressive range of local favourites and new unique discoveries, the wine list will serve as a further compliment on this culinary expedition.

pallet cleanser, large plate, dessert and after dinner tea, coffee and friandises, the degustation evening is an indulgent affair which will completely consume your Instagram feed!

It’s in the Details

Degustation Sensation

One area which makes Aurelia’s Restaurant a unique experience are the extra details they offer. Special events are their speciality, and a custom experience can easily be arranged with a bespoke cake to mark the occasion. Baby showers, bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, wedding anniversaries and even elaborate proposals can be tailored to become a once-in-a-lifetime experience in which timeless memories are made.

Aurelia’s Restaurant is one of the few fine dining locations to offer a degustation menu. For those wanting to sample variety, the degustation is an eightcourse menu in smaller portions, perfectly paired with wines to compliment the unique flavours of every course. Comprising of an Amuse-Bouche, small plate, entrée,

The best High Tea on the East Rand can only be found at Aurelia’s Restaurant in the picturesque gardens which adorn the restaurant. Saturdays are made for afternoon indulgence, right? This High Tea offers delectable sweets and savoury bites to satisfy all.

Behind the knives… Andre Bezuidenhout, the Chef de Cuisine, discovered his love of food as a small boy, cooking in his father's kitchen. Armed with a Diploma at the internationally accredited HTA School of Culinary Art, chef Andre has cut his teeth as Senior Sous Chef at The Bull Run in Sandton, Executive Sous Chef at The Palazzo Monte, Executive Chef at Emerald Casino, and Executive Chef at the Inanda Polo Club. Only great things are expected from this talented chef, and he never disappoints!

A sip above the rest… Boitumelo Maphela, the new Sommelier, attended the Cape Wine Academy for 2 years, and completed 4 certificates and trained at Boschendal and the Haute Cabrière wine estates. She refined her craft as sommelier at Hyde Park Corner Southern Sun Hotel, and certainly knows her way around a bottle of vino. Her expertise will ensure an all-round taste sensation whenever you visit Aurelia’s Restaurant.

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Signature dishes that stand out from the crowd include the divine Venison Carpaccio;

a taste of the wild in the city with traditional pickling and curing flavours. The enigmatic and theatrical Under the Ocean is inspired by the largely undiscovered ocean floor around the world, with a splash of cold cucumber vichyssoise and a bed of different textures to transport you to the far-off seas. The Bobotie Ravioli is a modern take on the Italian staple, with traditional Cape Malay Bobotie and homecooked Zulu cabbage. Another modern twist comes in the form of the Stout Braised Beef Short rib mixed with a delicate parmesan samp, redefining the traditional food and elevating the flavour with a maas dressing.

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nspired by the beauty and elegance of Aurelia Cotta, mother of Julius Caesar, Aurelia’s Restaurant is raising the cloche on their new menu, and rising power couple in the form of Chef de Cuisine Andre Bezuidenhout, and upand-coming sommelier Boitumelo Maphela.

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We’ll happily scoff down the limited-edition Easter Sweetie Pie from Beyers Chocolates. It’s got an extra little 25g surprise tucked inside, so order a load online! R44.95. 5

Not keen on chocolate? Don’t worry, these are completely inedible but will make your pamper time extra indulgent! A must-have is the luxurious Chocolate Bath Milk from Matsimela Home Spa, 450ml. R60. We’re also in love with their Bunny Soap Set (below) that contains 3x55g bunny soaps from. R85. 5

Planning a get together? Then you have to have a cake worthy of the occasion. We’re head over paws for these individual 10cm mini dome Bunny Bum and Bunny Head cakes from the Red Velvetier. Each cake is made with marble vanilla or chocolate sponge (with a chocolate ball surprise centre), layered with white chocolate filling, covered in fondant and decorated with speckled eggs. Collection from Joburg South but delivery can be arranged. R100 each.* * T&C’s apply. Orders close 28 March 2018.


Chocolate doesn't ask questions Chocolate understands! When it comes to delivering sweetness, the Easter Bunny’s got nothin’ on us! Whether you’re into choccies or not (gasp!), we’ve got your Easter basket loaded!

Spoil a loved one, or a little one, with this adorable personalised Bunny Tin from Netflorist. In addition to having a name on it, the tin has a cuddly bunny teddy - and you have the option of throwing in a delicious Marvelous Creations Slab (160g)! R199.95*

We’re obsessed with the new milk chocolate 200g LINDT Gold Bunny Flowers Edition! Pretty and tasty. R89.95. Available from Lindt stores and select Lindt stockists. 5

*Does not include delivery charge of R69.95


Fun for the kids… and adults! Dig into the whole pack or share these 50g HELLO milk chocolate Mini Bunny’s from Lindt. R44.95. 5

You can’t have Easter without a plate full of steaming Hot Cross Buns from Woolworths, R26.99. Just FYI - they’re also available fruitfree, R19.99. 5

Did you know that Beatrix Potter’s beloved storybook character Peter Rabbit™ will be making his big screen debut in cinemas nationwide on 30 March? So of course, Cadbury are celebrating with a special limited-edition Peter Rabbit Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Easter Egg, filled with Astros! R39.99.* Available at select Cadbury stockist. *Prices may vary at the retailer’s discretion


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If you want a fast way to add Easter décor to your home – the kind you can chomp on – then grab yourselves a delish chocolate bunny from Beyers for the table. Around R23.15. Add to fun by tossing in a few chocolate eggs and make a whole tasty nest! Around R10 each. 5


Located in the prestigious suburb of Waterkloof, the Menlyn Maine precinct is well under way to becoming one of the biggest, most advanced shopping, living and playing complexes in South Africa. The design of the precinct is featured around the new greening principles of urban developments, which includes an environmental awareness approach. In keeping with international urban developments of living and working in the same space (being able to walk from your apartment to the transport system and your favourite spots), Menlyn Main aims to replicate this. Think apartments, hotels, restaurants, offices, shops and entertainment all in the same area. Corner of January Masilela Road and Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria 012 361 7758

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is an award-winning superregional shopping centre situated in the fast-developing Menlyn node in the capital city of Tshwane, South Africa. This multi-level centre boasts over 500 tenants including a large base of international brands and flagship anchor stores. Menlyn Park has set new standard of becoming the biggest centre in Africa after undergoing a redevelopment of R 2.5 Billion. Corner of Atterbury and Lois Avenue, Menlo Park, Pretoria 012 471 0651

Brooklyn Mall

Situated in the heart of Pretoria's cosmopolitan Embassy suburbs, Brooklyn Mall and Brooklyn Square combine all the components to create a vibrant hub of activity for the Capital's most

prestigious neighbourhood. Brooklyn Mall and Brooklyn Square offer customers the convenience of one-stop-shopping catering to the requirements of the most discerning shopper. A full complement of national retailers along with approximately 220 specialist retail stores provides the very best luxuries and shopping of choice. There is also an assortment of restaurants and coffee bars satisfying an astute palette. Corner Veale and Fehrsen Streets, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria 012 346 1063


boutique clothing stores


Time to shop til you drop at these...

