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
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
Bronwyn Hounsom joined Coolcumba Communications in February 2019 as General Manager.
Bronwyn obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Industrial Psychology at the University of Johannesburg in 1995. Following that, she went on to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advertising at the AAA School of Advertising, graduating in 1996. She has worked and gained experience in the following fields: advertising, marketing, loyalty and customer experience.
Bronwyn began her career in 1997 at Tool Communications (TBWA Hunt Lascaris) and spent the next 15 years in account management at top advertising agencies in Johannesburg, including: Saatchi & Saatchi, J Walter Thompson, Ireland Davenport and Ogilvy & Mather. She worked across a multitude of industries, including: pharmaceutical (both prescribed medicines and OTC), FMCG, cellular, motoring and the alcohol industry. She held positions of senior management within the last seven years of her tenure in advertising.
In 2012, Bronwyn took up position as Loyalty Executive on the largest rewards programme on the continent. She spent five years at Edcon managing the Thank U Rewards Programme. Her responsibilities spanned both strategy and project management.
Bronwyn left the corporate world and commenced consulting in 2016, which she continued for three years.
She joined Coolcumba Communications in February 2019 as General Manager and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
Tel: +27 0 83 448 7910
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.
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!