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T Show - Tshwane's pride and passion

A new era has dawned on the Pretoria Show. For more than 70 years this annual show, held at the end of August, has been the f l a g s h i p e v e n t o f t h e Ts h w a n e E v e n t s Centre. From this year the show will have an international flavour, and will be known as the Tshwane International Show, or the T Show to appeal to visitors of all ages. The theme for the 2010 T Show, which will be held from 27 August to 5 September, is `Pride & Passion'. Pride because the show is established as one of the leading events in Tshwane and passion because the show is passionate about South Africa, the city and its people. The show is about fun, and fun - in abundance - is what the T Show will offer visitors this year. The 15 ­ 25 year age group can specifically look forward to exciting new offerings incorporated to attract younger people to the show. For instance, a unique zone will be developed in Hall H, where the look, feel and sounds will appeal to the younger generation. Special emphasis is also being placed on offering outdoor enthusiasts something special. The latest offerings in terms of off-road vehicles, camping and adventure will be on display. Many of these outdoor exhibits will be in the open areas of the grounds, which are currently being levelled out and cleaned up. This will give the outdoor area a complete new

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look ­ a refreshing change that should appeal to visitors. T h e s h o w re m a i n s o n e o f t h e b i g g e s t agricultural shows in the country, and this year's agricultural programme will already start a week prior to the opening, on 19 August. Highlights on the agricultural programme will include the national Pinzgauer championships, the provincial tent pegging championships and the Alzu world qualifying round show jumping.

The heavyweights meet: the newly elected Tshwabac board recently had their first meeting for the 2009/10 term. From left (front) are Ntombekaya September, Hans Balyamujura, Bert Badenhorst, Chairperson, Japie Steenkamp (Vice-Chairperson) and Hendrik van Gass. From left (back) are Carel Roos, Wim du Toit (CEO), Marius Pelser, André Bezuidenhoudt, Jan Kleynhans, Johan Olivier and Gabriel Mokgoko.

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According to Wim

By the time you read this 2010 will be almost at its halfway mark and football fever in South Africa will have reached fever pitch. Even though we have not beat the recession quite yet, there is no getting around the fact that South Africa is indeed a very exciting place to be at the moment. It's not just the FIFA World Cup, but general, widespread optimism about its legacy and what it will mean for the country and its economy. We were very proud to host Tshwane's 1 500odd World Cup volunteers for their threeday training course recently and we have supported all the city's efforts to prepare for those very special football guests. We have noticed and welcomed the imminent formation of the Tshwane Tourism Company and look forward to working with it to develop an events strategy for the city, including the formation of a local convention or events bureau that will help place the city on the tourism map. Fact is, in the next few weeks South Africa will receive more international media exposure than ever before. Millions of people all over the world will not only view their favourite football teams in action, but will learn about South Africa, its offerings, its infrastructure, its business know-how and its people. Also Tshwane's. The World Cup was a window of opportunity and this window is now wide open. Here at the Tshwane Events Centre we have been invigorated by the external climate, the optimism and the growing pride of South Africa and what it can achieve. We have focused a lot of this energy at improving our facilities, including the beautification of the open area, and at doing what we do best ­ hosting and staging successful events and exhibitions. The recent Wild Expo, provincial ANC conference and HeavyWeight Expo are shining examples. Over the next few months we will increase our efforts to establish the name of the Tshwane Events Centre where it is still necessary. Members and patrons will also see the expansion of our brand to represent all our areas of business, as well an exciting tree planting project to celebrate the 2010 goals scored at Loftus Versfeld. Wim du Toit Chief Executive Officer ­ Tshwabac Tel 012 327 1487 [email protected] www.tshhwane-events.co.za

Volunteers at work: The 2010 Organising Committee trained approximately 1 500 Tshwane-based volunteers in the Tshwane Events Centre's Hall H from 19 to 21 March. These volunteers will assist visitors to the city during the FIFA World Cup. "Once again our venue was a natural choice for accommodating such a large group of people," says CEO Wim du Toit, "and we are proud to have made a contribution, however minor, to the city's efforts to host the event."

Events centre the backdrop for decision-making

The eleventh Gauteng provincial conference of the African National Congress was held at the Tshwane Events Centre from 6 to 8 May. Some 1 500 delegates participated in the event, which occupied Halls G, J and L. Spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli says the conference was a decisive one, and vital to discuss policies and elect leadership. "We also discussed ways to speed up service delivery, as well as important aspects for branches to make inputs that will grow our organisation." Ntombi Rewu, Sales Executive at the Tshwane Events Centre says an entire turnkey service was rendered for the ANC conference, which was concluded seamlessly. The conference also received extensive television coverage, which included footage of the centre.

