Category Archives: Awarenesss & Social Responsibility

South of Africa lends a hand on Madiba Day

The annual Madiba Day has presented itself with yet another opportunity for South of Africa to give back to the community, and for 2018 South of Africa is taking another leap to honour and assist those who make a difference in the future of South Africa. A mere 20km outside … See more >

South of Africa launches new Soweto TV campaign

South of Africa and renowned local broadcaster, Soweto TV, has once again partnered on an exciting campaign for viewers of this reputable channel. Airing since early October, viewers would have noticed the brand new promo giving viewers the opportunity to save a massive 20% on bookings made directly on the … See more >

Madiba Day 2017

South of Africa’s annual Madiba Day celebrations took place at the Dira-O-Direlwe Drop In Centre.  Staff members from our Limpopo based hotels joined in the project to prepare a meal for the disadvantaged children of the community.  Over 150 children of all ages attended this project, which was the brainchild … See more >

We celebrate our first “South of Africa Day”

20 April 2017 marks the celebration of the first “South of Africa Day”.  Brought about to strengthen the bonds of camaraderie and enhance the morale of the South of Africa employees, “South of Africa Day” landed the 20 April slot with a very good reason: it is the birthday of … See more >

Happy Women’s Day

South of Africa wishes all of its guests, friends and families a Happy Women’s Day!  Enjoy the public holiday and remember the true meaning behind this special day.  Today is the 60th anniversary when more than 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the extension of … See more >

Mandela Day 2016 celebrations

South of Africa celebrated Mandela Day on 18 July 2016 by giving their support to two worthy causes.  A local community outreach in Bela Bela (at the Bela Bela Sanfa Stadium in Mandela Village) was supported by South of Africa’s employees as they set up a soup station for the … See more >

Investing in the youth on Youth Day

Families visiting Elephant Springs in Bela Bela and Shangri-La outside Modimolle during the Youth Day long weekend (16 June – 19 June 2016) are in for a nice surprise.  All children will receive a little gift from South of Africa! The goal of celebrating this important public holiday, says Managing Director … See more >

First Aid Training at Elephant Springs

The team at Elephant Springs, as well as their colleagues at the South of Africa Head Office (which is located next door), joined in an intensive yet entertaining First Aid training session on Friday 20 November 2015. According to HR Manager, Khatija Mahomed, the training was not only enlightening, but … See more >

Fire prevention training at Elephant Springs

The employees of Elephant Springs and the South of Africa Head Office participated in an enlightening fire prevention training earlier this month.  Hosted by the local Fire Department, training was given to show the team how to deal with the outbreak of fires, which materials and equipment to use in … See more >

Happy Heritage Day and National Braai Day

From all of us at South of Africa, we wish all our guests, families and friends a happy Heritage Day and a tasty Braai Day!  A beautiful post on Facebook by our favourite chef, Reuben Riffel, sums up this celebration on 24 September 2015: “Today we get to reflect on … See more >

South of Africa celebrates Mandela Day

This past Saturday, South of Africa celebrated the annual Mandela Day, on Saturday 17 July 2015.  Following on from the previous years’ event, South of Africa joined forces with local business to improve the facilities of Bosele Dawn Drop In Centre outside Bela Bela, by painting and renovating the facilities. … See more >

Shangri-La plants 50 indigenous trees

Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa outside Bela Bela and Modimolle recently took another step towards becoming an even “greener” hotel.  The initiative to plant 50 indigenous trees on site has been met favourably by both the community and environmentalists. With Shangri-La’s superb tropical gardens receiving acclaim from guests and visitors alike, the hotel has been … See more >

Keeping Paternoster clean

With the recent arrival of the beautiful flowers, Abalone House & Spa has taken it upon themselves to tackle littering.  An initiative of General Manager Leigh Longden, and Front Office Manager Ryno Summers, the approach has been taken to clean up the surrounding areas on a regular basis. “We can’t … See more >

