Khulile Mkhabela, joined Valor Hospitality Africa as Sales Manager for De Hoek Country Hotel in October 2017, re-connecting with managing partner Michael Pownall after working successfully alongside him with Taj Hotels.
‘Kools’ studied at UCT for a BA Degree, majoring in English and Public Policy & Administration with a minor in Psychology. She stumbled upon hospitality as she was studying towards her LLB Degree and was soon working as the Regional Sales Co-ordinator for the Cape Regional Sales Team at Protea Hotels in 2008. She quickly grew within the group, moving up to Johannesburg to report to the Group Sales Director as National Sales Co-ordinator in 2009. By late 2010 she was promoted to Sales Executive for the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Melrose Arch with a focus on new business, a role she excelled in for 4 years.
After a short sabbatical travelling Europe, South America and the Caribbean, she returned to the industry as sales specialist for the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria in 2015. A year later she made the move to Taj Hotels, working as Corporate Sales Manager, based in Johannesburg. Khulile has found that the hospitality industry perfectly embodies her genuine love for people and passion for service. Khulile embraces life and work with equal enthusiasm, and has become a critical part of the Valor Hospitality Africa team, when not at work, her passions for music, dance and new experiences ensures she is always on the move.