This Women’s Month We Celebrate Women in the Culinary Industry Doing Amazing Things

As women increasingly make their presence felt, the days of male-dominated kitchens are a thing of the past. There are more female chefs than ever before, and the numbers show no signs of slowing down. So, with August marking International Women’s Month, we couldn’t imagine a better time to salute some of our very own South African female chefs that have made it possible for women in the industry today.

A Multi-Award Winner and World’s Best Female Chef in 2017

The talent on our local shores is mind-blowing. South Africa is fortunate to have the cream-of-the- culinary-crop putting together menus at all the hottest spots in each province. Take Chef Chantel Dartnall, for instance. Chef-patron of Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Chantel has earned many local and international awards. Besides receiving the accolade as the world best female chef at The Best Chef Lady Awards in 2017, Chantel has also won the ‘Eat Out Top 10’ restaurants awards multiple times.

Blending Cheffing with Food Styling and Videography

With her fingers in food styling, catering and videography, and work experience on yachts as sous and head chef, Chef Jess Van Dyk is another example of the talent on our shores. Jess swiftly worked through the ranks to Head Chef at La Colombe in Cape Town. After getting La Colombe on the list as one of the best restaurants by the World 50 Best Restaurants, Jess moved on as Head Chef at the critically acclaimed Protégé in Franschhoek.

Bringing Pizzazz and Flavour to the Table

Bringing pizzazz and flavour to the table is Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn at The Chef’s Table in Durban. It’s not every day you get your restaurant rated as one of the best in the country. That was the case for Kayla-Ann Osborn, earning The Chef’s Table a spot as the 15th top restaurant in South Africa by the Eat Out Awards.

Going from JAN Pâtissièr to Head of Gåte’s Kitchen

Last but not least, we would like to solute Chef Nicole Loubser, a Namibian who went from Michelin-starred JAN pâtissièr to head of Gåte’s kitchen in Stellenbosch. A strong, confident and poised chef, Nicole represents what it means to rank her own needs last by conquering obstacles under high pressure, working long hours, and getting a few cuts and burns that come with working long hours.

At Chefs Training & Innovation Academy, we enjoy encouraging our students to shine with inspiration. Offering a top-quality culinary academic platform where aspiring foodies turn into industry-ready professionals, we have campuses in Centurion, Stellenbosch, Durban and Nelspruit, and we also offer online courses.

Top 5 Golf Courses in KZN

Glorious sandy beaches, plenty of sunshine and vast spaces of unmatched natural beauty—South Africa ranks among the Top Golfing destinations in the world, with Kwazulu Natal hosting some of the very best handicaps.

The province of Kwazulu-Natal ticks off an endless list of sights and adventures, offering everything from breathtaking beaches that stretch for kilometres, game reserves with the Big-5, and lush green valleys, grasslands and mountains, to a wealth of world-class golf courses adding to its appeal.

The Golfers Paradise

The sunny, sub-tropical climate makes Kwazulu-Natal a stunning and attractive golfing all-year-round golfing destination, offering challenging fairways and sublime vistas. For golfers already living the luxury Golf Estate lifestyle, access to the courses forms part of everyday life. For local and international golfing enthusiasts, combining seaside holidays with golf provides the ingredients of a truly memorable South African golfing holiday.

Whether a golf fanatic or a novice wanting to experience the dazzling, polished greens, wildlife, and magnificent landscapes and views, make sure you practice your handicap on these Top Five iconic KZN golf courses.

Durban Country Club Golf Course: Ranked as one of the BEST in the world

Kwazulu Natal’s Gold Coast promises players a plethora of fantastic golfing options, with the number headed by the iconic Durban Country Club. Established in 1922 on a majestic cluster of dunes overlooking the Blue Lagoon estuary, the Golden Mile, and the Durban skyline, The Durban Country Club ranks firmly as one of the Top Golf Courses in the world by Golf Magazine in the USA. Golf Digest SA also ranks this course in the Top Five Golf Courses in South Africa.

Durban Country Club hosts more South African Opens than any other golf club in SA. Building its reputation on the Fabulous Five, with each hole individually superb, the par-3 second and par-5 third ranks among the worlds most celebrated, with the third hole being the signature hole.

The Durban Country Club provides a truly superb golfing experience. The lush hilly landscapes, gusty winds, stunning views of the Indian Ocean, and silky, sandy terrain make this golf course one of the most unique and challenging in the world, both to the amateur and pro golfer alike.

