South Africa’s Sun City has become a premier vacation destination in Africa. Sun City is internationally highly recognized for the region’s sublime hotels and resorts, and its world-class events and attractions.
From the more or less casual elegance that The Cascades provides, to the lavish luxury and opulence that The Palace of the Lost City offers, from the lavishness and glamour that the Nedbank Golf Challenge brings every year, to the tropical excitement that the Valley of the Waves offers, Sun City continuously is delivering so much to explore, do, and see in a wonderful, exiting, and malaria-free environment.
Sun City was set up in the 1970’s, and hotel magnate Sol Kerzner developed it under the umbrella of his Sun International Properties Group. Sun City was officially opened on December 7, 1979, and in those days it was situated in the Republic of Bophuthatswana, a parliamentary democracy in South Africa’s northwestern region, created by the South African Government.
Because South Africa’s Apartheid Government had declared Bophuthatswana an independent state, though not recognized as such by any other country, the so-called independent nation could be providing entertainment like top-less revue shows and gambling that were banned and illegal in South Africa.
These circumstances, in combination with the nation’s relative proximity to South Africa’s major metropolitan areas of Johannesburg an Pretoria made sure that Sun City in no time became a top weekend and holiday destination.
To condemn South Africa’s apartheid regime, the United Nations had imposed an international cultural boycott on South Africa, and to deal with this problem, Sol Kerzner was offering pretty substantial financial compensations to various world-class international artists to come to Sun City.
As a result, artists who performed in Sun City were seen in the eyes of the world as immoral as they accepted money rather than having moral objections against South Africa’ apartheid policy.
Despite this international outcry, numerous famous performers from all over the globe were choosing to flout the international boycott and came to perform at Sun City’s venues. Education options were hardly available especially to those who needed it most.
Among those who showed up in Sun City during the 1980’s were Cher, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Liza Minnelli, Linda Ronstadt, Millie Jackson, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and Status Quo.