Dr. Juliet Chipmuro

Academic Dean

Dr. Juliet Chipumuro is the Academic Dean of the Hotel Management School at Stenden South Africa. Dr. Chipumuro joined the Stenden family in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer, a position she held until 2014, when she was promoted to her current position. Dr. Chipumuro holds a Ph.D. in Management from Rhodes University, a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Azaliah University, a Bachelor’s degree in Education Management from Tshwane University (former Technikon Pretoria), and a Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe. She also has Certificates in Learner Materials Developed from the University of South Africa (UNISA), a certificate in University Teaching Methodologies from the University of Zimbabwe, a Certificate in Gender Issues from Women’s University in Africa (WUA), and a certificate in Leadership from WUA.

Dr Juliet Chipumuro has been involved in Business Administration and Education for over 20 years both in Zimbabwe and South Africa, including roles with Women’s University in Africa (WUA), CACC learning Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC), the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture in Zimbabwe, MacMain College of Computing and Business Studies, and Educon Business College as a Faculty chairperson (Faculty Coordinator), National Examiner, College Manager and Administrator, Facilitator, Lecturer, Teacher, Consultant and Advisor. Dr. Chipumuro has also worked with a number of community development projects including NEWLIFE, Kwam eMakana Homestays and Women Effect Trust. In addition she was involved in designing the MBA program for WUA which started in 2007. She has also worked with other management members on the proposal for ACBF, where WUA received funding for capacity building.

Nelisa Tokwe

Year 2 Co-ordinator

Nelisa joined the Hospitality Industry in 2002 when she enrolled at the Granger Bay Hotel School through the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She completed her studies in 2006 after acquiring a BTech degree in Food and Beverage Management. During her studies, she was involved in a few elite annual functions held in Cape Town such as the J&B Met and Nederburg Wine Auction.

Her first Hospitality Training was at the President Hotel in Bantry Bay – belonging to the Protea Hotel Group – where she trained as a Chef, and Restaurant and Events Manager. She then continued her studies at the Victoria Junction Hotel, where she was able to complete the part of her training that focused on Restaurant Management and working in Guest Liaison. She then volunteered at Balducci’s where she received extensive coaching on Culinary Skills.

She then gained experience in the United Kingdom where she worked for leading hotels such as the Handpicked Hotel, filling the position of Private Chef. She was also exposed to the position of Restaurant and Events Manager at the Thistle Hotel Group in Hertfordshire and Scotland. Nelisa came back to South Africa where she applied the skills and knowledge that she had acquired in the United Kingdom. She became a Restaurant Manager and Head Chef, training and hiring people from disadvantaged areas who were interested in the Hospitality Industry. She then moved to Johannesburg, where she worked as an Events Manager, specialising in International, Private and Governmental functions. She also owned an Events Management company in Umtata where she assisted local B&B owners by training their employees on Hospitality Management Operations.

Karen Hecht

Year 1 Co-ordinator

Karen began her career in hospitality by working on a kibbutz in Israel, catering to 700 people every day.

In 2003, Karen enrolled to study for a B.Com Hospitality Management Degree at Stenden South Africa (then known as EISS). She then completed her internship as a hostess in a lodge located in the lower Zambezi Valley in Zambia. For the next two years, she worked as Manager/Chef at a Bush Restaurant near Port Alfred. She has worked at Stenden South Africa since 2008 and is currently the year 1 Module Coordinator.

Karen has completed a Diploma from the Cape Wine Academy and studied towards her MBA in Tourism Development Management.

Dr. Megan Sharrock

Year 3 Co-ordinator

Senior Lecturer 

Megan grew up in Durban and Cape Town, where she completed two years of BA Law and Psychology at UCT before deciding to pursue a career in Hospitality. At the time that Megan left UCT, she was appointed as a Restaurant Manager at Billy the Bum’s in Cape Town, which ignited her interest in the dynamic and manic industry of Hospitality.
Megan went on to study a Hospitality Diploma at the Cape Town Hotel School, Granger Bay followed by a BTech in Management. Megan completed an Internship at Cannizaro House in London, before being appointed Kariega River Lodge as a Lodge Manager in 2007. In 2008, Megan worked at the Cape Town Hotel School while she was completing her fourth year of studies and discovered a new passion for education. In 2009, Megan moved to the Eastern Cape and successfully applied to Stenden South Africa, where she worked for over four years, firstly as a junior lecturer, then lecturer and finally, senior lecturer. During this time, she also completed an MBA in Tourism Development through correspondence with MANCOSA.
In 2014, Megan moved back to Cape Town after being offered an interesting position as Project Manager for a Production Company, ‘Let’s Sell Lobster’. During this time, Megan was lucky enough to travel to China to film a training course on how to accommodate Chinese travelers in luxury hotels. After a year of working in a very corporate environment, Megan decided to return ‘home’ to the Eastern Cape and her original career path in education.
Megan has graduated from NMU with her PhD. In Guest Experiences of Shared Values in Hotels Using Online Guest Reviews. Megan is currently the Module Coordinator for Social Entrepreneurship and Lodge Management and also lectures year 3 Revenue Management and Marketing.


