BLACK BOOK

2012
My best find of 2012 was Peter Basson. The most amazing builder. He did my kitchen renovation earlier in the year and then again later in the year to do some tiling, repairs and painting. His knowledge, professionalism and ability to keep your house neat in the midst of chaos is completely legendary. Even though you have builders everywhere they have a unique ability to be as non-invasive as possible. The whole process was a pleasure- from start to finish. I just hope now he doesn’t get too busy to fit in my next renovation project! Call him on: 073-3721632
Ultra guard multivitamin from Sportron: I had the best health ever in 2010, as did my children, my parents and everyone else I recommended this product to. I didn’t take it for a month and I could feel the difference- scratch throats and tiredness were the order of the day. You alternate a capsule with a big horrible tasting table- but it does the rick. You just don’t get sick! Check them out at www.sportron.co.za
Favourite coffee shop: 44 Stanley Ave- Salvation cafe, (011) 482-7795
This has the best scrambled egg and cappucinos I’ve ever tasted! Great vibe but get there early on the weekend-it’s always packed!
Favourite shops in jhb: The Space in Rosebank Mall; Edgars in Melrose Arch- first dept store that’s got it right- great service, selection and changing rooms!
Favorite hairdresser: Greg at Marc Deco( now in Corlett Drive, soon to be moving to Illovo) great colour and cuts. I’ve said before that I am not the most loyal hairdressing client-but I do think I’ve finally found hair nirvana! tel:Tel:(011) 447986
Favourite books: Restless by William Boyd
William Boyd was my discovery of the year of 2010.
My new favourite breakfast place is Burnside in Craighall Parklovely veranda and stunning food.  Slow service so dont’ go there if you’re in a hurry.  They open for dinner on Thursdya and Friday as well.  Add address and telephone number.
Dermalogica Clean Start Skin Care Range: for those of you that have teenagers.  I could see the difference in my girls’ skin after the first day of using this great range.  Teenage hood is hard enough without having to deal with horrible skin – this does the job.
Tres Expensive but so worth it – La Prairie: Cellular Resurfacing and Regenerating Cream (double check name).  I still battle with adult acne and this smooths out all lumps bumps and wrinkles.  Lasts at least 6 months – very worth it.
BOOKS - Business:SuperConnect by Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood.  In networks I’ve seen how vitally important weak ties and your acquaintance network can be.  This book reveals some amazing stories of how weak links hold the most power.  Acquaintances, friends of friends, random encounters all can put us in touch with new different worlds that bring big breaks and surprising sources of happiness.  Loved this – really interesting!FictionAnything by CJ Sansom.  If you enjoy historical fiction you’ll love his books.  I was introduced to him recently on a trip to London and have since read SOVEREIGN, DARK FIRE and am busy with the third book in the trilogoy.  Better to read them in order, not like I did.  Tudor England makes corporate politics look like a walk in the park.
RESTAURANTS – GAUTENG
Italian: Cornuti Illovo 011 268 6684 (2 recommendations)
Fong Mei – 011 615 1384
Bread Basket (Parkview – Pretoria) – info@breadbasket.co.za
Café de Sol (Olivedale)
Sushi at Best of Asia in Fourways – 011 234 9345
Trabella (excellent Pizza) – 011 442 0413
The Ocean Basket who make the best sushi around (2 recommendations)
Sele Pepe in Morningside – 011 883 7020
Bottega in Parkhurst – 011 447 4448
Craw Daddy’s (Centurion) – 012 644 2000
Jappa in Rivonia – 011 807 2320
Koi – 011 883 7247
Pigalle, Melrose Arch – food and service are excellent – 011 684 2711
La Cucina Di Ciro 011 442 5187
Taste of Mumbai in Emperor’s Palace – 011 928 1000
Assagi in Illovo for best Italian, tel 011 268 1370, have to book (5 recommendations)
Bellas at 66 Rivonia Road for all round brilliance
