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13th of January 2014 Butler Course daily blogs

By Butler Academy

Dear reader and Butler friends, enjoy our student blogs on the Student Page. We will be posting ideas, recipes, sharing moments, experiences, goals , thoughts, aspirations, stories  and training tips every day!

All posts and blogs are written by our Butlers undergoing Butler Training at the Butler Academy course 13th January 2014.


Enjoy !!


56 Responses

  1. Schalk van Wyk says:

    Excellent Butler experience,
    I had the opportunity to be Head Butler for few days and it was an experience nobody can take from me.

    We learn a lot in only few days, from making a refreshing drink to making a Virgin Mary cocktail.

    They showed us how to serve tea in the proper manner and even improved our Interviewing skills.

    I can’t think of any course that covers all the aspects of Service.
    I strongly recommend this course to any person looking for the proper meaning of service.

    Once again thank you for this great opportunity SABA,
    looking forward to the rest of the course

  2. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    “I am excellent thank you for asking sir, and how are you?” has become a new way of life to me, “service is technical skills plus energy/passion commitment sir” a way of life. I have had the privilege of winning the first butler quiz of 2014, that revolves around butlers, butler service, etiquette and general knowledge questions. I stay in the lively house Bradleigh, a scream distance from the South African Butler Academy and met the most wonderful Butlers ever. Although we experience intense training, it walks hand in hand with fun, excitement and joyful learning. No mistake goes unnoticed, but development into the best butlers there is, is noted and concentrated on from our great management and training team. Uniqueness, personal growth is asserted, as well as being pro-active, trustworthy and private to name a few butler distinctions. I cant wait to experience every day planned on our agenda, but it breaks my heart to know that our family will spit in 8 weeks time to enter the great world of “Bouteillier-ing”. Good luck to the wonderful class of January 2014, and the classes following. My inspiration for the January 2014, “A butler is never early, never late but always on time.”

  3. Lindsay Lotter says:

    Good day, how are you today ? This sentence has now become the norm at the academy over the last few days. Slowly but surely Mr. Cross and Mr West have started to transform us butlers into something that every household would give their front teeth to have !! Friday sagged butler’s split up into two groups for a very up close and personal lesson in cooking for emergencies, learning about dishes from all over the world, from the furthest part of the far east (Thai green curry) to the famous dish of shepherd’s pie (as the scotts would say “warm reecking and rich”) all the dishes with their own unique aromas and bends of spices, only to be put into the freezer for that emergency when either cook takes ill or just generally goes on strike (only kidding). While all the fun and games were happening in the kitchen, one by one we were called into the office for profiling in order to get us ready for employment, (we all thought we were i trouble) but only to be presently surprised when we were greeted by the loveliest and most cheerfull lady in cape town ( name not mentioned for confidentiality reasons) , she has managed to take all our good qualities and turn them extravagant !!! All in all the first week has been monumental fun and we all look forward to the weeks to come …..i shall end with a quote : “The key to success is responibility”

  4. Schalk van Wyk says:

    Excellent day and excellent feeling to be voted the best butler of the week. Thanks for Guiding me into the right direction too a bright future SABA.

  5. Andre Visser says:

    Always announce the type tea when serving this to your guest to confirm their request was correctly understood and they will know what will be enjoyed…

  6. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    “Our identity is in the way we think, and there’s humor in the way were doing it”. Karen Roos.

    Ive been utilizing this Sunday afternoon to revise my pages of notes that I’ve made during my experience of our butler course, and it suddenly struck me; i thought i knew what “manners and etiquette” is, until I started at SABA. In the last 10 days i have experienced a new world, forming me into a robust young man, that would serve the WWOW experience, and would leave a lasting legacy, in my own personal way. Because i strive for excellency, i was honored to receive an ‘Service Excellency Award’ that has become my new priced possession, and surprised to learn that i have currently graded top of my class. The goal is to keep it there, and with Messrs. Cross and West sculpting my personal growth, this will for sure be a walk in the park.

