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Victor Mokoena is the new Manager at Tsitsikamma National Park

Dec 3, 2019
Victor Mokoena is the new Manager at Tsitsikamma National Park

Jeffreys Bay - The Managing Executive for Parks, Property Mokoena, is pleased to announce the appointment of Victor Mokoena as Park Manager for the Tsitsikamma section of Garden Route National Park. They have no relation despite the same surname.

Victor joined SANParks in 2005 as a Duty Manager at Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP). In 2009, he was appointed as the Front Office Manager for the Golden Gate Hotel and later appointed as Tourism Manager in 2011.

In 2013 he was promoted to Regional Manager: Tourism and Marketing for the Northern Region (Golden Gate Highlands, Marakele, Mapungubwe National Parks). Whilst in his role, he was appointed as Acting Park Manager for GGHNP between 2015 and 2017.

Victor holds a BA Honours in Public Management from the University of the Free State (UFS). His love for tourism started as early as ten years old, when he worked as a Gardener at one of the guesthouses in Clarens. Since then, he has never looked back as he was able to finance his education at UFS by washing cars and tips he received as a waiter during his Grade 11 and 12.

He also acquired various academic achievements including a Digital Marketing Certificate with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a Managers Leadership Development (MLD) Programme through Wits Business School.

During his tenure as Acting Park Manager for GGHNP, Victor was awarded a Chief Executive Award for Leadership at the 2015/16 Kudu Awards for  his efforts of turning the park around, building business confidence and sound stakeholder relations, whilst upholding conservation principles and good corporate governance.

He won Best Mentor at the Northern Regional Achievement Awards in the same year. Under his leadership, the Park won five provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards and Best Park of the Year at the Northern Regional Achievement Awards.

Victor serves in various conservation and tourism organisations where he was appointed as the first black Chairperson of the Clarens Tourism Forum from 2013 to 2015, first black Vice-Chairperson of the N3 Gateway Tourism Association Board of Non-Executive Directors, from 2012 to date, and is a member of the Maloti Drakensburg Transfrontier Conservation Area.

His firm belief in community and stakeholder inclusion in Park management has also won him Best Constituency Builder of the year and Leadership awards during the 2011 Kudu Awards for playing a leading role in establishing relationships with strategic stakeholders and creating tangible opportunities for GGHNP.

Speaking confidently about Mokoena, the Managing Executive says ‘we congratulate Victor in his new role and encourage staff, communities, business and stakeholders to give him all the necessary support. He can be contacted at victor.mokoena@sanparks.org.

Picture: Victor Mokoena

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