NEWSLETTER - 25 September 2012

New Member

TTA warmly welcomes the following new member:

Lynnwood Conference Centre
The time has come to experience an elegant alternative venue for training and conferencing. At the Lynnwood Conference Centre in Pretoria East, an immaculate and peaceful business environment awaits you!

Gauteng Visitor Information Services Strategy Membership Workshop

TTA Board members will be representing TTA at a workshop to contribute feedback and ideas on a proposed Visitor Information Services Strategy for the province. A key proposal of the strategy is the implementation of a membership system to improve the quality of tourism information and establishment of partnerships with the tourism industry.

Please forward any feedback or ideas on this topic that you would like to be put forward to Vanessa by Monday 1 October to ensure that your input is incorporated. Feedback from the workshop will be disseminated to members.

Help improve Tshwane's world ranking as a meetings destination

The following international conferences taking place in Tshwane this year and going forward are currently the only ones registered with the international body that monitors and publishes destination data used by meeting planners to evaluate and select destinations.

If you are know of other international meetings that have taken place or are to take place in the city from 2012 onwards please send the details to Vanessa to be submitted to the listings to improve the city's ranking.

To fit the criteria for meetings to make the ranking lists must be met:

  • be attended by at least 50 participants
  • be organised on a regular basis (one-time events are not included/first time events are only included if future rotation is known)
  • move between at least 3 different countries

Meetings currently already recorded for Tshwane are:

City of Tshwane launches Spring Campaign Facebook page

The city has launched a Spring Campaign - visit the page for competitions and to upload your images and events!

TOMSA Indaba Roadshow

This is a friendly reminder regarding the INDABA Roads Shows taking place in Durban and Johannesburg. Based on the feedback received from many of our valued TOMSA Levy Collectors and Exhibitors during and after INDABA 2012, the Tourism Business Council have engaged with SA Tourism to address many of the issues and difficulties around INDABA.

We have agreed with SA Tourism to hold 3 Road Shows around the country to engage with the Industry and discuss the difficulties faced by exhibitors at Indaba. During the Road Shows, SA Tourism will also give feedback about the plans already in place for INDABA 2013 and we kindly invite you to the events.

Johannesburg Roadshow is schedule as follows: Monday, 8 October 2012 at Hyatt Regency Johannesburg 191 Oxford Road, Rosebank from 10:30 - 12:30. For more information contact mel@witchwizard.co.za.

Appointment of the Tourism Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Charter Council members

Minister of Tourism, Mr Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has announced the appointment of the new members of Tourism B-BBEE Charter Council. In May 2009, the tourism sector charter was gazetted as a section 9 (1) sector charter, of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003, by the Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry (The dti) giving it the same legal status as the dti B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice. The Tourism Charter expresses the wish by the public and private sector to embrace the transformation agenda as informed by the Act. As a gazetted charter, the tourism sector was required to have a Charter Council consisting of industry representatives from the public and private sectors, labour and small business across the tourism spectrum as expressed in the gazetted Tourism B-BBEE Charter.

"I am pleased with the appointment of a diverse and capable team to serve on the Council, and hope that all stakeholders, including businesses, the general public and associations in the tourism sector will use the Council as a platform to raise issues affecting them on the implementation of the Tourism Sector B-BBEE Scorecard, sharing best practice models that places the sector in the forefront of transformation in South Africa", said the Minister.

The Charter Council will fulfil the following roles:

  • Provide guidance on sector-specific matters effecting B-BBEE in entities within the sector
  • Compile reports on the status of broad-based black economic empowerment within the sector for the Minister and the BEE Advisory Council
  • Share information with sector members, approved accreditation agencies and the Minister pertaining to B-BBEE in the sector.

The following Charter Council members have been appointed for a period of three (3) years, commencing on 01 October 2012:

