Rapport officially announced on Sunday the launch of the 2011 Kwéla Rapport Dorp van die Jaar competition. Leopard’s Leap is once again one of the proud sponsors of this popular, truly South African initiative. Rapport readers and kykNET viewers can nominate the town of their choice within the South African and Namibian borders. The first phase of nominations closes on Tuesday, March 22 at 12h00.
It is widely acknowledged that there is a rise in the dynamic role of small town tourism as a strategy for development. As a result of economic, financial and cultural trends, the importance of small towns have now become increasingly critical. Small town tourism is progressively regarded as a visible path for local and national economic development.
“The importance of small towns plays a role not only in our heritage, traditions and culture but contributes greatly to the economic development and sustainability of our country. This competition provides an opportunity for small towns to showcase not only their wares, landscape and lifestyle but also what they add to the national economic development.” says Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of Leopard’s Leap Wines.
As part of the Leopard’s Leap sponsorship seven Rapport readers will win an 18 litre bottle of Leopards Leap Shiraz Grenaché 2009. Only to be released later this year, this special collector’s bottle will make a great addition to any home cellar. One lucky winner stands a chance of winning an unforgettable all inclusive weeklong trip to the majestic Cape Winelands, including dinner at three of the 2010 Eat Out Top 10 restaurants. A further R49,750.00 worth of wine training will be awarded to 50 waiters in the winning town. The ‘Introduction to Wine’ course from the Cape Wine Academy will greatly benefit the level of hospitality of the winning town.
“Leopard’s Leap is proud to be a sponsor in an initiative such as this that promotes the development of small towns such as Franschhoek which is where our hearts lie,” adds Koegelenberg.
Kwêla and Rapport will make weekly announcements with up to date nominations. For more information on Dorp van die Jaar visit www.kwela.co.za or www.rapport.co.za