Right from the get-go, it was apparent that Vusi was a multi-talented individual who was an extremely fast learner and took on diverse tasks like cleaning, maintenance and gardening. Vusi has a military background so precision, punctuality and discipline are second nature and his leadership skills came to the fore as he gently guided and encouraged his colleagues.
Horticulture comes naturally to Vusi and under his watchful care, our herb patch and fynbos roof- garden blossomed. His green fingers will be missed together with his eye for detail, commitment to excellence and friendly nature.
Vusi returns to Zimbabwe where he will be putting his energy into running and developing his family farm. Before Vusi heads North, we asked him about some of his experiences at Morukuru Family De Hoop.
How long have you been part of the Morukuru Family? I’ve been here since the very beginning! I started working for Morukuru Family back in March 2014, so I have been working here for 7 years now.
Tell us about some of the special memories you have had during your time in De Hoop. I still remember arriving at De Hoop and seeing the ocean, sand dunes and even whales for the first time – I will never forget that moment. I also did a trip to Cape Agulhas to see the southernmost tip of Africa. Explain what new skills you picked up? My interpersonal and human psychology skills have definitely improved! I have learned how to better understand different characters of guests and staff. My time at De Hoop has allowed me to upskill in stock management and general hospitality like keeping the lodge and surrounding areas clean and tidy. What are you going to miss the most when you retire? Morukuru is based on the concept of family - so I will definitely miss our strong sense of community and support. I am very sad to be leaving and will miss each individual especially our owners Ed and Anka and of course our guests who come from all over the world. Plus the incredible views of the ocean and the animals. To all the Morukuru Team I would like to say thank you for your help, support and friendship during my time here. What will you be doing in your much-earned retirement? I will be going back to Zimbabwe to run my family farm that includes both cattle and cash crops.
Any words of wisdom for the younger team members and those wanting a career in hospitality? In hospitality the key to success is time, never lose time, think smart and keep your work areas clean. Don’t forget teamwork, communication and coordination are the keys to success. Thank you and good luck Vusi - May the road rise up to meet you! We look forward to hearing about your own farming enterprises.