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27 October 2011

APPOINTMENT OF MR THULANI NZIMA AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM

MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF MR MARTHINUS VAN SCHALKWYK, MINISTER OF TOURISM

Thulani Nzima - new CEO of South African Tourism Thulani Nzima - new CEO of South African Tourism

I am very pleased with Mr Thulani Nzima’s appointment. He not only has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the tourism industry, but his management skills will certainly steer SAT to greater heights. - Minister of Tourism, Mr Marthinus van Schalkwyk

The Minister of Tourism, Mr Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has announced the appointment of Mr Thulani Nzima as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South African Tourism (SAT).

Minister Van Schalkwyk has expressed his delight with the appointment of the new CEO: “I am very pleased with Mr Thulani Nzima’s appointment. He not only has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the tourism industry, but his management skills will certainly steer SAT to greater heights. The tourism industry globally has faced many challenges. Therefore, we need capable and strategic leaders who will not only create opportunities for tourism growth, but will take advantage of new opportunities that lie ahead. I am confident that he will lead with integrity and courage.”

Mr Thulani Nzima currently holds the position of Director: Sales and Marketing at the car rental company Avis. From 1991 to 2007, he held the positions of Senior Executive Manager at South African Airways, as well as Chief Executive Officer at the South African Travel Centre. The considerable experience he has gained in the business world, and more particularly the tourism sphere, has equipped him with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a strong vision and vast industry knowledge, which will all stand him in good stead.

The Minister also expressed his gratitude to Mr Tim Scholtz, SAT Chief Operating Officer, who acted as CEO pending the appointment of the new incumbent.

Mr Thulani Nzima’s term of office will be for three years, with effect from his date of appointment.

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Enquiries:

               

Ministry of Tourism          

Melene Rossouw

Media Liaison Spokesperson                                           

Tel:      +27 21 465 7240

            +27 82 753 7107

Email: mroussouw@tourism.gov.za

Ministry of Tourism

Natasha Rockman

Media Liaison

Tel:      +27 21 465 7240

            +27 76 429 2264

Email: nrockman@tourism.gov.za