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Youth Month: Showcasing Young Entrepreneurs Positively Impacting Travel & Tourism

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Annually South Africa commemorates Nationwide Youth Day on 16 June.
The theme for this 12 months is selling sustainable livelihoods by means of the resilience of younger individuals for a greater tomorrow. We chat with 5 inspirational younger entrepreneurs positively contributing to the journey and tourism business in Cape City.

Keron Basson

Founding father of Western Cape Excursions & Transport (WCTT), Keron began his entrepreneurial journey on the age of 20 proper right here in Cape City. With a deep need to create alternatives for others, we meet up with Keron to seek out out what drives him as an entrepreneur…

What’s Western Cape Excursions & Transport?

WCTT is a start-up enterprise. Since 2019 our focus has been on offering car leases nationally. Now we have prolonged this focus to incorporate personalised journey and tour experiences in 2022.

We provide tour packages and companies to native travellers and worldwide vacationers together with transfers, chauffeuring, company transport, and nationwide automobile leases.

What motivated you to hitch the journey and tourism business?

From a younger age I’ve had a burning need to supply dependable transport to the excursions and journey and company industries. I function in numerous different enterprise industries, nonetheless, the need to fulfil my dream of offering dependable transportation to the excursions and journey business, and to increase the enterprise into the tourism sector has all the time been near my coronary heart.

The place do you see Cape City, as a vacationer vacation spot, within the subsequent 5-10 years?

There’s a lot to rejoice within the Mom Metropolis akin to our individuals, our various tradition, our lovely seashores, and fantastic nationwide parks. However we should maintain our lovely metropolis so we will proceed to thrive in its glory.

If all key gamers proceed to do their bit, to stay related to the patron, and supply choices that meet their journey and tour wants, Cape City received’t go ‘out of vogue’ or be faraway from travellers’ bucket lists.

Cape City has a lot to supply, so within the subsequent decade Cape City will nonetheless be the must-go-to vacation spot for travellers.

To search out out extra about Western Cape Excursions & Transport go to wcbtt.co.za

Busisiwe and Gugu Sibongile Ngcelwane

From Johannesburg, twin sisters Busisiwe and Gugu are co-owners of Twin Enterprise.
Their thought to begin an journey tour enterprise was sparked on a trip to Cape City, when all of the tour operators for quad biking have been absolutely booked. They noticed a niche available in the market, and a month later they have been again in Cape City, and Twin Enterprise was born. That is their story…

What’s Twin Enterprise?

We began Twin Enterprise in 2021. We’re based mostly on the Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve in Atlantis. We’re the primary female-owned tour operator in Atlantis providing quad biking and sandboarding experiences.

We’re hands-on with every little thing. We’re the faces of the model, the mastermind behind it, and the makers of it. We’re the tour operators, instructors, entrepreneurs, and administration.

What motivated you to hitch the journey and tourism business?

We love travelling, nature and assembly individuals from overseas, from completely different walks of life, and making buddies with our guests.

After we joined this business, we by no means regarded on the odds, we simply regarded on the alternative as simply getting there and making it.

As arduous as it might appear now, the longer term is vibrant. And tourism is the best way to go. And we love Cape City.

The place do you see Cape City, as a vacationer vacation spot, within the subsequent 5-10 years?

Cape City is the guts of Africa. There’s a lot to do and also you get to see every little thing. You may go to the character reserves, to the seaside, and expertise metropolis life. You get to expertise all of it in Cape City. The way in which we see Cape City within the subsequent 5 years, we see it on the map. We see it on the prime.

To search out out extra about Twin Enterprise go to twinventure.co.za

Mzikhona Mgedle

Father to a five-year-old daughter, Mzi grew up in a small village close to the Jap Cape. He has an enormous ardour for commuter biking and bridging the hole in communities which have been remoted for a few years.

After being retrenched, throughout the hardship of the COVID lockdown, Mzi defied the chances and began the now thriving Langa Bicycle Hub. Right here’s Mzi’s story…

What’s Langa Bicycle Hub?

It’s been nearly two years since we’ve established. We’re an area enterprise, advocating for non-motorised transport, and for public areas to be far more environmentally pleasant and accessible to the group, particularly for kids.

We provide bike gross sales and leases, we train individuals to cycle, and we provide bicycle excursions in Langa. We’re increasing to a brand new web site, a posh indoor centre with a pump monitor, a venture with the Metropolis of Cape City.

What motivated you to hitch the journey and tourism business?

Once I labored at Open Streets Cape City, we had interns from abroad who wished to benefit from the expertise in Langa. So, I might take them on casual bicycle excursions. Folks usually requested me why I don’t begin a tourism firm, however my focus was on bicycles and educating individuals. It was solely after I began Langa Bicycle Hub that I noticed an enormous hole for bicycle excursions.

The place do you see Cape City, as a vacationer vacation spot, within the subsequent 5-10 years?

I see Langa as probably the most various group in Cape City. It’s a promising group with a wealthy historical past. We appeal to guests from round South Africa, and from everywhere in the world. I see loads of potential for Langa to develop into the primary no color zone space for tourism in Cape City, and within the subsequent 5 years I see loads of optimistic issues for tourism in Cape City.

To search out out extra about Langa Bicycle Hub go to fb.com/Langabicyclehub

Mbasa Siyaka

Captivated with job creation, Mbasa began working within the household enterprise as a safety guard, then a runner, earlier than changing into the supervisor. Now at 23 years outdated, he’s the director of Mzansi Restaurant. Let’s hear what this younger entrepreneur has to say about his journey to this point…

What’s Mzansi Restaurant?

Mzansi Restaurant is a second-generation household run enterprise based mostly in Langa, the oldest township within the Western Cape. Over time we primarily catered to the inflow of worldwide purchasers that frequented Cape City. We additionally supply companies for off-site catered occasions.

We pleasure ourselves on creating business-to-business partnerships within the township, to spice up the financial system, and maintain the rand circulating amongst native companies.


What motivated you to hitch the journey and tourism business?

I grew up in a household enterprise. My dad and mom have been within the leisure business internet hosting jazz occasions. In 2008 they opened Mzansi Restaurant. It was the concept of my late grandmother. When she noticed the buses of vacationers coming out and in of Langa, she satisfied my dad and mom to open a restaurant, to entertain the company. I began as a safety guard and labored my approach as much as taking on the reins in 2018.

The place do you see Cape City, as a vacationer vacation spot, within the subsequent 5-10 years?

I see us discovering our new regular. COVID has affected us very strongly and we’ve got needed to redirect our choices, catering to a extra home and youthful demographic, to draw extra enterprise. I strongly consider, due to the journey awards Cape City has obtained, that we are going to have an inflow of vacationers once more, and even higher than it was earlier than.

To search out out extra about Mzanzi Restaurant go to mzansi45.co.za

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