The Limpopo Tourism Agency [LTA] have applauded the SAPS for apprehending the three perpetrators of the murder of a German tourist. The incident occurred on the 24th of February 2024 in Northam, Waterberg District.

The LTA says this sort of criminal activity raises safety concerns for tourists and the province as a whole. Compromising its reputation of being one of the safest provinces in the country.

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The Chief Executive Officer of LTA Moses Ngobeni has expressed his disappointment regarding this horrible crime.

“We are really saddened by this negative story of the killing of a tourist in our province,” he said. 

“Our province is known for being one of the safest provinces in the country and we will continue to work with SAPS on all aspects of tourism safety ensuring that tourists coming into the province are safe.

“We wish to, on behalf of the tourism industry in Limpopo, convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of the 74-year-old Westphal Gaunter Herman Friedrich from Germany. We will continue to work closely with the SAPS in the province while also strengthening the rapid response to the team on tourism safety in the province”, Ngobeni added. 

Limpopo Tourism Agency applauds the SAPS for arresting murderers of a German tourist
The vehicle used by a murdered German tourist in Waterberg, Limpopo

LIMPOPO TOURISM AGENCY REACTS ON THE MURDER OF THE GERMAN TOURIST 

He further adds that the collaboration of the LTA and Limpopo Economic, Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) intensifying tourism safety programmes with the SAPS will ensure that the safety of tourists and tourism practitioners in the province remains intact.

“The three arrested perpetrators are foreign nationals and this confirms that Limpopo is still a safe province. We are grateful and appreciative of the good job the police have done by apprehending the three criminals. We wish could get maximum sentences to sound strong warning to other criminals”, the CEO further stated.

The agency pleads with communities to work hand in hand with the police to ensure tourists’ safety by also reporting any criminal incidents to the police.

The Limpopo Tourism Agency [LTA] has called on Limpopo women-owned tourism products from various sectors to be part of their profiling initiative. The initiative came as part of implementing the resolution of the Tourism Lekgotla that was held at Tiveka Game Lodge in 2021.

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It also seeks to assist in packaging provincial women-owned tourism products to enhance their marketability.

“LTA is on the verge of appointing a service provider that will assist in the execution of the above-mentioned activity of profiling Limpopo based women-owned products. In accordance with the Agency’s mandate of marketing and promoting destination Limpopo,” the agency said in a statement.

Call for Limpopo women-owned tourism products to grab profiling opportunity 
Limpopo Tourism Agency promotions

LIMPOPO WOMEN-OWNED TOURISM PRODUCTS URGED TO USE LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY 

The key objectives of the scope in profiling women-owned products: 

1. Build and strengthen the packaging of women-owned tourism products and services.

2. Raise the profile of women-owned products and services.

3. Showcase Limpopo’s hidden gems including the experiences and nearby attractions.

4. Drive domestic tourism to increase tourist arrivals.

“LTA will appoint the expert company to assist in the profiling of the 25 women-owned tourism products. The Agency has invited all Limpopo women-owned tourism products from various categories including, Accommodation providers (Bed and Breakfast, guesthouses, backpackers, hostels, caravan and camping sites, country houses and lodges, self-catering facilities: game and nature reserves), business tourism, adventure products, conference centres, travel agencies, tourist guides, and also tour operators to apply for these services.

For products to be considered, they should meet the following criteria:

1. Must be registered on the South African central supplier database.

2. Must also reside in the Limpopo Province.

3. Must be graded (if applicable) by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.

4.  Must also have been in business for at least three years.

The Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) in partnership with other key stakeholders officially launched Phiring Village Homestays this past weekend. A first of its kind in Sekhukhune and a third in the Province.

The first Village Homestay was established in Makushu village in the Vhembe district and the second was also introduced at Mashishimale Village in Mopani District

Phiring is a small Village situated on the border of Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces in the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Municipality, Sekhukhune. The purpose of the concept is to expose visitors and tourists to authentic traditional and cultural experiences.

