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The Bay Hotel

Management


Hotel Manager - Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith Graeme was born in Durban and on completion of his schooling, military commitments and an overseas working holiday he entered the hospitality industry. Over an almost 30 year period he has gained hands on practical experience in all aspects of hotel operations and has worked for Karos Hotels, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, Protea Hotels, Fancourt Hotel & Country Estate and Orion Hotels & Resorts.
 
Graeme has lived in Camps Bay with his wife Alison for the past 17 years. He is a converted Stormers supporter, enjoys going to gym to unwind and cooking to relax.
 
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Reservations Manager - Bevan Antonie
Bevan Antonie

Bevan completed his National Diploma in Tourism Management at Cape Peninsula of Technology in 2010. After his studies he pursued a career with South African Airways as a Customer Service Agent. In 2012 Bevan relocated to Qatar where he successfully launched two hotels in the space of a year. i.e Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels in Doha. Bevan joined Village & Life in 2010 and returned in 2013 after his international stint in Doha. Currently Bevan has decided to further his studies. He is completing his Public Relations syllabus at University of Cape Town. In his spare time he enjoys being a "global citizen" , where he spends his time travelling our beautiful country as well as abroad. Bevan's favourite quote is  "Fly in the face of Ordinary" something he tries to do every day. 

 

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Direct Sales Manager - Greshin van Niekerk
Greshin

Greshin matriculated in 2000 from Elsies River High School and went on to work at Bellville Cash Centre for Standard Bank for almost two years. Thereafter he spent a few years in the Contact Centre Environment, namely Fusion Outsourcing Services and Ambition 24 Hours. While working at the A24 group and Fusion, Greshin received numerous awards, as well as back to back monthly awards. He was also nominated Top Salesman in 2007 at Fusion and Sales Support Consultant of 2005 at Ambition 24 Hours. He attained his Sales and Marketing Diploma at Varsity College in 2013. Greshin follows a healthy lifestyle and his interests include football, rugby and the outdoors. He currently resides in Sea Point and started working for Village & Life as their Direct Sales Manager in April 2014.

 

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Front Office Manager - Mark Price
Mark

Mark was born and bred in Cape Town, matriculated in 1993 and moved swiftly into the hospitality industry, gaining experience until he joined Village & Life in 2006. He is passionate about service excellence and enjoys the outdoors as a way to unwind after a busy day, making full use of the divine Camps Bay beach to surf. In the last 6 years he has grown within the company and now leads the department’s team as The Bay Hotel’s Front Office Manager.

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Senior Chef - Warwick King

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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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Group Food & Restaurant custodian - Robyn Capendale
Robyn Capendale

Robyn grew up in Langebaan and attended Paarl Girls High School in the Boland as a boarder. After matric, she completed her diploma in professional cookery. She then worked at Overture as head of pastry. After working there she opened a coffee shop in Langebaan before moving to Cape Town.  Robyn joined Village & Life at the beginning of 2010 and has recently returned from a coveted 6-week placement in Heston Blumenthal's Michelin three star restaurant, The Fat Duck, after being selected amongst thousands of hopeful applicants.

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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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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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Spa Manager - Juanita Steyn
Juanita Steyn

Juanita grew up in Windhoek and matriculated from H.T.S Windhoek in 2008. She studied at the International Academy of Health and Skincare and graduated in 2011, where she obtained her ITEC, CIDESCO and SAAHSP certificates.

Favourite Treatments
Facials,body wraps and pedicures.

Wellness Tips
Drink lots of water and always wear sunscreen

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Events Manager - Carmen Wing
Juanita Steyn

Carmen grew up in Brandfort and matriculated from States President Swart High school before beginning her career in hospitality with the Bukhara Group in 2006. In 2007 she moved to London and started working for the Mint Leave Restaurant group in London town’s renowned West end. Carmen has since moved back to Cape Town and now manages Village and Life’s events department. Her hobbies include floristry, make up artistry, hiking and dog training. She is an avid animal lover and feels strongly about adoption and caring for animals in need.

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Property 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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Financial Manager of Hotels - Robert Cohen
Sean

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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