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Renate de Villiers

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Renate de Villiers

Born: 8 Augustus 1987 (Heilbron - Free State)

Marital status: Not married

Languages: Afrikaans (Mother language)
English

Interests: Nature
Other countries, but also South African attractions
Family and friends
Ballet and other forms of dance
Tourism
Singing and writing songs, music
Writing articles and reviews (travel writing)

QUALIFICATIONS

Scholastic: Grade 12, with distinction, at Heilbron High School in the Free State(2005)

Subjects and results:

Mathematics SG A
Afrikaans First Language HG A
English Second Language HG A
Home Economics HG A
Biology HG A
Geography HG A
Physiology HG B

The following table indicates all subjects passed until the first semester of my final year:

BCons.Sc: Hospitality Management 2006
Subject Mark Comments
BLG 260 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 260 PASS
CIL 111 COMPUTER LITERACY 111 PASS
CIL 121 INFORMATION LITERACY 121 PASS
EKN 110 ECONOMICS 110 PASS
EKN 120 ECONOMICS 120 PASS
EOT 161 ACADEMIC READING SKILLS 161 PASS
EOT 162 ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS 162 PASS

ITW 121 INTERIOR MERCHANDISE 121 PASS
OBS 110 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 110 PASS
OBS 120 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 120 PASS
STK 110 STATISTICS 110 FAIL
STK 110 STATISTICS 110 PASS
TBE 110 TOURISM MANAGEMENT 110 PASS
TBE 120 TOURISM MANAGEMENT 120 PASS
VDS 111 FOOD SUPPLY &QUALITY CONTR.111 PASS

BCons.Sc: Hospitality Management 2007

Subject Mark Comments
ABV 320 LABOUR RELATIONS 320 PASS
ITW 261 INTERIOR MERCHANDISE 261 PASS
KEP 220 CULTURAL EATING PATTERNS 220 PASS
OBG 111 DESIGN PRINCIPLES 111 PASS
OBS 210 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 210 PASS
TBE 220 TOURISM MANAGEMENT 220 PASS
TBE 291 TOURISM MANAGEMENT 291 PASS WITH DISTINCTION
TBE 293 TOURISM MANAGEMENT 293 PASS WITH DISTINCTION
VDG 220 NUTRITION 220 PASS
VDS 210 FOODS 210 PASS
VDS 221 FOODS 221 PASS

BCons.Sc: Hospitality Management 2008
Subject Mark Comments
ITW 311 INTERIOR MERCHANDISE 311 PASS
TBE 310 TOURISM MANAGEMENT 310 PASS
VDB 321 FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT 321 PASS
VDG 311 NUTRITION 311 PASS
VDG 321 NUTRIT. DURING LIFE CYCLE 321 PASS WITH DISTINCTION
VDS 322 LARGE SCALE PLANNING& PREP.322 PASS
VDS 354 FOODS 354 PASS
VDS 355 FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT 355 PASS

BCons.Sc: Hospitality Management 2009
Subject Mark Comments
INB 320 INTERIOR PLANNING 320 PASS
OBS 321 ENTREPRENEURSHIP 321 PASS
OPI 480 EXPER. TRAINING IN INDUST. 480 ACCEPTABLE PROGRESS
PGB 410 PROJECT: RESEARCH METHODOL.410 PASS

PGB 420 PROJECT: HOSPITALITY MANAG.420 PASS
VDB 410 FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT 410 PASS
VDS 413 FOODS 413 PASS
VDS 414 CULINARY ART 414 PASS
VDS 424 CULINARY ART 424 PASS

LEADERSHIP ROLES

Group Leader at Voortrekker camp for grade 4 children (2002)
Prefect of Heilbron High School (2000 and 2005)
Leader of the Heilbron Voortrekker movement (2004)
“Presidentsverkenner” and “Hoofleierswag” in Voortrekkers (2005)
Exchange Student to Germany (25 June 2004 – 25 July 2004)
Group Leader at the First Years' Camp (2006)
Manager at Campus Restaurant (Eat@UP) (2008)
Highschool Teacher at AQE Private School, Montana, Pretoria (Jan-April 2010)
Manager at Conifer Cape Guesthouse, Cape Town (2010)
Aupair for a twelve year old boy (2011)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work at Africlassic River Lodge, Rivonia (Gauteng), as an overall assistant for a weekend (2006)
Work at Africlassic River Lodge, Rivonia (Gauteng), managing the lodge for a week (January 2007)
Work at 314 On Clark Guesthouse, Brooklyn (Pretoria; Gauteng), as an overall assistant from June 2007 to March 2008.
Work at All Seasons Bed and Breakfast, Moreleta Park, Pretoria (Gauteng), as an assistant front of house. (Prepared a data base of all South African Guesthouses and lodges.) (2007)
Work at Candlewoods Guesthouse, Centurion (Gauteng), as a front house assistant as well as conference meetings. (2008)
Work at Mug&Bean, Brooklyn Mall (Brooklyn, Gauteng), as a waitress. (2007)
Aupair in Krugersdorp, Featherbrook Estates. (Gauteng).Two boys in Primary School. (2008 and 2009)
Mathematics (grade 1 to grade 7) extra class assistant. (Horison Primary School and Helderkruin Primary School; 2008)
Event Management on campus as part of Hospitality Management’s fourth year syllabus. This included functions for UP Alumni. The event I managed on 25 August 2009 was for the South African Chemical Institute. (University of Pretoria; 2009)
Work for a travel writer, Carrie Hampton, in Noordhoek, Western Cape, for two weeks as an intern. Here I assisted her with filing, taking notes during meetings, research on topics for articles and I also wrote my own article on African Game Lodge near Montagu. (See article at www.safaritart.com) I also assisted her in three gradings for the Tourism Grading Council. (June-July, 2009)
Relief Manager for a week and a half in the September holiday, (2009), at Africlassic River Lodge in Rivonia, Johannesburg, while the owners were overseas.
All together I have worked about 575 practical hours, excluding the travel writing.

