The Chairperson of the NWDC Board of Directors, Mr Bheki Khumalo addressed the media on the Christiana Hotel and Game Farm. This was done during a media briefing held at the NWDC Regional Offices in Mahikeng on 25 November.
Said Bheki Khumalo: “The North West Provincial government in line with its focus on villages, townships and small dorpies (VTSD) and the sectors of agriculture, culture and tourism (ACT) identified the resort as an integral asset for the growth of the area and thus mandated the NWDC to bid for the property.”
“The Christiana hotel has in the meantime been upgraded and is being maintained, and its 46 suites, which include 12 standard rooms, 16 luxury rooms, 5 executive rooms and 13 superior family suites are ready for occupation. The resort further has a functional restaurant and conference centre, while minor upgraders to the three outdoor swimming pools, indoor pool and theatre are being carried out.”
“We are proud to announce that the Christiana Hotel resort is open to both business and leisure travelers and is accepting bookings and generating revenue.”
During the briefing session Mr Khumalo refuted earlier accusations made in the media regarding the purchase and allegations regarding game.
“The NWDC, through its Chairperson of the Board, Mr Khumalo, now clearly states that during the time of the auction, the white lions and rhinos referred to were not included in the auction list; as they were not part of the game farm by the time of the auction.