The City of Cape Town’s Urban Management Department, today, 22 November 2019, handed out accredited tourist guide certificates to 15 recently qualified youth from Atlantis, Mamre and Langa at the Sun Square Hotel in Cape Town. All the recipients are from disadvantaged communities and were previously unemployed.
The City has formed a partnership with local tour operators to offer these recipients job shadowing opportunities.
‘Cape Town receives thousands of domestic and international visitors on a daily basis, especially during the peak tourism season. We need tourist guides to be ready to welcome visitors to our shores and take them into our communities to experience local tourism offerings at their best,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.
All the recipients were trained by the City of Cape Town’s Urban Management Department and the Mayoral Urban Renewal Programme as informed by the Community Action Plan and Local Area Tourism Development Plan for Cape Town’s Area North.
The 15 youth will be further capacitated with skills training in entrepreneurship as well as service excellence skills.
‘The aim is to provide these recipients with the confidence to kick-start their careers and to stimulate their entrepreneurial ideas. It is hoped that they will later become business owners and employers in the near future. This will enable them to contribute positively toward economic growth and poverty reduction in the city,’ said Alderman Twigg.
Six recipients have already been placed with Lagugu, a local tour operator that specialises in tailor-made tours of Langa and Gugulethu. The other nine recipients will be placed with the popular Cape Town red bus which is run by City Sightseeing South Africa.
All recipients will earn a monthly stipend for seven months starting 1 December 2019 until the 31 June 2020.
‘The City is dedicated to facilitating meaningful Area Economic Development programmes and opportunities for our youth. We want to capacitate them with skills that will add value to the entrepreneurial environment. Also, we rely on partnerships with private sector stakeholders such as Lagugu and City Sightseeing South Africa to make employment opportunies such as these a reality for many of our unemployed youth,’ said Alderman Twigg.