CITY OF JOHANNESBURG LAUNCHES TOURISM AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME
28 MAY 2019
In line with its focused approach to continue supporting tourism growth in Johannesburg, the Department of Economic Development: Tourism directorate launched its Tourism Ambassador Programme at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, on Tuesday, 28 May 2019.
“In terms of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy [GDS], the Joburg 2040 – tourism remains an economic growth imperative on the city’s agenda,” says Cllr Leah Knott, MMC for the City’s Department of Economic Development. “In line with the prioritisation of achieving increased visitor arrivals in the city and contributing towards the economic growth target of 5% by 2021, Joburg Tourism has seeks ways to facilitate the tourism experience at sites and attractions in the City, rendering them safe, pleasant, informative and memorable”.
“The Tourism Ambassador Programme envisages making Johannesburg a safer destination, leading to an increased number of tourists visiting the City for both leisure and business.
Cllr Michael Sun, MMC for Public Safety, is thrilled to be collaborating with the Joburg Tourism on the Tourism Ambassador Programme to create visibility at tourism sites and attractions. “This is a proactive initiative which is set to reduce the number of security incidents affecting tourists and residents. Secondly, the ambassadors will assist in providing tourism information to tourists and visitors.”
With elements of linking ambassadors with visible policing and safety to deliver pleasant tourism experiences, the programme is also geared to create Johannesburg tourism ambassadors who are knowledgeable about attractions and their key selling points.
The programme will enhance tourism safety in identified tourism nodes and create 60 direct job opportunities. This will improve on opportunities created in line with the Expanded Public Works Programme [EPWP]. Gauteng Tourism Authority is implementing a similar programme on behalf of the National Department of Tourism; however, due to the limited number of monitors allocated, safety concerns are not being adequately addressed.
“We are thrilled that this Mayoral Service delivery initiative is also addressing the issue of reducing unemployment, as 60 unemployed Johannesburg youth with a minimum of matric qualifications have been selected to participate,” says Knott. “Selected from applicants in the Department of Public Safety’s unemployed youth database, the team of youngsters will be trained and thereafter deployed for a period of three years, receiving a stipend in line with the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) during this time.”
Prior to their deployment, the team of 60 ambassadors will be trained in the following key aspects related to their role:
- Tourism information, geo-locating tourism sites and tourist site guidance
- Service excellence and customer care
- Communication skills and conflict management
- By-law education and awareness on issues such as public roads, street trading etc.
- Road Safety
- Community Patrolling
Safety and Security in the City of Johannesburg
As local government, the City via the Department of Public Safety takes direct responsibility for issues of safety and security – and is assisting the SA Police Services (SAPS) in its efforts to reduce crime and improve safety in Joburg. The Department of Public Safety is comprised of four sub-elements to ensure safety and security in the City: Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), Emergency Management Services (EMS), the Disaster Management Directorate and the Licensing Directorate.
The City’s effort to ensure safety and security is based on the integrated multi-agency Joburg City Safety Strategy (JCSS), revised in 2017, which embraces crime prevention through environmental design, as well as urban management and monitoring service delivery. The JCSS was developed in an effort to collectively improve safety in our city with all city stakeholders, in order to achieve caring, safe and secure communities as envisaged by the City’s long term plans.
The City has invested in substantial CCTV infrastructure in the Inner City, monitored from the Integrated Intelligent Operations Centre (IIOC), located at the Department of Public Safety’s Martindale Headquarters. This provides surveillance of public space for crime prevention, as well as valuable assistance for urban management, traffic management and service delivery breakdowns. The IIOC is linked to a dedicated reaction unit of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police, to enable rapid intervention to incidents detected in the Inner City – further complementing the integrated safety and security plan, based on visible policing and by-law enforcement.
Collaboration with both national and provincial authorities, as well as the private sector and communities, is bearing fruit, as all stakeholders work together towards a safer Joburg and South Africa.
The Department of Public Safety also engages businesses across the City, many who have also formed close partnerships with the various law enforcement agencies at a local level. These have resulted in successful projects such as business-sponsored resources such as vehicles, which enable improved visible policing in business nodes around the City.
The City is also focusing its efforts on improving its planning and response with regard to emergency incidents and ensuring that there is a robust and constant focus on updating its disaster risk management plan. This is done through the complementary work undertaken by Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the Disaster Management Directorate.
The City’s EMS trains communities as part of the education programme to ensure effective response to emergency incidents. These are known as Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and are on the frontline of the City’s initiatives to minimise the impact of emergency incidents on communities. Technology deployment by the Disaster Management Directorate, such as its automated weather stations across the City, linked to the Public Safety IIOC, enable rapid detection of adverse weather, and ensures both warnings to communities, as well appropriate dispatch of resources to impacted communities.
