The Plett Tourism Team, from left to right, is made up of:
- Thandi Mabukane – Membership and Information Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brendon Morris – Website – email@example.com
- Cindy Wilson-Trollip – Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emily Potgieter – Information Officer – email@example.com
- Janet Middleton – Social Media – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Patty Butterworth – Travel & Tourism Trade / Media – email@example.com
- Bruce Richardson – Chairman
- Lorna MacLeod – Commercial Sales – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andisiwe Nonkosana – Administration Assistant – email@example.com
- Wandisile Sebezo – Media Correspondent – firstname.lastname@example.org
In the 2 months leading up to the elections for the new Plett Tourism Association board, the operational team continues to function at full pace, marketing Plett as a destination to the world.
CINDY WILSON-TROLLIP // MANAGER
Cindy Wilson-Trollip, full time Manager of Plett Tourism, serves as the working sheepdog of the association, herding all the diverse aspects of and contributors to the operation towards the common goal of one Plett, and the outcomes of the tourism strategy as determined by the board.
She heads up the Event and Festival portfolio and is the LTO (local tourism organisation) representative at regional and provincial government tourism meetings.
Her marketing experience at the Nestle head office as advertising manager on all brands, client service executive at Ogilvy & Mather, broadcast/commercials incl international/music video and documentary film producer and editor, lecturer at the Department of Journalism at Rhodes University and sometime teacher of English in the far east has comprised most of her working career of 42 years.
Having previously lived in Plett for her school and varsity years, (the ‘70’s) Cindy returned 17 years ago, worked in the furniture retail, interior design and manufacturing space, owned her own import furniture business for 8 years, joined the Plett Tourism team 6 years ago and has been full time for the last 4 years.
JANET MIDDLETON // SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL MARKETING
Janet Middleton manages Plett Tourism’s social media accounts, general mailer and blogs for the Plett Tourism website. Janet is originally from Port Elizabeth and studied IT and Marketing at Nelson Mandela Bay University (then University of Port Elizabeth). Following her studies, she trained as a scuba dive-master and, later, instructor, returning from London to open and operate a new dive centre at the Beacon Isle Hotel. She managed this tourism business successfully for six years before turning her attention full-time to digital marketing, with a strong focus on the tourism industry.
Since 2011, Janet has operated her own digital marketing consultancy, Key Media & Marketing, training and working with a variety of businesses and destinations in the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape ranging from Destination Marketing Organisations, real estate, magazines and private businesses. With a firm background in both traditional marketing and IT, 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism sector and an ahead-of-the-curve approach to new media, Janet brings a balanced and experienced approach to Plett Tourism’s digital marketing channels.
For more information, please visit: www.keymediaandmarketing.co.za
BRENDON MORRIS // WEB DEVELOPMENT & IT
Brendon handles the IT for Plett Tourism, focusing mainly on the website, web development, hosting, and content management. He manages the association’s email systems, compiles the bulk email newsletters and promotional mailers, and provides general IT support services.
Having grown up in Plett in the 80s, Brendon studied Civil Engineering in Port Elizabeth before heading to the UK in the mid-90s to work as a surveyor on the construction of new tube tunnels for London Underground and thereafter joined Thames Water managing pipeline construction projects around the city.
In 1998 Brendon made a career change, studying IT Networking and qualifying as a Microsoft Certified Professional. This enabled him to work for a UK startup company developing websites during the y2k and dot-com boom, dealing with clients such as Colorama and Lloyds of London. In 2003, while still in the UK, Brendon started his own web development business and then returned to South Africa in 2004, branching out into web hosting as another of his key offerings.
He has built a large client base in the 16 years that his business has been in operation, with the local tourism sector being one of his main sources of customers, although he continues to serve a number of his original clients in the UK, USA and Ireland.
PATTY BUTTERWORTH // PROJECTS MANAGER
Patty Butterworth, Projects Manager at Plett Tourism, has several portfolios under the Plett Tourism Association. She heads up the Travel and Trade portfolio, the Media portfolio, is involved with the development of Plett Tourism Membership and Public Relations within the industry.
Under Travel and Trade, she is focused on industry relationship building, representing Plettenberg Bay at industry trade shows, workshops and presentations. This also includes the development of presentation material for appointed tourism ambassadors, digital communication, public relations, research and statistical analysis.
Under her Media portfolio, she is directly involved with the Media strategy and works hand-in-hand with the Social Media Coordinator and Webmaster at Plett Tourism. Her responsibilities include engaging with media influencers, journalists and celebrities; public relations; brand management and collaborative media promotions with local industry. She is also the editor of the Plett Tourism magazines.
Under Membership, she is involved with recruitment of new members, digital communication, public relations, research and statistical analysis.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Relations from George Mason University in the United States. She has worked in publishing, marketing, public relations and brand management over the course of 33 years. Her experience is across the board, having worked for industry leaders in the US such as Alston & Bird, CNN, DuPont, Southern Living and The Washington Post.
She moved to South Africa with her husband in 1996 and has worked with industry leaders such as the Border-Kei Chamber of Business, Daimler Chrysler, GA Creative Brands and Johnson & Johnson. She has been involved with tourism over the course of 12 years. She started in the private sector and helped formalise the current board structure of the Plett Tourism Association, having been involved since the Association’s inception and joining the Plett Tourism Team in 2012.
WANDISILE SEBEZO // WRITER AND BLOGGER
Wandisile Sebezo writes and blogs for Plett Tourism since 2016. His mandate is to scribble away everything and anything that helps achieves Plett Tourism’s media strategy. He does this by exploring and highlighting key events, people and places that put Plett on the map as the most preferred tourist destination.
He also contributes to Plett Tourism’s quarterly magazines.
Before fully joining Plett Tourism, he was been a trainee manager at one of the Pep Store branches in Mthatha, been a taxi driver (did not survive) and couple of not so cool jobs there and there.
Wandisile is a social commentator exploring the intricacies of popular culture, South Africa’s race relations, politics and general current affairs. He has contributed to daily and weekly papers such as the The Herald, CX Press and the City Press.
A reluctant student, he holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the Pearson Institute of Higher Education.
He recently completed a month long residency leadership programme under the University of South Africa (UNISA) by the Young African Leaders Initiative, a flagship programme of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation. The residency was at UNISA’s School of Business Leadership in Midrand.
Growing up in bossiesgif and later Kwano- he has lived in Plett most his life, he hates it at times.