Thanks to all the Tourist guides who joined the educational to the listed world heritage site . 24 guides joined the convoy of 3 vehicles to meet up with Jan Fourie an registered tourist guide from Dome impact Tours .Coffee and a warm welcome awaited us at Egweni guesthouse in Parys where Jan gave a great audiovisual presentation on the DOME, and in easy language so that even i could understand and relate to .
Not sure if any of you know about the special on at any of the hotels at Emperors?
April 2012 Update
The winter is around the corner and the chill is in the air , we all are feeling the slowdown in work and hope for a better season ahead .
A general update of what is happening in the life of tourist guiding
o Vredefort Dome – WORLD HERITAGE SITE
o Date 19 April 2012
o Departure from Newtown GTA @8h30
o Starting at 9h30-10h00 (4 hour tour program)
o R200.00pp (includes transport and lunch)
o Please RSVP by email to email@example.com
o Payment will be taken on the day
Well, here go the mad birders again!!!
Last Thursday we received news about a bird that has NEVER been recorded in South Africa - Little Crake. Needless to say that once we received confirmation on that Friday morning that the bird was still in the area, I literally dropped everything and caught the first flight out of Jo'burg making my way to CTIA.
We had less than an hour to race to ORT and get checked in. We managed this by the skin of our teeth, only to be told that the flight had been delayed by 30 minutes!!! The anxiety starts to build up at this point...
On Wednesday the 21st March 2012 I conducted a city and Soweto tour with 5 guests.
I started my tour from Krugersdorp and my first stop was at George Harrison park as it is the birth place of Johannesburg. I was disgusted, ashamed, shocked and furious to see what the state of the park was; - filthy, long grass, papers, bottles etc.
The general meeting held on the 15 march 2012 at the pyramid conference was succesful in that 67 members of Gga join the meeting Gga needs to thank Gta for the spsonsorship of the venue and the great lunch
The meeting is the last of the ongoing road-shows hosted by the NDT as a workshop to discus the regulations going with the tourism act 2012
The meeting was tarted by the program director sam wenger vice chairman of Gga and welcomming all
Fanie Terblanche then gave a welcome and intro to the meeting confirming that the backbone of the FSATGA is still GGA
It disturbs me greately when fellow guides feel it necessary to 'bad mouth' or give 'negative feedback' about another guide whilst on tour. That behaviour is unacceptable and just blatantly unprofessional!
What surprises me the most however, is that the guide doing all the blabbering, is inevitably an individual who shouldnt be casting stones within their their glass homes...
This year international Tourist Guides day (ITGD) was celebrated at Mabula, and Zebula game lodge in the Waterberg Region of the Limpopo province . The ITGD was sponsored by the Limpopo Economic Development, Enviroment and Tourism (LEDET) and held on the 20 and 21 February 2012.
The program consisted of a workshop on Monday 20 Feb.at Mabula and a Ministerial breakfast at Zebula on the 21Feb 2012.
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