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Hotel magnate, Thabiso Tlelai to be buried on Saturday

The deceased hotel magnate Thabiso Tlelai


Nov. 6, 2020 2 min read

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ESTEEMED Gauteng hotel magnate Thabiso Tlelai who died on Sunday in a horrific car crash together with his wife Ayanda Tlelai will be laid to rest in his home town, Maseru on Saturday.

The couple died while travelling to Johannesburg from Durban, where they had visited their 15-year-old son at boarding school.
Mr Tlelai, 56, and his lawyer wife Mrs Tlelai, 54, operated several businesses in property development, mining, tourism and financial services in Gauteng, Free State, the Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

A memorial service of the power couple was held on Friday at its Waterfall Estate home, north of Johannesburg.

Mr Tlelai, a BCom degree graduate from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, was the owner and chief executive officer of Don Suite Hotels for over a decade.
He also served on the boards of South Africa Tourism, the National Empowerment Corporation and Basil Read, among others.

He was also a founder and chairperson of the Tourism Business Council of SA.

His late father, Paleo Tlelai was also a renowned business tycoon in Lesotho.

Mrs Tlelai, a graduate with a law degree from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) was an advocate of the South African High Court and the first black member of Free State Bar in 1996.


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She joined her husband in business and was instrumental in building the Free State and Lesotho legs of family businesses.

The Tlelai family has expressed gratitude for the outpouring messages of tributes, love and condolences it has received from thousands of people throughout Southern Africa.
"Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa and Lesotho, the physical attendance of the memorial service and the burial will be limited and we appeal to friends, well-wishers and members of the public to make use of virtual platforms to follow the proceedings as we begin the journey of laying our beloved brother and father as well as sister and mother, to rest,” the family explained in a statement.

The late power couple is survived by two sons, Bonang, 30, Sentšo, 15, and daughter, Matšeliso, 25.

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