Assistant manager

Judy will brighten your day with her lovely easy smile. She came to 52 looking for work and we were charmed by her friendly manner but also impressed by her determination and willingness to work. She is a bright, bubbly Malawian and has earned the respect of all around her by working her way up from reception to Assistant manager in the 4 years that she has been at 52. Excitingly she has recently married our Night manager, Dumi and they’re expecting their first baby in December, so love blossoms at 52.

Night Manager

Dumisani is also from Malawi. He will meet and greet you in the evening and while you are out preparing your room for when you return. Dumi loves to please our guests and although a slightly shy man he will make your stay as comfortable as he can. Dumi is a passionate Chelsea FC fan.

All rounder

Sammy works in our housekeeping team and covers Dumi on his nights off, so you are very likely to see him some time during your stay. He is Daddy to 2 young children and loves to spend his spare time playing with them both, his laugh is somewhat infectious and he is often heard making the staff giggle. He also loves soccer and is an avid Manchester United supporter.

Breakfast Supervisor

Glory is our absolute Glory! This lovely Mum to a beautiful little girl, Unique and newly born Ulrich, has been with us since day 1. Originally from Malawi Glory will most likely be the first person to greet you in the morning. She takes pride in keeping our communal areas up to scratch and is likely to be serving you breakfast. She also makes an awesome cappuccino.


Phyllis was “poached” from our owner as we love her bouncy friendly attitude and considered her wasted helping the owner out with her apartment cleaning! Her bubbly, chatty persona is an absolute pleasure to be around and she ensures that our guest bedrooms are all spotless.


Stanford can be seen quietly and efficiently keeping our rooms clean and tidy. Stanford has also been with us since day 1 and takes great pride in what he does at 52. He has also spent all of his holidays building a home for his family. We at 52 are proud to assist him in this project as Stanford has helped in our house, we want to help him with his!

Chef / GM

Russ and Marnie have to be described as a “dream team”. (incidentally they had no input in writing this!). Russ is an innovative exciting chef who trained with top chefs in the UK. He loves to use fresh, local ingredients from our wonderful local organic farmers market. Often guests say he produces the best meal they have had in Cape Town. He loves boxing and trains most days but is the most chilled chef you will ever meet although Please don’t ask Russ to cook you dinner if Liverpool FC are playing! He is a passionate supporter and may be distracted!

General Manager

Marnie, also from the UK, and trained in front of house management and events, is the go-to person for any organisation and bookings needed. She will make it happen. She has attended sommelier courses in the UK and loves to find good quality small scale wineries in South Africa that produce excellent wines. Her and Russ love taking their baby daughter Dhalia out on visits to the beach and parks in Cape Town. Marnie’s love of art and their love of music radiates at 52.


Breakfast Chef

Lucas also from Malawi is one of the kindest people you will ever encounter, and nothing is too much trouble for him. He loves to cook breakfast and prepare lunches. He has learnt from Russ and now puts his little touches on every dish he prepares. He takes great pride in perfection in everything he does. When off duty he loves to follow fashion and 52 are very proud to have helped him a little on his way to starting his own Fashion clothing shop in his home town in Malawi. Lucas also finds time to run and with his enthusiasm has attracted many of his neighbours to run with him.

Breakfast Assistant

Nokhanyo, (Kanye) also works in the kitchen and helps front of house. She is a very busy Mum of 3 children and one Grandchild. She loves to cook at home and has now turned her hand under Russ’s guidance to preparing breakfast. Kanye was born in the Eastern Cape and travelled to Cape Town to find work. She has the most beautiful singing voice and can often be heard singing while she works.