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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg
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20 things you have to explain to out-of-towners about Johannesburg

There is a whole sector of society that is of the opinion that a visit to Johannesburg is tantamount to suicide. Most people fly through Jo'burg on their way elsewhere. For reasons that on the face of it appear completely sensible. But for the most part are not true. Johannesburg has an edge. It is tough, vigorous and beautiful and most people who live there love their city and will defend its skyline, its insistent energy and its people. But perhaps a brief introduction about Johannesburg will help those visiting for the first time ... 1. Few people who live in Johannesburg actually c...
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10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg
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10 Best Public Art Pieces in Johannesburg

Visual art in public spaces can be big or small. It can loom overhead, forcing you to squint into the sun to see it, or it can scream for attention from beneath your feet on the pavement. There are no rules about how it must look, what medium it should use, or what shape it should take. What it must do is play with expectation, heighten awareness, spark debate, shift the way you think, celebrate imagination, and make art accessible to everyone. In Johannesburg much of the city's public art is concentrated in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. But Newtown's visual and public art scene is not ...
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting
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A guide to help you find hotels in Pretoria, depending on why you’re visiting

Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo'burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season). Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela's presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country...
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Top 10 hotels in Johannesburg to suit any visitor
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Top 10 hotels in Johannesburg to suit any visitor

Here is our guide to help you find hotels in Johannesburg – our top 10 depending on what you're in Jo'burg for ... Jo'burg has been described as South Africa's heartbeat. It is also regarded as risky and travel alerts warn about crime in the city. It's true. There is crime. But it's overstated and largely sensationalised by the media. Those who live in Johannesburg will soon set you straight  about where to go and when. We say it's all about perspective, really. But checking in with a local or two is probably essential. Jozi is thrilling. It's the continent's most cosmopolitan city, a...
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Ballet at the National Zoo in Pretoria
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Ballet at the National Zoo in Pretoria

There is unmistakable beauty in the art of ballet. Combining this with the perfection of nature is what the Joburg ballet Company and The National Zoological Gardens are doing. For the first time in Africa, you can see ballet at the National Zoo in Pretoria, and lets face it, who could ask for a better setting. The Joburg Ballet Company will be performing a collection of pieces on the 9 November at 16h00. The performance will comprise of a collection of pieces, including excerpts of the festive favourite, the Nutcracker, as well as contemporary pieces to the music of Queen ... so there is c...
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What to Wear in Gauteng – The Gauteng Packing List
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What to Wear in Gauteng – The Gauteng Packing List

Gauteng has a distinctly drier climate than the coastal provinces. It does not suffer from humidity, thanks to its higher altitude. Summers are hot and sunny and winters are cool to cold; each season bringing with it its own appeal and magic. Summer days average between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius in the epicentre of Gauteng, Johannesburg. Winters are chilly, with icy mornings that warm up to about 15 degrees at lunchtime. However, due to the mountainous topography, temperatures throughout Gauteng can differ quite dramatically. For example, Pretoria Accommodation, which is only a short drive ...
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Jo’burg’s Ponte – It’s Back On The Map
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Jo’burg’s Ponte – It’s Back On The Map

Not only has the interior of the Ponte building leapt up a notch from sleeze to fashionable, but it's now part of an inner-city walking tour. Everyone knows the Ponte building – the iconic cyclindrical skyscraper in Berea, right next to Hillbrow, with its upper end encrusted with the Vodacom logo. The tallest residential skyscraper in Africa it might be but very few of us have visited it. Certainly nobody I know has ventured as far as Berea recently; it's one of Johannesburg's 'no-go' areas, if you want to live and tell the tale. Not quite true. Things, it seems, have changed. Po...
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Dinner at Da Vincenzo in Kyalami – a review
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Dinner at Da Vincenzo in Kyalami – a review

At the beginning of June I spent a weekend in Midrand, visiting my brother. Coming from a smallish town on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, a town that boasts a Spur as its only eatery, you can imagine my delight and enthusiasm at having a wide choice of restaurants to have dinner at! Our Saturday night venue was Da Vincenzo in Kyalami. Da Vincenzo, as its name implies, is a family run Italian restaurant owned by Vincenzo and Maureen Incendario. The recipes Vincenzo uses are all derived from recipes his mother brought to South Africa from Napoli and the restaurant itself dates back 3...
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A weekend in the Magaliesberg
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A weekend in the Magaliesberg