Park Cafe for breakfast and chilled music
Casalinga – 011 957 2612
Piccolo Prima Donna in Norwood 011 483 0089
The Saxon – 011 292 6000
Sushi: Bellagio (Bluebird) 011 885 3938
Steak: Turn ‘n Tender 011 788 7933
Seafood: Fishmonger Illovo 011 268 0068
Asian: Soi Melville – 011 726 5775
Wang Thai, Sandton – 011 784 8484
George’s on 4th – 011 447 7705
Moema’s in Parktown for lunch – 011 788 7725 (2 recommendations)
Francos (Italian – Parkview) 011 646 5449
For best hideout from networkers, when you want to work and not net work, Nino’s on cnr Melle and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein  can’t be beaten for good machine and decaff coffee, croissants, rye bread and fresh tomatoes – 011 403 1553
For more upmarket meetings or for investment into the emotional bank, ” personal development portfolio”, I recommend Narina Trogan on De Korte Street, closest cnr De Beer,  Braamfontein. Good food and aesthetically pleasing – 011 339 6645
For on-the-go healthy food and good service, Kauai, Rosebank – 011 447 1572
Jimmys Killer Prawns in Midrand – the personal attention given to patriots, the good food and warm atmosphere – 011 021 0508
Adega – New Redruth Mall – 011 907 0372
Ghazal Indian Restaurant, Peter Place, Sandton 011 706 9826 (2 recommendations)
La Rustica (Houghton) – 011 728 2092
OYO in Bedfordview – 011 615 3600
Le Souffle in Pineslopes shopping centre Fourways, for the best French bistro in Johannesburg, a must do, tel 011 465 4116 (ex highly acclaimed Bistro in Randburg)
Breakfast – Olivia’s (Northcliff) – 011 888 8395
Italian – Lucios (Northcliff) – 011 678 0042
Seafood – Ocean Basket (Monte Casino) – 011 511 0229
Steakhouse – Grill House @ the Firs – 011 880 3945
Thai – Kai Thai Randburg – 011 793 4796
Full Stop (Parkhurst) – best oxtail – 011 880 4649
Milly’s (best trout) – 013 254 0310
Plaka @ 204 Oxford square – 011 268 6969
Spur in Ruimsig, those waiters are just so phenomenal – 011 958 2596
Saigon – 011 807 5272
Orient Melrose Arch – 011 684 1616
Kashifs Fusion Food, Fordsburg – 072 120 9800
Soi, Melville – 011 726 5775
Bismillah in Fordsburg – 011 838 8051
The Terrace Café – Nikki Stevens nikistevens@gmail.com good venue for meetings – 011 442 8220
Lucas in Paulshof – on my doorstep – 011 884 1360
Franco’s Tyrone Road Parkview (above Fruiterers) – best pizza and atmosphere in town – 011 646 5449
Best Coffee shop on the West Rand – Café Nino at Clearwater owned by Tony. Food always good. Tony is very friendly and ambience perfect – 011 339 7856 (head office)
Pigalle in Bedfordview. Even though I haven’t been in a while, it is good value for money – 011 450 2242 (2 Recommendations)
Allora in Sandton, opp Prime Media. George is a fantastic host and the food is divine. They make the best lamb shank in town. 011 784 2152
Green Peppercorn restaurant at the Morningside Shopping Center – 087 940 3899 (2 Recommendations)
Best business meeting venue: 8@the Towers at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton – 011 884 1334
Sugos in Bryanpark – 011 442 0540
Kream (Brooklyn) – 012 346 4642 / 4
Gorgeous (Southdowns) – 012 665 1623
Pronto Italian Deli – 011 447 4346 – has consistently good food and service at reasonable prices, for a great experience every time.
La Campagnola – 011 463 4199
Salvation Café – 011 482 7795
Mastrantonio – Illovo – 011 268 6754
Fishmonger – Illovo – 011 268 0068
Bellagio’s – Illovo – 011 885 3938
Riverside Café – Village Walk – 011 784 390
Any Nandos
Back of the Moon at Gold Reef City – 011 496 1423
The Schwarma Co. Grant Avenue, Norwood – 011 483 1776
Best breakfast ever..Smokey Joe’s in Clarens. French Toast to die for! – 014 245 1488
Any night of the week kind of restaurant – Parker’s Grill on Jan Smuts in Parkwood – 011 788 7614
Thomas Maxwell Bistro, 140 11th Street Parkmore – 011 784 1575
Adega’s in Bryanston – 011 706 4125
Plaka at Cresta – 011 478 0392
Jimmy Killer Prawns, Farramere Square Benoni – 011 425 6261
Cilantro, Parkhurst – 011 327 4558
Tasha’s, Atholl Square – 011 884 0365
Franko’s in Parkview – 011 646 5449
