The CN&CO team is sometimes described as the “Scatterlings of Africa”, since we really are all over the place – geographically speaking, that is. It’s part of our lifestyle business approach: being able to work wherever we are and finding a balance that helps us to succeed in all areas of life.

Here’s where we were at noon on Thursday, 24 October 2019…

Blake was in a German restaurant, Extrablatt.

“It has the best breakfast special and great WiFi,” he said.


He was busy catching up on emails and preparing for a conference call with RMB about SA Rowing.

A working mum’s “office”

Josie was off to fetch Grace and her friend, Luca, from school – with baby Harry tucked up snug against her. She also sent us a photo of her regular workspace, with the following comment:

“That’s an actual picture of my actual laptop that I manage to use for 20 minutes every hour throughout the day as my children, draw on me, stick stickers on me, play on me, cry on me, and sometimes even poo… on or near me.

“Behind my laptop is where Harry hangs out, out of reach of his sisters’ grubby paws!”

R.I.P. Hugo

Rob was having a coffee catch-up with Natasha Goring from ASIB in Rosebank, while Gianluca was at Starbucks in Melrose Arch busy with Club Med November content strategy and planning.

“I’m also reading up on artificial intelligence and language translation looking for a content angle for Innosys,” he said.

Colin was working from home on the FIA Insight magazine, which is due out in November. He was also feeling very sad because he’d had his dog, Hugo, put down earlier in the day.

“The poor little guy was old and battling,” said Colin. “His quality of life was deteriorating, so it was the best thing to do… but still not a nice feeling after 15 years of friendship.”

Thabs was also busy with Club Med November planning. In addition, she was working on the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (#MKTE2019) hosted buyer photo competition and Africa Showcase content for Mitteleuropa.

Thabs (in the stripes) and the team putting their heads together

Carel was in a Satrix 2020 presentation at Sanlam in Sandton. Satrix, of course, is a close partner to our partner EasyEquities and Sanlam is a large investor in the platform.

Penny was at home churning out invoices ahead of our month end.

Rikus was doing a site visit at Kleinkaap (pictured right) in Centurion for the upcoming Brolink awards.

Llewellyn and Francois were in the Meyerton office working on the final details of the OR Tambo Memorial Lecture, which takes place this Saturday at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Ekurhuleni. CN&CO is proud to be partnering with the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation on this auspicious event.

Kurt and Josh were at Lock Studios in Norwood working on a top secret project that will be revealed soon. (A bit of mystery is always intriguing!)

Allan spent the morning at the FIA in meetings after having just arrived back from a few days in the Kruger.

Kurt and Josh working on a top secret project that will be revealed soon

And that’s the team, busy doing work and life in diverse and interesting places. Keep an eye on our blog and social media platforms for more news on what we’re up to.