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29 September 2016 - NW1908

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he has found that the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum to exit the European Union has had any effects on the number of tourists visiting South Africa from the specified country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

I have not found that the outcome of the UK referendum has had any effect on tourists’ arrival to South Africa. It is important to note that it would be premature to make any statements on the impact on tourism. Uncertainty around developments in some areas could in the short and medium-term impact on arrivals to South Africa from the UK. It is probable that in the short-term, personal spending will be conservative in anticipation of negative impacts, and that long-haul travel and spending on non-essentials may be conservative.

In the context of arrivals to South Africa, it must be noted that

  • June to August are low season months for travel to SA (peak travel months are December-February) and any impact would not be immediately visible.
  • The majority of leisure travellers decide on a holiday to SA at least three months before travel. Impact on arrival numbers will only be noted from October 2016 onwards.

29 June 2016 - NW1587

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to the tourism signage that will be erected on major roads, which he referred to in the opening remarks of his budget speech on 3 May 2016, (a) what criteria will be adopted to determine how road signage will be (i) chosen and (ii) implemented, (b) which (i) departments and (ii) committees will participate in this process and (c) what are the envisaged (i) commencement and (ii) final completion dates of this programme?

Reply:

I would like to make the Honorable Member aware that in my speech I referred to the enhancement of signage and information at iconic national heritage sites rather than tourism signage on major roads.

However, with respect to signage on major roads, we have obtained the following information from the department of transport:

(a)(i) In terms of the National Road Traffic Act, N0. 93 of 1996 and its Regulations, various provincial and municipal authorities deicide on the erection of road traffic signs and tourism signage. The South African Road Traffic Signs Manual (SARTSM) and Southern African Development Community Road Traffic Signs Manual (SADCRTSM) also require that signage for tourism attractions be signed from the nearest numbered route and implemented.

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.

(ii) Once signs are approved by the committee structures they have to be manufactured according to the standards set by the SABS and erected at the approved sites.

(b)(i) – (ii) The processing of applications for tourism signs will be carried out by a Regional Tourism Liaison Committee (RTLC). Membership of the RTLC must include representatives of the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO), the relevant road/provincial and/ or local authority for the region and the Local Tourism Organisation in the region.

With regard to the completion dates, I will refer to the completion of the iconic national heritage sites as follows:

(c) (i) (ii)

The committee structures as per SARTSM, Volume 2, Chapter 4 do not exist in all provinces or district municipalities. In the absence of such committees the relevant road authorities make the decision. Thus it is difficult to assign dates to the process as the functions of these committees as per SARTSM are ongoing since tourism facilities are continuously created/generated/produced.

However, in terms of the Department’s programme for tourism interpretative signage (which is not road signage) within the iconic national heritage sites, the date of commencement will be July 2016 for two iconic national heritage sites, and October 2016 for the next two iconic national heritage sites, with the final completion date envisaged for the end of December 2016 (as planned in the Department’s Annual Performance Plan for 2016/2017). This will be done through a Memorandum of Agreement with the management authorities of the sites. It is the management authorities who will be finally responsible for the implementation.

The management authority for the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, is the Apartheid Museum who manage the site on behalf of the Umgeni Municipality in KZN. The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is the management authority for the Mandela Stature (Union Buildings) and Victor Verster (Western Cape) and for Freedom Park (Gauteng) the management authority is the Freedom Park Trust.

17 June 2016 - NW1589

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

What is the cost of a road signage that directs motorists to tourist attractions on a national road?

Reply:

Payment for the provision of tourist attraction signs is normally dependent on the policy of the relevant road, be it national, provincial or local authority. The road authority will, however, provide the necessary tourism signs for emergency services such as police stations or government hospitals. All other tourism signs for attractions or services are normally paid for by the owner/operator of the facility.

Factors taken into account in calculating the fee are as follows:

  • text size on signs is dependent on the speed of the road thus a sign on a national road and a sign on a municipal road will differ in cost;
  • the size of the sign determines the materials used and thus the manufacturing cost;
  • the size of the sign will determine the number of poles needed to support the sign;
  • a road signage team has to go out to erect the sign;
  • should a sign be damaged it would need fixing or replacing (the lifespan of a sign is from 7 to 10 years).

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: EXPLANATION FROM DOT ON COMMENTS

Various roads are managed by various authorities. National roads are managed for the DoT by SANRAL; Provincial roads are managed in each province by that province and municipal roads are managed by the municipalities in which they occur. Thus you will find that within the borders of a certain province there will be national, provincial and municipal roads. Each of these authorities will have policies and/or legislation governing how roads are managed by the particular authority.

Tourism signs in the SA and SADC Road Traffic Signs Manuals are brown signs. As Police Stations and Government Hospitals are signed on brown signs they form part of what is called Tourism signs in the manual.

Whoever submits the request for the signage will be responsible for the cost of implementing the signage.

There is no average as the size of the sign dictates the cost. A large sign will cost more than a small sign. The road authority cannot put signs up which are not legible at the speed travelled on the road and small signs are not legible at 120 km/h.

SABS determines only the quality of the material to be used for the manufacture of the sign. The SA and SADC Road Traffic Signs Manual stipulate the type of material to be used. If the wrong material or inferior quality of material is used the sign will become illegible more quickly and have to be replaced more often and this will eventually increase the cost of the signage.

Most signs will require at least two poles. Sometimes the sign can be attached to an existing sign structure and then the cost of poles would not be relevant. Sometimes the sign might be large enough to warrant three poles in this case it might influence the cost.

17 June 2016 - NW1588

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether any progress has been made regarding a decision to erect a tourism signage on the N3 directing motorists to the Howick Falls in KwaZulu-Natal; if not, (a) what steps has he taken to expedite such a decision and (b) when does he envisage that a final decision will be taken, in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of Tourism had a meeting with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and the Umngeni Local Municipality’s Town Planning and Signage Unit on 17 May 2016 to discuss and resolve the matter on directional signage in Howick.

(a) According to the Department of Transport, the Howick Falls form part of the Midlands Meander which has many attractions. This makes it difficult to sign every attraction. The South African Road Traffic Signs Manual (SARTSM) and Southern African Development Community Road Traffic Signs Manual (SADCRTSM) also require that attractions be signed from the nearest numbered route. The nearest numbered route from the Howick Falls is the R103. Thus according to the manual the Howick Falls should be signed from the R103 and not the N3.

In addition, the Department of Tourism has noted correspondence between SANRAL and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs dated

30 May 2016 where SANRAL advised that the application must be made with the Provincial Department of Transport.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs has committed to lodging a new application with the Provincial Department of Transport for the installation of directional signage. Both local and provincial governments have cited budgetary constraints.

(b) The Department of Tourism has taken a decision to make funding available and to work with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to ensure that directional signage is erected from the nearest numbered route R103 to Howick Falls and Nelson Mandela Capture Site, within the current financial year.

02 June 2016 - NW1413

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) his department and (b) all entities reporting to him are running development programmes for (i) small businesses and (ii) co-operatives; if not, why not; if so, in each case, (aa) what are the relevant details, (bb) what amount has been budgeted and (cc) how many jobs will be created through the specified development programmes in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a) Department

   (i) Yes, the Department has a Tourism Enterprise Development Programme that is aimed at providing support for small business.

(ii) Support provided is mainly to community trusts through the Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) Programme. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with the Department of Small Business Development include support for tourism cooperatives.

(aa) Relevant details:

The Tourism Enterprise Development Programme, consists of information dissemination through a web portal, support for 100 rural enterprises, establishment of two Tourism incubator Hubs in Pilanesberg and Manyeleti as well as provision of business advisory and technical support. The department also provides market access support through the Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP).

(bb) The budget allocated for the programme is R15m.

(cc) Support in small business will definitely contribute significantly to the creation of jobs.

However, it is not possible to state categorically how many jobs will be created through this

programme in the 2016/17 financial year.

(b) South African Tourism

Running development programmes for small business and co-operatives is not within SA Tourism’s mandate

   (i) No.

