MPUMALANGA will soon be among the most visited province should the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Sikhumbuzo Kholwane have his way, WRITES NAKAMPE LEKWADU.
This after Kholwane outlined a number of projects his department will be engaged on of which among them include the upgrading of the province’s Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondovels, Pilgrim’s Rest and God’s Window.
“Like any other provinces which are not relaxing on their comfort zone as far as boosting their economy via tourism, we as Mpumalanga also need to be on our feet in terms of boosting ours as well.
“We have a number of attractions which we are planning to upgrade in order to boost our economy. It is a known fact that our province is doing well in mining and tourism and the upgrading of tourism attraction areas across the province will go the long way,” said Kholwane.
He added that: “Pilgrim’s Rest has over the years become our thorn and we need to stop asking about business plans as government. It derails the progress of emerging entrepreneurs,” added Kholwane who said they are planning to give the people of Pilgrim’s Rest longer contracts to work there and revive that place.
“We are going to work with everyone, black or white. We are aware about the injustices of the past, but it is time to move on as a country,” he said.
The biggest spending in Mpumalanga’s tourism department is the planned cantilevered Glass Walkway at the God’s Window over the Blyde River Canyon which is estimated to be around R84 million upon completion.
Mpumalanga hosted this year’s Tourism International Tourism Day at Ka-Nyamazane’s Mbombela Stadium which was also graced by the minister of Tourism Thokozile Xasa, some members of Mpumalanga’s provincial legislature and a number of municipal representatives.
Legendary Jazz artist, Jonas Gwanga was also invited to perform at the event which attracted a disappointing crowds
–additional report by Lowvelder