NEWSLETTER – 6 December 2018

A warm welcome to our new member

Pretoria East Guest Rooms – Pretoria East Guest Rooms is a sought-after destination for those wanting to experience convenient living and attend to their business in the city. The guesthouse proudly offers five luxury en-suite rooms and two standard rooms with sharing bathrooms. A freshly prepared, home-made breakfast is served daily indoors or around the swimming pool and a fully equipped kitchen is available for guests to prepare their own meals.

Pretoria East Guest Rooms is situated in the upmarket suburb of Garsfontein, Pretoria, a mere two minute drive from Menlyn Maine.

The Alfinos are in town, they are on our stoep

Three kids, two dogs and one old house - the Alfinos have a strong social media presence and are writing about their travels as they go - some locations get good reviews, but some get bad and Tshwane will definitely blow them away, not that we can help it!

The Alfino family booked into the hospitable 3@Marion Guest house on the 3rd of December. Mongena Game Lodge provided a great experience for the family with an insightful, educational game drive, showing them that Tshwane is not only about the glitz and glamour but it's one of the few cities in the world that have a free roaming big five game reserve situated just 45 minutes' drive from the city.

For the rest of their stay in Tshwane, follow their journey on Twitter | Facebook | Vlog | Blog | Website

Pretoria East Guest House charity drive

During the month of November Pretoria East Guest Rooms donated R10 per booking towards Movember, the Men's Foundation of South Africa.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.

Reconciliation Walk at Freedom Park

On this fifth anniversary of our former President Nelson Mandela, many continue to pay tribute to his life, his legacy and the contribution he made, not only to South Africa, but to mankind. Freedom Park have honored our former President with a Reconciliation Walk, starting at Freedom Park and concluding at Voortrekker Monument.

The Reconciliation Walk has honored Madiba by asking all South Africans from all walks of life to pledge to increase their efforts to reach out towards one another in peace, understanding and tolerance. As the two institutions are inextricably and symbolically linked by a road, both institutions commemorate different periods in South African history, but we are exactly the same: designed to commemorate the heroic and the fallen.

All of us black and white must join hands to remember Madiba and what the world has lost. It is an apt expression of Nelson Mandela's determination to see a united, non-racial, democratic, South Africa, free from poverty. It will offer ordinary South Africans a way of expressing commitment, drawing inspiration and courage from our rich history, and to continue to work through the current transition so that we can increasingly become the South Africa we envisage to be.

On show at the Pretoria Art Museum

Anton Karstel at Pretoria Art Museum
Anton Karstel's mid-career exhibition showcases a selection of works from the artist's career since 1989. On show are many of Karstel's works that were produced during the political transition, circa 1994. The exhibition will be on show at the Pretoria Art Museum until 3 March 2019. The works produced in 1995 reflect the violence and political turbulence of the time. The exhibition also features installations and bodies of work that were produced in Cape Town after the artist relocated from Pretoria in 1998.

Rainforest Art School exhibition
Rainforest Art School is an exhibition that will showcase a selection of works from the children that attended Katinka Gerber's art school in Arcadia over the past 23 years. The Rainforest Art School has a very intimate atmosphere where art is created in small groups. Nature plays a major role in Katinka Gerber's artistic presentation and forms part of her art education and her visual observation. She uses art elements that the children understand and relate to. As grown-ups we can never imitate the true sincere works of art that children create, they create within their own world. Through the spontaneous use of a variety of colors and lines, a unique balance is created. The exhibition will be on show in the East Gallery until 3 February 2019.

Corobrik Ceramic Collection
A selection of ceramics is on display, representing the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters in South Africa over the past 30 years. Newly acquired ceramic pieces are added throughout the year. The exhibition is permanently on display in the Ceramic Gallery.

17th-century Dutch paintings
A selection of 17th-century Dutch paintings from the Lady Michaelis Bequest is on view at the Pretoria Art Museum. The donation by Lady Michaelis – in the 1930s – of mainly 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings initially formed the core of the permanent collection of the Art Museum. They form an important point of reference from which the museum can approach the story of South African art as it unfolds from about the middle of the 19th century to the present day. The exhibition is permanently on display at the Pretoria Art Museum.

Enquiries: Dirk Oegema at or 012 358 6747/50.

Voortrekker Monument commemorates 80 years

It feels like just yesterday that our personnel started planning for the 80th commemoration of the laying of the cornerstone of the Voortrekker Monument.

Several existing events such as the antique markets and the military fair used the VTM-80 logo with great enthusiasm. The Heritage Festival was also given a "dusting" and tackled with renewed vigour and new events also took place. Of these, the traditional craft exhibition in the Cenotaph Hall in November was surely one of the highlights. The new VTM-80 race that took place on the site on 24 November was a highlight and it will now become an annual event.

Many articles were published in different media formats and thanks to our media sponsor, Pretoria FM, our activities were regularly brought to the attention of a wider audience.

Under the leadership of the personnel of the Heritage Foundation, both the Moerdijk Commemorative Lecture in March and the Covenant Congress in September were extremely successful in terms of attendance and exposure. They were also responsible for two publications directly related to the 80th commemoration.

In addition to the new 45-minute DVD by ULULA Productions about the history of the Monument, several memorabilia were also produced, and we are satisfied that we have had a successful 80th commemoration.

With Grace from above, the support of our friends, members, donors and other benefactors, we were also able to finish all our other activities and projects. We would like to express a hearty word of thanks to all of you. May all of you enjoy a peaceful and joyous festive season with your loved ones.

For more information on specials and events being organised by TTA members please visit the TTA Facebook Page.

Recommended reading and viewing

SA's tourism sector shows outstanding employment figures
Tourism Update, 2 December 2018
The tourism sector in South Africa has been called one of the most promising contributors to the SA economy and GDP growth by the SA government. It has also been noted as a high-potential job-creation engine across the diverse work feeders into the tourism landscape.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
Tshwane Tourism Association (TTA) Showcase, 23 January 2019
Meetings Africa, 25–27 February 2019
WTM Africa, 10–12 April 2019
Africa's Travel Indaba, 7–9 May 2019
Africa Aerospace and Defense EXPO (AAD), 16–20 September 2020

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