   (ii) No

(aa) - (cc) Not applicable

01 June 2016 - NW1565

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What amount did (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him spend on advertising in the 2015-16 financial year and (b) how much has (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him budgeted for advertising in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

(a) (i) R 2 673 358.61 (Department of Tourism)

(ii) R 417 031 499.00 (SA Tourism)

(b) (i) R 6 500 000.00 (Department of Tourism)

(ii) R 313 124 285.00 (SA Tourism)

 

27 May 2016 - NW1530

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Cassim, Mr Y to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether his department was approached by any political party for any form of funding (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether his department provided any form of funding to any political party (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) No

(ii) No

(iii) No

(b) Not applicable

(2) (a) (i) No

(ii) No

(iii) No

(b)The Department of Tourism does not make provision for gifts, donations or sponsorships in its Estimate of National Expenditure. Any requests from any organisation is dealt with in accordance with Treasury Regulation 21.1.1 in that gifts, donations or sponsorships can only be approved if they are in the interest of the state.

10 May 2016 - NW1083

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Ntobongwana, Ms P to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) Has any of his senior officials met with certain persons (names furnished) during the period 1 January 2009 up to 31 December 2015 and (b) has any of the entities reporting to him awarded any contracts to Sahara Holdings, Comair, Oakbay Investments, Islandsite Investments, Afripalm Horizons Stakes, The New Age Media, JIC Mining Services and Vusizwe Media in the specified period; if so, what (i) are the relevant details and (ii) is the amount of each specified contract?

Reply:

(a) No.

(b) No.

(i) Not applicable

(ii) Not applicable

26 April 2016 - NW1187

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he travelled with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, and other Ministers to Dubai in March 2016 to promote South Africa as a tourism destination; if not, what are the reasons for not joining the delegation which reportedly travelled to Dubai to promote South Africa as a tourism destination; if so, (a) for how many days was he in Dubai, (b) what are the details of the official business conducted in Dubai and (c) what were the outcomes of the specified trip?

Reply:

The Minister did not form part of the President’s delegation to Dubai in March 2016.

(a) N/A

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

26 April 2016 - NW1017

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What number of Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) projects are still in their construction phase and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) cost of each specified project; (2) (a) what number of SRI projects have not been completed due to problems experienced and (b) what is the (i) name and (ii) cost of each specified project; (3) whether any legal processes have been launched in terms of the projects which have not been completed; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (4) which SRI projects have been successfully completed in the (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 financial years? NW1149E

Reply:

1(a) Twenty three (23) projects are still in their construction phase.

No.

(1b) (i) Project name

1(b) (ii)

Project budget (cost)

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

 

Mbashe, Coffee Bay, Mvezo N Mandela – Phase 3

R33,610,054

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

 

Mthonsi Lodge

R28,215,000

Nkonkobe Local Municipality

 

Steve Biko Heritage

R12,062,348

Buffalo City Local Municipality

 

Aliwal Spa Project - Phase 3

R 7,930,080

Makana Local Municipality

 

Qatywa Eco-Tourism Development

R23,750,000

Mbashe Local Municipality

 

Cradock Four Garden of Remembrance – Phase 2

R13,056,403

Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality

FREE STATE

7.

Accommodation Facilities at Metsi Matso Dam - Phase 3

R28,851,326

Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality

8.

Sentinel Peak Car Park Access

R11,432,622

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

9

Witsieshoek Mountain Hotel Project

R25,367,200

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

10.

Building a Guest House in Qwa Qwa

R16,906,319

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

GAUTENG

11.

Alexandra Mandela Yard Project

R24,631,000

City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

12

Komjekejeke Heritage Site Project

R21,185,000

Metsweding District Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

13.

Muzi Pan

R 9,405,000

Jozini Local Municipality

14.

Lilani Hot springs

R18,810,000

Umvoti Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

15.

Khalanga Guest Lodge - Phase 2

R23,512,500

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality

15.

Mahlathi Village Tourism

R17,575,181

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

16.

Mukumbani Waterfalls -Phase 3

R18,810,000

Thulamela Local Municipality

17.

Muyexe Tourism Project

R14,107,500

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

18.

Ngove Cultural Village - Phase 2

R20,133,951

Greater Giyani Local Municipality

19.

Tisane Cultural Village

R18,810,000

Makhudutamaga Local Municipality

MPUMALANGA

20.

Middelburg Information Centre -

Phase 2

R 905,158

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

21

Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor

R24,784,279

Umjindi Local Municipality

NORTHERN CAPE

22.

Caravan Park Kai Garib Project

R 6,474,163

!Kai! Garib Local Municipality

NORTH WEST

23.

Manyane Lodge Project

R47,515,112

Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality

2 (a) Six (6) projects have not been completed due to problems experienced

2(b)(i) and (ii) Projects that experienced problems.

No

2b(i) Name of project

2(b)(ii) Cost

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Western Tembuland

R10,449,156

Emalahleni Local Municipality

2.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 3

R 9,500,000

Buffalo City Local Municipality

3.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 2

R 9, 500,000

Buffalo City Local Municipality

FREE STATE

4.

Barolong Ba Seleka

R 3,372,500

Mangaung Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

5.

Sekhukhune Cultural Village – Phase 2

R 7,600,000

Fetakgomo Local Municipality

6.

Bohlabela Cultural Village - Phase 2

R 9,500,000

Bushbuckridge Municipality

(3) Legal process and details per project:

No

(3) Name of project

(3) Relevant Details

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Western Tembuland

  • Yes, a notice of breach of contract has been issued to the implementer.
  • Disciplinary action has been taken against the official for the dereliction of duty.
  • The department is now pursuing the option of cancellation of the contract and appointing another service provider to complete the project.

Emalahleni Local Municipality

2.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite - Phase 3

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Buffalo City Local Municipality

3.

Upgrading of Kiwane Campsite -Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Buffalo City Local Municipality

FREE STATE

4.

Barolong Ba Seleka

 

  • No, the project is one of those ceded from the then Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to the Department of Tourism following the split of the two departments in 2010.
  • The challenges were immediately identified, however the contract with the implementer had expired and the whereabouts of the implementer are unknown.
  • The department is looking into various options whether to complete the project or not.

Mangaung Local Municipality

LIMPOPO

5.

Sekhukhune Cultural Village - Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Fetakgomo Local Municipality

MPUMALANGA

6.

Bohlabela Cultural Village -Phase 2

Case opened with SAPS – being investigated for possible misuse of State funds

Bushbuckridge Municipality

(4) (a) Projects that were successfully implemented in 2014/2015.

No.

4(a) 2014/15 Completed projects

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

Manqondo Tourism

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

2.

Wonkumuntu Tourism

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

3.

IP OR Tambo Heritage

Mbizana Local Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

4.

Muzi Pan

Jozini Local Municipality

5.

Ntuzuma

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

LIMPOPO

6.

Mukumbani Waterfall

Thulamela Local Municipality

FREE STATE

7.

Black Water Fly Fishing

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

8.

Establishment of Central Communication Centre

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

4 (b) Projects that were successfully completed in 2015/2016

No

(4) (b) 2015/16 Completed projects

Municipality

EASTERN CAPE

1.

IP OR Tambo Heritage Route

Mbizana Local Municipality

2.

Bongolo Dam

Lukanji Local Municipality

3.

Ndlambe Tourism Infrastructure

Ndlambe Local Municipality

4.

Grahamstown Caravan Park

Makana Local Municipality

5.

Maluti Hiking and Horse Trail

Matatiele Municipality

FREE STATE

6.

Establishment of Central Communication Centre

Maluti a Phofung Local Municipality

KWAZULU-NATAL

7.

Mpumalanga Gateway

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

NORTHERN CAPE

8.

Frances Baard Park

Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality

WESTERN CAPE

9.

False Bay Ecology Project

City of Cape Town Metro

10.

Donkey Tracking Route - Phase 3

Cederberg Local Municipality

11.

Tourism Development for Atlantis - Phase 2

City of Cape Town Metro

19 April 2016 - NW1016

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Does his department intend to cut down on the number of its SA Tourism offices located abroad with a view to preventing duplication of services; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) which offices and (b) by what date?

Reply:

No, the department does not intend to cut down the number of SA Tourism offices.

