From left: Golden Circle member Gert Brumme, Dr Diane Abrahams, Rising star Thobile Dlamini
Recognising ALUMNI EXCELLENCE in tourism and hospitality
later she completed a BTech in Hospitality Management and is presently doing her Master’s in Hospitality Management studies. Dlamini’s career in the hospitality industry kicked-off in 2011 as a trainee at the Protea Hotel Parktonian All-Suite in Braamfontein. She has held other positions since her internship and her passionate ‘go-getter’ character saw her named General Manager at the Road Lodge in Isando in 2016. She has been running the hotel as a profitable establishment
The School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) has a deep tradition of acknowledging past students for their enrichment of the industry. Since the School’s inception in 2005, a total of 36 awards have been made across two categories − STH Rising Star Alumnus Award and STH Golden Circle Alumnus Award. Rising star Thobile Dlamini The Rising Star Alumnus Award is bestowed upon STH alumni who have been serving the industry for five to ten years. Recipients of this award demonstrated ground- breaking work that set them apart from their peers. This award acknowledges their contribution, serving as a measure against which future-fit tourism and hospitality leaders are developed. Thobile Dlamini is the latest recipient of a Rising Star Alumnus Award. She graduated from the STH at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) with a National Diploma in Hospitality Management in 2011. Two years
The most recent alumnus to achieve Golden Circle status is Gert Brumme. Gert has had a thriving career in the hospitality industry since he graduated from the Hotel School in 1977. He now holds the position of Divisional Operations Manager at Legacy Hotels and Resorts, and also serves as a director on several boards. Under his leadership, many of the resorts and lodges in his portfolio
have received international recognition like the RCI Gold Crown Award.
Ambassadors in the hospitality industry
for the past three years. Golden Circle member Gert Brumme
Reflecting on the significance of the awards STH Director, Dr Dianne Abrahams says: “I think it’s always important to connect with your alumni because they are the ones who are your ambassadors out in the industry. Hosting an event where they can come back, reconnect, and give back to the school is essential. Acknowledging their achievements is also significant and this is what we are doing through the Alumni Awards.”
The Golden Circle Alumnus Award was first introduced in 1988 when STH was still known as the Wits Hotel School. This award is presented to alumni who are respected by their peers as extraordinary achievers and contributors to the wellbeing of the tourism and hospitality industry at large.
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