Shangri-La’s Wine Tasting Dinners helps worthy cause

Sonstraal School representatives and children with Shangri-La Management

Shangri-La handing over a microwave to Mrs Hantie van Eeden and teacher Marie Mare from Sonstraal School

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 March 2014.  Mr Chris De Klerk from Cape Wine Legends presented the acclaimed winery Zonnebloem.

During this monthly food and wine event, a bottle of the represented estate wine is auctioned off for charity, affording Shangri-La yet another opportunity to support the local community.  Sonstraal School is the latest recipient of Shangri-La’s passionate investment in those in need.  The school will now be able to conduct more effective culinary practical cooking classes for its students.

Mr Ken Strydom, General Manager of Shangri-La, said that he was thrilled by the opportunity that the hotel had to help those in need.  “Because this event has recently become a much talked-about dining experience in the local community, we decided that through involving the community in a way that not only enhances their awareness of the needs of local projects, but also allows them to assist, would certainly make the wine tasting dinners a worthy event to support.

Shangri-La’s Heritage Restaurant recently became affiliated with Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and also boasts an award winning Diners Club wine list.  The hotel is also proud to be the recipient of a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award for 2014 in the category Bargain Hotels.

Goodbye Madala James

Bela-Bela-20130709-00046It is with sadness that we say farewell to “Madala James” who has retired this past month.

James has been with Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Modimolle, Limpopo, since 1995. He played an extremely important role in maintaining our gardens alongside our beloved “Magog”, Mrs Anndeline Jansen van Vuuren.

James will be sorely missed by all at Shangri-La and we wish him the very best for his future.

Investing in our elderly staff’s education

blogabetTraining is a very important factor of our staff’s welfare, and South of Africa takes bettering the skills of all staff extremely seriously. 

Shangri-La Country Hotel recently began their ABET training. According to General Manager, Ken Strydom, the Adult Basic Education & Training (ABET) has been met with huge enthusiasm by the elderly staff who they are teaching to write their names, which will be followed by their surnames.  “One must remember that what we take for granted can be a priviledge for people less fortunate,” say Strydom.  The training is also set to take place at South of Africa’s other properties.