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Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016
South Africa’s Tourism department has various programmes aimed at capacitating young people to be absorbed into the hospitality industry, said the country’s Tourism Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa. These include food safety, tourism buddies, chefs and sommeliers.
“Our investment in skills development and training is essential to create a solid base of young, well qualified black people who will be equipped with the necessary skills to both advance into management positions and to be better prepared to be the business owners and entrepreneurs of the future,” Deputy Minister Xasa said while speaking at the 6th Edition Hotelier Summit Africa, on Friday.
Xasa said as government, they are encouraging increased investment in the tourism arena, where there is huge scope for growth.
“From the government side, tourism is one of six core pillars of economic growth and key part of the National Development Plan which captures our vision for 2030 to reduce poverty and inequality.”
She said visitors’ experience impacts on the destination’s reputation and that the experience is a factor of quality in both offerings and services.
“As the gateway to Africa, we are committed to boosting this sector as a growth catalyst both economically and socially. We will continue the enhancement of regional tourism integration in our goal to forward the African agenda,” the Deputy Minister said.
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