Advice: we list SA’smost in-demand jobs

By Drum Digital
26 January 2011

Lindiwe Ngema, who is married with six children, already owns a small business called Basic Blue, which she registered three years ago. Basic Blue currently trades in clothes and cosmetics as well as doing catering and construction projects.

But Lindiwe’s not stopping there – she would like to have a guesthouse as well because she sees a gap in the market for one in her area. “i want to open a guesthouse in Stanger. i bought a plot, on which i plan to build the guesthouse, but i can’t afford the cost of construction. i need advice on how to create this type of accommodation and where to get finance.”

Lindiwe will need to do extensive research into what starting and running a guesthouse entails, advises Heather Hunter, president of the national Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA).

Heather says it’s difficult to estimate how much it will cost to start a guesthouse from scratch. “even if the land has been purchased, other than the building costs there’s also the cost of planning permission, an architect and so on.”

Lindiwe also needs to think about whether she wants a three-star, four-star or five-star establishment. “She should visit the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa website,, to download and read through the grading criteria,” advises Heather.

Read the article in the Drum of 3 February 2011 – and share your views below.

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