Kruger Lowveld Tourism Newsletter – 21 August 2018

Author: | Published by KLCBT on at 10:46:50 | Last Updated On: 23 August 2018
  • Kruger Lowveld is working behind the scenes to find solutions to service delivery protests;
  • MTPA call for proposals for concession opportunity;
  • Book your tickets for KLCBT’s 20th birthday celebration and awards dinner dance…

Kruger Lowveld is working behind the scenes to find solutions to service delivery protests

IManaging the issue of the protests has now become a full time job for the team at KLCBT.   Oupa Pilane, President of KLCBT, is dealing with politicians and assessing all issues relating to community grievances and a management team is formulating plans on how to expedite solutions.  Click here to read the full press release in which Oupa talks to government and the community. Back at the office, we have been keeping tabs on various protest hotspots and sharing relevant information via our three Kruger Lowveld Network WhatsApp groups, keeping tourism stakeholders aware of the current situation and advising which areas should be avoided. In addition, we have been engaging with the Tourism Safety Initiative and SATSA, which in turn have been communicating with the Minister of Tourism, highlighting the negative effects that these protests are having on tourism in our region.   Linda Grimbeek, KLCBT’s COO, has been arranging high-level meetings between business and MECs to get a handle on the true picture, thus enabling KLCBT to share correct information to the business and tourism communities.   KLCBT wishes to thank MEC Kholwane and his PA, Celeste Dias, for their assistance and advice.  In addition, thanks must go to Nomcebo Kunene from MTPA for keeping us updated on the situation on the Panorama Route and to  the SAPS for its great service under testing conditions.

MTPA call for proposals for concession opportunity

A concession opportunity exists within the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve for the commercial use of accommodation and related tourism facilities at Belvedere Guesthouse, Groendak and Rangers House, which are 6.6 kms from the R534. The reserve is managed by the MTPA and falls within community land claims. Local communities are represented by by four Communal Property Associations which have entered into an agreement with MTPA for activity-based tourism and projects in the reserve. For more information and to get a copy of the request for proposals, contact the MTPA’s Zandile Mkhatshwa at 013 759 5553.
Book your tickets for KLCBT’s 20th birthday celebration and awards dinner dance

Join the KLCBT for our 20th birthday celebration and awards dinner dance on 19 October and enjoy dance band, Gibraltar. For more information, click here.