Executive Management

Following a comprehensive transformation process of the 20-year old organisation, RETOSA has been rekindled into a new organization, with a new value proposition for its key stakeholders, and a new vision which will be achieved through focused marketing and strategic investment.  A new management team, led by Mr Desmond Golding as CEO, started  in June 2017 and has been instrumental in today’s turning-point event which saw both the public sector and private sector stakeholders contribute to a sustainable, action-driven and results-orientated strategy, which will focus on value adding to its partners’ bottom line and enhance the Region as the destination of choice.

The recently-appointed RETOSA Executive Management include:

Mr Desmond Khalid Golding, Chief Executive Officer, commands transversal skills in economics, finance, banking, commerce, investment and tourism. He was the Director General/Permanent Secretary for the KwaZulu Natal’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism; Director: Credit and Risk Governance at Standard Bank; Group Credit Officer at Investec Bank Limited; and Senior Manager: Strategic Management at the SA Reserve Bank (Governor’s Office). Mr Golding has served in various boards including SA Broadcasting Corporation, Ithala Development Finance Corporation, Ithala Bank, as well as Chairing the South African Civil Aviation Authority, and the Corporation Bank Development Agency.   He has read for Masters of Law (Banking and Finance) from University of London, Master of International Relations (Wits University), Finance for Senior Executives (Harvard University), and Advanced Leadership and Management Programme (Oxford University).   Desmond is  a Mandela Scholar – having been awarded the prestigious Nelson Mandela Leadership Scholarship, and has been Indicted at Oxford Said Business School for having participated and won the Great Oxford Debate. 


Mrs Thembi Kunene-Msimang, Executive: Marketing and Communications,  a Communications Graduate from the University of Fort-Hare, has over 18years experience in the Tourism Sector.  Prior to her current position at RETOSA, Thembi was responsible for Tourism Services at Cape Town Tourism. Before that, she was the Chief Quality Assurance Officer for the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) and member of Exco at South African Tourism (SAT). She currently serves on the Boards of Stenden South Africa, Gilt-Edge Khula, as well as Brand South Africa.







Mr Simba Madinyanye, Executive: Research and Information Management, has more than 20years experience in the tourism sector.  An expert in Research, Planning and Sustainable Tourism Development, Capacity Building and Product Development.  Simba holds a Bsc Hons Degree in Economics, an MSc in Population Studies and a Masters in Business Administration.



Mr Kenneth Racombo, Executive: Resource Mobilisation, was previously the Director General at the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Seychelles.  Kenneth has a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies with the University of Pretoria, a Masters Degree in Leadership and Strategic Management with the Institute of Public Administration in Ireland and a Degree in Economics with the University of Mauritius.  Kenneth’s career has been primarily focussed in Economic Diplomacy and regional intergration.



Mr Kevin Kenanao Masupe, Executive: Corporate Services, holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership coupled with several business management and leadership training.  A business Management specialist, Kevin has 23 years experience in organisational structuring and start-ups.  Kevin brings a wealth of experience that will assist the new RETOSA to build the new organisation.