A relaxing spa morning

ᴛᴏᴛᴀʟʟʏ ʙʟɪssᴇᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ

Self care and kind of chilled day with my favourite people .

Once in a while its wonderful to be spoilt and to spoil others.

I treated my family to a beautiful half day spa treat out in the countryside of Jozi.

A 30min early morning drive to Broederstroom in Johannesburg and we arrive at the Venue Country hotel.

We arrive early and we are taken on a short ride in the cart, transported to a spa tucked away in a serene setting.

We are greeted with a warm welcome by ladies singing and playing the drums at Bakwena Spa

After a warm breakfast, we enjoy 3 different treatments by therapists Charlotte and her team .

The best part of having these awesome massages was having to sit together and enjoy the treatments as a family. The treatment rooms overlook a little dam with a water fountain and the sound of birds all around makes the setting completely relaxing.

After the final hot stone full body massage, I’m happy to see my mum feeling so much better.

I am looking forward to visiting again and hope that the spa has by then upgraded their shower facilities.

We enjoyed a really tranquil and relaxing day.

We have so much to be grateful for in our country.

All these wonderful experiences and natural beauty.

Have you visited a really nice spot In our city?

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The longest over-ocean zipline opens in Mossel Bay on 2020

Welcome to Mossel Bay Zipline , the longest over-ocean zipline in the world.

Best described as 1.1km of screaming fun.

At 1100 meters (3608 feet) long, you’ll have time to take in the scenery.

A thrill seekers opportunity to Zipline over the ocean at speeds of up to 80km/h (or 50Mp/h for those in the Americas) and enjoy unparalleled views of the cliffs, ocean and sea life.

I’m so looking forward the opening of this adventure IN South Africa. Will you be trying it out too ?

Pics and information from

Mossel Bay Zipline Facebook page and website.

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UK-Asian pop icon Zack Knight to perform in SA

British-Asian pop icon, Zack Knight struck gold when he released his 2017 hit single, Bom Diggy Diggy (ft Jasmin Walia).  With over 500 million views to date on YouTube and other social media platforms, the song cemented him as an international superstar – even Nick Jonas from Jonas Brothers fame claims this to be one of his top favourite Bollywood songs.

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Bom Diggy Diggy: https://bit.ly/2PWSE1J

South African “Knighters” (as his fans are referred to) will experience Knight up close for the first time in SA with back-to-back performances at Emperors Palace (Centre Court) in Johannesburg on the 29th of November and the Durban ICC on the 1st of December.  Tickets are officially open for sale through Computicket with exclusive VIP and VVIP (meet & greet) packages on offer.



Osman Osman, MD of Blu Blood comments: “Blu Blood have been exploring new avenues this year and we have endeavoured to bring artists to South Africa that our audiences have not yet had the chance to see live on stage.  Zack Knight is one artist in particular that we are so excited to bring out to our shores.  He brings with him a whole new energy and we know that our loyal patrons are going to be blown away with this performance.”  


Guaranteed to be a show of epic proportions, Knight will be performing all his hits including Galtiyan, Gotta Go and Thumka, all of which have received resounding success worldwide.


Born in North England to a Punjabi Mother and Afro-Asian father (whom he credits as his inspiration behind pursuing a career in music), Zack is one of the UK’s most formidable South Asian singer/songwriters.  He first started out in the industry writing music for household names including Tinie Tempah and Ginuwine but soon came to want his own career.


He describes his music as R&B infused with a crossover sound of Bollywood and Arabian influences.  He is one of the few singer/songwriters who produces, composes and engineers his own music.


Aside from having written six Top 5 singles in the Asian charts and two Top 5 UK singles in the R&B iTunes charts, he has also performed at sold out arenas like the Hammersmith Apollo, Wembley and the O2 Arena.  Whilst he considers these memorable career highlights, he aspires to still write that elusive #1 Billboard single.


