PMB Msunduzi Tourism Association reaches milestone

2012-10-10 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Msunduzi Tourism Association (PMTA), which resulted from a historic merger, was officially launched last night.

The event started with a tour into the popular, yet underdeveloped, tourism site in Imbali like the Heroes Acre and Manaye Hall where the legendary former president Nelson Mandela had his last public speech in 1961 before he was arrested.

The tour guide led the newly merged executive to places like the Qanda Rock, which is where the community used to pray for rain to Nomkhulwane (The Rain Queen of Heaven) and also had the opportunity to view the spectacular landscape at Henley Dam.

The official launch was held at the City Hall and is viewed as historical as these two organisations were involved in tourism, but did not work together.

Pietermaritzburg Tourism had always been perceived as being associated with white people, while Msunduzi Tourism was associated with black people.

Acting Director for PMTA Dumisani Mhlongo described the event as reaching a milestone for the people of the city and the district because both races are now going to be involved in the development of tourism in the municipality.

He said they have been disappointed that the construction of the Pietermaritzburg Tourism Hub has been stopped by the builder, and they do not know when is it going to be completed because they were hoping that the launch will coincide with the opening of the hub.

“We cannot wait for the hub to be completed so we are just going to go ahead with our work of identifying monuments that have a potential of creating positive economic spinoff for tourism in this city,” he added.

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