NEWSLETTER - 13 September 2013

Welcome to our new members

The TTA warmly welcomes the following new members:
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Loving our Cool Capital city this Spring

It would seem that the days of having to travel other cities for trendy events are over. The Creatives in our city are coming out of hibernation and making things happen!

Take a look at the pictures from the first Urban Capital Market which took place on 8 September here. Join them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter: @capitalum.

This past weekend also saw the first Flavours of Tshwane Food & Wine Festival, visit www.piure.co.za or get more information on Facebook.

The first Hello Ambassador creative conference also starts soon at the State Theatre.

TEDx is happening in Tshwane on Friday 27 September! In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, selforganized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

The first ever Atteridgeville Saulsville Art in the Park exhibition will take place on 28 September 2012 from 10:00 to 17:00 at Moroe Park in Atteridgeville off Church Street/Dr Nkomo Street.

TTA Members shine at National Lilizela Awards

It was an honour for Tshwane to host the National Lilizela Awards on 12 September 2013 at the Tshwane Events Centre.

We congratulate TTA Member, The Angels Place Boutique Hotel, which was a finalist in the category Best Social Involvement Programme.

Other TTA members who won at the awards are the CSIR ICC which was a winner in the category Best Single Resource Management Programme - Waste and Garden Court Hatfield which was a winner in the category Investing in People.

Click here for a full list of finalists and winners. Entries are already open for next years awards and members are encouraged to enter their businesses in these prestigious national awards.

TTA Chairperson honoured with Gauteng Special Category Lilizela Award

On 3 September 2013 Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane honoured top tourism products and achievers in the tourism sector in Gauteng at a prestigious gala evening held at Gold Reef City in Joburg and our chairperson, Bronwen Cadle de Ponte, was the recipient of the Gauteng Aspiring Woman in Tourism Award.

The evening, which also kick-started the provincial tourism month programme, saw top provincial government leaders, tourism stakeholders and members of the media under one roof celebrating and appreciating the value and contribution of all in the sector that have made quality service and excellence in the their businesses.

Speaking at the ceremony, Gauteng Premier urged all the role-players in the province's tourism sector to raise the bar in delivering quality top notch service and experience. "Tourism is a fiercely competitive business. We are not only competing with other businesses, cities, regions and provinces, but with all the other demands for consumers' discretionary spend. The environment for tourism is changing and to grow and prosper, we will need to lift the bar in the delivery of service and standards. This is imperative if Gauteng wants to keep ahead of its competitors", explained the Premier.

The provincial chapter of the inaugural Lilizela Tourism Awards recognized tourism businesses, individuals and tourism experiences that continue to provide quality and excellent service in the province and further served as the official ceremony announcing the provincial nominees for the National Lilizela Tourism Awards.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards were launched by National Tourism Minister, Mr. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, at INDABA 2013 in May, and aim to identify and reward tourism businesses who work passionately and with pride to help enhance South Africa's global destination competitiveness. They are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism (NDT) and managed and delivered by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA), the only official and formal quality assurance body and a business unit of South African Tourism.

The gala awards ceremony was also attended by the new Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Mr Mxolisi Xayiya, Gauteng Transport MEC, Ishmael Vadi, and a delegation from Chongqing region in China. Premier Mokonyane used the evening to pay tribute to the late Gauteng MEC Nkosiphedule Kolisile, who was instrumental in the organising and presentation of these awards before his untimely death.

"We are today unveiling the Gauteng Special Tourism Award category, which will form part of the provincial chapter of the Lilizela Tourism Awards moving forward.

This special category is aimed to recognise special tourism products, individuals and a collection of attract brands, called, the Gauteng Signature Collection, outside the Lilizela Awards categories. This we believe will add impetus to our efforts of making Gauteng a visitor focused destination of choice", concluded Premier Mokonyane.