Limited tickets for Zack Knight – Live in SA are available from R350 at Computicket online and retail outlets.  VIP tickets are available through Computicket for R900 and includes access to a lounge with complimentary soft drinks, waters and snacks.  VVIP tickets are available by contacting joy@blublood.com.  These tickets cost R3000 and includes access to a private lounge with waiter service, non-alcoholic wine, soft drinks, water, canapes, private entrance and an exclusive meet & greet with Zack Knight.


Johannesburg show commences at 20h30 on Friday, 29th November at Centre Court, Emperors Palace.  Durban show commences at 17h00 on Sunday, 1st December.  The show is suitable for all ages.


Another star extravaganza proudly brought to you by Blu Blood in association with Aandal Foods, Vatika Naturals and Lal-Qilla Basmati Rice.


See you there 🙂


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Love the Lights and spread the love at Hyde Park Corner

Tis the season to be jolly – and there’s plenty of reason for cheer as Hyde Park Corner gets its festive season programme underway with its time-honoured tradition of a tree-lighting ceremony – which promises to be even more fabulous this year. Coinciding with the celebration of Hyde Park Corner’s ‘Fifty & Fabulous’ birthday, the Love the Lights spectacle on 6 November will be its most memorable ever.

The family-friendly event features kids entertainment, the show-stopping lighting of the tree, and will be headlined by Timothy Moloi and Adam Howard’s Joburg Big Band, performing all your favourite festive hits. Festivities in the Centre Court kick off at 17h30 on Wednesday 6 November, with the live performance starting at 18h00.

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained, with sing-alongs, dance routines, craft activities, and more. Early Christmas shopping is a must, with stores trading until 20h00 on the evening.
In the spirit of the season, visitors are invited to participate in Hyde Park Corner’s Love the Sounds initiative, by bringing their pre-loved musical instruments to be donated to the Music Enlightenment Project, a community-based NPO based in Braamfontein. The initiative was founded in 2009 with the aim of creating a world where the lives of children and communities are enriched and transformed through the experience, practice and performance of music.

Their holistic approach involves creating successful futures for children by developing not only their skills as musicians but also their life skills through music education. Donations of musical instruments can be made at designated areas in Hyde Park Corner throughout November and December.

For more information on what’s happening at Hyde Park Corner, visit http://www.hydeparkcorner.co.za

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SA’s sweetheart Shekhinah to support Toni Braxton on Tour on South Africa

With less than two weeks to go to Toni Braxton’s ‘As Long As I Live’ SA tour, event promoters Glen 21 Entertainment in association with McDonald’s and KayaFM, today announced the local acts.

Platinum selling artist Shekhinah alongside DJ Hudson will support Toni Braxton on tour in Johannesburg and Cape Town

Having established herself as a national treasure post her stint on IDOLS, Shekhinah became a household name after her 2016 hit single “Back to the Beach”. She also featured on the Black Coffee single, “Your Eyes”, and the Jesse Clegg single “Breathing” in the same year, raising her to stardom.

This multi-award winning musical Sensation has performed across the continent and has collaborated with several international artists and local brands. Her recent album ‘Rosegold’ is currently the highest streamed album in the country and is certified platinum.

The Joburg show will take place on the 9th November at the Ticketpro Dome and the Cape Town show on the 12th November at the Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino.

While in the country, Toni Braxton is also set to visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities South Africa in association with McDonald’s.

Tickets for both the Johannesburg and Cape Town are officially sold out.

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The NetFlorist Grand Pavilion of Flowers

NetFlorist has partnered with the Johannesburg International Flower Show, hosted at Waterfall City from 30th October to 3rd November 2019.

The event will bring together local and international guests, florists, producers and prominent members of the gardening and horticulture industry.

It is the first flower show of its magnitude and promises to mesmerise, inspire and transport attendees through a tesseract of floral splendour all the way to the NetFlorist Grand Pavilion of Flowers.

The event will bring together local and international guests, florists, producers and prominent members of the gardening and horticulture industry.

