Brenda is a mother of 2 lovely daughters. She grew up in Ekangala, near Bronkhorstspruit, just outside of Pretoria. Brenda always had a keen interest in catering and while at school spent many weekends working part-time in the catering industry, growing on her skills that helped her greatly after completing a few courses, including computer skills to help her kickstart her career. Her working career started in a factory, Ekandustria, that supplied packaged food to chain stores, one of whom was Woolworths.
Brenda started working at Wings and Water Guest Villa in 2011, and after only one year, relocated to Mpumalanga. In August 2014, she returned and has continued to grow from strength to strength. She loves the industry and is at ease with communicating with our guests. Brenda’s attention to detail ensures that our guests are well looked after, and her cheerful manner is welcomed by all.
Lindi hails from a big family boasting three brothers and three sisters. She grew up in Mamelodi East, Pretoria. She now has her own family with two sons. Lindi can speak six languages, which include Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tsonga, Ndebele and English.
After finishing school in Grade 11, Lindi started working as a housekeeper. She joined Wings and Water Guest Villa in 2013 and continues to enjoy the daily contact with guests and looking after their rooms, making sure all their needs are met.
Issie, as he is known to the Wings and Water Guest Villa family, has been working for us for 16 years. He grew up in Brits, a town neighbouring Pretoria and has 2 children.
Ishmael’s talents extend far beyond the gardens, in fact, he is an all-rounder, with a passion for painting. He completed a course in paint techniques and his skill can be seen throughout our Guest Villa and Lodge.
Jabu hails from a farm in Middleburg, where he grew up with his parents and 14 siblings. His dad was a tribal chief. Jabu has two children, a daughter, Lindi and a son, Given.
From a young age Jabu enjoyed cooking and spending as much time as possible with his Mom in the kitchen, learning how to cook. At the age of 15 he started working at a local restaurant as a waiter and was soon promoted to a cocktail barman. He then moved to the kitchen to follow his dream and live out his passion for food and cooking.
It was then that his skills were noticed by a patron, who offered him a position in her home as a butler. Jabu moved to Johannesburg and served this family for thirteen years, before relocating to Pretoria with them.
Not long after crossing paths with Linda Knipe, owner and founder of Wings and Water Guest Villa, and Golfing Africa Tours and Wild and Free Game Lodge, Jabu joined her team. In 2003 he completed a Chef’s course at Sanford College. He started assisting with the Golf Tours, transporting guests countrywide and of course was in charge of the catering requirements.
These days Jabu can be found mainly at Wild and Free Game lodge, dedicating his time to make guests feel welcome and at home.
Jabu also help out at Wings and Water Guest Villa from time to time, making sure that the guests have an unforgettable breakfast and dining experience
As for Jabu’s great personality, you can experience it in his cooking – a True Symphony of laughter.
Hilda grew up in Mamelodi, Pretoria, where she still resides today. She has 3 daughters and are married to Ephraim. Hilda’s first language is Zulu, but she also speaks Sotho, Tsonga and English.
Hilda matriculated in 1998 and then went to study computer skills. Whilst working as a domestic worker, she also attended lessons in housekeeping and waitressing. She joined the team in 2004
Hilda has a passion for her work, enjoys cleaning and looking after the villas, always ensuring that everything sparkles and that our guests are happy.
manager / PA
Rachelle is the newest member to the Wings and Water Guest Villa family and joined the team 15 March 2019. Originally from the Cederberg, Western Cape, she grew up on a farm, Mount Ceder, where she lived and worked after finishing her studies and a two year working holiday in England.
Rachelle has always had a love for the outdoors and love mountain biking, hiking, camping and photography. She started as a guide taking guests out on horse-back trails and later started a breeding program with Arabian Horses. Eventually she took over the office and managing duties of the guesthouses and became the Tourism Manager of Mount Ceder.
She is passionate about each and every guest checking in and enjoy meeting new guests and welcoming back return clients.