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Sun International hotel reservations

Sun International has a range of resorts spread across southern Africa.

Booking a Sun International hotel reservation

Sun International website


Phone Sun International from within South Africa


Fax number from within South Africa


Email for domestic reservation


Phone Sun International from outside South Africa


Fax number from outside South Africa


Email for international reservation


Physical address of head office

27 Fredman Drive
Gauteng Province
South Africa

Postal address

Private Bag 700
South Africa


Resorts in South Africa


Voting interest of Sun International
Economic Interest of Sun International

Carnival City
Gauteng Province


86% (through Afrisun Gauteng)

Carnival City logo (a subsidiary of Sun International)

Fish River Sun


78% (through Emfuleni)

Fish River Sun logo

Flamingo Casino
Northern Cape Province


77% (through Teemane)

Flamingo Casino logo (South Africa)



71% (through Sunwest)

Grandwest logo

Meropa Casino
Limpopo Province


71% (through Meropa)

Meropa casino logo




Morula resort owned by Sun International

Naledi Sun



Naledi Sun logo (Sun International subsidiary)

Sibaya Lodge


61% (through AfriSun KwaZulu-Natal)

Sibaya logo, a subsidiary of Sun International

Sun City



Sun City logo (they are owned by Sun International)

The Boardwalk Casino


78% (through Emfuleni)

The Boardwalk Casino logo

The Carousel



The Carousel - a Sun International hotel

The Golden Valley Casino
Western Cape Province
opened in November 2006


40% (through Worcester)

The Golden Valley Casino logo

The Table Bay


71% (through Sunwest)

logo of The Table Bay hotel at Cape Town's Waterfront

Wild Coast Sun


70% (through Transun)

Wild Coast Sun logo

Windmill Casino
on the N1 National Road
Free State Province
Opened in September 2005


74% (through Mangaung Sun)

Windmill casino logo

Resorts outside South Africa

Voting interest of Sun International
Economic Interest of Sun International

Gaborone Sun Hotel and Casino
(in Botswana)



Gaborone Sun logo

Letsatsi Casino
(in Botswana)



Letsatsi Casino logo

The Marang Casino
(in Botswana)



The Marang Casino logo

Menateng Casino
(in Botswana)



Menateng Casino logo

Lesotho Sun
(in Lesotho)



Lesotho Sun logo

Maseru Sun
(in Lesotho)



Maseru Sun logo

Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino
(in Namibia)



Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino logo

Royal Swazi Sun Hotel and Casino
(in Swaziland)



Royal Swazi Sun Hotel and Casino logo

Lugogo Sun Hotel
(in Swaziland)



Lugogo Sun Hotel logo

The Royal Livingstone
(at Victoria Falls, Zambia)



The Royal Livingstone logo

Zambezi Sun
(at Victoria Falls, Zambia)



Zambezi Sun logo


News & History of Sun International

  • 26 August 2013 : Sun International's adjusted headline earnings per share for the year ended 30 June 2013 increased by 14%. "Rooms' revenue grew strongly, assisted by the opening of the Boardwalk and Maslow hotels in December 2012 and January 2013 respectively...As a consequence of the increase in room supply, overall group occupancies declined 1.4% to 62.7% at an achieved daily rate ("ADR") of R1 075, which is 6% up on last year (room nights sold actually increased by 7.3%)...In the absence of a significant improvement in the current South African economic environment the group anticipates trading to remain subdued in the forthcoming year."

30 Sep 2096

Sun International's rental agreement for the land upon which the Flamingo casino
stands, expires.

9 Mar 2029

Sun International's rental agreement for the land upon which the Wild Coast Sun Resort
stands, expires. Sun International has an option to renew the rental agreement to
March 2079 on terms to be negotiated.

31 May 2014

Sun International's lease on its head office in Sandton expires.