It is the first flower show of its magnitude and promises to mesmerise, inspire and transport attendees through a tesseract of floral splendour all the way to the NetFlorist Grand Pavilion of Flowers.

The brilliance of the exhibitions will surely bring joy to Jozi and the best part is that it caters for everyone – from floral design experts and students to event planners and the whole family. The show will boast ikebana and various gorgeous floral displays, intricate flower walls and chandeliers, fantasy gardens as well as a fun-filled children’s area for children of all ages.

Flowers are testimony that the world we live in was designed for our pleasure. By observing charming floral designs, we can learn to be colourful in stillness. Join the 5-day event of exquisite arrangements, magnificent designs, imperial landscape as well as interactive talks and demos by Jill Manson, Sharon McGukin, Leon Kluge Pascal Garbe and Mabel Maposa .

Anyone looking for a unique outdoor experience will have a marvellous time at the Johannesburg International Flower Show

See you there 🙂

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Brunch at The Rock Diner

But first we brunch.

A wonderful morning with friends at #TheRockdiner in Kyalami Corner.

We were hosted by The Rock diner and indulged in a scrumptious breakfast with came with a complimentary coffee. Quite a lovely cuppa too.☕
A few fresh fruit platters , Pongracz and freshly baked scones was served for the table.

I enjoyed the smoked salmon open sandwich off the menu, whilst an array of tasty dishes was served up to the rest of the guests. The Avo Artisan seems to be a favourite meal for breakfast or brunch.

The pics below are just a feast for the senses.

The Rock is a great place for groups eating out or even a quiet night dining out.

Prompt service, great ambiance and a variety of tasty food..is reason to go back.

Thanks @Jozistyle

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The Trek4mandela 2020 expedition launched in Johannesburg

Yesterday the 17 October 2019, I visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg for the launch of the Trek4mandela 2020 expedition.

This annual expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro ( the highest peak in Africa ) on Mandela Day is created to support the Caring4girls campaign which supports girls who cannot afford sanitary pads.
The expedition was established by innovative social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Richard Mabaso and is led by renowned South African adventurer and motivational speaker, Sibusiso Vilane – the first black African to conquer the three Poles challenge: South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest.

For the first time 2020 Expedition goals:
To ascend Kilimanjaro with different teams along all 6 routes, to summit Uhuru Peak together on at the same time on Mandela Day, July 18th.

In celebration of the success of the past Trek4Mandela Expeditions, the Imbumba Foundation in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is proud to announce a bespoke 3-year series of Trek4Mandela campaigns:
2020: The Rainbow Nation Climb, themed Unity in Diversity;
2021: Two Expeditions: The Africa Day CEO’s Challenge and the Annual Mandela Day Expedition;
2020: 10th Year Anniversary Expedition

I attended the launch with great enthusiasm as I love hiking and adventure.
I believe we do not conquer mountains, but we do conquer our own beliefs and inner dialogues in order to climb a mountain.

For more information please ccontact the Imbumba foundation.

Have you climbed Kilimanjaro as already?

Are you keen to join the trek?

Please share your thoughts below

A few pics from.theaunch event:

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Nobel Peace Prize 2019

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation.

When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in April 2018, he made it clear that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea. In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries. These principles are set out in the declarations that Prime Minister Abiy and President Afwerki signed in Asmara and Jeddah last July and September. An important premise for the breakthrough was Abiy Ahmed’s unconditional willingness to accept the arbitration ruling of an international boundary commission in 2002.

Peace does not arise from the actions of one party alone. When Prime Minister Abiy reached out his hand, President Afwerki grasped it, and helped to formalise the peace process between the two countries. The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes the peace agreement will help to bring about positive change for the entire populations of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

In Ethiopia, even if much work remains, Abiy Ahmed has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. He spent his first 100 days as Prime Minister lifting the country’s state of emergency, granting amnesty to thousands of political prisoners, discontinuing media censorship, legalising outlawed opposition groups, dismissing military and civilian leaders who were suspected of corruption, and significantly increasing the influence of women in Ethiopian political and community life. He has also pledged to strengthen democracy by holding free and fair elections.

