File photo: Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Photo: Simphiwe Mbokazi

Cape Town - More training is needed for service providers to enable people living with disabilities to access tourism sites, particularly in rural areas, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says.

He was speaking during the 2016 Public Lecture in Bloemfontein on Monday to celebrate Tourism Month. Tuesday (Sep 27) is World Tourism Day, with the theme “Tourism for All - Promoting Universal Accessibility”.

“We also want them (disabled people) to enjoy the dignity they deserve so they are not kept closeted away from enjoying the things that most of us take for granted.”

Therina Wentzel, director at the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA, said: “The Bill of Human Rights in South Africa supersedes all legislation in the country, because everybody is equal and must be treated as such.”

Cape Times