The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency is established in terms of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Act of 2005, Act No. 5 of 2005, and listed as a Schedule 3C Public Entity. The entity came into existence on 1 April 2006 following the merger of the now defunct Mpumalanga Parks Board and Mpumalanga Tourism Authority.
The MTPA subscribes to the following core values:
- Productive (results oriented / disciplined / efficient / punctual / cost conscious)
- Integrity (ethical / honest / transparent / truthful / accountable / reliable / responsible)
- Committed (motivated / dedicated / diligent / passionate)
- Teamwork (participative / consultative / collaborative)
- Service excellence (responsive / client need driven / approachable / friendly / competitive / time conscious)
- Innovative (flexible / creative / adaptable / pro-active / initiative)
- Respectful (treating others with respect / dignity / humility / fairness / consistent)
- Quality conscious (attention to detail / accuracy / critical mindset / quality focus / preparedness)
Mpumalanga: A world-class tourism and wildlife economy.
Grow tourism and manage biodiversity to stimulate sustainable economic growth that is inclusive and creates decent employment.
- To create a stable, credible and sustainable Agency through adequate funding of R570 million (Grant funding R405 million, Own revenue R50 million and Partnerships R115 million) by 2016/17 that will enable the Agency to execute its mandate.
- To provide for effective management and conservation of biodiversity and eco-systems in the Province by addressing the following policies and legislative imperatives on a continuous basis through to 2016/17:
- Protect and conserve the natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems within the Province
- Develop and effectively manage Protected Areas
- Increase land under conservation
- Implement the People and Parks Program
- Promote and create socio-economic growth and transformation within the conservation industry, thereby creating economic and employment opportunities for previously disadvantaged individuals and local communities in the Province