Organisers are currently up and down busy preparing what they say is something that gets better and better, luring scores of people to the Mbombela Stadium when the 2019 summer starts. It will feature the likes of Lira, Rebecca Malope, traditional dancers and the SA army among other attractions.
An event of the captains of the South African mainstream economy coming to showcase what their various businesses offer continues in its 3rd year this year, from 29 August to 1 September 2019 and such is maintained to keep the “legacy” of deputy president DD Mabuza.
This is according to Mpumalanga Show director Themba Sgudla, who says the idea of the man in having such an event in 2017 was a smart move and should be continued.
Despite Mabuza snubbing the show last year September when it entered its 2nd annual leg and disappointing scores of people and journalists who had hoped they would see him come to the show as he did in September 2017 when it launched, it has always been “Mabuza’s dream that there should be a form of interaction between business and the people”.
“We all understand that established business cannot transform on its own without some form of co-operation between owners and those who own nothing. Those who don’t own can therefore come to the show and have fun with the captains, because it is exposure that can get you there,” the eMalahleni multi-millionaire said during an interview with 013NEWS in Mbombela Monday mid-day this week.
Institutions like the SA army, Wildlife College, SANParks, EcoTraining, varsities and other training providers as well as owners of the forestry, motor industry, mining, energy, tourism and agricultural sectors will showcase the various services they offer while thousands of people are also made to stay put with live entertainment.
More than 40 000 people attended the show last year. Organisers aim for even more at the Mbombela stadium on 29 August to 1 September, with two ticket-holders going home with brand new VW Polos.
Game farmers, who are expected to bring some of the most untrusted wild animals like crocodiles to the show to entertain crowds as well as lodge owners who will be part of it when it begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday, a sokkie on Friday, a diverse mix on Saturday, and a gospel and jazz festival on the Sunday.
Musicians like Lira and Rebecca Malope are expected to perform and other artists across all racial, tribal and traditional societies of the province. Also various government departments.
The show is the brainchild of forestry businessman Brian Ring and Sgudla.
Sgudla said this year they want the local people residing around where the Mbombela stadium is to benefit directly from the activities of the show.
“The battle is to use our know-hows and groom a child. Many people are interested in how the economy and various institutions that support it work, but it’s always something that is far from them. That’s what Mabuza had in mind and it’s what we should all make sure is realised”.
(edited by ZK)
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