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Cook up a Storm and Win Big at Rand Show 2020

What’s on at #MyRandShow #JacarandaClashofKitchens

It’s time to brave the heat and get into the kitchen for the Jacaranda Clash of Kitchens at Rand Show 2020. If you have a passion for food, this one’s for you. The Jacaranda Clash of Kitchens is a reality cooking competition with R150 000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, going to South Africa’s brightest culinary champions with a flair for fabulous flavours.

125 teams of two people each will compete in live cooking elimination rounds over six intense days, in the 2020 Rand Show’s new Foodie Zone. To ensure that the competition is fair, every team will have to create dishes using ingredients from our mystery baskets.

Easylife Kitchens will be sponsoring all the workstations for the Jacaranda Clash of Kitchens, so contestants will be fully equipped to do their best. And when Rand Show 2020 wraps up, workstations will be donated to a charity.

Teams will be judged on creativity, taste and presentation. And mentor judges will be on hand to provide guidance and feedback, at least up until the final 32 teams are revealed. After that, the teams are on their own.

Celebrity judges and Chefs chosen by the SA Chefs Association and Vicky Crease Catering will make the ultimate decision on who walks away with the Jacaranda Clash of Kitchens title and the grand prize.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Find your perfect cooking partner and join forces with them to form your unstoppable cooking crew of two. (Only teams of two are eligible to compete).
  • Visit
  • Scroll down and click on “Enter Here”. This will take you to the online entry form.
  • Fill in the following:
  • Your chosen team name (You can get creative here, too)
  • Your contact details
  • A description of your signature dish
  • A team photo with your dish
  • The recipe for your signature dish – This will be included in our online recipe book
  • 125 words on why your team should be selected to compete for your share of the R 150 000 in prizes.

So, sharpen your wits and your knives. Season your senses and brush up on your culinary skills. Sign up for your chance to become the 2020 #JacarandaClashofKitchens champion at #MyRandShow.

Visit to enter now. If you’d just like to watch Joburg’s finest cooks creating delicious tastes and aromas, buy your tickets for #MyRandShow today by visiting and click on Buy Tickets Now.


Your Turn to Wow the Crowds at Joburg’s Talent

What’s on at #MyRandShow

The all-new Entertainment Zone at Rand Show 2020, brought to you by Fundi Education Finance, just keeps getting more exciting. Entries are now open for Joburg’s Talent – the Rand Show’s own epic talent search, which is giving gifted South African performers their unique place in the spotlight. Joburg’s Talent 2020 is bigger than ever before. So, if you think you have what it takes to wow the crowds and take your performing career to the next level, now is your time to shine.

There are total cash prizes of R 125 000 up for grabs for Joburg’s most impressive and talented contestants, plus Golden Tickets to the final auditions for Born to Perform at the Teatro and Montecasino in 2021.

It doesn’t stop there. There will also be vouchers for the Stageworx School of Performing Arts to be won. Vouchers can be put towards classes, showreels, professional photographs, music videos or song production. Finalists will also be given links to their performances, to use on their showreels or to share on social media.

Are you Joburg’s next great talent? Here’s how to enter

Solo acts aged 8 to 25 –



Poets and spoken word artists

Songwriters and instrumentalists

Variety acts

Rappers and beatboxers

Schools and Community Groups aged 8 to 30 –

Choir and vocal groups

Dancer groups

  • Upload a video of yourself or your group performing.

Contestants who are chosen for the Live Round, starting on Wednesday 8 April 2020, will be contacted by organisers. Solo entries are only open to contestants aged between 8 and 25. Group and community performances are open to contestants aged 8 to 30.

Prizes will be broken down as follows:

Solo Competition

1st Place – R50 000

2nd Place – R25 000

3rd Place – R10 000

4th Place – R5 000

TOTAL R90 000

Group and Schools Competition

1st Place – R25 000

2nd Place – R10 000

TOTAL – R35 000

Additional Prizes:

Solo Competition

  • Five finalists will be chosen to win Golden Tickets to the final auditions for Born to Perform at the Teatro and Montecasino in 2021. Final Auditions will take place from the 6th to the 13th of September 2020.
  • R25 000 vouchers for the Stageworx School of Performing Arts.

Group Competition

  • Five finalists will be chosen to win Golden Tickets to the final auditions for Born to Perform at the Teatro and Montecasino in 2021. Final Auditions will take place from the 6th to the 13th of September 2020.
  • R15 000 vouchers for the Stageworx School of Performing Arts for a performing arts workshop in your school or community centre.

Are you ready to come and show Johannesburg what you’re made of at #JoburgsTalent at #MyRandShow in 2020? Get that spotlight on you before it’s too late to enter.

Visit to enter, or if you’d just like to watch Joburg’s newest talent in action, buy your tickets for Joburg’s best day out at the Rand Show today.


