PROFILE: Gavin Ferreira (35)
General Manager: De Hoek Country Hotel
Gavin Ferreira has been the General Manager at the Luxury De Hoek Country Hotel in Magaliesburg for 18 months and has gained valuable experience as a Luxury Hotelier with strong managerial skills and ample experience in excellent customer service, both in South Africa and the UK.
He recently completed a course in Hospitality leadership through the Graduate Business School in Cape Town. This NQ 8 Level course will prove valuable to his future development in the hospitality sector and assist him with his future goals and high career expectations.
Upon completion of his National Senior Certificate at York High School in George in 2000, he dove head first into his first hospitality job, starting as Commis Chef at Fairy Knowe Hotel and Resort in Wilderness - where he was promoted to Chef de Partie a mere four months later. In December 2001 he seized an opportunity to relocate to the UK, obtaining a job as Commis Chef at the famous Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey. From there he quickly worked his way up the kitchen ranks to Demi Chef de Partie and Chef de Partie.
Following a stint as part of the opening team at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow in Buckinghamshire from January to September 2003, Gavin returned to South Africa to take up a position as Private Chef to the Chambers Family at Fancourt Private Residence on the Garden Route.
He registered with the well regarded Warwick’s Chef School in Hermanus and graduated top of his class in December 2005. Gavin then decided to return to the UK once more, it was at this point, in March 2006, that he joined The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, having been offered a place on the company’s Hotel Management Training Programme, based at Summer Lodge in Dorset, one of the UK’s top luxury Country House Hotels. Here he was mentored by the legendary South African General Manager, Charles Lotter.
Gavin was transferred back to Capetown, South Africa two years later where he joined The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa as Banqueting Floor Manager, before being swiftly promoted to Banqueting Manager, overseeing a busy events department, and hosting many high profile Conferences and Banquets.
In April 2010 he was promoted again, to Food & Beverage Manager, which saw the hotels highly regarded restaurants and wedding department flourishing under his management.
In 2014, he deservedly took over as Deputy General Manager and Food and Beverage Director, taking on many additional management responsibilities. At the Twelve Apostles, he worked for 4 years under the guidance of General Manager Horst Freshe, another leading luxury Hotelier of the last twenty years within South Africa.
Michael matriculated at Monument high school in 2014. Since school he concentrated on a career in amateur golf, part time promotions until he received a full golf scholarship to west Texas in the USA. He returned from the USA and registered LJP Tourism (Pty) Ltd in 2017 to specifically entertain functions at his family’s property in Hekpoort namely high end picnics , helicopter picnics on top of the mountain and also bush braai’s.
LJP Tourism has now expanded and an outdoor and indoor venue has been built on the property to host larger groups of people.
He Became a member of the MBF and launched the first and very successful “Magalies Rocks The Cradle” golf day held at Ruimsig country club in June 2018. Michael Has also represented the MBF at various tourism meetings and conferences.
Seeking more Michael has also joined ADA Drilling and ADAQUO water as their sales and marketing manager. Michael believes in giving back and has an active role in the local charities.
Holistic Entrepreneur & Registered Marriage Officer
Marisa Wollheim is a well-respected & passionate Speaker, Trainer & Life Mentor with 21 years experience in Hospice Care. She runs the Amazing Grace Training & Retreat Centre of Awareness based on Serio’s Farm in Magaliesburg. She has been a resident in Magaliesburg for over 40 years and Loves Magaliesburg.
Marisa developed several Courses to facilitate Personal Development and Life Skills. She demonstrates strong values such as Communication, interconnectedness and balance.
She has a Spiritual Nature and is self-inspired using her attitude and power of choice to bring forth change and solutions in her life and others’.
She is a keen Djembe Drummer and uses Drumming in her Training to facilitate Team Work & Communication Skills.
Get to know Angela Da Cunha: Magaliesburg Business owner
Tell us about your roots and your slogan?