1. Fairmont Zimbali Resort: A challenging terrain where enthusiasts test skills

Dotted along the Dolphin Coast, Golf Digest ranks Zimbali Golf Course as one of the Top 25 Premier Golfing Destinations in South Africa. A unique piece of wonderland on the North Coast of KZN, the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf designed course stretches within a coastal forest reserve featuring irresistible ocean and forest views and exhilarating natural surroundings.

Creating a dramatic and beautiful setting, Zimbali is home to an evergreen golfing paradise course. The par-72 championship course boasts challenging terrain with steadfast elevation variations, wetland areas with ponds and well-maintained vegetation and greens, testing the skills of both amateurs and pros.

1. Cotswold Downs: USGA specifications ensure world-class putting surfaces

The baby among the Top 5 Kwazulu Natal golf courses—opening in 2005, Cotswold Downs is a magnificent 18-hole championship green, designed by a South African renowned golf course designer, Peter Matkovich. Rated by Complete Golfer in 2008 as the best-conditioned golf course in KZN and one of the best in South Africa, this relatively new and challenging but enjoyable course blends seamlessly with lush bent grass, rolling fairways, and many ponds, dams and wetlands.

Located to the South of the Valley of 1,000 Hills, Cotswold Downs is a model of excellent design in which golf and nature go hand-in-hand. This figure-of-eight course is a popular choice amongst challenge-seeking golfing enthusiasts for its super-smooth finish, excellent elevation techniques and placement of tee boxes, bunkers and water hazards. Its USGA specifications display world-class putting surfaces maintained to international standards.

1. Mount Edgecombe Country Club: The ideal course for any handicap

Tucked away in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal on the North Coast, Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate is one of the premier Golfing Estates in Southern Africa, boasting two unique championship courses designed around and among the hills. While both differ, they share rolling hills with isolated indigenous bush, a stream running from East to West, the Pani Dam, and two delicate wetlands.

Many pro-golfers characterise this Golf Estate as the ideal course for any handicap as both are challenging but fair. Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate is where pro golfers can challenge their game, and amateur golfers can better their skills.

1. Durban Beachwood: Treasured for its wildlife and challenging signature 6th-hole

Treasured by many golfers for its wildlife—especially the wild monkeys that play on the greens, Durban Beachwood ranks 33 in the Golf Digest Top 100 Courses in South Africa. A stone throw from Durban Country Club, this 18-hole course provides a grand challenge for the golfer that enjoys a typical links layout.

Fairways lie in a parallel formation, and 80 bunkers coupled with the wind from the Indian Ocean ensures a challenging yet forgiving game. The course has a challenging signature 6th hole—complete with stream, bush and water hazards and a small airport nearby with private aircraft and helicopters taking off and landing directly overhead.

Sandton Yesterday and Today: The History of the Richest Square Mile in Africa

After a lifestyle, only a few in the world can afford to afford? Stretching across 51.68 square miles, and north of Johannesburg city centre—above Melrose Arch and to the right of Randburg, Sandton is the wealthiest square mile on the African continent.

Synonymous with currency, extravagance and privilege, Sandton is the suburb where the well-heeled live, work, invest and play. However, this comfortable suburb was not always swimming in wealth.
Taking its name from Bryanston and Sandown, Sandton has come a far way since middle stone-age hunters arrived around 30,000 years ago. Then 20,000 years later, the ancestors of the San tribe crossed the plains of Sandton.

Four centuries later, the Bantu tribesman brought the iron age, introducing an agriculture and metalwork economy, followed by the Tswana tribe. Fast forward 120 years to when the richest goldfield on earth was discovered, and then to the Great Depression of the 1930s, which saw an influx of Voortrekkers and Europeans, leading to farming and rapid urban development.

From rural beginnings to Manhattan-style skyscrapers

In 1969, Sandton declared its municipality and opened its doors as a town in 1973. From that moment, Sandton, the sleepy village with sandy horse trails and green open pastures, never looked back as it became Johannesburg’s premier commercial expansion point.

