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Old December 9th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Durban to host Top Gear Festival 2012-2014

Durban may host Top Gear festival
December 9 2011 at 10:10am
By Nondumiso Mbuyazi

Durbanís Moses Mabhida Stadium could be home to the Top Gear festival for the next three years.

This all depends on the eThekwini Municipality approving the more than R31 million needed to establish the relevant infrastructure to host the event from June next year.

The festival is a combination of events focusing around motorsports, featuring well- known TV personalities Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

It was held in Gauteng at The Dome in 2010 and at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in March this year.

A report tabled at the executive committee meeting yesterday by city manager, Michael Sutcliffe, said the festival would be a joint initiative between the city and province.

As the host city, Durban would ensure that infrastructure was in place and the province would provide the event fee and operational cost.

Top Gearís nominated licensor would manage the event.

If approved, the agreement would be for three years.

The report states that R10m would be required for the first year, while R8m would be needed for the operating costs.

A further R7m would be needed for operating costs in 2013 and R8m for 2014.

An estimated R4.5m would be required in the first year for minor roadworks as well as establishing circuit protection and safety measures to allow the track to be approved by Motorsport South Africa.

In the subsequent two years, R2.5m would be expected each year to establish and de-establish the race track.

Next yearís event is expected to be staged between June 15-17.

According to the document, the stadium would need to be modified to accommodate the skid-pan and stunt circuit.


Other costs include R1.5m to provide staircases to make the existing pedestrian bridge functional and R1.3m a year for metro police and other line department support.

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I am very definitely all for this...

Would love for the Festival to come here....
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Old December 9th, 2011, 09:24 PM   #3
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agree. and most will be funded by province.

i am sure the incoming funds on visitors etc will outway but that is for the city to decide. if the event is held in durban jhb or ct then i wld say stop right here. but if it is only in durban then there is leverage they can play to get loads of other incoming income for the city n
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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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Deal sealed for Top Gear in Durbs
January 26 2012 at 09:11am
By Barbara Cole

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Grace Rheeders, of the IBV Supercar Club, shows off the only car of its type in the country, the R6.5 million Lamborghini LP700-Aventador. Picture: Marilyn Bernard


Durban and the province had signed the contracts and the Top Gear festival was coming to town, the council’s Speaker, Logie Naidoo, announced on Wednesday night.

“It’s confirmed and it is a three-year contract,” Naidoo said in an interview.

Then, at another car event – the unveiling of a R6.5 million Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador at the International Bank Vaults (IBV) at the Gateway shopping centre – he announced: “Jeremy Clarkson and the entire team will be here.” Naidoo also told members of IBV’s exclusive Supercar Club, who attended the launch, that a Total Car Rally would be held in Durban in March and that 10 000 people were expected to attend.

The city’s executive committee approved a proposal to host the Top Gear Festival last December on condition that the province met it halfway, chipping in the half of the R31 million that was needed to stage it.

Andrew Layman, the chief executive of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who attended last night’s event, said that he felt it would be “absolutely marvellous for the city” and people would agree with him when all the details of what was involved were unveiled.

The Lamborghini Aventador was brought to Durban by IBV boss Ashok Sewnarain to show his Supercar members the latest in technology and design.

Six are on order – that is South Africa’s yearly allocation – and the bright orange car that was unveiled last night is the only one in the country.

And it almost did not get here as it was sold last week and Hilton Ralph, general manager of Lamborghini South Africa, had to persuade the unnamed owner, who lives in the Eastern Cape, to let him bring it to Durban for the diarised event.

There was a stunned silence from awestruck guests when the car was unveiled – and then people whipped out their cellphones to photograph it, eventually moving closer so that someone could take their pictures next to the car.

Asked if he had picked up any orders last night, Ralph said: “No yet… but I have a feeling I might.”

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Old January 26th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #6
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Apparently Logie stuffed up in his speech last night, I didnt go for the function but he said "Top Gear will be in SA for the first time"... he really should do some research first.

BTW, alreay know one guy from Durbs that has ordered the Aventador. Dark Grey.