In the wake of the peace process with Eritrea, Prime Minister Abiy has engaged in other peace and reconciliation processes in East and Northeast Africa. In September 2018 he and his government contributed actively to the normalisation of diplomatic relations between Eritrea and Djibouti after many years of political hostility. Additionally, Abiy Ahmed has sought to mediate between Kenya and Somalia in their protracted conflict over rights to a disputed marine area. There is now hope for a resolution to this conflict. In Sudan, the military regime and the opposition have returned to the negotiating table. On the 17th of August, they released a joint draft of a new constitution intended to secure a peaceful transition to civil rule in the country. Prime Minister Abiy played a key role in the process that led to the agreement.

Ethiopia is a country of many different languages and peoples. Lately, old ethnic rivalries have flared up. According to international observers, up to three million Ethiopians may be internally displaced. That is in addition to the million or so refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice. However, many challenges remain unresolved. Ethnic strife continues to escalate, and we have seen troubling examples of this in recent weeks and months. No doubt some people will think this year’s prize is being awarded too early. The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and has East Africa’s largest economy. A peaceful, stable and successful Ethiopia will have many positive side-effects, and will help to strengthen fraternity among nations and peoples in the region. With the provisions of Alfred Nobel’s will firmly in mind, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sees Abiy Ahmed as the person who in the preceding year has done the most to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019.

Oslo 11.10.2019

Source : nobelprize.org

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Auditions Now Open For SABC 3’s Scrumptious New Reality Series THE TASTE MASTER

SABC 3 and Stella Artois are joining forces to find South Africa’s next foodie sensation.

In the channel’s exciting new reality show The Taste Master, aspiring, undiscovered chefs are invited to audition for the gig of a lifetime. South Africa’s hottest culinary professionals will be put to the test with a series of gruelling tasks which will test their limits as they battle it out in the hopes of becoming the resident chef on the channel’s popular variety show Afternoon Express.

Afternoon Express has become synonymous for exploring exquisite cuisine and sharing exciting recipes and they’re looking for the perfect resident chef to join hosts Palesa Tembe and Jeannie D every weekday at 17h00 to dish the dirt on culinary trends, share new recipes and explore culture through food. The new resident chef will be able to use the platform to showcase their gastronomic talents while making a name for themselves as an industry leader in the culinary space.
Auditions for the exciting new reality show are now open and will remain so until midnight on the 20th of October 2019 and the channel invites foodies to show them what they’re made of.

However, being a taste master is more than simply following a recipe and creating a delicious dish. Your ingredients need to take into consideration the different people, places, styles and atmospheres you’d encounter as you create the ultimate experience to elevate your dish –

because every occasion needs a meal tailored to it.
Do you have a knack for creating special occasions? Would you like to be the resident foodie on Afternoon Express? Then The Taste Master SA on SABC 3 is looking for you!
The audition process couldn’t be simpler! Simply record a video of yourself telling us why you would be perfect for this role.

Upload it onto Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #TheTasteMasterSA and #StartWithAStella. The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday the 22nd October 2019.
The search for Afternoon Express’ next resident chef will take place on The Taste Master – an exciting new reality show which starts on SABC 3 this November. The finalists will go head to head in a series of challenges which will test both their social and culinary skills as each week contestants are given the chop until the ultimate taste master remains. The final challenge will see the finalists being whisked away to experience a true Christmas market in Belgium with the winner nabbing one of the most coveted jobs in town.
Enter now for the opportunity of a lifetime!
The Taste Master premieres on 14 November 2019 at 19h30 on SABC 3. For more information, visit www.thetastemaster.co.za.

Audition entry mechanic video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UroMT4fakc4
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