Kathy joined the FTT team at the beginning of 2011 as the organisation’s new General Manager. Kathy holds a BA in International Affairs (University of Colorado at Boulder) and a Masters in International Management (Thunderbird School of Global Management). Although Kathy began her career in international banking with Chicago-based Continental Bank and in the New York office of Lloyd’s Merchant Bank, she has spent the better part of the past 25 years working in the South African game lodge industry, most recently as the general manager of Motswari Private Game Reserve from 2000-2010. Kathy was responsible for Motswari’s certification with FTT, and is honoured and excited to be able to now devote her energies full-time to helping develop sustainable tourism in southern Africa.
Kathy Bergs: General Manager
Kathy joined the FTT team at the beginning of 2011 as the organisation’s new General Manager. Kathy holds a BA in International Affairs (University of Colorado at Boulder) and a Masters in International Management (Thunderbird School of Global Management).
Although Kathy began her career in international banking with Chicago-based Continental Bank and in the New York office of Lloyd’s Merchant Bank, she has spent the better part of the past 25 years working in the South African game lodge industry, most recently as the general manager of Motswari Private Game Reserve from 2000-2010.
Kathy was responsible for Motswari’s certification with FTT, and is honoured and excited to be able to now devote her energies full-time to helping develop sustainable tourism in southern Africa.
Thokozile Qoboza: Marketing Manager
Thokozile Qoboza joined FTT in September 2013 as the organisation's Marketing Manager.
Thokozile comes highly recommended – “a legend in her field” – with eight years of experience as the Head of PR at Sun International and prior to that, 10 years in media. We look forward to tapping into her expertise and her networks as we raise awareness of Fair Trade Tourism amongst travellers and within the tourism industry!
“After 8 years in the hospitality industry, this is an exciting change for me. I’m very passionate about responsible & sustainable tourism and Fair Trade Tourism will give me an opportunity to fulfil this dream.”
Emilie Hagedoorn: Sales Manager
After 12 years of teaching in international schools around the world Emilie decided to make a career change and completed an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management at the ICRT Leeds Metropolitan. Her professional report looked at how travel companies can reduce child labour in tourism destinations. Her first steps in the ‘travel industry’ included a sustainable tourism internship with TUI Netherlands and tour leading for Intrepid Travel. Since 2011 she has worked as a freelance consultant and auditor for Travelife and Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) in Europe.
She joins FTT as Sales Manager and is delighted to be able contribute all her time and effort into the expansion of Fair Trade Tourism in the Southern African region. ‘I can’t think of a more rewarding role: all eyes are on responsible tourism developments in South Africa and it is a real privilege to work with and for some of the world’s leading responsible tourism businesses.’
Thiofhi Ravele: Business Developmemt Support Manager
Thiofhi joined Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) in September of 2013 as a Business Development Support Manager. He studied at the University of Johannesburg’s school of tourism and hospitality where he obtained a diploma in hospitality management. He spent some time working in the hospitality industry as a general manager for Copacopa Lodge and Conference Centre.
In the past five years Thiofhi has been working within the tourism development industry with Open Africa in Cape Town. During this time he also completed a diploma in Project Management from Unisa.
“My obsession with Africa as a continent, the flora and fauna and the people drives me to seek new ways and methods to develop this continent into a sustainable place for all to enjoy. With the time spent in the tourism industry I realised that communities could benefit from tourism if it’s done in the right way. This can also help fast track transformation and rural economic development.”
Netsai Sibanda: Stakeholder Relations Manager
Netsai holds a BA in Business and Law from London Metropolitan University. Previously she has worked with ResourceAfrica, an NGO with an approach to conservation and development that prioritises community involvement and empowerment as the organisation’s Executive Support. Prior to that, Netsai worked as the project co-ordinator for Mungrisdale Marketing (Hillside Dams Conservancy Trust) in Zimbabwe.
“Working with such a terrific and highly skilled team of people is a great opportunity. I believe I can add value to the good work the organisation is doing. My goal is to continue to contribute towards the development and upliftment of marginalised community members through the work of FTT, and to have fun while doing so!”
Katlego Tshabangu: PR & Marketing Assistant
Katlego Tshabangu joined the FTT team at the beginning of April 2013 as the organisation’s new PR & Marketing Assistant.
Katlego obtained a National Diploma in Advertising & Marketing Management through Rosebank College (IMM). She brings over seven years' working experience to FTT, after having worked for companies such as Vodacom, Virgin Mobile, Research International, Phakisa Communications, Reach for a Dream and Blackbridge Communications.
Katlego has solid experience in marketing, advertising, PR & media relations, branding, events management, and client and supplier relationship management.
“I’m an outgoing individual who has an absolute passion for PR and marketing, branding and events management, as well as maintaining great relationships with all my clients and stakeholders. I feel privileged to be working for FTT and believe in the organisation’s principles, vision and mission. I look forward to growing the FTT brand to the greatest of my ability.”
Tsietsie Machaa: Bookkeeper
Tsietsi completed B.Com degree in Accounting from the University of Free State QwaQwa campus.
