Monthly Archives: November 2011

Southern Sun set to do major overhaul on The Grace hotel in Rosebank

Southern Sun recently bought The Grace hotel  in Rosebank  for R85m.  They are planning to do major refurbishments to the 73 room hotel and turning it into a boutique hotel targeting corporates, but with an intimate feel.  Southern Sun managing director Graham Wood said it will be Southern Sun’s first “boutique deluxe” in Johannesburg. This will be […]

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A destination guesthouse: Satyagraha in Orchards

Ghandi’s philosphy of Satyagraha (non-violent non-cooperation) was born in South Africa and more specifically in what was then the Transvaal, in the first decade of the 20th Century.  Ghandi arrived in Johannebsurg in 1893 and stayed at various places during the 12 years he was in Johannesburg. For more on this see Eric Itzkin’s excellent book […]

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Congratulations to 2 restaurants in the Parks region of Joburg

La Cucina di Ciro, set in a delightful old house off 7th Ave Parktown North, and Osteria Tre Nonni in Grafton Ave Craighall Park  (5 minutes from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse),  have both  had their membership renewed for the 2012 American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards.  The prestigious programme has strict criteria relating to quality, cuisine, decor, service, […]

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Forde’s biography of Malema and the closing of Boekehuis

Yesterday Boekehuis hosted Mark Gevisser, Mbeki’s biographer, in conversation with Fiona Forde, Malema’s biographer. Mark engaged Fiona to expand on some of the issues raised in her biography of Malema: ‘An Inconvenient Youth’. An informed, informative, measured and fascinating interchange followed. Forde’s take is that it is not over till the fat man sings, (my label […]

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3 restaurants in the Parks Region scoop Eat Out 2011 Awards

The nationwide winners of the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were announced last night. Congratulations to 3 restaurants in the Parks Region who scooped awards. – Best steakhouse countrywide: The Local Grill Parktown North The City Press ViP Sunday Breakfast Award: The Salvation Cafe 44 Stanley Ave no 7 in Best Restaurants […]

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