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Pretoria Show ­ feel the spring fever!

Millions of Rands will again be pumped into the economy of the City of Tshwane as thousands of visitors stream to the Pretoria Show to capitalise on a multitude of business and entertainment opportunities. The show is one of the biggest consumer exhibitions in South Africa, and is renowned as a festival of diversity, culture and lifestyle. Gates open on 27 August. It is also the second biggest agriculture show in the country. The show grounds literally overflows with exhibitions, business bargains, world class entertainment and an impressive agricultural programme. The show will be open until 7 September. Show Manager Hanlie Delport says one of the major advantages of visiting the Pretoria Show is that there are so many options and offerings in one single venue. "The agricultural offering includes the inter national championships for the Simmentaler and Brahman breeds, and national championships for the Pinzgauer, Drakensberger and Pedi breeds. Apart from the Regional Saddle Horse Championships, the final round of the Agricultural Research Council's Beef Star Performers and Herd of the Year Competition will also be held here for the first time in years." One of the highlights of this year's show is the excellent entertainment programme in the second weekend of the event. W ith media partners Jacaranda 94.2 and Kaya FM, most music tastes, from jazz, rock, funk and hip hop, to contemporary and kwaito music, are being catered for. Artists include Steve Hofmeyr, Theuns Jordaan, Malaika, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, The Parlotones, Louise Carver and kidofdoom. These performances are all included in the entrance fee to the show grounds. Soccer supporters can meet their favourite soccer players from Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United. These clubs will be exhibiting as part of the special soccer exhibition, showcasing soccer related products and a mini soccer field. For enthusiastic Bulls supporters the Vodacom Blue Bulls rugby team will once again visit the show for a signature session. "But whether a competition winner or not, a visit to the show will give the public the chance to compare the best offers in a large variety of products while enjoying the multitude of entertainment events that appeal across all ages and cultural spectrums ­ from music and edutainment to show jumping, saddle horse shows and performances by the Star Stallions. There is really no limit to what



Third Q hi d Quarter 2008

See Steve Hofmeyr and Malaika live at the Pretoria Show.

a family outing to the Pretoria Show can offer," says Delport. The show boasts more t h a n 4 2 0 0 0 s q u a re metres of undercover exhibition halls, 30 000 square metres of outside exhibition space, arenas, an amusement park, kiddies area and food courts. Some 700 commercial exhibitors, including importers of international goods, ensure offerings in more than 200 product categories, ranging from sport, motor vehicles, home ware, appliances and educational products to furniture, boats and caravans. Show times are from 10:00 to 20:00 from Sunday to Thursday and from 10:00 to 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Entry fees are R35 per adult, R20 per child between four and 14 years and R25 for students and pensioners over 60. Safe parking is available at R12 per vehicle. For more information visit

"We realise that the South African economic climate has changed dramatically since August last year and that producers, manufacturers and consumers are currently under stress. Our theme for the 2008 Pretoria Show is Spring Fever, symbolising new life, growth, vibrancy and energy. We see the show as the channel through which we aim to lift the general spirit of our city. Visitors should be on the lookout for lots of competitions offered by, among others, Jacaranda 94.2, Kaya FM, Nestlé and Wimpy, with excellent prizes to be won.


According to Wim

Things are moving at Tshwabac! Since our last newsletter it has been quite an industrious and profitable time here at the Tshwane Events Centre. At a general meeting on 15 July 2008, our membership resolved unanimously that the company should embark on a strategy to reopen the membership and to reposition itself to optimally exploit business opportunities that emerged during recent months. We will continuously keep you informed on developments, also via this quarterly update. The Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference took place in May and was a resounding success for both the City of Tshwane and for Tshwabac, who was given the task of organising the event in just six weeks! I thank our team for their professional and tireless efforts to make this possible. Without their sacrifices and proverbial blood, sweat and tears this event would not have been such a huge success! The conference heralded a new era for Tshwabac. We have not only proven that we have the resources and capabilities to create, host and run world-class events, but that our team can also host excellent combined conference and exhibitions, or confexes in the future. We recently also hosted several other conferences and exhibitions such as the Department of Trade and Industry's d Industry s Conference on Co-operatives, with ves, Deputy President Phumzile MlamboNgcuka officiating at the event. ent. Other events to watch out for in the coming months are the he Pretoria Show and the Tshwane ne Tourism Fair. Longer-term rm events being pursued include the de Independent Electoral Commission's mmission's Media Results Centre in 2009, the city's Official Fan Park for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament, an agricultural gricultural show and an urban renewal project for Pretoria West. Exciting times indeed! Until next time. Wim du Toit Chief Executive Officer Tshwabac 012 327 1487 [email protected]

