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2017/18 Escape to a haven of peace and tranquility

Destination Irene THE ULTIMATE GUIDE BOOK What to do whilst visiting the village of Irene.


WELCOME TO OUR

little Village

Situated in the heart of Gauteng (South Africa’s Economic Capital) lies the historical Village of Irene. Well known for its long, winding, oak-lined country lanes, here you will find peace and tranquillity – which will soon help you realise why Destination Irene is my favourite place to be. Apart from the beautiful settings and outstanding service, Bill (my husband) and I have been enjoying all that Destination Irene has to offer since we were calves grazing in the Irene Dairy Farm fields many moons ago. Over the years we have watched our fields grow and develop into the bustling ‘’Farm in the City’’ it is today – changes which have seen us enjoy our surroundings even more. Our own family has grown too and we can assure you (from first-hoof experience) that whether you are looking to host your wedding, treat your family or enjoy some alone time with your better half, Destination Irene has it all. I’ve put together this Destination Irene Guidebook to help you explore all that Irene has to offer. Insight into our history, craft markets, a game of golf, wildlife, shopping, kids entertainment – I’ve covered it all in this issue and I am positive your stay in Irene will be unforgettable. My recommendations include a stay at African Pride Irene Country Lodge which was built and opened in 1998 (just after

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Bill and I fell in love). The hotel offers five star luxury accommodation with delectable cuisine from its Meadow Green Restaurant, overlooking a large tranquil dam. And whether you visit for business or leisure, Camdeboo Spa allows you the time to put your hooves up and relax. Of course, a visit to the Irene Farm across the road is a must, with its wonderful Farm Shop selling delicious fresh milk. This is where the locals, often carrying the old fashioned gallon pails, purchase their supplies. The two restaurants on the Irene Farm (the Deck Restaurant and The Barn Restaurant) will ensure your taste buds are satisfied whilst enjoying the views of the busy farmyard and dairy stable (built in about 1880 and which is still used today to feed us, the milking herd of the Irene Estate, as it has been every day for over a century). A leisurely stroll around the Irene Farm and African Pride Irene Country Lodge will leave you falling in love with my favourite place. But don’t take my moo-tivation for it! Grab your copy of Destination Irene, arrange your visit and see for yourself… I am so excited to share all the moovelous options Destination Irene has to offer you. Till we meet in the pastures,

The Dairy Cow


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Accommodation

Luxury accommodation in the heart of Gauteng (South Africa’s Economic Capital), within the historical village of Irene, Centurion. Known for its long and winding oak-lined country lanes where cows graze in green pastures, you will arrive at a haven of peace and tranquillity. With lakeside views to rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a luxury upmarket hotel, boasting 75 spacious luxury accommodation rooms, a fine dining restaurant, conference, function and wedding venues, as well as a luxurious upmarket day spa known as Camdeboo Day Spa.

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ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS

This package includes superior accommodation, breakfast in our Meadow Green Restaurant, a five course dinner, a picnic lunch under the oak trees and selected spa treatments. Also included in this package is complimentary use of our day spa aqua facilities.

SPRING INTO SUMMER AND WINTER WARMER

These packages include luxury accommodation, breakfast and dinner in our Meadow Green Restaurant as well as a spa treatment credit to use at our award winning Camdeboo Day Spa.

LEISURE GETAWAY

This package includes luxury accommodation, a scrumptious breakfast buffet in our Meadow Green restaurant, 10% discount on all other meals in our Meadow Green Restaurant and a 10% discount on any treatments booked at the Camdeboo Day Spa.

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

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relaxation

Camdeboo Day Spa & Restaurant, surrounded by lavish gardens and a Stinkwood Tree forest which lends the spa its name, is housed in a century-old building. The spa is part of the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, a haven of luxury and relaxation. This pristine and intimate spa offers skin and body treatments designed to soothe the mind, rejuvenate the body, whilst transforming your mental and physical stress into total relaxation.

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True to the Irene tradition, Camdeboo Day Spa has developed their own signature product range, - MILK -

Offering 4 treatment rooms (of which 2 are double rooms), 2 Gatsby Garden Spa outside treatment rooms, private change rooms, a steam room, sensation showers, sauna, fully equipped gym, outdoor swimming pool, jet pool, relaxation areas, juice bar and outdoor treatment areas you will be completely immersed in our calm environment. True to the Irene tradition, Camdeboo Day Spa has developed their own signature product range called MILK. The products are fitting - not only for a spa next to a dairy farm - but because like Camdeboo itself, they are intensely soothing and refreshing.

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A range of unique rituals and treatments have also been designed around MILK to give you a pure and wholesome experience. Signature Treatment: - Signature MILK Massage Milk is one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts which reverses the skins aging process. Start with a full body exfoliation, warm aromatherapy compress and a MILK Cream body wrap. Unwind with a full body massage using our MILK range or take your spa experience home with your personal MILK gift.

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY 2016

Camdeboo Day Spa, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng | Tel: 012 667 6464 Fax: 012 667 6476 | Email: camdeboo@irenecountrylodge.co.za

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relaxation

Camdeboo offers various treatments with the focus on rejuvenation and health. You are sure to experience the best that nature has to offer, with a twist of modern sophistication and luxury. Four treatment rooms (of which 2 are double rooms), a techno gym, steam room, sauna, outdoor pool, heated jetpool and restaurant all add to the spa experience. Camdeboo’s philosophy is to create a sense of balance, with a gracious culture steeped in hospitality, where high levels of service and attention to detail will guarantee a sense of relaxation and inspiration.