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Instead of visitors staying in conventional hotels, they are hosted in homestays, where they live with local families. This also allows for a more intimate and personal experience, as guests become a part of the family for the duration of their stay.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in traditional and local activities, which could include joining in on traditional dances, floor-making using cow dung or soil, learning how to cook local/traditional dishes, engaging in traditional craft-making, or taking part in religious or cultural ceremonies. This is an authentic experience that leaves visitors with lasting memories.

Limpopo Tourism Agency launches Phiring Village Homestays
Ms Annah Phetla flanked by CEO of LTA, Mr. Moses Ngobeni on the left, LTA Board Deputy Chairperson, Ms. Grace Sibara and in a black golf shirt on the right, MMC for LED at Fetakgomo -Tubatse Municipality, Cllr. Owen Mashego

PHIRING VILLAGE HOMESTAYS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN LIMPOPO

The concept is by TAH-SA under the stewardship of Ms. Kyle Murray. Murray alongside her husband Cameron Murray.

“All mothers owning these homes are retired and very hospitable, like a true mom or a granny,” she said.

“They will make sure that our guests are well taken care of and feel part of their families. Most of the moms have two to five family members staying with them, mostly their children or grandchildren.

“As the experience is unique, each homestay mom’s home is beautifully different. Most of the moms have two guest rooms with either two double beds or one beautifully decorated,” she said.

“Homestay owners will be awarded with certificates as proof that they are qualified to host guests from all over the world. This will also be after the training they received. The moms also pride themselves in welcoming families and guests from all over the world”, concluded Murray.

The stakeholders in attendance include Fetakgomo-Tubatse Municipality, Kruger to Canyon, Traditional African Homestays-South Africa (TAH-SA), Sekhukhune Development Agency (SDA), Sekhukhune District Tourism Association and also Phiring Traditional Authority.

The Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) has urged travelers to make use of the Sho’t Left Travel Week and book holidays at a 50% discounted rate. The Sho’t Left Travel Week commences on Tuesday, 4 September until Sunday, 10 September. It is aimed at addressing the barrier of affordability and providing access to all South Africans to affordable and discounted travel deals.

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“We are making a clarion call to citizens of Limpopo and beyond to make bookings starting from today, 4-10 September 2023, for discounted travel deals and packages of up to 50% off,” said LTA CEO, Moses Ngobeni.

“The time is here, and the memories are waiting to be created as Shot Left Travel Week heads our way.

“Let us grab this opportunity while it is still open for great experiences, amazing accommodation deals. Day trips and holiday trips waiting to be explored,” he said.

Limpopo travelers urged to make use of Sho’t Left Travel Week
Kambaku boat ride in Phalaborwa

“The campaign includes great experiences, amazing accommodation deals, day trips and holiday trips.
The purpose of the campaign is to achieve a reduction in seasonality, improve geographic spread and contribute towards transformation.

AMAZING OFFERS IN LIMPOPO AS SHO’T LEFT TRAVEL WEEK COMMENCE

“There is something amazing for everyone right around the corner in Limpopo. It’s your Province. Enjoy it,” added the LTA.

“The Agency is so excited to see the province back on its feet again. After two years of lull due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects. The Agency further commends the tourism industry for its resilient spirit to have survived the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, The annual South African National Parks Week in the Kruger National Park will this year take place from 18-22 September. South African National Parks Week is aimed at encouraging citizens to know their parks and enjoy their natural heritage.

The Limpopo Tourism Agency [LTA] on Saturday officially launched the Limpopo Golf Passport at Mogol Golf Club in Lephalale

The Golf passport has been on the cards of LTA since 2014 when it was first conceptualized. This is the first of its kind in the country and is in collaboration with the Gauteng and Free State Provinces. 

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It was introduced in an attempt to heighten Limpopo’s sport tourism profile. Also to cement the notion that Limpopo is capacious to host golf events of international standard. 

“This will no doubt bring more visitors to the province with discounts to participating golfers every time they play at any participating golf courses of their choice. Our golf resorts are so pristine with beautiful amenities including wildlife,” said LTA Chairperson Andrew Dipela at the launch. 

