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biggest winner, taking first prize in the     throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe  IMPACTING THE
wine steward category for Mpho Masiu          harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.     ECONOMY
as well as first prize in the candidate chef  Explore. Dream. Discover.”
category for Charmainne Deacon, who           	 “When you entered this competition, you        “We are fortunate to have a hotel
also received the “ScanPan Excellent          threw off your bowlines,” he went on to say.     industry that is known worldwide for
Kitchen Practice” and “The SAPPO              “Now is the time to sail away from that safe     professionalism,” Kesler said. “Often
Purple Ribbon Best Pork Dish” awards.         harbour. Use the experience you have gained      we take this excellence for granted.
	 Jacques Moolman, GM of Southern             throughout this challenge as the trade winds     What our hotels have brought to
Sun Cape Sun, included an inspirational       to fill your sails. Go and explore. Dream big,   this initiative is what they do every
message to the candidates by quoting          discover greatness, and you will go far.”        day. They educate. They train. And
Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you                                 we should use this collective energy
will be more disappointed by the things you                                                    to uplift and to create visible job
didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So                                                      enhancement.”
                                                                                               	 “South Africa is fast becoming
                                                                                               a culinary hotspot,” said Tokozile
                                                                                               Xasa, Deputy Minister of Tourism.
                                                                                               “It goes without saying that people
                                                                                               are our greatest asset and are
                                                                                               positioned right at the heart of this
                                                                                               vibrant industry.”
                                                                                               	 Ultimately, the Inter Hotel
                                                                                               Challenge goes beyond the
                                                                                               competitive and has become a
                                                                                               unifying spirit and a collaborative
                                                                                               force in the hotel industry: reaching
                                                                                               out and encompassing the broad
                                                                                               and important role of development
                                                                                               and advancement.
                                                                                               	 “This initiative embodies the
                                                                                               mutually beneficial relationship
                                                                                               between industry and government
                                                                                               in capacity building for the sector,”
                                                                                               Xasa said. “Indeed, it is a sure
                                                                                               way to move South Africa forward.
                                                                                               Surely, if people can cook together
                                                                                               and eat together, they can live and
                                                                                               work together.”

Photos: Top: Natal's winner from the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani - Mduduzi Shabangu with Pongracz award-winning wine maker, Elunda Basson.
Bottom left: 'Most Up and Coming Wine Steward', Bennet Msweli of Grootbos with Estelle Lourens from historic Uitkyk. Bottom right: Robyn Marney of the
Radisson Blu Waterfront with her first award for 'The Top Woman Cook for Meticulous Presentation' with Brenda Wilkinson of Rio Largo.

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