It was a crisp Monday morning in London. Leaving our hotel, myself and another member of media shared a cab ride with SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona.
We were enroute to an exclusive breakfast where the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Thebe Tourism Group introduced a joint initiative to keep the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive.
Dignitaries in attendance included Dr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General UNWTO, who was the guest of honour. In his speech, he spoke about ubuntu - a phrase synonymous with Tata Madiba (Father of the Nation). Princess Dana of Jordan as well as Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, as warm-hearted as ever and dressed in beautiful traditional wear, were joined by several other global tourism and diplomatic VIP guests.
This momentous gathering - ahead of the opening of the World Travel Market 2017 - was to announce an exciting project - The Mandela Presidential Centre. This nine-bedroom boutique hotel is located at Nelson Mandela’s primary residence in Johannesburg.
Another big appeal for tourists to the high-end establishment is the fact that it has a fine dining restaurant where Ms Xoliswa Ndoyiya (Nelson Mandela’s cook), will be preparing his favourite meals for guests.