Emerald Resort & Casino has just celebrated its 20th year in business, a year that could best be themed as “investment”! This includes investment into the local Vaal community through several CSI initiatives and reinvestment back into the Resort itself.
“The past 12 months have been incredible for many reasons,” says Resort Director, Mark Hands. “Apart from significant investment being put back into our property in the form of physical upgrades, team training, team recruitment and an increased focus on customer satisfaction, we’re especially proud of our involvement in education and upliftment within our community.”One such initiative is Emerald Resort & Casino’s annual Readathon Challenge which focuses on the importance of reading and education throughout Africa. The challenge was aimed at local schools in the Sedibeng area. Ten schools put their three best readers forward to compete in three categories, namely, Junior Primary, Senior Primary and Secondary with the top three winners of each category winning educational prizes.
“The Emerald CSI committee visited the winning schools where discussions were held with the principals to determine their most pressing needs which we met,” Mark says.
The Resort also works hand in hand with NAFCOC (National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and GTCOC (Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce) to ascertain local businesses needs and to see where the Resort can assist. “Despite the current technical recession it’s been heartening to see local companies coming together for the betterment of the Vaal area, and we’re only getting stronger,” he says.
Although there is still much to be done and plans are in motion for further refurbishment, the Resort itself has never looked better. Free fast Wi-Fi is available to guests within the hotel, Bush Lodges, casino, Emerald Arena, the River Resort reception area, Aquadome, Pins and all restaurants (High Stakes, Breeze and Sports Bar).The road leading to the property has also been re-surfaced, River Resort chalets are being upgraded and the main complex has undergone extensive renovation.
Mark adds: “We understand that we are a lifestyle destination to families locally as well as from further afield. Being less than an hour away from Johannesburg attracts many day and weekend visitors to the many amenities and experiences on offer not to mention the exceptional events and top notch entertainers coming to the Vaal which our guests enjoy on a regular basis.”
“Visitors to the Resort have noticed our vast improvements and as such we’ve achieved one of the best years ever! As we grow so does our investment within the local community,” he says. “We look forward to building on these numerous initiatives both within and outside of our property.”
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