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September 27, 2017

Tourism contributes greatly to economy

Tokozile Xasa on Tuesday said the South African tourism sector had contributed greatly toward moving the country out of a recession.

“Tourism is a significant and critical sector in our economy as it contributes positively to the trade balance through foreign exchange receipts, sustains 700 000 direct jobs and is performing stronger than the other growth sectors,” the Minister said.

Earlier this month Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released GDP data that showed that the economy grew by 2.5% quarter on quarter in the second quarter. The growth means that the country has exited a technical recession.

Delivering a public lecture at the University of Mpumalanga [...]

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September 20, 2017

Esther Mahlangu Gets Her Own Boulevard in the Big Apple

New Yorkers are getting their turn to bask in the bold colours and graphics of legendary Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu, who has just been honoured with a mural dedicated to her work in the Big Apple.

The tribute was painted in Tribeca by New York-based artist Imani Shanklin Roberts. Crossing Franklin Street and West Broadway’s Citi Bike station, the painting spans a two-lane road and features Ndebele symbols that Shanklin Roberts says are a celebration of feminine energy.

“To you NYC, I present Xola, (Stay in Peace) — ((A South African Name I named my daughter–*Alignment*))) a piece that is representative of a feminine energy force that is [...]

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August 25, 2017

SA to participate in World Tourism Conference

Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa will lead a South African delegation comprising of public and private sector tourism experts to attend the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

The conference, which takes place from 28 to 31 August 2017, is expected to attract government leaders, international investors and travel professionals from the United States, Europe and Africa to explore how tourism can be utilised as an engine for economic growth and job creation.

Minister Xasa will also attend the inaugural Council of Tourism Ministers meeting scheduled for Monday, 28 August 2017.

This Council is chaired by Honourable Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism [...]

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August 23, 2017

Young chefs join hospitality industry

Tourism Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe has congratulated 50 chef graduates in Newlands, Cape Town.

The chefs were trained through the National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP). It is a project that develops unemployment youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years in the skills of the culinary arts. It’s the brainchild of a partnership between the National Department of Tourism and the South African Chefs Association (SACA).

The programme was first piloted in 2011 for a period of 10 months, where a total of 800 young South Africans enrolled in the City and Guilds Certified qualification in Food Preparation and Cooking. Phase two of the programme commenced in the [...]

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