Win with Avianto Conference Centre in Muldersdrift, Gauteng

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The VENUE PAGES is happy to announce a new competition, this time, sponsored by the magical AVIANTO VILLAGE AND HOTEL in the Muldersdrift region of Gauteng!

It’s easy to win. Read this informative article on this magnificent venue, answer the simple question below, submit this to us by leaving your answer in the comments section and voila! you could be the winner ! We will draw one lucky winner on 30 August, 2013.  Remember to hit the like or tweet button too.  If you want to get notified of new competitions in future click on follow this blog on the top right.

BACKGROUND

Avianto is a well established, highly regarded events destination that has become one of Johannesburg’s most popular conference venues and wedding venues, offering luxury accommodation in a peaceful, country setting near Muldersdrift.

Guests are ensured of 5-star treatment at this up-market venue with exceptional standards in all areas.

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The grounds are ideal for team building if this forms part of your agenda.

LOCATION
Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River and surrounded by the Zwarkoppies hills and The Cradle of Humankind nestles this awesome, European-inspired village, set in a relaxed environment; a home-from-home and the perfect conference destination.

Conference venues within this beautiful Village include several variations of venues many of which can be sized according to your needs. The maximum seating capacity in the largest venue is approximately 200.

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Avianto’s professional and experienced events management team will create the perfect ambience for your next event with efficient yet unobtrusive service, attention to detail being of the utmost importance.

Accommodation rooms in the hotel in the Avianto village are set slightly apart from the main function venues comprising 34 rooms, which include 29 luxury rooms and 5 suites, beautifully and individually appointed and have been designed to connect people for the duration of their stay – not separate them into numbered boxes filled with their escape mechanism of choice.

The village by design makes each guest individual, living in a personal space with its own character and yet intrinsically part of a community, a team. This is a subtle but important message to attract conferences for, after all, team bonding is an essential ingredient to any conference or seminar.

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UNIQUE TEAM BUILDING ….. In addition to Avianto’s large repertoire of team building activities, is AVIANTO’S “READY, STEADY, COOK” AND “POTJIE COOK-OFF” (aka Master Chef Avianto), a new and unique addition to their team building activities. This has taken off like wild-fire and ensures the desired result of team-work, support, fun and the spirit of oneness.

This is an experience facilitated by the Executive Chef and his talented and competent team. While creativity is a great part of this event, your team will also have the opportunity to relax, unwind and use their ingenuity both in cooking their own meals and producing a “Ready, Steady, Cook” feast! All the while learning to communicate and bond as a team.

Several different scenarios are on offer. The most popular being the “Mystery Meal Cook-Off” where each team is supplied with a mystery packet of ingredients. Teams are given a few minutes to exchange ingredients with one another and then they have to create a mystery meal using the ingredients supplied. The real test comes in the actual preparing of the various dishes, as well as how the plates for each course are garnished and presented. Teams are judged on taste and presentation of the meal, and their teamwork.
Avianto’s newly built Boma area, hosts a “Potjie Dinner” teambuilding event also facilitated by their creative Chef. This activity is an excellent combination of teambuilding and the preparation of a meal. Potjie pots, fires and ingredients are provided and teams are given the task of cooking a potjie to the judges’ liking. To make it more fun, why not add a “Cocktail Challenge” to the mix? Teams will have to invent a new cocktail which includes mixing and naming the drink. Judging is based on taste, presentation, originality and teamwork.

Competition Corner:

This month, The Venue Pages Blog is running a competition for all readers to enter and the prize for the lucky winner, whose name will be drawn on 30 August is a one night stay for two adults, on a bed and breakfast basis at this haven in the country, plus a lovingly prepared picnic basket for lunch on the Saturday. Don’t miss this opportunity; follow our Blog until the draw takes place. Simply answer the question below, leave your answer in the comments section and hit the like or tweet button if you like this post and Voila! you could be the winner ! Good Luck !

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

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Review by Rosalie Howard

LOCATION

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.

