Category Working Women profiles

Working Women: #20 Taz

Taz is a familiar face at Red Café on High Street where she waitresses and at the store she runs on the ground floor, In The Loop.Taz has made money from working part time all her life, she also writes, barters and makes pottery. “You have to do everything you can and in the end […]

Working Women: #19 Inge de Klerk

Inge de Klerk works full time as a dentist in a state clinic in Joza and she is the partner in a new shoe business Rosie Toes. Although she and another work colleague only started the business in February this year, and have has not sold a single pair of shoes in Grahamstown, they frequently […]

Working Women: #18 Sasha Armstrong

“I need to be creative so at the moment it’s just jewelry but I’m hoping to move on to some bigger things,” said Sasha Armstrong owner of That’s Random. “I studied art and graduated with a BFA, but then I got stuck in admin and finance so this is like my escape to stay sane,” said […]

Working Women: #17 Tapiwa and Alice Chindeka

Reading towards a degree in math and computer science, Tapiwa Chindeka makes bags and accessories to take her mind off academia. “I do it to use a different part of my brain, it’s my creative side” she said. “It started when I wanted a bag but I didn’t want to buy it. So I decided […]

Working Women: #16 Mama Mavis

Mama Mavis was born in 1970 in Grahamstown, she has worked various jobs but mainly as a volunteer at the Assumption Development Centre in Joza ever since the project started. “First I was just making crotchet items and cleaning the centre but now I do all kinds of things here,” said Mavis. With her warm […]

Working Women: #15 Karen Wentworth

Karen Wentworth is a textile artist living in Grahamstown, South Africa. She works as a nurse, mostly in clinical trials, but her art occupies most of her spare time and passion. “I’m a magpie,” says Karen. “I’m always on the lookout for good quality, bright fabric”. She scans jumble sales and thrift stores for scraps and […]

Working Women: #14 Siobhan Landman

As a child growing up in a remote farming community Siobhan Landman put her energy into creative outlets, and by the time she went to study Anthropology at Rhodes, she had become a self-taught expert in all things craft. The skills that have stuck with her are knitting, crotchet, cross stitch and painting. “Back home, people found […]