ESTABLISHMENT OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES FOR TOURIST GUIDES
07 February 2018
In response to enquiries regarding an association referred to as the “Institute of Professional Tourist Guides’’, the Department of Tourism would like to provide clarity to the sector and clear any misconceptions in the guiding community about the process of becoming a
registered and recognised tourist guide.
According to the National Registrar of Tourist Guides, Ms Morongoe Ramphele, the Tourism Act, no. 3 of 2014 (Act) is the only legislation in the country which provides for the regulation and licensing of tourist guides in South Africa, including the procedures and requirements that tourist
guide applicants are expected to adhere to.
Amongst others, the requirements to becoming a registered tourist guide includes: obtaining the relevant tourist guide competencies and qualifications and adhering to the prescribed code of conduct and ethics for tourist guides. Only applicants who are successfully registered
are permitted to conduct tours.
“I would like to clear any misconception that relates to the term professional. I am of the view that being professional goes beyond simply adhering to the legislation or belonging to an association, it also describes the inherent qualities that the guide possesses that relates to
passion, dedication and commitment to the guiding profession. It is also a personal responsibility and interest in ensuring that one is in possession of the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges and expectations of our dynamic tourism sector,” said Ramphele.
Tourist guides have the freedom to associate with any organisation that seeks to promote and serve their best interests. However, it is important to note that this is done on a voluntary basis. Tourist guides are encouraged to be vigilant when seeking membership with various
associations. Prospective professional bodies seeking recognition as such must contact the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and follow the required processes as prescribed by the NQF Act, no. 67 of 2008. Although this is a legislated process, it does not replace the provisions set out in the
Tourism Act for tourist guides.
FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Ms Susan de Bruin – Department of Tourism
Tel: 012 444 6605
Cell: 082 921 7303
E-MAIL: [email protected]
FOR ENQUIRIES RELATED TO TOURIST GUIDING:
Office of the National Registrar of Tourist Guides
Tel: 012 444 6386
E-mail: [email protected]
We need to explain exactly what we have done at SAQA as well as the plan forward with them to get accreditation.
The CPD should also be highlighted and that it does not compete against the Tourism Act, no. 3 of 2014 (Act) but that we confirm it and that we will use their disciplinary processes if and when required since use their Code of Conduct as basis
We need to request a meeting with her to inform her of the IPTGSA and get her involvement to assist us in obtaining SAQA accreditation.
My few thoughts to kick off with.
I actually don’t haver problem with what is being said, because that is what we stand for. The ony thing that I would like to see added is that to the following statement (It is also a personal responsibility and interest in ensuring that one is in possession of the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges and expectations of our dynamic tourism sector,” said Ramphele. the following is added: It is also a personal responsibility and interest in ensuring that one is in possession of the EVER INCREASING AND EVOLVING skills and knowledge necessary to meet the INCREASING challenges and expectations /DEMANDS of our dynamic tourism sector,” said Ramphele.
AND IT IS IN THAT WAY THE THE IPTGSA CAN AND WILL ASSIST TGs to improve on an ongoing base.
I might be missing something, but in my mind we should thank her for setting issues straight and once she understands what we have done as fas as SAQA and al the other issues are concerned, she might be marketing us :-)
I just fail to understand how people do not see the necessity of the IPTGSA!
Joleen du Plessis
facilitator, assessor, national tourist guide CEO Alive!PTLcc
cell +27 72 5061236
Hi there. I had a look at the Act and there is nowhere any provision that prohibits us to set up a professional body.
We adhere to the Act as far as registration, so I cannot see where it stops us to set up a professional body.
This is Victor Tharage at his best.
We should address the letter to the Minister.
Pride Safaris & Tours
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