Also Tenders are going out soon for the design of the track, drift track. Moses Mabhida precinct will be used for it.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 01:58 PM   #7
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Also heard from mates in the film industry that the Top Gear guys will be filming at least one episode while in the city
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Old January 26th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #8
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Awesome news actually..

I will be going to that without a doubt, and will be looking forward to whatever scripted irreverency the boys can come up with for our City and country.....
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Thats frikkin awesome! I am so excited! I cant wait.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #10
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I am not fan of motorsport at all, and from I've seen and heard, the presenters of Top Gear are a bunch of attention-seeking turds. I;m thus unlikely to support this event.

However, that said, if this event is going to bring global attention (for whatever reason, that show has huge global ratings) to Durbs again (hopefully not infamy, given those presenters' track records re: insulting host destinations), then so be it.
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Agg lighten up. They insult their own country too. Its not the motoring show in the world for nothing... Mainly because it actually has very little to do with motoring, it is the male version of a soap opera
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Old January 31st, 2012, 04:45 PM   #12
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KZN to fork out 50% for Top Gear
January 31 2012 at 11:00am
By Gugu Mbonambi

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has agreed to fork out 50 percent of the cost of hosting the Top Gear Festival in Durban, mayor James Nxumalo said at Monday’s full council meeting during a robust debate over whether the city could afford to stage the event.

Top Gear TV presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, as well as the popular character known as The Stig, are to appear at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium in June, when a temporary racetrack would be constructed to hold the festival.

Economic Development Department spokesman Bheko Madlala said a preliminary assessment indicated that there would be “positive economic benefits for the province through direct tourism arrivals, infrastructure spend as well as the enhancement of KZN’s automotive sector”.


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Madlala said a press briefing would be held soon at which the matter would be discussed. A report tabled before the council’s executive committee last year suggested that R31.4 million was needed to host the festival for the next three years, with eThekwini ratepayers having to pay more than R15m and the balance being covered by the province.

The report proposed a three-year agreement in a joint initiative, with the host city providing infrastructure and the province providing the event fees and operational costs, while Top Gear’s licensor would manage the event.

DA caucus leader Tex Collins said while the party had no objection to the festival, there were elements in its approval which indicated that the process had been flawed, and the festival had no budget provision.

“In the first instance, the provincial government signed the contract with Top Gear before any consultative process had been entertained at council level… What is of equal concern is that the tender (for infrastructure) for the festival has already been published, yet no approval from council was obtained in this regard,” Collins said.

He said it was clear that the city had not shaken off the legacy left by former municipal manager Michael Sutcliffe, and “continues to steamroll issues which, at the outset, are procedurally flawed and contrary to regulations”.

However, municipal legal services head Nokhana Moerane said the council had resolved last year that the executive committee had the authority to finalise any matter that may arise, including the Top Gear matter.

“So all seems to be in line,” she said in response to Collins’s statement.

Municipal manager Sibusiso Sithole said he had been informed that a contract had been signed by Sutcliffe and the city was therefore committed to hosting the event.

“We are now bound by that contract… We need to expedite the process, hence the tender was advertised,” he said.

Minority Front councillor Patrick Pillay said the city should consider investing in a permanent race track. - The Mercury

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Old January 31st, 2012, 04:46 PM   #13
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Durban’s Top Gear roars ahead
January 28 2012 at 01:05pm
By Arthi Sanpath
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Durban is pulling out all the stops in a race to have the city ready for the popular Top Gear festival in June.

Tenders were advertised yesterday for the infrastructure work that will need to be undertaken in and around the Moses Mabhida Stadium precinct, in time for the proposed festival dates of June 15 to 17.

It is expected that the festival, hosted by presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, including the popular racing character known as The Stig, will draw large crowds, but local ratepayers’ associations and opposition parties have criticised the R31 million price tag needed to host the festival.

The city needs to fork out at least half of that amount for the stadium to be modified to accommodate a skid-pan and stunt circuit, as well as minor roadworks, establishing circuit protection and safety measures that would allow the track to be approved by Motorsport South Africa.

