We are a CommunityThe vision for Kuzuko Lodge was to create a world class game lodge that would create an interdependent relationship between conservation, job creation and social transformation.
Kuzuko believes in treating all its employees with dignity and respect. We have set new standards in staff housing, wages, working conditions, insurance and share ownership through a Workers Trust. We are committed to the training, up skilling and personal development of our staff. Added to this, Kuzuko has partnered with Umzi Wethu (in Cathcart), a pioneering programme set up by the Wilderness foundation, where young adults from broken backgrounds are selected for an eighteen-month course for ecotourism jobs.
The Kuzuko Foundation has been established to promote job creation, access to health care and education to the local communities who suffer under unemployment and poverty in the area. We employ and train staff from the local communities and we support the Umzi Wethu training programme. What a privilege to see these young people developing in confidence and stature.
Kuzuko has had the pleasure of employing some of these graduates and we are proud to play a part in the growth and development of their self-confidence and experience as they forge a new career and a new future.
Through the Foundation we have managed to retain a nursing sister to conduct monthly visits to the area. We support two local farm schools with transport for their learners, maintenance to their facilities and other small necessities, and we conduct and fund educational school visits from our disadvantaged communities to the lodge.
Most of the lodge's fresh produce is purchased from local farmers or is grown by our staff and their families.
Our efforts have made a real difference in the lives of our local communities. And it is this difference which infuses our staff with the friendliness that makes a visit to Kuzuko an unforgettable, heart-warming experience.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can get involved with the Kuzuko Foundation and make a difference.
"Umzi Wethu is a holistic approach to conservation and job creation, enabling social, economic and spiritual transformation for young South Africans who are currently experiencing endemic poverty, orphan hood and high vulnerability often as a consequence of the HIV AIDS pandemic affecting Southern Africa. It has been pioneered in Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape."
Andrew Muir, Wilderness Foundation