Celebrate Women’s Day with these events and specials

South Africa is observing National Women’s Day on Wednesday 9 August. If you want to be part of the events commemorating the 1956 women’s march against apartheid-era pass laws, there are diverse options. Here’s our recommendations.

Celebration at The Orbit Jazz Club and Bistro

If you love South African contemporary music, head to The Orbit Jazz Club and Bistro in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The Unomkhubulwane event on Women’s Day will be honouring the late Busi Mhlongo, a South African music-industry legend. Her music will be performed by singers Spha Mdlalose, Zoë Modiga and Titi Luzipo, accompanied by a band on piano, guitar, bass and drums. Entrance will cost R120 (students pay R60) and the show will start at 8pm.

Constitution Hill event

A former prison during apartheid, Constitution Hill is a living museum telling the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The Braamfontein-based precinct is known as the place of imprisonment of well known activists including Nelson Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during apartheid. On national Women’s Day, women can visit Constitution Hill and join the tour free of charge. As part of the proceedings, a #Demalogue: Dialogue on democracy, freedom and social justice will be hosted in the Women’s Gaol, with former public protector Thuli Madonsela giving a talk from 10am. Booking is essential: email info@thumafoundation.org.

Women’s Day at Bryanston market

Head to the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on 9 and 10 August 2017 to enjoy their special Women’s Day Health & Wellness Promotion. The market will offer all your favourite arts, crafts, food and more, but with some added extras for National Women’s Day. You can also look forward to a knitting class, a social art class and craft activities for the little ones. Entrance is free, but fees for the classes range from R30 to R200.

Black Girls Rising gathering

After a successful first event in 2016, #BlackGirlsRising is back for this year’s Women’s Month celebration. The event, which seeks to create a space for black women to celebrate themselves and connect with each other, will again be held at the Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct in Sedibeng on 25 and 26 August 2017. There will be talks, artists, live performances and DJs entertaining the crowd and the line-up will include Chainz, DJ Lelo and DJ Zee-Skull. The event will start at 4pm on Friday and at 1pm on Saturday. Entrance is free.

Women’s Day specials

In honour of National Women’s Day, several Gauteng establishments are also offering specials:

Stonehaven on Vaal
Valid: 9 August 2017

  • Breakfast/lunch and cruise specials
  • Sumptuous breakfast on a two-hour cruise – R214 per person
  • Lunch on a two-hour cruise – R385 per person
  • English breakfast buffet on land – R99 per person
  • Three-course buffet on land – R215 per person
  • 50-minute afternoon cruise - R70 per person

Contact:
Wendy Pieterse
Tel: +27 (0)16 982 2951/2 or +27 (0)16 932–4982
Email: wendy@stonehaven.co.za
Website: www.stonehaven.co.za

Suzy's Nice Palace and Tours
Valid: Until 31 August 2017

This pristine and clean, bed and breakfast in Garankuwa north of Pretoria is offering free breakfast valued at R60 with all accommodation bookings:

  • Two persons in a double room – R450 per room
  • One person in a single room – R350 per room

Contact:
Suzy Mphela-Mogotsi
Tel: +27 (0)83 739 1543
Email: suzysbnb@gmail.com

Kai Thai Afrik Spa: Carnival City Mall
Valid: Until 31 August 2017

Book a massage and receive a foot scrub and 15-minute Fish Therapy session valued at R100 for free.

Pamper yourself with a full body massage (60-, 90- or 120-minutes) of any treatment: Thai aroma hot oil massage, sabai sabai massage, Thai sports massage, Swedish massage, Thai hot herbal compress, Wat Pho massage, bamboo massage, calabash massage, rungu massage, hot stones or hot towel massage. Prices start from R380 for 60 minutes. 

Contact:
Charity Assan
Tel: +27 (0)82 770 7381
Email: chrtassan@gmail.com

Tumulus Restaurant: Maropeng
Valid: 9 August 2017

Enjoy a buffet lunch with complimentary glass of wine and a sweet treat for R 190 per person. 

Contact:
Bubi Mogoane
Tel: +27 (0)14 577 9000
Email: bubim@maropeng.co.za
Website: www.maropeng.co.za

Tshuku's Tours
Valid: Until 31 August 2017

Tshuku's Tours is offering a special on its Almost Human Tour & Township Experience. The experience includes a tour of the Maropeng Visitor Centre (where you'll discover Homo naledi), the Munsieville Township, a fly and slide, and a tantalizing braai at Tso's Butchery – all for only R600 per person.

Contact:
Mpho Mache
Tel: +27 (0)72 745 9279 or +27 (0)72 268 9164
Email: info@tshuku.co.za

Mowana Spa: Indaba Hotel
Valid: Until 31 August 2017

Get a complimentary Jenna Clifford ceramic scented rose and inspiration book valued at R260 with every Couple Spa and Stay Pamper package or Night Spa Pamper package booked. 

