As part of celebrating Women’s Month, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) identified Mamli Guest House and Conferencing, a local tourism business owned by a woman in Schoemansdal, Nkomazi.
The guest house was established in 2003 and lies in a rural area close to Jeepes Reef/Matsamo Border post to Swaziland. At this area you’re welcomed by true African warmth and hospitality
The facility is currently graded as a 3 star and has 23 rooms and a conference facility that caters for 80 people.
Today we celebrate Woman’s Day by honouring the owner of Mamli Guest House, Ms Josephine Nkosi for her contribution in the tourism sector. She has been operating her business for over a 16 years. She is one of the few beneficiaries of the SMME Incentive Programme from the Department of Trade and Industry.
As part of empowering women in this sector, the MTPA will award her with R20 000 which will go towards the improvement of the guest house with emphasis on ensuring that it complies with Universal Accessibility standards for people with disabilities.
Promoting universal accessibility in tourism is about creating an environment that allows everyone to enjoy the pleasure of travelling, no matter what their age or physical condition. At one point or another, everyone will have special needs during their travel, be it because of small children, advancing age or temporary or permanent disabilities.
Women in Tourism Programme is an intiative by the National Department of Tourism that supports the development and empowerment of women in the tourism sector. As we approach Tourism Month, the MTPA will be implementing various programmes aimed at promoting the culture of travel and supporting businesses owned by women.