Gauteng Tourism, the official destination marketing agency for the Gauteng City Region is glad to announce that it is all systems go for the World Choir Games (WCG) 2018 that will be taking place in the City of Tshwane in July this year coinciding with the centenary celebrations of our icon Nelson Mandela.
The games had been at a risk of collapsing over protracted differences between the hold of the international rights to the event and the local organising committee. The differences revolved around issues of local procurement and roles and responsibilities between the international right holder agency and the local organising committee but we are pleased that all parties have since found each other.
GTA CEO Siphiwe Ngwenya says the Gauteng City Region is now looking forward to pulling off a successful world-class event that South Africa is known for. The games are expected to attract 20 000 participants from across the world who will congregate in the host city, Tshwane.
Gauteng City Region is now looking forward to pulling off a successful world-class event that South Africa is known for.
“Mindful of the potential fallout that might have resulted from these games not taking place, we pulled all stops to assist in resolving all the sticky issues,” Ngwenya says. “Our internal corporate governance systems and audit structures guided this process throughout.”
Gauteng Tourism, the City of Tshwane and the South African Choir Association working together with African Cultural Development Foundation which serves as the Local Organising Committee submitted in August 2015 a bid to Interkultur, the world’s leading organiser of choral competitions and choral festivals, to host the World Choir Games. Interkultur subsequently approved the bid after site inspections of venues and hotel accommodation in the City of Tshwane.
A mega event of the stature of the World Choir Games fits into the GTA strategic ambition of positioning the Gauteng City Region as the home of world-class leisure and business events, Ngwenya adds.
These types of events form the backbone of the organisation’s marketing programme. Hosting and bidding for mega global events is in the DNA of destination Gauteng. Events helps us to enhance our global positioning and if used wisely could serve as a major contributor towards increased visitation and various sectors and industries development all forming an integral part of the city region’s agenda for transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation.
Ngwenya thanked the provincial government, the city of Tshwane and all the role- players for their support and believe during the trying period of sensitive negotiations. “The Gauteng provincial government had shown leadership in support of this initiative,” he says. “Through the provincial Bidding and Hosting Fund, Gauteng has already contributed R12.4 million towards ensuring that the World Choir Games are successful. To this end, we are calling on the private sector and other patriotic change agents and partners to help in making their contributions and support in the form of sponsorships and donations to make these games a true spectacle and another first for Africa right here in Gauteng”