Update from our June tourism lunch

On Tuesday 13 June 2017 we had the honour and great pleasure of visiting French Toast for our monthly Tourism Networking Lunch.

This is one of Hartbeespoort’s most unique venues. Owner Paul Kruger explained to us how it all started as a movie set for the movie French Toast, which takes place in both South Africa and Paris, France. Nowadays this Koffie Kafee is a special place to meet with friends, family, business relations and especially for romance.

HTA Chairman Iain Gunn once again highlighted that the Tourism Association does not advertise specific products. The town is our product and we promote Harties to get more visitors into the area. Then it is up to the different properties to attract these visitors to their businesses.

Karen van Huizen spoke to us about the new development where Get It Magazine Hartbeespoort is starting to work together with other Get It’s. Please contact her on for more info and rates to advertise in the Pretoria, Johannesburg and Rustenburg Get It Magazines.

During a delicious typical French Toast style lunch, Chris Grosch hosted a rewarding tombola. Members were asked for their business cards and we had some very happy winners after the lucky draw. Thank you to everyone who sponsored prizes! Please contact if you wish to sponsor prizes for the next tombola’s in September and our Christmas Lunch.

A big thank you to Paul and his team for allowing us to use this wonderful venue for the June lunch and for making us feel very welcome!

Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can visit the following link to see some of the photos taken at the lunch:

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Update from our May tourism lunch

Tuesday 9 May at Black Fox Eatery – Big thank you to Orpa, Stephan and their team!

Black fox

Follow this link for photos posted on Facebook, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Points discussed:

  1.  Mike Benn – Apologies from Iain Gunn, who is tied up in another meeting. Those who haven’t paid their membership fee for 2017 yet, please do so asap. Thank you to everyone who has paid. Tourism Friendly in cooperation with HTA is busy developing a Harties Tourism Newspaper to promote the whole area. This will be a huge success at the Gauteng Getaway Show in September. Options for nice big signage are also being looked at.
  2. Donne Gunn – Tourism Friendly, Harties Boat Company, La Dolce Vita, Bill Harrop’s Ballooning, Van Brakel Adventures, DVR Event Management and Lion & Safari Park are going to the Durban INDABA to represent the Harties area by ‘’Putting The Smile Back Into Tourism’’. Everyone should use #INDABA2017 on their Social Media to link in and show the world that Harties is the place to be.
  3. Chris Grosch – From now on we will host a tombola at HTA Networking Lunches every 3 months, so in June, September and a special big one in December. All members are requested to sponsor prizes for at least one of them, but preferably all! It could be anything, small or big. Please contact
  4. Dilo van Commenee – We are busy planning all Networking Lunches for the whole year, so anyone who would like to host, please contact The next lunch will be on 13 June at French Toast.
    Also please keep sending through specials, packages, fun facts, lekker anecdotes or anything else that we could share on HTA Social Media.


May 2016 – Basil’s Boma

On Tuesday 10 May we all went out to the Skeerpoort bushveld for a very special Tourism Networking Lunch at Basil’s Boma. Joanne has been a member of our association since the beginning and she proved to be a marvellous host! When arriving at this unique venue, daiquiris were waiting for us, we modestly celebrated Glen Afric Country Lodge Nikki’s birthday and our HTA Chairman Iain Gunn stressed the importance of ”smaller” businesses like Basil’s Boma in our area. Only together we can make Harties grow and venues and people like this add more flavour to the HTA than any of the bigger companies can ever do!

Instead of spoiling the day, the rain made it even more special this time of the year and everyone enjoyed the smells of the bushveld receiving this very welcome moisture. Many oohs and aahs arrised when we were shown how to make fire with virtually nothing; true Bush Craft! When a bit later the sun returned during a delicious lunch, all were amazed by the views and Bernadine and Catherine from The Spa-Xpress Mobile Spa provided some fantastic Neck & Shoulder Massages.

We couldn’t have wished for more! Thank you for your incredible hospitality Joanne!!

April 2016 – Winchado & Seasons

July 2015 – Transvaal Yacht Club