Govt slammed as tour operators struggle to renew their licences

SATSA slammed the government for its failure to resolve the absence of a board at the National Public Transport Regulator (NTPR), which is responsible for issuing operating licences and permits for tour operators.

A Cape Town sightseeing bus. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/Eyewitness News

Author: Tebogo Mokwena

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The Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has called on the Presidency’s new-appointed Red Tape Team to declare a moratorium on the renewal of operating licences and permits for tour operators. Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, SATSA slammed the government for its failure to resolve the absence of a board at the National Public Transport Regulator (NTPR), which is responsible for issuing operating licences and permits for tour operators.

As a result, many tour operators have been forced to operate illegally because they cannot renew their licences, leading to their vehicles being impounded and their businesses not being able to operate. SATSA CEO David Frost has described the situation as a licensing paralysis, which has a far-reaching impact on the economy. Frost said that this was also causing severe economic and reputational damage to the tourism industry as it was inhibiting the growth of SMMEs and large enterprises and their ability to create jobs.

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