2ND SEDIBENG TOURISM AWARDS 2013 -VAAL REGION
The prestigious and high profile Sedibeng Tourism Awards were held on the 18th April 2013 at the Lord’s Signature Hotel. There were 78 entrants this year which encompassed hospitality businesses within the greater Vaal Region from Loch Vaal all the way up to Heidelburg and the Vaal Dam.The event was graced by the MEC of Economic Development in Gauteng, Nkosiphendule Kolisile, the CEO of Gauteng Tourism, Ms. Dawn Robertson and the MC for the evening was Bongani Bingwa -well-known Carte Blanche presenter.
In the MEETINGS, EXHIBITIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS category, the winners were:-
- Stonehaven on Vaal (Gold)
- Riverside Sun Resort (Silver)
- Emerald Resort & Casino (Bronze)
In the LUXURY ACCOMMODATION category, the winners were:-
- Emerald Resort & Casino (Gold)
- Three Rivers Lodge and Villa (Silver)
- Riviera on Vaal Hotel (Bronze)
Stonehaven on Vaal also took first place (Gold) for the Adventure/Outdoor category and third place (Bronze) in the Restaurant category.
Rosemary Cloete-Anderson, Stonehaven on Vaal’s MD, received the Gold Award for “Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Local Tourism”.
From Left to Right: Acting Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality, Cllr. Maipato Tsokolibane and the Winner of the category Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Tourism, Rosemary Cloete-Anderson, MEC of Economic Development in Gauteng, Nkosiphendule Kolisile,
Stonehaven is member of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)
Vaal Entertainment Facility and Venue
Stonehaven is owned by the Cloete-Anderson Family and is the Vaal River’s social centre, a natural interface between locals and visitors. Here you will find the largest alfresco Garden Restaurant in South Africa. You will enjoy being greeted by the relaxed and charming ambience as you meander through Stonehaven’s cobbled pathways that lead you through the quaint herb garden, over 1000 rose bushes and the mature gardens and lawns that sweep down to the Vaal River. You have a variety of dining options at Stonehaven on Vaal. The Dining Terrace provides an attractive spot for summer meals overlooking the river as does the garden and lawns where you can enjoy dining under a gazebo. Dining around the swimming pool while your children enjoy a dip is also a perfect way of enjoying relaxed family dining. The Wine Cellar and River Pub have a friendly atmosphere which makes the conversation flow naturally and easily. You will enjoy experiencing winter in the sanctuary of Stonehaven’s cosy River Pub with its roaring and crackling fireplaces enhanced by Stonehaven’s many antiques and nautical ornaments and memorabilia. Stonehaven‘s fare is hearty in quantity and freshly prepared from local produce. Menus range from light pub meals to a more serious restaurant menu with a mix of classic and modern dishes. Homemade puddings are a particular treat at Stonehaven.
Besides the 10 acres of beautifully tendered gardens, there is the busy Stonehaven Harbour with a selection of Cruisers to choose from for your sized function – from 2 to 200. Full onboard dining is catered for from breakfasts, brunches, braais, spits, smorgasbords, picnics, buffets, seafood extravaganzas and cocktail snacks. Stonehaven also hosts a regular Sunday Cruising Buffet every Sunday aboard one of the luxurious cruisers or floating restaurants - “The Spirit of Jen”.
Stonehaven on Vaal hosts many different kinds of functions, such as 21st Birthday Parties, Stork Parties, Kitchen Teas, Engagements, Weddings, Christenings, Anniversaries, Children’s Parties, Corporate conferences, Corporate Team Building and Year End Function
Birthday Celebrations on land on aboard our River Cruiser
Celebrate your 21st birthday party at Stonehaven right on the banks of the Vaal River or aboard one of Stonehaven’s Cruisers for something really different. You will experience a unique celebration – a21st with a difference! Stonehaven also hosts great big “0”s, 20's, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 100’s with something different to the usual birthday celebrations
Sunday Luncheon Cruise
Treat yourselves to a 2-hour sumptuous Sunday Cruising Buffet (1pm - 3pm) aboard the Luxurious "Spirit of Jen" at R275.00 per guest (R82.50 for children). Price includes the 2-hour cruise, welcome aperitif and a full 3-course buffet onboard. Great for celebrating special occasions and treating those you love in your life to something really different! Click HERE for theflyer.
Stork Parties and Kitchen Teas
Stonehaven adds lots of fun and laughter to these special celebrations with a great deal of attention spent on every detail. These charming occasions can either be hosted in the garden, rose garden, on the lawns, in a private venue, on the banks of the Vaal River or aboard one of the Cruisers. ClickHEREfor the Kitchen Tea flyer or Click HERE for the Stork Party flyer
Gauteng Year End Functions
If you want something different this year – Stonehaven can provide it! Theme parties, Sunset cruises, Cruising Dinner Dances are just a few of the many options Stonehaven can offer you. Stonehaven boasts over 40 different menus … from sushi to venison spits. Click HERE for the flyer
Stonehaven has several venue options as well as the opportunity of hosting your Wedding aboard one of Stonehaven’s luxurious Cruisers. Stonehaven boasts the largest and most luxurious Vaal Cruiser on the Vaal River called “The Spirit of Jen”. There is also a charming Garden Chapel and a perfect setting for magnificent wedding photographs. You could also have a dramatic arrival to your wedding, by arriving by Cruiser with a Scottish Piper leading.ClickHEREfor the Wedding Venues flyer
Corporate Team building
Stonehaven has a very good reputation for Corporate Team Building – team building which works well, is not “over-the-top”, appeals to everyone and is very well priced. The day can be made even more special by treating everyone to a luncheon cruise or a “chill-out” cruise after all the activities of the day. Packages can be tailored to suit different needs, from one-hour Team Building breaks within a formal Conference - to full day Team Building packages.Stonehaven will decide from your brief, which team building ideas and games would be most effective for your particular group. Not all team building games are appropriate for every group and your brief will assist Stonehaven in the assessment. If you want some heavy duty Equipment for your corporate team building event, different to the Standard team building games … things like Human Fooze Ball, Four Wheeling, Paint Ball or Water Sports, these can be incorporated too. Click HERE for the flyer
Stonehavenon Vaal offers you three accommodation options from which to choose: Click HERE for the flyer
Stone Manor - a quiet country retreat in a Manor House on the banks of the Vaal River with a stunning Honeymoon Suite.