"I extend hearty congratulations to the provincial finalists for the Lilizela National Tourism Awards and further express my delight with the winners of the first ever Gauteng Special Tourism Award category for coming this far. Their standards of excellence and the relentless effort they have ploughed into their businesses, has ensured that destination Gauteng remains a major player in our country's tourism sector," says Thembi Kunene, interim Chairperson of the Lilizela Tourism Awards and CEO of Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. "We now look forward to honouring the national winners at the first ever national awards ceremony on 12th September," she concluded.

Among those who scooped Awards on the night includes Jojo Tsheola from Tsheola Dinare Tours for Tourism Entrepreneur of the year, Kgomotso Pooe, a true dreamer from Soweto Outdoor Adventures, for the Aspiring Youth in Tourism category, Ms Bronwen Cadle De Ponte from Tshwane Tourism Association, for the Aspiring Woman in Tourism and a posthumous awarding of the late Mr Jimmy "Face to Face" Ntintili, for an Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in Gauteng Tourism Sector.

Top Gauteng attractions like Lilieslief, Constitution Hill, Apartheid Museum, Voortrekker Monument, Maboneng Precinct and various neighbourhood zones across the region, also received their formal recognition and acceptance into the Signature Collection realm.

A full list of awards winners for both the Gauteng Special Tourism Award and Lilizela categories are:

  • Gauteng Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Jojo Tsheola
  • Gauteng Aspiring Youth in Tourism Award: Kgomotso Pooe
  • Gauteng Aspiring Woman in Tourism Award: Bronwen Cadle De Ponte
  • Life-Time Award for Outstanding contribution by an individual to Tourism in Gauteng: Jimmy Ntintili

New lease on life for Union Buildings

As the country gears up to celebrate the centenary of the most iconic building in the capital city of Pretoria, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile says changes will be made at the Union Buildings to reflect the democratic South Africa.

"There is going to be a lot of reconfiguration. [Beyond the centenary of] the Union Buildings, which started as the symbol of the past Union of South Africa, it should be converted into a Union of all South Africans.

"We want to give it new meaning and you will see with the symbols to come… that this is now a Union of all South Africans, a Union Buildings of a new democratic South Africa.

"We are still planning, but I can tell you that one of the things that we will do in December is to unveil a statue of former President Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings.

"We are changing the offices at the Union Buildings by renaming them after the heroes of our struggle. So [there] will probably be the Chris Hani and Albertina Sisulu Boardrooms. We will be putting in more African art," Mashatile said in an exclusive interview with SAnews.

Designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908, construction of the 275-meter long Union Buildings, situated in the northern end of Arcadia, Pretoria, began in 1909 and was completed in 1913.

The centenary celebrations will be held in December under a theme that will promote social cohesion, national unity and reconciliation.

Mashatile said details of the celebrations will be made public once all the planning has been concluded.

Mandela statue

Mashatile said the decision to erect a golden statue of Madiba at the Union Buildings was a token of appreciation for his valuable contribution to a free, democratic and non-racial South Africa.

"Work is at an advanced stage to erect a statute of Tata Madiba at the Union Buildings as part of its centenary celebrations this year."

On 10 May 1994, the inauguration of Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president, and his deputy presidents, after the country's first free elections, heralded the beginning of a new era in South Africa's history.

Heritage Month

The country also celebrates Heritage Month in September. Asked how South Africans should observe the month, Mashatile said: "Our approach is that we should not prescribe how South Africans celebrate Heritage Month; all we want to see is a proud nation, united in diversity.

"However, we want to see more activities around our museums, particularly those that tell the story of our liberation struggle such as Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia, Robben Island, Mandela House in Soweto and Freedom Park, to mention but a few."

Heritage Day is celebrated on September 24 and this year's national Heritage Day will be celebrated in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape.

The theme for this year's Heritage Month is 'Reclaiming, Restoring and Celebrating our Living Heritage'.

Source: SAnews.gov.za

Tshwane's City Hall gets revamp

City Hall is being restored and will soon have the status given to other city halls of capital cities globally. Part of the work will be to revamp the office suites to accommodate the mayor and his team. Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa is expected to make the City Hall his 'home'.

