Eugene was born in Cape Town, completed high school at Pretoria
Boys High and spent a year in the army as a gunner in the South
African Artillery. After studying for the National Certificate in
Tourism, he joined SARTravel in 1979 and barely a year later his
love of railways saw him grabbing the opportunity to be involved
with their "Summer Train Tour" and "Steam Safari" tour train
programmes, the latter carrying many overseas railfans around South
Africa when steam locomotives still operated in many parts of the
country. He was also fortunate to backpack around the U.K. and
Europe, travelling hundred's of kilometres by train.
During his tenure at SARTravel, Eugene spent a year in Zimbabwe
and six years in New York, USA. Not long after SARTravel was
rebranded as Connex Travel, he returned to South Africa and was
responsible for international sales for Connex. This position saw
him travelling to Australasia, Singapore, Europe, the U.K. and the
USA, before he decided to move on to work for two other
Johannesburg-based tour operators.
In 1995, Eugene was one of three founding members of Wilro Tours
& Transfers, when the company started out with one vehicle.
Four years later, his partners left the company and he has
continued as the sole owner since then. While most of his time is
now spent in the office, he can also be found out on the road,
helping out with airport transfers or Meet & Greet's.
Eugene has been married to Lee for 30 years and they have two
daughters. He is an avid railfan and photographer, regularly
contributing photographs to Railpictures.net (
http://www.railpictures.net/railfanza/). His work has also
been published in Railways Africa and International Railway
Journal. He also enjoys travel, reading and watching rugby or
cricket. In September 2015 Eugene and Lee relocated from
Johannesburg to New York.
Lufuno strives to learn as much as he can about the Tourism
industry. He has completed various courses, including Domestic
Fares & Ticketing, Galileo and a Hotel Management Learnership
programme. In 2007 he joined Wilro Tours as an intern, whilst
participating in a Learnership Programme through Energy Guides.
After completing his learnership, he was offered a full time
position with our company as Operations Assistant and in 2011 he
was promoted to Operations Controller. As from 1st September 2013,
Lufuno was appointed as Operations Manager.
His primary responsibility is the planning and co-ordination of
our daily operations rosters, to ensure the most efficient
allocation of company resources. If you can't find Lufuno in the
office, he is most likely at O.R. Tambo airport, meeting guests off
their flights. He is also one of our after hours Duty Managers.
Lufuno comes from Venda in Limpopo province and, as a proud
father and the major breadwinner for his family, he tries to go
home as often as possible, where he is currently building a new
home for his family. Meeting people from all over the world and
sharing his knowledge of South Africa with them, is what he really
enjoys. He lives by the motto "go the extra mile".
He is currently registered for Gauteng and North West provinces
and is studying towards his N6 National Certificate in Travel &
Quintin grew up in Newlands, Johannesburg, and later moved to
Florida on the West Rand. After completing high school at Hoërskool
Florida he attended the North West University in Potchefstroom,
where he completed a B Com Corporative Communication and Tourism
Management degree in 2008. In 2009 he completed his B Com Honors
Degree in Tourism Management, followed by his Masters in 2011. His
thesis dealt with "The economic value of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World
Cup on Sex Tourism in Johannesburg". His study resulted in four new
findings regarding sex work and sex tourism in South Africa, which
can be added to literature sources in South Africa for research
After completing his University degree, the most valuable lesson
Quintin has learnt during these few years is never to give up, no
matter how hard or tough life is. He firmly believes that where
there is a will there a way. Quintin enjoys taking on new
challenges, to show how far his abilities and skills can be
developed and what he is capable of. In August 2015 Quintin was
promoted to Accounts & Administration Manager.
For the future, Quintin is striving towards owning his own
tourism business by using the experiences that he has gained,
improving and developing them into successful strategies and
Quintin was the winner of our Employee of the Year award for
2014 and was appointed as General Manager in September 2016.
Zandile grew up and still resides in Soweto, Johannesburg.
While she was growing up she wanted to study medicine and
specialise as a Pediatrician because of her love for children. She
is very involved in community projects. In 2008 she joined a NGO
called "Olive Leaf Foundation" which aimed to promote abstinence in
the community and she was a peer counselor. Zandile was also
involved in the "English Microscholarship Access Programme", a two
year programme aimed at improving English vocabulary. Upon
completing that programme, she was an active member of "Global Girl
Media", a NGO project launched in July 2014 during the 2010 FIFA
After completing high school in 2010, Zandile studied toward a
Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management with Rosebank College.
