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Receptionist - Yoliswa James

Yoliswa James

Yoliswa grew up in Paarl, Mbekweni Location and she loves hiking and netball. She completed school in Weltevrede High School Wellington and after school she completed a diploma in tourism management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology 2009. She worked for the Victoria and Alfred Hotel and Madela Rhodes Place.

In 2008 she joined the Village and Life Group and is currently still very happy within her position.

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Front Office Manager - Elana Dampies

Elana Dampies

Elana grew up in Ravensmead and attended Ravensmead High. After matric she worked at Mount Nelson as a Room Service waiter for a year. In 2002 she moved to Hotel Le Vendome and worked in the Front Office department as Switchboard operator, this is where Elana realised that she has a passion for Front Office and was moved to the reception desk within a few months. In 2007 Elana joined the Newmark Hotels group as Front Office Shift leader and worked for the group for over 9 years and was given the opportunity move around within the group.
Elana joined the Village and Life Group on 01 January 2015 at the Bay Hotel as Front Office Manager.

Elana is very passionate about her job and loves working with people.

Elana believes that being a Hotelier is not a job but a life style.

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Chef de Cuisine - Warwick King

Warwick King

Warwick was born in Pretoria where he spent most of his younger years, but moved to the Eastern Cape where he matriculated from Graeme College in Grahamstown in 2007. After matric he studied at ICA Institute of Culinary Arts to become a chef. After completing 2 and a half years he was ready to start his career as a chef. Between 2010 and 2012 he worked in Stellenbosch for Simonsig Wine Estate and also Delaire Graff Estate where he worked under Chef Christiaan Campbell. From there he decided to move to Northern KZN and worked as a head chef for a private lodge on Phinda Private Conservancy. After spending a year there he decided to come back to Cape Town and started working at The Bay Hotel. Warwick has a great love for food and only believes in using the freshest ingredients and produce that is locally sourced and sustainable.
In his spare time Warwick enjoys exploring the outdoors and going wine tasting and when the opportunity arrives going home to see his family and to do a bit of hunting.

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Senior Sous chef - Cheslin Cornelissen

Cheslin Cornelissen

Cheslin was born and raised in Paarl where he attended Paulus Joubert High and matriculated in 2006. He always had a passion for food, so it was only natural for him to pursue a career in cooking. In 2007 he enrolled at Capsicum cooking school where he completed his City and Guild course with flying colours.

After his studies he left Cape Town and got his first job at the Pearl Valley Golf Estate where he worked under Desmond Morgan. After two years he moved over to Delaire Graff where he worked his way up from being a commis chef to a senior chef de partie in the space of three years. In 2013 he felt it was time to hit the Mother City where he snapped up a job at the Belmond Mount Nelson. Executive Chef Rudi took Cheslin under his wing and shared his knowledge, which moulded him into the chef he is today. In December 2014 he was recruited by The Bay Hotel’s head chef who brought him in as his right hand man.

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Pastry chef - Emma van Zyl

Emma van Zyl

Emma grew up in the small town Darling and attended Rustenberg High School before completing her diploma in Patisserie IHESA. She first fell in love with pastry when she was living on a farm and spent her weekends and holidays baking absolutely everything she could think of.

Emma has previously had the honour of working under Mike Bassett at Myoga Restaurant, at The Vineyard Hotel and at Cassis.

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Senior Sous chef - Anthony Madayi

Warwick King

Anthony grew up in small village known as Hluleka in the Eastern Cape and matriculated at Mdikne High school. Upon matriculation he became a conductor in a bus company for a year but yearned for more as his passion lied in cooking. He got himself a job in a small bakery where he started learning the art of baking breads and pastries, from there he went to Pretoria and studied at Mainpower where he enrolled for the hospitality course mainly thriving on the cooking side.
Once completed he started his journey as a chef at Burgers park hotel in Pretoria where he learned a lot of skills, after few years and a few hotels he finally moved down to the Western cape and got a job as a sous chef at the Raddisson hotel. Anthony then joined us at the Bay hotel in December 2014 where he has formed an integral part of the kitchen structure and works harder every day to showcase our famous breakfast Buffet in the beautiful tides restaurant

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Maitre D - Van Zyl van der Merwe

Van Zyl van der Merwe

Van Zyl was born in the small town of Stellenbosch, in the heart of the wine lands. After finishing high school at Paul Roos Gymnasium, he decided to pursue a career in hospitality. He quickly entered the restaurant scene at Delaire Graff Estate where he was mentored and sculpted into what he has become. Van Zyl spent two years travelling and working in America at one of the top county clubs as well as on the Super Yachts. On his return to South Africa he got the opportunity to re-join his old Delaire team and work alongside Chef Warwick and Cheslin at The Bay Hotel.

 

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Senior Restaurateur - Roxy Engelbrecht

Roxy Engelbrecht

Roxy has been a bit of a nomad most of her life and has resided in most parts of South Africa, her main roots however being Mossel bay where her family currently resides. Roxy attended hotel school at the Institute for Hospitality Training and has obtained an International Diploma behind her name. Roxy did her in service practical at the renowned Cape Grace Hotel from which she was then offered to join their restaurant management team. After leaving the hotel Roxy pursued her love for travel and went to America to go work and travel. She has recently returned and has been with Village and Life since August 2014. She started as restaurateur and has proven herself quickly and recently been promoted to Senior Restaurateur.
Roxy is passionate about food and beverage and loves anything to do with people. In her spare time she loves exploring wine farms and spending time with her loved one and family.

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Restaurateur - Emma Farquharson

Emma Farquharson

Emma was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Stellenbosch.  She has recently returned from the United Kingdom where she worked in hotels and restaurants for the past seventeen years, gaining a diverse insight to many different types of hotel operations.  Most recently working for Premier Inn, the UK’s largest hotel brand, as Food and Beverage Manager.  Emma enjoys the challenge and the constantly evolving dynamic of the hotel industry.

