THE Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality under the Tourism Unit is calling on residents to promote tourism to help improve the local economy. We are in a tight economic environment and tourism is one of the sectors we believe can pull us out of this place. It is about general patriotism and hospitality, how we treat guests coming to our shores and the more hospitable we are the better it is for our economy. By travelling the country each of us can leave a financial footprint where we visit, that is how we leave money in these places, which results in a multiple effect on the economy.The theme for Tourism Month this year is “Sustainable Tourism for Development,” which promotes employment and community development while having a low impact on the environment. As the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality, we want to make sure that tourism is a sustainable driver of economic growth in our municipal area. We are calling on South Africans to ensure that the country is receptive and everyone understands the value of making tourism profitable. Tourism is about loving who you are and installing the dignity of the people. We want Tourism Month to make us commit to supporting businesses, this is what the annual Duzi 2 Sani 4X4 Expedition and Inter-Cultural Food Tasting Expo is about in our district. Our people view tourism as a visit to the cities or places near the sea, but the aim of the Duzi 2 Sani event is to unveil to our people that even inland places are a perfect holiday destination or touring places, hence not enough locals are exploring holiday destinations in South Africa.The Duzi 2 Sani Southern Drakensberg Weekend Experience aims to inform South Africans to find new appreciation for their country while making an economic contribution that literally changes and uplifts the lives of the entire communities, hence this event provides a platform to local entrepreneurs within the tourism sector to showcase their businesses. This year has seen the growth of Duzi 2 Sani, and with the Umngeni Municipality as the new partner, the event will commence on September 15 at Msunduzi in Pietermaritzburg. September 16 will be the Southern Drakensberg Experience in Underberg and on September 17 will be a tour to Lesotho. The Southern Drakensberg Tour Operators Association is offering a Duzi 2 Sani, Sani Pass day tour special at a discount of R700 per person and a three-day Duzi 2 Sani experience from R11 999 per group of six, excluding accommodation and meals. The first two groups will receive gala dinner complimentary tickets each, compliments from Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality and Harry Gwala Development Agency.The steam train will be available and it will be free to ride, however, we need people to confirm by Monday September 11. The train will leave from Creighton at 10am. There will also be surprise celebrity appearances on the day. As the NDZ Municipality we are calling upon all entrepreneurs who want to showcase during the food tasting expo - from wors rolls, chicken dust, fruit, refreshments, clothing line, crafts, curios, jams and preserves or even to promote their businesses like Shisanyamas, beauty and therapy, B&Bs, mobiles, processed meat and biltong, etc., to contact the Underberg Tourism Office for stall registration on 033 701 1471.Tourism is about loving who you are and installing the dignity of the people.