Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo but I am currently live in South Africa ( Cape Town) about 7 years I am Married to Magalie since 2018 and we have a 2 years old girl. I am a honest, ambitious, friendly, reliable and motivated person. I’m a skilled individual who has excellent training as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). As a result, I have good knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, services, and wireless skills. I am a self-motivated person and I try to exceed my superior’s expectations with high-quality work. Being a fast learner, I quickly pick up business knowledge related to my project. An experienced and customer service with a strong interest to increase customer satisfaction and at the same time making sure all of the operations are being done properly. I believe my strengths are that I am a person who can work under a lot of stress and have excellent communication skills which enable me to handle a leadership position as wells work in a team. I care deeply about workplace professionalism. I regard myself to be a very open minded person, ready for new challenge when it comes to technology. People consider me to be a social, temperament person who does not hesitate in giving my opinion for what I think and believe in. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and it comes naturally to me to maintain a lot of relationships. I love trying new things, creating new methods, and introducing new ideas. I love watching soccer specially when Leo Messi plays, movies and playing games.
I grew up in a small farm community in the Eastern Cape. The world I knew then was only what was surrounding me; the farm, farm lands, livestock, bushes and forest and two or three other farm dweller families. That was my reality, no big cities or big townships. I never knew anything about big rivers, oceans, lots of animals, no idea of big mountains etc. When I grew up my parents moved to the city, things changed, it was a total new world. My world got so complex and vast. It was when I started visiting beaches, zoo, animal sanctuaries, visit nature reserves and botanical gardens and travelling by boats, ships and fly in aeroplanes. I am now an avid traveller, I also go for walks in the natural environments, listen to birds singing and so on. The world has so much to offer for those who grab these opportunities. As a family man I often visit with my family to city parks, nature reserves, and lots of community projects that take care of animals and the environment. I am both an environmental and social activist, and I have spent most of my life either being involved directly in the protection of fauna and flora or training those who are involved in the same. When I travel or visit other countries I visit mostly destinations that would offer natural and aesthetic beauty to tourists. I also have a huge interest in climate change as it is, among others, influenced by human behaviour, more especially air pollution. I am also interested in religion, more especially African Traditional religion. The reason for my interest in this branch of religion is because it is mostly nature based. In other words it is religion that does not separate between humans and nature. For the adherents of this religion life is one and God manifests himself through nature and therefore taking care of nature is a religious duty. As an environmental and social activist I am involved either through making financial contribution or contributing my time in community projects of different kinds. These projects would include contributing shoes to primary school learners who have no shoes, contributing money to soup kitchens for crèches and unemployed job seekers and many other projects. I am hoping to sustain these initiatives to a level where they can help more people.
I was born in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha), South Africa. I’m an outgoing person who is both introverted and extroverted depending who I’m with. I enjoy meeting and interacting with new people because I believe this is how you learn and grow as a person. I’m forever looking for new adventures or challenges. I’m a go-getter, never afraid to fail because we learn more from our failures and build character from them. I enjoy the outdoors especially hiking, which has exposed me to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in South Africa. I also love taking game drives and explore our nature especially the animals in their natural habitats. I haven’t had the opportunity to travel beyond the borders of my country. Hopefully one day I’ll travel the world, meet different people and get to experience diverse cultures and cuisines. I had dreams of becoming a medical doctor but due to financial difficulties I settled for a National Diploma in Biomedical Technology. At least I got to work in the medical environment with doctors and other medical personnel for about 5 years. I realised that working in a laboratory was not suitable for my personality because I love people, I enjoy interacting with different people. I enrolled for a Diploma in Marketing and that led me to the pharmaceutical industry where I combined both my medical background and the marketing qualification. I worked in Sales and Marketing departments. I also had the opportunity to turn my passion for fashion into a business adventure and started my online clothing store which was a very exciting and challenging adventure. I learned a lot about importing and e-commerce. When motherhood happened and I took a break to become a stay home mom. I got involved in fitness and nutrition business. I realised that the entrepreneurship bug has got me and needed to empower myself to avoid mistakes I made in my previous business adventures, that is when I decided to register for a BCom degree in entrepreneurship via Unisa, which what I’m currently busy with. I hope one day I will be able to own a farm as risk of food security is at a country level. Many countries are experiencing high inflation at retail level, reflecting the shortage of supply due to COVID-19 measures and other factors like global warming. Agricultural development is critically important to improve food security and nutrition. I’m excited about the future and learning more in this university of life.
Rome wasn't built in a day. I’m of a very friendly nature and love to be with people who aren’t selfish. I am ambitious and will do anything to achieve my aim - "The Universe applauds action not thought" I’m of a very adventurous nature and love to find good in everything I see. There are many things that make us depressed or upset, but that doesn’t mean that we stop living. You dust yourself off, honor the difficult times for the lesson it taught you, and walk away stronger and wiser. Independence and confidence were key in my life from a young age with venturing to the UK straight after school, and eventually ending up in Cape Town as my dream destination to live a happy balanced life where beautiful sunsets are part of your everyday life, and reminds you that dreams do come true. My professional life started as a labourer painting parks in the dire UK winter weather to Insurance consultant for a huge corporate company. Getting to know me over time it became clear that I adapt quickly and take pride in everything I do as I strive to leave everything and everyone better than you found them. Covid19 and the drastic changes that came with it has been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life. With a system that failed us all in so many ways, living a financially stable life is nearly impossible but forced me to get grounded with nature and realize that the best things in life are truly free. My senses for nature, animals, and my overall humility enhanced drastically. We are all just reminded once again that nothing ever goes as planned and that losing everything including your mind might be necessary to make you realize what a strong, resilient, and galactic species we truly are. Realizing this, I am now more than ever ready to spread love and kindness whilst challenging myself with new adventures that push me out of my comfort zone. There is no other time than the present that truly matters. And in this moment I am excited to change my reality and the lives of those around me.
