Uthando South Africa has won numerous and prestigious local and international awards since inception of the company in 2008. The awards have been graciously and gratefully received by Uthando, but infact they recognize not only the passion, hard work and dedication of TEAM UTHANDO but also the many people that contribute in so many different ways to the success of the organization through their individual efforts and talents. Thus the awards recognize not only Uthando but also this extended family of passionate and talented people from South Africa and all around that help make Uthando such a vibrant and colourful success.
The Lilizela Awards 2016 – Cultral Tour Guide Category
I am extremely excited to announce that at South Africa’s premium travel awards ceremony, the Lilizela Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday the 16th of October 2016, out of 9 finalists (one from each province) I won “National Best Cultural Tour Guide 2016”. I am truly humbled, but the award also belong to a large number of community heroes.
There are SO MANY people to thank in the tourism industry and friends who helped make Uthando a reality in 2007, and who have helped in such a myriad of ways to expand the scope of our work and programmes. THANK YOU to all of you !
Tour guiding has afforded me (and now also my colleague Xolani Maseko) the incredible opportunity to tell our unique and quintessential South African story to an international audience. It is a profound joy and pleasure to share our history collective experience over so many years with so many people who are deeply interested in learning about it. Our South African history is tragic, brutal and complex BUT also incredible, remarkable, inspiring and largely unique in the world. It is a story that truly resonates with so many and it is a singular honour to be in a position to share it.
The heart of Uthando however is the introduction of tourists and tourism businesses to the remarkable, inspiring, courageous and simply beautiful people who are running a myriad of amazing community projects under immensely challenging conditions. It gives Xolani and I such JOY to introduce these community heroes, and through this introduction, to shine a light on their work and efforts while at the same time seeking ways to help them primarily through income generation but also many other forms of assistance.
The Lilizela Award is a recognition of these efforts, and the award actually belongs to ALL of the amazing community heroes that make the Uthando experience so profound, meaningful and beneficial to all concerned. THANK YOU.
2016 James Fernie, Western Cape Winner, Lilizela Tourism Awards, Best Cultural Tour Guide
2012,2013,2014,2015,2016 Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor
2015 Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2015
2014 Best Charitable Organisation in Africa – The Good Safari Guide 2014
2013 Winner – Cape Town Tourism Responsible Tourism Award
2013 James Fernie Finalist on the “Who’s Who” in African Diaspora World Tourism Awards
2012 Winner – Skal International Sustainable Development in Tourism Award – Category Cities-Villages