Biggest SA Tattoo spectacular ever at Montecasino

Debbi de Souza
06/14/2012 11:01:03

The SA Tattoo, in partnership with JacarandaFM and M-Net presents its biggest and most spectacular line-up ever at Montecasino’s outdoor event area for four days only, from 06 to 09 September 2012.

Now in its 4th consecutive year, the SA Tattoo has thrilled more than 70 000 people, selling out at every show since its launch in 2008. It’s the hottest ticket in town!

The increasing popularity amongst audiences of all ages makes this year’s 90-minute, open-air spectacular event the biggest SA Tattoo ever staged. With its largest cast to date comprising of over 800 multi-cultural and multi-national performers the SA Tattoo is diverse mass entertainment on a scale rarely seen in SA. “The South African Tattoo is so much more than mass entertainment. It is a showcase of strength, discipline, morale and unity. When you combine strength in numbers, discipline through precision, morale from music and unity for a common cause, anything is possible.” says Simon Carter, Executive Producer of the SA Tattoo.

The SA Tattoo is delighted to announce the soloists for this year’s finale. The highly talented singer and theatre and television actress, Siyasanga Papu (Hillside, Usindiso, Rhythm City) and popular local recording artist, music writer and producer, theatre performer and local television and movie star, Vaughan Gardiner (Kyknet’s Hartland, Platteland, TREE AAN!) will not only bring glamour and excitement to the Tattoo but also show their vocal prowess to the audience as they close the 2012 event.

The Tattoo brings a new never seen before combination of South African and international acts. Top international performers such as the Talentholdet Gym Team from Denmark and the O`Shea Ryan Irish Dancers from Australia, perform alongside our finest local talent to present an array of wonderful singers, dancers and performers from across the globe. The Amazing Skipping Routine, the SA Air Force and SA Medical Health Service bands, the Anavarata Dance Institute’s traditional Indian dancers, the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisies and Seunskool massed choir as well as acclaimed soloists Siyasanga Papu and Vaughan Gardiner are sure to wow audiences. We proudly welcome back traditional favourites, the 180-piece massed pipes and drums and the contingent of over eighty Highland and Irish dancers, as well as our giant 27m x 18m South African flag, our biggest symbol of patriotism and pride. The prestigious role of the lead Pipe Band for the 2012 SA Tattoo has been reserved for the Transvaal Scottish Regimental Pipes and Drums in honour of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment in celebrating their 110th Anniversary this year. There’s so much entertainment on offer for the entire family to enjoy.

“Here at Montecasino we are proud to call the South African Tattoo our own”, says Steve Howell, General Manager of Montecasino. “For four years, this foot-tapping, heart-pounding, cultural extravaganza has thrilled audiences across all ages and demographics, becoming one of our favourite events to be hosted on the Montecasino Outdoor Event Area, which also sees high profile events the likes of Taste of Joburg and Oktober Bierfest returning year after year. If you’re visiting Montecasino for the first time, be sure to make a day of it and enjoy the myriad entertainment and dining options which have made Montecasino Gauteng’s most visited leisure destination.” says Steve Howell, General Manager, Montecasino.

This show has sold out for three years running so hurry; don’t miss the fanfare, the massed pipers and bands, dancers and other incredibly talented performers representing a global stage. Book now at Computicket service centers, visit or call 0861 813 9000. Ticket prices range from R218.00 to R398.00. Discounted tickets apply to groups of 10 or more and children under the age of 12. The disabled seating area is strictly reserved for disabled persons and their one companion. Bookings for the disabled area can only be booked via a Computicket service centre or via the call centre. Regret, bookings for this section are not available via the Internet.

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Show information:

South African Tattoo (SA Tattoo)

Show dates and times:
Friday, 07 September 2012: 20h30
Saturday, 08 September 2012: 17h00 and 20h30
Sunday, 09 September 2012: 18h00

Venue: Montecasino, Outdoor Event Area

Ticket Prices: R218.00 – R398.00. (discounted tickets - groups of 10 or more & children under the age of 12). Wheelchair friendly.

Booking information: Tickets can be bought via the Internet or at Computicket centres throughout the country.

VERY IMPORTANT: Wheelchair Patron information:
Disabled platform tickets are only available through Computicket service centres or its call centre (0861 915 8000). The disabled platform is situated in front of Blocks A to D. Disabled patrons may buy 2 tickets (one for the disabled person plus one for a companion), any other tickets that need to be booked may only be booked in the Blocks A to D. Wheelchair bound patrons will remain in their wheelchairs and chairs will be provided for their companions.

The disabled seating area is strictly reserved for disabled persons and a companion, in other words as many disabled persons may purchase a ticket as they want but only 1 companion/assistant per disabled person for an event is allowed. The disabled seating area has limited space and therefore we limit the number of companions/assistants in order to afford as many disabled persons the opportunity to attend the event. If you are not disabled DO NOT purchase tickets for in the area marked for disabled patrons as only disabled persons and their one companion will be allowed access to this section by security personnel. Tickets incorrectly purchased by able-bodied persons for the disabled area will not be allowed access to this section and compensation of any form will not be given.



After matriculating Siyasanga became part of a workshop for a production that was called Newtown/Mother of Rain where she was spotted by director of the Ambi Sistas who took her to perform at the Grahamstown Arts Festival (2005). Thereafter Siyasanga performed in a pantomime called Heartbeat at the South African State Theatre (2005). This time she was noticed by director Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, who helped groom her acting and gave her a role in a production called Relativity which was staged at one of the biggest arts festivals in the world, The Scotland Fringe, where it won a Herald Angel award. The production then toured up 10 cities across the UK, followed by a performance at the Vienna arts festival in Austria (2006) and a local tour including the Macufe Festival and the Mapungubwe Festival. In 2009 played an Indian Aunty in a workshop for a production entitled Mr G's in the Ouse.

