The National Department of Tourism’s Executive Leadership Development Programme aims to develop the potential of black women working in junior to middle management positions, with a focus on building strong business skills and leadership capabilities.

The Programme aims to create a strong talent pool of tourism leaders to draw on for the future, and Zandi Nkosi, a Public Sector Account Executive at Protea Hotels by Marriott, recently completed the 12 month course. “Zandi is the second candidate to successfully complete this programme, and we look forward to others following in her footsteps as we look to develop leadership talent within Protea Hotels by Marriott,” says Dorcas Dlamini, Market Sales Director, Protea Hotels by Marriott.

As the Executive Leadership Development Programme is hosted by South African business schools, students can continue to work full time while studying, and all fees and study material are covered by the National Department of Tourism. Upon successful completion, the graduates receive an NQF level 8 qualification.

“The Executive Development Program for women in Tourism & Hospitality is a transformation intervention that aims to increase the number of black women at executive and managerial positions within both sectors. The aim of the program is to capacitate women and redress the skewed socio-economic landscape of the tourism and hospitality industry. The participation of women at decision-making level in our sector is incredibly low especially considering the high participation levels at lower and entry level,” says Zandi.

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