Parkview Shopping Centre

Parkview Shopping Centre is a contemporary shopping centre. With a selection of prime quality retailers, Parkview Shopping Centre offers a vast array of beauty, boutique, home decor, travel, restaurant, health and fitness options. The Shopping Centre boasts a modern aesthetic with a spacious flow to allow for a relaxed experience. Pristine views of the adjacent park and lake, set Parkview Shopping Centre as the perfect spot to spend a leisurely day or a social sundowner. 012 992 6103 www.


This fabulous boutique stocks up-to-the-minute contemporary fashion from clothes, bags, shoes and accessories hand selected from the fashion capitals of the world. Their designs change seasonally and are always on trend. Menlyn Maine, Shop 59, Pegasus 1 Building, January Masilela Drive and Amarand Avenue, Waterkloof Ext 2, Pretoria. 012 361 3490 Brooklyn Mall, Shop 217, 38 Bronkhorst Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. 012 460 1783 NEW! Woodlands Boulevard, Shop 209, Corner of Garsfontein road and De Villebois Mareuil drive, Pretorius Park, Pretoria East. 012 997 0513


This is a destination shop for women who appreciate a unique and special shopping experience. They offer style tips and bespoke gowns for mothers of the bride and groom, Matric farewells and cocktail dresses, as well as function and corporate wear and everyday fashion. The team prides itself on professional advice and efficient service. 203 Lynnwood Road, Brooklyn, Pretoria. 012 362 1968 082 331 9073


This family owned and operated fashion design and bridal studio custom designs and makes wedding, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses in addition to mother of the bride and communion dresses, Matric farewell gowns as well as cocktail and evening wear. They specialize in dresses for plus size, petite and mature brides, and are available to do alterations. 6 Hoyt Crescent, Moreletapark, Pretoria. 012 997 7649

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Taryn will be bringing vino to a team that is already packed with girl power, as Chantel has a strong female brigade in the kitchen, while her mother Mari Dartnall oversees the restaurant’s front-of-house. “I enjoy seeing the difference in the style of cooking and presentation between male and female chefs, but for me there is no gender, cultural or racial boundaries when it comes to talent,” explains Chantel. Just like us, the chef is pleased to have another powerhouse woman on the team. “I’m delighted that more women are making


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their mark in the food and wine industry, and I just know that Taryn is going to become a key asset to the Mosaic team. She has a fantastic palate and is going to be a force to be reckoned with on the South African wine stage.” Taryn (who was previously at Marble) will be working alongside Mosaic’s Moses Magwaza, who just happen to win the coveted Wine Service Award at the 2017 Eat Out Awards last year! “It’s any sommelier’s dream come true to work in a restaurant which boasts the finest cellar in Africa, with more than 75 000 bottles of wine under 5 500 different local and international labels. Mosaic is renowned across the world for its meticulous food and wine pairings and I am thrilled to be working with Chantel and her team,” explained Taryn. Mosaic’s cellermaster and sommeliers are

already hard at work, planning exciting wine tastings for guests to indulge in, while Chantal and her team of talented chefs are working on a spectacularly seasonal autumn menu, which is set to launch on 22 March. If you haven’t already visited this incredible restaurant, then we highly recommend you pick up the phone and get booking! The décor takes you back to the early, romantic 1900s, creating a unique space that pays homage to Chef Chantel’s love of Parisian Belle Époque restaurants. We adore its intimate feel, and with plenty of booth-type seats and two private dining rooms, you’re sure to find a spot to wine and dine. Restaurant Mosaic is located in The Orient Private Boutique Hotel in the Francolin Conservancy, Elandsfontein, Pretoria. 1 012 371 2902/3 5 0 U @MosaicatOrient  @restaurantmosaicatorient

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e didn’t think it possible to make the award-winning Restaurant Mosaic even better – despite the fact they already having the reigning Best Female Chef in the World, AKA Chef Chantel Dartnall. However, we’ve been proven wrong, as one of the country’s most exciting female sommeliers, Taryn Nortje is joining the team!

INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS Something’s Cooking by J’Something

Geet Indian Restaurant

Landing in Brooklyn with nothing J’Something brings his passion for more than a small suitcase and food to life in a fun but intimate a love of food, Gita Jivan found dining space. Called Something’s her very first her culinary love Cooking by J’Something, the to feed the world at large.. The restaurant offers fresh twists menu is unique, based on the to traditional dishes in a space Indian philosophy of using natural which celebrates the life and times seasonal flavours, enhanced by of J’Something’s upbringing. classic technique and utilizing the J'Something has created each freshest possible ingredients. recipe with a special personal Distinguishable culinary excellence story from his life. The restaurant derived from over the years feels like home away from home experience brings you delicious with its personal memorabilia and recipes. relaxed atmosphere. You’re invited 541 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria to sample the musician-turned012 460 3199 chef ’s favourite dishes against the backdrop of his favourite tunes from West Africa, Portugal and Village Bistro South Africa. In the heart of Irene, with ample 2nd Floor, Time Square, 209 Aramist parking located conveniently Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria close, this bistro is all about eating 012 003 6156 good food in a warm and relaxed environment. Whether you choose to sit on the verandah outside and enjoy the sunshine and view, or to The Belgian Triple take a seat inside where the decor With 81 beers on offer, The Belgian is relaxed and short on fussiness, Triple is the home of South Africa’s stop a while and enjoy food largest selection of Belgian craft that is always fresh, always beer – including a unique gluten seasonal. 5 Morgenster free beer for the calorie conscious. Building, Irene Shopping Each with a unique flavour Centre, Corner Main composition, the beers are paired and Nellmapius Rd, with a delicious menu that has been Irene created by five-star chefs and aims 0126676169 to complement the exceptional www. tastes and aromas of the beer. villagebistro. The Belgian Triple offers up a unique and memorable dining experience – an eclectic and warm setting is what you are sure to find, while friendly and inviting staff ensure quality service. A number of local wines and gin are also on offer, which ensures that there is something for everyone. Olympus Village Shopping Centre, corner of Olympus Drive and Achilles Road, Pretoria 012 991 1050


burger joints

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This artisanal eatery serves homemade, preservative free, freshly baked, free range and organic foods and great coffee. Plus, their burgers are a masterpiece; all patties are made using 180g of free-range rib eye and brisket, and are served with sweet potato crisps, salt and vinegar crisps or a healthy house salad. and there’s even a Beetroot Veggie burger. Brooklyn Centre, Shop 5, 751 Jan Shoba Street (corner Lynnwood & old Duncan) Brooklyn, Pretoria 012 362 5926


Jacaranda City is the perfect place to explore, and Hard Rock Cafe Pretoria is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of adventures. Just as Pretoria is known as a vision in purple due to Jacaranda’s plentiful blossoms, Hard Rock Cafe is known for its hot and flavoursome cuisine and rock star style. Even rock stars need to dial it down a notch, and there isn’t a better setting in town to take it easy than our Pretoria cafe. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Atterbury Road & Lois Avenue, Menlo Park, Pretoria 010 140 0797


