It’s about time

2018-06-28 06:03

AT last it seems that the National Department of Tourism (NDT) is going to take non-compliant, fly by night businesses in the sector to task.

Last week I attended the Tourism Act revision session in Durban and from inputs from the floor it was very clear that businesses who go through all the hoops and loops to be legal and compliant as “gatvol” that many others do not.

This includes taxi drivers masquerading as tour operators, underqualified tour guides, unscrupulous and fraudulent holiday letting. Uber and Airbnb was also a matter of contention.

Given that national legislation has precedent over provincial tourism legislation, this session was a start to assist KZN in repealing or amending the Act here.

My submission to NDT was to legislate that all tourism business categories must be a member of an accredited Community Tourism Association like Ugu South Coast Tourism.

In so doing each CTO in conjunction with local municipalities can ensure that only legitimate businesses can have a fair bite at the tourism cher- ry.

The present indication is that if the Act is passed, severe penalties for transgressors could include one or all of massive fines, forced closure and time in prison.

I am in support of this move — its time the authorities acted against the chancers and supported those who do things by the book.

Another encouraging development is the establishment of a Tourism Complaints Official at NDT who would take all the legal steps to ensure that issues are dealt with and including aspects of the Consumer Protection Act and tourism businesses that do not play ball.

My view is that if businesses stay out of the CTO environment they should not expect assistance from us in matters tourism. Our allegiance is to our paid up members and we will act on their behalf when it comes to lobbying government, tourism organisations and local institutions.

My advice is thus — if you are a tourism, hospitality and leisure enterprise get fully legit. We have personnel who can assist you in this.

Its time the authorities acted against the chancers and supported those who do things by the book.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

SQL Reporter

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R10 000.00 - R12 000.00 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.