This was a year of many shifts and drama in our country. In Limpopo and the whole of South Africa 2016 goes down as one of the driest in some 100 years. We are overjoyed with the recent, late summer rains and spectacular thunderstorms that never fails to give the mountain and valleys an instant green jacket.
May you all have peace
In Limpopo we know it is Christmas time when the Marula fruit become fat and swollen and the first baby Baobabs start to push out of the magnificent white Baobab flowers. We are so glad to report that the 2 baby Baobabs we planted at the lodge last year survived and have many new leaves.
From all the staff at Madi a Thavha we would like to wish all our friends and family all over the world, a peaceful Christmas time.
Last CraftArt workshop for 2016
At the lodge we recently presented our last National Arts Council workshop with some weavers, woodcarvers, beaders and a scrap artist. All our staff gave fantastic support to the workshop attendants; Alfred and Philemon helped with bringing invader wattle wood from Witvlag donated by friends. On the creative side, Tebocho sewed and beaded textile wall panels and even grass in our Design & Textile studio, while Paul made wooden frames and fittings in the background. The kitchen and housekeeping staff treated workshop attendants like kings and we all had a good time.
Our busy, hardworking staff the backbone of Madi a Thavha
This year housekeepers, Thomas and Confidence became a daughter richer. Her name is Ndamulelo Matlodi (meaning Saviour and Tears respectively in Venda). Shoni enrolled for a certificate course in professional cooking in August with the results really tasting well. She did the same Seta course that Lufuno start with last year. Both will continue with this course in 2017.
Elias, the new, warm voice at Madi a Thavha’s front office.
In October we welcomed the 24 year old Elias Gwete our new office administrator and receptionist. He relieves Musa a bit to do what he likes best, to show our guests rural hip Limpopo on village and lifestyle tours in the North. Elias has a degree in Information Systems and Management from Rhodes university and finished his high school at St George’s College in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a real asset to our team.