“The future for our African continent is bright. It is now time for our country, South Africa, to reclaim our place as an attractive tourism and business events destination,” these are the sentiments of the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela at his post-budget vote industry engagement.
Emirates and the South African Tourism have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly promote tourism and boost visitor arrivals and inbound traffic to South Africa from key markets across the Emirates network.
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will embark on a two day visit to assess Tourism attractions affected by recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal. The Minister’s visit comes after a delegation led by the national department director general to assess the extent of damage to tourist attractions.
The extreme weather conditions resulting in heavy flooding have left a trail of destruction leaving many without homes and hundreds without jobs as businesses have been affected, including a number of tourism and hospitality establishments.
The Minister’s visit takes place as the Department prepares to participate in the second District Development Model (DDM) Presidential Imbizo on 09 April in the Free State Province. This public participation platform will offer the community an opportunity to converse with government officials - with a view of addressing the hurdles that are impeding progress and economic growth in various sectors.
I look across the room today and am
so awe-inspired by what I see for I see the future of South Africa
before me today! I welcome you all to this event today.
“As we are all looking forward to a brighter year for the South African tourism sector recovery, these revised regulations are most welcome. These revisions will immediately address some challenges that travellers and the tourism industry have expressed and will make South Africa more accessible and attractive. Doing away with the requirement of a PCR test for all arrivals reduces the added cost and administrative burden to travelling,” Minister Sisulu said.
“I would like the issues between Comair and SACAA to be resolved soon, as the tourism industry cannot afford any further discouragements,” said Sisulu.
To ensure that South Africa remains a destination of choice, we need to make sure that tourism safety is a priority. To this end, the Department of Tourism has been working with various stakeholders to compile a safety plan of which the Tourism Monitors Programme forms part of.
The session will be held at the first female black owned Spade Boutique Hotel & Spa and a first of its kind in the history of South African townships in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the decision by EU countries to remove South Africa from red lists following the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu today
held a stakeholder engagement summit with Limpopo tourism sector. The
event, co-hosted by Limpopo Department of Economic Development,
Environment and Tourism and Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) was held at
Protea Hotel in Polokwane.
It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. He
changed the course of history in our country and will be remembered for
his invaluable role in our struggle against apartheid.
Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu has
assured the tourism industry that they have the government’s full
backing. This follows her successful trip to the UAE World EXPO 2020
held in Dubai where she showcased South Africa to the rest of the
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says South
Africa should continue to prioritise the Middle East because it holds
two strategic Air hubs in Dubai and Doha.
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu of Tourism
concluded her four -day working visit to the United Arab Emirates World
2020 Expo destination, Dubai with an engagement with members of the
trade that sells South Arica to the world as well as a visit to other
country pavilions at the Dubai World Expo.
As a District Development Model (DDM) Champion for ZF Mgcawu, Deputy Minister Mahlalela will also host engagements with community and religious leaders, youth and women organisations, tourism stakeholders, and NGOs to urge them to choose vaccination as their first line of defence against COVID -19
Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu will on Saturday 20 November 2021 address the 44th Professional Hunter’s (PHASA) AGM.
As a District Development Model (DDM)
Champion for ZF Mgcawu, Deputy Minister Mahlalela will also host
engagements with community and religious leaders, youth and women
organisations, tourism stakeholders, and NGOs to urge them to choose
vaccination as their first line of defence against COVID -19.
Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will today receive a larger than artistic recreation of the lives and times of the late South African struggle icon Mama Albertina Sisulu from Mpho Ngwenya a Soweto based artist.
The Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu has extended her condolences to the families of the two people who lost their lives following a fire which broke out on the Shayamanzi luxury houseboat in Jozini, Kwa-Zulu-Natal.
Although the tourism sector continues to be
heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Sisulu is confident
that the Department will provide the necessary support that will drive
recovery and protect jobs in the sector.
Fellow South Africans, This evening, I am announcing certain changes to the National Executive. This comes at a time when the country is facing several challenges and we are called upon to undertake several tasks at once.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi
joins the South African public in conveying condolences to the family
and close associates of award-winning chef and cookbook author, Mr.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko
Kubayi, extends condolences to the family and associates of a great
industry pioneer of commercial balloon flying in South Africa, Bill
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko
Kubayi, joins the tourism sector in conveying condolences to the family
and associates of one of our great legends and patriot, Mr. Joe Motsogi -
fondly known as “Bra Joe”.
It has been just more than a year
since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic and the virus continues to
disrupt our lives and may continue to do so for some time to come. The
pandemic has so far left countries facing tremendous economic pain and
inequality, which can only be overcome through collective action.
As the tourism department, we are
always excited to be part of activities that have a positive impact on
our country’s brand and more importantly the potential to attract more
tourists to our shores. South Africa is the world's eighth-largest producer of wine and the wine estates are part of our most visited attractions in our country.
Transformation is not only a
fundamental obligation enshrined in our Constitution. It is also
imperative if our tourism is to benefit the creativity, talent, energy
and skills of all South Africans. To bring about this change, we need a radical programme of action that is restorative, that builds and that is transformative.
The devastation caused by the COVID-19
pandemic in the tourism sector and the wider economy, has brought into
sharp focus the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and
inequality. For us to confront these challenges we need to respond to
the call made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his 2021 State of the
Nation Address when he said: “People of South Africa, it is your country
that calls on you to rise.”
As industry leaders, we rely on your impact, influence and inspiration to give expression to this robust recovery plan.
Although fragile, this sector is resilient and will rebound. We look
forward to our joint collaboration as we learn to live alongside the
pandemic and navigate the way forward to resuscitate the sector.
Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane will host a cook-off with media personality Somizi
Mhlongo to showcase some of the skills, and innovative entrepreneurial
ventures that are critical in growing and sustaining the hospitality
In an effort to stimulate discourse on
tourism, the Deputy Minister Mahlalela will meet with industry
stakeholders and trade to highlight the importance of Public-Private
partnerships in the implementation of departmental initiatives to revive
the sector - that will be announced during the Tourism Budget Vote.
South Africa’s interventions will
focus on four areas, namely G20 Rome Guidelines for the future of
tourism, South Africa’s recovery from COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa’s
approach to cultural tourism and reference to the Ministers’ Communique
Let me start by congratulating the
management of The Telegram newspaper for this important milestone. It is
a great pleasure for me to be part of this important launch of an
alternative media platform that will add a progressive voice to the
The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane notes the outcome of the court which restrains the
processing and making payments from the Tourism Equity Fund until the
matter is finalised.
This Plan represents the tourism
industry’s collective response to the devastation brought by the
COVID-19 pandemic on the sector. It is a product of extensive industry
consultation and reflects the industry’s commitment to deep and
intensive collaboration around a set of clearly defined and specific
areas of cooperation.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will host a breakfast event on the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan (TSRP). The
Tourism Sector Recovery Plan is a response by the sector, and its
constituent partners, to the multiple challenges brought on by the
Let me take this opportunity to
congratulate Coega Development Corporation (CDC) for the investment they
have made in this beautiful hotel that we are launching today. The
development of this hotel in close proximity to the Coega SEZ & Port
of Ngqura, which is 25 kms away from similar services in Gqeberha, was a
very strategic move by COEGA, as it will attract other services to
complement the work done both within the SEZ & the Port.