Other costs include R1.5m to provide staircases to make the existing pedestrian bridge functional and R1.3m for metro police and other department support.

In the subsequent two years, R2.5m would be expected each year to establish and de- establish the race track.

As the host city, Durban would ensure that infrastructure was in place and the province would provide the event fee and operational cost. Top Gear’s nominated licensor would manage the event.

However, despite the objections, the city is forging ahead. A site meeting with companies submitting tenders will be held within the next two weeks.

The Top Gear festival was held in Gauteng over the past two years with the first event taking place at Dome in Randburg in 2010 and at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in March last year.


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Old February 3rd, 2012, 10:29 AM   #14
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Good to see the DA getting on board now that there is greater clarification.

Top Gear money ‘will be well spent’
February 3 2012 at 10:52am
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The directors of the Top Gear Festival say the R15 million the eThekwini municipality will spend bringing the festival to Durban for three years will be well spent, because the city can expect an estimated economic spinoff of more than R59m and extensive exposure this year alone.

On Thursday, the festival directors briefed the eThekwini council’s economic development committee on the projected economic impact of the event, which would be held in June.

Hannah Cabral and Jamie Graham said the Durban event was expected to be a bigger and better organised spectacle at the Moses Mabhida Stadium than its Joburg predecessor.

“We’re keeping the details under wraps for now. We have intentionally been quiet ahead of a big official launch on February 21, when all will be revealed to the media and public… It’s going to be a stunning event in Durban, and more than you can imagine,” said Cabral.

Graham said people did not have all the information on the festival, which led to the uncertainty and scepticism over the event.

“We want to put on the best event Durban has ever seen, and we want to ensure we get it right,” he said.

Cabral said the first Top Gear Festival in SA, held in Joburg last year, had attracted more than 76 000 visitors and 8 000 hospitality patrons.

She claimed that around 25 000 visitors to the Joburg event, staged at Kyalami, had been from Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

“Using these figures, combined with the knowledge that Top Gear Festivals attract many thousands of inter-province and out of town visitors internationally, we are able to project the economic impact the event will have on Durban,” she said.

“Durban can expect around 25 000 motor racing fans from outside the city over the festival weekend. Over the two days, 25 000 people in 12 500 hotel rooms at an average room rate of R1 000 a night equates to R25m. We estimate their spending on entertainment, food and drinks at another R20m. These figures exclude money spent by service providers for the event,” added Cabral.

An expected 3 000 hospitality industry patrons are expected to spend R14m more, while the hosting of motor-related sideshows and conferences would result in a total estimated economic impact of R59m. Cabral said most of the organisers’ budget would be spent locally.

The city and KZN provincial government are expected to split the R30m bill to host the festival over the next three years.


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Questioned by committee members about the Joburg event, Graham said it had been a sell-out success. However, he said there had been problems relating to infrastructure at Kyalami and it had rained during the event.

“Moses Mabhida Stadium is going to be an incredible venue and the weather in Durban in June is perfect for such an event. We’ve also had outstanding support from the city and province,” he said.

DA councillor and committee member Nicole Graham said she was happy with what she had heard from the festival directors yesterday.

“I am cautiously optimistic now and wait to hear more,” she said.

Durban Tourism CEO Phillip Sithole said the city had the support of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the hospitality industry to host the event. - The Mercury

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Wow, the comments below that article are just . Are people never happy with anything?
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come on you know south africans love to moan, find a conspiracy in everything and blow everything out of proportion!
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Top Gear money to be well spent
February 3 2012 at 03:38pm
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Directors of the Top Gear Festival say the R15 million the eThekwini municipality will spend bringing the festival to Durban for three years will be well spent, because the city can expect an estimated economic spinoff of more than R59m and extensive exposure this year alone.

The festival directors yesterday briefed the eThekwini council’s economic development committee on the projected economic impact of the event, which would be held in June.

Hannah Cabral and Jamie Graham said the Durban event was expected to be a bigger and better organised spectacle at the Moses Mabhida Stadium than its Joburg predecessor.