  7. Lindsay Lotter says:

    Good Evening Once Again !!! I trust everyone has had an excelent weekend and is much looking forward to the week ahead !! Just a recap of another day in the life of the South African Butler Academy Sudents: Today we received a most enlightening an exciting lecture on the art of coffee (Do not fret tea lovers, im sure the lecture on tea is also on the way)we were visited by the founder of Coffee Initative and Importer of some of Cape Towns finest coffee beans and blends.. today we leart everything about what it takes to create the perfect espresso……from the right texture of the ground coffee beans to the colour of the crema that floats to the top of the cup…. I even overheard one of the other students admit that they were on a MAJOR cafine high !! we were able to sample the different types and ways to make coffee from the ancient way of Turkish coffee pots to the trendy and very moddern Nespreso Machines. Much fun was had in the class and im sure we have all taken something out of todays lecture

    Fun Fact: the worlds two types of coffee beans are on the worlds stock Exchange !! Antiqua (Spelling might be wrong) and Romantica each controlled in a different countrey Namely London and America

    Once Again, Bid everyone a promise of Sweet Dreams…and if not….. why dont you phone SABA and hire a butler to come and give a PROPER Turn Down

  8. Abrahamson Maganda says:

    Good evening Butlers, what an excellent day at the Academy. Thank you to the Management for giving us a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Coffee. It’s Coffee time !, Also many thanks to Mr Miguel for sharing his excellent knowledge with us.It was wonderful to learn what is actually coffee and several stages on how to make coffee and †he number of involved in getting this product available. Also want to thank Miss Mitchell for helping to set up lunch for the two groups today, not forgetting my fellow Butlers , thank you for supporting me as your Head Butler today. I am looking forward to an exciting day tomorrow.

    To Mr Cross , Mr West and Butler Isaac , i wish your best moments at Smile FM tomorrow.

    Good Night!

    Abrahamson Maganda
    Head Butler

  9. Andre Visser says:

    Turning down beds at the HoutBay Manor was such a humbling and uplifting experience! The interaction with overseas guests and staff made this an learning experience which will stay for years to come.. 🙂 Lovely evening with fellow students Isaac, Jessica and Thelosen..
    Thank you Mr. West for to-the-point instruction and making this possible.!
    One can never become excellent in service without the leadership and instruction from the South African Butler Academy!

  10. Abrahamson Maganda says:

    Good Morning everyone, i would like to thank The South African Butler Academy for the wonderful opportunity to take us through wonderful journey in Butlering. From Tuesday i learned and understand more about Coffee through Coffee Initiative founder Mr Miguel. I thought coffee was just mixing sugar and hot water. But from Tuesday realized it was something different and i can prepare coffee without hesitation.The most interesting thing which i loved is number of people involved in processing and production of coffee. I look forward to apply what i learnt where ever i prepare coffee.

    It’s now coffee time ,”enjoy !

  11. Abrahamson Maganda says:

    Good Morning once again,yesterday being introduced to Security Awareness by Mr Aledeph from Global Intelligence. I felt some of my personality has to change in order to become a perfect Butler ie attention to detail , He enlightened us on different situations which we should be aware of as Butlers. Thank to everyone as your views on the subject helped me realize some arrears i need to improve.
    It’s challenging, we will get there. Stick to your basics as Mr Cross insist everyday.

    Looking forward to the next lecture!

    Abrahamson Maganda
    Head Butler

  12. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Excellent day at South African Butler Academy. Learned to make the most delicious poached eggs with Holonaise sauce (secret easy peasy recipe). Havent had this much fun learning in a very long time.

    Good luck to my fellow students for mid term exams coming.

  13. Andre Visser says:

    Today I experienced the full treat of making and tasting my own EGGS BENEDICT… Forever changing my Sunday morning treat. Nothing like home cooking when a skill is learnt! Another amazing day at the Butler Academy… !

