The annual SA Style Awards are turning 20 next year… 20!!! How incredible? The prestigious awards not only honour some of the biggest names in the SA lifestyle and entertainment industries, but they’ve also served as a launchpad for many of them to expand their respective brands in the industry; be it as a restauranteur, an architect, a popular MC, or a successful entrepreneur who people and brands need to work with. In other words, it’s not just about how they look, but rather what they stand for, how they carry themselves in the industry and what they’re contributing to the industry.
In the build up to the twentieth anniversary next year, Jill Grogor and team have decided it’s time to ‘throwback’. Who doesn’t love a good throwback, especially when it comes to something like the SA Style Awards. The judges are respected in their own right, and so to choose 20 names of some of the icons that have made their mark on the industry is a job I’m really not envious of. Having said that, their list is incredible and tomorrow’s glitzy red carpet event will be one even Hollywood would be jealous of – if the sponsors are anything to go by. Check this out:
Hyde Park Corner
GM & Ahrens
Ashbourne & Southern Right
San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
When brands like this associate themselves with such an event, you know it’s a respected event.
A few years ago if you’d asked me to do 106 kilometres on a bicycle, I would’ve laughed in your face and thrown the duvet over my head in defiance. Things change, however, and now I do triathlons, run half marathons (still only half yes), I swim long distances, I ride both road and mountain bikes… and I do long distances at that. Is it hard? For sure. Do I love it? Couldn’t be happier. Health is wealth and I’ve been afforded so many incredible opportunities (Futurelife, Ride4Smiles, traveling to Brazil with Nike, joBerg2C and #NissanMagic) as a result of such a lifestyle change. It’s a blessing to travel, see the country (world) and keep healthy while doing it.
So at the weekend, I set myself another challenge… the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic cycle, in which I would attempt 106 kilometres, from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. Tick! It was a challenge, to say the least, but I absolutely loved it. I’ll definitely do it again and hopefully improve even more on my time, which, by the way, came as a shock. Sea level is the business! I had a great weekend with friends, but old and new and Durban is just what the soul needed. #TsogoShova 2016? It’s on!
It’s early on a Monday morning, a beautiful day in Johannesburg really. I’ve been at the office for almost an hour and it’s actually nice having a quiet start to the day, sifting through mails and planning the week ahead. In planning the week, I took note of the dates, standard practice really. It just actually made me realize that I’m just 12 days away from completing my longest cycling race yet. The Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic takes place on the 18th of October in KZN. I, along with many others, will be leaving the Pietermaritzburg City Hall in the early hours of Sunday the 18th and making my way down to Durban. The total distance? 106 kilometres – the longest I’ve ever done. Some aren’t as crazy as us 106-ers, so they’ve opted for the 65 and 35km respectively.
Tsogo Sun has once again come on board as the headline sponsor, and clearly it’s resonating well with participants and families alike, as over 10 000 entries have already been received. “The Amashova has been going for 29 years – but the headline sponsorship by Tsogo Sun has given it a new lease on life, adding activities and appeal to the event and attracting the attention of riders from elsewhere in the country and even from Europe,” says Noëleen Bruton, Director of Marketing Group of Tsogo Sun. “We are proud to be associated with this fantastic KwaZulu-Natal tradition – and we anticipate pulling out all the stops to ensure that all our Amashova guests experience a brilliant weekend away.”
If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet or you’re still contemplating entering, it isn’t too late. Check out these package deals below;
If you’re not based in KZN, or you live inland, it’s a good excuse to have a weekend away and these prices are perfect for that. My heart skips a little beat when I think about this. I think it’s going to be a big challenge for me, physically and mentally, but I’m game. Anyone else doing it?
Any Jill Scott fans out there? Well best you get your Christmas bonuses ready or put aside some of your extra cash because the star is returning to South Africa this December. Airey Scott, together with Kaya FM, Mzansi Magic and Tsogo Sun are bringing Jill to the Coca-Cola Dome on the 13th of December. Limited tickets for the seated concert are available at Computicket now. These range from R390 to R1020.
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On Tuesday I went back to the gym for the first time in over ten days. I’ve just been overseas, so I thought I should get back into the whole fitness mind frame, seeing as though I’m doing the #werunJozi event next weekend. Gym is a fascinating place, but I’ll save that story for another day. The purpose of mentioning it now is that I overheard people talking about their December holiday plans and it got me thinking, shit, it really isn’t that far away – is it? In fact, we’re just 65 days away from the start of December (crazy man) and I have no plans barring a wedding. So what am I going to do? What are you going to do? Well if you’re also scratching your head at the moment, here’s an option for you. Plan your holiday today, now with Tsogo Sun’s #TsogoSale
The #TsogoSale started earlier today. With the sale you can visit and stay in some of their resorts around the country. The best bit is that you’ll save up to 25% when you book today. Just CLICK HEREfor a list of all the resorts you can choose to visit. The sale is only valid until 8pm tomorrow night and so before all your debit orders come off, just go on and book your December break… You don’t want to miss out.
WANT TO WIN????
One of you lucky readers will also stand a chance of winning a weekend away to one of the Tsogo Sun hotels listed above. Sounds good hey? Well it’s easy to win. All you need to do is tell me on Twitter (@JasonVonBerg) why you and your partner deserve this free holiday and this break away from reality. If you’re feeling the way I’m feeling right now, you’ll need more than 140 characters to explain why you deserve it, but get creative ya hear? Are you going to pop the question while you’re away? Have you got a DWA (Dirty Weekend Away) planned? How about you’re going to see Lady Gaga/ Linkin Park or Adam Lambert and you feel like a good old razzle and a weekend away? You share your thoughts, but NB, you must use the hashtag #TsogoSale in your responses. If you don’t, you sadly wont be eligible to win. Ts and Cs do apply (find them below).
So get entering and get booking with Tsogo Sun’s #TsogoSale. You know Summer time in SA is the best and you don’t want to be one of the only lurkers in town with no plans, so get involved 😉
Ts and Cs
Your prize is valid until 07 January 2013. The accommodation must be taken up within this period, as the expiry date will not be extended
Your prize is not transferable, may not be converted to cash and, if lost, will not be re-issued by Tsogo Sun hotels
You may take advantage of your prize at any time, subject to availability, convenient to yourself and to the hotel as specified above, with the exception of school holidays, public holidays and certain other peak periods that may be identified by the hotel
To redeem your prize, please contact our Customer Contact Centre in Johannesburg on telephone number 0861 44 77 44 and the Reservations agent will make the booking on your behalf. Please note that you will be required to fax a copy of this letter to the Reservations agent to secure your booking
You will be required to produce this original prize letter on check in at the hotel – no copies will be accepted