NEWSLETTER - 22 November 2011

Save the Date

Join the TTA as we celebrate the year with our year end function luncheon on the 7th of December 2011, more information will follow but in the meantime please save the date.

Visit Tshwane Nature Reserves free of charge to support eco-tourism!

To promote eco-tourism in Tshwane, and in support of the first day of commencement of the Climate Change 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) which is hosted in Durban from 28 November to 9 December 2011 to address global climate change challenges, the City of Tshwane will allow free entrance to the following City of Tshwane Nature Reserves on 28 November 2011 up to 12 noon:

Please note: The City of Tshwane may close entrance gates if the capacity of the said reserves are reached before 12 noon.

Wasteplan Launches in Tshwane

Domestic and industrial recycling company Wasteplan, who specialise in managing waste from hotels, has moved their Tshwane launch to 5 December 2011.

Green Tourism has become a buzz word, and we understand why. Becoming carbon neutral, or even just environmentally responsible adds now more value to a hotel's brand than ever. Waste Plan has extensive experience in managing waste at hotels in a manner that will comply with the strictest Environmental Legislation. At the same time, we will help you become green and hopefully save you some money along the way.

For more information on recycling in your home or at work visit www.wasteplan.co.za.

Excitement as Dinokeng's lions are released and the elephants come trumpeting in!

October 19 was a very exciting day at the newly opened Dinokeng Game Reserve as the first pride of lions were released from the holding boma to roam free in the game reserve.

The lions had been in a holding boma for a month in order for them to acclimatise and bond with each other before being released into the game reserve.

The Dinokeng Game Reserve which was officially opened on 22 September will be the only free-roaming Big Five game reserve in Gauteng and since its opening Dinokeng has been inundated with holiday enquiries from local tourists.

Etienne Toerien, Chairman of the Dinokeng Game Reserve Management Association, says: "We are very excited that the lions have bonded and feel comfortable in their surroundings and now that they have been released they can begin to explore their new home."

One pride of lions consisting of two males and two females came from Welgevonden. A second pride consists of two females from the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve and two males from the Madikwe Game Reserve. The lions are the third of the Big Five species following leopards, which occur in the area naturally, and white rhino which were introduced in 2009.

Kananelo Tlebere, Chief Operations Officer for the Dinokeng Project, said: "We expect that the lions will be a real draw card as there is nowhere else in the province that people can see free-roaming lions. We encourage people to pay us a visit and see some of Africa's biggest animals up-close."

A herd of elephants have also recently been introduced into the reserve. The ten elephants were donated by Makalali Game Reserve and were transported from the game reserve which is near Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province. The elephants were released into their new home, Dinokeng, on 26 October 2011.

Dawn Robertson, CEO of the Dinokeng Project, says: "We are very excited to announce that the Dinokeng Game Reserve now boasts a herd of elephants among its Big Five residents. This is a truly historic moment, not just for Dinokeng but also for the province, as this is the first time that elephants will roam free in this area for over a hundred years."

After spending a few hours acclimatising in a secure boma the herd were released into the new 18 500 hectare reserve and will roam free with the lion, rhino and leopard, giraffe, zebra, a variety of antelope species and other animals.

"The transfer of the elephants from the Makalali Game Reserve in Limpopo to Dinokeng was a huge challenge and we are very happy that they have made it safely into our reserve. We hope that now that we have four of the big five we will see more visitors to the reserve," says Etienne Toerien, Chairman of the Dinokeng Game Reserve Management Association.

The introduction of the elephants brings the total of Big Five animals in the DGR to four. The last of the Big Five, the buffalo, will be introduced into the reserve at a later stage. The herd of elephants are part of a long-term immunocontraception programme that aims to study the effectiveness of contraceptive as a means for controlling population growth in elephants. The elephants in this herd have been part of the study in the Makalali Game Reserve and they will continue to form part of a wider study into alternative methods of population control

The reserve is located just 40kms north of Pretoria and 90kms from Johannesburg and offers visitors an authentic Big Five bush experience. The reserve is not a self-drive reserve and visitors are advised to pre-book at one of the many tourism establishments in the area.

If you are interested in visiting the Dinokeng Game Reserve see www.dinokengbig5.com, or call the Dinokeng Information Office on 0861 346 653 or email reception@dinokenginfo.co.za.

Santa's coming to the Gardens

The festive season will be officially welcomed when the OLD MUTUAL MUSIC IN THE GARDENS SERIES brings its CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT concert to the Pretoria National Botanical Garden on the 10th of December.