Ladies Day Off

Date Night Ultimate Rejuvenation

Camdeboo Day Spa offers tailor-made packages for kitchen teas, stork teas, secretaries’day or any other women’s group outings. Because we know not everyone in your group will want to have exactly the same treatments on a spa visit, we will let you choose your spa experience.

Start your Ultimate Rejuvenation with a check-in at 14:00, change into your bathing suites and head over to the Camdeboo Day Spa to make use of our aqua facilities. Then enjoy a couple’s treatment of a “Twice as Nice” Body Massage for two in our double treatment room.

Date Night Make an evening of it and celebrate the end of your day with our exclusive sunset experience.

Date Night Deluxe Break away from the madness - treat yourself and someone special to a unique Full Body Massage for two in our couples treatment room, followed by a romantic dinner and a bottle of our selected house wine in our renowned Meadow Green Restaurant.

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Once done, return to your superior room where you can relax and enjoy your view of our beautiful forest until you are ready for dinner. Make your way down to our newly renovated Meadow Green Restaurant where your romantic dinner for two awaits together with a bottle of our selected house wines. Spend the night and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. End your stay with a full English breakfast at our Meadow Green Restaurant. Children over the age of 16 are welcome


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Relax & Rejuvenate

FACILITIES Use of all facilities is included when booking any treatment. These facilities include: • 2 Single Treatment Rooms • 2 Double Treatment Rooms

Complimentary areas for all guest use: • Techno gym • Sensation showers • Steam room • Sauna • Outdoor swimming pool • Pool lounger area • Heated jetpool • Relaxation area

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TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

WINNER 2015 2016 Camdeboo Day Spa, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng | Tel: 012 667 6464 Fax: 012 667 6476 | Email: camdeboo@irenecountrylodge.co.za 2017

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SHOPPING

Do you remember when milk was delivered to your door and the cream rose to the top?

Well then look no further than Irene Farm Shop! Still renowned for its certified raw full cream milk, the shop offers low fat and fat free milk too. Our famed fresh rich thick cream is also available every day. The Irene Farm Shop is open 365 days a year as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on your favourite treats when enjoying the company of your family on public holidays and weekends. Open from 08h00 till 18h00, we sell a wide range of exclusive goodies. We have listed just a few here, but you are welcome to come through anytime to see (and taste) for yourself.

CASHLESS ENVIRONMENT

IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm Irene Farm Contact Details Tel: 012 667 4822 | Email: barn@ireneestate.co.za 10

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A wide range of homemade cookies, rusks, cakes, sweet loaves and the best milk tart in town.

Irene Farm famous homemade pies and gourmet lunch sandwiches.

Locally cured biltong and drywors.

Variations of ice cream, slush puppies and fresh popcorn to enjoy on the farm or on the go.

Homemade jams, pickles, relishes and a large range of Peels honey products; as well as locally produced honey and fresh honeycomb.

A wide range of imported and local cheeses as well as cold meats.

Pastas and pasta sauces.

A health section including wheat and gluten free, banting and sugar free products.

A varied selection of coffees, (beans and ground) and teas as well as iced coffees.

Assorted beverages including Frankies old fashioned range, homemade ginger beer, Elgin iced teas and fresh fruit juices.

Assorted sweet treats for young and old.

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IRENE DAIRY FARM SHOP

Awarded Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice award in 2014, 2015, 2016

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MARKETS

7 6 + 27 MAY 3 + 24 JUNE 1 + 29 JULY 5 + 26 AUGUST 2 + 30 SEPTEMBER 7 + 28 OCTOBER 4, 11, 18 + 25 NOVEMBER 2, 9 + 16 DECEMBER

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The Irene

village market The Irene Village Market is an art market offering true South African hand made products, delicious deli food and live music. Browse over 250 exhibits with wares ranging from art and craft to clothing, delicacies, antiques, flowers and curios.

The market, which is 27 years old and has received many accolades from various magazines and newspapers, provides an environment bringing together artists and patrons alike while offering excellent family entertainment and contributing to the rich historic and natural heritage of Irene Village. Only original art and craft are traded with exhibitors and their wares undergo a strict selection process. The market is famous for its rustic, ‘old-world’ setting, just a stone’s throw from the Village of Irene.

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The Smuts House

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he Museum was home to Gen Jan Smuts for over 40 years. The house is a unique museum that reveals much about the life and spirit of this great statesman. Smuts served his country as a freedom fighter in the Anglo Boer War and was a Member of the British War Cabinet throughout World War I and World War II. Winston Churchill said of him, “He was one of the most enlightened, courageous and noble-minded men of the 20th century…. A man who fought for his country but who thought for the whole world.” The Smuts House Museum is full of military artifacts, letters, photographs, medals, books, maps and mementoes from all three wars. Anne Anspach (General Manager) Tel: 012 670 9017 E-mail: admin@smutshouse.co.za Website: www.facebook.com/smutshousemuseum

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Opening hours: 08h00 to 15h30 every day except Good Friday, Worker’s Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Entrance fee charged on arrival. Facilities include: •

Ouma Isie’s Tea Garden: Open daily, (except Mondays) for teas and light meals, with special Buffet Lunch on Sundays.

