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The Rand Show is again promising fun-filled days for visitors, with exhibitions, music, the circus and a Chef’s Theatre, among other entertainment.
ORGANISERS have promised a thrilling entertainment line-up for the entire family at the Rand Show for the next 11 days.


Lerato Mohomane is just one of the big names in gospel music appearing at gospel concertLerato Mohomane is just one of the big names in gospel music appearing at gospel concertFrom 22 April to 2 May, the annual show will be at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, on the outskirts of Soweto. A variety of activities have been planned to cater to all members of the family.

For petrol heads, there will be an arena for drifting, which has been called the world’s fastest growing motorsport. In it, a driver takes a high-powered car through a high-speed slide; precision is key.

South Africa’s leading professional drifting drivers, Ryde Jones, Jim McFarlene, Mikey Skelton and Ruann Engelbrecht, will perform stunts, and adrenaline junkies will also be able to take a ride with the drivers.

And, of course, there is the music, for which the Rand Show is well known. For those who love gospel music, Rainbow FM will host two concerts on Sunday, 24 April and Sunday, 1 May, from 3pm

All for the Love of Jesus, as the concerts are called, promises five hours of good music from 25 gospel artists and dance groups.

Among them are Solly Mahlangu, Keke Phoofolo, Lerato Mohomane, Esther Selabano and Joyous Celebration’s Nqubeko Mbatha, as well as praise and worship singer James Okon, Afro-jazz artist Tebs David and inspirational singer Neyi Zimu.

The hip-hop sounds of Mo 5, Magolide’s gospel kwaito, gospel pop rocker Shaun Oliver and rapper Jabu Nkabinde will appeal to a younger crowd.


There is loads of fun at the circusThere is loads of fun at the circus“Come and lift your spirits with the who’s who of gospel music, at the Rand Show this Easter,” say the organisers.

On Easter Monday, Afrikaans pop singers Heinz Winckler, Snotkop, Jay from Eden, Jakkie Louw and Quentin Prinsloo will perform in Rapport’s Ruk, Ritme and Rol.

According to Meg Houghton, the manager of SA Show Service, the managers of the Rand Show, there will also be heaps of audience giveaways. The concert is on 25 April, from 11am until 4pm, in the main arena.

Entry to Rapport’s Ruk, Ritme and Rol is included in the Rand Show entrance ticket.

A big part of the show has always been the exhibitions, and this year is expected to be no different. For those interested in watersports, there will be boats on show at the lake.

A collection of the most up-to-date model boats will jostle for space with boating accessories. These include ski boards, wakeboard boats, cruisers, house boats and fishing boats.

Top brands will be featured, such as Twin Boats and Trailers, Waterworld and Boating International, with Waterworld bringing along the local Angler, Austral and Viking series. Also on show will be the new Sea-Doo Challenger 230 jet boat and the latest Sea-Ray deck boat.

For those whose passion lies in the kitchen, the South African Chef Association and experienced restaurant chefs will feature at the Chef’s Theatre.

For under R100, visitors will be able to watch chefs from Culinary Team South Africa and from some of Joburg’s top restaurants in action. There will also be cooking challenges between chefs at the Ready, Steady, Cook sessions.


ChefsChefs will demonstrate their cooking skillsOn 29 April, Guild’s cake decorators will hold cake-decorating demonstrations.

Audience prizes will also be up for grabs in the Chef’s Theatre, such as training vouchers from the Southern Sun Centre for Culinary Excellence.

For fun of a completely different kind, Brian Boswell’s Circus will also be at the show. Lions, tigers, elephants, clowns and many more entertainers will take to the ring. The four-hour circus performances will also feature Eldavido, the death-defying Human Cannonball, trapeze, slack wire and aerial displays.

The Rand Show runs from 22 April to 2 May. Gates will be open from 9am until 8pm daily. The show is at the Expo Centre, Rand Show Road, in Nasrec. The GPS co-ordinates are S26° 14810’ E27° 58695’.

Tickets are available at Computicket or at the gate, and cost R75 each for adults, R40 for pensioners and R25 for children from six to 16 years. Entrance is free for children under the age of six.

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