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South Africa’s new tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu faces mounting challenges

By Xolisa Phillip, in Johannesburg
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 12:34

Lindiwe Sisulu and President Cyril Ramaphosa during the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Agreement during the 10th Extraordinary Session of the African Union (AU) in Kigali, Rwanda Tuesday March 21, 2018. (AP Photo)

Lindiwe Sisulu, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle and the daughter of African National Congress elders Walter and Albertina Sisulu, has been appointed the country’s new tourism minister following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle. Political analyst Ralph Mathekga argues that Sisulu, who was beset by troubles at her previous portfolio, raises questions about whether the executive takes tourism seriously.

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has welcomed Sisulu’s appointment to the ministry citing her experience in international relations as positive, considering the current challenges facing the sector.

“We welcome the new minister. We believe she comes with experience that will lift tourism. We work with foreign countries. She has been at foreign affairs [international relations]. We will work with her,” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, the CEO of TBCSA.