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South Africans for the UK & Ireland

South Africans for the UK & Ireland
Recruit PROFESSIONAL SOUTH AFRICAN CHEFS – at all levels and an exclusive database of hospitality staff who can’t wait to work for you! We work with the Skilled Worker Visa System UK (Tier 2). We also work with Irish Employment Permits for non-EEA Nationals.

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Why Choose us to recruit?

Our UK  and Ireland hospitality recruitment division concentrates on talent acquisition for hotels and restaurants throughout the region. Sarah Donnelly our Managing Director has work in hospitality recruitment and lived in Ireland and the UK for 10 years. Caval Goodyear our Recruitment Manager is a qualified chef with excellent experience working in the UK.

We are highly knowledgeable about the Skilled Worker Visa System, Tier-2,  and can guide both you the employer and our candidates through the entire process.

We also work on the ground in the UK to find South African hospitality professionals (and other nationalities) new career opportunities. Find professional South African Chefs today! Recruit South African hospitality staff right now!

Industry Leaders

Uniquely well connected with hospitality leaders, influencers and top talent

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An exclusive talent pool of hospitality professionals at all levels

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Featured Candidates

 Meet this month’s top hospitality job seekers! From talented world-class international chefs, to stunning hostesses and dynamic restaurant and hotel managers, you have come to the right place to source the best talent to drive your business to success. 

Hotel

Hotel General Manager
South African male, international experience; pre-openings; 4-5* Hotel Groups

Front Office Manageress
Outstanding and well presented front office manageress with VIP experience

Reservations Agent / Waiter
South African male with an Advanced Hospitality Diploma and experience working as a server as well as reservations in 5* hotels

Hotel Receptionist
South African female, 4 years front office experience in 4-5* international hotel groups

Restaurant

Hostess
South African hostess with luxury yachting and 5* hotel experience. QATAR only.

Waitress
South African waitress – 5* fine-dining experience, coffee shops & ships. Extremely well presented South African female -high-volume pre-opening experience in Qatar within leading global brands.

Restaurant General Manager or Senior Assistant Manager
Vibrant, dynamic Namibian male; international experience; Hotel Groups & stand-alone restaurants

Chef

Executive Chef – Restaurants
South African male, international fine-dining experience at a World Class level!

Sous Chef – Hotels and Restaurants
Excellent caliber sous chef with experience in high-volume hotels and restaurants.

Chef de Partie
Restaurant and hotel experienced chef de partie. Fully qualified, available immediately

Spa & Beauty

Spa Manager
South African female; fully qualified, has managed large teams; international experience

Spa Therapist
Qualified spa therapist seeker her first international opportunity with you!

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    Hospitality Industry Leaders

    Hospitality Jobs Africa Group started back in 2008. We are a bespoke team of professional recruitment consultants who are passionate our client’s business and our candidate’s careers.

    We take pride in sourcing exceptional candidates for the luxury market including Hotel & Restaurant Management, superb Chefs of all levels, Housekeeping, Sales & Marketing, Finance Managers, Retail Store Managers, Front of House, Back of House and so much more.

    Much of our top talent have international experience and have worked as part of pre-opening teams.

    Your Talent Acquisition Team

    Meet the BLOW-YOUR-MIND team behind Hospitality Jobs Africa... We are hospitality recruitment Gladiators... "Whatever Comes Out Of These Gates, We've Got A Better Chance Of Survival If We Work Together."

    We understand that at the heart of every successful hospitality brand is its people. And that’s where we come in. We are in it for the long haul and help our clients achieve their business results by selecting the right people. 

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    Sarah Donnelly

    Managing Director

    Sarah is an Industrial Psychology graduate – with over 25 year’s working as a hospitality recruitment consultant and training other recruitment agencies in South Africa nationwide. She has a post graduate qualification in employment law and is widely published as a leader in the field in competency based recruitment assessment.

    Sarah has a vast knowledge of running hospitality recruitment on-boarding projects for new restaurant and hotel openings with leading global hospitality brands in Ireland, UK, The Middle East and the African region.

