Ten businesses were selected to participate in the GeePee Responsible Tourism Challenge. These businesses had to comply to legal and technical criteria set by Better Tourism Africa and the Gauteng Tourism Authority. But we were really looking for more than just compliance when we chose businesses to participate in this project. It was more important that the business owners, or hosts as we call them, show that they are committed to responsible tourism, even if they had not as yet implemented any sustainable tourism practices in their business.
We introduce the businesses and hosts here.
Connie’s Guest House
Host: Connie Tlhabanelo
Connie’s Guest House is located in Vereeniging and is close to the Vaal River, the Vaal Dam, the Vredefort Dome and the Vanderbijlpark CBD. It is a star-graded guest house with 12 rooms, 10 of which are en suite. Rooms also have fridges and kettles. With two meeting rooms and a dining room, Connie’s is well-set up to host small conferences.
Connie’s has seven staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Host: Mr. Charles Mkhosi
Hibon Lodge is a resort located just outside of Hekpoort in the heart of the Magaliesberg. With its beautiful setting, six luxury guest rooms, a restaurant and flexible event spaces, Hibon is a lovely wedding and conference venue. Events held at Hibon can also incorporate team-building exercises and spa treatments.
Hibon has four staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Kgadi’s Bed & Breakfast
Host: Anna Ramodipa
Kgadi’s Bed & Breakfast is situated in Heuweloord, Centurion – close to Pretoria and Midrand and with easy access to Sandton and Fourways. Comfort is a priority at this three-star graded bed and breakfast and each of the five en suite rooms has fans, kettles and heaters. Kgadi’s also has a lounge and dining room and a large garden with a thatched entertainment area.
Kgadi’s business owner and one staff member will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Khok’moya Guest House
Host: Fikile Nkosi
Khok’moya Guest House is located in Germiston and is close to major highways, Rand Airport and Germiston Stadium – the home of Moroka Swallows FC. Khok’moya’s original house has a long history and it dates back to the 1920s. Since then it has undergone substantial alterations and is now a three-star guest house with 11 en suite rooms. Features include a guest lounge and large grounds.
Khok’moya has five staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Matlapeng Country Estate
Host: Felicia Khuse
“Matlapeng”, meaning a rocky place, is set on a 21-acre plot in Cyferpan, Vanderbijlpark. The estate has a charming rustic setting with a large garden and two swimming pools. It offers five self-catering chalets, each with fridges, microwave ovens, heaters, televisions, kettles and fans. Matlapeng also has three wedding and conference rooms and a picnic area for day visitors.
Matlapeng has five staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.
The Orchards Executive Accommodation
Host: Salome Tshungu
The Orchards Executive Accommodation is four-star guest house in Midrand with an added cultural experience – each room is dedicated to a South African tribe and is suitably decorated. All rooms are equipped with fridges, heaters, televisions, kettles and fans. The Orchards also has two conference venues which can accommodate from 10 to 80 delegates, a lounge, bar and spa.
The Orchards has ten staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Host: Samson Makadzange
Palesa Guest House is located in Clayville East in Olifantsfontein, 21km from OR Tambo International Airport. The guest house offers four bedrooms: two suites, an executive suite and a deluxe room. All rooms have a kettle, fan, heater and television. Other facilities include a conferencing facility for 70 guests, a reception area, dining area and an outside entertainment area with a bar, braai and a swimming pool.
Palesa Guesthouse has two staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Soweto Hotel & Conference Centre
Host: Samke Malevu
The Soweto Hotel & Conference Centre is in Kliptown in Soweto, and is next to Freedom Square – the site where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The hotel has 48 standard, deluxe and presidential suites that are equipped with air-conditioning, televisions, kettles and hairdryers. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar and three conference rooms that can accommodate from 10 to 60 guests.
The senior management team and supervisors of the Soweto Hotel will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Tebogo Bed & Breakfast
Host: Peter Deeme
Tebogo Bed and Breakfast is situated in Mabopane in the north of Tshwane. It is a cosy establishment, with two en suite room, two rooms with a shared bathroom and a backpacker’s dormitory. Other facilities include a bar and entertainment area that leads onto a garden.
Tebogo B&B has five staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.
Tsitsi B&B, Pub & Restaurant
Host: Goitse Modise
Tsitsi B&B, Pub & Restaurant is situated in Kagiso on the West Rand and is close to the historic mining and industrial areas of the former Krugersdorp. Tsitsi has six bedrooms, some of which are en suite. Other features include conference facilities, a lounge, and a lapa with a large screen TV for guests to watch sports games or enjoy a meal.
Tsitsi B&B has two staff members who will be trained in sustainable management practices.