Closure of iconic attractions due to Industrial Action (updated)
Newly released: 3 July 2019:
Industrial action by the staff of MTPA has been resolved, with MTPA management and NEHAWU signing an agreement late last night after a week of negotiations during which access to the MTPA attractions like Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and Three Rondawels, were restricted. The effects of this strike have created a negative perception of tourism in Mpumalanga that will take a long time to correct.
Newly released: 1 July 2019:
Issued by Kruger Lowveld Tourism
1 July 2019
Some Attractions on Panorama Route closed due to Industrial Action
Due to unresolved industrial action by employees of MTPA (Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency), a number of attractions managed by MTPA on the Panorama Route are currently regrettably closed. It is hoped that a prompt resolution will be reached, which will enable these venues to open again fully, as soon as possible. Kruger Lowveld Tourism would like to emphasise in the meantime that any demonstrations connected to the strike are entirely peaceful and there is no disruption on the region’s roads.
While there is unfortunately no current access by the usual entrances to God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels, visitors should be aware that most of the popular attractions in the area are open and it is business as usual.
Possibilities for a rewarding day out include the Graskop Gorge Lift and numerous waterfalls around the Sabie and Graskop areas, including Berlin, Lisbon and Lone Creek Falls. Access to a viewpoint overlooking The Three Rondavels is obtainable through the hotel Blyde Canyon, a Forever Resort, and a traditional South African meal can still be enjoyed at Boskombuis, an open-air restaurant on the banks of the Treur River, upstream from Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
The adrenalin junkie, as always, has the opportunity to jump from The Big Swing in Graskop or hurtle down a mountain on the Long Tom Toboggan, on the Pass to the west of Sabie. Hazyview still offers all its rafting, quad-biking, Skyway Trails and elephant interaction options, as well as the Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park and Seronera Crocodile Farm.
All the major hikes are open, including Graskop’s Jock of the Bushveld Trail, offering views over the escarpment similar to the view from God’s Window. The birdlife-rich Bridal Falls Trail outside Sabie also provides a scenic and, at times, challenging walk. The historic mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest is fully open for business.
“We shall be keeping everyone informed regarding any progress in resolving the MTPA labour dispute, but we can all rest assured that there is no reason for prospective visitors to our area to reconsider their travel plans,” says Oupa Pilane of Kruger Lowveld Tourism. “The Panorama Route always has a plethora of excitements to amaze and entertain those lucky enough to spend time in this beautiful part of South Africa.”
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A strike by employees of Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency (MTPA) has led to the closure of all attractions and parks managed by the Agency since Monday 24 June.
Negotiations between the Employer and the Employees’ union are underway.
The closure of the iconic attractions along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route is extremely damaging to the reputation of Mpumalanga as a tourism destination.