This year has seen the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens Concert bring thousands of people with their picnic gear to see great South African acts on Sunday afternoons in the natural setting of the botanical gardens. The CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT concert is the culmination of the year's concerts, but with a little added holiday cheer! This concert also takes place in the early evening, so visitors are advised to bring something warm along, even though it is summer.

Visitors will be treated to the sounds of Irish Pipes and Drums, followed by an inspiring performance by the Mzansi Youth Choir. And if that isn't festive enough, the audience will also join in by lighting candles and singing along to carols. Kids are in for an extra-special treat, as Santa Claus will be there to greet them. This the final concert of the series at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden for 2011, and friends and family have a chance to enjoy the festive mood together before the year comes to an end.

The CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT concert takes place in the middle of the natural beauty of the botanical gardens. Fans are encouraged to come early, bring picnic chairs and blankets and spend the evening in natural splendour. With a restaurant in the gardens plus a great supervised kiddies area this is a must-see opportunity to celebrate the festive season in a natural setting. "We are looking forward to families celebrating with us, while enjoying the beautiful festive music by candlelight," said Bandile Mngoma, Sponsorship Manager of Old Mutual.

There are also many other fascinating opportunities to experience at The Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Visitors can walk along the grasslands area of the garden in the hope of spotting some of the wildlife that inhabit the area - many species, such as the Slender Mongoose, Scrub Hare and Common Duiker often visit the natural grassland for food or for shelter and visitors often catch a glimpse of them in the late afternoon and evening. The garden is also home to a plethora of bird species and visitors might even be lucky enough to see a spotted-necked otter around the wetland area.

For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series go to www.oldmutual.co.za/musicinthegardens.

Invitation to workshop on Tourism Sector Codes - 24 November 2011

The National Department of Tourism in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry are hosting an information and awareness workshop on the Gazetted Tourism Sector Code.

All TTA members and non-members are invited to attend the workshop on 24 November 2011 from 08:30 - 14:00 at the Midrand Conference Centre.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide awareness and education on the requirements of the Tourism Sector Code with regard to its implementation and verification. This will assist other entities in the tourism sector in implementing their broad-based Black Economic Empowerment plans and Verification Agencies when conducting B-BBEE status of those entities. The session will also provide business with information on access to funding.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Zanele Khuzwayo on zanele@gauteng.net or call 011 639 1652.

Pretoria gallows restored as a museum

The gallows in Pretoria's Central Prison - where hundreds of people, many of the political activists were put to death - is now being restored and turned into a museum and tourist attraction, reports IOL.

The South African Constitutional Court voted unanimously in June 1996 that the death penalty should be abolished in this country and at the time it was thought that the building would be locked and forgotten.

However, the Minister of Correctional Services, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqukula has ordered that the gallows be restored and opened to the public as a museum to preserve South Africa's history and give bereaved families a chance to make peace with their past.

The museum is to open in the first week of December.

Source: Bizcommunity

Member News

Court Classique wraps up Social Investment for 2011 - Little Tubbies and Tshwane Place of Safety
ITEC Bloemfontein recently gave Court Classique Suite Hotel the option of donating copiers and printers to a charity of their choice following their regular upgrade cycle. The choice was easy, as the hotel regularly supports two organizations - both within walking distance from the hotel. Mark Diesel from ITEC Bloemfontein and Franco Jordaan (GM of the Court Classique) handed the machines over to Carmencita Abiva-Muojekwu (Principal at Little Tubbies in Beckett Street) and Martha Mtsweni (Office Assistant at the Tshwane Place of Safety Association in Pine Street).

For the third year in a row Rietondale Primary School and the Court Classique Suite Hotel supported the annual Tshwane Place of Safety Association's Christmas party in a joint effort by catering for the 400 guests. This year the function was held on Sunday 13 November 2011. Izelle Nell (Court Classique Marketing Manager) and Asher Isaacs (Court Classique Sous Chef) assisted on the day - Asher and the team at Orange Restaurant having made 'paptert' in the two days leading up to the event for the 400 guests. For some children, this day is the only time they will see Santa and receive a personal gift. According to Court Classique Tswhane Place of Safety is a truly worthy cause and supporting them makes a measurable difference to children's lives.

For more information see www.placeofsafety.org.za or contact Izelle on 012 344 4420

Mangwa Valley Game Lodge
Mangwa Valley Game Lodge is proud to announce, that as off the 1st of December 2011, will be opening a health spa on the premises. With an array of relaxation options available from Massages to Manicures and Pedicures.

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