Sunshine Ladies Tour inks partnership with Pink Stig

TSHWANE, 31 January 2017 – While the Ladies Tshwane Open got underway at Zwartkop Country Club boasting an increased purse of R400 000, the Sunshine Ladies Tour also received good news for the 2017 season on Tuesday morning.

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“We signed an agreement this morning to collaborate with Pink Stig for the 2017 Pink Stig Series,” said Sunshine Tour chief executive Selwyn Nathan.

“Pink Stig have undertaken to host a minimum of four events between April and December, thereby extending the players’ season beyond the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final in March.“We have partnered with committed sponsors and the stature of the Sunshine Ladies Tour continues to grow. The collaboration with Pink Stig comes at an opportune time as we continue to reinforce the continued growth and expansion of the Sunshine Ladies Tour in our fourth season.”

Women’s PGA of South Africa executive director Barbara Pestana welcomed the partnership between the Sunshine Ladies Tour and Pink Stig.

“The Sunshine Ladies Tour has established itself as a strong platform for the development of the women’s professional game in South Africa over the last three years,” said Pestana.

“Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly important to continue the growth that we have enjoyed and we support this initiative between the Sunshine Ladies Tour and Pink Stig to further grow the game.”

City of Cape Town shows its support to SA Women’s Masters

The City Of Cape Town aims to showcase Cape Town as one of the prime golfing destinations in South Africa; what better way to do that than to be one of the key drivers of the momentous growth in women’s golf, by sponsoring The SA Women’s Major.

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The City Of Cape Town aims to showcase Cape Town as one of the prime golfing destinations in South Africa; what better way to do that than to be one of the key drivers of the momentous growth in women’s golf, by sponsoring The SA Women’s Major. The year definitely had an exciting beginning for golf with the return of the SA Women’s Major, which has partnered with The City Of Cape Town and World Sports Promotions. This progressive partnership has seen the SA Women’s Major become the richest event on the Sunshine Ladies tour in the Cape province, with a purse of R500 000.

The end-goal is to recreate the elaborate success the Women’s Major enjoyed between 1996-2008, while fulfilling The City Of Cape Town’s mandate to support sporting programs that will hone the talents of up-and-coming athletes and keep children out of trouble by bringing them closer to their sporting heroes through such sports development programs.

Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, enthusiastically highlights further ambitions for this collaboration, saying: “the SA Women’s Masters will not only set a new beacon of excitement on the annual calendar as the most lucrative women’s golf tournament in the Cape Province, but together with the Cape Town Ladies Open, it will empower female golfers across all age groups, all the while showcasing Cape Town as a golfing destination of choice to our global audience.”

The City of Cape Town has been proud sponsors to other incredible golf initiatives, like the South African Disabled Golf Association, and Sally Little’s book launch, presented by UniMedia Pro in partnership with Sun International — to name just a few. This year, they celebrate the beauty of Cape Town, together with the lucrative SA Women’s Masters, at the Rondebosch Golf Club. The event forms part of the Sunshine Ladies Tour and Chase to Investec.

Saturday morning on day three of the SA Women’s Masters, UniMedia will have several PinkStig Cubs out following the PinkStig Dream Team, which consist of Kiran Matharu of England, Carrie Park of South Korea now residing in Pretoria, Michelle Leigh, Ivanna Samu the rookie pro on the 2017 Sunshine Ladies Tour and Tijana Kraljevic.

The cubs will get the opportunity to gain insight into the talent, skill level and mind set required to be a professional.

Women's Golf appealing to the minds of the millennials

The PinkStig Dream Team arrived in Cape Town all excited and ready to swing into the SA Women’s Masters taking place at Rondebosch Golf Course, Cape Town. The SA Women’s Masters is the second event on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and forms part of the Chase to Investec.

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The PinkStig Dream Team arrived in Cape Town all excited and ready to swing into the SA Women’s Masters taking place at Rondebosch Golf Course, Cape Town. The SA Women’s Masters is the second event on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and forms part of the Chase to Investec.

The PinkStig Dream Team is being hosted by figaro Sunset Lodge Bed & Breakfast situated in Constantia and driven by CarMania.

Our team: Tijana Kraljevic, Michelle Leigh, Kiran Matharu, Carrie Park and Ivanna Samu

The climate around women’s professional golf is clearly high on the agenda of corporates and government by them being a catalyst in hosting leading tours in their cities and provinces.

These stakeholders are realising the socio-economic impact and the traction to use sport as a unifier and an equalizer in talent driven by commitment and passion.

Women’s golf articulates competitiveness in a more charismatic way. The scenic backdrop of the golf course with its elements of nature, combined with the poise, grace and precision of the players swing and putt culminates into a surreal experience appealing to the minds of the millenials. These nuances and subtleties experienced during play by both the player and the viewer is what the game of golf is all about – SELF MASTERY! At Unimedia we celebrate golf as it connects us to our limitless potential and for the player; powered by creative thought.

Mae's persistence in writing

Mae Cornforth who hails from Potchefstroom is a committed pro golfer at Sunshine ladies tour and plays at GFG Academy. Since the inception of PinkStig, she has diligently sent us a summary of her experiences on all her golfing tours.

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Mae Cornforth who hails from Potchefstroom is a committed pro golfer at Sunshine ladies tour and plays at GFG Academy. Since the inception of PinkStig, she has diligently sent us a summary of her experiences on all her golfing tours.

She understands the importance of sharing her story as she is steadily building her profile. Her long term vision for herself is to secure a corporate sponsorship.

This is her account of the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Pro-Am today held at Rondebosch Golf Course ahead of the SA Women’s Masters which is taking place from the 19 – 21st January and forms part of the Sunshine Ladies Tour, Chase to Investec:

“So today I played with some fun politicians! I wasn’t in the pro am draw from the start but I was lucky to have been in the reserve list. Pro ams are very important for us to get exposure and get recognised! It is also fun for us to just have a social game especially with the people who have actually added to making the womens masters possible for us.. Yes the Sunshine ladies Tour really can’t be possible without all of the sponsors so the pro am is just over all very important.. I did play alright today, the wind was just mild as my Capetonian playing partners called it.. so I managed quite well.. They predict that Thursday, the wind will be at it’s strongest. At least tomorrow I will have another practice round and then hopefully by Thursday my warm up plan would have worked and I will be warm and ready for the show.”

