Road Lodge Rustenburg was the venue for our 12 April 2016 member meeting and as usual they spoiled us rotten! As RATA’s members gathered in their droves, Marvin (general manager) and his super friendly staff members greeted us with dazzling smiles and a gorgeous breakfast spread – their filter coffee is amazing!
We were pleasantly surprised to discover a pair of hotel slippers on each chair, and as Alna van der Waldt (RATA’s chairperson) kicked off the meeting, she promptly decided that everybody should put their slippers on. Utter bliss!
So the slipper-clad RATA tribe commenced our Biosphere Meeting where we were lucky enough to have both Vincent Carruthers as well as Bret Laarman as guest speakers. Vincent Carruthers has been instrumental in setting up the Magaliesberg Biosphere, and Bret Laarman is the self-proclaimed serial marketer; ensuring that everybody knows about it. These two men are truly inspiring and their enthusiasm is infectious.
Vincent Carruthers possesses superior knowledge on the Magaliesberg Biosphere, and I could have listened to him for a good couple of hours longer. We learnt, amongst other things, that ours is one of only 8 Biospheres in South Africa and that only 8% of South Africa’s land has thus far been proclaimed as Biosphere areas. Can you believe that this natural wonder is right on our doorstep; that we are literally surrounded by the history of humankind, right from the early Stone Age!?
Bret Laarman is in control of a master plan concerning the marketing of the Biosphere, and he is ready to take everybody with him. So I say; everybody on Bret’s marketing band wagon! We really need more people like him.
I truly wish that every business in Rustenburg could have been there; as this Biosphere is our gift, our ticket onto the tourism train. The more people we have working on this, the easier it will be to make this project soar. The Magaliesberg Biosphere has been proclaimed by UNESCO, now every Rustenburger has to claim it as their own.
At the end of the meeting everybody went away recharged and inspired.
RATA wants to thank the Road Lodge, Vincent Carruthers and Bret Laarman for creating another unforgettable, educational, inspiring, informative and fun-filled RATA meeting. Also a special thank you to Paul Luis from Stream Trading who was our exhibitor for the morning. Stream Trading offers cleaning, chemicals, pest control services and kitchen equipment; and they are busy working on a green cleaning range.
Everybody who was not there can give themselves a good, solid kick for missing out.