Win with Cape St Francis Resort, a conference venue in the Eastern Cape

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CAPE ST. FRANCIS RESORT, a conference venue in the Eastern Cape, are happy to announce a new competition featuring this magnificent and unusual resort venue with unique Team Building opportunities, like nothing you have experienced before!

Read this article then answer the question below by leaving your answer in the comments section below, hit submit, hit the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button and you’re in! This competition will run for a full month and at the end of that period, we will draw one lucky winner who will win a prize consisting of a luxury weekend for two adults, on a bed and breakfast basis. The lucky draw will take place on 14 August, 2013. Good Luck!


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Very seldom do you find a venue/resort that specializes in several fields and caters to so many diverse groups of people. Whether you’re looking for holiday leisure, conferencing, accommodation, team building, strategic workshop facilitation or just plain good old fun and great entertainment, The Cape St. Francis Resort delivers all of this and more under one umbrella!
The “Resort” is based in the picturesque seaside town of Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape and just under an hour’s drive from the Port Elizabeth airport. To our locals and visitors the Resort has become synonymous with a quality of life that is not easily matched due to its stunning natural surroundings, impeccable service, relaxed environment, attention to detail and attitude.

Under the Cape St. Francis Resort umbrella you will find an array of amenities that include our in-house health and beauty centre Hibiscus, 4 x fully equipped conferencing venues and the delectable and popular restaurant “Joe Fish” that caters to all dietary needs. Regular evening entertainment includes live music; quiz evenings, big screen sport broadcasts and even Karaoke!
During the last 15 years the Resort has been instrumental in facilitating large/medium corporate and governmental conferencing and team building. Whilst honing our skills in this very unique field we found ourselves exploring deeper into the rabbit hole and discovered that there was so much more to offer our clients in terms of added value and quality within our team building activities and workshops. Thus the birth of Quantum Leap.

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Quantum Leap in our in-house solution to facilitating your delegates with a meaningful and strategic team building and workshop experience that is tailor made specifically to your company/team culture and dynamics. Motivation, Coaching and Teambuilding all remain very delicate activities and would need to be handled by professional facilitators. Heading our efforts at Quantum Leap is our co-founder and permanently based Teambuilding and Workshop Facilitator Johan Cronje.

Johan is a Registered Member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) as well as a Certified NLP Practitioner , Life Coach and NET Practitioner and holds qualifications and experience in Psychology, Business Management and Human Resources.
Quantum Leap’s efforts rest on two pillars mainly being Workshop Facilitating and Team Building Adventure Activities.

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Workshop Facilitating content include subjects such as time management, dealing with departmental/company mergers, conflict management, the process of company/personal goal setting, strategic thinking, fundamental life skills, deleting limited beliefs and much more!

Its all about People… And People are Individuals – At Quantum Leap we UNITE People and IGNITE Potential!

We approach every single workshop differently through a pre-framing process and desired outcomes are planned and discussed well before the workshop takes place! During the facilitation process we gather, discuss and deliver feedback. Finally, after each workshop we have thorough de-briefings and your delegates are handed all relevant information in the form of a digital resource pack to take with them and implement back in their normal environment.

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Our Teambuilding Adventure Activities include; Survivor Challenges, Amazing Race, Braaimaster, Beach Olympics, African Drumming, Potjiekos Competitions, Group Yoga and Qigong and much more. At Quantum Leap we don’t just facilitate your team but partner-up alongside you to achieve your goals and desired outcomes. In short, we see ourselves more as partners than facilitators that tailor to our client’s specific needs.

Our Adventure activities are all designed to incorporate and consider key business benefits and follow the same pre-framing and de-briefing procedures as our above mentioned workshops. You know your team best and each activity can be tailored to your group culture, level of fitness, corporate hierarchy and requirements.

All programs are designed to promote group interaction and “out of the box” thinking!

In closing and considering the above, there really is no reason not to choose The Cape St. Francis Resort as your next holiday leisure, conferencing, accommodation, team building, and strategic workshop facilitation destination.

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COMPETITION TIME! … What is the name of the Team Building / Life Skills Programme facilitated by Johan Cronje?

Answers to reach us by the evening of 13 August. We will draw one lucky winner for the wonderful prize of a weekend for two adults (bed and breakfast) on the morning of 14 August.  Remember to leave your answer in the comments section below and hit the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button.