“This is also done to promote the Safari Route in Limpopo to put Limpopo on the world pedestal. But to also attract both local and international golf enthusiasts to stay and play their golf in Limpopo.” 

A young Golfer enjoying his Golf at the Mogol Course
A young Golfer enjoying his Golf at the Mogol Course

When will the Limpopo Golf Passport become available? 

The Passport will be available from August 2023 and the first recipients will be the four ball winners of the Limpopo Championship Pro-Am.

“We are confident as the Agency that our partnership with the private sector organisations such as Sunshine Tour displays prospects of tourism growth in the province and our partnership with them confirms that. 

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“With our new mandate and strategic focus as a marketing Agency, we are confident of turning the corner thereby putting the province on a growth trajectory by increasing the tourist numbers while increasing the length of stay in the province thus creating much needed job opportunities to fight poverty and inequality in our province,” he said. 

Golfers also enjoyed themselves with a two day tournament at the Mogol Golf course. 

GALLERY:

Hundreds of Golfers ascended to Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate in Modimolle for yet another edition of the annual Kudu Amateur Golf Championship.

The annual flagship golf event which is more of a social event took place from 17-19 November.

The event is supported by Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) who have a three-year partnership from 2021 until 2023.

KUDU AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS

Since its inception in 2016 the event has seen a significant growth of golfers from various parts of the province and our neighbouring provinces. Both male and female.

This year was no exception as there was an increased number of female participants. Mash Makena, who won the longest drive at the competition, has described the experience as fulfilling.

“The Tournament was amazing especially because it’s the first time I took part in the tournament,” she told Limpopo Chronicle.

Mash Makena during Kudu Amateur Championship
Mash Makena during Kudu Amateur Golf Championship

“Being a lady and competing against men, normally they drive longer than us ladies. But because we always expect men to get it so it was much more fulfilling and a good experience for me. So, I think I enjoyed the tournament all in all.

“Most of the time playing as a lady you don’t feel as important as the man does. But with this one it was completely different,” she explained.

“We played with different people and all the people that we played with were actually welcoming and it was an amazing experience. We made new friendships and learnt a thing or two from them so it was just an amazing experience.”

PICTURE GALLERY

KORO CREEK BUSHVELD

Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate is an exclusive Golf development. It situated in the historic town of Modimolle (formerly known as Nylstroom) in Limpopo.

The Golf Course is a 6825-metre par 72 championship course featuring four tee boxes on every hole to accommodate every level of golfer.

The Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) successfully launched its summer campaign as an initiative to promote and drive domestic tourism during this festive season. The campaign was launched on the 10th November 2022 at Meloding Guest House, Bela-Bela.

The Agency collaborated with Limpopo Economic Development and Tourism (LEDET), National Department of Tourism (NDT), South African Tourism (SAT), Limpopo Provincial Tourism Association (LPTA) to drive tourism numbers to the province.

LIMPOPO TOURISM AGENCY SUMMER CAMPAIGN

The campaign was officially launched by the MEC of Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Mr. Rodgers Monama. He was supported by the Executive Mayor of Waterberg District Municipality, Cllr, Morris Mataboge, Mayor of Bela-Bela Local Municipality, Cllr. Gloria Seleka. LTA Board Chairperson, Mr. Andrew Dipela and the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Limpopo Legislature on Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Mr. Donald Selamolela.

Present also was the Chairperson of LPTA, Mr. Gerhard Franken, Acting Head of Department of LEDET, Mr. Matodzi Rathumbu, and LTA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sello Maleka.

Limpopo Tourism Agency Summer campaign 2022 officially launched
Limpopo Tourism Agency Summer campaign 2022 officially launched

“Limpopo province is so rich as it is endowed with minerals, which other people mine but do not benefit. The province also has agriculture and tourism, which is big in the Waterberg District,” said MEC for LEDET, Mr. Rodgers Monama.

COVID-19 IMPACT

“Last year this event coincided with COVID-19 pandemic, Which hit the tourism industry and other related sub-sectors in the tourism value chain. To this end, much effort was and still is required to recover the limping tourism industry.

