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12 February2018

by Greg Cooke

The Royal Portfolio is proud to have some of the best General Managers in the industry

Adriaan Erasmus started his career at The Royal Portfolio on 9 October 2017. He joined The Royal Portfolio from his most recent role as General Manager of Motswari Lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and brings with him a wealth of experience having worked at the likes of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition, Tsawalu Kalahari, Anantara in the Maldives and Conservation Corporation Africa (now &Beyond). Adriaan joins the Royal Malewane family with his wife Joanne and his 13 year old daughter Emma.

Adriaan has a long and distinguished career in the hospitality industry. Following his time as opening General Manager of Tswalu Kalahari back in 1997, Adriaan was recruited by Virgin Limited Edition to become General Manager of Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. He was then transferred to Ulusaba in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve where his early experience as Head Ranger of Phinda proved invaluable. Adriaan has over 20 years of General Management experience in high-end luxury locations including the British Virgin Islands, Maldives, South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique. He has also successfully run his own businesses equipping him with a unique set of skills and experience that will ensure the Royal Malewane guest experience continues to go from strength to strength.

In addition to Adriaan’s extensive experience in leadership positions, he speaks Afrikaans, Zulu, and Swahili, and possesses world class knowledge of guiding and safari operations. He also possesses a Helicopter Pilot’s Licence and a Skipper’s Licence.

Edward Morton, who has been with The Royal Portfolio since 2003, has returned to La Residence as General Manager after an 18 month stint at Royal Malewane.

Adriaan is already adding great value to the guest experience at Royal Malewane and is proving to be a true custodian of our Purpose and Values. He will be at the helm for some exciting new developments including the opening of The Farmstead at Royal Malewane. More details about The Farmstead to follow in our next newsletter.

We are delighted to have Adriaan join The Royal Portfolio family and look forward to his contribution as we continue to attract the very best talent in the hospitality industry.

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