The Oubaas Walking Trail: A circular walk of 2,3km up to the Koppie and Smuts’ Monument.

An Arboretum and Place of Quiet.

Tranquil Picnic spots in beautiful, shady areas on the grounds.

Catering for functions and events in peaceful, secure surroundings.


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Market HANDMADE & LOCAL IRENE at SMUTS market is located at the JAN SMUTS MUSEUM in Irene Market days are every second and last Saturday of every month from 08h30 till 14h00. In November & December the market is on every Saturday until the 16th of December There is a night market every first Friday of the month from 18h00 till 22h00. House of the local SOUTH AFRICAN ARTS & CRAFTS. The market also hosts a BISTRO & DELI area with lots of homemade local foods

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Nature

AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT NATURE CONSERVATION AND RESORTS

Rietvlei

N AT U R E R E S E RV E

HISTORY The Rietvlei Nature Reserve developed out of the Rietvlei water scheme. The reserve is primarily responsible for the conservation of the Rietvlei Dam catchment area and the accumulation and distribution of drinking water. The Rietvlei Dam was built during the Great Depression and completed in 1934. It lies on the Six Mile Spruit and is supported by the Marais Dam which serves as a sludge dam for this larger dam. The dam wall as well as all the other brickwork was done entirely by hand. During those difficult years of the depression, workers were only too happy to work for four shillings per month. All the soil was carted away by mule carts, evidence of which are the numerous horseshoes still found on the koppie across from the yacht club. During a two year programme started in 1988 the dam wall was raised and other improvements were made. The dam has a surface area of 204.13 ha and a storing capacity of 12.024 million m³ when full. An additional supply of water comes from four natural springs within the Reserve, a spring on the adjacent private property and from five boreholes on the dolomite areas in the reserve. Today the Rietvlei Nature Reserve provides 15% of Tshwane's water requirements, estimated at 41 million litres of water per day. City Council of Pretoria acquired the farm (Rietvallei) in 1929. The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is currently owned and operated by the City of Tshwane and situated south east of Tshwane, in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. At 1 525 metres above sea level, the reserve covers a surface area of approximately 4 000 ha or 40 km². The capacity of the reserve to support 1500 to 2000 head of game is well reflected in the extensive herds of locally indigenous antelope (Black Wildebees and Blesbok). Among the historical sights in the Reserve is an old homestead dating back to the early 1900's, a stone rampart built by British forces during the second occupation of Pretoria and three groups of graves on which some of the epitaphs are still legible. Three types of recreational sport are exercised at the Rietvlei Dam including yachting, canoeing and angling. The yacht club is located northwest of the Rietvlei Dam and the angling area is on the northern and western shores. Motorboats are not allowed as the noise disturbs anglers, birds and game and also poses an oil pollution threat to drinking water. Sound nature conservation principles are adhered to in the management of the reserve. Roads in the reserve have a multi-purpose function. They are used by visitors to view game and by management to patrol the reserve, carry out maintenance and prepare firebreaks. The boundary fence patrol road or firebreak is 35 km long. Altogether there are 91 km of roads in the reserve. The veld management program includes an annual burning program which creates a rotational grazing system. It is also necessary to provide additional salt and mineral licks in winter to further ensure the movement of game within the available space of the reserve. The Reserve has a typical Highveld climate, receives an annual average of 724 mm rain during summer and has dry winters with regular frost at night. The local vegetation type can be described as the central variation of Bankenveld, creating open grassland on gently undulating hills. Peat wetlands such as the one in the reserve are rare features in the Southern African landscape. Indigenous trees occur in small groups. In areas where trees do not grow, shale formations are conspicuous. As a result of previous farming activities, which disturbed the soil, several exotic plants occur in the reserve. Invader trees such as the black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) represent a serious threat. These trees, imported from Australia, have no resident natural enemies on the reserve which allows them to spread aggressively.

The most important geological formation is lava, which extends in a broad band from north to south through the reserve. This gives rise to heavy red loam soil suitable for good grazing. Belts of shale and quartzite run on either side of the andesitic lava, which give rise to grey loamy soil. The eastern part of the reserve consists of dolomite covered by shale and chert. Apart from 73 grass species occurring on the reserve there are also more than 500 herb and forb species. In a good year an average of 2 000 kg of grass and 1 300 kg of other herbaceous plant material (dry weight) is produced per hectare.

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ANGLING/CAMPING/CHALETS

Times of admission: 05:30 to 19:00 every day of the week. Entrance gate on Nellmapius (Dam) road. Toilet and braai facilities are available. Overnight facilities include camping and self catering chalets. Fish caught in the dam include: catfish, yellow fish, carp and tilapia. No canoes or baitboats are allowed. For enquiries call (012) 480 9944 Mountain bike trails: 6 and 7 Km trails

THE NATURE RESERVE

The reserve entrance is situated via the Olifantsfontein road. Game may be viewed on 30km of tarred road and 10km of dirt roads. Bird hides, toilets and braai facilities are provided along these roads. Overnight facilities are available to visitors with bookings for horse trails and hiking trails

THE YACHT CLUB

Access for club members only. Please call (012) 345 3576 for more information.

