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#LoveOnTheRun – Valentines Night Race

Did you know that couples who get their fit on together, stay together?  Well the month of love is fast approaching and here’s a heads up for those fit and not so fit couples.

Hot 91.9FM is taking to the streets of Jozi on 15 February to host the much-anticipated Hot 91.9FM Valentine’s Night Race in partnership with Randburg Harriers and the Sage Foundation.  Dust of those sneakers and lace up for this 10km charity fun run as they raise funds for Ann Harding Cheshire Homes, Wandsworth School and The Little Rose Centre.   

You can expect a fun-filled evening with your significant other, while you enjoy en-route entertainment and romance at the candlelit mile.  The highlight of the #LoveOnTheRun event is the Hot 91.9fm afterparty . Don’t forget to come dressed to impress!  

Entries are limited so secure yours NOW at www.hot919.co.za







GOG Kids – A new place to visit this Festive Season

This past weekend, extreme weather reports saw us anticipate a boring weekend indoors.  The weather Gods however, were on our side.  So, we headed out to Hartbeespoort to check out the new addition to the GOG Lifestyle Group.  GOG Kids, Harties’ timeous opening is perfectly in sync with the arrival of summer and the beginning of the festive season.


GOG Kids is securely situated in the heart of the well-known Chameleon Village.  We received a friendly and warm greeting upon arrival.  After finding out picnic spot, it didn’t take my little one too long before he hopped into the swimming pool which is basically where he spent majority of the day.

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For the best times of your life! – GOG Kids



GOG Kids, Harties which is much smaller than its’ sister branches located in Krugersdorp and Soweto, still boasts exciting features:-

1. Party Venues

The are 7 kids party venues casually scattered around the circumference of GOG Kids. Each venue has its’ own unique size and colour scheme. The quaint little houses exude immense potential for parents to be as creative as they possibly wish, when hosting a party for their little ones. There is also a venue specifically for adult celebrations. So, if you are looking to host a high tea or baby shower, but want the kids to tag along, then GOG Kids is the solution. There are several helpers on-site who attentively look after the little ones as they explore this hub of excitement and wonder.

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Some of the party venues located in the background

2. Spray Pads & Pools

The spray pad was a definite hit with both my kids .  Featuring no less than 8 different sprays, aside from jumping into the pool there is no better way to stay cool this summer.


I was most impressed by the spray pad’s non-slip flooring (which by the way, looks like beach sand). The added safety feature makes absolute sense especially seeing as GOG Kids appeals to families with younger kids.   This actually translates to more peace of mind for parents.

Adjacent to the pool and spray pad is the uber cool retro change rooms.

3. Playtime

Three dedicated play grounds can be found at GOG Kids.  My little one loved the wooden jungle gyms the most.  There’s however a variety of apparatus that will keep them busy for hours.

1 of the play grounds carefully nestled under the trees

I personally loved the beach area and managed to escape my kids while I caught up on some reading.  I think I enjoyed the rotating pod more than the kids did.  I must also admit that I noticed that the toddlers just couldn’t get enough of playtime at the “beach”.

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4. Picnic Spots

The layout at GOG Kids really promotes a sense of calm and tranquility.  Various picnic spots can be found beneath the trees and you are definitely spoilt for choice.  Best of all, you can bring your own picnic baskets and blankets to make the most of  your day and it won’t cost you a thing.


I should mention that I found a little pool in a secluded spot and took full advantage of the opportunity.  GOG Kids really is so pretty that I snatched up the opportunity to create some content of my very own. I mean, what’s a blogging girl to do?

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Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea set to attract who’s who of South African business women

Enjoying afternoon tea while perched on a gilded hotel armchair is a fine British tradition, which has thankfully found its way into today’s societal way of life.

The Women’s Lifestyle Expo presents you with the opportunity to sit down to an intimate High Tea with some of South Africa’s most dynamic, impressive and influential women at this year’s Expo (#WLE2018). Guests will be treated to a sumptuous tea while hearing how these phenomenal women managed to achieve their success; balancing demanding careers and motherhood and still managing to embrace their femininity. This sumptuous networking opportunity will be taking place on Saturday, 29 September from 2pm to 4pm at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza Ballroom.

“The Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea will give you an opportunity to feed your inner goddess in a space that is energising and empowering and where women from all walks of life will get to interact, engage with and learn from some truly inspiring women.” – said Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo.

What to expect

Expect to sip on champagne and gin cocktails while enjoying delicious gourmet food. You will be able to enjoy one-on-one interactions and engage in relaxed discussions with the speakers and each guest will leave with a complimentary goodie bag so that they can continue their pampering experience at home.

The #WLE2018 High Tea is however no ordinary high tea.  The high tea features a panel of multi-talented, dynamic women who will share their thoughts and experiences on their road to ‘Redefining Success’.  Your panel comprises of:-


The Deets for the High Tea

Tickets to the High Tea are R650 per person – which includes access to the entire Women’s Lifestyle Expo – and can be bought from www.itickets.co.za. With limited space available, you’re urged to book now to avoid disappointment.