  (a) SA Tourism continuously looks at adopting the most effective operating model in each market that allows for maximum spend in-market, on both the traveller and trade. This approach includes setting up physical country offices in core markets, the hub approach, operating virtual offices, and General Marketing Agencies (GMAs). Any office closures are considered on this principle.

  (b) South African Tourism’s physical office in Milan will be closed in the 2016/17 financial year to maximise marketing investments across the entire South Europe territory. The Italian market will be serviced through a virtual office reporting into South Europe Hub Office based in France.

19 April 2016 - NW889

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Has he earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since his appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did he earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether his (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through his appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

  1. (a) No

(b) No

(c) No

(d) No

(2)

 
  1. Spouse
  1. Children

(c ) Close family

(i) When

No

N/A

No

(ii)How much

No

N/A

No

(iii)Which Business

No

N/A

No

(iv)For what work ?

No

N/A

No

07 April 2016 - NW468

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

(1) How many (a) direct and (b) indirect jobs respectively have been created in the tourism industry in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 respectively; (2) how much did tourism contribute to the country’s gross domestic product during (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 respectively; (3) what is the detailed breakdown of international arrivals at the (a) Cape Town International, (b) O R Tambo International and (c) King Shaka International airports in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 respectively?

Reply:

(1) How many (a) direct and (b) indirect jobs respectively have been created in the tourism industry in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 respectively;

(a) Direct contribution to jobs

The latest figures available from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) are provisional figures for 2014. Estimates from the World Travel and Tourism Council were used to report on 2015.

Job Creation

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015 estimate

Direct Jobs

655 587

680 817

705,600

Source: 2013 and 2014: Tourism Satellite Account, StatsSA. 2015: WTTC 2015 estimates.

(b) Total contribution to employment (direct and indirect)

It should be noted that StatsSA does not measure the total contribution of tourism to employment (direct and indirect contribution). Figures and estimates from WTTC were used to report on this indicator. However, WTTC does not release figures on the indirect contribution alone, therefore figures reported below is for total contribution which includes both direct and indirect contribution.

Job Creation

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015 estimate

Total contribution to employment (Direct and indirect)

1 437 500

1 497 600

1 551 400

Source: WTTC

(2) how much did tourism contribute to the country’s gross domestic product during (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 respectively

It should be noted that the contribution of tourism to GDP is reported for direct as well as for total contribution (direct and indirect). StatsSA only measures the direct contribution to GDP and the latest figures available are 2014 provisional figures. Therefore figures reported below for direct contribution in 2013 and 2014 were sourced from StatsSA. WTTC estimates were used to report on the direct contribution to GDP for 2015 as well as the direct and indirect contribution from 2013 to 2015.

Contribution to GDP

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015 estimate

Direct

R101,7 billion

R111,6 billion

R117,8 billion

Direct and indirect

R345,7 billion

R357,0 billion

R369.3 billion

Source: Source: 2013 and 2014: Tourism Satellite Account, StatsSA. 2015: WTTC 2015 estimates.

(3) International tourist arrivals

Airport

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015
  1. Cape Town

International Airport

461,186

524,131

557,050

  1. OR Tambo

International Airport

2,656,222

2,001,365

1,932,096

  1. King Shaka

International Airport

35,920

38,449

37,162

Source: Statistics SA

24 March 2016 - NW468

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1) How many (a) direct and (b) indirect jobs respectively have been created in the tourism industry in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 respectively; (2) how much did tourism contribute to the country’s gross domestic product during (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 respectively; (3) what is the detailed breakdown of international arrivals at the (a) Cape Town International, (b) O R Tambo International and (c) King Shaka International airports in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 respectively?

Reply:

(1) How many (a) direct and (b) indirect jobs respectively have been created in the tourism industry in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 respectively;

(a) Direct contribution to jobs

The latest figures available from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) are provisional figures for 2014. Estimates from the World Travel and Tourism Council were used to report on 2015.

Job Creation

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015 estimate

Direct Jobs

655 587

680 817

705,600

Source: 2013 and 2014: Tourism Satellite Account, StatsSA. 2015: WTTC 2015 estimates.

(b) Total contribution to employment (direct and indirect)

It should be noted that StatsSA does not measure the total contribution of tourism to employment (direct and indirect contribution). Figures and estimates from WTTC were used to report on this indicator. However, WTTC does not release figures on the indirect contribution alone, therefore figures reported below is for total contribution which includes both direct and indirect contribution.

Job Creation

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015 estimate

Total contribution to employment (Direct and indirect)

1 437 500

1 497 600

1 551 400

Source: WTTC

(2) how much did tourism contribute to the country’s gross domestic product during (a) 2013, (b) 2014 and (c) 2015 respectively

It should be noted that the contribution of tourism to GDP is reported for direct as well as for total contribution (direct and indirect). StatsSA only measures the direct contribution to GDP and the latest figures available are 2014 provisional figures. Therefore figures reported below for direct contribution in 2013 and 2014 were sourced from StatsSA. WTTC estimates were used to report on the direct contribution to GDP for 2015 as well as the direct and indirect contribution from 2013 to 2015.

Contribution to GDP

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015 estimate

Direct

R101,7 billion

R111,6 billion

R117,8 billion

Direct and indirect

R345,7 billion

R357,0 billion

R369.3 billion

Source: Source: 2013 and 2014: Tourism Satellite Account, StatsSA. 2015: WTTC 2015 estimates.

(3) International tourist arrivals

Airport

  1. 2013
  1. 2014
  1. 2015
  1. Cape Town

International Airport

461,186

524,131

557,050

  1. OR Tambo

International Airport

2,656,222

2,001,365

1,932,096

  1. King Shaka

International Airport

35,920

38,449

37,162

Source: Statistics SA

17 March 2016 - NW470

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)What are the (a) tourism figures and (b) associated revenue generated for each province in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015 respectively; (2) what are the (a) tourism figures and (b) associated revenue generated for each province due to his department’s efforts to promote business conferencing in (i) 2014 and (ii) 2015 respectively?

Reply:

  1. A. International tourism

Province

(1)(a)Tourism Figures - 2014

(b) (i)Revenue

2013 - billion

(b) (ii)Revenue

2014 - billion

b (iii) Revenue

2015

Eastern Cape

304,888

R 2.0

R 2.4

Data for 2015 is not available as yet

Free State

960,147

R 1.9

R 1.2

 

Gauteng

3,804,125

R 25.6

R 26.1

 

KZN

768,228

R 4.4

R 3.8

 

Limpopo

1,639,766

R 9.4

R 9.4

 

Mpumalanga

1,144,021

R 5.2

R 4.7

 

North West

508,537

R 1.7

R 1.4

 

Northern Cape

166,657

R 0.7

R 0.7

 

Western Cape

1,386,100

R 13.1

R 14.5

 
  1. B. Domestic tourism

Province

(1)(a)Tourism Figures - 2014

(b) (i)Revenue

2013 - billion

(b) (ii)Revenue

2014 - billion

b (iii) Revenue

2015

Eastern Cape

3,2 million

R 2,5

R 3,0

Data for 2015 is not available as yet

Free State

1,0 million

R 0,7

R 1,1

 

Gauteng

4,3 million

R 3,6

R 4,4

 

KZN

5,3 million

R 6,6

R 5,2

 

Limpopo

7,4 million

R 4,3

R 5,5

 

Mpumalanga

3,3 million

R 2,7

R 2,4

 

North West

2,3 million

R 1,1

R 1,9

 

Northern Cape

0,6 million

R 0,6

R 0,5

 

Western Cape

1,6 million

R 2,3

R 2,8

 

2. Business conferencing

Province

*(2)(a)Attendee Figures

*(b)(i) Revenue due to

promotion of business conferencing

2014 - million

b (ii) Revenue

2015 Revenue due to

promotion of business conferencing

2015 - million

Eastern Cape

1105

R 9,4

Data for 2015 is not available as yet

Free State

2 139

R 29,8

 

Gauteng

12 790

R 159,9

 

KZN

13 265

R 111,6

 

Limpopo

200

R 2,2

 

Mpumalanga

173

R 2,4

 

North West

810

R 7,8

 

Northern Cape

0

0

 

Western Cape

32 384

R 455,1

 

*information on business conferencing is based on data received from the provincial convention bureaus on Association meetings.

