New South African Action Movie shoots scenes at Maccauvlei on Vaal

Maccauvlei on Vaal is honoured to have been selected as a filming location for shooting scenes of Moments Entertainment’s new film, Harry’s Game. The original screenplay by Andrew Smith serves for an action packed crime drama, filmed on our own doorstep – the Vaal Triangle. The Producers of the film Firdoze Bulbulia and Faith Isiakpere, partners in Moments Entertainment, boast an Award for Best Film “The Algiers Murders” at the Detective-Fest 2013 Moscow!

During filming Maccauvlei on Vaal had the pleasure of hosting the crew which included renowned American actor, John Savage, who also stars in the movie.

John Savage with Maccauvlei on Vaal Staff

John Savage with Maccauvlei on Vaal Staff

Lydia getting ready for her part in Harry’s Game!

Lydia getting ready for her part in Harry’s Game!

What’s even more exciting for Maccauvlei on Vaal, is that two of the lodges’ own will be featuring in the film Harry’s Game! Lydia Nel, Sales Representative at Maccauvlei on Vaal, plays a headmaster who is murdered; while friendly receptionist, Yvonne, welcomes guests in the movie to the establishment.

We are very excited to see the final product of the movie! With professional producers like Firdoze Bulbulia and Faith Isiakpere taking the lead, it will most certainly be a big hit.

Matt’s Foundation’s Annual Charity Golf Day A Great Success

The Matt’s Foundation Annual Charity Golf Day took place on 17 October 2014 at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club. The day proved to be quite a success as golfers descended to the golf course in support of raising funds for disadvantaged children in the Vaal.

Maccauvlei on Vaal @ Matt's Golf Day

Maccauvlei on Vaal @ Matt’s Golf Day


#Golfer on Riviera on Vaal Golf Course

#Golfer on Riviera on Vaal Golf Course














“We received a lot of support from Vaal businesses as well as individuals who took it upon themselves to take up our course. We would like to thank everyone for their support,” said the Matt’s Foundation Board.

Taylor Made @ Matt's Golf Day

Taylor Made @ Matt’s Golf Day








Adams @ Matt's Golf Day

Adams @ Matt’s Golf Day








Special thank you to the following supporters and sponsors of the event: Cloud 9 Golf, Riviera on Vaal Country Club, Zorgvliet Spa, Adams, Makro, MV Communications, Zorgvliet Wines, Bon Hotels, Broderick Marine, Taylor Made, Ashworth, DCD, Absolutely Perfect Water, Addidas, Tyre and Tube, Guvon Hotels and Spas, Claudia de Oliviera, Wimpy Vereeniging and The Terrace Grill on Vaal.

The funds raised during the event will go towards the Vaal Charities supported by Matt’s Foundation and their various needs.











Golfers @ Matt's Golf Day

Golfers @ Matt’s Golf Day







More golfers @ Matt's Golf Day

More golfers @ Matt’s Golf Day









Visit to learn more about the organisation and the charities it supports.

First Prize Winners @ Matt's Golf Day

First Prize Winners @ Matt’s Golf Day

Second Prize Winners @ Matt's Golf Day

Second Prize Winners @ Matt’s Golf Day

Third Prize Winners @ Matt's Golf Day

Third Prize Winners @ Matt’s Golf Day

SATA Joins Maccauvlei on Vaal!

Maccauvlei on Vaal

    – Maccauvlei on Vaal

An exciting new partnership was formed between the South African Training Academy Group (SATA) and Maccauvlei on Vaal, a well established conference and training facility in Vereeniging. SATA is a registered Private Further Education and Training Institution with the Education Training and Development Practice SETA.

SATA will be offering In House and Public training interventions, and Maccauvlei on Vaal will become the Campus of Choice for all their public training interventions. In future plans, Maccauvlei on Vaal will also become the Main Campus for the Higher Education Company. Comprising of ample accommodation (94 rooms), SATA will utilise this for their distance learning component.

Maccauvlei on Vaal is excited about this new venture, and believe it will be mutually beneficial for both companies. Maccauvlei on Vaal, previously known as Maccauvlei Learning Academy, was a training centre for Anglo American for over 26 years, and consists of all the facilities necessary for education in this form. SATA and Maccauvlei on Vaal are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship.

For more information contact / 016 420 2000.

