Aai aai I’ve wanted to jump out from the balcony so badly this week. Writing the research report is killing me slowly.. I’m going mad inside of this cave as well, knowing the sun is shining outside, my mum is in the country and people are out enjoying themselves..
I know I know, I chose to do this on my own, it will soon be over, see it in perspective, one day I’ll look back at this all and laugh etc. Just that some days the brain seriously seems to stop completely. But time doesn’t stop and now deadline is just around the corner.
I got the foreword done today, and thought I’d give you a peak. Im quite happy with it actually, even though THIS obviously isn’t the most difficult part to write.
Funny enough it refers to the beginning of my fascination for township tourism, like I wrote a way too long post about back in 2009.
Here it goes:
The foundation for this research report stems from a visit to Cape Town, in December 2009, during which I wanted to experience a township tour. Not knowing much about townships at the time, but curious (especially after having seen the shantytowns on the highway on the way to and from other important tourism landmarks), I was concerned to find out how the communities would benefit from my visit, and therefore started some online research in order to find an ethical company I could trust. To my surprise I found a list of various township operators in the category ‘responsible tour operators’ on the government’s tourism website. The specific actions these operators were taking were not indicated, yet tours were promoted as a ‘must’. It was emphasised that it was safe to visit with a guide, very educational for the visitor and that tourism was beneficial to the communities as it employed local people. At the time, I had not started to study responsible tourism, and besides I was in a typical holiday-‐mood with little time to investigate these companies in depth. Nevertheless, I decided to book a tour with a small BBBEE (Broad-‐Based Black Economic Empowerment) company and liked the experience as the tour was indeed eye-‐opening, and the residents I met were overall welcoming. Since, I have been unable to stop thinking about what was in it for local populations. This work attempts to finally provide an answer.
Already happier now..