Erik was born as a South African citizen in 1962, grew up in Natal and moved to Pretoria in Gauteng during 1997. After completing matric in Newcastle in 1980, he ventured into the Hospitality industry starting training as a chef at the well-known five-star Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg.
His late father acquired a small 40-bedroom hotel in the CBD of Newcastle in the 1980’s and his business skills were passed on from his father for a period of approximately six years.
The hotel was a one star graded establishment and the authorities were in the process to withdraw the one-star status. We did a total revamp and upgraded the Hotel to four-star standards and applied and obtained a three-star grading. The hotel consisted of a 120-seater restaurant, 150-seater conference facility, three lounges and several pubs.