South African Tourism

Tourism is poised to play a greater role than ever before, both on the global stage and in the lives of South Africans. However, tourism is about much more than the policies, statistics and objectives that we often talk about. It is about people.

Being a labour-intensive sector with a supply chain that cascades deep into our national economy and across all communities, tourism is positioned as a priority sector in Government’s planning and policy frameworks.
 
The National Department of Tourism is mandated to create conditions for the sustainable growth and development of tourism in South Africa. The Tourism Act makes provision for the promotion of tourism to and in the Republic and for regulation and rationalisation of the tourism sector, including measures aimed at the enhancement and maintenance of the standards of facilities and services utilised by tourists; and the co-ordination and rationalisation of the activities of those who are active in the tourism sector.

 

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RADIUM ENGINEERING SPONSOR NEW VEHICLE FOR DGR ANTI-POACHING

Radium Engineering of Babelegei in Hammanskraal sponsored a vehicle for the use of the DGR Management for anti-poaching in the Reserve.

DGR Management would like to thank them for their generous donation. http://www.radium.co.za/

Below: On 12 March 2013 Mike Roest Chief Executive Officer of Radium Engineering (Right) handed the keys of the new vehicle to Piet Venter, General Manager of the DGR (Left). 

 

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency

Formerly Blue IQ

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) came into existence on 1st June 2012, as part of the reconfiguration of Gauteng provincial agencies. The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) and Blue IQ Investment Holdings have merged to form the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency. The key considerations for the GGDA was that the merger would ensure that they:

  • Reduce duplications
  • Improve efficiencies
  • Maximise the effect of the agencies charged with the responsibility of developing the economy of Gauteng.

The agency is mandated and funded by the GDED to design, develop and implement key strategic economic development programmes, such as the Gauteng Economic Growth and Development Strategy (GEGDS) and positioning itself as a thought leader to manage relations within its scope of operations as the implementation arm of GDED and the provincial government.

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed changes in our economy brought about by the agencies we have created. We can see that we can achieve even greater synergy and delivery by merging the Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) and Blue IQ to form Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA),” said Mr Nkosiphendule Kolisile, MEC for GDED, at the official launch of the GGDA.

Blue IQ's involvement in Dinokeng is focused on the development of strategic economic infrastructure in order to leverage private sector investment in tourism business activity in the 240 000-hectare project area.

Dinokeng's key focus areas are:

  • Investment in tourism infrastructure - roads upgrading and tourism signage
  • Public-private partnerships to encourage private sector investment in major tourism facilities in Roodeplaat and Cullinan
  • Development of the Dinokeng Game Reserve in the northern area of Dinokeng based on agreements with private land owners in collaboration with the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provincial governments
  • Destination and investment marketing campaigns to encourage tourism and investment in tourism
  • Facilitation of tourism skills development and tourism enterprise development
  • Support of land reform initiatives by the Department of Land Affairs and the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights to ensure the transformation of land ownership patterns.
 

 

Gauteng Tourism Authority


 

The Dinokeng Game Reserve has been identified as one of the department's key projects. Through their involvement they offer monetary and resources to maintain and develop the reserve.