Tourism & Cultural Industries Portfolio Committee Meeting held at Council Chamber 4 October 2016

Clr Khubalo welcomed everyone present but, as there was scarcely a quorum again, he urged members to attend the meetings so that progress may be made in this portfolio.

The meeting opened with a presentation by the director of Makana Tourism.

The topics covered were

  • What is a tourist
  • Tourist markets in Makana
  • Capacity in Makana
  • Domestic Tourism to Makana
  • Foreign Tourism to Makana
  • How do we capitalize on our tourism offerings
  • Makana Tourism LTO

The presentation was accompanied by an informative handout giving further facts and figures on the different topics under discussion (the handout will be forwarded to anyone on request). The Director explained that although much has been planned for the future of Makana Tourism, the office may have to close owing to lack of funding. Makana Tourism is dependent on a quarterly funding grant from Makana Muni – payment is long overdue. The director of Makana Toursim was assured that funds are available. It was recommended that the grant to Makana Tourism be paid bi-annually instead of quarterly.

The Makana Tourism website was found to be of a high standard and has been accepted.

The Makana DVD was found to lacking in content and not of an acceptable quality –contract with Service Provider has been terminated. Owing to shortage of funds this project is to be reconsidered in the 2017-2018 budget.

SBDM (Sarah Baartman District Municipality) has called for funding proposals for a competition of local artists- Manager of Tourism & Heritage to submit proposals & called on all Ward Councillors to submit names of eligible local artists to him.

SDBIP (Service Delivery & Budget Implementation Plan) for 2016/2017 financial year.

  1. Three local crafters were given exhibition space at NAF (National Arts Festival) – daily sale records of their sales were submitted. Crafters for this year were
  2. Kwam eMakana – DSRAC (Dept Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture) has withdrawn funding – R1.5 million over past 10 years.   Despite attempts no resolution within Kwam eMakana management.
    • Rhini Crafters Assoc
    • Rhini Ceramic Group
    • Sonwabo Nkathazo
  3. Framework to be submitted to the LED and Planning Portfolio Committee to guide the principles to be followed by the Aesthetics Committee to ensure the conservation of historic buildings in the heritage conservation area.
  4. Town Regeneration Project –business plan finalised- on agenda for next meeting
  5. Tourism & Heritage SDBIP for 2016-17
    • Hosting of Investment conference by 31/03/17 SMMEs (small, medium and micro-sized enterprises) development.
    • Review of LED strategy
    • Quarterly review of Tourisms & Heritage plan
    • Development of Heritage Development Strategy by 30th June 2017
  1. List of Budgeted Projects for 2016/7- for the information of new counsellors on this portfolio
    • Review of Tourism Sector Plans R200k
    • Rollout of Tourism Intern Program R150k
    • Arts & Crafts Market R 50k
    • Participation in trade shows R40k
    • Signage for Egazini Memorial Site R50K
    • NAF marketing – Advert on main program
    • Additional banners craft stand       R60k
    • Feasibility survey –Development Grey Dam into tourism/recreation facility           R200k
  2. Quarterly Report By Makana Tourism
    • Tour Guide Training- trainees on passing the course will be qualified as Provincial Guides with DEAT (Department of Enviromental Affairs.)
    • Projects:- Grahamstown Photo Club – 83 members with monthly competition
      Street Names – working with Traffic Dept ensure streets are clearly identified.Creative City Project – have requested that projects be uploaded onto the Makana website.
    • Food Safety & Hygiene Workshop- organised with ECPTA.
    • (Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency) First meeting oversubscribed and request for further workshops.
    • Annual Tourism/Heritage function organised by Tourism
    • Bible Monument event – scheduled for December
    • Tourism Expo – to replace proposed crafter market with a Tourism Expo.- scheduled for March 2017.
    • Old Goal-working with SAHRA (South African Heritage Resource Agency) in making a plan for Old Goal to be a training & tourism hub. Emerging crafters & businessmen can rent space, events space and place for study groups etc.
    • Membership – First function at Goldrush. Benefits to attract members posted on the website. AGM in October
    • Brochures – Visitors Guide available in English, German & German.
    • Forts & Towers
    • Walking Tours of Gtn. Cost R5 each.
    • Conclusion – all events and projects on hold until funding received.
  1. Copies of the funding documents submitted to SBDM- were attached to the minutes -5 documents
    1. Sizwe Mda of the King Lobengula Foundation submitted a proposal for a Heritage Route Map for Fingo Village. The 18 page document is well illustrated and researched focuses on 7 primary points of interest namely:-
      • St Peters Clavers Catholic Church & St Phillips Anglican Church
      • Egazini Memorial Precinct
      • 56 B Lobengula’s home’
      • Lobengula graves
      • World War II graves
      • Nathanial Nyaluza School
      • Mt Zion – Makana’s Kop

Owing to lack of funds – proposal submitted to SBDM for financial support. Letter from King Lobengula Foundation to be submitted to other potential funders.

  1. Eganzini Interpretation Centre /Ezagini Heritage Site– Manager of Tourism and Heritage overseeing this project. In 2008 National Treasury under the NDPG ( Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant.) gazetted R23m for the development of the Eganzi Interprepation Centre. In 2013 NDPG withdrew the funds stating that a coherent sustainability plan was lacking. This was in spite of a number of studies showing its feasibility. This was reviewed in 2015 and again found to be unsustainable. Now looking for a private partner to fund the facility.Progress on been made on the Heritage site which is a memorial park to the events leading to the Battle of Egazini . In 2015 SBDM provided funding for the installation 12 mosaic plinths & fencing- this project was completed in April 2016. Application has been made for further funding for an ablution block.
  1. For the benefit of new counsellors – the follow acts are deemed to be the “Bible” of tourism
    • Tourism Act 1993
    • The Municipal Structures Act 1998
    • The Municipal Systems Act2000
    • The Constitution of RSA.
  1. Annexures to the minutes – Risk Management Policy & Fraud Prevention Policy.

No further business – meeting concluded at 10h15.

–Report by Tim Bull