CAPE TOWN – As South Africa eases lockdown levels across the country of June 1, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that certain parts of the tourism sector will be opening up.
Hunting, game drives and hiking will be allowed during level 3, however, Kubayi-Ngubane emphasised that these activities performed in groups are still prohibited.
The Minister of Tourism also announced that car rental services, touring guides and travel agents will return to operation and that accommodation, such as hotels and B&B’s, are permitted to provide their services only to those travelling for work or permitted services.
Although these parts of the tourism sector had initially been planned to resume during lockdown 1 and 2, the sector had been one of the hardest-hit and severely impacted by the national lockdown.
Kubayi-Ngubane acknowledged the struggle the sector had faced. With the department responding to this with an allocation of R30-million to relief funds making a R50 000 once-off subsidy available for those in need within the tourism sector.
The Minister of Tourism concluded the address explaining the reason for the resumption of these operations are due to around 600 000 jobs are at stake and that an urgent intervention is needed to keep the sector alive.
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