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane will visit the
Vilakazi Precinct to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on
tourism business, and adherence to the prescribed health protocols. Her
visit will also include stopovers at women-owned establishments to
handover PPE to encourage compliance to regulations as we work to revive
The Women in Tourism (WiT) Programme is an initiative that advances and supports the development and empowerment of women in the tourism sector The Programme integrates women from diverse backgrounds to converge on a set of common goals and interests that ensure their success in the tourism sector.
I was excited to learn that amongst
other things, the SUV challenge aims to promote Tourism in Eastern Cape.
This objective is in line with the tourism recovery plan that we have
developed together with the private sector. This is to assist the sector
to recover from the devastation of the pandemic.
Tourism is one of the pillars of the
ERRP. The Department of Tourism together with the private sector has
worked on a tourism recovery plan which elaborates on what is outlined
in the ERRP.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane, held a meeting with Solidarity and AfriForum on 15
February 2021, following a letter from their attorneys in which they had
threatened legal action against the roll-out of the Tourism Equity Fund
(TEF). The objective of the meeting was to engage the two organisations
in an attempt to listen and establish the basis of their opposition to
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane, will visit schools in the Mpumalanga Province to welcome
and support learners as they officially begin the first term of the
2021 school year.
This evening, we stand here not to make promises but to report on progress in the implementation of the recovery plan and the priority actions we must take to restore growth and create jobs.
Three days after President Cyril
Ramaphosa successfully launched the Tourism Equity Fund (TEF), the
Minister of Tourism has received a letter from attorneys representing
Solidarity and Afriforum in which both organisations are tacitly
threatening legal action against the criteria that will be used to award
funding to applicants
The norms and standards are aimed at effecting common minimum health
measures that will provide quality and safety assurance to potential
visitors and travellers. It will ensure uniformity across local tourism
products and services by aligning them to global principles and
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane congratulates the newly appointed CEO of Thebe Tourism
Group (TTG), Mr Jerry Mabena and wishes him and the TTG management team
success in their new venture.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane joins the South African public in conveying condolences
to the family and close associates of Icon and pioneer chef and food
writer Ms Dorah Sitole.
The seven-member Advisory Panel, comprising
of experts with diverse knowledge in the sector and the economy, will
review all our existing policies, provide guidance to the Minister over a
twelve-months period, with a view to develop a new comprehensive and
overarching tourism policy framework to guide the sector to new heights.
As we gradually open up our borders
for international travel in accordance with the global pandemic risk
levels, we will complement this with an aggressive international
marketing strategy that will be implemented in partnership with the
private sector. More business and jobs will be recovered when
international travel goes to full recovery.
Dr Mahlati made an immense
contribution to the construction of a non-sexist and non-racial South
Africa. She served in various institutions, public and private,
including the National Planning Commission, demonstrating her
willingness to use her skills and influence for the benefit of all South
Africans, and humanity as whole.
The engagement will seek to rally local Government structures and SMMEs to prioritise tourism in their master plans to drive the development of sustainable tourism economies in rural communities.
Your presence tonight is a clear
indication of the value you place on the future of this country. For the
contribution that you will be making tonight to support students
studying Travel and Tourism and other related courses, you will be
making a commitment to creating an advanced cadreship of young people in
whose hands the future belongs.
South Africa, just like other parts of
the world, has now embarked on the road to recovery. After extensive
consultation, we put together a tourism recovery plan that outlines a
series of steps and a set of activities we need to undertake for us
restart the tourism economy.
World Tourism Day is a United Nations
World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) initiative observed annually on 27
September to highlight the sector’s contribution to the socio–economic
development of nations, and the advancement of the global Sustainable
Development Goals (SDG).
We would like to convey our sincere
thanks to the many South Africans who have heeded the call get out there
and travel their country helping to save businesses and jobs.
At this point in time, all of us are
aware that there are two pandemics that we are grappling with. One is
COVID-19, for which a vaccine has not yet been found, and the other, the
Gender Based Violence and Femicide, threatening to destroy our
We are gathered here today because of
the decision by cabinet on the 27 May 2020 to allocate District
Champions to 52 District Municipalities for the purpose to assist the
President and the Deputy President to manage the implementation of the
District Development Model (DDM) to enhance the capacity of the state
where it matters most.
Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Fish Mahlalela, and the executives of the Z. F. MGCAWU district in the Northern Cape will host a Special Broadcast (Imbizo) on Radio Riverside to engage with the stakeholders and the community on Gender Based Violence, Femicide, and ways to advance tourism through government’s coordinated District Development Service Delivery Model.
During Tourism Month 2020, as we
reopen our sector we will showcase the many rural tourism offerings
which include natural wonders, lifestyles, events, traditions, culture,
cuisine, and crafts, to encourage and urge all communities in the
Northern Cape and throughout the Country to take a Short Left.
As you are aware the past four months of lockdown have been
very difficult for the tourism sector and we are grateful that the media
has been instrumental in ensuring we kept the sector informed of the
efforts we were making towards reopening the sector in the midst of a
pandemic, thus enkindling a sense of hope in the sector.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane, has noted with concern the non-compliance by some
restaurants since the move to Alert Level 2 of the COVID-19
This platform is not for us to lament but, to come up with ways in which we can resuscitate our businesses during the pandemic. It seems we have to learn to live with the pandemic as there is no indication of whether it is going anytime soon.
We are highly encouraged by the
interest we are seeing from both domestic and international investors,
looking for opportunities in the tourism sector. This gives hope that
the supply side of the tourism sector will not only recover, but has the
potential to surpass where we were as a sector prior to the pandemic.
Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane, will host a virtual media briefing to outline tourism
related activities under Alert Level 2 of the risk adjusted strategy and
directions for the sector
As the Department of Tourism we are firmly
committed to work with all multiple stakeholders to be part of this
process and ensure that it succeeds in its endeavours to contribute to
creating an environment where women and children are free, safe and
The main objective of the recovery
plan is to resume tourism operations as early as it is safe to do so,
and as the Department of Tourism, we are committed to the recovery of
Let me take this opportunity to welcome all of you to this Tourism Sector Recovery Plan Webinar this morning. Let me also pay a special tribute to all the women who have joined us for this webinar, and to you all, happy Women’s Month.
The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane has today made public a list of Small, Medium and Micro
Enterprises who benefited through the much-needed Tourism Relief
Since the country entered level 3 of
the Risk-Adjusted Strategy, the tourism sector also began its march
towards full operation. The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and the
fluctuating risk of the virus spread has dictated that we pace ourselves
in our efforts to reopen the sector
Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane, will host a virtual media briefing on Tourism related
activities under Risk Adjusted level 3, update on Tourism Relief Fund
and Relief fund for Tourist Guides
It has come to the attention of the
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Hon Fish Mahlalela, MP, that there is a fake
and malicious message circulating on social media about a convicted young man who is purported to be the Deputy Minister's son
The Department is in a process of
conducting a comprehensive study on the impact of COVID-19 on the
tourism sub-sectors, to better understand the impact and inform key
interventions and development of responsive recovery strategies.
Working together with various stakeholders we have put together the tourism Recovery plan and we are in the final stages of consultation and we will within the month August submit the plan for Cabinet for Approval.
In line with President’s announcement
last week, we are continuing with the effort to reactivate the Tourism
sector so that we can save businesses and Jobs in the sector. Working
together with the sector, we have developed protocols and guidelines to
ensure that as we reopen more tourism activities we protect the lives of
employers, employees, tourists and South Africans at large.