Celebrate Women’s Month with South of Africa

South of Africa is celebrating Women’s Month with an array of fantastic getaway offers that will make her feel extra special!  From the BFF-breakfast at Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster, to the pampering spoils of the new Spa at Shangri-La in Modimolle, we have it all this August. South … See more >

Celebrating Madiba’s 67-Minutes

South of Africa gave back to the community on Madiba’s birthday by taking time to give a hearty meal to underprivileged children of Bosele Dawn Drop In Centre in the township of Bela Bela. Staff from the group’s Head Office and its Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela spoiled the … See more >

Abalone House & Spa joins the pride

Abalone House & Spa is proud to be associated with a fantastic initiative in support of SA’s Wildlife.  The One&Only Cape Town is set to host a charity auction dinner in conjunction with the Forever Wild Lion programme of the Wilderness Foundation on September 18th. The gala charity auction takes … See more >

Another “Going Green” project at Birdsong and Shangri-La

We are all for the preserving of the environment, and at Birdsong Cottages and Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Modimolle, another new venture in our “Going Green” project has begun. The unique owl boxes have been erected at both properties, who are located in bushveld rich surroundings. These “homes” are sure … See more >

Endangered Species discovered at Funky Stay

Following a recent guest’s e-mail request about further information on the “mini kangaroos” that they had seen during their stay at Modimolle Funky Stay, our investigation resulted in a fabulous find – the Springhaas, or Spring Hare, is according to National Geographic, one of a short list of endangered species! … See more >

Shangri-La to grow own vegetables

Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Bela Bela and Modimolle will soon be growing their own vegetables, herbs and more!  The square foot vegetable garden has been prepared with love by Magogo (Mrs Anndeline Jansen van Vuuren) and her team of gardeners. This fantastic initiative will not only benefit our guests by … See more >

Sonstraal School representatives and children with Shangri-La Management

Shangri-La’s Wine Tasting Dinners helps worthy cause

The award winning Shangri-La Country Hotel just outside Modimolle holds their monthly wine tasting dinners on the first Saturday of each month.  Already established as a culinary destination of choice in 2013, for both local and national visitors, Shangri-La’s first wine pairing dinner of the year was held on the 1st of … See more >

Our 13 highlights of 2013

Today there are only 13 days left before 2013 is over. We reminisce about the year gone by by sharing our 13 highlights of 2013. 1) NEW SOA LOGO We launched the brand new logo of South of Africa, alongside its new slogan, at this year’s Indaba in Durban, May … See more >

Rotary Christmas Market at Elephant Springs

The annual Christmas Market of the local Rotary Warmbaths Club in Bela Bela opened its doors for the first time at Elephant Springs this holiday season.  The event took place from 13 – 23 December 2013. This annual superb event brings together crafters and exhibitors from all around the country.  … See more >

Going Green at Modimolle Funky Stay

Modimolle Funky Stay is well known for its vibrant colours and unique style.  Our favourite colour though, is green! The road side sign welcoming guests to Modimolle Funky Stay has received “green treatment” with the installation of a solar panel and LED power saving lights, with an automated day / … See more >

Taking care of our animals at Birdsong Cottages

Because of the superb bushveld location of Birdsong Cottages, a variety of wildlife is found on the premises.  The well being of our animals is a very high priority for South of Africa, and we have taken advantage of the generous assistance of farmers and nature lovers in our immediate surroundings. Birdsong … See more >

Breast Cancer Awareness

Monda PR, Publicity and Events will paint the town pink for the tenth time in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness for Reach for Recovery.   The now famous ‘Pink Lunch’ will take place at the Bay Hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy an event in “10 Shades of Pink” Gatsby Style in … See more >

Caring for our environment through training

South of Africa takes pride in developing skills and to deliver committed well trained employees to the public we serve. Under the guidance of Sondela Academy we have rolled out our Work Skills Plan which has been meet with great enthusiasm by our staff. General Manager of Shangri-La, Ken Strydom, … See more >