LOOKING BACK AT 2016

written by: Nosisa Mhlathi, co-founder of Township Roots 2016 was both very challenging and exciting year for Township Roots. We have grown immensely as an organisation and we are grateful for many opportunities and achievements. Here are some of the highlights for 2016 and what we wish for in 2017! We participated in the launch of FUNDA LEADER initiative launched by our partner Nal’ibali. We have managed to mobilise all schools participating in TR programmes to organise events and celebrate literacy related dates on the calendar including; World Book Day, Literacy Day, Library Day and International Children’s Book Day. These events
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Meet our new Tour Guide

Bulelani Futshane is an inspiring and passionate young man. He is also the founder of Township Roots, the charity organisation that Influence Tours donate all their profits to. Bulelani recently received his Tour Guide License which was funded by Influence Tours. Bulelani is now a registered guide in Western Cape and oversees all township tours that Influence Tours offer their clients. Bulelani Futshane was born and raised in a township just outside Cape Town and therefore he knows what the township children are going through, what challenges they meet on a daily basis and how to inspire them to do good in
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South Africa – a golfer’s paradise

Did you know that South Africa as a country hosts more golf tournaments than any other country in the world? And did you know that South Africa has about 500 golf courses compared to United States’ 17,000 courses? So, how come South Africa takes the lead in hosting the most golf tournaments in the world? We might have a clue!   There are many factors that makes South African golfing truly unique; spectacular nature and distinct different cultures mixed with a booming infrastructure explains why South African golf is world-class. The country offers ideal climate and a selection of different
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South Africa – one of the world’s most versatile holiday spot

Looking for an alternative holiday? Or just to add some spice to your traditional vacation? We have the latest scoop on what’s trending in South Africa.  A bicycle tour focusing on graffiti in the back streets of Cape Town, does that maybe ring your vacationing-bell? Or get suspended on the world’s biggest rope swing? Or maybe just simply taking a walk by an illuminating beach? The options of add-ons are in fact endless. So beyond safaris, golf tours and beach vacations – more “unusual” options are now emerging. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a good old traditional vacation, the truth is that more tourists are now dedicating at least
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Time for some South African-egotripping?

The latest trend is all about treating yourself and yourself only. The traveling industry is now acknowledging the solo travellers and their rising statistics. People have become more keen on travelling by themselves without a travel companion. And did you know that Cape Town is one of the best cities to visit as a solo traveller according to SkyScanner? Wanderlust, soul searching and quality of life – yes, we’ve heard it before, we want it, we crave it, but how do we actually achieve these things? A recent survey by SkyScanner showed that 7 out of 10 Swedish people have
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In South Africa, you can have it all – for a very favourable rate

  ”In South Africa, you really can have it all – and with the favourable exchange rate and cost of living, it is a bargain, especially for food, drinks and shopping.” – Forbes Magazine   One common misconception about South Africa is the price aspect. With all that the country offers, it is easy to think of it as a luxury get-away. Do not get us wrong, it is still a luxury get-away, but people forget the fact that it is actually a wallet friendly place. Exclusive safari tours, mind blowing nature, gourmet food, exquisite wine and amazing shopping – all packed
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