  14. Schalk says:

    Best way of serving eggs is Egg Benedict. Thanks too the Butler Academy I learned to serve Egg Benedict and I loved it. Excellent Butler Day…

  15. Johlene Kruger says:

    Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen

    I hope you all had a fantastic day because here at the South African Butler Academy we had an excellent day!

    Today I was given the privilege of being Head Butler and WOW, what an experience. My team of Butlers were amazing! Such a dedicated team and always willing to assist where they are needed.

    We were taught how to make Eggs Benedict and was that not a brilliant idea to soothe the taste buds and calm the noises coming from our stomachs! Not to mention the amazing Hollandaise sauce!

    Thank you to the King’s for all their dedication and inspiration! Butlers…Thank you and well done on an excellent performance today.

    Tomorrow is another day full of adventure so until then, may you have a good night’s rest!

    Yours sincerely

  16. Johlene Kruger says:

    Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I trust all of you are excellent!

    Wow…wow…wow!!! Today was an amazing day. This morning we started our day by celebrating 2 Birthdays at the South African Butler Academy. Ms Wiese and Jessica. Once again Happy birthday, we hope you had a great experience!

    Next, we got into our vehicles. Our first stop was at “The Spice Route”, next to Fairview in Paarl. We were given the lovely opportunity to do beer tasting, Chocolate tasting, learn about Grappa wine and while becoming one with nature enjoy a lovely lunch.

    After that we headed to Fairview where we tasted Quality wine and cheese! I have learnt so much today. We learnt about the process of how wine, beer and cacao chocolates are produced and what kind of food goes well with it. So much to take in but well worth it!

    Knowledge is power!!!!

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

    Yours Sincerely

    Enjoy the rest of your evening

  17. Johlene Kruger says:

    Good evening Ladies and Gentleman,

    I would like to take this opportunity to share something that stood out for me in class today! We got the opportunity to create our own personal salads.

    We had a “food market” where we could collect the ingredients we needed in order to make our signature salads. I chose to make a cous cous salad and at first had no clue what to put in but but then the ideas just started streaming out. I wish I could have posted pictures here because I am so proud to have been able to create an interesting salad.

    Thank you SABA Butler Academy for excellent teachings! Butlers, you all made beautiful salads today, keep up the excellent work.

    Yours Sincerely

    Johlene Krüger

  18. Janine Martini says:

    Good evening Ladies and gentlemen and my fellow South African Butler Students.

    Wow! what an amazing past two days this has been. I had the privilege of being Head Butler yesterday and today, and I must say – it was an honour!

    Words cannot describe how I feel at this moment, but what I can say is I feel excellent!

    This is what we have been taught at the Butler Academy. No matter how hard your day might seem, we are here for a purpose. As our Mr. King says – we didnt decide to become Butlers… we were born Butlers. This is what we are taught every day, this is what we are and what we are supposed to do, as we all have an absolute passion for the hospitality industry. Serving. People.

    Every day I wake up with a new-found thrill and want for more and becoming the best. Many of us knew this is what we are supposed to do, but we didnt know where to start or how to get there. The South African Butler Academy was my first step towards realising my true passion. I cannot thank our trainers enough.

    With each day there are new challenges, new information, Technical Skills, plus energy, passion and commitment from each of us. This is also what we strive for every day, growing in this profession, even surprising ourselves day by day, as we didnt know we could succeed at so many things.

    As the days have past, weve created many things, dishes, learning how to serve in the proper way, and how to do it with a big smile on our face, today was another one of those days of creating something excellent. Salads! Who knew you could create such an impression with only what you have to your availability? Amazing!

    I want to end off this blog tonight with Thank you! Thank you to my fellow students of SABA. You all are truely amazing-by far the best team ive had the pleasure of working with. To our trainers-one word: EXCELLENT!

    At SABA, Serving is our Passion!

