Samantha Croft

Tsogo Sun’s Samantha Croft – CEO Continental Award

Tsogo Sun is thrilled to announce that Samantha Croft, the General Manager of the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Complex has been recognised by CEO Communications Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government as the continental winner in the Tourism & Leisure sector.

The award is a culmination of various gruelling and robust judging processes with an estimated 11 500 entrants from the across the African continent. Croft successfully breezed through the national  and regional leg and went on to represent the SADC region as a continent finalist, competing with other regional winners from Mauritius, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Ghana and Cameroon.

“We are extremely proud of Samantha, she is a shining example to everyone and a great brand ambassador for service excellence in our industry,” said Mike Jackson Tsogo Sun Hotels, Director Operations KZN Region.

Displaying exceptional leadership skills at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Complex, one of the groups over 90 hotels and 14 casinos and entertainment destinations, and earning titles such as leading woman in the corporate sector in KwaZulu-Natal by the KZN Businesswomen’s Association, Croft, has undoubtedly displayed the strength of woman leadership in a male dominated industry.

“I believe that it takes a great team to succeed in any business, I wouldn’t have done this without them. I am so honoured to be a recipient of such a prestigious award and I am so grateful to my team for their hard work and commitment,” says Croft.

The announcement was made at the gala dinner held at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg. With over 600 attendees, this was truly the opportune time for Africa to Unite. Hosted by Derek Watts and entertainment by Yvonne Chaka Chaka added more sparkle to an already star-studded event.

Nominations are now open for 2015 and can be submitted online or via email.
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About Tsogo Sun
Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, and Seychelles.

The company’s hospitality interests offer a wide distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually branded Deluxe Hotels and well known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun Hotels, Garden Court, SunSquare, StayEasy and SUN1 hotels.

The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro; Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in Southern Johannesburg; and Silverstar Casino to the West in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the Jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.

Tsogo Sun (“TSH”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  The key shareholders of Tsogo Sun are Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (“HCI”), a JSE listed investment holding company, and SABMiller PLC (“SABM”), and the London listed brewing company. The remaining shareholding is held by various financial institutions and the general public.

SunCares is Tsogo Sun’s sustainability in tourism plan, which consists of three pillars through which Tsogo Sun aims to be a catalyst for change. These pillars are the company’s CSI programme, encompassing the SunCares Sports, Arts and Education Academies; the entrepreneurial development programme delivered primarily through Tsogo Sun Book a Guesthouse; and the environmental management programme. Through these programmes, Tsogo Sun is able to leverage its considerable resources, experiences, and geographic spread within the hospitality, gaming and entertainment industry to provide the foundation for initiatives that have a lasting impact.


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