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Women lead in first leg of 2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards

The first leg of the 2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards kicked off in Kimberley, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga on 5 and 6 September respectively. Of the 11 winners on the night in the Northern Cape, seven of them were women - a great achievement and testament to the growing efforts of the South African tourism industry to be more inclusive and have women in leadership.
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One of the Northern Cape women was Mpho Cornelius, the founder and director of The Workshop ko Kasi. Her establishment won both the Culture & Lifestyle and Roots & Culture awards. In 2017, Cornelius was the recipient of the Lilizela Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Speaking at the event, MEC of economic development and tourism, Maruping Lekwene said: "Through their hard work, determination and courage, the industry players continue to put our province on the domestic and international tourism radar and they have become strategic players who are contributing towards putting our province as a destination of choice. It is on that basis that the recipients of these awards as well as other stakeholders in the tourism business, who have entered the Lilizela competition today, should be seen as true tourism ambassadors of our beautiful province."

The Mpumalanga event, held at the three-star Ingwenyama Conference and Sport Resort saw the nights winners included Forever Resorts, with four awards, and Jackalberry Ridge - which took two awards for the Caravan & Camping and Self-catering Shared Vacation categories.

MEC for Finance, economic development and tourism, Pat Ngomane, drove home the importance of tourism in the current international economic climate, saying: "I continue to argue that tourism is our new gold mine in the province – it is the goose that lays the golden eggs – and if we nurture it properly, by always striving for excellence in all we do, it will indeed continue to create the much-needed jobs for our people."

Northern Cape 2019 Lilizela Provincial Winners
Tour Operator
Touch Let’s Go Travel & Tours Agency
Events Venue
Naba Lodge Conference Facility
Action & Adventure
Gravity Adventures Northern Cape
Culture & Lifestyle
The Workshop ko Kasi
Roots & Culture
The Workshop ko Kasi
Self-catering Exclusive
Rhino Manor
Bed & Breakfast
Browns Manor
African Vineyard Guesthouse
De Herberg Lodge
River Place Manor
Naba Lodge Guesthouse
Mattanu Private Game Reserve
Road Lodge Kimberley

Mpumalanga Lilizela Awards Provincial Winners
Mbombela Experience
Meetings, Exhibitions & Special Events
Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
Conference Centre
Loskopdam, A Forever Resort
Wildlife Encounters
Inyati Game Lodge
Caravan & Camping
Jackalberry Ridge
Country House
Welgelegen Manor
Hamilton Parks Country Lodge
LaRoca Guesthouse
Needles Safari Lodge
Self-catering Shared Vacation
Jackalberry Ridge
Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort
Mjejane Bush Camp
Self-catering Exclusive
The Cycad Lodge & Chalets
Emnotweni Sun
Road Lodge Mbombela
Badplaas, A Forever Resort
Schneider’s Boutique Hotel
Town Lodge Mbombela
Bed & Breakfast
Matumi Golf Lodge

The provincial awards form part of the preliminary events leading up to the National Lilizela Tourism Awards on 9 November 2019, being held at the Sun Arena in Pretoria.
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