Irene Road Races – September 2012

26th August 2012 at 4:43 pm

Irene Primary Fun Run/Walk
Irene Primary School will be having a Fun Run/Walk on the 8th of September 2012.

Registration for the 3km and 8km races can be done by printing the registration form and emailing it to or dropped off at the school office on or before 5th of September 2012.

Entry Fees:
3km: R30
8km: R40

Race Rules:

1. All runners participate at their own risk and indemnify the organizers and sponsors of any liability claims by entering.
2. Marshalls and traffic officials must be obeyed at all times.
3. No seconding is permitted.
4. There’s no age restriction on this race.
5. Race starting times:
3 km 7:30am
8 km 8:00am
6. Race-day entries will take place at Irene Primary School from 6:30am until 5 minutes before the race.
7. Prize-giving will take place at 09:00 at Irene Primary School.

For more information please contact 012 667 1037/8 or email


Later in the month there is also the Clover Irene Spring Race hosted by Irene Road Running Club:

Clover Irene Spring Race

Irene Village Mall in conjunction with Clover and the Irene Road Running Club will be hosting the Clover Irene Spring Race on 22 September 2012.

Registration for the 5km, 10km and 21km races can take place online at or
You are also welcome to register at the following shops:
Sweat Shop Dunkeld 011 325 2567
Sweat Shop Fourways 011 467 5966
Sweat Shop Southdowns 012 665 0048
Run-A-Way Sport 012 361 3733
Bedford Runner 011 450 1847
Running Inn Pretoria 012 362 7322
Running In Kensington 011 615 0878
Centre Management Irene Village Mall 012 662 4446

Entry Fees:
5km: R30
10km: R40
21km: R50
GM: R30
GGM: Free
Temporary license: R30

Race Rules:
1. All runners participate at their own risk and indemnify the organizers and sponsors of any liability claims by entering.
2. All participants must wear a valid race number on the front and a valid 2012 license number on the back. Non-registered athletes have to purchase a temporary license. No license is required for the 5km race.
3. The race will take place under the rules of ASA, AGN and IAAF and all participants must wear club colors during the race, except if participating with a temporary license.
4. Marshalls and traffic officials must be obeyed at all times.
5. No seconding is permitted.
6. Minimum age of 15 on race day for the 10km and 16 years for the 21km.
7. Category winners must provide proof of age to qualify for prizes (ID or valid documentation).
8. There’s no age restriction for the 5km.
9. Athletes competing for category prizes must wear official age category Id (front and back of vest).
10. Foreign athletes must observe IAAF rule 4, paragraph 2.
11. Race starting times:
21 km 6:00am
10km 6:00am
5km 6:05am
12. Race-day entries will take place at Irene Village Mall from 4:30am until 5 minutes before the race.
13. Prize-giving will take place at 8:00am – 10km, 9:00 – 21km.
For more information please contact 012 654 0005 / 082 937 0733 / 083 284 4884


23rd August 2012 at 5:58 pm

Protea Hotel Umhlanga reservationist Sandra Khumalo is in the Olympic Village in London, preparing to bring home gold.

Sandra won silver at the 2012 Final Paralympic Qualification Rowing Regatta in Belgrade, Serbia, a little earlier this year and believes the medal is within her grasp. She flew out of Johannesburg with the South African Paralympic Team on Tuesday and is now preparing for her first race – the Women’s Single Scull – at 8.30am South Africa time on Friday, Aug 31.

Sandra has always led an active lifestyle, but was in a motor accident in 2005 that left her a paraplegic. As soon as she had her doctor’s permission, she headed straight back to the gym, where she worked on strengthening her upper body. It was there she was introduced to rowing by a fellow gym member, and she took to the sport immediately.

“Out there alone on the water for the first time I felt independent,” Sandra said. “As a paraplegic I have to be dependent on others for help every day, so it was an absolutely thrilling feeling. Rowing makes me feel whole.”

Sandra has been training every day for months for the Paralympics – including the day she flew to London! She had a two-hour session on Germiston Lake on Tuesday morning, then packed her bags, participated in big press conference and got on the plane; a very very busy final day in South Africa.

Arthur Gillis says the whole Protea family will be cheering Sandra on when she races for the first time next Friday. “We are so proud of what she has achieved in difficult circumstances, and we’re behind her 100% of the way. Whether Sandra brings home a medal or not, she’s already a hero to all of us.”

Irene Market voted best weekend market in Jozi

21st August 2012 at 4:30 pm

Joburg’s Choice of Best Weekend Market

You voted for your top weekend markets in Jozi and we set about putting them to the test to see which one stood out above the rest. See if your favourite weekend market was voted Joburg’s Choice of Best Weekend Market!
Who was in the running?

– Neighbourgoods Market

– Irene Village Market
– Jozi Food Market
– Market on Main
– Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

As vetted by our panel the results for Joburg’s Choice of Best Weekend Market are as follows:

3. Irene Village Market:

Located on the shady grounds of the Smuts House Museum, about 40 kilometres north of Johannesburg, the Irene Village Market is a great place for a family outing. Held on the second and last Saturday of every month, the market offers ample guarded parking, safe kids’ entertainment, a tea garden, numerous food stalls and over 300 exhibits with wares ranging from art and craft to clothing, delicacies, antiques, flowers and curio.

