The new GM of The Capital Pearls in Umhlanga, Logan Naidoo, is the youngest GM in the group and returns to the property after a stint at The Capital’s hotel in in Rosebank.

Naidoo joined the group at The Capital Pearls in 2017 as its Banqueting Manager and exceeded all budgets and expectations in his first few months at the property. He complemented his passions for hospitality and servant leadership by taking advantage of the multiple training opportunities offered by The Capital Hotels and Apartments, including the group’s Generic Management Course.

His first big move came in late 2018 when he was promoted to be deputy GM of The Capital Pearls. With his personal mottos being ‘deliver to your staff what you expect from your boss’, his approach saw The Capital Pearls have a successful 2019 festive season – the foundation for his move to The Capital on Bath in Johannesburg.

His astute approach to hospitality saw this hotel enjoy an 80% occupancy during the COVID-19 risk adjusted lockdown, and his leadership during one of the toughest periods in the group’s history was the impetus behind him being asked to return to The Capital Pearls as GM to lead it through the 2020 festive season and beyond.

“The Capital Apartments and Hotels believes in growing our future stars from within our own teams, and we offer extensive training and work experience opportunities, whether they’re aligned to a person’s current role or not.

“This means that everyone – no matter their job – can make and take the opportunity to develop their skills and grow into new roles, and Logan is a wonderful example of the success of this approach,” says John Skelton, Chief of People & Culture of The Capital Apartments and Hotels.

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