Steenberg CEO is Club Manager of the Year

Club Manager of the Year - Peet de Wet

The Club Management Association of South Africa (CMASA) awarded its most prestigious annual award – the Club Manager of the Year – to Peet de Wet, CEO of Steenberg Golf Estate in Cape Town. De Wet’s pro-active management of extremely tough water restrictions ensured his club and community’s environmental sustainability during the lowest rainfall season in the Western Cape since 1933.

The winners were announced at the CMASA awards evening held during the last week of August. The awards recognise top managers and employees who lead with distinction at a variety of South Africa’s sport and recreation clubs. The awards are presented in association with Jonas, Go Sport Travel, Toro, Club Car and Syngenta.

De Wet started his career in the hospitality industry, working his way up from Front Office Manager to Restaurant owner and Hotel General Manager. In 2007 he joined the Matkovich & Hayes Group as General Manager at Ebotse Golf and Country Estate, and in 2012 was promoted to CEO of Ebotse Estate and Home Owners Association. De Wet joined Steenberg Golf Estate in June 2015, and said this award will foster a sense of achievement amongst everyone who works at Steenberg Golf Estate.

“The award and recognition by my peers in the industry is a celebration for me and my team at Steenberg Golf Estate. Awards do not only acknowledge individual success but also recognise others who participated in the effort. All our employees contribute towards the success of our club,” said De Wet, who received an all-expenses paid trip courtesy of Jonas and to the value of R50 000 to attend the Club Management Association of America’s (CMAA) World Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in February 2019 as part of his award.

CMASA’s General Manager, Janyne Marais, said the association was ecstatic with the creativity shown by this year’s winners.

“Peet has once again proved that determination and teamwork can unlock the potential to solve problems that may seem insurmountable, and that this can then enable us to change the lives of the communities we live and work in for the better.”

According to De Wet, the business framework in which he operates as well as the work ethics at Steenberg Golf Estate provided the ideal environment in which to excel.

“We have earned the trust, respect and confidence of our Board and created a harmonious club culture and environment where everybody can enjoy the unique Steenberg experience.”

De Wet also currently provides mentoring to six Diploma students enrolled in the Club Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Manager in Development Programme.

And he has plans to build on the success he and his team have already achieved at Steenberg.

“Our next step is to become the best golf and residential estate in South Africa. Going from good to great is a big challenge and we will strive to ensure that we are highly respected as a world-class facility by continuously surpassing global club industry and service standards.”

Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal golf and recreation clubs dominated the CMASA awards evening, with the two provinces winning the industry’s five most coveted awards. This year’s top three individual awards were scooped up by managers at Western Cape facilities with two club-specific awards going to KwaZulu-Natal golf clubs.

Each of this year’s 28 nominees underwent an interview with a regional judging panel after which a shortlist of candidates attended final interviews with a judging panel based in Johannesburg including industry leaders and stakeholders. The judging process was completed over a two-month period.

Other awards included the Young Manager of the Year which went to Kelvin Grove’s Lauren Olivier, while Paarl Golf Club’s Heidi Strydom was named as Employee of the Year. KwaZulu-Natal’s Umhlali Golf Club scooped the prestigious Green Award, and the Continuous Professional Development award was claimed by Kloof Country Club.