Throughout the global pandemic, Sabi Sabi continued operating without guests, to invest in the team and ensure they continue to develop their skills and training. As a result, many have flourished and were able to realise long-held dreams. Tshwarelo Mathebula – who started as a butler – always wanted to better his training. With the assistance of funding received from guests, he attended a local hotel school and today is in training to join the management of the food and beverage department at Earth Lodge. Doc Temba, one of Sabi Sabi’s trackers, is now one of the trainee rangers. Doc realised his potential and love for teaching, and recently passed his FGASA Level 1 exams as well as completing Sabi Sabi’s intensive ranger training, Nkombe Camp.
The Sabi Sabi Foundation, which oversees and supports community initiatives, continued its commitment to Sabi Sabi’s local community. Despite tourism being harshly affected, they maintained the much-needed support to the most vulnerable. The Foundation was fortunate to receive full funding for the first innovative solar powered water tower, with construction currently underway. On completion of the tower, several water outlets will be positioned within the community, alleviating the need to travel far distances to access clean, fresh water.