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The ANC Welcomes the Initiative of Tourism Monitors to Keep Townships Safe

P Adams

The ANC views Tourism as a significant and critical sector in South Africa's economy as it contributes to trade, sustains 700 000 direct jobs and is performing stronger than the other growth sectors. Thus the ANC welcomes the initiative of the Department of Tourism's efforts to ensure that tourists visiting the country are safe and have access to information while enjoying their experiences in South Africa.

The department recently launched the pilot programme in Gauteng which places youth aged 18-35 in tourism hubs like Vilakazi Street in Orlando, Soweto, where they will ensure the safety of tourists. The monitors will be linked to law enforcement agencies to allow seamless flow of information and engagement.

This programme is part of the ANC Government efforts to fulfil the National Development Plan mandate which identified the tourism sector as a key to growing the economy. The programme will also be rolled out to other provinces.

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