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07 July 2017 - NW1400

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What percentage of small, medium and micro enterprise bed and breakfast establishments are currently owned by black entrepreneurs, (b) how is the percentage expected to change by the end of the (i) 2017-18, (ii) 2018-19 and (iii) 2019-20 financial years and (c) what amounts has her department allocated in the 2017-18 to 2019-20 medium term expenditure framework to accelerate transformation in this segment of the industry?

Reply:

a) The total number of Bed and Breakfast (B&B) establishments in the country is currently unknown and so is the demographic information about them. However, through the grading system, 884 B&B establishments were graded as of 31 May 2017. Furthermore, updates of the National Tourism Database, which currently relies on voluntary updates by establishments, indicates that an additional 29 B&B establishments which were not graded also updated their information.

The department recognises the need for a comprehensive database that is not solely dependent on the updates from establishments in order to support planning, growth and development of the tourism sector. In this regard, the Department, working with Provinces; Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Municipalities; Industry and other related agencies is embarking on a process to build a comprehensive tourism database for the country through a “census” of establishments during the current financial year.

b) (i),(ii) & (iii) There is no forecast on the increase of Bed & Breakfast establishments in the country. The department’s initiatives in the form of enterprise development support as well as capital and other incentives are aimed at growing existing and start-ups businesses with the aim to increase participation of black enterprises in the tourism sector. However, as government, our responsibility is to create a conducive environment and appropriate support mechanisms to enable entrepreneurs to succeed.

c) What amounts has her department allocated in the 2017-18 to 2019-20 medium term expenditure framework to accelerate transformation in this segment of the industry?

Small enterprise development and sector transformation are central to most of the department’s programmes. The following budget allocations have been made to specific programmes that focus on enterprise development, market access support, capital investment (i.e. Tourism Transformation Fund) and energy efficiency retrofitting (i.e. Green Tourism Incentive Programme) over the 2017-18 to 2019-20 medium term expenditure framework. These programmes would contribute to sector transformation.

Programme

Estimated budget allocation (‘000) over medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) period

 

2017/2018

2018/2019

2019/2020

Enterprise Development

17 882

16 420

14 361

Market Access Support (international)

13  000*

15 318*

13  125*

Market Access Support (Hidden Gems)

13  000*

15 318*

13  125*

Tourism Transformation Fund (TFF) - in collaboration with NEF.

40  000**

40 000**

40 000**

Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) - in collaboration with IDC)

30 000**

45 000**

67 500**

* Allocation estimate in line with Estimates of National Expenditure

** Provisional allocation in line with memoranda of agreement with the relevant development finance institution –

amounts may increase or decrease dependant on programme uptake and availability of funds

The eligibility and qualifying criteria included in the programme guidelines for the market access support and the energy efficiency retrofitting (i.e. GTIP) programmes gives preference to, and offer increased benefits to small and transformed enterprises. The incubator initiatives under the enterprise development and capital investment (i.e. TTF) support programmes specifically focus on black owned enterprises.

It is further important to note that the TTF that will be administered by the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) is a dedicated support mechanism aimed at unlocking investment by black investors in the tourism sector. The department’s contribution of R120 million over the MTEF period will serve as a grant component. This will be complemented by equal contributions of R120 million in debt finance and R120 million in equity contributions from the NEF over the same period. Through the collaboration with NEF, the total value of the Tourism Transformation Fund will therefore be R360 million over the MTEF period.

07 July 2017 - NW1941

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

What are the (a) details of her department’s plans to work together with other government departments to consider what relief measures can be implemented in the medium term to revive the tourism economy following the devastating fires in Knysna and (b) timelines in this regard?

Reply:

a) From discussions between the Department of Tourism, South African Tourism, Provincial and Local authorities and the Knysna Tourism Organisation, it is clear that the extent of damage to tourism infrastructure is yet to be fully assessed and defined. Based on preliminary assessments and needs, in the interim, the Department of Tourism will provide support through the Working for Tourism Expanded Public Works Programme to absorb employees from the affected establishments into short-term further training (with stipends) programmes in hospitality. SA Tourism will communicate positive messaging, both locally and internationally towards restoring the tourism image of Knysna. The Department of Tourism in partnership with the provincial and local authorities, the Department of Labour and Home Affairs has also facilitated the processing of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Identity Document applications for affected Knysna residents.

b) Initial meetings between the Department of Tourism, SA Tourism and provincial and local authorities took place in the weeks of the 5th and 12th June 2017. At present, local authorities are still compiling reports on the impact of the fires on communities, private and public property. The immediate priorities are to care for the destitute and homeless. It is anticipated that a clearer picture of the support required by the tourism sector will emerge towards the middle of July 2017, where after further plans can be developed.

07 July 2017 - NW1905

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Rawula, Mr T to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her appointed transaction advisors for tenders in the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016; if so, (i) who were the transaction advisors that were appointed for the tenders, (ii) for which tenders were they appointed, (iii) what was the pricing for the tenders in question and (iv) what amount were the transaction advisors paid?

Reply:

a) The department

  1. No transaction advisors for tenders were appointed for the mentioned period.
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. Not applicable

b) SA Tourism

SA Tourism appointed transactional advisors for tenders within the period in question.

  1. Grant Thornton PS Advisory (Pty) Ltd
  2. Sourcing a Strategic partner to operate SA Tourism’s owned Exhibitions i.e. INDABA and MEETINGS AFRICA. The potential strategic partnership was to exclusively manage the 2 trade exhibitions and bring with it extensive tourism trade exhibition experience including an existing network of buyers, technology systems, capital investment, risk sharing arrangements and global brand strength.
  3. Strategic partner to provide equity investment as well as share risk and profits
  4. R 68 536.80

07 July 2017 - NW1741

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Mackay, Mr G to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether any staff of (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) names and (bbb) professional designations of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

Reply:

a) Whether any staff of her department were awarded contracts

 
  1. 2014-15
  1. 2015-16
  1. 2016-17

(aa)

(aaa) What are the names

  • Requests for disclosure are regulated by the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA).
  • Section 34(2) of PAIA prohibits disclosure of the information of a third party, unless if that third party has consented to such disclosure.

N/A

Not available

e-Disclosure verification pending.

(bbb) Professional designations of the staff members

Refer to (aa) (i) above

N/A

N/A

(bb)

(aaa) Details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded

Contracts awarded by:

  • Media Information and Communication Technologies SITA
  • Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
  • FS: Health
  • Independent Development Trust

N/A

N/A

(bbb) Amounts in each case

  • Media Information and Communication Technologies SITA – R0
  • Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality – R61 350
  • FS: Health – R34 210
  • Independent Development Trust – R87 501

N/A

N/A

b) No staff from SA Tourism were awarded any contracts.

 
  1. 2014-15
  1. 2015-16
  1. 2016-17

(aa)

(aaa) What are the names

N/A

N/A

N/A

(bbb) Professional designations of the staff members

N/A

N/A

N/A

(bb)

(aaa) Details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded

N/A

N/A

N/A

(bbb) Amounts in each case

N/A

N/A

N/A

07 July 2017 - NW1641

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether she has established the reasons why the average length of stay to 4,3 nights and resulting bed nights has grown in 2016 compared to 2015, despite the fact that the number of trips declined by 0,7% over the same period; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The decrease in domestic trips in 2016 was largely driven by the shift in holidays, negatively impacting on the number of trips taken with a purpose of visiting family and friends. Although fewer trips were taken in 2016 compared to 2015, domestic tourism survey indicates that tourists stayed longer relative to 2015. The average length of stay per trip increased by 1.6%, leading to an increase in the total number of bed night by 0.9%. The reasons for this increase despite the decline in the total number of trips was due to the fact that during 2016, more public holidays were close to weekend resulting in domestic tourists opting to combine the holidays with those weekends for their trips, hence the longer duration of stay for those who undertook the trips.

07 July 2017 - NW1547

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What are the reasons for the compound annual growth rate decline of 37% of tourist arrivals from the Russian Federation to South Africa between 2014 and 2016, (b) to what extent is this below average growth in arrivals due to changes in advertising spend in the Russian Federation and (c) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

a) What are the reasons for the compound annual growth rate decline of 37% of tourist arrivals from the Russian Federation to South Africa between 2014 and 2016?

The new South African Visa Regulations that were introduced in 2015 requiring in-person visa application for Russians and the lack of visa processing centres impacted the tourist arrivals from Russia into South Africa.

Russia’s GDP also declined between 2013 and 2016 as the country went into recession, impacting all outbound travel from Russia.

b) To what extent is this below average growth in arrivals due to changes in advertising spend in the Russian Federation.

As an investment market, SA Tourism’s marketing spend in Russia has been minimal. SA Tourism leveraged on tactical opportunities with DIRCO and with South African trade.

c) What are the further relevant details in this regard

A media and trade engagement was conducted in 2016 in partnership with the South African Embassy in Russia. In the same year, SA Tourism also attended a roadshow to Moscow and St Petersburg organised by a South African tour operator, Follow Me to Africa. The purpose of the roadshow was to introduce South African Trade to Russian trade for purposes of doing business. Russian trade were also hosted in South Africa in 2015 and 2016 during Indaba to build relationships with South African trade.

Recent changes in the visa regime between Russia and South Africa mean that Russian passport holders no longer require a visa to enter South Africa, removing a key barrier to travel into South Africa.

