The Langa Quarter tourism enterprise, based in Langa Township in Cape Town, was recently officially launched. Spearheaded by Tony Elvin, who has, together with the local community, transformed the township into a hub of enterprise and social development projects, The Langa Quarter SEP (Social Enterprise Precinct) project forms part of the Ikhaya Le Langa NPC non-profit organisation.
Proactively zoned for tourism, the Langa Quarter consists of a nucleus of 207 homes. These have been transformed into restaurants, galleries, bars (shebeens), craft stores and The Langa Quarter Homestay Hotel, a 40-bed cluster of homestay accommodation in the residents’ homes, nine of which are listed on Airbnb.
Traditional foods, the Apartheid Pass Museum, historical re-enactments, local art, entertainment and walking tours are all on offer.
Ikhaya Le Langa’s new Social Enterprise tourism outlet, the Inter-Community Tourism Agency, is an honorary sustainable tourism member of Fedhasa, the national trade association for the hospitality industry. The agency will present its signature Past, Present and Future Tour, which includes the exclusive Apartheid Pass Museum re-enactments.
Scheduled to fully open in February, local restaurant the Sun Diner will serve breakfast. The Sun Diner’s Wonder Menu was created to address the need for an affordable catering solution for the community. It will soon provide free meals to the army of unemployed local volunteers engaged in making the Langa Quarter ‘cleaner, greener and safer’.