#WLE2018 Deets

When: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September
Times: Saturday, 29 September 9.30am to 8pm
Sunday, 30 September 9.30am to 6pm
Venue: Montecasino Piazza
Tickets: R180 per person per day for a general entry ticket. (more…)


The Secret is Out – SecretEats is back

A recently bumped into Darren Meltz and when he mentioned that SecretEats is back, I honestly couldn’t contain my excitement.  SecretEATS is every foodies little piece of heaven.

SecretEats! Simply put is an exclusive underground dining experience.  The concept brings together top chefs and young, rising stars with outgoing, adventurous food and wine lovers in unique, unexpected and absolutely breathtaking spaces.  Pretty much ever foodies happy place.

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This invitation only experience sees guests being treated to an exclusive, intimate dinner party featuring course after course of gourmet food, and premium wine pairings from some of the country’s top wine farms.

Do any of the names ring a bell … Brad Ball, Bertus Basson, James Diack, Vicky Crease, Michelle Theron, Kobus van der Merwe, Vanessa Marx ?  SecretEATS has has the pleasure of working with some of these top local and international chefs.

The intrigue and mystery of SecreatEATS lies in the unique and wonderful concept.  The Secret chef and menu are only unveiled upon confirmation of your password at the secret location on the day of the event.  From wineland homes to stunning art galleries, private gardens, ancient milkwood forests and anywhere in between, our evenings are always hosted somewhere guests can’t simply go and make a booking.


Giving Back

As always, every dinner hosted helps raise funds for a local charity in need, an important aspect of the SecretEATS brand. This has allowed us to support and give back to the local community where we – and our guests – live, work and play.

Chat time with Darren Meltz

What does it mean to you to be the Regional Events Director?

I could not be more excited to embark on this new journey with SecretEATS. Being Events Director gives me the freedom to come up with the dinner events not only of my dreams but those of our guests. I am able to make the concepts I’ve had in mind for so long come alive in the most beautiful way.

Why should South African foodies be requesting an invite to a fabulous SecretEATS dinner?

SecretEATS dinners are one of a kind and no two dinners are the same. We bring together the best chefs in the most unique locations. If you miss a SecretEATS you truly will miss out.

Have you attended any of the previous SecretEATS dinners and if so, name your greatest highlight?

My time with SecretEATS started right at the beginning. I was the photographer for the very first Joburg dinners so I’ve been lucky enough to be part of quite a few dinners. My favourites were definitely the red and white rooftop picnic and our collaboration with the Bombay Sapphire Imagination room.

Moments are shared and friendships are made. I am beyond excited to bring the enchantment of SecretEATS to our guests.” – Darren Meltz, Events Director JHB/PTA

For now, simply Request your Private Invitation to join SecretEATS and then sit back, relax and await the deliciousness.




Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs Opening Night – Jozi

The multi-award winning international dance phenomenon, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS has recently wowed the crowds in the Mother City. Last night, it was opening night for the City of Gold.

TAP DOGS features high-energy dance, theatrical performances and live music performed by a cast of six dancers and two musicians who will bring the steel works to life in a fast paced, unstoppable spectacular.

#TapDogsSA2018 is a 75-minute non-stop show that brought the heat and exceeded my every expectation. This jaw dropping show will have you sitting at the edge of your seat in absolute bewilderment. TAP DOGS electrifying performance is a combination of sheer strength and power of workmen who dance to the rhythm of their own heartbeat. The refreshing personalities and infectious humor will draw you in and keeping you wanting for more.

If there is only one show you watch in 2018, then Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS is certainly the one. It’s the perfect performance for the entire family. I highly recommend that you #GetYourTapOn and make sure you don’t miss this phenomenal, high voltage performance that has been described as “Part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and part construction site!”.

Tickets available from www.bigconcerts.co.za & Computicket.  Unfortunately no children under  3 years of age allowed.



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James Ali Bashir, the Man Behind the Legendary US Boxing Trainer

James Ali Bashir, legendary US boxing trainer, spans a 48 (soon to be 49) year career training boxers around the world. Rather humbling to sit down and chat about all things boxing. We also go to chat about life.

Raised by an extremely independent and strong mother, its no surprise that James Ali Bashir’s inspiring story highlights many successes. A specific event had Bashir questioning his choices and especially his career path. After much thought he made the decision to follow his heart and his passion and became an assistant trainer under Emanuel Steward for 17 years out of the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit, Michigan. Bashir served as assistant trainer to many fighters. After Steward’s passing in 2012, James Ali Bashir began working as a head coach. He emphasized that nothing came easy and his choice to pursue a career as a boxing trainer meant sacrificing absolutely “everything“. A tough choice, but one he doesn’t regret. Bashir reiterated that nothing great ever comes easy.

