Meet the Team

The South African Butler Academy team is carefully chosen by The South African Butler Academy Executive Committee for many reasons due to their individualism and excellent skills. Training and Teaching is extremely important to us. Our team has close to a combined 100 years experience in the Hospitality in general. Mr. Cross & West works actively in the private sector, training hotels across the world and teach residential butlers at the Academy.  All instructors have been in private service for many years and/or held positions in esteemed households or corporations. Please note all our instructors and Guild Recruitment International are actively working everyday, therefore we invite you to connect or email at anytime. We are the only school in the world offering students a butler course with a comprehensive written syllabus.

A few recent International Brands trained on-site:

  • Entire Cunard (Queen Elizabeth, Victoria & Mary 2) Cruise Line
  • 2 Newly built MSC Cruise Liners
  • Amanyangyun, China
  • Soneva Jani & Fushi, Maldives
  • Newly built St Regis Zhuhai, China
  • W Town along the Great Wall of China
  • Waldorf Astoria Maldives

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF BUTLER TRAINING

Est. 2009
SABA International Butler Academy
TEAM SABA

"together everyone achieves magic"

Newton Cross
SABA Principal | International Butler Trainer

“i love pro-activity and attention to detail, passion is everything” 

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Adriaan Coetzer
Guild Recruitment International Principal | Assistant Butler Trainer

"there will always be work for those that can & want to work"

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Braam West
SABA Operations Manager | International Butler Trainer

“real eyes realise real eyes"

Jill Hunter
SABA Office Manager | Assistant Butler Trainer

"self-belief and hard work will always earn you success"

Ashley Robertson
GR Recruitment Manager

"focus on your strengths & collaborate on your weaknesses"

Elize Wiese
SABA Etiquette Trainer | Assistant Butler Trainer

“stand up, shake hands, be polite and say thank you” 

Johannes Botha
SABA Head Butler

"no time is too late, no task is too great"

Katleho Molai
SABA & GR Office Assistant

"carpe diem"

Neo Yu
SABA China Brand Developer

‪"‎中国奢华酒店‬"

Jaaweedh Ibrahim
SABA MALDIVES BRAND DEVELOPER

“every island to a child is a treasure island” 

Anne Marais
SABA Creative Brand Manager & PR

“i’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone."

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Mabel Maposa
SABA Floral Designer

"just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower"

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Groomed Academy
SABA Stylist | Barber

“if I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”

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Eve Style In Focus
SABA Stylist | Ladies Hair & Makeup

“she was the most beautiful creature on Earth - her hair said so in that language only hair can speak.”

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M O O D I E Affair Events
SABA | Event Decor & Styling
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SABA PREFERRED SUPPLIERS AND ASSOCIATES

Since 2009
Simonsig Wine Estate
SABA preferred MCC

"generations of wine making excellence"

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Riedel The Wine Glass Company
SABA preferred Glassware

“the finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound."

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Apple Inc South Africa
SABA preferred Technology

"think different"

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Mercedes Benz
SABA preferred Vehicle

"the best or nothing"

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Illy Coffee
SABA preferred Coffee

"live happ~illy"

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Qatar Airways
SABA preferred Airline

"going places together"

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Laurastar Ironing Systems
SABA preferred Ironing System

"a swiss creation"

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WÜSTHOF Knives
SABA preferred Knives

"a legacy of 200 years"

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Thule Luggage
SABA preferred Luggage

"bring your life"

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