Today, Sandton, with its Manhattan-style skyscrapers, palatial homes, trendy eateries, exotic cars, designer boutiques, and residents that appear as if they made their millions in Big Tech, is the home to 10% of Fortune 500s listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

One of SA’s most inspiring development success stories

Giving Umhlanga, in the north of Durban, and Cape Towns’ Bantry Bay and Clifton a run for its money—Sandton is one of South Africa’s most inspiring development success stories. Sandton is today a tale of an awe-inspiring journey. Famed for power and wealth, and proudly built from the ground up almost half a century ago, Sandton has more money per city block than any other African city.

Today, the metropolis is not only home to the finest financial and legal consultants, the largest blue-chip companies, most influential investment banks, and the biggest convention centre in Africa. Sandton is also home to a rising number of affluent locals and internationals.

The ideal hood for those who desire a safe, fast, high-flying lifestyle

Sandton may be the heart of big business in South Africa, but the people, the lifestyle, the fashion, the shopping, and the nightlife are just as appealing. As the most fashionable and most prized suburb of Johannesburg—home to retirees, families, and those in Big Tech living the high life, it is only natural this luxury suburb offers the highest level of convenience.

A melting pot of cultures from all over the world—filled with buzz and energy, this high-heel village is only a stone throw away from fancy side-walk cafes, art galleries, 5-star eateries, exclusive designer boutiques, and chic craft and gin bars. It boasts clinics and private hospitals, and it is home to some of the best private schools in the country. Sandton is the ideal hood for those who desire a safe, fast, high-flying lifestyle with the beauty of nature all around.

The Trendiest Suburb with the Best Quality of Life

As the financial district in Gauteng and South Africa, this top-tier suburb boasts exclusive gated residential estates, affluent cluster developments, modern red-carpet apartment complexes with opulent penthouses, and the most glamorous and extravagant mansions in the world. Ticking every box and more in terms of indulgence, architecture, space, features, and unparalleled security—this is one neighbourhood where young children skateboard and ride their bicycles, and where residents sleep peacefully at night.

A Mecca for Investors

A postal code of envy—and one every property investor wants to add to their property portfolio, Sandton is not just the Manhattan of Johannesburg for families, executives and retirees who enjoy the finer things in life. It is the Mecca for investors looking for excellent ROIs. Unlike a financial investment that can park for years, property investments in this suburb vaunt high short and long-term rental opportunities that guarantee a stable income stream. As a valuable asset/investment that keeps growing and growing, investing in this trendy hood means you are either creating future wealth or securing a passive income.

You do not have to be a billionaire to live in Sandton

Johannesburg may thrive with millionaires—but it has plenty of affordable property options. Cementing its position as the most significant financial sector in South Africa, and providing a perfect balance of exquisite real estate in a prime location, Sandton is a magnet for those wanting to be in the middle of it all.

Property prices have dropped by 12%, with the cost of renting versus buying swinging very much in favour of buying. Whether you are after a grand family home with security that will put the Hawks to shame, a palatial penthouse with breathtaking city views, a second holiday or business property, or an investment property that can yield high returns, turn to the property specialists at Tyson Properties.

Managing Events: Concept to Execution

Event Planner would love to help you plan, design, co-ordinate your upcoming business event or private event. From the planning, branding, compliance, production, and activation to coordination—we do it all!

Have you been scouring Google for a unique, elegant venue in Johannesburg, complemented with a dance floor and an assemblage of dazzling event swag? Or perhaps you’re a sports or corporate brand looking to communicate an engaging, experiential story at your next product launch or sports event—and you need that WOW factor?

Putting together an event is no easy feat. From the location, venue, event design, food, décor, invitations, entertainment, transportation, and activities to the security—it takes plenty of on-target creativity, experience and know-how to pull an event off that’s not only memorable but also strategically compelling. It also takes intelligent planning, meticulous attention-to-detail, experienced delegating, and mastery of legislative compliance— and years of practice to achieve slick execution.

Event Planner is a Pretoria-based Events Management Company that offers tailor-made event coordinator services that go way beyond customer expectations. At Events Planner, we can put together every event for every age. No budget is too big or too small for our Events Agency.

Our event services:

1. Weddings: conceptualize, plan, manage and execute

Are you looking for a picture-perfect, fairy tale wedding venue in Pretoria or Johannesburg? A wedding is one of the most important events of a couple’s life, which is why it must be perfect. Whether you’re looking for a grand venue with a large stage, an alfresco country-themed venue that flaunts breathtaking landscapes and wild horses, or you’re looking to say your vows along the banks of the river and dance the night away in an elegantly styled gazebo—your wedding does not have to remain a fairy tale when you partner with our planners.