Du Plessis

Senior Lecturer

Clare began her Hospitality career at the age of 18, when she worked at Sun City as a waitress in the evenings. From there, she decided to move to Dubai for a year and worked for Jumeirah International  as a Guest Service Assistant for a year.

In 2005, Clare enrolled to study a B.Com. Hospitality Management at Stenden South Africa (Then EISS). She completed her internship working for Lion Roars Safaris and Lodges, managing various lodges within the Plettenberg Bay and Port Elizabeth area. In 2009, she worked at Border Bears Cricket Stadium, managing the Hospitality Department through the exciting IPL series. In 2010, Clare moved back to Port Alfred with her husband and worked at 43 Air School for 4 years. In that time, she also completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Rhodes University.

Clare has always been interested in the Education environment, hence her return to Stenden to pursue a career in lecturing. Clare began lecturing at Stenden South Africa on the 1st of March 2014.   Her main focus at Stenden South Africa is lecturing Statistics and Finance to the 2nd Year of the B.Com programme.

Clare also holds a MBA from the Management College of Southern Africa.

Dr. Tracey Painting

Senior Lecturer

It was during Tracey’s gap year in Sweden, when she worked at a small resort hotel on the Swedish coast that the hotel industry first began to appeal to her. After returning and working for the PE Hotel Group for a year, Tracey enrolled at the Cape Town Hotel School in Granger Bay. Upon completion of her studies there, she spent time working at the President Hotel in Bantry Bay, as well as at the Mount Nelson Hotel. In 1999, she spent a year in Scotland working for the Hilton Hotel Group as a Front Office Manager. At the end of the year, she moved to London, where she specialised in Events, becoming the Event Manager of an exclusive Private Members Club in Park Lane for eight years. Tracey completed her Master’s Degree in Conference and Event Management from the University of Westminster in 2006 and returned to Port Alfred in 2008.
Tracey is Module Coordinator for Events Management 1 and 2 and has completed her Master’s in Education at Rhodes University.
Tracey is currently completing a PhD. in Education at the University of Stellenbosch.

Tonderai Mawopa

Senior Lecturer

Tonderai Mawopa joined Stenden South Africa in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management Strategy from the Midlands State University. He also qualified with a BBA in Marketing Management Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma, both from The IMM Graduate School of Marketing in South Africa.  Furthermore, he is a qualified Assessor and Moderator with LGSETA and has completed  the American Public University Systems (APUS) Sakai.2.8.1. More recently he acquired KAOSPILOT Certification from Denmark.

Tonderai has been lecturing for a number of years and has supervised a number of master’s students. His desire to influence and impart knowledge is well above average. He has in the past worked for UNISA School of Business Leadership (SBL), Tshwane University of Technology Business School, Boston Media House and Rosebank College to just mention a few. He is an active professional member of IMM South Africa. In 2016 he presented an Advertising Article on Edu-Space # Soweto TV.

His passion for lecturing, research, coaching, mentoring and training is unquenchable.

Jacques de Klerk

Wildlife Lecturer

Jacques completed his Bachelors’ Degree in Nature Conservation at the NMMU Saasveld Campus (now NMU) in 2007. He worked in Conservation for 4 years before he joined Stenden South Africa in 2011 as the Wildlife Management Lecturer. Jacques completed his Masters’ Degree in Environmental Management in 2014, with his research focusing on the possibilities of using small mammals as habitat health indicators. He is currently working on a further publication in the same field of study.

Jacques enjoys the outdoors, particularly birding in his spare time, and has a passion for photography, conservation, and Research. He loves sport especially cricket, golf, and rugby

Craig Mushet

Junior Wildlife Lecturer

Craig is a Junior Lecturer at our Wildlife Campus in Koffylaagte. He holds a Bachelor of Agriculture degree with Honors majoring in Wildlife Management. Craig joined the Stenden South Africa team from Kimberley in the Northern Cape and we wish him all the best in this position.

Andre Steyn

Career Development Coordinator and Internships

Andre Steyn has been involved in the Hotel Industry for 35 years. Initially, he started his career in 1975 at the then Southern Sun 4 Star Hotel- in Bloemfontein. From there he transferred to the 5 Star Burgers Park Hotel, Pretoria, also a Southern Sun Hotel where he spent 2 years.

During Andre’s career in the Hotel Industry, he has worked in a large number of hotels including the Beacon Isle; Zululand Safari Lodge; Elangeni; Carousel Hotel and Casino Carnival City Hotel and Casino; Sun City; The Hilton in Lubumbashi; Zaire; a 2 year stint in Mauritius as Regional Director for Protea Hotels and 2 years as MD of Royal Swazi Holdings in Swaziland for Sun International.

More recently Andre has travelled to the UAE assisting in re-creating its Hotel Grading System.

Some of the highlights of Andre’s career include being part of the opening team of Sun City Hotel and Casino in 1979 and the opening of Carnival City Hotel and Casino in 1998, as well as holding the Operations Director position at Sun City for 7 years from 2000 to 2007.