In addition to the various field sites visited and in-field discussions, a series of lectures were held on the evenings of the 26th and 27th of September 2019. The lectures varied from general interest to more advanced discussion on the komatiites and associated geology. These lectures were advertised in advance and were open for public attendance. Several student groups attended these lectures. On the last evening (28 September) an open discussion was held between various stakeholders with regards to the UNESCO site, Geo-heritage and Geo-tourism. This event was well attended, with representatives from local industry (mining houses), businesses, local tour guides & operators as well as the local government involved in the promotion and governance of the Geo-heritage sites.
The three main sponsors of the trip were the 35IGC Legacy Fund, GSSA and VMIC. The sponsored funds were used to subsidize the travelling expenses related to the trip, such as the transportation and accommodation of the field trip leaders. The trip was planned in such a way that would allow for the route, stops and trip material to be used by public and interested parties in the future. The anniversary trip was largely paid for by the patrons that attended the trip.
In order to ensure that the anniversary trip left a viable legacy for the geo-heritage site and local community, a field guide to the selected route was created. This field guide can be used by visitors, enthusiast and local tour guides to plan and aid in the understanding and value gained from the area. Additionally, to create even further value, the intent is now to capture the evening lectures and discussion into an accessible pod-cast format to ensure the information about the area and its geology has a greater reach.