Neal Farrell

Neal Farrell

CEO

Notorious for:
Climbing mountains on 2 wheels.

Loves most about life:
Getting out to places seldom visited by humans.

Favourite pastime:
Riding in the mountains with my mates or just being at home.

Things that dumbfound:
Animal cruelty and littering.

Best holiday destination:
The Kruger National Park, anywhere in Italy and December in Knysna with friends.

Christelle Grobler

Christelle Grobler

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Notorious for:
Zoning out (day-dreaming) and not listening to conversation.

Loves most about life:
Chocolate, ice cream, Nutella, my freakishly cute cats and my hubby.

Favourite pastime:
Watching series, making stuff, knitting & crochet.

Things that dumbfound:
When you write an email asking three to five questions, and when you receive the reply only zero to one of your questions got answered. That’s a (facepalm) moment.

Best holiday destination:
Anywhere pretty.

Soni Siwela

Soni Siwela

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Notorious for:
Wanting to build Rome in a day, or always having so much to say but never knowing when to say it.

Loves most about life:
I call them “little humans”, babies are the cutest things. They make me smile from ear to ear, even when they’re crying.

Favourite pastime:
Sleeping while baking in the sun, it’s heaven on earth.

Things that dumbfound:
CAPITALISM, why is it a thing?

Best holiday destination:
Anywhere that allows me to be in solitude. I am a secret loner.

Robyn-lee Baatjies

Robyn-lee Baatjies

HEAD OF DESIGN

Notorious for:
Sass, amazing hair and the occasional weird dance move.

Loves most about life:
Breathtaking views whilst relaxing with loved ones.

Favourite pastime:
Reading (I’m a sucker for a good romance novel).

Things that dumbfound:
People who think global warming is a myth.

Best holiday destination:
I’ve recently experienced Mauritius and so it’s pretty safe to say, anywhere on an island is best!

Kirsten Mackrill

Kirsten Mackrill

JUNIOR DESIGNER

Notorious for:
Being shy with the occasional dance outburst.

Loves most about life:
Summer adventures, my family and my dogs.

Favourite pastime:
Snapping pictures, playing music and reading a good book.

Things that dumbfound:
People who walk bare feet.

Best holiday destination:
Must be tropical or a fashion capital.

Katherine Farrell

Katherine Farrell

PROOF READER

Notorious for:
Having to end every meal with something sweet.

Loves most about life:
The daily joy of motherhood and the natural beauty on my doorstep.

Favourite pastime:
Reading and exploring Kirstenbosch, the perfect playground, with my daughter.

Things that dumbfound:
People who think it’s acceptable to criticise the decision to have only one child, and there are a lot of them.

Best holiday destination:
Italy.

Justin Fox

Justin Fox

CONTENT OFFICER

Notorious for:
Finding a way to leave town at the drop of a hat.

Loves most about life:
Travelling and beaches; preferably a combination of both.

Favourite pastime:
Surfing the waves of the Atlantic seaboard and windsurfing along the Cape’s West Coast.

Things that dumbfound:
The quirks of nature, especially the more obscure animals that look as though evolution should have done away with them ages ago.

Best holiday destination:
Kaokoveld and the northern Skeleton Coast where desert elephants and desert rhinos still roam free.

Robyn Daly

Robyn Daly

CONTENT DIRECTOR

Notorious for:
Changing my mind.

Loves most about life:
Sunrise, sunset and everything in between.

Favourite pastime:
Daydreaming, horse riding, playing with my dogs.

Things that dumbfound:
Small-chunk people and little boxes.

Best holiday destination:
Anywhere wild and free.

Zulpha Schroeder

Zulpha Schroeder

PRODUCTION & TRAFFIC MANAGER

Notorious for:
Talking too much, inappropriate comments, and being really short.

Loves most about life:
Knowing that there is always so much more to learn and explore.

Favourite pastime:
Reading, watching documentaries, socialising with friends.

Things that dumbfound:
Narrow-mindedness, people with no sense of humour, war and ugly feet.

Best holiday destination:
I imagine it to be an island or exploring World War 2 ruins.

Chelsea Stodel

Chelsea Stodel

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Notorious for:
Rapping to hip hop songs, and dancing anywhere and everywhere.

Loves most about life:
My beautiful family, friends and cats.