LAPA

Availability and times will vary according to bookings. All bookings must be made two weeks in advance at tel (012) 358 1811 at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Access is from the Olifantsfontein Road (M57). The lapa can accommodate between 30 and 200 people. There are attendants at the entrance gate and at the lapa itself who will stack fires. Firewood is supplied and power points, an icemachine, stove, walk-in refrigerator, cushions and toilet facilities are also available.

GAME VIEWING TOURS

Game viewing tours lasting two hours may be booked in advance. Visitors must provide their own bus/kombi while a qualified guide accompanies the group.

HORSE RIDES

Day rides and overnight rides are available. Day rides last approximately four hours and overnight rides 3 days. It is possible to book alternative times in advance. Guides accompany riders and each rider is provided with their own horse, saddle and saddle bags. The route covers a distance of 36kms.

NIGHT OR DAY GAME DRIVES

Game drives cater for groups of 10 - 12 or 18 - 20 people. Firewood and

blankets are supplied. Game is tracked from open gameviewing vehicles by spotlights. Visitors must supply their own food for a braai at the Fish Eagle Lapa.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND LECTURE ROOM

Nature conservation officials offer educational programmes to school children and other interest groups.

GENERAL INFORMATION Gate times: Summer (September - April) 05:30 - 19:00 Winter (May - August) 07:00 - 18:00 Entrance to the nature reserve will only be allowed until 1 hour before closing time. Guides must be booked two weeks in advance. Bookings are only necessary for the overnight facilities, tractor and game drives, horse trails and guides. Please note that our facilities are nature oriented, and no parties and functions are allowed. Bookings: Tel: (012) 358 1811/2 Fax: 086 516 5798 E-mail: rietvlein@tshwane.gov.za Management:Riaan Marais

HIKING

The Reserve also offers guided overnight hiking trails. Please book trails two weeks in advance. Facilities include two overnight rondavels with beds and mattresses, hot and cold water, basic cooking utensils and firewood. The route covers a distance of 21kms across a 4000ha terrain supporting some 1500 head of game. There are several historical sites to see on the route. Daily hiking trails are also available.

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FACILITIES

Address:

Tel: (012) 440 8316 Fax: 086 516 5798 E-mail: riaanm@tshwane.gov.za

Rietvlei Nature Reserve PO Box 1454 Pretoria 0001

Visit our website:

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Centurion

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deally situated in the heart of Centurion, Centurion Country Club welcomes regulars and visitors to our beautiful Estate.

Our expertly designed Peter Matkovich golf course has parkland areas, desert areas and numerous holes surrounded by water to ensure an incredible variety of shots challenging any golfer’s game. A specialist golf coordination’s team ensures that our golfer’s every need is correctly catered for whether it is for a big corporate golf day or just for the individual golfer. We offer competitive rates for fundraising golf days as well as Corporate Membership packages. Furthermore on offer is a driving range as well as a 4-hole mashie course to make use of for teambuilds. Centurion Country Club has recently taken the Clubhouse catering services in-house with a newly established Food & Beverage team and we invite you to come and experience this exciting new change!

Our delicious and delectable Patio menu offers from snacks and platters to salads, grills and gourmet sandwiches. Open from 12pm to 11pm - join us for either lunch or dinner. We furthermore serve the best pizzas in town! Golfers can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast or lunch at our beautifully decorated Halfway house that operates from 7 am to 4 pm. We also offer state of the art conference facilities in a private serene environment that makes you feel right at home. Our venue can accommodate up to 120 delegates. From a fantastic round of golf to scrumptious meals, we look forward to welcoming you to Centurion Country Club!

For more information contact Nicola van Heerden on 012 665 9601 Email: nicola@centurioncountryclub.co.za www.centuriongolfestate.co.za

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DIRECTORY

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FOOD & DRINK Cappuccinos Deeghuys Doppio Zero Fleisherei Pick ‘n Pay Pick ‘n Pay Liquor Romans Pizza The Royal India Simply Asia Spur The Publican Bar & Grill Woolworths Food

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HOME & FURNITURE Biggie Best The Gold Goose Artistry Granny Goose Persian Loom Vendange Whitehouse

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HEALTH, BEAUTY & FITNESS Ampath Labs Barber@Southdowns Body20 Southdowns Clicks Pharmacy Gary Rom Hairdressing Intercare Medical & Dental Centre Intercare Sub-Acute Day Hospital The Renewal Institure Irene Style on Cue TerriMetic Nail & Beauty The Sweat Shop Sorbet

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SERVICES ABSA Bank E & D Cellphone repairs & acc. Macmillan Optometrists PostNet Servoclean Southdowns Car Care

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SPECIALITY Animal Worx Crazy Plastics Lovemore Music Padstal Polly Potters Toystore

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STORE

CLOTHING Intrigue Boutique Pick ‘n Pay Clothing Solomons Fashion

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being active

The Big Red Barn

The ultimate day out

The Big Red Barn is an outdoor activity venue situated on Main Road about 5 km past the Irene Country Club. Activities include: • Acrobranch (Tree adventures for all ages) • Trail Running • Mountain Biking • Kiddies Bike Track • Hiring of bikes • Pottery • Irene Village Market (1st and last Saturday of each month) • Tracker rides • Ludwig Roses • Coffee Shop • Play Area

