Min James Vos promotes Township Tourism in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch
Extract from statement by James Vos MP, Shadow Minister of Tourism, at the Dining with Local tourism experience in Kayamandi Stellenbosch on 25 July 2017
"The reason for my visit is to highlight the benefits of Township Tourism because I truly believe that these projects will play a key role in transforming the tourism sector for the better.
Township tourism plays a vital role in highlighting tourism attractions with a focus on culture and heritage in areas not adequately explored. Considering that homestays and township trips offer a great economic opportunity for areas that are not adequately explored – and more importantly, develop economic opportunities for often-neglected communities.
I am sure that this program would advance township tourism prospects given its vital role in the development of job creation while providing for unique cultural experiences and social cohesion. Township tourism provides economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs to enter the ground tour operating business. In this sense I conclude that the development of township tourism opportunities will help to overcome the legacy of social and economic exclusion, which has for too long characterised township life.
This Dining with a Local with Nocawe Piedt was one of my most memorable experiences and showcases the best of South Africa”.