Former communication manager in the office of former Mpumalanga†Premier Mathews Phosa has been elected the new President of a body†that promotes tourism in Mpumalanga.
Board members of the Chamber of Business and Tourism in the eHlanzeni†region last week elected Oupa Pilane as the body’s new regional†President, taking over from Dr Norah Fakude.
Pilane will this week visit and be introduced to staff members in all†of the body’s offices in eHlanzeni.
The body is called Kruger Loweveld Chamber of Business and Tourism or†KLCBT and attempts to promote tourism and investment in the tourism†field .
According to its website, their “main mandate is to promote the†eHlanzeni region as a tourism and investment destination, to provide a†diverse suite of networking and marketing for our members, and to†represent and speak on behalf of the business and tourism community in†the area”.
Pilane (47), a businessman himself and owner of guesthouses around†Mbombela, said the KLCBT’s vision is to create a network in order to†seek to have the kind of entrepreneurs who can be activists in our†communities and change the lives of the poor for the better.
“We need activist entrepreneurs,” he said, “people who can become†business catalyst,” he said.
“If our members agree, I would like to initiate a campaign called†’Strength in Colour’ which sees business leaders of all races working†together to drive industrialisation and integration for sustainable†businesses,” Pilane said.
Pilane holds a master’s degree in Public Development.
In 2001, he†caused controversy after he fired gun-shots outside the Medi-Clinic†Hospital in Mbombela during a scuffle with two white men who allegedly†told him to go tell former President Thabo Mbeki to build a hospital†for Africans.
(edited by ZK)
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