On 16 June 2016, there was singing and dancing at Baleni Camp as the EU-sponsored CESVI project team conducted the formal hand-over of the camp to the Primary Co-operative. Supported by the leader of the Traditional Authority, Chief Mahumani, the event was well supported by the local community. The project had upgraded the camp by adding solar, upgrading the sleeping accommodation and provided environmental management support. This camp is now well on it’s way to becoming a sought-after cultural tourism destination.

 

The reopening ceremony

Eric Sambo, Chairman of the Baleni Primary Co-Op welcomes guests to the handover ceremony.

 

Formalities concluded.

Chief Mahumani and Primary Co-Op chairman Eric Sambo cut the ribbon

 

Baleni Primary Co-op members

Members of the primary Co-op with the great friend, Mr Fixon Hlungwani of LEDET.

 

New en-suites in the units with linen and solar addedNewly revamped bedrooms with solar, en-suites and comfortable beds.

 

En-suite added to Baleni units

Solar heated water in the new en-suite shower

 

Recharing station in the rooms and kitchen

Innovative charging units in rooms using solar energy stored in batteries. USB and 12V (cigarette lighter) charging is available.

 

Units repainted in traditional Tsonga style

Beautiful authentic paintings on the outside of the Tsonga units

 

Taditional dance group teach CESVI guests

Tsonga dancers teach the CESVI guests the basics of dancing, Tsonga-style.

 

Paolo celebrates.

But when it’s all over – we all know how to party together.