PEOPLE OF THE POINT: GERHARD ERASMUS
Meet this months People of the Point, Gerhard Erasmus. He has been part of Edit Microsystems for 6 ½ years and introduces blind people and people with low vision to technology and assistive devices to aid them with everyday life. He is also blind and makes extensive use of their technology. In South Africa, only 3% of blind people are employed and he is one of them.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I enjoy the training and support component most. It is very rewarding to know that unnecessary hurdles are removed by technology and services that is on offer. Having the opportunity to share my knowledge and the uniqueness of these devices with other blind and low vision persons all over Africa is a privilege.
Tell us something interesting about yourself
I attended Pioneer School for the Blind in Worcester. With the use of technology and the skills I acquired I was able to attend Tygerberg High School from the age of 16. I graduated from this mainstream school in 1999. Technology and assistive devices opened doors and introduced me to new opportunities. Today I use various cutting-edge solutions, including a Braille tablet and screen reading software to access online information sources. I read and write e-mails; surf the web and can perform most tasks my peers are able to perform on a computer.
I also make use of public transport between Durbanville and Sea Point. I am one of the first people to arrive at work and pride myself to always know of the latest developments.
What is your favourite hobby/ thing to do and why?
I love playing my guitar. I might not be good, but I do find it very relaxing. My wife is also teaching me how to bake. I enjoy the time we spend together in the kitchen; learning a new skill.
What is the coolest/ scariest/ craziest thing you have ever done?
Put money in Bitcoin.
Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
I would prefer to be 20 minutes early and therefore start my journeys early too. I hate being rushed. Very few things in life are as important as they might seem. There is no reason to rush.
Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds?
Well, since I’m blind, I’d have to vote for teleportation since self-driving cars aren’t developing fast enough! Mind reading would come in handy when I try to sell a product to a client. It will be good to know if I’m wasting somebody’s time when I am busy with a sales call.
Pizza, I’m not a wood-fire snob and therefore love all pizzas. I would eat it every day if I could.
Favourite movie/ TV show?
TV Show: Scrubs. It is the greatest television depiction of friendship of all time.
Movie: Casino or anything about the Mob. Casino’s only crime was that it was released after Goodfellas.
Favourite place to visit/ go on holiday?
Anywhere where my wife is.
Tulips. I like the shape and the texture of the leaves.
That’s all from Gerhard, have a great Movember and remember to enter this months competition, we would love to see your moustaches!
If you want to see someone specific as our next People Of The Point click here to nominate them.
Until next time, keep cool and remember that every drop counts!
The Point Team x
People of the Point: Lizel Lambert
This September we feature Lizel Lambert, the feisty Front-End Controller at Checkers who puts a spring in our step with her exceptional service. Lizel talks work, baking, and her favourite book in this months segment.
Please introduce yourself
I’m Lizel Lambert I’m a fun loving person that enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Tell us one thing we don’t know about you
The one thing that you don’t know about me is that I love chocolate, I’m a total chocoholic.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are reading and watching tv series.
What is your favourite food?
I don’t have only one, but my top two would be pizza and ice cream.
Do you enjoy cooking? If so, what is your favourite meal to cook?
Yes, I love cooking and baking, my favourite meal to cook is Breyani as it’s my moms favourite too. When it comes to baking, it would have to be cake, cookies, and muffins.
What work do you do?
I work at the Checkers on the ground floor as a Front-End Controller. We help the cashiers better assist customers by making sure they have everything they need to give our customers a great experience.
What is the best part of your job?
I would have to say that the best part of my job is that I get to interact with different people every day and help them have a better experience at Checkers.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading an online book called Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels, it’s a romance novel, and my favourite character is Dylan, a girl who falls in love with a guy at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.
What is the TV series you’re currently enjoying the most?
At the moment it has to be The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is my best; I love how he doesn’t realise when people are being sarcastic or not. I also think it’s so funny how he wants to be right and explain everything in detail all the time!
Now that you know her a little better, be sure to say hi to Lizel the next time you are in Checkers.
If you want to see someone specific as our next People Of The Point let us know by nominating them here.
Until next time,
The Point Team x
PEOPLE OF THE POINT: CARINE GLASS
This go-getting entrepreneur founded an experiential marketing and events agency in 2008, thus fulfilling a dream to start her own business.
In the past decade, she has launched both new products and brands for one of the leading cosmetics, skincare and fragrance companies in the world, and her latest project – RAFAELA LEAH – is a continuation of her passion for excellence and innovation in all things luxurious.
