UPDATE - The Presidency has since changed the infographic and backtracked its stance on leirsure travel.
The Presidency shared an infographic on Facebook on Friday evening (July 10), highlighting the latest update on activities that are allowed at Level 3.
On the infographic – under the subcategory of Accommodation Establishments – it states that “with the exception of private homes for paid leisure accommodation, accommodation establishments are allowed to operate for leisure travel within a province”.
This comes on the heels of a statement by outbound industry association, Asata, in which it states that Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has confirmed clearly to both Asata and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) this week that all domestic leisure travel, both inside the traveller’s home province and between provinces, is still banned.
Following the Asata statement, TBCSA CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, reiterated the body’s position: “A statement is not policy and the current regulations do not exclude intra-provincial leisure travel. Our stance has not changed. The regulations need to be changed and written into policy for the law to change.”