When you want a smashing burger, there’s only one place you go, and that’s RocoMamas! Order one of there legendary, ever changing specials or build your own burger buster from top to bottom. Their use of creative, flavoursome ingredients and prime-cuts of meat are reason enough to get your feast on here. Brooklyn Piazza, Shop 4, 1st Floor, corner Middel & Dey Streets, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria. 010 007 4314 012 346 3823 Hazeldean Square, Shop 40, Silverlakes Road, Pretoria. 012 996 3021 012 996 3039 Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Shop 27, Zambezi Road, Montana, Pretoria. 012 548 0897 010 007 2654

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dining out

Time to savour some spaghetti at... ITALIAN RESTAURANTS Old Town Italy

La Pentola

The concept behind Old Town Warm, delightful, with an eclectic Italy was born from a passion to décor, La Pentola specialises in help slow things down, eschewing international cuisine with South mass consumerism by creating a African flavours. Established in melting pot of traditional, romantic 1995, La Pentola’s culinary roots yet authentic Italian values and are drawn from French, Italian ways. Premium, hearty and healthy and rich Mediterranean flavours, is the name of the game at Old fused with the best local produce Town Italy, where one can find café available. No compromise is taken dishes, organic products, super food when using olive oil, real butter, items, premium imported goods, fresh herbs and cream. All dishes locally and ethically sourced fresh are freshly prepared and absolutely produce, as well as hidden home no MSG or artificial flavouring is ware gems, all under one roof. used in any of the cooking. Shop 53, Menlyn Maine Shopping The menu, created by Centre, 210 Amarand Avenue, Pretoria internationally renowned Chef 012 348 2802 Patron and Author, Shane Sauvage, offers everything from starters, soups, salads, poultry, Forti Grill & Bar seafood and meat dishes, also Internationally acclaimed chef incorporating an inspiring, Fortunato Mazzone brings his superior range of vegetarian fare. culinary magic to Time Square Specialities alternate regularly to with a carefully curated menu reflect a steady flow of original which combines the finest Italian ideas and combinations. Game cuisine paired with a decadent being a permanent fixture for the drinks and dessert menu. adventurous diner – Crocodile in No stone has been left unturned a Mexican-style, tequila, chilli at Forti Grill and Bar, the first to and tomato pastry to name carry the acclaimed chef ’s name in only one. South Africa. Expect a fine-dining Well Street, Pretoria experience of the highest standard 012 329-4028 with a glass-enclosed kitchen to intrigue your imagination… 2nd Floor, Time Square, 209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria 012 003 6180


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Time for something fancy at... FINE DINING RESTAURANTS Carbon Bistro

Carbon Bistro is all about sharing a passion and love for exceptional food, wine, and craft beers. Did we mention they have a large selection of Craft Gin? The biggest in Gauteng! 279 Dey Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 012 340 0029

Life Grand Café

Synonymous with innovation, style and diversified consistency, the sister studio designs the Life Grand Cafes into a group of exceptional up-market day and night concept restaurants in the international league. It has a seamless interface orchestrated by the harmonious branded design direction, flowing through interiors, menu, table art, packaging, uniforms, signage, events - through all areas within and beyond the store. Shop 113, The Club, 147 Pinaster Avenue, Hazelwood, Pretoria 012 346 2350

De Kloof Restaurant

De Kloof is uncompromisingly and unapologetically committed to quality food and innovative dishes. Dishes are prepared according to classic European techniques with local influences. Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johan Rissik Drive, Eclipse Rd, Pretoria, 0027 012 771 8655

Restaurant Mosaic

Award-winning chef Chantel Dartnall – voted SA’s Chef of the Year – has enhanced South Africa’s status as a gourmet destination on the international culinary map, thanks to her meticulous approach to modern fine dining at the renowned Mosaic at the Orient. Orient Boutique Hotel, Elandsfontein, Pretoria 012 371 2902

Hemingway’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar



Tastefully decorated and reminds of a classic French cafe with splashes of contemporary Provencal style. The Platinum Diners Club wine collection offers a wide range to compliment the sumptuous culinary journey with excellent paring suggestions. The restaurant offers an exciting and honest menu with flavours. A feast that will awaken your senses. Leriba Hotel, 245 End St, Clubview, Centurion, 012 660 330


570 Fehrsen Street, Brookyn, Pretoria 012 346 4644


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PICTURES every tourist should take 1. Panoramic views at the Union Buildings Possibly one of the most recognizable heritage landmarks in Tshwane, the Union Buildings, a 285 metre long sandstone building was designed by renowned English architect Sir Herbert Baker in 1910 to mark the union of South Africa. Why it’s important to us: You strike a woman, you strike a rock said the voices of 20 000 people who marched on the Union Buildings on the 9th of August 1956 led by South African women of all races protesting against the apartheid pass laws. Where is it: Arcadia Park, Church Street, Pretoria 2. Statue of Nelson Mandela So, seeing as though you are in the area (this statue was unveiled outside The Union Buildings), why not knock 2 birds with one visit. Besides, nothing says I touched the rains down in Africa like posing in front of a 9m-high bronze statue of Tata Madiba. And even if you’ve had pictures with some of the other incredible memorials to


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Madiba around South Africa and the world, can you ever really get enough? 3. Pose for pics in the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens The gardens really are breathtaking with special features that include the treed wisteria avenue and special collections of medicinal plants, cycads, aloes, tree species, succulents and natural ridge vegetation Why it’s important: The Pretoria National Botanical Garden, founded in 1946, is home to the Head Office of SANBI (South African National Botanical Institute) and successfully bridges the divide between scientific research and the recreational environment. Where is it: 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria, Pretoria 4. We love a Ludwig’s Rose Less about history and more about pretty and playful, Ludwig’s Roses was established in 1971, north of Pretoria. From small beginnings, through hard work and passion

this specialist nursery has grown to become the strongest rose brand in South Africa. Their strength lies in the vast variety of roses stocked and in the quality plants that they propagate. FYI: you can also purchase roses all year round Where is it: 61 Haakdoornlaagte, Pretoria 5. Ditsong National Museum of Natural History The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, once known as the Transvaal Museum, is a natural history museum situated in Pretoria, South Africa. So why all the fuss? Well if fossils and relics are your things, then this one is for you. The museum curates large collections of fossils and is home (for lack of a better word) to the likes of Mrs Ples (the nickname attributed to a fossil skull believed to represent a distant relative of all humankind]. Where is it: 432 Paul Kruger St, Pretoria Central, Pretoria

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With March 21st being Human Rights Day and so significant to the country’s history, we’ve compiled a list of the top must-have moments that a tourist in P-town should capture – if they really want anyone to believe they exercised their right to selfie, snap and Instagram in the Jacaranda capital

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES The Irene Village Market

The Irene Village Market at the Big Red Barn is an arts and crafts market. The market has received many accolades from the likes of various magazines and newspapers, provides an environment bringing together artists and patrons alike while offering excellent family entertainment. Only original art and craft are traded with exhibitors and their wares undergo a strict selection process. The market is famous for its South African handmade arts and crafts and is situated on the beautiful grounds of the Sunlawns Estate that overlook vast grasslands and the Kaal river. 7 Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein 060 965 4894

Market @ The Sheds Experience the true colours of the Capital and its people in the form of Art, Music, Food, Fashion and Design at Pretoria’s own inner city market. Spend the day, enjoy the social atmosphere and indulge in the quirky shopping experience with live music, craft beer, fine wines, cocktails and gourmet street food. Expect an entertainment line-up of blues, folk, rock, jazz, reggae and Afro-soul. The market usually takes place on the last Saturday of the month with date changes in between to accommodate holidays and long weekends. It is open from 11h00 to 18h00 (sometimes later).

