Department of Tourism COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund for South Africa Entrepreneurs

Department of Tourism COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund for South Africa Entrepreneurs

Deadline: 30th May 2020.

Department of Tourism COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund for South Africa Entrepreneurs

The Department of Tourism South Africa encourages eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund during the application period from 07 April to 30 May 2020.

Established as an intervention to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, the R200 million Tourism Relief Fund provides once-off capped grant assistance to Small Micro and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) to ensure sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa.

Categories eligible to apply for the Tourism Relief Fund include the following:

  •  Accommodation establishments: Hotels; Resort properties; Bed and Breakfast (B&B’s); Guest houses; Lodges and Backpackers.
  • Hospitality and related services: Restaurants (not attached to hotels); Conference venues (not attached to hotels), Professional catering; and Attractions
  • Travel and related services: Tour operators; Travel agents; Tourist guiding; Car rental companies; and Coach Operators.

Tourism Relief Fund

Categories eligible to apply for the Tourism Relief Fund include the following:

  • Accommodation establishments: Hotels; Resort properties; Bed and Breakfast (B&B’s); Guest houses; Lodges and Backpackers.
  • Hospitality and related services: Restaurants (not attached to hotels); Conference venues (not attached to hotels), Professional catering; and Attractions
  • Travel and related services: Tour operators; Travel agents; Tourist guiding; Car rental companies; and Coach Operators.

Visit our website www.tourism.gov.za for comprehensive information on the Fund terms and qualifying criteria. SMMEs can submit funding applications by completing a form accessible online at www.tourism.gov.za/Pages/COVID19tourismrelieffund.aspx

Inquiries on the fund can be emailed to [email protected] or [email protected] . Alternatively contact our call centre telephonically on 0860 TOURISM (868 747) weekdays from 08:00 – 22:00.

Debt Relief Finance Scheme

For small and medium businesses which are negatively affected, directly or indirectly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Qualifying criteria

  • The business must have been registered with CIPC by at least 28 February 2020;
  • Company must be 100% owned by South African Citizens;
  • Employees must be 70% South Africans;
  • Priority will be given to businesses owned by Women, Youth and People with Disabilities;
  • Be registered and compliant with SARS and UIF;
  • Seda will assist micro-enterprises to comply and request for assistance must be emailed to [email protected];
  • Whereas small and medium enterprises must ensure own compliance;
  • Registration on the National SMME Database – https://smmesa.gov.za
  • Proof that the business is negatively aected by COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Complete the simplied online application platform;
  • Company Statutory Documents;
  • FICA documents (e.g. Municipal accounts, letter from traditional authority);
  • Certified ID Copies of Directors;
  • 3 months Bank Statements;
  • Latest Annual Financial Statements or Latest Management Accounts not older than three months from date of application – where applicable;
  • Business Profile;
  • 6 months Cash Flow Projections – where applicable;
  • Copy of Lease Agreement or Proof ownership if applying for rental relief;
  • If applying for payroll relief, details of employees – as registered with UIF and including banking details – will be required as payroll payments will be made directly to employees;
  • SMME employers who are not compliant with UIF must register before applying for relief;
  • Facility Statements of Other Funders;
  • Detail breakdown on application of funds including salaries, rent etc.

Application process

  • Register on https://smmesa.gov.za/
  • Complete online Application Form (to be released on Thursday, 02 April 2020);
  • Upload Required Supporting Documents

For more information:

[email protected][email protected]| 0860 663 7867 or 0860 ONE STOP

Business Growth/Resilience Facility

For small, medium and micro businesses geared to take advantage of supply opportunities resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic or shortage of goods in the local market.

Qualifying criteria

a. The business must have been registered with CIPC by at least 28 February 2020;
b. Company must be 100% owned by South African Citizens;
c. Employees must be 70% South Africans;
d. Priority will be given to businesses owned by Women, Youth and People with Disabilities;
e. Be registered and compliant with SARS and UIF;
f. For non-compliant Micro businesses, Seda will assist them to comply and request for assistance must be sent to: [email protected];
g. Registration on the National SMME Database: https://smmesa.gov.za/
h. Complete the simplified online application form available from www.dsbd.gov.za; www.sefa.org.za: www.seda.org.za
i. CIPC Registration Documents;
j. FICA documents (e.g. Municipal accounts, letter from traditional authority);
k. ID Copies of Directors/ members;
l. 3 months Bank Statements;
m. Latest Annual Financial Statements or Management Accounts not older than three months from date of application;
n. Business Profile;
o. 6 months Cash Flow Projections – where applicable;
p. Relevant Industry Certification – where applicable;
q. Estimations for funding requested.

Application Process

a. Register on https://smmesa.gov.za/
b. Complete online Application Form (to be released on Thursday, 02 April 2020);
c. Upload Required Supporting Documents

For more Information: Visit the web page for Department of Tourism COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund