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The official unveiling of the African National Congress’ Manifesto
scheduled to take place at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on
Saturday is expected to have positive spin-offs for the economy of
KwaZulu-Natal as predicted by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and
Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala.

Most hotels, lodges and as well as bed and breakfast establishments are
fully booked as about 100 000 people are expected to descend on the coastal
City of Durban for what has been billed as the `Mother of all Rallies’
organized to celebrate the governing party’s 107 birthday that would
coincide with the launch of its Manifesto for the forthcoming 2019 general

“We will this weekend host thousands of people from different parts of the
country. A sizeable number of the rally organizers, including the party
President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa have been in the province for more than a
week now. We have received reports that our tourism industry has benefited
handsomely as the rally organizers have in the past week been using
accommodation establishments when they mobilized communities in different
parts of the province to be part of the rally,” said Mr Zikalala.

He said the massive ANC gathering would take place just a few days after
KwaZulu-Natal has hosted in excess of one million visitors during the
festive season which will see the province generating around R2 billion
rand in tourism related revenue.
“The hosting of the governing party’s rally in KwaZulu-Natal will
definitely benefit the economy of our province as visitors from all parts
of South Africa will spend a lot of money in shops and various eateries
during the event.”

Mr Zikalala said KwaZulu-Natal had recently embarked on an aggressive
campaign to increase the number of international visitors into the region.
“The campaign is already bearing fruit as the latest statistics reveal that
some 2 000 international tourists arrived at King Shaka International
Airport in the first three months of 2018 compared to the same period in
2017. We are also focusing on increasing the number of domestic tourists.
Our intention is to grow the tourism impact on the province’s GDP to
between R65 billion and R98 billion over the next two years. This we
believe will guarantee the realization of our target of creating 183 000
direct jobs over the same period. We want to attract no less than 3.4
million international visitors by 2030.”



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