Cape City – Tourism companies need clarification on when borders can be reopened because the trade continues to endure because of the lockdown.
Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, chief govt of Tourism Enterprise Council of South Africa, stated the trade’s contribution to the GDP this 12 months was anticipated to be low, whereas there can be important job losses.
“The provision chain of the tourism sector additionally touches manufacturing, reminiscent of autos, linen, furnishings crockery, cutlery, building, banking and agriculture because the thousands and thousands of vacationers devour our meals,” he stated.
James Vos, Mayco member for Financial Alternatives and Asset Administration, stated: “The tourism sector particularly has come to a whole halt. If the tourism sector is denied the chance to reopen, billions can be misplaced and hundreds of individuals will lose their jobs, not solely in tourism but in addition within the sectors that help it reminiscent of meals and beverage, lodging and transportation.”
It was attainable for the trade to reopen by implementing strict well being protocols so workers can return to work, he added.
“Too many livelihoods rely on the reopening of this sector… it can’t afford to attend any longer to reopen.”
Premier Alan Winde in his presentation to the President’s Coordinating Council, arguing why the province ought to transfer to degree three of the lockdown, stated that preliminary projections, based mostly on analysis being performed by the province’s Division of Financial Growth and Tourism, point out that over 200 000 jobs are going to be misplaced within the Western Cape alone.
“The scenario can be even worse if we keep on Alert Stage four, and companies are compelled to remain closed.”