“The central objective is to increase domestic tourism trips to the province by creating awareness about destination Limpopo. This is further to encourage local citizens to travel and explore various tourism experiences in the province. To ensure that Limpopo is top of mind to all South Africans. As people come to the province in their numbers, that will create employment, to fight poverty and inequality,” he further said.

“The main objective of the campaign will be to position destination Limpopo as a year-round leisure, business, and special interest destination. This has recently been proven when Peter Mokaba Stadium was used as a home ground for Mamelodi Sundowns FC. This was during the 2022 MTN Cup Semi-final game against Orlando Pirates FC whereby the stadium was packed to capacity. That also contributed to tourism and will go down as an historic event in the province. It also boosted our economy benefiting several sectors including informal traders in the province,” Monama said as he concluded.

MEDIA TOUR

The media personalities in attendance were taken to Lerato’s Grill House for a taste of the township tourism experience. The following day they were taken on a tour of two internationally acclaimed attractions.

The first was Nylsvley Nature Reserve. It is a RAMSAR Site with over 390 bird species that annually flock to this wetland. A haven for birds from many parts of the world including Asia and Europe. The second was Makapan’s Valley World Heritage Site, outside Mokopane. This is where the Voortrekkers under Piet Potgieter and the Ndebeles under King Mghombane Gheghana waged war in the 1800’s.

Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) will launch its summer campaign as an initiative to promote and drive domestic tourism during this festive season.

The campaign will be launched on Thursday, 10 November at Meloding Guest House, Bela-Bela, Waterberg District.

LTA will collaborate with Limpopo Economic Development and Tourism (LEDET), National Department of Tourism (NDT), South African Tourism (SAT), Limpopo Provincial Tourism Association (LPTA).

The central objective is to also increase domestic tourism trips to the province by creating awareness about destination Limpopo.

LTA SUMMER CAMPAIGN

“This is further to encourage local citizens to travel and explore various tourism experiences in the province thus ensuring that the province is top of mind to all South Africans,” said LTA in a statement.

“The summer campaign is one of the longest campaigns by period undertaken by LTA and the industry similarly. The warmer months (September to April) of the year are the best times to drive tourism numbers. Naturally the best time to travel to this magnificent province of Limpopo. As the weather supports a lot of outdoor activities and tourism in general.”

SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS

This campaign takes place against the backdrop of a very successful Tourism Month campaign. That was characterized by several partnerships including collaborative efforts with Miss Heritage Global company. To also host the pageant for the first time in Limpopo, at Kalahari Waterfront, Budeli village outside Thohoyandou in Vhembe.

The Summer Campaign will be characterized by activities that are directed at the consumer which include Limpopo Holiday Fair. A property that was developed to become the future Limpopo Tourism Trade Fair outside of the major centers. The main objective of the campaign will be to position destination Limpopo as a year-round leisure, business and special interest destination.

Waterberg District will be the springboard of the 2022 Summer Campaign with a myriad of activities.

The 2022 Limpopo Tourism Month launch took place today, Tuesday, 23 August at Kalahari Waterfront at the Nandoni Budeli area in the Vhembe District hosted by LT Agency.

The launch is also the first after the regulations of COVID 19 were relaxed.

The theme for World Tourism Day 2022 as provided by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is ‘Rethinking Tourism’. This is customized to South Africa as “Rethinking tourism success for sustainable growth”.

Limpopo Tourism Month officially launched by Agency
Limpopo Tourism Month officially launched

LIMPOPO TOURISM MONTH 

“This year’s theme is also aimed at inspiring insightful discussions within the tourism industry. To rethink the way we are also doing business. It’s development and identifying sustainable opportunities for future growth” said Mr. Sello Maleka Acting CEO for Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA).

World Tourism Day, is also celebrated each year on 27 September. It is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political, and economic value. The contribution that the sector can make towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. In South Africa, this is a month-long celebration aimed at highlighting the importance of the sector to the South African economy. Encourage domestic tourism in line with the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan.

