Club Travel Corporate Names Kananelo Makhetha as New CEO

Club Travel Corporate Names Kananelo Makhetha as New CEO

Club Travel Corporate’s incoming CEO is a seasoned travel and tourism leader with broad executive experience in private, governmental and industry bodies.


CAPE TOWN, 20 March 2019 – Club Travel Corporate, a Member of the Thebe Tourism Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kananelo Makhetha as its new CEO.

“We are delighted to welcome Kananelo as CEO of Club Travel Corporate,” said Wally Gaynor, Managing Director of the Club Travel Group. “Club Travel Corporate has experienced phenomenal growth in a relatively short amount of time and Kananelo will help steer the division towards our target of 15% share in the South African corporate travel market, in the next five years. Kananelo is known for his driven, fair and honest leadership style; as such he is ideally fitted to the Club Travel DNA.”


Kananelo is an accomplished leader who brings more than twenty years of executive management experience in travel and tourism, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Travelex Africa where he oversaw the leadership and management of operations in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa since 2014. Prior to joining Travelex, he was Managing Director of BCD Travel from 1996 to 2014 where he was responsible for the strategic direction of the company.


Thebe Tourism Group CEO, Jerry Mabena added, “We are thrilled at Kananelo’s appointment and we’re confident that, with his extensive experience and knowledge, he will enhance Club Travel Corporate’s offering.”


In addition to his roles in the private sector, Kananelo was a member of the South African government’s ministerial task group for tourism sector transformation (2002), a past president of ASATA (1998 – 2001), and a past board member of South African Tourism.


“Club Travel Corporate is a world-class company on an important mission to bring high quality and affordable travel management services to South African businesses. I’m excited to be joining one of the most decorated and innovative brands in African corporate travel management,” said Kananelo Makhetha.

Kananelo will assume the role of Club Travel Corporate Chief Executive on 1 April 2019based at the company’s Rosebank, Johannesburg office.

Born in Lesotho, Kananelo holds an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lesotho. He is passionate about education development and since 2011 has been the President of the Board of Trustees for Education Africa, an education and upliftment-focused NGO.


About Club Travel Corporate


Club Travel was established in 1987 with the simple philosophy of always giving customers the best deal. Club Travel Corporate was launched in 2007 to offer corporate travel management solutions to South African companies. Acquired by the Thebe Tourism Group in 2001, the Club Travel Group is a Level One B-BBEE contributor with a 135% procurement recognition and is committed to meaningful empowerment and transformation in the South African travel and tourism sector. For more information visit,



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