Conference venues in Pretoria

Conference venues in Pretoria

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A little History on conference venues in Pretoria and Pretoria as a city

PRETORIA was founded in 1855, by Marthinus Pretorius, a Voortrekker leader. He named what is now, a bustling metropolis after his father, Andries, who was instrumental in the Voortrekker victory over the Zulus in the monumental Battle of Blood River.

Today the area has been renamed the City of Tshwane, but the CBD still keeps the name of Pretoria (which continues to be the administrative capital of South Africa)
The Union Buildings, central to South African history now represent the change South Africa endured. While the city is a governmentally significant city, it is also alive with culture, housing museums, monuments, theatres, hotels and conference centres as well as being the hub of industry in the region.
Affectionately known as “Jacaranda City” because of the over 50 000 Jacaranda trees that line Pretoria’s streets and carpet the city in purple in October. The first Jacaranda trees were imported from Rio de Janeiro in 1888 and became Pretoria’s signature. It is alarming to hear that the Jacarandas are threatening to become extinct in Pretoria soon. One can’t imagine Pretoria without the purple sky-line and floor …

The general area is also home to many nature reserves, parks and gardens, including the National Botanical Gardens and many small parks scattered across this pretty city.

The rich history of the area is also captured within several museums within Pretoria, such as the Transvaal Museum, National Cultural History Museum and many solid, old buildings that have been preserved as gems of the past

As with many of South Africa’s conference venues, those in Pretoria are of a high standard, with custom-built venues designed to international specifications. Pretoria, being centrally located as it is, is very popular as a conference, seminar and congress destination.

Central to the Midrand, Irene and further afield, one need look no further than the multitude of conference venues available from small intimate venues to the large, top-class hotels and conference centres in and around Pretoria.
Some venues, perhaps un-tried and certainly worth considering are:

The Owl’s Nest Wedding & Conference Centre (Rayton Conference Venues)

Set in the natural bush of the area, in the rolling hills of the Maghaliesberg, with a serene country ambience, The Owl’s Nest Wedding and Conference Centre provides professionalism plus a home-from-home atmosphere for delegates in conference.

Diep in die Berg Conference and Function Centre (Wapadrand Conference Venues)

The renowned Diep in die Berg Conference Centre is the ideal facility for the out-of-the-office conference, training or Bosberaad. Their all-purpose conference centre offers 7 conference rooms which can accommodate up to a maximum of 450 delegates.

PROTEA HOTELS offer a variety of venues throughout the area including Pretoria, and Midrand, all of which have a standard to uphold and are therefore reliable, consistently good with excellent service.

At Irene there is IRENE COUNTRY LODGE and LERIBA LODGE AND SPA at Centurion. The latter has, in recent times been thoroughly refurbished to a fine standard.

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Article complied by Rosalie Howard

Gauteng Rhino Run will be hosted at the beautiful Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa this year

Only 30 minutes from Pretoria and less than an hour from Joburg makes it easy for commuters to attend this wonderful event and very worthy cause. Special Accommodation Rates at Intundla from Friday the 20th to Wednesday the 15th September. Make a long weekend of it and join us for Heritage Day on the 24th of September.

The primary objective of The Rhino Run is to raise funds and awareness for the war on rhino poaching.

The inaugural Rhino Run in 2012 raised R130,000. This year The Rhino Run will consist of 7 separate trail running events all happening on the same day around South Africa. This year the World Rhino Day is hoping to raise at least R250 000.

The Rhino Run will be raising funds for the following beneficiaries: –

The Rhino Injection Fund, OSCAP (Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching) and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.
All funds raised by The Rhino Run from the race registration fees and the sale of their limited edition custom made Rhino Run race shirts, will be shared between these 3 initiatives. Any funds raised through online donations and The Rhino Run Business Challenge will go directly to the funds – that means no intermediate handling of these funds by any organisers.

Registration opens at 06h30, pre-race briefing at 08h30 and the race will begin promptly at 09h00.
There will be 3 different routes through the Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa reserve for all fitness levels, 6km, 12km and 20km.

There will be Food and beverages on sale for all the spectators and participants.

Event Organiser: Racetime
Queries: Contact Peter on 082 478 2701/

Why not relax and spend some time in the heart of Dinokeng and take advantage of our special accommodation rates for the weekend of the race until after Heritage Day (24 September).

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Intundla is R600 per person per night from the 20th – 25th September 2013 (Minimum 3 night stay).

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Conference venues in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

English: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand,...

English: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conference venues in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, Egoli (City of Gold), is the largest city in South Africa, situated in the general Gauteng area or what was in years gone by known as the Transvaal … meaning one side of the Vaal River. It is the most densely populated city in this region and in the entire country. Being the economic hub of the country, it has the largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa, is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world and is the world’s largest city which is not situated on a river or at the coast. It makes sense, due to its size, economy and population that Johannesburg boasts the most conference venues in South Africa.

