Africa Travel Week
Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, COO City Lodge Hotel Group

Recap: #INTHEKNOW part 5

Women are natural jugglers. We build businesses in the fray of managing our households, expanding careers and nurturing relationships. We take on HUGE responsibilities all at once.

In part 5 of our #INTHEKNOW series hosted on Thursday, 13 August, we invited women in tourism to come together to connect, to support one another & to problem-solve challenges they are facing right now.

The session was run by the lovely Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, Chief Operating Officer at the City Lodge Hotel Group, and although we were a bit tight for time, she was able to focus on three key areas: family, finances and mental well-being.

If you were unable to join us for the live event, you can catch the recap right here:

Remember to send your feedback to or take a minute to fill in this quick multiple-choice survey. We’d really like to improve our #INTHEKNOW sessions to make sure they offer you value.

A few useful resources…

The team at City Lodge Hotel Group also curated a few useful contact numbers for those in need of professional help.

  • National Counselling Line: 0861 322 322
  • Stop Gender Violence: 0800 150 150
  • Aids Helpline: 0800 012 322
  • People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA): 076 694 5911
  • Dept. of Social Development: Gender-Based Violence Command Centre: 080 042 8428
  • Tears – Bringing Hope and Healing (gender-based violence, rape, abuse): *134*7355#
  • South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 0800 456 789 / 011 234 483
  • Childline SA: 0 8000 55 555

*Please note that Africa Travel Week and City Lodge Hotel are not affiliated with the above-mentioned organisations


Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo studied in Switzerland at the acclaimed Ecole Les Roches as well as in the US at Penn State University before beginning her hospitality career at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC. She returned home to South Africa to join the Park Hyatt Rosebank, served as Chief Director of tourism support at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in 1999 and developed the first Holiday Inn in Soweto, later renamed the Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre.

She currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at the City Lodge Hotel Group, she sits on the board of South African Tourism and she chairs the Tourism B-BBEE Charter Council. In her spare time, Lindiwe surrounds herself in the company of her husband, Salifou, and her family.

Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week (ATW) focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology. Shows include: ILTM Africa, WTM Africa, EQUAL Africa, ibtm AFRICA, Travel Forward, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and African Tourism Investment Summit.