To : All media
Attention : News Editors and Journalists
November 12, 2018
KZN festive season launch
Dear Valued Media Colleague
The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is ready to kick off the Festive Season.
Mr Sihle Zikalala, MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, invites you to the Festive Season media launch, to be held on 15th of November 2018.
As part of the state of readiness campaign, members of the media will be taken on an inspection tour along KZN’s oceans and beachfront followed by a city tour in the municipality’s new Ricksha buses.
The launch will conclude with a media briefing at Elangeni Hotel, Marine Parade. Lunch will be served.
Details are as follows:
Date: November 15, 2018
Venue: Elangeni Hotel, Marine Parade
Dress code: Smart casual with comfortable shoes
Please RSVP before November 14, 2018, 9am
Enquiries: Tankiso Moshoeshoe on firstname.lastname@example.org (0827876987/0793176850)
Notes to editors
Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of tourism into and within the province, both domestically and internationally. The organisation is an entity that reports to the provincial Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
For more information go to:
Website: Tourism KZN: www.zulu.org.za
Facebook: Page: Tourism Kwazulu-Natal
For media interviews, please contact
Nhlanhla Ngwenya – Communications Coordinator
Tourism KZN – 063 698 7455
Statement by MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala
STATEMENT BY THE MEC FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, MR SIHLE ZIKALALA DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON LAUNCH HELD IN DURBAN, 15 DECEMBER 2018
Programme Director, Ms Phindile Makwakwa;
The Mayor of the eThekwini Metro, Her Worship Cllr Zandile Gumede;
Members of the media;
Ladies and Gentlemen;
Good Morning! Goeie More! Dumelang! Sanibonani!
Thank you for joining hands with us as we announce that KwaZulu-Natal is ready to welcome thousands of local and international visitors to our shores over the festive season.
We are ready to offer our guests a priceless and pristine East coast experience.
From Kosi Bay in the East to Port Edward we are set to offer an unforgettable 2018 holiday season.
The Kingdom of the Zulus is endowed with two World Heritage Sites: The spectacular uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site and Isimangaliso Wetland Park.
Our Midlands provide a unique tourism experience ranging from energy driven activities such as hiking, gorge swings, rock climbing, as well as 4×4 mountain driving through the fascinating Sani Pass that links the province with Lesotho.
We have also organised a series of activities and events in all the parts of the province to ensure that our visitors have a fulfing and rewarding stay in KZN.
ANTICIPATED TOURIST NUMBERS FOR 2018
Last year, we had 600 000 domestic visitors and 138 000 international tourists.
For the 2018 festive season period, we are working on attracting no less than 850 000 domestic visitors and 150 000 international visitors.
This will see R2.4 billion injected into the provincial economy.
Over the next two years, we want to grow the tourism impact on the province’s GDP in the region of R65 billion and R98 billion.
This will enable us to reach our target of creating 183 000 direct jobs over the same period.
By 2030, we want to attract at least 3.4 million international visitors.
We urge our holiday makers to use registered and graded tourism accommodation establishments. And if they need information about KZN’s exciting tourism products, they can go to our information offices where our friendly staff members will assist them.
The Tourism KwaZulu-Natal website (www.zulu.org.za) also has information about the places to visit and the events hosted around the province.
Our special user-friendly KZN Travel Guide APP will help them to navigate through the province with ease during their stay.
We have also nicely packaged travel tips with QR codes around major hotels to help them with information and emergency services.
The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board will ensure that all measures are taken to protect bathers and surfers against shark incidents during the festive season period.
To avoid possible attacks on bathers, we will dispatch additional boats.
Shark safety gear will be serviced on a daily basis during the early hours of the morning prior to the arrival of beach users.
We appeal to all bathers to swim only at areas that are protected by shark safety gear and to heed instructions issued by the lifeguards at these beaches.
We appeal to all visitors to our beaches not to consume alcohol prior to swimming.
Statistics reveal that many near-drowning and drownings occur after the consumption of alcohol.
If people notice violation of liqour regulations and by-laws, please report such to liquor inspectors or the police. Our Toll-Free Helpline is on 087 232 2333.
During such a busy season, you can expect greater collaboration among all departments, municipalities, and the Department of Community Safety and Liaison.
Let us work together to have a truly festive, safe, and incident-free holiday season.
MAKE USE KZN EZEMVELO ATTRACTIONS AND FACILITIES
One of our entities, KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife, has a total of 32 accomodation establishments.
These include Tendele, Giant’s Castle, Didima, Sodwana, St Lucia, Hilltop, Ndumo, Mount Currie.
We have learned that most of these resorts, inclusive of our campsites, will be at 90% full until around the second week of January.
