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    Trevor Noah speaks up on the R33 million SA Tourism ad

    One the best comedians in South Africa, Trevor Noah kicked off his Friday morning by being the talk of social media after it was reported that he would feature in a five-minute promotion video, costing R33 million.

    At this current moment, Noah is on his Savanna Premium Cider South African Tour and is touching down in Durban on Friday night.

    Noah spoke to Carol Ofori on East Coast Radio and clarified the R33 million story that’s trending just before his shows in the city. He said: “This is the thing … I’ve learnt about media online is that people don’t read or they just write articles. Sometimes, I just think it’s AI that’s writing these articles. First of all, there is nothing with SA tourism. No one from SA Tourism approached me; there’s nothing from government. I was talking to hotel groups, cause you know South Africa, we need to boost our tourism.” – he said.

    He added that one of the most important sources of our GDP and so he was just talking to these guys, who own hotels, Airbnbs, game lodges, and safaris, about how people can promote South Africa to the world. “And then I wake up, guys, I wish I had all this money that these people gave me in these newspapers,” he added.

    Talking to Ofori, Noah cracked a joke and mentioned that he is looking to employ the people working at newspapers to write his bank balance so he could enjoy it, adding that the reports were drawing unnecessary attention from friends and family who might want a loan.

    Previously, there was a revelation that chairperson of the portfolio committee on tourism, Tandi Mahambehlala had asked Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille about the issue of Trevor Noah’s promotional video advertisement.

    The minister insisted that the R33 million would not be coming from taxpayers’ pockets and was instead a contribution from the Tourism Business Council of Southern Africa.

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