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When we are given the ’must be done now’ task of planning a series of conferences, or even one large event, we all go through the thought processes of “Where”, “Who has high standards yet reasonable rates?” and “Who will organise this as quickly as possible?” I would say, notwithstanding that most South African venues put professionalism, efficiency and above average standards first, it’s often a lot easier to look at the big guys who have venues country-wide, all operating to the same high standards and the name that pops into mind immediately is PROTEA HOTELS. In our business, we have had a lot of experience working with them on events we plan for our clients and for me, it is a most convenient one-stop shop … They have central sales offices in all the large cities and their coordinators efficiently handle all enquiries in quick turn-around time and get quotes sent back without undue delay.

You will find a PROTEA HOTEL in every city (often more than one) and in many towns, in the country, at the sea and in the mountains as well as in 9 neighbouring African countries, making them the continent’s largest hotel group. Consistent in standard, service and quality cuisine.

Today I will focus on the 3 biggest conference cities in South Africa to whet your appetites:

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PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD. This olde worlde hotel, which has withstood the ravages of time, recessions and many changes in the beautiful city of Durban, still stands proud, still offers the superb service and standards of yesteryear, with modernised facilities and re-vamped rooms and a table which has consistently been amongst the top in Durban.

Re-decorated many times over the years, yet retaining its classic, Victorian elegance, for which the Protea Hotel Edward is renowned, this fine hotel offers 101 guest rooms built on 7 floors, many of which overlook the ocean. Additionally, PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD offers extensive conference facilities, with the largest function room accommodating up to 200 delegates cinema style and 160 delegates for a banquet dinner.

Catering for full and half day conferences, seminars, presentations, gala dinners, award evenings, road shows, they are also the ideal fairytale wedding venue.

Free wifi and within close proximity of :
• Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
• UShaka Marine World
• Durban Funworld
• South Beach
• Umhlanga Rocks
• Many sophisticated restaurants in Durban’s night life

And while still in Durban …


Explore the Dolphin Coastline from this central point and discover an area rich in Zulu heritage, modern shopping malls, the theatre, peaceful private beaches up the North Coast yet only a short drive to the buzz and excitement in the city
Conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and just minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport.

Each contemporary, Colonial-style room is finished with laminate timber floors with breath-taking views.
Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge has a variety of conference rooms that include two boardrooms and five multi-use venues with a maximum seating capacity of 370 delegates cinema style.



A place from which to explore the V&A Waterfront and experience Cape Town, this trendy hotel has a reputation to uphold and rooms that suit all tastes and requirements.

172 Modern Rooms featuring en-suite, water-saving rain showers, varied entertainment options like the Bravia LCD screens and iPod docking stations. Standard rooms and double-storey loft apartments form the mix of accommodation rooms at this fine hotel..

The well equipped conference centre can host up to 120 delegates with a flexible room configuration..

Included in conference facilities is a sophisticated stage with state-of-the-art lighting, excellent acoustics, high ceilings and independent climate control.


PROTEA HOTEL THE BALALAIKA IN SANDTON serves as a tranquil home-from-home in the bustling business centre and entertainment area of Sandton, central to most areas around Johannesburg.
There are two sections to the Protea Hotel Balalaika, each with a swimming pool, set in their own picturesque,landscaped garden..
Being central to the business hub of Sandton, The Protea Hotel Balalaika, in the heart of Sandton is also within easy, central reach of many entertainment centres. it is a popular conference and function venue, catering for up to 300 guests. The ideal destination for your next conference or corporate dinner.

And many more … whether it be in the smaller Eastern Cape towns, the Garden Route, Mpumalanga or in any of our 9 provinces, you will find the hospitality offered by PROTEA HOTELS apparent everywhere.

For your next conference, group accommodation booking or function, call us at VENUE PAGES on 082 055 0102 or visit our website on for your choice of Protea Hotel and we’ll handle the rest!  Or simply complete the contact us form below.