One of PinkStig’s mantras is “powering play through creative thought”. Mae bears testament to this mantra with her self reflective ability and persistence in writing about her current journey playing on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

Rory Mcllroy and Kiran Matharu meet up at BMW SA Open

Kiran Matharu sponsored by UniMedia Pro was fortunate enough to meet up with her junior playing partner Rory Mcllroy who now boasts being the world number 2 and who is here to play in the BMW SA Open. It is the world’s second oldest Open Championship.

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Kiran Matharu sponsored by UniMedia Pro was fortunate enough to meet up with her junior playing partner Rory Mcllroy who now boast being the world number 2 and who is here to play in the BMW SA Open. It is the world’s second oldest Open Championship.

Kiran and Rory are hoping to meet up with Sir Nick Faldo this weekend as both have had the opportunity to play under his mentorship and the Nick Faldo Series during their junior days.

Kiran Matharu started golf at the age of 11 and displayed early signs of talent and a natural flair for golf.

Within 6 months she captained her county team Yorkshire and won her match. By the time she turned thirteen she represented England and continued to do so up to the age of seventeen.

Her father saw a champion being born and put all his effort behind his daughter to get her into the right programme and develop Kiran’s golfing skills. In the same time she claimed the Nick Faldo Series Championship twice and was selected to be a part of Team Faldo with team mate Rory Mcllroy from the age of 14 onwards. They went on to play for Great Britian & Ireland against the USA and she won the English Amateur at the age of seventeen (youngest player to ever win).

Pinkstig Pro ladies perform at Supersport Ladies Challenge

Congratulations to Kim Williams who was crowned SuperSport Ladies Challenge Champion 2017, the first event on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, which took place at the Huddle Golf Park and Recreation in Johannesburg.

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Congratulations to Kim Williams who was crowned SuperSport Ladies Challenge Champion 2017, the first event on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, which took place at the Huddle Golf Park and Recreation in Johannesburg.

Dhiren Mehta co-founder of UniMedia Pro and lifestyle partner Sun International represented by Rob Dalton was present to congratulate the champion and the PinkStig Ladies on their performances.

Kiran Matharu of England scored the best result amongst the PinkStig Pros with a well-deserved 3rd position. Ivanna Samu playing in her first event as a pro, finished in Tied 5th and was elated by her result. Tijana Kraljevic ended in 14th position and was well pleased with her result, but has set her sights on a top ten finish at the SA Women’s Masters which takes place at Rondebosch Golf Club from 19 to 21 January 2017. Michelle leigh did not get off to the start that she wanted, but is confident that her mind is ready to take on the Cape Sun and winds.

UniMedia Pro continues to demonstrate its commitment to raising awareness of the status of women’s professional golf in South Africa and is committed to its lifestyle partner Sun International and all the corporates charging along with UniMedia Pro.

UniMedia Pro in the same spirit applauds the investment and effort made by the WPGA and the Sunshine Ladies Tour, to expand and create more opportunities for SA women professionals to play competitively.

Now it’s about inviting the public to come out and show their support to our ladies and this should not be difficult in a country that is crazy about its athletes and sport. So come on and show your support at the SA Women’s Masters at Rondebosch Golf Club from 19 to 21 January 2017.

Unimedia Dream team start at Supersport Challenge

The UniMedia Pro Dream Team started the Sunshine Ladies Tour with the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, which is taking place at Huddle Golf Park and Recreation in Johannesburg.

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The UniMedia Pro Dream Team started the Sunshine Ladies Tour with the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, which is taking place at Huddle Golf Park and Recreation in Johannesburg.

Kiran Matharu shot +2, Tijana Kraljevic +1 one over while Ivanna Samu playing an even PAR. Michelle Leigh struggled on day one, but is confident going into day two.

Michelle Leigh proudly a Unimedia Pro player

Michelle Leigh reminds us what shapes her attitude towards her game: “My competitive side definitely does come out when I play, especially with my dad who is simultaneously my biggest fan and my most uncompromising critic.” says Michelle

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Michelle Leigh reminds us what shapes her attitude towards her game: “My competitive side definitely does come out when I play, especially with my dad who is simultaneously my biggest fan and my most uncompromising critic.” says Michelle

It is this kind of attitude that attracted Michelle to the PinkStig Initiative. She has played a pivotal role in promoting and working with our younger PinkStig Cubs and leading our senior players on the course.

Michelle Leigh came 15th on the 2016 Sunshine Ladies Tour Order of Merit and 16th in the Chase to the 2016 Ladies Investec Cup.

Michelle Leigh together with Kiran Matharu of England and Tijana Kraljevic will all be attired with the PinkStig Brand as their official wear at the first Sunshine Ladies Tour event starting on the 4th January 2016 SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Huddle Park, Johannesburg.

Tune into 083 Sports@6-MetroFM with Robert Marawa over the weekend for coverage and interviews with UniMedia Ladies competing at the Sunshine Ladies Tour ‘SuperSport Ladies Challenge’

Ivanna Samu Joins UniMedia Pro Dream Team

Ivanna Samu turned pro leading up to the PinkStig Invitational, which took place on the 28th November 2016 at Sun City. Ivanna went on to finish in 3rd place and earning her first cheque from UniMedia as a professional golfer. Now she has her eyes set on the ‘Sunshine Ladies Tour’ and later on in the year ‘The PinkStig Pro Series’. It came as no surprise when Ivanna announced that she was going to sign with UniMedia for the 2017 season.

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Ivanna Samu turned pro leading up to the PinkStig Invitational, which took place on the 28th November 2016 at Sun City. Ivanna went on to finish in 3rd place and earning her first cheque from UniMedia as a professional golfer. Now she has her eyes set on the ‘Sunshine Ladies Tour’ and later on in the year ‘The PinkStig Pro Series’. It came as no surprise when Ivanna announced that she was going to sign with UniMedia for the 2017 season.

