Archive for April, 2013

Green Butling – Going “Green” is essential!

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by Butler Academy 9 Comments

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle


There are so many wonderful tips to give, one is simple save water, save electricity and above all think Green. Start with yourself, we teach our Butlers the importance of Detoxing and serving exceptional health juices to our clients.



Here are some Household Tips: 


1) Worm Farm


2) Dish wash less and wash by hand


3) Eat less meat


4) Grow your own herbs and maybe some vegetables


5) Change your “light bulbs” to energy saving ones


6) Make your own Compost


7) Use the Showers more often than bathing


8) Recycle, start your own recycling center at home



Please read our Butlers Blog, also we had lovely cheese today at the Butler Academy.




Butler Training – Security Awareness

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Butler Academy 4 Comments



Today at the Butler Academy we enjoyed a fundamental training day with Mr. Alhadeph from Global Intelligence.  Security awareness is the knowledge and attitude members of an organization possess regarding the protection of the physical and especially, information assets of that organization. Many organizations require formal security awareness training for all workers when they join the organization and periodically thereafter, usually annually.



In today`s ever changing climate we equip our Butlers with the understanding of protecting them selves and the interests of there clients.    Being security aware means you understand that there is the potential for some people to deliberately or accidentally steal, damage, or misuse property.



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Win a Riedel Decanter on Sunday’s Butler Quiz

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by Adriaan Coetzer 2 Comments



SABA wil be hosting another Butler’s Quiz on Sunday the 28th April. 25 Questions will be posted on our Facebook Fan Page at 18h00 GMT Time.


The Butler Academy is the first for many. Our Principle, Newton Cross was the youngest Butler to ever open up a Butler School in the world! The Butler Academy is also the only Butler Training School in Africa to offer an 8 week Butler Training Program. The standard which is layed down by the Butler Academy is exceeding the highest standards. Not only do we use the world’s most premium products i.e. Laurastar, Nespresso, Apple, Wusthof, Tumi, Mont Blanc, Kitchen Aid, Karcher to name a few but we also furnish our students with top brands throughout Butler Training.


High Tech Butler Training is fundamental. We recommend that other Butler Institutes promote High Tech Butler Training as we are living in the Technology era. Every Sunday we host a Butler Quiz on our Facebook Page. We recommend that you as the reader of our blog “like” the Butler Academy Page and take part in our weekly Butler Quiz.


The Butler Academy will be posting 25 questions relating to Butler Service and Butler Training. We offer prizes to the lucky winner; the winner is the first person to answer the most correct questions in the “comment” section on Facebook. Only one reply / comment per person. The prize this week is a decanter from Riedel worth more than R2 500! The Judges are Mr. Cross (Principle & Head Butler Trainer) Mr. Coetzer (Chief Recruiter of Guild Recruitment) and Mr. West our Class Guardian and Operational Manager.




Once again thank you to The Reciprocal Wine Trading Company & Riedel for the excellent presentation today. Wine definitely tastes superior in a Riedel Glass!

Valet Service – Butler Training

Posted on: April 25th, 2013 by Butler Academy 2 Comments



The relationship between the employer and the valet is very important. The valet will know his employer’s most intimate secrets and the employer must feel that they are in safe and reliable hands. A Valet will always have a genuine respect for his employer no matter how close they become.


The valet’s duties may include acting as a Butler, houseman, secretary and chauffeur. The Valet will usually maintain his employer’s wardrobe but the employer will always rely on the valet for other reasons. He must know his employer very well and should be able to anticipate what his employer may need without having to be told.




The valet will take care of the following:



At the Butler Academy we provide only the best in personal service to our clients, we teach our butlers how to maintain a wardrobe, seasonal management, packing and unpacking of suit cases…




Laundry Management – Butler Training

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Butler Academy 2 Comments

Today at the Butler Academy we are Ironing to our hearts content!


Butler Training – Ironing Lab


The “Laurastar ironing lab” will be used today as we demonstrate how to iron a formal shirt, trousers, casual wear and formal wear. The Laurastar is spectacular and a first for the Butler Academy. Our students receive only the best training as we use the worlds leading ironing system.


