“The idea of introducing skateboarding to a rural Zululand community has proved to be a stepping stone to the opportunities tourism / skate camp can provide. We optimistically named this new generation of skateboarders the Amazulu Skaters. Skateboarding to them is more than a fun activity, it is a way to meet friends from far away places, develop social skills and learn firsthand about the hospitality industry.
There is tremendous synergy in this environment as visitors / campers experience African culture and in return the Amazulu skaters are inspired by visiting skateboarders. The camp is also providing employment, skills development and education for the community. The Isithumba residents realise their responsibility in developing tourism in their area and the youths now feel empowered by their direct interaction with the young campers and international sports stars which visit, to be found within a traditional Zulu village deep in the Valley of 1000 Hills. The youth in the valley have been awarded skateboards and only through interaction with skateboarders such as you will they learn to ride.”
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