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The need for operators to carry operating licences to get all tourism vehicles back on the road.

The government has ignored a plea for assistance from South Africa’s leading inbound tourism organization, for urgent intervention to unblock a “bureaucratic debacle” that is strangling the industry. SA Tourism Services Association CEO David Frost said on Tuesday that the organization is disappointed it has not heard from anyone from the national or provincial government, including the ministers and the departments of tourism and transport, the Presidency, or the President’s Red Tape Task Team since its media briefing on June 22 to highlight the industry’s problems. Satsa claimed last month the National Public Transport Regulator is preventing tour operators from renewing or obtaining new tourist vehicle operating licenses. This is negatively impacting hundreds of tour operator vehicles and causing severe economic and reputational damage to the tourism industry, apart from inhibiting the growth and job creation of small, medium, and micro enterprises, resulting in business closures and job losses, It’s when we come to an impasse in all interactions and attempts to get the government to see sense and feel it necessary to reach out to the media to take the issue public.


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