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard

Win with Breakers Resort and Conference Center in Durban

Conference venues in DurbanNow that you are all back at your desks, planning events, conferences, seminars accommodation, your special wedding day … and wondering what happened to the holidays which seem to have come and gone in a flash … relax and let us assist you with the things we can ! Have some fun in the meantime and enter our current and future competitions which are always up on our Blog (

THE VENUE PAGES, in conjunction with BREAKERS RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER, in Durban, is running a competition for all our Durban and nearby KZN folks this week – (and/or any holiday makers who would like to participate!)

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BREAKERS RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, situated at Umhlanga, right on the beach in the most sought after area of this beautiful holiday resort have had a major refurb. since new owner Lloyd Ridl bought the conference centre business a year ago.
2013 brings a fresh approach to Breakers Resort, Conference and Wedding Venue and they welcome conference delegates and wedding guests to the new and improved venue!

The facility is world class with a ‘beachy’, island finesse and atmosphere. Exterior renovations are complete which adds to the overall resort experience. The food and beverage / catering team have upgraded the menu on the Pool Deck and Boma enhancing their delicious meals and cocktails.

The Breakers pool deck invites you to laze in the sun, catch up on your reading or simply relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings. This area is fully serviced by waiters and the pool service attendants are on hand to assist.  The Islander, with its air-conditioned comfort and panoramic views, is the perfect venue for breakfast or any of the tempting light meals from the snack menu. Open daily from 07h00 to 22h00.

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The lounge offers an alternative venue to relax, read, watch TV or just enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of something really scrumptious from the coffee bar.

BREAKERS CONFERENCE CENTRE – In this picturesque setting, overlooking the Indian Ocean on the Dolphin Coast, this is the perfect venue for a variety of functions – from corporate dinners, to day to day conferences, company launches, small board meetings, themed dinners and wedding receptions. Their dedicated team will be happy to assist with the planning of your special event.

Available venues include:

Hawaan Room

Style : Number of Guests

Cocktail : 100
Cinema : 80
Schoolroom : 50
Banquet : 60

Lagoon Room

Style : Number of Guests

Cocktail : 280
Cinema : 230
Schoolroom : 150
Banquet : 170

Look out for their weekend picnic baskets and weekly specials!

Monday – Fish & Chips
Tuesday – Burger & Beer
Wednesday – Braai & Beer bucket night
Thursday – Curry night
Friday – Lasagna
Saturday – Pizza evening

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ACCOMMODATION ROOMS – Breakers Resort offers time share apartments for conference groups or wedding guests that are privately owned, however many are available to the Conference Centre for the use of their guests. This is, of course, dependant on availability at any one time.

Ample free parking and a nominal charge for undercover parking

COMPETITION CORNER! Stand a chance to win a voucher from BREAKERS RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE for R200.00 towards a sumptuous breakfast or lunch by answering a simple question:

On which ocean is Breakers Resort situated?

Answers are to reach us by 18 February when the lucky draw will take place! Good luck!  Remember to leave your answer in the comments section of the article and hit the Facebook Like Button or other social media buttons on the post.

Contact for more information on conference centres Umhlanga

(Review by Rosalie Howard)

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

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Review by Rosalie Howard


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.


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

Win 2 nights accommodation at Tarragona Lodge, a Conference Venue in the Western Cape

Venue hireIn conjunction with Venue Pages, Tarragona Lodge has offered our Blog Competition Corner superb prize of a weekend for two adults on a bed and breakfast basis at this modern, up-market and beautiful boutique lodge which is situated in Hout Bay… Read the article and then enter the competition! You could be the winner!

Tarragona Lodge, in Hout Bay, (a working fishing harbour, with perhaps the most abundant bird life in South Africa and proudly boasting the largest Bird Park in Africa) offers luxury four-star accommodation and purpose-built conference facilities. Close to the famous Chapman’s Peak drive, The World of Birds, the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens and three wine estates. Added to these attractions are 6 top class golf courses in close proximity to the venue. So, whether you are there on business, in conference or having a leisure weekend away, there is an abundance of activities on your door-step while enjoying the sheer luxury of this fine venue.

