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Get to know our homestay hosts: Lillian Ngwexana

06 Jul 2017

At the end of June, 13 Open Africa homestay hosts from the Western Cape had the opportunity to attend a two-week hospitality training course at the South African College for Tourism in Graaff-Reinet. 

Apart from sharpening their skills in business, marketing and technology, the course culminated in the creation of an exceptional Airbnb listing, sending each of the attendees off on a brand new marketing journey. 

Over the next few weeks, we'll be introducing them one by one here on the blog, starting today with Lillian Ngwexana from Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. 

Vivacious, friendly and warm, Lillian is famous for her infectious energy and a smile that will light up any room. 

She ran a homestay many years ago, where she hosted international guests from The Netherlands, Germany and the USA, and prided herself in her traditional Xhosa meals accompanied by dancing and other entertainment.

Unfortunately, Lillian’s daughter fell ill she had to take in her two grandchildren and raise them, leaving her unable to run her homestay.

Now that her grandchildren are grown up and have all received University educations – thanks to Lillian – she is excited about the possibility of opening up her homestay and has plans to renovate her home to accommodate more guests. 

She is thrilled at the opportunity to learn more about Airbnb and begin hosting guests from abroad again.


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