SA Tourism Minister wants more women to take up leadership positions in the sector

South Africa wants to increase women in leadership positions in tourism sector to 30% in the next five years.

This was said by SA Tourim Minister Tokozile Xasa during the Tourism Indaba held in Durban this week.

Last year Xasa revealed that there were about 20%  women in general management in the sector and only 5-8% in board positions.


She launched  the Department of Tourism’s campaign to achieve 30% of women in executive management and board directorship positions in tourism in the next five years at the Indaba.

“The campaign, dubbed “Women in Tourism (WiT) 30in5”, will be chaired by Tourvest chief operating officer Judi Nwokedi in a collaboration with the private sector,” she said.

President Jacob Zuma who opened the 3-day event revealed that Durban would host the Indaba for the next five years.


He also launched South Africa’s “I Do Tourism” marketing campaign, which is aimed at highlighting how tourism has the potential to change people’s lives for the better by making a direct and tangible contribution to economic growth.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, said it the province is “thrilled” at the announcement to host Indaba for the next five years.

“This will give us an opportunity to further invest in the show and ensure that it continues to grow, thereby increasing its contribution to the province’s GDP. Furthermore, it will allow us the opportunity to engage tour operators to partner with us in growing intra-African travel into KwaZulu-Natal. We want to create an impactful tourism sector that will spread into our rural and township tourism economies as well,” he said.

South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona said the Indaba which attracted more than 7000 delegates was a success.

“This year was all about listening to the feedback from exhibitors and partners that resulted in some fundamental changes, to ensure the event stays fresh and relevant. These ranged from the show’s updated diary system that provided more matchmaking and meeting opportunities to a brand-new Indaba app as the show’s primary source of information about news, meetings and events.” Ntshona said.

He said this year’s programme also identified 90 quality tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from all nine provinces in the country and assisted them to be market-ready before their sponsored participation at Africa’s Travel Indaba.

“It proved to be a highly successful platform for them to meet and network with fellow exhibitors as well as travel buyers, and gain valuable exposure for their enterprises,” said Ntshona.


7000 delegates attended
1440 local and international buyers
1000 exhibitors showcased their work
18 African countries represented
692 registered media representatives covered the event



Anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada dies

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Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail – many of them alongside Nelson Mandela – for acts of sabotage against South Africa’s white minority government, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning at the age of 87.

He had been admitted to hospital with blood clotting in his brain earlier this month.

Kathrada was born on August 21, 1929, to Indian immigrant parents in a small town in northwestern South Africa.

He was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela in the Rivonia trial in 1964, which drew worldwide attention and highlighted the brutal legal system under the apartheid regime.

Kathrada was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 and spent 26 years and three months in prison, 18 of which were on Robben Island.

After the end of apartheid, he served from 1994 and 1999 as parliamentary counsellor to President Mandela in the first African National Congress (ANC) government.

Al Jazeera’s Tania Page, reporting from Johannesburg, said that it was a sad day in South Africa – where Kathrada was affectionately known as “Uncle Kathy” – as tributes poured in about his widely perceived kindness, humility, and honesty.

He had been a major part of many South African’s memories over decades of anti-apartheid struggle, Page said.

“I think his passing is sort of signalling to South Africans, yet again, the ending of an era, of these great giants of apartheid [resistance] as they pass on,” she added.

Kathrada gave an emotional speech at Mandela’s funeral, in which he said he had lost a brother.

Kathrada was, until recently, still active in public life. He formed his own foundation, and advocated strongly for human rights causes such as youth development, anti-racism, and freedom of speech.

Last year, he joined a movement of veteran figures who were critical of the governing ANC and its current crop of leaders – particularly President Jacob Zuma, who has been mired in mounting allegations of corruption. Kathrada penned an open letter to the president and called on him to step down.

“Right to the very end he kept himself relevant, he was a newsmaker, he was honest and true to his values and his beliefs,” Page said. “And that’s why so many millions of South Africans will be very sad at his passing today.” INSIDE STORY: Will South Africa’s Jacob Zuma hang on to power? “This is a great loss to the ANC, the broader liberation movement and South Africa as a whole,” Neeshan Balton, head of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, said in a statement.

“‘Kathy’ was an inspiration to millions in different parts of the world.” Kathrada’s activism against the white-minority apartheid regime started at the age of 17, when he was one of 2,000 “passive resisters” arrested in 1946 for defying a law that discriminated against Indian South Africans.

In July 1963, the police swooped on Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, a Johannesburg suburb where Kathrada and other senior activists had been meeting in secret.

At the famous Rivonia trial, eight of the accused were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour on Robben Island.

His fellow prisoners included Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Denis Goldberg.

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BRICS leaders convey well wishes to President Donald Trump

On Wednesday, business mogul and Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. Following the announcement that sent the world into shockwaves, BRICS Heads of State have passed on their congratulatory messages to the new President-elect.

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma released a statement via the Department of International Relations conveying well wishes on behalf of himself and the country.

The statement reads as follows: “President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Donald Trump for winning the presidential elections that were held in the United States on 08 November 2016.”

In addition, “President Zuma conveyed his best wishes to the president-elect and looked forward to working with President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between the two countries.”

“He underlined that South Africa further looked forward to working closely with the new Administration in the United States in promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world, especially on the African continent.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated Trump and politicians from various Russian politicians were hopeful for an improvement in relations between the Kremlin and Washington.

Newsweek reports that Putin sent a telegram to Trump on Wednesday morning, expressing “his hope they can work together toward the end of the crisis in Russian-American relations, as well address the pressing issues of the international agenda and the search for effective responses to global security challenges.”

Said China’s President Xi Jinping the state broadcaster CCTV: “I highly value China-US relations, and look forward to working together with you, and holding fast to mutual respect and non-conflict, non-confrontation,” the channel cited Xi as saying in its nightly national broadcast.

He added: “As the world’s two largest economies, China and the US have an important responsibility to safeguard world peace and stability, and promote global prosperity, it quoted him as saying.”

“Developing longterm stable and healthy Sino-US relations in accordance with the benefit of both countries’ peoples is also the international community’s common expectation.”

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Trump.


Brazilian President Michel Temmer has yet to express sentiments around the US Presidential appointment.