Gearhouse Group has announced the renaming of their Training facility to the Kentse Mpahlwa Gearhouse Training Academy with the aim of furthering the legacy left by late Gearhouse director and colleague, Kentse Mpahlwa.
PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA PRAISES TOURISM INDUSTRY
For the first time, tourism and events were praised in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, which took place on 10 February 2011. The president said:
We are pleased with the success of our tourism sector, especially given that 16 tourists create one job in our country.
More than 7,3 million tourists arrived in South Africa last year (Ed’s note: between January and November 2010), compared to about 6.3 million in 2009.
For further growth, we will strengthen existing markets while exploring the emerging economies.
Our country also continues to be a popular destination for international gatherings. In July, we will host a high level sports gathering in Durban: the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) General Assembly Session. We thank the IOC for the opportunity to host this important congress.
We have already secured 95 meetings and conferences between 2010 and 2016 (Ed’s note: the updated figure is now 180).
Among other measures, to further boost our tourism potential, we will look into flexible visa requirements and improved landing slots at foreign airports, as well as improved tourism infrastructure.
Linked to tourism, we will continue to develop the cultural industries sector, which contributes about R2 billion to the Gross Domestic Product.
We have also seen the value of events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which contributed more than R475 million to the economy of Cape Town and created 2 000 jobs in 2010.
We also wish to extend a special mention to the popular Cape Minstrels Carnival, which brightens up this city every year on the second of January, celebrating the freeing of slaves.