2017 Judges


Portia Pearl Siyanda Sifolo

Portia Pearl Siyanda Sifolo

Apart from being an altruistic patriot; she is passionate about the tourism industry. Portia is a Lecturer in the Tourism Management Department at Tshwane University of...

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Sthandiwe Mkhize

Sthandiwe is a Strategy Consultant and Advisor specialising in the Tourism and Development Industries. He boasts a collective 15-year experience in Tourism, part being with Tourism...

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Janet Pillai

BA Hons, Masters in Business Administration - Museum Management (University of Michigan) Janet Pillai is the CEO and Founder of Multilayer Trade Corporation, (MLT Corp)...

Loshni Naidoo

Loshni Naidoo

Loshni comes from a Tourism background having worked closely with the NDT, CATHSSETA and TEP. This gave her exposure to many opportunities some of which include...

Ntokozo Luvuno

Ntokozo Luvuno

Ntokozo has been involved in the Recruitment environment, was part of the 2010 World Cup Team as a Project Manager in Mpumalanga and KZN this exposed...

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Mmabogoshi Msiza

Mmabogoshi Msiza is the Managing Director of the Award winning Limpopo Guest Manor. Since acquiring the establishment in 2006 she has managed to make the Lodge...

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Phillip Thompson

Phillip Thompson

Phillip Thompson is an architect who has broad experience in property development in Southern Africa and America. He was involved in an aircraft accident in 1989...

Heinrich Spies

Heinrich Spies

Heinrich Spies is a registered Grading Assessor for the Tourism Grading Council. He was a Grading Consultant for SATour and got exposed to the environment of...

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Ari Seirlis

Ari Seirlis matriculated at Hilton College and after his National Service leading a platoon of Bushmen Trackers in Angola completed a 3 year Diploma in Marketing....

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Hloni Thabethe

Hloni Thabethe

Hloni has more than 19 years working experience in different industries. 13 years of her working experience has been the in the Auditing field both Internal...

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Barry Clemens

Barry Clemens is a through and through business professional with over 25 years of experience in the global Hospitality & Retail trade. With a European upbringing, education...

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Fyna Mazula

Fyna is a tried and tested Educationist and Skills Development Specialist with in depth experience and expertise within the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. She spent all...

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Gerhard Franken

Gerhard Franken is a native of the Western Cape where his hospitality career started over 20 years ago. He spent nearly 10 years in London...

Visitor Experience

Kiera Danielle Schoeman

Kiéra Danielle Schoeman

She completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Tourism Research and Management through the North West University in 2015. Her thesis was entitled: ‘A perceived-value model for...

Jonker Fourie

Jonker Fourie

Jonker Fourie is the current Chief Executive Officer of Emfuleni Corridor Tourism (ECTOUR) based in Port Elizabeth. ECTOUR, a non-profit company, was established in 1999 as...

Phrosne Phillips

Phrosne Phillips

Phrosne has a Diploma in Hotel Management and experience in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry of more than 10 years. She also has a formal qualification...

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Rebecca Kambule

Rebecca is the owner and manager at REMPO Consulting, a tourism marketing company that she established in 2015. Her tourism career started at the Wihoga Hotel...

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Motsidisi Kgabo

Motsidisi (Tshidi) Maria Kgabo Tshidi is the Founder and the Owner of Batshidise Mokgatla Assistance (Pty) Ltd, which has been in existence since 2012. She is...

Will Engelbrecht

Willy Engelbrecht

Dr Willy Engelbrecht is the Head of Faculty: Commerce. Willy joined The IIE in January 2014 as Head of Programme was promoted to Head of Faculty...


Khuselwa Tyatya

Khuselwa Tyatya is hospitality, marketing and tourism qualified lecturer at Vuselela TVET College, under the Department of Higher Education in Hospitality and Tourism. She has over...

Tour Operator

Siphokazi Mjali

Siphokazi Mjali

Siphokazi is a freelance facilitator and assessor accredited by CATHSSETA. She is also an independent grading assessor with the Tourism Grading Council of SA and is...

Johannes Hatting

Johannes Hattingh

Johannes has been a lecturer at the Department of Tourism and Event Management of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) since 2008. He...

Alushca Richie

Alushca Ritchie

After 10 years of working in the engineering sector, Alushca Ritchie decided it was time to follow her heart and began her new journey within the...

Chanel du Plessis

Chanel du Plessis

Chanel du Plessis specialises in Tourism Research and Economics at Urban-Econ Development Economists (Pty) Ltd. She is currently involved in developing the Gauteng Tourism Sector Business...

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Suzy Mphela

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joe samuels


Mr Joe Samuels Joe Samuels was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of SAQA on 1 March 2012. He holds a BSc (Hons) and an MPhil from...



Is a specialist on Liberation Heritage. His work in the past two decades has involved different kinds of innovative tourism approaches applied to cultural heritage. Khwezi...



I have a National Diploma in Tourism Management and I am in the process of completing my final dissertation towards achieving an MBA for Tourism Management...