The Minister will also utilise the briefing to provide an update on the intervention to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the tourism sector.
The Department of Tourism will roll out a Relief Fund to assist distressed Tourist Guides who have been impacted by the countrywide Disaster Management Measures to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the announcement by the President on Sunday, 24 May 2020, that the country will be moving to level 3 lockdown from 01 June 2020, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) worked on level 3 regulations that have already been issued on Thursday by the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs.
Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane convened an emergency virtual
meeting with all Members of Executive Council responsible for Tourism across
all provinces on Friday, 15 May 2020.
Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane today welcomed the Constitutional
Court‘s dismissal of the joint Afriforum and Solidarity’s application to
appeal and set aside the use of broad-based black economic empowerment as
consideration for financial relief to small businesses in the sector affected
by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
is pleased to announce the reappointment of Mr Nkhumeleni Victor Tharage, who
will continue to serve in his role as Director General of the Department of
Tourism. Mr Tharage’s new five-year contract will resume with effect from 1
Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and the Black Business Council (BBC) leadership
held a virtual meeting on Thursday, 7 May 2020, to discuss amongst others the implementation
of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) and the government's
response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Nguabane, welcomes the North
Gauteng High Court decision to dismiss the review application by AfriForum and
Solidarity on the use of broad-based black economic empowerments as part of the
criteria for the R200 million emergency funding for small businesses in the
sector affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The President announced a National Lockdown on 23 March, a difficult decision - in whose absence the health, social and economic consequences would have been far worse today.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, dismisses with contempt claims by Afriforum to the effect that she has been served with court papers for the review of the Tourism Relief Fund.
The Department of Tourism encourages eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund during the application period from 07 April to 30 May 2020.
The President announced that we are imposing a travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China as from 18 March 2020.
On 9 March 2020, the Inter-Ministerial Committee dealing with all matters pertaining to COVID-19 met in Pretoria to address a number of emerging issues and developments in South Africa and globally.
It is important, ladies and gentlemen, that we work together through these challenging times. There are many aspects about this situation that as government we are still going discuss and take decisions and we are inviting you as industry players to make inputs so that as we discuss we make more informed decisions.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will meet with the tourism industry on Monday, 09 March 2020, in light of the latest development around COVID-19.
The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane congratulates South Africa’s Culinary Olympics Team, which showed off its full hand through talent and taste perfections in the biggest international culinary arts competition in Stuttgart, Germany this week.
It is in this context that we say Tourism is for everybody’s business. As a labour-intensive sector, tourism has the potential not only to create jobs, but also to stimulate entrepreneurship, gender equality and the upskilling of South Africa’s youth.
Mining and tourism have been recognised for their positive roles in alleviating poverty by providing jobs and income to local communities. However, mining is often seen as a major threat to tourism especially where biodiversity is concerned. It is for this reason that the tourism and mining sectors ought to work together to developing trust, partnerships and a joint vision for the greater benefit of communities.
The Youth For Survival Centre in Pretoria was today a hive of excitement and activity as the Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane paid a visit to donate school uniform, clothes, shoes and toys to children at the shelter.
The Minister’s visit to the shelter reinforces government’s firm stand against all forms of violence meted against the most vulnerable in our society and is also in line with the President’s call for a year-round education, awareness and prevention campaign.
The South African Minister of Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will
visit Mumbai, India from 14 to 16 January 2020 as part of a trade
roadshow to grow Indian tourist arrivals and consolidate market share of
the Asia-Pacific region to South Africa.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will visit the Northern Cape Province to interact with stakeholders and the community on growing tourism.
The Minister of Tourism, Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, congratulates the national airline, South African Airways (SAA) for being named as one of the top-performing airlines globally for on-time performance (OTP) by travel data and analytics company, Cirium.
The role of Traditional Leadership is critically important in supporting tourism development on Traditional Land, particularly in rural areas of South Africa. Without the support or buy-in from Traditional Leaders in these areas, tourism development will never succeed. We therefore seek to work closely with our traditional leaders in the management and protection of our tourism products
We have crafted a workable Tourism Safety Plan, integrating a (1) Proactive preventative measures to potential incidents (2) Responsive measures that to ensure quick and effective operational response, and importantly (3) An aftercare programme that focuses on measures to facilitate and provide victim support after an incident has occurred.
Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, along with the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele will host a media briefing to announce a tourism safety initiative on 12 December 2019.
The Ministers will hand over the Green Waste Drop-off Facility to the uMngeni Local Municipality, do Community clean-up activities around the Howick Falls, Public Awareness campaign and host a Ministerial Imbizo.
Cape Town is one of the clear illustrations of what makes South Africa a destination of choice for tourists across the globe. The diversity of tourist attractions and the diverse cultures of the multiple population groups that make up the inhabitants of the city makes Cape Town a unique tourist destination.
Today the tourism industry bids farewell to one of own. It is with profound sadness that the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, learned of the passing of one of the industry game changer, stalwart and beloved friend of tourism, Hans Rudolf Enderle founder of City Lodge Hotel Group.
The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has welcomed the scrapping of unabridged birth certificates, a positive development ahead of the festive season as this could spurn much needed growth in the Tourism sector.
Government urges South Africans to come out in their numbers and give the national rugby team, the Springboks, a hero’s welcome as they are expected to arrive at O R Tambo International Airport tomorrow at 17:00pm. This is indeed a momentous occasion as the champions bring home the Webb Ellis Cup.
Government congratulates the national rugby team, the mighty Springboks, for winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Equally, government extends its congratulations to the technical support team that worked with the Boks that led to the magnificent win.
Tourism has a share of a contribution to total trade between our two countries, which currently stood at about 38% of inbound tourist’s arrivals, with the launch of Boeing 787 to South Africa, we look forward to breaking any existing barriers and tremendously increase the number of arrivals from UAE visiting our country.
South Africa is intensifying its efforts to grow arrivals from the Asia Pacific region with Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane scheduled to visit China and Japan, two of South Africa’s key source markets in the region, next week.
You are celebrating your heritage today with an aim to motivate younger generation under the theme: ”Explore, Learn, Protect and Respect the diverse culture and heritage of our country”
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, received with concern the Annual Performance Report of South African Tourism (SAT) and the audit outcome of the department. While the department received a qualified audit, it has managed to achieve above 80% performance. The Minister wishes to thank the Director General Mr. Victor Tharage and the entire departmental staff.
It is my privilege today, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, to extend congratulations to the Government and the people of the Republic of Korea, on the occasion of the celebration of your National Day.
Speaking in Cape Town last night to the more than 100 international journalists who arrived in the country over the weekend to cover the royal visit, Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi -Ngubane, encouraged the media and other British dignitaries to maximise the opportunity to experience an incredibly diverse product offering of our beautiful country, Mzansi.
It is with great sadness that the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, learns of the passing of one of the industry’s budding entrepreneur, Ms. Nobantu Mbude.
This important global meeting of senior tourism and high-level representatives of the private sector, taking place from 9 to 13 September, brings together delegations from more than 150 countries. Also in attendance are representatives from over 500 UNWTO affiliate members in the public and private sectors, NGOs and academia.