23 June 2017 - NW1546

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What are the reasons for the compound annual growth rate decline of 0,1% of Australasian arrivals to the country between 2014 and 2016, (b) to what extent is this below average growth in arrivals due to changes in advertising spend in this region and (c) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

a) What are the reasons for the compound annual growth rate decline of 0,1% of Australasian arrivals to the country between 2014 and 2016.

In the 2014-2015 financial year the outbreak of Ebola impacted travel to the African continent from Australia resulting in significant decrease in bookings during the height of the epidemic.

The Australia market is plagued by concerns around Safety and Security when it comes to South Africa, amplified by the large population of expats living in the country. Negative stories about safety issues made headline news and opened up a discourse in the media and on social platforms about crime in the country.

Accessibility became another factor with the dissolution of the South African Airways / Qantas codeshare by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 31 May 2014 which meant South African Airways would only fly from Perth and Qantas from Sydney, and since the latter does not fly on Wednesdays, this put an end to a seven-day service from the Eastern Seaboard.

The introduction of Travelling with Children regulations in September 2014 also had a major impact on the market as reported by trade partners. Research showed approx. 40% of 25-49 year olds with intent to travel are parents.

Finally, Australia is extremely conscious of issues surrounding animal welfare and conservation and several events over the period sparked backlash around canned hunting and consequent calls to boycott South Africa on social media including Melissa Bachman’s hunting expedition to South Africa, the killing of Cecil of the Lion, the release of the Blood Lions documentary which sparked a march on Parliament in Australia and more recently the CITES decision on the lion bone trade.

b) To what extent is this below average growth in arrivals due to changes in advertising spend in this region.

SA Tourism’s funding was significantly impacted by the depreciating rand against major currencies. This affected SA Tourism’s ability to improve brand positivity in Australia, due to an 8% decrease in budget in 2014.

c) What are the further relevant details in this regard?

SA Tourism showcased South Africa as a fun, friendly and easy-to-do destination through personal interactions with our people, adventure activities and safari experiences; amplified positivity by leveraging the positive narrative through the advocacy of key opinions leaders, media, locals and peers to dispel negative perceptions of safety and security; showcased value-for-money and partnered with trade to educate agents and drive conversion.

To this end, SAT Australia partnered with key free-to-air TV programs to leverage advocacy of their talent and deliver content integration to take the audience on a journey through South Africa, and focussed on media and celebrity hostings and editorial opportunities to change perceptions and maximise ROI in the face of declining budgets. We also engaged in various strategic partnerships including National Geographic Live and Taste Food Festivals to lend big brand reputation and deliver experiential opportunities.

SAT also engaged in conversion-driving initiatives in partnership with trade to mitigate impact on arrivals due to macro challenges over this period including airline partnerships to deliver and co-promote special fares into market and capitalise on the over 40% of Australians who say that a special deal on flights would cause them to consider a trip to South Africa despite all barriers; as well as JMAs with key wholesalers and initiatives with retail travel agencies and OTAs to drive incremental uplifts including Adventure World, Bench, Africa Safari Company, African Wildlife Safaris, OTA Webjet and leading retail outlets Escape and Helloworld.

23 June 2017 - NW1646

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) How many (i) trainees were inducted into her department’s hospitality service training programme during the 2016-17 financial year and (ii) of the specified trainees have (aa) dropped out of the programme or (bb) are frequently absent from training and (b) what are the reasons for the drop-out or absenteeism rate in each case

Reply:

(a) How many

  1. Trainees were inducted into her department’s hospitality service training programme during 2016-17 financial year

Targeted number was 2000 and only 1700 learners were inducted due to the service provider withdrawing from the project. NDT is currently in the process of recruiting a new service provider for NW and LP Province. The tender has been advertised and the closing date is the 19th June 2017.

(ii) Of the specified trainees

(aa) have dropped out of the programme

(bb) are frequently absent from training

 

190

5.2% absenteeism rate

(b) What are the reasons for the rate of drop-outs or the absenteeism in each case?

See table below:

Reasons for Drop out

Classification of learner drop out

Number of learners

Went back to school

39

Found Employment

30

Absconded

80

Pregnant

9

Relocation

11

Health related

10

Deceased

2

Joined another programme

3

Dismissed

5

Transport

1

TOTAL

190

Reasons for absenteeism

  • Public Protests
  • Public Transport strikes
  • Sick and family responsibility

23 June 2017 - NW1644

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) How many potential tour guides have been recruited to take part in her department’s Foreign Language Training Programme in Mandarin Chinese and Russian in the 2016-17 financial year, (b) what does her department consider to be the optimum number of Mandarin-proficient guides, given increasing number of tourist arrivals from China and Taiwan, (c) what are the total number of Mandarin-proficient guides currently in service in South Africa and (d) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(a) How many potential tour guides have been recruited to take part in her department’s Foreign Language Training Programme for 2016-17 financial year in:

(b) Optimum number of Mandarin-proficient guides

(c) Total number of Mandarin-proficient guides currently in service in South Africa

Mandarin Chinese

Russian

   

9

8

Optimum numbers are still to be determined based on a detailed needs analysis.

321 tourist guides speak Mandarin in South Africa.

(d) What are the further relevant details in this regard?

The foreign language training that the Department implemented were pilot initiatives. The Department will compile a needs analysis to inform future programmes in this area. The needs analysis will look at factors such as international arrivals to South Africa, the tourist guide database, issues of supply and demand and representation across race, gender, nationality etc. The need analysis forms part of the current year Business plan deliverables for the TSHRD Chief Directorate and will be done in consultation with various stakeholders.

22 June 2017 - NW1645

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) How many (i) trainees were inducted into her department’s National Youth Chefs Training Programme during the 2016-17 financial year and (ii) of the specified trainees (aa) have dropped out of the programme and/or (bb) are frequently absent from training and (b) what are the reasons for the rate of drop-outs or absenteeism in each case

Reply:

a) How many

(i) Trainees were inducted into her department’s National Youth Chefs Training Programme during 2016-17 financial year

Total number is 577

(ii) Of the specified trainees

(aa) have dropped out of the programme

(bb) are frequently absent from training

 

6 drop outs

16% absenteeism rate recorded.

b) What are the reasons for the rate of drop-outs or the absenteeism in each case?

Drop out reasons

  • Pregnancy (1)

Absenteeism reasons

  • Abscondment (4)

One trainee unfortunately passed away. (1)

22 June 2017 - NW1643

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Mr J Vos (DA) to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1) What are the budgets for the (a) Shangoni Gate, (b) Phalaborwa Wild Activity Hub and (c) National Heritage Monument Park destination enhancement or development projects; (2) Whether any of the specified projects are running over budget currently; if so, what are the (a) cost over-runs to date and (b) reasons for the cost over-runs in each case?

Reply:

1. What are the budgets for:

Project

Budget from NDT

a) Shangoni Gate

R25 million

b) Phalaborwa Wild Activity Hub

R25 million

c) National Heritage Monument Park

R10 million

2. Whether any of the specified projects are running over budget currently:

   (a) What are the cost over-runs to date?

    None

    (b) What are the reasons for the cost over-runs in each case?

     N/A

22 June 2017 - NW1642

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether she has established the reasons for the 11% increase in spending per day on domestic trips in 2016 compared to 2015, even though SA Tourism reports that affordability is the main deterrent to taking a trip; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The increase in average spend per day was driven by increased spend towards transport and shopping for personal usage among others.

 

22 June 2017 - NW1640

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

Has she isolated the relative weightings of factors contributing to the decline of 0.7% in domestic tourism in 2016 compared to 2015; if so, what are the (a) (i) factors and (ii) their relative weighting and (b) further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

No. Though SA Tourism has identified some of the factors contributing to the decline of 0.7% in domestic tourism in 2016 compared to 2015, the relative weightings of these factors has not been determined.

a) What are the:

 

2015

2016

(i) factors

South African households were under increased pressure in 2015 due to limited growth in income against rising living costs. High indebtedness levels, rising interest rates and employment uncertainty dented consumer confidence. Together these factors lead to constrained consumer spending, i.e. consumers were less likely to spend on non-essentials.

Given the economic outline of the country above stated, when people were asked specifically about travel, they stated the following as key deterrent factors:

• lack of affordability

• no reason to take a trip

• time constraints

• Unemployed/ no income

Unemployment continued to pose significant challenges, unemployment levels reached 25.4% in 2015 and 26.7% in 2016, according to Stats SA. 47% of the South African population earn below the R3500 proposed minimum wage, which can be translated into more than 25 million people earning below R3500. The economic constraints still remain the main barrier to travel and there is more pressure on consumers’ disposable income. A further challenge compounding the barrier is the perception that travel is expensive.

(ii) their relative weightings

The relative weightings of these factors has not been determined.

The relative weightings of these factors has not been determined.

22 June 2017 - NW1551

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) Which core investment markets in terms of SA Tourism advertising currently occupy the lowest quartile, that is the lowest 25%, of brand positivity ratings, (b) what are the reasons for these countries occupying the lowest quartile, (c) what steps is she taking to improve positivity in these core markets and (d) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

a) Which core investment markets in terms of SA Tourism advertising currently occupy the lowest quartile that is the lowest 25%, of brand positivity ratings?

The following markets occupy the lowest quartile of brand positivity ratings:

  • Nigeria 36%
  • Australia 25%

b) What are the reasons for these countries occupying the lowest quartile?