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Irene

Athletics Club Irene Athletics Club welcomes visitors to train with their club, where they are serious about their R(f)un. Their club house is nestled between the serene beauty of the Irene Dairy Farm and sprawling city of Centurion. If you love running, walking and just living life, contact Irene Athletics Club to join in the R(f)un. Remaining races for 2017 include: •

30 September 2017 - Clover Irene Spring Race (21.1km, 10km, 5km)

28 October 2017 - King Price Farm Race (21.1km, 10km, 5km)

14 February 2018 - SPAR Lantern Race (10km, 5km)

8 April 2018 - Modern Athlete Irene Ultra and Half marathon (48km, 21.1km, 5km)

Time trials take place from the clubhouse, on the Irene campus of the Agricultural Research Council, every Tuesday at 17:30 (17:15 in winter months - May - August). There is an 8km time trial route, a 6km and a 4km. The club has a social evening on the first Tuesday of every month. Runners from out of town are welcome to participate in our time trials as a visitor. Like us on Facebook for more information (Irene Athletics Club) or visit our website.

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HISTORY

Irene

Concentration Camp ANGLO-BOER WAR: 1899-1902

The siege of Pretoria during the Anglo-Boer War took place on 5 June 1900 after skirmishes in the present Centurion. Lord Roberts subsequently decided to outmanoeuvre the defending Boers south of Pretoria by following the course of the Hennops River to approach Pretoria from the west. A fort was built on Irene’s highest koppie (now known as Cornwall Hill) by the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. In order to break the spirit and the infrastructure of the Boers, the British implemented a “Scorched Earth Policy”, destroying farms, burning homes and killing or taking livestock. This left thousands of woman and children homeless, who were then driven into more than 31 concentration camps, situated all over the Boer republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State, as well as in the British colonies of Natal and the Cape. The camps were usually located close to railway lines.

The Irene concentration camp was opened on 2 November 1900. The population of the camp increased rapidly and refugees were housed in tents under extremely poor conditions. On 6 April 1901 a team of woman volunteers from Pretoria started a nursing corps. Henrietta

Armstrong kept a camp diary which was published in 1980 by the HSRC. This act of love led to the founding of the SA Womens Federation (SAFV) on 19 October 1904. Although peace was declared on 31 May 1902, the camp was only officially closed during 1903. Piles of rock in the Camp Cemetery indicate the original graves. Only some of these had tombstones. Over the years some of the tombstones were removed and some were lying around. As a consequence most of the graves could not be identified. In 1958, at the request of the Women’s Federation (SAVF), the SA Council on War Graves turned the cemetery into a garden of remembrance. The cemetery is today a national heritage site, under the protection of the SA Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).

For more information and details about regular tours, please contact Cilliers du Preez on 083 325 9768.

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day/night trips

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tours

Ulysses

Tours and Safaris

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lysses Tours and Safaris, based in Centurion, is an incoming tour operator, specialising in tailor-made itineraries for up-market FITs, groups and pre- and post conference tours, airport shuttles and general chauffeur driven transport. Services include: Personal meet-and-greet service Private (door to door) airport transfers Scheduled full and half-day tours Scheduled full and half-day tours include: • Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Tour: Enjoy a tour of the Premier Mine, opened in 1902, where the world’s biggest diamond (3106 carats) was discovered in 1905, and a 507 carat diamond in September 2009! • Pretoria Capital City Tour: Pretoria, Capital of the ZAR, the Union of South Africa, the Republic of South Africa and the new South Africa. One of our stops is at the Union Buildings, home to the president’s office, from where you can delight in a panoramic view of the Jacaranda City. • Lesedi Cultural Village: Lesedi The Place of Light - is a multicultural African village, an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Tel: 012 653 0018 | Cell: 082 566 5506 | E-mail: ulysses@lantic.co.za

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• Rhino & Lion Park: Situated in a World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, this 1 200-hectare park is home to over 700 head of game including white rhino, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hippo and crocodile. • Soweto Township: In Soweto, South West from Johannesburg, you will catch a glimpse of the lives of its estimated 3 million residents. • Pilanesberg National Park: A mere two hours from Centurion, this malaria-free 58 000 hectare park (the fourth largest in South Africa) is situated on the eroded remains of a 1,2 billionyear-old extinct volcanic crater and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant), as well as more than 365 bird species. • Cradle of Humankind: The Cradle of Humankind - declared a World Heritage site in 1999 - is a 47 000-hectare area in the western part of Gauteng Province with around 40 different fossil sites where several of the world’s most famous and important fossils have been discovered.

