Blog 11 - 15th July

Hi all,

Now that the soccer month is over , it is time to get back to basics again (what a pity).

After congress in May I asked for feedback so that we could make positive changes to our format and venue, et al.

The one complaint that we had was obviously the venue, but more than that, it was felt by many that we never ever got to mix with all the players, people played their game and rushed off in search of refreshments or meals.

Having taken cognizance of this, we believe that we have solved the problem with the able assistance of the Gauteng Bridge Union, who researched all venues available and are thrilled to announce that....

Congress will take place from Saturday the 14th May 2011 until Saturday 21st May 2011. The venue will be the Numbi Gate Hotel situated in Hazyview, not 10 Km from the Kruger National Park gate.

The hotel has 60 rooms and a further 40 rooms at the Hippo Valley hotel a km away and a shuttle will be available. We have been offered an incredible deal of R495 inc vat for….wait for it… Dinner, bed and breakfast per person sharing.

There is a cosy pub, where we hope our esteemed players will offer chats about the days’ hands in the evenings and that generally we will be able to meet and mix with all the players from all over S.A. in a fabulous atmosphere. There are also restaurants in the vicinity and our host Willem Fick will be offering theme evening dinners. We will end the nationals with a party on the Saturday night.

Furthermore, there will be busses leaving from The Links on the Friday and if necessary again before the pairs begin. There will be a nominal fee.

There are also many B & B’s in the area and timeshare resorts are very near this venue. To access more information about the hotel the website address is

Warm regards


  1. I cannot understand why we would have a congress in Mpumalanga when we have a perfect venue in the Links

  2. I think the session times should be organised to allow participants to do some game viewing in the early mornings and late afternoons


  3. I personally would love a Congress in Hazyview but I dont think its the right thing to do. Many Gautengers will only want to play Pairs and we need these numbers! They may decide its to far and too pricey. Local players should be able to look forward to an inexpensive Congress once every 4 years.