NAG brings gaming’s best to the Rand Show

The new-look Rand Show just got bigger and better for gamers and geeks. The show’s Play Zone 2 is being transformed into every escapist’s dream as the Festival of Gaming explodes onto the scene from 8-13 April 2020.

The team at NAG has partnered with the Rand Show to turn Hall 8 into an epic geek destination. The Festival of Gaming will play host to a variety of video games, gadgets, tech, esports and cosplay, plus a feast of other pop culture delights.

Digital battles, booming bandwidth, all the gaming and tech gadgets you need and loads of cool toys, collectibles and must-have gear, along with tournaments and other digital attractions, will be on hand to tempt seasoned geeks and newcomers alike.

Michael James, Publisher of NAG and Senior Project Manager of Vodacom rAge says, “Our objective at NAG has always been to grow the gaming industry. The exciting reinvention of the Rand Show in 2020 is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the culture we all love so much to an audience that hasn’t been exposed to our industry on such a large scale. We’re also working on bringing a few amazing experiences to our existing community by leveraging off the footprint and power of the Rand Show. We look forward to fresh gaming, technology and geek culture for everyone while staying true to our hardcore gaming audience. The NAG, Vodacom rAge and Rush esports teams have come together to use their combined influence and existing audience reach to bring an enticing new digital energy to the legendary Rand Show.”

This partnership also means that NAG is moving their annual Rush esports event to the Festival of Gaming in 2020. The event will celebrate its fourth iteration by expanding scope to include casual gamers while still hosting tournaments for professional players. This is in line with the company’s objective of growing local esports by enabling new audiences to participate in and experience this global phenomenon.

Ulanova Visser, Marketing Director of Vodacom 4U, Vodacom’s Youth Branded Channel says, “Rush esports is going to cause a huge spectacle at the Rand Show this year, and Vodacom 4U can’t wait for the big reveal on 8 April. This is South Africa’s biggest show, so of course we have to bring something that matches its stature. It’s going to be huge.”                                                                                                                                             

Another exciting addition to the Festival of Gaming will be the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) South African Championship. Beginning in 2003, World Cosplay Summit has grown to be the largest cosplay event in the world – teams of two must design and create their own costumes, as well as perform a skit, of their favourite Japanese pop culture characters. In August 2020, over 40 countries will send their representatives to Japan to compete in the WCS Championship, where one team will be crowned the WCS Champion. The Festival of Gaming will be hosting the WCS South African Championship round, where the country’s top cosplayers will battle it out to become the National Champion, and fly to Japan in 2021 to take on the world’s best in the biggest cosplay competition in the world.

Les Allen, WCS Regional Organiser for South Africa says, “South Africa has a special place in the WCS global community, being the ONLY country in Africa to be a participant nation. This represents a massive opportunity for local cosplayers – the chance to represent your country and take on the best in the world. 2020 will be our third year in WCS, with our previous national teams performing exceptionally well – our 2019 team placed in the top 8 after the Tokyo round this year.”

“Partnering with the Festival of Gaming is a truly exciting opportunity to further showcase South Africa’s incredible array of cosplayers, who are already making their mark in the pop culture scene around the world. We look forward to having the Rand Show crowds cheer on the best cosplayers in the country as we search for our next National Champion team.”

Craig Newman, CEO of the Johannesburg Expo Centre said, “The Rand Show is moving with the times and reinventing itself for a new generation. The Festival of Gaming is adding a whole new dimension to the show for visitors – both new and old – to discover. The 2020 show is shaping up to be the biggest yet. We’re all ready to go and very excited about launching this brand-new attraction.”

Tickets to the Rand Show will go on sale on Black Friday 29 November 2019 on the Rand Show website. This Black Friday only, discover the Rand Show and the Festival of Gaming at a fraction of the price. Buy one ticket and get one free. A single day pass will get you into any one of the six show days and includes access to the Festival of Gaming. Max per person: two tickets per basket and stocks are limited.

The Festival of Gaming will be in Play Zone 2, Hall 8 at the Rand Show, Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec from 8-13 April 2020. #MyRandShow #festivalofgaming



As the frenzy and fun of the 2019 Rand Show dies down, visitors from across the city are still basking in the rosy afterglow of one the most jam-packed and exciting shows to date. From completely new entertainment offering such as the high-tech Gaming Entertainment Pavilion to show favourites such as the SANDF displays and Drum Majorettes – It was literally minute by minute excitement from the moment the show opened until the final curtain call. The thrills and chills of the 125th celebration of Joburg’s most iconic day out may be over, but it is definitely not the end! This year over R 2 million in prizes and giveaways have been taken home by show visitors! We are also thrilled that our two supported charities – CHOC and the SABC Foundation were given over R 400 000 to keep doing their unbelievable work in our communities.

