What's on in Gauteng: 8 to 14 September 2017

Laughs, traditional German celebrations, tech, art, music, and lots and lots of chocolate. That's Gauteng this week. Find out more below.

Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival

6 to 16 September

The Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is taking place at the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It started on 6 September and will end on 16 September.

The programme includes the Fak'ugesi Conference and the Fak'ugesi Digital Africa Exhibition, and closes off with the Fak'ugesi Beats Bloc Party. The party will feature local and international artists such as Zaki Ibrahim, Masego, Nonku Phiri, Soulection founder Joe Kay and Britain's Hannah Faith.

Tickets for the Fak'ugesi Conference on 14 September 2017 cost R180 for adults and R80 for students. Tickets for the Faku'gesi Beats Bloc Party on 16 September 2017 cost R400. Entrance is free for other events but you need to book tickets.

Hauwei Joburg Day

9 September

The annual Huawei Joburg Day will be held at Crocodile Creek Polo Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, on 9 September.

The line-up will feature performances and music by top local singers, rappers and DJs, including AKA, Prime Circle, Cassper Nyovest, Micasa, Kwesta, Goodluck, Shekinah, DJ Kent and more. The event will start at 9am and end at 9pm.

Please note: Picnic baskets and chairs are allowed but glass bottles are prohibited. Huawei Joburg Day is not open to persons under the age of 18.

Tickets cost R350 for general entry. VIP tickets are sold out.

(Image: Huawei Mobile)

Savanna Comics' Choice Awards

9 September

The Savanna Comics' Choice Awards take place on 9 September 2017 at Gold Reef City's Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. This year's theme is "The Freedom of Funny", an inclusive and universal take on comedy.

The award show celebrates comedy with laughs, honouring the work done in the local comedy industry, which continues to reach new heights. You can expect the best in South African comedy, and the winners – in categories that include the Savanna Newcomer of the Year Award and Non-English Comic Award – will be announced on the night.

For the first time this year, the Savanna Pan-African Comic of the Year Award will be included. This year's Lifetime Achiever award goes to the late comedy veteran, Cyril Green.

Tickets cost R295.

International Chocolate Week

13 to 17 September

It's International Chocolate Week from 13 to 17 September 2017. Yes, it's a thing – and Breeze at Emerald Resort & Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Sedibeng, is joining in on the celebrations.

Its menu will feature various chocolate treats, desserts and snacks for that week. Some of the decadent offerings include Breeze pancakes, chocolate beef and trio of chocolate.

Breeze's operating hours are 11am to 10pm from Monday to Friday, and 8am to 10pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Booking is only necessary for groups of 10 or more, and can be done by calling +27 (0)16 982 8166.

Oktoberfest in Pretoria

14 to 16 September

Head to the 41st Oktoberfest at the Deutsche Internationale Schule (German International School) in Pretoria, Tshwane, from 14 to 16 September 2017.

This popular German festival is the school’s annual fundraiser, with the celebration starting on the Thursday night. The events and activities for Friday and Saturday will include a traditional oompah band, a beer garden, and games and music. The music line-up includes the Dixie Hillbillies, Conrad Cronje & Band, Georgetown, and Afrikaans singer and songwriter Kurt Darren.

There will be plenty of German food and confectionary to keep you going until late. Don’t forget to try your luck in the raffle, with R120 000 in prizes up for grabs, including two Lufthansa airline tickets.

Entry cost:

  • R160 for opening night from 6pm to 11pm (book your tickets by sending an email to fraser@dsp.gp.school.za)
  • R90 online, R110 at the gate and R60 for pensioners for the night of 15 September, from 5pm to midnight; R250 for a family package (two adults and a maximum of three children)
  • R110 online, R130 at the gate and R60 for pensioners for Family Day on 6 September, from 10am to 11.30pm; R310 for a family package (two adults and a maximum of three children)