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We Salute Our Working Mums (And Dad)

Posted: May 8, 2017

We believe in the growth of our people, and this includes their families. Families, young and old, complicated and simple, families that we have become part of. This month we salute our hard-working Moms and Dad who find a way to give their very best both on and off the playing field. Here are some of Joe’s stories.


Claudette Storrar: Copywriter





1.How many kids do you have and what are their names? 2 Boys: Frankie (3) & Jackson (2)

2.How do you juggle being a professional working mom? It’s all about putting the most important thing at that exact moment first, and trying to put everything of yourself into where you’re at.

3.What’s the highlight of your day? When they run into my arms at the end of the day.

4.What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? Be kind, because you are kind. Also, don’t bite each other and DO NOT TOUCH POO.

5.Anything extra you would like to share? Being a parent is the most crazy, beautiful experience I have been on. Tiny humans will amaze you with their creativity.

Rob Ndzukula: Production Manager




1. How many kids do you have and what are their names?

2 Girls: Tebogo (26) & Tshigofatso (22)

I’m now raising my grandchildren as well, as a single granddad Goitsemang 7yrs (boy) & Onkarabele 1 yr 6months (girl), Osiame 1yr (boy)

2. How have you juggled being a single and professional working dad? Not easy but you need to switch off the mind of being a single parent when you at work, and going back home you switch on again.

3. What’s the highlight of your day? Going home to find them waiting for me eagerly to give me a hug and ask how my day was.

4. What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? Be who are you are and accept the situation which you grow under. Peruse your dreams, don’t compare yourself with others.

5. Anything extra you would like to share? Being a single parent sometimes can be a blessing, you bring your kids up with your own rules without any conflict. Make your kids feel like you are their friend so that they can share any problems with you. Be open to them and they will open up to you.

Claudi Potter: Senior Copywriter




1. How many kids do you have and what are their names? 1 Girl & 1 Boy: Ani (8) and Stuart (5)

2. How do you juggle being a professional working mom? Joe is a place that really supports moms. It’s not easy, but I think the most important thing is to not always try to be all things to all people. Multitasking isn’t always the answer. Some days you decline meetings to get to a netball game, other days you dodge pancake duty and a play date to make sure you meet the deadline. It’s about taking it one day at a time, prioritising and trying not to sweat the small stuff.

3. What’s the highlight of your day? Cracking an idea. Getting an awesome brief. Listening to the kids talk about their day. The four of us having dinner around the kitchen table. A glass of wine when the kids are in bed.

4. What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? Be kind. Be brave. Be grateful for everything God gives you every day.

5. Anything extra you would like to share? My kids have had to join me at the office here at Joe Public on quite a few occasions. And these have been my favourite moment where work and kids have collided.

Ani sat in on a review and had this to say about Xolisa: “Wow, your boss is so much nicer than the ones in the movies.”

Ani on seeing Michele Lazarus through my office door: “She’s your work mom, right? Does that make her my work granny?”

Stuart on what I do for a living: “So you just sit there and look at your computer all day. That’s lame.”


Megan Adams: Business Analysis




1. How many kids do you have and what are their names? 1 Boy: Liam (13)

2. How do you juggle being a professional working mom? You must be flexible and take all the help you can get. You must adopt the “It takes a village” adage and sometimes the village may not do things exactly how you would but it is the only way you and your child will survive.

.3. What’s the highlight of your day? The afternoon/evening drive home. Even if I am a little late being caught up at the office, once I arrive and collect him, most of the stress of the day is gone and before the night time routine comes in to effect, we savour the stress-free moments to be silly with each other.

4. What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? Life is hard. Outside of your family, people are looking out for their own best interests, not yours so you need to learn be independent, tough and resourceful.

5. Anything extra you would like to share? I have always been a working mom since I had my son when I was still in University. I always maintain that I maybe have an advantage in that I always had boundaries in place and learnt how to balance work and childcare early on. I also maintain that there is no perfect time to become a mom, you will always make it work and if you do your best, your child will know that and respect you for it.

Terri-Leigh Cassel: Managing Partner Shift Joe Public




1. How many kids do you have and what are their names? 4 very fabulous fur children:

Dennis – Pug X something suspicious

James – Foxy X

Zilara – German Shepard

Riley – German Shepard X Collie

2. How do you juggle being a professional working mom? Loads of park walks and play time over the weekend to make up for the late nights!

3. What’s the highlight of your day? Having my fur balls running to the gate when my car pulls up, so much excitement, wagging tails and licks galore. My heart also melts when Dennis demands his dinner, he does it by shouting at me and running back and forth.

4. What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? “Sit”, it will get you a treat.

Mandise Ngubane: Account Director




1. How many kids do you have and what are their names? 1 Girl: Ziphezinhle or Zee Zee

2. How do you juggle being a professional working mom? Not very easily but it is what it is. I wouldn’t want to be a stay at home mom either. I want my daughter to know that women can have it all if they want to – be an independent career woman with a healthy family life.

3. What’s the highlight of your day? When we do gym and come home to prep dinner together and when I’m reading her a bedtime story and she tells ME how to pronounce the words.

4. What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? Stay true to yourself.

5. Anything extra you would like to share? Parents need to remember that we are raising our kids not for ourselves but for the world. How we treat and engage with them and other people shapes who and how they’ll be as adults in relationships, in social and work environments etc so we need to be mindful of how we (the adults) behave.

Chipo Nhapata: Account Director




1. How many kids do you have and what are their names? 3 Boys: Tanaka (9), Tawana (6) and Kuda (1)

2. How do you juggle being a professional working mom? With 3 boys it’s not easy, attention is always split between work and being a mom but having a supportive husband helps alleviate the pressure.

3. What’s the highlight of your day? A glass of vino after reading and putting the kids bed.

4. What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? If you do not have anything kind to say, keep quiet.

5. Anything extra you would like to share? I never appreciated the role Mothers play until I became a Mom myself. It’s one of the most difficult job in the world that goes unnoticed.

Deborah Whitlock: Account Director Connect Joe Public




1. How many kids do you have and what are their names? 1 Boy: Henry (8)

2. How do you juggle being a professional working mom? With great difficulty. My day starts at 5am. I spend an hour trying to wake up a sleepy 8 year old, then reminding him repeatedly to eat his breakfast, get dressed instead of having conversations about paper jets, Minecraft Hamley’s and London etc. Dropping him at school I then sit in 1.5 hours traffic to get to work in Joburg (I live in Pretoria). Then arrive home from work around 6:30pm if I’m lucky, I have 1.5 hours to rush through homework, get him showered, sometimes fed, catch up on his reading, put him to bed and ensure he GOES TO SLEEP at 8pm.

3. What’s the highlight of your day? Repeating the same conversation in the car all the way to school that was had at breakfast (above).

4. What’s the single piece of advice you always give your children? Be GRATEFUL for the many blessings you have in your life. Stop wanting STUFF all the time, it doesn’t make you happy.

5. Anything extra you would like to share? Moms and dads remember, you are doing your best. Sometimes it feels like you are failing but your kids do love you. That little voice saying, ‘you’re a good mom’ and ‘I love you’ keeps you sane during the darkest hours. My little trooper has lived through recent divorce, his best friend moving away, and his other best friend moving away shortly. It’s been tough on him but he still takes the time to tell me he’s grateful for things, and that he thinks I’m a good mom. And that’s all I need to know.