About Hospitality Jobs Africa

Hospitality Jobs Africa Group started back in 2008 and have never looked back. We are a group of talented hospitality recruitment consultants who are all specialists in our particular fields. Not even an epidemic could hold us back….

We stayed together during Covid, putting all our energies into pipe lining out talent pools, refining our hospitality candidate base and knowing for sure, that nothing ever lasts forever…


About Hospitality Jobs Africa

Hospitality Jobs Africa Group started back in 2008 and have never looked back. We are a group of talented hospitality recruitment consultants who are all specialists in our particular fields. Not even a epidemic could hold us back….

We stayed together during Covid, putting all our energies into pipe lining out talent pools, refining our hospitality candidate base and knowing for sure, that nothing ever lasts forever.

Your Talent Acquisition Team

Meet the BLOW-YOUR-MIND team behind Hospitality Jobs Africa… We are hospitality recruitment Gladiators… “Whatever Comes Out Of These Gates, We’ve Got A Better Chance Of Survival If We Work Together.”

We understand that at the heart of every successful hospitality brand is its people. And that’s where we come in. We are in it for the long haul and help our clients achieve their business results by selecting the right people.

Our team comprises consultants with extensive backgrounds in hospitality operations, providing invaluable insights and firsthand experience in lodges, hotels, and restaurants. This expertise ensures a deep understanding of your specific requirements and company culture.

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Sarah Donnelly

Managing Director

Sarah is an Industrial Psychology graduate – with over 25 year’s working as a hospitality recruitment consultant and training other recruitment agencies in South Africa nationwide. She has a post graduate qualification in employment law and is widely published as a leader in the field in competency based recruitment assessment.

Sarah has a vast knowledge of running international recruitment on-boarding projects for leading global brands in South Africa, Ireland, United Kingdom, America, Indian Ocean Islands, The Middle East, and the African region.

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Zana Scheltema

Group Recruitment Manager

Zana is a seasoned hospitality recruiter with a passion for finding hidden gems. With 15 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, both locally and internationally, she is dedicated to empowering people to change their lives and helping high performers land amazing jobs.

As a former chef, manager, business owner, and staff member, she understands the needs of both employers and employees. She takes pride in guiding our newest talent through the hiring process with compassion and coaching skills that serve them well. Her candidates appreciate her responsiveness, transparency, and honesty. She delivers a top-notch candidate experience, whether or not you are hired.

If you are interested in connecting with her for future opportunities or advice, she would love to hear from you!

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Joanna Dunsby

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Joanna is a highly experienced Senior Recruitment Specialist and business developer, with a love of connecting with people around the world.

She honed her skills for 7 years with HJA in Cape Town, sourcing top candidates for luxury 5* Hotels, Game Lodges, Restaurants, Spa’s and Resorts in South Africa, Africa and the Middle East, before returning to the UK.

Specialist fields include :
Medical/Healthcare Recruitment – working with General Practitioners, Physiotherapists and Paramedics.
Sourcing only the best 5* Hospitality candidates

HR Recruitment – All positions that fall under the broad HR umbrella

Time and energy invested in those she is in touch with, always results in long lasting relationships – her candidates of today are her clients of tomorrow.

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Caval Goodyear

Recruitment Manager

Caval studied culinary arts and started his professional journey in 5* hotels and lodges locally and abroad. His decade-plus first hand operational experience made the transition from qualified Chef and Lecturer to Hospitality Recruitment Consultant effortless.

Blending two of Caval’s great loves, the Humanities (cum Laude graduate 2010) and Hospitality (C&G 2007) he lives by his monikers of the People’s Champion and The #NoDaysOffRecruiter.

Close on a decade into his recruitment career, Caval has helped hundreds of job seekers make that next move while providing clients with talented and committed professionals


Kerri-Leigh Mayes

Head of Recruitment Administration

Kerri is a task-driven executive assistant with 10+ years of administrative experience managing office operations.

Equipped with exceptional ability to facilitate all aspects of internal communications, support the day-to-day administrative and operational functions by working collaboratively with the Senior hospitality recruitment consultants to achieve maximum operational impacts, conserve time and boost efficiency.