At Event Planner, our wedding event company creates beautiful and timeless weddings that are created with passion and symbolized with love. Following all the latest wedding trends, décor styles and themes, our wedding coordinators do everything, so you don’t have to—from the concept, design, coordination, and overseeing the setup to the perfect execution on the big day.

Listening to our client’s wishes, staying within budget, and delivering a boutique attention-to-detail event service, we find the perfect venue, source the entertainment, handle the catering and hospitality staff, book the DJ, and we even dress the event in elegant décor complemented with flowers and lighting.

We also arrange for a photographer, videographer and even a makeup artist should you need one. There is nothing that our professional wedding planners will not do to ensure your special day is perfect and unforgettable.

2. Corporate events: year-end functions, award ceremonies, product launches, business meetings, conferences and team building

Looking to inject drive, eliminate cultural differences, and ultimately, show your employees that they can trust each other and have fun together? Or do you need to plan and host a large conference in Pretoria with two hundred guests?

Planning any corporate event, whether for tens or hundreds of attendees, can overwhelm, which is an excellent reason to hire a corporate event company. There’s scheduling, managing the fine details, dealing with committees and vendors, arranging logistics, delegating the catering, and even arranging hotel bookings—and all within budget. It’s a lot of work, and for this reason, it’s best to partner with the experts.

As one of the leading corporate event companies in Gauteng, our event project managers work closely with clients to create an experience that meets budget and expectations. Taking care of the marketing, branding, event website, venue, catering, AV equipment, exhibitor displays, travel arrangements, speaker bookings, and participant package to execution—we sweat the details so that clients can sit back and enjoy a rewarding business event.

3. Traditional & English church crusades, baby showers and christenings

Are you looking to pull off the ideal party for a new mom-to-be and her little bundle of joy? Or maybe you’ve got a naming ceremony, christening, bar mitzvah, or an upcoming church crusade and need help with the planning, decorating, and entertainment?

Baby showers or any English and traditional ceremony are wonderful ways for friends and family to come together and build lasting memories. But to truly enjoy the event, the host must enjoy a stress-free planning experience, and that also includes friends and family.

As one of Gauteng’s top event coordinators, our job is to do all the work so that clients, along with friends and family, get to sit back and enjoy all the fun. Whether they have chosen a relaxed alfresco high tea picnic under the trees, a formal outdoor garden luncheon among rose bushes, a lavish buffet on rolling lawns, or an amphitheatre with a stage, our event managers always stay within budget.

4. Outdoor and indoor music concerts, fashion shows, and festivals

South Africa has a thriving arts, entertainment & sports industry. From local bands, and comedians to sporting events, hosting outdoor festivals and concerts are magnificent ways to combine both fun and brand promotion with crowd-pleasing entertainment. But putting together an outdoor event takes months of hard work to plan, organise and execute.

Fortunately, we have all the top event planning expertise and supplier connections to ensure a successful event. We find the venue, oversee the catering, book the entertainers and music, arrange the equipment and stage set-up, and we manage security and front- and- back- end management. We also coordinate transportation and take care of permits and contingency planning.

5. Birthday party celebration, milestones, and children’s parties

Do you have an anniversary celebration to put together, or maybe you have a 50th soiree to plan, your grandma’s 90th, or you’re looking to throw a retirement party for someone deserving of recognition?

Whatever the occasion, if you’re looking to the event special, you’re going to need the help of an event management company. But not just anyone will do, but rather a reliable and affordable event agency that understands birthdays and milestones are huge celebrations defined by four things: delicious food, fine wine, gorgeous décor, and fabulous entertainment.

If you’ve promised your little one a party they will never forget, you need to keep your word. Kid’s birthday parties are significant—but piloting through the world of venues demands a PhD in kid’s entertainment. As parents ourselves, we believe that putting together a kid’s party is not for the faint-hearted.

Kids expect to be loud, and they expect to have the best party ever—and if they don’t, you will never hear the end of it. And this is why parents throughout Johannesburg and Pretoria turn to our children’s party planners.

As one of the top event management companies in Gauteng, we offer a host of affordable party venues and party ideas for kids and teens that range from zip-lining, paintball, quad biking, dance parties, and scavenger hunts to obstacle courses and so much more. Our team are full of ideas and go above and beyond to guarantee a party that’s so awesome that your little one will be the talk of the playground for weeks to come.

