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In this issue of thebalance:


Incentive Travel:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Make your own wine:
Get together a bunch of friends, clients or colleagues ... only three more weeks to go!!

Vertical Events:
Take your product launch to new heights

Competition Winner


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Celebration of Achievement!

January 2011 is at an end and what a celebration of achievement it has been to look back on at the end of the month.

I have closed doors on old chapters. I am working on eliminating one time waster every week. I have cleaned up my desk, my drawers, every cupboard in the house and I do not think that there is a corner that I have missed. We have a redesigned ezine, the website has been updated .....etc

Now that the foundations have been laid - we are ready for the heaven that 2011 holds in store.

Another celebration: We have a winner for our competition that we ran last year at
Sanbona Wild Life Reserve - scroll down to see whether it was you.

International celebrations: One of the festivals that takes place in January is the The Harbin International Ice Festival in China.

It is one of world's four largest international ice festivals, along with
Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival. It starts annually on January 5 and lasts usually to the end of February, weather permitting.

The 27th
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival started on January 5, 2011. It is never too early to start planning for January 2012.

I hope that you had a fabulous January!

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and the team at
The Balance of Work2Play


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Celebration - Every day is a celebration because instead of waiting for happy endings, we open our eyes to the wonder of life,
to see the humour and magic in each moment. Delighted in the way things turn out, amazed at the beauty of it all.

Incentive Travel

10 reasons to visit Japan…
Travelling to Japan is a chance to visit a country that is most steeped in tradition and culture - they are a deeply proud and very generous people.
1. City, night lights and shopping.
2. Festivals
3. Robots, gadgets and all things tech.
4. Castles, temples and shrines.
5. Efficient transport and the shinkansen (bullet train).
6. Japanese food and drink (especially Yebisu beer).
7. Manga and anime.
8. Astro boy.
9. Architecture.
10. Origami, ancient traditions and art.



Japan is fast becoming and Incentive Destination favourite. Japan is ideally situated as a gateway into Asia, which makes for a great stopover to end or start your tour.

The main reason people visit Japan and then continue to return is because of the great infrastructure, good transport, great hotels and outstanding service, which is known to be the best in the world.


Top things to see and do:
• Tokyo's Imperial Palace
• Mt. Fuji
• Hiroshima
• Hokkaido

These are a few reasons why your group should choose it as an option for their incentive and I look forward to discussing and planning it with you!!

The Kodo Drum Festival must rank as one of the top festivals. It is a music festival celebrating taiko drumming and the earth itself.


Yet this is exactly what happens every summer in the normally sleepy town of Ogi in the South-Eastern section of Sado. Drums, drums, drums! For three days little Ogi resounds with the incessant pounding of countless booming drums.

The Tono Valley is great to visit rural Japan - it is easy enough to hire a bicycle and meander through large open rice paddies.


The best thing to do is an Onsen. It is a bath in the wonder hot springs that Japan is famous for and there are over 2 000 of them in Japan.

To explore the Land of the Rising Sun on your next incentive trip, contact us at




Vertical Events


Vertical BIKING - The world's steepest cycle race!

Jochen Schweizer Events has now been brought to South Africa by The Balance of Work 2 Play. Vertical Events stand for spectacular vertical performances and outstanding show acts. We deliver artistic work and develop individual show concepts for agencies and companies.

The events are ideal for product launches, parties, building launches and more - dazzle your clients with this event.

- is an enormously exciting cycle race, which can be watched by the audience from start to finish.
Two bikers compete with each other. However, the VertiBikeŽ does not move on the ground as usual, but vertically upward! If the biker has arrived on the top, it goes downward at an immense speed - only by applying freewheel clutch and brakes. The force is redirected in the vertical direction thanks to a patented system.

VertiBikeŽ requires a suspension point, such as a mobile crane, and can be be realized at both indoor and outdoor locations. We recommend a height of suspension of at least 25 meters.

We will conceptualise the creatives for you and will brand, and make it yours to own for future marketing purposes.

Email us at for a quote.




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Make your own wine...

And now it is three weeks before our first batch arrives for Jozi wine, which also gets made at our winery.
For those of you that still want to book a barrel, there is still time to book for the last grapes which come off the vines in five weeks time.

The activity consists of a half day of cleaning the grapes and getting them into fermenters, then another few hours crushing the grapes and getting them into a barrel.

There after you and your team have the option to pop in once a month, or once every six weeks to sample the wine and top up your barrel. This is an ideal long term
teambuilding gathering.

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