17 March 2016 - NW469

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to his comments made during his speech on 16 February 2016 in the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address, (a) which small, medium and macro enterprises are benefitting from the support of tourism and (b) how many jobs were created in each case?

Reply:

a) In the 2015/16 financial year, the department is supporting one hundred (100) rural tourism SMMEs through the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) programme. In the second quarter 92 enterprises were supported on mentorship, business training, and marketing / market access and business development fund assistances and in the third quarter 78 enterprises were supported. The types of tourism businesses supported included accommodation establishments, restaurants, arts and crafts, tour operators and tourism attractions. The department contributed R13.5 million towards the partnership. The department has signed an MOU with the Ministry of Small Business Development to stimulate the establishment of new SMMEs, starting from the 2016/17 financial year.

b) TEP reported that 1,556 Full Time Equivalent (FTEs) jobs were created in the second and third quarter of the 2015/16 financial year.

17 March 2016 - NW540

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) How many SA Tourism country offices are currently in operation, and (b) in which countries are these situated; (2) what are the full details of (a) the budget in rands allocated to each of the specified offices and (b) the number of staff members employed at each of the specified offices?

Reply:

1.(a) 13 Country Offices are currently in operation.

(b) The South African Tourism offices are situated in the following countries:

USA

UK

Germany

France

Netherlands

Italy (to be closed in 2016/17 financial year)

India

China

Japan

Australia

Angola (rental agreement ending August 2016)

Nigeria

Brazil (General Marketing Agent)

2. (a)

 Country Office

2015/16 Budgets

1. USA

R69 069 634

2. UK

R52 316 899

3. Germany

R54 297 239

4. France

R35 939 548

5. Netherlands

R27 687 781

6. Italy

R14 771 183

7. India

R32 166 316

8. China

R26 617 535

9. Japan

R12 664 850

10. Australia

R33 239 550

11. Angola

R14 251 649

12. Nigeria

R25 035 247

13. Brazil

R23 658 828

(b)

 Country Office

Number of Staff (approved headcount)

1. USA

7

2. UK

6

3. Germany

7

4. France

4

5. Netherlands

4

6. Italy

5

7. India

4

8. China

5

9. Japan

3

10. Australia

3

11. Angola

1 (Trade Relations Manager only)

12. Nigeria

4

13. Brazil

General Marketing Agent

15 March 2016 - NW387

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to President Jacob G Zuma’s undertaking in his State of the Nation Address delivered on 12 February 2015, that the Government will set aside 30% of appropriate categories of state procurement for purchasing from Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), co-operatives, as well as township and rural enterprises, what percentage of the total procurement of (a) his department and (b) every entity reporting to him went to (i) SMMEs and (ii) co-operatives from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

(a) Department

(i) 44.1% from 1 April 2015 to 30 November 2015

(ii) None

(b) South Africa Tourism

(i) 6% of total procurement spend is spent on SMMEs in South Africa. This excludes foreign spend.

(ii) None. There is no procurement expenditure in the co-operatives category of suppliers.

27 February 2016 - NW103

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he has entered into a performance agreement with the President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, with regard to the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014-2019; if not, why not; if so, (a) which key indicators and targets from the MTSF are reflected in the agreement, (b) how many performance assessments has he undertaken in consultation with the President since the agreement was signed, (c) what progress has been made in meeting the key indicators and targets from the MTSF, (d) what are the key obstacles to implementation and (e) what is the plan to address such obstacles?

Reply:

Yes, all Ministers are subject to Performance Agreements with the President.

(a) Key indicators and targets from the MTSF reflected in the Agreement:

Outcome

Key indicator

4

Tourism strategy interventions towards growth, employment creation and higher incomes for poor households underway.

 

Develop and review realistic and sustainable strategy to grow output and employment and improve equality, support alignment across the state, manage monitoring of actions, address blockages and identify new opportunities and risks as they arise.

 

Sector and cross cutting interventions towards growth, employment creation and higher incomes for poor households underway in specified jobs drivers.

7

Differentiated plans for economic development in targeted areas of economic potential in rural areas completed.

 

Number of rural enterprises in rural district municipalities established.

 

Number of new industries in rural district municipalities established.

 

Number of people employed in rural enterprises.

 

Percentage of enterprises in rural district municipalities supported.

 

Percentage of existing industries in rural district municipalities supported.

11

Increase international tourism revenue contribution to the economy.

 

Increased international tourist arrivals.

(b) Performance is presented to Cabinet on a quarterly basis.

(c) to (e) Refer to the department’s Quarterly and Annual Reports.

27 February 2016 - NW31

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the MINISTER OF TOURISM

Whether his Ministry has any frozen vacant positions; if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

The Ministry has no frozen vacant positions.

27 February 2016 - NW43

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What are the reasons for the resignation of the South African Tourism’s (SAT) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), (b) what interim management measures have been put in place to ensure the effective operation of SAT and (c) what measures have been put in place to facilitate the appointment of a new CEO; (2) what steps have been taken, to date, to implement the recommendations issued by the full-scale review, launched last year to ensure the creation of jobs, given the importance of growing South Africa’s tourism sector within the current economic climate?

Reply:

1. (a) By mutual agreement, Mr Thulani Nzima gave notice of his departure from South African Tourism with effect from 04 December 2015, following discussion with the Board.

(b) Ms Sthembiso Dlamini, the current COO has been appointed as the Acting CEO as of 05 December 2015.

(c) The Board is working on appointing a new CEO. The position was advertised in the SA Tourism social media platforms and the Sunday Times and City Press on 07 February 2016.

(2) In light of the findings of the Ministerial Review of the organisation, SA Tourism has undertaken an exercise to evaluate its Tourism Growth Strategy with the aim to bolster tourism’s contribution to the overall economy and job creation. The intervention is focused on reviewing the performance of South Africa as a tourism destination, understanding the key growth drivers and barriers, defining the goal of the organization and identifying the critical steps towards achieving that goal.

27 February 2016 - NW209

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Ntobongwana, Ms P to ask the Minister of Tourism

Has his department awarded any contracts to companies indirectly or directly owned by certain persons (Atul, Ajay and Rajesh Gupta) in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, in each specified financial year, (i) how many times were such contracts awarded and (ii) for what amount?

Reply:

(a) 2012-13: No

(b) 2013-14: No

(c) 2014-15: No

27 February 2016 - NW259

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he and/or his department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a)2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified financial year?

Reply:

a) 2012-13: No

b) 2013-14: No

c) 2014-15: No

11 December 2015 - NW4169

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether he has succeeded in persuading the Minister of Finance to establish a Tourism Development Fund that will cater for all aspects of the tourism sector in order to increase infrastructure, improve experiences and facilities for tourists, introduce innovative ideas and help small operators expand their businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

There has been no attempt to persuade the Minister of Finance to establish a Tourism Development Fund. The tourism development aspects raised in the question are funded through existing funding mechanisms in the department provided for by the National Treasury within the current appropriated budget. These include inter alia the Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP), the Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) Programme and the Strategic Partners in Tourism initiative.

06 November 2015 - NW3840

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Tourism

With reference to his reply to question 3175 on 22 September 2015, (a) what is the exact status of the completion of the Vredefort Dome project currently, (b) what is the estimated cost of the completion of the project and (c) whether the Government is in discussion at all with Unesco regarding the reasons for the delay in the finalisation of the specified project; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant particulars?

Reply:

(a) A tender process to recruit a service provider to complete the project was advertised with a closing date of 03 November 2015. The briefing session with prospective bidders was held on 22 October 2015 at Vredefort Dome. The evaluation and adjudication of the tender will take place in November 2015, and it is expected that an appointment will be made in December 2015. The project will be completed during the 2016/17 financial year.

(b) The estimated cost of the completion of the project will be based on the proposals received once the tender process is complete.

(c) No, the department did not consult Unesco, as the interpretation centre is outside the declared protected area.