  • Positivity towards South Africa ranked low amongst Nigerians because they perceive South Africans as not having a welcoming reputation to West Africans. Challenges with Visa processing as well as attacks on foreign nationals negatively impacted on the positive image of South Africa.
  • Concerns about safety and security in South Africa and negative sentiments by expatriates remain the key drivers of negative perceptions from Australia.

c) What steps is SA Tourism taking to improve positivity in these core markets.

  • SA Tourism in collaboration with DIRCO and BrandSA, will be engaging the Expatriate Community with the objective of changing their negative perceptions about South Africa, generating positive conversation and reducing the spread of negative sentiment.
  • SA Tourism will also use strategic partnerships such as the media, opinion leaders and influencers to amplify positive narratives, positioning South Africa as a safe, friendly and welcoming destination.

d) What are the further relevant details in this regard?

  • SA Tourism will educate the trade to sell South Africa in a way that meets the needs of both the Nigerians and Australian travellers by showcasing a variety of experiences relevant to each market.
  • A new SA Tourism marketing campaign will be launched in all international markets in mid-July 2017.

22 June 2017 - NW1550

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether the 9% increase in tourist arrivals from the United States of America between 2015 and 2016 can be attributed to SA Tourism’s advertising spend in that country; if not, what are the reasons for the 9% increase in arrivals; if so, to what extent can the 9% increase in arrivals be attributed to SA Tourism’s advertising spend?

Reply:

a)  Whether the 9% increase in tourist arrivals from the United States of America between 2015 and 2016 can be attributed to SA Tourism’s advertising spend in that country.

The 9% increase in tourist arrivals from the United States of America was due to collaborative efforts between SA Tourism, Trade and other SA Inc partners such as Brand SA and SAA.

b) What are the reasons for the 9% increase in arrivals?

The improved perceptions of safety vis-à-vis the world competitive environment and the favourable Dollar/Rand exchange rate in 2015-16 encouraged many American travellers to consider South Africa as a value for money travel destination.

c) To what extent can the 9% increase in arrivals be attributed to SA Tourism’s advertising spend.

SA Tourism partnered with trade in offering travel packages that were between $1999 and under $3000, including flights.

22 June 2017 - NW1549

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Terblanche, Ms JF to ask the Minister of Tourism

How does South Africa’s compound annual growth rates for total arrivals of tourists to the country compare to long-haul competitors such as the (a) Commonwealth of Australia, (b) Argentine Republic, (c) Federative Republic of Brazil and (d) New Zealand between 2014 and 2016?

Reply:

Location

2014

2015

2016

% growth: 2015-2016

CAGR:

2014-2016

South Africa (‘000)

9,549.2

8,903.8

10,044.2

12.8%

2.6%

(a)Australia (‘000)

6,884.1

7,444.4

8,283.6

11.3%

9.7%

(b)Argentina (‘000)

5,931.0

5,736.0

5,501.5

-4.1%

-3.7%

(c)Brazil (‘000)

6,430.0

6,306.0

6,371.7

1.0%

-0.5%

(d)New Zealand (‘000)

2,829.8

3,108.9

3,471.7

11.7%

10.8%

Source: Oxford Economics

22 June 2017 - NW1548

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to above average increases in economic growth by a number of African countries in recent years, what are the reasons for the compound annual growth rate of African tourist arrivals to the country only reaching 1,5% between 2014 and 2016, when the compound annual growth rate of total arrivals to the country was 2,6% for the same period?

Reply:

Perception studies and insights activators conducted by SA Tourism in various African markets revealed that the key barrier to travel from the rest of Africa to South Africa is the perception of South Africans being unfriendly and unwelcoming to people from the continent.

Visa processes capacity issues as well as the attacks on foreigner nationals in South Africa negatively impacted the positive image of South Africa.

22 June 2017 - NW1513

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Khubisa, Mr NM to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What is the total number of international visitors or tourists who visited the country in the 2016-2017 financial year and (b) whether this number represents an increase in the number of tourists visiting the country as compared to the 2015-2016 financial year?

Reply:

a) Total Number of international visitors to SA in 2016-2017 Financial Year

In the 2016-2017 financial year there were 9 945 373 international visitors to South Africa.

(b) Does this number represent an increase in comparison with 2015-2016 financial year

The total number of international visitors to South Africa in the 2016-2017 financial year represents a 6.6% increase from the 9 332 609 international visitors who visited South Africa in the 2015-2016 financial year.

Note: SA Tourism reports the number of international tourist arrivals by calendar year in line with Stats SA reporting and UNWTO. From 2017 SA Tourism will be reporting the number of international arrivals by both calendar year and financial year.

22 June 2017 - NW1399

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What progress has her department made in terms of practical interventions to (i) refurbish and (ii) improve tourist attractions through the (aa) inter-ministerial and (bb) inter-governmental relations committees, (b) which tourist attractions will be refurbished and/or improved, (c) what is the envisaged cost in each case and (d) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(a) What progress has her department made in terms of practical interventions through the

(aa) Inter-ministerial committee to

  1. Refurbish
  2. Improve tourist attraction

There is no formal inter-ministerial committee on tourism.

What progress has her department made in terms of practical interventions through the

(bb) Inter governmental relations committee to

  1. Refurbish
  2. Improve tourist attraction

The projects listed below have been refurbished to improve the tourist attractions.

  • Robben Island
  • Shangoni Gate (Kruger National Park)
  • Phalaborwa Wild Activity Hub (Kruger National Park)
  • Tsitsikama Big Tree Gateway (Garden Route National Park)
  • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
  • Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind

b) and (c)

The following are the attractions which will be refurbished and the cost per project

Attraction

Cost

Robben Island

R 10 000 000

Shangoni Gate - Kruger National Park)

R 25 000 000

Phalaborwa Wild Activity Hub (Kruger National Park)

R 25 000 000

Tsitsikama Big Tree Gateway (Garden Route National Park)

R 15 840 000

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

R 2 500 000

Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind

R 20 670 000

d) What are the further details in this regard?

The department has provided funding support towards specific tourism development projects at a number of strategically important state owned tourism attractions. The projects supported includes the development and expansion of tourism infrastructure and services to improve destination competitiveness and enhance the overall visitor experience. The Department’s contribution is limited to part project funding. The balance of the project cost is funded by the relevant management authority who’s also responsible for the implementation. Brief project descriptions and progress are highlighted below:

  • Robben Island Museum: The project involves amongst others the development of tourist guiding capacity, digitisation of the Mayibuye Archives, development of an outdoor restaurant and visitor information centre, introduction of local memorabilia production and craft centre, enrichment of the Robben Island mobile application (App), and expanding awareness and education amongst the public on the role of Robben Island during the struggle history through an open day for free visitation by South Africans. Project implementation (led by Robben Island Museum) has commenced with some project components completed and others still underway.
  • Shangoni Gate and Tourism Development (Kruger National Park): The project involves the development of an entrance gate and other tourism facilities which will include amongst others a reception area, public amenities, an environmental education centre, a rustic camping site and tented camp and a picnic site in the northern part of the Kruger National Park. Project implementation is led by SANParks. Project planning has been completed and the final record of decision on the environmental impact assessment is expected soon after which the construction phase can commence.
  • Phalaborwa Wild Activity Hub (Kruger National Park): The project involves the development of an experiential activity node for tourists, which will include amongst others public facilities, a bird and reptile park, an entertainment area, backpacker camp facilities, and an animal orphanage facility as part of an interactive tourist experience offering at the Phalaborwa Gate of the Kruger National Park. Project implementation is led by SANParks. Project planning has been completed and the final record of decision on the environmental impact assessment is expected soon after which the construction phase can commence.
  • Tsitsikama Big Tree Gateway (Garden Route National Park): The project involves the development of a tourist centre which will include infrastructure such as entrance gate, picnic area, coffee shop, parking area, activity centre, classroom, office block, and ablution facilities. Project implementation is led by SANParks. All planning has been completed, bulk infrastructure largely installed and construction of building well underway.
  • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden: The project led by SANBI involves tourism product development and market development through the installation of a bust statue of the late Walter Sisulu as part of a circular garden with a water feature as well as information and interpretation points. In addition, the project also includes the implementation of a marketing campaign for the garden. To date the bust sculpture has been completed with construction of the circular garden underway, while most of the market development activities have been implemented.
  • Maropeng tourism product development and visitor experience enhancement: The project, implemented through the Gauteng Tourism Authority and the Maropeng Museum in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site includes the expansion of the experience lab, construction of the human impact picnic site, and detailed planning for picnic area, café, amphitheatre, play area and wellness centre as well as tourist guide training. Most of the project elements have been completed.

22 June 2017 - NW1776

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Tourism

Does (a) she, (b) her Deputy Minister or (c) any of the heads of entities or bodies reporting to her make use of security services paid for by the State for (i) him/herself, (ii) his/her immediate family members or (iii) any of their staff members; in each case (aa) what are the reasons for it, (bb) from which department or entity’s budget is the security services being paid, and (cc) what are the relevant details?

Reply:

 

 

(a) Minister

 (b) Deputy Minister

(c) Head of entity (SAT) or bodies

(i) Herself

No

No

No

(ii) Her immediate family members

No

No

No

(iii) Any of their staff members

No

No

No

(aa) What are the reasons for it?

Not applicable

(bb) From which department or entity’s budget is the security services being paid?

Not applicable

(cc) What are the relevant details?

