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Pretoria was first settled about 350 years ago by Nguni speaking people known as maTebele or refugees, who settled on the banks of the Apies river (Tswane or small ape) named after a chief in the area.They were displaced in 1825 by Mzilikazi who had fled from the Zulu king Shaka.
He in turn was driven out, in 1832, by Shaka's regiments and the area was abandoned.
In 1837 the Voortekkers found this pleasant valley and established farms on the site.
Andries Pretoruis, one of the Voortrekker leaders, owned a farm called Grootplaats, near to where the Apies flows into the Crocodile. In 1853 he died of pnuemonia.
Shortly after his death it was decided to select a site for a central capital of the Republic, to be named Pretoria in his honour.
In 1855 his son Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
purchased portions of the farm Elandspoort
and Pretoria was laid out by a self taught surveyor named Andries du Toit.
Pretoria is known as "Jacaranda City"because of the abundance of Jacaranda Trees - exotic to South Africa - with their stunning purple blossoms, which line the streets in summer.
Pretoria is ansophisticated, quiet city in contrast to hyper-active Johannesburg, just half an hour away.
Pretoria has a long, involved and fascinating history - first as the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Transvaal, then as one of the three capitals of South Africa.
It became synonomous for apartheid.
In 1994, however, wiith the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, the Union Buildings became overnight the representation of unity.
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WHAT'S ON IN PRETORIA
MENLYN PARK SHOPPING CENTRE LEADS THE WAY WITH COUNTRY’S FIRST CONCIERGE AMBASSADORS PROGRAMME
Pretoria, 8 April 2016
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, which is currently undergoing a major R2-billion redevelopment, has introduced a unique concierge ambassadors programme to minimise inconvenience to shoppers. Twelve fully trained concierge ambassadors are stationed at the busiest nodes of the mall to advise and guide shoppers during trading hours, seven days a week.
“During a refurbishment project such as the one we’ve implemented, it’s very important to make sure that shoppers are well informed of the processes that are underway. This is one of the reasons why the concierge ambassador programme was started,” says Andrea de Wit, marketing manager of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.
Apart from helping shoppers to navigate through the centre during renovations, the ambassadors provide helpful hints and updates on new tenants. “Our shoppers have been thoroughly delighted by this initiative and it’s had a positive effect on our footfall numbers over this period.”
The ambassadors are stationed in the existing centre, in the Village (the “temporary mall”) and in Grocery Avenue, which contains the centre’s main food and grocery outlets. They will be on duty right through to December 2016, seeing the centre through most of its renovations.
SECRET SUNRISE EVENT WOWS EARLY MORNING SHOPPERS AT MENLYN PARK SHOPPING CENTRE
Pretoria, 12 April 2016 – Pretoria held its’ first secret sunrise at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre on 7 April. The location was kept secret and was only disclosed two days before the event. Once the people arrived on the roof at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre they were given wireless headphones and partook in an interactive dance session that involved yoga, meditation and dancing, while watching Pretoria wake up to a spectacular sunrise.
The early-morning sessions are a perfect platform to bring people together and create a greater community spirit. “Sunrisers” sing, dance, stomp and hug, enjoying themselves in a safe space where the expression of emotions is encouraged. “Menlyn Park Shopping Centre has always been a place for all walks of life to meet and enjoy the wide variety of food, fashion and entertainment that is on offer all year round”, says Andrea de Wit, marketing manager of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre “and the Secret Sunrise was just another great initiative on offer at Menlyn.”
Cheryl Hudson, co-organiser of Secret Sunrise Johannesburg, says that the increasingly popular ritual is a wonderful way to start the day and also to enjoy your city in new and beautiful spaces.
“We’ve hosted events in Johannesburg and had amazing sunrises on rooftops, parks and in the city,” she says. “With the success we’ve had with previous events and the many requests, Pretoria was chosen to be part of this growing movement, and what better place to host it than the trendy Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.”
“Secret Sunrise is a great way to step out of your comfort zone, be ridiculous and just have some fun, which resonates with our customers at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre,” says Andrea de Wit, marketing manager of Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.
The session was hosted by whacky instructors, with the theme “The Bright Side”, and participants made a fantastic effort arriving in their most colourful outfits.
Secret Sunrise at Menlyn was a great success and was enjoyed by all.
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