Robere Brockman joins Maropeng team as Maintenance Manager
Robere Brockman has been appointed as the Maintenance Manager for Maropeng, effective 4 March. Brockman brings years of colourful experience to the Maropeng team including working on an island in Mozambique, game lodges in Mpumalanga, Cathedral Peak Hotel, Royal Malewane and Sodwana Bay Lodge.
His most recent work experience was with &Beyond. “I started with them in January 2009 as their maintenance manager after working on an island in Mozambique. The Lodge in Mozambique unfortunately burned down so I needed to find work elsewhere. &Beyond were looking and I secured the position working at three lodges in the Sabi-Sands private game reserve, River Lodge, Leadwood Lodge and Dulini Lodge,” he says.
“While with &Beyond I was privileged to visit Gronga in Limpopo province. They were then the greenest lodge in the country and I spent a few days with them learning their operation. Since then I have been to seminars on Sustainability and how to cut down on our carbon footprint. This has become a passion with new products and techniques being developed everyday. I am pleased that Maropeng shares this passion for sustainability.”
Brockman’s aim for Maropeng is to improve the maintenance and buildings with the hopes of attaining an additional star rating. He also aims to put systems in place that will assist the maintenance team and will be focussing on training.
The Maropeng Hotel is embarking on an extension project and Brockman is looking forward to lending his expertise to the renovations. “I know the maintenance issues associated with hotels and by raising these during the construction phase, maintenance once the project is complete becomes a lot easier,” he says. He adds that he is also excited to learn more about the exhibits and the history of the area.
Brockman was born in Zimbabwe while his parents were on an extended holiday there visiting family. He was brought up in Durban before moving to Empangeni Zululand. After school he completed an apprenticeship with McCarthy Toyota as an Auto Electrician. His parents then bought a hotel in Port Elizabeth and he moved to the area to learn the hotel trade.
“I have a very inquisitive mind and am always up for new challenges. I never do things half-heartedly and take pride in everything I do and strive to be the best. I am looking forward to this new position at Maropeng and what I can learn from and bring to the Maropeng team,” he says.
Tony Rubin, Managing Director of Maropeng, warmly welcomes Brockman to the Maropeng family. “We believe he is a great fit and will work well in our environment. We wish him well in this position,” he says.
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