Meet the best tour guide in the North West

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - More Mat­shediso

A LOVE FOR tourism spurred Thambe to make a suc­cess of his tourism busi­ness.

Its lights, cam­era ac­tion for Mcedise Thambe, the best tour guide in the North West, when he takes to the stage of giv­ing tourists the best ex­pe­ri­ence while guid­ing them through the beauty of his prov­ince

“As a trained ac­tor and en­ter­tainer, I al­ways in­fuse the en­ter­tain­ment ele­ment in tourism and that is what makes me stand out over and above know­ing which places to take tourists to and what to teach them about the North West,” he ex­plained

Mcedise Thambe of Swaartkop­fontein vil­lage in the North West was the win­ner in the Cul­tural Guide cat­e­gory of the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards.

The awards are aimed at hon­our­ing the best in the in­dus­try and most im­por­tantly to mo­ti­vate the in­dus­try to be com­pet­i­tive.

Thambe said his love for tourism started back in 2008 when he toured all over the prov­ince as part of the crew mem­ber of a re­al­ity se­ries It’s for Life that aired on SABC 2.

“That was my first tourism ex­pe­ri­ence and I was fas­ci­nated by the beauty of learn­ing about dif­fer­ent cul­tures and the her­itage sites in our prov­ince,” he rem­i­nisced.

The fol­low­ing year he ap­plied for an in­tern­ship with the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Tourism which kept the tourism spark in him alive.

He also re­ceived train­ing from the Moses Kotane Mu­nic­i­pal­ity as a tourist guide in 2013 and reg­is­tered as a tour guide upon com­ple­tion of his train­ing.

Mcedise pro­ceeded to work with the Mphe­batho Cul­tural Mu­seum as a se­nior tourist guide and en­ter­tain­ment man­ager. A few years later he started op­er­at­ing in­de­pen­dently as a free­lance tour guide and has never looked backed.

The North West MEC for Tourism Desbo Mo­hono said every­body has a duty to en­sure that they cre­ate con­di­tions suit­able for the needs of tourists.

“We all have to con­stantly be bold and in­no­va­tive thinkers that can be cat­a­lyst in this in­dus­try. Gov­ern­ment can only go so far in terms of help­ing our peo­ple, but an es­sen­tial first step in de­vel­op­ing ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tions that map the way for­ward to­gether,” she said.

Mncedise Thambe win­ner in the Cul­ture Guide cat­e­gory.

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