A New Era for the Riviera on Vaal Hotel

Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

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After acquiring and managing the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club since 2003, the owners have decided to enter into a long term lease agreement with the well established group, BON Hotels. As of 3 April 2014, the Riviera on Vaal Hotel will be operated by BON Hotels.  The adjacent Riviera on Vaal Country Club and Zorgvliet Spa will remain under the owner’s management.  Zorgvliet Spa recently moved its location, now situated at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club. A new Zorgvliet Spa branch at Maccauvlei on Vaal has also recently opened its doors.

“We were very fortunate that BON Hotels employed the majority of the Hotel’s current staff,” says Melanie van Schalkwyk, co-owner of the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club and owner of Zorgvliet Spa. “I am very excited about this new beginning for Riviera on Vaal Hotel, as BON Hotels will certainly add value to our property in the years to come.”  The hotel will be re-named, BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal.

In the words of Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels, “We look forward to waking her up to her former glory, with a more modern look and feel and a particular focus on providing excellent service to clients, suppliers and most of all, the guests!”

New Head of Coaching at Riviera on Vaal Country Club

Golf lessons

     Natasha Swanepoel – Head of Coaching at Riviera on Vaal Country Club

Meet the newest member of the Riviera on Vaal Country Club team! Natasha Swanepoel studied sport science specializing in golf at the University of Pretoria, the first institute to combine a degree with the PGA requirements. During her 3 years of studying, part of the practical requirements was to coach under the TuksGolf name, coaching all ages. After her degree, she worked at Kempton Park Golf Club where she was involved with coaching group sessions for school kids and the Development Academy where she taught basic golf to under privileged kids. She recently started working at Riviera on Vaal ProShop, and has taken over the coaching.

Golf lessons

Anyone is welcome to come for lessons. Kids get the opportunity to learn basic golf and also develop motor learning skills. Men have the opportunity to master their golf as well as master a specific shot desired. Ladies have an opportunity to spend quality time with their partners by learning the game and being able to play a round of golf with them. “Golf is a working progress and should be taught from a step by step approach,” where she begins her focus with the 4 basic fundamentals of golf. Once these four fundamentals are mastered, you will move on the 5 laws of golf. Last but not least are the technicalities of golf, the shot principles and the list goes on. This is more specific to your individual faults and will be her focus with the more advanced players.

Lessons are available for new golfers (from primary school up to adults) as well as advanced players who would like to improve their technique. For more information about golf lessons, please contact the ProShop on 016 420 1347.

For more information contact Natasha Swanepoel, Head of Coaching at Riviera on Vaal ProShop.

016 420 1347 /

Brand NEW website for Maccauvlei on Vaal!

The recently renovated Maccauvlei on Vaal, a country lodge and conference centre in Vereeniging, has come a long way since its doors opened February this year.

Not only has this conference veMaccauvlei on Vaal (1)nue been transformed into something spectacular, but new additions are also in process of being developed – one of which is the new Zorgvliet Spa branch which will open its doors soon. With such a transformation, it is only natural to have a website that displays the needed information and amenities of such a diverse establishment.

Have a look at the new website, and see what all the hype is about! From weddings to conferences, year-end functions to leisure getaway packages – Maccauvlei on Vaal is the ideal destination for any event. Visit their website at, or contact them via email or telephone: / 016 420 2000.

Festive Gents Breather at Zorgvliet Spa

As the year draws to a close, Zorgvliet Spa invites all gents for a Festive Breather. You’ve worked well throughout the year and now it’s time to reward yourself with some hard earned relaxation. Take a breather and chill out at the Vaal day spa which welcomes all men who take relaxation seriously.

Festive Gents BreatherEnjoy an African Foot Scrub where your feet will be soaked, scrubbed and massaged. This is followed by an intense Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage designed to relieve any accumulated tension. A Scalp Massage will take your mind off any stress and guide you to ultimate relaxation.

Be sure to book yourself a Festive Gents Breather at Zorgvliet Spa this season. It will only cost you R370.00 and the rewards will be never ending. Contact Zorgvliet Spa on 016 420 1314 or to reserve your place.

Bat & Owl Boxes at Maccauvlei on Vaal!

