Meet Joyce at Leshiba Wilderness

Shandukani Joyce Mulaudzi was born in 1973 on top of the Soutpansberg mountains on the western side of Louis Trichardt on the farm Bangor. In 1985, during the apartheid years, and the forced removals, Joyce’s father bought a house in the village of Saamkom. Here, Joyce continued with school and passed matric. After graduating she worked as a domestic worker and a shop assistant. The farm Bangor had by now been bought by the Rosmarin family and named Leshiba Wilderness. The family created a nature reserve and the village where Joyce was born was restored and turned into a lodge in the form of an authentic Venda village. In 2001, Joyce was asked to to cover for her sister as a housekeeper at Leshiba, during her maternity leave. John Rosmarin says that Joyce spoke English well, showed huge promise, had a shining personality and worked incredibly hard. After only three months, she was employed permanently.

Joyce went from being a domestic worker, to a chef’s assistant and eventually became the chef at the Venda village. With support from the Rosmarin family and hands-on training by her managers, Joyce gradually took on more responsibility at the lodge and became the manager, together with her colleague Lukas. Joyce and Lukas now handle the e-mail bookings, guest payments, manage the staff, do the buying and stock-taking, and are both chefs. They make a remarkable management team and the Rosmarin family are immensely proud of them. The circle has been completed and Joyce is back in the Venda village, which was once her father’s home and her own birthplace.

About Fair Trade Tourism

Fair Trade tourism ensures good wages and working conditions for staff, a fair share of the tourism bucks to local communities and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. In other words: tourism that is good for people and the environment. How it works: Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) certifies tourism businesses (like hotels, activities and attractions) against a set of standards linked to global Fair Trade criteria. Those that qualify get to carry the FTTSA logo. So every time you stay at a hotel, or go on a tour, that carries the FTTSA logo you will not only have a great experience – you will also be doing a good thing for South Africa and South Africans at the same time. That’s what we call a win-win situation! What kind of places are Fair Trade? Any kind of tourism business can become FTTSA-certified: from backpackers to 5-star lodges; township tours and whale watching cruises to adrenalin-filled activities and botanical gardens. In addition to being fab holiday places and activities, they all do a whole lot of amazing things for people and the environment. You can read all about this on our website (www.fairtourismsa.org.za). Doing something good has never felt this great!
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