Howick KZN Midlands News Snippets

Harnessing electrical power from Howick Falls … (pic supplied)

 

 

 

 

Dear Editor,

The attached pic and article may be of interest to you and your readers. I found it in a large-format book (26 X 38 cm) British South Africa Annual 1919 –1920, in a box in the middle of p.31. It would be interesting to know what happened to the hydro-electric plant in the following 97 years.
John Deane

 

 

 

HUCTO Herald July 2017

Newsletter of the Howick-uMngeni Community Tourism Organisation (Editor: Dick Jones)
E-mail: tour.ed32@gmail.com Phone: 033-3302355

Howick Falls KZN Midlands attracts thousands of visitors to the Midlands

Time to renew membership subscriptions
THIS is the time of the year when HUCTO asks its members to renew their annual subscriptions so that Howick and the KZN Midlands continue to benefit from TOURISM, which is South Africa’s second largest business (agriculture takes the top spot).

The annual subscription of R300 has been purposely kept low to encourage all tourism-related businesses in the area to join HUCTO, an autonomous organisation run by a committee of volunteers who give their time and expertise free of charge for the benefit of all, with referrals from our Info Office staff. (Artists from HARTS have now also mounted their art works for sale at the Info Office).

During 2016 at least 243 000 visitors (20 000 of them from foreign countries) were logged at Howick Falls. If they each spent only R100 while they were here, R24 million was injected into the regional economy – or R2 million a month – for the benefit of the entire community.  Surveys prove that 70% of tourism income is spent on food, drink, accommodation, and shopping. The rest goes on transport, agriculture, photographic materials, clothing, gifts, souvenirs, etc, therefore ALL businesses should support HUCTO.
It costs only R25 a month to become a member, yet many Midlands businesses do not support HUCTO.

So what are the membership benefits?
• Members can display their pamphlets and flyers at the Howick Falls information office. They can rent a permanent framed display there for R300 a year (August to July). Only 35 spaces are available, so it’s a case of “first come, first served. (Contact the HUCTO Secretary, Lorraine Bryant, on 082 932 7549 for details).
• When HUCTO next prints a visitor brochure, which will be soon, members will be invited to take an advertisement that will appear in at least 10 000 colour copies distributed countrywide by Brochure Management.
• All members receive the “HUCTO Herald” monthly newsletter.
• A HUCTO membership certificate ensures success when applying for a trading or business licence from the Municipality.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE MIDLANDS
What draws tourists to the KZN Midlands?

The Capture Site is just one of the many tourist attractions in the Howick area

• The 95-metre-high Howick Falls, and other waterfalls close by.
• Enjoy panoramic views, diverse walking trails and mountain biking routes, guided walks, adventure activities and a variety of animal and birdlife at WESSA’s Umngeni Valley Nature Reserve.
• Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Museum.
• Midlands Meander arts and crafts route.
• Several walking and hiking trails.
• Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve.
• Karkloof Canopy Tour.
• Goodman Household Aviation Monument.
• Anglo-Boer War Cemetery at the Howick Concentration Camp site.
• Karkloof Conservation Centre and mountain bike trails.
• Outdoor activities like the Midmar Mile, fishing, horse-riding and karting.

R6m BOOST FOR MARATHON
THE annual Mandela Day Marathon to be run over 42.2km on August 27 has received a grant of R6 million from ABSA Bank to boost prize money. The main race from Pietermaritzburg to the Mandela Capture Site at Tweedie follows the route Nelson Mandela took before he was arrested by apartheid police in 1962.
Thousands of runners, bikers and their supporters will descend on the Midlands for the event, to the benefit of all tourism providers in the region. Other events In addition to the marathon include a 4km run for children and VIPs, road runs over 10km and 21km, a trail run, and mountain bike races over
42km and 21km.

GODDARD PARK CLEANED UP ON MANDELA DAY
HUCTO would like to thank all the volunteers who arrived at Goddard Park next to the Howick Falls view site to successfully clean up the precinct on Nelson Mandela International Day (Tuesday, July 18).
Special thanks to Kai Schultz, owner of the Karkloof Canopy Tour, and five members of his staff who abseiled from the viewing platform to clean up the accumulated rubbish thrown over the railings during the past year.
Thanks also to all the members of the “Love Howick” organisation for their kind efforts – it really was a great day!

HUCTO is a member of Open Africa, N3 Gateway Tourism and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, and is registered with the uMngeni Municipality