TRAC’s colours once again flew high at South Africa’s most popular Afrikaans arts festival – the Innibos Kunstefees – which is held annually in Mbombela. TRAC’s name and diligent management, has practically become synonymous with one of the festival’s most important transport services – the Bossewaens – which we have sponsored for several years.
The TRAC Bossewaens offer a shuttle service which takes festival goers to- and from the main festival ground to outside shows, with all funds raised from this service going towards one of our charity organizations.
Innibos is a popular cultural Afrikaans festival and the 2016 event was held from the 29th of June to the 2nd of July and was themed “Droom Groot”. TRAC’s support for this event is founded on our philosophy of supporting community events in towns and cities along our corridor in a bid to boost the economy throughout our jurisdiction. Innibos certainly fits within this profile, as it is believed to generate millions of Rands for Mbombela and its surrounds.
TRAC really made an impression at the Innibos Festival. TRAC Bossewaens operations and marketing were handled by the CSI and PR departments with several other TRAC employees offering up their time to ensure the service ran smoothly.
These included Netta Fourie (helpdesk), Gareth Hurley (Donkerhoek LCC Manager) and Chris Steenberg (traffic technician). Our route patrol/accident response sub-contractors Masiwilange, also played a huge role in this event by providing us with PDP-accredited drivers namely Andries Wilke, Frans Pietersen and Riaan Serfontein. These men, together with five other drivers, provided by the Innibos organizers, spent four days (from 09:00 to 21:00) dropping off and picking up festival patrons throughout the city.
Although the exceptional teamwork amongst the TRAC employees made this year’s festival one worth remembering, what made it even more special was that we were given the opportunity to do what we do best – help those in need of assistance.
At the final hour we were asked by the festival organizers to assist with the transportation of numerous high school pupils to the festival so they could have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing a theatre production and a live music concert.
The high school pupils were collected from their school at 09:30 by the TRAC Bossewaens and taken to watch the production Vrou Uit Die See before being transported to the main festival grounds for an afternoon of fun. The learners were unbelievably excited to experience South Africa’s most popular Afrikaans arts festival and when they were greeted by TRAC mascot, Sipho, on their arrival at the festival grounds their exhilaration levels soared.
TRAC also used the event to market one of our CSI flagship projects, the Grass briquettes. Senior sector manager Arthur Boucher, and grass briquettes project manager Gert Kemp, set up a stall to promote the product. It was created to uphold TRAC’s corporate social responsibilities to communities in the eMakhazeni municipal area near Waterval Boven.
Being a Mbombela event, TRAC also gave the staff at the Nelspruit Regional Office the opportunity to attend the four-day event by running a lucky draw competition where the winning prizes were tickets to the festival.