Venue hireConference & Accommodation at Tarragona Boutique Lodge

Tarragona Lodge and luxury conference venue, ideally situated on the wooded southern slopes of Table Mountain, only 20 minutes form the centre of Cape Town and 25 Km from Cape Town International Airport offers ten spacious, well-appointed and tastefully furnished suites, all of which have either a balcony overlooking, or patio opening onto, the lovely indigenous garden, pool and entertainment area on the property.

Mulligans, the cocktail bar at Tarragona Lodge, provides an excellent venue in which to relax, unwind and enjoy sundowners after a hectic day of “relaxation” in and around the Fairest Cape. During the winter months the Tarragona Lodge open-hearth fires add to the allure of the accommodation.

Visitors to Tarragona Lodge are ensured of tip-top standards and service and is well-known for its excellent table. This is an owner managed venue which speaks for itself!

Conferences, Meetings, Bos-Beraads, Training, Team Building, launches, cocktail functions and dinners are all available at affordable rates.

Venue hireThe Conference facility is fully air-conditioned and designed to ensure maximum communication in a quiet and relaxed environment.
Rates, Services and Equipment.

Their Day Conference Package rate of R 285 pp, includes the following. In today’s economic climate, these are excellent rates for a venue so smart, so neat, so well-managed with exceptional standards.

Rates for full day / two-day conferences on request

Day Conference Package from R280 per day per delegate includes:

• Refreshments on arrival
• Mid-morning Tea / Coffee and Biscuits / muffins
• Two course lunch
• Mid-afternoon Tea / Coffee and Biscuits / cake
• Jugs of Water, Peppermints and Fruit Sweets on the tables
• Use of bar facilities
• Pads and Pens
• Fresh fruit and assorted nuts can be supplied to delegates in the Conference Room at an additional cost
• Full office support including Copying, Internet and basic Secretarial Services


• Overhead Projector & Screen
• Two Combination Flip Charts
• Whiteboards and pens.
• Telephone and Computer access. Normal rates apply
• Additional equipment can be arranged as required.

Conference Specials

• Full Day From – From R 280.00 per person
• Half Day From – From R 150.00 per person
• Stay over – Sharing From R755 and Single R 890.00 Inclusive of Breakfast

this does not include dinner, it can be arranged on request or there are any number of lovely restaurants in Hout Bay

Some places of interest just around the corner

!Khwa ttu SAN SPIRIT DISCOVERED !Ikwa ttu takes you on an exciting journey of discovery into the world of Southern Africa’s San or Bushmen people. In a spectacular West Coast setting, a convenient hours drive on the R27 from Cape Town.

Flowers – West Coast National Park
WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK A very worth while day trip from Tarragona Lodge. Approximately 90 minutes from Hout Bay up the West Coast accessed by either Yzerfontein or Darling.

Whale watching – Hermanus
Whale Watching in Hermanus is world-renowned. An ideal day trip from Tarragona, Hermanus is an interesting 90 minute drive using either Sir Lowry’s Pass (N2) or the very scenic route on the R44 from Gordon’s Bay via Strand.

Tarragona Lodge is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life but is very central to all the attractions of the Cape Peninsula. An ideal “Boutique Conference Venue” who have successfully hosted numerous corporate conferences, corporate events, corporate functions, team building as well as product launches. The location, architecture and grounds make it an excellent filming venue. Free Wi Fi is available.

Their motto or slogan is ….. BRING YOURSELF – WE DO THE REST !!!

To enter the competition, simply answer the simple question below. You will find the answer in this article or at the footer of their listing on the site by clicking here

If you like winning, don’t forget to Like, Tweet and G+ this article or their listing on the site.

What is the name of the Cocktail Bar at Tarragona Lodge?

Answers to reach us by the 12th October 2012 when the lucky winner will be drawn!

Good Luck!!


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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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