Tswalu Spa at Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve in South Africa has received two awards in the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards: the Continent’s Best Luxury Safari Spa, and the Continent’s Best Luxury Beauty Spa. The announcement was made last week by the organisers who say that the awards recognise “those spas that have raised the bar of service excellence within a highly competitive industry over the past year.” “The announcement of the winners marks the highlight of a year-long search for the very best spas on the global front,” says Marinique de Wet, executive manager of the World Luxury Spa Awards. “The awards aim to raise service standards within the luxury spa industry.” The winners and finalists were selected by means of an annual voting process where thousands of spa guests worldwide were given the opportunity to vote online in order to have the fairest judging process possible. Award-winning spas are announced on a country, continent and global basis and judging criteria are based solely on service excellence. The size of a spa is not taken into consideration during the nomination or voting phases. Tswalu Kalahari Spa was awarded Best Safari Spa by the in the 2011 Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Spa Awards, and Spa Manager Corli Schoeman was named runner up in the “Spa Management Excellence Award.” The spa is a combination of sensual spaces which combine to create an inspirational venue for what must be one of the most unusual spa experiences in Africa. The outdoor treatment area is within an indigenous spa garden where guests may find the occasional antelope grazing alongside them and be lulled into a deep state of relaxation by the sound of birdsong. The indoor spa area is a natural extension of the earth, inspired by nature and the splendour of the Kalahari, with natural finishes and fabrics and simple spaces which together create a sense of tranquillity and barefoot elegance. Guests may also choose to have their treatments at an . . .
Group 1 Hyundai has announced the launch of the new 2013 Hyundai Veloster at their showrooms in Midrand and Knysna Johannesburg, South Africa 15 April 2013: Group 1 Hyundai has (http://www.group1-hyundai.co.za/) unveiled its latest showroom floor addition with the launch of the 2013 Hyundai Veloster in their Midrand and Kynsna branches. The Hyundai Veloster is the very latest vehicle to be launched by Hyundai in South Africa and comes standard with a host of vehicle extras, including a 7” LCD touch screen display, full Bluetooth integration with video streaming, the iconic 2+1 door configuration the car is known for, 60:40 folding rear seats, a rear-mounted camera with parking assist, automatic climate control, and a host of vehicle safety features. The Hyundai Veloster (http://www.group1-hyundai.co.za/hyundai-veloster.aspx) has looks and styling that incorporate the company’s Fluidic Sculpture Design Ethos and is aimed at the younger market. According to Hyundai South Africa the vehicle is a “unique combination of style, practicality and economy”, all qualities that Group 1 clients look for in a vehicle. Please Note! The Veloster is available in Group 1 showrooms and around the country in Hyundai showrooms from the 5th of April 2013, with prices starting from R259,900 for the 1.6l GDI. END Press release submitted by Justin Atkins at WSI, Cape Town on behalf of Group1 Hyundai. For more PR information, please call WSI Web Marketing Cape Town on 021-913 4382. URL: http://www.group1-hyundai.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Group1Hyundai Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Group-1-Hyundai/521985357841770 YouTube: Author: Justin Atkins from Group 1 Hyundai. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Eat Out has received an overwhelming response to its recent internet survey, with more than 750 consumers having participated in the review. Initiated by New Media Publishing, the company behind the Eat Out brand, the Eat Out team also conducted interviews with 34 of South Africa’s top chefs, restaurant owners and bloggers across South Africa. Taking into account the survey and industry feedback, the Eat Out Restaurant Awards judging process has been refined, with changes including the use of South African judges only, multiple assessments of restaurants, and anonymity of judges. The survey confirms that Eat Out is a trusted brand, and that the Awards influence which restaurants consumers choose to support. According to Eat Out General Manager Aileen Lamb, this feedback, coupled with the survey results, has provided valuable insight as how best to structure the annual Eat Out Awards, and has led to the following changes, which will be instituted immediately, and reflect in the 2013 Eat Out Restaurant Awards in November: • A panel of judges, with a variety of expertise in the restaurant industry, will be chosen to preside over the Awards. The judges will be selected from various professions within the industry, such as chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and experts in specific areas, such as wine. • Judges will be South African-based talent only, as feedback indicated that their local experience enables them to make assessments that are reflective of the South African palate. • The identities of the judges will not be announced prior to the Eat Out Restaurant Awards. • Restaurants will undergo continuous assessment. (As has been done in the past, each judge will visit each restaurant eligible for the Top 10.) • Chefs will have access to audited judging feedback following the Awards. Chefs have spoken … Eat Out has heard In order to gather feedback, Eat Out conducted 34 interviews with chefs and restaurateurs from three provinces, representing . . .
