RICHER: Kagiso Legobe, right, won the tourism ambassador award at the Provincial Tourism Awards ceremony.
Economic development, environment, conservation and tourism MEC Motlalepula Rosho has condemned rhino poaching and appealed to all citizens in the province to rally behind the cause to end the scourge of animal torture.
“These animals are a very critical factor in the equation of tourism and biodiversity. We cannot afford to continue losing these animals through poaching by people who destroy our ecology. We need future generations to also enjoy the presence of these magnificent animals,” said Rosho.
The North West Parks and Tourism Board (NWPTB) said almost 14 rhinos were killed through poaching recently.
Speaking at the Provincial Tourism Awards in Potchefstroom last week, Rosho said South African citizens needed to work towards creating an environment for all to enjoy the benefits of liberation through economic development and growth.
She said a new thrust would promote the development of sustainable and responsible tourism through product development and diversification while ensuring commitment to the most practical use of human and other related resources.
She said the regional development of the province could be measured by a number of economic variables.
These include full employment, major investments in the public and private sectors, development and expansion of the domestic market, increased inter-sectoral linkages, foreign exchange earnings, domestic income and the enhancement of social and physical infrastructures, said Rosho.
The award winners were Boga Le Gaba in the guest house category, Kea’s Bed and Breakfast (B&B category), Ngwenya Hotel (hotel category), Kay2zegee Adventure Tours (tour Operator), Aerial Cableway (conference Centre), Thabo Rantlha (media personality), MagTours (tourist guiding), Kagiso Legobe (tourism ambassador), Wesvalier High School (tourism school), Stirling Manor Boutique Guest Lodge (best tourist product).