Natasha is the core of 33 South, responsible for everything that makes this Backpackers so wonderful. She takes on all roles including Administration, Marketing and Human Resources, and she does it all with a smile. Some call her a wine connoisseur (we’re not too sure about this) and although she is always buzzing around, she never forgets to greet every guest. When she uses her syrupy-sweet voice, that’s when you know she’s about to ask a favour.
Maletuka is one person who is truly passionate about the tourism industry! Her experience in backpacking and travelling make her the perfect person to trade travel stories. She is always in control and if you need anything during your stay she’s the perfect person to talk to. As an outdoor person, she loves horse-riding and farming, and after a day spent at university you will see how a glass of wine puts a warm smile on her face!
No one cherishes a clean backpacker as she does. As one of our outstanding housekeepers she takes her job very serious. Victoria is a mother to all of us from the staff to all the in-house guests. Honest, loving, humble and someone who loves cooking, specializing in delicious traditional Xhosa meals. Fondly known at the backpackers as “uMama Wethu” (isiXhosa for ‘our mother’) or simply “Mama”, she is the one person who will make sure you’re always living in a clean home.
Babalo is the so called “Lady Bountiful” at 33 South. Although she is the quieter one of the housekeepers, she has learnt to speak beautiful English to the guests – a cup of tea and simple Xhosa lessons with guests are always on offer at the kitchen table.
Volunteer and Marketing
Ziggy is passionate about everything he does and an excellent team player. He is responsible for ensuring our social media is always kept lively and does the Marketing for 33 South. A true people’s person, Ziggy loves to interact with everyone and is a lover of skating. Good food is the easiest way to get into Ziggy’s good books and from then on, it’s going to be great conversations.
As you walk through 33 South you can easily identify Lushon by his puffy hair and child-like smile! A very shy person in nature but he will always greet with a smile and be willing to show you around the neighbourhood. He is passionate about skating and the go to guy about what’s what in Observatory. If you have a funny bone, this guy will know how to push.
Ryan is a true outdoor lover, and passionate about fitness. You will always see his high energyas soon as you step into the 33 South building, whether he's helping out a guest or organizing games for everyone to enjoy.
Lisa recently joined us from Austria, and has immediately fell in love with Cape Town and all its beauty. She enjoys exploring and discovering new places, and you’ll often find her taking trips to all corners of the beautiful city and telling stories of the adventures she’s had. She loves having fun and is easy to go along. After a long day, she kicks off her shoes and has a nice, cold beer!
Lebo is a self-renowned world traveler, having spent 2 years in South America and various other places around the world, she has seen it all. She has a vibrant and bubbly personality who believes in treating people with love and respect. She also wears the hat of a chef, so if you want your taste buds to be amazed, then she’s your girl!