Kubayi-Ngubane: SA tourism sector's road to recovery has now begun

PRETORIA - CAPE TOWN - Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said that the coronavirus pandemic had devastated South Africa’s tourism industry.

Kubayi-Ngubane made the announcement during a virtual media briefing on Wednesday. It follows President Cyril Ramaphosa's address on Saturday when he announced that the country would move to alert level 2.

Minister Kubayi-Ngubane described the pandemic as one of the biggest challenges the country had ever faced. She said that the road to recovery had begun.

“Our intention is to start, as soon as possible, to work with the sector to implement the recovery plan. We are mindful that this is critical, as tourism is one of the pillars of South Africa’s growth.”

She explained that various tourism activities would be allowed under level 2 lockdown and urged people to continue social distancing and wearing masks.

“Our main goal is to ensure that no tourism facility becomes a source of spread of the pandemic. We are encouraged that since the beginning of the opening of the sector, we have done well. We have not seen us being a source of the spread. I want to say to the sector and to all who participate, let’s keep this up.”

Kubayi-Ngubane added that the department was “highly encouraged” by the interest shown by local and international investors.

“This gives hope that the supply side of our sector will not only recovery but has the potential to surpass where we were prior to the pandemic.”

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Source: Eyewitness News