012 Central, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria


adventure activities

ACROBRANCH ADVENTURE COURSES AT ROSEMARY HILL There are four exhilarating tree-top adventure courses to choose from, as well as a range of difficulty levels to test your stamina. Acrobranch is fun for people of all ages, individuals or groups, and will encourage you to monkey around to the fullest. Slide, balance, jump, crawl, dash, swing or stroll – their courses will test your physical ability, brainpower and balancing skills. All-in-all, it is a wonderful way to get those muscles working! The The Green House also offers an array of decadent delights to tide you over for the day.

leisure activities

Time for some fresh air with fun...

Rosemary Hill, 257 R964, Pretoria, 0028 086 999 0369

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ADVENTURE ZONE CULLINAN Whether you’re after fun team-building, an out-of-this-world conference venue or an awesome school camp, this is the place to go. Experience the thrill of zip-lining, quad biking, archery, abseiling, horse riding, hiking, rap jumping, drumming and fire-making. Not to mention the mine tours, spa treatments and game drives available. Corner of Main (R513) & Olienhout street, Cullinan. 012 734 0507 | 012 734 0621



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SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier is a multi-beneficial corrective serum proven to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. It can easily be added to your at home skincare routine, as it can be paired with an antioxidant, sunscreen and other moisturisers in the SkinCeuticals Corrective portfolio to tackle multiple anti-aging concerns! R1550. Available online 5

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for March March madness is upon us… so obviously we had to go a bit nuts with our beauty selection. We’ve narrowed it down to a handful of desirable products that are sure to get your heart racing!

Perfect for our South African weather, VICHY have just launched their first daily skin care range that protects and corrects against UV damage and pollution. One of our top products from this new range is the VICHY Invisible Mist, which contains SPF 50 for quick, effortless protection. Simply spritz on after your daily routine. R225 Available from Clicks and Dis-Chem Pharmacies.


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This latest product from La Roche-Posay is the new Lipikar AP+ Stick; a soothing stick for itchy eczema-prone skin that is suitable for the whole family, from babies to seniors. The high-tolerance formula is safe on any part of the body (including eyelids). Plus, this handy pocket-size stick is easy to use even by children! R170. Available from Dis-Chem Pharmacies and online 5

It’s been on our lust-list as soon as it launched! It’s the Urban Decay All-Nighter Concealer, and it provides flawless matte coverage that lasts all day and all night! Cover anything and get a perfectly blown-out effect. The ultrapigmented, blendable formula controls shine and masks imperfections for 24 hours. Plus, the beautiful, modern-matte finish never looks overdone. R395. Available mid-March from Urban Decays stores 5 Words Cassidy Taylor-Memmory

New from the luxurious French NUXE brand is something that’s specifically formulated for those over the age of 40. The Merveillance® expert anti-ageing care range targets collagen and elastin to effectively help fight skin ageing. This anti-ageing range for deep wrinkles includes a selection of treatments that meet each of your needs; day and night creams, a serum, and an eye cream. Prices range from R424 to R570 Available at selected Woolworths, Truworths and Edgars stores

11 years in the making!

We all know that Wellness Warehouse is South Africa’s leading niche health and wellness retailer, representing healthy lifestyle solutions in an inspirational shopping experience. And this year they’re celebrating an incredible 11 years of living life

Wellness Warehouse is passionate about living life well and is more than just an everyday health shop. It’s a destination, an experience and a lifestyle.


ellness Warehouse was established in 2007 by two brothers: Sean and Carlos Gomes. Sean is a medical doctor with a passion for preventative healthcare, while Carlos is a retail pioneer with a vision to offer everything you need to ‘live life well’ under one roof. Now, Wellness Warehouse boasts over 25 stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape, as well as a vibrant online store. “The Wellness revolution isn’t a fad or a trend; it’s a way of existing that permeates into every aspect of our lifestyle. It influences the way we eat, exercise, sleep, work, age and think,” says Carlos. The team are always up to date with the latest trends, information and product ranges so customers can shop safely – because

they’ve checked labels and sourced healthy, sustainable products. Did we mention each store has qualified instore practitioners available, ranging from naturopaths to nutritionists, to help you make the right choices? The aisles are fully stocked with products that cater to elements that are vital to health and wellness. From specialist nutrition, exclusion eating, superfoods, veganism, paleo, Banting, gluten, dairy and sugar-free options, to eco-friendly cleaning, natural supplements and healing, natural skin and body care, yoga and fitness, the group covers all aspects of living life well. Living life well has never been easier, thanks to Wellness Warehouse!

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Time to be pampered at these... WELLNESS AND BEAUTY SPAS Bakwena Spa

Bakwena Spa was developed by offering an innovative and creative approach to spa and spa therapy in South Africa. Wellness is a state of mind, as well as a physical attribute. Step out and indulge yourself to a full day, half day, evening or romantic couples package… you deserve it. 96 Main Road, Mooiplaas, Erasmia, Centurion 0861 222 928

Camelot Wellness Telkom

This wellness oasis although intimate in scale is a unique, luxurious and convenient part of the facility. Offering individualized treatments that go beyond one’s daily skin care regime, a wide range of beauty treatments and massage therapies are available. Camelot Wellness place an emphasis on high standards and performance, creating a place of relaxation and general well-being. Telkom Park, The Hub, 92 Oak Avenue, Highveld Park, Centurion 012 686 9004

Inner Soul Art Lounge & Spa

The healing practice of touch has long been available to all. In the rush of our current lives, we have lost the connection with ourselves and one another. With grace and gentleness return to balance with treatments that offer balance of body, mind and soul. Beauty from within is best supported with treatments that maintain your external appearance in accord with the needs of the modern individual. The Spa caters for all of those needs. Regular visits come with additional rewards of not just beauty and health, but great offers too. 41 Lynburn Rd, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria 087 351 8357 www. innersoul.


Soulstice Day Spa Pretoria

Soulstice Day Spa Pretoria is famous for its state of the art facilities, superior customer care and cutting-edge top to toe skin and body treatments. The therapists are the life-blood of their organization, and all have internationally accredited qualifications. Before being allowed to administer treatments, therapists undergo an additional 6 weeks of internal and product specific training. In this way Soulstice Day Spa ensure that guests have a five star experience at the hands of qualified and enthusiastic professionals.Soulstice Day Spa Pretoria is at the forefront of modern skin and body care. Lombardy Boutique Hotel, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria 012 809 0444.

