MTPA officially opens Manyeleti Day Visitor Centre in Bushbuckridge.

Leonard Malumane, MEC for local development in Bushbuckridge on the left with MEC for Finance & Tourism for Mpu province, Eric Kholwane. (Photo: Tumelo waga Dibakwane.)

Tumelo waga Dibakwane

THE Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT), have officially opened the Manyeleti Day Visitor Centre in Bushbuckridge.

The new facility includes two swimming pools, braai facilities, a multipurpose hall, three tuck shops, a lapa, and ablution facilities with showers. Ample parking is also available for tour buses and the caravan site within the main camp has also been completed and can accommodate twenty (20) caravans. The  centre forms part of the development of tourism infrastructure prioritising provincial nature reserves with the intention of enhancing tourism experiences, job creation, and revenue collection.

“This facility will now allow the day visitors the opportunity to enjoy their stay privately without disturbing the overnight visitors booked at the main camp,” said Johannes Nobunga MTPA’s CEO. “The model for the implementation of the project was designed in consultation with the Communal Property Association (CPA) that represents the claimant communities,” said Nobunga.

At the opening, the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Sikhumbuzo Kholwane, said the project provided job opportunities for the local small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMME’s), artisans and general workers from the surrounding communities. As many as 25 SMME’s have benefited from the Manyeleti projects with 24 general workers having gainful employment for a substantial period.

The new facility is expected to attract around 3 000 visitors during peak times and has been operating since beginning June.