    Yours Sincerely
    Janine Martini

  19. Andre Visser says:

    The past week were a week of learning to overcome personal fears, accepting responsibility and participate with a group – getting to know their fears, strengthens and weaknesses.
    As head Butler for two days the challenge was to step levels up without asking, rather suggesting and participation. *Thank you all Butlers for the fantastic support and personal effort to UP the game! I appreciated the effort from all!
    We set the table and served FAMILY SERVICE – and what a success our group was.. All weaknesses were turned into successes and threats were turned into opportunities!
    I was proud to be the team leader as well as a team player and I’m proud to say things ‘happened’.
    The team spirit followed through to Saturday when we were afforded the opportunity to serve at a wedding in a prestigious Manor..again with distinction! EXCELLENCE is not just a word, but has become my style of life!
    All the appreciation to fantastic leadership and coaching from the SOUTH AFRICAN BUTLER ACADEMY tutors..

  20. Jaco says:

    “First the cuffs then the collar”
    Yesterday we learned to iron and when Mr Cross irons it is like true art.
    The Laura-star is amazing leaving normal irons in its dust/steam. We also make a beautiful scrambled egg. I enjoyed being head butler and having such amazing people to work with. Thank you Mr Cross and Team SABA for teaching me so much!

  21. Thelosen Naidoo says:

    How to remove car oil stains from clothes.

    Baby powder
    1- Blot away excess oil with a paper towel.
    2- Cover oil stain generously with baby powder.
    3- Remove baby powder from clothing with paper towel or spoon.
    4- Work in a small amount of dishwasher detergent and water into the stain with your thumb. Once the detergent begins to foam up take an old toothbrush and begin rubbing the stain using a circular motion.
    5- Wash the clothing alone with laundry detergent and allow to air-dry.

    You can also use a dish washing detergent also spot remover and hot water
    Thank you

  22. Thelosen Naidoo says:

    The 12 steps of being a butler.

    I would like to thank Mr cross for teaching the class this today. To me it really made me understand better whats a butlers job and how things in a household should be done.

    Thank You.

  23. Andre Visser says:

    HOW TO remove a water stain from a ceiling..

    1. Make sure the source of the stain has been identified and fully repaired.
    2. See that your repair paint matches the current ceiling paint colour.
    3. Check for mould. Should there be mould, carefully wash the area with a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part bleach. Treat the area & leave for 20 minutes to dry..
    4. Cover the stain with a “Stain Blocking Primer”. Wait for the primer to dry completely & sand this lightly to even the surface to that of the existing ceiling.
    5. Do this again should the first cover not be 100% satisfactory.
    6. Repaint the entire ceiling

  24. Andre Visser says:

    I discovered a great speciality tea shop near Cavindish Square after following up on a word mentioned in a popular TV series!
    O’ways Tea Cafe…
    Oways is a unique environment where the combination of several of the finest elements of life : tea, coffee, tasty food and relationships come together to generate and promote a pure and positive energy that not only resides within the walls of the Teacafe but also radiates out through the joy and connection experienced by it’s satisfied customers. Join them for an experience that will not only delight your palette but will also lift your spirits!
    Tea, the heart of the Teahouse, is celebrated and shared the world over, in many different exciting forms. Explore their wide range of Nigiro teas and infusions, from Chinese green teas, to unique South African Rooibos blends..

  25. Abrahamson Maganda says:

    Good evening Butlers , i researched an interesting tip on how to remove wax on the most commonly used items in the household.

    On Non-washable fibres such as Fiberglass, Rayon, Rope, Silk, Wool/non-washable
    Freeze ( apply ice against the stain) to harden the area
    Carefully scrap the excess then place an absorbent pad under the stain and flash it with Chemical
    Allow to dry and repeat if necessary

    On Washable fibres such as Cotton, Linen, Nylon, Polyester, or Wool/washable:
    Scrape to remove excess.
    Place the stained area between two pieces of white blotting paper and press with a warm iron.
    Change the paper as it absorbs the stain. This stain can easily spread, so use care while pressing.
    On colorfast fabrics, white cotton, or linen, try pouring boiling water through the stain.
    After using either method, allow to dry.
    If any trace remains, flush with your Chemical
    Rinse well with clear water and dry.