Beauty Within Salon & Spa At Beauty Within, they offer a full range of treatments designed to reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing. The superior spa facilities ensure a tranquil and relaxing experience. 209 Tugela Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria 086 100 7387 www. menlynhotel. com

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nail bars


Established in 1983, Tammy Taylor Nails is a leader in the Professional Nail and Beauty industry. Not only has she trained many of the nail technicians out there, but she takes nails seriously. Tammy Taylor nail technicians only use the best products to ensure your nails remain healthy and strong, no matter what colours on them! There are over 45 Tammy Taylor Nail Salons in South Africa, so be sure to check the website for your nearest one. 291 Sprite Avenue, Pretoria. 010 591 1034 Tammy Taylor Nails Lynnwood 472 Botterklapper Street, Lynnwood Park, Pretoria. 061 054 0529 Tammy Taylor Nails Brooklyn 471 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. Tammy Taylor Nails Pretoria Faerie Glen 799 Old Farm Rd, Faerie Glen, Pretoria. 082 658 4315


Of course, Sorbet made the cut. You don’t mess with a good thing. They have so many options, including a ‘quickie’ for those mad dash appointments, the ‘Mini-Me’ for girls on the go and even the ‘Power’ which is the real deal – exfoliation, massages, the whole package. The prices are reasonable, the staff knowledgeable and the results – flawless! Brooklyn Mall, Shop 6, corner of Veale and Fehrsen Sreet, Muckleneuk, Pretoria. 012 346 4414 Centurion Mall, Shop 207A, 234 South Street, Centurion. 012 643 1063 Glenfair Boulevard, Shop 41, corner of Lynnwood Road & Daventry Street, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria. 012 361 1768


SkinPhD offers an advanced skin and body cosmeceutical range of products and services, scientifically developed for all skin types. They offer a wide variety of nail services, from pedicures to manicures and nail enhancements, with seriously reasonable prices. There are numerous stores across South Africa, so be sure to check the website for your nearest one. Brooklyn Mall, Shop 2, corner of Veale and Fehrsen Street, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria. 012 346 1701 Eldoraigne Village Shopping Centre, Shop 46, 1033 Saxby Avenue, Eldoraigne, Pretoria. 012 654 7718 Lynnwood Bridge, Shop 3, corner of Daventry Street and Lynnwood Road, Pretoria. 012 348 1390 or 061 493 4748 Menlyn Shopping Centre, Shop G2, corner of Atterbury Road and Lois Avenue, Menlo Park, Pretoria. 012 348 0267


A treasure trove of fun in March!

March madness is upon us, so we’ve made your arts and culture fix easy with three unmissable events! ALL THE ANTIQUES!

Is there anything better than spending a public holiday shopping? Join the crowds at the Antique & Collectables Fair from 9am, where there will be 171 stalls selling an incredible variety of antiques; think furniture and lamps to porcelain, vintage dolls and jewellery. In addition to that, there will be numerous food stores packed with deli-foods and cakes, and a restaurant open for larger groups who would like to sit and eat. Please note that this event is taking place within a game reserve, and no pets or drone photography will be allowed. When: 21 March Where: Voortrekker Monument, Eeufees Road, Groenkloof 358Jr, Pretoria Cost: R30 per car 5

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Have you ever watched a silent film when it was accompanied by live, acoustic sound created by three highly-trained, esteemed musicians? We didn’t think so! You’d be a fool if you didn’t book tickets to see the silent film masterpiece, Nosferatu at the Brooklyn Theatre. This special production will have a repertoire that’ll range from highly classical to modern, all specifically arranged for unique instrumentation to be as effective as possible with each respective scene in the film. You’ll be treated to a masterpiece in cinema, and a highly detailed and carefully thought-out musical performance to match. When: 18 March Where: Brooklyn Theatre, Shop 21, Greenlyn, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria Cost: Tickets range from R120 to R160 5


Whether you’re an investor in it, a fan of it, or simply a creator of it, art is an important part of life. You don’t want to miss Koos Bronkhorst’s solo exhibition at Alette Bester’s Pretoria Kunskamer art gallery. Koos began sketching in primary school and began playing with music at age six, so any time spent with him is sure to be a treasure. His artworks a gorgeous combination of colour and technique, and usually consist of still life paintings and daily scenes. There will be a ‘meet the artist’ day on Saturday 3 March, so best you be there! There will be safe parking and no entrance fee. When: Until 10 March Where: Alette Bester at Pretoria Kunskamer, 29 Forbes Reef Road, Pretoria 5

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Time for some cultural enrichment... MUSEUMS KRUGER MUSEUM

Staatsmuseum of the ZAR on the 1st of December 1892. It has since The Museum consists of the then acted as the custodian and original house in which S.J.P. documentation centre of South Kruger, President of the old ZuidAfrica’s natural heritage. The Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR), and Museum’s collections and exhibits his family lived during the last years include hominid fossils from the of the 19th century. It also has two Cradle of Humankind World display halls and President Kruger’s Heritage Site and associated fauna, State Railway Coach. including Mrs Ples [the nickname 60 WF Nkomo Street, Pretoria attributed to a fossil skull believed 012 000 0010 to represent a distant relative of all humankind]. 432 Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria THE NATIONAL CULTURAL


CULLINAN TOURS The National Cultural History Come and enjoy exclusive surface Museum explores South Africa’s and underground tours of the cultural diversity in various working Cullinan Diamond Mine. permanent and temporary This mine has produced some of exhibitions. the world's largest high quality Exhibitions include rock paintings gemstones, and is the home of and engravings of the San people; the world's largest diamond - the thousand year old Iron Age figurines Cullinan (3106 ct). from Schroda in the Limpopo Province (described as ‘the best 99 Oak Avenue - Cullinan - South Africa known artifacts indicating ritual 012 734 02 60 behaviour in the Early Iron Age’); the Art Gallery presents an overview of South African culture through time, using cultural objects, crafts, sculpture and paintings and an exhibition on Marabastad is a true example of a cosmopolitan and fully integrated rainbow nation before apartheid. 149 Visagie Street, Pretoria 0001 012 324 6082 THE DITSONG NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, formerly known as the Transvaal Museum, was founded as the


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UP Arts manages and curate’s vast art and heritage collections that are held at various university locations. The museums carry out objectsbased research, manage permanent exhibitions, conduct daily collections management and perform vital conservation of these collections. Corner Lynnwood Road and Roper Street, Hatfield, Pretoria 012 420 5450





You've boarded one of the 60-yearold railway coaches at the private Hermanstad Station and settled into your seat, knowing that your car is safe and being looked after by their dedicated staff. One of the vintage steam locomotives has chuffed-up and coupled onto the train. The guard has waved his flag, the loco whistle has blown and you’re off! Friends of the Rail is a recreational club which was started some 25 years ago by a group of railway enthusiasts. Today, FOTR is a non-profit association which has publically open membership - anyone interested in furthering their aims can join. 012 767 7913


The South African State Theatre is a national flagship that facilitates the arts and entertainment and encourages diverse cultural provision. It seeks to play a unique and vital role in the cultural life of the Nation, the Province of Gauteng and the City of Tshwane. 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria 012 392 4000


The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner, and is situated in a beautiful setting.The Monument was inaugurated in 1949. It was designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk. The Monument also manages the Blood River Heritage Site. Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, Eeufees Road, Groenkloof, Pretoria 012 326 6770

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Laughter is

the best medicine

or Gin... whatever


ello Pretorians, we’re renewing our gin membership and you should too! Cape Town based premium spirits company Truman & Orange has bought us the perfect reason, and it’s in the form of the brand-new Malfy Gin Originale. 5

