Meet Our People

In order to provide memorable experiences for our guests, we understand that our people are key to making Sun International an internationally recognised and respected gaming and hospitality company. This is why we are committed to hiring talented, passionate people from diverse backgrounds.

Many of our long-service employees began their careers as runners, clerks and even waiters. The quality that sets these Sun International employees apart is that they chose to shine and rise to the challenge of making our company exceptional. Without their passion and commitment to their jobs, Sun International would not be the iconic brand it is today.

Be inspired by the career journeys of these Sun International employees.

From Graduate to Hotel Manager

Ayanda Kgwathe

"Nothing about my job is tough because I thrive on challenges and am at my best in stressful situations."

I joined Sun International at Sun City after studying hospitality management at the Durban University of Technology and completing my diploma in 2001. I was employed as a resort liaison officer through the Fast Track Development Programme, which exposed me to the various departments within the hospitality industry. This helped me on my journey to a management position as a junior assistant front office manager at the Cascades hotel. Today I am hotel manager at Time Square in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria.

Sun International is a great company to work for as the leadership has the employees’ best interests at heart, and hence staff turnover is low. I have been an employee for 15 years now and the best thing about my job is that I am able to add value to people’s lives — guests and staff.

Welcome Jali

"All my life I knew that there is way out and all I have to do is to go after my dreams and thanks to Sun international that I have a great future ahead of me."

My Career journey started to change when I was the Cleaning Supervisor at Boardwalk in 2002. In 2003, I joined Sun international as a Guest Service Attendant and I worked my way up to the Slots Floor Supervisor’s position. I was offered a great opportunity and challenge at Carousel as a Gaming Floor Manager which exposed me to the various departments like Slots and Tables operations.

My favourite responsibility is to resolve customer complaints and disputes with the smile on my face. To do this well consistently, you need to be equipped with skills and knowledge and that will result to deliver world-class service in your unit. I love that my job challenges me and I get to interact with such a diverse group of people. I have grown as a person both personally and professionally. I believe that it is always a great pleasure to know that you have a great team behind you.

Truly, I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful company. Sun International is a great company that supports, empower and believes in their employees.

Moshira Julius Ramotse

"I believe if you want something, and work hard, it will come to you. And at Sun International, the leadership wants everyone to succeed so employees have their full support. The opportunities within the group are endless."

I graduated with a law degree from the University of Pretoria in 1996 and I intended starting my legal practice the following year. Then I was invited by my uncle, who was employed at the Carousel, to work over the festive period. I went from serving coffee to manning the hotdog station and being a griller at the food bar.

I was teased by colleagues about the job; they saw it as a sign of failure and a mismatch with my degree, but instead, I saw growth opportunities within the hospitality industry. Meanwhile, I signed up with the Boston Business College for hospitality-related courses.

In 2002 I was asked to go to Carnival City as their food and beverage operations manager. Three years later, I went to Sibaya as the deputy general manager of food and beverage, followed by a move to Windmill in Bloemfontein, in the same position. Then came my appointment to complex operations manager of Windmill, as well as Carnival City, and hotel manager at Sun City’s Soho hotel. I am currently the general manager of Sun Vacation Club at Sun City.

Virath Gobrie

"Sun International. A great company to work for which allows its employees to thrive and grow."

My career with Sun International started in 2005 at Sibaya in Durban where I was appointed as the Management Accountant. In 2008, I was promoted as the Financial Manager at Meropa. This position afforded me the opportunity to further develop my management skills relating to finance and strategy. I progressed within the organisation to be appointed as the Financial Manager at the Wild Coast Sun in 2012 before returning to Sibaya in 2014 as the Financial Manager. All three properties were very different in size having moved from a relatively small casino to a more resort operation and finally managing the finances of a large casino. I spent a further 4 years at Sibaya and in 2018 was promoted to be part of the Sun International Efficiency Initiative as a Group Manager. The knowledge that I acquired together with my motivation and dedication allowed me to progress within this great company. Sun International allowed me to develop further by assisting me with funding which allowed me to successfully complete the Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degree. Having completed thirteen years with this great company, I believe there are endless opportunities to continue progressing within Sun International.

From Slots Technician to Regional General Manager

Ruben Gooranah

"My advice to future Sun International employees is to take every opportunity you are given, and actively seek information to learn about this industry. Sun International is an organisation where hard work and perseverance are recognised and rewarded"

I started my career at Sun International in 1988 as a clerk at Venda Sun. At the time I was studying for a commerce degree, and thought it was a great way to earn some money for my studies and gain work experience. Little did I know that I would be counted among Sun International's long-service employees 25 years later. Working in the casino afforded me several career advancement opportunities. However, these opportunities were not given to me on a silver platter and I had to put in many hours of effort to learn new things that were not part of my role, but which helped me gain valuable knowledge in the industry. Looking back on my career, it is one that has been filled with many memorable moments from meeting celebrities to working with extraordinary people.