University of Cape Town (UCT) Holiday Accommodation Director, Phelokazi Mbebe, is the new Alternate Chair of the Cape Region Young Professionals segment of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA).
Mbebe, with a master’s degree in tourism and hospitality management, is based in the Holiday Accommodation division, a subsection of UCT Financial Department. The division, which includes several hotels in the parent city, is part of the university’s business development arm. Its main objective is to create a third source of income for UCT and achieves this by providing housing for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as the public.
âAs a young hospitality professional who is passionate about this industry and these people, I am proud to serve FEDHASA Cape in this role and to represent UCT while doing it,â she said.
FEDHASA is the premier lobbying body for South Africa’s hospitality industry, dealing with hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and other industry partners. The organization has actively represented the sector since 1949.
Represent the youth cohort
Mbebe said the Holiday Accommodation division joined FEDHASA Cape in 2019 and since then has been active in the association’s events and businesses. When the position became available, she did not hesitate to apply.
As acting chair of the segment, Mbebe will represent the youth cohort of FEDHASA Cape. In addition, she hopes to deepen her knowledge of the industry, better understand the role of other segments, and make a meaningful and comprehensive contribution. Her term began in August and could last two years, depending on whether or not she is re-elected.
âI look forward to engaging with members of the Young Professionals segment and am excited about the exposure this role will have for UCT,â she said.
Educate the industry
Because UCT vacation accommodation has yet to be recognized as an active player in the hospitality industry, Mbebe said his position at FEDHASA Cape will provide a platform to educate the industry and the public. on what the university has to offer.
âWe offer competitively priced accommodation close to the city and many popular tourist destinations, but not many people know that. Now I can change that, âshe said.
The Breakwater Lodge at V&A Waterfront and Protea Hotel in Mowbray are part of UCT’s suite of accommodation options.
The role will also allow Mbebe to grow as a hospitality professional, contribute to topical speeches that affect the industry, and previously address industry challenges by enforcing hospitality policies and procedures. .
âI am so proud to be part of an organization like FEDHASA Cape which strives to provide exceptional service.
âI am so proud to be part of an organization like FEDHASA Cape which strives to provide exceptional service and upholds the values ââof inclusiveness, respect and warm hospitality. These are the values ââI stand for, âshe said.