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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


Conference speakers

Since my recent return to South Africa after two years in the UK, I have observed a great need for motivation, for innovation and a need to pool our resources to make a better life for ourselves and our families… to find ways to overcome apparent obstacles which have presented us with enormous challenges. Yes, no question of it … the ‘recession’ has had an enormous impact not only on us here locally but in the EU as well, as you know. And we can continue to lick our wounds and shut ourselves away, feeling helpless in the ‘light of world-wide economic disaster’ OR we can positively and willingly do something about it … there is always a light at the end of the tunnel …

Take some risks … you might find you can fly!
I met up with a long-term friend/associate in the field of Teaching and Motivation recently and he reminded me of what we all have at our fingertips if only we will be willing to look, and find and plunge into head-long, taking some risks … without risk, there are many things we will simply never know we are capable of! In the words of Apollianaire Guillaume ‘“Come to the edge”, He said. They said, “We are afraid”. “Come to the edge”, He said. They came. He pushed them … and they flew’.

Neil le Roux, who is closely associated with SACEE (The South African Council For English Education), based in East London has long been a speaker I have the greatest admiration for. I think, mainly because of his strong belief that we all CAN … Neil doesn’t give up, even in dire moments in his own life … he has never given up and never believed that there isn’t another way. He has spoken at events I have organised for my corporate clients who have all left the conference room lighter, inspired and with many new ideas. Furthermore, Neil will travel throughout South Africa to give a talk at any event, whether it is a conference or seminar, a cocktail function or dinner. He is light and funny, he is charming and well-informed. He is witty and worldly and has great depths of wisdom.

Some Bio
Neil holds a Master’s Degree from the University of the Free State, and also holds post-graduate qualifications from the Damelin Management School and WITS Business School.

He has wide experience in the private sector, and has served as National Director for the American Field Services Student Exchange Programme in South Africa and was Group Human Resources Manager for Mega Plastics.

Neil has travelled widely throughout South Africa studying the Management Training and Development Techniques and Programmes of many of South Africa’s Blue Chip companies. He has also visited companies in Europe, the UK the USA and the Far East.

Trainer, workshop facilitator and speaker, Neil’s current workshops/talks include:

• The Managers’ Toolbox (Productive Management)
• Thinking Out of the Box
• Enhancing Employee Profitability
• Improving Product and Service Standards
• Attitudes and team-work in the work place
• Team Support
• Motivation
• Team Building
• Teaching effective and efficient creativity

Any profits Neil makes on his engagements goes to SACEE for further English education in South Africa. On any corporate or group bookings (minimum of 14 delegates), for every two confirmed attendees, you will get one participant free. (3 for the price of 2!).

Neil shared with me a line he borrowed from Peter Ellyard (Executive Director of Preferred Futures Australia) “If we do not learn to live in the future today, we are going to have to get used to living in the past tomorrow” …. Food for thought yeah?

Neil le Roux may be contacted by any of the following methods:
Mob: +27 (0)834173985
Or via



When you think of the words ‘Team Building’, what comes up for you? “Oo, I need to be physically fit and strong, young and skinny or perhaps muscular and male … “. Fortunately this is not the case! Phew! That feels more comfortable!

To enquire about Team Building please click here and a consultant will contact you.

Team Building companies have designed their numerous activities taking every body type into account, every age and state of health and will never push you beyond your limits. That isn’t the point of Team Building. While it is meant to be a fun activity, the focus is largely on the Team Spirit, Team Bonding, getting to know one another’s strengths and weaknesses, learning to appreciate and respect one another for our pit-falls and our strengths. It is actually a very enlightening form of psychology if you think about it? Right? And the guys who run these events have studied and researched all this stuff and actually are the ‘fundi’s’ at knowing what event or activity will achieve the desired results…And it’s about what your company or department hopes to achieve from the effects and impact of the team building, emotionally, mentally and to see how resilient, how determined you are as a team, whether you do in fact work as ‘one’ and where there are those of us who prefer to work alone … or to be background support and not necessarily in the front … we are all diverse and unique and each one of us in the team will present in a totally unique way, all combining to build a team. All of this serves the team as a whole as each individual supports in his or her own unique manner to make the team work ‘wholly’. Isn’t this what all companies desire at the end of the day (to cash in on a worn-out cliché!) … I reckon … And quite besides what the company desires …. You as delegates want to have fun!

