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Youth ‘taste’ a vibrant city

Thirteen newly qualified tour guides, who were formerly unemployed youth from Atlantis, Mamre and Langa, will now confidently and boldly showcase the city and its surrounds to the world.

These youngsters received training from with Lagugu Township Tours and City Sightseeing South Africa, one of the top tour operators in Cape Town.

They were issued with their official Tourist Guide badges by the Western Cape Provincial Tourist Guide Registrar’s office in 2019.

This followed the completion of the training programme facilitated by the City’s Urban Management directorate.

Afterwards, the City and its above-mentioned tourist industry partners facilitated a six month placement, from December 2019 to June 2020, which will equip and prepare the youth for working in the sector.

Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, said: “Witnessing these young folks guide us through Langa and sharing the rich history of Cape Town makes us very proud of how far they have come. They have proven that the investment the City and its industry partners have ploughed into their skills development is not in vain.

“We are also grateful to have stakeholders such as Lagugu Township Tours and City Sightseeing South Africa supporting the youth and honing their skills, to ensure they become the best at what they do.”

Marketing Manager of City Sightseeing Mandi Jarman said: “City Sightseeing is excited to be involved in this project and honoured to be in a position to give the newly trained guides its first introduction to the vibrant tourism industry. We look forward to working closely with and helping to set the grounding for their future career paths.”

“We fully support the programme,” said Thobela Gxido, Manager at Lagugu Township Tours.

“It helps create job opportunities and develop new skills in different areas and around people that need the knowledge.

“It makes us so happy to work with the City of Cape Town because its bringing a huge change by helping with the unemployment rate in our country. Additionally, it is bringing different skills to the tourism industry.”

“Tour guiding has provided me with an opportunity to grow in a personal and professional manner and has allowed me to network with people from all walks of life beyond my small town of Mamre,” said Jodray Arendse, one of the new Tour Guides.

“I stay in Langa, so I was exposed only to township tourism in Langa. The City of Cape Town and City Sightseeing offered this opportunity, which made me learn more about what Cape Town and the whole of the Western Cape have to offer in terms of tourism.

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