South Africa spruces up tourism infrastructure

South Africa spruces up tourism infrastructure


South Africa’s Department of Tourism investing in new and maintaining existing tourism infrastructure and attractions across the country as part of its tourism sector master plan’s objective to stimulate demand.

Tourism minister Patricia de Lille visited the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Precinct project in the Cape Agulhas National Park in the Western Cape, which is one of 25 maintenance projects being implemented by the Department across the country.

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Precinct Project is a R54.9 million ($2,9 million) investment by the department to ensure that it remains attractive to visitors and supports tourism development in the surrounding communities. 

The project is being implemented together with South Africa National Parks and overall progress on site is now at 73% it is anticipated that the project will be completed in June this year.

The Agulhas National Park is located in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape Province and stretches along the coastal plain between the towns of Gansbaai and Struisbaai and includes the southernmost tip of Africa. 

The first phase of the project was completed in 2018. 

The second phase, which is currently under construction includes a restaurant, interpretation centre (including vendor stalls, ablution facilities, curio shops, booking office and lecture theatre),  offices, external works and bulk infrastructure.

 “Investment in infrastructure by the government shows the private sector that we are serious about growing our tourism offering and by government investing, we are creating the conditions conducive for further investment by the private sector,” said de Lille.

“As a top tourist destination, we remain committed to constantly diversifying and growing our tourism offering so that we remain an attractive destination that keeps visitors coming back.”

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