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Dr Yolandi von Gericke  Family Dental Westville

“When something is your passion, it does not feel like hard work,” says Dr Von Gericke who has been a practising dentistry for 17 years’. She has six women in her employ and they love working with children. The practice offers all modalities of general and aesthetic dentistry. Other treatments include orthodontic braces for adults and children, Clear Aligners and Botox.

What achievement are you proud of this past year?

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Our practice has grown from strength to strength, this amidst surviving the five waves of Covid lockdown, the KZN looting, flooding and protest actions, and by the grace of God, we will continue to grow and succeed.

Who is your role model?

In my personal life, my mother is my role model. Being the strong woman that she is, she has taught me Christian family values and perseverance, for which I am forever thankful. Since the start of my journey in Dentistry, every dentist that I have met has been a mentor to me in some way or another. I enjoy maintaining strong bonds with my colleagues, many of whom have become friends over the years.

Share something your clients or staff don’t know about you:

I am a keen fisherman. I love nature and spending leisure time outdoors. I also love playing the piano and spending time with my family – which includes my beloved Miniature Schnauzer named Piko.

Whatsapp: 083 793 3091

What product or service is hot for August?

August brings us Women’s Month, and September Oral Month.  We have put together a “new you” package exclusively for the months of August and September 2022 at a great price.

Call Barbs on 031 266 8396 to find out more.

I sincerely thank all our loyal patients who have supported us over the last two years, and especially during the trying times that we have all experienced. I assure you of our continued commitment to you, our loyal patients.


Alison Kirk  Wedding & Function

Alison has a proven track record of helping couple’s find their perfect wedding venue and everything else they require to make their special day perfect.

Many readers may remember the little Wedding & Function magazine. Well, it has not disappeared. Due to Covid, Alison had to change tactic and has moved the magazine online, so now it is accessible to everyone at any time, and she continues to bring branding awareness to wedding suppliers.

Alison says: “We are so proud of what we have achieved with our new website! Showcasing not only KwaZulu-Natal suppliers in the wedding industry, but for the whole of South Africa. Our free tools with which to help brides and grooms plan their wedding include a checklist, budget calculator, guest list and more.

We have included articles and tips on the latest wedding trends, as well as all the top service providers in the wedding and events industry.

I have always been passionate about South Africa, and truly believe that business is what is going to make South Africa a better place. As a business owner I want to play my part in making our beautiful country thrive. I believe that if I can market businesses to their niche, help them thrive and grow, this will help to make South Africa a better place.

I believe that marketing is the heart of every business. You can have the best product or the best services, but if nobody knows what you are doing, how will your sales increase. you are in the wedding industry and need to get your business noticed we can help you. If you are a bride or groom congratulation on your engagement! The first thing you need to do is celebrate! Then you are probably wondering where to start…go to www.weddingandfunction.co.za and find your dream team and use our free tools to start planning!  Happy planning.”

For more info on Wedding & Function contact Alison on 083 307 4291 or [email protected]

Website: www.weddingandfunction.co.za

Facebook: @weddingandfunctionsa

Instagram: weddingandfunctionsa


Cerese Bouwer of Cerése Hair Design

What achievement are you proud of this past year?

I’ve been chosen to be the first Kao Brand Ambassador in South Africa for Goldwell and KMS based in Germany. My salon won the Gold Award for the “Best Salon Relocation/Renovation” category in the Hairnews Industry Awards

Who is your role model/mentor?

My most recent role model/mentor in business is Kevin Tabilo (National Sales Manager at the Kao Salon Division). I admire his passion for the industry and how he always inspires salon owners and stylists by bringing the industry together with new innovations and forward-thinking.

Share something your clients or staff don’t know about you:

They know everything – lol – I talk way too much. But here’s something my mentor says about me: “You have an incredible passion for people and you love seeing your team succeed. You also believe that hairdressers should help empower each other and be the best version of themselves.”

What product or service is hot for August?

As we move into summer, humidity is slowly making a come-back try out KMS Therma Shape Straightening Conditioner it deeply nourishes and smooths coarse, unruly hair, improves manageability and shape during blow-drying. It also gradually straightens hair with regular use in combination with a straightening iron while protecting hair from heat, humidity and frizz.

Details: Hours: 8am -5pm Phone: 071 370 9942, 5A Wishart Rd, Albany, Hillcrest.

