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Farewell to Girly

Shara Burger | Our Family

After 30 years of being part of the Tanda Tula family, the time has come to say goodbye to Girly Mathebula, one of our beloved kitchen team members. Girly is going to retire from cooking delicious meals for all our guests and go home to be with family, tend her vegetable patch and enjoy some well-earned rest. 

Girly was one of the first ladies to join our Adult Literacy classes, over the years she was a diligent student and went from not being able to so much as write her name when she started to reading short stories. We are incredibly proud of this wonderful woman and all she has achieved with us over the years, she has grown endlessly, and we will miss her terribly. 

Recently, we had a belated Christmas celebration where we all managed to say our goodbyes to this gentle lady. What we did not expect was a beautifully presented speech that Girly had prepared herself. By the time she was finished there was not a dry eye among us, her humble approach and kind words touched every single member of the Tanda Tula team: 

“First and foremost, I would like to greet you all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have mixed emotions leaving this family. I say family because you all are truly like a family to me.  

Plus, or minus 30 years have lapsed full of events, memories, emotions, and accomplishments. I was very fortunate to have joined this family in 1992. 

I started as a scullery. Today, it gives me immense pleasure to say that Tanda Tula has taught me a lot. It is important to me to thank the Scott, Jackson, and Mathebula families. Thank you for your inspiration and leadership. 

To Chef Ryan, thank you for your daily leadership and insights. You were patient with me regardless of the fact that I am uneducated. I am not leaving anyone out, to all my colleagues thank you for your willingness to step in when I could not quite manage. My appreciation goes to all departments.  

Thank you all.” 

Farewell and good luck Girly, you are always welcome to come and visit us, we will miss you, but know your time to enjoy yourself has come.  



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Bookings can be held as provisional for up to 14 days, after which the booking is required to release or confirm. A 20% refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking.


Once confirmed with a 20% deposit, the booking is held on a status of ‘confirmed with refundable deposit’ until any of the following becomes true:

  • The booking is cancelled in writing by the agent.
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Cancellations must be received and acknowledged by Tanda Tula in writing.

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‘Confirmed with commitment’ or ‘Confirmed with full-payment’: in the event of any reservation being cancelled after Tanda Tula has issued a confirmation, for any reason other than a WHO-recognised pandemic that impacts the booking, the following cancellation fees will apply:

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All cancelled bookings that qualify for a refund, will be refunded less a handling fee valued at 5% of the refund amount.


Tanda Tula will allow postponement of a booking for up to 12 months, if travel is cancelled with a commitment fee or 60 days or less prior to arrival due to a WHO-recognised pandemic directly impacting the guests’ ability to travel (e.g. lockdown, no flights, guest not allowed to board a flight, guest falls ill due to a pandemic and unable to travel).

In the event of a WHO-recognised pandemic directly impacting the ability of Tanda Tula to meet its obligations with respect to the booking, all monies received, including the commitment fee, will be fully refunded (e.g. lockdown in RSA, government restrictions on trade).

Any refund is given at the discretion of Tanda Tula management and will be charge a handling fee valued at 5% of the refund amount.

All travellers are advised to take out fully comprehensive travel insurance with ‘cancellation for no reason’. This insurance must be able to fully cover cancellation of travel fewer than 60 days prior to arrival.

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