Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa has appointed Eric and Caroline Murahwa as Deputy GM couple.
The Murahwas are International Hotel School graduates who bring with them extensive hospitality and managerial experience, gained at various 5-star luxury properties. These include premier Kwa-Zulu Natal hotels Karkloof Safari Spa, Hotel Izulu and Leading Hotels of the World properties The Oyster Box Hotel and Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve, as well as DeHoek Country Hotel in the Magaliesburg.
Caroline Murahwa (29) was born in Zimbabwe and trained at the International Hotel School Durban. She started her career at Karkloof Safari Spa where she worked as a Reservationist and Reception Supervisor. Her career then took her to The Oyster Box Hotel where she was employed in the Guest Liaison department. She then accepted the position as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Marketing Assistant at a financial services company, before returning to the hospitality industry at Thanda Private Game Reserve where she first worked as Front Office Manager, and then taking up the joint position of Assistant Lodge Manager.
Zimbabwean born Eric Murahwa (34) graduated in Hospitality Management from the International Hotel School Durban, before starting his career as Trainee Food & Beverage Manager at the Ilala Lodge Hotel in Victoria Falls. He relocated to South Africa and started his career at Hotel Izulu as a Receptionist, before he was promoted to Duty Manager. To gain further experience he then took up a position at The Oyster Box Hotel, first as Front Office Shift Leader and Front Office Supervisor. This was followed by a stint as Customer Relations Manager and Operations Manager at a sports gear company. Returning to his passion for the luxury travel industry he was appointed by Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve as Relief Lodge Manager and Rooms Division Manager, before he was employed as Hotel Operations Manager and Assistant GM at DeHoek Country Hotel.
Tintswalo Atlantic will re-open for business no later than 1 October 2019, following the devastating fire of 5 February 2019, which destroyed half of the luxury resort on Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town. The owner and Tintswalo Lodges CEO Lisa Goosen says that the site clearing has started, and construction is expected to commence in March.
Caused by kitchen equipment failure, the fire wiped out the main lodge bar, kitchen, dining room and lounge areas, as well as one of the 11 guest suites. All guests and staff were safely evacuated after the early-alert fire system was activated and staff on duty fought the fire in the early hours of the morning while the emergency services were called in. The fire department arrived shortly after and with the help of a firefighting helicopter, managed to contain the fire within a few hours.
Four years ago (March 2015) the entire lodge burned to the ground when a runaway veld fire destroyed huge swathes of natural vegetation, homes, and businesses all over the Cape Peninsula. Through sheer determination and with the help and support from staff, neighbours and local businesses, the lodge was rebuilt in eight months, to re-open in October 2015.
Goosen says: ‘Like the fynbos plant, the fire lily (Cyrtanthus ventricosus) which flowers miraculously within days after a veld fire, the Tintswalo team is resilient. This second fire was a huge set-back, but we have once again dusted ourselves off and are focusing on the rebuild and rebirth of Tintswalo Atlantic, and look forward to welcoming guests back by October (2019).’