SDA and Tšate community ready for tour

Tšate – Sekhukhune Development Agency (SDA) together with development role players from national, provincial and local government interacted with the community of Tšate, Ntswaneng where the statue of King Sekhukhune I stands firmly at Tšate Heritage Site.

This multifaceted meeting on 27 October 2020 began with a courtesy visit to the royal quarters of Ntona Thebejane where community leaders, Tšate Development Forum, the royal council and Sekhukhune Tourism Information Centre (STIC) were briefed about the purpose of the visit.

The government stakeholders included the Local Economic Development (LED) Unit of Sekhukhune District Municipality represented by Mr Kgokong Nchabeleng and Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality’s LED represented by Mr Romeo Marog, the National Department of Tourism was represented by Ms Margaret Jones, Mr Zakhele Sibeko and Mr Magic Mbiza. The Limpopo Department of Economic Development Environment and Tourism (LEDET) was capably represented by Mr Stan Ngwetjana and Ms Mahlako Ramaano.       

The participants including local stakeholders participated in a fact-finding visit to Tšate Heritage Site to assess state of the heritage facility, particularly the visitor centre and participated in a guided tour by the veteran tour guide Mr Maepa and the Chairperson of STIC Mr Selahle.

At Tšate Community Hall about 200 meters north of the heritage site stakeholders received information about the planned Tourism Stakeholders’ Workshop on 17 – 19 November 2020 in all three venues across Sekhukhune District.

According to Ms Margret Jones of national Department of Tourism the workshops will be conducted for stakeholders in Elias Motsoaledi and Ephraim Mogale Local Municipalities on Tuesday 17 November 2020; Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality on Wednesday 18 November 2020 and Fetakgomo Tubatse on Friday 19 November 2020.

The meeting was also used to communicate plans to prepare for the annual Ancestral Friendship Tour on 27 – 29 November 2020. According to the Ancestral Friendship Tour Itinerary the community of Tšate will be hosting multitudes of tourists and visitors on Saturday 28 November 2020. The visit to Tšate during the tour will coincide with 141 years of Anglo-Pedi War where Tšate the valley was the epicentre of the battle that ended the Marota Empire under King Sekhukhune I.

For more information about Ancestral Friendship Tour contact SDA Communication 076 360 2091.

Thapelo Motseo

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