25 Nov Cape Point and Thebe Tourism Group awarded SANParks business partner of the year
CAPE TOWN, November 2016 – The Cape Point Partnership with Thebe Tourism Group has been awarded the Business Partner of the Year award at the 12th SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony.
The Kudu Awards, supported by Total SA and First National Bank, recognises internal and external stakeholders for their contribution to making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for protected areas. The Business Partner of the Year award recognises the performance of Cape Point’s Partnership with Thebe Tourism Group in growing SANParks business and exceeding targets in the 2015/16 financial year.
The Thebe Tourism Group became the sole owner of the Cape Point Concession in November 2015. Located in the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point is recognised as one of South Africa’s key tourism attractions.
“We are very proud to be honoured alongside some of South Africa’s most deserving conservationists. For TTG, the award confirms that we have a hardworking team that has been doing amazing work on site,” says Thebe Tourism Group CEO Jerry Mabena.
“The award is made even more significant as it comes in the year that Cape Point concession itself celebrates 20 years of operation. We look forward to continuing our journey with SANParks, and remain committed to our vision of a transformed and sustainable tourism sector.”
SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said: “These awards honour people for their meaningful contributions to the protection of the environment through various means which reflects society’s admirable social responsibility – giving meaning to the SANParks vision of ‘A Sustainable National Parks System Connecting Society’.”
Thebe Tourism Group is the oldest black-empowered South African tourism group and continues to play a significant role in the development and transformation of the tourism sector.
ABOUT CAPE POINT
Cape Point, situated in the Cape of Good Hope, a nature reserve within the Southern Section of Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site located at the tip of the Cape Peninsula, 60 km south-west of Cape Town. The reserve encompasses 7 750 hectares of flora and fauna; is abound with buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra as well as over 250 species of birds. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Access to this historical lighthouse, first completed in 1859 and standing at 238m above sea-level, is by an exhilarating ride in the wheelchair-accessible Flying Dutchman funicular that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127m above sealevel, to the upper station. It is believed to be the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa and takes its name from the Flying Dutchman ghost ship rumoured to haunt the Cape Point waters.
ABOUT CAPE POINT CONSESSION
Thebe Tourism Group manages the facilities at Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park and promotes it as one of South Africa’s key tourism attractions. Facilities include the Flying Dutchman funicular, the Two Oceans Restaurant, Food shop and three retail shops.
ABOUT THEBE TOURISM GROUP
Thebe Tourism Group is a 100%-owned subsidiary of Thebe Investment Corporation. Formed in 2001, the group is the oldest black-owned tourism group in South Africa and has a significant portfolio in tourism and related industries ranging from attractions, inbound and outbound tourism, car rental, business tourism and foreign exchange.
Thebe Tourism Group aims to offer innovative, integrated, market-driven products; the group of companies are focussed on making tourism accessible to all and ensuring responsible tourism is practiced throughout all businesses.