Yesterday evening we went to a local hotel-school to have a meet-and-greet with public officials from the North-West province. The whole ‘ceremony’ was animated by Charles Ndabeni, the new CEO of tourism. He started with a list of ‘did you know that…’ statements:

  • The runway in Mahikeng is one of the longest in Africa and was on NASA’s list for possible landing of the space shuttle.
  • The founder of the scouts movement, Baden-Powell, successfully defended the city of Mahikeng in 1899 during the Second Boer War.
  • There is a world class analog studio close to Mahikeng where the music for the Lion King was recorded (BOP studios).

Charles was very funny but also clear on the priorities he sees for the future of the province, agriculture, media and tourism.


We stayed for an excellent meal prepared by the students of the hotel school. At the end the Lion King fans in our team posed with Mr. Lebo M. , a composer and performer for the movie soundtrack.

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