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Confusing SA visa regulations has cost 50,000 jobs: DA

Confusing SA visa regulations has cost 50,000 jobs: DA

The Democratic Alliance says that confusion surrounding visa regulations have meant far fewer tourists entering the country at a cost of thousands of potential jobs.

“In the Portfolio Committee on Tourism today, it became clear that there have been 600,000 fewer tourists since the introduction of visa regulations,” said DA shadow minister of tourism, James Vos.

“The regulations have clearly made it harder for people to come to South Africa,” he said.

Citing industry experts, the DA said that one job is created for every 12 tourist arrivals in the country. “In a country with a 36% unemployment rate, this potential to create jobs must not be jeopardized,” it said.

The political party said that there is a clear pattern of declining tourists to our country since the announcement of the introduction of visa regulations in 2013:

  • 2013 – 9.6 million tourist arrivals
  • 2014 – 9.5 million tourist arrivals
  • 2015 – 8.9 million tourist arrivals
  • 2016 – 9.0 million tourist arrivals

“These figures prove a decline of 600,000 visitors which equates to a 6.6% decline, revealing the negative effects of the ill-conceived visa regulations

A visa regulation introduced in 2015 blocking travellers who do not carry an unabridged birth certificate for their children, prevented more than 13,000 tourists from entering the country between June 2015 and July 2016.

According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, the average tourist spends around R13,000 per day in South Africa, meaning that potential revenue of around R7.51 billion was lost because of that specific regulation, which government said it would amend.

Read: South Africa’s crazy visa rule has cost R7.5 billion in lost revenue: DA

“Every day people are turned away from travelling to South Africa because of continued confusion surrounding the requirement for unabridged birth certificates for minors travelling to the country,” Vos said.

The DA argued that electronic visas will also drastically cut the turnaround time for the issuing of travel documentation, “and are in fact more secure than existing permits”.

“The failure to implement electronic visas will ultimately cost the South African tourism sector by making it more difficult to attract visitors to South Africa.

“In failing to do so, government, during its announcement of the concessions, failed to seize an opportunity to act in the best interest of South African tourism,” Vos said.

Read: South Africans can visit these 90 countries without a visa in 2017

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  • CyberBob

    What kind of tourist spends 13K a day? I mean, surely the average isn’t $1000 a day for stuff?

    • Andre Paulse

      LoL was thinking the same even if you include, a good hotel per night, car rental, food, drinks and entertainment its probably half that.

      • Blapartheid Zulu

        5 stars can easily cost R6-10k a night.

    • chacma

      Book yourself in a 5 star Waterfront hotel, hire a helicopter to take you and your family on a wine tour for the day. Next day use same helicopter to take you to the Cape Point ostrich farm, pay for the pilots non flying time and the non flying time of said helicopter. 3rd day fly to Fairy Glen or Aquila private game reserve. R13000 doesn’t last that long. Travel on Rovos rail trains too

    • Brandon van Reenen

      Atlantic View in Cape Town is R13,000 per night.

  • victory

    DA is confused thieves busy oppressing ppl by fixing prices,they are telling us about foreigner Visa?

    • charl van staden

      You know that the DA is more than one person and that they can focus on multiple news events at once, right?

    • Blapartheid Zulu

      price fixing and destruction of jobs…. can’t think of which is worse

    • Literally Mario

      Whataboutism in full swing here folks.

    • Bill

      Yep, the DA are evil opressors. The ANC are just incompetent idiots who purposefully spend your tax money on cars and houses for themselves and allow people to die on a daily basis by allowing the crime rate to spiral out of control. But that’s ok because they are the same color as us and criminals who commit crimes are also the same color as us so that makes everything they do ok.

  • SA First

    Thanks GIGABA, thanks GIGABA, thanks GIGABA……what a …..^@#%^#$^$@#

    • Blapartheid Zulu

      No, thank the ANC!!!

  • SA First

    SA needs to crack the Chinese tourism market ASAP – wake up GIGABA or somebody wake him up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chacma

    when I was a tour guide, their use to be a large house for foreign students in Observatory who use to use my services for wine tours on a regular basis. Some youngsters were 18 and 17 having finished high school would come here to work in the townships teaching various things to underprivileged youngsters for a month. Then there was a lady who would send young people , under 18s to learn English in Cape Town for 1 month to six weeks.She no longer sends students to South Africa as the paper work created by Home Affairs is expensive and takes too much time. So they now go to New Zealand and Austrailia

  • Karen du Randt

    I don’t think visa regulations are the only thing hindering potential tourists from visiting.. what about the high crime rate? It often ends up in the news about visitors being attacked or murdered in the country, now why would people take the risk coming here?

  • Bill

    Yet more steps taken to close off SA to the world. We are a multicultural melting pot but we don’t want your imperialist, capitalist money here. Go and opress someone else with your boat loads of cash.

    Makes alot of sense.

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