NEWSLETTER - 21 July 2017

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Maison Sur Le Parc - A luxurious guest house offering six uniquely designed guest suites, situated in the popular green belt suburb of Waterkloof Ridge.

Rra Ditau Luxury Tented Camp at Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary. Rra Ditau is Tswana for 'father of lions' - a name bestowed on Kevin by a renowned guide in Okavango Delta. This intimate glam camp nestles quietly among beautiful acacia tress within the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve. Featuring 5 beautifully appointed tents that merge seamlessly into the tranquil landscape, this setting is guaranteed to help you kick back, relax and unwind. While all that's between you and the bush is canvas, luxury is the order of the day and no amenity has been overlooked.

The Pretoria Fun Facts and Colouring Book introduces a range of "with love from Pretoria/Tshwane" gifts

Sue Clark, who is the owner and producer of the Pretoria Fun Fact and Colouring Book, recently informed us about the exciting growth of her product.

"By popular request we are putting together a range of "with love from Pretoria/Tshwane" gifts which are products related to the colouring books and specially relate to our city. The first was the gift bag and now we have colouring card sets. We have selected six images from the book and packed them with envelopes. Each card has its illustration information on the back. They come in two sizes A5 and A6", says Sue Clark.

These unique tourism related colouring books, bags and cards are ideal as pillow drops, corporate gifts for guests or for Christmas and the New Year or to stock in your reception for sale as extra revenue generators.

Marikana - The Musical returns at State Theatre

The South African State Theatre presents the explosive return of the multi award winning 'Marikana' - The Musical from 11 July to 11 August.

On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, Northwest. The fateful event left 34 mineworkers dead. The protesting mineworkers were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine. The event was described the biggest incident of police brutality since the advent of democracy and it revived memories of the brutality suffered under Apartheid security police.

After enchanting audiences and critics alike, this gigantic musical explosive returns to the stage at State Theatre, this time backed by a huge public demand. 'Marikana' – The Musical is a new South African musical adapted by acclaimed multi-award winning playwright and theatre director, Aubrey Sekhabi from the book "We Are Going to kill Each Other Today" - The Marikana Story penned by eminent South African writers , Thanduxolo Jika, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki.

Forty strong award-winning cast led by the formidable Meshack "Mimi" Mavuso, Aubrey Poo, Emma Mmekwa, and Mpho "Mckenzie" Matome unleash a blow by blow account of the events that led to the loss of 44 lives at the hands of the police and the miners. Marikana - The Musical goes back to the villages and townships where they came from and give faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers and uncles.

The musical director, Aubrey Sekhabi says, 'Marikana' has been a humbling experience. "for us, awards, accolades and public demand it has been a real roller-coaster of emotions for me, the creative team and the cast we hope to continue using art to heal, mourn and most importantly to teach tolerance," said Sekhabi.

"Twenty years into our democracy, can we say that we are a tolerant society if we can lose so many lives at our own hands? The killing did not start on the day of the shooting and after it started it spread like wildfire and Tomorrow morning, the men will sing again. Their spears, pangas, inculas and sticks will clatter menacingly. They will recite battle cries from their homelands, and move about in organized columns, raising clouds of dust. But 34 of them will sing for the very last time," said Sekhabi.

Sekhabi is proving to be a dominating, influential positive voice in the arts with unprecedented 18 Naledi Awards nominations in one cycle for two new South African works. 'Marikana' came tops at the Naledi Theatre Awards 2014 winning the best production of a musical (The South African State Theatre) Best Director (Aubrey Sekhabi), Best Performance in a Musical: Female (Emma Mmekwa), Best Set Design (Wilhelm Disbergen), Best Musical Score (Mckenzie Matone, Zakele Mabena and Aubrey Sekhabi), Best original Choreography (Thabo Rapoo).

