SA Tourism Department to intensify efforts to help women, youth get involved in tourism sector

Published on : Sunday, March 5, 2017

South-African-Tourism1With South African government pushing for an inclusive economy, the country’s Tourism Department will intensify efforts to help women and young people from South African townships to get involved in business opportunities in the sector, says Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa.


She made the announcement while addressing a gathering in the Khayelitsha informal township in Cape Town on Wednesday to provide a platform for communities to interact with local leaders and members of the Western Cape Tourism officials to promote active participation in tourism initiatives.


“For us to realise radical economic transformation, we must have inclusive growth and this inclusive economic growth does not mean you will be counted as statistics, it means you must participate,” she said.


She added that there are several programmes which the department runs which are aimed at empowering young people in the hospitality sector, such as the Social Responsibility Implementation Programme.


The programme is aimed at supporting the development of community based tourism, thereby stimulating job creation, sector transformation, economic empowerment, community benefit and geographic spread of tourism investment.


Xasa said programmes like these would work only if there was integration within the tourism sector where the private sector partnered the government to stimulate township economic activity.


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