TRAIL GUIDE ACADEMY

ABOUT OUR ACADEMY

The Trail Guide Academy is our first major socio-economic development initiative and focuses on training and equipping guides to assist locals and tourists on our trails. The training course aims to equip our guides not only with practical skills and knowledge directly applicable to mountain bike and trail guiding (such as bike repair and handling, local trail and basic nature conservation knowledge and first aid) but also to add life skills such as computer literacy and business communication to their repertoire.

We have been extremely fortunate to have corporate sponsors of the calibre of Titan Racing Bikes, who have donated six mountain bikes and assorted gear for our trainees and Pay@, who have funded the ITC needs of both the Academy and the guides during their working day.

While we believe that our guides will be providing a much needed service on our trails, the primary goal in identifying and training them is to support the economic and social upliftment of our local, previously disadvantaged communities. The natural attractions of the Western Cape and the Stellenbosch area in particular offer tremendous opportunities for growth and employment in the tourism and outdoor recreation industries.

As recently as January 2017, Alan Winde the Minister for Economic Opportunities and Tourism in the Western Cape indicated that tourism is the fastest-growing sector in the region, employing over 200 000 people and generating R17 billion for our economy each year. Through Project Khulisa, an action plan to dramatically accelerate growth and job creation in the most promising sectors of our economy one of which is tourism, the Western Cape government is seeking to add up to a further 100 000 jobs in this sector [1]. In the 2017/18 Economic Development and Tourism Budget, reference was again made by Minister Winde to Project Khulisa and specifically its action plan, which includes three new attractions, namely a cycle route network, a Madiba Legacy route and a packaged food and wine offering. These attractions will serve as drawcards to encourage year-round tourism and greater regional spread [2].

SUPPORT JOB CREATION THROUGH CYCLO-TOURISM IN THE WESTERN CAPE

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