Kaldin’s Villa - Two Bedroom self catering Town House on the exclusive Emfuleni Golf Estate and Vaal River.
Picnics at Stonehaven:Spoil someone special and let us take care of all the arrangements! Our Picnic Menu is beautifully presented in a large Traditional Picnic Basket placed on a country blanket laid on the lush green lawn right on the banks fo the Vaal River or any other area you might like us to set-up. Choose and add a bottle of wine to your Picnic Basket for that extra touch! Clickherefor more information.
Sushi making workshops at Stonehaven:For the Sushi Lovers! Learn how to make sushi and impress your friends with your new found skills! Follow our Chef as he leads you step-by-step and shows you how to make different types of sushi. Each participant is supplied with a Japanese sushi rolling mat and all the fresh ingredients needed to make the sushi then sit back and enjoy the meal you've made! Clickherefor more information.
Successful Bird Count on the Vaal River
Members of the Vaal Bird Club augmented by members of Birdlife Vaaldam and the Feathers Bird Club (Parys) carried out a very successful count of the waterbirds on the Vaal River on Saturday 26 January 2013. The group, based at Stonehaven-on-Vaal, set out in 4 boats with each boat covering a specific 10 km section of the river. In total a distance of 43 kms was covered between the Suikerbos tributary in Vereeniging and the Barrage. Read the full articleHEREfor the full list of the Birds that were counted clickHERE
There was a successful Winter Water Bird Count done on the Vaal on the 14th September 2013 with 10 new species for the CWAC count – a total of 49 water bird species. See the full list HERE
Birding on the Vaal at Stonehaven
Join us on a relaxing Birding Cruise on the Vaal River and up the Taaibosspruit on a private chartered cruiser. R250.00 per person includes theuse of a luxurious cruiser for 3 hours, coffee, tea and tasty snacks. A fully stocked bar is also available. View the complete list of birds that have been spotted on a birding cruise by downloading the flyerHERE. For more info on Birding in the Vaal visit the official Vaal Birding Route websiteHERE.
Fishing on the Vaal River
Experience a 3 hour private fishing charter on the Vaal River aboard a luxury river cruiser complete with air conditioning, ladies & gents toilets, a fully stocked bar, tasty snacks and fishing gear with bait for the inexperienced first time angler. Try your hand at catching Yellowfish, Carp, Bass and more while slowly cruising the deeper parts of the Vaal River. With various certified cruisers available from a speedboat for 2 to a luxury cruiser for 40 people each with a certified Stonehaven Skipper chartering the waters there are no minimum or maximum amount of Anglers per cruise. The 3-hour Vaal River chartered cruise is R385.00 per person and departs from Stone Harbour at Stonehaven on Vaal - bookings can be made for any day, at any time of the year. Stonehaven is 45 minutes from Joburg within the Gauteng area and is located 23kms from the Barrage Wall on the deeper part of the Vaal River. Accommodation at Stone Manor located on the Vaal River can be made through Stonehaven's Reservations team where private bank fishing can be enjoyed.
Our heartfelt thanks for the VOH Bikers Club for the honour of receiving their club banner! Read the full write-up on the event HERE
SAACI Membership -Stonehaven is member of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)
SAMSA Certification -All Stonehaven cruisers are SAMSA certified.
Stonehaven on Vaal (Pty) Ltd has a Level Six Broad Based BEE status, view the certificate here.
Local Vaalies Take on the 2014 Cape to Rio Race
A few Vaalies got together over just the past few months and adventurouslydecided to take on the stormy seas of the Atlantic on the Cape to Rio YachtRace. The race started on Saturday the 4th January 2014 aboard their vessel"Rocket/Save the Rhino". They are hoping to sail their monohull vessel toRio in 21 days. No engines are permitted to be used in the race - it allhas to be under sail.
There were 36 vessels competing in the race and by the second day 10 vesselshad already pulled out due to the extreme storms and weather conditions,never before experienced in the history of the race. There were swells of10 meter high waves and many of the vessels experienced critical damage.
There were also a number of injuries aboard some of the vessels whichtragically included a fatality aboard the Angolan vessel the Bille when themast broke and hit one of the crew members.
The Vaalies have also experienced their fair share of damage to theirvessel, but have managed to do running repairs (repairs while still sailing)and are doing really well under the experience of Skipper Gerrie Boshoff,who has amassed over 60 000 nautical miles, which includes:- 9 Atlanticcrossings, 1 Circumnavigation and 5 Cape to Rio's and many others.
You can follow their progress and all the other participants positions onwww.cape2rio2014.com or follow them on their blogor on their Facebook Page