Covid-19 laws have made Flamingo On line casino’s 19th birthday extra muted than typical, however workers and visitors have however raised celebratory toasts, albeit not on the identical time.
To mark the event, individually packaged and Covid-19 secure birthday packs – all appropriately flamingo pink in color – had been made out there for MVGs to gather after they visited the property. The on line casino additionally reintroduced staggered weekly themed money attracts, permitting MVGs to attempt 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,” stated Themba Marasha, Common 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, below strict operational proto cols together with a restrict of 50% of regular visitor capability and curfew hours. Regardless of these situations, Flamingo confirmed a optimistic pattern within the second half of the 12 months, which has slowly been enhancing since then,’ stated Marasha.
Developed at a price of over R110-million, the on line casino first opened its doorways in 2002 with a on line casino, a leisure and leisure advanced, walk-up bar, restaurant, 200-seat convention centre, and a small retail facility.
Flanked on the one facet by the well-known flamingos of Kamfers Dam and the adjoining Kimberly Golf Membership on the opposite, the world has grow to be a preferred leisure attraction. In 2004 Flamingo created Kimberley’s first Million Rand jackpot winner, and the long-lasting Bar 129 opened with Imply Mr Mustard, one in every of South Africa’s high bands on the time, who made their first look in Kimberley to carry out.
“Bar 129 has grow to be one of the vital widespread 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,” stated Marasha.
Sadly, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, Bar 129 has not but reopened.
Numerous celebrities have graced the leisure centre throughout its 19 years. 7de Laan’s ‘Madel Terblanche, higher often known 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 group to shine a highlight on one in every of 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 secure stamp of approval, verifying that the Covid-19 well being and security protocols it has in place meet, and even exceed, worldwide benchmarks.