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Corporate hospitality - SA's top 5 events

|Jul 5|magazine11 min read

The business environment may indeed be awash with highs and lows, but the one thing that will never fail to excite us all is entertainment.

Whether it’s a day at the races, or an afternoon on the golf course, corporate hospitality can provide the perfect opportunity to network with key contacts face to face and, ideally, generate new business.

Not only is this long-used business method an invaluable tool for growing your firm, creating strong relationships, and presenting your company in a positive light, but it can also keep your existing clients happy, which often proves a lot more cost-effective than trying to find new ones.

So, if you’re looking to lavish your clients, stakeholders or business prospects with a memorable treat, then read on as we review some of the best experiences South Africa has to offer over the next couple of months…

BMW International Polo Series
Sunday 15/ Sunday 22 August 2010


For the sports spectator…

Impress sport-lovers with an equestrian treat that many consider the ‘Sport of Kings’. The first Test of this highly anticipated series, in which the South African Polo Team will be playing against a team from Chile, will take place at Shongweni on the 15th, while the second, at the Inanda Club in Sandton, will be played a week later.

Go that extra step and reserve one of a limited number of corporate marquee sites, providing an ideal opportunity to create a personalized corporate environment in which to entertain your clients. With an anticipated mix of sporty dynamism and impeccable style, this event is sure to make a lasting impression.

For more information contact the SA Polo Association

Vodacom Durban July
Saturday, 31 July 2010


For the gambler…

As one of the highlights of the global horse racing calendar, the Greyville Racecourse is preparing to showcase South Africa’s best thoroughbreds in this year’s Durban July. Often compared to Britain’s Royal Ascot, this event is set to embody high fashion, good food, fine Champagne and, of course, the greatest horseracing South Africa has to offer.

Many believe the anticipation of this Vodacom-sponsored day surpasses that of any other occasion on the African continent. And with an expected turnout of around 56,000, this thrill-packed event is perfect for a client that enjoys a game of chance and excitement. Remember to place your bets early to avoid disappointment.

For more information visit Vodacom Durban July

The Lion Park South Africa
Weekdays and public holidays, 8.30am-5.00pm/weekends, 8.30am-6pm


For the wildlife enthusiast…

For something a little different, the Lion Park South Africa will offer you and your clients the opportunity to view some of Africa's most powerful predators at arm’s length. Home to more than 85 lions including the rare white lions, and many other carnivores, the park offers visitors the unique chance to play with the lion cubs and feed the tame giraffe.

With facilities for conferences, team building, corporate functions and an overnight stay, this has fast become the ideal place for companies to host business outings with a difference. Why not combine a day in the park with a lion share meal and finish off with a relaxing game drive through the park?

For more information contact the Lion Park South Africa

Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club
Any weekday and Sunday afternoons


For the keen golfer…

Without question, the tradition-steeped Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is one of the most prestigious golf clubs in South Africa. In its almost 130 years of existence, it has hosted 7 South African Opens and numerous other major tournaments.

For an unforgettable day out, make a corporate booking well in advance. Both courses, as well as all facilities, are offered, subject to availability. The club promises to liaise closely with corporate clients to ensure that the day goes smoothly and is enjoyed by everyone.

For more information contact the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club

A Winter Opera Evening
Friday, 30 July 2010


For the culturist…

For a sophisticated and sociable evening, delight your clients with a mix of breathtaking opera and fantastic food. Taking place at South Africa’s largest performing arts company, Cape Town Opera, a company that aspires to be a source of national pride, A Winter Opera Evening tempts music lovers with traditional Italian country cuisine and the warm and cozy surroundings of La Masseria, Durbanville - an ideal location to entertain your culture-mad business associates.

For more information contact the Cape Town Opera