Congratulations to our partner Marcelle Bosch and her team at Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge who have just won the BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) Cultural Tourism Award. The award is for business support to arts and culture projects, which contributes towards the growth of communities and jobs, and supports the opportunities provided by local tourism.”
The citation does not mention what they do, which makes them different and which accounts for their success. They mentor and develop rural artists across Venda and Limpopo to produce top-end art which they then channel into the high-end tourist market across the local lodge economy, at prices that fairly reward the artists for their craft.
They also facilitate direct access by local crafters to the lodges in and around Kruger to design, supply and repair upholstery, in the process creating local businesses that are able to stand on their own two feet, to thrive and grow – independent of outside support.
The TCF’s partnership with Madi a Thavha precisely reflects what we mean by “building greater inclusion and shared value in our wildlife tourism economy.”
Contact them or us if you want to learn more.
About BASA: Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency with a suite of integrated programmes implemented nationally and internationally. BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, securing the future development of the arts sector in South Africa and contributing to corporate success through Shared Value. BASA was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector as a public/private partnership.