Zim, SA strengthen tourism ties

2012-05-12 16:22

Johannesburg - South Africa and Zimbabwe signed a memorandum of understanding on Saturday, furthering tourism opportunities between the two countries, the department of tourism said.

"Both countries acknowledge the contribution that tourism makes in growing their respective economies and creating employment opportunities," it said in a statement.

The memorandum focuses on both countries sharing their best practices on integrating culture and heritage into tourism, increasing investment opportunities and collaborating in research and policy making.

It also allows both countries to exchange professionals and promote sustainable tourism.

"Governance mechanisms to oversee the implementation of the actions related to the content of the... [memorandum] have been put in place and officials from both countries will meet twice a year to report on progress and also review progress made," the department said.

"Senior government officials from both countries will develop an implementation plan focusing on the areas of collaboration, and regularly review progress in the implementation of the... [memorandum]."

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-05-12 16:36

    Something tells me only one country will benefit from this...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 21:20

      We get Zim tourists here all the time... they borrow things from us :-)

  • madri.spoelstra - 2012-05-12 17:45

    did "Kortbroek" sign the deal?

      georgebrightons - 2012-05-12 18:50

      Wie is 'kortbroek'? Madri?

      Morné - 2012-05-12 20:11

      "Kortbroek" is our minister of tourism, Martinus van Schalkwyk.

      Antwahn - 2012-05-13 20:36

      Our esteemed moderator is a great fan of Korbroek's. He deleted my own earlier (cheeky) comment, but also a perfectly factual answer to a question RE; the origin of the nickname. Seeming immaturity to lead the NNP at so young and age (then), with such a youthful appearance. Pathetic, humourless, dour!

  • Frank - 2012-05-12 19:01

    Georgebrightons ". Kortbroek " the name the nats gave to minister van Schalkwyk in Afrikaans because he had not grown up yet mentally that is

      georgebrightons - 2012-05-12 20:11

      Aaaah! 'Et tu MADI' baie dankie Frank!!!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-12 19:01

    The best way forward for SA tourism ,is to get government RIGHT OUT of this business. This silly talk coming from this department is booooring !!!!

  • Cornelius - 2012-05-12 19:03

    Hmmmmmmm!! A lot of involuntary Zimbabwe tourists crossing the boarder in their millions for economic emancipation.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-12 19:05

    When Bob imposed sanctions against EU, no-one wanted to associate with him. On thursday Zambia visited Bob in Zim. and now it's SA. EU now begs BOB to remove sanctions against them, everyone wants to associate with him. Thanks Bob you didn't bow downn to the so called sanctions by the imperialists and capitalists. All Zims' can go back and make Zim to work again.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-12 19:21

      George, What the heck are you on about ???????????????????? You want to on the West, go for it,have fun, but please talk 'some'sense !!

      Chris - 2012-05-12 20:21!!!

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-12 20:57

    All the countries must start to help Zim' as reforms are yielding results. Let G8 and Brics countries help revive the economy of that country. US,Britain,China,Japan and many more have the capacity of making Zim' the 'BREAD BASKET OF AFRICA' again. I appeal to BOB and Morgan to set their political differences aside on humanity grounds. Let the coalition continue for a while as it is working for now. All races and tribes must work together and Reconcile!!!

      Kevin - 2012-05-13 11:12

      George, when Morgan won the 2002 election it was stolen from him with Mbeki's help. When Morgan won the last election Mbeki again helped Mugabe keep power. The politics of patronage and corruption have finally reduced the country to a begging bowl and you want the thieves to be helped to build up the economy so they can steal the investment funds provided by foreigners. You must think the whole world is as stupid as you are.

      georgebrightons - 2012-05-13 13:02

      @kevin. The people of Zim' always vote for Bob. The masses vote Bob to avoid civil war. Many people died during war. Imagine MDC winning Zim' through elections. I think MDC are good as an official party for the sake of poor people of Zim'. We must bear in mind BOB banned the so-called international observers for elections in Zim', because the West,Britain and Europe has never invited African observers for their elections. Sanctions failed to affect BOB, but poor people only. Let's support the peaceful initiation by SADC,AU and EU.

  • erneyb - 2012-05-13 09:58

    What a joke. The only "tourists" from Zimbabwe to S.A. are the government ministers and top beaurocrats who come shopping in S.A. The average Zimbabwe citizen are not even allowed to take money out of the country ? S.A's foreign policy towards Zim. has so miserably failed that signing a "memorandum of understanding" is a smoke screen for this failed policy but at least S.A. can say, look we have signed a m. o. u. which shows our co-operation with Zimbabwe. What a pile of hypocritical sh.. !

  • Kevin - 2012-05-13 11:05

    I bet there are a queue of companies just waiting to invest in Zimbabwe so Saviour Kasukawere and his gang of thieves can steal 51% of their investment. Van Schalkwyk is just another oxygen thief for even talking to the the ZanuPF Ministry of Tourism in Zimbabwe.

  • Antwahn - 2012-05-13 13:03

    But were those ties not strong enough already? We have some 3 million Zim permanent tourists here already. But perhaps, with the way things will go in SA, WE have to go on an extended holiday THERE, in future.

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