With around six years of experience in hospitality, Nopinkie Timba from The Boardwalk Hotel finds that the people she gets to meet are the best part of the industry: “They are what make hospitality so enjoyable.” She first entered the hospitality sector in 2013 as Human Resource Manager at a small casino in Queenstown. A year and a half later she was promoted to head up HR at another bigger casino in Witbank, Mpumalanga.
Commenting on her current role at The Boardwalk, she says: “My role allows for me to provide operational leadership to the HR team by partnering with them to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of HR initiatives at Business Unit level,” she explains, further elaborating that her role contributes toward the delivery of HR initiatives which build a high performance Sun International culture and operating environment, conducive to attracting, developing and retaining the “Best in Class” talent.
Born and bred in Port Elizabeth, Nopinkie says she chose wisely when she decided to marry Xolani Timba, her husband who is also from The Bay. “My family plays a huge role in my life. I am able to do what I do every day because of the endless support I receive from them. I have had to uproot them a few times for the sake of my career, but despite all, their support is constant.”
Nopinkie says that her conviction to never give up is what drives her. “I have also learnt that the corporate ladder is actually a jungle gym that we each have to navigate and craft our own journeys.
She says that her late grandmother is still her role model. She describes her as resilient, hard worker who was always conscious of the need for inclusion. “These are the reasons why I know today that my voice matters and that giving up is not an option.”
Nopinkie ends off with a word of advice to others starting out in the fast paced entertainment and hospitality industry. “Be yourself but always try to be the best version of yourself. Don’t let other people’s perceptions of you get in the way of you doing what you are good at,” she explains. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as they help you grow. Find people to look up to.”