Youth Tourism South Africa is a Round Table NPO with the primary focus on educating youth in tourism, entrepreneurs and SMME business structures in digital media, marketing and best practice for participating in the Youth Tourism sector in South Africa.
The education process is conducted through regular national meetings and gatherings of all relevant stakeholders in South Africa. Conferences and summits are conducted by various partners, sponsors and businesses able to facilitate further education within tourism.
The secondary focus is to give a voice to the broadest cross section of South Africans that are involved in tourism. YTSA removes the barriers to entry traditionally associated with tourism bodies and organisations by having no membership fee and offering the minimum support structures free of charge while assisting with the legal requirements for entering and participating in tourism structures and initiatives. We assist with the legal requirements set out by the South African Government for businesses to participate in tourism and with insurance guidelines most accepted in the industry.
Youth Tourism South Africa is an all inclusive organization with a structure that makes it easy for anyone interested to join.
Youth Tourism South Africa has removed the barrier to entry for the organisation by:
• Having no membership fee structure and therefore no need to monitor and admin the membership.
• Having a lifetime membership to Youth Tourism South Africa as long as compliance guidelines of South Africa are met.
• Having mentors, people and businesses, who volunteer time to assist new members on compliance and insurance guidelines within a set maximum timeframe.
• Partnering with existing government and private programs that offer education and guidance for young people, entrepreneurs and SMME entering the tourism sector.
All members joining Youth Tourism South Africa are required to comply with any existing law of the South African Government and expected to remain legal for duration of membership. In the case where a member is not compliant for any reason including no knowledge of an existing law – Youth Tourism South Africa and its existing membership will assist the member in becoming compliant and informed in this regard within a maximum period of 1 year and that during this period the member will cease with the non-compliant activity. In the event that the member refuses compliance, they will lose their membership status with YTSA.
A member shall only be removed once all measures of remediation have been explored and only in the case where they are not compliant with the laws and regulations of South Africa and requirements of international insurance requirements and tourism standards that may impact the reputation of South Africa.
Members shall not be removed for voicing their opinion as long as it complies with the constitution and laws governing freedom of speech.
Members of Youth Tourism South Africa are required when joining the organisation to indicate their insurance level, insurer, cover plan or that they do not currently have insurance.
Members will not be denied membership due insufficient insurance but will be asked to cease activities until the time that they comply with the industries minim tourism requirements.
Members, at any point, can approach YTSA for assistance and guidance with becoming insured and either a mentor can be appointed from the existing membership or an insurance practitioner can be suggested depending on the type of insurance or cover needed.
All members are required to become compliant with insurance needs within 1 year of acknowledging the lack of insurance or cover. If the members choose to not comply then membership will be terminated until the issue is resolved.
Sensitivity to culture, poverty, voluntourism and the constitutional rights of South Africans is a major, if not a primary, consideration in South Africa. Citizens have a right to dignity and to be treated in the most respectful way possible in any tourism condition. Cultural tourism is acceptable where the guide, tour operator or business understands the sensitivities of the culture and what is allowed or not.
Poverty tourism is not acceptable in South Africa and all sensitive should be considered when dealing with tourists who want to experience anything related to disadvantaged people in SA. Voluntourism has gone through many changes due to legal compliance and the seemingly voyeur nature of the industry as well as unqualified tourists participating in roles that required qualified personnel. Identifying responsible programs is difficult at best and we are constantly updating this category.
The constitution of South Africa offers a clear insight into the rights of South Africans and we expect all tourism personnel to respect these rights when introducing tourists to an area. This includes being respectful in terms of photography; illegally taking footage of children even if verbal consent is granted. This can include issues around going into peoples’ homes or crossing their property without consent, as often happens in rural areas.
As an organisation we expect all tourism related personnel to inform themselves of the tourism best practices nationally and internationally and we aim as an organisation to update you as issues arise.
LGBTQX, Race Relations, Sexism and Persons living with Disabilities
Every South African is equal, has equal rights as stipulated in the constitution. Every person actively participating in tourism is expected to inform themselves and understand the issues we face as South Africa in terms of previous prejudices. Where a tourist is involved in any activity or commentary that does not follow our constitutional guidelines, we expect the member dealing with the tourist to offer insight and, where necessary, correct information on the subject.
YTSA will consider the immediate termination of membership of any member who does not uphold the constitution and the highest standard of respect relating to the dignity of fellow South Africans.
Prejudice, Xenophobia, Sexism and Racism amongst other issues will not be tolerated in the organisation.
Various organisation and environmental bodies constantly update the national and international best practice in terms of animal rights, animal interactions and legal limits to distances etc in South Africa. Many of these bodies enforce compliance on their membership. As Youth Tourism South Africa, we ask our members to comply with these guidelines, standards and the laws relating to this by the South African Government.
• The organisation will keep records of all transactions in the NPO and have an open book policy whenever requested.
• Auditing of the organisation will take place where necessary and be publicly available.
• The seven (7) Executive Directors of Youth Tourism South Africa will direct the organisation to the best of their ability – however the responsibility for the organisation’s success and direction will fall on the collective Round Table of members in the organisation at any given time.
• Non-Executive Directors will be appointed to represent provinces and sectors not covered by the Executive Directors and will guide the Round Table of members in that area or sector.
• The Accountability, Sustainability and Viability of Youth Tourism South Africa falls to every member as the organisation is a Round Table, where no member is above another and no form of EXCO or leadership is recognised, other than the Directors, who have agreed to represent a sector or area, but are equal to every other member.
• No member shall be excluded from the organisation other than legal compliance with the laws of South Africa or blatant disregard for the best practice guidelines set out by NDT and SAT.
Youth Tourism South Africa is an inclusive body that aims at growing South African Tourism for the benefit of all South Africans. Your voice for the future of tourism Youth Tourism South Africa will always remain independent in voicing the concerns of members when relating to any issue, government body or private body. Every member has the right to freedom of speech as per the constitution of South Africa. You as a member will never be limited, intimidated or silenced by the YTSA in voicing concerns and we will strive to work with our members in overcoming issues and obstacles that face all of us in tourism no matter the scale of the issue. Your voice is our voice in tourism.