2. Neighbourgoods Market:

Neighbourgoods is a super popular Saturday hangout, and for very good reason! The food market serves up delicious fare and you’ll always find something to take home with you in your handbag/pocket. Grab a delicious cocktail or a craft beer and spend the afternoon being chic and stylish on the roof of the market.

1. Market on Main:

Market on Main came out top of the pops with all 3 judges in our panel. We loved the layout of the market and the general vibe is unlike any market in Jozi. There’s just so much to see and do at Market on Main – from the food market (with its mouthwateringly tasty eats), to the art exhibition, to salsa dancing on the roof – you can spend a whole day exploring its every nook and cranny.

We also tried:

Jozi Food Market

Our panel also paid a visit to the Jozi Food Market and we were particularly underwhelmed. The outdoor artisans’ market offers fresh food to customers as an alternative to the canned, preservative filled produce on supermarket shelves. However the market misses the mark when compared to the other ultra-slick operations we visited. It feels thrown together and doesn’t have the same pizzazz as our top 3 contenders.

Camdeboo Day Spa honoured by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Awards

6th August 2012 at 10:31 am

Camdeboo Day Spa, located at the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Centurion has received distinctive recognition at the 2012 Les Nouvelles Esthétiques South African Spa Awards – the most respected industry awards in the country.

Only two spas on the African continent were honoured with distinctive recognition:  Camdeboo at Irene, Centurion, and the Sanctuary Spa Indigo Bay, Bazaruto Island, Mediterranean coast.

Now into its eighthyear, the awards recognise the highest standards within the spa, health and wellness industry and are designed to stimulate service excellence among local spas.

“As a first time entrant, it is a remarkable achievement to have been identified as a Spa of Distinction – on a par with international spa trends. “We are deeply humbled to have been recognised by our peers,” says Carmenita Pedro, Camdeboo Spa Manager.

“At Camdeboo, the customer experience is paramount. Our staff are enrolled in on-going training and recognition programmes. This keeps them abreast with current industry trends, and internal programmes keep staff informed on the individual requirements of our guests,” says Pedro.

The staff and management take guest feedback very seriously, and adjust and upgrade spa offerings in response to guests’ needs and requests. “It is our mandate to not meet, but exceed the expectations of our valued guests,” she says.

Situated in the picturesque valley of Irene, twenty minutes north of Sandton, Camdeboo Spa offers a naturally beautiful, secluded, and harmonious environment in which to escape from the frenetic pace of modern life.

Pedro is committed to maintaining the standard that has come to be expected from the spa, and aims to continue collecting accolades with the support of her highly qualified team.

About Camdeboo Spa

Camdeboo Spa & Restaurant, surrounded by lavish gardens and a stinkwood forest which lends the spa its name, is housed in a century-old building. The spa is part of the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, which has been developed on hectares of open farm land and boasts historical charm dating back to the 1800s. A haven of luxury and relaxation, this pristine and intimate spa offers skin and body treatments designed to soothe the mind, rejuvenate the body, and transform your mental and physical stress into total relaxation.

For more information review Camdeboo Spa specials on or call 012 667 6464

About Les Nouvelles Esthétiques Awards

The Les Nouvelles EsthétiquesSouth African Spa Awards are the country’s premier spa awards. Now into its 8th year the awards have grown from strength to strength, honouring South Africa’s spas of superlative quality.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge to host ‘Live Your Purpose’ High Tea

6th August 2012 at 10:20 am

The African Pride Irene Country Lodge will, this Women’s Day, host a “Live Your Purpose” high tea event organised by Mrs South Africa 2012 finalist, Gugu Chama with special guests Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe, a successful business woman, Kutana Investment co-founder and former country manger of HP South Africa and Lee Griessel, internationally accredited associated certified Meta coach.

This exclusive event is aimed at celebrating the contributions that women make in the South African society on a daily basis, and at the same time will be a networking and idea sharing platform for the modern day career woman.

In addition, the High Tea, which will take place at one of Centurion’s celebrated icons, which boasts tranquil and exquisite surroundings with a 13-year heritage of providing exceptional modern luxury, will be an opportunity for women to escape their daily hustle and tussle, and get together in a relaxed environment to discuss any current affairs on their minds.

“As women in our society, we are seldom celebrated for our contributions and at the same time, we tend to forget to celebrate ourselves and wait to be acknowledged by others. Events like this one will do a lot to remind us of how much we do as women and what a difference we make,” says Gugu Chama.

“We are delighted to be hosting this event, especially because of the purpose it aims to serve and our location and environment are a perfect setting for women of this calibre,” says Cecilia McKay, marketing manager at African Pride Country Lodge.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the event will be: Making it as a successful business leader; the home-career balancing act and finding and living your purpose. There will also be some spot prizes and give-aways at the event.

Event details

Date: 09 August 2012

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Nellmapius Drive, Irene

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

Tickets: R300

For more information contact:

Contact person: Gugu Chama

Email address:

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