Photo: Interim Chairperson of the Board of South African Tourism, Advocate Mojankunyane Gumbi
South Africa’s National Tourism Agency, South African Tourism (SA Tourism) earlier this week presented its 2020/21 performance report to the Portfolio Committee on Tourism. The organisation achieved 82% of the targets set out in its Annual Performance Plan despite massive budget cuts due to the pandemic.
In her comments to the Portfolio Committee, the Interim Chairperson of the Board, Advocate Mojankunyane Gumbi, acknowledged some shortfalls in performance during the year, in particular those highlighted in the latest Auditor General Report. “SA Tourism has for the first time in over 17 years received a qualified audit outcome due to limitation of scope on expenditure and receivables from non-exchange transactions”, said Gumbi.
The AG’s findings are based on a Board-initiated forensic investigation that was shared with both the AG and the Minister. The Board takes the audit opinion in a very serious light and has begun the process of consequence management. This is in line with the recommendations of the investigation and a subsequent legal opinion as well as the Board’s strong commitment to its fiduciary responsibilities. The Minister’s office has been kept abreast of all these developments.
The Board has also tasked Management to put in place systems to improve the internal control environment.
Ensuring SA Tourism remains on a strong footing is important as the organisation gears up for the recovery of the sector. In 2022, SA Tourism is again looking forward to hosting Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba. These events are critical for the recovery of the sector in South Africa and the region.
The South African Tourism used the opportunity to thank all stakeholders and partners for their continued commitment to the sector and its recovery.
SA Tourism looks forward to continuing to work together to firmly place the travel and tourism sector on an inclusive growth trajectory that realizes the country’s vast tourism potential.