Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South Africa minister of tourism, has announced the appointment of Thulani Nzima as chief executive officer of South African Tourism.
Minister Van Schalkwyk has expressed his delight with the appointment of the new chief executive: “I am very pleased with 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.”
Thulani Nzima currently holds the position of director, sales & 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 Tim Scholtz, SAT chief operating officer, who acted as chief executive pending the appointment of the new incumbent.
Nzima’s term of office will be for three years, with effect from his date of appointment.