  1. Mr. Monwabisi Peter Fandeso: Chairman of Beige Holdings Limited and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Thebe Tourism Group - Chairperson of the Charter Council.
  2. Mr Moeketsi Mosola: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Imperial Group's Tourism Division comprising of Springbok Atlas, Grosvenor Tours, Eastgate Safaris and Imperial Chauffeur Drive.
  3. Mr. Eddy Rhulani Arnold Khosa: Founder and Chief Executive of the Magelevendze Investments and former member Tourism Empowerment Council of South Africa (TECSA).
  4. Ms. Lindiwe Sangweni-Sido: Co-owner and founder member of the Freedom Square Hotel (Pty) Ltd and Managing Director of the Birchwood Hotel.
  5. Mr. Sipho Zikode: Deputy Director General for Empowerment and Enterprise Development, Department of Trade and Industry.
  6. Mr. Victor Tharage: Deputy Director General for Policy and Knowledge Services, National Department of Tourism.
  7. Mr. Shoni Makhari: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Flow Public Relations & Reputation Management.
  8. Mr. Dhrupal Amin: Group Commercial Executive at Tsogo Sun Group.
  9. Mrs. Bunny Bhoola: Owner of African Link Tours and Travel and SATSA executive committee member.
  10. Mr. Titus Baloyi Chief Executive Officer of Bembani Sustainability Training (Pty) Ltd.
  11. Mr. Michael Tatalias: Chief Executive Officer of Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) and a board member of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).
  12. Mr. Bheki Ntshalintshali: Deputy General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
  13. Ms. Robyn Christie: Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA).
  14. Ms. Heather Prinsloo: Managing Director of Ibhaso Consulting and former Divisional Director: Transformation for the City Lodge Hotel Group.

Member news - Zoo e-News wins top SA Publication Award

The National Zoo is proud to announce that our electronic newsletter, the Zoo e-News, has won the Best Electronic Newsletter award for 2012.

The award was presented by the SA Publication Forum. Competing against some stiff competition, the NZG's newsletter came out tops! Read the newsletter and subscribe.

Member news - Ditsong Tswaing Meteorite Crater Heritage Day Festival

Tswaing Meteorite Crater is a 2000-hectare heritage site, some 40 km north-west of Central Pretoria, surrounded by settlements inhabited by more than a million people, such as Winterveld, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Nuwe Eersterus. Tswaing is one of the site museums of DITSONG: Museums of South Africa.

The Heritage Festival is an annual event to celebrate Heritage Month and involves various cultural activities by local communities. This year the festival had a strong focus on youth, community leaders, local history, cultural and environmental heritage.

The Festival was used as a platform to reinforce the values of the communities' history, cultural traditions and beliefs. It also enhanced and promoted social cohesion in those communities.

We wanted to ensure that the programme lived beyond the day. This was achieved in part by the very inspiring IKS discussion panel who appealed to the community to look after their heritage and traditions and use this knowledge in their daily lives.

Via our formal event we were able to engage with community leaders (such as chiefs, kings, ward councillors, teachers and icons in the community), youth and women about emerging issues and collaborative partnerships.

Kabelo Molebaloa, well know local motivational speaker, preacher and Chief Education Specialist was the facilitator of the discussion panel with Mr Ishmael Mbhokodo: Deputy Director for Heritage Management.:(COT). Ms Bona Nyawose (DITSONG National Museum of Natural History Director) gave the community an introduction to the event and Mr Kepi Madumo (SED Sport and Recreation of COT) spoke about the Tshwane Growth Development Strategy Programme.

The key note speaker for the discussion panel was Mma Tshepo Khumbane, who for decades, played an important role in uplifting rural communities, especially women. Her so-called ‘mind mobilisation plan' approach has been applied successfully to organise communities to become self-reliant by, among others, harvesting rainwater and growing their own food.In her work Mma Tshepo has learnt to turn things around and give people hope and encouragement, coupled with practical skills to overcome hunger. Mma Tshepo was accompanied by Mr Eric Lubisi (international artist), Mr Otsile Ntsoane (IKS specialist) and Mr Mabena (traditional healer). This led to some very interesting discussion form the audience.

The informal youth event was run concurrently with the formal event, here talented local youth showcased their abilities in traditional dance. The youth turned out to the event beautifully dressed in traditional costumes and well prepared for their dance presentations.

All enjoyed a full traditional meal complete with mopane worms.

Member news - Voortrekker Monument spring project

The Voortrekker Monument has launched a spring project. The project will run in September, October and November and would like to introduce the bicycle (road and mountain bikes) and hiking routes to the public.

Every Sunday during September, October and November 2012, visitors may come and walk or ride a bike on site at no charge. Mountain bikes are for hire at the Information Centre at R80 per hour, with a deposit of R200 which is refundable after the ride.

The Monument is situated in a nature reserve and is the ideal place for hikers, bikes, horse riding and nature lovers who like game and bird watching.

Spring is in the air. Pack a picnic basket, invite friends and family and come and enjoy nature at the Monument!

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city

Pepe's Charity Golf Day, 26 September 2012, Zwartkop Golf Estate

Clean Business International 2012, 2 & 3 October 2012, Gallagher Convention Centre

National Hiking Indaba, 5-7 October 2012, Rietvlei Nature Reserve

TOMSA INDABA Roads Show, 8 October 2012, Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

SANParks Roadshow, 9 October 2012, Premier Hotel Pretoria

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