Keeping the Vaal River clean


Keeping a river like the Vaal River clean could be quite the challenge.

With the Vaal River being the largest tributary to the Orange River and the second longest river (1210 kilometers) in South Africa, it is challenging to get buy-in from the whole country to acknowledge their environmental responsibility. The Vaal River is a key water source for the country, supplying water to South Africa’s industrial heartland, including Johannesburg and Pretoria. It forms an integral part of the Vaal’s wonderland for bird life and fish. If we don’t keep it clean, we endanger our natural ecosystems.

Keeping the Vaal River clean

Keeping the Vaal River clean

In March 2012, the Department of Water Affairs’ spokesperson, Mandla Mathebula, confirmed that reports indicated that the Vaal River will be unfit for human consumption in 2014.

Pollution in the Vaal River is caused by a variety of sources, including waste water works, acid drainage from mines, locals emptying their trash into the river as if it is a dump yard and the lack of sanitation supplies.

Nelson Mandela once said: “We attach a great deal of importance to the question of the environment because until we do things which show how much we value the environment, we are not going to be able to have a healthy society in the world.”

How can we assist in preserving the Vaal River’s cleanliness to create a healthier local society in the Vaal Triangle?

  • Government should take better care of the rural and under-developed populations.
  • Rural populations should be educated on sanitation and clean water supplies.
  • Local companies should join forces with organisations that have the same passion about environmental responsibility. (SAVE is a non-profit organisation which focuses on protecting and maintaining the environmental integrity of the Vaal River).
  • Day visitors and tourists who visit the Vaal for water sport adventures should act in an environmentally responsible manner when it comes to plastic bottles, tin cans, etcetera.
  • Mines and municipal waste water treatment works should maintain their waste systems on a regular basis.

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club, as well as its sister company, Maccauvlei on Vaal, takes their responsibility to the environment very seriously and encourage you to join them in protecting the Vaal River from pollution.

Riviera on Vaal’s Christo Roos wins 2013 PGA Apprentice Championship


The new Professional Golfers Association Apprentice Champion is none other than Riviera on Vaal Country Club’s Christo Roos. Winning his first major golf title, Roos bagged this win with an impressive 69 shots in the first round playing the East course and 73 in the second round playing the West course. “I finished the first day of the tournament leading by six shots; I played my best round on the most difficult course,” said the proud golfer.

PGA Apprentice Championship winner, Christo Roos

PGA Apprentice Championship winner, Christo Roos

The tournament took place at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington course.  Roos beat a total of 90 other golfers, playing 36 holes over the two day tournament. There were players from all over South Africa and some from neighbouring countries such as Botswana and Zimbabwe. Roos walked away from the win with a monetary prize as well as the chance to represent South Africa in the World Finals taking place in Australia later this year.

Now in the third year of his PGA training, Roos started playing golf under the encouragement of his father at the tender age of four years. The game of golf runs in his family with his older brother, sometimes mistaken for his twin brother, also being a qualified PGA Professional. “I enjoy playing golf because it doesn’t feel like work. I get to do what I teach on the course. When I play I get to practise and get away from everything,” said the budding professional.

The Riviera on Vaal Country Club’s General Manager, Leon Kruger said: “Christo has made us very proud by winning. He played an excellent game and deserves the Championship. He has been with the Riviera on Vaal Country Club for the past two and half years and he continues to add value to our company.”

Christo Roos gives golf clinics and lessons at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club. He says that he enjoys playing the Vaal River golf course because of its layout and views. He also enjoys interacting with the club members.  His golf tip is that you should focus on your rhythm and to keep from hitting the ball too hard.

 

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg on the banks of the Vaal River. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent river views and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport, conferencing and river cruising to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

 

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

 

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

 

Phone:    016 420 2310

Fax:         086 667 4469

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

The Riviera on Vaal appoints a new GM


General Manager at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

Charl Campher, General Manager at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A new General Manager has been appointed to manage the well known family resort on the banks of the Vaal River: Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club.

Charl Campher joined the team at the Riviera on Vaal on 1 April 2013. He has been appointed as General Manager after proving his skills and expertise in the industry locally and internationally.

