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TThe South African Tourism (SA Tourism) Board, Management, Staff and Partners are deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of its former Board Chairperson, Jabu Mabuza.
The 63-year-old, Mabuza, held various leadership roles in the tourism industry and was first appointed to the SA Tourism Board in 2003.
In his nine years on the SA Tourism Board, he served six of those years at the helm of the organization as Chairperson.
“It’s a sad day for the nation to lose a person of his stature and calibre as he contributed to the success of many industries and sectors, including tourism,” commented SA Tourism Board Chairperson, Siyabonga Dube.
“He led our organization through the tough times of the economic crisis in 2008/2009 and then through the successful times of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup where the tourism sector enjoyed some of its greatest achievements from an arrivals and economic growth perspective.”
“Jabu was also a champion in leading the way for the transformation of the sector and was key to pushing for equal and added opportunities for Black businesses and entrepreneurs and for inspiring the emergence of Black businesses and entrepreneurs,” added Dube.
After Mabuza left SA Tourism in 2012, he never left the sector though as he served in various capacities at Southern Sun, Tsogo Sun Holdings and Sun International. He also served as South Africa’s representative on the board of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
At the inaugural Lilizella Tourism Awards in 2013, Mabuza also received the first ever Minister’s Award from the then Minster of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk. SA Tourism would like to express its sincere condolences to family, friends and close associates of Mabuza.