Hanekom dares Zuma to go bungee jumping and experience SA's best attractions

2016-02-17 10:39 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, during his speech in Parliament on Tuesday, 16 February, invited President Jacob Zuma to go bungee jumping with him. 

Hanekom suggested the President take the plunge with him "so that he could see for himself the potential that tourism had to make money for the country," News24's Jenni Evans reported from parliament.

Hanekom also invited Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to go shark cage diving, as he commented on Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which the President pledged to invest R100 million to SA tourism, and specifically domestic tourism, encouraging South Africans to tour SA more.

Hanekom assured the President that the Department of Tourism "will apply the R100 million creatively, and it will be backed up by a vigorous marketing campaign".

We're hoping both the President and Deputy Presidents take up Hanekom on his offer, since SA truly IS a country overflowing with tourism - and especially adventure tourism - potential. 

SEE PICS: Why SA is the Adventure Capital of the World

If the President and Hanekom are brave enough, perhaps they should they jumping off the highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the WORLD - at Bloukrans Bridge in the Western Cape. 

For a slightly milder option, the two can try the hair-raising Big Rush Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. 

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SEE: Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium: What a rush!

Hanekom is already a big fan of this adventure tourism - especially shark cage diving. 

In December last year he took the plunge into shark-invested waters off Gansbaai's shores, shark-cage diving with Marine Dynamics on their iconic custom-built shark cage dive vessel, Slashfin,

What a fun outing with Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom. #sharkcagediving #sharkwatchsa

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SEE: Minister of Tourism in the shark pit – Derek Hanekom goes cage diving

Apart from the adventure tourism hotspots, SA also boasts some unique cultural tourism must-sees.

Robben Island, a place representing the resilience of the human spirit, the Cradle of Humankind, representing the origin of the human race, the Kruger National Park, representing SA's natural heritage, and Vilakazi Street, the only street to have produced two Nobel prize winners, also make SA a place unlike any other on the globe. 

READ: The Ultimate Top 10 bucket list of the most iconic Scenic Spots in SA

In his speech, Hanekom also mentioned a few of the many international accolades SA has received from outside tourism authorities. 

Most recently, the Northern Cape was listed as one of the top world regions to visit in 2016

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SA was also named the MOST beautiful destination on the globe by BuzzFeed last year, Hanekom recalled. 

SEE: SA tops international most beautiful countries list

Hanekom says that South Africans first and foremost should know and take pride in these places, as the tourism industry can provide endless economic gain for the people of South Africa in return. 

"Tourism can convert the natural beauty and cultural heritage of our county and our continent into an astounding economic success for all our people," said Hanekom.

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