BY REGINALD KANYANE
TOURISM remains one of the key factors in boosting the economy of North West province according to MEC Desbo Mohono.
She said the province scored some brawn points after it hosted a successful Bray July event on Saturday in Dr Ruth Mompati region.
“We remain resolute that Bray July will continue to play a pivotal role in advancing the course of tourism industry. The initiative will transform, develop tourism and sustain socio-economic revolution.
“We hosted and celebrated a 20th anniversary celebration of Bray July. We started our official Bray July activation with a philanthropically driven door-to-door excursion. We interacted with senior citizens in the area,” Mohono said.
The MEC said the Bray July was Africa’s best horse riding event in a small dorpie.
She further indicated that the annual event was a tradition in Dr Ruth Mompati region and was a unique.
“This is the natural horse racing turf of the red Kalahari sand. We dubbed it the dessert race. A three days event includes various activities such as wine tasting, poitjiekos competition, a beauty pageant, a barn dance and a sport tournament while the horse racing remains the main event.
“The event is aligned with the department’s constitutional mandate of developing and sustaining potential tourism products through various strategies such as provincial tourism events strategy and the departmental marketing brand property,” she said.
Mohono added that the event has been added on the provincial calendar of events recently. She further said the provincial government will continue to use it as a pedestal for the promotion of Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD).
“We want to advance the course of social cohesion. The event remains a tool for sustainable local economic development. It also resonates with one of our concretes which are Saamtrek-Saamwerk.
“It is evident that there are direct economic spin offs which boost the economic status quo of the people in this area during the event. The fact that the brand property is celebrating 20 years of existence speaks volume,” Mohono said.
The Bray July horse race winner was Lesego Foromane, a 15 year-old jockey.
Foromane said: “I am very grateful to be crowned a winner. This really shows that the province has a potential. We can compete amongst the best in the world in horse racing.”
The event also produced the new Miss Bray July for 2016 in Florah Batlhaping, 22, who said it was a memorable time in her life to reach such a feat.
Batlhaping said: “The event will help me to launch my modelling career. I believe that I will find my niche and continue to improve the lives of our people. I will like to dedicate my win to hard work, discipline and determination.”
Mr Bray July title was scooped by a 21 year-old man, Moemedi Sesipi. He said the event has potential and commended the tourism department to host a flourishing event.
“We were spoiled for choice after variety of activities. More revelers from across the Sub-Saharan came out in numbers to support the event. I am grateful to be crowned Mr Bray July,” he said.
One of the revellers, Joseph Chobokoane, 36, from Kuruman said he attended the event for the first, but he was overwhelmed. He said that the horse racing was epic and the event lived up to its expectations.
“This event exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a small gathering of horse racing fanatics, but what I saw was amazing. I saw multitudes of people from various walks of life enjoying various activities in the bush away from a busy life.
“I will make sure I bring my camping facility next year. I will make sure I attend all festivities which the event has to offer including the beauty pageant and the sports tournament. I am also happy that the horse which won is from my hometown,” he said.
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