‘You Might Be Swindled In Our Name’, SA Tourism Warns


SA Department of Tourism has issued a warning about an ongoing tender fraud scam in its name.

The Department warned the public about a tender fraud scam saying fraudsters are defrauding unwary service providers and South Africans with its identity.

“The Department of Tourism calls on all service providers and the public at large not to be lured into a tender fraud scam which requires an upfront payment in doing business with the department.

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These fraudsters use fictitious departmental documents like letters of appointments, purchase orders and contracts, supposedly from the department with a false signature of the Director: Supply Chain Management and/or the Director-General.

The department would like to set the record straight that no service provider is expected to pay any fee upfront to be awarded a tender. All tenders are advertised within the context of prescribed prescripts.

Services providers and the public are urged to remain vigilant to the tender scam and other scams,” SA Tourism stated.

It further advised the public to report such swindling attempts to law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, the department previously highlighted that “tourist arrivals in South Africa are continuing on their growth trajectory.”

That, follows the recent data Statistics SA availed. The data showed that more than 760 000 tourists arrived in the country in May 2016.

The figure brings the total tourist arrivals for January to May 2016 to over 4.2 million. It represents an increase of 15.7% compared to the same period last year.

And, is more than three times the average annual global growth rates experienced in international tourism.

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South Africa’s Minister of Tourism Derek Andre Hanekom said he’s delighted with the impressive growth in tourist numbers.

“The continuing growth in international tourist arrivals is wonderful news for the tourism sector. It will have a multiplier effect on the many industries that support tourism, so it’s good news for the wider economy as well,” Hanekom stated.