AstroTech Conference Centre

Conference Venue Gauteng With the combination of our wide range of facilities, our flexibility and our talented team ready to assist you, you can be assured of an unforgettable experience!

We not only excel at providing state of the art standard conferencing but in addition we offer a wide range of functions and events including:
• End of Year Events
• Office Functions
• Cocktail Parties
• Birthday Parties
• Dinner Functions
• Staff / Client Functions
• Business Breakfasts

So if you are looking for a great function, without all the stress and with a provider that you can trust not to disappoint, please contact Vanessa on 011 582 3366 or email at conference@atconfcentre.co.za

Kind regards,
Vanessa

FEATURES
• Free Wi-fi
• Data Projectors included
• Free secure parking
• Fully equipped business centre
• State of the art equipment for all your audio and video requirements
• Multiple Break-away rooms
• Central location close to major highways
• Beautiful garden setting
• Air-conditioned rooms with natural light

CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: 0861 262 262
Website: http://www.venuepages.co.za/cgi-bin/venuepages/search.pl?:more:1342167624

Location:
AstroTech Conference Centre, Cnr 3rd Avenue & Anerley Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
For enquiries use the contact us form below or contact 0861 262 262

CONFERENCE VENUES NORTH COAST KWAZULU NATAL.

Conference venues North CoastThe KZN North Coast is one of the most picturesque, sought after conference and holiday destinations in South Africa.

With moderate changes in the seasons, the North Coast is a most suitable, all year round locality with the most desirable summers in the country.

Among many small, medium and larger hotels and/or conference centres, is a particularly notable venue; PALM DUNE BEACH LODGE.

Situated less than a half hour’s drive from King Shaka Airport, en route to Zululand’s Big Five game reserves and the St. Luca Wetland Park and Heritage site, this charming venue merges with a pristine stretch on the Dolphin Coast at Blythesdale Beach.

Palm Dune offers 44 en suite, air-conditioned rooms, two exceptionally well-appointed conference venues, seating up to 200 people, two sparkling swimming pools, a fully catered restaurant & bar, overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean at this point as well as a private tropical, decked Boma area for intimate weddings Braai’s and private dinners.

Palm Dune’s Team Building, which is hosted on the beach, adjacent to a Nature Reserve, offers a variety of activities, to support conference objectives.

Conference venues North CoastThe 200-seater larger conference venue opens onto a patio which is ideal for break away groups. In addition, the Auditorium, seating 47 delegates has a large screen and surround sound.

Accommodation in their 44 en-suite, air-conditioned rooms are also self catering units for holiday makers. For conference delegates, fully inclusive conference packages are offered and below is their current special for November, 2014.

CONFERENCE SPECIAL
November 2014

FULL CONFERENCE PACKAGE SINGLE @ R1280pp
FULL CONFERENCE PACKAGE SHARING @ R990pp
Includes conference facilities with accommodation, dinner, breakfast, lunch and tea breaks

DAY CONFERENCE PACKAGE @ R320pp
Includes conference facilities with lunch and tea breaks

Conference hall capacity up to 200 delegates (depending on set up)
Auditorium capacity up to 60 delegates (depending on set up)
20% Discount offered on Quad Biking
The Spa @ Palm Dune now available

PALM DUNE BEACH LODGE has remained consistent in their excellent standards and service since this venue was built in 2000. Owned by Brad Rayson whose understanding of hospitality and attention to detail ensures that their guests receive home-from-home service while remaining one of the most professional venues in the area. … In the hospitality industry, we refer to “Happy staff make happy guests”. This is most certainly how Palm Dune is run with their key members of staff having been with them since the operation began! In this industry, this speaks volumes!

Engela Muter is the Conference and Banqueting Manager on site and will tailor make your event to suit your budget, within reason, while ensuring their high standard remains in tact and that all your requirements are met.

Please contact Palm Dune for further information or to request a quotation

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Article written by Rosalie Howard

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HELLO MALAWI!

KumbaliI was recently a guest at the beautiful 4-star equivalent KUMBALI COUNTRY LODGE, 9 klms from Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi and I was quite mind-blown at the standard of hospitality, the high level of professionalism, exceptionally well trained staff and the very nature of Malawi’s people.