Some lucky show winners will be basking in the rosy afterglow for weeks to come, as this year, the amount of jaw-dropping competitions – as well as the out of this world prizes – were unprecedented in both value and experience offering. It is still hard to believe the number of trips, makeovers, cars, gaming devices, cash prizes and even more, available for visitors to win; just for simply visiting the show. Joburg’s Best Day Out has set a new standard of bigger, better and more sought-after competitions than ever before – the fun part? Giving it all away now!

To those lucky winners who showed off their unique skills at the show we say a massive congratulations – You were definitely in it, because the competition was tough – but you came out on top!

Amazing cooks coming out of the kitchen!

Rand Show Jacaranda Clash of Ages winners with MC Lebo Mokoena

First up – Joburg’s talented home chefs really made a meal of the JacarandaFM Clash of Ages! 2019’s top chefs who handled the heat in the kitchen right to the end are Thapelo Aphane and Alfred Mosenya. The dynamic duo cooked their way to R 60 000 in cash! This was definitely one of Joburg’s tastiest cook-offs!

South African Bakers were also elbow deep in flour as they fought it out to win the dough. Dikeledi Motale walked away with the biggest sweet treat of R 10 000 and the title of Joburg’s Best Baker.

Sweet taste of victory with Dikeledi Motale SA Bakers best designer cake GOLD winner

All the winners of gaming glory!

Raymond Burke (Director Rand Show) with Fortnite Weekend 2 First place and GOLD winner Nathan De Sousa

A literal wave of gamers washed over the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion is all their fantastical and colourful glory!

Fortnite fanatics battled to the end of one of the most nail-biting Fortnite tournaments the city has ever seen. Over 20 lucky gamers walked away with cash prizes totalling over R 100 000, with our two biggest winners being Nathan de Sousa and Kareem Kahn – who each bagged themselves an unbelievable R 25 000 in cash.

Cosplay masterminds displayed unbelievable creativity and innovation when it came to the calibre of costumes on display! With the winners of each category being Vincent van Rijn, Natasha Griffon and Shinbone Lisamore (Noob); Linda du Toit (Like a Boss) and Shelby Webber (Beast Mode). Apart from the amazing cash prizes given away, runners up got hampers of items from The Dark Carnival, PRIMA Toys, NINTENDO and Chizzeld Designs.

Raymond Burke (Director of Rand Show) Cosplay Beast Mode winner Shelby Webber and Craig Newman (CEO of Joburg Expo Centre)

Lucky gamers Anastatia Thomas and Dawie van der Merwe walked away with an Xbox One X each thanks to Xbox.

The highlight of the Gaming Entertainment Pavilion was the all-expenses paid trip for 2 to TwitchCon USA up for grabs. Everyone who visited the pavilion were eligible for the prize and the heart rates were high as the incredibly lucky winner was announced on 94.7 Highveld Stereo on Monday! TwitchCon takes place from September 27th-29th at the San Diego Convention Centre in California and the prize includes flights, 5 nights’ accommodation and entrance tickets to TwitchCon. Congratulations Saira Bava – you’re off to North America!!

First place #danceoff winner 12 year old Shikwane Lamola (L-R Samplayze Khoza, Shikwane Lamola and Grant Hinds)

No holds barred on Joburgs Talent!

Joburg’s Talent Show really brought out the best singers, dancers, comedians and other acts that Joburg has to offer. This festival of talent and creativity had the panel of judges stumped, but eventually Vocalist and Saxophonist Joshua Donald played all the right notes and walked away as the overall winner with R 50 000 in cash from an amazing talent pool.

A bonanza of beauty and fitness

Joburg’s most beautiful and most fit were on the catwalk strutting their gorgeous stuff as they vied for the coveted title of Fitness Runway Model South Africa 2019. Top male model, Themba Manganyi, and top female model, Genevieve Kok, took the title. Top fitness model for the day was Jaco Van Wyk, whilst top physique model was Romeo Moffat. In the bikini category, the lovely Le Che Hendry took the bikini title, and Venita Liassou wowed the crowds as top fitness bikini model.

Fashion was also in full form with the best dressed male being Charl-Jaquairdo van Helsingden and best dressed female being Venita Liassou.

Winners just for visiting the show

The best kinds of prizes are completely unexpected, and this list of winners simply visited the show and have walked away with some truly coveted prizes!

Say what! A home makeover valued at over R 400 000!

Shaun Chetty’s life has been changed completely as he walks away with an Easylife Kitchen home makeover, complete with an entirely custom designed kitchen, as well as furniture from Home Italia all worth over R 400 000. May you have many happy hours in your new home!

All aboard for some amazing trips!

A lucky set of jetsetters are going to be heading off on some unbelievable adventures, across the sea, and here in our beautiful country.

