Our Story

Downings Marquee Rentals is the leading marquee tent infrastructure company in South Africa.

Downings Marquee Rentals, boasting over 20 years of experience in industry expertise, shines as an epitome of innovation and unmatched excellence in the marquee rental sector, distinguishing itself not only in South Africa but also as a prominent player on the international stage.

Downings Marquee Rentals exemplifies the apex of premium quality, unmatched durability, and an unwavering dedication to customized excellence. Founded by Richard Downing in 2000, who was armed with a civil engineering background and invaluable international experience, he saw the untapped potential in South Africa's events industry. He first introduced Downings with a traditional peg and pole marquee tent, however, revolutionizing the industry by transcending mere shelters; with architectural masterpieces and adhering to the rigorous European standards. We present an array of unique, avant-garde marquees, unrivaled in their sophistication and elegance.

Our story is one of growth, cutting-edge innovation, and steadfast commitment. Emerging from modest origins, we have ascended to remarkable heights, owning some of the largest temporary structures across South Africa. This stands as proof of our unparalleled ability to cater to events of every scale and scope, ranging from intimate gatherings to large-scale corporate events and industrial warehousing.

Richard Downing's insight, "Our marquees are architecturally distinct, and just about everything we do is different to what is available," captures the essence of our individuality and commitment to delivering an exceptional experience. 

 Meet The Team

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Cape Town Team

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Johannesburg Team

National Contact Details

+27 81 365 6777    |    marquees@downings.co.za


  • Tracey Wilson
    Your team, as I have come to expect are always willing and helpful. The marquee was brilliant and in excellent condition. Thank you.
    Tracey Wilson
    Two Teez Events
  • Jason Bird
    The seamless process of renting the marquee has allowed us to continue hosting events and run our beloved Lievens kitchen without skipping a beat. The marquee has become our temporary haven, ensuring that our members and visitors can still enjoy the superb experiences they've come to expect from De Zalze.
    Jason Bird
    De Zalze Golf Club
  • Thato Molefe
    I am writing to express our sincere appreciation for the exceptional marquee services provided by Downings Marquee Rentals at the Honorary Celebration of Dr. ZE Cebekhulu Makhaza. The event, held at the Inimitable Wedding Venue on 25 November 2023, was truly enhanced by the quality and professionalism demonstrated by your team. The marquee not only provided a functional and comfortable space for Dr. Cebekhulu Makhaza, his family, and all the guests but also added an elegant and sophisticated touch to the overall ambiance of the celebration. Your attention to detail and commitment to delivering top-notch services did not go unnoticed, and we received numerous compliments on the seamless and visually appealing marquee setup. We appreciate the efforts of Downings Marquee Rentals in ensuring the success of the event and creating a memorable experience for all in attendance. Your contributions played a significant role in making the Honorary Celebration a resounding success. Once again, thank you for your outstanding services. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with Downings Marquee Rentals on future occasions.
    Thato Molefe
    PGC Management Services (Pty) Ltd