A reference to Johannesburg on Wikipedia can be found here.

With two airports, OR Tambo International being the larger of the two and the largest and busiest in South Africa, with flights arriving and departing every minute of the day and evening to other local cities, to Europe and the rest of the world, Johannesburg is a very suitable choice of city if it’s business, conferences, conventions or seminars you are planning. First World in standards and operations, convenient, efficient, organised with everything close at hand considering how effortless and quick it is to commute to and from the airport wherever in the city and surrounds you are.

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, being frequent and cost-effective delegates often travel to Johannesburg for the day from other local cities to attend conferences in Johannesburg. Hotel 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.

Johannesburg, while in the Highlands, enjoys a sub-tropical climate. The summer months of October to April bring late afternoon thunder showers while the climate remains somewhat dry and sunny. It has been reported as the lightning capital of the world although this title is also claimed by other cities around the world. Winters are cold and dry, with occasional snow falls although these are infrequent. Temperatures in winter might drop to minus 2 or 3. 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.

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

There are several top-class hotels which are situated at or very near to OR Tambo International Airport allowing delegates and business travellers to move between the airport and their hotels inexpensively and with ease with free shuttle services offered by most of these.

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, Rustenburg, Centurion, Irene and Pretoria. These outlying areas have become much sought after to capture the ambience and peace of the country and in each area, there are many hotels and guest houses offering 3, 4, and 5-star standards and facilities. Popular conference venues in the greater Johannesburg region include areas such as Midrand, Fourways, Randburg, Randfontein, Houghton, Sandton and the East Rand and Southern Suburbs.

The four largest conference venues in Johannesburg are 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.

Forthcoming Events happening in and around Johannesburg

India Clothing & Textile Trade Show
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-8 March

Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-10 March

Money Expo 2013
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-9 March

Hobby-X Johannesburg
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-10 March

Future Bank World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
11-12 March

Retail World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
11-13 March

Hostex 2013 Gauteng
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
17-20 March

WoodEX for Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
21-23 March

The Wedding Expo
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
6-7 April

BioEnergy World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Clean Technology World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

On-site Power World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Power and Electricity World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Wind Power World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Sustain and Build Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
9-10 April

The Solar Show Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
9-10 April
17-20 April

These are a mere handful during March and April. The events calendar is endless!
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The aftermath of the Marikana Violence: Is South Africa a safe place to host a world class conference?


A few months ago, shortly after the Marikana Masacre, I posted an article on the effects this violent, unnecessary and tragic outbreak has surely had on Tourism (click here) … notwithstanding that this is way down the ladder of importance, considering the lives that were lost; the tragic circumstances under which families lost their fathers, husbands, brothers… who were also the bread winners and how this will forever affect those families’ lives. Without appearing insensitive to those who were so severely affected by this tragedy, I, like most South Africans, have been following news reports and of course visuals on television as SAPS have been under fire from not just the South African public but the world. Each time the visuals are re-played, I am filled with new horror and the question … Where are we heading? … And so, to pick up from where I left off …

Fact : Tourism is one of the major providers of employment in this country. We have so much to be proud of, so much to be thankful for in what nature has blessed us with: Incomparable weather, breath-taking scenery, game, pristine coastlines, mountains, traditional villages, lakes, abundant bird life, Ad Infinitum.

The dedication and hard work of a “hotelier” (which in this instance, encompasses all members of staff in the hospitality industry) is what makes a hotel or conference centre work … without the nuts and bolts, aka the staff, a venue is an empty shell … We strive to give our conference delegates and holiday makers an experience of a life-time because we are proudly South African and have so much to offer. We form just a portion of people who make the South African Hospitality Industry as professional and up-market as it is. We operate to International Standards because we must if we hope to attract conference delegates and holiday tourists from the rest of the world.

Some news stats below show a sad picture however. Not only sad but frightening in volume and it doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to work out just how the almost weekly outbursts of violence, which appears to be on the increase in South Africa affects the Tourism and Conference Tourism Industry which in turn, affects employment for many of our citizens.

If hotels start closing down because of lack of business from our International visitors, can you even imagine how many jobs will be lost? Can we afford to be this uncaring or insolent and unthinking and just be nonchalant and sit back and watch the country fall into ruins like some other 3rd world countries have done? Surely we must agree that something must be done … someone must intervene to stop this outrageous, barbaric behaviour?

It was deemed to be a “good thing” when the government announced the “Zero Tolerance” theme … however it would appear to some of us that given a little power, there are people who don’t have limits and don’t know when to stop.

Rustenburg – News 24 reported:

I think readers might be in denial as am I still that these events actually took place … all or any of them in a so-called civilised country with so much to offer the world, not only in travel and conference tourism, but also in all sectors of business and services.
So, where to from here?? Are you also sitting with baited breath, waiting, in fear for the next brutality to show up? My word! What a way to live!

Care to join in a debate? You are welcome to post your comments below.

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Article compiled by Rosalie Howard


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

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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!!