LETHABO ESTATE – A conference and convention venue in The Cradle of Humankind

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Review by Rosalie Howard

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VENUE PAGES together with the lovely LETHABO ESTATE, situated in the glorious Cradle of Humankind/Magaliesburg district is offering a heavenly weekend for two in this week’s competition! Read this article to find out what unusual events are hosted at this 4-star venue, enter the competition by answering the simple question below and VOILA! You could be the winner!

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LETHABO means ‘Joy’ in Tswana, so named for its breath taking wraparound views and sustainable approach. The Crocodile River runs through the middle of this beautiful award winning 150 acre estate. It is situated on the edge of The Cradle of Humankind and part of The Rhenosterspruit Conservancy.

This award winning conservancy is just half an hour from the North West of Johannesburg in the Magaliesberg foothills. There is something for everyone. Lethabo Estate offers very romantic, exclusive and private riverside accommodation with fireplaces, Jacuzzi spa baths and surround sound as well as very affordable accommodation in the charming Ezindala Farmhouse decorated with recycled memorabilia in its individually themed rooms.

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The luxurious and decadent riverside day picnics are famous and Lethabo has had many return guests bring their children who were conceived beside the river! At their gorgeous riverside restaurant gourmet dining is offered as well as delicious organic food for sugar, gluten and lactose intolerant gourmands, and Halaal, vegan and vegetarian fare.

The Spa at Lethabo Estate

A wide selection of Spa treatments including reflexology and sound journeys are offered, under the direction of Sarah Ramongane who heads up the Spa as an initiative to empower local masseuse, using local products and water from solar geysers and wherever possible, they are sustainable. Treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of your room or next to the river in summer.

Outdoor Escursions

On the Crocodile River Ramble there are countless excursions to be enjoyed and at Lethabo they host fire dancing shows and workshops and horse whispering Join Up sessions. Lethabo is a great springboard for all sort of Cradle and Dam adventures.

Conference Venues / Meeting Room

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Lethabo Estate proudly offers one conference room in a peaceful, result achieving atmosphere for which they were awarded the Bronze for top Conferencing Facility at the 2010 Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business of The Year Awards. It displays beautiful art and objects from all over the world and is situated close to the river, whose soothing songs invigorate the spirit. This conference venue can accommodate groups from 10 to 60 delegates in comfort. Included in the conference package is :

  • A light breakfast with freshly baked hot cheese puffs, sun dried tomato or bacon strips, homemade healthy muesli and honey crunchies, Italian filter coffee and a variety of teas and infusions,
  • A morning tea break with delicious homemade muffins with strawberry jam and whipped cream
  • A delicious and wholesome three course lunch
  • An afternoon tea break with home baked delights.
  • Use of the venue with standard conference equipment and the usual conference amenities

LETHABO LODGE is very flexible regarding dinners as they customize the experience to suit the conference group’s requirements. (Picnics and Spit Braai are set next to the river and waterfall.)
Team Building : Oodles of space on the property affords the conference organiser the freedom to import virtually any teambuilding activity you can imagine through your own outsourced suppliers.

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Horse Play At Lethabo Estate

Renowned for this guided and peaceful activity, known as “Join Up”, this is a most rewarding experience, even for those of us with no previous connection with horses.

Monty Roberts, celebrated horse expert observed horses in the wild and when he copied their behaviour to elicit a response, he was richly rewarded. The horses he has worked with all responded in the same way and he has been able to pass on to the folks at Lethabo the means of learning to speak “Equus”. As a result you will learn to connect, communicate one-on-one and earn the cooperation and trust of these magnificent beings. A soul expanding and emotionally enriching experience.
A human who has never been closer to a horse than a television screen can learn to ‘horse whisper’ or enjoy a deep and meaningful conversation in Equus, the language of the horse.

Fire-dancing

Feel the burn, with a combination of martial arts, yoga and dance! The hottest new team build. Burn stress, tone arms and abs, build cardio-vascular strength, increase co-ordination, improve creativity and boost mind and body.

Fire-dancing originated from the Maori in New Zealand. These ancient warriors swung burning Poi to build dexterity and develop the connective tissue between the left (logical) and right (intuitive) sides of the brain making it a powerful meditative and creative tool. Poi can be easily packed and picked up for short breaks in confined space and regular use will tone mind and body.

Participants can enjoy a sizzling performance before being introduced to non-burning poi. Participants work together to get the movements correct and it is very entertaining!

COMPETITION CORNER …. To enter this competition to stand a chance to win a magical weekend away for 2 at the lovely LETHABO LODGE in their awesome Mountain self catering cottage, simply answer this question and submit! Good Luck. Hope you are a winner!

What is the name (referred to in this article) of the Horse Language, created by Horse Whisperer, Monty Roberts?

