In Conversation with TBCSA

Event Africa Contributor 12/08/2021 Uncategorized

On 13 July 2021, Tourism Business Council of South Africa’s (TBCSA) CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, Cape Town Tourism (CTT) CEO Enver Duminy and Board Chairperson Brett Hendricks started the first session of what is called an ‘In conversation with the TBCSA’ webinar to allow tourism industry workers and professionals to talk about the challenges the industry has been facing since the rise of lockdown and the pandemic in South Africa.

These webinar sessions are meant to create a space for industry leaders and industry workers to come together and be in conversation regarding the decisions made within the industry and to tackle challenges that the industry has been battling with due to the restrictions on travel and events, which took place over the last four weeks when the country was moved to alert level four lockdown.

The one issue that was prominent within the first webinar was the issue around how the tourism industry can benefit from TERS and UIF payments. As the industry was closed down for many months it saw a huge number of job losses and companies unable to pay their employees. Added onto this was the recent four-week lockdown restrictions which saw the industry taking another knock. One of the questions from the attendees addressed the concern on who or what businesses will be able to qualify for TERS and UIF. “Anyone involved in the value chain of tourism, whether its in bound or out bound or whether you were operating or not, all those businesses will qualify because there were restrictions at that particular time,” said Tshifhiwa Tshivhenga. However, businesses should keep in mind that if they were paying their employees more than the amount that TERS and UIF will be paying then they will not be able to qualify.

The conversation further detailed the process of how tourism industry leaders have been lobbying with the necessary government officials to ensure the tourism sector to be seen as an important part of the economy and allow businesses to apply for relief for the time period that they were not operating at a hundred percent.

For more information and to view this webinar, In Conversation with TBCSA