Guy and Maureen Pickering who own KUMBALI COUNTRY LODGE are the most welcoming, warm, caring and friendly folk who are available 24/7 during one’s stay at their lovely home-from-home Lodge in the country.

What stood out for me is the superior and professional manner of their staff, who clearly love what they do and who love where they are. Smartly attired at all times, always willing to go the extra mile, polite and who made our stay at their lovely lodge a total indulgence in luxury!
Lilongwe Airport – 9 klms from the Lodge is an international airport, with flights from OR Tambo, Johannesburg several times a week – a mere two hour journey, no visas required, merely your passport. An easy flight on SAA.

Landscapes
This landlocked country is filled with a variety of picturesque landscapes from north to south. Its highest peak stands at 3,000 meters while the lowest point lies just a little above sea level. Malawi, in the spring and summer, is lush and green with plains, forests, mountains, plateaus, and exhilarating river valleys. In the Highland areas and forest reserves there are great options for accommodations, Kumbali Country Lodge being one of these.

Wildlife
With diverse flora and fauna, much of which is in more than10 wildlife reserves and national parks the climate in this little country is the perfect setting for tropical vegetation. Although Malawi’s population of large mammals is not as high as those of its neighbouring countries, wildlife viewing is still enjoyed by visitors, both locally and those from away. We visited in their winter which has a climate much like that in Durban on the warm winter days. To me, this is perfect! .

THE GREATEST ATTRACTION …..
LAKE MALAWI lies between Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi – the 9th largest freshwater lake in the world. Here, in this rural, peaceful and natural area, fishing is quite a busy industry amongst the local folk, in their simple but practical fishing boats – These areas are where most of the Malawian population will be found.

Lake Malawi is, I would guess, the most visited tourist attraction in Malawi, as this large body of freshwater with its golden sand beaches is a magnificent destination for swimming, diving, snorkelling, extreme water sports and a photographer’s paradise! There is only one other country I have visited with such blue, clean water and that is New Zealand! …. It is breath-taking from every point and massive!.

Because of the large rural population, the economy of the country relies largely on agriculture. In recent years, the government has made great strides in developing the country from one of the least developed countries in the world to gaining a more stable foot in the direction of financial independence. Since 2005, the tourism to Malawi and environmental protection plus education and health services have received a lot of attention and the welfare of these people has therefore greatly improved..

ACCOMMODATION AND CONFERENCE FACILITIES IN MALAWI

The best way to visit all that Malawi is proud to show off is to base yourself at a good Lodge or Hotel and to travel daily from this point. Such is the luxury yet affordable “KUMBALI COUNTRY LODGE”. Situated within a 650-hectare forest reserve, the Kumbali Country Lodge does not only pride itself on its luxurious accommodations but on its environment as well.

The Kumbali Lodge offers superior, spacious accommodation in 14 executive rooms and 2 deluxe suites. All the rooms at the lodge include wireless internet access, satellite TV, facilities with South African DSTV channels, tea and coffee making facilities, fans, mosquito nets and table and chairs. Most rooms have spacious, under thatch verandahs overlooking their peaceful, beautiful grounds. The accommodation matches the best Malawi has to offer..

Conveniently located near Lilongwe, the Conference Centre provides a beautiful and natural setting for conferences and private events – a result achieving venue in the peace and tranquillity of the country. These are the services provided at the lodge:

• Luxury Accommodation in14 executive and 2 deluxe rooms
• Fine dining, private dining and table d’hote or a-la-carte meals in the restaurant
• Charming Conference Centre (2 venues)
• Wireless internet access
• Fully stocked and cosy bar
• Comfortable outdoor seating overlooking a magnificent, well manicured and well tended garden and fresh water pool with a private lounge upstairs
• Lilongwe Airport transfers
• Transport to/from Lilongwe city centre
• Printing and photocopying
• Packed lunches
• Laundry facilities (7 days a week)
• Dry cleaning available on request
• Reliable electricity supply (generator power back up
• Torches and umbrellas in all rooms

CONFERENCES AT KUMBALI COUNTRY LODGE

In two well equipped, unusual conference venues, Kumbali offers excellent conference facilities to local delegates and international delegates, capable of seating up to 60 delegates +-. Special residential/conference packages are available. Kumbali Country Lodge has increasingly become a very popular and busy conference destination. The beauty of hosting your event here, depending on its size and number of delegates, is that you are likely to have exclusivity of the Lodge. A private fine cuisine dinner may be prepared for your gala night while at the start of your event, a wonderful ice-breaker could be a good old South African Braai or authentic local cuisine at the on-site Cultural Village where local entertainment will be laid on for you too and a well stocked pub.

