SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW TOURISM MINISTER, PATRICIA DE LILLE, PLANS TO DISSOLVE THE COUNTRY’S TOURISM BOARD DUE TO CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING ITS PERFORMANCE AND THE RECENT TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SPONSORSHIP DEAL.
On 21 April, South Africa’s tourism board is set to be dissolved by the new tourism minister, Patricia de Lille. An interim solution will involve a three-member team taking over the functions of the board. The tourism board has been plagued by various issues, including a controversial sponsorship deal with English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur that was subsequently shelved.
Additionally, there have been accusations of sexual harassment by two board members of staff, as well as much criticism over the board’s performance over recent years. The board has had four chairpersons since last September, and eight of the 11 members, including chairperson Thozamile Botha, resigned on 7 April.
De Lille has outlined a number of serious concerns, including the Tottenham deal, the composition of the board, and the skills, competence, and qualifications of its members. She has deemed the remaining three members incapable of forming a quorum, and therefore, the board is no longer functional. De Lille will assign a team of three individuals to handle the board’s affairs until a new board member is appointed.
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