PROJECTS

We love working on new projects and especially seeing existing projects through to fruition. 

Below is a select assortment of some of the projects (in chronological order) undertaken over 20 years of consulting around the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and United Arab Emirates (UAE) regions. In the near future we intend to expand these services further into projects in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.
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EUROPEAN UNION WILDLIFE ECONOMY STUDY
In Protected Areas throughout Sub-Saharan Africa
Financial Analysis of Nature-based Tourism Operators

Wildlife economy: sustainable tourism in protected areas. A Financial Analysis of Nature-based Tourism Operators in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Client: Agrer, for the European Union Commission

  • Date: June 2022 – Present.

TSITSIKAMMA DEVELOPMENT TRUST PLAN
Between Storms River and St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Community-based Tourism Planning

 

Tourism Plan for the 6,000ha Tsitsikamma Development Trust focused on community-based  tourism in the niches of culture, heritage, agrotourism, adventure tourism and ecotourism.

  • Client: Greater Kromme Stewardship

  • Date: June 2022 – Present.

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JUMEIRAH DESERT RESORT
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, United Arab Emirates
Conservation Framework for Desert Resort

A Conservation Framework for the Jumeirah Desert Resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, United Arab Emirates.

  • Client: Luxury Frontiers for Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts 

  • Date: Completed in April 2022.

SHAKALAND HOTEL & ZULU CULTURAL VILLAGE
Near Eshowe, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Ecotourism feasibility study and bankable business plan

Leading a multidisciplinary consulting team to undertake a feasibility study and bankable business plan for the acquisition of the hotel and cultural village from aha Hotels & Lodges in the north-eastern Botswana region.

  • Client: Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Date: Completed in August 2021.

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MIDDLEBURG DAM PRECINCT PLAN
Near Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Tourism strategic planning

Tourism strategic planning of the Middelburg Dam precinct as part of a multi-disciplinary team of town planners, engineers, socio-economists and environmental consultants.

  • Client: GIZ c/o AIVIA (Pty) Ltd

  • Date: Completed in November 2021.

BOTSWANA ECOCULTURAL LODGE ADVISORY
North-Eastern region of Botswana

Ecotourism due-diligence, lodge development and operations advisory 

Ecotourism advisory services for the establishment of a new ecocultural lodge development and operating company, planning to acquire, develop and operate up to 6 new properties in strategic locations in the north-eastern Botswana region.

  • Client: Masika Hotels & Lodges.

  • Date: Commenced December 2020, and still in progress.

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FARM PLOT ON FAIRVIEW ESTATES
Near Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Environmental planning and restoration services

Environmental planning and ecological restoration services for the development of a new private residence and macadamia farm on the 3.11ha Farm No. 180 of Fairview Estates.

  • Client: MacNutz Co (Pty) Ltd

  • Date: Commenced September 2020, and still in progress.

KAMEELHOEK PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Near Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa

Ecotourism financial feasibility 

Ecotourism financial feasibility modelling and reporting for the innovative 10,600 ha Kameelhoek Private Game Reserve with a unique and special product offering.

  • Client: Luxury Frontiers.

  • Date: Completed in September 2020.

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FUNDING PROPOSALS FOR NEW TOURISM VENTURES
Worldwide Application
Chapter for a Sustainable Tourism Book

Sustain are a contributing author of a chapter in an as yet unpublished book. Sustain authored a chapter entitled, Funding Proposals for New Tourism Ventures”. The book is entitled, “Handbook of Applied Research for Sustainable Tourism: A Guide for Practitioners”, published in April 2021.

  • Client and Editor: Dr Anna Spenceley.

  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Date: Completed in March 2020.

LUBOMBO TOURISM DEVELOPMENTS
Lubulini, Eswatini

Tourism development and investment promotion

Tourism development and investment promotion of the integrated Lubombo Tourism Developments project in Lubulini, near Big Bend, Eswatini (Swaziland).​ The integrated resort development is part of the East3Route and will encompass: a hotel and casino, a waterpark and aquarium, a living cultural village, an experiential museum, an adventure sport park and eco-trails, and a villa resort and golf estate.

 

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TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK and NDUMO GAME RESERVE
Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Tourism Master Plans for Peace Parks Foundation

 

Tourism Master Plans for Tembe Elephant Park and Ndumo Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, as part of the development of the Usuthu-Tembe-Futi Transfrontier Conservation Area.

AFRICAMPS
Locations throughout Southern Africa

Sourcing new lodge opportunities

Sourcing and securing tented lodge sites for a luxury tent camping (glamping) development, marketing and reservations company seeking expansion of their portfolio further into more tourism hotspots in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Mozambique.

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PORT OF RICHARDS BAY
North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Strategic Environmental Assessment for Transnet National Ports Authority

 

Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Port of Richards Bay in accordance with their 2045 vision.