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because we’re taking time to indulge in the Malfy Gin Originale. Just a quick fun fact – did yoou know that the originators of gin were Italian Monks, who first distilled Juniper spirits at their monasteries along the Amalfi Coast as far back as 1050? Well, Malfy Gin Originale is distilled using a recipe that pays homage to these gin-iuses! It’s made using eight local Italian botanicals blended with pure glacial water from Monviso Mountain, which is the highest altitude spring water source in Italy. Malfy Gin Originale has a beautiful balance of juniper from Tuscany, giving it a peppery


aroma and distinct herbal flavour. There’s also a splash of coriander, cassia, angelica root, Italian Orris root and dried local citrus peels from lemons, grapefruit and oranges – all from Italy – and of course, if wouldn’t be Malfy Gin if it didn’t have those subtle citrus notes. It has a crisp, clean, classic flavor profile with an Italian twist, and we can’t get enough! The bottle is also a thing of beauty… inspired by the blues of the Mediterranean and the views of the white snow-capped Monviso mountain seen from the distillery, the bottle has a blue base and an Italian oak stopper, while the label has a stunning, simple blue and white colour palette. While the bottle is pretty, we’re sure it would look better empty. Try the new Malfy Gin Originale in one of these sinfully good recipes….

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The Malfy Gimlet In a cocktail shaker, add 50ml Malfy Italian Gin, 25ml of lime juice and 20ml of sugar syrup. Shake together well, pour into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lime ringlet. The Malfy Martini Stir together 60ml of Malfy Italian Gin and 10ml of Dryvermouth. Mix well and serve in a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with olives or a lemon twist. All Italian Negroni Mis 25ml of Malfy Italian Gin, 25ml of Rosso Vermouth and 25ml of Campari. Stir well and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange rind.

Malfy Gin Originale is available at all major retail chains and independent liquor stores around the country in a 750 ml bottle. Recommended Retail Price R380 per bottle. * *Not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Please drink responsibly.

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Not only has Truman & Orange bought in Malfy Gin Originale and the incredibly successful Malfy Gin Con Limone, but there are plans to extend the range even more, with new Malfy Gin variants for all sorts of occasions.


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Time for a drink at the best... BARS

Cubana Menlyn

‘The Awesome Pretzel’. Tipped to be one of Menlyn Maine´s star Cubaña is South Africa’s only restaurant attractions, Guy Fieri’s authentic Latino Social Caffe and Kitchen & Bar in Pretoria, South eatery which provides the services of Africa is the famed foodie’s first a cocktail bar and cigar lounge with a restaurant to be opened in the unique flavoursome cuisine. country and promises to be as big as Shop 2, Menlyn Piazza, corner of Lois the chef himself ! avenue and Glen Manor avenue Time Square Casino, Menlyn, Pretoria 012 348 4527 012 003 6175

Hogshead Hazelwood Incorporating a fusion of traditional hospitality, vintage glamour through its retro brick interior, quirky light fittings, unique pewter-look bar counter with chrome craft beer taps, wooden and raw hide leather furniture, and contemporary style and socializing, Hogshead offers an upmarket, cosy and characterful South African setting to enjoy Gauteng’s best burgers, widest range of craft beer, and awesome authentic smokehouse, to be enjoyed by all. 18 Dely Road, Hazelwood, Pretoria 012 346 3391


clubs in Pretoria

Hooters Willows Crossing

Hooters offers a unique and entertaining dining experience in a fun and casual atmosphere. Food and fun delivered by attractive, vivacious Hooters Girls! Corner Simon Vermoten Road and Rossouw Street, Pretoria 012 807 6683

Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar Chef, restaurateur, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host, Guy Fieri began his love affair with food at the age of 10, selling pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father called


This live music venue has been around longer than we can remember, and the music ranges from acoustics to deep house. The venue covers a wide range of genres and is a popular choice for youngsters as there is also a restaurant that serves up burgers, steaks and grills, Mexican and pizza. The venue hosts a number of events weekly, so check out their Facebook page for the most up-to-date events. 265 The Highway Street, Equestria, Pretoria. 072 699 0141


This is a fantastic spot to let loose and enjoy a night out. Although the dance floor offering a bit small, that won’t stop the movers and shakers from having a good time. While there is a restaurant on-site, dive headfirst into their cocktails, because the selection is first-class. There is always a reason to pop into this venue, so keep an eye on their website for their up to date gig guide. 1057 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria. 012 342 7330


Although it’s classified as a restaurant, Café Barcelona has created a platform for South African musicians to showcase their talents and skills during the venues live music gigs. There’s always a full roster, and the food and drinks available are just another excuse to go. It’s definitely a go-to spot for a relaxed evening out with some good friends and even better entertainment. 53 Thomson Street, Colbyn, Pretoria. 012 430 2495


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A 5-STAR FACELIFT for Menlyn Boutique Hotel The gorgeous, fivestar Menlyn Boutique Hotel, which is perfectly situated in the Menlyn node of the Tshwane Metropole of Pretoria, has had a mini facelift to its award-winning facilities, and we are in love with the result!


he reason for the upgrade? To further elevate the service and experience for their guests, of course! Menlyn Boutique Hotel prides itself on delivering only the best for their guests, so it’s really no wonder this venue is first choice for business and leisure travelers heading to Pretoria. Quintin Wiehahn, Managing Director of WH Leisure Group, explained that the hospitality industry requires establishments to regularly reinvent themselves, and adapt to the pace at which the industry changes. “We endeavor to adapt and change

by adopting new trends so that we can better service our guests.” The hotel’s facelift included expanding the five starsignature restaurants kitchen. The Black Bamboo kitchen now has a fabulous, state-ofthe-art pastry section, which Quintin explained, was a long-term dream of the hotels. “Since the completion of the renovations, we’ve created wonderful dishes in the new kitchen! This further adds to our commitment to providing our guests with an unforgettable dining experience,” explained acclaimed Head Chef at The Black Bamboo, Pellie Grobler.

In addition to the fancy new pastry section, the Black Bamboo restaurant now boasts an extended dining area and a fabulous casual lounge where guests can sip their favourite cocktails in relaxed style and comfort. Did we mention a recreational lounge was also included to incorporate a more sophisticated, modern feel? And last, but certainly not least, the reception area also got a bit of attention, and has been decked out with stunning artworks from acclaimed artist, Lionel Smit. Now, if this doesn’t make you want to hot foot it to this stunning location, then we don’t know what will!

