Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
23 Jul 2020
5:03 am

Concerns raised over massive cut in tourism budget

Bernadette Wicks

Looking ahead and as part of the recovery plan, the minister spoke of a renewed drive to attract more international events to South Africa.

Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Picture: ANA

The private sector has raised concerns after the department of tourism’s 2020-2021 budget was yesterday slashed almost in half, with its marketing arm taking the biggest knock. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane yesterday tabled a revised budget for her department, which sees R1 billion of the R2.8 billion originally allocated this year ceded back to Treasury. The minister said during her address that SA Tourism – the official agency responsible for marketing the country to the rest of the world – would bear the brunt of the dramatic cut and lose R886 million. She said this was “due to suspension of...