WHEN one speaks of tourism in Vryheid, or our thriving hospitality industry, it is most likely the face of Alet Swanepoel that springs to mind.
The very same smiling face that greets visitors who happen upon the AbaQulusi Municipality Information Bureau, at the former Carnegie Library, on the corner of Landdrost and Market Streets.
For many years, Alet has been at the heart of AbaQulusi’s tourism industry. Anyone who has frequented the Information Bureau is likely to be all too familiar with the warm reception and impeccable attention to detail that Alet is so well-known for.
On Friday afternoon, friends and colleagues of Alet Swanepoel gathered at Andrea’s Guesthouse for a luncheon in her honour as her retirement from AbaQulusi Municipality Information Bureau came to pass.
“It’s not all doom and gloom,” smiled Alet as a few tears were shed by those who felt privileged to have worked side by side with the icon of Vryheid’s hospitality industry. “I may be retiring from my post at the Information Bureau, but I will still be an active member of Vryheid Tourism…”