South African Events Guide - January 2017

There’s always something happening in South Africa, but it’s not always possible to say when. However, start celebrating the new year in South African style – by visiting the events listed. And not to forget, car rental Cape Town is an option if you don’t have your own transportation to explore the events.

Western Cape

Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race 2017

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Where: Duncan Road, Table Bay Harbour, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
When: 1 January 2017
Time: 8am – 5pm
Phone: +27 (0) 21 421 1354 /

Setting off from Table Bay, participants will go from Cape Town South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in a great tactical race for roughly 20 days.

Cape Town is abuzz with activities for the kick off of the Cape 2 Rio yacht race, and the bay is swamped with eager spectators. Boats set off from the breakwater at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and follow the coast past Granger Bay and Mouille Point before setting off into the international seas.

Cape Town Motorshow 2017

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Where: Grandwest Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood, Cape Town, South Africa
When: 27-29 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Phone: 021 422 1095 /
Tickets: R100 per person | R250 special for a family of four | R60 for pensioners and kids 12 – 17yrs | free for children under 12 | tickets will be available at the door –

This incredible event will get your engine revving with an impressive array of cars, bikes and trucks. From the vintage classics to modern exotics and big-rigs.

Let your inner child loose and run uncontrollably through the rows of slender speed machines and screaming engines. Take in the smell of petrol fumes and burning rubber at the drift showcase and other similar exhibits and live auto action at this world-class, family-friendly event.

While the motors purr, there will be live music and food stalls to keep the atmosphere vibrant and your stomach satisfied.

The Sun Met 2017

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Where: Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7700
When: 28 January 2017
Time: 24 hours
Phone: 021 700 1600

Due to the 133 year old race’s rich, fashionable heritage and esteemed legacy, in 2017 The Sun Met will be celebrated with Mumm ‘Decades of Glamour’. However, the event provides a platform for South Africa’s top designers to showcase their best work and dazzle the crowds with their latest creations inspired by ‘Decades of Glamour’.

Artscape Theatre: Michael Jackson – History Show

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Where: Artscape Theatre
When: 19-29 January 2017

Celebrate the life and talent of the King of Pop with the casino-class production that features a live international band, fully choreographed dancers, authentic costumes and brilliant effects. A show not to be missed.


Don Giovanni Mozart

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Where: Brooklyn Theatre, Greenlyn Village Centre, Shop 21, Corner Thomas Edison and 13th Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria
When: 18-29 January 2017
Time: 7pm – Wednesday and Friday | 3pm Sunday
Tickets: R100 – R330

Directed by Sandra Laubscher, conducted by Jaco van Staden and orchestrated by Willem Vogel. Cast is to be announced.

Emalyth Arts Expo Nine Lives

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Where: Wolmer Bush Lounge, 20 Dale Ln, Karenpark, 0182 Akasia, Gauteng, South Africa
When: 27-29 January 2017
Time: 3pm
Phone: 072 773 3024 |
Tickets: R200 early birds | R300 at the gate
Note: There are no day passes

Emalyth Arts Expo Nine Lives is back in 2017 to bring you the best in local and underground alternative art, music, food and shopping.

Tsala Jazz – New Year’s Jazz

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Where: 8191, Zone 6 Diepkloof, Soweto, 1804 Johannesburg, South Africa
When: 01-02 January 2017
Time: 10pm
Phone: 076 441 8390 |

Get to Diepkloof and spend the first day of the year at an amazing jazz session that brings some authentic sounds and a chilled out vibe. There will be great food, live entertainment and even a play area for children.

If you would like to have the freedom to explore the area you are visiting independently, you might want to look into car hire Johannesburg for the perfect set of wheels.


Drak Challenge 2017

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Where: 968 R103, Howick, 3291, South Africa | Old Main road, Underberg, 3257, South Africa
When: 21-22 January 2017

The Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon is spanned over 72 kilometers on the Mzimkhulu River.
The event attracts hundreds of paddlers ready to tackle the technical challenges of the alpine rapids and take in the natural beauty of the Southern Drakensberg.

Thrombi Xfest

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Where: Umzimkulu River near Underberg, Kwazulu Natal
When: 21-22 January 2017

This is the biggest whitewater kayaking event in South Africa, featuring head to head kayak and SUP racing down class II-IV whitewater. The spectator-friendly venue and superb whitewater makes this one of the premier events on the South African kayaking circuit.


Mpumalanga cycle Tour 2017

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Host: Loskopdam, a Forever Resort, Middelburg, Mpumalanga
When: 12-17 January 2017
Contact: 083-411 2480
Time: 9am – 6pm

Cyclists will have to take up the challenge of facing a total climb of 11 514 meters, with Robbers Pass and Kowyn’s Pass as the most famous and grueling mountain climbs. Tackling the Kranspoort Pass on the first stage will set the pace and provide the ideal warm-up for the rest of the tour. The Organisers effectively created an equal ground for cyclists of levels of skill and age to experience the murderous mountain climbs and steep downhills in a safe environment.

If you are looking to go on an adventure in the area, you might want to look into having some wheels to get around. Car hire Durban would be the best place to start looking.