Happy 10th birthday: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

Any Capetonian curious about the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will be able to view what happens inside “that big glass building” when it celebrates its tenth year of standing later this month.

CTICC chief executive Rashid Toefy said that the venue would open its doors to the public on June 29, a day after its official ‘birthday’, so they can find out more about it. This will run from 9am until 1pm.

CTICC said in a statement “visitors will be taken on a tour of the building by tour guides and will be treated to complimentary refreshments upon their arrival”.

The centre’s staff and suppliers would “showcase all the various elements that make up an event and the versatility of the venue”.

Also, on the day, “complimentary meeting rooms will be available, which can be utilised by community based organisations”. Interested persons should send an e-mail to adele@cticc.co.za by June 25 and “successfully motivate why they should be one of the lucky recipients”.

Prizes will also be up for grabs, along with free parking, popcorn and birthday cake.

Toefy said their intention was to “celebrate a decade of transforming lives through hosting exceptional experiences”.

“We will showcase the work of our four community partners during the open day. One of these is Abalimi Bezekhaya is an urban agriculture and environmental action association operating in the socio-economically neglected townships of Khayelitsha, Nyanga and surrounding areas on the Cape Flats,” said Toefy.

“They will sell their produce and anything not sold by the end of the day will be used by our chefs to cook a meal for the Haven Night Shelter, another one of the centre’s community partners.”

Toefy said the CTICC over the last decade “has contributed more than R19-billion to South Africa’s national economy and almost R7-billion to the economy of the Western Cape”.

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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