Siphokazi Thiam, the owner of La Teranga Accommodation and Conference Group in Kokstad, was a clothing vendor before becoming a well-known tourism entrepreneur.
The bubbly female was all smiles at this year’s KZN Lilizela Tourism Awards last Thursday when she took home the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
She won the same award in 2016.
La Teranga, a 3-star graded establishment on the boundary between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, was started in 2009.
She has since opened four properties and hopes to broaden her horizons to other provinces in the country.