Aggy Moheta tourism manager, at the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality says the municipality will use township cycling tour to attract tourist in an attempt to grow rural tourism. PHOTO: ANA/Stringer

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Rural NWest municipality plans use township cycling tour to attract tourists

MAHIKENG, September 20 – The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in North West plans to use township cycling tour to attract tourism to the district.

Tourism manager in the district municipality Aggy Moheta, said the cycling was identified by youth in Vryburg.

“We do support the idea, it is a lucrative idea but, we are going to include that in our IDP [Integrated Development Plan] next year as village cycling tourism. It is going to call tourists from all angles to converge in our area,” Moheta said.

The Township Cycling Tour would be held in Vryburg on Saturday.

The predominantly rural district municipality was named after struggle stalwart Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, offers a variety of game species including lions, buffaloes, and rhino.

Game hunting is one of the biggest draw card to the region. It is also the home for the Taung skull, a number of dams are found in the region and are popular for angling, caravan and water based sports.

Moheta said the district was growing the rural tourism through the Taung heritage route development to unlock tourism development.

The district has identified Vryburg, Schweizer-Reneke and Bloemhof as the priority investment nodes.

In his address to the provincial tourism lekgotla in Mmabatho, North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said tourism was not only about going to the Sun City resort near Rustenburg but, also to tell people about sunflower blossom, and crop harvesting which occurs once in a year in the province.

“Tourism is also about the blossoming of sunflower, we must drive people to come and look at the sunflower when it is blossoming, tourism is also about harvesting in the agricultural sector, how do drive people to come and look at how  do we harvesting in the province,” Mahumapelo said.

“Tourism is about inviting people to all these weddings in the villages, the townships, and the small dorpies but, how do we package them these weddings, how do we make communities are aware of the opportunities…”

The purpose of the lekgotla was to create a dialogue between various stakeholders through an integrated approach to enhance tourism investment in the province and promote trade amongst businesses.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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