Not applicable

22 June 2017 - NW1646

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) How many (i) trainees were inducted into her department’s hospitality service training programme during the 2016-17 financial year and (ii) of the specified trainees have (aa) dropped out of the programme or (bb) are frequently absent from training and (b) what are the reasons for the drop-out or absenteeism rate in each case?

Reply:

a) How many

(i) Trainees were inducted into her department’s hospitality service training programme during 2016-17 financial year

Targeted number was 2000 and only 1700 learners were inducted due to the service provider withdrawing from the project. NDT is currently in the process of recruiting a new service provider for NW and LP Province. The tender has been advertised and the closing date is the 19th June 2017.

(ii) Of the specified trainees

(aa) have dropped out of the programme

(bb) are frequently absent from training

 

190

5.2% absenteeism rate

b) What are the reasons for the rate of drop-outs or the absenteeism in each case?

See table below:

Reasons for Drop out

Classification of learner drop out

Number of learners

Went back to school

39

Found Employment

30

Absconded

80

Pregnant

9

Relocation

11

Health related

10

Deceased

2

Joined another programme

3

Dismissed

5

Transport

1

TOTAL

190

Reasons for absenteeism

  • Public Protests
  • Public Transport strikes
  • Sick and family responsibility

12 June 2017 - NW1404

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Tourism

Has the Marketing Investment Framework econometric study conducted by her department with Oxford established an empirically derived optimal annual advertising spend to attract overseas visitors to South Africa; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is this optimal annual overseas advertising budget, (b) did the study reveal in terms of which countries South Africa should be advertising in and (c) are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

Yes. South African Tourism sets its baseline using the Oxford Econometrics Target Setting Methodology.

The Econometrics Model predicts what world travel should be in 190 global markets (including South Africa), then each country assumes a certain share of that based on how it performs against certain measures.

  • Tourism Demand modelled as a function of:
  • Macro-economic drivers:
  • GDP
  • GDP per capita
  • Consumer spending
  • Income
  • Personal disposable income
  • Demographics:
  • Population
  • Working Age
  • Employment Rate
  • Prices:
  • Consumer Price Index
  • Interest Rates
  • Destination Competitiveness Index:
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Environment
  • Infrastructure
  • Resources (Human, cultural and natural)

Through the Marketing Investment Framework consideration was given to the tourism potential of various markets, South Africa’s ability to win in those markets and the cost of acquisition of tourists from those markets. This has informed the organisation’s marketing spend in each international market.

(a) Optimal Annual Overseas advertising Budget

SA Tourism’s approved international marketing budget for the 2017/18 financial year is R 804 million (approximately 60% of the organisation’s total approved budget). This is the optimal marketing spend to assist the organisation in achieving its 5-in-5 target of 4 million more international tourist arrivals by 2021.

(b) What did the study reveal in terms of which countries SA should be advertising in?

Based on the desired growth in market share, relative cost of acquisition in each market and the available budgets, South African Tourism has defined a selection of prioritised markets from the list of attractive opportunities. These markets are expected for account for 95% of total international trips to South Africa.

The Marketing Investment Framework’s selection of markets is as follows:

These markets have been divided into international markets with the highest share of holiday and (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) trips to South Africa, markets with the highest share of Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) trips to South Africa, and markets with the highest share of trips for other purposes, such as for trading purposes.

(c) Further details

SA Tourism’s strategic plan for 2017-2022 provides full details of SA Tourism’s approach in arriving at the Marketing Investment Framework and selected markets for investment. A detailed Marketing Investment Framework information pack can be provided on request.

12 June 2017 - NW1508

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (name furnished) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply:

(b) DEPARTMENT

(i) Certain company- (Bell Pottinger)

(aa) The Department has never procured the services of the certain company ( Bell Pottinger)

(bb) – (ff) Not applicable

(ii) Any other Public Relations Firms

(aa) The Department has never procured the services of any Public Relations Firm

(bb) - (ff) Not applicable

(c) SA TOURISM

(i) Certain company- Bell Pottinger LLP

(aa) Services Procured

Bell Pottinger LLP was appointed by the SA Tourism UK Office for a period of 3 years effective 1 January 2014 following an open tender process in the UK. The services were for Public Relations including Digital PR and Online Communications to complement and align to existing media buying, events and social media services in order to complete a 360°consumer and trade engagement.

The UK tender has recently been reissued and a new service provider will be in market from 01 July 2017.

(bb) Total Cost : R 8 611 281

(cc) Detail breakdown of such cost: Refer to Annexure A

(dd) Total amount paid : R 9 600 858

(Variance between procurement amounts and amounts paid are due to foreign currency rate fluctuations where the foreign currency exchange rate was higher at payment date)

(ee) Purpose of Payments

Payments were made for work agreed and delivered in good order as per the scope of work contracted for under question b (i) (aa)

(ff) Detailed breakdown of payments: Refer to Annexure A

(ii) Any other Public Relations Firms

(aa) Services Procured:

The PR agencies were appointed by the SA Tourism Offices following open tender processes. The services were for Public Relations including Digital PR and Online Communications to complement and align to existing media buying, events and social media services in order to complete a 360°consumer and trade engagement.

(bb) Total Cost: R 38 472 101

(cc) Detail breakdown of such cost: Refer to Annexure A

(dd) Total amount paid: R 40 678 690

(Variance between procurement amounts and amounts paid are due to foreign currency rate fluctuations where the foreign currency exchange rate was higher at payment date)

(ee) Purpose of Payments: Payments were made for work agreed and delivered in good order as per the scope of work contracted for under question b (ii) (aa)

(ff) Detailed breakdown of payments: Refer to Annexure

 

ANNEXURE A

PR Agencies utilised by SA Tourism between April 2016 and May 2017

         
         
         

Supplier Name

Operating Unit

Cur

Procured

Paid

Bell Pottinger LLP Total

London

ZAR

8 611 281

9 600 858

Grebstad Hicks Communications (Shanghai) Limited Total

Beijing

ZAR

1 705 052

1 705 052

HEREBAN Total

Paris

ZAR

2 181 458

2 618 064

Kleber PR Network GMBH Total

Frankfurt

ZAR

1 923 864

1 754 276

KPRN network GmbH Total

Frankfurt

ZAR

7 651 195

8 190 219

MELTWATER SOUTH AFRICA Total

Head Office

ZAR

300 000

300 000

Newell Public Relations (Beijing) Ltd Total

Beijing

ZAR

657 480

1 772 429

Professional Public Relations Pty Limited Total

Sydney

ZAR

5 080 368

4 692 445

Simply Communicatie BV t/a Simply PR Total

Amsterdam

ZAR

1 431 531

1 441 898

The Hallway Group Pty Ltd Total

Sydney

ZAR

1 601 703

1 483 951

W!T Total

New York

ZAR

4 060 222

4 103 136

Weber Shandwick [CMGRP (I) Pvt. Ltd.] Total

Mumbai

ZAR

1 212 889

961 303

White Knight Total

Japan

ZAR

2 055 058

2 055 058

TOTAL

 

ZAR

38 472 101

40 678 690

         

12 June 2017 - NW1402

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Bara, Mr M R to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to reply 1587 on 29 June 2016, what progress has been made in erecting signage directing tourists to (a) the site where Nelson Mandela was captured in Howick in the uMngeni Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal and (b) other iconic national heritage sites?

Reply:

(a) With regards to directional signage on roads, it is not the mandate of the Department of Tourism but the mandate of the Department of Transport and its agency (SANRAL) in terms of the National Road Traffic Act, N0. 93 of 1996 and its Regulations. The South African Road Traffic Signs Manual (SARTSM) Volume 2, Chapter 4 gives guidance on Tourism Signage as well as the required committee structures which need to be put in place for the approval process. Part of the approval process is a site inspection to determine the safety of the access to the facility.

Nonetheless, with specific reference to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, in order to facilitate this recurring challenge of directional signage, the National Department of Tourism has been interacting with key stakeholders, to find a solution, herein summarised below:-

The National Department of Tourism contacted Mr D Jones of the Howick uMngeni Community Tourism Organisation (HUCTO) to ascertain the scale of the problem as well as the initiatives undertaken at local level to address the signage problems in the area.

The Department raised the issue through various platforms such as the National Tourism Planning and Coordinating Forum, the National Tourism Governance and Development Working Group, National Road Signage Task Team, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Economic Development & Tourism Department, SANRAL officials, the KZN Tourism Department, the KZN Provincial Tourism Authority, the KZN Roads Department, uMngeni Local Municipality and the Howick Umgeni Community Tourism Organisation to find a workable solution to address the lack of signage to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.

There was motivation made for tourist-directional signage along the N3 leading to the Mandela Capture Site. SANRAL’s response to the appeal for directional signage to be placed on the N3 was not approved, reasons why SANRAL cannot approve signage for the capture site off the N3 highway are the following:-

  • Road signs are in place on the N3 and clearly visible to the road users. Road Signs should be used as landmarks to direct visitors to the facility. Visits to such facilities are planned ahead and the route are therefore also planned in advance.
  • The facility is established on a numbered route R103 and sign will only be allowed to be displayed from the nearest numbered route to the facility. Signs are currently displayed on the local roads. The basic requirement as indicated in the SARTSM-Vol 2 Chapter 9.5.18.1 for the facility to display road are that it should be within 2km from the nearest numbered route. The N3 is not the nearest numbered route to the facility.

The response, however, makes mention of signage being allowed for the R103 which is the closest numbered road from the N3. The Department will continue to engage with all the stakeholders to urge the installation of signage to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on the R103, which now appears to be the only available option.