Favourite pastime:
Wine tasting with friends while laughing till our faces fall off.

Things that dumbfound:
Eating with your mouth open.

Best holiday destination:
Spain and Thailand.

Dominica Wannenburg

Dominica Wannenburg

JUNIOR DEVELOPER

Notorious for:
Strong-mindedness, awkward hand gestures, constantly eating.

Loves most about life:
Relaxing with a good book.

Favourite pastime:
Something dorky, like Dungeons and Dragons.

Things that dumbfound:
The status quo.

Best holiday destination:
Middle Earth.

Zandile Magwa

Zandile Magwa

CLIENT SERVICE INTERN

Notorious for
My feet hanging when I am sitting on a chair (short girl problems).

Loves most about life
Positive people. I love being surrounded by positive, optimistic and energetic people. Bad energy just destroys my spirit.

Favourite pastime
Going through my old photos.

Things that dumbfound
Crime, Crime and Crime.

Best holiday destination
I enjoy visiting my family in the Eastern Cape during the December holidays. Being away from all the street lights and connecting with nature is soooooo refreshing.

Natalie Boruvka

Natalie Boruvka

DEPUTY EDITOR: BUILDERS

Notorious for
Taking an age to order at a restaurant. An extensive menu is my nemesis.

Loves most about life
The constant opportunities to learn, grow, love and dream.

Favourite pastime
Experimenting in the kitchen. Watching Netflix in bed and reading Zomato and Tripadvisor restaurant reviews come a close second.

Things that dumbfound
World hunger, oppression, quantum physics.

Best holiday destination
Locally, Paternoster for its untainted seclusion, but anywhere near the sea will do.

Helen Uckermann

Helen Uckermann

FREELANCE JOURNALIST

Notorious for:
Apparently I am a bit of a straight shooter.

Loves most about life:
Travel.

Favourite pastime:
Relaxing in a coffee shop with a good cuppa.

Things that dumbfound:
Hatred, intolerance, impatience.

Best holiday destination:
Since my sons live in France and Switzerland, I’d have to say Europe.

Angie Lázaro

Angie Lázaro

CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER

Notorious for
My air miles; my passion for photography; trying new things.

Loves most about life
A slow day. Exploring and being inspired by art, fashion and architecture.

Favourite pastime
Spending time in my art studio. Long walks in the mountains.

Things that dumbfound
That we still don’t fully understand the intricacies of our bodies.

Best holiday destination
Going on Safari.  Discovering the cultural and historical richness of the world.

Mark Leighton

Mark Leighton

BUSINESS UNIT DIRECTOR

Notorious for:
Crashing mountain bikes.

Loves most about life:
The coolest guy on earth – my dad.

Favourite pastime:
The bits between not crashing my mountain bike.

Things that dumbfound:
Anything with a decimal point.

Best holiday destination:
Sedgefield, many years, many memories.

Shea Farrell

Shea Farrell

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Notorious for:
My incredible natural wit and charm.

Loves most about life:
’Cats and cucumber’ YouTube videos.

Favourite pastime:
A long run when I’m fit, and a glass of red wine when I’m not.

Things that dumbfound:
’Cats and cucumber’ YouTube videos.

Best holiday destination:
A beach where my biggest decisions in life are: which bikini should I wear, and should I go for a run during the sunrise or sunset.

Meg de Jong

Meg de Jong

HEAD OF SOCIAL

Notorious for:
Talking to myself in scary voices.

Loves most about life:
The simplest things that bring great joys. Food, fresh air and fabulous frocks.

Favourite pastime:
Baking, crafting and blogging. (I’m like a nu-age gramma).

Things that dumbfound:
The Nazca lines. I mean, how the heck did they do that!?

Best holiday destination:
New Orleans.

Frans Hanekom

Frans Hanekom

DIGITAL DESIGNER

Notorious for:
Cleanliness and optimism.

Loves most about life:
Technology changing the world around us.

Favourite pastime:
Watching TV series.

Things that dumbfound:
Small-minded people.

Best holiday destination:
London, UK

Catherine Hofmeyr

Catherine Hofmeyr

PHOTOJOURNALIST

Notorious for:
A neat and orderly desk.

Loves most about life:
Activities with my children.

Favourite pastime:
Reading.

Things that dumbfound:
South African voters.

Best holiday destination:
Lake Malawi & Maldives.

