The head of the body tasked with promoting SA’s tourism industry, which is facing the loss of more than 400,000 jobs from the Covid-19 pandemic due to forced closures since March, has called on the government to greatly increase financial aid for businesses in the sector.

“When SA holds back a sector from operating, they have a duty to support it and make sure it doesn’t fold,” SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona said in an interview with Business Day, echoing a call from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for increased aid.

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