l-r at the Sun Meropa
opening are Peter
Serobi Maja (Chief
Limpopo Gaming Board);
Anthony Leeming (Chief
Executive Officer: Sun
Maesela (Chairman: Sun
Meropa) and Demi-
Leigh Peters-Nel (Miss
South Africa 2017).
Sun International unveils new
Sun Meropa Hotel
Saturday, 29 July 2017 marked the start of an exciting new era for Sun Meropa with the official
unveiling of a new hotel at the complex. The opening of the upmarket Sun Meropa Hotel comes less
than a year since Sun International and the Domba Empowerment Corporation (Pty) Ltd. announced
the expansion plans for the complex. Construction workers and equipment have swarmed the site
since September 2016 to complete the project ahead of schedule.
SUN INTERNATIONAL’S R76-million investment in
the hotel at Sun Meropa forms part of the company’s
commitment to the City of Polokwane and the
Limpopo Gambling Board. In the last financial year,
Sun Meropa directly contributed over R1.2 million
in Socio Economic Development projects mainly in
Education, Sports and Culture initiatives. And through
the Domba Trust has also ploughed back over R8.9
million in various projects focused on education.
The hotel development provides economic
stimulus for the region, through job creation
and tourism to the area. Approximately 475 jobs
were created directly and indirectly through the
development, with the majority of labour sourced from
the local community.
Sun Meropa’s General Manager, Peter Guthrie
says the development reaffirms Sun Meropa’s
commitment to supporting the city’s economic
priorities, and growing Polokwane into a destination of
choice for international and domestic travelers.
“We continuously strive towards excellence to
enhance Sun Meropa’s appeal so as promote tourism
to the city and thereby contribute to the local economy.
By enhancing Sun Meropa with a quality hotel, offering
a high standard of accommodation, we believe we
can increase our contribution to economic growth and
tourism in the area.
“We are delighted with the results of what
has been a demanding, yet exciting, construction
phase. With the largest, contemporary casino floor in
Polokwane, a selection of dining and entertainment
options and our beautiful new hotel, Sun Meropa is
poised to become the premier leisure, business and
conferencing destination in the region.”
The new Sun Meropa Hotel flows seamlessly
into the casino complex and reflects the discerning
Moroccan styled, architecture and aesthetics that
make the complex distinctly Sun Meropa. The hotel
boasts 60 immaculate rooms with a Moroccan theme.
Including four suites and two Luxury suites. Catering
to business and leisure travellers, the hotel features
all amenities and the high quality of service that Sun
International’s guests are accustomed to.
Sun Meropa, which celebrated its 15th anniversary
in March this year, is a vibrant entertainment hub at the
heart of Polokwane, offering an array of entertainment
and experiences for young and old. The complex
features the upmarket Harvest Grill & Wine restaurant;
the contemporary Jembe Tavern which hosts regular
live entertainment, and a well equipped and versatile
conference centre. Sun Meropa hosts a variety of
events annually, with artists such as Mi Casa, Candy,
Muzo Bothers and Loyiso Gola amongst the well
known entertainers that have graced its stage. The
casino itself boasts 417 slot machines and 17 tables,
including classics like Roulette, Blackjack and Poker.
Part of Sun International, Southern Africa’s
premier gaming, hospitality and entertainment group,
Sun Meropa offers guests the assurance of quality
entertainment, premium facilities and the unparalleled
high standard of service for which the company is
renowned. Members of Sun International’s Sun MVG
loyalty programme can access the array of benefits
and rewards they qualify for at Sun Meropa.
Sun International recently reinvented its
well recognised Most Valued Guest (MVG) loyalty
programme to deliver more rewards, exciting benefits
and exclusive offers to guests visiting its casinos and
hotels in South Africa.
A key enhancement of the new Sun MVG
programme is the opportunity it provides to customers
to earn both casino and leisure points when playing
slots, table games, staying in hotel rooms and dining
at selected restaurants and outlets at Sun International
properties. Casino Points can be used for playback
on the slot machines and table games and Leisure
Points for hotel accommodation, dining experiences or
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