Graham Wood

Graham Wood

FREELANCE WRITER

Notorious for:
Forgetfulness.

Loves most about life:
To start: truth; beauty; red wine; coffee; wife; daugther; her bulldog puppy; books; pictures; music…

Favourite pastime:
Indolence… combined with at least one of the things I most love about life.

Things that dumbfound:
Scatter cushions.

Best holiday destination:
The seaside.

Nick Dall

Nick Dall

JOURNALIST

Notorious for:
My appetite, and knowing the difference between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’.

Loves most about life:
My family, my books and my worm farm.

Favourite pastime:
Fly-fishing. Preferably alone, in a high-altitude trout stream.

Things that dumbfound:
That people actually drink Nescafe.

Best holiday destination:
Bolivia. The Jesuit ruins circuit in the east of the country is the most amazing place I’ve ever been, but the rest of the country’s great too.

Gillian Warren- Brown

Gillian Warren- Brown

FREELANCE WRITER

Notorious for:
Correcting where people do (or don’t) put apostrophes, and always having my dog around.

Loves most about life:
Clouds, glorious sunsets, autumn and meeting fascinating people.

Favourite pastime:
Hiking in the mountains with my hubby – and my dog, of course.

Things that dumbfound:
Cruelty and abuse – of humans and animals.

Best holiday destination:
The Wild Coast.

Lauren Brabant

Lauren Brabant

BUSINESS UNIT DIRECTOR

Notorious for:
Eating way too much junk food.

Loves most about life:
Baked goods, I can’t resist a croissant…

Favourite pastime:
Movies, movies and more movies

Things that dumbfound:
Inconsiderate people

Best holiday destination:
Croatia

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER

Notorious for:
Putting my foot in it.

Loves most about life:
Time with friends and family.

Favourite pastime:
Spending summer days at Newlands watching Test cricket.

Things that dumbfound:
When the tight forwards insist on standing in the flyhalf channel and slowing down the game.

Best holiday destination:
Italy.

Mark van Dijk

Mark van Dijk

CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER

Notorious for:
Working/playing on three screens at once.

Loves most about life:
Ice cream. Hot chocolate. My wife. My kids. Movies from the 90s. TV from the 00s. Tech from the 10s. Music and soccer from anywhere.

Favourite pastime:
Reading indoors, playing outdoors.

Things that dumbfound:
Twitter slang, and the baffling track record of the South African cricket team in international limited overs tournaments. #lolz #smh  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Best holiday destination:
The next one!

Ashleigh Tremearne

Ashleigh Tremearne

TRAFFIC COORDINATOR

Notorious for
Having a really loud voice, and being able to chill on the couch for hours on end

Loves most about life
Travelling, healthy food, family, friends and great wine

Favourite pastime
Playing sport in school (being part of a team), and the sun, sand, and sea salt

Things that dumbfound
How people can complete a rubix cube behind their backs

Best holiday destination
Driving through Italy, Road tripping into Africa and/or backpacking around Asia

Pieter Grobler

Pieter Grobler

DIGITAL DESIGNER & VIDEO EDITOR

Notorious for:
Talking nonsense and my funny sayings.

Loves most about life:
Being loved. 🙂

Favourite pastime:
Carp fishing, playing games and watching Nascars.

Things that dumbfound:
When logic fails.

Best holiday destination:
Any place that allows me to get my fish on.

Wilma de Bruin

Wilma de Bruin

FREELANCE FINANCIAL JOURNALIST

Notorious for:
Order and tidiness.

Loves most about life:
Nature’s wonderful way, friendship.

Favourite pastime:
Reading, watching tennis on TV.

Things that dumbfound:
Maniacal drivers and bikers.

Best holiday destination:
Ah… Italy’s Amalfi coast!

Tracy Melass

Tracy Melass

CONTENT OFFICER

Notorious for:
Perfectionism.

Loves most about life:
It’s a never-ending adventure, full of twists and turns and surprises.

Favourite pastime:
Strapping on mu muddy Merrells, snacking, watering and sunscreening up, and setting off into the mountains.

Things that dumbfound:
Small-minded and petty people. I swerve to avoid them an try and focus on the big picture.

Best holiday destination:
Anywhere I haven’t been before. I love the sights, sounds and smells of any place new and different.

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