SA tourism booming

SA tourism creates entrepreneur and job opportunities

More young people are employed in the hospitality and tourism sector through Tourism Enterprises Partnership.

According to the Statistics SA, for the period ending December 2011, the direct tourism contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) went up by 5% to R84.3 billion in 2011.

Direct employment in the sector as a percentage of overall employment in the country went up from 4.3% to 4.5% between 2010 and 2011.

This was as a result of the increase of about 31000 in direct jobs in the tourism sector from 2010, to a total direct employment rate of 598432 in 2011.

According to the Statistics SA, for the period ending December 2011, the direct tourism contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) went up by 5% to R84.3 billion in 2011.

In his Budget Speech, Marthinus van Schalkwyk said during the past financial year, the department of tourism again exceeded its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) target for full-time equivalent jobs.

He said in the 2012/13 financial year, 500 young people have graduated as chefs and 120 have already been placed with established hospitality institutes, such as hotels, bed-and-breakfast establishments and restaurants, as part of our Young Chefs training programme.

Van Schalkwyk said altogether 300 of the mentioned 500 have been enrolled for second-level training, which is equivalent to NQF level 5 (national diploma) and, owing to the success of the programme, another 500 young people have been enrolled for the first time in the programme for this financial year.

“This sector is also a fertile breeding ground for entrepreneurs and small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs). We will continue collaborating with the Tourism Enterprises Partnership (TEP).

He said for 2012, TEP supported 5 003 jobs created by SMMEs, which delivered an increased turnover of R785 million. “This raised TEP’s overall contribution to job creation over the past ten years to more than 75 786 jobs and saw a turnover increase of over R6.4 billion.

He said the department will continue to fund TEP with R25 million to support SMME development in this financial year.

The Department has also developed the Tourism Accelerated Apprenticeship Programme (TAAP), which is to provide further education and training (FET) to tourism graduates through practical workplace training and exposure through skills development, and to familiarise the graduates with the operational side of the tourism and hospitality sector.

In the 2013/14 financial year, the Department has been allocated R3 million to roll out the TAAP. Van Schalkwyk said 100 FET interns will be recruited and placed at various institutions across the country.