NEWSLETTER – 13 February 2019

A warm welcome to new members

Nt'Shonalanga Valley Resort and Spa - Nt'Shonalanga is an intimate, family-run resort nestled in the Schurveberg Mountains on the banks of the tranquil Hennops River. Conveniently located just a 45-minute drive from the OR Tambo International Airport and a 20-minute drive from Lanseria Airport, it offers guests an ideal escape in the scenic African countryside. Welcome on board Nt'Shonalanga, may ours be a long and fruitful journey!

Brooklyn House Of Flowers - For all your flower needs, Brooklyn House Of Flowers are experts in flower arrangements for all your personal and business needs.

Buzz Delivery - Buzzing for delivery is not only a convenience for our customers wanting delivery to their door, but a platform that supports small to medium online businesses who offer good products at reasonable prices.

Deptpack - Debtpack offers a comprehensive methodology designed to ensure credit control policies are translated into practical solutions that will result in effective debt collection for your organization. Welcome on board.

The Laundry Company - A medium sized boutique laundry, situated in the East of Pretoria, which offers an excellent 7 day per week laundry service, with high quality control and personalised service.

The Regency Apartment Hotel Menlyn - The Regency is a full-service luxury apartment hotel located in Menlyn, Pretoria. Providing short- or long-term lifestyle accommodation for business or leisure travelers, individual guests and families can choose from one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments or standard rooms.

Dinokeng JunXion Talking Maps - Talking Maps has a vision to transform the travel information industry by delivering information to your travellers in unique, easy and fun ways through "Talking Maps" printed and online platforms. We all love the intrigue and excitement of a using a map to start plotting our journey of exploration as this is where it all begins – Talking Maps tells audio stories of things to do on your journey.

Prima Lux Enterprises - Prima Lux Enterprises is a boutique diamond wholesaler based in the heart of Cullinan, owned and managed by a dedicated team with a vast combined knowledge of diamonds. Our bespoke jewellery includes rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets (amongst other) intended for every special occasion or celebration in your life. Whether you're looking to spoil someone special, celebrating a memorable occasion or are an avid investor in shiny stones, we'd love to assist you in making the right decision.

Special offer by Mongena Private Game Lodge

Mongena Private Game Lodge, based in the Big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve, is offering up to 50% discount on last minute bookings for travel within 7 days.

The full board offer includes afternoon high tea and two game activities per day board.

Terms and conditions apply.

Special discounts by Ulysses Tours & Safaris

Ulysses Tours & Safaris offers special discounts to the travel trade for scheduled day tours (50 – 100% discount) as well as airport shuttles (10 – 50% discount).

Front Office and Reservation Staff at hotels and guest houses can go on our daily special tours, free of charge. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information, please contact info@ulysses.co.za or 012 653 0016.

012central offers inner city spaces in the heart of Tshwane

Tshwane is filled with incredible spaces, some old, some new, all of which deserve our attention and investment. Driven by passion for the inner city, 012central was born out of City Property's vision to build and grow a precinct in which people live, work and play.

012central comprises several closely situated buildings including intimate rooftops to sizable industrial spaces that enable diverse, rich experiences for people or companies that need a venue for their event.

Whatever you can imagine can be brought to life in one of our multipurpose venues - a blank canvass where you can creatively host your event in style!

Nandi's Guest House won Capital City Business Chamber awards

Nandi's Guest House, a three-star guest house located at Amandasig, north of Pretoria; won CCBC (Capital City Business Chamber) awards in the categories Entrepreneurship and Uniqueness, and Profitability and Outstanding Service.

Nandi's has grown from three rooms, to eight and now twelve rooms, which is an achievement of which to be proud.

As an environmentally-friendly establishment, Nandi's gives attention to recycling, the use of power-saving lightbulbs, solar geysers, water-saving shower heads as well as day/night photosensitive lights, which all have an impact on water and electricity savings.

Nandi's Guest House also contributes to charity through donating to Charlene's Place of Safety which is an orphanage in Ga-Rankuwa.

Local contractors and local workers are employed for renovations. Meals are donated regularly, for underprivileged people, to the Saint Mary's Anglican Church in Pretoria North.

Congratulations Nandi's Guest House for the award and the amazing work you do for the local community and our environment!

