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The Department of Tourism has published the Tourism Amendment Bill and is asking for your comment in shaping this policy.
If you’re an Airbnb host you might be prevented from renting out your property for as long as you like. If you are a guest/potential guest you might face increased costs and limited choice.
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No I do not
I choose not to stay in Hotels, as these are generally overpriced, impersonal places to stay;
Limiting Airbnb will limit choices to stay at prices which are reasonable - most South Africans struggle to afford to travel due to costs associated with hotels. Limiting this will either mean lost tourism I cannot afford to stay in expensive Hotels;
Limiting what residents can do with their properties - within the by-laws is likely to be unconstitutional;
People who rent out space on their properties, but don't necessarily want a full time additional resident, do so to earn income - this income will be lost. With it income for domestic staff is likely to be lost;
Loss of tourism due to lack of choices - therefore loss of taxes and revenue to the government;
Tourism is one of the areas targeted by government as a growth sector that can help reduce unemployment - limiting peoples choices, limits growth in Tourism. Government is bowing to pressure from Hotel groups that are using money to lobby for certain positions. The 21st century is here, not sure how you are going to stop the growth in these 4th industrial revolution industries as these industries provide goods and services to different people in different ways to that traditionally. Peoples choices are changing and governments cannot legislate or wish these changes away. Adaptability is key in the 21st century. Trying to limit Airbnb will ultimately just limit South Africa's tourism industry which, like Eskom will go the way of the dinasaurs.
How is government going to monitor this - we already can't monitor most of the laws created in this country and now we want more ridiculous laws to stop people from utilizing their private assets to earn an income.
The people in South Africa lucky enough to have jobs, have not seen above average inflation increases in their salaries, but rates and taxes and water and power costs have increased way in excess of inflation - renting through Airbnb is a way for people to continue to afford what are becoming unaffordable administered costs.
No I do not
This government is trying to rape the average citizen of every last penny they have. We are trying to survive in this country and earn an income to live, as more and more people are retrenched due to lack of jobs and opportunities. We pay rates for the property which are ever increasing and not in proportion to our salaries. Just leave the airbnb's to be.
No I do not
As government continues to try and strangle private enterprise and business to manipulate and control they are actually depriving the very citizens they took an oath to protect as free citizens of a free society to prosper and create jobs which we desperately need.
As the government squanders the tax and resources it has they seek other avenues from which to plunder.
The government does not own SA. It has been entrusted with the task of protecting and administrating the welfare of this nation.
It is sad that elected officials are not required to have some sort of basic qualification or ability to hold a position of integrity and authority in the country through which basic common sense would hopefully prevail and decisions or actions would reflect some moral values.
No I do not
We have been using expensive hotels and lodges from SA tourism accredited places for far too long, with some trapping ya for years with expensive timeshare and limiting local people to enjoy tourism in SA, the introduction of tech is so that it improves lives and that is what Airbnb is doing, giving everyone a chance to enjoy traveling and lodging. To compete the old guys must lower their prices and offer specials instead of trying to deny the power of tech to change lives and save us time and money. Let Airbnb be! Do not regulate it PLEASE!
No I do not
As a property owner, it is not lawful to be prevented from earning an income from the very property that I have bought and maintained, at my own expense.
IN THE NEWS
- FIN24 – Should the likes of Airbnb be regulated in SA? A new bill says yes
- CapeTalk Radio – interview with Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism [listen]
- BusinessTech – Airbnb numbers in South Africa are impressive
- The South African – Tourism in South Africa drops by nearly 10%: Three factors behind the decline