According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. A staggering 80% just don’t make it. Given the rather gloomy statistics for small to medium sizes businesses, it is no small accomplishment for Glenburn Lodge to celebrate its 25th birthday this month amongst start-up family members, previous general managers of the property, neighbours, staff who have worked at the lodge from day one, business and media. Chicama Spa simultaneously celebrated their 10th birthday on the day with a fashion show and celebrity line-up.
Guvon Investments (Pty) Ltd was established in 1978 by Mr Gustav Pansegrouw. Oom Gustav, as he is fondly referred to, handed over reins to his four children who are all involved in the business. While Kosie Pansegrouw acts as Managing Director, Alta Thorpe heads up HR, Yvette Alberts the financial side and Jannie Borman the estate and maintenance. The name GUVON originated from the combination of the names of its founder members Gustav and his late wife, Yvonne.
Involved in property development from inception, Guvon started development in the hotel industry with Glenburn Lodge as the first of now seven hotels/properties in their portfolio. In 1990, Glenburn Lodge, situated in ‘The Cradle of Humankind’, was opened as an intimate family weekend getaway. Additions to the original buildings and facilities were carried out every year thereafter and Glenburn Lodge soon developed into one of the leading Conference and Country Hotel venues in Gauteng today, with focused banqueting venues and facilities to cater for weddings and functions, as well as recreational activities for all age groups.
25 years later the lodge has 100 rooms, a magnificent Spa and a tented camp.
During a day of festivities, commemorative tree planting, delicious snacks by in-house Belgian Chef Vincent Lauwers and super entertainment by George Meiring, Managing Director, Kosie Pansegrouw unveiled the new Glenburn Lodge & Spa logo. “We felt that this is an opportune time to introduce a fresh logo”, says Group Marketing and PR Manager Christa Badenhorst. “The majestic Zwartkops Mountain forms a focal point for the logo design. Throughout history, mountains have symbolized constancy, firmness and stillness. The Blaauwbank Spruit is pictured on the logo as it flows into the main dam”.
“The blue colour spectrum used in the logo implies professionalism, serious mindedness, integrity, sincerity and calmness – all qualities we associate with Glenburn Lodge and its parenting company Guvon Hotels. Blue is also associated with authority and success. The mountains and river are encased in a circle suggesting community, friendship, love, relationships and unity. Rings have an implication of marriage and partnership – a very apt reference to Glenburn Lodge which was one of the first wedding venues in Muldersdrift.”
Previous General Managers Dave Atherstone and Leon Bosch were welcomed on the day by the current GM Nigel Peel. While Mr Bosch was in His Guvon head office attire where he fulfils the role of Operations and Marketing Director for the Guvon Hotels & Spas group, Mr Atherstone proudly wore his red chequered tie and name badge from the early Glenburn Lodge days.
Glenburn Lodge is blessed with staff members who are still with the company since the day it opened its doors to the public. Johannes Mashatola, Jechonia Zulu and Jabulani Mchunu have 25 years of service, with Sarah Phiri with 23 years of service.
Oom Gustav Pansegrouw and actress Cindy Swanepoel (Ballade vir n enkeling) got down and dirty with a tree planting ceremony, while Guvon Hotels Horticulturist Wayne Otto and Wayne Stafford (Finalist Bachelor 2015) offered a helping hand in the process. 25 certificates were handed over to celebrities, management and staff who assisted in the tree planting process.
Mr Leon Bosch did the honours in cutting the 25th birthday cake, bringing the celebrations to a close.
Glenburn Lodge – then and now:
Celebrations on the day:
About Guvon Hotels & Spas
Guvon Hotels & Spas is a leading hospitality group offering a collection of hotels in Gauteng, Northwest and Mpumalanga. All properties offer excellent accommodation, conference, team building and wedding facilities. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Glenburn Lodge & Spa and Bush Willow Tented Camp are in Muldersdrift, in the Cradle of Humankind. Askari Game Lodge & Spa, a Big 5 game reserve, is in Magaliesberg, while Umbhaba Lodge is situated in Hazyview. The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort (Randpark Golf Club), and All Suite On 14th (Fairlands) add city retreats to our country collection of properties. www.guvonhotels.co.za | Central Reservations 08611 48866