Volkswagen Group South Africa’s world class sporting facility, the PeoplePavilion, hosted a Sports EXPO for its employees and families on Saturday, 12 April 2014.
The R30-million PeoplePavilion which was opened in June last year, is a sport, recreational, rehabilitation and community facility. It operates 15 hours a day for the benefit of all Volkswagen employees and their families.
In its quest to promote employee engagement and a healthier lifestyle, Volkswagen Group South Africa invited its employees to interact with various internal sporting clubs and to rub shoulders with top local sports personalities.
Adding the pizzazz to the EXPO, were the former Bafana Bafana captain, Sibusiso Zuma and former Kaizer Chiefs defender, Patrick Mayo.
Also in attendance was the Uitenhage-based long-distance elite runner, Lusapho April. Last year, April finished third in the New York Marathon.
VWSA employees had the chance to get their favourite sporting item signed and pose for a photo with the sport personalities in attendance.
“I am so impressed with this sporting facility and the fact that it is for employees. The facility and the expo is a great way to expose people to sport, especially the youth,” comments Sibusiso Zuma.
“The expo was really a wonderful family experience. Not only was it interesting to learn about the different sports on offer but my kids really enjoyed all the activities and had a great time,” said Paint Shop employee, Abergail Bruintjies.
With over 6 000 visits in March alone, the PeoplePavilion has become a huge success, both internally and externally at Volkswagen.
“The PeoplePavilion is not just a building but a platform where all our people can engage with each other in a different manner beyond the hierarchical structures. This world-class facility in terms of structure and quality represents what Volkswagen stands for as a people-oriented organisation,” said the managing director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, David Powels.
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