Die jaarlikse “Vintage Ideas”-mark by die Simondium Country Lodge sal besoekers weereens verras met ‘n ongelooflike inkopie-ervaring. Van Vrydag, 26 April, tot Sondag, 28 April, sal die elegante gastehuis in ‘n Great Gatsby-skatkis omskep word met ongelooflike artikels wat aan toeka se dae herrinner. Vintage items het die afgelope jare al hoe gewilder en al hoe meer modieus geword en diegene wat die tendense van môre en oormôre voorspel, meen hierdie neiging moet nog sy piek bereik. Die retro-beelde van die 1920s het die verbeelding aangegryp van dekor- en mode-ontwerpers, en selfs Hollywoodse rolprentvervaardigers met die bekendstelling van die fliek The Great Gatsby, wat volgende maand (Mei 2013) in Suid-Afrika begin draai. Simondium’s Country Lodge bied meer as 1,5 hektaar bedekte uitstallingsruimte vir die meer as vyftig uitstallers en besoekers sal die kans kry om inspirasie te vind vir ‘n oordadige 1920s beeldverandering deur die stalletjies te besoek met hul uitmuntende dekorartikels, glas- en silwerware, skoonheids- en badprodukte, kombuisware en tuintoebehore, asook onweerstaanbare snuisterye en pryslose antieke ware. Roep die romanse van toentertyd op met ‘n soliede parfuumhangertjie vanaf ‘n plaaslike, botaniese parfumerie of pragtige kantlinne. Modebewustes kan hul winterklerekaste opkikker met klere, juweliersware en skoene wat aan toeka se dae herrinner. Die delikatessen beloof om ewe gewild te wees met ‘n wye verskeidenheid tuisgemaakte produkte, van soetgoed, tuisgebakte beskuit, gerookte biltong en koffie tot pannekoek en boetiekbakkeryprodukte. Les jou dors met handgemaakte bier van Darling Brew Slow Beer. Hierdie mikro-brouery van Darling maak tans vyf verskillende biere vir elke smaak en geleentheid. Die pragtige tuine met hul ronddwalende poue en kalmerende waterfonteine bied die ideale plek om te ontspan met verversings. Daar sal spesiale vermaak wees om die kleingoed besig te hou terwyl hul ouers rustig deur die mark dwaal. Die . . .
South African businesses continue to show their support of the local arts scene, with the staging of an exhibition of legendary South African artist Gerard Sekoto’s work, life and times. SONG FOR SEKOTO – Gerard Sekoto 1913-2013 will be presented at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) in Johannesburg from 26 April to 2 June 2013, in celebration of the centenary of the artist’s birth. The works have been made available by the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, and the exhibition is sponsored by Merrill Lynch, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (Merrill Lynch), with support from BHP Billiton, Business and Arts South Africa, Webber Wentzel and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. In addition, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has supported the conservation of 10 of Sekoto’s key artworks as part of the company’s Art Conservation Project (ACP) and these works will be included as part of the Sekoto exhibition. The company’s highly regarded and unique conservation project provides grants for the restoration of paintings, sculptures and archaeological or architectural pieces that are significant to the cultural heritage of a country or region, or important to the history of art, in order to preserve them for future generations. Jan Gerard Sekoto was born on 9 September 1913 in Botshabelo – a mission station established by German missionaries amongst the Pedi community in the Middelburg district of the then Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga). His father, Andreas Sekoto, was a leading member of the new Christian converts, and his uncles visited Germany to undertake the translation of the bible into Northern Sotho. Sekoto attended a school at Wonderhoek, established by his father who was a priest and teacher. In 1930, he attended the Grace Dieu institute run by the church of the province of South Africa. Here he completed his Standard Six (Grade Eight), and went on to study teaching at the Diocesan Training College near Pietersburg. Sekoto was a talented artist, not . . .
We all know What we want, but the true question that needs answering is when! Asking 'When?' can be radically transformational and may just unlock your future in a powerfully positive way. When are we going to stop blaming others and start believing in ourselves? When are we going to stop feeding fear and start nourishing faith? When are we going to stop getting to give and start giving to get? To attend a motivational breakfast talk by Glen McQuirk, founder of MAP4LIFE, on April 27, Contact: Charmain Betts at 084 5166 440 or Debbie Hubsch at 021 975 5409. The venue is Balmoral Lodge in Bellville and the cost is R200. URL: http://www.hippocommunications.com Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mobile Money Africa returns to Johannesburg in May South Africa remains one of the most diverse regions in Africa for its proliferation of successful mobile money business models being championed by banks, MNOs (mobile network operators), third party providers and retailers. This is according to Emma Pearce, director of the upcoming, annual Mobile Money Africa conference and exhibition, which will again gather the continent’s leading industry experts in Johannesburg from 28-29 May. Says Emma: “We have seen some of the most compelling mobile payments case studies come from South Africa and the market continues to reinvent itself and innovate its offerings. Johannesburg is the perfect backdrop for Mobile Money Africa, as it is one of the foremost economic hubs of Southern Africa: a melting pot of business models and market leaders. The event will challenge preconceptions regarding mobile money in Africa and introduce innovators driving the marketplace forward.” South Africa is a tough market Brian Richardson, WIZZIT CEO, and a mobile money industry pioneer from South Africa tells us that a recent development which has been “incredibly exciting” is the level of interest from banks in emerging markets. He explains: “up until now, the stance of many banks has been to wait and see and as we are all aware, they have had many other pressing priorities to address. There is an enormous amount of ‘noise’ in the mobile banking space and a lot of unsubstantiated hype which causes confusion for everyone.” He continues: “South Africa is a tough market – dominated by four very large and very powerful entities. It is also an interesting market in that not only has the market grown up with a card paradigm, but South Africa has a very well developed card acquiring infrastructure. This is not typically the case in other emerging markets where the opportunity of leap frogging the card paradigm is very much more real. A mobile acquiring infrastructure for a start can be . . .
