THE TURNING OF THE SOD AT SUN INTERNATIONAL’S TIME SQUARE AT MENLYN MAINE
Work is now underway in earnest at Sun International’s latest project – a major development in Pretoria’s eastern suburbs.
The project at Menlyn Maine has been three years in the making and the entertainment complex is set to become the flagship property of the group when it opens in 2017.
As the development gets underway, this new venture will create as many as 10,000 jobs during construction, and a further 2,200 jobs when the project is complete.
Sun International CE, Graeme Stephens said: “We have worked extremely hard on this project and are particularly proud of it. After a wave of change and development in the late 1990s, this is the most exciting development in our industry in years. The design was finalised after drawing on the experience of not only South Africa’s urban casino complexes but a study of the latest trends internationally.”
Architecturally, the building has been wrapped in glass so that it has a contemporary feel. There will be a large number of restaurants and bars as well as nightclubs, making it the entertainment hub of the city. An indoor 8,000-seater arena means that Tshwane can now host major concerts and exhibitions, and the iconic five star hotel and conference centre will cater to the needs of the diplomatic travel market, recognising Pretoria’s positioning as the diplomatic hub of South Africa and home to embassies from around the world.
The world-class casino with 2,000 slot machines and 60 tables will be one of the largest in the country, second only to the Group’s GrandWest casino in Cape Town.
“Sun International will be investing billions into Tshwane and Gauteng’s tourism infrastructure and we believe that this unique project links well with the Provincial Government and the City of Tshwane’s vision for quality urban renewal and sustainable development,” said Stephens.
The Sun International brand has a proud legacy in the gaming, hospitality and entertainment sector. Its superior hotels and resorts portfolio makes it a recognized premium brand. The Sun International Group has a diverse portfolio of assets including world class five star hotels, modern and well located casinos, and some of the world’s premier resorts. Our destinations offer experiential luxury, enduring quality and incredible adventure, supported by an authentic dedication to personal service.
Today, Sun International is Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming group and operates or has an interest in a total of 27 resorts, luxury hotels and casinos across ten countries. This includes 15 operations in South Africa, two in Zambia, two in Lesotho, one in Botswana, one in Nigeria, one in Swaziland and one in Namibia. Our entry into Latin America began in Chile in 2008 and has been a success story for the Group, giving us the track record and confidence to look for more opportunities that offer gaming opportunities in the region. Sun International currently has one property near Santiago in Chile, one in Panama and one in Cartagena, Colombia. It is shortly to expand to Peru.
Our real competitive advantage stems from the fact that we have a compelling and global competence in both the development and operation of casinos, hotels and resorts – and at the same time we are extremely comfortable operating in emerging markets.
Our approach has been to differentiate our hotels, resorts and casinos in architecture, service, experience, location and the mix of entertainment and activities. Creating lasting memories for our guests and customers is a core part of our DNA.
We’ve created some the world’s most iconic hotels ranging from The Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, to The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City and The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. The creative architecture of these properties and the blending of their designs with their local environment make each property unique.
Sun International was the pioneer of gaming in southern Africa, having brought casinos to this part of the world in the late 1970s. The opening of Sun City set the standard for large-scale international events in South Africa, which continues today. Sun City is also home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge which has attracted the world’s best golfers for over two decades. From the hosting of Miss South Africa to World Heavyweight title fights, the Sun City Superbowl remains the preferred venue for international events and entertainment.
We place a strong emphasis on being responsible corporate citizens through our contributions and commitment to the economy, communities and the environment. We are committed to the development of all our employees and we make sure that equal opportunities and economic empowerment form the backbone of our human resource practices.