Our Managing Board
Choose from our team of vetted and qualified short-term rental and home sharing experts chosen based on their very niche qualifications, or choose to consult directly with one of our managing board members:
Christine da Silva
Christine, a managing board member of SharingSA, comes from a background extensive in travel marketing. Early on in 2011 she fell in love with Airbnb, travelled, hosted and got to learn the ins-and-outs of the platform. In 2015 she was one of two Host Ambassadors employed by Airbnb locally to help grow the region in terms of more properties using Airbnb, but also to create a sense of community, learning and sharing. In 2017 Airbnb ended the Ambassador program, but Christine wanted to continue sharing her knowledge with her fellow home sharers of the City and thus created SharingSA with her fellow ex-ambassador Corina. Christine is committed to continue growing the home sharing community of South Africa, and now offers her experience in the shape of consulting, workshops, events or interviews on the Sharing Community specifically for accommodation, community shaping, business travel, and technical platform advice for either Airbnb, Booking.com or other short-term rental platforms.
Making a home for others and myself has become a kind of superpower prompted by the mother of all inventions; necessity. Having emigrated from Eastern Europe to Canada when I was just 5 years of age. Travel is what I know and how I live.
Leading up to moving to South Africa, I had worked on various feature films around the world. Changing continents every 6-9 months meant adapting to life and culture all the while meeting work deadlines and budgets. These pressures soon became catalysts to becoming what I call a quintessential treasure hunter. Treasure hunting for me means that I am connected to the city’s movers and shakers, that I know what’s going on and who’s making it happen. I pride myself on the range of contacts I have, including how much I know about the various cultures and sub-cultures in South Africa.
In 2005 I left the film industry to host my own properties on Airbnb and to become an official Airbnb Host Ambassador in 2015. In less than 2 years, the Airbnb community Cape Town has exploded and we are now the biggest market on the continent. As host ambassador, events held several times a month were designed to support, train and guide our hosts.
With all of the experience gained over these last years, I am more committed than ever to our home sharing communities in and around the Mother City. Committed to supporting all hosts and homeowners in opening their front doors and welcoming the world to South African hospitality.