By Mr. Jacques Grobbelaar
“The best things in life comes in threes, like friends, dreams and memories.”
I believe this quote is from Mencius, the fourth century Chinese philosopher. It could not be more appropriate as we enter 2017.
Towards the end of 2016, Stadium Management SA was honoured with a Business Initiative Directions (BID) Corporate Award for Excellency in London, England. Soon after, I personally received a great distinction from the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) with a Peace Ambassador Award. One of the UPF members, the Revelation Church of God, went on to stage a wonderful New Year’s Crossover night vigil at Rand Stadium on a successful 31 December evening where Stadium Management SA-managed venues also hosted Christ Embassy (Orlando Stadium) and Enlightened Christian Gathering (FNB Stadium). Three highly attended events in one day at separate venues to welcome in 2017!
As I write this, it is the middle of another glorious JoBurg Summer, with my bags packed yet again and heading back to London where I have been nominated for the Manager of the Year accolade by the Oxford Socrates International Award with the function taking place on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Of course, all of these good news are only a reflection of the world-class Stadium Management SA team and the even greater support from the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan and all of our key partners, clients, service providers and patrons that come through to our venues.
Speaking of threes – there is plenty in store with sports, concert events and corporate functions for this year. The top three immediate attractions include the Soweto Derby (Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates) on 4 March, the Major League Gardens music concert (18 March) before Canadian pop star Justin Bieber visits our shores (14 May) – all at FNB Stadium.
In between, there will be Absa Premiership action featuring both Chiefs and Pirates, the Good Friday church events in April and our national football teams being in action. The ever-popular Old Mutual Soweto Marathon promises to be bigger and better.
There also has been pleas for more rugby action at our multipurpose venues after the Blue Bulls and Springbok successes in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Varsity Cup last year. Far more than anything, this provided great economic windfall to the surrounding Soweto communities, as we also played our part in uniting different South African demographics.
What I can reveal is that this has been a serious consideration from our part as we listen to your views and look at doing things differently with a fresher look in our promise to provide you with quality events each year.
We hope to see new friends, provide new memories and realise plenty of dreams at all four of our venues in 2017…
Until we speak soon.