In the photo: Left to right: Restaurant Manager Rephos Gumede, Bar Manager Michelle Samuel, and Food and Beverage Manager Stephen Catto
Kapama River Lodge is proud to introduce its new food and beverage manager Stephen Catto, restaurant manager Rephos Gumede, and bar manager Michelle Samuel.
Stephen was born and raised in Cape Town and learnt to cook in his mother’s kitchen. He opened his first restaurant at age five, when he cooked Sunday dinner to order for the family, for pocket money. His first job was as a pizza delivery boy, but he later worked on cruise ships around the world, as well as a for an array of five-star hotels. He says: “I am very lucky to have found a home at Kapama, and I am extremely excited for what the new team will achieve.”
Rephos began his career as a waiter and steadily climbed the ranks, studying tourism management and industrial relations management en route. He also worked at various five-star establishments before joining Kapama.
Michelle grew up in Welkom and entered the hospitality industry to follow a love for meeting people and experiencing different cultures. She has a degree in hospitality management and is working at Kapama as part of her experiential training - although she hopes to return to Kapama on a permanent basis.