Living in Ekurhuleni

Best bed and breakfast: Sunward Park Guesthouse

This four-star guesthouse is completely geared towards comfort and convenience: it’s solar powered, so you never have to worry about loadshedding, and has facilities to host conferences as well as events. Then there are the rooms, each with its own décor theme, the tranquil gardens and attentive service, all coming together to create a home from home. – https://afriquegroup.co.za/sunward-park-guesthouse-boksburg/, 242 Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg, 011 913 1715

Best Boutique Hotel – Afrique Boutique Hotel OR Tambo

If you’ve guests arriving who need somewhere to stay, the Afrique Hotel is perfectly situated near OR Tambo. With bed and breakfast accommodation in a really tranquil setting, they won’t know they’re in the middle of the hustle and bustle of our city. There’s a great restaurant, a splendid bar and, if they have time on their hands, a swimming pool where they can relax, rewind, and enjoy a poolside cocktail. The hotel ticks all the correct boxed … solar powered, eco-friendly practises, exclusive areas and lovely garden terraces. For locals – it’s great for conferences and weddings, too. –  https://afriquegroup.co.za/accommodation-near-or-tambo-hotel-boksburg-east-rand/ 20 Asquith Road, Ravenswood, Boksburg, 011 918 8001

Best local car dealership: BMW East Rand

You’d expect nothing less than the best from a luxury German marque – and that’s exactly what you’ll receive at BMW East Rand. With a pool of magnificent vehicles, all as powerful as they are gorgeous, and a team of highly informative staff to explain the finer points of each, you’re at the right place if you’re looking to add a little something to your garage. – https://www.bmw.co.za/east_rand, 126 North Rand Road, Bartlett AH, Boksburg 011 418 3300

Best casino, best hotel, best place to take out-of-towners and best place to watch the Big Game: Emperors Palace

The best thing about Emperors Palace? It whisks you away to another world. Step inside, and your day to day life seems far away. With a plethora of entertainment options, from the a choice of theatres to the Red Roman Shed (a great spot for markets and other events), there’s plenty to see and do – including great restaurants and hotels. At the heart of it all is the casino, with its private gaming rooms for high rollers and the exclusive prive areas, amongst the best gaming experiences in Africa. – www.emperorspalace.com, 64 Jones Road Kempton Park, 011 928 1000

Best casino complex: Nu Metro Emperors Palace

Movie lovers, you’ve find your haven. Nu Metro Emperors Palace is one of the largest cinemas on the continent, with seating for 500 cinephiles. But it’s not just the size that it’s impressive: if your heart beats a little faster in the permanent 3D theatre, imagine how much you’ll love Nu Metro Xtreme, where a laser projector gives a high definition picture with more than 70 trillion colours! – https://emperorspalace.com/nu-metro-emperors-palace/, 64 Jones Road Kempton Park, 011 928 1000

Best conference centre and best must-have venue for private functions: Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre

What makes a great meeting venue? Is it location, versatility, functionality, comfort and convenience, or the choice of amenities? The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre ticks all these boxes and more: offering close proximity to all major arterials as well as OR International Airport, it presents a choice of three- and four-star accommodation along with 60 different meeting rooms. And when the conference is over, relax at the Mangwanani Spa, get in a session at the gym, or try out the pool. – www.birchwoodhotel.co.za, 44 Viewpoint Rd, Bartlett, Boksburg, 011 897 0000

Best country club and best golf course: Benoni Country Club

What’s best about this award-winning country club is its family environment: all facilities are designed to create a space where everyone can relax, together. The highlight is the par 72 golf course, but there’s also bowls, tennis, squash and cycling, all located on a scenic parkland with wonderful birdlife. It’s a highly sought after events venue, too. – www.benonicc.co.za, Morris Ave, Morehill, Benoni, 011 849 5211

Best craft market: Fourways Farmers Market

Although best known for its extensive food offering, Fourways Farmers Market is a magnet for people seeking that rare, special piece. There’s always something beautiful and interesting to browse – whether it’s a pair of bamboo sunglasses, handmade jewellery, leather goods, beard oil, wood carvings or pallet furniture. – www.ffmarket.co.za

Best dry cleaner: Sparkling Dry Cleaners

Years of expertise means that your special garments and everyday essentials alike are in great hands with Sparkling Dry Cleaners. They’ll restore your clothes and items to their pristine state, taking the utmost care and providing excellent service. Tailoring and repairs services are also offered. – 16 Bayley St, Farrarmere, 011 849 9115

Best estate: Ebotse Golf & Country Estate

Translated from the Sotho, ‘Ebotse’ means beautiful place – an apt name indeed for an estate that encompasses 23 different wetlands, providing a home to a rich diversity of plant- and animal-life. It’s a great place to explore, whether on foot or bicycle – and the estate has created many opportunities to do so. With a weekly Parkrun, boating, fishing, cycling, social clubs (including wine and book clubs), birdwatching, squash and tennis, there are so many ways to keep busy. Throw in children’s play areas, picnic spots, a golf course and Doppio Zero onsite, and you have the ultimate address. – www.ebotseestate.com, 0860 700 007

Best estate agency: Kingstons Real Estate

This is the second time Kingston Real Estate has been named Best estate agency, and it’s easy to see why: the team’s passion for property translates into exceptional service, helping buyers, sellers and tenants find their niche in residential, commercial and rental markets. They’re especially talented when it comes to negotiations, making sure that each party walks away satisfied. Small wonder, then, that the company is on an unstoppable upward trajectory. – www.kingstons.co.za, 9, 8th Avenue, Northmead, Benoni, 079 516 0505 (WhatsApp)

