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Sun International has unveiled the first phase of its multi-billion rand development, Time Square, in Menlyn, Tshwane. The complex, comprising South Africa’s most technologically advanced casino and a restaurant hub, was officially opened to the public on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

The ribbon cutting, hailing the start of a new era of entertainment in Tshwane, was conducted by from left to right, by Demi-Leigh Neil-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017; Time Square’s General Manager, Brett Hoppé, Deputy Chairperson of the Gaming Board, Shaila Hari; Sun International’s Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Leeming; Sun International’s Chief Operating Officer, Thabo Mosololi and Sun International’s Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Rob Collins.

Time Square, being built at a cost of R4-billion, represents Sun International’s largest investment in a casino development in 15 years and forms part of the green Menlyn Maine precinct.

“Tick tock, the time has finally arrived for Sun International to unveil its new flagship casino development to the public. A tremendous feat, the first phase of the development has been completed in two years. Every day has been a milestone in this exceptionally exciting development, with the evolution of the site, especially in the past four months, being nothing short of breathtaking. Now we introduce a new era in entertainment and hospitality in Tshwane. We are ready to blow your mind,” says Hoppé.

Construction of Time Square commenced in April 2015, with development of the casino and restaurant section fast-tracked by six months to completion in exactly two years. The casino itself is currently the second largest in South Africa, with two floors housing 2 000 slots and 60 tables, as well as a Sun Lounge, Prive and several private gaming rooms. Unprecedented in South Africa, the casino boasts specialty products never seen before in the country, some of which are exclusive to Sun International. The time-themed, futuristically-designed casino features close to 1000 digital screens which will be optimized to generate evolving mind and mood experiences.

Opening with the casino are 18 new restaurants and bars by an eclectic ensemble of South African and international personalities. Each is individual in concept and character to deliver a distinctive experience.

There are three unique establishments on the upper level: Forti Grill & Bar by Fortunato Mazzone (the charismatic South African chef, radio personality and owner of the multiple award winning Ristorante Ritrovo); Something’s Cooking by J’Something by Joao da Fonseca (the lead singer of Mi Casa and well known culinary artiste - aka J’Something) and Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar South Africa by Guy Fieri (American celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV host of Guy's Big Bite and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives).

On rooftop of Time Square is Altitude, a champagne garden and supper club offering panoramic views of Menlyn and beyond,

The next phase, construction of a state of the art, 8 500 seat Arena, will be complete in November this year, followed by phase three, The Maslow Time Square hotel in March 2018. The only venue of its kind in Pretoria, the arena will play host to international and local concerts, exhibitions and lifestyle events. The hotel will offer new concept in hospitality, being a 238 room specialist business hotel, offering standard to premium accommodation. - release from Mail Room PR

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