Having very little experience in a travel environment, the first
three months of the course were rather challenging, however she
persevered and managed to pull through and became one of the top
achievers at the college. She completed her Diploma in December
For a few months Zandile interned at Lebo's Soweto Backpackers,
before joining the Wilro team in February 2014 as a Junior
Reservations Consultant. In December 2015 she was promoted to Team
Leader - Reservations. Zandile lives by these three letters - DDC -
Discipline, Dedication & Commitment.
In her spare time she enjoys going out with the friends &
family and visiting her extended family in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Hope hails from Venda in the far north of Limpopo province,
where she grew up in a village called Mutshenzheni. She attended
Primary and Secondary school at St Augustine Residential School in
Tshandama. Hope counts herself fortunate to have a father who
inspired her love of travel, by being able to visit places like
Cape Town, Johannesburg and Swaziland. In 2011 Hope decided to move
to Johannesburg to study in a new environment, where she enrolled
for a course in Travel and Tourism Management at Rosebank College
in Braamfontein. She successfully completed this course and
obtaining her Diploma in 2013, also attaining a Galileo airline
Hope's first work experiences were as a Receptionist at Acorn
Lane Guest Estate, followed by stints as an Interviewer at Plus 94
Research and as a Waitress at Green Origins Restaurant.
In December 2015 Hope joined Wilro Tours as a Junior
Reservations Consultant. She is married with one son and loves
spending time with her family on weekends and going out on holidays
to experience new places.
Emmanuel was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, but spent the first
ten years of his life with his paternal grandparents in Limpopo
province. Returning to Soweto, he continued his schooling there
until 1976 when the Soweto student protests interrupted his
education. Fearing police security forces, he went to live in
North West province with his maternal grandparents, but returned to
Soweto a year later. When financial difficulties forced him to
leave school, Emmanuel started working, doing odd jobs in several
different industries, including taxi driving, security and sales,
thus accumulating a wealth of experiences.
Eager to improve his living standard, he completed his high
school education through part-time study and thereafter completed
several short courses in business and financial management. While
driving minibus taxis, he met a tourist guide who needed a real
township experience for his guests in a local taxi. From that
moment, Emmanuel never looked back and enrolled to study tourist
guiding. His first job in the industry was as a driver for a
touring company and he subsequently qualified for Gauteng, Limpopo,
Mpumalanga, North West and kwaZulu-Natal provinces.
Emmanuel understands all of South Africa's eleven official
languages and he loves reading history and current affairs, as well
as educational and motivational books. He is an optimist, who
enjoys doing motivational talks and inspiring those around him. He
has been married for 27 years and is the proud father of a son and
Emmanuel joined the team at Wilro Tours & Transfers in
December 2012 and in 2014 was appointed as Head Tourist Guide.
After the passing of David Ntsibande in July 2015, Emmanuel moved
to our Operations Desk, where he works closely with Operations
Manager Lufuno Mukwevho in managing the maintenance of our fleet of
Early on in his high school career, Tumelo became interested in
the tourism industry and chose Travel & Tourism as one of the
subjects for his curriculum. After completing high school in 2010,
Tumelo studied for a Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management at
Rosebank College in Johannesburg and obtained his diploma in
As part of his college tuition practicals, Tumelo trained as a
receptionist and housekeeper at one of the Tsogo Sun group hotels,
which earned him his first job at Park Station Inn in downtown
Johannesburg as a receptionist. With this experience under
his belt, Tumelo joined Wilro Tours early in 2015 as an Operations
In his spare time, Tumelo enjoys being with his family, watching
wildlife shows on the National Geographic channel, soccer and
mostly reality TV shows. He is also a self taught DJ.
Sandile was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, where he attended
primary school and then completed his high school education at Pace
High School. After high school he worked for a printing company, as
a machine assistant on a 3-colour printing machine. Sandile joined
Wilro Tours in March 2015 and his primary responsibility is keeping
our vehicles spotlessly clean!
