Moving forward with the SATSA/SAYTC merger

As you would know from previous communications, the merger between SATSA and SAYTC (South African Youth Travel Confederation) was approved last year and the process is now in full swing.

The addition of members from SAYTC has brought SATSA’s membership numbers to over 1 200, adding gravitas to and more responsibility for SATSA. It also expands the SATSA footprint, incorporating even more diverse tourism products.

During the SATSA Board meeting of November 2018, the establishment of the SATSA/SAYTC Youth Chapter was approved and the SAYTC Chairperson, Gavin Eyre, was appointed to the SATSA Board. The newly formed Youth Chapter will retain SAYTC’s unique identity and through its Chair, the voice of youth tourism will be represented at national level.

SATSA has also appointed Shanaaz Taliep as the SATSA/SAYTC Youth Chapter National Coordinator.

Meet Shanaaz:

Meet Shanaaz:

With a successful career spanning over 16 years in tourism, financial services and economic development, Shanaaz bring a wealth of experience, passion and a network of existing relationships.

Her skills include planning, budgeting, relationship management, marketing, report writing, events and exhibitions. Shanaaz’s most valued skill is undoubtedly relationship building and connecting people. She successfully built and maintained working relationships ranging from national, provincial and local government to large and small private sector companies, international organisations and media.

She is described as someone with a can-do attitude and believes in life-long learning. She is also known for her ability to work within diverse teams and my attention to detail.

Shanaaz is an adventurous person who loves the outdoors and she joins the SATSA family with a husband and 4 kids and ultimately she is your “Go 2 Girl”.

Should you have any questions or suggestions regarding the SATSA/SAYTC Youth Chapter, please contact Shanaaz on 065 875 0463 or

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