Ministers meet on advancing Small Business Development in Tourism


South African tourism minister, Tokozile Xasa, met with Minister of Small Business Development, Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, to discuss how they will work together to advance the tourism sector and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the greater mandate of the NDP. “Tourism is overarching and cuts across many sectors. We need to work together with various government departments, as enablers and influencers of tourism destination competitiveness, to grow and transform our sector and economy,” said Minister Xasa.

“Tourism as a priority sector has the ability to contribute to economic growth by providing employment opportunities, and a conducive and sustainable environment for Small and Medium Enterprises to thrive.”
“As a Department, we support the growth and development of small enterprises in our sector through exposure to platforms such as INDABA, and similar international trade shows,” said Xasa. Minister of Small Business Development, Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, echoed the sentiment in her commitment to working with Tourism and advancing small enterprises. “The critical focus of the current government is the eradication of poverty, unemployment and inequality. Small and medium enterprises play an important role in addressing these challenges. “”The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is encouraged by the focus that our sister Department of Tourism (NDT) is making in the development of SMEs in the sector.”

“As DSBD we are committed to working with tourism to ensure that the benefits and value of tourism growth is shared by all. We will ensure that provision is made for small businesses that are owned, managed and operated by black people, women and the youth across the breadth and depth of our country,” said Zulu.
Minister Xasa will host similar meetings with other departments in the near future to forge partnerships and collaboration that will streamline the implementation and realisation of the goals set out in the NDP.
“I look forward to engaging with my counterparts in the various departments, focusing on the tourism value chain, and how we can collaborate to create employment opportunities for women and youth, in particular, reduce poverty and inequality,” concluded Xasa.

This article was written by KRISTIE OMAR.


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Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people and enjoying their food and culture. She enjoys tackling complex strategic challenges in the passion-to-entrepreneurship pipeline, particularly focused on the implications of 4th Industrial Revolution and workforce automation on Africa's travel and tourism industry. Miriro is currently the Managing Editor of Nomad Africa magazine.

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