At Event Planners, our party organizers, wedding planners and corporate event planners believe that a host should not get stuck with the planning, design, orchestrating and execution of their wedding, party or corporate event. Whatever our client’s wishes, our event company will make it happen—the venue, theme, décor, entertainment, catering, hospitality staff and cake.

It requires an impressive amount of expertise and skill to pull off an event. As one of the top event planning companies in Gauteng—we bring experience, compliance, knowledge, industry contacts, and enthusiasm to yours.

Partner with Event Planners. We have the top event organizers, children’s party planners, and wedding coordinators to help you make your event a memorable one.

Wedding Planners: why calling in the Professionals is the Smart Choice

You’ve picked the date, and now it’s time to plan your wedding. This is the most important day of your life. It is a day when all your friends and loved ones will gather to celebrate with you and your fiancé. You want everything to be picture-perfect- from the cake, wedding favours, music, photographer, caterers, flowers, wedding decorations, and to the perfect chapel to say your “I do’s” to the reception to celebrate with family and friends.

But where does a couple start on their wedding plan checklist?

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve never planned an event of this significance. Whether you’re swamped at work, overwhelmed by the number of financial decisions you need to make, or you’re a perfectionist in need of a pro the help you nail down your wedding planner list, here why bring in a professional from an event planner company is the smart choice.

You get the best bridal supplier deals

Is the thought of wedding planner costs holding you back from calling in a wedding party planner? Weddings are one of the most important days of a couple’s life together, and the most expensive. Most couples have to stick to a strict wedding planner list and timeline, often resulting in budget blow-outs.

But a wedding event organiser will know pretty much every supplier and vendor in the bridal industry, which is an enormous advantage to couples. Keeping a firm eye on the bottom line, they help by crunching the numbers and by snagging discounts, getting couples the best deals and helping them stick to their wedding planning checklist.

They fight for your dream wedding vision

It’s a lengthy journey to the altar, and the wedding and event planner you hire for your special day will become so much more than just your wedding coordinator. Similar to a friend or personal assistant, it is their job to keep you financially and emotionally stress-free.

Besides helping you stick to your budget, and possibly even save money, a wedding coordinator will both strive and fight for your wedding vision from start to finish. Worth their weight in gold, event professionals will wage war for your dream outdoor ceremony—even if rain is coming, but will always have a backup plan.

Picture-Perfect Wedding Venues and Fresh Inspiration

The number of wedding venues available today is dizzying. You can find customary banquet halls, traditional churches and cathedrals, villas and wine estates, time-honoured country clubs, modern restaurants, industrial lofts, and spectacular locations that boast mountain, lake or river views.

Whether your dream is to bring the magic of Italy to a vineyard or seat 200 guests under a chic white stretch gazebo, a wedding event company can help you visualise and transform any space. The best wedding coordinator will serve as your creative partner and friend, providing a myriad of imaginative ideas and elegant wedding decorations for your ceremony and reception.

Planners coordinate the entire day—start to finish

Juggling details is the last thing you and your fiancé want to worry about on your wedding day. Like a maestro, a wedding organizer takes your dream wedding and brings it to life by handling every minute detail on your wedding planning checklist, from start to close.

You won’t need to agonise about sourcing the wedding decorations, draping, music, flowers, photographer, makeup artist, hairstylist, and the caterers and bar staff, as the wedding organiser will set up everything, flawlessly, for you on your big day. You show up, say your “I do’s”, look beautiful for the photographer, eat, celebrate, and leave as husband and wife. Your luxury local event planner will be there until the very end.

Don’t have time to research suppliers, the venue or take on the sticky details?

Wedding event management companies are not just for the rich and famous. Wedding planner prices are now affordable, and will most likely turn out to be one of the best investments you make for your wedding day.

Wedding Planners provide affordable packages. They fight for your wedding vision, and they keep your wedding planning checklist on track. But above all, a professional wedding planner will save you a tremendous amount of time—the new currency—and all of your sanity. How can any couple put a price tag on that?

Looking for a wedding planner near you?

Whether you’re a couple looking for an intimate romantic gathering or you’re after a grand celebration with hundreds of guests, then the wedding planning services at Event Planners should be at the top of your list.

