by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa’s multi-billion-rand tourism industry is a prime example of how widespread COVID-19 vaccinations can boost economic activity and job creation.
This is according to an official as statistics indicate the country’s unemployment keeps rising.
“Jabs create jobs,” said Simon Russell, management consultant and supporter of the Siyabuya movement.
“This is true in many industries, including agriculture, construction and mining, but it is possibly best illustrated by our tourism industry because more than a million jobs are at stake.”
In 2020, the tourism industry collapsed because of lockdowns here and abroad.
StatsSA has reported that the number of tourists was down by 71 percent, from 16,5 million pre-COVID to fewer than 5 million.
This has had a devastating effect on jobs in the industry.
“The tourism industry will not recover until we are regarded as a safe travel destination, and…