The Budget Speech is one of the most important events on South Africa’s business calendar. It’s a crucial indicator of prospects for the economy in the next year. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, start-up guru or a cog in a massive multinational machine, what the Finance Minister announces will affect you in some way.
So if you’re traveling on business and can’t watch the Budget Speech at home, why not take it all in over a cocktail – virgin, if you like – or a glass of wine? Dawn Weir, head of kulula work, suggests the following venues to toast Tito:
The Perseverance Tavern in District Six has been providing refreshment for patrons since 1808 and is South Africa’s oldest pub. It’s weathered the years well and remains a favourite for local and visitors. In recent years the area has enjoyed a kind of urban renewal, with funky ad-agency types rubbing shoulders with plumbers and builders over sundowners. There’s plenty of beer on tap and some good pub food like eisbein, burgers, and bangers and mash. www.perseverencetavern.co.za
The Beer Yard in the picturesque suburb of Richmond Hill has its own brewery and a corps of regular locals who reckon it’s the Friendly City’s best pub. Locally made beers include Car Park John and Two Rand Man. Visitors have also lauded their thin-crust pizzas and Buddha bowls, with crunchy, freshly vegetarian ingredients. www.beeryard.restaurantsnapshot.com
Dropkick Murphy’s is on Florida Road, with its busy, buzzing night-life and positions itself as a local take on the traditional Irish pub. The menu includes fare from the Emerald Isle, like potato and leek soup and Guinness and beef pie, and more offbeat dishes like the fishcake salad. There’s a wide selection of mass-produced and craft beers. Other drinks available include Dragon fiery ginger beer and non-alcoholic Honey Rosemary Fizz. There’s a cocktail menu and a modest wine-list. And if something in the Budget Speech delights or shocks you? Try the Ginger Harlot, comprising peach schnapps, Jagermeister and cranberry juice. www.dropkickmurphys.co.za
Parliament in Parkmore presents itself as a rustic, laid-back watering-hole and eatery that focuses on food cooked over an open fire. But beneath the casual persona is a much more polished setup that’s earned it 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor. There’s a smallish but excellent list of wines by the glass, and craft beers like the Honourable Member Pale Ale and Red Rock ‘Nine Inch’ Ale. The menu includes calamari sautéed with Spanish chorizo, caramelised onions & baby potatoes, and finished with salsa verde, and a T-bone for two. www.parliamentrestaurant.co.za
Chaf Pozi is an upbeat but informal twist on the township shisa nyama in the shade of Soweto’s iconic twin cooling-towers. As is traditional, you select your cuts of meat, which are braaied for you and served with a selection of side-dishes and condiments. You can wash that down with premium single-malt Scotch or a fine local wine, or a shared quart of Zamalek: that’s the local nickname for Black Label, in honour of the Egyptian soccer-team that beat home favourites Kaiser Chiefs in the 1990s. www.chafpozi.co.za
And if you’re travelling and at an airport and want to catch Mr Mboweni deliver his speech, find a SLOW Lounge. Designed to be a place of calm and amid the bustle of travel, you can choose to catch up on work, sample the buffet or just relax with a drink. You can freshen up with a spa treatment or a hot shower and sharpen your look with a jacket-steaming service. The lounge has power-sockets and spare chargers in case you’ve forgotten to pack yours. The SLOW in the City lounge at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton has also become a favourite with travellers, with its central location. www.slow.co.za
Dawn Weir, Head of kulula work has more than 30 years corporate travel experience. Her career has included work for blue-chip companies such as HRG Rennies Travel, Carlson Wagonlit and Medtronic where she implemented tailor-made corporate travel solutions for their customers including Barclays, Pfizer, Sasol and Barloworld. Throughout her career, Weir has worked to make corporate travel more effective and efficient through cost-saving mechanisms, enhancing process-efficient travel solutions and best-of-breed customer service. As a specialist in corporate travel management, Dawn connects with corporates for seamless business travel.