Parks Tau encourages residents and tourism business leaders to vaccinate

The Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Parks Tau, visited the Gallagher Convention Centre’s Discovery vaccination site to encourage residents and business leaders in the tourism sector to be vaccinated.

Tourism MEC office members meet with Gallegher Convention Centre’s Discovery vaccination site members at the vaccination site. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

The visit on September 17 was part of the MEC’s pop-up campaign, #Jab4Tourism, to promote both vaccinations and tourism. 

Region A Health Department deputy director Nelly Shongwe and Parks Tau encourage more people to vaccinate. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

During his tour, Tau said the sooner everybody was vaccinated, the better. “This is an opportunity for us to also communicate in particular with the frontline workers in the tourism sector, that the more of us are vaccinated, the more we can be able to accept people at our respective places of work,” he added.

Gauteng MEC for Tourism, Parks Tau is welcomed at the Gallegher Convention Centre Discovery vaccination site for a tour. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

Throughout the tour, the Gauteng Tourism Department gave goodie hampers to patients to explore the different tourism sites the province had to offer. 

Ryan di Domenico receives a goodie hamper, courtesy of the Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Parks Tau, to explore the different getaway sites the province has to offer. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

Barba Barba Gaogamediwe, the acting CEO for Gauteng Tourism, said those who had gotten their jabs had taken an important step and heeded the call as vaccinations saved lives.

Aluwani Chokoe from the tourism MEC’s office registers to get her jab with the help of Asanda Mdunge. Photo: Ofentse Ditlop
Gauteng MEC for Tourism Parks Tau visits the Discovery vaccination site at Gallegher Convention Centre. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

“We have vaccinated throughout the years, but as we know, Covid-19 has disseminated our economy. People have not been able to go back to their jobs. Revenues in establishments have gone to their lowest ever and airlines cannot fly. The tourism sector is disseminated,” he added.

Ward 80 councillor Makgoba Pagadi celebrates getting vaccinated. Photo: Ofentse Ditlopo

Gaogamediwe concluded that there were 15 million people in Gauteng, therefore, if most people in the province got vaccinated, they could support most of the country.