After studying through the Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management, associated with the Hotelfachschule Belvoir Park of Zurich, Switzerland, Campher kicked off his career locally, as well as internationally. His experience in the industry comes from working at establishments like the Mount Grace in Magaliesberg and the Metropolitan Beach Hotel in Dubai. He broadened his horizons even further by taking up positions on American Cruise Lines working in North and South America,where after he returned to South Africa.With Campher being a member of the Chain des Rottiseurs and with his 19 years experience in the hotel industry, it is only natural to be excited about welcoming him back under the Riviera on Vaal’s management.

Charl Campher is a man who values family and genuine friends – two very important values at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club. As child he visited the Riviera on Vaal with his family on numerous occasions, thinking that it would be wonderful to someday have the opportunity to work in such a beautiful environment. After being married to his lovely wife, Willene, (also from the Vaal Triangle) for 7 years now, his dream has finally come true. With hobbies like cooking for friends and gardening, Riviera on Vaals guests will see that the once student has now become the master.

With the hospitality industry being one of the most challenging industries to work in, he understands the importance of constantly focusing on set goals and as he rightly says: “Honesty is always the best policy.” He describes his management style as very hands on and labels himself as a perfectionist. His strictness with regards to procedures and training will form an important part of the new management system as he believes one needs to apply self discipline to ensure that the highest quality of guest satisfaction is maintained and achieved at all times.

“Teamwork is of utmost importance,” says Campher. “The Riviera on Vaal Hotel is a unique property. Day to day running of the Hotel will be monitored to access the specific goals pertaining to the property. No compromise will be made when it comes to quality and service.” With the slogan, special experiences for special people, representing the Resort, Charl Campher says he would like the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club to be the name on everyone’s lips.

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club would like to welcome Charl Campher back in his new position and look forward to his input in assisting this property to grow from strength to strength.

 

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Entrepreneurs place Vereeniging on the map

In celebration of Tourism Month this September, South Africans are encouraged to be tourists in their own country, and even more, in their own cities.  Finding hidden gems in your own community can be greatly rewarding in terms of personal fulfillment such as family fun and togetherness, as well as local leisure holidays. A small city hidden on the banks of the Vaal River showcases such a gem: Vereeniging. Today we give thanks to those who assisted in the development of such a beautiful town – the people who built capital by taking risks and following their own initiative – the entrepreneurs; the dreamers.

Vereeniging 1891, little more than a wasteland – A man named Thomas Nicholas Leslie arrived in Vereeniging to open up a stone mine. Losing both his parents at a very young age, Leslie was forced to make a living for himself. Leslie travelled across the country, working in various mining and building sectors. When finally settling in Vereeniging with his family, his 51 year involvement with the small town of Vereeniging began – playing a pioneering role in its civic, cultural, educational and horticultural development. As Vereeniging’s first mayor – Leslie helped encourage Otto Brandmuller to beautify the banks of the immaculate Vaal River the city was located on. Planting Willows and Poplars, which helped make Vereeniging the scenic nature resort it is today. Meanwhile, the enthusiastic Russian born entrepreneur, Sammy Marks, (who initially appointed Otto Brandmuller) was also active in the area. Developing and venturing mainly in the mining and coal industry with his partner and one of the founders of the town, Isaac Lewis, it is largely due to Marks that the Vaal Triangle is one of South Africa‘s primary industrial areas today. Isaac Lewis’ son, Roy Lewis, shared in his father’s entrepreneurial flair and went on to build the Vereeniging Country Club, today known as the Riviera on Vaal Country Club.

More than 100 years later, another opportunist and entrepreneur started his own endeavors in the Vaal. Mac van der Merwe, born in Vereeniging, was encouraged through a poor upbringing and hard-working parents to become a highly successful businessman in various business sectors such as hospitality, travel and wine industries, as well as property development and engineering. Van der Merwe entered the business world by opening a car dealership (Park Motors) with no funding but plenty of enthusiasm with a team of friends, including Mr. Davide Parodi – which rapidly expanded to seven branches throughout Gauteng. Being a qualified mechanical engineer, Van der Merwe then started Vaalmac Engineering – developing unique engineering technology in the steel manufacturing industry. From there he ventured into IT manufacturing, and later entered the mining industry.

