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In charge of the
running of all aspects
of hotel operations.

MJ Birch

GENERAL MANAGER gm@plettenberg.co.za

About MJ

Describing himself as driven, passionate and energetic, hotelier veteran MJ Birch brings with him over 20 years of hospitality experience. He started his career as a trainee in Cape Town in 1997, before heading to the UK, where he spent three years working his way up to Assistant F&B Manager. Returning back home in 2002, he joined Londolozi Private Game Reserve as Camp Manager, and in 2004 was appointed Assistant GM at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg. Before joining The Plettenberg in 2016, he spent eight years in Cape Town as Senior Manager, F&B and Operations Manager for Ellerman House. As GM for The Plettenberg, MJ ensure that the highest possible standards are met in terms of guest experience and service delivery: “I continuously push myself and my team to be better, so that we can offer our guests a truly unique and tailor-made stay.”

Ensures the smooth
running of the hotel by
managing all departments

Wiida Swiegers

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER assistantgm@plettenberg.co.za

About Wiida

Wiida’s hospitality journey began in 2002, working at The Balmoral in Edinburgh. Two years later she returned to South Africa and ended up managing a function venue located on Altydgedacht Wine Estate in Durbanville. From there she moved to Asara Wine Estate and Hotel in 2014, located just outside of Stellenbosch, which allowed her to hone her management skills in the position of Executive Housekeeper. In 2016 she made the difficult decision to leave Asara to manage La Cabrière Country House in Franschhoek. After having left Franschhoek in mid-2017, Wilda knew it was time for a different challenge - which she found as Assistant General Manager at The Plettenberg. Considering herself to be a highly organised person, Wiida loves to manage a team and says that administrative tasks appeal to her orderly nature, while interacting with guests keeps her grounded and provides the fun part of her job – with guest satisfaction being her highest priority.

Ensures the smooth running
of the kitchen and highest
quality of food

Ritchie Rorich

HEAD CHEF headchef@plettenberg.co.za

About Ritchie

Feeling passionate about travel and bringing people together, Ritchie Rorich secured a placement at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton resort in Naples, Florida, following his graduation from Steven Billinghams’ HTA School of Culinary Arts in 2007. He then spread his wings aboard the six-star cruise liner Crystal Symphony, travelling to over 30 different countries – and thereby fulfilling a lifelong dream of seeing the world. It was during his time spent in Hawaii and the Carribbean that he developed an affiliation for oriental and island cuisines. Upon his return to South Africa in 2010, Ritchie worked at Zinzi at Hunter Hotels in Plettenberg Bay as Senior Sous Chef for three years, under Chefs Ryan Millar and Antoinette Meyer. This was followed by three years of private cheffing, before joining the Collection family at The Plettenberg in October 2016, where he now works closely with his current mentor, Group Executive Chef Peter Templehoff.

In charge of
front office and
guest experience

Rothwill Jordaan

FRONT OFFICE & GUEST RELATIONS MANAGER guestservices@plettenberg.co.za

About Rothwill

Having joined The Plettenberg in March 2018, Rothwill Jordaan brings a wealth of experience with him. He began his career as a Receptionist with City Lodge Hotels in Kimberley in 2006, and subsequently worked at Guvon Hotels In Johannesburg from 2014 - 2017, where he was promoted to Assistant Front Office Manager, before moving to private game lodge Nambiti Hills in Kwazulu Natal as Front Office and Guests Services Manager for six months. In his current role as Front Office & Guest Relations Manager Rothwill strives to go over and above guest expectation, and to create a happy work environment for his team.