The Tourist Guide
A Tourist Guide is a person who guides visitors in the language of their choice and interprets the cultural and natural heritage of an area which person normally possesses an area-specific qualification usually issued and/or recognised by the appropriate authority. (World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations).
The Tourism Act, 2014 states that a 'Tourist guide' is any person registered according to the act, and who for
reward accompanies any person who travels within or visits any place within the
Republic and who furnishes such person with information or comments.
Requirements to register as a guide with the National Department of Tourism (NDT)
doneA Declaration of Competence (DoC)
doneA Cathsseta Guiding Certificate - attend a course offered by an accredited provider
doneA valid First Aid Level 1 Certificate
doneA certified copy of Identity document
doneSigned copy of the Tourist Guide Code of COnduct and Ethics
doneCompleted application form
done4 colour ID photos of yourself
donePay R240 registration fee
doneIf the Tourist Guide is non South African a valid work permit is required
The role and function of the Tourist Guide
This will vary depending on various factors for example, the expectations of the employer, the purpose and setting for the tour:
portraitMain function is to interpret information.
portraitEnsures the safety and security of the group at all times.
portraitOperates within the national and international legal framework.
portraitCompletes administrative tasks.
portraitPerforms a variety of other tasks that include managing the group, communicating, setting a good example, boosting the morale of the group and entertaining the visitors.