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According to the Gauteng government, the Townships Economic Development Act will provide for the licensing of township-based businesses and provide for the management of the fund.

The Gauteng Tourism Authority has announced that it has enacted the Township Economic Development Act designed and expected to help revive the township’s economy.

According to the Gauteng government, the law provides for the licensing of township-based businesses, provides for the management of the fund through the Gauteng Township Economic Development Fund, provides principles to be adopted by municipalities when drafting and adopting regulations and providing for matters related or incidental thereto.

Sithembiso Dlamini, CEO of the Gauteng Tourism Authority, says the purpose of the law is to promote the township market to international buyers.

What we are trying to do as the Tourism Authority is that we support the implementation of this law, giving small businesses and products based in the townships market access that can speak to buyers, and we know there are international buyers.

Sithembiso Dlamini, CEO of the Gauteng Tourism Authority

We say you can definitely consider using your five star products, but if you want the full experience and want to know more about South Africa, [you can learn about South Africa in townships as well].

Sithembiso Dlamini, CEO of the Gauteng Tourism Authority

Promoting local tourism is not just aimed at international tourists, according to Dlamini.

If there’s anything COVID has taught us, it’s that we cannot – as a destination – rely solely on international markets. He says that for a very long time we took the internal market for granted. So part of the strategy is to look at how we can compose the experiences and sell those experiences to locals. [such as] people who live in Gauteng but there may be someone from Soshanguve, for example, who has never been to Soweto.

Sithembiso Dlamini, CEO of the Gauteng Tourism Authority


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