Earlier this year Ivanna highlighted where she got her motivation from and how she has moulded her attitude around the game that she loves with all her being.

Ivanna said: “Sally Little said that I have everything it takes to become the best and not just because of my golf swing, but more than anything else, because of my spirit and attitude towards the game I do love so much. It was such an honour to hear these words from a legend, that I carried it within my heart and when things got tough I would say to myself“come on Ivanna if Sally Little believes in you…you CAN do this”

Ivanna proudly shares: “If I can just walk in her shoes for one day, I could be on the road that no one has ever walked after Sally Little and for no other reason, but because she believed that I could. I thank you Sally Little for your kind words that changed my future forever…Ivanna Samu together with Kiran Matharu of England, Tijana Kraljevic and Michelle Leigh will all wear PinkStig as their official wear at the first Sunshine Ladies Tour event starting on the 4th January 2016 SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Huddle Park, Johannesburg.

Tune into 083 Sports@6-MetroFM with Robert Marawa over the weekend for coverage and interviews with UniMedia Ladies competing at the Sunshine Ladies Tour ‘SuperSport Ladies Challenge’

Tijana Kraljevic Signs with UniMedia Pro

Tijana Kraljevic is one of those players who just fell in love with the PinkStig Initiative driven by UniMedia Pro. She has participated in every event during 2016 including the Little Pace Challenge, Sally’s Book Launch and induction into the SA Hall of Fame and makes no apology how Sally’s story has inspired her.

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Tijana Kraljevic is one of those players who just fell in love with the PinkStig Initiative driven by UniMedia Pro. She has participated in every event during 2016 including the Little Pace Challenge, Sally’s Book Launch and induction into the SA Hall of Fame and makes no apology how Sally’s story has inspired her.

In her own words she added: ” The PinkStig Invitational reminds me of my experiences in Morocco and can easily become the princess event on the South African Women’s Professional Golf. It would be equally exciting if the PinkStig becomes attractive enough for international women players. This will give me the opportunity to invite Maha to come and play here and I can finally spoil her a bit!”

Tijana together with Kiran Matharu of England and Michelle Leigh will all wear PinkStig as their official wear at the first Sunshine Ladies Tour event starting on the 4th January 2016 SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Huddle Park, Johannesburg.

Tune into 083 Sports@6-MetroFM with Robert Marawa over the weekend for coverage and interviews with UniMedia Ladies competing at the Sunshine Ladies Tour ‘SuperSport Ladies Challenge’

Kiran Matharu set to tee up at Sunshine Ladies Tour

Kiran Matharu returns to South Africa to play on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and will tee up on the 4th January at the SuperSport Ladies Challenge at Huddle Park, Johannesburg.

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Kiran turned pro in 2006 at the age of seventeen and went on to finish second at the 2007 Nykredit Masters in Denmark, as well as at the 2011 Lalla Meryem Cup. At the age of eighteen Kiran was struck with a blocked hip injury. Her fighting spirit and the backing and belief by her number one fan and caddy, her father motivated her throughout her rehabilitation and is excited to see his daughter back on the course.

In 2016, she played in eight events on the Ladies European Tour Access Series and the Hero Women’s Indian Open and at the inaugural of the PinkStig Invitational in South Africa. She also played at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters on a special invite. She took five weeks off from golf in the middle of the season and when she returned she recorded three top 10 finishes from four events, including a second, third and seventh place.

Some of her highlights in 2016

12th at the ‘TERRE BLANCHE LADIES OPEN 2016’ on the Ladies European Access Tour

27th at the ‘RIBEIRA SACRA PATRIMONIO DE LA HUMANIDAD INTERNATIONAL LADIES OPEN’ on the Ladies European Access Tour

2nd at the ‘NORDICTRACK OPEN DE STRASBOURG’ on the Ladies European Access Tour.

14th at the ‘AZORES LADIES OPEN’ on the Ladies European Access Tour

3rd at the ‘WPGA INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE’ on the Ladies European Access Tour

7th at the ‘SANTANDER GOLF TOUR LETAS LA PEÑAZA’ on the Ladies European Access Tour.

16th on the Ladies European Access Tour ‘Order of Merit 2016’

9th at the ‘HERO WOMEN’S INDIAN OPEN’ on the Ladies European Tour.

T8 th at the PINKSTIG INVITATIONAL 2016, Sun City South Africa

31st at the ‘2017 LALLA AICHA TOUR SCHOOL FINAL QUALIFYING’

Lejan Lewthwaite, the only African in the ‘Lalla Aicha Final’

Africa has more than 900 golf courses spread over 50 countries with South Africa boasting just over 500. The top 10 golf courses distribution around the continent: RSA 512 courses, Nigeria 52, Kenya 41, Zimbabwe 39, Morocco 36, Egypt 25, Uganda 16, and Ghana 16

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Morocco is the only nation on the African continent that hosts both professional men and ladies tournaments separately in the same city in the same week. At one of their tournaments, the Lalla Meryam Cup they have 124 of the leading women international pro’s playing from 23 countries for a purse of 450 000 Euros.

Then there is the Lalla Aicha Tour pre-qualifier A and pre-qualifier B and Final qualifier all happens in Morocco at 3 different times of the year.

The top 30 players at the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifying earn their Ladies European Tour (LET) membership in category 8 and from position 31st – 60th in category 9B for 2017. This is the first step to new emerging pros to earn off this sport whilst representing their countries.

Astonishingly Lejan Lewthwaite is only player of Africa in the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage

Lejan Lewthwaite recently played in the PinkStig Invitational at Sun City after returning from a successful tour in China, the Sanya Ladies Open, where she finished T28 earning her first paycheck on the LET. Then she finished second at the PinkStig Invitational and earlier this year first place at The Little Pace Challenge, which took place on the 2nd August celebrating Women’s month. On the 9th December she played the Lalla Aicha Pre-qualifier B in Morocco where she finished T19 to make it into the final qualifying.

