Magic all the way for tour guide

2016-11-17 06:00
 Some of the tourists he has introduced to the townships around Cape Town

Some of the tourists he has introduced to the townships around Cape Town

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Mzukisi Lembeni, is a tour operator, specialising in township and school tours in and around Cape Town.

He said his reason for getting involved in school tours was to uplift local students and to help them follow their hearts and passion in choosing a career at a young age.

Mzu says that it worked for him and he believes that it will work for them as well.

Mzu was instrumental in encouraging the so-called “white schools” to visit townships, thereby teaching them more about the real South African history and enabling them to engage with their peers in the townships and supporting local projects.

He makes sure that he creates a strong relationship between township and white schools to ensure that the knowledge gained assists in changing the attitude of our young people and thereby building a strong future for South Africa.

He also organises activities where white schools play games like soccer, rugby and cricket matches with township schools.

Mzu is a qualified magician. He studied magic for six years at the College of Magic in Claremont, where he later became a lecturer.

He gained popularity by performing magic shows around Cape Town. Mzu loves comedy magic, close-up magic, stage magic and he is also a good dancer.

Mzu says that the College of Magic changed his life.

Becoming a great entertainer improved his self-confidence and taught him how to interact with people in a positive way.

Mzu then studied Tourism, Tour Guiding, Tour Operator Management and Business studies, which gave him other valuable skills that contributed to the successful businessman he is.
Mzu started out working for the Two Oceans Aquarium and City Sightseeing - “The Red Topless Bus”.

He stared his company, iMzu Tours, in 2011.

Mzu says that 2011 was a difficult year for him at a personal level. As he faced his personal challenges, he knew that he could make a choice. There were two ways things could go. He could let things get him down or he could rise above his situation and let them make him a stronger person.

He chose the latter and in doing so, learnt a lot about himself. He says that indirectly, his divorce contributed to his success.

He believes that whatever you’re facing in your life, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.

A favourite quote of Mzu’s is : “There are three types of people in life. Those who helped you in difficult times, those who left you in difficult times and those who contributed to those difficult times. Stay strong and focussed”.

A bad year turned out to be a great year.

2011 was the beginning of Mzu’s career as an entrepreneur. He firmly believes that as human beings we all need to follow our passion in life. Tourism is his passion.

He loves it, lives it and breathes it. What drives Mzu in tourism is what he calls ‘responsible tourism,’ which enables township development and job creation for local people.

Mzu believes that tourism is for everyone. He contributes his success to the fact that he works hard but above all to his love of people – both his tourist visitors and the people in the community that he serves and uplifts.

He considers himself blessed and honoured to be able to make a difference in this way.

iMzu Tours has empowered the local youth by training them to be tour guides and enabling them to get a formal qualification.

iMzu Tours’ new initiative, Township Cycling Tours, is further boosting tourist visits to his home township of Khayelitsha.

Mzu’s aim is to uplift the local people and he has opened a guest house in Khayelitsha, enabling tourists to spend more time in the township, where they are encouraged to help local projects in and around the community.

In 2013, Mzu reached another milestone in his career by publishing a book entitled “Introducing Cape Town Townships.”

Tourists love the book as it gives a more in-depth look at township life and culture, highlights challenges that people in the townships face on a daily basis and shows the way forward in terms of improving the lives of township residents.

Mzu’s quote “Everything is possible in life, even if life is a struggle” aptly describes his philosophy in life.

He says that the words that best describe him are ‘hardworking and caring’ but above all his great love of people, especially the people of the townships.

His ‘love’ list includes sea food and red wine, especially Pinotage. He loves clothes, both formal, smart and casual.

Mzu says that he is living his dream and loving his career. He believes that he is blessed to have made his passion a career.

His advice for success is to start where you are and use what you have. Do the very best with the resources at your disposal. He believes that big dreams start with one small step and that when we can overcome our doubts and fears, our dreams will become a reality.

Go to: www.imzutours.co.za | 021 824 8976 He want to change people’s life for the better.

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