La Côte d’Azur shines at RCI Gala Awards 

First Group has once again proven to be at the top of their game within the industry, with one of its most prized properties, La Côte d’Azur, receiving a number of prestigious awards at the 28th Annual RCI Gala Awards.

The ceremony which took place on the 14th of March 2016, at the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo in Kempton Park, the annual RCI OSCAS Awards ceremony is held to acknowledge the successes of industry partners and their contributions to RCI in Africa. This year’s event was co-hosted by Dimitris Manikis, Vice President of RCI Business Development for the EMEAI region, and Howard Nusbaum, CEO of ARDA (American Resort Development Association). The evening’s glamorous entertainment was provided by The Muses and Swing City.

First Group property, La Côte d’Azur, scooped an impressive total of four top awards:

  • Top Unit Maintenance 2015
  • Top Resort Maintenance 2015
  • Top Gold Crown Resort 2015 (Medium Category)
  • Entertainment Manager 2015 awarded to Kareem Quad


Situated in Kwa-Zulu-Natal’s South Coast at the northern end of the mile-long Margate beach, La Côte d’Azur comprises 58 luxury suites, stepped back from the Manaba end of Margate Beach, affording every apartment a magnificent view across the resort gardens or over the beach and tumbling white breakers.

This popular South Coast resort was also nominated for the Top Housekeeping, Top Check-in and Check-out and Hospitality Service award for 2015. Special recognition is also extended to Petra Mayer, La Côte d’Azur Resort Manager, for being nominated for the Top General Manager Award for 2015, well done and thank-you for your unwaveringly excellent service and commitment.


Other First Group properties that received nominations are:

Salamander (Top Gold Crown Resorts – Small)

Club Mykonos Langebaan (Top Gold Crown – Large)

Club Hacienda (Top Silver Crown – Resorts)

Costa Smeralda (Top Hospitality Award)

Costa Smeralda (Top Silver Crown Grading)

Palm Park (Standard Hospitality Grading)

Nazeem Louw from Mount Sierra (Employee of the year winner)

Jaco Maree from Club Mykonos Langebaan  (Manager of the year winner)

Hendrietta Smit from Club Mykonos Langebaan (Employee of the Year winner)

Salamander (Top Resort Maintenance)

Club Hacienda (Top Resort Maintenance)

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