In 2003, Cecilia and Grant Jefferys opened Bloomingdales Garden Centre in Durban. They wanted to provide an urban oasis for their customers that boasts a garden, an urban farm, and a farm-to-table restaurant. The Jefferys have built their business on a commitment to sustainable farming methods, good food, and a positive environment. Bloomingdales Garden Centre offers a huge variety of plants, pavers, edging, fertilizers, pots, water features, garden ornaments, They also offer landscaping services, instant lawn, and other items to help you create your dream garden.
Since 2004, Westville North Garden Centre has been home to an impressive collection of plants, gardening tools and supplies. This suburban garden centre located in the Westville North area is filled with everything you need to create your own little oasis. The centre boasts a range of plants and flowers, including perennials, trees and shrubs, vegetables, seedlings, and even a garden shop. In addition to plants, you'll find a selection of gardening tools. Their local roots have kept them grounded and community-focused. Westville North Garden Centre is proud to provide quality plants and products, and the highest level of customer service you’ve come to expect from a local business that has blossomed into a full-fledged Garden Center.
Bromeliads Southern Africa is a plant nursery specializing in Bromeliads, owned and managed by avid Gardener, Orchid and Bromeliad collector Maggie Vergottini. The nursery is situated in the Garden Route Area of South Africa, in the coastal town of Mossel Bay. The town is a popular holiday destination with great scenics and other cultural gems. If you are a bromeliad lover, you can visit us in Mossel Bay and also experience its beauty. The selling premises are in centre of Mosselbay while the cultivating tunnels are 48km west of Mossel Bay on the Vergottini’s family farm Blandsdrift where they also breed rare game. The premises is open to the public on Wednesdays but viewings can be arranged on other days by appointment.
TOT U DIENS offers garden services in the whole Garden Route with it's headquarters in Mossel Bay. But what makes TOT U DIENS stand out is it is open 24 hours. TOT U DIENS offers tree felling, removal of trees. We do full garden cleanups and planting of grass. This is what one of our clients had to say "Ricardo and his team are some of the hardest working crew I've had the pleasure of working with. Come rain or shine they will get the job done and no job is too big or too small. Thanks guys for going out of your way to give my garden a make over. I highly recommend these guys." There is nothing in your garden we can't do.
Cape Garden, Joostenbergvlakte, was opened in 1996. It has evolved into the largest Garden Centre in the Western Cape. Our second branch outside Stellenbosch opened in October 2004, and our third branch in Somerset West in 2016. We are a family run business, dedicated to giving you the best quality and prices available. By growing our own plants in Vredendal and producing our own pots and water features at our factories, we are able to pursue our passion for good value. We carry a wide selection of plants, pots, pavers, water features, garden furniture and other garden decor. We are also constantly bringing in new, cost effective, quality merchandise. We have products to please the whole family all year round.
In 1962, Robert Stodel took a leap of faith to follow his dream: leaving his corporate career to start a gardening business. His humble beginnings, selling via a mail order catalogue, door to door visits and even out of his van on the Grand Parade, speak volumes about the man who built Stodels step-by-step into a thriving chain of award-winning garden centres around the Western Cape. The first Stodels Garden Centre opened in Kenilworth in 1968, followed by Stodels Bellville (where HQ is situated today) in 1973. Since 2005, with the opening of Stodels Milnerton, the company has been on an expansion strategy, opening Stodels Constantia in March 2012 and Stodels Somerset West in August 2012. Award-winning nursery with five stores in the Western Cape and two in Gauteng. We're dedicated to the people who are dedicated to their gardens! Award-winning nursery with five stores in the Western Cape and two in Gauteng. We're dedicated to the people who are dedicated to their gardens!
With a hearty amount of exquisite plants, garden and home décor, accessories, hardware and tools; our team of passionate experts, creatives and enthusiasts collaborate to create the kind of environment where you come to feed your soul! Unique and Inspiring Garden Centre in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg; offering garden and home enhancement products. From plants, to trees, garden care, tools, decor, gifting, hardware along with professional advice and information services on all gardening related queries and problems.
Mandy Shrimpton is the quintessential people’s person. Mandy believes that success is measured by the quality of our human-relationships rather than the results we manifest through sheer will. Mandy firmly established herself as the heart of the non-profit organisation that she co-founded and ran with her adoring husband for 17 years. Mandy loves walking in nature with her family, hugging trees, and preserving the environment. She also enjoys being creative and is particularly fond of painting flowers. As a very happily married and devoted mother to four children, Mandy has cultivated a deep appreciation for the culinary arts and relishes the spare moments she gets to watch her favourite cooking shows. This initiative reflects how Mandy sees the world, helping to create positive synergy. Fostering unity and courteous community, building partner relationships and motivating affiliates. Born and bred in Africa, Mandy understands the concept of Ubuntu. I am, because we are. Together we can make the world a better place. Using her skills and experience to make a difference. Helping others see through the fog of new technologies, avoid common marketing mistakes and develop better business strategies. With a subtle blend of motherhood and effective project management, Mandy is the perfect professional partner, to show others the merits of this initiative. Shining a light on the path to prosperity, while not losing our footing in family values and humble humanity. Sharing is caring, while enriching ourselves spiritually and materially. We cannot give freely, if we don't have. "Sometimes the world makes more sense, through the eyes of a mother. Using protective instinct and family fortitude, to help one another." ~ Mandy Shrimpton