World cupcake day celebrated at Hirsch’s!

To celebrate World Cup Cake day (there is a day in the year to celebrate everything, including cupcakes!)  Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted a Cupcake Decorating morning for children between the ages of 4 and 12.  The event was free of charge, and was well attended by the community – with parents thanking Hirsch’s for taking the initiative and helping to fill the holidays with fun activities for the little ones.

An interactive demonstration on how to make cupcakes was followed by the making of 3 different flavoured butter icings.  After that the children had free reign to decorate their own cupcakes with a variety of different toppings.  Each child proudly displayed their creation – although some could not wait and promptly ate their cupcake.

Parents were treated to a cappuccino from Philips and – if they were lucky – a designer cupcake compliments of their child/ren!

If you would like to attend these events, kindly email



Christmas treat for VIVA Village

Christmas time is a time of giving, and the management and staff of Hirsch’s Silverlakes decided to support the Viva Kids Village recently by collecting colouring books and crayons for the 4 to 5 year olds.  The Viva Foundation provides schooling and pre-schooling for children from the impoverished Alaska informal settlement in Mamelodi East.


The saying ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’ became a reality when seeing the happy smiling faces of the children, who were so excited to receive their gifts.  “On behalf of everyone at Viva Village, a big Thank You to Hirch’s Silverlakes for blessing our children with the beautiful colouring in books.  Viva is all about partnerships and we value the relationship with Hirsch’s especially!” said Director of the foundation, Meleney Kriel.


Should you wish to contribute to this charity, contact Meleney on 0796352964, or visit their website for more information

Delicious Christmas Delights with Hirsch and Whirlpool

Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted a Christmas Cooking Demonstration, placing the spotlight on the Whirlpool Jet Chef.


With Beef Wellington and Christmas Mince pies on the menu, guests were eager to learn how to make these festive dishes.  Sheldon Platelli from Whirlpool demonstrated the versatility of the Jet Chef and also pointed out the advantages of using the Whirlpool induction hob.  The versatile Nutribullet was used to chop ingredients needed for the Beef Wellington.


Both dishes came out perfectly, and everybody was suitably impressed.  Hirsch’s regularly host cooking demonstrations – should you wish to receive invitations to these events please contact

Justice Delighted with his Win!


Justice Madzivhandila was thrilled to be informed that he was the winner  of a brand new AEG 15 place-setting Dishwasher from Hirsch’s Silverlakes.    Justice, a regular customer of the Silverlakes store, entered the competition in-store and brought his wife along to collect his prize.    “It is my wife who always encourages me to enter these competitions, and we are so pleased to have won this fantastic prize.” He commented.

The Fulfillment Factor – do what you Love!

Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted their ever popular Business Networking Event in collaboration with the CCBC, giving businesspeople the opportunity to showcase and market their businesses while networking with likeminded individuals.

The Guest Speaker at the event, Stephen van Basten, is a sought after public speaker and author, and is a member of the  Toastmasters International and The Wedding Professionals Association of SA. His work allows him to address over 20 000 people annually.

The title of Stephen’s talk was ‘The Fulfillment Factor’.  Said Stephen:  “Determine the things that you love doing – and do more of those, while doing less of the things that you hate.  Fulfillment is found when you make a living doing the things that you love.”  He also explained the importance of each person understanding which values were more important to them, as these were the things one would automatically make more time to do.  Stephen encouraged each person to remember that each situation encountered was one in which to grow, and that people grew best when the ‘going got tough’.

Each person present was given the opportunity to present their business in a 30-second pitch, whereafter informal networking took place over light refreshments.

If you would like to attend these events, which are free of charge, contact

Hirsch’s experience double digit growth


The Hirsch Group, who recently opened their eighteenth branch in South Africa – in Carnival, Brakpan – have announced that the company has seen double digit growth over the last twelve months despite the economic climate in South Africa. Commenting on the growth, CEO of the company, Allan Hirsch, said that they saw huge opportunities in the country and would continue to WALK THEIR TALK.

Guts, Glory and Graciousness

Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted their ever popular monthly Ladies Networking event with Guest Speaker,  Sonja Smith. The title of Sonja’s talk was  ‘The Guts, the Glory & the Graceful Glam-Ma’ and she shared her experience on Entrepreneurship and gave lessons and tips that she had learnt over the past decade in business.  “Don’t be afraid to take risks – and remember, sometimes it is easier to apologise than to ask for permission.  There will be times when you just have to take a leap of faith” said Sonja.


Sonja is the MD of the Sonja Smith Group and is the current Woman in Business Champion – National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).  She holds The Business Excellence Forum Award (BEFA) for The Most Innovative Company (2015) and is a former Businesswoman of the Year & Finalist for The Centurion of the Year as well as being President of Centurion Toastmasters Club 2015/2016.  Sonja was also one of the Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever finalists for 2016.


At the event, the first Silverlakes finalist for the Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever Awards for 2016/2017 cycle of the competition was announced as Bianca Otto.  Bianca is the Managing and Creative director of Silver Chalk Design Studio and has done business with big corporate clients such as Alcatel, Assupol, Meditech, Lafarge to name but a few.


Each of the ladies present had the opportunity to promote themselves in a 30-second time slot, and as such create more awareness for themselves and their businesses.  Networking and exchanging of business cards took place after the event, over light refreshments.


Should you wish to attend these events, which are free of charge, kindly contact

A Treat for Retreat Residents!


The Retreat is an upmarket Retirement Village in the East of Pretoria, and Hirsch’s were recently invited to partake in their monthly social event by providing cappuccinos for the residents.


Said Prof Fran William, head of The Retreat’s Social Committee:  “Thank you Hirsch’s for your amazing discounts offered to Pensioners, and for joining hands with us in making the morning a success.  Your cappuccino’s were a big hit!”


Hirsch’s offer a 12.5% discount to all Pensioners who shop at their stores on Tuesdays. (T’c and C’s apply)

Lisa wins – with Hirsch’s and Bosch


The winner of Hirsch’s October Opt In competition, with a prize of a Bosch Gas Electric Freestanding Stove, was the lucky Lisa Hudson from Bryanston.  Lisa, a teacher said:   “Unbelievable!! Thank you Hirsch’s for my blessing!  I cook all the time, I love it and it is my passion.  I recently moved into an old house with a broken stove – so this is really what I needed.  I asked my husband to buy me a stove for my upcoming 40th birthday in February – so winning this was the biggest blessing and surprise I could ask for.”


Lisa entered the competition on the Hirsch Homestore Facebook Page.



World Kindness Day Celebrated with ‘Treehouse’


In celebration of World Kindness Day, Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently paid a visit to the House Parents of ‘Treehouse’ – Willemien and Fred Vorster, to give them a tea time treat.  Treehouse is an organisation with the aim of restoring neglected teenage boys to their full potential, through providing foster care and support – on a social, educational and spiritual level.


It was heart-warming to celebrate World Kindness Day by giving back to a couple who give so much of themselves to others.


If you would like to support Treehouse, contact Willemien Vorster on 0614309636 or like their Facebook page