In her recent interview at the PinkStig Invitational presented by UniMedia on the 28 November, she highlighted her parents support as her pivotal driving force. Second was meeting and playing with Sally Little (SA golf Legend) and Lee-Anne Pace, (SA current champion) and leading pro golfer on the LPGA and Let Tour further captivated and affirmed her belief in becoming a leading pro golfer in Africa.

In 2015/16 she finished 18th on the Sunshine Ladies Tour order of merit with second on the SA Women’s Open 2015. She is particularly motivated by Sally Little’s saying: “To compete more is to succeed more”.

With UniMedia’s vision of including an additional four events to the south African pro tour for the ladies, Lejan is all set to have a ground breaking season.

After round One in the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage Morocco, Lejan is only 4 shots off the leading top 10 players and all to play for!

Kamilla mother of Xavier ‘PinkStig Cub’

Pink Stig Inivational 2016 Sun City – Views from a parent Kamilla Swart-Arrries (mother of Xavier Arries, 12 years old)

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Thank you to the Unimedia team for launching such an exciting and commendable initiative to level the playing fields for women’s golf in South Africa.

After meeting Sally Little at her book launch in October 2016 in Cape Town as a result of a career school project Xavier did which included interviewing Sally via email earlier in the year, the Invitational must go down as a highlight of Xavier’s year.

She is an aspiring golfer and this event gave her the opportunity not only to meet the pros but also to play, interact and learn from them. She also received a few pointers from Sally during a practice session just prior to the Invitational which has made a difference to her approach. Sally is truly inspirational and having her involved in Xavier’s golf development is immeasurable. Meeting other young golfers and amateurs also contributed to the experience of being immersed in a programme that recognises their potential for greatness.

The Pink Stig Cub programme provides a platform for young girl golfers to be exposed to the pros on a one-on-one basis and serves as aspiration for the Cubs. It also creates an opportunity for a pro to “adopt a Cub” on a club/regional/provincial level thus the programme has the potential to be rolled out as a national campaign and differentiates itself from a stereotypical “development” initiative (which I don’t believe this is or should be).

Xavier’s dad, Pierre Arries, adds that the Pink Stig initiative is ambitious (and rightly so) in its objectives given the fact that women’s golf is extremely marginalised compared to men’s golf in South Africa, i.e. less tournaments, less exposure, less corporate sponsorship, etc. yet these “obstacles” should be seen as opportunities rather than insurmountable challenges.

It is encouraging to see a corporate like Sun International stepping up to the plate and leading by example. One can only hope that others will sit up and take notice and soon follow suit.

A holistic approach to nurturing aspiring golfers is required so that we can develop many more “Sally Little’s” in the future and the Pink Stig initiative followed through by Unimedia is well on it’s way to bring about the tsunami of change for women’s golf in South Africa.

Thank you again Unimedia.

Real Promotions

The PinkStig Touches Hearts

Congratulations to Tandi von Ruben who was crowned the winner of the PinkStig Invitational, which took place at Lost City Golf Course , Sun City. Tandi was taken by the atmosphere, the attention to detail and more importantly the subtle touches that really made her feel that she was at a women’s golf tournement.

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The event was equally significant with Legend Sally Little being the host of the tournement and being inducted into the SA Hall of Fame. Johnny Burger and Eugene Lewis of SA Hall of Fame, powered by Samsung, are two gentle giants that walk the talk with their hearts in the laps of their mothers and both couldn’t say enough about why women’s golf should take centre stage.

These two giants have already facilitated the induction of the Springbok 95′ World Cup Winners into the SA Hall of Fame powered by Samsung earlier this year. Sally Little was invited as an honorary guest to that function. While all the energy was directed towards Francois Pienaar and his men, Rob Collins of Sun International acknowledged all the great sportsmen in attendance and went on saying : ” as much as we celebrate the successes of our men on the rugby field, we also have amongst us a legend that has walked the road to stardom quietly and alone, without any fuss. She is known to be a shy character. She deserves to be celebrated and I want to acknowledge her tonight; .LADIES AND GENTLEMEN SALLY LITTLE.”

Sally was applauded and some stood up realising that she was actually there. In the meantime, Sally was sitting next to a lady who herself plays golf; this lady, upon realising that she was sitting right next to Sally, tightly embraced her and said: ” I grew up with your name being spoken of in our home everyday. My dad would say to me: “be like Sally” She giggled and ended off saying to Sally: ” My dad was madly in love with you and here tonight I finally meet you”

On the night of the 28th November 2016, UniMedia Pro together with Sun International and SA Hall of Fame, powered by Samsung, was inducted into the SA Hall of Fame. The words of Rob Collins had come full circle and no surprise that it all took place at Sun City at the Sun International Conference Centre, Warrior Hall.

A year ago at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player agreed to do an interview with UniMedia. It was then when this great legend known to the world as the Black Knight said: ” Women’s golf is like a Tsunami coming”.

It became very evident over the last couple of months while engaging with corporates and other professional athletes, that the feeling was that women’s professional golf just does not have enough wind in its sails. Without a doubt, all the effort made by the Sunshine Ladies Tour to create a platform for female professional players to enjoy their play, space and time under the African sun can only be applauded. Their young history as the only women’s professional tour in South Africa and the rest of Africa has instilled confidence in players to make South Africa one of its destination for competitive golf.

The PinkStig Ladies Tour, which will be announced early next year can only be a compliment to further enhance and drive women’s professional golf to greater professional heights. At the same time see more international players prefer playing in South Africa, because of what this country offers at golf courses, the climate and African lifestyle.

Kiran Matharu of England who plays on the Ladies European Tour and Indian Tour attended the inaugural of the PinkStig Invitational, and already she found herself off to Fancourt for another round of golf. Kiran finished in T8 and was amazed at the beauty of the Lost City Golf Course, Sun City as a venue, the warmth of the people and players towards her and her father and has pledged that she will promote the PinkStig Initiative in Europe. It only takes one to cause the ripple in the water.

