Entering its ‘sweet-sixteen edition’ the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival goes down at Mother- City from March 27 to 28 at Cape Town Convention Center.
Now, here comes the good news: Prasa has arranged two special trains to the mother of all gathering.
A massive fete featuring well known artists and DJs (list to be confirmed) has been pencilled by the organisers aboard either the deluxe Premier Classe or revamped Shosholoza Meyl to the CTIJF.
According to Lesedi Mapheto, Prasa head of communication and marketing this is going to be a party of note.
Asked how revamped would this feature be on the trains, Mapheto said:” The revamp of the trains includes new icons, new dining halls, new matts, new comfortable seats and overall haul of the trains and painting.
Also it means revamped rail system, procurement of new modern trains and signal upgrade, infrastructure rehabilitation, station modernization, new locomotives and communications systems.”
With all these latest developments we encourage our people to come and enjoy the feel of safety and ambience that we offer, he says.
Over 300 jazz lovers from our neighbouring states and locally are expected to travel over 1000km journey on the ‘Walala Wasala’ jazz train.
Says Mapheto:” Our aim has always been to ensure that we render the affordable form of rail travel for our commuters. Through this offer, we would like to get our loyal commuters to experience the same convenience in travelling.
Rail is a key player in the tourism sector nationally, it is important for the company and the tourism role players to have the kind of interactions throughout,” he responded, when asked what kind of an impact Rail Tourism would play in the transport infrastructure in the country.
He continued:” We sought to encourage all South Africans to embark on leisure activities and, in so doing, to increase the number of domestic holiday trips and tourism spend in all nine provinces while contributing to a critical sector of the country’s economy.
We hope that rail tourism will remind South Africans and commuters abroad that taking a holiday, even for a night or two, gives benefits that has great memories, quality time with loved ones, well-deserved escapes from dull routine, and a chance to experience new places, new people and new things.”
The trains will depart from Park Station- Johannesburg to Cape Town on March 26 at 8am and returns 29.
The R5370 package includes return; accommodation on train; 2 day tickets to the fest; promotional materials; breakfast for 3 days; shuttles and braai dinner on train, amongst others.