What’s on offer…

We will be offering complimentary Goldwell Dualsenses treatments for all services booked on 12 August, including a pamper day with beverages, eats and gifts.


Olivia Schroeder  Edu Kidz Toy Shop & Balloon Bar

You will feel like a kid in a candy store when you are let loose in Edu Kidz Toy Shop & Balloon Bar. Here you will be instantly transported back in time to your childhood and experience an avalanche of happy memories along with it.

As a family-based business, owned by Olivia and situated in the Kloof Village Mall, you will find an incredible range of toys suitable for all ages, from newborn and up, including puzzles, board games and activities for adults too.Some of the brands on offer include Mellissa and Doug, Think Fun, Nerf and Baby Alive, as well as various other educational, exciting toys.The Balloon Bar is what really sets this toy shop apart from the rest. And busy moms-on-the-run will love that you can also purchase ready-made party bags.

What achievement are you proud of this past year?

That we won the Highway Mail Readers’ Choice Award after only having the shop for a year our birthday was June 1. We have managed to add a Balloon Bar, Claw Machine and an extensive range of products in that time.

Who is your role model /mentor in business and why?

Cindy Norcott. She carries herself with grace and inspires me to dream big and never give up on my ethics or morals. And to keep striving to do better and achieve higher.

Share something your clients or staff don’t know about you: I am family orientated, enjoy yoga, am very motivated to share my positive outlook with all I meet.

What product or service is hot for August?

Board games and puzzles, as they are a wonderful way to spend time together as a family on frosty evenings.

Details: Shop 214, Kloof Village Mall, Village Road, Kloof. Phone 087 255 9620.

Web: edu-kidz.co.za. Follow the shop on Instagram and Facebook. Trading hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 8:30am to 1pm.


Kim Dyason  Diamond Grader, Goldsmith, Designer

Kim is a familiar face in the Upper Highway area, where you will find her open view jewellery workshop. “It is the only thing I have ever wanted to do”, she says, “and I love every aspect of it, I get to help make dreams a reality and capture special moments in what becomes an heirloom to later generations.”

Kim’s passion, for the last three decades, has been engaging with clients and designing bespoke, unique pieces that are timeless, wearable works of art.  From the initial consult, through the design journey to proudly presenting the completed heirloom piece that evokes fabulous reactions, the process is handled with care and precision, with love poured into every one.

“I opened my home studio in 1994, ten years on I opened my first retail store, which grew to include Studio 39 Jewellery Design in 2010.  Working from Fields Hill Shopping Centre, originally a hotel in the heart of Kloof which has retained it’s old charm, it suits our open view workshop where you can interact with our goldsmiths who share my ethos and passion.

Many clients have become friends and are scattered all over the globe, but I still love the one on one consultation and am grateful that technology makes this possible.”


Follow: @studio39jewellerydesign

Studio 39 Jewellery Design, 13 Old Main Road

Fields Hill Shopping Centre, Kloof

Tel: 061 303 3939

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Tracy Klokie of Khwezi Group and founder of Hearts in Hands NPO

Khwezi Solutions is a corporate service provider specialising in business legal compliance services and BBBEE compliance. They assist companies to maximise their BBBEE scoring to ensure the most favourable outcome for their clients. Tracy says they are obsessed with developing value-adding solutions to help businesses get back to what matters to them — the joy and purpose they were seeking when they started.

Khwezi Development specialises in skills development and training and offers clients a turnkey solution through extensive specialist partnerships and expert experience. Hearts in Hands NPO is Tracy’s passion project. “I have always felt a huge sense of social justice and have supported numerous local charities for many years but at  the start of lockdown in March 2020, my anxiety skyrocketed and I felt compelled to get involved more personally and make a difference and an impact in the community together with our community partners we’ve built relationships with through our outreach projects and refurbishment and upliftment “Building Hope” projects.”

What drives you?

My hope to show my children that they can achieve anything they set their minds to in life. I’m also driven to forge a way for women in business and to become entrepreneurs. I also want to leave the world a little better than I found it and make a difference where I can.

What is a quote you live by?

Start where you are with what you have. Also always say YES and figure it out as you go!

A word that describes you? Quirky

Details: Email [email protected] Cell: 084 555 1195 Business: 031 7622414

What’s on offer…

We have a number of vetted and registered Learners on our various Learnerships programmes that require workplace experience, and looking for companies that would like to HOST a fully sponsored candidate at NO COST to you (which includes their monthly stipend), please connect for more details

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