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South Africa: Tourism Recovery Plan to Be Presented to Cabinet Soon

When South Africa implemented lockdown restrictions, one of the sectors that was most affected by this was tourism, with businesses remaining shut even when economic activity resumed.

When Deputy President David Mabuza appeared before the National Assembly to respond to oral questions on Wednesday, he said a plan aimed at reigniting growth in the sector would soon be presented to Cabinet for approval.

“As mentioned earlier, the COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the tourism sector.

“As a response, the Department of Tourism, in partnership with the private sector, has developed a Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, which will soon be presented to Cabinet for approval,” he said.

The Deputy President said the plan outlines a set of interventions to ignite the recovery anchored on three strategic themes, namely protecting and rejuvenating supply, reigniting demand and strengthening capacity for long-term sustainability.

“We are confident that with this intervention, the sector and its entire value chain will be resuscitated.

“We admit that under the current environment of fiscal constraint, the reduced budget tabled by the Minister of Finance can never be sufficient to address all the socio-economic challenges facing our country and further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“However, we do believe that the interventions will go a long way towards mitigating the negative socio-economic impact of the pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of South Africans,” said Mabuza.