Tourism minister wants borders open by December

CAPE TOWN –In the light of a possible second wave of the coronavirus on the cards, Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane urged South Africans to not let their guard down as the country needs the economic boost through tourism.

Kubayi-Ngubane said that the government was re-assessing the ‘red list’ every two and hopes to open the borders to all countries ahead of the December holidays.

However, a second wave has hit several European countries and South Africa is on full alert following a spike in the infection rate numbers.

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“The tourism sector would lose a lot of jobs and a lot more businesses would go under. We do believe that we have a second chance to try and recover and anything that can happen can literally take us backwards,” said Kubayi-Ngubane.

“We are watching closely at what happens abroad because from our side we are making progress for a number of countries to be able to come but we are worried about us opening 100% – you win that battle at opening 100%, only to find that other countries are closing,” she said.

The banned list of countries that are allowed to travel into South Africa was recently updated, with the latest update carrying 22 banned countries.

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