  26. thelosen naidoi says:

    What an excellent day of luxury and learning of luxury lifestyle. I would like to thank Mr west and Mr cross for the opportunity. I also learnt that the Indians found the first diamond rock excellent.

  27. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    I had the amazing opportunity to be head butler for a period of two days, what an excellent experience indeed. The fact that a butler should be in obtrusive and indispensable is a true fact to Boutllier around. My butler team is definitely a great team and each butler would contribute dearly to any placement. We had a excellent Etiquette and Protocol class lectured by Mrs. Wiese, i had an nostalgic moment when i was a young boy and my mother used to put my hand against her mouth to teach me to say ‘th’ instead of ‘fff’ when pronouncing ‘th’ words, and was warming go hear my fellow butler stories when they were learned about Etiquette and Protocol.

    It saddens me to learn that our course will be completed in only a few more weeks, i hope for all of the best for all my fellow students. South African Butler Academy has made me a new person, and changed my life.

  28. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Butler tip: in your mending kit, always keep a bottle of clear nail paint. Paint a little bit on the buttons of shirts and pants, this will seal the cotton string and prevent buttons from falling off.

  29. jessica nieuwenheyzen says:

    Cold water will help to remove a fresh blood stain , on clothing and bedding.

  30. Joachim Prinsloo says:


    Removing Nail Polish from Clothing

    Place the stained fabric facedown on a few paper towels. The part of the fabric that is stained should be against the paper towels. Use this method whether the nail polish is wet or dry.

    This method works effectively on cotton, linen, silk, denim, and most other fabrics.
    Proceed with caution if the item in question contains acetate or triacetate, since the nail polish remover melts fabrics containing these chemicals.

    Blot the stained area with acetone. Use a cotton ball or paper towed saturated with acetone (available in drugstores in the nail polish remover section) to blot the backside of the fabric. This action transfers the stain to the paper towel.

    Rinse and repeat. Take the clothing item to the sink and rinse out the stained area, then place it face down on a clean set of paper towels. Repeat the blotting action to finish transferring the stain to the paper towels.

    Continue rinsing the fabric and applying more acetone until the paper towels no longer turn the color of the nail polish after blotting; this indicates the stain has been removed.

    Check the stained area one final time for traces of nail polish. If you see a little color left, dip a cotton ball in acetone and gently remove it.

    Launder the clothing item. Use a stain remover product on the previously stained area, and then launder the item according to the washing instructions on the tag. The stain should be completely gone and the item ready to wear once it is dry.

    Using Alternative Nail Polish Removal Methods

    Use hydrogen peroxide. Some fabrics that don’t react well with acetone may perform better if you use the same strategy with hydrogen peroxide.

    Dab the area with peroxide, blot it with a clean towel, and repeat until the stain is gone.

    Hydrogen peroxide can act as a bleaching agent, so test it on an unnoticeable area of the upholstery before using it on the stained area.

    Try hairspray. Spray it on the bristles of an old toothbrush, and then use a circular motion to remove the stain from the fabric.

    Use bug spray. Some say that but repellent, the type you spray on your body and clothes to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away, works like a charm to remove nail polish stains. Spray it on an old tooth brush, then apply the brush in a circular motion to gently scrub away the stain.

    Rinse and wash. No matter what method you use, be sure to rinse the previously stained area well to get rid of the traces of the substance you used to remove the nail polish.


    Spray hairspray on a Q-tip and rub rather hard on the stain multiple times. The hairspray will remove the nail polish as the rub peels off the molecules.

  31. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Butler cooking tip: place your eggs in a bowl with ice (not ice water), this seals your yolk.

  32. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Butler cooking tip: when forming a swirl with your vinegar water, swirl your water from the centre out (so the centre makes a draft outwards). Break your egg in a separate bowl (remember to place your egg on ice before hand), and drop your egg in the centre and leave it to cook. At this point you can turn off your heat as well. Remember to add vinegar again for your next egg.

  33. jessica nieuwenheyzen says:

    When you have an excellent table setting , and every single cutlery is in line/place no one would play with it.
    To have the right etiquette and protocol you will never go wrong.

