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TBCSA Congratulates President Cyril Ramaphosa on his re-election and urges concerted effort to grow SA’s tourism sector

Pretoria, 18 June 2024

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) welcomes the re-election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President-elect of the Republic of South Africa and Head of State.

As the President readies to announce his Cabinet, under the Government of National Unity, we again offer our organisation’s unwavering support and eagerness to collaborate on efforts to grow South Africa’s economy alongside the rest of the business sector.

As industry leaders in the sector, we believe that tourism has the potential to significantly boost the government’s effort to address the ongoing unemployment issues (thereby dealing with the other two intractable challenges of poverty and inequality) in South Africa. We believe we can also make a significant contribution to growing rural economies by enhancing interest in under-served rural tourism.

Our sector’s potential to generate revenue collection for the fiscus must be cemented in the minds of national government decision-makers. Tourism has and continues to play an important role in the South African economy. According to Statistics South Africa, in 2019 it contributed 3.7% to national GDP, followed by 2.1% in 2020, and 2.3% in 2021. Its slowdown came in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought about slow economic growth, globally.

We hope that the President’s appointment of the incoming Minister of Tourism will gain us a partner who will help create an enabling environment for tourism businesses to thrive, as has been our pleasurable experience with past Ministers.

The public sector is an important partner in the tourism ecosystem. Without the support of legislative authorities, the tourism industry would struggle to advance and play a meaningful role in building a cohesive South African society.

Statement issued by: Jerry Mabena, TBCSA Board Chairman

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