December 13, 2011
Singita Game Reserves has made two key managerial appointments at Singita Kruger National Park. Located within its private concession on the far reaches of the Park, this region has become known for offering a thrilling wildlife experience, along with Singita’s warm and personal service that invites guests to relax and connect with nature in a way that could change them forever.
Laurez de Wet has taken up the reins at Singita Lebombo Lodge, where 15 luxurious loft-style suites overlooking the N’wanetsi River offering private terraces with breathtaking views. At sister lodge Singita Sweni with only six seductive suites, Kevin Pongola has been appointed as Lodge Manager at what is regarded as ‘the most romantic of all Singita’s lodges in Southern and East Africa’. Led by Caroline Burke the General Manager of Singita Kruger National Park, this capable duo is setting out to deliver personalized safari experiences with the characteristic passion and delight that has placed Singita on the global map.
Kevin Pongola (30) first joined the Front of House team at Singita Kruger National Park in 2008, and his passion and unfaltering work ethic soon caught the eye of the Singita Management team, who promoted him to the position of Lodge Manager within three short years. He was born in the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay and raised in Cape Town. He discovered his passion for the hospitality industry early in life, and his career has seen him work at the world renowned Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, while completing a three year course in Hotel Management at the International Hotel and Motel Association in Cape Town. This was followed by international hospitality industry experience accrued at the 5-star Wheatleigh Hotel outside Boston in the United States. He then did a stint at Heston Blumenthal’s famous restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray, in the United Kingdom, before returning to home soil. With his professional, hands-on approach to the luxury guest experience, he is set to take the Singita service credo here to new heights.
During the past six years 30-year old Laurez De Wet has gained an impeccable reputation for customer care excellence, and is one of the rising stars in the safari hospitality industry. Born in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, this young dynamo obtained her diploma in Hotel Management at the Durban University of Technology, and completed her in-service training at Rattray’s at Mala Mala in the Sabi Sand Reserve. This irrevocably shaped her career path, and she has worked at some of South Africa’s most well known luxury lodges, among which Phinda Forest Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal; Royal Malewane in the Thornybush Nature Reserve where she served as Front of House Manager; and at Thanda Private Game Reserve on the Elephant Coast where she was Lodge Manager for the past 18 months.