Management

Jerry Mabena

Chief Executive Officer at Thebe Tourism Group

 

Jerry Mabena is an entrepreneurial business executive with vast experience in the marketing and property management sectors. As the CEO of Thebe Services, Jerry is responsible for managing a portfolio of subsidiaries and associate Thebe companies that are service-centred, ranging from financial, tourism, as well as media, energy (petroleum services) and property management. He has a degree in industrial psychology and economics from Rhodes University. He also holds a diploma in project management from Damelin and a certificate program in accounting and finance from Wits Business School. Jerry has held various senior positions in companies such as Unilever, J Walter Thompson, Ucingo Marketing, and Kagiso Exhibitions and Events. Before joining Thebe in 2011, he was the CEO of Kagiso Property Holding, which was behind prime developments such as Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre in Cape Town; the Vaal Shopping Mall in Vanderbijlpark; the South African Revenue Service Assessment & Enforcement Facility in Alberton; and the head of JSE-listed company, Tiger Brands, in Johannesburg.

Brett Hendricks

General Manager at Thebe Tourism Group

 

After 15 years in finance, Brett Hendricks moved into the position of General Manager for Thebe Services at the end of 2012. With extensive experience in the financial management and corporate finance, his skills of number crunching combined with his passion for the tourism industry, has made Brett an asset to Thebe Tourism and Thebe Services. Praised for his approach to problem solving, strategy planning and operational implementation, Brett has been welcomed in senior management positions during his career. He serves on various boards of the companies within the Thebe Services portfolio of investments. Brett has a Bachelor of commerce degree in accounting from the University of Western Cape and an Honours degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He completed his articles with BDO Spencer Steward CT (now Grant Thornton CT) and thereafter was promoted to audit manager for 3 years (2001 – 2004). Brett’s dynamic career paved the way to his current role, with his previous appointments including: Senior Executive: Corporate Finance Division at BDO Spencer Steward CT (now Grant Thornton CT); Group Financial Manager at Thebe Tourism Group; Chief Financial Officer at Thebe Tourism Group and General Manager at Thebe Services.

Wally Gaynor

Managing Director at Club Travel

 

Wally Gaynor founded Club Travel in July 1987 with the philosophy of offering the client the best deal. Although this is still the driving force behind the company today, Wally’s dream for the business and his staff was for them to reach their full potential in the work place, as well as in their personal lives, which resulted in him encouraging staff members to open their own Club Travel branches. This is how the company growth began and Club Travel is now a key travel consortium in the country, offering leisure, online and corporate travel services, as well as various models of business for travel entrepreneurs. Wally is truly passionate about travel and encourages Club Travel staff to experience travel as often as possible. Having travelled to over 70 countries, Wally has many stories to tell around his travel adventures, with backpacking from Venezuela to Colombia and visits to Peru and Cuba being at the top of his list. Wally loves travelling off the beaten track. Although he hails from ‘The Land of a Thousand Welcomes’ (Ireland), he has made Cape Town his home and has earned the reputation of being a well-respected, knowledgeable and influential personality in the South African travel industry.

Bruce Barret

Managing Director at First Car Rental

 

Bruce Barret is the Managing Director at First Car Rental South Africa and also holds the South African Service Agreement Licence for Germany’s largest car hire brand, SIXT rent a car, for their customers travelling around South Africa. First Car Rental is a subsidiary of the vehicle retail group Combined Motor Holding (CMH). Established over 17 years ago, First Car Rental now employs 450 employees. Since the rebrand from National Alamo to First Car Rental in April 2008, the First Car Rental brand has grown significantly to become the largest car rental company in South Africa not linked to an international brand. Prior to joining First Car Rental, Bruce held various positions in the car rental industry over the last 36 years, including: CEO and founder at Tempest Car Hire; Operations Director at Hertz; Regional Operations Manager at Hertz and co-founder of Truck and Car Hire Zimbabwe.

Craig van Rooyen

Director at Tour D’Afrique

 

Craig bought shares in Tour d’Afrique over a decade ago based on the potential he saw in the tourism sector and specifically in Tour d’Afrique. With his previous experience as a consultant in SAP he brought a strong IT focus to the business. His primary role and responsibility at Tour D’Afrique has been to grow the business and introduce IT systems into the company to enhance sales and services to customers. Tour d’Afrique has grown significantly to be a well-recognised company within the inbound tourism market. In addition, Craig is on the board of Travel Smart Crew which is the largest buying consortium in South African with over R1 billion contracted for the inbound market. He holds a business degree through the University of Stellenbosch.

Inge Barker

Director at Tour D’Afrique

 

Inge started in the Tourism Industry in May 1989 and has been with Tour d’Afrique since 1996, she has been a partner/director since 1999. Prior to joining Tour D’Afrique, Inge worked for Springbok Atlas, Magari Safaris, The Dragonfly Group and Holiday Africa. She held positions as an incoming tours consultant dealing with both individual and group markets mostly from Europe. She was personally involved with logistics of the Miss World contest held in South Africa in 1994 and she was present at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994 in restricted areas having had to co-ordinate the transport on the day. Besides running the Tour D’Afrique office and dealing with staff, Inge speaks English, Afrikaans, Dutch and German and operational planning is her strength; whether it’s a self-drive tailor made programme, a group tour series or incentive group of several hundred people, nothing is too challenging for her. Product knowledge is of the utmost importance and also her passion and love of Africa.