The work undertaken by Joburg as a host city for FIFA World Cup 2010 set up an important benchmark and enabled a blueprint for joint planning between the City’s safety and security, health and transport units for major events post 2010. This Events Joint Operations Committee (JOC) is the starting point for the hosting of any event in the City, ensuring the safety and security of both attendees to events, as well as residents of areas surrounding it. The City of Joburg regularly plays host to major events varying from sport and entertainment, to major international conferences such as the BRICS Summit hosted in Sandton in 2018. This depth of knowledge and experience has made the City of Joburg an important centre of learning for other municipalities and the Department of Public Safety regularly hosts delegations who wish to access and apply our practices.
CoJ TOURISM AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Question: What is the background to the Launch of the Joburg Tourism Ambassador Programme?
Answer: Project Background
- As prescribed in the Municipal Systems Act of 2000, the City of Johannesburg is responsible economic development, which includes the promotion of tourism. In addition to this primary role, the City has been mandated to attract investment towards achieving 5% economic growth that will reduce unemployment by 2021. This major responsibility entails the creation of sustainable jobs, skills development and increasing growth of the local economy
- The City intends to stimulate confidence in key role players within the tourism and hospitality industry by training and placing Tourism Ambassadors at key tourism attractions to ensure tourism safety in the City.
- The main aim of having Tourism Ambassador Programme is primarily to create visibility in tourism attractions and to proactively reduce the number of criminal incidents targeting tourists visiting the City. Furthermore, these ambassadors will assist in providing tourism information to tourists. The Programme envisages making Johannesburg a safer destination for tourists and visitors, leading to an increased number of tourists visiting the City for both leisure and business.
Question: Where and How Will the Programme Be Rolled Out?
- Through the Tourism Directorate, the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development has provisionally identified the tourism hotspots where Tourism Ambassadors will be placed. The Department of Economic Development will be working together with CoJ’s Department of Public Safety in recruiting the 60 Johannesburg-based youth to participate in the programme, as well as providing training prior to being deployed. A number of 60 participants will be identified within the Johannesburg Municipality wards and interviewed and the Programme will run for three (3) years.
Question: What Are the Primary Objectives of the Tourism Ambassador Programme?
- To create jobs for 60 unemployed youth with matric minimum qualifications and / or above qualifications, residing in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipal area.
- To create visibility in tourism attractions.
- To stimulate confidence to key role players within the tourism and hospitality industry.
- To stimulate conditions for accelerated and sustainable employment opportunities in the City.
Question: How will the Programme be Managed and Driven?
- The Tourism Ambassador Programme will be driven through three key strategic initiatives, i.e. strategic partnership and stakeholder involvement, skills development and placement of candidates at the tourism attractions.
- Candidates will be placed at the key tourism attraction sites within the City of Johannesburg Municipality. The City will maintain continuous engagement with the tourism industry stakeholders where the candidates will be placed.
- Reporting will be to the VIC’s (Visitor Information Centres) for monitoring with on-site supervisors.
Question: How Does the Candidate Recruitment Strategy Work?
- The Programme has given priority to the youth residing in Johannesburg. The management understands that, there are many people in the communities of Johannesburg that are trained, skilled and could serve the industry with dedication if provided with the opportunity.
Who was recruited?
Candidates meeting the following requirements:
- Minimum qualification: Matric
- Registered in Public Safety Database (for unemployed youth)
- Physically fit
- Locality (youth residing in or near the affected tourism sites will be considered – no or limited transport costs)
- Preparedness to work abnormal hours including weekends and holidays.
- Be able to communicate in English and two African language
- No criminal record
- South African youth 18 – 35 years
- Johannesburg resident (Proof of residence will be required)
- Preference will be given to first time intern, no parallel and / or drop out
- Relevant qualifications and certified copies will be required
Direct recruitment of candidates through Public Safety unemployed youth database
- CVs dropped off at a central point.
- CV’s accompanied by certified copies (Matric certificate, Identity document, Affidavit confirming the proof of residence and that the candidate is unemployed).
- Interview panel comprised personnel from HR, DED Skills development, Tourism and JMPD
Museum Africa, a centrally-located venue owned by the Municipality.
Question: Who are the Key Project Stakeholders and What are Their Roles?
|CoJ EPWP||Local Hospitality & Tourism players & Associations|
CoJ Public Safety
Economic growth stimulus
Imperative to empower employees and non-employed
Reporting and administrator of EPWP in the City of Joburg
Custodians of industry operational knowledge and owners / managers of tourist sites
Building a safer City
Create employment opportunities
Recruit unemployed youth
To spend funding on job creation projects
Safe environment to operate successfully
A way of engaging
Funding and Industry partnerships
Administration of EPWP project
On the job training and practical experience
Visible impact of delivery for services that contributes to a safe environment
Accelerated economic growth rate & reduce unemployment
Skilled human resources complement
Employment creation, youth and women
Safe environment &
Increase profit margins
A safe City.