At Event Planners, our key goal is to make wedding planning easy for all couples, emotionally and financially. If you’re not sure where to get married and need help to find a venue, we can help with that.

If you don’t have the time or energy to spend endless hours on Pinterest searching for wedding decoration ideas or comparing supplier rates on Google, we can help with that too. We take responsibilities off your plate—you’ll stress less and save money, for a start.

As a top wedding event company in Gauteng, we provide a tailor-made, personal approach to all our couples. Providing wedding planner prices couples can afford, we assist with the invitation, catering, music, décor, equipment, flowers, photographer, makeup artist, and logistics, the safety of the venue and supplier contracts.

Most importantly, we deal with any tricky situation that may arise during big-day preparations—and that’s what makes our team of planners so invaluable. Using our little black book of contacts to present the best wedding packages, we work closely with the finest hotels, churches, cathedrals and villas, and work with only the topmost suppliers in the industry.

Creative, professional, reliable, and friendly – our wedding organisers ensure your wedding day is one of the best days of your life. Let us design a package that fits your unique needs and budget.

Choosing the Best Corporate Events Management Company for Your Event—5 Tips!

A well-executed event can enhance brand value and grow profit by building a more meaningful connection between a brand and its audience. A poorly planned event can do the exact opposite, critically injuring a brand.

Have you been handed the terrifying task of arranging a corporate conference in Johannesburg for your business executives? Or maybe you’re in desperate search of a fantastic venue along the Vaal River to hold a much-needed corporate team building event for your hard-working employees? In an age where experience is everything, corporate events are a powerful way to connect with your digital consumer base and your employees.

Over the past decade, disruptive technology has had a massive impact on businesses, with many so caught up in their online marketing campaigns that they have forgotten how important it is to connect with customers face-to-face. Vital to business, face-to-face interactions not only promote feelings of cohesiveness but also strengthen brand loyalty and repair damaged relationships, paving the way for improved revenue.

However, whether it’s a corporate summer party with party activities, a corporate sports day, exhibition or a product launch—organising a corporate event can be a daunting task for anyone who lacks the experience.

Where does one start?

The best corporate events are memorable. Unfortunately, the worst ones are unforgettable.

If you’re striving for the best results, remember two golden rules: build a brand experience, and hire a corporate event management company to ensure your event is a success. Why? Because the right corporate event company will pay attention to your unique needs, ensuring that your event is flawless, seamless, and enjoyed by all.

However, not all corporate event companies are equal—there’s the good, there’s the bad, and there’s the ugly. If you’re considering turning to a corporate event organizer to help create something spectacular and memorable, here’s how to sift the elite from the standard.

1. The best locations and venues throughout Gauteng

In the world of event planning—as in the world of real estate—one aspect rules, and that is location. Paramount for maximizing event attendance, the location should be a top priority—because if your venue does not compliment your event, your attendees will never forget you for it.

Fortunately, professional corporate event companies like Event Planners have a little black book packed with the most desirable corporate event venues in Gauteng.

Whether you’re looking for a 5-star fine-dining restaurant to celebrate a company breakthrough, a wine estate to host a corporate brunch, or a fun indoor or outdoor venue with action-packed corporate team building activities—an event planner has a list of the most desirable venues.

2. Event marketing and branding services are a MUST

Providing an opportunity to network, interact with employees, and enhance brand exposure, a corporate event is far more powerful than a high-priced digital campaign—especially if you have the right event branding materials.

Offering organisations a chance to increase awareness, event branding materials significantly assist with marketing goals. As a result, it is essential to partner with a corporate event planning company that will take care of all your corporate branding needs. From photo booths, banners, signs, balloons, planters, backdrops, and flags to pop up bars and kiosks, a corporate event planner will give the audience a branding experience to remember and a phone number to call.

3. Corporate catering can make or break your event

Catering is one of the most critical components for throwing a successful event. Why? Everyone remembers the food. That said, this is where a corporate event organizer brings value to an organisations’ reputation, so make sure your event planners can assist you in creating the perfect menu for your event, at rates you can afford.

Besides taking care of the catering, waitresses and bar staff, your corporate event agency will also need to pack up and clean the venue, so you don’t have to. Simply put – you will require a dedicated event coordinator that will, from day one, plan the event, set up the event and pack up the event when the last people leave.