Solomon Kgatle has been appointed operations manager at Kievits Kroon Country Estate, just outside Pretoria, effective 1 March 2013. Solomon joined Kievits Kroon six years ago, when he was appointed front office manager. In March 2010, he was promoted to rooms division manager, and then in August of the same year, he was appointed food & beverage manager for the estate. Forty year old Solomon was born in Soweto Gauteng, and is married with three children. He began his career in the hospitality industry in 1997 with Protea Hotel Midrand as a porter, and worked his way up the ladder. By 2003 he was a front office manager and part of the management team that opened the five-star Melrose Arch Hotel. In 2005 he opened Protea Hotel Mafikeng as a front office manager. Kievits Kroon MD Alan O’Leary describes Solomon as a dynamic and passionate individual who has a genuine love for the hospitality industry. He speaks Tswana, Sepedi, Zulu, English and Afrikaans and prides himself on staff relations. As operations manager at Kievits Kroon he is responsible for ensuring that the hotel runs smoothly and that the guest experience meets expectations. He sees his promotion as “an opportunity to learn and grow” for both himself and his colleagues, and describes the management style at Kievits Kroon as ‘transformational.’ “At Kievits Kroon managers lead by example and encourage change by challenging staff to take more responsibility for their actions,” he says. “After all, working in an organization is about making a difference as a team,” he says. URL: http://www.kievitskroon.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/KievitsKroon Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jeannine Orzechowski from JOPR. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Solomon Kgathle, Kievits Kroon's new operations manager[/l2g] . . .
Clean Power Africa to showcase top hydro, solar and wind technology “Today’s World Earth Day reminds us all of our need to commit to protecting our environment and increasing renewable energy projects instead of relying on the more traditional power sources is a great way for countries and companies to start making a difference.” This is according to Emma Sayers, the conference producer of the upcoming Clean Power Africa in Cape Town’s CTICC from 14-15 May. The event will give an exclusive look at hydro, wind and solar projects and opportunities across the African continent, gathering major stakeholders in the clean power energy generation sector looking at feasible solutions to fulfil Africa’s generation capacity needs. Benefits of energy efficiency Says Emma Sayers: “renewable energy sources need to play a vital role in increasing capacity worldwide. Not only are they necessary to create sustainable energy sources, reduce carbon emissions but they also help to create jobs.“ She continues: “more and more governments around the world are acknowledging the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy as central elements of any green economy strategy. Renewables are also increasingly becoming critical to providing access to energy, particularly in rural areas of the developing world, especially in Africa.” Clean Power Africa provides a unique focus on renewable energy and the plans that need to be put to integrate this technology into the utility environment. The specially designed exhibition floor workshops will pull together some of the more technical aspects of the renewable energy sector with important topics such as integrating wind energy with the grid and technical innovation of hydro mechanical structures. Better quality of life Global energy giant, the 121-year-old Marelli Motori, is the top, platinum sponsor for Clean Power Africa. “Our goal is to help ordinary people in Africa have a better quality of life”, says Regional Manager . . .
Esteemed artist and academic Virginia MacKenny discusses Waymarker – A Painter’s Progress with reflections on ‘A Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela’ (c1139) as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts series, on Tuesday 23 April. The Codex Calixtinus is a 12th-century illuminated manuscript formerly attributed to Pope Callixtus II. Written in Latin between 1135 and 1139, it is a compilation from a number of sources and includes sermons, liturgical text as well as polyphonic musical scores from the medieval period. It is also the first known text that records the various routes through France and Spain on the Way of St James, more commonly known as the Camino, to Santiago de Compostela. Made up of five volumes it is Volume V, Iter pro peregrinis ad Compostellam (loosely translated as A Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela), which informs this talk. Described as the first tourist guidebook, it points pilgrims to monuments, landmarks, local customs and food on their journey to Santiago. Last year Virginia MacKenny walked over 700km along the French section of the ancient pilgrimage route known as the Chemin de St Jacques. She followed the Via Lemovicensis, a lesser-trod route on the Chemin de St Jacques, one of four routes through France described in the Codex Calixtinus. Starting at the UNESCO heritage site of the Romanesque church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine,Vézelay, MacKenny made her way through Limousin to St Léonard-de-Noblat, Limoges and on beyond Perigeux, following the historical landmarks and reliquaries highlighted in the Codex. Carrying the prayers and dedications of other environmentally concerned artists and individuals, she dedicated her walk “to the Earth and all living beings on her”. With an emphasis on ‘treading lightly’ on the planet, she saw the walk as a literal act of grounding and emulated artistic tradition by recording both the external and internal topography of her journey in watercolour. An exhibition,Waymarker on her return included . . .