AVAILABED has been in existence since 2005, and started with a database of 6 guest houses in Pretoria.
The number of clients grew and the inquiries for accommodation in all areas of Pretoria started pouring in! I had to quit my half day position after 3 months due to the heavy AVAILABED workload. After 2 years, full time personnel had to be appointed. After 3 years the first branches were established due to inquiries for accommodation in many other areas in South Africa. At this stage, AVAILABED has quite a variety of establishments on its database and several branches all over South Africa.
The Availabed idea came into being during a time in which I worked at a guest house. At one point the guest house was unable to accommodate several guests due to no rooms being available. Availabed was born to fulfill an admin function to arrange alternative accommodation for the guests. Herewith, my deep gratitude toward Ignatius and Rialette Gous, owners of Beds of a Feather Guest House, who laid the foundation for this opportunity.
Each day at Availabed filled me with excitement, as it provides an interface between client and guest, and benefits both. As a Christian, I believe the Lord began Availabed and has blessed it since. As a token of gratitude it was my passion to provide excellent service to our clients and have faith that all branch managers will do the same.
Since March 2015, Availabed Head Office is in the capable hands of Michelle Raubenheimer and Amanda Pretorius. A big thank you to them and all branch managers, for walking the exciting Availabed path with me over years. Therefore my best wishes to all of them to extend their good service to South Africa and all visitors from abroad.
Elsabé Welman (former CEO)