Uthando South Africa has won numerous and prestigious local and international awards since the inception of the company in 2008. Uthando has graciously and gratefully received the awards. Still, they recognize not only the passion, hard work, and dedication of team Uthando but also the many people that contribute in different ways to the organization’s success. Thanks to the efforts and talents of passionate and talented people from South Africa and further afield, Uthando is a vibrant and vivid success.
Africa’s Inspirational Responsible Tourism Awards – ‘Benefiting Local People.’
Our reason for being is to benefit local people, even when we’re not allowed to operate, due to the lockdown restrictions in South Africa. During the lockdown on a rather gloomy day, I received the news that Uthando (Love) South Africa had won the Gold award for the 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards.
Invited to participate by Responsible Tourism to contend for this first-ever award, we were excited to submit for the new category award ‘Africa’s Inspirational Responsible Tourism Award 2020’. Our contenders, a carefully selected group of tourism products consistently awarded the Gold standard in the World Travel Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism between 2015 and 2019, were stiff competition. Three out of five awards are Africa-based, which is something special.
Award Winner : Cape Town Tourism Future Forward Thinkers for Community Benefit
The award recognizes Uthando for leveraging tourism to provide direct benefits to community organizations through funding and capacitation. They have raised funds for four early childhood development buildings since 2009, and fundraising is in progress for another two. They raise funds by offering tours to the community development projects it supports. While it focuses on making the experience fun for guests, it also safeguards the community through its guest code of conduct.
An Ashley Award for Uthando – Nonceba Family Counselling Center
Joint Winner “We Are Africa” Innovation Awards – Engage Africa
African Responsible Tourism Awards – Winner Best Tour Operator for Impact in Urban Areas
Lilizela Cultural Tour Guide Award for Xolani Maseko
Congratulations to Xolani Maseko for receiving the third runner up in the Cultural Tour Guide category for the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. In November 2017, Xolani will have been with Uthando for five years. In that time, he has become an invaluable part of “Team Uthando.”