Meet WPCA’s Gwen Johnson

During Women’s Month, Western Province Cricket Association will be celebrating our amazing women who work for the organisation in a series of articles across our website and social media pages. In the next of our articles, we meet Gwen Johnson.


Hospitality Consultant

Tell us how you came to be working at Newlands Cricket Ground?

My association with Western Province Cricket goes way back to around 1980. I was employed by Holiday Inn in their sports department and Cricket was one of the main accounts. I was responsible for securing all their accommodation in our hotels and making sure they were well looked after when travelling away from home. I am sure there is a large percentage of you who weren’t even born then. It has been an association that has last 40 years.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Having happy and satisfied clients enjoying great hospitality, watching the gentleman’s game of cricket in one of the best settings in the cricketing world.

Many would argue that you have one of the most iconic work venues in South Africa, how do you go about appreciating Newlands Cricket Ground as your office?

I am extremely privileged and proud to have my office at Newlands.

Tell us something that not many people will know about you

If I had my life over I would have liked to be an artist

What are some of your most memorable occasions at Newlands?

Every England Tour – when English supporters travel to Cape Town in their hoards. The stadium is full, I get to renew friendships made the last time England toured and the ground is abuzz with excitement. It is months of hard work in the planning and executing, but always memorable.