In order to stimulate the implementation of SANS 1162 and encourage certification of tourism businesses, the tourism sector in partnership with NDT has identified the need for incentives. The following organizations administer incentives that support the implementation of SANS 1162 and can be assessed by tourism businesses, upon successful application.
The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the South African Department of Trade & Industry (the dti). Seda’s mission is to develop, support and promote small enterprises throughout the country, ensuring their growth and sustainability in coordination and partnership with various role-players. Seda has developed the “Conformity Assessment Incentive” administered by the Conformity Assessment Unit at the Small Enterprise Development Agency .
The unit facilitates the certification process through the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and other certification bodies. The incentive is geared towards the development and implementation of various management systems, including ISO 14001(Environmental Management System) through the provision of R90 000.00 (Ninety thousand rands only) in grant/incentive support. Additional information can be obtained on the website: seda.org.za
The Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) is a Non Profit Company, one of the longest standing and most successful public private partnerships in South Africa. TEP facilitates the growth, development and sustainability of small tourism businesses.
Tourism businesses wishing to have more information on funding criteria are welcome to assess the information on the website: tep.co.za/WorkingWithTEP.aspx
NDT is also in the process of finalizing an incentive package for the tourism.