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February 13, 2011

Taking initiative, now that’s responsible! – Flickr pic of the day

Phillip

As part of Responsible Tourism Week, a global initiative from February 14 to 18, 2011, we’ll be highlighting images that show people taking responsibility for their communities and the places they live in and visit. You can get involved by logging on to the global journal of practical ecotourism, Planeta.com‘s wiki and registering.

Meet Phillip, a young man in Muizenberg, who caught our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Peter Grobbelaar‘s eye.

Peter says, “It’s refreshing to see people taking initiative, to change their status and uplift themselves from whatever they find themselves in.

“Phillip was standing at a traffic light in Milnerton a few weeks back when I happened to be stuck at this intersection. His charm, friendliness and happy-go-lucky attitude separated him from regular beggars, who seem to me to believe they should be given money or food ‘just because’.

“His rudimentary sign, with his blue plastic bag – this is change – this is initiative – this is smart! Offering people a valuable service in exchange for some coins! I tip my hat to this dude. I was really chuffed, and convinced him to stand for a picture.

“Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll feed himself and those around him for a lifetime.

“This is inspired!”

Image © Peter Grobbelaar

Responsible Tourism Cape Town

As part of Responsible Tourism Week, we’re calling on Capetonians to submit their photographs of ordinary people doing extraordinary things – in the name of creating better places for people to live in, and better places to visit – to our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group! Responsible Tourism Week is from February 14 to 18 this year, and you can get involved by logging on to the global journal of practical ecotourism, Planeta.com‘s wiki and registering.

You can read our responsible tourism tips and take the online pledge at www.capetown.travel/responsibletourism. Information on Cape Town’s journey to becoming a responsible destination can be found at www.responsiblecapetown.co.za. The Mother City won the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the best destination category in 2009.

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