    Zana Scheltema

    Zana Scheltema

    Group Hospitality Recruitment Manager

    Zana is a seasoned hospitality recruiter with a passion for finding hidden gems. With 15 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, both locally and internationally, she is dedicated to empowering people to change their lives and helping high performers land amazing jobs.

    As a former chef, manager, business owner, and staff member, she understands the needs of both employers and employees. She takes pride in guiding our newest talent through the hiring process with compassion and coaching skills that serve them well. Her candidates appreciate her responsiveness, transparency, and honesty. She delivers a top-notch candidate experience, whether or not you are hired.

    If you are interested in connecting with her for future opportunities or advice, she would love to hear from you!

    Caval Goodyear

    Caval Goodyear

    Hospitality Recruitment Manager

    Caval studied culinary arts and started his professional journey in 5* hotels and lodges locally and abroad. His decade-plus first hand operational experience made the transition from qualified Chef and Lecturer to Hospitality Recruitment Consultant effortless.

    Blending two of Caval’s great loves, the Humanities (cum Laude graduate 2010) and Hospitality (C&G 2007) he lives by his monikers of the People’s Champion and The #NoDaysOffRecruiter.

    Close on a decade into his recruitment career, Caval has helped hundreds of job seekers make that next move while providing clients with talented and committed professionals

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    Christopher Phillips

    Business Development & Project Manager

    Christopher Phillips, a seasoned sales and marketing professional in the tourism industry since 1994, started with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as an intern and later worked with Alitalia until 2000. With a passion for fostering client relationships and providing top-notch sales support, he ventured to the USA in 2005, working for Carnival Cruise Lines.

    In 2018, Christopher joined the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa as an Independent Assessor, ensuring quality standards for accommodation establishments.

    In 2023, he became a Project Manager at Hospitality Jobs Africa, specializing in Business Development. Christopher is dedicated to finding the right fit for hospitality positions, believing that a positive first impression is crucial for guests to return regularly.

    Nick Scheltema Bio

    Nick Scheltema

    Strategic Hospitality Solutions Specialist

    Nick Scheltema is a seasoned hospitality professional with two decades of diverse experience. His journey began with a Bachelor's degree in Labour Relations, Organisational Psychology, and Human Resources from the University of Cape Town, complemented by culinary expertise acquired at the South African Chefs Academy.

    Nick's career spans top establishments in South Africa, African lodges, and Europe. His roles as Chef,  General Manager, and Food & Beverage Manager showcase a versatile skill set. Currently pursuing an LLB, Nick uniquely combines legal knowledge with his extensive hospitality background.

    In his current role as a Strategic Hospitality Solutions Specialist, Nick excels in hospitality recruitment and business development, leveraging his profound industry insights to identify and nurture talent while driving strategic growth initiatives. A true connoisseur of the culinary arts, Nick Scheltema is known for blending creativity with strategic acumen. His commitment to excellence and continuous learning defines his success in navigating the ever-evolving world of hospitality.

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    Kerri-Leigh Mayes

    Head of Recruitment Administration

    Kerri is a task-driven executive assistant with 10+ years of administrative experience managing office operations.

    Equipped with exceptional ability to facilitate all aspects of internal communications, support the day-to-day administrative and operational functions by working collaboratively with the Senior hospitality recruitment consultants to achieve maximum operational impacts, conserve time and boost efficiency.

    Kerri supports the team by doing all of our background checks - references, criminal checks, credit checks and recruitment documentation for international visas and medicals, She also manages the company website, Social media and design work and ensuring all systems are fully functional.

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    Tebogo Kemp

    Hospitality Recruitment Consultant

    Tebogo embarked on her recruitment career in the hospitality industry in 2019 before expanding into recruiting as a generalist. She joined Hospitality Jobs Africa in May 2023.

    She is an experienced recruiter with four years of professional experience and is passionate about providing meaningful insights and uncovering ideal candidates. She believes that bad hires cost businesses a lot of capital and a big stumbling block in terms of achieving business goals which. This motivates her to always find the best.

    Well-known for her hands-on approach & commitment to client service, her greatest affection is assisting individuals land their dream profession, and contributing towards reducing the high unemployment rate in South Africa.

