The fifth installment of the Tshwane Open will take place at Pretoria Country Club between the second and fifth of March, and, newly installed Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga aims to take the tournament to new heights in the coming years. Source : Sunshine Tour
With massive cost-cutting and financial restrictions surrounding the political landscape in the city of Tshwane and South Africa as a whole, the Executive Mayor has needed to rely on sponsors and partners to drive the co-sanctioned event into its fifth year, while usitilisng the event as an economic boost to the local economy.
“Events can reinvigorate our economy by encouraging visitors to our city. But once they are here it is up to us – all of us; residents, businesses, entrepreneurs in the formal and informal sectors – to encourage them to spend more time in our city. We want our guests to see our different attractions, eat at our restaurants, stay in our accommodation, visit our townships, and get to know our people. We want them to leave wanting more!” said Msimanga.
Thanks to the input from the sponsors that make the event what it is, the Tshwane Open brings more than just golf to the capital of South Africa.
“During the event, Tshwane – as the host city – gains an international reputation through the four-day live television coverage via SuperSport. What this means in reality is that the television feed is distributed to 41 broadcasters in 150 countries and has the potential to reach more than 400-million households. Last year the television coverage achieved more than $68-million in media coverage or just over R916-million.”
In thanking the Executive Mayor as well as the City of Tshwane for their vision and support, Grant Wilson, the Chief Operating Officer of the Sunshine Tour, concluded that South African fans could look forward to the return of 2015 champion George Coetzee as well as the likes of Brandon Stone, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Haydn Porteous at one of the country’s most exciting live golfing layouts.