In 2002 Van der Merwe established a hospitality group, the Zorgvliet Portfolio, which showcases the diverse offerings of South Africa as a tourism destination – one of which is the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club in Vereeniging, which he purchased on auction in 2003.

September marks the 85th birthday anniversary of the Riviera on Vaal Hotel, a grand old lady indeed. In commemoration of Tourism Month, we can only pay tribute to the entrepreneurs in all sectors for making the city of Vereeniging what it is today.

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About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125

Email:     press@rivieraonvaal.co.za

DCD PLAYS GOLF SPRINGBUCK STYLE

DCD, niche heavy engineering manufacturer, held their annual golf day at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club on 6 September 2012 with a different swing to it. With DCD being one of the prominent companies in the Vaal Triangle and leading supplier of specialist heavy engineering products in South Africa, their golf day was aimed at enjoying a business to business game of golf and also to launch one of their most recent defense vehicles, the Springbuck. As a company that represents the number one shipyard and the biggest ring mill in Africa, the day promised to be quite the event.

DCD’s Public Relations and Brand Coordinator, Natacha Templeman, has once again outdone herself with the planning and arrangement of the golf day. Unfortunately crisis management had to step in, with the weather barely allowing guests to hit one ball. DCD’s clients were entertained at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club while waiting for the rain to pass with high hopes that they would be able to tee off at noon. Unfortunately the rain did not allow much golfing, but dinner still topped off a day of good business connections and DCD was still able to celebrate their newly developed brand structure with some of their top clients. Templeman stated that she was stoked to see how many invitees pitched for the golf day considering the bad weather. “Only eight people did not pitch,” she said excited. The rainy weather allowed for ample time for the men and women to gather around the country club’s tables and discuss some business and DCD’s future.

DCD has had numerous growth changes during the past few years, including the changing of their name from DCD-Dorbyl to a more concise DCD in January 2012. Together with their rebranding, they now also operate under four clusters, which include rail, mining & energy, defence and marine. DCD Wind Energy is the first company in South Africa to start and complete the manufacturing of 50 meter blades. The philosophy behind DCD is to create as much jobs and skills development in the local community as possible. Furthermore, DCD is also very active with regards to training programmes and increasing the skills pool in South Africa. They have invested R35 million in a proprietary Public Benefit Organisation named KhulaNathi Empowerment (KNE), which focuses on specific work needs, processes and methodologies. In addition to this they also have ongoing education and training initiatives and DCD aims on multi-skilling employees at all levels through these. DCD endeavors to provide their employees with not just a job, but careers and growth.

DCD launched the new Springbuck defense vehicle on the golf day at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, which is one of the great achievements of the newly restructured company’s defense cluster. This vehicle was designed with the aim on enlarging DCD’s footprint in the Africa countries. It is unique in being one of the few vehicles that is more affordable, yet not inferior in its offerings DCD would like to industrialize and decrease the pricing of the Springbuck even further. This new addition to DCD Protected Mobility’s products will also be showcased at Africa Aerospace and Defense 2012 from 19 to 21 September.

Another defense vehicle, the Mountain Lion, was also showcased at Riviera on Vaal during their celebrations. This vehicle has proven to be very successful, being the only vehicle in its caliber to finish the Summer Trail the first time around. Competing against large companies such as Renault, this was a great achievement for DCD. Andrew Mears, General Manager of DCD Protected Mobility, stated that the Mountain Lion, similar to the other vehicles on the Summer Trail, got stuck in the mud, but was the only vehicle able to work its way out on its own. Mears says that the Mountain Lion has been developed from the needs identified from DCD’s Husky route clearance equipment and contains an optimal balance required for a very specific niche. The Mountain Lion is ideally suited for peacekeeping, peace enforcement and policing type operations.

With protected mobility such as DCD’s defense vehicles, there is no doubt that DCD is one of the top manufacturers in the heavy engineering industry.

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http://www.dcd.co.za/

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

 

Phone:  016 420 1300

Fax:      016 455 6125

Email:   press@rivieraonvaal.co.za