Ditsong: National Museum of Cultural History features Robert Sobukwe

A worthy recreation and education destination. Teacher, lecture, political activists, family man and humble pragmatist. These are the traits of Robert Sobukwe as currently shown at the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria. Visitors will be able to glimpse the PAC founder from several vantage points, along the beliefs and background that shaped him and his life and the role that the party later formed.

From his birth and upbringing in Graaf Reneit in the Eastern Cape as the youngest of the seven (four who survived childhood) Sobukwes past appears to have been, laid out for him from very early on, thanks to the discipline inculcated by Christian parents for whom Methodist church attendance was a center of life.

Sobukwe emerged to be the figure a true visionary one who believed steadfastly in collective destiny of the African continent and the need to strive for its identity as a coherent polity.

Most significantly, the exhibition comes weeks after the passing of Sobukwe's wife Mama Veronica Zondeni Sobukwe in august 2018. Throughout his incarceration and eventual demise, Sobukwe is portrayed as a loving husband and a father of whom the family came first, in a classic case of charity begins at home

The exhibition has twined by a related display titled 'poisoned pasts' which chronicles how biological and chemical warfare was used covertly and annihilate political activists and struggle leaders in terms of the infamous project coast.

South African State Theatre to launch Dance Umbrella Africa

The South African State Theatre is proud to announce that the newly revived and revamped Dance Umbrella Africa (DUA) will launch under the theme, "Figure-ring – The State of the Dance in Africa" in late March this year.

#DUA2019 will embrace all genres of the Dance, from authentic South African Dance pantsula to diverse classical, contemporary, and dance theatre. The focus will be on four thematic or conceptual categories of dance works: Figuring- The perplexed; Figure- The particular; Figured- The proficient; and Figurine- The peculiar.

Mamela Nyamza, who is Deputy Artistic Director at SAST and Curator of DUA 2019 explains that the festival will let both dance artists and the audience to "figure", whether they are still "figuring"- being perplexed by their journey; whether they are already "figured" – already established or proficient in their art; whether they are on course to "figure" the historically known; or whether they are already a "figurine" – the creatives labelled as trouble-makers, for their peculiar or uncomfortable work.

For the "Figurine" themed performances, artists such as Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Kieron Jina, and many more will bring out the nuances of the peculiar, the uncomfortable and edgy works. Regarding the "Figured", the "Figuring", and the "Figure" themed performances, works of the new generation who are becoming legends in their own rights dancers such as, Levern Botha, and raw brilliance of Oupa Sibeko, Joel Leonard amongst many participating artists, will refreshingly overwhelm audiences.

The Theatre's Artistic Director, Aubrey Sekhabi says DUA 2019 will bring diverse dance artists from across the African Continent and the world with the aim to positively contribute to our shared humanity and heritage, but importantly DUA 2019 is a committed effort to create the home for African Dance at the South African State Theatre.

The festival will be a week-long programme, set to open on Sunday, 31st March 2019, and will close on Saturday, 7th April 2019. Over hundred dancers will be showcasing works on various stages and venues at the Theatre. A full programme will be made available soon.

"Dance Umbrella Africa 2019 Launch will be a space where the artists, the art lovers and art patrons will have a chance to witness a revived Dance Festival, with a vein of happiness, relaxation, and indeed commitment to the future of the arts", says Nyamza.

State Theatre contracts Webtickets for ticketing

The CEO of the South African State Theatre, Dr Sibongiseni Mkhize is excited to welcome Webtickets as the new ticketing service provider for the theatre. This is effective from January 2019.

We would like to inform all our valued patrons, producers, the media and other stakeholders that purchasing of tickets for all events and shows taking place at State Theatre, is now done via Webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za and outlets including Pick n Pay supermarkets across the country). This will also be communicated on all our marketing material.

Webtickets takes over the service after the contract with Computicket ended in December 2018. We thank abundantly the outgoing service provider for assisting us for some time. We applaud their commitment in keeping up the excellent customer service for the theatre.

Valentine's Day Specials

Kievits Kroon Faircity Hotels is celebrating the month of love with heartfelt deals for lovebirds. The 14th February will not be the same again after you have experienced the hospitality at Kievits Kroon.

Spend fun time with your Valentine at Cullinan Adventure Zone - Zipline, quad safari and sunset picnic at only R2000 for 2 people, available from the 9-17 February 2019 and subject to availability. For bookings call 012 734 0507.

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

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