4. Themed corporate events

When planning a corporate party or formal business event, one of the first things to think about is a theme. There’s no getting around it: a generic corporate event will not leave a lot to remember, whereas a corporate party theme with corporate entertainment will have people talking about your event for years to come.

Offering something to get excited about and sending out a positive impression, themed, fun corporate events with a corporate entertainer are effective means of inspiring your attendees with your message. An event planning company will ensure a memorable themed experience from the beginning to the end.

From the dress code to the music to the venue decor, chefs will even pair the cuisine to the theme. A professional corporate event planner can make this all happen, so you can sit back with your guests and enjoy the corporate team outing, fun activities and party entertainment.

5. The Right Equipment is Integral to Your Success

No matter the event you’re hosting, you will need an HD projector, AV screen, WIFI, presidential microphone, wireless handheld microphone, headset, audio speakers, and a stage with the correct lighting. Make sure that the event company can provide all the right audiovisual equipment and even hire a speaker or entertainer if you require one.

We Host Conferencing and Corporate Team Building Events

At Event Planners, we understand the importance of conferences, corporate team building activities, product launches, seminars, and business events. As a leading corporate event management company in Gauteng, our corporate party planners work closely with clients to create an experience that complements their brand and budget.

Leading the way in conferencing, corporate team building activities, and Christmas corporate events, we are the go-to corporate event company that provides services such as event branding, event themes, corporate catering and more. Our party planners sweat the details so that our clients can sit back and enjoy a rewarding business event.

It makes no difference whether you’re hosting a stylish 60th banquet, a business luncheon or a fun corporate team building event with indoor and outdoor corporate team bonding activities—when you hire a corporate event management company, you tell your audience that you are a powerful brand with exceptional values.

Contact the event management team at Event Planners—we provide outstanding corporate event experiences.

Turn Your Idea into an Appetising Business Venture with our Catering Courses

Love food much? Love it enough to make a career out of it? If you’re someone passionate about experimenting with different flavours, techniques, and ingredients, or you’ve simply caught the foodie bug and want to sharpen your culinary skills, then you should get into the catering industry.

While there are many industries that are struggling to thrive and stay alive, new growth in the culinary industry is just getting started. From gourmet chocolates, weddings & birthday cakes, health foods, and food trucks to catering weddings and corporate events – catering is one of the fastest-growing industries in South Africa today.

Yes, people love food and even though more people are cooking at home to save money, there are still many busy executives, students and busy families that have no problem eating out or ordering in. The reality is that as long as people have the need to eat, throw parties, get married, and explore new flavours, catering will always be in high demand.

Although money and passion are both vital to running any successful business, the key ingredients to running a successful catering business are training and skill. A lucrative and self-fulfilling industry where you don’t need a university degree to get started, catering can be an extremely profitable business for anyone who has a flair for food and the right catering course behind them.

Yes, training is more than critical in this industry. Not only does it take a combination of hard work and carefully honed skills to succeed – but you need sound business savvy with inspired culinary vision.

Although South Africa is one of the most reputable countries to study culinary arts, especially in Franschhoek and Cape Town, there are many culinary arts schools scattered throughout South Africa that can make your choice quite overwhelming. The truth is that if you want to be the best, you have to study with the best, and that can only be found with Chefs Training & Innovation Academy.

An elite academy of excellence, Chefs Training & Innovation Academy is a prestigious chef school where students are turned into industry-ready chefs in a green environment that value-conscious cooking, fair trade, and minimum wastage. An extremely important certificate, our catering courses are of vital importance for anyone who will be working with food and selling it to the public.

As long as you have a passion for food, a positive mental attitude, training, and a sharp business mind, our catering courses will help you take your small business idea and turn it into an appetising business venture. To learn more about our catering courses in Durban, Pretoria, and Cape Town – chat with us today.

Let’s Talk Johannesburg: An Insider Guide to Jozi over the Holiday Season

You have packed your bags, booked your flight, and reserved your hotel. You are ready for a festive holiday in one of the most uplifting and inspiring cities of the world—Jozi.

Whether you have booked a holiday over the December holidays to beat the 2020 blues, you are a Gautenger expecting family from Port Elizabeth, or you and your family will see the holiday season in, here is what to do and see in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg over the holidays.

