Langa Quarter: New tourism enterprise to open in Cape Town

2018-01-05 08:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - The Langa Quarter, a tourism enterprise in Langa township, has officially been launched - a hub of enterprise and social development projects.

Proactively zoned for tourism, the Langa Quarter SEP (Social Enterprise Precinct) consists of a nucleus of 207 homes. These have been transformed into restaurants, galleries, informal bars (shebeens), craft stores and The Langa Quarter Homestay Hotel, a 40-bed cluster of Homestay accommodation in the residents’ homes, nine of which are listed on Airbnb. 

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Spearheaded by Tony Elvin, the project forms part of the Ikhaya Le Langa NPC non-profit organisation and is an honorary sustainable tourism member of the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA), the national trade association for the hospitality industry.

The agency will present its signature Past, Present, Future Tour which includes the exclusive Apartheid Pass Museum re-enactments, traditional foods, local art, entertainment and walking tours.

Officially launched on 13 December 2017, VIPs and media guests who attended the event were treated to a tour of the Quarter, including the Homestay Hotel, Black Plaques, street art as well as a stop-over at a few of the restaurants on offer. 

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The Sun Diner based at the Quarter’s Ikhaya Le Langa hub put on a great spread for the evening with the debut of the ‘Wonder Menu’.

Scheduled to fully open in February 2018, the Sun Diner will cater for breakfast and lunch and is targeted at Capetonians passing in and out of the city,  early-arriving tourists, patrons stuck in N2 traffic jams as well as providing free meals to the army of unemployed local volunteers engaged in making the Langa Quarter ‘cleaner, greener and safer'.

“We are thrilled to be showcasing this amazing project to Cape Town, South Africa and the world," says Elvin. "The people of Langa are doing real, meaningful activities in making the Langa Quarter ‘cleaner, greener and safer’, and promoting tourism to this area. Our community is a shining example of Ubuntu and our people are inspiring and motivating us all.”

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