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Distressed tourist guides to receive relief funding

The Department of Tourism will roll out a relief fund to assist distressed tourist guides who have been impacted by the nationwide lockdown. On Saturday the department announced it will be paying financial relief of R1500.00 for eligible tourist guides for a period of three months.

This follows an announcement by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane of a R30 million that was set aside to assist those in need in the tourism sector. She stated that the relief will be applicable to registered freelance tourist guides who operate independently (without any formal employment), without formal businesses in place.

“Once this exercise is completed, freelance tourist guides that meet the requirements will receive payment relief of R1500 per month for 3 months. It may not be much, but we believe it will go a long way in covering some of the Tourist Guide’s immediate needs,” said Ngubane.

She said that the relief fund will be administered through a ‘no application process. Information on guides will be sourced from the databases maintained by the Provincial Registrars of Tourist Guides in all nine provinces. 

“Provincial Registrars will ensure that all the relevant information on their respective databases are correct, particularly the contact details of all their tourist guides.” said Ngubane.

The minister added and encouraged tourist guides to update their contact information to their Provincial Registrars.

“We encourage all Tourist guides to provide their updated contact information to their respective Provincial Registrars. This is crucial, as cardless payments will be made in order to expedite the payment process.” said Ngubane.

For any queries related to this fund, please contact the departmental call centre at 086 0868 747 or emailcallcentre@tourism.gov.za

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