7 Jan 2013

The Maslow Hotel is launched, Sun International's first "business-centric hotel". Johan Scheepers, General Manager at SI, says that “We were inspired by the psychologist Abraham Maslow and his well-known hierarchy of needs, hence the new name of the hotel, and have applied his straightforward approach to understanding customers’ needs in our service philosophy”. “Growing our presence in Sandton has been a major focus for Sun International and I am delighted that we now add our first business-centric hotel to our portfolio of hotels in Southern Africa. The Maslow Hotel is an entirely new class of hotel, adept at helping guests to balance work and life.” said the Chief Executive of Sun International, Garth Collins.

Dec 2012

Sun International opens a new hotel on the grounds of the previous Grayston Hotel.

29 Nov 2012

Newland International Properties, the promoter and developer of the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower (“Trump Ocean Club”) in Panama City, have entered into an agreement with Sun International. Should Sun International`s licence application be approved, Sun International will pay US$45.5m for the casino, the Penthouse level, certain apartments and the rights that the building has to apply for a casino licence. It will then fit out the casino and facilities at a cost of some US$60m.

Situated in the affluent Punta Pacifica area, the Trump Ocean is a 70 floor sail shaped building. Sun International plans to fit out and equip the casino with some 32 tables and 600 slots.

2 Oct 2012

Mr David Nurek, a non-executive director of Sun International, retires from the board after 10 years.

Jun 2012

Sun International announces it is closing down the Ezulwini Sun in Swaziland. Ezulwini Sun hotel logo

30 Dec 2011

The head of Sri Lanka's Tourism Board, Nalaka Godahewa,�says that: "Sun City of South Africa is now going to make an $800 million investment in a 200-acre private property. That decision is finalized. That is one of the biggest investment."

11 Nov 2011

Sun International signs a 20-year lease agreement with the Cavaleros Group, taking over the lease of the Grayston Hotel in Sandton (Johannesburg). The Grayston was previously run by Southern Sun.

“The hotel will close at the end of November when the current lease expires and the refurbishment will commence in January 2012 with the aim of launching the new hotel as a four-star-plus under the Sun International brand early in 2013. Importantly, the hotel will act as a valuable stopover point for our inbound visitors who arrive from abroad en route to our properties around the country, especially Sun City, Cape Town and Livingstone. The Grayston is ideally suited to this purpose and provides a good added facility for our foreign guests,” says Sun International's Activing Chief Executive, Garth Collins.

9 Nov 2011

David Coutts-Trotter resigns as Chief Executive of Sun International, for personal reasons.

30 Nov 2009

Sun International's rental agreement for phase 5 of the Thaba�Nchu Sun Staff Flats expires.

21 May 2009

Sun International's rental agreements for the Naledi Sun Hotel and staff flats expires.

Apr 2008

Sun International runs an advertisement featuring Charlize Theron.

31 Aug 2007

Joe Lukwago-Mugerwa (Director of Human Resources) resigned from Sun International.

Jun 2007

A 1 471 bay parkade and a 1 124 slot smoking casino is opened at GrandWest.

Apr 2007

Fifty seven new rooms are completed at the Carnival City Hotel.

Mar 2007

Sun International announces that it has entered into an agreement with Novomatic AG and the International Group of Gaming and Resorts Chile SA to purchase a 40% shareholding in San Frandsco Investment SA (an entity in Chile which has a fifteen year casino licence south of Santiago).

Dec 2006

After 23 years with the group and 30 years in the industry, Patrick Reinecke, Sun International gaming director, retires.

Dec 2006

Texas Hold 'Em poker is introduced at Carnival City.

Dec 2006

A new smoking Priv� is opened at GrandWest as well as an external walkway and fast food area.

Nov 2006

The Golden Valley Casino opens in Worcester (Western Cape Province of South Africa).

Oct 2006

The Lethabong Tavern, an African urban bar, is launched at Morula.

Oct 2006

The 118-roomed Sibaya Lodge is opened (all rooms are 3-star).

Oct 2006

A new central reservations sytem is implemented.

15 Sep 2006

Sun International purchases 61.3% of Real Africa Holdings, stating that it intends to increase its holding as opportunities arise and eventually delist Real Africa Holdings.

1 Jul 2006

Des Whitcher and Jaco Coetzee are appointed to the Sun International Management Limited (SIML) as director: gaming development and slots and director:
compliance and tables respectively.

