Kruger Lowveld Tourism Newsletter – 28 August 2018

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  • Don’t miss the KLT Tourism Month roadshow in September;
  • Kruger Park opens bids on new R270 million Skukuza Lodge;
  • Mpumalanga Show:  30 August to 1 September;
  • Eskom:  Risk when accessing game farms and reserves…

Don’t miss the KLT Tourism Month roadshow in September

Kruger Lowveld Tourism (KLT) will again embark on a roadshow across the region in September, Tourism Month. We encourage everyone already established in the tourism industry, people interested in setting up a tourism business and those interested in developing tourism in their area to attend. KLT is visiting different areas in the region, on different days, to provide attendees with an update on tourism in the Kruger Lowveld Ehlanzeni region; create a master vision for the region; develop tourism to benefit all; and discuss the alignment of local tourism organisations with municipalities and the role of information offices in emerging areas. Details are as follows: 18 September:  Thaba Chweu: Floreat Riverside Lodge (10h00-12h00) 19 September:  Mbombela and Barberton: Nou’s Toeka (10h00-12h00) 20 September:  White River and Hazyview: Premier Hotel The Winkler (10h00-12h00) 26 September:  Nkomazi: Elangeni Lodge (10h00-12h00). Followed by Nkomazi LTO’s AGM 27 September:  Bushbuckridge: Northern Region: Moholoholo Lodge (10h00-12h00) Bushbuckridge: Southern Region: Mangwazi Lodge (14h00-16h00)   Attendance is free of charge, however attendees are required to book their seat. For bookings, contact Noleen Pillay on 013 755 1988 or email.

Kruger Park opens bids on new R270 million Skukuza Lodge

According to an aritcle published on Business Tech, South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced plans to form a public-private partnership under which it will grant a selected private operator the right to operate and manage the Skukuza Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

SANParks has invited prospective operators to submit detailed bids for the management of the lodge. A due diligence site visit will be arranged for 29 August 2018, to provide interested parties the opportunity to ascertain all information required to present informed bids. In addition, it noted that the operator must be a level one contributor according to the provisions of the Amended Tourism B-BBEE Code. First announced in early 2017, the Skukuza Safari Lodge is aimed at to upscaling and increasing visitor accommodation and opportunity within the iconic KNP. Upon completion, in the final quarter of 2018, the three-star hotel and conference facility will be able to accommodate about 250 tourists per night, running at full capacity. The full development cost of the conference lodge (lodge, bulk services and staff housing) is expected to amount to R269.5 million, and will be funded from the Infrastructure Development Grant.
Mpumalanga Show:  30 August to 1 September

The Mpumalanga Show takes place this weekend at the Mbombela Stadium. This year’s highlights include music concerts;  entrepreneur’s workshops;  new product demos;  children’s shows and play park;  carnival parade, with the theme “Beautiful Creatures”; motorbike stunt shows;  fashion parades and beauty show; crocodile dunk tank; farm animals; wildlife talks; livestock exhibitions; reptile park and camel rides; over 400 exhibits; competitions and so much more! Tickets are available at Computicket.

Eskom:  Risk when accessing game farms and reserves

Eskom has issued a letter to all game farm and reserve managers and/or owners to alert them to the fact that Eskom is experiencing challenges when it comes to accessing various properties due to: * Dangerous wild game. * Motorised gates not functioning or no Eskom lock to gain access. * Eskom staff not being made aware of hunting taking place on a property. * Risk of poachers entering the property disguised as Eskom staff or contractors. * Large animals being electrocuted when rubbing against poles or crossing under power lines. Where such game farms/reserves were established in areas where Eskom already has network infrastructure in place, property owners are required to inform Eskom of any change in farming activities. Customers’ information will be updated on Eskom’s system to reflect the type of farming being conducted on the property and the risks involved, if any. Owners/managers are urged to contact Eskom’s call centre on 0860 037 566, to assist it to mitigate these risks. To read and download the full letter, click here.