The Executive Management of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) today met with the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism as well as the Provincial leadership of NEHAWU to engage on the issues raised by organized labour that led to the four-day unprotected industrial action. This saw the closure of all the MTPA offices as well as its nature reserves throughout the province.

The engagement today resolved to allow the MTPA and NEHAWU to form an urgent Task Team which will immediately attend to all the issues of concern and further find an amicable solution. The Task Team will in the next two weeks attend to all the issues raised and ensure that they are resolved and operations resume at all our offices and nature reserves.

The offices of the MTPA as well as the nature reserves will continue to be closed for this weekend in order to allow NEHAWU to report back to its members on Monday, 12 April 2021.

“We remain committed to ensure that these issues are resolved as soon as possible to allow operations to resume at our offices and nature reserves. We are aware that this has had the unfortunate negative effect to the tourism sector and visitors to our tourism attractions have been severely inconvenienced”, said Mr Johannes Nobunga, CEO of the MTPA.

“We would like to encourage visitors coming to Mpumalanga to visit other tourism attractions on offer and enjoy their stay in the province. We appeal for patience as we continue to work tirelessly to ensure that other popular tourism attractions are opened soon”, concluded Nobunga.

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