A post Friday night on Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s official Twitter account about regulations that made it look like holiday accommodation was reopening has caused great confusion in the tourism industry.
The tweet was posted Friday night at 6:39 p.m., which included level 3 restrictions.
The graphics contained information on how guesthouses and hotels can open their doors to holidaymakers, but Saturday morning it was no longer there.
A tweet on Saturday afternoon at 12:03 stated that there was an “error in the previous graphics”. In the dispute, it is very clear that accommodation can only be provided for people who travel for work purposes and have valid permits.
Here are the activities that are now allowed at Level 3. We picked up an error in the previous graphic which suggested that accommodation for leisure travel was permitted. This is not the case. See this statement for more information: https://t.co/hQnwYUNN6s #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/7t4Q7vxCKl— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) July 11, 2020
Ramaphosa said in a June announcement that people may travel for pleasure in their own province and stay in hotels and guesthouses. Shortly after, Mmamoloko Kybayi-Ngubane, Minister of Tourism, unlike Ramaphosa, said only day trips were allowed.
Business Insider reports Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, says the removed placement confirms once again how the industry has interpreted the regulations.
“We have always believed that accommodation is allowed for people who travel in their province for pleasure.”
A spokesman for the president’s office said there was no new regulation and that accommodation could only be provided for business travelers and emergency workers.
The Western Cape government’s joy over Friday night’s announcement appears to be short-lived. “This means that families living in the same province can break away to their favorite places for a weekend,” said David Maynier, MEC for finance and economic opportunities.