My responsibilities at Africlassic River Lodge and the other guesthouses included the following:

• Prepare and serve breakfasts
• Check all the rooms after they have been cleaned
• Check guests in and out
• Do the petty cash on the computer
• Send e-mails, reply to guests who wanted to make reservations and send invoices
• Answer the phone
• Replenish stock
• Keep the guests happy by attending to their primary needs
• Pack and unpack the dishwasher
• Lay tables for breakfast
• Prepare and serve dinners
• Help at functions held at 314 On Clark Guesthouse and Candlewoods Guesthouse
• Prepare the boardroom
• Prepare the sauna

My responsibility as Aupair is:

• To pick the boy up from school and drive him home
• To drive him to sport events, like rugby practice and rugby games
• To help them with homework or to study for tests or examinations
• To make sure they have something to eat
• To keep an eye on them during the afternoon
• To report back to their parents
• To prepare revision tests for them

Once and again I assisted at Horison Primary School and Helderkruin Primary School with mathematics extra classes for grade 1 to 7. (2009)
My first formal employment was as a Hospitality, Tourism and Social Science teacher at AQE Private School in Montana, Pretoria. I taught Hospitality and Tourism for grade 10 to 12 students and Social Science for grade 8 and 9 students. (January to April 2010).

After this I was the manager of Conifer Cape Guesthouse since May 2010 up until the end of November 2010. This guesthouse is situated in the city bowl of Cape Town and has five rooms. I was responsible for every part of the guesthouse, from bookings, marketing, checking in and checking out, quotations, maintenance management, housekeeping management, breakfast recipe development, stock taking, any alternative assistance to guests (including wine tours and transport to and from the airport), as well as keeping track of the income and expenditures.

PRESENT OCCUPATION

I am currently busy with a part time course in Travel Writing, with Carrie Hampton as my mentor. I have also been accepted for a journalism course at Unisa and I will be writing my examination in October.
I have attempted to write English articles for the Greenwood Guide. The editor, Simon Greenwood, was impressed with my writing skills and felt that I would be a very good writer with some experience.
I am currently working for lawyer, Marianne Pretorius, where I am responsible to request progress reports from correspondents, and trace reports from tracers. In the afternoons I Aupair for a twelve year old boy.

REFERENCES

Magdel van Sandwyk,
Owner of Africlassic River Lodge, Rivonia, Gauteng
Contact number: 082 549 1524
Reception number at Africlassic: (011) 234 6522

Ria Fourie,
Manager of 314 On Clark Guesthouse, Brooklyn, Pretoria
Contact number: (012) 346 2460

Mathine Otto
Manager at Candlewoods Guesthouse, Centurion.
Contact number: 084 240 1734

Marianne Pretorius
Mother of boys whom I aupaired for, as well as the lawyer I am working for
Contact number: 083 271 3468

Dr. Gerrie du Rand
Chief Lecturer at the department of Consumer Science: Hospitality Management.
Email address: gerrie.durand@up.ac.za

Marlien van der Westhuizen
School Principle of AQE Private School
Email address: marlienvdw@gmail.com

Carrie Hampton
Travel Writer; Star Grader for the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa; Publisher of various books, including Table Mountain and Safari Lodge coffee table books.
Contact number: 082 976 5905
Email address: carrieh@iafrica.com

REFERENCE LETTER:

Carrie Hampton
Hospitality Consultant | Travel Writer

P. O. Box 614, Noordhoek | 7979 Western Cape | RSA
Tel: 021 789 2091 | Cell: 082 9765905 | Fax SA: 0866 725337
Email: carrieh@iafrica.com | www.travelwriter.co.za |www.safaritart.com

To: Whom it may concern 20 July 2009
Re: Renate de Villiers

Renate de Villiers took the initiative to contact me and persuade me to take her as an intern for a short period. This was the best decision I have made in a long time.

Renate was a huge asset to my consultancy; revealing a great intelligence, a wonderful friendly nature and the ability to work unsupervised.

She worked hard and showed a good deal of talent at whatever task I asked of her. This included assisting in the star grading of several properties, internet research for travel articles and writing a draft article plus a travel blog entry, taking dictation and notes at meetings and typing them up, filing destination information requiring a knowledge of the geography of southern and east Africa. She also took part in a one-day travel writing workshop that I facilitated.

If I had a position for her, I would jump at the chance to employ Renate. I believe she will be a great asset to any business.

Feel free to contact me on the above contact details if you wish for verbal confirmation of the above.

Yours faithfully,

Carrie Hampton
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