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AFRICAN PRIDE IRENE COUNTRY LODGE

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IRENE DAIRY FARM

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CAMDEBOO DAY SPA

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SOUTHDOWNS SHOPPING CENTRE

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SMUTS MUSEUM / IRENE @ SMUTS MARKET

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tours

Friends

of the Rail Friends of the Rail are TshwanePretoria and the nation’s premier steam heritage railway club, looking after the city’s heritage steam locos and running steam train excursions for 25 years. Passengers experience a ‘living museum’ environment when taking one of our excursions. We have two excursion options:

Cullinan Trip

Our vintage Diamond Express steam train, departing from Hermanstad at 08h00 sharp, will take you to Cullinan. Once there you will have up to 4 hours to relax, explore the town, browse the boutiques and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Jacaranda/Tshwane Xplorer

This 2 hour steam train trip is in and around Pretoria as well as up to Irene. Covering a distance of 60 km’s, you are invited to bring your picnic basket on board. During this trip you will be able to see almost all of the tourist attractions of Pretoria, such as the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Monument, Loftus, the Union Buildings, University of Pretoria, etc.

To book a steam train trip, please contact: Sales office and general enquiries, 012 767 7913 or 082 098 6186

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Drinks

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fter settling into your room make your way to our Lakeside Bar and enjoy a view which challenges most paintings. Or alternatively make winter your favourite time of the year and enjoy the warmth of our Oak Bar as you snuggle up in front of one of our cosy fireplaces.

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Chef’s Signature Dish 600 gr Ribeye @ Meadow Green Restaurant

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Within a beautiful country setting, offering scenic sunsets over the local lake which is abundant with bird life, the newly renovated Meadow Green Restaurant situated in African Pride’s Irene Country Lodge, is a fine dining experience like no other. Well known amongst both local and international diners, this fine dining restaurant boasts 120 seats, an enclosed veranda and a walk-in glass wine fridge which contains some exciting ‘Vins de garage wines’ amongst its international selection. For diners who prefer to order off the A la carte menu, the restaurant caters to every palate from a strong focus on well matured meats to health conscious choices for vegetarians and vegans alike. Although breakfast and lunch are also served, it’s the Meadow Green Restaurant’s scrumptious live cooking station dinners and famous Sunday lunches that draw diners to it.

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Our Saturday Night Live Menu allows for guests to be served from the live cooking station. Our resident pianist performs her sultry “Norah Jones and company” whilst our diligent staff cater to your every need. The entire experience is an interactive Chef’s station where you can see the foods being freshly cooked while you relax and enjoy our spectacular range of wines on offer by the glass from our vinoteque walk in cellar. Our Sunday Extravaganza will ensure you a wonderful ending to your weekend with an extensive spread and entertainment for the kids. Set in the picturesque suburb of Irene, both local and international diners are spoilt for choice. Whether it is a quiet, romantic dinner for two, a business prospect needing to be impressed or a treat for friends and family, The Meadow Green Restaurant offers an exceptional fine dining experience.

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

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The Barn Restaurant is a 300-seat open-air venue situated under 100 year old oak trees, also offering a small intimate seating area situated in one of the original Barn buildings from which the restaurant takes its name. Taking its name from the original barn building, The Barn Restaurant offers intimate inside seating as well as outside seating under the old oak trees. The ultimate family hangout with jungle gyms, antique tractors for exploring and farm animals to see, parents get to relax whilst the kids are entertained. Open 365 days a year from 08h00 to 17h00.

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IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm Irene Farm Contact Details Tel: 012 667 4822 | Email: barn@ireneestate.co.za 40

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THE BARN RESTAURANT As weekends and public holidays can get very busy we do recommend making a reservation. Our delicious A la carte menu is available all day Mondays to Saturdays and Sunday Breakfast. It includes salads, sandwiches, chef’s grills, yummy pantry treats and our scrumptious kids menu will cater to all ages and tastes. Together with our wide selection of drinks, your time spent with us will be well enjoyed. What better way to start a Sunday morning than with our scrumptious Chefs Hot Table Breakfast served from 08h00 to 11h00. Farm fresh eggs, smoked country styled bacon, extras such as boerewors, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, including savoury scones and homemade flapjacks – a mouth-watering breakfast to start a fabulous family day out. Our famous Sunday Lunch Buffet served from 12h00 to 15h00 is the ultimate farm style, home cooked buffet. Of course, every good wholesome meal ends with a selection of desserts ensuring you and your family return home feeling well spoilt.

Awarded Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice award in 2014, 2015 and 2016

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The Deck Restaurant is a smaller, more intimate, coffee shop style restaurant situated adjacent to the Irene Farm Shop. The scrumptious A la carte menu was created with fresh and hearty homemade food in mind. As all meals are made to order ensuring their absolute freshness, they may take a little longer than usual to prepare. Thankfully, the view over the farm, the upbeat vibe and the friendly staff will ensure that your wait is well worth it – a good excuse to enjoy another drink and some more catch up. As always, the Irene Dairy Farm is the ultimate family hangout with jungle gyms, antique tractors for exploring and farm animals to see, parents get to relax whilst the kids are entertained. We are fairly confident that your time spent with us will be enjoyed as much as we enjoy welcoming you.

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IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm Irene Farm Contact Details Tel: 012 667 4822 | Email: barn@ireneestate.co.za 42

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THE DECK RESTAURANT The Deck Restaurant is also undercover so you can still enjoy our hospitality even if the weather isn’t great. Our added touch of blankets for our patrons during the winter months ensures that you are made to feel at home, cosy and well looked after. Seldom is there a place where you can enjoy the farm view come rain or shine and it’s always a beautiful view to see. When you visit be sure to try our scones served with our famous Irene Dairy Farm thick cream. These are an Irene favourite and a must-have any time of the day. Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 08h00 to 17h30, this is a great spot to catch up with family and friends (or for those long overdue coffee dates with your bff!). Having limited seating, please note that The Deck Restaurant cannot accommodate tables for more than 6 people and we work on a first come, first served basis (unfortunately no bookings are taken in advance).