All seats please!

fully-fledged The West End Theatre is a fully fledged 450 seater theatre ­ right here at the Tshwane Events Centre. First opened by Mayor, Piet van der Walt in 1964 - hence the original name `Piet van der Walt Theatre' - the name has since changed to the West End Theatre, due to the location and the artistic connotation. The theatre will re-open as a production theatre with the Hot Mikado, followed by productions like `Local is Lekker', a jazz festival `Flight of Jazz', an Afrikaans festival and a Bollywood production. The West End Theatre has a lovely ambiance and the acoustics are outstanding, making for a very enjoyable theatre experience. Refreshments and bar facilities are all part of the entertainment deal. For more information contact Carol on 082 820 1768 or Alan on 084 390 0981.

The biggest Bundu ever

With more than 10 000 visitors, this year's Bundu expo was the biggest and best ever. The 140 exhibitors offered visitors a wide variety of products and services, ranging from camping, hunting and fishing products to several interesting displays and demonstrations such as the ever popular taxidermy demonstrations. Other big hits were the birds of prey where eagles, falcons and hawks were shown to the public, with the birds not disappointing spectators when it came to demonstrating their attack and hunting skills. Also attracting attention, especially from the youngsters, was the nine-week old lion cubs from the lion and rhino park at Lanseria. The Mcnab competition was held for the second time this year. Mcnab was a famous Scottish peasant who defied the law of the day and hunted deer on a lord's estate. To save himself from the gallows he was given a task by the lord ta to catch a fish and hunt a deer - all in one day - while on evading the lord's men. He completed the task comple with ease and impressed a the lord to such an t Lion cubs and birds of prey - they extent that he pardoned Mcnab for his earlier were all there at the Bundu expo. transgressions and made transgressio him his chief grounds ch man. The spirit of Mcnab lives through the competition where young and old yo strive for excellence in bo shooting, bow casting of fishing lines and target shooting tar with air guns. The honours for the best exhibitions stand exhi went to CWS, manufacturers and suppliers of an wire fencing. Well done to the C CWS team. The wheels for Bundu 2009 are already turning with the team swinging into action ­ watch this space!


Calling for international investment

The Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference, recently presented at the Tshwane Events Centre, certainly bodes well for the economic future of the region, both in attitude and flair. Hosted by the City of Tshwane, the conference highlighted opportunities to partner with the city and its communities for investment in economic and infrastructure development. It also seeked to promote increased trade with the SADC region and countries abroad. The expected outcomes of the conference were to translate export development and investment opportunities into advantages for the local community, to expose and increase access to local brands, products and services to the global market, to create a fair, transparent, competitive and efficient marketplace and to grow the economy and increase job creation and wealth for all. Speakers, both local and international, gave a fresh perspective on targeting new domestic and foreign direct investment. They gave ideas to existing exporters on how to

increase exports and how to enter new foreign markets. Valuable information was exchanged on investing in infrastructure and infrastructure development and on Tshwane's trade and investment opportunities related to 2010. Glen Ho, Leading Partner of KPMG highlighted available alternatives in international business locations and shared experiences from KPMG's China desk network. Denzel Hankinson, an Associate of Castalia Strategic Advisors in Canada gave an international perspective and best practice overview on infrastructure development at local government level.

Other presentations included HSBC Africa's Senior Vice-President Paul Eardley-Taylor's view on innovative financing of municipal infrastructure. HSBC is the fourth largest banking group in the world and leaders in regional and international project finance. Prof Enio Klein, Commercial Intelligence Consultant to and Member of the Brazilian Association for the Footwear Industry spoke on partnerships between informal sector producers and large manufacturers. Sipho Mseleku, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce & Industry, shared his views on shared growth through regional partnerships. With benefits far and wide, the conference is certainly deemed to become an annual event on the Tshwane Events Centre calendar.