04 November 2015 - NW3720

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

In view of the fact that the Tourism Satellite Account provides information at a national level and in view of the Minister in The Presidency’s reply to question 3133 on 4 September 2015 in which he states that the United Nations has embarked on a process to develop provincial tourism economic accounts that will allow for similar information on a lower level of geographic disaggregation, which will take a number of years to come to fruition, what plans does his department have in place for Statistics South Africa to assist (a) provinces and (b) municipalities to produce tourism statistics at a local level to improve planning and budgeting?

Reply:

It is important note from onset that the limitations with regards to compilation of tourism economic account at sub-national level are not unique to South Africa. It is for this reason that the development of such a framework is being championed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Thus, at this stage, there is no framework that can be used for production of statistics at provincial and municipal level in the same manner that the Tourism Satellite Account is produced.

The Department has establish the National Tourism Research and Knowledge Management Committee, a technical committee comprised of officials responsible for tourism data at provincial level. This committee serves as a platform to strengthen initiatives related to tourism data collection at provincial and local level. Statistics South Africa is a standing member of this committee. This committee, was afford an opportunity to make input into the UNWTO process of developing a tourism economic account.

Furthermore, the department invites StatsSA on a regular basis to engage with tourism stakeholders at platforms such as the National Tourism Stakeholder Forum (NTSF) which constitutes of representatives from government i.e. ((a) provinces and (b) municipalities) and private sector to share information related to tourism statistics. This information includes methodologies for compilation of different data sets as well as tourism standard definitions to ensure comparability.

03 November 2015 - NW3721

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether a certain person (name furnished) is a consultant to his department; if not, in what capacity does the specified person work for his department; if so (a) what are the set key performance areas and outcomes of the specified person and (b) how is the specified person remunerated?

Reply:

The person referred to is not a consultant, but is employed as a Special Advisor to the Minister.

(a) The person referred to is appointed as a Special Advisor in accordance with Public Service Act Section 12A (i), to:

  1. Advise the Executive Authority on the exercise/performance of the Executive Authority’s powers and duties
  2. Advise the Executive Authority on the development of policy that will promote the department’s objectives and
  3. Perform such tasks as appropriate in respect of the exercise/performance of the Executive Authority’s powers and duties

(b) The person referred to is remunerated in accordance with Section 12A of the Public Service Act, 1994 and the relevant dispensation for Special Advisors, as contained in Section 17 of the Act.

22 September 2015 - NW3329

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a)(i) What total amount did his department spend on his travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips did he undertake between Cape Town and Gauteng in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for him in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year; (2) (a)(i) what total amount did his department spend on the Deputy Minister’s travel costs between Gauteng and Cape Town in the 2014-15 financial year and (ii) how many trips between Gauteng and Cape Town did the Deputy Minister undertake in the specified financial year and (b) what total amount did his department spend on (i) hotel and (ii) residential or other accommodation for the Deputy Minister in (aa) Cape Town and (bb) Pretoria in the 2014-15 financial year?

Reply:

  1. (a) (i) Spent on travel                          R184 543.72

              (ii) Trips undertaken                        27 trips

          (b) (i) Total amount spent on hotel       R0.00

              (ii) Total amount spent on residential or other accommodation:

                     (aa) Cape Town R0.00

                     (bb) Pretoria R0.00

 

     2.   (a) (i) Deputy Minister spent on travel    R160 358.38

               (ii) Trips undertaken                         25 trips

           (b) (i) Total amount spent on hotel         R0.00

               (ii) Total amount spent on residential or other accommodation:

                        (aa) Cape Town R0.00

                        (bb) Pretoria R0.00

END

22 September 2015 - NW3175

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Mulder, Dr PW to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether special buildings and other facilities have been erected to receive visitors to the Vredefort Dome, and to brief and assist them; if not, why not; if so, (a) what did the total cost of the complex or information centre amount to and (b) whether the buildings are currently being utilised; if so (i) how many staff members of staff have been appointed and (ii) what are their official working hours?

Reply:

(a) Yes, the Vredefort Interpretation Centre was designed to include a reception area for visitors. An amount of R11,7 million was budgeted for the Vredefort Interpretation Centre but was not completed due to the structural defects on the building and a budget shortfall. According to an independent engineer, the main building (interpretation centre) started to show cracks, leaks and structural defects as a result of the weak panels supporting the structure which would endanger the lives of any person entering the building.

The project proposal was prepared in 2004 and the cost norms and standards applicable at the time were used to determine the project budget. The actual construction work only commenced in 2006 which under normal circumstances would have included escalation to accommodate increased costs. The allocation of budget by the department did not take into account the time lapses and associated cost escalations.

The project was implemented in two phases and the building in question was one of the many deliverables. The building was done in phase 1 and the budget for the project included other deliverables such as stalls, kitchen, ablution block, fencing, bulk electricity and water supply.

(b) No, the Department of Tourism is in the process of completing the project.

(i) Falls away

(ii) Falls away




END

22 September 2015 - NW3364

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

(a) What amount has his department spent on overseas travel for (i) the Deputy Minister (ii) the Director-General and (iii) the Deputy Directors-General. In the period 1 May 2014 until 1 September 2015 (b) what was the purpose of each specified visit in each case. (c) what were the destinations and (d) what amount was spent on (i) flights (ii) accommodation and (iii) daily allowances?

Reply:

 

(a) How much was spent

(b) Purpose of the Visit

(c) Destination

(d) (i)

Flights

(d) (ii)

Accommodation

(d) (iii)

Daily allowances

(i) Deputy Minister

Total:

R 191 764.88

To attend the China Incentives. Business Travel & Meetings (CIBTM) in China and World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in Dublin.

China: Beijing

Date: 17 - 19 September 2014

Ireland: Dublin

Date: 22 - 25 September 2014

Flight:

R 114 212.00

Accommodation:

R 51 917.79

Allowance:

R 25 635.09

 

Total:

R 73 390.97

To attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association(IORA) First Tourism and Travel Mart in Seychelles

Seychelles: Mahe

Date: 21 - 22 November 2014

Flight:

R 59 603.39

Accommodation:

Complementary

Allowance:

R 13 787.58

 

Total:

R 73 291.04

To attend the World Exhibition for Incentive Travel. Meeting and Events (IMEX) 2015 and to participate in the IMEX Politicians Forum to be held in Villa Kennedy Hotel in Frankfurt

Germany: Frankfurt

Date: 19 - 21 May 2015

Flight :

R 67 436.72

Accommodation:

Complementary

Allowance

R 5 854.32

 

Total:

R 122 651.19

To attend a South East Asia Tourism Trade Roadshow in Malaysia. Singapore and Indonesia.

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

Date:16 - 17 August 2015

City: Singapore:

Date: 17 August 2015

Indonesia: Jakarta

Date: 18 - 19 August 2015

Flight:

R 84 960.72

Accommodation:

R 28 600.00

Advance:

R 9 090.47

(ii) Director General

Not applicable

The DG did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 - 1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iii) Deputy Director-General

Policy and Knowledge Management

Not applicable

The DDG: PKS did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 -- 1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iii) Deputy Director General

Domestic Tourism Management

Total:

R 97 842.95

To attend the 5th Carnival International de Victoria in Seychelles

Seychelles: Mahe

Date: 22 - 27 April 2015

Flight:

R 49 904.72

Accommodation:

R 33 120.00

Allowance:

R 14 818.23

 

Total:

R 73 338.01

Attended the Home Stay Study Tour in Malaysia

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

15 - 22 August 2015

Flight: R66 341.72

Accommodation:

R 2000.00

Allowance:

R 4 996.29

(iii) Deputy Director General

International Tourism Management

Total:

R 99 856.37

To attend IMEX and related side meeting

Germany. Frankfurt

17 - 23 May 2014

Flight:

R 61 624.00

Accommodation:

R 30 462.07

Allowance:

R 7 770.30

 

Total:

R 24 879.70

To attend the SADC Meeting

Zambia: Livingstone

17 - 21 June 2014

Flight:

R 6 924.00

Accommodation:

R 13 616.00

Allowance:

R 4 339.70

 

Total:

R 105 135.84

To attend the World Youth Student Conference where South Africa was announced as the host for the 2015 Conference

