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Emperors Palace ‘Garden of Lights’ raises R1.4 million for charity

mperors Palace has wrapped up yet another successful edition of its annual Garden of Lights, with proceeds from the 2018/2019

event amounting to an incredible R1.4-million. From the R1.4 million raised from tickets sales, R400 000 was donated to the Reach for a Dream foundation and R350 000 each was donated to the Peermont Childrens and Education Trusts. In celebration of the resort’s 20th birthday, a further R10 000 was donated to 20 worthy charities that were nominated by 20 Emperors Palace employees. “This year, we welcomed over 100 000 excited

children, mums, dads, couples, friends and family from across Gauteng, who came to see the dazzling array of lights at Emperors Palace,” says Clive Tavener, General Manager for Emperors Palace. “This amounted to R1.4 million in proceeds from ticket sales, which we have donated to charitable and educational causes for communities in need.” The Garden of Lights is a magical event that lit up

Gauteng skies over the festive season for the 11th consecutive year. It was created to spread merriment

and festive cheer through spectacular light displays, colourful characters, fun fair rides and delicious food offerings, and took place in the perfectly manicured gardens of the five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace. “The Garden of Lights is our way of bringing back

Collecting a cheque for R350 000, on behalf

the Peermont Children’s Trust (PCT) on Thursday morning, February 7 was PCT Trustee, Vusi Zwane of Bryanston (left) and Trust

Administrator, Thomas Masango (right) of Ivory Park. They are pictured with Emperors Palace’s Human Resources Manager, Ann Gradidge (middle) of Kempton Park. A further R350 000 was donated to the Peermont Education Trust, R400 000 to the Reach for a Dream Foundation and R10 000 each to 20 charities nominated by 20 Emperors Palace employees as part of the resort’s 20th birthday celebrations.

Scarce veggies growing on Palace rooftop W

ith a keen interest in sustainability, nutrition and adding extraordinary flavours to his dishes, The Palace’s Executive Chef

Hanroe Erasmus is growing his own vegetables. But these are not ordinary vegetables typically found in local supermarkets; nor are they grown in a typical garden either. Venturing to The Palace’s rooftop reveals Chef

Hanroe’s vegetable sanctuary, spanning 75 square metres. The crops are all grown organically so there is no use of fertilisers or pesticides, and the flourishing plants growing neatly in rows are all heirloom vegetables which are more nutritious. He was inspired to create the garden from his travels during which he discovered an array of herbs and vegetables

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that are not commonly found in supermarkets in South Africa. The greenhouse structure was erected in August 2018 and by November Chef Hanroe, was already harvesting his first crop.The veggies and herbs are used in The Palace’s high-end eateries – The Grill Room and Plume – adding a special pizzazz to some of the dishes on the menu. “When our guests dine in our restaurants, they are

promised unique tastes and flavours that they perhaps have never experienced before,” says Hanroe, who explains that his long-term thinking is to change Plume’s menu seasonally, using herbs and vegetables from the garden to reflect the season. He has over 22 varieties of tomatoes and 14 types of chilies, amongst a vibrant array of vegetables,

the days when mom and dad would bundle the whole family into the car to go and see the Christmas lights in town,” says Tavener. “Every year, we get to see the delighted smiles on the faces of children and parents alike, as they walk into gardens and experience the incredible light displays. Honestly, for us, there’s no better feeling than being able to bring people that kind of joy.” Not only were families mesmerised by the spectacular lights display, children also had an opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus, the Enchanted Fairy, Gift the Present, the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s Elves and Emperors Palace’s very own beautiful Garden Princess.

ranging from Chiaggia beetroot; Romanesco broccoli and Black palm kale to Purple kohlrabi; China rose radish; Knezovich pumpkin; Yellow Swiss chard; Delgado black Mexican bean, and Thai white brinjal, amongst many others.In line with Sun City’s focus on sustainability and water saving, Chef Hanroe has installed an efficient system for watering his crops. The system

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