Best educational institution – University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria is as well-known in the capital as the Blue Bulls and purple Jacaranda streets. The university celebrated its 110th birthday in 2018 and boasts many accolades. Did you know that UP is one of the biggest research producers in South Africa and in Africa? It is also the only university in the country that has a veterinary science faculty. Students definitely get world-class education with more than 53 000 students, nine faculties and a business school, 1 213 study programmes as well as 230 degrees, certificates and diplomas on offer.

Best private school – Maragon

For Pretoria parents, making sure their kids get the best education possible is of the utmost importance. Maragon private schools understand the struggle and strive to help produce exceptional, mature, well-balanced young adults who possess loyalty and love for God and country, capable of prospering in the world of tomorrow. They achieve this by using traditional teaching strategies as they selectively blend cutting-edge trends that incorporate paradigm shifts, as enriched, legislated and accredited curricula are taught. 

Best primary school (English) – Glenstantia Primary

Established in 1981 to serve the south-eastern suburbs of Pretoria, Glenstantia primary school started out with only 500 learners but today serves almost 1 500 learners. Pretty impressive, huh? The school prides itself in offering its learners the best academic, cultural and sport education – and even offers an after-care centre. If you’re looking for the best school for your child, look no further. 

Best primary school (Afrikaans) – Laerskool Garsfontein

Garsies, Garsies, Garsies for the win! With so many prestigious Afrikaans primary schools from which to choose,
we were very interested to see who would walk away as the best of the best in this category. And the landslide vote was pretty clear: Laerskool Garsfontein. At Laerskool Garsfontein, teachers and students aim to fly higher and achieve their ultimate potential. Congrats! 

Best high school (English) – Maragon

Maragon private schools are changing the face of education and follow a blended learning approach from grades 7-12. Academics is key and learners are equipped with skills like collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. But don’t just take our word for how great they are. Trust the thousands of Pretorians who voted or go see for yourself

Best nursery school – Maragon

At Maragon Pre-School, a dedicated team of teachers aim to prepare little ones for life in the 21st century by focusing on the development of basic core skills. These eager little learners work hard, play hard and love to share what they have learnt at their annual concert, Maragon family events and grandparent tea, among other events. Sport is very important and bulletjie-rugby and mini-cricket are firm favourites among both kids and parents. 

Best high school (Afrikaans) – Hoërskool Garsfontein

When it comes to education, parents know to trust only the best. And as far as Afrikaans high schools go, it doesn’t get better than Hoërskool Garsfontein. Academic, culture and sports-wise, the accolades just keep streaming in. What makes their win even better is the fact that the school is also celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Congratulations Garsies, you definitely deserve the win! 

Best restaurant to take the kids – Spur

Most kids are fussy eaters, and we know how worried mamas and papas get when their little ones simply don’t want to eat. And, yup, we have the perfect solution. Take them to Spur! They’ll love the food, the milkshakes are out of this world and as an added bonus the playground is sure to kick-start their appetite in no time. Just be warned, you might have trouble getting the kids to leave … and they definitely will want to go back! 

Best place to have a party for children – Spur

There is a lot to stress about when it comes to planning kiddies’ parties. The grocery shopping, how to design invitations and – the most annoying of them all – who is going to clean the mess after the fun. Right? Stress no more! Spur spares you the agony and pressure when it comes to planning the perfect party all by yourself. Let the Spur team do all the work while you capture the best moments of your kid’s birthday celebration. Now doesn’t that sound amazing? 


Best store for kids’ clothes – Woolworths

Gone are the days where kids’ fashion consisted of only the basics like shoes, pants, jackets and Babygros. Nuh-uh! These days children’s fashion is cuter than ever and dressing up the little ones has never been more fun. At Woolworths you’ll find the latest fashions in great quality and available at the best prices. Leather jackets, sneakers and frilly dresses – you’ll have the best dressed tot in town. 

Best shop for baby essentials – Baby City

Ask any mom and she will tell you: babies need a lot. Diapers, wet wipes, bum cream, blankets, toys, food, milk, medicine, carriers, diaper bags, dummies … the list goes on. Thank goodness for a store like Baby City – a one-stop-shop for all your baby needs at great prices. And they don’t stop at babies. Make sure to check out the wide variety of children’s toys and other related products to help make parenting easier. 

Best shop to buy kids’ toys – Toys R Us

Need to shop for a gift for your little one? Pssst … we’ll let you in on a secret. Toys R Us stocks more than 180 different brands of toys, including Barbie, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. Need we say more? No matter your child’s age or needs, you will definitely find something there. As an added bonus, there’s a Rewards R Us programme designed to reward customers for purchases made at Toys R Us, Babies R Us and Reggies stores.