BY KAMOGELO POOE
The North West MEC for Tourism, Desbo Mohono remains absolute that the North West Province still has a lot to offer in terms of various tourism attractions. Mohono was speaking at one of the province’s hidden gems, the Herman Charles Bosman Museum in Groot Marico where she launched “Tourism Fridays – Wake Up with the MEC” an interactive live show, hosted at a less popular tourist destination, where the MEC will give out first hand information on various activities which will be taking place during the tourism month a live interactive.
The focus for this week was on the Groot Marico which is a small bushveld town along the N4 towards Botswana and the provincial capital Mafikeng. Among others the Marico district has attractions such the rock paintings by early San and Bushmen people and an old watermill (now a national monument) on the farm Naauwpoort. Also in the district, at Mabotsa, is the ruin of the first mission erected by David Livingstone.
According to MEC Mohono the province has a very rich history and heritage. “As a department we need to encourage our tour operators to start packaging some of these hidden gems so that we expose them to tourists. A place like the Herman Bosman Museum in the Groot Marico area is a great place indeed. This is also where students can come and do academic research for their citations.
Through the A RE YENG BOKONE BOPHIRIMA brand property, we need to place emphasis on some level of exposure places such these need and let it be known out there that the North West Province has a lot to offer.
We cannot sit on our laurels while we have hidden gems such as this museum where history, culture and heritage has been captured so well. Most of such attractions are found in our Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies”, said Mohono.
Chairperson of the North West Tourism Board, David Mogashoa said that there is a dire need to encourage all people to tour their own backyard during this tourism month.
“We need to start touring our own backyards and not rely on people from outside to come and tour our areas. During this Tourism Month we are promoting universal accessibility. This will also help in ensuring that individuals are familiar with their own tourist attractions and areas of interest. We are encouraging everybody to start traveling and exploring their own backyards”, said Mogashoa.
MEC Mohono will be travelling across all four districts of the province in endeavor to expose some of the province’s hidden tourist attraction sites and places of interest. Through her “Tourism Fridays – Wake Up with the MEC” initiative, MEC Mohono will every Friday of the Tourism Month also interact with general members of the public through a live radio show. “During these Tourism Fridays jamboree, we will then be able to also assess the level at which we as a province are in terms of promoting universal accessibility and ensuring that Tourism is for all”, concluded Mohono.