By Mil­iswa Sitshwele


Even though he has only been at Maropeng for the past four months, Khathu Negondeni is already part of the Maropeng A Team”.

Khathu, who man­ages the Maropeng Hotel, has been in the hos­pi­tal­i­ty indus­try for the past eight years – an expe­ri­ence he wouldn’t trade for any­thing in the world, he says. 

Before he joined the Maropeng fam­i­ly, Khathu worked at Riv­er Stone Lodge as a Food and Bev­er­age Man­ag­er: Operations.

What he loves most about Maropeng is the rich­ness of cul­ture and the col­lec­tive minds that make up the staff. The staff around here know where they are com­ing from and they know where they are going,” Khathu explains.


The Maropeng Sun­day stir-fry also makes things spe­cial. It’s the best in the world!” he says.

What makes Maropeng dif­fer­ent from all the places he has worked is the human evo­lu­tion angle – some­thing Khathu pre­vi­ous­ly knew lit­tle about. 

I have worked all over South Africa, includ­ing Dur­ban and Cape Town, but Maropeng stands out for me. That is why I am will­ing to dri­ve from Eden­vale, Johan­nes­burg, to Maropeng each day,” he says.

The staff here are also real­ly friend­ly; they make you feel at home – like you belong with them. The team spir­it is awesome.

We work like a fam­i­ly, we relate to each oth­er as broth­ers. The sup­port that we offer each oth­er is unbe­liev­able; we have a vision for Maropeng.”

Itume­leng Mtombeni, senior restau­rant super­vi­sor at the Tumu­lus restau­rant, describes Khathu as friend­ly – some­one who moti­vates oth­ers no mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion they find them­selves in.

Khathu is very friend­ly, he always has a smile on his face,” says Itumeleng.