Budget Cut For Tourism In South Africa

Written by: Travel Inn

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane confirmed during her department’s adjustment budget vote on Wednesday that its allocation for the 2020/21 financial year has been slashed by just over 40%* or R1 billion.

“Before the Covid-19 crisis, our 2020/21 budget allocation was R2.48 billion, of which R1.304 billion was for transfers and subsidies. The department’s revised budget allocation for 2020/21 is R1.48 billion, of which R505 million is for transfers and subsidies,” she said.

“The department has had a total budget reduction of R1 billion, with South African Tourism sustaining the largest budget cut amounting to R886 million, due to suspension of most of the marketing activities.”

In the debate on her department’s budget, she came in for further criticism from the main opposition parties, with both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rejecting the budget vote. The DA’s Manuel de Freitas effectively called for the minister to resign, saying she had failed in addressing the industry’s concerns.

‘’But Kubayi-Ngubane said: “This is hardly the time for bickering and apportioning blame, rather the situation demands that we work together to ensure that we weather the storm going forward.”

Kubayi Ngubane

She said the tourism industry has proven over years that it is a resilient sector and expressed confidence that it would recover post the pandemic.

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