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Title:Tourism-related skills development practices for the disadvantaged indigenous communities in the Umhlathuze Municipal area
Author:Magi, Lindisizwe M.
Year:2014
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Volume:13
Issue:1
Pages:84-105
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:tourism
community development
External link:http://reference.sabinet.co.za/webx/access/electronic_journals/linga/linga_v13_n1_a8.pdf
Abstract:The South African tourism industry has previously been seen as dominated by the (white) elite. Previously disadvantaged indigenous communities (PDICs) have not benefited significantly from the tourism industry. In an attempt to reverse this situation, the government has designed a variety of new tourism policies and strategies, including skills development of PDICs. This article reports on such tourism skills development practices in the uMhlathuze Local Municipality. It explores how stakeholders understand the importance of tourism skills development practices; shows how the uMhlathuze authorities attempt to facilitate tourism skills development practices; reveals respondents' perceptions of the implementation of the tourism skills development policies and practices; and establishes whether there are any tourism skills development practice-benefits for the PDICs in the area. The majority of respondents understand the meaning and importance of tourism and tourism skills development practices. The respondents felt, however, that skills development opportunities were not accessible to them. The article concludes that implementation of tourism skills development practices is poorly executed and does not adequately benefit the local indigenous communities. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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