Follow our Blog for more exciting opportunities to win some lovely prizes in our Venue Pages Competition Corner http://blog.venuepages.co.za

THE PRO’S AND CONS OF UTILISING GUEST HOUSES vs HOTELS FOR CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

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I am sure that readers will have some valuable input here … discussing the pro’s and cons of Guest Houses and B & B’s versus Hotels and Conference Centres for conferences, meetings and Bos Beraads … We invite you to join a discussion.

Depending on the nature of the conference … i.e. if it is designed to be light-hearted without strict boundaries or schedules, a Guest House or B & B is ideal because they might impart an energy of quiet, relaxation and peace without bounds … bearing in mind that usually Guest Houses or B & B’s do not have a dedicated conference venue (while there are those who do) and they utilise their dining area for this purpose. Therefore, the day’s business can only realistically commence after breakfast has been cleared, at around 9.30 or 10 a.m. However, you would have the rest of the day to yourselves in this space as this is generally the only meal these personal and private venues prepare.

Personal attention is definitely assured in a Guest House or B & B, yours being likely to be the only event taking place on the day, hence you will have exclusivity with no distractions … unless the venue has grown into a large Guest House as some have offering more than one venue … ideally they should be re-named Boutique Hotels or Lodges wouldn’t you say? You are also likely to have home-baked cookies for tea and a lovingly prepared home cooked lunch … and ‘the lady or lord of the manor’ will even attend to your laundry with prior arrangements in most.

Hotels and Conference Centres on the other hand, are specifically, purpose-built with conference in mind and have all the staff required to attend to all the tiny details. They will be well equipped with state-of-the-art conference equipment and teas and meals will be served in designated areas, or in their main restaurant, or they might offer you a finger lunch inside the venue as a working lunch, if time does not permit a lengthy break in the day. They can certainly be more flexible as they have the means to be so.

Hotels of course are most suitable where numbers are high and accommodation is required for all delegates, whereas a guest house or B & B in general is only ideal for the smaller events. Hotels will likely also have their own shuttle service for collections from the airport.

Room service will be an attraction in hotels as 4 and 5 star hotels usually offer 24 hour room service if delegates do not wish to dine in the restaurant on site or call for a snack or a drink late at night.

Hotel rooms are nearly always equipped with wall safes for your valuables; some offer self-catering facilities such as microwaves and fridges and are stocked with all required crockery. Many hotels will offer either self catering rates or Bed and Breakfast, or dinner, bed and breakfast while others do not offer self catering at all.

Depending on where you are, many hotels will offer business lounges with up-to-date internet facilities, and team building space, an additional venue for your gala event, private dinner or Break Away room and of course, the favourite meeting place at the end of the day ‘the Pub’.

There are those who prefer the home-from-home ambience of a Guest House or Bed and Breakfast which is certainly an attraction, while there are those who prefer the formal surroundings and the kind of service only a hotel can offer.

B & B rates are always more affordable while hotels, being in the position of being able to offer full service, will be more expensive.

I guess it depends entirely on the event … the schedule you are working to … the area you are in .. and most importantly, your own comfort and choice!!

Any comments?

Author : Rosalie Howard Venue Pages

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Conference Venues Johannesburg

Conference venues Johannesburg

English: An autoshow held in the Coca-Cola Dome. Photo date August 6 2005. Photo taken by Wariner Gray. Should feature in the article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca_Cola_Dome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johannesburg, Egoli (City of Gold), Jozi, Jo’burg or Gauteng is the largest city in South Africa and the most densely populated.  It is the economic hub of the country and has the largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa and as such boats the most conference venues in South Africa.

It is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world and the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline.

It enjoys a sub-tropical highland climate.  The summer months of October to April bring late afternoon thunder showers while the climate remains somewhat dry and sunny.  It claims to be the lightning capital of the world although this title is also claimed by other cities around the world.  Despite experiencing a relatively dry climate Johannesburg has over 10 million trees making it the largest man-made forest in the world second only to Graskop in Mpumalanga.  These trees were originally planted to provide wood for the mining industry in the mineral rich Witwatersrand area.  They were retained as the northern suburbs grew and were even expanded with the encouragement of subsequent municipalities but recently deforestation has occurred to make way for redevelopment both commercially and residentially.

Conference venues in Johannesburg range from small boutique hotels to guest houses and of course larger dedicated conference centers or conference venues attached to the larger hotels.  Most are well priced and offer a wide range of menus and facilities of a world-class standard.

