LIMPOPO; POLOKWANE: POLOKWANE; LIMPOPO PROVINCE: U are hereby invited to be part of the media delegation that will witness the launch of the 16 th edition of Limpopo Marula Festival billed to take place as follows: DATE : 18 TH FEBUARY 2022 VENUE : VAHLAVI GUEST HOUSE TIME : 18H00 The 04 th March 2006, was the day on which Marula Industries were created through the pronouncement of the policy statement for the department to make an economic intervention by developing Marula into a viable business industry for the Province based on the fact that Limpopo has a vast concentration of Marula trees (scientifically known as Sclerocarya birrea) found mostly in the sub-tropical parts of the Province including our neighboring provinces (viz: Mpumalanga and North West) as well as some parts in Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe. In an effort to revive the tourism industry from the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers took advantage of the eased lockdown regulations allowing events to be hosted with a maximum number of 2000 people attending physically in outdoor venues. The 2022 edition of Limpopo Marula Festival is planned with an emphasis on district events to comply with government stipulated regulations. The plan will still cover most of the activities as per available resources targeting 5 districts to recognize and commercialize the rich heritage of the province through beneficiation, women empowerment, capacity building and enhancement of the arts industry, focusing on youth and people with disabilities. This is further seen as an opportunity for the tourism sector and other related sectors in the tourism value chain to get back on their feet again starting the year with this event. NB. You are kindly requested to indicate your availability and confirm it on or before the 11 th February 2022 to allow the team time for all the logistical arrangements with Mr. Ntlhekeng Kgatla as indicated below. Departure details will be communicated with selected media houses or individuals to whom indemnity forms will be sent for completion before the trip is undertaken. It is also imperative to indicate that the delegation of these media personalities will also attend the heritage and cultural event, Ku Luma Vukanyi/Ku Luma Nguva/Go Loma Morula (taste of the first fruit by traditional leaders) organized by colleagues from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) to be held as follows: Date : 19 February 2022 Venue : Muti wa Vatsonga, Eiland Spa (Hans Merensky Nature Reserve) TIME : 09H00 Release on behalf of The Annual Limpopo Marula Festival LOC by: Kgatla Ntlhekeng Media Liaison Officer Limpopo Tourism Agency Tel : 015 293 3600 Cell : 082 041 5116