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Maintenance Manager - Michael du Toit
Michael du Toit

Michael was born in Cape Town, Hanover Park and completed his schooling in Mitchells Plain, after military service in 1999, he joined a facilities company whom provided services and solutions to the hospitality industry, throughout his 14 years in the industry he has worked at The Table Bay Hotel, Commodore and Portswood Hotels and The One And Only Hotel just to name a few. Michael joined Village & Life in March 2012.
He enjoys playing tennis and soccer, but prefers to head for the mountains to relax when opportunity arises.

 

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Executive Housekeeper - Chantel Crowie
Chantelle Crowie

Chantel Crowie was born in Mowbray and later attended Plumstead High School. She started in the hotel trade after school, at a company that makes uniforms for hotels. She then moved on and worked at The Cullinan Hotel, when they opened. She has been with The Bay Hotel for 8 years now and takes great pride in her position as Executive Housekeeper. Chantel's greatest joy is in meeting new people and perhaps this is why she is dedicated to the hospitality industry.

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Resident Manager - Sean Geyser
Sean

Sean grew up in Camps Bay and matriculated at Camps Bay High School in 2004. After matric, he went on to study Hospitality Management at International Hotel School. Sean started his career as a Receptionist at the Ambassador Hotel and was shortly promoted to Front Office Duty Manager. In 2008 he started at the Newmark Hotel Group assisting wherever he was needed at the various properties. Sean then spent two years on the cruise ships with P&O Australia, sailing the South Pacific Ocean. He started with Village and Life in 2012 as Resident Manager at the Camps Bay Retreat and is currently Property Manager at The Bay Hotel.
 
Sean is a certified Coxswain at the NSRI station 2 in Bakoven so he spends his spare time volunteering to save lives at sea.

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Group Events Manager - Darryl Gouws
Darryl Gouws

After he completed his studies in Photography, Darryl moved to London to gain international experience. He ended up staying for 5 years and acquired his Advanced Certificate in Wine & Spirits from the WSET whilst working for a wine bar group. A keen cook and avid traveller, he appreciates new adventures and experiencing different cultures. Darryl started with Village & Life in January 2014 and again at The Bay Hotel in October 2014.

 

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Corporate and Events Specialist - Abri Meyer
Abri Meyer

Abri grew up in Tsumeb, Namibia and matriculated from Etosha High School before going on to complete his B Comm degree at Pretoria University. He has worked in a variety of fields, including three years of marketing in the pharmaceutical industry that allowed him to travel the globe. Abri ran his own event management company for five years before joining Legend Lodges Hotels & Resorts where he covered all disciplines from operations to events, marketing and sales.

Abri joined Village & Life in January 2015 and lives in Cape Town with his life partner. He is a keen tennis player, tries to attend gym as much as possible and enjoys the theatre, reading and all types of music.

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Corporate & Events Sales Executive - Andre Lategan
Greshin

Andre grew up in Cape Town and matriculated in Jansenville, a small Karoo Town in the Eastern Cape. After completing his military service he explored and worked in Europe and Middle East. Returning to Cape Town he entered the professional job market as a trainee manager in the liquor retail trade. He joined the hospitality industry in 2003 with Legend Lodges Hotels & Resorts and have gained experienced in operations and particularly Corporate Sales. Andre joined Village & Life in April 2015 as Corporate & Events Sales Executive. He lives in Hout Bay and enjoys hiking, the outdoors and movies.

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Group Financial Manager - Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen

Robert grew up in Johannesburg and attended Boksburg High School. After matric, he studied Accounting while doing his articles at a small auditing firm. His career in the hospitality industry began at Sun City where he started as an Assistant Accountant, was promoted to Project Accountant and then became Hotel Accountant of The Palace of the Lost City. He has held a number of Financial Management positions with companies including Sun International, Fairmont Hotels International and was most recently Financial Manager at Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa in Green Point, Cape Town. Robert joined Village & Life at the beginning of October 2014 as Financial Manager for the Hotel Division. He lives in Tokai with his wife and their 2 children, Cameron and Taylor. In his spare time, Robert can be found spending time with his family, exploring the many beautiful places Cape Town has to offer, in the gym or playing the occasional round of golf.

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CEO of Hotels - Johann du Plessis
Johann du Plessis

Johann du Plessis was born in Johannesburg and attended Birchleigh High School. After his hotel training with Protea hotels and completing CPMD Business through Wits, Johann made his way to Sun City Resort. During his 13 years with Sun International, starting as a Pool Deck Manager, Johann worked his way through the ranks to become the youngest General Manager with the largest portfolio in Sun International. Johann played an integral operational part in 10 Nedbank Golf Challenges, won Executive of the Year, completed a TV show with a Michelin star chef and gained the highest Employee Opinion Survey in the Sun International group. Johann then moved to Legend Lodges, Hotels & Resorts and opened the Legend Golf & Safari Resort as Director of Operations and was then promoted to MD. Not content with bush life, Johann craved a new challenge, and this passion saw him make the move to Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa in Cape Town. With his usual zest, Johann took on his new, diverse portfolio and achieved not only an exceptional turnaround, but also no less than 8 hospitality awards for the hotel. Johann is a hard working individual who leads from the front. Humble, competitive, with a love for hospitality Johann lives by his motto: You cannot manage what you cannot measure. Johann is also extremely energetic, both at work and at home, enjoying off road enduro and road cycling. A rugby fanatic and always with his cross in his pocket, Johann resides in Cape Town with his wife Wendy (whom he dubs his 'rockstar') and his son Liam.

 

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