Espresso in Parkhurst – 011 447 8700
Butcher Shop in Sandton Square – 011784 8676
Thomas Maxwell in Benmore – 011 784 1575
RESTAURANTS – KZN
Café 1999 – Durban – 031 202 3406
Corner Café – 031 201 0219 (2 Recommendations)
Andrea’s Dolce Vita – best Lasagne in the World – in 14 years as a patron I have never opened the menu as I know what I am going to have – boring strategy but so worth it – 031 572 4075
The Prawn Shack in Zinkwazi – amazing food amazing setting – 084 7376 493
Olive & Oil in Umhlanga – 031 561 2618
RESTAURANTS – CAPE
Dieu Donne, Franschhoek – 021 876 3384
Firefly in Knysna – 044 382 1790
Manna in Kloof Street – 021 426 2413
Great sushi at Wakami (Moulli Point) – 021 433 2377
Mama Africa is a must to take foreign visitors (great authentic SA food and awesome vibe) – 021 426 1017
Mr Pickwicks on Long Street still serves the best cheesecake and deserts – 021 423 3710
Great, authentic Italian food at Posticino’s on SeaPoint main road (been there for years and also full) – 021 439 4014
Myatt Café and Chocolatiér, Waterfront Cape Town http://www.myattcafe.com/ – 021 418 8844
Bukhara in Grand West Casino, Cape Town -021 424 0000
Sevruga (CT Waterfront) 021 4215134
Willoughby’s (Waterfront) – 021 418 6115 (2 Recommendations)
Reubens, Franschhoek – have not tried the new one in Robertson – 021 876 3772
Café Felix, Riebeek Valley 022 448 1170
Harbour House, Kalk Bay 021 788 4133
RESTAURANTS – ZIMBABWE
Lionardo’s
HAIRDRESSERS – GAUTENG
Franco International in Sandton – 011 678 8724
Armadi (I can’t remember the name of the Salon, it’s at Pineslopes Shopping Centre)
Kim at Persona hair Lab 011 658 0710
Wayne at Terenzo, Bompas Road – 011 341 0262
Mica at The Stylist, Standard Bank Centre – 011 636 0495
Terrence at Terenzo – 011 341 0261
Third Generation Hair Design – Lisle Townsend – roblisle@yebo.co.za – on my doorstep
Talita at Pasquale Hairdressers in Kempton Park – 011 391 3106
Bongani at Tanaz – 011 786 2976
Absolute Hair in Edenvale – Hairdresser – Bella Morais – 011 454 3310
Gregg at Marc Deco – 011 447 9866 – best blonde highlights in JHB
Tasneem – Tasneem’s Haidresser in Newclare – 23 Croesus Ave, Sanders Centre, Newclare
Michelle at Salon Michelle in Birdhaven – no frills here, girls – a wash, cut or colour at prices that will make you smile.
Alida at Pasquale in the Woodbridge centre
Rodney Peters is a legend – 083 778 8890
Yolanda at Franco International in Cresta: 011 678 8724. She is amazing, and always makes you feel very special, and always deliver good service.
Amanda at Pinnacurl in Illovo – 011 268 1343
Sneak Preview (Fred, Cheryl, Mandy or Yolande) 011 447 3039
David Gilson from Carlton Hair Hyde Park and Melrose Arch – very well known in hairdressing circles – 011 325 4995
Andre of Ikon in Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria
Michael who owns Pure Hair in Dunkeld Centre – 011 325 2804
Paul Fox – he owns all the Paul James Salons – 011 435 8990
Tracey from Hair Art Killarney Mall – 011 486 1760
Carlos de Almaida (Headlines Sandton) – 011 783 8211
Dave and Johan, Bedfordview – 011 622 9047
Carien, Trilogy Rosebank, of Carlton Hair & Trilogy fame, best cut & color in SA, tel 011 447 1715
Johan at FX – 011 678 3525
Edward for Hair, Woodmead, Ted 011 804 1734
Michael at Clippers in Waverley (been with Clippers for 9 years) – 011 887 0158
Simon Hutcheon of Carlton Hair in Melrose Arch.   He is a whizz with cut and colour and the salon is great – 011 684 1251
Shirley Naidoo – Hair Sensation
UV from Carlton Hair Boksburg and Eastgate (she is the manager) – 011 646 2420
Gregg in Parkhurst – 011 880 0576
Ryan – Funki Hair, Laurie Road, Edenglen – 011 452 8717
Kelly and Lee – Hair By Kelly – 011 704 4232
Marlene Von Solms 084 032 2699
Armando Hairdresser – Norwood, for men – 011 728 5798
Cabelo in Parktown – 011 880 7620
Sam Bigge – I have been going to her for about 17 years now – 011 792 5181
Obsessions – 012 548 2325
Lorinda @ Phree Edge – 011 482 3518
Georgette from Hair on One in Bedfordview (011 455 2619) – she is just brilliant with colour and cut!
