Community Projects

1Donations sourced for adult training and development of community members will be used to train the community in hospitality, language (English tuition), computer literacy, and various forms of guiding (wilderness, birding, canoeing, 4×4 guiding). They would then be employed at a TFPD Lodge or a similar tourism business. Each student would receive a living allowance, relevant work clothing, course fees, and study materials.

e.g.  R75 000 will pay for a 3-year training course at the South African College of Hospitality.

2.  Support will be provided for job creation projects and the setting-up of micro-businesses that grow the tourism industry in and around the lodges. Community members who are engaged in making craft for example, will be taught about tourism and business skills and will be mentored to expand their ad hoc craft-making into a small businesses.

e.g.  R10 000 will pay for a bulk purchase of Solar Jars at !Xaus. These will be painted and sold by the crafter and the money re-invested in a crafting micro-business.

3.  Funding and support will be leveraged from Lodge visitors, for community projects that have a social, educational or health impact. Early learning centres, feeding schemes, clinics, adult literary centres and other projects will be supported.

e.g. The ‡Khomani San have constructed a traditional village called !Gam !Gaub, meaning “Renewal of Old Traditions” in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, overlooking the Twee Indabas Pan.  Here young people will learn about the natural environment, predators, medicinal properties of plants, and traditional hunting.  They will learn about their language, stories, dances and crafting skills from their elders.

e.g.  Mozambique’s Massingir Vehlo community currently live near Machampane in the Parque Nacional do Limpopo and will be moved in the future to an area south of the Massingir Dam.  The Helping Hands, Touching Hearts charity from Detroit, Michigan has donated clothing, medical and school supplies, and given training in sewing skills to Shangaan people who make up the Massingir Velho community over the last three years.  

e.g. Helping Hands, Touching Hearts will be working with the UK-based Friends of Mutale in Limpopo in 2013 to assist with similar projects for the VhaVenda people.

e.g. BaTlokoa Circles of Care, is a community-run initiative near Witsieshoek supporting the orphans in the area. A recent donation of R70 000 by local business people bought blankets before the winter snows set in.

4.  Funding must be raised for the communities for the refurbishment of their community-owned tourism properties and assets – the land and the lodge buildings. The infrastructural constraints prevent the communities from running the lodges sucessfully.

e.g. R2 million is needed to install renewable energy supply via solar power at the ‡Khomani San and Mier community-owned !Xaus Lodge.  Currently there is a diesel-powered generator that is noisy, expensive and provides inadequate power for the needs of the guests.

e.g. R20 million has been raised from the Extended Public Works Programme to refurbish and extend the Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge on behalf of the Batlokoa community owners. 

e.g. An additional R20 million is needed to restore and convert the old Backpackers Building at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge into a conference and spa facility that will create further employment and increase the overall revenue stream to the community.