We are confident that the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, which will host the rich legacy of Former President Thabo Mbeki and other African leaders, will become an important cultural monument that will not only serve to bring tourists to our shores but will also serve as a reminder of who we are as Africans, where we come from, what we have achieved and our obligations, as a young generation, towards creating a united and prosperous Africa which is at peace with itself.
This is part of a ministerial engagement with local and international influencers and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation on the country’s brand in the continent and abroad.
Our country is not only blessed with magnificent natural tourist attractions, it is also endowed with an incredible diversity of attractions. In this connection, the department of tourism strives to improve the country’s competitiveness and attractiveness in offering an authentic tourist experience, and to increase demand. We recognise that diversified product offering enables the country to respond to varying market needs.
South Africa congratulates the government and political parties in the Central African Republic for the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation that was signed in Bangui on 6 February 2019.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, today launched the National Tourism Safety Awareness Campaign at Table Mountain in Cape Town. This follows isolated incidents of violence directed at tourists. International tourism trends indicate that personal safety and security issues are of high importance in potential tourist’s choice of a destination.
More than any other economic activity, the success or failure of a tourism destination depends on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors.
The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane would like to reassure tourist that it is safe to travel to South Africa and that their safety remains top priority for the South African government.
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane would like to categorically state that she has not made any new appointments in her office since the start of the sixth administration, as alleged in a fake statement circulating on various social media platforms bearing the Black Management Forum letterhead
The Deputy Minister of Tourism Fish Mahlalela had his maiden community engagement in Busoni, Mpumalanga, on Saturday, 20 July where he sought to create an awareness on programmes that the Department has to offer in contributing and creating employment through faster economic growth and eliminate poverty, as commitment in the National Development Plan 2030.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will attend and make remarks at the launch of a new 24-hour streaming service, TH24.com, owned by entrepreneur and radio personality Thabo “Tbo Touch" Molefe this evening, 25 July 2019.
The Department of Tourism in
collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Economic Development
and Tourism, the Central Karoo District Municipality, and the Overberg
District Municipality will be hosting a tourism information sharing sessions in Western Cape for Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME's)
of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and the Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela will
deliver the Tourism Budget Vote highlighting the vision and strategic focal
points that will be implemented by the Department in the current financial year
(2019/20), and the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).
is indeed a privilege and an honour to welcome and address you on the
occasion of the 3rd edition of Africa Hotel Show, taking place from
today until Wednesday. This
important event incorporates three (3) leading exhibitions across
Retail, Hospitality, Food and Beverage, and Wholesale industries of the
Travel and Tourism have a great potential to drive economic growth, create jobs and promote social development. I sincerely believe that tourism in South Africa can make a huge contribution to creating an inclusive economy.
In keeping with the values and foundations of an open, accountable government in a participatory democracy, the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, published the Tourism Amendment Draft Bill for public comment today for 60 days to provide tourism stakeholders and citizens with sufficient time to engage with and to comment on the Draft Bill.
#HumanRights – The quaint town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape Province
can proudly count itself amongst
hidden gems that boast a prestigious tourism offering that is intrinsically linked to South Africa’s liberation - heritage following the launch of the Cradock 4 Garden of Remembrance memorial.
In truth, tourism and the aviation industry are joined at the hip. Without tourists, your flights are empty. Without your flights, we do not get tourists. Globally, airplanes carry four billion passengers annually and close to 60 percent of international tourists travel by air- a share that is growing steadily. It was the introduction of the wide-bodied jets in the early 1960s that really opened up international leisure travel.
beginning of 2019 - the 25th anniversary of the achievement of our democracy
- is an opportune time to reflect on the
sector’s achievements and challenges and for us to shape what lies ahead.
As we move TOWARDS 20years of Democracy from 3million in 1994 to 13.5 million arrivals to date! The Minister has highlighted that we are presenting our Budget Vote with a backdrop of a favourable tourism growth of 10.2% in 2012. Such development are a clear indication that this Administration made the right decision by identifying tourism as one of the top six priority areas in the New Growth Path, strictly focussing on the promotion of economic development and job creation in South Africa.
It is truly a privilege to be here with you today, especially in these absolutely
magnificent surrounds.The past few weeks, since my
appointment to this exciting portfolio, have been a sheer whirlwind of activity. One thing has become quite obvious to me, is
that South Africa’s tourism sector is a vibrant one, thanks in no small part to
people like you, in this room, who have shown your unequivocal commitment to
making this industry grow.
Who would not be touched by Alan
Paton’s famous quote from Cry the Beloved
Country: “There is a lovely road that runs from
Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are
lovely beyond any singing of it. The road climbs seven miles into them, to
Carisbrooke; and from there, if there is no mist, you look down on one of the
fairest valleys of Africa.”
As 2015 draws to a close, we as the Tourism family would like to extend our warmest wishes to the nation, the continent and our international visitors and to say thank you for making tourism the successful sector that it is.
The President has also extended a warm welcome to international visitors who come to South Africa during the festive season to enjoy the South African summer, beautiful scenery and top class facilities.
Collaboration in the field of tourism was the main agenda item when the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, recently visited Saudi Arabia for bilateral discussions with his counterpart, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
The Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, will be visiting the Shark Cage Diving and Canopy Tour tourist sites
The Mthatha Visitor Information Centre Project was funded in 2010 by the Department of Tourism for a budget of R13, 059 000.00 under its Social Responsibility Implementation Programme. The project created 28,786 job opportunities.
Africa is a continent with amazing tourism offerings and huge growth potential. Our continent’s vibrant cities, rich cultural diversity and splendid natural beauty provide the backdrop for what I believe will be a decade of significant growth in travel and tourism.
Empowering Young Women to Lead Change is designed to support the development of young women’s skills and to enable them to provide leadership on the issues that concern them. It is important to ensure that young women are in leadership positions and they are given latitude to have meaningful participation in decision-making.
Developing a strong and growing SMME community is a priority of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) vision. SMMEs are expected to be central to South Africa’s job creation efforts and economic development, in line with national priorities and international trends.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, will proudly officiate the exciting launch of Greater Edendale Tourism Emerging Businesses as well as the Homestay Programme.
The Department of Tourism, in partnership with The City of Tshwane, vowed to be at the forefront of women empowerment in the tourism sector during the Women in Tourism (WIT) Conference held at Premier Hotel in Pretoria on18 November, under the theme “Tourism Business Trends and where are the opportunities for Women?
I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to offer some views on Tourism in the company of so distinguished a gathering. We are also thankful to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the kind hospitality accorded to myself and the members of the South African delegation.
As you know, over the past 20 years, tourism has experienced continued and steady growth in South Africa and has undergone such a diversification in our country to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors. Modern tourism’s success depends on, and is closely linked to skills development. It has subsequently been identified as one of the economic pillars.
It is a tremendous honour for me to be here today. What I see in front of me is awe-inspiring. You are on the cusp of blooming – just like buds. You are ready to be of service to the hospitality industry and to blossom. You are the future of this country. And I am so proud of you
The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the City of Tshwane, will host the “Women in Tourism” conference event under the theme “Tourism Business trends and where the opportunities are for women.”
"Our award-winning places, products and programs demonstrate the leadership role South Africa is playing in developing and implementing responsible tourism,"
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, will officiate over the ceremony where more than a hundred and fifty (150) students will receive their CATHSSETA accredited National Certificate in Accommodation Services NQF Level 2, and National Certificate in Food and Beverages NQF level 4.
