Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo studied at the hospitality school, Ecole Les, in Switzerland and at Penn State
University in the USA obtaining a BSc in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, graduating
Her hospitality career began at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC. She then joined the Park Hyatt
Rosebank and was appointed to the executive committee as rooms director. Lindiwe was chief
director of tourism support at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in 1999 before
being appointed as general manager of the InterContinental Sandton Towers Hotel.
Lindiwe started her own hospitality company and developed the first Holiday Inn in Soweto in 2007,
later renamed the Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre. She was ceo of the Birchwood Hotel and
OR Tambo Conference Centre before joining the City Lodge Hotel Group where she holds the
position of chief operating officer. She sits on the board of South African Tourism and is chairperson
of the TTCSA (Tourism Transformation Council of South Africa).
In her spare time, Lindiwe surrounds herself in the company of her husband, Salifou, and her family.