Meet the Hotel School Board

The Cape Town Hotel School is one of the country’s leading culinary schools and central to its success is its management board.

The board is composed of CPUT staff and captains of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

The board is chaired by its longest serving member, Jeff Rosenberg, who is also the General Manager of the Waterfront’s Southern Sun Hotel.

Notwithstanding the vacancy following the resignation of the university’s council chairperson, the board has the following 12 members:

Rosenberg, Thembisile Molose, Hotel School director, Willem Lotter, Acting Dean: Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Prof Ed Snyders (Senate Representative), Prof Anthony Staak, DVC: Teaching and Learning, Registrar Nikile Ntsababa, Mandisa Silo, Head of School: Sport Events Tourism and Hospitality Management, Peter Du Plessis Executive Director: Finance, Athi Majija, Manager: Secretariat and industry board members Itumeleng Pooe, Benjamin Memani and Bruce McKay.

The board’s functions include establishing a constitution for the Hotel School for submission to, and ratification by, the CPUT council and approving the Hotel School academic and restaurant plan, provided that the academic component of the plan is ratified by the senate.

Among other things, it also assists in the overall management and direction of the academic and restaurant plan of the Hotel School and advises on policy on matters pertaining to the aims and objectives of the Hotel School.

Besides the above functions, the board approves budgets, financial statements, analyses forecasts and approves expenditure subject to the rules guiding such decisions.



Ploughing back

The Hotel School’s staff compliment gained a boost when alumni Lauren Christian, Marketing and Functions Co-ordinator, and Operations Manager Tsebo Malumise joined CPUT in April.

Malumise spent the last nine years at the Northlink College Hotel School where he also held the post of Operations Manager.

“I have always wanted to come back to the place which made me what I am today,” he says.

“I want to share my experience with the current crop of students and inspire them to success.”

Malumise is committed to education and training and wants to play a role in moving the university from good to great.

“I intend to contribute in making this a globally recognised hotel school which is respected by partners in the hospitality industry.”

WELCOME BACK: Lauren Christian is the new Marketing and Functions Co-ordinator at the Hotel School

WELCOME BACK: Lauren Christian is the new Marketing and Functions Co-ordinator at the Hotel School

The new Marketing and Functions Co-ordinator, Christian, is looking forward to be able to make a difference at her alma mater.

“After graduation I promised myself that I will come back to the university and teach,” says

Since graduating from the Hotel School in 2006, Chritian has worked in various hotels in the country and abroad, as well as a cruise ship.

She plans to use her commitment to quality and high standards to put the school on the map.










Book a buffet lunch at Hotel School

The Sunday buffet lunch at the Cape Town Hotel School is so popular that some guests travel long distances to feast at the restaurant.

The CPUT Bulletin was recently a guest at the school’s restaurant and tried its buffet lunch.

While some guests came with their partners or friends, others brought their whole families to enjoy the restaurant’s family-friendly atmosphere.

Every guest was treated to a warm reception by smiling waiters and waitresses who are always eager to attend to their requests. They are undergraduate students who translate what they learn in the classroom into practical action in the workplace, under the watchful eye of the restaurant manager.

For only R130 each, guests dined upon a large variety of food including beef, roasted chicken, rice, pickled fish, hake, vegetables, salads and dessert.

Guest Lesley-Ann Roman, an Athlone resident, says it was her first time to eat at the school’s restaurant and the lunch was great.

“We came here looking for a venue for my mother’s 80th birthday party and decided to stay for lunch,” says Roman.

“The warm reception was exceptional from the chef to the waiters. I had a great overall experience.”

Another guest, Peter Roman, says he enjoyed the presentation of the food as well as the breath-taking oceanic views.

The restaurant is available for private functions and can be booked by calling 021-440 5736 or email

The restaurant periodically runs specials and this month’s is T-bone steak and Prawns at R130 per person on weekdays.

NOTE: CPUT staff members get a 20% discount off their bill.






Hospitality doctor

The Hotel School has welcomed its first staff member with a doctorate qualification.

Dr Tshinakaho Nyathela has recently joined the Cape Town Hotel School as a senior lecturer, and comes well qualified to CPUT.

Nyathela has a DTech in Food Service Management which she obtained from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), where she also worked as a lecturer in the Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods.

Prior to her stint at VUT she was a lecturer in the Consumer Sciences Department at the University of Zululand.

Nyathela says she is looking forward to being part of the Hotel School and has already started exploring community engagement activities with a view to forming partnerships with various stakeholders.

“I want to engage with community development committees in the township and explore opportunities for partnerships.”

A researcher at heart, Nyathela says she also hopes to inspire students to further their studies and enrol in postgraduate programmes at CPUT.

Cape Town Hotel School Director, Thembisile Molose, says they are looking forward to working alongside Nyathela.




CPUT’s master chef

Clive Selomane is the new Executive Sous Chef at the Cape Town Hotel School.

Selomane joined the school last month and has vast experience in hospitality management, having worked for several years as an Executive Chef in East London’s Garden Court, a subsidiary of Tsogo Sun Hotels and Goldfields Casino in Welkom.

He also worked at Netcare as a Group Training and Quality Assurance Manager where he was in charge of hospital kitchens.

Selomane, who is passionate about the training environment,  says he aims to impart all that he has learnt over the years to the diploma students.

“I will do my utmost best to deliver a superior product and provide a quality experience to the students,” he says.



Wine and dine with CPUT

CPUT’s brand is set to make a lasting impression thanks to the branding of wine and water bottles at the Cape Town Hotel School.

Hotel School director, Thembisile Molose, says wine bottles have been branded since last August while  they are finalizing the branding of water bottles.

“Our partners, clients and guests have an opportunity to take a part of CPUT with them wherever they go,” says Molose.

“Besides, branding of wines and water has become a trend in our industry and some universities also brand their water bottles as part of marketing.”

He adds that it is important to have these branded products at any CPUT event, not just those hosted at the Cape Town Hotel School.

The wine bottles cost R125 for a white (chardonnay) and R195 for red (Cabernet Sauvignon).

The Hotel School buys ten cases of each wine and has already sold quite a lot of them.

“We are looking at diversifying our stock with other lower cost wines to ensure that our prices are affordable. We recently had a meeting with a wine supplier to ensure that happens no later than before end of this year,” reveals Molose.

* CPUT staff qualify for a discount of 20% off their total bill at the Hotel School upon presentation of a valid staff card.

CTHS restaurant has a dedicated functions coordinator who deals with reservations at 021 440 5756 or email