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Incredible women

Incredible women

In light of women’s month, we highlight the hard work and dedication of some amazingly inspiring women. These ladies all started their businesses in very interesting ways and have come a long way to be where they are today.

Introducing:

Denise Koortzen is the Co-founder and Co-developer of Kgalagadi Lodge. At the young age of 29 years old, Denise has worked hard to achieve her dream and fulfil her passion for hospitality, which is evident in the intricate detail and décor that can be appreciated at Kgalagadi Lodge.

Denise’s love for hospitality began when she was 16 years old and attending school. With subjects such as tourism and hotel giving her insight into the industry, she was certain that she would create a place of her own one day: a luxurious lodge offering only the best services and products to its guests.

Denise Koortzen, a young and inspiring entrepreneur saw the potential of a desert land and created a luxurious lodge from absolutely nothing. Denise and her husband, Sarel Jacobus (35 years old) saw an opportunity in the bare terrain and created what is known today as a Kalahari gem ‒ creating wonderful job opportunities for the people from the small nearby communities.

Denise and SJ noticed how the accommodation at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park reached capacity  and decided to open up their own lodge only five kilometres away to cater for guests wanting to experience the park. It was surely not an easy journey as Denise and SJ had to live in a single caravan for four months, on-site, whilst the building of the lodge was underway, where they were able to supervise and ensure that the lodge was built according to their vision.

For more information on Kgalagadi Lodge, or to make a reservation, please visit http://www.kgalagadi-lodge.co.za/

 Denise Koortzen_Kgalagadi Lodge (Medium)   

Janine Janse van Rensburg (37) is the founder and owner Poise Brands, the sole distributor of Juliette Armand, Mio and Mama Mio Skincare in South and sub-Saharan Africa.

Janine is driven by her passion for the professional skincare industry, her love for business and service excellence. Janine qualified in the skincare industry with both national and international diplomas in Somatology, and furthered her studies by completing a higher diploma in business management.

In 2008 she founded Poise Brands who are the proud sole distributor of Juliette Armand, Mio and Mama Mio Skincare in South and sub-Saharan Africa.

From an early age, Janine was taught the importance of hard work, commitment, doing everything to the best of your ability and to never compromise your values and beliefs. She has carried this with her throughout her career and these are the principles with which the Company operates on a daily basis.

For more information, visit: http://www.poisebrands.co.za/

Janine Janse van Rensburg from Poise Brands (Medium)

 

Rachel Jacoba van der Merwe (42), better known as Ralene, is the co-founder of the recently launched Pecanwood Manor, located in Upington in the Northern Cape.

With an entrepreneurial upbringing, Ralene van der Merwe learnt the foundations for identifying opportunity and achieving success. Starting her career in business administration, Ralene moved on to open her first guesthouse in 1998. From there, she opened her own interior shop and worked at renovating a new house, to turn into a guesthouse.

After the birth of her children, Ralene sold her interior shop to focus on being as good a mom as she is an entrepreneur. With her focus on parenting for 10 years, she lectured, part-time, at Vaal University of Technology in accommodation and tourism and has been working towards achieving a psychology degree through the University of South Africa.

Having renovated and opened Pecanwood Manor with her business partner, Pieter Roos, in January 2016, Ralene is overwhelmed by the influx of guests they’ve had since the start of the year. The idea to open the manor dawned on Ralene one night when she was searching for accommodation in the area for a business associate of her husband. From there, Ralene and Pieter worked hard to renovate an old farmhouse into the beautifully decorated, luxurious accommodation that it is today.

For more information on Pecanwood Manor, or to make a reservation, visit http://www.pecanwoodmanor.co.za/

Ralene van der Merwe from Pecanwood Manor (Medium)

At just 29 years of age, Jo-Ann Janse van Rensburg is the Founder and Director of Cherry-Pick PR, the very first Public Relations agency in Upington. After moving to Upington with her husband in 2015, Jo-Ann realised that she would have to create her own work opportunities in a place where PR was still very unheard of.

Now, just a year later Cherry-Pick PR manages six amazing clients. Jo-Ann found success in being selective in her choice of clients, carefully crafting the message and, in turn, choosing the right-fit media to which the message is delivered.

“I strive to bring a personal approach to the work that I do for my clients which is evident in my boutique, cherry-pick offering,” says Jo-Ann.

For more information, please visit: www.cherry-pickpr.co.za

 

Jo-Ann Janse van Rensburg_photo by Donovan Eva (Medium)

 

 

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