Stenden South Africa is proud to welcome Sinomncedi Fuzile and Saneliso Joka to the Stenden Team as part of our 2019 July intake! Mantis Hotels made this opportunity possible for both Peddie Feni Location residents by awarding the two students with a bursary for their time at Stenden.

Sinomncedi and Saneliso recently attended the 5 day NCUP Hospitality course offered at Fish River Resort earlier this year. This commitment led to the two students being singled out by Mantis to receive full bursaries covering their tuition, accommodation, food and spending money. The students also have the opportunity to work with the Mantis Hotel group for their internships in their third year of studies.

Sinomncedi is a passionate people’s person, who discovered her love for hospitality at a young age. She is the lastborn in a family of six and grew up in Peddie, where she attended Nondike Primary School and later Amazizi Senior Secondary School. Sinomncedi enjoys playing netball and reading in her free time. Having already achieved a diploma at Nelson Mandela University, she now plans to further expand her horizons with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Hospitality Management. Sinomncedi is a dedicated student and is looking forward to the diverse and interactive learning styles, specifically Problem Based Learning and the application of research and knowledge.

Sinomncedi aims to explore the hospitality industry and gain experience during her internship at Mantis Hotels to ultimately open her own Bed and Breakfast or restaurant. She hopes to use this platform to accommodate a hands-on approach and teach her acquired skills and knowledge to people who didn’t get the opportunity she did.

Saneliso is a zealous individual who has spent his life pushing himself further despite the circumstances he faces. Saneliso grew up with his mother, father and little sister in East London until the family moved to Peddie to allow his parents to further their nursing careers. He initially aimed to pursue a career in agriculture in response to a gap he saw in his community. However, after a tragedy in March 2019, where Saneliso’s entire house and possessions burnt down, he discovered the incredible impact people can have in bringing others up when they are at their lowest. Saneliso therefore decided to take the first steps towards entering the hospitality industry by attending the NCUP Hospitality Course which he is now able to further with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Hospitality Management at Stenden South Africa.

Saneliso loves reading, nature and people and is committed to ensuring he uses his time at Stenden to learn and network as much as possible. Upon the completion of his internship, Saneliso aims to continue his work with Mantis and assist in the management of the hotels while simultaneously giving back to the communities around him.

Both Sinomncedi and Saneliso will be part of the Dream Team working at Stenden South Africa’s MyPond Hotel, which will give them further experience in the hospitality industry and continue to open doors for the students. We look forward to having Sinomncedi and Saneliso as students and ambassadors for Stenden South Africa.