Maturity brings acceptance of one’s flaws. Although this flaw is something I am not proud of, it is something I must constantly work on: my (sometimes) arrogant approach to authority. Seems to be something engrained in my make-up, or perhaps inherited in my DNA. I am (too often) guilty of only seeking my own advice and believing my own propaganda. The result is occasionally a little macabre, so I must honestly admit that I don’t have a ‘mentor’ as so many others do, as there are few people whom I look up to.
We recently hosted a cocktail function at one of our new properties - invited guests included many local business people, all of whom are passionate about their community and proud of what their neighbourhood has to offer - they are excited yet desperate for us to succeed as new owners and operators of their much loved hotel.
The South African business sector, Cape Town in particular, has a short memory with regard to the oversupply of hotels and/or accommodation in our prime CBD locations – cast your mind back to over a year ago when we were not nearly so upbeat and most hoteliers were concerned about low occupancy rates.