Leave your answer in the comments section of this post to be eligible to win. to us at Venue Pages as soon as possible. The lucky draw will take place on 30th November 2012.

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Win a weekend away for two to Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town

Conference and convention venue Cape TownTAKE A SNEAKY PEEK …. At what’s to come at the luxury, lavish LAGOON BEACH HOTEL in Cape Town! AND … enter the competition to win a weekend for 2 on a bed and breakfast basis at this lovely hotel – subject to availability. One simple rule … read this article and answer the simple question at the end, hit submit and Voila! You could be the winner!!

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For many years, in our industry, we have supported this venue, because their standards of service, the quality of their cuisine and accommodation rooms and the friendly attitude of their staff have been consistently outstanding … consistently professional and with their current aesthetic and luxurious changes, it is even more appealing. Client feedback has always been favourable … the Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating.
Situated in the most idyllic location, on Lagoon Beach, in Cape Town.

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Offering you direct access to the scenic Lagoon Beach strand and quick access to Cape Town’s CBD.  With the beach on your doorstep, plus the electric vibe of the city, you have the best of both worlds, whether you are in conference or on holiday.

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This luxury four star hotel and accommodation establishment is splendidly represented by 200 sophisticated en-suite rooms and suites, numerous holiday apartments, conference venues and 4 world-class restaurants.
Lagoon Beach Hotel is 2km from the renowned Milnerton Golf Course and just 5km from Canal Walk – one of the largest shopping centres in South Africa.

If you are on a leisure trip to Cape Town or participating in a conference or convention and have a half day break for Team Building , make Lagoon Beach your central base from where you may take day trips to some of the world’s best wine estates, most of which are a mere 50km drive from Lagoon Beach Hotel and Spa.

From this central point, you can enjoy watching whales frolic in rich turquoise coves, or for the adrenaline junkies amongst you, launch yourselves from one of the world’s highest commercial Bunji jumps or watch the fabulous entertainment of thousands of brightly garbed minstrels joyously dancing in a New Year.

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This is where two mighty oceans embrace and greet, where fashion struts down catwalks that rival any in Paris and Milan, where runners from every corner of the globe compete in the world’s most scenic marathon, where a mountain shaped like a table casts its gentle protective shade over a multi-cultured nation, where a prison island hosted the world’s greatest liberation icon and where the finest wines are brewed – HERE life is sweet and filled in abundance with the attractions of Cape Town and the Western Cape. And LAGOON BEACH HOTEL & SPA is your central point from where you will reach all these world wonders in little time.

Conference Centre – Lagoon Beach Hotel

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From the 10 conference venues, fully kitted out with the latest technology, at Lagoon Beach Hotel, 600 delegates may be accommodated in their largest conference venue, however the smaller groups are welcome therefore no matter how small or large, you are all welcome at affordable rates!

Social Responsibility

At Lagoon Beach Hotel, they understand that it takes a village to raise a child and that every little gesture counts. To quote Gandhi -‘‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”. With those wise words in mind, Lagoon Beach’s attitude to life is to do what they can with what they have, trusting that their contribution can make a difference. Some of the charities and non profit organisations Lagoon Beach helps to support are:

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Reach for a Dream –

In 2012, the hotel treated the children and their families to a dream ‘beach holiday’ at the hotel – hoping that this gesture assisted in making a few dreams come true.

Sharing Abundant Life Together (SALT) is a registered Non Profit and Public Benefit Organisations, in order to bring change and uplift the local community.

As a proud supporter of SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds), Lagoon Beach sponsors weekends in their Presidential Suite for SANCOB to use in auctions or as prizes in competitions to raise money to perform the great work that they do. Adopt a penguin. Help save the world, one penguin at a time. African Penguins have reduced in numbers by 90% since the 1930s as a result of human activities. They are considered to be threatened and vulnerable to extinction.

AND NOW THE QUESTION ….. To stand a chance to win this lovely weekend for two to LAGOON BEACH HOTEL & SPA, simply answer this simple question and leave your answer in the comments section below and clicking on the like button.What is the largest number of delegates the Lagoon Beach Hotel Conference Centre can accommodate?

The lucky draw will take place on the 15th November 2012 and the winner’s voucher will be valid until the 15th January, 2013

Good Luck! Be the winner!

HOW IS THE MARIKANA MINE VIOLENCE AFFECTING TOURISM AND CONFERENCE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Elephant from Kruger Park, South Africa. Deuts...

