The story behind SA’s city nicknames

When exploring this vast and diverse country, you’re bound to come to understand the nuances that make South Africa such a captivating place. One such quirk that makes Mzansi unique is the nicknames we’ve given some regions. From the Mother City to the Friendly City, here are the stories behind the names.

Bloemfontein, the City of Roses

Not only is Bloemfontein South Africa’s judicial capital, it’s also home to the country’s spectacular Rose Festival. And when directly translated from Afrikaans, “Bloemfontein” means “fountain of flowers”.

Johannesburg, the City of Gold

While the origins of the name “Johannesburg” are still a topic of debate, the…
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The story behind SA’s city nicknames

SAA cancels flights between JHB & HK due to bad weather

JOHANNESBURG.  22 August 2017. South African Airways (SAA) would like to advise its customers of its decision to cancel flights to and from Johannesburg and Hong Kong International Airport due to bad weather caused by Typhoon Hato.

“We have taken a decision to cancel our flights between the two cities due to unfavourable weather in the form of Typhoon Hato,” said SAA Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali.

The following SAA flights to and from Hong Kong International Airport will be cancelled.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

  • SA 286 from Johannesburg (JNB) to Hong Kong (HKG)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

  • SA 287   from Hong Kong (HKG) to Johannesburg (JNB)

Assistance will be provided…
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SAA cancels flights between JHB & HK due to bad weather

Four Seasons The Westcliff has your festive season dining sorted

Yes, it’s that time of the year for putting your plans for the festive season in place. If you’ll be enjoying a staycation in Johannesburg, or visiting the vibrant city from places far and near, the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff has your festive season dining with friends and families covered.

Sunday 24 December 2017

Enjoy lunch at Flames from 12pm-2pm or a family dinner from 7pm-11pm at R1 200 per person to kick off the festive celebrations. Indulge in an extravagant cheese table with whole local and international cheeses, served with crackers, lavash, homemade chutneys and preserves, while being serenaded…
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Four Seasons The Westcliff has your festive season dining sorted

Cape Town-like attractions in Johannesburg

You can take a Capetonian out of the Mother City, but you can’t take their love of the city away from them. This could because there is simply no place quite like Cape Town. To make it easier for those who are visiting Joburg or have relocated to the City of Gold, but miss home, we asked Joburgers and Capetonians to share places or activities in and around Gauteng that are reminiscent of some of Cape Town’s most-loved sights and cultural touchpoints.

Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park when missing afternoons spent enjoying Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

“The Nirox Sculpture Park in the West…
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Cape Town-like attractions in Johannesburg

La Boqueria: A food market tour in a single restaurant

In the heart of Parktown North on 17th Ave lies new kid on the block, La Boqueria, a restaurant that celebrates some of the world’s  beloved food markets – from London’s Borough Market to Barcelona’s La Boqueria on Las Ramblas – and the age-old cooking disciplines behind revered delicacies.

With a menu flavoured with indulgent and healthy popular street foods, La Boqueria offers a little something for any time of day with a global flair. The menu offers dishes such as a slow-cooked paella prepared in a traditional hearth to scrumptious, warm churros for dipping into a hot bowl of decadent chocolate.

La Boqueria…
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La Boqueria: A food market tour in a single restaurant

What a drag! A Review of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Ah, Australia… Where men are men and sheep are, um, nervous. Anyone who recalls the eponymous Australian cult movie of a decade or so ago (starring the inimitable Terence Stamp) will be eager to catch this stage version of what’s probably the ultimate camp carnival in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Only the Australians could have given the world the wonderful spectacle of a pink bus – filled with drag queens in way-over-the-top, sequinned drag, massive neon-coloured wigs and 12cm heels ­– wending its way through possibly the most homophobic, arch-conservative terrain in the world: the farmlands of the Outback.

This stage version is…
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What a drag! A Review of Priscilla Queen of the Desert