Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation (DMO) of the Ugu District in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. The Ugu District comprises 4 municipalities, namely Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni.
USCT’s mandate is twofold in that it looks after the marketing and promotion of the KZN South Coast destination, as well as the development of the tourism industry in the region.
USCT’s key priorities in addressing tourism growth in the district focus on developing and implementing programs that are aimed at:
As a DMO, USCT also plays an advocacy role and is a destination developer, industry coordinator, public representative, builder of community pride and an integral player in local economic development.
USCT is also responsible for the accreditation of tourism products and tour guides and its private sector members participate in Local Area Committees across the district.
A Board of Directors oversee Ugu South Coast Tourism, which is headed up by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.
The Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) Board provides strategic direction and oversees the performance of the entity.
The Ugu South Coast Tourism Board Chairperson is Joy Crutchfield, with Vice-Chair Howard Kelly. The Board consists of 14 members as follows:
|Ms Joy Crutchfield||Chairperson|
|Mr Howard Kelly||Vice-Chairperson|
|Mr Paul Jefferys||Director, Ezinqoleni|
|Ms Joan Harris||Director, Umdoni|
|Mr Victor Mzulwini||Director, Umdoni|
|Umzumbe Director||Mr Zama Ngubane|
|Mr Colin Davenhill||Director, Umuziwabantu|
|Inkosi MBW Xolo||Director, COGTA|
|Mr Max Mbili||Director, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (Municipal Manager)|
|Mr West Gumede||Director, Umuziwabantu (Municipal Manager)|
|Observer, Ugu District Municipality|
|Dr Vuyiwe Tsako||Director, Umdoni Municipality (Municipal Manager)|
|Mr DD Naidoo||Observer, Ugu District (Municipal Manager)|
To meet the demand for visitor information services, Ugu South Coast Tourism established 7 Visitor Information Centres (VICs), strategically located across the KZN South Coast destination.
The VICs are there for visitors to access brochures of tourism products in the region, to make bookings, to assist in finding accommodation availability, as well as to answer any queries visitors may have.
|Lorna Thomson||Scottburgh/Pennington||039 976 1364 / 039 976 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patrick Shinga||Hibberdene/Umzumbe||039 699 email@example.com|
|Zama Nkomo||Shelly Beach||039 315 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert Shabane||Shelly Beach Information Officer||039 315 email@example.com|
|Nandipha Conjwa||Margate/Ramsgate||039 312 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Skhumbuzo Madlala||Southbroom/Ezinqoleni||039 311 email@example.com|
|Palesa Makhaye||Port Edward/ Umtamvuna/Harding||039 319 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thabi Msomi||Port Shepstone||039 682 email@example.com|
The Ugu South Coast Film Office will be established in 2019 in Port Shepstone under the auspices of Ugu South Coast Tourism. The Film Office will promote the KZN South Coast as a scenic filming destination to the local and international film trade, as well as issue film permits and facilitate the production of films within the KZN South Coast through assistance in scouting expeditions to find ideal locations as well as creating links between production companies and local businesses. Apart from the local economic, employment and development benefit, the Film Office will through its location exposure, also aim to encourage film tourism.
A local film association has been established to represent the private film sector in the region.