Best gym and best yoga, pilates and martial arts studio: Virgin Active

Not a fan of exercise? We bet you’ll change your mind after visiting your nearest Virgin Active. Apart from being staffed by highly knowledgeable trainers and coaches who have a knack for motivation, each club is fitted with the latest equipment – but, if you’re not into weights and machines, you have a pick of classes, from boxing to yoga. – www.virginactive.co.za 

Best insurance company: OUTsurance

OUTsurance prides itself on three things: innovation, value for money products, and excellent service. Most of us know it as the first company to introduce the no claim bonus in the form of the OUTBonus, but that’s not the only thing that makes OUTsurance great: they also offer panic assistance, roadside and home assistance – along with comprehensive policies for car, home and contents. – www.outsurance.co.za

Best interior decorator/designer: Dubai Home Centre Benoni

Think of this as a one-stop home makeover centre. It’s a festival of creativity, with magnificent fabrics for curtains and upholstery, duvets and inners, and linen. Even if you’re not looking to make major changes, the Dubai Home Centre Benoni has plenty to catch your eye with an exquisite range of homeware: think appliances, décor, tableware, glass and other accessories. The centre also offers reupholstery services, along with custom-made curtains and blinds. – www.dubaicentre.co.za

Best landscaper: Sunflower Gardening and Landscaping Services

If you battle to keep your garden looking great during winter, you’ll definitely want to give Sunflower Gardening and Landscaping Services a call. They’re well versed in every aspect of keeping your lawn in tip top condition throughout the year, thanks to their in depth knowledge of South African soil and insects, and have extensive experience in designing small and large gardens for both residential and commercial clients. They can plan your irrigation system and offer tree-felling, too. – www.slgs.co.za, 011 892 0321

Best local radio personality: Anele Mdoda

We all want Anele to be our best friend! Who can blame us – she’s as talented as she is warm-hearted, and her laugh is simply irresistible. We can think of no one we’d rather hear first thing in the morning (catch her on 947’s Anele and The Club) – and, lucky for us, as one of South Africa’s favorite presenters, we now get to see her on The Masked Singer, too. – www.947.co.za

Best local radio show: Anele and the Club on 947

You know it’s going to be a good day when it starts with these guys! For the best in banter, thought provoking discussions, and of course the hottest music around, it could only be Anele, Frankie, Thembekile and Cindy. They’re as much a part of Joburg as hadedas and jacarandas. Weekdays 6am-9am. –  www.947.co.za

Best local radio station

Maybe it’s because these guys are the undisputed Joburg authority, with a finger on the pulse of everything happening in the city and an integral part of its fabric, but it really feels like they just get us. Whether we’re waking up to Anele & The Club, chilling with Msizi James and Bolele with Night Pulse, or counting down the charts with Zweli, we love welcoming 947into our homes, cars and offices every day. – www.947.co.za

Best sports club: Benoni Northern Sports Club

It’s been more than 40 years since the Benoni Northern Sports Club opened its doors – and since then, it’s become a cherished part of the community. Tennis lovers, cricket lovers, soccer lovers, hockey lovers – all find their place at this hive of sporting activity. There are also facilities for rugby, baseball, athletics and bridge, and a social club, too. – www.bnsc.co.za, 1 Brodigan Street, Northmead, Benoni, 011 849 3410

Best theatre: The Barnyard Theatre Emperors

If you love live music, chances are you’ve visited the Barnyard Theatre Emperors more than once. Well known for hosting family-friendly, fun-filled music shows, a night here inevitably entails singing along to your favorite tunes while sharing a pizza or a platter. The theatre is also makes a great conference venue, capable of seating up to 400 guests. – https://emperorspalace.com/barnyard-theatre-emperors-palace/64 Jones Road Kempton Park, 011 928 1000

Best travel agency: Flight Centre

Now that travel is back on, we can’t wait to get our fix. Flight Centre is here to help you make the most of your trip, whether it’s business or pleasure, by providing the most up to date travel advice and information. They’re also able to assist crafting great holiday deals in exciting destinations, getting you the best rates and ensuring you navigate logistics with ease. Time to get that passport ready… – www.flightcentre.co.za

Best weekend getaway (less than four hours’ drive): Dinokeng Game Reserve

Isn’t it fantastic to know we have a Big Five game reserve literally on the doorstep? In less than an hour, you can have the binoculars out and eyes peeled for lions, hippos, buffalos and many more species – and still be back in time to watch the 8pm movie. Unless you want to stay over, that is, in which case you’ll have your pick from plenty of accommodation options, from log cabins to luxury lodges. Whether you choose a self drive (with a stop at one of the many restaurants along the way) or book a guided game walk, you’ll love the feeling of being at one with nature. – www.dinokengreserve.co.za, N1 North Hammanskraal, 012 711 4391

Best weekend getaway (less than four hours’ drive): Sun City

Is it any wonder Joburgers love Sun City? Not only is it easily accessible (just two and a half hours in the car) but it offers the best of South Africa in one exciting destination, from the beaches at the Valley of the Waves to the Big Five at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Throw in a range of accommodation options, a golf course and a casino, and you have the perfect weekend getaway. – https://www.suninternational.com/sun-city/, 014 557 1000

Best wellness centre: Heavenly Healing

If you think aromatherapy when you think of wellness, time to reconsider. Heavenly Healing presents a new take on wellbeing, centring around aligning your energies with the universe. So, yes, there is massage – but you can get even more out of your session by choosing reiki, energy healing or chakra balancing. Other paths to inner peace include past life regression, yoga, tarot reading and psychic readings. Afterwards, treat yourself to breakfast or a light meal and coffee at the Deja Brew Coffee Shop. Heavenly Healing also sells a range of accessories, like candles and crystals. – www.heavenlyhealing.co.za, 30 Oak Street, Northmead Benoni, 011 425 002