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SATSA welcomes reappointment of Minister de Lille and new Cabinet appointments

JOHANNESBURG, 1 JULY 2024 – SATSA, the voice of inbound tourism in South Africa, is elated about the reappointment of Patricia de Lille as Minister of Tourism. SATSA deeply appreciates Minister de Lille’s outstanding work to date and looks forward to continuing this productive relationship.

“Minister de Lille’s reappointment is excellent news for the tourism sector,” said David Frost, CEO of SATSA. “Her leadership has been instrumental in navigating our industry through challenging times, and we’re excited about the prospects of building on this solid foundation.”

SATSA is equally enthusiastic about the appointments of Dr. Leon Schreiber as Minister of Home Affairs and Barbara Creecy as Minister of Transport. These are two portfolios that have bedevilled the tourism industry, and SATSA looks forward to a new approach under their leadership.

“The Home Affairs and Transport portfolios are critical to tourism’s success,” Frost added. “We’re optimistic about working with Ministers Schreiber and Creecy to address long-standing challenges and unlock South Africa’s full tourism potential.”

Key priorities for SATSA include:

1. Streamlining visa processes to enhance accessibility for key markets like India and China

2. Implementing the remote worker visa to capitalise on the digital nomad trend

3. Improving air connectivity and transport infrastructure and services

4. Collaborating on initiatives to accelerate tourism growth and competitiveness

SATSA stands ready to engage constructively with all relevant ministries to drive South Africa’s tourism recovery and growth.



SATSA is the unified voice of the inbound tourism industry in Southern Africa and represents the private sector trade associations in five SADC countries. Our mission is to support the sustainable growth of travel and tourism to and within Southern Africa.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Taylor

+27 76 825 5508

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