Tourguide aims to win

2016-10-12 06:00
FROM the left are Drinnie Sampson (HOD at the Department of Tourism), recipient Kabelo Mothupi (Merakeng Tours and Adventures), Mac Jack (MEC of Tourism), Collin Fortune (chairperson of the Northern Cape Tourism Board) and Lizelle Adams (Department of Tourism). Photo: Boipelo Mere

FROM the left are Drinnie Sampson (HOD at the Department of Tourism), recipient Kabelo Mothupi (Merakeng Tours and Adventures), Mac Jack (MEC of Tourism), Collin Fortune (chairperson of the Northern Cape Tourism Board) and Lizelle Adams (Department of Tourism). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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AFTER taking the decision to start his own tourist guide business, Kabelo Mothupi finally reached part of his dream of scooping the Best of the Best Tourist Guide Winner award in the Northern Cape leg of the Lilizela Tourism Awards.

Now steering his own ship, Merakeng Tours and Adventures, Mothupi used his experience of working at the Mokala National Park to make a success of his career in the field of tourism.

He was announced during the provincial Lilizela Awards ceremony on Monday, 5 September, and is looking forward to the national awards ceremony to proudly put the Northern Cape on the map.

According to him, his company is a black youth-owned company.

It specialises in the fields of cultural heritage research, environmental education, educational tours and tourist guides.

He is confident that he will return with the main prize in his category at the national award ceremony after running his business with complete expertise, as well as building a reliable market for himself.

“Starting this business has been an immense boost for myself, as I could do what I love and express it in my own terms,” Mothupi added with confidence.

According to the tour guide, the biggest challenge that his company currently faces is transport. He does not have his own vehicle yet and has to work in collaboration with other people, using shuttles.

“I see the need to have a company-owned vehicle that is comfortable and well-maintained. It is frustrating to transport my guests in someone else’s vehicles, as it always leaves doubts as to whether they will deliver on the mandate.”

He said the awards ceremony already opened doors to address his challenges, as he has met potential investors.

His aim is to transfer his skills to future ambassadors in the province and he appeals to different government departments to partner with him in doing this.

Emphasising partnership with the Department of Education, Mothupi said there are a limited number of learners who develop an interest in nature conservation.

“We need people to know about their environment. That will bear fruit in our attempts to transfer skills.”

Mothupi will be amongst the many provincial winners who will vie for the title of being the best on Sunday (16/10) at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

That will be the night where the country’s best of the best will be announced and honoured.

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