Huawei banks on Kenya for growth

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SANParks CEO Fun­dis­ile Mketeni said they wit­nessed a cor­re­spond­ing in­crease in the tourism rev­enue, which grew by 14.5% from the pre­vi­ous year.

“Over­all, SANParks’ per­for­mance in the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year has been im­pres­sive and to­tal rev­enue in the last fi­nan­cial year was about R2bn, or R221m more than ex­pected,” Mketeni said.

Con­ser­va­tion fee in­come grew by 28%, ac­com­mo­da­tion in­come in­creased by 8% and in­come from con­ces­sion­aire fees by 6%.

Key to the sus­tain­abil­ity of the eco­tourism busi­ness is a mar­ket­ing strat­egy that at­tracts growth mar­kets, a prod­uct de­vel­op­ment strat­egy con­gru­ent with needs and pref­er­ences of all mar­kets and pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ships that lever­age pri­vate cap­i­tal and ex­per­tise in di­ver­si­fy­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The year 2016­17 for SANParks brought a record break­ing 14.1% growth in tourist num­bers.

“We had about 6.7 mil­lion guests vis­it­ing SANParks des­ti­na­tions, with an in­crease in tourism rev­enues by 15%,” the SANParks CEO said.

In the 2016­17 fi­nan­cial year, about 68% of vis­i­tors were lo­cals.

Vis­i­tor num­bers have been in­creas­ing steadily, with SANParks record­ing growth in this key in­di­ca­tor of 5%, 5.9%, 6.6%, 6.1% and 14.1% growth in the years 2012­13, 2013­14, 2014­15, 2015­16 and 2016­17 re­spec­tively, av­er­ag­ing 7.54% growth in the five years.

Na­tional parks are strate­gi­cally lo­cated and can thus play a crit­i­cal role as cat­a­lysts and driv­ers of lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, par­tic­u­larly in the ru­ral ar­eas.

“SANParks is per­fectly po­si­tioned to ad­dress the press­ing eco­nomic and so­cial is­sues fac­ing our so­ci­ety – par­tic­u­larly through the pro­vi­sion of jobs for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing near th­ese con­ser­va­tion ar­eas and the pro­vi­sion of sup­port for small, medium and mi­cro en­ter­prises,” Dr Edna Molewa, Min­is­ter of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs said.

SANParks, through its Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme (EPWP), cre­ated 6013 full time equiv­a­lent jobs dur­ing the past year through a di­verse range of projects such as the en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor pro­gramme and the eco-fur­ni­ture pro­gramme.

Em­ploy­ees were re­cruited from 360 com­mu­ni­ties ad­ja­cent to na­tional parks, cre­at­ing tem­po­rary em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for 11879 peo­ple, while youth made up 70%, women 55% and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties 2% of all jobs cre­ated.

In ad­di­tion, over the past year, 856 SMMEs were sup­ported by the pro­gramme and R193m was paid to th­ese small con­trac­tors. NAIROBI: China’s Huawei Tech­nolo­gies has changed its strat­egy in Kenya to show­case an af­ford­able $100-$200 (R1 300-R2 600) range of smart phones, hop­ing the in­creased sales will boost its lo­cal mar­ket share, its coun­try man­ager said yes­ter­day. Huawei is ranked num­ber three in the fast-grow­ing lo­cal smart de­vices mar­ket, be­hind Sam­sung. Derek Du, the lo­cal boss of Huawei, said it had started of­fer­ing three smart­phones with re­tail prices start­ing at 8 999 shillings (R1 152). – Reuters

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