The recommendations will be implemented in a phased approach, and will make it easier for tourists to travel to South Africa without compromising national security or the safety of children.
The flight will provide Chinese tourists with a wider choice of options to travel to South Africa. It will improve connectivity to the region, and the entire African continent, through code sharing with South African Airways.
South Africa today joined global tourism leaders in adopting a declaration to create more jobs and strengthen skills development in the tourism sector.
Young travellers make up about 20 percent of the one billion tourists that are now traversing the globe. That’s a massive 200 million people, and it is growing every year. By 2020, about 320 million people under the age of 35 will be enjoying the benefits of travel.
I am really delighted to be part of this very important Summit, especially because it is taking place in Africa for the first time. On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, I would like to warmly welcome global aviation and airport leaders, and all delegates, to Africa, our beautiful continent; to South Africa, our magnificent country; to the spectacular province of KwaZulu-Natal and, to the warm city of Durban.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, will be visiting the Vergenoeg area in East London where she and the community will be cleaning and painting the household of Mama Nopasile Haloti marking the closure of the Women’s Month.
A United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) working group chaired by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has led to the United Nations (UN) establishing a new facility to grow tourism in developing countries.
The National Department of Tourism has identified sport, and in particular, golf, as a revenue-rich niche tourism opportunity. By aligning the two activities we are able to package our nature, wildlife, unique cultures and warm people to provide visiting golf enthusiasts with an enriching travel experience that they would not find easily anywhere else in the world.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms. Tokozile Xasa, highlighted the fact that women need to be in the forefront of the sector as they are the backbone of the industry. “UNWTO has confirmed that women have the highest percentage of representation in the industry, however, women still only represent one fifth of all tourism ministers and tourism board chairs globally”.
In March 2016, the Department of Tourism will launch the Executive Development Programme for women in the tourism sector. This follows the study conducted in 2011 by the Tourism B-BBEE Charter Council to assess the state of transformation in the tourism sector.
Located in the metro-south east of the City of Cape Town, the False Bay Ecology Park will be a key component of the City’s Biodiversity Network, and is set to provide recreational and environmental education opportunities for local communities and surrounding schools.
Not only is it a pleasure for me to be here with you today, it is also a great honour to be a part of the revitalization of the Royal St. Andrews Hotel. This is yet another jewel in the crown of the Sunshine Coast of South Africa.
The Department of Tourism in collaborations with the City of Tshwane, will host the “Women in Tourism” Breakfast event under the theme “Opening the Doors for Young Women in Tourism.”
Minister Derek Hanekom kick started tourism month celebrations with a two-day visit to Limpopo where he engaged with tourism business owners, industry stakeholders and academics. The Minister hosted a Business Breakfast event in Polokwane, and Public Lecture in Thohoyandou on issues concerning domestic tourism growth and increasing South Africa’s competitiveness in the global market.
All the nominees have added to the value chain of the business events industry in some way. The clients you have impressed will talk about their experience to others when they get back home. If their experiences are extraordinary, if they get real value for their money, and if they get exceptional service, they will spread the word and tell others to visit South Africa. And that’s what we want.
Government values the effort that the people working in hospitality put in every day to take care of our tourists. By providing excellent service and creating memorable experiences for our visitors, you have ensured that South Africa enjoys one of the highest repeat visitor rates in the world.
The future of our country lies in the hands of our Youth! Without a focus on developing this specific group, we have no foundation on which to build. The key question I would like to pose to you today, as we launch the 7th annual National Tourism Careers Expo, is this: How are we as a country ensuring that the youth of South Africa are empowered to seize their destiny and create for themselves a life that is better than their ancestors.
Indonesia has a heritage as a trading region since before the 7th century, and as such international relations must be second-nature to the people of this diverse nation. It is little wonder then that we have found such a warm reception to our proposal for engagements between our two countries on the topic of tourism growth.
This type of milestone achievement for both our countries is about saying joyously “we have come so far, and we are proud of our journey to secure the future of all our people.” I would like to congratulate you on this achievement on behalf of all my fellow South Africans.
May I say that it is a privilege for me to be able to address you today, and to give you some insight into the reasons why we have prioritised this tourism trade roadshow to South East Asia.
As developing nations, South Africa and Malaysia have a great deal in common. Both our countries stand at the frontier of a very exciting time in our respective histories, as we continue to go from strength to strength in our economic development.
Ladies and gentlemen, each September we celebrate Tourism Month in South Africa, and we celebrate World Tourism Day together with the rest of the world on September 27th. What makes the month of September so special in our South African calendar, is that we are also celebrating our heritage, culminating on National Heritage Day on September 24th, a day when many of our attractions are open to the public free of charge.
There is simply nothing more powerful than tourism to bring people together. We, and the rest of the continent, continue to make rapid progress in claiming our rightful share of the global tourism market. And right now is the time when we most need to stand together. I know that 2015 has been a really tough year for your businesses, with tourist arrivals seeing declines year on year from almost all markets.
Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, has announced the appointment of highly respected government administrator Victor Tharage to the post of Director-General of the Department of Tourism.
The community of Mitchells Plain has derived lasting benefits from Mandela Day activities aimed at supporting the youth, elderly people and those who are physically challenged.
It is an honour and a
privilege to be in the company of key players in the business events industry.
This year’s theme: "It’s business – it’s personal" really resonates
with me. I firmly believe that the best business done is business driven by
passion, conducted with personal integrity, and sincere belief in the greater
St Patricks school, here in the rural Eastern Cape, has a proud track record of matric pass rates. 96% in 2012; 98% in 2013 and 100% in 2014. This can be compared with, and is even better than, many of the schools in big cities who have far better access to resources.
Mandela Day is not only about doing good - it is about service and it is an opportunity to build upon his lifelong belief that we must live to serve every day, in whatever we do. We also salute the amazing caregivers here today that help you get through your treatments.
Fundamentally, Mandela Day creates an opportunity for all people, irrespective of their economic, social or political to work together to confront social ills within their communities and to build a better world.
The event is an initiative of the Nyandeni Local Municipality, aimed at recognising and celebrating the successful achievements of the grade 12 class of 2014. St Patricks was the top school in the Eastern Cape that achieved a 100% grade 12 pass rate in 2014.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, will tomorrow visit Bulungula Lodge, a community run project at Nqileni Village in the Eastern Cape.
KINSHASA (DRC) – Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, have signed an agreement that will strengthen ties between the two countries and promote cooperation in the field of tourism.
In honour of Mandela Day later this week, The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, together with the Hilton Sandton, will be visiting the children's renal unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital (Joburg General).
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, heeded the call to action by government in the run up to the celebration of Mandela day. This is a call to action for the world to participate to be inspired by the theme by contributing 67 minutes of our time to help those in need.
We have a strong and vibrant cultural diversity and this includes tangible and intangible culture and heritage tourism products in the form of the arts, crafts, festivals, indigenous knowledge systems, oral history, storytelling and folklore, heritage sites, natural heritage, to name but a few. And we need to share that with the world.
In honour of Mandela Day later this week, The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, together with some members of the community, will be spending their 67 minutes in cleaning and painting the home of an 82-year old pensioner, Vumile Ndlebende, in the Mbekweni Township close to Fort Jackson.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, will be
attending and thereafter addressing a live DVD recording of a stage production
entitled “Innocent Africa: The Battle of the Sexes”. This is to promote
cultural and heritage tourism through youth development.
