Posted by Boris Mohr
Tour guides and tour operators in south africa
8 January at 08:02
Honorable Minister Hanekom,
I have a serious problem with tourism in South Africa. I am a small tour operator and national registered tourist guide and have been trying to register one of my busses with the NPTR since September 2018 and today still don't have an operating license. Everything like insurance, passenger liability, operators card and vehicle registration is in place and I have started 2019 with this bus operating a tour. I fail to understand that a process can take 4 months and more to complete. It is killing me and I have plenty of work to also create jobs but no, the DoT is standing in the way and prohibiting the growing of small businesses in the tourism industry. I am not able to purchase a bus and let it stand under the tree for four months until the DoT decides to issue the documents. I am not a criminal, I just want to run a business and create work, even if it is on a small scale but this is ridiculous. To register as a tour operator in Namibia it took three weeks, why is it so complicated in SA? It's killing the business and me. Can there not be a change in so far to issue a temporary license until all the paper work is done. I certainly get the impression that SA does not want entrepreneurs to even exist never mind flourish.
Please look into this matter urgently.
All the best for 2019 and