(b) The National Department of Tourism works very closely with the Department of Arts and Culture concerning matters of the National Heritage Sites. To date, no enquiries have been raised pertaining to directional signage en- route to other iconic national heritage sites with the exception that of the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.

To reiterate, the issue of directional signage on public roads in South Africa is a core competence of the National and Provincial Departments of Roads and Transport, and it is not a shared competency across government departments such as Tourism. With respect to other iconic national heritage sites, the Department has provided funding for interpretative signage (signage installed within the site) to the management authorities of the following sites in 2016-2017 (1) Victor Verster Prison (WC); (2) Nelson Mandela Capture Site (KZN); (3) Freedom Park (GT); (4) The Mandela Statue at Union Buildings (GP), and will provide funding to the management authorities of the following sites in 2017-2018 (1) Kgalagadi Transfonteir Park (NC); (2) Golden Gate National Park (FS); (3) Sarah Baartman Heritage Site (EC); and (4) the Gugulethu Seven Memorial (WC).

25 May 2017 - NW1239

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Foundation; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?

Reply:

(a) Department of Tourism

 

(i) Procured any Services from the Decolonisation Foundation

(ii) Made payments to the Decolonisation Foundation

(aa) what services were procured

No service procured

No payments made

(bb) what were the total cost

Not applicable

Not applicable

(cc)what is the detail breakdown of the cost

Not applicable

Not applicable

(dd) What is the total amount paid

Not applicable

Not applicable

(ee) what was the purpose of payments

Not applicable

Not applicable

(ff) Is the detailed payment in each case

Not applicable

Not applicable

If no services were procured or payments made what is the Department’s position in this regard?

The department procure goods and services from service providers registered on the Central Supplier

Database through the normal tender procedure as prescribed.

(b) SA Tourism

 

(iii) Procured any Services from the Decolonisation Foundation

(iv) Made payments to the Decolonisation Foundation

(aa) what services were procured

No service procured

No payments made

(bb) what were the total cost

Not applicable

Not applicable

(cc)what is the detail breakdown of the cost

Not applicable

Not applicable

(dd) What is the total amount paid

Not applicable

Not applicable

(ee) what was the purpose of payments

Not applicable

Not applicable

(ff) Is the detailed payment in each case

Not applicable

Not applicable

If no services were procured or payments made, what is SA Tourism’s position in this regard?

SA Tourism procures services and goods from suppliers registered on the central supplier database. The entity is guided by the prescripts of the PFMA and prescribed tender processes.

26 April 2017 - NW941

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to him; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

(1) SA Tourism has currently no vacancies for the (a) Chief Executive Officer, (b) Chief Financial Officer and (c) Chief Operating Officer positions.

(i) Not applicable

(ii) Not applicable

(2) There were no vacancies advertised by SA Tourism for the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

(a) Not applicable

(b) Not applicable

(3) (a) None

(b) Not applicable

(c) Not applicable

03 April 2017 - NW708

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the Dialogue with the President: Unpacking of the SONA 2017 on Radical Economic Transformation Implementation event hosted at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban, on 25 February 2017; if so, what amount was spent in each case; (2) did (a) his department or (b) any entity reporting to him participate in the auction of the (i) souvenirs or (ii) personal belongings of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma; if so, (aa) which items were purchased and (bb) at what cost, in each case?

Reply:

1. (a) No, the Department did not participate.

2. (a) No, the Department did not participate.

Souvenirs

Personal belongings

(i) No

(i) No

(aa) Not applicable

(aa) Not applicable

(bb) Not applicable

(bb) Not applicable

1. (b) No, SA Tourism did not participate.

2. (a) No, SA Tourism did not participate.

Souvenirs

Personal belongings

(i) No

(i) No

(aa) Not applicable

(aa) Not applicable

(bb) Not applicable

(bb) Not applicable

23 March 2017 - NW188

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

What was the (i) destination, (ii) purpose and (iii) cost of each official international trip undertaken by (a) him and (b) the Deputy Minister since 26 May 2014?

Reply:

(a) Official International trips by the Minister of Tourism

(i)Destination & date

(ii)Purpose

(ii) Cost

Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil

(21 to 25 September 2014)

  • Opening of South African Tourism’s (SAT) office in Brazil.
  • To preside over the Ubuntu Awards and the South African stand at the Associacao Basiliera de Agencias de Viagens (ABAV) Travel Tradeshow
  • To interact with the Brazilian Outbound Tour Operators (Travel Trade) and visit WHS
  • To sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.

R 111 957.74

Uzbekistan, Turkey & Samarkand

(29 to 30 September 2014 Turkey)

(01 to 03 October 2014 Samarkand )

  • To attend the 99th Session of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council (Exco) and 5th meeting of the Working Group on Official Development Assistance (ODA).

R 197 919.41

United Kingdom & Netherlands

London & Amsterdam

(03 to 06 November 2014)

  • To attend the World Travel Market (WTM) including meetings with key stakeholders (trade partners and industry associations) and media engagements.
  • To deliver the Keynote address at the Ubuntu Awards.
  • To participate as a Panel Member of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) & WTM Ministers’ Summit with the Theme: The legacy imperative of mega events.
  • To attend the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

R 119 506.01

Namibia, Windhoek

(23 to 24 February 2015)

  • The Minister met with his counterpart, Mr Herunga: Minister of Environment and Tourism during the 5th International Symposium and Annual Conference of the Partners of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism.

R 7 489.39

Germany & Italy

Berlin & Milan

(02 to 05 March 2015 Berlin)

(06 to 07 March 2015 Italy)

  • To attend the Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) Berlin, Germany and to visit the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) office in Milan, Italy.

R 162 201.85

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

(14 to 16 March 2015 UAE)

(15 to 16 March 2015 Dubai)

  • To attend the Moscow International Tourism Trade Fair (MITT) and to participate in the South African Trade and Media engagement session in Moscow, Russia.

R 167 843.67

 
  • To promote South Africa as a tourism destination in advance of the outgoing holiday season in the UAE.
  • To establish contact between the governments of South Africa and the UAE to promote tourism cooperation between the two countries.
  • To engage the main role players in the tourism industry in the UAE to promote South Africa as a suitable tourism destination.

R109,127.39

United States of America (USA) & Spain

(13 to 14 April 2015 New York)

(15 to 16 April 2015 Madrid)

  • To officiate at the 6th Ubuntu Awards which is an annual event that is hosted by South African Tourism.

R124,722.72

 
  • To address the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 15th Global Summit.

The cost is included in the USA trip (connection)

Seychelles, Victoria

(24 to 26 April 2015)

  • To attend the International Carnival of Victoria.

R 54 173.04

United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai

(04 to 05 May 2015)

  • To attend the 2015 World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum on Intra Arab Tourism establish contact between the governments of South Africa and the Middle East region.
  • To engage the main role players in the tourism industry in the Middle East to promote South Africa as a suitable tourism destination.
  • To attend the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (Memorandum of Agreement) between South African Tourism and Emirates airlines to promote South Africa as a tourist destination.

R 67 303.35

Croatia, Rovinj

(27-29 May 2015)

  • To attend the 100th Session of the UNWTO Exco and 6th meeting of Working Group on ODA.

R 111 831.38

R 68,285.44

Zimbabwe, Harare

(18 June 2015)

  • The Minister was invited by his Zimbabwean counterpart to be a panellist and guest speaker at the Ministerial Roundtable Discussions during the Sanganai World Tourism Expo organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe.

R 27 549.34

Medellin, Colombia,

(12 to 16 September 2015)

  • To represent South Africa at the 21st session of the General Assembly; the 57th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) and the 101st session of the Executive Council (Exco) of the UNWTO.
  • To chair the 7th meeting of the UNWTO Working Group on Official Development Assistance (ODA).
  • To participate in a Ministerial lunch on “Tourism: A tool for peace and social inclusion” and a special event on “Financing of Tourism for Development”.
  • To attend the UNWTO / International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) High Level Forum on “Tourism and Air transport for Development”.
  • To meet with the Mexican Tourism Minister, Mr Enrique de la Madrid and the Mozambican Tourism Minister, Mr Silva Armando Dunduro.

R84,396.50

Antalya, Turkey

(28 to 30 September 2015)

  • To attend the 6th Tourism (T20) Ministers meeting
  • To Meet with the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT) to discuss South Africa’s participation in the 2016 exhibition

R 61,894.72

Milan, Italy

(14 to 16 October 2015)

  • To participate at the South Africa week

R145,043.72

London, United Kingdom

(02 to 05 November 2015)

  • To participate at the World Travel Market International Travel and Tourism Exhibition

R89,823.72

Saudi Arabia

(13 to 15 December 2015)

Working visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • To build Bilateral Tourism relations between South Africa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • To develop and improve on the sustained relationship between the Department of Tourism and the Saudi Council for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
  • To facilitate the implementation of the MOU on Tourism.
  • To create awareness of SA as a tourism destination.
  • To facilitate business contact between relevant tourism stakeholders.

R116,653.72

Cairo, Egypt

  1. to 03 March 2016)

Ministerial working visit to Egypt to Promote South Africa as Tourism Destination

  • To build Bilateral Tourism relations between South Africa and the Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • To develop and improve relations between the Department of Tourism and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.
  • To facilitate the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tourism
  • To create awareness of SA as a tourism destination.

