New Mantsopa Tourism Forum Logo

The Mantsopa Tourism Forum has embarked on a vigorous marketing campaign to promote tourism and sustainable tourism development in the Mantsopa Municipal Region
Mr. Jan Oberholzer has been appointed as the Tourism Marketing Agent for the Mantsopa Tourism Forum.
The Mantsopa Tourism Forum Committee has been very active in plotting the way forward and at one of the meetings; it was decided to get professional assistance from six different design companies to design a new logo for the Mantsopa Tourism Forum . Mr. Tello Tebesi the Tourism Manager of Motheo gave valuable advice to the Forum by informing the meeting that for branding purposes, the logo should be in line with the Free State Tourism Authority and all the other logos of the various areas and towns along the Maloti Drakensberg Route in the Eastern Free State.
As this Route is a predominantly mountainous route with the Eastern Free State Sandstone mountains forming the foothills to the magnificent Maloti Mountains, the Tourism Marketing Agent did research regarding the branding and icons used by our neighboring towns and Free State Tourism Authority.
Logo Mantsopa TF
As icon, the Free State Tourism Authority has selected the Brandwag Rock in Golden Gate; Clarens has Titanic Rock or Mount Herob; Fouriesburg uses the Visierskerf Mountain and Ficksburg uses the Soutkop Pinnacle.
The Mantsopa Tourism Forum decided to choose two icons, namely the Pinnacle at Modderpoort and the Thaba Phachoa Mountain, due to their historical importance and because they can be easily identified from all roads leading to the Mantsopa Municipal Region.
Their names derive from Sesotho and translated into English have significant meaning in the area:- Thaba Phachoa or Grey Mountain, and the Modderpoort Pinnacle Lekhalong La Bataung or The Pass of the Lion Clan.
The Mantsopa Tourism Forum will be holding a meeting in June 2009 to discuss the preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Jan Oberholzer has been invited to attend a 2010 Activation Planning session being held by the Free State Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Northern Cape Tourism authority in the Department of Environment, Economic and Tourism boardroom on June the 5th, 2009.
The Mantsopa Tourism Forum will follow up with a stakeholder meeting where all role-players will be invited to attend.


Taken from an article published in Maddhouse Weekly, 28 May 2009.