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Nature’s wonder from the Northern Cape’s Namakwaland wild flower spectacle is upon us two weeks earlier than expected and it is all thanks to its good winter rainfall.

Some of the areas abloom with breathtaking sightings include Calvinia’s Hantam Mountains, Namaqua National Park, Kamieskroon, Springbok and Namabeep. With the flower spectacle having sprung, Namakwa is once more expected to draw hordes of tourists.

“We are happy to welcome the flower enthusiast to the Northern Cape. I wish them a safe journey throughout the province, and would also like to remind all our visitors and residents to adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols. Let us follow the safety rules and ensure we create long lasting flower season memories,” says Economic Development and Tourism MEC Abraham Vosloo.

With the early hotspots listed, the traveler seeking to remedy winter’s cast down with being hugged by a sunny and fresh feel of Namakwa’s majestic rural settings, is in for a splendorous getaway treat.

“The Namakwa region is blessed with clear skies and daytime temperatures are above 20 degrees Celsius from Monday to Saturday, except for Sunday when we expecting rain and low daytime temperatures,” explains MEC Vosloo.

Namakwa’s tourism sector businesses are equally set to bloom again amid a soothing Covid-19 Alert Level 3 which permits interprovincial travel.

“I am happy for the businesses in the region as this will be a peak time of the season for them to generate income as we all know that businesses have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” adds MEC Vosloo.

Travelers wishing to experience Namakwaland’s flower hotspots are urged to call the number 072 760 6019 or visit and the social media pages of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA).

By Thabo Mothibi –


Nature’s Spectacle Is Upon Us: Namaqua National Park is abloom with wild flowers in first week of August. Pics: Pheladi Chuene



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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).

One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.

As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.

Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.

Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..