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Tourism launches UNWTO Women in Tourism pilot project in Mopani district
Tourism launches UNWTO Women in Tourism pilot project in Mopani district

​LIMPOPO PROVINCE – The Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Victor Tharage, together with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development Environment and Tourism (LEDET), will launch the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Women in Tourism (WiT) Pilot programme in Mopani District on 17 March 2022.

The Department of Tourism has initiated the WiT programme to drive the gender equality and inclusion of women entrepreneurs in the sector. To ensure that communities benefit as participants in the tourism economy, a pilot project focussing on women in tourism within Limpopo was identified to participate in the UNWTO Women in Tourism Pilot programme. 

Seven projects within the Ribola Art Route in the Mopani and Vhembe districts were identified for the pilot programme namely, Twananani Textiles, Nahakwe Lodge, Baleni Salt Harvestors, Mashishimale Village Homestays, Hi Hlurile Pot of Beads and Mukondeni Pottery Village.


Date: Thursday, 17 March 2022
Venue: Nahakwe Lodge – Off Road D11, South of Mamaila, Limpopo Province
Time: 08:30 – 12:30



08:30 -  09:00

Screening & Registration

09:00 - 09:05

Official Opening and Welcoming

09:05 - 09:15


Cllr: Nkakareng Rakgoale, Executive Mayor: Mopani District Municipality

09:15 - 09:25

Message of Support

Ms Keleabetswe Tlouane, LEDET

09:25 - 09:35

UNWTO Women in Tourism Pilot purpose and background 

Ms Mmaditonki Setwaba: DDG:  Tourism Sector Support Service

09:35 - 09:55

Launch of the UNWTO Women in Tourism Pilot 

Mr Victor Tharage – DG of Dept of Tourism

09:55 -10:00

Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks

10:00 – 10:10

Media Interviews

10:40 - 11:00

Demonstration of the cloth making process at Twanani Textiles

11:25 - 11:45

Demonstration of Mukondeni Pottery making process

12:00 - 12:30

Presentation of Pilato Bulala scrap metal art

Please confirm attendance by 15:00 on 16 March 2022 to:

Ms Susan de Bruin

Tel: 082 921 7303