3 July 2017
The annual general meeting (AGM) of Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism (KLCBT) took place on June 14 in Nelspruit. Pastor TJ Mare (Chairman, KLCBT Business Chamber) opened the event with prayer.
Oupa Pilane (President, KLCBT) also delivered his address which was followed by Margaret Raubenheimer’s Audit Report. Raubenheimer declared that the company’s finances were in good health and gave an unqualified opinion. The financial statements were approved and adopted, followed by the minutes of the previous AGM. The brand new Kruger Lowveld promotional video was also launched at the AGM.
Linda Grimbeek (Chief Operating Officer) delivered a report on regional marketing, KLCBT statistics and extracts from the recently published socio-economic case for tourism. “We will be spending R4 million on regional marketing in the next financial year,” stated Grimbeek. “This is only possible with funds received in commissions from South African National Parks (SANParks); Pay to Play marketing options and membership fees. We are busy with the reconstruction of our new Kruger Lowveld website. We have attended many tourism shows, workshops and road shows, which include: Vakantiebeurs in Holland, Beeld Holiday Show in Gauteng, World Travel Market in Cape Town, Indaba in Durban, Travel People workshop in Cape Town, Innibos, Gauteng Getaway Show and the Nordic Spotlight engaging with travel trade in the Nordic countries.”
The guest speaker for the evening was, Paul Mullon. He presented highlights on the implementation of the new Protection of Information Act (POPIA). The purpose of POPIA is to give effect to the right to privacy and to regulate the processing of personal information by public and private bodies
Image:From left: Trienie Drotschie (CMR Nelspruit), TJ Mare, James Rice (The GEC) and Keith Dyer (Possi Foundation).