Sandile enjoys playing soccer. He plays as a striker and dreams
of one day playing for one of the big teams. His motto in life is
"the right time is now".
Mirriam was born in the Meadowlands section of Soweto, where she
grew up and went to school, completing her high school education at
Kelokitso Comprehensive High School. In 2006 she landed her first
job in the printing industry, her employment here playing a big
role in grooming and moulding her as an individual. She later moved
on to working as an early childhood developer at a Day Care centre
in Braamfisherville in Soweto. She is a mother of four children of
Mirriam joined Wilro Tours on a contract basis in March 2015 and
became a member of the full-time team in October of the same year.
Her responsibilities include various housekeeping duties as well as
keeping the team supplied with coffee and tea!
Siphiwe, the youngest member of our guiding team, was born in
Pimville, Soweto but also spent some years of his life living in
Pietermaritzburg, kwaZulu-Natal. He started his working career with
the Department of Social Welfare & Pensions, assisting with the
paying of pension grants. After completing a Diploma in Travel
& Tourism and obtaining his Tourist Guide qualification, he
joined Wilro Tours & Transfers in 2009.
In his spare time he enjoys travelling and attending cultural
activities. He is a member of a community Maskandi (Zulu dance
group) in kwaZulu-Natal. Siphiwe is currently registered for
guiding in Gauteng province.
S'busiso (S'bu) was born in kwaZulu-Natal in the area around
Greytown and grew up there. As a child he would see commercial
aircraft flying overhead on their way to and from the city of
Durban and he dreamt of becoming a pilot, but family circumstances
prvented that from becoming reality. After completing his high
school education S'bu moved to Johannesburg to look for work, as he
had an uncle already working there as a building contractor, who
helped him to get employment in the building industry.
His working career began with the company that was building the
new Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton. During his time there,
S'bu soon became aware of the many hotels in the area and the hotel
shuttle busses transporting guests to and from the airport. He
obtained his drivers license and began working in the tourism
industry at the Holiday Inn, Sandton. He then developed an interest
in tourist guiding and completed his training as a tourist guide
for Gauteng province.
After several years of working for different tour companies,
S'bu joined Wilro Tours in July 2012.
Linda Ndaba was born and raised in Diepkloof, Soweto and
completed his primary schooling in Sagewood. He then proceeded to
complete his high school education at Mondeor High School in the
south of Johannesburg. Throughout school Linda enjoyed sports,
playing soccer, basketball, tennis and athletics. From his early
years in primary school he had opportunities to travel in South
Africa and enjoyed camping. After completing high school Linda did
a bridging course and qualified to study Electronic Engineering,
however, financial constraints prevented him from continuing with
this course and he had to look at other alternatives.
Having grown up in Soweto, Linda was exposed to various tourists
travelling through the area and this evoked his passion for
travelling and guiding. He was introduced into the tourism industry
by his uncle, who is a Tourist Guide. Linda then proceeded to study
tourist guiding and obtained his National Guiding Certificate. He
went on to work as a freelance guide for a number of tour
companies. After gaining experience, Linda was offered full time
employment and worked for Thompsons Touring for six years, before
joining Wilro Tours & Transfers in 2013. He continues to enjoy
his work as a tourist guide and is continuing with his studies in
the industry. He and his wife became proud parents of a daughter in
Thabelo was born and brought up in Limpopo Province by a single
parent, his mother, who really struggled to make sure that every
day there was a piece of bread on the table. These early life
experiences made Thabelo believe that hard times make a man to be
strong physically and mentally. Being born from a disadvantaged
family was never a setback to his goal of achieving a better
Going to school was a big challenge, especially seeing
most of his classmates wearing a beautiful school uniform and
school shoes. As he grew up, he understood his situation and became
used to living in this way. Thabelo did well at school and
was counted among the top students. He performed well on the sports
field, in athletics and soccer. After completing High School he
decided to go and look for employment and in 1991 arrived in
His first job was as a construction worker, which was really
hard and difficult work. But Jacob considered this to be a stepping
stone for his future success. One of Thabelo's friends got a job in
a factory and after a period of time, was able to get Thabelo a job
at the same factory in Crown Mines. Thabelo worked there for a
number of years and his loyalty and honesty was rewarded with trust
and love from the management. During this time Thabelo was able to
learn to drive, but unfortunately the factory was closed down in
Finding himself unemployed and struggling to make ends meet,
Thabelo started selling fruit and vegetables. During this time he
found himself in a situation where he was able to offer assistance
to an elderly couple who were stuck at the roadside with a flat
tyre. By so doing, he was opening doors for himself again and was
offered employment as a driver. It was at this point that Thabelo
decided to become a tourist guide. After about a year working as a
freelance guide, in August 2014 Thabelo was invited to join the
Wilro Tours team on a full-time basis and was winner of our
Employee of the Year Award for 2015.