Awarded Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice award in 2014, 2015 and 2016

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KIDS CORNER

Family fun promotion Allow the little ones to join in the fun with our Kiddies Program which runs during the day time. There are lots of exciting activities to keep them busy all day long such as a jumping castle, egg races, musical balls and Hoola Hoop competitions to name but a few. Take the effort out of planning a family getaway by choosing African Pride Irene Country Lodge’s all-in-one Family Fun package! Kids enjoy breakfast in the morning whilst staying for free in their own complimentary luxury inter-leading room. Alternatively accompany them for an afternoon of Fun in the Sun as they spend the day splashing around at our Kiddies Swimming Pool.

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This package includes luxury accommodation and scrumptious full breakfast buffets for the whole family, all kids’ activities in our Kids Corner and a complimentary inter-leading room for the little ones. Also, for the parents, it includes complimentary use of the Day Spa aqua facilities where young adults over the age of 16 years are welcome (including sensation showers, sauna, steam room, jet pool, technogym, swimming pool and sun lounger area). When you and your family arrive at African Pride Irene Country Lodge, we’ll greet you with a welcome drink and lay out the program for fun-filled days together.

At night the Hotel offers in-room movies for the kids, with two hours complimentary child-minding services while you take the evening off to relax and enjoy more adult company. The next morning there’s breakfast for the whole family together, after which the kids entertainment will be available so the little ones can enjoy the entertainment while you go to bask in an atmosphere of pure relaxation at our Camdeboo Day Spa - an oasis of tranquillity that will relax you so thoroughly that you are likely to forget that the world exists outside of its walls. Spend the day lounging around. This amazing family package ensures that the little ones enjoy the weekend as much as Mom and Dad.

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

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Irene Dairy Farm is a picturesque gem that nestles between the sprawling cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. A visit to this old-style, storybook dairy farm is a must. Started in 1895, the van der Byl family (currently in their fifth generation) have run the Irene Dairy Farm since its inception and it has become an iconic landmark in the Gauteng countryside. The Dairy Shop sells certified raw milk (one of the last places to do so) that is produced right here on the Irene Farm. The old gallon buckets of fresh farm milk are a sight unique to Irene. The Shop also has a wide range of cheeses, cakes, rusks and other fresh fare, including a favourite of the locals who frequent the shop is the Irene Dairy’s unique and luxurious thick cream which can’t be found anywhere else and is a must for scones with afternoon tea.

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Moving through the farmyard, visitors should stop by the Deck or the Barn Restaurants, both of which serve a wide variety of freshlymade breakfast and lunch options. The Barn Restaurant, which retains so much authentic ambience because it is situated in one of the original farm barns, also serves sumptuous breakfast and lunch options every weekend.

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FUN FOR THE LITTLE ONES

In addition, the Barn boasts a 100-seat conference and function venue, perfect for weddings, year-end functions and staff parties. Functions at the Irene Farm Conference Centre enjoy the same topclass food and service that the Barn Restaurant offers. At the Irene Dairy Farm the little ones can experience a full working dairy farm, from viewing the cows being milked to playing driver on the old red tractor. You can relax and enjoy our well known scones and cream while the little ones play and enjoy one of our jungle gyms. We have a variety of venue options and reasonably priced menu selections from alfresco style to tea and cake. You will certainly find what you are looking for.

Awarded Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice award in 2014, 2015 and 2016

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The hotel, the ultimate in style and luxury, overlooks one of Gauteng’s most beautiful lakes. Set in a lush meadow with an old world rustic charm, a warm friendly welcome for your guests is ensured whilst Irene provides the perfect setting for this special day. Whether it’s an alfresco breakfast overlooking the lake or a more formal dining experience in one of our wellappointed function rooms, this day for YOU and your guests is sure to be a memorable one.

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Along an oak-lined lane, triggering memories of a more relaxed bygone era, lies African Pride Irene Country Lodge. A relative “newcomer” to these serene surrounds of the village of Irene, but never-the-less already established as if it has been there as long as the village itself.

VENUE SIZES

Library Room • •

40 Guests Banqueting Style with a dance floor 60 Guests Banqueting Style without a dance floor

St Andrew’s • •

80 Guests Banqueting Style with a dance floor 100 Guests Banquet Set-up without a dance floor

Nomadic Tent •

250 Guests Banqueting Style with a dance floor

The Gazebo • •

60 Guests Banqueting Style without a dance floor 100 Guests Cinema Style

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

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WEDDINGS

Looking for the perfect venue? Then look no further as we offer a unique yet more affordable venue for your wedding. Across from African Pride Irene Country Lodge is the iconic Irene Dairy Farm - a 120 year old real working Dairy farm which now offers a unique venue for your wedding. It boasts various ceremony venues of your choice, an open air lawn area and a converted 100 year barn that has a rustic charm unparalleled anywhere in Gauteng.