In 2010 Siyasanga played the mothering hippo in the stage musical, Jock of The Bushveld at the Joburg Theatre followed by roles in productions staged at the National Children’s Theatre. Presently, Siyasanga is performing with a band called Morning Dew.

In 2006 and 2008 Siyasanga was cast in the television show, Hillside playing an unruly teenager on SABC2. Following that she was cast in Usindiso as a choir vocalist which screened from late 2007 to early 2008 on SABC1. Her most challenging role to date is that of Portia in ETV's Rhythm City in 2008 and2009 in the role of a devious, underhanded and manipulative singer participating in a singing competition.

During 2007 and 2008 Siyasanga performed in a production called Speakout, which was about abuse, for the NPA, which was directed at young school children in Pretoria as well as in Durban and at the Sheraton hotel where a performance was staged exclusively for foreign diplomats. At the end of 2008 Siyasanda performed in a corporate theatre production called Ag Man Nee Man, where she played an HIV positive cleaner. This production was for a small company and performed on World AIDS day.


Vaughan was born in Johannesburg, 1987, but spent most of his childhood in the Cape. He was discovered by Mozi Records and six years later, after graduating with aB.Com degree from the University of Stellenbosch; he started working with Sean Else and Johan Vorster on his first album. In 2009, at the age of 22, his debut album, Wie Ek Is, was released. He immediately also started producing music, writing songs and playing the guitar for other artists. These artists include Izak Davel, Bok van Blerk, Lianie May and Jannie Moolman. Vaughan was nominated for a Huisgenoot Tempo and Vonk Award, chosen as one of Vaal Hit Radio Station’s top ten artists of 2009, and the song, Ver van Jou, reached the number 6 position on Radio Rippel’s hit parade. In 2010 he received the MK Award for Best Solo Artist, an award for which he was again nominated in 2011.

In 2010 Vaughan played the leading part of Jock in Jock of the Bushveld – The Musical for which he received a Naledi Theatre Award Nomination for the “Best Performance by a Newcomer/Breakthrough Artist”. Within one year he debuted on the small and big screen. In November 2011 Sean Else’s Afrikaans musical film, Platteland, was released, in which Vaughan played a lead role. He was also seen in DeonOpperman’s KykNET drama, Hartland, as the character Gerhard Naudé. In 2011 he also played the lead in the renowned Border War musical TREE AAN!, a part that was especially created for him by playwriter and producer Deon Opperman.

The dance version of Vaughan’s hit song Gooi jou arms om my, was recently released on the “Afrikaans is Groot” compilation album. Vaughan is currently the producer and songwriter at Mozi Records and he is working on his next solo album to be released in July 2012. There are also new television prospects in the pipeline and he is seen as Peet van Rensburg in the new season of the hit kykNET series, Getroud metRugby! Earlier this year Vaughan also played a lead role in the Afrikaans-hits musical Lied van My Hart, alongside Steve Hofmeyr.


Manager: Geraldine Ryan

Performance: Traditional Irish Dancing. They will be joined by a group of SA Irish Dancers at the SA Tattoo.

General information:

The O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dancers from Australia are highly talented, adaptable and experienced dancers who have already performed successfully at several Tattoos presented over anumber of years including the Melbourne 150th Centenary Celebrations Tattoo, Australian Federation Tattoo, Bendigo Easter Tattoo, Gippsland Federation Tattoo, Ballarat Federation Tattoo, 2003 & 2004 Australian Federation Tattoo, the Swedish International Military Tattoo, the International Military Tattoo held in Wonju City, South Korea, the Heerlen International Tattoo in The Netherlands and the 2010 the Hamina International Tattoo in Finland. They have also performed at International Folk Festivals throughout Europe and Asia – in Turkey, Czech Republic, Nepal, Sicily, Austria, Italy as well as a Tour of Japan. All performances have been greatly appreciated and have received great public acclaim. Last year they also performed at the International Military Tattoo held in China-Nanchang.

They are beautifully attired in costumes with Celtic designs and their lively energetic dances are performed to the ‘toe-tapping’ music of traditional Irish Jigs and Reels, which are both lively and entertaining.

Manager: Poul Skovgaard Bredvig
YouTube links:

Performance: Amazing Skipping Routine (only)

General information:

Talentholdet is contagious with its joy and energy in a tremendous show, based on the world-renowned Danish tradition for gymnastics. Talentholdet offers mesmerising entertainment featuring a interesting blend of movements performed by a highly talented team of gymnasts, while skipping!

Several times a year Talentholdet packs up its suitcases and equipment to go abroad and mesmerize international audiences. Recently, the team participated in horse shows and large sports events in Germany. In 2007 and 2008 the team has been part of the entertainment package at a 5-star Turkish holiday resort. During the autumn of 2009 Talentholdet participated in the Malta Military Tattoo, and in 2009 & 10 at the Hamburg Polizei Show. The team returns by popular demand to this year’s Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo following their amazing debut in 2008.

Talentholdet team comprises of 32 handpicked gymnasts and is a part of the Danish gymnastics club, KIF Gymnastik, located in Kolding, Denmark. Talentholdet gymnasts range in age from 10 to 21 years, and they train 2-3 times a week in the gym. In addition to gym practice, they also have a programme of strength and flexibility exercises to be carried out at home in order to keep in shape for shows as well as week-end training.

Debra de Souza
Publicist: SA Tattoo
Mobile: 082 822 9478
Related Venue:
Montecasino Complex, Fourways Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa