As we acknowledge Youth Month in South Africa throughout June, we had the opportunity to take stock of our Youth Development Programme within Southern Africa 360 and how we are contributing to the development of young people and small businesses in the Tourism Industry. As a growing small business and managed by husband and wife team Nikki and Collin Thaver, not only are we Fair Trade Tourism approved, we are classified as being a 100% black owned business and are renowned for supporting other small black owned businesses. These are a strong driving points within the day to day DNA on how we do business.

Southern Africa 360 has also dedicated themselves to the empowerment of young people and the need to employee and develop females in the tourism industry. In September 2018 we employed our first two Interns to join our growing team and we set out to teach them the much needed skills to empower them in a working environment. These interns were, Taryn Myburgh who has since joined our team full time and is responsible for all things Marketing related at Southern Africa 360 and Mckayla Isaacs who joined us as a Tour Co-ordinator and now promoted to Junior Tour Consultant and who has since grown from assisting our consultants with bookings to sending out her own quotes to agents and managing the day-to-day operations of our clients.

Nikki Thaver says “We have watched these two young ladies grow and develop themselves both in a career sense as well as on a personal level and are very proud of their accomplishments”. Taryn feels a lot more confident with her abilities and is enjoying learning new skills in a dynamic environment and has found that tourism is her calling. Mckayla is pleased with her progress thus far and is looking forward to her future growth within the Tourism industry and her time with the SA360 team.

Since hiring Taryn and Mckayla and assisting them to develop themselves towards reaching their full potential we are pleased to announce that at the start of Youth Month i.e. June 2019 we have taken on two additional fresh Tourism Interns, from a college in the same area, to join our team. Ammaarah Samaai and Stephanie Sauls. “These two young ladies are both fresh out of college and have been taken on as Tour Co-ordinators and will work alongside our Senior Tour Consultants inorder to groom them and teach them the ins and outs of our business. These 2 ladies will be with us for 18 months and during this time we hope to not only teach but help skill them to becoming fully fledged Junior Tour Consultants. We wish all these young ladies all the best as they work themselves into becoming the next tourism leaders” stated Collin Thaver.

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