 

 
The Kumbali Lodge is to be compared with any well run, up-market 4-star venue along the Midlands, or in the Drakensberg.
MALAWI CULTURAL VILLAGE AT KUMBALI COUNTRY LODGE

For an authentic African village experience visit the on-site Kumbali Cultural Village. Within walking distance of the Lodge, the Village has accommodation with traditional and international cuisine on offer, a local arts & crafts centre, and a covered outdoor conference facility.

PERMACULTURE
A short walk from Kumbali Country Lodge, is Nature’s Gift Permaculture Centre- a demonstration plot for Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology. The permaculture centre is on 20 hectares of land and serves to demonstrate and promote solutions for food and nutrition security in Malawi.

What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems, which have the diversity, stability and the strength of natural ecosystems. It is the integration of land and people, supplying their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without sustainable agriculture there is no possibility of a sustainable human culture.”

Nature’s Gift Permaculture Centre is a ten minute walk from the lodge. The staff, interns, and volunteers, welcome visitors and taking them on a tour of the centre, proudly showing that Malawi is indeed a rich country.

Make a change … on our vast Continent, there is so much we haven’t seen, haven’t experienced and the best way to experience MALAWI is to visit there. And so, for your next ‘different’ conference experience, choose KUMBALI COUNTRY LODGE and a tour to the Lake which will be organised by the owners of the Lodge who also have a smaller Lodge right on the water front!

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CONFERENCE VENUES EAST LONDON, EASTERN CAPE

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East London, A charming, olde-worlde medium sized city, friendly and breezy is built between the Buffalo River and Nahoon River. The city which has formed around the only river port in South Africa and attracts visitors from far and wide because of its scenic coastal beauty along the magnificent east coast of South Africa. Sub-tropical in nature with most of its rainfall in spring and autumn.
East London is the second largest industrial centre in the Eastern Cape with the motor industry being the dominant employer.

Centrally situated …

The N2 motorway connecting Cape Town and Durban bypasses the city of East London, while the N6 highway joins East London with Bloemfontein. The newly re-built East London Airport is a mere 10 klm from the city centre and offers daily flights to all major South African cities.

The hospitality of the folk in East London is worth mentioning. It has remained small enough to be known in South Africa as one of the most friendly cities yet it is also large enough to offer all the mod-cons of a city while the delightful neighbouring resort suburbs have a distinctive air of holidays … here you can smell the sea.

CONFERENCE IN EAST LONDON

The ELICC (East London International Convention Centre) is possibly the largest international convention centre in the province and is a draw card to East London, for international and national conferences and seminars. This venture, while it was at first thought of as a brave one, has already proved that it is worthy of much that Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are with 3 and 4 star hotels within walking distance.

ELICC

While it is a central destination and while it is a popular holiday destination and well known for industry, East London is proud to present one of the most up-to-date convention centres in South Africa which also incorporates the 261 roomed, up-market Premier Hotel Cascades, with panoramic views of the pristine beaches.

HEMMINGWAYS – TSOGO SUN

Recently, while I was visiting my family in Gonubie, a delightful olde-worlde holiday town, approximately 9 klms out of the hubbub of the city itself, heading back towards the old Transkei Road, we spent a wonderful evening at the modern, large Hemmingways Complex which is built between the city and Gonubie and Beacon Bay. We attended a magical tribute to the BeeGees in the theatre which is located in the Casino area of the centre. As we were early, we stopped to have a meal at “Latitudes”, managed by Tsogo Sun, which is directly in front of the theatre. Our dining experience was memorable and I highly recommend this little restaurant to locals and travellers for outstanding standards of service, scrumptious meals at unbelievably reasonable prices. For example, my sister and I shared an Ox Tail meal, as we only wanted something light. This delicious dish was served to us, complete with a selection of fresh veggies and mashed potato for R84.00! … I wonder how many other restaurants of this top calibre can offer a large meal at this price? !