Before the Dutch trekked up from the Cape in search of new frontiers, claimed the Ndebeli land and renamed the mountains Magaliesberg, Botswana tribes who’d migrated here were invaded by the Bapede and Ndabele while lead by Shaka Zulu’s best captain, Mzilikazi. He broke away from Shaka, formed his own tribe and controlled all the inhabitants between the Vaal River and Limpopo. Thereafter explorers such as Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, and William Cornwallis Harris reached this part of Africa and interacted with the tribes who had settled here. Some explorers were scientists, missionarie...
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Health and Wellness in the Magaliesberg
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Health and Wellness in the Magaliesberg

The Magaliesberg Mountain Range is a place of unrivalled beauty and unique abundance. This makes it the perfect escape for city slickers that need a break. Living and working in an urban area becomes enormously stressful, taxing the body of its natural, healthful resources. Without investing time in your body and mind, you can soon burn out. For this reason, it is essential to seek solace and real relaxation on a regular basis. The Magaliesberg Mountains are home to a number of fabulous retreats for the weary and stress-ridden. Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa Set in the very hub of t...
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Boys’ Weekend in Johannesburg (for the active)
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Boys’ Weekend in Johannesburg (for the active)

There is so much to see and do in Johannesburg, Gauteng, that guys planning a fun weekend will have to prioritise and, maybe, make more than one weekend of it to fit it all in. In this piece, we will explore some of the options for a group of friends that wants to stay active during their time without the girls in their lives. This means fun and adventure, and will require a bit of fitness. Acrobranch This is an obstacle course that is situated in the trees of James and Ethel Grey Park in Illovo. Awesome activities will test your strength, endurance and agility. The adult course includes zip...
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Boys Weekend in Johannesburg
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Boys Weekend in Johannesburg

With the stresses and strains on the shoulders of so many these days, it is important to break away from the treadmill of life and have a real break. A boys weekend may be just what you need to get your mind off your worries, and Joburg has plenty to offer a group of guys looking for adventurous things to do in Johannesburg. Beer It Up at World of Beer Most men do not need too much encouragement, but South African Breweries (SAB) has established the World of Beer to make this golden refreshment even more delicious and enjoyable. Situated in Newtown, this facility is dedicated to the worl...
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Family Time in Pretoria
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Family Time in Pretoria

One of South Africa’s three capital cities, Pretoria is steeped in history and heritage. It is only about 55 kilometres from the energetic core of Johannesburg, making it a central destination that combines convenience with a deep sense of heritage and culture. It is a popular holiday hotspot as well as a very busy corporate destination. Families that visit Pretoria are guaranteed of having plenty to see and do. Those with children are invited to enjoy some of the following recommended attractions Take a Train The Centurion Society of Model Engineers (CSME) has mini locomotives that ar...
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Enjoy a Family Day in Sandton
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Enjoy a Family Day in Sandton

Johannesburg has a constant vibe, an ever-present buzz that makes it so very exciting. However, it does not always lend itself to relaxing days spent with family, since there is an on-the-go atmosphere that never dies. Still, there is plenty to see and do as a family day in Sandton, regardless of how big your group, or the ages of your children... Here are just five of the top family activities and attractions in Sandton: 1. Catch a Movie at Sandton City Indulging in popcorn and Slush Puppies while relaxing in the theatre is always a good way to unwind and keep little ones (and the not so l...
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The Adventure of the Orlando Towers
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The Adventure of the Orlando Towers

The Orlando Towers are hard to miss, as their colourfully painted heights stand tall over Soweto. These were built as two cooling towers for the Orlando Power Station, which is no longer in operation. One of the towers is famous for having the largest mural painting in the country, while the other’s artwork serves as advertising (currently for First National Bank). While these towers were operational for some 50 years, they now serve a completely different function. The Orlando Towers are now the heart of adrenalin-pumping fun in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Locals and visitors that crave racing ...
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