Cape Town Tourism: Board Development Fund To Support Tourism Businesses Launched

 Winning Board Development Fund members; Ebrahim Osman and Rene Moses (Cape Town Tourism). 

In October 2013, Cape Town Tourism’s Board of Directors took a collective decision to forfeit their monthly remuneration towards a Board Development Fund (BDF) that assists Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) with support to develop their tourism businesses.

Following a meeting with the selection panel, the two successful SMME’s were announced as Ozzie’s Golf Guide and Travel with René.

Ozzie’s Golf Guide provides a personalised service to local and international guests to see that they experience a memorable round of golf in Cape Town, including securing tee time, transportation and golf equipment. Ebrahim Osman, owner of Ozzies Golf Guide, says; “I’m new to the tourism game; my company is just over a year old. Being one of the winners of Cape Town Tourism’s Board Development Fund has been a great boost for my company in terms of cash injection, mentorship and networking opportunities, and the exposure to the industry." 

Travel with René is a niche tourism business that offers two specialised vehicles to assist with the transportation needs of people with disabilities and their families. The owner, René Moses, has been a wheelchair user for over eighteen years and has successfully started up this business to fill the access gap.

Mentor and board member, Jonathan Jacobs, explains further; “The Board Development Fund was initiated by the Cape Town Tourism Board and supported by the Executive Management team of Cape Town Tourism. The directors have relinquished their rights to a stipend as Board Members and directed it to this fund. The fund seeks to empower and financially assist small business entrepreneurs within the Tourism Sector.

CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy, concludes; “Mentorship is central to growing skills and confidence in the tourism industry and whilst tourism is a vital economic driver for our city. -  I speak for the board in saying that this small gesture is part of our bigger commitment to diversifying tourism economically. Congratulations to Ozzie and René! We are looking forward to being a part of your journey.”

For more information on the criteria, application process and terms and conditions, please visit http://www.capetown.travel/industry_blog/entry/board-development-fund-13-14-call-for-proposals.

The next request for proposals will go out in November 2014 and the two selected winning businesses will be announced in December 2014.

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