Rand Easter Show lands for 2014

2014-04-03 17:39

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It’s that time of the year again – the Rand Easter Show has rolled into town.

This year, former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy will be honoured, Vikki Vink of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal said today.

Vink’s organisation will use the show to lure visitors from the Gauteng-based event to KwaZulu-Natal.

Replicas of artefacts from the Nelson Mandela Capture Site will be showcased and the province will show off its attractions with a replica 3 500m² beach esplanade for the duration of the show.

Organisers have promised 11 days of “fun-filled magic” as the show celebrates 120 years of its existence, which coincides with 20 years of democracy.

Pula Dippenaar, CEO of Dogan Exhibition & Events which manages the Rand Easter Show, unveiled some of the main attractions: The Naked Scientist from the UK; The Pit Bull International Xtreme Motor Show; SA’s Strongest Man Qualifier; and the musical talents of Theuns Jordaan, Swing City, Dozi and Tokyo Groove.

Kids will be entertained by Tumble Town and the Animal Kingdom, and bird and snake shows are on the bill.

The SA Army, Navy, Air Force and the Military Health Services and other arms of the SANDF will showcase a range of “interactive activities” during their four-day exhibition.

Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga of the South African National Defence Force said: “As we celebrate 120 years of our partnership with the show and 20 years of our existence in a democracy, plenty of activities will be on display.”

Mabanga said that Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will be one of the guests during the opening of the show on April 18.

Personnel from the force will also assist with career guidance, allowing the youth a glimpse into the workings of the force.

The Rand Easter show is the biggest family show of its kind in South Africa with more than 200 000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors each year. It will be hosted over 11 days at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec.

Tickets cost R100 for adults, R50 for people older than 65 and between the ages of 13 and 16, and R20 for kids aged six to 12. Children younger than six can enter for free.

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