After completing my matric, I attended Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) (now University of Johannesburg), and was set to go into the field of Biokinetics.
It was during my years at university that I was accidentally thrown into the tourism industry by a friend who urgently needed German speaking tour guides. During my vacations I would go on long tours through South Africa, and I have to say that this experience contributed to my passion for what I do!
I completed my BA HMS (Human Movement Science) in 1988, but decided that the only career I ever wanted to pursue was selling our gorgeous country!
I love interacting with people, educating them about our country and the magnificent properties that we represent.
I started in the travel industry in 2002, having returned from living abroad for several years. I worked as a retail travel agent in a big consortium group, and quickly moved into retail management.
Needing change I ventured into the wholesale aspect of the company, and started on the consulting side again to enable myself to understand the intrinsic operations of it. I worked within the leisure and corporate division, which differ substantially from retail.
Shortly thereafter, I moved into management again, and eventually settled into product management/ contracting for the Indian Ocean Islands division – which I thoroughly enjoyed. After nine years with the company – which I owe so much of my passion for travel to – I decided it was time for change.
Fortunately an opportunity arose to work with Anke, whom I had worked closely with on the Constance properties portfolio. I take pride in working with such a well known and well respected brand, and am very grateful to be part of an amazing team.
I’m a full blood sunny South African (real Jozigal). The streets of Soweto, was my playground as a child, though later years I packed my bags to sunny Durban and rediscovered my soul in the beautiful Kwa-Zulu Natal.
I was successfully converted from being an office administrator for a small shipping company (Not sure what I was thinking) and found myself in the Travel & Tourism industry and never looked back…Soon after jumping down the Vic Falls bridge in February 2000, extreme sports and outdoor activities became a way of living…paragliding, rock climbing, cruising in the Chobe, sundowners in the Serengeti, etc, especially when combined with exploration journeys. I have seen most of Africa and travelled to Miami, Chicago, New York and Washington DC in the States, but the smells, sounds and sights of Africa is where I feel best and at home.
I tend to get itchy feet and am easily bored, yet edging towards my 15th year in the industry, boredom has never featured. The Travel industry offers a cornucopia of options to choose from. Working as PA and Marketing Assistant for Anke and Sue seems to bring brighter and amazing mysteries in the future…