R28 985.72

Beijing and Shanghai, China

(29 Mar18 May to 01 April 2016)

Working visit to China

Minister’s visit to China to meet with his counterpart to discuss policy related matters on tourism and engage with the tourism trade.

R 65 568.46

Delhi and Mumbai, India

(01 to 04 April 2016)

  • To engage with the travel and tourism business leaders and media in India.

The visits were part

of South African Tourism’s roadshow to boost tourism from these key source markets.

R59 568.46

Abidjan, Cote dÍvoire

(19 to 21 April 2016)

  • To attend the 58th UNWTO-CAF meeting, the 10 Year Framework Programme on sustainable tourism Conference.

R89 161.23

Mahe, Seychelles

(22 to 24 April 2016)

  • To attend the 6th Edition of the Seychelles International Carnival
  • South Africa and Seychelles signed the Agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism in 2014. The two countries participate at each other’s tourism events exchangeable, i.e Tourism Indaba and the Seychelles Carnival.

R77 457.23

Malaga, Spain

(09 to 11 May 2016)

  • To attend the 103rd Session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organisation.

 

R72 394.23

China, Beijing

(19 to 21 May 2016)

  • To attend the UNWTO World Conference on Tourism for Development and the 7th T20 Ministers Meeting

R34 152.23 +

R59,611.00

Khajuraho, India

(01 to 02 September 2016)

  • To attend the Brazil-Russia-India-South Africa (Brics) Convention on Tourism

R58 560.23

Tehran, Iran

(05 to 08 February 2017)

  • To conduct a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran to attend the 10th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition (TITE)

R74 586.23

(b) Official International trips by the Deputy-Minister of Tourism

(i)Destination & date

(ii)Purpose

(ii) Cost

China

(16-22 September 2014)

  • To attend the China International Business Tourism Mart (CIBTM); one of the biggest business tourism events sin the Asia region.

R117 983.90

Dublin, Ireland

(23-26 September 2014)

  • To attend the World Youth Student Travel Conference (WYSTC)

R105 000.00

Mahe, Seychelles

(20-21 November 2014)

  • To attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Tourism Experts Meeting.

R61235.39

Frankfurt, Germany

(18-22 May 2015)

  • To attend IMEX Frankfurt and to participate in the Politicians Forum.

R80,954.72

South East Asia

(21-23 August 2015)

  • To participate at the SAT Roadshow to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia

R120 896.23

Brazil

(22-23 September 2015)

  • To attend ABAV travel show and Ubuntu Awards

R62 613.78

Malawi

(21-25 November 2015)

  • To attend the 2nd Annual Southern Africa Women in Tourism Conference organized by the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (Retosa).

R85 995.00

Iran,

(07-09 November 2015)

  • To support the Deputy President, Mr CM Ramaphosa on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran

R100 875.02

Angola

(1-5 March 2016)

  • To strengthen the tourism bilateral relations between South Africa and Angola.

R92,728.09

Berlin, Germany

(08-13 March 2016)

Internationale Tourismus-Borse Berlin (ITB)

The ITB is an effective business platform, global market place, networking and meeting place, trend barometer, knowledge platform, think tank, career springboard-for trade visitors and exhibitors. The trip included:

  • Meeting with the Embassy and South African Tourism
  • Engaging with the Embassy, South African Tourism and Exhibitors
  • Conducting Media Interviews
  • Participating in the ITB Ministers Roundtable in cooperation with UNWTO

To attend the Africa Forum – Community based Tourism: factors for success and best practice examples from Botswana

R109 585.45

Frankfurt, Germany

(19-21 April 2016)

To attend IMEX and to participate in the Politicians Forum.

R251 851.66

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

(14-18 June 2016)

  • Deputy Minister also honoured an invitation from the Zimbabwean Government Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry. The Government of Zimbabwe led by the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality is regular exhibitor and participate at the Tourism Indaba held annually in Durban.
  • South Africa and Zimbabwe signed an Agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism and committed to support each other at political level during the hosting of tourism fairs.

R14 024.44

East Asia

(25 June – 09 July 2016)

  • SAT Road trip (China, Japan and Korea)

R120 896.23

Maputo, Mozambique

(14 to 17 October 2016)

  • To participate at the 4th Edition of the Descubra Mozambique-International Tourism Fair.
  • Descubra is a Tourism Fair that is held annually. The Deputy Minister honoured the invitation to attend as that will strengthen the political relationship between the two countries and enforce the implementation of the signed Agreement on Cooperation in the field of tourism. Mozambique participate at the Tourism Indaba held in Durban annually, and therefore South Africa has to also reciprocate when Mozambique is hosting its tourism fairs.

R 14 629.26

United States of America

(15-22 October 2016)

  • IMEX and trade engagement SAT

R155 753.22

Caucun, Quintana, Mexico

(30 November - 05 December 2016)

  • At the COP 13 biodiversity Deputy Minister participated at the Tourism Roundtable and it was a platform for countries to share with each other the work that they are doing in relation to their strategies.

R99 897.23

17 March 2017 - NW472

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether his department procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr MzwaneleManyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (i) services were procured, (ii) was the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid, (v) was the purpose of the payments and (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case?

Reply:

a. Mr MzwaneleManyi

(i) No services procured

(ii)- (vi) Not applicable

b. Progressive Professionals Forum

(i) No services procured

(ii)- (vi) Not applicable

c. Decolonisation Fund

(i) No services procured

(ii)- (vi) Not applicable

d. Black Business Council

(i) No services procured

(ii)- (vi) Not applicable

15 March 2017 - NW274

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Bagraim, Mr M to ask the Minister of Tourism

What (a) are the full details of the Tourism Oceans Phakisa initiative and (b) progress have been made on the recommendations of the Marine Tourism Lab to date?

Reply:

A. In 2014, South Africa launched Operation Phakisa which focuses on unlocking the economic potential of the country’s oceans. Initially there were four focus areas selected as new growth areas in the ocean economy, with the objective of growing them and deriving value for the country. These were:

  1. marine transport and manufacturing activities, such as coastal shipping, trans-shipment, boat building, repair and refurbishment;
  2. offshore oil and gas exploration;
  3. aquaculture; and
  4. marine protection services and ocean governance.

 

 During an oceans economy review workshop in 2015, two focus areas were added namely; Coastal and Marine Tourism(CMT) and Small Harbours.

B. The Coastal and Marine Tourism Lab[1] convened on a full-time basis from 11 April to 23 May 2016 with the purpose of identifying specific initiatives to accelerate growth, development and transformation in the sector. The Lab supported the implementation of the Oceans Economy Phakisa, thereby contributing to the President’s 9 Point Plan to accelerate job-creation and inclusive growth. The Lab’s work was guided by six principles namely; economic sustainability, transformation, environmental integrity, community empowerment, responsible tourism, and a community-centred approach. Detailed plans outlining the specific projects in each of these priority initiatives are presently being finalised and will be sent to Cabinet for approval.

[An intense session (five weeks) where all stakeholders come together to identify challenges to economic growth and provide initiatives to address those challenges] 

10 March 2017 - NW192

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1) Whether, with reference to the National Tourism Strategy, any progress has been made in identifying municipal and other government-owned resorts and properties that are not being optimally used or under-utilised; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) What are the relevant details of the specified projects for each of the past three financial years?

Reply:

  1. The audit that the Department conducted in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) provided a baseline of municipal and provincially owned tourism assets. This report was made available to all provinces for project and budget planning purposes.
  2. The Department of Tourism has not support any project based on the outcomes of the report as yet. However, province would in a better position to share further detailed information regarding their respective tourism assets.

10 March 2017 - NW376

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of Tourism

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) him and (ii) his deputy (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016

Reply:

1.  Minister

No vehicles were purchased for the Minister during 2014/15 and 2015/2016 Financial Years

2.  Deputy- Minister

 

Year

(a)Make

(b)Model

(c ) Price

(d)Date

(aa)

Financial Year

(aaa) 2014-2015

Audi Q7 TDI

(Pretoria)

Mercedes Benz

(Cape Town)

2014

2014

R878 701.47

R762 443.19

17 January 2015

19 February 2015

 

(bbb) 2015-2016

None

N/A

N/A

N/A

(bb) Since

1 April 2016

None

N/A

N/A

N/A

03 March 2017 - NW190

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Tourism

With regard to the staffing structures of (a) his department and (b) the SA Tourism, (i) how many persons are employed (aa) in senior management positions and (bb) as regular staff members, (ii) how many vacancies are there (aa) in senior management positions and (bb) for regular staff members and (iii) what is the total annual spend on salaries for the past three financial years?

Reply:

a) Staffing structures in the department.

 

(aa) in senior management positions; and

(bb) as regular staff members

(i) How many persons are employed

65

432

(ii) How many vacancies are there

3

35

 

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

(iii) What is the total annual spend on salaries for the past three financial years

R202,371 million

R231,504 million

R252,906 million

b) Staffing structures in SA Tourism

 

(aa) in senior management positions; and

(bb) as regular staff members

(i) How many persons are employed

6 in top management

170

  • 151 regular permanent staff members
  • 19 contract employees
  • 5 interns

(ii) How many vacancies are there

0 in top

management

45, of which 19 are filled with contract employees

*** see note

 

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

(iii) What is the total annual spend on salaries for the past three financial years

R 169 476 million

(including Home Office and Country Offices)

R 179 557 million

(including Home Office and In-Country Offices)

R 170 297 million

(including Home Office and In-Country Offices)

***Note:

The 19 contract employees are due to the current organisational review process. SA Tourism cannot appoint people permanently while redesigning the entire organisation to be fit for purpose.

