SATSA calls for scrapping of UBCs and public-private talks to boost tourism

South Africa’s tourism sector, represented by the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), has renewed its calls for the scrapping of Unabridged Birth Certificates outright, following today’s resignation by former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

“The issue of Unabridged Birth Certificates and onerous visa regulations to a certain extent had become personalised, but in fact, in many ways, it simply obfuscates the real conversation that has to take place,” says SATSA CEO David Frost.

“The requirement to carry Unabridged Birth Certificates is not about one person. Rather, it is a government position and it remains intact. We as the tourism sector are calling for a renewed effort and engagement to scrap them outright, as well as introduce a more visa-friendly regime for certain markets.”

While government pursues economic growth, tourism is the one sector that can deliver it quickly. “To do that, we need private sector to get a seat at the table to help inform what needs to happen to deliver on that growth,” concludes Frost.

As the SATSA Adage goes: “A luta continua”.

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