On 19 June 2012, RCI held their annual OSCAS awards ceremony in Johannesburg. First Resorts outshone the rest, with 7 resorts as well as the management company being nominated in various categories. First Resorts in the end walked away with 8 out of the 14 awards presented during the evening.
Salamander Resort situated in Umhlanga received two awards: Hospitality Resort of the Year and Lifestyle Resort of the Year (tied with Pearly Shells). Managing Director of First Resorts, Johann Jordaan had this to say: “The achievement in hospitality and guest entertainment forms an integral part of our core business practices. First Resorts regards this as one of our strengths, considering the strong effort made this past year to alter the way in which all the properties are managed”.