After more than ten years in beauty PR and eventing, Carine is ready to unveil her sensational new undertaking, by launching her very own jewellery brand.
Tell us more about Rafaela Leah and how it started
I grew up in a jewellery environment with both parents having forged careers in this very exciting industry before I was born, so my love for the trade started at a very young age. For over a decade, I actually ran my own corporate events business but in 2016 I decided to change my professional direction, and less than a year later I launched RAFAELA LEAH online jewellery store. Six months after that, we opened our first retail kiosk.
Rafaela Leah is named after your daughter and your jewellery is named after females who have inspired you, who are some of your favourite inspirations?
My children are my biggest inspiration and the driving force behind everything that I do! After them, I draw inspiration from the amazing women with whom I spend my time – family members, friends as well as colleagues and other women in business. Hence the reason I give them all praise in my business my naming jewellery after them!
You were in marketing and events why the change?
A personal event 2 years ago made me re-evaluate how, where and with whom I want to spend my time. Whilst the events business is exciting and comes with many perks, it also means extensive travelling and time away from home and loved ones.
What was your thought/goal when starting Rafaela Leah?
I really want to provide women with stunning jewellery items that are of the highest calibre. RAFAELA LEAH is all about uncompromising quality, yet the range is also priced attractively. I want everyone to aspire to own a piece of RAFAELA LEAH jewellery, but still, ensure the brand remains affordable. It makes me incredibly excited to position this brand on the cutting edge of the South African jewellery industry.
Are there any exciting projects/ ranges launches/collaborations in the pipeline?
We are launching the MIKAEL NOAH men’s collection towards the end of August which I’m thrilled about – the South African market has been lacking in trendy men’s accessories and jewellery, which I’m planning to change – so watch this space!
What is the best part of being in your industry?
I love spending time at my kiosk and with my customers when I get the chance – getting to know them and what jewellery they like is key to building and maintaining a successful jewellery brand.
What inspires and empowers you about women?
Margaret Thatcher sums it up for me – I just love this quote from her “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”.
How do you try to inspire and empower women?
By encouraging them to have a voice, be it in the workplace with their colleagues or at home with their families. Women need to shift the perceptions they have about themselves and the other women around them. We can wear the pretty lipstick and still go to battle! We shouldn’t have to make a choice between being feminine and balsy.
What is your wish for your daughter and future woman?
That she, and all of our daughters, will hopefully not have to spend so much of their valuable time and energy proving that they are as capable as their brothers!
Thank you, Carine, for being such a wonderful inspiration to all women, everywhere.
Till next month,
The Point Team x
People of The Point: Gali Gaon Segall
Meet the July recipient of the People of The Point Award. She’s the entrepreneur behind the sensational Yemaya brand, a fierce businesswoman and a doting mother of two, Gali Segall.
Here we talk inspiration, what she loves most and how Yemaya began.
Please introduce yourself.
I am a mum, wife, and entrepreneur extraordinaire. I have a passion for living life to the fullest and inspiring others to be their best.
How did you get into the beauty industry?
I was a Spa Manager and therapist, I fell in love with the joy I could bring to others in the beauty industry. Since then, I founded my own companies in the beauty industry and I’ve never looked back.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Innovation and challenging the team and the business to constantly refresh and revive the nature of the beauty industry.
You’re a wife, a working woman and a mom, tell us more about your family?
My family are my life, they are all part of the business in some way. My husband is also my business partner and pillar of strength, my three children understand the sacrifices we make and love us all the same for it. It’s difficult to maintain a work-life balance when you have 12 businesses, but I can keep going with the support of my family and my employees.
What is your favourite thing to do with your family?
We enjoy a variety of activities and building projects together, both indoors and outdoors. The most precious moments are the ones with love and laughter shared. I always take a moment wherever possible to keep that alive throughout the day.
Where have you travelled recently?
I have recently been to Israel and Canada, previously to Italy. I travel extensively between Gauteng and KZN to maintain my businesses, however, my travels abroad are both holiday and work as I need to keep myself inspired to keep offering the best I can.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I am extremely shy, I love to cook, and I am also addicted to Bootlegger’s green juice.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
Probably that I am Psychic.
Do you have any words of wisdom?
Believe in yourself and never be afraid to work hard.
Well, there you have it, folks! Next time you’re at The Point, why not pop into Yemaya on the 2nd floor and meet the brains (and beauty) behind it all.
Till next month,
The Point Team x