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
His reappointment comes at a
time when our country is engulfed with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which
has rendered the tourism sector totally inactive. The sector is faced with possible business
closures and a massive loss of jobs. Government together with the sector is
working tirelessly to lessen the impact of the pandemic and more importantly to
develop a tourism recovery plan for the post-Covid-19 period. These efforts
require the Department of Tourism to have a sturdy hand at the helm and Mr
Tharage is the ideal fit.
Mr Tharage has more than 16
years at senior management level in government, most of which he spent in the
tourism sector and the broader public sector. Over the years, he has
demonstrated an abundance of strategic and operational knowledge of the needs
of the tourism sector, making him best suited for steering the sector out of
the current crisis.
“I am personally very pleased
that government and the sector have been able to retain a dedicated civil
servant with his calibre, track record and further potential. With his deep
knowledge of tourism and experience, I believe that Mr Tharage is the best
person to lead the department and the sector through the Covid-19 crisis and in
the post-Covid-19 recovery period,” said Minster Kubayi-Ngubane.
Mr Tharage is a respected
senior civil servant with many achievements, including the Best Director
General award. The combination of his experience as a public servant, drive and
commitment to the Batho Pele principle will serve him well in helping the
sector to get to the next level of growth and development.