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SSouth African Tourism management and the entire staff, would like to extend our message of support to everyone affected by the floods in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all families who have lost loved ones.
As the tourism sector is slowly recovering following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this disaster will certainly set the sector back further as many people have been injured and businesses and organisations have lost their properties and livelihood.
The National Disaster Management Centre and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Disaster Management have been activated following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the province earlier this week. These structures are coordinating an integrated response across all spheres of government, the private sector and civil society. We are therefore encouraged that there will be a speedy restoration of infrastructure so as to allow citizens to resume their normal lives. We applaud the speedy action in clearing major affected roads and restoring access to major highways such as the N2 and the N3 and other important networks. This makes the province open and ready to welcome tourists from various parts of the country and the world. Tourists can enjoy all the varied attractions, products and experiences that the province has to offer.
Plans remain in place for the hosting of Africa’s Travel Indaba in the city of eThekwini, Kwa-Zulu Natal from the 2nd to the 5th of May. Africa’s Travel Indaba is set to bring much needed economic injection into the city of Durban and the KZN province at large as international delegates will be hosted on pre and post tours to familiarise them with the province’s tourism offerings.
In true South African spirit of Ubuntu, the nation has come together and offered assistance to those in desperate need of care and support. South African Tourism would like to thank the many South Africans and all our partners across the world who have shared their messages of support and have already provided shelter, food, blankets and other necessities. The Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial disaster management teams remain on high alert in the most heavily affected areas.