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“EVERY year, Joburg bursts into spring with a flurry of festivals, activities and events, encouraging all to celebrate the new season by getting out and about - and this year is no different,” says Phelisa Mangcu, Acting CEO, Joburg Tourism.

spring_sidePhelisa Mangcu acting CEO, Joburg Tourism.“OUR current seasonal campaign tagline “Love Joburg In Spring” resonates with the enormous surge of energy and enthusiasm which the new season brings to our City,” explains Mangcu.

“Every spring Joburg bursts into life with a renewed sense of vigour, firmly entrenching itself as the African continent’s most exciting, happening destination. From signature events like Arts Alive in September, to the Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Week in October and the Sansui Summer Cup in November, Joburg pulsates with a broad range of consumer, lifestyle and sporting events.”

“Besides being the beginning of the much anticipated spring season, in September we also celebrate Tourism Month and Heritage Day. What better way to experience your city anew than by taking a new perspective – being a tourist in your own city - and delving into history, the arts, culture and heritage like a visitor would do?” challenges Mangcu.

“Try out the Gautrain, take the Rea Vaya and explore corners of Joburg you might never have even known about before. Immerse yourself in what makes our destination and our city unique, this is what building a domestic tourism base and culture is all about!” (Visit the JTC website for a listing of the multitude of events taking place in Joburg this Spring).

Discover your own backyard

Joburg Tourism is using Tourism Month to launch its Discover Your Own Backyard tourism awareness campaign. Locals are invited to share their favourite, authentic Joburg experiences via the Joburg Tourism website and Facebook pages - hyperlinks:

Weekly/monthly prizes will be awarded for the best, most original experiences which showcase Joburg’s vibrancy and diversity.

“Aside from creating awareness about tourism and about Joburg as a destination amongst locals, the ongoing tourism awareness initiative is intended to also bolster civic pride, effectively utilising residents and locals as advocates and ambassadors for their City,” explains Mangcu.

Capture joburg winners announced

In collaboration with the Vega School, Joburg Tourism unveiled the finalists in the Capture Joburg photographic competition on Friday, 7 September.

“This is not the first time that Joburg Tourism has collaborated with the Vega School, drawing on the fresh, inspired flair of its dynamic students, giving them exposure, while also benefiting from their talents,” says Phelisa Mangcu, Joburg Tourism’s Acting CEO.

“As the City’s destination marketing organisation, we’re always on the lookout for fabulous images to promote Joburg’s rich, multi-faceted appeal, so we thought what better way of refreshing our database, than by once again appealing to the youthful talents of Vega School’s photographic students?”

In July Joburg Tourism and Vega School joined forces to run their first collaborative photographic competition - Capture Joburg, offering prizes to the value of R40 000 – including short courses of photography.

Aside from showcasing Joburg through the lenses of keen photographers, the objectives of the competition include identifying the talents of up and coming Joburg photographers and promoting their work.

The competition was so enthusiastically embraced by the students that it quickly went viral - and due to public interest, this first phase of the competition was expanded to include an open category for the general public.

“Having attracted over 700 entries, we were delighted with the response to the first phase of the very first photographic competition we have run with Vega School and are now launching the next phase, which comprises a monthly contest,” says Mangcu. Widespread public participation is encouraged and entries can be submitted online, by visiting:

This competition is just the start of an ongoing collaboration to showcase our city, bolster civic pride and encourage an awareness of tourism among locals,” says Mangcu. “Joburgers are passionate about their city and we want to capture and communicate this enthusiasm and vibrancy, using it as a tool to attract interest in and visitors to the various inspiring facets of this great city we call home.”

GDS 2040

In terms of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy 2040 [], tourism remains an economic growth imperative on the city’s agenda.

It is an important catalyst to encourage the development of the SMME sector in order to stimulate the growth and development of a vibrant second economy. It is the Johannesburg Tourism’s strategy to attract increasing visitor numbers Joburg, encourage them to stay longer, spend more, improve seasonality patterns and the spread of visitors across the city.

In line with these developments and as part of the institutional review process to effect closer alignment with City goals, this year Joburg Tourism Company is being incorporated into the City’s Communication & Tourism Group. The GDS is coupled to the city’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and both are aligned with the National Planning Commission’s New Growth Path.

“Our ongoing local and international promotional campaigns include exhibiting at business and leisure trade exhibitions where JTC shares its plans to maintain, defend and grow its market share,” says Mangcu. “As the City of Johannesburg’s destination marketing organisation, Joburg Tourism remains focused on positioning the city not only as the continent’s leading business hub, but also as an exciting, vibrant year-round destination for signature events, lifestyle, the arts, culture, fashion, sports – and of course, mega-events.”

“Capture Joburg” Photographic Competition

Rationale for the competition
      • To encourage, promote and recognise up and coming young photographers in the City of Johannesburg.
      • To promote destination Joburg through the medium of photography on an ongoing basis.
Judging Criteria:
      • Does the photo represent Joburg and encourage tourism?
      • Quality of photography
      • Compliance to the category
      • Visual appeal
      • Originality and creativity
      • Overall impression
Prizes – Sponsored by Joburg Tourism
1st place – Overall winner
      • R12500 voucher from Kameraz
2nd place – Runner up winner
      • R7500 voucher from Kameraz
Sponsored by Vega School of Brand LeadershipCategory prizes
      • 6 photographic short courses at Vega School



Sports & Outdoor Category

BOXER Name: Denis Smit

Title: Boxer in training

Description: Boxer

Location: Hillbrow

Filename: entry-8321-338.jpg

Eco Environment Category

b2 Name: Alex Masu

Title: Boat and Bird Island at Zoo Lake

Description: Shot of a boat on Zoo lake, just a unique perspective in Black and white

Location: Zoo Lake

Filename: entry-3792-560.jpg


Lifestyle Category

haircuyt Name: Ihsaan Haffejee

Title: Haircut

Description: A man receives a haircut on President Street in the Joburg CBD.

Location: President Street, Joburg CBD

Filename: entry-1523-752.jpg

Panaromic Landscape

b3 Name: Brett Steele

Title: Hillbrow

Description: Sunset view of Hillbrow from Ponte City Tower.

Location: Berea / Hillbrow

Filename: entry-6146-609.jpg

Fashion & Shopping

fashion Name: Timothy Gerges

Title: Train Station Fashion

Description: Fashion shoot done in the old train station, Johannesburg

Location: Braamfontien

Filename: entry-9653-395.jpg

Open Category

open_cat Name: Ursula Du Plooy

Title: Boksburg, Joburg

Description: Self sufficient

Location: Zoo Lake

Filename: entry-913-357.jpg

Overall Runner up winner – 2nd Place

overall Name: Tessa

Title: City 2

Description: sunrise with moon

Location: Johannesburg

Filename: entry-6327-842.jpg

Overall Winner – 1st prize

1st_overall Name: Lerato Maduna

Title: larger in the city

Description: Joburg is larger than life

Location: Newtown

Filename: entry-9206-757.jpg

Please browse the photographic exhibition of our selection of the top 20 entries into the photographic competition.  The photos will be exhibited at the Vega School of Brand Leadership for a week.

Thereafter, Joburg Tourism will display the photographs at its offices:  Ground Floor, Grosvenor Corner, 195 Jan Smuts Avenue, cnr Seventh Avenue, Parktown North.