Kerri supports the team by doing all of our background checks – references, criminal checks, credit checks and recruitment documentation for international visas and medicals, She also manages the company website, Social media and design work and ensuring all systems are fully functional.

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Refilwe Mofutsana

Hospitality Recruitment Consultant

Refilwe has worked in the hospitality industry for over 9 years,In that space, Refilwe has managed to venture into different sectors within the hospitality industry, and that managed to build her great charisma and her love for recruitment.

She is a motivated individual who lives by the rule (live today like there’s no tomorrow) which means life should be full of adventures, love and laughter.

Refilwe is working towards putting her name higher in the recruitment industry, building a solid brand for herself also changing lives via her career.

With that being said- She believes she can, and she’s halfway there!

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Tebogo Kemp

Hospitality Recruitment Consultant

Tebogo embarked on her recruitment career in the hospitality industry in 2019 before expanding into recruiting as a generalist. She joined Hospitality Jobs Africa in May 2023.

She is an experienced recruiter with four years of professional experience and is passionate about providing meaningful insights and uncovering ideal candidates. She believes that bad hires cost businesses a lot of capital and a big stumbling block in terms of achieving business goals which. This motivates her to always find the best.

Well-known for her hands-on approach & commitment to client service, her greatest affection is assisting individuals land their dream profession, and contributing towards reducing the high unemployment rate in South Africa.

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Christopher Phillips

Business Development & Project Manager

Christopher Phillips, a seasoned sales and marketing professional in the tourism industry since 1994, started with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as an intern and later worked with Alitalia until 2000. With a passion for fostering client relationships and providing top-notch sales support, he ventured to the USA in 2005, working for Carnival Cruise Lines.

In 2018, Christopher joined the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa as an Independent Assessor, ensuring quality standards for accommodation establishments.

In 2023, he became a Project Manager at Hospitality Jobs Africa, specializing in Business Development. Christopher is dedicated to finding the right fit for hospitality positions, believing that a positive first impression is crucial for guests to return regularly.

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Nick Scheltema

Strategic Hospitality Solutions Specialist

Nick Scheltema is a seasoned hospitality professional with two decades of diverse experience. His journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in Labour Relations, Organisational Psychology, and Human Resources from the University of Cape Town, complemented by culinary expertise acquired at the South African Chefs Academy.

Nick’s career spans top establishments in South Africa, African lodges, and Europe. His roles as Chef, General Manager, and Food & Beverage Manager showcase a versatile skill set. Currently pursuing an LLB, Nick uniquely combines legal knowledge with his extensive hospitality background.

In his current role as a Strategic Hospitality Solutions Specialist, Nick excels in hospitality recruitment and business development, leveraging his profound industry insights to identify and nurture talent while driving strategic growth initiatives.

A true connoisseur of the culinary arts, Nick Scheltema is known for blending creativity with strategic acumen. His commitment to excellence and continuous learning defines his success in navigating the ever-evolving world of hospitality.

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Fleetwood Van Heerden

Hospitality Internal Visa Consultant

Fleetwood is our internal visa consultant. He assists our candidates and our clients with any visa enquiries, police clearances, test-taking requirements and documentation.

His particular strength is working with the UK Skilled Worker visa which needs to be 100% correct. Fleetwood is IELTS (TEFL) trained as an English coach.

He has lived and worked all over the world in lodges and on cruise ships. Fleetwood is a meticulous person and our Excel Spreadsheet Guru!

What We Offer

Experience & Expertise

A combined 45 years’ experience in hospitality recruitment. Our track record speaks for itself. 5* Google Reviews reflect our commitment to delivering exceptional service.


Entrust us with your staffing solutions to free up resources & minimize effort spent away from revenue generation. Competitive rates and conditions

Exclusive Database

Many years of industry experience have built a vast network of top-tier candidates ready to fill your roles. We are proud of our curated database of top talent!


 Highly adept at in-depth Competency-based interviewing skills & techniques, we are equipped to pin-point your WOW candidates

Background Checks

Our streamlined recruitment process, includes comprehensive background checks, saving you time and resources. Specify your requirements and trust us to vetted deliver results!


Concerned about your confidential personal particulars being safeguarded? We adhere stringently to the POPI Act & honour confidential  services by our highly experienced consultants

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