Parliament has welcomed the request by the tourism minister, Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane, to withdraw her department’s and South African Tourism’s 2020/21 Annual Performance Plans.
In a statement, the portfolio committee on tourism, and the select committee on trade and industry, economic development, small business development, tourism, employment and labour indicated that their “acceptance of the request to withdraw the APPs was to provide the Minister with an opportunity to seriously consider incorporating the villages, townships, small towns and dorpies in the departmental and the South African Tourism plans”.
The minister has written to the Presiding Officers of Parliament requesting the withdrawal of the Annual Performance Plans of the tourism department and South African Tourism that were tabled in March this year.
The minister informed the joint meeting of the committees that the tourism portfolio has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic more than any other department.
“The annual performance plan included programmes such as the Tourism Incentive Programme to assist Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) with market access for SMMEs, community-based projects, and market activations by the South African Tourism, which could not be implemented under the current lockdown conditions.”
The minister indicated that the request for the withdrawal of the APPs was made to ensure that the new plans take current conditions into account in the interests of taking the sector forward.
Parliament called on the minister to table the new plans as soon as possible “within the time frames of the statutory requirements of the Division of Revenue Bill”.