Helping those in need



Letsema La Bana is a support day that Johannesburg Expo Centre has hosted since 2009 in conjunction with the Rand Show. It was, however only in 2010 that the event name – Letsema La Bana – was conceived. Loosely translated Letsema La Bana means “joining hands for the children” and depicts the poignant purpose and collaborative effort that is characteristic of the day.The beneficiaries of the event are the South African Police Services (SAPS) widows and orphans – those families that have lost a parent or partner, who, in their heroic efforts to fight crime in our country, lost their lives. The event is therefore a celebration of the lives of these heros and heroins; and a means of showing our support for the families that have been left behind.JEC acknowledges that such a day requires the assistance of other humble organisations – organisations that willingly join hands with us to ensure that the day is a success. The event has grown from strength to strength each year, and we hope that it continues to do so in the future.“We continue to be overwhelmed with the amount of support we have received from Expo Centre and its stakeholders over the years. The SAPS Widows and Orphans social responsibility program (Letsema la bana), continues to grow in support year on year and we are grateful each time for the tireless efforts of Craig Newman and his team.” -Captain Julia Claassen (SAPS Spokesperson)


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SAPS Career Day Expo for Grade 9 learners hosted at Johannesburg Expo Centre

Johannesburg Expo Centre is proud to have been a venue sponsor, for the second year, of the Career day Expo for Grade 9 learners that occurred on Thursday 15th October 2015. Grade 9 pupils from various Secondary Schools in Johannesburg attended the career day expo.

The exceptional career building initiative was hosted by various department services, with skilful South African Police Services (SAPS) and Metro Police officers (JMP), Environmental Health Department, Emergency Medical Consultant, and City of Johannesburg, educating pupils about their requirements to qualify for the various public service occupations.

This was a great opportunity for many of the grade 9 students who never had a clear understanding of how the application processes worked, and which school subjects would be required to pursue the occupations that were mentioned during the presentation for further education choices. There were alsake_equal=”off” parallax_1the main arena by the Metro Police Officers, to give a clear demonstration to the students of what they do on a daily basis (with their trained dogs and horses). Johannesburg Expo Centre service providers also played a vital role to the career Expo, ZF cleaning provided cleaning services during the Expo and Expo Guys provided electricity for the Career day. The students were then given lunch after Expo. “Johannesburg Expo Centre takes pride in being involved in initiatives that build the leaders of tomorrow” says CEO of Johannesburg Expo Centre, Craig Newman. Warrant Officer Cornelius from South African Police Services was grateful to the Johannesburg Expo Centre for the great gesture they have shown “The mere fact that Mr. Newman and the Expo Centre has given us the opportunity to use this venue. And showcase their venue, as not only money making venue, but that they also do charitable events with other organisations and therefore we are very thankful and blessed that Mr. Newman allowed us to use their facilities at no cost as total sponsorship.” Warrant Office Cornelius said.


It was a cold Wednesday morning, 3rd June 2015 when JHB Expo Centre CEO, Craig Newman and his team went to Inkwenkwezi Primary School to donate 280 blankets. The 11 degree Celsius prevailing weather could not dampen the enthusiastic spirit that the Inkwenkwezi Primary School pupils displayed.

The pupils chanted a song to show their gratitude for the blankets. The HOD, Thembeka Mbane from Inkwenkwezi Primary School referred to Mr Newman as “Our angel” as she welcomed Mr Newman and his team.

Inkwenkwezi Primary School

Inkwenkwezi Primary School is based in Soweto and has been part of our corporate social initiative profile for many years. JEC makes donations in the form of stationary, backpacks and blankets, to name a few, throughout the year and is always willing to help where we can.“It is with great pleasure and sincere gratitude to say ‘Thank you Expo Centre.’ Your constant and effortless support to our school is overwhelming and literally changing lives in our learners. I know you are thoroughly aware of the adversity the learners and their families have to face. We recognize and appreciate your kindness always.” Mr .M Lekgalake (Principal, (Alias Skipper).

She urged the kids to chant for Mr. Newman in true “Inkwenkwezi style”.As Mr Newman addressed the pupils, he said “I am so happy to see all of you coming to school even when it’s such a cold day. The most important reason why we support you when we can, is because we want you to do well in school all the time. My agreement with you is to keep your commitment. Work hard in school, study hard and always pay attention to what is being taught” The Johannesburg Expo Centre has driven many Community Social Investment initiatives at the Inkwenkwezi Primary School over the past five years and will continue to support various corporate social initiatives.

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