I am very proud to be here with you today as we pay
tribute to these 27 young people from the Limpopo Province who took up
the challenge to train as Food Safety Assurers, and have succeeded with
Distinguished guests, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy lives to celebrate with us the launch of the Tourism Buddies Programme of the Department's Social Responsibility Implementation Skills Development programmes, we will make every effort to keep it short and sweet.
Tourism is government- led, industry driven with community participation. It has the greatest potential to develop relationships that impact on political, social and economic development in the country. The symbiotic relationship amongst the three continues to grow and is key for us to realise government's commitment to growing the economy and jobs.
Tourism is making a huge contribution to South Africa’s economy, and is creating hope and opportunity for many, many people in our country. It is arguably the sector of our economy with the greatest competitive advantage.
At its sixth meeting, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Working Group on Official Development Assistance (ODA), chaired by the Minister of Tourism in South Africa, Minister Derek Hanekom, approved in principle the creation of a Tourism for Development Facility (TDF) at the UNWTO.
The office of the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokoxile Xasa, deeply mourns the passing of one of its strongest brand ambassadors – Anitha Soni, who died this weekend.
South Africa’s business events strategy is focused on attracting events in 6 economic sectors that have been identified by our government as priorities for future development
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, will be delivering an address at the Careers at Hilton Live Event. This is to mark the hotel group's "Youth in Hospitality Month" and it's commitment towards alleviating poverty through its training and developing initiatives.
In line with the National
Development Plan, our focus is on inclusive economic growth and job creation.
Tourism is recognised as one of the main drivers of the country’s economy and
employment. The sector is also recognised as one of the six core pillars of
growth in the New Growth Path.
The tourism budget for 2015/16
is R1,8 billion. Considering that this represents only 0,13% of the total
budget, we are doing extremely well. According to the latest economic impact
report published by the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism contributed
9.4% to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product in 2014, and almost 10% to
Media is invited to the Budget Vote briefing session of the Minister of Tourism Mr Derek Hanekom, on 14 May 2015 at 09h00
Without any doubt, we are confident that over the past three years we have showcased tourism as a career and the employer of choice to young people and indeed this platform will help create a pool of future tourism practitioners that will be the workers of the tourism industry.
We would like to encourage women-owned tourism enterprises to apply for the support offered under the TIP. The support for tourism grading and market access is only the start. In the years ahead, we will refine and expand the programme to support the accelerated transformation and growth of tourism enterprises. We are already planning a new programme subsidise tourism enterprises to retro-fit their facilities with renewable and more efficient energy systems.
INDABA 2015 is really big. We have just over 1000 exhibitors from 20 African countries, and about 2000 buyers from the world’s tourism source markets. We also have about 750 members of the media at this event. You – our trade partners, buyers, exhibitors, media partners and other stakeholders – are the people who make it big. And it is you who make tourism the exciting, growing sector that it is.
Issues pertaining to the growth and development of tourism in the African continent featured highly on the agenda at the round table discussion, hosted by Minister Derek Hanekom, on the eve of the official opening of the Pan-African Tourism INDABA 2015 in Durban.
SAT is the tourism marketing arm of government. It positions South Africa as a destination of choice both internationally and domestically. Marketing plays a pivotal role for the tourism sector, enabling it to be a lead contributor to economic growth in the country.
It is a pleasure for me to be here with you today and to pledge our support for this initiative. South Africa has a strong and vibrant cultural diversity and this includes tangible and intangible culture and heritage tourism products in the form of the arts, crafts, festivals, indigenous knowledge systems, oral history, storytelling and folklore, heritage sites, natural heritage, to name but a few. Indeed, we have a rich and vivid history, ideal for cultural tourism.
Many of us who serve in tourism in South Africa feel extremely privileged and blessed. We feel blessed because of the many amazing tourism assets we have in our country: the beauty of our diverse landscapes, our wildlife and biodiversity, our people and our cultural diversity, and our rich heritage of ancient and recent history.
South Africa is premised on respect for human rights and the rule of
law. This foundation is inspired by its African values and an
appreciation of the power
of human solidarity, visibly demonstrated by all our friends across the
world and in particular within the continent in our effort to end
It is an honour for me to join you today at the second World Travel Market Africa Exhibition and I would like to extend a very warm South African welcome to you all.
South African Tourism held its Ubuntu Dinner and
Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Natural History in New York. The Ubuntu Awards
recognize the top contributors to the tourism industry in South Africa.
Launching the Stony Point Eco-Centre in the
Overstrand region of the Western Cape today, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom
said the new centre and the adjoining restaurant was an important asset for
tourism, for nearby communities and for conservation efforts.
The community of Cannon Rocks in the Ndlambe Municipality of the Eastern Cape today becomes the proud owners of hospitality facilities that will increase its readiness to host foreign and domestic tourists, and boost revenue from tourism activities.
Minister Derek Hanekom, will officially launch and handover facilities constructed at the Stony Point Eco Centre by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Western Cape Oversrand Municipality. The Stony Point Eco Centre is an initiative solely owned by the members of the Mooiuitsig community, and poised to attract more domestic and international visitors once it has been launched.
It is also fitting that we are launching the Madiba App in a very important month in our country, a month when we celebrate freedom and democracy.
Conference Theme: “Tourism: A Catalyst for Local Economic Growth, Job Creation and Transformation”.
Allow me to add my own word of welcome to every one of you participating in this extremely important conference. I am confident that we are all determined to accelerate the pace of transformation in every sector of our economy, in every region of our country, and among all our communities who aspire to a better life. I am also confident that we will use this conference as an opportunity to explore ways of both harnessing the potential of tourism to transform the lives of people, and to seek effective ways of achieving positive transformation in the sector itself.
Department of Tourism welcomes the recent release of the Tourism
Satellite Account (TSA) for South Africa showing that tourism
consistently grew the number of tourism jobs, while continuing to make a
3% direct contribution to GDP.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa in partnership with the City of Tshwane will host the Women in Tourism Conference aimed at addressing economic issues and sharing information for economic empowerment amongst women in the sector.
Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom has welcomed the appointment of Mr Sisa Ntshona as the Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism. The appointment has been approved by the Cabinet and was announced today by the Chairperson of the SA Tourism Board, Dr Tanya Abrahamse.
After visiting the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility and fuelled by my passion and based on their needs, I have decided to adopt this facility in my personal capacity as well as assist them through interventions from my department. This is with a particular focus on female offenders.
In celebration of Women’s Month, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, will be delivering the key note address at the Inaugural WOVSA International Women’s Cooperative Indaba, 22 - 24 August 2016.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, invites you to join her and members of the Berlin Community tomorrow at 10h00, Eastern Cape, as they visit Imizamayethu High School. In honour of Woman's Month and to promote Social Tourism, she will be handing over sanitary towels to 170 young girls.
Sustainability’ and ‘going green’ are buzzwords that are easily interchangeable but not everyone knows how to go about achieving this and hopefully this conference will provide a clear roadmap of how this can be done.
Tourist arrivals in South Africa are continuing on their growth trajectory, according to the latest release from Statistics SA. More than 760 000 tourists arrived in the country in May this year, 11% more than in May 2015.
Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa, in partnership with the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership, will host a breakfast event to celebrate the commencement of the Executive Development Programme (EDP) for women in tourism.
