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2011 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards

By 8th Nov 2011 No Comments

As a result of the extensive eco-friendly initiatives implemented throughout the lodge, we’re pleased to announce that Jabulani has been chosen as one of the finalists in the 2011 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards.

Together with our sister property, HESC, we have embarked on a strong drive towards protecting the environment. From the implementation of a number of sustainable energy and recycling policies, to the introduction of extensive educational programmes for our staff and the local communities, we’re slowly but surely taking steps to ensure that we’ll leave behind a better world for our children.

This year has seen the launch of various recycling programs. The Weeping-Boer-Bean Tree project is a ‘grow-it yourself kit’, while the Sharing is Caring campaign recycles the elephant dung gathered from our ever obliging herd into a ‘soil amendment’. Both are available for purchase at HESC. We’re using the funds raised to contribute towards the anti-poaching rhino patrols in the area.

We have also placed solar lamps along the pathways throughout HESC, which has seen a significant reduction in the Centre’s overall electricity consumption. More recently we expanded our eco initiatives even further by installing a wormery here at the lodge.

Jabulani continues to support its charity of choice, the Paulos Ngobeni primary school (as well as other local rural schools) by giving talented, underprivileged learners the opportunity to take part in workshops at the recently launched HESC Community Art Gallery. Here, under the tutelage of volunteer local artists, they’re taught about art as a means of self-expression, and are also given a basic understanding of the different artistic mediums.

“We’re extremely passionate about educating one and all about the importance of protecting our environment and resources, and creating awareness amongst society as to how they too can start ‘greening’ their lifestyles – be that home or office. We are honoured to be one of the finalists of this prestigious award. Being recognised for our eco-friendly, environment and conservation efforts is utterly incredible,” said Adine Roode, Managing Directior.

The Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards, running for the tenth year, recognise tourism businesses that demonstrate sustained responsible practice in their operations in terms of their natural, social and economic environments.  Awards will be made in the following categories: Best social involvement program, Best practice – economic impact, Best overall environmental management system, Best single resource management program – for energy, water and waste, Most empowered tourism business and Investor in people.  An overall Imvelo winner will then be selected.

Holding thumbs,

The Jabulani Team

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