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Accolades Conference Centre is designed in a tranquil setting with state-of-the-art equipment and presentation rooms. Its wellequipped conference venues are surrounded by formal gardens, water features, and lush terrace lawns. Facilities can accommodate 15 to 600 delegates, and include a boardroom, conference rooms, lawn terraces and an entertainment area. President Park, 72 Dale Road, Midrand 087 022 0370


The 4-star Crowne Plaza is a contemporary and stylish Rosebank hotel that is ideally located for business and leisure travel in one of Johannesburg’s most popular suburbs. Many of their conference rooms offer natural light, and the hotel’s ideal location is perfect for visitors looking to experience the best in retail and relaxation. Corner Tyrwhitt and Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank 011 448 3600


This Mediterranean-style 260room hotel is ideal for a range of functions. The Saint George Hotel has 30 multi-functional conference venues, which can accommodate small group delegates through to venues that comfortably seat 1 500. 58 Doornkloof, Goede Hoop Avenue, M57, Rietvleidam 011 316 1254


Linked to the Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City, this hotel combines luxury with business services, and houses the facilities suitable for business functions, special events, and meetings of every description. Delegates can enjoy the San Bar and San Deck located on the hotel’s rooftop. Their modern business suites can be used as individual spaces or can be combined as one room capable of hosting 200 guests. Corner 5th Street and Alice Lane, Sandton 011 780 5000


The Indaba Hotel’s award-winning conference, meeting and banqueting facilities are recognised as some of the best on the African continent. The hotel has an auditorium, and a business and travel co-ordination centre. The Indaba Hotel has convenient access to all main highways and O.R. Tambo International Airport, and is 15km from Lanseria. William Nicol Drive, Fourways 011 840 6600 www.indabahotel.


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THABA ECO HOTEL  Surrounded by Johannesburg’s Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Thaba Eco Hotel is known for its luxurious accommodation, successful functions, dream weddings and delicious dining, as well as an authentic commitment to ecology and conservation. Their exquisite venues, such as the Lobola Banquet Hall and Glass Marquee, can host up to 450 people. Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Impala Road, 011 959 0777


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Waterfalls Boutique Hotel commands a unique position high up on the mountain with beautiful views of the vibrant city and flickering lights at night. 200 Outeniqua Avenue, Waterkloof Park, Pretoria 012 346 6218


Menlyn Boutique Hotel is a unique city hotel, where luxury, tranquility and art meet. 209 Tugela Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria 012 425 9580


The serene beauty of Illyria House has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. 327 Bourke Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria 012 344 5193


at Leriba Hotel


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he Leriba Hotel Group offers 4- and 5-star accommodation and facilities in three spectacular locations; the Leriba Coastal Lodge along the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, The Leriba Bush Lodge in Phalaborwa, and finally, the star of this show - the Leriba Hotel in Centurion. Situated within walking distance of Centurion City and Centurion Gautrain Station, just 35 minutes from Johannesburg and a mere 10 minutes from Pretoria, the Leriba Hotel has an in depth understanding of their guests needs, and strive to fulfil them. One of the reasons we love this venue is because it’s bursting with greenery! The garden is littered with tables, perfectly set and ready for guests to dine in the sunshine. You’ll be tempted to lounge in the gardens and watch the world go by, and while we do recommend some outdoorsy time, you also

have the option of lounging in one of 73 luxury 4-star en-suite rooms, 15 of which are 5-star Business Suites. All the rooms at the Leriba Hotel are decorated in a minimalistic style, with neutral colours on the walls and striking dark wooden furnishings. We must mention the rooms look over the lavish indigenous gardens, where an abundance of flora and birdlife flourish. There are some seriously incredible views here! Believe us, you’ve never felt more relaxed than waking up to birdsong and gazing upon these rolling lawns with a cup of tea in hand. The rooms are available with King or twin beds, a room safe, mini bar, television and Wifi. The Business Suites are equipped with extra length beds

a spot here. It’s reminiscent of a classic French cafe with splashes of contemporary Provencal style, and the fantastic a la carte will make your taste-buds jump for joy!

(how comfy?), a small lounge, air-conditioning, sound-proof windows, a fully stocked mini bar and a Nespresso coffee machine along with your tea facilities. The hotel has complimentary parking close to the rooms, in a secure environment that is monitored 24 hours a day. The Leriba Hotel has 20 fully equipped, air-conditioned venues that can accommodate up to 1500 delegates. The versatile centre has expansive open areas that are perfect for product launches, events, corporate functions and exhibitions, displays and showcases - and a variety of exciting team building activities are offered by top service providers! The onsite Hemingway’s Restaurant and wine cellar is simply another reason to book

We could go on and on about the Leriba Hotel… from the well-equipped gymnasium and internationally experienced physiotherapist, to the state-ofthe-art wellness centre, sparkling swimming and even a heated plunge pool. However, we recommend you check it out for yourselves! 245 End Avenue, Centurion 5 1 012 660 3300 0 f @LeribaHotel U @leribahotel  @leribahotelgroup

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AV Direct is a full-service audiovisual company that supplies the latest in AV equipment and technical labour. Operating on a nationwide scale, they provide a complete turnkey solution for all audiovisual requirements. AV Direct caters for everything from basic boardroom meetings to massive music concerts, and offers services is all aspects of audio engineering, lighting design, high-resolution video projection, set design, and post-event production. 70 Naruna Crescent, Southfield, Cape Town 021 706 6730


BlackJack Events is a full-service eventing, venue management and event consulting company. BlackJack Events has the staff, skills and expertise to custom design and manage any occasion. From jumping castles to inflatable marquees to lounge suites, BlackJack Events either has it, or they’ll source it. Their services include but aren’t limited to design, décor, event infrastructure, hiring, catering, bar service, technical, transport and accommodation. La Rocca Office Park, 321 Main Road, Bryanston 011 463 1899

Woodstock, Cape Town 021 448 8282


Brand Spanking Marketing is an innovative, dynamic Johannesburgbased marketing agency, and thrives on being an expert in congress, conference and event management. Brand Spanking Marketing is able to provide innovative branding solutions and some of their many services include audiovisual sourcing and set-up, entertainment sourcing, online registration development, complete onsite management and event marketing. 079 695 9243


Gearhouse South Africa has more state-of-the-art equipment and experience than any other event technical supplier in SA. They have implemented a step-by-step greening process to limit their carbon footprint. From product launches to conventions to stadium concerts, Gearhouse provides the widest range of services under one roof. First Street, Bezuidenhout Valley 011 216 3000


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Fluid Media is SA’s leading entertainment agency. From kids’ parties to music festivals, they’ll the perfect band, musician or DJ. Fluid Media offers clients full-service management of all types of events, including VIP hospitality, décor and catering services. 26 Peter Place Road, Bryanston 010 590 6211

BLEND EVENTLIFE Blend Eventlife are experts at planning, advising, and executing all kinds of events. Their service offering range includes catering, venue hire, mobile bar hire, décor, event entertainment hire, and tents or marquee hire. 232-240 Albert Road,



Time to plan an event...

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The new home of big entertainment in Gauteng, the Time Square Sun Arena is a stateof-the-art 8 500-seater events arena in Pretoria. 209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria 0860 846 377


The CSIR International Convention Centre (pictured above) offers superb facilities and quality service with conference, function and exhibition venues that can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria 012 841 3884


The versatile Tshwane Events Centre can host both small-and large-scale events, from 10 to 10 000 guests. 205 Soutter Street, Pretoria West, Pretoria 012 327 1487





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Invest in a few throws! Believe us, when winter comes, you’ll be thanking us for introducing you to the plush moss-knit blanket from H&M Home, R749. 5

This is just too adorable – and a definite conversation starter. Add some charm to your kitchen, and store our loose-leaf tea, with a set of QDO Birdie tea canisters from the Tea Merchant, R450. 5

Seriously, who doesn’t want a SMEG 50's Retro Style toaster in their kitchen? They’re the quickest way to add a bit of vintage and a big pop of colour to your kitchen. Plus, they work like a dream, R2585. 5

We’ll bet you haven’t come across one of these before. Cook with your guests, right at the table with this fantastic BergHOFF Table Grill from Weylandts, R2495. 5

Make a statement with your decor

Add a bit of glamour with this gorgeous Copper Ball Head floor lamp from @Home, R1699. 5

Don’t need a new couch? Update your look and add some texture with a few scatter cushions. We love this cotton velvet cushion cover from H&M Home, R229.

