Today's News Release announcing that the deal is done has some clues about the future:
"..A co-management agreement will be entered into between the Rattray family (owners of the MalaMala Game Reserve brand) and the N'wandlamharhi CPA for the continuation of this successful eco tourism model. The MalaMala team looks forward to partnering with these communities. It is expected that, over a period of time and through a mentorship and training programme, the directorship of MalaMala Game Reserve will have empowered the local communities to manage the operation to the same high standards that MalaMala enjoys in international tourism markets at present.."
We can hope that this will work. But - Institutional knowledge comes with time. Developing a Management team that can replace those who currently have that knowledge and run Mala Mala may take a very long time. One challenge will be maintaining morale among those on staff who know their days are numbered. Even retaining them may be tough.
We wish all parties the best as they enter this unprecedented partnership.Edited: 18 November 2013, 13:30