Indulge in the Shopping Mecca Capital

Hosting two national fashion weeks, Johannesburg is the Mecca for Pan African Fashion—from Bohemian, Millennial Streetwear to Souk-Meets-Afro-Future styles. To pay homage to up-and-coming designers, weavers and crafters, visit Melrose Arch, Crafters Fair at Emperors Palace, Neighbourhoods Market, Linden market, Field Market and Kim Sacks Gallery. Alternatively, make your way to the vibrant Maboneng in the city’s famous meatpacking district—and do not forget your visa.

An urban renewal success story, this once derelict hood is now a bustling strip of chic restaurants, cafes, art galleries, studios, and fashion boutiques. Flaunting the finest talent in Jozi, max your card out at the Revolution House or Market on Main with fashion, art and food inspired by the DRC, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa, Cameroon, Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Rwanda. If leading global luxury brands is your thing, then Sandton—the wealthiest square mile in all of Africa, will hit the spot.

Jozi Caters to the Young, Old, Single and Families

Much like every other province, Johannesburg and Pretoria offer everything for a festive holiday season—from horseback riding, hiking, go-cart racing, river rafting, boating, jet skiing, boxing, cliff-hanging, golfing, shopping, and fly-fishing to quad biking. With some of the most adrenaline-pumping things to do and fascinating places to see, start your trip by hopping aboard one of the new Gautrain trains to explore the city or take guided tours to one of many tourist hot spots.

If you have kids, visit Gold Reef City with theme park rides and historical exhibits, go ziplining with Acrobranch, take the kids star gazing at the Johannesburg Planetarium, or drive up to the Vaal Dam and hire a speed boat or houseboat for a day or weekend. However, if you fancy some history, the past is preserved at James Hall Transport Museum and the mining village of Cullinan in Pretoria.

Explore the Cradle of Humankind

About an hour drive from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the planets most influential paleo-anthropological areas—the Sterkfontein Caves. Not only does it comprise six underground chambers with an underground lake, but this world-renowned landmark also features a humanoid skull dating back to the birth of humanity. You can even take a romantic or family hot-air balloon ride over the entire landscape.

Tour Soweto and the Lesedi Cultural Village

Johannesburg provides a multi-cultural ambience, unlike any other city, with Soweto leading the way in diversity. If you are heading down to Sun City for a couple of days, take in the sites of Soweto along with the childhood home of former President Nelson Mandela. For an authentic experience, take a day or afternoon to explore the rich traditions of several South African tribes: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, and Ndebele at the Lesedi Cultural Village.

Experience the Big Five in its natural habitat

Johannesburg is a large, busy city, but not far from its borders, a world of wildlife adventures awaits nature lovers. While Johannesburg may not have an ocean or Mountain, it is home to the Pilanesberg Game Park, the Lion Park, the Elephant Sanctuary, and the leading global bucket list winner—the Kruger National Park. People trek across borders and fly over oceans just to come face-to-face with the most beautiful and dangerous wildlife in the world.

The music, arts and cuisine scene

Bursting with flavour and heritage, Joburg offers everything from pavement dining, downtown hipster eateries and 5-star gastronomy to Instagram-worthy restaurants that draw cosmopolitan crowds. If local art, music, cuisine and craft beer are your thing, you will need a lot more than just a weekend in Jozi’s meatpacking district.

While the trendy eateries that line the main street of Maboneng are where you will taste authentic Africa, visit the Bryanston Organic Farmers Market or the rooftop Rosebank Market for Thai, Serbian, Russian, Spanish, European, Asian and more. For wine pairing and a selection of award-winning local Gauteng wines, head down to Kievits Kroon in Pretoria, Grei at the Saxon Hotels, oneNINEone at Hyatt Regency, or View at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Mixing home-grown and global talent, Johannesburg over the holiday season is abuzz with fresh beats and entertainment. Besides trendy craft beer, gin and cocktail bars, live music is a big part of the daily Jozi experience. You can watch live jazz at The Marabi Club or Indie bands at The Good Luck Bar. For drama, visit the Market Theatre, and if you are after art, explore Stevenson and the Kalashnikov commercial galleries or Agog and Hazard in the meatpacking district.

While the city of Jozi, and its sleepy neighbour, Pretoria, may not have Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, Joburg has crept up with its art, cuisine, nightlife, fashion, museums, kids entertainment, wildlife, markets, and outdoor activities. Boasting a unique beauty—the City of Gold is dynamic, cosmopolitan, and its vibrant go-getter culture will leave you craving more.