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Tusk Resorts has reached the Big Five status in more ways than one. 2004 Sees this company turning five years old with five luxurious properties under its belt.

Furthermore, Tusk Resorts was awarded an award by Impumelelo as one of the top 300 black empowerment companies which is another feather in its cap together with being a member of one of the biggest and most prestigious black empowerment companies in South Africa, Thebe Investments.

The flagship property in the Tusk Resorts family is Tusk Mmabatho Casino Resort, with 150 beautifully appointed bedrooms and facilities in the resort, offering a wide variety of fun to the whole family. 

An array of sightseeing attractions, which include the Mafikeng Museum and the Manyane and Botselo game reserves, may be visited. Apart from several restaurants and bars for that cool drink or fine dining experience, the resort also offers guests a relaxing day in the Health & Beauty Centre or a round of golf on the adjacent 18 hole, championship Leopard Park golf course.

Any size party, conference or gathering can be easily arranged to suit every requirement either at the ample facilities the resort offers or at the modern Mmabatho Convention Centre that is just a stones throw away from the resort.

Tusk Venda Casino Hotel, situated in the beautiful landscape of Thohoyandou in the Limpopo province, is the perfect starting point to your journey to the Kruger National Park and a further Big Five experience. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, conference facilities, a relaxing atmosphere and great dining and hospitality.

Taung, a historical landmark of the North West Province, is the home of Tusk Taung Hotel. It is famous for being the home of the 2,5 million-year-old skull and magnificent marble deposits.

The hotel has a tranquil setting rich with history, which makes it the perfect stopover between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Tusk Umfolozi Casino in Empangeni, is not only a hub of entertainment but also a feast to the eye with its exquisite Zulu-style décor and theming.

It is currently operating a temporary casino licence and negotiations are underway for further developments, which will include a hotel and conference centre.

Tusk Resorts' proudest achievement is the addition of their fifth property in the family, Tusk Rio Casino in Klerksdorp, as this is the first unit that Tusk has seen through from the foundations.

It caters to a wide variety of tastes, based on the concept of the exotic Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janeiro, filled with vibrant colour and fun and officially opened its doors to the public on 1 October this year.

Tusk Resorts offers everything from fun and entertainment to relaxation and a quiet getaway for the whole family with the main aim being to let guests experience the difference in true Tusk style.

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BHP Billiton launches schools upliftment project in North West

The BHP Billiton Development Trust (BBDT) launched its Mveledzandivho Project at The ACE Ministry near Majakaneng Primary School near Brits, on Wednesday, October 6. GM Mompei, Executive Regional Manager, spoke at the event, as did Sam Seepei, Senior Manager, BBDT.

The launch was part of the BBDT's R30 million sponsorship of Mveledzandivho (knowledge creation), to develop and support 29 schools around BHP Billiton mines and plants in South Africa.

The project specifically caters to the children of employees of BHP Billiton operations, as well as the children of people living in nearby communities. BHP Billiton is committed to developing people in the areas around its mines and plants.

In this way it ensures future employment at its operations for those people, giving the project sustainability and uplifting the local community. Mveledzandivho, initiated in 2002, aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning of educators and children, with a focus on maths, science and technology instruction.

The project will be implemented over five years, starting this year, in six provinces: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West. The project has the support of the Department of Education (DoE) and is being managed by the Joint Education Trust (Jet) Education Services division.

Dina Mashamaite, Jet Education Services project manager, says: "The project also looks at the holistic development of the child so it covers issues such as resource provisioning at the schools, early childhood development and youth and social development."

Seepei says: "It is intended that, once Mveledzandivho reaches completion in 2008, the lessons learned will be filtered through to other schools in South Africa.

This will ensure further sustainability, one of the primary objectives of the BBDT when deciding which projects to support.”

Martin Prew, Director of Education Management & Government Development at the DoE, says: "The aims and objectives of the project broadly fitted in with what the department is trying to achieve - a holistic schools improvement process with a strong focus on infrastructure development." Mr Mompei, says: "We hope to learn from this project and feed back the lessons learned into the education system. Mveledzandivho is a systemic improvement link - we can trial things that have the potential for long-term and broad impact on the system.”

Lulu Khumalo, manager of education and communication at BBDT, says: "Previously, BHP Billiton supported a similar initiative, called the Masifunde Project. The lessons learned from Masifunde are being applied to Mveledzandivho, demonstrating BHP Billiton's commitment to work closely with government in order to contribute towards education quality improvement in South Africa.”

Those involved in the project will be trained to sustain it after the initial completion date. Capacity will be built at district and circuit level so the trained educators can take the lessons learned to other schools that are not participating in Mveledzandivho.

About the BHP Billiton Development Trust: The BHP Billiton Development Trust (BBDT) implements co-ordinates and manages the sustainable development initiatives of BHP Billiton and BHP Billiton companies and operations such as Samancor Chrome, Samancor Manganese, Ingwe Coal and BHP Billiton Aluminium, which participate in the trust. BHP Billiton allocates 1% of pre-tax profits to corporate responsibility projects, based on a three-year rolling average.

Expenditure on projects for the year ended June 30, 2004 is valued at over R40 million. The funds are applied in four main categories: education and training, capacity building, socio-economic development and healthcare

Article supplied by BHP Billiton Development Trust.

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