The KwaZulu-Natal province is facing a whooping R700m in lost tourism revenue after the cancellation of the 2021 Comrades Marathon.
In yet another blow to the province, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has already said losses due to the cancellation of this year’s event due to Covid-19‚ which was scheduled for June 13‚ would amount to more than R20m for them.
The spokesperson for the provincial department of economic development‚ tourism & environmental affairs‚ Bheki Mbanjwa‚ said they were bracing for far-reaching effects on the entire tourism value chain.
“In 2019‚ the Comrades Marathon generated over R700m and created over 1,000 temporary jobs in the sector. Therefore‚ without a doubt‚ the…