Meet the team: Liezl Savage
Liezl Savage has been a part of the Spier team, as Groups and Conference Co-ordinator, since 2003.
Every day, while still studying tourism, she would drive past Spier on her way to Stellenbosch. “I was inspired by the farm’s breath-taking beauty and wanted to work there one day. I dropped off my CV, was contacted for an interview and soon after I was hired.” The rest, as they say, is history.
What’s the best thing about Spier?
Art, food, award winning wine, people, beautiful setting, fresh air, sustainability initiatives, luxury hotel rooms, conference facilities – all in one place!
What makes conferences at Spier different?
We have great meeting spaces on our historic wine farm including the Historic Old Wine Cellar and Manor House. We also cater for outdoor conferences in our beautiful gardens. Our conscious conference approach not only amply caters for conferencing delegates’ needs, but it also benefits the community and our environment. For example – pens and notepaper are made of recycled paper. We provide glass water bottles as opposed to plastic. Any leftover stationery is collected and donated to schools in the community. The coffee we supply supports fair farming practices and the afternoon cookies is supplied by Khayelitsha Cookie Company, a social upliftment project.
What do you love most about your job?
I work with an amazing, diverse team of people who share my passion for hospitality and who practise the same values that Spier stands for: Unite, Confront, Pride, Aspire, Protect.
What is your greatest strength?
Being able to remain calm in the most stressful situations.
How do you make a positive difference to your environment?
Spier has raised my awareness of how important it is to practise sustainable behaviour in everything I do – from recycling, to reducing water and energy consumption at work and at home.
What’s the most valuable advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your time is too valuable.
Who inspires you?
My 91-year-old grandmother inspires me daily. She is a woman of steel with a good heart and gentle nature. She loves life and lives it to the full.
What do you get up to when you’re not at work?
I’m a huge family person. I spend most of my time with my kids, running around and climbing jungle gyms. Music, art, nature and interior decorating are some of my favourite things. I’m a bit of a day dreamer; I enjoy lying on a sunny spot while listening to lounge music, enjoying hot chocolate and thinking about life, love and beautiful places!
Where is your favourite part of the farm?
The footbridge over the Eerste River. It has an amazing view of the Stellenbosch mountains. The lush greenery and the sound of the river has a calming effect – it’s my little piece of heaven.
What’s the key to being happy in life?
Choose to be happy.
What are you proudest of having achieved?
Having two healthy boys after being told that carrying a child, even to full term, was very unlikely.
What advice do you have for someone trying to get into your line of work?
Be prepared to work hard, be flexible and enjoy working with people.