We are pleased to say that our new bat and owl boxes have been erected at Maccauvlei on Vaal! Clueless as to why we would erect these boxes at our establishment? Here’s why:

As occupants, we need to take responsibility for protecting the natural heritage of this area. Bat populations are very susceptible to high mortality because of their low productive rates, and there is scientific concern about the conservation status of bats, as many species of bats are increasingly affected by multiple actions of humans (NSPCA, 2012). By erecting bat boxes, bats are offered and alternative roost as opposed to habitation in residential areas. Bats also assist in insect control, so it’s a win-win situation!

Above: Bat box being erected at Maccauvlei on Vaal

As for the owl boxes, many owls hunt within residential and suburban areas and although food is available, breeding sites are not sufficient. By erecting owl boxes, the owls will utilise these boxes for nesting purposes. Owls staying in the area will assist with the control of rodents as well as numerous insect types. Feel free to come and have a look at our newly erected owl and bat boxes at Maccauvlei on Vaal, we trust that this will contribute to the conservation of our surrounding natural habitats and their occupants!


Above: Owl Box at Maccauvlei on Vaal

Christmas DIY for kids

It’s scary to think that Christmas is around the corner once again! But for kids this means family, presents and crafts!

Here are some great DIY Christmas ideas for kids – the ideal way to keep them busy over weekends and during the long summer holiday.

Christmas DIY

Christmas DIY

Make your own tree ornaments:

Collect all the old buttons lying around at home and create your own tree ornaments from that. Glue them together and tie a pretty ribbon around them to hang it on your Christmas tree this year.

Make your own rustic Christmas tree:

Pick up some branches from your garden. Remember to use different shapes and sizes. Fill a vase (preferably glass) halfway with pebbles or stones to help anchor your Christmas tree. If you want to paint some of the branches, remember to sand them first to remove all dirt and loose bark. Use a white undercoat if you are using bright colours. You don’t have to paint all of the branches – be creative and dip some of the branch tips in glue and glitter or even acrylic paint for a modern look. Plant the branches in the vase and hang a few Christmas decorations to finish off your rustic Christmas tree.

Decorate your own Christmas wish can:

Christmas gifts are always something to look forward to. Decorate your own Christmas wish can and whenever you think of something you would like to have for Christmas, write it on a piece of paper and put it in the can. That way Father Christmas will know exactly what to give to you on Christmas evening.

Make a Christmas gift for your teacher:

Need some brownie points? Bake a few brownies and fill a mason jar with it. Tie a red or green ribbon around it with a note that reads: Merry Christmas! Toffee apples are also a good idea for Christmas gifts.

DIY gift wrap:

With gift wrap being so expensive during Christmas time, why not make your own? This way the gifts you hand out have an extra personal touch. Take blank sheets of wrapping paper (brown, white, green, red, silver or gold) and paint your own creative shapes and pictures onto it. Make thumbprints, draw Christmas trees, make hand and foot prints and make pictures from it. Think out of the box and have fun with paint and paper!

Kids can also enjoy some of these DIY craft activities at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club’s Murphy’s Clubhouse. Contact Reservations on 016 420 1300 or for more information. Maccauvlei on Vaal also offers a kiddies playroom. They can be contacted on 016 420 2000 or

Compete with your pot and shop ‘til you drop

Compete with your pot and shop ‘til you drop at Matt’s Foundation’s annual Potjie Day and Garage Sale taking place at Maccauvlei on Vaal on 16 November 2013.

Potjie Day & Garage Sale

Potjie Day & Garage Sale

Enter your team of four at a cost of R120.00 per team and show us what you’ve got cooking in your pot. Teams are expected to bring their own meat and vegetables for the Matt’s Foundation potjie competition; rice, bread rolls and salad will be provided. Cooking kicks off at 09:00 and your potjie should be ready for adjudication at 14:00.

The day promises to be great fun for everyone, including the ever-so-popular Garage Sale, a beer tent and a jumping castle for the kids, as well as live entertainment and loads of exciting prizes. For those who don’t want to take part in the competition, potjiekos will also be sold at R30.00 per plate.

Matt’s Foundation is a non-profit organisation in the Vaal Triangle providing in the basic needs of underprivileged children in the community. This annual Potjiekos Day and Garage Sale assists the organisation in raising funds to be able to treat these kids with Christmas presents at the end of the year. The community is invited to be part of this great initiative.

To enter your potjiekos team or to volunteer, contact Ilza-Louise on 016 420 2245 or