Carlton Hair – Melrose Arch – 011 646 2420
Kim at Carlton Hair Bellairs – 011 704 1313
Cindy Scheller at Jingles in Benmore Gardens.  Great personal service, everyone in the salon is friendly and helpful.  Very professional and competitive.  They always make you feel special.  And no loud blaring music!  011 783 1836
HAIRDRESSERS – CAPE
Carin at Scar – 021 422 5900
John, at the President Hotel hairsalon in Bantry Bay (He has been there for years and knows his clients well) – 021 439 0842
Carlton Hair, Canal Walk, Gareth 021 555 1837
Samantha Rose- this girl is brilliant. She works at Style Studio in Tygervalley Centre – 021 914 3660
Shyloks Hairstudio Melkbosstrand (Marius) 021 553 0580
Nikki, Nautical Hair design, Simons Town – 021 786 1479
HAIRDRESSERS – KZN
Wildri from The Salon in Durban – cancer survivor, adopted child, awesome funky lady. Now does all my extended family’s hair
Mala de Salon de Mala in Durban 031 464 5035 she is excellent
Deidre at Rolf Offerman – 031 566-5071
SPA – GAUTENG
Skin Sense in Rivonia.  Nominated Day Spa of the Year for 8 years in a row – 011 807 6281 (2 Recommendations)
Ruimsig Spa – 011 958 2809
The Spa on Fairways
All Khai Thai Spa’s – 011 884 3477 (Benmore)
SPA – CAPE
Camelot Spa – Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – 021 809 1931
The Radison Hotel in Granger Bay has a great spa and all of the beauticians/masseurs are great – 021 441 3000
Elements Spa – 021 426 2459
PLUMBERS – GAUTENG
Rolf Kopp (does everything from unblocking drains to major remodelling) - 083 700 0360
Dallas from Super Plumbing (I don’t have an email address but office is 011 786 7117, and mobile – 083 468 5780) – they are really efficient and do good work.
Peter the Plumber – 011 782 3187
BJ Plumbers (Brian Joffe – 082 651 1977)
St John’s Plumber
LJ Plumbing, Leon & John, 073 145 8051 – they provide excellent service
Roto Rooter – 011 444 4040 (2 Recommendations)
George – CDM Plumbers 084 849 5573
Divan Scott 072 839 6668 (not sure which company he works for, but he is great, punctual, precise, and I can always call on his number.
Bak-up Plumbers: Alan Bak – 011 802 1578
Chris Hill, AquaRatz – 0861 818 818
Paul Hoban hplumbing@telkomsa.net – 082 326 1979
Joe from J C Contractors (he is also an electrician) and he can be contacted on 082 449 2563
PLUMBERS – CAPE
Raizenberg’s plumbing in Athlone, Cape Town – 021 637 8030
Gilbert Plumbers – 021 462 1115
Patrick Conderan, Fish Hoek 021 782 4411
PLUMBERS – KZN
Greg Frizelle in Durban – always able to help and damn good
Umhlanga Plumbers – 031 561 6763
Berea Plumbers – 031 305-5168
PLUMBERS – ZIMBABWE
Kevin Murrel
BEAUTICIAN – GAUTENG
Eunice Viljoen at Spa on 66 (66 Rivonia Rd) – 011 783 9232
Nicole at Skin Sense – 011 807 6281
Geraldine Botha (steven@ibex.co.za)
All the ladies at Somalogic spa in Brackenhurst – 011 867 5814
Ilana Pickford – Urban Eascape in Bryanston – 011 706 9822
Tammy Martin – Bliss in Bedfordview – 011 021 1153 (2 Recommendations)
Imme Bohm 083 260 9256 – I’m not sure if she can take new clients she’s so busy
Madame Butterfly In Illovo – 011 268 1229
Christa Kleyn of Inspirations Beauty salon in Midrand. Christa’s infectious bubbly personality make every client end up a friend of hers and she gives you an escape from the everyday whirlwind of our lives. 082 9077 785
Carlos de Almaida (Headlines Sandton) – 011 783 8211
Therapy on 3rd – Linden – 011 888 7588
Especially For You – Randjiesfontein, Johannesburg Irami or Beatrice 011 314 2799
Lappies se Salon, Wilro Park, Roodepoort  (Been with them for 10 years)
Elizabeth Gundelfinger in Parkhurst
Elmarie van Zyl – elmarievanzyl@vodamail.co.za – on my doorstep
Palesa, Urban Sanctuary [urbansanctuary@curtleys.co.za], she builds and maintains customer relationship, efficient and committed.  She makes me feel very special.
Matis at the Firs in Rosebank – 011 447 5075
Salon Le Suz – Bridgette – 011 886 4339
Becci @ Charmzone 012 361 5072
Beauty Professionals in Linden – Colleen and her team are friendly, professional experts, that provide a heavenly experience with fantastic results – 011 888 6262
Raquel who own Serenitude, 6 Park Street, Bedfordview – 011 450 4889
Noni Niven – 082 413 1574
Beauty on the Square – 011 425 0585
Candice Morgan
Angie at Body Therapy, The Wedge Morningside. Her networking skills are outstanding, she has great interpersonal skills and client interactions. I love to go to appointments as she is absolutely brilliant at what she does! Her number at Body Therapy, The Wedge is 011 884 4221.
