Strained relations, a fallout over the R1bn Tottenham Hotspur deal, allegations of serious irregularities, sexual harassment and a R2.8m annual budget blown by the board in just five months have emerged as the reasons behind Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille’s move to dissolve the South African Tourism (SAT) board. 

The Sunday Times has had sight of exchanges between De Lille, SA Tourism acting CEO Themba Khumalo and board chair Thozamile Botha, who resigned on 9 April after the Minister’s 6 April letter asking the board to give reasons why it should not be dissolved.

It is understood that Khumalo had written a scathing report to De Lille asking that she dissolve the board because there were ‘strained’ relations between it and management.

While De Lille’s spokesperson, Zara Nicholson, said the Minister had not received a response from the board regarding her letter, insiders say the board is 'as good as gone'.

‘The Minister has not received any formal detailed response from the board yet and will make an announcement on the matter after the 18 April deadline given to the board to respond,’ said Nicholson.

Full Sunday Times report