South Africans urged to get involved in tourism

By Chris Bathembu Mbashe – As South Africa marked World Tourism Day on Thursday, government has urged communities to embrace tourism development, saying it was central to the country’s economic growth. Minister of Tourism Marthinus Van Schalkwyk told villagers in the Eastern Cape, where this year’s tourism celebrations are being held, that in the next decade the tourism sector will become the biggest employer in the country. “We are seeing major developments on the horizon …

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Dep. Tourism Minister: “Domestic tourism is key to creating sustainable jobs” – Yes we know this …. time for YOU to STOP mining plans for the Magaliesburg !!!

Mbombela – Domestic tourism is key to creating sustainable jobs for locals, says Deputy Tourism Minister Thokozile Xasa. “Domestic tourism has the power to assist the province and the municipality in developing local products and creating local jobs,” said Xasa at the launch of Tourism Month in Mpumalanga. “It is highly critical to understand that we need to continue to build a sustainable tourism industry, we cannot rely on foreign arrivals too heavily, as this …

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Mining communities lose out on riches

Source: http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Mining-communities-lose-out-on-riches-20120814 Other articles: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2012/08/16/mine-war-sa-bleeds http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/tense-stand-off-at-lonmin-as-all-work-stops-1.1363339#.UCyXRURhPTU Johannesburg – People living near mines are not benefiting from the profits, the Bench Marks Foundation said on Tuesday. “(The) concern is that private corporations, often with the support of government leaders, make very large profits while communities suffer high levels of inequality and poverty,” chairperson Jo Seoka said in Johannesburg. “The situation in Marikana testifies to this.” Violence flared up at the Lonmin mine, the country’s third biggest …

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Auditor General Report on rehabilitation of abandoned mines at the Department of Minerals and Energy

Hi everyone Another document uncovered by one of our landowners that is a worthwhile read for you all. According to this document: There are 5 906 officially listed abandoned mines in South Africa as of the end of May 2008. The majority of the 5 906 mines closed down prior to 2002 when the MPRD Act came into effect. It furthermore states that only 5 of the 5 906 abandoned mines have been rehabilitated thus …

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Feasibility Study for a Long-Term Solution to address the Acid Mine Drainage associated with the East, Central and West Rand Underground Mining Basins, Gauteng Province

This newsletter provides information to stakeholders on the progress of the feasibility study for a long-term solution to address the acid mine drainage associated with the Witwatersrand underground mining basins. In January 2012, the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) initiated a feasibility study for the long-term solution. A multi-disciplinary team of consultants led by Aurecon SA in association with SRK Consulting and Turner and Townsend, and supported by specialists from different institutions was appointed to …

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Feature: Old Trading Post Coffee Shop and Deli

Continuing with our features of establishments around Magaliesburg, today we highlight the Old Trading Post Coffee Shop and Deli run by Martie van Wyk and her family. It’s no secret that Magaliesburg is the top weekend getaway from the stresses of city life in Johannesburg and Pretoria and is merely an hour’s drive from each metropole. It’s not just any old drive, it’s a super scenic relaxing drive through the Cradle of Humankind and the …

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Feature: Faerie-Nuff at the Old Trading Post

This is the first in our features of places to visit and things to do in Magaliesburg. Lauren Robers run’s the Faerie-Nuff outlet at the Old Trading Post (1902) which carries one of the biggest ranges of Sterling Silver Jewelery, Clothing, Incense’s, Faerie’s and Dragon ornaments. Her collection is quite outstanding and is by far better than anything you will find anywhere in the city. Lauren’s range has grown so big she has had to …

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Chicken on the High Street – Magaliesburg

One of the reasons we all live in a farming community like Magaliesburg. This rooster came to inspect the town painting project initiated by Michele Christian and Constance Belfi paying great attention to details, ultimately giving it his stamp of approval. Rate this post