  34. Juan Pierre Vermeulen says:

    Good evening everyone,I have researched a few ways on how to remove pen ink stains from shirts.

    Treat fresh ink stains fast.if it just happened,Get a paper towel and press it against the fabric firmly for several seconds,never rub,cause it will spread the ink.towel will absorb it making it easier to remove.

    use rubbing alcohol or methylated spirits.
    stain must have not set for a while,soak washable garment in spirits then wash as normal.

    Try ammonia for non synthetic garments.
    make mixture of 2 parts spirits and one part cloudy ammonia,soak,then add vinegar to neutralize ammonia.Wash as usual.

    Hairspray works works excellent too.

  35. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Butler shopping tip: when going to shop for meat, poultry or fish, always take note of the last 4-5 digits on the barcode. This will indicate the price of the meat, should there is no price tag.

  36. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Butler tip: Etiquette means manners and Protocol means Rules, so stick to your Etiquette and Protocol guns, and you will never go wrong.

  37. janine says:

    Valentines Day… This past weekend we had the amazing opportunity to work at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. Valentines under the Stars, as the event was called, was exactly how our butlers spent our Valentines.

    Beautiful music, exquisite organisation, and a sky filled with nothing but hundreds of stars above us.

    Some of our butlers worked in the VIP tent, and the rest of us had the privilege of working close to the Main stage, giving all weve been taught to the guests. Excellent Service with a smile. Implementing every single thing we have been taught to thus far. From opening a bottle of MCC, pouring a glass of Wine, standing with our hands behind our backs and when asked, “How are you?”, answering very confidently and proud ” I am excellent, thank you for asking, and how are you Sir/Madam?”

    I would like to thank Mr. West, and Miss Mitchell for accompanying us to this event, and a big thank you to Mr. Cross for everything he has taught us up until now.

    The biggest accomplishment for me is seeing a change in each one of us, from day 1, up until now. All I can say is Excellent! Well done to us all for making it this far, and good luck to the last 2 weeks.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Janine Martini

  38. Jaco says:

    Good morning

    Here is a tip if you are trying to remove a soy sauce stain

    Run cold water through the back of the fabric. It’s important to use cold water to prevent the soy sauce from setting.
    Rub liquid laundry detergent into the stain.
    Use your thumb and fingers to gently rub liquid laundry detergent into the soy sauce. Allow the clothing to sit for 3 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

    If the stain remains, soak the clothing.
    Add liquid laundry detergent and soak the clothing in warm water for 30 minutes. If the stain still remains, try applying a stain remover stick, gel, or spray before washing normally.

    Hope it help

  39. thelosen naidoi says:

    Wha an excellent experience working on our own really went well the guest loved every single thing we did. Thank you Mr Coetzer and Mr Cross for the opportunity highly appreciated

  40. Andre Visser says:


    • Thank you Andre,

      Always remember when you type an email or a comment, do it in lower case. Capital letters indicate “screaming or aggression”

      Once again thank you for your petty cash information.

  41. Abrahamson says:

    Good evening Butlers, here is a tip about how Petty cash is important to your household. By having a petty cash system will help you to take care of small expenditures which my be needed urgently. This will help you not to refer on contact the Kings every time you need some money to handle situations urgently.

    Thank you!

  42. thelosen naidoi says:

    Why is a petty cash book important to have as a butler you as a butler you have to have records of the money spent in the household and if Mr King ask you anything you have the slips and you can account for all the cash used

  43. janine says:

    What an amazing experiece once again yesterday. we had the opportunity to go to Simonsig and learn about some wines as well as the process of M.C.C. Denzel who was very informative taught us a tremendous amount…

    Who could have the that the first bottle of Kaapse Vonkel only cost R3.00 in 1971?

    We also had a bit of quiz fun in class yesterday which is motivation for us to keep going and keep learning as much as possible. As well as the imoortance of Petty Cash in a household.