On the 28th November 2016, it become clear to us and to many who have been partnering with us, that the name of the Tsunami- as mentioned by Gary Player in his interview- is ‘THE PINKSTIG’

Only good fortune can come from the PinkStig Tsunami

By KgomotsoKiggy

Sally Little inducted into SA Hall of Fame

The PinkStig Invitational came to a close earlier last night, after an eventful day at the Lost City Golf Course. The field and perfect weather played an important role in creating the highly charged atmosphere amongst the players that persisted throughout the day.

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The Sally Little Induction and PinkStig prize-giving ceremony, which took place at the Warrior Hall, Sun International Convention Centre sealed the events of the day wonderfully, bringing all the attendees back together in one room for a cheerful association. Representatives from Sun International, SA Hall of Fame, Samsung, Real Promotions, UniMedia and Skyler T each shared their reasons for being a part of the PinkStig initiative and their goals as collaborators to this initiative.

Sally Little, who was officially inducted to the South African Hall Of Fame, summed up the thoughts on everyone’s minds, when she gave a heartfelt and emotional speech in which she expressed gratitude for the efforts to enhance women’s professional golf that she has had so much success with internationally over her career that stretches over four decades.

Many of the speakers echoed a similar sentiment towards the PinkStig Invitational. The overwhelming support that the invitational received from the above mentioned sponsors, the professional, amateur players and families are a testimony to the fact that many people are dedicated to making sure that the power and voices of women in this sport and others are not only heard, but that they mobilize and inspire.

Meanwhile Tandi von Ruben clinched the inaugural of the PinkStig Invitational (modified stable ford), receiving her trophy sponsored by Styler T and a cheque of R20 000 for just a day’s work. Founding member Dhiren Mehta expressed his satisfaction with the days outcomes, particularly Sally’s induction in the SA Hall of Fame and receiving and hosting some of South Africa’s most promising young lady golfers, seeing in action Ivanna Samu who recently turned pro and making her debit in the PinkStig Invitational.

Kiran Matharu of England told the media present that she cannot believe the amount of comaradie amongst the players and their readiness to help each other on their games and more so working with the PinkStig Cubs and the amateurs who are already benefiting by having Sally Little here to inspire and working with them on their approach to the game to reach their fullest potential.

There are so many angles and stories shared amongst players, sponsors and fans of women’s golf and the next couple of months will prove vital as UniMedia forges ahead to realise its vision for women’s professional golf and the PinkStig Women’s Winter Tour endorsed by the Sunshine Tour.

for more on the PinkStig Invitational visit www.pinkstig.com

By KgomotsoKiggy

High energy and buzz at the eve of PinkStig Invitational

The long awaited PinkStig invitational officially kicked off and we were joined by partners to PinkStig, players and family at the beautiful Sun City’s Luma bar and lounge. Excitement beamed in each one’s eyes as peers mingled and got acquainted in anticipation for tomorrow’s competition.

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The long awaited PinkStig invitational officially kicked off and we were joined by partners to PinkStig, players and family at the beautiful Sun City’s Luma bar and lounge. Excitement beamed in each one’s eyes as peers mingled and got acquainted in anticipation for tomorrow’s competition.

Media teams included ANN7, Essays for Africa, SABC, ENCA and Sun International. Each team captured the thoughts and emotions of the players and the resounding consensus is this: the empowerment of women in sports is long overdue and necessary; to this point, everyone is set on performing at their utmost.

Sally Little, who is the host of the PinkStig Invitational, lit up the room upon arrival and is an enchanting addition to the upbeat energy of the event. She adds a generous touch to “being a great host”, going from table to table to personally greet attendees.

Bonita Bredenhann, Tijana Kraljevic, Ivanna Samu, Leanda Schulze and Carrie Park are just a few of the wide-smiled faces that created the keen atmosphere that dominated; they will be joined by many others at the Lost City Golf Course, including the PinkStig Cubs.

Today proved to be an amazing start to what looks like the makings of thrilling competition; and as we retire for the day, to our respective suites to get some much needed rest before we tee off tomorrow, we look forward to seeing each player’s game-face.

for more on the PinkStig Invitational visit www.pinkstig.com

By KgomotsoKiggy

Xavier Arries ‘young And Ambitious Pinkstig Cub’

Xavier Arries, an ambitious PinkStig cub, is exceptionally spoken of among golfers in her league. Described as “determined and passionate in achieving her goal that she throws her all into the idea” by her coach, Xavier shows astounding potential at becoming a Pro golfer deserving of many accolades.

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Xavier Arries, an ambitious PinkStig cub, is exceptionally spoken of among golfers in her league. Described as “determined and passionate in achieving her goal that she throws her all into the idea” by her coach, Xavier shows astounding potential at becoming a Pro golfer deserving of many accolades.

At 12 years old, this cub has already accomplished a great deal. She has been a member of the WGWP (Women’s Golf Western Province). River Club junior programme since July 2015, with 100% attendance and has even used her time during school holidays to hone her golfing skills.These are efforts that will, surely, be rewarded with a talent eligible for national and international merits and celebration. Xavier has illustrated the drive it takes to go all-the-way with her passion for golf, and her coach and peers have certainly noticed.

Ryan Randall (Xavier’s coach) expresses great confidence in Xavier’s potential and abilities when he shares the plans for Xavier’s young career, saying: “During the previous holidays Xavier won two tournaments and had the best net score in the third tournament for the female section. Another aspect will be to double up on her practice time which will help her with strengthening the body and the mind, this also allows her to spend time with other young golfers.”

Playing 18 holes in the upcoming PinkStig invitational, Xavier will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with professional golfers that have learnt and experienced many of the challenges and benefits she is yet to experience herself, in her golfing career. This PinkStig cub will soon attain a golf handicap and then will be eligible to take the next step in our junior development programme by joining the junior squad, with WGWP (Women’s Golf Western Province).

Henriette Frylinck ‘Caddying internationally to PinkStig

Henriette Frylinck went from playing twice a week, to turning Pro, to caddying all in succession. She is one player who has had a fully furnished golfing career and warmly recounts the amazing experiences she’s had, during a short interview. She shares:

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“I started when I was 14; I did a lot of other sport as well, so I played maybe twice a week with my dad and brother. At the age of 18, I started taking it more seriously and went to a coach at Glendower CC, then I moved to Doug Wood (in the Serengeti) 3 years later. Two years after that, I turned Pro and played on the Let Access Series.

