Record entries in this year's Lilizela-Imvelo Awards – finalists announced

SUSTAINABILITY in the tourism industry is making great strides in the right direction, as reflected in the record number of entries to the 2013 Lilizela-Imvelo Awards for Responsible Tourism, the sustainable development category of the Department of Tourism’s inaugural Lilizela Awards.

This year’s entries to the Lilizela-Imvelo Awards reached a record high of 406 category entries from 148 establishments. The six categories related to best social, environmental and economic practices and were open to large and small establishments in southern Africa.

The highest number of entries in a single category was 70 entries in the ‘best social involvement programme’ category which assesses examples of corporate and social responsibility.

The second highest number was 62 entries in the ‘best single resource management programme – energy’ category, which relates to businesses operational efforts to save energy. The ‘best overall environmental management system’ category followed with 59 entries.

The ‘investing in people’ category attracted 53 entries. Here establishments needed to give evidence of best practice training, education and development of individuals in tourism to show the practical steps taken to develop the people in their businesses.

The remainder of the entries were divided fairly equally between the ‘best economic Impact’ category (45), ‘best single resource – waste’ (43) and best single resource – water management’ (42).

The category ‘most empowered tourism business’ (32) represents the processes of transformation that establishments are undergoing to create a more competitive industry –

embracing previously marginalised participants.

Entrants needed to demonstrate their contribution to issues of empowerment and also to a

globally competitive, demographically representative tourism industry.

A change in the categories from last year is that the Chairman’s Award has been replaced by a Minister’s Award, which will be the highest tourism award in the country.


The finalists in each category are:

Best Social Involvement Programme – Big

Turtle Bay Beach Club (Kenya)

Sun International Zambia (Zambia)



Best Social Involvement Programme – Small

Gorges Lodge (Zimbabwe)

Bomani Tented Lodge (Zimbabwe)

Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa (Eastern Cape)

The Angel’s Place Boutique Hotel (Gauteng)


Best Practice – Economic Impact – Big

Riverside Sun Resort (Gauteng)

Sun International Zambia (Zambia)

Zambezi Queen (Western Cape)

Best Practice – Economic Impact – Small

Gorges Lodge (Zimbabwe)

Makgabeng Farm Lodge (Limpopo)

Rivera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club (Gauteng)


Special Judges Recommendations

Platter Golf (Pty) Ltd  (Western Cape)


Garden Court South Beach (KwaZulu Natal)

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