The Couple Spa and Stay Pamper package is priced at R2 999 and includes:

  • Luxury one night’s accommodation for two people at the Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre 
  • Welcome drinks with light snacks on arrival at Mowana Spa at 6pm 
  • Full body massages, incorporating your choice of rungu or hot stones to soothe tired muscles 
  • Decadent two-course spa dinner 
  • Complimentary local beverages to quench your thirst 
  • Relaxing head, neck and shoulder massage 
  • Foot and lower leg massage
  • Spa departure beverage and treat at 11pm 
  • Full South African buffet breakfast prior to departure in Epsom Terrace Restaurant at Indaba Hotel the next day

The Night Spa Pamper package is priced at R1 199 per person and includes:

  • Welcome drinks with light snacks on arrival at Mowana Spa at 6pm 
  • Full body massage, incorporating your choice of rungu or hot stones to soothe tired muscles 
  • Decadent two-course spa dinner 
  • Complimentary local beverages to quench your thirst 
  • Relaxing head, neck and shoulder massage 
  • Foot and lower leg massage
  • Spa departure beverage and treat at 11pm 

Contact:
Tel: +27 (0)861 669 262
Email: reservations@mowana
Websitewww.mowanaspa.co.za

Mowana Spa: Indaba Hotel and Bill Harrop Safaris
Valid: Until 31 August 2017

Combine relaxing spa treatments and and exhilirating hot air balloon flight with the Spa, Stay and Bill Harrop Balloon Safari special for only R6 799 per couple.

The package includes:

  • Three decadent pamper treatments at Mowana Spa
  • Two-course spa dinner and one night’s accommodation at the Indaba Hotel
  • Coffee and tusks in the morning, then transfer to the balloon launch site
  • One-hour Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safari experience
  • Breakfast at Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safari 
  • Return transport to the Indaba Hotel 

Contact:
Tel: +27 (0)861 669 262
Email: reservations@mowana
Websitewww.mowanaspa.co.za

Cresco Tours
Valid: Until 31 August 2017

Cresco Tours is offering a range of specials on tours:

  • Combined Sterfontein Caves and Maropeng Tour
    The tour starts in the 260m² exhibition centre, which consists of four large scientific showcases, and then proceeds down to the caves to experience the wonderful historical subterranean world. 
    At Maropeng, learn the story of how life and humankind is believed to have evolved over time to be the species in control of our environment.
    Price for ladies during August: R1 000 per person (save R500) (minimun two persons per booking)
    Includes: Collection and drop-off from one point, guide, entrance fee
    Excludes: Lunch 
  • Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve Tour
    The reserve boasts game species like white rhino, hippo, lions, Siberian and Bengal tigers, cheetah, wild dogs, buffalo and more than 20 other species of game. All told, more than 650 head of game roam an area of approximately 1 400ha; this will satisfy even the most avid game viewer.
    Price for ladies during August: R1 000 per person (save R850) (minimun two persons per booking) 
    Includes: Collection and drop-off from one point, guide, entrance fee
    Excludes: Lunch 
  • Combined Lesedi Cultural Village and Lion Park Tour
    The Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Vllage awaits those willing to participate in an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Africa.
    The Lion Park and Safari is neither a game reserve nor a zoo. It has one area for the herbivores such as zebra, giraffe, etc, and another area for the carnivores. The herbivores roam freely around the area and visitors can view them at close proximity.
    Price for ladies during August: R1 300 per person (save R850) (minimun two persons per booking)
    Includes: Collection and drop-off from one point, guide, entrance fees and buffet lunch
    Excludes: Drinks

Zan Garden Skin and Beauty Boutique
Valid: Until 31 August 2017

Save on beauty treatments during Women's Month with the following specials:|

  • Classic facial – R350
  • Individual eyelashes – R350
  • Eyebrow wax & tint – R350
  • Full body massage – R250
  • Full colour acrylic nails – R150
  • Deluxe pedicure – R120 

Contact:
Zanele Mthembu
Tel: +27 (0)11 053 8156
Email: zanele@zangarden.co.za

Manhattan Hotel
Valid: Until 12 August 2017

The Manhattan Hotel is offering the following specials: 

  • Enjoy comfortable accommodation at R650 per night for a double or single room
  • Buffet breakfast – R150 per person, including bottomless juice, tea or coffee
  • Lunch – R185 per person, including a welcome sherry
  • Dinner – R210 per person with 110 dishes to choose from

Contact:
Yolandi Loock
Tel: +27 (0)12 312 0000 or +27 (0)12 392 0003 
Email: marketing@manhattanhotel.co. za
Website: www.manhattanhotel.co.za