We appeal to our visitors to who might have booked outside our game reserves to visit them as day-visitors.
This is the most affordable way to witness the big five found in reserves like Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Tembe Elephant Park, and Mkhuze.
Our visitors can follow us on many social media platforms.
Post your best moments and images following the hash tag, #DoKZN.
Bem-vindo! Karibu Sana! O amogetswe! Namukelekile!
I wish you all sensational holidays and memories that you will treasure for many generations to come.
I thank you.
Mr Sihle Zikalala, MPL
MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs
Speech by EThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede
Media statement by Her Worship, the Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede on the occasion of Festive Season Launch held at Elangeni Hotel on the 14th November 2018
- Programme Director;
- MEC for Economic Development, tourism and environmental affairs, Sihle Zikalala,
- Acting MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Hon Mthandeni Dlungwane,
- Board Members of different entities,
- CEOs from different entities,
- Members of legislature,
- Invited Guests and stakeholders in the tourism industry;
- Government officials,
- Members of the media;
- Ladies and gentlemen;
Good Morning – Sanibonani
I am glad to be part of this media launch which seeks to highlight our plans and activities for the festive season. I would like to state it from the upfront that Durban is ready for millions of visitors who will be coming from all corners of the world.
We are rolling out the red carpet for everyone who will be coming here in the festive season. It is the red carpet that is full of love. This is the reason we have themed our campaign as Durban Summer love campaign.
Over the past few years, the municipality has been working with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and many other stakeholders to market this city.
Our entities – Durban Tourism, Durban Investment Agency, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal have participated in several tourism and investment promotion platforms across the globe. We have met with international tour operators and staged tourism expos and exhibitions as part of marketing.
Durban’s tourism sector has become one of the contributor into our economy. Our records have shown that tourists who visit the city have generated over R19, 7 billion. This has helped us in contribution of more than 41 000 jobs.
About 3, 8 million local and international visitors flock to the city of Durban each year, as it is known for its warm climate and exciting warm waters. For the 2018 Summer season which starts from 1st December 2018 and ends in February 2019, it is projected that 1.1 million visitors will set foot on Durban shores.
We have the following plans for our visitors:
- Park and Ride system: The City will continue to use the park and ride system which was initiated last year and proved to be a success. Shuttles will ferry people from the Drive-Inn Site to the beaches on a daily basis at 30 minute intervals. The park and ride system helps to eliminate traffic congestion around the beachfront area. Essential services such as ablution facilities and security will be provided at the drive-Inn site.
- Waste Disposal – There will be teams responsible for cleaning and collection of waste around the City, on a daily basis during the festive season. Shifts are as follows ; 06h00 – 14h30, 15h00 – 23h00 and 22h00 – 05h30. Over and above this, the Municipality has engaged 12 contractors (from local levels) who will be responsible for litter-picking at the different beaches around the Municipal area. We have deliberately targeted emerging contractors to ensure radical economic transformation.
- Pop-up markets – The Municipality will also issue temporary business licences and allocate space for informal traders who wish to take advantage of the high volumes of people who will be descending onto our beaches during the festive season.
- Pop-up markets will be set-up in various spaces where the relevant infrastructure will be provided for the to trade in a clean, safe and secure environment (this is a new concept)
- We have recently procured 12 new jetskis that will be used by our lifeguards in response to emergency situations. We have employed 122 temporary lifeguards who will complement the ones that we already have in the system.
- 105 childminders have been engaged and they will be stationed at various spots along the beachfront. They are mainly there to ensure the safety of our children, particularly in instances where the child is separated from their parents. We will also have the wristbands and encourage all parents to ensure that the first thing they do when they get to the beach is tag their children with the provided wristbands. These can be collected from the beach-buddies and childminders.
- We have hired 120 seasonal pool lifeguards (they ensure the safety of the people in the pool) and
- 50 pool guides (they ensure that by-laws are adhered to by patrons). 46 of the 52 pools around the Municipality are fully operational and are ready to receive the high volumes of bathers who will be coming to cool down in the water during the hot summer days.
- Our contractors are working around the clock to complete the work being done at Rachel Finlayson pool. The work is 85% complete and we are confident that the pool will be open to members of the public very soon.
In closing, I encourage all the patrons and visitors to use this season by showing love, peace and harmony. We want an incident free Summer and are eagerly looking forward to host visitors who will be coming for Bafana-Bafana Mandela Match, Soweto derby, Crown Gospel awards, Fill-uP Mabhida, January 8 statement, Durban Jazz, Durban Braai Day and Maskandi festival and many more events.
Let’s show everyone Durban Summer Love
I thank you