The Department of Tourism, in collaboration with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has recently introduced an incentive programme to encourage privately-owned tourism enterprises to move towards cleaner energy sources and more energy efficient operations.
The launch of the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP), which supports the Department’s mandate of sustainable and inclusive tourism development, follows the recent handover of a solar photovoltaic mini-grid at Robben Island Museum by the Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa.
Managed and administered by the IDC, the programme will provide grant funding on a sliding scale from 30% to 90%(capped at R1 million) to qualifying small and micro tourism enterprises. This will assist in the implementation of interventions to improve energy efficiency and reduce operational costs.
Minister Xasa indicated that the programme will support several energy saving solutions, “Renewable energy generating systems should be more accessible to all within the sector. The aim of the programme is to encourage small and micro tourism enterprises through a cost-sharing grant to retrofit their facilities with energy efficiency systems. Responsible tourism is everyone’s business, with an immense potential to increase our country’s global competitiveness. I urge the industry to embrace the Green Tourism Incentive Programme, and help us build a sustainable and inclusive tourism sector.”
The Department and IDC will work closely with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa to conduct energy efficiency audits and determine the best possible solutions to be implemented.
The IDC’s head of Development Funds Department Christine Engelbrecht says,“Transformation and ownership is a critical dimension of IDC’s mandate. Enterprises with high levels of compliance in terms of the Tourism B-BBEE Scorecard will be awarded a larger gran.”
She added that only exempt micro enterprises with the total annual turnover of below R5 million and qualifying small enterprises with the total annual revenue of between R5 million and R45 million respectively will be considered.
The first two month application window will be opened from 1 November 2017 to 31 December 2017 for prospective applicants to submit applications for the GTIP.