Well done to Vanisha Dulabh who will be visiting the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show! This is truly a bucket list item for garden overs worldwide, so enjoy every colourful moment.

More amazing travel giveaways included a visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho to see the extraordinary Lesotho Highlands Water project, a ground-breaking feat of engineering that has been hailed as the Most Outstanding Engineering Achievement of the Century. As well as the stunning Kirstenbosh Gardens is on the itinerary – A true delight for the senses!

And the grandest prize of them all…

This year, the Rand Show puled out all the stops in terms of winning big. The chance to win your very own super-charged Suzuki Swift sponsored by Suzuki SA was available to every single person who purchased their tickets to the show online. It is unbelievable that winning could be so easy! And yet it was… Samantha Greenwood -Selby is the winner of a brand-new Suzuki Swift. May you have many adventures and happy trails in your stunning new car!

It may be over but it’s not the end!

One of the prize biggest stashes that the show has offered to date has set the bar extremely high, and, coupled with the introduction of new and exciting entertainment offerings, this is sure to set the stage for only bigger and better shows to come.


Make the 2020 Rand Show Your Rand Show

The Rand Show is one of this country’s most iconic events on the annual entertainment and exhibition calendar. To continue to deliver an even more exciting offering in 2020, the team has announced not only a new look and feel for the event, but also a brand new, thrilling journey of discovery with something for everyone – from visitors through to exhibitors.

“In 2020, we aim to surprise people with a brand-new journey.  While we will always celebrate what has made The Rand Show one of the most loved events of the year, added variety will mean each visitor can discover something unique, or of value to them. This positioning also makes the event the ideal platform for exhibitors to showcase and participate, and we are already seeing good uptake from a wide and new range of brands with everything from furniture to perfumes and beauty products, to crafts, services and more. With something for everyone, a day at The Rand Show will be an extraordinary day – creating a great memory” says Craig Newman, CEO Johannesburg Expo Centre.

Examples of some of the exciting new additions include a highly interactive Kids Zone; a Foodie Zone delivering on-trend produce and experiences such as craft breweries and gin tasting, a coffee and chocolate experience and delicious food tasters; as well as new Lifestyle, Design, Entertainment, Outdoor and Action and Retail zones. In addition, a significant attraction for visitors in 2019 was the incredible competitions and prizes available, something that will be repeated and made even bigger and better in 2020.

“The refresh of the brand identity and positioning also demonstrates our desire to make the Rand Show experience a personal one for every visitor. Bright, bold, fun colours and happy people – discovering something meaningful, unique and impactful at the show,” concludes Newman.

This is one super-sized event that you definitely don’t want to miss. With an entire day’s worth of out-of-this-world entertainment and retail packed into each and every ticket, make the 2020 event #myrandshow!

To exhibit/participate in any way at the 2020 event, please contact Didi Okoro at  or Willem Jordaan at


It’s Simply Not Easter Until You Meet The Beacon Easter Bunny!

#joburgsbestdayout – Rand Show 2019

Joburg’s Best Day Out has just stepped up the already out of this world entertainment line-up with some seriously egg-citing news! The Rand Show has always been synonymous with Easter time fun for the whole family and this year Easter is coming to the show in a big way with one of the biggest Easter egg hunts that Jo’burg has ever seen!

With over 75 000 Beacon Easter eggs to be found this is no yolk – It’s one jumbo hunt, sponsored by Beacon, with a hefty haul for chocolate lovers across the city! Anyone can join in the fun, so come on down to the Rand Show this Easter weekend, 19th to the 21st of April, and let the hunt begin!

All you have to do to be a part of it is to hop on over to the Beacon Easter start station where you can meet the Beacon Easter Bunny, have your picture taken with him and get your very own treasure map to the feast of fun.  Not your traditional old Easter hunt, egg-splorers will be treated to a bunch of thrills as you follow the map, solve the clues that will be handed out by some of your favourite Beacon characters and whizz your way back to the bunny to collect your Beacon Easter spoils. The hunt is made even sweeter with the chance for lucky hunters who complete the challenge to win a cracking Easter hamper bursting with yummy Beacon goodies.

The entertainment at this year’s 125th anniversary of the Rand Show is jam-packed with activities to keep the kiddies entertained, so after the hunt make sure you pop into the KidZone at Hall 8 where your littlies can bounce around on jumping castles, take a ride in the rocket, take on some competitors in games of table tennis, foosball and air hockey and enjoy an exciting train ride. The KidZone is fully supervised and face painters will also be on hand to turn them into their favourite characters.

There is definitely no Easter that compares to a Rand Show Easter, so pack the family in the car and get ready for all the thrill, chills, fun and action that Joburg’s Best Day Out has to offer – It’s guaranteed to be an egg-stravaganza for young and old!