My family played a huge role in my golfing career. They supported me financially, my dad helped me get a sponsor so that I could have the opportunity to play in Europe and chase my dream– my family was my biggest supporter and fans.

“I stopped playing and started caddying on tour. I did that full time for 2 years, but started working the beginning of this year (real estate agent). This year I’ve caddied 6 tournaments a years for Katie Burnett from the USA, when she played in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

I’ve also caddied for Lee-Anne Pace in a few tournaments, and she won all tournaments I caddied for her, but one tournament in Prague where she finished second.

My passion is and will always be to play, but caddying keeps me involved in the game, which I love. Caddying also gave me the opportunity to see the best players in the world play. It is very interesting to see how other players (top 30 players in the world) handle themselves in situations on the course, how they think etc.

“Playing in Europe held a lot of challenges: weather and courses are different, living out of a bag for months traveling using public transport, which Nicole Becker and I mastered, and eventually driving on the “wrong” side of the road.

Being away from your coach and support system on that side of the world was also quiet challenging– but on the flip side I have great stories to tell, lots of memories made, awesome friends, played some of the best courses in the Europe; that’s a time that I will NEVER Forget! Golf taught me a lot in life, and I am grateful for the opportunities I had playing this amazing game.”

Henriette represents the Waterklloof Golf Club at the upcoming PinkStig Invitational.

Press Release: the name of the tsunami is ‘PinkStig’

Unimedia Pro in association with Sun International’s much-awaited PinkStig Invitational and the induction of Sally Little into the SA Hall of Fame will be taking place on the 28th November 2016 at The Lost City Golf Course, Sun City.

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The PinkStig Invitational is a new and an exciting brand showcasing women’s professional golf in sunny South Africa. The event will showcase some of our countries aspiring pro golfers, amateurs and PinkStig Cubs, giving them the opportunity to meet and compete more. The events will see family, friends and sponsors all enjoying the talent on offer at Lost City Golf Course.

Sun International’s enthusiasm and ability to see the potential of the PinkStig Initiative has added impetus in the sails of UniMedia Pro.

Our field of players at this event will include 18 local professional players, 3 international players and several young amateurs who are on the brink of turning pro. Our main focus is to locally manufacture our players and attract more international events to South Africa. This retention of existing talent will realize more competition, more broadcasting of women’s golf on all media platforms and increase the value of local player’s management.

The gala dinner event will see Sally Little, legendary golfer who has won 15 tournaments and 2 majors be inducted into the SA Hall of Fame, ensuring the baton is passed onto the current pro’s who in turn are able to reach out to our champions such as Sally.

Furthermore, the amateur players receive the experience of playing with a pro.

The PinkStig initiative is a catalyst in the golfing fraternity for corporate and stakeholders to understand the value of women’s golf, and its traction out in the market place on and off the golf course.

This campaign has received much media attention and the time has come for UniMedia to showcase SA women’s golf talent. UniMedia Pro has ensured prize money of R100 000 for the PinkStig Invitational inaugural, on the 28th November and wishes to increase this by 2017 for the upcoming series to be announced at the gala dinner.

To all our ladies playing in the PinkStig Invitational, give every reason to our corporate attendees, every reason to beg to be part of this movement, this drive and Tsunami that is coming out of South Africa.

The name of the Tsunami is PinkStig. So claim it, own it and run with it! Lets collectively celebrate women’s professional golf and Sally Little on the 28th November 2016.

For more info on the event follow all the updates, news, photos video links, live scoring and features hour by hour on the PinkStig website…

Ameerah Bibi Mehta a PinkStig Cub

Ameerah Bibi, daughter of Zahira and Dhiren Mehta is a silent warrior and an old soul. Her dad attributes a lot of her ways and qualities to his late mom and it is this bond that drives her. Her determination stems from the passion to lead like her dad, which reflects in all four of his daughters.

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Her coach Werner Kapp says: “Ameerah is a youngster who has the ability to succeed in whatever she puts her mind to. She started playing golf one year ago and quickly learnt the basics of the game. Her technique developed into her own style of play and her determination allows her to compete in a quiet confidence with a gentle smile.”

As with in any sport, in order to reach the top you have to set yourself some goals and her ambition is to become a professional golfer. Ameerah is ticking off her achievements one by one and one of her most memorable moments on the golf course thus far was when she joined her dad with some of the PinkStig’s local lady professionals and played a few holes with them.

Her mom added: “Her love for the game and her drive is fuelled by her dad and own enjoyment of … ‘ that was a great shot’ and for now she practices as her schedule allows her.”

The PinkStig Cub joins a four ball on the 18th hole at Lost City and will play the ceremonial hole as part of the inaugural of the PinkStig Invitational at the Lost City Golf Course, Sun City on the 28th November 2016.

Read more about the PinkStig Cubs on the website: www.pinkstig.com

Zahra Tayob ‘I am a PinkStig Cub'

Zahra Tayob is another of the PinkStig Cubs and by her father’s stitch, she is really fearless and an exciting player. He believes that their approach of simply enjoying the game and some fine coaching and mentoring are instilling all the right ingredients to become a formidable player in the feature.

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Zahra Tayob is another of the PinkStig Cubs and by her father’s stitch, she is really fearless and an exciting player. He believes that their approach of simply enjoying the game and some fine coaching and mentoring are instilling all the right ingredients to become a formidable player in the feature.

Her dad Sheraz of Brits adds: “Zahra Tayob started playing golf at the young age of 7. She is a natural in sports, which was evident in her participation in her school soccer team.Unfortunately, she had to put sports on hold for two years due to an accident that broke her wrist. Under the guidance of her coach Roy Yates she won many events in her age group in various tournaments. In the last four months her handicap has dropped from 15 to 9 with the help of her new coach Jhon Dickson, at Copperleaf Golf Club. Zahra recently won a golf day event in Rustenburg, where she, the only woman in the event, played against 68 men. Zahra’s goal is to achieve a scratch level handicap. With two more years left of school we look forward to see where her passion and natural ability for golf takes her.”

