About Hospitality Jobs Africa

Our Vision Statement

Do all teams need a Vision Statement? … An inspirational commitment of who we are, our values and our brand…

At Hospitality Jobs Africa, we believe that we do..

How we started?

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. 

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A combined 45 years’ experience in hospitality recruitment

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Competitive and affordable rates and conditions

A large database of specialist candidates across the African, Irish, UK and Middle East regions

Competency-based interviewing skills and techniques

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Reference, credit and criminal background checks

Confidential and Professional services by highly experienced consultants

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. 

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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 hospitality recruitment on-boarding projects for new restaurant and hotel openings with leading global hospitality brands in Ireland, UK, The Middle East and the African region.

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Zana Scheltema

Group Hospitality 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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Caval Goodyear

Hospitality 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

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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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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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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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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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Talitha Mkondwane

Hospitality Recruitment Consultant

Talitha has recently graduated in her studies in Hospitality Management combined with work experience in global hospitality brands both internationally and within South Africa. She brings with her a well-rounded knowledge of all hospitality departments.

She is passionate about growing within the recruitment field and is always opening to exploring and learning new things. Talitha is a dynamic, eloquent and driven recruitment coordinator who is always up for new challenges and learning experiences within the Hospitality Jobs Africa family. He passion for the hospitality industry and people will ensure she achieves her goals and delivers performance excellence.

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Maxine Ndudzo

Hospitality Recruitment Intern

Maxine is a Journalism and Media graduate(cum laude 2022).She also recently pursued her second honors degree in Human Resource Management.

Maxine is aiming to grow her knowledge of different aspects of HR through training experience with the HJA team. HJA will help her grow as an individual in recruitment and talent acquisition in workplaces through the different experiences she encounters with our team.

She is a fast learner,motivated,dedicated and a team player who will assist HJA reach greater heights.

" I believe recruitment is very inspiring and motivates one to do better for themselves and for others. There is immense satisfaction in being able to help someone achieve their dreams which is something I am playing a part in at HJA"

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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!

Hospitality Jobs Africa Clients

Recruitment Divisions

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Chef Jobs

Hospitality Jobs Africa has been successfully doing Chef Recruitment for a wide variety of chef recruiters since 2008. As South African based specialists in chef placements we focus on kitchen and chef vacancies throughout South Africa, Africa & the Indian Ocean, the UK & Ireland, Cruise Ships, Australia, New Zealand, America and the Middle East.
Restaurant Jobs

Restaurant Jobs

Our go-getter team of restaurant recruitment agency specialists will blow your mind. Experienced in high-end casual and fine-dining stand-alone operations, restaurant groups and 5* hotel restaurants Africa, Ireland & The UK and Middle East talent.

Restaurant Jobs

Catering Jobs

Hospitality Jobs Africa is a specialised contract catering recruitment agency that works with national and international contract catering companies. We recruit catering managers, project managers, kitchen managers and chefs of all levels within the catering industry.

Hotel Jobs

We are talent hotel recruitment agents for hotel groups, 4 and 5 star hotels, gastro pubs as well as stand-alone boutique hotels across Southern African. The UK, Ireland and MENA regions.

Lodge Jobs

We are South African based lodge recruitment agency, specializing in all lodge job placements throughout South Africa and African countries, such as Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, Mozambique and many more.
Spa Jobs

Spa Jobs

Our spa recruitment consultants recruit talent for wellness, beauty and spa staff in African countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Zanzibar and Tanzania as well as UK, Ireland UAE and Middle East.

Job Seeker

As a Job Seeker you’ll be able to submit your profile, apply for posted jobs, add job listings to your favourites, upload your resume and be found by employers.

New Clients

Hospitality Recruitment Africa is your one stop shop for hospitality recruitment placement services to our clients across the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the African and Middle East regions. Please email us direct at [email protected] to connect with one of our experienced recruitment consultants.

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