One world record after the other, with the Vaal Triangle’s largest community project – ROCKING THE VAAL 

by Tia

The Vaal Triangle is set to be thoroughly shaken with Rocking The Vaal, which will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Emerald Resort & Casino. 

Part of this event is also giving back to the community through various charity projects that will be part of this day. 

Stitches and Stews are also part of Rocking the Vaal this year. With this charity event, the public is encouraged to come together with a potjiekos (potjiekos – traditional South African stew) competition, where 300 pots will be made, and of course, the knitting of shawls to be gifted to the community – to be exact, 35,000 shawls. 

After previous successes in breaking two world records, this year aims for four new world records. The previous records that were broken are: The largest hand-knitted blanket with 8,952.45 square meters and the most blankets distributed to charity at one event with a total of 8,774 units. 

In 2024, the objectives are: 

  • To have the longest hand-knitted shawl – 35 kilometers 
  • To have the most bredies (a type of stew) in one place 
  • To break the record for the most loaves of bread in one place 
  • To butter the most loaves of bread in one place 

“The economic climate is challenging, and people’s morale is low. With events like these, we can make people positive and excited about the future – all while having fun and making a contribution,” said Marinda Human, liaison officer and communication manager at the Emerald Resort & Casino. 

“We want to feed thousands of people and donate 35,000 knitted shawls to charity with Rocking the Vaal, including Stitches and Stews being presented now,” she further explained. 

From each pot of potjiekos, 250 of them, thousands of people will also be fed for charity. 

The Diamond Drop will also create great excitement because someone can walk away as a lucky winner with a diamond, as well as other prizes. 

A highlight of the day’s program is the production that will be presented in the evening with some of the country’s biggest artists. 

“This is more than just a festival. It’s going to be a musical journey,” mentioned Ruhan du Toit, one of the artists of the evening. 

Alongside him on stage are Refentse, Jo Black, Tarryn Lamb, Riaan Benade, and Samantha Leonard, and it’s a stage production that you can’t miss. 

Furthermore, festival-goers can look forward to an Amazing Race presented by Tracker SA with delightful prizes at stake. 

Ticket sales open soon at, and the costs are as follows: 

Early Bird tickets: 

Opening – December 31, 2023 

Early Bird tickets include: 

Entry, 2 x Diamond drop tickets, 1 meal ticket, access to the Rock the Vaal music show, discount for children at Emerald Resort & Casino Animal World & Aquadome. 

Regular prices from January 1, 2024: Entry, 1 x Diamond drop ticket, 1 meal ticket, access to the Rock the Vaal music show, discount for children at Emerald Resort & Casino Animal World & Aquadome. 

Get ready for one of the biggest charity projects South Africa has ever seen. 

All businesses that want to be part of this large community project and make a difference are welcome to contact Danie van Deventer at 074 189 8347. 

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