Motswari reaches new milestone with long-service awards

Motswari Private Game Reserve celebrated a significant milestone in its history as they announce that almost 25% of their staff complement is celebrating fifteen years or more of employment at the lodge. Four employees have been working at the lodge for twenty-five years, eight for twenty years and five for fifteen years.

Celebrating Long-service Awards

Translated from Tswana, the name means “to conserve and protect”. Consequently, that's exactly what Motswari strives to do.

This family-owned nature reserve, located in the Timbavati and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, has been hosting guests and wildlife alike, for over four decades. As a result, the intrinsic success of the Newmark-operated luxury safari lodge largely rests on the friendly staff. Their main priority is to give personal attention and ensure that each guest feels at home instantly.

The reserve is pleased to announce that approximately 25% of its staff complement is celebrating fifteen years or more of employment at the lodge.

As a result, the following staff members have been given an award to acknowledge their dedication.

Twenty-Five years of service:

  • Ephraim Marule
  • Happy Sibuyi
  • Lisbeth manyike
  • Netta Makhubela

Twenty years of service:

  • Godfrey Mathebula
  • Grace Mnisi
  • Ina Nziyane
  • Lucy Mathebula
  • Johannes Mkhari
  • Sarah Sibuyi
  • Thaina Mthabini
  • Themby Sibitane

Fifteen years of service:

  • Cyril Makhubela
  • Difference Hlophe
  • Jacky Molobela
  • Petros Molobela
  • Thandy Mnisi

The culture at Motswari Private Game Reserve focuses on people and their wellbeing, regardless of whether they are guests, colleagues or employees. In light of uplifting the communities, Motswari also has a strong focus on providing sustainable job opportunities and creating a platform for skills development.


The reserve has remained an intrinsic part of the Geiger family line since it started operating in 1979. Paul Geiger bought the reserve along with Geiger’s Camp. Since then, it's been passed down from generation to generation.

Furthermore, Neil Markovitz, Managing Director of Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves and Lodges comments: “It is with great pleasure that we celebrate our team and each staff member’s commitment to Motswari. It is a proud moment for us as the management company.”

In conclusion, these long-service awards have revealed the focus of “family” in the staff component.