Community and social development
The City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development is, via the Joburg Tourism Directorate, the project champion responsible for designing the programme, facilitating its design and development, as well as the enrolment of key stakeholders and reporting. The Expanded Public Works Programme Unit is a key internal stakeholder, as it will advise Joburg Tourism on meeting the reporting requirements of the EPWP policies. A full project organizational structure of the programme is laid out in the diagram in Figure 1.
Tourism Ambassador Programme Organizational Structure
Roles, functions and responsibilities
- Project owner
- Stakeholder engagement
- Arrange and chair steering committee meetings
- Prepare monthly report on the Programme
- Funding of the project
- Day to day Programme management
- Manage relationships with all stakeholders
- Recruitment & Interviews
- Manage leave and absenteeism
- Facilitate training
- Purchase of uniforms
- Managing terms and conditions of ambassadors’ employment
- Launching of the programme
Public Safety (JMPD & EMS):
- Custodians of the unemployed youth database
- Participate in steering committee meetings
Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP):
- Sign the employment contracts with the ambassadors
- Collate and record monthly attendance registers
- Participate in steering committee meetings
- Report on the City’s EPWP performance
- Record ambassadors on the pay roll system
- Manage leave and absenteeism
- Participate in steering committee meetings
- Process monthly payment of stipends
Johannesburg Tourist Attractions:
Attractions constitute a critical element for the success of this programme because they provide the following opportunities:
- Offer ambassadors a workplace in order to apply knowledge and gain practical experience and
- Report ambassador’s performance to the Programme Manager
- The role of ambassadors is to ensure that they are always at their workstations on time.
- They must ensure a safe environment for the tourists and visitors and provide accurate information.
- They also have to ensure that they work hard in order to lure industry employers to retain them on a full time employment basis at the end of the programme.
The following project budget is based on 60 candidates. Industry costing norms which include:
- R3300 per month internship stipend inclusive of UIF
- R5000 per month all inclusive for supervisors
- R4770 per person safety uniform
- Total budget for the project is R1 320,000.00 including VAT
Question: What Does The Skills Development and Training Programme Comprise?
- By-Law Education and Awareness on issue such as Public Roads, Street trading etc.
- Road Safety
- Community Patrolling
- First Aid
- Workplace readiness
- Tourism information
- Tourist site guiding
- Service excellence
- Customer services
- Communication skills
- Geo locating of tourism sites
Proposed Training Plan:
Type of Training
Modules to be CovereD
· JMPD & EMS: First Aid, Road Safety.
· Tourism: Tourism information, Communication skills.
· Conflict management,
· By-law education and awareness;
· Customer services;
· Geo locating tourism sites.
· Geo locating tourism sites;
· Community patrolling;
· Tourist site guiding;
· Service excellence.
Question: How will the Tourism Ambassador Programme Be Monitored and Controlled?
- The Department of Economic Development (CoJ) will champion the programme through the Joburg Tourism directorate and will appoint supervisors who will manage the day to day running of the programme and report through the Visitor Services Bureau (VSB). The directorate will also set up a project steering committee comprising involved internal and external stakeholders. The Joburg Tourism directorate will report on a monthly basis on all issues pertaining to the project to EPWP and other relevant committees within the City of Johannesburg.
Question: When and where will the students be placed?
- Placement of the Tourism Ambassadors will commence in July 2019, once the first set of basic training has been completed.
- The following city tourism hotspots have been identified in consultation with stakeholders and private business structures such as City Improvement District(s), Tourism Associations, and the Joburg Business Forum Tourism Sub-Committee, to mention a few:
- Carlton Centre
- Gautrain Station – Park Station
- Red Bus – Bus Stop at Wolmarans Street
- Gold Reef City
- Berman Contemporary Art Gallery and Sanlam Art Lounge – Alice Lane Precinct
- Nelson Mandela Square
- Mushroom Farm Park
- Auto & General theatre On the Square
- Sandton Convention Centre
- African Market on Maude Street
- Sandton City
- Radisson Hotel, Gautrain
- Radisson Hotel, Sandton
- Hilton Hotel, Sandton
- The Maslow Hotel, Sandton
- Sandton Sun Hotel, Convention Centre
- Garden Court
- FNB Stadium
- Kliptown Square
- Mining District
- Origins Centre
- Standard Bank Gallery
- Chancellor House
- Gandhi Square
- Hector Pieterson Museum
- Zoo Lake
- Johannesburg Zoo
- Kwa Mai-Mai Market
- Museum Africa
- Park Station
- Joburg Theatre
- Alexandra Attractions
- Wemmerpan / Transport Museum