Macufe is growing year on year and might need its own dedicated venue in the city soon.
This is according to provincial Black Management Forum (BMF) chairperson Kaiser Khoza.
He says the cultural festival – a flagship program of the Free State provincial government – is soon going to outgrow the different venues currently being used.
Khoza was reacting to research commissioned by Free State Treasury that found that the festival’s indirect investment in the province is to the tune of R91m.
The biggest drawcards – the music concerts that ensure the a revenue of more than R7min tickets sales are taking place this week.
The provincial government’s budget for the festival is now well over R40m.
Khoza says it may be time for Macufe to have its own dedicated venue.
“Any tourists that gets in here will hire a car, sleep in a B&B, eat in a restaurant, buy clothing – every businessman is smiling during Macufe period. And we may want going forward, getting a bigger venue. We believe as it grows it might need a bigger venue, because its gaining momentum each and every year,” he said.
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