Life joined our team of guides in April, 2016 and regards
himself as a seasoned professional in the Tourist Guiding
industry. He lives in Roodepoort in Greater Johannesburg and
is a South African citizen, fluent in his native language isiZulu
and also speaks English. He completed his High School
education in 1982 and later on obtained his National Certificate in
Tourism and achieved his NQF Level 4 Qualification.
Life has a broad knowledge of the Gauteng Province and he aims
to entertain and educate his guests while they spend time with him
touring the province. He started off his career at Sihle Tours and
quickly realized his passion for Tourist Guiding and could not stop
reading and visiting various sites of interest, especially the
heritage sites and scenic areas South Africa has to offer.
Life has worked for a number of tour companies on a freelance basis
and prides himself on being an experienced and safe driver. He
invites all his guests to sit back and Enjoy the Ride!
Pastor was born in Limpopo province in a small town called
Giyani at Noblehoek village and completed his schooling at
Noblehoek High School. He comes from a large family of 11 children
and he now lives in Tembisa in the Greater Johannesburg area.
His interest in tourist guiding started at a very early age,
when he used to watch wildlife documentaries and he developed a
love for nature, culture and the history of South Africa. So after
completing High School in 2005, Pastor knew what he wanted to do to
achieve his dreams. He obtained a one year Tourist Guiding
learnership at the Johannesburg Zoo and after completing this
course he enrolled with Drumbeat Academy to do his Nature Guiding
and also added provinces such as North West and Mpumalanga.
In 2007 Pastor started doing overland safaris, where he worked
for Sunway Safaris for one year, doing Safaris in Botswana, Zambia,
Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Namibia. He then switched employers and
from 2008 to 2011 Pastor worked for Livingstone Trails, doing
safaris to the Kruger National Park, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland,
Zambia, Zimbabwe, as well as local tours. Pastor then moved to Mo
Afrika Tours & Travel, where he worked for one year, until
deciding in 2012 to work as a freelance guide for different
companies. In April 2016, Pastor joined us on a full-time
Patrick arrived in South Africa from Belgium at the tender age
of 13 and could only speak French. Today he also speaks English
fluently and throws in a little Afrikaans from time to time.
Patrick is married with two children and one grandson. When he is
not guiding, he enjoys spending time with his family, learning more
about history and nature.
After doing his National Service in Belgium, he returned to
South Africa, where he began working in a restaurant. Patrick then
decided to go into sales, selling various products to the
hospitality industry. Prior to becoming a tourist guide Patrick
spent some time at the Margate Hotel in kwaZulu-Natal as the Food
& Beverage Manager.
Patrick is currently registered for Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North
West and kwaZulu-Natal provinces, as well as Swaziland. He guides
in both French and English.
Ntuthuko was born and grew up in Eshowe in kwaZulu-Natal
Province. After successfully completing high school he attended a
youth camp at Ulundi for one year where a variety of courses were
offered, including amongst others, Communication Skills, Leadership
and Good Citizenship, Animal Husbandry and Motor Vehicle
After this training Ntuthuko joined the security and risk
management industry, working in this field for several years.
Because of industrial unrest in the industy, he decided to leave
this sector in 2005 and looked to the Tourism industry instead to
find employment. A move to Gauteng province followed, where
Ntuthuko studied Tourist Guiding and is now registered for Gauteng,
Mpumalanga and North West provinces.
During 2012 Ntuthuko taught Zulu at a language school in
Johannesburg, while also working as a freelance tourist guide. He
began freelancing for Wilro Tours in April 2013. He is married with
three children and during his spare time he enjoys participating in
church activities. When at home in kwaZulu-Natal, he enjoys
activties related to sustainable agriculture. He plans to study
further through the University of South Africa.