30 Jun 2006

Peter Bacon retires as chief executive of Sun International, and is succeed by David Coutts-Trotter (who had served 3 years as deputy Chief Executive).

Mar 2006

Staffing at the Royal Swazi Sun is restructured.

Mar 2006

Cross-municipal boundaries are redrawn and the Morula Hotel and Casino's demarcation changes from the North West Province to the Gauteng Province, thus becoming exposed to Gauteng's higher gambling taxes.

Dec 2005

After completing a 6-month induction to Sun International, Joe Lukwago-Mugerwa takes over from Rob Rimmer (who retires) as group human resources director.

Dec 2005

The Dinokana Consortium purchases an effective seven percent of Sun International Ltd, which can be split up as follows:

Sun International Employees Share Trust




North West Development Trust


Lereko Investments


North West business groups and PDI


Nov 2005

Valli Moosa and Dr NN (Lulu) Gwagwa are appointed to the Sun International board.

Oct 2005

The slots operation in Zambia is closed and the area used to increase conference space. The reason for the closure is that the demand and profitability of the slots operation was low..

30 Sep 2005

The Windmill Casino, located on the N1 national road in Bloemfontein (Free State Province of South Africa), opens to the public (it opened to invited guests on the 29th Sep 2005).

Sep 2005

The Thaba'Nchu Sun casino is closed (in the Free State Province of South Africa).

1 Sep 2005

David Coutts-Trotter is appointed Chief-Executive-designate.

6 Sep 2005

Sun International Limited disposes of its 38.6% ownership of the City Lodge Hotel Group. In terms of the disposal, Sun International shareholders received City Lodge shares (priced at 38.50) in exchange for a portion of their Sun International shares (priced at R73).

Aug 2005

The refurbishment of all furniture and room fabrics at the Table Bay is finished.

30 Jul 2005

Rob Becker is appointed to the Sun International board.

1 Dec 2004

The Sibaya casino and Entertainment Kingdom in Umhlanga is opened.

Nov 2004

The Sugarmill Casino is closed.

1 Nov 2004

Thirty percent of the Wild Coast Sun is sold to a local community trust.

1 Sep 2004

The Sun International Business Leadership Programme is conducted at the UCT Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, for 27 staff members. The aim of the programme is to enable delegates to develop a strategic view of the Sun International group and to be able to manage at an operational level.

1 Sep 2004

Louisa Mojela, Hassen Adams and Peter Swartz are appointed non-executive directors of the Sun International board.

12 Aug 2004

The 76-roomed Zimbali Lodge is sold to the IFA group for R76m, with
Sun International continuing to manage the lodge under a long-term management contract.

30 Jun 2004

Stephen C Mildenhall resigns as a director of the Sun International board.

2 Jul 2004

Easy Poker is launched. In Las Vegas, the game produces the highest revenue per table.

30 Jun 2004

The 47-roomed Nhlangano in Swaziland is disposed of.

8 Jun 2004

Shareholders pass a resolution at a general meeting, in terms of which:

  • Kersaf Investments Limited is renamed Sun International Limited (from 6 Aug 2004).

  • The minority interests (comprising 441 491 938 ordinary shares) in Sun International (South Africa) Limited are acquired by Sun International Limited (on 16 Aug 2004) in exchange for R346 640 052 in cash and 26 342 597 ordinary shares in Sun International Limited .

Sun International Limited is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Sun International (South Africa) is delisted from the JSE.

May 2004

The Sun International Black Diamond Tournament is held with various players playing for a hundred thousand rand to be split amongst certain charities.

1 Apr 2004

The 96-roomed Mpekweni Sun is disposed of.

Jan 2004

A new game is launched, �Dem Bones�, which quickly becomes the top performer in the 5c to 25c denomination video machines.

2 Sep 2003

The North West Development Corporation�s 18.6% holding in Sun International (South Africa) is purchased for R566 million, increasing the group�s ownership of Sun International (South Africa) to 62.4%.

1 Jul 2003

David Coutts-Trotter is appointed deputy Chief-Executive.

