19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

More young people to receive training in tourist guiding

by: Lemogang Foke   date: 06 july 2018

In the past year Bokone Bophirima’s
Department of Tourism has provided
tour guide training to over 100 students
in the province.
This is part of an initiative by the department
to enhance tourist guiding by
recruiting young people annually and
equipping them with the necessary skills
to flourish in the sector.
Provincial Registrar, Gabriel Dichabe,
said significant progress has been made
through the tourist guide programme and
this year the aim is to improve the training
by increasing the number of recruits as
well as enhancing the scale of modules.
“Our target is to train 200 young people
in culture guiding and 40 more in adventure
guiding equitably across all districts.
In the future, we hope to make the
training more valuable by adding nature
guiding. This will essentially contribute to
producing tour guides that are active in
the economy and are able to create sustainable
opportunities for themselves,”
Dichabe said.
He added that many young people have
shown interest in the programme and
ultimately this serves as an opportunity
to target those in the province and tackle
youth unemployment.
“The industry is dominated by a selected
few. We want to level the playing
field and this will increase players in the
sector. We are preparing many of them
to be absorbed into the job market. For
instance, through our partnership with
the Department of Culture Arts and Traditional
Affairs (CATA), some will be able
to work on a number of Cultural Villages
that will be developed in VTSD [Villages,
Townships and Small Dorpies] areas,” he
said.
The programme offers a variety of skills
to new entrants ranging from cultural
communication and presentation, first
aid, entrepreneurship and marketing as
well as knowledge on heritage and the
history of different tourist attractions in
the province.
Lebogang Mojanaga (31) from the
Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District
(RSMD), is one of the programme’s beneficiaries.
He successfully completed
training early this year and proceeded to
register his own company called Village
Lerako Travels. Mojanaga is also Chairperson
of the Youth In Tourism in Dr
RSM District Municipality.
He said the tourist guide experience
was phenomenal as he learned a lot
about his district, mainly through culture
and heritage.
“Currently I am in discussions with representatives
from the Taung Skull and
Taung Hotel School to assist Village
Lerako to perfect their service offering
to the market. The reason I entered the
programme is because of an idea I had
to establish a lodge in Dryharts Village
in which tourism attractions visits would
be one of the offerings from the lodge.
Therefore, I’m proud to say I am one step
closer to reaching the lodge establishment
dream”, said Mojanaga.
He has also encouraged young people
to make use of such opportunities as a
tool to craft their own future.
“The youth should take charge of their
own destinies. There are many programmes
that the department as well as
government offers. Young people should
participate as much as they can in Tourism,
agri-tourism as well as culture and
heritage. We have a lot of history that
we can share with the world. This is an
economically viable route for those with a
passion for tourism”, said Mojanaga.
According to an industry expert, Matieho
Phinah Phiri, if the sector is dominated
by young people, it will help the economy
to benefit through steady growth.
She said if the ratio of youth versus old
with regards to South Africa’s population
composition is anything to go by, young
people should be in the majority within
the tourism industry.
“Historically, I have observed that in the
main one gets to see more ‘older’ people
operating in that space and would encourage
young people to really penetrate
and take up participation in the industry.
This puts them in a favorable position to
be ambassadors of their own country as
well as reflect what SA really is - a young
and youthful country,” said Phiri.
“Tourism as an economy, a subject and
a career path has been downplayed for
far too long, and putting efforts to elevate
its significance should be our active effort
so that young people can see the role our
industry plays in SA’s economy,” added
Phiri.
Applications for the 2018 leg are now
open until 31 July. Those who hold a
matric qualification and are interested
in pursuing a career in Tour Guiding are
encouraged to submit an updated CV,
one page motivational letter and certified
copies of their ID and qualifications to
Mr Gabriel Dichabe on gdichabe@nwpg.
gov.za or Ms Molebogeng Morubane on
mmorubane@nwpg.gov.za. Alternatively
they can drop the CV and supporting
documents off at the nearest Tourism Offices,
Municipality and Cultural Authority.
For more information contact Mr Gabriel
Dichabe on 018 387 7801