SATA Joins Maccauvlei on Vaal!

Maccauvlei on Vaal

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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 res@maccauvleionvaal.co.za / 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!”

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!

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Above: Owl Box at Maccauvlei on Vaal

Maccauvlei on Vaal Facebook Photo Competition


Maccauvlei Facebook Photo Competition

Maccauvlei Facebook Photo Competition

Maccauvlei on Vaal has launched a Facebook Photo Competition, encouraging visitors to share their memories, experiences and stories of the early days at Maccauvlei with them.

With Maccauvlei forming an integral part of Vereeniging and the Vaal Triangle’s history, it is only natural to want to know more about its hay-days.

Do you have old photos from your or your family’s visits to the former Maccauvlei Learning Academy? Or a few memories to share about your golfing experiences at the Maccauvlei golf course? Perhaps you have a few stories to tell about the Kwaai Angus bar. Share your photos and memories with Maccauvlei on Vaal by posting them on your Facebook wall and tagging Maccauvlei on Vaal or send your photos and stories to press@pressonvaal.co.za.

What is a competition without prizes? Maccauvlei on Vaal offers you a choice of:

We look forward to taking a trip down memory lane with you.

For more information about Maccauvlei on Vaal and its offerings, contact them on 016 420 2000 or res@maccauvleionvaal.co.za.

 

About Maccauvlei on Vaal

A welcoming country lodge and conferencing venue in the Vaal, open to both leisure and conference guests. Maccauvlei on Vaal has a variety of entertaining options. Also on offer are golfing packages, sport group accommodation, bird watching, wedding venues, photography and culture weekends and more.

www.maccauvleionvaal.co.za

 

For more information please contact: 

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS 

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:   016 420 2245

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Matt’s prepares for Christmas at River Square

Vereeniging – 2 November 2012. Matt’s Foundation will be manning a gift wrapping and donation station at River Square from 5 November until 8 December. All proceeds will go towards creating an extra special Christmas for all the children Matt’s Foundation supports.

A large Christmas tree will be the mascot of the campaign, carrying hearts with children’s names written on them. Shoppers passing by can pick a heart from the tree, representing a child from the Vaal Triangle’s Christmas gift which they can then sponsor. Matt’s Foundation will assist in wrapping the presents and delivering them to safe houses and orphanages supported by the Foundation. Additional funds will also be raised by selling Matt’s mugs, fridge magnets and Christmas tree decorations. The Christmas tree decorations were all handmade by the children themselves.

Matt’s Foundation is in need of volunteers to help man the Christmas station. To offer your assistance, please contact Carmen on 016 455 6100 or email helpus@mattsfoundation.co.za.

 

About Matt’s Foundation

Matt’s Foundation endeavor to assist in making a difference to the lives of under-privileged children in theVaalcommunity, by raising funds, donations and events. Funding community-based organisations – such as foster homes, safe houses and children’s care centres – working with some of our most vulnerable children for their most basic needs like food, clothing, special education needs and medical care. These children have all been made susceptible through circumstances beyond their control.

 

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV Communications

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging,Gauteng, 1930

Phone:  016 455 6100

Fax:      016 455 6125

Email:  press@rivieraonvaal.co.za

Vaal Community competes to raise funds

One of the potjies that was made on the day

One of the potjies that was made on the day

Vereeniging – 15 October 2012. Matt’s Foundation, a well known non-profit organization in the Vaal, hosted their annual Potjiekos Competition combined with a Garage Sale at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club on Saturday, 13 October 2012. The Riviera on Vaal Country Club sponsored the venue for the day.

The teams’ potjies were judged externally and the winners were announced after a fun filled morning of cooking and competing. The team, Golden Oldies, was given first prize for the overall best potjie. Park Motors Alfa Romeo seized the second spot and also received an additional prize for having the best décor. Team Em-jee received third prize and the fourth prize went to a team called Three men and a lady. The prize for the team with the best spirit on the day went to the Foo-D Fighters and the most disorganized team, the Panty Hose, also received a consolation prize.

Bruno and Lloyd teamed up to provide the cooks and the audience with live entertainment for the day while Tapimanzi Adventures sponsored a variety of inflatables that kept the kids busy for hours on end. In between, competitors and visitors were able to enjoy a draught or two at the beer tent, sponsored by SAB Breweries, and shopaholics were able to catch a few bargains at the garage sale.

The aim of the day was to raise funds to be able to assist in providing for the basic needs of the children of the Vaal community – especially with Christmas soon approaching. Matt’s Foundation’s slogan is to “love the children” and therefore the potjiekos competition and garage sale were held in honour of just that. Many locals jumped in and volunteered to help on the day, including the Riviera on Vaal Hotel who sponsored side salads, fresh bread rolls, cutlery and staff. Matt’s Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in making the day a great success.

 

About Matt’s Foundation

Matt’s Foundation endeavor to assist in making a difference to the lives of under-privileged children in the Vaal community, by raising funds, donations and events. Funding community-based organisations – such as foster homes, safe houses and children’s care centres – working with some of our most vulnerable children for their most basic needs like food, clothing, special education needs and medical care. These children have all been made susceptible through circumstances beyond their control.

 

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV Communications

 

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:  016 455 6100

Fax:      016 455 6125

Email:  press@rivieraonvaal.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