Meet the African Synergy Team

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Anke


My path to the tourism industry was discovered by pure chance…

I attended Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) - now University of Johannesburg - and was all set to go into the field of Biokinetics. During my years at university, I was beckoned by a friend who needed German-speaking tour guides so, during my vacations, I enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to guide extensive tours through South Africa. These experiences highlighted the remarkable and diverse country that I lived in, and ignited my passion for travel, our beautiful country and, particularly, the wildlife.  

After completing my BA HMS (Human Movement Science) in 1988, I took a determined detour, having decided that the only career I wanted to pursue was in the field of tourism. My primary motivator was to contribute in some way towards protecting our biggest asset - our wildlife - for future generations.

I have had the privilege of travelling to many different countries, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, but there is nothing that touches my heart and is as captivating for me as the sights, the sounds and the smells of the African bush. My 30-odd-year journey in tourism has allowed me to engage with so many different people from all over the world, educate them about the wonders of South Africa and led me to work with inspiring individuals and organisations.

I am passionate about South Africa and its people and am proudly representing some of the most beautiful properties to the world.

Anke has over the years represented and worked with Red Carnation Hotels, Mala Mala Game Reserve, Erinvale Estate Hotel, Karkloof and la Cotte.

   

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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. 
 
   

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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)

   
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Oratile


After matric I was without direction and decided that Germany was a good place to think things over, so I Au Paired there for a year. On my return I completed my degree in Corporate Communications at the University of Johannesburg thinking I wanted to go into public relations but our job market being what it is, I ended up as an office manager in a doctor’s office. It was here, while standing still, that I realized what I should have seen while I was gallivanting; that travel is where my passion lies. With that in mind, I went to the Central Joburg College for my diploma in Travel and Tourism. As wonderfully varied and eclectic as tourism is, I hope to learn much, laugh often and travel.