Get on yer’ bikes

2018-12-20 06:00
Tour guide Elphas Bhebhe, CEO of Cape Tourism Enver Duminy, Mayoral committee member for economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos and Juma Mkhwela, founder of Juma’s Art Tours.                     PHOTO: city of cape town

Tour guide Elphas Bhebhe, CEO of Cape Tourism Enver Duminy, Mayoral committee member for economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos and Juma Mkhwela, founder of Juma’s Art Tours. PHOTO: city of cape town

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With the festive season already in full throttle, the City of Cape Town is pulling all the stops to tap on every economic opportunity.

In partnership with Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town is driving an initiative to showcase local businesses and to inspire travel to some of the province’s areas, as part of the new ‘pocket friendly Cape Town’ campaign.

They are also encouraging visitors to explore the City’s many undiscovered tourism gems this summer.

On Friday last week, the City’s newly appointed mayoral committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, James Vos, hit the ground running. He embarked on a walk-about tour of Khayelitsha for a first hand experience of what’s on offer.

Some of the tourism destinations in Khayelitsha that Vos visited are Golden Flowers, a company, that is motivated by the sustainable manufacture of flowers from recycled material.

He also visited ABCD Concepts, a tour company with a difference that offers bicycles tours, jogging through the neighbourhood and nights out at some of Khayelitsha hippest taverns and dance halls.

He then stopped at 4Room eKasi Culture, a vibrant eatery owned and run by former Master Chef SA contestant, Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena. Her restaurant offers some remarkable cuisine and visitors get to enjoy a meal on a charming terrace.

Both ABCD Concepts and 4Roomed eKasi Culture are the most recent recipients of Cape Town Tourism Board’s Development Fund, which provides support and membership to promising, innovative businesses operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.

His last stop was Siki’s Koffee Kafe, where Khayelitsha’s creative meet to exchange ideas.

Siki worked on expanding the Vida franchise in London and now he has brought coffee culture to Khayelitsha.

“The city is committed to diversify our tourism landscape in Cape Town by promoting products and attractions throughout the city and by so doing breaking the perception that tourism is only centred in certain parts of the city and around the Big Six attractions,” said Vos.

He said it is always inspiring to meet passionate and determined local business owners in their own neighbourhoods. He stated that visitor’s safety is a key priority for the City over the festive season.

“The City has already launched its Festive Season Preparedness Plan which outlines the City’s strategy to promote and ensure safety on beaches and around key attractions over the holidays,” he said.

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