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October 13, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Products and services offered by the tourism industry are contributing to South Africa’s growth, competitiveness and transformation.

Speaking at the Lilizela Tourism Awards in Johannesburg today, the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, congratulated leading members of the industry for helping to grow South Africa’s reputation as a leading tourism destination, and supporting the growth and development of South Africa’s economy.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards are the premier awards programme for tourism businesses in South Africa.

“South Africa’s tourism industry has proven itself as an excellent vehicle for growing the economy and creating jobs,” said Mr Hanekom. “All the finalists and award winners have done a fantastic job in advancing this important sector through their commitment to excellence in the products they have developed and the services they offer.”

“This means that South Africa’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination continues to grow,” said Mr Hanekom.

This year’s Lilizela Tourism Awards experienced a growth of 854% in the number of votes received from 2013 to 2014 (784 vs. 7 480), which highlights the importance of consumer reviews.  In addition, visitors to the Lilizela Tourism Awards website spent an average of six minutes compared to the two minutes they spent last year.  This indicates that the two-year old brand is gaining traction among consumers.

This year’s highly sought-after Minister’s Award was presented to Mr. Mavuso Msimang. The award honours an individual or business that has made a noteworthy local and global contribution to tourism economically and socially.

Mavuso is currently the CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation and also sits on several company boards, for corporate and non-governmental organizations.

During his illustrious career, he has been called upon to work in fields of discipline ranging from international development through tourism, conservation and information technology. He has also been extensively involved in the transformation and restructuring of state-owned entities, namely SA Tourism, South African National Parks (SANParks), the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) as well as the Department of Home Affairs. He also set up the Tourism KZN provincial organisation, which he briefly led as its CEO.

“All the finalists and winners are already working with us to achieve our vision of becoming one of the top twenty destinations globally by 2020, but I believe Mavuso Msimang is a worthy recipient,” said the Minister.

Audit Company, Grant Thornton was appointed as independent Auditors of the 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards programme.  The entire process was scrutinized thoroughly by the auditors. This included the entries, the voting and consumer reviews, as well as the final adjudication that produced both Provincial and National Finalists and Winners. The 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards programme received a clean audit for all the Award Categories that were audited.

The National Lilizela Tourism Award winners for 2014, which may also be viewed on are:

    1.    Lilizela IMVELO Awards
1. Best Single Resource Management – Water
Establishment Province
ATKV-Drakensville Vakansieoord KZN
2. Best Single Resource Management – Energy
Establishment Province
V & A Waterfront Holdings Western Cape
Establishment Province
Thaba Tshwene Game Lodge North West


3. Best Single Resource Management – Waste
Establishment Province
Sandton Sun Gauteng
Establishment Province
Southern Sun Newlands Western Cape
4. Best Overall Environmental Management System
Establishment Province
Hotel Verde Western Cape
Spier Wine Farm Western Cape
Establishment Province
African Game Lodge Western Cape
5. Economic Impact
Establishment Province
Aquila Private Game Lodge Western Cape
Establishment Province
Bulungula Lodge Eastern Cape
6. Investing In People
Establishment Province
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Western Cape
Establishment Province
Garden Court Hatfiled Gauteng
7. Best Social Involvement Programme
Establishment Province
African Impact Western Cape
Establishment Province
Bulungula Lodge Eastern Cape
      1.    Lilizela ETEYA Awards
WINNER Limpopo Guest Manor
1ST RUNNER UP Discover Durban Tours & Transfers
2ND RUNNER UP Osiba Management
3RD RUNNER UP Park Place Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
      1.    Lilizela Accommodation Awards
1 Star Hotel Road Lodge East London
2 Star Hotel Town Lodge Midrand
3 Star Hotel Umthunzi Hotel and Conference
4 Star Hotel Grand Café & Rooms
5 Star Hotel Fusion Boutique Hotel
4 Star Guesthouse Tranquility Guest House
5 Star Guesthouse Strandloper Ocean Lodge
3 Star Bed & Breakfast Tarentaal Oorslaap
4 Star Bed & Breakfast Gaikou Lodge
5 Star Bed & Breakfast Hyde Park Villas
4 Star Lodge Tanamera Lodge
5 Star Lodge Sarili Lodge
3 Star Self Catering Shared Vacation Badplaas A Forever Resort : Chalets
4 Star Self Catering Shared Vacation Orange Grove Farm
5 Star Self Catering Exclusive Lawhill Luxury Apartments
3 Star Caravan and Camping ATKV Hartenbos Caravan Park
4 Star Caravan and Camping Dibiki Holiday Resort
4 Star Country House De Doornkraal Historic Country House
5 Star Country House Tenahead Mountain Lodge and Reserve
4 Star Backpacker & Hosteling Tsitsikamma Backpackers
4 Star MESE Maropeng Conference Centre
5 Star MESE The forum | the campus
      1. Universal Accessibility Mobility

Soli Deo Gloria 

      1. Visitor Experience of the Year 
Action & Adventure Wild 5 Adventures
Beach Experience Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa
Culture and Lifestyle The Maboneng Precinct
Marine Adventures Raggy Charters
Roots and Culture Maropeng
Scenic Beauty Cape Point in the Cape Of Good Hope
Wildlife Encounters Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife
      1. Tourist Guides
Nature Tourist Guide Isaiah Banda
Culture Tourist Guide Rob Caskie
      1. B-BBEE
Exempted Micro Enterprise Ubuhle be narha tours
Large Enteprise City Lodge Hotels Limited

To view the full list of national finalists winners and for images, please visit

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