The contract employees and interns fulfil the necessary roles for the mandate and the strategy of SA Tourism. The organisational design process will be completed by the end of Quarter 1 2017/2018.

03 March 2017 - NW273

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

What are the full relevant details of the engagements between his department and the Department of Environmental Affairs to make access to national and provincial parks more affordable for South African citizens?

Reply:

The department has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Environmental Affairs to co-operate in different areas that support the development and growth of tourism.

The department has been engaging with SANParks regarding discounted rates for specific groups and these have been included in the social tourism directory, which is distributed to NGOs, schools and Stockvels.

In addition, annually the parks continue to host open parks week during tourism month as part of promoting inclusive participation, targeting surrounding communities and South Africans broadly.

Provincial parks are under the control of their respective provincial authorities.

03 March 2017 - NW272

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether his department has conducted tourist information capacity building in four World Heritage Sites as planned; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will it be conducted; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

a) Yes. The tourist information capacity building’ was rolled out as planned in collaboration with the University of Pretoria.

b) The capacity-building programme was conducted as follows:

Groups

Dates

World Heritage Sites

Number of beneficiaries

Where

1

31 August – 04 September 2015

  • Cradle of Humankind,
  • Mapungubwe, iSimangaliso
  • Vredefort Dome.

21 officials.

Pretoria,

Gauteng

2

07–11 September 2015

  • Cape Floral Kingdom.

22 officials.

Robertson,

Western Cape

3

30 November – 02 December 2015

  • Richtersveld,
  • iSimangaliso
  • Robben Island.

10 officials

Cape Town, Western Cape.

The department has completed the information capacity building in all the eight World Heritage Sites in the 2015/16 financial year.

The course content covered the following key aspects: Service Excellence, the tourism landscape in South Africa, communication and presentation skills, standard operating procedures, business ethics, officer-client relationship, visitor services management, tourism products knowledge, profiling of all eight World Heritage Sites, time management, development and management of tourism products databases, tourism stakeholder roles and tourism stakeholder management. The assessments were in the form of a portfolio of evidence, group assignments and group presentations.

03 March 2017 - NW271

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether progress has been made to date to review the National Tourism Sector Strategy; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the revised strategy be presented to the Portfolio Committee on Tourism; if so, what are the full details of the review process to date?

Reply:

a) Not applicable as progress has been made with regards to the review of the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS).

b) The strategy will be presented to the Portfolio Committee once it has been considered by Cabinet and gazetted for public comment. As part of the Cabinet process, Clusters and their constituent sub-committees were consulted and gave inputs during the period November 2016 to February 2017. The final draft is due to proceed to Cabinet shortly. The review process was led by a panel of experts and commenced with an environmental scan which included an assessment of implementation progress. The issues from the environmental scan informed the development of a draft strategy which was extensively consulted on with both the public and private sectors.

03 March 2017 - NW191

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Van Dalen, Mr P to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether the engagements with the airline industry on making domestic airfares more affordable and advancing airlift, as per the National Tourism Strategy, have been completed, if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the outcomes of the engagements, (b) steps are being taken by his department taking to implement the outcomes and (c) is the expected timeline of implementation?

Reply:

a) The Minister has had engagements with the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), and the Board of Airlines Representatives of South Africa (BARSA) in 2015 and 2016 to discuss common issues affecting tourism and airlift. These engagements emphasised the need for accessible air transportation and ensuring air connectivity to tourism products throughout the country. Although airfares are determined by market forces (including oil prices), the department has consistently engaged civil aviation stakeholders to ensure transparency in the determination of the cost of airport user charges, air navigation and surveillance cost which contributes to the setting of airfares.

b) The Department of Tourism continuously engages on matters of air transport strategy with the Department of Transport, who is responsible for the Aviation mandate, and participates in forums led by the Department of Transport to advance the tourism agenda. These include the Strategy Planning Committee and the National Facilitation Committee meetings which are responsible for implementation of civil aviation strategy and planning for intermodal transportation systems respectively. The Department also plays a supportive role to the Department of Transport with regards to their participation, on behalf of South Africa as a member state, in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

c) As both airfares and airlift are not the direct mandate of the Department of Tourism there are no specific projects and therefore no project timelines. The Department of Tourism in collaboration with SA Tourism remains committed to working with all stakeholders involved with the air transport strategy and engages with them timeously if new matters arise that might have an impact on tourism.

03 March 2017 - NW186

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

What is the total number of (a) tourists who visited South Africa in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) passengers that undertook domestic trips in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years?

Reply:

a) Total number of tourist who visited South Africa.

  1. 2013*
  1. 2014*
  1. 2015*
  1. 2016*

8,961,565

9,549,236

8,903,773

10, 044, 163

b) Total number of passengers that undertook domestic trips

  1. 2013

(ii)2014

  1. 2015

12,015,147

12,009,209

12,431,911

*Tourism statistics for tourist arrivals and tourism revenue are reported on by calendar year in line with global reporting standards. The domestic tourism statistics are also reported on by calendar year.

** Revenue for 2016 still to be determined.

24 February 2017 - NW123

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)What are the potential risks to tourists as a result of incursions by poachers into the Kruger National Park? (2) has any impact assessment been conducted on the negative effect of the incursions on tourism; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The Department has not received any reports on threats to tourists visiting the Kruger National Park with respect to incursions by poachers.

2. The Department of Tourism has not conducted any impact assessment study on the negative effects of incursions on tourism in the Kruger National Park. SANParks, which is the management authority for Kruger National Park, manages and implements a comprehensive anti-poaching strategy, which also takes into account the tourism aspects. The department will continue to support SANParks endeavours in this regard.

09 November 2016 - NW2148

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he has made any progress on the conversion of underused state properties into tourist facilities as per the outcomes of a 2013 study to implement the budget report concept; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Following the study on the municipal owned resorts for the low budget market, the department and the Industrial Development Corporation are reviewing the outcomes so as to provide sound recommendations to the affected stakeholders on possible options going forward.

The department is further in the process of developing the Infrastructure and Investment Master Plan. The Master Plan will include catalytic projects with high impact and ensure fair provincial geographic spread.

The Infrastructure Master Plan will provide a national framework which will serve as a guideline for the development and maintenance of tourism infrastructure across the country. The framework will set out key objectives, identify and address the infrastructural challenges or gaps which exist in state owned underutilised properties in order to stimulate tourism growth.

The department is currently conducting consultations with provincial and local spheres to solicit inputs into the Master Plan.

The Department is also aware that successful implementation of the initiatives aimed at sustainability of some of these resorts rest with the owning municipalities as they would need to decide on the adoption of such proposed funding and operating models. The role of the department is to highlight such opportunities and where possible facilitate partnerships.

 

03 November 2016 - NW2315

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external forensic reports pertaining to (i) his department and/or (ii) each entity reporting to him were completed from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each of the specified forensic reports?

Reply:

(i) Department of Tourism

(a) None

(b) External forensic reports as indicated below:

(aa) Investigated Project Name

(bb)Subject Matter

(cc) Date of Conclusion

Tshakuma Heritage and Conference Centre

Forensic and Financial Investigation

19 July 2011; further bank account analysis report issued on 2 September 2013

Wild Coast Tourism Development

Forensic and Financial Investigation

25 July 2011

KZN King Matiwane

Forensic and Financial Investigation

19 July 2011

Free State and Northern Cape training

Forensic and Financial Investigation

7 July 2011

FS- Guest House Building in Qwaqwa

Forensic and Financial Investigation

28 November 2014

FS- Information and Business Centre Project

Forensic and Financial Investigation

28 November 2014

EC-Lake Gariep Development Project

Forensic and Financial Investigation

9 October 2014

EC-Lake Gariep and PK Le Roux dam

Forensic and Financial Investigation

9 October 2014

EC- Rock Art Tourism

Forensic and Financial Investigation

9 October 2014

EC- Motherwell Eco Tourism Development Project

Forensic and Financial Investigation

9 October 2014

LP-Mnisi Resort project

Forensic and Financial Investigation

9 October 2014

Vha Tsonga Cultural Village Project

Forensic and Financial Investigation

9 October 2014

(ii) South Africa Tourism

(a) None

(b) External forensic report as indicated below:

(aa)

Name

(bb) Subject Matter

(cc)Date of Conclusion

Fraud India Office Case

Fraud case against Country Manager and Finance Manager in India Office

25 May 2011

Local and International South African Tourism Warehouses Case

Exhibition Stands and Warehouses

24 May 2012

Fraud and Corruption Case

Irregularities in awarding the Lead Agency Tender in 2010

14 January 2015

Fraud and Corruption Case

Possible collusion between suppliers in Nigeria

6 July 2016

11 October 2016 - NW1981

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What amount in funding did his department provide for the Robben Island Museum in the (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years, (b) what was the funding used for, (c) how many visitors visited the specified museum in each of the specified financial years, (d) how much revenue was generated and (e) how many ferry boats were in operation in each of the financial years; (2) whether any problems have been experienced with any of the ferry boats in the financial years; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?NW2292E

Reply:

(1) (i) 2014-15

  1. Amount Funding
  1. Funding used for:

R250 000.00

Interpretive Signage

Interpretative Signage on the island and Nelson Mandela Gateway

(ii) 2015-2016

  1. Amount Funding
  1. Funding used for:

R10 000 000.00

 

Destination Development

As part of Destination Development, a three year Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the Department and Robben Island Museum (RIM) made provision for the transfer of funds for implementation of various initiatives that seeks to strengthen the product offering, promote job creation, increase revenue and ultimately enhance the overall visitor experience. These initiatives include:

  • Capacity development of tourist guides,
  • Digitisation of the Mayibuye (Tapes) Archives,
  • Conversion of existing buildings into a visitor information centre,
  • Introducing additional food and beverage facilities (restaurant),
  • Developing a crafts centre to produce memorabilia for sale on the island,
  • Introducing an open day with free tours for South Africans,
  • Developing and enriching the narratives of the RIM App.
  • Project implementation commenced in the 2016/17 financial year.