He previously worked for an audit firm for several years, as an accountant and semi-audit clerk.
“It’s a great honour to be given an opportunity to contribute towards FTT’s missions and objectives. I’m looking forward to be part of an exciting team and thank you for the privilege granted.”
Adéle van der Walt: Office Administrator
Adéle joins FTT as the Office Administrator.
She studied a BSc in Zoology at the University of South Africa (Unisa). She is currently studying Financial Accounting.
Adele also brings six years of work experience to the team; before joining FTT, she worked as a legal secretary.
Malebo Rammekoa: Stakeholder Communications Assistant
Malebo Rammekoa joined FTT on 02 December 2013, as the organisation’s Stakeholder Communications Assistant.
She is a Masters candidate at the University of Johannesburg, holding an honours degree in Tourism Development. Malebo aims to use her extensive experience gained as a senior tutor and research assistant at the University of Johannesburg in her new job as a Stakeholder Communication Assistant at FTT.
She worked at UJ as a research assistant for 3 years , supervising research projects such as The South African National Parks article by Dr Butler and the Dullstroom Tourism article also by Dr Butler. She worked as a junior tutor for 2 years and was appointed as a senior tutor in 2013. Her values include quality, integrity, transparency, credibility and hard work.
Naledi Mosimanekgosi: Marketing Projects Intern
Naledi Mosimanekgosi joined the FTT team in September 2013 as the Marketing Projects Intern, under the Jennifer Caldwell Internship programme.
Naledi completed a National Diploma in Tourism Management at the Vaal University of technology
She joined FTT with 6 months working experience for having worked for Peermont Emperors Palace .
“I look forward to learning and making a positive contribution to Fair Trade Tourism, as well as working with the Fair Trade Tourism family. Thank you for this opportunity.”
Maria Nkuna: Office Orderly
A native of Ga-Rankuwa in Pretoria, Maria Nkuna has been keeping the FTT offices clean and cheerful since 2008.
Maria enjoys her involvement with the Fair Trade Tourism team and is looking forward to many more years as part of the "family"!
Our Board of Directors
Jennifer Seif: Executive Director
Jennifer holds qualifications in development economics (Georgetown University), history (Boston University), social anthropology (University of Chicago) and business management (University of South Africa), and has twice been recognised by Ashoka as an expert in non-profit resource mobilisation.
She is on the boards of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA.
Des Mahony: Non-Executive Director and Acting Chairperson
Des is a Director at African Alliance Limited, where he is responsible for asset management, development finance and financial services to corporate clients.
He has worked previously as the group financial manager for Conservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa).
Xolile Caga Titus: Non-executive Director and Deputy Chairperson
Xolile previously worked as the Group Transformation Manager for the Edcon group, and has an Honours degree in Sociology from University of Fort Hare, and Bachelor of Arts from University of Transkei. She has lectured in sociology at the University of Transkei. Xolile also has a Small Enterprise Development certificte from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Before joining Edcon, Xolile was the Director of the Economic Growth and Equity Unit (EGE) at the National Business Initiative. At NBI, Xolile worked on economic development programmes with particular focus on enterprise development programmes, and public private partnership in collaboration with the National Treasury. Before leaving NBI, Xolile was Programme Director for the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA).
Xolile also worked for the then Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency, which is now Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), where she was involved with implementation of national small enterprise development research programmes and policy research formulation.
Xolile also served as panel member for Fair Trade Tourism South Africa.
Matifadza Martha Nyazema: Non-executive Director
Mati’s vast experience in various areas of destination and business tourism and the hospitality industry spans more than 20 years.
Mati’s early career covered broadcast journalism and airline marketing. In 2000 Mati joined Southern Sun Hotels as executive assistant to the managing director, and was later appointed marketing services director. In 2005 Mati was appointed director of operations at the Sandton Convention Centre and took over as executive director of the Sandton Convention Centre in August 2006.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Sandton Convention Centre, Mati is also responsible for co-ordinating the implementation of broad-based black economic empowerment within the Southern Sun group. Mati holds a Master of Science degree in International Hotel Management from the University of Surrey (UK). She is currently pursuing doctorate research on black empowerment with the University of Stellenbosch business school.
Lee-Anne Bac: Non-Executive Director
Lee-Anne holds a BSc degree in Microbiology and Zoology from the University of the Witwatersrand (1989), and an MBA degree from the University of Cape Town.
After completing her BSc degree, Lee-Anne joined a consultancy specialising in the hotel, food and beverage industries. Thereafter, she spent time working in the hospitality industry for Conservation Corporation Africa (CCA). This was followed by a year in The Netherlands where she worked in the R&D department of a multi-national organisation. After her MBA degree Lee-Anne spent time specialising in consulting and training in the banking, FMCG and hotel industries in Southern Africa. Lee-Anne joined Grant Thornton in 1997 as a Senior Consultant and was appointed as a Director of the now Grant Thornton PS Advisory in September 1999.
Lee-Anne is a member of the Gauteng Committee of the Woman’s Property Network. She is also a member of SAMRA – the South African Market Research Association