Ireland. Dublin

21 - 28 September 2014

Flight:

R 68 966.00

Accommodation:

R 17 500.85

Allowance:

R 18 668.99

 

Total:

R135 193.82

To attend the World Travel Market

United Kingdom: London

02 - 07 November 2014

Flight:

R 84 475.39

Accommodation:

R 37 999.98

Allowance:

R 12 718.45

 

Total:

R 76 984.48

To attend and present a paper at the 13th Global Forum on Tourism Statistics and UNWTO Special Workshop on Tourism Statistics

Japan: Nara

14 - 21 November 2014

Flight:

R62 385.39

Accommodation:

R 6 115.47

Allowance:

R 8 483.62

 

Total:

R 18 618.15

To attend the Extra Ordinary SADC Meeting

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls

25 - 29 November 2014

Flight:

R 7 122.39

Accommodation:

R 7 530.89

Allowance:

R 3 964.87

 

Total:

R 97 927.03

To attend the ITB and visit SA Tourism’s offices

Germany: Berlin

Italy. Milan

02 - 08 March 2015

Flight:

R 65 358.39

Accommodation:

R 23 996.76

Allowance:

R 8 571.88

 

Total:

R108 888.15

To attend the 100th UNWTO Executive Council meeting. South Africa through the National Department of Tourism was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the UNWTO for the period 2014- 2017.

Croatia: Rovinj

25 - 29 May 2015

Flight:

R 83 938.72

Accommodation:

R 17 564.99

Allowance:

R 7 384.44

 

Total:

R 26 064.40

To attend the 54th RETOSA Board and Annual General meetings

Malawi: Lilongwe

28 July 2015

Flight:

R 14 520.72

Accommodation:

R 8 920.00

Allowance:

R 2 623.68

(iii) Deputy Director General/ Chief Operations Officer

Not applicable

The COO did not travel overseas for the period 1 May 2014 -1 September 2015

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

21 September 2015 - NW3318

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether his department is keeping statistics of visitors to (a) our national game parks, (b) geological or botanical wonders such as the Cango Caves, the Big Tree and the Tsitsikamma Forest, (c) important historical sites such as Robben Island and Blood River, (d) cultural villages and museums and (e) any other places of unique interest; if not, why not, in each case; if so, (i) where did such visitors originate from and (ii) how many such visitors were South Africans during the period 30 June 2010 to 30 June 2015; (2) Will he make a statement on the sustainability and viability of all unique sites and places most frequently visited by overseas as well as South African tourists?

Reply:

1. (a)-(e) No, the Department of Tourism does not keep statistics of visitors to specific sites. Such information may be obtained from the relevant management authorities on request. Some of these entities publish such information on their annual reports. The Department uses such information in planning for tourism development.
(i)  Not Applicable
(ii) Not Applicable

 

2. Part of the department’s strategy is enhancement of important tourist destinations. This will ensure that there is enhanced quality experience and increased activities for our tourists. However, this is dependent on availability of financial resources. Other organs of state also have responsibilities and contribute to the upkeep and successful running of some of our iconic attractions.

 

 

END 

21 September 2015 - NW3276

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Matshobeni, Ms A to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1) What (a) total amount did his department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) What is the total amount that his department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

1.           (a) Total Amount Air travel:                  R503 358.12

              (b) Number of trips:                              81 trips

 

2.             (a) Total Amount on accommodation:  R139 064.16

                (b) Total amount on car rental:             R40 639.25



END

15 September 2015 - NW3169

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether his department is taking any steps to rid tourist sites of bogus tourist guides who are operating freely and preying on unsuspecting visitors at the specified sites (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what steps; 2. Whether he intends to set up a dedicated unit where tourists can report these bogus tour operators; if not why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. Tourist guides operating illegally are in contravention of the Tourism Act, 2014, which states that it is a criminal offence to act as a tourist guide without a valid registration. Complaints of this nature must be reported to the relevant Provincial Registrar of Tourist Guides so that charges can be laid with the South African Police Services (SAPS) for further investigation. The Department of Tourism has implemented programmes to raise awareness about the use of registered tourist guides and the consequences of non-compliance. Initiatives have included inspections conducted at identified illegal guiding hotspots in collaboration with various law enforcement authorities and placing advertorials in both print and digital media.
  2. The Department also has a dedicated Unit which facilitates the handling of all tourism-related complaints received. In addition, the Department has a call centre and a website facility where such complaints can be reported. The contact details are: Tourism Complaints Officer, complaints@tourism.gov.za / callcentre@tourism.gov.za

Tel: +27 (0) 12 444 6314/6312

Toll free Line: +27 (0) 0860 121 929 or +27 (0)12 444 6000

 

03 September 2015 - NW3084

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

How does (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him define red tape and (b) what (i) specific interventions and/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) his department and (bbb) the entities reporting to him?

Reply:

(a) The department does not define red tape but certainly believes in business efficiency. With regard to business process management, the Department and SA Tourism regularly review business processes to introduce improvements where necessary.

(b)(i)(aa)(aaa) Not applicable

(b)(i)(aa) (bbb) Not applicable

(b)(ii)(bb) (aaa) Not applicable

(b)(ii)(bb)(bbb) Not applicable

24 August 2015 - NW2803

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether, given the massive outcry and local and/or international indignation at the country’s continued support of the practice of canned lion hunting, the devastating effect of this practice on the country’s image as a sanctuary for the Big 5 of African wildlife and possible deleterious effects the specified practice can have on the country’s tourism, he intends to engage his counterparts in the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs on passing legislation to ban this barbaric practice; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

South Africa does not support canned lion hunting. The prohibition is provided for through the National Environmental Management Act (Act No 10 of 2014), which is implemented by the Department of Environmental Affairs. We believe that responsible citizenship would also assist in preventing such occurrences. All known cases of canned lion hunting should therefore be reported to the law enforcement agencies. Discussions with the Ministers of Environmental Affairs and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have not taken place.

24 August 2015 - NW2805

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Esterhuizen, Mr JA to ask the Minister of Tourism

What steps is his department taking to include traditional leaders as interested parties in the domestic tourism market given that large numbers of international and domestic tourists travel to areas under the control of traditional leaders in order to further explore and admire the rich multi-cultured traditional heritage of our various communities?

Reply:

The Domestic Tourism Management Branch invites Traditional Councils and Leaders to participate in the Capacity Building Seminars of the Department. These seminars are aimed at ensuring that relevant stakeholders at local level have the capacity to contribute to the growth of tourism in their communities, as well as benefiting small businesses, Non-Profit Organisations and cooperatives. Traditional leaders from most of the 27 Rural Nodes have participated.

Some of the Social Responsibility Implementation Projects have targeted areas under the jurisdiction of traditional leaders, who play a vital role in facilitating community participation and beneficiation.

18 August 2015 - NW2722

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Figlan, Mr AM to ask the Minister of Tourism

Does his department have any information that there has been a noticeable impact on the arrival and departure of travellers from various African countries since the outbreak of xenophobic violence against foreign nationals in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year?

Reply:

The Statistics South Africa monthly Tourism and Migration Statistical Release provides the available detailed information on arrivals and departures including in transit travelers. The number of tourists excludes in transit travelers and there was a year on year decrease for the period January to end April 2015 of 169 017 tourist arrivals, a decline of 7.19%, from the Africa continent. This was made up of a decline of 169 017 (7.1%) in tourism arrivals from SADC and a decline of 7 073 (11%) from the rest of the continent.

The reasons for the decline in arrivals from the African continent is not necessarily entirely attributable to the unfortunate attacks on foreign nationals.

18 August 2015 - NW2716

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) he, (b) his Deputy Minister and (c) any officials in his department travelled to China in the 2014-15 financial year; if so, what was the (i) purpose of each specified visit and (ii)(a) total cost and (b) breakdown of such costs of each specified visit?

Reply:

 

 
  1. Purpose of visit

(ii)(a) Total Cost

(Rand)

(ii)(b) Breakdown of cost

(Rand)

  1. Minister

Did not travel to China during the 2014-15 financial year.