I grew up in Krugersdorp and started working at our local Magaliesburg Spar, a family owned business, at the age of ten. I “married”into the liquor trade and our first “Big Time Liquors”was opened in Krugersdorp 20 years ago. Three years later, the second Big Time Liquors opened in Magaliesburg followed by Small Time Liquors in 2008. The businesses have grown in keeping with the town’s expansion.
After 17 years of Big Time Liquors giving our community personal and friendly service, we are delighted and proud to launch “Magalies Tops”ready to offer even more to the public.
My team and I are proud to keep alive the dream of the legendary chico da Cunha, living by his motto “Service with a personal touch” as we build up the business in his honour.
What are your goals?
We market various brands and believe that it is vital for the brand owners to be fully confident that we, as their distributors, understand what needs to be accomplished. We aim to ensure a strong relationship between the brand owners and ourselves, as the distributors, to achieve our common goals.
What would you say your mission is?
To provide our customers, suppliers and employees with quality products and services and to exceed their expectations through profitability, communication, selling and execution.
What range of services do you offer?
We offer a wide range of services including, loan of glasses, waiter training, wine menu set up, wine tastings and event planning. “Services with a personal touch”.
What is your community involvement?
I have been serving as the Magalies Business Forum’s Treasurer as well as assisted on numerous town clean up projects, assisting with arrangements for the MBF Golf day where the Magalies Rocks the Cradle 2018 was launched, assisting our local hospitality owners to set up their functions, etc.
After working for more than ten years in the department of Justice, while studying law part time through Unisa, Henk was admitted as attorney in 1971 and started practising in Gobabis, Namibia.
During his eleven years in the department of Justice he was promoted four times and worked as administrative assistant, prosecutor, magistrate and state attorney.
In later years he was also a state law advisor in Namibia where he was mainly involved in drafting of labour legislation.
After returning from Namibia to South Africa he was legal advisor at the Gazankulu Development Corporation rendering legal services to the department of Agriculture as well as Small Business Development. During the same period, he served as member of the board of the Merensky High School for five years of which two years was as chairman.
Before opening the practise in Magaliesburg in 2007 he was also a legal advisor in the corporate world in Johannesburg for three years.
Henk is focussed on the wellbeing of the community and has over the last ten years acted in court cases without charging any fees for several people from the community as well as for community organisations. He was secretary for the Magaliesburg Rate Payers Association for three years and was the Deputy Chairman of the Magalies Business Forum. Because of his involvement in the labour law matters as well as local government law matters he completed an advanced course in labour law through Unisa in 2012 and an advanced course in Local Government Law through the University of Pretoria in 2013.
Henk is an experienced litigation attorney but also offers a variety of other services such as wills, estate planning, etc.
Anita has a BA.HOD and was a teacher for 15 years. She started her career in teaching at our very own Bekker High School.
In 1999 she traded the black board for the exciting proposition of running her own boutiques.
In 2006 she had enough of the fashion industry and decided to sell properties, starting in Krugersdorp and eventually founding her own brand, Farmfinders. During 2013 she and her husband, Kobus, decided to buy the RE/MAX franchise in Randfontein. They have since expanded and now have 4 branches, doing sales, rentals, valuations, sectional title management and commercial properties.
Her estate agent qualifications include CEA, NQF 4, PDE, and the Privy Seal.
Anita has lived in Magaliesburg for the past 29 years, and is involved with the local primary school, the church as well as the MBF.
On a personal note, she has 2 married sons, and 5 beautiful Bull Terriers, she loves gardening and making a difference in the lives of those around her.
Hannelie is a qualified pharmacist and a dynamic business woman who owns and has successfully built up a group of four pharmacies in the Magaliesburg-moot area since 1989. She sees herself first and foremost as the mother of her two children; Carla (18) and Rijn (20), and as life partner to Errol Sanders with whom she shares a rustic homestead on the foothills of the Magalies mountains.
Hannelie obtained a B.Pharm degree at the university of Potchefstroom in 1986 and moved to Magaliesburg in 1989 - where she opened Country Pharmacy.
As employer of a contingent of 30 people Hannelie strongly believes in helping people to develop their full potential, she is running a youth development program in her pharmacies where she gives inexperienced youth the necessary skills.
