Tourism enterprises in Western Cape the least transformed, survey finds

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A limited number of tourism enterprises had achieved the 30% black ownership target as set out in the tourism sector B-BBEE codes.
A limited number of tourism enterprises had achieved the 30% black ownership target as set out in the tourism sector B-BBEE codes.
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The Western Cape's tourism enterprises are the "least transformed", according to a survey by the Tourism Transformation Council of South Africa.

Limpopo, on the other hand, is leading in terms of tourism products owned by black people, followed by Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

This is according to draft 2021 Tourism Portfolio Budget Review and Recommendation Report presented by Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Tourism on Tuesday.

A limited number of tourism enterprises in the country had achieved the 30% black ownership target as set out in the tourism sector B-BBEE codes. Less than 50% of enterprises in the accommodation, hospitality and travel sub-sectors achieved the minimum ownership targets.

As for management control, it was found that, despite the tourism sector in SA employing a large number of women, only 11% of enterprises had black-owned representation at board, executive and senior management levels. Overall poor performance on the promotion of black management in general were found to exist. 

In addition, enterprise and supplier development in the country's tourism sector were meant to be a key driver of transformation. Yet, despite what the draft report states as "the significant opportunity to address this through preferential procurement from black-owned suppliers and inclusion of SMMEs in supply chains", the majority of large enterprises did not comply with the set target.

There was found to be almost no expenditure on procurement from enterprises with a majority black shareholding. 

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