  1. Deputy Minister

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

341 820.08

Deputy Minister

Flight ticket:

Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

83 430.00

22 026.00

585.00

625.00

11 317.92

117 983.90

  1. Officials

Ms L Mathopa

Ms N Sifanele

   

Ms L Mathopa

Flight ticket: Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Shuttle:

Allowance :

Total:

Ms N Sifanele

Flight ticket: Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fees:

Allowance:

Total:

78 859.00

28 630.00

630.00

665.00

870.00

3 797.14

113 451.14

83 430.00

15 456.00

585.00

625.00

10 289.02

110 385.02

  • Ambassador LM Makhubela, Director General (DG).
  • Mr V Tharage, Deputy Director General (DDG): Policy and Knowledge Services.
  • Ms L Mfecane, Deputy Director (DD): Office of the DG.

To attend the 2014 World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit.

To attend the 2014 World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit.

368 216.83

DG:

Flight ticket:

Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

DDG:

Flight ticket: Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

DD:

Flight ticket:

Accommodation:

Insurance:

Service Fee:

Allowance:

Total:

129 683.00

17 259.52

534.90

350.48

6 642.77

154 470.67

105 423.00

17 600.00

534.90

775.00

5 971.00

130 303.90

66 448.00

11 079.52

534.90

350.48

5 009.36

83 442.26

13 August 2015 - NW2723

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)(a) What was the cost of the building of the Metsi Matsho Resort in QwaQwa in Free State and (b) when will the project be completed; (2) Whether, in view of the poor financial management in the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality which is subject to National Treasury intervention, this project will be handed over to them; if not, what are the relevant details; if so, what measures are in place to ensure that the specified resort is managed efficiently?

Reply:

  1. (a)The Metsi Matsho project is being built over two phases. The budget of the first Phase was R26, 125,000 and the expenditure incurred was R25, 734,505. The second Phase is under implementation. The budget for the second Phase is R28, 851,326.00 and the expenditure as at 31 July 2015 is R10, 964,585.

(b) The first phase started around August 2011 till October 2013. The second Phase commenced in February 2015 and is expected to be completed in January 2016.

(2) Due to the fact that the land belongs to the community, a Trust has been registered and ownership of the project will ultimately vest with the Trust with the support of the Local Municipality. The department will be assisting the Trust to appoint a private sector operator, to ensure that an operator is in place by the time the project is completed. This will be undertaken through a consultative process with the community and will adhere to the PFMA regulations and principals of Supply Chain Management.

30 July 2015 - NW2530

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Krumbock, Mr GR to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)What are the details of each of the foreign trips he undertook since his appointment with regard to the (a)(i) country or (ii) city visited, (b) cost of each trip and (c) reason for each such trip; (2) whether each specified trip has been of benefit to the country; if not, why was each trip undertaken; if so, how did each trip benefit the country?

Reply:

1.(a)(i) Country

1. (a) (ii) City

1. (b) Cost

(Rand)

1. (c) Reason(s) for the trip

2. Benefit

Brazil

(21-25 September 2014)

Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo

R 111 957.74

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.

Brazil features in the Top 20 source markets for inbound tourists to South Africa (SA). In addition, in 2013, Brazil was the second largest source market for tourists from the Americas to SA and number one in Latin America. In 2013, SA welcomed 82 802 Brazilian tourists, which was a 5.6% increase from the 2012 statistics (78 376) with a total foreign direct spend of R893 million. Therefore, the opening of the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) Office in Brazil is a direct response to the increasing importance of the Brazilian market to the growth of the SA tourism sector. In 2013, a total of 9.1 million Brazilians travelled abroad, recording a 12% increase from the previous year, with SA capturing 1% of these tourists. [NB: The motivation is based on 2013 statistics because the SA Tourism office was opened in 2014]

In addition, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism with Brazil was a response to the growing importance of Brazil as a source market. It is the first such agreement with a South American country. The signing of this MoU also means that SA has now entered into bilateral tourism MOUs with all BRICS countries and is in a position to share best practices on Responsible Tourism with Brazil, for example. Brazil was the first country in the world to develop standards for Responsible Tourism, followed by SA in 2011. One of the key learning areas will revolve around the strategies and/or incentives Brazil put in place to encourage tourism companies to incorporate Responsible Tourism practices in their businesses.

The Minister had an opportunity to interact with both SA and Brazilian trade during the visit. The Minister gave opening remarks at the South African Airways (SAA) convened buyer-seller workshop on the side-lines of the ABAV Travel Tradeshow, where there were 39 SA exhibitors and 32 Brazilian buyers. The Minister also participated at the first Ubuntu Awards in Brazil where Brazilian tour operators, travel agents and media organisations that have worked in the spirit of partnership with SA to effectively market the destination were recognised. These efforts increased SA’s visibility in the Brazilian market and assured the travel trade that the SA Government acknowledges their role in growing SA’s market share.

All these events took place during the “Meet South Africa Week” where other SA entities such as SAA, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), SA Tourism, SA inbound tour operators, and SA Consulate-General in Sao Paolo participated. On 24 September 2015, the Minister hosted Brazilian journalists at a media breakfast.

Uzbekistan

(29 - 30 September 2014 Turkey

1-3 October 2014 Samarkand )

Turkey & Samarkand

R 197 919.41

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).

South Africa serves on the Executive Committee of the UNWTO until 2017. Together with the General Assembly, Exco is a mandatory session. The UNWTO is a United Nations agency charged with global governance of the tourism sector and responsible/sustainable development of the tourism economy, including ethics. It is also among the key centres of knowledge development and exchange for the tourism sector globally. South Africa contributes to the governance of the global tourism sector and the UNWTO Secretariat through serving in the Exco.

South Africa is the Chair of the UNWTO Working Group on ODA. The objectives of the working group are to assist the UNWTO to seek full ODA eligibility for multilateral ODA and explore ways of mobilising extra-budgetary resources for tourism development in ODA-eligible developing countries.

During South Africa’s term as Chair, the working group engaged with prominent members of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and developed a Tourism for Development Facility (TDF) which is a mechanism of mobilising extra-budgetary resources.

The Minister used the opportunity to meet with tour operators and to strengthen relations in Turkey en-route to Samarkand. Turkey is a developing source market for tourist arrivals to SA.

United Kingdom & Netherlands

(03-06 November 2014)

London & Amsterdam

R119 506.01

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.

The key event during this visit was the SA Tourism stand at the World Travel Market – showcasing South Africa together with some of its products to countries around the world. The Travel Market was also used to meet with Tourism counterparts around the world to strengthen relations.

The Minister presented the SA Tourism Ubuntu awards to South Africa’s travel and trade partners who have excelled in selling the destination to travellers from the United Kingdom (UK). The UK is one of South Africa’s top overseas source markets for tourist arrivals.

Namibia

(23 to 24 February 2015)

Windhoek

R 7 489.39

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.

The Symposium and the Annual Conference of the Partners presented South Africa with the opportunity to advance its responsible tourism programme through networks, partnerships, knowledge exchange and potential project support. South Africa’s participation at this international event is important in that it positions the country as a leader in responsible tourism practices in the region, on the continent and globally. Ministers also took the opportunity to exchange lessons learnt on how to strengthen community-based tourism.

Germany & Italy

(2-5 March 2015 Berlin

6-7 March 2015 Italy )

Berlin & Milan

R 162 201.85

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

ITB is a leading business platform for global tourism.
SA Tourism has been participating at ITB for a number of years. The SA Tourism stand accommodates products from South Africa.

ITB 2015, for the first time in its history, hosted a Minister’s Roundtable with the theme: Opportunities and Risks of mega sporting events for Tourism. Minister participated as a panel member at this platform. The latter provided South Africa with the opportunity to share our tourism experiences stemming from hosting events like the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Minister had the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges for Germany as a key source market for tourist arrivals to South Africa. The event also provided a good opportunity for the Minister to engage with the German Media as well as with media from other countries.

This was Minister’s first visit to the SA Tourism’s office in Italy. This provided an opportunity for Minister to meet the staff and to get a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges to position South Africa as a preferred tourist destination for Italian residents. Minister also had the opportunity to meet with key tour operators that sell South and Southern Africa to Italian residents.

