Sun International Meets NW Government to Discuss Revamp of Sun City
In meetings held between the North West government and Sun International executives, it was agreed that the parties would create a taskforce to expand, develop, improve and sustain the area around Sun City. It’s hoped that the plan will revamp the iconic casino resort, bring in much needed employment to local people and boost tourism in an area that was hard hit by the coronavirus.
As per the head of the North West province, Job Mokgoro: “This is a very important initiative. Here we’re talking about the economy of a region. The Office of the Premier will take care of ensuring that all key departments are on board.”
“This is the business case that we would also broaden to look at other economic sectors in the region because the inter-linkages are very important.”
The meetings held between Sun International and the NW government included representatives from the Presidency and the National Department of Tourism. All parties are hoping that the upgrade plans will “unlock the maximum tourism boom” for the region since Sun City is considered one of the country’s premier tourist destinations.
According to the chief operating officer of Sun International, Graham Woods, support is needed from the government in a number of areas:
- Road infrastructure support, especially on the maintenance and upgrade of routes around the resort.
- The improvement of roads and buildings in the Pilanesburg National Park.
- Renovations of the Pilanesburg Airport infrastructure.
- Government funding to assist the fight against illegal gambling which was affecting business in the region.
- Support in the sports campus marketing and bidding of big events.
“Getting Sun City to work better will help the province. It is critical that we find a balance between what the resort and what the provincial government is doing,” noted the CEO of Sun International, Anthony Leeming. “We have got an amazing beauty in this country that we can really take to the next level and attract foreigners in large numbers and Sun City is the key in achieving that.”