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Local Community Historians get attention
Pietermaritzburg has a rich heritage both in terms of colonial and liberation struggle.
Recently Msunduzi Pietermartzburg Tourism supported by Msunduzi Museum hosted a Local Community Historians workshop to discuss ideas of recording and preserving heritage narratives and legends found in different communities.
Local Community Historians from different parts of Msunduzi Municipality including Impendle and Richmond attended. The workshop covered:
– Role of Local Community historians & importance history recordind and archiving
– Contribution of Local Historians in Tourism Development
‘Msunduzi Museum recognizes the role Local Community Historians play in preserving history and we are ready to lend required support whenever needed’ said Phumelele Ngubane- Msunduzi Museum Education Officer.
The role of Local Community Historians in presenting in authentic local stories was emphasized by Dumisani Mhlongo – Director of Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism. ‘This does not only enhance tourism product but also takes care of tourists safety when visiting respective areas’, he added.
Participants will also be exposed to Tourist Guiding training.
For more information contact:
Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism
Tel. 033 345 1348/9,0845603399
Tourism has no borders
A Meeting was held recently to discuss issues of tourism collaboration and sharing of best practices amongst Midlands private sector and community tourism participants.
The meeting also looked at skills development as means of development and transformation of the tourism sector in the Midlands and collaboration on festive season activities.
The concept of Community Based Tourism Associations is advocated by the White Paper on the Development and Promotion of Tourism in South Africa (1996) and Kwa-Zulu Natal White Paper on the Development and Promotion of Tourism (2008 recognize the need for a range of role players to “ ignite the engine of tourism growth”
Parties committed to work together to encourage communities and private sector participation in the tourism.
In the pic: l-R
Dumisani Mhlongo-Director- Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism,
Marian Evans – Midlands Meander General Manager,
Sue Brighton- Chairperson-Bulwer Impendle CTO
Frank Mchunu-Director of Zulu –Mpophomeni Tourism Experience
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The Weeping Cross is located in the Pietermaitzburg Garden of Remembrance. Dedicated to soldiers who died during the two World Wars, the Garden of Remembrance with its Delville Wood Cross is a popular attraction in Pietermaritzburg.