MEET THE TEAM
Founder: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications:). NMP, MAP, PGDip-Business Administration, MBA-Strategy Execution- (Wits University). Master of Philosophy- International Business- (University of Pretoria- GIBS). Master’s Degree in Data Science- Big Data and Data Analytics- (University of Liverpool). PGDip- Futures Studies (University of Stellenbosch). Board Leadership Program- (University of Pretoria- GIBS). Executive Leadership Program- (Oxford University- Saïd Business School). Digital Disruptive Strategy Program- (Harvard Business School). PgDip- Finance (UCT-GSB).
Robert Manson founded Alimama Spaces in 2015 after gaining experience working for blue-chip multinationals like Altron, IBM, Microsoft, and others. He started his professional career as a gardener, later worked as a security guard, got fired after he was caught sleeping on the job. Soon after being fired, he started working in a call centre for Protea Hotels selling Prokard membership where he spent 5 years of his life building a profile for himself while aggressively pursuing academic studies- currently doing his fourth master’s degree in global finance.
Apart from his academic qualifications, he is also a member of the institute of directors with IoDSA and a certified director.
He has continued climbing the corporate ladder to an executive level where he is currently an executive at a global multinational.
He has been the brains behind Alimama spaces’ phenomenal growth since its inception.
His bold vision is to be the biggest shared economy entrepreneur not only in South Africa but across the continent, leveraging on digital platforms like Airbnb as well as digital disruptions across different industries. This model has also assisted him in building a sizable real estate portfolio across the country.
He believes that Airbnb and other digital platforms are the future and will continue disrupting traditional businesses that are not willing to innovate and offer unique experiences to consumers.
He and his team live by one mission in mind and that's “creating absolutely amazing experiences for all our guests” being hosted at anyone of my spaces.
Fun time for Robert is spent on reading, spontaneous travelling, sucker for pain in getting qualifications and is crazily in love with Chelsea Football Club and daily meditation is his spiritual healing.
Operations Manager: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications: BSc Global Studies and Sociocultural Anthropology (New School university- New York)
Thabisa Rulumeni joined the Alimama Spaces team in 2018 as Operations Manager. This newly created position had no set out path on how to execute business operations. She had to build operations procedures from scratch.
Her previous experience had been a supervisor to a social studies research team within the south african basic education sector. Born in the UK and having travelled and settled in New York these past few years, Thabisa has an extensive exposure and experience within the hospitality industry dealing with customer service as well running international hotel operations.
She is at the forefront of the company as she has a better grasp of different nationalities and expectations from our diverse clientele.
She oversees and manages over 20 housekeeping staff, manages the daily bookings, administrative queries and responds to all issues relating to guests queries across all our spaces.
She is the go-to person that ensures that you have the most absolutely amazing experiences.
Her fun time is spent on reading, social justice advocate, live music, indoor planting and she is a yoga instructor.
Asante Prudence Makololo
Chief Financial Officer: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications: Prudence holds a Masters in Finance (University of Witwatersrand). BCom Honours in Finance (University of Witwatersrand). BCom Finance and Economics (University of Witwatersrand). PhD in Finance candidate (University of Witwatersrand).
Prudence Makololo is an investment professional with over 9 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) as a Deputy Treasurer General, an organisation that advocates for the empowerment of black professionals and black business across the financial industry.
She is a high performing, strategic thinking professional in the finance and economics industry, with broad expertise in different industry research, data analysis and reporting. She has a highly skilled relationship building with clients and across organisations and teams. She is a skilled professional with unsurpassed critical thinking, strategic planning and interpersonal skills. Adept at cultivating productive industry relationships to advance understanding of economic impact and future actions.
Through its digitisation compatibilities, Airbnb is enabling entrepreneurs and
businesses to rethink business models that are more impactful, sustainable, and connected
to other sectors of the economy like Alimama has done. This is one of the compelling reasons why Prudence loves property!
Prudence enjoys being a permanent student of life: reading, studying and learning throughout her life. Travelling the world makes her glow and extreme sports & activities tickles her fancy.
Qualifications: Occupational Health And Safety
Faith Magongwa joined Alimama Spaces in May 2021 as an Operations Assistant. She aims to attract new clientele and maintain positive client relations.
She holds a Diploma qualification in Occupational, Health, Safety and Environmental Quality.
She prides herself in being able to plan and execute events successfully. Her experience in retail also equips her with interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
She describes herself as a kind, fun and talkative person with an eye for fashion and decor.
She spends her spare time with family, traveling and cooking.
M m a t s a t s i P h a d i m e
Operations Assistant: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce in Mathematics & Economics (University of Witwatersrand)
Mmatsatsi Phadime joins Alimama Spaces as an experienced Project Administrator with over 10 years professional experience from a range of companies including listed and public sector entities. She has gained extensive experience in planning and implementing complex projects utillising different methodologies. She is a problem solver and have gained the ability to communicate at different levels and to build solid relationships with all stakeholders in order to deliver against expectations.
With all the gained experience over the years, Mmatsatsi joins Alimama Spaces operations teams with the eagerness to learn and grow into becoming a valuable asset within Alimama Spaces. Mmatsatsi’s involvement within the team includes but not limited to the following: management of guests; collaboration with finance, operations and housekeeping to resolve various issues. Also, she will be continuously assisting with increasing digital presence of Alimama Spaces.
Mmatsatsi is a team player with decision making capabilities as well as a coach to other team members. She is skilled at analysis, planning and implementation of solutions that support business objectives.
She is a people's person, an inquisitive and confident lady with a high focus on delivery. She enjoys, jogging, reading, spending time with individuals close to her heart.
Motto she lives by: Be as interested as you are interesting.
Finance Assistant: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications: Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (Varsity College), Btech in Internal Auditing (Cape Peninsula University of Technology)
Ntobeko Mtshamba joined Alimama Spaces in November 2021 as a Finance Assistant. He works closely with the CFO Asante Makololo. Having a thorough academic background in the financial sector, Ntobeko has an enthused inclination for the practice of Accounting. He seeks to be an industry expert in the near future.
Heavily influenced by values of internal auditing, Ntobeko lives his professional career with the following codes of ethics: integrity, objectivity, confidentiality, and competency. He consistently practices his duties across the financial sector with these values as his anchors.
Ntobeko’s past role was that of a Financial Advisor at an Agency of Old Mutual. The role exposed him to the six-step financial planning framework and to helping people who value financial well-being achieve their lifetime financial goals. This brought him contentment as he is a person who appreciates financial security.
He enjoys reading, watching competitive sports, and occasionally attending social events.
Alimama Spaces Team
Meet the team set out to make the best out of your experience and stay with us. From operations, finance, maintenance and most importantly, housekeeping, this is the team making it happen.
Cleanliness has always been top of mind for us at Alimama Spaces, and we know that it is fundamental to a great guest experience, especially during these challenging times to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We care about our guests and aim to create amazing experiences through clean digital spaces. Our housekeeping team is well equipped and ready to ensure that you stay in a clean place.
Making your stay an easy, affordable, and clean one because #HomeIsAClickAway