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IN TUNE AT SILVERSTAR WITH MICHAEL VAN RENSBURG

Silverstar Casino is the newest addition to the Gauteng Gaming and Entertainment market and since the casino's inception in December 2007, Gearhouse SA has been their preferred technical supplier. With the expansion of INHOUSE Venue Technical Management nationally within the Gearhouse Group of Companies, Silverstar Casino welcomed the changes and so Gearhouse IVTM Silverstar Casino became part of INHOUSE VTM in March 2010.

Silverstar Casino is situated on the West Rand, and has quickly established itself as a premier gaming and entertainment venue. Silverstar Casino's main banqueting hall, the Platinum Ballroom, can accommodate 450 guests for banquets and up to 600 guests with cinema-style seating. The Platinum Ballroom also doubles up as a theatre and show venue on weekends, hosting an array of artists and performers ranging from theatrical, live music, album launches and more. Some of the recent and upcoming artists to perform in this venue are Kurt Darren, Theuns Jordaan, Casper de Vries and Steve Hofmeyr, to name but a few.

The Conference Centre has 3 smaller meeting rooms that can accommodate meetings and conferences from 12 to 60 delegates in various seating and room configurations.

IVTM Silverstar's management team consists of Michael van Rensburg who heads up the team as Venue Technical Manager and Senior Technician Bheki Nyerenda, who also assists Michael with operational requirements. Michael and Bheki have been with Silverstar Casino from day one and have built a good relationship with Silverstar Casino, forming an integral part of their operations. Recently joining the team is Thabo Molise, who was appointed as a Junior Technician in March 2010. Thabo has joined the team as a permanent crew member after working freelance for IVTM Silverstar for 2 years.

Michael van Rensburg has over 12 years experience in the field, covering all aspects of technical production and is a qualified sound engineer by trade. His passion for the industry started in his early days as a music student at school, which developed into an interest in Sound Engineering and eventually led him to obtain a qualification in Sound Engineering after matriculating from high school. Michael has also studied for a part-time course in Business Management.

Bheki Nyerenda has been the cornerstone for the Venue Technical Manager, supporting him in controlling operations at Silverstar Casino. Bheki hails from further north, obtaining his qualification in Theatre Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology. Bheki's theatre knowledge has been invaluable to Silverstar Casino's entertainment needs and his 6 years of experience serves them well.

Thabo Molise, newest addition to the team, also comes from a theatre background, having worked at the Barnyard in Cape Town for 3 years before moving to Gauteng.

Silverstar Casino boasts the largest musical fountains in the Southern Hemisphere and it holds the Bronze medal as the third largest musical fountain in the world, next to the Bellagio in Las Vegas in 2nd place and the Dubai Fountains which took poll position in 2009.

The fountain lake is 200m long and 50m wide, holds approximately ten million litres of water and is kept chlorinated with 40 tonnes of salt. 172 submersible water pumps power the 172 water fountain nozzles and the pumps draw approximately 2000 Amps of current per phase at maximum capacity. The pumps vary in strength from 4Kw, to 9Kw and 15Kw, and can reach a height of 60 meters.

The submerged lighting system for the fountain consists of 240 PAR64, 110volt lamps which are connected in series and draw approximately 400Amps of current per phase, in addition to the water pumps. The system is DMX controlled and is programmed on a GrandMA lighting control console by Michael.

There are exciting new developments for Silverstar Casino on the horizon, so watch this spaceā€¦