Zululand Tourism Activation, 23 October 2020

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental affairs and Leader of Government Business on 23 October 2020 visited to uPhongolo Local Municipality under Zululand District Municipality. This is part of efforts aimed at fast-tracking the entry of local communities into the mainstream tourism sector.


“Today's engagements with the local mayor Cllr Sibusiso Mhlongo, local leadership and stakeholders in the tourism industry have been very fruitful, eye-opening and inspires us in knowing that our efforts to develop economies for our people have not been in vain. Our focus is to ensure that an integrated approach is used to usher in a new era of socio-economic development” Said Edtea MEC


The Tourism Activation started with the visit to Intonga Farm which employs 22-fulltime staff and 15 seasonal workers. The farm focuses on sugarcane production on approximately 218 hectares and supplies the local Sugar Mill that is operated by RCL Foods. The MEC also received a report on uPhongolo Industrial Park which the department intends to use for job creation.


Then proceeded to a community project - Koopialien Guest House funded by the department with R1, 5 million specifically for the renovations. uPhongolo Municipality is the implementing agent for all the refurbishment in this tourism facility owned by the community through Mahlalela Community Trust.


And lastly visited the community-owned Mkuze Falls Game Reserve. This facility has been renovated and upgraded by the department with the budget of R2, 5 million.


MEC for Edtea Planting at Intonga farm


MEC for Edtea Planting at Intonga farm


MEC viewing some of the camping facility at uMkhuze fall and Game reserve


The dignitaries during the game drive.


MEC and Delegate during the game visit.


MEC visiting Koopialien Guest House- the Community Project.


The chairperson of Koopialien Guest House- Community Project explaining about their project.