We, in our company have been very fortunate to have met and got to know the guys at Beach and Bush Adventures, based in KZN who have an enormous variety of activities, purpose designed for your desired outcome. I have noted some of the variations below that they will offer your team and will also suggest venues that are tried and tested and most suitable for these activities, while there are many others throughout the Province that will work just as well. And very important to know is that Sean and his team at Beach and Bush Adventures will take their team virtually anywhere nationally to facilitate your team building. They are not stuck with venues in KZN. Good guys to know!!

Beach and Bush’s ‘Minute 2 Winit’ – Cocktail Challenge team build for the rainy day and is a fantastic alternative to physical team building and a perfect ‘Ice-Breaker’ on the first night away from home.


Participants spend time in groups completing low-impact / mentally challenging tasks in a set time limit as per the popular television show. They then end off by creating unique cocktails which are graded and presented to the group.
The first stage consists of groups competing directly across a series of classic ?Minute 2 Winit! puzzles and tasks. Groups are then scored and access to a wide range of cocktail mixing ingredients, garnishes etc are dependent on the score attained.
Using limited resources, teams must then mix up a storm to create the ultimate cocktail.
Teams present their cocktails to the panel in front of the entire group and our experienced judges sample and rate the creations, often a hilarious undertaking!

All team members then have access to the bar to mix additional cocktails, a great party starter.
At the end each group must present their cocktails and explain them, they are judged and the cocktail champions are announced.


The Amazing Race Team Build : This …Is… Fun!!!

This option is customised according to the area in South Africa where it takes place. Beach and Bush have set up routes throughout South Africa, but are always willing to re-quote and re-plan according to your needs.
The tone of Beach and Bush’s Amazing Race team building activity is action packed, sophisticated, yet fun. Events are chosen based on your desired team building outcome. Challenges such as the ‘art challenge’ are geared to set a more upmarket tone, and events such as the ‘road block’ and ‘giant puzzles’ test your skills whilst keeping the event light-hearted and fun.
Brief overview: Teams meet at the start of the race. They are given instructions on the route and details of the challenges, which can be completed in any order. Teams begin the race, completing ALL the challenges as quickly as possible, acquiring clues after each challenge allowing them to proceed. The objective is simple…. complete all the challenges and be the first team home.
Amazing Race team building activity options include: Kayak Challenge / Croc Farm Challenge / Cocktail Mixing / Casino Challenge / Fishing Challenge / Giant Puzzles / Bungee Jumping / Sangoma Challenge / Art Challenge / Down-Down Challenge / Sushi Challenge / Treasure Hunt / Polaroid Camera Challenge / Road Block Challenge / Climbing Wall Challenge……….. and many more fantastic options.
Available In South Africa and across Africa on request.

What Is Included

• Professional facilitators at each station
• Pre-planning & set up
• Chosen activities
• All equipment and required items
• Access to all relevant properties used in the activities

Durbs By The Sea … The uShaka Challenge

The appeal of the uShaka Challenge Teambuild is that it’s low impact and the focus is on fun while, the challenges are specifically structured to encourage fundamental team building outcomes such as improved communication, cohesion and respect for roles and norms. Ushaka has become a successful team building venue enjoyed by all taking part in this challenge.
Activity Options: you can choose to either do a ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ uShaka Challenge Teambuild, and activity options include the following examples and much more.


• Bribe the Pirate: bribe the pirate on the ship with either coke or rum for the next clue.
• Too Cool for School: wax a surfboard on the beach.
• Polaroid Camera Aquarium: find a clue situated in the aquarium, take a Polaroid picture as proof of finding it to get the next clue.
• Help Bongani Lifesaving Challenge: using a rope and kayaks you’ll have to perform a rescue operation either in the surf or in the canals (physical).
• Wimpy Challenge: have to make something and eat it.


• Lazy River Catch Up Race: find a clue in the river running through the park.
• Snorkel Lagoon Treasure Hunt: find a clue hidden in the lagoon.
• Chicken Run Plunge: go down a 90 degree slide holding an egg without breaking it.
• Kayak Race: racing around buoys on the surf (physical).
The uShaka Challenge Teambuild is a flexible team building event that can be structured to be run either as a race (as in the Amazing Race) or as a more static concept like Fear Factor. With a large group, it is usually recommended that a combination of the 2 be applied. Ie: Each group is given a number of tasks to complete, some of these are time based, whereas with others the goal is simply to finish.