    According to me its of utmost importance to a butler to know how to work with petty cash. It will tell a lot about you as a butler. Firstly, this is where your Mr or Mrs King will see if they cab trust you with their household budget.

    It will also say if you yourself know how to work with money and if you have the confidence to work with money, no matter what the amount is.

    As this is a tremendous responsibility we need to all know the imoortance of how to run a petty cash sheet.

    Sincerely yours

  44. jaco says:

    Good morning
    the petty cash book is very important to keep the funds the butler is in charge of in order to have a reference to the money spent.

  45. thelosen naidoi says:

    What an excellent felling when I heard my name been announced for the butler of the week and receiving my bow tie and the Jomolone voucher thank you Mr cross and Mr west.

  46. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Butlers, these are such amazing videos for your future careers. Have a look and take notes, enjoy

    The Butler – Trailer

    Bernard and Doris – Trailer

    Gordon Ramsey Caviar (swearing)

    Caviar – Making of

    The Great British Butler – How to be

    Savoy Hotel London

    Swiss Hotel Management School

    Home Automation

  47. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    We had the pleasure to be able to visit Simonsig Winery just outside of Stellenbosch yesterday, and was fortunate of visiting in their peak season in the art of wine making. It was a great day, and became the pleased owner of my own two Simonsig Shenon Blanc wines. Our tour guid Denzil was amazing, sharing with us all his knowledge and having a little competition to win one of Simonsig’s amazing MCC’s.

    Petty cash…
    Second to the children being the important people in any King family, a petty cash and accurate expenditure sheet is just as important. When it comes to the little word money, it is enough to ruin or delight any persons day.

    Tip butlers, get a income and expenditure sheet in order for each months transactions, and COPIES COPIES COPIES. There is no better feeling than referring back to a expenditure sheet and be able to solve a money problem.

  48. Herewith important videos to watch as a Butler:

    The Butler – Trailer

    Bernard and Doris – Trailer

    Gordon Ramsey Caviar (swearing)

    Caviar – Making of

    The Great British Butler – How to be

    Savoy Hotel London

    Swiss Hotel Management School

    Home Automation

  49. Joachim Prinsloo says:

    Today, the last few days in ‘house of SABA’, a house that we all grew up in, and its time for us, the little birds to fly. When i think back to the first days, when i think back, its been a ride, a up and down ride, a ride of heartsore and happiness, a ride of anger, but the better of all, a ride of smiles.

    We are a little family, and we have grown accustom to our brothers and sister, and our SABA mothers and fathers.Its a difficulty writing this little blog piece with tears rolling down my face, i have so much to say, but so little words to describe this amazing experience. All i can say is thank you, thank you fellow butlers, each one of us, has left a footprint in our hearts, that will never be removed. We are a amazing team of butlers, we are passionate, confident and committed. I wish each and every one of our butlers a exciting and fun career ahead, and i hope to be able to keep in contact with each and everyone of you. I have grown so much in my own life, being touched by each of our butlers individually.

    I would like to share a saying that i learned today, that engraved my heart like a tattoo. “Smile, smiling is your shield, it protects you” – Newton Cross.

  50. thelosen naidoi says:

    8 weeks over and still learning gna miss everyone I worked with on this course. What an excellent graduation and a excellent feeling being a qualified butler. Thank you house of SABA

  51. Damon van Rooyen says:

    So far I’ve been here at The South African Butler Academy for 2 days, and I’ve already learnt so much, I am extremely excited for the next couple of weeks, as I am sure it will be a life changing experience, judging by the past 2 days. The staff at the academy are excellent and really guide us in the most professional manner, and I am sure my colleagues will agree. Thank you Mr. Cross, Mr. West, And the rest of the team, it is going to be a great couple of weeks here at the academy. All I can say is “EXCELLENCE”

  52. thelosen naidoi says:

    To SABA thank you for the opportunity given to me. To Mr West thank you so much for being with us on the first week and helping us set in and thank you for being an inspiration to me and a guardian really appreciated. Thank you SABA

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