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Situated in Vereeniging
next to the Vaal River
, the historical highlights
of the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club
and its surrounds are endless. Here are only a few proud historical
- 1878: George William Stow discovers the first coal deposits on the bed of the Vaal River, which initiates Anglo American and New Vaal Colliery.
- 1882: The first industry of the Vereeniging village is founded, building bricks from clay deposits near the coal mines.
- 1892: The small village, Vereeniging, is established due to the focus on the coal finds and the newly formed mining company, Zuid-Afrikaansche en Oranje Vrystaatsche Mineralen en Mijnbou Vereeniging (later known as Vereeniging Estates Ltd.)
- In this same year the first train from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg crossed the Vaal River after Sammy Marks persuaded Paul Kruger to connect the Cape with Transvaal via Vereeniging rather than Potchefstroom.
- 1905: Leslie’s weir is built, which ensures reasonable and continuous water supply to Vereeniging.
- 1913: Roy Lewis builds the Vereeniging Country Club in this year.
- The first steel slab is also cast and rolled at the Union Steel Corporation of South Africa in this year. This starts Vereeniging off at becoming the hub of steel and engineering industries and later evolves to become DCD Mittal as we know it today.
- 1936: Mr. Schlesinger, a movie maker from America, opens the doors of the ultra modern Riviera Hotel with en suite bathrooms for each room.
- 1938: The construction of the Vaal Dam as one of Rand Water‘s initiatives to increase water supply to the Witwatersrand. The Vaal Dam is SA’s biggest by area and fourth largest by volume, and was completed where the Vaal and the Wilge Rivers meet.
- 1949: The Treaty of Vereeniging is formally proclaimed.
- 1970: The Riviera Hotel is taken over by the Behr Family and gains popularity from its spectacular buffets and Sunday dinner and movie evenings.
- 2003: Mr. Mac van der Merwe buys the Riviera Hotel on auction.
- 2004: The first 30 rooms of the fully refurbished Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, which is bought on a 99 year lease, are officially reopened.
From then on the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club has gone from strength to strength and in 2012 they proudly represent the Vaal on many levels, including golf, water sport, conferences and many other activities.
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Ever attended a conference
or a function
at a hotel
and felt that the food
was not up to standard? In fact, you drove to KFC instead during the one hour break. Riviera on Vaal Hotel
aims to meet your needs when it comes to function food
and invites you to make special requests on the matter.
It seems that the typical food types served at conferences include the normal, high carbohydrate foods anddeep fat fried canapés. That’s great, and many hotels serve really fine samoosas, cocktail sausages and meatballs. Still – what about the ladies watching their figures? The vegetarians and the different religions requiring specially prepared foods? And even though the men (who were put on diets by their wives) would be glad for the break, what about them? Also, last but not least: what about brain food? You know? The food that adds some minutes or hours to your concentration span.
Today, people are much more aware of what they should or should not eat. Therefore, the Riviera on Vaal Hotel caters to your every need and provides you with a wider variety of different food types. Yes, they still have the traditional samoosas and meatballs, but they also serve mushrooms, fruit kebabs, and other foods to your liking.
The hotel also boasts with conference breaks with a difference, which include options such as:
- The Riviera on Vaal Ice Cream Parlour
- Spa Health Break
- Cinema Break
- Smoothy Break
Should you need more information on the above or about a function venue at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, feel free to ask about the food that will be served at the gathering and state your requests so that the hotel can make your special experience even a better one.
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Do you know where high tea
originated from? Not in South Africa
, that’s for sure, and definitely not at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel
, even though it is enjoyed at the hotel
The story of high tea starts way back to the 18th century in Britain. Anna Russel, the Duchess of Bedford and lifelong friend of Queen Victoria, started the original afternoon teadue to noon meals that became skimpier and dinners that were served fashionably late. She would have her servants sneak in a pot of tea with a few breadstuffs at around four in the afternoon. Later she started inviting friends over for an additional afternoon meal which consisted of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets, and tea off course. This became so popular that she later named it “Tea and a Walking the Fields.” During the Industrial Revolution, families would come home from work exhausted and find the table set with all kinds of meat, breads, butter, pickles, cheese and tea. This meal was mainly for the working men of that time and they mostly enjoyed the meal while standing or sitting on high chairs. Due to the fact that the tea was not served at the lower tea tables anymore, but rather on higher ones, this late afternoon meal became known as the high tea as we know it today.
High tea snacks then evolved into a larger selection including not only the traditional breadstuffs and small cakes, but also meats, pickles, cheese and relishes.
Riviera on Vaal surely knows how to cater for high teas in South Africa. With a lovely venue beside the Vaal River, it is easy to fit into the “Tea and Walking the Fields” scenario. Book a high tea at Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club on Saturdays and indulge in their wide variety of tea time snacks.
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