Ensuring safety for both guests and residents

Turning Point Guest House is owner-managed by husband and wife team, Doris and Isaac Manini. Doris is a former fashion designer and has an eye for detail and an exuberant personality. She takes the lead when it comes to making the inside of the lodge attractive and welcoming, and to seeing to guests’ needs.

Scoring responsible tourism point by growing your own food

Isaac is no less friendly but he’s an outdoors person and the garden is his domain. It’s his loving work that produces the herbs that flavour the meals Doris prepares for guests. This scores a few points on the responsible tourism checklist – they have zero food miles (the transport involved in getting produce from the producer to the table) so a very low carbon footprint, they are fresh so need no long-term cold storage that uses energy, and they haven’t been sprayed with any polluting pesticides. On top of that, this completely natural flavouring (with no additives and preservatives) is better for health! And, of course, there is the added benefit of saving money when you compare home-grown to the price of fresh herbs in the shops.

Clever ways of saving water

Currently, Isaac waters his herb garden with water from the municipality. He also uses municipal water for the other plants, but they’re mostly succulents so don’t require very much water anyway. The business has purchased a rainwater tank and is currently deciding on the best position for installation in order to collect the maximum volume of water. In future, water for the garden will come from the sky – for free! They’ll also be able to use it for other water needs such as washing cars or the outdoor picnic tables. Doris has even done a trial run with her laundry machines. They’ll be doing as much as they can to conserve precious water resources (and cut down on their water bill at the same time)!

waterwise garden
The Turning Point garden has no lawn and only waterwise plants

Ensuring safety for both guests and residents

Responsible tourism means that a destination is a better place to visit and a better place to live. Marinda Park, the suburb in which Turning Point is situated, is a good example of how improving residents’ living situation will improve tourists’ experience. The Maninis area active participants in their local neighbourhood watch, which not only work towards making Marinda Park safe for everyone but also creates a sense of community. Doris and Isaac are in the neighbourhood watch WhatsApp group, have attended awareness raising sessions, and report suspicious activity and updates to their community.

Where to from here?

We recorded existing responsible practices at Turning Point Guest House during the first site visit. This helped us establish a baseline which we then used to draft a responsible tourism action plan for the business, basically ideas of what more the business can do to operate responsibly. We will also use the baseline to compare the success of the action plan.  

You can read the full results of the initial sustainability evaluation here. However, here are other pictures of the good work Turning Point Guest House is doing.

Turning Point is in the process of installing a rainwater tank.
Turning Point is in the process of installing a rainwater tank.
Tins are separated from other waste for recycling.
Tins are separated from other waste for recycling.
Bottles filled with water are placed in the cistern to reduce the volume of water needed to fill it.
Bottles filled with water placed in the cistern reduce the volume of water needed to fill it.
Bathroom amenities are provided in refillable bottles instead of single-use bottles.
Bathroom amenities are provided in refillable bottles instead of single-use bottles.
Sugar, tea and coffee is also provided in bulk instead of in single sachets to reduce packaging waste.
Sugar, tea & coffee is provided in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
Cereal at breakfast is provided in bulk instead of in single servings to reduce packaging waste.
Cereal at breakfast is provided in bulk instead of in single servings to reduce packaging waste.
The cooler has LED lighting that is energy efficient.
The cooler has LED lighting that is energy efficient.
Globes are being replaced with energy efficient alternatives.
Globes are being replaced with energy efficient alternatives.

2 thoughts on “Ensuring safety for both guests and residents

  1. Wow! We are speechless!, Grateful, and Excited, This City is Beyond and Above All of my expectations are met! We as Turning point Bed and Breakfast Owners , Together with our 3 partners are determined to share, Succeed, and Prosper and Above all, Stick to the Responsible Cape Town Challenge Principles! ,Making a Huge and Viable Transparent Efforts of viable Sustainable Business Development practices to Benefit Our City, Country As well as our Communities,, and homeless Children, For me this is a Turning point ” Together we moving forward ” Salute to All Our Team Of Responsible Tourism’s Cape Town Keep up your tireless Efforts Thank You
    From Doris & Isaac Manini

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