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    Danica Blyth

    Hospitality Recruitment Consultant

    Danica is a BCom Strategic Management Graduate with a certificate in Hospitality Management and Hotel Operations. With over 3 years of Human Resource Management coupled with talent-hunting experience under her belt, she's just getting started and taking the hospitality industry by storm.

    As a specialist Talent Acquisitionist (AKA a professional stalker!), she has a keen eye for world-class talent and thrives matching the perfect employee with their dream job.

    Danica will find the people who are not actively looking for jobs ~the pearls buried at the bottom of the ocean, and bring them into the light for our prestige clients.

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    Refilwe Mofutsana

    Hospitality Recruitment Consultant

    Refilwe has worked in the hospitality industry for over 9 years,In that space, Refilwe has managed to venture into different sectors within the hospitality industry, and that managed to build her great charisma and her love for recruitment.

    She is a motivated individual who lives by the rule (live today like there’s no tomorrow) which means life should be full of adventures, love and laughter.

    Refilwe is working towards putting her name higher in the recruitment industry, building a solid brand for herself also changing lives via her career.

    With that being said-  She believes she can, and she’s halfway there! 

    Lauren Nortier

    Lauren Nortier

    Hospitality Recruitment Coordinator

    Lauren was working as a scuba instructor for the first 5-star hotel in Mozambique when the hospitality bug bit. Since then, she has worked at or managed everything from an island backpackers’ lodge to a jungle guesthouse to a unique wildlife lodge in a reserve above the clouds.

    Her mottos when it comes to experiencing new things and taking on new challenges are “just say yes” and “learn as you go”.

    Having had to leave hospitality, when a friend offered a lifeline in the form of a role in recruitment, Lauren jumped in and now provides admin support for a lead recruiter, as well as introducing some special candidates to their dream roles along the way.

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    Talitha Mkondwane

    Hospitality Recruitment Consultant

    Taliha has recently graduated in her studies in Hospitality Management combined with work experience in global hospitality brands both internationally and within South Africa. She brings with her a well-rounded knowledge of all hospitality departments.

    She is passionate about growing within the recruitment field and is always opening to exploring and learning new things. Talitha is a dynamic, eloquent and driven recruitment coordinator who is always up for new challenges and learning experiences within the Hospitality Jobs Africa family. He passion for the hospitality industry and people will ensure she achieves her goals and delivers performance excellence.

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    Maxine Ndudzo

    Hospitality Recruitment Intern

    Maxine is a Journalism and Media graduate(cum laude 2022).She also recently pursued her second honors degree in Human Resource Management.

    Maxine is aiming to grow her knowledge of different aspects of HR through training experience with the HJA team. HJA will help her grow as an individual in recruitment and talent acquisition in workplaces through the different experiences she encounters with our team.

    She is a fast learner,motivated,dedicated and a team player who will assist HJA reach greater heights.

    " I believe recruitment is very inspiring and motivates one to do better for themselves and for others. There is immense satisfaction in being able to help someone achieve their dreams which is something I am playing a part in at HJA"

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    Fleetwood Van Heerden

    Hospitality Internal Visa Consultant

    Fleetwood is our internal visa consultant. He assists our candidates and our clients with any visa enquiries, police clearances, test-taking requirements and documentation.

    His particular strength is working with the UK Skilled Worker visa which needs to be 100% correct. Fleetwood is IELTS (TEFL) trained as an English coach.

    He has lived and worked all over the world in lodges and on cruise ships. Fleetwood is a meticulous person and our Excel Spreadsheet Guru!

    Excellence is not a single act…

    it is a habit

    Hospitality Jobs Africa is amazing when it came to helping me out. First time having someone assist with so much efficiency and motivation. Service is top class for sure!

    Sasha Brown – Candidate 

    Very professional & efficient. Reasonable rates and top quality candidates. Very pleased with their service.”

    Steve Marx - Client

    Industry News

    We stay up-to-date with hospitality news and when we have time somewhere between talent acquisition and successful placements, you will find us following new amazing brands on social media and reading up on the latest industry news.

     

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    Our common hospitality jobs include Front of House, Back of House, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Chefs of all levels, Hotel Sales & Marketing and Financial Managers and so much more.

    We specialize in placing South African candidates around South Africa, Greater Africa, The UK, Ireland and the Middle East.

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