Russia & United Arab Emirates

(16-20 March 2015)

Moscow

R 167 843.67

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

The Minister’s visit to the Russian Federation was a result of discussions following a meeting with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E Mikhail Petrakov. The meeting was convened at the request of the Russian Ambassador and the focus of the meeting was on the issues relating to tourism cooperation between South Africa (SA) and the Russian Federation. During the meeting the Russian Ambassador extended an invitation, on behalf of the Russian Minister.

MITT created a unique opportunity for the department to use the visit to Russia to gain a deeper understanding of the Russian trade and the tourism market, and to share the department’s future plans for the Russian market with the SA mission officials in charge of tourism portfolio. Russia has been identified as a priority market and a source of future tourism growth for SA.

The eThekwini Declaration of 2013 raised tourism as an area BRICS should explore. Brazil as incoming Chair in 2013 proposed a MoU on which South Africa provided comments. South Africa explored opportunities to get the BRICS tourism Ministers to meet and formalise tourism cooperation within the BRICS forum. The main reason is to optimise travel and tourism flow and also to advance the African tourism agenda within BRICS. In view of Russia becoming the Chair of BRICS, the Minister used this opportunity to raise tourism issues with the Russian Deputy Minister responsible for tourism.

(15-16 March 2015)

Dubai

The cost included in the Russia trip (connection)

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.

The Ministerial mission comprised of meetings with travel agencies and tour operators; major airlines representatives that have a wide reach within the Middle East region; as well as a meeting with Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The aim of the meetings was to understand their product needs and support required for them to sell South Africa as a tourism destination. The engagements allowed the Minister to better understand the market and also address issues relating to promoting South Africa as a tourism destination. The trip has resulted in a familiarisation trip to South Africa by a group of tour operators from the UAE in June 2015 as well as the participation of tour operators from the UAE at Indaba 2015 as buyers of South African products.

United States of America (USA) & Spain

(13-14 April 2015)

New York

R174 618.16

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

The Ubuntu awards honours South African Tourism’s outstanding trade partners in business and leisure travel. South African Tourism invited the Minister to deliver a keynote address at the event.

The Minister also interacted with trade on emerging challenges including the issue of Ebola virus which negatively affected travel decisions in the US markets.

(15-16 April 2015)

Madrid

The cost is included in the USA trip. (connection)

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

The WTTC Global Summit is established as a key annual event in the Travel and Tourism calendar and is the global leaders’ forum for travel and tourism. The theme was ‘Disruption and Reinvention in the tourism sector’. The Minister was invited to deliver a speech on South Africa.

Through discussions held during the summit, it was concluded that the tourism industry has the constant ability to re-invent itself as world events pose new challenges and opportunities to the sector. The sector was encouraged to embrace the power of people for its future successes. These people includes tourism consumers, world’s citizens, governments, entrepreneurs of tomorrow and people employed within the sector.

The Minister’s participation in the WTTC promotes public private partnership. South Africa (both government and industry) benefits from the developments, deliberations and thematic issues emanating from the WTTC summit. South Africa also benefits from the research and knowledge that is generated by the WTTC to get deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in key source markets.

Seychelles

(24-26 April 2015)

Victoria

R 54 173.04

To attend the International Carnival of Victoria.

The Minister of Tourism in Seychelles has with South Africa’s support, initiated discussion for the establishment of a chapter for Tourism within the African Union Secretariat. The visit provided the opportunity for an informal bilateral between the two Ministers.

Participating in the Carnival assisted South Africa in developing a regional tourism footprint and to showcase our culture. The Carnival also added to a better understanding of other African countries in terms of culture and heritage.

Relationship-building in the region and continent is crucial for the growth of our continent. There are also three countries which are members of BRICs, namely, Brazil, India and China who are already participating in the carnival. This will further strengthen the partnership in the tourism space.

The marketing of our country through the media coverage will be profound in showcasing our attractions in Africa, Europe, South America and Asia.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

(4-5 May 2015)

Dubai

R 67 303.35

To attend the 2015 UNWTO Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum on Intra Arab Tourism and to establish contact between the governments of South Africa and the Middle East region.

To engage the main role players in the tourism sector in the Middle East to promote South Africa as a suitable tourism destination.

To attend the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between South African Tourism and Emirates airlines to promote South Africa as a tourist destination.

The ATM is the largest travel trade exhibition in the Middle East and eight South African companies participated in the exhibition. The South African stand was officially opened by the Minister and an opportunity was provided to engage the tourism trade from the region as well as various media that were present for the opening. This enabled the tourism trade to better understand South Africa’s value proposition as a tourism destination.

The Minister also met with a number of his counterparts from the Middle East as well as Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO and Mr David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) during the Ministerial Forum. This assisted in establishing relations with Ministers counterparts in the Middle East region.

Croatia

(27-29 May 2015)

Rovinj

R 111 831.38

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

As a member of the Executive Council (Exco) of the UNWTO for the period 2014-2017, South Africa continues to contribute to the governance of the global tourism sector and the UNWTO Secretariat. South Africa benefits from the research and knowledge that is generated by the UNWTO on various issues such as trends, thematic issues, etc.

South Africa is the Chair of the UNWTO Working Group on Official Development Assistance (ODA). With South Africa as chair, the working group contributed to the historic 100th session of the Exco by developing a Tourism for Development Facility which is a mechanism to be used by UNWTO for mobilising extra-budgetary resources for tourism development in ODA-eligible developing countries. The Exco endorsed the Tourism for Development Facility. The working group has achieved its objectives and will cease to exist in September 2015.

Zimbabwe

(18 June 2015)

Harare

R 27 549.34

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.

The roundtable discussions aimed at addressing issues impacting negatively on tourism growth and development in the region such as poverty, Ebola, lack of air connectivity and visa.

The Minister’s participation in these events is in line with strengthening regional integration. Minister also participated in roundtable discussions on issues pertaining to unlocking regional tourism growth potential

The participation by the Minister in events like the Sanganai Tourism Expo opened opportunities for Ministers to address issues for the development of tourism in the region and to share best practises.

Zimbabwe is currently the Chair of the SADC Tourism Ministers as well as the Commission for Africa under the UNWTO.

17 July 2015 - NW2531

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Tourism

(1)Whether, in view of the lack of project management skills and controls, poor workmanship and in some cases no value for money associated with the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme projects in the tourism industry, his department has devised a plan to complete the poorly implemented projects; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

Reply:

  1. Yes, forensic investigations were conducted in relation to non-compliance with the contractual agreements and suspected mismanagement of funds by project implementers. The department has decided on legal recourse in such cases. Where projects could not be completed due to cost escalations related to the changes in the built environment, the department will provide support for completion of such facilities based on availability of funds.

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  1. Yes, the department has undertaken a review of the Social Responsibility Implementation’s (SRI) planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting processes in relation to infrastructure projects to ensure closer alignment with the built environment requirements. SRI also undertakes continuous improvement based on annual audits and monitoring of project implementation.

(3) No, the department did not revise the method of appointment of project implementers. The appointment of implementers is governed by the public finance management requirements as contained in the Public Finance Management Act and its regulations.

(4) Thirteen projects have been subjected to forensic auditing.

17 July 2015 - NW2265

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Van Damme, Ms PT to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him has paid out the remainder of any employee's contract before the contractually stipulated date of termination of their contracts since the 2008-09 financial year up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, (i) how much has (aa) his department and (bb) entities reporting to him spent on each such payout, (ii) to whom were these payouts made and (iii) what were the reasons for the early termination of the contracts in each specified case?

Reply:

(a) The department did not exist in the financial years of 2008/09 - 2009/10.

The department has not paid out the remainder of any employee’s contract since the 2010/11 financial year until date.

(aa) (i) – (iii) Not applicable

(b) SA Tourism has paid out the remainder of a contract.

(bb)

  1. R1 512 781.90 (R1,080 022.90 was paid out 2011/12 and R437 759 was paid out 2012/2013)
  2. Previous CEO, Ms T January-McLean 2011/12- 2012/13
  3. Separation by mutual agreement with the SAT Board