Department of Tourism
Members of Executive Council (MINMEC) responsible for tourism across all provinces have resolved to champion a national compact for tourism recovery.
The tourism department revealed this in a statement following an emergency virtual meeting between the tourism minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and MINMEC on 15 May 2020.
MINMEC also resolved to “explore innovative capacity building programmes aimed at enabling the travel and tourism sector to be more inclusive, robust and resilient”.
According to the department, the meeting took place at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact on the tourism sector far more than any other sector in the economy.
The meeting discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector and the Tourism Recovery Strategy including the Risk Adjusted Approach for the sector as well as an update on the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund rollout.
“MINMEC agreed to work together including with other departments in the economic cluster to save jobs and further committed to devise measures to support the phased opening up of the tourism sub-sectors informed by government’s Risk-Adjusted Approach.”
It also called upon the industry to lead workplace, product and destination readiness via solutions for safety, early detection and prevention measures to be used by tourism operations and tourists alike.
MINMEC also welcomed the minister’s intervention through the Tourism Relief Fund given the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector.
Meanwhile, in another statement, the tourism minister welcomed the Constitutional Court ‘s dismissal of the joint Afriforum and Solidarity application to appeal and set aside the use of broad-based black economic empowerment as a consideration for financial relief to small businesses in the tourism sector.
The minister called upon Afriforum and Solidarity to “allow the department to focus on the work at hand, primarily the provision of the much-needed relief to distressed beneficiaries and the imperative to lead the recovery of sector. Applications received thus far exceed 13000. The Department has already started processing payments to beneficiaries and it is important to note that this includes both black and white business owners.”