Respected Cape Town-based spa entrepreneur, Jacoline Wentzel, has been appointed as executive committee chair of the recently launched South African Chapter of SWAA (Spa & Wellness Association of Africa).
Says SWAA president, Elaine Okeke-Martin: ““I was officially introduced to Jacoline by Celeste Peters, who is a board advisor to SWAA’s board of directors on communication. Jacoline was identified as the strongest candidate to bring South Africa on board SWAA. She started her own spa distribution and consulting company in Cape Town, called The Spa Warehouse, which has grown into one of the leading distribution companies in South Africa, with exclusive rights to various up market spa ranges. With this vast knowledge, she is the right choice to start up a new SWAA Chapter for SA. Jacoline is extremely passionate about the spa and wellness industry.”
After graduating at the Isa Carstens Academy in South Africa, Wentzel joined Steiner International as a spa therapist on board cruise liners and worked up to management within the first year. She then joined the Steiner Recruitment team and established the Steiner recruitment office in South Africa. After almost five years with Steiner, Wentzel joined Bioharmany Herbal Wellness company as sales manager and thereafter, Nimue Skin Technology as sales and marketing manager for South Africa. In 2005, Wentzel started The Spa Warehouse and has since helped numerous spa owners to set up their new spas throughout Africa and Mauritius.
Says Wentzel: “I take on my new role at SWAA with the aim to set up a committee chapter that will grow the spa and wellness community in South Africa, through standards, educations and promotion.”
The SWAA entity was established in 2010 and has chapters in Mauritius, Kenya, Morocco, Ethiopia and Nigeria. It has a pipeline into many other African countries, such as Tunisia, Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe, among several others, and hopes to establish chapters there within the decade.