Body Therapy at Lifestyle - 011 793 2149
BEAUTICIANS – CAPE
The Radison Hotel in Granger Bay has a great spa and all of the beauticians/masseurs are great – 021 441 3000
Anje, Somerset West, Cape Town 021 853 5582
Nadia at Authentics Spa in Stellenbosch Square, Stellenbosch – 021 880 2548
BEAUTICIANS – KZN
Nirvana @ Beauty on Westwood – Durban – 031 266 6352
Jenny Eales – Jennifer Eales in KZN – 031 566 2300
La Bella Vie – Durban North – 031 563 0960
BEAUTICIANS – ZIMBABWE
Brair from Crystal Spa
BUILDERS – GAUTENG
Dr Johan Pretorius of Johnat Construction is currently doing my house renovation and they are absolutely amazing.  Where do you find a builder who builds new houses and does renovations who is praised by everyone (I checked 4 references who are still personal friends with him) 082 882 8485.  The house before mine was in Home Paige and Home Owner.  They’re in the last month of my renovation and they really have gone the extra mile in every way.
Andrew Pietersen – 011 794 2420
NAIL TECHNICIANS – GAUTENG
Jabu at Egoli Nails in Bryanston
Nail technician – at Unisex Le Chick in Kempton Park – 082 926 4707
MASSEUSE – GAUTENG
Vusalela day spa at Hennopsriver – 082 940 9592
Carol at Skin Sense – 011 807 6281
Craig Short (Kempton Park- Family Fitness Centre) – gives the best sport massage! 011 975 4000
Monica Nkosi from Core Essence
Roxanne and Stacey at Roxanne Ashkar Physiotherapy in the Thrupps Centre: 011 268 0331 – (for a really good back and neck treatment – better than any masseuse)
ET at Skin Sense in Rivonia – 011 807 6281
Joanne Enslin 011 883 3422  – she’s a Physio with degrees in Sportscience and Exercise Physiology, Pilates too
Schoongezicht, Erasmusrand, Pretoria – 012 347 2052
Keith MacFarlane – www.healsa.co.za
For personal and customised pamper and mood uplifter, see Waheeda in Observatory or she comes to your office 072 420 1701
Natasha gives the best massages in Johannesburg 079 235 4976
Tai Restaurants in Monte Casino (The best young Tai ladies)
Kai Thai Randburg – 011 793 4796 (2 Recommendations)
Especially For You – Randjiesfontein, Johannesburg Irami or Beatrice 011 314 2799
Lappies se Salon, Wilro Park, Roodepoort  (Been with them for 10 years)
Tanya from the Flora Farm Wellness centre called All Senses in Boksburg – 011 894 2377
Elmarie van Zyl – elmarievanzyl@vodamail.co.za – on my doorstep
Matis at the Firs in Rosebank
Megan who does sports massage at the Family Chiropractic Centre – 011 706 5317
Shanon from Beauty Professionals has magical hands and shows you a little piece of heaven that leaves you feeling lighter and at peace with the world – 011 888 6262
Cleo Mellor
Mangwanani 086 055 0055 – central reservations (2 Recommendations)
Octavia at Caesars – 011 928 1815
Rhona ( comes to your house ) 074 894 4841
Lorna Senior – 082 454 8649
Beauty on the Square – 011 425 0585
Reflexions in The Buzz Centre, Fourways – 011 658 1884
MASSEUSSE – CAPE
The Radison Hotel in Granger Bay has a great spa and all of the beauticians/masseurs are great – 021 441 3000
Na-Bua, for an amazing Thai massage ask for Tar, V&A Cape Town 021 425 0016
Best in SA and based in Knysna, travels to you in Knysna, Isabel 072 241 2812
Maggie Ball, Bloubergstrand CT, 084 702 0578
MASSEUSSE – PE
Sonja Beukes (She is in PE though…has wonderful strong hands)
MASSEUSE – KZN
Nirvana @ Beauty on Westwood – Durban – 031 266 6352
Princess of pain Diudonne Ness who gets me ready for Dusi each year. She’s a physio in Durban but has great and eina hands.
ELECTRICIANS – GAUTENG
Peter – 083 267 0768
HBK Electrical: Hans Kittel – 011 464 1417
Amos 073 111 5946 (no fuss, just does the job and does not over charge)
Tony at Cooks Electrical – 011 788 8801
Pedro 082 445 3332 has done electrical work at my house and office for years and he’s really excellent
Appliance repairs – The Electric Market – 011 640 1677 (speak to Leslie)
St John’s Plumber
Bobby Hynes
A1
Bruce Mason, based in Parktown North, travels anywhere, fabulous service, 082 455 6157
James Letsoalo 083 240 0009 based in Midrand
RON – FLUX LUX ELECTRICAL – 082 598 1545
24/7 Electricians - 0829594796
Chris Popov – a non-English speaking Bulgarian who comes and goes in his own time, absolute perfectionist – the best I have ever had. You just have to be very patient because he can’t speak English, is always late or comes on the weekend, and has had a stroke so he can use one hand only. Also absolutely half price – I always pay him extra because I get embarrassed with how little he asks.
