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City of Johannesburg service providers are well represented at this year’s Rand Show and have a variety of stands in Hall 6 where visitors can meet friendly representatives and access useful information about the departments.
AMID the fun and excitement of this year’s Rand Show, visitors can stop by various City of Johannesburg department stands to learn more about the services they provide.

 

City Power Visitors can get all information about electricity at the City Power standCity Power, Joburg Water, Joburg Tourism Company, Metrobus, Rea Vaya, Joburg Zoo, Johannesburg Social Housing Company and Pikitup all have stands in Hall 6 at the showgrounds.

Each department’s stall displays factual brochures and friendly representatives are on hand to encourage visitors to pick one up. Visitors are also able to make queries and get extensive information about the City’s departments at the stands.

Pikitup is usingits opportunity at the show to inform residents that the waste removal schedule is back to normal after a three-week workers’ strike.

The service provider will also give out information on the processes that need to be followed when one has lost a wheelie bin. According to Isaac Maduna, the official manning the Pikitup stand, a person must first make an affidavit and then phone the City’s call centre number 011 375 5555 and select option four.

“We remind visitors that it is also their responsibility as the community to make sure that they live in a clean and a healthy environment,” he said.

“This can be done by calling the metro police anytime when someone uses an illegal dumping site, which can lead to arrest and a fine,” added Emanuel Phuzane, a fellow exhibitor at the stand.

Tips on using electricity efficiently and safely can be found at the City Power stand. Residents experiencing power-supply problems can also contact the City’s call centre, but if a caller battles to log afault over the phone, he or she is encouraged to visit the City Power website www.citypower.co.za.

Giant slideChildren enjoy a giant slideThe Rea Vaya stand, situated close to the entrance of Hall 6, has received between 600 and 700 visitors daily since the beginning of the Rand Show. The stand offers information about the bus serviceand various road safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians.

“People come to the stand for different reasons. Some complain, while others compliment the system, and others enquire about buying shares,” said Lorraine Mapela, manager of information and safety at the City of Johannesburg’s transport department.

“We also get people from other provinces who would like to see the system like the Rea Vaya being implemented in their areas.”

Fun for the whole family
Children who are on school holidays at the moment have been enjoying the many fun activities on offer at the show and relishing a day out with their families.

After stopping by the City’s department stands, visitors can head to thefun fair site where hearty laughter and squeals of excitement can be heard from afar. Jumping castles and rides for toddles through to teens are sure to keep all ages entertained.

For those with cash to spend, the Rand Show offers great shopping with furniture, jewellery, clothes, boats and motorbikes being among the rich variety of goods on offer.

MITalentMiTalent is popular among visitorsVisitors young and old, who believe they have what it takes, can enter the MiTalent competition and stand a chance of winning R50 000. Participants have tosing, dance or play an instrument for the crowd, who will then vote for their favourite entrant. The more votes someone gets, the closer they edge towards clinching the prize.

At the food theatre visitors can get cooking tips from professional chefs and sample tasty fare prepared in front of their eyes.

Twenty-one-year-old Pulane Mokoa, a regular visitor at the Rand Show, was impressed by the 2011 line-up. “This year just blew me away as everything is on a bigger scale and there are new exhibitions that I have never seen before, such as the SANDF exhibition. This year also offers everyone the opportunity to showcase their singing talent through MiTalent,” she said.

The Rand Show runs until 2 May at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec.

Tickets for the show are available at Computicket or at the gate at a cost of R75 for adults, R40 for pensioners and R25 for children between the ages of six and 16. Children under the age of six get in for free.

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