Platinum province plots the path of developmet ahead
THE North West province is affectionately known as the Platinum Province, due to the large scale production of the mineral in the Bojanala district, the provincial tourism department said.
Department spokesperson Dineo Lolokwane said the province was the largest producer of platinum worldwide and continued to boost the provincial and national economy.
“However the province is also rich in agriculture, culture and tourism. The trio are mainly embedded in the previously disadvantaged areas of the province.
“The fifth administration of the province has however identified economic potential growth in villages, townships and small dorpies (VTSD) areas of the province,” Lolokwane said.
There are 753 such areas in the province and the provincial government has resolved to strengthen economic activities in the areas with the sole objective of enhancing local economies.
Tourism chief director Ishmael Kgokong said the other objectives of the plan were to encourage the participation of beneficiary communities and stakeholders in project activities.
“The government is determined to make sure that the VTSD concept identifies opportunities that are in those areas, unearths new products and provides the necessary support that will ultimately benefit locals,” Kgokong said.
“North West is rich in culture and heritage, and through local cultural activities jobs can be created and further boost local economies.
“We exist to create a conducive platform and environment for those who are interested in tourism programmes and those who are already in the industry. We hope that by the end on this programme most VTSD areas shall have identified tourism products that attracts both international and local tourists.
“Critical to embarking on this programme, we need to focus on five critical areas that will determine the success, growth and development of the industry in the North West province.
“These areas are facilitating access to various tourism destinations, effective marketing and promotion, enhancement of visitor experiences, effective destination management and, more importantly, community beneficiation.
“This will resonate well with the programme of building an inclusive economy in line with the radical economic transformation principles,” he said.