Stone and Stewart, 4th Ave Parkhurst – 011 442 7525
Joe from J C Contractors (he is also an electrician) and he can be contacted on 082 449 2563
Best appliance repairs Sun Appliance Benoni
Stanford – 083 479 6581 (small business – ask for him personally)
ELECTRIANS – CAPE
Thomas Electrical, Moorreesburg, Swartland – 021 447 8470
Schmidhauser – 021 424 4588
ELECTRICIANS – KZN
Pierre from A-Light Electrical in Durbs – reliable and ultra-decent
All power solutions in Durban – efficient, extremely neat and cost effective reliable electricians
031 2611 669 / 073 6475 826
ELECTRICIANS – PE
Francois Dicker from Dicker Elektries 082 889 0045
TUCKED-AWAY SPOTS IN GAUTENG
Chinatown (Cyrildene) supermarkets
Theatre for productions and shows – Foxwood House in  Houghton 011 486 0935
Cantina Tequila – 011 795 2132
Mount Amanzi in Hartebeespoort – 012 253 0541
High Tea at the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg – 011 481 6000
Hobo Collection, Melville, for clothes, shoes, bags and image in putting it all together 011 726 3624
100% Health, Design Quarter, (Carol: 083 400 5632) for Scio treatments which keep my health on track
Leeuwenhof in Nylstroom is a wonderful weekend spa getaway for couples, you feel completely spoilt & there is no cell phone reception at the resort!! ) 014 717 9811
Queen Street, Kensington
Rietvlei Zoo Farm – a closed mountain bike farm with different routes for different grades of rider; easy ones for the kids and harder ones for us – 011 867 0143
Mannie (Thai Chi @ Emmarentia Dam)
Pococks in Randburg (indoor beach) – 011 462 8015
Botanical Gardens in Ruimsig – 011 958 1750
Best Crystal and Silver Jewellery, Handmade designs by owner Jill, Dragon’s Lair, Rosebank Mall – 011 788 0014
Best place to browse for antiques and garden lunches, Uncle Tim’s Centre, High Street, Benoni – 011 967 1816
Best nailbar and boutique shop – Toast, Craighall Park – 011 250 7939
Best local drinking spot – Giles! 011 442 4056
Intra Africa Executive Breakfasts that are held on a monthly basis.  A fantastic platform to network and for opportunities going up through Africa.
Ubuntu Kraal – in the heart of Soweto, it is an Oasis.  Truly African, truly spectacular.  The restaurant boasts old favourites that take me back to my childhood, growing up on a farm.  Great food, great energy. 011 315 1534
TUCKED-AWAY SPOTS IN THE CAPE
Hillcrest Berry Farm just outside Franshoek – 021 885 1629
Zorgvliet wine farm is by far one of the most beautiful wine farms.  It is also between Franshoek and Stellenbosch, although it feels like you’re in Italy (actually its even better!) – 0861 967 4
Lemoncello in Breda Street – 021 461 5100
Deer Park Café in Vredehoek, with kids – 021 462 6311
Buena Vista Café in Bellville is amazing – the atmosphere is electric – 021 914 9502
I love Vacca Matta, what an awesome place to have a great party! Rock On! – 021 910 1855
TUCKED-AWAY SPOTS IN LONDON
The Cumberland Hotel at Marble Arch in London. You can usually get a decent four star room for £100
GET AWAYS
Zimbali Lodge – 031 916 1449
Archipelago Resort in Mozambique – call 011 791 0519 to book
Gordonsbaai – beautiful, small and undiscovered
Rebelsrus, Private Nature Reserve, Cape St Francis – 015 534 2448
Okavango Delta (on a makoro and sleeping in the bush in a tent)
Brookdale Health Hydro in the Natal Midlands (this is where I get the best massages and relaxing treatments) – 033 266-6208
Umngazi River Bungalows – best holiday on the world especially with kids – 047 564 1115
Drakensburg Gardens Resort – 031 337 4222
Fordoun Hotel and Spa in Nottingham Road – 033 266-6217
Pine Lake Inn (White River) – 013 751 5036
The Northcliff Palms (best local hotel) – 011 678 8811
The Stables Cottages, Colesburg, 051 753 1364 *****
Hartford House – romantic getaway tucked near Mooi River – 033 263 2713
Kumbule I Africa (privately owned holiday home in Marloth Park in the Kruger
Warthogs in Magliesberg – 082 656 1040
Awesome game farm just outside Mossel Bay (Botlierskop) offers a 5 star awesome experience, with luxury tents on the river banks and surrounded by the wild life – 044 696 6055
Sardinia Bay in Port Elizabeth.  It is simply gorgeous!!
