A wonderful thing, bureaucracy. It can deprive people of their livelihoods at the stroke of a pen.
That’s what it’s done to hundreds of Cape Town tour guides who completed a three-year national diploma in tourism management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and have been working competently in the industry ever since, only to be informed by the Department of Tourism that their accreditation is now invalid.
You could see trouble brewing the moment the mayor personally attacked ANC leader Tony Ehrenreich in her opening address to the Cape Town City Council yesterday morning.
Ehrenreich, declared Patricia de Lille, had flouted all the labour law conventions “in his desire to see his name in the newspaper – in his world, the rights of workers come in distant |second place after his own ego”.