Rustenburg Local Municipality Celebrates Tourism Month

Today, the world, celebrate World Tourism Day and Rustenburg, would like to join the global community in celebrating World Tourism Day. The United Nations recognized the importance of international tourism and proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the theme: “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development”. Tourism has powerful effects on the economy, society and environment in generating countries and especially in the receiving countries. In addition to the socioeconomic impact of tourism, the sector, if managed sustainably, can be a factor for environmental preservation, cultural appreciation and understanding among peoples.

Tourism is one of the key sectors of the Rustenburg economy, hence the municipality identified Tourism is one of the priority sectors. On this day, the leadership of Rustenburg commit to work together with the private sector to grow the Tourism Sector. We are conscious of all the efforts that have been made by individual tourist operators and appreciate such efforts which yield in the attraction of tourists into Rustenburg and therefore boosting the economy of Rustenburg. Tourism is a key sector in the world and pose an abundance of opportunities. Rustenburg has a lot to offer to tourists such as the natural scenery under which resort the Magaliesberg Bio-sphere, the Kgaswane Nature Reserve, historical sites, night live through entertainment, etc.

It is significant for us celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and to give expression to theme, on the 29th September 2017 with our key stakeholders (for the purpose of market linkages and growing the tourism sector) in the tourism industry and those who made a significant contribution to tourism in Rustenburg. Rustenburg Local Municipality is committed to give full expression to the sustainability of tourism and share in the sentiment of the United Nations that it is essential for all actors, including companies operating in the sector, to be aware of opportunities and responsibilities alike, and to act accordingly so that their actions leave a positive mark on the society in which they operate and ensure the sustainability of the destination and their businesses.

Amongst the objectives of the National Department of Tourism are the following:

  • To grow domestic tourism through editorial coverage of South Africa’s commitment to sustainable, economic, social and environmental activities.
  • Rally the nation behind tourism and get everyone to contribute to tourism in a sustainable manner.
  • Inspire domestic travel by showcasing how taking a trip can be easily accessible, affordable and exciting.
  • Show everyone how they can contribute to tourism through assisting with the preservation of the local wild-life and environment.

The main activity for Tourism Month is the Tourism Celebration which will be held on Friday, 29 September 2017 at the Visitors Information Centre (VIC) starting from 09:00-13:00. This event will be attended by the Rustenburg Local Municipality political leadership and the administration as well as tourist operators, the business sector, hospitality operators, tourism operators as well as government agencies, local educational institutions as well as prominent historians.

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Municipality declares war on illegal dumping

Rustenburg: The Rustenburg Local Municipality has as part of its broader plan to ensure safety and cleanliness of the city, adopted a radical approach to put stop to illegal dumping by declaring war on it. In the past few days since the beginning of this war, the Municipality has recorded remarkable success in terms of achieving the intended objective of bringing culprits to book, thus nipping it in the bud
In this regard, scores of motor vehicles, about fifty (50), have been impounded after being caught on the act of illegal dumping in various places around the city and its environs, wherein owners were penalised with fines not less than R 2 500-00, in terms of the provisions of the Municipal By-Law.
“Rustenburg continues to be the economic hub of the North West province and the fastest growing city in South Africa. We have to maintain this moment as a city. Therefore, we cannot allow a situation where some residents with careless attitudes of dumping rubbish all over the place to regress us in achieving our mission of moving Rustenburg forward into a world class city where all communities enjoy high quality of life. We have intensified our efforts through our Law Enforcement Unit, to patrol all hot spots of illegal dumping around Rustenburg, and issue spot fines. This is the last resort after educating our people for many years about littering and illegal dumping with consequences thereof. We will continue with this hard core approach until the city is litter-free, with no more illegal dumping, thus making it conducive for investment”, said Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, on the aftermath of special operations aimed at illegal dumping.
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Message of condolences to the bereaved families of the late Impala miners

Media Release

It is with sadness and shock to learn of the passing on of two (2) miners who used to work for Impala Platinum mines, as a result of an accident on duty.

I take this moment on behalf of Council to convey our sincere condolences to the bereaved members of families, friends and colleagues of the deceased. We reassure and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that mine safety is adhered to, by working together with mines in achieving this matter of life and death, as stipulated in the mines’ Social labour Plans (SLP’s).

May their souls rest in eternal peace.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Cllr Mpho Khunou
Executive Mayor

Happy Heritage Day to residents

I take this opportunity on behalf of Council of the Rustenburg Local Municipality to wish all employees and residents a happy Heritage Day, as we will be dressed in our various traditional regalia, celebrating our Africaness, and yet united in our diversity as citizens of Rustenburg.

May we together continue to move Rustenburg forward by preserving its rich heritage legacy.

Happy Heritage Day.

Kind regards,

Cllr Mpho Khunou
Executive Mayor
Rustenburg Local Municipality