Elephant from Kruger Park, South Africa. Deutsch: Elefant des Kruger Parks, Südafrika (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Article written by Rosalie Howard with an excerpt from Keith Somerville)

Just what we, John Public are expected to believe is happening remains a mystery to, I am quite certain, ALL of us! One report reads that the miners started the wild barbaric behaviour while another reads that the police started it all and that this was pre-planned by government, while yet others tell us a totally different tale of how the British company who is the major share holder in the mine is not responsible for the violence as they have reportedly given the called for increases which appear to have been withheld by the share-holders on the ground !!! …… As far as we in the Tourism business are concerned … this is a very worrying time in our business lives which has a ripple effect on every single person, black, white, green, blue or yellow living in South Africa. We rely on Tourism in a big way, both for job security in no small way and for the economy overall. Every business is affected by Tourism in SA. The leisure and the conference tourism is enormous in SA. We cannot afford to allow it to slip through the cracks of what seems to be becoming a large, angry earthquake with ensuing tsunamis. Let’s take a look at what one journalist has to say …

Excerpts from a press report from Keith Somerville:
“I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in South Africa. It was supposed to be a holiday dominated by the Big Five on the safari circuit. But owing to the current news coming out of the country, a different Big Five dominated: Marikana, mines, mining unions, Malema and Mangaung. For the first time, following a large number of work and holiday visits to the country since 1990, I came away profoundly depressed by the future. The government and the ruling ANC are at war with themselves, administration policy on key issues is weak and erratic, Zuma offers no meaningful leadership and government bodies (especially the police and the prosecution service) seem irredeemably corrupt, incompetent or politically-oriented. Often all three at the same time.
Under a democratic government committed to righting the wrongs of apartheid, distributing wealth and providing services to ALL South Africans, events like the Marikana strikes and killings should never happen. Even before the strikes, the living conditions of the miners were appalling and wages had not improved to match higher costs of living. Yet, senior politicians who had fought their way to prominence as union leaders and opponents of apartheid, are seen to be reaping the benefits of investments in mining and of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). They have become increasingly distant from those whose support made them national leaders. Every newspaper I read told this story and it was reflected in a general atmosphere of gloom, brooding resentment and a certain amount of fear.
As Martin Plaut and Paul Holden recently wrote in Who Rules South Africa?, the business or tourist visitor to South Africa could easily think all was well by observing plush hotels, new offices and gleaming malls filled with the old white and new black middle classes spending money. But scratch below the surface and that appearance is a thin, cosmetic layer hiding intense poverty, failures to supply basic services such as education to the poor majority (eg: no textbooks for schools across Limpopo) and the grinding deprivation faced daily by those outside the privileged middle and super-rich classes….How long can this last? Many commentators in newspapers such as the Mail and Guardian, Sowetan and City Press are asking whether Marikana is the turning point and whether politics and the solid support of the masses for the ANC will continue. There is a feeling that change, perhaps with much violence, is imminent…I felt a change, but a change from confidence in the mid-1990s, through a fading but still evident hope in the early 2000s, to a rather bitter disillusionment and slow-burning anger now. “

Let’s face the facts folks … would anyone who is not a South African, (the guys in Europe or elsewhere who do have money to spend considering the exchange rate, whether holidaying in South Africa or hosting large Conventions in South Africa) … would anyone else really want to come here to our beautiful country to explore, enjoy the climate, spend money on the many fantastic tourist attractions on offer, stay in 4 and 5 star hotels because they can afford to – drink our wines, host their international summits, conventions and conferences at venues such as the Durban International Convention Centre, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the Sandton Convention Centre or Gallagher Estate and so on and so forth ….. Would YOU be eager to go to Europe or the States in the midst of the kind of behaviour that is now common-place here?? No, the answer is without question NO!!

So … next question ….. where exactly is South African Tourism going to from here? … Where is South African International Conference Tourism heading from here ?… with all the facilities we have … world class convention centres, such as those I have noted above AND more … we have it all and the standards of service at these venues remains professional and in line with International standards … some of the best world-wide ….. yet …. It takes just one incident like the traumatic events at Marikana Mine to undo so much of what we have all strived for, for many years, to build a democratic society, to be the welcoming Southern Hemisphere country that attracts most tourists… we do have the wherewithal … the service and the standards, the training and space … are we all just disappearing under the sand because none of us believes we can make a difference to change our current situation?

We can kiss goodbye the tourism business we have all benefited from over the years if we continue to tolerate the primitive and barbaric behaviour of some of our citizens. They are in the minority but wield much power, it seems.

What CAN we, as individuals do towards healing the current situation? We welcome any comments and articles on our Blog in support of our people .. to ensure that many still have secure jobs … to ensure that business can be given the opportunity to continue to survive, the same businesses we cannot do without … who provide us with essential services and day to day needs.

Tourism plays a very important role in the economy of any country. It would be interesting to know what our Minister of Tourism is thinking right now … I haven’t been able to access any new information to share. Have you? We would love to hear it.

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