Jacob was born in Alexandra township in Johannesburg and moved
with his family to Diepkloof, Soweto in 1961 during the Apartheid
forced removals. He attended school in Soweto. After
completing High School, he joined Musgrove and Watson Travel in
Johannesburg as a messenger, responsible for delivering air tickets
and travel documents to clients. In 1979 Jacob joined Nedbank
as a messenger clerk and in 1984 was promoted to executive
chauffeur. Among the executives that he drove were the former
South African Ministers of Finance, Professor Owen Harwood
and Mr Chris Liebenberg.
In 1989 he joined the Public Relations department of Nedbank and
was part of the team that started what is now the biggest golf
tournament in Africa, the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Jacob's
career at Nedbank continued to develop, until 1997 when he was
promoted to Financial Supervisor, responsible for the advertising
agents accounts, controlling a Budget of R10-million per
month. In 2004, Nedbank retrenched 10,000 people nationwide and
Jacob was one of the people that were retrenched.
Because of his passion for working with people, Jacob then
looked to the tourism industry for employment, and decided to
become a tourist guide. He successfully completed his training for
Gauteng , Mpumalanga, North West and kwaZulu-Natal. He is currently
studying for Limpopo Province and his goal is to become a national
After being retrenched in 2004, Jacob registered a company as a
tour operator and was in operation for 8 years, until in 2012 his
vehicle was stolen in Soweto. Unable to continue with his business,
Jacob joined a NGO as a volunteer to raise awareness around
disabilities. In 2014 Jacob was able to start working as a tourist
guide again and joined the regular freelance pool at Wilro Tours in
Jacob is a very keen sportsman. He completed the Comrades
Marathon up and down runs in 1997 and 1998 respectively, as well as
the Two Oceans ultra marathon in Cape Town in the same years.
Whenever time allows he will squeeze in a game of golf, playing off
an 11 handicap. He is a member of the Soweto Country Club.
Ali started his working career in the hospitality industry,
having worked for various restaurants and lodges, including Umbhaba
Lodge in Hazyview, Mpumalanga. He joined Wilro Tours &
Transfers in 2005 and served as Head Tourist Guide from October
2010 to March 2014.
Ali is of South African and Malawian parentage and thus has an
interest in Southern African countries. He wants to learn as much
as he can about the nature and culture of South Africa and our
neighbouring countries, to pass his knowledge on to future
generations. Besides sharing his knowledge with all the tourists he
meets, he enjoys hearing about where they come from and their
cultures. When he has a few moments to spare and is not spending
time with friends and family, you will find Ali watching TV,
reading up on history, nature and current events, or playing
Ali is registered to guide in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo
provinces, as well as the neighbouring country of Swaziland. He is
currently studying kwaZulu-Natal and North-West provinces, as well
as FGASA Level 1 (FGASA = Field Guide Association of South
In February 2015 Ali decided to leave our employ and continue
his career as a freelance guide, which still sees him behind the
wheel of a Wilro Tours vehicle from time to time!
Samuel (Sam) was born in 1963 in a small township in the town of
Naboomspruit, now known as Mookgopong in Limpopo province. He
attended primary school here before moving on to the nearby town of
Mokopane (Potgietersrus) where he attended Gojela High School.
After successfully completing his high school education, Sam
moved to Johannesburg to seek employment and began working as a
waiter at a restaurant in Balfour Park. After five years he moved
on to looking for another job at a Shell Service Station, where he
started working as a supervisor, eventually being promoted to
Manager at that branch. After ten years of hard work in this
position Sam was promoted to Branch Manager at one of their BP
Service Stations in Wynberg.
In 2000 Sam faced a challenge in his life that necessitated a
move from Johannesburg to Pretoria, where he began working at Rixi
Taxi Association as a taxi operator until 2003. This opened the
door for Sam to begin working in the tourism industry as a driver,
which led him to become interested in tourist guiding. In 2005 he
enrolled with Drumbeat Academy where he obtained his Diploma and
became registered as a tourist guide. Since then, Sam has worked
for a number of tour operators on a freelance basis, including
Wilro Tours since 2015.
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