Sifiso Ngobende – Private Travel Finance and Operations Manager

 

Sifiso is a registered chartered accountant and responsible for MORE Private Travel’s finance, as well as strategising and executing our growth plans. He balances meeting business objectives with providing our services at the best possible rates to keep both us and our valued guests on the move. He joined our team in early 2019 and brings valuable experience gained from his various previous positions with financial institutions, including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Absa Capital. But most importantly, he has a love of travel.

More about Sifiso…

  1. In my carry-on bag I always have a power bank to charge my devices – especially useful during long trips.
  1. I never leave home without my driver’s licence, in case I need to hire a car.
  1. The best souvenir I ever brought home was a personalised water bottle from MORE’s Marataba Mountain Lodge – it’s such a simple thing, but I’ve ended up using it every day.
  1. The first thing I do in a new place is to look around and soak up my surroundings. Don’t shy away behind your sunglasses. Take them off, acknowledge people, and smile – it’s a lovely way to connect.
  1. Before I go to a new place, I try to learn about its history and people to help me relate to them, understand their current affairs, and be aware of and respect their cultural values. 
  1. The question I’m most often asked is: “You are very creative; why do you not work directly in marketing?” Working with numbers can be creative and I wanted to challenge myself by becoming a CA – it’s one of the most difficult qualifications to attain in finance.
  1. My best piece of travel advice is roll your clothes when packing them; don’t fold! Tightly-rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones. Plus, they’re less prone to creases.
  1. I got my love of travel from going away for work during my articles – I loved visiting different places, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures.
  1. In my suitcase you’d be surprised to find a bottle protector, so I can bring home a special wine or liquor.
  1. One moment from my travels I will never forget is when a bus taking me and some friends to the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland left us without our luggage and passports! We had to arrange transport to the Oshoek Border Post hoping to catch up with the bus. Luckily it was still there waiting for passengers when we arrived!