Butler Ironing Tips:


How to Properly Iron Shirts, Pants, and Skirts

Ironing clothes is one of those tasks that has a tendency to be a bit terrifying, but worry not, it just seems overly complicated.  Some fabric types might need special attention, but other than that it’s all pretty much the same.


Ironing shirts is quicker and easier than you might think, it should only take an average of three minutes to properly iron a shirt, and that’s doing it the right way.

  • It’s best to start with the sleeves, since they’ll be just fine hanging off the sides of the ironing board while you finish the rest of the shirt. Doing it the other way around, and leaving the sleeves for last, will end up causing wrinkles in other parts of the shirt that you’ve already ironed.


  • Open the cuffs! This is something that many ironing newcomers get wrong all the time, but it’s not just easier to open the cuffs and lay them flat, but it lets you do a better job ironing the whole sleeve, too.


  • When doing the collar of the shirt, make sure you open it up and lay it flat. Just like the cuffs, people tend to think that this is opposite of what they should do, since they’re used to seeing the collar in the down position at all times.


  • Afterwards, let the shirt hang for a few minutes to fully cool down. Ironing heats the fabric to a very high relative temperature, and the “flatness” actually sets in during the cool-down phase, so wearing it immediately could negate some of the hard work you just put into ironing it in the first place.



We love Housekeeping and Cleaning!



Win a Butler for a Month!

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Adriaan Coetzer No Comments
Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while but their hearts forever. 12th May is YOUR day to have a Me Time Moment 🙂
•Mothers Day is a very special day and Lindt would like to reward mums out there with the best gift of all…”A me time moment”
•A “Me Time Moment” can be defined as giving mom a moment to herself doing whatever she feels is her moment of bliss.
Purchase your Lindt Chocolate and stand a chance to have a Butler for a month in your own Household for a month sponsored by the South African Butler Academy

Housekeeping at the Butler Academy – Butler Master Class

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Butler Academy 3 Comments



Butler Training – Housekeeping master class


Today at the Butler Academy we covered  Guest Services and Housekeeping, it is important to note that Butlers have to perform many housekeeping duties. Above all it is of vital importance to have an “eye for detail” , anticipate guest needs and pay attention to detail.


Our task at the Butler Academy is to fine tune each Butler Student in becoming a superior Butler with a 7 star service vision.








Please read our Head Butler Willems Blog below:


Residential Management Class 101 – Excellent onsite training.

Posted on: April 19th, 2013 by Butler Academy 6 Comments




Today at the Butler Academy we had exceptional fun and received immense amount of tips from our Head Butler Trainer Mr. Cross. Today we touched on many aspects of butlering.  We went onsite to visit a top class butler in her residence to explain her role and value as a professional butler.



Please see our Head Butler of the day – Anneke`s blog below:


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Introduction to the world of Butlers – Butler Training

Posted on: April 18th, 2013 by Butler Academy 1 Comment

Today was another excellent day at Butler School!


We received visits from top residential Butlers working in Cape Town. To all our Butlers who are working in Cape Town thank you for your inspirational messages and teaching our new student butlers the know how!


Did you know?


A butler is a servant in a wealthy, large household or estate. In great houses, the household is sometimes divided into departments with the butler in charge of the dining room, wine cellar, and pantry. Some also have charge of the entire parlor floor, men’s wardrobe, and housekeepers caring for the entire house and its appearance. The butler, as the senior servant, typically has the highest servant status. The butler is in charge of food service, wine, spirits, and silver, supervises other servants, and may perform a wide array of household management duties. Butlers may also be titled majordomo, butler administrator, staff manager, or head of household staff, and in the grandest homes or when the employer owns more than one residence, there is sometimes an estate manager of higher rank than the butler.


Please read our Head Butler Henriette `s Blog comment below:



Guild Recruitment

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Adriaan Coetzer No Comments


Thank you once again to Guild Recruitment for assisting us with of our marketing activations. Our Client was extremely impressed with your excellent service.

We look forward to working with your team in the future.

Kind regards,