26 JUNE 2012
MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF MR MARTHINUS VAN SCHALKWYK, MINISTER OF
TOURISM, SOUTH AFRICA
Minister of Tourism appoints the new Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
(TGCSA) Awards Committee
South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Mr Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has announced the
appointment of the new Awards Committee of the Tourism Grading Council of South
The committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation and
management of the TGCSA’s grading system, South Africa’s only officially recognised
system for the star grading of accommodation establishments.
The three-year term of the new Awards Committee ends on 31 May 2015.
The new committee is chaired by Graham Wood, Managing Director of gaming, hotel
and entertainment group, Tsogo Sun. Wood, a chartered accountant, has 15 years’
experience in the hospitality industry and is joined on the new committee by 11
highly experienced individuals, who bring with them an enormous wealth of
knowledge of the tourism industry in South Africa.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the previous Awards Committee, under
the leadership of Peter Bacon, for their hard work and commitment to quality
assurance in South Africa. Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we now have a
credible, globally benchmarked system of quality assurance for accommodation in
South Africa, which can be relied upon by visitors when making their choice of
establishment,” said Minister van Schalkwyk.
“I would like to congratulate the New Awards Committee on their appointment. I look
forward to seeing the impact they will have on the Tourism Grading Council, and as a
result the standard of South Africa’s tourism industry, over their three-year tenure.
Ensuring that South Africa’s tourism industry is on par with the best in the world is
vital if we want to continue to see this sector, which is vital to the growth and
development of this country, succeed and flourish in the future,” said Minister van
The members of the new TGCSA Awards Committee are:
· Mr. Yusuf Patel, Director at Black Moon Design Studio, who brings his
extensive décor and design expertise to the committee.
· Ms. Amor Malan, from the QuadPara Association Gauteng and a former
South African Tourism board member, who is well versed on Universal
Accessibility matters. · Ms. Nina Freysen–Pretorius, current chairperson of the Southern African
Association of Conferencing Institutions (SAACI). Nina and her team
assisted the TGCSA with the review and finalisation of the current
Grading Criteria for the Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events
· Mr. Julie Joe Madala, current owner of several catering and decor
enterprises, who has experience in the décor and catering industries.
· Ms. Caroline Ungesbock, National President of the National Accommodation
Association of South Africa (NAA-SA), and an establishment owner.
Caroline has vast experience in the guest accommodation sector
which includes B&B’s, Guest Houses and County Houses.
· Mr. Alan Romburgh, Director at the Cape Town Hotel School and a former
chairman of the Awards Committee as well as having served on the
outgoing awards committee. Alan provides much needed continuity
on the committee.
· Mr. Jegie Padmanathan, group hotel operations and development Director
at Peermont, commences his second term on the awards committee;
His extensive experience in the hospitality industry bodes well for the
· Mr. Tony Hazel, Chief Operations Officer at the Go Touch Down Resorts.
Tony served on the previous awards committee where his experience
in the timeshare industry was instrumental in the finalisation of the
self-catering grading criteria.
· Ms Nonhlanhla Tshabalala, Owner of TMLB Architects is an architect by
profession bringing her extensive experience in this sector to the
· Mr Mark Goveia is the owner of Hospitality Grading and a current
Accredited Grading Assessor with the TGCSA. Mark has worked with
the Caravan and Camping as well as the Backpackers and Hostelling
sectors for many years.
· Ms Nyeleti Mushwana is the owner of the NMN Grand Hotel and Karibu
Lodge in Tzaneen and a former winner of the Emerging Tourism
Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Her entrepreneurial flair as well as
understanding of small business dynamics is a benefit for the
For more information on the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa please visit
Ministry of Tourism
Tel: 021 465 7240
Cell: 076 429 2264
For more info, contact:
South African Tourism
Jermaine Craig Cell: 083 2010 121