Part of our sustainability mission in 2021 is to support South African small businesses. Local is, after all, the most lekker. The CK Advertising creative team have been working hard at producing a brand new catalogue of local products and services, carefully hand-picking the most unique finds.   

Funky Ouma is definitely one of our favorite local treasures. The story of Ouma Anneke (who started the business at the age of 67!) and her youngest daughter, Johannita, is so beautiful and unique that it was a natural fit from the start. Not only are their products local and lekker, but they are also 100% natural and vegan friendly, which contributes to our ethos of promoting more sustainable actions.

 

Funky Ouma
Meet the funky ladies who created Funky Ouma.

The business is 100% female owned and has grown from strength to strength, appearing in many South African households (especially around the braai fire), restaurants and local retail stores. We are privileged to be one of their suppliers, offering our clients something unique for their employees, clients and other marketing initiatives.

We took a hot moment out of our schedule to discover the story behind these incredibly funky women!


How did you come up with the name for your comp0any?

We actually made a little joke. Ouma was jumping on the trampoline with her youngest grandchildren, and just after that posting a pic on Facebook. That was when her daughter made a joke and said – “you are Funky, you are a Ouma, you are Funky Ouma… “

What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?

Creating your own opportunity, being available for my children all the time, having my own space where we can express our God given talents and creativity.

Are you as excited that more and more corporates are moving towards supporting local business as we are?

YES!!! We can see it every day. Small businesses make the wheel turn. If local businesses can support each other daily, it creates a beautiful chain reaction. This is how we made it through Lockdown – the locals supported us. 

Do you feel there is a place for consumables in the promotional gifting sector? 

End users and corporates do not have the wallets (budget) they used to have, so rewarding someone with a gift that is consumable is practical. People want to de-clutter – no more “Kaggel kakkies”

How many employees do you have?

22

What advice would you give to any woman out there wanting to start her own business?

It’s not the business that will consume you. It is the juggling act. Have a default diary – make sure your week is planned out ahead. Make sure you schedule exercise and creative time into your week. You cannot look after your business if you don’t look after yourself. 

RESEARCH RESEARCH!! Be sure the market is ready for your product or service. 

What are you reading at the moment?

I wish I could say a big juicy book, but NO. At this stage, the only reading that I am doing is emails, WhatsApp’s and Pinterest. 

Where do you find your inspiration?

Honestly, when I’m in nature – hiking. Seeing that a girl needs to socialise a bit in life, I find having a glass of wine with my friends turns out to be an inspirational and motivational session.

I do like keeping my eye on International trends – Pinterest and likeminded Instagram pages.

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Corné Krige

Corné Krige is a retired South African rugby union player. He played flanker for Western Province in the Currie Cup, the Stormers in Super Rugby and captained the South African national side, the Springboks.

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