Umkhumbi Lodge Social Responsibility Plan
Education and training for students and staff
At Umkhumbi Lodge we believe in helping to train and creating opportunities for young people.
As part of our social responsibility program we offer placements for students studying recreation and tourism from the University of Zululand.
We provide on the job training in all aspects of the lodge/hotel industry. This includes reception, bookings, customer service, housekeeping and food and bev service and controls.
In addition to tourism students, we occasionally take on tourism graduates for part time work experience. Priority is given to students returning to the locality.
Environment and recycling
We are committed to making an effort to reduce wastage and pollution.
Our bar stock wherever possible is purchased in recyclable containers and packaging.
We are currently disposing of our recyclable glass, metal and cardboard waste by transporting it to a recycling centre which has been set up by a community member in the KwaMduku area. There the waste is sorted, cleaned and sent for recycling.
This provides revenue for the community through payments to workers.
Charitable giving – Investing in Youth
We at Umkhumbi believe that charity begins at home. As part of our social responsibility plan we are currently helping to support two young men financially in their education. One Hluhluwe boy from a disadvantaged background is at a high school in Durban and we donate to help cover his uniforms, books etc. For another young man from Kosi Bay, who shows great potential in his chosen field, we pay university fees.
Our student programmes have a volunteering component where we enter the local schools to help renovate the school buildings and classrooms as well as donating school supplies to give the students an education to set them in good stead for the future. All building materials and educational resources for our student projects are sourced within Hluhluwe to enable the town and its facilities to grow and improve. This encourages both tourism and industry which creates jobs to lower the unemployment in the area and allow local people to stay within their home towns.
Supporting Local People
As a small family run lodge we understand the importance of supporting other family-run businesses in the area.
We support a local rural business which conducts cultural Zulu tours here in Hluhluwe.
We encourage our guests to visit the craft markets at both Ilala Weavers and Zamimpilo which were formed to empower the women within the communities by providing them with a way in which to use their creativity to provide an income to make life better for their families.
Zamimpilo has the sweetest pineapples in its fruit market!
Our students take their time trying to pick from the wide variety of carvings, beads and paintings that are on offer.
Illala weavers is famous for its woven products but they also offer a wide variety of carvings, candles, silver jewellery, books, tablecloths, beadwork and embroidery that will leave you spoilt for choice.