Minister Hanekom responds to Gigaba's finger pointing over SA tourism numbers

Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, has clarified that South Africa's tourism sector could be doing much better if ease of access was managed effectively.

This comes after Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, slammed him for blaming the visa regulations and the biometric system on the sector's performance.

In an interview with 702's John Robbie, Hanekom said that the two departments would continue to work together to ensure that the sector isn't affected negatively.

It is doing extremely well, it should be doing better, it could be better and we are working very hard with the industry to ensure that it does do better.

Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism

South Africa's tourism figures have continued to see growth, despite the implementation of new visa regulations.

Earlier this year, Gigaba called for an end to the negative talk around the visa regulations after revealing positive growth of 5.3% in tourism.

However, major delays - some lasting up to 4 hours - at the OR Tambo International Airport have been a cause for concern for business.

Ease of access to a country will always be an issue... There will be ongoing liaison with the Department of Home Affairs.

Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism

Listen to the interview below:

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