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Register to be part of the 2018 Tourism Public Lecture webinar
Register to be part of the 2018 Tourism Public Lecture webinar

Members of the public, industry stakeholders and media are invited to participate in the Tourism Public Lecture that will be streamed live on the Tourism Update Platform on 18 September 2018

Minister Derek Hanekom will host the annual Tourism Public Lecture at the Walter Sisulu University (Mthatha campus) under the theme: “Tourism and the Digital Transformation.” 

Premised on the 2018 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) theme for World Tourism Day Celebrations, the Public Lecture will explore the impact of digital transformation on the demand and supply of tourism services and products - with a particular focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). 

Industry leaders, academics and policy makers will be among the guests who will engage and share best practices on how to leverage on digital transformation to drive inclusive and sustainable tourism growth.

The 2018 Tourism Public lecture is hosted in collaboration with the Walter Sisulu University (Mthatha Campus), the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (DEDEA) and its marketing entity the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA). 

The event takes place aptly in the Eastern Cape Province as the country celebrates Tourism and Heritage Month this September, and the centenaries of former President Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu.



Date:  18 September 2018

Time:  09h15 – 13h00

​08H30– 09H15 ​Programme Director’s remarks  - Mr Blessing Manale
​09H15– 09H25 ​Welcome address and Message of support:

Vice Chancellor of Walter Sisulu University - Prof Rob Midgley

​09H25– 09H35 ​Introduction of speaker and panel discussants  - Mr Blessing Manale
​09H35– 09H40 

Introduction of the Minister of Tourism: 

Eastern Cape MEC – Mr. Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane

​09H40– 09H45 ​Remarks by Minister of Tourism

Minister Derek Hanekom

​09H45– 09H50 ​Presentation of the Lecture - Tourism and the digital transformation
​10h50– 12h50 ​Panel Discussions: Experiences, successes, challenges and opportunities presented by digital transformation in tourism
  • CEO: Voice Map - Mr Lain Manley
  • Researcher Modelling and Digital Science: CSIR - Ms Belinda Matebese
  • Director: Mind Interactive - Mr Bokang Mabiletsa
  • Head Digital: Flow Communications - Mr Richard Frank
  • Public Policy Senior Associate: Uber SA - Ms Mosa Mkhize
  • CIO: ACSA - Mr Mthoko Mncwabe
​12h50– 13h00 ​Vote of thanks: Executive Mayor of the OR Tambo District Municipality - Cllr Nomakhosazana Meth


For media enquiries on the Tourism Public Lecture contact:

Department of Tourism:

Ms. Sindi Zwane   
Tel: 012 444 6612 / 081 267 4665    

Walter Sisulu University: 

Ms. Mathabo Hendricks
Tel: 043 702 9393 / 071 370 6576    

Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency:  

Ms. Oyanga Ngalika    
Tel: 043 492 0713 / 079 891 8624