Word For Word Media turns 10

Word for Word Media (WFWM), the publishers of Buddies For Life and Oncology Buddies, celebrated their 10th anniversary at African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa in Magaliesburg. The WFWM team and Louise Turner, COO of Breast Health Foundation and breast cancer survivor, were treated to a day of pampering, bubbly and much needed time-out.

An indulgent day

The morning started off with much excitement, while we left the hustle and bustle of the city behind us to drive into the calming countryside, knowing what was instore for us. We were welcomed with coffee and muffins then changed into our costumes and splashed around in the array of pools. It seems the floatation tank was a firm favourite. Though, the outdoor jacuzzi is magnificent, and the scenic rock pools soothe the mind instantaneously.

Our spoils included a full-body heated stone massage, which hit just the rights spots; a spa scalp massage; and the choice of either a pampering classic   spa manicure or pedicure. And, with spring gracing us with her spectacular presence, who doesn’t want pretty toes? The beauty therapists were kind, exceptionally friendly and accommodating.

The team then celebrated with the popping of champagne and raised their glasses to the next 10 years of publishing. Much chatter took place over lunch, with Sam and Nelson, the restaurant’s staff, seeing to our every need.

After lunch, more time in the floatation pool was needed, and the steam room was tested before we showered and, sadly, had to depart  back to reality.

WFWM would like to thank African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa for the wonderful and memorable experience.

Message from Karen Joseph

Over the past 10 years, WFWM has worked with people who have shared their stories, bared their souls, and touched us all. However, it’s also you, the readers, who give the inspiration, the feedback to publish more. 

To BHF, Cancer Alliance and all the contributors and advertisers (who assist to fund the magazine), we thank you for the friendship and always showing us the way forward. 

To the WFWM team – Sandra, Laurelle and Liane –  your commitment and dedication makes our daily stresses worthwhile and meaningful.

Onwards and upwards!

Escape to the mountains 

Nestled in a charming country setting with views of the Magaliesburg Mountains, the African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa is a serene and luxurious retreat. Situated just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, the resort offers guests instant access to the area’s breathtaking natural beauty.

Stretch out in a luxury guest room or a luxury guest room with a plunge pool, or book one of their Villa accommodations for access to your private pool. Make an appointment for a massage at Mount Grace Spa, one of the area’s most acclaimed and awarded wellness destinations, and enjoy fine wine and delicious cuisine at Rambling Vine, a must-do for oenophiles.

The hotel boasts five-star amenities like a full fitness centre and several beautiful pools, including a special Kids Club pool. Ideal for a business retreat, the hotel features over 16 000 square feet of elegant venue space for your next event.

About the award-winning luxury spa 

Located at the top of Mount Grace, with the best views of the Magaliesburg, the Spa offers the ideal environment to unwind and ease away the stress that comes with everyday modern living.

Relax, recharge and rejuvenate at the award-winning luxury spa, which offers an oasis of tranquility to ensure you emerge refreshed in body, mind and spirit. Ignite the imagination and rediscover yourself in the serene gardens of the famed hydrotherapy spa.

Relax in the jacuzzi while listening to the soothing sound of the waterfall or escape in the sound flotation pool and let time fade away. The unique surroundings and fresh country air coupled with premium international skin and body brands provide the ultimate in luxury pampering.


Nominate a breast cancer survivor, and he/she stand a chance of winning a 90-minute full body massage, worth R900, and can enjoy the use of the outdoor jacuzzi, steam room, rock pool, floatation tank and reflexology walkway at African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa.

How to win: For a chance to win this fantastic prize, simply like the Buddies For Life FB page, share the competition post, and then nominate a breast cancer survivor on the original post.
Closing date: 31 October 2017

Terms and conditions 

The voucher is valid until 30 March 2018, and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offer; is not valid over peak periods; and subject to availability. Prize only includes a 90-minute full body massage and the use of the spa facilities; all other expenses, such as travel to and from African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa and lunch are for winner’s own account. Prize will go to first correctly-completed entry drawn at random after closing date (31 October 2017). The person that is nominated must be a breast cancer survivor or currently undergoing oncology treatment. By entering the person in the competition, you give Word for Word Media the right to publish the winner’s photo in later issues of Buddies For Life and online.