Zahra Tayob is excited to join the PinkStig cubs at the inaugural PinkStig Invitational taking place at Sun City. When she was asked about the occasion ahead she reply: “I cannot wait to see all the pro’s. This will be my first time and having my mom caddy for me is a dream come true.”

Read more about the PinkStig Cubs on the pinkstig.com website:www.pinkstig.com

Little Zimkhita a PinkStig Cub

One of the PinkStig cub’s ‘Zimkhitha Ndube’ has been privileged to play at the Little Pace Challenge earlier this year and will feature at the PinkStig Invitational as one of the PinkStig Cubs. She has already met her legend Sally Little and super star Lee-Anne Pace. Her dad recalls some of the defining moments at that event in August at Pearl Valley Golf Club.

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One of the PinkStig cub’s ‘Zimkhitha Ndube’ has been privileged to play at the Little Pace Challenge earlier this year and will feature at the PinkStig Invitational as one of the PinkStig Cubs. She has already met her legend Sally Little and super star Lee-Anne Pace. Her dad recalls some of the defining moments at that event in August at Pearl Valley Golf Club.

” I met Sally little, Dhiren Mehta and the UniMedia team, the night before, within 5 minutes of engaging with them some unexplained energy filled me and that driving force experienced convinced me to drop all and join the journey at Pearl Valley. This positive energy even had me encouraging my daughter to engage on one of the things I do not support, having my daughter bunk school in favour of experiencing the day with the legend in SA women’s professional golf.

Throughout the day, my daughter had the biggest smile, because she was the centre of attraction in a game that she loves most, as much as she might not fully know and place everyone that attended the event, she really walked tall on the day, and she was filled with energy and happiness that light up my day. She really had Christmas in August, because she got a chance of watching and playing alongside Sally the Legend, Lee-Anne the number 1 women golfer in SA, the professional women golfers, and SA celebrities.

When we got home late she never stopped talking to her mother and sisters regarding her “AWESOME” experience as she described the day, and the following day she was early and looking forward to going to school, because she had a story to tell. She is now on my case to honour my commitments going forward for her to earn her 10 000 hrs (as found by Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers The story of Success) through practicing and playing golf twice a week.

The path that Dhiren Mehta is travelling with his wife and team, that of wanting to positively influence and/or impact other people’s lives, is better explained by the Chinese proverb, “If you want happiness for a lifetime ? Help someone else.” And that is the journey that resonates with me, that I wish to continue on in my little corner for years to come.

Zimkhitha and I say thank-you to UniMedia Pro, for giving us the opportunity to be part of a journey filled with true energy, and for bringing to life this journey of women in golf to both a father and his daughter that were on their own trying to find and understand the journey of professional women in golf.

No doubt the PinkStig Invitational and the addition of the PinkStig Cubs will reap great reward and interest from mothers and fathers of daughters who dream of becoming the next champion in women’s golf.

Read more about the PinkStig Cubs on the pinkstig.com website:www.pinkstig.com

Kim Williams, 'Giant Leap By PinkStig Invitational'

“I represented South Africa 13 times in 7 years and each time was better than the time before. Its always an honour to represent your country.” –Kim Williams, on what she perceives her greatest accomplishment in golf.

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Kim Williams, 'Giant Leap By PinkStig Invitational'


“I represented South Africa 13 times in 7 years and each time was better than the time before. Its always an honour to represent your country.” –Kim Williams, on what she perceives her greatest accomplishment in golf.

At the tender age of 21, Kim Williams took on the hefty challenge of representing South Africa, as an amateur, at the Regional All Africa Challenge, in Botswana. She describes herself as feeling “proud and the most nervous she’s ever been” in that game, that she may have not expected would mark the first of 12 more like it.

Years later, at 30 years old, Kim has become a professional golfer, who still expresses great hunger for the game. Even with her interest and participation in other sports (like squash or hockey), she looks at golf as the one sport where you can’t make any excuses. She says: “I find that golf pushes me to work harder for my success. It can be a lonely game sometimes but I think it makes me a stronger person.”

Her enthusiasm has, many times, been confirmed by her achievements throughout her career:
• During the South African Provincial Stroke Play tournaments, in 2009, Kim took 5 wins home; namely: North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng Nomads, Southern Cape and Boland championships.
• She was runner-up in the Free State and Limpopo Championships, as well as the SA Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
• In 2011, she represented South Africa at The Spirit, in Texas (USA), and was WGSA’s top ranked player for every month of that year.
• In 2012, she was awarded her second Compleat Golfers award at a ceremony held at the Randpark Golf Club.

Even with all her success Kim still sets herself goals for her professional career, some of which are to have a solid Ladies Sunshine Tour season, play the LPGA and wining a major. She acknowledges the PinkStig Invitational as a platform that “helps ladies play and move closer to their goals and dreams of being able to compete against the rest of the world.” She will be representing GFG Academy at the upcoming PinkStig Invitational.

Leande Schulze encouraged by the interest in Women's Golf

Leanda Schulze born 1994 and since turning professional in 2015 has already made quite an impression on those who are following her career and who believes she holds great promise as a professional golfer.

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Following Through on the PinkStig


Leanda Schulze born 1994 and since turning professional in 2015 has already made quite an impression on those who are following her career and who believes she holds great promise as a professional golfer. She recalls one of her highlights as an amateur playing in the North West Championships and finished T7 on +3 at Pecanwood. She also went on to represent the Free State and Northern Cape womens IPT team in 2012 and 2013.

“As this year was my first year as a professional and being able to play the Ladies Sunshine Tour I dont have a lot of achievements yet but hopefully that would change in the near future. But I am proud of how I did in my first season on the tour with an Order of Merit finish on 28th. I managed to pay for my 2nd year at the PGA with my winnings which really helped me. With the PGA I get to do a lot of different stuff and one of them being involved in junior coaching which I enjoy very much.” says Leanda.

