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SAVRALA welcomes and supports the new SAT leadership for industry growth

SAVRALA is pleased to welcome and extend its congratulations to the newly appointed South African Tourism leadership. We applaud the board’s composition, led by Chairperson Ms. Makhosazana Khanyile and newly appointed CEO Ms. Nombulelo Guliwe, and recognise its potential to propel sustainable tourism growth within our sector.

The full list of Board members is as follows:

Chairperson: Ms. Makhosazana Khanyile

Deputy Chairperson: Ms. Lizelle Jordaan

Members:

  • Dr. Gregory Davids
  • Mr. Ikaneng Pilane
  • Prof Stella Bavuma
  • Ms. Nqabomzi Haya
  • Mr. Rajesh Mahabeer
  • Mr. Ayanda Mazibuko
  • Ms. Maija de Rijk-Uys

Sandile Ntseoane, General Manager of SAVRALA, emphasises the significance of a permanent executive team at SA Tourism.  “A dynamic and effective South African Tourism is essential for the success of the entire travel and tourism ecosystem,” he states. This development, SAVRALA is confident, will bring much-needed stability to the relationship between SAT and the broader tourism sector, accelerating progress towards growth objectives.

Recognising the critical role our industry plays in tourist mobility, SAVRALA eagerly anticipates collaborating with the new leadership.  “We look forward to partnering with the new SA Tourism leadership to support vital initiatives aimed at increasing tourist length of stay, broadening geographic reach, and boosting tourist spend,” states Ntseoane.

SAVRALA aligns strongly with SA Tourism’s focus on extending visitor stays and promoting travel to lesser-known regions. We understand the importance of reliable transportation and well-maintained road networks in attracting both self-drive tourists and corporate travellers.

Further, SAVRALA supports initiatives that address seasonality.  “For the vehicle rental and leasing industry, initiatives that would help to combat seasonality through targeted campaigns that promote off-peak travel, would also help to create consistent demand for rental vehicles and support stable employment within our sector,” explains Ntseoane.

SAVRALA remains committed to working collaboratively with the new SA Tourism leadership to build a resilient and sustainable tourism sector. Ntseoane affirms, “Through active collaboration, we are confident that we can collectively unlock South Africa’s vast tourism potential, bringing benefits to businesses and communities across the country.”

SA Tourism’s challenges are those of the entire South African tourism industry. SAVRALA stands ready as a willing partner, prepared to contribute to and assist with addressing these challenges head-on. This collaborative approach underpins our vision for a brighter future for South African tourism, a future that benefits our members, the industry, and the nation.

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