Press Statement: 2016 Vaal River Carnival

8 August 2016 - Under the theme “Discover the Rhythm of the Vaal”, Emfuleni Local Municipality in partnership with various event organisers, presents the annual Vaal River Carnival (VRC) from 27th August to the 2nd October 2016. 

Jam-packed with 20 spectacular, thrilling, and fun filled genre of events that fill the 2016 VRC Calendar, Vaal is the place to be! The Annual Beer Festival, Wheels at the Vaal, Vaal Spin Festival will dazzle both young and old with epic moment’s lifestyle celebrations.

From Dragon Boat Races, Working Steam Engine Tractors, Spinning Cars, patrons will definitely have a ball! Along the banks of the Vaal River, Jazz on the River and the Sunday Soul Session will see Jazz and Music lovers captivated by the soothing sounds of the greatest legends and encores of South African Music and Artists. Fashion and lifestyle enthusiasts can look forward to the Miss Vaal, Bikers Joll and Golf Challenge and many more grand festivities.

We invite all South Africans to be part of the festivities to witness first-hand the beauty and joy that the Vaal River Carnival brings in 2016. Emfuleni Local Municipality boasts a historical route which includes the Sharpeville memorial, Peace monument, Constitutional Square, Boipatong Massacre etc. We nestle on the beautiful banks of the Vaal River which hosts various breathtaking establishments.

Gauteng Government urges for radical economic transformation and Township Economic Revitalization. Emfuleni Local Municipality uses the VRC programme as a direct contribution to this endeavour. As we join the nation in celebrating heritage month, we also aim to create employment and achieve economic inclusion.

In 2015 alone, over 23 000 people attended the Vaal River Carnival programme. More than 850 jobs were created on the same year during the Carnival period. Economic spin-offs for the area specifically for Hotels/Resorts, Food & Beverage outlets, Entertainment areas, etc was significant. Since its inception in 2004, VRC has grown in stature.

Visit: for more information! Tickets for most of the Vaal River Carnival Events are available at Computicket.

Issued by: Communications Department
Contact: Anita D Sehlabo (016 950 6432)
Act Ass Manager: Media Relations

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Emfuleni Head Office