Minister Derek Hanekom on South African tourism

A wonderful South Africa continues to be enjoyed by travellers, local and international alike

Millions of South Africans and international tourists continue to visit and travel around South Africa, enjoying the wonderful range of experiences our country offers them. The continued innovation in water-wise initiatives has been remarkable, with new and progressive solutions introduced on an ongoing basis. We appreciate the responsiveness and respect shown by our visitors in helping us deal with one of the worst droughts experienced in our country.

The Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, welcomes the announcement of the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Minister Zweli Mkhize, that the worst drought-affected areas would have access to national disaster funds and other forms of assistance.

Minister Hanekom congratulates all South Africans and both local and international travellers on achieving what is being hailed as a global first in terms of the extent to which water consumption is reduced during a drought.

The additional funds will allow these efforts to continue in all affected parts of the country, particularly in Cape Town. Raised awareness has changed consumer behaviour to respect the reality that South Africa is a water-scarce country and water should never be wasted.

”We are delighted that tourists and travellers to South Africa continue to be part of the solution by embracing new and innovative water-wise tourism practices. Congratulations to our tourism agencies, the travel trade as well as our tourists and communities at large for rising to the challenge!

More importantly, I encourage all tourists, both local and international, to enjoy the experiences our beautiful South Africa has to offer, in a way that embraces Travel, Enjoy and Respect, the UNWTO message to all.”

Source: Government of South Africa