On behalf of the government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, I extend to the government and the people of the French Republic our heartfelt congratulations on this special celebration of the National Day of France.
The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, has announced the names of the new members of the Tourism B-BBEE Charter Council at its first meeting on 30 June 2016.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, will travel to East Asia to conduct a series of South African Tourism Trade Workshops. This will take place in China 26 June – 1 July; Korea 2 July – 5 July and Japan 6 July - 9 July 2016.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom instructed the Department to take immediate action after a prospective visitor to the guest house in northern KwaZulu-Natal complained about the racist accommodation policy at the establishment.
Today we are gathered here to celebrate your achievement as young people and the commitment that you have shown in securing your own futures.
The Department of Tourism, as signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the South African Chefs Association (SACA), to be its implementing partner of its Extended Public Works Social Responsibility Implementation Programme, in the field of Professional Cookery for the selected beneficiaries nationwide.
Trade exhibitions like SAITEX is at the forefront of our development objectives of bringing together buyers and sellers under one roof to conduct business that will ensure growth for our economy.
The annual Travel and Tourism Fair showcases Africa's best tourism products and attracts buyers from different source markets within Africa.
We are born to be travellers. We feel a sense of connection and solace from experiencing the natural splendour of the world, and we derive meaning from experiencing the culture and traditions of people we have never met before. We become part of the bigger family of humankind.
Deputy Minister Xasa highlighted the need for communities to turn their culture and heritage into tourism businesses. “We need to promote local development, in order to lure tourists in the area. There needs to be a boom in the hospitality industry, restaurant, authentic crafts market, small and medium businesses’’, said Xasa.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has reassured travellers to South Africa of their safety, following an alert issued by the US Embassy in Pretoria at the weekend.
The benefits of access to quality education, and the benefits of growth in tourism, have one thing in common: they both contribute directly to resolving the many challenges of our times. Education, knowledge and skills constitute the foundation essential for the growth and healthy development of our society. And tourism is now without a doubt one of the most important sectors that has the potential to get our economy back on to a healthy growth path.
The Federal Republic of Germany has awarded the country’s highest honour to South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom. The Order of Merit was conferred on Minister Hanekom by Ambassador Walter Lindner, on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck, at a ceremony in Pretoria
Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa will be launching the Bonkolo Dam family recreation centre in Queenstown, on 07 June 2016. This initiative is a partnership between the Department of Tourism and Lukhanji Local Municipality. Bonkolo dam is a public entity that belongs to Lukhanji Local Municipality and provides water resources for the rest of Lukhanji Municipal area.
As we celebrate Africa Day, we celebrate a cultural fusion and explosion of flavour. Africa's food blends the traditions of many cultures and influences. Food is central to many things that we do as a nation and a continent.
In the tourism sector we are working closely with the industry to recover from last year's decline in tourist arrivals, and to improve tourism's contribution to the economy, and to help tackle the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said the persistent surge in arrivals boded well for the potential of tourism to stimulate a range of economic activity and create jobs across the industry’s diverse value chain.
The conference was hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It is the first high-level meeting of the world’s tourism leaders to address how tourism can contribute to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 universal goals.
Tourism – Advancing people power through local government
People, not products only, are our most important assets in this industry. Tourism is therefore people driven and we as a Department aim to create an environment for sustainable employment and economic growth.
is an honour to stand before you today to present the Tourism budget
for 2016/17. Tourism is a powerful driving force for economic growth. In
South Africa, and all around the world, tourism is an important earner
of foreign exchange; a massive provider of jobs; and a powerful
developmental tool. It is a catalyst for entrepreneurial opportunities
Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom recently attended the 103RD session of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) 09 – 11 May 2016, in Malaga, Spain. Among the agenda items for discussion were the following Tourism and Security: Towards a Framework for Safe, Secure and Seamless Travel”.
This is a beautiful region with its rich coast line, warm ocean and sub-tropical climate! The tourism sector in the North Coast is consistently growing and offers cultural, heritage, beach and nature-based tourism.
We have joined hands to make tourism a sector of hope and progress for our people. We must now focus on concrete actions to achieve our aspirations.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, hosted the highly successful Women in Tourism initiative at Indaba on Sunday. This annual event is fast becoming a sought after event to attend at this acclaimed Pan African Trade show.
I am sure it is of no surprise that we are holding this networking function or that we have the development zone at INDABA to cater to the uplifment of small, micro and medium sized enterprises (SMMEs). Their performance in a few years will be what our transformation and inclusivity targets in tourism will be measured against. It is therefore imperative that we not only walk the walk but talk the talk.
More than ever before, governments around the world are looking to tourism for economic growth. South Africa is no different and that is why our National Development Plan features this sector as an important economic driver.
A special welcome to all the young people taking part in this event. You shape the future, you are always at the very centre of transition - growing into your own lives, finding your place in society, making your way in the world, changing the world and being changed by it.
This forum will address young people and seek to provide a sustainable platform for youth in Africa that could increase the involvement of youth in the promotion and protection of World Heritage in Africa.
The Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, MP, will deliver his Budget Vote speech on 03 May 2016 at 14:00 at the Old Assembly Chamber, Parliament, in Cape Town. Members of the media are kindly invited to cover the event on the day in order to be able to disseminate the department’s programme achievements, challenges and plans for the future for the benefit of all citizens.
Your purpose of the summit said' to reinforce the
activities related to planning , design, development , and operations of
the hospitality industry , thereby encouraging the growth of the
industry which directly supports the tourism sector and hence the ec
will further enhance on our goals. .
Events such as these presents South Africa with an opportunity to showcase its rich heritage and cultural assets. South Africa’s participation at the 2016 Seychelles Carnival is therefore based on exhibiting South Africa’s diverse cultures.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, will be delivering a keynote address at the 6th Edition Hotelier Summit – Africa. She will be speaking on the role of Hoteliers and Hotel Professionals in encouraging and boosting the tourism of South Africa as well as the continent of Africa.
It is a great honour for me to welcome you to the first International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Convention in Africa (IGLTA). We are extremely proud that you have chosen South Africa for this ground-breaking event.
The number of tourists arriving in South Africa every month has shot through the one million mark for the first time since 2009, signalling the industry’s recovery from last year’s decline.
South Africa is a prime tourism destination with abundant natural beauty, and diverse heritage and culture. Our products and services range from mainstream tourist attractions such as the 120 World Heritage Sites in Africa, to our excellent business tourism and conferencing facilities, and the more niche products such as adventure tourism, culture and heritage tourism and social tourism.
The Minister had interactive sessions in Shanghai and Beijing with Chinese travel trade and media. Chinese tour operators believe there is great potential for further growth for Chinese tourism to South Africa and were very enthusiastic about South Africa as a most attractive tourism attraction.
The launch of this programme aims to redress the skewed socio-economic landscape of the tourism industry with the objective to capacitate black women managers within the tourism sector. The majority of employees in the tourism sector are women yet many of these women are still relegated to the kitchens, cleaning departments and front desks of many of our tourism establishments.
The main objective of the programme is to train black female managers, through a recognised South African business school, to prepare them for the executive or board positions in the tourism sector.
