Debbie Whittaker: FOUNDER AND Owner

Debbie Whittaker is the founder of Coolcumba Communications. Debbie qualified with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Mathematics 11 Major from Wits University in 1992. She has worked and gained experience in the following fields: teaching, project management, change management consulting and business process re-engineering, Internet consulting, market research, marketing strategy, advertising, Public Relations and event management.

Debbie began her career in 1993 as a mathematics teacher at Bryanston High School where she taught for three years. In 1995 she joined The Centre for Proactive Marketing (now Synovate) where she conducted market research surveys and developed Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) research reports for Delta Motor Corporation. In 1996 Debbie was employed by REL Consulting as a change management consultant. Here she worked on query management reporting and business process re-engineering for the Credit Control Department at SA Breweries and Afrox. Debbie’s experience in the ICT sector started in 1997 when she was employed at BMI-TechKnowledge Group as an Internet analyst and was later promoted to BMI-T’s marketing and communications manager. In 2000 she was approached by Digital Planet, one of SA’s first online IT retailers, to head up its marketing division and to grow its community of permission-based users.

In January 2001 Debbie started Coolcumba Communications. The company has since grown from strength-to-strength and successfully implemented numerous marketing campaigns and events over the past 18 years.


Tel: +27 83 273 5337

Tsholofelo Esther Molefe: OPERATIONS MANAGER

Tsholo Molefe joined Coolcumba Communications in January 2015 as events coordinator.
Tsholo studied Office Administration at Varsity College in 2013. She has gained work experience in the events industry working as a hostess, assisting various companies as a freelance events assistant.

Tsholo brings fresh energy and a warm smile to our team.


Tel: +27 84 529 9220

Vianca Chinsamy: EVENTS MANAGER

Vianca Chinsamy joined Coolcumba Communications as an Events Manager in July 2019.

She has a Hotel and Tourism Management Diploma from the Swiss Hotel School which enabled her to travel and live internationally, working within all departments in the hospitality industry. This is where Vianca found her passion for the event industry which lead her to becoming an events coordinator.

Vianca has a great eye for attention to detail, loves a new challenge and makes the most out of any opportunity given to her.

Tel: 0725304851

Zesty : Cool Mascot

Zesty was pickled on 1 March 2001 and its role is to take the bland out of brand and to add lasting flavour to all that we do!