Latitudes is just one small part of the greater hotel within this modern, ample complex. The Hemmingways Hotel offers large, medium sized and small conference venues as well as over 100 rooms for accommodation. Being central between the city and the smaller suburbs or holiday villages around the city, it is a very convenient and desirable venue, managed with highly trained staff in attendance, excellent attention to detail and super smart service. A very impressive venue, unusual as it is not a stand alone hotel but a great part of the Hemmingways complex which is privately owned.

For more information on accommodation rooms, conference centres, function venues, contact us at Venue Pages on our telephone number 0861 262 262 or by e-mail on rosalie@venuepages.co.za or visit our website at http://www.venuepages.co.za and visit our blog posts on http://blog.venuepages.co.za. As we operate nationally, we can assist you with all your block accommodation requirements, your conference and seminar needs as well as your year-end functions and the like.

Other beauty spots nearby …

Gonubie … a mere 15 minute drive from the city, is a warm and friendly little village where many residents prefer to live because Nature has blessed this little town with one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches on the East Coast.

Fishing is a ‘national’ hobby in Gonubie and surrounds, where charters take off from most weekends, weather permitting. These must be pre-booked and may be done by contacting The Venue Pages or Rory Hare, the Skipper of a magnificent deep sea fishing boat on 082 787 5931.

Travelling towards Mthatha and Durban, East Londoners and visitors to Buffalo city are fortunate to have a number of picturesque coastal villages and holiday resorts within a short drive from the city … these include, Chintsa East and Chintsa West, Kei Mouth and the 4-star Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve and Conference facility, which although inland, is also very close to the sea with beautiful sea views, luxury tented accommodation and hotel rooms and a state-of-the-art conference centre. This coast line has remained unspoilt over the decades and is very reminiscent of the Wild Coast resorts.

Southern Sun Hemingways, East London

Situated in the scenic coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Southern Sun Hemingways takes its inspiration from the Key West home of famous writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ernest Hemingway. Gracious design is infused with sub-tropical elements, which result in a warm yet infinitely stylish hotel that instantly puts you at ease.

Step back into a time of elegant accommodation and well-thought-out features, as you explore the many sights that are found within the city and its surrounds. From the comfort of your base, the famous Eastern Cape beaches beckon, along with historical attractions and plenty of other things to see and do.

Southern Sun Hemingways Features

Each of the 108 en-suite rooms offered by the hotel was designed with comfort in mind. Décor is relaxed yet stylish, with furnishings carefully chosen to add to the Key West atmosphere. Features include tea and coffee stations, hairdryers, electric safes, air-conditioning, porter service, wake up facility and 18-hour room service. Double, queen and king rooms as well as a Presidential Suite is on offer. Smoking and wheelchair-accessible rooms meanwhile can also be arranged on request.

Services and facilities offered throughout the rest of the hotel are equally well-appointed. A fitness centre is available to keep you in shape, conferencing facilities are on hand if you are here to work, and free high-speed WiFi is also offered. You can also enjoy access to Hemingways Casino & Entertainment Complex, along with delicious breakfast and dinner options at Key Largo Restaurant. There are many other restaurants and facilities found at the nearby Hemingways Mall should you feel like getting out and about.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of East London with the help of Southern Sun Hemingways – your sub-tropical oasis in the heart of the Eastern Cape.

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Review by Rosalie Howard – Venue Pages

CONFERENCE CENTRES JOHANNESBURG, CONFERENCE VENUES DURBAN, SEMINARS IN CAPE TOWN

 

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A PROTEA PROFILE

When we are given the ’must be done now’ task of planning a series of conferences, or even one large event, we all go through the thought processes of “Where”, “Who has high standards yet reasonable rates?” and “Who will organise this as quickly as possible?” I would say, notwithstanding that most South African venues put professionalism, efficiency and above average standards first, it’s often a lot easier to look at the big guys who have venues country-wide, all operating to the same high standards and the name that pops into mind immediately is PROTEA HOTELS. In our business, we have had a lot of experience working with them on events we plan for our clients and for me, it is a most convenient one-stop shop … They have central sales offices in all the large cities and their coordinators efficiently handle all enquiries in quick turn-around time and get quotes sent back without undue delay.

