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Meet some of the people responsible for making your stay at the ROYAL HOTEL a pleasant and memorable one.

Richard Lee
Managing Director

Richard's association with the Royal dates back to 1982, when he was here as a trainee for two years. He then joined Stocks & Stocks at Breakers Resort in Umhlanga Rocks & was later transferred to Kwa Maritane. He left Stocks & Stocks to join the management team with Sun International at The Cascades, Sun City. On returning to S.A. he joined Southern Sun hotels & was later promoted to General Manager of the Umhlanga Rocks Hotel. In 1990 he returned to the independent Royal Hotel in Ladysmith.
Adri Viljoen
Deputy General Manager
Adri began her career in the Hotel Industry at the Royal after being wooed to Ladysmith by her suitor. Adri started as Banqueting Co-Coordinator & soon was running the entire Banqueting Department as Banqueting Manager. In late 2008 she was promoted to Executive Housekeeper & with the departure of the Deputy General Manager in 2012, Adri was the natural choice for this position.
Desmond Nadasen
Head Chef
Desmond started in the hospitality industry at the Queens Tavern Restaurant in 1980; in 1984 he joined the Wild Coast Sun Kitchen Brigade as Production chef. On returning to Durban he worked as Sous Chef at the Tropicana Hotel for 10 years. In 1995 he moved to the Umhlanga Rocks Hotel & in 1996 first joined the Royal, as Sous Chef & was later promoted to Head Chef. He left the Royal in 2006 to return to Durban to continue his career at various Restaurants. Desmond returned to the Royal in 2012 as Head Chef. .
Neeran Pandoy
Banqueting Manager
Neeran began his career in the hospitality trade, as a very young man, at the Royal as the Food & Beverage Purchaser. He later moved to Johannesburg where he continued in the hospitality industry. It wasn't too long before he was drawn back to Ladysmith & re-joined us as Food & Beverage Manager. Neeran left to persue a career in the Construction Industry; however soon returned to the Royal, this time as Banqueting Manager.
Joyce Dlamini
Food and Beverage Manager
Joyce began her career at the Royal in 1993 as a waitress & was promoted to Restaurant Cashier in 1995. In 2000 she was promoted to Receptionist, a position she held for 6 years until her promotion to Assistant Food & Beverage Manager in 2006. In 2011 Joyce took over the reins of the Food & Beverage Department when she was promoted to Food & Beverage Manager.
Harry Bihaspat
Maintenance Manager
Harry, the longest serving staff member at the Royal Hotel, has the never-ending task of making sure that everything, large and small, functions as it should throughout the Royal.
Kavisha Ramdeen
Financial Controller
Kavisha, who has a National Diploma in Financial Management, began her career as an article clerk with the firm Lee, Ooosthuizen & Smith in 2000. In 2006 she took up the position of Financial Manager for Mooi River Home textiles. On returning to Ladysmith in 2008, she joined the Royal, as Financial Controller.
A highly experienced and friendly team, at your service.


140 Murchison Street
P.O. Box 12
Kwa Zulu Natal