Management of the prominent Tati River Lodge (TRL) in Francistown has dismissed rumours that the lodge had been sold to a certain businessman. During the media briefing last week, the Public Relations Manager of the lodge, Lini Matenge, revealed that the rumour mill had been grinding ever since last week that the hotel had been sold to a new businessman.
“We received lots of calls from customers inquiring about the sale of the lodge and we are still in confusion as to how the rumours came about,” he said.
He added that part of the rumours stated that the businessman who is buying the lodge is not going to employ the current staff at the lodge. It also emerged that the owner of the company is also selling his other company, Ihawu Holdings. However, Matenge stressed that the famous Lodge is still owned by the Group.
“We also heard that the lodge had been sold to a white person, which is not true,” he said.
However on another note, Matenge indicated that although Botswana could not have benefited much from the World Cup, they, as TRL, received quite a satisfactory number of customers, some of them from Kenya and other African countries, who were heading to South Africa to watch the World Cup games.
“Some of them spent some time here in the lodge, which is quite remarkable,” he stated.