The online publisher The Southern African daily TOURISM UPDATE reports a high number of foreign visitors in 2016.
Hence, further employment was created for staff at the OR Tambo International Airport as a result thereof.
The South African Department of Home Affairs will increase for the 2017/2018 financial year the number of immigration officials employed at OR Tambo International Airport.
The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, told media at a briefing on Wednesday that:
The department had allocated R25 million (€1.7m) for the 2017/2018 financial year and should be able to appoint an additional 58 immigration officials as well as fully capacitate its management team.
This comes after the Department of Home Affairs deployed 92 additional staff at OR Tambo International Airport from December 9 to January 14 this year.
Planned is also a second increase in staff capacity for the 2018/2019 financial year, with an additional budget allocation of R17 million (€1.2m) made available by National Treasury.
Arrivals recorded during this period by the Department of Home Affairs were:
2 054 118 foreign arrivals compared with the 1 997 532 for the same period between December 9, 2015 and January 14, 2016.
A total of 208 833 arrivals were from Europe,
47 933 from North America,
43 690 from Asia,
35 166 from South America,
19 190 from Australia,
and 6 321 from the Middle East.
Arrivals from Africa accounted for 1 660 020 of the total arrivals.
This is a 2.83% increase.
Minister Gigaba accredited the increase in numbers to tourism and mentioned:
“Once we start projecting the country as a tourism destination and highlight the various tourist attractions that are available in South Africa, it tends to have a positive impact on the number of people who are travelling to our country.”
He added that the perception of South Africa as a ‘safe’ destination had also contributed to the increase in tourism numbers during the festive season and travel to South Africa throughout the year.