Covid-19 laws have made Flamingo On line casino’s 19th birthday extra muted than traditional, however employees and visitors have however raised celebratory toasts, albeit not on the identical time.
To mark the event, individually packaged and Covid-19 protected birthday packs – all appropriately flamingo pink in color – had been made accessible for MVGs to gather once they visited the property. The on line casino additionally reintroduced staggered weekly themed money attracts, permitting MVGs to strive their luck with out operating afoul of social distancing security protocols.
“This time final 12 months, South African went into nationwide lockdown leading to us having to shut down the on line casino and all of our actions for 4 very lengthy months,” mentioned Themba Marasha, Basic Supervisor, Flamingo On line casino. “After spending so lengthy in lockdown we had been delighted and relieved to see so many acquainted faces return safely to Flamingo.”
“We had been allowed to renew operations from 1 July final 12 months, underneath strict operational proto cols together with a restrict of 50% of regular visitor capability and curfew hours. Regardless of these circumstances, Flamingo confirmed a optimistic pattern within the second half of the 12 months, which has slowly been bettering since then,’ mentioned Marasha.
Developed at a value of over R110-million, the on line casino first opened its doorways in 2002 with a on line casino, a leisure and leisure complicated, walk-up bar, restaurant, 200-seat convention centre, and a small retail facility.
Flanked on the one aspect by the well-known flamingos of Kamfers Dam and the adjoining Kimberly Golf Membership on the opposite, the realm has change into a well-liked leisure attraction. In 2004 Flamingo created Kimberley’s first Million Rand jackpot winner, and the enduring Bar 129 opened with Imply Mr Mustard, one among South Africa’s prime bands on the time, who made their first look in Kimberley to carry out.
“Bar 129 has change into one of the vital standard locations to hang around in Kimberley however a enjoyable truth, which many individuals don’t know, is that it was named Bar 129 as a result of it was the 129th pub to open within the metropolis,” mentioned Marasha.
Sadly, attributable to Covid-19 restrictions, Bar 129 has not but reopened.
A variety of celebrities have graced the leisure centre throughout its 19 years. 7de Laan’s ‘Madel Terblanche, higher referred to as Wilna Snyman, visited her followers at Flamingo in 2004. The next 12 months, the ever-elegant Cherel de Villiers from Isidingo briefly fled from her authorized issues in SABC 3’s Isidingo for her alter ego, Michelle Botes, to make a particular visitor look at Flamingo.
Different names who’ve shone at Flamingo embody the late Hugh Masekela, in addition to Barry Hilton and bands Prime Circle and Parlotones.
“Since we’ve opened, we’ve seen many highlights, and look ahead to many extra as we proceed to work along with the neighborhood to shine a highlight on one among South Africa’s most historic cities,” concluded Marasha.
Solar Worldwide and its properties, together with Flamingo On line casino, has been awarded the World Journey and Tourism Council’s protected stamp of approval, verifying that the Covid-19 well being and security protocols it has in place meet, and even exceed, worldwide benchmarks.