Lembeni to weave magic in USA

2015-09-10 06:00
Mzukisi Lembeni, iMzu Tours founder, is a popular tour operator in Cape Town, who will be touring in the USA to chat about his bestseller Introducing Cape Town’s Townships.

Mzukisi Lembeni, iMzu Tours founder, is a popular tour operator in Cape Town, who will be touring in the USA to chat about his bestseller Introducing Cape Town’s Townships.

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For Mzukisi Lembeni, magic seems to permeate the air, literaly and figuratively...

A qualifiedmagician, Lembeni, the founder and managing director of tour operator company iMzu Tours, has added another feather to his cap, so to speak, that of book author.

And he will be embarking on a book tour of the United States to introduce his best seele, Introducing Cape Town’s Township, in this Heritage Month, which is also touted as Tourism Month in the hospitality industry.

A graduate of Cape Town’s College of Magic, the only magical arts organisation of its kind in the world, Lembeni founded his tour guiding company in September 2011 and credits the College for imbuing him with self-esteem and teaching him the necessary expertise to build his professional persona with presentation, showmanship and business skills.

His magical skills are what sets his Cape Town tours apart from others, as he performs magic for his tour guests.

An ardent fan of close-up and comedy magic, Lembeni first caught the attention of tourists and his tourism mentor Claus Tworeck, MD of City Sightseeing South Africa, whilst performing magic shows at the Two Oceans Aquarium in 1998.

Since then, he has successfully completed his tertiary education through the University of South Africa studying Tour Operation Management and has also attended the College of Cape Town where he studied Tourism Management and Tour Operation.

Lembeni published the book in 2014 and is currently developing his second manuscript.

He will be visiting schools, colleges, universities and business clubs in the States to chat about his book, his entrepreneurial journey, life story and his magical studies.

“I am very excited about this trip! It’s a once-in-a- life-time experience and I cannot wait to share my amazing tale with a larger, global audience,” he said, excitedly.

That the book tour kicks off during Tourism Month and around World Tourism Day on 27 September, 2015 is a fortuitous event.

With this year’s Tourism Day theme being “Millions of tourists, millions of opportunities”, Lembeni’s passion for the tourism industry shines through in all he does:

“I am passionate about this industry because I love people and I love learning new things. My core passion, though, is township tourism because it is necessary for uplifting the community and creating jobs for locals.

I foresee a future where the government invests steadily in township tourism by supporting our businesses with grants or collaborations that are mutually beneficial.”

The College of Magic, a non-profit organisation based in Claremont, has been teaching magic and its allied arts to children and adults for 35 years.

Many of its graduates span the kaleidoscope of careers, finding success in business, IT, engineering, medicine, comedy, the film industry and education.

David Gore, director of the College said nof him: “We are incredibly proud of Mzukisi and all that he has achieved. Magic, at its core, is about making the impossible, possible, and Mzukisi’s successes have proven he shares this universal desire to achieve it. ” With magic anything is possible …

For more information about iMzu Tours, visit www.imzutours.co.za. About the College of Magic, visit www.collegeofmagic.com or call +27(0)21 683 5480

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