BETHEL FARM
Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Environmental Feasibility Study and Master Development Plan

Environmental Feasibility Study and Master Development Plan for a mixed use farm incorporating crop and livestock farming, conferencing, housing, a boutique hotel, wildlife ranching and a lodge in the uMkomazi River Valley, KwaZulu-Natal.

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ROYAL THONGA SAFARI LODGE
Tembe Elephant Park, Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Re-development, Business Plan and Marketing over a 2 year period

  • Company establishment after purchasing the lodge out of liquidation.

  • Ecotourism Business Plan, rebranding and marketing establishment of the lodge.

  • Redesign and renovation of the facilities.

EZEMVELO KZN WILDLIFE
Ecotourism & Staff Infrastructure Audits, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Project Management Services

  • Maintenance assessments of 10 EKZNW reserves' resort, lodge, entrance gate and visitor centre ecotourism infrastructural assets, and 5 EKZNW reserves’ staff infrastructural assets in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;

  • Client: KZN Provincial Treasury;

  • Date: Completed in November 2015.

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RADISSON BLU SAFARI LODGE
Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Owner, Director, Business Plan, Development Co-ordinator

 

  • Promoting the development and investment of the proposed ZAR270M 240bed Radisson Blu Safari Resort in Kruger National Park, near Malelane Gate. This is a 30year PPP Agreement with South African National Parks (SANParks);

  • Prepared business plan, investment presentations, marketing collateral;

  • Project Control Manager for planning and design by the full professional team, stakeholders and EIA consultants;

  • Raising of funds from local and international finance institutions, private equity firms and funding agents. Operator contract negotiation. PPP Agreement review.

NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
6 Provinces in South Africa

Tourism Rapid Viability Assessments 

Assessments of 18 different tourism project sites in 6 provinces throughout South Africa, as part of the Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) programme under the auspices of the broader Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

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SHEPHERD'S TREE GAME LODGE
Pilanesberg National Park - North-West, South Africa
Owner, Director, Business Plan, Investment Marketing

 

  • Promoter and developer of the luxury ZAR60M 60bed Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge in Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which commenced operating in June 2010. This is a 45 year concession with NWP&TB.

  • Project management of the EIA consultants and specialist study consultants, architect and investment marketing of the development. Development and design of investment prospectus, lodge website, and all investment marketing collateral.

  • Raising of funds from local finance institution. Operator contract negotiation. Concession Agreement review.

BOUNDLESS SOUTHERN AFRICA / SADC / GIZ
Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
Ecotourism Technical Workshop

Facilitated and presented with Dr Anna Spenceley at 3-day Technical Workshop for SADC stakeholders on Investment and Concessioning Guidelines for Ecotourism Opportunities in Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs).

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BHAMBATHA LODGE
Bhambatha Game Reserve - KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa
Business Plan for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

 

  • A 42 bed, 3 star lodge, and an 8 bed, 4 star bush camp, and a 1,700ha game reserve near Greytown, South Africa

  • Client: Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for KZN Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs

  • Service: Business Plan and Assessment Report - completed in December 2015

DUKUDUKU ON-SITE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT
iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

LDM Consulting, on behalf of KwaZulu-Natal EDTEA

Dukuduku On-Site Settlement Project (Phase 2), a KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Priority Project – Environment, planning, tourism and local economic development work group secretariat; and provision of environmental and conservation expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary project management team.

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STRATEGIC INTEGRATED PROJECTS 2 (SIP2)
Durban – Free State – Gauteng Development Region
SMEC, on behalf of KwaZulu-Natal CoGTA

 

High-level Environmental Status Quo & Recommendations Report for SIPs 2, a Presidential Priority Project – High-level Environmental Status Quo & Recommendations Report for the Strategic Corridor Plan: Durban – Free State – Gauteng Development Region.

NONOTI BEACH RESORT
Nonoti Beach, near Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Beach Resort Development for Grant Thornton, on behalf of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report for the proposed Nonoti Beach Tourism Development near Blythedale, North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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ISLANDS IN AFRICA
Caprivi Strip (Namibia) and Deception Valley (Botswana), Johannesburg (South Africa)
Business Plan for Islands in Africa Group

 

Business Plan for the safari lodge and operations company, Islands in Africa Group, based in Johannesburg, with 6 lodges in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

RORQUAL MIXED-USE ESTATE
Park Rynie, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Environmental Impact Assessment for Ellingham Estate (Pty) Ltd

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed 540ha coastal development.

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BASAMBILU LODGE
Lulekani, Limpopo, South Africa

Business Plan for Basambilu Lodges & Tours (Pty) Ltd

For a contemporary cultural lodge at Lulekani, near Phalaborwa on the Kruger National Park border, Limpopo, South Africa.

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