Mpume Mabuza, Marketing Director of uShaka Marine World, was born in Umlazi and grew up in Durban and Mahlabathini. Her passion for marketing, leadership, brand ethics and governance are reflected in her tertiary qualifications which include a B Com, a post-graduate Diploma in Business Management and an MBA. SHe is the Chairperson of the Tourism Forum of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). During her career, she has gained over 20 years of invaluable experience with large corporates like Old Mutual, Investec, the Ithala Development Finance Corporation and Hulamin. She left Hulamin to open strategic branding and communications consultancy, iFutho Communications. After two and a half years, she moved to uShaka where she focuses on service excellence and promoting a world class offering to both local and international guests. She has also served as a board member for Morgan Advanced Materials (a division of Morgan Crucible plc), the YMCA PMB and serves on the board of the DCCI. During her spare time, Mpume enjoys reading, travelling, adventure and spending time with family and friends. She is the AAVEA Secretary.