COMMUNITY TOURISM IN THE MATSAOING DISTRICT


COMMUNITY TOURISM IN THE MATSAOING DISTRICT

Our tours visiting No. 10 Riverside make a substantial contribution to the local economy. Beside the Nkune family, (the main service providers and hence the major beneficiaries), over 70 other families in the local community see some benefit from tours to the area. Two dance/culture groups have been set up in the neighbouring villages of Makhapung and Mathakheng and they are paid R60 per person for their demonstrations of dancing and the artefacts used by people in their daily lives. The traditional healer is visited and paid R20 per person for her time and explanations. The evening entertainment groups encourage participation of guests, and the two groups, one made up of shepherds and one of ladies from the villages each receive R30 per person for their performances. All of these people not only benefit from the extra income flowing into their lives and their community, but there is also a tremendous enthusiasm about presenting their culture to a wider audience. Basotho people in the eastern highlands are proud of their culture and the visit of tourists reinforces such pride! Horses for riding at No 10 are provided by local villagers via an informal Pony Trekking Association on a rotation basis and so a large number of local families benefit from this. They receive R100 per horse per ride.

Drakensberg Adventures have established relationships with two local primary schools, Mphere and Ha Tseko. Groups doing tours during the week in term time usually visit one of the schools, but irrespective of whether the tour visits the schools or not, we set aside R20 per person for supporting the schools. Our objective is to provide support to enhance the learning environment for the learners at the schools. In March 2013, we handed over two sets to football kit, one to each school, for the use of their 1st football teams. This was celebrated by a match between the two schools.

In August 2013, we provided Mphere School with educational materials to the value of R1650. These were English teaching aids in the form of the THRASS program. These were enthusiastically received by the whole Mphere school community!

In February 2015, a group of learners from Beechen Cliff School in England spent a few days assisting Ha Tseko School with furniture and painting of murals.


Both schools urgently require more teaching space as they have two classes per classroom and teacher, with quite large groups sharing. Both schools have started projects to build a new classroom block. We have sufficient funds accumulated to allow each school to build one classroom (with the help of funds donated by Beechen Cliff School) and this has been done in such a way that a second classroom can be easily added in the future when further funds become available. The new classroom at each school should be completed by the end of 2016 and ready for use at the start of the new school year in January 2017.

Between March 2006 and March 2016, our village experience tours have provided an income to Matsoaing service providers of R1 715 535.

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