Bfn township tour aims to benefit the community

Concrete cooling towers from the power plant in downtown Bloemfontein. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

In a quest to revive local township tours in the City of Roses, Afrikan Native Travel Management Services will soon have its first Mangaung township tour. The tour will not only give locals and tourists the opportunity to discover the rich history and hidden gems the city has to offer but also benefit the less fortunate.

Afrikan Native Travel will donate the proceeds of the tour to a local self-reliance centre situated in Batho, Bloemfontein. According to travel consultant and tour marketer, Gosego Mocwiri, the proceeds of the tour will go towards the training of 10 young people in the craft of leather making and business skills. The beneficiary organisation is the National Institute for Self-Reliance and Empowerment of Citizens (Nisrec).
“One of the reasons for the tour is to explore and experience the hospitality and vibrancy of our townships and also to contribute to the development of community tourism in Mangaung,” said Mocwiri.

Mocwiri explained that this is the first of many tours to be done on a “topless” bus promising to bring a new a experience of entertaining and educating tourists. The tour will give sightseers a chance to explore different townships around the city. A drive through Cape Stands Section, a visit to the Maphikela House, Madison Square garden beer hall, the Youth Monument at Pax Nova Hall, a visit to Silver City and Dark City Hostels, Mangaung Police Station, Namibia Square and more, will form part of the tour.

The tour will be led by veteran tourist guide, Poloko Morakile, who is one of the pioneers of township tours offered by Mangaung. The tour will kick off at the Waaihoek Church and will be followed by a drive into the historical and monumental Mangaung Township.
It will take place on Friday, 15 November 2019. Cost for a seat is R1000. Tickets can also be purchased for clients and will include refreshments on the bus, followed by a dinner at a local shebeen. For more information, contact Afrikan Native Travel on 051-726-9057 or 078-135-4959 or visit their website, or send an email to info@afrikantravel.