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November 11, 2019

POLOKWANE; LIMPOPO: Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu, led a delegation of 30 Provincial Lilizela winners to the national Lilizela Tourism Excellence Awards on the 9th November 2019. Provincial tourism products that emerged as winners during the Provincial edition of the Lilizela awards on the 17th September 2019, competed for national honors with their counterparts from 8 other Provinces in the country. The awards ceremony took place at Sun Arena Pretoria.

The 2019 edition of the Lilizela Awards presented a very stiff competition with South African Tourism having introduced other new categories to make the awards more interesting.

The CEO OF LTA, Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu said, “We are very excited to have brought back at least seven awards from the most competitive awards in the tourism sector. We do not feel let down with the results we brought back from the awards as to us as we regard everybody who takes the effort of participating in these awards as a winner. We presented quality at the awards, which is what makes us happy. The Agency takes service excellence very seriously and we will not relent to encourage products and individuals to always open up for scrutiny by judges to assess them annually as part of quality assurance.  We were well represented by thirty (30) quality products and we are happy with those who brought awards home and we wish to take this opportunity to congratulate them for making us proud”. 

The awards recognize and reward exemplary service among businesses in the local tourism sector, ranging from accommodation establishments and tour operators to scenic attractions and cultural heritage sites. Recognizing and rewarding tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world-class service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.

Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane paid special tribute to South Africa’s outstanding tourism businesses, some of which have been beneficiaries of the National Department of Tourism’s market access and enterprise development programmes.

In her address the Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayai-Ngubane said, "Thank you to the men and women who, in their area of work, go an extra mile to ensure that tourists that travel to our country enjoy a memorable experience. Providing real authentic experiences to tourists is what will sustain and grow our tourism sector. All of us should do this cognisant of the fact that tourists have no obligation to choose South Africa as a tourist destination.

"Tourism is a very competitive sector and demands from all of us to offer tourists a distinct, authentically South African and memorable experience so that they can return to our country again and again or even better entice others to come along with them in their subsequent visits. As we cast our eyes into the future, we must continue to ensure that we transform our sector inclusively and to showcase more authentic and uniquely South African experiences".

The following tourism businesses and stakeholders were named winners in their respective categories:




  1. Phelwana Game Lodge

4 Star 

Game Lodge 4 Star

  1. Bushbaby River lodge

4 Star

Bed and Breakfast  


  1. Palala Boutique Game Lodge and Spa

5 Star

Game Lodge 5 Star

  1. La Lechere Guest House

4 Star

Guest House 4 Star Guest House 4 Star

  1. Traditional African Homestays –South Africa (TAH-SA)


Roots and Culture

  1. Vahlavi  Lodge

 4 Star

2nd Runner up of Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award (ETEYA)

  1. Mikosi Sidney Fhumulani 


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