1 Jul 2003

Peter Bacon is appointed Chief Executive of Sun International.

1 Jul 2003

The Sun International board seperates the roles chief executive and of chairman.

30 Jun 2003

Buddy Hawton retires as an executive director.

30 Jun 2003

Sun International enters into a transaction with Western Cape based Grand Parade
Investments Limited (GPI), whereby Sun International sells 11.5% of SunWest (the holding company of GrandWest, the Table Bay Hotel and the Cape Town Convention Centre) to GPI at a discount to the option strike price and finances the sale with attractively priced preference share funding in return for GPI forgoing its option
over further shares in SunWest.

Jun 2003

Carnival City hosts Atomic Kitten in the Big Top entertainment arena.

Apr 2003

Sun International launches a new tour operator called "Dreams", which will market packages to the South African market.


The Sun International Employees Share Trust (SIEST) is established for the benefit of
Sun International employees excluding senior management and directors.

15 Nov 2002

The minority holdings of 27% in Sun International Management Limited are acquired by Kersaf Investments Limited, for US$16.9m.

Oct 2002

At the World Travel Awards:

  • The Table Bay was voted by Cond� Nast as the best hotel in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Sun International is recognised as the Leading African Hotel Group

  • The Palace of the Lost City wins the category of Africa�s Leading Hotel

  • Sun City wins the Leading African Resort, Conference Hotel and
    Casino Resort Categories.

Sep 2002

The �Mystery Jackpot� is introduced at all operations, allowing the random triggering of mystery jackpots on certain slot machines or groups of machines.

Jul 2002

Sun International upgrades to PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, Version 8.

4 Jul 2002

Eddie Oblowitz is appointed to the Sun International board.

19 Jun 2002

Mr PL Campher, SC Mildenhall, DM Nurek and GR Rosenthal are appointed
non-executive directors.

18 Jun 2002

PJ Venison resigns from the board.

14 Jun 2002

FWJ Kilbourn resigns from the board.

May 2002

In the case between Sun International and SACCAWU regarding a retrenchment exercise embarked on in 2000, the Labour Court rules in favour of Sun International.

22 Mar 2002

The Meropa casino (completed at a cost of R184m) opens in Polokwane, in the Limpopo Province (then called the Northern Province).

4 Mar 2002

The Flamingo casino (completed at a cost of R125m) opens in Kimberley.

Feb 2002

Leon Campher retires from all executive positions.

Dec 2001

A smoking casino is opened at GrandWest in Cape Town.

1 Oct 2001

Sun International submits its Employment Equity Plan to the Department of Labour.

18 Sep 2001

Mr Leslie Boyd is appointed as a non executive director, and PJ Venison as an executive director.

9 Aug 2001

Dr D Konar resigns from the board.

30 Jun 2001

The minority interests of 18% in the Kalahari Sands Namibia operations are purchased. for R9.5m.

Feb 2001

The Sugarmill temporary casino is opened.

Dec 2000

Cape Town based Grandwest Hotel and Casino opens ahead of schedule. Total cost is R1.45 bn.

Dec 2000

The retail component of the Boardwalk casino is opened. The total cost for the casino and retail component is R444m.

Oct 2000

The Boardwalk casino is opened in Port Elizabeth.

30 Jun 2000

Kersaf Investment Limited purchases the 20% minority interests in Sun International Inc, for R425m.


Mike Egan retires from executive positions (but not from the board).


David Coutts-Trotter and Nigel Matthews are appointed to the Sun International board.


Peter Bacon is appointed to the Sun International board.


The MVG program is launched.


Mike Egan is appointed to the Sun International board.


Construction begins on a hotel-casino at Babelegi (north of Pretoria).


The stake in Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana is sold.


A majority shareholding in Windhoek's most luxurious hotel is acquired.


A Ciskei coastal hotels and casino-resort is completed, strategically positioned between Port
Elizabeth and East London.