Apart from her work in the medical field - MelonRouge was created in 2007 - a venue where food, art, books, antiques, vintage clothing and leisure meet to create an interesting space where friends and families can come together.
As a leader - Hannelie plays a key role in her community on different levels. She is a founding member of the Magaliesburg Business Forum of which she has been the chairperson since 2015.
She has managed not only to realise her vision for herself and her business but continues to strive to serve her community and to inspire the people she comes into contact with.
Was vir 7 jaar assistent bestuurder by Fruit en Veg Hillfox het in 2011 by Obaro aangesluit.
Obaro bestaan al 87 jaar was eers MGK graan korporasie is later oorgeskakel na Obaro wat n landbou korporasie is.
Werk laaste 7 jaar eers as Vrd bestuuder en toe assistent en laaste 2 jaar as bestuurder ons by Obaro Magaliesburg bestaan al te saam uit 42 personeel lede.
What do Henry Hartley, James Jennings and Nigel Naylor have in common? . . .
All three come from the Eastern Cape! Just a little bit of trivia.
Nigel has an intense interest in history and desire to see Magaliesburg prosper and he has managed to combine these two to make a difference, albeit a very tiny difference.
For starters, together with the help of others such as Hannelie Hartman and Pierre Coetzee, they have managed to resurrect the Magaliesburg Historical Society and their fifth monthly meeting is coming up on the 18th October!
Hannelie requested Nigel to represent Magaliesburg’s interests on the West Rand Development Agency’s (“WRDA”)’ project to bring international and local tourists to the greater Magaliesberg area. The South African War (more commonly known as the Boer War) being chosen as the first vehicle to achieve this. The project is now at the stage where the Business Plan has been completed, the project launched officially and government and other sources are being approached for funding.
Once funding is obtained, the project will be brought to the MBF actioning of the component affecting Magaliesburg.
Nigel studied geology at UPE, but never practiced geology and went into computing instead, spending 10 years with IBM, before going out contracting, and then joining the banks and spending over 14 years with ABSA. The changing dynamics of the South Africa workplace led Nigel to become an Independent Contractor again doing project management for the large financial intuitions, specialising in IT, Banking and Regulatory projects. He also has a master’s degree from Wits University.
Currently Nigel is semi-retired and has a small farm in Koesterfontein and is busy turning it from a lifestyle farm to a working farm.
The growth and effective management of Human Capital has been an integral part of Nomhle’s career journey and over the last 19 years, she has honed her skills to those of a seasoned Human Resources practitioner.
She holds an honours degree in Employment Relations obtained from Rand Afrikaanse University, now known as the University of Johannesburg.
Her various leadership roles in both the public and private sectors have established her as a great leader. The leadership roles she has played in her illustrious career culminated in her being Chief Executive and top brass at Rivoningo Steel Designs, where her responsibilities encompassed leading the development and execution of both the short term and long term strategies of the organization, to create shareholder value, as well as the everyday running of the organization, interfacing between customer, shareholder and government. Nomhle is a natural leader and it is by no accident that she now finds herself in her current directorship at Uvumiso Trading.
Her work experience includes the following:
Senior Manager: Talent Management and Innovation (youth programs) at the Gauteng Department of Education
Senior Manager: Skills Development at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Deputy Director: Labour Relations and Monitoring at Public Service Commission
Deputy Director: Performance management and Job evaluation at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Ek is Nuschka Botha ek het in 2009 gematrikuleer by Helpmekaar College in Johannesburg.
Ek is die jongste brouer in Suid-Afrika en brou by Black Horse Brouery.
Black Horse Brouery is ‘n familie bestuurde maatskappy gelee in Magaliesburg. Ek het eers begin brou deur ‘n kort “apprenticeship” by Heineken, ek was toe maar 20 jaar oud.
Ek sal graag wil sien dat daar meer verantwoordelikheid geneem word om die dorp skoon te maak en skoon te hou. Ek hou daarvan dat daar sulke goeie kommunikasie is tussen die gemeenskap.