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Irene Farm also offers two reception venues - an open reception area shaded by giant oak trees and comprising of 12 seat benches to offer something a little different as well as a more conventional 80 seat indoor venue situated in the old barn building.

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Fairy tale weddings are what every little girl dreams of. When it’s your time to start planning your wedding, one of the first tasks is choosing an ideal venue. Irene Dairy Farm is the perfect location with ample space whether you are planning an intimate affair or a big bash – we will ensure you are able to design and create your perfect daytime wedding. This 120 year old real working dairy farm offers a unique and affordable experience. Once you’ve made the choice to select one of our venues for your special day, we will be happy to assist with the menu choice, wedding checklist and all other elements that will ensure your day is perfect.

Awarded Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice award in 2014, 2015 and 2016

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Are you planning to have an engagement party, kitchen tea, stork tea, birthday celebration, anniversary or just a romantic dinner? Find out how we can make your event special - we will happily assist. Sundowners at the gazebo, bathed in gentle sunlight, lend a tranquil touch to the already magical surroundings at African Pride Irene Country Lodge. We have a variety of different private venues, varying in size from small intimate venues to our larger Nomadic which is ideal for big groups. We also offer a variety of Mezze Platters, Cocktail Menus, Plated Menus or Buffet Menus that can be served. You are welcome to bring decorations relating to your event or we will gladly request quotations on your behalf from our preferred suppliers.

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Indoor Venues

Board U-Shape Theatre S/room Banquet Suite 317 8 8 n/a n/a n/a Exec Boardroom 20 20 n/a n/a 30 Meadows 15 15 30 15 15 Library Room 30 30 80 60 60 St. Andrews 40 40 110 100 100

Outdoor Venues

T/build B/quets Cmony Conf Cocktail Nomadic Tents 350 350 350 n/a 350 Gazebo 60 60 100 n/a 100

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng | Tel: 012 667 6464 Fax: 012 667 6476 | Email: lodge@irenecountrylodge.co.za

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CONFERENCES

The Irene Farm in Centurion prides itself on its 100-seat conference center. Situated within a 120 year-old barn, the venue is perfect for full-length business conferences, private functions and office parties. The Irene Farm Conference Centre is the only one of its kind in the area. With the idyllic, rolling fields of the Irene Farm stretching outside the Barn, you won’t find a more undisturbed yet convenient setting for your function.

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CONFERENCING AND TEAMBUILDING

Irene Farm opens up a whole new world of convenience with its contemporary conference centre! A picturesque gem that nestles between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Irene Farm is only a 25 minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport. Situated in a 120 year-old converted barn, the Irene Farm Conference Centre seats up to 80 people and is perfect for conferences, private functions, end-of-year office parties and weddings.

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Celebrations are a wonderful way to get your nearest and dearest together in a relaxed, beautiful setting to enjoy the time together. It’s not often that we get to take time out of our busy schedules to enjoy one another’s company so when there’s a celebration to be had, why not make it extra special? We love to celebrate life occasions with our guests so whether it’s a stork tea, kitchen tea, birthday party or engagement, Irene Dairy Farm has various offerings for your special occasion.

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History

Irene Village, located in the Centurion district, is steeped in history. Originally known as Doornkloof Farm, Irene Estate was established by Alois Hugo Nellmapius before being bought by Johannes Albertus Van der Byl (better known as ‘’Berti’’) in 1895. Nellmapius had named the farm after his daughter, Irene. Perhaps the farm’s most illustrious occupant was former Prime Minister, General Jan Smuts, the man who crafted the draft of the Covenant of the United Nations. General Jan Christian Smuts bought a third of the original Doornkloof Farm in 1908. Irene was first proclaimed a township in 1902 by Berti and today it is officially part of the municipality of Centurion. Even though the population has grown considerably, neighbours still know one another and find time to chat, all in an extremely relaxed and safe environment. The Irene Golf Course, between Irene Dairy Farm and Smuts House, was originally laid out and started by Bertie Van der Byl and

Jan Smuts around 1911. This remains one of the few golf courses in Gauteng where playing golf is still like a walk in the country. Other landmarks in the area include Irene Primary School and Irene Homes which cares for the mentally handicapped.

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A CENTURY OF

Places of interest include Smuts House Museum and the Irene Concentration Camp of which both provide an enlightening insight into the history of our lovely village. Today the village is home to African Pride Irene Country Lodge and Irene Dairy Farm, with the land owned by the Van der Byl family who are now in their fifth generation. The family have been responsible for building up the herd of dairy cows on the farm, as well as planting hundreds of trees long before environmental consciousness became fashionable. The Van der Byl family have been instrumental in preserving the farm and village feel Irene offers, and we hope you enjoyed exploring it as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you…

Thank you for visiting our lovely village.

Destination Irene 2017/18 is proudly published by TLG Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All information, contact details and pricing is correct at time of going to print and TLG Publishing (Pty) Ltd will not be held responsible for any error or dispute arising from the information publishing in Destination Irene 2017 Guide Book. For further information contact Tracey Garde on 082 460 6007 or info@tlgpublishing.co.za.

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Irene Estate Offices,

Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng Tel: 012 667 1000 newsletter@ireneestate.co.za

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