A green show

This year's Pretoria Show will be greener than ever. Show Manager Hanlie Delport says with the 2010 Soccer World Cup approaching, it is important that any potential problems in terms of waste management at large events be addressed. In this regard the Pretoria Show and the Tshwane Events Centre have made good progress. "More than eight tons of animal waste and bedding will be removed and used for compost, which will again be given back to the community. Our campaign to reduce the impact and to recycle waste is also in line with policy matters for the future, when recycling will become compulsory," says Delport.


See our stars!

The Tshwane Events Centre has received a 3-star rating from the Tourism Grading Council. The grading is part of an ongoing programme to upgrade the centre and to quantify to the public the level of service and facilities the centre has to offer. "Whilst we are satisfied with the 3-star rating, we have put upgrading strategies in place to move to the next level in two years' time," says Marketing Manager Ricky Da Costa.

Round & About

Watch out for these upcoming events at the Tshwane Events Centre. · 20 September - Ballet show. West End Theatre. Contact Mariëtte Klopper on 082 788 1670. · 26 to 28 September - SA Iron Horse Rodeo. Halls B,G,J & L. Contact Douw Venter on 082 882 4635. · 27 September - Horse auction. Obaro Ring. Contact Len Bornman on 082 551 6839. · 22 October - National Brahman auction. Obaro Ring. Contact Elmarie/Hendrik Nel on 018 290 9610. · 23 to 26 October - Sound Styling Events. Hall J. Contact Kevin on 076 630 1610. · 24, 25 and 31 October, 1, 7 and 8 November - Gaiety Theatre. Hall G. Contact Ken Wessels on 082 378 9647. · 1 November - Concert. West End Theatre. Contact Marietha Scheepers on 072 148 4289. · 21 to 30 November - Transoranje School for the Deaf Christmas market. Hall L. Contact Albert Dill on 012 386 6072.

Enhancing tourism in Tshwane

The Tshwane Events Centre will soon host the first ever Tshwane Tourism Fair.. This mayoral project will set the benchmark for tourism development in Tshwane. Furthermore, it will become an annual event which will act as a platform to determine future actions to position the city as a preferred tourism destination and to give feedback to all stakeholders. The fair will optimise citywide tourism opportunities from a cultural, business and capital city perspective. This will assist in accelerating economic growth and development of all tourism products, especially those of SMMEs, women and the youth. In addition, the aim is to create a tourism event that can evolve in three years as a signature, high profile platform to attract media attention to Tshwane's existing tourism potential. Hosted by the City of Tshwane, with the Tshwane Events Centre appointed as the project manager, the event will consist of a two-day conference of tourism stakeholders and a conference exhibition. The fair is poised to change the face of tourism in Tswhane. Watch this space!

Comings and goings Look ma, no wires!

The Tshwane Events Centre is wireless. By purchasing wireless connectivity time packages, patrons can be online from any spot at the centre. "Wireless technology is a huge boon for exhibitors and visitors alike," says Marketing Manager Ricky Da Costa. "Exhibitors no longer need to order expensive and cumbersome ADSL lines from Telkom during their events. They now purchase an airtime voucher available in various time packages - at the centre's office and are ensured connectivity with a unique password. "This will undoubtedly reduce costs drastically for exhibitors," he says. We wish financial manager Jacques Knoetze well in his pursuit of a new career. For five years he ensured that the financial course of the company never went off track. The same goes to Brenda Badenhorst, the manager who organised this year's successful Bundu Show. Our condolences to friends, family and colleagues of Tshwabac life members Gerrie van Jaarsveld and Ike Eksteen who passed away recently.

Radika Patel has been appointed as sales executive for venue rentals. She has served Tshwabac as receptionist, with distinction for more than 11 years ­ the friendly face of Tshwabac for many customers and visitors. We wish Radika every success in her new position and look forward to her energy boosting rental occupancies!

New kid on the block - Radika Patel is the new sales executive for venue rentals.

Morné Mostert (left) took over as receptionist, while René Zeelie has been appointed as secretary to the Pretoria Show Division.




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