Ms. Sindiswa Nhlumayo


Executive Head of the Centre for Maritime Excellence SA Maritime Safety Authority


She is responsible for promoting and driving the growth of skills and human capacity in the Maritime Sector, promoting research, development and innovation and unleashing opportunities for economic development lying in our coastal areas and inland waterways. She is the former Head of the Human Resources Development Council whose role is to ensure the implementation of the Human Resources Development Strategy for South Africa and to drive the message of ensuring that South Africa competes better through people in the entire human resources development service value chain. 

Prior to that she was the Deputy Director General for Tourism at the National Department of Tourism. Amongst her responsibilities included, providing leadership in the development and implementation of policies and strategies to grow tourism in South Africa, and ensure that destination South Africa remains globally competitive. She is the former Head of the first ever Tourism Black Economic Empowerment Council, which was mandated to transform the tourism sector and ensure that Black People benefit equitably from the growing tourism industry, former Special Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and former Chief Director for Tourism and Economic Development in the Western Cape. She holds a Master of Science (MSC) Degree from the University College of Buckinghamshire, BA Honors from Unizulu and Junior Degree from Durban Westville. 

She served on the following Boards: Federated Hospitality Industry of Southern Africa (FEDHASA), Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP), Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA), Tourism Empowerment Council of South Africa (TECSA), Immigration Advisory Board (IAB) and Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA). She is a founding member of the Cape and Craft Design Institute, and also a lifetime fellow of the Emerging Leaders Programme from Dukes University in the United States and University of Cape Town in South Africa. She currently serves on the National Heritage Council and Cullinan Holdings (Non-Executive Director).