Curriculum Vitae of Stephan von Plaster
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IDENTITY NUMBER 550523 5104 083
MARTIAL STATUS Divorced
CITIZENSHIP South African
PASSPORT RSA (WL 02886632) Expire 2014-05-23
HOME LANGUAGE English
OTHER LANGUAGES Afrikaans, Fanagalo, basic Portuguese
DRIVERS LICENCE South African, Code 8
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EMPLOYER: Barra Lodge Inhambane, Mozambique
DATES: May 2002 to Current
POSITION HELD: Food and Beverage Manager, promoted to Logistics Manager,
promoted to Admin Manager (Finance). Please see outline of work history below.
RENUMERATION: R17 800,00. Other benefits include 13th cheque, accommodation,
uniform, all meals and 30 working days leave per year.
REASONS FOR LEAVING: Seeking employment in South Africa
During my 9 years at the Barra Group I have continued to enhance my expertise in all
facets of running a well regarded international lodge. This includes everything from
managing various departments, all staff and overall finances.
Employed in May 2002 as Food and Beverage (F&B) Manger:
Responsible for all stocks, cash up and ordering for all F&B outlets (all bars,
fast food/Pizza and ala Carte restaurant) as well as all 58 staff.
Part of the challenges I faced when arriving was the lack of overall skills the
staff had. I had to train staff basic English and waitering skills. I also had to
retrain the chefs to cook and prepare ala carte meals and buffet presentation.
Personal hygiene and cleaning programs were also instituted.
One of the biggest challenges was being in such a remote area and the logistics
of getting supplies in from South Africa. I put processes into place to ensure
the smooth running of orders and ensure that the lodge never ran out of stock
(from food, beverages to cleaning supplies).
Due to the successful processes I had put in place, when the Flamingo Bay
Water lodge was completed in 2004, I was made responsible for their orders
and issues as well.
In 2006 the group purchased Pomene lodge (460 km from Barra Lodge) and
the smooth running of this lodge was also made my responsibility.
Due to the success of the programs and processes I had implemented, in 2006 I was
made Logistics Manger for the Barra Group (a new position which was created).
As Logistics manger I continued to be responsible for all 3 lodges purchases
from South Africa and Locally as well as all functions at Barra Lodge.
I was also given 2 clerks to support me in this role and to train up in logistics.
In 2008 my clerks could take over and I was moved to my current position as Admin
This position puts me in charge of all cash control of the lodges. Duties here
include, balancing of daily sales per department (as per Panstrat), balancing
all bank accounts, credit cards and petty cash spent, salaries for senior
management and junior staff, paying all taxes and levies, reconciling all import
duties and controlling all cash for CAPEX spent and spot checking month end
stocks for all departments.
During my employment with the Barra Group, I have continued to supervise the
garden crew to maintain the lodges extensive Gardens.
EMPLOYER: Golden Orange Hotel, Welkom
DATES: December 1993 to March 2002
POSITION HELD: General Manager
RENUMERATION: R8 800,00. Other benefits include 13th cheque, entertainment
allowance, staff accommodation, uniform, all meals and 36 working days leave per
REASONS FOR LEAVING: Owners of the Hotel were declared insolvent and their
assets were liquidised, among these was the Hotel.
During my employment at the Golden Orange I was responsible for the overall
running and up keep of the Hotel. The hotel comprised of four bars, restaurant,
conference room and 50 bedrooms. I was responsible for the entire running of the
food & beverage operation and had to oversee the reception, housekeeping, laundry,
maintenance and gardens. I was also responsible for employing all staff and
organising all the entertainment for the hotel. Duties included responsibility for all
purchasing of food, beverage, cleaning, laundry, gardening, glass supplies and
uniforms. I was also responsible for all controls, movable and fixed assets, debtors
and creditors, including monthly management reports and budgets for year end and
mid year. Profitability increased by 19.5% per annum and a decrease in running costs
by 27% in the last financial year.
EMPLOYER: Camp Okuti, Okavongo Delta, Botswana
DATES: November 1992 to October 1993
RENUMERATION: P7 400,00 (Pula). Other benefits included 13th cheque,
entertainment allowance, staff accommodation, uniform, all meals and 26 working
days leave per year.
REASONS FOR LEAVING: Daughter returned to South Africa
Responsible for camp consisting of nine double rooms, restaurant and curio shop. Full
control of camp; Guides and chefs, arranging safaris to delta and surrounding areas,
purchasing of all food, beverage and any other supplies, purchasing of all curios and
related items for shop and the pricing thereof, total camp admin including all
accounts, client transport and flight arrangements, total F&B operation, general
maintenance of site and vehicles; all daily menus for clients including any special
diets, due to the camp being accessible by air only, planning of all supplies had to be
well organised beforehand.
EMPLOYER: Cresta Rileys Hotel **** Maun, Botswana
DATES: June 1990 to October 1992
POSITION: Deputy General Manager; Acting General Manager
RENUMERATION: P8 400,00 (Pula). Other benefits included 13th cheque, travel
allowance (2 return airfare trips to South Africa per year), staff accommodation,
uniform, all meals and 26 working days leave per year.
REASONS FOR LEAVING: Contract ended
As Deputy General Manager I was responsible for duties as described in my work
experience for the Golden Orange Hotel. The hotel comprised of three suites, 47
twins, three bars, one bottle store, two restaurants and a conference room. During
this time as Deputy General Manager the hotel was upgraded, I maintained my
budgets and improved overall attitude of staff in respect of work and towards clients.
I was also instrumental in the upgrading of the Bottle Store proficiency. I was invited
by the Vocational Training Centre for Hoteliers in Maun to lecture on various subjects
relating to the hotel industry and to invigilate during exams. I also gave lectures for
the North West District Council in the various outlying areas of Maun on hygiene and
EMPLOYER'S: Airport sun Hotel *** (Southern Sun )
DATES: January 1989 to February 1990
President Hotel *****(THF & Holiday Inn) February 1980 to September 1981
POSITION: Banqueting Manager
Running of the entire function complex which could cater for functions from 10 to
1200 people. The staff comprised of a co-ordinator, a secretary, 3 assistant
banqueting managers, three barmen, three head waiters and 45 waiters. I was
responsible for all function and seminar bookings including all accounts, full floor
supervision, all function and seminar lay-ups, staff organisation and purchasing or
hiring of any seminar equipment required, to maintain monthly budgets and improved
overall turnover. I was also responsible for all stock, movable and fixed for the entire
function complex; Dealing with any client problems and sorting out all staff
indifferences; Employing casual staff when the need arose, sorting out special menus
with the chef for functions and ensuring all wine, flowers or any specific decorations is
ordered and available when required.
INSTITUTION Welkom High School
HIGHEST STANDARD Matric 1972
Prefect -Youth Guild Christian Leader
QUALIFICATION National Hotel School Diploma
NCR Diploma in Programming & Operating
COMPUTER PROFICIENCY Lotus 123, Microsoft Word, Excel,
Word Perfect, Hotel/Hotex (salaries, stocks, controls,
accounts),Pastel Payroll, Pastel Accountancy. Panstrat POS. Apex
1983-1988: Trainee Financial manager Unisel Gold Mines. Completed course and
returned to the hotel industry.
1981-1983: Assistant General Manager Welkom Hotel***
1980-1981 Banqueting Manger President hotel ***** JHB
1980-1978 Restaurant and Assistant Banqueting Manager Sunnyside Park ***JHB
1975-1978 In-Service Trainee at Ranch Motel ***Polokwane
Fishing, floral arrangement, teaching social etiquette skills, garden landscaping,
interior decorating, wildlife conservation, snorkelling