We love sharing the stories of the people who call Singita home as much as we love to share thrilling wildlife encounters and conservation successes. By now, you’ve met a number of our team members, including Tengwe, a second-generation field guide based at Singita Pamushana Lodge, TK, a talented young chef who has worked with Liam Tomlin at Singita Lebombo Lodge, and Singita’s formidable team of female field guides. Today we would like to introduce you to someone affectionately known as “King Eddie”:
Edward Mzimba started his professional journey in hospitality as a waiter and barman at a rest camp in the Kruger National Park, having completed a training course with a local skills development program. After only a year of service, he was promoted to supervisor and stock controller and soon made his way to nearby Singita Kruger National Park, where he was appointed as a banakeli (personal waiter). He was promoted to Head Banakeli only two years later, and continues to be an inspiring, delightful and valuable member of the team.
“For me, working at Singita is a privilege because I get to interact with guests from all different countries and cultures,” Eddie says. In fact, some of the highlights of Eddie’s career include meeting some of the more high-profile guests whom he greatly admires: “It made me realise how important my job is and every time I get feedback from guests, it motivates me to improve.”
And there is no shortage of complimentary comments in the guest book! Here are just a few examples:
“Edward always had a huge smile and went out of his way to ensure we had everything we need.”
“Edward was friendly, helpful, and eager to be available whenever we needed him.”
“Edward, he’s my man, would take him everywhere with me!”
“Edward had an amazing attitude – always smiling and accommodated any request. Thanks Eddie.”
“Eddie was very dedicated and lovely. We felt very well taken care of by him.”
The other thing that motivates Eddie is his family; wife Tears and two daughters, Ablaze and Edwina. He also likes to read, play soccer, and catch up on the news, and is always striving to improve his leadership skills. He enjoys travelling, paying regular visits to different restaurants and lodges in order to learn from others, and helping where he can in his local community. Eddie personifies what it means to work for Singita: Working with purpose, pursuing excellence in your choice of career and working in a fully empowered way.
Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges lie in 33,000 acres in the southeastern corner of the famed Kruger National Park, on South Africa’s border with Mozambique. Singita’s concession here is an isolated piece of pristine wilderness where each lodge “touches the earth lightly”. Visit our website to discover this unique area for yourself.