Palesa Guesthouse is conveniently located in the quiet suburb of Clayville East in Olifantsfontein, just 21km from OR Tambo International Airport. The guesthouse’s name, “Palesa” means “flower” in Sotho and is also a popular African female name; for these reasons it was chosen in order to pay tribute to the mothers of the nation. The host at Palesa is Samson Makadzange.
5 rooms with kettles, fans, heaters & televisions
Sleeps up to 10 guests
Caters for up to 70 guests
2 staff members
Done by the business on the premises
History of the business
Sam Makadzange launched Palesa Guesthouse in 2009, primarily in anticipation of the influx of football fanatics who would be attending the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The business did well throughout the event and they continued trading due to their love for entertaining both business and leisure travellers alike.
The majority of their business in the early days originated from individuals attending religious events in the nearby area, but they diversified this over the subsequent years through participation in online marketing platforms.
The hosts talk to us
Their role in the community
Their central position – almost equidistant from Pretoria, Johannesburg, and OR Tambo International Airport – gives them a prime location for corporate travellers. Many of their corporate clientele have business in the nearby Oliphantsfontein industrial area, rendering the quiet, suburb location of Palesa an ideal base.
Their hopes from the project
Sam is keen to expand Palesa in the future and would like to ensure that it is accessible for all guests, including obtaining a Universal Accessibility grading from the TGCSA. Sam’s awareness of the impacts of climate change has also driven him to try to learn how they can be more energy efficient in order to reduce the impact of Palesa’s operations.