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Minister Xasa to launch the Gauteng Tourism Monitors

The Department of Tourism in partnership with Gauteng Tourism Authority will launch the Tourism Monitors Programme in Soweto on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. The launch will be preceded by a Ministerial Walkabout of the Vilakazi Precinct, and followed by a Community Imbizo at Uncle Tom’s hall. 
The Gauteng Tourism Monitors programme aims to enhance the visitor experience as well as improve the safety of tourists. The programme will create employment for 200 unemployed youth, aged 18 to 35 years who will be trained, mentored and placed as monitors at tourism destination for a 36-month period. Each participant will receive a stipend and uniform in line with the Expanded Public Works Programme.  
Recruitment started in June 2017 for youth with a matric, good communication skills, ability to speak English and two African Languages, prepared to work shifts; and with no criminal record. All recruited Tourism Monitors will be placed mostly in areas in which they reside. The placement areas are as follows:
  • Sedibeng – 35 monitors
  • Johannesburg area (Vilakazi Street, Carlton Centre, Park Station and Red Bus) – 60 monitors 
  • Ekurhuleni – 35 monitors of which 10 will be place at the OR Tambo International Airport.
  • Tshwane – 35 monitors
  • West Rand – 35 monitors  
Members of the media are invited to attend as follows: 
Walkabout:
Date :  17 October 2017
Time : 09:15 to 10:15
Venue :  Vilakazi Precinct visiting: The Shack; Mandela House; Soweto Snake Show; Fly SA Wise; and Wired Art
Tourism Monitors Launch and Community Imbizo:
Date : 17 October 2017
Time :  10:30 to 14:30
Venue :  Uncle Tom’s Community Hall, in Soweto
Kindly confirm your attendance by no later than 12 October 2017 to:
Ms. Lerato Mogorosi  
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6620
Cell: +27 (0) 83 545 2411

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