Province to have ‘Madiba route’

2015-07-21 06:00

The provincial government wants to honour the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela by developing a tourism route which traces his journey in the province.

Alan Winde, provincial minister of economic opportunities, says it is part of a series of heritage tourism proposals to boost the province’s growth.

The proposal comes from South African Tourism’s mobile app, which is based on a map of Madiba-inspired tourism attractions.

“The map was launched last year to encourage local and international tourists to walk in the footsteps of Madiba. We hope these initiatives will offer an authentic experience to visitors, allowing them to experience a piece of the Western Cape’s rich cultural heritage,” he says.

The proposal is to develop signage for the Madiba route, which will highlight culturally significant sites in the province, Winde explains.

“It is our goal to develop clear signage for the Madiba route so tourists are able to easily navigate to the different sites. We will work with local and national tourism authorities to market the route. At this stage this is a proposal, and we will engage the relevant stakeholders. Collaboration with key roleplayers is key to ensure the project’s success,” he says.

The proposed Mandela journey will be made up of Robben Island, Pollsmoor prison, Drakenstein correctional services, City Hall and Parliament.

The proposal will be included in the action plan aimed at growing the tourism industry. It will be submitted for approval next month.

“We can increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector by up to R28bn from R17bn. It could add up to 100 000 formal jobs. Currently, 204 000 residents are formally employed in the tourism sector. To achieve these goals, the private and public sector have to collaborate and jointly invest in a set of focused, specific projects.”

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