LAND & INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
Land and infrastructure developments play a significant role in the growth and development of the travel and tourism industry in South Africa. The industry has also been affected by the recent passing of the contaversial Expropriation Bill by the National Assembly on 23 February 2016. Expropriation is defined as the act of taking of privately owned property by the government for the benefit of the public/previously disadvantaged. The process of land claims – particularly in areas where tourism activity was well established – while considering the history of our country is a sensitive matter which needs to be carefully handled especially considering the economic benefits of tourism activities in the affected areas.
The Southern African Bus Operator’s Association (SABOA) and the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) continue to actively be involved in lobbying and representing the industry in various transport related processes and engagements.
In Gauteng province, the Gautrain is planning on taking its service to previously disadvantaged areas. Gautrain recorded 50-million passenger trips over the past five years totaling to 300 000 train trips and nearly 1.5 million bus trips. This expansion will surely boost the province and the industry.