I grew up in Apartheid South Africa, in Bo-Kaap (upper town) an area of CapeTown, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town
Bo-Kaap is traditionally a multicultural area. The area is known for its brightlycoloured homes and cobblestoned streets. The proverb- It takes a village to raise a child, which means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for children to experience and grow in a safe environment, comes to mind.
This caring spirit touched me from an early age and gave me a sense of belonging, compassion and humanity. I grew up with strong women who were determined in their struggle against political oppression and gender inequality. This observation inspired my deep desire to see women step up to be their best and truly come alive.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
After high school I trained as a registered nurse and midwife at Somerset hospital in Cape Town.I practiced as a registered nurse for two years.
As a self-confessed book lover, I was always fascinated with the behind the scenes stories of thecorporate world. This led me to venture into the corporate medical insurance world where I worked as a Medical and Financial Risk Consultant for 20 years. Climbing the corporate ladder gave me the opportunity to mentor and coach junior team members and managers.
One of my major achievements was an amazing opportunity to work in Dubai as an executive consultant for 4 years. It was bittersweet because, in this very male-dominated field, I was the only woman operating in the Middle East in that position.
My fancy list of credentials:
Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from Centre for Coaching (GSB/UCT) New Ventures West (USA)
Maters in Business Administration from the Business school of Netherlands.
Registered nurse & midwife from Somerset Hospital Nursing College
I have always been devoted to giving back and paying it forward especially in the involvementin community projects from cooking for the homeless to mentoring and empowering women and youth.
It made me realise the difference one person can make to help shape the future of disadvantaged youth and women to realise their dreams.
My entrepreneurial journey began when I started a documentary film and theatreproduction company O’dacity Films wiaward-winninging director Zulfah Otto-Sallies.
Our mission was to tell local stories and empower women.
We successfully produced many theatre productions and television documentaries for thelocal and international market. In 2010 O’dacty films first feature film called Don’t Touch was produced, directed and managed mainly by a female production team.
In 2012, I decided to explore the field of integral coaching and became a ProfessionalCertified Coach (PCC) and started Odacity Lifestyle Coaching with the tagline… For those who dare…From Intention to Action.
I came full circle using my UNIQUE combination of people and business skills with poetry,public speaking and creative storytelling to stir the heart and inspire the soul. I create a safe space where women feel accepted and supported through their journey whilst reclaiming the greatest version of themselves.
I am finally living my poetic creative dream.
It’s about empowering you to fearlessly chase your dreams, knowing deeply that you cancreate whatever it is you desire.
Let’s get started on your transformation today. Verily actions are by intentions,and for every person is what he intended.
Odacity Lifestyle, we structure your business so you can have the freedom to live your best life.I will help you overcome your fears and move outside your comfort zone.
You will become confident, dump the guilt and step into the spotlight. We will have fun and celebrate the big and small wins.