'Madiba journey' proposed to boost Cape heritage tourism

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Cape Town - A heritage tourism route tracing former president Nelson Mandela’s journey in the Western Cape will be submitted to Cabinet for approval next month.

Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde in a statement on Thursday said that as part of the province’s growth strategy, entitled Project Khulisa, a series of initiatives were being proposed to boost the province’s heritage tourism offering.

Five sites had been identified for the proposed Mandela journey: Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, Drakenstein Correctional Centre, City Hall and Parliament.

The proposal would be included in an action plan aimed at growing the tourism industry in the Western Cape. 

“Project Khulisa has shown that under a high-growth scenario we can increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector by up to R28bn from R17bn,” Winde said.

“Under this same scenario, it could add up to 100 000 formal jobs. Currently, 204 000 residents are formally employed in the tourism sector.”

The proposal stemmed from South African Tourism’s mobile app, which is based on the “Madiba-inspired tourism attractions” map, he explained. 

“The map was launched in 2014 to encourage local and international tourists to walk in the footsteps of Madiba.” 

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