With Tourism Month that officially kicked off on Wednesday the Mother City is ready to receive both domestic and international visitors this summer holidays.

The City’s Directorate of Economic Opportunities, this week launched its strategy for the 2021/2022 tourism-season under the theme ‘Tourism for inclusive growth’.

Mayco member, James Vos says the aim is to also urge locals to encourage tourists to make the Mother City their holiday destination of choice.

He says locals will also be assisted to start their own tourism enterprises.

Watch the full launch event here.

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The City of Cape Town has opened its revamped Visitor Experience Centre.

Situated in City Hall, and launched in collaboration with Cape Town Tourism, the centre offers visitors and locals a wealth of information on tourist attractions and experiences in and around the Mother City.

Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy.

Duminy says the centre is a perfect launch-pad from which to explore Cape Town.

Follow the launch event here.

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The Western Cape MEC for Transport, Daylin Mitchell says the arbitration process, to find a lasting solution to the ongoing tax-violence, has now started.

Mitchell says the new negotiation-process comes after the earlier mediation-process, between the province’s main taxi-associations, failed to reach a working solution.

He says the violence has claimed the lives of 83 people since the beginning of the year.

Mitchell also announced the suspension of financing to taxi-associations as a means to suppress the violence.

He says the move follows the inability of CATA, Codeta and Santaco to find a lasting solution to the violence.

Read Mitchell’s full statement here.

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With the Western Cape reporting in excess of 2-thousand new covid-19 infections per day, the province is about 2 to 3 weeks away from reaching the peak of its third Covid-19 wave.

This, according to the province’s Head Of Health, Dr Keith Cloete who outlined the province’s current covid-19 situation in this week’s digicon.

He says the province has now seen a 13-percent increase in cases, on a week-on-week basis.

Access the full briefing here.

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The Western Cape’s public health-care system will be able to activate an additional 2,700 beds to treat patients in the third Covid-19 wave.

This, according to the Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete who says the province activated 1,680 beds in the first wave, while 2,330 beds were brought online in the second wave.

Cloete says with the third-wave peak now weeks way, the healthcare system is ready to admit patients that would need immediate medical care.

Access the full briefing here.

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