Author Archives: Carly Ritz

People of Joburg

7 minutes with Greg Shapiro

Jan 14, 2020, Author: Carly Ritz

His boyhood whims may not have materialised but Greg Shapiro, who’s now a partner in a corporate and commercial law firm, hasn’t done too badly at all. We caught up with him to talk about work and life … and the so-called ‘balance’ in between.  READ MORE ON […]

Dining Out

Chef of the Month: Justin Maharaj

Dec 28, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Good food doesn’t have to be about fancy ingredients – but what you do with them definitely counts. This month, we caught up with Justin Maharaj, the new executive chef at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa’s Amuse-Bouche restaurant, about his personal journey, food trends and the power of […]

Night life

Tips to get some phone numbers … without being banned from the bar

Dec 17, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

There may still be hope for a date to that New Year’s party you’re going to! We’re not making any promises, but if you are out to scout, these are some of the things you shouldn’t do.  READ MORE ON DINING OUT HERE. The creepy eye lock  It works in […]

Leisure Activities

Summer livin’ – taking advantage of the outdoors

Dec 9, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Greetings, sun worshippers! Ah, the joys of summer in December as Mzansi slows down and empties out a little. For those looking to get their dose of Vitamin D, have fun in the sun and make Instagram memories, add some of these to your holiday itinerary.  READ MORE ON LEISURE […]


Mayday… mayday… Anything open on the 25th of December 2019?

Dec 9, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

You ate all the Christmas pies and opened all the presents … and now you’re keen for a little downtime or some Jozi fresh air. Or you’re just looking for a fun day out because it’s holiday time. We phoned ahead for you to check what’s open in and around Mzansi and P-town on Christmas Day.  READ MORE ON LEISURE ACTIVITIES HERE. […]


All I want for Christmas is a comfortable plane seat

Dec 5, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Keen to attend the festive season Giant Lantern Festival in the Philippines? Check out our Hello Joburg bucket list on where we would like to celebrate Christmas next.  READ MORE ON ACCOMMODATION HERE. A big white Christmas  Of course, you want to experience a […]


Conference confessions: What you won’t learn in a masterclass

Nov 29, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

There’s plenty material out there to support and help you when it comes to planning your next big product launch or host your company’s annual sales conference. But we got the gossip from some of Jozi’s experts in event planning on the things you just won’t […]

Dining Out, People of Joburg

Chef of the Month: Matthew Foxon

Nov 29, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Matthew Foxon, head chef at 54 on Bath hotel’s Level Four restaurant, knew he wanted to be a chef from age seven. Inspired by his mother and stalwarts like Keith Floyd and Thomas Keller, now chef Matthew is pouring his passion into exclusive food pairings […]

Conferencing, Featured

Shotgun (not) planning the year-end function – Tips and tricks for a job nobody really wants

Nov 18, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

The truth is, it is a lot of pressure being the person who has been tasked with planning and budgeting for the annual company year-end or festive season function. There can be high hopes and expectations. People work hard all year and feel like they deserve to be treated and spoiled just ahead […]

Featured, Leisure Activities

Let’s paint Jozi rainbow colours – a snapshot of this month’s must-do activities

Oct 9, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Living and expressing our gender, sexuality and identity is something to celebrate every day. But with October being Pride Month, now is a great time to revel in the freedom to be whoever we want to be … together!  READ MORE ON ENTERTAINMENT HERE. Pride of Africa Lifestyle Conference  The Pride of Africa Lifestyle […]