Polokwane – The tourism Industry in Limpopo would like to applaud and appreciate the decision by the Premier Soccer League and Nedbank choosing to stage the first ever Nedbank Cup final at Peter Mokaba Stadium between Orlando Pirates FC and SuperSport United FC on the 28th May 2016.
This decision could not have come at a better time when the Province had just hosted two major sporting events namely the Boxing Extravaganza at Ngwako Ramahlodi Sports Complex and Supersport Telkom Shootout at Legend Golf and Safari Lodges recently.
“We view this as a major boost to tourism thus contributing to economic growth in the Limpopo Province This will go a long way in growing the sports tourism profile of our Province. It is against this background that we wish to appeal to the citizens of Limpopo to come-out in their numbers to watch the game as sports promoters will use this game as a yardstick to stage future games or events of this magnitude to measure support for them to bring other events to this venue”, said the CEO of Limpopo Tourism Agency, Mr. Ndumiso Matlala.
The Agency takes this opportunity to congratulate one of our own, Baroka FC “Bakgaga ba Mphahlele”, for realizing their dream of being crowned 2015/16 National First Division Champions. Matlala said, “We know it was a long journey for the team and congratulations are in order for their newly earned status. This is indeed a big boost for tourism in the province as the province now has two teams campaigning in the super league, which will bring a lot of people to our province to grow the economy.”
The tourism industry is ready to welcome all soccer fans and descending tourists, who will be visiting our shores this coming weekend. Our offices are open to assist those who might be interested in taking a Sho’t Left during their visit to Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The game will be staged only a stone throw away from the Polokwane Game Reseve renowned for its excellent game viewing of as many as 21 species including white rhino, sable, antelope and giraffe. There are a number of walks, including a one-day 20km hiking trail with overnight accommodation. The Polokwane Nature Reserve also conserves the Pietersburg Plateau false grassland that is home to important indigenous birds such as the short-clawed lark, the ashy tit and the Kalahari scrub-robin. Comfortable accommodation is available in self-catering chalets. A well-managed and well-equipped caravan site is adjacent to the reserve.