A British-based hotel group withdraws from the management contract of a series of new luxury hotels under construction in the Comoros, resulting in Sun International being offered the opportunity to manage the casino-hotels. The project ran into opposition from (1) religious leaders in the Comoros, who considered drinking and gambling to be sins, (2) many villagers had to be moved to make way for the construction of the resort. The end result was that only 2 instead of 4 resorts were completed. In 1989 the outstanding 2 casino-hotel resorts were opened. However following the assasination of the President (with a group of white mercenaries playing a role), political uncertainty precipitated the temporary closure of the biggest hotel-casino in the Comoros.


Buddy Hawton is appointed to the Sun International Board.


Royale Resorts (a subsidiary based in Bermuda) is formed, as a JV between Sun International (50%) and British and Commonwealth Shipping (a UK enterprise). During 1987 it was announced that Royale Resorts in alliance with a French company had a planned take-over of
7 of France's leading ten casinos. Despite French Union opposition calling on the French government not to "let apartheid take over gambling in France", Royale successfully secured an
involvement in operating 4 casino resorts, 3 of which were located in France. However, in 1989 it was disclosed that "due to political pressures" resulting in an inability to expand into other casino resorts in France, Royale Resorts were disinvesting from their existing French
casino interests.


Sun International participates in a villa development and time-share resort on the Vaal river at Vereeniging.

Jun 1985

A 40% stake is acquired in the Kunick Leisure Group, a UK enterprise. Kunick Leisure Group owned amongst other things - water theme parks, the London Dungeon tourist attraction, azoo, discotheques an opera house and ice skating rinks. Kunick then purchased Allied Entertainments, which held an exclusive option on the development of a leisure complex in the London Docklands area. However, Kunick became increasingly tainted with several rock artists refusing to work with a business having South African connections. In May 1987 Sun International sold its stake in Kunick Leisure Group.


Sun International obtains an effective 21% share of the combined Southern Sun-Holiday Inn hotel chain which would be confined geographically to South Africa.


Sun International acquires the casino-hotel interests of the Rennies Group, which had operated under the Holiday Inns franchise in southern Africa. With this purchase the only casino in southern Africa that Sun International does not control is the Hilton Hotel casino in Maseru (Lesotho), which the group remedied by taking over management and absorbing the Lesotho Hilton Casino. Also within its first year of establishment, Sun International opened a new hotel-casino at Thaba 'Nchu (Bophuthatswana), to attract gamblers from the Orange Free State province of South Africa.

Sun International resorts in South Africa in 1984


Sun International Ltd is split from Southern Sun, with Southern Sun holding the hotels based in South Africa and Sun International holding the casino-hotels situated in apartheid South Africa's homelands. Sol Kerzner sells his stake in Southern Sun to South African Breweries, and acquires Sun International (through Kersaf), with Southern Sun owning 20% of Sun International.


Who owns Sun International?

At the 30th June 2007, the 10 largest shareholders in Sun International were:

Allan Gray


Old Mutual


Sun International Employees Share Trust


Sun International (treasury shares)




Investment Solutions


Transnet Pension Fund




Morgan Stanley


Mines Pension Fund


Directors of Sun International

Buddy Hawton

Buddy Hawton is Chairman of Sun International


David Coutts-Trotter
Chief Executive

David Coutts-Trotter is Chief Executive of Sun International

Rob Becker
Chief Financial Officer

Graham Rosenthal
non-executive Director

Nigel Mathews
non-executive Director

Dr Lulu Gwagwa
non-executive Director

Vali Moosa
non-executive Director

Eddy Oblowitz
non-executive Director

David Nurek
non-executive Director

Mike Egan
non-executive Director

Leslie Boyd
non-executive Director

Leon Campher
non-executive Director

Peter Swartz
non-executive Director

Hassen Adams
non-executive Director

Louisa Mojela
non-executive Director



Annual reports


Annual report to 30 June 2007

Annual report to 30 June 2006

Annual report to 30 June 2005

Annual report to 30 June 2004

Annual report to 30 June 2003

Annual report to 30 June 2002

Annual report to 30 June 2001


Company information

Sun International Limited
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number 1967/007528/06
Share code: SUI, ISIN: ZAE000097580

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