Dates: 11 June – 11 August 2017
Venue: Drama Theatre @ The State Theatre
Written & Directed by: Aubrey Sekhabi
Musical Director: Mckenzie Matone
Choreographer: Thabo Rapoo
Set Designer: Wilhelm Disbergen

SA Tourism stats prove interesting

The vast majority of South Africa's total tourism revenue came from foreign tourists in 2016 – accounting for 70% and R75,5bn (€5bn) of revenue generated for the industry.

These were some of the findings in South African Tourism's recently released Annual Report 2016, which showed that the increase in tourist spend was largely due to the growth in the total number of international visitors. The report also showed that international spend on food, transport and leisure-related activities had grown but that spend on accommodation had remained static.

Average length of stay for international tourists dropped slightly by 2.9% to 9.2 nights, accounting for 88.8 million bed nights in total. Europe and Asia/Australasia were the main drivers of the decline in length of stay, down 12% and 10.6% respectively. Despite this, Europe accounted for the longest stays – with Swiss tourists staying an average of 13 nights per visit, and German and Dutch tourists staying for 12 nights.

According to the report the most-visited tourist attraction in SA was the V&A Waterfront with 1.1m visitors, followed by Cape Town CBD with 1m visitors, Cape Point with 862 000, Sandton City with 818 000 and Table Mountain Cableway with 786 000 visitors.

Download the report

The CSIR ICC continues with its ethos of contributing to capacity development

The CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) has appointed six in-service trainees in various departments for 6 months each, to gain knowledge in their respective fields in order to obtain their qualifications.

The 2017 intakes are, Skhumbuzo Zwane, Pabalelo Serepo, Nontokozo Mdhluli, Jennifer Modise, Bathembu Mbombela and Lungile Mkwanazito. These young women and men are expected to experience, explore, share and analyse while they apply their theoretical work into practical scenarios.

The learning experience challenges the students to move beyond their established classroom routines into a professional working zone. The training programme further enables the students to get a thorough understanding of the theoretical knowledge acquired through their fields of study, in a more practical environment. The environment also encourages them to explore their creativity as well as learn new relevant skills and knowledge related to their qualifications.

"In the words of Nelson Mandela, Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, we share his sentiments. To this end, our in-service training programme is aimed at addressing skills shortage and is tailored to enhance the students' knowledge and offer them the necessary skills for employment in the hospitality industry", explained Bronwen Cadle de Ponte, CSIR ICC General Manager.

Over and above its regular in-service trainee programme, the ICC also accommodates relevant schools visits. Students get an exhilarating experience of the daily activities of the food and events production industry they aspire to be part of. As well as a tour of the ICC's bustling building and get the privilege to interact with the chefs and other department heads as part of the programme.

Advertising opportunity for TTA members on The Heritage Collection 2018

The Heritage Collection is a publication that has been in existence for 12 years. The publication covers a collection of visitor attractions which provide unique experiences of the heart and soul of South Africa. View the mini-flipper of the guide

The publishers have also combined the Heritage attractions into the Portfolio web site named Things to Do and South African Tourism has partnered with them again this year. TTA members will receive a 20% early bird discount.

Should you wish to participate on the Heritage Mojo Collection for 2018 contact Khutso Ramaoka, Joburg Sales Executive,, 083 692 8707.


Villa San Giovanni currently has the following vacancies:
- Kitchen Manager
- Restaurant Manager

Interested applicants with more than 3 years' experience can submit their CVs to or call 012 543 1736 for more information. The closing date is 1 October 2017.

Recommended reading

In the Accommodation Management space: LittleHotelier Resource Hub
In the Attractions Management space: Attractions Africa
General Tourism news: Tourism Update

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
SAACI Tshwane Branch Event, 15 September 2017, Pretoria
Gauteng Getaway Show, 23-25 September 2017, Johannesburg
World Travel Market (WTM), 18-20 April 2018, Cape Town
IBTM Africa, 19-20 April 2018, Cape Town
Africa's Travel Indaba, 8-10 May 2018, Durban

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