Shandukani Joyce Mulaudzi
was born in 1973 on top of the Soutpansberg mountains on the western side of Louis Trichardt on the farm Bangor. In 1985, during the apartheid years, and the forced removals, Joyce’s father bought a house in the village of Saamkom. Here, Joyce continued with school and passed matric. After graduating she worked as a domestic worker and a shop assistant. The farm Bangor had by now been bought by the Rosmarin family and named H12 Leshiba. The family created a nature reserve and the village where Joyce was born was restored and turned into a lodge in the form of an authentic Venda village. In 2001, Joyce was asked to cover for her sister as a housekeeper at H12 Leshiba, during her maternity leave. John says that Joyce spoke English well, had a shining personality and worked incredibly hard. After only three months, she was employed permanently.
Joyce went from being a domestic worker, to a chef’s assistant and eventually became the chef at the Venda village. With support from the Rosmarin family and hands-on training by her managers, Joyce gradually took on more responsibility at the lodge and became the manage the staff, do the buying and stock-taking, and are both chefs. They make a remarkable management team and the Rosmarin family are immensely proud of them. The circle has been completed and Joyce is back in the Venda village, which was once her father’s home and her own birthplace.