With coffee culture sweeping the world baristas are fast becoming a class of their own. Opportunities are many for those that have the right appetite and attitude for a thirst for knowledge and skills. As with Wine Stewards and dedicated Waiters becoming a sought after Barista could be a smart career move. Hear about some of our up and coming candidates; how they describe themselves in one sentence, about their five year goal plan and ambitions for their futures, who their role models are and what book they are reading.

Sibusiso Zwane and Peter John Food & Beverage Supervisor (Banqueting) Sun Time Square

Sibusiso Zwane
Sun Time Square, Sun International 

Fun, energetic and goal driven. 
Being in a senior position and achieving all my five year goals. 
Peter John He is professional and on top of things. 
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki 

Timothy Rakgwatla
Southern Sun Gauteng 

I thrive on challenge and constantly set goals for myself.
I would like to see myself running my own coffee shop in five years time.
Christiano Ronaldo He is ambitious and driven.
The Greatest Battle I Ever Fought by Onkarabile Wisdom Mokoto

Sharon Sikhosana (Restaurant Duty Manager), Nomore Mapuranga (Barista), Gracia Freire (Front Office Manager, Mentor), Terrance Ford (Executive Chef), Gwendoline Mkosana (Concierge) and Masibulele Hlaziya (Chef) Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House

Nomore Mapuranga
Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House

I’m very kind and passionate.
I would like to be in a higher position and I also want to start a small business. 
My Uncle He is so passionate about business so I am learning from him. 

Lindani Lodai  
Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House

I’m a very dedicated person and always willing to learn.
I want to see myself in a higher position than I am now. 
John Kani The old man never stops working hard. It shows that age is just a number. 
The Underrated Mind

(Back left to right) Shaun Mki Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Nomore Mapuranga Queen Victoria Hotel, Tarryn van der Toorn Avanti S, Lehlohonolo Litsibane The Rockefeller Hotel Middle: Mthokozisi Nkomo Southern Sun A Team, Nomfundo Mbuyiseli The Vineyard, Nandipha Msindeli Southern Sun 1st Team, Lindani Lodzi  Queen Victoria Hotel, Front: Anathi Maqoqa The President Hotel, Jacquin Diedericks Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Nomfundo Mbuyiseli
The Vineyard Hotel 

Self motivated and working very hard to become better.
I would like to be a better and more professional barista.
Winston Thomas The Champion Barista. He is very humble and willing to share knowledge to others.
Hard Work Never Fails by  Zakaria Aarab 

Anathi Maqoqa
The President Hotel 

I am a hard worker, always willing to learn. 
I want to own a coffee shop one day.
Cedric Sibi He was a winner in this competition.
Ground Up Skills 

Nandipha Msindeli

I would describe myself as someone who is wiling to learn and who likes challenges.
In a leadership position in Food & Beverage
Khuselo, our previous Front Office Manager. He told me about growing up in hospitality and how he developed. This inspired my growth in hospitality. 

Mthokozisi Nkomo
Southern Sun A Team

Confident, passionate individual who loves working with people. 
Working on cruise ships. 

Lehlohonolo Litsibane
The Rockefeller Hotel

Focused, patient and bubbly.
I’d like to own my own coffee shop
My Mother She believes in me. 
A Commonplace Killing by Siân Busby 

Shaun Mki
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa 

I don’t rest until its done well. 
I would like to open a Barista training school. 
Apostle Kona TD Jakes As I grow up in the ministry he introduced the good news to me.

Charles Maboshigo
Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel

I am a calm person, passionate about coffee.
Being a role player in the coffee industry, owning a Mobile coffee bar. 
Ishan Natalie for opening up coffee industry in South Africa 
Walking With Tigers: Success Secrets from the World’s Top Business Leaders by Frank Furness

Thato Makaudi 
De Hoek Country Hotel

I am a positive, focussed, young hard worker, passionate about my work. A person you can rely upon. 
Being my own leader and having my own company.
Vusi Thenwayo He’s focussed, dedicated and one of the youngest entrepreneurs in South Africa. 
Day Trading For Beginners: How To Quit Your Job And Get Rich Day Trading By Devon Wilcox

Karabo Motla
Southern Sun Monte Casino

I finished school at Grade 11 at St Vincent school for the Deaf. I had a NQF Level 3 to 4 in IT and Barista Certificate. Ciro trained me. I’m kind and considerate and humble.
I’ve been working as a Barista since 2019 and would like to continue gaining more and more experience to teach others.

John Tumelo Mphela
Southern Sun 54 on Bath

I’m friendly, outgoing, always happy, fun to be around with a great sense of humour.
Running my own business, which I’m working towards right now.
My Mother She is an incredible go getter!
Tough Times Never Last by Tough People Do! By Robert H. Schuller

Lungisani Mnguni
Southern Sun The Edward

I would describe myself as vibrant and energetic with a touch of professionalism. 
I would like to see myself as a fully fledged Barista and Sommelier working in a five star property. 
Sifundo Mnguni He is committed to what he does and the results are evident as his love of success. 
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki 

Sifiso Mngadi
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani 

I’m passionate about my work and I know how to get the job done. To own my own coffee shop.

Nkosikhona Mkhize
Beverly Hills

Well motivated, always want to do well in life. 
I would like to see myself owning a coffee shop having something that is mine to generate money with a logistic company.
My Brothers They motivate me and they have better careers so I look up to them. 

Richard Mannafela
The Palace of the Lost City

I am an adventurous person who is a hardworker.
Being in a senior position, owning my own business.
Nelson Mandela He brought change to the world and he became the first black President in South Africa and is also well-known worldwide. 
Commercial farming books. 

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