The Radisson Blu Vendome hotel, situated on Sea point’s platinum mile, is proud to welcome deaf gold medallist, Michael Denton Swartz, to the team.
In Michael the Radisson Blu have not only found a new staff member, but also their perfect match – a champion of their ethos. After joining the Radisson family as an intern, Michael has mastered the finer arts of hospitality and is now a full time waitron. “I feel that I have found my future here, at Radisson Blu. I enjoy their motto : Yes I Can! This has reassured me regarding the positivity of the hotel group, and I am beyond enthusiastic to become part of the team.”
“We are exceptionally proud to have followed in the footsteps of our sister hotel Park Inn by Radisson Newlands by employing a significant number of team members who are deaf, embracing diversity, creating equal opportunities and raising the education standards at our hotel,” says Clinton Thom, General Manager, Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel Cape Town.
The hotel has basic language posters to assist staff in communicating with hearing impaired employees. Waitrons get by through lip reading and encouraging patrons to speak slowly and use hand gestures where necessary.
The Carlson Rezidor hotel group is world renowned for allowing all people with ability, regardless of circumstance, an opportunity to perform to the fullest potential. Able-bodied, and disabled employees alike work side by side fostering a culture of diversity.
People from all backgrounds face challenges, and like Michael, Radisson Blu Le Vendome is the embodiment of the Responsible Business Programme, and is committed to ensuring that there is place for all individuals to overcome and reach their full potential.