“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
This lady is the sunshine in the office. No matter what, she always has a smile for you. A strong personality, devoted to community help and a great mother of 2. Being part of our team since 2010, Elaine is the referent for all Farm certifications, employee’s relationship and paperwork and management assistant. Elaine believes in Ayama’s dream of being an example for the area to change and improving lives around us. Perdjie School needs to thank her dedication too for being a successful project.
When did you start working at Ayama and why?
I started working at Ayama on the 22nd of February 2010, i have prayed for a new job as I was feeling it was time for a new challenge.
What are your best memories of these 8 years at Ayama? (2-3)
O my word where do I start. In 2012, our women staff was tought how to make wine, we had lots of fun…we had to hold each other on our backs so that our feet could not get dirty, to press the grapes with our feet.
Ayama Christmas Party 2012, something very special to me, our staff did received certificates for all the courses attended and passed successfully. Just to see the proud on their faces receiving a certificate was amazing.
End of harvest party in 2013, our team had lots of fun with body painting – Leopard faces.
Planting the 1st Vermentino vines in 2014, with my name tag on one of the poles, something to remember for the rest of my life.
Auction of 1st Vermentino produced in South Africa, the planning, preparing and the best outcome at the end of the day. God really blessed Ayama abundantly on that day.
Tell us what Ayama means for you.
As the meaning says “ someone to lean on” I did go through a difficult time with my son, on an age of 3 months got Asma, I had to go in and out to the hospital, with the support from my amazing directors they did support me to get help from another pediatrician who suggested the right help with the Asma treatment.
When you started the office was very different from what it is now… tell us about it.
I can remember it was a small building, just space enough for 2 people, me and my colleague, no space for the boss to sit when she had work with us in the office. She had to put her laptop on the same table where the printer was standing to do her daily work with us.
Tell us about your family and how do you handle to be a wife and a mother of 2 working for Ayama.
We are a small strong supportive family of 4 that love each other. It is not easy being a working mom, but working at Ayama, I can manage to get to my responsibilities as a wife and mother for my 2 kids.
What is your favourite wine?
Ayama Chenin Blanc 2013 and for sure our Vermentino 2016.
How would you inspire young generation to study and aim to a professional carrier as you did?
Always try your best. Develop a passion for learning. Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
Tell us your favourite Mandela’s quote.
“There can be no greater gift then that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”
Tell readers why they should by all Ayamafanatic?
There will always be some exciting news to be looking for and take with you to a journey.
What is your next goal?
To become an auditor in the farming field.