Ponder on this … every single organ in our bodies beats to its own rhythm …synchronising and working in harmony with every other organ. A normal body works in an organised manner, each cell and each organ supporting all the others … Rhythm is in everything that lives … (That wipes out some people’s belief that they have no sense of rhythm! You can’t get off that lightly!)
Drum Africa is a fresh look at interactive drumming sessions, uniquely designed as a teambuild for corporate groups. Let the rhythm of the African Beat surge through your body as you drum away your stress and build your team. No previous musical experience is needed and if you can clap your hands to a beat, you can play a drum and carry a rhythm.
Drum Africa is brought to you by Beach and Bush Adventures, one of South Africa’s top corporate teambuilding and event organising operators.


Beach and Bush’s Drum Africa is an interactive team build designed for groups of 10 – 200 people. It is mobile and can be done anywhere as long as there is sufficient space and seating. Drum Africa is also a great add on to any of the other Beach and Bush teambuilds.

Each drumming session takes around 1 hour but can be customized to fit in with your schedule, the sessions are broken up into 4 parts and as the drummers skills progress, so does the difficulty. Each person is equipped with either a djemba drum, shaker or rhythm sticks. At the direction of our facilitators we start with a simple beat and before you know it you’re making MUSIC!!!
Interactive drumming is a great way to build your team, within minutes we’ll have the group interacting in a unique way, every individual will have there own part to play in ensuring that the show goes on. Participants are quick to learn that individual efforts count for very little and team work is essential. Drum Africa is specifically designed as a teambuilding event and professional facilitators are always on hand to ensure that the session is a success.

Recommended Venues

• The Boathouse – North Coast
• Pumula Beach Hotel – South Coast
• Tala Private Game Reserve – Inland between Hillcrest and PMB
• Mondazur Resort Estate Hotel – Southbroom South Coast
• Palm Dune Beach Lodge – North Coast
• Bonamanzi Game Park
• Fordoun Hotel, Spa and Restaurant – Midlands
• Woodridge Country Estate Hotel and Spa – Midlands
• Granny Mouse, Country House – Midlands
• Drakensberg Sun Lifestyle Resort – Central Berg
• Champagne Sports Resort – Central Berg
• Quantani Resort – Free State
• Alpine Heath Resort – Northern Berg
Article written by Rosalie Howard: The Venue Pages



Stand a chance to win a weekend for 2 to Avianto, a Village made in Heaven

Conference venue Muldersdrift

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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 the 25th August, is a weekend for two adults, on a bed and breakfast basis to Avianto, a Village Made in Heaven.  It will include a lovingly prepared picnic basket for lunch on the Saturday. Don’t miss this opportunity; follow our Blog until the draw takes place to keep up-to-date with how many entries we receive! All you will be required to do is to answer an easy question:

How many accommodation rooms does Avianto have?

The answer to this question can be found in this post or you can click here to find it easily.  Leave your answer in the comments section of this post.

Conference venue Muldersdrift

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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 an un-hurried, peaceful area in Muldersdrift, secure and immaculate offering exceptional standards in all areas and ample outdoor space for team building.

Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River and surrounded by the Zwarkoppies hills and The Cradle of Humankind you will find 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.

Avianto’s professional coordinators 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, individually appointed and have been designed to connect people for the duration of their stay – not separate them into numbered cubicles filled with their escape mechanism of choice.

The village by design makes each guest into an 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 which will contribute positively to any corporate brainstorm and team bonding process.

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 their Executive Chef and his talented and competent team. While creativity is very much 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” type feast! All the while learning to communicate and work as a team.

A number of 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 the taste and presentation of the meal, as well as their teamwork.

Avianto’s newly built Boma area, hosts a “Potjie Dinner” team building event facilitated by their Chef. This activity is an excellent way to combine teambuilding with the preparing 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.


Packages available from ONLY R 295-00 PER person depending on number of guests booked.
Package includes: Venue hire min 40 guests
Barmen and Waiters
Plated or Buffet menu option 1
(other choices available at a small surcharge)
Welcome drinks on arrival
R 1000-00 Avianto rental stock

Contact one of our friendly coordinators on 011 668 3000 or email or

Excludes days preceding a public holiday & public holidays • Applies to corporate functions only
Does not apply to weddings • Subject to availability • Valid until 31st December 2012
FROM 40 -150 GUESTS @ R 305.00 PER PERSON
150 + GUESTS @ R 295.00 PER PERSON

Article written by Rosalie Howard, The Venue Pages.