SA Tourism calls on South Africans to support Knysna

The southern Cape Town’s tourism sector was dealt a blow when runaway fires ripped through the region in June.

FILE: Fire crews battle flare ups in the Knysna mountains using both helicopters and ground teams. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - SA Tourism has renewed calls for South Africans to support Knysna's local economy. The southern Cape Town’s tourism sector was dealt a blow when runaway fires ripped through the region last month.

Seven people died and hundreds of properties were destroyed.

Over 30 hospitality establishments were affected by the wildfires that brought Knysna and surrounding areas to a standstill.

SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona is hoping the region gets more support.

“The greatest gift you can give to Knysna is travelling to Knysna and making sure that the economic footprint that you leave behind acts as a catalyst to get Knysna back to its former glory.”

The Western Cape government channelled R75 million towards rebuilding efforts through its Garden Route Rebuild Initiative.

Various sectors of society have also contributed to rebuilding efforts.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)