They are the unsung heroes, giving that priceless smile when you need it most, that willingness to go the extra mile while you do life. With courage to pursue their dreams and kindness to build each other up when days are cloudy, each of them play a crucial role in making The Constantia Village simply the finest. In spirit of Women’s Day, we thought it fitting to introduce you to some of the pillars of the centre.

 

Gaynor Fortune (47)

Gaynor is an Area Assistant for the Pick n Pay Salad Bar. When she talks about her customers, her eyes light up, because connecting with them and receiving a smile in return is the best part of her day.

She believes life has to be lived to the fullest, and her dream is to know and be surrounded by her grandchildren one day. On her days off, you’ll find her baking something delicious for her daughter.

The best part about working at The Constantia Village, is to be around different types of people and to learn about their culture, Gaynor says. “It changes the way I think about people.”

Her message for Women’s Day? “Women should stand up for themselves. You should follow your heart’s desires and not be influenced by men, especially in the working environment.”

 

Jean Richards (39)

After saying goodbye to her two teenagers, it takes Jean more than an hour to travel to work. But you never hear her complain about it. As Area Manager at Mani Pedi, Jean is happiest when her customers are happy.

When she’s not at work, Jean enjoys walking her dogs and spending time in her garden. The sense of community and familiarity is what she loves about The Constantia Village. “The incredible staff and everything they achieve on a daily basis inspires me”, says Jean.

For Women’s Day, she wants each and every woman to know;”You are strong, beautiful and capable. “Never forget it!”

 

Rachel Epwaar (53)

Think of Rachel as the Charlie of the Cleaning Angels. As Supervisor, she loves doing inspection and ensuring everything is extra sparkly for The Constantia Village customers.

She is off one day a week, in which she has to shop, clean and cook for her four children (and inspect their homework). But working at The Constantia Village has improved her life in a big way, she says; “It has helped me be an independent woman and enabled me to look after myself.”

Her motto in life, “The joy of the Lord is my strength”, is what keeps her going. It’s clear this courageous woman has a love for people and works with integrity and the utmost diligence. Her faith shines through in everything she does, including her message for Women’s Day; “Be strong and courageous and stand strong in what you believe.”

 

Tracey Dickson (48)

If you’ve been shopping at The Constantia Village for a couple of years, chances are you are friends with Tracey. Managing The Village Eyewear, she ensures a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

On her days off, she loves to spend time with friends and family, enjoy the fresh air on the beach with her dogs and to get her hands dirty in the garden. “Connecting with customers and sharing life’s joys with them enriches my life,” she says. It’s no wonder Tracey’s motto is “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”

For Women’s Day, she wants you to know, “You are more powerful than you know and beautiful just as you are. So always remember be true to yourself!”

 

Myrna Holt (57)

For Myrna, the manager of Cellini, it is the comfortable hours and the fact that working in the centre feels like being surrounded by family, that make it so wonderful to work at The Constantia Village. It simply makes her day when customers come back because the service is so great. On days off, she is either pampering herself with a hair treatment or catching up on some sleep. And she can’t live without her trusted jeans!

Working at Constantia, she has gained a lot of experience. She’s learned how to have patience and stay calm in stressful situations. She has three daughters and one granddaughter. “Live life to the fullest and stay strong. Always keep smiling!” is her message to all the women out there.

 

Rachel Manwa (30)

Thanks to women like Rachel, you’re in good hands. Rachel has a passion for nails and all things beautiful. She took her dreams seriously, but crafting a future didn’t come easy; as previous assistant at Carlton Hair, she invested in her dream by taking leave and the little money she had to complete a professional nail course. Rachel travels about 30 km to and from work, and goes home to two children and husband.

With a nail file in hand and joyful spirit behind her smile, you’ll feel beautiful even before she’s done with you. According to her, the best part about working at The Constantia Village is her friendly and helpful colleagues. She loves dresses, and playing with her kids after work is her favourite part of the day.

Rachel’s words of wisdom for Women’s Day? “Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.”

 

Daphne Gcwabe (42)

There’s a reason you feel so safe at your favourite shopping centre. As Security Controller, nothing escapes Daphne’s attention. Her passion is to keep the shopper safe at all times. She is armed and fabulous; her favourite accessories are her gold chains and earrings. On days off, she makes sure she keeps laughing and eats healthily. She loves the team spirit among her colleagues as they combat crime, keep a watchful eye on the stores and for any suspicious behaviour in the shopping centre.

Working at The Constantia Village adds value to her life because her job ensures financial security so she can support her children. Her goal is to provide quality education for all three her kids. “I want to see them graduate from one of South Africa’s best universities,” she says.

“To all the woman out there, you are the future of this country; the pillars and the conquerors. Let’s stand united and empower this country. You strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

 

Why not start a conversation with one these fine women the next time you visit The Constantia Village? We guarantee you’ll be inspired and filled with their zest for life and hope for tomorrow.

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