From what was an over-grown field, the children at SOS Children’s Village in Thornton, Cape Town will soon have a proper play park in July thanks to staff of Three Cities Hotels in the Western Cape. The Three Cities Starfish Mentees for 2008/2009 undertook the community upliftment project dubbed “Project Smile” to improve the fundamental living conditions for the children at the S.O.S Children’s Village. In the process, the Three Cities staff members (from The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa and Lagoon Beach Hotel) raised R35 000 to build the playground and will start clearing the ground with helpers and Starfish members on June 10th, hoping to have the playground completed by end July.
The Peninsula Hotel was also finalist in The Imvelo Responsible Tourism awards 2008 in the category Best Single resource/waste management programme and also became the first major hotel in South Africa to be awarded the prestigious Investors In People Standard that sets a level of good practice for organisational performance through its employees. The Peninsula also scored a AAA on the BEE Scale.
“In the tourism industry and South Africa as a whole, service attitude and productivity is critical to growth and success,” says Peninsula Hotel GM Chris Godenir. “People are at the heart of any organisation and ultimately it is our role to play an uplifting role both inside the hotel and in the broader community.”