Words from a Wise Man

While Bashir had his lunch we casually chatted about life, it’s circumstances and how random events out of our control impact our lives. Bashir is a man who has experienced life in its entirety and as a result takes nothing for granted. His words were deep and really hit home. Our conversation was raw and real … and gave me lots to think about and in some strange way, our meeting has served a purpose greater than I could possibly imagine. James Ali Bashir was the voice of reason I so desperately need and I’m eternally grateful. At one point in our conversation, Bashir handed me his phone and asked me to watch the video below. Take a look and tell me that doesn’t put things into perspective.

Fighters Trained

It was incredible to chat to the man behind the success of world heavyweight champions like Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Welterweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, Monte Barrett, Maurice Harris and Eddie Chambers,

Battle of the Warriors

James Ali Bashir is currently training several of the boxers participating in the Battle of the Warriors taking place on 26 August 2018 at the Sun Arena in Pretoria. One of the boxers he is training is Ukranian born Heavyweight Vladyslav Sirenko. Vlad joined us during the interview and it was fantastic to watch the relation between boxer and trainer. Which very much resembled a relationship to that of a father and son, with carefree banter, jokes and an honest affection for each other.

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Bashir was also training IBO World Middlewight Champion, Ivana Habazin who due to injury returned to Crotia to deal with her recovery at home.

James Ali Bashir is indeed a force to be reckoned with and you can see him in person, pushing his guys to the max at the Battle of the Warriors.


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The Warriors are Coming

Champions from around the world will face off in an epic battle that will test strength, stamina and skill in an international fight to see who will be the ultimate best. This is no ordinary c4ontest: it’s The Battle of the Warriors, a boxing extravaganza, and it will be coming to The Sun Arena, Times Square on 26 August 2018.

Eighteen men and women will fight it out for the championship title in what promises to be one of the most exciting international sporting events in the country this year. The matches held feature champions exclusively, lasting nine bouts each, providing riveting entertainment for the audience.

“We’ve secured top athletes in their divisions from around the globe to test themselves in this arena celebrate women’s month, Ivana Habazin from Croatia will be getting in the ring with Gifty Amanua Ankra from Ghana. International heavyweight, Vlad Sirenko, currently labled as the most lethal fighter on African soil, will be stepping onto the battlefield against Nuhu Azuma, What we will see on 26 August, really, is a real clash of the titans,” says Jani Hebler, of 5th Element Promotions, the organiser of the event.

The entertainment goes beyond the matches, however, and includes performances from South African favourites such as Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels as well as Dozi and his band. The SA Medieval Combat Team will also be displaying their prowess in demonstrations in between bouts, in preparation for the world championships.

It’s not all about the boxing, though. Spectators will also be able to enjoy specially choreographed performances from the current South African champion dance team, as well as witness the gravity defying acrobatics from South Africa’s pole dancing champions.

“With comedy legend, Barry Hilton, as master of ceremonies for the event, it can be certain that Battle of the Warriors will indeed have something for everyone. There is no doubt that this event has indeed brought together the very best of the best,” says Hebler.

Tickets for this exhilarating event are available through Quicket.


Rock and Roll Circus Show Rocks the Barnyard Theatre Gold Reef City

Big Top Rock is the biggest, most entertaining and daring show ever produced by The Barnyard Theatres. It’s not the usual song and dance that us regular Barnyard goers have become accustomed to.

Big Top Rock, just like the previous installment and predecessor Rock Circus, features live music, aerial acts and funky dance routines with an electric atmosphere that will rock you like never before. The thrilling show will draw you in as the performers bring the heat for the duration of the show. The rock hits from six decades of music, bold acrobatics and impressive choreography will have you on the edge of your seat.


The Big Top Ringmaster will take you on a musical journey with music from Def Leppard, ACDC, Kings of Leon, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Elvis Presley, Pink, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Pitbull and many more.

Prepare to be thoroughly entertained by a variety of acts that will have you jumping out of your seats and partying up a storm, just like I did.  I enjoyed the show tremendously and found myself moving to the beat.  It was an extremely fun and entertaining evening.

Dare to Dress

In keeping with the theme, theatre-goers are encouraged to dress the part. With a choice between Rock Glam or Carnival Chic. The question is, “What dress code would your sense of adventure drive you towards?”

I opted for Carnival Chic

Show Times & Ticket Prices

The show runs until 13 October 2018 at The Barnyard Theatre Gold Reef City. Bookings can be made via The Barnyard Theatre

19 Jul – 25 Aug:

  • Tue (20:00) – R165pp Buy 1 Ticket Get 1 Free
  • Thur (20:00) – R165pp
  • Sat (14:30) – R130pp + Kids U/12 free (2 kids per paying – full price – adult) & Pensioners
  • 50% OFF (telephonic bookings only)
  • Sat (20:00) – 165pp

29 Aug – 13 Oct:

  • Wed (20:00) – R165pp
  • Fri (20:00) – R165pp
  • Sat (13:00) – R130pp + Kids U/12 free (2 kids per paying – full price – adult) & Pensioners
  • 50% OFF (telephonic bookings only)