At Thandi it is very important to work with an ethical mindset. We appreciate everyone involved in the process of the products; from our fabric suppliers to our dedicated team of designer, tailor and seamstress. Janneke believes in growing together as a Thandi family and in paying fair wages so creations can be made with love which is apparent by the quality of the garments.
Founder & Designer
Janneke was born in 1976 in a small town in Holland. In 1998 she came to South Africa for social work practicals and during this year she met and fell in love with her husband Vincent. She returned to Holland to finish her degree and flew straight back to live in Cape Town in June of 2000.
Having no license to practice social work, she bought an old Elna sewing machine for a few hundred rand and started playing around with making blankets and baby clothes. Slowly but surely her passion for designing and sewing took over her need to find a position as a social worker and now she has the opportunity to combine the two through her fashion label Thandi .
One of her goals for the future is to facilitate skill training and job creation projects. As a mother of three wonderful daughters she hopes that Thandi will become a family business to be proud of and that her girls will get involved one way or another.
Veronica is a very talented seamstress from Mitchell’s plain. After being unemployed for 5 years she joined the Thandi team around April 2016 initially on a temporary basis. She has proven herself to be indispensable and loyal, hardworking, talented and honest. Her experience has been working in factories on different parts of garments but at Thandi she is creating complete garments in different styles, sizes and fabrics. Janneke and Veronica share not only their passion for sewing and fabrics, but also the fact that they are both mothers of three daughters and even their age! She has been on a permanent contract since 2017 and we hope for many more years to come
In December 2019, Thandi was selected to be part of the Youth Launchpad Program run by the CDI, through which previously disadvantaged youth gets the opportunity to receive an internship in a company while receiving a stipend. Thandi went to visit ‘Where the rainbows meet’ in Vrygrond, where women of all ages get training in basic skills like sewing. Even though Nomonde Qokela was not part of the sewing group, her personality and drive to educate herself resulted in her being offered the intern position at Thandi. With Veronica as her mentor she has received training in cutting, pattern making and sewing and has shown herself to be hardworking, reliable and very quick to pick up new skills. Thandi is very happy that she became a permanent employee after the CDI program was finished. The Thandi duo has become a trio and lets hope many more women will follow in the years to come.