For a wonderful weekend or couple of days away, visit Quiet Mountain (Magaliesberg).  Terence and John, the Mad Mountain Grannies, will take care of you with delicious meals  – fresh ingredients from their own garden – in a beautiful country setting.  They stick to their rules of NO CHILDREN ALLOWED, which provides the perfect escape from the city and the rat race, for adults who need it.  A favourite spot that we visit at least once a year when we need two days in the enchanted garden.  (www.quietmountain.co.za)
Sabi River Sun – 0861 44 77 44
Skybar (Holiday Inn, Sandton) – 011 282 0000
Mapungubwe National Park – 015 534 2014
Secret Garden – 011 467 1191
MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Cathby Trading imports Silk Flowers and supplies to the public as well at retail prices.  Their website is www.cathby.co.za
Web Hosting – Dustin at Ascension – 011 791 4355 – Dustin’s service is affordable and more importantly he is user friendly for technology buffoons like me!
Automatic gates and electric fence – Adrian 083 290 0662- he’s organised everything we need from electric fences to replacing ancient gate motors
Photographer – Eve Smith – 082 456 2456 – awesome pictures of kids in action!
Biokineticist Jacky Hattingh – 083 650 2052 – has keeps me on the health straight and narrow for three years…and that’s quite an achievement!
Homeopath – Sancia Breedvelt – 011 485 4453 – awesome with kids and adults alike
Amazing vet – Jacques Visser at Oaklands vet – 011 7286012
Best Hiring Company – Linenz function – dboorman@iafrika.net
Edgars Red Square in Cresta do the most amazing make overs. You can just walk in, or if for a special occasion, book some time. If you purchase some products there, they also don’t normally charge you for the make-over.
Food Capers (Darryl) 083 449 5663 – delivers my meals daily and I don’t know what I’d do without him.  We were interviewed very successfully on 702 recently
Gigi von Helden of GVH Imports has the most divine fashions directly from Europe.  Gigi is a real doyenne of the classic look, and has tons of advice and good taste.  One on one consultations are done in the privacy of her home and she has a wonderful tailor. While her clothes are not cheap the quality is great. She also works a season in advance so if you want to be bleeding edge – she is the one to go to. Her number 011 447 4426.
Thatch repairs – John Bell 076 048 5506
www.classifieds.co.zw  without it my life would be hell
Nirvana Club Travel Rivonia
MTN  directory enquiries
Motor Repairs – Eddy & Melvin – Saratoga Motors (Orange Grove)
Tyre Repairs – Harold – Hi Q Orange Grove
Used Car Sales – Nathan Addison – Macarty Nissan Woodmead
Greengrocer – Food lovers market (Greenstone)
Best Security company: Alistair, Security Zone, excellent security installations, 082 331 6410
Best Airport transfers, – Venue Shuttle Services, smart, corporate, HIGHLY recommend for fast corporate/reatil service, Jarek, 082 442 6274 (www.luxuryshuttles.co.za)
Crystal Tailors, for alterations, Raj, Dunkeld West centre, 011 341 0479, 073 446 7866, cheap
Best Chiropractor, Greg Scrace, Sandton, 011 706 5317, excellent
Best cakes: Indulge, www.indulgecakes.co.za, tel 079 507 9469, Rivonia, for the best cakes available
Best Tree removal/cutting, The Works Group, Julian Ortlepp, www.theworksgroup.co.za, cell 073 330 8733, highly professional
Best TV Aerial Services, repair TV, Mnet, excellent, tel 011 440 6949
Best Q Solutions, renewal of car licences, very good, 011 782 6490
Bull Terrier Breeder, Malmesbury – Lusaan Bull Terriers – Stephenette or Johan 022 485 7310
Main Coon Cats, Johannesburg, Debbie 083 526 6716
IT Warehouse, Somerset West, Charles 021 852 5700 charles@completeoffice.co.za
Worthy cause: The Society for Animals in Distress, Natalie 083 640 8830
Best butchery: Lategan Butchery, Nicklaus Lategan, Moorreesburg, Swartland 022 433 1065
Best In-House Trainer of the Year for the BPeSA (Business Process Enabling South Africa) awards- Divinia Fernandes (that’s me – just won it last month!) I’ll be competing nationally at the end of the month and then hopefully internationally.
Best online digital design studio: DigitalFuel. You should see their designs and online advertising. Some of their clients include Lexus South Africa; Summercon Development; Karcher. They meet the needs of any budget. Creative Director is Grant. www.digitalfuel.co.za. 082 553 9656.
Rosemary Clark – Professional Coach & Time to Think Facilitator – 083 259 1395; thinkbig@mweb.co.za.  Rosemary comes highly recommended.  She makes a huge impression with her quiet grace and deep, insightful questions, and is an excellent ambassador for the Time to Think methodology.  In a world where everyone wants to be a Life Coach, regardless of how good they actually are at it or how badly they live their projected values and insights, I love meeting people who are the Real Deal and who renew my confidence in this profession.
Jurg Luthi – Handyman
Dentist – Andrew Newell
Sports Doctor – Jon Patricios
GP – Peta-Lynn Jearey
Chiropractor – Illan Zaslansky
Dermatologist – Dr. Richard Nevin
Chemist – Clicks Village Walk – Hugh Solomon
Golf coach – Muss Gammon
Painter – Richard Zulu
Carpenter – Elias Dladla
Artist – Noel Attwood-Smith
Cricket Coach – Nicholas Irvine
Dancing teacher – Louis Fourie
Learning to say “No!
