The South African Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, launched the Gauteng-leg of the National Tourism Monitors Initiative at Vilakazi Street in Soweto. During the launch, it was mentioned that the project will be extended to all other provinces to, among other things, address visitor safety and support in tourist precincts and sites.
The Minister said the initiative forms part of a long-term strategy to enhance tourism destinations through safety and the development of vibrant precincts and sites. “Tourism precinct development recognizes that tourism supply is not evenly dispersed throughout destinations, but is mostly concentrated into distinctive geographical areas. Such precincts are anchored around various aspects, e.g. historic architecture and clustered together attractions, activities and infrastructure.”
Each monitor will receive a monthly stipend of R3 600 in line with the Expanded Public Works Programme for a period of 36 months.
Minister Xasa, added: “It is intended to give a special focus on ensuring the safety of tourists’ hotspots, nationally. To this end, further engagements are currently underway between the department and the Ehlanzeni Municipality in Mbombela (among others) to address tourism safety and extend the Tourism Monitors Programme to the area.”