Johannesburg - There will be snow in March!
For the first time in history, snow is predicted in autumn in Joburg – but only in one area.
Craig Newman, chief executive of the Johannesburg Expo Centre, said: “This year’s Rand Show will have a Snow World throughout the five days of the festival.”
And with a constant temperature of minus 5°C , visitors to the Rand Show, which starts next Thursday at Nasrec, will get a taste of what winter could be like in Jozi.
Speaking at yesterday’s launch of the show, Newman said visitors would be able to ski, watch professional skaters and simply enjoy the white stuff.
Other highlights include a snake and flying bird show, presented by Bryan “Snake Bite Jones” Vorster.
Vorster, known for his snake-charming abilities, will be presenting two snake and reptile shows each day.
Snakes on show will include Cape cobras and pythons, and the reptiles will include lizards, frogs, scorpions and spiders.
“The shows will be fun for the kids, while I terrorise the adults,” Vorster said jokingly.
A crowd favourite, the SA National Defence Force, are back at the show.
Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga said “the SANDF will have career exhibitions for all arms of the force, which includes the navy, the medical service and the air force”.
Mabanga added that this was the perfect opportunity for the public to have a better understanding of the SANDF and what it does.
Chris Smith – the Naked Scientist – will be on hand to conduct science experiments and answer any mind-boggling questions. But don’t be alarmed… he will be fully clothed.
l The Rand Show runs from March 28 to April 1.
Gates will be open from 9am to 7pm.
Tickets for adults cost R100; R50 for children between 12 and 16; R20 for children between six and 12; and R50 for pensioners. Children under the age of six will be admitted free of charge.