Introducing e-visas: 'Simple way to drive growth and create jobs in SA'

The debacle around the Department of Home Affairs introducing a requirement for foreign travellers to provide unabridged birth certificates for children, had a negative effect on the number of tourists visiting South Africa.

A restrictive visa policy also affects the growth of the tourism industry.

The government is now taking seriously the effect of this on the economy, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing in his State of the Nation address that the introduction of a worldclass e-visa system is a priority.

Africa Melane speaks to the CEO of the official tourism promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro, about how tourism is impacted.

Tim Harris also explains the pilot project being introduced for New Zealand tourists, but says there isn't enough clarity yet around its implementation.

There's an acknowledgement from the government that there is a problem (around visas) and a commitment to fixing it.

Tim Harris, CEO - Wesgro

This announcement that they will be introducing it (the e-visa) for New Zealand in April is particularly welcome.

Tim Harris, CEO - Wesgro

The problem is, it's not clear from the research we've done that it's actually available yet in New Zealand... We've had numerous queries from New Zealand travellers who want to come to South Africa who're saying we've read about this system in the press and it's not actually available.

Tim Harris, CEO - Wesgro

Harris says once South Africa eases visa constraints with the implementation of an e-visa system, the positive effects for the economy are boundless.

It's an incredibly simple way to drive growth and create jobs in our county. It's very dependent more on removing regulatory constraints than anything else.

Tim Harris, CEO - Wesgro

For more details of how visa constraints have been slowing tourism, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Introducing e-visas: 'Simple way to drive growth and create jobs in SA'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Could latest allegations spell the end for ANC's Ace?

Could latest allegations spell the end for ANC's Ace?

A report on Tuesday claims the ruling party will investigate its secretary-general for alleged involvement in formation of ATM.

Arms deal review: 'Crucial evidence ignored, witnesses not allowed to testify'

Arms deal review: 'Crucial evidence ignored, witnesses not allowed to testify'

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela and activist Terry Crawford-Brown look at the arguments brought by civic organisations.

'A child without a car seat doesn't stand a chance in a crash'

'A child without a car seat doesn't stand a chance in a crash'

Wheel Wells founder Peggie Mars discusses keeping children safe on and near our roads.

Release full Ramaphosa-Bosasa report, DA tells Public Protector

Release full Ramaphosa-Bosasa report, DA tells Public Protector

Opposition chief whip John Steenhuisen refutes allegations the party's interest is to get ammunition against the president.

Wilhelm Verwoerd grateful to South Africans for inviting him on mutual journey

Wilhelm Verwoerd grateful to South Africans for inviting him on mutual journey

The author says his book is part of challenge young black South Africans set him to do 'white work' about effects of apartheid.

Pets and sectional title scheme rules

Pets and sectional title scheme rules

A specialist attorney explains the process of trying to change a no-pet rule and how to address problems with 'nuisance' animals.

Popular articles
Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber Air’s flying taxis are specifically designed for short trips. Bruce Whitfield interviews Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

Law says if a traditional healer is part of medical council with a registered number he or she can write a medical certificate.

South Africans are getting poorer and poorer at an increasing rate

South Africans are getting poorer and poorer at an increasing rate

Bruce Whitfield interviews Mike Schussler (Economists.Co.Za), Busisiwe Radebe (Nedbank) and Edward Kieswetter (Sars).

[WATCH] 400-metre hurdle race goes viral as athlete dives through finish line

[WATCH] 400-metre hurdle race goes viral as athlete dives through finish line

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

TymeBank has no branches and no monthly fees. Most transactions are free. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO.