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LTA EXPRESSES SHOCK AND SYMPATHY ON THE BURNING OF MATSILA LODGE IN THOHOYANDOU

September 07, 2018

Thohoyandou; Matsila Lodge, a five star accommodation establishment in Thohoyandou, Thulamela Municipality has been gutted by fire on Thursday the 6th September 2018. Ironically this shocking incidence takes place as world celebrates tourism this month which has been declared a Tourism Month by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  

The CEO of LTA, Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu, said, “We wish to express our heartfelt shock and sympathy on the sad news of loss to management and staff of Matsila Lodge, Thulamela Municipality, Province and the whole country as this was another gem in the tourism industry. There is no doubt in my mind that this was on its way to glory when it comes to tourism excellence. Coincidentally our Province will be celebrating tourism excellence in the form of Lilizela awards, to be held on the 11th September 2018. It is sadly disconcerting as this incident happened against the backdrop of a successful Tourism Month programme launch in less than a week as we encourage people to visit our Province. We wish management and staff strength as they grapple with the ways of resuscitating the business. 

We have full knowledge of how devastated everyone is after this shocking incident. LTA wishes to pledge its full support to management in the quest to return to business after the accident”. 

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