It's all systems go for the Tshwane Open 2017. The City is ready to host this prestigious sporting event and other activities planned for next week.
Speaking at the media briefing on 21 February 2017, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga encouraged investors to invest in the 2017 Tshwane Open golf tournament, which has potential to make Tshwane a premier sporting destination.
"To this end, it is my intention to invest in the Tshwane Open tournament by means of private-public partnership so as to alleviate the pressure on the City of Tshwane and free up much needed resources to provide services to our people" said Msimanga
Msimanga said he cannot in good conscience spend millions of public funds on Tshwane Open when the city is in need of total rehabilitation to make it great again.
As such, we humbly encourage and invite you to invest in this tournament and in so doing give effect to our collective responsibility to develop our city, added Msimanga.
Msimanga assured investors that by investing in the Tshwane Open Tournament, they will in effect be greatly contributing to the development of our city and our civic responsibility to provide much-needed services to our people.
"Your investment in this tournament means that funds are freed to replace our ageing water infrastructure, which means that residents living in places like Ga-Rankuwa can resume a life of dignity with the most basic of services" concluded Msimanga
The Tshwane Open 2017 have some incredibly talented players lined up for this year's tournament, including our local champion and previous winner George Coetzee.
The tournament is making a name for itself both here at home and internationally. The Tshwane Open forms part of the 2017 Sunshine Tour and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour. It is one of the tournaments that give players the chance to gain Sunshine Tour Order of Merit points, European Race to Dubai points and sought-after world-ranking points.
And 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.
This event would not be possible without the magnificent support from our sponsors:
- Sunshine Tour
- European Tour
- Race to Dubai
- The Pro Shop
- Gauteng Provincial Government
- City Lodge
- JC Decaux
- Brand SA
- Old Mutual
- Our media partners Power FM and Jacaranda FM
- And our venue, the Pretoria Country Club. You have to admit that the beautiful venue does the city proud.
Other Tshwane Open Facets Include:
LADIES TSHWANE OPEN
The 2017 Tshwane Open season kicked off in fine style with the Ladies Tshwane Open, held at the Zwartkop Country Club from 31 January to 2 February. This year England's Kiran Matharu took the title.
The tournament boasted a purse of R400 000, thanks to the City of Tshwane, the business community of Tshwane and various sponsors from the private sector.
In keeping with the City of Tshwane's drive to support women empowerment, this tournament provides an opportunity for the country's top female players to showcase their talent and become role models for young players. It is also a platform to nurture and develop amateur talent.
In a ground-breaking move for golf development in the country, the City of Tshwane will play host to the Tshwane Open Junior Tournament on 26 February. This tournament takes place at the Irene Country Club, and entrance is free, so everyone will be able to come on over and watch our future champions in action. We would like to thank Sekela Xabiso and Jaguar Centurion for being the official sponsor for the Tshwane Open Junior Tournament.
In keeping with our claim to be a city of champions, we will be hosting a Breakfast of Champions during the Tshwane Open. This year we are thrilled to have two Rugby World Cup winners spend a morning with us – the former Springbok captain Victor Matfield and former Springbok scrum half Fourie du Preez.
AUDI BEAT THE PRO
The 2017 Tshwane Open has added a new fun element to the tournament. In the first of its kind in South Africa, 15 amateur golfers will take on professionals in the Audi Beat the Pro competition. This takes place during the Tshwane Open on Saturday 4 March at the Audi-sponsored 14th hole at the Pretoria Country Club and is something that you cannot afford to miss.