While SONA's focus is on broad issues, it is cold comfort for water-less Giyani, Metsimaholo, Polokwane, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has met industry leaders over their concerns that changes to the visa regime, announced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in September, were vague and unclear.
The current low investor confidence in SA is due to state capture and investors want to know what is being done about it, says Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.
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Namibian President Hage Geingob has announced plans to abolish visa requirements for all Africans.
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The tourism sector expects strong growth in 2016 after strict new visa rules reduced the number of arrivals in the previous year, says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.
For reasons best known to Home Affairs Minister, five months after his appointment he effected a drastic change to Visa regulations that soon impacted tourism numbers.
A common assumption is that the new stringent visa regulations, which were amended recently, were hurting companies operating in the local tourism industry. finweek looks at how industry players have actually fared.
The new visa rules in South Africa have boosted tourism arrivals in Zambia and Namibia, says a former director of the Tourism Business Council.
A user says she paid a personal and professional cost for new visa laws as students from abroad now battle to study at the university where she lectures.
The visa reforms are due to be implemented ahead of the festive season because of their potential to create economic growth.
While 10m tourists flocked to SA in 2016, experts argue that current visitor numbers are in fact 'not amazing at all'. Some say we could, and should, aim to double this figure in the next five years.
Industry body South African Tourism says there appears to be a lack of understanding of the visa requirements for visiting South Africa.
South Africa's lucrative English language school industry is starting to crumble with at least two Cape Town schools shutting down over the country's visa rules.
Casino group Tsogo Sun says while it was adversely impacted by the contentious visa regulations, it still managed to increase profit by 12%.
Both Home Affairs and visa application service firm VFS have denied any links to President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane and Rajesh Gupta following claims by the DA.
National legislation could be passed that would cut red tape and prevent new laws that would hamper small business growth, like the recent visa regulations.
Two international bodies in the tourism and aviation sector have welcomed the South African government's retake on the visa regulations.
A Fin24 user says the Department of Home Affairs and VFS Centres are passing the buck and making the situation so much difficult for foreigners.
SA needs a different approach to child trafficking than unworkable visa processes that deter normal travellers and hurt tourism, says a Fin24 user.
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