MARIANNHILL (The valley of 1000 hills), Kwazulu-Natal: Here are the remains of the almost forgotten great man who gave South Africans the most famous street in the world, VILAKAZI STREET in SOWETO. This is the only street in the world where two Nobel laureates (former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu) AND an author NIQ MHLONGO once lived. Who was BW VILAKAZI?
* An educator, novelist, poet, and scholar
* He was the first black South African to earn a PHD in 1946
* The first black South African to teach white South Africans at university level (Wits University)
The new Tourism Act of 2014 has now been signed into law and has been published .
The Major issues for us as Tourist guides are the following.
1. Registration period is now 3 years
2. The clause about driverguiding with 10 or more seats have completely been removed from the ACT but will possibly come into the regulations which are to be finalised
3. With the new law we need to be SAQA compliant which is higher than Casstheta , thus universities are now also included for registration
4. The fine for an operator using unregistered Tourist Guides is pushed up to Max R100000.00
STERKFONTEIN CAVE OPEN TO VISITORS AGAIN
The University of the Witwatersrand and Maropeng a'Afrika Leisure (Pty) Ltd announced today that
the Sterkfontein Cave is open to visitors again after temporary closure to undertake routine stability
These stability tests are undertaken every five years to ensure that the Cave is stable enough to
accommodate the thousands of visitors and learners that pass through the Cave every year. In 2012,
over 100 000 people passed through the Sterkfontein Cave. The last routine stability test was
Dear World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Member,
The latest issue of WFTGA's online news magazine is attached. Please distribute Guidelines Internetion@l to your members for their enjoyment.
You are once again, cordially invited to one of the three bus tours to follow the Blue Plaques across the City of Johannesburg, as part of the Heritage tours. These tours will be guided by Eric Itzkin, the City’s Heritage Expert. See attached invitation and book your place.
Alice Moloto CM(SA)
Use of Beijing English - Chinese hotel brochure ........
This is a gem!
A holidaymaker went to Beijing recently and was given this brochure by the hotel. It is precious. She is keeping it and reading it whenever she feels depressed. Obviously, it has been translated directly, word for word from Mandarin to English.
Those trained (or RPL) by Gold Reef Guides or STTI and still awaiting for THETA certificate are advised to check with Origin Centre at Wits University (011) 717 4700. As at 11/03/2014, plenty THETA certificates are still waiting there to be collected.
Be real guides, it will NOT come to you!
You are cordially invited to attend a workshop held on the
Date: 27 March 2014
Time: 09:00 to 15:00
Venue :The Pyramid Conference Centre
96 Eloff street , Village Deep, Johannesburg
Please RSVP by 25 March 2014 by registering here. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
TOURIST GUIDE WORKSHOP
27 March 2014
Gauteng Guides Association delegated 4 of the committee to attend the International Tourist guide Day held in KZN near Matubatuba.a well organised event by the NDT with many people attending.
The conference held over 2 days (20, 21 Feb) was quite enriching and the speakers were interesting.I would have like more feed back on actual guiding issues as this was not touched at all other than an excellent presentation by Mr joe Samuels CEO of SAQA and the changing educational landscape for tourist guides.
The next First Aid refresher course dates are available for booking.
Both courses will be held at the following venue
Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA)
124 Main street
10th Floor conference venue
Cost for refresher course is R350
The course in for registered tourist guides only and not first timers
Dates are :
Thursday 20 March 2014
Thursday 10 April 2014 CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS OF TRAINER
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