W Cape to clamp down on illegal tour guides

2013-06-13 09:06

Cape Town - The government is looking at appointing a provincial registrar to clamp down on illegal tour guides operating in the Western Cape.

The Cape Times reports that during a recent inspection where 1 123 people were screened, the department discovered that there were 187 illegal tour guides.

Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde said there were several gaps in legislation that makes provision for the registration of tourist guides, lodging complaints and disciplinary measures.

"The Tourism Second Amendment Act 70 of 2000 currently does not empower provincial registrars to issue penalties to illegal tourist guides.

"The act states the provincial registrar must report the guide to SAPS if found to be in contravention of the act."

Winde said a national task team including officials from different departments and police will focus on monitoring illegal guiding activities.

"The appointment will be gazetted in the next two months. Reports of illegal tour guides will be given to the registrar, who will report the matter to police," he said.

Tour guides must apply for badges, granting them the right to lead groups to popular tourist spots and to earn these badges, guides must complete first-aid training and prove they are qualified to lead tours.

Illegal operators skip this part of the process, and are as a result liable to spread false information.

Winde said they conducted regular checks on the 3 192 guides registered on the provincial database.

"During these inspections we aim to clamp down on illegal guiding," Winde said.

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