Meet the first female CEO of Ugu tourism

THE benefits of tourism in the Lower South Coast should be distributed to other nodes of the region, according to the newly-appointed first female CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), Phelisa Mangcu.

Born in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, Mangcu is the former City of Johannesburg director of tourism and economic development. She is expected to resume her duties as the new USCT CEO on August 13, replacing outgoing Justin Mackrory.

She comes with impressive experience as she has served at Trump International Hotel and Tower as well. She also managed the travel and accommodation component of the seventh All Africa Games ’99 and the Industrial Development Corporation as a business analyst in the tourism business unit

Mangcu began her tourism career in America in 1995, working for the Washington DC Government’s tourism office.

Speaking to the Fever via a telephonic interview on Monday she said her plans were to make enormous strides to put the South Coast on the national and international map.

She said developing rural communities would also assist them in understanding the importance of tourism.

“We need to spread the benefits of tourism throughout the region,” said Mangcu.

There are four major towns in the Lower South Coast: Scottburgh, Port Shepstone, Margate and Port Edward, with two of them being known as tourist destinations.

“My first priority would be to identify weak links that USCT might have and to make sure that interventions are [carried out] immediately,” she said

“Leisure tourism will benefit from the growth of the business tourism sector,” said Mangcu.

USCT chairperson Joy Crutchfield said the new CEO’s experience in visitor services bureaux, linking tourism operators to Alexandra township and the recognition she received for the active role she played in winning the Global Enterprise Congress (GEC) 2017 bid are all valued. She also said she believes that Mangcu’s experience will grow the tourism sector.