Blisteringly hot temperatures were the order of the day for the inaugural J9 Sox Challenge, hosted at Steyn City on 10 November.
The bittersweet event paid tribute to former Springbok rugby captain Joost van der Westhuizen’s legendary sporting career, as well as his unwavering grit and the determination that has earned him the admiration of a nation as he faces his fight with motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Van der Westhuizen established the J9 Foundation after he was diagnosed with the disease, a condition that attacks the central nervous system causing progressive disability. The charity aims to raise funds and increase awareness of the disease by educating the public and medical practitioners about its devastating effects.
On his involvement with the J9 Sox initiative, Van Der Westhuizen, who was diagnosed with MND in April 2011 commented, “I am excited to be hosting the J9 Sox Challenge at The Club at Steyn City. This incredible golf course is now open to the public and the J9 Foundation team is privileged to have the opportunity to experience it.”
The message behind the J9 Sox golf day was simple: ‘Sometimes in life you do not always have a choice.’ This is a hard lesson that MND sufferers have had to learn.
To find out how you can join in the fight against MND, visit www.joost.co.za.
On Sunday 15 November, more than 30 000 cyclists rode the final leg (5,5kms) of the 94.7 Momentum Cycle Challenge through Steyn City.
While most rode conventional road bikes, there were also couples on tandems, handcycles for paraplegics, and even a uni-cycle.
The eighth and final watering was hosted at the development. MC Amor Vittone cheered on race participants, while new Steyn City residents shouted encouragement from their roadside picnic spots. The highlight of the event was an ice Jacuzzi for cyclists needing to cool down before they tackled that final incline.
Steyn City's inaugural hosting of the tenth annual 1st for Women Sisters With Blisters with Jacaranda FM, a protest walk focusing on woman abuse, on Saturday 21 November proved a massive success, attracting 5 000 participants.
Women, men, children and pets alike donned outrageous outfits – featuring generous dollops of pink – to draw attention to their vital message: End abuse now
The event was supported by Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Josina Machel, Zelda La Grange and Mrs Carolyn Steyn.
More than R400 000 was raised for the cause, with the help of Jacaranda FM’s listeners and 1st for Women Insurance.
Participants voiced their appreciation of the event’s new venue. The route through Steyn City meandered through picturesque parklands, along the river and across the fairways to the new boulevard. Watering holes were strategically positioned at various activity sites to showcase the secure and active lifestyle that make Steyn City a family haven.
Steyn City’s CSI project, Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot, brought cheer and joy to the location’s children ahead of the festive season.
Now in its fourth consecutive year, the project has become bigger and better than ever, this year reaching more than 9 000 primary school learners.
A cacophony of blaring carols, hooters and sirens from a fleet of large trucks sponsored by Stuttaford Van Lines and driven by Father Christmas made a fanfare along the William Nicol as the convoy made their way from Steyn City to neighbouring Diepsloot.
Social entrepreneur and 21 Icon, Thato Kgatlhanye, joins the Steyn City Happiness Crew to hand out Repurpose Schoolbags to the Grade 7s at Diepsloot 4 Primary School.
Left to Right : Roland Schoeman, Thato Kgatlhanye and T-Bo Touch.
Radio presenter and entrepreneur T-Bo Touch joined forces with Olympian gold medal-winning swimmer Roland Schoeman and 21 Icons social entrepreneur Thato Kgatlhanye to lend their celebrity to the event. The team handed out schoolbags filled with goodies, signed autographs for the children and posed with them in selfies.
Sponsors Kelloggs, Croxley and 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day also teamed up with Steyn City this year to generously donate the food, stationery and looming kits that filled the schoolbags.
Auto & General Insurance once again showed its support by funding 3 500 school bags. These schoolbags provide the children with a sense of dignity and pride for the coming school year.
Steyn City residents and other members of the public showed their support of the initiative at a recent ‘pledge a bag’ golf event held at Steyn City, where they were able to donate bags in a personal or corporate capacity.
Giuseppe Plumari, CEO of Steyn City Properties commented, “It was overwhelming to see the response from our golf day and online activation. For just R110 per bag, individuals are able to provide a schoolbag that makes all the difference to a child. Our visitors, future homeowners and residents displayed an enormous amount of goodwill, and we’d like to thank them for their support.”
This year’s initiative made a greater impact than ever, because Steyn City donated a Repurpose Schoolbag to each Grade 7 learner at all participating schools. The bags are the brainchild of Thato Kgatlhanye, CEO and owner of Rethaka, who recently made headlines as one of the youth icons featured in 21 Icons Season III ‘The Future of a Nation’.
Kgatlhanye’s company currently employs 20 people to manufacture the bags, 17 of which are people from her home town of Rustenburg. Rethaka produces 700 bags a month for rural communities throughout South Africa. Made out of recycled plastic collected from landfill sites, the bags are fitted with retro-reflective material that improves the bag’s visibility, ensuring child-safety. A fitted solar panel also enables schoolchildren to use the inserted solar reading lamp as an energy source to read and study by.
“Many of the learners don’t have a schoolbag; instead, they carry their school books under their arms or in an old plastic bag. Your support can empower lesser-resourced learners and provide something tangible and worthwhile that contributes to the child’s self-esteem by giving them some dignity,” comments a delighted Thato.
“If we assembled these lovely kids from Diepsloot just to feed them, we wouldn’t change their reality. But I’m glad we are investing in their tomorrow. Each child is receiving a bag loaded with stationery; not just toys, but instruments that will enable them to learn and craft their own destiny. We have the opportunity to make a difference. Let’s seize the moment and build our nation one child at a time,” says Steyn City ambassador and Metro FM radio personality, Tbo-Touch.
The Club added yet another award to its cache of accolades when it was named Best Clubhouse in the World at the World Golf Awards, hosted in Portugal earlier this month.
“After researching the very best clubhouses in the world, we established the nominee category. Consumers and industry professionals then had the opportunity to vote for the clubhouse they thought was best on the website. The voters have had their say, and we agree: The Club at Steyn City is the best; an amazing addition to world of golf tourism,” comments Chris Frost, Managing Director World Golf Awards.
Ken Payet, director of golf at Steyn City agrees that “The Club at Steyn City is truly something special. With professional service and exceptional world class facilities, not to mention its magnificent setting, it’s an ideal venue for the entire family. The Club provides a true luxury lifestyle experience ”.
Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari said that he was delighted with the award, which he considers a rare honour from the golfing fraternity.
Steyn City is preparing to bid farewell to the competitors and production crew involved in She’s The One.
The lifestyle resort was selected to host the 14-episode second season of the reality show, produced by Cheeky Productions.
The final two episodes will be flighted on eTV 8 and 15 December at 20h30, revealing the winner as she is crowned at a dazzling red carpet event at the award-winning Steyn City clubhouse.
Janez Vermeiren, co-owner of Cheeky Productions, thanked Steyn City Properties for hosting the series, saying that the contestants and crew had enjoyed a phenomenal experience at the lifestyle resort. He commended CEO Giuseppe Plumari for his vision in creating an exceptional development.
We are excited to be hosting our first Christmas experience at The Club, so please invite family and friends to spend Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch at Nineteen Restaurant in our world class facility and magnificent setting.
Bookings are essential, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 010 597 1019.
Kindly note the following course closure dates:
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The course will also be closed for hollow-tining from Monday 11 to Friday 15 January 2016.