Last week on the 9th of August, it was Women's Day. This annual public holiday marks the anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of passbooks. Morukuru Family is celebrating Women’s Month by shining the spotlight on our dedicated female staff members so that you can get to know them a little better.
Meet Ingrid Tshepe, who is a valued member of our housekeeping team at Morukuru Family Madikwe.
Tell us where you grew up? I grew up in the Molatedi Village, just outside the Madike Game Reserve.
What is your favourite family tradition? Since childhood, playing cards has been something we did as a family. We always played cards, and we still keep playing cards.
What’s one thing that brings you energy and joy? My kids are my joy and my job brings me energy.
Morukuru Family is famous for its great service levels and for winning awards. Do you feel proud to be part of such a successful team? Yes! Success is important, and receiving recognition encourages all of us to keep doing our best. I love being part of such an amazing team.
In your spare time - what do you like to do? Getting some time off is something I look forward to as it means I can play with my kids and help them do their homework.
How do you celebrate Women’s Day? Personally, I chose not to celebrate Women’s Day, but it is great that Morukuru Family has decided to recognise the women across the business.
Ellen Ubisi works alongside Ingrid, where she supports the housekeeping team with her skills and attention to detail.
What does Women’s Day mean to you? It recognises that women are very strong and they make a valuable contribution to the world.
Tell us about two women you admire and why? Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma - who we call NDZ. She is the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa. And the late Winnie Mandela, who was the second wife of Nelson Mandela. Both of these individuals have made their mark in politics and have shown leadership.
Your housekeeping role means you need to keep spaces neat and tidy - which is your favourite space at Morukuru Family? That’s easy - I love Morukuru Owner’s House. It is a special sanctuary, and guests love spending time there.
Morukuru Family is famous for its great service levels - what does it mean to you to be part of a winning team? It shows that we are united and that we support each other in our daily work to make Morukuru Family so successful.
Do you have a best friend - tell us three things about that person. I don’t have a best friend. I choose to have a group of friends. My friends have taught me a lot about myself and sometimes call me out for not being my best self. That is sometimes hard to accept - but that’s life!
Tell us what your name means? Lady with Peace or Cool Lady