Harnessing the power of the people

The 2017 Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup has been officially announced to the press at a charming launch held at Katy’s Palace Bar in Kramerville, Sandton.

Dubbed “The People’s Race”, this year's event – taking place on Saturday 25 November at the historic Turffontein Racecourse – promises to be an exciting day for the whole family.

Tyrone Vieira of Sansui says it will be a day for the family. “It will be a great carnival environment, with lots of activities for all.”

The race is one of the few horse-racing events that children can enjoy, and offers a fun and secure environment for kids.

He says this year's event comes complete with a world-class carnival, boasting everything from a large-scale Ferris wheel to interactive games, and wild and wacky performers.

Kids will have a chance to admire the horses in the parade ring and on the track, as well as experience mechanical rides. They can have their faces painted, interact with buskers and enjoy exotic foods.

Launch host Shashi Naidoo says this year there will also be halftime entertainment, with award-winning South African band Mi Casa performing.

Tyrone Vieira from Sansui, with Phumelela Gaming's Rob Scott and Clyde Basel, and MC Sashi Naidoo.

Tyrone Vieira from Sansui, with Phumelela Gaming's Rob Scott and Clyde Basel, and MC Sashi Naidoo. (Image: Gauteng Tourism Authority)

This is an epic day out for the whole family, says Vieira, adding that the event is a highlight on the Sansui calendar: “Our brand is about entertainment and so is this event.”

He says Sansui wants to harness the power of the people, and make sure the race truly belongs to the people of Gauteng. A selected group of young urban social pioneers have been invited to create their own area at the races, where they will host guests on the day. This means there will be more hospitality options than before.

“By harnessing the power of the people, we have ensured a truly Gauteng race day – a race day that connects people, creates jobs, supports entrepreneurship and celebrates the multiculturalism of our beautiful Gauteng,” says Clyde Basel, of Phumelela Gaming.

Phumelela Gaming marketing director Rob Scott says they want to reinvent themselves by introducing a lot of young people to the racing world, and making this the people’s race: “The race unites the people of Gauteng and the racing fraternity.”

The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup is one of the country’s biggest race days, boasting fields of exceptional quality and prize money of R2-million. It is a day of electrifying entertainment, making horse racing accessible and fun for young and old alike.

At the launch, Scott thanked the Gauteng government for its support, saying it is because of the province that such events are possible. “We look forward to celebrating our ninth year of doing this event with Sansui.”

The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup general access ticket costs R75 for adults, and R20 for children. This will give attendees access to Turffontein Racecourse, as well as a voucher to the value of R25 to spend. For more info on packages, visit www.sansuisummercup.co.za.

The festive hosts at the launch.

The festive hosts at the launch. (Image: Gauteng Tourism Authority)