Tourism transforming lives in the Midlands Meander advertorial FROM Pg 10

2015-09-29 06:00
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Mbongiseni Zulu. Photo: supplied

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The Ardmore artists are considered by their community to be the isigweli (the fortunate ones) and have been encouraged to share their earnings to benefit others.

Good things are often nurtured from the garden, and a number of Meander staff members have progressed from garden work to other occupations in the hospitality industry. Mandla Mthembu started working in the garden at Caversham Mill on weekends when he was a school boy. After completing his Matric, Mthembu joined the Caversham Mill team on a fulltime basis, working both in the garden and as waiter. With a change of management in 2004, Mthembu became a fulltime waiter in the restaurant and quickly mastered the new computerised billing system. In 2013, he took over as the Manager of Caversham Mill Restaurant.

Owner of Caversham Mill, Diana Acres, says, and#034;It has been wonderful to see a young man grow into a confident restaurant manager who is valued by the team and respected by all his regular customers.and#034;

Clay figurines called and#034;Dlaminisand#034; have become an icon for the Zulu-luluT brand, collected by many across the world. The Dlaminiand#039;s namesake is Tim Dlamini, who has been handcrafting the expressive faces and small sculptural and#039;thoughtsand#039; shaped in clay for almost a decade. Dlamini started working for artist Trayci Tompkins as a part time gardener. His curious and sensitive approach to life soon captured her interest, and Dlamini learned clay construction and glaze techniques, as well as the power of marketing and good business practice. Tompkinand#039;s aim is to one day place full ownership of the Zulu-luluT product into the hands of her empowered team.

This is the spirit of the Midlands Meander - and#034;a good placeand#034;. - Supplied

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