Kumba hands over a R 5.5 million Cultural Village to Thabazimbi Local Municipality project in Thabazimbi

Kumba Mine Manager, Ms Cornelia Holtzhauzen, left, cuts the ribbon with the mayor of Thabazimbi, councilor Patricia Masito at the opening of the Cultural Village.
Kumba Mine Manager, Ms Cornelia Holtzhauzen, left, cuts the ribbon with the mayor of Thabazimbi, councilor Patricia Masito at the opening of the Cultural Village.

THABAZIMBI – As part of its efforts to support community economic development and tourism, Kumba Iron Ore’s Thabazimbi mine handed over a R5.5 million cultural village to the Local Municipality in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. This investment supports the mine’s closure vision to contribute towards the expansion of the game farming industry and to strengthen economic development through tourism. It also enhances partnership efforts to create employment through the creation of alternative economies to sustain livelihoods beyond Kumba.
The cultural village ties in well with tourism, one of the three key economic pillars in Thabazimbi. The other two pillars are farming and mining. It also addresses the need to formalise the tourism industry locally. The cultural village has a fully resourced administration office to disseminate tourism information to the public. This office also manages the promotion and marketing of the facility and tourism in Thabazimbi.
The cultural village occupies a prominent site at the junction of Warmbad and Dwaalboom roads leading into and out of town. This makes it ideal as a gateway to a unique experience for lovers of the African bushveld.
On entry, the cultural village people welcome you warmly. Your guide talks you through the different program offerings and how the traditional items and artefacts are made. Through the information centre, you will experience the indigenous people’s way of life, including language, dance, music, folklore, arts and crafts; a connotation of the pride of Thabazimbi.
You will also be given detailed directions to hiking, bird watching, mountain biking sites, mine tours and be presented the opportunity to access self-game drives to see the Big 5 and enjoy wild life. Golf lovers are welcome to visit a 9 hole course 8 km outside of town and to play the game amidst a variety of old tree species. Well within reach are some of the finest spa and wellness facilities, a vast array of shops, a state of the art mall, banks, guest lodges and hair salons to cater for your shopping, beauty and transactional needs. All of this at your disposal when you visit the cultural village.
At the handover of the facility to the Local Municipality, Thabazimbi Mine General Manager, Cornelia Holtzhausen remarked: “It is our wish that the cultural village will assist you to house owners of traditional artefacts, avail space for local and regional cultural programs and serve as a tourist attraction hub. With a fully equipped administration office and the right infrastructure, you have the power to manage and market tourism beyond Thabazimbi. I also appeal to business owners to hold hands with the rest of the stakeholders who influence the success of this project in order to unleash its full potential.”
Kumba is committed to community economic development as a partner of the future of hosting communities. In 2014 alone, Kumba invested close to R18 million in various projects aimed at leaving a positive legacy, which they delivered in consultation with the community of Thabazimbi. The mayor of Thabazimbi municipality had this to say: “Community engagement is crucial to the success of the cultural village as a tourism destination. If local communities understand the benefits of tourism, and believe they have a role to play in it, the cultural village will flourish.”