Nomad Africa Magazine - - Tourism Updates | Wtm Africa - Words: KRISTIE OMAR

south African tourism min­is­ter, Tokozile Xasa, met with Min­is­ter of Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, to dis­cuss how they will work to­gether to ad­vance the tourism sec­tor and Small Medium En­ter­prises (SMEs) within the greater man­date of the NDP. "Tourism is over­ar­ch­ing and cuts across many sec­tors. We need to work to­gether with var­i­ous gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, as en­ablers and in­flu­encers of tourism des­ti­na­tion com­pet­i­tive­ness, to grow and tran­sform our sec­tor and econ­omy," said Min­is­ter Xasa.

"Tourism as a pri­or­ity sec­tor has the abil­ity to con­trib­ute to eco­nomic growth by pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, and a con­ducive and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment for Small and Medium En­ter­prises to thrive."

"As a Depart­ment, we support the growth and de­vel­op­ment of small en­ter­prises in our sec­tor through ex­po­sure to plat­forms such as INDABA, and sim­i­lar in­ter­na­tional trade shows," said Xasa. Min­is­ter of Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, echoed the sen­ti­ment in her com­mit­ment to work­ing with Tourism and ad­vanc­ing small en­ter­prises. "The crit­i­cal fo­cus of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment is the erad­i­ca­tion of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity. Small and medium en­ter­prises play an im­por­tant role in ad­dress­ing these chal­lenges. ""The Depart­ment of Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment (DSBD) is en­cour­aged by the fo­cus that our sis­ter Depart­ment of Tourism (NDT) is mak­ing in the de­vel­op­ment of SMEs in the sec­tor."

"As DSBD we are com­mit­ted to work­ing with tourism to en­sure that the ben­e­fits and value of tourism growth is shared by all. We will en­sure that pro­vi­sion is made for small busi­nesses that are owned, man­aged and op­er­ated by black peo­ple, women and the youth across the breadth and depth of our coun­try," said Zulu.

Min­is­ter Xasa will host sim­i­lar meet­ings with other de­part­ments in the near fu­ture to forge part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tion that will stream­line the im­ple­men­ta­tion and re­al­i­sa­tion of the goals set out in the NDP.

"I look for­ward to en­gag­ing with my coun­ter­parts in the var­i­ous de­part­ments, fo­cus­ing on the tourism value chain, and how we can col­lab­o­rate to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for women and youth, in par­tic­u­lar, re­duce poverty and in­equal­ity," con­cluded Xasa.

South African tourism min­is­ter, Tokozile Xasa.

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