This braided rug by Sixth Floor is definitely a stand-out piece! It will bring an Easterninspired feel to your bedroom and add some sexy curves to the space’s aesthetic, R1189. 5


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A pop of vibrancy never hurt anyone. What we love most about this Branigan Fully Upholstered Couch from Coricraft is the gorgeous Athol Cashmere colour, R7495. 5

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Having a few statement pieces thrown around the house can certainly change the look and feel of a room. Plus, it’s a huge tend right now – so of course, we had to find a few irresistible products for your kitchen, lounge and bedroom…


information TRANSPORT GAUTRAIN The Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection comprises two links, namely a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the route. 0800 428 87246 Or visit them at their head office: Office 204, 2nd Floor, The Firs, corner Cradock and Biermann Avenue,Rosebank, Johannesburg.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE American Express Foreign Exchange: 011 467 8136/7/9 Rosebank Branch: 011 880 8382 Sandton City Branch: 011 883 9026 / 9009 Fourways Mall Branch: 011 467 0294 Clearwater Mall Branch: 011 475 0294

TUK-TUKS Tuk-tuks are little vehicles usually used on the congested roads of Asia, however, South Africans are slowly becoming more familiar with these tiny vehicles, which are also known as rickshaws. These three-wheeled vehicles are predominantly used for short distances only, and are reasonably priced, which is why they are becoming more popular. Shesha Tuks: 0861 743 742 • 011 784 3970 • e-TukTuk: 082 695 0211 • 082 515 6593

BANKS Bidvest Bank: 011 390 1040 MasterCard: 0800 990 418 Visa: 0800 990 475

UBER Get a ride in minutes with the Uber app. Whether you use it for your daily commute, late night drinks or an early morning flight, you can always count on Uber for a ride, without a reservation. Set up your account and the driver will find you. You’re also able to track your ride and use the app to pay – no cash needed. Safe, convenient and always on time.

PLACES OF WORSHIP MOSQUES Fourways Al Kawthar Masjid Osprey Road, just off R511 William Nicol Drive Greenside Masjid-ur-Rahmah Corner of Ingalele and Barry Hertzog Roads Midrand Nizamiye Mosque

Corner of K101 and Le Roux Avenue 011 024 5857 Houghton Masjid-ul-Furqaan 52 Second Avenue • 082 670 0048 Parktown Parktown East Musallah 3 Princess Street • 082 940 3206 SYNAGOGUES Chabad of Melrose 25 Kernick Avenue, Melrose North 011 485 2719 Northcliff Shul Corner Pendoring Road and Mountainview Drive, Northcliff

REA VAYA The Rea Vaya is a bus system operating in Johannesburg. It is a City project aimed at providing better public transport, reducing congestion on public roads, improving the environment and creating jobs. The bus routes have been extended, therefore you can travel from Dobsonville, Orlando Stadium, all the way through to Eldorado Park.




Cabs for Women Suite 217 Dunkeld West Centre, 281 Jan Smuts Avenue, Dunkeld West 0861 777 778 Cab 4 U 073 037 9741 Professional Passenger Service 010 590 1120 Sandton Taxi Cabs 011 039 4402 078 396 4115

Tourist Services: 011 639 1600 • 011 375 5911 Weather Information: 082 162 OR Tambo International Airport: 011 921 6911 Flight Information: 068 727 7888 Computicket: 011 340 8000 Telkom Inquiries: 1023 Police: 10111 Ambulance: 10177 Fire: 1022 Disaster Management: 011 928 6454

011 678 3015 Oxford, Riviera Shul 20 North Avenue, Riviera 011 646 6020 Sandton, Morningside Shul Kopje Road, Morningside 011 883 4210 Victory Park Shul Leighton Road, Victory Park 011 782 9584

St Martin de Porres 35 Lancaster Avenue, Craighall Park 011 447 2857 Immaculate Conception 16 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank 011 788 5226 Our Lady of Cedars 118 Western Services Road, Woodmead Ext 19 011 804 1305/7

CHURCHES - CATHOLIC Church of the Resurrection Corner William Nicol Drive and Sloane Street, Bryanston • 011 706 1314

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Born in Joburg, Steven has been entertaining for most of his life. In fact, he’s even recorded a track written and produced by Wyclef Jean that had vocal production by Fergie! In 2014, Steven entered X Factor South Africa with his boy band FOUR, which won the competition. Now, four years later, he is breaking out onto the solo stage and has just released his first (totally awesome) single…


with Steven Lee Lewis What’s the most difficult part of starting a solo career? Probably introducing a new brand to everyone. It’s almost like starting fresh as an 'unknown" artist. You also have to build a new fan base and do something that catches the market's eye.

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Where do you find the inspiration for your music? I feel that I have a lot of creative energy, but I also find inspiration and motivation from other artists, as well as experiences in my life. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and Kwaito music - I know that's a strange combination, but maybe that’s what makes me who I am and gives me my performance abilities. Always wanting to be great inspires me!

Tell me more about your new single, ‘Only You’… ‘Only You’ was a concept I came up with for a song. I approached a very talented producer, Kyle Mitas, to assist me with the production for it. When he sent some ideas, I was super excited to finish the writing. I wrote the song, and everyone was happy, so we got moving straight away. I was going for an Afro House/ Dance Hall vibe, which infuses Pop/Urban sounds as well. ‘Only You’ is about that one special person in your life that you are so addicted to that it makes your heart beat uncontrollably... Any other songs hitting the airwaves soon? At this point I'm just focused on the first single, but there will definitely be a follow up single because I do have more weapons in the armory! I have a great team and I’m certain we’ll be hitting the airwaves with more songs soon.

What are your plans for 2018? My 2018 plans are to release lots of original music, build my brand and build a huge following. I'm ready to set my mark in the music industry because I’ve been at this for years and now is my time to shine! Where is your ideal travel destination and why? New York, because the city is amazing, fast paced and there’s a lot of history and culture especially for a musician or singer such as myself. The feeling you get when actually standing in the middle of the Big Apple just shouts out for you to do something great. What music are you listening to in your car? Destruction Boys - Omunye and Chris Brown. So, a bit of everything.

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What’s it like going solo? It’s a strange but exciting feeling. I gave my all in the group and sacrificed a lot as I always do in life. Now it’s time for me to take the next step of my journey and show everyone what I am about.


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Nothing can stop us on our tracks to connect you to amazing attractions, tourist destinations and places of interest along Gautrain’s trains and bus routes. Whether you’re travelling to Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg or heading for a flight at the OR Tambo International Airport, we will take you there!

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