Cape Town- A new community tourism development programme aimed at developing skills and creating jobs in the rural tourism sector through capacity building, is being implemented at the Dwars River Escape Route located in Cape Winelands.
The objective of the project is to assist local tourism routes to become more sustainable and help communities unlock the tourism opportunities in their vicinity - with Dwars River Escape Route 2020 vision including an exciting Street Art project.
Making Dwars Rivers as a must-stop destination
The idea is to use street art to visualise the rich culture and heritage of the towns and its people.
The street art project will be funded through a European Union innovative challenge fund that encourages routes to come up with business ideas that can contribute to their financial sustainability while enhancing the appeal of the destination.
During a site visit of Pniel, Lanquedoc and Kylemore Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, along with the Head of the EU Delegation to South Africa, Ambassador Marcus Cornaro recently paid a visit to the Dwars River Escape Route to find out more about the programme.
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Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom with business owner and community member, Sienna Charles at the Dwars River Escape Route. (Open Africa)
Hanekom thanked the EU for making the development possible and the valuable contribution they to tourism both in the region as well as throughout South Africa.
“Routes like this are fantastic for local communities because it provides them with a wide range of avenues to become involved in tourism and to gain the economic benefits of it,” says Hanekom.
Dwars River is the perfect location for this programme as the local people of the valley are a central part of any experience on the route and their rich history is seen through the historic buildings and church.
The Dwars River Escape Route is one of eight tourism routes supported through a European Union Grant with co-funding by Barclays Africa and the Finnish Embassy’s Local Corporation Fund. Open Africa implements the enterprise development component alongside Fetola, a local enterprise development specialist.
EU Ambassador Marcus Cornaro says that EU is happy to partner with Open Africa and the entrepreneurs of the local community.
"The Open Africa project has clearly identified a range of promising avenues, bringing together a good blend of business initiatives. Coupled with the beautiful landscape and the hospitality of the local community, all elements for success are there,’ he says.
The site visit ended with a traditional meal and wine pairing at Sienna Charles’s Beker en Bord Tea Garden in Kylemore, where local wines from the valley were paired with local delicacies such as green bean stew.
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