Responsible tourism valued at Indaba

2013-05-10 12:25
Delegates at this weekend’s Tourism Indaba will contribute to the future sustainability of tourism in Cape Town when they vote for the beneficiary of a development prize which will be awarded by the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism respectively.

A winner of the responsible tourism tree is expected to receive a whopping R20 000 in funding from the City of Cape Town and a further R15 000 in marketing support from Cape Town Tourism in order to take their Responsible Tourism project to the next level.

According to the communications manager from City of Cape Town Tourism, Skye Grove, Tourism Indaba attendees must bring a business card to the City of Cape Town stand (DECF13) on Saturday between 16h00 and 17h00. The business card will be exchanged for a project-specific voting leaf, as denoted by its colour. As votes increase throughout the hour, the colourful Responsible Tourism Tree will blossom and the winner will begin to emerge and the winner will be announced on Sunday at the Cities during the conference,” said Grove in a statement.

Four candidates have been shortlisted, Imizamo Yethu Tours, located in Khayelitsha, Schools Environmental Education and Development (SEED), Tourism Community Development (TCD) Trust and Uthando (Love) South Africa.

To the owner of Imizamo Yethu Tours, Mzukisi Lembeni, expanding his operations in Khayelitsha to include more tourist activities and thereby employ more local people is what he plans to do. “If we win, Imizamo Yethu Tours will set up an official office from which to operate the business, create a township museum where the history of the township will be on show, open a kitchen that offers truly African food made by local cooks, as well as organising a craft market that showcases and sells the works of ladies from the community,” said Lembeni.

SEED primarily focuses on transforming the environment through permaculture. The project also facilitates national schools programme in 24 schools countrywide and aims to fill learner’s tummies and educate children about the ecosystems that support them while growing the Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre in Mitchells Plain. Although the centre functions as a Sustainability Learning Centre, it is a hub for environmental learning, permaculture demonstration and community enterprise with projects including broader Schools Education, Accredited Youth Training, Gourmet Mushroom growing and a Sustainable Homes program that led to 110 Mitchells Plain homes starting food gardens.

Formed in 2004, the Tourism Community Development (TCD) Trust comprises of a range of tourism related companies working collectively to create meaningful changes in the daily lives of previously disadvantaged communities. The TCD Trust is a member of the City of Cape Town’s RT pilot project and primarily focuses on green building, the upgrading of surrounding environments and introducing communities to environmental, social and educational groups. The trust has hosted children from local communities on excursions designed to expose them to the beauty of their own city and give them access to cultural exchanges with locals and international visitors.

Uthando (Love) South Africa, also a non-profit organisation, aims to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. They aim to do this by offering community tours in townships while offering tailor made, interactive cultural tours visiting projects that receive funding and other forms of assistance from Uthando and its benefactors.
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