What is the NFTGA?keyboard_arrow_up
NFTGA is a Federation for all South African tourist guides. Affiliate members from industry are invited to join as it gives us a larger more representative footprint, and allows stakeholders to participate transparently. This is something that has never been achieved before, and it is long overdue.
What is the NFTGA's aims or objectives?keyboard_arrow_up
• To promote and maintain, among members of the NFTGA, the highest standards of professionalism. To this end, the NFTGA shall publish and promote a code of ethics for the conduct of all members.
• To organise and/or arrange educational courses, lectures, workshops and excursions for the Continued Professional Development (CPD) of members, through accredited training providers and to distribute pertinent information to members via electronic media. electronic media.
• To establish a voluntary mentorship programme (Mentorship sub-committee) where experienced guides will be available to assist in the career development of trainee and aspirant tourist guides and will thus support and contribute to transformation in the industry, and the maintenance of growth and employment opportunities in the tourist guiding sector.
• To establish a voluntary upliftment and transformation programme (Transformation sub-committee) where enthusiastic guides will encourage site communities and the youth, to become tourist guides, and in so doing, to access employment opportunities in the tourism industry.
• To take appropriate measures to promote, support or oppose tourism industry related legislative issues that impact on the member’s interests.
• To provide limited guidance and support with respect to tourism industry related legal issues between tourist guides and tour operators.
• To protect, promote and develop the general interest of its members in dealings with government departments, parastatals, authorities, operators, agents, and the public.
• To seek cooperation with industry bodies having similar interests.
• To establish suitable agreements with affiliated industry bodies, in order to offer tourism related member benefits such as coordinated safety warnings and post-incident trauma counselling.
• To set up a voluntary informal activities programme (Social sub-committees) whose aims it will be to:
1) promote goodwill and team spirit amongst Tourist Guides by arranging outings and fun events, and
2) activate opportunities for social upliftment through involvement with communities and youth awareness programmes, in cooperation with the Transformation sub-committee.
Why is industry invited to join as affiliates ?keyboard_arrow_up
They are bringing transformation, resources and experience to the table.
gamesWhat is the Steering committee?keyboard_arrow_up
The steering committee draws on prior experience from a wide range of participants representing tourist guides and contributors from the broader industry. It was one of the requests from both NDT and SANPARKS that there be a clear and direct line of communication to a single organisation representing the interests of tourist guides. That is one of the main reasons why this organisation has been set up.
Why were representatives for foreign languages included in the Steering committee, and why were some language groups left out?keyboard_arrow_up
This is a steering committee and we have looked at associations and groups that are the most active and visible in negotiating benefits and representing their members. This does not restrict, or place a limit on who will be represented by the NFTGA, but by bringing the people that we have onboard, we are convinced that we will have a dedicated committee that will look after the broader interests of the whole guiding community, and not only that of small groups. Language guides are all represented... not the language itself, but the guides on board representing language are not there just to look after their own languages, but to ensure that they bring their valuable experience as an association (and/ or otherwise specified) who “got it right” to the table.
What about membership fees? keyboard_arrow_up
Once the NFTGA is up and running, we will establish a fee structure for members (to be implemented only after 2019).
When will the NFTGA be launched?keyboard_arrow_up
The official launch will be announced in 2019.
As a Tourist Guide, how am I going to benefit from this?keyboard_arrow_up
NFTGA is basically your go-between with industry and government as a united voice.
BEE representation on the Steering committee?keyboard_arrow_up
• CULLINAN HOLDINGS: Procurement level 50% - BEE level 7
• FGASA: Association with various training providers
• SANPARKS: Procurement level 80% - BEE level 5
• SATSA: Southern Africa Tourism Services Association with various partners such as WTM Africa; Bidvest; Airlink; Westgro; etc. all complying with BEE.
• TOURVEST DMC: 51% black ownership; Procurement level 100%
• Abednigo Nzuza
• Alisha Kirk
• Francois Collin
• Jeremy Energy Howard
• Joleen du Plessis
• Kanya Kali: Legal rep
• Khimbini Hlongwane
• Maria Louise Kruger
• Vanessa Strydom
• Zania Collin
person_pinIs the National Department of Tourism (NDT) involved?keyboard_arrow_up
The NFTGA, after consultation with the National Registrar of Tourist Guides (Ms Ramphele) and Director Tourist Guiding (Ms Pillay), has prepared a submission to be included in a report to the Minister of Tourism. Feedback will be posted on our news feed.
person_pinWhat is the difference between NFTGA and IPTGSA?keyboard_arrow_up
IPTGSA, as quoted by Johan van Biljon on the NFTGA Facebook page: "The IPTGSA was set up to become the registered professional body as per SAQA Act and represent professional tourist guides'".
NFTGA is a national federation of tourist guides but also includes industry stakeholders to promote interaction and cohesive, transparent handling of guiding issues as per our objectives.