Where I commenced my diverse work career.
Barclays Bank DCO:
One position I treasured very much, was being a teller, serving African’s who would be doing the their companies banking, on a day to day basis. Having learned Zulu as a child from my nanny, I had become fluent with the language.
So when this opportunity finally was presented to me, I jumped at the chance! Being able to spend my days speaking Zulu, from 9 am in the morning, till 3 pm in the afternoon, was a joy! I also happened to be the only one in the Main Branch that was able to converse fluently in Zulu. The most enjoyable time that I spent in the bank, was indulging in daily conversations with all my African customers, joking, story telling, kidding around with one another, always made for an enjoyable and fun day on the job.
Bachelor’s of West Walk – High end Menswear Fashion Consultant
Having always had a passion for clothing, both business and casual, it was a very easy and most enjoyable position to once again being in the “people business”. Building up a loyal clientele that began “following me”, was a key component for not only securing the clients fashion requirements on an ongoing basis, but also the referral business I received in return from my initial clients – happy customers tell their friends, and so on and so on. A trait in the people business that has paid off bountifully throughout all of my different work careers:
Interior Design Consulting. Commercial Office Interiors:
Changing careers once again for me, going from high end menswear fashion, to consulting on beautiful office interiors, with many of my previous ‘fashion” clients, was a great start to this fascinating new concept in modern office living!
Springbok Safaris Durban Ltd – Operations Manager
Conducted a similar training program that I was trained in Europe on, for young people interested in the Safari Tour Business. The Head Office in Johannesburg eventually submitted the program to SATOUR – South African Tourist Corporation. Up until that time, Tour Guiding in the sense of the word, did not exist. Bus drivers were escorting international visitors around South Africa. This was a small start in providing International tourists from all across the globe, a professionally guided Safari Tour.
We worked with closely with American Express from our Durban office, with their Cruise program. We would meet guests at dock side, in a luxury Air Conditioned Motor Coach and transport them to their Lodge accommodations just outside the Game Reserve. “Game Viewing” was conducted in a fleet of air conditioned VW vans at first light in the morning and early evenings, when game viewing is at its best. The two local game reserves that we conducted our Safari Tours were Umfolozi (best known for their efforts in those early years, for restoring the Black Rhino population that was a major decline and a concern) and Hluhluwe – Walking Safaris were offered in later years, with an experienced African guide.
The drive from Durban along the north Coast provided guests with spectacular scenery of the Indian Ocean, along with the rich history of Zululand. The company also operated Fully Guided Private Air Condition Cars for those wishing to get that intimate experience. Tours would commence in Durban visiting four and five of the renowned game reserves in South Africa en route to Johannesburg – Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi, and many of the new Private Game Lodges that guarantee the “Big 5” – Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and Cape Buffalo.