The winner of the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award is Nomsa Mazibuko from Visit Vakasha Guest Lodge in Mpumalanga, who competed against five other finalists for the top spot at the awards ceremony at Southern Sun Pretoria on 9 October.
“Congratulations to Nomsa on this well-deserved win,” says Marcel von Aulock, Group CEO of Tsogo Sun. “Nomsa and the other finalists were selected from the 170 entrepreneurs who are enrolled in the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs Programme. These women represent the six most industrious, innovative and improved entrepreneurs in the programme.”
As Entrepreneur of the Year, Nomsa is now the programme ambassador for the next 12 months. She will also receive R20 000 from Tsogo Sun and a business bursary valued at R18 000 from Tsheto Leadership Academy.
The other finalists in the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year Award were Tracey Naude from Cacey Hotel Management CC in the Western Cape; Lilanie Blignaut from Lilaton Management CC in Gauteng; Jesse Mbewe from JC Cleaning Services in Gauteng; Benita Cyster from Lumley’s Place in the Western Cape; and Lizelle Maurice from Park Place Boutique Guesthouse in the Eastern Cape.
Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs is a comprehensive benefit and support programme that can be adapted for different business types, providing an over-arching and practical range of offerings that have proven to contribute to the growth and success of emerging businesses. Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs incorporates 170 entrepreneurs, which includes 120 guesthouse owners. More than 300 jobs are sustained by the businesses, of which 88% are women-owned.
Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. The Group operates in all segments of the hotel market from Deluxe to Budget. For further information, visit tsogosun.com, follow on Twitter @TsogoSun or on Facebook.com/TsogoSun.
About Tsogo Sun
Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.
The company’s hospitality interests offer a wide distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually branded luxury hotels and well-known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun Hotels, Garden Court, SunSquare, StayEasy and SUN1 hotels.
The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro; Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in Southern Johannesburg; and Silverstar Casino to the West in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment.
Tsogo Sun Citizenship is the group’s corporate citizenship strategy which encompasses three areas of focus. This includes Corporate Social Investment, whereby the group promotes the development of learners through three academies which offer holistic, full-year programmes centred around sport, art and education; Entrepreneur Development which focuses on skills-based entrepreneurial development through its Tsogo Sun Book a Guesthouse and Supplier Development programmes; and Environmental Education, committed to initiatives that reduce the impact the business has on the environment.
Tsogo Sun (“TSH”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The key shareholders of Tsogo Sun are Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (“HCI”), a JSE listed investment holding company.
Tsogo Sun Gaming supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Winners know when to stop. Only persons over the age of 18 are permitted to gamble. National Problem Gambling counselling toll-free helpline: 0800 006 008.
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