Local Tourism Goes Beyond Borders

The tourism sector is one of the critical cogs in the local economy sphere and with September being Heritage Month, Msunduzi has a number of plans and events lined up in as far as culture, heritage and tourism are concerned. This means that it will not be business as usual for players in this sector.

Between September 14 to 16, the Duzi2Sani will be taking place between Msunduzi and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, starting at Broadway Lifestyle in iMbali. The start of the event will be characterized by good music and great food as attendees bid farewell to all the participants.

Head of Msunduzi Tourism Ms Gugu Mvelase (pictured) said that they have invited scores of people to come and personally witness what both Msunduzi Municipality together with the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma District Municipality have in store for residents and tourists alike. Emphasising on the Southern African tourism linkages, she said this will also mean that the stakeholder relations between the two countries will be strengthened.

“If we are able to visit other countries, conversely they are also able to visit ours to see what it is that we have in store for them. By so doing, the tourism sector in the two countries will grow and reap the benefits,” said Ms Mvelase. She especially emphasized that communities need to reap the real benefits of tourism.

“As tourists will visit various areas, we will ensure that products and services are procured and consumed for the benefit of the communities. This way, there will be a hive of economic activities,” she added.

During the launch of the Tourism Month activations, Ms Mvelase explained the role and mandate of the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association [MPTA] as looking after the interests of stakeholders within the tourism sector, which includes accommodation establishments, event organisers, travel & tours as well as other establishments that benefit from tourism spin-offs. In addition, it is also the voice of the tourism community within council.

She also said that MPTA’s contribution to the tourism sector is invaluable and carries a lot of benefits for the city. As a result, we benefit tremendously from their presence and gain a lot,” said Mvelase.

By Siyethaba Mhlongo