The Department of Tourism is determined to create more jobs, despite the hardships brought by COVID-19.
This was highlighted by Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela, in their Budget Vote presentations last week.
“We will create 2 500 work opportunities through the Department’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) during this financial year,” said Mahlalela.
Kubayi-Ngubane said in order to prepare attractions for the return of tourists, the EPWP would fund the implementation of an infrastructure maintenance programme in partnership with SANParks in three national parks – Marakele National park in Limpopo; Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape and Karoo National Park in the Western Cape.
“We will also conduct a needs assessment and recommendations for product enhancement in five local community museums in KZN, the Northern Cape and North West,” she said.