ITB Berlin is a platform to promote South Africa’s tourism offering to the global market. With more than 180,000 visitors, among these 110,000 trade visitors, of whom 43 per cent were from abroad, ITB Berlin is the leading B2B-platform (Business to Business) of all tourism industry offers. All levels of the value added chain are present: Tour operators, booking engines, destinations, airlines, and hotels up to car rentals
South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, and his Egyptian counterpart, Hisham Zaazou, today signed an agreement that details how the two countries will cooperate to extract the potential economic and cultural benefits of tourism.
South Africa is ranked number 32 in the world and number one in Africa by the International Convention and Congress Association. We are steadily climbing up the world ranking. Our aspiration is that Africa will lead the world in hosting exceptional events and meetings, and that the overall benefits of tourism helps to grow all our nations.
A competitive events industry will improve the performance of tourism. And a successful and growing tourism industry will provide the means for social and economic development on a vast scale. People throughout Africa will benefit significantly from growing the tourism footprint through, more jobs, and more opportunities to become part of the tourism value chain.
I am particularly glad that Meetings Africa has partnered with IMEX-MPI-MCI, in encouraging you, the best performing students in travel and tourism, an opportunity to make a career in business events. Through this partnership, you are able to find mentors. This programme is designed to provide students in this sector with an educational programme including sessions with industry experts on key topics, an insightful overview, roundtable discussions and questions and debates and networking.
This is truly a special occasion as we gather to excitedly celebrate yet another milestone for the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE), which was launched at Meetings Africa last year. Association executives in Africa came together to form a continent-wide society aimed at raising the profile of member-based organisations and improving skills in the sector.
Tourism has grown over the last two decades. Tourism arrivals in South Africa have grown from 3.9 million in 1994 to 8.9 million in 2015. That is phenomenal growth! Tourism has truly become an immensely valuable treasure chest for our people, filled with precious gems and opportunities.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has welcomed the recently-announced changes in visa applications as a positive step towards putting growth in the tourism sector back on track.
The annual event commemorates the release of Nelson Mandela from the then Victor Verster Prison, and takes the route of his historic walk to freedom after 27 years in prison.
Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom today handed over the Amended Tourism Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Sector Code to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.
We would like to extend our warmest wishes to our Chinese friends and partners on the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Happy Chinese Lunar New Year - Xin Nian Kuai Le Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Children in the Wilderness, an organization that arranges bush and wildlife educational experiences for young people living in and around conservation areas, was a runner-up in the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s awards for sustainable tourism in Madrid last week
The strong performance of our coastal regions over the festive season indicates the untapped potential to grow domestic tourism. We have great tourism infrastructure in places across South Africa. We now need to think creatively, and find ways to make these tourism assets affordable and accessible to more of our people.
Thank you for inviting me to address you today. I have
always regarded effective engagement between our government and our
leadership in tourism as a key factor in the success of tourism in our
Join me on a journey
to some very special places in our country, places that tell a remarkable story
for the whole world. Many international
tourists, and some South Africans, would have experienced parts of the trip
when they visited the tourist sites that relate the story of our first democratic
President on Mandela Day. I hope that many more will have an opportunity to do so
before Mandela Month draws to a close.
"The tourism sector welcomes the announcement of the
‡Khomani Cultural Landscape as South Africa's ninth World Heritage
Site," said Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa today.
The Minister of Tourism, Ms. Tokozile Xasa, together with the Minister of Communications, Ms. Ayanda Dlodlo, will attend the 46th Annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund International Convention in Chicago, United States. Under the theme, “Protecting, Defending and Gaining – A more perfect union”. The convention will take place from 12 to 14 July 2017.
The Department of Tourism took part in the "Take a Girl Child to Work Day" campaign by hosting 28 school learners in the care of Tshwane Child Welfare at a careers expo in Sandton. The theme for this year's campaign is 'Dream, Believe and Achieve'.
The National Department of Tourism has become aware of
a fraud which attempts to extract funds from companies and
organisations by impersonating as Minister Tokozile Xasa on LinkedIn.
We want to utilise this budget to ensure tourism rises and that people of SA rise with it (Inclusive growth). This is in line with the UN declaration of 2017 as the year for sustainable tourism development. It calls for the mobilisation of the tourism industry, its stakeholders, partners, from National, Provincial and local government, International organisations and the private sector to work together towards the development and promotion of tourism that is economically beneficial, environmentally friendly, socially equitable and culturally responsive.
Minister Xasa will serve as a panelist of a Round Table on “Sustainable Urban Tourism” which will take place today. This debate will be held within the framework of the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Tourism is a significant and critical component of the South Africa and global economy. The growth in this sector has been so steady, yet silently churning in the background while the rest of the economy has been volatile. Subsequently, it has been identified as one of the six key growth sectors in the New Growth Path. This is evidenced by its contribution to the GDP which measures 3.9% - more than most labour-intensive sectors.
The Department of Tourism in partnership with the Robben Island Museum (RIM) will host the International Tourist Guiding Celebrations at Robben Island – Western Cape. Themed "Peace and Development through Guiding,"
The World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (WFTGA) has appointed a South African tourist guide as its new President. Alushca
Ritchie, a registered tourist guide for the Western Cape, was appointed
to head the internationally recognised body at the 17th biennial World
Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Convention which took place in
Tehran, Iran, recently.
“This has come as a big shock to the community of Vilakazi Street, and to the tourism industry,” said Minister Hanekom. “I would like to express my condolences to the family of Mr Kwezi Hudson on their loss, and to the owner Mr Sakhumzi Maqubela.
The Department of Tourism will host the Local
Government Tourism Conference (LGTC) from 3 to 4 April 2017 at Emperors Palace
in Gauteng. Taking place under the theme, “Tourism Planning is Everybody’s
Business,’’ the conference will provide a platform for the public and private
sector to engage and map a way forward for tourism development at local
I rise today to address this House in this centenary
year of our former President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Mama Albertina
Sisulu and "Oom Bey" Naude, whose selfless efforts in struggle
contributed to the democracy we enjoy today. May their revolutionary
spirit live on, particularly as we work tirelessly to transform our
tourism sector for the benefit of all South Africans.
We have a beautiful
country, with rich cultural diversity and spectacular natural
attractions, giving us a solid foundation to grow tourism responsibly,
sustainably, and inclusively. With a
total of 1.6 million people employed across its wide value chain,
tourism is a beacon of hope for so many people in our country who are
without jobs and incomes.
Tourism Ministers from across the continent yesterday adopted the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s program of work for Africa at the 61st meeting of the Commission for Africa in Abuja, Nigeria
The implementation of IORA’s Blue Economy has potential to accelerate ocean-driven economic growth amongst its members. Coastal and Marine Tourism is continuously growing and provides valuable income for coastal communities world-wide. It also represents an important contributor to the economy of countries and for generating employment.
The news of this delay will allay concerns of both international and domestic travellers and will reinforce our stance that South Africa’s tourism sector remains open for business, explained Minister Hanekom
The Deputy Minister of
Tourism Elizabeth Thabethe was in the North West on 5 March 2018 as part of the
Enterprise Development Awareness campaign, which started in Gauteng last month.
The campaign aims to create an awareness of opportunities offered to Small,
Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) through the Enterprise Development
Programme by the Department of Tourism to ensure they become sustainable in the
approved the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) 2016-2026 for
implementation. The NTSS is anchored on five strategic pillars, namely
marketing, facilitation of ease of access for tourists, enhance visitor
experience, destination management and broad-based benefits.