Busy, busy always at Madi a Thavha to keep our service up and colourful. The past few months have been full of new things and excitement at the lodge again.
Would you like to volunteer at Vhutshilo mountain school for vulnerable children?
Madi a Thavha supports Vhutshilo mountain school for Aids orphans and vulnerable children and women here in Limpopo, in various ways. Now we are helping them to look for a volunteer who can help them with marketing; such as with social media, keeping up a newsletter, taking photos, database support and updating their website.
They offer basic accommodation and food and an African experience in a safe, rural environment. Vhutshilo can accommodate 2 people and since the school is situated in a remote area it might be good for a foreign volunteer to bring company for the quiet evenings and weekends.
The school would like the prospective volunteer to commit to stay for 2 to 3 months. Foreigners can get a tourism permit for South Africa for a maximum of 3 months. Anyone interested can contact Marcelle at Madi a Thavha, 083 342 4162 or Khathu at Vutsilo mountain school at +27 76 826 9631.
More tour guides for more visitors by the day
The last phase in the training programme of our new tour guides was to acquire a First Aid certificate. We then applied for their official registration at the Department of Tourism and now have more capacity to offer tailor made tours to our guests. This is really needed, because the numbers of international guests are still increasing by the day.
Fantastic to see our staff getting the qualifications they deserve
Shoni, one of our cooks, finished her training course in professional cooking and recently started with her diploma course. Lindah, our receptionist and office administrator went to Joburg for her first exams to get her certificate in office management. It was her first time in Joburg and quite a new world opening for her. She stayed in Curiosity backpackers in Maboneng which she very much enjoyed.
Four-star grading with flying colours again
We had our annual star grading re-assessment recently and it is with a lot of confidence that we continue offering our 4 star services.
Beehive of activity in our Textile and Design studio
Our Textile and Design studio’s ladies are working around the clock to get all orders ready. We got some orders from overseas customers and they also made staff uniforms for a neighbouring lodge. This all besides all the sewing work they are doing for our lodge and our CraftArt shop. They are also very much involved with training women in the villages and prepare orders for them. Our Sweswe ranges of place-mats, serviettes, table runners, bags and aprons are extremely popular.
Our farm manager and tour-guide Alfred was not so lucky because he broke his leg and is now already for 6 weeks in plaster. When you know Alfred you can just imagine how hard it is for him to sit still at home for such a long time, not being able to go on tours and to run around at the lodge, looking after the roads, gardens and maintenance.
Glad to see Thomas Kubayi strong enough to be back on his huge wood carvings
Renowned Limpopo artist Thomas Kubayi and his wife Charlotte stayed for 2 months at Madi a Thavha to recover and to adapt to his new lifestyle to handle his skin disease. Now he is back home and back to work, we are so happy that he is doing so well after being terribly ill for more than a year. He made nice sculptures from clay while he stayed at Madi a Thavha and is now back on his characteristic big pieces of wood.