In­do­ne­si­ans in­te­rested in Klein-Ka­roo re­sorts

Oudtshoorn Courant - - NEWS - MI­CHEL­LE PIENAAR

In­do­ne­si­an in­ves­tors are cur­rent­ly in the re­gi­on to ha­ve a clo­ser look at the Ca­litz­dorp Spa in Kan­na­land and De Hoek Moun­tain Re­sort ne­ar Oudts­hoorn to see if the­se de­cli­ning bu­si­nes­ses can be tur­ned a­round. Both re­sorts are run by the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty (GRDM). Ac­cor­ding to Gar­den Rou­te Ma­yor Me­mo­ry Booy­sen, he mig­ht just ta­ke them to Vic­to­ria Bay too.

In an in­ter­view with the Ge­or­ge He­rald du­ring a bre­ak at the coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day, Booy­sen said the dis­trict coun­cil agrees that the re­sorts are not making mo­ney and that the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty should get people in the field to ma­na­ge the­se re­sorts for them.

Booy­sen said the GRDM needs pro­fes­si­o­nals to de­al with the re­sorts. A me­mo­ran­dum of un­der­stan­ding has been sig­ned, in­di­ca­ting "a hu­ge in­te­rest" from the In­do­ne­si­ans, he said. T­his fol­lows af­ter a de­le­ga­ti­on of four from the GRDM, led by Booy­sen, met up with va­ri­ous bu­si­ness re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves in In­do­ne­sia on 6 to 11 Sep­tem­ber. W­hen as­ked why the GRDM doe­sn't con­si­der South A­fri­can in­ves­tors, Booy­sen said South A­fri­can com­pa­nies are very scep­ti­cal, be­cau­se it is mo­re ex­pen­si­ve for them to in­vest. He ga­ve the as­su­ran­ce that the GRDM will re­main the land­lords of the pro­per­ty and en­s­u­re that 30 per­cent of the in­ves­t­ment will in­vol­ve lo­cals. "In­ter­na­ti­o­nal in­ves­tors are fo­cu­sed on so­ci­al u­plift­ment and em­po­wer­ment in fo­reign coun­tries," said Booy­sen.

I­co­sa Coun­cil­lor T­he­re­sa For­tuin as­ked Booy­sen in Coun­cil to ple­a­se in­clu­de fe­ma­le re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves on his next trip a­bro­ad. She said fe­ma­les should be em­po­we­red and share the­se ex­pe­rien­ces.

Booy­sen and a de­le­ga­ti­on will soon be tra­vel­ling to Du­bai, Pe­ru and C­hi­le to le­arn mo­re a­bout wa­ter pu­ri­fi­ca­ti­on sys­tems. T­his fol­lows an in­vi­te from I­ku­sa­sa Pro­ces­sing En­gi­neer­ing Con­sul­tants, with w­hom a me­mo­ran­dum of un­der­stan­ding was sig­ned in Ju­ne t­his y­e­ar.

Gar­den Rou­te DM Ma­yor, Me­mo­ry Booy­sen.

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