Engel & Völkers Southern Africa believes that property is more than just the actual houses for sale, it is about the people and the lifestyle. With a love for people and a passion for property, we enjoy a moment on the red couch with some of South Africa’s high profile personalities, to gain some insight into their lives on both a professional and personal level, and by delving into their property insights and preferences.
“This week we are kicking off our Women’s Month and focusing on some of SA’s powerful ladies. We had the privilege to sit down with Jacqueline Grobler, South African Gin Maker (Ginifer) and entrepreneur. Here is what she shared with us…” noted Chantalle Bell, feature writer of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa. “
A bit of background on Jacqueline:
A woman seldom daunted by the unknown, Jaqueline Grobler took each new challenge to heart, embracing the learnings and the education afforded by the school of life. Building a distillery from scratch, managing contractors, planning layouts with engineers was all in a day’s work and while at times intimidating, she still found it incredibly fun. Not someone who can be contained – this vibrant entrepreneur loved every moment of her journey to launching – believing boredom to be the real killer.
When talking about the tough days, she says that everyday made her realise just how deep she could dig for strength, always finding the resolve she needed to press on and retaining her sense of humour through the small setbacks along the way. Her first delivery of glass bottles came in two containers and she didn’t have a forklift operator to assist her. She laughs when she recalls single handed offloading 30 000 glass bottles with her little 3 ton forklift – a process that took five hours and left her unable to move her shoulders the next day.
A Quick Q&A:
If you were to wake up tomorrow and find that you are a man? What would be the first thing you would do?
What is the best advice you have ever been given in business and who gave it to you?
Any exciting new future plans on the horizon?
You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
What is the most important room in your home?
Could you tell us a bit about your own home?
Do you have any interior style tips you can share with our readers?