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Wild Expo a winner

The dust has settled on the Tshwane Events Centre after a hugely successful Wild Expo held in April. More than 10 000 people from as far as Richards Bay and Bloemfontein passed through the gates, making this one of the best events to date. The public was clearly more positive about the economic climate this year and was more than willing to spend money at the expo. Most exhibitors were extremely happy about their sales and a large percentage had to restock their stands several times, as they experienced unexpected high sales. "We were generally very satisfied with the mix of products, services and entertainment on offer this year. We received excellent feedback from exhibitors and visitors in terms of product offerings and plan to present an even bigger and better event next year. By then, the 50 x 100m lake and the state-of-the-art 4x4 track should also be completed. This will form part of the adventure zone that is being planned to accommodate hunters, anglers and outdoor people at the Tshwane Events Centre," says Hanlie Delport, Wild Expo organiser. Rafeek Dockrat of Pretoria West Trading says: "This show has been very successful. I never expected it to be so good. I'm 100 percent sure I'll be back for the next 10 years!" Wikkie Riekert of Wikkie's Pompe says: "An excellent show. I will definitely be back. Lots and lots of feet. I'm very impressed!" Bookings for the 2011 Wild Expo, which will be held from 25 to 27 March, will open soon. Several early bird specials will be available.

A whole new world of speed sports

On 27 June 2010, the Tshwane Events Centre will be witness to a whole new world of speed sports. Nova Paintball, which is situated at the centre, will be hosting the third leg of the provincial Gauteng Professional Paintball League, in which up to 16 teams will be taking part for a chance to become the top paintball team in the province. All teams are made up of seven individuals, five of whom are `live' and playing on the pitch, with two reserves in the pits, who can be substituted between games to ensure that the strongest players are always on the field, based on their current opponent. All matches are made up of three games of three minutes each, but most are over in well under a minute. The fasted recorded game time at Nova Paintball and possibly in South Africa, is seven seconds flat! Nova Paintball welcomes anyone with interest to come by and enjoy the day. There is ample seating and a great view of the field from the upper deck. For more information visit www.novapaintball.co.za.

Angling activities at the Wild Expo were held at a tailor-made angling lake, populated with carp and bass.

A highlight at the Wild Expo was the Expo MacNab competition , which included disciplines such as laser clay shooting, bowhunting, archery, air rifle shooting, and artificial lure and spot casting .

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HeavyWeight Expo breaks ground

The first national exhibition and conference dedicated to the latest products, services and concepts in the heavy vehicle industry was held at the Tshwane Events Centre recently. Organised by Tshwabac and incorporating the fifth annual Workshop and Aftermarket Technology Show, the expo attracted over 170 indoor and outdoor exhibitors. The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Dr Pieter Mulder, said at the opening of the expo that farming as it is known today would not be able to cope with the challenges of limited productive land and the ever-increasing pressure of food security. He said the answer lay in technology, including the technology represented by the vehicles and products on display at the HeavyWeight Expo, as well as research and the sharing of knowledge through training. "With this technology, productivity will be improved and the farmer will be able to do more with less." There was also the first of four workshops presented by Omega Investment Research, which addressed the economic outlook for the heavy vehicle industry in Southern Africa. Among the speakers were Jeff Osborne, CEO of the Retail Motor Industry organisation,

which endorsed the expo, and Stewart Jennings, President of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers. The expo ended with an auction of excess stock, demonstration models and factory guaranteed stock, conducted by Van's Auctioneers of Pretoria.

Regional tourism organisation for Tshwane soon

Tshwane could have its own regional tourism organisation by April next year. Chairman of the Tshwane Tourism Action Team, Mike Gcabo says such an organisation would boost tourism to the capital tremendously. Welcoming the progress announced at the recent Tshwane tourism lekgotla, he said the envisaged Tshwane Tourism Company would focus on marketing Tshwane as a preferred tourism destination and providing a relevant and up to date tourism information service. "Successful tourist destinations like Cape Town, Johannesburg, Canberra in Australia and Dublin in Ireland operate efficient regional tourism organisations. Tshwane's unique selling propositions as South Africa's capital city and its tourism identity and branding in line with that of South Africa, now need to fully utilised. "Tshwane's tourism industry is still outperformed by other metros and our visitor numbers are still well below the master plan target of 6,9 million by 2012. Current figures indicate that some 3,4 million tourists visit Tshwane every year, compared to more than 6,8 million to Johannesburg and more than four million to eThekwini. An effective regional tourism organisation for Tshwane will certainly go a long way to help promote tourism to the city," he said. To facilitate the formation of the Tshwane Tourism Company, the Tshwane Tourism Action Team ­ formed at the tourism lekgotla hosted at the Tshwane Events Centre in October 2008 - will continue to act as the interim board. Tshwabac CEO Wim du Toit says the Tshwane Events Centre looks forward to supporting and working with the Tshwane Tourism Company, especially in terms of developing an events strategy for the city.

Upcoming events

· unduExpo B 30 July ­ 1 August 2010 Hall J & open area Contact: Linda van der Walt Tel 012 548 1214 www.bunduexpo.co.za · TshwaneInternationalShow 27 August ­ 5 September All venues Contact: Hanlie Delport Tel 012 327 1487 www.tshwaneshow.co.za

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The team that made it happen - Subesh Pillay, Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for tourism (left), Tshwane Tourism Action Team Chairman Mike Gcabo (second from left) and the members of the team.

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