Major renovations are under way at Tshwane's City Hall, costing an estimated R1.2-million to refurbish the 80-year-old building. It has the largest hall of its kind in the country, and built to celebrate the old town achieving city status, which was proclaimed in 1931.

The refurbishments come in the wake of the executive mayor and his team taking up office space at the building while the City's new headquarters - Tshwane House, a modern, forward-looking municipal centre - is built. Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa is expected to move into the revamped City Hall this month.

Work goes beyond preparing the office area, however, and includes rejuvenating the entire space and its grounds to give it peer status with the city halls of other capital cities. From this, refurbishment and rejuvenation is expected to spread across the city, in line with Tshwane Vision 2055. The vision is a living statement of consensus to determine long-term goals and aspirations for the City by residents and experts alike.

Tshwane House is another aspect of the vision. It will rise from the dust of the old Munitoria building, the headquarters of the City of Tshwane, which was imploded on 7 July. The new building will accommodate 1 500 municipal employees and give residents easy access to services. Speaking a few minutes before the implosion, Ramakgopa said the City would spend R7-billion on rejuvenating the inner city over the next 18 to 30 months, in line with the ideals of Tshwane Vision 2055.

City Hall's renovations are also part of these ideals. Plans for it include refurbishment of the office suites, networks, security, and the gardens, parking bays, access control, improved acoustics, natural light use and energy efficiency retrofits. Once the refurbishment is complete, City Hall will have a media centre, a function dining room and a mail hall. "We have also considered the repairs on the heritage piece, being the piano," explains Blessing Manale, the City's executive head of public affairs and media relations, and spokesperson.

The entire Private Office of the Executive Mayor will move into the revamped space. This includes the directorates of media and public affairs, protocol and ceremonial, intergovernmental and international relations, special interest groups (youth, women, disability and military veterans), and monitoring and evaluation. This is about a total of 20 staff members, mainly the executive heads, and their executive assistants, and immediate subordinates such as directors and deputy directors.

Various other institutions rent office space at the City Hall, but Manale says plans have been put in place to accommodate them. "The City has been consulting with the various occupants of the offices and they have agreed to be relocated. This has mainly been the Sports and Cultural Association, labour unions, and Co-operatives Movement.

"The movement into City Hall by the executive mayor will not have an impact on public access to the grounds. The City Hall, being one of our sanctified icons and seen as the seat of municipal executive power, needs to be restored and accorded the status all city halls enjoy globally," he says. "We envision the future City Hall as a place of engagement and consultation."

Source: Tshwane 2055

Tour Operators Day at Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument

In celebrating Tourism and Heritage Month, tour operators in Tshwane were hosted by Freedom Park, the Voortrekker Monument and the City of Tshwane.

Linda Ngcipe, the City's Convention and Visitors Services Bureau's Executive Director, said tourism remains the more resilient sector compared to other economic sectors. She said the City of Tshwane wants to improve its competitiveness in this highly competitive market and that there is a great need to develop new tourism products such as new routes and niche markets to remain relevant.

The tour operators were taken on South Africa's historical journey at Freedom Park's // Hapo Interpretive Centre. Exhibitions, live interpretations and storytelling spaces relay the history of our region from an African perspective and cover the seven eras from earth to nation and continent building.

The Voortrekker Monument, the biggest monument in Africa, was declared a Grade 1 national heritage site in 2012. Exploring its splendour, tour operators were encouraged to use their smart phones to learn more about the exhibitions in the monument as the QR-tag system for smart phones was recently introduced at the monument. Looking to the future the Voortrekker Monument has been identified as one of the attractions to be included in Gauteng's Signature Collection. The Gauteng Tourism Authority aims to use this project to attract more visitors to Gauteng.

For more information on the two monuments, visit www.freedompark.co.za and www.voortrekkermon.org.za.

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