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Education, Honors & Awards
National Secretarial Certificate from the Pretoria Technology School; Recruitment Consulting, Education Institute of Personnel Service Consultants
Co-founder of Kayamandi Trauma Center for Abused Women & Children; South African Council for Businesswomen Stellenbosch Branch Vice Chair (March 2014-Present)
Owner Baruch Guest House Stellenbosch August 2011 – Present (3 years 3 months)|Die Boord, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Together with the two top managers I employ we try and maintain the following: • Excellent communication skills • Excellent guest relations skills especially in creating "special touches" and resolving concerns. • Excellent eyes for details, we identify and carry out actions to improve the appearance of the property and employees as well as establish special actions that exceed guest's expectations. • Positive approach to employee relations. • Excellent computer skills especially word processing & hotel operating systems. • Remarkable ability to ensure proper selection, training, motivation and counselling of all employees. • Great ability to ensure professional, positive employee attitude and attentiveness. • Plan and organize accommodation, catering and other hotel services. • Promote and market the business. • Ensure that each department head is aware of operational goals and is supplied with the necessary tools to accomplish them. • Manage budgets and financial plans. • Maintain statistical and financial records. • Achieve profit targets. • Recruit, train and monitor staff. • Plan work schedules. • Meet and greet clients. • Dealing with guests. • Address problems and troubleshoot. • Ensure events and conferences run smoothly. • Supervise maintenance, supplies and furnishings. • Deal with contractors and suppliers. • Ensure security is effective. • Carry out inspections of property and services. • Ensure compliance with licensing laws, health and safety and other statutory regulations. Public Relations Co -Founder Kayamandi Trauma centre for abused woman and children January 2009 – June 2013 (4 years 6 months)|Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, Western Cape: -Fund raising - Managing - Advertising - Liaising - Creating a vegetable garden Hairstylist Salon Natalie January 2002 – December 2004 (3 years)|Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, Canada -Look after the sales and services of beauty products. -Explain to the customers about various hair products and hair treatments. -Take decisions regarding monthly expenses, budgets, advertising and promotions. -Manage the salon’s ambience and check the utilities. -Place orders for stock and maintain stock register. -Establish and manage good relationships with customers -Assume control to all financial aspects of the hair salon business, including prices setting, monthly expense budgeting, advertising and promotions, ordering, bank transactions management and balancing. -Facilitated training regarding product knowledge for the staff. Recruitment Consultant Quest Personnel January 1987 – July 1989 (2 years 7 months) RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT Contacting employers and clients and talking to them to gain a better understanding of their requirements and needs. Then building an understanding of their industry and corporate culture and finally scouting for potential employees for their open positions. Duties: • Helping clients to find suitable candidate to fill their vacancies. • Involved with the marketing department to devise job adverts. • Placing adverts in relevant market journals and publications, job boards and local press. • Making phone calls to candidates who are judged to be eligible. • Conducting interviews with prospective candidates. • Describing the work duties, salary and benefits of a particular vacancy. • Doing background checks and verifying the references, work experience and academic qualifications of applicants. • Screening, testing and assessing candidates. • Developing a relationship with interviewees. • Receiving and reading through the CVs that job seekers have sent in to the recruitment agency. • Arranging interviews with candidates who have been short listed for a position. • Drawing up short lists of suitable candidates. • Involved in negotiating the salary between the client and the candidate. • Updating the recruitment agency database with the details of potential candidates. • Assisting applicants with their interview techniques. • Calling up a candidate and informing them if they have been successful or unsuccessful in their application. • Cold calling companies to generate more business for the recruitment agency. • Attending meetings with clients at their offices. • Ensuring the compliance of any temporary worker or contractor placed. • Giving clients advice and guidance on appropriate pay rates, training and career development. • Building own database of clients and contacts.
Manufacturing of handmade products, manufacturing of unique African quilts, exporting products to retail, manufacturing of baby products.
Natalie is inspired by her passion for people and mentoring them towards their goals and successes. Living in South Africa she is helping previously disadvantaged people (due to apartheid under the previous government) to obtain a proper job and to have a future. Natalie's heart is helping every individual who has lost their dream to reach their "star" potential. This is what gave rise to the uniquely artistic and creative décor range, now produced by the company, with products that have started to sell worldwide. I had a dream of empowering the people of the Rainbow Nation in South Africa in order for each person to reach their potential of their own “star”. This is what gave rise to the uniquely artistic and creative décor range, now produced by us. The name Rainbow Inkwenkwezi was conceived from the beautiful colours of our handmade products created and produced by the people of our Rainbow Nation. “Inkwenkwezi” a Xhosa word meaning star, was derived from a dream of mine to create opportunities for individuals to shine. This unique employment upliftment business, creating hand made products, using a variety of high quality South African fabrics including the locally produced Shweshwe Fabric. Shweshwe fabric is the only true ethnic South African fabric, popularised by Bongiwe Walaza (a renowned South African clothes designer) and produced by Da Gama Textiles. Her future plans include expanding Rainbow Inkwenkwezi into an industrial building with international expansion. Aside from English, Natalie also speaks Afrikaans. this project was started in September 2013 – Present (1 year 2 months)|Stellenbosch, South Africa)