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Introducing the all-new Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup – The People’s Race


As the end of the year gallops towards us, all eyes turn to Johannesburg, where we celebrate the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup at the grand and historic Turffontein Racecourse. Saturday 25 November is a key moment on South Africa’s horse racing calendar. The annual event is not only the province’s oldest and largest race, but also the finale of a year of thrilling horse racing events.

The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup combines the finest in horse racing with a fun, family-oriented day out. While the focus is on the exhilarating horse races, the event is packed with entertainment for people from all walks of life.

The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup has always brought together Joburg’s communities, who come to Turffontein to experience the excitement of horse racing. One of the country’s biggest race days, boasting exemplary quality fields and large prize money, the R2 million race offers a day of electrifying entertainment, while making the sport accessible and fun for young and old alike.

The 2017 Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup has been dubbed The People’s Race, and this year, the race truly is in the hands of the people of Gauteng, as a carefully selected group of social pioneers have each been invited to create their own area at the races.

“By harnessing the power of the people, we have ensured a truly Gauteng race day – a race day that connects people, creates jobs, supports entrepreneurship and celebrates the multiculturalism of our beautiful Gauteng,” says Clyde Basel, Phumelela Racing and Events Executive.

One of the few horse races in the country that children can enjoy, the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup offers a fun and secure environment for kids and parents alike. From admiring the beautiful horses in the parade ring and on the track, to experiencing a mind-blowing carnival complete with mechanical rides, face painters, buskers and delicious food offerings, the day promises endless wonder for the little ones.

There’s something for everyone at The People’s Race, and visitors can look forward to a stunning display of fresh South African talent, from roving fashion shows to local bands, a large-scale field band and a wide variety of different hospitality areas, where you can enjoy good food, drinks and music, in a beautiful outdoor setting, right in the heart of the city. 



 1. The Grand and Historic Turffontein Racecourse

Did you know that Turffontein Racecourse is almost as old as Johannesburg itself? The course was founded in 1887, just a year after the gold mining camp that was to become Joburg sprung up. The racecourse still boasts its elegant original buildings, in red brick with white fascias, matching red tiled roofs and long verandas. With its immaculately landscaped gardens and prime views of the iconic Egoli skyline, it is a real Joburg gem, just ten minutes from the city centre.

2. A horse race with serious history

Like the racecourse itself, The Summer Cup has a rich and fascinating history. It was first run in 1887, and the list of past winners reads like a who’s who of racing. It includes Pamphlet (1917), Lenin (1940), Cuff Link (1963), Caradoc (1966), Home Guard (1970) and, of course, Java and Elevation, who both pulled remarkable hat tricks in the famous race. Lenin won the event three years running from 1956 and Elevation repeated his feat from 1972-74.

3. Grand finale of horse racing year

As the last major horse race on the 2017 calendar, the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup is the climax of a thrilling line-up of prestigious events. Taking place on 25 November, just before we all head off for our summer holidays, the race offers the ideal way to celebrate the end of the year, while experiencing the up-close excitement of live horse racing. To book your year-end party, contact  

4. Local talent

A wow factor for this year’s Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup is the entertainment. A highlight is the field band of over one hundred disadvantaged youths, who are broadening their chances of building better futures through music and movement. Entertainment will wind around the race course throughout the day, building towards the grand performance before the main race. From roving fashion shows to carnival-style buskers, local bands and one-man musical wonders, the Turffontein Racecourse will be transformed into a stunning display of fresh South African talent. 

5. Family Fun
One of the few horse races in the country that children can enjoy, the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup offers a fun and secure environment for kids. The 2017 edition comes complete with a world-class carnival, boasting everything from a large-scale ferris wheel to interactive games and wild and wacky performers. Kids can admire the beautiful horses in the parade ring and on the track, as well as experience mechanical rides, have their faces painted, interact with buskers and enjoy myriad delicious food offerings. This is an epic day out for the whole family.

6. Endless hospitality offerings

For the first time ever, Gauteng’s largest day at the races will be powered by the people. Our carefully selected ‘social pioneers’ will be selling their own race and enjoying it in the way they see fit, which, for the public, means there will be more hospitality options than ever before. From a Bollywood tent, to the beautifully curated Summer Garden, there is something for everyone at the 2017 Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup ­– The People’s Race.



SANSUI, the globally recognised consumer electronics brand, is proud to be sponsoring Johannesburg’s premier horse racing event, the Summer Cup, for the ninth consecutive year.

The two iconic names will once again bring to Johannesburg the memorable entertainment sensation of the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup, to be hosted on 25 November 2017, at the grand and historic Turffontein Racecourse.

The prestigious equestrian affair is the City of Gold’s foremost horse race, with a legacy of entertaining the crowds for over 128 years.

An event of this stature is a perfect fit for SANSUI, not only because the brand’s motto is ‘Live Entertained’, but also because both the event and the SANSUI brand stand for the same values: quality, aspiration and credibility. The premium occasion is a unique union of the entertainment, sport and lifestyle industries in one powerful event.

SANSUI offers a range of high-quality products, which appeal to a diverse local market. With its strong global backing and worldwide acceptance in over 100 countries, it is no doubt a trusted and valued brand with which the Summer Cup is proud to be associated. 

Event host and sponsor, Phumelela Gaming, has been involved in the prestigious event for decades and is proud of the positive impact it has had both on the industry and the province. “The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup takes place at the perfect time of year for corporates to come together and enjoy their annual year-end function,” says Clyde Basel, Phumelela Racing and Events Executive, and esteemed member of the racing community. “The event not only provides for great horseracing action on the day and the opportunity for visitors to showcase their best outfits, but, more importantly for Phumelela Gaming, it boosts revenue for the Province by creating many employment opportunities,” adds Basel.

All parties are thrilled to be working together to bring to Johannesburg another high-paced event packed with thrilling entertainment for all, and of course the thunderous roar of the racing rush. 

The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup stakeholders currently include: JD Group (as the licence holders of the SANSUI brand in South Africa), Gauteng Tourism Authority, Phumelela Gaming (Racing. It’s a Rush) and Megapro Holdings (Pty) Ltd. 


Date: Saturday 25 November 2017 

Gates open at 11am 

Venue: 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein Racecourse, Johannesburg 


The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup general access ticket is R75 and this will give you access to Turffontein Racecourse, as well as a voucher to the value of R25. Kids pay R20.

A wide range of hospitality options are also available – for more info on these exciting packages visit



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