BEST Health Shop in Gauteng: Killarney Riviera Healthshop, Offers loyalty card and excellent health advice from any of the 3 Homeopaths who work there – 011 646 1957
Wonderful cakes and tarts from – The Tart, 48 Jan Smuts Avenue, Forest Town, Phone: 011 646 4781 – info@thetart.co.za, www.thetart.co.za
Most sociable running club in Joburg – Pirates Road Running, Greenside, contact Shelagh Smith on 082 485 8168
Fun new exercise – Nia Dance at Studia Kairos, Hume Road, Dunkeld West (see www.niagp.co.za)
Brilliant landscape & garden design, highly recommend: Leanne Cumberledge – 082 493 7337
Natural Therapist: Tracey Ireland, wholebod@iafrica.com. She operates from home and takes her time to establishes client’s needs and provides suitable treatment.  Spends quality time with client.
Best Printing Company is HOTT  DESIGN &  PRINT, e-mail address is [drzaid@africa.com], becausethe company is going all out to help the customers, it can be daylight, late afternoon, or at night they will deliver the product of the customer. The CEO Dr Zaid is very helpful man – he works together as a team with his staff. The service is marvelous.
HELPFUL PRODUCTS
Almay Eye Makeup Remover pads
Perforated plastic wrap (miracle of the 21st Century)
Screw top wine
Bravo bra straps – a gadget that you clip on your straps at the back when wearing those tops with the funny straps
G H D – 4 Recommendations
GPS Navigation (3 Recommendations)
MAC Bronzer
Lancome mascara
Johnson & Johnson make-up remover wipes
Ziplock bags, not only for lunch and food storage, but you can even make an omelet in it!
Dermalogica travel sizes (2 Recommendations)
My Iphone – diary/email, contacts all in one and easy to use (3 Recommendations)
Photoshop
ANYTHING from Woolworths! (5 Recommednations)
I always get amazing service from American Express Platinum services, for travel, bookings, quotes, etc.
Of course, Google.
Vacuum Bags, they are the best invention for travelling yet! I simply cannot go without it when travelling.
Could not exist without my laptop and an internet connections
Blackberry (8 Recommendations)
DSTV P V R
2 minute oats
Car phone linked to my cell
Moleskins – easier to access than laptops and notepads, available at any good bookstore
Rooibos, “African Extracts” range( includes day and night cream, body scrub, body cream all products rich in antioxidants, manufactured locally. For me, any rooibos product of high quality in itself is already sold to me because of both the rich history associated with rooibos products and the potential and actual job creation spin-offs with this product.In essence, these mood-lifting products  not only offer psychological escape, but an improvement of my mental well-being.
3G Network
Russel Hobbs food steamer
Water saver shower head
Tefal wok
Sugaring instead of waxing – Especially for You or Anje
Estee Lauder facial care range
Septoguard for winter and change of season sniffles for both kids and adults
Pinegel bathroom cleaner (cheap but effective)
Sundried tomatoes in Olive oil and vinegar marinade for salads (for instant salad bling not to mention great taste)
My electrical gadgets such as washing mashine, microwave etc
Kenwood Electric can opener
Internet banking
Cordless telephone
Jik Brilliant
Probiflora
Hillstream Mineral Water – in my fridge
Addis Lint Remover. “Quickly and easily removes lint, dust and hair”. Called the Fuzzroller in the UK, it’s described by Addis as ‘Super sticky, quick and easy to use’. It’s invaluable, especially if you love animals but don’t want to look like country bumpkin when in business mode.
Wetwipes
SPF15 day moisturizer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick & Gloss combo…I only put it on once a day, and it really lasts all day…even through meal times and drinks…it is a definite must have!! (2 Recommedations)
Chanel Allure perfume for woman…smells great, sophisticated and lasts all day!!
Clarins
Great skin care range from Africology – 011 326 4779 – www.africology-sa.com
Solal Technologies vitamin and supplement range
MAC makeup – seriously with a few licks of their magic paints and potions all circles, tired eyes and dried out lips disappear
My magimix
My blog (www.businessreality.blogspot.com or http://www.viljoenconsulting.co.za – I have been internationally rated as 8.9 out of a possible 10 and it ranks me 5th in the world in my category.
A cell phone that works!
My trusty fountain pen (I have been using it for 32 years now)
Ziplocks
Environ facial products
A really great foundation – Estee Lauder’s new Mineral Foundation – it is easy to apply, makes you look alive and awake even when you don’t feel like it.
Macbook laptop is essential for my business and really makes life easier.
IPOD
OPI nail polish
BMW Formula “One service

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