R125 827.00

Capacity Building Programme

Capacity building programme for front line staff at three World Heritage Sites, Robben Island Museum; uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site and Richtersveld World Heritage Site aimed at enhancing the visitor experience

(iii) 2016-2017

(a)Amount Funding

(b) Funding used for:

R25 000 000 .00

Energy Efficient Project

As part of a broader pilot initiative to retro-fit a number of identified iconic and strategic state-owned attractions with renewable energy generation solutions, the Department has appointed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor to design, construct and commission a solar photovoltaic installation at Robben Island.

R 76 827.00

Service Excellence Programme

The department is currently implementing the Service Excellence Programme at Robben Island. The aim of the programme is to ensure that service levels are improved at all service points.

Section 1. c, d and e

Not applicable.

Section 2

Not applicable.

The management and daily operations of the Robben Island Museum resides within the mandate of the Department of Arts and Culture.

29 September 2016 - NW1904

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Majola, Mr TR to ask the Minister of Tourism

Why has the SA National Convention Bureau not tabled its quarterly breakdown of the 138 meetings scheduled for the 2016-17 financial year, as committed to in the presentation made by SA Tourism to the Portfolio Committee on Tourism on 8 April 2016?

Reply:

The SA National Convention Bureau provided a report to the Portfolio Committee as Annexure A1 of the SA Tourism Quarter 1 presentation to the Portfolio Committee, for the meeting of 2 September 2016. The document was distributed on 29 August 2016 to the committee secretariat.

29 September 2016 - NW2110

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Minister of Tourism

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(a) Department of Tourism spend on

Media

Media

(aaa) 2015-16 Financial year

(bbb) Since 1 April 2016

  1. ANN 7

-

0

0

(ii) SABC

(aa) Television

channels

0

0

 

(bb) Radio Stations

0

0

(iii) National Commercial radio stations

-

0

0

(iv) Community

(aa) Community

television

0

0

 

(bb) radio stations

0

0

 

(b) SA Tourism spend on

Media

Media

(aaa) 2015-16 Financial year

(bbb) Since 1 April 2016

(i)ANN 7

-

N/A

N/A

(ii) SABC

(aa) Television

channels

R21,500,000

R2,072,300

 

(bb) Radio Stations

R1,395,030

R7,299,932.86

(iii) National Commercial radio stations

-

R5,204,575.50

R2,698,224.19

(iv) Community

(aa) Community

television

N/A

N/A

 

(bb) radio stations

R1,200,000.00

N/A

 

29 September 2016 - NW2040

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of Tourism

What formal qualifications does each of his department’s (a) (i) Chief Financial Officers and/or (ii) acting Chief Financial Officers and (b) (i) Directors-General and/or (ii) acting Directors-General possess?

Reply:

a) (i) Chief Financial Officer

National Diploma: State Accounts and Finance

(ii) Acting Chief Financial Officers

Not applicable

(b)(i) Directors-General

Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Applied Physics

International Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management (Israel)

Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance

Graduate Diploma in Company Direction

(ii) Acting Directors-General

Not applicable

29 September 2016 - NW1911

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What are the causes for the delays in the transfer of R2,9 million from his department to SA Tourism and (b) how often did SA Tourism not receive funds allocated by his department as per the agreed time frames?

Reply:

(a) There was no delay in the transfer of funds to South African Tourism. The total marketing allocation as appropriated was transferred in April 2016 upon National Treasury’s approval, to allow for management of potential currency losses.

(b) Not applicable. The department transfers the contribution to South African Tourism quarterly in advance.

29 September 2016 - NW1910

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Tourism

How has his department allocated the additional R10,7 million received from the tourist levies collected by Tourism Marketing of South Africa?

Reply:

The additional funding of R10,7 million is being used for marketing activities through the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA)/ Tourism Marketing South Africa (TOMSA) and the SA Tourism Collaborative Fund. Four core markets, namely Germany, United States of America, United Kingdom and China have been selected for Joint Marketing Agreements to boost tourist arrivals and tourism revenue into South Africa.

29 September 2016 - NW1909

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What is the current status of the process to appoint a chief executive officer for SA Tourism and (b) by what date will the specified position be filled; (b) by what date will the specified position be filled; (2) what amount did SA Tourism spend on the remuneration of board members in the (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 financial years; (3) (a) what are the details of the current vacancy rate at SA Tourism and (b) how do the specified vacancies affect the performance of SA Tourism, especially relating to marketing activities?

Reply:

1. (a) Following Cabinet’s concurrence on 28 September 2016, the recommended candidate, Mr Sisa Ntshona was notified of his appointment as CEO by the SA Tourism Board.

(b) Mr Ntshona will assume duties on 3 October 2016.

2. (a) Remuneration of Board members was tabled in the SA Tourism Annual Report 2013/14. Refer to page 73 and 100.

(b) Remuneration of Board members was tabled in the SA Tourism Annual Report 2014/15. Refer to page 74 and 75.

(c) Remuneration of Board members was tabled in the SA Tourism Annual Report 2015/16. Refer to page 81 and 82.

3. (a) SA Tourism Vacancies:

Business Unit

Approved positions

Occupied positions

Vacant positions

Temporary staff

Office of the CEO

6

5

1

-

Operations

30

28

2

2

Finance

23

22

1

3

SANCB

15

12

3

2

Marketing

114

93

21

4

TGCSA

14

14

-

-

Total

202

174

28

11

(b) The vacancies have not affected the performance of SA Tourism. Interim arrangements have been made to ensure that the operations of the organisation are not impacted during the organisational review process.

29 September 2016 - NW1907

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether his department has achieved its targets of (a) total tourism revenue and (b) job opportunities created up to the latest specified date for which information is available in line with the National Tourism Strategy 2020; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) The National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) did not provide an indicator for total tourism revenue. However, targets are provided for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution. In this regard, the targets have been achieved. Tourism was estimated to contribute R71 billion in 2009 in the original NTSS with a target of R118 billion by 2015. The Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa, final 2012 and provisional 2013 and 2014 recorded a contribution of R111 560 billion (2.9% of total GDP) in 2014. In terms of total (direct and indirect) GDP contribution, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2016 South Africa Report estimated a contribution of R375 billion in 2015 (9.4% of total GDP).

(b) Yes, 2015 NTSS targets in terms of both direct and total jobs were achieved. The NTSS 2011 provided a baseline of 389 100 direct jobs in 2009 and a target of 403 900 direct jobs in 2015. According to the Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa (final 2012 and provisional 2013 and 2014) tourism contributed 680 817 direct jobs in 2014. The WTTC Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2016 South Africa Report estimated a contribution of 703 000 direct jobs in 2015. This performance exceeded the National Tourism Sector Strategy targets.

In respect of total jobs (both direct and indirect) contribution, the NTSS set a baseline of 919 800 jobs in 2009 and a target of 968 300 jobs in 2015. The WTTC estimated a total contribution of 1 554 000 jobs in 2015, surpassing the 2020 target of 1 097 000.

29 September 2016 - NW1903

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether SA Tourism has conducted any studies to determine why the accommodation industry, especially hotels, are cancelling their membership to the specified entity’s grading schemes; if not, why not; if so, what (a) are the relevant details and (b) steps are being taken to curb this trend?

Reply:

No, SA Tourism has not conducted any studies to determine why the accommodation industry. The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) will be conducting formal research in quarter three of 2016/17, to determine the perceptions of grading in the sector which will provide insight into the reasons for cancellations.

  (a) The results of this research study will assist the TGCSA greatly in its strategy development and implementation.

  (b) In order the address the cancellations, the TGCSA is currently implementing the following

measures and actions:

   (i) TGCSA is working closely with NDT to address the cost of grading through the Grading Support Programme offered by the Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP).

   (ii) TGCSA’s Basket of Benefits continues to be developed and updated to ensure the business support services and discounts available on the platform are relevant to all categories. Registration of establishments on the Basket of Benefits platform continues to grow.

   (iii) TGCSA has opted to implement Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Provincial Consumer Protection Authorities directly. The basis of these memoranda is to partner with and enlist the services and support of the provincial bodies to eradicate the illegal usage of stars in the provinces through consumer and trade education initiatives. MOUs have either been concluded or are in the final stages of conclusion between TGCSA and the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal authorities. The remaining provinces are currently at consultation phase. TGCSA has also presented the consumer impact of the illegal usage of stars at the National Consumer Forum.

  (iv) TGCSA has provided input to Treasury on the amendments to the National Travel Policy. This policy and pending revisions have been closely linked to star grading and will encourage grading amongst establishments as well as direct government procurement of travel services.