Sol Kerzner and Former President Mandela with new STH building model
1994 - 2004
In 1994 the transformation of the political landscape in South Africa led to significant growth in the local tourism and hospitality industry. The need for a hospitality workforce trained to international standards became evident in 1998. Consequently, the National Diplomas presented by the TWR Hotel School were revised in 1999 to emphasise applications of management and then in 2000, the Food and Beverage Management Diploma was offered and TWR was sufficiently confident to enter degree level education and offered Bachelors Degrees in Technology in both Hospitality Management and in Food and Beverage Management. In 2004 Dr Reinie Morne, head of TWR at the time retired.
2005 - 2008
The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STH) Emerges
In 2005, the dramatic restructuring of South Africa's higher education landscape from 36 to 22 universities lead to the establishment of the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The former TWR Department of Tourism and the TWR Hotel School were merged into a new school, aptly named the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), under the stewardship of Prof Jane Spowart, whom has progressed on to now hold the position of the vice-dean of the faculty of management at the university of Johannesburg.
STH Bursar's and Sponsors
A major step in repositioning the STH was to start afresh with a brand new facility and to establish a Trust Fund as well as Bursary commitment from our partners to support future academic developments. Significant sponsors include the Kerzner Family and Kerzner International through the Butch Kerzner Memorial Trust; Len Wolman; Arthur Gillis; Clifford Ross, Flight Centre, Avis, Orion Hotels, Peermont, Legacy Hotels, Sun International, City Lodge/UJ Educational Trust Bursary , Hospitality Property Fun d Bursaries; Marriott: Luxury Hotels International Bursary , Micros Bursary, National Department of Tourism: Postgraduate Bursaries, Protea Hotels Hospitality Bursaries and Tsogo Sun Bursaries..