ShapeShifter

Meet Mmatsatsi Ramawela, the woman tasked with revving up tourism in SA

(Bruce Whitfield presents this "Shapeshifter" feature every Wednesday from about 7.30pm to 8.00pm. Be the first to share! Go to facebook.com/brucebusiness 10 or so minutes after the feature ends to find the corresponding article and audio).

Mmatsatsi Ramawela is the CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela’s career in tourism spans more than two decades.

In 1994 Mmatsatsi Ramawela trained as a tour guide for Gauteng, Limpopo and North-West.

In 1996 she joined the National Parks Board and took charge of marketing South Africa’s 22 national parks.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela loves music, travels extensively and collects teas and coffees from around the world.

Scroll down to listen to (or watch) Bruce Whitfield's (The Money Show) interview of Ramawela.

We absolutely don’t exploit Joburg’s interesting history enough.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

My love for tourism started when I was a student in Cape Town.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

They used to call me ‘Die Reën Koningin’.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

Our national parks are some of the best managed in the world.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

We’ve done extensive research; our new visa regulations have led to many cancellations.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

There is no talk of retracting these new regulations. But let’s give government the benefit of the doubt. We may be getting a bit of a relaxation.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

We’ve asked for ‘visa on arrival’.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

We’ve been getting a lot of support from our Minister.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

Tourism is not looking good this year.

Mmatsatsi Ramawela

Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
You can definitely teach creativity! – Rob Stokes (Red and Yellow )

You can definitely teach creativity! – Rob Stokes (Red and Yellow )

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Red and Yellow Creative School of Business Chairperson Rob Stokes.

Beat sleep with caffeinated chocolate (best thing since caffeine and chocolate)

Beat sleep with caffeinated chocolate (best thing since caffeine and chocolate)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Zang Chocolate cofounders Jethro Braun and Brett Horwitz.

Meet Ismail Mahomed, the man in charge of Newtown’s edgy Market Theatre

Meet Ismail Mahomed, the man in charge of Newtown’s edgy Market Theatre

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Market Theatre CEO Ismail Mahomed for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Learn how to code, for free! Meet WeThinkCode_’s Arlene Mulder...

Learn how to code, for free! Meet WeThinkCode_’s Arlene Mulder...

Interested in attending a free, two-year course in computer programming? Bruce Whitfield interviews the cofounder of WeThinkCode_.

Are new laws decimating tourism? And do they actually prevent child trafficking?

Are new laws decimating tourism? And do they actually prevent child trafficking?

The Tourism Minister says new entry requirements are unhelpful and hurt tourism. Home Affairs begs to differ. Who is right?

How to make money from tourism

How to make money from tourism

We interview the author of "The Tourism Coach", a book aimed at entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs in the tourist sector.

Popular articles
Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, Andrew Fraser says this looks like a leak and not a hack.

Signal jammers and other devices confiscated at China Mall

Signal jammers and other devices confiscated at China Mall

Several communications devices were confiscated from businesses in a raid by Icasa at China Mall on Wednesday.

Michael Jordaan (ex FNB CEO, ex Chair of Mxit) bares his soul about money

Michael Jordaan (ex FNB CEO, ex Chair of Mxit) bares his soul about money

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Rain Director Michael Jordaan about his money beliefs and history.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will pilot a new funding model in 2017. NSFAS chairperson Sizwe Nxasana explains.