In Cape Town, consistent power cut damages tourism revival

 Wednesday, February 23, 2022 


In Cape Town, power cut has been become one of the strongest challenges in this port city on South Africa’s South west Coast in its efforts to pick up with Cape Town’s allure for foreign and domestic tourists after the pandemic, including lockdowns and flight bans.

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis told legislature’s finance, economic opportunities and tourism standing committee that the effect of this power cut issue was making the possibility of meaningful economic recovery even more tough.

“The reputational harm it does to South Africa is quite great among tourists. It has safety impacts for tourists who are trying to walk around the city during times of load shedding and I really do think it had a deleterious effect on our tourism market.”

Hill-Lewis was answering to questions from committee members, who are keen to know about the dispute that tourism is facing in the Western Cape.

Committee member Nomi Nkondlo (ANC) asked the way negative impact of the pandemic on economies globally had impacted the cost as well as packaging of tourism products and packages offered by the City and Cape Town Tourism.
Mayoral committee member for economic growth, James Vos, informed the briefing that the City was hoping on the execution of innovations, like remote work visa category to draw digital nomads.

Under the City’s proposal all the national government needs to do to make such a visa a reality is to alter section 11 of the Immigration Act, which relates to an extension of visas beyond 90 days, because remote workers tend to stay beyond three months in a location.

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