A partnership stands strong in times of prosperity as much as in times of crisis - especially one of such magnitude.
The relief effort
COVID-19 has impacted every corner of our globe. It does not spare the elderly, the orphaned, the hungry – on the contrary, it hits them the hardest.
Deeply moved by the suffering of his Community in this time, Inkhosi MI Mdluli (Senior Traditional Leader, Mdluli Royal Family & Mdluli Traditional Council) approached the partners of the Mdluli Safari Lodge Partnership to assist with food for the Community.
The 45,000 people of this already impoverished Community have been crippled by the pandemic – with the shutdown of trade, employment and income. Many of the children would ordinarily receive their one meal a day at school.
Benefits from the lodge’s operations were in their absolute infancy of making a positive impact when the lockdown was implemented, just 6 weeks after the lodge’s opening.
Our efforts can only go so far. Together we can go further.
How you can help
Please use the banking details below to support our initiative with your donation.
EFT BANKING DETAILS:
BRANCH CODE: 210554
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 628 5031 4403
SWIFT CODE: FIRNZAJJ
REFERENCE: MDLULI COVID RELIEF
All contributions are being managed in a separate bank account, administered pro bono by Grovest Corporate Advisory.
Strict controls are in place to ensure distribution to most needy.
We deeply appreciate your support.
Mdlui Safari Lodge, which opened in January 2020, has been developed on land owned by the Mdluli Community Trust.
The lodge is a sustainable tourism initiative, and a 50-50 partnership with the Mdluli Community, who receive direct financial, social and economic benefit from the lodge’s operations.
The Mdluli Community comprises approximately 45,000 residents across 4 villages bordering the South-western fence of the Kruger National Park. The current unemployment rate is approximately 62%.
The business model of the lodge is that each guest’s stay directly positively impacts on the Community.
The lodge was the vision of the late Inkhosi MZ Mdluli, who’s bronze statue today stands proudly beneath the Marula tree as you enter the lodge.
“It was his vision to see the Royal Family and the entire Mdluli Community benefiting through education and community development. Through this project, I undertake to bring stability and social cohesion in the Community, and I also remain convinced that the children of the royal family and the Mdluli Community shall go to universities. Schools, roads and clinics shall be upgraded, and poverty shall be eradicated through the creation of skills and employment opportunities”.
– Inkhosi MI Mdluli
Senior Traditional Leader
Mdluli Royal Family & Mdluli Traditional Council
It’s been a 20 year journey, working closely with the Community and SANParks, to realise this vision.
The Community benefit
- Bed night levy per guest per night
- Monthly rental
- Share of lodge profits
150 Community members, many of whom employed for the first time.
80 Community members, comprising nearly 90% of full staff complement. Preferential employment is given to members of the Community.
Alongside this skill-based job creation, the lodge creates sustainable business opportunities including:
- Taxi owners transporting staff to and from the lodge
- Rehabilitation and landscaping team
- Waste management
- Vegetable tunnels in each of our four villages
- Packaging of wood
- Water-bottling systems
Other initiatives in progress include
- Anti-poaching activities on the Community land, supported by the Italian Tour Operator Il Diamanté creating employment for community rangers (training, remuneration and equipment)
- Cross-generational large-scale art pieces in the lodge main area
- Curios in the lodge store