“We’re keeping the details under wraps for now. We have intentionally been quiet ahead of a big official launch on February 21, when all will be revealed to the media and public… It’s going to be a stunning event in Durban, and more than you can imagine,” said Cabral.

Graham said people did not have all the information on the festival, which led to the uncertainty and scepticism over the event.

“We want to put on the best event Durban has ever seen, and we want to ensure we get it right,” he said.

Cabral said the first Top Gear Festival in SA, held in Joburg last year, had attracted more than 76 000 visitors and 8 000 hospitality patrons.

She claimed that around 25 000 visitors to the Joburg event, staged at Kyalami, had been from Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

“Using these figures, combined with the knowledge that Top Gear Festivals attract many thousands of inter-province and out of town visitors internationally, we are able to project the economic impact the event will have on Durban,” she said.

“Durban can expect around 25 000 motor racing fans from outside the city over the festival weekend. Over the two days, 25 000 people in 12 500 hotel rooms at an average room rate of R1 000 a night equates to R25m. We estimate their spending on entertainment, food and drinks at another R20m. These figures exclude money spent by service providers for the event,” added Cabral.

An expected 3 000 hospitality industry patrons are expected to spend R14m more, while the hosting of motor-related sideshows and conferences would result in a total estimated economic impact of R59m. Cabral said most of the organisers’ budget would be spent locally.

The city and KZN provincial government are expected to split the R30m bill to host the festival over the next three years.

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Questioned by committee members about the Joburg event, Graham said it had been a sell-out success. However, he said there had been problems relating to infrastructure at Kyalami and it had rained during the event.

“Moses Mabhida Stadium is going to be an incredible venue and the weather in Durban in June is perfect for such an event. We’ve also had outstanding support from the city and province,” he said.

DA councillor and committee member Nicole Graham said she was happy with what she had heard from the festival directors yesterday.

“I am cautiously optimistic now and wait to hear more,” she said.

Durban Tourism CEO Phillip Sithole said the city had the support of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the hospitality industry to host the event.


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Today's Mercury has a render of the track. Looks quite cool.

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22 February, 2012 00:31

The Top Gear Festival hosted in Cape Town and Johannesburg in the past four years will look like a "Sunday school picnic" when Durban takes the wheel in June.

The competition between Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May rubbed off on KwaZulu-Natal economic development and tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu yesterday when he announced that the festival would be coming to Durban.

"This festival has attracted a total live audience of about 200000 spectators in South Africa over the past four years.

"Durban will dwarf those figures to make [previous festivals] look like a Sunday school picnic," he said.

After months of negotiating, the festival has been given the green light to take place at the Moses Mabhida stadium, which is surrounded by the festival's first street circuit - a 2km winding playground for Top Gear's invincible driver, the Stig.

"With such a massive space to play with, Top Gear's adrenaline-charged live show will be able to reach new heights, thrilling the audience with FMX bikes, donutting [circling at top acceleration on full wheel lock] and flaming rally cars, exhilarating, hair-raising stunt manoeuvres by the Top GearLive stunt driving team and nonsensical challenges synonymous with Top Gear," Top Gear Live chief operating officer James Cooke-Priest said yesterday.

Besides an expo of the world's finest supercars and of "cars modified beyond belief", petrolheads will also be able to see cars that have featured in the Top Gear TV show.

"Those cars have never before left the UK," Cooke-Priest said.

Clarkson, Hammond, May and a line-up of motorsport legends are expected to provide a "stellar showing" in Durban, he added.

Mabuyakhulu and Cooke-Priest said the economic spin-off for the city is estimated at R35-million a year, while R26-million will be injected into local procurement.

Acknowledging that many Durban ratepayers had labelled the event "a waste of taxpayers' money" because the city is contributing R31-million to the festival, Mabuyakhulu said Top Gear was a phenomenal global brand that would strengthen Durban's mark on the global trade and industry map.

Online ticket sales begin today.


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The website is also up and running and tickets are on sale from today

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