South Coast teens ‘talk tourism’

2015-11-26 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Mdlangaswa and Sozabe High school pupils on the ‘tourism’ programme.

PHOTO: supplied Mdlangaswa and Sozabe High school pupils on the ‘tourism’ programme.

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SEVEN rural school pupils within the Ugu District municipality were recently offered an opportunity to take a break before writing their final exams.

Hosted by Ugu South Coast Tourism as part of their ongoing schools programme, pupils were exposed to various aspects of tourism during a fun day out.

The schools included Saphumula and Singele High from Vulamehlo, Sihle High from uMdoni, Tholimfundo and Thobigunya High from Ezinqoleni, as well as Sozabe and Mdlangaswa High from Hibiscus Coast.

This same opportunity will be extended to other schools in 2016.

One of the highlights of the day was a visit to the Vulture Viewing Hide in Oribi Gorge.

As discovered by the pupils, vultures contribute to our environment by eating the carcasses of their prey, thus cleaning away dead animals.

This ultimately safeguards the health of local communities by ensuring that germs and disease are kept under control as water sources and the like are thus kept in balance. And with healthy communities, comes a more enticing platform to tourists and visitors.

This led to further knowledge-sharing which included tips on how should look after our piece of paradise, to do their part to protect our public facilities and natural resources and how to treat our visitors.

Some of the topics included aspects of Ugu South Coast Tourism’s Sunny and Safe Campaign, which essentially is underpinned by the fact that as residents, we are all ambassadors. Discussions were held on how to respect our beautiful beaches and the glorious hinterland, how to be environmentally conscious and that being an ambassador and speaking positively for the South Coast is in everyone’s best interest.

Further explained was that being an ambassador means addressing hard issues like behaving responsibly in public, discouraging drug abuse and the use of sex workers by residents and tourists. - Supplied.

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