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This is an expanding page, giving short biographies of our alumni and illustrating the diverse career paths that are open on completion of a degree in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies. 

 

   

Chris Arukwe is running his own company, Greyspot Consult and Tour Operators, which he started in 2013. His business attracts inbound tourists to South Africa and outbound tourist and business enthusiasts to Nigeria. He has worked with BMW South Africa, Jaguar Landrover and DStv to facilitate travels between West Africa and South Africa and is now specializing in Medical Tourism and Sports Tourism in South Africa. 


 

Lindsay de Smidt is the principal of Oakfields College in Somerset West. She studied a BA Journalism degree at the University of Pretoria with Heritage and Cultural Tourism as one of her majors. After graduating she  worked as a copywriter in Cape Town for a jewellery company, got promoted to their production manager where she ran the entire graphic design department and the production schedule for all in-house publications. Of her current position, she observes: "In the creative industry, things are constantly changing and Oakfields College provides a wonderful opportunity where students really get to experience extraordinary education. I love my job and my students make life interesting on campus". 


 

Kim Keitumetse Ngobeni is employed at the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), where she words in the Burial, Grounds and Graves unit (BGG), as the heritage practitioner for the conservation of Massacre sites. Kim completed her honours in Heritage and Cultural Tourism and is enrolled for a Masters in Heritage Conservation.

She reflects on the value of her studies: "I get the opportunity to engage with high level people. I get to meet the families of the great liberation heroes and heroines, and the opportunity to construct memorials for them... I would encourage you to take this course, as it has many opportunities and diverse careers". 


 

Chanel Emily Turner (BHCS Hons in Heritage and cultural Tourism) is the Managing Director and part owner of Turnscapes Travel and Tourism, where she does consulting work dominantly as a Tourism and Social Impact Assessment Specialist in the environmental industry.


 

Richard Wylie has worked for Tourism KwaZulu-Natal as a Researcher for the past 3 years. His responsibilities have included "a management-type role" and he is responsible for budget control as well as some other key operational functions. He has also been invited to take part in research projects outside of his main job, "which has shown that my skills as a researcher are extremely sought after and are considered as a scarce skill in many sectors of the country."

Richard did his Honours degree in Heritage and Cultural Tourism, as well as a Masters degree in Heritage and Cultural Tourism. He reflects: "Both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees have opened up so many doors in my career and I am truly grateful for lecturers and my supervisor, Prof Karen Harris, for all that they taught me during my 6 years of studies."

In addition to his studies, Richard worked on the NDT Tourism Skills and Development Project, developing a uniform training programme for tourist guides in southern Africa. "The experience and skills development that I gained from this project (of just under 3 years) has proven to be extremely valuable for my career path" he says. 


 

   
   

 

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