Richard was born in Malta, raised in the United Kingdom and has been married to his wife Jenny for 45 Years.
Richard trained as a radiographer in Plymouth England from 1970 to 1972 and then worked for 10 years as a radiographer at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.
In 1982 Richard and his family emigrated to South Africa to take up employment at Johannesburg Hospital where he was head of the trauma x-ray department for 8 years.
During this period Richard was a member of the Johannesburg Hospital Major Disaster Committee.
He also served for 3 years as the Johannesburg representative on the National Committee of the Society of Radiographers of South Africa.
In 1994 Richard moved to the private sector and took employment at Philips Medical Systems where he became an X-ray Application Specialist specializing in the usage and setup of cardiac and vascular interventional systems, travelling for 18 years throughout Africa and the Middle East to train staff on the systems.
Over the last 15 years Richard has also taught himself database design and web design and when he retired in 2012 he and Jenny moved to Magaliesberg where he set up his web design business Appsman Web Design.
Richard has been setting up, designing, altering and keeping the Magalies Rocks the Cradle website. In 2018 the website has been running for 3 years and the feedback received was that the website was user friendly and fast.
Richard has been serving on the Executive Committee of the Magalies Business Forum and has been offering all MBF members special rates.
Ryan Marsden is a family and community-oriented person.
His family owns the Rose Well Country House and Spa. His family moved to Magaliesburg in 1984 and he attended both Laerskool and Hoerskool Bekker.
He is married to Salomien and they have two very bright children, David and Justin.
Ryan studied business management, marketing, IT electronic commerce and has participated as a guest speaker at events like The Google Road Show.
He has served on Bekker Primary’s school governing body for more than 6 years and for more than half of that time he has been the School Governing Board vice chairman. He is therefore thoroughly familiar with all aspects of school governance and has recently been elected to the high school SGB chair for marketing and fund-raising.
In the broader community he functions as treasurer of the local Sector Crime Forum, chairman of the Hervormde Church financial committee, Public Relations Officer for Magaliesburg Community Crime Prevention Forum an active member of the Magaliesburg Business Forum and acting Project Manager of the agriculture aspects of the Magaliesburg Development Forum.
Ryan is passionate about making quality learning and teaching a reality for every child by working with local business, schools and churches. He maintains a working relationship with local Ward councils and works within existing structures with social and economical developers as well as existing structures within government departments and the South African Police Service
He works at creating sustainable, workable links with all these stakeholders so that our children and local people can have a better future.
Stoney attended school at Sentraal High in Bloemfontein.
He was a member of the SA Police Service from 1975 to 2000 after which he joined the corporate world and was involved for a few years in a security company.
Thereafter he became a Safety and Security Manager for a Telecomms company specialising in Environmental Health and Safety and Event Safety.
He has completed the following courses:
1. Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Principles in the workplace
2. HIRA and Rootcause analisys
3. Skills development Program in Disaster Management
4. Skills development Program in Event Safety Management
Currently Stoney is an Environmental Health and Safety Consultant as well as an Event Safety Consultant.
Dr Reaan Immelman obtained his PhD in Marketing Management at the University of Johannesburg. He also completed a certificate in Tourism and Travel Management through the University of Queensland and his Basics of Guiding Course through MGT Training Solutions (Cathsseta Accreditation number: 613/P/060074/2006 and is a registered Site Tour Guide (GP5876) in the Magalies area and surroundings. He is also a SA Specialist (Essentials & Experiences), accredited through South African Tourism.
He is currently the Head of Education at Absa and on a part-time basis the founder and CEO of Smartglobalcompany.co.za. This company specialises in strategic planning and skills training, with a focus in tourism and education. Previous positions include part time lecturing, Dean of Commerce and Campus Director at the Pearson Institute of Higher Education. He also authored international conference papers and academic journals.
Reaan is the founder of magaliestourism.co.za, an initiative of the Magalies Business Form, with the vision for the Magalies area to be the preferred tourism destination for local and international tourists and visitors. Reaan is married to Rika and have two children, Rico (12) and Lienke (10).