Xolani joined the Uthando team in November 2012 and became an integral part of the company’s fabric. Xolani was born in Cape Town on September 9th, 1984, having grown up in the rural part of South Africa, Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. This province, formerly known as the Transkei, marks the burial site of South Africa’s past president, Nelson Mandela.
Xolani moved between the two cities for educational purposes and stayed in Gugulethu township just outside Cape Town. Growing up in both the rural and urban environment, he developed a deep love for community empowerment and development. In 2015 Xolani obtained a Higher Diploma in Education, Training, and Development qualification from the University of Western Cape and now holds a postgraduate qualification, Advanced Diploma in Education, Training, and Development. A certificate in Site Guiding successfully combined his passion for community development and his deep love of South Africa.
A specialist guide, Xolani is dedicated to the values of responsible tourism, working hand-in-glove with community initiatives. By showcasing their work, he helps to empower populations living in the previously disadvantaged neighborhoods around Cape Town. Xolani is a Lilizela Tourism Awards nominee in the category of Culture Guides (2015) and received 3rd runner-up award in 2017. These awards recognize and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world-class service to their guests. Through storytelling, Xolani communicates South Africa’s narrative, past, present, and future, sincerely and with empathy. Xolani is an optimistic young man believing in his abilities, knowledge, and expertise and being part of a team to assist with the growth of the country’s economy through tourism initiatives.
A family man with a wife and three children, Xolani is a humble and approachable human being, passionate, caring, and deeply rooted in culture. Xolani loves and enjoys sports, reading, and the outdoors.