You will find a PROTEA HOTEL in every city (often more than one) and in many towns, in the country, at the sea and in the mountains as well as in 9 neighbouring African countries, making them the continent’s largest hotel group. Consistent in standard, service and quality cuisine.

Today I will focus on the 3 biggest conference cities in South Africa to whet your appetites:

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PROTEA IN DURBAN HOTELS

PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD. This olde worlde hotel, which has withstood the ravages of time, recessions and many changes in the beautiful city of Durban, still stands proud, still offers the superb service and standards of yesteryear, with modernised facilities and re-vamped rooms and a table which has consistently been amongst the top in Durban.

Re-decorated many times over the years, yet retaining its classic, Victorian elegance, for which the Protea Hotel Edward is renowned, this fine hotel offers 101 guest rooms built on 7 floors, many of which overlook the ocean. Additionally, PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD offers extensive conference facilities, with the largest function room accommodating up to 200 delegates cinema style and 160 delegates for a banquet dinner.

Catering for full and half day conferences, seminars, presentations, gala dinners, award evenings, road shows, they are also the ideal fairytale wedding venue.

Free wifi and within close proximity of :
• Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
• UShaka Marine World
• Durban Funworld
• South Beach
• Umhlanga Rocks
• Many sophisticated restaurants in Durban’s night life

And while still in Durban …

PROTEA HOTEL UMHLANGA RIDGE

Explore the Dolphin Coastline from this central point and discover an area rich in Zulu heritage, modern shopping malls, the theatre, peaceful private beaches up the North Coast yet only a short drive to the buzz and excitement in the city
Conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and just minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport.

LUXURY ROOMS
Each contemporary, Colonial-style room is finished with laminate timber floors with breath-taking views.
CONFERENCE CENTRE
Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge has a variety of conference rooms that include two boardrooms and five multi-use venues with a maximum seating capacity of 370 delegates cinema style.

CAPE TOWN CONFERENCE CENTRE

CONFERENCE FACILITIES, ACCOMMODATION ROOMS AT PROTEA HOTEL VICTORIA JUNCTION WATERFRONT CAPE TOWN:

A place from which to explore the V&A Waterfront and experience Cape Town, this trendy hotel has a reputation to uphold and rooms that suit all tastes and requirements.

172 Modern Rooms featuring en-suite, water-saving rain showers, varied entertainment options like the Bravia LCD screens and iPod docking stations. Standard rooms and double-storey loft apartments form the mix of accommodation rooms at this fine hotel..

TWO SOUNDPROOF CONFERENCE VENUES
The well equipped conference centre can host up to 120 delegates with a flexible room configuration..

Included in conference facilities is a sophisticated stage with state-of-the-art lighting, excellent acoustics, high ceilings and independent climate control.

CONFERENCE CENTRE SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG

PROTEA HOTEL THE BALALAIKA IN SANDTON serves as a tranquil home-from-home in the bustling business centre and entertainment area of Sandton, central to most areas around Johannesburg.
There are two sections to the Protea Hotel Balalaika, each with a swimming pool, set in their own picturesque,landscaped garden..
THE CONFERENCE ROOMS
Being central to the business hub of Sandton, The Protea Hotel Balalaika, in the heart of Sandton is also within easy, central reach of many entertainment centres. it is a popular conference and function venue, catering for up to 300 guests. The ideal destination for your next conference or corporate dinner.

And many more … whether it be in the smaller Eastern Cape towns, the Garden Route, Mpumalanga or in any of our 9 provinces, you will find the hospitality offered by PROTEA HOTELS apparent everywhere.

For your next conference, group accommodation booking or function, call us at VENUE PAGES on 082 055 0102 or visit our website on http://www.venuepages.co.za for your choice of Protea Hotel and we’ll handle the rest!  Or simply complete the contact us form below.

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard