The Executive Chairman of Afrcan Tourism Board Mr. Cuthbert Ncube has met with the Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu, the Minister of Tourism, South Africa in Durban for a bilateral discussion based on the need to repostion African tourism for a wholistic development.
Mr. Ncube expressed his profound appreciation to the Hon. Minister Sisulu for availing him that opportunity to discuss about the advancement of African tourism.
“I had a meeting with the Minister of Tourism Honourable Lindiwe Sisulu a veteran politician who leads a number of portfolios in the South African Government and South Africa is a continental hub economically and tourism connectivity and therefore the need for a closer collaboration between ATB and the South African Tourism Minister who has been a giant in the liberation struggle in the region”.
“Within the strides of our civilization, there still remains a lot to be done. As the ATB, we believe and therefore strongly advocate for partnerships that will help foster brotherhood between nations and communities which, by the way, is a move long over due”, he added.
On her part, the Hon. Minister Sisulu, also displayed her enthusiasm at the bilateral discussion which she hopes would blossom into a stronger force that would move African tourism to another level in respective of certain policies that goes against African values.
“As a continent, Africa has come to a cross road, an intersection where our values and policies clash. A moment in the history of our civilization when there is an accute need to realise what we have and can offer in contrast to what we have as policies given to us”, she said.
Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu, a Politician, she once served as a member of Parliament since 1994 and still serving as a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC).
She previously served as the Minister of Housing 2004-2009. Also served as the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans 2009-2012. Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu is a woman with many caps, she had previously served as the Minister of Public Service and Administration 2012-2014.
She was also the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation 2014 – 2021 from where the current appointment came as the Minister of Tourism coming with her wide experience in both domestic and international affairs.
The two pro-active leaders resolved to work together in driving and in fulfillment of a well cohesive and integrated approach in the African continent using tourism as a catalyst towards economic development and sustainability in progressing AU agenda for equal cohesion amongst African populace thereby promoting, marketing and projecting the continent.