Ninety six jobs were created during the refurbishment and building phase of the Ndlambe SRI project, which is in line with the principles of the country’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
Three existing houses were renovated and refurbished into accommodation facilities, and two new units were built. Each of these units can accommodate 6 people. Another existing house has been converted into a conferencing venue for 40 people. In addition to beautifying the area, each unit has also had conservancy tanks installed.
“Tourism creates opportunities for small entrepreneurs; promotes awareness and understanding among different cultures; breeds a unique informal sector; helps to save the environment; promotes preservation of culture and everything that is associated with it for the benefit of the future generation,” says Deputy Tourism Minister Thokozile Xhasa.
“Our Department’s SRI programme provides financial and technical support for small-scale tourism infrastructure projects in predominantly rural or community-based tourism initiatives across all nine provinces.
By addressing the backlog of transformational challenges in poverty stricken rural nodes, these projects will stimulate economic development and skills development at local government level by addressing the geographical and seasonal spread of tourism related products. “
The project, which started in 2011, brings to fruition one of the Department of Tourism’s nine Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) initiatives earmarked for launching in the 2015/16 financial year.
So inspired, Deputy Minister has made a firm commitment to take her family for vacations at the Cannon Rocks.