WHEN Thomas Ramulifho decided to venture into hospitality industry in 2008, little did he know that one day his establishment, Vuwa Lodge will be rated as one of the best in the country, Writes NAKAMPE LEKWADU
Ramulifho is still in cloud nine few months after Vuwa Lodge scooped the Lilizela Awards in the 3 Star Guest House catergory.
“I never thought such a day where our Guest House could earn this kind of achievement, let alone to be nominated as a provincial candidate for this award,” said Ramulifho during Sports Focus’ visit at the Lodge in Polokwane.
Conveniently located in Polokwane’s busy plush suburb of Flora Park, Vuwa Lodge is close to the popular Savannah Shopping Mall, Flora Medi-Clinic and Body Life Gymnasium, this is where the government and private businesses host their conferences.
The Lodge is also conveniently few kilometers from the 2010 FIFA World Cup venue, Peter Mokaba Stadium and less than 10km away from the Polokwane International Airport and also 10km away from Meropa Casino and Entertainment.
Ramulifho said he could not believe it when he was told that his establishment was among the candidates for the provincial Lilizela Awards.
“For me it was a surprise because I did not even notice when inspectors once took us by a surprise when they visited us here to inspect the Lodge. We did not even had time to prepare this place so that when they come they could find it clean because they never informed us,” added Ramulifho who is a former lecture.
Vuwa Lodge went on to win the award in the province in the 3 Star Guest House catergory before they could go on to scoop the big one at national level.
“I am very grateful about this award and it will go a long way in putting us on the map as one of the best establishment in the province and in the country as well. This could not have been possible if it was not through the hard work and the effort by our friendly staffers here,” said the excited Ramulifho.
From the humble beginning in 2008 when Ramulifho converted his house into a seven room guest house before he could bought out his neighbours’ house which he added to the establishment to 18 rooms in 2009. Today Vuwa boast of 24 rooms and two conference halls that seat 60 and 80 delegates, with a standby generator for a continuous electricity supply.
Other amenities include air conditioning, bathrooms en suite, disabled facilities, laundry services, satellite TV, tea and coffee in rooms, phones in rooms and Internet access.
Ramulifho’s future plan is to establish another guest house at his home village of Vuwani village in Venda.
“I have already bought a huge land there for this purpose and it is just the matter of time before I can realise that dream.