She has been a member at The Bloemfontein Golf Club for the last six years and has the privilege now to play out of Fancourt Country Club. ” I have a very big family at the Bloemfontein Golf Club which I owe a big thank you to. If it wasnt for all their help and support I probably would not be so fond of the game. The man whom had the biggest impact and influence in my life and in my golf would be Quintin Williams.”

Regarding her favourite clubs: “The first clubs I bought was Taylormade and I still play with the same irons which I really love. My favourite courses would be Kathu in the Northen Cape ,the Montagu at Fancourt and The Links would be at the top of my list.”

Leanda Schulze is excited about the PinkStig Initiative and how it can add value to the lives of professional women’s golf. With the existing Sunshine Ladies Tour, which no doubt has been the only platform to play on in South Africa it is encouraging to see the growing interest for women’s professional golf. ‘Follow Through is my new mantra’

Mae Cornforth, ‘No question about the PinkStig'

Mae Cornforth’s passion for the game evidently runs in the family; with her father and mother being recreational golfers and a sister with a knack for coaching, she was destined for the green. “My dad was my best friend when I was younger and I did everything with him” she says. Naturally, when she wasn’t allowed to play golf along with her best friend, she begged to learn how.

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Mae Cornforth, ‘No question about the PinkStig'


Mae Cornforth’s passion for the game evidently runs in the family; with her father and mother being recreational golfers and a sister with a knack for coaching, she was destined for the green. “My dad was my best friend when I was younger and I did everything with him” she says. Naturally, when she wasn’t allowed to play golf along with her best friend, she begged to learn how.

At just 6 years old, Mae picked up her Little Tigers Golf Set and began her journey to becoming a player to keep your eye on. Years have passed since then, but Mae remained as driven as ever to see her dream of becoming a professional golfer manifest.

Since having gone pro a year ago (in 2015), she has been at the top of her game, adding title-after-title to her belt one putt at a time. Mae made her debut on the green in 2010; she was only 14 years old when she played at the SA Amateur Championship. She has gone on to win the Boland Women’s Match Play Championship and the North West Women’s Open in 2012, rank 5th SA amateur player 2014 and been no. 1 player in North West Women’s golf Union for 3 years —an impressive feat that sets her up as one strong contender.

Faced with a common challenge for ladies her age, Mae was forced to take a year off from competitive golf to focus on her studies at Florida Institute Of Technology (USA), where she had a golf Scholarship in Communication Science. Although she was number 1 in her team at FIT, with a stroke average of 73, she had to contend with maintaining a high enough Grade Point Average to be a part of the team.

She often speaks of the challenges she faced to meet the standards set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to be allowed to compete in tournaments. “Unfortunately I didn’t take science as a subject in high school and had to sit out my first year. It really sucked, because I have a major dream and to lose an entire year was a huge disappointment…” she says.

Undoubtedly, she had to work harder than she previously had to get back on top. She “studied like a demon” and succeeded in reaching NCAA standards; and even though she couldn’t compete for a year, she took that time to train and came back swinging, taking the Limpopo Championship in 2015. Currently, she is training with new coach Graeme Francis, and together they share a common goal of getting her ready to play in the LPGA tour, within the next 2 years.

Being a young professional golfer, Mae Cornforth can attest to the fact that practice, persistence and perseverance make perfect. She is excited to be a part of the PinkStig Invitational this year and hopes that her participation motivates other amateur golfers to never put their clubs down.

Sun International Proudly Associated with PinkStig

Sun International has been an ardent supporter of the PinkStig Initiative followed through by UniMedia Pro. This relationship was forged out of creative minds that were able to see the value relations between Sun International and the PinkStig VISION.

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Sun International Proudly Associated with PinkStig


Sun International has been an ardent supporter of the PinkStig Initiative followed through by UniMedia Pro. This relationship was forged out of creative minds that were able to see the value relations between Sun International and the PinkStig VISION.

Sun International has proudly been involved with the Little Pace Challenge, Sally Little Book Launch which took place at the Sun Table Bay Hotel and also been instrumental in partnering with SA Hall of Fame sponsored by Samsung in the induction of Sally Little into the Hall of Fame.

In the same breath did Sun International invite UniMedia Pro to play the inaugural PinkStig Invitational hosted by Sally Little at the lost City Golf Course, Sun City on the 28th November 2016.

The attitude adopted by UniMedia towards its potential sponsors and associates is one of personal interest and collaboration, creating an environment of opportunity to share and celebrate the contributions of each company towards achieving the vision of the PinkStig.

This campaign has received much media attention and the time has come for UniMedia to showcase SA women’s golf talent. UniMedia Pro has ensured a prize money of R100 000 for the PINKSTIG INVITATIONAL inaugural on the 28th November and wish to increase this by 2017 for the upcoming series to be announced at the gala dinner.

More about Sun International...

  • The Sun International brand has a proud legacy in the gaming, hospitality and entertainment sector. Its superior hotels and resorts portfolio makes it a recognised 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.
  • Sun International is one of Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming groups and operates or has an interest in a total of 18 resorts, luxury hotels and casinos.
  • Sun International’s entry into Latin America began in Chile in 2008 and has been a success story for the Group, giving it the track record and confidence to look for more opportunities that offer gaming opportunities in the region.
  • Sun International’s Latin American portfolio (Monticello Grand Casino in Chile, the Ocean Club Casino in Panama and the Sun Nao Casino in Colombia) has now been merged with the casino and hotel portfolio of Chile-based leader in the gaming and entertainment industry, Dreams SA, making it the largest gaming company in Latin America with operations in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Panama.
  • Sun International’s approach has been to differentiate their hotels, resorts and casinos in architecture, service, experience, location and the mix of entertainment and activities. Creating lasting memories for their guests and customers is a core part of of the company’s DNA.
  • Sun International has created some the world’s most iconic hotels from The Palace of The Lost City at Sun City to The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town.
  • 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.

  • Sun International place a strong emphasis on being responsible corporate citizens through their contributions and commitment to the economy, communities and the environment.

    The company is committed to the development of all its employees and they make sure that equal opportunities and economic empowerment form the backbone of their human resource practices.

    Visit Sun International’s website at: www.suninternational.com