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Meet the African Synergy Team

Anke

Anke


After completing my matric, I attended Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) (now University of Johannesburg), and was set to go into the field of Biokinetics.

It was during my years at university that I was accidentally thrown into the tourism industry by a friend who urgently needed German speaking tour guides. During my vacations I would go on long tours through South Africa, and I have to say that this experience contributed to my passion for what I do!

I completed my BA HMS (Human Movement Science) in 1988, but decided that the only career I ever wanted to pursue was selling our gorgeous country!

I love interacting with people, educating them about our country and the magnificent properties that we represent.

   

Lone

Loné


After completing my matric in 2007, I went to do my advance diploma in Tourism Management at Centurion Academy. During my studies I started out as an office assistant at a tour operator, where I went on to become the reservations manager for a representation company with hotels based in the Indian Oceans.

During that time I went on few educationals which included places like Zanzibar, Madagascar, Kenya, and Mozambique. I had a wonderful time exploring these countries and learned a lot from each experience. I also got the chance to meet a lot of great people, one of which is Sue Howells.

I worked in tourism for about 3 years, when I decided I want to pursue my BA degree in Industrial Psychology. In 2015 I graduated from UNISA with honours and now I have the opportunity to work as a personal and marketing assistant for African Synergy.

I love being outdoors, reading and spending quality time with the people I love. Being a part of the African Synergy team is a great honour and privilege, especially assisting Anke and Sue in providing top-notch service to their clients and suppliers. Adventure awaits…

   

Juan web profile

Juan


I ended up in this wonderful industry purely by chance. After high school, I wanted to go and "find myself" working in a pub in the UK like everyone else at that time. Unfortunately or I will rather say fortunately the quota of school leavers running to London for that year were exceeded (which I am sure was somehow influenced by my parents). So it meant last minute registration at the University of Pretoria, with only the​ choice between doing a Law degree or a BCom specialising in Tourism (Only two degrees that still had some space available at that time). The coin landed on Tourism and that's where my adventure started. After obtaining my degree, I started as a night auditor at a four star hotel, then I got into tour operating, starting as a junior travel consultant and working my way up to becoming a product and marketing manager (thanks to a bit of part time studying focusing on the marketing side).

​During​ this time I had the oppertunity to travel all over the world, especially the African continent and the Indian Ocean islands. I was given the opportunity to move to the supplier side, selling and marketing hotels & resorts in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. This gave me the opportunity to stay in the industry I love and in contact with all the fantastic people I have met on the way. This led me to African Synergy, with its portfolio of beautiful properties situated in the most scenic places of Southern Africa and the Constance Hotels & Resorts with their luxurious resorts and hotels. Other than the unbelievable portfolio African Synergy has, it has a team of people that are well known in the industry for their friendliness, honesty and passion. I am really honored to be part of the African Synergy team and being associated with such a great brand and portfolio. 
 
   

Michele web profile

Michele


I have 20 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Through my career, I have had the opportunity to build relationships within the travel trade and gain extensive work experience by being involved in different facets of the business – from reservations to finance, guest services, sales and marketing. I have vast knowledge of, and insight into, the travel industry in southern Africa, having worked for hotel groups as well as tour operators, and I am very passionate to learn and find new ways to market and increase sales for a hotel and destination. 

Michelle has worked at African Sun, Zenimax Travel Consultancy (ZTc), & Beyond, Rani Resorts, Minor Hotel Group – Africa and VIP Marketing (Walkersons Hotel & Spa and Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa)

   
Gary web profile

Gary


A go-getter by nature! After my 3 year diploma in International Hotel Management, I actively began my hospitality career in 2007. Soon after I joined the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. I was promoted to Reservations Supervisor in 2012, which included reservations for Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve, and The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. I later joined The Royal Portfolio, and assisted in centralizing their reservations department at their head office in Cape Town. With hard work - and a little bit of luck – I was given to opportunity to join Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa where I spent 3 of the most exciting years of my career (thus-far!). As one of her clients at the time, I started working closely with Anke and her team, and it soon became apparent that there is no better way to use my background, but to join this vibrant, enthusiastic family in promoting excellence within the African Synergy portfolio.

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