AGENCY HOST GLOBAL EVENT

Now that the tourism industry is fully open and functional, it is now time for the sector to do the most important things that we could not have done in the previous two years. Its now time to also rebuild, rebrand and recover as the tourism sector in the province and country.

In support of the global theme and in celebration of this important period in our sectors, as a destination we will rally all tourism stakeholder, citizens, and potential tourists to visit and celebrate with us using key industry events and activations. Also working closely with all tourism stakeholder. The province has come up with a comprehensive calendar of events which help popularize the theme and raise awareness on the key subjects.

After a two-year hiatus, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of the state of disaster, several sectors were severely affected including the Limpopo tourism sector, which was the most affected after several months without operation. 

The country made great strides and efforts to fight the pandemic and now gradually moving back to normality.

The relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions has also seen the return of tourism business in the first quarter of 2022. This saw Limpopo Province come back with a bang. South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) in partnership with South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) and Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) present the much-anticipated CPD (Continuous Professional Development) accredited Biennial Symposium 2022. 

LIMPOPO TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGE 

The event will be held from the 21st to 23rd September, at Fairview Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Tzaneen.

“We look forward to hosting all SAIAE members at the Fairview Hotel for a long-awaited in person multi-day CPD event. We have established that agricultural and all engineers practicing in the agricultural industry are generating world class solutions in government departments (nationally and provincially). Private sector and in research organizations”, emphasized President of SAIAE, Mr. Thabo Mavundza.

This event has over the years housed over 200 local and international engineers and scientists. They have shared knowledge and insight on local and international case studies. Cutting-edge technology in the agricultural sector, and new, exciting, and innovative solutions in the agricultural industry. 

“This year, we expect nothing less and the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers Council calls on all interested parties, active in the agricultural sector to attend this world class event”, concluded, Mavundza.

ENGINEERING AGRICULTURE

The theme of the symposium this year is: “The Rise of Engineering Agriculture” – welcome to the future, today, it arrived yesterday!

Issues to be addressed by the symposium will include but not limited to the following: Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, Food Processing and Preservation, Water Resource Management, Drought Impact Mitigation, Agricultural Structures, Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization, Environmental Engineering, Covid-19 Impact on Agricultural Operations and System, Impact of Flood on Agricultural Infrastructure, Engineering Solutions for Rural Farmers and 4thIndustrial Revolution in Agricultural Engineering.

“Alongside making this momentous announcement and successful bidding as the ideal host destination for the symposium. This then gives us as an opportunity to grow Agrotourism in the province, something we have not taken advantage of. We would then like to take this opportunity to urge our tour operators to take advantage of this opportunity. Engage with the production facility owners to develop Agrotourism related packages”, said Mr. Moses Ngobeni Acting CEO of LTA.

Limpopo Province has a great story to tell when it comes to Agrotourism, especially in Tzaneen. The following are some of them:

WESTFALIA FRUIT

Westfalia Fruit is a leading multinational supplier of fresh fruit and related products to international markets. Through our vertically-integrated supply chain we grow, source, and ripen, pack, process and market quality avocados and other produce. Across the year and across the globe.

ZZ2 GROUP OF COMPANIES

The ZZ2 brand is a well-known icon in South Africa with a proud history backed by a great customer value offering and superior economic value for their stakeholders. The ZZ2 farms mainly in the Limpopo Province where the sought-after tomatoes and avocados are cultivated. They also grow mangoes, onions, dates, cherries, apples, pears, stone fruit, almonds, and blueberries.

PEPPADEW INTERNATIONAL

What started as a modest production facility in the hills of Limpopo has grown into a global food brand. Years of ingenuity has not only led to unprecedented culinary experiences along the way. But also to the development of manufacturing operations of the highest standards. It’s because of these standards that they are proud to supply PEPPADEW® products to some of the world’s largest retailers and food manufacturers. Also in over 25 countries around the world.

SETŠONG TEA CRAFTERS

Setšong Tea Crafters is a 100% black-owned Company comprising of youth and women. The company stimulates the economy in a collaboration with rural cooperatives from Limpopo developed by a community development organization; Siyaphila Youth Support Services.