Maropeng appoints new Hotel Manager, Peter Mhanaza
Peter Mhanaza has been appointed as the new Hotel Manager for the Maropeng Boutique Hotel. Mhanaza has worked for Maropeng for the last seven years moving up the ranks.
“Maropeng is my home and my career all in one,” says Mhanaza, who was born and raised in Magaliesberg and grew up with many of the staff members who work at the Hotel. He went to school at Maloney’s Eye, a primary school situated in the Cradle of Humankind that is supported by Maropeng’s CSI programme.
This dynamic 26-year-old starting working at Maropeng in late 2005 as a cashier in the Visitor Centre ticket office."
There’s a restaurant that sits just in front of the ticket office. During my lunch break I would help serve tables and after two months I was a competent waiter and cashier,” he says. “I like to learn and I enjoy challenges. I’m the type of person who jumps at the opportunity to do more.”
Clearly it is this enterprising spirit that took Mhanaza from Ticket Office Cashier to Receptionist in 2006, from Assistant Restaurant Manager to Operations Supervisor at Sterkfontein Caves in 2009, and from Assistant Food and Beverage Manager to his current position – Maropeng Hotel Manager.
There are considerable advantages to being a local in this business, he says, since hospitality is about people and places. “I know the area well. Being able to share information confidently about the region and its tourist attractions is a huge benefit when it comes to making meaningful connections with guests,” he adds. Plus he has strong bonds with the people he works with because, in his words “they know me, and I know them.”
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