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Title:Skills development for tourism in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg
Author:Kaplan, Lucy
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:on-the-job training
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-004-0015-3
Abstract:Skills development in tourism is critical for developing countries, such as South Africa. However, the 1996 White Paper concluded that, with its existing output, South Africa was not capable of satisfying more than 10 percent of its tourism training needs and would face a critical shortage of skills as the industry developed. Township tourism, involving a combination of visits to historical sites of the anti-apartheid struggle as well as experiencing the conditions of life in the former 'black townships' created under apartheid, is one of the growing new elements of South Africa's post-1994 tourism economy. The development of township tourism within Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, offers a useful case study as it exemplifies many of the key challenges and opportunities involved in using tourism as a tool for development, more especially in terms of skills. In spite of the high levels of poverty and unemployment in Alexandra, the township has a rich history as one of Johannesburg's oldest areas and one of the only places where black Africans could own land. The present paper investigates key issues that arise when considering the role of skills in tourism development and transformation through a focus on research work that has been conducted as part of the Alexandra Tourism Development Project. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]