Our History

A young boy at the age of 9 realised his passion for cooking and entertaining. He discovered the world of baking and selling these wonderful cakes becoming a young entrepreneur. Throughout his school life he waitered, cut hair in the boarding school called Canigou House at Rondebosch Boys high school.

He left school to jump right into Butler training at the School for Butlers and Household Personel. He qualified and left for England and worked for a prominent well known English family and received on the job training daily for 3 years. He retuned to South Africa working at Fancourt in George assisting with Butler service to former President Nelson Mandela, Tiger Woods, Shanai Twain and former President Thabo Mbeki. He then departed on the greater journey working as a waiter and butler onboard the RMS Queen Mary 2, serving well known celebrities including the Clinton family. After many contracts onboard Queen Mary 2 he return for what was known the “lightbulb” moment.

When clients from Holland visiting Cape Town mentioned during his contract they required more butlers from his school / when infact there was no school or training facility in South Africa or Africa training Butlers anymore. He consulted with his partner Adriaan Coetzer and they both realised this is possible – hence opened what we know as the the No 1 Butler School in the world – this great butler is our Principle Newton Cross.

What makes us so unique?

Simply put, we work hard!

The International Butler Academy is fast becoming more than than just a Butler School; we enrich lives by collaborating with teams across the world, instilling and teaching exceptional butler training.

Essentially, our Butler Training is a mindful skill with a modern element and our focus is to highlight and embrace the modern Butler. In the past, tradition stigma conjures to the mind, historical figure, the proverbial castle-custodians and stone-faced, tray-bearers.

We are a modern Butler school, tech-savy and fresh approach to the role of residential management.

SABA has a strong social media presence; with over 20 000 followers on Facebook and 3000 on instagram.

SABA believes in practical, excellent training, filled with love and colour!

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