There are many conference venue web sites which list hotels and conference venues in Johannesburg and other areas of South Africa.  Click here to find a conference venue in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg boasts the largest and busiest airport in South Africa and as such commuting to and from conference venues in Johannesburg is almost effortless.  Airport transfers are available and affordable and many hotel venues in Johannesburg offer a complimentary shuttle service to guests.  For national conferences, where delegates are commuting from other major cities in South Africa, Johannesburg remains a popular destination due to its accessibility and availability of services.  Air flights are frequent and cost-effective and delegates often travel to Johannesburg for the day to attend conferences in JohannesburgHotel accommodation in Johannesburg is also plentiful and delegates who wish to stay over can find a room easily.  Accommodation ranges from 5 star properties to the more budget friendly establishments.

There are nine hotels which are situated at or very near to R Tambo International Airport allowing delegates and business travellers to move between the airport and their hotels inexpensively and with ease.

In the CBD there are some very large conference venues while on the outskirts one can find some very quaint and more intimate establishments.

Johannesburg is a gateway to other regions in the Gauteng province such as Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg, Centurion and Pretoria.  Popular conference venues near Johannesburg include areas such as Midrand, Fourways, Randburg, Randfontein, Rustenburg and Sandton.

The four biggest conference venues in Johannesburg are undoubtedly; Sandton Convention Center, situated in Sandton, Africa’s top class shopping and business center, Gallagher Estate, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, The Coca Cola Dome, the fourth largest such structure in the world, and MTN Expo Center, Nasrec, the city’s biggest venue and not far from Soweto.  These venues can each host thousands of delegates and abound with facilities and services to cater for all types of conferences and events.

Conference venues Magaliesburg

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The village of Magaliesburg, lies just below the Southern Range of the Magaliesburg Mountains. The roads and rivers take similar paths, breaking through the steep ridges of the mountains, only to traverse much of the land along the valleys on either side of the two mountain ridges.

The reality of Magaliesburg disaffirms its languid village ambience. Of the many places to visit in the region, there is also a variety of accommodation establishments, peaceful, result-achieving conference venues in abundance and a host of interesting activities available. Whatever your interest, you will find something to delight you as you travel the area and experience the environment.

History of Mankind

The Magaliesberg probably has the most intriguing and longest session of history, as man would have experienced, than anywhere else on earth. This since the discovery of the remains of the earliest species of primitive man known today, in and around the Sterkfontein Caves, 20 minutes drive from Magaliesburg.

The tribes of the descendants of the earliest proto-hominids had free reign in this peaceful valley, they fished in the clear, sparkling streams, and hunted the vast herds of animals that roamed the area, with primitive tools made from stone and later forged from iron. While human life was frequently threatened by the odd wild animal, or early death from injury or disease, man lived in total harmony with nature, which flourished in abundance in the greater Magaliesburg region over the past two million years of mans’ development.

Then, in the mid 1800’s, the great tribes of the north swept through the valley, bringing grief and upheaval to this once idyllic haven. In time, the Tribes moved on, and peace returned, but not for long, as war broke out again, when Mzilikazi’s impis attacked, capturing the women and enslaving the men and young, to be incorporated into their army of warriors.

In the late 1800’s, the “white” tribes from the south arrived, also seeking their piece of this paradise and with guns a blazing, they drove back the local tribes and hunted the game avidly, causing their numbers to dwindle rapidly.

Then in1899, war was declared between the two “White Tribes”, the British and the Boer republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State. Within a year, blood and human lives were lost between these two warring parties, in the Magaliesberg valleys, at Kommando Nek and Nooitgedacht.

In 1902, peace reigned once again in this garden of Eden and humans recaptured the paradise we now know, living peaceful and co-existent with nature, farming the land and together living in a democracy.

Today, Magaliesburg, steeped in interesting history has grown into an area abundant with tourist attractions, with a number and variety of conference venues, and a most sought after conference destination, so very convenient to delegates travelling from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg with many team building activities available throughout the area. This is a paradise where every descendent of the earliest species of mankind, is welcome to come back “home”.